Knappy Hair, Don’t Care

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For what seems like forever, I have struggled with my self image. This is especially true when I comes to my hair.

I’ve relaxed, dyed, shaved it, you name it!

I like my hair long, so I thought the only option for me was to relax it and wear extensions. And when the relaxer (and neglectful hair care on my part) damaged my hair, I thought I have to start over.

After the second time shaving my hair all off, about a year ago, I decided that I wanted to give going natural another try.

My hair started to come in nicely, and this time around, I embraced my TWA. But then like clockwork, I missed have long (albeit faux) locks, and starting reconsidering chemically straightening my hair to blend better with the extensions.

That’s when I came across Knappy Hair Natural Hair Extensions on Kaye McCoy’s Instagram page. And let me tell you I am SO unbelievably happy that I did!

Being able to find extensions that match and blend beautifully with my natural hair has helped me feel stronger in my choice to stay #teamnatural. Here I am wearing the 16″ set of the Kinky Coarse Clip In Extensions. I love that my hair looks full and has the volume of what my natural would have at that length. I recently learned about the Kinky Koily set and believe me when I say that is next on my list!

The fact that Knappy Hair is a black woman own business is an added bonus.

Something About Sézane

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While I would trade fall fashion for summer weather in a heartbeat, I can’t help but find myself grateful for sweater weather. Especially after discovering the French brand Sézane.

My first of their sweaters was from the Madewell x Sézane collaboration. What I loved most about it was the back details. And the fact that it could be worn backwards for a completely different look.

After seeing other digital fashionistas in Sézane pieces, it was impossible to not fall even deeper in love!

Courtney Halverson (of Pretty Little Fawn) inspired me to get the Simone sweater and Frédérique Harrel (of Freddie Harrel) made me want the Timothée.

These outfits feature two of latest sweater purchases. Even though I styled both of these looks with jeans, knitwear goes equally as great with a skirts, which is how I’ve been wearing them to work.

Which of these sweaters is your favorite and how would you wear it?

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My Current Shopbop Wish List

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Shopbop Wish List

Whenever Shopbop has a sale I feel obligated to buy at least one thing, and with the holidays approaching I know there’s bound to be a new sale soon and I’ve already got a few things saved to add to my cart for when it drops.

  1. Clare V will always be my go-to designer for bags. Right now the one I’m eyeing is this green croc circle bag.
  2. Ear climbers are my not so secret guilty pleasure at the moment. It all began with Gorjana. A few more couldn’t hurt too much…
  3. I never seem to have enough work pants. Jeans? I have plenty. But I can only wear them on Fridays and weekends. This pair screams boardroom boss, so naturally, I want them. I actually almost got them, but they sold out in my size while in my cart, talk about a nightmare!
  4. The amount of compliments I get when carrying my ark bag, makes me want another Cult Gaia bag. Since I’m going to Palms Springs for Alt Summit again next year, I feel like I need to make this happen.
  5. After recently admitting to myself that I love a good sneaker just as much as a heel or boot, I accumulated more than my fair share. But I don’t have a pair as fun as these.

Which store has your favorite sale and what do you want to get?

 

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Summer Dress Dilemma Solved

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As much as I love summer, figuring out what to wear when you want to look cute, but it’s a thousand degrees is the opposite of fun. I’ve partnered with Topshop to share the perfect solution to finding just the right dress for each of your summer needs!

Given the fact that summer often means too hot to handle temperatures, having some above the knee option is a must for me. It also has to be something that can effortlessly go from day to night.

When I want to go for something a little dressier, a wrap dress is for sure the way to go. Wear it with heels, sandals, or sneakers, since it requires very little to no styling, you can grab a bag and you’re good to go. Brunch? Wrap dress. Drive-in movie? Wrap dress. County fair? Dinner with his parents? Day exploring the city? Wrap dress, wrap dress, wrap dress!

To keep things a little more casual, go with something versatile that will look cute no matter how you decide to style it. A sleeveless option allows you to wear it with a jean jacket or light cardi for more options, even though it’s plenty cute solo. And, when fall starts to creep up on us, you can always layer it. The possibilities are practically endless! I promise you will absolutely, at some point next season, see me in this gingham dress both under a chunky knit sweater and over a turtleneck.

 

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My Favorite T.J.Maxx Summer Finds

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I’ve partnered with T.J.Maxx to share my favorite finds of the summer. With 100s of new arrivals each week, it’s impossible not to fill your online shopping bag with your favorite designer brands. With free shipping on orders $89 or more, fighting the urge to buy everything that I find is a legitimate struggle for me. And with T.J.Maxx’s everyday low prices, I am completely and totally fine with that.

You know what I can seriously get enough of, ever? Denim. Specifically jeans. Two of the looks I am sharing are featuring designer blue jean denim, that I scored from The Runway section on The Runway section on T.J.Maxx.com. The Runway features premium designer fashion at incredible savings.

Initially I was concerned about the fit, and nervous about finding jeans that worked for me, but being able to filter down the size options eliminated me falling in love with any jeans that weren’t available in my size. No fomo, is a very good thing. If they happen to not fit the way I like, having the option to return them in store is super helpful!

And while jeans are still my number one go-to, finding my favorite brand dresses at great value, is too good an opportunity pass. This summer I’ve definitely found myself wearing dresses a little more than anything else. I didn’t expect to find this dress, but being able to search clothes by style (in this case contemporary) allowed me to view things I might not have searched for specifically, but are exactly what I didn’t know I wanted.

This linen dress is one that can be worn to picnics in the park, long walks on the beach, or days that are just plain hot. 

I wore it most recently for a date night to a local pizzeria, where we ordered buffalo chicken everything and got caught in the rain on our way home. I plan to wear in again very soon during our family vacation to Maine. 

