Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Details Make the Design

| Dress - H&M | Flower Pin - F21 | Belt - H&M | Shoes - Joe's Jeans | Purse - Zara |

My grandma was the epitome of southern class and style.  I can remember her being very meticulous about her clothing, shoes and accessories.  She always had matching shoes and purses.  She always wore earrings and wrist watch. She kept her legs “greased” and never left the house without a slip underneath her dresses.  She taught me that details make the design when it comes to your outfit. 

I’ve worn this basic gray dress several times.  This time I figured I would channel my grandma and put in a little extra effort.  I added a flower pin, put on a waist belt, put my hair up and pulled out one of my non-everyday purses to complete the look.  Voila! I have a perfectly accessorized outfit for work.

I like to keep my accessories classic and simple at the office and not look too overdone.  My must haves are: 
  • Belts (simple way to glam up any outfit)
  • Statement necklaces (I am addicted to them!)
  • Bracelet stacks (nothing noisy)
  • Flower pins/Brooches
  • Earrings (no chandelier or large hoops unless it’s casual Friday)
  • Scarves 
Accessories are a fun and affordable way to dress up your favorite pieces.  The options are endless when it comes to belts, purses, jewelry and shoes.   
What are your favorite accessories and how do you incorporate them into your work outfits? 

Monday, July 18, 2016

What I Wore: South Florida Bloggers June Meetup

gingham skirt, gingham midi skirt, black and white midi skirt, midi skirt and crop top outfi
gingham skirt, gingham midi skirt, black and white midi skirt, midi skirt and crop top outfi
gingham skirt, gingham midi skirt, black and white midi skirt, midi skirt and crop top outfi
gingham midi skirt, crop top, black and white midi skirt
| Top - F21 (altered) | Skirt - Gift | Purse - Rebecca Minkoff | Wedges - Steve Madden |

What is the South Florida’s Bloggers/Blogger Union?

The Blogger Union a supportive and inclusive community of bloggers, united for the common goal of growing and thriving together — all while building lasting friendships with like-minded creative entrepreneurs.  I’ve always heard great things about the South Florida Bloggers organization but never had the opportunity to attend a meetup.  Last month’s meetup literally was down the street from my house so there was no excuse for me not to attend.  

Local blogger groups are a great way to build your local network and meet new people.  I loved that the Blogger Union provided an education aspect to their meetup.  The featured speaker was attorney Serena Minott who specializes in transactional business law and intellectual property protection. Serena provided quite a bit of information about trademarking and branding.  The location sponsor Duffy’s of North Miami, provided ample drinks and food.  I had my share of gummy bear mojito’s which were amazing!  

As a fashion blogger I always try to look my best when I attend events.  I am a walking representation of Curves and Confidence.  I think my outfit was the perfect casual Saturday look.  My top was purchased from Forever 21 and my skirt was a gift from a friend. Gingham print is everywhere so her gift was right on time.

Fellow bloggers, do you find local blogger groups beneficial and do attend meetup's regularly?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Color Coordinated

| Dress - H&M | Blazer - H&M | Shoes - Just Fab | Purse c/o Hayden Harnett |  

Color-blocking is thought of as the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations. It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.

Color-blocking has been one of my favorite fashion trends for the past several years.  I love putting together complementary and contrasting colors and wearing them to work. Prior to blogging I would have never been willing to wear anything so colorful to work.  Thank goodness for progression and my willingness to try new things.  I still have my moments of keeping it basic and only wearing black and white but it’s always good to shake things up a bit. Summer is the perfect time to try new vibrant color combinations.  

I actually shopped my closet to create this look.  I’ve had this blazer, dress and shoes for a few years and never really thought about wearing them together.  The only new item I’m wearing is the belt.  As much as I love to shop it’s always good to create new outfits with your old favorites you already own.

I should have actually taken a photo with the blazer on but it was too hot outside; unlike my office which is freezing everyday.  

