Floral Print Dress…

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Details:

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?

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Spring Has Sprung…

 

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Details:

Shirt: J.Crew; Similar | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: J.Crew | Bag: Ann Taylor | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: T&J Designs | Bracelets: Kluster | Watch: Borrowed From David | Lip gloss: Heroine

Happy First Day of Spring! Hello sunshine and bright colors! I could not resist buying these metallic flats from J.Crew when I saw that they were on sale. Plus, I had some reward money from J.Crew, so double bonus. These flats are actually my favorite! I have them in three other colors, and I still want more. With warmer weather here to stay in Florida, I thought this shirt was perfect with the palm trees. I also liked the cute “Tres Bien” saying. David and I just booked our second wedding anniversary trip. Paris will be one of our stops, so this shirt made me ready for Paris.

Though it is Spring, and it is all about bright fun colors, I have actually fallen in love with dark lipsticks and lip glosses. I know this is not the typical Spring palette of the usual pinks and nudes for lips, but I have been incorporating some darker shades into my daily rotation of pinks. I think it has a lot to do with my new darker hair color. It makes me feel vampy. Black is actually my natural hair color, but I wanted a change from the blonde. My hair is dyed black with dark blue ombred throughout. I wanted to go completely blue and be a mermaid, but I did not think my job would be thrilled with blue hair, so this was a fun compromise. These pictures were shot in mostly shade, so it is hard to see the blue in all its glory, but if you look really hard you can see that my hair isn’t really just black.

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Yavonne

Pattern Mixing: Plaid + Camo

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Details:

Shirt: Gap; Similar | Pants: Loft, Similar | Shoes: J.Crew | Cluth: Gigi New York |Earrings: BaubleBar; Similar | Watch: Michael Kors; Similar |Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Bracelets: Kluster | Rings: Etsy, Love Always Couture | Lipstick: Pink Pigeon

 Pattern mixing was something I was always a little skeptical to try. It made me feel uncomfortable. I felt this way because I just did not have the confidence to move out of my comfort zone.  I always thought dressing well meant matching everything from head to toe. However, I was wrong. Camo and plaid at first thought is an unlikely pairing. Although, the more I wear camo, the more I see it as a neutral. It goes with everything in my closet. Some of my best pattern mixing combinations happen when I am in a rush to get dressed and leave the house. My four tips for pattern mixing are:

1. Comfort – Wear what you feel comfortable in and what makes you feel stunning, no matter how simple the outfit.

2. Creativity – Thinking outside of the box goes a long way. Besides, it is fashion and it is meant to be fun.

3. Color – When print mixing, stick to like colors to create an overall tone.

4. Confidence – This is the most important one. If you are unsure of yourself or your style that will show. Own your look.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Print on Print….

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Details:

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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Yavonne

Cozy and Casual in Camo and Leopard…

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 Details:

Sweatshirt: Alternative Apparel | Jeans: Gap; Similar | Purse: Kelly Wynne; Similar; Similar | Earrings: BaubleBar (Old); Similar | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia (Old); Similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: Kluster Shop | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Monogram Ring: Love Always Couture | Lipstick: Girl About Town

 I am all about cozy knits, especially super soft sweatshirts. I love them even more when they come in camo print. If you follow my feed on Instagram you will see that I am very fond of camo. I own way more of it than I should. As soon as I saw this sweatshirt, I knew I had to have it. It is so soft and cozy. Initially, I wore it way more than I should have without washing it, but it was because I did not want to lose its coziness. The sweatshirt has been washed, and it did not lose any of its softness. It is just as soft as when I first wore it. What is your favorite cozy knit?

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Keeping It Neutral…

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Details:

Shirt: H&M | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: Sozo United | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Cat Ring: Gift; Similar | Monogram Ring: Love Always Couture | Lip gloss: Giggle

With spring right around the corner, neutral colors are on my radar. I have been slowly incorporating a neutral color palette into my winter wardrobe that would easily transition into spring like blush, gray, and oatmeal colors. These colors pair perfectly with winter white. I have been wanting a pair of white jeans for forever. However, I was a little skeptical that they were for me. I am terribly clumsy and also end up with ink all over my hands on a daily basis at work. Therefore, it was inevitable it would probably end up on my white jeans, too. Aside, from skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans are my favorite style of jeans. I love how they can be dressed up with heels and dressed down with flats. I was immediately sold when I found out these came in boyfriends and they were white. They were definitely worth the risk of ink spots. I am ink free so far.  I also have my eye on these and these to add to my white jeans collection.

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Yavonne

Black Jumpsuit + Leopard Clutch

 

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Details:

Jumpsuit: Loft; Similar, also bought this | Shoes: Jessica  Simpson; Similar | Clutch: Sozo United | Earrings: Tory Burch; Similar | Watch: Coach; Similar | Sunglasses: Tory Burch; Similar | Necklace: Kluster | Bracelets: Kluster | Monogram Ring: Love Always Couture | Cat Ring: Gift; Similar

A jumpsuit can be a little bit tricky to pull off. However, if worn right, it is totally chic and feminine. A super baggy jumpsuit should be avoided at all times though. Besides, no one wants to end up looking like they are wearing a potato sack. They come in an array of styles and can look good on anyone no matter your size or shape. I love them because personally they make me look taller. I know that is why heels were invented, but a great jumpsuit with a cinched in waist can really elongate the body and show off curves. The other reason why I love them is because it makes an easy outfit. It is only one piece. All you need to do is add a great pair of shoes and some accessories. Speaking of accessories, how gorgeous is this leopard clutch by Sara Sozo? A woman can never have enough leopard clutches. Not only is this clutch more beautiful in person, but it supports a great cause. A portion of the proceeds from any purchases of handbags by Sara will go to missions, both in Atlanta and overseas in India. I also have this one and have my eye on this one. Check them all out on Etsy here.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Pretty In Peplum…

 

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Details:

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.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne

Navy + Distressed Denim…

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Details:

Navy Sweater: Belk | Jeans: Gap (Sold Out); Similar | Shoes: Belk | Clutch: Gigi New York | Sunglasses: Tory Burch (Old) ; Similar | Lipstick: Flat Out Fabulous

I love this navy Gigi New York clutch! I have them in three other colors because I love these clutches so much. They make any outfit look sleek especially when paired with distressed jeans. Lately, all of my denim purchases have been distressed denim. They look rough but cool at the same time especially when paired with a great pair of heels. This Gap pair is one of my favorites, but I also have my eye on these, these, and these.

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Yavonne

Pink, Pink and More Pink…

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Details:

Scarf: Nasty Gal (Sold Out); Similar | Jeans: Gap | Turtleneck: Old Navy | Sunglasses: Tory Burch (Old); Similar | Shoes: BCBG Generation (Old); Similar | Clutch: Grateful Bags | Lipstick:  Flat Out Fabulous

Pink is by far my favorite color. It was even one of my wedding colors. I wear it everyday. It may not be in the form of lipstick, lip gloss, or as my under garments if it is not visibly seen as part of my outfit. I just love pink, which is why I wanted to build a pink outfit around this scarf.  Initially, I  wanted to do a monochromatic look with pink. However, once I was dressed in my pink jeans and pink everything else, I looked like I belonged in the game Candy Land. That was not the look I was going for. I switched to good old-fashioned blue denim with a little distress to toughen up all of this pink. The scarf is no longer available in pink on Nasty Gal, but it is available in heather grey here.

Thanks for reading,

Yavonne