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Ok, Dallas I don’t have time for this heat! If this is what hell feels like, I know for sure I better live right!! Lol. The heat here in Dallas is the main reason I have not done a photo shoot. The heat is exhausting. Not to mention, who wants to take pictures while they are sweating?? Not me! So anytime I have plans for brunch or just meeting up with a friend, its prime time for a photo shoot. So lets queue this Anthropologie cold/open shoulder dress on sale for under $50!! Girl, its all that!

 

You all know how much I love dresses, especially for summer. I went into Anthro this week just to look at their home items. But, I saw they had a major sale going on and GIRL. Soon many cute things!  I had a handful of clothes that I loved, but this piece had to come with me. The tangerine color looks so good on darker skin tones, the fabric is very breathable. The best part, this dress is $49 and 30% off the sale price!!  I did a round up of all of my favorite pieces from the Anthropologie sale going on. So be sure to click HERE so you can shop my favs before they sell out!!

 

 

Do you shop at Anthropologie?

 

Apparently I’ve been slipping on their sales. But, not anymore!!

 

Tell me, what is your favorite sale piece?

 

Outfit Details

Anthropologie Carina Open Shoulder Dress

Banana Republic Woven Bag

(old, linked similar)

Turquoise Chandelier Earrings

(old, linked similar)

DVF Aviator Sunglasses

July 23, 2017 0 comment
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So yeah the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on but Anthropologie Sale is where its at!! I scored the cutest jumpsuit and dress today that I love. So I had to check out the sale on Anthro’s website to see what other goodies they had marked down. The sale is an additional 30% off already mark down items. Y’all, this Anthropologie Sale has so many things I NEED (ok want)! I rounded up all of my picks for you all to check out. I know there are tons of sales out there but I don’t want you to miss out. It just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share! #sorrynotsorry

 

Anthropologie Sale is 30% off sale price!

Please check out my picks and let me know what you think. Some styles are sold out. But, you can always go to your local store and see what they have in stock. Fortunately for me (or maybe not so fortunate) there are about three Anthro stores in my area. Jesus fix it!!

 

See you Sunday for my next post!

 

Have a great weekend!!

July 21, 2017 1 comment
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Happy Friday eve!!

I don’t know about you but the kimono trend is here and I am feeling it. Kimonos can sometimes be a bit tricky to pull off. They can be too long and drag to the floor, too big to where you feel like you’re wearing a bath robe or even the fabric can be too flimsy or silky. Basically, you have to find one that works for you in terms of fit, use of wear and how you plan to rock it!

 

It was Zara (one of my fav places to shop) who had some super cute kimonos this season and I fell in love. I wanted them all! Fortunately, the Zara sale came thru and your girl got two to cure my craving. I particularly love how this kimono has buttons so it draws you in a bit and creates a shape. This eliminates the problem of feeling like you’re drowning in fabric. I wore it to brunch with a fellow blogger this past weekend. So of course we took to the streets and took some pics afterwards. I got soon many compliments and it made me think to round up some kimonos for you to try as well!

But, before we get into that, lets discuss a few things to look for when buying a kimono and styling it.

 

First, fit is everything! Kimonos typically come with a belt which is helpful to cinch you in and create a shape. But, if the belt is a bit too thin or give you bath robe vibes, consider wearing a wider belt with your kimono instead. Sometimes just because a belt comes with an item, doesn’t mean you should wear it. Switching out the belt gives you an opportunity to give the kimono some extra flair. Not to mention, make it your own unique piece!

 

Second, wear fitted clothes underneath the kimono such as a dress, skinny jeans or pants, pencil skirt or shorts like I am wearing here. For me, I don’t feel I would look good with loose clothes under an already flowy kimono. As you see in the pic, I chose to wear a cami and shorts which are more fitted to my body versus being baggy. I have seen some style the kimono with loose fitted pants and it looks amazing on them. But, I’m 5’3 so I want at least one piece to be fitted to my body so that I am now drowning in material.

 

Thirdly, determine what length is best for you. Kimonos come in various lengths which I love. That means if you are on the shorter side, maybe a kimono that hits at the thigh is best for you. You can also go midi length with the kimono which would be a great layering piece with a fitted dress. Ankle length kimonos also look great with pants or skinny jeans. The one I am wearing is a bit in between midi and ankle. So it worked perfectly styling it with shorts.

