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5 Unique Ways to Style a Scarf

I used to never wear scarves- I thought the only way you could wear then was to let the ends dangle messily and hope they didn't fall off or accidentally fall into your entree. My, my was I wrong- scarves can totally tie an outfit together, add a much-needed pop of color, and even cover up some wardrobe malfunctions (I always have one handy in my car for this very reason). Here are my five ways to refresh your scarf stash, or mix it up with a springy new print! Moon Cats, a fashion accessories brand that I recently discovered, is available exclusively online at MoonCats.com. If you know how I shop, I like to get the most for my money, and most of the scarves on Moon Cats are under $40, and shipping to the USA is free for orders over $50. Want an even better deal? Exclusively for our readers, you can use the code STYLEFILE30OFF for 30% off on all of the scarves!

They generously supplied one of their new spring lightweight styles, Cotton Candy, for this post. I love the weight of the scarf, the subtle pretty pastel pink design, and the length- great for styling!

1. Pin It

I learned this style from fellow blogger Economy of Style- I saw how she pinned a scarf with a vintage brooch on her Black Out post, and it was a light bulb moment! (Make sure to check out her blog- she does accessible fashion SO incredibly well).  First, tie your scarf into an "oversize cowboy". Do this by wrapping the scarf once around your neck, leaving one end longer than the other. Take an edge of the longer end and fan it out, tucking it into the other side near your neck.

Next, grab your favorite brooch- I adore the vintage ones my grandma left me. There are also hundreds available on Etsy and eBay.  

Tip- If you use the word "vintage brooch" in the search as opposed to "pin" you will hit the jackpot.

Simply pin it near your shoulder or over your heart! If your scarf is thin and your brooch is heavy, pin it through your shirt as well.

 

Here are some gorgeous vintage brooch options that have recently been on Etsy!

 

2. Bow

One of my favorite types of blouses are the tie neck ones, so why not re-create this look with a scarf? I would pair this scarf with a white silk t-shirt and cute black pixie pants. You simply tie a bow with the scarf, centering the knot around armpit length. You could also tie the bow tight to your neck and twist the bow so it doesn't look like a bow tie. For a tutorial, check out this post.

3. Headband

Ok, ok, so this might not be up your alley, but bear with me here. In the spring, when the rain comes and goes as quickly as fashion trends, this is a great option. Twist the middle of the scarf, wrap it around your head and knot it at the nape. You can also then roll your hair up into a bun and wrap the scarf around it, tucking it in to hide the ends.

4. Shawl

I remember I went to an event once and was wearing a spaghetti strap dress, and EVERYONE else (hundreds of people) were in business casual. Luckily, I had a scarf and I knotted it in the center of my back to automatically create a shawl. Problem solved.

5. Belted

I just bought this adorable silver adjustable belt, and thought it would be perfect to belt over a scarf and t-shirt! Simply fold drape your scarf evenly around your neck, spread out to one layer, and belt at your natural waist. You can also drape it around your shoulders cape-style and belt it for less bulk. This can be such a great look for spring, and a way to introduce your warm-weather dresses to the temperamental temperatures that spring can bring.

How do you style your scarves for the spring? Any favorite prints?

Disclosure: I was provided with a scarf for review purposes by Moon Cats; all opinions are honest and my own.

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Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Event

We are always intriqued how fashion and music intersect! All kinds of music have a big influence on fashion. Carlos Santana is a huge icon of style and his music has had an amazing impact on fashion. You can join Macy's in Chicago on 10/10 at their State Street location as they explore Carlo's Santana's influence in the music and fashion world with a panel of style makers and industry experts. Kristin and I are both very excited that Project Runway Season 2 Contestant, Nick Verreos will be the host! Enjoy Latin music and refreshments. We will be there!

