Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holi-Date Night


I teamed up with Adore me to bring you an easy date night look. Adore Me is subscriotion-style lingerie retailer. You're able to get cute, affordable, yet luxe lingerie from a curated showroom once a month. I love lingerie. So much so that I purchase something fun and new every pay period for a job well done! :) Plus, not wearing the proper undergarments can totally kill your outfit. It is literally the foundation of any look. And for date night... it's vitally important *wink, wink*
Check out their Pinterest page for inspo for your next lingerie purchase.

It's been a long standing tradition for me to go to the movies on Christmas Day. I don't know how or why the tradition started but I make it a point to see the last playing movie on Christmas Day every year. I started doing this in high school and still enjoy doing it to this day. It used to just be something else to do. Now it's a bit of a reward/stress reliever after my little one goes to bed and all the buzzing and whirring and squealing and laughing has quieted down. Christmas takes a lot outta you!


I usually change out of my festive wear, and put on something a bit more casual. This year, there was no time for that, but that didn't ruin anything. "Sing" was the movie of choice this year. I ate way too much popcorn and danced to some of my favorite songs and laughed until my stomach hurt. It was magical. I felt like a kid again.

photography by Pamela Patterson

THE DETAILS:

Off-white turtleneck: H&M // Black duster: (old) Missguided (similar) // Buffalo plaid skirt: Old Navy // Fringe booties: Traffic (similar) // Lipstick: MAC "Russian Red"
Fancy Baby Style- dress: Cat & Jack at Target // Shoes: Cat & Jack at Target - now on sale! // Jacket: Catherine Malandrino


Christmas break is my favorite holiday season. I stay up late with the kids, allow the sunlight flooding my room to serve as my alarm clock, have too much coquito and cheesecake, and binge watch every cheesy Christmas movie on Netflix.  I hope you all had an amazing holiday and got to spend some quality time with your family.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,
      B. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

I Woke Up Like This


As a mom, I've learned to value my time on a whole other level! I make everything multi-purpose. I've learned that white vinegar cleans literally everything from mirrors and bath tubs, to carpet stains and laundry. I've mastered the art of using bronzer as eye shadow and eye shadows as matte lip color. So it is only right that I find new ways to make my wardrobe multi-purpose as well.

I was approached by the owner of Saxy's to show you guys how to make sleepwear into streetwear. Challenge accepted! I was drawn to the Victoria set because, duh... Black and white. I wasn't sure how I'd style it but the set looked so comfy, and cute enough to wear when I'm pretending to be the "Lady of the Manor".


I wore the set to bed for 2 days just to gauge the comfort level. The fabric is soft and stretchy. The lace isn't stiff or itchy and provides a sweet detail on the shoulders and a bit of sexy along the bottom trim of the shorts. This set made me want to step my nighttime routine up a bit too. If I was gonna go to sleep in something this cute, I had to make everything match. I got new fluffy white slippers, started wearing my black and white eye mask to bed, and I brought out my favorite B mug again. Funny how clothes can change your life.


I struggled wearing this as a day outfit simply because it's been COLD AND RAINY in Atlanta! I appreciate the rain ending the drought... But shooting in white shorts in the rain? Nah, B. When I finally got a sunny day, I went for it! I pulled a "borrowed from the boy" shirt over the entire set, put on a choker, a dark lippie, over the knee boots, and a dash of faux fur and I was ready for my day date at the movies in 10 minutes or less! I don't think it gets much better than that!


Multi-purpose sleepwear is my new wave. I love lounging around, and I'm always running behind schedule due to my not wanting to stop lounging. This was perfect for me to get up early to decorate the tree, then get ready at the last minute and still look chic. I'm totally a fan!


Saxy's is currently running a promo for FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75!

THE DETAILS:

"Victoria" PJ Shorts Set: Saxy's // OTK boots: (sold out) New York and Co (similar) // Faux fur stole: (old) Forever 21 (similar) // Choker: Choke Me Inc (more details to follow!!)


Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,
          B.




Thursday, November 24, 2016

My First (new) Chanel: an unboxing




My love for Chanel began when I found a boucle' jacket (which I still own) at Goodwill when I was in 9th grade. I remember wearing it to school with a sheath dress, a blinged out "B" brooch, and ballet flats. When I took my seat in English Comp, my classmate Christina asked, "Is that by Chanel?" and tapped the sleeve of my jacket. I simply shook my head no, but inside, I was so pleased that my look had come together so well that someone (with incredible style of her own) thought I was actually in French designer!

Although this post is about the unboxing of my first brand new Chanel bag, I really want make sure that I make mention of the importance of goal setting. As a 13 year old 9th grader, I knew I wanted to one day own something with a Chanel label and confidently wear it, knowing what the piece symbolized. That was a goal that may sound frivolus, but it was (is) important to me. Flash forward through years of Sex and the City, The Hills, The Devil Wears Prada, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, I'd became obsessed with designer items. I never made the type of money where I could splurge on such luxury items, but I made a goal to build a collection by 30 years old.

The thing about goals is, if you don't plan out steps to make it happen, it's simply a dream. I started a new job at the top of 2016 and decided I would do some VERY aggressive saving so that I could take my mom on her dream trip to Paris, and for me to be able to buy my dream bag while we were there. I priced Chanel handbags for months, paid for the trip 3 months later, saved every dime I possibly could until the end of August and on our last day in Paris... I walked into the Chanel flagship store, picked my handbag, sipped champagne with my mom and daughter (well, she had water), and I walked out on cloud nine, with all of my little 9th grade dreams wrapped in a white and black box, tied with a ribbon and that iconic white camellia flower... and a year earlier than I had planned!



Do I have any regrets on being antisocial for half of the year so that I wouldn't spend money? Or spending all that saved money in less than 20 minutes? Or dropping a few thousands on a purse instead of a new car? The answer is no. I felt nauseous when the sales associate swiped my credit card. But much like ripping off a band-aid, once it's all done, you feel so much better!




THE DETAILS:
Handbag: Chanel Flap Bag from the Fall-Winter 2016-17 Pre-Collection

Share an item you've had on your ultimate wish list in the comment section. I'd love to know! Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
    B.

And just a few things to note: 
a) Buying designer overseas means you get a ton of money back for VAT (or taxes)
-and-
b) Chanel appreciates over time so technically, you're making an investment in your future


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Autumn Layer Slayer

              

I love all things autumn. I love that the days feel a bit crisper; that it's sunny when I get up in the morning; the fireplace gets to be used; visits to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch are routine; hot chocolate; and cuddle weather... In Atlanta, the weather usually doesn't make a drastic turn until late October. So those cooler mornings, can quickly turn into blazing afternoons. One way to avoid getting trapped in playing the guessing game during this transitional season is to dress in layers. My foolproof formula for layering like a pro is outlined below...

1. Play with hemlines.
The best way to create a layered look that does not look bulky is to use different hemlines to create the look. I prefer to have a shorter one, a mid-length, and a longer one. This helps to create a slimmer silhouette and ensures that you don't end up looking like you're swimming in clothing or adding girth.


























2. The heaviest item goes on last.
To ensure that lumps, and odd bulges don't appear and totally kill your ensemble, put your heaviest piece on top. Usually, I consider this tip when I am attempting to add a sweater into the mix. A flowy button down and skirt, can easily be layered and anchored by a boxy knit sweater thrown on top. It's like the layer of fondant on a cake.

3. Find a formula and stick to it.
I always limit the number of items in my combinations to three. Top + Bottom + Layer or One Piece + Layer A + Layer B. The first formula works for shirt and pants/skirt combos, while the second is good for dresses and jumpsuits/rompers. Either way, you're bound to look sophisticated and not sloppy. This also makes it easier to ensure you don't have competing hemlines (see tip #1).


