2019’s Hot Accessory Trends

2019 is well under way, but it isn’t too late to embrace some of the more fashionable trends to hit magazines, streets, and venues across the world. From pearls to baker boy hats, and snakeskin boots to scarves for your handbag, there’s plenty of options for the discerning fashionista, whether you’re heading to the beaches of Maui or the streets of Los Angeles. You don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve some of these looks, either.

Pearls

Pearls are everywhere this year. Rather than pearl necklaces of the 1950s, though, celebrities have been adorned in contemporary styled pearls. While pearls are striking and memorable, they don’t have to be expensive, and if you aren’t comfortable wearing them around your neck, consider earrings, hair berets, and bracelets. 

The pearls don’t have to be perfectly round, either – the more natural look of slightly misshapen pearls is very popular.

Anklets

If you’re heading to the beach, or any hot climate, you could even opt for a pearl anklet. Anklets are another fashion item that have made a firm return to the spotlight this year, and you will find many a collection and style in any good jewelry store

Anklets are not only on trend, they are are a great way to show off your tanned ankles and draw attention down to your carefully chosen footwear.

Combat Boots

If you follow all the top models and influencers on Instagram, you’ll see that they’re all rocking a pair of black combat boots. I happened to get a pair while I was in London and I’m obsessed. You can dress up or dress down a pair of combat boots to suit your own personal style!

Snakeskin Boots

Alternatively, if you prefer patterned feet, you can opt for another of this year’s fashionable footwear trends – snakeskin boots. 

Prints like this are bold, and they can appear quite masculine, so it isn’t surprising that they are typically accompanied by ruffle dresses and feminine long coats.

Bag Scarves

Why let your neck have all the scarf wearing fun? This year, women are adding scarves to their bags rather than their bodies. They tend to be bold and colorful, can incorporate prints and patterns, and they are usually tied around the handle, or even into the straps of the bag. 

What to Wear to a Holiday Party

Holiday party

Jacket: John + Suki // Dress: John + Suki // Shoes: Burberry {similar}

It’s officially December, and you know what that means? Holiday parties. Whether it’s for work, or a friend’s or even family holiday party, you want to look festive and cute! I wanted to share with you my favorite look for this holiday season. This red dress is perfect for any holiday party because red is festive, duh. Also the satin material is beautiful and really elevates the look. I love pairing this with my favorite leopard coat to add some print and make it fun.

I wanted to share with you guys some other options as well. These are my favorite picks for any holiday party!

 

What I’m Wearing for Thanksgiving + Black Friday Sale!

Thanksgiving

Top: John + Suki // Pants: Rag and Bone // Rings: John + Suki // Necklace: John + Suki

Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving? This year has been such a whirlwind. I have a lot to be thankful for including moving back to New York, and reuniting with all my family and friends! Also I’m thankful for the launch of my new store John + Suki

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving a day early here at the Collins household. So this is what I will be wearing to my Thanksgiving dinner today. My City Living sweater from my new store is honesty the comfiest AND it’s loose so I can eat a lot LOL. Throw it on with a pair of jeans and you are good to go.

Also, I wanted to let you guys know that I am having a Black Friday sale on John + Suki! From now until Saturday, everything is buy one, get one for 50% off! This will automatically be taken off at checkout, so get shopping!

*PS I will also be having a Cyber Monday sale so stay tuned for that!

 

I Opened an Online Boutique!

Wearing the Alice Tuxedo Romper

Guys. I have the most exciting news I think I’ve ever shared here…I just launched my own online fashion boutique!! The name of my boutique is John + Suki (www.johnandsuki.com), named after my parents.

Opening up a boutique is something I’ve been dreaming of since I was in high school. And now I’ve finally done it! So obviously I wanted to share it here with you because I love you guys. Oh and I’m giving ya’ll 20% off any purchase this week using the code FAMILY20.

So now onto the fun part, the clothes! Here are some of what you will be seeing on my store.

Wearing the City Living Sweater

Wearing the Merlot Slip Dress and the In The Wild Leopard Jacket

So there is your sneak peek at what’s in store! I hope you guys love the stuff as much as I do! Now go on, get shopping!

 

What I Got from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

nordstrom anniversary sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on from now until August 5th. I ended up caving and getting the Nordstrom credit card to shop the sale early (shopaholic problems!). I only received the two items in the picture above so far but I wanted to share with you the other items that I got in case you all were curious! Act fast if you want any of these because the items are selling out fast! There were a lot of items I wanted to get from the sale but they sadly sold out before I was able to get my hands on them.

Here are the items I got, along with a few extra I was eying! If you guys got anything from the anniversary sale, I would love to see! Let me know in the comments below or tag me on Insta! @esthercollins

 

How to Style a Bridal Hair Piece for Everyday

bridal hair piece

A couple weeks ago my friend Shirley reached out to me to tell me about a new company her mom and her just started. Shirley and I interned together at Burberry in NYC seven years ago, can you believe it?! I feel old. LOL. Anyways, when Shirley told me about her new ventures, I was so excited because I think it’s something you guys will love! Shirley’s new line is called Shirley and Audrey and they sell accessories for the modern bride. Now you might be thinking “Esther, I’m not getting married…”. Well girl, neither am I. But these items are so beautiful that you can wear them on your wedding day, or even just out to an event!

I got the hair wreath in Mary, and I wore it to a charity event I went to. I wore it like a headband and tied it in the back. It went so perfectly with what I was wearing and really elevated the outfit. Not to mention, I got tons of compliments on it! I think a hair wreath like this would be so perfect for any event where you need to dress up a little bit, or could even be used as a fancier “flower crown” for something like Coachella!

