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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!!

Ombré Faux Fur + Trouser Pant| OOTD

It went from hot to freezing in Houston and I’m happy about it because I can legitimately break out ALL of my faux furs!! This look is sooooo much fun all because of its unexpected elements.

First, lets talk about the elephant in the room, this ombre faux fur sponsored by SammyDress.com! I can’t lie, when I got this jacket in the mail I immediately opened it and petted it for 10 minutes. Lol It is so cozy and eye catching. This coat is for the bold, fearless, edgy woman. Just get one and think about it later! You wont regret it. Ha Ha!

I found this shameless “So Damn Magical” graphic tee at Beehive Houston. I went to a shopping event there not long ago. Not only did I have a great time, I found these cool pieces and got to hang out with amazing people. A simply worded tee with a loose fit but feminine light pink lettering is so perfect for my life. I’m not huge into pink but the symbolism in these words written in this color just did something for me.

As soon as I put my first leg into these pants I knew they’d be a perfect fit. The have a high rise, cool slits on either leg, and beautiful front seam details. What more could a girl ask for?

If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit the store in Rice Village go check it out. It is such a cute place to shop with pretty great prices. If I can afford it on a teachers salary than anyone can. Lol

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about this look, enjoy!

Ombre Faux Fur

Slit It Trouser

So Damn Magical Tee

Camera Purse

Casual NYE | OOTD

If your’e doing something a little less formal this New Year Eve and you just want to feel like a total bass ass this look will work for you. What I love about it is the unexpected details with the comfort of a t-shirt and shorts.

This mock neck top is soft and basically no frills…until you get to the faux fur on the sleeve then its EVERYTHING! Three bands to be exact and it’s just enough interest to raise a few eyebrows. The skirt is actually a skort (skirt & short combo) so you can totally rock a “short skirt” with out worrying about showing to much. Again, the skirt is simple until you lay your eyes on the lace up details on the left side. A comfortable wedge shoe a caged look and a small bag and I’m good to go.

Leave me a comment on how you plan to style your casual New Year Eve look. Enjoy!

ShirtShein.com

SkirtSammydress.com

GlassesRosegal.com

*This is a Sponsored post. Clothing items were provided by the mentioned retailers.

 

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

Peplum Cami + Nuetrals | OOTD

When your whole life comes from Old Navy!!!! Lol I do have favorite stores where I shop but it’s rare that I have an entire look that comes from one store. Well Old Navy, you’ve done it! From my sunnies to my shoes this complete look comes from Old Navy. 

This OOTD is completely composed of nuetrals. It’s no secret that I love black and white but hunter green and navy are on the top of my favorites list too. These nuetrals are forever in a revolving list of pieces that can be mixed and matched. They came in handy while I was traveling for two weeks with a limited wardrobe. Leave me a comment and tell me what’s your favorite store to get complete looks from, Enjoy! 

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

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!

 

Stylist Ashley Dunn

If you haven’t seen a stylist work to create looks in person than you are missing out on a huge part of the fashion industry. Imagine a busy little bee buzzing around from flower to flower collecting nectar. Watching stylist Ashley Dunn work gave me that same exact visual. I watched her start with inspiration, then she covered an ENTIRE store in about 30 minutes before she started narrowing them down. It was like magic, watching all these separate pieces come together for a complete looks.

As I got to talk more with Ashley I found out that she was not only pulling clothes for an upcoming menswear shoot, but a video shoot as well. The shoots were a few days away but on the day of our meeting she still had to speak to pageant girls at The University of Houston about personal styling. Her to-do-list goes on and on and things are added to it on an hourly basis. She keeps a running list of times, places and locations for her schedule. While most of the world is sleeping Ashley stays up as late as she needs to, to be sure that her daily list is organized for the next day.

Things had not always been so busy for this now experienced stylist working in Houston. Starting out in the corporate world, Ashley eventually left that career to follow her passion and dreams of being a respected, working stylist. Not only did she chase her dreams, she caught them! In 2003 Ashley was still pursuing her degree in college but she knew a career in fashion would make her feel fulfilled. From then until now, the market for stylists in Houston has changed dramatically. There was little demand when she first began styling so making something out of nothing was what she did. She set goals and networked to meet the right people in the industry. Over time people took note of her work ethic and professionalism. In combination with her keen sense on style, it propelled her to the top. She now attends NYFW and has a regular monthly segment on Great Day Houston. She’s a got expert on style and fashion.

