-Details on this look-
Bodysuit- Boohoo- similar here
Pants- Forever 21- click
Fringe Crossbody Bag- Aldo- similar here
Hello Spring! I realize I am a full week late. Last weekend, was actually pretty crazy. I celebrated my Birthday for three full days with all of my amazing friends. I may do a quick post at some point with details on my various birthday looks. BUT! Moving right along into this quick post, I know I am not the only one rolling my eyes at the recent Instagram updates. For the people using Instagram just to share picture moments, I know this isn't that big of a deal to you. But, for those who are using Instagram as a way to continue building a brand, this is very much annoying. Am I going to be asking people to turn on their notifications to keep my photos on their timeline, lol NO! After reading various articles about the new update it is clear that your photos will still appear on your followers timeline, just not in chronological order. So yes, that can be a tad bit annoying, but I do not believe it is that serious.
Speaking on my own behalf, I have definitely stepped up my social media game this year in terms of posting. In the past, I would literally have maybe 12 posts in one year. Posting once a month, particularly on Instagram was the norm for me. As of late, I have been pretty consistent with posting something once a week. Depending on how and why you use your social media accounts, keeping up with each of them can be very hectic, but it is clearly very important when you are trying to promote something. As I try to build my social media presence, I want to encourage you all to interact with me more online. Whether it be posting a comment on my Instagram page, emailing me, or a direct message. I will always respond to your comments and questions.
On to these pants for a quick second, two words SUPER COMFORTABLE. I loved ribbed material in the winter time, and I will definitely be carrying it over into my spring/summer wardrobe. I know I've done a post in flared pants before, but I love this style. So classic and these pants definitely accentuate your curves very well.
-Details on this look-
Bodysuit- Boohoo- similar here
Pants- Forever 21- click
Fringe Crossbody Bag- Aldo- similar here
So...I feel like at some point every blogger discusses why they began blogging. I realize I probably should have done this awhile ago, but as of late I have been getting a lot of general questions about my blog, and why I started blogging. Well! first and foremost, I have always admired style bloggers and various tumblr accounts. Before instagram started to boom, I would always stalk my favorite style bloggers. Not so much for inspiration, just because I was super fascinated with their internet lives. One of my favorite bloggers was and will ALWAYS be Karla Deras. In my opinion, she will forever be the GOAT of fashion blogging! It wasn't until my senior year, last semester of college that I began blogging. During that time, all I found myself doing was school work, studying, and going to work. I did not feel like I was doing anything outside of school that I was extremely passionate about. Honestly, even though I was on the verge of graduation I can admit that I was a bit unhappy. Maybe it was the stress and anxiety of graduation building up, but all I know is at that time I did not feel like I had accomplished much at all.
From the beginning of time, I have always loved fashion and beauty. I know, the extreme girly girl! And my friends, as well as random people that I would encounter from time to time would often compliment me on my look. Whether it be what I had on, my hair, makeup whatever I would always receive endless compliments and questions, which I definitely appreciated! Also, I would often be asked for styling advice from my friends, or questions about where I purchased certain items. I have never been the type of person to be secretive about where I purchased something, I get really annoyed with women who are...like for what?!
As I began to follow more style and lifestyle bloggers on Instagram, I had a 'come to Jesus moment' I thought to myself, I CAN DO THIS, I SHOULD DO THIS! I don't know about you, but I have always had ideas of things I wanted to do. Either I didn't do or I attempted to, and gave up too soon. I decided to actually put my best foot forward and give blogging a try, and I am glad I did! From the beginning being that I was still in school, my posting was very scattered. I just couldn't find the time between studying, group meetings and work to actually sit and create blog posts. Once I graduated, I made the decision to take blogging more serious, because I actually LOVE doing it. I love putting together different looks, I love sharing my thoughts with you all about style, and did I mention I LOVE taking pictures, lol!
My blog definitely has a long way to go before I can say that I am 100% satisfied with the look of it. I am currently working with a website designer on something totally different. I only hope to advance with my blogging, and continue to inspire the everyday girl who loves fashion or needs guidance putting together a look. Never hesitate to reach out to me if you need assistance on how to style an outfit! I recently received my Image Consulting Certification through an online course. Everyday, I am taking the necessary steps to advance towards my career in Image Consulting. Also, all of my wardrobe styling and image consulting services will be offered on my new website. Stay tuned for that!
I know at times we have all found ourselves in a slump where we feel like "what am I doing with my life?" I want to encourage you to take a moment and seek out your passion. Once you discover what that is, put your best foot forward and GO FOR IT! As a Blogger, I realize blogging can be a bit intimidating because it is such a saturated field. You see so many cool blogs and think "I want my blog to look like this!" But remember, the popular bloggers did not begin with these fabulous websites. They started small, just like us and advanced as their business and viewers began to grow. The hard part is STARTING, once you have overcome that hurdle the remainder of your journey is yours to create and continue advancing!
