The Power of a Good Belt

Belts! Often times over looked and one of the most underrated accessories. The power to completely transform an outfit from simple to the next level or just make you feel extra sassy. Like I was this day.

I have been looking for a vintage western belt or vintage western inspired belt. I haven’t been able to find one that was in my price point or size that I liked. Total random Target shopping trip simply for a planner (story of my life) and found this western inspired belt. And though not vintage, extremely affordable. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Even though everyone can afford this belt, it doesn’t seem like a cheapo belt. I have so many ways I want to style this belt, but I took it for “a test run” with a simple raw edge denim skirt paired with tights, a striped shirt, long flowy cardigan and some edgy boots. I think this whole look was actually pulled together with the belt and tights. Transforming from what may appear to be a take on 90’s fashion to something modern, funky, edgy and chic.

Belts are a great way to add some versatility to your closet on a budget. Belts allow you to wear items you already have or are going to purchase in so many different ways. Also a great way to add some shape to your figure. Enhancing curves and manipulating fabric to hang the exact way you want it to. Most belts are extremely affordable, even a nice quality leather belt isn’t going to break the bank. Have fun with them! Though I’m sticking to a neutral for my belt doesn’t mean you have to keep it simple. There are tons of options out there.

 

Shop This Look: Top // Skirt // Tights // Necklace // Belt

 

Dressing Up Leggings

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Leggings are the easiest thing to wear in the winter, if you wear them correctly. I’ve heard a million times leggings are pants. Depending on the fabric you can get away with wearing them as pants, but most are a little see through around the rump area. So to wear them properly as pants, I like to make sure the rump and front are covered and it’s a perfect alternative to pants that way. Layer leggings with an oversized cozy sweater, a warm top underneath and a hat and you have a pulled together chic outfit that doesn’t involve slacks or jeans.

Colorful Weekend

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It’s the weekend! I can say I need it with the crazy work schedule I have had this week plus starting my final semester of college! But it’s cold. There is ice out there today and they are calling for snow tonight and tomorrow! Even though the temperatures are low, it’s the weekend and I’m dressing like it. Layers of color! I’m experimenting this weekend with mixing with different colors and prints. Everything in this #ootd is a different color, the cardigan and scarf are contrasting prints; but everything meshes together because of the earthy tones in everything. It’s the weekend have fun with what you are wearing!

Do any of you have any exciting plans for this weekend?

XOXO

Stephanie

Winter Florals and Knits

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Lately I have been obsessed with mixing different prints and textures in to my daily outfits. I’ve become a huge fan of knits recently. Not only are they warm and perfect for winter, but they also give any outfit a cozy and comfortable vibe. Which is perfect for me. So pairing this floral dress with this olive green cardigan was a no brainer to me. Topped it off with a cozy arm knitted scarf. This #ootd is perfect for a coffee date, casual lunch dates, meetings, classes or just running errands.

Gift Guide: For Her Under $30.00

Gift Guide: For Her Under $30.00

Buying Christmas gifts can get expensive so I have pulled together some gifts for her that under $30.00 each. These are perfect for any lady on your list especially perfect for someone on a budget, Secret Santa gifts or stocking stuffers.

Scarf-Perfect for any fashionista or someone who lives some where frigid. This will be 40% off on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Eyeliner– The best felt tip liner and the darkest black liner around.

Hat– Hats are very trendy and perfect for bad hair days. A fun color is a great addition to any fashionistas collection. This will be 40% off on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Jamberry-Prints for every style and for $15.00 you get two salon quality manicures and pedicures.

Heated Blanket-Perfect winter gift, especially for the girl who spends more time at home rather than going out. Currently on sale for $29.99 but will be on sale for $19.99 on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Gloves– High quality gloves for a great price! Will be 40% off on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Lorac Lip Gloss Set– The best value for a holiday set. All glosses are full size and there’s a shade for everyone.

Antlers– Great for the decor lover, boho chic girl or someone wanting to add to their gallery wall.

Rings– You know I love Ashkal jewelry and a lot of their jewelry is under $30.00, plus right now they also have some discounts!

Lotion-It’s getting colder and everyone needs some extra hydration. This Frosted Winter Woods smells amazing.

Candle– Candles are a great gift for just about anyone and Bath and Body Works has some amazing smelling ones!

Clutch– A perfect alternative to more expensive version of clutches plus on Thanksgiving and Black Friday it will be 40% off.

Phone Case– Affordable, unique phone cases that give back. Kidogo Kidogo gives phones to women in need in Tanzania with a percentage of sales from phone case purchases..

Fashion Forward With Spring

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If you are anything like me, you want to stay on top of the trends (yet still look timeless) and know all about the newest designers and trends. A newly designed app, Spring, allows you to peruse all the latest things in fashion in one simple place. It has top designers and new upcoming designers all in one place. The app is pretty much like Pinterest fashion boards and Instagram fashion pages had a baby, but the most exciting thing is you don’t have to go to several pages if something catches your eye. Yes, Spring has it made it simple enough if you scroll and find something you like, you can easily purchase the item there.

Scrolling through the feed you can find top names such as Baggu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander McQueen and American Apparel. But you can also find new names like Bing Bang Jewelry and Marissa Webb. Spring even has home goods.

