casual ootd

Keeping It Casual | OOTD

Happy Fri-Yay! Today’s OOTD is quite simple and what I’d call, the epitome of casual style. Thanks to this Zaful.com for sponsoring this sweet shirt and Shein.com for sponsoring this ultra cool hat!

It means throwing on a comfy pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, a loose button down with cute details, adding in your favorite pair of sneakers, and topping it off with a cool fedora hat. If I could wake up every morning and wear this same exact outfit, I would. It’s safe to say this will be one of my new go to looks for all things casual.

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite go to casual look is. Enjoy!

HatShein.com

ShirtZaful.com

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

White Converse-Shoes

Fuzzy Flats -Sponsored by Dresslily.com

Watch-Timex

Sunglasses- Beehive Houston

Here’s a fun shoe alternative too!!

Metallic skirt

If you don’t have a metallic piece in your closet yet, your’e missing out on a lot of fun! This metallic skirt is versatile and can go casual or dressy. This skirt goes to work, holiday parties, and out for a night on the town. You can find them is many tones and different colors to match your style. Gold happens to be my metal so I fell in love with this one instantly.

When styling this OOTD I chose a casual look and paired it with one of my tried and true sweatshirts that I’ve had for over three years. The truth is any cool graphic sweatshirt will work.  Next, I added in my trusty comfortable black converse and my old faux leather jacket. As you can see this OOTD is super simple to put together but makes a big impact. It also helps you to remember how important it is to have staple pieces in your closet. I’ve created a completely new look with only one new pleated metallic skirt. I call that a victory yall!

Leave me a comment about the new piece your’e mixing with old items from your closet. Enjoy!

Sweater- Similar

Skirt Zaful.com

Jacket- Similar

Shoes- Converse

Bracelets Charming Charlie

SunglassesDresslily.com

How to Style a Slouchy Tunic | OOTD

No matter how much you love getting dressed up, there will always be a day when a slouchy tunic makes you feel good. It’s loose, comfy,light weight, and cozy at the same time. Luckily, my friends over at The Mint Julep Boutique sponsored this olive green Slouchy Dolman Tunic for me and I will be helping you with simple ideas on how you can style it effortlessly.

As a basis for this look, my Dolman Tunic will be paired with boyfriend jeans and booties for each look. First up, you can style this top with a cool hat. This takes minimal effort yet looks so pulled together.

Another option is to pair it with a puffy vest. This gives you some added warmth, dimension and color contrast.

Lastly, you can wear it as is, grab a pair of sunglasses and head out of the door. There’s nothing wrong with simplicity.

TunicThe Mint Julep Boutique

Booties- Old Navy

Vest- Old Navy

Hat- Jamie Slye

Bracelet- Charm Envy

 

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

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

Cut Out Lace Top|OOTD

The cut out top in this OOTD  was sponsored by DressLily.com so that I can bring you a honest review on some of their pieces. I know you must think I’m crazy to be in all white after labor day but I’m a rule breaker. Besides, the celebs are still wearing white at the Emmy’s so I will too. Lol

I ordered a medium in this top because I have freakishly long arms and I didn’t want the sleeves to be short but I could have ordered a small. This top fits true to size. It’s comfortable, not scratchy and has some stretchy qualities to it. When I thought about styling this top the phrase “keep it simple” immediately popped into my head and I knew I was going to go for all white. Luckily I have a pair of white culottes that I purchased from F21 over the summer. To spice up the white, I grabbed the blue wristlet clutch that my mom bought me for christmas years ago. A simple shoe and cool sunnies completed  the look.

Leave me a comment about the cool ways you plan to wear white after labor day, enjoy!

Cut Out Top- Dress Lily

Culottes- Forever 21

Sunnies- Levels Boutique

Shoes- DSW

Brunch Squad | OOTD

The weekend is near and with that come everyones favorite weekend activity, brunch!  Who doesn’t want to be apart of the brunch squad? It’s delicious food, day drinking and good company. I have the ideal outfit that will leave extra rom for all the food you’ll eat. Lol

I love a good graphic sweatshirt so this one is absolutely perfect for the weekends. Since weekends are all about being cute yet comfortable, casual is the way to go. For this OOTD, I took a cool graphic sweatshirt that I loved (cute tank underneath just in case I get warm), paired it with thrifted  denim shorts and topped it off with the best thing fall has to offer (a moto jacket)! On my feet are my converse because duh, they go with everything. A nice pair of sunnies for the morning drive and sitting outside and I was all set. The best thing about this look is after brunch, I can take off my shorts and crawl right into bed to sleep off all the food. Enjoy!

Brunch Squad Sweat Shirt- Old Navy

Shorts-Thrifted

Shoes- Converse

Moto Jacket- Shasa

Belt- Old Navy

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)

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

KisaKisa Clutch Giveaway

If you saw this unique clutch from kisakisafashion.com and fell in love, here is your chance to win it. This “Nyya” bag is valued at $85 and could be all yours! All you have to do is go to Instagram, be following me @authentically.b and @kisakisafashion, & like the giveaway image. Entries are valid 9/6/16-9/10/16. Goodluck to all of you and don’t forget to let you friends know about this cool giveaway, enjoy!

Clutch- kisakisafashion.com

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

Stripes + Polka Dots

I seriously have a big place in my heart for the colors black and white. That place gets even bigger when I find black and white stripes or polka dots. For this look I mashed up both of my favorites for an easy casual look.

You may be wary of mixing stripes and polka dots but this works because both of the prints are small. From a distance it even looks like I’m just wearing black pants and a gray top but when you get a bit closer you can see that it’s patterned. The top is an over sized tank that is perfect for keeping cool. The pants are cropped and have a relaxed fit as well. This OOTD is a perfect no fuss look for a casual lunch with friends or even a movie. I like to have shoe options so you can compliment this OOTD with a heel or go for your chucks. Either way, you’ll look great. (Headed to work for a few hours? Just throw on a blazer!)

