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NERVE!

…wishing you a whole lot of it today. To get through the Monday blues. To tell recent fears that it’s the first of the month(“Wake up, wake up, wake up it’s the 1st of the month”~ Bone Thugs N Harmony) and they gotta get the steppin. The nerve to try again at whatever we’ve repeatedly failed(learned) at, but can’t leave it alone. The nerve to remind yourself who the hell you are and that you got this. To put on your bad ass face(inserts emoji with grillz), flip hair, look the part and werk! Nerve…wishing you a whole lot of it today, next Monday and forever because greatness requires it! Original outfit post HERE     Vana Share This:

Tell me why again?

Yesterday it was about 39 degrees and windy out.  And here I was shooting outside with my photographer eyes watering and all.  I didn’t have too many layers on and the cold was  all in my bones.   I thought “Now why the hell are you out here again?”  I laughed and remembered asking myself this same question around this  time  last year  in the below pics a week before NYFW. So the same answer I had last year was the same one I came up with  yesterday.  ” I love it! I can’t imagine not doing it….duh…I mean come on is quitting ever an option?!” <<<<<all this in a matter of seconds. When people come up to me and tell me a post or an outfit inspired them.  The excitement and glow in my clients face from a closet evaluation. And this  is just a few out of many reasons. Decided a while ago that this was success and when I can repeat this feeling over and over again I’m successful.  Those priceless moments provide me …

Like Wine.

Truth is I wore this look for Boston Fashion Week.   But, I’m Really considering  some high and low cuts for the holiday parties. This wine color  screams all sorts of Holiday without it being the common red and green hues. This is a vintage home made dress(Seams undone, no tags) Love Love Love these type of pieces.  I feel like they were made with love.  Any who, besides holiday looks like THIS or THIS you can go a little sexy.  Get creative if you have to.  A kimono or an actual robe maybe?  I dunno but, grown and sexy is acceptable and so necessary for the appropriate holiday festivities.   Save the ugly sweaters for the company parties.  If you don’t know or remember, my rule for myself is to never wear my outfit the same way twice. It’s not exciting and doesn’t allow me to maximize my wardrobe(The reason I barely have to shop) Denim Vest/ Wrap dress/ Purse- Vintage Earrings_ H&M(old) Lipstick MAC “Cyber” Shoes(BCBG) old   Share This:

A Day in Maine Via Amtrak Downeaster

Sometimes you don’t know how bad you’re in need of a getaway until you get there.  That was the case for me last week.  I traveled to Portland Maine  for a day trip with a girlfriend . I had never been to Maine before so all I knew were  what people had mentioned and what google pulled up.  And of course Lobstah(Boston accent) I’m so use to the discomfort of buses and cars while traveling  that I forgot how much of a difference a smooth ride makes. My getaway pretty much started when I sat down. No bumps or my typical motion sickness.  Before we knew it three hours felt like an 1hr 1/2 and we were in Portland. Truth is we were headed to Freeport but as we approached the Portland stop I looked over at Cass and whispered “Do you want to just get off?” (praying she said yes) Cass: “Sure! Why not?!” Like two schoolgirls cutting class, we laughed and hurried up to grab our belongings before the next stop. We took …

Chic for the holidays

Holidays are already here, which means besides deciding what dish to bring,  you’ll also be scratching your head for outfit ideas.  Go chic! Whether  you are hosting, attending a friends party or  meeting the in-laws, a polished finished look is a win. A chic look  requires more attention to detail and fit, but most importantly functional pieces.  You don’t want pieces that you will have to babysit and pull at. A few staples to look for in your closet  to begin creating these looks are blazers, tailored fit pants, pencil skirts, and collard shirts/blouses to name a few. These will usually transform your whole look and pull it together. For this Monochromatic look I did some light layering and playing with different textures like I did HERE with red. This look could have been just as chic even if I opened up the jacket and added a long neck-piece. If you do not have fitted bottoms like the ones I mentioned or want a loose fit, consider joggers and styling them like I advised in The Boston …

Baby You’re a Star !

