Top 3 Ways to Shake Up Your All Black Wardrobe

“Wearing black is a lifestyle.”

-Unkown

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(Disclaimer: This picture is not technically questioning my wardrobe choices, but rather we go caught by rain in the middle of our shoot!)

I swear my wardrobe has every color in the rainbow- except yellow or orange (they make me look like I have jaundice)! However, the only items I find myself wearing are the neutral pieces, especially the black ones. I greatly annoy family and friends when shopping because my catch phrase is:

“I love it. If it was black…..”

My blogging bestie Shell, from A Courageous Beauty, got to listen to that saying a million times while we traipse around Target last weekend! There is just something go to about my dark pieces. They always feel fresh and they always work together- especially when paired with another neutral, like denim. I thought I’d share today the top 3 ways to update the black pieces in your wardrobe and shake up your neutral look!

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1: Look to the modern neutrals.

Black, white, gray, khaki. You grew up knowing these as neutral tones. However, for a modern feel look to denim, snakeskin, and olive as neutrals too!

Changing your definition of neutral will push your style to the next level.

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2: Texture is key.

The best way to get away with all black everything is to add multiple textures to keep the look from falling flat!

Think lace, leather, denim (both a colour and texture), faux fur, silk.

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3: Wear what you truly love.

I could give you all the tips and suggestions in the world! If you don’t absolutely love and feel confident in the piece though, no amount of “advice” will change that.

If you don’t absolutely love and feel confident in the piece though, no amount of “advice” will change that.

If black isn’t your thing, apply #1 and #2 to anything you wear! They are tips that will make your style more refined and give it that je na sais quoi that we all are looking for!

Do you have a go to color? I’d love to hear why it’s your go to! BTW I FINALLY found an amazinggggg dupe of my favorite Rebecca Minkoff tote that is always on my page. Yay! Enjoy your short week babes.

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Faux Fur for the Chill!

“She doesn’t wear fur because she is cold, she wears fur because she is glamorous.”

-Ken Downing

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Like my New Years, this outfit is pretty busy! I decided I wanted to put all they style elements I’m digging right now into one look.

However, unlike putting everything into this outfit, I wouldn’t try putting

EVERYTHING into your life!

For me, 2017 is going to be all about saying NO.

Hear me out, life can be so full of everything and anything that it can be #HARD to manage it all and keep your sanity at the same time. So I’m not going to. I’m done with feeling like I always have to do everything. I will not constantly overextend myself, or say yes because I feel I must.

I’m going to spend this year learning what is really important and what does not hold any value in my life.

 

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

 

This outfit might mix camo, paisley, fur and bell sleeves as my favourite style features, but my life is going to hold #GOD, #FAMILY and #GENUINEFRIENDS (you know what I’m talking about….); I’m letting go of:

Societal pressure: With the advent of social media (especially with being a #BLOGGER), there is soooo much pressure from society to make every aspect of your life perfect. I don’t want to spend 2017 pretending mine is!

Pressure of tradition: I do things far to often because that’s how I always have or my family always has. Yes, at times this can be good, at other points, it’s time to throw that shawl off and forge your own path.

Gender pressures: Let’s be honest, as #WOMEN we are expected to do it all and handle it all. I don’t need to do twice as much as any man to show I’m just as good, and I won’t.

 

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

 

Kisses to each of you and to 2017! Let’s get this year started right, so we can finish it even stronger.

 

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Cozy Sweater Season: The Best Season of All

“Use your smile to change the world,

don’t let the world change your smile.”

-Unknown

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I’m going to be so upfront with you. I haven’t been my very happy self the last few weeks. The move from VA to FL right before Thanksgiving was really rough. Between leaving friends and family behind, to heading toward the unseasonably warm (to me!) weather I just haven’t been able to smile as much as normal.

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Then yesterday I realized I need to practice what I preach….

I’m always encouraging other women to change their attitude and focus on the positive in any situation. I laid out three steps to remind myself of the good in my current circumstance! I’m a HUGE fan of lists and notes, so I wrote this list in my little notepad I carry everywhere as an action plan to repeat when I’m feeling down.

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1: Remove yourself.

The first thing I need to do when I’m feeling down or overwhelmed is to remove myself from the situation. I need to step back and focus on why I feel the way I do to figure out a solution, rather than drowning myself in work or something that will only on exaggerate the way I feel. I was focused on thinking the issue was stress from moving when it was really just I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere. PRAY.

2: Talk.

Once I discover the stem of what’s wrong, I will seek out a trusted friend to confide in and open up my heart to. Having someone as a sounding board can be such a help! I do go to therapy once a week as well- opening up and talking has made such a difference with my anxiety and depression. Closing off doesn’t help anything! I’m so thankful for support system that keeps me sane! PRAY.

