Month: October 2016

Meshing Around | OOTD

This mesh dress is all about my love for the LBD (little black dress). This is another take on that simple but effective look. This is actually a 2 piece dress. It has a slip dress as the base and an mesh overlay with a high-low hemline. There is something about this look that is so simple yet exciting. The Preston Coach boot is what adds so much interest to this look. The black and brown composition with the polished buckles and fluffy shearlings does it for me.

Leave me a comment about your favorite version of the little black dress. Enjoy!

Shoes- Coach

Dress- Dresslily.com

Scarf- Wandering Silk

Sunglasses- DressLily.com

http://m.dresslily.com/short-sleeves-round-collar-cut-out-two-piece-dress-for-women-product1492881.html?lkid=1510339

Rosy Knit | OOTD

The first thing you MUST know is that I thrifted this rosy knit dress for around $3. I KNOW!!!! The second this you should know is…this is the perfect way to “do” Fall in Houston. It’s still warm but it is finally cooling off so having a loosely knit sweater is the way to go. I know you must be wondering what I’m wearing underneath. I took a walk on the bold side so I opted for a sleeveless body suit/leotard. Of course if you’d like this look to be more modest you could wear a slip dress for more coverage.

You know I can’t live with out my seasoned converse. They really help keep this look casual and effortless. I styled my trusty denim jacket with this look just in case the wind blows and I catch a chill on my barely covered backside. Lol A nice stand out pair of sunnies to complete this look and you are good to go. Enjoy!

Dress- Thrifted

Shoes- Converse

Sunnies- Kissue (Brand-Quay)

Denim Jacket- Old Navy

RingLee Lewis Designs

My NYFW Experience 2016

It’s Nearly November and I am just now uploading photos from my first NYFW 2016. That’s how insanely busy I’ve been. This is a mash up of photos from my Sony camera and my iPhone so forgive some of the grainy shots.

I’d say overall my trip was amazing! I was only there for a few days and I was able to meet up with some fellow Houston bloggers and meet tons of new people as well. I got to hang out back stage at the Sandy Liang show and see the presentation. The LuLu’s party was so much fun and Maybelline hosted some amazing gatherings as well. I was able to snag some really amazing lip colors and makeup so hopefully I can show you some on the blog soon. One of the most interesting things about my trip was attending the China Fashion Collective. It was so amazing to see these AMAZING traditional designs. This collective was the highlight of my trip. Do enjoy the photos and I look forward to bringing you more exciting things next year!

Shades of Gray | OOTD

I found this crazy soft faux suede tee dress at WildBloom boutique in Rice Village and it will be on repeat. It’s so comfortable I could literally sleep in it. I’m always on the hunt for things to wear that make my life easy. Getting this dress was a no brainer. It’s a wonderful shade of gray and can easily be dressed up a bit with cool booties and accessories, or more casual with a pair of sneakers and minimal jewelry. Speaking of booties, lets let these wrap around double buckle booties have their own moment! Aren’t they beautiful!?!

This combo is an awesome way to do fall in Houston. Finally cool enough for booties but still warm enough to show some legs! Enjoy!

Dress- Wildbloom Boutique

Necklace- Sponsored by Charming Charlie

Purse-Sponsored by Charming Charlie

Shoes- Sponsored by Charming Charlie

Mauve + Pockets | OOTD

Sometimes all you need is something semi-pink with pockets to make you happy! I’m usually not a pink kind of girl but everything was RIGHT about this dress. The simplicity is just so beautiful that I couldn’t pass it up.

Other than the amazing pockets, my second thought when I tried this dress on was, “I could eat a really big meal and not worry about my “food baby” when I’m done.” Lol The neckline is nice and the collar is just the push this piece needs. Even the back of this dress has something special. It’s 100% cotton so its comfortable and soft yet looks very textured.  I know, it’s perfect. Enjoy!

Dress- Pomp and Circumstance

Necklace- Sponsored by Charming Charlie

Bracelets- Sponsored by Charming Charlie

PurseSponsored by Charming Charlie

Shoes- Target (2 years old)

How to Style a Statement Piece

We have all found that stand out piece before, purchased it, took it home with a smile on our faces, and each and every time we attempt to wear it, it just doesn’t look right. We know it’s not the piece because we still love it! The problem is most likely what we paired with the piece. Here are some tips to help you make a real statement!

The biggest question is, “What do I wear with it?” Most likely your stand out jewelry is either large, brightly colored, longer than unusual, or even intricately made. To help it do its job your clothing should be simple in style and color. Anything that competes for attention with the statement piece has to be removed! Solid colors with classic designs are the way to go. Ruffles, sequins, along with other bells and whistles just distract from what you really want to show off. I even took off my earrings so that this necklace shines.

Even your make up can be a distraction if it isn’t done right. Keep it simple and try a complimentary lip color (As I styled here) to make the look feel cohesive.

Now go out into the world, get those amazing  pieces and make a statement! Enjoy!

Necklace and Bracelet- Lee Lewis Designs

Jumper- Forever21

Shoes- Aldo


Abstract Matching Set | OOTD

I’m pretty obsessed with the simplicity and beauty of matching sets. I found this matching set while out thrifting and I can’t stop wearing it! I even wore it to school earlier this week. This look is so super comfortable that it literally feels like pajamas. Styling this look was simple because all of the hard word was done by these amazing matching pieces. Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite matching set looks like. Enjoy! 

