The Formula: Denim Jacket

February 24, 2016 by  
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~ The Formula: Denim Jacket ~

Still one of my favorite dresses.

Whenever I want to look pulled together but not too dressy I throw on a denim jacket.  I’ve had this dress from Ross for years and I’ve worn it solo during the summer, with sweaters and tights when it’s cold but my favorite is with denim.  I was originally going to wear my deeper blue Levi’s jacket (seen here) but I thought the distressed one from American Eagle went way better with the boho vibe. Tip:  If you’re lucky enough to get casual Friday’s at work, a denim jacket is an easy replacement for a suit or blazer and you can wear it with any skirt or pants.

What I’m Wearing:

Dress $14.99 from Ross

Distresses Denim Jacket  $39.99 from American Eagle (also seen here)

Crossbody Bag c/o meet mark

Bangles/cuff $12.99 from Macy’s

Penny Wayfarer sunglasses c/o Stunglasses.com

Wedges from Charlotte Russe (also seen here)

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Leopard Heels Three Ways

October 28, 2014 by  
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If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the pictures of me debating which pair of shoes to buy while out shopping at DSW. Well, I decided on the leopard print heels (like many of you suggested) and since the weather has finally begun to get a tad cooler down here in Florida and it was perfect timing for me to style my new favorite pair of shoes from DSW! I was so excited when I was offered the opportunity to not only choose a pair of shoes of my liking but to also style them three different ways for fall. Picking one pair was super hard because DSW has an enormous amount of shoes and boots to pick from, but I decided to step away from boots (my weakness) and instead go with these leopard heels  to give my fall outfits a sexy touch. The leopard print is a perfect addition to my fall outfits and I came up with so many looks I had a hard time picking just three.
My first look is perfect for a day of shopping. I kept it simple with boyfriend jeans and sweater but the heels made the outfit pop!

Leopard Heels Three Ways

For a date night look I went with all black. This outfit can easily be worn for a lot of my upcoming holiday events.

Leopard Heels Three Ways

In my third and favorite look I wore a long sleeve mini dress and an army green vest. It’s perfect for a casual weekend or even a casual day at work with some tights.

Leopard Heels Three Ways

How would you style these leopard print beauties for fall?


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Go Big Or Go Home

April 24, 2014 by  
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This is my first outfit post after having a baby and I was a bit nervous about what to wear (I’m still sporting a post baby pooch) and how I would look because I still have a lot of weight to lose but the theme of this post made me push beyond my fear and GO BIG!  I was sent a bottle of Salon Grafix hair spray and dry shampoo to review and showcase along with my style and  if you know me you know that those are two of my must have hair styling products!

Salon grafix Go Big Or Go Home

When it comes to my style/outfits I’ve always liked to pick one focus piece and let it shine. In this case it’s the white midi dress (I folded down the top and wore it as a skirt).  It’s a great piece to layer and it lets me flaunt my post baby curves.  I paired it with casual functional pieces and then gave it a little oomph by adding the oversized clutch and super high heels.

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Outfit Details

Now onto the hair products: I use dry shampoo even after I wash my hair so I really wanted to give this a fair shot and use it a couple days after a wash.  Because I wear my hair in a very beachy/wavy/messy way it has to have a good texture. I’ve tried other brands and they just dry it up and tangle it, and that’s NOT the case with Salon Grafix.  I washed my hair and gave it 3 days to build up a little oil and I didn’t touch my curling iron so that I could test out the hairspray on my waves.

Long Wavy Hair

 

I started by brushing my hair out, then I sprayed the dry shampoo liberally and brushed my hair again – It instantly gave my hair a nice fresh scent, left it super soft with lots and lots of volume which is a huge plus for me because I love BIG undone hair AND it gave my hair some much needed color to my roots.  I then sprayed my ends with a light mist of hair spray and curled the ends. Next, I resprayed a couple of times and ran my fingers through it (that’s how I know if the curl will hold) and as I expected it held!  Both products kept my hair looking clean, held my big long waves and it smelled great!

Long Wavy Hair

 

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Stylish Lace Up Snow Boots

December 30, 2013 by  
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I LOVE all types of boots but whenever I see a cute pair of snow boots  like these it makes me miss those cold winter days so much.  The adorable lacing in the front makes them practical and stylish.  Pair them over your favorite jeans, leggings or even a skirt with tights!   A stylish winter must have for only $56.  Check out how I’d wear them below!

