Tuesday, September 16, 2014

At this point it's no secret that I'm the type of woman who loves to maximize her wardrobe!  Today I'm showing you how you can take this beautiful magenta romper from day to evening.  First of all, I love the beautiful color of this romper.  I also adore the two strap detail at the neckline.  This idea of day to evening works perfect in a situation of limited dress options.  Let's say you've lost your luggage on a trip OR you just simply want to keep the same thing on all day-- I'll show you how to switch things up a bit.


So for day time you definitely want to keep things light and fun.  I chose to pair the romper with this cool jean jacket.  The jean jacket is a staple piece.  It's perfect for dressing down an outfit and making it look chic.

Style Tip:  Give your denim jacket a lived in vibe by rolling up this sleeves a bit.

You also want to choose a pair of cute flat sandals--comfortable for walking around at the mall, in town, or running errands.

Here I have a neutral colored clutch, but it comes with straps that you can take and turn into a crossbody bag!  This is great because you will be hands free--able to shop and romp around town!


Later that evening of course you'll want to create a more dramatic look.   Adding black is the easiest way to do this.  I chose this this  3/4 sleeve single button blazer.  It works because the cut goes nicely with the style of the romper.  It's also light weight and really comfortable.
Next, adding a bold clutch gives you a bit of pop to your outfit.  I'm a huge fan of animal prints.   This colored cheetah print clutch gives you a little fun.
Finally,  adding a pair of strappy heels always works.  It's pretty evident that if you're going out for a night out on the town heels are the way to go.  It just gives you a more polished and sleek look.


I kept the accessories pretty simple.  I love my statement pieces, but small dainty necklaces and bracelets are more me.  I just love this Amethyst necklace!

'McKenzie' Blazer: Darling Dispositions | Magenta Cross-back Romper: Darling Dispositions | Amethyst Necklace: Express | Bracelets: F21 | Cheetah Clutch: H&M | Heels: Kohl's | Snake Skin Sandals: H&M

Friday, September 12, 2014

Your Fall Style 2014

The best fashion advice that I can give is to use what you already have!  Ever hear that saying of the woman who has nothing to wear, yet has a closet full of clothes?  Well, I can admit that at times I find myself in the same style rut.  Fortunately with a little time of rummaging around in my closet I'm able to really maximize most of my clothes and create some really cute looks.

Let me guide you in how to style some of those items you never really wear.  Or maybe give a different spin on how you would wear them.  I chose pieces that I felt that most of you reading this may already have or that are on trend.  If you are out shopping for this season, you are sure to come across most of these items in stores today.

With a mix of blazers, leather jackets, four pairs of shoes, skirts, and prints you can create TONS of chic outfits.  Here is a cheat sheet from me to you:

Your Fall Style 2014

Your Fall Style 2014

Your Fall Style 2014

As you can see it's really just all about mixing and matching.  Have fun with it!  Mix prints like I did in look #14.  I even threw in some outfits you can wear to work!  I can't even really pick a favorite because I love them all.

Be aware of your body shape

If you are shopping for similar items  be aware of your own frame.  Take note into how jeans or pants fit on you.  Lengths and styles of skirts may vary as well.

I love this season because you are able to layer.  You'll see in most of my looks that I've done just that.

What do you think?  How do you plan to mix and match your wardrobe this season?

Monday, September 8, 2014

New York Fashion Week Inspired | "The Blogger Uniform"

So it's fashion week in New York and one of my favorite times of the year!  What excites me most about fashion week surprisingly is not the designer collections..it's the street fashion.  This is probably because the street fashion is a little more realistic for me and my life style.  However, I do imagine taking certain pieces from the runway and mixing them into my wardrobe.  I just love a good mash up of prints and colors with fierce heels or a contrasting mix of ripped up jeans and a feminine top.  Sort of like the look I have going on here!  In celebration of this time I wanted to really dedicate this post to it.

The minimalistic look is probably one of my favorites!  To me it's just effortless and of course chic. 

I can imagine that if I were out in the city going to and from several fashion shows, this is what I would wear.  Distressed denim for a comfortable relaxed look, a structured cream blazer, black bralette for some edge and strapy heels!  Notice the statement necklace!  A birthday gift from my husband that I just LOVE.

Cream Blazer: F21 (Old) | Black Brallette: Love Culture | Distressed Jeans: H&M | Statement Necklace: Gifted by Hubby (Express)| Sculpted Metal Bangles: Gifted by Hubby (Express) | Heels: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Cheetah Print Clutch: H&M (Old)

What are you wearing to fashion week?  I want to know!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Happy Birthday Indeed

Today is such a special day for me..It's my BIRTHDAY!! Not just any birthday.  On this day I turn the big 3-0!  I cannot tell you how excited I am to be exiting one chapter..my twenties and entering into a fresh new era of my "flirty" thirties!  There are so many goals that I had 10 years ago that I'm proud to say that I've achieved and I'm at such a great place in my life that I can't do anything else but thank God!  10 years ago, I relocated from my home state of California to Virginia.  While here in Virginia, I obtained my degree in Business Administration, met the love of my life, got married, and began to follow one of my passions professionally as a fashion, beauty, and hair blogger!  

I am so thankful for my family and close friends (including my co-workers of the past 6 years) who have always been so supportive of me.  There for me emotionally, mentally, and physically..and just a strong support system.  I am so proud of the woman I have become.  Through my ups and downs, ins and outs I've always seemed to have come out on top!

