Magic City Fashion Week is right around the corner and with so many great events to attend its hard to contain my excitement! What is Magic City Fashion Week you ask? Let me give you a little background. MCFW was founded in 2017, bringing Birmingham Alabama’s creatives and fashion community together while raising awareness for HIV through community outreach. The lineup for this year’s event is filled with fun, networking, and great fashions, of course!
Not sure of what to wear to one of the many events of MCFW? Keep reading below for outfit inspo.
The color theme for season two this year is red, so I decided to plan my street style around this fab, thrifted blazer. The bold redness of this blazer is a sure way to stand out in any crowd. Adding a screen tee to any blazer is a stylish way dress down a blazer for a casual, chic look. My ripped jeans and vans completed this street style look. I decided to keep my jewelry simple with hoop earrings, and two small necklaces.
Click here for a video tutorial on how to turn old jeans into ripped jeans. It’s super simple!
I have received so many messages with questions about finding the perfect foundation shade. So, I’ve decided to compile my steps for finding the right shade for today’s blog post. So if you’ve ever had any thoughts or doubts about your foundation shade, then continue reading below for tips!
• Know your skin type
Skin type is important when picking the perfect shade. Do you have normal to dry skin? Then dewey foundations are a better fit for your skin. Matte foundations are perfect for combination to oily skin types. My skin is super oily. I’m a huge fan of matte foundations for my skin type, especially with my favorite NYX Matte Finishing Spray. It’s amazing!
• Know the coverage level
When I first started out wearing makeup up years ago. I had no clue what coverage level I was looking for, so when I would try on different foundations I would get frustrated because the foundations never “looked right”. At that time, I was using a full coverage foundation way to heavily! That’s why I never liked it. As my makeup skills grew, I then knew how to apply a full coverage foundation along with my concealer, highlight, and contour. Whether you’re looking for a light or full coverage starting out, always know what level of coverage you’re seeking.
•Adjust according to the season if needed
It’s perfectly normal to change foundations with the seasons. Some may experience this, some may not. Everybody’s skin is different! During the warmer months, I go one shade darker and sometimes during the winter, I can go a shade lighter. So if you find that perfect shade and you know your skin transitions during the seasons be prepared to change shades again. If the lighter shade is too light, take the darker shade and mix a small amount of the lighter shade together, then apply. It makes the perfect mixture.
Do you suffer from thinking you have to buy a new outfit for every event? If you answered yes, don’t feel bad; I once suffered from the same. That’s why this post is all about how I shop my closet and revamp old looks. I’m also dishing out a few tips as well!
So let’s do a little flashback, I made my first post in this duster last year on Instagram. I kept it real simple and paired this duster with a white shirt, jeans and black pumps.
When it comes to shopping your personal closet to revamp looks, simple things such as adding a belt or statement pieces can take your revamped look and make it look like a brand new outfit!
Here are my three simple steps for shopping your personal closet:
Inspiration plays a huge part in creating revamped looks! One of my favorite places to look for inspiration is Pinterest. Click here to check out my boards for inspiration.
•Mix and Match
Don’t be afraid to mix different colors and prints! Take a day to literally play dress up! Get in the mirror and model your beautiful revamped looks. Take pictures of each outfit you try on and create an album in your phone.
So now when you have an event to attend you won’t have to scramble or think about putting looks together again. Just simply recreate the looks from your album!
•Get Your Closet Ready
For me, it’s hard to “shop my closet” when my closet is a catastrophe( yes, I said catastrophe) and finding inspiration is even harder! For items you no longer want, pack up your items and drop them off to a thrift store. If you have clothing that are not too dated or worn, then consider using Poshmark, or even a yard sale! A little extra cash never hurt anyone!
Are you feeling inspired? I can’t wait to see your revamped looks! Shoot me an email, tag me on Instagram or send me a dm with your looks!
I can’t believe Fall is almost here(September 22)! Although the temperatures here in Birmingham seem to think otherwise. Today’s post is all about my fall bucket list and of course details on this gorgeous dress!
