BACK TO BLACK

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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I've always been a fan of anything and all things black, mainly because it makes me feel skinnier, but this is usually around the time that I start wearing darker colors. This Fall I'm obsessing over anything black, burgundy, red and mustard. On a lighter note, I won't stop rocking the rose pinks or rust oranges either. So I guess I'm just going to continue wearing almost all the colors then.

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What I Wore: Sunnies: ZeroUV | Dress: Shop Tobi | Booties: Qupid Shoes

Fashion Tip: Booties for Fall is 100% necessary. Why? Because they go with everything.

So my birthday month is coming up and I'm super excited. My biggest plan this year is going to Asia with my boyfriend. I've never been so I'm pretty pumped to go. We're going to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taiwan. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments. I've been watching a ton of YouTube videos on where to eat and what to eat. So excited for all the good food that I'll be chowing down on next month. Also, other exciting news. My sister is about to pop out her second kid. I'm going to be an auntie again! Can't wait.

So my plan for Asia is to pack light because I looked up the weather and it's going to be HOT! HOT! HOT! I'm going to pack light dresses, cute rompers and maybe some joggers Either way, I can't wait to soak in all the culture in Asia.

Have a great week everyone!

xx-Jo

IT'S WEDDING SEASON

Sunday, September 17, 2017


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It's officially wedding season and there's nothing I love more than witnessing two lovebirds say "I do" to forever. I wore this little number to my friend's wedding at Montage in Laguna Beach and it was a hit. Everyone loved the color and the thigh high slit on this dress.

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What I Wore: Dress: Shop Tobi | Heels: Qupid

Fashion Tip: Simplicity is best. Sometimes the dress is just enough so if I'm adding accessories, I want to stick with one item. I've been obsessed with statement earrings lately, so I tend to pair my evening gowns with earrings.

I think there's always something about weddings that make me feel a little something. I don't usually get emotional but I feel extra happy when I'm at a wedding. Everything is just so lovely. The flower arrangements, the table decor and the location is all so beautiful when it comes together. I especially love seeing the bride for the first time in her wedding dress and even more excited to see how the groom looks when he sees her walking towards him. I think that's the cutest moment. Everyone around me is either getting married or popping out babies and I'm just trying to get through the week lol. But when I am a guest at these weddings, I do wonder what I'll want when I get married. Right now, I'm thinking my boyfriend and I are going to elope. No wedding, reception. Just me and him and wherever we decide to get hitched at is the plan. Lol, we're not there yet but that sounds a lot easier doesn't it?

Anyways, I've had a lot of questions regarding this dress. The slit is cut perfectly where you don't have to hold on to it the whole time thinking it'll fly open exposing your goodies. The material is super soft and the dress itself isn't too binding where it makes you feel fat. Overall this is one of my favorite wedding guest dresses to date. You can find more options here.

To all the lovely couples that just got married, a huge congratulations to you and your significant other on your big day. Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Cheers!

xx-Jo

TRANSITION FROM SUMMER TO FALL

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


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It's finally starting to feel a little bit like Fall. I'm thinking pumpkin spice lattes and gloomy nights. I love the transition time from Summer to Fall. Time to layer up, break out your boots and booties and wear your pea coats and leather jackets. I love gearing up for the holidays! It's usually around this time that I really feel the whole "time flies" concept. Before you know it, it's Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas then New Years. Lets make the best of the rest of this year! Today, I'm going to share my one Summer to Fall transition secret that makes it uber easy for me to easily style the clothes that I have for changing seasons.

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What I Wore: Romper: Tobi | Sunnies: Zero UV | Jacket: H&M | Booties: Qupid Shoes

Fashion Tip: So here's my easy peasy Summer to Fall transition tip. Just add a leather jacket and black booties to any outfit and BAM! you're ready for a Fall look. That's easy right? Rompers are such a good investment because you can literally wear it any day of any season as long as you accessorize properly. So as you can see here, I've simply added a jacket and booties to my super cute striped romper and called it a day.

