Featured Blogger: Sweet on Style

Mary Morin Carlin, the fashioniSTA behind the personal style blog Sweet on Style, is no stranger to Second Time Around. She loves a great fashion find, while mixing and matching existing pieces within her own wardrobe. She created the “One Sweet Find:  5 Ways to Wear It”  section on her blog to share these fashion finds and outfits with her followers. She describes her style as “elegant yet fun,” which we couldn’t agree more! She shops and sports any brand from J.Crew to Burberry, but is currently focusing on styling her little one, Charlotte. Mary is currently a stay-at-home mom, but has held all sorts of impressive positions from being an intern at Marie Claire to a Miss America contestant, then to a television news reporter. She definitely has had a hand in many industries and it reflects in how she styles herself. We love how polished she always looks and we are definitely taking pointers. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Can’t wait to see your looks, fashioniSTAs!

~ Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

Radiant Orchid

Every year, Pantone announces a color of the year that is predicted to be prevalent not only among fashions but also furnishings, home décor and even weddings. Last year the color was Emerald, the year before was Tangerine Tango, and this year it is Radiant Orchid. This unique color really is radiant; it has captured the attention of designers and started appearing in spring fashions!

Although it is a bold and vibrant color, Radiant Orchid can be incorporated into anyone’s style; whether you’re fair-skinned or tanned, blonde or brunette, conservative or daring, a trendsetter or fashion follower. Test the waters by purchasing accessories in this rich hue, or embrace the color head-on with a Radiant Orchid party dress or lipstick!

Below you will find some of my favorite style inspiration for this color- it is truly eye catching.

This color is definitely one to experiment with. There are so many different styling options- it can be paired with neutrals such as nude and black, or other bright colors like orange and blue. Try something new this spring and embrace this fun color; it is sure to make you feel refreshed and radiant!



Five Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Should Have

Every woman has experienced the stress of standing in front of the closet, unable to find a thing to wear. It’s 9:15 in the morning and you were supposed to leave 15 minutes ago. But instead, there you are muttering about being sick of all of your clothes and throwing them on the floor in a fury. Some of us go through this routine almost daily; it sounds all too familiar doesn’t it? It might seem like it takes a lifetime, but eventually we find the perfect outfit by the third try… or fourth… or fifth.

However, there are certain times in life where this dilemma has no business occurring. For instance, no woman should ever have to struggle to put together an outfit for an interview. I have put together a list of the 5 staple pieces that every woman should have; so that when a woman needs an ally, her closet will have her back. These pieces are versatile classics, they can be dressed up or down and I promise they will become go-tos for countless occasions.

#1. Little Black Dress

Every girl needs a LBD… it can go for anything formal, a casual date night or drinks with girlfriends!

#2. Classic Pumps

If you don’t already own a pair, invest in neutral pumps ASAP. They go with everything… the aforementioned LBD, jeans, cropped pants, dresses, skirts, etc. etc. etc. Do not put off  buying a pair, because when a girl desperately needs them, naturally she will not be able to find any.

#3. Versatile Blazer

Not only are blazers a secret way to look instantly more polished and professional, they are a great layering piece. They can be worn no matter what season it is! Blazers are so much fun, don’t be afraid to wear them with more than just trousers and pencil skirts. Pair one with boyfriend jeans,  shorts or a cute dress.  They are the most versatile staple!

#4. Ballet Flats

Not owning a pair of ballet flats is like not owning a plain white t-shirt; they are the “basics” of shoes. Flats are feminine, classic and comfortable and they definitely can be dressed up or down. Solid colors work great for everyday errands, or there are fancy options like Chanel and Ferragamo. Invest in a pair at least for the sake of running around on-the-go!

#5. Blue Jeans

Thank goodness for the invention of blue jeans. i don’t think any of us could imagine life without them, except for Anna Wintour. I can’t really say that they can be dressed up because most of us are still limited to wearing them on “casual Friday” at work. However, they definitely look awesome with a blazer and a pair of pumps! On the other hand, jeans with a basic top and cute sandals will never fail either.

These wardrobe pieces are truly must-haves, and they will make life easier time and again. When a first date comes around or a big interview, you will always know what to reach for!



