Your Forever Clothing Pieces

You will have them in your wardrobe. Those items that you picked up ages ago that might need replacing or updating, but you can’t let them go because you haven’t found a suitable replacement for them. Where replacing another piece of clothing is pretty much done in a single shop, these things seem to be impossible to bring to a final conclusion, so you shelf them and they become lingering missions, always in the back of your mind. You could be going clothes shopping for something else completely, but be sidetracked by veering off your mission by ‘quickly’ checking out your long-term replacement goals. Why is this so hard, and what are the usual suspects?

The Cardigan

On everyone’s list is the perfect cardigan. Sure, clothing stores will stock plenty of them, but if you are looking for a stylish long cardigan you can wear in winter, they are near impossible to find. They are either too slim or too sloppy. Going too thin will run you the risk of looking too bulky when you wear things underneath (which you will) and going too sloppy will make you look like your grandma (which is fine if that’s the look you are after).

The 3 Inch Heel

Another one on everyone’s hit list is a perfect 3-inch heel. Sure, you have your “I’m going out” heels of 4 and 5 inch, but for your everyday work shoe, you will need a 3-inch heel… and for me they’ve been hard to find. The alternative is just to wear sneakers, but having a good 3-inch heel in your arsenal will make things much easier. Dressed up enough to look presentable, practical enough to deal with everyday challenges.

The Tunic

A set of high quality tunics. Tunic tops get a bad rep because a lot of people wear them not form-fitting at all. In most cases, it will make the wearer look bulkier. An excellent fitting tunic top can do wonders with one’s body shape while being comfortable as well. They are perfect for lounging and will even be suitable for a day at the office. Tunics are great because they are flirty, flowy and playful. The only risk with tunics is that once you find a good one, you will want to wear it every time.

The Turtleneck

Another misunderstood, and hard to replace, the item is the turtleneck. Maybe you’ll have associations with Steve Jobs thinking about this type of garment, but that is unfair on an item that should be part of anyone’s wardrobe. The turtleneck is extremely practical in winter, keeping your neck warm. The problem, however, is that they tend to be extremely ill-fitted (either too tight or too loose) and if the fit is not correct, they quickly get uncomfortable.

Endless Journey

So, the perfect cardigan, a pair of 3-inch heels, a versatile tunic and a comfortable turtleneck are on the forever searching list, but there are plenty of other items that could be on this one. What about the perfect winter boots, best pair of underwear, and, dare we say it, ideal autumn and winter hat? Seems like the quest is endless, but maybe that’s precisely how it should be.


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Give Yourself A Monthly Fashion Treat

It seems that these days we are not always able to give ourselves that little treat, but it's something we have to do- it makes us feel good! Maybe we don't have the budget to afford high-end brands every week, but surely we must take advantage of our paycheck at the end of the month and have a mini splurge on something that makes us feel a little bit better? Here are some ideas to give yourself a fashion treat.

“It's Been A Hard Month!”

If it's been a particularly difficult month, with emotional highs and lows, give yourself that treat you've been wanting for so long. Of course, maybe you don't have the money for that Mulberry handbag but you could go for the purse instead? If you've had a hard month, and you need that little something to keep you “clutching on”, then maybe a clutch bag will give you that bit of happiness.

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“Give Me Some Bling!”

If we need some bling in our lives, then we can go for a little something that adds that extra shine. It doesn't have to be a change from head to toe; you can buy some gold earrings that add a bit of dazzle to any modest getup. Or if you're looking to make that definitive statement, some sparkly heels can make you feel that bit better and give you a spring in your step. A bit of bling is always what the doctor recommends!

 “Let's Hit The Town”

You've had a bad month, you've had so much stress, and you want to just hit the town and forget about it all! Depending on your taste, you can go for a cocktail dress if you want to head to the upmarket or demure occasions, or head straight to the shoe shop and get those stilettos so you can hit the clubs! When Saturday night comes around, we can throw off the shackles of the working week, and the difficult month, by hitting the town with our girlfriends and making the most of the night.

How do you treat yourself??

