Friday, September 8, 2017

All Black

Photo by Autumn S. Driskill
Photo by Autumn S. Driskill
Photo by Autumn S. Driskill

Hello! If there's one thing that I know about fashion, it would be that you really can't go wrong with an all-black outfit of the day. For this look, I kept that idea in mind and pulled out a couple of my favorite pieces of black clothing from my wardrobe. I started styling the look around this embroidered black top. I love its playful silhouette, polka dot mesh texture and pretty floral embroidery. I paired it with a little black circle skirt that mimicked its playful, breezy silhouette.

I added a punch of color to the look with a pair of burnt orange lace-up heels. Simple accessories contributed to the style of the look; I grabbed a chic pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses, black hoop earrings, a golden vintage watch and a green vintage clutch.

Photos by Autumn S. Driskill. You can browse more of her work on her Instagram here.

Black top: c/o MakeMeChic
Black circle skirt: H&M
Burnt orange lace-up heels: Nasty Gal via Ashby
Black hoop earrings: The Gem Co Shop via Easy
Tortoiseshell sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Watch: Vintage
Green clutch: Vintage

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Head to Toe Vintage

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! I recently thrifted this beautiful pink dress and couldn't be any happier about it. I think I'd even go so far as to say that it's my favorite item that I've thrifted all year. I spotted it a few weeks ago at a Goodwill here in Richmond and its pretty, light pink color initially drew me in. When I picked it up off the rack, its true vintage 1970s style and sheer pink sleeves also captured my attention. It's much harder to thrift authentic vintage from the 1970s and to find a dress from the 70s as beautiful as this one truly feels like striking gold. And for less than $10? I internally let out a huge "YAS" at the thrift shop. 

I played up its retro flair for this look by styling it in a head-to-toe vintage ensemble. A mod pair of orange creamsicle earrings, aviator glasses and an obnoxious pink velvet scrunchie all enhanced the vintage style of the dress. A pretty pink vintage purse and silly vintage heels pulled the look together. 

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or on her Instagram

Pink dress: Vintage
Orange earrings: Vintage via Anthill Antiques
Sparkly heels: Vintage
Pink sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Lipstick: ColourPop
Pink purse: Vintage
Pink scrunchie: Vintage via Echo Clubhouse

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Monday, September 4, 2017

It's a Jungle Out There

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! I recently spotted this LBD at a local RVA thrift shop and quickly fell in love with it. Let me just tell you, this little black dress is not your average little black dress. Its subtle zebra print design and obnoxious feather boa trim make it a little black dress unlike any other that I've ever owned. I'm a huge fan of feather boa trim so this dress felt like quite the thrift score.

For this look, I styled it with my latest Jeffrey Campbell purchase: these swoon-worthy burgundy platform boots. I've been practically wearing them on repeat since adding them to my wardrobe a few weeks ago. I mean c'mon though, could they be any more perfect? Their ridiculous five inch heel height, rich wine-color and luxe velvet texture defines them as the shoes of my dreams.

I kept accessories relatively minimal to let my dress and shoes take center stage. I slipped a faux fur leopard print scrunchie on my wrist, grabbed a trendy pair of pink shades and a silver bag and called it a look.

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram.

Black dress: Vintage
Silver purse: Ashby
Rings: Assorted
Leopard print scrunchie: Echo Club House via Etsy
Lip sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Pink sunglasses: Rumors
Hoop earrings: The Gem Co Shop via Etsy
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday Brunch Looks

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! My friend, Taisha, recently visited me in Richmond and of course, grabbing Sunday brunch together was a must while she was in town. We managed to squeeze in a shoot to capture our looks with my favorite photographer, Rachel Dwyer, before heading off to brunch.

I decided to play it a little risqué with my look and pulled out a vintage leopard print teddy to style my look around. I threw on a little black circle skirt over it and slipped into a pair of black booties to subtly tone down the sex appeal of the leopard print lingerie. 

I felt as though the look was missing something so I decided to add just a touch of color with a teal pair of pompom earrings and matching cat-eye shades. My rhinestone "SEXY" choker necklace gave the look the perfect hint of dramatic flair.

