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Off the Rack: Stars and Stripes in the Target Dollar Bins

Fourth of July dollar bin finds at Target
New red, white and blue goodies have appeared in the dollar bins at Target, perfect for celebrating the upcoming Memorial Day weekend or Independence Day holiday. Pick up striped paper plates or star print napkins plus star shaped ceramic dishes for a perfectly patriotic picnic. Decorate with stars and stripes garlands, drink up with red, white and blue tumblers, and relax on a "Celebrate Like it's 1776" pillow on the Fourth of July. And of course don't forget to show your spirit with accessories in the same palette, like scarves, tote bags and bandanas (which also happen to be summer's hottest trend...I bought one, not sure I'll have the courage to wear it though LOL). Kids will love the festive glow sticks, glow bracelets and glow necklaces - we bought a bulk box last year that was a big hit at the 4th of July BBQ we attended. You can't go wrong! Browse my pics for more inspiration...have you picked up anything yet?

H&M Announces Next Designer Collab with Kenzo

Kenzo x H&M
H&M announced that its next designer collaboration will be with KENZO, the "vibrant and playful Parisian house that captures the energy of global culture to create its unique, youthful spirit." Creative Directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon will bring the spirit of KENZO to H&M, creating collections for women and men as well as accessories.

Lim and Leon are the founders of global fashion emporium Opening Ceremony, and to be honest I hadn't really heard of Kenzo until the Opening Ceremony duo took the helm of the Parisian fashion house in 2011 and made headlines.



Kenzo was created by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, who held his first fashion show in Paris in 1972. Kenzo is a celeb favorite, and you might recognize their bold, tongue-in-cheek designs like the oversized message clutch that Jessica Alba carried in this post. Or maybe you've taken note of Kenzo's super expensive embellished sweatshirts on fashion blogs and celebrity style sites. That tiger sweatshirt you've seen everywhere? That's Kenzo.

I'll be following this collab closely just because it's so relevant to the fashion scene today. With their huge fan base, I have a feeling it will sell out quickly and tons will end up on eBay.

KENZO x H&M will be available in selected stores & online from November 3, 2016.

Read more about the collaboration on hm.com/magazine and follow hashtag #KENZOxHM on social media for all the latest updates.

Are you excited for Kenzo x H&M?

Sarong Chic: Hilary Duff's Denim Shirt and Wrapped Midi Skirt Look for Less

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While stepping out in West Hollywood, Hilary Duff styled a bleached chambray shirt with a flowy skirt, white sandals and a cognac bucket bag. To top it all off, Hilary added mirrored-lens sunnies, stacks of gold bangles and a grey wool hat. More is more in the case of her accessories, which I tend to stray from, but I love the look here. Plus I'm obsessed with this skirt! The sarong shape and lightweight fabric makes me instantly think of summer, and the midi length is so chic. Hilary's shoes in this look are a flat gladiator style, but I decided to dress it up a bit with some wedge sandals with a similar strap detailing. Get the look for less with styled pieces starting at $5.90 below...


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Hilary Duff Photo Credit: STPR, PRPhotos.com


Grunge Meets Glam: Eva Mendes' Plaid Shirt and Ripped Jeans Look for Less

Eva Mendes' casual style
Eva Mendes was seen arriving at The London Hotel in LA in a casual plaid button-up shirt and cuffed ripped denim jeans. The actress tied her hair up with a scrunchie, tossed on some wedge heels and added oversized sunglasses to give her basic look some sex appeal. Eva could wear the proverbial potato sack and still look hot, and this outfit proves her effortless style yet again. The plaid shirt and jeans are wardrobe staples, updated for spring with cute sandals and a retro updo hairstyle. I was surprised how difficult it is to find wedge slides that don't scream "comfort shoes," so I swapped in some wedge sandals with an ankle-strap instead. Steal her style with finds starting at just $6 below...

Eva Mendes' casual style

Shop the Look for Less:


Plaid Shirt, $6 at walmart.com // H&M Ripped Jeans, $39.99 (tons more ripped jeans options at Romwe under $25) // Club Monaco Scrunchie, $12 // Gabriella Rocha Reversible Tote, $49.99 // Seychelles Wedge Sandals, $79 at gilt.com // Steve Madden Sunglasses, $42


Eva Mendes Photo Credit: Bruja/Sam Sharma, PacificCoastNews


BB's Link Round Up: 40% Off at Old Navy, Banana Republic's Hello Summer Event and More

BB's Link Round Up
Gal Meets Glam visits the English countryside in a floral dress and classic trench.

Lauren McBride shows you how to create a tropical backyard retreat on a budget.

Sydne Style shows us how to wear the cropped flare jean trend. Take notes!

Her Daily has quick and easy tips to clean your makeup brushes.

College Fashion rounds up 3 ways to add flamingo prints to your summer style.

Take 40% off your entire order at oldnavy.com, no codes needed. Ends 5/22.

On Pinterest we're obsessing over this floral off-the-shoulder top look.

Fab Fatale is hosting a giveaway for the entire OPI New Orleans nail polish collection.

Have you seen Target's new "This Just In" videos? Brilliant.

Take 40% off your order at bananarepublic.com with code BRTAKE40.

Shown above: Chambray Dress // Cropped Denim Jacket // Crisscross Faux Leather Sandal