Tuesday, August 14, 2018

White Ruffled Cami Dress

Dress | Belt (vintage; similar style here) | Shoes (similar style here & here) | Bag (under $40!) | Bracelets (from Africa; similar style here) | Earrings | Sunglasses 

Labor Day is just around the corner, which means that summer is officially coming to an end, school is about to start, and fall is in the air (unless you live in Texas). It's also that time of year when we're told we have to pack up our white clothes, but I know I'll be wearing this dress on repeat for months to come.

They say that rules are made to be broken, and I am a firm believer that the age old rule of "no white after Labor Day" is one we should definitely throw out the window. When you live in a climate that's warm basically year round, it just seems like a natural go-to!

After a lifetime of being told that white's a fashion "no, no," I actually finally researched where the rule even came from. Here's what I found from an article in Reader's Digest:

"One popular theory dates back to the early 1900s. Many progressive changes were occurring for American women, like the election of the first woman to Congress and the passing of the 19th amendment. Despite these advances, social acceptance for wealthy women was based very much on what you wore—and when you wore it. If you were “on-trend,” you only wore white during the warmer months, since you could probably afford to wear leisurely lightweight clothing—and afford to buy new clothes if you sweat through them. By the 1950s, women’s magazines started making this “no white after Labor Day” ordinance a little more public, basically making the proclamation official. Wearing white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day now signified being part of some kind of wealthy club.

Another theory? White is harder to keep clean in the fall and winter. (Fortunately, nowadays we know a little more about how to keep our white clothing as white as possible.) This theory stems from the fact that most fashion designers resided in the north, specifically New York City, where all four seasons affect wardrobe choices. And since designers reigned in the fashion world, what they said went (even if you lived in a hot climate year-round, apparently)."

Now that we know, will you still be wearing white after Labor Day?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Pretty Pink Blazer + Ted Baker Purse Giveaway

Blazer | Shirt | Jeans | Shoes (similar style here) | NecklaceCuff | Pearl Cuff | Earrings | Belt (dupe alert!! Only $29.99)   

Hello, my friends! I have some great content coming your way this month that I'm really excited about! 

To get things started, I've teamed up with my friends at Shop Julep to give one lucky reader/follower the chance to win this cute Ted Baker bag (value $242). Entering is super easy, all you have to do is head over to Instagram and look for the photo I posted below - there you'll find all the details. The winner will be announced tomorrow evening!

This pink blazer and striped shirt were the only two things that I purchased (and kept) from the Nordstrom Sale. I wanted to wait to post this look until the sale was over, because I knew they'd finally be back in stock. 

I've talked about it before, but I love how blazers can dress up any outfit, and instantly add the perfect amount of business chic. This J.Crew blazer comes in four colors and is under $200. I'm wearing a size 0 for a more fitted look, but if you wanted something to be a bit more relaxed, I would size up. Also, my shirt is only $25, comes in 12 colors, and is so comfortable - I plan on ordering more! Be sure to size down, it runs large!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Create & Cultivate Style Summit Recap

I am so excited to share these photos with you from the Create & Cultivate Style Summit last month. 

When C&C reached out to me about speaking on one of the panels for the event, I immediately said yes! I'm a huge fan of the brand, and love how they continue to pioneer the discussion of how to be a successful, modern woman in the working world.

My panel was called,"Buttoned Up - the In's and Out's of Navigating the Blogging World." I spoke with four other fashion & lifestyle bloggers (pictured above), and although we're all so uniquely different, our shared knowledge of this business and blogging had resounding similarities. Here are some of my major takeaways: 

Know you're strengths, and acknowledge your weaknesses. If there is something you're not good at, don't be afraid to outsource - i.e., finance, contracts, etc.  

Always over deliver. For example: if you're working with a brand on a paid collaboration, and the contact requires you to post one photo, post two...or three!  If you give them more than they ask for, chances are, they'll come back to you again for another partnership. Tip: if you go above and beyond the first time, it gives you the opportunity to increase your fees the next time around.

Be true to yourself. Although we all love a beautiful picture (hello, Instagram), your followers and readers are looking for authenticity. It may be easy to jump on the bandwagon of the 'it bag,' or sale of the season, but if it doesn't align with you and/or your brand, don't try to be something you're not. 

Know your worth. No one would ask anyone else to come into work for free, so don't feel bad sending your media kit to brand's when they ask to work with you, and tell them that you  require compensation.

Stay organized, and work ahead whenever possible. We all know life happens (trust me!), but if you have deadlines to make, or collaborations you're working on, it is important to stay on top of your work. 

Learn that saying no is ok. With brands approaching bloggers left and right, it is important to know what's the right fit for you. I feel like this also applies to everyday life, as well. We're programmed to never want to let people down, so we say yes to everything, even when we don't want to. Once I learned to say no, I became so much less stressed and much happier. 

Share the wealth. I can speak to this firsthand; I would not have started my styling business, or my blog, if I hadn't had so many wonderful people in my corner. Not only did my friends want me to succeed, but they were also willing to share all the insight they had, and introduce me to their contacts.  If you know someone just starting out as a blogger, offer your help - we all got started somewhere. 

A big thank you to Create & Cultivate again for having me! It was so wonderful to meet so many great women - I can't wait for next year:) 

To see everything else you may have missed from the event, be sure to check out their recap blog post here

Photos by Breanna McKendrick


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