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Off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses are some of my favorite clothing pieces to wear. You guys will probably FOREVER see me in them and I am unapologetic about it. Its such a classy and chic way to show a little skin and shoulders. From every day casual to date night, you cannot go wrong with off shoulder anything. I mean look at this beauty I am wearing on the blog today. Its so chic and sexy at the same darn time! If you are in the mood to turn heads, well this off shoulder top is right up your alley!

 

Ready to add a few off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses to your closet?

 

Well girl I’m about to get you all the way together because I rounded up TONS of off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses just for YOU all UNDER $100!! You all know I am all about affordable style that will not break the bank. These off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses are head turners but easy on the wallet.

So click thru on my lookbooks below, pull your wallet out and get to shopping!!

 

Outfit Details

Missguided Off Shoulder Ruffle Blouse

Kohls Jeans (old)

H&M Pink Mules

GiGi New York Convertible Clutch

H&M Pink Tassel Earrings 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Bobbi Brown Pink Tortoise Sunglasses

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Photography Credit: Angie Garcia 

           
           

April 18, 2017 0 comment
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Hey loves!

Spring is here in Dallas! As a Michigander all of my life, Spring usually doesn’t hit Michigan until about May. So to have warm spring weather in Dallas in March always amazes me. But, I’m here for it because I can start transitioning winter pieces in my closet and remix them for spring! Like this velvet midi skirt I got a few weeks ago. I have been in love with it since I pulled it out of the package and the luxe velvet touched my fingertips. Was that too much? Sorry, but this skirt is just simply LOVELY and I want you to buy it!

 

If you are wondering how to wear velvet in Spring, the answer is pretty simple. You want to find a lightweight velvet piece that you can easily layer to go with the ever changing temps. The idea with extending velvet from Winter to Spring, is to make it more of a transitional piece that you can layer with multiple items in your closet. When I bought the skirt, my initial plan was to wear it with a sleek turtleneck and knee boots with a nice, streamlined coat and vampy lips. Well, I never got around to wearing that look since Spring got here so quickly. So I made some easy changes to make it spring ready! When I styled this look, it was one of those moments where I was desperate to make it happen. I was deep in my closet, searching on what to wear with this skirt. Nothing really stood out to me and I was close to giving up lol. Can I be honest with you for a sec? When I post looks on the blog, there is a little pressure there to get the look right. So I really go through it when I am creating an outfit because I don’t want y’all side eyeing me like “ummm girl, no!” lol.

 

Anyhoo, I am certainly pleased with this look. It has my name written all over it! I was glad that I was able to pair this velvet midi skirt with a few other spring transitional pieces such as the bomber jacket and the open toe booties (old Zara sale goody). I see myself wearing this look to events, church and brunch too!

 

I hope this post on how to wear velvet in spring gave you a few ideas. Do you have any velvet pieces in your closet that you want to carry in to spring? Let me know, I’d love to know how you plan to wear it!

 

 

Outfit Details

ASOS VELVET MIDI SKIRT

H&M WHITE CAMI

H&M ARMY GREEN QUILTED BOMBER JACKET

ZARA MESH LACE UP BOOTIES (OLD, LINKED SIMILAR)

HENRY BENDEL “WHITNI” BAG (NO LONGER AVAIL)

MAC LIPSTICK IN “VERVE”

14TH & UNION HOOP EARRINGS

Photography: Victoria Blitshtein

March 19, 2017 0 comment
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Hey there!

 

Soooo, I pretty much want all ten of the lace cami’s I have linked below. Why? Because they are an excellent transitional and layering piece to your wardrobe. You can layer them under a suit, blazer, jean jacket or cardigan and look amazingly chic. I’m all about pushing thru and giving a little chic to my wardrobe. I stumbled across this one at Nordstrom Rack and fell in love with how soft it was and the lace detail in the back of the tank. It doesn’t take much to make this cami look gorgeous and work with any outfit.

