How Do You Define Your Style?

Do you have a specific style that defines you, or do you switch it up a little based on season or event? I find in my group of friends, while we all dress a little different, our individual styles are pretty defined. We’ll be out shopping, find an article of clothing and go “Hey, this is so you!”

A few weeks ago, me and a few of my lady friends decided to take a mini tour of Detroit after a fun Birthday brunch (mimosas anyone?!) to show off our defined weekend/event styles. Check out some outfit inspiration from me and my fab friends!

Krystina – Defined Style: Southern Chic
Tina is super into cold shoulder tops, booties, and simple accessories to channel the dainty, easy feel of the south. Her favorite store? Francesca’s and a Henri Bendel bag will usually complete her daily style. Shop her style.

Reese – Defined Style: Urban Goddess
As the birthday girl, Reese went for a fabulous goddess vibe in all white showing off her bod in the most classy way. On the daily, you may find Reese in super cute, form-fitting dresses and tops to hug her fit curves just right. Shop her style.

Taryn – Defined Style: Urban Mod
Taryn loves to be flirty with a little edge. Combat boots paired with a 60s-inspired dress perfectly captures her mod look with a twist. If she’s not showing off a mod look, you can find Taryn rocking a bohemian style, and a flower crown if it’s really special occasion! Shop her style.

Jessica – Defined Style: Cali Chic
Lately I’ve channeled my inner Kardashian with chokers and high ponys. I love a good west coast inspired look with some good denim, graphics, and a classic black piece. I’m so excited for warmer weather to come around so I can wear my legs bare. Dresses and rompers are my jam. Shop my style.

What’s your go-to style?

Thanks to my ladies for such a fun, fashionable, and fabulous day! ❤️👠

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Dress For Less, and Still Impress

Every woman loves to look and feel her best. Fashion plays a hugely important role to maximizing those positive feelings. And this is just one of the many reasons that clothes shopping is one of our greatest hobbies. But if there’s only one thing that puts a smile on our face more than finding the perfect style, it’s finding the perfect style without breaking the bank.

 If you’re not careful, that passion for fashion can end up burning a very big hole in your pocket. Thankfully, these five tips for the modern woman will help you overcome those issues to promote greater success than ever before. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

 Don’t feel pressured into buying. This is especially true when looking at outfits for special occasions. Prom dresses are a perfect example of an item that you’ll only wear once, and there are plenty of others to consider too. You’ll probably end up selling the purchased outfit after a year or two of collecting dust anyway. Renting is cheaper and efficient in many scenarios. While it might not always be the best solution, appreciating this option is key.

 Embrace cheaper garments too. It’s always nice to buy the designer brand, particularly when you get it on a cheap deal. However, there is more to life than clothes. Rocking simple options like crop tops can allow you to master daily styles on a minimal budget. That’ll leave you more money for the standout styles while offering added comfort in day-to-day life. Moreover, it’ll feel far less annoying if you ruin an outfit.

 Always search for the best deals. Searching for the best options on the market is important in many fields, but this is especially true when it comes to fashion. The internet has changed everything, and you can learn how to save money at Old Navy for premium items at modest costs. If it allows you the opportunity to gain the joys of owning quality clothes without the guilt of spending big, you’d be a fool to miss out. On a similar note, if you are placing an order with a retailer, placing a bulk order with a friend may generate an added discount.

Opt for versatile options. Of course, one of the best ways to fill your wardrobe for less is to choose items that work with various outfits. Accessories should be top of your agenda, and these bags can be used to complement various outfits for multiple occasions. Couple this with a keen eye for practical footwear choices. You should find that you can look your best time and time again without the need for investing in dozens of options.

 Create your own style. Upcycling has become increasingly popular in recent times, especially with regards to fashion. This can be a great way to breathe new life into your wardrobe at a fraction of the costs. Moreover, it’s the ideal option for anyone looking to embrace their creativity and maintain their unique vibe. Use these simple guides for inspiration, and you will not go far wrong. It has to be better than throwing those items in the trash.

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His and Hers Spring Looks with Bonobos

Look at the calendar. It’s officially spring! Officially time to start wearing bright colors, and less clothes. Weather permitting, of course.

I’ve teamed up with Bonobos to share some of my favorite his and hers looks featuring spring themed hues and warm weather garments. Check out some outfit inspo below!

Date Night:
Blue is perfect for spring. For starters, it’s one of those colors, no matter the shade, looks great on everyone. It’s also a color that transitions well from cold weather seasons to warm weather seasons, with the right accessories. These his and hers looks are perfect for a night out. Picture a cozy patio, your favorite cocktail, and your beau by your side for the perfect fashion-forward spring date night.

Travel Looks:
Take trips. And take them often with your bae! Especially to warm, sunny climates so you can pack pink. Shades of pink including salmon are perfect for spring time vacation fun, and it looks great with a tan. Use these his and hers outfits as inspiration for your next couples vacation.


Guys! Be sure to check out Bonobos for quality, and trend setting menswear. And if you’re in Michigan, visit the new Bonobos store in Downtown Detroit!

