UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Janine Jahnke

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Janine, the adventurous fashionista travels around the world spreading her laid-back, sporty yet elegant style. We admire her taste and advice. She shares her secrets, staying true to yourself and avoiding buyers remorse – encouraging us to make sure our outfits reflect who we are. She understands how everyday outfits tells a story for others to read. Fashion is a true expression of who you are so have fun with it! Be sure to find out what else she has to say below!

A few words to describe yourself?

My name is Janine, I am 21 years old and I am from Munich, but I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I would describe myself as adventurous, travel addicted and passionate when it comes to the things that I love.

 

Has fashion always been a passion of yours?

To be honest it actually only started around 3 years ago that I discovered my passion for fashion. Before I never really put much thought into my outfits. I think at some point I just realized how much better I feel when I wear something that looks nice and that truly captures my character. Putting on a different look can change how people perceive you- it is like acting and slipping into a new role just by wearing something that you usually don’t.

 

Is blogging your only job?

At the moment it is. I will start university this year, which is very exciting for me, but I will definitely continue blogging. In the future I would like blog full time alongside with owning my own business.

 

Some hobbies of yours readers would be surprised to hear about?

I love water sports. Wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing- you name it. The beach is my happy place and the power of the ocean and the water just have something magical about them. No other place clears your mind like the ocean does.

 

Best place you’ve traveled to? What’s next on the list?

My favourite places have to be Cape Town and Bali. I still have so many more places that I want to see though: India, Mexico, New Zealand- the list goes on. Up next is Switzerland though, where I will go skiing with my sister, which is going to be such a fun contrast to our beach life in Cape Town.

 

Some of your winter must-haves?

My winter favourites are grey knit pullovers (call me boring, but that’s all I wear) and my fluffy leopard coat.

 

How would you describe your own personal style?

My style is laid-back, sporty with elegant details. Also I am a sucker for surprising pieces such as dungarees.

Favorite quote?

“One day you will stories to tell our excuses to talk about.”

 

A tip you would pass along to other fashionistas?

Before you buy anything, always ask yourself: “Does this piece reflect who I am or who I want to be style wise?” If not, it is not the one.

 

Something you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself?

Don’t cry over boys who don’t text you. If it starts off as a struggle it will never work out.

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Sadii

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Sadii with her comfy yet feminine style rocks the fashion world as a mom. She stays trendy with her classy and chic tastes. We absolutely love her positivity and great vibes. She treats her body well and sets balance in her life. Her healthy eats are only one of the many pure rituals she practices. We admire her determination and will power. She stays humble to herself and beliefs. Be sure to check her out below!

 

What’re your fav pieces to blog about? What made you get into blogging? 

My favorite pieces to blog about are the journey of motherhood, the upbringing of my daughter, safe, green and non-toxic products for mama and baby. I got into blogging after sharing my first pregnancy updates on Instagram. I received a lot of support from other mothers and it inspired me to consider blogging. Little did I know it would take over my entire focus.  

 

  

Being a mom must be a huge job in addition to a blogger, how to manage your time?
Definitely it is. Today it took me almost one hour to take one simple shot of a product because my daughter kept coming and bombarding my set-up with her toys or simply was being antsy in trying to get my attention. I manage my time by coordinating better with my daughter’s sleep, nap and play schedule. Otherwise it would be impossible. I schedule most of my workload when she naps and when she sleeps at night, meaning I end up staying up late at night to complete my tasks especially when I have deadlines. I try to distract her with playtime and I quickly squeeze in some work right in between. This method has been working for me thus far. Some days when I am extremely tied up, I ask my husband or sister to watch her for a few hours while I get the job done.

 

  

You talk about the “organic lifestyle”, explain more about that to us? 

