November 30, 2015

My Style: Florals in Autumn

When you want to look flirty but be comfortable, I totally recommend wearing a retro-print floral, tunic dress with a swinging silhouette.  This tunic has an inverted triangle cutout on the neckline which adds just enough intrigue and yet you're modestly covered up.  Chicwish, the brand of the dress and sweater, has amazing quality, not only in the materials used but in the designs and wide selection.  This gorgeous waffle knit cardigan in wine is not only beautiful but extremely warm (which is major since it's already snowing here off and on).  Skechers was awesome to let me select these beautiful tall boots made of soft leather.  Adding skin tone tights and over-the-knee socks is another styling trick to stay warm.  If you like hats, then you've got to get this Brixton wool hat--perfect for bohemian or indie styling.  Let me know if you're loving the fall colors with relaxed fit pieces; I'm pretty much over the bodycon look (not that it was ever my favorite) for right now, but I'd like to know what the rest of the world thinks.  Xoxo, Shelly

Outfit Details

Boots courtesy of Skechers 
Hat by Brixton from Nasty Gal

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November 8, 2015

My Style: Body, Mind, & Soul

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

I've begun to do a little yoga and some peaceful meditation to help reduce (Dare I say the words for fear you'll think I'm trite and boring?) stress and anxiety.  Anyone else experience those two feelings from time to time?  Exercise overall makes me feel better, and I was thrilled when Express contacted me to review their new high performance workout line EXP Core.  When we (females) want to buy workout clothes, I know  we usually think of brands with certain athletic gear logos, but I have to tell you Express nailed it.  Built for maximum performance, these designs are on point from aesthetic appeal to functionality.  I'm wearing one of the EXP Core Mesh Racerback Sports Bras.  This sports bra has it all--coverage, cuteness, support, and a reasonable price point.  Believe me, I've tried so many sports bras from the ones that flatten you to the ones that are non-supportive--no thank you!  This one is perfect, and I love the mesh vents for breathability.  Next the EXP Core Strappy Tank in gray is soft, has moisture-wicking fabric, and fits like a dream.  Lastly, the EXP Core Compression Leggings, which have flat seems to eliminate chaffing and a special built-in zipper pocket for your keys, are of the best quality.  So, don't you deserve to pamper yourself with some new workout clothes?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you like to workout or relax.  Xoxo, Shelly 

November 4, 2015

My Style: Dressing Up for Fall

Dresses in the fall are so much fun!  When you are in the mood to look feminine but want to be totally carefree and comfortable, I recommend choosing a few bohemian inspired pieces.  I selected this absolutely beautiful dress with white lace and bell sleeves to go with tall brown boots and a brown floppy hat.  The boho appeal is addicting, so I also selected a long antiqued necklace with a feather motif.  Last, I added a distressed denim jacket for warmth, keeping the aesthetic casual and yet pretty.

I really do like to dress in a way that I feel a vibe of freedom and confidence, being my own person.  I hope this boho styling appeals to you and that you try it out!  Xoxo, Shelly

Dress, jacket, hat, boots, rings, and necklace courtesy of Charlotte Russe

November 2, 2015

My Style: Feeling 22

"It feels like a perfect night to dress up like hipsters
And make fun of our exes, uh uh, uh uh.
It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight
To fall in love with strangers, uh uh, uh uh.

We're happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time
It's miserable and magical.
Oh, yeah
Tonight's the night when we forget about the deadlines
It's time

Uh oh!
I don't know about you
But I'm feeling 22"

~Taylor Swift

The lyrics of Taylor's song are pretty much right on.  I turned 22 two weekends ago and two awesome friends came to visit me, explore Flagstaff, complete a photo shoot in the forest, and share many laughs along the way.  College life has its stresses with projects, exams, and reports, but it also has the benefit of meeting some sweet souls.  I'm feeling blessed at the young but older (possibly wiser) age of 22 :)  

Now onto fashion. . . we wanted a forest setting for a bohemian inspired, fall styling.  I adore anything designed and made by Others Follow, such as this lovely dress and corduroy jacket.  Add a hat, combat boots, over-the-knee socks, and a beautiful purse by T-Shirt & Jeans, and you've got an amazing outfit for a day with great friends.  The forests are magical this time of year.  Another good reason to put down the books and go play.

Xoxo, Shelly