Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Button back floral blouse - From Work to Weekend

Something that is extremely important to me when shopping for clothes is versatility.  I used to buy so many things that I found myself only wearing once and I have since realized that it was such a waste.  Now when I select items, especially ones that can be worn in the work place, I try my best to make sure I can get the most out of each piece.  A bonus for me is always being able to easily transition my clothes from work to weekend.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

A Saint Laurent dupe for $60!

If there is one thing that I believe is worth the investment in your work wear wardrobe, it is definitely a nice handbag.  I have a few designer bags and I have gotten so much wear out of all of them for many years.  I like to invest in classic, timeless bags that never go out of style and always elevate my outfit in the classiest way.  A nice bag will polish off your outfit and can make you feel like a million bucks!  While I do think that designer bags are worth investing in, I know that some just can't justify such a large expense.  I am here to tell you that there is an alternative!  I have found a really great designer inspired bag for a fraction of the price.

If you are like me and love all things sleek, stylish and chic, then you probably love the ever so coveted Saint Laurent Sac De Jour leather satchel.  Well crafted and the epitome of classic, this bag is a dream!  The good news is, I have found an almost exact replica to fulfill your designer handbag dreams.  Coming in at just $60 (a total steal!), this dupe is perfection!  Designed with the same sleek simplicity when it comes to style and quality that is well worth every penny of the 60 bucks, you won't find a dupe better than this.  Every time I wear this bag I feel confident, sexy and so put together.
Almost identical with very minor differences, you can see in the comparison picture that these bags are an extremely close match.  They both have the detachable shoulder strap and are very close in size.  I removed the lock key ring off of mine and I like it much better without.  Whether worn for work or as an everyday bag, both are very versatile and can go with pretty much anything.  In the picture above I used mine for a more profession look and you can see how I styled it for a chic date night below!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Sheer and chic work outfit

Black and army green is always one of my favorite color combinations to put together.  Army green is an extremely versatile, year round color and pairing it with black will give you a chic and polished look.  I added simple and classic accessories to dress this up for a sleek and classy office outift. 

These green slacks and sheer black button down blouse are both very affordable coming in at under $25 for both pieces!  It's important to me to share affordable work wear.  I know how it is when your budget is tight yet you still want to look put together.  It's possible! Both of these items can be worn so many different ways.  Pair this blouse with a pencil skirt or add a sweater and pumps with these slacks for a sleek fall look!
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Friday, May 31, 2019

A classy and chic date night look

Today's post is very special to me.  Aside from pictures of my outfit, there is a back story to it.  About 2 months ago, I was in the brainstorming and preparation process of taking my blog in the direction of fashion.  I took the kids to school one morning and went to H&M to pick a few things up.  While I was there, I thought to myself that it would probably be a good idea to post a couple outfits from the dressing room to see what kind of feedback I would get while also getting my feet wet with the whole "try on" thing that I kept seeing on Instagram.  A "trial run," if you will.  Well, much to my surprise, this outfit was a hit!  I was blown away at how many people asked me to link it or where they could find it to buy and unfortunately it wasn't on the website at the time.  It has since been added to their New Arrivals and here I am finally sharing it!

Moving onto the outfit...the second I put this on in the dressing room, I thought to myself that this was exactly what I wanted my new style direction to be!  I was on a mission to start buying clothes that made me feel better about myself and more put together.  Wearing this made me feel classy, sexy and confident, which is exactly what I was looking for.  Of all the date nights that I've been on with my husband, I am always at a loss for what to wear and this is exactly what I would wear this to.  It's sexy, yet chic, and I feel great it in!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A casual way to wear a button down this summer

Last weekend we went to Seaside, FL for Memorial Day weekend.  This was the very first beach trip that I did not pack one single pair of cut off jean shorts!  I have mentioned this before but I have recently decided to upgrade my wardrobe to outfits that make me feel a little more put together and not taking cut offs to the beach was a huge step in that direction.  I instead packed my new favorite shorts that I now have in every color along with a few versatile tops that I will get a lot of wear out of!

