Home-asis: The Match Game


Are you the type of gal who buys shoes and then looks for the outfit to match?  Well this post is dedicated to you!  I saw this gorgeous chair at jcp.com and I knew it would make a lovely accent piece in a room...but what room?  Digging through all the inspiration photos I collected over the years I found it!  The perfect room to go...with THE chair.  When decorating or re-decorating your home, don't be afraid to fall in love with just one piece.  You can build a whole room around that inspiration and end up with something you truly can't wait to come home to.


Clothes Call: Lovely Lingerie

I know.  Sometimes you're lucky to accomplish everything you have to do in a day, besides worrying about matching your underwear; but hear me out...it's important!  Taking care of yourself includes eating healthy, working out and dressing well.  Dressing well includes lingerie that no one may see but you and your significant other. Every woman needs to invest in some great lingerie.  How it makes you feel when wearing it can improve your self-esteem and confidence, which directly relates to how others view and treat you.  A properly fitting bra also changes your shape; because putting "the girls" back where they should be, gives you a smaller waist.   For you married ladies, please, please, please don't resort to the flesh tone granny panties with holes in them, and worn out bras, once you tie the knot!  They may be comfortable, but I doubt any man would find them appealing. Even if it's just once in a while, let him see you in something a bit more special.  Single gals, I think most of us know the value of having a few great sets of lingerie for special dates or nights out on the town, but even we may be lulled into the comfort zone, thinking "no one's gonna see them anyway".  Give it a try, and take note of how a fabulous foundation can change the way you feel.  I've shared some of my favorites for women with various shapes, budgets, and personalities.  Let's go!



How to Wear It: The Headwrap

Black or white, curly or straight; we can all identify with the dreaded bad hair day.  Scarves or headwraps can be a saving grace when you're either too busy to style your hair, want to make a style statement, or want to give your hair a break from styling. Summer is the perfect time to try a headwrap because all the reasons I named above, and more, are usually in play when the weather heats up.  I went Pinterest-trolling for the flyest ways to wear a headwrap.  Here are 10 of my favorites; I hope they inspire you to look for other creative and carefree looks to try.


Gym-ology: Nike LOCO4EVA Collection

Is love at first sight too strong to describe my feelings for this print? NOPE!  Nike is definitely the frontrunner in the performance meets fashion sportswear department.  No other fitness brand veers away from the plain old black, gray, and navy solid tights like Nike.  This latest limited edition, eye-catcher is the LOCO4EVA print that is was featured on tights, a bodysuit and a sports bra, the latter two are still available, but to my great dismay, the tights are currently out of stock.


Shopping Bags: New Beauty Products Mini Haul

Eclos Plant Stem Cells Eye Cream and Anti-Aging Cream
I've never been much of a makeup girl.  Whenever I wear much more than a light foundation, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick, it feels unnatural to me and I don't like how my face looks.  Ok, therapy session over, on to the product.  I have however, always had a great relationship with skincare.  The way I see it, If you take care of your skin you don't need as much makeup. So I went for the one-two punch of this Eye Cream ($10) and Face Serum ($22) purchased at Walgreens.  I use the serum at night and eye cream, under a moisturizer during the day.  The serum has made a noticible difference in the texture of my skin; smoothed/reduced fine lines, so I recommend it highly!  The eye cream is good as well, I just haven't noticed a drastic change. It is important to use some kind of eye cream since the eye is most prone to wrinkles (and wear sunglasses anytime you're outside!).
Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Creme
I've been hearing about this miraculous BB Cream for a while now, so I decided to try some.  Low and behold, finding one in my shade was quite the challenge!  Until my friendly neighborhood "Tarjay" started carrying this miracle in a tube, by Iman.  It's lighter than foundation (perfect for the hot Florida spring and summer months) but that also means light coverage, so if you need to cover a blemish or other imperfections, this won't do the trick. It also has an SPF of 15 so no need for sunscreen! ($19.99)
Elf Lotion Wipes
All I can say about these is, why didn't I think of this?  I was a bit skeptical that these would work for me because I have very dry skin.  Because they were such a super clearance deal ($2.10 for 15 wipes, Target) I had to give them a try so I bought the Shea Butter and the Milk & Honey varieties.  I'm estatic to report that THEY WORK! They have a very light pleasant scent and are don't leave a sticky residue when they dry.  Your skin is left with a nice sheen and the moisturizing effects are long-lasting. 
Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara
Volume + length in one?  'Nuff said. It's also supposed to condition lashes so that they become healthier over time ($8.99, Target). I might add that the hype is already building for this one because there were only 4 tubes left on the display and the product hasn't been out for more than a few weeks.  My only wish is for a waterproof version.
Milani Color Statement Lipstick
I purchased two lipsticks from the Color Statement Line $4.99, Target) to update my "Spring Look" I went for one bright (Sweet Nectar) and one neutral (Teddy Bare).  Overall the Sweet Nectar is suuuuuperbright but if I'm feeling daring, maybe for evening, I'll wear this alone.  The Teddy Bare shade is a great nude for my skin tone so I'll be wearing this a lot.  One accidental discovery; if I combine the Sweet Nectar and the Teddy Bare shades, I get a nice, pastel melon, similar to the lipstick print on the photo above.


Trendspotting: Tribal-Inspired Swimwear

Main photo:  Delia's.  Clockwise from top left:  Old Navy, Forever 21, Anthropologie, Piperlime.


How to Wear It: Leopard Harem Pants

 I've always wanted to rock leopard harem pants...but, they're...leopard harem pants!  By themselves, these wild trousers can seem daunting, when trying to put an outfit together.  When I saw these photos the other day, I was inspired by this pint-sized fashionista's classy, sassy look.
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Style Inspiration: Tracee Ellis Ross

From the time Tracee Ellis Ross stepped out of her famous mother's shadow with the popular television series, Girlfriends, she quickly garnered fans for her comedic prowess, those gorgeous ringlets and her stunning style.  Recently, Ms. Ross has given us a peek into her private life with her self-titled blog.  I was happy to discover that she is not only a great actress, but a down-to-earth, wacky, and wise woman with reverence for all things fashion.  Tracee's style is daring; she mixes high with low, sporty with dressy, and vintage with modern, without fear of breaking fashion rules (she doesn't use a stylist).  Her approach to fashion makes her interesting and unique, which is why we watch her style moves so closely.  Tracee comes across as confident, goofy, and real. When you add those qualities of inner beauty to her divine sense of style, you end up with a class act.