Get the Look: Floral & Fatigues

There’s nothing better than the perfect mix of contradictions in an outfit- a little girly and a little tough, a touch of fancy and a bit low-key. This head-to-toe look offers the perfect balance by pairing a comfy tee and military jacket with the unexpected glitz of floral-printed pants and neon party girl accessories. Check out the high-fashion look on the left compared with the thrifty-gal version on the right. This is something anyone can pull off no matter what your budget!

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Luxe Earrings: 2BxRT Moonstone & Spike Earrings, $145, rebeccataylor.com; Shirt: LOT78 Printed Modal T-Shirt, $155, net-a-porter.com; Jacket: Barneys New York Co-Op Vintage Button Front Army Jacket, $289, barneys.com; Handbag: Kate Spade New York Bow Terrace Justine, $328, piperlime.com; Pants: Matthew Williamson Floral-Print Silk Pants, $875, net-a-porter.com; Shoes: Elizabeth & James Toni, $298, zappos.com.

Less Earrings: H&M, $2.95, hm.com; Shirt: Women’s Two-Tone Graphic Tees, $16.94, oldnavy.com; Jacket: Military-Inspired Utility Jacket, $39.80, forever21.com; Handbag: Bolt Studded Envelope Clutch, $24.80, forever21.com; Pants: Oasis Exclusive Botanical Floral Print Trouser, $76.36, asos.com; Shoes: Realove, $79.95, stevemadden.com.

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Eye It/Buy It/DIY It: Great Gatsby Edition

The 20s are “Roarin'” louder than ever right now with the upcoming release of Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby” and this fan couldn’t be more excited! This week’s Eye It/Buy It/DIY It shows you exactly how to incorporate the flapper look into your life without breaking the bank.

 

Eye It

What you need to get the Gatsby look:
Embellished headbands and turbans, drop-waist dresses, long strand necklaces, art deco shapes and prints, mary janes, and all things velvet and fringe.

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Buy It

Not a crafter? Shop these Gatsby-inspired pieces: 50 for under $50!

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DIY It

Crafty gal like me? Try this SUPER easy (less than $10 and under 3 minutes) DIY tassel necklace to add a little jazz to your wardrobe!
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What you do explained:
1. Wrap the tassel where it is gathered with the craft wire, using the pliers to shape. When you like the way it looks, trim and tuck the ends. Make sure each end is securely tucked- the wire should hold itself in place.
2. Trim the loop off of the tassel with scissors. Spread the large jump ring with pliers and insert one end through the top of the tassel near the wrapped part and rotate until the end comes out the other side. With ends outside of the tassel, close the ring with the pliers and rotate the closed ring back into the tassel so that the opening is hidden.
3. Using the pliers, open two small jump rings. Add one to the large jump ring on the tassel and the other to one end of the necklace. Close rings with the pliers.
4. Thread the open (“un-ringed”) end of necklace through the small jump ring on the tassel.
5. Open third small jump ring and use to attach the lobster clasp on the open end, closing and securing with the pliers.
6. Toss on your new necklace and get flappin’!

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Local Shopping: Show & Sell Ohio Thrift

Ahhh…the last Wednesday of the month…time for my favorite bi-monthly sporting event: 50% Off Day at Show & Sell Ohio Thrift! This is one of my all-time favorite thrift stores. It’s massive and always well-organized and very clean. I also appreciate how they merchandise new items and create trend displays on a weekly basis. Every other Wednesday Show & Sell offers 50-75% off storewide and I take this venture very seriously. I get there when the doors open at 9 am and almost always have sort of game plan in terms of what I’m looking for at the moment and tackle those sections first (there can be some pretty stiff competition on 50% day).

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been patiently marking off the days on your 7th-grade Leonardo DiCaprio calender, waiting for May 10th- the day that will forever go down in history as the day “The Great Gatsby” came to a theatre near me. Anyway, my intense, over-excitement regarding this film was definitely on my mind as I took off thrifting in search of an art deco beaded tank, a la Daisy Buchanan.

I was thrilled to find this black scoop-neck top, with black beading around the neckline and a repeating gold bead pattern throughout. I also found this adorable silk Ecco scarf with a pink and black ballerina print and vintage black beaded dangling earrings that are truly one-of-a-kind. But the cherry on top of this Gatsby sundae is definitely the price…$10!! Man, I love 50% off day.

