Monday, April 29, 2013

Simple With Tribal Accesories OOTD

Top: A.n.a. (similar) / Jeans: A.n.a. (similar)  / Shoes: Skechers / Clutch: World Market (love this one!) / Watch: Fossil
The star of this outfit is this cute little tribal clutch. I got it during a gift exchange during the Bloggers Like Me (BLM) holiday brunch but it is from the eclectic home furniture/decor store World Market. I love going to World Market for home items (and wine tastings!), but they do carry some gorgeous global inspired beaded and stone jewelry.  Check it out sometime if you're looking for something different!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What Would Teyana Taylor Wear?

On the 15th of each month, I play the role of stylist and showcase celebrity-inspired outfits based on my interpretation of their style.

So...I'm a horrible blogger and I forgot to post this on the 15th! Oops! 

Photos from Teyana's Instagram

This month I'm inspired by the gorgeous Teyana Taylor. I'm usually in awe of her always perfect curly hair, but her super fit body is hard to miss! Her style is tomboy chic with lots of boots, sneakers, hats, and athletic wear, but she does make sure to show off her womanly curves in body hugging jeans and 6-pack baring crop tops.  She even has her own athletic shoe with Adidas (the funky metallic hightops are featured in this post)!

When it is time to hit the red carpet, she glams it up with bodycon dresses and skirts with slits and cutouts that are not for the faint of heart. 

What Would Teyana Taylor Wear
What Would Teyana Taylor Wear by carmeme  

What do you think of Teyana's style? 

2 Chains (OOTD)

Blouse: Forever 21 (similar 1) (similar 2)  / Shorts: Mossimo / Shoes: The Limited / Clutch: Asos (similar 1)  (similar 2) / Necklace: Melody Ehsani (love this one!

Chunky gold chain necklace + Chain print sheer shirt= 2 Chainzzzzz!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Striped Pants OOTD

Blazer: Old Navy (similar)  / V-neck: Mossimo / Necklaces- Gifted / Pants: Dorothy Perkins (similar) (similar-plus size)  / Boots: Steve Madden

I bought these pants on a whim from Dorothy Perkins several months ago and really had no idea what to wear with them. After staring at them in the closet and passing over them day after day, I finally threw them on before heading out for drinks. Next time I will be a little more daring with my outfit selection, but this time around I settled for neutral black and gray with a bold lip.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Global Prints OOTD (AKA My "Solange" Dress)

Global inspired prints are a big trend for Spring and honestly, with stunning shapes and patterns combined with gorgeous, bold colors, what's not to love! We all know that Solange Knowles is the queen of prints so of course she was the first thing that came to mind when I found this gorgeous dress. I even rocked my puff/fro to channel my inner Solange for this look!

Dress: Flying Tomato / Sandals: NineWest (similar) / Clutch: Asos (similar)
Will you be rocking some global prints this Spring? 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chambray In The Club (OOTD)

I tell ya'...this chambray shirt has not failed me yet. Last week, I decided at the last minute to go out to a hip hop beat battle and--like always--I looked in my closet and didn't think I had anything to wear. I rarely go out to clubs so sometimes I have to text my younger cousin to find out what the kids are wearing nowadays and make sure my outfit is maintaining the delicate balance of sophisti-ratchet. This time, I put my outfit together all by myself with no second opinion--aside from a quick headnod and "cool" from my fiance'. I started with this little bandage skirt I picked up from the junior section in J C Penney and on a whim tried on my favorite shirt. I figured, I've worn this chambray top everywhere else already, why not try it at the club? Gold accents, a red lip, and a pop of color clutch completed the look.

Shirt: TJ Maxx (old) / Skirt: B Wear (similar) / Wedges: Sole Society / Clutch: Steve Madden (similar) / Belt: Arden B / Necklace: Asos

Sunday, April 14, 2013

BA STAR Natural Eye Shadow Palette Review (+ Discount Code!)

I may talk a lot about hair and fashion, but I am a sucker for a good eye shadow palette. I love the convenience of complementary colors that fit right into my make-up bag or into my purse for some grab-and-go action.  I recently received a smoky eye shadow palette from BA STAR, a company that specializes in performance make-up products for cheerleaders and dancers. Cheerleaders make a living by looking perfect, so I knew right off the bat that I had a quality palette on my hands!

