College Graduation: What to Wear, Tips & Tricks

Well, I did it! I graduated college. Surprisingly, I did it in three and a half years, while working three jobs, and juggling a major and double minor. And it’s crazy that all of that hard work over the pass three and a half years, is suddenly just over. I think I’m still waiting for the day that it officially “pays off”. I’m not sure whether that’ll be once I get my dream job, or once I’ve paid off every penny of my pricey college education. Regardless, I’m proud of myself for doing it and am thankful for the opportunity to be able to obtain higher education. As many people know, I went through some triumphs and hardships throughout my college career, which would be multiple other blog posts within themselves. But, I wanted to share one of my more light-hearted college graduation topics – WHAT I WORE FOR GRADUATION!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bethany McCabe “life milestone” event without the perfect dress, signature jewelry, and killer shoes. SO, after people asking me endlessly where I purchased all of my pieces from my special day, this post is for you…

The Dress

The funny thing about graduation ceremonies is that the majority of your clothes are covered up due to those awfully tacky gowns you’re forced against your will to wear. All in favor of permanently deleting those from future ceremonies, say I…

But, of course, the pictures and celebration after are what the outfit is truly for. BUT! Comfortability is key. You’ll be in that dress all day, walking across a stage, taking awkward family pictures, and honestly, it’ll probably be the last time some of your college classmates will ever see you again. Ever. So, make it count, baby.

I wanted something comfy, yet classic. Something I could put my own spin on, and of course, something that no one else would have.

This cute little green, satin number I wore is from NastyGal and rumor has it, every girl was searching for this dress. I somehow managed to find it in my size and snagged it when it was still in stock. It was comfortable, effortless, and something that would look good on everyone. Not to mention it matched my school colors, Go Rams…?

The Jewelry

We all KNOW that jewelry is my jam. But in this case, I didn’t want some tacky statement necklace *sorry J Crew* in my college graduation photos. That’s the kind of thing that would haunt someone for the rest of their lives. Therefore, I kept it simple. Pretty much everything is from Henri Bendel – My necklace, earrings, stacked bracelets, and stackable rings. However, my little gemstone ring on my pointer finger was a gift from my uncles for my 21st birthday. My single bracelet is from Links of London (also for my 21st) and my single ring on my middle finger is from a small, local boutique where I live.

The Shoes

Probably my most-asked-about piece of the outfit. Literally almost every comment, question, or concern I’ve received on these pictures had something to do with my shoes. And of course, Freebird Shoes has done it again. These bad boys are grey snakeskin, the ultimate Bethany McCabe touch. They have a chunky, not too high heel so it made it easy to walk across the stage and be in all day. They really did add the icing on the cake.

Other Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

1) I majored in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, with a double minor in Media Studies and Fashion & Apparel Merchandising at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

2) I use Fake Bake self tanner. It’s probably the only self tanner I’ve used that doesn’t leave streaks and fades evenly. It also smells really good, and is the perfect color. You could ever just put it on for the event and then rinse it off if you don’t want it to soak in! It’s non-sticky and the color is perfect, even when it’s developing.

3) Please, please, PLEASE!!! go with natural makeup. The only thing worse that looking back at pictures with a tacky statement necklace (see above) would be looking back on blue eyeshadow and heavy winged eyeliner…

4) Wear your hair however you like it best! Whether it’s a low bun, loose waves like me, or straight, doing whatever is comfortable to you is going to make you feel best in photos and walking across that stage. (Obviously make sure your cap will stay on too)

6) The girl who did my nails lives in Fort Collins and does them out of her house. She’s BOMB! Email me if you’d like her contact info!

7) My lace bralette is from SHEIN! I honestly probably paid like $3 for it, and it has ZERO support or coverage. So I wore pasties underneath to make sure I wasn’t going to show through anything!

