A week ago I turned 24 years old. Yes, on November 24th, 1993, a legend was born.
I didn’t plan to do too much this year and wanted to play it low key. The most important thing that I wanted to happen was a photo shoot to celebrate myself. This is my last year being in my early 20’s and I’ve done a lot of reminiscing about how my 20’s have been thus far. These years can be labeled as just trying to figure out life or trying to “adult”. There have been plenty of ups and downs Honestly, most of the time it feels like downs, but I think other people my age can relate to that. Luckily, they say things get better as time goes on (so they say).
Now there is a small group of people in their early 20’s who, by some miracle, seem to have everything together and are living their best lives . They have great jobs in great cities, live on their own, and are in solid relationships. Meanwhile, the rest of us are running and bumping into walls while trying to figure out the correct way to “adult”. And that’s okay too because that’s the majority of us.
These are the top 4 things I’ve come to realize in my early 20’s:
Early 20’s is all about finding your first real job, which seems nearly impossible even if you have a degree. The frustration of knowing you spent thousands of dollars on a piece of paper that still hasn’t gotten you a job is so relatable. You never have enough experience and no one wants to give you an opportunity to gain experience. It’s a never ending cycle that is hard to break. Or maybe you found a job but it has nothing to do with your major and you hate it. Either way, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if the tunnel is super long and dark and you still can’t see the light even after you put on your glasses, just believe it’s there.
Exercise is key. You don’t have to be a gym fiend or try to be “swole” but taking care of ourself in our youth is important. We are in our prime! Our metabolisms working at their best right now and we should take advantage of it. This will also make it much easier on our bodies as we age. The other day I was dancing in the mirror as I usually do when I try on an outfit. I dropped it down low and my right knee told me it was a mistake. I hadn’t been to the gym in almost two weeks and that was all the motivation I needed to get back to it. I promised myself that at 50 years old, I want to be able to drop it low and bring it back up with no problem.
You have some friends that might be in very solid and happy relationships while the only emotional connection you have is with the characters from your favorite Netflix show. And I support that. Most guys act the same around this age anyway so there is a good chance that future Bae is still out there playing the field right now. Don’t rush him. He’ll come when he’s ready. Just do you and have fun.
Back to fashion…
Below are some pictures from my birthday shoot and I’m really happy with how they turned out.
I wore a long oversized jean jacket with a belt around the waist in order to give it some shape and paired it with black stockings, ankle boots, and red lipstick. My second outfit was a simple black bodycon dress with stockings, my favorite fur vest, and slip-on sneakers. Choosing to rock stockings for both of these outfits was an idea that I felt gave my outfits a more fall-ish look. I do not wear stockings often, if at all. It’s a style I don’t incorporate into my wardrobe enough.
My latest photo shoot that I finished has been my most successful so far (in my and my photographer’s opinion). The location, lighting, outfit, and positive energy came together to manifest something great.
I was able to shoot two outfits that day, however, I’m only going to speak on one of them for now. The shirt I wore received a lot of compliments and questions about where I got it. Yes, it was yet another TJMaxx find! Just call me a Maxxinista!
I saw this shirt and was slightly hesitant due to how transparent the material was. On the other hand, I knew I didn’t own a shirt like it and I’m grown soooooo….
I paired this top with my strapless bra to cover my goodies and high waisted denim shorts. I found these denim shorts at a PA thrift store a couple of years ago but they were a few sizes too small. Determined, I bought them anyway and motivated myself to get into them and eventually I did so kudos to me.
The boots were a nice fall touch. I can’t tell you I got them for a super cheap price because they weren’t cheap. We’ll just leave it at that.
Back to this shirt though because it was definitely the highlight of the photos. I absolutely adore the detailing and embroidery in it and I can see myself wearing it out and about. Next time, I think I’m going to try a bold lip color with it, like a classic red.
Yeah my title this time around is a little corny but bear with me.
Sometimes as I am planning my next photo shoot, I look in my closet and can’t find anything to wear. Well, I had one of those moments this week and decided to D.I.Y a piece of clothing that I’ve been seeing on Instagram and it turned into a whole outfit.
I’m not sure what the name of this look is because it’s not exactly a full sweatshirt, however, it’s made from sweatshirt material. Kylie Jenner was seen wearing one a while ago and I’m digging the look.
So I made a trip to the thrift store and found a simple grey men’s sweatshirt and got creative. I watched a couple tutorials and then tried it on my own. Now, I did not take pictures of the process, but I have a little diagram below of what I did.
Step 1 (Purple) : I cut across the sweatshirt where the purple line is to get rid of the major excess of the shirt.
Step 2 (Orange) : Then I cut along the orange line so I could get more of the look I was trying to achieve.
*This is not an actual photo of the sweatshirt I used. If you are using a sweatshirt that has a logo. brand, etc., you should make the adjustments to your cutting pattern that allow people to still see the logo. Like in the photo of Kylie, the logo is still seen but it has more of a rugged cut.
