Things To Come

I’ve really missed blogging on here on a daily basis, but I know that this change was necessary in order for me to continue to grow in my fashion endeavors. Today’s blog is going to be a simple update on my whereabouts and I am currently working my butt off with being a full-time student and part time employee, but these things all make me want to try harder at being great at what I do and what I want to do is share my enthusiasm for fashion with others who feel the same way that I do. I am expanding my horizons by learning how to film and edit videos, become more comfortable in front of the camera during photo shoots, and just generally be more involved. I am doing these things on top of work, homework and studying, but just because this is challenging, it does not mean that it is impossible.

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These goals are difficult and yes, I find myself getting frustrated when things do not seem like they are going well and I feel like no progress is being made, but great things do not happen overnight. I am still trying my hardest to be patient.

I am in the process of trying to learn how to film and edit videos so that I can start my own YouTube channel that revolves around fashion and who knows, maybe makeup every once in a while. I am using Halloween as an opportunity to recreate some costumes and makeup looks and I am pretty much filming the process so I can show you guys. I am planning on doing a total of 4 or 5 different characters so as soon as the weather here gets a whole lot better, I will be doing many photo shoots and videos. I really hope it all comes together in the end and I really hope that this endeavor will take me far.

I am open to any advice or suggestions any of you guys have when it comes to photo shoots, filming or video editing, I am all ears and it’s much appreciated. This is all I have for you all for now, as soon as I get the first video up, I will let you all know!

Stay Stylish and Good Night!

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10 Things To Never Say To A Fashion Girl

Last night I vented to my boyfriend about how I just couldn’t figure out what to wear and how my room was a complete disaster and that nothing I tried on fit right, blah, blah! Since he is a guy who cannot relate to my feeling of wardrobe helplessness, he expressed that he couldn’t understand my feelings and couldn’t understand why I did not have the capability to, and I quote, “just pick something!”

Judging by the look on my face, he regretted telling me that. I remember sitting up and mimicking, “Just pick something?” Then more angrily, “Just pick something?!

At that moment I thought of the perfect topic to blog about which is *drumroll here*

10 things you should never say to a fashion girl

Here’s a list so check it twice before you even think of saying these words to a fashionista

1.”Just Pick Something” (sorry babe)

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Let me break it down for you why you shouldn’t tell a fashionista this. We would rather be overdressed than show up somewhere looking sloppy. We do not like to look sloppy and we want to look gorgeous. I don’t think my boyfriend would appreciate it if “I just picked” a hoodie and sweats with flip-flops instead of taking the time to look nice. While he wears his button-up shirt and cool kicks, I am pretty sure that he would not want to be seen next to a girl on campus that other students cannot tell if she’s another student or a hobo. No. Not going to happen. Therefore, I cannot and I will not, “just pick something.”

2.  “How do you have nothing to wear? You have tons of clothes!”

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Yes, we know we have tons of clothes. But trends are always changing and so is our desire to keep up with those trends. Is it such a crime?

3. “You’re going out in that?”

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It breaks my heart when I hear this and I know this statement goes both ways whether you look overdone or looking like a walking wardrobe malfunction. Either way, it’s pretty heartbreaking to hear this. If a fashionista takes time to get ready and walks out in a form fitting dress and tall boots with heels and her significant other or loved one tells her she needs to “tone it down” or “change into something else,” it sucks. I hate hearing this, even when I know it is for my own good. When I hear people say this, majority of the time the person saying it is someone who loves the person who just walked out to show off their dress attire. Words hurt more when the words come out of someone you love’s mouth. And it sucks even more when your really thought you looked adorable.

4. “Aren’t you going to be cold in that?”

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Let’s face facts: even though the weather is going to get colder, you still want to wear skirts and dresses right? In my opinion, you should be okay if you have a trench coat jacket to wear whenever you’re outdoors. A few years ago I wore a high-neck, floral blouse with a blur skirt that hit me right above the knee with some flare to it and heels for Christmas. I was proud of myself for finding the perfect blue coat to wear over it. Once I got inside my grandma’s house, once I took off my jacket and sat down, she took one look at my outfit and asked me, “aren’t you cold in that?” Because she is my grandma, I laughed it off.

5. “This item is sold out in your size…”

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This is a straight-up horror story. Period.

6. “Maybe this can be your Christmas/ Birthday gift”

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No. I want it now or as soon as pay day comes!

7. “Gift cards and money are the worst thing to give someone for their birthday/Christmas!”

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*spits out water in shock* Says who?? We can all use a little more money whether it comes in paper or plastic. I don’t see why these things are viewed as “thoughtless” gifts. Whenever I get these things, I know that the person knows that I am picky and a broke college student. They are doing me a big favor by giving me a gift card or money instead of buying me something that I probably wont use. I would like to know your opinion on this! Do you think gift cards and money are thoughtless gifts? Leave a comment!

8. “Oh, you must have a lot of money”

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A person’s closet builds up over time. Not all at once! Can fashion blogging get expensive? Yes! But so does smoking and drinking. So does musical equipment. So does automobile maintenance. So does sports. So does art. All hobbies come with a price whether it is financially or time consuming. We do these things by choice and no, this does not give anyone the right to assume we have all the money in the world. I assure you that a lot of us do not.