 

When I put together my outfit looks for the blogs, often times I have NO CLUE on what to wear. Its hilarious to me that as often as I shop or receive certain things for the blog that I still have no clue what to wear. The night before this shoot when I was  pulling looks, I was so tired and over it. I was like girl throw that together and call it a day and go to bed. Well, look how cute it all came together! A lace cami is exactly why you need one or two in your closet for those moments where you want an instant outfit and move on with your life. Pair them with boyfriend jeans, culottes, midi skirts or wide leg pants and you are winning honey, winning!

 

I hope you enjoyed this look. Let me know if you add any of these adorable cami’s to your wardrobe!

Stay tuned for Thursday’s blog post. I have another NYFW look for you to see!

 

Outfit Details

Nordstrom Rack Lace Trim Cami

H&M Gray Midi Cardigan

(no longer available, linked similar)

H&M Gray Boyfriend Jeans

(no longer available, linked similar)

Zara Leopard Lace Up Sandal 

(old, linked similar)

JustFab Celine Style Bag

(old, linked similar)

Photography: Victoria Blitshtein

February 20, 2017 0 comment
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The lace up top trend is becoming a new favorite of mine! I love little details that can make a top or skirt more unique. Well, this lace up top I scored for only $12.99 definitely makes the cut! I saw this beauty on Instagram (I swear Instagram gets me in trouble) and HAD to have it! This shirt is soooo soft and comfortable. You can adjust the strings to wear it as loose or tight as you like. I think its super sexy to have your bra peaking through. Especially, if you have a little lace bralette like this one! I love unexpected touches like that, don’t you?

 

I am soooo looking forward to this three day weekend coming up. Last weekend I was husband and mommy free! The husband went to Miami for a “Boys Trip” and Camille stayed with Nana for the weekend. Oh the joy it was to have the house to myself! To not be needed or interrupted. To have peace and quiet! It was amazing! I treated myself to wine, pizza and a night of pampering. It was so needed. When I had Camille, I knew life would never be the same. But, what no one can prepare you for is how tired you will be. Like all the time! The older she gets, the more active she is. Apparently, I need to take a vitamin or two to get all of the energy she has. Pair that along with work, blogging and household duties, I’m spent at the end of the night!

 

Although I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend, it was nothing like seeing Camille face when she first saw me when I picked her up. It made my heart smile. I missed her so much! No matter how tired I get or the amazing time I had alone this weekend, its nothing like being her mommy. She makes it all worth it! I just love my little angel face.

 

What do you have planned for this three day weekend? I think I’ll clean a little and lay around a lot. Or as much as Camille will allow me 🙂

 

See you soon!

Outfit Details

H&M Lace Up Shirt only $12.99!

H&M Ankle Zip Jeans

JustFab Black Tote Bag 

(no longer available, linked similar)

Zara Heeled Sandals

 

Photography: Angie Garcia

 

 

September 1, 2016 0 comment
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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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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

(no longer avail, linked similar)

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

August 10, 2016 5 comments
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FLORAL PANTS, HENRI BENDEL BAG, STEVE MADDEN SWEETYY

ZARA FLORAL PANTS, DALLAS BLOGGER

OPEN BACK TOP, FLORAL PANTS

ZARA FLORAL PANTS, HENRI BENDEL, DALLAS BLOGGER, BLACK GIRL BLOGGER

ZARA FLORAL PANTS, HENRI BENDEL, DALLAS BLOGGER, BLACK GIRL BLOGGER

 

Hello again!

When my eyes spied these floral pants online at Zara, I knew I had to have them. I was a little leary of the bold, floral print. But, thought it could be a fun piece to add to my summer wardrobe. I’ve had these babies for about two months now and I wore them for the first time when we shot this look a few weeks back. I always adored floral print, but I would usually lean toward the smaller, less statement making print. Well, it was high time I tried something bold and fun! I am so happy I did. Once I pieced this look together, I loved the simple, casual vibe it exudes! Don’t you?

I wasn’t sure what top to wear with these floral pants. Until I walked into H&M and found the cutest, open back tee for only $5!! It was such a great deal, I grabbed it in white as well! Unfortunately, I cannot find the t-shirt online, but I did link similar tops!! Its a really cute, unexpected detail that adds a little excitement to a regular t-shirt. Head to your local H&M and see if you can score this tee too!!

