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The Best Sports Bra to Hold In Your Ting Tangs

Did You Know? Women simply don’t have the genetic potential to develop bulky muscles. They don’t have sufficient amounts of testosterone — the hormone largely responsible for the development of muscle bulk.

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If you’ve ever struggled finding a good sports bra that isn’t $1,000 then you’ll understand this post.  I played sports a lot when I was younger and have always enjoyed running or working out so a sports bra is an essential part of my closet.  I don’t care if they’re cute,  I care that they hold my ting tangs still.  I HATED the times I’d be wearing a bra that wasn’t strong enough & my ting tang’s bounced around for everyone to see during my runs.  UGH, also so unflattering. Oooga Oooga Oooga. Just no. No. No.

Victoria Secret sports bra

Classic Black (HERE) // Pretty Nude (HERE) // Zip Front (HERE)

This reminds of the time Wafiq & I were hiking this very popular hill in Los Angeles and we saw this woman we nicknamed: “Dagger Tits”.

 She came plowing down the hill, full speed ahead.  Super athletic, marine woman – confident.  Wearing a very little, ocean blue, Yoga style, triangle bra covering each of her areolas.  Unfortunately, her small breasts went up & down so severely it was if they were each a gun being shot off in an old western stand-off.  Pew pew pew pew!  Cutting the air like a sharp blade.  Pointed. Up, then down, then up! Then down.  We cringed in pain.  We may lose a breast here.  That is one of the many moments I can use to advocate the importance of a strong sports bra.

Anyways, I doubted the Victoria’s Secret sports bras for a long time because they’re cute, they claim to be “push ups, and VS is not known as an athletic company.  Not the formula for nailing down the chest.

Until recently when I needed new sports bras & I was totally unhappy with what I had.  I knew there had to be better & I could only hope at an affordable price…

Because I found this Victoria’s Secret sports bra for $35 I thought – fuck it.  Why not give it a try, better than spending tons of money on another one that might not even work.

Well, lets thank the heavens because this bad boy holds your ting tangs STILL.  And the bra is cute, comfortable, AND affordable!  I went back the next day & bought 3 more.  I’m not sure what girls with little chesties will think, I’m sure that’s an entire different situation – but if you want something to hold everything in, this is it!

Side note, the bra’s with the clips on the back like this one: HERE, can dig into your back a little if you’re doing something laying down.  Not awful but if you’re sensitive, take that into consideration.  Don’t worry, there’s also options where the bra clips in the front, like this one: HERE.

If you’re having trouble staying motivated for your work outs try buying some new workout gear that you’re excited to wear.  It sounds silly but really makes a difference.  It makes you really want to get out there & work hard! Feel good.  Look good. Workout good.

That’s it for my Monday!  Off to celebrate my dog learning to fetch me her Kong for peanut butter treats! OUI!

Have a great day, and be thoughtful,

Xx

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Three Wish Worthy Easter Dresses

Did You Know?  67% of Millennials and 56% of Gen Xers prefer to shop on online rather than in-store.

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Happy Monday!

I made the mistake of trying to go shopping recently & immediately regretted my decision to skip shopping online… Ughhhh… is anyone else online only?!  It’s so much easier than parking at a mall, going into a crowded store, digging around for your size, (and most recently) dealing with the hottest dressing room of all time!

So, I’m back to strictly online shopping & spent the weekend looking for Easter/Spring looks.   Spring is my favorite because I get to wear flowers, pastels, lace, pink, dresses – everything that runs through my blood.

Spring-Dresses


Three Wish Worthy Easter Dresses:

Natasha Ruffle Bodycon Dress

I like dresses that can multi-task.  Something that I feel like a girl in but can dress up for a sexy little night out or dress down for a casual day at brunch.  P.S Nasty Gal’s inventory is always changing & with their sales you can count on finding budget friendly options.  (Similar: HERE)

White Garden Party Maxi Dress

Works for Easter or any day this Spring, right?  I’m not always about the long, flowy, maxi dresses because they’re so loose & allow too much room to comfortably eat – several days of that in a row will add major pounds to my waistline without even knowing… But I think one really pretty maxi for Spring is manageable.  (Similar: HERE)

Jumpsuit with Frill Peplum in Scuba Crepe 

If you haven’t noticed from Instagram, I would wear a jumpsuit every single day.  I bring my dog with me everywhere I go, even places that are a little more formal – so I prefer wearing something a step up from my workout tights.  Jumpsuits allow me to manage the dog without showing my hoo-ha, & look decent.  (Plus, I’m loving hot pink… always.)


