What I Wore to a Wedding!

Hey! Welcome back! I hope you are well. This past weekend, I attended my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. I have never been to one before so I was pretty excited. I was not too sure what to wear so my boyfriend’s mom sweetly offered to help me find something. We didn’t have to go hunting for anything because I was able to find my dress and shoes quite easily.  IMG_9952.jpg

The dress is from the Jennifer Lopez collection  at Kohls. I looked online for a link to it, but there are only plus sized version of this dress. (Link here)  This was one of the first dresses Itried on and I just loved it! The floral pattern was so pretty and the length was perfect for my five foot frame. Although the dress did have a button for the cleavage area, I did have to safety pin it a bit more because it was a bit too low for a wedding. This dress was so comfortable! I love the faux wrap style of this dress and the little waist belt to the dress to keep my waist cinched.dresswedding.jpg

I loved the dress but when I found the shoes for it, I was so happy with them We went to Off Broadway for our shoes and as soon as I saw these black velvet platform heels from Zigi Soho Garen , I was done looking for any others. I don’t wear heels very often so I wanted to go for a platform heel. The style of these was just everything I was looking for. Velvet is just so cute and gives the look a different texture to the outfit. They were super easy to walk in and I of course loved the extra height it gave me.platgeel.jpg

I’m not to fussy with accessories so I didn’t wear too much else as far as jewelry goes. I wore this evil eye bracelet and dangle earrings, but that was pretty much it.  braclet.jpg

The lipstick I decided on was Kat Von D’s Lolita. This is such a beautiful mauve pink color that went so well with my dress! I love this liquid lipstick.katlip.jpg  

The wedding itself was so beautiful! They had the ceremony in Knoxville on a roof top in Market Square. The place where guest could lounge around was such a picturesque place I just wanted to move in!  It was such a nice day and everyone was so welcoming and happy. I was very grateful to have been invited and have been gifted my dress and shoes. IMG_9966.jpg

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-Sam 

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All Time Fashion Favorites!

Hello! I hope you are well. Today I am going to be sharing some of my all-time favorite fashion pieces. These are items that I wear year round and that keep me feeling good and comfy.

The first is my denim jacket from Forever 21. I have always loved the look of denim jackets and have been on the hunt for one that looked a bit more worn and that wasn’t cropped. This one is just right, even down to the button detail and the denim wash.I wear this jacket all the time. In the summer, I bring it along with me to work in case I get cold and it is always matches everything I am wearing.denimjackets2

High waisted jeans are an absolute must for me. Before these were a thing, I was always super uncomfortable wearing jeans that were so low. As soon as the high waist jean trend had all the stores with their own style of this jean, I stocked up on them. I love Forever 21’s stock of high waist jeans and these I found at the thrift store.  I am 5″0 so while I can cut the bottoms a few inches and they fit perfectly!highwaisted.jpg

Basic t-shirts are everything. They can be mixed and matched everything. I love having my basic shirts with the v-neck detail. I tend to have a variety of colors of these from Forever 21 and love how soft they are. Did I mention they are under $10 each?basicts.jpg

A good belt can elevate a simple jean and t-shirt look and I love that these belts can make a dress, romper or just shorts look more western and instantly amazing. This belt is from Rue 21 and I wear it with rompers and jeans. It makes the belt look like the star of the show.belttttt.jpg

A pair of shoes, for me, need to be comfortable, cute and that pair with everything. With that being said, I have too many black shoes. From loafers, to Mary Janes, to oxford shoes, they are all black. Yeah, I do have my share of colorful footwear, but I can’t get enough of my darker soles. They match any outfit and the shade of a darker shoe always looks sleek.shoessssss.jpg

As much as I love my shoes, I love bags. Black bags seem to take over my collection as well. I like cross body bags but I have recently been carrying around a tote type of bag. This one from H&M is like from Mary Poppins. It. Fits.Everything. I have so much crammed in this bag and still, it always looks amazing. This smaller one from Forever 21 (sensing a trend now) is one I take with me when I don’t need to lug around a big bag filled with things I just don’t need at the time.bagtote.jpg

Graphic t-shirts have always been something I am about. I love the laid-back vibe it gives to what could be a simple look. These are one I tend to wear alot I like that they are a bit cropped and aren’t too long or unflattering.graphic

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-SAM

 

Summer Shoes!

Hello hello! July is already here so this month, I am going to start amping  up my post since I start school next month and want to put out as much content as I can before then because school takes over. Today’s post is about my summer shoes and the ones I gravitate towards during these months.
The first are just some slide on mules from Rue 21. I recently saw the original version from Gucci and was so elated that I got mine for just 5 bucks. They might not last as long or have the best quality but when I can save money, you bet I’ll jump at the chance. I am in love with these babies. slideonmules.jpg

I’m way too into black shoes…they just match everything! These, also from Rue21 are such a pretty flat. They have a scalloped detail. The lace up look adds such texture to a basic outfit. They are way more comfy than I I initially thought! laceupshoes.jpg

Let me add a bit of color….they may just be white but it’s a big thing for me! My trusty high top white converse are the best shoe investment I’ve made. I’ve had these for about 3 years and while they aren’t as white, there is no traction fade, fabric rip, etc. These are such a fashionable and easily recognizable shoe that I absolutely adore and can easily be styled.converse2.jpg

And some real color are ones I have talked about before but I can’t stop raving about them. They are the Forever 21 pointed toe mules….in pink! I love love love these shoes. They add such a western feel with the buckle and detailed pattern. I love pairing these lovelies with all black and letting the shoes be the star of the show.f21pinkmules.jpg

Those are my summer shoes! I love having a bit of every style going on. What’s your favorite summer shoe style!?
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-Sam

May Favorites!

