Fashion is about being a risk taker, and wearing something as bold as a poncho is definitely something not everyone feels they can pull off (but trust me, you can!) Stick with a solid color underneath so that you don't over-do it and let the poncho be the staple piece! All eyes will be on you.
How would you wear a poncho this Fall / Winter?

Belled Blues

It's no secret that blue is my favorite color... but blue in combination with my favorite trend - bell sleeves?! It's a recipe for an overload obsession. This top is by ONE WAY, sold by LF stores and I am absolutely more than obsessed. Find similar ones here or head over to your nearest LF.

The rest of the look: Denim shorts - CARMAR
Necklace - FREE PEOPLE
Lennon heel - FREE PEOPLE

MIA but for good reasons...

SO I've been away because so much has changed in my life, both good and bad (but that's kinda how life usually goes, right?!) Well for starters, I moved not only to LA but right on Ocean Avenue, which means the beach is right outside my front door. Within a couple weeks of living in this new city, I was blessed to have landed a job as a stylist, meaning I get paid to do what I love - style people in outfits from head to toe!

Another big change is that I have a new baby brother named Preston! He's the absolutely light of my life and such a blessing to my family. Being 22, and living on my own is a huge change and especially now that I'm away from my new brother, but it's definitely a great learning experience.

Within the time of being away from my blog, I also ended the 5 year relationship I was in. I was going through a lot of changes, trying to figure out who I was as an individual as well as trying to figure out what I wanted in my life in terms of a relationship. Unfortunately, with my boyfriend living in Kansas at the time, it was no help in making a decision so I decided to leave our 5 year relationship behind me and have something I hadn't had since I was 16 - time to myself.  It sounds selfish, but sometimes you have to be selfish and think of yourself. Within that time, I grew tremendously as an individual, and also matured, because even though I'm not that young and not yet that old, I knew I needed to grow up in terms of heading towards a direction that was going to aim towards my future.

Now that I'm in a good place in my life and on track to reaching every goal I set for myself, I realized I missed my best friend, my partner in crime, the person I was comfortable with and had so much fun with... I knew for sure that I wanted to be with no one other than him, Isaiah... But by the time 3 months being broken up had passed, he wanted nothing to do with me and I took it more than just hard. I was heart broken, confused, hurt, and overall just broken. I didn't understand how he couldn't understand that I needed time apart from him to find out what I really wanted and by the time I realized I wanted to be with him, it was too late and I was confused about why he turned so cold.

Luckily, after more time has passed, I realized that although I don't understand why things turned out the way that they did, maybe it could be a blessing in disguise. Maybe he needs time to miss me too, just like I did. And if he doesn't, that's okay too - it just wasn't God's plan for me, or us. I don't know what the future holds but whether or not he and I will ever be together again, I know that whatever is meant to be, will always just be - and for that, I am so excited. And until then, I'll get back to doing what I love... blogging.

What is for you, will not pass you and what is coming is better than what is already gone.

Stay positive and hopeful always.

xo Kaitlin M.

Be Mine

Be Mine

The  month of love is finally here so if love is in the air, I say it's time to get a bit festive with your wardrobe. Whether its some pink polish or maybe just a pink bag, the Valentine's Day spirit is sure to radiate off of you with these lovely finds. Here are some things that February just can't go on without: an initial of your sweethearts name, some pink aviators - perfect for spring, and some nude open-toe heels that'll ensure you'll be tall enough for a goodnight kiss. Check out the rest of my February favorite's below!

What are your favorites? Have any recommendations that aren't on my list? Let me know in your comments below or tweet me: @5ftAve

Casually Coined

Ankle-cut booties are my go-to shoe for the Spring and Summer season and considering Spring has officially commenced here in the always sunny California, it was time to pull out my favorite pair. I've had these American Rag cut-out booties since last year and I got them just before going to Coachella (a music festival here in the US that happens once a year). The taupe hue makes them so easy to pair with almost any outfit.
Waxed denim has been my every-day jean choice lately and seems to be popular with just about everyone else. The "skinny" fit combined with the waxed finish help elongate the look of my not-so-long legs. I find that any time I feel like looking a bit taller than 5 feet, I run off in these! Notice the black strap in the photo above this one? Well, I decided to wear my new favorite sports bra underneath this razorback tank! It is a black meshed-covered bra that looked perfect peaking out through the side. Exact can be found here - take a look!

all photos taken by sweet and loving best friend, Christyana.
Coins, coins, coins! Coined necklaces and jewelry have been flooding my instagram feed! This silver turkish coin bib was the perfect way to complement the silver buckles on the side of my cut out booties. I came across this beautiful piece while I was shopping at my favorite store in Laguna Beach, Ca. and for those of you who aren't able to make the trip to the beautiful California Coast, this exact necklace can be found here. Oh and p.s. this necklace will definitely make it's way to Cocahella 2015 with me... can't wait!

where to find the  r e s t  of the  l o o k:
both the blush pink tank and waxed denim are from  Brandy Melville

What do you think about this casual look? Is it something you'd style on yourself? Let me know in the comments below. I love knowing what my readers love!

