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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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! 

Fancy Valentine

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

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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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FASHION du jour LOVES – FALL COATS #FDJStyle

FASHION du jour LOVES - FALL COATS#FDJStyle

Black coat
vestiairecollective.com

River Island brown coat
$93 – riverisland.com

Cape coat
stylishplus.com

Waterfall jacket
$62 – newlook.com

H M short coat
$55 – hm.com
I used to be a Summer girl!  I loved hitting the sun with my cutoffs and a tank!  Three kids later I’ve decided I’m a Fall girl and layer I shall!
I about FELL. IN. LOVE. with these coats I found and when I noticed the prices I just had to share with a few of my favorite people (YOU).  Enjoy!
ARE YOU A SUMMER OR FALL GIRL?
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FASHION du jour LOVES – Baby Got Backpack

FASHION du jour LOVES - BACKPACKS #FDJStyle

River Island black studded backpack
$47 – riverisland.com

Notebook bag
boticca.com

MCM studded leather bag
luisaviaroma.com

Studded backpack
$59 – beginningboutique.com.au
If you haven’t noticed, backpacks aren’t just for toting books anymore.  They’re the newest on trend accessory and here are some of my favorites!  If I had to pick one, I’d have to go with the Tory Burch backpack.  Tory can do no wrong!
Which is your favorite?
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SEPTEMBER : w i s h l i s t

SEPTEMBER w i s h l i s t

Giuseppe Zanotti black boots
giuseppezanottidesign.com

Guess boots
guess.com

Aldo shoes
aldoshoes.com

If you have a shoe addiction, I apologize.  If you don’t have a shoe addiction…you do now!  I apologize.
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Excellence

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Ever notice how people watch what you do more than they listen to what you say?  The athletes,  musicians, entrepreneurs, parents that we seem to admire so much are all have something going for them that makes them such worth emulating.  They excel at what they do. Whether what they do is admirable or not, their ability to do it and do it well, is what is so attractive and it makes others want to be like them.  

I admire my husband because he’s always been of the mindset that there’s no point in doing something if you aren’t going to do it right.  He believes in being thorough and doing the best at his work and doing the best at his play.  And that’s what I call excellence.

glasses: S.A.L.T // jacket: DKNY // tee: Hanes // wedges: Target // bracelets: c/o women of Tanzania // bag: c/o MimiBoutique.com // watch: Michael Kors

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