DISCLAIMER: This post is in partnership with Nakturnal; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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How I Styled My Fashion Finds From Walmart!

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Spring is Here!!

I am so excited because the weather here in Los Angeles has been on another level from cloudy chilly days to endless nights of constants rain. I am so ready for the warm weather and the sun to coming shining in… and what better way to kick off Spring than with some new pieces.

I have teamed up with Walmart for their “We Dress America” Spring campaign to show you how you can look fabulous while on a budget. Additionally, Walmart is excited to share their extensive selection of styles at affordable prices that you can mix and match with your current wardrobe (which is what I did).

LOOK #1

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For this look, I styled my Time and True High Rise Jeans and Prive Revaux Sunglasses with a salmon colored button up blouse and nude heels. I wanted to mix casual w/ stylish, so the accessories added a nice touch for me. These jeans are really comfortable and stretchy and I like the slight edginess given by the rips.

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I really loved this look and will definitely wear it again for a night out, brunch with the girls or even my next social networking event!

LOOK #2

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I live a very active lifestyle, so finding cute workout wear is a new thing for me. Who doesn’t want to feel good AND look good when working out? When I saw these Avia Performance Crop Legging, I knew I needed them. I paired these leggings with a cute pink workout top and my white Nike’s and it perfect for look for Spring and any type of outdoor workout- running, yoga, biking, etc.

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While you’re planning your next shopping visit to get started on your Spring looks, make sure you head over to Walmart or visit Walmart.com to shop the We Dress America campaign! 


DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Walmart via Linqia. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Interested in Modelling? Tips For Helping You Succeed

Modelling is undoubtedly one of the most fiercely competitive working industries of the modern day (I should know as I’ve modeled professionally for many years). There are so many young men and women who are looking to make it in this area, however, there is no room for everybody to become a top model. This post is designed to ensure you use all of the tools at your disposal to help you succeed. So, keep reading to discover some secrets of becoming a thriving model in today’s market.

•    Love what you do and let it show – A lot of people underestimate just how important this is. Modelling is one of those industries you typically go into because you love the job. This outweighs any other perk. Thus, instead of worrying and stressing, embrace every moment and thoroughly enjoy what you do. This will show and it will impress clients. There is nothing they like to see more than fashion.

•    Flexible lifestyle – If you truly want to make it in this industry then you are going to have to be prepared to attend castings with barely any notice.

•    Learn how to take rejection – If you are going to make it in this industry then you need to learn how to take the word ‘NO’. You are not going to be booked for every single job you go for. Even the superstars of today, such as Erin O’Connor, say that they still get knocked back. Nine times out of ten it is no bad reflection on you. You simply don’t represent the route the client wants to go down. So don’t let a no dishearten you, rather it should make you more determined.

•    Positive mental attitude – Do you hate what you are wearing? Do you despise your makeup? It doesn’t matter. You have to wear it. Thus, train your mind to feel fabulous no matter what you are wearing.

•    Drink plenty of water and get enough sleep – No one wants a model with bad skin or bags under their eyes. You need to look after number one. This means drinking as much water as possible and trying to get your eight hours of sleep a night whenever possible.

Additionally, having a great smile and taking care of your teeth is important too. Make sure that you stay up on dental appointments and even seeking out an orthodontist if need be.

•    Know who you are as a model – There are many different types of modelling. It is unlikely that you are going to walk straight in and make it as a glamour model, a commercial model, a swimwear model, and a high fashion model all wrapped up into one. You need to know what type of modelling is going to suit you the most. Once you begin to make a name for yourself in the industry you will be able to dip into other areas of modelling.

•    Versatility is the key to success – Nobody wants a model who only knows how to rock one look and only has one pose in their range. You need to show versatility. You have to perform on demand and convey any emotion that is required of you.

•    Show off your personality – Finally, the world famous models of today all have distinct personalities. Look at Naomi Campbell or Cara Delevingne. They have strong characters. The biggest mistake aspiring models make is holding back. Be yourself. The worst thing you can ever be to a client is forgettable.


