Fire Island 2017


Welcome back to Tantalizingly Tasteful!

Vacations can be hard to take, especially when you’re a young college student who’s summer job hasn’t started yet. Planning a vacation around everyone else’s schedules makes things even harder. Enter the staycation, a term we’ve all become familiar with by now. Vacationing in your own local vicinity. It’s (more) affordable and easy to plan, and a decent substitute when jetting off somewhere just isn’t possible.

It’s hard to believe that a week ago, I was sitting on the beach in Fire Island. All there was to worry about was tanning evenly and listening to good music. No cars, no parents, no responsibilities, no worries.  The ultimate staycation.

Here’s a little look into last week’s staycation on Fire Island!

Wednesday, May 31

The four of us gathered at Torie’s house so we could drive to the ferry, a quick half-hour trip. It was Torie, Dani, Lauren and I. We shoved duffle bags and coolers into the drunk and drove off to catch our early evening ferry.

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Of course the trip started with us packed into a car! From left to right: Torie, me, Lauren and Dani

I used to get boat sick when I was younger, but thankfully, that’s no longer the case. The ferry has become one of the best parts of the trip to Fire Island. I love the view of the ocean, the smell of the salt water, the feel of the breeze. It’s so relaxing and really gets you in the mood to relax on the beach. Plus, it’s the perfect place for the first photoshoot of the getaway!

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A shot of Dani and I on the ferry

We finally set foot on Fire Island around 6:30 or so, so we had missed out on the beach for the day. It can get pretty cold at night, so we went to the house (borrowed from a family friend of Dani’s who only goes on the weekends), unpacked, and ate dinner on the deck. We had a fantastic view of the sunset.

We finished off our night with a walk around the neighborhood. We usually walk into town, but this time around, we walked the opposite direction, choosing our turns randomly. We ended up at the beach for a late-night chat. When we were tired, we went back to the house and cuddled up for the night.

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My outfit of the day! Top: Mossimo; Jeans: Old Navy; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Headband: Target

Thursday, June 1

Dani is an early riser. I, on the other hand, am not. But, she insisted we get up early and take a walk, so Torie, Lauren and I obliged. We walked through town to discover yet another part of the neighborhood. On our walk, we found a school that we didn’t know existed. This gave us a new task: find a Fire Island local. We had so many questions about their lives in the off-seasons, but we couldn’t seem to find any answers. We asked every store employee we ran into if they were a year-rounder or not, and even though none of them were, we were able to answer some of our questions.

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Naturally our walk included a photoshoot! From left to right: Torie, Lauren and I

We found this great market, The Pantry, that we had never been to before, and were thrilled to get our hands on some iced coffee. We continued walking through town, this time stopping to enjoy some local art and scenery.

 

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Torie and I loving life… and our iced coffee! Yes, that says “life,” Torie’s just covering the l.

 

Then, it was finally time for the beach. We changed into our bathing suits, packed our beach bags, and walked the short walk to the beach. Before long, I was laying under the sun, listening to the waves crash. The sun was strong and the water was cold, so it was the perfect balance. Before long, we were met by Dani’s friend, Rachel, who joined us for sunbathing and photoshoots.

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Love my friends and this picture! From left to right: Lauren, Dani, Torie and I
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The cold water couldn’t keep me away! Bathing suit: Clean Water; Top: American Eagle; Sunglasses: Tilly’s; Hat: Powerfect
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A peek at the back of my suit while cuddling Dani

After the beach, we went back to the house to clean up for our one fancy dinner out. We all wanted to look trendy and fashionable, like one should when on vacation with their fabulous friends. We walked through town, trying to find a place to eat and to learn more about the locals. And, of course, we stopped for more photos.

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A shot of the five of us captured by a lovely lady who stopped for us. From left to right: Rachel, me, Dani, Torie and Lauren
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My outfit for the night. Romper: Xhilaration; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Wristlet: Kenneth Cole Reaction; Sunglasses: Tilly’s
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Had to stop for a (fabulous) snapshot of Lauren and I!

We ultimately decided on a restaurant called the Island Mermaid, where we met the owner and were challenged to find a grammar mistake in his writing. (Please, do not get me started on this, because I found so many that Torie confiscated the articles from me). We sat outside, which meant an awesome view, and just enjoyed each other’s company. Oh, and the food! It was such a great night, if you ask me.

