A couple of weeks ago, I was super excited to travel back to my 2nd home, New Orleans, La. While I never truly need a reason, this time I was going for Jay-Z & Beyonce’s ‘On The Run’ tour. The excitement of preparing for this girls trip led me to pull out my ‘Seaux Chic’ tee for a little dinner and a few drinks. Yes, seaux chic as in so chic. *snaps* Don’t you just love how Louisiana folks replace the Os in words with -EAUX for a little creole/cajun flare? Maybe it’s just me. At any rate, graphic tees are all the rage lately, and I had been waiting for the perfect time to style this one.
The Starting Lineup ~ Blazer: Banana Republic | Tee: The Elizabeth Chronicles (plain gray option) Boyfriend Jeans: Gap | Sandals: Gianni Bini (similar) | Clutch: Kate Spade (similar) | Bracelets: Kenneth Cole | Necklace: J. Crew Factory | Mani-Pedi: CND Vinylux ‘Black Pool’ | Lip Color: M.A.C. Heroine
According to Q, a graphic tee can be styled to perfection by adding a blazer and pops of color. A white blazer is perfect for summer, but black would be equally as easy. Oh, and, this look can also be achieved with a plain tee (no graphic) just as fabulously.
Yours in stilettos,
‘Merci’ Linen tee via J. Crew
I’ve been slightly MIA over the last couple of weeks. Life’s busy-ness, road trips, and mini-vacays have taken me away for a moment, but I’m baaaaacccckkk! While drafting some new posts, I’ve noticed that I’m 30 posts in since March. Wow, I can’t believe time has flown by so quickly! With that said, I just wanted to take a few seconds to say Thank You! Merci, even! I don’t speak French, but this tee is pretty perfect for the occasion. Your support has been great thus far. For every view, every click, every comment, every shoutout, and every share, I sincerely THANK YOU! There’s much more ‘According To Q’ to come!
Yours in Stilettos,
Let me start by saying that I’m no beauty blogger. I only started experimenting with makeup about 2 years ago. But, when I stumble upon some good products (I call them Beauty Gems), I’ve got to share. About a month ago, I was browsing in Ulta and purchased They’re Real! mascara by Benefit Cosmetics. An IG buddy (Hey @King_Erika!) posted about it eons ago, and I’m
late just getting around to trying it. Well, let me just tell you, this mascara is THEBOMB.COM! I mean, it’s giving my DiorShow a run for her money ladies. When I paired the mascara with the They’re Real! gel liner…Fab-u-lous!
Don’t believe me? I can show you better than I can tell you. So, without further adieu, the gel liner pen…
I usually end up with one perfect cat eye (the right one) with the other one looking like a 3 year-old did it. But, not with this product! The eye liner is SUPER easy to use, and I feel like I’m close to perfectly symmetric cat eyes with Benefit’s They’re Real! gel eye liner pen. When I add the mascara, that just takes everything up a notch! Look…
Keep in mind, I’m strictly showcasing the fabulousness of the liner and mascara, so photos are sans tinted moisturizer, concealer, or other make up (but with a heavy dose of freckles…giggle.) The gel has a matte finish and does not budge after hours of use. The tip is flexible and so special that Benefit has had it trademarked. See more about Benefit’s They’re Real gel liner here and/or pick them up at your local Ulta or Sephora.
Left – without liner and mascara. Right – with Benefit They’re Real! gel liner & mascara
According to Q, Benefit They’re Real! gel liner pen and mascara are a MUST for your makeup bag. For night time, a dramatic cat eye is definitely in order and this liner/mascara combo can help you achieve the look. Daytime looks can be more subtle and still achievable with this combo.
Are you a believer in Benefit’s ‘They’re Real!’?
Will you be picking up any ‘They’re Real!’ products?
p.s. This is not a sponsored post and the opinion expressed is solely that of the writer.
The BET awards aired last night. I was unable to watch, but I most definitely was stalking my Instagram and Facebook feeds for the red carpet fashions. I haven’t watched the show yet, but I hear it was a rather lackluster and everyone was waiting for a live Jay and Bey performance that never happened. Welp. On to the fashions…
The HOT list
It was an all-white affair on the carpet and I loved every minute of it. Summer and an all white outfit just go together, no? Regina and this white suit were fabulous. Nelly brought the heat with his white ensemble accentuated by gold spiked loafers. Amber Rose’s maxi gown was perfectly clean & elegant. Loved ALL of these! (All photos via BET.com)
These ladies chose to colorfully grace the red carpet. Ms. Rose’s crop top and midi skirt look is very popular and I loved the splash of color in the skirt. I’m not usually into florals, but I thought Ms. Kerry’s look was feminine yet flirty. Natori’s blue gown was perfection. I loved the hip detail and her makeup and hair were simple and elegant. (Photos via MSN.com)
The List of SideEyes
Ashanti just gave me too much with this dress. I’m really on the fence about Michael Costello…I like him as a designer, but I feel some of his designs are a tad too revealing for my taste. Same goes for KeKe. The thigh cutouts were absolutely unnecessary and took away from the entire look. I usually love Gabby’s conservative style, but these boots in June just threw here whole look off for me. (Photos via BET.com)
I was okay with Zendaya’s outfit and the sporty chic-ness from the waist up, but it appears to be a totally different, dressier outfit from the waist down. A little too disjointed for me. NeYo’s look is most definitely a far cry from the dapper and stylish suit & tie -ish that I’m accustomed to from him. I’m just not sure about this one. I loved Faith’s attempt at this double breasted coat dress look, but the exposed bra screams ‘doing too much for my age.’ The shoe color was slightly weird for me as well. (Photos via BET.com)
According to Q, white was THE color of the red carpet! Regina Hall and Amber Rose were the most stylish in my book. Who was the most stylish to you? Who did you give a side-eye to?
