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Rock the Necklace!

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Rock the NecklaceIf you’re in the market for some new jewelry, then I highly suggest you invest in some dependable necklaces.  Growing up, I wasn’t much of a necklace person.  I used to be strictly earrings and rings, but, as of late, I’ve been able to appreciate the worth of a necklace.  For one, it’s a simple and easy way to spruce up your outfit.  They’re perfect for high and scoop necklines.  You can take a solid outfit and add some extra oomph to it by wearing a chunky necklace or a few simple chains.  They even work well with casual tee shirts, helping to make them look more fashion forward.  I, personally, have fallen in love with gold chunky necklaces and collar colored ones.  In my opinion, they make the biggest statement, but sometimes you need a little silver chain for your look.  However, if you don’t know where to start, there are three types of necklaces I think every girl should have.

First, you need a gold necklace and a silver one.  They are your neutral metals and, depending on the rest of your outfit, either one will usually work.  I may favor gold, but I do have some silver pieces that have saved my outfits in the past.  I would recommend at least one of these to be chunky for a statement piece.  Second, get yourself the color neutrals, which means black, white, or grey.  These will be essential to tying together an outfit when metallics won’t do.  Since at this point you’re already building your collection, mix and match lengths and thickness to add some variety to your necklace picks.  I tend to go for black or white, but grey works, too.  Lastly, dare to be bold with colors.  When you’re wearing a mainly monochromatic outfit, a pop of color from your necklace can take your whole look to the next level.  I have a bunch of different colors in my necklace stash from orange and mint green to most recently cobalt blue and emerald green and I’m still looking for more.  I really can’t specify which colors you should invest in because it all depends on your personal tastes.  However, I will say look at the colors in your wardrobe and try out those shades along with their complimentary colors.  For example, my orange necklace goes well with a denim blue shirt that I have.

Hope you all enjoy rocking the necklace as much as I do.  Don’t forget to get creative and wear it only if you like it.  Fashion is supposed to be fun and a form of expression, so scream loud and proud with your fashion!

The Blazer!

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20131030-005651.jpgThis October my job has been busy with meetings regarding the start of the school year and upcoming projects, while there were also plenty of events filling up my schedule related to everything from Hispanic Heritage Month all the way to launch parties.  However, I must say transitioning from day to night and keeping something light but warm on hand was made so much easier thanks to the all purpose blazer, making it my staple item of the month.  The blazer is a fast way to turn your average outfit into a stylish, but still professional look.  You can wear it to an interview, a meeting, a simple day at the office, lunch, happy hour, girls night, and the list goes on.  I first started wearing blazers in middle school, but I must say that college and on is the time where my blazer game has been stepped up.

I have a simple black blazer with pink lining that can be a traditional looking blazer if need be, but can easily be stylized by rolling up the sleeves to expose the bright pink detailing.  I also have a black and white striped blazer that is perfect for adding a little something special to your look.  However, the neutral black and white colors keep it from being too crazy.  Then, there is my red and navy striped blazer, which adds the perfect amount of pattern and bold color to any look.  This is definitely the one I’ve been sporting the most.  I’ve recently paired it with jeans and a black tee, leather leggings and a crop top, and, of course, a blue maxi dress.

If you’re new to blazers, keep in mind that every girl needs at least two clutch pieces in her closet.  A neutral, safe choice that goes with anything.  You can’t go wrong with black or white.  But she also needs a bolder blazer that lets her have more fun.  Pick a bold color like hot pink or go for a print that will pop like stripes or houndstooth.  Also, keep in mind the trends of the season, not straying too far off what’s in, as well as what goes well with your body shape.  Try a few on and see which cut works best for you.  Just have fun with your blazers and be ready to run the world!

Don’t Forget Your Nails!

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Nail ArtWhen it comes to fashion, so many people forget how much of a difference some great nail art can make.  In my opinion, it is the most underrated fashion accessory there is.  It’s the forgotten sleeper that is oh so wonderful.  When I was younger, I had a slight obsession with nails.  I remember loving my faux nail kits, complete with stickers, rhinestones, and miniature bottles of nail polish, and using them whenever I got the chance.  I’ll admit that when middle school and high school hit, I forgot about my nails.  I usually didn’t wear any nail polish at all or let the color chip away as the days passed.  However, once college came around, I remembered how beautiful nail art can be.  I began with basic one color designs like a bold red all throughout or maybe a hot pink polish.  Then, I moved up to trying simple adornments, trying my hand at stripes, polka dots, and abstract anythings.  I even started doing my own variations of french manicures.  I’m now at the point where I love doing my nails and I love showing them off even more.

The great thing about nail art is that it’s a simple addition to your whole look without stealing away too much attention.  People will always notice your nails… good or bad, so you might as well make sure they look good.  Show off a bit of your personality with a pop of color or a fun design.  It can be the difference between something missing from your look of the day and being on your A-game.  Now that it’s  Fall, I suggest sticking to darker colors.  Reds, purples, and greens are always a good bet in Fall, but don’t be scared to add something flashy.  You can add some glitter, gold, or even a hint of white to make your nails that much more fabulous.  Also, don’t be shy and experiment.  Practice designs, test out new patterns, and just live a little.  The worst that can happen is you need to use your nail polish remover.  Just remember that you can have too many bracelets and rings, but your nails won’t be so loud that you shouldn’t step out of your comfort zone.  Take your fashion to the max this season with your own custom nail art.  Have fun!

