Month: January 2016

Sleeveless Dress Struggles 

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I can be a lazy dresser. That’s why I gravitate toward dresses a lot! It’s one and done…for the most part. But now that it’s colder, it’s tougher to find cute, affordable, and most importantly, WARM dresses for winter! For some reason, retailers keep cranking out sleeveless winter dresses. What’s up with that?!

I came across the struggle recently, while doing some winter sale shopping. I found a great deal on a Banana Republic dress in a winter material for only $12 (sold out)! But alas, no sleeves! So, what’s a girl to do? Layer! And I get to share the end result with you in my first blogger photo shoot! Thanks to Tosha Gaines for the great shots!

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My first layering attempt included a white button-down, but I looked too much like a schoolgirl. And at the ripe old age of 36, it wasn’t hitting me baby, one more time! Ya know what I’m saying?! Britney Spears knows what I’m saying.

So, I decided to regroup and adopt the KISS methodology:  keep it simple, stupid. A long sleeve black t-shirt ended up working nicely and is much more comfy than a stuffy old button down.

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The layering continued with a red coat I got from Banana Republic Factory about 10 years ago! I added tights and trusty old knee boots and voila! A quick and easy way to avoid freezing in a sleeveless frock!

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I happened to be wearing the ensemble during another trip to my second home (Banana Republic) and the associate even complimented how I styled it! That’s always a “win” in my book! What are your favorite ways to look cute and work appropriate at the same time? I’d love to get your feedback!

One more shout out to Tosha Gaines photography for such a fun mini-photo session! If you’re looking for lifestyle or family pictures, be sure to check her out!

Thanks for reading!

Golden Globes Goodness

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I didn’t get to watch the Golden Globes, but I made sure I caught some red carpet coverage. I always love reading other people’s fashion recaps and, this year, I decided to do my own! Plus, my Golden Globes faves on Instagram last year was my top-liked pic of 2015 (with over 1k likes!), so I figure I have some credibility. ha!

My favorite look had to be Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. She was the first actress I saw when I tuned in and my initial thought was gorgeous! Then I thought, but wait, does it look too much like a fancy apron? But then I thought, who cares?! That is the hottest apron I’ve ever seen! and I would wear it in a heartbeat if I were her size! I loved the ruffles, the pleats, the sheer panels, the cross-back, the hint of side boob. It all worked for me!

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Next, I was loving Zendaya in Marchesa! She is so flipping tall and skinny and this dress was absolutely perfect for someone of her 5’10” stature. Seriously, you can’t be 5’2″ and pull this off.  And I usually say anyone can wear anything if the proportions are right.  Plus, when my daughter saw her, she said “That’s KC Undercover!” and had such a bright-eyed look of excitement. I was just glad Zendaya gave my kids something to relate to during a show they would normally vomit at watching.

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I was also loving me some Jenna Dewann in Zuhair Murad. First, I’m pretty obsessed with anything Zuhair Murad does, and second, Jenna is just such a stunner and I always love seeing what she’ll wear on the red carpet. Good thing her husband is an A-lister, or else she probably wouldn’t have any reason to dress up. Just sayin’. Sidenote: google Channing Tatum’s hair. It was ridic. JENNA

I didn’t see Judith Light on screen, but I saw her as I scrolled through red carpet photos. I seriously had to do a double take/scroll back because the silhouette was so different and fresh and she looked amazing! Who knew a cummerbund could look so chic?! I know the suit is kind of been there/done that, but her ivory version is a breath of fresh air so I gotta give props to the woman I remember most from Who’s the Boss?! judith-light.jpg

I also loved me some Rachel McAdams in Lanvin. Can someone please tell, Kim K this is how you do formal florals? I love anything that stands out in a good way. The hair, the lips. perf! Plus, her date was the Boston Globe reporter she portrayed in the Golden Globe nominated film Spotlight. I just love her!rach.jpg

I also felt like Kirsten Dunst in Valentino deserved a spot. When I saw her step onto the red carpet all I could think was bazunga! Don’t ask what that means, but if you look at the cleavage, you’ll know it doesn’t require a definition. She definitely has the decolletage to pull this off. Can’t say I’m not jealous of that! kirsten.jpg

And I know it must be harder for the more “seasoned” actresses to pull off exciting red carpet looks, so I have to hand it to the dame herself: Helen Mirren. I know older women tend to cover their arms, so I love how she was able to incorporate the sheer shoulders to add a bit of sex appeal. And it fit her like a glove! dame.jpg

Awards season is one of my favorite times of the year when it comes to fashion and I can’t wait to see what shows up on the red carpet for the SAG Awards and Oscars! Who were your favorites at the Golden Globes?

