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 glaçage 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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wine Tasting & Florals at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Visiting parts of Virginia has been such a wonderful experience.  When I moved to this state 13 years ago, I fell in love with all of the greenery and actually seeing each season in it's absolute fullness.  I'm originally from sunny California if you didn't know.  So for me, there are locations here in Virginia that are still very new and unknown.  A few weeks back I visited Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards for a private wine tasting event with SCOUT bags.  SCOUT bags is an active and casual lifestyle brand offering personalized Tote Bags, Insulated Coolers, Storage Bins, and Travel bags.  Pippin Hill Farm is absolutely breathtaking so it was the perfect setting.  I've only been to a few vineyards here in Virginia, but this one by far is number 1 on my list!  Located in the Charlottesville area, Pippin Hill sits on a hilltop overlooking a valley surrounded by mountains. You can see rows and rows of vineyards, fields with hay bales, as well as a garden. The drive up to the property was amazing.  The barn is certainly impressive and even the path leading to it is very instragram worthy, wouldn't you agree?  I'm holding one of SCOUT's wine tote bags in the first photo above.  Pretty fitting right?  It was so much fun getting to know the SCOUT team.  Adding wine and cheese with an assortment of hors d’oeuvres just makes it all better right?


I decided on wearing this floral off the shoulder dress that was perfect because it was very warm that evening.  Wait, who am I kidding--it was sweltering hot--thank God for the shaded porch!  As the evening went on however, we got a break from the beaming sun and heat. Anyhow, I love the feminine cold shoulders on this dress and just thought this look was ideal for the occasion.  I purchased this dress from Gabe's earlier this summer and it's my absolute favorite!  You guys know that I love Gabe's and this dress is very reminiscent of a Topshop maxi I really wanted to get.  I'm so glad I ended up purchasing this one instead for less than half of the Topshop sale price!  It sometimes pays greatly to wait and explore your clothing purchases.  Perfect balance between looking chic and feeling comfortable.  I paired the dress with a pair of tan mules.  For fall I plan to trade out the sandals for booties and a leather jacket over top.

I also received tons of compliments on my hair, which was slicked into a bun with gold bobby pins throughout the left side.  It's exactly how I wore my hair HERE in this previous post.  This is a hair trend that I will definitely be wearing throughout Fall and Winter months. 

Thank you so much to SCOUT bags & Pippin Hill Farm for your gracious hospitality.  It was a lovely visit.  I'm looking forward to returning soon.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Affordable Beauty Look with Gabe's

My Beauty collection has definitely evolved over the last 10 years.  I went from wearing a little liner, mascara, pressed powder, and lipstick all purchased from my local drugstore--to adding concealer, contour, highlight, and becoming a pro at grooming my eyebrows.  With a little more knowledge, I began visiting department store counters and became comfortable with spending a little more on quality makeup.  While I don't mind treating myself to major brands, it's great to know that I can still go to local stores like Gabe's and pick up beauty items for a fraction of the price and not have to compromise with the quality of makeup.  But in all actuality,  I've learned that high prices don't always equal superb product.  It's really all about learning ingredients and trying different formulas to see what works.

Gabe's sent me over a full box of beauty goodies including several eyeshadow palettes, matte cream lipsticks, brushes, and highlighters to put to the test and share with you guys.  I was so impressed with everything that they have to offer in the beauty department and actually surprised with the pigments and consistency of each product.

I used the Colour Me Nude: Natural Nudes Eye Colour Palette which features 12 eye shadow shades with the mix of both shimmers and mattes.  It's actually a great dupe for the Naked Palette in my opinion.  I also used the 'In the Night' Smokey palette to get just a touch of the black shade on the outer corners of my eyes.   I made sure to use primer before applying the colors and even sprayed my brush a bit to pick up the color even more.  I did experience a bit of fall out but that is to be expected especially when dealing with shimmers.  I found that formula for each palette went on smooth, easy to blend, and not as chalky as you would think when purchasing a drugstore brand. 

For lips I used a Mauvy color by 'Bonita' and added in my own liner.  Oh, and did you catch the soft highlight?  I used the 'Strobe & Glow' Highlight & Contour kit that has a total of 10 shades that are pretty pigmented and very nice to achieve a radiant complexion.  Topping off the look with the Matte Finishing spray made this look complete.

Not bad for products from a discount store right?  I'm not mad at any of these products because I was definitely able to achieve what's pretty normal for me--a soft and flawless look.  Some of the brushes and applicators that came with the products, I swapped out for my own, but really that's all I needed to do to help with application. 

How do you feel about shopping outside of the high-end department store for your beauty needs?  If you have a Gabe's near you I definitely encourage you to check out their beauty department to see for yourself!  They literally have everything that you would need to achieve a great look and feel just as confident as you would with other products.  If ever you've lost luggage on a trip away from home, are on a budget, or are just simply a beginner and want to start small, you now have another option.  Thank me later ; )

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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Summer Style with MODCLOTH

I've been super intentional about keeping my Summer casual style simple and easy.  I've just been too busy with time at work and other matters to really spend time planning outfits.  When the weekend comes around, I tend to go with looks that are really easy like this one.  I've been gravitating towards off the shoulder tops because they're super  flattering and don't take much to style.  

I recently received these beautiful palazzo pants from MODCLOTH and they've since become one of my favorite Summer pieces.  I love the berry colored floral pattern and the flowy loose legs.  I've always loved palazzo pants and these are not only comfortable but breathable, which make them perfect for early evenings when I'm dining downtown. 

As of late, I've been spending my leisure time in the Shockoe Bottom area of downtown Richmond.  It's one of the cities oldest neighborhoods and easily a favorite of mine because of the cobblestone roads and of course the cute restaurants.  There are some really nice hang out spots that I frequent before and after work.  Here, I visited Urban Farmhouse Market & Café.  Just one of many cool coffee shops that Richmond has to offer. 

This weekend I have a few projects that I will working on, which will soon be shared very soon right here on Styled Chic, as well as my social media accounts so be sure to follow.  Although I'll be working, I do plan to take a break and grab some seafood from a local favorite tomorrow afternoon.  I promised myself that I wouldn't get too caught up in  my To-Do list -- it's so easy to end up spending hours in front of a computer.  I'm definitely going to make sure to take some advantage of the cooler, yet Sunny temperatures to enjoy.  I hope you do the same.  

Make sure you head over to ModCloth as well.  I was able to snag a few more items on sale ; )

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

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