Functional Fashion Staple: Kardashian Edition

Hi friends!

You know those pieces you get that you just cant wait to wear? Like a little black dress, a hot pair of pumps, or a camel-colored light trench? Because we’re diving right in to fall now, It’s the perfect time to pull out my light trench. This staple piece is great to dress up or down, plus it’s chic and comfy.


For this look, I channeled my inner Kardashian and paired this perfect jacket I picked up at TJ Maxx with a little black crop, and a black midi pencil skirt. To top off the look, I added a bold lip – Beso by Stila and a choker from Forever 21.


Next time you’re thinking about your wardrobe and the must-haves you need in your closet, think staple. Think about something that you’ll get use out of and, something that’s easily transitional. This light trench is great for a brisk fall day but can also be warn in the spring. Find a similar piece here.



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Swing into Fall: To be a Kid Again

Do you remember going to the park as a kid and swinging on the swings, jumping rope, and hanging from the monkey bars? Those were the good ol’ days when all we had to worry about was what flavor Capri Sun mom packed for lunch and making sure our Tamagotchis were fed. As adults, we’re tasked with worrying about things like work, budgeting, relationships, dressing ourselves, and who we’ll be voting for as the leader of the free world.


There’s no doubt that life can get chaotic. For me personally, I have had a few crazy things happen recently that made me just take a moment to sit down and do some soul-searching. So as craziness wizes around me, I’ve realized that there’s nothing wrong with going back in time and having a little fun. The next time something crazy is happening around you or in your life directly, don’t be afraid to take a moment and find a park. The free feeling of youthfulness is therapeutic and of course, fun.


Some may say this is an unconventional outfit for a day at the park considering my skirt actually did fly up a few times and I may have given a little peep show, but that’s the beauty of feeling like a kid again. Who cares? Not to mention, this fashion is a blast from the past that’s becoming popular again. This ensemble reminds me of my childhood, making time at the park a fabulous walk down memory lane.


The look: 

Faux suede button down skirt – TJ Maxx (similar)

Exposed shoulder top – H&M

Peep toe heel booties – Somewhere on the Internet 


Let go and have a little fun.

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Fab Shoes for Fall

I posted a snap not too long ago of a few shoe boxes from Target and I got some requests to see exactly what was inside. Well, I’d be happy to share!

Fall footwear is fabulous, and now is the time to build your bootie collection and stock up on sued. Check out my fall footwear favorites that I can’t wait to slip into. I hope to inspire you guys to get something cute for your happy feet. BTW, feel free to snap me (jessthenoel). 


Black booties – 


Olive green suede sandals with tassels – Target


Black boots with a chunky heel – Target


Perfect black heels – Target

Do you need the shoes? Probably not. Do you want the shoes? Yes! Will the shoes look great with that outfit? Of course! Life is short. Buy the shoes. Happy fall, ya’ll!

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Pretty Little Fishy: Taco Tuesday

After watching a marathon of Chopped on the Food Network and craving the best fish tacos I’ve ever had (in San Diego at a hole-in-the wall Mexican drive thru – so friggin’ good!), I got a little inspired.

I felt like making a pretty plate of fish tacos like the pros do, so I set out to create my own version of mahi tacos.  In case you’re feeling a little fishy yourself, I’ve included my recipe below. Of course I suggest tweaking to your liking, because just like style, we all like something a little different.


What you’ll need:

  • Mahi mahi
  • Avocado
  • Cheese (Mexican blend)
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Sour Cream (I used yogurt/Greek yogurt)
  • Chili powder
  • Onions (I used onion powder because I hate actual onions)
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Tortillas

First up, you want to season your fish with chili powder, lime juice, onion powder, and whatever else you please. Throw your mahi on the grill util cooked to perfection. I decided to pull out the old George Forman grill.


As a sauce, I created a concoction with fat free plain yogurt (a substitute for cream cheese), chili powder, lime juice and cilantro.

After your sauce and fish are done being made, load up your tortilla with corn, beans, fish, cheese and the sauce. And if you’re a little parched, add a brew to your feast. Say goodbye to summer with some tasty Oberon.



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Fall Fashion & Beauty Essentials

Besides the fact that the calendar reads fall is officially a week away, I turned on the heat in my car the other morning. It’s time to come to terms that summer is coming to an end we’ll be swapping out neons for earth tones for the fall season.

As I prep my closet for fall, I wanted to share some of my picks for must-have items this fall. Check them out below.

A vampy lip:
I’ve just recently become a fan of lipstick. My puckers are naturally plump, so I felt like lipstick just makes them look even bigger. But I’ve realized if I stick to the right shades for my skin tone (deep pinks and muted reds), I’ll look all right! For the fall, I’ve picked up some Stilla long-lasting matte lip color, thanks to the recommendation of my friend Jen. I am quite excited to pair these colors with some fun fall fashion.