 

I hope these tips were a bit helpful in finding the perfect kimono. I’ve linked 21 for you to shop all under $50!! I already have a few of these on my wish list!

 

Which one is your favorite? Are you here for the kimono trend or nah??

 

Outfit Details

Zara Two Button Kimono

(no longer avail, linked similar)

American Eagle Distressed Tomgirl Shorts

Tory Burch Thong Sandals

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Tory Burch Satchel

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses

(no longer avail, linked similar option)

July 20, 2017 0 comment
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Hi Loves!

 

I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend. It seems like I spend most of my weekends running errands or spending time with my little family. In those moments, I reach for easy, versatile dresses that I can throw on, put on sandals and GO! I was so happy to receive this cute, classic, stripe dress from Lauren Ralph Lauren. Its super comfy, has flare sleeve detail and comes at the knee. All of these components are so important for a dress for a mommy on the go! You can dress this piece up with heels for the office and keep wear it as a boatneck dress as shown above or wear it off shoulder with sandals or cute tennis shoes. Winning!

 

I also love this cute bucket bag by Lauren Ralph Lauren as well. Its deep enough to put everything but the kitchen sink! Not only that, I can wear it as a cross body too. I swear I prefer all of my purses to come with that option because I need to be as hands free as possible when I am out with Camille. Its also a nice timeless yet modern bag that could be worn with just about anything!

 

Be sure to check out more from the Lauren Ralph Lauren collection. They have some really nice, versatile pieces that will take you from summer into fall. Who doesn’t love clothing that gives you a bit of longevity to wear and at a decent price point? I sure do!

 

See you Thursday for the my next post! I’ll be chatting about some of my favorite kimonos!!

 

 

Outfit Details

*Lauren Ralph Lauren Striped Off Shoulder Dress 

(currently on sale! Size Down!)

*Lauren Ralph Lauren Stitched Debby Drawstring Bag

Tassel Earrings 

(old, linked similar)

Tory Burch Thong Sandal

(no longer avail, linked similar)

 

Disclosure: Items marked with a (*) has been sponsored. All views and opinions of any sponsored post are of my own. I strive to provide honest feedback on all of my posts!

July 17, 2017 2 comments
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I’ am over summer! Over it! But, my off shoulder dresses?? I’m here for it!

Why is it still super HOT in Dallas? Today with the humidity it was 104. 104 folks! In the words of one my favorite comedians, Tyree Elaine, “I just wanna walk in my purpose”…. and wear my fall clothes! I am ready for my leather leggings, leather jackets and down vest, over the knee boots and deep wine colored lipsticks and vampy nails. Sorry, I just had a moment lol. Fall fashion is my jam! Its what my closet is all about. But, even though I am hoping, wishing and praying for cooler days, the off shoulder trend is still going strong. I cant wait to start rocking a few knitted off shoulder dresses with knee boots and a floppy hat. Fall vibes, I am feeling them. Are you?!

 

So since we still have some hot days in Dallas, its not out of the norm for me to wear this summer style off shoulder dress from SheIn. If you are still experiencing some heat where you live, then this dress may be for you. Its super comfy and easy to throw on. Now, it is very see thru, so a slip or thong may be something to consider. But, even so this cutie is definitely one to wear before the cool weather is upon us.

 

Are you ready for fall weather where you are? If you already experiencing fall where you are, I AM JEALOUS!

 

See you soon for another post!!

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

c/o SheIn Colorblock Off Shoulder Dress under $20

Steve Madden “Kierra” Platform Sandal

Monogram Necklace by Accessory Concierge

Baublebar Fringe Bracelet

(no longer avail, linked similar)

X ring 

Tory Burch Satchel Bag 

(no longer available, linked similar)

Photography: Angie Garcia

September 25, 2016 0 comment
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This maxi dress right here?! This right here?! Yes, its my most favorite maxi dress this summer and possibly my most favorite ever.  I can sing its praises all day long. I love how it flows and flares out as I walk. Even the slightest turn and it spins beautifully around my legs. It also has a drawstring waist to cinch and accentuate curves. But, you know why I really love it right? Yes, the off shoulder detail gives me all of the feels! It takes this dress up a notch and I am here for it. Since I have gotten the dress, I have worn it countless times. I’ve worn it to run errands, shopping and dressed it up for a brunch event with lace up heels. I always receive SOOOOO many compliments when I wear this dress. You MUST BUY THIS DRESS! ASAP!

