The Easiest Last-Minute Gift Idea for Mother’s Day

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming blogger Kendall Rayburn to share how to put together the perfect gift your mom will love this Mother’s Day.

Hello, there! Today I have the honor of hanging out here on the Meijer Style blog to share my tips for putting together the perfect Mother’s Day gift! I absolutely love shopping Meijer for gifts because I can get everything I need in one stop.

I spent about an hour browsing my local Meijer for the perfect picks for Mother’s Day, and I can’t wait to show you what I found! I got gift items, tissue paper, a card – everything I needed for the perfectly packaged Mother’s Day gift. Now, let’s put it all together!

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Choosing the Container:

When choosing the gift container, keep your recipient in mind. Like me, my momma loves all things rustic, and I just knew she’d go crazy for this cute wooden box. It has twine handles on either side, and she can re-purpose it after opening her gift (how cute would this be in a guest bathroom to hold hand towels, toilet paper and soaps?)

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Personalizing the Gift:

Think about your mother or mother figure: what kind of things do they love? What would they want to receive? For my mom (and almost every other mom on the planet) photos of loved ones really are at the top of their list.

I picked up these adorable frames with the same rustic look as the box and added in two photos. One frame has a photo of my boys holding hands, the other is a photo of my mom with both boys at a hot air balloon festival. It was such a special day, and it’s also a tradition (we go every year), so I know she’d love this photo to remember it all.

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One thing I inherited from my mom was a love of coffee. I spotted this super cute mug that’s full of color and flowers – perfect for my Mom’s gift.

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Meijer also has a variety of these hilarious little signs. This yoga one really rings true to me because my mom and I have been talking about joining a yoga class for months and still haven’t, so I know this is going to make her laugh!

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

What’s something that all moms love? CANDLES. I found this adorable hammer copper candle that is multi-use. Once you’ve burned the candle, simply clean out the inside and plant the tag in some dirt to turn it into a planter – so cool!

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I also picked up this peace + tranquility candle, which is perfect for lighting while taking a long soak in the tub, or just anytime relaxation is needed (which, for most moms, is often!)

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My mom loves plants, and this adorable faux succulent was perfect for her gift because it’s something she can keep forever. No need to water this little guy, he’ll stay as green and adorable as the day it was bought. The planter it’s in is also super trendy with a modern, cement look. If you want to personalize this even further, you could decorate the outside (or have your kiddos add their handprints).

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Choosing the Card:

It’s so hard for me to choose a greeting card. I have to read about 15 of them before I settle on the perfect one. Sound familiar? My husband always jokes that my cards always make people cry, and I guess it’s kind of true. I mean, who wouldn’t want to choose a card that makes the recipient actually feel something real?

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Wrapping it Up:

I love putting everything together into one package after shopping! My favorite material to incorporate is tissue paper because it adds that extra bit of oomph to make the multiple gift ideas feel like one present. For this gift I chose two tissue papers: one plain white and one patterned with small white hearts. I thought the mix of beige and white perfectly fit the items in the gift, and that overall rustic feel.

To properly package the gift, I always start by laying down a few sheets of tissue paper in the container before arranging items (tallest and biggest items in the back), and then fan out the excess paper at the edges of the gift.

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Didn’t this gift turn out so cute? I used all of the tissue paper to add height to different items, and made sure to add some behind the frames as well to give it a little flare. That heart-patterned tissue paper is just so cute and perfect for the holiday!

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

I cannot wait to gift this to my momma this weekend – she is just going to love it! If you’ve still got Mother’s Day shopping on your to-do list, be sure to stop by Meijer to pick up everything you need!

What are YOUR plans for Mother’s Day?

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Kendall is the fashionista behind Kendall Rayburn, a blog focusing on the “real” family-focused experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

3 Summer Jewelry Trends to Start Wearing Now

While the first day of spring was just a few short weeks ago, it’s already time to start thinking ahead to the beginning of summer. We’re welcoming warm days, sun-kissed skin and cloud-free skies with open arms – as well as all the amazing jewelry trends that come along with the warmer season. If you’re as anxious to update your summer-time accessories as we are, look no further than these bright necklace and earring styles you can start wearing right now.

