The Shirtless Blazer

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Blazer | Targét

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 :]

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Try-Day!

 

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Dress | TjMaxx
Shoes | Target
Necklace | Somewhere in Ibiza

 

What’s up everyone —

Today, thanks to Dia&Co., I decided to step out of my boundaries and try an outfit that I normally wouldn’t wear (Hence, my title, Try-day). I, myself, am a girl with curves all over and have never felt comfortable in tight fitting bodycon dresses, so when I was invited to be apart of this project, I knew what look I wanted to pursue.

When I tried on this dress for the first time, I fell in love. I like the simplicity of it as well as the color. Especially the color. The fit wasn’t my favorite at first, however, after looking at myself in the mirror for a few moments, I realized that my curves aren’t going anywhere any time soon (especially with the way I love cookie dough ice cream) so I might as well embrace them. Plus, bodycon dresses are not going out of style anytime soon, if ever. Girls of all different shapes and sizes are wearing them nowadays with extraordinary confidence and it’s about time I hop on that bandwagon.

The necklace I paired with this bodycon dress was a souvenir I bought when I traveled abroad. My friends and I took a trip to Ibiza, Spain and on the last day, there was something equivalent to a flea market going on and I found this necklace at one of the booths. It was the only one they had so I’d like to think I’m the only person in the world with this necklace. A girl can dream right?

My shoes are a treasure I found at Target last summer. I ran in the store for one or two things and found myself stumbling upon the shoe department, which was obviously not on my list. There was one pair of these shoes left + they were my size + they were on sale. Boom. I had great karma that day.

I want to thank Dia&Co. again for inspiring me to step out of my fashion comfort zone. Check out their website and take their style quiz!

Now, I’m curious as to what styles my readers have tried. I want to hear about it!

 

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*Shout out to Mama Banks for allowing me to turn our living room into a makeshift photography studio since it’s snowing…again*

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*So it’s also about your angles and the camera. I learned that my angles looked better on a stool.*

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Brooklyn Smorgasburg

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So about a week ago (insert $hmoney dance), I went to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, which is a weekend food festival that has a sea of food vendors. I heard about it through my friend and fellow blogger Jelani‘s blog. I decided, being the “chef” that I am, this would be a fun event to go to. So, I dragged some fam along with me and we headed to the BK.

When I first got there, I thought it would be a little bit bigger than it was. The online photos made it seem MASSIVE, but in person, it was just big. Nonetheless, we took a full lap around first just so we could see all of our options. There was pretty much every type of food there that you could have asked for plus dessert! I instinctively my vision zoomed in on the fried chicken stand, but being in an environment like this called for going out of my comfort zone.

It was difficult making my decision on what I would try first, but in the end, I went with the pork and cabbage taco from Gao Taco. They paired the slow roasted pork belly with pickled cabbage and chipotle mayo. I took a bite…….it wasn’t my thing. I took another bite…….it was decent. I took a third bite……then gave it to my mom. We have different palettes. The taco wasn’t horrible but I am personally not a fan of how they kept the fat on the pork. I felt like that was all I tasted as I chewed.

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While my mom enjoyed the rest of my taco, I went on a mission to find something else. I was kind of discouraged that stepping out of my comfort zone didn’t end well. So, I went with what I knew. I found a stand that sold wings (one my favorite foods). I said to my self “Self, you are being mediocre trying foods you can get anywhere”. Little did I know how great and amazing those wings tasted! They were easily the best wings I ever had from a place called Dan and John’s Wings. They were simply…

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My last entreè I tried was not really planned. I knew I was still a little hungry but I didn’t know what for. My fam and I happen to be walking by a stand that was putting up signs saying “1/2 off all food”. That was a sign from God for only he knows how much ya girl loves a sale. I forget the name of the place but they sold Asian food. I asked for the shrimp not realizing it came with the lo mein. All in all, again it was fantastic. I ate the entire bowl, without being able to take a photo because it was that good.

Overall, Smorgasburg was a success I would say. If you plan on going, I would offer these tips:

1. Bring a decent amount of money and make sure it’s cash. When we walked in, there was a long line for the ATM machine and a good amount of the vendors don’t take cards.

2. Don’t count on all of the vendors that you see online to be there. It probably depends on the day you go honestly. Some vendors do both Saturday and Sunday while others only do one day. I went on a Sunday so there are some vendors I didn’t get to see because they only come on Saturdays.

3. Try new things. Although, I didn’t like Goa Taco, I would recommend it to someone else looking to try something out of the box. Plus, they had great customer service.

4. Bring fold out chairs or a blanket to sit on in the grass. My mom thought about this last minute and grabbed a blanket before we left the house. Most likely, it will be hard to find an empty table so people will sit in the grass or on the curb.

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Oh yeah…I also tried a coconut!

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We ended our day with a walk on The High Line.

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