9 TO 5 STYLE WITH BANANA REPUBLIC

Monday, August 22, 2016


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Happy Monday everyone! Today I'm talking about my 9 to 5 style with the help of Banana Republic. Not sure how everyone else feels about it but office style is one of the most difficult styles for me to accomplish. I think it's because I'm always struggling between what's office appropriate and what's still trendy and stylish. But I think I've gotten it narrowed down to a few key pieces.

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Photographer babe: B

What I Wore: Top: Banana Republic | Pants: Banana Republic | Bag: Botkier | Sunnies: Zero UV

Fashion Tip: So. A few things to note. Fitted pants are really easy to style for the office. The SLOAN fitted pants are my favorites from Banana republic. The quality is great and I love the way it fits my legs. I also prefer slim fit and ankle pants because I feel as if it looks nicer with pumps. P.S. Hands down my favorite considering I've tried pants/slacks from literally everywhere. (Price point is higher than some stores but BR always has great sales so keep that in mind!)

After you scored the perfect pants, you have to find a top that doesn't make you have to check yourself twice every few seconds. You know what I mean? That means, get a handful of tops that aren't too tight, breathable material, nothing too low (the ladies stay hidden at the office) and you can never go wrong with sleeves. Loose fitting blouses are the way to go. Do a half tuck with the blouse and pair with either pumps or strappy heels. I added the clutch because I like to have something in my hand when I shoot.

That was a longer fashion tip than usual! I usually keep my fashion tips to about 1-2 sentences but I've had a lot of questions regarding my corporate style. I'm still working on refining it so I had to let you know all the details. Another thing I'd like to add is that there's nothing wrong with tailoring. There's no way one brand can make clothes that fit all shapes and sizes so the best way for me to make sure I love what I'm wearing is to find a good tailor and fix everything. I'm not the tallest, skinniest or curviest so I'm always tailoring something. (P.S. Banana Republic compensated me for this post -- However, all opinions and tips are my own.)

Have a great week and thanks for letting me type out loud. I hope it helps some of you in figuring out what and where to get work clothes! Be back soon with another post.

xx-Jo

OLIVE THIS JUMPSUIT

Monday, August 15, 2016


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Today's easy peasy #ootd combo: jumpsuit + sneakers + backpack + big sunnies. BAM.

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Photographer babe: B

What I Wore: Jumpsuit: Tobi | Backpack: Clove + Revel | Sunnies: ZeroUV | Sneakers: Adidas

See more styles: Maxi Dresses, Long Sleeve Dresses, Shift Wrap Dresses, Tunic Dresses

Fashion Tip: I can't say this enough. DOUBLE. SIDED. TAPE. For anything and everything that is low plunge. Also, sneakers are very trendy right now so they pair really well with t-shirt dresses and jumpsuits.

Fun fact: My cute Clove + Revel backpack is actually named JO. So perfect for me right!? Lol. I love it.

I've always been a fan of effortless outfits that can be dressed up or down. This jumpsuit isn't any different. In this post, I dressed it down because I wear heels to the office all day everyday so when I get the chance, I like to go as casual as possible. However, this same jumpsuit can be a super cute outfit to wear out with your girlfriends if you paired it with some heels or wedges. I would suggest a cognac or tan heels because olive and tan just go really well together.

I'll be posting a couple more summer looks soon! Stay tuned! Thanks for reading :)

xx-Jo

CULOTTE JUMPSUIT

Monday, May 16, 2016


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Happy Monday everyone! Today's ootd: culottes!

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Photographer babe: Marilyn Noir

What I Wore: Jumpsuit: Adelyn Rae | Sunnies: Zero UV | Clutch: Missguided | Heels: Missguided

Fashion Tip: Culottes aren't for everyone and won't flatter every body type. When I wear culottes, I always keep it simple and pair with strappy heels. I avoid anything to make myself look chunky.

I've been reading a lot of self-improvement books lately because I think it's easy to forget your purpose, your goals, your morals and values. Sometimes, when times get tough I lose focus and lose motivation. The books are great reminders of things you probably already know but helps reassure you and gives you the extra push you need. I just finished reading You are a Badass by Jen Sincero and am now starting The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Not sure if anyone cares or needs it like I do, but it's helped me.

I hope everyone has a happy and productive Monday!!

Next blog post: how a simple moto jacket can add some edge to a spring fling romper.

xx-Jo

MINIMALIST FASHION + MOTHERS DAY GIFTS

Thursday, May 5, 2016


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Today's post: minimalist style and what I got mama for Mother's Day!

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Photographer babe: Marilyn Noir

What I Wore: Top: Forever 21 | Pants: H&M | Clutch: Missguided | Heels: Missguided

Fashion Tip: The way I achieve a minimalist style is clean cut lines and simple pieces.

As I've gotten older, I've noticed that I gravitate towards a more clean, simple and minimalist style. It's easier for corporate style and frankly I get pretty lazy to stack tons of jewelry and accessorize. To start putting together a more minimalist closet, make sure you have your basic colors: black, white, gray and tan. Next, have some classic pieces: the perfect white tee, ripped jeans (black + blue), moto jacket, lbd, a jumpsuit that you can throw on at any time and leggings that you'd run errands in. Lastly, have some shoes that go with everything: nude strappy heels, black pumps and booties are a great start.

