Florals: Reaping What You Sow

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I love to wear florals year-round. I love flowers in general. They’re pretty on the surface but a lot of work went into getting them into their current state. Often times I find myself admiring flowers without thinking about the work that went into them. In a garden for example, the gardener had to sow a seed. Chances are, there was a lot of trial and error. It’s a good chance that the weather was uncomfortable and the gardener probably thought about giving up once or twice. However, the gardener knows that what is sown into the plant, is exactly what will be reaped. You can’t reap what you don’t sow. You may not be exactly where you want to be but what are you sowing right now to get you there? Maybe the sowing for you right now means spending less money on clothes and investing in that business you’ve been thinking about. Maybe sowing for you is spending time with your loved ones before you go off to school in the fall. Whatever it is, know that what you are sowing will eventually reap a harvest. As you’re sowing, have that as your vision and use that for motivation when you feel like quitting.

Jumpsuit: Old Navy

Shoes: Nine West

Sunglasses: Forever21

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Own it!

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   I don’t really have a classified style. I wouldn’t say that I dress preppy, girly or any other defined style. Let me say that there’s nothing wrong with any of these styles. If you identify with a particular style, own it. I’ve just always believed in dressing for my mood. Fashion, for me, has always been about expression. Well this morning I felt a mixture of excitement and boldness. So mixing prints and colors was a “no brainer” this morning. 

   Sometimes people ask me why I the outfits I wear don’t match. It’s true. I tend to mix prints and colors in ways that aren’t traditional. It feels natural for me to express myself this way. Over time, I’ve just owned. Whatever your style is, know that it’s yours. Your style is an expression of who you are and how you feel. Own it! 

Shirt: Target

Scarf: Forever21

Jeans: Express

Shoes: Forever21


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Forgotten Dreams 

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    I was speaking with someone the other day about the job market. We were talking about a certain position and I asked my friend if it was a position they were passionate about and she replied “no but I’m not following my passion anymore.” That really made me think “when did we get so cynical?” Before I judged her statement I realized I’ve fallen into the same mindset. I had come to terms with the fact that my dream, in terms of my career, probably isn’t realistic. The way our society is right now can make you think the “American dream” is just that…a dream. 

  I had to stop and ask myself “when was the last time you reached for your dreams?” Which lead me to another question “when was the last time you got uncomfortable?” I realized I gave up on my dream simply because it made me uncomfortable. That woke me up! Well I’m so glad I serve a God who wants to give me the secret petitions of my heart. Secret meaning even the desires and petitions that I’ve hidden from myself. Well I’ve made up in my mind that it’s time to get uncomfortable. I’m making some changes and pushes myself out of my comfort zone. I challenge you to do the same. Whatever your forgotten dream is, I challenge you to strive for it again. 


  

Spring Lookbook

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This Spring Lookbook was so fun to create! I created four looks based off of some requests I received. If there’s ever a look you want to see, even if I’m not creating a lookbook, you can always contact me on any of my social media platforms that are at the bottom of this post. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Floral Dress: I received a lot of requests on how to wear a floral dress. Even though I can hear Miranda Priestly saying “Florals, for spring? How groundbreaking.”  To me, this print is NEVER played out and will always be in style year-round. I paired this Victoria Beckham dress with a pair of loafers just to mix up my look. This dress can easily be paired with a pair of heels or open-toed sandals. I like that this isn’t an overall floral printed dress. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to prints without being overwhelmed by them.

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Shoes: Old Navy

Necklace: H&M

2.  Mixed Prints: Speaking of prints…this next look is all about prints! Every time I wear an outfit with mixed prints, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. It’s fun and a great way to personalize your looks. There are many ways to mix prints. If you’re feeling daring but unsure of how to mix prints, try wearing two different prints at opposite ends. For example, wear printed shoes and a printed top or a printed hat with printed pants. The distance between the prints makes them less overwhelming.

