Recently, I was asked by my good friend Ty of HelloBeautiful.com to spill the beans on my style and beauty secrets. Upon arrival we talked about the importance of beauty from head to toe as well as how to transform office chic looks into after work flyness. We laughed, danced to ratchet music and had a blast during the photo shoot for Iman Cosmetics.
Since I don’t have a typical office-wear wardrobe, (My real-life office wear consisted of a rainbow of Calvin Klein shift dresses and suits from The Limited.) I really enjoyed showing off my double-duty style and how I can take two very different office looks from daytime to night.
Office Wear – Day
Watch: Michael Kors
One of my favorite pieces found over the pond was this lace and pleated chiffon dress I found in London a few summers ago. I love how the feminine elements of lace and chiffon paired with the baby-doll cut exudes “girly-girl” to the tenth power. I added a jeweled cardigan and my favorite jeweled accessories to the mix to complete this office favorite.
Office Wear – Night
Necklace: J. Crew
Leather Moto Jacket: H&M
Leggings: 20 Legz
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
In true “diva” form, the quickest way to turn a “sweet” look into a “fierce” look is to add leather baby! I paired my favorite leather leggings, Moto jacket from H&M and studded Louboutins to transform into a rocker-chic look perfect for Happy Hour or late night/date night fun.
Another way I love creating day-to-night looks is by adding (then removing) layers to compose an entire day of style using key pieces. I used my latest (and greatest) find from the Altuzarra for Target designer collection as the base for my second daytime to night look.
Office Wear – Day
Shirt: Forever 21
Peplum Top: Forever 21
I layered a double POP of neon green with a sheer collared shirt and peplum top. (You can never wear too much neon! #NeonMakesMeHappy) I really wanted to liven up this monochromatic moment in living color and bring it to life. (I could’ve easily substituted this librarian-inspired look with a classic white blouse and black sweater – but if I’m going to be a librarian then I’m gonna be the jazziest librarian you ever did see!)
Office Wear – Night
Shoes: Forever 21
Night time, is the right time to shed the layers and take it all off! Once I removed the extras and added a red hot rouge lip, I’m left with this va-va-voom glam look, compliments of the Altuzarra for Target silky maxi dress.
These are just a few ways that I have fun with beauty and style from day to night. What about you? What are your must have pieces/accessories to create a polished look from day-to-night?
For more looks check out HelloBeautiful.com.
Last week, BET Networks kicked off New York Fashion Week in style with their “BET On Fashion” show at Espace in midtown. The exclusive event featured seven rising designers, Viktor Luna, Helen Castillo, Natt Taylor, St. Frimpong, Jacinta Ligon, Andrew Nowell and Tashia Senn, giving them an opportunity to showcase their eclectic designs, work and passion.
Guests arrived in style as the pre-fashion week event ushered a preview of what fashion enthusiasts would see throughout the 7-day experience known as fashion week. Since the event kicked off all the fashion fun first, there was no shortage of bloggers, editors and who’s who in fashion in attendance during the BET on Fashion event. Check out the all the event fun below.
BET on Fashion Wrap Up
Fashion enthusiasts, celebrities and style experts got their first looks at the phenomenal designs and trends sure to take next Spring season by storm. In attendance included Elle Varner, Tai Beauchamp, Carla Hall, Debra Lee, Amanda Seales, Devyn Abdullah, Emil Wilbekin, Mikki Taylor, Lola Ogunnaike, Africa Miranda and more who enjoyed the show as well as the post event reception. Overall, this evening of fashion was a great send off for fashionistas into New York Fashion Week fun and many of us are looking forward to the next BET of Fashion event soon.
What do you think about BET on Fashion? Did you spot your favorite celebrities or designer looks at the BET on Fashion event? What were your favorite NYFW designer moments this year? Share your thoughts below?
Anyone who knows me, knows that leggings aren’t just an essential part of my wardrobe… they’re an essential part of my life! From traveling cross-country to dashing in style without the fuss, my favorite leggings from 20Legz have been there every step of the way this summer and I just had to share a few easy-breezy Do’s and Don’ts style tips to help you step into easy flawless style with designer legs from 20Legz below.