Step 3 (Purple) : So after I was finished cutting up the sweatshirt, I went back to the first part that I cut off, which was the purple line. I flipped it upside down, and it became a skirt. I’m brilliant.
Now it looks like I have a matching outfit. Check out the photos below!
Hey all you people. Hey all you people won’t you listen to meeeeeeee (If you can name where this is from, you get bonus points)
Today I want to do a little something for my subscribers who are in Europe, specifically London. Almost three years ago I travelled to London for my study abroad program and spent a semester at Regent’s University. Obviously, I went shopping during my four months there and there were a couple of stores I found myself coming back to. Those were Primark and New Look. Primark, in my opinion, is one of the best things to ever happen to me. First of all, the store is huge! Like Macy’s Herald Square huge and it’s always busy. Plus, they always have a great variety of clothing styles, keep up to date with trends, and everything is cheap. Now, while everything is cheap, you also get the quality you pay for. As in, don’t expect it to last forever.
New Look was probably my favorite.
I loved all of the clothes I found there and it was affordable. Not Primark affordable, but still great prices. New Look is also where I found these two rompers that I brought home with me from London. The first one is a loose long sleeve romper with a flowery pattern. I like this one for nights out or special occasions. It’s super comfy, but I tend to get warm really fast when wearing it so I like to carry this romper into the fall. It could be because the material is polyester.
The second romper I bought was a bright pink with scalloped bottoms. It is also a very comfortable romper that has a v-neck back and is tailored to be fitted in the waist. I love it because it can be dressed down or dressed up and the color is the only one of it’s kind in my closet. I wear it to little outings here and there ( I think it’s a little too “youthful” to wear to the club”).
So to my international subscribers, I love Primark and New Look! To my fellow American followers, if you ever happen to be in London, check out these stores. Now, I know there is a Primark in Staten Island and Boston but I’ve never been to either of them so I can’t vouch for them. I would assume it’s the same idea though. And to my knowledge, New Look isn’t in the US anywhere. But that’s what online shopping is for!
Here are some more pics from the rest of the shoot:
Today, I am going to talk about one of my latest favorite pieces for the summer time: bralettes. Bralettes are far from new and have entered the fashion world years ago. It’s just new to my closet. I had always been weary about purchasing one because typically I notice the models wearing them in the magazines and commercials are really thin, have a flat chest and dance around in their underwear and bralettes so carefree as if the struggle is not real.
However, one day, I was at Victoria’s Secret and there was a sale going on (ya girl can’t resist a sale) and so I went inside to see what they had. I noticed a box of bralettes were on sale and since the price was right, I bought one. If push came to shove, I could always wear it around the house or give it away.
So I tried on my new bralette with some things I had in my closet. I also turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration too. Typically people wear them with open back or see-through shirts and dresses, however, I found these wide leg pants that still had the tag on them in the back of my closet. So I threw them on with the bralette and I was feeling it. Where am I wearing this outfit? No clue, but, Issa look! So that’s what I went for; a bralette and loose wide leg pants. I found another pair of pants that I rarely wear in my closet and put it with a second bralette that I bought and it was still a look!
So bralettes are definitely going to be my thing this summer with wide leg pants, backless and low cut shirts,etc. They are so easy to throw on and are comfortable while also being cute. However, I do recognize the issue that could arise for some girls. That being having a larger chest. Bralettes have no support, no padding, no nothing. It’s essentially just the lace material covering your boobs and that is difficult for women who are well endowed. So to combat that, I’ve recently seen the bustier bralette,
which has cups and offers a little more support.
All in all, bralettes are great and there are options for everyone! You can find them anywhere pretty much. As you read, I got my first one from Victoria’s Secret and my second one I bought at Target. They are something great to try this summer especially if you are into low cut, open back, see through shirts and dresses.
Side note: The silver line going down my chest is a metallic tattoo. They became really popular about two summers ago. I love these things and think they look awesome especially on a sunny day because they will shine super bright.
So there is a social media trend that has come across my newsfeed a lot in the past week regarding men’s fashion. It’s called the Romphim, which is the male version of a romper. The positive and negative feedback about the new fashion statement has been torn down the middle. Both males and females have had their fair share of opinions. Now here is mine:
First, let’s talk pronunciation. Since the information I am seeing is what I am reading via social media articles and memes, I haven’t really heard the pronunciation that people are using for this new trend. Now, according to grammar rules, when there is a “ph” one should pronounce it like an “F” sound. So technically, it should sound like romfim. However, since this is the male version of a romper, they are taking the word as if it was romp-her and pronouncing it like romp-him. Either way you pronounce it, we know what you’re talking about.