Have a great week everyone!  I’m about to start the Last Man Standing series on Netflix for the 3rd time in a row… It’s too funny & I hate to admit, has possibly tied New Girl for my fav shows. I watch the episodes over & over & over… & over. Wafiq hates me.

Enjoy your day & be thoughtful

Xx

 

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5 Things I Can’t Go A Day Without

Did You Know? 68% of the people suffer from Phantom Vibration Syndrome, the feeling that one’s phone is vibrating when it’s not. ( v i a )


I love investigating peoples routines & what they do every single day, meaning they’re obsessed.  For a long time that was Target for me.  Not a product, but a place.  I went to Target all the time & it was the one thing I desperately missed when I was out of the country.  I’ve gotten it together since then.  (*Amazon Prime*)

But of course, there are still products you use every single day that you can’t go without & those are the secret’s I need to know about!

Below are mine…

5 Things I use Every Day

5 Things I Can’t Go A Single Day Without:

1. Coconut Oil:

I’ve recently started experimenting with other oils as moisturizer, which I’ll update on later, but I still use coconut oil every single day in the kitchen.  I love the taste it brings to a dish.  I use it as oil when sautéing, mix it in my oatmeal for breakfast, or give my little doggie a spoonful as a treat.    I prefer cooking fresh meals as often as possible & coconut oil goes right along with that – I use it for everything in the kitchen & I love that it doubles as a use for pretty much anything else.

2. Hair Clips:

I can’t go through an entire day without using a hair clip.  My entire life I’ve had long, thick hair which I’ve loved but have only been able to manage with a tight ponytail.  I started hating the huge line mark that a tight  ponytail was making so I made the brave switch to hair clips & haven’t looked back.  I either: 1. Half dry my hair & twirl it into a bun, securing with a clip 2. Pull half my hair up once wearing it down has had its moment  3. Clip up when I get out of the shower when my hair is still wet.

Keep in mind, hair clips give your hair room to move so you’re less likely to have breakage.  And I should note, I currently do not own a curling iron so the only way I achieve any volume or curl is by wearing my hair in a bun w/a clip all day or overnight.. When I let it down, BOOM – curls.

3. White Shoes:

They’re too easy.  I wear these either letting my dog out in the morning, at work, after work, a quick run to the grocery story, the beach, with a fancy dress for a night out… Shit, I’ll wear them with anything, anywhere.  I buy a new pair OFTEN because they’re so affordable & there’s nothing better than clean, bright white shoes.

4. Moisturizer / Chapstick:

Cannot survive a day without my moisturizer.   I’ve always had super dry skin & I’m pretty much always trying to hold a self tan, so a moisturizer is an absolute MUST.  The past year I’ve been using my oil of choice & this Tepez Cream.   My face is super sensitive & will break out if you look at it incorrectly, so I’ve tried TONS of products that haven’t worked.  Oils & Tepez Cream never let me down – but I’m still looking.  Anyone have a fantastic moisturizer or eye cream that pumps in moisture they swear by?!  I’ll send you a thank you note if you tell me your secrets… Seriously.

And of course I carry chapstick everywhere.  The one place I NEED it daily is next to my bed.  I smear it on before I sleep and it moisturizes my lips all night long so I wake up fresh.  I can’t fall asleep without it.

5. Huge Sunglasses:

Even on a cloudy day I’m wearing sunglasses if I’m outside (or in a bright room?).  I can’t stand the strain on my eyes from squinting.  Once you realize how much huge, dark sunglasses helps your eyes you’ll never be able to go a day without them.   {They also come in handy when you’re super hungover, at the grocery store, buying frozen pizza, and run into your ex boyfriend.}


When I think about the things I can’t go without, these come to mind.  I feel like each of them serves a purpose in my day to day functioning, including my $15 H&M pants I was wearing in my recent Instagram pic.  As long as I have these items, I’m good to go, ready to conquer the world!

