In The Eyes Of The Beholder

I often write about fashion on here. I love the fact that when a person takes the time to dress up or try a new style that they begin to have a positive change in their confidence and even their attitude. I love seeing the way that fashion is used to help people express themselves and the fact that it helps them stand taller when they walk from down the hall to down the streets. These are the reasons why fashion and style are so important to me. It is not a status thing. It is not a materialistic thing or a “just for fun” thing, but so much more than that.

My heart breaks a little when someone says that fashion isn’t important or even necessary is one’s life, because I couldn’t disagree more.

Before starting my fashion account on Instagram or blogging on here, I was told by many people that they loved how I dressed. It would make my day to know that the time and effort I put into my wardrobe before I walked out was not just a pigment of my imagination. I know this seems very arrogant of me, but isn’t it nice when someone gives you a compliment?

Isn’t it even nicer when the person that gives you a compliment is not solely just people who are online or through social media?

Let me tell you something Kenny, it’s pretty flattering and you never quite forget it.

The other day when I was taking some pictures of the work outfits I showed you guys the other day, a lady who was walking her two dogs passed by and told me that I looked beautiful. She didn’t specify any one particular item on my outfit but she did analyze my outfit head to toe behind her big sunglasses. The outfit she saw was the one with the leopard dress. If I had to pick one outfit that I was a little hesitant to wear at first, it was the one with this dress. However, this outfit is the one that has received the most compliments and has started the most conversations.

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When we receive compliments from others, there can sometimes be an initial reaction of surprise because what we may have walked out the door feeling super casual or kicking ourselves in the butt for forgetting to wear that necklace or wake up earlier to fix our hair and so forth, but what we see is not going to be what other people will see. It’s often in the eyes of the beholder that they are able to see something positive in others. When I see the image above of myself, the first thing I saw was how my stomach folds. I have rolls guys. Did you notice that when you saw this photo?

Probably not, but now I just pointed it out to you.

The point is, we make too big of an issue over very small and unimportant things. Would you have thought that because of the way my stomach looked, I almost didn’t post this photo? My mind changed when I shifted my focus on my legs instead. I have pretty nice legs thanks to running all those miles!

A few people from my Instagram family on my fashion account have reached out to me with some questions on fashion and other tips. Some of them were friends from high school who I have not seen in about three years already. Since I still consider myself very amateur at blogging and having a fashion account on Instagram, I can honestly say that I was able to reach success in a matter of two months. My success is not determined by how many followers I have on here or over there on Instagram, but rather when I know that others view me credible enough to ask me fashion, style and shopping questions. Do not get me wrong, it is nice seeing my Instagram and fashion blog family grow, but the number of followers are not what determine my success. People are welcome to come and go as they please as long as they stay kind to one another while they remain here. That is all I ask.

Through the eyes of others, I have learned that I actually dress pretty well! Through the eyes of others, I have learned that they do not see my imperfections. Through the eyes of others, I learned that fashion is what has made me stand out from the crowd.

I hope you all have a great start to your weekend and remember to stay stylish!

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Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

Before I got my current job, I was working retail. I was working at the store WetSeal and pretty much had the ability to wear whatever I wanted as long as it was an appropriate length and cut that would represent the store and myself well. WetSeal merchandise was always encouraged to wear, so you can imagine just how much I would spend on clothes there on pay day. Plus who doesn’t like a great employee discount?

Now that I am in an office environment, there had to be some changes to my wardrobe. I am the person who sits at the front desk. I answer phone calls, I work on documents, I greet visitors and try to help them with general questions about certain services and because I sit in the front desk, I am the first face people see which puts the need to represent my department well. This put some pressure on me about what I can’t wear anymore. No more ripped jeans. No more spaghetti strapped tops. No more shorts, even if they were dressy shorts. No more shirts that say words like “Tacos & Tequila” or “Beach Please” or “no makeup, no problem” or “all I need is coffee and wifi”…you get the picture. I went into the job interview wearing a high neck black dress and black closed toe flats. I kept the makeup natural looking and straightened my hair. You have no idea how much I researched on what to wear for an interview. Maybe I can blog on some tips soon?