We are at the cusp of autumn and you guys know I've been no stranger to the romper this season.  This darling little number is a great mix of another transitional piece with the cut and style.  Something you can pair with suede booties and floppy hat as I've done here.  So fun and cute!

Romper: Darling Dispositions (Sold Out ) | Floppy Hat: Express | Suede Booties: Nine West (Old) | Necklace: F21

As I say goodbye to my twenties, I say hello to a fresh start and a different state of mind.  Cheers to a new beginning and continued success personally and professionally.  I'm proud of who I am and confident in where I'm going!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chic Reads | #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Here's a chic little read that I know my fashionistas would appreciate: #GIRLBOSS by Sohpia Amoruso.  I'm sure some of you have probably already seen this book floating around on your Instagram feeds.  I picked this book up recently and just couldn't put it down!  I read in two days and I absolutely love it.

First off, some of you may be wondering who in the heck is Sophia Amoruso?

She is the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal online clothing store.  She turned her hobby of selling vintage clothing on eBay into Nasty Gal, which was named the "fastest growing retailer" by Inc. magazine in 2012.  All this was done in 8 years and the site is now a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees.

It's not just the success of her business that is inspiring to me, it's her story in where she came from, what she went through, and how she made all this happen that strikes an even deeper cord. Listen, when you go from dumpster diving and shoplifting as a profession to building an honest living as a multi-million dollar CEO..you have my COMPLETE attention, lol.

"Right...but I'm not into fashion.."

You don't have to be "into fashion" to read this book!  It's for everyone.  Especially those that aspire to be more and do more career wise.  Those who are getting into career paths that aren't the "norm" and who want more than just your typical corporate job.  This book is motivation.  It proves that being successful is not about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you even went to college).  Rather, "success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break".

Some of my favorite lines from Girl Boss:

"The straight and narrow is not the only path to success."

Because not everyone can afford to go to college.  Doesn't mean they won't be successful..I know plenty of people who are successful without a college education.  I won't knock it.  You should strive for higher education.  I'm just saying it's not the end all be all.  Even if it takes you more years than others to complete your goal, at least you're doing it.  Don't beat yourself down because your path wasn't like so and so's.  Who cares.  Do what you can to make things happen for yourself.  If you have the talent, the creativity, the skill and work hard there's bound to be one yes out of the many No's.  This is my take from the #Girlboss spirit.

"A #GIRLBOSS knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them."

"You don't get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously.  You've got to show up and own it."

"Treat Your mind like your money; Don't waste it"

Sophia talks about how there's power in how you think.  We control our thoughts and our thoughts control our lives.  I like how Sophia explains that "magical thinking is the alchemy that you can use to visualize and project yourself into the professional and personal life you want".  But not in a hokey poky type of way..in a way that works when you get off your duff and actually do something.  I totally agree when she says that you can end up ignoring  or even losing the positive things in your life by focusing too much on negative.  Focus on the positive things in your life and you'll be shocked at how many positive things start happening.

Guys, I can go on and on with more excerpts from this book, but that would be giving everything completely away!  You have to read this for yourself.

Already read #GirlBoss?? Let me know some of your thoughts down below!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Work Chic

Not only do I love to share with you guys what I love to wear on the weekends or when going out,   it's also important for me to give you a glimpse of my weekday wardrobe because these are the types of clothes that I wear the most.  I work 5 days out of the week in a business casual office setting.  I learned very early in my professional career that it is imperative to have a substantial amount of work clothing.  You not only want to look the part--you also want to be taken seriously.  You can keep things conservative and still look great.  Just be sure to keep the above knee length skirts and skimpy tank tops OUT of the office.  Looking professional is just part of the job.  Fortunately for me, work attire doesn't have to be too stuffy in our office--so I get to have a bit more freedom in what I wear!

All Business
I mean you can't get more professional than a black blazer.  I promise you, you can throw a blazer over almost any outfit to make it look more work appropriate.  I really love the classic cut and wear it all the time.  

Add Denim
I practically LIVE in this button down shirt.  Y'all know I'm all about items I can wear different ways and I have so much fun styling this shirt.  The options are endless.  I love how it brings a preppy yet chic aspect to the outfit!

Statement Jewelry
This type of jewelry should definitely be apart of your work wear.  You can literally pair a statement necklace with any plain outfit and make it look like something.  It's just an easy, easy way to make it look like you tried, lol!

White pants
It's Summer!  Make it fun!  Besides, labor day is almost here, lol.  Better wear that Summer white while you can.  I just love to incorporate all of my clothes into everyday wear.  I've been wearing these pants all Summer long!!

Add Prints
I wanted to add a little something something extra so I threw on these snake skin sandals that I just love!!  Adding a chic print to an outfit sets you apart and helps you to stand out as an individual with your style!
A great bag
Because you are going to need something big and sturdy enough to tote most of your day to day necessities--this includes small note pads and pens.  As much as I'd like to carry a cute little clutch it's just not realistic for my work week.

Black Blazer: Charlotte Russe (Old) | Denim button down shirt: H&M | White Jeans: F21| Statement necklace: H&M | White pants: F21 | Snake Skin sandals: H&M

Lastly,  the biggest thing is to keep things simple!  My mornings start early so I can't afford to spend too much time on what I'm going to wear.  Prep the night before.   Your outfit can make all the difference if you simply iron your clothes.  Don't over complicate things.  You're at work.  You want to be comfortable and wear things that are just easy.

What do you think?


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