Lace-Up Snow Boots  – $56 at Yeswalker.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Luxe For Less Shopping Tips

September 6, 2013 by  
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Like most people I have a keen appreciation for designer luxe items whether it’s amazing clothing in my favorite magazines, stunning photos in personal style blogs or the trendy moms at the local mall.  But more than anything I try to find inspiration from the finer things in life.  I love scouring flea markets, Goodwill stores, clearance racks – anywhere that will allow me to get the luxe for less and I’m all over it!  For the most part it’s focused around my love of fashion but it really applies to anything or anyone I may be shopping for in my life.  The thrill of finding something for way less than it was originally priced is simply unmatched. But finding pieces for less can easily open us up to impulse shopping so over the years I’ve come up with a few rules of shopping that I swear by:

Don’t be afraid of the junior department.  These are the stores and departments that WILL carry those trendy items seen all over magazines for way less, leaving you more money for those important investment pieces.

Find out what days they do mark downs and get there early.  I take about five days out of the month (sometimes even more lol) to hit up the stores for new items and shop the mark downs.  Some stores will even honor the sale if you happen to buy within a few days of the mark down.

Consider swapping with friends and family.  What’s old to you maybe something your friend or cousin might have been dying to wear and vice versa.

Consider some easy DIY projects.  Lots and lots of designer pieces are detail focused and can easily be recreated.

Know when to invest. I know this one may be a bit counterintuitive but I do know and appreciate that there will be items that need to be investment pieces. The criteria for me is that investment pieces have to fluidly go with just about everything in my closet and need to be easily dressed up or down.  So invest in a good bag and classic must-have items like a leather jacket, trench or a good pair of boots or heels.  These items will be worn year after year and never go out of style so they’re worth saving up for.

Below are some of my favorite outfits that I bought following these rules.

1. This purple dress was only $5 and I’ve been able to wear it so many different ways. 2. This outfit is a perfect example of mixing some high low pieces.  The DVF heels go with a ton of different outfits and I knew I could wear them year after year. The beige wrap dress is a no brainer and only cost me $25 and I’ve had this denim jacket for years and wear it ALL the time. Same goes with the clutch. 3. I built this outfit around my favorite $6 chambray top and the entire look was under $50 including the shoes.

 

Hope you found these shopping tips useful 🙂

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High-Low Floral Top

May 13, 2013 by  
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For the past  week or so the temp here in Florida has been in the 90’s, but luckily we got a short break from the heat and humidity and it’s an easy breezy 80 outside.  What does sthat mean for me?  For one, it’s the chance to wear something other than shorts and a tank!  I originally bought this floral high-low top to wear  over a white mini dress, but I pulled out my “skinny” skinny jeans and they actually fit…I was so excited that I threw them on instead.

What I’m Wearing:

High-Low Floral Top – $14.99 at Ross

Skinny Jeans – $29.99 at American Eagle

Wedges (also seen here) – $24.99 Local Boutique

Bag c/o Lucky Brand

Necklace c/o meet mark

Bangles $7 at Walmart

Crush Necklace wrapped around my wrist c/o Twisted Silver

 

Tiger-Print Top Styled Three Ways

April 30, 2013 by  
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I LOVE everything about this tiger print  chiffon top!  It’s got every single element that a stylish top should have – the print is bold and sophisticated, the studded collar is adorable, and the black zippered back makes the front pop even more!  This is one of those pieces that will have people thinking you spent a lot more than $36 and it will definitely turn some heads.  Perfect to layer under blazers or cardigans, wear alone as a mini dress (with shorts underneath of course) and sky high heels or with bright leggings and flats.  Check out how to rock this top three different ways below.

Tiger Print Chiffon Top $36 at Yesstyle.com | Stuart Weitzman Cap Toe Pump – $335 at Shopbop.com | Double Snap Cuff – $95 at Shopbop.com | Cross Body Bag – $145 at Shopbop.com

Tiger Print Chiffon Top  | Destroyed Skinny Denim $45 at Shopaikira.com | Bow Accent Handbag – $32 at Yeswalker.com | Ankle Strap Sandals – $50 at Zara.com | Knuckle Rings – $20 at Nylonmag.com

Tiger Print Chiffon Top | J Crew Pencil Skirt – $79 at Jcrew.com | Leather Shopper Bag – $140 at Shopmango.com

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My One of a Kind Shopping Style

March 5, 2013 by  
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The Diet Dr Pepper One Of A Kind Style Sweepstakes is on and to help celebrate the kickoff this time I decided to highlight my personal way of shopping.  My love for shopping is like an art form and the way I shop has really defined my one of a kind style. I shop clearance aisles first and when I spot something I like it has to meet a certain criteria – like the ability to be worn at least two different ways and be easily worn for day or night (I have a tendency to “build” outfits piece by piece).  Also, while the new arrivals that are placed right smack in the front of the store may be the easiest choice, it can also leave you looking like everyone else.  Sure, It can be challenging and at times frustrating but it’s what sets my outfits apart from others. Another habit of mine is to mix and match high-end pieces with affordable finds that will get me the most wear. For the most part when I see something on the rack I can envision what I’ll be wearing it with before I even walk out the door…and those are the pieces I wear to death and the pieces that make my style one of a kind.