9. “You can never find anything good at the thrift store”

Yes you can! People get rid of great, quality items all the time! You just need to take the time to look around.

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10. “Maybe your outfit will finally catch so and so’s attention!”

I heard this a lot when I was single, but you know how us girls do NOT by $30 blushes to get a boy’s attention? The same goes for clothes too! Especially fashion girls who buy clothes because they want to look good for themselves!

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This marks the end of tonight’s blog. I added Dean Winchester GIFs because his facial expressions just kill me! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog and learned something today. Good night and stay stylish!

Never Say Never!

Can you recall a time where you said you would never wear something like that?

I remember all that time and laugh while shaking my head side-to-side in disbelief. I remember how not even a year ago I said that I would NEVER wear white pants or long pencil skirts. It’s funny how these items made their way into my closet. So what changed?

I began this fashion blog in order to give some outfit inspiration and talk about things relative in the fashion world that I hope is relateable and/or enjoyable to read.

Today I am going to show you some photos I took earlier today where I am wearing a long pencil skirt that I thought I would never, ever wear. So here it goes!

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Everything in this outfit are all things that I said I would never wear!

Starting from the shoes, I remember how I said I would never wear shoes that showed my toes. I used to be self-conscious about my toes because of how little they were. My pinky toe is so small, the nail looks like it’s hardly there when I cut my nails!

The skirt, as I mentioned earlier, was that long pencil skirt that I said I would never wear yet this snakeskin one from Boohoo is my favorite! I love skirts, but long length skirts and dresses always intimidated me because I am a short person (5 ft. 2 in) and I felt that I could not pull it off. I think this skirt is very figure flattering and I am really thinking of getting another skirt like this.

The top is a band top! I LOVE band shirts, but I recall a time where I only wanted to wear a band shirt if it was a t-shirt. I used to hate tank tops. I didn’t want to be showing my arms. I had twig arms my whole life and I felt weak. I wouldn’t leave the house in a tank top or in a sleeveless blouse because I didn’t like the way my arms looked.

The choker necklace is also something I thought I wouldn’t wear. I always thought that it looked like a had a collar like my pet cat or something, but the choker necklaces I am seeing everywhere are so cute! I’m obsessed!

Never say never to things without giving them a try. You’ll be surprised to see what actually looks good on you! Keep an open mind and stay stylish! 😉

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Fashion Deed Of The Week 2

It’s Sunday night. Where did the weekend go?

I am going to follow through with the Sunday night trend where I give you a random act of kindness challenge that I want you to apply this week.

Here is the scenario:

You just get paid and you want to treat yourself to a little shopping spree inside your favorite store. You clock out of your shift in excitement and make your way straight to the store. You walk in and aren’t helped by anyone. In fact, you aren’t even greeted when you walk into the door, yet you see associates looking at you as you make your way into the store. As you shop, you notice that the employees are just talking among one another and pay no attention you or to the other customers unless someone directly approaches them and asks for help. You buy what you want to buy, but then decide to go to a different store. In this next store, you are approached by an associate who asks you if you need any help. You kindly tell them that you just want to take a look around. The associate introduces themself and encourages you to ask them for anything you may need help with. In this second store, you experience great customer experience and have a great time there versus the first store you walked into where you weren’t even acknowledged.

Where am I going with this?

I know that not everyone works retail, but retail jobs aren’t the only jobs that require you to work on your customer service skills or people skills. If you are at work, do your best and treat your customers the same way that you would want to be treated. I have worked retail and call centers and I can tell you right now that I have had to provide customer service in both of these jobs and have done my best to help people out the best way that I can. It’s really disheartening when you work all day and provide good customer service yet go somewhere as a customer and get treated with poor customer service. Am I right?

Let’s switch things around…

Let’s say that you are the customer and you need assistance with something, remember that an associate or employee is not your slave that you can talk down to and demand things right then and there. Do NOT be that customer that can ruin and associate’s day!

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I understand frustration on both ends. Maybe you’re an angry customer who has gone to several places yet no one has been able to help you. Or maybe you’re an employee who has been treated rudely by many customers and it is really bringing you down. Either way it sucks. It’s miserable. It’s no fun. So don’t be that person. Respect one another. Act as a decent human being.

Please remember this blog whether you are a customer wanting to go to the store, or an employee who is going to clock into work. Be kind. Do your best. Be helpful.

That is all I have for you guys tonight. I will talk to you all on Monday! Stay stylish 🙂

 

Fashion Deed Of The Week: Part 1

Good evening everyone, it’s Sunday night and I am going to start a new trend on my blog where every Sunday night I give you guys all a little act of courtesy or kindness challenge that I would like you guys to apply to your life for the week.