4. Use contrasting colors.
I love a monochromatic outfit as much (if not more) than the next girl, but when layering, you need to add in colors to break up the monotony. Take for instance, the Top + Bottom + Layer formula I used earlier. As slimming as black is, adding layers of it on top of each other just makes the separation of layers get lost and visually creates a single layer. Try a black pair of skinny jeans + a black sweater + a crisp white button down, you break up the two black items, which draws the eyes in to the white shirt, which will highlight your actual frame.


With these tips and a few trial runs, I'm sure you'll be a layer slayer in no time! What are your tips for easy layering? I'd love for you to share in the comments below!

P.S. All outfit details from this post are on my Instagram :)

Thanks for stopping by!
 xoxo,
          B.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Feeling Blue



















Wearing color used to be my jam. The more the better. But after I started really honing in on the items in my closet that I could not live without, I realized it consisted of a lot of tan, white, and gray. And I always feel a bit super human in an all-black or all-white ensemble. I started paring down all of my wardrobe and the editing ended up being my signature. Everyone at work knows I wear some combination of black, white, gray, or tan every day. And every day, I still look styled and put-together. It just really helps the whole "fancy" thing I got going, without much effort.    




As of late, I have been venturing into blue. Navy blue, to be exact. Not a major splash into the color wheel, but still a step, nonetheless. I love how crisp navy blue looks against all of the white I've been hoarding. It's also a less harsh alternative to my power color, black. In addition, it serves as such a pleasant backdrop when I want to add pastels, without making things look so much like an Easter basket, like with white. Maybe this will be the first step into my journey to incorporate a bit more color into my style? Stepping outside of my comfort zone could be fun!



THE DETAILS:
Dress: Charlotte Russe // Lace-up sandals (old): similar // Handbag (old): Vital XII (Use code FANCYB for 15% off)// Necklace (old): vintage find; thrifted

Monday, August 1, 2016

Secret Garden



Can you believe that it's already August?! This summer has been a whirlwind. I have just noticed that things have been in high gear since late May. I was expecting a lull at work since school is out and that would mean less calls and meetings. But my department never stops developing courses for professional development and initiating projects for new instructional technology tools and educational programs. So... so much for a lull!







With that being said, a girl could use a break... and unfortunately, so could my wallet. When I get a little stressed, I decompress by going shopping. There is nothing like the excitement of finding a great sale or stumbling across a really cool and unique boutique! I get such a rush from it! That rush has cost me a pretty penny a few a lot of times.

In January, I made it my mission to live life abundantly (John 10:10) in 2016. I took control of my finances and made a strict budget, monitoring where every dollar was spent. I also dedicated more time to my Little, doing things that Littles like to do (less time at work and trips to the mall... more trips to the playground and ice cream shop). I also started spending more time on my passion project(s), which has brought me more clients and increased my Instagram following. These positives make all of the extra work and zero free time worthwhile. That's why I can feel good about my upcoming vacation. I feel like I've actually earned it. Now I'm just looking for a good FREE book for that 12-hour flight in a couple of weeks. I'm currently really into books that offer encouragement and guides to better living. I finally got my hands on The Alchemist and I can't wait to dig in. I stumbled across this Little Free Library in Decatur and was so excited. These boxes are great places to find unique and previously loved books! The only rule: If you take a book, you must leave one in its place. I didn't have a book on hand so I didn't take one, but I vowed to return.


