Fall Florals | City Chic at Macy’s!

Hello my loves!

Fall is here and it is by far my favorite time of the year! Autumn leaves, cinnamon spice, and the promise of months of festivities is more than enough to make this girl excited about the changing season. However for me, fall is all about the fashion! It’s time to pack up your shorts and pull out your scarves! It’s time to play with different layers and silhouettes! And most importantly, fall gives you the best excuse to go shopping! I’m always looking for new brands to wear and one of my recent finds is City Chic! They are an Australian brand that is all about offering premium fearless clothes for plus size women! I was instantly impressed and that’s why I am so happy to be partnering with Macy’s to share this beautiful City Chic look for fall!

I was scrolling through the Macy’s site and immediately fell in love with the lux feel of this dress! At first, I was drawn to the sheer floral design and the flowy fabric! But the cut is what takes this dress to the next level for me! This maxi dress is easy breezy enough for day and easily dressed up for night!

I opted for a leather jacket; because if I’m being honest with myself, even the slightest breeze is reason enough for me to bust out the layers. I also wanted to add some kind of pop that would take the look to the next level, so I choose to pair the dress with bright white booties! Styled this way, I’d wear the look out for a date or an event or girls night out! You could swap the booties for a pair of pumps for a more upscale look.

All items in this post are available at Macy’s! As always, thank you for reading!

Xoxo,

Alex

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Three Go-To Jackets for Fall and Winter | Sponsored by StitchFix

Hey lovelies,

And helloooo November! This just might be my favorite time of the year! The spooky stuff is over and now it’s time to focus on family, food, and presents – woo! I just got back from visiting my best friend in Portland, OR and all the rain reminded me how important it is to plan for the changing seasons! The leaves were stunning, but the rain & wind chill already had me thinking about getting my winter wear together! Although I live in LA, I travel quite a bit during the winter months and need to be prepared with lots of cozy options!

If you’ve been following me for a while then you already know about my love for Stitch Fix! They are a styling service that matches you with a personal stylist who will send you incredible clothes that fit your style, body, and budget! I am so happy to be partnering with Stitch Fix to share three classic jackets that are perfect for fall and winter!

An obvious classic is the leather moto jacket! This is an absolute staple for me and I am thrilled when it finally gets chilly enough to start wearing them each year! I love this specific jacket because the sleeve detail instantly glams up the look! When you first sign up for Stitch Fix you are asked to fill out a style profile that helps the stylist understand your body type, fit preferences, and style! I asked for a bit more glam, so this jacket is right up my alley! I loved the looked of pair this jacket with this textured sweater! You could easier dress this up with a skirt and heels, but I opted to keep things casual with a pair of my favorite jeans!

The next classic jacket style is cargo! We see a lot of military inspired looks this time of year and I always enjoy incorporating this aesthetic into my outfits. Cargo jackets are as functional as they are stylish which makes them an incredible layer to wear while on an outdoor workout. It’s so easy to throw your keys, cell phone, and chapstick in a pocket and go! I decided to create a full camouflage moment with these leggings, because I know this outfit would definitely inspire me to bring my workout to the next level! And there would be no need to worry about the fit, because Stitch Fix tests each item on real women to know how the clothes will fit before they send them out!

The last classic jacket style is a newly adopted favorite of mine… the bomber! Bombers are a great option for looking effortlessly chic! On it’s own the bomber has more of an athlesuire/street feel, but you can absolutely style it to fit your personal style! I attempted to dress the bomber up for a night out by pairing it with heeled booties and a trendy bag with matching earrings! This look was probably my favorite because I instantly felt ready to go out and dance, haha!

Needless to say, Stitch Fix is a great way to update your wardrobe for the season (or for any reason really). And with so many styles, brands, and fits, it is so easy to find the perfect item for you! You can try out the service by clicking HERE and be sure to comment below to let me know what kind of items you would be looking for from this incredible service!

I hope you have the most incredible rest of your week and as always, thank you for reading!

Xoxo,

Alex

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NY Collection at Macy’s!

NY Collection at Macy’s!

