10.30.2014

525 America Sweaters

Top Row: 1 // 2 // 3
Middle Row: 1 // 2
Bottom Row: 1 // 2 // 3

If you don't love a good cable knit sweater, you cray cray. I've been seeing 525 America more and more lately and I'm really starting to fall in love! They look oh-so comfortable and from what I've heard, they are.

Should I take the plunge? This sweater is my top choice and this one is a close second. There's just something about turtlenecks that really get to me! I've been on the hunt for good cable knits and I think these are the ones. Don't you agree? 


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J. Crew Grid Shift Dress - Black and Gold

Dress (on sale!) // Blazer (similar) // Shoes // Watch c/o // Purse // Necklace


What's black and white and read all over?! This blog post!! Gahh, gets me every time haha. 

Some days you just have to step away from color and deck yourself out in black (and gold). It's World Series Game 7 (as I'm writing this) so we're going to keep it short and sweet today. This dress is one of my new purchases and I always love a good shift dress from The Factory (which always has great sales -- like the one going on now!). Of course I had to pair this dress with my new watch from Rakani. I've been shopping around for a black watch (almost bought this one) for some time and I'm so happy to have stumbled onto this one! I wore this look the other day to work and then around SoHo for some wallet-damaging shopping! But you'll see more of that next week :)

Happy Thursday!


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10.29.2014

LiketoKnow.It


All right, all right, let's talk about this people! LiketoKnow.It: Some of you know about it; others might not. Either way I'm here to teach, talk and explain all there is to know about the app. Even if you hate it, just listen along. I might change your perception. I also might not, so who knows.


Teach:
So what is it? LiketoKnow.it (or LTK as I call it) is a way for people to shop on Instagram. It's available through my blog affiliate network (how I make money through the blog) and it's that weird little URL code you see people put in the caption of Instagram photos.

After you sign up for LTK it can go one of two ways:

1. (the normal way) you "like" the photo and an email gets sent to you with product links to shop the photo
2. (the Krista way) you "like" the photo (whether you want to shop it or not because you're a nice person and you should support those you follow) and if you're interested in a product, type the URL into your browser and shop from there.


Talk:
The No. 1 complaint about LTK is saying "I don't need another daily email." Well duh! No one wants any more emails, but you know you'll get more one way or another. It's not hard to delete. Trust me, I do it all the time haha. And if that's the case, you can set up your account to get an email anywhere from ASAP to daily to weekly. OR you can also unsubscribe from emails altogether and still use the LTK URL. Easy peasy!




Explain:
 So why do I use it? Like a lot of bloggers on Instagram, we have followers who don't actually read the blog but instead just follow along with daily snaps. My first use for LTK is for them. This gives them an opportunity to shop my blog without actually reading my blog. 

The second reason is to let my followers shop outfits that will probably never make it to the blog (like my daily outfit arm party snaps). 

And the third reason I use it is to make money (and anyone who says otherwise is lying to you). My Instagram is basically a second blog, and my blog is a part-time job (full-time job here). If I have a chance to make money, like any good businesswoman would, I'm going to take it (this is me being honest and transparent with you all).


Teach Pt. 2:
If that last paragraph is coming as a shock to you, let me explain. 98% of bloggers are connected with an affiliate network which is how bloggers make money. This can be done in one of two ways, either by PPC (pay per click which is about $.01 per click) or through commission of sale (which means if you click the link and buy something the blogger will make a commission on your sale. Commission varies with different retailers).

LTK is part of an affiliate network (a commission based one) and so when you shop an LTK photo and buy something the blogger receives a commission. Make sense? (If not, email me I can explain more!) Here's a video if you want to learn more!

Soooo what do you think? I'd love to hear genuine comments and thoughts below!






Day to Night with Buckley K

H&M Wool Coat $99 c/o // Buckley K Peplum Top c/o // Leather Panel Leggings (old) similar here $68 // Black Heels $29 // J. Crew Belt $30 // Daniel Wellington Watch $229 c/o // BaubleBar Coordinates Cuff c/o $38 // BaubleBar earrings $28

Where do I begin with this outfit? I love it! It's perfect for this fall we're having because it's cold in the morning and then gets warm. What the heck? I just got this Buckley K peplum top recently, and I've worn it about three times since. They designed their shirts for the purpose of being versatile while traveling. I mean, traveling to work and back counts, right? 

