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Give Thanks

November 20, 2017

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Thanksgiving is this Thursday! Can you believe it?! Seems like the holiday season always creeps up on me and it can sometimes be overwhelming with all the things that need to be done to prepare. However, it’s so important to step back & realize that even in the midst of the chaos, the true meaning of Thanksgiving is just what the name suggests – to give thanks! There are SO many things to be thankful for as I’m sure you all can agree. From family to health to happiness and the list goes on. I’ve teamed up with Gwynnie Bee on this post to not only showcase a great Thanksgiving look that I snagged from their site but to also answer a few fun holiday questions. Would love to know some of your answers as well!

Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition: Hands down preparing and cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my mom and sister while listening (and singing) to oldies and Christmas music

Black Friday or Cyber Monday: Cyber Monday! Black Friday is overated

Give us a tip for what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers: I wish that I had something inventive or creative to share but I literally just eat them until I can’t anymore

Do you travel or host for the holidays: Host. Holidays are always spent at my parents house which is still like my home so I don’t have to go far

Do you prefer to dress up for the holidays or dress for comfort: I try to do a mixture of both. I think comfort is key for the holidays since they are typically long days however its such a special time that dressing up just fits the occasion.

I hope that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! Love you guys! xoxo

Outfit details:

Skirt: Melissa McCarthy via Gwynnie Bee*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Gwynnie Bee. All opinions are my own

Entrenched

November 19, 2017

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If I had to name one item that is the most popular garment for the Fall/Winter seasons year after year, it would be a camel trench. It infiltrates blogs, fashion magazines and just the whole fashion scene as thee must-have item. It combines function and style and like all great outerwear is super versatile.

There are a myriad a different trench coats out there from long to short and from lightweight to heavy duty. I tend to lean more towards the lightweight jackets since I live in Los Angeles and there’s no real need to own a coat (sorry East Coast). However, I could always layer if I needed to. This particular one is from fellow blogger Lovely in LA’s collection with Just Fab! For this look, I wanted the trench to shine and to highlight the beauty of a simple yet classic outfit. A black turtleneck dress was the perfect pairing for that. It’s very girl boss chic as I’d like to put it. And you all know that I had to add a little bit of flair even when styling towards the simpler side so I finished it off with my fave leopard pumps. Modern business woman goals….check!

Outfit Details:

Jacket: JustFab (alternative jacket from ASOS) | Dress: Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)  | Bag: MANGO (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Full Circle

November 14, 2017

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Temperatures are definitely starting to cool and Winter is just on the horizon. Sweater weather is in full effect! Turtlenecks, scarves, booties and the like are becoming my go-to pieces to keep warm during this time of year. A great sweater is a must-have in your Fall wardrobe because of how versatile it is. Never underestimate a black turtleneck. Although simple, it’s almost like an LBD in that it is a great basic to wear on its own, layer or style however you’d like to. I decided to pair my sweater with a olive green midi skirt. I absolutely love midis and this color is the quintessential embodiment of Fall. Modcloth has hands down the best selection of midi skirts and this was the perfect piece to go with this look. There was not much more that I needed to add to the outfit so I went with metallic bronze pumps and a brown clutch. Easy, stylish and timeless!

Outfit details:

Top | Skirt: Modcloth*

Fit notes: Wearing a size 1x in the top and 2x in the skirt

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Modcloth. All opinions are my own

Cranberry

November 12, 2017

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving that is right around the corner, I’m rocking this cranberry duster jacket for my OOTD. While cranberry sauce is far from my favorite Thanksgiving side (don’t debate me lol), cranberry colored garments are a whole different story. All within the wine/burgundy family that Fall fashion is so well known for, this jacket is sleek, eye catching and oh-so chic!

To contrast the cranberry and add a bit of edge to the look, I paired it with faux leather pants and a black tank top. When wearing black on black or any monochromatic look for that matter, the garments tend to blend together for obvious reasons. However, if you infuse different textures like leather, it helps to break things up and make the outfit a bit more dynamic. I finished off the look with a matching cranberry purse that I got from Modcloth. I love when you get two items from different stores yet they go together perfectly as if that was the way they were always meant to be worn.  With nude pumps and my go-to gold accessories, I am ready for the holidays!

