Friday, August 22, 2014

Wardrobe Building: Shopping for basic tops online

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Whenever there's a season change, I'm almost tempted to say "Everything must GO!" when looking through my wardrobe.  Quickly, I come to my senses as I realize that is one expensive motto to have.  Above everything else, it's always important to have a wardrobe foundation as I've expressed in previous posts.  Being the online shopper that I am, I came across quite a few chic ladies tops online at Metalicus.

Since building a solid foundation for shirts and blouses is the focus here, I've featured six pieces that should be a strong start for you!

1. V Neck Loose Knit

First off the V neck looks great on any body type!  What I love the most is that the loose style is great for everyday wear and that's the goal: To get the most wear out of your clothes.  I'm all about versatility so you can definitely pair this with straight leg jeans or a cute midi skirt!  Oh and how do you like this color?  Olive green is actually one of my favorite colors.  Earth tones compliment most skin tones well.  Pair with a beautiful bordeaux lip shade and you'll definitely be fall ready!

2.  Pierre Scuba Tank

You guys know I love a mean 9 to 5 chic look and this piece will definitely take you to the boardroom AND to happy hour!  The peplum just suites every frame so nicely that I believe this is a staple for every woman's closet.  This would look so cute with a pencil skirt and heels!

3.  The Columbus Crop Tee

A basic top to add to your closet, but what's cool about this tee is that it's trans-seasonal (perfect for now!).  I absolutely love the color!  Not into showing your midriff much?  Partner this with a pair of high-waisted pants or jeans to create a chic balanced look!

4.  Berlin Loose Shirt

This is a bit of a spin on the average collared shirt.  A tip when shopping for a collard shirt is to look for one that balances your face shape!  This will work perfectly into your wardrobe dressed up or down.  With the lovely draped fit I would suggest wearing a pair of your favorite tailored pants.

5.  Powell Slouch Tee

The scoop neck balances oval faces, minimizes curves, and elongates the neck.  This tee would look perfect with a pair of boyfriend jeans.  The flare provides a relaxed fit that is perfect for Sunday Brunch or just lounging around the house.

6.  Belin Mesh shirt

Versatility is key ladies! When you shop ask yourself if you can wear the particular items in more ways than one!  This shirt is sheer and loose fitting.  It's perfect for the office with a tailored pant or on the weekend with jeans or even leggings!  Black is flattering on everyone so don't be afraid of this color!

With my six favorites from Metalicus.com, I hope that this serves as a guide for you the next time you go shopping.  Keep your wardrobe foundation strong and you will find putting together daily outfits will be so much easier!

*This post was sponsored by Metalicus.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chic Savings: The Cargo Vest


With Summer coming to a close, I thought I'd go ahead and start incorporating transitional pieces into my wardrobe.  I also couldn't help getting into the 'Back to School' spirit by sporting my new favorite tee and a bit of light layering.  The weather here these last few days have been overcast and humid, so a cargo vest added to this all white outfit is what I went for.  


I've always wanted a cargo vest, but never could find the right style at the right price.  When I recently saw this little baby at H&M with a $15 sticker on it, I just knew that it was meant, lol.  To my surprise when the cashier rang me up it was actually only $9!!  Can we say "Steal!"?!  After my purchase I've been itching to wear it!  To me, it's just a great transition piece from summer to fall.  Overall, this is just a comfortable outfit. 

 I've also been taking advantage of the back to school sales and I encourage you to do so as well.  Check out my white t-shirt "Holy Chic" from Old Navy for just $12!  I'm sure this item will be a pretty popular wear, but I couldn't resist the play on words in relation to Styled Chic : ).





Cargo Vest: H&M (Similar) | 'Holy Chic' T-Shirt: Old Navy | White Jeans: F21 | Snake Skin Shoes: H&M | Gold bracelet: F21 & Darling Dispositions



Monday, August 11, 2014

Refresh & Reset



A new habit I'd like to set in motion, is to make Sundays my refresh/reset day.  I'm sure many of you use Sunday as a day to really relax and de-stress from the week's hustle and bustle.  I think I actually already use this day to unwind.  This is is actually one of the first weekends in a couple months that I've had to just really reflect.  Lately, Saturday and Sunday are jam packed.  Then I wake up Monday morning feeling like I had no real time to just get it together, lol.  This past Sunday was such a beautiful day, not only because of the weather (the sun shined so brightly!), but because I truly got to recollect my thoughts and renew my mind.


Well first, I went to church and received so much spiritually, that it inspired me to want to continue to work on me and really just be the best Samara that I can be.  Normally, it's like that for me when I attend church.  I enjoy going to hear the word and hope to be able to apply my faith to my everyday walk with God.  I think that is so important.  So my reset Sundays actually start off spiritually I guess you can say.  Then when I come  home I try to get things organized, washed, and cooked for the week.  I also set this day aside to wash my hair and pamper my skin as well.


