9 FOURTH OF JULY FINDS!

9 Fourth of July Finds

It goes without saying that the real meaning of fourth of July is to celebrate our wonderful country’s independence.  Independence that is hard fought for and protected.  On this day we celebrate liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.  Traditionally, Americans like to spend fourth of July with friends and family enjoying good food and the great outdoors.  And it doesn’t hurt to look super cute while doing so.

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FASHION DU JOUR LOVES: Bump Styling

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Dressing around a baby bump can be exhausting.  I mean, when else in life does your body inflate to two to three times it’s normal size?  Some of us gain weight everywhere and so the challenge is not only dressing around a bump but also finding things to wear that are comfortable around all your growing parts.  Even for women who seem to be all baby, there’s still the struggle with finding a top or bottom that are the size you normally wear but are stretchy enough to fit around the circumference of your belly.  Of course there are bigger and much more amazing things going on with our bodies and how we look should be the least of our concerns, but it’s hard to ignore it when nothing in your closet seems to fit.

Here’s a look that any pregnant (or not) lady can pull off this summer.  Enjoy!

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#FDJStyle: February Wishlist

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Attention all you spend-thrift ladies like me, I found a new online boutique and yes, you’ll love it.  Persunmall.com You already know how obsessed I am with boyfriend jeans.  Take a look at these!  Plus a pair of loose fit drawstring jeans.  Think sweats, only AMAZING!  But it doesn’t stop there.  They also have thee cutest dresses, jackets, tops and coats.  And none of these items above are over $48!!!!!!
Stop by, it’s well worth the browse!
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What to Wear on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fourteen days away and I’m beginning to think that the world is made up of 2 kinds of people; people who LOVE Valentine’s Day and people who LOATHE Valentine’s Day.  There’s never really an in-between.  I have a friend who jokingly calls Valentine’s Day, “Single Awareness Day” and while some may think of this holiday as a cruel trick to fool men into buying chocolate and flowers my single friend loves this day.  For her, it’s a chance to have a spa day and a night out with friends enjoying each other’s company.  For me, it’s a chance to pause and enjoy my husband’s company one-on-one.

Whether your idea of Valentine’s Day is a fancy dinner with that someone special in your life or a casual outing with your favorite girls, here are some fantastic looks to make your night a fashion success.

Depending where you go, Los Angeles night life is usually full of swanky lounges and romantically lit trendy restaurants.   If your Valentine’s Day includes a trip to one of these locations, it’s likely that you will want to go for a more “casual-glam” look.  Boyfriend jeans are still very much on trend and hide a multitude of sins.  So go ahead and order that slice of double chocolate cake because no one will see your insta-belly.  Not only are boyfriend jeans the most comfortable pair of jeans you’ll own, but they’re incredibly easy to transition from day to night.  You might wear your boyfriend jeans to work with a white buttoned-down shirt, black blazer and chocolate leather loafers.  Then at quitting time you can quickly transition them for your girls meet-up by ditching the jacket, swapping the shirt out for a pussy bow blouse and the loafers for a pair of dashing pumps.  Just add a red lip and some splashes of jewelry to accent and your outfit is perfection.

Casual ValentineThis second look is for the woman who has formal plans in store.  This night out calls for a look that is classy, classy, classy.  What’s the easiest way to accomplish a classy and chic look?  Stick to a solid colored dress with a simple shape, either fitted or curve- skimming.  This will draw attention to where you want it, your face.  However, that’s not to say that prints and colors are out of the question.  If you prefer a dress with some morsels of fun find a dress with all over print action.  My tip to you is to go for a dress that has very small dark prints.  The smaller and darker the print, the more flattering the dress will look.  Another option is to find a dress with some interesting combination of print and solid.  However, the rule still applies…the darker the better.  With the weather as unpredictable as it’s been of late, adding a pair of black opaque tights and black pumps will be the perfect topper to keep you warm but looking hot! 

