Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Spring Dress Picks with LOFT


Dress: c/o HERE | Sandals: Similar HERE
Photography by A. Robinson

Happy HUMP Day Loves! Today's style story is all about dresses, featuring a few of my top spring picks from LOFT. The dress featured above highlights one of my favorite colors to rock in warmer weather. It has gorgeous eyelet detailing with flutter sleeves. I styled it with a matching belt + yellow gingham sandals. This style is perfect for spring & summer temperatures as it is lightweight, 100% cotton, AND machine washable! The fit is relaxed and slightly oversized. 
NOTE: If you prefer a closer fit, sizing down is a good idea. Did I mention that the Henley Ruffle is currently on sale for 50% off?!

Here are a few other dress options that are also currently on sale for 50% off at LOFT:

LOFT Beach Tie Strap Swing Dress (<-- click here to shop)

LOFT Beach Button Dolman Midi Dress (<-- click here to shop)

Stripe Belted Pocket Midi Shirtdress (<-- click here to shop)

Until next time!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Pastel Tie-Dye Coordinates | LIVI by Lane Bryant

LIVI French Terry Sweatshirt, c/o Lane Bryant HERE
LIVI French Terry Short, c/o Lane Bryant HERE
Photography by Kenisha Gill
This post is sponsored by Lane Bryant; All shared opinions belong to me.
Today’s style story features a fun cotton candy-inspired tie-dye set from Lane Bryant. I love the soft pastel hues featured in this set! I am wearing the LIVI French Terry Sweatshirt along with coordinating LIVI French Terry Shorts. Both pieces are soft, with a relaxed fit. The top can also be worn tunic style, overlaying the shorts. I styled it tucked in to emphasize the paper waistband design on the shorts πŸ˜‰
Tie-dye fashion originates from the 60-70s style era; however, it began to trickle onto modern-day runways back in 2019. By 2020, it made a full-on resurgence, ironically - during a year that will forever remain etched in our minds and hearts. Some have noted that tie-dye was a mood-boosting hobby during the pandemic, while others say it has an automatic feel-good factor when you wear it.
Tie-dye comes in a vast variety of colors and intensities; in fact, no two creations are exactly alike. LIVI (exclusively available at Lane Bryant) offers a wide assortment of tie-dye options. Currently, I am crushing on a jogging suit set (LIVI Sweatshirt + LIVI Metro Jogger) in Glacier Grey. I also like the LIVI French Terry Pullover Hoodie HERE. To take a stroll through all the tie-dye styles currently available at Lane Bryant, from tops to bottoms + dresses - visit HERE!
Over to you, how do you feel about the resurgence of tie-dye fashion? 
Do you view tie-dye as a trend or style classic?

Until next time,

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Spring Activewear | LIVI by Lane Bryant


LIVI Side-Tie Tee - Hacci: c/o of Lane Bryant HERE
LIVI Hacci Short: c/o Lane Bryant HERE
Photography by Kenisha Gill
This post is sponsored by Lane Bryant - all shared opinions belong to me.

Happy first day of SPRING Beauties! The long-awaited “official” start of spring is finally here 😍
Is it just me, or is it also kinda surreal to believe that we actually we made it to this point? I mean the pandemic began one year ago this month – who could have imagined how much all of our lives would forever change within one year?! When I think about all that has transpired, I really do not have the words…
One of my favorite things about spring (in addition to the warmer weather that usually ushers in shortly behind its start) is the signal of fresh beginnings. During spring, everything comes back to life – trees begin to bloom, birds seem to sing louder, the grass turns green again. I am consciously shaping what type of narrative I will live out this season and setting fresh intentions in support of it. 
Being active is a carryover list item from the previous two seasons, but its importance has not diminished. If anything, opportunities to put it into practice have increased. With warmer weather and longer days I can spend more time outside. LIVI Active (exclusively available at Lane Bryant) is ideal for running errands, taking walks, and working out. What I love about this set from the line is that it totally dubs as loungewear, I can easily & comfortably wear both pieces around the house! Another pointer that also drew me to this set is the color, Lane Bryant calls it Oatmeal Heather – I love the way it looks up against my skin.
Did you notice that I styled the top in three differing ways? You know I live for versatility! 1st I styled it outside of the shorts like a tunic with a side knot, then I styled it fully tucked in, and lastly I styled it as a mock crop-top with side ruching and a knot. Which style is your favorite?
You can shop this duo HERE & HERE --> plus it’s currently on SALE!!!
Until next time,

