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.