Is This Fur Coat Extra? Yes, But Who Cares!

Okay so maybe this blog post is just an excuse for me to whip out this family heirloom (A.K.A. this fur coat that once belonged to my favorite Aunt), which for a while I only wore for very special occasions. This was mostly because I always thought it was too extra for everyday use. But then I remembered.. EXTRA is IN! Even though I am a huge fan of minimalism, I do love dabble in the maximalist trend from time to time. In today’s world of fashion, being extra is never frowned upon. And fur coats especially are very popular this winter season; faux fur and genuine fur alike. If you decide to purchase a genuine fur coat, I highly suggest buying a vintage one, so as to support the sustainable fashion movement. I’m linking up a few options for shopping vintage fur below.

So instead of letting this bad boy collect dust in my closet until the next winter wedding I have to attend, I’m going to get more use out it on the weekends. Perhaps when I strut down the streets of Center City window shopping?!

Outfit Details:

Top // Denim // Backpack // Kicks

 Shop Vintage Fur Coats:

Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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What To Wear When You're Longing For Spring But It's Still Winter

Is there anyone that doesn’t get sick of winter by this time of the year? Because I’m over here longing for some spring style! So I decided to throw together a winter-friendly outfit that emulated the warmer spring season. Winter is usually about dark colors and covering up with sweaters and thick coats. And while the frigid air doesn't allow much leeway with the latter, we can still play around with former (a.k.a. the color scheme). When I think of spring, I think of wearing light colors. Which is why this white turtle neck could not be more perfect for this occasion. It’s warm enough to wear during the winter but it’s bright white hue reminds me of spring. It’s from SheIn, an online boutique based out of China, and plus it’s only $15! On a similar note, I’m sporting this classic J.Crew Factory coat in light grey, which by the way is on sale! And then I went full spring-time with these gorgeous leather heels by Forever Soles. Their Peace & Love Sandal is their signature shoe, and for good reason. Between the minimalist design, braid and tassel details, and the supple leather material, it’s no wonder I couldn’t wait to wear them. I’ll actually be getting great use out of these beauties come spring and summer with all the weddings coming up. They go with just about any wedding-guest dress. ORRR if you’re a bride-to-be, obviously these shoes are a home run! If you are looking for footwear to wear on your special day, be sure to check out the rest of Forever Soles’ collection.

So if you’re longing for spring like I am, try wearing some more white, beige, and light grey this winter while you count down the days to warmer weather!!

Outfit Details:

Sweater // Heels // Coat // Pants (similar)

 

Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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Wear What You Want, When You Want - The Story Of A Leopard Print Dress

You know when you buy a piece that you’re in love with but you’re not sure where you'd wear it? That happened to me with Wayf Leopard Print Dress, which I scored for more than 50% off! When it came in the mail I was so excited because I’d been dying for a statement leopard print piece for a while now. I just couldn't think of an event I would use it for. And one day, while it was just sitting in my closet, I thought to myself “I really have to get some use out of this thing.” So I dressed it down with some black casual wear — Adidas, a fanny pack, and a sweater. And while it may have been a bit too random/flashy of an outfit to be walking around the streets of Philadelphia on a random Saturday afternoon, I didn’t care because it was what I wanted to wear! Sometimes you just need to do you. So if there’s a dress in your closet that you love but have not worn yet, I challenge you to dress it down and get some use out of that bad boy.

Outfit Details:

Leopard Dress // Sneakers // Sweater // Fanny Pack

 

Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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The Latest In Handbag Trends - It's All About Texture

There are so many fun materials being used to create beautiful handbags in today’s world of fashion. Two of the most popular are the beaded and the rattan bag trends!

B E A D E D

The gorgeous black beauty featured above is the epitome of the beaded handbag trend. The glossy sheen and sophisticated boxy design certainly makes this an eye catching accessory. It effectively dresses up almost anything you pair it with. I wore it on NYE with white jeans and a black sweater, and the bag totally transformed the look. This Black Faux Pearl Tote Bag is a handmade piece from an Etsy shop called Ritzy. It was made with impeccable quality and with love by the shop owner Aanchal. For those reasons, it’s certainly worth the splurge. Treat yo self!

