There is something about the basics that never goes out of style. A white top and jeans – it’s a simple and effortless combination that flatters everyone, male or female. It’s also the best option when you’ve run out of options – or when you’re late to your “catch up” coffee date with friends. From your boyfriend’s t-shirt, to ripped jeans, and chiffon blouses this look has tons of variety. Designers like Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang also like to rock this combination on the runways. It’s a look that can go from day to night in the matter of minutes, just switch out your flats for a pretty wedge or heel.

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Scarves have made a major comeback in the last couple of years – and more than ever they are a great way to accessorize your look and add a little extra pop! From skinny scarves, to bandanas, to silk and chiffon there is a ton of ways to get creative. So as we head into spring I wanted to share with you my three favorite ways to style a scarf using the beautiful designs from Ann Catherine.

Whenever I wear a simple plain blouse I love to add a little color around the face. For this look I tied the Ann Catherine infinity shadow pattern scarf around my neck. I love the pop of green and the elegance of this look.

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I get really excited when I discover brands that aim to make a difference. This month I want to introduce you to Olli, a company that makes fair trade, natural and biodegradable flip flops that are not only safe for our environment but also for our health. Their flip flops are made from natural rubber which comes from tree sap. Some of the largest plantations are located in Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. To make sure their products are produced under the best conditions, Olli joined the Fair Rubber Association. This means all their purchased rubber comes from plantations that maintain fair standards not only for their products but for their employees including safe working environments, medical care and fair wage.

For me its very easy to become a fan and support a brand like Olli – I love working with brands that care. That is so crucial because it’s rare. Most companies care about the quantity – they just want to sell, but if you want a product that lasts its about the quality. Olli flip flops are comfortable and very light on my feet plus — it just makes me feel good knowing the history of the product, how they started and the difference they are making for the environment and their distributors. Olli launched a kickstarter campaign in March and since they have received support from all over the world raising over eleven thousand dollars! They are set to start production this month with shipments going out in June. I am so excited to see this brand grow and become a household name! For more information please visit their website www.olliworld.com and support them on KickStarter. I also included all their links below so please give them a follow on social media and support their incredible mission.

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Throughout my blogging journey I have been very fortunate. Over the past year not only have I collaborated with some of my favorite brands but I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting the amazing and talented people who work hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. One of my first major collaborations was with Farfetch, a high-end online fashion house that not only represents brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Valentino but they also inspire, empower and give a voice to bloggers like me.

On March 8th, women across the world celebrated International Women’s Day and Farfetch didn’t miss a beat. They invited me to a wonderful event at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. The event was picturesque, flooded with fashion and an atmosphere only fit for a girl boss. I got to meet other bloggers, business owners, designers and poet Cloe Wade who was the guest of honor. She delivered an empowering poem that reminded all of us why we should be proud of who we as women and why we deserve to be heard. This event also made me look back at the most powerful women in history like astronaut Anna Fisher, voting activist Annie Lumpkins, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman the list goes on and on. These women are the ones who caused the ripple effect – they were the trailblazers that encouraged us to stand strong behind our beliefs and work towards gender equality. Farfetch is a brand that recognizes that and I couldn’t be more proud to have been a witness to their NYC celebration.

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I don’t know about you guys but I get so excited when the days start to get longer! The sun is shining way past 5:00pm and I know Spring is right around the corner. As my wardrobe starts to get lighter I love to add color into the mix like this Pink Yarrow blazer I am wearing from H&M. Spring 2017 will be full of beautiful bright shades, per the Panton Fashion Color Report. You will be seeing colors like Primson Yellow, Flame (Orange) and Island Paradise (Light Blue). There are so many ways to include these stunning shades into your wardrobe. One of my favorite ways? To accessorize!

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Lately, on maggiekrol.com it’s been all about hair. Aside from products and styling tools one of my secret weapons for achieving thickens has always been clip-in hair extensions. I have been wearing them for about 6 years. My hair is naturally long so I wear the clip-in extensions mostly for volume but it depends on the style I am trying to achieve.

When it comes to extension brands, I have tried and tested a handful over the years but recently I have been using Irresistible Me Hair Extensions. The company reached out to me a couple months ago about reviewing their product so over the past month I have been wearing them so I could give you guys a full rundown.

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When it comes to sharing my OOTD posts I love using Insatgram. Aside from my blog, the social media platform has made it possible for me to connect with loyal readers like you! One of the most frequent comments I get always has to do with my hair, the products I use and how I style it. I must admit it took me years to learn how to properly do my own hair. There was a lot of trial and error especially when it came to product and styling tools. I have thin hair so I had to find the right product to help me achieve volume, thickness and hold. I do not leave the house without mousse or hairspray. At this point it’s a routine that I cannot give up because it is what works and gives me the look I want – volume, volume, and more volume!

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Left to Right @pinkandpolkadotss, @astridarmijos, @simplystph, @pinebarrenbeauty, @sylviapilawa, @danielle__layne, @maggiekrol, @everbstyled

Talking fashion over mimosas, good eats and great company is how I like to spend my afternoon. To top it off we are sitting in the fashion capital, New York City!

I have never been to a blogger brunch before so I didn’t know what to expect but the experience was memorable! The Gander, a modern, intimate restaurant located in NYC’s West Village sponsored the Beauties Who Brunch event which included bloggers like myself, among several other up and coming Jersey Girls. I started my blog as a hobby, an outlet to share my love for photography, fashion and just day to day life. I never thought it would connect me with incredible women who share the same passion and who are so driven to succeed. I was humbled by the welcoming spirit of all of the girls, and their willingness to openly share their stories regarding their careers, family life and juggling both!

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