Here’s my complete holiday party look for 2014 with links.
Shoes: Stecy by Steve Madden
Bag: Whiting & Davis Bags
Jacket: Dinner Jacket by H&M
Earrings: Forever XXI
Face Crafted by Mac Cosmetics
Braids have been in heavy rotation, because I decided to grow my tapered cut out (I want my hair back!). Awkwardness of the awkward-length stage is more awkward when your hair is uneven, so braids have been my crutch.
Growing up, I believed that braids were not appropriate for sophisticated occasions, but it’s all in how you style them. I attended a few events that required a fancy upgrade from the basic everyday top bun I wore.
The video above by Jennifer Olaleye inspired the braided bun i’m rocking below on the left. I added my own twist to the style by crossing a few braids from each side and clamping them with a thin metal barrette. Instead of wrapping the ponytail with hair (as shown in the tutorial), I used a hair tie for a more secure ponytail. I also used a rubber band to secure the final bun and a few bobby pins to hold the bun in place. Pictured on the right is an alternative to the braided bun, I created a regular bun by wrapping the hair in a circle, then pinned it in place.
Make sure that your braids are not pulling your hair, especially around the edges. Loosen hair as needed to stay alopecia free.
While driving through Beverly Hills on Tuesday, a red light interrupted my mission. As I sat at the light I decided to people watch. There were so many clothes wearing people that I should call it “clothes watching”.
The price for a single top or pair of pumps could easily feed a small village, yet some looked no different than their less expensive competitors. Don’t get me wrong, I love my luxury brands just as much as the next girl. I know that quality is a factor but some items just don’t fit the bill.
I also know that an inexpensive item can shame an expensive one. We can purchase a $1,000 top, but if we don’t have style it can be mistaken for a 99 cent item from the discount store.
Style is what brings clothing to life, it’s the difference between wearing your clothes and letting them wear you.
I want to introduce you to Lo, she has great personal style. Let’s check out how she throws it on. Read the Q & A below to find out how she does it and connect with her.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
Lo: One open-minded, adventurous, strong, funny, and intelligent female with a slight male demeanor.
Who/what inspires your personal style?
Lo: I wouldn’t say that there is anyone or anything in particular that inspires my personal style. How I am feeling, my mood is what inspires me.
What is your favorite piece and/or accessory right now?
Lo: My boyfriend cut destroyed denim jeans. I can dress them up or dress them down. I can throw on a colorful pump or rock a pair of retro Jordan’s with them. They are so comfortable and I love comfort.
Would you like to share anything else about you or your personal style?
Lo: I never thought I really had “style”. I simply just buy what I like and throw it on.