What products can’t you live without?

Have a great week & be thoughtful!

Xx

 

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Loving Lately: Three Everyday Favorites

Did You Know?  Originally, scientists wore beige coats. In the late 19th century, medical professionals chose white ones. The color white was chosen because of the idea of hope and expectations for healing and recovery that the physicians would bring. ( v i a )


Boi, why you so obsessed with me?!  If the following three items had a voice, that’s what they would say. Screw monthly favorite posts, who really has time to try 1,000 products in 1 month and know what’s working and what isn’t?! Impossible.  But there are a few items that I’ve been loving lately, genuinely loving. Let’s get real, that’s what’s important to share.

Also we’re nearing the weekend, I’m planning 0 activities.  SXSW is coming to Austin the next two weekends and although I barely understand what SXSW actually is – I do know there’s a lot happening and always somewhere to be with free drinks and free phones, so I’ll be there.

For now, if you buy all three of the below items you’ll be out a cute $30 << Pretty proud to say that.

Loving Lately

White Canvas Sneakers from Target

I should start by saying I’m a lover of socks & covering feet completely.  The very first thing I look at on a guy is his shoes, if he’s wearing sandals he’s in a terrible category.  OMG I went on a dreadful eHarmony date once & the tiny guy that was supposedly 6ft tall was wearing jeans & sandals, on a first date!  No no no no no.  I don’t have very many deal breakers, but that’s one of them.  Sandals are strictly for the beach or pool.  There’s no beach or pool on this date!

Ok, back on track, I love wearing white because it’s fresh & clean and I love shoes that I can wear with socks that lace up snug.  These shoes are the winning ticket. They’re only $16.99 so when they get too dirty you can buy another pair to keep them looking fresh.  White shoes go with everything  << you’ll notice I wear them in almost all of my pictures.  I was buying stupid expensive Reebok’s before but when I found these $16.99 Target shoes, I felt like I won the lottery.  Now they’re all over my house.

Trader Joe’s Ultra Moisturizing Hand Cream

I’m a nail biter.  So it’s important that 1. I have my nails painted 2. I have moisturizer on them at all times << That combo keeps me from eating them.

The key with moisturizer is to be a little greasy so it sits on my nails without soaking in completely.  This keeps the polish looking fresh, but not too greasy where I can’t touch anything without leaving behind an oily finger print.  I’ve gone through three, yes three tubes of this cream in two months.  I’m obsessed.  I’ve recently purchased another one to leave by my bed… and put on my arms, legs, feet, hands, shit anything really, right before bed. OBESSSED. (I found this other really cool article on beauty products from trader Joe’s for anyone interested: 15 Reasons to Start Buying Beauty Products from Trader Joe’s)

Wine Saver Pump with 2 Vacuum Bottle Stoppers

Shut the F up.  WOW. How did I not know this existed years ago?!  Thank you little baby Jesus for Christmas because Wafiq bought me this wine vacuum for Christmas & its changed my life!  I love wine but I love one glass, or two at night.  Then I work diligently at squeezing the cork back down the bottle in order to keep the wine crisp.  Always a fail and always frustrating.

Here’s how the wine pump & vacuum works: you place the wine vacuum stopper in the wine bottle & place the pump over the top & start pumping. Takes 2 seconds & it’s sealed with the air vacuumed out of it… ?!?!   I knew we were legit when we went to a fancy restaurant & noticed all their wine bottles had the same stoppers!  Yeah, let’s just say they were very privileged to have my presence while dining.  PS. $13.99.  I can’t. I’m done.  No.


What have you been loving?  Share & I’ll try.