Thanks to Miracle Links I'm able to gift mama and sissy the cutest and most sentimental Mother's Day present ever. The big circle represents the mother and each little link represents the child. So, mama gets two links and sissy gets one link for Tristan baby.

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To my forever unit... you're the best mom and sister anyone can ever ask for. I'm beyond blessed to have you both in my corner to always support whatever I decide to do. I'm grateful that we've only gotten closer and stronger over the years and if I EVER have a baby I only hope to be as amazing as you both are. Love you both and Happy early Mother's Day!! We'll celebrate together when we're all in Texas together!

I hope you guys got your Mother's Day shopping done! Wishing all the mom's out there a wonderful weekend. We should celebrate you everyday because a mother's job is unconditional and never ending. So thank you for all that you do!

xx-Jo

MONDAY MORNINGS WITH BANANA REPUBLIC

Monday, May 2, 2016


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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend! Monday's are always tough on everyone so I wanted to share a small part of how I start my mornings with you before I start a long week.

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Photographer babe: Marilyn Noir

What I Wore: Pants: Banana Republic | Heels: Banana Republic | Sunglasses: Zero UV | Clutch: Missguided

Fashion Tip: The rules on business casual outfits are blurred for me because every office is different. However, I always stick to my number one rule of fashion: wear what you're comfortable in. Slacks are always professional, you can never go wrong with a simple with tee and a pop of color never hurt anyone.

How do you start your week? Sunday's are important for me because it sets the tone for my Monday's which sets the tone for my week. I like to have a nice and relaxing Sunday so I can prep for everything I need to do the following week. Have you read the article that talks about decision fatigue or the article about the art director that wears the same thing to work everyday? Basically, these articles say that the more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, and eventually it looks for shortcuts which leads to decision fatigue.

I've experienced this a lot. Not knowing what to wear to work or hating the outfit you have on can put a damper on anyone's morning. It doesn't sound like a big deal but little changes throughout the day makes huge impacts on your day. So for me, knowing what to wear and what looks good on me helps me get over small obstacles that would otherwise frustrate me so early on in the day.

90% of my office wear is BR so I pretty much got my system down. Their slacks are so well fitted that I never have to try them on anymore because I know exactly how my size will fit on me. I love having my basics down -- slacks in the main colors: black, navy, gray and white. Pinstripes that fit well are a bonus. When I'm wearing the same color on color, I like to add a pop of color. Orange is very Summer and it goes well with white.

I've had a lot of people ask me where I shop for my office outfits so here's my secret everyone! Lol, also, Banana always has THE BEST SALES. You just have to wait.

(Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post HOWEVER - all opinions expressed are my own, thanks!)

Last but not least, COFFEE. COFFEE makes the world go round especially on Monday mornings...

xx-Jo

TOBI LOW PLUNGE BODYSUIT

Sunday, May 1, 2016


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It's May 1st already!? Happy Sunday funday everyone! This is my "if I went to Stagecoach or Coachella" outfit. Luckily for me, it's a really cute Sunday run all my errands kind of outfit too.

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Photographer babe: Marilyn Noir

What I Wore: Top: Shop Tobi | Sunglasses: Zero UV | Bag: Proenza Schouler (stolen from @marilynnoir) | Rings and bracelet: Nissa Jewelry | Boots: Carmen Steffens

[Tobi Favorites: Dresses, Crop Tops, Rompers, Bodycon Dresses, Maxi Dresses, Party Dresses, Jumpsuits]

Fashion Tip: Bodysuits are easiest to wear with high waisted everything - shorts, jeans, skirts, etc.

Coachella, Stagecoach, Spring or Summer, this combination outfit works for everything under the sun. I'm loving that bodysuits are now a trend because I can find them almost anywhere. But I love the way this Tobi one looks and feels. I've paired them with shorts, skirts and jeans so I think I need to get them in a few more colors so they can be on rotation.

I literally shot in this outfit and ran some errands in it so it's a very easy to wear yet stylish outfit. I hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday funday! Time to get geared up for a long productive week.

Up next, getting ready for work with Banana Republic

xx-Jo

STRAPLESS SHIFT DRESS

Saturday, April 30, 2016


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And the summer style continues with this strapless shift dress...

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Photographer babe: Marilyn Noir

What I Wore: Dress: Shop Tobi | Sunglasses: Zero UV | Sandals: Shop Mari_a | Backpack: Sorial

[Tobi Favorites: Dresses, Crop Tops, Rompers, Bodycon Dresses, Maxi Dresses, Party Dresses, Jumpsuits]

Fashion Tip: Sometimes I like to match my shoes to my bag.

Tube top, strapless, slip on whatever you want to call it, I love it. These type of dresses literally require no maintenance.. well except a little ironing lol. My dress got wrinkled as soon as I got in the car to drive to my photo shoot. So, another tip would be to always have steamer on hand! But besides that, this dress is perfect for any beach day, bbq party, errand day or lunch date.

Backpacks have made a permanent comeback and I've seen a ton of cute and affordable ones at Forever 21 and Tobi. It's a great way to keep an outfit casual and is very convenient too.

Have a great weekend everyone! I have more outfits coming your way! xx

xx-Jo