Saturday, December 27, 2014

Winter Neutrals

  Happy holidays, everyone!! I hope you enjoyed that precious time with your loved ones. I know I surely did! Today's post is somewhat more about me than it is about what I'm wearing. Okay, so...

Lately, I have been doing a lot of soul searching. There are so many things that I want to have, places I want to see, people I'd love to talk to... I've noticed that many times, I've allowed my timidness, shyness, fear of looking dumb to hold me back from just reaching out for those things that I desire.  I've been afforded some awesome opportunities this year, but being afraid of going to events alone and feeling like a novice created so much doubt. I allowed that doubt to keep me from my full potential. 2 Timothy 1:7 says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (Bible, NKJV) My mom always made me feel like I could do anything, be anyone, and go anywhere I wanted as long as I put forth the effort. And I'll be forever grateful for that lesson. That's why my only resolution for the new year is to take a leap of faith and be fearless!! 

photography by Pamela Patterson
What I'm wearing:

Turtleneck sweater: H&M (similar, for under $20)
Faux fur vest: Hautelook (member only flash sale website), sign up for free HERE
High waist jeans: Charlotte Russe, color no longer available
"Charlie" necklace: Onecklace
I hope this glimpse at my innermost thoughts encourages someone  else. What are your new year's resolutions? And how do you plan to remain focused on your new goal? As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pretty X Tough

      I received the moniker "Fancy B" during my freshmen year in college. I hated it at first because I knew it was meant to be sarcastic. A buddy from my dorm used to always tell me I was getting "too cute" for lunch at the caf, chilling on the quad, people watching near the gym, etc. I didn't understand the whole leaving-your-room-in-your-sweats-that-are-actually-your-pjs situation that so many other people had adjusted to so quickly. Even though I may have been slightly overdressed for these mundane activities around campus, I was still comfortable. I wasn't like wearing stilettos to Bio 1001 or anything. But I did take the time to actually put together a cohesive look every single day. 
    After being called Fancy for so long, I proudly accepted it. I appreciated the fact that my style set me apart from my cohorts. It's what really sparked my interest in styling and personal shopping (which I did for a bit for fun in school, because I didn't yet know a person could legitimately make a living from this hobby!!!). 
    This ensemble is actual one that would have elicited one of those "Hurry up! Who are you getting all fancy for?" remarks from my friends. It looks a bit more complicated than it actually is. The sleeveless dress is stretchy, soft, and easy chic. The shirt around my waist serves 2 purposes: overs my booty (or lack thereof, lol), and accentuates my waist. The jacket adds to the cool effect and keeps my arms warm. And the sandals are my faves! They've been broken in perfectly and are so easy to walk in! 
    All in all, my nickname, which started as a gentle jab, is what brought me to my passion. That passion for the beauty of fashion and style is what initially attracted my fiancé to me. He often mentions how put together I always was, day or night, when we first started hanging out. That was something he wasn't used to seeing. So do I mind being poked fun of for being my fancy little self? HEAVENS NO!!

photography by Krisanne Talbot

What I'm Wearing:
Moto Jacket: Joe Fresh // Flannel: (old) F21, similar // Ribbed sweater dress: Windsor (no longer available), same dress, different store

Thank you for visiting!
 xoxo, B.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Borderline Bordeaux

   Fall is easily my favorite season. I love putting outfits together and adding scarves, beautiful coats, faux fur, detailed boots, and on and on and on. My favorite things to wear in autumn are boots and hats. I have collected so many of both to the point that I actually forget what I have. I decided to "curate" a few of my favorites. **Disclaimer: I might have a slight hoarding problem...** In addition, my favorite colors in the colder months are oxblood/burgundy/Bordeaux, emerald/forest green, and of course, the ever-chic black.
  My fiance' had given me an evening full of spa treatments the night before so I was really feeling myself on this day. It was warm, the baby was content to play independently while I got ready, and I felt pretty and happy. I think it all gave me the confidence to wear shorts in the winter. I totally gave myself a pass to wear them since they're a wool blend. This look was effortless and cute, yet I was still comfortable enough to handle shopping and running errands with my fiance' and mini me.
   Please forgive the mean glares. The sun was TREACHEROUS!
There's nothing like a good car selfie

You ever got the feeling that you're being followed?? Lol

photography by Cameron Tabbs

what I'm wearing:
Blazer: Nordstrom Rack (also available at ModCloth) (similar at Windsor)
Shorts: French Connection (old), (similar at F21)
Felt Hat: Macy's (old), (similar at F21)
Booties: Bakers (old)

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Peruca Experience: Recap

On October 20th, I attended my first event since the birth of my Charming Charlie. I had taken a hiatus from red carpets and social events because I had become so consumed with motherhood. I saw a post for The Virgin Hair Fantasy's "The Peruca Experience" on Instagram and decided I'd see what it was all about. I invited one of my extensions savvy friends and made a day of it!
Upon arrival, I was happy to see that the venue was in a secured building (since we were in downtown Atlanta), a friendly security guard directed us to the proper floor, and the room where the event was held was decorated beautifully! There were cameramen, a red carpet, good music, live hair demonstrations on models, and plenty of noteable Youtube/Instagram gurus in attendance. They had a desserts table set up, as well as a bar. It was all very detailed.
One of my favorite Youtubers, Chrisspy!
Although I usually style my own, natural hair, I do enjoy the freedom that extensions give. I have dabbled in quick weaves/prontos, sew-ins, clip-ins, and more recently, wigs. I had never tried a full lace wig, so this event provided me the perfect opportunity to see the product in person, before committing to spending hundreds (some actually reached over $1,000!!) on something I wasn't fully educated about.
At TVHF's Peruca Experience, I was able to touch the hair, get sized for unit, and try on some of their pieces. They sold hair care products as well as units for a promotional price. The hair was beautiful! It was the softest, most luxurious hair I had touched! It did not have a strange odor. It held curls well. The different textures did not differ in overall quality. The thing that impressed me most was the display with the color processed units. I fully expected to not be able to run my hands through damaged, frizzy, broken strands.... But to my surprise, even the bleached and dyed units were soft, manageable, frizz-free, and had a nice luster! Initially, the prices scared me, but you get what you pay for, with this company. I can report that this hair is definitely worth the money, ladies!
courtesy of The Virgin Hair Fantasy