Before entering motherhood, I rarely evaluated the products I was investing my money on (ranging from food to beauty products and to even clothes). My mom is a big believer of the organic and healthy lifestyle so she always emphasized on it but it only caught my interest when I became a mother myself. I started asking my mom questions and she educated me a lot about the importance of evaluating the products for the sake of our health and wellness. An organic lifestyle is to surround oneself with knowledge of what you decide to purchase, promote and use on a regular basis. As a mother, it becomes even more important because your level of knowledge and decision on the products purchased affects not only yourself but your husband and children. I also like to take it one step further in connecting it with a more spiritual vibe. An organic lifestyle can also include surrounding yourself with positivity. Just as we cleanse our bodies through healthier food, use non-toxic and safe products for a healthier environment, we can also purify our souls. I am a big believer that process will inevitably have a greater impact on the psychological balance of your mental state. And if mama is healthy, then that sets the benchmark for the rest of the family—aka a living, walking and talking example for the kids.

 

  

How would you describe your own personal style? 

My style is feminine and comfortable. As my 13-year-old niece says “Sadii, one day you are Miss. Kate Spade classy while other days you are just “tumbler””. I had no idea what tumbler meant until she defined it as cozy, comfortable yet chic. How does she know all this? Teenagers these days surprise me.

 

  

Favorite spots in Los Angeles?

There’s a Starbucks right off PCH in Malibu. It has a few shops, made up of modern wood, ocean on one side and hills on the other. It is one of our go-to places for a quick breakfast or if I need to clear my mind and complete some work.

2.    The Getty Center

3.    LACMA

4.    Sweet Rose Creamery in Brentwood

5.     iPic dine-in movie theater.  

 

  

A staple piece in your closet you where way too much? 

At the moment, my PinkBLush ripped maternity skinny Jeans. I can live in them, they are so comfortable and go well with everything. During pregnancy you are only seeking comfort, even in skinny jeans.

 

  

What do you hope readers take away from your blog? 

I hope my readers take away inspiration and motivation from my posts. It would make my day to know if even one of my readers were inspired by a story I shared or purchased a product I recommended and it worked for them as well. Or if a reader of mine were to have a bad day and visited my blog, they felt uplifted and motivated to continue and be hopeful for tomorrow. Sending positive vibes through each and every post is my mission.

  

A trend you hope makes a come-back or never goes away? 

I love lace. I know there was a moment (and somewhat probably is except that I feel velvet may be taking over) where lace was everywhere and everything. I think it is a timeless piece and can always look good no matter what era we are in.

  

 

Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you? 

I do not drink. At all. I am against alcohol consumption.  

 

  

Favorite quote? 

“Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence”.

 

  

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetters of the Week: Lauren Romano

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Lauren Romano keeps it simply and casual. Her everyday outfits make her blog a great one to follow – anyone can relate! We love what she stands for – affordable, cute clothes as well as a positive role model. She promotes self acceptance and understands that no one is perfect. We love her uplifting spirits. She continues on with her strong character in making all her readers feel comfortable in their own skin. Even though she’s a bit more introvert, she isn’t shy on lending a hand in true friendship. Be sure to find out more about her below!

What made you get into blogging?

I started my blog in July of 2015 because I had a lot of extra time on my hands. I have always had a bit of a “shopping problem” and I figured it was time to put that “problem” to good use. I didn’t think Simply Lauren Rose would grow in the way that it has, but I’m SO thankful for the growth. It took a while to come up with a name for my blog but I wanted to incorporate my name and my middle name (Lauren Rose) somehow and I wanted to keep it “simple” so that’s where “Simply Lauren Rose” came from. I pride myself and my blog in sharing outfits and clothes that are attainable to the average person. YES, I dream of having a Gucci bag or a Louis Vuitton bag, but I’m trying to keep it realistic and share clothes and makeup that my followers would realistically buy.

We love your “Get Ready With Me” videos on YouTube – tell us about those/how made you get into video?

Honestly, I was hesitant to start making YouTube videos because of how shy I am. The reason that I started filming them is because I felt I could explain simple concepts easier in a video rather than a blog post. I also felt like it was a great way for my followers to get to know the real me. I was so candid and open about the makeup I used. I have made it a goal of mine to make sure that my followers know that I am NOT perfect by any means. I wanted to share my REAL life with them. I also have a passion for makeup and knew that YouTube videos would be a great outlet for sharing that passion.

 

How would you describe your own style?

