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Is H&M’s Sister-Brand “& Other Stories” the Next Big Thing ?

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H&M’s sister-brand, & Other Storiesmade its grand debut this week with the opening of its first US flagship store in New York City. On Thursday, October 16th, a lucky few stood in line and waited as this “must-have” European brand unlocked its doors for the first time. As evident by the storefront’s long line and crash of its e-commerce site, which works in tandem with the NYC location, & Other Stories‘ stateside presence has been long anticipated. And why shouldn’t it be? The brand is in a league of its own.

“Basic non-basics” is how they characterize themselves, and their collaborations as well as each piece of their in-house collection (which ranges from a $8 hand lotion to a $475 mohair-blend coat) resonates with an element of simplicity and luxury. There’s no doubt in my mind that & Other Stories be a new shopping favorite for the US fashionista, for their key to success lies not only in their partnership with retailer favorite, H&M, but their ability to produce collections that can compete with top contenders like COS, Topshop, and Zara. And luckily, they’re doing just that.

LOOKS FROM & OTHER STORIES’ AW14 COLLECTION

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Oversized Scarves to Keep You Warm This Fall

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With the weather getting colder and colder, it’s time to take out one of my favorite cold weather accessories: scarves! I am especially obsessed with the oversized scarves trend. Unlike regular scarves, oversized scarves are definitely statement pieces when it comes to adding that extra oomph to your outfit!

1. Oversized Square Scarf in Check, ASOS | 2. Oversized Geo Blanket Scarf, Urban Outfitters | 3. Demi Boucle Oversized Scarf, Free People | 4. Two-Toned Checked Scarf, Zara | 5. Oversized Knit Scarf, ASOS | 6. Jaya Scarf, Nasty Gal

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8 Long Vests You Should Wear This Fall

There’s always one item every girl wishes she had more of in her closet, and mine is the long vest. Before this season, I never really thought much of them, but now that I’ve acquired one I can’t help but shake this feeling that I must have more. Its length and thickness, which provides a nice layer of warmth, makes it easy to wear with any garment, a fancy skirt or even jeans. Either way, it’s perfect for any setting. The long vest definitely tops my fall wish list, so how about yours?

1. Biker Waistcoat | 2. Bounce Knit Hooded Long Vest | 3. Double Pocket Vest | 4. French Connection Textured Waistcoat | 5. H&M Knit Vest | 6. Ichi Vintage Waistcoat | 7. Faux Fur Vest | 8. Intermix Tailored Long Vest

V E S T  O U T F I T  I N S P I R A T I O N :

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Allison’s Favorite Spooky-Cute Accessories For Halloween

There’s something about Halloween that just makes me so nostalgic—I remember watching horror movies with my cousins at my grandfather’s house, trick or treating around the neighborhood, all of the great Halloween episodes of my favorite shows and even listening to my favorite band (the Misfits) for the first time. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I definitely go a little overboard when it comes to spooky accessories and apparel. This Halloween is no different—I’ve already built up a wishlist of my favorite pieces that I’d love to wear for my favorite holiday.

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Get the Look: Blake Lively

If you haven’t heard, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are expecting their first child! Blake Lively is definitely a style icon of mine, even though our styles are very different. She is never afraid to try out the latest trends, and always seems to make her outfits look effortless. At her recent baby shower, she didn’t disappoint with her outfit for the intimate celebration. Even the baby shower was full of fall party inspiration, from pumpkins and sweet baby clothes to flowing maxi skirts.

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12 Jewelry Pieces Under $50

While starting to stock up for the colder days I have to keep in mind that I am on a college student’s budget, so I keep my price range at maximum $50. These are 12 must-haves that will get you through the fall season and beyond without blowing your budget. So long sweet summer and welcome fall!

1. Statements earrings are the easiest way to spice up a plain outfit. Instead of breaking the bank and spending a lot for a stylish dress, opt to get a little black dress and dress it up with statement earrings like this one from BaubleBar and a bold lip. $32 to spice up my outfit? I’ll take it!

2. I haven’t hopped on board on the hand chain trend yet but I am about to with a cute and not to over the top hand chain. This hand chain from StyleYourMark is only $15 and will be sure to make you look like the trendiest girl around.

3. This fuchsia plated rose gold watch from Aldo (now on sale for $24.98) is the perfect accent to fall colors. Instead of the usual watches with silver or gold plates, try something new this season!

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10 Halloween YouTube Beauty Tutorials For An Amazing Costume

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Way back in the middle of summer, I gushed about how much I love the beauty community on YouTube. Beauty vloggers are some of the most talented, self taught make-up junkies out there. This time of the year my subscription box on YouTube becomes particularly exciting because many beauty vloggers begin filming Halloween tutorials on various looks.

It is truly visible how much work a beauty vlogger puts into producing a completed look, let alone a Halloween tutorial. The intricacy of the looks are great if you don’t want a full costume and would rather just wear full costume make-up and a simple outfit…

1. Nicole Guerriero as the Ice Queen

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I’ve raved about Nicole as a beauty vlogger before so I don’t need to do any more elaborating. This is a look she did from Halloween 2013 and I still remember it. This is one of the most stunning tutorials I have ever seen. I think with the recent release and buzz surrounding Frozen, this would be the perfect look for any adult looking to be Elsa. This is also the perfect way to be an Ice Queen without saying you’re Elsa.

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