Red. White. and Orange.

Happy 4th of July 2012 everyone! Hope everyone is having an awesome independence day full of family, fun, friends, white wine, barbeques, and THANKFULLNESS. You get my drift 😛 LOL. I just wanted to take the time out and say how blessed I am to live in this country. We all go through the day to day grind of work and life and sometimes forget what an amazing nation we live in of FREEDOM and individual rights.

I wanted to share with you my chic outfit (that’s SO not red, white, and BLUE) of what I wore during America’s birthday. My uncle stopped in town for the day so we went to the local military base and went SHOPPINGGGG YESSSS 😀 *um can we say no taxes?* followed by a bite to eat at Cheddars, our first time there, and of course the day trip would not be complete without TJMAXX. <<More haulage from ya girl maxxinista to come!

But anyways BACK to my quick outfit of the day!!

buttoned stripe top: H&M
orange t-shirt: J Crew
bow belt: H&M
grey denim shorts: Hco
purse: Chanel from China
shoes (closed toe b/c I did not get a pedi yesterday): MaxxStudio
arm candy: Jcrew rope, Ross black stones, TJMAXX rose gold magneto
hair: professionally dyed red ombre with caramel highlights! <<Also a video on that to come 🙂

Can you guess which piece cost the most??

Pollyanna side twist into a braided low chignon

Dare I say orange is slowly growing on me?!?!

Waiting for the train…or an antique bike..or a dapper air pilot to sweep me off my feet.

Super easy to create in less than 30 seconds!

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Graduation Outfit #2

If you read my last blog post on what to wear to a graduation as an attendee you’re in for a treat! Tonight I wanted to comment on a cute and classic look fit for any graduate no matter the age level. Let’s start from the top.

For the hair I wanted to keep it simple and I love a beehive hair style because not only does it give you height, it’s elegant and so 1950s! Just be careful putting on and off your cap :p

I chose a sophisticated color combination that is timeless and age appropriate for all! A strapless, black and white gingham printed dress with a black sash keeps the focus on YOU!

The accessories is the fun part. I’ve always dreamt what it would feel like to wear Chanel jewelry and doubling up cascading Chanel pearls with the iconic C’s is a grand statement! All eyes are on you so why not LOOK the part?

Betsey Johnson makes darling accessories and my faves of hers are the rings! You can find both of these statement rings at Macy’s. Not only do the colors compliment each other but they’re in the same leopard family!

Lastly the shoes. I stumbled across these Pour La Victoire sideways stacked heel in a neutral color. So from the front it looks like any adorable peeptoe but turn sideways and you’ll be getting looks like you were Lady Gaga. I can’t get over how different and unexpected these shoes are combined with the overall style! Thoughts?

conGRADS! You did it 🙂

Rock of Ages~Chicago edition

Rock on…Tom Cruise?

The above promo image is of the movie set to release in a few short weeks! If you are not familiar with ROA, sorry for party rockin’! JK hahaha but all jokes aside..I’m pumped because my mom and I have tickets to see the broadway musical in Chicago 🙂 Nope, not New York but Chi-town! When I asked my aunt which musicals were showing in the Windy City she said this one. I really had my eye on Evita but that wasn’t showing 😦 Post living in New York I’ve been dying to see the Rock musical ever since!

Now I have the chance and I’m pretty sure I’ll be clueless the whole time they’re singing 80’s beats but that’s OKAY! What I lack in eighties culture I’m sure someone will be jiving in the theater seats. But do you know what I’m MORE excited about than previewing the musical? Putting my edgy rocker spin on something floral! Feast your eyes on my outfit I plan to style for the return of classic rock and turn up that Aerosmith! BD

What do you think? What would you do differently?

Blazer: H&M asymmetrical lapel neutral blazer
Top: Parker python cutout blouse
Bottoms: Paige floral denim capris
Shoes: Cynthia Vincent “Juno” black espadrille wedges
Jewelry: pile on those bracelets!
-Tiffany Co. Rubedo metal rose gold cuff
-Cartier gold skewed nail cuff
-Dailylook mixed rose & gold spiked bracelet
-CC Skye gold studded bracelet
Clutch: Urban Expressions black sweetheart

Turn up the music and blast the speakers in the house!

GRADUATION OUTFIT 1

WORK what ya momma gave you!!

A part of me is reminiscing about my Winter graduation; I think it’s all those happy times we all so longingly hold onto. For those of you who are graduating or will be graduating in the near future, not to fret! Cos I created a little Polyvore- type look of sorts of what yours truly will be wearing to my little cousin’s impending graduation.

Things to keep in mind if YOU are not the one graduating:
1. It is not your day and beware because the graduate may be bridezilla.
2. Dress down, but not too down! Think daytime cocktail party.
3. Wear shoes to withstand long periods of time. But if you’re like me, to hell with that and still wear heels!
4. It would be nice to coordinate outfits for photos?
5. If the school you are at is your alma mater then feel free to represent your colored school, patriotic spirit!

