Friday, February 24, 2017

Ruffle You Up

Happy Friday Babes!!! Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I am?! I don’t have anything uniquely spectacular planned, but the down time is always very much anticipated I told a friend, “I only get one Saturday a week”! LOL!

Today’s look features a muted color palette of sorts. You know I obsess over just about anything off the shoulders (see examples here, here, here, here, and here), this ruffled number was a JOI to behold! Score a discount with code "XOJOI"! I paired it with a pair of billowy culottes and velvet open toe booties because my mind has already shifted towards spring! Has spring sprung yet in your neck of the woods? SoCal is getting an unusually late start…. Don’t get me wrong, the rain was so very needed, now all of the vegetation looks incredibly lush and green- for the first time since we’ve lived here! Nonetheless, I might have to plan an escape to a warmer city for a few days! Ha -it’s a good thing that I already have a getaway coming up sooner versus later… Have a great weekend!!!

Until next time,
XO
Off the shoulder top: c/o HERE + 15% off with code XOJOI| Culottes: Sold out, similar here 
Velvet lace-up booties: c/o HERE| Bag: Kate Spade, similar here

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Color Story


I find inspiration in practically every facet of my life. One day while perusing a home décor site I came across a glorious color combination. Immediately I was taken by it, and I thought of how I might be able to play it out in real life, not in my décor- but in my wardrobe- LOL! Yes this duo of pastel pink and rich green was love at first site! I saved it to my ‘to-do’ list on Pinterest to be executed as soon as possible.  

As it just so happened, my friends over at The Perfect Pair Boutique sent me this dreamy top – serious pastel pink perfection.  I was so excited because shortly after receiving it I had the realization that the acquisition of this top meant that I was  finally going to have the opportunity to play out my color adventure in real life 😊

Since this top is over-sized, I opted to style it with a pencil skirt- as a balancing act, but I’m also considering this pair of pants to pair it with in the future. I just love it when a plan comes together! Plus, I have one less thing on my ‘to-do’ list, and we all know how checking tasks off as completed feels wonderful!

Until next time,
XO

Suede top: c/o HERE| Pink faux fur scarf: ZARA (worn here) |Green pencil skirt: Similar here
Purse: ZARA| Leopard print shoes: Options here, here, and here

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Flash from the Past


90s fashion has been trending harder than ever lately. I am not an avid fan of that particular style era, however I was known to rock a slip dress on occasion 😉  I decided to take a walk down memory lane and try my hand at styling a slip dresses, now- 20+ years later. Back in the 90s, I actually owned several slip dresses, all of them were black with slightly different style variations. My favorite one was basic, actually quite similar to the one that I am wearing in today’s post! 

I opted to style this slip dress for 9-5 work wear. I really like how it turned out! Street style images abound in examples of layering a slip dress with a tee. However, I wanted a different effect, so I went with a classic white button up shirt . And what do you know, I like it!  When I put it all together, It seemed like it was missing something, I added a thin gold belt and that seemed to be just what I was missing. 

Actually now that I think about it, another thing that I really like about this slip dress in comparison to the ones that I rocked back in the day-it's the length! Did you notice that it is truly midi perfection?! Love, love , love this length! My 90s slip dresses were all ankle length= BORING!  LOL! Yikes, I’ve digressed….over to you, what are your thoughts on this flash from the past?  Are you slipping back into slip dresses?

Velvet trench coat: c/o ELV, sold outI| White button up shirt: JNY| Oxblood slip dress: c/o HERE| Belt: Similar here
Handbag: Vintage, another option| Glitter loafers: TopShop, sold out-similar here, +  another great option

About my hair: I've been rocking my natural curls for the past few weeks, and I am having too much fun with them! In my last post I shared that I tried out a new product (here) however today's curls were nourished by my tried and test fav, Pantene! I started using Pantene Curl Perfection back in 2002 (name/formula/packaging has changed over the years) when I first went natural (i.e.stopped getting a chemical straightner/relaxer applied to my hair).  There weren't as many natural hair care products available back then as there aretoday, so I learned to use what was available. I also tried John Frida Frizz Ease for a stint, but I didn't like it nearly as much as Pantene. If your hair is naturally curly, what are some of your tried and tested favorites?

Until next time,
XO