Want To Add Spice To Your Style? Here’s Where To Shop

If style is one thing – it’s transformation. The world of fashion revolves around ever-changing ideas and concepts of style that means we can be left behind rather rapidly. This is an expensive mistake, as the latest fashion never comes cheap – if you want to be a forerunner in the fashion world, it will cost you. However, staying still can cost you just as much – nobody likes to be stuck with a boring style – there might be nothing worse when it comes to dress sense!

That’s the problem isn’t it? You try to be sensible and play it safe, and then you suddenly realize that your clothes are boring, that they don’t look as good as you’d hoped, and that they don’t reflect any aspect of you. It’s also the trouble with shopping – with so many brands adopting the same trends and fashion sensibilities, you can be stuck with the same-old, same-old no matter where you choose to shop. If it’s popular, it’s also just as likely to become boring overnight. What you need to find is something that works for you.

You need a little bit of spice. You need to sprinkle it over your style – not so that you can keep up with trends, but so you can avoid them and stick to your own path. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, is it not? So stick to your own definitions and buy clothes that work for you – not Gucci or Prada, or the big magazines. You’ll succeed here if you stick to the bar that you set!

Where can you shop though? The big branded shops can lead you back to boringness, while the expensive outlets can quickly lead to glaring fashion disasters. In the first instance, look online.

Not only are online lookbooks a great way to start curating our sense of fashion, they are also excellent resources to find little fashion quirks we like. All the branded shops have their own outlets online, so if we do turn to them for our fashion needs, we can find ourselves shopping with a bit more simplicity, rather than being stuck in a retail store that will cater to the many.  As well as this online boutiques are also leading the way with creative and independent brands that could really add something to your wardrobe. If you want to spice it up a bit, look online.

Don’t discount physical stores though – and not just typical fashion outlets. You might turn your nose up at it – but charity shops and discount stores are full of absolute gems, and some real authentic vintage gear. There’s a reason for a vintage hype right now – and it’s because that style has proved to be eternal.

If you want to add spice to your style, you might find the present a bit lacking. Look to the future through trendsetting boutiques, but also to the past and you may be able to mix and match to create your own look.

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Summer Essentials: ThirdLove

Summer essentials:

Sunnies ✔️

Hot pants ✔️

Strapless bra ✔️

Summer calls for fun, flirty looks, so you can’t forget how essential a good strapless bra can be! When you’re wearing your favorite tank or strapless top, what do you use for support?

offers simplistic yet supportive bras that will leave you pleased. If you’re like me and love a good bare shoulder top to compliment the warm weather, and have a decent sized chest, you’ll require a good strapless bra to keep the goods in place. Hence, a summer essential!

Check out all ThirdLove has to offer. And if you’re reading this and in the market for some support for the girls, enjoy a coupon code –  TLJNE10

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Summer Cocktails Perfect For 4th July

If you’ve got any summer parties planned over the coming weeks, then you need to have some stunning cocktails to wow the crowds, right? In summer a lot of cocktails tend to be based around the ‘clear’ spirits like gin, vodka or tequila. While I totally understand why people have those thoughts (I mean, tequila and lime just screams hot weather, right)? There is still a place for some other spirits like whiskey. It doesn’t just have to be a spirit for colder months. Holler if you enjoy a good whiskey. 

Whiskey in all of it’s forms, bourbon, rye, Scotch, Irish or even Japanese can be used all year round. The fun thing in summer is to make them into cocktails, though, rather than just drinking it neat. It also helps that a Japanese whiskey called Kikori goes well with some traditional summer foods that you’d have at a BBQ, like barbecue ribs and grilled peaches, for instance. Lookup a Kikori whiskey review if you don’t believe me. It’s hints of caramel and vanilla go perfectly for summer. But if you’re still not convinced, then here are a couple of whiskey cocktail recipes to try. I’d love to hear what you think!

Whiskey Sours

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Syrup

This is such an all-American classic; it makes it perfect for summer. Simply mix together, with the portions to your liking.

Lemonade Zinger

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon and lime soda (Sprite)
  • Triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • Sour mix mixer

A lot of people that are fans of a Jack Daniels and Coke might be reluctant to try this more citrusy version. But it is the perfect combination for a summer’s night, and it gives you a nice refreshing boost. You don’t have to get lots and lots of expensive mixers with this drink, though. As long as you’ve got yourself a good whiskey, it will taste divine. The sweet and sour combination works really well.