My outfit today totally reflected my mood.  It is said that wearing brighter colors can actually improve or put you in a happier state.  So I chose this bright printed blouse to match how great I felt when I woke up this morning.  Whenever you want to feel good be sure to incorporate bright hues like turquoise, fuchsia, or cobalt blue to get you going.  With such an easy going day I threw on one of my favorite pair of jeans and camel colored mules.


Colorful printed Blouse: Marshalls | Boyfriend Jeans: Charlotte Russe (Old) | Camel colored mules: Target | Tote: ASOS

What do you like to do to "reset" from a busy week?  A spiritual recharge is always great!  Throw in some extra Zs, a facial, and a mani/pedi and I'm totally ready to take on the week!  Hope you ladies  have a fabulous start!

Oh!  And my Hair..I took out my twists and rocked a curly fro! : )

Friday, August 1, 2014

Natural Hair Diaries: Crochet Braids


Don't we all just get a bit bored with our hair?  I mean I absolutely LOVE having natural hair..like you can't already tell.  What I love most about having natural hair is it's versatility.  You can wear it in so may ways, but it takes WORK.  Girl, if you want your hair to be clean, moisturized, and styled nicely you have to put in that time.  At this point, after 4 1/2 years of twists, braid outs, bantus and more...I definitely need a break.  That's why I decided to get crochet braids this summer.  

I'm always so particular when it comes to my hair.  Deciding what I really wanted  to do with it to give it a break this Summer took some thought.  For me, box braids and havana twists are a bit over done.  I mean EVERYONE has that look.  I won't knock it though.  But I really wanted something different to protective style.  Remember, protective styling puts your hair "away" and gives it a break from all the manipulation.
 

I decided on this look by influence of my mother and sister.  They both have crochet braids and they look phenomenal!  This style is so different from what everyone else is doing and I just love this look.  It almost looks as though I just put mini twists in my hair.  Very natural looking!  My mom and younger sister actually installed the braids for me.  When you get a chance, Google crochet braids.  It's a very simple technique that I think I will use more often to protective style.  The hair that I used is from Xpress Your Kinks Fro Kinks Collection! Favorite!  And did you notice the beautiful cinnamon color throughout the front??  It's just different and I love it.  The colors I purchased were 'Hot Cinnamon' & 'Midnight'.


In total, it took about 4 1/2 hours to install, which wasn't too bad.  I will more than likely keep them in for awhile and I will keep you posted on other ways that I style my hair.   To keep my scalp feeling refreshed I've been using African Pride Olive Miracle Braid Sheen Spray.  It's not all natural ingredients like I hoped, but it gets the job done.  I received the bottle in a gift bag from my trip to Charleston, SC.  It helped a lot with relieving my scalp of itching, which was great! 

I also use Alikay Natural's Naturally Unique Loc Oil on my scalp.  It smells wonderful and consists of yummy ingredients like Hempseed oil, Vitamin E, Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Rosehip Oil, Rosemary Oil, Rosemary Needles, Yang Lang, and Olive Oil.  This is a great blend girls and an added bonus is that it has no parabens or mineral oils in it! 

All in all I am LOVING my hair!  What do you think?  Do you like this look?  Would you ever consider getting "Nubian Twists"?  Let me know what you think in the comment section below!  As always..

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I'm going to The Naturalista Hairshow




So clear everything you've got going on this weekend, grab your curl friends, and head on over to 

The Naturalista Hair Show!  The show is finally here ( This Saturday & Sunday in Silver Spring, 

MD) and I'm super excited to be attending again.  This show is pretty much perfect for you modern 

day Naturalista.  


You know the type:  Has natural hair, is her own stylista, very fashionable, and loves to gab about 

what she's doing to her hair currently??  If this is you, make sure you attend because you are sure to 

make plenty of curl friends, while gaining rich information regarding your hair care needs.  
previously gave you details about this show, so if you haven't gone over to the webpage, click HERE to check out more that's in store.

  So make sure if you haven't grabbed tickets to do so now because chile..I don't know what that line 

is gonna be looking like, lol.

**

Also, if you are in this area and want to go...I'm giving away a free ticket!  All you have to do is 

comment below and tell me you want to go!  I'll pick a winner this Thursday! 

If you haven't already, please visit The Naturalista Hair Show for more!



How to Style Neons



 Often times whenever I style a client,  I hardly find any pops of color in their wardrobe, especially neons.  Neons to a lot of woman are like nails on on chalkboard, lol.  Seriously.  Some women just don't want to look like they've stepped out of an 80's music video.  Well, today is the day that I convenience you otherwise!  Neons can be so much fun and if executed correctly can translate into a chic and classic look.


