STYLE BLOG by CARLY MADDOX

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Photo Diary: My mini-trip to ATL!

Hey everyone! I've been such a terrible blogger lately but I promise I'll make it up to you with lots of September posts! I always have this goal of trying to post 20 times a month, but I never make it. Sometimes close, but I usually only post like 12 times a month. BUT starting next month (which is 2 days away!) I'll post much more....promise. Anyways, the reason I've been such an awful blogger this week is because I just went to Atlanta to see Aerosmith on Thursday! If you follow me on Instagram you probably already knew...I had the most wonderful concert experience of my life and I've been facing some terrible post-concert depression with a side of some on/off hysterical crying sessions ever since. I took most of my photos from the trip with my iPhone as well, it's just so much easier and the iPhone 5 camera is very impressive. Here's my favorite photos from the trip...

A car selfie....a picture of the boring but still kind of pretty road to Atlanta....a photo of the city....and a picture my mom took of me to post while I was doing my short Others Follow IG takeover.

After we got to the arena we walked around a bit since we still had a while to wait. Atlanta is so beautiful and I'm loving the giant ferris wheel! As for the photo on the right, I remember being in the same spot super excited for my first Aerosmith two years ago so I snapped another pic of this entrance for memory.

I'm obsessed with the panoramic camera feature on my iPhone but always forget to use it....but when I was bored sitting in the food court of the CNN center I decided to take a panoramic shot..it's so pretty in there to me! 

On this tour, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators were the opening act. They were really good (SLASH DUH AMAZING OBVIOUSLY) but I still wish Cheap Trick would've toured with Aerosmith again, because they're another one of my favorite bands. I also reunited with one of my fave gals Peri which was of course really fun, and I met some other fans I talk to on Twitter which was great! I love meeting other people who love Aerosmith as much as I do! 

I was so lucky enough to be one of the few girls to go inside the barricade in front of the catwalk to see the show which I've never done, and I never even knew was possible to do until that night! I've always wanted to see them front row without that barricade between me and the stage, and I got to Thursday night! It was the best concert I've ever been to. Second best day though...my best day ever being the day I met Steven at the Tampa concert in 2012, haha! But the concert on Thursday was that true Aerosmith fan experience for me, and it was so much fun being close to my favorite rockstars like I was and just being able to sing along with Steven right in front of my face like he was. Also, his eyes look dark but Steven was totally looking at my camera when I took that picture on the right. I remember him making eye contact and looking at my phone a bit while I snapped a few pictures. I didn't even have time to freak out either but it's okay, because it's all catching up with me now.

So yes, since Thursday night I've been uncontrollably on/off crying with permanent ugly crying face over these guys. Maybe some of you will think I'm weirdly obsessive. But, I would be lying if I said I wasn't. Every time I go see them I go on this long discussion about how much this band means to me, and here I am to do it again. Words can't even describe at this point how much of an inspiration Steven is to me with not only the music but just his road to fame and never giving up on his dreams, so it really helps me when I'm feeling discouraged about mine. Aerosmith's music always makes me feel so much better when I'm down, and my love for them is for life. 

Thanks for reading everyone! I had to take one day off from posting about my main love fashion to express my feelings about my other main love, as you can see! Hope you're all having a great weekend so far! xx

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kohl's Back to School Challenge #FINDYOURYES - Part II

*Post is sponsored by Kohl's and they have so kindly provided me with Kohl's gifts, however, all opinions are completely my own.*
   
   This week I'm so excited to be posting my favorite post of the three part Kohl's back to school challenge, the BTS trend style challenge! I honestly meant to have this post up Friday, but with this crazy Florida weather we've been having, it's either been like 100 degrees outside and humid or pouring rain! But I've finally photographed all three of my outfits that fall underneath the trends School of Rock, Color Pop and Style Trip, so here they are!



Wearing: Kohl's Rock and Republic faux leather vest, Kohl's Lily Rose plaid skater skirt, Kohl's NYLA cut-out booties, Kohl's Mudd Quincy quilted backpack, vintage Aerosmith t-shirt, assorted jewelry.

For my "School of Rock" look, I knew right off the bat that I wanted a lot of faux leather, and my favorite band tee! When trying to achieve the perfect rock 'n' roll look, those two things are essential! I of course wore my vintage Aerosmith tee because it has a lot of color in it, which I needed to help balance out all of the black. I thought about a faux leather jacket, but since it's still summer and waaaay too hot for that, I opted for the adorable faux leather vest, which will also be cute during the cooler months with a long sleeve shirt underneath!

