I'm so excited to share another look from Tobi with you guys today! First of all, thank you SO much for the positive feedback from last week's sequined dress post. Your comments were very sweet, and made my day (many were on Insta, btw).
This week, I'm sharing my second collab with Tobi in this "Sweet Intentions Sheath Dress". When I was picking out clothes to receive from the company, I fell in love with this dress pretty quickly. The color is gorgeous, and I'm obsessed with the deep v-neck. It's cute, right?
Anyways, what I wanted to focus on with this style is mastering the dressy casual look. When I first saw the dress, I assumed that the look I'd create would be anything but casual. Funny enough though, I couldn't resist grabbing a jean jacket and white sneakers. I love contrast.
Actually, I love the unexpected (at least when it comes to fashion!). It's fun to surprise people with how you style an item, and it helps you to develop your own unique and signature look. Mixing dressy and casual pieces is one of my favorite ways to create a contrasting, unexpected look, so I thought I'd give a few tips on how to totally rock it:
1. Bring in multiple dressy/casual elements
One of the most important parts of creating an authentic dressy casual look is bringing in elements of both styles. For example, I didn't style a formal look and simply throw a jean jacket on top! Instead, I took dressy elements, such as the dress and jewelry, and paired it with multiple casual pieces such as the jean jacket and white sneakers. Balance is key!
2. Play with texture
Textures can be a lot of fun to play with when you're styling a look. I opted for a jean jacket with this dress, but there's so many different directions you could go in. For example, if I were wearing a more casual dress, I definitely would have pulled in a leather jacket to spice it up. Don't be afraid to try on lots of different accessories until you find just the right fit. I almost never leave the house in the first outfit I try on!
3. Mind Your Hair and Makeup
Don't forget that your hair and makeup can play a big role in how dressy/casual a look is. Curls generally tend to look dressier (unless they're big and beachy), and straightened hair can sometimes help make a look more casual. Your makeup is also an important component in balancing dressy v. casual, so pick lighter colors if you're keeping if fun and playful and darker colors if you need another dressy element to the look!
"Care what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner." - Lao Tzu
If I could tell all women everywhere just one thing, it would be this:
F*ck what other people think of you.
I wrote a Motivational Monday post a few weeks ago on why fear is SO boring, but I never really got down to the nitty gritty on what I think scares people the most.
It's funny, because there are so many things to worry about in life, and yet almost all of us subconsciously choose to stress over what other people have to think/say about us.
As the saying goes, worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. I feel the same way about fear, which remains at the top of my shit list indefinitely. After all, there's really nothing remarkable about fear. No excitement, and certainly no enjoyment.
And did I mention that it's f*cking boring?
In lieu of a typical #MotivationalMonday edit this week, let's talk about something a bit different — something that just so happens to be most creative entrepreneurs' biggest frenemy.
Whaaaat? Isn't inspiration supposed to be my BFFL, you ask? Well, the funny thing about inspiration is that, when it's there for you, it's on freaking point. When it's not though? That's another story...
Wow, it feels like it's been literal ages since I've shared a post under the tag 'Motivational Monday'. This series was one of the first that I created on The Blonde Chiffon, yet somehow it gradually faded away. I'm still working on my New Year's resolutions (yes, I'm aware that January is almost over), but I know that one thing I want to do is to start writing more raw, inspirational content.
So, here's this series' revival. I figure, it's 2017. Why the hell not? There's certainly much crazier things going on in the world today. This series also gives me the chance to write more off the cuff, instead of my typical listicles & how-to posts.
Lately, I've been very into the color black. Shoes, jackets, sweaters, you name it. All black everything, except for a bit of gray here and there. Overall though, I'm really digging the neutral colors.
But what I don't love? Expensive, break the bank clothing. I read some popular fashion blogs and I'm always like, that's $50 for a t-shirt.
Thanks, but no thanks.
Christmas is here, and the holiday sweaters are out. Did you guys catch this sequined reindeer look last week? Yeah, I'm in love. Honestly though, I think I like this sparkly red sweater (another T.J. Maxx find) even better. And don't get me started on my latest phone case. No, it's not X-mas themed. However, it's sassy enough that it doesn't have to be. It's that amazing...
Gosh, I love the holidays. It is the most wonderful time of the year, right? *cue Andy Williams* Truly though, there's nothing like spreading a bit of love during the cold winter months, whether it's through the most lavish of gifts or even just a genuine smile. In fact, the next time I go to get my signature medium hot chocolate from Dunkin', I'm definitely treating the next person in line...I've always wanted to do that! It's the little things that make all of the difference during the holidays...
If you've read this post where I list 5 podcasts you need in your life, you know that I love Gretchen Rubin's show Happier. For those of you don't know, Gretchen is a happiness expert, and she's most widely recognized for her #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Happiness Project. In the book, Gretchen details her research on what exactly makes people happy and she recounts her year "trying to sing in the morning, clean [her] closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun."...