Three Must-Have Tortoise Shell Accessories

If you haven’t noticed, the tortoiseshell trend has been spreading like wildfire. It started with eyewear and made its way to jewelry and purses. Today, I’m sharing my favorite tortoise shell accessories from three categories sunglasses, earrings, and handbags.

  1. THE SUNGLASSES

    The Beid in Beige, by Covry

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Tortoiseshell eyewear has long been a classic. But bolder frames are now sporting the pattern and making quite the statement. The Beid in Beige, by Covry sports a thick body and a tortoiseshell design with cool tones. Covry, the New York based brand, creates gorgeous designs with quality frames and lenses. I love Covry so much that this is actually my second pair! Check out my previous blog post about their Vega frames, which feature a subtle white tortoiseshell design!

2. THE EARRINGS

Dark Tortoise Shell Hoops, by Fenna & Fei

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I’ve practically seen tortoise shell earrings in every trendy shop that I’ve walked into the past month! But the Dark Tortoise Shell Hoops, by Fenna & Fei are different. Not only are these beauties on trend and affordable, but their posts are hypoallergenic. That means there’ll be no turning black for my ears! Brands like Forever 21 are a great place to find the lowest price for fashion-forward jewelry, but its never good quality. In general, earrings like that make my skin turn black/green. That’s why I’m so grateful that I found Fenna & Fei, a brand that uses hypoallergenic surgical steal statement earrings. The hoop of the earring is made of cellulose acetate, a plant-based plastic, which is non-petroleum based, biodegradable, and Earth-friendly! And because of the material it’s made with, these earrings are insanely lightweight. I generally stray away from big statement earrings because I’m afraid it will weight down my ear lobe. But thankfully that is not a problem with these beauties. The #bosslady behind the scenes of Fenna & Fei is a talented artist who’s always happy to hear form her costumers so don’t be shy if you have any questions. Stay tuned for a blog post specifically abut trending statement earrings featuring more Fenna & Fei designs!

3. THE BAG

The Acrylic Tortoise Shell Bag, by Sollista

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II have been lusting over the idea of a handbag design that incorporates tortoiseshell for a while now. When I laid my eyes on the Acrylic Tortoise Shell Bag, by Sollista, I swooned! This bag incorporates two popular bag trends; transparent acrylic and tortoiseshell. So it’s a two-for-one! You’ll notice that the flexible plastic body is not complete transparent. I actually prefer that so that it won’t discolor and people can’t see the contents of the bag as easily. Also, the materials that it’s made with are very durable and best of all, cruelty free! For only $40 you won’t find a better deal! Sollista, an Amsterdam based brand, offers so many stylish bags, all of which are cruelty-free and set at affordable prices.  I highly suggest you check out their collection and if you have any questions before purchasing, the boutique is very responsive and eager to help costumers! And don’t forget to use code BESTTRENDS for an extra 15% off your purchase.

So, have I convinced you to join the tortoiseshell bandwagon? You won’t regret it!

Outfit Details: 

Bag // Earrings // Sunglasses // Pants // Top (similar) // Shoes

 

Stylist, Model, Photographer, and Writer:

Yours,

Priscilla

Is The Fur Coat Trend Too Extra?

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 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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