Life Hacks: Closet Organization

If you have a walk in closet, I beyond envy you. Whether you have a huge walk in or a teeny tiny closet (like me), everyone can use some pointers about getting themselves and their closets organized.

Merchandise your Clothing by Type

You might be thinking that this is my OCD kicking in, but in all seriousness categorizing your clothing makes your closet the easiest to navigate. In my closet, I have dresses all together and hung all the way on the left. Same goes for jackets. They are all together and hung all the way on the right. I fill in the middle with all year round pieces, like tops and pants. When I am looking for a certain piece, I know exactly where it is. This is extremely helpful in a time crunch. If you’re looking for pants to go with a top, all of your options are categorized together and in front of you.

Invest in Matching Hangers

First off, get rid of your metal hangers from the dry cleaners! They are okay to hold your clothes for a short amount of time, but when in your closet, they misshape the fabric in the shoulders. Invest in matching hangers. This will add a little bit of luxe to your closet and give it a cohesive look. I personally like velvet hangers. They are nonslip, so you don’t have to worry about finding your favorite dress on the floor of your closet next year.

Keep Shoes Visible

Before I made my (not-so-mini) shoe collection visible, I had them stored in a bin at the bottom of my closet. I was wearing the same heals and flats over and over because I couldn’t see all of my options laid out before me. I am definitely a grab-and-go kind of gal, especially in the morning before I out. Just think of the missed opportunities, people!

I have always wanted to make a shoe display on a bare wall from floating shelves. So cool, but I don’t have the space to do it where I am living now. In this case, build onto your existing closet. Have an upper shelf already built into your closet? Add to that! I bought a ClosetMaid organizer to put on top of my existing shelf. It gave me an additional two shelves to put shoes onto, while keeping them organized. Another good tip is to stagger your shoes (right toe out, left toe in). This maximizes space. I know for a fact that you’ll be amazed at how many options you have for footwear now when you’re heading out of the house.

Organize Handbags by Color

If you haven’t already noticed, I am usually running out of the door. I wouldn’t call myself late, but I am definitely one to rush. Organizing your handbags by color makes it easier to grab on the go. Again, I am sure you find yourself wearing the same bag over and over (just like the shoes before) because you don’t have time to change it in accordance to your outfit. Get your handbags out and on display. My favorite handbag is on my headboard because I love it so much. I always go to that one for a night out or a special occasion.

Have any organization tips? Leave them in the comment section, below!

~ Taylor, fashioniSTA

Photo credit: Pinterest.com

Hello Handbags

Here we are nearly a week into spring, and most of us are still rocking winter coats! Although these winter get-ups are necessary, we can still have some spring in our lives, even if it isn’t from sunshine. A handbag can be incorporated into your wardrobe no matter what the temperature is outside; and this year’s spring handbags will definitely bring you warm and fuzzy feelings. We love all of these fresh trends, from the ultra-cool backpacks to the feminine mini-bags. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself adding more than one of these styles to your spring wardrobe, they are irresistible.

Warning: when you view the contents below it is likely that you will experience an overwhelming urge to go bag-hunting ASAP.

Pastels are the unconventional and chic neutral; they complement any look and they’re perfect for Easter!

The bucket bag… put this one on your wishlist ladies, it’s stylish and functional! You can fit all of your essentials in this funky number.

Backpacks have made their comeback and they’re perfect for the city-girl who is forever on the go. Get rid of those overstuffed totes and adopt this cool and effortless look!

Next time you want to make a splash with a bold handbag, choose one in a graphic print. Whether it is bright or neutral, a printed bag pairs great with virtually everything.

A top-handle bag is the most functional spring bag out there; it transitions wonderfully from casual to dressy. And they come in all different styles, from structured shapes small duffels.

The mini-bag… my personal favorite! Yes, these bags are tiny but they are so cute and feminine! A mini-bag will add a lady-like touch to any outfit, whether you are out for a day of shopping or a night on the town.

Start spring off right with one of these fun bags! Which style is your favorite?