Hello beauty! How are you? How have you been? How’s your mama? What’s up with me? That’s so sweet of you to ask…

I’m currently sitting at a cafe in San Francisco it is CHILLY!! It’s super foggy and misty; and the summer breeze feels more like a distant cousin of a hurricane! The longer I sit here the more grateful I am that summer is not over at home in LA!

We’ve officially reached the time of the year where I’m still shopping for summer, but I’m mentally preparing for fall! And you should be too! I’m thrilled to be partnering with Macy’s to share their NY Collection because this line is a great starting point when looking for those perfect transitional pieces to get you through the next few months!

The first thing you’ll notice about the NY Collection is that it is super stinkin cute! It’s really giving you a taste of New York with pieces that offer everything from the elevated, chic look of Manhattan to the more balanced boho vibes of Brooklyn. I opted to represent my old stomping grounds and style this adorable floral print shift dress.

It’s perfect for summer because of its light airy fabric and cute lace up details. This dress would honestly look great with heels, boots, flats, or even the right pair of sneakers! It’s versatility is what makes it a good choice; however, it is the fit that makes it a great choice! The dress pintucks at the waist and flares out along the bottom making a great silhouette whether you carry your most weight in your bust, belly, or hips.

I’m so happy with this dress for summer and I can’t wait to style it for the fall! You could pair it with a suede moto jacket and a pair of booties; or my personal choice would be to pair the dress with tall boots, trench coat, and a beanie! How would you style this dress to take it from summer to fall? Any way you wear it, it’s going to have you feeling (and looking) incredible!

All items in this post are available at Macy’s! As always, thank you for reading!

Xoxo,

Alex

Thank you Macy’s for sponsoring this post!

Three Feel Good Outfit Ideas | Sponsored by LOFT & ShopStyle!

Hello beauties!!

I hope you are all having an incredible week! GUESS WHAT?!? I got engaged this past weekend!! Isn’t that wild? I am so happy and I will absolutely be sharing more about that super soon! I’ve been all over the place emotionally (read: I cried so hard that I laughed and I laughed so hard that I started crying again, lol), but one thing for sure is that I am thrilled! My friends and family keep saying “aww you look so happy! You’re glowing!” And it really got me thinking, joy is truly the best beauty secret and the best fashion accessory out there!

Now, we can’t always be in a state of euphoria from a recent engagement, but we absolutely can find other ways to feel good and get that joyful glow! One way I find joy is through a fun fashion moment and I really think this could work for you too! I’m excited to be partnering with LOFT to share three outfit ideas that always make me feel my best! LOFT is an amazing choice for everything from workwear to athlesuire to a night out on the town. And with a wide range of sizes (00-26), you can be even more happy knowing that you can share these ideas with most of your loved ones!

My first go-to outfit idea is also the most simple! I love to find a great pair of jeans and elevate them to the next level! For this look, I decided to go with a pair of cropped denim with a personality of their own! Then I opted for a cozy sweater look that is still appropriate for LA weather. Now the key to making this a feel good look is making sure you’ve got the fit just right! Jeans can be tough, but these double cuff fray skinny jeans curve around my hips and my booty just right – plus there’s lots of stretch!

My second go-to outfit idea that always makes me happy is a monochrome moment! Wearing similar shades of the same color is a tried and true way to instantly make your outfit chic! You can go for the jeans and tee vibe or you can up the ante and go with a more flirty take on monochrome style. I personally love the V neck and the ruffle shoulder detail! This adorable shift dress instantly stood out to me for it’s timeless aesthetic and its vibrant color! It was an easy decision to pair it with these picture perfect pink mules!

The last (but not least!) go-to outfit idea is a simple pattern on a dress or a jumpsuit. This is possibly my favorite go-to of the three and here’s why: A pattern instantly makes your outfit fun and interesting. I definitely suggest sticking to a simple pattern if that pattern will be covering the whole garment! Save your busy patterns for accents pieces like a head wrap, bag, or a tucked/cropped top! I’m such a fan of this jumpsuit not only for its pattern, but for its fun silhouette! A great outfit should be fun to wear and with the cropped wide pant leg and sneaker combo, it sure was!

