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Hey Loves!

 

Happy Sunday! I receive so many emails, DMs or what have you from those of you who are interested in blogging. The blog life can be A LOT!! I haven’t gotten to where I want to be with blogging. It is my hope to do it full time with the income to match. I got a ways to go before I get there. But, let me tell you, the journey has still been quite rewarding.

 

Blogging requires time, money, and passion! If you plan to only blog once a month or barely that, you need to re evaluate your goal. You MUST be consistent. Blogging is an oversaturated industry. I always tell those who are interested in starting a blog, that you have to treat your blog like it’s your best friend. You don’t go months without saying hi to your bestie do you? If you did, your relationship may suffer a bit and you may not be as close as you once were. Thats why consistency is important! If you followers don’t see you or hear from you, they move on to the next blog. You have to remain in front of the faces of those who support your blog. Otherwise, they will forget you and move on! You want to grow your audience, in order to do that, you must remain present!

 

I have been blogging for about 2.5 years. Majority of that time I was working a full time job. Well, I was laid off several months ago. I am actually looking into a new career in the field of Social Media. I am hoping to work with a brand or company as a Social Media Specialist or Strategist using what I have learned in blogging. During this time of being laid off, I had to be more mindful of my spending habits, which also meant not shooting with my photographer every two weeks. Insert tears here! lol. It’s not too bad, as its hot here in Dallas, so the thought of doing a shoot in this heat drains me. So I have to look for other ways to get pictures done and keep the blog going.

 

Queue the title of this post, work with what you have!! My husband blessed me with a DSLR camera for Christmas and honey it’s the best gift ever! I’ve used this baby constantly!! I am yet learning how to use this camera to the best of its capability. I took online workshops on photography, looked on Pinterest for tips and just practiced on how to use my camera.  Today I had the day to myself with Camille in school. I had to get this top and beach blanket photographed for the blog. So I pulled out my tripod, my handheld timer and headed to my back yard. I just wanna say that I appreciate my neighbors for their gorgeous pink tree in the background. It was just what I needed for a pop of color lol.

 

So even though this photo isn’t filled with a bright wall, or a downtown backdrop, its still a pretty picture. Sometimes we get caught up in to the look of things, that we don’t admire whats around us. The trees, the sunshine and the breeze that blessed me this morning. Now, the mosquito bites I received on the other hand, I can’t do anything about that! lol.

 

I encourage you to make the best with what you have in this blogging adventure. People are looking to see you for who you are. Who is the girl behind the lens? What is her personality? What makes her laugh, what makes her dance?! Embrace that and enjoy the ride!

Want to know more about this Blog Life?

If you enjoyed this post, PLEASE let me know. I have more to come! Especially behind the scene tips and the like!

 

 

Outfit Details

c/o SheIn Eyelet Dress $23

(comes in four other colors,

dress is meant to wear shorts, pants, leggings underneath)

Henri Bendel Bella Flat Top Sunglasses 

Banana Republic Straw Fedora Hat 

(old, linked similar)

c/o Shein Tribal Beach Blanket $12

(this is very thin, sheet like material)

 

*Disclaimer: Items marked with “c/o” have been gifted to me. Views and opinions are my own. I strive to provide honest and open feedback to my readers.

September 10, 2017 2 comments
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Hey loves!

 

So I was contacted by Chrystal, the owner and designer of Fifteen and Fifteen, a handbag and accessories company, to check out her handbag line for review. As soon as I clicked on her site, I was immediately drawn to the fanny pack and knew I had to have it. This Fifteen and Fifteen fanny pack is leather, big enough to hold my iPhone 7plus (because thats important) and you can also wear it as a cross body or clutch. I love when I can get a versatile handbag that I can style multiple ways. It also comes in burgundy and black. Absolutely perfect for fall season, am I right?!

 

Its so funny, I remember back in the day (late 80s, early 90s) rocking a fanny pack a time or two. My mom had one too. It was the age of convenience over fashion. If we were headed to a theme park or field trip, the fanny packs came out to play. Too bad they were not as cute as this one. Clearly we committed a few fashion dont’s back then! Lord, bless us!

 

Anyways, its hot as heck here in Dallas. So I kept this look simple and wore it with t-shirt and jeans. Oh, and this Zara bandana scarf? I happened to find myself there the other week (oops). I had to have it for only $12! Sometimes, you just need a little “something” to pull an outfit all together and I believe this scarf did just that. I’ll be wearing it all season long with blazers, jackets, wrapped around my handbag and even a bracelet. I can’t wait!