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So, all-in-all a successful day thrifting and $10 well spent! If you are as excited as I am about “The Great Gatsby,” check out my upcoming trend report and diy project centering around the Gatsby trend in the next few days!

~Ashley

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Local Events: Craftin’ Outlaws

A crafty gal like myself was in absolute heaven at Saturday’s alternative crafts fair, Craftin’ Outlaws. I was so impressed with all the brilliant vendors, from the beautiful to the hilarious. I went hoping to find something worth mentioning here and ended up having to force myself to edit down because of how many booths blew me away.

Here are some of my favorites from the fair:

(click on pictures for vendor links)

Beautiful mixed media signs and decor at WorkerBird.
Beautiful mixed media signs and decor at WorkerBird.
The perfect combination of earthy and feminine from Natasha J Collections pottery jewelry.
The perfect combination of earthy and feminine from Natasha J Collections pottery jewelry.
I wanted so many of the cheeky and edgy upcycled ceramics at Skint Designs.
I wanted so many of the cheeky and edgy upcycled ceramics at Skint Designs.
The jewelry at Oceanne was a clever mix of rough and refined.
The jewelry at Oceanne was a clever mix of rough and refined.
Love the printed images on vintage sheet music at Adornments by Karla. The smaller pieces in the background are adorable magnets made from printed dominoes.
Love the printed images on vintage sheet music at Adornments by Karla. The smaller pieces in the background are adorable magnets made from printed dominoes.
Beautiful statement pieces using a  quirky mix of antique found objects at Once Lost Jewelry.
Beautiful statement pieces using a quirky mix of antique found objects at Once Lost Jewelry.
The limited-edition concert posters by bMethe are going on the top of my must-have list.
The limited-edition concert posters by bMethe are going on the top of my must-have list.
What a wonderful Mother's Day gift these delicate bud vases from Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics would make.
What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift these delicate bud vases from Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics would make.

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And I'm absolutely obsessed with these vintage stud earrings and modern, crafted necklaces at Poor Sparrow. Really great, on-trend pieces at incredible prices.
And I’m absolutely obsessed with these vintage stud earrings and modern, crafted necklaces at Poor Sparrow. Really great, on-trend pieces at incredible prices.

Didn’t I tell you the vendors were great? I can’t wait for the Holiday Show on November 16th! To make sure you don’t miss the next Craftin’ Outlaws fair or to check out the vendors not mentioned here, check out craftinoutlaws.com.

~Ashley

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Life in the Middle

Welcome to my passion project, “Style on High.” I have always loved fashion and art in general. The act of styling, whether we’re talking head-to-toe or floor-to-ceiling, makes my pulse race and a beautifully styled frame, whether on a screen or in a gallery, can literally take my breath away.

But fashion is for the fabulous and I teeter in and out of average on most days. I was raised a middle child in middle America and middle class can often be considered a high compliment to my finances. But being middle-of-the-road doesn’t change the fact that the passion is still there and it’s what drove the creation of my blog. I’m coming to you from Columbus, Ohio, which is sometimes referred to as “The Biggest Small Town in America.” For any of you not familiar with Columbus, High St. is the major street that runs through the entire area and houses loads of amazing local stores and restaurants, which is what inspired the name “Style on High”. While it’s not exactly NYC, we do have a truly awesome arts district and a locally-grown-loving community that allows boutique-style shops to thrive. So all fashion is not lost (Hallelujah!).

I’m hoping for two major things with this blog:

1. I want to provide a fashion guide to Columbus for all the imports who just moved into town. There’s so much to see and do in this city and I want to help out with navigating what can sometimes seems overwhelming.

2. I’m hoping to bring a little splash of the fabulous to those of you out there who might be like me, struggling to pay bills or lose weight or whatever “average” issue you might have, but still craving a fashionable life in spite of your situation. Hopefully, we can share tips and ideas for overcoming any obstacle together.

Here’s to a beautiful and fabulous future!

~Ashley

PS- Check back in tomorrow for my recap of all the amazing crafters and artists at this weekend’s “Craftin’ Outlaws” show. Central Ohioans, you won’t believe some of the incredible talents right in your backyard!

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