It arrived in the mail well packaged with the actual palette sealed in plastic, wrapped in some fun zebra print tissue paper, and sealed in a plastic baggie. I was happy to see that there were no broken shadows and no loose powder within the palette!

I received the Natural Shadow Palette that includes 3 mineral shadows (bronze, cocoa, nude) and 2 gel glitter shadows in gold and crystal.

The mineral shadows were a dream to apply--smooth, highly pigmented, and blended very easily.  The three colors complement each other well and created a nice neutral, bronzed eye look for me.  I'm not going on the stage anytime soon so the glitter shadows are not my taste, but just from applying the glitter shades onto my arm I could tell that it only took a light swipe of the applicator brush to pick up a ton of glitter. The glitter shades really "popped" and the gel provided good staying power so they would definitely be perfect for the stage!

This palette really impressed me and has seriously become one of my go-to palettes for a quick, everyday neutral eye.  Using my Urban Decay Primer Potion, I was able to wear the eyeshadows a full workday with only a little creasing by the end of the day, but the colors still popped! Interested in getting this palette for yourself? Check out the BA STAR website  for eye shadow palettes, other makeup products (including lashes, bronzer, and lip pencils), head bands, and much more!  *Use the code BBSMOKY for 50% off your purchase*

*Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from BA STAR via BrandBacker. The opinions expressed in this post are my own, and are in no way influenced by  the brand or by BrandBacker.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

OOTD: Bodycon & Combat Boots

Have you ever been in a "dress" kind of mood where you don't care what the weather is like,  or what you have planned for the day, you gon' wear that dress dog'gone it ?!? 
(side note: Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers that famous Fantasia quote "I'm gon' get that GED dog'gone it" from her reality show) 

Well yeah, this was one of those days, but luckily for me the weather was pretty nice, and sunny.  I bought this dress from ASOS about a year ago, but never wore it (well, actually I wore it once as a top) because everyone had it--on the blogs, in the clubs, I might have even seen it in a random music video once.  Now that the appeal has died down and the dress has long been sold out, I 
pulled it out to wear over Easter weekend.  Normally I don't wear my combat boots with dresses, but I was participating in an Easter egghunt where money was involved so I had to be prepared!  I actually like the look of taking a sexy, bodycon dress and adding some edge with a pair of flat boots and an oversized top.

Dress: Asos (similar) / Shirt: JCP / Boots: Steve Madden

Monday, April 8, 2013

White Jeans: Look 3 (of 3)

Blazer: Old (TJ Maxx) / Shirt: A.N.A.  / Jeans: Bisou Bisou / Necklace: Charming Charlie / Flats: French Follies

For the third and final look of my white jeans series, I took a break from my heels and rocked my white jeans with a pair of flats.  I've had these cute little striped flats for a couple of years now, but this is my first time pairing them with a striped shirt! I guess this is my first baby step towards full out print mixing...Anyway, this is just a comfortable yet pulled together look that is relaxed enough for the weekend, but can also work for casual Fridays at the office!

Hope you enjoyed these 3 looks! Just because I'm done with the series does not mean you will not see these jeans again on the blog...actually, don't be surprised if you see them really soon :)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

It Was A Good Day (OOTD)

Just waking up in the morning, gotta thank God / I don't know but today seems kinda odd  - Ice Cube, "It Was a Good Day" 
"It Was a Good Day" is one of those songs that always puts me in a zone. If it comes on in the car, I immediately want to turn the volume up to ignorant levels, let the windows and sunroof down, and tie a black bandana around my head  set my cruise control at 25 mph. Today was one of those days that Ice Cube waxes poetically about in the song.  No barking from the dog, no smog.  A perfect 72 degrees, all sun and no wind. Grocery shopping at Target with no checkout lines. Dessert with the boo at Coldstone. Last but not least, i was gifted the cute little quilted crossbody bag I've been wanting from Asos.  Hope you all are having a wonderful day as well! 

Blouse:The Limted (similar) / Skirt: H&M purchased from  Naturally Fashionable e-store (similar) / Flats: Mossimo / Bag: Nine West (love this printed one!)  / Necklace: Asos / Watch: Invicta

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

White Jeans: Look 2 (of 3)

Jacket: The Limited (similar) / Blouse: New Direction (similar) / Jeans: Bisou Bisou / Wedges: Sole Society

I'm back with another white jeans look! This time around, I incorporated the black/white trend with a white snake print blouse, a studded cream blazer, and a super-comfortable pair of ankle strap wedges from Sole Society.