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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

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


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

 

 

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)

 

 

Fall Floral | OOTD

Lately the thrifting gods have been on my side! I thrifted this AMAZING dark floral print midi skirt just in time for fall and it only cost me $7.

I could see the bold print from a mile away and I was attracted to it like a magnet. When I started putting this look together I kept fall in mind by pairing a dark colored top and motorcycle jacket. 

Having staple pieces in your wardrobe is essential because it helped me bring this “pricey looking” OOTD together for $7. They only thing I actually purchased was the skirt. I already had my black button down, heels, moto jacket, and my sunnies. Now that what I call looking fab for less. 

Leave me a comment and tell me about your thrifting adventures. Enjoy! 

Lace+Air | OOTD

We all want real fall weather really badly! However, this is Houston so until November we will still be seeking out light and airy clothing to keep us from melting. 

You absolutely will not believe what I paid for this light and airy lace dress. I thrifted this dress for $8 from a thrift shop last weekend. I was combing the  racks when something black and beautiful jumped out at me. I was in complete shock at the quality and condition of this beautiful dress. The lace is so feminine and the movement that it has keeps you feeling free and cool. If you haven’t been thrifting in a while go give it a try. You’ll be surprised at what you can find. Happy thrifting! Enjoy! 

Gingham Pixie Pants | OOTD

Have you ever had a pair of pants you love so much that you would try to pair them with just about anything? Yep, me too! For me right now its my Old Navy gingham pixie pants. They are so comfortable and can be dressed up or down easily. I’ve worn them with t-shirts, button downs, blouses, you name it! For this look I chose a textured gray long sleeve top that I fell in love with while I was in Europe during the summer. Leave me a comment about what pants you currently have on repeat. Enjoy!

Gray Top- Reserved

Gingham Pants- Old Navy

Pouch/Clutch- Shelby Rose

Nail Bracelet- Charm Envy

Arrow Ring- Tribe & Sol

Spice Up Your T-Shirt

Most of us have what seems like thousands of basic t-shirts. They function as is but sometimes you may feel the urge to do a little bit more with them. When the feeling hits you, go for easy layering. It will give your basic tee new life and give you several new looks.

Most of you know I practically live in Old Navy so this ENTIRE look is from there. I chose a thin olive green button down shirt to layer underneath my relaxed fit striped tee. Add in a pair of black rockstar jeans and chucks and now my tee looks #neverbasic.

This is also perfect for people like me who get cold very easily. I’ll be layering up as soon as Houston cools down. How would you layer a basic tee to give it new life? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear. Enjoy!

Lady in Red | OOTD

The jumper in this OOTD was sponsored by DressLily.com so that I can bring you a honest review on some of their pieces.

This entire look has me seeing red! Not really but I sure was happy to be dressed in red from my lips to my shoes. For some reason wearing so much red makes me feel like this would be a great holiday look.

When it comes to quality of the jumper I think it has a great fit, however, I think the weight of the fabric is a bit too light. I know it’s crazy hot in Houston but if the fabric was a bit heavier, it would provide a more rigid structure to the jumper. It would also make this piece look way more expensive. I got a medium because I was worried about it being too small but I can admit that a size small would have given a snugger fit.

Leave me a comment if you like this look, enjoy!

Jumper- DressLily.com

Shoes- DSW

Sunnies- Levels Boutique

Ruffled Hem | OOTD

The dress in this OOTD was sponsored by Shein.com so that I can bring you a honest review on some of their pieces.

I love a simple piece that I can make edgy casual or understated with feminine flare. This ruffled hem dress really does that for me. It doesn’t hurt that its in my favorite colors and the fabric is breathable but not too thin. I like the oversized fit because it doesn’t cling to me. When its really warm and humid outside thats the last thing you want as you move about your day. I got a size extra small and its still very oversized. I would say it runs big, so order one size smaller that what you normally wear.

I wanted to make this look casual yet edgy so I went for a dark lip, Nike hat and Nike sneakers. Lastly a gold necklace to balance everything out. Leave me a comment about how you would style this cool dress. I’d really love to hear it! Enjoy!

Dress- Shein.com

Hat & Shoes- Nike

Cozy On The Go | OOTD

The casual gray jumpsuit in this OOTD was sponsored by DressLily.com so that I can bring you a honest review on some of their pieces.

Sometimes you just need that one thing that doesn’t wrinkle easily and is beyond comfortable to throw on quickly. (Like everyday, ha ha!) This jumper is a no brainer for those days. It can be worn alone or layered with a jacket or sweater like I’ve styled here. Sneakers and sandals look great with it and you’ll be out of the door in minutes. Need I say more?!?!

The quality of this jumper is surprisingly good. I ordered a medium because I don’t like things to fit too tightly and this was perfect. I would say it runs a bit small so order at least one size bigger than what you would normally wear. As far as texture, it is very soft and sort of thick. It will be perfect if it ever cools down in Houston but it is a little too warm to wear comfortably right now.

Leave me a comment about your favorite “on the go” outfit, enjoy!

Gray Jumper- DressLily.com

Denim Jacket- Old Navy

Shoes- Converse

Tote Bag- J. McLauglin

Watch- FossilQ

Chambray Wrap | OOTD

Here is another OOTD from my trip to New York during NYFW. On this day, all I could think about was being comfortable yet pulled together. I decided on some tried and true classic styles and colors for a day of running around. This wrap top from A Leap of Style is a beautiful chambray color in a flatting style. The gathered sleeve definitely adds some interest while the wrap design is super flattering to my figure. Add in another flattering, classically cut pair of cigarette pants from Steve Guthrie’s collection and it’s a home run.