Everything Gold!

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Everything GoldThis summer has definitely been an exciting, busy one and I assure you that my style was never left behind in all the madness. I did quite a bit of traveling, made lifelong memories with my friends, and took advantage of the beautiful weather, but one of the things that was with me the entire way was my gold jewelry. The summertime is a season of sun kissed skin, bright skies, and being bold, so what other way to do that than with gold? For me, this August, gold toned jewelry was the fastest way to take an outfit to the next level. Whether it was a lion necklace, bangles, or hoop earrings, gold tones did the trick in bringing out some sangria lipstick or making a white tee pop.

Gold is often associated with being regal, goddess-like, and confident, so give your style the proper attention everyone deserves and indulge in gold. Trust me, there were plenty of times this past month where I felt like Rihanna or Rita Ora walking down the street. There is no better way to end the summer than with gold jewelry, but a tip of advice is don’t go overboard. If your outfit is already saying enough, then accent your look with gold studs or a simple gold ring. However, if your outfit needs to be spruced up, don’t be afraid to pair a chunky gold necklace with a few thin bangles. For a quick, casual look, throw on some gold earrings and a watch. Don’t put on every gold piece you own, but if you’re going to have fun with gold, then commit to it. Love it and embrace it!

 

February is All About the Beanie!

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BeanieI’ve recently made a shift back to my roots in more urban attire and I can tell you that I can’t get enough of the beanie. It is without a doubt within my top three latest fashion obsessions. For one, the beanie is a great accessory that adds so much to an outfit. You can use it to dress down an ensemble that seems a bit over the top, but it can also be that little piece that adds a bit of spunk to your look. Plus, the beanie is very practical. If it’s cold or windy, wear a beanie. If you’re having a bad hair day, throw on a beanie. It can work wonders.

In terms of styling, solid color beanies are cool, but I prefer the ones with a logo or some simple lettering. It makes a bolder and more fashion savvy statement in my opinion. I’m personally a fan of the Channel Zero beanies, as well as, one with a classic Yankee logo. Now, it is important to understand that, although the beanie can make your job as a personal hair stylist a lot easier, it doesn’t mean you can ignore your hair. If you’re feeling lazy, a thick braid or some loose pig tails will do the trick. However, I personally recommend taking the time to wear your hair out with a beanie. Whether you use mousse, a styling wand, or some natural waves, the beanie compliments your loose locks best. Just remember to embrace the look of the beanie!

Berets All Day!

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I may not be French and no I don’t live in France, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving and rocking berets.  I definitely think they’re one of the cutest accessories that can make a subtle, yet big addition to your whole outfit.  If you’re having a bad hair day, this little hat can be your savior.  If you’re having a good hair day, the beret can just accentuate your pretty locks.  Wear your hair in a side low pony tail, pig tails, a braid, curly, or straight and the beret will still work with your do.  I have a few different berets and I love them all equally.  Of course, I have the neutrals, black and grey, but I also made sure to include a pop of color, like my berry one.  It’s fall and winter is quickly approaching, so you’re going to have to keep your head warm in the windy, crisp weather, why not do it with a fashionable beret?  In my opinion, the beret is one of the best ways to get that cozy layered look.  You can wear them in the cool fall weather and those cold, snowy days, so you might as well take advantage of their versatility.  You can even wear these bad boys on warmer spring days, making them an even better investment.  Trust me, the beret is a wonderful little thing and they’re perfect for the cool November days.

Rings For Days!

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It’s October, also known as that awkward time of the year where it’s cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon, so it’s hard to keep up with staple fashion items that will do you good all month-long.  However, there is one accessory that you can always count on… rings.  I have always been a big lover of rings and, as I got older, that appreciation only increased.  When you’re wearing a simple, possibly dark, typical fall outfit, you may need something to spice up your look, like a nice, bold ring.  I usually go this route.  I’ve always been one to favor a chunky, out of the ordinary kind of ring that takes my outfit up a few notches.  One is enough with this strategy, but I must admit that lately I have been liking the look of wearing various simplistic rings at a time.  It can really change-up your style in a simple way and it makes your decision of picking which rings to wear much easier.  I guess I love rings so much because you can dress them up, dress them down, and do whatever else you want with them without having to worry about much else.  Rings are an added bonus (that most people don’t think of) that can really help finish off a look.  Honestly, no look is perfect without some good accessories and I think rings are one of the best ways to do them.  You can never own enough, you can pair them with almost any kind of jewelry, and they can be playful, sexy, or simply pretty.  There is a ring out there for everyone, every day, and every outfit.  In my opinion, rings are a great way to add your personality to a look and an easy way to add that extra pop to your day, so please don’t neglect them.