5) Take pictures of yourself. Honestly, this is one of my biggest accomplishments in life. I couldn’t care less what friends walked across that stage on the same day with me, graduation was my day to be selfish and congratulate myself! Cherish the memories of all your hard work, it’s you who got YOUR degree, not your friends!

Here are more pictures of the day, big thank you to everyone who was there and made the day so special!

My whole family: siblings, parents, and grandparents (from England!)
Me & my cutie boyfriend. Couldn’t have done this without him!
My momma & me.
Me struttin’ across the arena floor. LOOK AT THOSE FREEBIRDS.
My long-time best friend, Kate!
Some of my best girlfriends: Allec, Lauren, and Kate.
Lauren & I met on our first day of college! We sat next to each other in ART100.
My super supportive boyfriend’s family. Love them & so thankful to have them!
Scott is one of my longest friends I’ve ever had. We’re like brother and sister!
Same with Taylor, we’ve been close since 5th grade!

Thank You… so much to everyone who has supported me! I graduated from college woohoo!

XO,

You’re newly graduated, B.

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My Hair Care Regimen

The good, the bad, and of course, the ugly.

We’ve all been there…

If you’re like me, hair is the hardest part of your morning routine.  I hate my younger self for being so good at flat-ironing and curling it EVERYDAY before middle school.  Nowadays, my hair is blonder, but 100% more brittle and broken.  It’s the thing I hate the most about getting ready in the mornings.  Not to mention, it takes the most time and is the most boring to do.

However, these past few weeks I’ve decided I NEEDED to make a change for my hair.  I just couldn’t deal with it constantly feeling so dry and lifeless.  So, I’ve started to put together a hair care regimen that works for me.  Remember, everyone is different so what works for me, may not work for you. 

The star of the show: Olaplex

Oh, Olaplex.  My beloved Olaplex.  I was first introduced to this product about a year and a half ago when I really started going lighter with my hair.  When you’re naturally blonde but want to go blonder, and I mean like REALLY blonder, it causes a lot of damage on your already thin, fragile hair.  Then, Olaplex came onto the scene and changed the game for blondes, or anyone with damaged hair.  I start with an in-salon treatment, then follow up with their at-home products.  

The Cut:

Easy and simple.  A blunt cut.  Every. Time.  I just love the way it looks in any style.  It also makes my thin hair appear thicker.

One major thing I’ve learned:

Good hair products pay off.  For so long I used $5 shampoo that would make my hair feel so dry, and what I’ve learned is you get what you pay for.  The Olaplex products and other things I use can be a little expensive, but they last for so long and they make you feel great about using them.

How to Use It:

I make sure my hair is brushed out completely.  I even dampen the brush and run it through my hair.  (Olaplex works best on damp hair)

The No.3 Hair Perfector is the at-home treatment.

The product should coat your hair evenly.
Let that baby soak in!  Overnight if you can, but at a minimum of 15 minutes.  I typically always tie it up and do a face mask if I’m not sleeping with the product in my hair.

The Follow-Up:

So, after I’ve used that, I then wash and condition my hair with the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner.  

After that, I always use It’s A 10.  I’ve used their product for quite some time now.  They make the best leave-in conditioner.  Either the Silk Express or Blonde one.  Depends on how I’m feeling that day.

In-Between Washes:

FOR OIL:  Dry shampoo.  My best friend.  Forever & Always.  Batiste has been my tried and true for as long as I can remember.  

FOR VOLUME: A texturizing powder.  I love these because they don’t dry out your hair like a mousse or sea salt spray.  It gives you grit, hold, and the perfect texture.  

These products allow me to just blow-dry my hair straight, and not wash it for about 4 days.  I like a messy, tousled look so I pretty much just wake up, style a few pieces, and go for my everyday hair. 

And that’s a wrap!

That’s how my hair has completely changed.  These products have made such a great combo and I’ve really seen a difference in my hair since using them.  Comment down below with your favorite products and what they’ve done for you!

See you all next time,

B.