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Regardless of what you wear and what you do, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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How to Make a Fascinator

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I don’t remember quite when it all started but I have a thing for fascinators.  I think it has something to do with the fact that it’s common at my church, and probably many other churches, to wear a fancy hat on Sunday.  I don’t own any fancy hats and let’s just say the big hats with all the fabulous rainbows of feathers and diamonds and whatnots are not really my cup of tea.  So, trying to find a happy medium, I gravitated toward the fascinator.  A fascinator can definitely be super big and fancy if that’s the look you want, but it can also be very sweet and petite like these.

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Several months ago my church had a really nice tea {if you follow me on Instagram you saw it} to which the women wore pretty dresses and hats.  I didn’t own a fascinator and all the thrift shops I had visited had been scrubbed clean of anything close to a fascinator.  I did, however, find some church hats with feathers, random rhinestones and veils on them.  I snatched them up, took them home and got to work.  I pulled something together using these materials and some random items from home.  As luck would have it, it turned out pretty nice and it was a cinch to make. Take it from me, if I can make it, you can make it!

What does that mean for you?  Well, it means your wildest dreams have come true!  Hold the applause.  Here’s a short D.I.Y. to make your very own fascinator!  This tutorial uses supplies that you actually purchase from a craft store, but feel free to pop into a thrift store and see what you can find.  Good Luck!

Here’s what you need and links to where to find them.  I picked these all up at Michael’s Craft Store:

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1. 10 watt Glue Gun | 2. pre-gathered bundle of Marabou feathers .25 oz (ungathered) | 3. feather fan

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4. tulle or veil |5.  self-stick gems

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6. Clips | 7. old lightweight broach

How to make your fascinator:

1.  Glue pre-gathered feather bunch (image 2) directly onto the middle of the feather fan (image 3).  Apply a generous amount of glue to keep the feathers in place.  Allow glue to dry. {You’ll see the clip next to the feathers below to show where the clip will end up at the end.}

1.  Measure out 9 inches of tulle (image 4).  This should be enough tulle cover the fabric semi-circle of the feather fan.  (image 3).  Apply a generous amount of glue t the fabric semi-circle and glue the tulle on top.  Allow glue to dry.

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2.  You now have one side of the feather fan with glue and tulle and the other side that is untouched.  Glue the feather bundle (image 2) to the untouched side of the feather fan.  Glue the clip (image 6) to the other side.  Allow the glue to dry before moving to the next step.

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3.  Turn the fascinator over and you should have  layers.  At the bottom is the clip, next is the tulle, next is the feather fan and last is the feather bundle.  Now you can add your broach (image 7)

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4.  At this point your fascinator will almost be finished.  Arrange your pin and tulle how you like.

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5.  Remove the self-stick gems (image 5) and begin to apply to the tulle.  You can use as many or as few as you wish.

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6.  And VOILA!  You’re very own D.I. Y. fascinator!

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The fascinator probably seems a little over-sized on Julia’s head, but on an adult it works nicely.

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 I hope you’ll try this D.I.Y. and share how yours turns out.  I think you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make.   And if you get a D.I.Y. itch, make sure you check out this really easy Valentine’s Card tutorial.   Enjoy!

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Learning Something New {Skillshare.com}

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I’ve always enjoyed school.  No, I wasn’t a nerd, I just enjoyed mastering a subject and then being able to share it with folks.  If I could get paid to go to school full-time, I’d do it.  Call me strange, but there’s just something about the feeling I get when the light bulb goes on.  Sort of like Oprah‘s “Aha” moments.

I recently heard of an online learning center called Skillshare where you can take an online class for as little as $19. Now, this isn’t your typical mind-numbing reading, impossible deadlines and carpal tunnel clicking, no, THIS is cool!  The instructors are young and hip and active in their fields.  They create cool videos to help you really engage and understand the concepts.  You get to learn online at your own pace whenever and wherever you want.  And when it’s all said and done you’ll have created a one-of-a-kind project that you can be proud of.  They offer classes that span a wide range of creative topics from Introduction to Lettering to Introduction to Fashion Photography to A Staple of Branding: How to Start Your Fashion Company.