Some men are feeling it heavily like Cam Newton, who I have pictured. Other men are not able to separate it from being a girl thing and are saying that it is feminine look. I personally know that the look is dope. If any man looked half as good as Cam Newton does in a romper, then I’m here for it. It’s not as if the romphim has to be tight and short like some rompers are. They can be masculine, not go above the knee and still have a great print or be made from a nice material. It’s fashionable and if I saw a guy wearing one, I’d think he definitely isn’t basic.
The memes. The memes. The memes. The internet is too much for me sometimes. People think of everything! Here are a few: So guys, don’t be afraid to at least try out a romper this summer. You NEVER know what you might like.
So I did a photo shoot a little while ago and had a hard time trying to figure out what kind of look I was going for. I never figured it out, however, the highlight of that outfit was definitely that bomber jacket.
This is a men’s bomber jacket by Diesel and it was super warm. This is why I stick by the idea of women shopping in the men’s section. The jacket was heavy and could withstand a very chilly day with style. Sometimes when I shop in the women’s section for bomber jackets, they tend to be thin. Really cute, but still thin. Men’s items sometimes are more durable than women’s. Most of us women tend to think cute over quality anyway. And there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve all been guilty of wearing something a little skimpy because we were trying to look cute and do it for the gram. Am I wrong?.
So if you haven’t already, take a stroll over to the men’s section of the store. You never know what you might find.
I am writing a post about a jumpsuit I bought a few months ago and haven’t had a chance to wear yet. This time around, I had a new photographer and shot at a different location. As I am editing the photos, I’m happily surprised with how they came out. I am slaying at all angles! YASSS! Shoutout to America’s Next Top Model for showing me how to smize, booty tooch, and model H2T (you will not get these references unless you watch ANTM religiously like I do).
Jumpsuit: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Madden Girl
Let me start with the fact that God is good and capable of amazing things. I walk into my local Charlotte Russe with the intention of returning some things I bought online. I decide to browse the store because you never know what you might find. I run into this jumpsuit and think ‘Okay I really want another jumpsuit. Let me try this on.’ I try it on and fall in love with how comfy it is and how it fits. I say to myself ‘Self, you need this so just get it no matter how much it is. You know you’ll wear it.’ I proceed to check out and the cashier tells me that the jumpsuit is a clearance item and costs $7.
Thank. You. God.
Walked out of there with a whole outfit and had plenty to spend on some Chipotle afterwards.
I love one piece outfits like jumpsuits and rompers. They are so simple, require little effort, and still allow you to look bomb. They are really the greatest thing since sliced bread.
This jacket that I photographed with is vintage. By vintage, I mean I got it out of my mom’s closet and she’s had it for years. I love a black and white color scheme so for me it completed the look. Plus, everything comes back in style. Okay, maybe not everything, but most things.
Sunglasses are courtesy of my photographer
Yes this is new hair courtesy of Ali Moda. It’s a full lace frontal wig I constructed myself ;]
Lately we’ve been experiencing warmer and sunnier days, which means we will be able to break out our shorts, dresses, and my favorite…sunglasses!
Sunglasses are an obvious summertime essential and now is the time when you should start scouting out the frames you plan on rocking this summer. My friends over at Warby Parker just launched their Spring 2017 collection of sunglasses that feature new silhouettes and acetates for the season! I’m telling you, these glasses are on a whole new level of diva. Plus, these glasses won’t leave your bank account empty. If you’re like me and like to ball on a budget then this is perfect.
I’m thinking add a flower crown (or the snapchat filter) and I’m ready for Coachella 2017
How about an all white jumpsuit, nude clutch, and these bad boys right here
So, say you like a pair but, like me, you like to try them before you buy them. Well, Warby Parker offers the option of being able to try on sunglasses in your own home with the Home Try-On. You can select the frames that stand out to you or take the quiz and they can give you suggestions based on your results.
Warby Parker is also great because they partner with non-profit organizations like VisionSpring to make sure that when you buy a pair of glasses, a pair is also given to someone who is in need.
Pants | Targ….wait, this whole look is Targét, except the shoes
Shoes | Shoedazzle
Hey, what’s up, hello
I literally put this look together last minute. I was out and about all day and there was still a couple hours of sunlight left so I challenged myself to put together a look to post.
Now, I’ve ALWAYS been a fan of a great blazer. That’s just something every working woman should have, especially in black. A black blazer is equivalent to a pair of jeans. You just need one. However, the look that spices things up a little is when women, influencers, and celebs wear just the blazer…no shirt. It’s so fab, fierce, and effortless.
So tried it out myself. It was a difficult look to shoot, especially with the breeze that was going on outside (I guess that’s why they make double-sided tape). I also did the look with a bandeau underneath for a more reserved, but still fierce look.
At the end of the day I think I’ll stick to the shirtless blazer look when taking photos and throw on a bandeau when I go out to have a good time. No nip slips over here! But, shoutout to me for trying something out of my comfort zone :]