Have a great weekend & be thoughtful…

Xx

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3 Sassy, Affordable Online Stores & A Few Tips for Shopping Online

Did You Know?   Could 2017 be the end of shopping malls?  JCPenney announced Friday that it would close up to 140 stores in the next couple of months.  That follows decisions by Macy’s & Sears to close a collective 218 stores in the first half of the year. Other mall-based stores including American Apparel, The Limited, Bebe, BCBG, & Payless have also recently announced that they are shutting down all or most of their stores. ( v i a )


I feel like I’m giving away my biggest secret here… You know I’m obsessed with online shopping, specifically Amazon.  I literally buy everything off Amazon, I’m currently waiting for Banana Nut Cliff Bars.  When I have conversations with other Amazon addicts I get hot & heavy.  Really spikes my heart beat.

Favorite Online Stores

Since this discovery I wanted the same freedoms for clothing, mostly because my anxiety is the devil & going into shopping malls is hot & overwhelming – at least all the shopping malls near my house feel that way.

Enter, the following websites… They rescued me from overwhelming shopping malls that are always too hot, full of people, the pretty clothes piled up on the floor & long lines in fitting rooms.  Nastiness.

Wafiq is proud to report I haven’t dragged him into the mall in ages!  WOOT WOOT!

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ASOS: Here

1. Asos

Asos is the go-to clothing website for anyone & any style.  In college, I used to find the most affordable dresses possible – whether for Saturday nights or weddings, and my budget was a powerful $10.

Now, I use Asos for the variety of styles & accessories the website has for both myself & Wafiq.    What makes Asos different than the other 2 websites I go to is the variety of brands, which you can see in the range of choices.    There’s something for everyone!

Some of my favorite brands that I find on ASOS:  Miss Selfridge, River Island & ASOS Brand.  They also have an awesome unlimited 2 day shipping policy for $19.99/year!

Favorite-Online-Stores

Wedding, prom, or a casual Saturday in Sequins? Windsor Store: Here

2. Windsor

The only thing I don’t like about Windsor is the shipping.  There’s never free shipping for budget shoppers! You know those annoying specials: “Spend $3M, get free shipping” ?! What!? No. I want to spend $19.99, only!

BUT, I love pretty much everything else about Windsor.  They’re constantly changing their inventory so there’s new pieces being added all the time.  I ordered a gown for the wedding we attended in Mexico & I couldn’t have been more impressed.  The dress was affordable & fit like a glove.  Because of the price I was concerned it would be poor quality but I was pleasantly surprised, as I have been with all my orders from Windsor.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Favorite-Online-Stores

Sassy T Shirt Dresses? Missguided: Here

3. Missguided

Missguided’s inventory goes on for days x days.  I use Missguided when I want to look… sassy?  The outfits have a little more flare & sex appeal – Oh lala-ness?!  You’ll get what I mean when you scroll through.

They also do collaborations with bloggers & fashion designers every once & awhile which makes a fun & affordable adventure down the fashion isle.

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Online Fashion Shopping Tips:

  • Watch your favorite websites for sales. Scan through a few of your favorites when you first get online & see if there are any big sales happening << sometimes they’re very random clearing inventory

  • Sign up for mailing lists! This is not an annoying Spam situation, it’s great for the heads up on super sales or free shipping opportunities

  • Free Shipping, always a great idea << Find this opportunity & pounce!

  • Read sizing reviews to find what fits you.  Several online stores now offer sizing reviews for each item of clothing available for purchase.  A great example of this: Lulu’s.

  • Check out the return policy before buying so you know if it’ll be easy to return, if need be

  • Pay attention to expected shipping times!  I’ve ordered items online that have taken 2-3 weeks to receive, which feels like an eternity when I’m used to Amazon Prime.  Plan plan plan if you’re relying on your order

Favorite Online Stores

Online shopping is the best kept secret, if you don’t know where to start it can be overwhelming & you’ll want to surrender to the shopping mall.  But then you’ll be in zone Forever 21 for life!

Once you discover the world of affordable online shopping – you’ll grow into a wonderful adult woman & you feel fashion forward… even if you aren’t.

Having said that, where are your go-to online shopping spots?  Share!!

Be thoughtful today,

Xx

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A Lot of Lovin in Monterrey, Mexico

Did You Know? During traditional Mexican weddings, the bride & groom are linked together with a Lazo to symbolize their joining in love and trust.  The Lazo is placed by sponsors either around the couple’s necks, shoulders or wrists.