 

Where can you purchase this Fifteen and Fifteen fanny pack?

 

Head to Chrystals site or check out the ones I linked below. Everyone will be asking you where can they find this unique piece. Best part, its very affordable too. Trust me, you won’t be sorry!

 

 

 

 

Outfit Details:

Fanny Pack  $45

Zara Printed bandana scarf

Henri Bendel Bella Flat Top Sunglasses (on sale)

JustFab Gray Heeled Sandals 

(old, linked similar in silver)

 

September 6, 2017 0 comment
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Hey Loves!

 

So I was in Target the other day (what else is new?) and saw this color block leather skirt beauty on the rack. Of course, I had to pick it up and try it on. This color block leather skirt is a new piece from the Who What Wear collection at Target. If you are not familiar, Who What Wear is a clothing line that features on trend, affordable clothing options exclusively at Target. I am a sucker for anything leather, so add in a bit of color blocking and all for $32?! I’m here for it!

 

I typically don’t shoot fall looks so early considering its about 90 degrees here in Texas. But, I wanted to get this look out to you guys before it sells out. Its such a great piece that you can wear with blazers, sweaters, blouses. Shall I go on? So I sacrificed myself a bit (and my edges lol) to bring you this look even in the heat. I do it for my followers!

 

I kept this look simple by pairing it with a black bodysuit and black heeled sandals. The skirt makes such a statement on its own. There’s really no need to do anything else. Don’t you love those pieces in your closet that just speak for themselves?

 

Have you checked out the Who What Wear fall collection at Target?

 

What new items had you at hello?? I linked a few of my picks for you to check out as well.

 

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

Outfit Details 

Zara Black Sheer Bell Sleeve Bodysuit 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Who What Wear Colorblock Leather Skirt

Enzo Angiolini Leather Heeled Sandal

(old, linked similar for $30!)

 

September 3, 2017 2 comments
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Relationship goals, closet goals, hair goals, shoe goals, life goals! Y’all I am about wore out from all of these “goals.” Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a many a picture where closet, hair and shoe goals have been met! But, relationship goals?! Let’s think about it. Most times when we say or refer to relationship goals its due to a picture or a video we’ve seen on the web. The internet has a funny way of making everyone lives looks so easy breezy. Its mainly because we allow people to see what we want them to see. But, we all know that we are only seeing a snippet of someone’s life, right?

 

Now, I know Eric and I are serving up all kinds of fierceness in these pictures.  This dress by Rent the Runway, LIFE! And yes, many will look at them and say, #relationshipgoals. And its nothing truly wrong with saying that. I know its a little bit of a compliment. But, I think its important that people have a true understanding about what relationships are and the work it actually takes before we start hash tagging and what not. Relationships aren’t always easy! I don’t always feel rainbows and butterflies when I see my husband. I am more so giving him side eye about the lightbulb that needs to be changed or how he doesn’t put my lotion back after he uses it. Yes, that really irritates the life out of me lol. But, real talk, thats just some petty stuff that he does that irks me. I am sure he has his list of things that I do that works his nerves too. Eric, if you are reading this, don’t come on here listing stuff I do that get on your nerves! Don’t try me! Lol.

 

I think its so important for todays generation to fully understand the importance of healthy relationships. I see so much in the news and social media that troubles me about people getting involved with the wrong person. I know I will teach Camille that she is a beautiful, intelligent and fierce woman who deserves to find a husband to treat her as such. Its important for us as adults, to really inform today’s generation about what healthy relationships really are. They should know that healthy relationships are when you are loved, treated with respect and kindness. Also, that relationships may have its ups and downs too. I mean nobody is perfect! Am I telling the truth?

 

Relationships come in all forms and everyones experience is different. Its nothing wrong with that! So long as its REAL!!! Some of y’all are married or with your boo thang and you’ve never had an argument, you’re so deep in love and can’t spend a second away from your bae. He’s the best thing since sliced bread and your relationship is so easy. Ok, then great! But, over this way, thats not how OUR relationship roll. Eric and I like our alone time to chill and do our own thing or watch our own tv shows, we roll our eyes at each other more so than giving each other the dreamy eyes. I get on his nerve and he gets on my last. We fuss and get into arguments! There has been a few times where Eric could catch these hands lol. We’ve gone days without speaking to each other (that was wayyyy back when, the Lord has brought us a mighty long way lol). But, we also love each other very much and he supports me as if I can do anything in the world. So now that you know this, does it mean we are not considered “relationship goals??” Of course not!

