Back to School with Kohl's Series: See Through Me (Sponsored)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kohl's. All opinions are 100% mine.

Welcome to the third and last post in our “Back to School with Kohls.com" series. (In case you missed them, see part 1 and part 2.)

Today’s look is quite different from the first and second outfits in the series in that it sticks to a single color palette and introduces a fun trend: see-through clothing.

Sheer fabrics have always been popular, but they're trending hard right now. The charm of see-through clothing is simple: it allows you to add another cool layer of dimension to your outfit without hiding the underlying clothes or creating unwanted bulk.

Monochromatic looks are also becoming trendier and I love the vibe. Wearing one color head-to-toe is essentially creating your own shirt and pants set in whatever color you prefer. Super easy and super inexpensive.

So should we see how it works?

See Through Me

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The monochrome look always appears as if you tried extra hard to look good but truthfully; it just took three pieces to pull off sophistication. The underlying clothes create a good, tight base for the main focus, the see-through tunic.

Let’s Break it Down…

Top

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Camis are necessary basics in college women’s closets. They’re perfect for layering under clothes for extra coverage and/or warmth. You can also wear them as tops for a simple, fitted look.

In order to keep with the all-white palette, I chose a white cami. In this outfit, the cami is not the main focus but simply part of the base that streamlines white for the tunic. It still plays an important role, however, since the cami can be seen through the tunic. 

SO’s Seamless Cami is perfect - it isn’t too sheer or too thick. It even has a built-in bra layer that makes it possible to go bra-less or allows you to wear a non-nude bra without worrying about it peeking through. 

The length is fantastic since it’s long enough to tuck into your pants and avoid any unwanted slips of skin. The material is also soft and stretchy, making it comfortable to wear. Like I said, this cami is perfection!

Bottom

shorts

High-waisted pants and shorts are definitely here to stay. They are extremely flexible styling pieces that go well with everything while helping girls not blessed in the height department to fake a higher waistline.

These SO white Shortie shorts are amazing in that they’re tight (as they should be to layer under a tunic) but not uncomfortably so, showing off my curves without sacrificing my comfort. 

The material is also quite thin which is great for those not looking to add bulk to their bottom area, but not so thin that your underwear could be seen. 

A good, comfortable yet cute pair of high-waisted shorts is always a great choice.

Outerwear

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With see-through outerwear, your shirt and other base clothes also get their time to shine. However, because there is a certain sexiness to see-through clothes, you may need to incorporate some traditionally formal pieces to make it more appropriate for school and/or work.

Candie's sleeveless white tunic totally fits the bill since its collar immediately lends a more formal feel to the outfit. Since it’s not too sheer, it isn’t too revealing or inappropriate for school.

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The gold detail on the collar as well as the silver threads on the skirt area really make the tunic more stylish and elegant. 

Another great aspect of this tunic is that the top part is cropped, giving the illusion of a longer bottom half. You know what this means? Longer-looking legs. It’s obvious by now that if a fashion item makes my body look more proportionate, I am all for it.

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The slit on the sides also make it less stuffy and more like a top than a full dress. It also elongates my body more by letting me show more skin on the legs.

Shoes

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I have once again brought back the Converse-All Stars from the first and second posts. This just goes to show how well they match with every type of outfit. I especially liked them with this one because the sporty nature of Converse really contrasted with the flowy, feminine look of the tunic.

Again, is there a shoe out there than can beat the comfort of sneakers while walking on campus?

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Cushnie et Ochs Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Channels Elvira Hancock

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Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs presented their spring/summer 2017 collection for New York Fashion Week Friday afternoon. The designing duo always aims to deliver an upscale collection for an uptown girl, to accompany their client in every area of her life. Every time a Cushnie et Ochs collection comes out, we know to expect that fun and daring yet sophisticated style that we’ve come to know and love.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

In one word, the woman being designed for is sexy. She wants to be the center of attention but have the versatility in her wardrobe to go anywhere whenever she wants. The two designers themselves would look right at home in the stylish looks that walked the catwalk, and they know it.

“We’re women designing clothes for women, and we’ve been doing it for eight years now, and it’s working,” said Ochs, in an interview with Vogue.