 

I am so excited because next week I am going on a girls trip for some much needed fun!! Its always good to have some fun with your friends and unwind. Its time to start packing and I am working on a quick post on what I like to pack in my carry on bag. I always like to get ideas of what people like to pack when traveling. So I hope to be able to do this for you and share  a few of my travel necessities. So stay tuned!

 

Oh, and GRAB THIS DRESS!

 

Outfit Details

c/o SheIn Maxi Dress for $25

BCBGeneration Metallic Sandal

Monogram Rose Gold Necklace

Philip Lim For Target Handbag (old, linked similar)

Tory Burch Leather Wraparound bracelet

Photography: Angie Garcia

September 15, 2016 2 comments
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Hey Loves!

A jumpsuit is something every girl should have in her closet. It’s so super simple to throw on! You can wear a jumpsuit with heels, flats, layered with jackets or blazers. So many possibilities and ways to extend your wardrobe. Not only that, but it just provides a sleek, chic look that every fashionista needs! I love this one from “Love Verity,” it has a linen feel to it and is super light weight and under $60!! I paired it with these bright, red fringe beauties that pulled the look together perfectly. You can even wear this to work as it provides an office appropriate vibe. Gotta love that right??!!

 

I hope you are having a fabulous Labor Day weekend. I plan to sit back and try to relax lol. We are, however, taking pictures for Camille’s Second Birthday this weekend. Yes, her birthday was a few weeks ago. But, when we tried to schedule the shoot we had to cancel due to the rain. Hey, better late than never right! I am looking forward to how they turn out. Camille has two super cute outfits that we are hoping she will allow us to take her pics in lol. But, the real problem is mommy has no clue as to what I am wearing! I was just at the mall today! Now why didn’t I think about that. I hope I can come up with something nice!

 

How are you celebrating Labor Day weekend?

 

Outfit Details:

c/o Love Verity Jumpsuit only $59!

Steve Madden Fringe Sandals

Henry Bendel “Whitney” Satchel 

(no longer available, linked similar)

Photography: Angie Garcia

Disclaimer: I do often times participate in “sponsored” posts, such as this one with Love Verity. All opinions are of mind own and of course, honest and true! Gifted items are marked with a “c/o.”

September 4, 2016 2 comments
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Ankara fashion! Have you heard of Ankara yet? Well, let me tell you, if you haven’t, you need to know about it. Ankara fashion is taking the world by storm!! Ankara simply means “african print” where bold, beautiful fabrics come together to make something amazing! Which is simply what this skirt is, AMAZING!!

 

My good friend Ashley is the owner and designer of “Whimsy Luxe“, a skirt company! I met Ashley YEARS AGO when we were both planning our wedding! We “met” on a wedding forum. Yes, we were those brides who were really hands on lol. This young lady started her tulle skirt company a little over a year ago and is KILLING IT! I was so excited when she added Ankara prints to her skirt collection. As soon as I saw this print on Ashley’s Facebook, I immediately messaged her and told her to make me one STAT!! Whats great about her brand is that you can customize your skirt too!  Knee length, midi or maxi, pockets or no pockets, its all up to you!!  I was so blown away by the quality of the skirt and how well it was made. The gold zipper, soft gathers of fabric and stitching is simply AMAZING!

 

When my photographer and I were shooting this skirt, this lady walked over to me and asked if she could take a picture of it. She said she saw me from the window of her salon and had to come ask me where did I get this gorgeous skirt. I even had a few cars stop and honk or say “WOW!!” So if you are ready to turn a few heads,  this skirt is THE ONE!

 

How do you like the Ankara trend? Does it give you life like its giving me??

