Monday, November 16, 2015

Fall Fringe

Drape Coat: Forever21 [old, similar style]  | Jeans: Dynamite | Booties: indigo rd.
Scarf: Dynamite [similar style] | Bag: Dynamite [love this]

Major fall feels today!  
I'm continuing my obsession with one of this season's biggest trends: fringe.  I continue to gravitate towards it and don't see myself stopping any time soon.  I teamed up with indigo rd. to style a pair of my favorite booties for fall so it's no surprise that I chose these!  Their collection is all about the desire to wander and discover.  They all have such a laid back aesthetic for the free spirited girl. How fitting for me, especially since I leave for Ireland in a few hours! 
I think the best part about booties in general is the fact that they're seriously so versatile and styling options are pretty much endless.  The low chunky heel makes these much more casual and comfortable.  They would still look great paired with a skirt or dress for more of a chic look though.  Fringe booties definitely give off a western and adventurous vibe, which I like.  These are a statement shoe for sure and a nice way to make the simplest of outfits stand out.  When it came to putting this look together, I just instantly thought of pairing mustard and leopard print.  I absolutely love that combination and thought these booties would be the perfect finishing touch.  I've worn this coat several times before, but always with pumps or knee high boots.  I wanted to switch things up and loved the idea of wearing them with the fringe.  I love how it all came together.

 Make sure to check out all of the other indigo rd. shoes!  I think that there is something for everyone.  Also, you can share a photo of your favorite fall #OOTD on Instagram using #FringeForFall and #IndigoRd for a change to win a pair of indigo rd. fringe booties! 

I'm leaving for the airport in a few hours...ahhh!  Ireland, here I come. <3
This post was sponsored by Indigo Rd.  All opinions are my own and this was not edited by any third parties.  Thanks for supporting the brands that support A Love Affair With Fashion! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Life Chats

The countdown is on, 4 more days to Ireland.  I have so many mixed emotions right now that I don't even know where to begin.  Part of me still doesn't believe that I am actually doing this.  The whole process of booking and planning just happened so fast, but it's coming at the right time.  I know in my heart already that this experience is going to change so much for me.  Everyone I know that has traveled alone says that it is eye opening and will change your life and your perspective on everything.  You have to rely on yourself.  You have to live completely outside of your comfort zone.  You push your limits.  You realize what you are capable of.  I joined a Facebook group for women who travel with over 17,000 members and it's been so incredible reading all of their travel stories.  It's also been a great resource to connect with others and ask for tips and advice.  It made me realize how many others have already done what I am about to do and that definitely gave me both peace of mind and inspiration. 

 This trip is happening at the exact moment that I need it to because as I've mentioned in previous posts, I have been searching.  I have been searching within myself for a while now.  Being in this industry, as much as I love and enjoy what I do, it's a total mind f*ck sometimes.  The numbers, the views, the photos, and social media... it all just gets to you and it happens without you even realizing it.  It tends to suck you in and spit you back out.  It's draining.  You start to doubt yourself and your worth.  Am I good enough? You start to compare.  What am I doing wrong?  It feels like more of a popularity contest than about creating genuine content.  I finally got to the point where I've said no more.  Numbers do not define me.  My character does.  Travels, adventures, experiences, self discovery, the people I meet... all of those things mean more to me than the number of likes I get on a photo or the amount of followers my social media accounts say that I have.  I needed this trip more than I even realized and my heart is so full right now because of it.  Being a blogger can be so powerful because you have a platform to connect with so many people in all different parts of the world.  But how are you going to use that platform?  What's the message that you want to get across?  I want my message to be empowering for others.  I want to share my experiences and my struggles, not just my success, which is why I choose to get personal on here.  It's why I created this series and why I hope to develop this even further in the near future.  Maybe my outfits draw you in, but I hope that WHO I AM makes you stay.  