I seriously cannot believe this is the last week of February, and not to mention my Birthday is next month! Earlier this month I sat down and did my first in person interview, with a super beautiful young lady by the name of Ashley Nicole. Ashley and I began following one another on Instagram a while ago, and from the beginning I admired her style, and her artwork. Towards the end of last year, I began brainstorming various categories I wanted to add to my blog, and interviewing local women whom I admire was on that list of additions. Personally, as a woman I feel as though it is important to build relationships with other women who work hard for what they believe in. I feel such relationships are beneficial as well as motivational. I am still so happy that Ashley agreed to do this interview with me. It was definitely a pleasure meeting and speaking with such a talented young woman! I hope you enjoy reading my interview with Ashley and gain some inspiration from her words!
Exclusive Interview with Ashley Nicole!
Posh: How did you begin drawing, and when did you discover your passion for art?
Ashley: My mom would always buy me coloring books as a child and she would emphasize how important it was to stay inside the lines when I was coloring. Every coloring book I had, I would always try my best to make sure my coloring was done perfectly. In about 7th grade, I took a home economics class and we always had various assignments that included drawing and creating outfits, which I actually enjoyed and took very serious. Also, I would read seventeen magazine and teen vogue for style inspiration. I began taking my art a lot more serious in high school (9th grade), and initially I began drawing tattoos for other people. That is how I began to perfect my craft, because I would practice all the time and I also would YouTube various drawing techniques to use within my work.
Ashley seems to be an extreme perfectionist when it comes to her art. She said that as she was learning new techniques and drawing new things if she thought she messed up, no matter how far a long she was in the piece she would throw it away and start over. Although, she wishes she hadn't because she is currently applying to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and they like to see old, imperfect work included in your portfolio, to see how much your work has improved.
Posh: When did you begin drawing Fashion Illustrations?
Ashley: I would say around 16. I have always been into styling and Fashion. I would definitely pursue a career in styling, if I was not doing art.
Ashley is definitely stylish! As I said before her style is initially drew me to following her on Instagram.
Posh: We are all inspired by someone, who inspires you?
Ashley: @hayden_williams and @ponyy_boyy on Instagram. I love their work! But I feel like a lot of fashion illustrators have the same look within their work. Most of them go off of what they see. They are either sketching a celebrity or an outfit worn by a celebrity. With my work I try to make it very original. If you notice I do not include full detailed faces in any of my fashion illustrations. That is my trademark. If I were to create an actual line of clothing based off of my illustrations, I would want everything to be affordable. I feel like you can get extremely fashionable items and not have to pay a ridiculous amount for it. As far as my style, my favorite stores to shop for myself are H&M, Forever21 and Topshop.
Posh: Being that you are a young mother, how do you balance work, your art, and being a mom?
Ashley: Once I had my son I didn't look at being a mother like my life was over. I always kept in mind how important it is to go at my own pace, focus on what I have going on and ride my own wave. Right now I am working at Classic Design Services, which is a specialty moving company. On my down time at work I am able to get some of my art work and sketching done. Also, now that my son is a toddler, he can do a few things on his own. When I am at home I get a lot of my art work done, because I do not have to constantly watch my son, at the age he is at now. Honestly, I do not feel like being a mom has stopped me from doing anything at all.
Posh: What is your dream career and where do you see yourself with your art in the next five years?
Ashley: In the past I wanted to be Editor in Chief of a main stream lifestyle and fashion magazine like Cosmopolitan, and Harper's Bazaar. But right now, I would really love to become an author of creative children's book, I really love that! Also, to advance my skills I plan on attending SCAD or Art Institute of Atlanta and studying sequential art.
I have to be honest, I had never heard of sequential art, but after Ashley explained what it is I got a better understanding. Sequential art is graphic storytelling that is done in sequence. Example: Comic Books.
Posh: If you could choose a celebrity to wear your designs, who would it be and why?
Ashley: Rihanna! She is like number one! I love her because she is not afraid to take risks at all. And she seems like such a care free person; like she doesn't really pay a lot of attention to what other people think of her. She does what she wants, and her style definitely reflects that. A few other celebrities I wouldn't mind seeing in my designs would be Zoe Kravitz, Karrueche Tran, Mary Kate and Ashley and Kerry Hilson. Rihanna will always be #1 though!
Posh: Out of all your artwork, what is your favorite piece and why?
Ashley: The BAPE painting. I loved that piece because it was not meant to be perfect, and I wanted to feminize the painting my adding girlish colors into something that is typically for men. (A Bathing Ape is a Japanese clothing line for men, women and children.)
Posh: "Now that I've asked you the questions I had for you, is there any bit of information you would like my readers to know about you that I did not ask?"