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Skincare Travel Essentials

It’s that time of year – busy travel season! 2017 has been a huge travel year for me. I flew on my own for the first time in January and now it’s December and I’ve been on 10+ solo trips. It’s so addictive and I think it’s so important to take every chance you can get to see somewhere new. Just 6 weeks ago I was in Seattle, 4 weeks ago in Oklahoma, one week ago in Chicago, and at the end of this week I’ll be in Steamboat, CO!

When preparing to pack all of your toiletries, I’m definitely someone who tends to take their whole bathroom. BAD IDEA. Not only are there so many TSA rules and guidelines now, it’s such a hassle to pack and unpack. So, I wanted to share with you my three key skincare items I always take with me on vacations, business trips, getaway with friends, etc.

A mild cleanser.
This one from Lush is such a staple. It’s for sensitive skin, which I have BIG TIME. It’s so soothing and moisturizing, I use it everyday. It’s also a solid bar soap which fits perfectly in this Lush container, so it’s super easy to travel with and you won’t have to worry about it spilling in your suitcase or TSA confiscating it from you.

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A refreshing toner.
You need something that’s going to balance out all of the crazy different environments your skin will be trying to balance while traveling. All of the germs, pollution, and gunk that your skin encounters while traveling can clogs pores, throwing your skin’s pH balance all out of whack. Personally, I hate dealing with cotton pads and bottles of products that can spill easily or are so much of a hassle, so this quick facial spray bottle helps me out so much. I spray about 4 pumps on my face each use. It’s quick, easy, and refreshing. This toner from Lush has so many great qualities. Tea tree is amazing for your skin when it comes to acne and the grapefruit water will assure your skin stays bright and fresh. It’s seriously my favorite part of my skincare routine and it feels like a mini facial in a bottle.

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A fast-acting spot treatment.
While using good products on your skin everyday is important, and remembering to NEVER sleep with makeup on (which is so hard to stick to after a long day of traveling or a night of partying) is so important, sometimes you still get those annoying blemishes that pop up in what seems like overnight. But, luckily there’s something you can do to make them go away literally OVERNIGHT. This Mario Badescu drying lotion is such a lifesaver. If I feel a blemish coming on, you know one of those that’s deep under the skin that you know will be so sore in the morning, I’ll dot this over the area. You’ll look a little bit crazy, so warn the person you’re sleeping next to! I wake up in the morning and the spot is significantly smaller, if not completely gone! Kylie Jenner introduced this to the world and since I’ve seen her use it, it’s become a holy grail product for me too!

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While millions of products will claim to do certain things, the most important part of skincare is to stick to a routine and stay CLEAN! When I travel I try not to touch my face without washing my hands, never sleep with makeup on, and drinks LOTS and LOTS of water!

I hope you all love these products as much as I do. Let me know your favorite skincare products in your everyday routines or for when you travel!

See ya next time & thanks for reading!
B

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How To: Mixing Feminine & Edgy

It’s officially my favorite time of year for fashion! The fall and winter seasons give you so many options to mix and match, pair together, and create so many new looks. When the weather turns colder, I aim for warmth and versatility. My signature style is a great pair of jeans and a leather jacket, so don’t be too surprised if you see that in many blog and Instagram posts to come. Personally, it’s super hard to find both that will fit me like a glove. I’m so short that jeans that hug me in all the right places are such a hassle to shop for, and finding a leather jacket that works with my short arms and torso seems to be impossible. BUT, I have found BOTH! These jeans are my go-to’s right now. Surprisingly, they’re from Abercrombie. Throwback to 6th grade, right?! And as for this leather jacket, I found this beauty at Zara. I absolutely love Zara but there’s not a single one in Colorado so I always take advantage of it when I travel to cities that do have it.

