Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Denim Cutoffs & A Trench: Creating Balance



This is probably one of my favorite outfits so far this summer.  As much as I love dressing up really feminine and glam sometimes, I actually prefer these edgier looks that have more of a casual vibe to them.  I feel like I am more in my element.  









Trench Coat: Charlotte Russe [similar] | Shorts: Choies | T-Shirt: Charlotte Russe 
Shoes: Schutz [similar style] | Sunglasses: Zero UV | Bag: Apt9



When I wear a pair of short shorts, it's important for me to create balance with the look.  I think that one of the best ways to do this is by wearing a long lightweight trench, a maxi cardigan or even or a long kimono.  This keeps everything in check in the back too if you know what I'm saying!  By adding one of these pieces, you are also bringing a different element to the look and making it a bit more bold.  Sometimes a pair of shorts and a top can seem to simple on their own.  I've been obsessing over trench coats for quite some time now and you have seen me style tons of them over this past year or so.  I honestly cannot get enough of them!  They are also the perfect coat to transition into the fall season.  


Lately, I have been all about these slouchy v-neck tops.  To be completely honest, my "off-duty" outfit typically consists of this tee or my white one with a pair of denim shorts and sandals.  It's just extremely comfortable!  I thought going with white would seem too obvious, so I opted for grey instead and really love the combo with the olive green.  I dressed it up by adding in these green snakeskin pumps.  I love how this pop of print is just enough and not too much.  It definitely helped to pull everything together.  Lastly, was my big messy bun that I was finally able to do!  Although now I cut my hair again over the weekend, so I probably won't be able to do this bun for again for awhile. 


Happy Tuesday! <3 


Monday, August 3, 2015

Off The Shoulder



Happy Monday loves! 
I hope that you all had a great weekend.  I still can't believe that it's already August.  This summer is really flying by.  I wore this outfit on Saturday for a long overdue night out with some of my friends in the city.  I was not initially planning to post this on the blog, which is why I don't have many photos in this outfit.  I posted it to instagram though and I got some questions about the outfit details, so I decided to put it up on here anyway.  This was one of those looks that came together last minute and I really loved the outcome.  I got this shirt earlier in the day on Saturday.  I was specifically looking for something to wear later that night and knew that I wanted to style this somehow.  Off the shoulder tops have been such a big trend lately and to be honest I didn't really know how I felt about them at first.  They can be a little annoying to wear if you don't have on the right bra and sometimes the shoulder part can tend to rise up on you.  I decided to give it a try though as it's been such a long time since I have worn tops like this.  With this one in particular, I had to roll up the bottom part a little bit so that it looked good with these shorts.  Otherwise, it hit a weird length and was not very flattering.  I make little adjustments like that to my pieces here and there when need be and it definitely helps. 




Top: H&M [similar style short sleeves] | Shorts: Dynamite [also love] | Shoes: Schutz [similar]
Necklace: Prima Donna [here too]


 I recently did a green eyeshadow makeup look and ever since then I have sort of been on this green kick lately.  I really love this olive shade, it's so pretty.  I decided to pair it with these white shorts and then pop it out with gold shoes and accessories.  I actually ended up switching my bag to my leopard print clutch because I needed something with more room.  I loved the pop of leopard with this look and wish that I would have thought of that in the very beginning.  Oh well!  I showed some skin with this look, but I did my best to keep a good balance. I still think it's very classy and chic. :) 

If you're into this off the shoulder trend, I've linked some of my favorite tops below!  




Sorry for the lack of outfit photos, but hope you still liked this post.  How would you rock this trend?
Have a lovely day and a great start to this new week! <3 

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Life Chats


I usually stay up late at night with all of my thoughts and I kept asking myself what I would write about for this week's "Life Chats" post.  Yes, that is one of the things that kept me up last night.  :) Sometimes I have so much going on in this head of mine that it makes it even more difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what it is that I want to say.  I'm sure that so many of you can feel me on that, right?  So for this post, I decided to fill you all in on what's been happening in my life lately in no particular order.  I'll just write and see what comes out.

I mentioned two weeks ago that I have been on this new fitness/health journey and the first round of it ends this Sunday.  I am definitely going to be dedicating a post just for this as I've been getting questions about it on instagram and snapchat.  For now though, I have to say that although it has been challenging, I am really proud of myself for seeing this through.  I think that sometimes we want something or we want to achieve a goal, but we secretly tell ourselves that we are not capable without even realizing it.  Those doubts or that lack of belief that we have, it is basically us saying that we can't do it.  It's so important to get out of that mentality because when you do, literally ANYTHING is possible.  I have never been so dedicated to a fitness routine like I have been over these past 3 weeks. I have pushed myself more than I realized that I could.  I have definitely seen improvements, but I still have a lot of work to do.  For me, I want this to be my new lifestyle.  It's about feeling good about my body and myself and taking better care of it.  I am not getting any younger, but I can still look young and feel it!  Hey, if JLO can look like that in her 40s then why can't we? :) 

So many of us complain about the things that we don't like or the things that we want to change but then we don't do anything about it.  There is always something that you can do.  There is always a way to make it happen.  Just believe in yourself and get it done.  No excuses.  Stop standing in your own way.  That's sort of been my mantra lately.  I realize that I was making up all of these excuses for myself and all it did was delay this process.  My friend would say to me, "Just man up and do it."  So I did.  He was right. 





Next up is good old LA once again!  I told you guys how motivated I was after sharing all of that with you several weeks ago and your comments seriously inspired me so much.  I set my dates in August (was planning on 3 1/2 weeks) and started looking at flights and airbnb.  I had a few minor setbacks, but I didn't let that stop me from planning.  I reached out to some people in LA and was going to stay with a friend for a few days before staying at my own place. I was seriously so close to finally booking it and then two things came up (good things) that I need to be here for next month and then I got a few replies back from airbnb that the apartments were no longer available for my dates.  I'm telling you this happens every single time.  My goal now is for the end of September after fashion week and if that doesn't work out then I will go in October.  Either way, I will make this happen at some point.  My mom said that maybe this is a sign that I am just not meant to go there yet and maybe she's right. Timing truly is everything and sometimes not getting what we want exactly when we want it is a blessing in disguise.  I've learned to change my mentality with this entire thing.  If it doesn't happen at the exact moment that I want it to then that is ok.  It does not mean that it won't happen and it does not mean that I need to give up on what I want.  I will not bring up LA again until everything is booked, I promised. [lol]


My next topic is getting ready for my niece to arrive and planning the baby shower!  I feel a little bit of pressure since I am going to be both an Auntie and a Godmother for the first time.  This is so new for all of us and I don't even know what to expect.  It's going to feel like the closest thing to having my own child until that day comes for me, if it does.  I want to be a great role model for her.  My sister is doing so well!  Her first trimester was difficult, but she's doing so much better now.  I can't believe that she's almost 5 months already! Time is passing by so quickly.  I am seriously dying to share the name with you, but I am still not allowed.  I almost slipped up a couple of times already.  Oops!  I'll be able to share it soon enough though.  Trying to plan this shower is already getting to be a bit overwhelming.  Pinterest has truly been my best friend.  I am excited and looking forward to it though and of course I can't wait to share that special day with you guys, if my sister lets me. :) 


So that's it for today, hope you enjoyed!  Sorry if I was rambling. What else is new though? Ha!
Have an amazing weekend loves!