Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cobalt and Zebra

Hello Lovelies! It's been a while since I posted an outfit of the day post, simply because it's kinda difficult to take pictures of yourself. So when my friend Alexandra offered to take pictures of me I jumped on-board! This is the outfit I wore to the IFB Conference earlier this month. I wanted to go for something chic and modern, but fun and still true to who I am. When in doubt I love to throw on a bright blazer.






White Collar Shirt - Thrifted // Zebra Dress - Marshalls // Cobalt Blazer - Forever21 //
Black Opaque Tights - Spanx // Black Booties - Target // Coach Wristlet - Gifted By My Cousin
// Movado Watch - Gifted By My Huby // Silver Chain Necklace - H&M

Thanks to Alexandra of She is Red for taking such amazing pictures for me! xoxo

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

IFB Conference

Hello Lovelies! A few weeks ago I attended my first IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) Conference in the fabulous NYC. It was at the start of NYFW and needless to say there was plenty of chic-ness to go around!  Between the panels, brand experiences, and impeccably dressed bloggers the day was truly filled with many smiles, laughter, and finger snaps!



Upon entering the conference, I was immediately greeted by the bright colors of the bareMinerals table. On display was their new Remix: Turn Up The Color collection. Bold colors for spring with a touch of whimsy? Count me in!

I stepped right up for a mini makeover and walked away with the same products they used to create my doll face. If that wasn't the bees knees both of the lovely ladies giving the mini makeovers were also named Erin. Coincidence? I don't think so! :)

 

Throughout the day I got the honor to spend it with an amazing blogger, friend, and just out right chic (and super sweet) red-head. Alexandra of She is Red was my hangout buddy and I am sooo happy I met her at the LuckyFABB conference last year. She is one of the most sweetest, warm hearted people I know and I am looking forward to more blogger outings with her!



Next to the colorful bareMinerals display booth was MailChimp offering knitted monkey hats and fun chimp printed T-shirts to DIY. I didn't go too crazy with the bedazzler but studs did make it onto mine. I'll have to post an OOTD with it soon.


The brand experiences continued with the great hairstyling of the Fekkai booth, offering touch ups throughout the day. Alex and Ani displayed a table of bangle love, perfect for stacking and their photo booth was a true riot! We had so much fun we went in it twice!


IFB was filled with many surprises and one that I will never...EVER forget is when supermodel Tyson Beckford popped up at the Monster booth. Everyone was swarming around him with their cameras and grins from cheek to cheek.

It was a little intimidating at first seeing him standing there in all his handsome features. It took me a while to muster up the courage to ask him for a picture. I was so nervous I didn't know what to do with my hands so I threw both of my arms around him and clenched on tight. Believe me when I say the whole action wasn't planned...really! ;)




Between the ten minute breaks to enjoy the brand experiences, informative panels graced the stage of the loft auditorium. From affiliate marketing to ways to increase longevity for your blog, the tips were endless and guest speakers inspiring.




The IFB Conference is definitely something every fashion blogger should go to at least once. It's a great way to network with other bloggers and come to know how brands interact with them. I'm looking forward to the next one!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Double-take: Black and Red

Hello Lovelies! This past weekend while hanging out on the couch searching the internet for a statement necklace I came across these two lovelies. At first glance my eyes were drawn to this bold red coral necklace. It would be perfect to add a pop of color to a simple outfit and the design of the coral would be fun for the summer. It's unique, fun, and bright--defintely something I could see myself wearing a lot. I was convinced it was the perfect statement necklace for me, but then I ran across this black beauty. The gold detailing of the circles with the surrounding black gems looked regal, fitting for royalty like me ;)

That's when I started to think. These necklaces made me do a double-take. They are similar in scale and unique style, but differ in color--they're stylish fraternal twins. So of course the curious fashion finder inside me thought, why not look into other black and red fraternal findings that make me look twice.