Fringe Tassels

Fringe has been a hot trend this past year, and we’re just not ready to say goodbye this season! Tassels are flirty and playful (aka perfect for a sunny day), but still classy enough for date night or an afternoon in the office. Want to add another element to this detailed accessory? Mix metallics with neutrals or bright summer shades – like this yellow-gold and cream necklace we can’t get enough of.

If bold styles are more your thing, don’t fret – more vibrant accessory inspiration to come!

Chunky Pendants

As summer approaches, your clothing choices will no doubt become bolder in color, print and style – and your seasonal accessories should be updated to follow suit. Opt for statement necklaces with chunky pendants and large, dramatic medallions, or dangly earrings featuring a variety of stones, beads and tassels. As long as it stands out, anything goes!

Extra points if your accessories take command of your go-to summer outfit!

Vibrant Colors

Staying true to the eclectic theme that’s sure to dominate summer trends, we love mixing and matching vibrant beads, bows and tassels. We already know pink and yellow will be the “it” colors of the season, but don’t be afraid to feature your personal faves, too. Lime green, turquoise, indigo and orange all look great when thrown into the mix!

Which stylish jewelry trend is on the top of your list this summer?

The Best Oversized Purses for Spring

We’ve talked jewelry, we’ve talked shoes, and now it’s time to talk about the cherry top to this season’s coolest accessories: handbags. Our favorite spring purse trend is (literally) larger than life – supersized totes in every shape and style! We’re so on board with this practical, chic accessory, and have chosen six of our favorites to show you all the ways to make this trend the star of your spring outfit.

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer casual copper

Casual Copper

If a classic, casual tote is up your alley, this copper-hued bag is the perfect choice for you. The details are dainty enough that the satchel looks simple, but they create an understated boho vibe we can’t get enough of. Want to know the best part about this particular purse? It goes perfectly with this Wallflower spring dress to create a put-together boho vibe that’s totally on-trend for spring.

Purse: Massini, $45
Dress: Wallflower, $30

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer clean lines

Clean Lines

Minimalism is trending in home décor, fashion and beauty, so it’s no surprise that this style is one of our spring favorites. The crisp, clean lines are simple and super chic, but provide just enough detail to make the bag attention-grabbing. Need a cute tote to carry your laptop for work? This classic purse is your go-to – it looks totally professional-chic!

Purse: Falls Creek, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer vintage patchwork

Vintage Patchwork

Purses with patchwork are a statement all their own, so don’t be afraid to let your tote do the talking. Pair this ‘70s-esque bag with your simplest closet staples to allow the mix-and-match pattern + bold stitching to shine! We’re talking classic denim jeans and a solid, springy tee.

Purse: Kensie, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer pastel pink

Pastel Pink

Fashion bloggers say that pink will be the color of 2017, so this rose-colored tote is a no-brainer. It features feminine details – like floral cutouts and tiny tassels – and is the perfect statement piece for a sunny, spring day. Pair this XL satchel with anything and everything, including even more pink in a similarly hued top!

Purse: Massini, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer fringe tassels

Fringe Tassels

Fringe tassels have been a top trend since last season, and spring 2017 is definitely no exception. Alongside metallic studs and intricately braided details, tassels make this oversized tote perfectly boho chic. It’s a great choice for running errands or having brunch with your girls – pair with florals, ruffles, bold patterns, you name it!

Purse: Massini, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer mustard yellow

Mustard Yellow

Finally, yellow will continue to rule the streets and runways alike this spring, whether it’s a bright, pastel shade or this muted mustard color. A sunny hue + details like tassels, patchwork and stitching = all eyes on your new, trendy spring tote. And if you want your handbag to really stand out, pair it with a dark top and bottoms or other contrasting tones.

Purse: Kensie, $45

Which of these styles will be your spring go-to?

How to Layer This Season’s Trendiest Necklaces

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess from The Golden Girl to share her favorite ways to layer this season’s trendiest necklaces, from alternating lengths to combining colors and mixing metals.

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If the in-between weather has you in a wardrobe slump, you’re definitely not alone! I’m right there with you, counting down the days (and hours) until I can pull out my florals and open-toed sandals.

When it comes to weather, though, we’ve got to make the best of the cards we’re dealt, right? I happen to have a little trick to spice up any outfit (yes, even if you thought you were sick of your current sweater, tights and long-sleeve rotation): layering your necklaces.

