How to Wear a Blanket Scarf!

1/6/15 | Cowle Neck Shirt, Old Navy | Pants,  Old Navy | Boots, Sorel Footwear | Blanket Scarf, Garage Clothing | Watch, mark. by Avon | OutfitoftheDay_41/12/14 | Reindeer Crewneck, American Eagle Outfitters | Plaid Blanket Scarf, Garage | Boots, Sorel | Watch, mark. by Avon |

There are so many types of scarves out there that you can add to your collection of accessories, but one must-have, in my opinion, is the blanket scarf. You have your regular scarves, infinity scarves, but blanket scarves are limitless! You can even use it as a – can you guess? – a blanket! That’s how big they are. Cozy, warm and comfortable are only a few words to describe this must-have. Blanket scarves are probably my favourite must have of the season – especially because there are so many different ways to wear them…which is what I am going to show you today.

Classic and Simple… 

The first way to wear them is the classic and simple way, fold one corner to the diagonal corner and cross the ends behind your head and bring them forward. Follow the below tutorial for further assistance (click the picture for a link to her blog). In my second and third photo (above), I usually wear my scarf this way. It keeps me nice and cozy. OutfitoftheDay_3

Belt it… 

This is not a look I do too often, but I just got into it! To do this look, like shown in the photo below, drape the blanket scarf around your shoulders, forming a cape. Pull the ends over the front of you, crossing them (you don’t have to cross them) and then take a skinny belt and belt it over the end pieces hanging in the front. That way the scarf appears as a vest or a sweater and it looks cute! I find that this works really well when you want to pattern mix. As you can see, I have paired this plaid blanket scarf with a leopard print belt!

1/25/15 | Turtleneck, Old Navy | Blanket Scarf, Garage | Pearl Necklace, J Crew | Jeans, Kenneth Cole Reaction | Booties, Winners |

Wear a cape!

This is similar to the belted look, except minus the belt! If you drape the scarf over your shoulders and let it hang there, then it makes for a cozy and comfortable look that keeps you cozy! It resembles a poncho or a cape and it is so warm! This is a great way to wear it because it’s easy and can be thrown on in seconds!

Knot and Tie… 

Some people like scarves to stay on so they are not fixing it all the time. Sometimes, that is the case. If I am wearing my scarf under a heavy coat, I want to make sure that pieces of it aren’t falling out and getting stuck in my coat zipper or moving around under my jacket, so I knot it. See the tutorial below to see how to tie a blanket scarf (I would make my own, but I didn’t have time…so here is an easy tutorial that I found).

There are many ways to wear a blanket scarf. I am constantly looking for new ways, but these are the ways that I use the most (particularly the first one for a more casual look). Blanket scarves are warm, cozy and comfortable and this scarf will always be my must-have, favourite scarf!

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Happy Launch Day!

I am so excited to present this to everyone!! Until this day, I have been prepping and tweaking and nitpicking my blog so that I could launch it, like I did today. You see, I had a strategy…I wanted to reach a set goal on @mystyyle before I showed it to the world, so to speak. So that is what I’m doing. January has been filled with new and exciting opportunities, which includes Pearls and Polkadots! This is something I am completely diving into and rather excited about…

How did it all begin?

It actually all began with taking photos of my daily outfits. As I started to accumulate more pieces, become more interested in fashion, and take interest in what I was wearing each day, I started taking “outfit photos” (photos that showcase the entire outfit, smile down). I began to post them on my personal IG, until one day I decided…”I should dedicate an entire account to this alone…”. So I did. Soon after that, I gathered a following, and a few people put the idea of starting a blog in my head and VOILA, Pearls and Polkadots was born!

Why ‘Pearls and Polkadots‘?

When I was small, I always admired my Mother’s and Grandmother’s pearls. Pearls are simple, classic and go with pretty much everything. I also LOVE polka dots and a lot of the looks that I was bringing together included polka dots in some way. So why not put pearls together with polka dots? Pearls represent the classic style that I love. Polka dots represent the care free, bubbly person that I am!

Future Plans…

Expressing myself through fashion allows me to show who my true self is. I want to showcase that through Pearls and Polkadots and show you who I am! Writing is a love of mine, and fashion is another love of mine…so together, fashion and writing is what I am dedicated to whole heartedly!

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Above is a look I put together this week – very teacher-like, don’t you think? Stripes on stripes – inverse stripes! I could not wait to wear this look to my kindergarten class. I had a lot of little kids pointing out all of the patterns, so it was a great way to teach them the stripe pattern (they are still grasping this concept). There’s my little fashion blurb! Enjoy!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone – and come back soon!

The Year of Possibility

This past year has been quite interesting, to say the least. However, to bring in the big 2-0-1-5, I thought a style blog would provide an outlet for opportunity, possibility and pure expression. 

What brought this on? 

A couple of months ago, I was browsing through my ‘explore’ page on Instagram and came across a pretty prominent fashion blogger. She is a twenty-something mother of one who loves to read, teach and drink Starbucks – already, three things we have in common. So I followed her, thinking that I coudl see what she came up with and if I could get some inspiration. Weeks went by and I was loving her content…so much that I started taking outfit of the day photos – like she did every so often. It became a routine. Which led me to create a separate IG account where I could post these photos.

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The First Photo – October 11, 2014

Outfit of the Day 

Once I created the account, I began posting, posting, posting. I assembled different outfits with the pieces that I had, and then when I got inspiration from Pinterest and IG, I started going out to the mall to look for more pieces to add to my wardrobe. Not only did I begin to have a lot of fun with the pictures, it came in handy having a documentation of what I wore – I went outside my comfort zone, pattern mixing, matching different colours…and it kind of stuck.

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The Community

One of the main things that I became addicted to was the IG fashion and style blogger community. There is a whole world outside of posting pictures of your friends and food that you don’t really know about until you go looking for it! I started to gain a following – other bloggers, fellow fashionistas, and more people interested in seeing my looks. It was so uplifting and encouraging, and made me want to grow my account to bigger and better things!

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A Style blog was born…

About three months and 500 follwers into my IG account that was slowly, but surely growing, another prominent blogger reached out to me through commenting on one of my photos. She suggested that I start a blog based around fashion and style, showcasing these looks that I would post every day on IG. It was at that moment, that it all clicked! This was a perfect idea! I could combine my love for writing, and my love for style and create the ultimate outlet for my expression!

Future Hopes

I am doing this purely for fun at this point. If it takes me somewhere where I can work on it for sponsors, money, or compensation…then that’s where the blog will take me. However, right now, I just love having something that is attached to my name – my brand, my control…it’s all me. Whether it takes off or not, at least I know I will have two guaranteed readers…Mom and Dad.