Taisha stuck to a similar color palette for her look, choosing to don a sheer black dress over a black bralette and denim mini. 

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or on her Instagram @rrrachel08

On me:
Black circle skirt: H&M
Leopard print bodysuit: Vintage
Black booties: Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters
Cat-eye sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Pompom earrings: The Gem Co Shop via Etsy
SEXY choker: Ashby
Golden watch: Vintage

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Seventies Street Style

Photo by Elissa Rumford
Photo by Elissa Rumford
Photo by Elissa Rumford

Hello! I'm forever inspired by the seventies when styling looks so it's no surprise that I was instantly drawn to this free-spirited dress when I spotted it on eShakti's website. Its colorful floral embroidery and breezy sleeves definitely mimic the fashions that reigned supreme almost fifty years ago. Its retro influence paired with its flattering silhouette and versatile navy blue color make it quite the beauty.

I played up the vintage flair of the dress for this look by styling it with a platform pair of denim heels, a pretty green vintage purse and seventies-esque shades. A cheery pair of yellow pompom earrings added a touch of fun to the look. 

Photos shot by Elissa Rumford. You can browse more of her work on her website HERE

Platform heels: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark
Green purse: Vintage
Blue dress: c/o eShakti
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Pompom earrings: The Gem Co Shop
Golden watch: Vintage

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Girl and Her Best Friend

Photo by Elissa Rumford
Photo by Elissa Rumford
Photo by Elissa Rumford

Hello! My best friend, Brittany, recently came to visit me in Richmond to celebrate my 22nd birthday. The weekend consisted of brunch, celebratory drinks and a ridiculous amount of thrift shopping. We also managed to squeeze in a quick photoshoot with my friend and local RVA photographer, Elissa Rumford. 

Both Brittany and I slipped into a couple of our thrift finds for the photoshoot. I scored this dreamy pink dress for less than $10 and can still hardly believe my luck. It's definitely more difficult to find vintage pieces from the seventies (my favorite decade, of course) so when I do, it always feels like a real treat. Brittany thrifted her cute mini skirt- how nineties chic!

Photos by Elissa Rumford. You can browse more of her work on her website HERE

On me:
Pink dress: Vintage
Earrings: Vintage via Anthill Antiques
Pink sunglasses: Rumors
Lace-up heels: Nasty Gal via Ashby

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Nineties Queen

Photo by Sandy Swagger Jones
Photo by Sandy Swagger Jones

Hello! When local Richmond photographer Sandy Swagger Jones reached out to me regarding a collaboration, I immediately hopped on board. Working with fellow RVA creatives reigns supreme as one of my favorite things to do in my free time; there's truly nothing better than surrounding yourself with creative, passionate people that inspire you to be your best. I also enjoy combining my take on fashion with the inspiration and ideas of others to create something truly unique. Sandy suggested taking style cues from the nineties for this shoot and I happily agreed.

For this nineties-inspired look, I pulled a sexy little black dress out of my wardrobe. I love it's flattering, curve-hugging silhouette and edgy appeal. And I mean c'mon, what better way to do the nineties than with an edgy little black dress? I styled a black lace bralette under the dress for an added hint of feminine charm. I played up the nineties flair of the look with a golden pair of platform boots and my rhinestone "SEXY" choker. A silver statement purse and classic aviator glasses pulled the look together.

Photos by Sandy Swagger Jones. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram @sandyswaggerjones.

Black dress: Ashby
Black lace bralette: Ashby
Golden boots: Jeffrey Campbell
SEXY choker: Ashby
Silver purse: Ashby
Aviator glasses: c/o Giant Vintage

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Tinnivi Jewelry: 5 of the Most Gorgeous Rings

Tinnivi Jewelry
Tinnivi Jewelry

Hello! Today I want to introduce you all to Tinnivi, an online ring retailer. Tinnivi specializes in affordable yet beautiful rings. Whether you're looking for a wedding ring, engagement ring, promise ring or other cocktail ring, Tinnivi has it. They have a gorgeous selection of sparkling jewels that will leave you in awe. I've rounded up five of my favorite rings that Tinnivi carries, keep reading to check them out:

1. Round Cut Gemstone 925 Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring, $60.95. There's no denying the stunning beauty of this silver cocktail ring.

