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Outfit Details

“A New Day” by Target Long Sleeve Utility Shirt

“A New Day” by Target Tank in “Rust”

American Eagle Tomgirl Midi Short

Free People “Esmerelda” Macrame Purse

Just Fab Studded Sandal (old) similar Here and Here and Here

 

I am beyond ready for Fall! Its my favorite season, especially for fashion. However, its still in the 90s here in Dallas and show no signs of cooling off anytime soon (what else is new?). Even so, I have to get my fix on incorporating some Fall fashion even though its still hot outside. Transitional fall pieces are key to begin incorporating fall fashion into your looks. So lets discuss shall we?

 

Let Fall colors inspire you!

An easy way to begin is to think of how to incorporate transitional fall pieces using fall colors into your wardrobe. As you can see, I paired this army green utility shirt with the rust colored tank top. I am bringing in rich tones which are Fall inspired, but I paired it with denim shorts to suit the current weather. Colors such as greens, oranges, browns and even jewel tones are trending big for Fall this year. I love the rust as it really compliments my skin tone. Find a Fall color you love and make it work with your summer wardrobe. That way, you are welcoming the fall shades but not sweating buckets in a sweater or jacket!

 

Incorporate Fall 2018 prints in lightweight fabrics!

Leopard, snake skin and plaids are also trending for fall. An easy way to incorporate these prints as transitional fall pieces are to find light weight fabrics you can layer that can take you from summer into fall. For instance, a lightweight skirt in a leopard or snakeskin print that you can wear now with sandals and pair with knee boots or tights come fall season. This Who What Wear skirt will be perfect to do just that!

 

Wear pieces you can easily layer!

This utility shirt is one of my new favorite purchases that I have gotten so much use out of recently. I’ve worn it layered  over tanks, paired it with a fun skirt and I can also rock it with jeans or wide leg pants.  Again, I am using the green to bring about a Fall feel into my look. Its also lightweight enough that I can wear if its warm outside or under a cute blazer too!

 

Have fun with accessories!

Fall makes me think of golds, browns, black and wooden accessories. The bag I am carrying is a great transitional fall piece, not only because its black but because of the handle detail as well. So look for cute bags that evoke a Fall feel. Also, break out those thick gold necklaces, cuffs and wooden bracelets too. These are great finishing touches that pairs well under blazers, coats and dresses.

 

What transitional fall pieces are you currently wearing?

I’d love to know. I cannot wait for the temps to drop so I can really wear my boots, sweaters and blazers. Hurry up Texas, get with the program!

September 9, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Zara Contrast Stitch Skirt (similar HERE)

Zara Tank (no longer avail, similar HERE)

Target “Universal Trend” White Sandal

 

The contrast stitch trend this summer is one that I am loving. From dresses, pants, skirts and jackets everyone can easily participate in this trend. I think what I love about it is the black and white stitching. It really makes a statement and adds interest to a classic color combo.

 

I first happened across this trend on Zara’s website and fell in love with the skirt I have on. I loved that it was a wrap, midi skirt and the white stitching against the black. Of course, I loved it even more when it went on major sale at Zara! Its no longer available, but I linked another contrast stitch skirt dupe for you to pick up as well! There are a few other contrast stitch pieces I would love to add to my closet such as a wide leg pant. If I am able to find a good pair, I will be sure to let you know. It would be perfect to carry into the fall season.

 

Let’s talk about these sandals. They are a Hermes “Oran” dupe without the $750 price tag! I’ve been loving the Hermes version, but its so out of my price range. I happened to be in Target one day and found these sandals. They definitely fit my price range and are super comfy as well. I loved the white as its perfect for summer. It also comes in tan too which I am thinking about picking up as well. Target is such a dangerous place to shop. I am always finding things I don’t need. But, I simply refuse to leave behind for such a good price. Who else is a Target fan?

 

What do you think about the contrast stitch trend?

 

I think the contrast stitch is not a super trendy look. You can definitely make it a staple piece in your wardrobe. There are so many ways to wear it. You can keep the black and white look throughout the outfit or add a pop of color like I did here with the orange/rust top. Also, another Zara sale find too! Zara holds the key to my heart you guys!!

 

So are you here for the contrast stitch trend?

 

 

August 27, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Zara linen blazer (sold out) similar HERE and HERE

Zara contrast stitch bodysuit (sold out) similar HERE

Distressed denim boyfriend shorts (no longer avail) similar HERE

Zara white slingback kitten heels

Gucci Clutch (vintage) similar HERE

 

We all know the power of a good blazer right? Well if you didn’t, let me enlighten you. Blazers have a way of ticking off that missing piece when you need to pull a look together. It adds clean lines, gives a polished look and make you look like a BOSS! Who doesn’t want that? I always been a blazer girl, but quite honestly I’ve been slacking in building my wardrobe of this transitional and functional piece. I think I have one or two blazers now as I have given quite a few away. So when I saw this blazer was a part of the huge Zara summer sale, I knew I had to have it. Its lightweight, a gorgeous color and at an incredible price. Add to cart please!!

