Deed of the Week: Stop Making Excuses

Halfway through the semester and I am already pretty exhausted! I went out of my way to catch up on homework and school work so I could dedicate this weekend to working on getting some videos on YouTube up. I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to learn how to video edit and film a little bit more because I want to branch out to YouTube. I figured that this would be the best time of the year to start a channel because of Halloween. This holiday gives me an opportunity to show my creative side with costumes and makeup so I figured, why not?!

I am going to hopefully release a costume video tomorrow and then a different one on Wednesday. This week’s characters are both Disney characters, one is a male character and the other is a female. I think you guys will know who the female character is if you are following me on Instagram. I am eager to show you guys what I have been working on and I hope you will all like what you see.

YouTube is one of those things that I thought would be interesting to do so I stopped making excuses and decided to just go for it. I want you to challenge yourself to set aside some time and think about something that you have always wanted to do, yet find yourself making excuses. Figure out what is preventing you and ignore those excuses and just go for it! If you needed some encouragement to get out and do something, this is it. What is something that you have always wanted to do? Take the first step this week and see how far it takes you and just keep going!

if you’ve seen the Bernie Mac show, you will remember when Jordan said the greatest simile which is, “Excuses are just like butts, everyone’s got one but they all stink!”

Stay stylish!

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Outfits of the Week: Week 7

What a week it has been! So many things are happening in the world and I cannot help but feel pretty useless just watching the news on TV. We have the wildfires in California, we have many of our government officials in Puerto Rico trying to pick up what Maria left behind, we have the mourning from the Las Vegas shooting, and the Harvey Weinstein news that makes me sick. Then we have our own personal lives. Whether it’s work, school, relationships or setbacks, life is just happening and nothing is going to stop it. I could have easily curled up in a ball after enduring everything I saw on the news, hearing about my boyfriend’s car window being hit with a bb gun and needing to be replaced, getting frustrated at work, overwhelmed with homework and feeling like I may be spreading myself out too thin, but the quickest way for me to instantly feel better is the way that I dress.

I may be struggling and be under a lot of pressure, but as long as my outfit is okay, I will be too. Here are the outfits of the week!

Monday: Denim Vest: Thrifted, Tank top: Macy’s, Skirt: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Dillards, brand is Gianni Bini

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Tuesday: I did not get to take a photo of my outfit since this is the day my boyfriend’s car window needed to be repaired. 😦

Wednesday’s Outfit: Pink lace blouse: Wetseal, Denim: Express, Boots: Dillards, brand is Gianni Bini

This blouse received a lot of compliments. I used to work at Wetseal and the company unfortunately went out of business about a year after I left. I have heard that they are coming back, but have not seen anything yet! It was one of my favorite stores and it will be missed greatly. I wear these jeans so much because the distress in them is subtle and the was is unique. The boots are a great fit for this outfit because I did not want to wear black shoes, but still needed a neutral shoe to go along with my outfit. These were perfect!

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Thursday: Dress: Fashion Nova, Jacket: Love Culture, Boots: Boot Barn by Dan Post

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I hope you guys have a great weekend and enjoyed these outfits 🙂

Don’t be a stranger and stay stylish!

Outfits: Week 4

Hello everyone! I have already completed a quarter of the Fall semester and cannot believe how fast time is flying by. The world of college is a fast-paced one! This week was a little different for me personally because my Monday class did not meet at my school, but instead took a trip to south side’s chamber of commerce were we had a conference with the chamber’s vice president. On this day, I dressed up a little more formal that I would’ve if I had gone to the classroom instead so as you will probably notice, I am wearing a pale peachy-pink blouse with a leopard printed skirt and some black flats. I took this picture right before I left work that day.

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Tuesday also had a different schedule than usual since my second class got cancelled! I had a super short day and just went with the outfit that required less effort than usual and laid-back compared to how dressy I was the day before. Even though this outfit and simple makeup look took me about 10 minutes total, it’s still a super cute outfit and was my favorite one this whole week! You guys know I am a crazy cat lady! I am obviously super happy in this photo!

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Wednesday it was just a day with me and my boyfriend so I decided to go back to my dressed up self and decided to take on the world wearing my new favorite skirt from boohoo which you guys saw earlier this week!