But even better, for the fashion girls in the house, you might be interested in Bellavance NYC’s class The First Steps of Fashion Design.  These exclusive Opening Ceremony designers are teaching fashion illustration.  And it doesn’t stop there.  If you find that you are now ready to launch your line, you can find out how by taking  Start Your Own Fashion Label class with Greg Armas, also another Opening Ceremony regular.  Say you’re ready to turn your sketches into construction-ready technical designs, take Introduction to Garment Flats with Betabrand designer, Mickaela Roxas.  Better yet, if you just want to know how to get your line to market, find out the ins and outs with Of a Kind founders Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo in the Introduction to Wholesaling class.  With all this information and about $75 you can be an official fashion designer by the new year!  How’s that sound?  See, I learned something new and I’m sharing it with you!

Oh, and I don’t want to forget, if you’re a member of Bloggers Like Me (BLM), and interested in taking The First Steps of Fashion Design, you get 25% off.  Just use code: FASHION.

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“Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!”

I know I’m not the only one who has those days when none of the outfit combinations you try and pull together look right.  In my house, it a global crisis!  Jon knows not to even think about offering advice, because I tend to get a little snappy when I can’t find the right outfit.  I tell you, that guy’s a Saint, but not being able to pull an outfit together…in the wise words of our beloved Sweet Brown, “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!”

Well, for the longest time I’ve been saying to myself, they should make some kind of device or robot who will pull together an outfit on those days when nothing seems to look right.  Or if they can just give me that closet that Cher had in Clueless, I’d be set.

Short of a finding a Cher closet, I was lucky enough to learn about a website appropriately called What Goes With This {WGWT}.  The site provides a community to help you figure out how to make the perfect outfit for any occasion.   As an early engager I got to actually see how the site works and if it really stands up to the challenge.  Here’s how it works:

step1Create an account and visit the home page {below}.  The Home page shows you all of the items that folks are looking for recommendations on.  For example, the pink boots below, someone is asking what to pair with them.

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When you click on one of the images you an then see what others have recommended.  You’ll also see a place to make your own recommendations.

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To make a recommendation click on the pink “Recommend a Look” button and then add a link to where the item you recommend can be found online, or if you have an image from your blog or elsewhere you can add it here as well.   There’s even space for you to offer comments.

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After leaving a few suggestions for girls, I decided to add an item to my profile and see how long it took to get some recommendations and how good the recommendations were.  I posted a pic of me in a GOD CAN top and listed $50 as the amount that I was willing to spend on the rest of the outfit to complete the look.  I was surprised by how quickly someone offered a recommendation.

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Notice the necklaces and blazer someone recommended.  I’m not sure I’d wear the necklaces with this top but I wear blazers with practically everything so I’d definitely wear the blazer and honestly I might not have thought of this combination.  I really liked her skirt recommendations as well.  She left a comment saying, “Choose among these three options: a blazer, a pencil skirt or a statement necklace! You could pick all three but that would be out of budget!”

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And, what do you know, I actually took the girl’s advice and paired my top with a black blazer and skirt that I already own.  What do you think?

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I really enjoyed how simple this process was because really, when I’m at the point when I’m frustrated with nothing to wear, the last thing I want is to rely on unreliable technology.  And best of all, it’s free!

But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Take a visit to What Goes With This and see for yourself!

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Even though the weather is cooling down, California {Los Angeles in particular} is one of those places that is just known for it’s insane {in a good way} style.  So, on any given Fall day you’re bound to see girls hitting the streets in short-shorts and UGG Boots…with the fur.  Well, here’s my interpretation of an L.A. Fall ensemble.  And what better way than with neutrals.  Neutrals are the default color all year long!
By the way, the Hubs and I are back from Miami and exhausted with a capital Zzzzz….. BUT we had a great time.  I can’t wait to tell you all about the branding panel I moderated during the Style Bloggers of Color Conference and some other juicy tidbits.  Stay tuned.
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