How to master modestwear | Style Tips

This conversation is long overdue. And it’s partly my fault. For as long as I can remember I have been scared to use the word modest. Especially when it came to clothing. I shied away from the word because I knew I was guilty as everyone else.  There were only a couple of images that popped into my head once I heard the word modest wear. And in my defense, the only time that I did hear it growing up was to convey these ugly, dated fashions tied to particular religious beliefs. So it was no wonder that once I became an adult even though I dressed more modestly that I didn't identify with the term. I say all that to say I was wrong. Period. I'm in a space now where I'm okay with admitting that I'm wrong and okay with redefining words to have better connotations for myself and how I use them.

I embrace a more modest way of style. And it's not to say that I am advising it for all my clients or even you reading this right now. It just simply means that I am admitting that I love to dress modestly. And if you look back at my blog, for the most part, I always have. I rarely show my knees I usually have something even if it's form-fitting that it's longer I rarely let my arms out I always have on foundational wear and layers. It's just always been present. Now that I'm recognizing it,  I'm embracing it more within myself . Modest wear has become a big part of the fashion industry more than it has even in the last 5 to 10 years. So if you are leaning more towards modest wear or even dressing more, let's break this down together of how to master the art of modest wear.


Layer like a pro

The one constant that I see with so many modest wear bloggers is mastering the art of layering in a way that I don't see other places. The modest wear community will layer dresses on top of skirts on top of pants and however they want to configure their clothing. It's not in a way where it's too much or Humpty Dumpty. It’s masterfully and Tastefully done. To be able to know that a dress is a layering piece is such an eye-opening experience.  Making it apparent that any and everything in your closet is a layering component allows you to see your clothes in a different light. I implore you to please try this approach even for a week. What's the worst that can happen?

Master the Maxi

When all else fails it's about the maxi. Both dress and skirt. Think about the ways that you can combine a maxi dress or skirt. Within your layering it's an all-in-one type of deal. You put on a simple top with maxi skirt and it still moves like a dress.  You can put on a cardigan or vest and it's always going to be a pulled together look without having to try. Isn't that the entire point of all of this?

All in the application

The most important part of modest where is simply knowing that it's not the piece that has to be modest it's just the application. So that means you can shop anywhere. You can shop for that mini skirt or that spaghetti strap shirt, it's just the application. The miniskirt can easily go over a pair of tights or pants. The spaghetti strap dress can go over another shirt. The off-the-shoulder top can be put on top of a blouse. Again it goes back to that main principle of layering.  It is just about simply and strategically placing clothes on your body in ways that don't show as much skin. That's it.


So the next time you think modest is a word to represent antiquated or dated fashion ideas, check yourself. It's nothing of the sort. It's simply a way of opening your eyes to the creativity and possibility of dressing and layering in different ways. How will you incorporate a little modest wear in the way that you dress?

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How to avoid the most common style mistakes | Style Advice

Stylish means you have an idea of who you are and what you want to say. But it doesn't mean hiccups in your style journey. Many of us have those tumbles every now and then. Let’s work to see how to avoid the most common mistakes.


Focusing on the familiar and not any of the new or unused

  • It's great that you have found things that work for you, but part of style is expressing the journey that you have not only of your life but your personality.  Who you were five years ago usually isn't exactly the person that you are now. That's okay. You need a closet to reflect that . Introduce the new gradually. So you have new standards that are constantly evolving.  Tried-and-true will always be there. Introducing something new every once in a while works well.



Ignoring the golden ratio in fashion

  • The Golden ratio and your body are best described as follows: Think of your body in thirds as opposed to halves. Viewing  your body in thirds allows you to master the art of proportion without even having to try. From your head to your waist is a third; from your waist to your feet is 2/3.  Another great proportion to think of is ⅗. 3/5 of your body is from your waist to your feet. ⅖ of your body is from your waist to your head. Dressing up according to these ratios will significantly improve the fit and function of your clothes.

Not being consistent with your own style

  • Getting dressed is an everyday task you have no choice but to do. But are you present? Sometimes it's easier just to grab and go, not thinking about the decision. But no decision still is a decision. Think about what you are wearing every single day and what that conveys about your personality. It will continue to make all the difference in everything that you do.


