Back At It Again!

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Hey There!

It has sadly been a moment since I worked on my blog page… But, putting all that aside, here I am again!

The little #OOTD pictured above features one of my absolute FAVORITE kimonos! The colors are some of my go-to’s, maroon, green, and cream. My closet it full of items that are pretty basic; so when I layer on something this adorable, it takes the outfit to a whole new level! PLUS, living here in Texas, we know it gets pretty toasty and a kimono is just light enough to still catch a breeze.

Something that is not visible, bralettes! They have become yet another one of my clothing obsessions, I really cannot live without these sweet additions. I wear bralettes with everything when it gets hot out. The daintiness adds a touch of lace to an outfit, and you do not have the bulkiness of pads. Unfortunately, I do not have one specific location where I buy mine, but lucky for you they are located everywhere. (Victoria’s SecretForever 21Urban Outfitters)

Oh, and we cannot forget block heels! The ones here are a simple style from Old Navy with an inch heel (I can barely walk with anything higher- LOL). They are super comfortable and help boost my outfit confidence by a couple notches when I slip them on. Another one of my go-to pieces that you will probably see more often as I build my blog back up!

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Head to toe fashion has alway been a passion of mine, and I hope that I can inspire you in your every day styles. More posts will be coming your way soon! No more slacking off from my side, keep your eyes peeled to new tips and day to day life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Breezy

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Light airy clothes are the goal when it comes to summer in the south. Tank tops and sandals yes please! Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t look hot too. Once you have the cool outfit, don’t forget to sit back and drink yourself a cold glass sweet tea.  Stay breezy my friends!

Feline Family

The feline family is a group of finicky creatures with reatractable claws and loose hair follicles. From the great lions to the munchkins, they are all of an odd character, and my kitty is no different. My cat is either my best bud, or we come toe-to-toe (wanna box?).

To first begin, let me describe her to you. She is what is known as a “Muted Calico,” which is a mixture of dusky-grey, burnt-orange, and bright-white (Fun Fact: only female cats are calico, they also tend to live the longest, and they are the awnriest). These beautiful colors come together on a petite fat cat, oxymoron I know, but it is truly the only way I know how to explain it. This cat is all of like, eight pounds, but she is ROUND. She sits down and makes a sphere, not even joking around here, she is literally a PUFF BALL. 

But enough of that, when I say she is my best bud, I mean we do all things together (all things inside the house that is, she refuses to go outside but that is for another day). I I am home, it is guarateed that she is somewhere nearby. At night, she sleeps with me. In the morning, she accompanies me to breakfast when no one else is awake. During the day, she occupies my room. Then in the evening when I have returned home, she insists on “helping” me with my homework.

ALl these things are really and truly sweet when you look at the big picture, but let me go into more detail. At night, while I am trying to get comfortable in bed, she believes her comfort comes first and will promptly plop down wherever she seems fit. Then, when I go to have my bowl of cereal, it is a regular occurance for her to try to shove her head in the bowl (she is fat because I relent to her persistance). Oh, I had mentioned previously that she has brilliantly white fur and during the day she lounges on everything, I mean everything… Because she has an endless amount of time on her paws, there is nothing she will not try to lay on at least once. But her favorite things are always made of a black material. Whenever an animal with white fur comes into contact with a black item, it never ends well. This is what has put us (mainly just me) at our wit’s end. Black material is a very strong magnet for white fur, and my cat is a magnet for black. It is a mixture that leaves me a very unhappy cat owner (all cat owners probably feel the same).

However, even though she frustrates me with her sleeping arrangements, I still have affections for my fat cat. Lint rollers are my best friend, and that is alright with me. We come toe to toe and back again on a daily basis, but what relationship is not likfe that? She is part of my family, and there is always love for her, no matter how much fur I have on my black clothing…

Day To Day

“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’ What she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I am today.'” -Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran is a British author and a very opinionated woman. She is quoted for many things, including  the one I have placed above. I chose this particular quote because it couldn’t be more accurate for me personally. Every day I am slightly different, every day I express more of myself in the outfit I wear than through actual words.