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A few layered necklaces add an extra punch of personality into any ensemble. Have you ever tried it? You’d be surprised at what a great statement it makes! You can do it for day or night, and the best part is that it’s really easy to try. I recently stopped by Meijer’s jewelry section and picked up several pieces that look amazing on their own, and even better when layered.

Here are my tips and tricks to keep in mind when trying out the trend for yourself:

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Pick two or three favorites

As one of my favorite designers says, “Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more.” Following the less-is-more rule, choose two or three of your favorite necklaces (at the most) to layer at one time. Add more than that, and you run the risk of looking like you’re wearing a costume.

meijer style layer necklace trend jewelry

Alternate your necklace lengths

This is the #1 rule of thumb when layering necklaces. You don’t want to wear three necklaces that are the same length, as this will look messy and heavy around your neck. (Not to mention they’ll likely all get tangled immediately!) You want each necklace to be able to shine, so make sure they have plenty of breathing room. In order to accomplish this, choose necklaces at varying lengths. I’ve found that the best combinations are one short, one medium and one long. When layering two, choose one short and one medium, or one medium and one long. Tip: Stay away from very short and very long, which leaves too much contrast – the eye doesn’t know where to look!

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Go with a monochrome effect

I’m very partial to gold jewelry, so I love the look of layered gold necklaces! The monochrome effect of one metal results in a classic, polished look. Try it with silver, or even rose gold, if that’s more your style.

meijer style layer necklace trend jewelry

Mix your metals

On the flip side, mixing metals is very popular right now. If you’re going for a more funky, eclectic vibe, mixing metals is a perfect way to achieve that. Gold and silver go well together, and I love the look of gold mixed with rose gold.

meijer style layer necklace trend jewelry

Mix dainty with statement

As you can probably tell by now, layering necklaces is all about balance. The key is to play around with different colors, scales and lengths. That being said, one of my favorite ways to create more visual interest is to combine a dainty necklace with a chunkier statement necklace. For example, this dainty silver necklace, which I found in the Meijer fine jewelry section, adds a feminine touch when mixed with a fun, chunky statement necklace from the Meijer trend jewelry section.

Which of these is your favorite? Do you have any tips to layering your necklaces?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

New Year, New You: The Best Gear to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

No matter what healthy resolution you set for yourself in 2017, having the right gear could be the difference between abandoning your goals or celebrating at the finish line. Whether you’re a veteran yogi or a fitness newbie, pick up these healthy essentials to make sure you crush your resolutions – and look great doing it.

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If getting more exercise is a top priority, don’t roll the dice with whatever tennis shoes you have laying around the house. New running shoes with extra cushioning will protect your ankles (and knees!) from long runs, while low-profile training shoes will make sure you keep your form during weight training.

Beyond keeping you cool, technical fabrics in bright colors are an easy way to get in the mood for exercising. This year it’s all about neon, so skip the muted neutrals in favor of vivid pinks and greens to really make a statement.

Whether you’re practicing vinyasas at the studio or lifting hand weights during your favorite TV show, don’t forget to refuel when you’re done. Apples and bananas are a great source of vitamins, and if your workout was over an hour, grab a protein bar to tide you over until your next meal.

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If your beau’s resolution is to log less screen time, why not get the whole family involved? Try shooting hoops or organizing a touch football tournament for a fun way to get everyone’s heart rate up. Flip top water bottles are perfect for touting around, while protein shakes make sure he’ll recover in time for tomorrow’s rematch.

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Whether you’re into sweet, savory or something in between, it’s never been easier to get the protein you need to fuel your resolutions. Experiment with different snacks to see which one you like best – from Greek yogurt to on-the-go smoothies, there’s a healthy option your family is sure to love.

Now that you’ve got the right gear, get out there and make 2017 your best year yet!

The Best Last-Minute Gifts for Everyone on Your List

We’ve all been there – with just a few days left of the holiday season, you realize you haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to get all you need at one place. So if you’re already out shopping for food or festive décor, here are a few last-minute presents your friends and family are sure to love (and they’re all things you can find at your local one-stop shop: Meijer!).

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For the ladies

Whether it’s your mom, sister, daughter or a friend, all of your best girls will love these thoughtful gifts.