Whether you are a bride, or just a girl looking for some beautiful items to jazz up your hairdo, go check out Shirley and Audrey. Their quality is AMAZING and all the items are simply beautiful!

For Girls Who Brunch readers, Shirley was kind enough to offer 10% off anything on their website with code GWB10. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @esthercollins because I will be giving away one of these hair wreaths there!

Summer Wish List

It’s officially summer! Summer is my favorite season, and what’s even better is summer clothing! I’ve really been wanting to revamp my wardrobe this summer. Do you ever just get tired of looking at the clothes in your closet? I feel like I want to throw everything out and start over, but let’s be realistic…I don’t have the budget for that LOL. That being said, a girl can dream. So if I could, these would be the items I would purchase to revamp my entire wardrobe.

Tops

Bottoms

Shoes

Accessories

 

What is on your wish list for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Spring Clean Your Closet

clean your closet

Hi my name is Esther and I am a hoarder. Sadly, kind of true. One good thing about my latest move is that I got a chance to go through my closet and clean out bags and bags full of things. It’s spring cleaning time so I wanted to share with you guys some of my tips of how to edit down that closet.

Okay, first things first: Create three piles – Donate, Sell and Toss

These are the items you should pull out of your closet to place in these piles.

1. Anything you haven’t worn in a year – If you haven’t worn something in the past year, chances are you probably won’t really wear it again. Be honest with yourself. If it’s in good condition put it in the sell or donate pile, if it’s not toss it.

2. Items with tags still on them – Unless you just bought something within the past month that you haven’t worn yet, if you still have the tags on chances are you won’t be wearing that item. I found a couple items that still had tags on them for YEARS. I was always saving it for that “special” moment to wear the item, but let’s be real…that moment will never come.

3. Old bras and underwear – You know what I’m talking about. We all have those bras with the underwire coming out, or underwear with holes in them. Get rid of them.

4. Anything with holes in them – TOSS. That old pair of jeans with the button missing that you’ve been saying for years you’ll fix…you won’t. Give it up and just toss it.

5. Freebie items – Those shirts you got from that random event you went to, or that ugly old t-shirt your ex-boyfriend gave you on his last trip. Get rid of it. There’s really no “sentimental” value in holding onto these things. They’re just taking up space and you’ll never wear them.

Okay, now that you’ve pulled out those items from your closet here is what you do with those piles of clothes.

Donate: There are many places you can donate your gently used clothes to such as Good Will, Salvation Army or local churches. If you drive around your town you might also see those red donation bins in parking lots that make it super easy to just drop your donation bag off. Some charities will even come and pick up your donations straight from your house. If you itemize your tax deductions, be sure to record what you are donating!

Sell: This is one of my favorite things to do because it’s fun, and you get some extra cash out of it.

For designer clothes I suggest you sell to TheRealReal. It’s super easy, they will send you a prepaid shipping label. You send them your items and if they accept it, they will then sell your clothes for you. You get to keep 55% of the sale price and TheRealReal keeps 45%.

ThredUp is another way to sell clothes online. These items don’t have to be designer, but not all items will be accepted. You can choose to donate the unaccepted items which will then be recycled. Win win.

Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell your items right from the comfort of your house. This requires the most work because you have to take the pictures and ship the items out yourself, but you also get to choose the selling price which you don’t get to do with the other services. I love using Poshmark for items such as jewelry because it’s easy and convenient.

Toss. Self explanatory. Throw it out.

There you guys have it! Happy cleaning!

 

Chilly Spring Outfit

Jacket: Blank NYC // Shirt: Brandy Melville {similar} // Jeans: Rag and Bone // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Shoes: Steve Madden {similar}

Last month I went to Charleston for my birthday weekend. While we were there the weather was still quite chilly. It’s warmed up in Los Angeles, but I know some places are still cold. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite chilly weather spring outfit. I never used to be a turtleneck kind of girl, but this shirt has made me a convert. Not only is it super comfortable, but it’s very chic tucked into any pair of jeans.

Speaking of jeans, this is my first pair of Rag and Bone denim jeans and I would live in them if I could. They are SO comfortable. Especially for being high waisted. I feel like suck you in at all the right places, but aren’t super tight to the point of no return. If you’re looking for new jeans, definitely check these out.

spring outfit

Gingham Mini Skirt

Gingham Mini Skirt: Boohoo // Bodysuit: Boohoo // Bag: Gucci // Shoes: ASOS // Earrings: BaubleBar [ON SALE!]  // Ring: Monica Vinader

What a week it has been ya’ll. I’m in the process of moving apartments so I’ve been spending the past week packing up all my things. Who knew I had so much stuff. Well actually, I kind of did. I’m sort of a hoarder. Not like the TV show Hoarders status but I definitely have a hard time getting rid of things. I’ve seriously found things I didn’t even know I had. It’s been a good way to get some spring cleaning done, but let me tell you it is S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L. I’ve gotten rid of bags and bags of things. Not only that but I am going to Vegas tomorrow for a Bachelorette party so I’ve been trying to get everything done before I leave. Vegas is seriously one of my favorite places on earth so I’m excited to go and celebrate my friend Sarah’s engagement! Also, we’re going to see Magic Mike on Saturday and I can. not. wait.

Gingham Mini Skirt

A brand I have been loving lately is Boohoo. I got both the bodysuit and skirt from Boohoo for under $50! I highly recommend getting a bodysuit like this to wear under tight skirts. This gingham mini skirt will be in full rotation for me this spring and summer. You can buy Boohoo from their website directly like I did with this skirt, or you can also get it on ASOS.

Boohoo

Photos by: Jordan Zobrist