Detroit Tigers Fashion

SPORTS! Ok, so I’m not the biggest sports fan but I do love a good Detroit Tigers baseball game. This is why I was all on board to create a sports-themed outfit with a hat from Fanatics! Don’t ever forget that sports can be fashionable too.

The task was to create a baseball-themed ensemble that stays true to my style but also screams “Go Tigers!” This particular look is centered around a Detroit Tigers baseball hat by Fanatic allowing me to really showcase my game day style.

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Chambray is pretty much the new black so I chose a chambray shirt to pair with off white jeans and a pair of white Chucks as my footwear (because you know I love a good pair of Converse!). The accessories I chose bare colors to compliment the Tigers hat, adding pops of color.

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Fanatics is a great and incredibly affordable website with sports apparel perfect for completing your look for fashionable game days. Shop for your Fanatics baseball hats today!

About Fanatic

Fanatics is a leading online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise and provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans. As a Top 50 Internet Retailer Company, Fanatics comprises the broadest online assortment offering hundreds of thousands of officially licensed items via its Fanatics and FansEdge brands. In addition, the Company powers the e-commerce sites of all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, PGA), major media brands (NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports) and over 200 collegiate and professional team properties.

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VMA Cocktails with Bai5 Beverage

With the 2014 VMAs airing Sunday, might I suggest having a viewing party with award show-themed cocktails? Thanks to Bai5, a healthy all natural beverage with ONLY 5 calories, it is the perfect mixer for your moomnam cocktails.

Bai is loaded with antioxidants and low sugar content but packed with flavor! My first sip was honestly extremely refreshing and I didn’t want to put the bottle down. Bai5 generously provided me with two delicious flavors to try – Molokai Coconut and Costa Rica Clementine. With and without booze, Bai5 is a delicious beverage without the unhealthy calories. Check out these VMA inspired cocktails to try below.

Molokai Moonman (8-10 servings)

You don’t need to be a pop star to enjoy an out-of-this-world drink.

-24 oz Coconut Rum

-2 Bottle Bai5 Molokai Coconut

-2 Cups Seltzer

-Rock Candy

Bai Punchbowl

Pour all liquid into a punch bowl (ideally shaped like an astronaut’s helmet)

Add ice and stir to mix evenly.

Ladle moon juice into clear cups and stir with rock candy.

Candy Stir

The “Buzz” 

An ode to Bai’s favorite astronaut, the Buzz is a light and refreshing mocktail to keep you bright and buzzing all evening.

 

-3 oz Bai5 Costa Rica Clementine

-3 oz Seltzer

-1 pack Pop Rocks

Poprocks Cocktail

 

Rim martini glass with poprocks.

Pour 3 oz of ice cold Costa Rica Clementine Bai into glass.

Top with 3 oz of seltzer and stir lightly.

Happy drinking and enjoy the show! – You can find Bai5 at local Target stores or at these various locations.

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Guest Post: Everything You Need to Know About Fall 2014 Fashion

With fall just around the corner, plus a few requests for a fall fashion post, this is the perfect time to introduce the coming fall 2014 trends! Thanks to my new friends over at Styloko, we now know what to expect from fall collections.

Styleoko has rounded up the key trends to look out for – and buy into – below:

 

  1. Culottes

After their breakthrough success for spring/summer 2014, culottes have taken the crown as pre-fall’s hero piece, thanks to their sophisticated yet easy sensibility that at once makes them feel smart and utterly effortless. Look to slightly longer styles – we’re talking mid-calf – in weightier fabrics and wide cuts: the key to getting culottes right this season is all in their structure. Alexander Wang’s tailored front-pleat styles are perfect for the office, while MSGM’s voluminous silk versions make the perfect party alternative to a full skirt. Meanwhile, leather styles as seen at Proenza Schouler elevate culottes’ classic cut into cool new heights.

Alexander Lewis 2014

Alexander Lewis 2014

 

  1. Blankets

Blankets may not immediately shoot to the top of your chic list, but this season’s wraps are surprisingly stylish – and worth paying attention to. Whether it’s a bohemian floor-sweeping piece draped across your shoulders, a modern cocoon wrap, or a fringed houndstooth cape, Chanel, Chloe, and Stella McCartney all made a convincing argument for why you need one this season.

 

  1. Easy tailoring

Following on from spring’s bohemian mood, there’s an easiness in the air for pre-fall 2014, summed up perfectly in this season’s slouchy suiting. Forego sharp styles and look instead to loose, louche pants that have all the effortlessness of lounging styles, and relaxed, simply-cut blazers that feel smart but fuss-free.

 

  1. Plaid pairings

Check mate is what you need to call this season, because plaid is back with a vengeance for pre-fall. While it’s true that plaid is nothing new, the way in which it’s being mixed and matched right now is particularly fresh – see Altuzarra, Kenzo, and Dior for inspiration.

Dior 2014

Dior 2014

 

  1. Dressy Sweaters

Sweaters have been stealing the limelight for several seasons now. What’s new about them for pre-fall? The way they’re being used to dress down a particularly glamorous piece. Think sheer lace and embellished maxi skirts, pared with simple, slouchy knits a la Jason Wu.