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How to adapt the stay ready mindset | Lifestyle Tips

In this time of year, there's usually a lot of resolutions, reflections,  words of the Year, mindset shifts. I would like to offer my two cents that will help you not only feel less of a need for resolutions but get and keep you on the right track. It is the stay ready mentality.  Instead of getting ready, you stay ready. So what does that mean? You are always prepared for the good, bad or ugly of life because you know it's coming. It's not a matter of if you're going to have a little confidence that day, you know those days are going to be there. You’re still  fabulous in spite of it. You're prepared to always look your very best with your own glam bag either in your purse or in the trunk of your car. It's about knowing that life is going to throw a curveball and believing that the curve balls are always going to come when you least expect it. The key is the stay ready attitude embracing that part of life. Saying what can I do to get through to the other side. It's simply preparation for anything that comes your way.  Here are a few life & style #getready tips:


  1. Make a plan and tell it to someone who can hold you accountable

    • It’s one thing to fall short of your own expectations but a completely different thing to fall short of someone else's. Usually having a second party involved ups the ante and makes us think twice before breaking no standards and commitments we have set.

  2. Wake early and set periodic alarms

    • The early rise means a jump start on the day. Even pushing back your alarm 1 hour sometimes makes all the difference in a productive day. To keep yourself on task start set a 30-minute timer and see how much you can get done. Once the timer rings it'll pop you back into focus, letting you know hey I need to get it together.

  3. Set goals and break it down until you have a daily plan

    • Have a plan that you just can't seem to figure out how to get to it break it down? For example, if you want to write 100 Pages think about how many pages you can write a day. Even if it's one,  at the end of a month you're a third of the way there. So it's going to take you on average 3 months to get those hundred Pages. Need it in a short amount of time? Compress the time limit.

  4. Keep a record of your closet changes and inventory

    • At the end of every season look through your closet and see what you have worn the most and why.  Is it because of the seasons or is it because you just don't want to wear it anymore? Also be mindful of the new things you add to your wardrobe and how you incorporate it into your existing routine.  

  5. Have your Glam Bag locked and loaded

    • Make sure you're ready to go at any point in time with your own glam bag. Check out the latest podcast to create your own and never be caught as less than your best


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Secrets of a stylish woman | Style Tips

Stylish is as stylish does. And yet so many women have questions about how to build keep and maintain their sense of style. I have found many of them hold the same principles and ideas true to not only their closet but to their lives let's break down the most common characteristics.


Tailoring is non-negotiable

  • You are custom made.  So should the feel, look and fit of your clothing.  That will never be a negotiable.

Accessories can be ornamental or fundamental

  • You can use accessories as the inspiration to create a look around or you can use accessories as the pivot point to adding a splash of wow to a basic or not so basic ensemble

A well-supported frame is A well-dressed one

  • Foundational wear of any kind will allow your clothing to lay flat without budging and bulking up. Even if it's a slip or a pair of tights, a little goes a long way

If it doesn't work one way, it will another way

  • You always know the fun is in trying to find the new and the unexpected

Basics ensure you always have options

  • You know basics are foundational. You can build with them or upon them as you please. You never run out of options as long as you know to mix and match

Less is more and more is more depending on the day

  • You're not beholden to so many different rules regulations. You are held to what you feel like that day and what part of your personality you want to show.  Style is what you make it. Sometimes you want to accessorize a lot, sometimes a little. Sometimes you want to go bold and sometimes you just want understated; whatever it is, is uniquely you


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3 WAYS TO STYLE: Co-Ordinates | Style Inspiration

Coordinate outfits have been a staple in fashion for at least the past five years. They are not going anywhere and for good reason. They offer the ability to mix and match or have a ready to go look of separates with ease. Don't get too comfortable though. Push yourself to think outside the box and maximize this current fashion Staple in your closet.

I have fallen in love with this black and white print coordinate set from Shein. It is stretchy, comfortable and allows me to navigate my capsule wardrobe with ease. Remember it's all about function and fashion. There doesn't need to be a compromise and this coordinate set allows me to have both in abundance. These looks are just an extension of my overall 11 piece capsule wardrobe that you can preview here. Let's dig into the looks.


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This first look keeps it simple Chic. I love nothing more than the crisp white blouse contrast against a print or dark color coordinate. It is going to give you a classic look that is instantly pulled together without too much trouble. If you're like me and love the opulent little details this top is perfect for you. I chose it because I loved the Pearl details around the wrist and the fact that it gives me a billowy feel in the sleeves.