This shirt is just so dang comfortable I want to wear it all the time. It's also perfect for everything. This is more of a day-to-night outfit, but I also wore this top with jeans and with a skirt and it still looks awesome. I love the length of the shirt. I don't know why, but I think it has something to do with me not worrying about people seeing my undies when I sit sit down and that it flatters my body type. The higher waist is also perrrrfect for me! Gah, can you tell I love this shirt?

I'm also sporting my leather leggings that I mentioned in this post yesterday. Shop more looks there or down below to find your own pair!



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10.28.2014

Trend: Leather Panel Leggings



Top Row: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
Bottom Row: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

I've had my leather panel leggings for over two years now (#trendsetter) and I love them. Every fall I can't wait to break them back out. I think they're essential for every girl to have in her wardrobe and today I've rounded up a few of my favorites for you. 


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Travel Tuesday: Popolopen Gorge

J. McLaughlin Flannel $148 c/o (similar) // Grey V-Neck $25 // Pants $68 // Hiking Boots $135 // Movado Watch $150 c/o // Ray-Ban Sunglasses $150

On Saturday, Andrew and I went on a hike to Popolopen Gorge. I have a fall to-do list and hiking to see fall foliage was No. 1, so I'm glad we were able to do it before it got too late. I used to hike all the time with my friends in college at the Red River Gorge but ever since I moved to NYC, I never had the chance. I mean, Andrew and I have been trying to hike for a year now.

We had a great time and a great hike! The view at the top was amazing. The gorge was close to West Point, which was cool because off in the distance you could see the school. There was also a little memorial called the Popolopen Torne. Hikers can bring their own rock from the bottom of the mountain to the top and add to it.

As eager as you all are to hear more about my hike, I'll switch gears and talk about my outfit starting with the boots. A good hiking boot, along with being comfortable, consists of two things: good ankle support and a good tread. With that, you're ready for your hike!

It was also a little chilly out so I made sure to wear layers. A simple v-neck with a flannel over it was perfect (and stylish) for the hike. And of course, you want comfortable pants! Nothing that can rip and that are breathable. My go-to are always my yoga pants :)


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10.27.2014

Slip On Sneakers


First Row: Vince $195 // Target $25 // Kate Spade $250

Second Row: Vans $55 // Vans $60 // Steve Madden $60

Third Row: Rebecca Minkoff $195 // Joie $190 // Common Projects $450 

Fourth Row: Target $25 // Steve Madden $60 // Topshop $35

I've been seeing the slip-on sneaker trend everywhere and I'm kind of starting to like it. What do you guys think? Who knew there were so many different styles? I think if I were to pull the trigger it would be on these Steve Maddens. I love anything quilted! Shop more below:







Versatile Everyday Look



Today's look is one of my go-to's. It's great for everything I do on a day-to-day basis; going to work, meeting friends, walking the city, etc. I hate to say it, but I've become a flats girl #ugh. Before moving to NYC I would rarely wear flats. I thought they looked so gross on my feet. I only put up with my Tory Burch ones because they were cool. But moving here and walking everywhere has really taught me how important good shoes are! If I need to wear heels, I'll pack them in my purse and change before I walk into my destination. Does that make me a real New Yorker? (please say no)

As you know, I'm a lover of Jack Rogers but obviously can't wear them too much in the Fall and Winter. So that's where these driving mocs come in. They have the style and classic stitching of the JR brand but they cover my whole foot and they're sooo comfortable! I'm also loving their new color, but of course I had to go with the navy. They match my new purse (look for a discount code later this week!) #NavyOrNothing!

What helps make this look so versatile is the jewelry. I've been looking for simple earrings that I can wear to work without them being too much but something  I can also wear out. These tassel earrings are just that! They're simple while also making a statement. As I get older, I fall more in love with gold jewelry too and finding a good gold earring is harder than it seems.







10.26.2014

Halloween Past


I know Halloween is right around the corner and this is the time to start thinking about what you're going to be for the night. (Or at least I am)... I seriously have no idea what I'm going to be this year, or if I'm even going out. Buttt I thought I would share my favorite costume idea! It was a big hit and really easy to make! Something that not a ton of people think of. Hope you enjoy my college self!

Supplies:
Cardboard box
Red & White Paint
Two yard sticks
Red ribbon
Tape
and Yourself!


I just cut out the top and bottom of a cardboard box and used a flap as the "top" of the kissing booth. Then used a lot of tape to connect the yard sticks to the top and bottom. Cut out two little holes on the front and back and thread ribbon through it to make suspenders for yourself to wear. Then decorate accordingly and charge a good price!