I never stay with one style, I jump from this to that. Some people might say that is chaotic and indecisive. I say it makes things interesting. Not every day am I feeling the pink and butterflies, then again not every day am I feeling the grey, rainy day vibe.

From yesterday to today, I have completely flipped what I wore. Yesterday, I wore vibrant, flowing pieces. I even danced in the street laughing! Just simply being silly and enjoying the day. (By the way, this outfit is entirely from Plato’s Closet.)

But today is a different day, today is dark and rainy. Today I wore dark colors, items that don’t draw attention and create a peppy atmosphere. More of a serious outfit that doesn’t bring an awe factor. It’s simply put, an average outfit.

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Much of my fashion choices do include the weather forecast (I check The forecast every morning). But I also wear what I’m feeling. Most girls do, I mean, if you don’t feel so hot, you know you reach for those favored sweat pants or leggings. But if you feel on top of the world, you reach for those jaw dropping items that make people go ‘wow’.  You feel good, you look good, that’s just how it works.

Each day is something new to be experienced, and each day gives me the chance to mix and match my clothes. I’m not one to stick to one style, I experiment and try all kinds. In no way am I bashing those who stick to a genre of clothes, it’s just not my way. I attempt to rock them all, bringing my own twist to everything.

Instead of copying something exactly, I enjoy making the outfit my own. Making the style suit me no matter what it might be. Grunge, girly, boho, chic, I have attempted them all. But each time I do, it’s not someone else’s idea. I encourage you to do the same. Make the outfit you, make it speak of how you feel and how you want to be seen. No, it’s not all about the clothes, but they do help us reveal things about ourselves. Whatever you feel, whatever you want to convey to the world, do it in your way. Love your fashion, and most importantly love yourself.

Double Duty

I have just recently been drafted into the work force, and let me tell ya… it’s an experience. Double-duty: full time schooling and a part time job, nothing will tax your sleep more.

When I originally went searching for a job, I didn’t take into consideration that my sleep would be the first to be jeopardized. Since starting, the answer to a lot of questions is, “I’m…tired.” Those of you on double-duty can attest to that too. We are a sleepless bunch of people.

But beyond complaints, I have it great. For one, I work with clothes (my obsession), two, my bosses are great, and three, who doesn’t like a paycheck?

When I say I work with clothes, I don’t mean the typical retail store. I work at Plato’s Closet and I’m surrounded by all kinds of brands and styles. Some days the motion of working is easy and slow, while other days it’s a nonstop hustle. Not to mention all kinds of people, everyday is an experience like no other. It’s a constant adaptation to meet the needs of each new customer and balance the work load.

Now that I work around clothing, the biggest thing that stands out to me is a crooked hanger. When it’s all askew, man, nothing catches my attention more. Not only that, I avoid my own closet now. I mean, yes I pick out my outfits, but that is like, the extent of my closet endeavors. The idea of organizing hangers and then going home and organizing my own hangers…lets just say it brings me pain to think about. I mean, it’s not that I’m disorganized in the first place (I do have this tendency to obsessively clean). The only difference is between pre-job and now is, now I just leave my closet doors shut more often. Heck! Sometimes, I even ignore that I have hangers, my clothes hover! That’s the straight truth right there…(well maybe I fib, but shhh!)

Another thing that just grabs my attention is, (this is easy to guess) the clothes! I have been asked a multitude of questions like “do you have enough room in your closet for more clothes?” “where do you shop now?” “what is your paycheck spent on?” and of course other similar questions.

When I am asked if I have enough room in my closet for more clothes, the answer is always well, duh! I will make room if I have too. But ironically enough, my closet actually had less clothes. Newer items, but fewer items. Since starting, I have brought in more clothes to sell than I have actually purchased (Plato’s Closet buys trendy clothes for cash on the spot).

I have lessened my clothing by deciding that I only need one of a specific item. For example, a striped shirt, I have one short sleeve and one long sleeve. That’s all I need with stripes. Or even my jeans. I have three pairs of denim, dark, medium, and light. All my basic necessities covered right there with just three pair. Don’t get me wrong, I still have multiples of some things, like kimonos and flannels, but you can’t go wrong with those items, right?? (RIGHT!)

