March 25, 2013

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week - Recap VOTE!

Hey Dolls!!

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week 2013 has come to a close.  I really truly hope you guys enjoyed this series.  I really loved doing it.  It was such fun and an honor to showcase these outstanding 11 ladies that have inspired me and others in so many ways.  Each one of them brings their own uniqueness to the table and it was so nice to learn more about them beyond Fashion Blogging. 

It was also a big challenge for me to channel these fabulous looks using only items I already have in my closet.  Nothing new was purchased by me to pull these looks off.  What amazes me even more about this is that, I have never worn these items that I own remotely close to the way these ladies styled them.  Doing this really did challenge me to use my wardrobe to the fullest! 

I can’t wait to do this again.  I want to thank all of these ladies for participating.  I truly appreciate the support of my blog and my little Brainchild.  I have to also give a shout out to my photographer Donovan James and his assistant Shayla for helping me capture the pictures on probably what was the coldest day in Tampa, LOL!!

Here’s a quick look back at the “Inspired” looks I created from these Inspirational Fashion Bloggers:
What I'm Wearing:  Wal-Mart Denim Shirt (Miley Cyrus Collection)/Express Eyelet Shorts/Guess Belt/Forever21 Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelets/Steve Madden Loafers


What I'm Wearing
:  Bebe Boyfriend Blazer/Random Scarf/H&M Blouse/Ann Taylor Booties/U-51 Jeans/Forever21 Earrings & Bracelet/Marc Ecko Studded Bracelet

What I'm Wearing:  Target Tank/Express Skirt/Gifted Earrings/Bracelets from Betsey Johnson, Target, and Random (Turquoise)/Naughty Monkey Shoes

What I'm Wearing:  John Paul Richard Faux Fur Vest/Tommy Girl Plaid Shirt/Forever21 Earrings/Target Belt, Red Bracelet and Loafers/Amici Accessories Silver Bracelet/Express Jeans

What I'm Wearing:  Ralph Lauren Blazer/H&M Shirt/Betsey Johnson Earrings/Target Clutch/Forever21Bracelet/Burlington Coat Factory Ring/Thrifted Pants/Dolce Vita Pumps

What I'm Wearing:  Old Navy Blouse/Target Tank/Thrifted Earrings & Pants/Fergalicious by Fergie Pumps

What I'm Wearing:  Old Navy Jacket/H&M Tank and Purse/Kenneth Cole Pants/Target Earrings and Bracelet (Colorful)/Guess Gold Rope Bracelet/Forever21 Black Bracelet and Sunnies/Zara Sandals

What I'm Wearing:  I Heart Ronson Denim Vest/Zara Dress/Random Earrings/Target Bracelet (Colorful)/Guess Gold Rope Bracelet/Forever21 Black Bracelet/Old Navy Snake Bracelet and Loafers/No Bad Ideas Snapback


What I'm Wearing:  Old Navy Cardigan/Forever21 Belt and Purse/Gap Skirt/Versona Accessories Sunnies/Zara Sandals/NatashaB 1980 Earrings
 

What I'm Wearing
:  D&Y Fedora/Zara Shirt/H&M Earrings/PnK Elephant Necklace/Random Belt/Forever21 Bracelet/
Pants/Betsey Johnson Sandals

What I'm Wearing:  (Thrifted) Express Blazer/(Thrifted) Liz Claiborne Shirt/Forever21 Skirt & Earrings/Kenneth Cole Sunnies/Loeffler Randall for Target Purse/Vince Camuto Pumps/Target and Street Vendor Rings
 
What I'm Wearing:  H&M Shirt/The Limited Jeans/Jessica Simpson Peep Toes/Versona Accessories Sunnies/Loeffler Randall for Target Purse/H&M Shell Bracelet/Forever21 Earrings and Arm Party/Random Scarf

Now Dolls, I need your help.  Give me some feedback on this series.  Did you like it?  Who was your favorite blogger out of the series?  Which re-creation was your favorite?  Anyone you would suggest/nominate for me to do next time?  I wanna hear from you all and I want you to VOTE!

March 22, 2013

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week 2013 Featuring: Samantha - Style of Sam

Hey Dolls!!
I hope everyone has enjoyed the “2013 Blogger Inspired Fashion Week(s)” Series.  We are bringing it to a close with the lovely Samantha of Style of Sam.  I just love Sam’s style and her blog.  Her style is so sophisticated.  She’s always mixing something vintage and ladylike into her looks giving them that extra flare and touch of class.  Some of my favorite pieces of hers are from her Grandmother’s closet.  Talk about rare amazing finds!  I’m always a little disappointed when I find out those items are heirlooms…because if they weren’t, I’d definitely be trying to buy them at the mall, LOL!!
I am TOTALLY loving Sam’s new SOS Rx series she created on her blog. I just love that she incorporated what she does Full-Time into her blog in such a fun way!! Be sure to check out more of them on Style of Sam.
 
Sam and I have been long time followers of each other’s blogs so I always learn something about Sam when I read her posts, but I learned so much more about her during this feature. I know you guys will love Sam just as much as I do. Read her interview below.

