Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LOVING: Girl With Curves x Lane Bryant

Sunnies: HERE| Sweater, worn as a dress: HERE
Handbag: Vintage, thrifted| Leopard sandals: Old, similar HERE & HERE

I was elated when I first heard about the #GWCxLB design collaboration last month!!! My anticipation continued to grow each week as Tanesha Awasthi/Girl With Curves and Lane Bryant shared glimpses from the collection. Girl With Curves x Lane Bryant launched in stores across the country and online on Sunday, September 9th. Due to a FANTASTICALLY POSITIVE response, a number of pieces from the collection sold out online almost immediatelyπŸ‘€ I hurriedly headed to a Lane Bryant store location near me the very next day so that I could experience the collection in-person + try on every single item that was available in my size 😁 (shared on my IG Stories). BABES there were a number of style WINNERS (take this ONE for starters, which appeals to my vintage love), but this mustard belted wrap hem sweater was clearly made for ME!!! It completely swept me off my feet! I absolutely love the design of it, the way it flatters my curves, and how perfect it is for FALL❤ Note: I am wearing a size 14/16. All of the items that I tried on in-store were a size 14. I would say the line is true to size, which may be helpful to know when ordering online.
Babes, Tanesha's collection takes the curvy frame from day to night with ease, class, and S T Y L E! CONGRATULATIONS to her & the Lane Bryant team for a job wonderfully executed πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Now it's your turn! Please share your favorite pieces from the #GWCxLB collection!
Until next time,

Friday, September 14, 2018

How to Wear White After Labor Day

dress: c/o HERE & HERE| purse: HERE| shoes: Jessica Simpson, similar HERE
photography by LETA
The best way to wear white after Labor Day? JUST DO IT! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, there isn't much to it! Over the years I've shared looks here on the blog styled with white time and time again, after Labor Day. If you live in a mild climate, it can be easier to pull off because summer really never ends. If you live in a place where you get full exposure to all four seasons, say for example Michigan (where I am from), after summer think white denim jeans, denim skirts, knit dresses, scarves, and even boots (I love this pair of booties HERE). Long gone are the days where you have to relegate specific colors for wear during specified times of the year to be considered fashionably correct. You don't need permission to wear white after Labor Day, or instructionsπŸ™Œ Experiment to see what you like, what exemplifies your sense of style, and most importantly: HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!
Until next time Loves,

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wear Me Out

top: c/o HERE| skinny jeans: similar HERE & HERE & HERE| red booties: ZARA
photography by LETA

Hey Babes! With fall on the horizon, I am trying my absolute best to start thinking about fall fashion 😊 This top c/o SHEIN makes me think of a mild fall day, plus it is a perfect transitional piece. Here in Southern California, it is easy to enjoy off the shoulder tops all year around. However, if I lived in a cooler climate, I could see it layered with a turtleneck underneath. I paired it with skinny jeans and a pop of color 😏I actually intended to wear matching statement earrings, but would you believe I totally forgot?! LOL! FYI you can save 20% off original priced items from SHEIN, on an order totaling $59 or more with code "inmyjoi20" ❤ 
Until next time,

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Crop Status

Sunnies: HERE | Shirt & pants: c/o HERE| Necklace: HERE

Readers poll: Have you ever styled a shirt backward? I have a number of times, today's post features another such example πŸ˜† I scored this two-piece set c/o SHEIN and although I loved how the top looked on the model, unfortunately it didn't look the same way on me πŸ˜‰ Improvising is often KEY in the style game, I tried the top on backward and immediately it worked for me! BTW: You can save 20% off original priced items and your total order of $59 or more with code "inmyjoi20" ❤ 
Over to you Babes, what are some ways that you improvise when it comes to style?!
Until next time,

Monday, September 3, 2018

Paradise Found

Earrings: Kate Spade| Dress: c/o HERE| Purse: ZARA| Slides: TopShop, sold out

There aren't many hidden gems in downtown Los Angeles, yet I officially declare the location of today's post as one of them. I stumbled upon it a few months back while attending a sample sale hosted by Cult Gaia. From the street view, the plaza looks dull and unordinary. However after a brief descent down a flight or two of stairs, it feels like you've stepped back in time. You stand smack dab in the middle of an old factory- with a vintage car thrown in for good measure. This site was particularly fab to me because I love old buildings, and somehow it gave me the feeling that I was someplace entirely different, even far far away from the hustle & bustle that is downtown Los Angeles. 
Until next time,

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Bold Blooms

Earrings: ZARA| Kimono: c/o HERE| Purse: Coach, old

A lesson that I have learned repeatedly over the years: 
NEVER SAY NEVER.. especially when it comes to fashion 😁
There are a number of style features that I don't LOVE on my clothing, included among them are kimono sleeves, elastic waists on dresses, and maxi length skirts. However, the dress that I am wearing in today's post incorporates all of the aforementioned and yet--- I LOVE IT! Somehow all the features come together superbly, plus the color and print is absolutely standout on its own accord. I snagged this dress via a recent Gwynnie Bee shipment, I'm happy to say it is a definite keeper πŸ˜‰ Check out a free trial offer HERE.
Until next time,

Monday, August 27, 2018

Weekend Roaming

Earrings: HERE| Dress/kimono: HERE (currently less than $20)| Purse: Coach, old| Shoes: c/o HERE

BABES!!! Can you believe that today marks the last Monday in AUGUST?! This entire year has been a complete blur! I stand in disbelief that we are on the doorstep of September already!  don't want to say farewell to SUMMER yet! Nonetheless, life experience has taught me the importance of facing facts πŸ˜‰ It is time for me to mentally prepare myself - summer really is almost over. The change in the weather was noticeable over the weekend, instead of soaring up near 100 degrees, it was humid and in the 80s. Per the forecast, this week we won't get past the 70s. Although I'm sure warmer temperatures will return before all is said and done, I am still ever mindful that summer is truly on its way out. That brings me to the topic of transitional pieces. This kimono makes for a great transitional piece! It's light enough for warm days, yet also functional for easy layering in the fall months. That's right, this wrap dress is actually a kimono styled as a dress 😁 

Based on the reviews of other shoppers, I sized up for this piece, which allows me to be able to wear it as a true wrap dress. Although it came with a belt, I swapped that one out for an older belt in my collection from Banana Republic. I added in olive-colored accessories as a neutralizer and hit the door! 
Over to you Babes: Are you ready for summer to end?!
Until next time,

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Last Straw

hat: HERE| earrings: similar HERE + HERE| top: HERE 
overalls: similar HERE| shoes: similar HERE| purse: ZARA

If there's one item that I've worn on repeat this summer, it is my oversized straw hat. I purchased this hat last summer, yet it shows absolutely no signs of wear & tear. Not only does it add something extra to every look that I pair it with, but it also serves a functional purpose. The heat and sun have been so intense this year, my hat keeps me cool and shields me from the elements. I plan to purchase this hat in black (when my size restocks), plus I wish they offered it in navy blue, and RED πŸ’“
Over to you Babes, what items have you worn on repeat this summer?!
Until next time,

Friday, August 10, 2018

10 Things About Life After 35

straw hat: vintage, thrifted| sunnies: HERE| OTS bodysuit: HERE
skirt: old| shoes: similar HERE| purse: ZARA
Photography by A. Robinson

Now that I've officially entered the twilight years of my 30's, I thought it might be 'fun' to blog 10 things about life after 35 that no one told me πŸ˜‰ As they say: Sharing is caring! In this way, when your time comes, you won't be blindsided like I was πŸ˜† Don't get me wrong, my 30's have been the BEST decade of my life to date πŸ™ŒπŸ½ In fact,  I anticipate every upcoming decade. I love making new discoveries about myself and this thing called LIFE,  I want to do so well into my 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and so on!!! I've never worried about "getting old". From my perspective, it is an inevitable process. The longer that I'm alive, the higher my age number will be. That's logical right?! 
Nonetheless, there were a few things that I did not anticipate... Yes, a few 'special' things began to occur with my body 😜 
Let's dive right on in:
1) The skin on my face changed drastically --> A C N E <--Prior to my mid-30's I had never experienced acne and or blemishes/pigmentation differences on my face. In a word, my skin appeared to be flawless. Right around age 35, I started to notice small bumps/pimples popping up here and there. When they finally cleared up, they left noticeable dark marks on my chin, jawline, and forehead. In fact, during the height of it, I could barely stand to look at my face in a mirror. It was like I didn't recognize my own reflection. Thankfully, I developed a skincare regime that works for me! Now my skin has stabilized, and my acne scars are fading. I'll talk about the fine line that magically appeared across my forehead at another time...
2) Next up? Stray hairs started to grow in mysterious places, like on my chin and neck... The first time I felt one I thought it was a scab! WHAT IN THE WORLD?! I'm not referring to fine hair, like what makes up my mustache, oh no, this is different. Each strand feels hard, wiry, almost like stubble.
3) I've never had a large reserve of patience. However, after I turned 35, the limited amount that I did have, well it basically disintegrated. Presently I have ZERO tolerance for πŸ’©, and to be totally honest, I don't feel apologetic about it, at all πŸ’ƒπŸ½
4) The color of your hair changes. As in turns gray or white... This isn't a bad thing, truth be told, I wouldn't mind going gray rapidly all at once. I would love to have pastel gray or white hair... And yet, just because I want all gray hair, well it's coming in painstakingly slow and inconsistently.
5) I almost forgot! I can't leave out random aches and pains. Nowadays, they happen for no reason at all. I am not talking about severe or chronic pain, I'm talking about feeling mild discomfort in places that I never did before.
6) A change in weight gain distribution. My entire life my stomach has been relatively flat. Now, the dynamics have changed. Instead of all miscellaneous weight gain appearing in my hips and rear, I now have a nice cushion across my belly...
7) Also notable: A decrease in the ability to shed weight with minimal effort. In years past, I'd go on a brief diet or juice cleanse, and drop 10-15 pounds with ease. Now, when I'm ready to shed a pound or two, doing what I used to do doesn't work --  AT ALL!
8) So you thought you were done with your wisdom teeth? Not so much! Apparently, your 30's is an ideal time for them to come in. I have a new one, it has shifted my once naturally straight teeth. I've never worn braces, but now I'm considering getting them 😳. A trip to the dentist is in order, but I'm putting it off for as long as possible...
9) The density of my hair is changing...I've had thick hair that could seemingly withstand any type of treatment for as long as I can remember... however now, I've noticed that the density & strength of my hair is different. I don't know how it's going to level out when it is all said and done, as my age increases, but I'm ever so happy that there are so many wig options on the market now. 
10) Last but certainly not least, your sex drive increases in a major way... but then everybody already knows this one right?!
So did I miss anything Babes? What differences did you notice after 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, and perhaps even 75?! 
Until next time,