 

I like to roll with this hashtag I found on Instagram that I find more fitting and just makes more darn sense, #relationshipsbelike. Yes, thats more like it! I think that helps to broaden and round out what relationships truly are. Relationships be like love, respect, honor, fussing, fighting, making up, laughter, joy, pain and support etc. Yep, this is one that I can get down with! Now trust, I am not spilling our business to the world in this blog post. But, I like to keep it real honey and if I can’t do that on my own blog, then where can I do that at?!

 

Let me know your thoughts on the matter! I would love to have some dialogue and hear your opinions!

 

Outfit Details

*Emanuel Ungaro Garden Print Dress c/o Rent the Runway

Steve Madden “Gorgeous” Over the Knee Boots

*Gala Earrings by A Peace Treaty c/o Rent the Runway

MAC liquid lipstick in “Oh Lady”

Photography: Laurel Creative in NYC

Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored or collaborative posts.

Items listed with (*) have been provided courtesy of Rent the Runway.

December 1, 2016 6 comments
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Hey loves!

Dallas weather is so unpredictable. One day its 80 degrees in November and the next the high is 50! I like transitional pieces for this reason, to stay covered up! I’m a Midwest girl and I just believe in always having a little jacket to keep covered when the weather can’t make up its mind. I don’t have to catch the pneumonia just because Dallas can’t get it together! No ma’am! So I am totally loving this lightweight olive trench from Pink Blush Maternity! Pink Blush is a fabulous online boutique that offers versatile pieces that all of you stylish mommies can wear from pregnancy to motherhood! Now isn’t that nice?! Lord knows I wish I knew about this store when I was pregnant with Camille. This olive trench would have given me so much life!

 

Now no, your girl isn’t pregnant. Although we are hoping to try next year! But, anyways I find the concept of PINK BLUSH to be so on point. When I was pregnant with Camille, I only had about 5 pieces of maternity wear because I just couldn’t find anything stylish and didn’t want to waste money. I mean I know I was pregnant and all but I still believe in slaying even still! lol. Imagine finding cute pieces you can wear from pregnancy into motherhood, so easy right?! Right! As soon as I pulled this olive trench out of the packaging I knew it was meant to be! The fit and comfort of this thing is just perfect! I even wore it for a night out with my girls. I was cute y’all, cute!!

 

What transitional pieces are your favorite? Are you feeling this olive trench coat? I know I am!

 

I am going to try to post Thursday but y’all know its Thanksgiving and what not! I’ll be busy cooking in the kitchen. If you don’t hear from me before then, have a fabulous Thanksgiving! I am SOOOO thankful for you all!!

 

Outfit Details

Pink Blush Olive Trench under $60!

SP Black Fringe boyfriend jeans under $35!

Zara lace up leopard sandals (old, linked similar) under $50!

Zara Fringe Backpack (old, linked similar) under $25!

Target Aviator Sunglasses 

MAC “Whirl” lipstick (my new fav!)

Photography: Victoria Blitshtein Photography

Disclaimer:  Alwayz Fashionably Late may also participate in sponsored posts. Outfit Items marked with (*) have been provided courtesy of Pink Blush Maternity!  Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

November 21, 2016 0 comment
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What to wear to the airport? The night before my trip, I ask myself this question because its quite important. Comfort is key  and it’s especially important if I am traveling with Camille. The days of wearing heels to the airport are long gone for me. I tried that a few times and regretted it immediately. Since then I would reach for flats, but now that I have a child, sneakers it is! I am not a sneakers kind of girl, so thats saying something if they are a must-have for me when traveling. I need to be able to move about comfortably, have great foot support, be able to quickly put my shoes on and ready to carry my child in the event the stroller is just not her jam that day. Thats that mom life for you!

 

Anyhoo, this look is perfect for travel! This sweater is super soft and great for layering. I realize its now fall/winter for some of you where you life. But, you can easily layer with a leather or suede jacket, a thin long sleeve or thermal underneath this sweater, a scarf and you are good to go. My leather leggings are super comfortable too. The back of them are fabric so it gives me great mobility and stretch. These are old Forever 21 leggings, I have linked a few for you below as well.

 

For those mommies out there who are nursing (boy I know all about that, I nursed for a year) this top is perfect to wear when traveling with your baby. You can wear your nursing bra or tank underneath and easily reach under to unsnap. The neck is also wide enough to where you can peep inside to see baby! I know how those nursing capes are, Camille hated being under one. But, with this one being an actual sweater, that makes it near impossible to do unless your little has super strength. Who am I kidding? Most of them do lol.

