Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Trend: Bell Cuff Tops

This past weekend I was in Daytona Beach with my family. Everything around the town was pretty quiet because of the hurricane. But, my mom, sister and I made some time to go check out some stores that were open. We ended up at Marshall's and I was in my happy place! I found a couple cute tops and a new denim jacket.

One of the tops I got was this stripe bell cuff. I can't even begin to tell you how obsessed I am with it! It is this super soft knit material, that just feel so amazing on.

I am starting to see this trend everywhere. There are many options out there. You can find one like mine with long sleeves or you can find one with 3/4 sleeves or short sleeves with the bell flare. I was even at work today and one of my co-workers (also a dedicated Stylist Portfolio follower) had on a shorter flare sleeve top. It was so cute!

Check out some of the adorable and affordable styles below!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Heading Back to School

I wasn't sure what to title this post, but since Hurricane Irma came through and all the locals schools and colleges were closed last week, I thought this would be a cute outfit to head back to school in. It's comfortable and trendy. What more could you possibly want? I absolutely love this shirt from Cable & Gauge. The material is so soft and the washed out olive color is perfect for either Summer or you can wear in Fall too. 

T-Shirt: Cable & Gauge c/o TJ Maxx
Shorts: Gap
Sandals: Target
Backpack: Forever 21
Necklace: Target
Bracelet: Charolette Russe
Sunglasses: Lauren Conrad c/o Kohls

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Cold Shoulder Dress

About a year ago I was attending my aunt's wedding. I was struggling to try to find a dress that I liked  and what also fit. Plus the wedding was in upstate New York, so it was going to be kinda chilly. I had seen this dress in Target while I was looking for an outfit. I decided not to try it on and walked away from it. But I had one of those moments where I couldn't stop thinking about the dress. So I went back to Target, and of course my size was already gone! So I did the next best thing and ordered it online, especially since I got a discount if I ordered $40+. So I got this print and another print. 

When it finally got delivered it was a little big but it worked. It has now become one of my favorite dresses. It's super comfortable and a great dress that worked perfectly for the wedding!

Dress: Target
Heels: Target
Clutch: Gap
Rings: Old Navy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The "Where To Everything" Lace Dress

Here goes another clearance find! I got this dress at target for about $9, when they were having the extra 20% clearance a few weeks ago. I love the off white color because you can wear this dress just about anywhere. Here I paired it with a dark denim jacket, but you could add a colorful cardigan, a black leather Moto jacket or just wear it without anything. 

Buying a simple dress like this one, gives you so many options to to style and make your own. I love pairing it with the dark jacket and adding the brown tone accessories to keep with the neutral color of the dress. 

Dress: Target
Jacket: Gap
Heels: Target
Necklace: Target
Bracelet: Forever 21
Rings: Old Navy

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

One Shoulder Floral Top

I finally have cable and internet bar up again after hurricane Irma. I was lucky enough to not lose power. So this post is coming a little late.

I found this top at TJ Maxx. I was there shopping with my friend a couple of weeks ago. I had tried this top on before that trip, and had really liked it. I just decided on that trip to buy other items and skip this one. Hindsight, I am glad I did. TJ Maxx had a huge clearance area, marking down all the summer styles to make room for sweaters and long sleeves. I am a avid clearance shopper. I usually hit those racks before I glance around the regular price merchandise. While searching through the racks I found this top I had tried on before, and the best part it was on clearance for $4! I quickly snagged it up and made my friend try on one too in her size. And I love the trim! 

Even though this top is quite summery I couldn't pass up a great deal like that. I love to score some great summer tops while stores are transitioning to fall merchandise. Even though you may need to wait a while to wear them, you are ahead of the game for next Spring and Summer!

Top: TJ Maxx
Jeans: Old Navy
Heels: High Heel Power
Clutch: Gap
Earrings/Bracelet: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson c/o TJ Maxx
Rings: Old Navy

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wedding Rehearsal Dress

Tonight is my best friend's wedding rehearsal dinner. I am so excited to be able to stand at the alter with her and future husband. I had gone out last weekend with one of my friends to get our nails done and look for a dress for the rehearsal dinner. I had no luck. Everything that we had seen was very "prom" like or too summery. I am such a seasonal person. It would be hard for me to wear pink florals right now. So I went home without a dress. 