  1. Chocolates from Ghirardelli or Ferrero Rocher are a great stocking stuffer for anyone with a sweet tooth. Bite-sized treats are best – they’ll last longer (and they’re easier to share!).
  2. You can’t go wrong gifting gloves or mittens since the weather is so chilly during the holiday season. There’s always a need for extra warm accessories!
  3. There’s no such thing as too much jewelry, so your gals will love a new bracelet or watch. Opt for neutral metallic tones like gold or silver – that way, your gift is guaranteed to match all their favorite outfits.
  4. If you’re shopping for a family member or a close friend, you could pick out a sweater or a pair of pajama pants. If you understand their style and know what size they need, they’ll appreciate the thought you put into this present!
  5. If you’re not sure what treats or trends your ladies like, opt for a cute knickknack or unique household item – whether it’s a coffee mug, a chevron frame or a polka-dot phone case.

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For the guys

Not sure what to buy for your dad, bro or S.O.? Here are a few foolproof ideas the men in your life are sure to love.

  1. A new mug or thermos + your guy’s favorite beverage = an easy and useful combo that they’ll definitely appreciate. Some drinks even come in gift boxes this time of year!
  2. For men that are dreaming of warmer, sunnier days, brand new golf balls are a great holiday gift. They’ll love having them on-hand when they’re ready to hit the course again.
  3. But with winter’s not-so-warm weather, puffy vests + plaid are a must-have pair this season. Your guy will stay just the right amount of toasty if he ventures outside on a mild winter day.
  4. For guys that like to spend a night in now and then, a new Blu-Ray or DVD is the perfect present. Opt for a blockbuster that just hit stores or their favorite flick of all time!
  5. While the ladies in your life buy new wallets on the regular, your dad, brother or husband might be in need of an upgrade. Choose a billfold in brown or black leather – it’s a sleek, classic style that all guys appreciate.

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For the kiddos

Need to cross your child, niece or nephew off your list? Here are a few simple gift ideas for kids of all ages.

  1. A goofy board game like Pie Face or a Disney movie like Finding Dory will keep your child laughing all winter long. You might enjoy getting in on the fun, too. 🙂
  2. If your child loves cuddling or has lots of furry friends, choose a brand new stuffed animal they can add to their collection. Tie a bow around its neck and leave it under the tree for them to find!
  3. Washable paint + brushes are a great gift for children with an artsy side. They’ll have a blast creating their unique masterpieces – plus, the kid-friendly color shouldn’t stain their clothes or your carpet (in case they get extra creative or messy).
  4. A winter hat featuring the child’s favorite character is a win-win – they’ll stay warm (which you’ll love) while repping their character of choice (which they’ll love).
  5. Finally, if you’re brave enough to withstand your child’s inevitable sugar rush, candy is a great (and easy) holiday stocking stuffer.

Already finished your shopping, but need some outfit inspiration? Here are some blogger-approved accessories to pair with your holiday ensemble.

3 Stylish Ways to Wear a Knit Hat

With snow and low temps comes the need for winter gear – knit hats, cozy mittens, blanket scarves and everything else that keeps you nice and toasty. While we can usually rock these accessories without cramping our style, caps are notorious for creating the ever-dreaded hat hair. Instead of heading out into the cold without this important accessory, try one of these three easy hairstyles that turns your winter hat into a fashion necessity.


1. Messy Pig Tails

These symmetrical braids aren’t just trendy and fierce – they also provide a way to keep your hair under control. Cold weather can make your locks prone to static and frizz, but this style makes it easy to manage every flyaway strand. Whether you’re spending the day on the slopes or out and about with your friends, pig tail braids look great with a knit winter hat.

Style Tip: To create a look that is full and voluminous, stop braiding a few inches above your ends; then pull the strands loose from bottom to top. Once you get inside, shake out your hair for a messy, bed-head style.


2. Asymmetrical Faux-Fishtail

Instead of a sleek pony, opt for a fishtail braid pulled to hang over one shoulder. To achieve this easy, hat-friendly look, split your hair into two equal pieces. Then twist them loosely, pulling to the front and over one shoulder as you go. This style works great with a traditional braid as well – just pull the style loose after securing with a hair band to create an intentionally disheveled look.

Style Tip: To keep your locks on point even after the cap comes off, try this introverted fishtail/French braid hybrid. Goodbye, hat hair!