 

Outfit Details

Ankara Skirt by Whimsy Luxxe

H&M Lace Up Bodysuit

JustFab Blue Fringe Sandal

(old, linked similar)

Tory Burch Foldover Clutch

(old, linked similar)

Leaf Earrings

(old, linked similar)

ColourPop Liquid Matte Lipstick in “Privacy Please”

Photography: Angie Garcia

August 18, 2016 0 comment
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Boyfriend shorts! They are the solution for over 30 gals like myself that don’t want to wear daisy dukes. I mean, if you got it, go on. But, I need my butt covered lol. I bought these boyfriend shorts last summer and have been wearing them constantly this season. They are perfectly comfortable, have a little distressing and come mid thigh! Those are some definite thumbs up in my book. I love that I can dress these shorts up with heels nor down with flip flops or flats, (as seen here). I love multi functional pieces in my closet for that reason! Thats why this look just speaks to me! A flirty off shoulder top, bright orange heels and bag says, “Yesss girl, GET IT!”

 

Have you been keeping up with the Olympics? I’ve caught a few of the events and I must say it does my heart good to see such determined, driven men and women represent their country! My heart is full to see the African- American representation at the Olympics. Of course, black girl magic is real! It was amazing to see Simone Biles completely slay gymnastics. Oh,I must tell you that Camille started gymnastics class this weekend. It was a treat to see. Well, honestly she was good for about the first 15 minutes when she could jump on the trampoline, but it went downhill from there lol. My baby don’t do new places or people very well, so it was melt down city to say the least. She may not be a “Simone Biles” just yet, but we can start working on it. Don’t you think?

 

I must thank everyone for your comments on my last post regarding my Scoliosis story. I was glad that God placed it on my heart to share with you! So many of you have shared your experience with Scoliosis to me. Its amazing to see how much we have in common and some of the struggles we share together. If you have any questions about my journey with Scoliosis or know someone who is going through it and need to hear a few words of positivity. Point them my way! I’d love to encourage them!!

 

See you soon!

 

Outfit Details

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Kut from the Kloth Ripped Boyfriend Jeans

Michael Kors Ostrich Hamilton Bag 

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Zara Tie Back Bow Pumps

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Tory Burch Leather Wraparound Bracelet

Target Aviator Sunglasses

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella”

Photography: Angie Garcia

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Hey Loves!!

Scoliosis. A word I have dealt with since the age of 12. I hated that word, HATED it! Hated to say it, hated to see it, hated to deal with it!! Scoliosis is defined as “a lateral curvature of the spine.” Basically, your spine is not 100% straight. You may have an upper curvature or a lower curvature. For me, it was upper and my curvature was over 50 “degrees,” as they call it. Essentially, I have a hump on the right side of my shoulder, which caused one shoulder to be higher than the other. You could also tell by how I walked, as it looked like I was leading with the right side of my body. I wasn’t bent over like a hobbit or anything, but you could definitely notice. Talk about not starting off so good with self-confidence as a pre-teen! Not great!

 

I’ll never forget the day. My mother was getting on me for a while about not standing up straight when I walked and stand. As a 12 year old, this was the least of my concerns. One day we were in the basement and my mom told me to come here. She turned me around and looked down the back of my shirt and said, “Oh my God.” I didn’t understand what was happening, what did she see? “Nikki, (my nickname) you have a big hump on the right side of your shoulder.” What was she talking about? My mom immediately called my pediatrician and booked an appointment for me to come in. We saw my doctor that week. He leaned me over and measured my spine. Thats when he said the word, “Scoliosis.” I was scared, I didn’t know what it meant and if it was something very bad.

 

He referred me to many doctors: Orthopedic surgeons, Scoliosis specialists and any other doctor necessary. They all confirmed his diagnosis. Again, my curve was over 50 degrees. Quite noticeable! Imagine a scale being at “0.” Now think of that scale tipping 50 degrees to the right. Quite a significant difference don’t you think?? My mom and I asked, where did this come from? Its no real answer, its a bit common actually. Some people develop a curvature and some don’t. So how do you treat it? I had to wear a HARD, UNCOMFORTABLE, HOT, plastic brace that went from under my breast to right below my hips. It made me walk straighter, but very stiff. It was so hard to even breathe in that thing. The brace prevents the curve from going further but thats about it. To fix this issue, I would have to have spinal surgery.