Chokers and Aviators:
The 90s brought the best and the worst of fashion and the 90s are back full force in fashion trends. Do you remember chokers and tattoo necklaces? Oh my gosh, I was obsessed in middle school! So naturally, I am excited this trend is acceptable, yet a lot more fashionable this time around. Choker necklaces can put a little unique twist on an outfit without doing much. Then there are aviators. Sunnies aren’t just for the summertime. You’ll need to protect your peepers in fall and winter, too. That’s why I recommend fashionable aviators for the fall season. I snabbed some of my favorite aviators from for less than $4. Of course you can spring for the real deal – Ray Ban has the best. But if you’re looking for style on a budget, check out Jane and of course

Exposed Shoulder Tops:
This summer was all about off the shoulder dresses and shirts, but the fall takes a slightly different turn by keeping warmth in mind but still allowing for the shoulder to be exposed. For me, I think some of the bests parts of a woman’s body are her shoulders and clavicles. This modestly sexy fashion trend lets ladies showcase these assets simply. And the best part is this shirt can be dressed up or down.


I love a good pair of Converse and I champion for them any chance I get. Besides a pair of Chucks, every lady needs a good pair of  sneakers. My pick: Adidas. This trend has carried over from the summer putting an athletic and causal feel on your best outfits. Perfect for a chill workplace, or weekend errands, you can slip into your sneakers with a skirt, dress, or slim fit jeans.


Trench Coats and Bomber Jackets:
These two types of pieces have become timeless wardrobe essentials that every girl needs in her closet for chilly days.

Happy Fall, friends! Stay fab.

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Date Night Ideas To Spice Up Your Week

The phenomenon of ‘date night’ has recently become more and more embedded in our society. Setting aside a night every week to do something fun with your partner has plenty of benefits. Many of us live such hectic lifestyles these days that we often find it difficult to make time to actually catch up with our partners. Even for those couples who live together, long working hours and other commitments can mean that you rarely get a night on the sofa together – let alone a romantic meal! Date night can be for anyone; whether you’ve been married for years or are just in the first throes of a new relationship. Use these ideas for inspiration on where date night could take you next.

The classic meal out

First date location with babe! Source: Detroit Eater

First date location with babe! Source: Detroit Eater

Nothing screams ‘date’ more than a romantic dinner for two. This kind of date night can be fun as you can make it as glamorous as you like. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune to look good. With discount offers such as 6PM Promo Codes, you can get that date night look perfected on next to nothing. Dressing up for the evening will also make the date seem more special. Pick either an old favorite, like the restaurant where you had your first date, or get adventurous and try something new. Having dinner together can be a great way to catch up on each other’s lives if you’re feeling a bit out of the loop.

The adventure date

Detroit River

Detroit River

Who said that ‘date night’ had to be restricted only to the evenings? Make use of a day off work by enjoying a ‘date day’ together. Visit a local landmark or a museum together and fall back in love with where you live. Or, try an adventurous activity such as rock climbing, abseiling or mountain biking. Doing such a physical activity releases endorphins in the brain – the chemical responsible for a happy mood. You’ll be getting fit, feeling good and spending quality time together, which makes for a pretty successful date. You never know, you might even get hooked and end up booked in every week.


The stay at home date 

Steak and potatoes dinner at home!

Steak and potatoes dinner at home!

Sometimes, our finances catch up with us and it simply isn’t practical to spend money on food and activities outside the home. Or, sometimes we just want to spend time in our cozy living room after a hectic week. Thankfully, there are plenty of date ideas you can do in your home that won’t cost you a fortune. Instead of one of you cooking a meal for the other, try cooking dinner together. The team effort will bring you closer together and you’re likely to have some laughs along the way – especially if you are baking! Once you’ve made your food, settle in for a movie night on the couch with a selection of films you’ll both enjoy. Or, go old-school and dig out some old board games to play together. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ll have.

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Brunch So Hard

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? I’m talking about a delicious meal accompanied by mimosas, or bloody Mary’s, and a table full of friends. Brunch has become a favorite pastime of our generation, so cheers to the genius who said let’s dedicate about 4 hours on Saturdays and Sundays to being merry, and eating and drinking!

I’ll be heading to DC this weekend for a quick getaway, and I fully anticipate a boozy filled brunch. With that, I’ve clicked through Paperless Post to find the perfect brunch invitation.

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What better way to invite friends to share a day with champs and OJ + food than with this super cute Paperless Post-created invitation?

This will be my first time visiting the US capital and I’m very excited to see historical monuments, like the White House, but more importantly, I need that DMV seafood in my belly! A Chesapeake Bay Crab Omelet and mimosas will be my choice for the weekend.

Let’s pop bottles, friends! Be sure to check out Paperless Post for your invitation needs for brunching and beyond.

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