Leather & Bows + A $200 Zara gift card giveaway

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Hello hello, September! When the leaves change color, the country ODs on pumpkin-flavored everything and those of us living in the glaciers begin the yearly ritual of despising the mini-worlds of Florida and California (Well, if you don't do the latter, I do enough if it for all of us!). Before you think I'm going to be a whiny annoyance for the months to come, let me redeem myself by saying that I do truly love Fall fashion. Except for the hat hair (Worse! Beanie hair!), I'm looking forward to everything Fall in fashion: the dark nail colors, rich, deep, earth toned color palettes in clothes, autumn layering and rediscovering the comfort of boots. I'm so excited to show you guys all of my favorite fall trends in the posts to come! <Read on to find out how you can get a major, like really major, closet upgrade this fall!> But while the sun is still shining, let's keep the leg baring going, shall we? ;)

Faux-leather has taken its place through all seasons for a few years now, and has become so much more versatile than it once was! While leather jackets are a fall staple and leather pants have become a trusty fallback to denim in the winter, I'm absolutely loving how its made its way into spring/summer clothing. Fashion bloggers and street style fashionistas have mastered the trend with faux-leather crop tops, skirts and shorts aplenty. I chanced upon this pastel pink faux-leather skirt during a recent sale at Forever21. The asymmetric cut, the quilted detailing and the versatile color.. how could it not have come home with me?!

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While my initial thoughts were to style the skirt in an edgy look that's typical to leather, I love the unexpected pairing of something edgy with more playful, feminine pieces. And what's more feminine than the biggest bow there ever was, right? :D Plus, I couldn't pass up on the chance to wear white the day after Labor Day, so. .  .

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  Check out the Awkward slash Scary leg situation going on here! I promise that's not a regular occurrence.

Check out the Awkward slash Scary leg situation going on here! I promise that's not a regular occurrence.

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Another fabulous pair of shoes from Moddeals! These will be in heavy rotation through the upcoming cool months for sure!

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Okay, now for that wardrobe upgrade I was talking about! But first, head on over to the iTunes App Store and download the newest and coolest app on the block, The Vane. Think of your weather forecast + a personal shopper in one app, and that's what The Vane is. The app provides you with the local weather forecast and suggests outfits accordingly, which you can even shop through direct links to the retailers. Other than daily outfit inspiration, the app also helps anxiety packers like me by providing packing lists specific to a travel destination! #winning

Today, I'm teaming up with a few Boston blogger beauties to bring you a $200 Zara giveaway kindly hosted by The Vane team. Yes, you read that right, one lucky reader is going to win $200 to Zara! Talk about a Fall shopping spree!

Just use the Rafflecopter below to gain entries until Sept. 12th! Also, be sure to check out the other participating blogs.. You'll thank me later! :)

Zara giveaway

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

XO Sushmitha :)

          Crop top: Gift (Similar here)

          Skirt: Forever21, Select sizes on clearance (Similar here and here, also available in select sized)

          Bag: Vintage (Similar here)

          Shoes: Moddeals (Similar here)

          Bracelet: Forever21 hair accessory as bracelet (Similar here)

          Watch: Fossil