Monday, March 8, 2021

Spring Style with LOFT


Dress: c/o HERE | Blazer: c/o HERE 
Jumpsuit: c/o HERE| Shorts c/o HERE
Photography by: A. Robinson
Today's style story is sponsored by LOFT. All opinions listed are my own.

The star attraction today is a lightweight, button-down, green floral dress. I love the versatility of classic button-down dresses! This one is perfect for spring & summer. It is light, flowy, and unlined. As I do with all new additions to my wardrobe, I took some time to think about how I wanted to style it. For starters, I went with styling it simply as a dress (paired with a blazer), then as a kimono (paired with a jumpsuit), and lastly as a shirt (paired over shorts). Which look chronicled above is your personal favorite? Thanks so much to LOFT for helping us get into a "SPRING" state of mind!
Until next time,

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bright Whites


Top/Skirt: Nordstrom, sold out
Shoes: HERE
Photography by A.Robinson

Celebrating the countdown to SPRING 2021 in my brightest whites paired with a vibrant PINK statement shoe!!! I bat for Team Warm Weather every single year - 2021 is no exception. I'm anticipating additional hours of sunlight, flowers in full bloom on display and additional opportunities to lounge out at the beach. Are you Team Warm Weather or do you prefer cooler temperatures?

Monday, February 8, 2021

Trimmed in Leopard Print


Sunnies: Free People | Dress: Old (another option HERE & HERE)| Belt: HERE| Booties: HERE
Photography by A. Robinson

Hey Love! I hope you're doing well and experiencing a measure of joy throughout your life πŸ’Creative self-expression through personal style continues to be a happy medium for me, even amidst troubling news reports and uncertain times.
The look pictured in today's style story came together per an ardent desire to debut a newly acquired matching belt & bootie duo. I stand for leopard prints (see a few examples HERE, HERE, and HERE)! Hence when I spotted this pair in-store, I had no hesitation whatsoever in acquiring them. 
Leopard print is fantastic, it can easily serve as a neutral and go with practically everything. I tend to style it with ultra-bright hues like red, blue, and orange. However, I am also known to pair it with other neutrals such as black & brown. 
This citrus-inspired dress is a few years old. Yet, it takes on new life when styled with an animal print belt and statement bootie. I like it!
It's your turn😊 Please share: How do you like to style leopard print?
Until next time,

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Triple Denim

Denim jacket: DKNY, similar HERE | Denim jacket dress: Sold out 
Denim jeans: NYDJ, similar HERE & HERE 
 Rhinestone boots: c/o HERE, other options HERE & HERE
Photography by A. Robinson

What's better than wearing one piece of denim clothing? Why THREE of course!!! Chilly temperatures inspired me to try this twist on the traditional Canadian Tuxedo. It worked perfectly because the weather wasn't super cold - but it was chilly enough to make you reach for a coat. I styled my denim jacket dress over skinny jeans and topped everything off with a cropped jacket. I really love the way this look came together. As an alternative, you could also style a denim jacket with a denim skirt over jeans and rock heels versus boots πŸ˜‰ 
Make it a habit to think outside of the box and have fun expressing your personal sense of style! 
Without further ado, can we discuss this showstopping pair of BOOTS?! When I first saw them online it was LUST at first sight 😍 They are BEAUTIFUL! So thankful that my friends over at ALDO surprised me with them just in time for the holidays. Note: Depending on what type of lighting there is + what you style them with, the color shifts. Basically, they can match almost anything! Take another look at them--> aren't they simply FIRE?! 
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to styling them over and over again.
Until next time,

