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Happy hump-day everyone!!! I’m so excited to finally post about this lace-up stunner and tell you how much I love it. First off, I had such an amazing time with Big Commerce, Solange Knowles and Saint Heron in March during SXSW and it was such a pleasure to get to spend an evening with such great folks for Solange Knowles’ new e-commerce site! Now, they’ve all come together to bring you #SaintHeronxBigCommerce!
What IS Saint Heron, you ask? Is is an assortment of goods and items that commemorate the diversity and progression of black artistry. It is an ode to the women who innovate and redefine roles in varied walks of life.
This super FAB lace-up dress is part of her new, online store which is brought to you by BigCommerce! Her event during SXSW was the official launch along with an amazing private dinner with some of her closest friends. I have to say, it was definitely a fun experience and I got to meet some amazing people!
I was definitely honored when BigCommerce reached out for this collaboration. I had fallen in love with this lace-up dress when I first saw it and I knew I had to have it! Made out of 100% denim, it fits like a glove. The details on this piece are absolutely amazing. Not only does it lace up the entire front, but there are 2 snaps on the side for a wraparound look. The slit in the front is outrageously sexy and people would literally stop me to ask where this dress was from. There’s nothing like it!
Necklace – Roberto Coin
If anyone knows my background, they know I am a HUGE sucker for art and design. Being interested in the architectural world since childhood has brought a whole new meaning to paying attention to detail. Now, in the wardrobe styling world I am still able to share my love for amazing details in clothing and accessories that most people might not see like I do.
And that is exactly why I am writing this blog post! I was browsing online for some fun and really creative handbags and came across Anuschka. The creativity and amazing detail on these hand-painted bags is out of this world. Ironically enough, I was instantly drawn to the bright colors and beautiful designs. The colors are so different than I would normally see on a leather handbag and I attribute that to these fantastic colors being hand mixed and painted by one artisan. It’s quite amazing!
Anuschka artisans literally use every hue and color to create masterpieces on hand cut, super supple leather. After each piece is carefully painted, they are ALL signed by a family member before being shipped out to you, the customer!
After my obvious love for the creativity that goes into each design, I was instantly drawn to Anuschka for their love of family. Anuschka bags are designed in the USA by a mother-son design team; Bhaskar and Roma. Each bag and accessories are made in a family owned workshop in India.
I had a blast shooting with 2 Anuschka bags last week and have been beyond excited to show them off to all of y’all!
Handbag – Anuschka Dreamy Dahlias Convertible Tote
The first bag is GORGEOUS!! And I obviously love it because it is grey and has the prettiest flower painted on the front! I was drawn to this bag because 1. I love the color and 2. it will go with just about everything. Since I wear more neutrals I wanted to find a painted print that I could wear with most of my classic outfits. I don’t normally wear color so this subtle pop of color on the bag was just the right amount. It pops in just the right amount of ways!
And we’re on to outfit #2!
Sunglasses – Henri Bendel
Clutch – Gigi New York
Blue Agate Pearl Earrings – Konstantino c/0 Bailey Banks & Biddle
Necklace – Konstantino c/0 Bailey Banks & Biddle
Blue Agate Pearl Bracelet – Konstantino c/0 Bailey Banks & Biddle
Turquoise Crystal Bracelet – Konstantino c/0 Bailey Banks & Biddle
Sea Blue Agate Cultured Pearl Ring – Konstantino c/0 Bailey Banks & Biddle
Ladies, I have found the perfect go-to summer top that is actually affordable! At just under $45 it has already been such a huge staple in my wardrobe. Can I just tell you how versatile it is??
When I saw it online I knew I had to have it. And once I got it in the mail, I knew I was totally in love! I’m not one to shop that often and if I am making that effort I need articles of clothing that will go with anything and everything, that is above average quality and it affordable. This top hit all of the marks so I knew it was a keeper!
The fabric is a gorgeous striped seersucker, which you don’t often see in a fun, summery top! There is elastic around the shoulders, waist and sleeves. Isn’t that bell sleeve just the cutest!? I love the attention to detail! And don’t forget that AMAZING bow in the back!! I mean, total show stopper!