Packing a punch with perforated florals
Sometimes you just want to celebrate with flowers. These Flora leggings from 20Legz celebrates any look with a splash of color, pattern and texture all in one. Adding this burst of color to any bold colored top instantly upgrades any look and takes the basic comfort of leggings up a notch with feminine flair. One thing that I love about all my leggings from 20Legz is that no matter the style, they’re super comfortable and have just the right stretch to stay in place for all day wear.
DO pair leggings with high heels or wedges, or even tall or ankle boots to boost the illusion of height. If you’re tall, you can rock your leggings with heels, boots, sneakers or ballet flats.
DON’T wear tight tops with leggings to avoid any extra, unsightly bulges on top or at the bottom.
Get artsy with Art Deco limbs
If standing out is important to you, the Van Gough leggings are the bees-knees! I always get compliments from men and women anytime I step out in my favorite art-inspired legwear. These art deco geometric print ankle leggings are 95% polyester, 5% spandex and 100% fun! During a racing adventure in Portland, Oregon I took my Van Gough leggings for a spin while test driving the new 2015 Dodge Challenger. Paired with my favorite sheer cobalt blue blouse, statement necklace from J. Crew and heels – I was ready to ride in style!
DO wear tops that cover your bumb! Leggings should always be worn with long tops, jumpers, dresses, skirts or shorts. Anything that covers your but is fine, otherwise you will give too much exposure to your intimate parts and that is never good nor stylish.
DON’T overuse color-on-color. Try simple black or neutral tones (or nude colors) leggings to go with a bright-colored outfit.
Feeling Needy With Knee Patched Leggings
Running low on stylish options, the Knee Patch leggings offers the perfect alternative with a mix of texture and monochromatic feel that goes with anything. Pair theses comfortable black leggings with a something vibrant and bright or just plain black and white (and leave the color to the accessories). I wore these on a recent NYC shopping adventure in SoHo and paired it with a floral tunic from White House | Black Market and geometric sneakers from Peter Pilotto for Target.
DO team patterned leggings with a simple statement/slogan T-shirt, a belted tunic or minidress for visual interest. I love matching patterned tops with similar patterned kicks, balance it off with neutral, yet stylish leggings like these and you’re set to go.
DON’T wear tight tops with leggings to avoid any extra, unsightly bulges on top or at the bottom. You don’t want to show off too many lovely lady lumps.
Thinking about taking the plunge with these vibrant leggings? You can find all sorts of creative and stylish leggings all for $20 today. Check out the wide assortment of leggings available from 20Legz by visiting them online at 20Legz.com and get social by connecting with 20Legz for new releases and giveaways on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter today.
Just in time for Mother’s Day and stylish seasonal greetings – style guru, Lloyd Boston has launched his new greeting card collection, “Perfectly Styled” at New York City NIQUEA.D boutiques this week. Lloyd was on hand to mix and mingle with guests, as well as offer his styling advice to attendees.
If your mom, grandmother, sisters or friends truly cherish stylish greeting cards that reflect them – “Perfectly Styled” card collection is perfect for them! Many of the cards reflect a variety of fashionistas and stylish accessories or settings. No matter what the occasion, a great greeting card is always a nice surprise. Averaging around $8, these beautifully crafted cards not only feature amazing artwork and imagery but you can find “Perfectly Styled” cards for birthdays, friendly greetings and more!
“Perfectly Styled” by Lloyd Boston is a greeting card collection straight from the style guru himself. These cards reflect the timeless style and grace he advocates. Renowned for his style expertise and fashion tips and tricks, his card collection is a group of exquisite works of art.
Each card not only expresses wonderful sentiments, but they also come with extraordinary correspondence. Each card comes with its own postage and specialty NIQUEA.D seal. For more on the “Perfectly Styled” collection visit NIQUEAD.COM today.
