Fashion | Summer

8 Gorgeous Summer Purses That You Need Now

By on April 29, 2017

 

 

Summer is coming quicker than we realize and of course you need a summer purse for each occasion. Here in Charlotte, summer is here in full force, gotta love the south! I remember when I was studying fashion merchandising, and I just loved when we would get into the handbags topic! I just love how they pull your outfit together. Based on what I’ve learned in college and the research I’ve done on handbags I’ve made a list of the best purses for each mood or occasion you have!

 

1. The Beach Bag

This Lily Pulitzer bag is perfect for a beach day! It’s colorful and doesn’t look flimsy like some other beach bags. You can see the deets for this bag here!

 

2. The Crossbody Purse

 

 

The Cameron Street Clarise crossbody from Kate Spade is perfect for on the go! I have a Kate Spade crossbody myself, and it’s perfect for when I go to day events in Charlotte. This is perfect for an event where you can’t wear a huge bag because it would be too much.

 

3. The Fun Evening Clutch

When it’s summer and you go out on the rooftops of the bars, it is important to have a clutch that screams summer! I for one, love to wear a solid colored dress and really cute clutch with all the summer colors. Find this fun strawberry clutch at Far Fetch.

 

4. The Festival Purse

With Coachella starting festival season off to a great start, there are many more music festivals to come! When going to a festival, a cross-body is key, but it has to be whimsical and be extremely on trend.

 

5. The Mini Backpack

New Chi

This is perfect for the college girl who wants to mix fashion with school efficiently for her summer classes. This trendy mini backpack is definitely fit for the occasion. New Chic has a Β fun holographic one, for my ladies who love early 2000s trends.

 

6. The Weekender Bag

Who doesn’t love a fun weekend away! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a really cute bag to pack everything with so you look chic to the event, while unpacking, packing and leaving?! I personally love weekender bags because I have a slight obsession with really cute luggage. Find this cutie at Madden Girl.

 

7. Β The Whimsical Summer Purse

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This summer purse is for those times where you really want to be silly and wear something that takes you back to the good ol days! I love this Loewe purse, because you can wear it when your looking to turn heads!

 

8. The Statement Summer Purse

This is your go-to purse for when you’re wearing a fun print and need a purse to make a statement and have your outfits back πŸ˜‰ I’m know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t that Chloe purse like $1000 dollars?!!” Yes it is, but this is just for inspiration if you don’t want to spend that much! There are plenty of dupes out there that will be sure to complement your everyday outfits. The statement purse is the purse that you wear shopping, or out to brunch with your girls! Honestly any occasion wear it’s perfectly fine to wear a bigger purse is great for the statement purse.

Now you guys are ready to slay at ANY event! Let me know which one is your fav down below!

 

With love,

Alaya

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Fashion | Fashion By Season | Spring

6 Gorgeous Easter Dresses That Won’t Break The Bank

By on April 15, 2017

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved Easter Sunday, not only because of it’s deeper meaning, but because of the amazing fashion the day brings. Spring colors are in full force on Easter, however, not all of us want to spend hundreds of dollars on our outfit. My Easter dress is very simple with a few embroidered flowers! An Easter dress is an expression of your spring style! I’ve done the research for you and found 6 Easter dresses that won’t break the bank.

This is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

1. The Floral Maxi Dress

 

Find this beauty at Jessa Kae!

2. Floral Shift Dress

Dorothy Perkins knocked this one out the park!

3. Bright Lavender Dress

You can find this pleated dress here!

4. Trendy Cape Dress

Such a trendsetter dress! Find it here!

5. Flowy Solid Pastel Dress

Feeling ethereal? Make Easter a breeze here!

6. Statement Embroidered Dress

This dress is for my fashion forward ladies! You can see all the deets here!

I Want to See Your Easter Dresses!

Now you have your dress for Easter Sunday, and let the fashion show begin! I’d love to see any of you guy’s Easter Dresses! Comment below your dress, or some ideas! πŸ™‚

With Love,

Alaya

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Fashion | Fashion By Season | Spring

The 5 Best Shades for Spring 2017

By on April 5, 2017

Here in Charlotte, the warm weather is coming in full force! Which means the sun is shining longer each day, being a fashionista, that means wearing my favorite shades longer! Finding a great pair of sunnies that fit you perfectly can be hard without a little inspiration. I’ve done the research for you and found the most trendy shades of the season, you’re welcome πŸ˜‰

This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

1. The Girly Girl

These pink shades are for the girly girl who loves pink, but loves to make a statement as well. Lulu’s knocked this out of the park! Love these.

