Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trend of the Day: Fringe Benefits

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Black maxi dress - Kate Moss for Topshop
Fringe crop top tee - Topshop
Black fringe shoulder bag - Miu Miu
Leather and wool- felt sandals - Marni
One piece swimsuit - Eres
Black suede crop top - Tamara Mellon
Wicker lace dress - Stella McCartney
Studded leather and snakeskin heels - Aquazurra

I think fringe first started becoming a big trend as the styles from the 70's started becoming more and more popular. However, now we are seeing fringe begin to take on more of the 1920's flapper girl style, as it is being used to create dressy and sexy pieces with a bit of flair. I love the versatility of this trend. You could wear fringe from morning to night, dressed up, dressed down or at the pool, and if you are really a fringe-aholic, 24/7. Personally, I love boho chic style and love the idea of incorporating a fringe sandal or handbag into any outfit. To me, fringe looks best when it is the center of attention in an outfit, but I think too much can be a problem as well, therefore I try to avoid wearing fringe on fringe, even if it is tempting. Also, I keep the rest of my outfit fairly simple, because I don't like having too many statement pieces clashing and overwhelming my look. No matter what look you are going for, this trend is all about having fun, so don't be afraid to try something new and go a bit out of your comfort zone. Spice up an ordinary white tee with a bold fringe statement necklace or patterned kimono. You can take glam to the next level by wearing a fringe dress with bold red lips, or by adding hanging fringe earrings to a little black dress. All that matters is you having fun.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Outfit of the Day: Casual Chic Tuesday

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Pink romper - on sale at for $39.99
Denim chambray shirt - on sale at J.crew for $80.00
Gold bangles - H&M $6
Bag - Etro at
Bootie - Jeffrey Campbell at $175
Aviator sunglasses - Ray-Ban $150

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Little Things

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No amount of money can offer peace of mind. The simple things are often the most luxurious and yet, almost always taken for granted. A day off from work, spent lounging in the sun and eating oranges with chili is a glorious afternoon in my opinion. I love being able to reflect on the blessings I have been given and anticipate the future, all while being content with this present moment. The spare hour or two to read a book, listen to music, or even just lay silently with my thoughts is a luxury not all are fortunate enough to have, or at least recognize. In a society where we are so focused on getting to the next destination, I try to find moments where I can be content with where I am. I need moments to reevaluate my life and my decisions to reassure myself that I am headed on the right path. I value days like this the most. I need time to get lost in something other than myself and my world, and all the problems I imagine it to have.

Crystal Necklace - White Hart Jewelry purchase at
Dress- J.Crew
Shoes - MICHAEL Michael Kors
Sunglasses - MICHAEL Michael Kors

Photo Credit: Bryan Ocegueda. Instagram @bry_nn & Tumblr

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hot Summer Shoe Trends

Chunky Platforms

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As a trend from the 90's that was inspired from the 70's, it's a look most generations can identify with to some degree.  Chunky platform shoes can vary from cute and girly, to punk rock and edgy, yet either way these shoes make a big statement. When styling these types of shoes, either opt for short mini length bottoms, such as mini skirts or shorts, or loose fitting pants and maxi skirts. While this style is young, loud and dramatic, it is very practical, due to how comfortable they are to wear. The block heels and thick platform bottoms provide comfort and support for not only your heels, but also your toes. This is definitely a trend to consider incorporating into your style if you love wearing heels but hate the aches and pains and love a fun retro vibe.

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Birkenstock Inspired and Nostalgic for Pre-K Sandals

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I am not afraid to say it, I LOVE Birkenstock shoes! I often don't openly share my love for these sandals, because if I do, I often face a reaction similar to, "Eehhh, really? But, they are so ugly". First off, let me begin by saying that I am well aware of the fact that these shoes are not the cutest. No, I do not like these shoes because I think they are cute. To be entirely honest, it's not the look but idea and the lifestyle that these sandals represent to me. On my days off from work, I want to be able to relish in the fact that I have the freedom to be lazy and comfortable, yet I want to wear something more luxurious and comfortable than a pair of flip flops. I want to be able to simply slide my feet into some shoes and walk out the door with out a care in the world, and feel a bit like an Olsen twin. These sandals look great paired with anything from skinny jeans to maxi skirts; just keep it casual.

Next, these sandals that are reminiscent of the shoes you wore in preschool are a less edgy way to pull off the nostalgic 90's grunge look. I love the variety of colors these come in and the playfulness they will bring to any outfit. Also, try pairing white socks when wearing these sandals; it may be an effortless way to take the style of this shoe a step further.

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Menswear Shoes

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Androgyny  never seems to go out of style. Men's inspired dress shoes add style, sophistication and comfort to any outfit, and can be worn casually or professionally. My personal favorite way of seeing these shoes is dressed down with cuffed jeans and a simple black or white graphic tee.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

I Don't Try Hard. I Just Am.

