Mon Style: Travel-Friendly Casual Chic

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I heart this look – chic, classic and travel-approved. Comfy flats equal no foot pain. Crossbody bags with zippers provide pickpocket resistant storage.

Black, black and more black overflowed my luggage in prep for my #NYCsummerfling. Why? It camouflages potential sticky humidity dirt, Aunt Flo planned to travel with me, and it supported my recent all black mood. Also, black says: “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me.”

I sprinkled a little color with the footwear, lips and my (self-dubbed) big city blue nails.

Click the links below to get the look. Don’t be fooled by the labels, I purchased most items on S-A-L-E.

IMG_8810‘Take Your Marc – Percy’ Crossbody Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom

Zara Fringed Leather Bluchers – Zara

Little Black Dress – Bebe

 Textured Woven Coat – H&M

Amy Bracelet Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Retro Matte Ruby Woo Lipstick – Mac

Nightmoth Lip Pencil – Mac

Nails – Wynn Nail Spa

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Hugs,

Roshell

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Mon Style: White On Right

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Outfit Details

Semi Sheer Cotton Tee (I cut off the sleeves) – Forever 21

White Straight Leg Jeans – Target

Camo Calf Hair Belt – Gap

Tabacco T Strap Sandal  – Michael Kors

Mon Style: Petals + Polka Dots

Colorful petals and playful polka dots are the perfect pair to welcome Spring, it’s peeking around the corner.

Mixing prints can be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you create a playful and polished look…

  • Choose your colors. Similar colors and palettes compliment your patterns and pull the look together.

The black & white in my dress is repeated in my shoes. They compliment each other.

  • Pick your patterns. If the first pattern is complex, go simple with the second. Try to stick two patterns, it’s easy to go overboard when you’re having fun mixing prints.

With the colorful floral pattern and cross back, the dress is the star here. I went with a effortless, playful and comfy shoe that accents the dress.

  • Play with size. Use large and small patterns to avoid prints clashing and/or hypnotizing yourself while looking in the mirror.

The flowers/petals in my dress are larger than the print on the shoes. The patterns are not in competition with each other.

Have fun creating your look. Below are my deets.

The Deets

Flower Print Cross Back Dress – Boutique

Polka Dot Tennis Shoes – Forever 21

Leather Wrap Bracelet w/ Message – Dillon Rogers

Hugs, 

Roshell

Mon Style: A Monochromatic Night Out

 Dress: black H&M cross-back

Jacket: H&M Tailored Blazer in natural white

Shoes: Steve Madden Stecy in Gold (not suitable for long-wear)

Bag: black H&M faux leather foldover clutch w/ gold chain zipper

Necklace: gold H&M statement necklace

Earrings: gold H&M studs

Fill your closet with Luxury Brands, it’s practically FREE!

IMG_6677Blue Tank Top by Urban Outfitters & Black Cross Back Tank Top by Zara

Inhaling the scent, then gliding my legs and arms through the openings of new clothes or beautiful shoes became a ritual. Pumped by the register ringing as each price tag floated near the scanner that read its barcode…  yes, it was an addiction. Careless shopping became a habit that my bank account should not have funded.

I grew and learned that I would always be poor if I failed to budget. Becoming fiscally responsible has not erased my love for clothes and shoes. However, it has inspired me to explore alternative options, like FREE clothes.

In December, a friend (@socalsaver85) introduced me to Twice, an online concierge-style marketplace for quality secondhand clothing. Pricing is great, shipping is fast and easy.

Twice offers a wide selection of brands including Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Phillip Lim,  Marc Jacobs, Gap, Dolce & Gabana, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lululemon, Michael Kors, and Yves Saint Laurent. 

Receive your first item totally free without entering  your credit card info, I kid you not. I was skeptical, but I figured I had nothing to lose. I have now received six tops from Twice.

  • Follow this link (https://www.liketwice.com/RIbMG) to setup up your account online, you earn a $10 credit. If choose not to sign up through the referral link above, you will not receive the $10 credit.
  • Download the Twice app, you earn an additional $10 credit for each (iPhone and iPad) device download.
  • Use the promo code BUNDLEUP15 to save 15 percent off your first purchase

Your item will be shipped to you totally free if it’s priced below $26 and  you have racked up $30 in credit. Choose an item below $16 if you receive $20 in credit.

I received all items pictured for free using Twice credit, but paid partial shipping for a few items.

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Style Is Always In Fashion

Happy Friday!!!

Style Is Always In Fashion” is the title of my Pinterest style and fashion board. Have you checked it out? I will be adding new pins over the long weekend.

Let me know if you find any inspiration. xoxoStyle Is Aways In Fashion

Throw It On: Style With Lo

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.

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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. 

Connect with Lo on Instagram and Twitter, both handles are @MyLifeAsLo

Black Friday 2012

I’ve experienced the “real” Black Friday madness twice and it’s not worth it.  This year, I slept in like any normal human being who stuffed her face with a ridiculous amount of food and shoved it down with pie, on Thursday. Sleeping in ended up being 8:30am, lol.

Curious to see what I missed, I hit a few stores after 2pm to find out that I didn’t miss anything. I did snatch up the cute pair of flats pictured above but they were at regular price. I won because $19.99 is a sale for me and I didn’t rush out in the wee hours of the morning to stand in a obscene line to get them.

Shoe Deets:

Price: $19.99

Purchased at: Target

Brand: Mossimo

Style: Vianca Tuxedo Flat (click the link to find them online)