While perusing FaceBook a few days ago, I came across an announcement from one of my favorite stores, The Limited, that I had to share! The hit show ‘Scandal’ has made me fall in love with Olivia Pope & Associates and the way they “handle” business, but every week I’m also swooning over Olivia’s wardrobe. The coats. The handbags. Her always professional and polished attire. Yaassss, Liv!!
Imagine my excitement when I came across the collaboration with The Limited and Scandal costume designer, Lyn Paolo. The Scandal fashion line will include 42 pieces for the “sophisticated professional.” The collection will boast a neutral palette with tailored, wide- leg trousers and chic feminine blouses. Kerry Washington described the collection in US Weekly as a “Collection that embodies the elegance and power of the Scandal aesthetic for real-life gladiators and everyday fashionistas.”
I consider myself to be a gladiator in a white coat, and if these sketches are indicative of the fabulousness to come, I. CAN’T. WAIT. I know for sure that I’ve got to get my hands these pants and that coat by any means necessary. Any other gladiator ladies with me?? Read more about the upcoming collection here. It will be in The Limited stores late September and will retail for $49-248.
According to Q, this is one hot collaboration! If you love the Target designer collaborations just as much as I do, this one shouldn’t disappoint.
A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling down my Instagram feed and ran across an Angela Simmons post that literally knocked my socks AND shoes off. It was worthy of a repost, that’s how much I thought she werked the look. It was a simple outfit really, but she brought the heat with those pants!!! Psst…Claire over at The Fashion Bomb has scouted where to buy them. The neutral, military-inspired color palette with the pop of red just did it for me, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at this picture.
I was truly inspired by Angela’s color palette, so I decided to recreate the look my way AND with pieces I already had in my closet. That’s pretty major as I’ve really been attempting to shop less and explore my closet more. Pray for me, please. That’s/I’m most definitely a work in progress. Anywho, it was hot as fish grease that day, so I decided to throw my hair up in a messy pony (alá Jenny from the Block). I grabbed oversized gold hoops, a gold cuff, and leopard clutch to complete the look.
Style File ~ Faux Leather Tee: Express/ Pants: J. Crew/ Sandals: Enzo Angiolini/ Clutch: Antonio Melanie
Sunnies:D&G/Mani-Pedi: CND Shellac & Vinylux ‘Cream Puff’
According to Q, a military color palette looks great with a pop of color! Camo prints are überhot right now, but if that’s too much, grab those colors and get “camo” without the camo. Make it your own and werk it!
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending my first nurse practitioner conference. I was super ecstatic for the opportunity to network within the industry and add to my knowledge base/practice. I’m kind of a nerd like that. The attire of the conference was clearly stated as business casual and was held at the gorgeous Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention center. They warned us of the possibility of
cold freezing temperatures, so I knew my business casual outfits most definitely would include blazers. And then I thought, why not kick business casual up a notch? No boring black, navy blue, and gray basics. Although, I did stick with a black and white palette the first day, I thought I add a little color (and leopard) to the mix for the rest of the week. Side note: leopard is the new black.
Blazing in Red for Day 2
Style File ~ Blazer: J. Crew/ Cropped Pants: J. Crew Factory/ Top: Loft/ Handbag: Kate Spade
Sandals: Shoemint/ Necklace: J. Crew/ Mani-Pedi: CND Shellac & Vinylux ‘Cream Puff’
According to Q, business casual doesn’t have to be boring! It can be a fun mix of colors, prints, and separates that display your personality. Pair that with the ‘handling business’ confidence and you’ll be business casual at it’s finest.
Here’s a look at a few of my other business casual OOTD (snapped via iPhone & the dreaded bathroom mirror)…
Day 1: Top – J. Crew/Pants – Gap/ Shoes – Nine West/ Belt – The Limited
Day 3: Top – Peter Pilotto for Target/ Blazer – Zara/ BF Jeans – Gap/ Shoes – Tory Burch Sally 2 Wedge
The ridiculously ah-mazing view from my balcony at The Gaylord Opryland.
I enjoyed every moment of this for 5 days!
I absolutely love my neutrals, but no closet is complete without a fabulous print or
two five. Here are a few of the printed picks that I’m loving lately…
Summer is hands down my favorite season! The sun. The summer breezes that make us feel fiiine (cue The Isley Brothers). Patios for lunch and dinner. Ahhh, the life. Not to mention, summertime style is so easy. Enter the shift dress…loose fitting, cool, and flattering for all body types and sizes. The accessory options are endless and can be tailored to every personality and style.
When I saw this dress at Ann Taylor, I knew that it’d be perfect for a summer day of family gatherings and patio fun with friends. I fell in love with the print, and what I loved even more that it gave me the look of mixed prints without the effort. Super easy, right? Now, all that was left was to grab some simple accessories, pop my collar, and let the look take me from day to night!
Style File ~ Dress: Ann Taylor/Handbag: Kate Spade/ Sandals: Brian Atwood
Sunglasses: D&G/ Mani-Pedi: CND Vinylux Bicycle Yellow
According to Q, shift dresses are another easy summer option! A print gives infinite styling options…think metallics, neutrals, or the ever classic black. Depending on the print, a pop of color may also be a fun choice!