2. Women's Round Cut White Sapphire Sterling Silver Wedding Bands, $105.95. The simple design of this ring is absolutely gorgeous.

3. Round Cut Gemstone Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring, $121.95. The unique style of this sparkling beauty keeps it feeling chic. You could easily wear it by itself or style it with a couple of other rings to make a glitzy fashion statement.

4. Eiffel Tower Round Cut White Sapphire 925 Sterling Silver Women's Ring, $96.95. Incorporate the rose gold trend into your wardrobe with this eye-catching ring.

5. Round Cut White Sapphire 925 Sterling Silver Women's Ring, $120.95. Talk about gorgeous! Add major bling to any look with this statement ring.

Do you have a favorite ring featured above? Let me know in the comments below! I've featured five of my favorite rings that Tinnivi Jewelry sells above but they offer countless other beautiful rings; you can check them out here.

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***Disclaimer: Tinnivi Jewelry provided monetary compensation for this post but I wrote the actual post and all opinions written in this post are mine.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Don't Call Me Baby

Photo by Cara O'Neal

Hello! I've been wearing this rhinestone "SEXY" choker on repeat recently. What can I say? I guess I just love its over-the-top, dramatic appeal. And it's suiting for a Leo, right? For this look, I styled it with a little mustard yellow dress. I wanted to play up the yellow color aesthetic of the look and paired yellow aviator shades and statement yellow pompom earrings with the dress. Simple golden accessories pulled the look together. I swiped on a hint of peachy pink lipstick and called it a look.

Photo by Cara O'Neal. You can browse more of her work on her Instagram @caraoneal. 

Yellow pompom earrings: The Gem Co Shop
Mustard yellow dress: Forever 21 via Ashby
Platform heels: Nasty Gal via Poshmark
"SEXY" rhinestone choker: Ashby

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pink on Pink on Pink

Photo by Cara O'Neal
Photo by Cara O'Neal

Hello! Will my fascination with the color pink ever end? The trendy shade has stuck around much longer than I initially predicted that it would but hey, I'm not complaining. I'm just trying to enjoy it while I can! For this look, I played around with various shades of pink in a whimsical monochromatic fashion. I styled the look around this little pink vintage dress; I can't get enough of its mod silhouette and retro, feminine style.

I slipped on a trendy pair of pink pompom earrings and bold pink shades with the look. I layered on even more pink with a vintage pink purse and a pair of pastel pink heels. A swipe of peachy pink lipstick, my rhinestone SEXY choker and vintage golden watch perfected the look.

Photos shot by Cara O'Neal. You can browse more of her work on her Instagram @caraoneal.

Pink dress: Vintage
Pink purse: Vintage
Pink sunglasses: Rumors
Pink pom pom earrings: The Gem Co Shop
Pink platform heels: Jeffrey Campbell

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Taisha & I

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! One of my best friends, Taisha Stewart, recently ventured down to visit me in Richmond. We initially met while I was in school at Philadelphia University as we lived together freshman year. She and I quickly bonded over our strong interest in fashion and majors in fashion merchandising and I'm lucky to still call her one of my good friends today.

I'm often inspired by Taisha's unique sense of urban chic street style so I knew that I wanted to shoot together when she came down to visit me. We teamed up with local Richmond photographer, Rachel Dwyer, to capture how our styles may be entirely different but still complement each other's well.

I pulled out one of my favorite dresses for my look: this dramatic little black dress. I love its over-the-top sleeves and flattering silhouette. I styled it with a vintage pair of mod boots and coordinating pink accessories. Taisha also broke out a little black dress but one with a different trendy silhouette and gorgeous floral detailing. She styled it with a pair of white mod booties to coordinate with mine as well as with a men's denim jacket and simple jewelry.

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or her Instagram @rrrachel08.

