Month: July 2017

Happy First Blog-i-versary: Why I Blog

Hello friend! Well I can’t believe it, but it’s been a full year since I first started blogging. I am so proud of myself for starting this venture. It has given me the chance to learn and grow. While I may discuss the ugly side of blogging in some posts, I’d like to take a minute to discuss the positives of blogging and why I blog.

Why I blog

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Why I Blog: Learning the Technical Side

I am so proud of myself for starting this blog on my own, with no professional help. Of course I asked for (and received) plenty of opinions and support, but I launched the blog completely on my own. Before this, I had never really designed or maintained a true website.

Why I blog

Why I Blog: Learning to Self Promote

Ugh! This has been the hardest part for me. As a healthcare professional for over ten years, I have never really had to do this before. If I want a job or a project, I don’t usually have to compete with hundreds of equally talented people. Furthermore, my CV speaks for itself. But in the blogging world, you have to constantly talk yourself up. I was certainly not used to that. Truth be told, I am still getting used to it!

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Why I Blog: Being Comfortable in My Own Skin

Because I have to show my bare face in makeup tutorials and posts, I have gotten very comfortable going places with no makeup on. This is very significant for me because I suffer from rosacea and feel quite insecure without foundation. But now, after countless insta stories without any makeup, I feel comfortable in my own skin. It’s quite liberating! And it’s one of my favorite positives about why I blog!

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Why I Blog: Making Friends

Another fantastic positive aspect about blogging is making friends with similar interests. Because of Instagram I have made true friends out of people I otherwise would have never met. I have even met some of these girls in real life and I truly adore them! One of my closest blogger friends is Kristen, of KLeighStyles. While we’ve never met in person, we text and chat regularly. Her support and encouragement is invaluable.

Why I blog

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Why I Blog: Being in the Fashion World

Now, I know I am a small blogger, but even so, I am so happy to find myself in the fashion world, even if it’s in the very periphery. It has been a dream of mine to attend runway fashion shows. I hoped I’d find some connection through friends of family to get me in. But lo and behold, because of my blog, I was invited to Los Angeles Fashion Week! It was so satisfying to know I got there through my own hard work!

Why I Blog: To Maintain my Sense of “Me”

Sometimes life events happen that shake you to your core. Maybe your life roles change and you are at a loss for who you are. Well as I have faced a few of these changes recently, it has been comforting for me to have my blog. Not because it truly defines me. But because it reminds me of who I still am. My blog has been a calming and constant item in my life during this upheaval and turmoil.

Why I blog

So thank you for joining me in my little creative spot. I love having a hobby where I can indulge my inner fashionista/stylist/creator/model. But what I love most is that all of my effort here resonates with you. Here’s to another year!

 

Pattern Primer: Watermelon Print Shirt

Hello friend! As I continue on my summer pattern series, I’d like to pay tribute to the summer fruit known as the watermelon. Besides being a sweet, cooling treat, it also makes for a fun summer print. Case in point is my fun watermelon print shirt. Let me show you two ways to wear it.

Watermelon Print Shirt for Play

Wearing a watermelon print shirt for casual days is quite simple. You can pair it with jeans or shorts and you are set! Because of that reason, I wanted to push myself a bit more in the casual outfit. Therefore I chose to pair it with a denim skirt and booties.

J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look

The look is casual but polished. For accessories I chose gold tone jewelry to go with the belt.

J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look

Watermelon Print Shirt for Work

Because some think wearing a watermelon print shirt to the office can be unprofessional, I sought to prove them wrong! Here I paired the shirt with a sharp pencil skirt. The look is professional, and perfectly office appropriate!

J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look

When I was choosing the skirt for this outfit, I decided to play off the colors of a watermelon. Therefore I chose a few shades of green. Although my initial pairing was a true watermelon rind color, it felt too costumey. Instead, I went with this bright chartreuse. While it is still green, it’s not quite so literal. Furthermore, it pairs so well with the pops of red in the watermelon print shirt and shoes.

J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look

For accessorizing this look, I chose to stick with gold and white tones. A white watch is just perfect in the summertime. I chose to pair it with my gold double hoop earrings and statement necklace. To finish off the look, I topped it all off with my gold clutch.

J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look

I hope I have succeeded in proving that a watermelon print shirt can be worn to the office. Besides the watermelon print shirt post, I also have a palm tree print and pineapple print post. Plus I am working on some others. If there is a summer print you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments!

