Aug 1, 2014

Thrift Blouse + H&M Skirt

Hey beauties! TGIF. We made it. It was an extremely long work week for me. I'm so glad to see the weekend. I can't believe that summer is soon to come to an end. Both the hubs and I are totally welcoming fall. Yup--football for him and of course fashion for me. Fashion week is almost here and I'm totally looking forward to all of the Fashionably Fabulous inspiration.Today, I'm mixing-and-matching a little thrift and retail. You guys know that I'm all for mixing. Whether it's DIY, retail or consignment thrifting all three provides the ultimate fashion fix. I found this fabulous peplum hem skirt at H&M a few months back but the sad part was---I couldn't zip it. Yup, my derriere wouldn't allow (oh the struggle), so the creator in me decided to rock it backwards. Ha! That's how you solve that. Sometimes you just can't take NO for an answer.

Outfit Details: Blouse: Thrifted | Skirt: H&M | Sandals: Nine West | Bag: Sole Society | Necklace: c/o | Watch: DKNY | Sunnies: Marc Jacobs (thrifted) | Brooch: Etsy

I hope you all have awesome plans this weekend. I'll be doing some much needed house cleaning, sewing and prepping my little one for kindergarten. I'll be in domestic diva mode pretty much all weekend. LOL. Yup, my baby will be officially a big boy. I'm tearing up just thinking about it. Until next time . . . . .Peace, Love & Blessings!
Be Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You!

Jul 28, 2014

DIY Abstract Print Dress

Hey Lovies....Happy Monday! Back to work we go. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I made this dress sometime back using the Tracy Reese Vogue 1314 pattern. Way back when I had troubles sewing a stitch in a straight line. far we've come. LOL. It is one of those patterns that I use as a template for other dress projects. It's easy, breezy and mindless. I decided to keep the fit a little less fitted so that I could also wear it to work (I'm a healthcare IT professional by day). I'm a huge fan of the midi length---it adds an effortless touch of sophistication. I also altered the neckline to a modified boat-neck. I also omitted the ruching that the pattern called for. I can't really  remember where I purchased this luxe modal jersey fabric---maybe ebay.
Outfit Details: Dress: DIY | Pumps: Carole Little via Marshalls | Necklaces: Old | Bag: Kenneth Cole | Watch: DKNY via TJMaxx | Sunnies: Nordstrom | Lippie: MAC Rebel

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Sometimes I forget that I have dresses in my closet. I'm so use to separates. I'm going to make a cognitive effort to start incorporating more dresses in my OOTD posts. Pinky promise. Until next time lovies. . . . . Peace, Love & Blessings!

Jul 25, 2014

It's a Wrap: A DVF Milestone

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the iconic fashion staple---the DVF wrap dress. Birth into existence in 1974 by none other than the queen of wrap dresses, Diane Von Furstenberg. For decades, women all over the world quickly turned to this chic, comfy and feminine silhouette as their go to fashion choice. There is no secret that many other designers and mass fashion retailers have infiltrated the wrap dress market, but there is a clear and obvious reason why DVF has managed to keep an exclusive market share. From her luxurious jersey fabric choices to the vibrant colors and prints, the DVF brand has personified the signature and classic staple that many of us have loved for years. 

 Photo Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg
The brand recently celebrated its big 40th milestone in historic commemorative style. The Journey of a Dress exhibition housed 200 custom Ralph Pucci mannequins dressed in various DVF wrap dresses. Located on the first floor at the old May department store on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles----fashion enthusiast garnered their support to the woman whose name is an iconic reflection of the classic silhouette, The Wrap Dress.

Jul 24, 2014

10 Fabulous Red Lips

Nothing speaks confidence like a woman rocking the perfect red lip. But the challenge still remains--what's my perfect shade? What's my perfect texture? Is the matte? Is it satin? Should I go with a pencil, lipstick or gloss? I know, the dilemma! I could remember admiring women that could rock a mean red lip for years. It wasn't until a few years ago that I figured I'd go against the increasingly popular notion that dark skin women couldn't pull off a red lip. I know. Shame on them for they not know what they do! Fast forward to today and I will rock a red lip quite confidently. I've collected red lipsticks for years. From Avon, Mary Kay to drug store brands---I've had my share of them. Here are a couple of my favorites. Do you rock a red lip? What are some of your favorites?
I've tried all of these reds and currently own Chanel Rouge Allure, YSL Rouge Pur, MAC Diva, NARS Pure Matte and Makeup Forever Aqua pencil. Depending on the occasion and mood, one of these will make the cut on any given day or night for that matter. 
  1. Chanel Rouge Allure - A richer and vibrant red with a satin finish. I really turn to this one when I definitely want to a statement.
  2. YSL Rouge Pur #11 - This gloss is interesting because the true color is a shade darker once it is applied and settles on the lips. I'm in love with this gloss. 
  3. MAC Diva - I've rocked this lipstick for a couple of years. It's probably the oldest lipstick in my collection. It has a matte finish and is a shade darker than the Chanel Allure. It's a great option. 
  4. NARS Pure Matte - I'm actually rocking this lipstick in my previous post. I managed to misplace it this weekend so it looks like I'll be making a quick trip to Sephora soon.
  5. Makeup Forever Aqua Lipliner - I use this as a liner when necessary. I've also applied it to the entire lip wearing it as a matte lipstick. It works quite well.