I would say that my style is very basic or simple. I am ALL about those closet staples that will never go out of style like t-shirts, chunky sweaters, jeans, and cardigans. I also love a good casual look. On a daily basis (when I’m not working) I’ll wear jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers or sandals, depending on the weather.

 

Did you go to school for fashion?

I did not go to school for fashion.  I got my undergraduate degree in Communications and my Masters in Elementary Education.

 

Hobbies? Other passions?

I LOVE photography. I’m not good at it by any means, but I love it so much. I also love to read in my spare time (which I don’t have much of lately!). And of course I love to shop!

 

Have you always loved fashion?

Yes, I’ve definitely always loved fashion. I used to change my outfit AT LEAST 5 times a day when I was younger because one outfit just wouldn’t cut it. I would also always have a different bag with me and I was often called “the bag lady.” Now ask me if I’ve always had a good fashion sense, and that answer would be NO WAY. I’ve definitely worn questionable outfits but hey, you live and you learn, right?

 

What do you hope readers take away from your blog?

Like I said earlier, I hope to share affordable clothing that my readers will actually want to buy. That’s not the only thing that I want my readers to take away from my blog though. I also strive to be a positive role in my reader’s’ lives. I try to share true events that happen in my life so that my readers feel like they can relate to me – even if I’ve had a bad day! NO ONE is perfect and I want my readers to know that it’s OK to be different, it’s OK to not be perfect, and it’s OK to have a bad day! We ALL have our problems and I hope that my readers feel safe and comfortable when they come to my blog.

 

A trend you hope makes a come-back or never goes away?

A trend that I hope never goes away is the cold shoulder top. I recently have been loving cold shoulder sweaters. I think they’re a good mix between cozy and cute. I also love OTS (off the shoulder) tops and sweaters. They are so fun to work with and to style so I hope those trends never go away!

 

Something your readers would be surprised to hear about you?

My readers would be surprised to hear that I’m actually a very shy person. People laugh at me when I say that because I share pictures of myself and insight in my life on the daily. It’s true though, I’m shy and I hate confrontation so I’ll often avoid it. Also, I value the friendships that I have and I take pride in that.

 

Favorite quote?

“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”

I have this written on a sticky note next to my bed and I remind myself of this every morning and night!

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetter Takeover: Carly Kenihan; “Favorite Los Angeles Coffee Shops”

Carly Kenihan, one of our favorite past time trendsetters, returns in a Trendsetter Takeover! With her incredible 10 year history in the fashion history we knew her tastes in both fashion and lifestyle was worthwhile hearing. She follows her heart – pursuing her passions everyday. One of these passions, caffeine, most of us can relate too. She was born and raised in Cali so we know she knows the hot spots. Below we get her to share her, “Favorite Los Angeles Coffee Shops” – find out where you should be drinking your next cup!

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Current fave fo sho. Groundworks is charming and beautifully decorated and offers an outstanding ambiance with locations from Santa Monica and Venice to Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. Whether you’re going for a dressed up latte or fresh brewed cup of their organic coffee, you’ll be satisfied.  I typically get a large iced coffee or almond latte every morning – totally gets me going for the day. Aside from ‘jo, some locations offer a menu with  organic egg filled items and fruit parfaits. I love the Santa Monica satellite location, but Venice is great to check emails at with its complimentary Wi-Fi. It’s a perfect place for a perk up.

 

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Address: 108 West 2nd Street (on Main Street, south of 2nd) Los Angeles, CA / Phone: (213) 620-9668

Urth Caffe

Urth Caffe is nothin’ but warm and welcoming with an A+ ambiance in West Hollywood (on Melrose!), Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and DTLA . The spot brings a wide variety of organic coffees and fine teas that you can enjoy in either their inside dining area or outside patio soaking up the rays and their green tea latte is a must-try. But wait, on Mondays, coffee is 50% off till 11 (ya don’t need to twist my arm)! Aside from the bevs, Urth has a plethora of sandwich and pizza options on their menu, as well as delicious salads and amazing (I mean, a-MAY-zing) bread pudding. Ask them to heat it up with some steamed milk and you’ll enter a dessert dream (it works for breakfast too)! Urth’s a casual spot for a quick pick me up, and open late in case you want to get your mid night snack on.