 

I know you may think that blazers are only for Fall and Winter. But that is not so my dear! Dependent on the fabric, you can wear a blazer year ’round. Its a great layering piece to have in your closet, so be sure to look out for a good one year around.

 

Where are your favorite places to shop for blazers?

 

 

Zara offers some gorgeous blazers at good prices. H&M and ASOS usually have some good ones too. Also,  check out thrift and consignment shops too for more affordable options! I’ve rounded up tons of blazers I’m sure you would love for a great price! I am excited for Fall to arrive in Dallas so I can pair my blazers with jeans, dresses and skirts. So many possibilities my friends!

 

August 17, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Free People Mini Obsessions Floral Sleeve Dress in Purple for $85

Free People Mini Obsessions Floral Sleeve Dress in Blue for $60

Dolce Vita Satin Mule 

(no longer avail, linked dupe)

Anthropologie Acrylic Earrings

(no longer avail, linked similar)

 

Hey loves!

 

Well, I am 37 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe how fast time is flying. It seems like I just announced to you all I was pregnant back in January! Pregnancy has a way of being beautiful, amazing and awful and dreadful all at the same time. Lol, I was so sick up until about 20 weeks pregnant. I also ended up with the flu and a sinus infection too. Oh, and diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Yeah, these past 9 months have not been so lovely. However, I’d do it all again just to have my little baby here with me.

 

Motherhood has a way of giving you a new outlook on life. You guys already see how I am with Camille. She is my shining joy and I don’t know how life would be without her. I am terribly nervous about having a second child because all Camille knows is being an only child. Thats all we know too as her parents. The adjustment I know may be a little difficult. But, she is SUPER excited to become a big sister! Just the other day she told me her baby brother is coming on Father’s Day. Now, I am not due until June 30th, but does she know something we don’t? I guess we’ll find out soon!

 

Last week I started experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions which I did not experience in my last pregnancy with Camille. It was not a fun experience let me tell you! Also, I have been dealing with a leg cramp for the past four days too. So far, I am only 1 cm dilated, but as we know with any pregnancy, things can change quick! I had Camille at 38 weeks so I am keeping in mind that Xavier may come early as well. Eric and I decided to place a bet on when Xavier arrives. I said by the 20th, Eric is betting on the 24th. Please cross your fingers that I win! I requested that he cleans the kitchen for a month! Lol.

 

As time is winding up with my final pregnancy, I’ve decided to spend these last few weeks trying to enjoy some time to myself. Just quiet time reflecting and enjoying the peace and quiet around me. I plan to take myself to breakfast, finish reading a book, grab a coffee at Whole Foods in the morning. Just simple things that I usually take for granted on the days Camille goes to school. When Xavier gets here, those days of having time to myself alone will be far and few. Although him and I will have our bonding time which I am excited about, I still want to enjoy those little moments of just me. Alone in my own thoughts or reading a book dreaming up the characters and plots, deciding how the story will end. Do you guys have those moments where you just enjoy being alone? I sure do!

 

But, lets discuss this Free People dress!

It’s simply a head turner. I’ve gotten so many compliments and stops/stares at this dress. My friend Renae from Renae Style Diary wore it when we were out taking pics of each other for our blogs. She had it in white and told me she found it at Marshalls for $40!!! I fell in love with hers as soon as I saw it. Just my luck, about a month later I saw the dress at Marshalls but in this gorgeous purple shade. I am wearing a size medium, so I have some room for the belly. It is a short dress, so I put on some denim shorts underneath. However, you can wear it as a cute mini dress just fine. I am sure a small would probably fit me better once I am no longer pregnant. If you can’t find this dress at your local Marshall’s, I was able to find it for you in blue!!! Its linked above!! Grab this dress quick as there are only a few sizes left!!! I am considering getting the blue one myself!

**Updated to add: I found the dress in purple but not for the price I paid, I also found it on eBay for a little less. Its linked  above too! **

So, whats to come with AFL blog in the next few weeks?

I hope that I can get in a few more blog posts before he arrives. Sunday I’ll be sharing with you whats in my diaper bag and maybe another style related post for next week. Thats if I can fit anything at that point.  When he does come, I don’t think I will be able to post as often as I would like. Of course, I will be adjusting to my new normal. But, the blog will still go on! Just give me some time to get settled in and adjusted.

 

Also, have you seen Xavier’s Little Man Cave Nursery reveal? If not, be sure to click the link! I am so thrilled that it came out as wonderful as it did. I can’t wait to hold him and rock him to sleep in his room. So many sweet and crazy moments are to come. I am excited and grateful for all of them!