Macy's Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Carlos Santana and Vanidades

 Wednesday 10/10 5:30pm Macy's State Street 111 North State Street, Chicago IL 60602

Find a Macy's Hispanic Heritage Month Event in your area.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy's and Hispanic Heritage Month.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

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Threadless Giveaway

Recently Kristin and I had an opportunity to visit the Threadless headquarters. Threadless is located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. When you drive up the threadless building stands out from all of the rest high-rises.

One thing that really stood out is the fabulous Threadless' Airstream sitting in the parking lot!

The moment you walk into the Threadless building you can feel the creativity that happens in there! It has a very cool vibe with big couches, video games and t-shirts hanging from the ceiling!

I love how they showcase old t-shirt designs by displaying them as wall art!

 

You not only feel the creativity but you can see that people have fun working there! Threadless works with artists from around the world to produce amazing t-shirts! You can purchase their shirts online or at two locations in Chicago.

They carry all types of t-shirts. Kristin and I both fell in love with the Girly Dolman. I want to order a few more! It is a perfect shirt to throw on with a pair of skinnies, flats and a long necklace.

Threadless creates cool t-shirts for the whole family!

 

Threadless is giving away 2 adult t-shirts and 2 children's t-shirts to one lucky winner!

note: Winner must select t-shirts that are currently in-stock. Threadless Select apparel is not eligible.

TO ENTER:  Let us know what Threadless T-shirt is your favorite!
EXTRA ENTRIES:  Like Threadless on facebook, follow @lilstylefile on instagram, pin your favorite Threadless t-shirt on pinterest with hashtag #TLSF, sign up for TLSF by email,  follow TLSF on Pinterest, follow, TLSF on Twitter, like TLSF on Facebook, tweet this giveaway, share this giveaway on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment for each entry, more chances to win!
This giveaway begins now and will end at 10:00 pm CST on September 27th.  A winner will be chosen from the comments below using Random.org and notified by email.  Open to United States Residents Only. Good luck!
Disclosure: We were provided with a credit to shop at Threadless. Our opinions are honest and our own.

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#BlogHer12 & What We Wore Part #2

A special thanks to Rue La La for providing our outfits for BlogHer 12!

The first days of BlogHer12 are now just a blur of sessions and parties and more parties!  Betsy and I went to the Hasbro party on Friday night.  We danced with Transformers and took photos with My Little Ponies.  Our party let out right into the middle of Times Square.

Saturday morning we went to Getting Gorgeous and met a friendly banana.  I'm wearing my silk C&C California dress standing in front of my color match at the MoMA!  If only we would have had time to walk inside!

Later that day we boarded the bus - yes, the big yellow kind! - and headed to Lands End U.  We'll tell you more about that tomorrow!

Class pictures, anyone?!

If you have never been to a BlogHer before, you probably have no idea what a SparkleCorn is or what you do at CheeseburgHer.  Let's just say it's where exhaustion meets dance songs from high school mixed with a photo booth.

Sunday it was time to say goodbye to our island of Manhattan.  But before we left, we were able to squeeze in shopping on 5th Avenue and a few extra tourist photos.

What a whirlwind!  In 4 days we were in the same room as Martha Stewart, Katie Couric and Kate Gosslin.  Met hundreds of fun brands, even more amazing women in social media, made a few big plans and are equal parts inspired and tired.

As we were picking up our bags from the hotel lobby, we overheard a group of three bloggers saying their good-byes and that they will follow up on whatever ideas they had been discussing all weekend.  It was that moment when it hit me.  That I truly understood what BlogHer is all about.  Turning connections into partnerships and ideas into plans.  I can't wait to see what comes out of BlogHer12!

Disclosure:  Our fabulous outfits were provided by Rue La La.  All opinions are honest and our own.

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Street Style with Tristin & Tyler

Tristin & Tyler are back wearing one of our favorite designers for boys, Tom & Drew Boys!  Watch their video to see how handsome these twins are and what they were up to last week in NYC.

How much do you LOVE those blazers and ties?  They happen to be available our fab sponsor Shop Belle!

 

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