Navy Floral Maxi | OOTD

Thanks Zaful.com for sponsoring this sweet fall floral print maxi dress. This is as close to the perfect fall maxi dress as you will get. The dark navy color is just right for Fall and the white flowers are the perfect pop. What’s really cool about this dress is that it comes with the beautiful pearl belt. This would be a great dress for weddings this season. Plus, it has such great movement that you will just want to twirl around in it the whole time. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite part about this floral maxi. Enjoy!

Dress- Zaful.com

Earrings-Rocksbox

 

Fringed Sweater Dress | OOTD

This fringed sweater dress sponsored by Zaful.com is perfect for those days when you want something easy, yet interesting to wear for a day out. This dress is so soft and comfortable to move around in. The tassels add such a cool statement to an otherwise basic sweater dress.

Having the right shoe or boot can sometimes make or break a look. Since this dress is so simple, I paired it with my black lace up over the knee books that really make a statement. This dress could just as easily be paired with leggings and sneakers for a dressed down casual look. Mirrored cat eye sunnies, black tote bag, a bun and I’m almost done. Lastly, add in cool earrings and a bold lip if you’re feeling adventurous. I love outfits that look really pulled together but are really no brainers. This OOTD took minimal effort but packs a mean punch.

Leave me a comment about you style ideas for the neat little number, enjoy!

Dress-Zaful.com

OTK Boots- Lola Shoetique

Earrings-Rocks Box

 

 

The Perfect Jeggings | OOTD

We all know the perfect pair of jeggings LOOK like the perfect pair of jeans! I’ve partnered with Old Navy to help you discover and style an amazing pair that you can literally wear any where.

When I styled these Rock Star Skinny jeggings I thought about all of the ladies ranging from teachers like myself to fashionistas with office careers. The truth is, this classic, yet modest look will work for us all. The true star of this look is the jeggings. They have a beautiful dark blue wash that gives them a professional look. You don’t have to worry about buttons or zippers because their are none. (Win!) They feel great, have two real back pockets, and allow you to move freely. What more could an elementary school teacher-mom-blogger ask for? Last but not least, the fit is so great, they make my little booty look amazing. Im just going to wear these everyday until someone says something. Lol

Leave me a comment about how you would style these perfect jeggings, enjoy!

Jeans- Old Navy

Shirt- Old Navy

Shoes- Old Navy

Cold Shoulder Dress | OOTD

I’m taking this opportunity to give a little cold shoulder while it’s still warm. Makemechic.com has sponsored this awesome dress and can’t lie, I’m smitten. I love how interesting this dress is. From the peekaboo shoulders, to the ruffles and the tie belt that cinches the waist. This dress is simply adorable!

Again, when I wear a dress I’m always wonder if it’s compatible with my toddler and this one passed the test. Leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite thing about this dress. Enjoy!

 

Dress- Makemechic.com 

Color Blocked Maxi Dress| OOTD

Talk about love at first sight! Makemechic.com was kind enough to send me this incredibly chic and comfy maxi dress to review for you. I have nothing but praises to sing about this dress. The details are on point with a nice collar, buttons, two splits, rich color blocking and front detail.

When I wear a dress my major concern is, “Can I chase and pick up my three old son without revealing my entire backside.” Not only could I do that but I could also go to the buffet and not worry about my “food baby” showing after I’ve eaten too much. Ha ha!

The sizing runs a bit large. I’m wearing an extra small and I still have plenty of room in this dress. Leave me a comment about your favorite look to chase your kiddos in, enjoy!

Dress- Makemechic.com

Shoes- Keds 

Purse- Guess (2 years old)

 

 

The Power of a Blazer | OOTD

When I wear a structured blazer it makes me feel incredibly strong. I thrifted this one over the weekend and when I found it  I couldn’t believe the perfect fit! It was like it was made for me. I could tell this one is a oldie because it has non-detachable shoulder pads in it.

 Nothing brings me more excitement that an outfit that is all black so this one really took the cake. This entire look was either in my existing wardrobe or thrifted. I hope this inspires you to revisit pieces you already have in your closet. Enjoy! 

Celebrating My 1st Anniversary 

Nothing says “party”like a black & white sequins dress and a big ass balloon! (That’s the real company name. Lol) 🎈It was beyond amazing to celebrate a fun 1st year of blogging with dear friends and family. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported my dreams. Your positive vibrations and deeds of trust amaze me and I’m so grateful. To my husband Michael who loves and supports me tirelessly in more ways than I can count, I love you! I couldn’t do a fraction of what I do without you! 

AB’s 1st year Blogaversary! 

This first year of blogging flew by! On many occasions I wanted to quit purely because I wanted more sleep. Lol I could not have predicted how amazing this first year would be and I am more than thankful and grateful to every person that has supported me along this journey. Thankfully there is much more to come and the story is not over. There are many words of gratitude that I must extend but first I must that the Lord for giving me strength as well as my heart’s desires. Following that, I must thank my husband Michael because with out him, not of this would be possible. He is my support and partner in all of my endeavors.

 Please enjoy the photos from the AB 1st year anniversary party and stay tuned for more amazing content on AB. Enjoy!