Old Fashioned

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Chopped peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Sugar syrup
  • Sparkling water

If blackberries and peaches don’t scream summer, then I don’t know what else will? This combo makes for a super refreshing drink, and a bit less daunting than the lemonade zinger. The sparkling water makes it much more refreshing, as well as weakening the taste of the whiskey. So this is a good one to start with for anyone that isn’t too keen on the idea of whiskey in a cocktail. Serve them this and their mind will be changed!

Kentucky Kiss

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon juice
  • Strawberry puree
  • Maple syrup

If you’re after a cocktail that is good enough to eat, then this is the one for you. Plus, they are perfect for summer with the addition of strawberries, which are the perfect summer fruit. Mixed with whiskey, especially a bourbon, can make for a match made in heaven. It is really simple to make too. Just get the puree ready, through mashing and straining some super ripe and ready berries. Then mix together with the other ingredients.

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Fab Recipie: Nutella Cookies

What’s better than Nutella? Let’s be honest, not that much! Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you’ve got to admit it’s quite tasty.

After a pretty chill Sunday, and watching a few hours of the Cooking Channel, I ended up in a baking mood and wanted to bake something I’d never made before. I randomly had a taste for Nutella so I scrolled through Pinterest to find a good recipe and whipped up some Nutella cookies. If you’ve read any of my other food posts, you know I’m a firm believer in making a recipe your own, so I merged a few Nutella cookie recipes together to create my own.

Pro tip: just eyeball it, girl! Throw in however much you think is right; but below are some suggested guidelines.

Nutella – 1 cup
Brown Sugar – 2 table spoons
Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Egg – 1
Flour – 1 cup
Bake at 350 degrees

Mix together

Pro tip 2: Don’t want to shell out almost $4 for Nutella? Walgreens carries a just-as-tasty hazelnut spread for less.

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Prelude to Summer Outfit Inspo

We’re almost there. Just one month and…que summer! Summer calls for sunshine, tan lines, and bright colors. Oh, and white. Like Selena Gomez sings, “Tan skin looks damn good in white.” She’s not lying. 😉

Before summer officially hits, now is the perfect time to prep your wardrobe for scorching days and sassy nights. Pre-summer wardrobes can consist of monochrome ensembles and pops of color. It’s like giving just a little tease before you go all out in hot pants and lace up sandals.

For a fun girl’s night out, me and my girl Tina went with subtle hints of summer just so ya know it’s coming! It’s also the perfect time to splurge on pieces that will carry you throughout summer. You may also be able to catch a few pre-season sales.

Find ways to hint at the upcoming season before the weather officially changes. Cold shoulder tops and off the shoulder tops are the perfect prelude to summer. Pair the right shoes and accessories, and you have a great pre-summer look.

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30 Life Lessons

Holy moly, guys. This girl is the big 3-0!!!

Today I celebrate 30 years of life, lessons, and love. To all of my friends, family, and blog supporters, THANK YOU! 

With that being said, I’d like the share 30 things I’ve learned over the past 30 years that have helped me become the person I am today. I look forward to what this year will bring, and I’m eager to start learning even more life lessons in this new chapter of life!

  1. God has His own plan for you
  2. Don’t drink and drive
  3. Your pet is your true best friend, also, get a pet
  4. You can’t trust everyone
  5. It’s OK to skip class or play hooky from work a few times
  6. It’s inevitable, you’re going to screw up at some point
  7. Constantly update your resume
  8. Network
  9. Be nice to people
  10. You can’t fix everything, but for damn sure try
  11. Save money – hide cash from yourself. It could come in handy in emergencies.
  12. Workout and eat right. The older you get, the harder it gets to drop pounds.
  13. Travel and travel often
  14. Don’t settle
  15. It’s OK to walk away from relationships and negative situations
  16. Boys suck, and girls do too
  17. Find a hobby
  18. Limit yourself to 1 credit card
  19. Live on your own. Roommates are cool, but there comes a time when you need to experience everything on your own.
  20. Learn the difference between claiming 1 and 0 on your tax forms. That’s the kind of stuff they don’t teach you in school!
  21. Keep your legs closed and don’t chase guys
  22. Spend time with your grandparents
  23. Pray
  24. Lunchables, snack packs, and cereal for dinner is totally cool
  25. Try new things – food included
  26. Set goals
  27. Keep a journal
  28. Make sure you’re giving yourself some alone time
  29. Take your vitamins
  30. Unicorns are real

Cheers to 30!

Outfit details:

Crop top – Nordstrom

Disco pants – H&M South Africa (sale rack!)

Lip – Beso by Stila

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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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