 

The Cape Dress Crusade

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When I tell you this blog post has been a year in the works, it’s no joke. That’s how long my journey for a cape dress has been.

It’s been so long, I can’t even remember what inspired me to search for a cape dress other than the fact that Gwenyth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o and Solange rocked these bad boys.

But being budget conscious really hampered my efforts. What I wanted was an AFFORDABLE, black, short version. I started hunting in November of 2014 with the plan to wear the dress to my husband’s work Christmas party.

I found a couple of designer options for hundreds of dollars. Laughable!

Then, I found this one from Nasty Gal for $80 (currently on sale). That was still more than I wanted to pay.

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So, I turned to cheapy website, SheIn (it was actually SheInside at the time). It was only about $17! Jackpot! Or so I thought…

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I was so nervous because I had just read an article about how sizing is so skewed for these fast fashion sites based in Asian countries. Not to mention, the quality is hit or miss. I waited anxiously for the mail, knowing it could arrive between two weeks or two months (based on horror stories)! After a couple of weeks, it finally arrived! I got a size medium and knew immediately it wasn’t going to cut it. It was SO short. As a woman who likes short shorts/dresses/skirts, it was even too short for my taste! Plus, it was a little snug. I thought, maybe if I lose a little weight it will fit better. So during my phase of hopeful weight loss, I held on to it, just in case… and continued looking.

I found another one from Windsorstore.com.

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It was $37 and is currently sold out in black, but it is still available in blue and red. I ordered it even though it was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I just figured it would fit better since it’s American-based. WRONG! It was SHORTER! if that was even possible. I was one sneeze away from exposing my lady parts.

Fast forward to 2015! Yes, a year later. I actually found two more options. One at Forever 21 for $20 (used coupon for 20% off) and another from Charlotte Russe for $16 (special promotional price). I ordered both!

The Forever 21 version had more breathing room, but was still pretty short. The Charlotte Russe version was super tight, but the length was perfect! After much pondering, I decided to go with the Forever 21 version.

So, a year after my cape dress crusade began, I FINALLY got to wear it to my husband’s office Christmas party!

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I hate that I didn’t take any great pics, so this is the best you’ll get. I decided to style it with gold accessories: a heeled sandal, clutch, etc. I’m pretty happy with the end result!

Moral of the story: good things come to those who wait! Whether it’s a certain item or a certain item for a certain price, if you want something bad enough, be diligent and patient!

Thanks for reading!

Sweet (20)16!

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I’ve never been one to make resolutions, but this year, I’m jumping on the bandwagon, darnit! Honestly, 2015 wasn’t the greatest year for me. In a nutshell, I was pretty lazy in life! :/ While I still have so much to be thankful and grateful for, I do want to do everything in my power to make 2016 Suh-weet!

There are so many things I want to accomplish with my blog, my career, my health, my personal style and my personal life. I just want this year to be one of non-stop self improvement. I am looking forward to sharing the adventure with you!

I have started the new year off by co-hosting a Style Challenge on Instagram (@wearwhatwhere does a fabulous job organizing these every month, so make sure you follow her!)! If you’re not familiar with style challenges, they’re a great way to get inspiration for those days you just can’t think of what to wear. You just go to the day of the month on the list below…and incorporate that prompt into your #OOTD! Easy peasy.

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I’ve participated in style challenges before, but this is my first time co-hosting one. If you’re on Insta, definitely check it out because this one has prizes included in it and they are pretty suh-weet! 😉 prizes

I have a few other things up my sleeve for 2015, including a new collaboration for beauty posts. (Lord knows I need help in that department!) I definitely have a weight loss goal I will be sharing in the near future. And I may even consider another “no-shop” phase starting in February to help save money for a new home purchase (fingers crossed!).

All in all, expect more blogging for me this year! I mean, we’re only a couple of days into the new year and I already have a post published. I think I’m on the right track!

What are some of your goals for the new year? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading!!