Find Your Hue


There are so many colors to choose from!  Not really feeling neon green?  Find a color that compliments your skin tone the best like an electric blue or a creamsicle orange.  I promise there is a color out there that flatters you.  For me, I tend to go with a stunning fuchsia or orange.  You'd be surprised what looks nice you.  I always say.. try it on first!


Choose A Base Color To Pair

For me, with this outfit, it was pretty easy to choose black as my base.  Black and white pair easily with other brights.  But don't get too excited.  Black may go with everything, but it can also have you looking a little too 80's if overdone.  Think outside the box and choose a base color like tan, grey, or white.  This will bring your look balance and to me that's the foundation to looking good in any outfit.  Keeping proportion is key!



Accessorize

So maybe you just can't see yourself wearing a neon skirt or dress as I've done here.  No problem!  You can always wear a beautiful statement necklace, a scarf, or maybe even a chic bag.  It's all up to you and how you feel.  Wear all white and tote a beautiful orange tote.  Easy.


Top: The Limited | Envelope Skort: SheInside | Heels: Kohl's (old) | Clutch: (Old)

Have fun and keep it simple


However you decide to wear your neons I must emphasize to keep things simple.  Don't think about things too much and end up going overboard.  The disco ball mash up is not a good look.  If you choose to do a dress--decide on a simple clutch or bag in an alternate base color--then work your way from there.  Let the article of clothing and color do all the work.  No need to throw in extra bulky unnecessary accessories.  Our motive is to make everything we wear look effortless.  If your feeling more bold--choose a colorful print like a floral or chevron.

Follow these simple pointers and you'll find that wearing neons aren't so bad after all.  Pretty soon you'll even rock these bold colors during...Winter.. ha!

What say you?  Are you feeling the neon look? What scares you most about wearing this fun color?

**Ohh! And before I go...Did you notice my new hairstyle??  I've shown it on my social media platforms already.  I desperately needed something new.  I'll have more details for you later!  In the meantime


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beauty Box 5


Being the beauty collector that I am, I think it's safe to say that you all know I love trying out new products.  With receiving the Beauty Box five just a few weeks ago, I was pretty excited about sharing all the details here on Styled Chic with you all.  I think the Beauty Box 5 is a great way to try out samples of products to see what you like and expose you to something new!  I also love that it's only $12 a month! A great price seeing how you may spend more then that a month in beauty products already.

What You Get:

Every month you are sent a mix of makeup, beauty accessories, hair, skincare, fragrance, body, and nail products.  You'll receive luxury, drugstore, niche, eco-conscious, and even vegan brands.   You also get deluxe samples and full-sized products for a FRACTION of their cost.




What's In My Box:

1.  Vita Bath Body wash | Retail: $7.95 12 fl oz

This wash is free of  propylene glycol, mineral oils and silicone.  What I love about it is the yummy smell and that it doesn't take much to create a lather.  I think I'd definitely purchase this in the future simply because it's paraben free and I'm leaning towards a more holistic beauty lifestyle!

2.  Nicka K New York Nail Color | Retail $4.99 0.5 fl oz

It is said that this polish goes on smooth and offers long-wear coverage that doesn't chip.  I haven't tried it yet, but a friend on Instagram told me that it's long lasting and has no streaking!

3.  Organix Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner | Retail  $7.99 13 oz

What I like is that it's sulfate free.  A plus on my list.  I actually used it last night on my scalp and it felt really refreshing.  I had a bit of build up on my edges from using gel throughout the week so this actually worked great to really cleanse my scalp. 

4.  Glam Natural Mascara | Retail $28.   0.25oz

Okay so I've used this mascara all week and I LOVE it!  I'm all about lash separation which it does, but it also gives my lashes a bit of fluff or fullness, if that makes sense.  Not to mention this mascara is gluten free, paraben free, and hypoallergenic.  Vegan friendly!

5.  Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit | Retail $28-6 2fl oz

The box actually gave me a soothing refiner & cleanser, replenishing scrub, comforting mask, and soothing cream.  I haven't tried this yet just because I am uber particular about what goes on my skin (facial).  However, these products are paraben free so I may give them a whirl.  It sounds promising so I'll give you all an update later.


What I think:

So if you are into trying out beauty products I say the $12 is well worth it.  Especially since you are receiving several items.  I also think it's an added bonus if you are a bit health conscious like I am and want to find great alternatives to your regular drug store products that you probably would have never known about outside of the box.  It's a good deal girls.  Visit the Beauty Box 5 website to discover more!  

*This is a sponsored post for Beauty Box 5.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.




 

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