Why I Took A Social Media Break + How To Style a .74 Cent Blouse.

Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on personal growth along with getting accumulated to being back in NOLA. While on this personal growth journey, this is what I’ve been up to:

Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on personal growth along with getting accustomed to being back in NOLA. While on this personal growth journey, this is what I’ve been up to:

Just curious, is it me or do you all realize it’s a lot of information/distractions out there? I mean I love all the info such as what to do & the how to’s etc., but lately, I find myself pulling back and just doing me. I had to unsubscribe from a few emails because I felt myself going into information overload. I deleted the Periscope app from my phone because I was getting way too many alerts and each time one of my favorites would get on I would join in too. However, I was getting off track with my goals and deadlines I had set for that particular day. I noticed I was wasting a lot of time on social media mainly Instagram and although it’s how I grow my business, personally I just needed a break. I needed a break from waking up checking my Instagram, throughout the day, checking my Instagram & before bed, checking my Instagram. I just had to tell myself that it’s not that serious. I needed to focus on my next move, transitioning into a new season and just living in the moment. Now, I’m waking up and centering my thoughts, thinking about how I can grow my brand, who can I help in business & what I can do today that my future self would be proud of instead of overwhelming myself with tips and advice from the “experts.”  

Sometimes, pulling away from social media could be a good thing especially since we all know it’s not going anywhere.  I made a list of a few things I would like to focus on more. One is this blog; I started blogging about 6 years ago and to me, I feel as if I should be further than I am. While on this Instagram break, I realized what’s the main problem and that is: I am not consistent with posting blog posts as I am on social media. I had this blog before Instagram was created and I had to ask myself, why are you neglecting your first love? There’s no excuse at all. NONE would be good enough! All I could do is learn from the past and work on becoming better. I have everything I need to grow my brand, my blog and my social media presence I just need to take it seriously and do the work. Taking this time away from Instagram made me take a hard look at myself, my brand, my business, and my goals and although I’m not where I want to be, I am definitely on my way.

Now on to what I’m wearing because let’s be real here, this is what you came here for! So without further ado, here it is:

   I am wearing a leopard vintage top that I scored at a local thrift store for 75% off $2.95 so I paid a sweet .74 cents. Talk about a happy shopper!! This is one of those tops where you can remix it and dress it up or down.  You’ll definitely see this one in rotation on the blog. I paired it with a tan pencil skirt purchased from F-21 & I believe it was about $20. I completed my look with gold accessories: a gold choker, rings, watch/bracelets, clutch, and minimalist sandals. And of course, no look is ever complete without hair and makeup. A few days ago I got my hair braided and I must say, this is one of my favorite hairstyles. I’ve received more compliments on this style more than any other braids I’ve worn. The thing I love most about this style is the fact that it’s a cool hairstyle for these hot summer days. I don’t have to worry about lots of hair down my back and it’s off my face. I love a hairstyle that shows more of my face. This is one of my top 5 braiding styles. On my lips, I’m wearing a matte red lipstick purchased from a local beauty store.

I wore this look to church but it’s also a great style to wear to a fancy brunch.

Paris Wears:

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Style Snapshot: Leopard Vintage Blouse- Family Thrift Store. Sunnies-A’gaci. Tan Pencil Skirt & Rings-F-21. Clutch- Bakers Shoes. Choker- Boutique in LA. Minimalist Gold Sandals- Shoe Nami.

Curly Hairstyle, Bold Statement Necklace & Vintage Skirt.

I’m having so much fun with this hairstyle. On last week, I decided to add a few curly pieces to the side for more of an edgier look. It’s so convenient and saves me lots of time while getting dressed in the morning. The most I’d do to it is spray Luster’s PINK Glosser to the curly hair and I’m done.

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While looking for a style I would like to wear on a particular day, I start with an item I’m interested in wearing then, I’d style everything else around that particular item. On Sunday, I REALLY wanted to wear this colorful statement necklace I purchased from Baggage Boutique. I love bold, colorful, statement accessories so this necklace was perfect to add to my collection.

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With my statement necklace in mind, I decided to remix my mom’s vintage skirt with a light fabric coral color blazer from Langford Market, a baby blue camisole from Forever 21, my favorite Steve Madden floral print sandals and the green envy handbag from Fashunc.

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I kept my other accessories very simple with a pair of Michael Kors earrings with the matching watch and a statement ring from Forever 21.

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I just love the ruffle layers on this skirt. During the full season, I’ll wear it with the matching jacket. It also has ruffle layers along with bold shoulders…TOO FAB!!

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I wore this skirt for the first time on the blog here. The styling options are endless.
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My mom still amazes me when she randomly pulls out the stylish vintage items she saved all these years, just for me. I’ll definitely try to do the same for my little girl.
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What do you think about my look?!

♥ Style Snapshot: Blazer-Langford Market. Necklace-Baggage Boutique. Handbag-Fashunc. Ring & Camisole. Forever 21. Skirt-Mom’s Closet. Ankle Strap Heels-Steve Madden, Dillards. Earrings & Watch- Michael Kors, Dillards.

Vintage Again!

I don’t believe I’ll ever get tired of shopping vintage pieces in my mom’s closet. I always find hidden gems with a good story about when and where she wore each garment. This vintage black and white stripe ruffle skirt is my latest find. It came with a long lightweight matching jacket that I believe I’ll pair with denim or white distressed jeans just to give it a different look.

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I wanted to go for a more unexpected look so I paired this vintage ruffle skirt with a crop top t-shirt from H&M and a pair of minimalist sandals from Just Fab.

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I also switched up my hair, do you like? I haven’t had a color in 8 years so I figured I was way overdue so I consulted with my hairstylist and she executed my vision perfectly, Ombre bob!

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Oh! And this clutch is vintage as well…you should already know how I came about it…shopping in my mom’s closet. When I think I own all her fab vintage pieces, she comes out the closet with more but I don’t mind at all.

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Do you ever shop for vintage pieces in your mom’s closet? If so, please tell me about it. I would love to know what you found!

♥ Style Snapshot: Crop Top & Rings-H&M. Vintage Ruffle Skirt & Mustard Color Clutch-Mom’s Closet. Sandals-JustFab. Simple Stud Earrings-Payless. Eiffel Tower Paris Bracelet & Gold Link Bracelet (sold out) Classy Closet.

PhotoCredit- 88Films

My hairstylist in the New Orleans area: Danna Gary (504) 905-1246