Have you tried color-blocking? If not check out these outfits here, here and here for some instant inspiration.  Which look is your favorite?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Style: How to Kill it at Work This Summer

Summer is here and most of us are experiencing temperatures well into the 90s on a daily basis.  I personally would love to show up at the office in a pair of cutoffs, tank top and flip flops everyday; however that isn’t my reality.  For those of us that have to oblige to the rules of dressing professionally on a daily basis I've put together a list of my three summer essentials that are office appropriate.

Midi Skirt

Ladies I promise you can never go wrong with a midi skirt.  The shape and length make them perfect for various body types and an easy piece to style for work.  Midi skirts by themselves are show stoppers so try and keep the rest of your outfit simple.  In both of the pictures above I choose a simple t-shirt, bold skirt and platform sandals.  Not only are midi skirt perfect for spring/summer they can easily be worn in the fall/winter with the addition of boots and a fitted jacket.

White T-Shirt

Nothing says summer like crisp white t-shirt.  I love white t-shirts and own way too many but I always find myself reaching for one when I am in a pinch.  I love to keep several variations of simple white tops to wear alone or layer under cardigans or blazers.  I recommend fitted shirts made from a medium weight knit.  I also prefer crew neck skirts over v-necks because they look better with statement necklaces.  Lastly,  be sure to replace your white t-shirts regularly to keep that clean crisp look.

Fit and Flare Dress 

Summer is all about pretty dresses which is why I have included fit and flare dresses in my summer essentials.  Y'all know I love throw on dresses (see this post) and summer is the perfect opportunity to pull out those lovely knee length dresses and rock them to the office.  Depending on your work environment you might want to keep it simple and stay away from bold patterns.  However, if you want to take it up a notch mix a bold pattern with brightly colored accessories for the perfect outfit. 

So are you ready to kill it at work this summer? I know you guys have all of these items in your closet and can easily put together a show stopping outfit to beat this summer heat in style. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Black Tech Week: Office Hours Meetup

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a creative content panel hosted by Black Tech Week.  Before I get into my experience let me give you some background about Black Tech Week which was founded by Felecia Hatcher and Derek Pearson.

“Blacktech Week was established in 2014 by Code Fever to provide more impactful programming around Black History Month. In addition to celebrating innovators of color, the entire week of events aims to change the narrative surrounding our community and replace it with innovation, creativity and technology that stretches the trajectory of our community. Blacktech Week’s focus is thinking beyond today and tomorrow in order to build a diverse and connected organization for the diaspora. Blacktech Week will serve as the platform to acknowledge, celebrate, and support innovative thought provoking conversations & content by people of color.” - Black Tech Week Website

I became familiar with Black Tech Week earlier this year when I attended their Women’s Innovation Brunch, which was EPIC! So of course I was super geeked when I was asked to participate in their monthly office hours meetup. 

 (Ashley and Courtney)
This month’s topic was creative content and storytelling which I know a little something about, lol. South Florida has so many amazing content creators and I was happy to sit amongst a few of them and share my knowledge.  My fellow panel members were:

I felt the energy these young men were bringing as soon as they introduced themselves to me! Shabaz Mallick, Kelvin Hodge and Chidlet Pierre created the wildly popular “Miami” snapchat filter.  Read more about this dynamic trio here.

Andrew was the OG of the panel.  He provided the greatest insight on storytelling, creative content marketing and monetization. Andrew, founder of which provides custom storytelling for businesses.  If you are a business owner and need custom content for your website or blog check out his website

La Guardia was definitely the comic relief of the evening.  He has a weekly YouTube series documenting his adventures as a new dad.  His daughter is super cute and his videos are hilarious. Check out this interview he did with his daughter.

Of course, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention how I handled my social anxiety but I’ll save that for a separate post.  I was hesitant but I wasn’t going to let my anxiety win this time.  I am actually looking forward to doing more speaking events.  The only way to get better is to practice!