All items in this post are available at LOFT! As always, thank you for reading!

Xoxo,

Alex

Thank you LOFT & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

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Loft Plus Ruffle Cap Sleeve Shift Dress • LOFT • $89.50
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Five Ways to Stay Confident During A Workout | Sponsored by Secret Deodorant

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Hey everyone! Happy May! Does anyone else feel like the months are flying by? I’m 95% sure that Valentine’s Day was last week and we’ve somehow jumped to Cinco De Mayo! *looks around suspiciously while eating chips and guac* I’m happy to be back on the blog and share that I’ve teamed up with Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant to tell you an embarrassing/educational story about how hosting a yoga class in New York City has changed how I prepare for and think about my workouts.

 

The year was 2017… I had just finished holding on for dear life in a crowded, rush hour subway car while on my way to host my first yoga class! It was definitely a big day for me because 1.) I had never hosted anything before and 2.) I had rarely participated in group yoga. I have loved yoga for years, but I’ve always completed my practice alone, so I was so nervous!  There was a group of about 15 of us. We introduced ourselves and I even made it through a quick welcome speech. I took a sign of relief when we started our practice, but was suddenly and rudely interrupted by a growing stench. I realized that I was the culprit and was immediately horrified! It was the end of a hot NYC day; and after that subway ride and now the yoga class, my mediocre deodorant just wasn’t doing the job. I spent the rest of the class trying to my best to keep my movements slow and confined so I wouldn’t assault the rest of the class, but I know that those who went in for a hug after class definitely regretted that decision – ugh!

 

I went home understandably mortified and decided that wasn’t going to happen again. After some crowdsourcing, I learned about Secret Clinical Strength deodorant and now it is my go-to everyday deodorant. Whether I’m walking down a runway, at a client meeting, or hosting a yoga class, this product helps me feel safe and in control! My favorite thing about Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid is that you can use it just once for all-day, strong wetness protection. It is definitely not fun to be caught off guard by sweat, smells, or any mixture of the two! That embarrassing day taught me a lot about how to prepare for a workout and stay confident throughout! Let’s break it down:

 

  1. The first step is to simply show up! Maybe you’re nervous or unmotivated? Maybe you feel too busy to take some time for yourself? Or maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of today’s beauty standards? You could be hosting a class like I was or maybe you’re working out just for you? There will always be a million reasons to quit before you start, but show up anyway.

 

  1. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst. I know, I know! This sounds unnecessarily extreme. A workout usually isn’t a dire situation, but hear me out. It’s important to be in positive mindset and believe that you are 100% capable of what you set out to do (Cause you are!), but it’s wise to also stay prepared in case something goes wrong. You don’t plan on getting in a car crash, but you wear your seat belt just in case, right? That is how I feel about wearing Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid. Maybe your old deodorant has been holding up so far; but honestly, why risk the discomfort of B.O. and unwanted pit stains?

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  1. Work your booty off. Not literally, because butts are incredible. Your butt is incredible! But go the heck off! Put in work! Slay! I choose “D.) All the above;” because going 100% feels so good when you’re finally done!

 

  1. Okay listen up, because this one is important! Shaming yourself is never the right choice! We lose our confidence when we allow self-shaming thoughts to linger in our minds for a little too long. The wild thing about our thoughts is that if we think something for too long, our brain will start to change what we know to be true. Have you ever looked at a word for too long and then all of a sudden it looks unfamiliar or misspelt? It’s kinda like that. If we challenge all of our confident thoughts with judgment and shame, we will begin to question our confidence. So if a negative thought comes in, I suggest countering it with a positive affirmation! I personally like “I am loved, beautiful and strong!”

 

  1. Last, but not least… BE PROUD of yourself! Whether you hit your goal or totally missed the mark, you showed up! You set out to do something that will ultimately benefit you and that intention is important. The great thing about what I learned is that these tips aren’t just about working out! These are  applicable to any big event or moment that is going on in your life! No matter how big of a day it is and no matter how nervous you are, Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid has got your covered. Nothing will ever go completely as planned, but be sure to prep for what you can and make the best out of what you can’t!