Pattern Primer: Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Hello friend! Ever since my first red stripes and leopard print post, I have been obsessed with this combination. I have even purchased a few more red striped items, particularly summer pieces. Therefore I want to show you more examples of red stripes and leopard print outfits. This time around however, I am focusing on just the red stripes and leopard print, without also requiring denim and tan.

How to wear red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit

Ruffled Red Stripes and Leopard Print

A bold way to wear red stripes and leopard print is to bring in large elements of each print. For example, in this outfit, I am wearing a red striped top with a leopard print skirt. Although both items are standout and bold, they still go together. That’s because the stripes are thin and wide, while the leopard print is smaller and more dense. See my pattern mixing 101 post for more information.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office

I love the way this outfit turned out. I wore it to a conference last May. To make it more work appropriate, I had simply topped it with a cardigan. Then when happy hour time came, I took off the cardi and I was ready!

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office

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Office Red Stripes and Leopard Print

An understated way to wear red stripes and leopard print to work is to keep one of the prints limited to a small item of clothing. For example in this look, I chose to wear the leopard print in a belt. Now the contrast is not as large as in the first look. It’s almost demure!

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office

I paired the two prints with a ruffled chambray top. Chambray pairs well with everything. It is always a go-to for me when I am pattern mixing or styling a new item.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for the office

Casual Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Because my original inspiration was with denim, I decided to do an outfit with the summer equivalent of jeans: cut-off shorts. I paired it with my off the shoulder ruffle top and a leopard print scarf and I am set!

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look

When I was putting this outfit together, I didn’t have a leopard print scarf in the size that I wanted. I searched high and low and still could not find one. Then I had an A-ha moment!

I simply went to the fabric store and picked out a good leopard print fabric. Then I took that fabric along with a square scarf I already owned to my tailor. She used my own scarf as a template and quickly whipped a similar one out of the leopard print fabric. Now I had the perfect size leopard print scarf. And it was so cost effective! Try that next time you can’t find the exact size scarf you want.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look

Flirty Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Another summer mainstay item is the denim skirt. For that reason, I’ve been wearing my skirt often this season. Therefore I had to create another outfit with the skirt. I chose to pair it with a long-sleeve off the shoulder top because I wanted some more coverage with so much of my legs showing. Furthermore, this would be a good look for the beach where it could get chilly.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look

This time around, I moved the leopard print to my feet by wearing my leopard print Gigi sandals. It’s another subtle way to bring in the leopard print.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look

As you can see, it is truly so easy to pair red stripes and leopard print together. I hope you give it a try yourself! If you enjoyed this post, please share the link on your Facebook!

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Hello friend! Do you feel it in the air? The sale of the year is here. Therefore we need to get cracking at our game plan! We must seek out the best pieces and bring them to our closet! Do not get overwhelmed or stress! I am your friend here, an avid shopper and quite experienced with this sale. Let me show you my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks.

2017 Nordstrom anniversary sale picks: categorized by fall trends

As I have done in previous sale posts, I will help you strategize which items to purchase. I spent hours going through the entire sale. Therefore I am familiar with all that is available. After looking through everything, I did notice some trends. Let me share with you what items are going to be hot, not just for the sale, but for the entire season.

My Nordstrom anniversary sale picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Strategy

Now if you’re reading my blog, it’s safe to assume that we both like to shop. But, we can’t truly buy everything we like (and girl, there is a lot to like in this sale)! We can however, strategize and shop smart!

  1. Think about the season ahead. The anniversary sale is a pre-season sale. That means most of the items are for fall. Therefore get your mind thinking about the next season and what you want and/or need.
  2. Look through your fall and winter items. Are there things you were planning on replacing this year? If yes, this is the time!
  3. Shop early. Believe it or not, items sell out! This is a big sale that a lot of people are shopping. Last year I missed out on the Rebecca Minkoff jumbo love bag… It’s still a sore subject!

Nordstrom anniversary sale picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Denim

Similar to past years, my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks have a few pairs of jeans. Denim is always hot. It also is important to update your denim seasonally. Because I wear jeans so much, I tend to buy at least one new pair each season. Therefore I perused the denim section carefully. One thing is for sure: the season’s it jean is going to be the diagonal hem jeans. But raw hem and distressed are also still in style and good options!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Leather Leggings

After my ode to leather leggings post, you’re probably not surprised that I am including them in my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks. Since I saw how fun and versatile they were last year, I will definitely be stocking up on another pair or two this year. I also encourage you to do the same. Really there are so many ways to wear them!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Tweed

If you have read my white jeans post, then you know I love a good tweed jacket in the cooler months. I think it makes for a good layering piece for work and play. I also wore it in my NYC trip. Because it is such a versatile piece, I will be looking for another one this fall. I recommend you check out the cute tweed jackets too!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Velvet