Happy Bag-Hunting,


Spring Breaking in Style

Spring Breaking In Style

The spring break plans have been made, you’ve got your plane ticket, and sunshine is ahead of you. That’s all you need… right? I would be quick to agree with that, put me on a tropical beach and I am content. But before you jet-set off to your heavenly vaca, make sure you have these spring break staples in your luggage! After all, spring break isn’t just about rest and relaxation; it’s also the time to pamper yourself with a mani-pedi, show-off your cute new bikini and get dolled up for nights out!

…But mostly it’s about relaxation and getting your tan on.

Happy Spring Breaking fashionistas, I hope you all have the vacations of your dreams! Don’t forget to share what staples you brought in your carry-on (besides me of course).



Photo credits: Pinterest

Tricks of the Trend: A Stacked Wrist

When I was growing up, I would always raid my Mom’s jewelry box (I still do, but that’s besides the point). I’d borrow (and sometimes steal) anything from her lot of fashion jewelry, but her David Yurman collection was always off limits. To this day, I still idolize her DY pieces. So, I started my very own bracelet collection with a classic cable buckle bracelet by David Yurman.


As much as I love DY, I wanted to add more trendy pieces to my stack. I recently added a John Hardy bracelet that is definitely more of an art piece. The moral of the story is that the true trick to creating a stacked wrist is to make it your own collection and personal story! Whether you like gold and silver or color and stones, this is a way for you to emulate your unique style.

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I promise that once you start your stacked wrist, you will not want to stop. It is all about the thrill in finding the next piece that will bring your current pieces instant harmony. I loved looking for pieces to add to my stack when I studied abroad. I found python bracelets in an Italian leather school and bought three in different colors just because. The next time you travel, you definitely have to try this!


If you’re looking for a quick way to create a stack, Alex and Ani offers a wide variety of stackable bracelets that vary in price from $28 - 375. The bracelets even have special meanings behind each charm. There really are so many different options of colors and styles. These are great, sentimental gifts too for the bracelet collector in your life (boyfriends take note).

So, what kind of story will your stacked wrist tell? Tell me your stories below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA

Photos taken from Pinterest.com

Get the Red Carpet Look

I’m still in awe over the dresses from this year’s Oscars. There really weren’t any looks that I didn’t love or thought to be distasteful (even Lady Gaga surprisingly rose to the occasion). What really keeps me watching these red carpet events is the confidence that these women ooze. I know, I know. They are all A-list celebrities, but you have to remember that with the right dress and accessories you can feel like a celebrity too. With that being said, after watching the Oscars there are a few looks that would work perfectly as inspiration for pieces in our own closets.

The Cape - As seen on Kate Hudson, a cape is an accessory that can amp up a red carpet look. For us, a cape of more substantial material can do the same as an everyday look. With jeans and a t-shirt or dressed up with skinny pants and an oversized hat, the cape can take your look to a whole other level. How chic does a cape look just draped every so slightly onto the shoulders?

The Lace LBD - Who doesn’t love a little black dress? Oh wait, no one. It is the staple piece that we all already have in our closets (if you don’t, then you got to get one - life changing!) because it makes women feel like a powerhouse. So, why not add sophisticated lace to your LBD? Let’s take Diane Kruger’s Valentino frock. What is so prefect about this dress is that you’re showing skin and totally covered up all at the same time. How provocative is that?

The Flirty Skirt - I couldn’t write a blog post about the Oscars and not include Lupita Nyong’o. Her custom Prada gown was straight out of a fairy tale. How fun would it be to twirl in a flowy skirt until you were dizzy, like when you were a kid? That’s what her dress makes me want to do. Off the red carpet, a long or short flirty skirt is all you need to feel like a princess.

I am definitely going to be on the hunt for these pieces after watching the Oscars! These pieces can transitional your wardrobe and make you feel like a celebrity. Don’t take my word for it, just look at how amazing these ladies look!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA

Photo Credits: Refinery29 and Pinterest

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

Finally! March is upon us and SPRING is just around the corner! Although summer will forever be my favorite season, spring has a special place in my heart too. There is so much excitement this time of year- changing over your wardrobe, traveling to warm destinations, and the days start to get longer! But it is no secret that March can be one of the most unpredictable months when it comes to the weather.  One minute we are all enjoying clear sunny skies, and the next minute it is down pouring. So to help you make it through this ever so unpredictable month, I have put together a March Style Survival Guide. These items are perfect to get you through the crazy wind and rain (and sometimes snow) that March brings. You will be armed to fight anything with these pieces in your wardrobe, and I promise that you will look stylish while doing so!