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A Conversation with the RealReal: High-End Luxury Reseller

There was once a time in the country when talk of high-end luxury items included talk of item scarcity and high price tags. Because of this, it was once uncommon to own these items for the average consumer. However, the recent explosion of the resale market for luxury items is making for a different reality. The RealReal is a leader in this new $6 billion-dollar market.

The company operates on the consignment business model. Clients turn over high-end items they no longer wear to the company. When the item is sold, both the company and the client receive a portion of the proceeds.

The company has been responsible for eight million items sold through consignment. These items include clothing, fashion accessories, and household items. The sales have taken place on the company's website and through stores located in Los Angeles and New York. The company is currently valued at $450 million.

The chief merchant for the RealReal is Rati Levesque. Recently, Ms. Levesque took a moment to share some thoughts about the RealReal…

 

How Would You Characterize The Service You Offer To Customers

I view our services as a gateway drug of sorts for our customers. Individuals who in the past could not own an item manufactured by Louis Vuitton can now do so at a lower price. The customer purchases a product from us that exceeds all expectations they possessed prior to the purchase. The customer will then want a Louis Vuitton bag to go with the item.

There Is No Stigma Attached To Items Being Second-Hand

A favorite concept of mine is the luxury item life-cycle. Items are crafted with quality, customers make good purchases, then customers resell the item. These luxury items are maintaining a decent value for resell purposes. This causes more individuals to view their purchases of these items as investments more than idle purchases.

How Do You Help Customers Understand The Process

My job as a merchant for RealReal is to educate clients and customers. I provide advice on what is hot, and what is not. I also tell clients what a good idea might be to sell at the present time and what they should perhaps hold onto for the time being. We are numbers crunchers that pull data constantly. Our prices are adjusted according to supply and demand, so this is important to communicate to clients.

What Item Has Performed Well Lately

Over the last two-and-a-half years luxury watches have been selling really well. The interest of millennials in these watches have really been on the rise. Top-tier brands have sold in high numbers to the younger generation who have even shown an interest in vintage brands.

What Brands Are Doing Well

All classic brands have performed well for us. Individuals have a desire to craft a look that separates them from the crowd. The social media age was beginning to make everything look the same. People are in search of unique items that are authentic.

How Do Stores Maintained By The Company Function

Our stores in a lot of ways are mini-warehouses. This is because every item in the store is also available for purchase on the website. Every item in our brick and mortar locations have a chip in them for immediate location. When a customer in a store takes an item into a room to check the fit, the status of the item will immediately change to "on hold" online.


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Low Key Outfit Ideas For The Work Christmas Party

Most families are looking forward to Christmas with excitement. The attitude in the office is often similar. Coworkers and clients regard the Christmas party as one of the biggest – if not the biggest – social event of the year. Indeed, the party gives your management team the opportunity to thank everyone after a long year of projects and hard work. Additionally, employees expect to be entertained, as it’s a way for everyone to relax before the holiday and let go of the stress they’ve accumulated throughout the year. Besides, it’s the ideal occasion to get to know employees you don’t usually work with or see – such as that remote worker, for instance. You can be sure that most teams develop stronger bonds and connections during the party than during any team building workshop!

But, ultimately, for employees, the Christmas party gives you the chance to shine and look your best without having to wear your typical office outfits.

Something simple but effective

Should you buy an extravagant party dress for the occasion? While it might be tempting, you need to be realistic. You may not have many opportunities to wear a fancy party dress. Instead, you can opt for a different approach that ensures you’re not wasting your money on clothes you can only wear once. A maxi dress is a perfect alternative to the expensive party dress: It can combine the ideal mixture of casual wear and elegance, making it appropriate for most occasions. If you don’t have any adequate maxi dress, click here to see a selection of trendy and not summery dresses. Indeed, you can’t decently turn up to a Christmas party wearing a beach dress with a palm tree pattern!


Beautify yourself!