2. The Diva

I am such a fan of cat eye shades, I just feel like a diva with them on! My big sister in my sorority (ASA) used to wear them all the time, just to show she was a diva. Gotta love Adri! & Unique VintageΒ for creating these beauties.

3. The Flower Child

I for one always feel like I have a couple days out of the week, that I need to sport flowers. They make me feel feminine and free! This pair from Alice + Olivia may cost you a pretty penny, but you’ll be sure to stop traffic.

4. The Trendsetter

Double wire sunglasses are all the rave right now! I have a pair in rose gold that just make me feel so fashion forward. Free people sunnies are just the way to go, enough said.

5. The Basic Betty Shades

There is absolutely nothing wrong with rocking a classic pair of shades. I for one love my pair of classic shades, I can just throw them on whenever I’m looking for something simple. These circle sunglasses from H&M just slay.

I’m 100% positive you have some inspiration to go out and buy the sunglasses that fit you best! If any of you ladies have more trend reports for sunnies, I’d love to hear about them!

With love,

Alaya

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Fashion | Fashion By Season | Spring

How to Find the Perfect Spring Dress on a Budget

By on March 21, 2017

The first day of spring was yesterday and I’m so excited for this season! All the pastels and beautiful flowers blooming just make me feel refreshed! However, not all of us have the funds to have a shopping spree on spring dresses each year. Do not fret my fair ladies because I have cracked the code! I’ve found the cure to the low-budget, expensive taste blues! Now let’s get started…

1. Go on Pinterest for Some Spring Inspiration

Pinterest is my go to for finding inspiring looks and styles! Dedicate a few hours to finding your perfect dresses and researching which fit looks great on your body type. It’s so easy for us to love a dress on the model, and buy it and it looks COMPLETELY different on us. So disappointing. This first step is so important in buying dresses, you don’t want to go through the hassle of returns, save yourself some time and do some research.

2. Create a Budget That You Can Stick To

This is the time to genuinely be realistic about your money situation. Maybe you want 5 spring dresses, or you want to spend big on an expensive dress that you can wear many different ways. Just don’t buy a $50 dollar dress when you only have $60 in your account, you’re setting yourself up for failure. The general rule is 5% of your monthly income should go to clothing. A trick to sticking to your budget, is planning to spend more than you might actually spend. That way you are setting yourself up for success!

3. Do Your Research on Budget-Friendly Companies

Okay you’re almost there to your jaw-dropping spring dress that you didn’t have to break the bank for! You’d be surprised how many small companies have amazing prices that no one knows about! So go on Instagram and browse through companies, or look up local shops that you’ve never been to! See if you can find sales that benefit you, and use Groupon to increase your savings as well!

4. Look Over What You Already Have

It’s so easy to just take a glance at your closet and assume you have no spring dresses to wear. Make sure you look through everything and throw away, sell or donate things you don’t wear. You can even go to Plato’s Closet and sell what you don’t want, then you can get your new spring dress for even cheaper!

5. Shop Smart

Okay here comes the most fun part! Shopping! Can I get a woop woop?! LOL but seriously I love shopping. It gives me a joy that I can’t explain haha. If you are shopping online, make sure you double check for any coupons before making your final purchase. Also look over the size chart and make sure you’ll be able to fit into your new dress, and that it’s not too short or too long. Reading customer reviews can go a long way, and help you have the best chance of getting your gorgeous spring dress that fits well.

If shopping in store, you should most definitely bring a friend to help. I always find shopping at local stores are the most fun, and you can get the know the owner & creator of the clothes! They may even give you a special discount just for being you (hey, a girl can dream). Trying on dresses is so entertaining, especially when the cut is perfect and the colors complement you so well. Go to multiple stores before purchasing to make sure you don’t miss out on any dresses! Then go back to the stores that you really liked and buy your spring dress or dresses!

6. Strut Your Stuff in Your New Spring Dress

You can steal the show on Sunday brunch, and make him take a double take on a date! You can wear so many things with your dress, like a jean or leather jacket. Also, wedges, booties, and strappy shoes can complement it as well! A fresh bright face, curls or a parted afro can pull your look together beautifully!

