Style Inspiration Muses

I get asked on a regular bases who inspires me for my clothing choices. Especially now that I have openly discussed being in a creative rut and verbalizing that I don’t want to look like every blogger or influenster out there. And it’s hard now because it seems like every person is shopping at the same places and styling the exact same pieces. So in times like this a Pinterest search or Instagram search has been unhelpful in helping me find inspiration for fashion this year. So, I decided to go back to my trusty girl crushes who always seem to inspire me and have grounded me in my individuality. And I thought what better time to share the ladies in entertainment that inspire my outfit choices. Even though they have amazing stylist, loans of designer pieces and a full bank account, I think their style is just as attainable as the person you follow along with on Instagram. Not only do all the women I constantly “seek out” for inspiration dress amazingly but promote self confidence, body positivity and being an individual through fashion. All what I am looking for these days.

  1. Florence Welch

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The queen of individuality and unique clothing. Flowy fabrics and rockstar silhouettes. Always a go to when I’m in a rut.

2. Adele

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Adele can we just be friends already? The first actual plus size women I had for someone to look up to. I think Adele really started the change in the plus size fashion industry. Always amazing, classic pieces and silhouettes and the person who made me think it’s okay to only work with neutrals in my closet (mainly black).

3. Lady GaGa

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Gone are the days of insane outfits, insane make up and over the top hair. I think she really found her self and her voice and doesn’t have to hide behind all the “stuff” anymore. And I love it. Simple, rocker chic and letting her shine through. I have been pulling a lot of inspiration from the recent Lady GaGa.

4. Stevie Nicks

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The original creator of the gypsy boho chic look. Flowy pieces and pretty much whatever goes, goes. Such a good inspiration. Gimme all the oversized dresses and dramatic sleeves!

5. Danielle Brooks

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Another plus size muse doing great things for the plus size fashion industry. Never afraid of something body con or curve hugging, but keeping it simple. All things I can get behind.

6. Tracee Ellis Ross

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So real and attainable except when she’s walking the red carpet. She dresses like any of us would. And I love that about her. Plus she created a size inclusiveness line for JC Penny that made me love her more. And she rocks pieces from her line. Which the line was simple capsule wardrobe pieces that any women no matter size, age or style could rock.

 

 

Why I’m Not In To Resolutions But More Goal Making + My 2018 Goals

I’ve taken a little break to refocus, spend quality time with those around me and recharge from a hectic holiday season with work; but in reality it was to sleep! A new year has yet again rolled around and everyone is making resolutions, coming up with words for their year and starting the “new year, new me” train. As for me, I’m currently eating a apple pie I bought out of the frozen section of the grocery store while I constantly see everyone posting about their new diet all while rolling my eyes and deciding whether I finish the champagne off or make a hot toddy. Yup, same old Stephanie in the new year.

Here’s the thing. I hate resolutions. Be honest with yourself and I with myself; you or I are going to give up on half of them unless you or I are extremely determined, it just sets us up for disappointment. And why make resolutions anyways? Because it’s the norm for the new year? Just because everyone else is doing them? Girl (or gent, all about inclusiveness here) be a rebel. Do what you want! And who needs a word for the year, when there are a ton of words in the English language to describe yourself every day! Like worthy, loved, amazeballs, pretty little young thang or dare I say a bad ass bitch. But you do you and if you feel inclined to create a word for your year, no judgement here. Though I hate resolutions, I do like to set goals. But I set goals on a monthly basis, it’s sadly part of my type A personality, so it’s not out of the norm for me to do so. Goals are more attainable in my opinion because they don’t have the word resolution or “this has to be achieved in order for me to feel fulfilled” looming overhead. So since it’s the new year and we are all about sharing what we look forward to, I’m going to share some of my goals for you.