What’s your favorite casual look? Leave me a comment with the details. Enjoy!

Jersey Scoop Top- Old NavyJersey Scoop Top- Old Navy

Harper Pants- Old Navy

Sunnies- New Yorker (Riga, Latvia)

Purse-Charming Charlie (similar)

Shoes- Antonio Melani/Dillards

How to Style Boyfriend Jeans

For some ladies boyfriend jeans may be a bit scary to tackle because they are the epitome of things that are not feminine. They’re not fitted, and don’t show off any curves. Most girls are concerned about looking like a slouch in them but I’m going to show you a way to style them so that you look and feel great while you’re wearing them.

Try pairing your boyfriend jeans with something super feminine! It’s an automatic way to balance things out. For this look I chose a red and white floral top with a front tie. I mean, whats more girly that flowers! This works so well because it shows just a sliver of mid drift which is another way to feel sexy with out feeling over exposed.

I decided on my converse sneakers because I was going on a walking tour in Riga. I also took along a long sleeve shirt just incase it got cool while we were out. This resulted in a cool and comfy look that was fit for being active yet looking fashion forward. Leave me a comment to tell me about your favorite way to style boyfriend jeans, Enjoy!

 

Floral Top- Resevered (Riga, Latvia)

Boy Friend Jeans-NewYorker (Riga,Latvia)

Olive Shirt- Old Navy

Shoes- Converse

 

 

Lace Up Swimsuit | OOTD

One piece swimsuits get a bad reputation for being boring so bringing in a current trend helps keep them spicy. This white one piece is business in the front and party in the back. Lace up tops, dresses, and body suits are alive and well right now so why not bring it into the pool.

This suit may look basic but the magic is in the details.  There are wide straps balanced by a square neck line. Of course the lace up in the front is what catches your eye but don’t forget about the high cut bottom and the nearly backless back. All of these things come together to make this one piece truly stand out. I can’t lie, I feel like royalty when I wear it. Leave me a comment to tell me what current trends you’d like to see in a one piece swimsuit. Enjoy!

Swimsuit- Amazon

Shoes- Aldo

Mesh One Piece Swimsuit | OOTD

We are right in the middle of swimsuit season and it’s hotter than whatever Lil Wayne was dropping in Houston right now! All week I’ll be giving you some fresh ideas on how to feel and look sexy in a one piece swimsuit. I love a classic bikini just like the next girl but there is some understated sexy mixed with modesty when it comes to a one piece.

Of course I can’t get enough black things in my closet and this includes water undies. Lol I love that this particular swimsuit has what I like to call “vents” or mesh panelling. It just provides another place to catch a breeze if you ask me. It’s the perfect amount of mesh too! A little bit right above the bust line and a lot in the back. The back actually reminds me of a one piece swimsuit I had growing up. There’s a nice circular cut out that will leave you some crazy fun tan lines.

If you’re looking for swimwear more on the modest side but with a little hint of sexy, try a one piece with a bit of mesh panelling. It won’t disappoint. Enjoy!


Swimsuit-Amazon

Shoes- Antonio Melani

Simple Prints | OOTD

At this point we all know this Houston summer will only get hotter so why not keep cool the way we used to when we were kids. Matching short sets!!! Some may also call it resort wear because it does give you that vacation feel. I can’t count how many my siblings and I had as kids. With two younger brothers and one older sister I bet my mom just wanted to keep things simple. It takes all the guess work out of getting dressed. You know you have a top and bottom with the same print so getting dressed is a breeze.

The hardest part about this look was choosing the print. I went for my favorite colors (black and white) and threw on my trusty wedges. All done! The leaf print just really makes me feel like I should be relaxing so I will be doing so on my sofa until my trip in July. Lol When it comes to fit the top is a crop style so it’s boxy and loose. The shorts are loose as well but have a high waist. This is good news for people like my who enjoy a good crop top but don’t want to show too much belly button. Just a little sliver of school is perfect.

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite childhood summer gear is, Enjoy!

Print Top and Bottom-Amazon

Wedges- Nine West (Similar)

Sun Glasses-Levelss Boutique

Photographer- Bados Iris

Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend was a blur! I was beyond busy with blogging and things around the house but all-in-all in was GREAT!! I met so many new people, had tons of fun, worked with amazing designers and photographers on photo shoots and even finished OITNB (Orange Is The New Black). Side Note: I can’t believe I have to wait another year for a new season. I’m more than sad about that!

All of my activities started Wednesday with hosting a private preview party at Mod Chic Boutique in Rice Village. I also hosted the Summer Garden Tea Party event at Mod Chic Boutique on Saturday. There is nothing like seeing peoples eyes light up when they lay their eyes on a garment that they know is perfect for them.


Sunday was soooo eventful! I started by attending the Brown Bloggers Brunch at Sweet Paris in City Center. The food was yummy and the company was amazing. Right after that, I traveled a few minutes away to the monthly Houston Bloggers Union meeting. There Elly, Jillian, and Jaclyn discussed ways to discover your value and monetize your blog. They were hilarious to listen to but more than that, they were honest in lending a hand to up and coming bloggers.



Lastly I was able to be a part of Designer Natalie Harris’s Damsel White Label Renegade Shoot Out. Natalie provided her out-of-the-box wedding gowns and models, while vendors brought in bouquets, flower crowns, and almost any prop you could imagine. Photographers were free to style their own shoots by selecting the gowns, models, etc.


When I finally got home I was truly exhausted but I honestly don’t regret one minute of it! Cheers to busy weekends, Enjoy the recap!