06 October 2015

DD's Style File - Fall Brights

As much as it's a sign of things to come - i.e., bone chilling winter, I do have a fondness for fall. I enjoy being able to see the leaves on the trees change hues and they way it lights up the skyline. It's just that all the trouble starts once they begin to lose their foliage.

Fall is definitely synonymous with deeper richer hues, like currants, hunter greens, chocolates and golds. What it certainly doesn't mean in that you have to trade in your brights just because the temperatures cool down.

If you've come to know me at all, you know I love me some bright colors. So instead of trading in my summerish colors, I just go for richer jewel tones. Case in point, this saturated raspberry blazer paired against a deep teal dress made for a perfect seasonal appropriate pairing.

Dress: old (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Blazer: The Limited - sold out (similar)
Necklace: gift from my mom (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Kate Spade

I kept my base shade all within the similar family, my dress, earrings and necklace were all varying shades of turquoise/teal, but I aimed to have the darkest shade of that family take up the greatest amount of space.

Incidentally, I wore one of my fav lipsticks, Wet n' Wild Sugar Plum Fair, which was also happened to be complimentary to my color palette.

As we delve into the chillier whether, I plan to try some color pairings that are new to me, in order to fresh things up  a bit. Like trying more jewel pairings, some winter pastels, and maybe even a mixture of both!

I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

I'd love to hear some of your favorite colors to wear in fall (I know basic black is always a classic)!

02 October 2015

DD's Style File - Statement Lace

Ok, so I am going to keep it all the way real in this here post today...

First, I have abhorred lace (on me) for as long as I can remember.
It was my opinion that it looked old ladyish and made me look dated.

Well, I figure I must be turning into an old lady...

And it was this very dress that changed it all!
Ain't a thang old about this right here!

I literally passed this dress over on the rack several times, insisting that it just was not "my style." Until I ultimately ran out of options and saw that it was one of the only remaining dresses left in my size, so I tried it just for giggles (since the color was all pretty and whatnot).

Imagine my immediate surprise when I stepped into the mirror and LOVED it. Like getting compliments from strangers, despite your polka dot ankle socks, had me wanting to strut out of the store wearing it kinda love.
Dress: c/o David's Bridal (similarsimilarsimilar)
Clutch: The Limited - old (other options here and here)

Shoes: INC for Macy's
I got the dress back in the spring and finally had a chance to wear it to a wedding this past weekend. Which because of my newly acquired appendage, I almost changed my mind about going to. In the end, I put on my Cinderella shoe and obviously went. I saw some old friends, did some chair dancing and had a nice time. 

Now, as I mentioned in the post opening....I'm keeping it extra real today. So, with that....below is a shot of what my blogging shoots are really looking like these days:

Yes, divas, me and the Frankenfoot are not only keeping it fierce at social functions, but I'm pushing forward capturing blog photos for all you lovelies!

And I'd say today's post definitely could teach all of us (myself included) a little something:

Lesson #1: Don't pass over something until you give it a try. You might actually surprise yourself.

When doing personal style outings, I would always say to my clients - just try it first - but it wasn't something that I necessarily adhered to for myself.  Because I felt I already had a firm grasp on what worked for me. Yet since wearing this dress, I'm expanding my fashion horizons, and I actually purchased two lace tops that I plan to wear soon.  

Lesson #2: Don't let a bump in the road ruin the entire road trip.

Ok, so I totally just made that up. What I mean that to say don't let something unexpected (like a fugly orthopedic boot) ruin the big picture. After getting this boot, I felt like social plans were put on hold, mostly because I felt clunky and clumsy (98.9% of the time, I have a sneaker on my good foot). Even though turning into a hermit felt really tempting, I just decided to make different plans instead. So, sure, I didn't get to wear the birthday dress I picked out, but I still put on something that made me feel good and had some very nice dinner outings with friends and family.

In short, if the road gets a little bumpy, just try an alternate route.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! Will anybody be bringing out those fall wardrobe pieces??  

25 September 2015

Let's Get Fancy! - SUPER EASY DIY Pom Pom Shoe Clips

Poms poms are showing up all over the place! Topping off hats, furry details on key chains, and adding frou frou to handbags! And they're even showing up on shoes!

Credit : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
Poms on shoes add an unconventional element and bring a little bit of something extra special to an outfit! Adding a poufy punch to everything from ballet flats to red bottoms, in a variety of colors, sizes and fabrics. There are a several retailers out there where you can find clips like these made from luxe materials for $50 a pair or more. 

Today's DIY will give you the chance to save yourself some cash (for that new pair of shoes) and still have some fashion fun!

What you'll need:

-  A segment of felt - just enough to cut two quarter sized rounds from
-  Scissors
-  Glue gun
-  Shoe clips (I got mine from etsy)
-  A pair of pompoms (I ordered mine from JoAnn Fabrics, no fancy fur, they're just acrylic)

Find the size pom that's right for you. For my first set, I decided to go big (and bright) or go home! So feel free to pick the size and shade that best represents your style.

1. Simply cut out your quarter sized round from the felt (I eyeballed mine).

2. Attach your clip with the hot glue to the center of the felt. Press it firmly to make sure it adheres, but be careful as the metal will be hot. Allow a few moments to cool.

3. Then apply a generous amount of glue to the other side of the felt and press it to the bottom of the pom. Mine had a flattish surface on the bottom. I left my clip open as it cooled (see image 3 above) so that the glue wouldn't seep through and make it stick together.

Once cooled, you can close the clip and complete your other pompom.

And in literally less than 15 minutes you've got a new pair of clips to sass up any pair of shoe you want!

Hey, why go for just bows on your toes, when poms are the bomb?!
Leopard Flats: H&M - sold out
similar, similar, similar, similar

Have a wonderful weekend!

21 September 2015


Yes, yes, y'all!! It's a Diva's birthday today!! Ayyyyeeeee!!!

Despite the tumultuous last six weeks, I am ever grateful and maintaining my positivity. I feel blessed and so appreciative that I am here to see another year!

I am typically a Monday curmudgeon, but I ain't even mad because today is MY Monday!

So, me and this boot are going to beaming sunshine and rainbows and embracing the little joys, like my free Starbucks goodie and Sephora birthday lippies, until my head hits the pillow this evening!

It's still Virgo Season, people! Be sure to find a Virgo diva and give her some love!

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me! Haaaaaapppyyyyyy biiiiiirrrtthhhhdaaaaayyyy!!!