I paired this top with cute, cutoff shorts but would also throw it on with a pair of skinny jeans and heels for a night out. The great thing is that this top can be worn super casual or dressed up for date night or an event!
Ring – Shaesby
Let me take a moment to introduce you to Being Apparel. An elevated athleisure brand based in Austin with all clothes being ethically sourced and produced. The capsule collection is comprised of interchangeable seamless active wear, draped jersey dresses, and soft tailoring pieces empower women to embrace a healthy, active, and fulfilled lifestyle. Inspired by traditional Asian dress codes, Being Apparel fills the gap between fitness-orientated athleisure wear and womenswear designed for business or social events. This collection simplifies the lives of busy modern women, like me, who still love the comfort and versatility of their yoga pants, but need to elevate their look throughout the day. Being Apprel believes in making every second count and doing it with poise and grace.
As you will see in the Kickstarter video, this collection is based on 3 layers to mix and match.
Layer 1 – Seamless Active Wear: Perfect for low impact activities including Yoga, Pilates, or Barre, our beautiful seamless garments offer maximum support and comfort. They are the foundation of Being Apparel’s three-layer signature style.
Layer 2 – Luxurious Drapes: Loose and slouchy, feminine, long-line or wrapped – draped jersey dresses and mid-layers let you dress up or dress down for any occasion.
Layer 3 – Chic Soft Tailoring: For chic and effortless style, elevate your look with a top-layer or over garment. Softly tailored pieces are multi-functional – smart enough to wear to a meeting, and modern and flexible enough to wear for cocktails.
I personally fell in love with this entire line when I first came in contact with it. Not only are the fabrics extremely soft and comfortable, but they aren’t heavy nor bulky. They drape perfectly and will definitely work well in the Texas summers and easily transition into Fall.
Being Apparel’s Kickstarter launched TODAY and they need your help! As an added incentive, people who support us now on Kickstarter will also receive early bird discounts of up to 30% on their garments!
Want to know more about this awesome brand? Click HERE for their Press Kit!
All photos by Katie Jameson
Have you ever wanted to improve the look of your legs but don’t want to pay the price of costly surgeries or on products that, most likely, won’t work. Now you can finally give your legs an actual makeover in a few seconds with Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Leg’s Leg Makeup!
With this dilemma in mind, Sally Hansen, PRIV and I partnered up to promote an amazing product for anyone and everyone out there looking for a quick imperfection fix without having to cover up your legs. Let me introduce you to Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs; my lifesaver! The major selling point of this product was the fact that it’s extremely light weight and it doesn’t have a distracting smell, which I know we all hate! Not only does it cover imperfections but it helps stimulate microcirculation for overall healthier looking legs.
Starting April 1 through August schedule any make-up appointment with PRIV and get a FREE Sally Hansen Airbrush Leg application! And even better?? Every customer will be gifted their entire bottle to keep for future use!
If you are iffy on what color you would need, fret no more! I am extremely fair but tan pretty easily so Emily with PRIV used the Light Glow color on me. It gave me extremely smooth looking legs, which was AMAZING, covered up my scars from playing soccer for years AND I actually looked like I had a natural tan; not that orange-y glow from a spray tan. There are 6 different tones and will match everyone’s skin tone. Another thing I noticed was that after the application, Emily was easily able to rinse off the product with soap and water. And that is exactly what I did when I got home; took a shower, rinsed my legs with soap and water and I was back to pale!
This is such an easy and convenient product! Each bottle is only $12 and will last you quite a while!
Hands down, this has been one of my favorite looks of 2016 and one of my most talked about thus far! One reason might be because of these amazing wide leg pants that are on SALE!! Seriously, don’t miss out on this amazing deal; from over $100 to $65… All sizes are still available right now.
Now, to more important fashion matters. How amazing is this Henri Bendel bag?? It has been such an honor to have collaborated with them to show off some of their new 2016 Spring bags to all of you! Of course I couldn’t turn that one down. I definitely want to show my readers how they can have fun and still be practical with a really fun, metallic bag that they wouldn’t normally wear on a daily basis.