Ok, so I’m sure you read the title and are wondering how I mix my lightweight, girly pieces with these other more edgy pieces. Well honestly, it’s all about balance. For example, I paired this white eyelet top with these jeans and leather jacket. But in order to balance out the daintiness of the top, I chose a casual white sneaker to balance out the color and feel. If I were to wear this outfit with a combat boot or even any black shoe, I feel like the blouse would get lost. I also grabbed my vintage Burberry bag that adds a feminine touch as well, while still keeping the look neutral and cool. But overall, my biggest tip for a look like this is just to keep it simple. Neutrals are always a fool-proof way to combine pieces that you wouldn’t think would go together. Don’t bother with clashing colors and wondering what goes with what, stick to the basics – black, white, and denim.

Alright, outfits details time! My Abercrombie jeans can be found here. My Zara leather jacket is no longer carried but a similar one can be found here. My Gap top is found here. Like I said, my Burberry bag is vintage (thank you Grandma!) but a similar one can be found online here. Finally, my classic Adidas can be found here.

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Saturday’s Golden Hour & Sunflower Fields

Wow y’all, long time no see. With quite a bit of time off, many adventures in-between, and a few bumps along the way, I have finally decided to start blogging again. While a blog post telling you all about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing would be pretty lengthy (soon to come), I want to kick off this relaunch with a super cute, super fall themed blog post. I’ve found it hard to make time to get out and shoot outfits or even just working up the courage to carry my camera around with me. BUT, one of my besties (thank you Alex!!) and I ventured out to our local pumpkin patch and sunflower field literally the night before our first snow (which killed all of the sunflowers the next day 🙁 ).

So, the fall season is in full swing here in colorful Colorado. I’m such a summer girl at heart, I love the warmth and days on the lake and being tan. But honestly, nothing compares to the colors during fall-time in Colorado. Luckily, it hasn’t gotten too too cold yet in CO, other than getting one day of snow a few weeks ago. Long sleeves with a cute skirt or jeans with an adorable blouse are the perfect options. However, I have recently re-discovered my love for overalls. Whether it’s actual overalls, an overall dress, or anything in-between, I’m completely OBSESSED. Another one of my recent obsessions is bandanas. My friends always tease me because I was wearing them as shirts when going out on weekends, but that’s not always appropriate for a trip to the pumpkin patch. However, it looks ADORABLE tied around your neck like a scarf. I paired this overall dress and bandana with a flow-y white blouse. It adds a bit of flare and shape to the outfit, along with a girly touch. To finish it all of, I paired this look with my matte green Hunter boots. These things are my go-to for the fall and winter months – they last through any weather and are super cute! Especially the hunter green color, it surprisingly goes with everything! You can find these Hunter boots at Nordstrom, my white blouse at Gap, my overall dress at H&M, and the bandana at any craft/fabric store. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

Enough of me talking, let’s take a look.

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Holiday Party Attire

Seasons Greetings! Hope you all are ready for the holiday season. I’m SO excited to bring you this outfit today. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for holiday parties. Whether it’s a family dinner, drinks with friends, or a neighborhood potluck – you can’t go wrong with this outfit. One of my favorite things to do is pair a button down shirt with a dress on top. It’s so unique and unexpected! I used to do this all the time and would receive so many compliments about looking so classy! I just had to bring it back. Black and white is always a good way to go. Pair it with a red lip and you’ve completed the look.

 

I wish you all the best and enjoy the holidays! More to come soon.

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My Fave Flannel

Y’all! It’s finals week here at Colorado State University! Just wanted to say good luck to all of you students out there. You’ve worked hard all semester and now it’s time to demonstrate your knowledge. Finals can be so stressful, I know exactly how you feel. Microeconomics is kicking my butt this semester.  I know, I know; I should be studying my market failure notes, but I thought I would take a break from the textbooks and show you my all time favorite flannel in the meantime.  Now, I feel like this post is very fitting for this week. This is my go-to, running-around-campus look. Flannels are SO versatile. I have worn this one to DEATH. Whether it’s layered with a cute vest and leggings, or tied around my waist, it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. The amount of “that’s the perfect flannel, where’d you get it?!” questions/compliments I’ve received is insane. I highly suggest picking one up.

