Short Skirts and Floppy Hats

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IMG_9649Even though fall is said to be at its peak this week (October 20-October 31) via beautiful foliage, fall temperatures have been fluctuating with a mid-summer kiss.

And while this time of year is ideal for cozy sweaters and layered scarves and jackets, those are just not items I want to wear when its 75 degrees and humid. Which is why mastering the “fall transition” outfit is key.

This was a favorite look of mine this week on a warmer day that included a skater skirt from Nordstrom BP, a light cranberry-colored sweater from Francesca’s, a floppy felt hat from Nordstrom BP and little black booties from C. Wonder. IMG_9653

IMG_9651I’d love to wear this to a fall festival or out to gaze at the changing leaves. And if you need some great places to check out the fall foliage in Philadelphia this week, check out this great guide from Uwishunu.

This outfit was perfect for the warmer temperatures with the right amount of autumn-feels.    IMG_9650Xoxo

P.S. What do you think of my logo’s new look? :)

 

 

Urban Outfitters- A Diamond in the Rough

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While I love Urban Outfitters for some quick cute du jour items, sometimes it’s hard to find exactly what you want in the chaos of trendy clothes and accessories.

That is why it is always exciting to find a diamond in the rough at UO.

I purchased this item a few weeks ago as a potential dress option for an interview. After trying on a small in the fitting room, I realized that this item may have been meant as a large shirt. Not loving it as a shirt, I purchased a large in hopes of being able to wear it as a dress.

With heels, it is a little short bare-legged for an everyday dress, but with leggings and little booties it’s a perfect casual fall outfit option.

The Twiggy-esque mod style shirt/dress is a great item for fall. I love the thicker material and simple pattern as a one-stop statement piece. (and apparently so do other people because I’ve gotten so many compliments!)

The key-hole in the back of the dress adds a perfect touch and the high neck makes it work-appropriate.

IMG_9558.JPGOverall, this was a great and refreshing find at Urban Outfitters this season amongst all the thick sweaters, heavy plaids and various edgy layering pieces.

Mod for fall is tres chic!

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Wild Mantle: The Janey Company

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Screen shot 2014-10-03 at 3.38.33 PMWhen I was in fourth grade, I signed up for a ballet class in a quaint studio in Narberth, Pennsylvania. Like many little girls, I looked up to my teachers as great role models, which is why I am so happy to have stayed in touch with Avi Fox my first assistant teacher at Dancexpress Studio.

Avi is the founder of Wild Mantle: The Janey Company, which creates amazing up-cycyled hooded sweater scarves for both men and women— and really what is better in the brisk fall than a warm scarf? The “previously-loved” hooded sweater scarves are like a hug, providing each wearer with a unique experience as no two Janey is alike.

Screen shot 2014-10-03 at 3.38.46 PMWild Mantle believes in all things sustainable, from sustainable manufacturing options to 100% made-in-USA paper for their product tags. Wild Mantle also supports our local community not only in business but in donating anything not used to make a Janey into the townships textile recycling program.

Everything about this product and story screams “quality.”

Screen shot 2014-10-03 at 3.38.58 PMWild Mantle also believes in supporting other entrepreneurs, business owners and activists who are doing positive things, which is why The Good News blog is a favorite feature to their site.

I have recently become a scribe to The Good News blog, profiling these great and positive activists and love speaking with people who are adamant on changing the world— if not just a little bit. Check out my latest post for Wild Mantle here!

I highly recommend snuggling up in a Janey this fall season. Unique, fashionable, sustainable and functional. Screen shot 2014-10-03 at 3.40.08 PM

Clover Market

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photo-2I love seasonal markets and festivities, which is why the Clover Market is a close and convenient option to fill my yearning.

-1Clover Market is a seasonal open-air market that features antiques, unique home furnishings, clothing, jewelery handmade crafts and arts and many other interesting finds. The market alternates locations in Ardmore and Chestnut Hill. This weekend I attended the market in Ardmore. (The next date will be held at Chestnut Hill on October 19th and then again in Ardmore on November 2nd)

It’s always fun to attend a market like this just to see what you can find even if you don’t actually end up purchasing anything. Some of my favorite finds included fantastic tiled mirrors, vintage feather quills, antler wall hangings, old bocce balls and of course this funny sign. (so mature)photo 1

The market also hosts local food vendors and food trucks if you get a little hungry from all the walking around and shopping. This year Ardmore even held a beer garden, which was great for a Sunday afternoon refresher.

Stay tuned for more fall festival postings— I love ‘em!

Tattery

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photo 3Someone said to me last night, “Back in my day, the only people who got tattoos were sailors.”

Which got me thinking, tattoos these days are more like an accessory, one for your skin in beautiful artistic renditions of words and drawings, something like jewelery if you will, only permanent and not only for men— tattery.

I myself do not have a permanent tattoo (yet), but many of my friends do and I love them all. They complement each of their personalities wonderfully, like a permanent stamp that differentiates them from someone else. They are a statement of personality and memory.

While tattoos may have held some sort of rough and tumble stigma “back in the day,” today they signify a creative spirit and inner soul.

The following are some of my favorite tattoos of my friends, and while I could try to explain them for you I think that would defeat the purpose. But one thing is for sure, tattoos are not just for sailors. photo 4photo 2

photo 1photo 5photo-22-1Thank you to my beautiful friends for letting me expose them on my blog! :)

Xoxo

Can’t Wait Fall Clothing

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The moment that fall nip hits the air, I want to go shopping for fall clothes. Granted— I also snag fall clothing when there are some great deals in summer too (i.e. the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale). Regardless, I put together some fall statement pieces I have collected over the past couple months in anticipation of fall fashion.