This is Detroit. Not bad huh? No, the city isn’t burning down in despair – as a matter of fact, it is alive, well and bursting at the seams with rich art and re-defining style everyday. While in Detroit, I decided to visit one of my favorite open art installations in the city – The Heidelburg Project. Known for its colorful backdrops of bright hues, political messaging and plenty of mixed media – this area has been around and re-defining how we look at art since 1986. Armed with a camera (a little extra time on my hands) and a crisp, sunny Spring day – take a look at my interpretation of the bright side of art and style below (…and let me know what you think!)
Dress: Von Vonni Transformer Dress – VonVonni.com
Jacket: White Moto Jacket – Forever 21
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviator Flash Mirror Lenses
Earrings: Cushion Set Neiman Marcus
Necklace: Private Designer
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Peter Pilotto x Target
[For more on the Heidelburg Project visit DivasOnDestinations.com]
This week, Sears hosted a Fall Preview of the latest trends, styles and collaborations of the Seventeen, Kardashian Kollection, Bongo and more. I love getting a sneak peek and Fall styles early, but I love it even more when I can spot seasonal styles and trends that I can find now and wear all year long!
If you’re a girl who’s always on the go Sears Style fashions from the Kardashian Kollection or Metaphor are the perfect option for who want to dress in trendy and popular styles. When you’re sporting the latest threads from brands who understand your style, you’re sure to look and feel amazing. At Sears, you can find the hottest trends in the colors you love, so you’ll be ready for anything.
Take this conservative Kardashian Kollection moment for a spin now. Why wait for fall? The midriff exposing trend with a pencil skirt only works with modest skin exposure but this look is so hot that you can grab similar separates and take them for a spin this Spring.
The beauty about many of the Sears Style trends and fashions spotted at the Fall preview is that you don’t have to wait until later this year to find them online and in stores. Many of the items will be available and can ship as early as later this month. That’s a stylish solution that’ll keep your closet chic and trendy for seasons to come.
In case you want to find what’s hot and what’s now, Sears has you covered with a curated selection of the latest styles and trends all in one place. Now + Here. A contemporary shop found in stores and online, it’s currently stocked with every must on our list: graphic tees, jumpsuits, boyfriend jeans, maxis, bombers, skinnies and that’s just the start of it. You can begin shopping them all in preparation for warm weather—and before they expire. But hurry, cause once it’s gone – it’s GONE!
Check out more of the looks from the Sears Fall preview below and discover some of your favorite and new seasonal trends that you can style ahead of the curve (and season) today.
Disclosure: Thanks to Kleenex for sponsoring today’s post on style on the go with the Kleenex Brand Style Studio.
To celebrate Kleenex’s 90th anniversary, they’re bringing you another innovative first: The Kleenex® Style Studio. It’s a fun, inspiring way to discover more of the Kleenex® Brand designs and products you love. And maybe even a few that’ll take you by surprise.
Whether you’re decorating at home or adding a pop of color to your clutch, Kleenex® has you covered with the hottest colors and patterns to complement your ever changing style. During New York Fashion Week I was asked to pair a few of the new Kleenex brand to go facial tissue packs with my own stylish accessories to see just how well these designs fit in with my own style. Lucky for me, I was more than excited to grab a few stylish necessities during fashion week, especially since using Kleenex tissue is a great way to ward off and keep cold and flu germs contained. (In case you didn’t know, New York is in the midst of one of the worst winters in a long time – and catching a cold or the flu is easier than ever.)
Check out a few of my favorite Kleenex style moments below…
Where do you find your style inspiration? Can you believe that after spotting this green honeycomb Kleenex style design, I was inspired to shift my style in every shade of green imaginable. I paired a mix of neons, emeralds, kelly green shades and more to bring a surge of color to brighten my day in this drab wintery weather.
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Music’s biggest weekend is here and so am I! There’s just something about Los Angeles leading up to the GRAMMYs that has an electric feel unlike any other time of the year. With tons of parties, concerts and celebrations leading up to the GRAMMYs this Sunday, there will be plenty of celebrity red carpet hits and misses that many will undoubtedly be talking about in the days to come.