 

About Styloko.com
Styloko.com is the social shopping site and mobile application that connects people to the products they love via a quick, curated, and highly personalized shopping experience. Working with thou-sands of leading fashion brands and retailers, users follow their favorite labels to see an instant feed of targeted products in one place, and curate their personal online boutique of specific items they love and want to shop. Other features include sale alerts when coveted items go down in price, editorial highlighting the latest trends, and the ability to discover new and trending styles through Styloko’s community of like-minded style-savvy shoppers.

What fall trends are you looking forward to trying?

Photo Credit: Style.com

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Shopping in Chicago

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting one of my very best friends in Chicago. Shoutout the my little one, Raven! Anyhoo, in true Chicago fashion, we hit the Magnificent Mile and went shopping! I didn’t go too crazy (we both decided to stick to a budget) but I did end up with a few exciting items.

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First of all, what’s a Chicago trip without stopping in Zara? Of course I sifted through the end-of-season sale racks and saw a few cute pieces but narrowed it down to one leopard print long sleeve dress. It’s very comfortable, can be dressed up or dressed down and it was on sale for only $15.99. I then found an adorable #FashionCode clutch. Not on sale but it was worth the $30. I had been wanting last season’s “Stressed but Well Dressed” clutch but I actually just might like this one better.

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We moved on to Nordstrom and hit the makeup counter. If you know me personally, you know I have been on the hunt for a great lipstick. I was convinced I would never look right in any lip color but everyone tells me I just need to find the right one for me. So thanks to some convincing from Raven and the lovely JoAnna at the Nars makeup counter who helped me try on various shades, I finally found a color that looks good on me. It’s quite bright but I wanted something that would pop. I never wear lipstick and rarely wear any kind makeup so this lip color just might be the gateway to the new makeup-wearing Jessica!

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I freuently get told I look about 18-24 years old (I’m actually 27) and while I’m grateful for the compliments, I would like to look older at times. My hope is that this fancy new lip look I’ve got going will help me achieve a more mature looking face. I also appreciate that the Nars lipstick came in a special beauty gift set including a lipstick, lip gloss and nail polish. Visit Nordstrom or narscosmetics.com for the Climax – Schiap Lip/Nail Set or something similar.

I’m excited to show you guys how I style my goodies from Chicago!

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Nail Tutorial: How to Create Floral Nails

Florals have set the tone of the season (even though it’s winding down – so sad!), so why not play up the feminine, flirty pattern on your nails too? Here’s how to create easy, flower-filled nails!

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1. Paint nails a base color. I used a mint color by Forever 21 but feel free to get creative with your color ways.

2. Once nails are dry, sporadically place three pink dots on the nails you wish to paint flowers. I used my ring finger, aka fashion nail, for a dramatic affect. The dots should just be small dabs of nail polish randomly placed on your finger nail.

Practice on paper before

Practice on paper before

3. Let the first pink dots sit for about a minute then add another dab of nail polish on top of the current dot. I used white polish to simulate a rose.

4. Gently swirl the dots together with a toothpick. Continue to swirl until the two colored dots of polish form a flower-like pattern.

5. Use a green polish or a nail art pen to create leaves. I used rainbow art nail pens from Paper Source in Birmingham for easy leaves.

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6. Let nails dry and add a top coat.

And there you have it, super fun and easy floral nails!

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 Will you try creating floral nails?
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SMILE! Join the Movement

Have you joined the Smile Movement? This unique movement is an effort to create happiness through clothing, accessories and art – and I support The Smile Brand!

The Smile Brand Stickers

Created by Phillip Simpson of Detroit, The Smile Brand is an optimistic lifestyle brand dedicated to a life of smiling and spreading joy. When you see a Smile Brand t-shirt, sticker, button or tote bag, the goal is to make people smile then pay it forward by spreading that joy. Because who doesn’t love to smile?

I had the pleasure of personally hearing the story behind The Smile Brand from Simpson himself and it was absolutely touching. After learning about his inspiration to create the brand after a dark time in his life and art being his outlet to happiness, I was sold and purchased a tee. Check out how I styled my Smile Brand t-shirt below.

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White Pointy Toe Wedges

Tee: The Smile Brand

Pants: Forever 21

Shoes: Aldo – *Currently all sale shoes are 50% off* 

Glasses: Urban Outfitters (Similar)

 

I hope this made you smile! :) For updates, photos and to join the Smile Movement by purchasing a t-shirt, follow The Smile Brand on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Thanks to Nailah of The Moda Intersection for the photos!

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Great Place for Purses: Zarkpa’s Boutique

When you think of Detroit, fashion isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind; but fashion-forward entrepreneurs are working to change that. Take Tracy of Zarkpa’s Boutique for example. She’s working to fabulously accessorize Detroit and beyond.

Zarkpa’s Boutique is located in downtown Detroit on Grand River and in walking distance of Greektown. The cute little boutique is stocked with handbags, clutches and jewelry for ladies of all ages. The style of the products range from chic and trendy to edgy and bold so there’s really something for everyone. Check out some of the lovely pieces I now own!

Mustard Yellow Cross Body Purse

Mustard Yellow Cross Body Purse

Melon and Tan Cross Body Purse

Melon and Tan Cross Body Purse

Magazine Style Clutch - Gifted (Thanks Cam :))

Magazine Style Clutch – Gifted (Thanks Cam :))

So for all my Detroiters, be sure to stop in to Zarkpa’s and support local businesses. And mark your calendars for August 1st for a fun pamper event! Shop, drink and get a massage at Zarkpa’s from 5-9pm. For more info or to shop online, visit the website here.

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Have you been to Zarkpa’s yet?

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