 

Most importantly, you need a good tote bag to carry all of your gear. The St. Anne tote from Barrington Gifts is a great travel companion. I carried it on our trip to New York and loved it. Its very roomy! I stuffed lots of things inside and still had room.  For me, its always important to have pockets in a tote bag. This one does not disappoint, there are side pockets that held my phone, cell phone charger, card case and a few more things. Most importantly, I loved that I was able to customize my tote bag! I chose the print, color of the leather straps, monogram style and color of the stripe too!! I am all for making pieces my own!! Don’t you? Barrington Gifts also has great diaper bag options as well in case you are interested! So check them out!

 

I hope this post has given you style inspiration on what to wear to the airport. Traveling is fun, but we want to be at our most comfortable as well. Who knows how far away your gate is from security or how long you are standing in the security line right? But, you can still look pulled together and comfortable at the same time! Thats how I like to travel. In style!!

 

What are some of your go to looks on what to wear to the airport? Please share!!

 

Outfit Details

Express Circle Hem Tunic

Forever 21 front leather panel leggings 

* Barrington Gifts St Anne Tote

(old, linked similar)

Nike Air Pegasus 83 in Rose Gold 

(no longer available, linked similar)

Target Cat Eye Sunglasses 

(no longer available online, linked similar)

Photography: Angie Garcia

Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late may participate in sponsored posts. Items marked with a (*) have been sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

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I swear I cant have too many leather jackets. Each year I look for another leather jacket that I will fall in love with. A great leather jacket makes it so easy to look well put together. They are one of my favorite fall fashion staples! I picked this one up at a local consignment shop here in Dallas called Refinery Consignment for a steal!! As soon as I saw this BCBG jacket I snatched it off the rack and ran to try it on. Oh and the shoes too, I know you are salivating over these beauties! They are by L.A.M.B. and are another Refinery Consignment steal. If you are in town, definitely check this store out for great designer pieces at affordable prices! I need to stop in soon myself to see what other goodies I can find!

 

Jackets and coats are some of my favorite wardrobe pieces to buy actually. Why? It could be because I am a Midwest girl.  I remember every fall my mom and I would go shopping for a new coat. I would always get so excited for a new winter coat and I still do! I’ve linked a few great leather jackets for you below as my jacket I cannot find online. These jackets are on my wish list and that hunter green one is calling my name!!!

 

Is a leather jacket a fall staple for you? Let me know!

 

Outfit Details

BCBG Leather Jacket by Refinery Consignment

Who What Wear by Target green lace cami

American Eagle Super Stretch Jeans 

Karen Walker “Flowerpatch” Cat Eye Sunglasses

Baublebar Leather Fringe Earrings

(no longer available, linked similar)

JustFab Snakeskin Wing Handbag 

(no longer available, linked similar)

L.A.M.B. Platform Sandals 

 

Photography: Angie Garcia

 

November 3, 2016 0 comment
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So I am a little excited to title this post “50 Shades of Gray,” I’ve been waiting my whole blog life for this moment right here lol.

I was all too thrilled when I received this gorgeous, leather convertible clutch from GiGi New York! If you haven’t heard of GiGi New York, get on it girl! They have amazing, quality leather goods in just about any style bag you like or even a gorgeous, embossed, python card case as shown above. Not only that, you can totally monogram your special piece for ONLY $15!! How cool is that?! This is my second GiGi bag and let me tell you, the consistency in how these bags are made is on point. Even touching the bag, you know its good stuff! I’ve linked a few of my favorites for you to check out too. I swear I am always wanting another GiGi bag all the time. The struggle is real my friends!

 

When I received this clutch, I knew I wanted to go ALL GRAY for this shoot! Monochromatic, head to toe! As usual, ASOS definitely came through for the win! My sweater is so super soft and the detail at the cuff of the wrist adds a little something to such a simple sweater. I had to go wide leg with the pants. I’ve been craving wide leg pants for a while. Sometimes you grow tired of always wearing a fitted look. I think the wide leg pants adds sophistication and class to this “50 Shades of Gray” vibe. Am I right?

 

I am super excited for this weekend!! The husband and I are headed to New York to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary month. Seven years with this man my friends! Wont He do it lol. So stay tuned to my Instagram and follow along on our weekend of fun in the Big Apple. Oh, and he may be appearing on the blog too. Let us pray lol.