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The sunset view from our table was stunning!
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The only thing that could beat our sunset view was my view! From left to right: Torie, Rachel, Dani and Lauren
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My delicious meal, called the Gourmet Burger (no bun!), which was served with a mixed green salad and garlic mashed potatoes

After dinner, we walked further into town to go into my usual Fire Island ice cream shop, Scoops. Once we were all served, we headed back to the house, where we played some games (how many Target departments can you name without repeats?) and talked until it was time for bed.

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LOVE Scoop’s Birthday Cake ice cream!

Friday, June 2

We woke up early on our last morning so we could enjoy it as much as possible. We tidied up the house so it would be ready for the owners that afternoon, and then got to the beach to repeat the previous day’s routine.

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Dani and I wearing “The Bathing Suit,” as we refer to it.
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Seriously, keeping me out of the water is a difficult feat.
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Dani couldn’t resist a selfie of her two worlds colliding! From left to right: (front) Dani; (back) Lauren, Rachel, Torie and I

When we got back to the house, we packed our stuff and finally got to meet the incredible woman who lets us borrow her house when she’s not there. Dani and Rachel were staying an extra night, so Torie, Lauren and I grabbed our bags, said our goodbyes, and headed for the ferry… where we waited an hour and half because we misread the schedule.

Grey storm clouds hung over us as we boarded the ferry. We were leaving our vacation behind. It had been relaxing, fun and memorable, with lots of laughs and new catchphrases (right, “LAAAADIES?”). But, of course, I couldn’t miss out on one, last photoshoot opportunity.

 

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Torie took this after much convincing. Bathing suit: Merona; Top: American Eagle; Pants: H&M; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Sunglasses: Tilly’s

 

It’s only been a week and I’m already ready to go back. I miss the sun and the sand and the sea… and it doesn’t help that the weather these days has been iffy. But until I go back, I’ve got some other things to plan for, like Camp St. Paul in just two weeks! Well, I guess I’ll see you next summer, Fire Island.

xx,

Toni

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Winter Style: Valentine’s Day Look #1: Pink Midi Skirt


Hi everyone, welcome back to Tantalizingly Tasteful! Valentine’s Day is just a week away, so I figured it was time to get started on some outfit inspiration. Whether you’re going out on a date, hitting up a party, or just heading out with your girls, I hope you find some inspiration in my ideas, and that you have a great Valentine’s Day!

Pink Midi Skirt

I always wear some shade or red or pink on Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d center this look around a pink mini skirt with a high waist. There are so many different silhouettes to choose from, so pick one that flatters your body and you feel most comfortable in.

pink midi skirt f21
Contemporary Pleated A-Line Skirt in Blush, $19.90 at Forever 21
pink midi skirt urbanog
Peplum Hem Skirt in Light Pink, $15.60 at Urbanog

Cropped Graphic Tee

To keep your look casual and cool, pair your skirt with a cropped (or knotted) graphic tee. Something in a light neutral color like white or grey with heart or love graphics is great for Valentine’s Day. The cropped top will whittle your waist, and a cool knot used to shorten longer shirts and make them appear cropped will draw even more attention to your smallest section and add some instant street-cred. And don’t be afraid to get some red in there! Pale pink and red, contrary to popular belief, can look super cute together!

california love long sleeve raglan tee tillys
Billabong Cali Love Womens Raglan Tee in Maroon, $17.48 at Tilly’s
make your mark crop top go jane
Make Your Mark Crop Top, $11.22 at Go Jane

 

Shoes:

Depending on the look you want to have, I would pair this outfit either with flats, or a chunky heeled or wedged bootie. A flat with a standout color like maroon or a cool, woven texture adds interest to your outfit. Just make sure your colors don’t clash! As far as heels go, wearing a bootie lets you play up the length of the midi skirt while also giving you a little bit of height. Stick to something chunky or something with a wedge so that you feel comfortable and still look casual cool.

maroon keds modcloth
Prep by Step Sneaker, $44.99 at Modcloth
vince camuto bimmy zappos
Vince Camuto Bimmy in Silver, $98.00 at Zappos
citywide open spaces bootie modcloth
Citywide Open Spaces Bootie, $54.99 at Modcloth
mia raphaella wedge bootie
Mia Raphaella Wedge Bootie in Cognac, $59.95 at DSW

Accessories:

I picture this look with a messy-chic ponytail and headband combo, with some eye catching earrings. I would pair it with a cute, fringed long strap bag and some cute bracelets. To finish it off and keep my toes warm, I would add some tall socks and scrunch them down so they’re just above my shoes.

floral maiden wrap headband rue 21
Forest Maiden Wrap Headband, $5.99 at Rue 21
dogeared sterling silver flat heart earrings bloomingdales
Dogeared Sterling Silver Flat Heart Earrings, $38.00 Bloomingdale’s
making the rounds olive green suede clutch lulus
Making the Rounds Olive Green Suede Clutch, $19.00 at Lulu’s
antique silver and gold diamond bandle bracelets set of 4 icing
Antique Silver and Gold Diamond Bangle Bracelets Set of 4, $5.00 at Icing
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Women’s Expansion Band Watch – Two-Tone Silver with Gold Accents – Carriage by Timex, $18.39 at Target
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Ridge Thigh High Socks, $7.99 at Pink Ice

Now I’d like your feedback! I hope this post gave you some help deciding what to wear for Valentine’s Day! What did you think of this outfit? Do you have any ideas about how you’d execute an outfit like this? What are you planning on wearing for Valentine’s Day, and what are your plans? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Talk to me in the comments below, or send an email to tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! You can also follow my brand new Facebook page, Tantalizingly Tasteful! Don’t forget to follow my Tumblr,tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, my Pinterest @TTasteful, my Lookbook account,http://lookbook.nu/tonirose08 and my Instagram,@tantalizinglytasteful! Love you guys, thanks for reading!!! xx

 

 

Winter Style: Holiday Party Look #3: Ripped Black Jeans


Hey, guys! Merry Christmas Eve to everyone celebrating today! Here’s another cool look for a holiday party! Hope you guys enjoy!

Ripped Black Jeans

As you guys may remember from my Winter Mood Board post, I am obsessed with ripped jeans! They’re so cool and they stand out so much. For this outfit, I like black ripped jeans because they’re sleeker and more high fashion-y. Also, it’s easier to make them look great for any occasion!

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ripped black jeans lulus

White Blouse

Pair the edgy, shredded jeans with something softer and lighter. A white or cream flowy blouse plays up the contrast perfectly and makes for a really standout ensemble.

cream blouse f21

cream blouse pink ice
Tan Booties

To keep your black jeans standing out, pair your outfit with tan booties. Tan is a neutral color, so it won’t distract from any part of your outfit.

tan booties dsw

tan booties modcloth

Accessories

To finish off the outfit, I would pair it with a long, thin silver or gold necklace, a cuff in the same color, and a tan bag. This will add some needed shine and finish to your outfit. It will pull the whole thing together so that your outfit is fashionable and functional!
long silver necklace Macy's

gold multilayer long necklace rue 21

silver cutout cuff icing

gold stretch cuff charlotte russe

madden girl crossbody bag

beige tote tj maxx

Thanks for reading! If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys, happy holidays! xx

In This Article:

Super Stretch Jegging in Black, $29.99 at American Eagle (I just bought these and I’m obsessed! They’re so comfy and stylish!)

Blank NYC Skinny Classique Shredded Black Skinny Jeans, $83.00 at Lulu’s

Lace-Paneled Georgette Blouse in Cream, $22.80 at Forever 21

Spear Trace Crochet Top, $34.99 at Pink Ice

Crown Vintage Alendale Western Bootie, $49.94 at DSW

Said and Dune Bootie, $44.99 at Modcloth

Charter Club Silver-Tone Smooth and Fireball Station Necklace, $34.00 at Macy’s

Teardrop Swags Cluster Necklace, $6.99 at Rue 21

Silver Diamond Cut Triple Band Open Cuff Bracelet, $9.50 at Icing

Hammered Stretch Cuff Bracelet, $6.00 at Charlotte Russe

Madden Girl Flap Over Crossbody Bag, $47.99 at Tilly’s

Lupoluna Charm School Mini Wing Tote, $29.99 at T.J. Maxx

Back to School: What Backpack Will You Be Rocking This Year?


Backpacks are probably one of the most important back to school supplies you could possibly get.  Except, I try to think of backpacks as more of fashion accessories instead of school supplies. Even though it has to be big enough for all of your binders and textbooks and functional with pockets and working zippers, but it can also be cute! Check out some of these cute bags that can be both.

