Designer Bag Investment: 5 Easy Tips

Designer Bag Investment: 5 Easy Tips

Designer Bag Investment

Designer Bag

So, you finally can afford the DESIGNER BAG that you have been eyeing for months, if not years. First off, Congratulations! Being savvy and smart with your savings is a job well done. However, is it the right investment for your personal style.  Yes, you may absolutely want that gorgeous LV clutch that seems to go with every emerald dress you own, which by the way, you only have two. However, right now were discussing your first designer bag for that hard-earned cash that you worked tirelessly to save. Therefore, it needs to be classy not trendy, something that will last and most importantly, something that you can wear often, if not daily. So, lets wait on the clutch for now and find the perfect bag that you can show off. Remember this bag will outlast most of your romantic relationships, so we want to put thought into this one. 🙂 Click through the top 5 tips to consider before you buy this investment that I know you deserve.

Motivational Monday: Are You Projecting or Protecting Your True Self

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Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.

  • You will never make it?
  •  What are you doing that is so special?
  •  It’s going to be a lot of work and I don’t think you have what it takes?

I need to be honest, in that, all of the above have been (embarrassingly) muttered out of my mouth, when I first embarked on creating Lace to Lashes. My inner dialogue or self-critic had reared her ugly head at a time that I needed her to take a vacation. She pops up unannounced, uninvited, letting me know that she has arrived.

God, I despised her but strangely enough I embraced her with wide-open arms, listening to every word that she spoke. We all know this scenario, which results in you retreating back to the safe place, the place that you were originally trying to change.

But, I did something different this time, in that, I decided to question her statements.

You see, fear, isn’t something that you can ignore or avoid. It will return and if left to its own devices, it won’t be pretty. It’s that child-like story of the monsters under the bed that evokes your imagination to think the worst. However, as we grow older, the monsters are forgotten and now become our apprehension, our barrier on wanting to do something different….something better.

So, I decided that Fear was going to be an invited guest.

“Oh hey, Fear, I’m making important life decisions. So, glad you could make it.”

But how do we make this seemingly negative situation into a positive one: BY CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

First off, fear does not equate with weakness. I think Marianne Williamson said it best:

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Yes, who are you not to be. Why hide your creativity from the world and me? J You are not meant to stand on the sidelines, but lead from the front.

This leads me to the next point: Question your fear or “Productive-Paranoia”

Recent results on successful Entrepreneurs saw that when they examined their fears, instead of dismissing them, they prepared for the problems that arose in their business.

What are you scared of? Or more importantly, what are your fears actually stating? Do you lack knowledge in a certain area? Google it, wiki it, ask an expert, or if it’s possible, look into shadowing someone that has the expertise in it. Do your skills need room for improvement? Take a class . Practice at home. Find the ways to show your fear that you mean business.

By evaluating your fears, you can formulate a plan for actual success.

And guess what? You need to do  things for actual failure. Stop making lists of tasks and start doing. This also allows you to find out what you really love or not. Trust me, that your initial plan of action may be modified in the end. And the more you do, the more your uninvited or invited guest will stay quiet. Yes, she will pipe up numerous times in the future, but continue to question her. Fear, why you such a hater?

Fear, why you such a hater

Day 1 of Comic-Con

Top Anime Characters-Victorique

For those of you that are unaware, Comic-Con starts today in San Diego, CA. I designed this set for any of my anime-geeks (I hope it’s still “cool” to say geeks). And for those of you that are scratching his/her head at what the excitement is all about, well, lets describe it like this: You know how there is this thing in New York called Fashion Week. Well, that’s the opening band for Comic-Con. (Yeah, I see my business partners shaking their head at that joke….I kid, I kid). 🙂

Anyway, GOSICK is high on my list of my Favorite Anime Series of all times. If you haven’t seen it, or if you are new to Anime, I believe it’s a great place to start. I should note that I’m more partial to the  mystery-adventure/romance stories. The main character, Victorique (the girl shown above), is a likable heroine. She’s a little bratty, but aren’t we all at some point, along with brains and beauty. She’s emotionally strong but physically weak with Kujo as her faithful bodyguard. If you decide to check it out, give it a little time, since the beginning is a little slow and please let me know what you think. If GOSICK isn’t your favorite, what are some other ones that you enjoy? Have a great evening and enjoy. Happy Comic-Con!

Boyfriend Jeans-How to Wear Them

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I understand the fact that boyfriend jeans are the casual sister of the skinnies. However, I don’t believe that casual equates with sloppiness. Perhaps, it’s my height and anything that is just a “little-too-baggy” swallows me and I end up looking like I raided my younger sister’s closet. (Yes, she’s taller than me). But that doesn’t mean that it should get a bad rap. No in fact, it should look casual and a little loose-fitting, but in all the right places. A couple rules to consider are to avoid any jeans that are too wide, since the cuff will already shorten our cute but Tiny frames. Instead, choose a tapered or cropped style to lengthen the legs. Also, consider having them tailored for the best fit. These people should be regarded as your next-of-kin. 🙂 The next step is to consider styling. What you pair with this also matters when you are under 5’4″. If you’re going baggy on the bottom, then something form-fitting or near form-fitting should be worn on top. Although you can wear a casual tee to continue the theme, there’s other ways to make these jeans work for you. Here are my top 4 favorite looks to give you inspiration for this summer. Let me know what you think and what’s your favorite way to wear this trend. Happy Styling.