Outfit details:

Duster: Boohoo | Tank Top: Old Navy | Leather Pants: Celebrity Pink | Bag: Modcloth

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Cape-able

November 5, 2017

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Today I’m letting you guys in on an easy styling trick that is without a doubt fool proof. I do this every Fall/Winter with different garments and it never fails to look great. It works for all body types and best of all, it can have you out of the house in less than 10 minutes.  All you have to do is take a cape/poncho like the one I’m wearing or even a blanket scarf, wrap it around your body so that it hangs evenly on both sides, cinch it with a belt and voila! Instant chic!

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when creating your own looks. The first is to choose a cape or scarf that has a symmetrical pattern. I find that this helps to make it look more purposeful almost like the top is an actual garment not one that you created. Then choose an elastic belt that has a cute buckle to complete the look. This not only helps to create a waist but it also adds a stylish element. I went with simple skinny jeans, nude pumps and a brown bag to finish out the rest of the outfit. And you all know how much I love my Fall hats! It went perfectly with this color palette and I just love the result.

Shop the links below so that you can be poncho chic!

Outfit details:

Hat: Forever 21 | Cape: Anne Klein | Belt: INC International Concepts | Jeans: Style & Co. (similar) | Purse: Michael Kors | Shoes: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Fall Essentials

October 29, 2017

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How could you not love a leopard clutch and matching pumps? I have had these two accessories for a couple of seasons now and every Fall they make a reappearance in my looks in some new way. That just goes to show you how classic and timeless they are. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, leopard print is really a neutral. Although unconventional, it can go with so many different garments making it more versatile than you may think. And Fall is the perfect time of year to take advantage of this iconic style.

So moving on to the next key item of this look which is the faux suede moto jacket. Last Fall, I was all about the leather moto jackets as being the go-to outerwear piece of the season. This time around, I am all about suede (well faux suede in particular)! There are many factors that contributed to me loving suede more over leather. The first is the variety! Suede comes in so many more colors beyond just the earth tones that we are used to seeing. For instance, this jacket that I have on comes in wine, blush, red and navy. The second is the comfort. Some leather jackets are a bit stiff and hard to move in. With suede, there is always an element of stretch making it much easier to wear.

Be sure to snag your suede moto jacket to rock this season! Tag me in your looks on Instagram!

Outfit details:

Moto Jacket: Macy’s | Tank Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Celebrity Pink | Clutch: Sole Society | Pumps: Ann Taylor (similar) & INC International Concepts (similar)

Fit notes: Wearing a size XL in the jacket. Fits well but I’m unable to zip it closed. I hardly ever wear my jackets closed but if I did, I would size up to an XXL. Wearing a size 18W in the jeans and they have a great amount of stretch

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Rachel Roy Curvy Curated Sale

October 22, 2017

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Hi my loves! If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have been a huge fan of Rachel Roy for quite some time now. Before the Rachel Roy curvy line even existed, I was squeezing into any and all garments that I could because I thought she had such a great eye for design. Now that there are extended sizes, we have developed a close relationship that has fostered opportunities such as this.

During my recent trip to New York, I met with the team and we came up with this curated sale. What is a curated sale? I’m glad you asked! I have hand selected some of my favorite items from the upcoming line and those items will be available for purchase at 20% off retail price. These are items that aren’t even available at retail stores yet and you not only have first dibs at them but you will also be able to get them at a discounted price! I’m doing a resounding ‘yassssssssss‘ on your behalf.

Here are some of the looks that will be available for purchase. There are 10 looks in total so you’ll have to stay tuned for the launch to see the other styles. All garments are from Rachel Roy not including the accessories (shoes, purses, etc.). I’ve listed the details below so MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

When: Friday, October 27

Time: 11am PST / 1pm CT / 2pm EST

LINK TO THE SALE WILL BE PROVIDED THE DAY OF THE LAUNCH

The sale is open to US residents only and will be for 24 hours only! There will be limited quantities available so you don’t want to miss out.

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Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Rachel Roy. All opinions are my own