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Saturday, November 10, 2018

What I Wore This Week

As I continue to reluctantly embrace the changing weather, I’m still taking the opportunity to incorporate autumnal colors into the mix whenever possible. If you’re in the northeast, take a look around at the changing landscape – it’s giving cues as to which colors are great for this time of year.

This past Tuesday, on election day, I wore black – not necessarily a fall color, but a definite “power color.” I purchased this maxi dress from Express a while back. The material is a little on the thin side, so I layered a pair of leggings underneath and wore OTK leather and stretch fabric boots to make it more weather-appropriate. I topped it off with my faux patent leather and fur jacket from Asos. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Embracing Autumn

With the exception of the transition from winter to spring, I am generally not a fan of the changing seasons. I prefer the warmer weather and I'm always sad to see the summer bid us farewell, but I do enjoy the colors and textures of the fall.

Instead of taking a "glass half empty" approach I've been trying to focus on the benefits of autumn - the days when the temperatures are perfect, the beautiful colors of the trees, and the ability to add knits, leathers, suedes, furs, and tweeds into the mix. When appropriate, I'm still trying to keep my "year-round" pieces in the rotation and I'm trying to continue wearing my lighter-weight pieces by layering them.

For me, the fall and winter are all about statement outerwear, and over the knee boots with jeans and blazers, and other statement footwear. Here are a few of my recent fall outfits...

Gold leather moto jacket from Bebe (a few years old), statement loafers, and a statement clutch.



Fur vest and faux leather dress with OTK leather and fabric boots.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Shop Your Closet!

Last Saturday, I attended a Philly Fashion Week show. I'm proud of myself because I shopped my closet and remixed a couple of pieces to create a new look.

I layered my lack polka dot sheer dress underneath a faux leather skirt from Banana Republic that I bought a couple of years ago.


 I threw on on a fascinator.

Friday, October 5, 2018

OTK Embellished Boots

So I bought these lovely Sam Edelman over-the-knee boots with flower embroidery earlier this year at the end of the winter season. I got them for a fraction of their original price and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to wear them more consistently. You know how much I love a good sale and I rely on what I call the “On/Off” strategy to score great deals. I like to make purchases when they’re “on” sale or “off” season.  It’s not an earth-shattering strategy, but it can be quite effective when you’re  looking to catch a great deal. One of the risks is your size is no longer available, but in some cases the reward is worth the risk.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Fearless Fashionista's Top Ten

Happy Tuesday!

I've compiled a list of the top ten fashion guidelines that I keep in mind while getting dressed. Check them out!
The Fearless Fashionista's Top Ten

1.      Get dressed with intent!
Don’t wait until the last minute to throw something together. Be purposeful in how you approach getting dressed, and whatever you decide to wear, don’t forget to throw on a heavy dose of confidence or nobody will believe you.

2.      Do a final check before you leave the house
Give yourself a once-over – preferably in the natural light using a full length mirror to make sure your makeup is not too harsh, your clothes aren’t see-through, there are not hanging hems or strings, etc.

3.      Don’t be a slave to fashion
Invest your efforts into cultivating a signature style. Whether it’s minimalist or more ostentatious – develop it and own it.

4.      Know Yourself
Everything is not for everybody. Just because a garment is made in your size, it doesn’t mean you should wear it. Determine what looks good on you. and use that as a gauge as to whether or not you wear something.

5.      Be an original and not a "style stealer"
We all get inspired by someone or something, but blatant fashion forgery is a big NO! Always put your own spin on things and use inspiration to help you be the best version of yourself.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Press Repeat

I wore this dress for the first time ten years ago. It's so pretty and has been sitting in my closet since then just waiting to be worn again. In this age of social media, people are a lot more conscious of the outfits they wear and the frequency in which they wear them. Admittedly, I try to space out how often I wear my garments; however, I LOVE to challenge myself to restyle my pieces in different ways. I don't have the budget or desire to wear an outfit just once and never repeat it.

Now waiting ten years to wear this dress again is a bit extreme, but I initially wore it to one of my wedding-related events, and just didn't think about wearing it again until recently.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Grateful!

I celebrated a birthday earlier this week and I’m grateful. Although every moment, minute and day provide us with an opportunity for a fresh start, each “trip around the sun” is a good time to acknowledge and appreciate that we’re still here. We all have our share of problems  and it often takes a tragedy, whether we experience it ourselves or witness someone else’s suffering or misfortune, to take stock of what we have and refocus on what’s important.

For those of you who follow fashion and fashion bloggers, you may have heard of Kyrzayda Rodriguez. Kyrzayda was a fashion influencer who inspired many with her amazing sense of style. And based on all of the wonderful things I have been reading about her, she was equally kind and giving as she was fashionable. Kyrzayda recently passed away at a young 40 years old after a battle with stomach cancer, and she leaves behind a phenomenal legacy. You can read more about her here and here.

Kyrzayda first popped up on my radar a few years ago and she was definitely one of my fashion favorites. Beautiful, stylish, shapely, with gorgeous hair - she seemed to have it all. Over the past months you could see the toll the disease was taking on her, but she continued to blog, showcase her stylish looks and provide inspiration to those who followed her journey. How impressive is that?

The courage and honesty that she exhibited during her battle is admirable. I'm sure what I'm writing is nothing that hasn't been already stated, but her story and journey have had a profound impact on me. When I think about the things that I allow to hold me back and some of the trivial things that appear to be obstacles for me and then put that in perspective, it's really making me rethink life. We all have different goals, but I think many of us strive to make a positive impact on peoples' lives in some way. Although Kyrzayda lost her life at a young age, she impacted so many...

We only get one shot (that we know of.) We all have an expiration date. We need to make every day count. I'm challenging myself to be better, do more, take more risks, discover my true purpose, and live my life in a way that will make me proud when I look back and reflect.

I also challenge you to do the same!

A couple of shots from my pre-birthday and birthday outfits...

I built my pre-birthday outfit around this iridescent feather skirt that I purchased from Express a few years ago. I had never worn it and decided that it was time...

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I threw on my green peplum top, red thigh-high boots by Steve Madden and gold faux leather jacket from Boo Hoo. I took it over the top with all of these statement pieces in one outfit. Animal print clutch by Love Cortnie.

 On my actual birthday, I went to dinner with my family and kept it low key with leggings, a flowy tee, and this cropped white denim jacket - all from Express. My sparkly slouchy boots by Stuart Weitzman completed the look.

Thank you for reading and as always - Be Fearless. Stay Fashionable. Have Fun!

-TFF