3. Voluminous Waves

The secret to escaping hat hair is to avoid styling your strands in the exact same way when you’re wearing your hat as you do when you’re not. If you want to wear your hair down, just flip it all over one shoulder in an extreme side part before you put the knit hat on. Then, once you’re back indoors, flip your hair back to your normal middle or side part and your hair will look as voluminous as ever. Viola!

Style Tip: Keep a lightweight aerosol spray in your purse for a quick pick-me-up throughout the day.

Looking for more winter style inspiration? Check out 8 ways to wear a blanket scarf to make sure your accessory game is on point.

The 4 Must-Try Fall Jewelry Trends

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

This week, we caught up with Alexis from That Chic Lex to get a of glimpse of her must-try jewelry trends for fall, as well as some ideas on how to wear them with her boho chic style.


As you’re trading in your sandals for ankle booties and t-shirts for fringe ponchos, there’s one cool-weather update you can’t afford to forget: your jewelry wardrobe! While summer pieces are light, bright and dainty, this fall ushers in a new era of statement-making accessories.

Here are the four head-turning pieces that Alexis will be wearing this season, acting as the perfect complement to her bohemian style.


1. Two-Toned Metallic Bracelets

My first fall accessory pick is this set of flexible metallic bracelets. I love the combination of silver and rose gold! The colors pair beautifully together, though you wouldn’t necessarily expect them to. The bracelets come in a pack – but three bracelets is never enough, so I always grab two.


2. Stone Statement Rings

The real eye candy, though, is these bohemian rings. I don’t usually wear rings, but I’m glad I gave these a try! I love the marble-inspired stones and filigree details, as they add a rustic, yet sophisticated touch.


3. Layered Chokers

Perhaps my favorite piece, however, is this black suede choker. When I found out the ‘90s were making a serious comeback, I searched my room in hopes to find necklaces from my past. It’s been a while (so unfortunately I couldn’t wear any of my old favorites!), but this gave me the perfect opportunity to snatch up a new one.

Unlike a regular choker that wraps directly around your neck, this one has distinct details that add character and dimension. Since I like to wear tops that are more minimalist in style, I know this choker will really command my ensemble.


4. Round Sunglasses

The last fall accessory I’ll be rocking on the regular is this pair of retro circle sunglasses. This fall’s boots and prints are bohemian-inspired, so I love to extend the trend to my new autumn shades. Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean there isn’t sun!


Looks best with…

I like to pair my autumn jewelry trends with flare jeans, a mustard mock neck, a cardi with fringe and black ankle booties. The look quickly became my go-to for the season! I love the colors and the pieces – especially the accessories!

With so many jewelry trends to try, it’s never been easier to shake up your fall wardrobe and add even more personality to your look.

Alexis is a fashion merchandising student at Central Michigan University and the fashionista behind That Chic Lex, a blog full of fun style and beauty tips. Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.

Spooky Trend Alert: Halloween-Inspired Accessories

Halloween is only a few weeks away, which means you may have already started preparing for the festivities. Whether you’re taking your kids trick-or-treating or hosting a costume party with your friends, here are a few adorable accessories to help you get in the spirit.


Scarves have always been a trendy fall staple, so they’re a great choice when it comes to spooky accessories. We love festive details like bats and spider webs – plus, these Halloween-inspired hues will match your autumn wardrobe perfectly.


Accent your go-to bracelets and rings with Halloween-inspired jewelry that’s creepy and cute!  For a simple, trendy look, pair accessories that feature pumpkins, black cats, spiders or ghouls with a solid-colored top in your favorite fall shade.


If dad or the kids want to show off their festive side, opt for long-sleeved graphic tees inspired by the holiday. They’re comfortable, fun and look great with jeans, plus they can double as an easy Halloween costume!

How will you show off your holiday spirit this season? Let us know in the comments!

How to Style Your Favorite ‘90s Necklace

You probably remember chokers from your childhood – from a stretchy, faux tattoo to the classic black ribbon – but this season, the ‘90s trend is back and better than ever. This retro accessory is an edgy outfit staple, and we can’t get enough of all the different ways to wear it. For an updated spin on this throwback essential, here are three must-have ways to wear a choker this fall.


Stick to the classics

This simple style was popular for a reason! To achieve a chic, sophisticated look, opt for a classic black choker in velvet or faux leather. Style it with any of these essential fall shades to create the perfect balance between the accessory and your top. But be careful pairing a choker with this season’s high neckline trend – you don’t want it to turn into an unintentional turtleneck.


Layer your favorites

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: layering will always be a staple of fall trends. Mix necklace styles and textures to add variety to the look while keeping the overall color scheme the same throughout. Try a black ribbon choker with a metallic gold pendant, paired with a dainty gold chain and a black faux tattoo. It’s the perfect combination for a girly grunge ensemble!


Create contrast with colors and textures

To add even more dimension to your layered autumn look, vary color and metal choice when pairing these accessories together. Berry shades look great with your staple metallic jewelry, so grab a short chain to complement a colorful choker. If you’re looking to add yet another detail, slide a dainty pendant onto either necklace.

Need even more fall accessory inspiration? Check out 8 ways to wear an autumn blanket scarf.

8 Ways to Style a Blanket Scarf

When it comes to seasonal fashion, there are certain fall essentials that never go out of style – plaid tops, ankle booties, bomber jackets, and (perhaps our personal fave) the cozy blanket scarf. There are endless ways to style this versatile accessory, and the way you tie can affect your entire ensemble. So if you’re in need of some scarf style inspiration, here are 8 ways to wear this season’s comfiest closet staple.


1. The Wrap – For a simple, traditional look, loop your scarf around your neck until there are no loose ends. If it gets too bulky, tuck the ends into your jacket to hide them instead.

2. The Pull-Through – Bring the two ends of the scarf together, creating a loop on the opposite side. Place the scarf behind your neck and pull both ends through the loop, making it as tight (or as loose) as you’d like.

3. The Bandana – Lay the scarf flat on your table or floor; then fold it in half so it forms a triangle. Wrap the scarf around your neck from the front, backwards. Finish the look by bringing the ends around to the front, and tucking underneath the main triangle or into your jacket.


4. The Toss – For a cozy, carefree look, place the scarf behind your neck and toss one end over the opposite shoulder. Let the loop hang loose instead of pulling it tight.

5. The Shawl – Pull the scarf wide and wrap around your shoulders, tying the ends in front to hold in place. This poncho-esque look will keep you totally warm!

6. The Belt – Loosely drape the blanket scarf over your shoulders, cinching it at the waist with a wide elastic belt. This creates the illusion of a jacket or sweater, but is easy to take off or style differently if you choose.


7. The Classic – Starting from the front, toss the scarf back over either shoulder. Then, grab each end and pull around the opposite side, letting them hang loose.

8. The Twist – Just like the Classic, but with a trendy twist! Tie the ends together to form a loose knot, bringing a fun update to this traditional style.


If looping and twisting isn’t your thing, opt for printed ruana instead. This update to the classic blanket scarf has all the cozy and none of the tying woes. With easy toggles and a built-in hood, the ruana is a foolproof way to try the trend and rock some comfy plaid this fall.


How will you style this autumn accessory trend? Tell us your favorite way to tie in the comments!

The 5 Accessories You Need this Fall

While we all have our favorite go-to accessories, the cooler weather brings a whole new reason to reboot your wardrobe and style some fresh staples. Whether it’s a new crossbody purse or jewelry to complement your classics, here are the five top accessory trends to try this fall.


1. Tortoise shell glasses

Add glamour to your ensemble with this vintage-inspired accessory. The neutral, tortoise pattern pairs perfectly with fall colors – plus, there are plenty of styles to choose from. You’ll have no problem finding a pair made just for you!


2. Boho chic ruanas

This fall, stay warm in style with a printed ruana. This poncho-esque accessory is easy to throw on and off, and adds a chic touch to your go-to autumn outfit. If you incorporate other trends like fringe tassels and boho patterns, your ensemble will transform into a perfect ten.


3. Metallic gold everything

From stretchy stackables on your wrist to the chain on your purse, gold is the must-have metallic of the season. This shiny staple pairs well with fall colors like olive and burgundy, and even looks great next to your everyday silver jewelry!


4. Dainty layered jewelry

Stay true to the fundamental rule of fall by layering your necklaces like you do your clothes. To avoid a look that’s overpowering or clunky, opt for dainty designs like filigree and choose chains of varying lengths.


5. Trendy fringe tassels

Fringe is back and better than ever! For a must-have autumn look that’s instantly boho chic, pair this classic carefree detail with any staple in your closet.

With these must-have accessory trends, you’ll be fall-ready in no time!

Trend Alert: Metal Filigree Jewelry

As the season transitions from summer to fall, the go-to pieces in your closet transition alongside it. From booties and plaid to outerwear and denim, we know your autumn wardrobe is so ready for those first cool temps. But there’s one thing your fall closet still needs – accessories! With delicate metalwork and artistic styles, metal filigree jewelry is this season’s accessory trend to try. Here are 3 easy tips to help you do it in style:


1. Keep it simple

Filigree jewelry is unique on its own, so let the accessories speak for themselves. With intricate patterns that often resemble lace, this lightweight vintage style adds detail to any outfit.

2. Don’t be afraid to layer

Staying true to the cardinal rule of fall, don’t be afraid to layer filigree jewelry. To avoid overshadowing this delicate accessory, opt for other dainty pieces and choose chains of different lengths.

3. Express yourself

Speak to your own personal style by choosing pieces that feature your favorite fall details. Whether it’s fringe, leaves or a chandelier-style pendant, this versatile accessory provides something for everyone.

How will you rock metal filigree jewelry this fall? Let us know in the comments!

4 Must-Have Backpack Trends

As a child, choosing a backpack was the best part about back-to-school – and now that you’re off to college, the excitement doesn’t have to stop! Show off your personality with the perfect bag (even if you’re carrying tablets instead of textbooks). To give you some inspiration as you prepare to start the semester, here’s a quick look at our favorite school bag trends of the season:


Feminine Crochet

As seen trending throughout spring and summer, crochet continues to dominate this fall. Incorporate the fabric into your back-to-school wardrobe with this adorable book bag from Unionbay ($30). The crochet details add texture and dimension, while the floral pattern brings your free-spirit to life.

If you choose to rock this dainty detail on your back, check out how to accessorize crochet to complete your boho-inspired look.


Preppy Plaid

If classic schoolgirl is more your style, opt for this plaid backpack by Massini ($45). Plaid has long been our favorite print for fall, which makes it a no-brainer when it’s time for class this semester!


Versatile Neutral

For a trendy backpack you can wear with anything, opt for a simple style in a neutral shade. Try a soft faux leather bag with exposed zippers for extra drama.  This Massini backpack ($45) has multiple pockets and looks just like a hand bag, so you’ll appear much more casual when you’re walking around campus.

If you decide you want to add a little flair, feature enamel pins on the bag’s pockets. There’s no wrong way to make your backpack your own!


Boho Fringe

If you want something versatile that’s not quite as plain, choose a backpack with faux leather fringe. This boho-grunge Massini bag is just $45, and it’ll bring an edgy twist to any fall ensemble.

Now that you’ve seen our favorite backpacks for the school year, learn which essentials you should be carrying inside

Jewelry Trend: 5 Tips for Wearing Enamel Pins

You may remember enamel pins from your childhood – from a smiley face to a superhero, rocking this accessory was something to be proud of.  This fall, the trend is back with a sophisticated twist. First seen on runways, we are so ready to bring this look back to life. For a light-hearted spin on your grown-up style, here are 5 simple tips for wearing pins this season:

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1. Experiment with placement

Whether you’re wearing a blazer, denim jacket or baseball cap, have some fun with placing your pins. Either group them all together on a jacket collar, or spread them out on each side of your ensemble. The best thing about this trend is that there’s no wrong way to rock it!

2. Mix-and-match

Mixing prints and patterns has been a trend all year, and the same rules (or lack thereof) apply to this accessory. Add variety to your look by choosing an array of adornments – no combo of pins is off-limits this fall.

3. Pay attention to color

It’s important to consider how your pins complement your look. When you’re wearing solids, choose colorful pins that can provide contrast. When you’re rocking prints, choose neutral metallics to avoid busyness.

4. The more, the merrier

If there’s one thing we know to be true about pins, it’s that you can never choose just one to wear. Luckily for us, these tiny accessories are super affordable – only about $5 to $10 for each!

5. Represent your personal style

Whether you’re passionate about art, pop culture, sports or music, make sure your pins reflect your personality. It may be a small accessory – but it can make a big statement.

This season, it’s all about being bold – and what better way to show your style than by wearing your heart (and emojis, and food, and animals…) on your sleeve?