How do you wear floral print? Does the floral pattern scare you a bit?  I’d love your thoughts on more ideas on how to style these pants.

Outfit Details

Zara pants

(not available online, linked similar)

H&M Open Back Tee

(not available online, linked similar)

Steve Madden “SWEETYY” Sandals 

Henri Bendel Turnlock Satchel

(color no longer available, linked similar)

Photos: Angie Garcia

July 15, 2016 1 comment
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A floral off shoulder top, say what? Yes, loves! This one is a keeper in my book. Even in high, sweltering 90 degree heat, the swing and movement of this light weight piece kept me easy breezy! I purchased this beauty from ILY Couture during their Memorial Day sale. ILY Couture had my heart a few years ago when I saw this gorgeous sweatshirt on Instagram and I had to have it! They always have stylish, but wearable pieces that you can wear years from now and still look in style. Don’t you love when that happens? This floral off shoulder top mixed with the fringe sandals and leopard clutch makes me smile. Mixing different prints and textures, such as the fringe in these gorgeous shoes,  adds unexpected details to your outfit that simply works!

 

I loved this floral off shoulder number so much, I also purchased it in the blush pink version too! I cant wait to pair it with a simple white pencil skirt or white jeans. Its going to make such a simple, but sophisticated look. Which I am all about by the way! Or you can pair it with gray tones as well to add a bit of luxe to your look!

 

How would you wear this flirty piece?

 

Outfit Details

ILY Couture Top

H&M Gray “Girlfriend” Jeans

Steve Madden “Sassey” Sandals

Leopard Clutch (old, linked similar)

Photo Credit: Angie Garcia

July 7, 2016 0 comment
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Hey there!

Spring has come and summer is almost here. I don’t know about you, but here in Dallas I want summer to stay far, far away lol. I think its important to continue to think of spring staples in our wardrobe.

June 2, 2016 0 comment
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NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in ROSE GOLD- rose gold sneakers, casual outfit ideas, mom on the go fashion, leather moto jacket, leather jacket under $100, athleisure, henri bendel, fashion, dallas blogger, brown girl blogger, black fashion blogger

TGIT!

I am not a sneaker girl, AT ALL! I think I own maybe two pairs that I bought years ago and they still look like new. With that being said, when I saw these Nike Air Pegasus 83 in Rose Gold sneakers on Instagram, I HAD to have them. I love sneakers that don’t look like sneakers. Does that make sense? I gravitate towards sleek, non bulky gym shoes (oh that’s my Midwest talkin’) if I’m going to wear them.  Of course, they must have a little style and edge. For day’s when I am running errands I just want a comfortable, stylish shoe to put on that I don’t have to think about. I also wore these cuties here on a previous blog post. You can see how versatile this sneaker really is.  I like how effortless they are and will be so easy to wear. Plus, I am pretty much obsessed with rose gold. Clearly it was a winner for me!  And let’s be real, I have a very active toddler so teetering around in heels trying to keep up with her is no bueno. I am still giving mommy fierceness, but my sneaker game is on point! Yes!

The unfortunate thing about the NIKE AIR PEGASUS 83 in rose gold is that they are pretty much sold out. They also come in a cute Metallic Bronze color and have a few sizes left. I can only find the Black with Rose Gold in Size 7. So if that’s you, run, IMMEDIATELY add to cart! I bought these shoes a few months ago, who knows if they will restock. I would not wait ladies. This shoe is too cute to pass up on. I don’t want my stylish friends out there to miss out on this chic sneaker.

Don’t forget! My $75 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway ends this Sunday at 12:00am central standard time. One lucky winner will be able to shop til she drops! Click here so you can enter!

 

Outfit Details

Nordstrom Rack Black Faux Leather Jacket under $70!

H&M White Tee

H&M Skinny Gray Ankle Jean

NIKE Sneakers

Henri Bendel Black Handbag

Camo Scarf (old) linked similar

Elizabeth and James “Lane” Octagon Sunglasses

April 21, 2016 1 comment
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