Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Keys to the Perfect Arm Candy!

Hello Everyone!

In my 18+ years on this earth, I think I have calculated the perfect formula to achieving the best arm candy possible and I will be sharing that with you today!

Even though the whole #armcandyonfleek thing has died down a little bit, the fire still burns bright in my heart - I love me some good arm candy.

We all know that the perfect arm candy starts with a great watch. The one that I personally have is Michael Kors. I would say that is the most popular brand, but I know that Kate Spade and Fossil also make some great watches.

I have had my Michael Kors since I was 13, which when you think about it, is a very long time. Over the years, I have of course sent it to the watch "hospital" for some minor problems, but other than that, it has been the perfect watch.

I first fell in love with the beauty below well before the whole watch thing, was a thing. I saw it at Nordstrom when I was probably 12 and instantly fell in love. I think it was the horn material that sold me, because the way I pictured it, I could get away with mixing metals because of the versatile color.



The next step in achieving the perfect arm candy would be a chain-link bracelet of some sort. I always use my beloved Tiffany bracelet, just because it isn't too thick and clunky, but it's just the right amount of thickness to still makes a statement.




A lot of other brands make chain link bracelets. I know that you can find them at Forever 21 or H&M and if you wanted to go "high-end" David Yurman makes some beautiful, thicker chain link bracelets.

Moving on from the watch and chain link bracelet, from what I have found, you really need a cuff, just to tie the entire look together. I personally like to wear either one of my David Yurman's or sometimes even both if I am just really going for it!




By wearing the cuffs, they really add a certain dimension to the look. Especially the twisted metal material that all Yurman's have. It add's so much texture and body in such a small piece.

The fourth and final step would be to add some sort of casualty to the arm candy. This may sound weird, but ladies, trust me.When you're wearing all this expensive jewelry, you need something to bring you back down to earth a little. I recommend either a hair tie (one that is cute, like the one below) or a friendship bracelet. This adds the perfect amount of casual-ness to your amped up arm candy.



I hope that these tips help you in achieving the PERFECT arm candy! As always, if you try this out, tweet me a picture @FashionandM321!

xoxo



Abbey

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How To: Look Cute While Dressing Lazy!

Hey Everyone!

I know what you're thinking reading this post: "Abbey, how can you dress cute while basically wearing pajamas?" Well readers, let me tell you it is POSSIBLE and I will tell you how you can achieve it right in this very post!

I would say that I am the queen of wearing some type of athletic shorts with a tshirt and comfy shoes. I wore that exact outfit pretty much everyday of high school. Of course there were days that I would actually look like a hot mess with greasy hair, no makeup and glasses, but then there were other days that I looked actually presentable, but was crazy comfortable and that is what I will be teaching you how to do in this post.

Step #1: Buy cute & comfy bottoms! (Shorts, Leggings, ETC.)

I know that everyone thinks it's ridiculous to buy an expensive pair of athletic shorts, but trust me, you will thank me later if you do this. I personally am a huge LuLuLemon fan, but a lot of my friends love Nike, Under Armour or even the Championship brand from Target.

I personally love any of the LuLu shorts, my favorites are of anything with a stretchy, elastic band, like the ones pictured below.



These are a little bit harder to find in the stores, but I normally find mine just hanging around the store instead of in the designated shorts section.

With shorts that are cute, you're already halfway there. The LuLu shorts are crazy comfortable, but because they have that little symbol on the back, they are automatically cuter than any other short, in my opinion.

If you're interested in anything LuLu, then here is their website: http://shop.lululemon.com/?

Step #2: Buy t-shirts that are big!

Now, to some of you, you may think that may sound weird to buy a shirt that is a size or sometimes two sizes bigger than what you would normally wear. Honestly, I love looking like I don't have pants on because I think it actually looks really cute. But if you land the perfect t-shirt, then you will see a little bit of the end of your shorts.. that is the ultimate goal.


The picture above was taken at my college orientation, when my t-shirt length to short length ratio was on fleek:)

All in all, the big t-shirt life is the way to live.

Step #3: Buy cute shoes that are comfortable!

In the summer time, I am typically always wearing my rainbow flip flops, but during the school year, I am either wearing my Nike frees or my white Converse. These add such a cute flair, especially if you wear low socks, so they look a little more polished.


Now this is the most important step, Step #4: ACCESSORIZE!!!!

If you add a necklace, stud earrings, and some bracelets you are golden. My go to accessories would be my pearl earrings, some sort of dainty necklace, like my monogram necklace or any of my Tiffany necklaces and then my Lokai bracelet, a hair tie and then sometimes one of my David Yurman cuffs.

By accessorizing, it pulls the entire look together. It adds the final touches of cuteness to your look and it really makes you even though you are dressing lazy, you are still killing it.

Anyways, I hope that you guys liked this post and that it helped you figure out how to achieve the no effort, very cute casual look.

If you guys try out this step-by-step "guide" if you will, then tweet me @FashionandM321

xoxo



Abbey







Sunday, July 5, 2015

DIY Silver Cleaner!

Hey Everyone!

Today my mom and I were at a upscale house ware store, when my mom was talking to the lady in the silver section about how some of her silver serving knives, forks, spoons etc. have tarnished over the years. The lady pulled up this website, which had a very easy DIY silver cleaning recipe.

Here is the direct link to the recipe: http://cleanmyspace.com/the-besk-kept-silver-cleaning-secret-ever/

When my mom and I got home, of course we had to try it! After I saw how well it worked on her silver, I of course wanted to try it on my jewelry, since most of it is sterling silver. I obviously thought that it would make an amazing blog post, so I decided to document the entire process for you guys, so you could see before & after shots and step by step instructions.

What You'll Need: 
1 semi-big, foiled lined pan 
1 cup of boiling water
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp white salt
1/2 cup white vinegar

Like I said earlier, I chose to do my jewelry, but my mom did her silver serving pieces and it worked perfectly on that too. Anything silver will be perfect!

You're going to want to start off by bringing your cup of water to a boil, just because that takes the longest. 

While your water is boiling, put your baking soda and salt in the foil lined pan. 

After you've put your baking soda and salt into the pan, slowly pour in your vinegar. This is going to start to fizz and bubble up, so that's why you don't want to go too fast. 


Once you've poured your vinegar in the pan, you're going to want to stir all of the ingredients together to start dissolving the salt and baking soda. Don't worry if they don't completely dissolve, you just want to make sure that they are all combined thoroughly. 

By this time, your water should for sure be boiling, so go ahead and add that to the mixture. Whatever didn't dissolve before, will dissolve once you add the hot water. 

Now comes the fun part! Put in what you desire to get clean and just let it hangout for a few minutes. I let mine sit in there for about 5 minutes before I removed it. 

I had to do my two David Yurmans separately because they wouldn't fit the first round!

After you let your jewelry sit, take them out and put them on a paper towel to dry a little bit before you move onto the next step, which is honestly optional. 

I chose to go in with a polishing cloth just to make my jewelry extra sparkly, but you really don't have to do this!

As you can see, after soaking them and then polishing them, it brings life back into my jewelry! I couldn't be more impressed. 

Regardless of if you polish whatever your soaking, you need to rinse them with soap and water, just because they will stink like vinegar. After you rinse them of the soap and water, then your cleaning duties are done and your pieces should look extra sparkly, like this: 


Thank you guys so much for reading this and let me know if you try this amazing DIY! As always, if you do, tweet me @FashionandM321

xoxo



Abbey




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