And maybe I lied earlier... There is something more exciting than finding a good sale or new store. Working hard so that you and your family can play harder and a really good read that leaves you feeling empowered probably definitely tops that! :)

THE DETAILS:
Kimono: (old) Papaya // Navy ribbed dress: TJ Maxx (similar) // Rose gold sandals: Francesca's // Bangles: multiple stores from my travels

Thank you for stopping by! I hope your summer has been a bit more carefree than mine! 
xoxo,
 ~B.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Literal Fashion Statement



So, I have been kind of neglecting the blog for the past week or so due in part to working with Atlanta International Fashion Week. I've been assisting behind the scenes with some of their social media and PR projects. As you may or may not know, I am a pretty shy girl, who can occasionally feign outgoingness. But generally, if you don't strike up a convo with me, we will probably never speak, unfortunately. Many have cited they've misjudged my awkward silence as me being cold and uninterested. I hate that being people's initial impression of me.

This is where my style comes in to play. I've loved playing dress up since I was 3. My style has always been something I put thought and effort into because I was able to dress like the person I felt I was inside, since speaking to people would literally bring me to tears. It took some time for me to realize the power of great style and how to leverage my personal style to do the talking for me. For instance, I signed up as a PR/social media assistant because I wanted to network with other fashion-minded individuals, while still being behind the scenes. Last night we hosted the first event of the week, a networking soiree.


Quick story: I bought this jumpsuit over a year ago, when I was still working on becoming confident in my new "mom body" and was looking for something to wear to a blogger event. I found this and thought it'd conceal some things nicely. I put it on the day of the event and something just wasn't right, so I opted for a LBD instead and never reached for this jumpsuit again. Last night, tags still attached, I tried the jumpsuit on again. I realized I didn't exactly love the gaudy plastic hardware around the neck.

BEFORE
So I got my seam ripper and went to work!After a few minutes, I had a beautiful blank, blush colored canvas. I added on a statement necklace a la Dylanlex, and I was in full Fancy B mode.

AFTER
 That small change of removing the original hardware and adding some that is more in my wheelhouse is what personal style is all about-- taking something from ordinary to uniquely you. That necklace ended up getting a bunch of attention at the event. After each compliment, I was able to tell the story about how I was gifted this piece, then my journey into blogging and personal styling, and I left my business card with each person inquiring.






My personal style in the form of a statement piece actually became the way for me to make conversation with people (designers, photographers, store owners, show coordinators, etc.) that I wanted to connect with, but ordinarily may not have actually been forward enough to speak to. There is power in impeccable personal style, people!


THE DETAILS:
Jumpsuit: (old) Pink Clove (VERY similar here) // Lace-up heels: (old) Lola Shoetique // Layered silver bib necklace: c/o Studs and Sapphires giveaway (similar versions here and here) // 

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,
    ~B.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Shower Essentials



Ah, summer! I love a good beach vacation, pool party, and cookout. All of which require minimal attire. When the sun's out, the buns are out... Well, not mine, but it wouldn't rhyme if I had said thighs. But I digress... 

When the summer hits, I have to switch up my skincare routine. I swap out all of my creamy facial cleansers, and thick moisturizers for gel versions and moisturizing facial mists. Yaaas, rose water spray from Whole Foods!! A similar overhaul happens with my shower essentials. My legs are probably the part of my body that I am most proud of. Here are a few FancyBStyle Tips to help you keep your legs temptingly smooth.

Scrub.
I love anything that will help smooth out my keratosis pilaris, which can be a real BEAR... see what I did there? Bear. Cuz we're talking about shaving... Ok. Nvmd. Exfoliation is essential in keeping your skin smooth and revealing a healthy glow. I like to do some heavy duty exfoliating before and after I shave. I am obsessed with this body scrub from You Are Amazing ($4) because the scent reminds me of sugar cookies and I love how fine the scrub is. Every other day, I work in the scrub with these gloves ($4), to help prevent ingrown hairs and missed stubble.  

Shave.
A no-brainer, right? But it just so happens, shaving is also a form of exfoliation. I shave every day just to ensure the smooth affect doesn't go away. The trick here is to steer clear of those Dollar Store razors and opt for a razor with at least 4 blades. That is how to get the closest shave. After about 6 shaves, I replace the razor blade. I'm currently loving this one from Olay  ($13) because shaving gel isn't required! 