Polka Dots

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love polka dots. They’re playful and cute, but can also be classy. And when they’re on an adorable tote bag or roomy backpack, what’s not to love? You can go for a super classic black and white look, or even a pretty colored pattern. What’s awesome about polka dots is that since it’s such a classic pattern, you can wear it in virtually any type of bag. Look for a type of bag and color of dots that you like.

black and white polka dot backpack

blue and white tote bag
Structured

If you want to look professional and still cool, look for a bag that’s a little bit more structured. It will probably have a more rigid frame and seem almost like a briefcase, but it will still be cool and functional. I like something that has a thick, rigid top handle. Look for something in a cool color or fabric to make sure the bag is more hallway appropriate than cubicle ready.

green structured bag

pink structured bag

Tote

A tote is a really cool way to get a different style backpack but still get the room. It’s also great if you’ve got back pains because it takes some pressure off your back. Totes in a leathery fabric are generally sturdier and longer lasting than a cotton or canvas material, but find something you feel is comfortable and functional for you. If you’re going for something with a leathery feel, look for something in a super cool and classic color like caramel or burgundy. If you want something with a cotton or canvas material, look for something in a playful color and pattern.

caramel tote

hm handbag

striped tote bag

model face canvas tote
Crochet

Crochet is awesome because it can be girly and classy, but also bohemian and fun. My only issue with crochet is that it’s usually in an off white or beige color, which means it can easily be stained. I’m not the daintiest or most careful person, so choosing a beige crochet backpack probably wouldn’t be the best idea for me. But if you know that you can keep it clean, give it a shot! It’s an awesome look that’s something totally out of the norm. Carry around a Tide to Go stick or Shout wipes just in case you get a stain. If you’re into the crochet vibe but don’t think you should go for an all around look, try something with a crochet accent, like a pocket. You’ll still get the cute crochet look but with a higher chance of keeping your bag clean.

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floral and crochet backpack

 

Floral

The last bag that I want to feature is a floral bag. Floral can be done in so many ways, which is so cool. It comes in all different colors, and the flowers can be big or small. Also, you can find the bags in all different styles. They can be cute and sweet, fashionable and trendy or fierce and feisty. They let you bring a piece of the spring and summer to the hallway all year long. Look for something that makes you feel refreshed.
black floral backpack

tapestry floral backpack

 

So, now I’d like to hear your feedback. Which bag would you like to rock this year?

If anyone has any ideas for other back to school articles or decides to try one of these cool bags, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Black Polka Dot Backpack, $39.99 at Zumiez

Camp Director Tote in Day Camp, $41.99 at ModCloth

ASOS Contrast Boysy Backpack, $67.71 at ASOS

New Look XHatch Formal Backpack in Pink, $38.67 at ASOS

Anyplace of Business Tote, $48.99 at ModCloth

Handbag in Burgundy, $49.95 at H&M

Aero Athletics Logo Tote in Pop Coral, $20.00 at Aéropostale

Model Face Canvas Tote, $3.80 at Forever 21

T-shirt & Jeans Stella Crochet Trim Backpack, $39.99 at Tilly’s

Olivia Floral Crochet Backpack, $39.99 at Tilly’s

Women’s Floral Print Backpack Handbag in Black, $20.00 at Target

Mi Pac Floral Tapestry Backpack, $58.02 at ASOS

 

Back to School: Look #2: Athletic Shorts


Hey, everyone! Hope you guys liked my first Back to School look (see it here!) Here’s another cool look for you all to try! Hope you like it!

Athletic Shorts

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a ton of athletic shorts that I bought for camp but just don’t use during the school year. Fortunately, athletic clothing can look cool and urban if worn correctly. To make this outfit perfect for the halls and not gym class, I’d stick to a pair of the basic black and white shorts so that they look fashion-y, not overdone.

black and white shorts

Graphic Tank

To keep this look fresh and fashion-y, I would pair the shorts with a cool, loose fitting printed tank. It give the outfit some color and edge, and keeps the ensemble from looking too athletic or plain. I like something with a low back (which I then layer over a tank– something with lace is super cool!) and a stand-out color like red or purple. Try to avoid black or white to keep the outfit from looking too matchy matchy.

red graphic tank

purple graphic tank

Shoes

To keep this outfit looking edgy (but not athletic), I would stick to a pair of basic Converse high tops or Vans. It gives the ensemble an added cool factor and keeps the outfit from getting too matchy matchy.

