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July 17, 2016

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What I take pride in the most about my style is when people think that my outfit is more expensive than what I actually spent. I love when people mistake my pieces for designer items that are sometimes double the price. Although I smile and secretly pat myself on the back for a job well done, what most excites me is that it is a testament to my tried and true mantra that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have great style. My bargain hunting skills that my mother instilled in me greatly influence the way that I shop and while I do love a good splurge, the majority of my wardrobe consists of economical pieces that with a few added elements, can really bring the outfit to life.

So with this outfit, this fuchsia tank dress rings in at only $15! Yes you heard me right, only $15. While this dress is cute all on its own, I added my favorite gold belt with gold strappy sandals to give it a chic edge that is perfect for a night out on the town. The power of accessories! With a little imagination and creativity, a simple bodycon dress or whatever other garment you have can turn into so much more.

Outfit details:

Dress: Forever 21+ | Shoes: Calvin Klein | Belt: ASOS (similar in plus here)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Wardrobe Essential: Gray Tee

July 14, 2016

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One thing that I love to do on my blog is be very realistic about my style. Although I love a good splurge here and there for those coveted pieces, the majority of my wardrobe consists of everyday garments that can take me from one look to the next. I’m talking about those tried and true, never fail pieces that are essential foundations for outfits. One of those pieces that I have highlighted today is the gray tee.

A gray t-shirt is like a hidden treasure that needs to be discovered more often. We all know that we need plain t-shirts to be the basis of layering or the key piece of a casual look, yes? While most people reach for a black or white tee as their neutral, I always reach for gray. Here’s why! Unlike neutrals that are on the opposite end of the color wheel, gray is right in the middle, meaning that you can pair it with darker items or you can pair it with lighter items and it still works. Although the same can be said for other colors as well, gray gives a look that balance it needs to be able to add in different elements. As you can see, I’ve worn my gray tee two ways to show that there are endless possibilities and also how a t-shirt can be anything but basic. Pair it with a fitted skirt and neutral tones or with pops of color or with whatever combination you prefer and it all works together seamlessly.

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Outfit details:

Look 1: Tee | Skirt | Chambray Top

Look 2: Tee | Jeans | Shoes

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Summertime Style

July 12, 2016

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While fashion is an ever-changing world that is all about trends and keeping up with the latest styles, it can also be about practicality. With summer here, it is imperative not only dress in your best seasonal designs, but to also choose fabrics that are perfect for the warmer months ahead. I’ve partnered with Cotton on this post to share with you how fabric choices can be just as important as the garment itself.

We all know that summer, while it is great, can also bring on some hot weather. I’m talking about the times when temperatures rise to their peak and the last thing you want to do is get dressed (I know I’m not the only one). What’s important to factor into your wardrobe decision-making is fabric. Breathable and soft fabrics such as cotton can be key to staying cool and looking fly. The first thing I do when I am looking at a garment is feel it. Why? Because I want to know how this is going to feel on my skin when wearing it. Take that one step further and look at the label (I bet you never thought to do that!). The label will tell you exactly what the garment is made of and will give you a better idea of how it will feel over time. I’m always interested in knowing how the garment will fit on me after prolonged wear. Is it going to start to stick to my body? Lose its shape? Well, cotton-rich fabrics always seem to suit me the best, allowing the garment to hug my curves but not cling to them. (Not to mention they are often economically priced).

Hence this look. I tapped into the blush pink trend with this pencil skirt and paired it with a light grey tank for subtle color-blocking. I wanted to style the look by adding on a matching embellished belt and rose gold high-heel sandals fit for a night out. This look is not only comfortable but also figure-flattering and chic.

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Outfit details:

Top: Old Navy | Skirt: Old – similar here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Pop Style

July 10, 2016

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Summer is the perfect time for neon pops! Bright flashes of color mixed with casual style is going to be my anthem for the season. The neon green blazer (which is on sale by the way) is from Simply Be. Although the weather calls for sleeveless tops and airy dresses, its still great to have light outerwear for those occasions where its needed. And because of the color and style of this jacket, it doesn’t look out of place with the season. Now you all know that color blocking is my thing so what better way to accessorize a neon than with more bright colors. These bright magenta pumps are a favorite in my shoe collection and played off of the brightness of the color palette in a fun and interesting way. Summer pop style on fleek! (Are we still saying fleek?)

Outfit details:

Jacket: Simply Be | Jeans: Melissa McCarthy | Shoes: Similar here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Keep It Cool

July 8, 2016

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While summer brings about long sunny days, backyard BBQs with friends and all the fun activities that you can fit in, it also brings on the heat. Temperatures can soar which can make getting dressed for all of these outings quite a task. Who wants that feeling of your clothes sticking to you? I think it’s safe to say nobody. Fear not though, there is a solution! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, it’s all about the fabrics you choose. The correct fabric choices can be your best ally to combat the summer sun rays. One material that is perfect for keeping cool is cotton. Cotton has so many characteristics that allow you to dress in style while also dressing appropriately for the season. It’s breathable, durable, a scent repellant and can be made into the cutest of garments.

Hence my look! Stripes are totally on-trend and a great pattern to have in your wardrobe. The style of this skirt is already one that allows for air to flow through but with it being 95% cotton, it adds extra assurance that you will be cool all day long (and stylish too might I add). So the next time you are looking for that perfect brunch outfit with your girls, check the label and look for cotton. You will be happy you did! For more information, go to CoolerinCotton.com.

Outfit details:

Top: Forever 21+ | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*Compensation/Product for this post was provided by SheSpeaks/Cotton. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SheSpeaks/Cotton.

The Weekender

July 3, 2016

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You ever need that outfit that is great for those “in between” times? I’m talking about the times where you want to look put together, yet comfortable, stylish, yet laid back. Its the perfect balance between not being too overdressed nor under dressed. Typically I’m most in need to looks like these on the weekends where my style is more relaxed yet I still need to look presentable. Well this outfit is a great “weekender” look. It has a great blend of trendy and casual garments to give that balance that you need. The charcoal wrap skirt can be worn day to night which is always a plus and the asymmetry is a great detail that allows you to show a little leg. Coupled with a white tank and denim jacket, it helps to bring the look “down to earth” so to say and play off of the design of the skirt. With brown accessories to blend the color palette together, I was ready to take my weekend look out for a spin.

Outfit details:

Jean Jacket: Similar here | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: Steve Madden

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Summertime Fine

June 26, 2016

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Summer is here ladies and gentlemen! The time that we all have been waiting for. Temperatures heated up in the blink of an eye here in Los Angeles, going from mid 70s as the high, to 90 and even 100 degrees! Needless to say my wardrobe is consisting of dresses, skirts, shorts and only fabrics that are light and breathable.

I found this great cobalt blue dress while browsing online. I love the richness of this shade as its the perfect palette for the season. It’s also great for keeping me cool during this heat wave. You all know that I love color blocking even in a subtle way so I decided to sprinkle in some neons to add to the look. Neon colors are always on trend when temperatures start to rise so don’t be a afraid to add a bright pop to your outfits. These colors mesh together beautifully but can also work with many other combinations (i.e. neon and pink, cobalt and orange, etc.). Try different color palettes to come up with your own unique look!

Outfit details:

Dress: Nordstrom Rack, wearing XL (very similar in plus here) | Shoes: Smash Shoes

Photographer: Steve Suavemente