Moisturize.
Exfoliating gets rid of old, dried up, dead skin cells, to reveal younger skin. That younger skin is vulnerable. You have to add a layer of protection to your skin through moisturizing. This also replenishes your skin after exfoliation. Using a moisture-rich shaving cream/gel is the first level of moisture. This one from EOS ($4) is my favorite! This is a no lather/foaming cream, that feels more like a lotion than an actual shaving cream. And the vanilla bean scent makes me feel like I'm slathering up in homemade vanilla ice cream. After shaving, I use a dry body oil, like this coconut milk one from Victoria's Secret ($18) to lock in the moisture while my skin is still wet. 

Glow.
All the prep work is done, but before you head out of the door, don't forget your highlight. I like my highlight on my cheek bones to blind people from space, so why should my legs not be able to get that same shine treatment? Insert this skin perfecting glow cream from Victoria's Secret ($15). It falls right in line with all of my other vanilla/coconut scented things, to complete the whole summertime dessert theme I have going on. It's lightweight, but blurs imperfections on your skin and also adds a beautiful golden goddess glow. That highlight tho!





Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are equal parts entertained and informed! Let me know some of your tricks to slay all summer. I'd love to get more tips and extend my shower time :)

xoxo, 
     ~B.

Friday, July 15, 2016

80's Baby in Athleisure



When someone tells me to dress casual for something, I cringe. What does "casual" even mean? I'm unapologetically EXTRA. I barely even own a pair of sneakers. So here is my idea of casual.

I saw this dress online and was immediately drawn to it, as '88 represents my first year on earth. I knew that I would wear this sporty item in the most girly way possible, so I ordered the largest size they had available so I could wear it as a dress. It was a bit smaller than I had anticipated, and a few weeks of refusing to workout due to 90 degree weather didn't help. Oh, and pie! Yeah, that definitely made sizing an issue. But I've found that no matter what you think, if you wear it with confidence, people will feed off of that vibe. So thanks to one of my old Polyvore sets, some oversized hoops, a leather baseball cap, and a pair of strappy knee high sandals and a truckload of confidence and I was out of the door, ready to have a super casual time in Downtown Decatur!
A fashion look from April 2015 featuring v neck tee, red sandals and man bag. Browse and shop related looks.











THE DETAILS:
Jersey dress: (old) GoJane (similar) // Strappy sandals: (old) Charlotte Russe (similar) // Quilted chained mini bag: Forever21 // Faux leather cap: ASOS //



Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the visit!
xoxo,
      ~B.

Photography by Pamela Patterson

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Exchange


Last year, I fell in love... with Bryson Tiller's "Exchange." This is hands down one of my all-time favorite songs. I could, and often times actually do, listen to his entire Trapsoul album on repeat for days straight. No skips. I missed his first Atlanta concert in February. When I found out he'd be back this summer, I started planning instantly! You know that one friend who goes to all the hottest concerts? Yeah, Dolly is mine. So I called her as soon as I found out the date for the Atlanta concert and told her we HAD to go. She was down and the rest was history! I was able to sing shout every single lyric along with hundreds of other fans, just a few feet from the man himself. Let's just say, my summer was made!



I chose to keep my attire pretty comfortable, as Chastain is an amphitheater, which means it's outside. A crowded venue, outside, in Georgia, in the summer.... You do the math. A tank dress to stay cool. A button down shirt as a protective layer in case the seats were dirty. A mini backpack to carry all my concert snacks. And comfortable shoes because who sits down at concerts?






THE DETAILS:
Racerback dress: Nordstrom (similar) // Chambray top: American Eagle // Mini backpack: (old) Target (similar) // Lace-up wedges: (old) Bakers (similar) // Sunnies: (old) random mall boutique (similar)


I can't wait for my next summer event/adventure! What are some things you're excited to do this summer? Comment below!

Thanks for stopping by!
          -B.