Anyways, my style has transformed since being at my current job and today I am going to show you 3 different looks that I have gotten compliments on at work. This first one is a bit fierce, but it is not over the top. In my personal opinion, mixing two different animal prints is pretty daring and can make any outfit look more trendy. This outfit is under $75 and has started a lot of conversations from visitors to the office.

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This second outfit was under $50! The colors in this outfit made me think of Daphnie from Scooby-Doo! Pretty sophisticated and girly at the same time.

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Last look is one that plays with flawless black and white with a pop of color! This outfit was also under $75 and the skirt was only $4!

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Which one of these outfits is your favorite? Do you want to know details on these outfits? Tomorrow I will be posting more details on these three outfits and am currently working on a video for you guys! I hope you guys enjoyed these looks. Do not be afraid to allow your style to grow up with you! Stay stylish my friends.

 

 

The Impeccable Pig & Pizza

Hello everyone!

What happens when you want to do a photo shoot outdoors, but then it rains? You take your photos indoors instead and just make due with your surroundings!

The other day my boyfriend and I went to go eat some pizza. The original pizza place we went to was unexpectantly closed, so we went to the nearest pizza place instead. We ended up being the only people there and coincidentally, my outfit kind of blended in with the color scheme of the restaurant! This is what happened.

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Did not expect a photo shoot to take place in a pizza place, but I honestly really liked the way that these photos came out because the complimented the outfit very well.

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So let me tell you the outfit details. I know I usually save outfit details on my Instagram only, but today I am going to tell you right now since it will explain the title. The Impeccable Pig is actually the name of the store that I got this romper from! It is a strapless romper that originally comes with a tie that matches the print of the romper. I made this romper my own by tieing a red ribbon around my waist so the roses could stand out and added a short sleeved button-up shirt from Charlotte Russe to wear over it.

I bought this romper when the store had their big $12 sale and as of now, this is the only purchase I have bought from this store but I hope to change that!

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I was very satisfied with my first purchase from The Impeccable Pig. I loved that this romper didn’t have super short shorts and was a respectable length. I also loved that it wasn’t super thin or see-through and that I can wear it in so many different ways!

Go check out The Impeccable Pig’s Instagram account or website if you are interested in their store. They have some pretty cute items! Link for their website is below!

https://www.theimpeccablepig.com/

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I hope you all liked these photos and will take some time to check out The Impeccable Pig to tell me what you think or if you have bought anything from this store.

Enjoy some pizza and stay stylish!

What The Rain Told Me

Hello everyone! As you know from yesterday’s post, it was raining here in my hometown. I left out some details of the significance of the rainy weather so let me explain by saying this first, it stormed so badly in my area that I was only at work for an hour before everyone was sent home due to a bug power outage. The rain came in with a bang and caused flooding, many accidents, power outages, stalled cars, lightning shows, gusts of raging wind and panic to a lot of people who were out and about or watching the news at home. Eventually the rain did stop in the evening, but man was it scary Monday morning.

I never saw this storm coming. Never heard form anywhere that there was a chance of rain or anything like that so I was definitely taken off guard. Secondly, the rain washed away a lot of filth. The plants are standing tall and bright now and the streets in the neighborhoods look brand new. Whatever bird poop was on my car prior to the storm was long gone and when the sun finally peeked out, it was like a different place than before. This got me thinking of my how much my soul could use a bit of cleansing.

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I had school, work, my fashion endeavor, my fitness journey and social life all over the place and organization was non-existent. I am going to really try to be more consistent and to be honest, I really enjoy blogging at night before bed because it reminds me of how I used to write in my diary, but once school starts, I am not sure if anyone is going to stay up to read my blog. I can still post in the evening, but it would probably be at 9 p.m. which I believe is a respectable hour.