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope you have an incredible rest of your day!

 

With love + gratitude,

 

Alex

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Spring Denim with Macy’s

Celebrity Pink Denim | Sponsored by Macy’s

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The time has come! It’s time to put our winter coats in storage and slowly transition to our warmer weather wardrobe. It took a bit longer than we all hoped, but Spring has finally sprung and I, for one, am pretty hype about! I love dressing for Spring because it’s a perfect time to update your denim collection and who doesn’t want that?! Denim for spring isn’t necessarily groundbreaking *cue Miranda Presley voice*, but I do have a spring wardrobe go-to that has literally never failed me! I’ve partnered with my friends over at Macy’s to show off these amazing Celebrity Pink jeans and to share my spring favorite: white denim!

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White denim is a spring staple for the versatility alone! You can create any look, vibe, or aesthetic that you want (okay maybe with the exception of a goth girl throwback)! One pair of jeans can take you from the mall to date night to church to the club. It’s all about finding the right pair of jeans!

So what do I look for in a good pair of white jeans? Well first and foremost, fit will always be the biggest factor in any shopping experience! I love that these jeans stretch and hug my curves in all the right places while still keeping shape throughout the day! I like to wear my jeans a little looser than average, but I definitely avoid any pair of jeans that is easily overstretched and made awkwardly baggy. These jeans held their fit for hours, providing stretch without losing their shape! Another thing that is super important when buying white denim is making sure that the fabric is thick enough and won’t turn see through in bright light! Who else has worn a pair of unexpectedly thin clothing only to discover too late that your whole butt is displayed for the world to see? Just me? Well, I didn’t have to worry about these jeans at all!

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I had a blast styling these jeans two different ways! When you have good quality basics, styling is really about accessories. For my first look, I allowed the jeans to speak for themselves and kept my styling sweet and simple. A clean pair of white sneakers, a black and white striped tee, and an ankle cuff allows you to be comfy while still having that put together look! I wear my denim like this most days tbh, but sometimes you need to take it to the next level!

I was all about this pop of lavender for the second look! Lavender is a huge trend this spring and it looks great with the white denim. I decided to keep the black and white tee, switch up the shoes to these lavender slingback mules, add a suede envelope clutch to match; and viola, you’ve got a whole new look!

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Your options really feel limitless once you step into a pair of these Celebrity Pink skinnies! How would you style your pair?

All of the items in this post are available at Macy’s! Thank you for reading!

 

Xoxo,

Alex

 

Special thanks to Macy’s for sponsoring this post!

Black History Month

Ayyyyeeee Happy Black History Month, everybody!

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this month for most of my life. When I was a young kid, Black History Month didn’t mean all that much to me. The lack of melanin in my teachers and classmates meant that any extra attention to Black history was reserved for what could fit on the glass encased bulletin board that hung somewhere near the administration office. Once I got to high school, I started to hate Black History Month because I knew that meant a super awkward moment was awaiting me. Every February 1st, a teacher or a classmate or once even the principle would decide to point me out as one of the only two black people in the class (shout out Marcus Shelby if you out there) and ask me some kind of unwelcome personal question that would have me speak for all black people.

It wasn’t fun. BUT then I graduated high school, moved to LA, and learned to self educate! Black History Month became a time where I chose to learn more about myself and my black history than I knew existed. I was geeking out over the Moors, Madame C.J. Walker, and so much more. Did you know that ancient Egyptians used afro picks? In college, I decided that Black History Month was insulting. Why would we only get a month when others gets the rest of the year? I would look at what major media decided to cover and be frustrated that they wouldn’t dive deeper into the history of black people globally. I’d hashtag #BLACKHISTORYYEAR every single day in the month of February.

I still believe that discovering more about black history will enrich your life all year round. I also know that it is not everyday that people are looking to educate themselves on any kind of history. So, if black people have an opportunity to share our history, learn our history, and have our history acknowledged; I’ve got to be on board. I celebrate Black History Month because I want to know more about the past to help me prepare and move toward the future. I hope you all have take even a few moments to learn something new today! And you can start here!

