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February 18, 2018

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As I mentioned in my last post, I am starting to incorporate some Spring styles and colors into my Winter wardrobe. Spring colors are known to be bright pinks and reds but they also consist of a lighter palette filled with pastels and more muted tones. I love how they are seemingly on opposite ends of the spectrum but still encompass the season’s style.

So this blog post highlights the lighter side of Spring starting with this seafoam green sweater skirt from New York & Company. This is the second blog post in a row where I have featured an item from the brand as they are quickly becoming one of my favorites. They are really coming out with some great designs from their plus line that are not only on trend but also affordable. In keeping with the understated hues, I decided to pair the skirt with a nude tank and duster. I felt that it was the perfect complement that blended in seamlessly. I finished off this look with my favorite nude pumps that I’m sure you guys are tired of seeing. I just can’t help it though because they literally go with everything! All in all, this is a great option to begin the Spring transition.

Outfit details:

Duster: Boohoo | Tank top: Sejour (similar) | Skirt: NY & Company (wearing size 1x, material has a lot of stretch) | Pumps: Nine West

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Pleated

February 11, 2018

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Even though many of you are experiencing snow and very cold weather, Spring is inching closer and closer. Only about a month away, we can look forward to warmer temperatures, sunny skies and more colorful wardrobes. So in preparation of the upcoming season, I’ve begun to incorporate some of those Spring pieces into my Winter looks. These pieces include pastels which are the iconic colors of Spring and classic garments such as pleated skirts. I’m mixing and matching with sweaters and heavier fabrics to create some cute transitional outfits.

This ensemble seemed like the perfect blend to mesh both seasons. The turtleneck is a Winter essential and it is contrasted by the bright and colorful skirt. I live in Los Angeles where I can just pair these items with pumps but I realize that in a lot of places it is too cold to do so. However, you can still achieve this look by swapping out the pumps for knee high boots and tights underneath for layering.  Then with a peacoat or duster coat for warmth, this version will be just as cute as the way I styled it. So here’s to the Springtime and warmer days ahead!

Outfit details:

Top: JM Collection (similar) | Skirt: New York & Company | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Belt: Ralph Lauren (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Comfort + Style

February 6, 2018

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It’s no secret by now that I do my fair share of dressing up. I love to put on the cute clothes with my cute heels and just hit the town. And while that will always be the case, it’s not practical to look like that all the time. I, of course like many of you, have moments where I just want to be comfortable whether that be running errands or grabbing a quick breakfast with friends. In those instances, I want the ability to throw something on without having to think too hard and go. But I still want it to be cute!

Here’s where Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom’s casual wear comes in. It combines the best of both worlds when it comes to comfort and style. These athleisure items can be worn just about anywhere from the grocery store to the gym but gives you a put together look that in no way looks thrown together. I love the vibrant colors and fun prints that they have to bring in a different element to the somewhat plain casual wear that we are used to seeing. The fit is great with the pants having a wide waste band at the top to hold you in and the fabrics are soft and comfortable. You no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort and can truly have both with these pieces!

Outfit details:
Solid Textured Tank | French Terry Hoodie Cardigan| Printed Leggings*

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Fit for Me by Fruit of the Loom. All opinions are my own

Neutral Zone

February 4, 2018

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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. You can never go wrong with neutrals! It’s always in style and it will always look great no matter what the occasion. Neutrals can be worn all year long making them a must-have item in your wardrobe. Dress them up or dress them down, they can be styled completely to your liking.

Vests are also one of those garments that have great versatility. They act as a layering piece to go on top of whatever base of your choosing. Your base could be anything from a dress in the Spring and Summer to a chunky sweater in the cooler months. When you combine the classic neutral with the ease of wear that a vest provides, the the result is a timeless piece that you can always count on.

As you can see, I styled my look with a simple v-neck tee and skinny jeans. Celebrity Pink is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands of denim. The stretch and construction offer both comfort and style. This particular pair I thought worked best with this outfit because they hit right above the ankle which is higher than typical skinny jeans. Because the vest is so long, it was nice to add some balance with a higher hem. What I just knew would complete this look was a wool fedora hat. It needed a little something extra to take it over the top and this accessory did just that. It not only brought out the beige tone but it also added a chic element to the outfit. This is a timeless look without taking much time to create!

Outfit details:

Hat: Forever 21 (Same Hat, Different Ribbon) | Vest: Forever 21 | Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Celebrity Pink (wearing size 18W) | Shoes: Nine West | Clutch: Aldo (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Ever-green

January 28, 2018

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Lately, I’ve been incorporating more and more color into my Winter wardrobe. Fall fashion is flooded with all of these amazing hues from wine to olive to camel but it seems as though the Winter palette seems to dull out. Colors become a bit more muted and it seems as though functionality and warmth become the top priorities (understandably so). However, just because temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean that colors have to as well.