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Gap x Pendleton

Jeans: Gap

Watch: Michael Kors

Purse (in last pic): Louis Vuitton Neverfull PM

 

Thanks for stopping by, kill those exams this week!

 

B

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The Cold Shoulder

If you’ve followed any fashion bloggers, own a Pinterest account, or even go on social media – you know off-the-shoulder tops are totally in style at the moment. Everyone styles them differently, but this is how I like to do it.

Off-the-shoulder tops definitely make a statement.  If you want to turn heads, it’s important to do it the right way. For me, it’s all about balance.  Showing just the right amount of skin is essential to mastering this look. You’re showing some skin up top, so maybe take the conservative route on your bottom half (aka no booty shorts please). Even though shoulders aren’t necessarily considered super “sexy”, it’s still bare skin. It’s a more subtle form of sexy.

I like to pair my off-the-shoulder tops with basics. A great pair of jeans, simple heels, and some pretty and girly jewelry. If your top has a lot of detail, let it speak for itself.

This top is from Banana Republic. The tie details on the sleeves make it so cute!  I paired it with my ALL TIME FAVORITE DENIM.  These are Gap’s Selvedge Denim. Look out for an upcoming post on my favorite denim.

Simple accessories make this outfit look polished and classic. My watch is Michael Kors, the bracelet is Kate Spade, and the earrings are Banana Republic. The perfect shoe for this look was the Stacy Heel by Steve Madden, so I went with that in nude.

Hope you all enjoyed this post. This has got to be one of my favorite outfits of the summer.

See you soon,

B

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Getting Back Into It…

Greetings everyone!

I know I have been MIA for quite some time now. I’m very sorry about this break, but as my second semester of college got busier and busier, school and work had to become my first priority. With my first year of college under my belt, I am so thrilled to be home for the summer, visiting with family, and enjoying the warm weather.

I would really love to get back into posting on here. Photography is a huge passion of mine and that’s where I pull most of my inspiration for my posts from. Now that I have more free time, I’ll be able to dedicate more time to this website.

So with all of that being said, here is a recent outfit I would like to share with you all.

If you know me, you know I LOVE a good printed pant. Don’t trust me? Here‘s one of my very first blog posts that includes another great pair of wild pants. I got these floral pants at Banana Republic (they’re still available!! Get them here). Now, since these pants are so wild, I wanted to pair a chambray top with them. I seriously have SO many chambrays. Like, it’s bad.

Now, I understand that some of you may be intimidated by these pants and wonder what shoes would I ever wear with something like that?? For night outs go with a nude sandal, like these Steve Madden ones. Not only will this shoe go with everything, it won’t distract from the pants! But for the colder months or maybe if you’re transitioning into fall? I love my Hunter Boots. The green color in the boots brings out the green leaves in the pants.

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My bracelet and ring are both from Banana Republic! My watch is Michael Kors.

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I love this look! What do you all think? Let me know what other posts you’d like to see.

xoxo,

B

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The Best Booties

The holidays are approaching and now is the time to shop, shop, shop! These Toms booties are so adorable. I’m not the biggest fan of Toms (however, I do love their promise of giving away a pair of shoes to someone in need for every shoe purchased) but I fell IN LOVE with these the second I saw them. I purchased mine at Nordstrom.

Here are some more options that I have found.

Aquatalia ‘Fallyn’ Weatherproof Ankle Bootie

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Free People ‘Braeburn’ Booties

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Sam Edelman ‘Petty’ Chelsea Bootie

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Nordstrom is my FAVORITE place to shop around the holidays. The sales associates are so nice and will help you find whatever gift you may be looking for.

 

Happy shopping and I will be posting again soon!

Love,

B

 

 

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