I am going to begin with a scenario:

Lets say you are shopping and you see something you really love. You see that is is on the clearance rack and go to the dressing room. It fits perfectly so you make your way to the register to purchase your lucky find when the sales associate/ cashier rings it up as a regular priced item. You tell them how you found it on the clearance rack, but they assure you that the item you got is a regular priced item after looking into the item further. You decide that it is too expensive and you leave the store feeling annoyed and even a bit bummed out. Believe me when I say that NO ONE likes that feeling of getting your hopes up and then being disappointed after spending the time to try it on and fall in love with the item.

My fashion deed of the week for you this week is to save someone from feeling that way and to put things back where they belong!!!!

Even if you try something on and it doesn’t work out, try not to just toss it in a random place, but hand it to an employee so they can return it back to where it belongs. Whether you are in a retail store or grocery shopping, do your best to put things back to where they belong. If you feel that this is not your job, then please ask an employee KINDLY to put the item back in its original spot.

The bar has been set for the week, don’t let me down wonderful people. Be considerate 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!

How To Get Over A Bad Day

Do any of you guys who drive feel that you have no sense of direction even with a GPS?

I personally have gotten better at finding me way around town ever since I started dating my boyfriend, but before he came into the picture, I only drove to work and school and occasionally to a friend’s house.

I will cut to the chase here for today’s blog topic and say that this has nothing to really do with fashion, but with life lessons and family.

As you guys know, back to school time is approaching everyone (or maybe it already has for you!) so a tradition in my family is to have dinner before the semester starts at a nice restaurant. My mom and I were dressed up in some of our favorite dresses and my dad wore a nice shirt, pants and some new dress shoes he just got. The three of us made our way out and told my older brother to meet us at the restaurant once he clocked out of work. We went to SaltGrass Steak House and ordered an appetizer. We were hoping my brother would be arriving any minute.

Time passed and it was time to place our orders so we did, including my brother’s order. Any minute now, he should be walking through that door.

More time passed when I decided to GPS on my phone how long it would take to get from my brother’s work to the restaurant. 10 minutes.

I saw that there was a red section on the highway so my family assumed that maybe my brother was just stuck in traffic. Then my mom’s phone lit up. My brother was calling so my mom answered. She started to ask where he was. She then hands the phone to my dad who grabs the phone and gets up from his seat. He makes his way outside the restaurant where it was quieter, leaving my mom and I at the table by ourselves. The food arrives before my dad does.

We wait more, not touching our food until my dad comes back. He comes back to the table looking flustered and says to my mom, “I don’t know where he’s at.”

My mom worriedly looks at my dad as he continues to explain that he went to the wrong location and continued to go back on the highway, but doesn’t recognize where he is at. My dad had just told my brother to go back on the highway, take the next exit, pull over and then call us back to better explain where he was. We continued to eat dinner and then my mom’s phone lit up again. My dad picks up and makes his way back outside, leaving my mom and I alone once again.

My mom tells me that she is worried that my dad was going to be super upset with my brother, and to be honest with you, even though I acted cool in front of my mom, I was worried about that too. My dad is gone even longer this time. My mom gets up to use the restroom and I am sitting alone at the table thinking to myself how this was supposed to be a nice dinner. A fun dinner. A nice and fun dinner with my family. That’s all I wanted.

My mom comes back from the restroom and looks even more worried and uncomfortable as she realizes that my dad still isn’t back yet.

My mom and I talk to each other in order to somewhat comfort each other when my dad finally gets back. He sits back down and exhales sharply and tells my mom, “I am just besides myself right now.” He goes on to vent about how he really doesn’t know how he could help my brother if my brother doesn’t know where he’s at or give him any full street name or anything. He goes on to tell us that he told my brother to GPS his way home the best he can and to not worry about the restaurant. We were almost done eating anyway.

Not having my brother for dinner wasn’t even the worst part. It was the uncomfortable yelling that my dad gave to my brother once he got home. So that brings me back here right now as I type. I am still in my dress. Makeup on, shoes on, hair done and everything, but my smile has disappeared. I hate when my dad gets after me, but I hate it most when he gets after my brother.

My Saturday was going so great up until this point, but a bad day does not mean a bad life. Here are my best tips on how to get over a bad day.

  1. Give yourself some privacy and just let it all out. Write it down, call a friend and vent, take a shower and cry in it, sing, dance, do exercise…do whatever it personally takes for you to get that negative energy out.
  2. Treat yourself to an at home spa. You can give yourself a pedicure, put a refreshing face mask on, prepare a warm bubble bath and relax, listen to music etc…
  3. Tell yourself that a bad day does not mean that you have a bad life. One thing I personally do is listen to motivational speeches on YouTube. It is really inspiring. You should try it 🙂
  4. Since you are already on YouTube, look up some funny videos! Kitten and Puppy videos are the best medicine. If you have Instagram, you can also find some cute videos on there. If animals aren’t your thing, look up something that is! Whether it is hair and makeup, vlogs, music videos, workout videos, documentaries, you name it!

I really hope these four tips help you guys get over a bad day. If there is something you do in order to get over a bad day that I may not have mentioned, but works for you, feel free to comment below! That is going to be it for today’s blog, but I want you all to know that I am feeling better already and I have only done step 1 out of 4 🙂 Thank you for reading and turn your frown upside down. Smiles never go out of style.

Stay stylish everyone.