 
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This next look is all about minimal effort but Maximum Impact. It was easy to do since the coordinates already made an outfit and simply placing a bomber jacket on top created a new look. This look Work because it is the same print inverted. Whereas the coordinates and precise the black with white lines, the bomber jacket is the exact opposite. The contrast makes the difference and allows me to feel like I'm mixing prints without actually doing so.

 
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When all else fails, combine a print with a texture. This look is as easy as it comes. The coordinate top is perfect to layer underneath this drift it velvet dress. It provides me covering for the top of my arms but doesn't drag all the way down to the bottom of the dress so I'm constantly adjusting the lair. This is a great option if you simply want to break up your coordinates without doing too much. Simplicity is key

 

This small lookbook allows you to understand the importance of mixing and matching to maximize all the clothing in your wardrobe. It only took four pieces to create three distinct outfits in this lookbook. Try to replicate this in your own closet to see what you like and what don't.  Black and white never has to mean boring. Which look was your favorite?


4 ways to destress | Confidence & Self Love

If you believe Forrest Gump,  you believe that box is like a box of chocolates, so you never know what you're going to get. But that also means that it welcomes in the unpredictability that life so often has to bring. That can be stressful. You have enough on your plate, How do you handle it all?  No worries. As long as you keep reading your understand a few of my most important tips for distressing 4 different ways. With these tips you can handle life's curveballs a with a little more ease.


Unplug Your Life

Unplug from all electronic devices at least an hour before bed. Not only will it allow your eyes some relief but allow your brain to kind of cool down slowly. It's not an abrupt detachment from Electronics right before you go to bed. Nor do  you fall asleep staring at a screen. Give your brain a break and stop focusing on the electronics. Focus on you. The same principle applies for when you wake up. For the first 15 minutes of my morning, I'm in the complete darkness. I get up stretch, get on my couch drinking my water all in the dark without electronics. There are a peace and a calm that enters my body that starts my day off with a more centered focus. It's a great way to start the day.

Read it out

Now that you have unplugged at the beginning and the end of your day, try reading a bit more. It forces focus and attention in a way that sometimes technology affords us the luxury of not having. Figure out your favorite two genres and explore them I love autobiographies and business starter books. The entrepreneurial mindset is something that I always focus on because it interests me. You might like Thrillers or fan fiction or you may just be dusting off your twilight. No judgment.



Embrace no

This is definitely a hard one for me but it's a must. A lot of our stress comes from our inability to stick to no. It's a no but I'll get to it.  Maybe it's not a no-it-all. It's a yes I'll work it out, I'll make it work. Put yourself first. Prioritize your stress level being low over being afraid to say no to an opportunity or to someone's request . Only say yes when it's necessary. Put things at a later date if you feel that you just can't say no. It allows you to time to recoup, recover and face the task with a full head of focus. But don't push yourself to put more on you then you can honestly take. It doesn't help you or the person that you're doing it for.




Stretch it out, Breathe it out

Maybe it's because I've spent a good chunk of my life as a classically trained singer. I know the importance of a good stretch and a good breathing technique in the morning. I'm refiguring my own health and my own standards, knowing that stretching has enabled me to embrace a healthier me but it's a must. I suggest you to do the same. Stretch in the morning and just sit there in stillness for 5 minutes.  Just breathe. You'll be surprised at how come you feel be surprised how great you feel at the end of it. It's just about clearing your head and focusing on the now.


I don't know how you distress but if you're looking for more ways these four are definitely a good place to start. Which one stands out to you? And which one are you going to try today? Let me know in the comments below

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How to build a "grown woman" style | Style Advice

Now that I am entering the last years of my 20s marching into my 30s,  it has been a full-on time of reflection. And I know I'm not alone. Many of my friends older than me now in their thirties and my age have gone through the same quarter-life existential crisis in all areas of life.  Clothing & image is no exception.

I found myself too old to still primarily shop at somewhere like Forever 21 ,  but too young to shop at the stores that made me feel matronly. How can I find a wardrobe and clothing that reflected my transitioning into what I like to call “real grown”  style instead of play play grown? It seemed like I was stuck in the middle somewhere and I know I'm not alone in this. So how do you get a wardrobe that's grown woman without being too over-the-top while still embracing you're going into a different part of your youth? It seems like I’m talking in circles just trying to explain it. Lol.  I do have a few simple, but effective tips that will help you navigate this transitional part of your life.