These three different tjmaxx.com looks all help fulfill my desire for glamour and luxury, at prices the make me look like the star that I think that I am. And the second look, the bodysuit and shoe are also from tjmaxx.com!

Summer styleUP Challenge with thredUP

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Some time ago, I shared about using thredUP. I don’t know if I really explained exactly what thredUP is.

thredUP is a fashion resale website, where you can both buy and sell secondhand clothes online. I like it because I can send in a bag (provided by them) of gently worn or like new clothes and then use the credit I earn to shop their 15K new arrivals added every day. What I really love, is that the clothes don’t take up any much needed space, while I’m waiting for them to sell and whatever doesn’t sell, they will responsibly recycle your clothing!

My favorite thredUP finds are ones that are that are unique, but easy to style a number of different ways.

This Banana Republic dress is the perfect example. I’ve partnered with thredUP to style it five different ways for summer.

  1. Keep it fun! Adding jeans and comfortable sneakers, takes a dress and makes it a summer outfit that’s perfect for both cooler days or summer nights.
  2. Spice up a dress with accessories. Wear it with a leather jacket and/or over-the-knee boots for a sexy date night look.
  3. You can never go wrong with sneakers and a denim jacket, no matter what you’re wearing. A dress is no exception.
  4. Wear it the same way, but different. Switch things up by layering a skirt over it. This essentially creates a different dress. Have a lot of skirts? Well then, lucky you, you’ve got a lot of options!
  5. My favorite way to accessorize a dress (other than over jeans), is with a belt. Matching pieces gives you a monochromatic look to wear all summer long.

Which look are you most likely to rock this summer? Make sure to check out all the pieces currently up for grabs on thredUP!

Seaport Elise Loafer

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Working with Sperry has been such an amazing experience. I have long since been a fan of their sneakers (I own four pairs!) and boat shoes. My latest pair of Sperry shoes, and newest obsession is their Seaport Elise Loafer. They are perfect for work or for a day at the beach, and I’ve been wearing them for both.

Give me a shoe that I can dress up and down and I am one happy shoe lover!

Ever since starting back on a 40 hour corporate work week, finding shoes that fit my personal style while being both reasonably comfortable, yet still professional looking enough to wear to work has been a struggle. These loafers are were the answer to addressing all of those concerns.

I haven’t worn them with a dress yet, but I am confident they will look amazing with one. I promise to share photos on Instagram when I do, because I know that I for sure will at least once this summer.

What style of dress would you most like to see me wear Seaport Elise Loafer with?

 

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Summer in Sperry

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Summer is without a doubt my absolute favorite season. Give me longer days, warmer nights, and road trips to the beach. Living in New England, I tend to find myself wearing sneakers to the beach more often than not. Sperry is more than just your classic boat shoes, they also have sneakers. Be it for the beach or to brunch, they’ve got tons of options to style as you please.

Since I often wear jeans, sneakers have quickly become my go-to weekend shoe choice. But really, grabbing my Sperry Crest Vibe sneakers is always a great option no matter what I’m wearing!

With the unofficial start of summer, and me having zero chill, I’ve already worn my sneakers more times than I care to share. This weekend I have a wedding, and if I could get away with it, I would totally wear them instead.

Are you judging me or would you wear these sneakers everywhere too?

 

 

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Sperry My Way

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I am beyond excited to share some news with you all! I’ve partnered with Sperry to show you how I style their shoes, and do prep, my way.

I got my first pair of Sperry boat shoes a pretty long time ago. I wore them often. Usually with khakis. I didn’t even like khaki’s all that much, but I loved those shoes. And that’s kind of how I just thought you had to wear them. It never really occured to me that how others might expect you to wear something, or how you think other might expect you to wear something, can simply be tossed out the window.

With that belief of what prep was in the past where it belongs, I have learned to embrace it. Now, I am not saying that I am preppy. My personal style is far to casual for that. What I’m saying is that I can appreciate good quality products, like these Authentic Original Sperry Boat Shoes, and wear them in a way that looks put together, without compromising what I like.

Even though I like a more easy-going look, I still want to feel cute. A basic dress, made more me with a denim jacket, and my Sperry boat shoes. This outfit took me from work to an evening stroll.

Now that you know that you can do preppy your way, how would you style boat shoes?

 

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2018

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Band Tee: Daydreamer | Skirt: Vintage via Vintanthromodern | Boots: Jessica Simpson
Bag: Free People | Jacket: J.Crew (sold out) | Sungalsses: Celine | Necklace: Kate Spade

New York Fashion Week is something that I have always wanted to experience. I don’t know what exactly had stopped me in the past, but I made the commitment to myself to attend. So I did.

While I am very glad that I went, I wish I had done things a little differently. And come September, I plan to. While there things I’d do over if I could, one thing I would not was deciding to wear a band tee. I dressed it up with high heeled booties and layered it with a J.Crew coat, but made sure to stay true to my style.

Here’s a few things that I plan to change up:

  1. Plan ahead. Being in New York for Fashion Week is one thing. Next time I want to immerse myself. Attend presentations, shows, really be a part of it.
  2. Stay a while. One day put a lot of pressure on getting things right, and essentially caused me to fail. Having a hotel or somewhere nearby to stay will take away some of that pressure. I would have the option to change clothes, or even rest for a bit, if needed.
  3. Bring friends. Traveling alone can be great. Most of the time, I actually prefer it. However, NYFW is something that would be way more fun of an experience when shared.

I will also say, that this was probably the first and last time I will attend in February. A cold and wet Bet is a very unhappy, all but crying in the back of a taxi Bet. Have you ever been to NYFW? Are you planning to go? I want to know, so share in the comments here or on Instagram!

 

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Photos by: Kaye McCoy