Black and Red


 
 
 
Fraternal twins in fashion...who knew? Have you made and double-takes lately?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Winter Recipe

Hello Lovelies and Happy Friday!! Can you believe it? We finally reached the end of the week. I am so happy too since I really need these next two days to just relax and de-stress. I'm talking about eating an oversized bowl of ice cream in my pajamas while sitting on the couch, watching endless movies with my DD and DH. Yup, extra special plans for this girl right here!
 
Now of course if I was to make plans to go out this weekend I would have to wear something suitable for the cold weather. The key is to be warm and comfortable, but cute and not frumpy. Dark colors tend to draw in heat, but lighten it up from the usual drab with some color. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a chic winter outfit to me.
 
 
Winter Recipe

To me pops of color in my wardrobe are like salt and fresh herbs to the food I eat. It intensifies the flavor on the palette and adds visual appeal to the garment "meal". It's a delish blend if you know what I mean!

What kind of "ingredients" do you use for your perfect winter outfit recipe?
 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spring into Citrine Neon

Hello Lovelies! Let me just start off by saying that I am tired of the winter. Yup I'm TIRED OF THE COLD! I mean what's the point of having it so cold outside? Your skin stays dry no matter how much lotion you rub on. Your lips chap up no matter how much water you drink. Sweaters and boots start to feel like dead weights in your closet. I mean come on, besides the occasional snowman you'll build, possible sleighing, and multiple layered look (mainly because you have to stay warm), what is the possible cause for the frigid air? Is there a point?

So far I haven't found a valid one except that it is to drive me crazy. Would it be bad to say that I envy my Miami friends right now? How lucky they are to feel the warm sun peaking through the clouds. Feel the cool breeze run off the ocean against their sun bathed skin. *Sigh* Yes, I long to be somewhere warmer now. Sadly, I can't escape this prison mother nature has placed upon me. Not for a few months at least. Maybe if I wore brighter clothing say like this citrine neon, I might feel a bit more like spring is coming.

Citrine Neon

It's bright like the sun, pairs great with neutral colors like gray, and could possibly bring a bit more warmth into my hum-drum winter getups. Just looking at it makes me happy...and warm...and excited for the heat to come... *Sigh* Spring just can't get here fast enough. Are you feeling the winter blues too?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wear the Trend: Wedge Sneakers

Hello Lovelies!! I am back! YES, YES, YES!! I can't tell you how much I have missed you. This week has been such a torture for me--as you could imagine from my last post. There are some things going on in my life that I have been trying to figure out and deal with. Not to say that it is all over, wounds healed, I'm completely renewed, but it is better. For now I can deal with that.


As to shake off my idling blues and press the refresh button on my frozen human screen I figured there's no better place than to start with a post called "Wear the Trend". When I see the latest and greatest style--the next best thing--I am tempted to have it and make it my own. The only problem is sometimes while holding it in my hand and evaluating it in the store, I am not sure how I would wear it. Moments like that a girl needs a visual before committing and thanks to Polyvore I can do so prior to buying. Thank you Fashion Gods for Polyvore!!!


Wear the Trend: Wedge Sneakers

Get the Look: Black Wedge Sneakers: Target; Tan Wedge Sneakers: Payless


When looking at the wedge I figured I needed to think out of the box. Yes it's a sneaker...but it's a wedge. A wedge is at times a bit more comforable than say a heel or pump--don't quote me on that. With that in mind, I decided to have a bit of fun with the casual black and nude "pumps".


Wedge Sneaker Look 1



This black wedge found at Target is a fun way to play around with some of your dressy skirts. It adds a touch of urban chic with the neon accessories and denim jacket to a flirty black feather skirt. Rock them with your favorite band T-shirt or a killer sleeveless collared shirt with a bow and I'd say this look is a true showstopper--or party starter.



Wedge Sneaker Look 2


For a casual outfit, these tan wedges from Payless give height to this sweet layered look. Pops of color and sparks of gold add flare to the casual footwear. It's the relaxed, laid back cousin of the ever classic nude pump.

The more I look at these shoes, I am starting to feel confident that I could pull this style off. Of course I don't want to buy a pair that's too trendy looking or expensive since, let's face it, trends don't last for long. As the fabulous Heidi Klum would say "One day they're in the next they're out!" I just love her and Project Runway! These two wedges are great options to try the trend out while not blowing your budget. 