As I thought about choosing a shoe for this look I carefully considered how much walking I’d do and that helped me decide quickly. I mean, what’s true comfort with out a comfortable shoe? When my feet are happy, I’m happy so I opted for my trusty black converse.

I kept my accessories minimal with two sets of thin bracelets on each wrist and my stitch earrings from Myth & Symbol. My absolute favorite thing about this OOTD is that almost everything came from Houston. It brings me no greater joy than to support talented designers and businesses from my great city. Enjoy!

Wrap Top- A Leap of Style

Black Pant- Steve Guthrie

Earrings- Myth & Symbol

Victoria Dashiki | OOTD

I wore this victorian inspired dashiki in NewYork during NYFW 2016 and it made me feel like a ball of fire:untouchable and hot. The rich variations of reds, oranges and yellows give that blaze effect. It was as though I left a trail of flames in my every step. When you’re wearing the right clothing, it should make you feel invincible. I can’t tell you how many strangers loved this top and stopped me to ask about it. Every now and then, you must make a statement and on this day, I did it in this fabulously ruffled top. Enjoy!

Victoria Dashiki- A Leap of Style

Shorts- H&M

Shoes- Converse

Sunnies- NewYorker (Riga)

Never Basic Tees | OOTD

I am beyond happy to bring you an OOTD sponsored by one of my absolute favorite places to shop. I have partnered with Old Navy to help you style tees  in a way that will make you feel like casual royalty.

Sometimes t-shirts can get a bad reputation because they seem so basic in nature. I have news for you. A great fitting, well made t-shirt in the right color and style is never basic! This OOTD shows you how bold and versatile a t-shirt can be with the right style tips.

For starters, take a #NeverBasic  Old Navy Tee that you love and build your look around it. To spice up a graphic tee like I did, go for something a little bit unexpected. I gave my relaxed fit Shine Bright tee a dressier look by layering it on top of a button down shirt in a contrasting  green color. The collar on my button down takes my tee to the next level, yet lets my tee do all of the talking. I paired my black denim jeans with this look because it provides even more contrast from what I have going on above the waist but it also ties into the color of the text on my tee. Lastly, in cooler weather one last layer does the trick. I’ve topped of the entire look with my medium length trench coat. One of the main reasons this look works so well is because of all the neutral tones. Keep that in mind as you pull together your look.

This is just ONE awesome way to style the heck out of a tee. Leave me a comment about how you can take your tee to level #NeverBasic , Enjoy!

Chain Mail Knit | OOTD

When the calendar says September, it’s fall to me! If only Houston agreed and cooled down by at least 10 degrees. Lol I can’t let these warm temperatures stop my preparation for true fall weather.

This OOTD is a casual knit sweater that reminds me of medival chain mail because of its weight. It’s from Banana Republic and it feels so good on. My trusty black denim jeans from Old Navy and black converse always do the trick to help bring together a casual look. Leave me a comment about how you’re preparing your closet for fall. Enjoy!

Sweater- Banana Republic

Jeans- Old Navy

Shoes- Converse

Sunnies- Levels Boutique

Utility Midi Dress | OOTD

It was love at first sight for this utility midi dress and I! You know I love classics! This sleeveless dress is a beautiful ode to classic military style and will easily become a staple piece. It can be a “stand alone” dress or layered with leggings, scarves, jackets, etc. The belted waist and lean design make it flattering on almost any figure and the front slit helps give you height.  Leave me a comment about you favorite military inspired look, enjoy!

Dress- Target

Shoes- Antonio Melani (Dillards)

Clear Clutch- Levelss Boutique

Matchy-Matchy | OOTD

Some people call this OOTD matchy-matchy but I call it monochrome. It’s hard to mess it up and comes off super chic. Monochrome looks are a great was to start transitioning to fall. You can do it with most colors with out looking insane and it’s simple to do. I joke that it’s for the stylish and the lazy but both are true! Lol

I adore the muted worn green of this utility top and pant because it’s not a true hunter green. It will keep you cool during the final warm days of summer but can easily be comfy and cozy for fall. You can even layer it with a vest or bomber jacket for added warmth later in the year. Pair it with strappy heels now and booties when it’s cool. This look is really a win win for many seasons. Enjoy!

Top & Bottom– Target

Shoes- Antonio Melani

Sunnies- NewYorker

Purse- KisaKisafashion.com

10 Hair Styles for an Undercut

The other day someone told me that I had a brave haircut. I smiled and on the inside I wished everyone felt like they could do something brave with their hair. You may think having an undercut  would really limit how you can style your hair but for me the possibilities seem endless. I put together a snapshot of ten styles I could create with an undercut and box braids. Hopefully this will give you the push you need to do something “Brave” with your hair. Leave me a comment about which style is your favorite.  Enjoy!


  1. Top Knot

2. Side Braid

3. Side swept & down 

4. Straight back braid 

5. Ponytail 

6. Half up, half down 

7. Low ponytail (hidden under cut)

8. Low twisted side bun

9. Bow up do 

10. Messy bun

Flowers + Stripes | OOTD

If  you’re looking for a funky way to mix stripes and floral prints then I’m here to help! This OOTD is so fun because this combination is a bit unexpected. The trick to making this look work for you is making sure the base color of both your pieces are the same. The v-neck top is black with white stripes and the skirt is black with floral print. Because they have that black base in common they don’t conflict with each other. For the shoe I chose a comfortable sneaker that brings out the coral floral print in the skirt. Everything about this look ties in together. You could probably guess that I got this entire look from Old Navy, enjoy!

Sunglasses- Old Navy

V-neck Top- Old Navy

Floral skirt- Old Navy

Shoes- Old Navy