Outfit details:

Pearl Embellished Beret: Similar here!

Jumpsuit: Here!

Faux Suede Booties: Similar here!

 

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NYE looks that you can wear again! | Sponsored by Simply Be

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and so are the outfits – Ahh! But don’t stress, because honestly this year has been stressful enough on its own! So if you’re looking for some last minute inspiration for the your NYE look, I’ve got you! Whether you’re planning on ringing in 2018 at a fancy event or even a more casual get together, these Simply Be looks are sure to be a hit! And the best part? These looks can be easily re-accessorized for your next event!

Color pop!

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An obvious way to stand out this NYE is to wear a bright fun color! Gem tones like purple and turquoise are always a hit! And bright metallics are a welcomed addition to any celebration. My absolute favorite color to wear is red, so I decided to go with this Simply Be LRD, or Little Red Dress! There’s a shade of red out there for everyone. And not only does it make you feel sexy, it comes in handy on so many occasions! I love the crossover halter neckline and the fit of the body. This is the kind of dress that’s totally worth wearing a strapless bra for!

Where to wear it next: Date Night, Girl’s Night Out

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Texture, texture, texture!

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Nothing screams “Too glam to give a damn” like a floor length sequin, tiered tassel dress! I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that I felt like royalty the whole time I was wearing this! The detailed beading, sequins, and layering make this dress so much fun to wear! Pair this dress with some sky high heels and you’ll be ready to twirl and strut your stuff around the whole night!

Where to wear it next: Broadway Show, Gala Event

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Make a statement with fur!

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Bring on the fur! I personally think every girl deserves a (faux) fur coat in her closet. It is a tried and true way to bring instant glam to even your most simple jeans and lace cami top! I’m a big fan of this Simply Be blush pink coat because it’s neutral enough to style several ways, but it’s still a big statement! This coat will definitely keep you warm whether you’re walking to your next NYE party location or just to and from your car any time in the next month. Seriously, stay warm out there! Brrr!

Where to wear it next: All day, everyday this winter!

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Thank you for spending some time with me! I hope you all have an incredible rest of your 2017! Finish the year strong and have a Happy New Year!

Xoxo,

Alex

Thank you to Simply Be for sponsoring this post!

Fall Magic with Full Beauty

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I don’t know if it’s the chill in the air, the changing leaves, or the ample amounts of deliciously spiced treats, but there’s something magical about fall. Would you believe that this is only my second fall ever?! I grew up in sunny Los Angeles where fall was a color scheme but definitely not a real season. So when Full Beauty asked me to join them and some of our favorite bloggers on an epic fall photoshoot upstate, I packed my bags!


Once we arrived to our beautiful location, we quickly changed into our first looks and were off to play with the horses. This skirt was definitely a winner! It’s the kind of piece that can be styled up with an off the shoulder top and heels or styled down for a more casual vibe. We opted for the more casual look and thank goodness because leading a horse is hard enough without the heels! Random fun fact: Horses roll on their backs like dogs and it’s mad funny!


Next up was bike riding, apple picking, and well… apple eating. We changed into our second looks to explore the apple farm and do some serious quality control. I never imagined I’d ride a two person bike and I never thought I’d eat an apple straight off the tree, but look at me out here living my best life!

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From left to right: Alison (Wardrobe Oxygen), Carine (@carine83), Shay (Shady Shay), Dani (Blonde In The District)

We changed into our last look for an adorable sunset picnic by the lake! Look at that view! Can we all take a minute to appreciate this perfect fall magic moment?! **happy sigh** This outfit was much more comfy than you’d expect and I really love the color of this peacoat. I am actively looking for a lipstick that matches, so drop your favs in the comments below!
What a beautiful day! Thank you Full Beauty for bringing me along on this epic day trip! And thank you to the ladies who made it extra special!

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From left to right: Dani (Blonde In The District), Alison (Wardrobe Oxygen), Carine (@carine83), Shay (Shady Shay)

Check out some more pictures from the day! All of these looks are available to shop at www.fullbeauty.com!

 


This post was sponsored by Full Beauty.

 

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