Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Basics

| Blazer - F21 | Dress - HM (similar) | Purse - Target (similar) | Belt - Loft | 
| Pumps - BCBG  | Bracelets - HM (similar) |

Wearing a basic blazer and dress to work isn’t always so bad.  I honestly get tired of trying to reinvent my clothes on a daily basis.  I have created (in my mind) this exceptional standard when it comes to my appearance and sometimes I’m not here for it.  This outfit is something I pulled out my closet right before work and I think it came together nicely.

Of course adding little details to an outfit is what keeps basic from being boring.  For instance instead of just wearing my hair pulled back I did a quick side twist.  I kept my earrings simple so they wouldn’t over power my hair.  My blazer is nothing exceptional but the puff sleeves are a cute detail.  I had to add a waist belt to pull everything in. Lastly, I stacked on several sparkly bracelets and wore leopard pumps because they both go with everything, right?



Friday, October 3, 2014

Quilted

| Blazer - HM (similar) | Tank Top - F21 | Skirt - F21 (wait list) | Shoes - Betsy Johnson
| Purse - Rebecca Minkoff

Everything I love in one look...fitted blazer, girly skirt, pretty shoes and a beautiful purse.  This skirt is the newest addition to my closet and I am mad that I didn't get the black skirt as well, ugh! Now I have to stalk Forever 21 every day and wait for them to re-stock.  The quilted jogger type material caught my attention immediately.  However, I was leery of the pleating because large pleats make my already big booty and wide hips looks even bigger.  I am happy to report this skirt makes the cut and has the just the right amount of volume for the girly girl in all of us. 

So white purses are something that I've avoided until earlier this year when I purchased this one.  I loved it but the shape was all wrong.  When I saw this Rebecca Minkoff tote at Nordstrom Rack I knew it was for me.  I love a good work tote and this one also doubles as a school bag.  It easily fits my MacBook and a textbook or two. It may be fall but I plan to rock this baby all the way through the end of the year. 





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Girl Talk: Real Life vs Blogging Life

I am a blogger, fashion blogger or personal style blogger whatever you want to call it.  I take pictures of my daily work outfits and blog about them. I started my blog for two reasons: 
  • I wanted to challenge myself to try something different and just put myself out there literally. 
  • At the time (2010) I didn't know of any fashion blogs that were geared towards professional work outfits for pear-shaped women.  
With that being said blogging, specifically fashion blogging, has grown tremendously since then.  I am in my fifth year of blogging and never expected to make it this far. I have had my ups and downs but for the most part my experience has been a positive one.  

Blogging has become a great creative outlet for me and it has its perks but it's also a labor of love that requires two things: time and money.  Blogging is not cheap.  I am not even going to front; I have spent some coins stepping up my blogging game: custom templates, DSLR camera, multiple lenses, external hard drives and laptops, just to name a few things. Not to mention the money spent attending events which will likely involve: a new outfit, new shoes, possibly purchasing a ticket for the event, paying for parking and buying my own food and drinks.  I am saying all this just to let you guys know that blogging is more than just taking pictures and uploading them.  There is a lot of work that goes into producing great content.  

When I first started reading fashion blogs they were few and far between.  The concept was pretty simple, nice clean layouts, a couple of pictures, and a short description, simple and straight to the point.  I started my blog with a pre-made layout, point and shoot camera, tripod and used my balcony as my back drop.  I was very content with my initial setup when I first started blogging it was easy and very convenient. However, as time progressed I noticed that mainstream media started featuring bloggers in magazines, on websites and in commercials.  I felt pressured to step my game up because I wanted those things too. I wanted to work with national brands and have my efforts recognized.  I became obsessed with page views and followers because let's be real numbers matter.  I was constantly checking my stats and trying to boost them every way possible.  I was devoting a much time as I could to my blog, outside of school and work.  I had a custom layout designed, financed a new camera and finally found someone to help me take really nice outfit pictures.  I was hunting down great locations to take pictures and agonizing over every pose making sure that each picture was editorial quality.  I joined all the popular social media sites and was active on each one.  Not to mention I was reading and commenting on other blogs daily, guest posting and doing the occasional link up.

However, after about two years I found myself not being in the mood to schedule time for these things anymore. I stopped reading blogs as much and I was kind of neglecting my social media sites.  I began to enjoy regular non-blogger life which included: not worrying about catching the golden hours for pictures or stressing about how many views my most recent post received.  I stopped working myself to death to get perfect pictures and I wasn't documenting every aspect of my life to share on social media.  As of now I make time for blog photos when I can.  I do my best to produce great content and if I don't get a major deal with a brand I am cool with that.  If I never see my picture in a magazine again (I was in Redbook), I am cool with that also.  At this point I am back to blogging because I like it and it makes me happy. 

Don't worry I am not giving up on y'all anytime soon.  I absolutely love having a platform that allows me to interact with so many people because in real life I am socially awkward.  I don't do well in group settings and if you ever approach me as reader I will probably clam up and scurry away as fast as possible! Okay that's another post for another time. I just want you guys to know that I am a regular person with real life issues that shares some parts of my life on the internet. Don't get caught up with what you see here it's only a little part of me.  I am much more then Shea the woman that blogs. So if I disappear for a little while I'm just living my life and having a good time or school has me stressed and I am somewhere in a corner rocking back and forth crying!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Birthday Girl


| T Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft | Skirt - JOA | Sandals - Zara | Clutch - F21 | Necklace - Zara |

I usually like for my birthday to be a big extravaganza staring me but this year I wasn't into all that.  My brother and his family drove down from NC to spend the weekend with me which was amazing.  It's always an experience when I am around my three nieces and this time wasn't any different, lol. They are a handful but I wouldn't trade them for anything. 

My actually birthday was last Monday 9/22 and since my family was in town the weekend before I didn't get a chance to celebrate with my blogging girls. I enjoyed a wonderful birthday brunch with them this weekend; it's always a great time when we get together.  One of the best things about blogging is meeting new people that become friends.  If I had never started blogging I would have never met Ashley, Jeanee and Kerissa.

My outfit was an easy comfortable look.  I found this skirt online randomly when Kerrisa and I were texting and shopping online one day together, which we do often.  I am a sucker for stripes and the fact that the skirt had pockets, a tulle underlay and was on sale made it a quick buy. The tulle is kind of itchy but it's not too annoying.  I ordered a really cute crop to from ASOS but it didn't work out so I went with the tried and true knotted t-shirt. As you can see I decided to try box braids.  Well I actually decided in May when I made my appointment for September! Ella's work is amazing which why she is already booked through next year! If you're in Miami check her out on IG @Ellabraids.


Lastly, kudos to Jeanee for my new blog layout.  Isn't it awesome, my friends are so talented! We are still working out the kinks so bear with us while we figure out the remaining details.  If you notice something not working let me know in the comments. Sorry for the super long post but I had so much to share ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Wear: Pleated Maxi

| Denim Jacket - Old Navy | Dress - Victoria's Secret (on sale) | Purse - Just Fab
| Sandals - Rampage |

Summer is not over yet, there's still plenty of time to rock those beautiful maxi dresses.  This dress has been on my radar for two summers and for two summers it was out of my price range.  However, I recently won a $250 Victoria's Secret gift card from Style of Sydne and this dress was the first thing I purchased. 

Even after placing the order for the dress and checking out how other bloggers rocked it I was still unsure how the pleats would look on my curvy frame.  I didn't want the fullness of the dress to make me appear bigger than I am.  I honestly could have gone with an XS instead of a S but I didn't want to risk the dress being too short.  Overall I love everything about this dress and it's already been worn three times!