Spring Preview

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Wow! I feel like February has gone by so quickly. It could be time or the fact that my husband and I have been so busy this month. For starters, we’re four months pregnant! You can head over to my Instagram (@_lifeisgolden_) to check out our announcement. We’re so excited! I’ll be posting our gender reveal soon as well. In addition, I’ve been working more and more on Queen Styles Boutique. Our spring collection will be available soon and we’ve been working so hard on it! I can’t wait for you to see it. The top below is one of the items that will be apart of the spring collection.

I love exploring new areas of Charlotte. These photos were taken in the beautiful Huntersville area.

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Simple and Bold

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 This white dress is one that I’ll be wearing multiple times this summer. I like that it’s simple, understated and bold. It just works. Don’t get me wrong, I love prints and bright colors but every now and then it’s good to be simple and understated. I’ll admit, I used to think I always needed to be loud. Loud in a fashion sense and personality wise. I was always compared to other family members who were a bit more outspoken. I tried to imitate who they were and it just didn’t feel like me. 

 I’m content with being the strong silent type. That’s who I was created to be. Maybe someone is trying to tell you how you should act, talk or even dress. Well, you were uniquely created. God created you with a unique purpose in mind. You have a destiny to fulfill and you can’t accomplish what you need to by being someone else. Peer pressure is a real thing. Even as an adult. Sure, you could try to fit in but why fit in when you were born to stand out? 

Dress: Old Navy

Sandals: ShoeDazzle 

Sunglasses: Target 


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How to: Make Spring Looks Complex 

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  If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve heard me talk about my belief that the best outfits are complex. Making an outfit complex adds more detail to the eye and in return, is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Making an outfit complex in colder weather is a lot easier to me. In the warmer months, you have to get a little more creative. One way to do this is to belt a scarf as part of your look (this can be seen in my “Own It” post). Another way to make a look more complex is to add a kimono to your look. It’s lightweight so you don’t have to worry about it being to warm. I opted to do this in the look below but I’ll be doing a lot more looks with kimonos! 

Tank: Target 

Kimono: Charlotte Russe 

Jeans: Forever21

Sandals: Forever21

Sunglasses: Forever21



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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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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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Road Trip: Asheville, North Carolina

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Graduation week is here! I’m so excited and can’t wait to walk across the stage. This will be my second time completing college but this time is different. It’s different because I decided to go back to extend my education about something that I’m passionate about: Fashion Marketing. I’ve completed my portfolio and my showcase is this week! To celebrate, we made a road trip to Asheville, NC. I love it there. It’s almost like I feel disconnected from the world, but in a good way. Here’s a glimpse of our trip.

Dress: Express

Sandals: Shoedazzle

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Unofficially Summer

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  Gotta love these three day weekends! This weekend is known as the unofficial start of summer. It’s time for us to have a little bit of fun and relax. This weekend isn’t just about relaxing and attending cook outs though, it’s also about remembering those who lost their lives while fighting for our country. No matter what you’re doing this weekend, remember to pause and think about those brave soldiers. 

From me to you, I hope you all enjoy this weekend! If you want to see what I’m up to this weekend, follow me on snapchat: DeneaGM

Shorts: Belk

Shirt: Forever21

Sandals: Target