Dress: Simply Vera by Vera Wang online exclusive red&black sheath
Heels: L.A.M.B. black strappy sandals
Bracelets: Tory Burch wrap & Gorjana wraplet
Earrings: Alexis Bittar gold textured hoops
Sunglasses: Balenciaga cat eye black glasses

Cherry Blossom Fashion Show 2012

Hello fellow fashionistas! So I know this is a couple months late BUT I just now got decent pictures to show ya from the international Cherry Blossom capital’s annual Fashion show! This year it was all about “Diamonds & Pearls..Blossoms & Twirls.” I know in years past they did a little red dress theme and other very girly, feminine ones.

Exactly one week before my birthday I was beyond excited to have a helping hand in my first fashion show! Dare I say it was the highlight of my internship with the festival? :X The show took place at the Goodwill Anderson conference center in one of their renovated conference rooms. The guests in attendance were not your typical high brow socialites but more so ladies who lunch lol. I counted a whopping 500 seat capacity sold out show!

But I just adored seeing all the tweed-like Chanel suits and Kentucky Derby overdone hats. Needless to say I was swarming in a sea of pink! I also had the chance to work with local tastemaker, Mark Ballard, who writes in the lifestyle section of the Telegraph newspaper. He is a man in a class all his own and a riot! Artist, cook, presenter, writer, are just a few of his many talents! Mark hosted the mid-day event and was great at that, might I add.

Some other small town celebs who arrived were the Macon mayor and his wife and daughter, Carolyn Crayon, the founder of the Cherry Blossom Festival, news anchorman for 13WMAZ, the pink poodles, and Ms. Betty Ragland who is actually a UGA FACS alumn! GO DAWGS WHOOT!

Big thanks as always to media sponsors, key volunteers (who tied those darn backs of chairs 100 bows onto), Dillards, Chico’s, Belk, White House Black Market for their donation of clothes for the show and models!

Dynamic Dancer trio

Setting up the tables and chairs

Can you tell we like PINK? (and black).

Cherry blossoms quaintly and delicately placed in models hair.

Cherry queens and princesses for 2012

Model in Black House White Market clothes

Exclusive Emanuel designs from Paris

Ms. Betty Ragland with male escort to the stage

Pink lady in waiting

Man of the hour and emcee, Mark Ballard

Kat Von D Triple Threat Tattoo Liner Review

Contains 3 felt tip pen sizes

I know I’ve been MIA for the past month but I feel confident that the new theme design and colors I selected for my blog will give me the confidence to push out more styling tips, reviews, and videos for YOU! 🙂 Anyways..the review. This was my first purchase from the Kat Von D brand label and going in, I heard that Kat’s eyeshadows and lipsticks were trustworthy but heard nothing about her eyeliners. I figured that since she is a skilled and talented tattoo artist I should just bite the bullet and try them out at least! Sephora is the exclusive retailer for most of her products (I think?) and that is where I bought it, as part of my birthday present to myself! HAH

For the longest time I was looking for a good, thick, DEEP black eye liner that wouldn’t smudge or bleed. LONG LASTING is the most vital factor for me when I consider buying different eyeliners. I feel like Kat Von D is a good standard combination for those characteristics! The trio pack comes in 3 tip sizes ranging from thin, to medium, to extra thick. I don’t have a favorite because I alternate each day as to what mood I’m feeling! It’s cute because each size has different labels:

Saint: Achieve the thinnest line possible.
Sinner: Achieve the thickest line possible.
Poetica: Intricately molded chiseled tip like a fountain pen back in the old days!

This product has gotten a lot of flack for the unnecessary inclusion of the 3 sizes saying, they’re not all that different and one can just change the thickness with the flick of the wrist! Well, my friend, there is a difference! Why compromise the easiness of an eyeliner when you can have the convenience of all three at your fingertips! Besides for the price of one tattoo eyeliner why not just get 3-in-1?! Sephora lists it as $39 whereas just one for the same thing costs $18! That’s almost half. If you want to save money in the long run it’s a no-brainer!

I’m so happy because it’s lasted me two months and not an ounce has dried upon application. I think it’s part of Kat’s eyeliner formula that she prides her felt tips in being so long lasting for any eye shape. Make sure to store the pen caps downward and tightly in a neutral environment to get the most usage!

Work clothes every girl should own

This an extensive shopping list that I hope to fulfill throughout my professional work career.  Trying to step up my New York game and buy more black!! LOL  In order to be treated with respect you must dress the part!  As you know in the industry image is everything…

1. Black and brown flat, chic, day sandals

2. Neutral folio pad complete with the essentials (calculator, nice pen, business card compartment)

3. Rain gear!  You never know what the weather will be like but we can hope for the best and expect the worst.  Slim umbrella with leather bound handle and Hunter rainboots!

4. Mint green cashmere scarf<<my favorite color!

5. Cartier LOVE collection rose gold bracelet

6. Silver squared watch

7. Pearl studs or a single white pearl necklace

8. Burberry looking trench coat with black leather sleeves

9. Dark leather zippered wallet

10. Blackberry Bold 9900

11. Lanvin wedges

12. Classic work tote bag for easy, shoulder access

13. Black boyfriend blazer

14.Two tone colored flats

15. Light nude peeptoes

16. Stuart Weitzman patented round Platswoon pumps