On a personal level I would like to travel and explore more, work harder at the things I am the most passionate about, capture more memories but also be more present (how is this even possible) and dig deeper in to the hygge lifestyle. Nothing out of reach or that has specific deadlines. If it happens, it does, if not, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

For 30 Shades of Stephanie, there are some big changes coming. And this is not something that I just randomly thought of or created with the idea of a new year rolling around. I have discussed before a creative rut and sadly it never went away. It wasn’t until I had a press event and got to speak with the lovely Sarajane over dinner and drinks. She said some things that struck me, like blogs are dying and stories are the new “it” thing. But I love my little corner of the internet, even if just a few people read it. It’s more an electronic scrapbook of things I have done and storing all the changes I have went through as far as style and life over the years. So don’t worry I’m not stopping. But things are changing. There is going to be way more info, posts and daily life situations on InstaStories and Instagram in general more so than on the blog. I like the idea of keeping my posting schedule to MWF but it may also change to just Monday and Friday. Who knows right now. Also video content (thanks Sarajane). I have talked about it but never went through with it, mainly because I think sometimes I have a manly voice. But it’s happening in 2018. Why? Because A) I want to connect with each of you on a different level and B) there are just so many things a shutter through a lens cannot actually capture. Like, sometimes I want to be able to laugh with each of you about weird fabrics or why things just don’t work, for you to get my real ahhh ha moment when something as far as fashion comes together just so, so we can all feel a little sense of wonder when I visit new places (or so you can see I’m not just a serious work lady) and so I can feel like I’m actually talking to you. Because you the real MVP if we get to talk in person or on the phone or facetime. So just imagine these videos as one big facetime session.

ANNNDDDDD, there is an entire shift itself in the fashion you will be seeing here on the blog or on any social media outlet for that matter. Last year I talked about one of my goals for the year was to stock my closet with more things I love and investment pieces. Well guys, I actually accomplished that goal. WHOOOAAA. Fast fashion is fun (and don’t get me wrong, there are still trendy pieces I buy at Target and Old Navy) but it has slimmed down a lot for me. I just don’t want to spend money on things that are going to tear in a few washes and be out of style next season or year. I’ve gotten really picky with what goes in my closet. I now don’t have a problem with investing a bit of money on one piece if I can get a lot of wear out of it and also it’s something that will continue to stay in my closet. So more things like this, capsule wardrobe pieces, best investment pieces and how to shop smart for bigger ticket items are coming your way. So there may be a lot of stuff on repeat and I won’t be showing you the same thing the other 5 bloggers a few sites over are doing but that’s okay. I’m changing, my views are changing and my lifestyle is changing. So it’s time the brand of 30 Shades of Stephanie also took that change that I have been wanting to make and have just been putting off.

Even though I have all these ideas for what happens here and else where that I have been jotting down for the past three months, I love the input of others. Duh, I want to make y’all happy and have an enjoyable place to visit (whether to read or watch or double click to like). So if you want to share your input, head on over to Instagram to cast your votes on my InstaStories today about the changes taking place!

My Black Friday Sales Picks

I used to always make it a tradition of going to the store for Black Friday. But when the stores began opening sooner and sooner I started to change my traditions. I no longer hit up the stores but check out online. And not just big retailers, small shops that I have fallen in love with too. So here are my Black Friday Sale picks that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to shop from! So stay cuddle up in oversized sweaters, eat pie for breakfast and check out these sales!

OLD NAVY– 50% OFF EVERYTHING

ASOS– 30% OFF EVERYTHING

BEACH BONES JEWELRY– 30% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE: CANDIEDYAMS (SUPPORT SMALL, SUPPORT HANDMADE, SUPPORT WOMEN. THIS NECKLACE I WEAR IN THIS PICTURE IS FROM BEACH BONES)

TARGET– SPEND $50.00 IN STORE OR ONLINE AND RECEIVE A 20% OFF COUPON FOR LATER USE

YANA K– SPECIAL DISCOUNT WITH FALL17 (GREAT FOR THIS INVESTMENT PIECE I SHARED MONDAY HERE)

LYSSE– 30% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE: BF17

R+CO– 20% OFF WITH CODE: BLACK20

COLOURPOP– $4.00 LIQUID LIPS

RACHEL WEISBERG-30% OFF EVERYTHING WITH CODE: HOLIDAY LOVE

QUAY- SELECT SUNNIES DISCOUNTED

LACK OF COLOR– SELECT HATS 30% OFF

 

 

Perfect Dress and Luxury Gift: Yana K

I love a good versatile piece, we all know this by know. Versatility is the key to getting the most out of your wardrobe without spending a fortune every single season. So is investment pieces.