Name: Samantha
Age (optional):  over my mid 30s!
Full Time Career:  part-time pharmacist, fell-time dreamer


Tell Me and My Readers a little bit about yourself and your background.
I live in Texas with my husband and 3 furkids, a dog and two cats.  We are hoping to add a real kid in the mix soon!  I LOVE art, but I was encouraged to pursue a career in science because… well, my parents are Asian!  Come on now!  I have always liked dressing up for work even when we can wear scrubs in the hospital.

How would you describe your signature style? 
I WISH I had a signature style.  I call myself a style gypsy, and friends have called me a chameleon.   I dress according to my feelings, weather, daily activities, and my style ranges from boho to glam

How do you go about creating an outfit or look?
I usually start with a special piece {whether it's a favorite piece of jewelry, statement bag, shoes, or new clothing item} and work the outfit around it.  For example, I'll pick a pair of pink pumps and choose the dress, then jewelry, and bag to go with it.
What is your FAVORITE Feature to accentuate?
That's a hard question - I don't have a favorite feature!  I guess...people compliment my lips when I wear bright lipstick! 

Do you have any Fashion Challenges? 
Yes, TONS! Pattern mixing is a challenge and enigma for me! Sometimes I think I have it, and sometimes it's a total fail! I love the idea of skinny jeans {and wear them regularly} but forget that I am not a 6' supermodel with mile long legs so I wonder why the same outfit doesn't look as smashing on me when I recreate it i.e. all those airport outfit pictures of supermodels looking effortlessly chic! And this part is bad for the blogging. I am really self-conscious when I take blog pictures - an awkward mess! 

What are your FAVORITE places to shop?
My favorite retail places to shop are Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Last Call Neiman Marcus.  I LOVE getting a quality piece at a great bargain.  I also LOVE, LOVE,LOVE going to consignment, vintage, and thrift stores to find unique treasures!  Some of my favorite places for inspiration browsing are Nordstrom’s, Anthropologie, and Neiman Marcus. 

Who are your FAVORITE Designers and/or Clothing Brands?
This is a hard question because I appreciate so many designers and brands.  Just check my closet.  Shhh!  I have Wal-Mart and Chanel right next to each other!  I guess I would say Nicolas Ghesquiere of Balenciaga - the clothes are edgy but feminine at the same time and the silhouettes are absolutely amazing.  BTW, Alexander Wang is now taking over Balenciaga.

Is there a Spring/Summer trend that you’re dying to incorporate into your wardrobe?
I am going to be ALL OVER the pantone color emerald!  It's such a flattering color on everyone.

Why Blogging?  What turned you on to the Blogosphere?
I wrote my first blog post in 2008 during a short stay in Germany with my husband.  We were there for his work and lived there 3 months.  Most of my friends had children and blogged as kind of a digital scrapbook.  Somehow, they convinced me to start one too - my blog was originally named "My Friends Want Me to Blog".  Specifically for style blogging, I was inspired by the blogs Brigadiero and Sea of Shoes.  However, my blogging and photography skills left much to be desired and I was disappointed with a lot of my style posts so was very inconsistent.  In 2011, I started working part-time while we tried to have a family and started posting more regularly as a creative outlet!

What thing(s) sets your blog apart from other blogs? 
Besides some of the pharmacy themed posts, my style is ever changing.  I'm a jack of all styles, and master at none?!  Although it used to annoy me, I'm learning to embrace it.   Fashion is a way to express myself daily!

Where do you see your Blog a year from now?
Hopefully, we are going to be having a new addition to our family!  I'm torn as to whether I should keep my blog strictly a personal style blog or incorporate more family posts, partially because I want to protect the privacy of my family.

Name 3 Bloggers whose style you just live for.
Another very difficult question… because there are so many people who inspire me! Originally, I started this list and it just kept getting longer and longer!  So I'm going to name 3 Dallas bloggers!  Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, Nini Nguyen of NINI Style, and Amber Venz of Venz Edits.  All three absolutely KILL it and are so unique in their fashion sense.

As you know, my blog is geared towards FASHION and FINANCE, so tell me in what ways you combine the two. 
Finance is not my strong suit.  Although I can always find the best deal, I can also quickly forget that 5 items at $20 each add up to $100 very quickly.  Luckily, my husband is my rock and has continued to help me learn good financial practices.  I am very far from perfect in this subject but trying to progress!

What advice would you give to up and coming Fashion Bloggers?
Stay true to yourself.  Post about what you like, not what you think people want.  And write like you are talking to a friend.  {Awhile back, I tried changing my writing style because someone told me that my posts were too informal, but then I felt like a robot writing for a post.  Just be you!}
Isn’t she so cool and down to earth?  She’s so funny and that’s perfect for a girl like me – I LOVE to laugh!  She also dropped some great nuggets on new designers, new brands and new bloggers for me to check out.  Thanks so much Sam!   I also love that she said “write like you’re talking to a friend” because that is exactly the writing style I use on my blog.  Doing it any differently would just be weird (for me). 