I’ve always wanted to make a bucket list, so I figured what better time then now! I’ve decided to keep my list short and simple, so I can stay fully committed to completing this list before fall is over. Here’s my bucket list for fall:
• Cook/Host My First Thanksgiving
Dinner this year is bound to be one for the books! I love to cook, always have. Hubby, not so much. This will definitely be an adventure, I can’t help but laugh and be excited just thinking about it.
• Pick A Pumpkin
I mean, what’s fall without the pumpkins and fall decor?
• Have A Fall Photoshoot
Stay tuned, I’ve been planning our fall outfits for quite sometime! Fall pictures are always so beautiful!
• Donate to A Food Bank/Volunteer
The holidays are always the busiest at shelters. It’s so important to think about the less fortunate as we all celebrate the holidays with our families.
• Visit the State Fair
I’ll never get too old for the fair! Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge, guilt free, on a funnel cake!
Fall is right around the corner and with all of the runway 2018 fall trends that have debuted, it’s hard not to be overly excited for the fall season! But let’s be honest, some of us can’t wear the ”runway” trendy looks in our everyday life routines. So I’ve rounded up 4 fall trends from the runway that will transition into the ”everyday” lifestyle.
First up, straight from the runway is animal prints. From Calvin Klein to Givenchy, animal print has been making its way around the designer’s stages. Cheetah prints and bold tiger stripes are definitely an eye full to look at and if you’re a little hesitant about wearing animal prints, start out slow by incorporating small accessories, bags, and shoes.
Next up, Foil! I must say metallics are definitely a trend that has grown on me through the years and needless to say it has made the 2018 fall fashion runways again. Not sure of how metallics or foils will look on you? Before trying a full metallic/foil look, try simple pieces such as the skirts below.
Now on to the third trend, ruching. The great thing about ruching is that the detailing is very figure flattering! Who doesn’t love a good figure flattering, trendy look? I know I do! Midi- dresses with side ruching will definitely be an it factor this fall.
Last but not least on my list is “sexy suiting”. Now whether this trend is for the office or a fun night on the town, I’ll leave that up to you to decide. This trend has definitely made a statement on the runway this year. Jonathan Simkhai suited look was by far my fave(see below).
Of course, some of the runway looks you’ll see of this trend will not be an everyday or evening look for the everyday woman. However, this trend is still very attainable with asymmetrical necklines, deep v necklines and trendy, sleeved blazers!
At least two to three times a week, I’m asked about where I shop for my clothes. I often hear some of the ladies say that they can’t afford to “shop like that” for many various reasons. I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to shop for the most expensive or designer clothing to look your best! Although I’m a fan of designer pieces, it’s important to know how to incorporate the designer with lower priced clothing.
This entire look was under $60 and today I’m sharing with you two ways to shop affordable clothing.
•“Sometimes less is more when it comes to prints!”
When shopping in inexpensive clothing stores, I find that it is sometimes better to stay away from certain prints because of the cheaper materials. It may be the same print as other clothing in higher quality stores but the material plays a major factor in how the garment looks on.
•“When in doubt, try it on!”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found the perfect dress for $10, that’s my exact size and then I get home and can’t wear it. When shopping in inexpensive stores never be afraid to try a variety of sizes. In certain stores and clothing styles, I’ve been able to shop a size L and even some 2x.
Can we talk about how fab this blouse is? I’m all for comfortable, stylish clothing.
With the perfect pair of jeggings and comfortable heels from GS Love, this look is so appropriate for a night out on the town or day out with bae or the girls. To add a little chic boho vibe, I decided to add my fave tan hat and crossbody.
Nudes and neutral tones were used for my makeup, simple is always better in this scorching summer heat!
The good thing about this blouse is that it can be styled for any occasions in many different ways. Summer styles should always keep you comfortable and cool, of course! The cotton fabric of this blouse is very breathable for the Summertime.
I like to avoid clingy clothing during the warmer months, especially during outside events. Clingy and tight clothing will show unflattering sweat marks. To avoid this, stick to relaxed, flowy, styled clothing.
This blouse was one of two pieces that I received in my Gwynnie Bee monthly subscription and this is why I love the versatility this style subscription gives me! Another plus is that the pieces that I love can be purchased at a discounted prices.