I have been following along with fashion designer Yana K for some time now and am even more in love with the designer and her designs after meeting the designer at a local pop up shop and of course, finally investing in one of her pieces. At the meet up, I love her explanation behind her designs. she has created a line of clothing for all women, for every stage of her life, so she can feel amazing. She doesn’t want us to have to think too much on looking amazing in her clothes. She wants us to feel amazing. She wants us to be comfortable. And most of all, she has created her dresses as a one size fits most situation so we aren’t focusing on the number in the tag. All of these are things I can get behind.

I walked away with this dress knowing that I can wear it all Fall, Winter and Spring long with it’s versatility. The quality is going to make it last season to season, and probably my most reached for piece. This piece looks great on it’s own, cinched with a belt, draped with a cozy cardigan or a little more edgy with a leather jacket. I wore this dress after taking photos to a large art and craft show at the agriculture center in Asheville. I got so many compliments and also was as comfy as the women in their sweatpants. Win Win in my book.

Seriously, you want to add one of these babies to your Christmas wishlist now. Or gift one to yourself or someone you really love that loves fashion. I know I have another dress on my wishlist currently like this one. Because if you are going to ask for a piece of clothing for Christmas, make it an investment piece that I can guarantee you will feel amazing in.

Shop The Look:

Dress // Similar Booties // Belt // White Cardigan // Similar Leather Jacket // Bag // Necklace

 

Currently Craving: Fall Wish List

Dress

Ever since I have discovered the designer YANA K, I have been obsessed. And dying to have a piece in my closet. Luckily a local boutique carries the designs, but just lacking the color I’m looking for; black go figure. And when this babe was added to the new collection, I’ve been smitten. It is a bit pricey, but I’m really starting to focus on quality over quantity. Handmade in the U.S.A and from a smaller business. Just let me add this to my shopping cart and then my closet, mmmkay!

 

Boots

These boots are giving me all the heart eyes! And from a reliable company, made to stand the test of time. I really want a boot that is going to go with everything whether it be jeans or a dress and of course not fall apart after a few wears (damn you $40.00 boots). How cute would these boots be with the above dress?!? I mean come on.

 

Necklace

I posted Wednesday about my love for layering necklaces. And I’m wanting something dainty but oversized, plus a little more personal. This coin necklace is just the ticket. You can get anything engraved on it, it comes it different sizes and lengths as well as two different metals. Pretty perfect for achieving that Stevie Nicks look.

 

Work Out Gear

Shoes 

 

I’m really wanting to get some new work out gear including leggings and shoes. Perfect for hiking, yoga classes and barre (that I’m just getting in to). Or ya know that whole athleisure trend of running errands in work out gear.

 

 

Seeing Stars

SHOP THIS POST: Tank // Jeans // Sneakers // Scarf (in stores only in the Dollar Spot) // Sunnies

We’ve come a long way in styling an #ootd for the Fourth of July since our mom dressed us and our siblings in matching Old Navy Flag Shirts. Ohh you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you feel so inclined to go down memory lane, they are still producing their classic flag tee every year, here’s this year’s version. So this year I opted for some classic Old Navy goodness to bring together my patriotic 4th of July outfit.

I went for a super casual tank, that has stars on it, duhhh. Extremely flowy, really faded and all the Americana vibes. And by faded, I mean real faded. You will only be able to wear a nude bra with this because the material is extremely lightweight (yes please for that hot, sticky day) and you can see through it, especially the star portion. I like this tank because it’s cliche enough to wear for fireworks and cook outs but I can totally style this all Summer longer for a little edgier look. And it’s also not over the top cliche. But it’s the 4th of July, so who really cares honestly.

I paired this tank with cuffed jeans for that perfect Summer touch and a more grown up and pulled together look than pairing this with shorts. Ohh I cuffed these jeans to have some sort of air flow because we all know it’s bound to be hot and sweaty on the holiday in the South. Threw on some white chucks and paired it with a festive scarf and I’m ready to go. Can you guys believe I found this scarf in the Dollar Spot at Target?!? Red, lightweight and it has the most adorable patriotic tassels along the edges. $3.00! Win, Win for something you won’t wear all the time.

This look is perfect for a BBQ, beer and fireworks. Also if you are in Asheville please let me know where you watch fireworks. Almost 8 holidays here and I still haven’t found the “perfect” spot. Bring on the sparklers!

What are y’all wearing and getting in to for the holiday?

I’ll be sharing a more sophisticated 4th of July outfit later this week, because some of us will still choose fashion and style over cliche holiday vibes.