How do you feel about this trend? Would you try it and if so, how would you style yours?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Be Different

Hello Lovelies! I am so sorry I have been M.I.A lately. You've missed me (I hope) and I have missed you. 
 
As the road of life goes, it sometimes takes sharp turns that are at times hard to follow. I'm stagnant at a yield sign in the fork of the road. Pardon me as my decisions take a sudden break, an abrupt halt more like it into an idle position. I have so many great things that I want to share with you and I will...just not right now. Please bear with me as I switch my gears and change directions.
 
As always I vow to remain true to myself and the things I believe in. Sharing with you my latest and greatest finds, my passions, my style, my life. Today's mantra is on repeat in my mind and my heart--for now I leave you with this, but expect great things to come. Great things...
 
 
Be Different

 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Splurge or Save

Hello Lovelies!! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Today is SuperBowl Sunday! Woo-hoo! Are you watching the big game? If not for the love of football then at least for the halftime show with the Diva-licious Beyonce? I know I will...for both reasons.

I can only imagine just how extravagant the show is going to be. Not to mention what kind of outfit she's going to wear. I'm sure it's going to be dazzled out with jewels or crystals of some sort. You know she's all about going big!

Speaking of going big, the thought of indulging in lavish style inspired me to look into splurge vs save items. When it comes to a look that I want, my goal is to get the best deal possible for it. Don't get me wrong, I would love to buy the latest and greatest thing at first sight, but sometimes--actually most times--it's not in my budget to do so. Therefore a similar (not dupe) item comes into play as one did in my last Splurge or Save post.


BRAIDED BRACELET
Splurge or Save 1





STRIPED FLATS
Splurge or Save 2







BLACK QUILTED CROSSBODY



Splurge or Save 3





Even though I can't always afford the splurge of the real deal, I am happy that I can still obtain the look and feel with a wallet friendly save. Have you found any great save items lately?


Friday, February 1, 2013

Retail 101

Hello Lovelies! Happy First Friday of February!! We are officially in the month of love and boy are there some things that I am loving right now...LOVING!! :) I am soooo excited to show you the fabulous finds I picked up at the Retail 101 sale last month. I was quite excited with the pickings they had, but I couldn't possibly buy it all. A girl needs to restrain herself sometime right? At least until next month when they have another sale--which I hope has more spring clothes. So enough stalling, let's begin with my fabulous finds!

FIND #1


I completely went gaga when I saw these gold Leifsdottir loafers. The metallic sheen and sleek style of the smoking slipper makes it shine without looking gaudy. It would be perfect for wearing with skinny jeans to jazz up a casual look or for dressing up a pretty dress.



A similar version of this loafer can be found at Anthropologie for $176, so you could imagine that getting these shoes at $9.99 was a steal!


FIND #2



Continuing with shoes, I picked up this fun pair of mint cap-toe American Eagle Outfitters flats. Mint has to be one color I don't think I can ever get tired of. I love the combination of the crisp pastel green with the slightly textured gray. It's going to be perfect for spring, but I am loving it now to add some whimsy to my winter wardrobe. They are extremely comfortable on my feet and at $9.99 they're sweet on my wallet. They are available online on the AE Outfitters site (Orig: $29.95 on Sale: $19.99) if you want to get these beauties. Believe me when I say you are going to love them just as much as I do! If you do decide to get them let me know! I'd love to see how you'd style yours!





FIND #3



After I struggled to pull myself away from the shoes, I found this pink and yellow shirt by Roxy. The bright yellow immediately caught my eye and I just had to have it for the spring. It's thin enough for layering now in the colder temperatures and is going to be great with a pair of shorts in the summer heat. The touch of pink isn't bad either :)




I am really looking forward to spring now with my "come on get happy" finds. Did you just sing the song too? I know I did. :)  For now I am going to sneak them into my winter wear in hopes that it will speed up this frigid weather.

Have you made any great finds lately?