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Live Your Best Life

I was driving to work the other day thinking, geez this is going to be a stressful day. But then Ed Sheeren “Shape of You” came on and my mood instantly changed. It’s a fun song with a catchy beat, so it got me thinking, you know what, I’m living my best life! Work may be stressful, but I’m blessed to have a job that pays the bills and affords me the opportunity to spend my nights and weekends doing what I need to do to be truly happy.
Find out what makes you happy, and you too can live your best life. Travel, find love, do a good deed, buy that thing you’ve been wanting to buy, go to brunch with your friends, take your grandparents out to dinner.
Oh, and also, get your winter white in while you can. Spring will be here before you know it! I went to brunch with my gal pals the other and chose to create a Run DMC/Michael Jackson inspired look. Because why the hell not?!
Life ain’t easy, by any means. But when you look at the bright side, things get a little bit easier. Enjoy living your best lives, friends! 😘
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An Unconventional Valentine’s Day

When it comes to Hallmark Holidays, I can’t help but think, why do we have to set aside just one day to express our love? Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day (Midwest holiday for women to cater to their men). We get pumped up with pomp and circumstance because card companies tell us to. But you know what, at the end of the day it is a great excuse to get cute!

So to express my love/hate relationship for these holidays, this year, my Valentines Day look will be unconventional.

Typically Valentine’s Day ensembles call for red, pink, or lots of hearts. Not for this girl. Date night for Valentine’s Day this year will include leopard print and a single hint of red. Do ya see it?

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I’ll rock with you babe. So to show my love, I’ve got this tee from H&M, pulled together with a leather skirt originally from Francesca’s but most recently from Krystina’s closet. And to keep warm, a faux fur coat to hang over my shoulders for affect.

Black and grey with subtle hints of drama make for an edgy, unconventional Valentine’s Day #ootd.

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Do February 14th a little different this time around and wear something you’d never wear. Also, let’s spread love outside of Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day. More chocolate and flowers on random days, boys and girls! ❤️

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Closet Purge Dance Party

You guys want to know the best way to purge your closets? Turn on some music, have a dance party, and play dress up!

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We all know the saying, “Closet full of clothes, nothing to wear.” It’s a new year now, so why don’t we grab that saying by the balls and get rid of all the stuff in our closets we’ll never wear again?!

Yes, closet purging can be a drag, but it’s a lot easier than you think to have some fun with it.

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A few weekends ago, I visited my amazing friend Krystina in Chicago, and we channeled our inner Erika Jayne, pumped up the tunes, sipped a little wine and played dress up. I walked away with some great dresses to add to my collection and was inspired to do some serious closet cleaning of my own.

It certainly helps that me and Krystina wear the same size and have similar taste in style, but you can still call up all your gal pals for a purge party. You never know who can wear what. And anything that doesn’t go home with your friends, donate. There’s always the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and don’t forget many local schools have donation programs too.

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So crank up the jams, pour up the wine and clean those closets!

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The Most Fashion Forward Cars at NAIAS 2017

I like my cars like I like my clothes: well-made, stylish, and the perfect color. The newest selection of vehicles at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) brought all the style and checked all the boxes.

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I partnered with She Buys Cars and The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), premier sponsor of NAIAS to bring you a peek at what you’ll see at this year’s Detroit Auto show, plus school you a little bit on the benefits of purchasing a steel-made vehicle. Have you ever thought about what your car is made of and how it can affect you and the environment? Bet you will now!

SMDI aims to accelerate innovation in the automotive industry by spreading the good word about steel. For starters, steel is a performance leader because of its superior strength, and lightweight durability. Plus, steel-made vehicles are much easier to repair. And did you know steel has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions? Today’s steels are as much as six times stronger than steels of a decade ago and three to four times stronger than the latest aluminum alloys on the market.

 

So as you walk through the show floor at this year’s auto show, remember – only one material is Accelerating Innovation through increased performance, value and sustainability. You can follow the steel story during NAIAS on Twitter via #SteelMatters.

Now that I dropped a little knowledge on you, take a look at my picks for the most fashion forward rides at NAIAS 2017.

2018 Kia Stinger

 Kia Stinger

Hello, red hot ride! The reveal of the 2018 Kia Stinger was a jaw-dropper as this sleek and sporty machine alters the collection of Kia vehicles, and in a good way.

2018 Jeep Compass

 Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass Grey

Jeep Compass Grey

The newly designed Jeep Compass got some major upgrades this year when it comes to style. New body type, fun colors, and all around great looking ride. As a current Jeep owner, I was very pleased to see this little beauty.

Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 RF

I’m not one to pay attention to super sporty cars, but this little baby caught my eye instantly. The interior reminds me of something straight out of a 007 film. Vroom vroom, my friends.

Black Label Lincoln MKX

Black Label Lincoln MKX

Luxury goals! I have had my eye on Lincolns recently, so naturally I had to visit the Lincoln display at NAIAS. I was pleasantly surprised to find the seats offer a massage and the black on cream interior is quite classy (I typically go for black interior). Best part of this car? It’s made of steel, as are all Lincoln vehicles excluding the Navigator.

Honorable mentions:

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

The first car I purchased on my own was a little red Toyota Corolla I named Lola Perez. So of course I appreciate the upgraded features of the newest Corolla, and was happy to find out the car is celebrating its 50th anniversary. And how fab is this color?

2018 Lincoln Navigator Concept

2018 Lincoln Navigator Concept

There’s a built in closet. *drops the mic*

NAIAS 2017 is open to the public January 14-22. Get all the information you need here. Enjoy the auto show!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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