Another tip I have just recently happened upon (this is if you’re wanting to slim your closet down), if it doesn’t fit comfortably, out it goes. Shoes, pants, shirts, if you’re not comfortable in it, it shouldn’t stay in your closet. That unworn item is just wasting precious space!

When I am asked my where I shop now, the basic answer is most definitely Plato’s Closet. I spend hours there a week, yes I’m going to spot some must-have items. Even so, I can’t live without my Old Navy Jeans. All three pair of jeans that I have are from Old Navy. I also still love to browse the Target section. Many (and I mean many) items in my closet are from Target Clearance. However, I have less of that urge to go shopping, I instead have the urge to go napping. Some things get flip flopped in your life, it happens.

And if you didn’t catch it in the last part, the main place I shop is Plato’s Closet…so the main place my paycheck is spent at is, Plato’s Closet. I am partially ashamed of that fact, but I am proud to admit I sell more than I buy.

To finish up, I understand that there are downfalls to working in high school, like no time for sleep and no time for friends. But there are upsides too, like learning how to manage your time. It’ll be a necessity one day for us, that makes it best to learn it now rather than later.

 

 

Penny Pincher

I like long romantic walks to the sales section.

Being completely honest, shopping is one of my favorite things to do. Unfortunately, it has some out-of-pocket costs. Not all of us are millionares and our shopping tendancies need to reflect that. Three huge tips I can offer are: budgeting, thrift stores, and sales sections.

Before going shopping, set a spending limit. The money might be burning a hole in your pocket, but don’t let all the money slip from your fingers. When browsing, use your phone’s calculator to estimate the price of the items you’ve grabbed, if it exceeds your budget lose some not so needed pieces. Don’t forget to calculate in tax. When you set this budget for yourself, you need to make sure you stick to it!

To help with a clothes budget, go shopping at thrift stores. There you can find used clothing with brands you love! It is more time consuming finding something you like, but that is where the fun comes in. Have a keen eye for any flaws in the clothing. Take your time in these stores. If you just keep searching, you might just find the diamond in the ruff.

If you’re not one to shop second hand, sales sections are your next bet. Don’t even look at the regular priced items, scope out the sales and beeline for the savings. If it’s a store wide sale, look for the most savings. Your wallet will thank you for these two decisions.

To add to the known sections of saving, there are hacks that people don’t even know about! Below are just some of the basic stores:

Kohl’s Hacks

  • Spend $48-not $50- to get $10 Kohl’s Cash
  • The best time to shop is 3pm Friday to 1pm Saturday
  • Look for price tags with a square in the corner
  • And more! Check the link for Kohl’s savings

Target Hacks

  • Know the weekly markdown schedule  (Monday: Kids’ clothing Tuesday: Women’s clothing Wednesday: Men’s Clothing, Health and Beauty Friday:  Cosmetics, Jewelry)
  • Search end caps
  • Print store coupons
  • 17 more tips waiting in the Target Hacks link!

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T.J. Max Hacks

  • Best time to shop wednesday morning
  • Yellow price tags mean final mark down
  • Check clearance for your item
  • 16 more tricks for T.J Max in the link

Forever 21 Tips (this is not a sales hack, rather tips for shopping)

  • You will never get your money back. Ever.

(LOVE what you’ve picked out and check to make sure it it has no flaws)

  • Browse accesories AFTER fitting rooms
  • Clothng cannot be taken off a manequin
  • Each room or section at a F21 store is merchandised to cater to a certain type of girl.
  • You get what you pay for
  • F21 Secret Student Discount (college students)

American Eagle Outfitters

Plato’s Closet  (Grab Bag Sale)

  • Arrive early
  • Divide and conquer
  • Check the tags
  • Check the link for more on how to survive and make the most of this sale!

Printable Coupons – check out what stores might have extra savings

Starbuck’s

Most shopping trips include a stop at Starbuck’s, but learn how to not blow your money there either! Use these tips to further your savings:

 

 

Credit is due to:

The Krazy Coupon Lady

Heather Schisler

Lovelyish

The Queen Bre

The Soles of Our Outfits

“Good shoes take you good places.”