The next day my mom, sister and I were going to the Tampa outlets. I usually always find something there but its mostly t-shirts or purses. While I was waiting for my mom I popped into the Express outlet. They were having 50% off the entire store, even clearance. I had never bought a dress from them, for the main reason that they are pretty body con and I like to have a little bit of room in my dresses just to feel comfortable. So I glanced through the sale rack and found this teal strapless dress. It was on sale for $20, plus 50% off. I had to try it on, plus a few other items. It was a little bit big (I have lost some weight and kinda in between sizes right now). But I knew I could make it work, especially for $10! So I just pinned up the sides, add a neutral heel, grabbed my accessories and outfit complete. 

Moral of the story is I just thought that I was going to have to re-wear a dress I already owned. But just by chance I popped into Express to see what they have. And it worked out for me. Also a big tip is that if you ever find a good deal like the dress above, just buy it. It's an investment and you won't be scrambling to find something when you have a special occasion come up. Cause don't we all prefer to wear something new for a special night? The answer is: OF COURSE!

Dress: Express Outlet-$10
Heels: Palyless Shoe Source-$20
Clutch: Gap-$10
Necklace: Forever 21-$5
Bracelet-Forever 21-$7
Earrings-Charolette Russe-$4
Rings-Old Navy-$3

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Olive Cross Over Top

One of my favorite colors is olive green. It usually tends to lean a little more on the side for Fall, but I even love it in spring and summer. This top I got at Bealls a few years back. It was on clearance for $10. I loved the shoulder details and the drape cross over front. I think these tops are great for either wearing to work or for a party. Plus it is elastic on the back hem and makes it so comfortable. This top is great for any body shape, plus the draping in the front helps to hide the mid section.

Top: AGB c/o Bealls
Tank: JC Penneys
Pants: Bisou Bisou c/o JC Penneys
Heels: Express
Necklace: Express
Purse: Gap
Bracelet/Earrings: Forever 21
Rings: Old Navy

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray

I have read my postings, reviews and blogs about this facial spray. I was intrigued by the the hydrating feature. I bought a small tester in Ulta for $5. I figured I would at least try it out since it was inexpensive. While I was carrying around the bottle in the store one of the make-up artists stopped me and told me how much she loved the rosewater formula. She preferred it over the cucumber one. 

My face is usually gets pretty oily during the day and after I was off my make-up and cleanse my face it gets really dry. So I was looking for something that would help to hydrate after I tone. I have been using this every night for 2 weeks now and I can confidently say that this will always be in my make-up bag. I use it before I go to bed and I wake up and my face does feel so much more hydrated. And it is so refreshing when your spritz it on. Plus I love anything that is rose scented. 

I want to try the cucumber one as well too, which helps to revive dull and tired skin. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Beaded Choker Top

When I was a kid I didn't like anything around my neck. I never wore turtle necks, chokers...nothing. I have come a long ways since those days. My fashion journey is a continuous one. My style is always evolving, like it should be. I found this top on the clearance rack at Marshalls for $10. It has become one of my favorite tops to wear to work. It easily dresses up your look with the beaded neckline, no necklace needed. 

Top: Marshalls
Pants: TJ Maxx
Heels: Giani Bini
Purse: Michael Kors
Rings: Old Navy
Bracelet: Charolette Russe
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson c/o TJ Maxx

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Lightweight Cardigan

I am so excited for Fall to start, pumpkins, bonfires, cooler nights. I love it all. Unfortunately, living in Florida means we have such a short window for cooler weather. I want to start to dress like it's cool outside but also don't want to suffer from a heat stroke. That's where this cute lightweight sweater comes in. I love the colors in it. The mixture of pink, cream and peach also makes it a great transition sweater for fall. 