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Top Locations:
DTLA: 451 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 / Phone: (213) 797-4534
WeHo: 8565 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069 / Phone: (310) 659-0628
Beverly Hills: 267 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212 / Phone: (310)205-9311
Santa Monica: 2327 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 / Phone: (310) 314-7060

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Such a fun spot. Walk in, grab a ticket, they call your number and you call your coffee. You can also munch on some of their daily specials including seasonal pizzas and salads. If you have a second, stay for a while and order their delicious bruschetta or oven roasted turkey breast sandwich (hello Thanksgiving in the summer)! I love their almond lattes but you really can’t go wrong with any order. Sit at the little bar or picturesque patio with a friend and your day has just gotten off to the right start.

Address:320 Sunset Avenue, Venice, CA 90291  /Phone: 310-314-0320

Dogtown Coffee

A literal hole in the wall down the street from me (hence the no website sich but you can check out their yelp here)! It’s such a good go-to for a quick iced coffee and an acai bowl. They also make some delicious egg dishes and an array of lunch options. With it’s surfer-esque decor and always exciting music (changes daily from the Stones to Rihanna and everything in between), it never fails or disappoints. One of those places I call home.

 

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Address: 2003 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405  Phone: (310) 310-3665

Kings Road Cafe

Great spot for coffee in WeHo and even better spot for people watching. Their decadent vanilla lattes are brag-worthy and their straight up black coffee will make you feel like you’re on somethin’ else. Breakfast is offered all day along with lunch and dinner, and if you make it till the evening, their elegant beer-centric wine bar is fun to enjoy. The spot is super casual and the perfect place to meet some friends and kick it.
Address: 8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 / Phone: (323) 655-9044

 

 

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That’s it y’all! Happy sipping!

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UsTrendy’s Trendsetter Takeover: Anna; “How to Wear Necessary Neutrals”

With Spring in the air, it’s time to bring out some fresh trendy tips to show off! We’re lucky enough to have on our favorite trendsetters, Anna, return in a takeover piece. With her eye for fashion, she meshes her classic- chic and boho-hippie style beautifully. We love her hustle and grit. She isn’t scared to get her hands dirty (while of course looking fabulous) in order to get what she wants. Her dedication and genuine attitude left a mark on our hearts. We knew she would give us nothing but the best on, “How to Wear Necessary Neutrals”. Find out her creative tips below!

How to Wear Necessary Neutrals

 

How do you know when spring has officially arrived? Some people notice the blooms and flowers, or the sunny blue skies. But for those of us who are fashion-obsessed (who, me?) it’s the clothes that make the season. I take one look at those lighter spring jackets, dresses and flats and am so excited to ditch the parka, tights and socks! As a Canadian living in a climate that can turn into an absolute tundra on a dime, I appreciate every blade of green grass tickling my toes.

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For me, spring fashion evokes imagery of bright colours and bold prints. But that’s not for everyone and every closet certainly needs a good balance, mine included. You needs a harmonious wardrobe that’s just as multifaceted as you! You need compatibility in your closet so that regardless of your mood that day, you can find something that feels right. Although, most of us ladies will probably still complain that we have nothing to wear. For those days you need neutrals my friends, and they really should be part of your wardrobe regardless of your personal taste.

What are neutral colours? What is a neutral outfit?

Personal style varies and what may seem indistinct to one person may be too much for another, but blush and earthy tones are a good rule of thumb. The most common shades come to mind such as white, beige, ivory and brown. However, neutrals can encompass everything from lighter shades of pink and blue to army green. Style is individual, so what neutral means to you is just as personal.

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Neutral pieces can be found all over, shorts, coats, shoes, pants – you name it. It’s easy to find clothing that integrates nicely into your existing closet. They’re neutrals after all, they’re not there to steal the attention away from your fearless favourites, they’re there to complement them. These pieces are so versatile they can be incorporated into a multitude of looks and outfits. Just in case you’re not convinced, here are three reasons you should consider investing in at least a few neutral pieces.

