The Power Scarf

How to wear scarves during summer

At the end of the day, accessories can completely change the feel of an outfit and while you might already have the staples for the season, a new trend is emerging on the streets of New York City. The power scarf. It is the latest way business women and trendsetters are accessorizing their look.

What is it exactly?
Women are taking either designer named scarves or patterned silk scarves and wrapping it loosely around their necks, shoulders or tied tightly around their purse handles. It adds a new dimension to any outfit with the least bit of effort. Plus, it is the ultimate power charm for a purse. Take a look at this creative way to incorporate a scarf into a crossbody!

Why are they awesome?
There are many reasons why this accessory is amazing. First, it is as simple as tying a knot. Here are three other reasons:

1) Worn as a shoulder or neck scarf it is the best and most stylish way to stay warm during those freezing office meetings. It is also light enough to wear in 90 degree weather, and small enough to pack away easily in a purse. Pretty cool, right?

2) It is the fastest way to update a favorite look. Take a simple white T-shirt and skinny jeans and add a beautiful silk scarf. You instantly have a new, chic look.

3) It adds class, power, and personality to a simple black dress. The LBD is a classic and perfect for nights. When you add a power scarf, it can turn that LBD into the perfect day look with your personal signature attached.

Total Tip!

When investing in a scarf, go designer and really up your game. Designer scarves will stand the test of time and leave a lasting impression. Don’t feel like paying the designer price tag? Check out Century21 or Nordstrom Rack for some incredible deals!

At the end of the day, accessories can completely change the feel of an outfit. What’s hot in your accessory closet this season?

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Give ‘Em The Cold Shoulder

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Still trending is the off the shoulder look. Who else has been loving this trend?! It has been my favorite go-to for a simple yet beautiful outfit. This time around, I have switched the ruffles for slits and ruching. The silhouette is a sleek, city-chic style. I found it easy to pair with black slacks and flats for a day of walking around the city. I personally love the bell sleeves, something I haven’t seen on many other off the shoulder tops.

I also appreciate the rust color, as it will make this piece easy to transition into the cooler weather. I’d pair it with black faux leather leggings and boots for the perfect fall look. The length is just perfect to be a summer or fall top.

I took this look up and down Fifth Avenue, including a short coffee break at the Grand Salon in the Baccarat Hotel. If you ever get a chance to visit New York, take yourself to this gorgeous place for a light bite and coffee. It is a stunning environment tucked away in the midst of the busy city.

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The shirt is from SheIn (more colors) for less than $20; Shoes from Target, Pants from the Banana Republic, and Sunnies from Balenciaga.

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A Guide To Choosing Beautiful Diamond Earrings

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Most women (self-included) dream of owning a pair of elegant diamond stud earrings. Often, we have no clue where to start the processes of picking the perfect diamond. There are so many elements to take into consideration! We’ve heard about the 4C’s before, but do you even know what that means? Luckily for you, we’ve gathered some practical tips to guide you on your journey in buying you very own pair of diamond earrings.

How to pick the perfect color for your diamond earrings

 The finest diamonds found on Earth are usually rare and colorless, and not to mention, expensive. According to the GIA grading scale, G-I are considered to be almost colorless while diamonds with D-F grades are colorless. A diamond with a J grade or under has a slight tinge of yellowish color. However, keep in mind that no matter what your color preference is, the diamond color does not have any effect on its sparkle and brightness.

Brilliant and scintillation

The brilliance of a diamond is defined as the total amount of white light that’s reflected from the stone to your eye. That is why it is important to choose a diamond that is well-cut.

Diamonds: Brilliance vs. Cost

It is sensible that the higher the quality of a diamond, the higher is its price. If you are looking for a beautiful and brilliant diamond at a reasonable price, choose the one that offers complete clarity and has a G-H color. There are also earrings with a moderate price, but earrings of such quality can still provide a brilliant display of light. Let’s delve deep into the reasons:

  • The cut can provide life and brilliance into a diamond
  • When mounted on the metal, G-H color can look just as colorless as D-F.
  • A diamond that has SI2 (slight inclusions or flaw) clarity doesn’t have any obvious flaws and it usually cost less than a diamond with higher clarity yet still maintains its brilliance.

In case you have a smaller budget, there’s nothing wrong with purchasing a diamond stud earrings of a lower quality. Diamonds will never fail to sparkle when you wear them.

If you are looking for a pair of stunning diamond earrings, you can purchase online at www.simonwestjewellery.com. This premier jewelry shop offers a wide range of diamond jewelry with the best cut, color, and clarity.

Choosing the right clarity

It is very rare for a diamond not to have any inclusions or flaws. Diamonds with few to no flaws usually are priced higher. However, flaws do not have any major impact on the diamond as they are actually not visible to the naked eye.

Experts recommend buying the ones with grade SI2 (slight inclusion 2) or up. But, if you are still short on budget, choose a diamond with an I1 (included 1) grade but make sure that the inclusions (flaws) are only on the outer edge.

Choosing the right cut

Among the 4Cs of a diamond (cut, color, clarity, carat), the cut of the diamond is considered the most important attribute. A well-cut diamond will reflect light internally and shows its brilliance through the top of the stone. So if you are shopping for a pair of diamond earrings, take a look into the top center. A poorly cut diamond has dark facets right in the middle of the stone.

Feel free to look back at this helpful guide when you are ready to shop for the diamond earrings of your dreams.

This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer

Image by nicolee_camacho via Flickr

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Simply Scrub: 100% Organic and Natural Scrub

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Another amazing healthy skin care alternative is here and I got to test it out for myself! Simply Scrub sent over 4 different flavors of their line to try. I call them flavors because there are so yummy smelling and dare say edible. Now I don’t recommend eating the scrub, but they are packed with incredible ingredients that can be found in your own pantry. That’s right, each ingredient in the scrub is not only pronounceable but you will know exactly what it is. That always makes me feel more at ease knowing what I am placing on my skin.

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A Promise That Change Can Be Good

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“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” ~Robin Sharma

For most of us, change can be scary. Transition from one point to another is frustrating. We may try and avoid both. But in reality, there is no running from change and transition. Trust me I have done my best.

In the realization that change and transition are a part of life, such beauty comes from it. I have had moments of change and transition and thought nothing of it. I didn’t think I had an issues with either or really thought about them until recently.

Whether it is a change in a job or a transition in a friendship and/or romantic relationship, I have experienced it all within the last year. In this change and transition, I kept feeling uneasy, even when the change was for the good. So I ask myself, why is this?

I came to the conclusion that stepping out of any type of comfort zone is scary. Change and transition, good or bad, is tough! I had many moments of breaking down crying, anxiety attacks or even going into hibernation. I know I will probably have hard moments like these in the future, but also know that dealing with change and transition will get easier. And in the end it is freeing. Getting to that next place in life brings a new type of happiness.

So, how did I deal with change?

I try to surround myself with family and friends. Support is key in growing. I also set aside time for myself because it helps centers me. That quiet time allows me to reflect, breathe, and listen to my instincts. Within the recent years and months, two things that truly have changed my life and helped me get through change and transition: blogging and being honest with the struggles.

Remember change and transition are scary, but they always seem to get me to the next step.  I know I will get through it just like you all will too.

Here is to the next step in the journey !

How do you all get through the change and transition in your life? Look forward to hearing about all of your journeys.

~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style ( www.klmfashionstyle.com)

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