June 11, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details:

“A New Day” by Target Floral Kimono Cape

Target Maternity Denim Shorts

Michael Kors Wedge Patent Espadrille (old)

Target Straw Drawstring Crossbody

Chloe Dupe Oversized Wire Sunglasses

A New Day” Transparent Hoop Earrings

Hey loves!

Instagram has been a little source of contention for me lately. Instagram six/seven years ago was fun. There wasn’t the pressure of getting a ton of likes, followers or anything. I was inspired and intrigued by the images posted and the people themselves behind the camera. But now?? I find myself rolling my eyes at the things people do for likes and follows. I started to wonder why I was becoming so annoyed with my beloved Instagram. Then it came to me, it’s not the images themselves that were starting to annoy me, but the person behind the lens. Yes, thats right the Influencer or blogger that is “getting on my nerves.” Hear me out!

 

Now this post isn’t to bash anyone or hold anyone responsible for not keeping my interest on Instagram. But, I am sure we all at the age where we can tell someone is not their “cup of tea” or hey, we just do not have anything in common! Thats mainly why my unfollow game became so strong. I started to notice people personalities (maybe lack there of) and their overall vibe which forced me to question, “who the heck am I following?”

 

I’m not asking for you to entertain me or meet a certain level of expectation. But really, who are you?  Most of the accounts I follow on Instagram are fashion bloggers or influencers. So yes, it can get a bit repetitive in seeing similar styles and looks because it seems no one is an individual anymore. I digress, thats a whole other blog post! But, I’m just getting to the point where I want to know who you are behind all the pretty pictures. Feel me?

So who do I unfollow on Instagram?!

There are some bloggers who basically just sell their outfits of the day or promote their blog posts ALL THE DARN TIME.  You are pretty much the sales person I walk around to avoid at the store because I am not in the mood to be bothered. Every caption on Instagram is about the top you’re wearing, your Instagram stories is about telling people you have a new blog post up and to sign up for LiketoKnow.It. just about every week. Meanwhile, I don’t even know if you have a dog, cat or a goldfish. Isn’t there anything else about you besides you trying to earn likes, follows and commission sales?  This is why I unfollow on Instagram! I’ve had to hit the unfollow button on these Influencers so many times. I just simply cannot!

 

Let’s discuss those bloggers who will not respond to any questions in their comments or DMs. I also know quite a few bloggers who literally have said in their stories, “do not DM me about what I am wearing, head to my blog and go to my “SHOP” page to find out.” What?! This is such a huge, missed opportunity to properly engage with your audience. I do understand that some bloggers have a tremendous following, so they may not be able to respond to every DM about a pair of shoes they have on. But, I was taught, “its not what you say, its HOW you say it!” Its your followers that are helping you to pay for that Chanel bag or your rent and car payment each month. Treat us with a little decency. Actually, don’t even worry about it. Let me hit that unfollow button! Bye!

 

Here’s a quick one that I just had to understand and move on from. Influencers who only wear high end designers that I’ll never be able to afford (cause, you know I got daycare bills the amount of a mortgage payment over here).  Who wears a lace cami or satin top for $600 with a pair of jeans or a summer dress thats $900 that literally has me at “hello!” I’m sure I could find a look for less, but obviously your brand is not catering for my high-low, I’ll wear a Target piece with a quickness self. So why am I here? Let me move on and unfollow on Instagram! Its been real girl!

 

Ok, here’s a hard one that I gotta keep it real about. The ones who captions beg for sympathy and empathy basically all the darn time. I mean, whats really going on over there girl? Are you just going through a bad season in life or is this you every single day? Because I can keep you lifted in prayer, but are you popping up on my feed with signs of depression or some issues you need to let go and let God…. Y’all don’t come for me on this one. I honestly question if people are doing this to increase likes and get engagement on an Instagram post. Again, I’ve had to unfollow on Instagram. I can’t have this kind of negativity and bad energy come up every time I log into Instagram. I told you my unfollow game is strong. I’m not playing!

 

How do you feel about my thoughts on Instagram?

I know this blog post is unexpected. But, I feel by now you guys know I try to switch it up on the blog and discuss some topics that have been on my mind. My friend always laugh at me when I tell her “oh I unfollowed them” because she know I don’t play with entertaining the foolery lol. I just think its important to show people different facets of who you are. What makes you laugh? What’s important to you? Are you a foodie? Whats your favorite cocktail? What do you do to unwind or what you cooked for dinner? Something, anything to let us know that you have other interests other than what you present on Instagram. You know–in the perfect lighting, with the perfect filter and telling me to buy your shirt and it comes in five different colors. Insert eye roll here.

 

Ok, I’ve ranted long enough! Let me know your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2018 6 comments
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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

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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!

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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

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