What look of Sam’s did I choose to recreate?  Drumroll please…..I went with this ALL WHITE look Sam wore in her Ahoy Mates post on 3/28/2012.  I chose this look because I’ve always wanted to pull off this tied up scarf look and make it chic, so of course this was the perfect opportunity to try it.  I hope you all like it. 



Sam, how did I do? 

March 21, 2013

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week 2013 Featuring: Stella - J'Adore Fashion

Hey Dolls!!

Can I tell you how much I love my little brainchild “Blogger Inspired Fashion Week”?  Today I’m featuring the lovely Stella of J’Adore Fashion.  I live for Stella’s style, and her wardrobe is A-MA-ZING!!! Full of color, prints, textures and shoes, shoes, shoes!!  Everything a girl could every want!
Some of my favorite things about Stella is how chic and upscale she always looks, as well as how she fabulously incorporates her African roots in her clothes via prints and multiple color combinations. Currently she is expecting a baby so I’m very excited to see how she transitions her style throughout her pregnancy.  I’m sure she’ll be just as fly!

I’m sure you would love to know more about this fabulous Fashionista.  Read Stella’s Interview below.  She shared so much and provided great insight for Fashionistas!!

Name: Stella Eneanya           
Age (optional): 27
Full Time Career: Analyst & Blogger


Tell Me and My Readers a little bit about yourself and your background.
I am from Nigeria and currently residing in Maryland. At times, I am a bit shy but any fashion related conversation could get me talking for hours.  I have an obsession for shoes.

How would you describe your signature style?
My style is classy, edgy and fun. I love to take risk and experiment with prints, patterns and colors.

How do you go about creating an outfit or look?
Creating an outfit for me varies each day depending on the occasion or mood. Sometimes I start with one item as a central piece and work my way around it. Other times I create my outfit revolving around colors and patterns.

What is your FAVORITE Feature to accentuate?
I will have to say my legs and shoulders.

Do you have any Fashion Challenges? 
Right now that I am pregnant and the constant body changes can be a bit of a challenge.

What are your FAVORITE places to shop?
I don’t have one specific place. I shop anywhere including JCrew, H&M, Asos, Saks & Fifth, Net-a-porter, Madwell, Shopbop, Urban Outfitters and Forever21

Who are your FAVORITE Designers and/or Clothing Brands?
Some of my favorite designers or brands include Chanel, Alexander Wang, Celine, Stella McCartney, JCrew, Marchesa, Jewel by Lisa, Balmain and Prabal Gurung.

Is there a Spring/Summer trend that you’re dying to incorporate into your wardrobe?
I am just ready for incorporate jewel tone colors, florals and the color emerald.

Why Blogging?  What turned you on to the Blogosphere?
I started blogging after graduating from Nursing School while embarking on my Master’s Degree program. Blogging was an avenue for me to share something I truly love i.e. fashion and styling. By posting my personal style and sharing life experiences as a student and a career person in the corporate world, I let people know that budget should not necessary define your style. It is possible to mix clothes while living on a budget and yet, be stylish. Also, it is okay to mix high-end items with low-end pieces and still look great.
What thing(s) sets your blog apart from other blogs?  
I believe each blog has it uniqueness. For me, my blog is personal to me and I try to have a personal relationship with my readers whether on my blog or my other social media. Also my lifestyle from student to a wife, soon to be mom and how I balance those aspects of my life in addition to ability to mix high and low end piece helps set my blog apart.

Where do you see your Blog a year from now?
 A year from now, I see my blog as continuous growth and improvement in the blogosphere. Also, creating other channels beyond blogging.

Name 3 Bloggers whose style you just live for.
That’s a bit hard to narrow it down to three…while some of my favorite bloggers are Karla's Closet, 9to5 Chic, and Wendy’s Lookbook.

As you know, my blog is geared towards FASHION and FINANCE, so tell me in what ways you combine the two. 
Having a Master's in Finance and a husband with Accounting/Finance degree helps make things easy. I love to shop; but at the same time, I keep a spending budget and I evaluate items before I splurge.
What advice would you give to up and coming Fashion Bloggers?
My advice is to blog because you love doing so and not because you expect financial gains or for the sake of becoming an internet celebrity. This is important because on those days and nights when you are exhausted or overwhelmed, your love for blogging will continue to motivate you. Also, if you have a genuine passion for what you do, it will reflect on you work. Be yourself, set your own pace, and have fun.
I couldn’t agree more with Stella’s advice to up and coming Fashion Bloggers, it is the absolute TRUTH!  You have to love it because it’s not easy and takes a lot of time, patience and nurturing.  It was also fun for me to find out that Stella and her hubby are both Finance people, I just love meeting people who speak my language.  Be sure to check out Stella’s blog when you have a chance, I know you guys won’t be disappointed. 
Now as far as picking a look of Stella’s to duplicate, I have to say since Stella has been blogging for so long and is a frequent poster, there was a huge array of looks to choose from.  The problem was, I fell in love with so many.  That made my job so hard.  But here we go…I chose to duplicate Stella’s look from her Leather :: Corporate Mix post on 11/7/2012.  I surely hope you Dolls like it!  
 
 So tell me Stella, how did I do?