To ensure that my red carpet moments will be a hit, Procter & Gamble gifted me a few P&G Beauty red-carpet must haves before my trip to help me create a winning look from head to toe.
COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara
The eyes are the windows to the soul, and the perfect red-carpet gaze with eyes that pop are essential for winning red carpet photos. COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume mascara brings back a sexy starlet look with over-the-top, ten times more noticeable lashes and has two brushes and two formulas delivering mega volume and dramatic intensity.
Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects
When meeting new people, nothing breaks the ice better than a bright winning smile. Crest 3D Professional Whitestrips formulated with the same enamel-safe ingredient dentists use and will get you bright, white teeth in a flash.
Secret Clinical Strength Light & Fresh
Bright lights and red carpet jitters can make a girl sweat. Period. A funky style on the red carpet is one thing, but a funky smell? (#NoBueno) Secret Clinical Strength Light & Fresh Antiperspirant/Deodorant helps you feel 100% confident on and off the red carpet with 100% odor protection.
Gillette Venus & Olay Razor
Great legs on the red carpet is a must and using the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor makes me want to show off my legs more and more. Gillette Venus & Olay Razor helps lock-in moisture to your skin for less dryness and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades shave you close.
Once I put all of theses great P&G Beauty products to good use along with some of my favorite beauty trends, VIOLA’ – a red carpet look that I can’t wait to rock during this weekend in LA.
Discover more, get red carpet beauty tips and a chance to win fabulous prizes during the P&G GRAMMYs Red Carpet Twitter Party this Sunday, January 26th at 4PT/7ET. (RSVP HERE) #RedCarpetGlam
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It’s no question that accessories can completely upgrade an entire look from head to toe. Why not play up your look this party season with a pair of your built in assets… your legs! Tis the season for fashionable leg wear and believe it or not, Duane Reade has a variety of traditional and fashion forward hosiery for just about anyone to step out in style. Are you looking for a textured pair of tights to take your look to new heights? What about graphic or fishnet leg wear? Duane Reade has it all for much less than what you’d pay at a department store. SCORE!
Last week, I had the chance to stop by Duane Reade to stock up on hosiery and I was really surprised by the quality and wide selection that I found. Once I in the aisle I found more than six pair of tights to add to my collection this winter. I’ve already paired several of them with a few of my upcoming holiday party looks, so you know I’ll be stepping out and celebrating the in style.
Do you want to score haute holiday legs? Put on your holiday legs with Duane Reade and enter to win fabulous prizes! All you have to do is check out Duane Reade on Facebook - click on the “Show Us Your Party Legs” tab and snap a photo of your party legs to enter. Make sure you check out the #DRPartyLegs twitter party online this Monday, December 16th from 7 to 8 pm EST for details.
Target is partnering with esteemed designer Phillip Lim on an exclusive fall collection of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories, including shoes, bags and travel accessories. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is a sophisticated and elevated collection that is both beautiful, functional and coming to Target shelves next month.
Since introducing 3.1 Phillip Lim in 2005 with friend and fabric supplier Wen Zhou, Lim has continuously challenged the contemporary market with cutting-edge sophistication and quality. He was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-Wear, accepting Womenswear in 2007 and Menswear in 2012. 3.1 Phillip Lim also received the CFDA award for 2013 Accessory Designer of the Year.
‘One of the reasons I wanted to collaborate with Target is because I felt that together we could create a collection that would inspire – one that is cool and chic, but still very accessible’
The collection ranges in price from $19.99 to $299.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $59.99 for accessories. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target will be available Sept. 15, 2013 at most Target stores and Target.com.
Want more looks? Check out the following link for the behind-the-scenes look book video 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Behind-the-Scenes Look Book Video
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is a sophisticated and elevated collection that is both beautiful and functional. Rooted in a classic fall palette of neutral tones and prints, the collection features a variety of versatile, affordable pieces that modern women and men can wear on-the-go, while remaining effortlessly chic. For more information and updates on the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection, visit ABullseyeView.com. Join in on the conversation on Twitter using #PhillipLimForTarget.