First off, rainboots are a must have! Although most of us would prefer to wear a cute pair of heels or flats, it isn’t worth ruining them by traipsing through puddles. Luckily there are so many cute rainboot choices out there, you will be glad to have a pair! My favorite are Hunter rainboots, preferably in a bold and bright hue.

Finding outerwear that is ideal for spring can be challenging. A jacket that is lightweight, water-resistant and has a removable liner is the best choice. The trenchcoat is a classic that will never fail you, and if you want to mix-up this timeless piece, you can purchase one in a fun color or print. However, if you wish to stay away from trenchcoats altogether, a cargo jacket is a fabulous alternative!

Umbrellas. Even though it can be a struggle to use one when the wind kicks up, there just isn’t a way to avoid owning one. And if you are going to own one, well… it might as well be cute! Bright colors and patterns will brighten up any dreary day!

Now earlier I preached about not traipsing through puddles unless you are wearing proper footwear (super cute rainboots). Realistically though, rainboots truly aren’t fit for the workplace. But who wants to lug around a second pair of shoes, right?  Well the good news is that flats are cuter than ever and they are so easy to transport! Seriously there are so many options… d’orsay flats, smoking loafers, ballerina flats. And, transitioning from rainboots to flats is completely hassle-free!

Okay, so I have covered outerwear, what shoes to wear, and how to protect your pretty hair; but what you wear with all of these things is just as important. Light layers is the key to dressing yourself in March! The sun might be out, but temps can sometimes stay pretty chilly. My favorite things to layer with this time of year are blazers, vests and sweaters in all different colors and patterns!

The final touch to any spring outfit are sunglasses of course! My only advice with this is to try on different styles to see what looks best with the shape of your face.  Classic aviators and Ray Bans are a great go-to, but don’t be afraid to try something bold!

March usually requires quite a bit of layering and you might not be able to ditch tights or cashmere right away. But, who says you can’t have fun with layering? Brighten up your outfits with a bold handbag or statement jewelry for a pop of color! Soon the sun will be here to stay!

Until next time,


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The Oscars: Our Style Nominations

It’s safe to say we’re obsessed with awards shows.  There’s so many breathtaking gowns we could only dream of wearing, by all of our favorite designers.  After the splash the stars made at this years Grammys and Golden Globes, we can not wait to see what they’ve got planned for the Oscars.  Can’t blame us for having high expectations! Here’s whose looks we can’t wait to see on the red carpet next week.

Lupita Nyong’o

This girl killed it at the Golden Globes in her red hot cape, and we’re sure the whole world can’t wait to see if she’ll knock it out of the park again.  So far she’s made a name for herself by taking a daredevil style and making it oh so chic.  Oh and for her movie 12 years a slave… Good luck Lupita!

Jennifer Lawrence

Sorry to forever associate her with Katniss, but Jennifer Lawrence really is the girl on fire.  As one of the best dressed at last years Oscars, we have faith she’ll defend her sense of style.  Last year her fairytale wedding gown-like dress had us all swooning, but we wouldn’t mind seeing her in something more edgy this time around.  Maybe a tasteful and elegant crop top paired with a tea length skirt!

Amy Adams

Always the epitome of fresh and sweet style, we love Amy’s looks.  As this girl has trouble NOT making the best dressed list, we can’t wait to see what stunning gown she’ll grace us with this year.  With all of the pastels that rocked the runway at New York Fashion Week, we would love to see a soft hue on Amy.  Her flawless complexion is begging for it!  Come on lavender!

Sandra Bullock

The word “class” doesn’t even begin to describe Sandra Bullock as an individual, even her style always radiates effortless sophistication.  Her Elie Saab gown last year was perfection, and we wouldn’t complain seeing her in a similar style this year as well.  If anyone can pull of repeating a style, its her.

Good luck to all the stars, for your nominations and your gown of choice!

Photo Credits: oscar.go.com, eonline.com