One thing I love about a button down is that it is extremely versatile.  You can dress it up with slacks or a pencil skirt to wear to work or dress it down on the weekends with jeans or shorts.  I can't say enough about this green striped blouse!  The fit is perfect, the color is one that works year round, and the quality and price can't be beat.  Because we were at the beach, I wanted an extra relaxed yet classy feel to this look so I tied the front to add a fun little twist on a classic shirt.  Paired with casual and comfortable slides and my most worn summer bag, this outfit couldn't have been more perfect and put together for a Friday night dinner at the beach!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

12 Affordable Summer Bags Undrer $50!

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It seems that straw totes, basket bags and all the boho vibes have really taken over this season when it comes to summer accessories.  I have gathered a good mix of styles, sizes and price points in 12 different affordable bags.  From beach totes to chic handbags, you'll find the right bag for any occasion!

Most of the bags can be found at H&M and the reason H&M is my go to for affordable items is because the quality usually always exceeds the price.  It had been years since I had shopped there but after re-opening the store near my house, they have not let me down since!  They have recently launched their rewards program and if you sign up you get 20% off your next purchase!  Time to stock up on summer bags!   
Shoes (Also here) | Watch | Shorts
I recently bought this basket bag and I have already worn it so many times and it will, with out a doubt, be a staple accessory for me this summer.  It is such a versatile bag and the quality is exceptional!  


Monday, May 20, 2019

A classic striped summer dress

Over the weekend we went to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning.  While the summer heat has started early this year, a nice morning breeze made for the perfect weather for this quarter sleeved striped dress.  Paired with summer accessories and my beloved French Market Tote, this outfit was great for a casual yet elegant look for a weekend morning.  

If there is one style dress that I always seem to gravitate towards, it's a fitted dress.  As soon as I saw this black and white striped print, I couldn't get this in my cart fast enough!  A classic print and a flattering fit are 2 characteristics that I look for and this striped summer dress has it all.  The best part about this dress?  It's under $15 and the quality is exceptional for the price!  
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Bringing the leopard trend to date night

Happy Friday, everyone!  If there is one trend that I am always on board with, it's leopard.  From bathing suits to shoes and clothes, leopard can either make a strong statement or a subtle touch of fun to any look.  I came across these adorable leopard shorts and instantly knew that they would be perfect for a date night!  Paired with black to let the shorts be the statement of my look, this outfit made me feel sexy and stylish.
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Leopard Shorts | Black Camisole | Crossbody (Similar) (Similar) | Shoes (More affordable here)
 Sunglasses (Also here) | Watch (Similar)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bringing you office wear!

I am so excited to finally share this post!  When I decided to start blogging again and go in the direction of fashion, I wanted a strong emphasis in office wear.  I follow many fashion bloggers and I often saw readers and followers requesting outfits to wear to the work place.  While in the brainstorming process of narrowing down my style direction and also my own personal style, I really felt that there was a need for more work wear inspiration.  I started researching business attire and I quickly realized that there really wasn't much out there.  I turned towards my own closet and began pulling pieces and putting outfits together.  From there, I had an epiphany that I could do this!  

I would describe my own style as sophisticated, elegant and feminine.  I love to feel put together and have never minded being slightly overdressed.  Feeling good about what I am wearing brings confidence and I am passionate about helping women achieve that same confidence within themselves.  It's empowering to feel good about yourself and exude confidence!  Putting this outfit on for this shoot felt like a dream but it also felt very much like me, and that's when I knew that I was meant to do this.
One of my favorite looks to put together is one with a pencil skirt.  Elegant, sophisticated and extremely versatile, a pencil skirt is a great staple to have in your wardrobe.  They can be worn year round and paired with many different tops to create several different looks.  For this look, I paired my pencil skirt with a camisole to create the base of my outfit.  You can differentiate a basic outfit by adding in seasonal pieces which is what I did when layering the mustard cardigan.  Layering pieces is not only functional but provides a great pop of color as well!
With an outfit that is made up of very simple basics, it's the detail that sets it apart from just being basic.  Adding in classy and sophisticated accessories can dress up any outfit, especially one that is elegant to begin with.  For this look, I went with classic studs and simple jewelry to accentuate the outfit without taking away from it.  Less is always more, in my opinion, and the same would be true for the detail on the back of this pencil skirt.  The fishtail seam going down the back perfectly adds a sexy yet sophisticated touch without being over the top or considered too much.  Pair it with a pair of sleek pumps and you have a classy and chic outfit!
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Pencil skirtCamisole | Cardigan (Similar here)
Shoes - Christian Louboutin So Kate (More affordable here) | Purse (Similar) | Watch (Similar) | Sunglasses
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