When it comes to beauty, less is always more, especially in a work environment. Indeed, leave the dramatic smokey eyes and glitter nails to a night out between friends. Your office Christmas party needs a different kind of attention. Beauty salons tend to get overbooked during that period, so make sure to plan your appointment ahead, so that you can get your nails or hair removal done professionally for the party. Do make sure to maintain your skin routine – if you haven’t switched your summer cream for a moisturizing lotion yet, it’s time to ditch the summer routine to focus on keeping your skin hydrated and protected against the cold.

Accessories? Just add some sparkles

Last, but not least, turn your maxi dress into a party outfit with the right accessories. In other words, you need party shoes that are comfortable and practical. Why practical? Because just like your maxi dress, you want to be able to wear your shoes more than once. A pair of simple bow mules can keep your feet happy all night long, and steal the show from everyone else. For a touch a glitter,  you can pick mules with a glitter or metal front strap that will shine under the disco lights. Mules are also a big trend with skinny jeans at the moment so that you can be sure that your investment will not be wasted!


Keeping your party outfit low key comes with a dual advantage. Firstly, you save your budget for Christmas shopping. Secondly, this keeps you looking professional and polished at your office event!


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Accessorize Like A Pro

One of the best ways that you can transform any outfit is with some jewelry. The right combination can help to add the finishing touches to any well-thought-out attire, but you need to know what you are doing. Though I can’t pretend to have all the answers here,  I can give you some useful and easy to follow advice that you can put into practice yourself.

Jewelry Should Add Value to Your Outfit

Two of the most common jewelry sins you can commit are over-accessorizing and under-accessorizing. If you wear too many items, this will detract from the ones that you want to draw attention to. Wear too few and they won’t stand out. Also, you should avoid wearing the same items day after day as you have not selected them to specifically complement your outfit.

One way to tackle this issue is with Swarovski as they have amazing and unique pieces that will help you avoid over-accessorizing, but will give your outfit that extra push it needs to stand out.

Consider Your Facial and Body Features

When you are buying jewelry, you need to consider how it is going to match up with your facial features as well as your outfits. For example, if you want to draw attention to your ears, you can do long, dangling earrings. However, some simple studs are a more subtle approach, and when you are buying items to be worn on the rest of your body such as necklaces and bracelets, you should also think about the lengthening/shortening effect that each one of them has.

Complement Your Skin Tone As Well

The final main consideration which you need to make when you are accessorizing jewelry is making it work with your skin tone. Ultimately, the best way to work out which metals look best for you is by trying on a number of different pieces and comparing and contrasting. If you have cool and pale skin, you may want to try some warming tones such as gold, whereas the opposite tends to be true for people with darker skin tones, so opt for a cooling color such as silver.

 

Accessorizing with jewelry is something which takes a bit of practice, but once you become good at it, you can really transform the look and style of any outfit which you put on.


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Getting "real" with The RealReal: An Online Luxury Consignment

Why Shop Luxury Consignment

Consignment is a great deal for their customers and the seller because they both are able to save money. Millions of consignment items are sold each year through hundreds of retailers for consumers to enjoy popular items that are on trend and gently used. You can find a local consignment shop with many popular items, but online purchases with major retailers like the RealReal have become a cool new way to shop for cool trends and hard to find clothing items, shoes, or accessories. Their online store gives you an opportunity to shop when you want, from the comforts of your home, and many forms of payment are accepted.

Why Customers Are Choosing RealReal

The RealReal is a leader in luxury consignment. They're able to keep low prices on all the great items you'll pay more for at a department store. All of their items are authentic and there is a seller to back each brand. You can enjoy popular brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci to name a few. Each item is backed with a complete customer service warranty. Their items give you the luxury of feeling comfortable about returning a piece that doesn't fit.

First-time customers have the opportunity to take part in promotional offers for free shipping. They also offer a referral program for additional savings opportunities. That's right; introduce your friends and family to RealReal and save. Also make sure to subscribe to their free monthly newsletter to find out about new items. They make filling up your shopping cart fun and similar to your experience at a regular retailer store. Browse their list of items, place it in your shopping cart, apply any promotional codes, and then checkout with many forms of payment accepted directly on their site.

Visit the RealReal and upgrade your basic wardrobe with luxury consignment today.