Before leaving the event, I found out more about who owned TVHF. The company is run by sisters (who rocked some of their beautiful Perucas)! I spoke briefly with one of them. She was incredibly sweet and was open to answering any questions guests had.

courtesy of The Virgin Hair Fantasy
All in all, I had a great time! I think TVHF did a great job and the event was fun and very informative. Although I did not make a Peruca purchase that day, I am definitely more comfortable with the idea of ordering from this company. Now if only I could convince the hubby that hair pieces are a beautiful and sometimes necessary work of art! :)

What I'm Wearing:
Plaid shirt: Forever 21
Trumpet skirt: JCPenney (similar // similar)
Purse: Chanel (vintage)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Office Chic

When people ask me what my occupation is, I am simultaneously nervous and proud that I'm able to say I am a stay-at-home mom. Most of the time, people see it as one of two things: a) she's lucky her "man" pays all of her bills or b) she's lazy, that's not a real job!
My fiancé does handle pretty much everything financially, and my mother is the greatest grandmother ever! So I am grateful for my support team. I'm not sure why anyone would think being a stay at home mom isn't a "real" job. It's a full time, 24/7/365 job! If parents pay daycare workers and teachers, which are considered real jobs, why is being a mother and a homemaker not seen in the same light? Being a stay at home mom is a sacrifice, but it is so rewarding. I've seen my daughter's firsts (smile, steps, laugh, word, fever, tooth, etc.) all firsthand! But let me get off of my soapbox...
Although I don't go to an office on a daily basis, I am a budding Mompreneur and I still have appointments and meetings with clients from time to time and showing up in sweats isn't an option! Here's one of my recent work looks:

The weather in Georgia changes constantly, especially when the seasons are starting to change. I always bring some back-up layers to add just in case. 

Photography by Cameron Tabbs

And of course Char wanted to show mommy's blog some support :)

What I'm wearing:
Tuxedo style blouse: Forever21 (similar // similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack  (similar // similar) If this skirt were a dress...
Cap-toe pumps: Bakers (old)
Handbag: H&M (similar, also from H&M)
Phonecase: Fancy Little Thingz Boutique (link currently unavailable)
Are any of my readers mothers as well? How do you juggle motherhood and a career? I'd love to hear from you guys! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today Was A Fairy Tale

  No matter what the temperature is, if there is an outfit that I have spent time on putting together, accessorizing, and conceptualizing makeup looks for... I'm GONNA wear it! Just so happens, the cooler air came through a bit sooner than I expected. You'd think me living in GA my whole life would have prepared me to NOT get too comfortable with those 80 degrees October days.
 I had been saving this tulle skirt all summer because I was still carrying too much in my post partum midsection. After dropping a few more pounds, I was ready to finally take this fluffy little cloud out for a spin. I initially planned to pair it with a tribal print crop top, and single sole sandals, but after checking the temperature, I opted for a chambray top under this lightweight sweater and studded chunky heels. I actually think this look came together beautifully! I ended up liking this pairing more than my original idea.
Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?
 I had so much fun shooting in this skirt, maybe too much fun! I am incredibly thankful to have a patient beau-tographer who is willing to snap pictures while I act silly. And all he asks in return is that I cook a nice meal later (which I am usually already tasked to do!). I know he doesn't necessarily enjoy, nor understand this, but he'll grin and bear it from time to time and he actually has a pretty good eye for product placement, background, and angles.

Photography by Cameron Tabbs

What I'm Wearing:
Chambray Shirt: F21
Blush Cable Knit Sweater: F21 (old), Charlotte Russe and ASOS offer similar styles
Tulle Skirt: eBay
Heels: Bakers (old)

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fancy in the Kitchen

Although my first love will always be fashion, shopping, and the art of getting dressed... A very close second hobby of mine is cooking.
BREAKFAST: flour-free strawberry pancakes made from flaxseed and oatmeal, scrambled eggs with cheese, sautéed spinach with sun dried tomatoes, and chicken sausage

I've been able to prepare a full meal (mostly from scratch) since elementary school. I have just recently gotten into baking. I've always had a sweet tooth, but during my pregnancy, it went into overdrive! I would eat the snacks that I always liked, but they just didn't satisfy me anymore. That's when I decided to just MAKE what it was I really wanted. 

DESSERT 1: dark chocolate double layer cake with white chocolate icing, milk chocolate drizzle, and Oreo crumbles

Since having my daughter, I still find myself getting lost in the kitchen. She enjoys watching the steam rise and hearing water boil and I enjoy feeding my family food made with love. ❤️

Adding garnish for texture and visual aesthetics
DESSERT 2: fudge double layer cake with milk chocolate icing and mixed nuts garnish served with chocolate chip ice cream
I am thinking about posting recipes every once in a while. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as my family does!