I want to keep the victims of Harvey and Irma in our thoughts and prayers. Also want to send positive thoughts to those affected by the massive earthquake and fires. With so much going on, we need to come together to help those in need. I just volunteered yesterday with Second Harvest Food Bank at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. They are collecting items for Hurricane Harvey relief until Thursday night. They are giving away 4 tickets to games for anyone who brings 5 or more items. If you are in the area, please do a drop off. We have to believe that all contributions of time or money, big or small will help those in need.

Small acts, when multiplied bu millions of people can transform the world. Be good, do good.

xx-Jo

SUMMER STAPLES WITH BANANA REPUBLIC

Sunday, August 27, 2017


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First of all, I'd like to send prayers and positive thoughts to those in Houston. Please stay safe.

It's always hard to start writing about fashion and styling when there's other serious things going on in the world. I have friends and family in Houston, Dallas and Austin so it was worrisome to hear about the flooding. I'm glad you're all safe.

Today's post will be about my summer staples and how I styled them. I hope you enjoy!

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Photographer babe: @marilynnoir

What I Wore: Top: Banana Republic | Clutch: Melie Bianco | Heels: Steve Madden | Jacket: Forever 21 | Sunnies: Zero UV

Fashion Tip: One of my favorite items to have in my closet is a good cami tank. They're the easiest article of clothing to layer and depending on how deep the plunge of the neckline is, it can be very sexy as well. For this outfit, I added a denim jacket for a casual feel and honestly I get cold so easily I always need a light jacket.

I've been loving light and neutral colors lately so I paired this green cami top with white jeans and nude heels. I could've easily paired this top with leggings or denim jeans but white just seemed more spring time fresh! Also, this bamboo clutch is all the rage right now so I definitely had to add that accessory to tie the outfit together.

When shopping for cami's fit and flare are very important to me. I like to look for loose fitting tops with length that hits just below the waistline. I like to half tuck my tops. When a cami is too short, it always throws off the proportions. The BR top that I'm wearing in this post is super cute because it's tiered and has a nice little flare at the end. The floral print is perfect for a seasonal transition with an added knit cardigan or coat so I'm looking forward to repeating this outfit again.

Items on heavy rotation this summer: this green cami top, bamboo clutch & reflective sunnies. I literally cannot go wrong with these items. All easily styled, easily worn and easily transitioned. The top can be worn with leggings, denim jeans, a skirt or shorts. It can be layered with a jacket, duster or flannel. The sunnies aren't too feminine or too edgy and the bag is fun and flirty - perfect for summer.

With everything that has been going on in life, I just want to take a moment to be thankful for every blessing I have and that there isn't anything more I can ask for. Thank you for reading!

xx-Jo

[This post is sponsored by Banana Republic, however all opinions stated are my own.]

SUMMER WITH BLUSH ELEGANCE

Sunday, July 30, 2017


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Putting my best foot forward on this Sunday funday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. As the festivities are winding down, I'm prepping for a busy and productive week. My Sunday's consist of a morning movie with the bf (he's a super movie buff), a trip to Costco, loads of laundry, blogging, catching up on emails and getting ready for a hectic Monday. Just FYI - we watched 4 movies this weekend! Lol, we were catching up on movies that came out while we were in Paris and Texas.

Here's a quick rundown:

1. King Arthur - Charlie Hunnam - YUMMY. Great movie. A definite must watch. It was very engaging the entire time.
2. War of the Planet of the Apes - Surprisingly enjoyable for me. I wasn't a huge fan of the Apes films, but this one was actually pretty good. I am a fan of Caesar now.
3. Spiderman Homecoming - Tom Holland. Hands down my favorite Spiderman to date. He 100% beats out Tobey and Andrew. And you can never go wrong with a Marvel movie, ever.
4. Girls Trip - THE. FUNNIEST. MOVIE. OF. THE. SUMMER. If you've ever gone on a girls trip, you'd understand. It's such a well written movie that isn't super cheesy. It's easy to relate to, gives you the feels and makes you literally almost want to pee your pants because of how funny it is. That Tiffany Haddish is hilarious.