I have been loving deep jewel tones such as this evergreen. I feel like its the best of both worlds in providing color while still keeping with the season. It just so happens that these pants matched pumps that I got from Target perfectly so it made for a great monochromatic bottom half. This grey turtleneck was the perfect complement to balance out the color although I could have easily worn it with another neutral such as black or white. Grey really works well though because its the neutral of all neutrals and one of my personal faves. This look is easy to recreate using thois exact combination or other colors and can be worn with different sweaters to meet your taste. See the outfit details below!

Outfit details:

Top: Land’s End (similar) | Pants: Boohoo (wearing size 18) | Shoes: Target | Purse: TJMaxx (similar)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Fit Matters

January 26, 2018

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Ever since the beginning of my blog, one thing that I have preached and will continue to preach is about fit. The way your clothes fit your body is the most important thing when it comes to styling your looks. If a garment does not fit well, it detracts from the fashion and doesn’t allow your outfit to shine. I learned early on that I couldn’t hold on to the number on the back of my shirt but had to go with whatever size worked best for my body. Sometimes that even meant sizing up but I realized that no one will ever know what size I am wearing. I was getting hung up on the wrong things in concentrating more on the size versus the fit. And the result was ill-fitting garments that did my body no favors. When I finally came to realization that I needed to approach clothing in a different way, I became much more confident in how I was presenting myself. I knew that what I was wearing was the best choice for me, my body & my shape and I have kept to that philosophy ever since.

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This same principle can translate to many different things including your feminine products. What used to be a “one size fits all” product is now much more personal to each individual. So much so that Always has created Always My Fit™ which is a system designed to help women find the right size pad based on their panty size and flow. Just like I had the revelation that I was wearing clothing that was too small for me, I also came to know that my feminine products were not right for my body. Many things that I thought were normal and just “came with the territory” were actually totally preventable had I had the correct fit. And here’s another thing – I’m not alone. In fact, studies show that 60% of women are wearing the wrong size pad and 80% experience leaks every month. Good news though! These are all things that can be corrected with the Always My Fit system.

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What I discovered by taking the Always My Fit™ quiz is that the best product for me is a size 3. That provided me with much better coverage, longer leak protection and best of all the peace of mind in knowing that I wouldn’t have to worry.  After all, this is something that we as women have to encounter every month so it might as well be a better experience. Here’s a chart to see what would be the best size for you. As you will see, the Always My Fit system consists of 5 sizes. The reason for the range is to provide the best coverage for day and nighttime use. Everyone’s bodies are unique and the same goes for each person’s menstrual flow.  While you may find that a certain size works best for you throughout the day, at night you may have different needs. The Always My Fit system has several options to fit your shape and flow.

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I know for me personally, I had an “ah ha” moment when realizing that I should size up to a size 3. I, I’m sure like many of you, was a creature of habit in purchasing the same products month after month. Even when I experienced leaks (which were totally embarrassing by the way), it did not occur to me that it was the size of the pad that was the problem. We aren’t even going to mention the time that I experienced a leak at a Spring wedding in a light-colored dress. That was not fun at all! I finally saw the light and knew I needed to make a change.

To find the best size for you, you should:

  • Take the Always My Fit quiz answering the questions as honestly as possible
  • Look at the chart that is located at the top of Always pad packages
  • Pay attention to your body during your menstrual cycle to select the best coverage for day and night

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So in conclusion, fit matters! Find the best products to fit your body since everyone is unique. Your future self will thank you!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

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

Blending

January 21, 2018

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Here I go again with my colorblocking ways. I’ve just come to the realization that I simply cannot help myself. Sometimes, I see two garments and immediately know that the colors will work well together. Half of the time, that’s not even my intention but it just ends up working out that way. However, it really does prove that mixing colors can present endless possibilities. I have used this technique so many different times and each outfit has been unique because of the different shades that I’m use. You can create some unlikely combinations that really work when blended together.

I loved the deep, rich purple tone in the skirt and thought that it would be a great contrast against this khaki green. These are two colors that I would have never thought to put together. I purchased them independently and realized that they could create a great look. These Eloquii skirts are one of my favorites and they have them in a plethora of colors. If you are trying to create your own color combination, I would highly recommend that you start there as the base. Feel free to get creative and think outside the box!

Outfit details:

Top: Boohoo | Skirt: Eloquii (Potent Purple) | Clutch: INC International Concepts | Shoes: Steve Madden (old)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente