An Edgy Feminine Festival Outfit Idea

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Even though I won’t be attending, Coachella is right around the corner. You don’t have to go to Coachella to appreciate the style. I have long since loved taking and mixing styles to make them my own. Here’s a feminine yet edgy festival outfit idea that you can wear to a festival or in your own backyard. Or on the grounds of the Parker Palm Springs, like I did!

Bohemian inspired style, while cute for a festival outfit, don’t feel grounded enough for me. So, I styled this lace For Love and Lemons dress with my Matisse biker boots and a red lip to make it a little more chic and classy. The grey fedora hat is from Gigi Pip, of which I am now a brand advocate and will be sharing a promo code for on Instagram very soon…

My initial vision for this festival outfit shoot involved a trip to Joshua Tree, but Denisse Benitez of Chasing Denisse, made magic happen right where I was staying!

Have you ever been to a music festival? I’ve been to Boston Calling. What are your festival plans for this year?

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NYFW: Street Style

Before I recap my second (and much more gratifying) NYFW experience, I wanted to share about one of my favorite parts of Fashion Week.

Street style.

I will also be sharing my own outfits from NYFW, but that will just be in a later blog post.

While this time around, my overall experience was about 1000x better, I still didn’t delve into NYFW as much as I could have. That’s not a bad thing, though! What I did do felt surreal in the best way. But more on that in another later post.

Scout the City

I saw enough outfit inspiration while at NYFW to make Andrew worried I would want an entire new wardrobe.

However, when Sai De Silva walked by us and was inevitably stopped by street style photographers for photos, something came over me and I sprung into action. Snatching my camera from a very confused Andrew (who had been taking photos of me) snapping photos like my blog depended on it!

prêt-à-provost

Sai wasn’t the only blogger I crossed paths with at NYFW. Very similarly, I witnessed photographers clicking away camera directed at Allie Provost and her beautiful Kate Spade ensemble.

I’ve followed Allie of prêt-à-provost on Instagram for so long, that I felt like I knew her and asked to take a photo with her. She is super sweet and of course she obliged, resulting in a photo that I absolutely love!

For all the other fashion obsessed out there, what is your favorite part of NYFW?

Casual Cool Winter Outfit

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I’ve said it before, but Anine Bing is ultimate style goals for me. She is the definition of casual cool girl style that I tend to strive for.

That being said, I don’t own a ton from her collection. The pieces that I do have, I love beyond a doubt and know that I’ll wear countless ways.

My newest addition is this tiger sweatshirt. I’ve only worn it once so far, but I loved how effortlessly cool I felt in my outfit the day I wore it. Nothing fancy, but chic nonetheless.

How would you describe your style goals and who embodies that for you?

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11 of My Top Instagram Outfits from 2018

For my first blog post of 2019, I wanted to share some of my top Instagram outfits from 2018. But first, let me explain…

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come…” -Unknown

That is exactly how I’ve been feeling lately.

One of my goals for last year was to blog consistently. I didn’t care if it was once a week or once a month, but I wanted to make sure that I was blogging and not just posting on Instagram.

With the start of the new year, I was getting down on myself, feeling like I hadn’t done enough. I honestly don’t know what made me think to do so, but I decided to look over my 2018 blog posts to see how often I’d posted. There were a couple of months I posted multiple times (March and November), and only one (October) where I didn’t post at all. Not perfect (some months the only reason I posted was because it was sponsored and I had to), but I am quite proud of what I accomplished.

My Blog Goal for 2019

This year my goal is to post at least twice a month. I know there are bloggers out there posting 3-5 times a week, but know that for me, committing to do too much would lead to anxiety or putting forth rushed content that could be better.

Posting with Intention

One thing that I should have more of, was to share more of the content that I was creating for Instagram on my blog. While I did start to figure that out a little towards the end of the year, I want to do so more intentionally this year.

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Issa fall lewk. 🍁 #sperrymyway #knappyhairextensions

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I didn’t choose the sweater life… #sezane

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What I wore to dinner @nahita_restaurant last night.

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Some of my top Instagram looks have already made their way to the blog, but figured it couldn’t hurt to share them again, in case someone needs some outfit inspiration.

Do you have a favorite look that I’ve shared? Or is there a particular trend you’d like to see me style? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll try to share both on here and on Instagram!

And before you ask, you can shop my IG looks here.

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!