With the sexy, youthful looks coming from the label, we weren’t surprised to see celebrities like the younger members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan as well as the Hadids sitting in the front row. There’s no doubt Cushnie et Ochs is a huge part of the starlets’ wardrobes at the turn of each season. There is a range of formality and sense of purpose with each new piece, making it a desirable line for someone with so many different events to attend.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

The colors are always a point of conversation with this label as well. As always, they are straightforward and completely timeless, which helps to make sure the garments stay sophisticated and mature, even though the cutouts and amount of skin showing in each piece could easily become immature or in poor taste if not treated properly. Thankfully, these designers know how to play that game and skirt that line.

Some garments were really close to crossing that line, though, as with a navy blue sheath dress with large cutouts at the model’s side. On any woman without such a slender physique as this model, this look wouldn’t be wearable; yet, its runway impact and the impact it will have on any woman confident enough to rock it has already made it worth the risk.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

The clean lines and new aspects of sex appeal coming in with each look make the overall Cushnie et Ochs spring/summer 2017 collection especially intoxicating. According to the designers, a leading source of inspiration for the collection was Elvira Hancock, a character from Brian De Palma’s 1983 film Scarface, who was portrayed by the lovely Michelle Pfeiffer. That inspiration really does show up, though, as the whole collection has this aura of the gangster era, particularly the strong, badass persona Pfeiffer played.

Cushnie et Ochs Spring/ Summer 2017 Collection - NYFW

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Our All-Time Favorite Multipurpose Makeup Products

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Real talk: some days, I just don't feel motivated to spend a lot of time on makeup. 

I know some of you feel it, too. Even though it might be an enjoyable part of your routine, there are inevitably days where you just want makeup to be as fuss-free as possible. Those days were a complete struggle for me until I discovered the wonderful world of multipurpose makeup products!

Multipurpose products are the best for beating the makeup blues. If you haven't tried one yet, you're missing out! They cut down major time in your routine (hi, back to school season) and can expose you to a different way of doing makeup. 

Ready to give them a try? Here's an in-depth look at four types of multitasking heroes.

Blush/Lipcolor:

Cheek and lip colors cover nearly the same color ranges, from natural mauves and pinks, to bold berries and reds. These two were a natural multipurpose product pair from the start! In the past year, so many awesome products came out that really changed the makeup game for cheeks and lips.

Some great options are the Nudestix Lip and Cheek pencils (shade above: Kiss) and the LAQA and CO Cheeky Lip Pencils (shade above: Cray Cray). These come in a wide range of shades and finishes, so there are plenty of options to explore. 

If cream isn't your thing, then check out this liquid cheek and lip color from The Body Shop. The doe foot applicator makes it a breeze to add a pop of color to your cheeks and lips!

Eyeshadow/Eye Base:


Cream eyeshadows aren’t new by any means, but most people forget they can be a multipurpose product! They're great for adding rich color to the lids, but they can also double as an eyeshadow base. Applying these in a thin layer allows the product to become slightly tacky and create a perfect base for other shadows.

Some great cream shadow options out there are the MAC Paint Pots and the Maybelline Color Tattoos. Both glide on like a dream and can easily be layered to intensify the color. If you’re a fan of stick eyeshadows, then check out the Nudestix Magentic Eye Pencils. The packaging makes them easy to apply, the formula is creamy, and the colors are striking. Since these cream shadows also don't need a primer, they're a solid investment.

Foundation/Concealer:

Foundation initially had one purpose: to even out the skin tone. Many makeup lovers today, however, expect foundations to have more pigmentation and coverage. Brands caught on to this trend, and thus, the foundation/concealer hybrid was born. These new formulas look just like the ones we know and love, but they offer coverage similar to that of a concealer. With this new breed of base products, it’s possible to quickly achieve a flawless base with just one product.

There isn’t as large a selection of foundation/concealer products as there is for other multipurpose products, but there are great options if you know where to look. Milani’s 2 in 1 foundation is a great liquid option that gives some intense coverage. Two stick options are Revlon’s PhotoReady HD Touchup stick and the Make Up For Ever HD Cover Stick. The MUFE option is pricey, but with its superb finish and coverage, it's well worth the high price tag. 

Contour/Highlight:

Contouring and highlighting are still the most popular makeup trends around. Ever since they became the new makeup norm, contour and highlight palettes have been popping up everywhere. Within the past few months, brands took this trend to a new level by creating single and dual-ended sticks containing both contour and highlight shades. This kind of convenience makes it ten times easier to get a perfectly chiseled face in a snap!

