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    Creative Sundays

    April 2, 2017

    I like to end my weekend and start my week with a full day dedicated to creative pursuits. I’ve been focusing on the Theory of Color with plenty of play time in the Pantone Studio. It’s been a fun and fascinating ride in understanding color concepts, and how color can convey a swirl of emotions within us. Lately, I’ve been loving deep tones balanced by lighter harmonious colors. I dig the vibrancy.

    Check out the photos below to see what’s been sparking my creativity. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll notice that the featured photos are from women all of the world.

    What’s inspires you to get creative? Let me know in the comments below

    Instagram: dchaussee

    Instagram: HelloSandwich

    Instagram: LeSpecs

    Skirting Around

    March 7, 2016

    Pleats

    I’ve had an obsession with finding the perfect skirt for a long time. I love the versatility of the pleated midi skirt; you can go casual with flats or sneakers and tee or you can dress it up with heels, a sweater, and a button down top. It’s fun yet classic.

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    Pleats

    But you know what I really love about it? THE TWIRLING AND THE SWOOSHING!

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    Vogue - Pleats

    Photos via 1. Who What Wear 2. Who What Wear 3. Pinterest 4. Pinterest 5. Vogue

    As a treat to myself for completing the Whole30 (more on that later), I bought the micro pleated mini from J.Crew. I wanted a look that was feminine and structured for work. I also wanted a piece of clothing that I can pair with sneakers and a tee shirt to hang out in during the weekends. The skirt itself is well made and is of a thicker fabric. The color is also neutral enough to pair with a variety of styles and patterns. The Beryl Hat, denim vest, and booties is truly my uniform.

    Ways to Style a Pleated Midi Skirt

    1. Zara – Embroidered Lace Crop Top
    2. J. Crew – Denim vest
    3. Opening Ceremony – Izzy Backpack
    4. J. Crew – Regent Blazer
    5. Need Supply Co. – The Beryl Hat
    6. J. Crew – Micro-pleated midi skirt in dusty ginger
    7. Kendra Scott – Tristan Hinge Station Choker
    8. Madewell – Anywhere Tee
    9. Need Supply Co. – Mars Ankle Bootie
    10. Zara – Fabric Clutch
    11. Adidas – Stan Smith Sneaker

     

    It’s Getting Colder… Kinda

    October 8, 2015

    fall

    It’s been way too hot and wayyy to dry out here in Silicon Valley. Based on the happy rain dance I did a couple days ago for the drop in temperature and the little precipitation we received, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been ready for some cold weather.

    I’ve always had an affinity for hats. Once in college, I had a classmate confess to me that he was always interested in seeing what hat I wore that day. In retrospect, I guess that’s kinda creepy. But that’s besides the point. My goal was to pair my favorite wide brimmed hat with some key pieces that channel my grandma chic meets Debbie Harry meets Rashida Jones style. I’m also a big fan of layers especially in this type of weather; at 8 AM you’re freezing, but by 12 PM, you feel like you’re going to pass out from a heatstroke.

    After looking at the outfits for the bajillionth time. I’m getting a 70s retro vibe. Not so much the disco era, but more of the early 70s – fringe, relaxed jeans, platforms, vests, hats. What do y’all think? What’s your go to style for the beginnings of Fall? See what else I thought of after the jump.

    Where to shop for the items above: 1. Zara Brim Hat  2. American Apparel Ponte Sleeveless Skater Dress 3. MossimoxTarget Cardigan 4. H&M Tights 5. Leather Platform Booties Nordstrom

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    Style Muse: Solange

    September 24, 2015

    Solange rockin' the emerald tonesinstagram.com

    One of my visions for this website is to give it a space to showcase, who I believe, are modern fashion icons. With that, I wanted to dig a little deeper and deconstruct their covetable styles. I want my readers to not only have a point of reference of style from these icons, but to also make it their own.

    Solange rockin' the pinkNelson Style

    There’s no other person that I can think of who can jumpstart us than Solange Knowles. She is cool, confident, and willing to take risks and be playful in her clothing choices. Solange can pair basic items that we all have with fun pieces that bring the outfit together. She can rock the monochrome, the color block, and get print heavy flawlessly. I love how she is bold and quirky yet clean and sophisticated.

    Below, I created a style board to better break down her style. I know she a wide range of colors and patterns, but I wanted to pull colors and patterns I noticed more frequently. As you may have noticed, Solange tends to mix basics with bolds. She pairs a nude colored outfit with a bold accessory piece as seen below. Solange also mixes patterns, but tends to stay within the same pattern family. Stripes on stripes? Sure why not. I believe fashion should be fun. You have the ability to express yourself through your fashion choices. Solange is the very definition of that belief. solange_styleboard

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    The Daily Routine

    September 13, 2015

    I’m not one to fuss over my hair and makeup especially if it means I can get some extra sleep in the morning. 5-10 more minutes of sleep mean the world especially if it’s a work day. It’s also been really hot for the past couple of weeks (we’re talking 90s to 100s) which makes me even less willing to do my makeup routine.

    But I must. I don’t want to look tired when I get into the office. Even worse, I don’t want the people I’m in meetings with to assume that I’m exhausted.

    I had fun thinking of my daily makeup routine and how it applies to my life’s overall bigger picture. Balance is key. I like looking presentable in the office. Presentable, yet relaxed. Fresh faced, but not completely done up.

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    First things first, HydraLife BB Creme by Dior is absolutely amazing, especially for sensitive skin like mine. It gives my skin that nice dewy look that I love. It also goes on smoothly and feels light like air. This BB cream is on the pricier side, but you only need to use a little bit to get maximum coverage. Mine usually lasts 8-12 months.

    I then put on a matte powder to keep the Creme in place, and to also add a bit of color to my skin. BareMinerals has been part of my routine for years because it’s never irritated my skin. On lazier and hotter days, I skip the bb cream and move straight to the matte powder.  I follow this up with a sweep of blush to my cheekbones. NARS Super Orgasm is my go-to because the peach color and gold glitter complement my skin tone and gives it a subtle shimmer.

    We also can’t forget the eyebrows! I never realized how important it is to add some brow defining to your face… unless you already have those gorgeous thick brows. I looked at past pictures of myself and noticed how washed out my face is without defined brows. Flawless Brow Trio by bhcosmetics is an awesome all-in-one kit that can both fill and shape brows.

    I then finish my face with eyeliner to give my eyes a more awake look, and some nude lipstick. If I feel sassy, I’ll go for a darker red, but that’s rare for the office. Clinique has always been good to me with their lipstick products, and I can’t complain about Makeup4ever’s aqua eyeliner.

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    I am pretty bad at fixing my hair. Usually, I’ll throw it up in a bun and be done with it. BUT! my wonderful stylist insisted that I try these products since I told her that I would love a beach wave look and I wanted to do something easy. I’ve felt that it was impossible to get beach wave hair. She was like, “Girl… all you need is some Oribe.” She worked her magic and I was sold. It really works and gives my hair that lovely sea salty look. I just put the smooth style serum in then spray it with wave and shine spray. Blow dry it a bit while lightly crunching hair. I was told that I can also skip blowdrying and let my hair dry on its own. The products can be found here and here.

    So what does your daily morning routine look like? Let me know by commenting below! <3

     

     

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