BLACK AND WHITE

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


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Can you believe that we're almost in the month of March? New Year's and Valentine's Day literally just flew by. I hope you're all just living your best life in 2018! Although, that can mean eating a whole pizza on a Saturday night watching Harry Potter movies 1-8 but hey, don't judge me. It was a fantastic weekend of lounging. Anyways, in today's post, I will be styling two outfits highlighting colors and pieces that never go out of style and is a staple throughout all seasons.

What I Wore: OUTFIT #1 Jacket: Pretty Little Thing | Pants: Pretty Little Thing | Booties: Pretty Little Thing | Sunnies: Zero UV

What I Wore: OUTFIT #2 Cami: Pretty Little Thing | Pants: Pretty Little Thing | Sunnies: Zero UV | Heels: Aldo

Photographer: Natalia Lai

Fashion Tip: You get three tips today: 1) BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN FIRST. This is not as easy as it sounds. I think that fashion is meant to help accentuate your personal style. Help you express yourself through clothes and color. The confidence is in the person, not the clothes. So #1 is very important. 2) Know your body. It is important to to know what looks good on you and what doesn't. Not all cuts, colors and trends were meant for you. 3) Lastly. Once you get 1 & 2 down, fashion is easy peasy. As you change and evolve, your style does the same. Be fun, be fearless with fashion and everything you wear will be exactly as you planned it. Feel like a pretty little thing in pretty little thing.

(ps. this isn't a paid ad. I just really like their clothes.)

So what's going on with everyone? I hope everyone had a wonderfully romantic Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, Uncoupling Day, Non-couple Day, or It's-complicated Day. I know a lot of people are looking forward to St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break soon but when you're as old as I am, Spring Break no longer exists. However, that doesn't mean I don't have tons of spring fling events on the weekends! :)

Now I know that when you're thinking Spring, you think of florals. Which is greaaaat... however. Please recall the most memorable quote in "The Devil Wears Prada" when Miranda says... "Florals for Spring? GROUNDBREAKING." What I mean by that is, although it's wonderful to include it in your line up, your entire Spring Fling collection shouldn't compose of it. Earlier I mentioned that I will be styling classic colors and pieces. I hope you're able to see that in my outfits. No one will ever tire of black and white. Those are classic colors that will remain in fashion until the end of time. All black everything or white on white on white. Both combinations have stood the test of time.

You've heard the saying, "what's old is new again" right? Well it's true. As history always finds a way to repeat itself, so does fashion. Crop tops, oversize denim jackets, backpacks. They're all back. The trick is to know how to add a modern twist to it. There are certain staple items I like to rotate. A good pair of booties. A comfortable, fitted pair of jeans. A denim jacket - oversized or normal. A sexy cami. No matter the season, these are all items that can be paired and styled with almost anything. I've been totally guilty of repeating a lot of these pieces over the last couple of months. But you want to be able to own pieces you like enough to wear them more than once. And because I don't have a money tree in my backyard or live like the Kardashians. Repeating outfits it literally my life. So might as well repeat clothes I LOVE.

I felt very chatty today, so thanks for reading! I hope you guys have a great week and stay tuned for more fashion tips. P.S. I'm going to HAWAII soon so will be recapping that for you guys too.

I would like to leave you with a couple quotes that get me through annoying days lol "Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on a bad day." AND "If you are going to kick ass, you need kick ass shoes." Ok bye!

xx-Jo

VALENTINE'S DAY

Thursday, February 15, 2018


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I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Honestly - single, taken, or "it's complicated," no matter the status, I always love this holiday. I'm such a sap and I love any holiday that celebrates love... even if it's totally a commercial holiday. There's just something so sweet and special about celebrating people you love. Today, I'm posting not only my "Valentine's Day outfit option" but also what I actually wore on a date with my love.

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What I Wore: Dress: Tobi | Clutch: Charming Charlie | Heels: Aldo | Boyfriend: OUT OF STOCK AND TAKEN

Fashion Tip: When it comes to fancy dresses, I try to focus on one major accessory. With this particular dress, I decided to pair it with statement earrings... only because, I mean, when can I wear these bling blangy earrings?

