Here’s to 2017!

Hello!
    I can’t believe tomorrow is the start of a brand new year already. I feel like this year just flew by so quickly! If you had to pick a word to describe 2016 what would it be? Mine would be: refining. This year I learned so much about myself and other people. I can feel how these lessons are refining me and turning me into the woman God created me to be. So I’m pumped about the new year ahead.  No matter what your descriptive word is, I believe that what lies ahead of me and you is something great. I’m not sure how your year was. Maybe it was great or maybe it was a challenging year for you. Whatever the case, know that you have the great opportunity to have a new outlook on the next 365 days. 

  If you’re tired or feeling a bit pessimistic about the new year, I encourage you to get your fire back. Get excited about the great things that are on the horizon for 2017! I’m excited for you! 

Next year I’ll be blogging more often and doing some giveaways! I’m wishing you all a safe and positive new year! If you want to see how I’m celebrating tonight, feel free to follow me on my socials:

Instagram: @_lifeisgolden_

Twitter: @_lifeisgolden_

Snapchat: @DeneaGM

Listen to Your Heart

Hello! 

   As this year is winding down, it’s time for some reflection. Specially, about blogging. My blog isn’t where I want it to be but it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be (how’s that for a riddle?). What I mean by that is, that I have certain goals for my blog. I’m sure I’ll reach those goals but when it’s my appointed time to reach them. My blog is exactly where it’s supposed to be right now. 

  I’ll admit, it can be tempting to want to follow other blogs and do what other blogger are doing. But I know I have to follow my own path and listen to my heart. A couple of years ago I went to a fashion networking event. I was new to blogging and very eager to learn and network. While we were eating, I’m expecting to learn from others and that’s the opposite of what happened. For about two hours, the women gossiped. For. Two. Hours.  I was so disappointed. I learned a valuable lesson that day: follow your own path. It’s good to learn from others but people should never stunt your growth or bring toxic energy. Maybe you can relate. In the sense you want to be at a certain level or reach a goal. It’ll happen. As long as you continue to work for it. The important thing to remember is to be yourself. Just listen to your heart and everything else will follow. 


Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Instagram: @_lifeisgolden_

Snapchat: @DeneaGM

Twitter: @_lifeisgoldenblog_  

Holiday Lookbook

Hello!

I love the holidays. I always have and always will. It’s great to be with family and friends while we celebrate the true reason for the season: the birth of our Savior. The holiday season has a special way of  bringing us together with our loved ones. As exciting as that can be, it can also be frustrating. Different events call for different outfits which can sometimes present challenges in the wardrobe department. I’ve been collecting requests from social media of some looks that you all wanted to see. This was a lot of fun to put together and I look forward to doing many more lookbooks in the future.

Office Holiday Party

lookbook1

For the office party, it depends on the type of environment you work in. This look is for the girl who wants to let her creative flare be seen but maintain her professional stance. To tone down this look, you can always switch out the vest for a black structured blazer.

Dress: makemechic.com

Shoes: zara

Vest: Target

 

Date Night/Girls Night Out

lookbook2

Whether you are heading out with the girls or your boo date night can be fun to dress up for. I like opting for a suit rather than a dress to mix up my night look. It’s a little daring (even for me) but I think you need to step outside of your comfort zone every now and then. There’s nothing wrong with showing off your curves or scars that you may have. After all, they’re what make you unique.

Suit: New York and Company

Halter Top: Victoria Secret

Shoes: Target

 

Brunch/Shopping Outing 

lookbook3

I love the idea of wearing sequins during the day! One of my favorite ways to dress down a pair of sequinned leggings is to pair them with a sweatshirt. I like these leggings because they allow me to give my jeans a rest. If you have to run out to finish off your Christmas shopping list or go to a brunch with your girls, this is the perfect look.

Sweatshirt: Freedomhouse.cc

Collard Shirt: Forever21

Leggings: Express.com

Hat: Forever21

Boots: Old Navy

Christmas Day/Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

lookbook4

I can get pretty festive so I love the idea of letting my Christmas spirit show!  I opted for jeans because there’s a good chance I’ll be rolling on the floor with my sister’s dog. If you’re Christmas dinners happen to be more formal, don’t be scared to add a high-waisted skirt with your Christmas sweater.I have no shame in throwing on a Christmas sweater for Christmas dinner or an ugly Christmas sweater party. The holidays are all about having fun. Feel free to dress as festive as you feel!

Sweater: Forever21

Jeans: Express

Boots: ShoeDazzle.com

Beanie: ShoeDazzle.com

 

New Year’s Eve

lookbook5

A sequined dress is perfect for New Year’s Eve. I don’t think it’s cliche’ at all. In fact, I think it’s the perfect way to welcome the new year. These over-the-knee boots serve a dual purpose by making a statement and keeping your legs warm. I love the contrast of gold and silver. Don’t be afraid to have fun with contrast in your wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Think about simple colors such as white and black, or red and pink. Have fun with it and don’t forget to add your own personal touch!

 

Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Instagram: @_lifeisgolden_

Snapchat: @DeneaGM

Twitter: @_lifeisgolden_

 

 

 

Simple Gift Guide

Simple Gift Guide

Christmas shopping can be fun but challenging when you don’t know the size of the woman who is receiving your gift. This gift guide is one that I use year after year because it works and is so simple!
1. You can never have too many scarves. Scarves can make an outfit pop and when the weather is chilly, they’re essential for staying warm. 
2. I love a good hat. Whether you’re having a bad hair day or just need to add a little something extra to your look, a hat can help make you look fabulous while simultaneously keeping you warm. 
3. It doesn’t matter if your gift receiver is a professional woman or a creative being, everyone needs a watch! It’s a timeless part of a wardrobe (see what I did there 😂). 
4. Who doesn’t love a good pair of sunglasses? One of the best factors about sunglasses is your gift receiver can wear them year-round. 
5. Last but not least, every woman needs a fierce black bag. One that will not only make a statement but one she can pair with just about anything will do just fine. If your gift receiver already has black, go for another neutral color. Or if your gift receiver is a lover of color, go for a bag that makes a colorful bold statement! 
Don’t forget, I’m posting my #holiday #lookbook next Sunday. I’ve already received some requests but you still have time to request any looks you want to see. You can request a look by messing me on #snapchat at DeneaGM, tweeting me on #twitter at DeneaGM, commenting on any #instagram post at lifeisgoldenblog or emailing me at: deneagolden@gmail.com. 
#fashion #fashionblogger #christmas #holidaygifts #giftguide #style #lifeisgoldenblog #gifts

Created in the Polyvore iPhone app. http://www.polyvore.com/iOS

Fendi tote purse
snobswap.com

Coach sunglasses
sunglasshut.com

Rag bone wide brim hat
$140 – forwardbyelysewalker.com

Lacoste scarve
$155 – lacoste.com