Hope everyone had a great week. The week started off stressful due to one of my projects picking up at work. However it ended better than it started. I plan to take it easy this weekend. Starting off I’m posting a pic of what I wore on Friday.
Sweater: Macy’s old similar here ; Jeans: JCPenney old similar here; Boots: Naturalizer old similar here; Belt: Target old similar here
During the winter, at times it can be hard to style outfits that are both effortless and chic without compromising warmth or style. However, this outfit makes it easy to look stylish, while also providing warmth for colder weather months. Everything within the outfit is both practical and fashionable at the same time. The colors also add some brightness to to a winter look with the bright sweater and lighter neutral hues of the skirt, boots, and accessories.
One of the aspects of the outfit that makes it effortlessly chic is the sweater. Not only is it stylish with the cross cross fitted shape, but it also came with the necklace attached to it. This takes the guesswork out of accessorizing the outfit, making it easy to pair it with matching gold jewelry. The color is radiant and can be an instant mood booster on a gloomy and cold day.
The neutral skirt and accessories pair well with the bright sweater and work to create a cohesively light look. The pencil skirt goes well with the form fitting silhouette of the sweater and the over the knee boots keep the parts of the leg warm not covered by the skirt. The purse pulls all the colors together being that it’s beige and gold. To top the outfit off, I paired it with a beige coat that looks great either fastened or worn over the shoulders. When wearing dresses or skirts during the winter I like to wear coats that cover my knees and let boots provide warmth to rest of my legs.
Paired altogether it is a chic and effortless outfit that takes no time to style, but looks like one that is well thought out and coordinated.
Frigid cold temperatures had a grip where I live for quite a while and the low temps and high wind chills had me turning to products that would keep my skin hydrated. This is the time of year where I’m ready for it to be spring, but I know that in order for my skin to look its best when warmer temps arrive, it’s important to care for it properly while it’s cold outside. Consequently, I incorporate some products that give my skin the extra boost of hydration it needs to prevent from getting dry.
Bath and Body Works Zen Garden Body Wash and Body Cream: Not only do these products smell divine and refreshing, but they are also very creamy and concentrated, giving skin the moisture it needs before and after a bath or shower. The body wash leaves my skin and towel feeling very smooth after each use and the body cream is thick but easy to apply. I would highly recommend using body wash and body cream during the colder weather months due to their thickness in moisture and ability to keep the skin moist more so than shower gel or lotion.
Botanica Naturale Lavendar and Mint Foot and Hand Balm: When I first recieved this balm I looked at the small container and thought that there’s no way this is going to last me for a while. However, 2 months later and after using it almost daily, half the container is still left. This balm smells soothing and relaxing thanks to the lavender and mint combo. It also does a great job of moisturing my hands, which tend to get very dry especially during the winter months. It absorbs in the skin quickly and leaves it lightly scented.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter is a classic skincare product used by many to minimize dry areas of the skin, as well as to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. I use it on my face at night on areas that tend to get dry during the winter. Since it is butter, it’s very dense so a little goes a long way. For those with sensitive skin who might be worried about it clogging pores, that has not been my experience as I don’t overdo it when applying it. When I wake up and throughout my day, I don’t see any dry areas on my face.
Neutrogena Skin Balancing Milky Cleanser: I was leary about this product when I first purchased it, as the back of container states that it can be used on damp or dry skin. My thought was if you can use it on dry skin just how effective is it going to be. However, after using this product for about a month I’m happy with the results. It is lightly scented and glides on like a body wash. There is no lather, however like the name states it has a milky consistency. This particular line of Neutrogena products comes in 3 types and the one I use is for dry and sensitive skin. After washing my face with it every morning, I’m left with moist and supple skin.
Given the pandemic, many people have made the switch from going to the office everyday to working from home everyday or some days out the week. When working from home, many want to be comfortable and video chat ready at the same time. Even if you don’t have to show your face during meetings, it’s still important to set the tone for your day through looking the part for the job you’re performing.
With temperatures being quite chilly, it’s important to find attire that will keep you warm and comfortable and that looks professional. I find that cardigans are the perfect cross between warm and professional attire that are also comfortable enough to be worn while working from home. To brighten the outfit, I pair the gray cardigan with a yellow camisole and yellow jewelry. My bottoms are leggings that are comfortable and can be worn with many work from home looks.
Work from home wear should be effortless and motivating at the same time and this look achieves both with its functional and comfortable pieces.
Classy, stylish, and classic are words I would use to describe houndstooth print. When put on a suit, it takes it to another level. Houndstooth print is fun and can be worn with a variety of colors to give a pop. I decided to style my suit with classic black to bring out the black in the print, but it would also look good with pops of brighter colored accessories like red or pink.
Back when I was going to the office I typically didn’t wear suits, but recently started to grow to embrace them. Hence, they have been a worthwhile investment in my wardrobe. This suit is perfect for the winter chill we’ve been experiencing where I live, as its made a thicker material and can be layered with a mock neck or turtleneck top of sweater like shown. The wide leg makes it suitable for wearing with boots during the fall or winter but could also be worn with heels. This suit makes it easy to make a powerful statement when entering or calling into a meeting at work or communing at church.
One of the things I like most about this suit is that it can also be worn as separates. The blazer can be worn casually with a pair of jeans or dressed with a solid pair of slacks or a skirt. The pants would pair well with a sweater, blouse, or vest.