Another thing is certain: velvet is staying strong for the fall. There were quite a few pieces on the runways for this upcoming season. Therefore it’s no surprise to see more velvet in stores. If you don’t have some cute velvet pieces, get some now! There’s even a velvet pleated skirt like I wore in my velvet crush post.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Leather Jacket

If we are thinking ahead to cooler weather, we will start pining for a buttery leather jacket. This year I am planning on getting a butterscotch color jacket. But whatever the color you prefer, Nordstrom has a ton waiting for you.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Pleated Skirts

I am predicting pleated skirts are going to be big for fall. I am all for that as I adore a pleated skirt. In fact, put these last two categories together and you have a fantastic look: a leather jacket with a pleated skirt, just like I’ve worn here.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Layers

Now is also the time to add some layering pieces to your wardrobe. Some of these will work as a light layering piece now (poncho for the beach, vest for the office) as well as over more substantial items of clothing in the fall and winter. Also military pieces are big for fall, there are quite a few cute military style jackets. Therefore if you’re on the lookout for a cute fall jacket, take a look at one of those!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks:Leather Skirt

I have been craving a brown leather skirt for a few years now. This is going to be the year I bring one into my life! Luckily there are many options!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Shoes

Every year at this time, I tend to buy some shoes at this sale. It’s the perfect time to stock up some basics (leopard print flats) or try a new trend (mules). There are a few pairs of shoes I am considering. I have already ordered these cute giraffe print flats. And I will try out the mules in the store this weekend.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Boots

Since boots are the cornerstone of fall footwear, I must look at the new season’s assortment of boots. I have a good collection already, so I’m not in need of much other than a good brown boot. I am eyeing the Bolina over the knee boot. The corseting detail is right up my alley!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Splurge

Finally this may be the time to splurge on a fancy name brand, especially if you’re not buying much else. Brands that are typically out of your reach, may have a more reasonable price point now. It’s worth the time to take a look.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: The Damage So Far

Nordstrom anniversary sale picks

So far, out of my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks, I have purchased the diagonal hem jeans, the giraffe print flats, leather leggings, and the DVF dress. I am hoping to see the boots and other shoes at the store to finalize my purchases. I also purchased a few bras and panties, but I’m not gonna bore you with that. It was just good to get some of the fancier lingerie brands at a discount! So what are you guys getting? Let me know!

Outfit details from my shopping trip:

Current Obsession: Banana Republic Paperbag Waist Lace Inset Skirt

Hello friend! When I first laid my eyes upon this skirt, I knew I had to have it. One, because I had been looking for a neutral khaki skirt. Two, because I love the lace inset detail. Three, because the paperbag waist is a spring/summer trend that I have yet to try. And four, the most important reason, because it fit me so well! Therefore the Banana Republic Paperbag Waist Lace Inset Skirt had to come home with me!

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Because I had been looking for a khaki skirt for such a long time, I had to wear the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt right away. I wanted to make it a work look, so I paired it with an office-friendly navy shell.

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumpsBanana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

I loved how the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt fits and looks. Wearing a paperbag waist can be a bit tough though, so here are my tips:

  1. Wear it with a tucked in top. This tip is key! If you want to have a streamlined look, make sure the top is not loose and billowy. The top I chose is a knit, which tends to cling to the body, thus making it ideal for this skirt.
  2. Consider a crop top. Obviously this would NOT be for work. But if you’d like to take the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt out on the town, pair it with a cute crop top. To keep the details of the skirt’s waist the focus, make sure that the top ends about an inch above the skirt. That way, the cute paper bag effect is not concealed.
  3. Bust out a bodysuit. Yes the bodysuit is perfect for the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt. It keeps the top perfectly smooth and tucked in. In fact, I am going to hunt one down. If you have a good one, let me know!

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Since this is a summer look, I chose to wear my white pumps. I think they are summer essentials! Plus I think navy, khaki and white make for a fresh summer work look.

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

To stay with the color palette, I decided to wear gold and white jewelry.

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Overall I am very pleased with the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt. I plan on wearing it with many brights all summer long. My next combination will be with some bright yellow. Stay tuned on my Instagram to catch it!

Pattern Primer: Palm Tree Print Skirt

Hello friend! Doesn’t the thought of summer conjure up images of palm trees swaying lazily in the breeze? Therefore it’s no wonder that we are clamoring to wear this fun print. I’ve been participating by wearing my palm tree print skirt. Let me show you how I’m styling it! I have two skirts to share, one is old from H&M, but the other is new, the linen skirt in palm tree print.