The placement of the Lazo occurs during a special wedding prayer, after the bride and groom have exchanged vows. The couple wears the Lazo throughout the remainder of the service and the couple keeps the Lazo as a keepsake. ( v i a )


Fitting in perfectly with the theme of L O V E through February, I went to a gorgeous wedding in Monterrey, Mexico last weekend.

Monterrey-Mexico

Love exuberated over the entire evening, from the church to the reception to the dancing.

The best way I can describe the night was being flooded with emotion, in a way that stuck with me for a few days.  I looked at the bachelor’s around me & you could see a sparkle in their eyes throughout the evening as well, you literally couldn’t help feeling a deep love throughout the entire wedding.

What perfect timing for an experience like that.

Monterrey Mexico

Monterrey-Mexico

The couple was stress free, focused on each other, mature, unbearably excited, and authentically themselves and that radiated to the guests.

I’m still a bit speechless.

Monterrey Mexico

Monterrey-Mexico

Dress: HERE

 

Monterrey Mexico

Monterrey Mexico

As far as Monterrey, I’ve never been before.  A few friends of mine have family from there so I was excited to put a name to a place.  I love traveling to locations that carry meaning.

Whether a small town in Mexico where friends grew up or Amsterdam where I was able to visit the Anne Frank Museum which I dreamed of being able to do since the 3rd grade.

Giving myself purpose behind a trip adds spice.

Monterrey-Mexico

Having said that, it was raining & cloudy most of our trip. We were looking forward to visiting the mountains and walking through the parks but the fog was pretty low.  STILL, we made the most of it.

If you follow my Instagram you’ll notice we managed to meet an Egyptian man selling eye lash glue.  I made myself as high maintenance as humanly possible & went on the hunt for glue to pin down my fake eyelashes.  Real winner girlfriend here.   After struggling through Spanish to explain that I was looking for eyelash glue we received scribbled down directions, also in Spanish, to a market down the street.  These are the moments Wafiq falls in love with me, a Scavenger hunt in the Mexican streets at night with super white American blonde chick, real adventurous.

 Monterrey Mexico

After many corn stands & wrong left turns, we arrived at a huge market with thousands of standing booths inside.  The Lord himself directed us to a booth with Arabic writing on the top.  DING. DING. Eyelash glue.

Wafiq noticed Arabic and started speaking with the man running the booth while I jumped around the market with joy over our accomplishment.  The gentleman managed to leave Egypt 7 years ago, then married a Venezuelan woman while living in Mexico, and now they have a 2 year old Mexican child.   Tons of culture in one conversation.  I think he felt bad for Wafiq & decided it was imperative I take the eyelash glue for free.

Monterrey Mexico

 

Hotel: Here

 

 Monterrey Mexico

Monterrey Mexico

Monterrey Mexico

Monterrey Mexico

We ate tons of great food, drank WAY more tequila than I thought my body would tolerate, and I managed to survive yet another plane ride.

I definitely want to visit Monterrey again & am needing suggestions.  I want to go back & find the prettiest churches, the most delicious foods, and the best views – any advice will be appreciated.

 Monterrey Mexico

Have a great weekend, get outside in the fresh air and as always, be thoughtful 🙂

Xx

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Single or Taken, Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Did You Know?  According to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Netflix, movies and television shows are the top two icebreakers for a first date. Show-compatibility is important, with 13% saying they would ask someone out based solely on mutual interest in a TV show. ( v i a )


Valentine’s Day is for everyone.  I fucking love February.  The red, pink, white, with flowers, hearts, wine & chocolate?  Hallmark Holiday? YUUUUUUUUHSsss please!

 Ways-to-Celebrate-Valentines-Day

Around this time of year I start hearing Valentine’s Day haters, so I swing opposite – I’m a Valentine’s Day ride or die lover.  I know I say this every year, but having a reminder to verbally express how much you appreciate or love someone is important.  I know people don’t do it enough, because it’s impossible to do it enough! We’re stuck in routines that create tunnel vision unless we have moments that break us out. Enter >> Valentine’s Day.