For my shoes, even though I'm a fan of wearing any kind of heel, I wanted to try to find pairs of shoes for all of my BTS looks that were flat, because when you're going to school, you wanna be comfy! I instantly fell in love with these cut-out booties and the amazing buckles on them, and while they have a heel, I promise it doesn't even feel like it, and they're perfect for school, especially right now while we transition into fall!

To finish off the outfit, I paired in the plaid skirt which may seem odd, but I thought it really gave the outfit a "school girl" touch without taking away from the rocker look. I will go ahead and say this was definitely my favorite look out of the three!



Wearing: Kohl's Elle printed keyhole maxi dress, Kohl's Mudd cut-out tribal arm cuff, Forever 21 beige shopper tote, Thrifted sandals, Assorted jewelry.

For the theme "Style Trip", I had to put together tribal patterns to create a super cute and casual BTS look. I didn't get anything that was too obvious, but I did happen to fall in love with this dress and it's colors and patterns, which isn't necessarily a "tribal" print, but it did put me in the mind of beautiful Moroccan tiles, so I had to get it! I did wear the adorable tribal arm cuff that was sent to me in my Kohl's mailer from the last post, and I went with mostly gold accessories (check out the little gold turtles on my sandals, they're too cute!) to give it a more glam, exotic look. 

For my bag, I went with my actual school bag I bought for my first year of college, which is just a beige shopper from Forever 21. It's lightweight, structured well and also comes in black, but since my tote last year was black I decided to switch it up a bit! I might have decided on doing online classes though because it's going to be more convenient for my current schedule, but this tote has really come in handy for working on the go like I do, because I can just slide in my iPad, laptop, camera, or whatever else I may need and just go! 

This outfit is so breezy and while it isn't a very obvious tribal look, I do still think it perfectly fits in with the theme, as I totally would wear this outfit both to school and to an exotic trip to Morocco, which I someday would love to take! But, if you go to a school with a stricter dress code like how my high school was, then you can easily just throw on a denim jacket or light knit cardigan over this dress as you're leaving the house, and you will be good to go! 





Wearing: Kohl's Self Esteem graphic top, Kohl's Elle striped ponte pencil skirt, Keds red champion sneaker, Target tote (old), thrifted scarf, assorted accessories.

For the last theme "Color Pop", I had to create a look with items like quirky pieces, bold prints, and, of course, have a pop of color in my outfit! I went with my favorite color choices of a pop of color look, which are black, white and red, and I went for a Parisian-chic inspired look! I started with getting this adorable Ooh La La printed top (which comes with a cute infinity scarf but I wanted to wear my red one this time), and a bold striped skirt! I had to belt the skirt because while it's supposed to be bodycon my fits a little loosely (size down, ladies!) but I like the belt around it so all is okay! 

For my pops of color, I wore a red neck scarf and my favorite pair of red Keds to really show that pop of color! The shoes are of course super comfy for school, and the neck scarf is lightweight and not too hot for wearing in this summer heat! For my bag, I just carried my old black tote I got from Target, and this was actually my school bag from last year! I really love this look because it's so fun and it looks like a lot of effort was put into it, but it's still comfy and casual to wear at school and not feel uncomfortable all day. Oh, and did you notice my holding up #GIRLBOSS the photo above? Yeah, well, it's kind of the best book ever. If you're not reading it, I highly suggest you pick up a copy ASAP! 

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Thanks for reading everyone, hope you enjoyed this big style challenge post! Make sure you check back next week for my third post, where I'll be creating three super cute outfits for under $100, and the big reader giveaway! 
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Under The Sea


Wearing: Chi Chi dress, Target watch.

Today I'm super excited to show you all another outfit in a beautiful maxi dress which can be either dressed up or dressed down! I wanted to wear it more casually, so I just kept it simple with the accessories by wearing a simple watch. This beautiful dress from Chi Chi is called the "Ariel" dress, and that's exactly who I felt like in it, The Little Mermaid! There were without a doubt smiles coming from me all day in this gorgeous dress, so I got lots of twirly and happy shots when I went to take photos of it in the park. I may look a little too happy in that first shot, but it perfectly describes how I felt in this gorgeous summery dress! 
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kohl's Back to School Challenge #FINDYOURYES - Part I


School season is almost here again, so I've partnered up with Kohl's to do a series of three posts to kick off the start of the school year with some fun and super cute style challenges! I've always personally loved journeying into Kohl's while back to school shopping, so I'm super excited to be doing this fun little collaboration, and to start off the challenge, I'm talking about this exclusive mailer that Kohl's sent me with surprise items to welcome me into this project.