Speaking of consistency, I want to transform my Instagram into a set theme or pattern instead of posting random things all the time. I have been YouTubing videos on how to edit photos, how to pose, how to set a theme, how to view grids and all sorts of things. I am able to dive deeper into this now that I finished my summer courses! I took two classes and gave it my best shot and thankfully came out with passing grades in both classes. I owe it to myself these next two weeks to put myself first now and focus wholeheartedly on my blog and on my Instagram and of course taking some fashion photos for you all.

So how does any of this relate to the rain we had over here?

Well for starters, the rain was pretty scary at first and things got pretty ugly. I felt this way when I started this blog and my Instagram account. I found myself doing the first photo shoot and felt kinda silly posing in a park. I honestly felt overwhelmed and tired afterwards. Overwhelmed and tired were feelings that I got know a bit too much this summer. Now that I do not have to worry about going to school, some weight has been taken off my shoulders.

Secondly, the rain went all out at first and flooded everything, but after a while it was more steady. This is how I feel about the way my Instagram account is. I uploaded about four photos the first day I created my Instagram which was June 4, 2017. I also posted about three photos a day which was super tiring and an unrealistic expectation of myself. Now I try to post one photo a day and sometimes two. Either way, I don’t want it all to be revolving around the same shoot because I don’t want to annoy followers with the same kind of photos over and over again.

Lastly, the rain nourished everything around it in a way that no human simply can’t do by themselves. This taught me that I am going to need help from others if I really want my fashion endeavor to be a success. I am a very independent person and I hate asking for help, but I need it. I can only take so many good photos of myself, by myself. It helps when someone can take your photo. Also, I cant be the only follower to my fashion account and expect people to get tips and outfit inspiration. I am seriously nothing without any of my followers so I will end this blog by telling you all thank you again for becoming a part of my fashion family and following my Instagram account or blog right here on WordPress. Your support means everything to me and I always try to be as interactive with you all as much as possible, so don’t be a stranger, say hi and comment once in a while on here or on my Instagram. I love hearing from you all.

Think about what it is you really want and just go for it! But remember to stay stylish while you are out there working for what you want!

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Music + Fashion

Hello everyone! It is raining like crazy where I live, deep in the heart of Texas!

Rainy days are the best days to watch music videos all day long, which brings me to this fun topic which is 5 music videos I can think of from the top of my head that has nice fashion! I am going to start it off with Gwen Stefani’s music video for ‘Cool’

Gwen just looks so gorgeous in the present and in the flashbacks she has with an ex boyfriend. I love the vintage summer dresses she wears and it gives viewers a nostalgic feeling when they look at it. Although I cannot relate to the song, this is one of my favorite songs from her. The new girlfriend/wife is also beautiful! Oh, and the hairstyles in this video is also stunning!

This next one is from the band HAIM which has three sisters in it, Alana, Danielle and Este Haim. They each have their own style which shows in all their videos. I chose this video because the outfits they wear are all outfits I would personally wear. You can see who is more casual, who is more rocker, and who is the girliest in this music video here, ‘Want You Back’

This next one is a complete 180 from the fashion and music in HAIM’s music video. This one is a country music video from the artist Jennifer Nettles. This is her song ‘Unlove You’ and I want that red dress! She wears three different dresses in this video, the red one at the bar, the silver one under water and the red one under water. The red one under water is the same as the one before, but they put a longer red skirt over it to make it more dramatic. I tear up when I hear this song. No other country love song sung by a woman gives me a stronger emotional feeling. It’s so powerful.

This next one will help you get the tears out of your eyes from that last one, it’s one of Sheryl Crow’s hits that needs to be in everyone’s summer playlist, its ‘Soak Up The Sun’ ! Sheryl makes me want to go out and live near the beach so I can have the perfect excuse to dress like this every day! from the swimsuits, to the bohemian beach babe wardrobe, to those slick sunglasses and stone/seashell jewelry, how can you not love this?