Even if you aren’t purchasing from the app, you should download Spring as an inspirational guide for fashion. Scrolling through the pictures is a great way to try something new in your #ootd. When I was recently looking I saw that Marissa Webb had very neutral palette with pops of color. So when getting dressed I kept everything dark and simple and added a pop of color with a cotton blazer. Cotton blazers, vests and over coats were another thing I saw as a trend in designers on the app.

So if you love fashion, I highly recommend downloading Spring!.

Feminine Lumberjack

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Dress- Forever 21 (old, similar) // Flannel-Target // Hat-Target // Necklace-Forever 21 (old) // Boots-Charlotte Russe (old, similar)

I don’t know what I love about this #ootd more. The floral dress? The hat? The flannel? The mixing of unusual prints to make an outfit I love? Fashion is supposed to be fun. And I think this outfit of the day is pretty fun. The lumberjack trend, or flannel is once again very popular. I have to be very careful not to look like a man while styling flannel because most cuts are not flattering to the female body. So the perfect way to style it for me is to throw it over a dress, especially a floral dress. The combo reminds me of the 90’s trend but is also pulled together. To make the outfit a little more “grown up” I added some simple riding boots and a hat. This chic look is somewhat of a style risk but so easy to pull off!

What style risks are you taking this Fall?

Don’t forget to check out my Fall date night #ootn and to enter my Spooky Date Night Giveaway HERE. You can also check out Jessica from A Day in the Life of One Girl’s fall date night look HERE!.

Repeat Dress with Fall Florals

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Dress-Target // Kimono-Target (sold out) // Leggings-Forever 21 // Boots-Charlotte Russe (old, similar)

I can’t believe yesterday it was extremely hot and for the next few days we are expecting bad storms. I can’t believe today is the first day of October. This swing dress has been on repeat quite a bit lately because it is the perfect transitional piece. And there’s nothing I love more than a stripes and floral combo. I have been keeping my darker floral printed pieces (mostly kimonos) around for layering this fall. Just because the leaves are starting to die there are still some flowers that thrive in the cooler months. So why not continue to wear floral? Floral is really easy to pull off during these chillier days as long as the print is darker or muted hues. Throw on some leggings and boots and it makes the entire #ootd a little bit better for Fall.

Are you still wearing florals?.

Fall InVESTment

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Vest-Target // Tank-Old Navy (Just $6.00) // Jeans-Forever 21 // Booties-Target (old, similar) // Necklaces-Jared The Galleria of Jewelry & Wal-Mart

Dressing for Fall doesn’t mean you have to be completely bundled up, especially when the weather is a little crazy and one day it’s chilly and the next it’s poolside worthy. Longer vests are the perfect piece for fall that are super chic, keep you looking fall Pinterest worthy without sweating. Longer vests dress up any outfit. You can wear a pair of jeans, a simple shirt and by throwing on the vest it instantly adds a little chic to your #ootd. Your vest doesn’t have to be black (this one from Target even comes in white). These long vests come in a ton of different colors, you can even try some with different patterns and fabrics. I honestly think long vest are the perfect transitional piece that you can wear to work, school, out shopping or a night out. When the weather gets colder the longer vest will look great paired with a turtle neck or even a plaid button up.

I love this vest, this vest (Great price and comes in plus sizes as well) and this vest!

Will you be rocking the vest this transitional and fall season?

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Homework + Coffee Style

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T-Shirt- Gravel Road Tees // Jeans-Forever 21 // Cardigan-Target // Shoes-Target // Necklace- Jared the Galleria of Jewelry // Ring-Ashkal // Planner- Ban.do (this specific style is sold out but this print is available in a bigger size and other fun prints are available for a limited time)

Everyone gets excited when Summer draws to an end because they get excited for football, fairs, fall food, fall scents and fall activities; I do love these things (probably more than anything) but the ending of summer means school starts again. Long nights, long days and countless hours staring at a computer screen.

People don’t think that online courses or degrees are as hard as going to school on a campus, but as someone who has went to college on campus and now furthering my education online and it’s honestly harder. I have to juggle everything (and there is no more “campus fun”) so there is honestly no way to “skip” class or miss e-mails or not sign in for lectures or avoid class. Since I am working, blogging, being a creative artist and going to school sometimes I have to escape my own home to get things done, somewhere where there is quietness and no home distractions. If I am going to a library in Asheville (the downtown library is great), hitting up a coffee shop or finding a little grassy spot with a wonderful mountain view I would wear something extremely comfortable like a graphic tee and skinny jeans; that’s pretty much my #ootd everyday. Either the local coffee shop or the library are generally extremely chilly so I layer a cardigan with that. A fun witty graphic tee makes a tedious task just a little more fun. This t-shirt from Gravel Road Tees is perfect for any student and especially a coffee addict student. Gravel Road Tees also has an awesome coffee shirt for moms!

While studying or turning in assignments, the coffee addict and detail oriented part of me, has to always have coffee and my planner with me. Pumpkin Spice Latte for the win! Side note, the other day I got a chai latte with a pump of pumpkin spice and it’s the perfect blend of fall flavors; honestly it will probably be my go to drink as the weather cools down.

If you love my shirt or soft shirts or witty graphic shirts, I highly suggest checking out Gravel Road Tees because all of the tees are on a serious sale right now as they are getting ready to make some new shirts! These shirts are locally screen printed here in NC!

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