On me:
Little black dress: c/o MakeMeChic
Pink sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Pink purse: Vintage
Heeled boots: Vintage
Pink pompom earrings: The Gem Co Shop via Etsy

On Taisha:
Dress: Forever 21
Jacket: Forever 21
Shoes: Marshall's

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Monochromatic Vision in Teal

Photo by Cara O'Neal

Hello! There's something so refreshing about monochromatic summer looks that I absolutely love. Bold color aesthetics and retro styles influenced the styling behind this monochromatic outfit. I styled the look around one of my favorite vintage dresses in my wardrobe: this teal and white checked vintage beauty. This dress isn't only beautiful but also full of character. I posted about its character earlier on my blog here if you're interested in checking it out.

I accentuated the teal color of the dress with a coordinating pair of pompom earrings and cool cat-eye shades. I love how the retro style and cool blue-green color of the sunglasses reflect and enhance both the retro flair as well as the color of the dress. A bold rhinestone choker necklace, a swipe of peachy pink lipstick and floral mules perfected the look.

Photo by Cara O'Neal. You can browse more of her work on her Instagram @caraoneal. 

Checked dress: Vintage
Pompom earrings: The Gem Co Shop
Cat-eye sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
"SEXY" rhinestone choker: Ashby

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thrift Queen

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! I recently went thrifting for the first time in a while and felt like I struck gold with my purchases. I discovered both this chic floral jumpsuit and these elegant nude heels at Diversity Thrift, a local Richmond thrift store. When I spotted this floral jumpsuit, I didn't see a size tag on it but instantly fell in love with it so I knew I had to try it on. To my delight, it fit perfectly. Its flattering silhouette and chic sophistication immediately prompted me to purchase it. And even better yet, I scored it for just $5. These nude heels caught my eyes shortly after I discovered the jumpsuit. I'm usually more drawn to chunky heels but something about the refined elegance of these heels just feels so right for me right now. I slipped them on and knew that I'd be purchasing them as well. You can't beat a pair of Ralph Lauren heels for just $4!

I eagerly wanted to wear both the jumpsuit and the heels after purchasing them so I styled them for a shoot with local Richmond photographer, Rachel Dwyer, the very next day. I styled a look with the pieces that was more refined than most of my looks, more grown-up in a way I suppose. And very appropriate for a day in the office. I played up the sophisticated appeal of the look with simple golden accessories, a vintage Etienne Aigner clutch and a swipe of red lipstick.

Have you all had any good thrift finds recently?

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. Browse more of her work on her website here or on her Instagram @rrrachel08.

Floral jumpsuit: Thrifted
Pointy heels: Thrifted Ralph Lauren
Red lip sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Aviator glasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Brown sunglasses: Givenchy c/o Smart Buy Glasses
Gray clutch: Vintage Etienne Aigner
Red lipstick: Wet 'N Wild
Golden watch: Vintage
Golden kitty cat earrings: Vintage 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wet Hot American Summer

Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography
Photo by Rachel Dwyer Photography

Hello! I decided to take a bold style risk with this look by incorporating a piece of vintage lingerie into my styling. I thrifted this vintage bodysuit a few months ago and instantly fell in love with its vibrant red color and feminine lace details. I took fashion cues from Wet Hot American Summer and the seventies in styling the bodysuit.

I wanted to focus on creating a look revolving around patriotic color, subtle sex appeal and classic seventies nostalgia. And pulling out my only pair of denim in my wardrobe to style with the bodysuit was definitely the way to do just that. I purchased this classic pair of high-rise denim a while ago at Ashby and recently updated them with a lil fringe DIY. I love how the DIY instantly refreshed their style and I can't wait to start wearing them more again.

I accentuated my frayed denim with a statement pair of denim platform heels. Their denim texture, wooden platform and chunky silhouette practically scream "seventies" and earn them a special place in my wardrobe as well as my heart. I played up the vibrant red color of the bodysuit with a swipe of red hot lipstick and a vintage red Budweiser bandana worn as a necktie. Mod white sunglasses and a vintage golden watch perfected the Wet Hot American Summer vibes.

Photos by Rachel Dwyer Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website here or on her Instagram @rrrachel08

Red lace top: Vintage lingerie
Fringed denim: Ashby
Platform hees: Jeffrey Campbell via Poshmark
Red lipstick: Wet 'N Wild
Bandana: Vintage Budweiser
White sunglasses: Nasty Gal

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