Styling a palm tree print skirt two ways

Preppy Palm Tree Print Skirt

I often turn to J Crew for my printed pieces. They just always do a phenomenal job. Luckily for me, they did not disappoint with their new palm tree print skirt. Therefore, I snagged it right away. What I like is that it is not the usual ubiquitous green and white print. Leave it to J Crew to change it up and get the print in a blue!

Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoes Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoes Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoes

While on my Instagram, I originally wore this palm tree print skirt with a solid navy top, I always knew I wanted to add more color. Therefore, I decided to throw in some pink with my gingham blouse and heels. The results were just what I wanted. Of course it didn’t hurt that I got to pattern mix too!

Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoes Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoesSam and Libby pink shoes

For the accessories, I added my new silver clutch. It was a nice contrast in color and texture to the pinks and blues of this palm tree print skirt outfit. I also went with all rose gold jewelry to mirror the tone of the shirt. My standout piece were my Morningstar drop earrings.

Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoes Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoes Palm tree print skirt and gingham pattern mixing with the J Crew linen skirt in palm tree print, pink gingham shirt and pink shoes

Cool and Casual Palm Tree Print Skirt

The palm tree print skirt becomes hip and cool with the addition of a graphic tee. Since I’ve extolled the virtue of the graphic tee so many times, I’ll spare you today. Suffice it to say, I heart it! I’ve worn this H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee before (and three other examples here), therefore it was easy to try it again. This time I changed out the tee for a more colorful one.

H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee

The effect is fun and colorful for summer. But with the burnt orange colors, this look can even be carried into the fall.

H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee

For the accessories in this palm tree print skirt outfit, I went in opposite directions. With so much color in the actual outfit, I decided to keep the shoes and the bag neutral. These are the largest accessories, so I didn’t want them to detract from the outfit. However, I did add a pop of color with the earrings. Because the color coordinates with the skirt, it helps to unify the entire look.

H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee

I hope you enjoyed my two palm tree print skirt outfits. Let me know how you’re wearing palm tree print!

Try This: Denim on Denim

Hello friend! Today’s post came about quite naturally. First, I have been meaning to do a denim on denim look for a while now. Second, I keep seeing such pretty distressed denim skirts everywhere. Therefore I decided to combine the two and do a denim on denim skirt look for you guys.

How to style a denim on denim outfit

I have done a few denim on denim looks before: Some on Instagram and also one on the blog (see weekend in NYC blog post). But none of those looks were with a skirt. Therefore I challenged myself to try to style a denim on denim skirt outfit.

My Tips for a Denim on Denim Look

  • If both denim items are blue, make sure there is a good amount of contrast in the shades.
  • Consider white and black denim as well!
  • Don’t forget the color denim!
  • Do give your accessories a chance too! I love a good denim purse or shoe!

My Denim on Denim Outfit

In choosing the top, I knew I wanted a chambray. Truthfully, because I love chambray so much, the biggest challenge was choosing my favorite one! In the end, this knotted tank won out. I liked that it had a high neckline which would balance out the short skirt in this denim on denim outfit.

Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskinDenim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin

Tip to make a denim on denim look work with this top? Choose straight cut bottoms, whether it’s a skirt or pants. Because of the knot at the hem of the shirt, a pair of pants or skirt with a lot of volume on top can detract from the details of the top. It can also add too much bulk to your midsection, so stick to a straight cut item!

Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin

For the skirt of my denim on denim outfit I could have gone with a deeper blue, but this black denim skirt had caught my eye. I love the raw hem and the high-low cut. Both features made it very unique to me. Therefore I decided to go with it. Size note: I sized up a couple of sizes to get a longer length. 

Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin

How to Accessorize a Denim on Denim Outfit

So what shoes should you pair with a denim on denim outfit? If you’re a pattern lover like me, you’d most definitely pick one with a print. Therefore I chose my new snakeskin Blakely Booties from Vionic shoes. They add interest and dimension to the outfit. Furthermore, these shoes are amazing. I am thoroughly impressed with how comfortable and stylish they are.

Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin

For my jewerly, I wore my perfect hoops from Sheila Fajl. Because the neckline of the top was high cut, I decided a large pendant necklace would be perfect. Therefore I added my Sugarfix warrior pendant. I completed the look with a silver watch and bracelet.

Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin

I hope you enjoyed my take on a denim on denim look! Because the pieces are so versatile, I plan on wearing them multiple different ways all summer! If you have outfit suggestions, leave them in the comments!