Friday, January 8, 2021

Styling FIVE Pieces EIGHT Ways with LOFT


Blazer: c/o HERE
Top: c/o HERE
Jeans: c/o HERE
Skirt: c/o HERE
Dress: c/o HERE

Despite the events this week at the Capitol (tied to the angry mob that committed acts of domestic terrorism and stormed Capitol Hill), I am reinforcing several personal commitments to myself:
  • Claim joy despite rage & grief
  • Protect my energy at all costs
  • Stay rooted in gratitude
  • Allow space for hope
I hope you are holding space for whatever it is that you may be feeling at this moment in time and sharing time and space by intention with those who love you.

About today's post:
I am so excited to have the opportunity to style not ONE but FIVE pieces from LOFT!!! There were a few parameters in place, nonetheless I appreciate the versatility offered by each look! 
For instance, each look can be dressed up for additional umph - and/or - dressed down depending on your needs & preferences. Which look is your favorite? I am heavily leaning towards the jeans styled with red shoes πŸ’ž Yall know how I feel about RED!
One day I will be able to wear each of these looks in a post-pandemic world 😍
Until next time,

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Contemplating 2020 in LIVI Active by Lane Bryant

LIVI Cowl-Neck Pullover: c/o HERE (I am wearing size 14/16)
LIVI 7/8 Power Legging With Wicking: c/o HERE (I am wearing size 14/16)
This post is sponsored by Lane Bryant
All opinions given are my own.

Hey Loves! I'm closing out 2020 rocking LIVI Active (exclusively available at Lane Bryant) while contemplating what I've gained during 2020. 
We often hear about the unpleasantries that have occurred throughout this year - it was rough on innumerable levels. 
I decided to create space to hold gratitude for things I have benefited from this year. 

Here are 3 things that made the cut:
1) I gained clarity on what I want for myself going forward. I set new intentions and affirmations to support how I want to exist in the world.
2) I expanded in my understanding of self, and how my inner child resurfaces when triggered.
3) I created more blog content & secured new brand partnerships.

Closely tied to number 3 on my list, I am happy to be working with Lane Bryant for several years in a row now! I was first introduced to the brand while shopping with my grandma SJ when I was a little girl. I could never have imagined that 30+ years later I'd be working with Lane Bryant to host events and style pieces from new collections! I am so thankful for the trajectory of my life. 

I've shared previously (most recently in my post HERE) that LIVI Active is my preferred workout attire because of the excellent fit and quality. This set doubles as casual wear. I wore it for an outdoor workout session on a cool day (so the cowl neck was super useful), and then immediately went to the grocery store to stock up on pantry needs. 
I love that this set offers the benefits of workout attire without looking like workout attire! Have you tried LIVI Active yet? What things are you grateful for?

Until 2021,

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

A Personal Review | Never Fully Dressed

Dress: HERE (Gifted)
Photography by A. Robinson
I recently had an opportunity to style this beautiful dress from new-to-me brand, Never Fully Dressed. Have you heard of them? They are based in the UK and opened their first brick & mortar store about five years ago.
NFD shares that its process chain is ethical, they continue to explore the use of more sustainable fabrics, and increasingly they are manufacturing more of their styles in the UK. They currently offer clothing in US sizes 2-22.
What really stands out to me about the brand: They offer modern dresses with a classic twist. Items are versatile, they can be dressed up or down effortlessly. Take for instance this dress. I styled it three different ways. Which look is your favorite? I think my favorite look is the dress styled with the yellow statement earrings & matching sandals.
My experience with NFD thus far: 
  • Shipping was a breeze; it took less than one week for my order to arrive.
  • The dress is well made. There are no loose threads, seams are properly closed, and the fabric feels great.
  • The pattern is stunning, colors are richly pigmented.
I look forward to trying more style options from the NFD (Never Fully Dressed)!!
Here are a few other dresses that I currently have my sights on:
  1. Leopard Spot Dress
  2. Black Vogue Jumpsuit
  3. Black Tiered Mini Dress
Until next time,