Also make sure you are following me on Instagram because I am hosting a huge giveaway for a Summer makeover along with some other amazing blogger babes this week! Get yourself entered!

 

Breaking Out in Winter Florals

This past weekend the South East got some snow. It was a “snowstorm”. On Saturday, pretty much the entire town shut down, and I legit didn’t leave the house but to see what was happening. I stayed under a blanket, watching Netflix documentaries and planning out my week. Super lame, I know. By Sunday morning, I was feeling cabin fever; even though I had been inside for only a day. I got up, fixed my hair, did my makeup and put on clothes besides pajamas to go somewhere. I was determined to get sushi or French Broad Chocolate Lounge‘s Mocha Stout Cake. It was a real urge.

I put on this floral dress because what better way to fight cabin fever and the winter blues with some floral? Paired over my LuLaRoe leggings and a furry cardigan it was warm and perfect for heading out in. I haven’t felt better about myself in a while. While this dress is last year, there are tons of similar ones HERE.

Whenever you are feeling “stuck” sometimes you just need to take care of yourself, safely of course. Or wear something that is opposing to what your outside view looks like. Whatever works!

Hello 2017

I thought really long and hard about my goals for blogging for 2017; yesterday I really hashed them out. My mantra for 2017 is “Get It Girl”, which fits in with my personal life, work life and blogging. I’m going straight for it, not letting anyone stand in the way of what I want to do, including myself. This past year on the blog was a little rough. There weren’t as many posts, exciting posts shall I say, that I was truly proud of. I was really busy. For the first part of the year I was busy finishing school, working and doing an internship; later in the year I was just slammed with a ton of work life. This year that’s not going to be the case. I love blogging and therefore there will be a lot of things I love being posted.

As far as content, you will still see a ton of #ootd posts. However, I plan to shop a little more conscious so I will really be thinking about what I’m buying going forward. So you may see a lot of outfit repeats, but in a new light.

Also I plan to throw in a little more lifestyle posts here and there. The recipes I’m loving, because I’m determined to cook more seafood, the places I’m visiting because #wanderlust and inspiration.

Santa brought me a GoPro for Christmas, so this year I’m really hoping to get some video content on the blog! I’m not a professional vlogger so I have no idea how this idea will actually work out.

So I hope you are ready to tackle this new year with me, full of inspiration and style. 2017 will be our year!

Unconventional NYE Dress

It’s almost time to ring in the new year, which means reflections, resolutions, goals, dressing up and champagne toasts. Maybe even a kiss at midnight if you are one of those lucky ones.

But before you go and spend a fortune on a sparkly dress that you may only wear one night, let me just share my golden rule for #NYE dressing. YOU WEAR WHAT YOU WANT! You don’t have to wear a sparkly, fancy dress to celebrate the new year. You don’t have to go buy a new dress to celebrate the new year. I like wearing whatever I want, and to be honest I will probably be in my Old Navy plaid pjs by 10:00 anyways!

So pick something you like, even if the print is unconventional for NYE. I pulled this dress out of my closet, perfect for celebrating and perfect for the new year even though it’s a winter floral print. Paired with leggings and booties it looks fancy enough for going out, but adds comfort and my own personal style. I also love the idea of wearing a winter floral print for New Years, it’s symbolic. You want to bloom into a better version of yourself through goals in the new year.

If you are wearing a shiny, sparkly, sequin clad #ootn, you go for it, but don’t feel obligated too.

Holiday Giveaways Recap

So I wanted to round up all the direct links to everything I am giving away for my 5 Days of Holiday Giveaways I’m hosting on Instagram. You will have until 11:59 on 11/17 to enter to win and the winners will be announced late on Sunday evening. So head straight over to my Instagram and get yourself entered.

The first thing you are eligible to win is a blush and ultra matte lip from ColourPop. Find this picture on Instagram or go here!

The second item is a $20.00 gift card from Target. Find this picture on Instagram or go here!

The third item is a Rachel Weisberg choker in your choice of brown or black! Go to Instagram and find this picture or go here!

The fourth item you can win is this kimono scarf from Charmed. Go to Instagram and find this picture or go here

The fifth and final thing you can win is two tickets to Painting With A Twist that can be used at any location but gifted by the Asheville location. All you have to do is find this picture on Instagram or go here!

All you have to do is find the pictures and follow the instructions which are easy peasy! Good luck y’all!