I knew I was being sent a mailer, but was totally unsure as to what would be in it, so I was completely excited when I opened it up! Not only did it have clothes, but a variety of cute and colorful items that I love so much and are perfect for back to school as well! They threw in all sorts of random accessories, and cute clothes as well. I'm especially loving that cute floral beanie and tribal cuff! It also came with some gift cards for me to use for my style challenges, which will be a trend challenge (creating three looks that fall underneath the BTS trends School of Rock, Style Trip and Color Pop) and also my three looks under $100 post! But so far, I'm in love with the items in the mailer and can't wait to show you all what I come up with for the style challenges!

Oh and another thing, there will be a big giveaway at the end! So make sure you stay updated with my posts so you can enter and get some cute BTS goodies from Kohl's! 

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*Post is sponsored by Kohl's and they have so kindly provided me with Kohl's gifts, however, all opinions are completely my own.*
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Brooklyn Baby


Wearing: WalG jumpsuit, Little Mistress belt (came with a dress so you can't get it individually), Nasty Gal sandals, Target hat, Michael Kors via Mara Vintage Shop bag, Gucci vintage watch, Vintage ring, bangle + earrings, My Name Necklace "Carly" necklace.

Couldn't think of a clever title, so I just decided to use a song title like usual, and I still can't stop listening to LDR's new album so Brooklyn Baby it was! I did go with it because of the lyrics mentioning the 70s, and that's exactly what I felt like in this outfit! Jumpsuits always automatically scream 70s to me, so I was definitely excited to get my first one here, which is from Wal-G! It's so cute and the color is just darling for summer, and even though the pant-length is a little too long for me, it'll be easy to take them somewhere and get them shortened. Which reminds me, I still need to learn how to sew so I can do simple things like small alterations...lol! Anyways, I stuck with gold accents (like usual) to keep it looking glam, and paired it with straw accessories to give it the glam 70s appeal as well. Of course, I tried my best to put in some very 70s pieces, like the floppy hat, the hoop-style earrings (they're door knockers but it just felt right to wear them...they're my favorite earrings right now!) and of course some chunky wooden platform heels. My mom told me I looked like I stepped out of American Hustle which was one of the best compliments ever, because even though I didn't care for the movie, it's one of my favorite style films! The more I love my outfit, the better my day is, and I must say I had a pretty good day in this outfit!

Also, I just wanted to add in that today this week's issue of Look Magazine came out, and I'm in it! While it's a British magazine, you can still order an online copy, but the image is below. I'm wearing one of my favorite summer dresses, from the Look Magazine x Little Mistress collection! If you haven't seen my post in it, you can click and view it here


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Monday, August 11, 2014

First Year of College: Must-Haves Wishlist

        Instead of doing a monthly wishlist this month, I decided to compile a list of must-haves for your first year of college, since I start college in just a matter of weeks! Not only did I put together a Polyvore board, but I also have plenty of recommended items listed below as well, and it's all affordable items, because my main goal for this post is to really help anyone who is looking for cute and affordable back-to-school clothes, accessories, and stationery! This list can totally apply to high school students as well, as I know a lot of these things were essentials for my past four years of high school, especially senior year! So if any of you are going into college like I am, or still attending high school, I hope you enjoy this little wishlist!

First Year of College: Must-haves Wishlist

H M brown top, $25 / Old Navy scoop neck tank top / Graphic t shirt / Accessorize wingtip shoes / H M black purse, $25 / MARC BY MARC JACOBS tech accessory / Tech accessory / AERIN lip gloss / NARS Cosmetics lip gloss / Philosophy body moisturizer / H M travel bag, $6.75 / SUGAR PAPER Kraft polka dot journal, $25 / Coffee mug, $4.60 / H M candles candleholder, $5.06 / Audrey Hepburn 12oz Double Wall Ceramic Travel Mug


SIMPLY CHIC BACKPACKS + TOTES

During the school year, backpacks and totes (whichever you carry for school) become our main bag, and we tend to leave our purses behind at home. Since we carry our school bag everyday, it's good to get one that leans to the more simplistic and versatile side, so it matches well with all of your outfits! I personally like to carry a black shopper tote during the school year, but I've had my share of boldly colored and tacky-printed backpacks that I used to carry during school, and now they're shamefully sitting in the back of my closet. Backpacks and totes can sometimes get pretty costly, so it's good to get one sturdy and versatile bag to save you from buying a new bag every year! A few of my options are from Modcloth, however I included a variety of style that I think would be great.


