Monday, October 30, 2017

Trunk Up Boutique Collaboration

Fall is in full swing and you guys, I can't tell you enough how much I am enjoying Richmond.  It's been 5 months since our move and my husband and I have been spending lots of time just getting to know the city during our free time.  I love that there is so much to do and each day we feel more and more at home.  Richmond has been such a easy city to adapt to.  This area is comprised of several other different cities & counties and just when you thought you've seen all there is to see, you discover more.  For me, I always find myself downtown, visiting coffee shops and boutique hotels.  I love sitting with my laptop, taking photos, and overall finding cool new things to experience.

A few weeks ago, I attended Richmond Fashion week and was introduced to a few different boutiques here in the city, one of which was a brand by the name of Trunk Up!  Trunk up provides trendy and affordable pieces to women under $50.  Isn't that awesome?  I was able to shop online and chose a few pieces to share with you guys and let me tell was so hard to choose just a few, lol.  I ended up going with this off-shoulder blouse which easily fits into my wardrobe.  I'm such a fan of this style of top.  I probably have an embarrassing number of them in my closet in several different colors and styles than I'm willing to admit.  I am always interested in pieces that compliment my figure in ways less thought of.  It's always refreshing to find different ways to style yourself.  There are so many ways to show off your femininity without going the obvious route.  I tend to gravitate towards this style of tops because I love how well they compliment my shoulders and neckline.  This time when deciding on how to wear the top I decided to dress it up a little and pair it with high-waisted slacks, heels, and this fisherman cap.

Aside from wearing jeans nearly 85% of the time, I loved wearing these black slacks in a setting other than work.  I'm really big on having items that I can transition from work to weekend.  Wearing these slacks more than once really makes me feel like I'm getting the most out of my wardrobe.  Lol, I used to watch a lot of  'What Not to Wear' so after all these years, their advice has just stuck when it comes to wardrobe tips.  The blouse I'm wearing actually has a bit of length to it, but I tucked it into the high waisted pants for this more classic look.

  I feel like I've been falling for a lot of trends this season, lol.  Something I normally don't do, but it feels good.  I was so excited when I found the fisherman hat I'm wearing because it's so chic and makes me feel like I'm on my way to Paris.  I almost feel like I had one before and got rid of it.  It's crazy how these things are selling for over $50!  Mine was purchased for under $20.  My kind of deal.  Thoughts?   Be sure to check out Trunk up Boutique if you like my blouse!  Now that I'm discovering so many chic boutiques, I've been so motivated to shop local. 

**This Post was brought to you by TrunkUP.  All thoughts and opinions are my own**

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall Statement Earrings

This Fall I have been loving statement earrings.  It all started when I attended Richmond Fashion Week and was introduced to another really cute local boutique called Tailor.  I completey fell in love with all of the accessories especially the earrings.  I ended up purchasing these beautiful fringe earrings that I'm wearing in the photo above and now I'm super obsessed with the style.  Fringe and tassel earrings will be my jewelry of choice this season and definitely throughout the holidays.  Since I love this style so much I wanted to share with you all my favorite statement earrings.  Most of them are fringe and fabric ball drop styles BUT I also included a few metal drop earrings as well as hoop earrings with a bit of a twist.  Enjoy my picks and leave a comment on which ones are your favorite!  Simply tap whichever pair you love to see the brand and price.  If you double click or tap there’s a link that takes you directly to the site.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall Favorite | Sheer Midi Dress

Happy Monday guys! I'm coming off of an awesome three day weekend. I took some much needed time out of the office on Friday and spent the weekend restaurant hopping, discovering a new brewery, and going salsa dancing with my husband! A very fun weekend indeed and also great weather.

 This season I've been layering in a few different ways and as you can tell here and from my last post, I've really been loving sheer dresses and midis paired with my favorite jeans. I purchased this embroidered sheer midi dress from H&M last spring. It's sold out so I linked some similar pieces for you guys. Embroidered clothes have done really well this season and I even bought a pair of black embroidered jeans as well.  My black mules are of course from a favorite boutique here in Richmond, Sweetest Stitch.  I just love the combination of the sheer black with the embroidered rose patches because it's sophisticated and a little sexy but not over the top. You can definitely dress this up or wear it casually as I've done here. It's always cool to try different silhouettes and mix up your style. Since I've finally gotten my closet to the organized standard that I like since our move, I've been challenging myself to work my wardrobe. Wear what I have in different ways. Try something new.  Here are the results.  If you're  looking for ways to try something new with your style, I say take a trend and make it your own.  I'm not one to hop on the band wagon of everything that hits the runway, but I do find that trends can be fun if you put your spin on it in a small way.  I think this midi is perfect to try this season.  How are you mixing up your style this Fall?  Would you like to try something new but are afraid to step out and be a little different?  Tell me your thoughts!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Polka Dots + Fall Style with Who What Wear

