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All Black Everything: Monochromatic Dressing


There is something about wearing all black that is so chic. I also think it screams instant bad ass. Lately, I have been trying out more monochromatic looks with my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong, I love mixing patterns and colors. However, wearing all of the same color from head to toe does look simpler and cleaner. If you are wanting to dress monochromatic, I would suggest starting off with a neutral color like black, brown, or grey to slowly ease into, and mix different textures of the same color family. Since I am wearing all black, I tried to mix different textures of black together. For example, my sweater is textured, my purse is leather, and my shoes are patent leather. This adds dimension and depth to my outfit. What colors would you wear monochromatically?

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Sweatshirt: Free People | Jeans: Abercrombie | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bag: Gucci | Brooch: Fashionphile | Sunglasses: Celine | Lipstick: Bane

The Perfect Flare Jeans…



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Flare Jeans: American Eagle   | Blouse: Last Call | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Grateful Bags; Similar Bracelets: Here, Here, Here | Watch: Coach; Similar | Earrings: Purple Peridot; Similar | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Lipstick: Unicorn Blood

I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of flare jeans for my petite frame. The challenge has been that they are always so long even with heels. Getting them hemmed is not an option with flare jeans if you want to wear them with heels. It changes the shape. Getting them in petite sizing is not an option either if you want to wear them with heels. They become looking too short. So after trying on numerous pairs, I decided to give American Eagle a chance. I was reluctant at first. I had not bought jeans from there since I was in high school. Luckily, I found the most perfectly distressed, flare jeans. I love these flares! They hug curves in all of the right places and make me feel like I have legs for days.

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Packing for New York…



[A visit to the MOMA] Sweater: J.Crew | Jeans: Articles of Society | Cardigan: Old Navy | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Bag: J. Crew | Sunglasses: Tory Burch
[Rehearsal Dinner] Blouse: Loft | Jeans: American Eagle | Coat: Forever 21 | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Tory Burch | Earrings: J.Crew
[Exploring the city] Shirt: Nordstrom Rack | Jeans: J.Crew | Moto Boots: Sole Society | Leopard Belt: Target | Cardigan: Old Navy | Sunglasses: Tory Burch | Bag: J.Crew
[Wedding guest] Dress: Lulu’s | Coat: Forever 21 | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Tory Burch | Earrings: J.Crew

Packing can be a hassle.  I always over pack, especially shoes. Then I end up only wearing half of what I packed and one pair of shoes. I have learned that the key to not over packing is to stay organized. Picking a similar color palette is key. That way everything can be mixed and matched together. For the first time in a long time, I actually did this for my trip to New York. Above are all of my looks that will be making their way in my suitcase.

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Floral Print Dress…






Floral Dress: JCPenney | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Clutch: Gigi New York | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Watch: Coach; Similar | Bracelets: Kluster | Rings: Monogrammed; Cat | Lip gloss: Black Cherry Tart

A floral print equals spring. It can be an overwhelming print. If you are not used to wearing a vibrant print with lots of colors, muted tones in a floral motif may be better for you. I was attracted to this dress because the print is floral, but the colors are muted. They are not your typical bright, floral print. This way I still get to enjoy wearing flowers, but don’t feel overly obnoxious and feel like I am wearing an old couch. Aside, from the florals in this dress, I really love its shape and movement. It is so flowy and makes my waist look super tiny. What woman doesn’t want a tinier waist?

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Print on Print….










Shirt: H&M | Pants: H&M | Clutch: Gigi New York | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Earrings: BaubleBar; Similar | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Bracelets: Kluster | Rings: Love Always Couture, Etsy | Lipstick: Pink Pigeon | Lipgloss: Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 

I love a bold print, especially when it is a floral motif. I was immediately drawn to this pairing at H & M, but was not sure if I could pull off such a bold print. I picked out my sizes and immediately headed to the dressing room. As I studied myself in the mirror, I did what I always do when I am unsure of an outfit. I snapped a few quick pics and texted them to my two best friends. One loved it, the other did not. I sided with the friend who liked it. Not only is this one outfit, but so many more outfits can be made with the interchangeable pieces. Hello multiple outfits. This is awesome for me because one of my shopping goals for 2015 was to shop smarter. By smarter, I mean spending less on the quantity of clothes that I buy and focus on buying interchangeable items that can be easily incorporated into my existing wardrobe. Trust me, it is a lot harder than it sounds.

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Pretty In Peplum…








Peplum Shirt: H & M; Similar | Jacket: Forever 21; Similar | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: Neiman Marcus | Necklace: Kluster | Bracelets: Kluster, Kluster | Watch: Coach, Similar | Clutch: Clare V. | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Lipstick: All Fired Up

Peplum is a style that I was very hesitant about wearing, I always thought it was for itty, bitty people. Boy was I wrong! It is actually very universally flattering. It is fun and flirty. A peplum top is best paired with a fitted bottom like a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. This helps to balance out the proportion of the bottom. I prefer wearing with skinny jeans because virtually everything pairs well with skinny jeans.Below are some peplum tops that might be making their way into my closet soon.