 

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Shirt: Forever21

Pants: Forever21

Scarf: Forever21

Shoes: ShoeDazzle

 

3.  Maxi Skirt: Don’t get me wrong, I love a maxi skirt but I wanted to switch up how to style one for spring. So this is actually a maxi skirt! It’s great for when we all have that “I have nothing to wear” moment. Just wear your maxi skirt as a dress and pair it with a belt to define your waist and all of a sudden, you have a new outfit for spring.

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Maxi Skirt: Target

Shoes: Nine West

Necklace: Target

4.  Date Night: I love the idea of wearing a romper for date night. It’s a great way to welcome warmer weather. I kept my accessories pretty light for this look. When I’m showing a lot of skin, I like my look to be balanced. This was probably my favorite look. It was very windy out but it was worth it!

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Romper: Old Navy

Shoes: ShoeDazzle

 

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Positive on a Rainy Day

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    You know what they say: April Showers Bring May Flowers. In gloomy weather, I love to wear a pop of color. I like to think of it as a reminder to stay positive. Whether it’s a bright color or a fierce print, it’s a great reminder that no matter what the gloomy circumstances are I need to stay focused on positive things. 

     I think the same attitude can be taken toward life. Even when life isn’t going the way you planned, you still need to stay positive. When circumstances are less than what you expected, it’s so important to have a positive reminder. For me I always think about what God has already done for me. I think about the times He healed me. I think about the times He granted me with the grace to get through certain situations. Thinking of the good things motivates me to move forward with a positive attitude regardless of my circumstances. 

Sweater: Forever21

Sweater: Forever21

Shoes: ShoeDazzle 


Faux Leather Shorts

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I love to wear these shorts year round. So while there are still cool winds that accompany the warm temperature, I figure I would wear these shorts in one of my favorite ways: layering with tights. I decided to make this outfit more complex by adding a denim button up shirt with a sweater. This hat just ties the whole look together.

Hat: H&M

Denim Button-Up: Banana Republic

Faux Leather Shorts: H&M

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

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How to: Dress for Transitional Weather

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  I’ll admit it. Im trying to be patient and wait on spring but it’s hard! In the morning it’s cold outside; however, by noon it’s warm outside and the sweater that was perfect for the morning is suddenly making me sweat by noon. This transitional weather can be difficult to dress for. One solution for this type of weather that I always suggest is: layering. Layering is an easy fix to confusing weather. You can easily layer with a cardigan or a light jacket, just as I did in the look below. 

   As the weather continues to be stubborn, I’m sure I’ll post more transitional looks so stay tuned! Here are the outfit details for this look:

Suede Jacket: Who What Wear for Target

Hat: Target

Turtleneck: Target

Romper: Charlotte Russe

Boots: Old Navy


I’ll be completing a Spring Lookbook. If there is a certain look you want to see, feel free to comment below. 
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Turtleneck Weather 

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    In my last post, I discussed how we didn’t receive a lot of winter weather this year. Well over the weekend the Carolinas received a touch of winter weather. To be honest, we received about an inch of snow that melted before noon but it gave me an excuse to wear one of my favorite turtlenecks. In my opinion turtleneck is never go out of style. They are timeless and classic. Throwback photos of Audrey Hepburn prove that.

Turtleneck: Banana Republic

Jeans: Forever 21

Hat: Target

Bag: Kenneth Kole

Boots: Old Navy


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Faux Fur Jacket

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     I’m so ready for spring! In the Carolinas, we have had a very mild winter. Usually we have snow and ice a few times in February but this year, it snowed once in January and that’s it! So this past weekend when it dropped to cooler temperatures, I thought it was the perfect time to bring out my faux fur jacket. I love this jacket! Aside from the fact that it keeps me warm, it’s so fierce and chic. It’s one of my favorite winter jackets. I want to know, what are some winter fashions you’re trying to wear before the warm weather is here? Comment below!

Jacket: Express

Shirt: H&M

Jeans: H&M

Booties: ShoeDazzle 


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