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Winter-to-Spring Casual

March 29, 2020

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Hey ladies! Happy Sunday! I hope that this post finds you all well and healthy. It’s quite evident that #quarantinelife is going to be the new normal for at least the foreseeable future. I pray that it subsides sooner than later, but in the meantime, I’m doing my part to keep myself and others healthy. I am also trying to maintain normalcy with wearing my outfits and getting dressed.

I will say that I have started to incorporate more casual looks into my everyday wear. Y’all know that I love my heels! However, with things essentially shut down, there’s not too much of a need for anything else these days. I’m a firm believer, though, that casual does not have to mean plain or frumpy. You can definitely have an elevated look that is still comfortable. A great base or starting point is with a pair of well-fitting jeans. Then, you can simply build from there depending on your vibe.

I opted for a cropped lightweight jacket in this rich olive green. I picked it up right before retail stores shut down and I’m so glad I did. It was a great Winter-to-Spring transition piece that you can style many different ways. This look is of course one way, but you can put a maxi dress under this, a short, flowy dress, even a black pencil skirt and sneakers. It’s always great to get a lot of wear out of your pieces (especially when they are so affordable!).

Be sure to check out all of the outfit details below! Continue to stay safe & healthy!

Outfit Details:

Jacket: JCPenney | Jeans: Loft (sold out. Similar here) | Bag: Nordstrom Rack (similar)| Shoes: Similar here and here

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Gray Area

March 22, 2020

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Hello! It’s me again, back with another Sunday blog post! As I stated in my previous post, so much had changed in that past week with the Coronavirus starting to ramp up here in the U.S., particularly California. Well, unfortunately, even more has changed from that post to this one. I’m sure that you have heard that California is on a state-wide shut down to help slow the spread of the virus. Grocery stores here in Los Angeles have been barren for weeks, making it difficult to get basic necessities during this time. Work has slowed down with so many clothing stores closed. Of course you can still shop online, however every industry is feeling the effects of this pandemic. Life has just completely become surreal!

I was able shoot some outfits just two days before the official “shelter at home” order was placed. I’m trying to maintain some sort of normalcy even though this is far from normal. As the number continue to climb of those that have the disease and those that have succumb to it, you can’t help but to be overwhelmed. Each number represents a real person, a family member, a parent. So although, I will continue to do what I love and post my fashion looks, I know that mental health is just as important as physical health. Read on to see some tips on how to manage anxiety during this time.

So these tips are ones that I gathered from different sites. I thought they were really key for right now and in the future for any other circumstances that you may face. I hope that this helps you in some way.

  1. Know that it’s okay to have anxiety and that you are not alone.
  2. Limit your media exposure, especially if you’ve struggled with anxiety before.
  3. Be easy on yourself. Some days may be worse than others.
  4. Try to focus on what you are grateful for, not what you wish would change.
  5. Do what you can to protect yourself and your community.
  6. Attempt to maintain a routine.
  7. Make sure to spend time to reach out to friends and family virtually.
  8. Just breathe!

Outfit Details:

Sweater – JCPenney (exact color out of stock but other colors available). Similar cardigan here | Dress – Old Navy (only maternity remaining. Similar dress here) | Shoes – Simply Be*

*BOOT FIT NOTES: Simply Be boots are offered in various calf sizes as well as shoe widths. If you click on “Size Guide” and make sure you are on the “Find You Calf Width” tab, you will see all of the measurements per size. The only options for this particular shoe are Standard & Super Curvy, EEE and E. From the size guide, select your shoe size in either the E or EEE to see the calf widths. I based my decision on calf width only (Standard or Super Curvy) because that matters the most for boots. My calves measure at about 19.5 inches so I ordered a size 10 E in the Super Curvy.

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Orange Crush

March 15, 2020

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We are in very interesting and unique times. So much has happened within the past week with the Coronavirus that it is been quite overwhelming to say the least. For someone that posts on social media regularly, it’s been difficult to find that balance between real life and escapism. I want to address the issues that affect us all, but also maintain some degree of normalcy.

Through it all though, it has been important for me to tap into my faith when things get difficult. These are arguably the most difficult times that we have faced collectively in my lifetime. So despite things looking somewhat bleak, my faith tells me that God is still in control. I say my prayers and I give my worry to Him. That allows me to carry on with my day-to-day life (and continue to rock my outfits in complete peace).

We are undoubtedly all going to be affected by this pandemic in one way or another. I pray that all of you remain in good health, but things are inevitably going to change in our lives. However, the message is to not be fearful or anxious. Practice mental positivity daily to carry you through these challenging times. My thoughts are with you all!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, through prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Outfit Details:

Top: New York & Company (wearing an XXL) | Jeans: NYDJ | Shoes: Coach (old). Similar here | Bag: Nordstrom Rack

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Spring Forward

March 8, 2020

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I don’t know about you but I am ready for color. Winter style is great and all, but there’s nothing like making that Winter-to-Spring transition. The days get longer, the clothing gets a little lighter and the styles gets brighter. Since I live in Southern California, Winter fashion has never really been my favorite. So of course, I’m itching to get a taste of the cool California vibes that the Spring brings.

Even though temperatures are still a little chilly (according to LA standards), I still am breaking out my crop tops and skirts early. This black top I’ve had for a while and it is one of my favorites to wear. It pairs really well with high waist skirts that provide great coverage so that only a sliver of my midsection is exposed. I stumbled upon this fun striped skirt from New York & Company that I thought paired perfectly.

(Pro-tip: I safety pin the top closed so that my bra isn’t showing and my cleavage is secured)

Although the skirt and top went well together, I felt that the look was missing something. Anytime I feel that an outfit needs an extra element, I turn to accessories. They are always that final touch to making a cohesive ensemble. That couldn’t be more true in this instance. I had just picked up these earrings from Target recently. I had no idea what I was going to pair it with, but just knew I had to have them. Then, this outfit came to be and I felt like it was really that last piece I needed. Complete with pink sandals to match, I was ready to go!

Now, if only I can I can conquer this time change….

Outfit Details:

Top: Amazon | Skirt: New York & Company (wearing a size XL – skirt has a good amount of stretch!) | Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Earrings: Target

Photographer: Steve Suavemente