1. Big cozy poncho/scarf

I love ponchos for this fall season. They look cozy, comfortable and chic. I found this great gray option from Free People on the Sale rack as an “As Is” item due to a little snag in the fabric. “As Is” is one of my favorite ways to purchase new fashion with a little defect— it adds character and is affordable! This soft gray poncho/shawl/scarf option is a great layering piece and can be worn multiple ways.

IMG_93172. Ankle booties

This is the second pair of casual ankle booties I have added to my fall boot collection. These black canvas pair I found at a summer sale at C. Wonder and couldn’t resist. I can’t wait to wear them once fall weather actually settles in.

IMG_93233. Statement colors

Reds, burgundys and oranges for fall. This red head wrap from Free People is a great way to liven up the dark colors cold weather seemingly brings around.

IMG_93244. Corduroy leggings

Once it gets chilly outside, I live in leggings. To change it up a little I love patterned and chord leggings for fall. These are so soft and warm they will be perfect for winter as well.

5. Back and white coats

I found this leather/sherpa combo coat at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and have been looking forward to wearing it since July. The combo of materials makes it a great weight for fall temperatures and the two-toned black and white makes a great statement.

(Oh and of course big floppy felt hats but that has already been written about here.)

Happy fall shopping! Xoxo

Tats and Tans

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IMG_9168Although September 23rd is the official start of fall, most close down for the summer after Labor Day Weekend. I myself, start to get into the fall mentality once the beach shuts down, but this year I would like to enjoy the hot days and lingering tans and my flash tattoos while I still can.

This past weekend, my family and I jumped on the “flash tat” bandwagon and I have to say I love them— especially for showing off your summer skin. They come in various edgy tribal, aztecy patterns and are applied like a regular temporary tattoo. The difference? They are an amazing flashy metallic color in either gold, silver or black.

I wore a wrap-around arm band and wrist tat last weekend, and my arm band is still lingering! I actually am really enjoying the subtle faded gold on my arm right now too. Not to mention, since I was tanning post application, it is leaving a cool tan line on my arm as well.

So while summer still lasts and your tan hasn’t yet faded, I recommend picking up some flash tattoos. They’re just cool. IMG_9163IMG_9173IMG_9169

New headers!

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I’m happy to announce a new change to Kieroyal! As you may notice, the header at the top of this page looks different. Thanks to my dear friend Kathleen, Kieroyal has some great new graphic headers to keep you entertained.

Three years ago, Kathleen and I lived in 215 Wolf Hall at Penn State where some referred to us as the “PR/Marketing Headquarters” of Alpha Xi Delta. The two of us held the PR and Marketing positions collectively so our 15′ x 11′ room became the creative hub.

295915_10150790444475317_7106980_nWhen I started this blog in London in the summer of 2012 I had asked Kathleen to design me a header for my little travel blog. So she did and it’s held strong since that day.

Lucky for me, Kathleen and I seem to have some sort of creative telepathy because I had been thinking of updating the header for a few weeks now and she just happened to come across the original design and played around with updating it without me even asking.

I hope you enjoy the new headers and thank you so much to Kathleen for designing them for me!

Xoxo

“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

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IMG_9053Lilly, Lilly, Lilly. You either love it or you hate it.

Having a godmother who worked at the unmistakably preppy haven, I learned at a young age to adorn myself in Lilly Pulitzer whether I liked it or not.

It took me until becoming a sorority girl in college to appreciate the bright colors, flashy patterns and lifestyle of a “Lilly girl.” Because essentially that’s what Lilly is. Aside from the fashion, aside from the clothing— it’s a lifestyle.

Anyway, now that I can appreciate that “style isn’t what you wear, it’s how you live,” a quote made famous by Lilly Pulitzer herself, I love a good Lilly product every now and again.

IMG_9040IMG_9039The Lilly end of summer sale is always a great time to pick up an accessory or two, but this year I fell in love with a dress that was nearly 50% off. Having a lobster dinner at my country club that evening, I had to buy it— it was just too perfect. White cotton, with a subtle and scenic lighthouse pattern.

IMG_9051It was perfect for the occasion and will be a great summer staple in my wardrobe for years to come. That’s what I love about Lilly.

“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”- Lilly Pulitzer

August Reds

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IMG_8977There’s nothing like a red dress to turn heads. I ordered this dress from JollyChic.com and wasn’t in love. It sat in my closet for two weeks and I even tried to give it away. I thought it looked like an oversized pillowcase and couldn’t figure out how to wear it.

IMG_8979But with a fall nip in the air today, I decided to give it another go. I styled this red trapeze high-low dress with a long poison bottle necklace, a chunky white and gold bracelet and gold gladiator sandals.

IMG_8988To give it a fall flair I added this great black felt panama hat from Nordstrom’s BP, which is perfect as a fall transition piece and a great festival piece. If I happened to be headed to the Philadelphia Folk Festival this weekend, this would be a perfect festival outfit.

IMG_8989(I also was feeling a little one with the animals today ;-) )

IMG_8994If you have any other suggestions on how to wear this dress I’d love to hear! I’m looking forward to wearing this dress with boots and leggings in the fall!IMG_9006

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