None of this came easy, it was worked and sacrificed for! When I asked Ashley how many career goals  she has set and met for herself, she said “It is hard to keep count, but the true blessings are the unexpected milestones that you reach along the way. Being recognized among your peers is and continues to be one of the more rewarding elements.”

To learn more about Ashley Dunn, keep up with her daily happening on Instagram and online.


Back to Basics | OOTD

You slept through your alarm or didn’t set it. You hit the snooze 4 times and now you’re going to be late! When you’re in a rush and you need to get out of the house quickly go back to your basics. Black, white, a crew neck t-shirt, and jeans always do the trick for me. I don’t have to worry about matching, other colors, or it being comfy. It’s all so easy and best of all, you can’t mess it up. Lol

Leave me a comment of what you grab out of your closet when you’re really short on time. Enjoy!

Mellow Yellow | OOTD

This outfit of the day was inspired by laziness! I had somewhere to go but because I’m on summer break, everyday feels like a t-shirt and jeans day to me. Rather than fight it, I went with it. I grabbed my most comfortable pair of mid-rise jeans from Old Navy and a fancier version of a t-shirt. I got this yellow top from H & M a year ago and honestly I haven’t worn it very much. It do really like the top and it came in handy. It has a nice delicate detail around the V-neck of the collar and an easy cap sleeve.  Although I look pulled together I felt very comfortable which was the goal. I threw on a pair of low comfy heels, grabbed my purse and was on my way.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your “go to” lazy day outfit is? Enjoy!

My Hair History 2010-2016

It has been a while since I’ve done a hair update, yet I answer several questions about natural hair from my followers almost every day . I’ve put together a collage to show how my natural hair journey has progressed over the last 6 years. I will also give you a play by play of some of my most memorable hair moments that some of my new followers and subscribers may have missed.

First up is my big chop! August 2010 I was so inspired by my sister going natural that I decided to big chop as soon as my then boyfriend got back in town. I have an article on CurlsUnderstood.com detailing how it affected my relationship. It was fun to have my sister be able to join me for such a fun adventure.

Up next is my hair at its longest after being natural for about 3 years. At this point my son was already born and I was short on time and getting bored with my hair. The cure for boredom is change so I went for something fun. I shaved both sides of my hair in a mohawk style. I tried every style possible with this cut before I was ready for change again.

To cure my new found boredom I just shaved my entire head and it felt even better than cutting my hair the first time. Naturally there was no fear of the unknown. This time I even used my husband’s clippers to shave it myself. (You have not lived until you have shaved your own head bald. Love you Brittney Spears! )

After my hair started to grow back I was all about experimenting with color because I had never done it before. First I let my hair grow a tiny bit then I went right for purple. To get the hue I wanted I bleached my hair first, then I dyed it purple. Honestly I did not love that as much as I though I would.

From the purple, I cut most of it off and went darker with a deep burgundy but that didn’t last long. I eventually went platinum blonde for a month or so. Having my hair that light was an incredible amount of maintenance. My roots seemed to grow within two days of a retouch. My hair that was all ready light just got lighter and borderline white with each retouch.

That brings you up to the present. After a few weeks of growing, my natural hair color returned and I got my hair cut several times before deciding to grow my hair out into a tapered afro. You know I couldn’t stay away from the color so I went for a more natural light auburn which I loved even as it grew out as it is today.

So now that I have given you my entire  hair history I must admit that I’M BORED AGAIN! I need a change so stay tuned to see what I’ll do next. Enjoy!


Simple White And Bold Gold | OOTD

First off I was able to wear this dress to an event without getting it completely filthy! (Yay for me) Next, this dress was so easy to wear it was almost like wearing pajamas. It is one of my favorite colors and was cool and airy for a humid Houston night. Outside of all the comfort, the details are what made me fall for this dress.

The top and sleeves of the dress has a mesh lattice effect that is a different texture than the bottom. At the hem the threads are loose and it almost looks like there are mini tassels hanging from the dress.

My gold accessories compliment the monochromatic color of the dress and are a real show stopper. It’s almost like you have to take in the gold collar necklace and cuff before you notice the details of the dress. They are big, chunky and bold; opposite of the dress. As a rule of thumb, I always pair a simple outfit with bold accessories and vise versa. The more extravagant the clothing, the simpler the jewelry.

Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite bold accessories are! Enjoy!

Collar necklace-Urban Outfitters

Cuff bracelet- Claires

Dress- Beach by Exist

Shoes- Aldo

Vintage Fourth of July | OOTD

Fourth of July is right around the corner. As you plan festivities for the day think about whether you want to wear the mundane Fourth of July Graphic tee AGAIN!

You can look great in red, white, and blue with a little vintage flare. Pair this top (or a similar top) with almost any bottom and you’re good to go. You’ll be cool, comfortable and stylish. An added bonus is you’ll be recycling and giving a vintage piece a new life.

Leave me a comment about how you plan to style your Fourth of July look. Enjoy!

Vintage Top & Belt- Collected Vintage

The Power of Classics | OOTD

The first thing you need to know about this OOTD is that the dress I’m wearing belonged to my mother and is over 30 years old. My mom wore this dress to my dad’s prom when they were 18. At this time in my parents lives my three siblings and I were no where in the picture. That’s only funny because my dad constantly reminds me that at my age he already had four kids. Lol 

 This dress proves the power of classics. This creme color, and design will forever be relevant and in style. Next time you’re out shopping think about the ratio between classic staple pieces compared to trendy items. You’re wardrobe will last longer if you have a good set of basics to mix with trendier items. Enjoy! 

Photograper-David S.O.U.F. Africa Gabriel Of S.P.I.T.ing Image Photography 

OOTD | Stripes and Culottes

Let’s give looking fabulous on a budget its own moment! This entire look costed me about $25 and I felt beyond classy in it. Of course anything black, white and striped catches my attention but this outfit works so well because of the classic colors. If these pieces were in a variety of other colors it may not last very long but I predict they can be mixed and matched for seasons to come.

The jewelry is from my rocks box collection. I’m not a big jewelry person so I don’t purchase pieces often. Most of the jewelry I own is very simple and minimal so it definitely helps to know I will be getting something in the mail that I can style with my OOTD’s. Enjoy!

Top- Similar Forever 21

Culottes-Similar Wet Seal

Shoes- Aldo

Photograper- David Souf Africa Gabriel of S.P.I.Ting Image Photography 

Natural, Wild and Free | OOTD 

I couldn’t find a graphic t-shirt that truly described me so I designed a few myself. This OOTD is casual as I paired it with a pair of thrifted denim shorts and wedge heels. Just like a good pair of wedges this entire look is comfortable and easy to wear. I wore this OOTD to the Bloggers Union meeting where I enjoyed a nice seat in a beach chair on the floor. Lol (Truly comfy, ha ha)

The inspiration behind this design in based on the phrase “young, wild and free.” I just know I don’t have the choice to always be young but I  can make the choice to always be natural. Matching with my favorite colors to wear, this shirt comes in black, white, gray, and pale pink.

Leave me a comment about what the phrase “natural, wild and free” means to you, Enjoy!

Graphic T-shirtMy Society 6 Shop

Shorts- Thrifted

Shoes-Nine West

Purse- J. McLaughlin

Swimming Into Summer👙

Summer is near and with it comes shopping for a swimsuit. I can honestly say it’s not as exciting for me as it used to be since having a baby a few years ago. Trying to wear the same type of swimsuit as before I was pregnant was the main culprit. Triangle bikini tops and low rise bottoms are no longer my friends. Let’s just say my boobs are not exactly where they used to be after nursing for nearly a year and my mid section is a bit more squishy. Lol

Before you set out to shop for swimsuits (undies you get to show everyone) make sure you feeling good about yourself that day. We all have days when we don’t feel our best. If you are having the week from hell, DON’T GO SHOPPING FOR A SWIMSUIT! You’ll just regret it. Be sure you’re having a great hair day and maybe put on a little lipstick. You want to feel confident when you get naked. Lol

I adapted the style of clothing that I feel best in to a swimsuit and it helped tremendously. I love classic black and white so picking a color was a no brainer. A well fitting bra is a must have so I went for a more “bra” type of top with lots of support and voila! My breasts “look” like they are where they should be again. (At least while I’m wearing the suit. Lol) For the bottoms I took my love of high rise pants and picked a swim bottom that gives me the same comfort. A high rise bottom leaves me feeling not so exposed yet beautiful.

