Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Minimally Speaking

Being inspired is a must when your job is to inspire others. As a style blogger, I have to bring my A game every day. Although I get style cues from many sources (hello, Olivia Palermo boards on Pinterest), I still have those times when I just cannot...

Part of being inspired takes time and planning. My biggest challenge is managing my time wisely. So this month, I changed the way I get ready. I simply started preparing my wardrobe for the entire week on the weekends. That way, no matter what, all I have to do is jump into what is already set out and go! Yes, mind blowing, I know... But making this minor change helped me look a lot more put-together. Others noticed that Fancy B was back and the compliments started rolling in again lol!

This entire look, excluding the handbag, is from Zara. I feel like you really can't go wrong in that store. Everything just WORKS! I like the juxtaposition of glam and grit; pretty and tough; chic and grunge, so I had to rough something up on this look. This look was a little too perfect for me, so I DIY'd some knee rips in the jeans and was good to go.

Asymetrical top: Zara (similar) // Gray acid-washed jeans: Zara // White pumps with vinyl insert: Zara (similar) // Python Print purse: Aldo (color no longer available) //

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Photos by Pamela Patterson

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shoulder Shrugs and Ruffled Hugs

One of my favorite summer trends is definitely the off-the-shoulders top (OTS)! I love how feminine and flirty they are! The shoulders are a very underrated part of the body. It's my personal fave for when I want to be sexy, but still maintain modesty. And adding ruffles just brings out the little girl in me!

Now, I am very picky about how my OTS top has to be constructed. I am a mommy, which requires me to reach up to get things that my Little can't, as well as, picking that (not-so) Little up when she turns "Princess Mode" on and can't be bothered with walking. With that being said, a shoulder-hugging top isn't exactly practical, plus I loathe fussy clothes. Envision the eternal strapless bra shimmy dance in reverse... So, I prefer to have my OTS top to have detached arms. Basically you end up with a tube top with "tube sleeves" attached to the sides. Me likey!

The key to mastering this look without looking like a) a clown, or b) an extra out of Gone with the Wind is to keep proportions in mind and make the top the stand-out piece. My top is cropped and has a ton of fluffy ruffles, so I opted for mid-rise, snug fitted jeans. I also pulled my hair up to showcase my shoulders a bit more. I added on a statement necklace, c/o StudsandSapphires, just to draw more attention to the neck area and because I love layering accessories, duh.

"I think women's shoulders are the most beautiful part of their body. You should always show them when you can!" -Rachel Zoe

Blue and White striped OTS top: KnowStyle, similar at Zara // White flared leg jeans: F21 // White Strappy heels: Lolashoetique // Multilayer necklace: c/o StudsandSapphires // White Daisy earrings: F21 (similar

I love the look and I can't wait to switch it up a bit and wear the top on vacation with some shorts and gladiator sandals! How would you try out the OTS trend?

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Photography by Pamela Patterson