All-in-one contour and highlight duos are available everywhere! Maybelline’s Face Studio Master Contour Stick has an interesting look, with the contour on one side and highlighter on the other. There’s also a good triple-striped option from Physician’s Formula that has highlight, bronzer, and contour all together. If you prefer dual-ended sticks, then a great option is the Sephora Contour and Highlight stick. This comes in a few shades, so everyone can find their perfect contour and highlight colors!

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DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ELTON JOHN IN GUCCI

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Elton John is living his best life. Photo: Felix Magno/GC Images
Elton John is living his best life. Photo: Felix Magno/GC Images

Like all great Europeans, continental and otherwise, Elton John is being super chill right now. We know this because he was photographed over the weekend participating in various leisure activities in Portofino, Italy with husband David Furnish, a dog, other miscellaneous chic people and obviously the best couple to go on vacation with: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Both couples' children were nowhere to be found and, honestly, kudos to them for letting loose without the kids.

More importantly, everyone in this vacation club turned up with festive shirt choices — can you imagine trying to pack for a vacation with Elton John? — including pattered short-sleeved, collared styles and silk-screened T-shirts. (We'll forgive NPH for his white tank because tan lines.) But no one could compete with John's own off-duty look: a red T-shirt complete with a white diamond and artist signature double G's. 

John appears to be switching is brown leather loafer slides for Gucci sneakers. Or vice versa? Photo: Photo by Felix Magno/GC Images
John appears to be switching is brown leather loafer slides for Gucci sneakers. Or vice versa? Photo: Photo by Felix Magno/GC Images

At this point, just wearing any Gucci from Alessandro Michele's hyped collections would be an awesome, if snoozy, choice for John. Indeed, the man's music is as legendary as his bold fashion choices throughout the years. But his choice of a piece from GucciGhost's limited-edition collaboration with the brand is supremely delightful in it's timeliness. John's well-documented obsession with tracksuits aside, we hope this is just the beginning of the musician's foray into of-the-moment streetwear. Get this man a "Titanic" Vetements shirt, stat. 

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MANGO HITS THE NEW YORK STREETS FOR FALL 2016 CAMPAIGN

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Roos Abels and Lexi Boling star in Mango's fall-winter 2016 campaign
Roos Abels and Lexi Boling star in Mango’s fall-winter 2016 campaign

Spanish fashion brand Mango heads to New York City for its fall-winter 2016 campaign. Rising models Roos Abels and Lexi Boling were enlisted for the advertisements. The Big Apple location is one of four different campaigns shot for the autumn season. The girls take on a mix of bohemian and city slicker trends including plaid shirts, floral print dresses and relaxed outerwear.


MANGO SEPTEMBER FALL/WINTER 2016 CAMPAIGN

Mango takes its fall 2016 campaign to the streets of New York City
Mango takes its fall 2016 campaign to the streets of New York City
Office-ready dresses and jackets are spotlighted in Mango's fall campaign
Office-ready dresses and jackets are spotlighted in Mango’s fall campaign
An image from Mango's fall-winter 2016 campaign
An image from Mango’s fall-winter 2016 campaign
Times Square serves as the backdrop to Mango's fall 2016 campaign
Times Square serves as the backdrop to Mango’s fall 2016 campaign
Mango fall-winter 2016 advertising campaign
Mango fall-winter 2016 advertising campaign
Lexi Boling wears plaid shirt and faux leather skirt from Mango
Lexi Boling wears plaid shirt and faux leather skirt from Mango
Roos Abels wears military inspired coat in Mango's fall campaign
Roos Abels wears military inspired coat in Mango’s fall campaign

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12 Weekend Outfits Every Woman Should Try

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A Textured Coatigan to Work With Ripped Boyfriend JeansFlashy, Flouncy Skirts, a Comfortable Top, and Your SunglassesAn A-Line Slip Dress and Bandana to Match With Your SneakersA Bell-Sleeved Blouse That Just Lets Your Cutoffs Peek OutPrinted Slip-On Sneakers to Work With a Satin Slip and SweaterA Stretchy Two-Piece SetOveralls Atop an Oversize SweaterPajama Pants, a Tee With Rolled Sleeves, and HeelsGladiator Sandals to Meet Your Tunic and Denim JacketA Sheath Dress, Lace-Ups, and a Backpack For When You're on the MoveA Boxy Top, a Silk Bomber, and Wide-Leg JeansA Quirky T-Shirt You Can Wear Right Out of Bed, Cropped Pants, and Flats

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