Hello! May has come to a close, but I have been left with sooo many favorites from the month. From books to fashion…so here we go!

TV Shows

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King – This standup was such a breath of fresh air for a comedy act.  Hasan is a comedy genius that made me laugh out loud one second and made me tear up the next. I went on a rollercoaster ride along with him and the things he lived through. From talks about family, racism, prom to being hired to be on The Daily Show Hasan Minhaj is a fireball of talent and sincerity. Favorite comedian status?…..Uhm yes. 

Better Call Saul – Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. There’s like 3 seasons and you are just getting into the show? Yes and I have been missing out. Better Call Saul is taken from the life of Walt White’s interesting Lawyer, Saul Goodman. It goes through “Saul’s” life of becoming an establised lawyer and the obstacles he has to go through. Season 2 ended on a cliff hanger and I cannot wait until Season 3 hits Netflix.

Master Of None: Season 2 – I loved the first season and thought it couldn’t get any better this time around for season 2, but I was so so wrong. Season 2 of MON connected to me in such deep way. The cinemetography was a work of art as it was focused on people and the way they live, love, work, and become happy with their truest self. This show is so much more than trying to date in New York while trying to land an acting job. Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang are the creators and writers of this masterpiece and do such a good job at making this show so deep that makes you truly feel something. Aziz Ansari directed several episodes and does such a beautiful job at it. 

Books

Into the Wild – I have read this book before, but it’s just such a good book that while sad, has such a deep message. Happiness is only real when shared. We all as humans, want to share happiness, because then, we know it is real and we know that it’s not just a dream. Getting that new job, graduating highschool/college, overcoming that obstacle you’ve been fighting to defeat. Sharing that feeling of happiness and spreading it all over, creates happiness that in turn, multiplies. 

#Girlboss – Another book that I’ve read but I have to talk about. This book is going to get yourself off of that couch and go after what you want. After this school semester, I struggled to get back to blogging, but after reading this book again, that fire and motivation to get back to writing posts, taking photos, editing and posting was came alive again. I love taking photos, I love writing and I love creating. This book was the firewood that reignited that flame in me again.

What I know For Sure : Oprah Winfrey – I remember coming home from school and going into my sister’s room. We’d always watch Oprah together as I’d do my homework. Since then, Oprah has been a huge source of inspiration for me. I came across this book and I became that much more inspired to be postive, work hard and keep going no matter what gets in my way. This book is one that will make you look at your life and see that you are not your past. You can do better if you don’t look at the negatives. You can do better if you love, live and work hard at life. Go Oprah. 

Makeup/Skincare

NYX Cosmetic Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder – This highlight called Synthetica is described on the site as being a pink based highlight with gold. It is such a rose gold goddess color that screams summer. I love that hue it leaves on the tip of my nose or the high points of my cheeks. The formula is super pigmented and while it is a pink based highlight, it doesn’t look pink or orange on my cheekbones. It just looks glowy. DSC_1508FullSizeR (1)Urban Decay Afterglow Highlight in Sin- This 8 hour powder highlight makes me look like such a disco ball and I am all about it. A simple tap of this product will give such a strong highlight. It is the longest lasting highlight I have had in a long minute. 

FullSizeR (2).jpgFullSizeR (3).jpgDeciem Hyaluronic Acid – I made a post about this product a few weeks back so I l, of course am going to add it to my monthly favorites. This product absorbs so quickly and leaves my skin feeling plump and smooth. To read more about my thoughts on this product go back in my page and read all about it!

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Garnier Micellear Water- I now understand the hype with these micellear water products. I get it, I get it. This does not leave the slightest residue of product that coconut oil, or makeup wipes leave on my skin. I have tried them all and I cannot stand that residual gunk. This on the otherhand, leaves my face feeling soft, makeup free without the over rubbing, etc, and pretty clean. The love is real for this stuff. 

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Fashion

Forever 21 Faux Suede Buckled Mules in Rose- While this item may be my only fashion favorite of the month, it is a step outside of my comfort zone. I got these shoes for my birthday which was April 30th, but I have been wearing these shoes nonstop since then in May. I am someone that does not wear color and much less pink. However, when I laid my eyes on these babies, I had to have them. They elevate an outfit and make a casual t-shirt and jeans look so feminine put together and classy. My love for these shoes makes me step out of my neutral color wardrobe and add a pop of color. 

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-Sam