SIMPLY SOPHISTICATED SUMMER

Sunday, June 18, 2017


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I wanted to start off by wishing all the dad's a happy Father's Day weekend! And to all the single mom's out there, Happy Mother's Father's Day you. To you my mama, I love you and thank you for everything you've done and continue to do for me, sissy and the family.

Summertime is here. It's all about dresses, pleats and florals! In today's post, I'll be styling a feminine dress and including my top picks for a simply sophisticated summer.

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Photographer babe: Crafted by Talia

What I Wore:

Dress: Banana Republic | Jacket: Forever 21 | Bag: Ora Delphine | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Heels: Missguided

Fashion Tip: I prefer to wear things that can be dressed up or down. This dress alone can be worn at the office with heels, or to brunch paired with wedges or sandals. I added a denim jacket to this dress to make it look a little more casual. This look is perfect for the summer. Light bright colors with classy pleats.

It's always important to know what style best fits your body type. Doesn't matter what the season or trend, what is most important in shopping is looking for items that flatters you. Once you know what that is, it becomes easier to try new trends. Here are my top 5 picks for the summer:


1. Neutrals - this two piece outfit paired with a khaki blazer is simple and classic.
2. Utility Dress - one of my favorite looks. It reminds me of the dress Priyanka Chopra wore to the Met Gala. FABULOUS.
3. Hot pink dress - the color and the sleeves are to die for!
4. Maxi dress - off the shoulder and stripes are so on trend.
5. Colorblock - summer calls for colors and pleats and this dress is the perfect combination of both!

There's always so many festivities during the months of summer that it's smart to have items in your closet that are interchangeable. Have pieces that are easily mixed and matched so that you can maximize it. I hope everyone has exciting plans for the summer. I am off to Paris in 5 days! I will keep you all posted on my adventures and an itinerary on where to eat and sight see. Thanks for reading!

Summer:
Hair gets lighter,
skin gets darker,
water gets warmer,
drinks get colder,
music gets louder,
nights get longer,
life gets better.

xx-Jo

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

FRAYED DENIM

Friday, June 16, 2017


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TGIF everyone! I hope you all had a fun and productive week. Since today is casual Friday for most people, I wanted to blog about going back to the basics. There are certain items that never go out of style and a good pair of denim is one of them. It's really important to find a size, style and wash that fits and looks good on you. Frayed denim is a new twist on a good classic that is a fun new trend to try for the summer.

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Photographer babe: Crafted by Talia

What I Wore:
Top: Boohoo
Denim: Factory Fashion Store
Bag: Chanel
Bouquet: The Bouqs Co.
Sunnies: Zero UV

Fashion Tip: Here are some different styles you can try with your jeans. Pair them with bodysuits, a boyfriend blazer, long duster or a tucked in sweater. If you have a good pair of high waist jeans, rock the crop top look. Also, a look that never goes out of style is jeans + white tee + belt.

It's Friday and I couldn't be happier! It's been a hectic week so I'm ready for a nice and relaxing weekend. I'm thinking a couple photo shoots, a stroll at the beach and maybe squeeze in a hike before Monday rolls around again. As much as I would like to tell you my weekend is filled with tons of glamorous events, I spend most weekends doing laundry and running errands. On top of that, all of my friends now are either pregnant or getting married so a good majority of my time is spent at bridal or baby showers. Super happy for them but man oh man does it get expensive lol. Anyways, I'm starting to ramble so have a great weekend and come back next week for new outfit posts!

It's Friday. Time to go make stories for Monday. Enjoy!

xx-Jo

SUMMER ROMPER

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


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Summer is here! It's time for maxi dresses, jumpsuits and rompers. Rompers are one of my favorite outfit pieces to have because they're super easy to style and are extremely comfortable to wear. You just need to find the right style that fits you.

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What I Wore:

Romper: Shop Tobi
Sunnies: ZeroUV
Heels: Vince Camuto
Weekend bag: Lulu Dharma

Fashion Tip: What I love most about rompers is that you can dress them up or down pretty easily. In this outfit, I added color blocked heels and added casual sunglasses. To keep it casual, I can always add a denim jacket and exchange the heels for flats. If I wanted to dress it up, I can add stilettos and a long duster. Rompers can be the base of many different looks.

So! Summer is here and I am excited because I have a lot of travel plans. I'm heading back to Paris at the end of the month and I'm taking this little number with me. Can't wait to explore and sight see in my cute and comfortable romper. I was just in Paris and London in March so I am counting my blessings that we have another reason to go back so soon. I'll be packing lots of rompers and jumpsuits along with this cute weekender bag. Everyone needs an overnight back and I love the ones from Lulu Dharma. They have cute prints and it actually holds a lot of clothes and shoes. I'm so ready for my travels! Stay tuned for more travel and summer posts.