Change your normal go to

The simplest way to change where you normally shop.  There are so many places online and offline since you were in your late teens / early twenties.  The possibilities are the truly endless. Break out of your comfort shell and try at least 1-2 new places a month. Even if it's window shopping or browsing just put yourself out there.  Search on Google. Ask people on your social media where they shop or the best new places that they have found. You'll be surprised at what answer is you get.


Bump up your quality game

I have found my “grown woman style”  by stopping shopping fast fashion frivolously and investing and more quality pieces. So much of my twenties was experimenting with clothes , jumping on Trends and kind of figuring out what works and what doesn't work.  Now that I have clear style, I want to represent it clearly with my clothing. I didn't quite have that as a younger woman, but now I know what I want. Investing in those pieces is imperative. Yes, I still like trends but now is the time to start investing ensuring that I stick to what I like instead of sticking to what the trend of the year is key.

Purge those young 20s from your closet

Pull out all of your clothes and look through each piece.  Ask yourself if each piece is representative of who you are now or the you  at 20? 22? Make sure that you start setting a standard for the clothes that you wear. Always checking in to make sure it's a true representation of where you are or where you are going, not where you have been. The younger you taught you all the lessons that you needed to build this Foundation . Embrace that fully with an image and a set of clothing built on confidence that you know is founded on knowing who you are.


Those are just three ways that I have found myself on the other side of the 20 to 30-year-old transition. There is a lot of life that happened in the eight years I've spent in my twenties. The last two years are definitely transitional times that I appreciate much more, having a strong sense of who I am on behalf of my earlier 20s. Whether it's the 30s- 40s , 40s, and 50s,  or 50s 60s and beyond, understanding that each transition is just an opportunity for you to get clear about who you are and the standards you have for yourself. Embrace that and get a better dressed you in the process.


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3 solo date ideas for improved confidence | Confidence & Self love

Part of getting to love yourself is getting to know yourself. If you go on dates to get to know others, why not do it for yourself? It makes you embrace the concept of “alone, but not lonely” while teaching you to enjoy your own company. Many don’t enjoy themselves so getting out there and slaying it by themselves. Take any of these ideas to


Groupon roulette

Let Groupon do the work for you. Pick a number 1-10. Then go to Groupons homepage and hover over the local tab, scrolling down to “Things to do” section. Remember that number you picked? Scroll down to the corresponding posting and buy it. So if you picked 7, scroll to the 7th posting and do that activity. You can always narrow the options to fit your budget. I have done a pottery class, racecar driving (NEVER AGAIN.LOL) and even a trash museum. I love the random adventure this brings. It keeps you on your toes and allow you to let go a little bit.

 

Budget Date

Set a strict budget (Never over $100) and pick an outfit, food and activity with the budget. Make sure you have you budget in cash. Make it creative—limit yourself to only places beginning in C, or you can only shop at a thrift store for your outfit. Or doing it all in one shopping plaza. Maybe try doing it two towns over.

 

Pamper Day

You can do this at home or out and about. If it’s a home pamper day, use face masks, a hot foot bath with epsom salt and some nail polish and chocolates, or gummies. Watch your favorite movies and eat a little sushi while doing nothing but relaxing for 3-4 hours. If you’re going out, save up for a full spa day of full masssage, facial, mud bath . THE WORKS.


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How to create more outfits with less clothes | Style Tips

Having a small closet and even smaller collection of pieces to choose from, getting dressed can seem redundant. But there is a solution — maximize the small by treating it like a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of 5-30 pieces that are worn in different combinations. I have taken as little as 6 pieces and created over 15 looks using this technique. Today I’ll share my best kept secrets for making the most out of a little.


  1. Cover the basics

Don’t sleep on the simple piece in your wardrobe. A white tee/black blazer/ jeans still go a long way. Change the color of the tee or try a scarf over it to create a new look each time. Push yourself to wear at 2 looks this week made of at least three basics. Don’t wear that green pencil skirt with the same shirt every time. Try wearing it with a different shirt without repeating until you’ve gone through them all with the green skirt. A tee dresses it down and a blouse dresses it up. Throw on some sneakers or stilettos depending on your mood and voila! You’ll have at least 5 more outfit ideas you’ve never tried.