converse hi tops

zebra vans

Accessories

Accessories are what are really going to take this outfit from athletic and boring to urban and fun. To keep the vibe playful and cool, add a sweet pair of sunglasses to add a hint of color and memories of summer. Keep the edgy vibe going with an awesome choker and a long layered necklace. Try to keep all the jewelry in the same metal color to prevent the outfit from looking costume-y. Throw on some quick stud earrings, some friendship bracelets and a few cute rings and you’re all ready to head out the door. Simple and cool!

neff sunglasses

ying yang choker

long necklace

friendship bracelets

cubic zirconia earrings

cross rings

wavy metallic ring set

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Under Armour TG Escape 3″ Womens Short in Black/White, $24.99 at Modell’s

Full Tilt Dreamcatcher Womens Tank, $16.99 at Tilly’s

California Love Aztec Graphic Muscle Tee, $15.00 at Charlotte Russe

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Vans Authentic Zebra Suede Shoes, $54.95 at Zumiez

Neff Daily Sunglasses in Black Combo, $19.99 at Tilly’s

Yin Yang Tattoo Choker Necklace, $3.90 at Wet Seal

Bastia Necklace, $24.00 at JewelMint

Mixed Hamsa Friendship Bracelet 5-Pack, $9.90 at Wet Seal

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia 7MM Round Stud Earrings, $15.50 at Claire’s

Twin Cross Rings, $5.99 at Pink Ice

Wavy Mixed Metallic Ring Set, $8.92 at Go Jane

 

Back to School: Look #1: Beachy Hoodie


Hey all! Hope everyone’s been having a great summer! It’s officially August, which means it’s officially time for me to start thinking about Back to School! I start my senior year of high school in September, so this year’s back to school looks are super important to me. Hope you guys like this first idea as much as I do!

Beachy Hoodie

This year, I’m trying to achieve a more bohemian and effortless look, so I’ve been looking at a lot of beachy/surf pieces. I just got this hoodie from Tilly’s and think it’s perfect! It’s cream, loose and super soft and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s completely functional, with a center pocket and a hood, and also a little femme with some crochet details. The top also laces up in true beach hoodie fashion. It definitely fits the look I’m trying to achieve! If you’re looking for something with a bit more color, look for something in a light pastel shade, like mint or peach, to keep the look beachy.

beachy hoodie 1

beachy hoodie 2

 

Denim Shorts

To keep my ensemble looking cool and effortless, I’m just going to pair my hoodie with a pair of simple denim shorts. I want to be comfortable and still look effortlessly cool, but I don’t want to steal attention away from my cute hoodie, so I’m just going to stick with a simple medium rinse. If you decide to go for a darker rinse, watch out for shorts died with ink, because the ink can run and stain your shirt! Follow the care instructions for those shorts and wear them with your hoodie (if you’re still comfortable) when the excess ink has washed out after a few washes.

denim shorts 1

denim shorts 2

Shoes

For this outfit, I’d just keep to a pair of simple Converse high tops. I usually stick with plain black, but if you’re feeling daring, try out a patterned pair!

converse hi tops

tribal converse

Accessories

For this outfit, I’d like to keep the accessories minimal, but still bohemian. I think this outfit is best suited for gold jewelry, so I’d stick to some gold stud earrings, a short gold pendant necklace and some homemade friendship bracelets. Since it’s back to school, I’d probably also use a big bag to store a notebook, a folder and some writing utensils. The bag that I would use is from Forever 21, and is roomy but adds a little bit of glam to my outfit. If I don’t use this bag, it’s probably because I found a backpack that I don’t mind schlepping around on the first day!

safari earrings

mixed chain necklace

big bag

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Full Tilt Crochet Trim Womens Hoodie, $22.99 at Tilly’s

Zine Sandy Neon Mint Pullover Hoodie, $24.99 at Zumiez

Junior’s Mid Length Denim Short in Denim Blue, $13.98 at Target

High-Waisted Medium Wash Destroyed Denim Shorty Shorts, $12.00 at Aéropostale

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappo’s

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Tribal Photo Hi, $65.00 at Zappo’s

Safari Stud Set, $2.80 at Forever 21

Mixed Chain Necklace in Gold, $2.80 at Forever 21

Faux Leather Shoulder Bag in Tan, $27.80 at Forever 21