outfit of the day

True Colors

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Today felt like the day to start posting again. Maybe it’s the solar eclipse. Maybe the solar eclipse is the perfect analogy. Something came over me this past weekend like how the moon came over the sun. I’m alive and well – thank you to those for checking in. I took much needed time off for myself and I really appreciate you all for being patient <3

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I heard this song while I drove home this evening and it was just right:


You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged, oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
The darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
Show me a smile then
Don’t be unhappy
Can’t remember when
I last saw you laughing
This world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
Just, call me up
‘Cause I will always be there
And I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you

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We live in a generation where we get so caught up in perfection and in how we present ourselves. It feels amazing to let loose every now and then and to embrace the imperfection. Even these images are imperfect – they were shot with an iPhone instead of the usual DSLR on a cloudy evening in the French Quarter of New Orleans and edited with Snapseed (I still freakin’ love this app). It feels good to be back, and not just back as in back to posting but to feel like myself again <3

Goodbye Summer!

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Summer is officially over y’all which means my favorite season is here! Time to pull out some thicker knits and rich hues to mix and match with your summer faves. I love this transitioning period because it allows you to be creative and work with what you already have in your closet. This past weekend I felt like going a little flirty, a little elegant while still grounding the look with a chunky heel to tone down the girly-ness.

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Floppy Hat | Kenar Jeweled Top | F21 Blush Skirt | Latitude Sandals | Maybelline “Sapphire Siren” polish

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Breaking the Rules + Giveaway!

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You may have noticed that I have been donning the midi length quite frequently lately (unintentionally) and by nature these types of dresses or skirts tend to be on the dressier side. Because they generally also hit around the mid calf area, pairing the look with heels is usually the safer option. I went against everything, because I can. And I think it’s a lot more fun this way. If you feel good in it, wear it because in my opinion when it comes to personal style there are no rules. I styled this dress in a way that I could see myself roaming around the streets in or even on a school campus in.

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I ‘Heart’ Ronson Dress

Choies Pleather Jacket and Hat

Bauble Bar Necklace

FJORD Watch

Francesca’s Rings

ALDO Sneakers

Can we also mention how excited I am about Fall being right around the corner? This look would work perfectly as a transitional Summer to Fall look :) You guys know i’m also a huge fan of affordable fashion and accessible pieces so this has been a fun collaboration with JCPenney! I have been so incredibly grateful and appreciative of your love and support so what better way to wrap things up than with a giveaway? There are multiple ways to Enter in this widget below, good luck!  xoxo, Christine

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NYFW Outfit 1

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Hi everyone! These past few days have been a whirlwind. Everything happened so quickly from me flying out to New York City for fashion week to collaborating with Chictopia on a couple videos to flying back for a friend’s wedding within the span of 2 days. I’m also helping plan and wrap up the details for another friend’s upcoming bachelorette! Of course it doesn’t stop there as I am working on other videos and collaborations as well. My brain has been running a bajillion miles a second but I wouldn’t have it any other way :) Typing out this post is actually bringing me a lot of peace at the moment.

Luckily we were able to do a quick shoot of the first outfit I wore in New York. I actually carried my black faux leather backpack which carried my cameras, Madden Girl flats (a must!), and other essentials in turn explaining the absence of a clutch or small handbag. I found this dress last week and fell in love with its mix of patterns, cut outs, and how I didn’t have to worry about piecing together separates as I quickly packed for this trip. I feel like this dress makes more of a subtle statement in the faded print and it in a way symbolizes where I am at this point in my life. I definitely am at a crossroad of being a girl and a woman (cue the Britney song!) and I am just feeling all sorts of feels. Descriptive, I know. The shoes were needed to liven up the look and because i’ve worn them so many times I knew they wouldn’t be killer on my feet :) Wow, I was rather chatty today so we’ll sign off here! Stay tuned for more outfit posts!

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Photo Credit: Libby Kusuma (Chictopia)

Dress – Free People

Shoes – Zara

Rings and blue bracelet – Francesca’s

Black Playsuit

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Hi all :) I’m typing this up as I pack for my trip to LA tomorrow and I think this black playsuit is an ideal type of clothing item to travel with. It’s easy to dress up or down, you could pair a skirt over it for an additional look, and if you get something spilt on you it won’t be obvious haha ^^ I seriously love fuss free clothing. I also love golden hour; it’s freakin’ magical.

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Black Long Sleeve Playsuit

Hinge ‘Dresden’ Caged Leather Bootie

Kendra Scott Sky earrings in Violet

Bauble Bar Long Arrow Pendant necklace (check out my necklace picks in my latest video!)

Cole Haan crossbody bag

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Sammi started creeping into the shots so here’s his cameo! I love him and I love you all :) Thanks for stopping by!

Lace Maxi Skirt and a Straw Hat

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Hey everyone! I’m back with an outfit post; let’s pretend it only feels like it has been ages  😀 This embroidered lace maxi skirt, which was an awesome find at Marshalls, has been sitting in my closet waiting to be styled. I have never received so many compliments–everyone of different ages loved the skirt!

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If you’ve watched my Summer Fashion Haul this Nasty Gal necklace should look familiar :) I recently found this Chambray-like thin short sleeve top that though casual, I felt had that right amount of substance to pair well with the skirt. Normally I have little luck locating Marshalls or TJ Maxx finds online but whenever I can will most certainly link it for you guys!

TIP! If you aren’t already shopping in the Women’s section of discount stores (or really any store in general), you should! The clothing in those aisles tend to be of better quality than that of what you would find in the Junior’s section for example. It’s where I found this top at Marshalls :)

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I’m a lover of all kinds of hats but this Panama straw hat is perfect in this humidity and really needed some more lovin’ as well.  I’m also currently loving my Fjord watch that was gifted to me. Hopefully they will have shopping available on their site soon as i’m really liking the aesthetic of their pieces!

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This Cole Haan crossbody bag is a TJ Maxx find and the shoes I scored from Marshalls. You would think I was sponsored by them! Haha but I honestly have loved shopping at these stores since I was a kid (you can thank my Mom).

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Let me know what you think of the outfit! As always thanks for dropping by and I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo~ Christine