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Sequin Top: H & M (Sold out); Similar | Skirt: H & M: (Sold out) Similar | Sunglasses: Tory Burch (Old); Similar | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Old); Similar | Wristlet; Tory Burch (Old); Similar | Bracelets: Kluster | Ring: Love Always Couture | Watch: Coach; (Old); Similar |Lipstick: Pink Pigeon | Lip gloss: Girl About Town

Sequins, Sequins, and more sequins! This shirt alone jazzes up any outfit. In the words of Rihanna, “shine bright like a diamond.”  This would certainly be an understatement when describing all of these sequins. It actually caused quite the distraction for David while driving. The sequins shined like a disco ball all inside the car. All of the sparkly colors drew me to this shirt. I loved how the sequins were not monochromatic, but multi-colored. In keeping with a sparkly theme, I paired them with jeweled peep-toe pumps. Besides, nothing goes better with sequins like more sparkles, right? The black skirt helps to break up the sparkles from the sequins and shoes. I am thinking that this shirt might make its way out of my closet for NYE. I think it would look really cute with my new favorite J.Crew Jeans and black Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Buffalo Check


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Buffalo Check Shirt: Old Navy; Similar | Skirt: Nordstrom | Sweater: Gap | Shoes: Neiman Marcus | Neckalce: Purple Peridot | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Purse: Kelly Wynne: Sold out; Similar | Watch: Coach; Similar  | Lipstick: All Fired Up | Lip gloss: Viva Glam VI

 This buffalo plaid shirt my be my favorite yet. Lately, I have been living in this Gap Sweater. I even bought it in Navy and Grey. It has actually been quite chilly here in Tampa. So, I have actually gotten a chance to wear sweaters, which I love. They layer perfectly over anything effortlessly. This buffalo check button up shirt is no exception. I am a huge fan of prints, especially plaid. However, recently David told me that all I wear is plaid, so I decided to switch to buffalo check to give my plaid a break. Since this is my only buffalo check shirt, I will more than likely be wearing plaid again this week. Sorry David! This buffalo check shirt gave me another great excuse to wear my amazing birthday gift to myself, my Christian Louboutin heels. Nothing pairs better with a red and black colored outfit than these shoes. Well, maybe this leopard bag. Then again leopard goes with everything because it is a neutral!

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30 Things to Do in Year 30

Happy 30th Birthday to me! I have been dreading this day since I turned 29! I have really been stressed about saying good bye to my twenties. It is the first time I actually felt like I was getting old. For the first time, I felt as if my biological clock was in overdrive and that the clock was ticking away and reminding me of all of the things that I should have accomplished by now. The best thing about turning 30 this year is that David surprised me with a trip to St. John, USVI! Man, do I love him to pieces! Trunk Bay here we come! The next best thing about turning 30 this year is that Black Friday is on my birthday! Yes!!! What a way to celebrate the big 3-0! In honor of turning 30, here is a list of 30 Things that I plan on doing in Year 30 of my life!

1. Read more books.

2. Finish wedding album. (I have been married for almost 18 months and still have not finalized the final draft of our album.)

3. Invite parents over for a home-cooked meal. (I have never invited my parents over for dinner. David and I usually end up at their house or we meet for dinner out.)

4. Catalog everything in my closet. ( I desperately need to take pictures of every clothing item I have and organize into an app.)

5. Reorganize my closet. (It started off being nicely organized by color but as quickly gotten mixed up.)

6.Learn calligraphy.

7. Start a Pinterest account.

8. Visit a local winery,

9. Visit the Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg.

10. Make sushi at home with my David.

11. Decorate walls at home with more fun prints.

12. Go back to yoga. (It has been almost three months since I have busted out my yoga mat, which is far too long.)

13. Finish wedding scrapbook and shadow boxes.

14. Make homemade pasta.

15. Go to a drive-in movie.

16. Take advantage of the free gym in my apartment complex.

17. Buy a second pair of Christian Louboutins. (Sorry, I’m not sorry David!)

18. See snow. (I have actually only seen snow twice in my life.)

19. Attend a  BYOB Paint Studio.

20. Attend a pottery class.

21. Visit Italy (Year 30 is the time to go to Italy before David and I start working on a family. Endless wine and cheese here we come!)

22. Bring home fresh flowers weekly.

23. Wear shorts more. (I always think I look terrible in shorts, but I need to embrace my legs more.)

24. Watch less TV. (I record more shows on the DVR than I ever have time to watch and when I do I end up binge watching shows and ignore David.)

25. Hang out with my nieces and nephews more.

26. Improve my Spanish-speaking skills.

27. Host a dinner party for friends.

28. Eat more organic foods.

29. Indulge in a staycation with David.

30. Unplug for 24 hours.

Wish me luck,