Happy Fall everyone!  I've teased you all who follow me on IG long enough with this look so here are the details.  One of my favorite prints this season are polka dots.  Although it has been very trendy for the past few seasons, I truly believe that it is a staple that will stand the test of time--a classic.  This look features what is actually a maxi dress from the Who What Wear Summer collection.  I got a little inspiration from their website and  decided to make it casual by pairing with my favorite jeans and black mules.  The dots definitely have a Parisian flare-- which those whom have followed me over the years know that I love this style.  Black and white pieces will forever remain a constant thread throughout my closet because ultimately they make for very chic outfits!  Adding a red lip was just the gla├žage sur le gateau!

Mostly everything that I am wearing is sold out but I've linked some very similar items below.  Also, my black mules are from Sweetest Stich.

With only a few months away from a brand new year, this season change just makes me realize how yet another year has gone by and how quickly time passes.  What are you doing to optimize your time?  Do you have any goals you'd like to hit in the last few months of this year?  For me, there are some.  As I continue to work on those things I am definitely going to continue to reflect and enjoy the Autumn weather.

Monday, October 16, 2017

5 Ways I Stay Productive at Work When I'm Not in the Mood

It's inevitable that we all have those days where we'd much rather stay at home than to have to haul tail into the office.  Am I the only one??  Honestly, for me, today was that day.  This morning I woke up, not only to the sound of my alarm clock, which always seems to go off too soon, but also to the sound of rain.  Not only that, but it was still dark out and for me that was the perfect combination for me to want to stay right in bed in my cocoon of fluffy blankets.  All of this set the tone for the rest of the day.  Gloomy skies accompanied with the Monday Blues because we all know that the weekend was just way too short.  Typically, I quickly try to ditch this type of thinking to keep things on a positive note, but today was challenging because it was just one of those days I really found myself trying to push through.

Obviously I made it through the day just fine and well enough to gift you all with an evening post accompanied with a nice glass of wine!  There were a few things I did this morning and pretty much all day that helped me out of my slump enough to at least stay on task.   Although it can be tough, here are 5 ways to help you stay productive when you aren't in the mood.

Eat Healthy During the Day

Eating breakfast is just an immediate boost for my energy and overall mood and attitude.  It always sets the tone.  This morning, I didn't have much time so I made sure to grab an apple with almond butter, oatmeal, power bar, and plenty of water.  I also took a few more morning snacks like an avocado and pistachios.  For me, it gave me the energy that I needed and I indulged in healthy snacks for the rest of the day after lunch.  I'd advise to choose your meals wisely.  Trust me it makes a difference.

Silence Your Phone

It's so easy to get distracted and want to answer text messages as they come through your phone.  That notification ring can have you tempted to see who DM'd you on Instagram or see what someone said on Twitter.  It's hard to unplug from social media during the day but today I made it a priority to be a little more disciplined.  I say, silence your phone so that you can focus.  You can even keep your phone out of your eyesight.  I just kept mine in my purse until my break.  Doing this today I noticed my focus was so much better.

Make a To-Do List

The first thing I did this morning when I got to work was make a To-Do list.  The tasks to get done are unavoidable so taking the initiative to simply begin to check off your list will keep you going as well as on schedule to complete deadlines.  List each item by importance and deadline and hold yourself to it.

Listen to Ambient Music

I chose to put on some jazz on today.  Relaxing yet motivating.

Take Breaks 

Fortunately I work downtown and near beautiful scenery.  Just a quick 5 minute breath of fresh air can make all the difference.  It definitely helps me to not feel overwhelmed.

It can be a hard, but challenge yourself to stay focused.  Besides, doing your best despite how you feel at work is what really matters right?  Unfortunately there will be days where we don't feel like being at work and that's totally normal.  Hopefully these tips can help you to push through on your worst day.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Start Your Mornings with Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and the Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #IcedDunkinonthego #CollectiveBias

My morning routine can be a little hectic at times and I often feel like there's never enough time to do all that I would like to.  No matter how much I plan, sometimes it feels like there is just one more thing that needed to get done-- like having a quick moment of reflection before my work day but most importantly, it always seems to come down to having a nice breakfast.  It's funny how every night I tend to plan to wake up early enough to cook a healthy breakfast along with a cup of coffee.  For the most part, those plans end up only being wishing thinking.  I mostly am in too much of a hurry and settle for stopping for coffee and grabbing something quick like a cereal bar.