The great news is that I was able to get everything at one store, Old Navy! I feel like I could just move in there since I’m there all the time. You may have to mix and match brands if you’re looking for very different things for your top and bottom but thats okay. Before you shop for a swimsuit this summer think about clothing items that you feel best in and consider your body type before you head out. That way you don’t feel overwhelmed with trying on any and everything. If you don’t find something you love the first go round, don’t be afraid to go back to the drawing board until you do. Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite swimsuit shopping tips are, Enjoy!

Swimsuit, Denim Jacket, shoes- Old Navy

Box Clutch Purse- MilanBlocks.com


OOTD | Classic Color Blocking

This is another OOTD like the perfect dress I posted a few weeks ago that is just everything I love. When I say  “everything I love” I mean black, white, coloring blocking, horizontal stripes, comfort, airy and loose.With the Houston heat having an outfit that catches a faint breezes is important.

I wanted this look to be minimal so the v-split in the back is what adds interest to a plain black top. Although they’re all white, the culottes themselves are interesting because at first glance you may not be entirely sure what they are. Not pants, not capris, could it be a skirt? No, they’re culottes!

My shoes are black with a wide faux snake skin strap across the toes. My accessories are minimal as well. I’m wearing my gold collar necklace and my gold nail bracelet from Charm Envy. The star of this look is the custom box clutch from Milan Blocks. On one side it has black and white horizontal stripes and on the custom side the the Authentically+B logo lettering. The chain strap is detachable so it can be used as a clutch or a purse.

This OOTD is fuss free, simple, comfortable and more importantly cool! Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite minimalist look is, Enjoy!

Top- Forever 21 (similar)

Culottes- Forever 21 (similar)

Shoes- Aldo

Necklace & Bracelet– Charm Envy

Box Clutch- Milan Blocks

BKR Visit & Tote Challenge OOTD #2

Day 2 in San Francisco was super busy! We did tons of sight seeing but not before we went  to visit the BKR office. You may ask what is BKR? BKR is the luxe water bottle that will change the way you hydrate forever!

Founders Kate and Tal met and became friends in law school. They had successful careers as lawyers but decided to recreate their lives when they saw a need in the most basic element of the beauty industry, HYDRATION! Being hydrated is so important when it comes to beauty because it shows from the inside out. Here were two fabulous, healthy, beautiful, successful women who felt like every time they went to drink water, they were drinking from trash. They wanted to create something more healthy, sustainable and fashion forward for the woman that is cultured and wants it all. Everything in your life can  be beautiful, even your water bottle.

My sister and I were greeted by BKR’s social media director Max. He welcomed us and made us feel at home right away. The BKR office is a very beautiful, bright space with tons of natural light coming through all of the large windows. From the lunch area to the conference room, every area is a dedicated space. I got to say hello to the team and I even met a BKR team member from Louisiana. It was so cool to get an inside look at all the awesome things going on behind the scenes and view some exclusive silicone sleeve colors. I honestly could have wandered around and hung out there forever.

Over the past year I’ve been adapting my shopping habits to say no to a “disposable” lifestyle when it comes to fashion trends. I don’t need to have a bunch of things and follow every trend. I just need quality items that I love. From the clothing I choose to purchase to my water bottle, having the essentials and only acquiring pieces that I adore has proved to be so rewarding. Now that I have added BKR to the equation I feel a sense of completion.

I can not thank Kate, Tal and Max enough for welcoming me into their beautiful work space! It was great to see the team behind the beauty essential BKR.

 

 

Let’s talk OOTD. On day 2 I chose my horizontal striped dress/tunic and paired it with black leggings. Of course white chucks and my green cargo jacket were there too! Oh yeah, lets talk a bout the orange scarf! It was windy in SF and I didn’t bring a scarf so I thrifted this Banana Republic scarf in the Mission District. Great find right?!


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After we left the BKR office we stopped by Marlowe for some mouth watering lunch. Next up was Lombard to check out San Francisco’s “crookedest” street. It was beautiful to witness and we even made the trek up to the top to see the amazing view!

We attempted to ride a trolly but the line was so long that we didn’t want to wait. Instead we went back to Fisherman’s Wharf for the views, fresh seafood and more freshly baked donuts from Trish’s. Join me tomorrow for another OOTD and day 3 in San Francisco, Enjoy!