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Photographer babe: Natalia Lai

What I Wore: Top: Blush Elegance | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Sunnies: Zero UV | Heels: Nasty Gal

Fashion Tip: A few tips for you. 1. Blues and whites go really well together. 2. There's nothing wrong with pairing blue and blue. 3. A pair of great sunnies make the BEST accessory if you're not feeling your make up.

If you haven't noticed lately, sleeves and bare shoulders are all the rage this summer. My talented girlfriend just launched her online boutique Blush Elegance and I'm beyond excited and proud of her. The collection of clothing at Blush Elegance is feminine and trendy. The top I'm styling in this post is from BE and I've literally worn it one too many times this summer. I am the ultimate repeat outfit offender because of this top. So as a thank you to everyone that will shop her boutique, you can use my code: JOANN10 to get a nice little discount off your first purchase. I hope you all love it as much as I do. Have fun shopping!

Thanks for reading!

xx-Jo

SIMPLY SOPHISTICATED

Thursday, July 27, 2017


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Hello everyone and happy almost Friday! I hope you are all having a good week. It's been pretty hot lately and I'm definitely feeling the summer vibes. I feel as if I've been playing catch up the last few weeks because the boyfriend and I have been traveling a lot lately. As much as I love the trips, I always fear coming back to 3,693,402 emails. We just got back from Paris and then Texas. Totally different locations, I know. Lol, Paris was amazing as always and Texas was HOT, as always. But it's great to be home! So let's talk about my new favorite transition pants. I call them transition pants because they're great for the office and cute and stylish for anything after. Add a blazer to this outfit and I'm perfect for the office.

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Photographer babe: Natalia Lai

What I Wore: Pants: Banana Republic | Heels: boohoo | Bag: Saint Laurent

Fashion Tip: These pants are easy to style. You can add a blazer like I mentioned earlier to make it office appropriate. You can also swap out the heels for some loafers or slides for a more casual and laid back look.

The style of these pants are slim and nicely fitted and I don't know about you but I am a fan of anything that hugs the butt area ;). They hug in all the right places for a flattering, yet fit look. I like the color because it's very summer. I like to pair light colors together so keep it fresh. When shopping for a good pair of pants, I look for two things: fit and material. I lean towards good and breathable material. I don't like things that are too tight that don't allow any room to move or breathe. Also, as I've gotten older, I tend to invest more in quality items that I know will last through the seasons and trends. Good pants are hard to find, so when you find one that fits, just buy them in different colors.

Have a great rest of the week and I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

xx-Jo

[This post is sponsored by Banana Republic, however all opinions stated are my own.]

ROMPING AROUND IN PARIS

Thursday, June 29, 2017


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Good morning everyone! The weather here is still nice but we ran into some rain. It comes and goes so you just have to either walk around with an umbrella in hand or be ok with sightseeing in the rain. But you still have a good chunk of time where you can walk around and do touristy things.

What I Wore: Romper: Shop Tobi | Sunnies: Zero UV | Hat: Shop Morning Lavender | Sandals: Forever 21

Fashion Tip: You can never go wrong with a big floppy hat for any vacation, especially one with the Eiffel Tower in the background. I don't have those fancy hat boxes to store my hat in so I pack it last but I stuff clothes (tops, tanks or socks) in the head area to keep it nice and firm so the shape doesn't get ruined in transit.

Paris the second time around is just as magical. There are view you just don't get tired of seeing. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful during the day and is even more jaw dropping in the evening when it sparkles and shines. There is so much history and culture here that anyone should feel lucky to get to be a part of it.

Oh and there's a sale on Tobi if anyone wants to shop my romper or other cute items on the site! It ends tomorrow 6/30 so shop fast. Use the code RD50 to get 50% off tops & bottoms.

I hope everyone is having a great week! Check in next week to see more summer styles.

xx-Jo