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Thursday…my school gave out free food. Brownies were involved. I am a messy eater. So I ended up getting chocolate on the original blouse I had which was a light blue color. Not cool. This is pretty much why I ended up going to Target because I wanted to get a different blouse. I found some pretty cool stuff on clearance and wore this new top happily as my original blouse paid a visit to the washing machine. The blouse I am wearing in this photo is one of the blouses I bought at Target and the leggings and lipstick shade make it perfectly suitable for a fall outfit. Happy Fall by the way!

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This week was definitely more different than usual since I was only really at school Tuesday and Thursday, but if I only did two outfits, this blog would have been way too short! Up next on my blog is all things in celebration of CATURDAY!

Stay tuned and stay stylish!

Outfits For School: Week 1

So I just completed my first day back to school and I already know that this semester will have new challenges for me. This is the first semester that my boyfriend is attending the same school as me and he is even taking some classes with me now that I made a change to my minor. I already know which classes will require more study time and which ones I am feeling confident in. Although the first week is always one of the most hectic, I wasn’t going to show it by dressing like a hot mess! Here are the outfits I wore for my first week back to school!

MONDAY: CLASSY CHIC

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I kept things pretty simple yet put together for my first day back because I wanted an outfit that wasn’t too over the top, but still eye-catching. Plus, dresses are one of my favorite things to wear!

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I also wanted to make sure that this outfit didn’t look like it was stuck in summer mode and not welcoming to fall, so I added a light jacket and some cool boots to go with it.

TUESDAY: Laid-Back Girly

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This outfit is more laid back than the Monday outfit because I wore some workout tights as pants and some chunky heeled boots that give a feminine approach yet feel like sneakers. The lavender purple top and stone necklace add the girly appeal. This is the perfect outfit to wear if you are going to be doing a lot of walking and have a full day ahead of you.

WEDNESDAY: READY TO ROCK

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This outfit gave me that rocker off duty feeling because of the military printed jeans and the semi ripped white jacket that stands out. I LOVE this outfit. I love that it grabs attention and stands out from basic denim. I also love how well the black and white pieces worked with the military print.

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THURSDAY: REDDY FOR ANYTHING

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My favorite color in the whole wide world is red! I decided to wear my favorite color as I completed my first week back to school. I will definitely be wearing red more this fall and I named this look ‘Reddy For Anything’ because I really want an optimistic start to a new semester with new classes, new people, and new experiences. As excited as I was to go back to school, by the time I finished my homework, I was so ready for the weekend!

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So there you have it. all the outfits I wore for my first week back to school. I normally do not go to school on Fridays since I work most of the day, but please let me know if you would like me to include a Friday outfit anyway! Also let me know which of these outfits was your favorite. I am going to do an outfits of the week blog post every week of this semester and hopefully it will give you some outfit inspiration!

Have a happy Saturday and stay stylish!

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The Colors Of My Closet

Do you tend to gravitate towards the same colors when it comes to clothing?

For a lot of women, it’s black because it is a neutral color that is easy to pair with anything and also gives women the look of appearing slimmer. Who doesn’t want that?

I am also someone who loves black clothing, but other than this color, my closet is made up of reds, pinks, and some blues. I have tons of dresses that are black and red. These two colors together are my weakness. I have so many black and red clothing that I have earned myself the nickname “Red” at work because I’m always wearing something red, and of course, my red hair! Red and pink are my favorite colors. Valentine’s Day is the best time of the year because these two colors are everywhere and I LOVE it!

I almost wore black and red today for my photo shoot, but I challenged myself to make things a little bit different. Instead of wearing black and red, I changed these two colors to pink and gray! Yes, I know they are the lighter colors of black and red.

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I loved this outfit so much and the colors took me outside my comfort zone! These colors looked really well together and I was pretty surprised how nice this outfit came out.

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Here were some things I did differently with today’s shoot that I normally don’t do….

For starters, I never trade black and red for a different look. Secondly, I never wear my caps backwards like this because I always felt silly wearing it like this. Lastly, I always photograph better on my “good side” which is my right side of the face, but I purposely looked the other way to see how my left side would be in photographs.

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This outfit has become one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever taken photographs in. I would’ve never gotten such an eye-opening experience or better feeling if I stuck to wearing my usual instead of breaking outside of my comfort zone. I guess what I am trying to say is to give other colors a chance. If you want to stick to black, that’s great, but try to add in a color you’re curious about and give it a try!