R A T T A N

The plant based handbag trend is alive and thriving!  For those who are unfamiliar with rattan, it’s when thin pliable stems of palm are used to create artistic pieces like home decor and in this case handbags! My exact handbag is sold out but I found an identical round woven handbag on Amazon! Between the circular shape, woven palm pattern, and leather detailing, this bag is right on trend. And what’s even better is that it’s priced under $40 to boot!

This New Year, I challenge you to add some texture to your wardrobe; get out of that leather handbag comfort zone and try one of these more unique materials!

Outfit Details:

Beaded Bag // Rattan Bag // White Heels // Black Boots // White Jeans // Sweater

 

Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

 

 

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10 Unique Gift Ideas For All You Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Out There

Christmas is one week away! And if you’re still struggling to find that something special for your someone special, then I’m here to help you out with this list of unique gift ideas.

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  1. Something Handmade

Give her something that was made by hand! This beautiful Round Wicker Rattan Bag, by Papadaan, is only $22 and was made with love by local Indonesian artisans. I absolutely adore this bag and even though it looks a little summery, I’ve been using it throughout the winter with this little black scarf tied around it for contrast. I highly recommend this gift for any handbag lover out there. It’s made with quality and the fact that it’s handmade makes it unique.

2. Something For NYE

Do you have a fancy event planned for NYE together? Gift her something that she can use that night. Say for example, a pair of heels? These White Leather Heels by Forever Soles, are made with the highest quality, as they’re actually bridal shoes! Now, I’m not a bride but I do love using these shoes for other semi-formal events because the minimalist white design goes with almost every dress that I own. I'm usually a size 7 in heels and these heels are very true to size.

3. Something Geeky But Useful

Does the person you’re shopping for love Harry Potter? Then totally geek out with these Hogwarts-themed coasters! Concrete and Copper Co. makes these awesome concrete and cork coasters that are completely customizable. So if your person is not a fan of the wizarding world then you could go with just about anything else. These coasters are beautiful made and surprisingly light weight considering they are made of concrete. And they are only $26! They make the perfect gift!

4. Something For Work

Is your gal a hardworking healthcare professional? If yes, then purchase her a set of the most comfortable and fashionable scrubs out there! Medelita is the place to shop for scrubs. Featured above is their Horizon Scrub Top, which features a flattering neckline, a countered waist, and four pockets. And as you can see, Medelita can customize your top with your name and a logo! I've paired the top with their Delta Scrub Pants. These bottoms have all the pockets you'd ever need -- two in the front with zippers, and another four angled pockets on the sides (perfect for your cell phone)! These are my all time favorite scrubs. In fact, I have another set coming in the mail soon!

5. Something Homey

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You can never go wrong with giving someone a candle! But be unique and give her a candle that has meaning behind it like these B.A.R.E Soaps candles featured above. B.A.R.E Soaps is an American bath and body company that uses their proceeds to help support a soap recycling workshop in India. They pay women fair wages to recycle used hotel soap to be redistributed to slum children. Their products both candles and soaps are all natural and 100% American made using sustainable sources, including rainforest-alliance-certified palm oil. For a full review on their soap products visit this older BTFL blog post.

6. Something Radiant

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If you’re looking for a romantic gift, consider gifting her a sensual fragrance. Take for example the Bella Blanca scent by Oscar de la Renta. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air while floating on a white rose petal cloud. Featured above is the 3.4 oz bottle found at Macy’s. You can also find the smaller 1 oz bottle at Ulta!

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7. Something Personalized

Does your man have an Apple Watch? If so, he needs a Casetify band. Casetify is my favorite apple-watch-band company because they offer an enormous variety of quality bands. And now, they’re offering a customizable one! That means you can choose 1-3 colors and have it monogramed. This gives you complete freedom to tailor the accessory to match his personal style!

8-10. Something For A Fashionable Fella

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A fashion-forward man can never have too many socks am I right?! These fun floral socks by Psycho Bunny make an incredible stocking stuffer. They’re soft, warm, and most importantly trendy! If he’s a little more on the sporty size, think about giving him a baseball cap instead. I’m a huge fan of this classic navy baseball cap by Psycho Bunny, featured above. Last but certainly not least, is the gift of.. a magazine subscription! Bill really enjoys reading Esquire, so I highly recommend that one. As Esquire says, “GET THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE GUIDE FOR THE SOPHISTICATED MAN.”

I hope that this list helps in gift shopping for your loved ones this holiday season! HAPPY SHOPPING!

Yours,

Priscilla