 

See that long scar down my back in this picture? That is my “battle scar” as my husband calls it. I stopped wearing the brace not long after I got it because it was so uncomfortable and I hated it. I resolved someday to get the surgery and call it a day.  Fast forward to college, I was coming to the age (21) where I would no longer be covered under my parents insurance. So my parents and I discussed getting the surgery before that happened. We saw many doctors and they reviewed with me what to expect, potential outcomes and I even watched a little video describing the surgery. Whats funny is that my surgeon was a Children’s Orthopedic Surgeon. So there I was, my grown self in the waiting room with kids running around. LOL. But, it had to happen. I couldn’t go on with this ugly curve!

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The day of my surgery was very scary. We went to the hospital at 5am for pre op fun! I say that with so much sarcasm. I was scared. Scared, scared, scared! My back was basically going to be cut open and my spine held in place by rods and screws. I was so nervous that I cried and sat shaking in the hospital bed. My parents prayed over me. Thank God for praying parents!! They administered meds to knock me out for this 8 HOUR SURGERY!! Yes, 8 HOURS!! Can you understand why I was basically terrified?? Could you imagine the fear my parents had about what could potentially go wrong?? As a parent now, I cant imagine! They were so strong for me and showed no fear. God bless them!!

 

I’ll never forget feeling woozy as the meds kicked in. I kissed my parents and they wheeled me down the hall. My eyes closed and I was out of there. I woke up to the sound of my name and laying on my stomach. It took me a moment to realize where I was and what happened. Then the pain HIT ME!! There are no words to describe it. NONE AT ALL!! I screamed! There was so much pressure on my back and felt like I couldn’t breathe. I wanted my mom. I screamed for her. When she came in the room I felt better having her there. But, the pain was unbearable. I asked them to turn me over to my back. I felt like that would help. They did and it didn’t help at all! Thats all I really remember.

 

I was at the Children’s Hospital of Detroit for a week. They were AMAZING!! They took such good care of me and the food was DELISH!! Lol. My parents took shifts staying with me. One during the night, one during the day. What amazing parents! My church family came to visit me as well. I felt so loved and taken care of. Each day it got better, seriously! I had pain, but SO much better than the day of surgery. I was restricted to being home for a month along with no heavy lifting or excessive movement. Although my mom and I did make a trip to the mall. LOL. I saw my doctor a few times to make sure my back was healing properly. Things got better!

 

From what I recall, I went from an over 50 degree curvature to just under 20 degree!! A HUGE difference. You can still see the side of my shoulder that has a very slight hump. I’m ok with it!! This surgery changed my life!! My self confidence about what I wore and how I felt went through the roof. So even with my “battle scar,” I have no problem showing it. None AT ALL!! Its a small price to pay for something that was such a huge part of my life. That part of my back is still a bit numb from the surgery, even over 10 years later. Sometimes it feels a bit stiff, so I get massages to help with that. And who doesn’t like massages?!

 

Would I do the surgery again? YES, ABSOLUTELY!! The pain was a very small price to pay to not have that curvature anymore. Scoliosis impacted my life at a young age. Scoliosis is a very serious condition and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is no cure for it either. As a parent, I will be checking Camille early to ensure she doesn’t have it too. I encourage any of you that may have Scoliosis or children who may have it, to see your doctor and discuss the best options. Surgery was the best option for me and I have no regrets!!

 

Sorry for this LONG post, but I felt it important to share my story. I cried typing this up. I thought of the day my mom saw the curve, the trips to see multiple doctors and the day of my surgery. But, it made me reflect and be SO thankful or my amazing parents. They were my strength during this time!! Oh, I cant forget to mention that my then “friend,” now husband, was on the phone with my parents while I was in surgery. Checking in for updates and making sure I was ok. LOL I guess I found out how much my “friend” cared, which was pretty amazing too!

 

Do you have scoliosis or know someone that does? I’d love to hear your story. If you have ANY questions, please comment below or email me. I have no problem sharing as you can see!

 

Outfit Details

H&M Striped Bodysuit

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c/o SheIn Green Pleated Maxi Skirt

Michael Kors “Gabriella” Patent Wedges

Tory Burch Handbag

(old, linked similar)

Target “Cat Eye” Sunglasses

ColourPop Liquid Lipstick in “Privacy Please

Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch

 

Photography: Angie Garcia

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