 

Outfit Details

ASOS Turtleneck Sweater

ASOS Wide Leg Pleated Pants 

* GiGi New York Carly Convertible Clutch 

*GiGi New York Embossed Python Card Holder

Zara Gray Pumps (old linked another option)

Kendra Scott “Naomi” Double Drusy Ring

Baublebar Hooping Drops

Colourpop Liquid Lipstick in “Avenue”

Photography: Angie Garcia

Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late may also participate in sponsored posts. Items marked with an (*) are sponsored or provided by the company.  Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

October 27, 2016 2 comments
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These moments cuddling with Camille are so special!

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Apparently her acorns she collected was more important than smiling!

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Daddy had to join his girls! Camille thought this kiss was funny lol.

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Glamping. Have you ever heard of it? Its basically defined as glamorous camping. I was sitting in bed one morning thinking of blog post ideas and then it hit me. A “glamping” mommy and me photo shoot for Camille and I!! So I got to work on creating a glam’d out camping experience right in my own back yard. It was also high time my baby appeared on the blog again and I am sure you can agree, she nailed it!

 

I absolutely love coming up with new ideas and experiences for both Camille and I when it comes to the blog. So my brain was churning on how to turn this backyard space into a campsite. You know the deal: a few tents, camp fire, roasted marshmallows etc. But in the process, I became one tired, overwhelmed mommy. Thats when reality set in and I realized I just need to keep it simple. So simple that I created my very own, DIY teepee tent shown in the pictures!!! It was VERY EASY to do and under $75! Believe it or not, teepee tents are very expensive if you purchase them retail. We’re talking over $100 people! I filmed a video tutorial for you that will be on the blog soon to help you create your own. Stay tuned in the next few weeks so you can see how I created this gorgeous, birch wood, natural inspired tent!

 

Of course for this to be a legit “mommy and me” post, Camille and I are twinning! It was imperative that we dressed somewhat alike, right? I was so happy when Krystle from KRZA Headbands wanted to work with us for these adorable mommy and me turban headbands. They are super soft, stretchy and comfortable to wear. Camille kept wanting to put it on her head every time she saw her headband. These turbans are perfect touch of glam for our “glamping” experience don’t you think?

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I know I have been a little silent on the blog front lately, but I have so many blog projects happening that I had to focus on getting those completed. It is my goal to make my blog a full time gig. So I have to put in that WERK to make it happen lol. Please look for more to come and as I stated before, my DIY Teepee Tent Video Tutorial!!

 

Outfit Details

Mommy

KRZA “Mommy and Me” Turban in Olive

Old Navy Quilted Vest

(no longer available online, linked similar)

Forever 21 Denim Shirt

Old Navy Pixie Ankle Pants $25!

JustFab Tan Boots

(no longer available, linked similar)

Camille

KRZA faux turban in “Olive”

Old Navy Denim Jacket

Old Navy Floral Waffle Knit Top

Old Navy Ponte Knit Pants in Red

Old Navy Suede Booties

Photography: Angie Garcia

October 21, 2016 10 comments
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Hey Loves!

Please check out my Forever 21 haul (what I bought) and see what Fall trend worthy  items I picked up. I know that shopping at Forever 21 is not the most easiest thing to do. It can be an overwhelming  experience. That paired with the audience who is  a little younger than most of us lol. But, there is a method to the madness!! I keep it simple and check out the accessories, jewelry and the end caps of the racks. Then I move on to the Contemporary section where there are lots of age appropriate items for the over 30 girl like myself. But, my most favorite way to shop at Forever 21 is online. Who doesn’t like shopping in the comfort of their own home right? So stop by my Youtube channel and SUBSCRIBE! Then watch the video to see what I picked up. I also linked the items below for you. Hurry before its GONE!

Shop my haul!

Bell Sleeve Lace Bodysuit  http://rstyle.me/n/byiugdbtds7
Mauve Lace Sleeve Top  http://rstyle.me/n/byiun9btds7
Stripe Cut out Top  http://rstyle.me/n/bzpu3hbtds7
Green tie neck sweater  http://rstyle.me/n/bzpu4ibtds7
Lace tie neck top  http://rstyle.me/n/bzpu5vbtds7
Black and White lace wrap top  http://rstyle.me/n/bzpu9ebtds7
Green sleeveless sweater  http://rstyle.me/n/bzpvawbtds7
Leather chain necklace/choker http://rstyle.me/n/bzpvd2btds7
Gold layered chain necklace  http://rstyle.me/n/bzpv2abtds7
(no longer online, linked similar)

Disclaimer: all items listed are linked thru an affiliate program. All view are honest and my own!

 

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