Most of us wouldn’t just go out and buy a super shiny, metallic handbag for everyday use. Metallics are pretty fancy, for the most part and you wouldn’t usually think they would be a great go-to handbag for Spring. I’m here to help you get some use and wear out of your metallic bags or make you want to go out and buy one!
Don’t be afraid of color or shine! (That’s funny coming from the person who doesn’t really wear color) If you are planning to wear colored handbags or something really metallic, try and stick with a more neutral color palette. This gold Henri Bendel really pops off of this white and navy look. To me, this outfit feels very nautical and this handbag complements the rest of the outfit. The bag brings it together to complete the entire look. You definitely want to find accessories that are going to work well with what you are wearing. Overpowering your look with a crazy handbag when you already have on multiple colors or prints isn’t always the best idea. Now, I know some extremely eclectic people who would slay at that type of look, but for the most part, people want to look chic and put together.
Bag – Henri Bendel
Watch – Chanel J12 // Sunglasses – ILY Couture
Say hello to my new favorite dress for the summer! This ombre stunner is extremely comfy, cute and under $85! It was the absolute perfect beach dress while we were vacationing in St. Thomas last month.
Now, to the important question… Why should YOU own this dress? Not only is this dress easy and breezy, you can wear it dressy or casual. I paired this dress with gladiators for a walk on the beach and around town but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up more. I actually used this dress in an ad campaign a couple of months ago and we had paired a fun pair of heels and a cropped leather jacket over the dress. It looked absolutely amazing. And I definitely fall in love with anything that is versatile.
To me, if I can wear something multiple ways AND it is affordable, I say GO FOR IT! This is definitely one of those dresses. Another major plus is that the dress is fully lined with a removable slip so you don’t have to worry about showing any undergarments!
Necklace – The Hightower Collection
Have you ever found that perfect shirt or shoes that you obsess over so much you wonder what you are going to do when they get worn out?? So your response is to buy every color and multiples of those colors?? That is totally me right now! I bought this top in all 7 colors and multiples in a few of them because they are SO amazing! At just under $44 they are extremely light weight, versatile, and literally go with anything and everything.
As a stylist, I feel like this type of look can work for most body types at any age. This top isn’t too tight, revealing, or even too baggy which works for most sizes. The shorts are cutoffs, but they aren’t booty shorts by any means. There is plenty of coverage and they are the perfect length that aren’t constricting on your thighs. Plus they are SUPER soft! Gladiators are THE in shoe for the summer! This pair is my go-to and I have literally worn them almost every day that we have had nicer weather. I have linked a couple of pairs below that are very similar to the ones in the photos. Sadly, these are sold out so I couldn’t link the exact pair.
Top this look off with a super cute and casual cross body and you are good to go! Not too dress, not too casual. Want to dress this look up? Throw some wedges on and you are all set! 😉
Who’s ready for summer!? ME, ME, ME!!! If you’re shopping for some extremely cute, yet affordable swimwear for summer keep on reading! Forever 21 is my one stop shop for all things summer and swim! I had the pleasure of partnering with them a couple of months ago to show off one entire summer look from F21 that won’t break the bank. This entire look consists of a hat, sunglasses, cover-up, bikini and a necklace that are all under $100 total! Most tops I see are over $100 alone, so this entire look is definitely a steal!
This shoot was beyond fun! More like, let me hurry up and change in the car to be in the freezing cold! And on top of that, it started pouring! Definitely wasn’t expecting to have to be in the pool, but totally jumped right in and quickly realized we didn’t have at towel on hand! The rain did not help that situation out at all. You can actually see the rain in a couple of the shots, which is pretty awesome looking!
Sizing info – If you are planning to shop Forever 21 swimwear, I would plan on ordering a size up. Their suits are cut pretty small and I like things to be covered up for the most part! This one was a tad small for me, if you can’t tell! ha!
Overall, I would definitely recommend anyone buy swim and accessories from Forever 21. I’m not one to want to splurge on swimwear or any of the accessories because I will, most likely, not be wearing swimwear that often unless I am on vacation or going to the lake. Which means, everything is going to get dirty. There’s no way I want to spend hundreds of dollars on something I won’t get that much use out of. You can literally get anything and everything at F21 – swim, accessories, beach bags, towels, etc.
Necklace – Forever 21