1. The STRUCTURED

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Decorating Steps to Pull off the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

I recently designed this set for an Outdoor Contest, which the results are still pending. I wanted to give a whimsical theme of being near the shore. I don’t know about you, but my favorite moments with friends have always centered around an al fresco dining. I believe it has to do with the casual atmosphere that can still be done with sophistication. Plus, eating outside always adds a little oomph to any party. But how do you pull off such a wonderful affair. Well, it comes down to a couple key elements. For simplicity purposes, I’m going to choose the seashore to give other examples for aid. Let me know what you think and if you want to see other themed parties. Enjoy!

Al Fresco Dining

First choose the perfect dinnerware. By starting with this, you are determining the color scheme. However, don’t get to strict with your ideas or believe that everything needs to match. Creating an eclectic array of dishes will make your party more laid-back.

al fresco dining

Unless your table is hideous, skip the tablecloth and showcase it with a beautiful centerpiece.

al fresco dining

Bring indoor furniture outdoors to create an “outdoor room.” As well as,  thick, comfortable cushions to keep your guests lingering. Not only can you place this around the table but also creating “cozy” areas for conversation off to the side.

Set up designated tables, such as “desert-table” or “drink-table” to encourage your guests to move about and mingle.

Create Ambiance with themed decorations though-out your backyard.

Make sure you have plenty of lighting when the sun begins to set by hanging paper lanterns on nearby trees and placing candles throughout.

Wake Up Your Inner Artist by Journaling

I started art journaling three years ago, when a friend of mine recommended it as another way to aid in creativity. And I must say, not only has it helped but it’s also enjoyable. There’s really no rules nor restrictions, which are the fundamental utilities for inspiration. This also isn’t just for the so-called artist. Whether you’re a fashion blogger, designer, interior decorator, writer or someone who just wants to bring a splash of art into his/her life; it will be useful. What I love most about it is the fact that you can transport it anywhere. Just grab your journal, a couple of markers or colored pens, perhaps a magazine or two and hit the road to any place you see fit. Below I provided some ideas to get you started. Remember, there’s no rules for this project and it should be fun. 🙂 Enjoy

Summer Denim-StyleMoi

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So along with working a 4-day shift at the hospital, finding the much-needed girl-time with some awesome women, and helping my parents move out of their house, I can now add designing fashion templates for some of the major brands as well as a fashion brander or fashion blogger. No, I’m not going insane or feeling like I should be fitted for a straight jacket. In fact, I haven’t felt this great in a long time. You see, the old adage is very true in that you never feel like you work a day in your life, if you are doing what you love. I love the companies I’m working for and have the fortunate circumstance to be able to pick and choose what brands I want to work with. So, today I’m going to introduce you to Stylemoi. They are an amazing company to work for with a fresh “street-style” look. If you’re not into that style, they also have an assortment of other flavors to choose from. When you check out their site, you will see that they are into the “true-female” with her natural beauty in that they don’t use overly skinny models that have been heavily photoshopped. Why is that great? Well, most of us aren’t over 5’7″  and weigh less than 100 pounds. And we all have fallen into that trap, where the outfit looks amazing on the model, so we happily order it online. However, it’s a total bust. The skirt cuts off at our knees, shortening our tiny frame even more, and we sadly have to return it. So, check out the fashion set I designed. They have free world-wide shipping with a 30-day no hassle return policy. And if you sign-up through me (by just following this link), you can have a special promotional discount on your first order. Hope you found this useful and happy styling 🙂

StyleMoi GIVEAWAY-FREE FLASH TATTOOS

TAKE THESE BABIES HOME FOR FREE

Flash Tattoo

Flash Tattoo

I recently started working as a Fashion Blogger for Stylemoi, which is an amazing site with the combination of the latest trends and reasonable prices. And what’s even better is that there Shipping is free. Come on….what can beat that?! And to say a big thank you, they are giving away these beautiful Flash Tattoos, that are selling at USD$29.99 to you for free. All you have to do is sign up by clicking here and these are absolutely free.You only need to cover the international shipping

  • This is a members only promotion
  • Every member is limited to one set
  • Limited stock. First come first serve 🙂

If you have any questions, let me know. Happy Styling

Kandinsky Inspiration: What is YOUR meaning of life?

Kandinsky Inspiration
“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” Kandinsky

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Nude Pumps: One of the Essentials for Every Female

Why Nude Pumps are one pair of shoes that every girl should own.

Nude Pumps

There are certain items that every female must have in her wardrobe and nude pumps should be near the top of the list, if not first. Why, one might ask? Well, for starters, they essentially go with everything you own. Can’t figure out how to pair that somewhat orange but maybe its closer to marigold dress that is sitting in the back of your closet. Grab the nude heels. I pretty much guarantee that it will look chic. Need another reason to accept these beauties for the premier of the essential list.  How about that these bad boys will elongate your  gorgeous legs. Yes, they’re almost magic. However, the key to this is to choose shades that are closest to your skin tone. So, on your next outing, slip on your favorite dress and pair it with these wonderful heels. You will thank me later. Happy Styling! 🙂

Below are some versatile ways to wear these gorgeous heels.

Nude Pumps: From Up-Scale Casual to Laid Back

As you can see, a simple pair of dark denim skinny jeans or even a worn pair of boyfriends, will look just fine with these amazing pumps.

 

Nude Pumps: From Classy to Refined

These shoes simply dress well with every evening wear that you see fit. For those who are more budget minded, check out this lovely pair from Nordstrom Rack for under $17.00.

Nude Pumps: Simply Eye Candy

For those who love the Crème de la Crème of designer shoes, these four are my favorites, when it comes to the nude shoes.