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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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!

 

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How To: Dress for Rainy Spring Days

Hello!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday! I can’t believe it’s May already. Doesn’t it feel like time is going by so quickly? It’s hard to believe that I’ll be graduating soon, but that’s a post for another time! May calls for beautiful flowers and some rain as well and it can be difficult to dress for the weather that the month brings. Today for example, it’s pretty humid and has been rainy all day. Whenever it rains, especially during the spring or summer, I like to wear bright colors or prints. Here’s what I wore:

Raincoat-Zara

Tunic- Allen B. for Target

Jeans-Forever21

Shoes-Forever21

Watch: Anne Klein

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How to: Mix Prints

   Mixing prints can be a very fun way to personalize your outfit. There are different ways and variations to do this. If you’re new to the trend, start small. If you feel daring and advanced with this trend, go for it! 

   Sometimes, people look at me in a weird way when I’m wearing an outfit that has mixed prints. I know what they are thinking: “that girl obviously doesn’t know how to match her clothes.” The truth is, I know how but I don’t really care what others have to say about my style. You should be the same way with your personalized style. If it looks good on you and you feel like a rockstar wearing it, then don’t think twice about wha others are thinking! Here’s an example of how I mixed prints:

Jacket: Old Navy

Shirt: Express

High Waisted Jeans: Forever21

Shoes: Target

Hat: Target

Watch: Fossil 

  
 
   
 

  
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How to: Dress for the Cool Spring Temperatures

Happy Sunday!

Am I the only one who feels like the weekends go by too quickly? It can be hard enjoying the weekend when you know you have busy week ahead of you. I usually find that when I take care of all my errands Saturday morning, it allows me to have time to actually enjoy my weekend. That’s exactly what I did yesterday. I took care of all of my errands: studying, writing papers, cleaning, and the dreaded post office.

While I was out, I noticed how its spring but yet 50 degrees. I’ve already completed a spring cleaning of my wardrobe but I kept a couple of sweaters in my closet just in case. I found this jacket on sale at Target. It gives me the perfect pop of color for spring while still keeping me warm. This sweater dress and jacket are the perfect balance for when you want to show a little skin but dress appropriately for the weather. Here’s what I wore in the chilly, not so spring-like weather:

Dress: Forever 21

Jacket: Who What Wear for Target

Shoes: Aldo

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Winter Meets Spring

Hello!

I hope you all enjoyed the first day of spring over this past weekend. We opted for a quick getaway. The weather has been so nice so we decided to explore the downtown area of Greenville. It was relaxing walking around and taking everything into perspective. Recently, I’ve been focusing on things in the future. There’s nothing wrong with making goals for yourself and focusing on the future but sometimes by focusing solely on what you want to happen “x” amount of months from now, you miss out on what’s going on right now in your life. I think we are all guilty of it. I certainly am. Where you are right now, is exactly where you are meant to be. It may not be where you want to be but enjoy the present. Maybe you’re supposed to learn a lesson or something new about yourself but enjoy where you are. That idea really resonated with me this weekend. Maybe it’s something you need to consider too. Just food for thought.

Dress: Target

Shirt: Forever21

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

Hat: Forever21

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It’s Almost Springtime!

Spring is almost here! With the weather warming up just a bit and the sun out, I decided to wear shorts today. I’ve shared that one of the reasons I used to get made fun of was due to my legs. I was tall and lanky growing up, which meant that I looked different. I used to hate wearing shorts, skirts and dresses. Now,  I’ve learned to embrace my lanky legs whenever I can. They’re just one of the factors that make me unique. Whatever makes you unique, embrace it!

P.S.- I know these kicks are a little spotted on the tip but I still love them!

Shorts: Forever21

Shirt: H&M

Shoes: Target

Sunglasses: Fossil

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How to Apply the Three Piece Rule

I’ve got a “three piece rule”that I’ve been following for a while. It’s basically a rule that states you need to add a third article of clothing to your outfit to make it more complex. That third piece can be a blazer, vest or one of my favorites: a sleeveless jacket. The third piece should make tie your outfit together. I got this sleeveless jacket on sale for just $5.50 at Tj Maxx. You can’t beat that!

Sleeveless Jacket: Tj Maxx

Dress: H&M

Leggings: Forever21

Hat: Old Navy

Boots: Old Navy

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How to Layer with a Vest

Yesterday I was invited to attend a Bridal Shower. I love celebrating the accomplishments of my friends. I was able to catch up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while and I realized how awesome it was to hear goals and accomplishments being met. I also realized that I am blessed with great friends. Growing up, we moved around a lot and because of that I didn’t have a lot of long lasting friendships. It’s been easy for me to keep people at a distance simply because that’s what I’ve been used to. As a result of that, I never developed long lasting friends until college. We may not talk to each other or see each other regularly but I know that there’s a lot of substance and value in the friendships that I have with them.

Unfortunately, we were talking so much that we forgot to take pictures with one another. I did take a few pictures of my outfit before I left. I love this vest; it keeps me warm and makes a bold statement. It’s a really good example of how you can make a personal statement with layers. Here’s what I wore:

Jeans: Forever21

T-shirt: Target

Vest: Target

Boots: Old Navy

 

 

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Thanksgiving Love!

Hello! I hope you all had a great holiday. Yesterday we went to my mom’s house for dinner, games and movies and it was a lot of fun. I was asked to cook the Mac and cheese and it was a hit! Afterwards, we went to the outlet mall here to get some exercise 😊. Here’s what I wore:

Jeans: Marshalls

Sweater: Forever 21

White Collared Shirt: NY & Co

Boots: ShoeDazzle

Jacket: Adam Lippes for Target

   
    
    
 
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Feeling Gray

I never really liked dressing in gray but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to appreciate the simplicity of it. Gray doesn’t have to be boring. Gray can be bold and make a statement with the right accessories to back it up. When I was younger, I thought I always had to wear bright colors to stand out but I’ve learned that’s not true at all! 

We went to a football game today and it was pretty chilly. Fall is definitely in full effect in the Carolinas now. I wanted to keep my head warm and it today gave me the perfect excuse to wear this hat from H&M ( I’m obsessed with it). 

Sweater: Banana Republic 

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Old Navy

Hat: H&M

Jacket: Target 

   
    
    
    
 
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