Start and end each day with a grateful heart.

xx-Jo

MOTHER'S DAY DELIVERY

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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You're never too old to need your mom and your mom is never too old to need her mom. To all mom's not just on Mother's Day but everyday, thank you for your unconditional love and support. My mama and grandma live in Texas, so I don't get so spend all holidays with them anymore. Luckily for me there are services like Bouquet in a Box that ship fresh flowers straight to the destination without any stops along the way. They grow, pick, and arrange all bouquets and ship for next day delivery. One bouquet was big enough for 2 vases! One for mom and grandma. Lol, well it was one big bouquet but my grandma liked splitting it into 2 vases to look like more.

[You can learn more about Bouquet in a Box here]

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Dearest Mama,
You are literally the strongest and most loving woman I've ever known and I am forever thankful to be your daughter. Everyday I appreciate more and more everything you've done and continue to do for me, sissy and everyone else in our family. I can't even pretend to imagine what it's like to be a single mother of two. You are all I've ever known and all I've ever needed to know. I should say it more often, but thank you for making my life so complete. I've never felt as if I was ever lacking anything or anyone. You've carried the burden of playing two parents since the moment I was born. I can only hope to be the daughter you need and want me to be. I want you to know how much you're appreciated and how much I love you. Thank you for all the life lessons, lectures, advice, nagging and reminders you give me. They work. I always hear you in the back of my mind whenever I'm faced with difficult situations. As much as I hate to say it sometimes, YOU'RE RIGHT. You always seem to be right! I'm lucky to have you as my mom and even luckier that we talk and gossip everyday. Thank you for reminding me what's important in life and constantly being the best role model anyone can ever ask for. So, to you, not just on Mother's Day, but every day that isn't celebrated, thank you and I love you.

P.S. Sorry for my teenage years.

xx-Jo

BANANA REPUBLIC: WHAT MOVES US

Thursday, April 6, 2017


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Good morning everyone! I hope you're all as excited as I am for Spring and Summer! As much as I enjoy layering up with scarves and cute coats, I just don't do well in the cold. So now that it's starting to warm up, I can retire the furs and bust out the cute rompers and jumpsuits. If you've been following me and my blog, you know that I repeatedly talk about easy peasy and comfortable outfits because there's nothing sexier than feeling comfortable in what you're wearing. It kind of goes hand in hand with "feeling comfortable in your own skin" doesn't it? :)

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What I Wore: Romper: Banana Republic | Sunnies: Zero UV | Bag: Ora Delphine

Fashion Tip: Dare to wear. I'm a strong believer in doing what you want and wear what you like. Trends come and go but confidence never goes out of style. So if there's a trend that you want to try, try it, but don't invest in it. When shopping, invest your money in quality and classic pieces that can be worn season after season.

So Spring is here! Easter is around the corner and summer is coming soon. It's time for fresh prints, fancy florals and feminine cuts. I try to incorporate a little more color during these months because well, it's a colorful time and bright colors make me happy. If you're like me and you're not as into the super feminine outfits with all the flowers on it then stripes would be a great option. They go well with everything and it's easy to style with. The romper I'm wearing is super comfortable. It's a really easy one piece with a nice tie in the middle. Also, I love how soft the material is. The colors are great for the season. Bold and nicely contrasted. Here are my top picks for what to stock your Spring closet with:
1. Striped Dress
2. Striped One Shoulder Maxi
3. Striped Wide Leg Trouser
4. Slingback Mules
5. Floral Jumpsuit

All my picks can go from day to night very easily. You can add a moto jacket with the dresses to give it a more street-style/casual look and the mules can be worn with jeans or trousers. Either way, I like to select pieces that be worn in many different ways and can pair with different looks. I hope everyone has a great weekend and Easter holiday. Stay tuned for more styling and lifestyle posts!

With love,

xx-Jo

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

PHOTO DIARY: LONDON

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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Hi everyone! After 6 days in Paris, we found our way to London. We were there during the Westminster Attack and we count our blessings that we left unscathed. We still keep London in our prayers. London is a beautiful place with amazing people. So in this blog post, I want to share some of the things I did.

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Here are some places to see in London:
1. Big Ben
2. London Eye
3. Tower of London
4. Buckingham Palace
5. Westminster Abbey

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This was a BONUS! I have been searching for Harry Potter's Platform 9 3/4! It's literally right when you land in London. It's located at King's Cross.

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London very much reminded me of New York. It has that similar busy city vibe. Unfortunately, 2 out of the 3 days we were there, it rained so that made it a little more difficult to walk around. P.S. London around March - pretty damn cold. So definitely layer up. Overall, I had an amazing time walking around the city and exploring all the pretty neighborhoods. After being in Europe for about 9 days, I gained a total of 7 lbs. I know because I purposely weighed myself before I left. All the wonderful food and delicious butter was worth it. But now I have to dedicate my life to only eating chicken and vegetables if I ever want to fit into my work dresses again.

Thanks for reading! Europe photo diaries are done! Next up: My collaboration with Banana Republic. Stay tuned!

xx-Jo