 I for one don't necessarily need coffee to get me going, but it is nice every once in awhile to satisfy that coffee craving.   I've been really focused on purchasing breakfast items in advance so that when I don't have time, I can just grab and go and still feel like I'm not missing out on anything due to being in a hurry.  While doing a bit of grocery shopping, I recently discovered bottled Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee at a local food store and decided to give them a shot.  Since it's still warm here in Virginia, I thought iced coffee would be the perfect parring with one of my favorite breakfast staples.

Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee comes in 13 oz bottles, which is perfect for on the go, and also an assortment of flavors for coffee lovers!  There's French Vanilla, Original, Mocha, and Espresso!

Let me just say that I feel like I can definitely get my coffee fix right here at home and not have to brew a thing.  I literally just grab and go.  On this particular morning I had enough time to make a quick omelette and meatless bacon strips while sipping on my iced coffee.  I love the taste and flavor of the Original Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee.  The bottled Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee beverages are made according to Dunkin’ Donuts’high-quality Arabica coffee blends and mixed with real milk and sugar so you aren't compromising that fresh taste although it's ready made!

How cute are these bottles that can literally fit into work bag easily?  You can find Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee at your local Farm Fresh as well as Cub Foods stores.  Cheers to having your coffee right at home or bringing it with you right into the office!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'The Perfection of Style' Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit

As some of you may know, it is New York Fashion Week and while I am not in attendance this year, I thought it would the perfect time to share my recent trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since this exhibition in particular has everything to do with haute couture.  Spending my down time at the museum has become one of my pastimes during the weekend since I've relocated.  There are many cool exhibits and what I love the most is that the museum has wine & live jazz night every Thursday.  It's definitely the perfect hang out for happy hour after work.  I always have such a great time mingling and I usually always end up meeting someone new.  When I learned that the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition opened early this summer, I definitely made it a point to check it out before it ended in August. 

I wouldn't necessarily say I'm a big consumer of designer labels.  I know that may sound strange, given I do blog about style, but that's just it, I love style.  I'm more about everyday style, which is what I would describe as an approach-- a method, a technique in how I dress which best represents me as a person.  Like your signature : )  Style affects me everyday.  What I wear to work--what's comfortable--what I wear on the weekends.  Fashion on the other hand is art and creativity.  There is a difference.  Fashion is one piece that I may have in my closet to the 10th power.  I figured the YSL exhibit would be great to gain inspiration, learn more about the designer, and get an in person view of his stunning designs.  Perfect professional development for style lovers, right? In celebration of NYFW I present to you 'The Perfection of Style' Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition.

The Beatnik Couturier

With more than 100 costumes, jewelry, sketches, and sample fabrics I was pretty blown away at the incredible pieces on display.  Seeing how intricate each design was gave me such a greater appreciation and respect for designers.  It takes a combination of hard work, talent, and creativity to create these pieces.  Simply stunning.  My favorites were the short black beaded dress from the Spring/Summer 1990 Haute Couture Collection shown below.  Aren't the pink feathers exquisite?  I love how style carries over and has the ability to stand with time.  That's what we call a classic and I can totally see myself wearing this piece right now.  New Years Eve party anyone? 

I also loved this evening gown from the Autumn-Winter 1983 haute couture collection.  The huge pink silk satin draped bodice with large bow really captures the 80's era. My favorite era since I was born during that time.

A Living Legend

Yves Saint Laurent and Models of Color 

What resonated the most for me with this exhibition is learning that  Saint Laurent regularly hired women of color as his models long before many other designers.  Models such as Mounia was Saint Laurent's muse and was the first black model Yves Saint Laurent used in his haute couture shows. She was widely considered the French couturier’s favorite model.  This was all I needed to know to have a greater appreciation for this designer.  Period.

From Darkness to an Explosion of Color


Seeing 'The Perfection of Style' exhibit was such an amazing experience.  I have such a greater respect for this designer and am so glad I had the opportunity to check out the rare behind the scenes look into the creative workings of the fashion house and private life of Saint Laurent.  Amazing.  I hope you all have an amazing week.

"Fashions fade, style is eternal."
--Yves Saint Laurent, 1975


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