Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cargo Vest & Distressed Jeans


So far, I've been wearing this cargo vest like crazy and guess what?  I'm not apologizing for it!  It's that one item in my closet that just sort of "works" with everything really.  Well..who am I kidding? I have A LOT of items in my closet that work well together, lol.  That's the whole point of a cohesive wardrobe right?  At least I'd like to think so!  I really love that I can layer it with sweaters too.  That sort of thing works best for the temperature right now.  I promise, I can't get enough of the weather we've been getting in the Hampton Roads area over the last few days.  Perfect for sight seeing and running around town.
 




Besides getting a bit of organizing done at home, I ran around running errands like crazy so a casual outfit is what it came down to.  Casual but cute I should say.  Cute as in I hardly even tried.  You all know I love effortless style.  You can always add a jacket, vest, or layer with a sweater to take any 'plain' outfit up a notch.  

 

 
Cargo Vest: H&M | Black Sweater: JC Penny | Distressed Denim: H&M | Ankle 'Chelsea' Boot: Target| Bag: H&M

What do you normally just throw on when you're on the go?  This lady loves her jeans and boots!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

The Flirty Bun & Bang



I've found that wearing my natural hair blown out during fall and winter months work best for me.  I get to play around with styling straight hair without having to worry about the humidity ruining my look!  I blew my hair out about a week ago and have been wearing this fun and cute style for a few days now.  I love how it saves me so much time.  It's also low maintenance but polished enough to look like you put some effort into your look!

Here are the tools and products you will need to achieve this style:


1.  A Wide-Tooth Comb for detangling and combing through the hair.
2.  A Rat Tail Comb for parting.
3.  A Brush to smooth down your edges.
4.  Bobby Pins to Pin the Bun.
5.  Hair tie to tie the hair up.
6.  Hair gel or Hair Glaze to groom the edges.
7.  A Flat iron to curl under the bangs.

To begin with you want to part your hair out for the bangs that will hang down.  There's always something about a swoop bang that I love!


Follow the next four steps that I've laid out for you!

1.  Take your bangs and section them off.
2.  Pin the bangs up to leave the rest of your hair free for you to work neatly in tying your hair into
     the bun.
3.  Next, take your edge glaze or gel and smooth down your edges.
4.  I like to use a brush to smooth my hair down from fly-aways as well!



After you've tied your hair up, instead of using the hair tie to form the bun, you are going to use the bobby pins.  Form the hair into the shape that you want and just pin it into your liking.

Unpin your bangs and use a flat iron to curl under those bangs.  I set my temperature to 340 degrees.


Finally, I use my rat tail comb to shape the pieces of hair into how I like them to lay against the side of my face!  Pretty simple!



This look is so simple and cute.  I really loved how it turned out!  I chose to blow out my hair and straighten it because I wanted to switch things up yet again.  Wearing my hair in the protective style allowed my hair to rest and I was able to see a few inches in growth.  Although I don't have a specific hair length goal, it's nice to see more progress.  I love the fullness of my hair and have also noticed a change in it's color.   It's gotten way more darker than I've ever seen in my life.  I've always believed my hair to be dark brown but over the past few years it almost looks jet black.  Don't know what that's about!  Anywho, I plan on giving my self a little trim in the next few days.  Tell me what you think of this look!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Color Cravings


   
Coincidentally, I happened to match today's location with my slouchy H&M button up almost perfectly, lol.  You can't really tell the top is slouchy of course, because I tucked it in my jeans to give it a more prim feel.  That's what I love most about styling is that you can make items your own and play with many different looks.  I pretty much live for tops like these and often throw things like this on during the weekends.  Since it is only Tuesday, we'll keep it professional and cute shall we?


Colors that I've been craving this season are mostly ones like this beautiful deep Green and of course Berry and Bordeaux colors!  These colors definitely warm my skin tone and feel so Fall appropriate!
Flannel Shirt: H&M | Diamond Studs: Gifted | Dark Denim Jeans: Lauren Conrad | Beaded Necklace: Express | Watch: F21 | Bordeaux Bag: F21| Boots: JcPenny



**BONUS: If you've been roaming around on my other social media handles you'll know that I've FINALLY taken down my crochet braids!  It was fun and so convenient not having to worry about actually "doing" my hair.  So much so that I think I got a little spoiled!  I've become such a lazy gal when it comes to hair nowadays--blah.  I ended up flat ironing my hair out of complete boredom so here's a style that I whipped up today.  A simple swoop bang and low bun.  My hair is so fluffy and big--I love it!  I'll be providing you guys more details later but in the meantime make sure you are following me via all social media outlets which are just in the top right corner for the inside scoop!**

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall's Perfect Pair: Leather & Denim





Leather Jacket: F21 | Denim Shirt: H&M | Jeans: F21 | Bag: Target | Ankle Boots: JC Penny | Necklace: F21

This weekend was so relaxing.  The Fall weather is slowly creeping in and it felt great!  Clear, sunny skies, and a slight breeze.  I literally threw this on as I headed out the door to run errands and sight see with my hubby!  Leather and denim make the perfect pair.  You'll probably see this jacket a whole lot this fall and winter. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Proctective Styling | Final Thoughts On the 'Xpress Your Kinks Collection'




Hey there everyone!  Well as you know, I've been wearing crochet braids for the past three months (feels like forever!).  It's been my protective style to really give my hair a much needed break and I have been absolutely loving it!  The last time I discussed my hair I had the twists.  As you can see from my last few posts, I've taken them down and have been wearing the hair as a twist out.  The process of taking them down was fairly easy but time consuming.  I think it took me like 4 or 5 hours to take them down completely (I took breaks in between).  I've been enjoying the low maintenance and the fact that I can literally just fluff and go.   It has been such a help for me in the mornings!