Whenever I travel, it's typically for work.  It's usually a short 2-3 day trip with a packed schedule and specifics of what I need to do while I am there.  As much as I do love those trips and am thankful for those opportunities, it doesn't compare to the feeling I have of knowing that I am doing Ireland on my own.  It's a goal I've worked towards.  It's a promise that I am finally fulfilling.  It's something that I am paying for completely by myself.  I am coming up with my own schedule and my own itinerary.  I can take my time.  I can breathe it all in.  I can just BE.  I rarely give myself enough credit for anything that I do.  Finally in the midst of all of this I actually took a step back and said, "Wow.  I am proud of myself.  I made this happen."  I don't do that enough.  I made the decision to use this time as a break from my blog.  Monday will be my last post before I leave and then I won't blog until I get back home.  I never take a break from this and I think that sometimes it is definitely needed.  It's always good to get some new inspiration and a fresh outlook on things.  Now that this year is coming to a close, I can also fully reflect back on what 2015 has brought me, both the good and the bad, and figure out the direction that I want to take for 2016. 

 It may sound crazy, but I have been feeling even more connected to my father lately.  My dreams have been intense and vivid.  I've literally been waking up in the mornings and googling the images that I see in my dreams so that I can try and understand their meanings.  It's almost as if he's just as excited and anxious for Ireland as I am.  I can't wait for him to experience it with me in spirit.  Believing and knowing that he is still with me and all around me makes me feel safe and at ease.  I sometimes feel like I lose that connection with him, so for me to feel it again in these moments is everything to me.  Even after all this time I still carry so much around in my heart when it comes to him.  I think that this is something I should have done a long time ago, but either way I am thankful that it is happening now.  I went back and forth on L.A. for the longest time when all along Ireland was the journey that I needed to take.  
So here I am in this moment about to embark on my first solo adventure with my Angel by my side.
To be continued...   

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Burgundy Love

I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but burgundy has officially taken over my wardrobe this season.  Literally can't get enough.  I especially love pairing it with black for some reason.  It's definitely a favorite combo of mine, although I feel like I say that about all of the colors that I wear. [lol]  Burgundy also reminds me of Christmas!  It is too early to bring that up yet?  I am already counting down the days. 

Cardigan: Macys | Sweater: Forever21 [old, similar] | Jeans: Habitual [old, similar
Booties: Target [like this style] & [love these in tan] | Bag: Prima Donna | Hat: H&M [old, similar

I always love pairing the new with the old.  These burgundy skinnies are from two years ago and I'm actually surprised that they still fit!  I have worn them numerous times on the blog before.  They're super stretchy and extremely comfortable.  I thought it was time to bring them back out to play.  I did a little shopping at Macy's last week and came across this cardigan vest... I guess that's what you would call it?  I gravitated towards it instantly because I don't have anything like this.  I love the fact that it's both a cardigan and it's sleeveless.  It's perfect for the weather right now since we still don't need to do too much layering just yet.  You could easily thrown on a coat over this though if need be. I might pack it for Ireland since the weather over there is pretty similar to the temps over here.  I will be in a lot of rain though!  These booties have quickly become a new favorite of mine.  They're from Aldo A+ sold at Target.  I've already worn them several times.  Super comfortable and love the heel.  I've also been using this mini bag almost every day.  It's so great to take a break from my bigger ones. 

I posted a photo of this outfit the other day on instagram and gave a little bit of insight into what went down behind this shoot.  I was completely out of it this day. This is when my transmission went on me and I had to bring my car to the mechanic. I lost my wallet for an entire day, but thankfully ended up finding it.  When I went to shoot this look the camera battery was dead.  There were a few other little things that happened and I was walking around in zombie mode after my birthday because now that I am 32 I can't hang like I used to.  I was really just one big hot mess!  As much as I love what I do, to be 100% honest taking photos is not always fun.  Sometimes you just aren't feeling it or you are not in the mood.  I always seem to power through somehow and I'm happy that this shoot worked out! 

Happiest of Thursdays! <3