So. I'm going to get a little personal here. This dress is called the "LOVE AGAIN" maxi dress... and to be honest, it 1000% describes my current relationship status. I've experienced the lowest of lows in relationships and I haven't always made the best decisions when it comes to love but being with him changed my views on love and made me believe in love again. He is the epitome of a good man and I feel lucky to be his every single day. I've never felt so loved and appreciated before in my life.

To all the ladies out there. Single, taken or "it's complicated", it starts with "self-love" and I had to learn that the hard way. No matter the situation, never give up on love... any kind of love. Life is too short. Fall in love. Travel. Live happy.

Be*YOU*tiful

xx-Jo

VALENTINE'S DAY OUTFIT IDEAS (P.2)

Monday, February 5, 2018

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Hi everyone! Valentine's Day is around the corner! Do you have any exciting plans? What's everyone going to do? In my last post, I styled a cute and comfy pink duster with a lingerie top for a splash of sexy. In today's post, I'll be styling a second Valentine's Day look for you guys c/o Shop Tobi.

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Photographer babe: @craftedbytalia

What I Wore: Dress: Tobi | Sunnies: ZeroUV

Fashion Tip: If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I always gravitate towards the effortless, easy-to-style, throw on outfits. This is one of them. Literally. Threw on this dress and tied the front. What I love about it is that it has somewhat of a low plunge to add tad bit of sexy. Because it's already a floral print, I kept everything else simple. Added heels and sunnies. Done.

I'm so excited for Valentine's Day! I know that it is a commercialized holiday, but sometimes people need reminders. There's nothing wrong with appreciating those you love just a little extra. So enjoy the hearts, chocolates and flowers. And it's not just one way! This year, I'm wining and dining my boyfriend because it's not just a one way street. Love goes both ways. We have a few things planned so I like to have multiple outfits in place. I have a few dresses planned for the week and then a cute romper planned for Galentine's Day with the girls. Whatever you decide to do, just enjoy the moment and appreciate it for what it is. Smile, be happy.

IF you didn't notice on the last one, I'm ending these series with a cute quote lol. Enjoy!
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Vodka is cheaper,
Than dinner for two!

xx-Jo

VALENTINE'S DAY OUTFIT IDEAS (P.1)

Saturday, February 3, 2018


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Is it me or did the first month of the year just fly by?! Can you believe it's already February?! But on the bright side... it's the month of LOVE! I don't know about you BUT I love Valentine's Day. Lol, single or taken, I just love love. Regardless if I'm in a relationship, my girlfriends and I always have a Galentine's Day dinner to celebrate with each other. So. This is my first post in a series of posts that will be showing different Valentine's Day outfit ideas c/o Shop Tobi. Whether it's for a romantic dinner, causal lunch or a girls night, I hope you like how I styled these different looks.

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What I Wore: Robe: Tobi | Sunnies: Sunnies | Heels: Aldo | Top: Frederick's of Hollywood

Fashion Tip: One of the reasons why I love dusters is that they're so easy to style. This is just one of many ways. You can literally wear anything underneath it. For this look, since it's for Valentine's Day, I decided to go with something a little more dressy and sexy so the top I'm wearing is actually a lingerie one-piece that I just tucked into my jeans. I've also worn this duster for date night with a crop top and high waist leggings. Super easy to style. Dusters are the easiest thing to throw on so this is definitely a trend I would suggest you try.

When I wore this on date night, my boyfriend asked me why I'm wearing my bathrobe to dinner. He said it looked like a something I'd wear around the house before bed. Lol, so that's probably the only downside I see in this duster. Men might not get it. I just told him it's called FASHION. It's definitely one of my favorite pieces right now, v-day or not. I love the color, the silky feeling and how comfortable it is. So this is look #1. Stay tuned for the second look soon. Does anyone have any exciting plans?!