2. Layer everything no matter the season.

Don’t let that summer maxi dress collect dust , just because colder weather has come. Put a turtle neck underneath. Pair it with some tights and booties to get more milage out of that flowy dress. Tie it in a knot and layer it again over a skirt or some slacks. Don’t let the season dictate what part of your closet to use.

3. Accessorize

Remember that simple tee/blazer jeans combo I mentioned earlier? Try out different accessory combos each time. So try a scarf and bangles first. Then wear the scarf as a head wrap and try some statement earring s the second time. A waist belt and necklace can create a different third look. Make fun to wear and see if you don’t find a new way to wear your favorite pieces.


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3 Ways to build confidence | Confidence & Self Love

Confidence is a lifelong journey that seems harder to maintain the older you get. Don’t get bogged down in the details; simply appreciate them. That means building a confidence that is authentic, long lasting and realistic. Let’s talk a realistic game plan for a better you.


  1. Daily affirmation that don’t involve fluff or surface.

I love a good affirmation. Notice I said good. My love language is admittedly acts of service, so my journey to loving affirmations has been a long one. But I do know that if you . You’ve spent long enough telling yourself things that break you down and make you question your fab. Invest in a good affirmation. A good affirmation will validate you while pushing you to accept something just outside your comfort zone. You know I couldn’t leave you hanging right? Here are some of my favorites:

  • I believe in my talents and skills to make things better wherever I go.

  • I forgive myself and release my past.

  • I embrace fear and self-doubt, not letting anything stop me from what I want.

2. Setting up self values that are less beauty based and more merit based

You are more than the physical beauty you can exude. Basing your value on who you are and what you do is something that can be validated everyday. Being productive, supportive and creative are goals you can live up to everyday whether you’re in pjs and toothpaste stains or in a gown. Whether you’re sick or not. You can be you even if you only have 50% that day. You can still give 100% of that 50% and thrive while celebrating you.

3. Give yourself more credit and less contingencies

Full time adulting is hard. That’s why I’m only adulting part time.lol. No seriously, with all the responsibilities you have to keep up with, failing is inevitable. Something will fall short or through, but it’s not your fault. It’s just the nature of life. Celebrate getting it done or at least acknowledging that something didn’t turn out. Still celebrate the lesson of failure. Try celebrating less what you win and more of what you can learn and implement. There has never been a single big success earned with out paying the cost of failure first. Give yourself the grace of getting there.


If you haven’t noticed, my version of confidence is all about innerwork and outer results. Celebrate you in these new ways and start the healthy journey to self love on your terms. Which way best speaks to your confidence journey? Let me know in the comments below.

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Top Basics for any wardrobe | Style tips

It’s hard to know what’s stylish with the ever changing trends coming by the flood every season. But having a strong style is knowing how timeless looks that are constant, no matter what trends are hot now. Throughout my own journey, I have found a few pieces that have stood the test of time, fashion and my ever changing tastes.


  1. Little black dress/ jumpsuit

A classic is a classic for a reason, right? I thin it’s time to update this classic to fit every need. The dress doesn’t have to be sleeveless. I personally don’t like my arms out at all if I can. Try a LBD with mesh sleeves or another print on the sleeves all together. Try one that plays with the neck line. Try a twisted or bardot neckline to give an updated vintage feel. Or go without the dress at all.

2. Jumpsuit

Many women don’t like dresses, but it doesn’t mean you go without a classic look. The jumpsuit has been reinvented many times over the past 100 years. That means it has staying and playing power. Try a nice textured jumpsuit or one with a high collar for a little added drama. Play up the new standard with a Peterpan collar. This is perfect for the stylista that likes her knees covered without a dress.

3. Print shoe

Let me make a case for the print shoe as a new classic. There are many tastes that are minimal and simplistic in nature. There are many that are not. Where all styles can be celebrated is footwear. No matter the size or taste, a print shoe can provide the pop a print can give without it taking over the look. A print can be as simple as a small stripe or as complex as a mixed print pattern. The shoe can make that simple jumpsuit or dress festive with little to no extra work. I also consider a textured she the equivalent of a print because of the contrast.

4. White shirt dress

This is an all in one piece for all seasons. You can wear it as a dress, cardigan, layering top, or underneath a sweater. It’s the ultimate piece or your wardrobe for the versatility alone. You should also never underestimate the clean look of a crisp white piece in your closet It truly goes a long way.


My top 4 basics will have your wardrobe luxe in no time. Even putting those four pieces together will yield you at least 5 distinct looks that are timeless and effortless. Do you have a favorite piece? Are any of these pieces in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Power of no & how you can get it | Confidence & Self Love

The word no is given such a bad wrap. It makes people uncomfortable and gives you the idea that you are standoffish. I used to feel the same way until I found that saying yes to everything left me tapped out. Now? I give out no’s like Oprah gave out cars .lol. And I’m still nice ole snuggly ole me. How is that possible? Because I accepted a few truths about no in order to be comfortable and at peace.


  1. No is a complete sentence by itself.

Our modern culture makes us feels obligated to say yes more than we want to always be viewed as accommodating. Or to have a dissertation to accompany your no. Sometimes it just needs to be a firm no depending on who’s asking. Some people in your life, work and social circles do love to push boundaries. If they hear hesitation or a comma after the no, they see a green or yellow light. Let no period be the stop sign to put an end to being used.

2. No doesn’t have to mean outright rejection.

No is simply a tool to set boundaries around yourself. If you have a full plate, it’s ok to say no to stop it from tipping over into the overwhelmed zone. Sometimes no can be a form of delaying until you can accommodate. If a no is necessary only momentarily, simply imply that it will be yes at a later date. This may seem contradictory to #1, but it is just a different way of saying no depending on a situation. Like a meetup, date, appointment or task can wait if it will cause more stress than necessary now but be ok 3 weeks from now.

3. Executing no is a form of self preservation. Use it wisely.

I’m not telling you to turn into a grinch. I AM saying that when you execute a strategic no, it should be taken seriously. Not because you want to be mean; but because you want balance. That is what a no allows you to have. You don’t have to add a fourth project if the third has you doing all nighters 3 days a week already. If your body says “stay in and sleep because that’s all you have”, your friends can still have a great time. Tell them to send pics or pot on their IG stories. The no allows you to stay 100% for every part of your life.

4. No doesn’t have to sound like just no.

No can take many forms.

“ At this point, I cannot participate and dedicate the attention this project/collab/job needs. I will have to pass on this opportunity, but look forward to contributing to future projects/collabs soon. Thank you for understanding. “

“I need to recharge or else I will become a zombie. I’ll catch you guys next time around. “

“Saying yes to this would make me uncomfortable , so I will pass.”

Any version of these statements make the no clear while still allowing you to be open to something down the road. If you want to have a no full stop, try no and leave it there.


No doesn’t mean the end unless you want it to. The power lies with you, not the person asking. Keep it that way. How will you try and embrace the no in your life a little more?

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How to look Luxe on any budget | Style Tips

Having the luxe look is made to seem unattainable without shelling out for $$$$ per piece. Luxe style is informed style, so anyone can have it. I’ve turned $2 dresses into red carpet worthy looks. It just takes some confidence and flexing your style muscle. Try my top 3 tips and turn into the queen of luxe in no time.


  1. Invest in tailoring


Any stylista worth her glam will constantly look for the finishing touches at the tailor. Buying the piece off the rack is just the starting point. How you buy it is NOT how you have to wear it. You have a custom made body. That means you require a custom made wardrobe that fits your unique body. If you’re petite, take those extra long pants into a local tailor or dry cleaners for a quick hem. Found a vintage dress with ugly sleeves? Turn it into a sleeveless tunic or top. The little snips here and there make all the difference.

2. Master wearing your white tops


White tops are so classic and universal. A crisp white blouse and a well fitted pair of jeans go a long way style wise with the right accessories. Having style is all about having versatility and creativity. If you can style that white top at least 10 different ways, you’ll never run out of interesting things to wear. Wear it under a summer maxi or over a tank top. Just don’t get caught up in “what’s right to wear” that you never get to what’s fun to wear.

3. Know your top 3 colors and stick to it.

Having your own go to color palette helps you set the tone for your own brand of fab like Coco Chanel in a little black dress. Find your undertones and see what shade of your favorite color works best with your preferences and your skin tone. I have cool undertones, so jewel toned blues and reds make my skin pop. If you want a simple color palette to start with white, your favorite color and black/gray. Add another splash of another color once you’ve mastered the first and color block until the cows come home.