Yours truly, 
Kaitlin M.

Embellished Brims

Anyone who has been following my blog since the beginning will know that deep army colored green is one of my absolute favorite colors. Sadly, I don't think it'll be as acceptable once the sunny days of Spring begin to shine a little more than they have been lately. So before hanging them in the very back of my closet, I decided to wear these carmar denim skinnies one last time before I start pulling any light colored jeans out.
"Slip-on" sneakers have made their way back into everyones closet, and hearts, this season. Although Vans shoe stores has never stopped selling them like hotcakes, designers like Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch, and Miu Miu have joined in on the trend. These exact slip-on's are DV by Dolce Vita and luckily for all of you, they're on SALE now and can be found here. 
Last but certainly not least... this beautifully embellished brimmed hat. Thanks to my wonderful Mom, I got this bad boy for Christmas. I've had this hat listed on my "must haves" link for months as some of you may have noticed and was thrilled to find it waiting under the tree for me. The color of this hat is grey but noticed that it has a blush color to it - which I absolutely love! The embellished brand trim is perfect for a bohemian look and I can't wait to see what other outfits I can top off with this Free People find. Exact hat can be found here.
The r e s t of the l o o k:
Bangles  -  Alex and Ani
Oversized top - Abercrombie & Fitch
Sunnies - BP department of Nordstrom 
Handbag - Purchased originally at the Las Vegas Louis Vuitton store but you can call Louis Vuitton for more information including pricing and where to find this unique style at +1.866.VUITTON 

DIY: pins & polaroids

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

It is impossible to walk into my room without finding picture frames upon my dresser, on my walls, even in my closet. I love filling my room with photos because I love the idea of one photo having the ability to bring you a thousand memories.

One year ago, my mom surprised me with a mini polaroid camera and I instantly fell in love. Without having to drive anywhere to get photos printed, tiny imagines instantly developed straight out of the miniature camera. After having hundreds of these mini polaroids in boxes under my bed I tried to think of different ways of displaying them. Purchase a cork board? Check! But I wanted MORE so here's what I finally came up with - mini clothespins for my mini polaroid. 

What you'll need:
String of any sort (not too thick if you plan to use mini clothespins)
and clear pushpins

Although it's pretty easy to figure out, here's exactly what I did:
I went with a gold metallic elastic string because of the variety of gold I have throughout my room. I cut each strand about 15 inches. You can choose any length but make sure that you add about an inch extra. Tie each end around the pushpin and double-knot it. I left some extra string after the knot because I loved the way it looked. After you figure out where you want to hang your photos, push the pins into any surface - I chose my wall because I had an empty space for a while trying to decide what I wanted there. And there you have it! 

Note: the holes that remain from the pushpin are so tiny that they can go unnoticed and many colleges allow pushpins to be used on the walls so I figured this would be perfect for any other college students who are dorming! In regards to my polaroid? I did some research and compared the differences between the Fujifulm Instax mini 8 and mini 25 and came to love the features on the 25! Below are the links for each camera so be sure to do some research before investing to see which one better suits your polaroid needs! 

fujifilm instax mini 8 // exact polaroid I use (25)  {mini clothespins found @ Anthropologie}

Do YOU have any other creative ways to hang photos? What do you think of mine? Comment below - I'd love to know what you think!

Mad for Layering

& plaid! Yes, it's true, this is my second blog post in a row that I'm covered in plaid. So maybe I am a little mad for the plaid trend... But who isn't?! My favorite way to style my outfits for the cold weather is layering. I love having fun with different patterns and layers of socks, tights, and scarves and this is how I decided to throw all of that in one! I feel that layering gives you a sense of security... not everything needs to be matchy-matchy and you'll still end up looking trendy (and staying warm!)

k.edward photography
The layers:
Scarf - Free People exact this is my favorite staple piece for the below 100° season! This oversized scarf gives you the option to turn one scarf into an endless amount of looks. Can't wait to see how many outfits I can incorporate this scarf into!
Socks - H&M (found in stores only)
Tights - Target
Shorts - PacSun's stone washed high waisted denim
Promise Ring - this Tiffany Enamel Ring was given to me by my boyfriend of 5 years (yes, 5!) I switch it up from my ring finger to my pointer finger and it's my favorite hand accessory - so be prepared to see it in every post!
Plaid button down - Abercrombie & Fitch exact 
Riding Boots - Franco Sarto (found at Nordstrom)
Oh and what's in the cup? Carmel frap upside-down with whip!