Ready for a bunch of love quotes?! "She knew she loved him when 'home' went from being a place to being a person." -E. Leventhal

xx-Jo

HOLIDAY GLAM

Saturday, December 16, 2017


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Happy holidays everyone! I'm not sure about you but every year I feel as if there is an event every weekend. Between family gatherings and holiday events, I feel like there is something to do all the time. It's a good thing I love collecting dresses. Just because. I feel like you can't go wrong with having a dress for every occasion. Sounds excessive, I know, but hey. I don't feel bad when I have backup dresses literally at any given time lol. I stay ready! HAHA. Anyhow. My girlfriend Malisa literally introduced me to a new line I had no idea existed and I'm so glad she did. It's called THEE GIRL. Totally not getting paid to write these words right now. It was just a nice brand that had dresses I totally like so I want to let you guys know. I have a few dresses from them so you'll see what I mean. Trust. You'd blog these dresses just because if you had them.

First look is a nice holiday glam look. Hope you guys like it!

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What I Wore: Dress: Thee Girl | Faux Fur Coat: GUESS | Necklace: Vyn Jewelry | Watch: Bradford Watch

Fashion Tip: Winter style. Add a [faux] fur coat to any outfit for an insta-glam look.

The cute dainty necklace I'm wearing is from Vyn Jewelry - another line I just discovered. A great collection that is tied with an amazing cause. With every piece of VYN Jewelry sold, a portion of the proceeds go toward fighting hunger in Los Angeles, CA. It never hurts to help others just by shopping. They have a lot of really nice pieces so if you're looking for something to buy for friends or family, definitely check this site out.

Tis the season to give. Bradford Watch Co. is partnering with March of Dimes to to support research and programs that promote healthier pregnancies for all moms. Now through the season of giving, Bradford Watch Co. will proudly be donating a portion of our proceeds to help make every moment count for all the families and children supported by March of Dimes. You can learn more here.

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I have a couple more looks to share with you from Thee Girl and with Christmas and New Year's right around the corner, I hope I can help you find options for your upcoming parties.

Good luck finishing your shopping. Stay safe out there. Be happy and stay merry. I love this holiday season!

xx-Jo

HOLIDAY STYLE WITH BANANA REPUBLIC

Friday, December 15, 2017


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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons. I love all the lights, decorations and holiday music. Most of all, I love that it brings friends and families together. The holiday season puts most people in a positive mood and joyful spirit. You can't help but love this time of year. I'm partnering with Banana Republic to show you a couple of holiday looks. Because "no matter where you’re going for the holidays, arrive in style.

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What I Wore (First Outfit): Blazer: Banana Republic | Pants: Style: SLOAN FIT - Banana Republic | Belt: Hermes: Stole from the BOYFRIEND's closet | Heels: Banana Republic | Bag: Saint Laurent | Sunnies: Zero UV

What I Wore (Second Outfit): Coat: Forever 21 | Silk Blouse: Banana Republic | Sunnies: Zero UV | Heels: Valentino | Bag: Saint Laurent

Fashion Tip: Tip for outfit #1 - Don't be afraid to mix textures and prints. It took me a long time to try velvet again because it's not always flattering on me but when I tried on this velvet blazer, it was so well fitted that the velvet didn't impact how it looked on me. Tip for outfit #2 - I loveeeee matching whites and tans. It is such a clean and crisp look. This season is all about layering so it is important to find great pieces that you can layer. My silk blouse is so comfortable and I love that the material is so light that it doesn't feel bulky when I add layers to it.

Velvet and burgundy are both great trends this season. I like to shop velvet dresses and burgundy blouses lately so I can have a good mix of both. I love burgundy for this season because it's the more muted cousin of red which can sometimes be too bold for some people. The neutral minimalist look is a timeless style that can be worn throughout the year. I love a good camel coat and clean white pants. Both are also great items to have in your closet. Both the velvet blazer and silk blouse are easily paired with other outfits, so I've had such an easy and fun time styling them. I hope you enjoyed both looks that I styled for Banana Republic.

Whatever you guys are doing for the holidays, I hope you all have a wonderful and amazing time with friends and family! Be safe and enjoy.

Happy Holidays everyone!

xx-Jo

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