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Don’t Compete, Complement

I like to wear lots of colour and print in the warmer months, but certainly not all the time. For some, daring colours and valiant prints are horrible or terrifying. It’s not your thing, that’s ok, be true to you! You’re not someone who likes to draw attention to your look and don’t gravitate towards pieces that are loud and say “look at me!” Or, you’re just having a day where you’re not feeling quite as brave so you opt for something a little simpler.

Neutral pieces bring stability to your closet, so you’re not looking like a colourful clown.

A neutral palette doesn’t have to be drab and boring. These pieces of clothing bring stability to your closet, so you’re not running around looking like a colourful clown. If you don’t have them, chances are you’ll pull out those funky patterned pants one day and realize you need a simple top to pair them with. If every item in your closet is busy and ornate, you’ll have a hard time creating an outfit that allows for a focal point. You can craft a look based entirely around complementary neutral tones, or they can be worn when you’d like those flashy pieces to shine without a rivalry. It’s all about the details and how you style those beige, white or brown items that will bring your look together.

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The Perfect Canvas for Colour

Speaking of details, they’re so easy to incorporate when you’re wearing neutrals. It’s like you’re starting with a blank canvas, maybe a modern or minimalist piece of art and then, bam – you bring the colour. It doesn’t matter what colour since you don’t have to worry about clashing, just whether the tones complement one another. Make your look more interesting by accessorizing with a pop of fun here and there. Accessories make it so simple to do, so go with those bright purses or dazzling high heels that you may not otherwise wear too often.

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For example, I chose to highlight the subtle pink blush of this blazer with my favourite fuchsia purse. Now I’ve got a touch of pink goin’ on, which brings excitement to this brown dress and sandals. A lighter neutral paired with a darker one gives a nice contrast. In this case I coupled brown and blush pink, and since my purse is stealing the show I kept the heels brown so they’re not competing. Make sure you don’t discount your make-up either. Since your outfit is toned down, it’s the perfect time to apply some fun or bold looks that you’ve been wondering when to try out. I grabbed a delicate pink lipstick to go along with my colour-combo this day. I’ve been drooling over pink makeup pallets for spring in this magazine or that one, so I thought why not!

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Classic Details

This stuff just doesn’t go out of style. I’m telling you, investing in neutral pieces of clothing is great on your wallet. You only need a few neutral items in your closet, and you’ll feel like you have more than enough because they can be integrated into various outfits and look completely different. You can definitely get away with wearing them more often, and no one will ever notice. Promise. You don’t need multiple pairs of white jeans or button down shirts, you can wear them so many different ways and if you buy decent quality, you’ll have them for years.

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This brown dress has been in my closet for so long I had a hard time remembering where I bought it from. The same is true for the rest of my clothing here, the blazer, and heels (they were also featured in: “At The Park with Willow & Park”). None of it is new, but it feels like a completely fresh look since I’ve never worn this combination together before. I love choosing neutral pieces with some unique added details, they draw my attention without stealing it. A good neutral piece is one you’ll never get sick of and will be able to wear a multitude of ways, but also jumps out at you with some feature that fits your style.

A good neutral piece is one you’ll be able to wear a multitude of ways, but also jumps out at you…

It’s very personal! For me, I love how the dress walks the line between classic and exceptional. The colour makes it easy to style, but the pattern on the front adds an element of fascination. The blazer is just a blush-pink addition, but the puffy sleeves make it a little more fun. It’s neutral, easy to pair, but also interesting. This balance is key to pulling off a neutral look that is timeless, but certainly not boring!

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Purchasing some classic pieces in neutral tones is like building a solid foundation for your wardrobe. They’re a great place to start, especially on the days when you’re not feeling quite so bold or creative. Remember to keep them true to you, since neutrals are different for everyone. A plain white tee may be too mundane for some, so look for one with some added sparkle or a cute cap sleeve. For others, a v-neck t-shirt may be perfect and unspoiled just the way it is. Go with your gut, and trust your instincts! Keep it simple with neutrals: pair lighter and darker tones for a nice contrast, inject a little colour with your make-up and accessories and before you know it, you’re out the door.

And remember – on a bad day, there’s always lipstick…

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