Every outfit has to have its final touches which include the most important part of the look, shoes. Sneakers, flats, heels, loafers, flip flops, moccasins, the list is endless. Each pair of shoes has its own personality and brings a different depth to an outfit.

Since you can’t leave the house without them, they’re the only piece that is never forgotten. Rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and make up, are all items that can be left at home, but not once have I ever over looked my shoes. Shoes are unforgettable.

Those who see your outfit shouldn’t forget the shoes either.  Your shoes should grab attention and complete a wardrobe. They set the mood of any look. For example sneakers mean casual and comfort whereas heels mean business and style. The look you are trying to achieve should be expressed most in the shoes you wear.

A pair of shoes can make or break a look. I personally try on a couple pair before deciding what looks best. Some of my favorite include; Suede Booties, Fabulous Fit Flat- Modcloth, and Red Keds Amazon.

 

 

The Suede Booties are wonderful with anything. Boots are fantastic in the fall, winter, and spring. So far I have worn them end of fall beginning of winter with jeans, dresses, and skirts. They’re what I call, heels disguised as boots. The two inch heels lift you up physically and emotionally, I always feel great when I wear these beauties. They are my go-to boots for almost any outfit.

The next shoe, Fabulous Fit Flat, are adorable and very girly. Any outfit I want to add a splash of pink to, these are the deal. When I first purchased them, they were a bit snug and rubbed my feet. Now that they’re broken in however, they are perfect. The style of these are so exotic that they’ll catch your attention.

Then finally my Red Keds, which I got from Goodwill, but can be found on Amazon. They are a narrow fit shoe and are not made for those with a wider foot. I love-love-love these though. They take a basic white tee and jeans outfit up a level with the bold addition of color. Because they are a sneaker, it is the look of ease and comfort.

 

Shoe shopping is a pastime that any girl can enjoy, especially when you find the pair. You know, the pair you just can’t resist buying. Something about them just draws your eye and you can’t help yourself, you want those shoes.

I had one of those moments, love at first sight if I am completely honest. Powdery blue color, soft material, all around easy on the eyes. I had to have them…and sure enough they came home with me that day.

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But this is a rare occurance for me, shoes aren’t what I go searching for first. My intitial interest is the sales section, but that is for a different day.

The shoes you wear is your choice, and the shoes you fall in love with can be unexpected. But take chances with your shoes, walk boldly and enjoy it. Whatever your taste in shoes might be, don’t be afraid to wear them. Striking, slouchy, or just every-day, make sure it expresses you and your style.

The Holidays

Tis’ the season to be jolly!

Decorator’s Warehouse holds more Christmas decorations than even imaginable! Trees, ornaments, nativity sets, Santa Clauses, and everything in between. If you love Christmas, it’s the place to be and to be merry.

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Since it is Christmas time, I figured I’d snap some themed photos feauring these items. Jacket: Faux Leather , Lace Top: Metallic Lace Top , and the shoes  which are featured in a previous post.

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Decorator’s Warehouse 

I absolutely loved all the glittering lights and merry music that played throughout this store. It was overwhelming at first, but by the end of the visit you don’t really want to leave! There’s so much to look at that you worry you might miss something, so you just keep looking. If you’re a Christmas fan of any kind, seriously go visit when you get the chance.

The outfit I’m wearing, I pieced it together with some apprehension. Light colors are something that you have to be careful with. You don’t want to blend the pieces together, there has to be distinguishing features. For example, I layered a dark color underneath the lace shirt and dark denim jeans were also added to darken the look of this outfit.

Another key concept that I base all my outfits off of is its comfort level. If you’re not comfortable in the look, you won’t be comfortable at all. Before picking these particular pieces, I had pieced together another outfit. That outfit wasn’t pleasant to be in, so I promptly changed. This is important, because if you enjoy what you wear your mood will be lighter.

When I am pleased with my outfit, chances are, that day will be great. No, it’s not always a given fact that the day will be amazing just because  you’re wearing a cute ensemble. An outfit can be on point and the day might turn out to be a dud, but it feels nice to dress well. Even so, it never hurts to play a little dress up and put a smile on your face

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To all of you reading this, have a Merry Christmas and may your gifts be chic. Appreciate the holiday for more than just the gifts though, because it’s not all about the presents but His Presence. 