As I mentioned in my last post, Paramount theater is exciting.  The  bright lights reminded me of Times square  as a kid daydreaming while being yelled at by my mother to walk faster.  As an adult they  are still electrifying. The theater took me back to those days when I thought for sure I was going to be an Actor, Lawyer, Dancer and Fashion designer(all four) Dreaming big. As a blogger I’m used to taking pics and having people staring, but this day I had a moment like it was just me my photographer and those lights…nothing else.  Those lights gave me an extra boost and an important reminder that I’m whatever I say I am and can also achieve anything I put my mind to. Because the little details matter.  Added these colored socks for some fun. Even though you couldn’t see it much….it made me happy. So shine! Don’t question your uniqueness, quirkiness or your “whatever you have but don’t see often”.  Own it.  Everyday is your red carpet. You are a star …

Perfect pants- Purchase with a purpose

I switched up more than my hair lately.  The closet  has been gutted out a few times a month.  For  each item I brought home about three were donated. Swapping out some pieces that were no longer of interest or of  good use for necessary items. So yes I evaluate my closet just as I do for my clients. Wide legged trousers have been on my personal shopping list since the Summer. After avoiding online shopping for a while, I finally gave in.  Got past admiration and ordered these squash colored pants from Asos. I knew that they would transition well through all seasons and I would get my moneys worth of wear.   Purchasing with a purpose is so important.  If you can’t think of two- three ways to style a piece, don’t buy it. Buying just to buy is how clutter starts and the famous “I have nothing to wear”  line comes about.  The truth is you most likely have a closet full of things you don’t need which causes the gems in …

RED- Monochromatic

RED- with a vengeance.  Like somebody talked about my Momma type of vengeance! The obsession with red is real. From Easter dresses in Brooklyn to a grown Woman with too many red staples to count. But it’s like that sometimes, a whole lot of it. No cares sprinkled with a bit of attitude….maybe a lot.  I don’t do monochromatic red often because its such a loud color and because I’m usually wearing some shade of it anyways.  When I do(any monochromatic look) ,  the first thing I keep in mind are the textures and tones.  Either the tones  are exact or  just a few shades off  and I mean very little. As far as textures- some materials don’t compliment each other well or will make one texture look more dull than it really is. They definitely should compliment each other. I will be doing a monochromatic  breakdown  soon! Hope this look gave you the energy you need to have a great Monday!   Wearing: Vintage/ costume jewelry H&M Sweater(Sold out online) Options here Faux Leather skirt(gift)  Similar hues at ASOS , Macy’s and Miss Guided Aldo …

Do Denim- Do good

  A good pair of denim is like Christmas each time you put them on. Lets not even mention wash day when they are a little more snug and hug the derriere nice and firm.  Yup that’s a good pair. They are great with pretty blouses and  pumps when you want a casual and edgy spin. These Levis were a life saver a few weeks ago. I had this beautiful Blouse, but cringed at the thought of a skirt or nice slacks.  I wanted to simplify it as much as possible and leave the attention to the bow detail.   My favorite place to shop for jeans are at the local thrift shops. The multiple rows of denim wash is both exciting and intimidating.  Finding the right fit requires time and patience. Blocking out two hours is so worth it…trust me. Levis are the best vintage denim  brand hands down. The fit is amazing and so is the quality.  I believe in investing in our wardrobe, but that it’s a smart investment.  Buying a pair of …

Foliage

Foliage. That’s it. I mean look at these pants. No fancy title as these speak for themselves. Nothing says “Fall is here!” more than these.  As quick as I ran to them…I took a few steps back as if examining a masterpiece. I thought to myself  “hmm I love prints, but do I want to look I walked out of AC Moore with a Thanksgiving table cloth?!” After the exaggeration, I thought about the beautiful prints, crop tops and 70’s shades that these baby’s can be styled with. Tried them on and was sold! Then came the morning of Coffee talk and here I was lost on how to style them….my thoughts went something like this “Jean Shirt!” -Too safe “Fitted colored turtleneck!” – Borrring “Prints!” -Yup!   Prints can be intimating, but always aim to try and wear them different than you have before. If it doesn’t excite you…don’t do it. Wore this to last weekends #Bostoncoffeetalk (post coming soon) .   Blouse: Vintage Pants: HM buy here (went a size bigger and got a 10 …