4. Purge your closet until only the luxe remains.

Sometimes it’s hard to see the fabulous because yo have so many pieces you don’t or can’t wear. Purging your closet allows you to see past buying mistakes, understand what you really like. It will also be able to tell you what you really like because you kept it. The process can be overwhelming, but you know your style BFF wouldn’t leave you hanging. My wardrobe detox helps you clarify your closet while finding the luxe in your wardrobe you look forward to wearing everyday. Sign up here and get the luxe look in no time.



Never settle for anything less than the luxe look everyday. Utilizing any of these tips will ensure stylista status in no time. Which will you try first? Leave your choice below. Are you willing to purge your closet and start over to find your true style? Sign up for a wardrobe detox and find the luxe already in your closet.


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Emerald Chronicles: Sunshine by the ton

I felt an icky hot mess this day. Like I wanted to do nothing but stare at the ceiling and eat cookies. My husband had a free day and I had previously told him I wanted to take some pics a few days earlier. But today? I wanted to take a rain check. But then it hit me— this was one of THOSE times where the true consistency I swear I wanted came for its first payment.

The reality of consistency is simple— it requires dedication without question and often costs the comfort of winging it and procrastination. So I pushed through my comfort and the blankets and got dressed.

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DRESS: THRIFTED (Similar)



I stepped outside to a gorgeously crisp day with little clouds and lots of warm bright rays of sunshine. That warmth melted my chilly mood and of course once hubby lifted that camera, it was a wrap. I posed and twirled my way to a couple of smiles and a better mood. My choice of consistency rewarded me in a way sporadic spurts of dedication could not give. Had I stayed in bed, I would have bah humbugged my way through the day and later scrambled for rushed pics with forced smiles that I never would use.

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DRESS: Thrifted (Similar) | SKIRT: Aloha Glamour



I got so happy, I decided to just try something. anything. So I had the audacity to put a skirt over my dress because I thought they had similar color schemes and by golly, it worked. I would have NEVER in a million years combined those two things because for some reason it didn’t cross my mind. Consistency’s reward was a new perspective for more. And can we talk about these bomb pics? The cherry on top!


I’m a work in progress that actually saw progress today. How can you do the same today? Let me know your consistency goals in the comments.

CIAO FOR NOW

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3 Ways to slay: Velvet Jumpsuit

Today’s highlight item is a random find on a clearance rack— a velvet jumpsuit from Rainbows. Let’s see how I turned it out.

Since there are the faintest hints of fall in the air, I decided to do light layering with all three looks.

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

For this first look, I took a print wrap dress and kept it open over the jumpsuit. It’s naturally knotted in the middle, so if you want to replicate, tie at the appropriate place for your body type. If you’re an apple shape, aim lower past your belly; a licorice shape, try knotting to the side.

What I also love about this look is that the texture and print play off of each other. The texture breaks up the print for the eye and vice versa. Neither print is too in your face but together, the visual is more striking. Try looking for a jumpsuit in a jersey/lycra mix for a snug but not tight fit.

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Kimono: Thrifted


The second look plays with proportions and by doing so, re-emphasized my distinct waist to hip ratio. If you are slimmer in the hips, try a billowy kimono style wrap over a fitted under layer. It will add volume without adding bulk. There IS a difference. The volume right above your slimmer hips will give a curvier look.

Duster: SHEIN (Similar)

I tried a splash of trendy for the third look with great results. As you know, I’m not the biggest fan of floral print or mesh. But in an effort to stretch myself, I picked a floral mesh duster and it’s my newest fave. It provides arm coverage without adding heat. It breathes and understated texture on texture on texture makes it look almost like a moving painting.

I added some banging orange earrings that offer a crisp pop of color to the overall dark-colored look. It lifts the whole thing and I maaaaay be warming up to the idea of more florals and mesh.

Which way was your favorite to slay? Replicate any of these looks and share them with me on social media

CIAO FOR NOW

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Emerald Chronicles : It ain't perfect, but it's done

Today was a day for the books. Full of adjustments and obstacles, my stubborn perseverance shown through. After not taking pictures for almost half of this year (did you notice?) I wanted to dive back in head first. I planned to go a town or two over and take a few hours for pretty pics. But you what they say about making plans…..

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

My photographer (aka my husband ) and I got a late start and had an unexpected detour to help my dad. Afterwards we just didn’t feel up to traveling. So my perfect plan was a dud. But that stubborn perseverance said let’s make due. I told hubby, hop in the car and let’s drive.