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Dark lips, faded t-shirts, mary-jane heels, and an attitude that says, "I don't try hard. I just am cool" define grunge style to me. It isn't about fitting in or standing out; it's simply about being and then being confident about doing so. It's difficult to pinpoint why myself and so many others have made this style a huge cultural phenomena the past few years. Maybe, it's because I, like so many others, was raised on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Eddie Vedder vocals. I, like so many others my age, tried weird things with my hair, wore clothes that were faded or didn't match, and desperately wanted to be Britney Spears(circa 1998 - 2001). We grew up with these images and they became apart of our childhood, so much so, that now we, as adults, still can't leave them behind.

In addition, I also think a great deal of the inspiration behind this type of style is due to a general attitude of acceptance of ourselves and one another. Almost everyone, at one point or another, has felt misunderstood and as though they don't belong, and no one should feel shame for not being like everyone else. I think the general focus for me, and many of my friends and peers has been to discover who we truly are and learn to love it. We embrace that which makes us, as well as others, unique and free-thinking individuals.

Necklace - Alien Girl: Big Cartel, Etsy
Hat - Misc. Trading Co. in Downtown Fresno, CA
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Dress - MICHAEL Michael Kors
Shoes - thrifted

Photo Cred: Don V. Dizon. Follow on facebook and instagram

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Favorite Trend: White Out

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When did this happen? All of a sudden I found myself wanting a white purse and a pair of white shoes, two things I promised myself years ago I would never own. I always thought they were tacky and only women with terrible dye jobs wore them, but something changed a few months ago and these previous fashion faux pas moved to the top of my wishlist. White has increasingly been becoming the "it" color for some time, especially now that the weather has been becoming a lot warmer; it's such a stylish way to help stay cool. While white has always been associated with classic and minimal style, it has seen a new attitude adjustment and is being redefined as edgy. Mesh sweaters, structured crop tops and chunky, platform shoes are making white the boldest and baddest color of them all. Also, don't be afraid to mix cream or off-white with white; you can often pair the two together without looking like you missed the mark, especially if you are going for a more relaxed and casual look.

White Blouse - La Garconne
White Platform Sandals - Jil Sander
Shoulder Bag - Rag and Bone

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Creating Your Personal Style

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Getting dressed every morning is my own little, daily personal celebration of who I am. My clothes allow me to identify myself and explore different facets of my personality and identity. As someone who is always transforming and growing, I feel as though my outward appearance is a way to distinguish myself, not just from others, but from the person I have been. I don't mean to say I am someone new from who I once was, because that is not possible. I will always be me, imperfectly beautiful, and I don't want to be anything or anyone else. I am growing, but I can never outgrow myself and I can never become someone else, but I can transform and become a better version of who I am. There are certain things I come across, ever so often, that I am drawn to, because in some way, shape or form I identify with it. It could be anything from clothes, art, a movie, music, a book, or something as insignificant as my favorite chapstick from when I was a kid. That which I love and helps me to identify and appreciate myself will always be apart of me, and apart of my style.

Growing up, I was always a little bit of a tomboy. When I was six years old, I loved wearing jeans and my Vans sneakers, my favorite color was black, and I competed with the boys at everything. I carried a notebook or journal with me everywhere so I could scribble down my thoughts, write stories and draw. I listened to pop, hip hop and R&B with my friends at school, and then alternative rock at home with my mom. I was outgoing, fearless and carefree, yet occasionally shy, awkward and reserved. The crazy thing is, that I am the same exact person I was when I was six years old. I like a lot of same things, and I do a lot of the same things. I have grown and progressed, but the way I feel inside has remained the same.

This outfit, for example, is the epitome of what I would consider my personal style. It's a mix between being grown and sophisticated and my young tomboy self that doesn't care too much about anything. The cream turtleneck, gold watch, and gold chain are the adult side of me that aspires to have nice things and appreciates classic simplicity, while the shorts are very laidback and carefree, the jacket is more masculine and sporty, and the shoes are just super funky fun and different. All of these pieces speak to me individually and represent a part of who I am, and finding a way to mix them all together to form one whole look is the definition of creating my own personal style. When an outfit best represents me, I feel more confident and more comfortable going about my day. I think an important part of developing your personal style is just being in tune with yourself and who you are, and at the same time, not being afraid to go a little outside your comfort zone. We are all beautiful, unique individuals with great strengths and attributes; don't be afraid to show off who you are to the world. Your personal style is a way to take pride in everything that you are.

Jacket and Turtleneck - thrifted
Shoes - Donald Pliner
Watch - Michael Kors
Shorts - Oh La La

Photo Cred: Don V. Dizon. Follow on facebook and instagram

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