Be colorful and stay stylish!

Blogger Night At The Impeccable Pig

First of all, I want to thank my 46 followers here on my WordPress account for following me. I cannot believe I am almost at 50!

I know I have been doing a back-to-school theme based on my lookbook I released earlier this week, but today I am going to talk about blogger night at the store, The Impeccable Pig that happened tonight. It is super special to me because I got to meet this week’s #wonderwomanwednesday Christine Lozano. If you follow my Instagram account, you will know that every Wednesday I take the time to post amd appreciate a woman who I find inspiring and who has helped motivate me to better myself. For those of you who do not know Christine Lozano, she is a fashion blogger from my hometown who is better known for her Instagram name @barelyblonde__

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This event was one of the coolest experiences ever. Not only did I get to meet a local fashion blogger who inspires me, I also finally got to go to a store I’ve never been to before, but have always wanted to visit. The sales associates were very kind to me and one of them gave me a follow on my Instagram account which made me very happy and got me 180 followers. That’s a big number to me! I bought a cute blouse at 65% off and then decided to buy a regular priced necklace for 20% off. I am planning on wearing the blouse and necklace I got on my first day of school. I am not sure if my first day back will still be Monday or not due to hurricane Harvey, but I promise to take photos for you all to see!

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I love that The Impeccable Pig reaches out to local fashion bloggers in order to have these blogger events as a way to help get the blogger’s name out there, but also help gain new customers and increase their business. I hope that one day I can be invited to host blogger events at different stores and boutiques someday. That’s the dream!

I know I will get to that point in my fashion blogger career by continuing to work hard and do my best to stay stylish and hopefully inspire many women to stay stylish as well.

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My First Photo Shoot

My fashion account on Instagram was born June 4th, 2017. Just five days after its birth, I did my very first photo shoot at a park. I had chosen three different outfits and of course, my boyfriend was my photographer. I decided to talk about this today because I know a lot of you may be fashion bloggers or fashion lovers who see a lot of people on social media looking flawless all the time and may wonder how a person could be so photogenic and great looking all the time.

I did my very first photo shoot on June 9th and had to find my strength to not run away from the camera. All my life I believed that I just wasn’t photogenic and that I could never stand in front of a camera. EVER.

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On the other hand, people complimenting my outfits would spark a voice in the back of my head that would tell me that I should try becoming a fashion blogger. I always ignored it because I told myself that I would never be like the fashion bloggers or beauty gurus I see on YouTube or Instagram and that my pictures would suck and that no one would follow me, yadda, yadda.

Then I had to take my Portfolio and Professional Development class earlier this summer.

My professor wanted us to create a digital portfolio to display what we wanted to do as a career. Even though I am studying Communications, I still have no idea what I truly want out of it. It seemed like all my classmates were ahead of the game and soon I was intimidated by photographers who had their own work to display, journalist who had articles they had written and then there was me. I had nothing to really show for myself and I found myself waking up in the middle of the night believing that I wasn’t good at anything.

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I then decided, what the hell? Who am I living for? Why am I here feeling sorry for myself? I am pretty great at dressing up. I know this may sound very arrogant, but sometimes you have to toot your own horn. It worked for me because soon I found myself activating my Instagram account, creating this blog, and taking pictures without running away from it!

The pictures you see in this post are all from my very first photo shoot. I did three different outfits and I felt super awkward and uncomfortable that I probably would have not been able to take decent pictures if anyone other than my boyfriend was my photographer. I felt silly doing certain poses or facial expressions because I was in a public place and I knew that out of curiosity, people would look from time to time.

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I honestly look at these pictures and see a difference in how I take photos now versus then. I am more confident in front of the camera now-a-days. It took consistent work and motivation to try harder and I still have both great and not so great photo shoots still. There are just some days that your photos come out great and other days where a domino effect of bad luck just happens. I am glad I am able to share with you all some stepping stones to my fashion endeavor and I hope that this motivates you to overcome camera awkwardness or makes you feel better about your own pictures!

Share this blog with someone who may be camera shy or is stopping themselves from going after that dream the voice in the back of their head is urging them to go for!

Stay stylish!

Yes, I know this image looks like I am smelling my armpit! But cut me some slack, this was my first photo shoot and I had NO idea how to pose hahaha

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