Ashley: "I guess this would be more so advice to women our age. It seems like a lot of women in our age group do things for validation from others or to prove something to someone else, and you do not have to! In general, stop feeling like everything you do needs approval from someone else. Also, when you have something you love to do put your all into it. Everything you want may not come right away, but if you put all you have into what you love it will all work out in due time."
Again, I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Ashley! This interview went super well, and I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed talking with her. Ashely has tons of art work, I was able to look through some of her amazing pieces during the interview. If you would like to see more from Ashley, follow her on Instagram @_gorgeousash and you can also purchase her art work and order personalized commissioned pieces on her website at anicoledesigns.bigcartel.com
I've been getting so many questions concerning my hair lately. I am ready to give you all the run down on products and an updated hair routine. Some of the products that I have been using lately come from the HASK Hair Care Line. If you're a fellow naturalista, you are probably very particular about the products you use on your hair, particularly the ingredients. All of the products in the HASK Hair Care Line are free of artificial colors, sulfates, gluten, parabens, drying alcohol, and phthalates. Organic Coconut Oil has been my hair's best friend lately, and the coconut oil products from HASK are amazing. First, the product fragrances are really great! If you're anything like me, that is the first thing I am concerned with. The shampoo and conditioner have a super light, fresh scent, but you can definitely smell the coconut oil. After washing and conditioning my hair with these products, my hair was super shiny and felt extremely moisturized. Also, the oil, which is pictured above, is very light-weight and adds some extra shine to your hair. I typically apply this type of oil directly to my hair and away from my roots, because my hair is naturally very oily. Later this week, I'll be using the deep conditioner from the HASK Hair Care Line, as a revitalizing hair treatment, so I will definitely update you on how my hair turned out after using it.
As far as my styling routine, I've changed things up a bit. When my hair was A LOT shorter, I was using the coiling method on the shorter sides and back, while using flexi-rods at the top. Now that my hair has grown at least an inch or two, I wanted to try something different. Lately I've been doing the two-strand-twist method on the sides and back, and flat twisting the top. Twisting my hair gives my curls a much more defined look. My hair is also able to retain lots of moisture, styling it this way. Maintenance is also super quick and easy. I usually just wear a silk bonnet at night and pick it out to my desired style in the morning. After 2-3 days the curls can get a little wild so I refresh by making chunky twists all over with just a few flat twists at the top. This requires you to spray your hair to wet it slightly, so you can maintain that deep curl pattern.
I try to retain as much moisture as possible in my hair (particularly in the winter season) and I do so by using the LOC (leave in, oil, cream) method. I make sure that whatever leave-in conditioner I am using is also a de-tangler, so that combing my hair out is easy! As I said before, I am loving coconut oil right now, but I use various styling creams when twisting my hair. I always let my twists stay in for a full 24 hours before untwisting for that defined look, plus my hair takes awhile to dry because I typically air dry.
Be sure to visit www.haskbeauty.com to make your purchase, and follow them on Instagram @HASKHAIR. Also, if you currently use HASK hair products, comment below and tell me about your hair experience!
So I'm not sure if 'Future' has amplified this fedora hat trend, but either way I am here for it. Fedora style hats can be paired with any outfit to turn up your look and it's the perfect cover up for not so good hair days. In addition to fedora's, I am also loving various shades of camel right now. Camel goes well with most skin tones, plus it is a great neutral color to pair with various looks.
The poncho I am wearing is SUPER warm, there was no need for additional layering plus my faux fur stole helped out a lot. The stole came attached to a leather moto jacket I have, but to add some flare to my look I decided to wear it on top of my poncho. Mixing and matching has always worked for me!
On another note, my best friend Ariel bought me the best planner for Christmas and I love it! Lately I've become a lot more organized with what I need to get done for the week, particularly on my off days. Trying to store all you need to do in your mind, sometimes just does not work out. Writing things down in order of priority has really been beneficial for me. Another feature included in my planner, is writing down my monthly goals and the steps I plan on taking to achieve each goal and why. Doing this helps me stay focused, and also reminds me of what I've fallen behind on. There are SO many ways to stay organized and on track, and until now I had only used a planner/ agenda book in High School to keep up with my assignments. In College, I used the notes and calendar features in my phone, I'm not totally sure if that was to my advantage or not! It is a proven fact that hand writing is a lot more beneficial than typing. So, we are still in the beginning of the new year and I know we all have a ton of goals stored in our head for the rest of the year. I would definitely suggest investing in a good planner to write down your thoughts and keep track of your goals. I want 2016 to be a year of great success for EVERYONE!
-Details on this look-
Fedora- Forever 21/ similar here
Shawl Poncho- Forever 21/ similar here
Jeans- H&M/ similar here
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