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Black, White + Patterned

I used to be terrified of mixing designs — until I figured out how the key to making it work. Pair your patterned pieces with varying silhouettes. Hence, this billowy top from Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s collection tucked into a body-hugging skirt. The black and white color scheme makes the eclectic patterns work together, rather than apart.

To make your ultra-feminine pieces feel like they’ve got some edge, add a bomber jacket [I’m wearing one from WhoWhatWear’s line for Target].

All of this mixing and matching reminds me of a favorite quote of mine…

…And an integrated life is one where you’re able to fit the different pieces of your life together in seamless fashion.” – James C. Collins

Indeed, a beautiful life is created through mismatched experiences.

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Top: LC Lauren Conrad | Bomber Jacket: WhoWhatWear x Target | Skirt: xx [similar here + here] | Earrings: Anita Ko

Photos by Annie Shak