Seriously, it might be my favorite holiday.  And I celebrate all month.

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Valentine’s Day, when you’re Single –

Being single for Valentine’s Day might be better than being in a relationship.  It’s very unpredictable.  I spent many Valentines Day’s single & I had a fantastic time. The chance of having a date with someone you just met, celebrating with your precious doggie, appreciating a close friendship, taking time for yourself to watch Netflix << All options sound like a fucking dream.  There’s nothing like being single, you have so much freedom to make choices for yourself & Valentine’s Day is a reminder of that.  YOU can decide how you want to love YOU.  On a first date, watching movies, or hanging with a friend? Your choice.  Relationship peeps have to stare at the same face they had dinner with last night + the added pressure of making it special (HA!).    Give your friends a little Valentine’s Day love by bringing them a cake, or a new bracelet, or sparkly shoes. I love giving my girlfriends little gifts & messages.  Valentine’s Day is the time to be a little cheesey & buy some cute, shiny gifts.    Love is most definitely not only between two people in a relationship, it should be spread to everyone.

 

Valentine’s Day when you’re in a Relationship –

GO OUT TO DINNER.  No one does this on Valentine’s Day, have you noticed?  On Valentine’s Day!  We love to use the excuse that Valentine’s Day is just another day, “we love each other everyday” or that Valentine’s Day is stupid, or Lord knows all the reasons Valentine’s Day is a P.O.S. But we get it! You’re so in love all day every day.  (Or, you basically hate romance.)  BUT, take a break in your week, slow down, and go out to a little dinner without phones & connect with your partner. We go so fast – working, playing, skipping, stressing – we don’t allow ourselves space to slow down & create time.  Use Valentine’s Day.  Nothing fancy, because making it a huge deal is exhausting. Take your time through the food, put your phones away, and stare into each others eyes.  LOL LOL just kidding, but listen & talk.

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Whether you’re in a relationship or not, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to show loving behavior that’s out of character for you.  Weird? For example, if you don’t usually bring in snacks for your coworkers because you prefer looking tough & unemotional, bring in a fucking cake & slap it on the table with forks.  Cheers!    If you’ve never given a greeting card with a personal note inside, buy a few & hand them out!  SMILE to everyone. Be nice.  Be thoughtful.  Give your doggie an extra long walk, listen to someone longer that you normally would, call your parents.  And I challenge you (and I) to continue making these nice gestures all month long.

Don’t you think that’s better than all the other shit going on?  Lets keep loving, kissing, hugging, eating cake, dancing, listening, and being thoughtful.

WOOT WOOT!  Excited for this month.

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Have a great week & be thoughtful…

Xx

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Affordable Office Outfit Series: H&M

Week 3 of affordable, comfortable, EASY office clothes to complete your {I-never-see-the-light-during-the-day} wardrobes comes from H&M!

For me, H&M is either a major hit or a super flop when it comes to affordable office clothing.  Sometimes I’ll go through looooooong phases of being unpleased with the clothes, pricing, OR both.  And other times I’ll end up buying the whole store & walk away spending a little less than $50 (<<< some of the best days of my life).

Right now, we’re in the later of the two options.

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H&M is killing it w/their options & pricing at the moment.

Comfortable, basic, affordable clothes to revamp the office wardrobe for CHEAP!  Yes. Please.

I would’ve done an H&M post first, but I know their store locations are not as easy to find as a Target or Forever 21.  I have to say, totally worth shopping online through H&M’s website.  The stores are always so busy!

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Pants $10!  (  Similar:  HERE  ) These pants look a little like leggings at the top, as they don’t have belt loops, but they aren’t stretchy & still hold in your legs (LOL is that a thing?) so you won’t look like you rolled out of bed & went to work in yoga pants.  They have them in so many colors & I will be purchasing them all.

Shirt $15!  (  Similar:  HERE  )  Seriously.  This one and about 100 more similar to the one I’m wearing are available at H&M now – I would hop on it!  The mix & match between the pants & shirts, you’ll never need to shop stupid office clothes again #blessed.

I should also note, H&M jewelry has always been the place I like to buy affordable (it’s ok if I lose/break it) items.  They have pretty pieces that don’t tarnish quickly & are super affordable.

