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Natural Hair | Tuck & Pin Style

I have had my box braids out for a while now and because of the length of my hair I have had to become very creative with my hair styles. It is sort of an awkward stage when it’s not long enough for some things and not short enough to just leave it alone and wear it as is.

I would classify this look as a tuck & pin style. Tuck & pins are great for any hair length and every hair stays put because of all of the bobby pins you’ll use. To begin, I blew my hair out with my blowdryer.  After it was stretched, I began at the very front in the center of my hair with a light braid/twist. Once each braid/twist is done, secure it with a bobby pin. Start on the right, twist and pin to the opposite side. Then move to the opposite side of your head and repeat. Continue this pattern until you reach the desired place you’d like to stop. Then use the same left to right pattern to braid out the remaining hair. Tuck it under and secure it with a bobby pin. It takes less than five minutes to do and people won’t believe that you did it yourself.

Leave me a comment about your favorite tuck & pin style. Enjoy!

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

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

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)

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!

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

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

Add These 5 Essentials To Your Fall Wardrobe

I know it’s still very warm in Houston but Fall will be here before you know it. You’ll miss all the brightly colored prints that came with spring and summer so add these five pieces to your fall wardrobe to keep it versatile.

1. Puffy Vest (Old Navy)

Perfect for chilly mornings and warmer afternoons.

2. Cargo Utility Jacket (Old Navy)

Beautifully colored for fall with plenty of pockets for your essentials.

3. Blazer with Fun Prints (Thrifted)

Dress it up or down and stay warm.

4. Moto Jacket (Shasa)

Chic yet casual for almost any occasion.

5. Denim Vest (Target)

A casual way to stay cozy when the weather cools down.

Leave me a comment about your must have fall essentials, Enjoy!

How to Upgrade Cabinets for Under $15 | DIY

As many of you know our family appeared on HGTV’s House Hunters earlier this year. When we began filming we weren’t even close to being ready to move in. While we were still prepping, I was able to knock out small projects that were fun, easy to do and inexpensive. Let’s be real, renovations are not cheap so I was definitely looking for projects that would make a real impact for not a lot of cash.

This easy DIY helps you provide a serious upgrade to your cabinets that are easy to change anytime you want. Our home was built in the 1920’s so everything isn’t perfect but it will last forever. Our cabinets don’t have backing so to spice it up a bit I created patterned backings to make the bare wall look amazing. To start gather large card board boxes, scissors, fabric of your choice, a tape measure and a hot glue gun.

  1. Measure the length and width of the inside of your cabinets.
  2. Once you have those measurements, cut out card board pieces in the exact measurement and shape of you cabinets.
  3. Take your fabric and make sure too cut a section that will cover the front of the card and slightly fold over the edges and corners.
  4. Use your hot glue gun to glue the fabric to the card board on all four sides and let it cool.
  5. Carefully insert the covered part so that your fabric is visible inside the cabinet.
  6. Press it firmly into the back of the cabinet until its snug.
  7. Repeat these directions until you cover all or part of your backings.

I hope you found this cabinet upgrade simple to do. It can pack a real punch in an otherwise ugly or boring cabinet. Leave me a comment and upload photos to show me how this easy DIY worked for you. Enjoy!

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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

Polka Dot Shirt Dress | OOTD 

Let’s talk polka dots!!! What’s better than black and white polka dots? Nothing!!! Ha ha!

I found this adorable polka dot shirt dress at Zirze Boutique in Vilnius, Lithuania while I was on vacation a few weeks ago. It was just right for me and I knew it the moment I laid eyes on it. Not too long, not too short, light, airy and it can easily help my wardrobe transition to fall. All wins for me!

For some fun pops of color I paired a red-orange fold over cross body bag and red-orange Vince Camuto shoes. Not to forget red-orange lip color. I’m usually not so match-matchy but this just felt right. Leave me a comment about your favorite pop of color, enjoy!

Shirt Dress-Tirse Boutique (Vilnius)

Foldover Crossbody Purse-Old Navy

Shoes-Vince Camuto (Dillards)

Inclán Design Studio


Maternal last names can get lost through marriage but Designer Paola Contreras made sure that her grandmother’s maiden name would live forever through Inclán. Paola is one third of the diverse team that makes up Inclán. And the story goes, Paola stalked Clarence Lee, Clarence stalked Thao Phuong Le, and they all designed happily ever after. (Ha ha!)

They are able to create together because of the unmatched work ethic that they share. Paola, Clarence, and Thao graduated from the Art Institute in 2013,2014, and 2015 respectively. The only reason they took notice of each other is because they were always at school working. Paola knew she wanted to build a team to help Inclán flourish and what better way to do that than seeing someones expertise in an educational setting. Once Clarence and Paola were solidified they then set their eyes on Thao who seemed to have a sought after set of skills.

As this trio continued to work together they sort of fell into different specialties that help make something as complicated as fashion design just a bit simpler. Thao is a pattern making extraordinaire while Clarence is a maven with illustration and technical design while Paola spearheads concepts as well as fabric selections.

Inclán is known for classic design that is “different”. By different I mean ready-to- wear pieces that are perfectly fabric blocked with pockets on nearly everything. Inclan is edgy, fun, unique, refined and most importantly, all the magic happens right here in Houston Texas! It just doesn’t get much better that that.

Spending time at the Inclán Studio has taught me much more about the design process than I’ve ever known. It was crazy fun, team oriented and I can’t wait to go back! Now that you’re smitten like I am, you can get Inclan online, at Azuz Boutique and Sloan Hall. Enjoy!