First things first, I looove the color!  I thought adding this beautiful cinnamon color would give me a change without commitment (I haven't had a color or highlights in my hair in 8 years).  I also loved how it looked against my skin tone.

Second, this is a no tangle zone :).  This hair did very very well with not tangling up on me and feeling matted.  I mean especially after three months you would think it'd be a matted mess.  Although I was hesitant I kept my scalp cleansed throughout the duration of this style, it was important to me to get rid of most build up.  I used shampoo directly on my scalp and rinsed.  Of course the hair got wet and I didn't loose any definition.  Once my hair air dried I just applied my favorite hair butter by Koils by Nature and just sort of scrunched it through my hair.  I will be completely honest here and say that I did get a knot here and there, but nothing too big enough that a great pair of scissors couldn't fix.

Third, I received so many compliments on this hair.  From young to old, men and women, all races were very excited about it, lol.  I'm pretty confident in my own style choices whether I get compliments or not but it really felt nice to receive nice feedback from unlikely places.  I think it was the volume and the color of the hair that really won people over!

If you'd like to check out the company of this hair, head over to www.xpressyourKinks.com!  The website is well organized and very easy to navigate.   I also love following them on Instagram to see how other women are wearing their kinks!

What protective styles have you been wearing?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Making Statements



Well these beautiful gems are certainly in heavy rotation right now!  They are all birthday gifts from my loved ones.  I absolutely love them all.  Accessories give me that help I need when my outfit is a bit plain.  I love all styles of jewelry, so depending on my mood or what just goes best with an outfit, you can catch me pretty much wearing it all!  From a prim and proper string of pearls to Boho rings with giant stones!

Let me show you what I've got here.  Most are statement necklaces.  Statement necklaces for me just add that Va Va Voom to what would otherwise be a plain outfit.  Most of the time I wear these throughout the week to work.  What I love about the top Sapphire stoned piece is that it matches the color of my birthstone : )  I just love how this beautiful stone looks against my skin tone.  Below it is one of my favorites from Express that's threaded with heavy metal and beads that makes me feel like a rock star every time I wear it.  Next is my little boho piece that's just simple but pretty enough to stand out.  I really love this amethyst beauty!  Finally my prim blush and fuchsia necklace is so gorgeous!  I love wearing it with my 'Girl about Town' lip pie by MAC!

Do you have jewelry that is in heavy  rotation right now?  What are some of your favorites to wear?


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

C H I C


When I started Styled Chic 2 1/2 years ago, I wanted to create a name for my site that I could identify with.  Something that reflected me, my style, and the way I thought about my wardrobe.  If you've read my 'About Me' section you will know that I am obsessed with Parisian street style.  It's the simplicity and sophistication that has completely inspired me.  The word 'Chic' is french and means to be elegantly and stylishly fashionable.  After taking french in high school, I often fantasied about visiting Paris.  Walking the streets in black heels and red lipstick.  Having a latte while people watching or reading the paper ; )  For me, this definition completely described what 'Styled Chic' is all about.  

Recently, I was at work helping a student in the office.  After I was done I walked back to my desk and to my surprise, a premium quality t-shirt was folded neatly near my computer key board.  "What's this??"  I asked out loud.  "Ohh, I was just in Kohls and I saw it-- I immediately thought of you.  It's you and it goes with your blog."  Responded my co-worker.  All I could do was say thank you and of course hug her repeatedly.  Lol, I'm a hugger.  Not only was I excited about the shirt but grateful and humbled by what had just happened.  


To some, it may be just a t-shirt, but to me it means so much because of the support.  It also feels great to know that someone can see the word 'Chic' and associate it with me and my blog : )  Let alone even read my blog, lol.  This experience also let me know that there are actually people out there who do care and are giving.  I don't know why but I am still always a little surprised with support from family and close friends.  Maybe because I know there are others out there that don't receive that.  I guess that could explain my feelings of humbleness.  Sometimes I can put a wall up with others because I'm not so sure, but yes, there are people out there who pay attention to some of your interests.  This definitely gave me a change of thinking.  A very sweet gesture that will not go unnoticed. I'm always so excited about the little things.



Necklace: Darling Dispositions (Sold Out) | 'Chic' T-Shirt c/o: Teri Leclear | Distressed Jeans: F21 (Old) | Faux Suede Sling Back Pumps: F21

I've finally broken out my tweed sweater.  I love this jacket.  Dressed up, mixed and matched, or dressed down, it gives me the perfect little mix with these distressed jeans.  I have such a soft spot for distressed jeans.  These just feel good and are so comfortable.  Happy Fall : )



 

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