Suits can be fun and versatile and this houndstooth print suit makes it easy to style one with its black and white palette and stylish blazer and pants separates.
Happy New Year! With it being a new year and fresh start, what a better way to start it off than with a fresh new style perspective. For many this time of year, the tendency is to wear darker colors and let the snow glisten in its white splendor. However, winter white can be a great color to warm up a winter wardrobe as it adds a pop of brightness to a time of year that can otherwise be dark and gloomy.
I’m a big fan of a white and black outfit color combo as both colors offset and enhance each other. The black organza sleeve blouse creates the perfect backdrop for the three strand pearl necklace. The winter white slacks pair nicely with the blouse while the pearl and gold encrusted black belt and the black handbag with the gold buckle coordinate well and finish off the overall look.
This outfit combines color classics by mixing trendy pieces such as the organza sleeve blouse with classic pieces like the slacks creating a timeless and contemporary look. From looking jazzy at work to sophisticated at church this outfit does it all.
With it being after Christmas, now is the best time to stock up on Christmas apparel for next year. Speaking in terms of Christmas apparel, the ugly Christmas sweater has gained in popularity over the years as many people have ugly sweater Christmas contests and parties. Personally, I’m not a fan of ugly Christmas sweaters or anything ugly for that matter. For those who prefer not to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, a cute Christmas top is a great alternative.
The Christmas top I’m wearing perfectly describes one of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season and beyond, shopping! The many colors of the gifts in the top make it great for pairing with a variety of colorful accessories. I pair it with a red purse and snowflake earrings and a bracelet. Since it’s a top it’s on the thinner side and can be paired with a cardigan to keep me warm. I finish the look with gray fleece lined leggings that have subtle winter print on them. The look can go from shopping for Christmas gifts to mingling at a Christmas party.
This outfit is a great alternative for those who want to be merry and festive for Christmas while keeping their look cute and stylish.
Next to summer, the Christmas season is my favorite time of year. I can’t believe it’s only a week away. This year has flown by despite all that has happened in it. Christmas for many this year will look quite different than it has in the past.
For Christmas occasions where I want to look festive and nice but don’t want to overdo it, a nice sweater, booties, and fitted slim fit pants are perfect. The green glittery sweater is Christmas chic and the black fitted pants can be dressed up or down and are comfortable. Since they stretchy, they’re appropriate for all of the eating and indulging many tend to partake in on Christmas Day. This outfit is perfect for any Christmas occasion from a virtual call with loved ones to Christmas service.
Overall, this Christmas outfit is the perfect combination of chic and comfy to welcome the Christmas season in style.
While the calendar doesn’t quite say that winter has officially started, the weather in my neck of the woods says otherwise. Things like snowflakes, hot chocolate, cute boots, and winter coats can conjure up beautiful images of winter. However winter doesn’t always make for beautiful skin. Personally, my skin tends to get very dry during the winter and I find it especially important during cold weather months to moisturize my skin to give it a glow and soft feel.
Featured above are products I recently discovered that have proven to be effective at giving skin the extra moisture and TLC it needs to sparkle and glow like freshly fallen snow. Neutrogena’s Soothing Clear Turmeric Mousse Cleaner is a face wash that goes on light and has a refreshing feel and scent to it. I noticed after a couple weeks of using it that it is very effective at gently cleansing skin without drying it out. It also leaves a tingling sensation which makes skin feel clean. When rinsing off the face wash I use the makeup towel which is great at absorbing all cleanser and soap off my face. This towel is super absorbent and does a great job of soaking up water. I find myself having to rinse my face off less when I use this towel versus a typical terry cloth towel.
After washing my face I use the rose quartz roller every morning and at night in order to help my face absorb the products I apply when washing and moisturizing it. The rose quartz stone is very cool to the touch and gives my skin the cooling sensation it needs to wake it up in the morning and smooth it at night. The rose quartz is said to improve the skin’s smoothness, reduce inflammation, and slow signs of aging. When rolled on the neck it is said to clean the lymphatic passages. The detached round head is used under the eyes to reduce under eye puffiness. I noticed when I used the roller that I had less breakouts and it made my skin feel smoother. It also feels like a massage to my face and neck so it’s definitely a keeper.
While the weather outside may getting frightful, your skin can be smooth and delightful throughout winter with the right products and care.
I’m really liking the blazer dress trend that has gained in popularity these past few years. They look professional and polished for work and can also be worn for a night out. The blazer dress can also easily take the place of suit for an important business function. You can walk into any meeting and instantly the blazer dress makes its wearer look like a true girl boss. The versatility of this dress makes it easy to integrate into any wardrobe.
I enhance the look of my blazer dress with accessories that top off the polished look of the dress. I pair it with a jewel encrusted belt to add a bit of flair to the outfit. I’m also rocking a pair of PVC flats. I personally love flats and prefer them over heels as they are super versatile and comfortable. The transparent PVC gives these flats an edgy, yet feminine look that pulls the entire outfit together. I also accessorize with a patent leather tote, adding to the girl boss look of this outfit. For a night out it could be worn with a clutch or a wristlet. The silver jewelry gives the outfit a pop of color that blends well with the overall color palette of the outfit.
This outfit personifies the attitude of a girl boss with its authoritarian and feminine look while managing to easily go from day to night something that any girl boss does with great ease.