Backpacks


Totes

2. Black Faux Leather Shopper (w/ brown option also!)

COMFY TEES, CARDIS, + SHOES!

The main goal during the school year is to stay comfy but look cute as well! A good way to do this is just to invest in some adorable cardigans, cute tees, and versatile flats! In my closet, I've got an endless amount of striped tees and band shirts for those days when I just want to be comfy. I am also a big lover of oxfords, and I know for sure I own way more of them than I do normal flats. But one pair of black flats is all you need in my opinion...they go with literally everything! Some of the items I've selected below are from Nasty Gal and I've also included a plus size option from OneStopPlus!


Cardigans


T-shirts

Flats



SOOTHING SCENTS

For long nights of endless assignments to do, or maybe just after a stressful day, you're gonna need to have some soothing candles and lotions by your side! Shops like Nordstrom and Ulta have a great selection to pamper yourself with! Small things like these can easily help your day out a little bit, and so can the help of a little coffee!


Candles


Lotions

BEAUTY TO-GO

If you tend to be someone who wakes up at the last minute before school starts and you never have time to put on your makeup, don't worry, I've been there too. I find that a little bit of some mascara and lip gloss makes a big difference to your appearance, and only takes a minute!


Mascara


Lip Gloss



STYLISH STATIONERY

Looking at paper and pens all day gets pretty boring, and we all know that they automatically mean schoolwork. Personally, when I have pretty stationery to write in, it makes the stressful work a little better, and it makes me want to make my penmanship and work look as nice and neat as possible! So if pretty stationery is what it takes for you too, I say go for it (check out Kate Spade!) Anything that motivates you to put in more effort is totally worth buying!


Notepads


Planners


Pens/Pencils

2. "What Would Blair Waldorf Do?" Pencil Set (I want these so so bad!)


OTHER FUN + COMPLETELY NECESSARY ITEMS

Here's a few other random items that make school a little better that didn't really fall into any of my other categories. A few of these things would be phone cases, makeup bags (used for pencils too, of course!), and coffee cups/travel mugs. These little random things help make the day a little more pleasant!


Coffee Cups / Travel Mugs

1. Camera Lens Mug
2. Grumpy Cat Coffee Mug
3. "I Woke Up Like This" Mug

Makeup Bags / Pencil Bags

1. Lipstick Addict Cosmetic Bag
2. Boho Print Double Zip Bag
3. Embossed Leather Makeup Bag

Phone Cases

1. New York City Phone Case
2. More Issues Than Vogue Phone Case
3. Crushed Metallic Phone Case

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Thanks for reading! 

xx


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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Business-like in Tulle


Wearing: Thrifted shirt and blazer, Kellie Falconer Design tulle skirt, Banggood clutch, Nina heels + bracelet, Rue 21 necklace.

I love the thought of giving staple pieces a fun twist, and that's just what I did today when I gave this menswear-inspired top half of my outfit a girly match-up with my cream tulle skirt from Kellie Falconer Design! I always love trying to find new ways to wear this skirt, and I'm especially loving how I styled it today. It may not seem like it, but it's sometimes a challenge pairing a whole outfit around this skirt! I can think of so many ways to wear it, but the items I want to wear it with I don't seem to have. I need to start buying more cute tops to pair it with, but for now a good ol' striped shirt will do! 
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Everyday Uniform, But Printed With Unicorns!


Wearing: Sugarhill Boutique dress, Thrifted heels, Rue 21 necklace, ZeroUV sunglasses.

My everyday uniform typically consists of an adorable dress (usually fit-and-flare) and some vintage-styled heels to match, and I love a good print, so I just had to get this darling little unicorn printed dress from Sugarhill Boutique! Along with the print, the pale lavender color is so beautiful as well, and all together this quirky little frock makes for such a unique dress! I was actually carrying my coral colored bag with this dress today because I was too lazy to switch out bags and I thought it looked surprisingly good paired together, but I kind of freaked out last minute and left it out of the pictures because I was second guessing the way the colors looked together at the last minute. Besides that though, I paired my favorite statement necklace and a belt with the dress, and spent the day running a few errands stylishly! 
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rose Petals


Wearing: Yesfor dress, Deux Lux bag, Nina heels, Target watch. 

The days just keep getting hotter, so I'm pretty much sticking to only wearing dresses at this point! I'm especially in love with this cute little dress from Yesfor, the print and colors are just perfect! I wore it with my favorite little heels from Nina that I just can't seem to take off, and I carried my Deux Lux bag for an extra pop of color. I kept it simple, which really is all I can do during these scorching hot summer days!


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