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That’s it for my affordable office series!  I really wanted to show you how affordable & easy new office clothes can look at a few super common retailers.

It’s a battle I’m always discussing w/friends – you don’t want to spend $$$$$ on clothes only your computer screen is going to see BUT you have to look like you tried a little for that one time your boss walks in…  I hope this inspired that mission.

As for me, I’m needing to vent that I’m completely over hot weather.  Anyone living somewhere that is cold or slightly cold right now?  Tell me about it please, inspire me to move.  We were out at a fundraiser Saturday & I almost passed out from heat stroke, we’re still pushing 100 degrees!  No thanks, over it.  Until the temps change, you can find me enjoying the comforts of my own A/C.

Have a great week everyone!! Remember to be thoughtful 🙂

 

Xx

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Affordable Office Outfit Series: Target

Let’s be real, working at a desk in an office with a tiny window, doesn’t exactly feel like a fashion runway.  The last thing anyone working inside an office wants to do is spend ANY money on office clothes.  Ew…  My friends & I discuss the cheapest ways & places to buy office clothes and not look like we’re wearing items from high school.

Affordable Office Outfit from Target

Because how completely boring to spend a ton of money on items only the creepy dude that comes in once a week will see? Not ideal.

For the next 3 weeks I’m going to give you a conservative, realistic outfit from super affordable, accessible stores to help complete your weekly office uniform – for cheap!  I say office uniform w/confidence.  You only need a couple major pieces to wear throughout each week.  No need to have a huuuuuuge variety, stick to basic essentials & accessorize from there to mix it up.

 Affordable Office Outfit from Target

Also, I KNOW you’re no basic bitch.  This is simply the reality of the situation.  I know after work in your athleisure, then cocktail hour outfits – you’re a hard 10 in your lululemon’s & tiny black dresses.  I’m there with you, but office walls won’t see you and that’s where the skimping needs to happen.  I say skimping hesitantly, these outfits may be affordable, but I think they’re still good for after office activities when necessary.

Office Outfit Number One: Target.

Affordable Office Outfit from Target

This black dress can transition you from summer to fall to winter.  Black never goes out of style & always looks professional no matter the price point.  As it gets cooler, pair it with tights, then a scarf, and eventually big winter jackets & boots.

Below are 4 different ways to change up this ONE black dress – all affordable and available at Target 😉

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Main Piece:  Black Dress & Nude Purse

Accessorize to change up the look:

1. Watch / Shoes

2. Watch (similar) / Tights / Shoes

3. White Blazer / Shoes / Tights / Watch

4. Scarf / Shoes / Watch (similar)

Toooooo easy! Plus it’s super comfortable & can easily transition through the seasons… Layer it with different jackets, shoes, tights, scarves and accessories as the cooler months role in and it’ll look like you’re buying a new dress every week.

Oui. Oui.

Xx.

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Summer Pretty Skirts

It was August when I first moved to Texas from Minnesota – the heat just about made me pack up my bags & turn around.

My roommate instructed me to go buy a couple of skirts, explaining it’s the only way to stay comfortable. <— Ever since then, a skirt has been my go-to when I can’t take the heat anymore.

Flowing, light, + pretty.

You can dress them up, switch them around with a couple crop tops, dress them down w/a T-Shirt… The creativity is endless (…and necessary on Day 30 of 100+ degrees)!

Here’s some pretty online finds:

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Forever 21 Contemporary Fringe Pencil Skirt

Although I have a plain black maxi skirt I wear all the time, one with a little fringe + a vintage t-shirt sounds like a win.

Calvin Klein Lace Scuba A-line Skirt

 Love this for work. White is my favorite color. Clean & crisp.  Staying cool at work helps get through the day without bitting someones head off.

BOG Collective Tulip Wrap Maxi Skirt

Florals?! Yes please.  Dress it up w/heels and jewelry.  Dress it down w/ sandals and an itty bitty crop top. NEEEEEED IT.

 

Off to slumber!! Prepped my mind for another great week – let’s get at it Monday! OUIIII!

 

Xx

 

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