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Accessorizing: The Right (And Wrong) Way To Get Creative

The accessories you wear can make an instant impact on your look, lift any outfit, and help you stand out from the crowd. But accessorizing the wrong way can result in a severe style disaster. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about how to accessorize the right way, and make sure you stay on point, on-trend, and avoid making mistakes.

Keep It Simple

While accessories can lift any outfit, they are also capable of overpowering it completely. You might wear an attractive bunch of bangles as a highlight, for example, but combining it with five or six necklaces is probably overdoing it - and vice versa. Too much jewelry can look a little trashy, so if you want to pile it on, only focus on one particular area and go plain and straightforward everywhere else.

 

Be Appropriate

Don’t turn up for work wearing your chunkiest, dangly earrings - simple and professional is all you need. Keep your playful jewelry and accessories for nights out and special occasions.

 

Don’t Hide

Accessories should complement your clothes, not hide or overpower them. It’s the same principle for your face. A large, low brimmed hat paired with an enormous pair of sunglasses of your choice will make you appear like you are trying to hide, and won’t do your appearance any favors. So, if you are wearing a hat, be sensible about your choice of eyewear. And if you do go for the chunky looking glasses, consider dressing in a smaller hat, cap, or even a headscarf.

 

It’s All About The Bag & Shoes

The plainest of outfits can look stunning with the simple addition of a great pair of shoes - and even more so when you have a bag or a clutch to match. There’s no need to splash out hundreds - or thousands - of dollars on a new pair of Louboutins, however. There are plenty of budget-friendly brands out there and off-season sales where you can pick up bargains and look great for less.

 

Highlight Your Best Points

Accessories not only include your outer features, but your inner ones too! A bra con be disastrous to your look, especially if it's the wrong fit and not made for your body type. Knix's comfy bras are perfect for your specific body type and just as the name says, they are comfy too!

 

Color On Monochrome

If you are wearing a monochrome outfit, choose a more exciting color scheme for your accessories. Similarly, if you are going out in a colorful floral print dress, keep your jewelry and accessories nice and straightforward. Use the color of your accessories to highlight what you are wearing, too. For example, if you are wearing brown clothing, you might offset it with amber or orange stones, or a yellow scarf and shoes.

 

As you can see, it’s easy to get accessorizing wrong - but it won't’ take much to get it right. If you have any tips to share, feel free to do so below!


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OOTD | DTLA Vibes + Update!

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Happy Thursday!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with you loved ones and are enjoying your time off (if you received it) because I know I am!! It feels so good to have a month off from my doctoral program and internship to just relax and not do a damn thang (raise your hand if you can relate).

While I'm on my break, I plan on "putting in werk" to get you all as many posts as possible because I feel as though I've been very neglectful lately with everything that I have going on with school (I promise imma do better in the New Year y'all).

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School has been going great! I am learning so much that has been so applicable in not only my internship, but life in general. I am entering the 2nd semester of my 2nd year and time has been going by fast.... only 2 1/2 more years to go!!!

As far as my internship, it is INTENSE but rewarding at the same time and I am feeling like a Clinical Psychologist/Neuro-Psychologist everyday. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to gain experience in a multidisciplinary behavioral health environment where my patient demographic spans the DSM. I feel so honored to be able to help others who are going through difficulties to help them gain control and insight of their lives.

I've also finished up a tedious application process for a Health Professions Scholarship for the Air Force to be an Air Force Psychologist. The reason I decided to start my career this route is because the training is impeccable and I will have the opportunity to not only gain experience in advanced and new research techniques in the field, but I will have the opportunity to work in different areas of the field (providing therapeutic services, consulting with the Dept. of Defense and other governmental agencies, Neuropsychological Testing, Deployment clearance testing, etc...). I find out in the New Year if I get accepted or not.... *FINGERS CROSSED*

If you all want to hear more about being in a Clinical Psychology doctoral program... COMMENT BELOW or EMAIL ME and I will gladly respond :-)

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Jacket: Wilson's Leather | Dress: Akira | Boots: Traffic Shoe


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