3: Do something for you.

Sometimes you really just need a moment to do something you enjoy. I might not be happy about the warm fall weather in FL but I do LOVE the beach- taking a walk on the beach is a way to embrace the change in a positive way! PRAY.

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What do you do when you are feeling down? I would love to hear how you handle big life changes!

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Oversized: Couch cover or chic styling?

“Most people wear clothing that is too big or too small for them. And “oversized” is the downfall for most of us. We have to be careful we don’t look slipcovered!”

-Tim Gunn

Oh, Tim Gunn- ever the fashion sage! Oversized is popular for fall but can go frumpy rather quickly if you don’t style it properly. It’s a style that when done right, can not only be your coziest look, it can also be your chicest look yet.

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This all black oversized look has been my go-to for going out this fall! Put on flats and a backpack purse and it’s a cozy casual look, with heels and a tote it’s perfect for brunch or a night out. Going this oversized can seem like a style challenge! I’ve got your back to take the leap though with my top three tips on how to go oversized without drowning or looking like a couch.

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1: Don’t just go wide, go long!

To make the look work balance is key. This sweater works so well because it doesn’t just stop at my waist, the length keeps the width from being overbearing. The slip dress I layered here is so perfect for this! It adds length without adding bulk and compliments the large size of the sweater by bringing the eye in.

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2: Keep oversized monochrome!

Stylists have been saying for years black is slimming, which can be true. Another slimming effect- even when going oversized is to keep your colours monochromatic! The best way to turn the look into a slipcover is to add a bright pattern; when going oversized keep it simple with solids and monochrome shades.

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3: Size is a letter or number and doesn’t matter. Pay attention to how it fits!

Some items are created to have a large fit, others look great when you just upsize to a large fit. I can’t stress it enough whenever you’re shopping to ignore labels and go with what feels right! Some brands I’m an xxxxxxsmall and in others a xxxxxxxxxlarge. I don’t know why the fashion industry does this to us but it can be totally ignored- fashion and style are about you and not their numbers.

Like any style you chose to wear the best advice to follow is to just go for it! Sometimes the only thing holding us back is our own inhibitions. Let go and try something new! Are you a fan of the oversized look or just over it? I’d love to hear your opinion!

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PS: If you need some oversized inspiration check out this Pinterest board!

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PS: If you need some oversized inspiration check out this Pinterest board!

 

Life is Crazy, Wear Your Wellies

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonders forever.”

-Jacques Ives Cousteau

Life is crazy.

Not just your life or my life, this season or the past season but life in general! If you don’t know already I’m a #militaryspouse which at times holds it’s own special craziness- like planning a cross-country move from Washington DC to Washinton State with a six-month pitstop in Pensacola Florida. 17 days till the lease in DC ends and the first part of the road trip begins!

Life feels completely CRAZY right now.

As I write this I’m in WA and on the WC for the first time! We are house hunting for two weeks before the move to FL happens. To say I’ve fallen in love with the area would be an understatement! I can NOT wait to relocate to this charming and beautiful area of Whidbey Island. It’s covered in amazing trails, local coffee shops and stunning views- like this lighthouse.

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Over the past few days of exploring, I’ve made some discoveries about how my style is going to have change when the move happens. Have you ever heard the Pacific Northwest is rainy and overcast? It’s all the truth.

Here are the top three things I know are going to be vital to my wardrobe:

1: Wellies!

I am so glad I invested in these Hunter rain boots during this year’s #NSale! So far they are the only shoes I’ve worn on the island- the non-slip bottom has kept me upright traversing across slick wooden decks and the heavy duty rubber keeps my feet super dry. Hunters are an investment but knowing the cost per wear is going to be super low and because they are quality they will last FOREVER.

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2: A raincoat.

I don’t mean a little poncho or an umbrella from Target- I mean a quality raincoat that can be layered over other pieces to keep me toasty and dry year round! I have a short raincoat but I plan on finding a longer one that will keep me as dry as possible.

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3: Fleece lined leggings.

I’m a legging babe. I always have been. Granted I always wear tunic length pieces over them! I don’t think my collection of regular leggings are going to cut it out here. I’m going to need to put a few pairs of fleece lined ones in my drawers to stay warm! Fortunately, they are super easy to find and just as comfy as regular leggings.

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Life might always be crazy but there are beautiful sights and people to keep you grounded along the way. I’m so excited for this next step and to share the journey with you! If you live in the area and have any tips about where to go or what to wear please let me know. Happy New Week babes!

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