Since I did one with some summer fashion, this next one is some winter fashion without it being a Christmas song of course, Alicia Keys music video for ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ this song by her holds a special place in my heart because one of my best friends sang this song when we did karaoke for my birthday one year. I think of her every time I hear this song! It’s one of those songs that will make me smile no matter what.

I hope you all enjoyed reading and watching these videos. These are all based on my own personal opinion and songs that I like to listen to. These videos were also ones that I was able to think of from the top of my head, so please don’t freak out if you really felt like I missed a lot of good fashion forward videos. I know these songs and videos ( with the exception of HAIM) are all old and whatnot, but I love the fashion and the music of hack then a lot! You can comment which music videos you like the fashion in! I would love to know what you guys like and listen to.

Enjoy some music and stay stylish!

My Favorite Long Earrings

Can we talk about jewelry in a fun and non-controversial way now? Great!

I got a second ear piercing about three weeks ago and it has reminded me of how fun it is to wear earrings and jewelry in general. Although I am not a simple jeans and t-shirt girl, I can easily make a simple look my own when I have the right jewelry! Today I am going to show my favorite long earrings that I own. I was supposed to pick my top 5, but I hope you are all okay with seeing my top 6 instead!

I am going to start things off with a pair of earrings that have my favorite color: RED!

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These were handmade from a lady who sells jewelry. She had made these earrings to sell at a yard sale in order to make extra money. I am wearing them in the images below!

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The next ones I am going to show you are some that I purchased from a store named Versona. I was shopping with a friend of mines who picked them out for me.

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Versona sells jewelry, accessories, clothes and even some shoes! They do have a website and it is http://www.shopversona.com

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These next ones were from the store WetSeal and I had snatched the last pair that looked like this back when I worked there. WetSeal is coming back and I cannot wait!

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These are definitely more dramatic and are not even heavy on the ears which is a plus!

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Now I am going to show you earrings from Forever 21! I bought these in Austin, TX.

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These earrings are a mixture of gold and silver and give me a more girly feeling when I wear them. I think they really stand out against my dark red hair. What do you think?

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These next ones are ones that make me smile every time I see them because they are just so fun to wear! They are from the store Dillards and the brand is Anna & Ara.

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How fun are these?! I bet I can make more like these if I went to the craft store! I really love the fuchsia pink color and the gold. these colors compliment each other well and I think that they are perfect earrings to wear in the summer! No more boring jewelry!

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Earrings Anna Ara Full Face.jpgLast but not least, are these that I bought at the department store, Macy’s! These are the only regular priced earrings on here that I went for because they were the last ones and I think they are stunning to wear when going out in the evening!

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That is it for today’s blog. I really hope you all liked these earrings! Let me know which ones were your favorite! I also want to thank everyone who has followed my Instagram account. I was able to reach my goal of 150 followers on August 4th which was the day that my fashion account turned 2 months old! If you really like my fashion, spread the word of my fashion blog or Instagram account to your friends and family! I would love to see this family grow. Remember to be kind to one another and of course, stay stylish!

What Kind of Shopper Are You?

Did you see my photo on Instagram this morning? It was pretty ridiculous right? If you have no clue what I am talking about, you need to go take a look!

I get so anxious for online orders to arrive to my house. I feel like it takes forever and that alone drives me crazy! I know I could pay extra for quicker shipping, but that is about $20 or more automatically added to the overall total. No thank you.

Two things came in the mail for me yesterday. One was the black pants I have been needing from Fashion Nova and the other was a romper from a new store I hadn’t ever purchased from before called The Impeccable Pig. Interesting name right? I am going to do a different blog where I tell you guys all about that.

Fashion Nova gave me a 30% off coupon for my next purchase. So instead of waiting…I bought a top last night and am finding myself back on waiting for something to come in the mail!

A traditional shopper who prefers to go to the mall and have instant gratification of physically having an item in their hands is totally understandable. In fact, I still consider myself a traditional shopper over an online shopper. I never really trust size charts and returns are always such a hassle and a big disappointment when it is a final sale and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Are you guys an online shopper or are you more of a traditional shopper that goes to malls and stores to buy your items?