Just last weekend I went shopping for some spring shoes and I knew I wanted booties.  At first I was looking for a black and brown pair, but then I saw this tan suede pair with a gold platform and they were only $20!  Right away I knew that they’d be perfect to dress up or down so I snagged them right away.  The first outfit I wore them with a pair of mint green skinny jeans, a simple white tee, a boyfriend blazer  and a polka dot scarf.  For my second outfit  I wore the booties with my go-to skirt and a chambray top.  I love the way it gives the black skirt a more laid back look without taking away the dressy part. This particular outfit was under $100 and I’ve worn each piece a ton of different ways.

 

Not bad for a pair of booties that cost only $20!  Check out some of my other day to night looks below.

Striped Dress for Day or Night

Polka Dot Skirt for Day or Night

 

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Diet Dr Pepper via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Diet Dr Pepper.


 

My One of a Kind Style

February 22, 2013 by  
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To help celebrate the kick off of the Diet Dr Pepper Sweepstakes on March 4th  I was asked to write about my one of a kind style.  In a nutshell, my style has always been eclectic and deeply inspired by music and movies.  Musicians like Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin played perfectly to my boho/hippie style, while actresses like Edie Sedgewick and Natalie Wood greatly influenced my flirty retro looks and even my hair.  While in high school I shopped the malls like every American teenager, but I was always looking for ways to add pieces that were unique and found on the side streets where thrift stores thrived.  No joke I hit every smoky dungeon I could find in New York in a fervent effort to add to my trendier mall finds (something I still do to this day).

My style hasn’t changed much and I still shop at the malls for affordable trendy pieces but as I get older I’ve learned to dress to my evolving body and shape and the thrift store finds focus more on jackets, bags and more importantly accessories!  I tend to lean more towards modern, better fitting pieces but still keep my overall look in the boho vein.  I believe that it’s the little details that count and not a specific style. For example, one day I will be dressed in a modern white jacket with skinny jeans but the next time you bump into me I’ll be wearing the very same jacket over a flowing dress (like the one seen below).  Two completely different styles that I make my very own with over sized bags, chunky rings, a stack of bangles and always – and I mean always – with a pair of over sized shades.

In my look below I decided to try out a trendy high low dress for the very first time.  I decided to give this one a shot because it has all the right elements of everything that my style embraces.  The feminine length and chiffon is complimented by a studded camouflage  top – I love it and it was only $25!  As soon as I saw it I immediately envisioned it with a cropped denim jacket and flats but when I brought it home I realized that it would look amazing with my white blazer and ankle tie wedges. The jacket definitely gives it a dressier look and the bow on the wedges give it the perfect dainty touch.

I’m all about the accessories, but it has to be the right amount.  While this outfit has plenty of character thanks to the camo, studs and white jacket, I had to add a ton of bangles! The belt was a last minute add-on that looks like it came with the dress and helped accentuate my waist a bit.

I actually debated on using a clutch but this zippered accented bag played off the camo’s masculine feel.

From the front this jacket looks like your basic boxy cut blazer, but the back is what makes it special and the high low hem accentuaed it even more – love it!

So there you have it!  My One of a Kind Style: a little boho, a tad tomboy, but 100% girly girl when it comes to accessories and shoes.

PS – Don’t forget to check back for more updates on the Diet Dr Pepper Sweepstakes, kicking off on March 4th for a chance to win one of thirty amazing one–of-a-kind prizes!

With delicious one of a kind taste and zero calories, Diet Dr Pepper is as unique as you are. We know it’s a long road to get to who we’re meant to be. Along the way, we make choices, we make mistakes, we get up, and we keep going. And like an amazing work of art, we become one of a kind. At Dr Pepper, we celebrate all that makes us an original, from your unique style to adventurous spirit. To check out more one of a kind stories, watch our films at www.youtube.com/drpeppervideos and make sure to check back in for more updates on the Diet Dr. Pepper sweepstakes for a chance to win one of thirty amazing one-of-a-kind prizes.  

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Diet Dr Pepper via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Diet Dr Pepper.

Wear Your Heart

February 8, 2013 by  
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After Christmas I look for any reason to celebrate a holiday and Valentine’s Day is perfect especially when it comes to dressing up for it.  Whether it be hearts on a pair of tights, heart printed sweaters,  or a bag – it’s easy to incorporate a little heart into your outfits.  Check out some of my favorite picks for under $50 from Yesstyle.

Leopard Heart Accent Bag – $35

Heart Printed Velvet Tights – $15

Heart Button Back Top – $20

Heart Applique Sweater – $32

Turtleneck Knit Heart Dress – $50

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