What to Layer?

“I’m sorry for what I wore when it was cold…”

It starts getting cold outside and the immediate response, wear the warmest sweat-shirt. All of us are culprits on this one, there is no getting around it. It’s is a fact of life: we get cold, we want/seek comfort.

Layering our clothes to keep warm doesn’t always come as naturally as  grabbing the nearest sweatshirt  and wearing it. Yes, lazy days are acceptable! Nobody looks perfect all the time (waking up in the morning is a reminder of that). But push through that difficulty, it’s worth it.

It is more of a challenge, but you can still look adorable when the weather is slighty chilly. Layering, layering, layering. It is an essential key to year round fashion. Nothing can be more beneficial than knowing how to do this little trick. The advice I follow is pretty basic…

Layering Tips: As We Stumble Along

1. Choose a Base Item

2. Pick Accessory Items

3. Add Actual Accessories

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After understanding the “Basics of Layering” I started piecing this outfit together.

1. Just like the list says, I picked out my base item the maroon shirt (Mine was found at Cato Fashions, but a similar one can be found at Charlotte Russe ).

2. After that I chose the cropped sweater to add a pop of pattern (Mine was found at Plato’s Closet, the brand is Charlotte Russe).

3. Then finally: the boots, necklace, chunky watch, and jeans were added to complete the look.

4. (not on the list) Fix the pieces to blend together: roll base sleeves over top, adjust pants to fit over the boots, adjust necklace length

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These tips can be applied to any outfit, it doesn’t have to be these exact items. I have integrated it into many outfits; flannels under sweaters, cardigans over button ups, dainty shirts under long sleeves. Take your pick! The fun comes in making the outfit. Not only that, warmth comes with layers (I personally add a Camisole under every outfit for more warmth). And if it gets even chillier outside, jackets are always a wonderful addition to an outfit.

Play around with this knowledge, try new things with your clothes! You might just be surprised with what you can come up with. I’d love feedback, show me anything you try out.

Remember: if you love your fashion, that’s all that matters. Be comfortable in the style you wear, do what pleases you and be bold.

 

 

Blanket Scarf

“Winter was made for warm blankets and large books.” (Unknown)

This is a statement I wholeheartedly agree with, nothing is better than cuddling up on the couch with a big book and a fluffy blanket. Personally, my favorite winter days are spent inside, avoiding the cold, engrossed in a book. The unfortunate part though, not every chilly day can be spent in this fashion.

For most of us, work and school are the main factor that prohibits us from just lounging around all day. This fact is really unfortunate to think about, we don’t get never ending lazy days. Not only do we have to go out into society, we have to leave our blankets at home. We can’t rock the toddler-with-blankie look, no matter how much we want to (it’s just not as cute on us!). But there is another option that’s not fashionably frowned upon; the Blanket Scarf.

This scarf is one of my favorite pieces, so much so that I own multiple in different colors. With all the colors in the scarf pictured above, it can be worn with a multitude of colors and outfits. Green, navy, red, are all displayed beautifully in this particuar scarf. It holds enough personality in itself that it doesn’t always need additional flare.

What I am seen wearing with it is a simple cream knit sweater, dark denim jeans, and suede booties. I have dressed casually, using the scarf as the main point of interest and intrigue for the outfit. But I’ve seen it dressed up, with jewelry and accessories to give it more pizazz. Both casual and dressy are equally chic in there own way!

Other accesories that have been paired with the scarf include; blazers, chunky bracelets, jean jackets, large purses, floppy hats, the list continues on! Anything goes with this scarf, except maybe plaid on plaid, but you be the judge of that. Afterall, it’s your style. Love the way you look, and love the clothes you wear. No judgement can bother you when you have your own confidence.

Blanket Scarf (Plaid Wrap)- Plaid Wrap- Francesca’s

Sweater (Similar)- Old Navy Sweater

Suede Booties- Owen Light Taupe

Denim Blue Jeans- Body Central, Almost Famous Brand