We went to our small town’s “downtown” which consists of a few prime locations we didn’t realize was there. We were tired and it was hot, but guess what? Pretty pics would be had. And they were. Even through the heat. And the unexpected traffic caused by a 3 back to back trains rolling through. And my profuse sweating. The circumstances wasn’t perfect, but the pictures were done.

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Dress: SHEIN | Jumpsuit: Rainbows (Similar)

And that’s what mattered most—Knowing that waiting for perfect means you’re always waiting. Because Perfectionism is organized procrastination. Get it done and fix later. Or don’t.



What will you finally get done that you wanted perfect? Let me know in the comments?



CIAO FOR NOW



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Golden Skirt, Ivy Top | OOTD

A little change and surprise never hurt any closet. This combo came from a mistake order gone great and a minor change to the original garment. The skirt was originally a dress. But I loved the skirt so much I forgot that I ordered a dress. The color is also one that compliments most skin tones. It makes my skin pop and best of all it has some solid pockets. I’m a short girl so a maxi skirt has to sit high on me—perfect for my pear shape. Then there’s the shirt.

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Top - SHEIN | Skirt- Grass fields

 
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Top - SHEIN | Skirt- Grassfields

The top was originally extra long. Good if I had a longer torso, but that ain’t my reality. I had to get it taken up by a few inches. I only did this because I planned on styling it as a shorter top. You can play around with the length by tucking or tying.

The combination of the two colors is making the most of color blocking basics. Find out more here.

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EGCTV #004: Website Review Grass Fields | Review & Try-on

This episode of EGCTV is a haul video highlighting Grass fields, An African print inspired clothing boutique. Watch the video below to see my full review and the look of the clothes.

Overall I was pleased with a few exceptions. I would recommend them and will buy from them again.

Navigation: 10

| It was very straightforward with not too many pages to navigate. I loved the simple, straight forward approach.

Sizing Chart: 8

| There are accommodating to many different sizes, I just wanted more plus size representation of the models.

Price Range: 9 

| Affordable piece, on and off the sales rack. Their sales rack, however, is a goldmine!

Style: 8 

| Love the balance of simple slacks and two pieces sets contrasting the colorful designs of the pants and skirts.

Shipping: 10

| From the UK, but came faster than their predicted shipping.

Quality: 9

| The seams, cuts and designs are impeccable. Simple was definitely done right.

Fit: 6

| The fabrics stretch , but do not thin. There are not bulging areas on the skirt nor the pants. The print pants were a strong no. Fit was not ok and I was told that I was not alone in my sentiments. Many have complained and they are now changing it completely.

Sale: 9

| Their sales area is epic. Go there First

Which Piece was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! Also watch the rest of the videos on my IGTV channel here.

CIAO FOR NOW

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3 Ways to Slay :

These trousers from Grassfields have helped fill an ever growing void in my closet. I don’t have many pair of pants at all, let alone khaki trousers. I’m a dress girl through and through, but I’m trying to expand my normal to mean stepping more outside my comfort zone. Once I ore them once, I knew I had to share all the potential these trousers could offer.

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Shirt- Uniqlo | Duster - SHEIN | Trousers - Grass Fields

On the model, the pants laid flat. I had no delusions that they would do the same with my tummy. I kept that in mind with the first look by making sure my top laid right at where my waist and the pants met. Bringing it down too far would create a line of demarkation or bulk that isn’t there. I worked with where my tummy dictated it was best to go. Finish it off with a mesh duster for ease and chic comfort. Voila. Simple on the go look.

 

You can’t go wrong with a simply accented white blouse. Well…you can, but not this time. The neckline opens and can slide , so a brooch may be in your best interest if you’re busty. I polished of some of my sparklier pieces and decided against bows at the cuff. Knots will do.

Top- SHEIN | Trousers - Grass Fields

 

Top- Eloquii (similar) , (similar) | Trousers - Grass Fields

I won’t lie. This look is my favorite. It has a pop of fun with the to-that lets the real star of the show play a supporting role. I pulled them up higher because I don’t do midriff. My tummy is “exposed” but it doesn’t feel or look unflattering. The pants are that great.

Which way do you think played the most? Grab you Grass Fields trousers and tell me how you like them.

 

CIAO FOR NOW

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