I love shopping for spring, especially dresses because that’s what I think of when spring comes to mind. I’m sure you all are ready to begin the process of buying your next spring dress, and I’m glad I could help along the way. If you have any things that you do to save money while shopping, let me know below!

With Love,

Alaya

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Fashion | Winter

Show Stopping Fashion for the Winter Nightlife

By on January 29, 2017

Knee High Boots

Knee high boots are an integral staple of winter nightlife fashion, you can wear a short dress, or skirt and still keep your legs warm. Suede knee high boots that tie behind the knee are all the rave this winter! Leather knee high boots are also really fashionable, especially when they have a super high heel! Whether the boots be heels or flat, they are sure to be a show stopper at whatever bar, lounge or club you go to!

Jumpsuits

Wearing a long sleeve top and pants are very predictable for winter nightlife looks, how ever if you’re looking for a way to spice that up jumpsuits are a great idea! You can wear a great strappy shoe with it or some cute pumps. I love wearing booties with my all black jumpsuit, it makes it more grungy! In my opinion the best textile for a jumpsuit is knit, so that you can dress it up with a leather jacket or fur coat.

Leather Jackets

As I just mentioned in the jumpsuits, leather jackets can jazz up any outfit! I have leather jackets in brown, black and tan. Having many colors allows you to grunge up any outfit you feel needs it! The 90’s fashion is coming back full storm, and leather jackets are a great start to your 90’s fashion collection!

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Fur Coats

When I think of fur coats it reminds me of Joanne the scammer and her coat LOL! Fur coats go perfect with a form fitting outfit. A body con dress, or a jumpsuit, a fur coat provides warmth and still give your outfit a high fashion look. Faux fur coats are just a perfect addition to your nightlife fashion, I prefer the blush pink coat or a natural looking brown. Also earth toned fur coats are beautiful as well.

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Velvet

I am an AVID velvet lover! I just love the look and feel of it! Velvet is great for winter nightlife fashion because it is really stylish and keeps you warm too! When you go out, you don’t want to wear your regular coat, that’s not how you stand out! Velvet long sleeve dresses are so flattering, and if you wear a matte lip with it, it will let the focal point be the velvet. When putting together outfits I always choose a focal piece and let the rest of my outfit support that. Velvet is a 90’s staple item, and as you can tell I love the 90’s look! If you have a go-to winter nightlife outfit, comment it below! πŸ™‚

 

With Love,

Alaya

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Fashion | Winter

Winter Must Have: Earth Tone Scarves

By on January 4, 2017

Good ‘ol January, after new years there isn’t too much fun that comes after in this month. However, that doesn’t apply to us fashion forward people because we have fun dressing up each day! πŸ˜‰ In the winter you are constantly wearing a coat, gloves, and a scarf. A scarf is what people see first, so it needs to be perfect.

Earth tones give you a chance to wear a lip, eye, and hair color that pops! Earth tones also give your skin a rich, warm look. The colors include olive green, tan, clay gray, maroon, brown, mustard yellow, rust, plum & navy blue. I’m always pairing my cute coats with my chunky crochet taupe colored scarf. Then I complete the look with a deep red lip color.

I recommend a blanket scarf or an infinity type scarf, they are super fashion forward. They are also very warm, and make a statement. I love the chunky knit look, but I like linen scarves too just incase you bundled up too tight, it lets you breathe.

Also you can throw on a pair of cute earmuffs to really bring the winter look together! If I go the pattern route, this season I’m attracted to plaid. It is a classic pattern, but if you choose plaid make sure it’s the ONLY pattern you have on. I don’t like when my outfit looks all over the place, a good rule of thumb is to have a focal point in your ensembles. Most people don’t like winter because they feel they can’t show of their style completely. However, if you just find great winter pieces that you can mix and match everyday, you can show of your style & be warm! Now doesn’t that sound good?

Hottest Trending Scarf: The alpaca scarf!Β If you are a luxurious type of girl, (you better work it) alpaca scarves are all the rave right now! It is similar to wool just WAY softer, they also look neater than wool. It gives you the chunky knit style, with a luxury look and feel.

Now go out and get you earth tone scarf, throw on a corresponding lip color and strut your stuff like your mama taught you! Comment below if you have a favorite winter accessory!

 

With Love,

Alaya Scott

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