Sweater: Old Navy
Tank: JC Penneys
Jeans: Old Navy
Heels: Gianni Bini c/o Dillards
Necklace: Bealls Florida
Earrings: Express
Bracelet: gift
Rings: Old Navy
Purse: Michael Kors

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fall Trend: Embroidered Jeans

Embroidered jeans is probably my favorite trend right now. They are the new knee rips. OK, well, maybe not completely replacing them. I still love my destructed denim. You can wear this look in long denim, shorts, or even a jacket, so many options. You can even find your own patches and sew or iron them on. For this outfit I mixed a striped button down with a neutral heel. I love pairing the floral and the stripe together, it's a fresh combo. Let me see your favorite embroidered jean look!

Top: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Heels: Payless Shoe Source
Clutch: Gap
Earrings: Express
Bracelets: Burbon & Boweties, Alex & Ani
Sunglasses: Lauren Conrad c/o Kohls

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6 Ways to Use Clear Mascara

Recently there has been a lot of articles I have read that discuss the uses for clear mascara. I was surprised to see all the uses for such a simple product. There are also many brands that make a clear mascara, I chose to try the Maybelline. Plus isn't their "Great Lash" one of the tried and true products out there on the market? Answer is YES! Check out some of the main tips below.

1. Brow Gel: After you put on your brow pencil or brow powder this is a quick set fix. Remember to         comb up through your brows. 

2. Make Your Own Color: this choice maybe isn't for everyone, but you could create your own color. By adding loose pigment you can create your own custom color mascara. 

3. Hair Gel: Got a couple of flyways? Swipe a little of this through your tresses for a little extra hold. 

4. Definition: Swiping a little of this clear miracle concoction will also help to curl and define your lashes. Which will give you more a natural look. 

5. Primer: Adding this to your lashes before you put on your regular mascara will help to set the mascara and create bigger, bolder, separated lashes. Now who doesn't want that?

6. False Lash Setting: comb this through your natural lashes and your falsies to blend them together. Sometimes when you use regular black or brown mascara it can make them look clumpy. 

*All opinions are solely my own. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fall Trend: Tie Neck Blouse

While I was reading some articles about Fall trends I was excited to see that tie neck blouses are going to be trending. I thought back to the all the tops I own, and I was happy to remember this blouse I had bought several years ago in JC Penney's. It was on clearance, but I can't remember how much I paid. I used to wear this top all the time when I worked at a high end consignment store. It as a cute ruffle tired back and the the burgundy color is perfect for fall. This is also a great out to wear to work. Also try this trend in a sleeveless silhouette.

Top: Bisou Bisou c/o JC Penneys
Cami: Old Navy
Pants: Target
Heels: Vince Camuto
Clutch: Gap
Earrings: Forever 21

Monday, August 28, 2017

Birchbox: August Box Review

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray: I have tried the dry shampoo from this brand and really liked it. I have no volume to my hair, nor does it stay volumized throughout the day with the humidity that I live in. It seemed to give my hair a boost, but I would prefer a little hair spray over the texturizing spray.

Ursa Major Face Wipes: These were great, my face felt really clean afterwards. I usually tone after removing my make up and there was very little "make up residue" left on the cotton ball.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: Stila is one of my favorite brands. I love their "Stay All Day" liquid liner. It literally stays all day. I love this shade "Perla". It's a great everyday color. I will definitely be purchasing this lipstick again. Oh, and it smells like cake. They have a ton of colors on their website, so you will definitely find the perfect shade for you.

N. 4 Lumiere d'hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect: Last month I received another de-tangle and protect spray. This one is more of a leave-in conditioner you comb through your hair after you shampoo it. It did make my hair feel soft and I was easily able to comb through my tresses. I don't know if I would purchase this. I feel like it isn't something that is necessary for my hair.

Marcelle City Tinted Cream: This cream is best used for when you are going to be out in the sun. As I get older it is more important to keep sun protection in mind. This cream has SPF 25 and will need to be reapplied every 2 hours during sun exposure. I used it will I was laying out by the pool and it did make me feel protected from the sun.