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5.31.2013

PSYCHEDELIC PANTS PARTY

If lazy and sexy ever got together, the two would definitely produce a pair of palazzo pants. Equal parts free-spirited boho and cocktail party chic. However, to be quite honest, I never saw these coming back in style after being so popular in the mid- to late 70s (and its resurgence in the mid to late 90s). And boy have they returned. If you're jonseing for a pair these flashback trousers, you're not the only one. Spotted on trendsetters from Kourtney Kardashian to Blake Lively, see below for my take on trend.
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Credits L to R: 1/2/3/4/5





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5.30.2013

{HOW TO VIDEO}: PHOTO COLLAGES X POLYVORE

Happy Thursday! Today I have an uber special treat for you guys!

I've recently received tons of emails and inquiries regarding the photo collages I post here on BOTO and my Pinterest page. So, my darlings, I've put together a FREE video tutorial to show you how to create images of your own via the amazing photo styling site, Polyvore!

Whether your're a budding blogger, Pinterest fanatic or just curious as to how to create great photo content, this tutorial is for you. Watch below:



I had a really good time putting this together and plan to do a lot more in the future. If you're interested in signing up for email announcements and updates regarding my Social Media/Blogging video tutorials, shoot me an email with your contact info (first/last name, phone number email address) here!


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5.29.2013

GOOGLE HANGOUT: RACHEL PALLY X HAUTELOOK X THE CURVY FASHIONISTA


One of my favorite fashion bloggers, The Curvy Fashionista, is co-hosting a Google Hangout with designer Rachel Pally and Nordstrom Rack buyer Becky Wier, on plus size style tips for the summer.

There's sure to be lots of good dish going around, so be sure to RSVP for your spot here and follow the conversation via Twitter with the hashtag: #HLCurvy and hostesses @MarieDenee, @RachelPally, @NordstromRack, and @HauteLook!

CONDO OVERHAUL

The Mr. and I are in the process of making a few improvements to our condo. I can't believe it's been five years since I moved in and many of the rooms still have the original builders white paint on the walls. It's definitely time for some upgrades!

Here are a few items I'm stalking online and hoping to add to our humble abode.

Sleek and modern bedroom furniture for the master

An amazing sectional for entertaining, and lazy TV watching!

Jonathan Adler-esque Monogram Pillows for the living room | Etsy.com

Pendant lights for the downstairs bar

A cool desk, chair and jute rug for the upstairs office

I've got lots more to figure out. And since we're not working with a decorator, Pinterest has become my best friend. You can follow my home decor board here! Also, leave a message below to let me know what you think about my interior picks!


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5.28.2013

IF I HAD $400 TO SPEND ON A TOP . . .

This beaded number by AllSaints would have a new home in my closet.

You can NEVER own too many sequin frocks.


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COLOR CRAZY

I'm a sucker for a bright nail polish. If it screams at me from across the room, you'd better believe it's going in my shopping cart, AND I will spend upwards of $20 a bottle if it's an obscure or European-based brand with a cult following. I find that harder-to-locate polishes add a bit of depth and uniqueness to my lacquer collection, especially if I'm providing a manicure or pedicure service to a client. {Oh yeah, did I mention that I'm also a licensed manicurist?}

So I've put together a nail polish color guide for the summer, as these eight shades will keep a smile on your face and garner major compliments all season long. Trust!
Credits {Lto R}: OPI "Suzi's Hungary Again" / Ginger and Liz "Never a Dull Moment" / Deborah Lippmann "Rockin Robin" / Illamasqua "Obsess" / Nails Inc. "Westbourne Grove" / Rescue Beauty Lounge "Become One"Le Metier De Beaute "Red Hot Tango" / Ciate Paint Pot "Skinny Jeans"

What's your go-to color for summer? Leave a comment for me below!


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5.27.2013

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

Cheers!

5.24.2013

BRING ON THE BLING {Jojo Loves You}

This Memorial Day weekend, make a statement with bold accessories, courtesy of our fab friends at  JoJo Loves You.


Is bling your thing? Then this online jewelry retailer has just what you need! Each pair of earrings from their "Bling" line is hand-crafted with Swarovski crystals and  set in sterling silver posts. 

Their annual Bling sale starts today and runs through Monday, May 27th. Stock up on these gorgeous colored stones, in a variety of shapes, shades and prices, with free shipping on all orders over $100!



I've got my eye on quite a few pairs! Which bling is your style? Head on over to JojoLovesYou.com to pick your pairs, then come back and leave a comment below!

**This article is sponsored by Jojo Loves You**




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5.23.2013

TARGET GOES BRIDAL

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Just in time for wedding season, everyone's favorite fast fashion big box has jumped on the bridal train. Target announced today on Good Morning America its plans to move into the wedding market with their adorable wedding collection, TEVOLIO.

According to the company's online mag, A Bullseye View, the collection includes 10 styles for bridesmaids, four bridal gowns and two flower girls gowns, with sizes ranging from 2 to 28 and starting at $99!

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Each dress has a unique detail, from removable florals to pockets (my favorite) to a lovely smattering of colors to fit all skin tones.  Here, a few of my favorites so far!


I don't know about you, but if I had it to do all over again, I'd definitely consider these options from Target.

What do you think about the collection? Which bridesmaid or bridal gown is your favorite? Leave a comment for me below!



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