My Favorite Amazon Purchases

I bought a lot of stuff this year from amazon and wanted to share my favorites with you. I'm probably the only person out here without prime but I feel I get my orders within a week of ordering and free shipping, I just have to make sure my order is at least $25. Here's a list of my favorite amazon finds I ordered in the first half of 2021. Amazon has become one of my favorite places to shop during the pandemic.  

Finding Your Personal Style

When you know your personal style you're going to have a nice cohesive wardrobe and you will save money because you won't buy things you don't like. It will also save you time figuring out what to wear and give you a sense of self-confidence. You get stuck in a cycle of shopping because you feel you have nothing to wear because you're not refining your style, instead just adding to it. Personal style is important because style is a way for you to communicate to the world who you are. It's not superficial, it's about feeling great and comfortable with who you really are and being the best version of yourself. You feel powerful when you wear your favorite items. I am aware that on some level there is a frivolity to it but on the other hand its such a vital and important role in your life. When you look good, then that translates to feeling good. It is one of those things that I think we think is frivolous but at the end of the day how you feel is incredibly important to your day. 

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

I came up with 6 key pieces for summer that are a mix of new items and older pieces that will form the basis of my summer capsule wardrobe. Now that I'm tiptoeing into post lockdown life, and will be going out more, these are the items I'm most excited to wear. If you have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear and struggle to get dressed day to day, then it's time to edit your closet down to essentials. If you pinpoint the articles of clothing you wear the most and the pieces that make you feel your best, then you can remix them regularly. You don't have to have a minimal wardrobe but think of a seasonal capsule wardrobe as paring down what's in your closet. Nothing is more uncomfortable than being out and about and not feeling your best in clothes. We forget about what's in our closet and what we used to love. I think it's important to declutter your closet then create a seasonal capsule of items to wear. 

10 Best Colognes for Men

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Consider this your Father's Day Gift Guide - Fragrance Edition. I divided this list up by season. In the winter time is when he will wear his powerhouse fragrances that smell woody, smoky and spicy. But in the heat of the summer, he's going to want to wear a lighter citrus or aquatic scent.  Wearing a fragrance in the wrong season could have disappointing performance as some perfumes work better with certain temperatures. Winter make perfumes softer so that's when you can wear bold scents.  It's good to have a broad range of fragrances for different occasions just like you have different types of outfits for casual, sexy and professional occasions.  All of these sophisticated fragrances will definitely boost the swag of your man. Having a signature scent helps one to feel more put together, it's the whole package and has a big impact on one's overall look and style.

Choosing Neutral Basics

We often overlook how important basic pieces are in our closet and what an integral role they play. Basics are the foundation of your wardrobe. You'll need basic tees to pair with all your colorful pieces yet people neglect having quality basics.  Your basics will stay for awhile so I do think it's important to invest a little bit more money in your basics so you really have those pieces that you will love to wear and are excited to wear; and the fit is impeccable and the quality is wonderful. I have been slowly changing the color palette of my wardrobe and acquiring some soft neutral colors like muted brown. Neutrals are timeless. A good white tee is a must have in your wardrobe. I like a high neckline with cap sleeves. Find a style that flatters you.  I can't stress how important this is for your overall wardrobe.

Summer Handbags - Designer Dupes

Wearing the wrong handbag with your summery outfit can ruin your look and be a big fashion mistake. So retire your big heavy black bags for the summer, they don't go with your light summery dress. White bags are on trend and are going hard this summer. Chains are also a big trend on bags so you will see a lot of that. Here is a list of 10 designer dupes for under $70. 

Spring Cleaning

Even though I have worked from home for a year now, being home more did not equate to a more organized home. I think because I only had a few visitors and those were close people I didn't feel the need to have a perfect looking home for. This Spring I'm feeling more energized to do some home projects. At the beginning of quarantine I rearranged my living room furniture so I could do zoom zumba classes 3x a week and then my dining table became my office. I really want to tidy up those spaces. My biggest project that I've put off for years is reorganizing my closet. I'm starting with reducing the amount of clothes I own. 

My Favorite Bras

The search is over, I found the most comfortable wireless bras! Choosing the right bra is an area that a lot of women tend to go wrong. I'm a C cup and have always worn a bra 24/7. I sleep in it and don't feel it. Unlike a pair of socks which I always am distracted by the elastic cutting in tight over my ankle. For me it would feel weird to not to wear a bra at home. I read that most women are wearing the wrong size bra; and that's why they feel uncomfortable to you. You're probably still wearing the same band size you were in high school. I highly recommend getting professionally bra fitted at Nordstrom or a Soma boutique. They are specially trained to do this. 

5 Best T-Shirts for Women

Tees are a wardrobe staple that in theory should be the easiest fashion item to buy. Yet, it can be difficult to find that one tee that is flattering on you that you want to buy in every color. I wanted to share some of my favorite tees I've been wearing this year as I work from home. Then I also wanted share some more tailored stylish tees that look effortless. If you're looking to refresh your tee wardrobe this summer, I got you covered. Below are my perfect tees that look stylish and are organized by style. 

Mother's Day Perfume Gift Ideas

By now you guys know how much I love talking about fragrances. My mom is the most important person to me, she's my best friend, my biggest admirer and supporter. She's amazing but she's not into perfumes so I love gifting her fragrances that I think would be right for her. These are fragrances that remind me of mothers in the sense that I picture them on a woman that's nurturing, that makes you feel safe and gives you that certain feeling.  Mother's Day is the perfect occasion to give perfume as gifts as the world of perfume is hard to navigate and to know what's good and what's bad. These are my recommendations of very popular fragrances that are super feminine, elevated, sophisticated and worth your money. I think these 9 fragrances are perfect gifts for Mother's Day and something my mother would wear. My heart goes out to those of you who no longer have a mother. 

Shoe Trends for Spring/Summer

This is a continuation of my last post How to Look Expensive on a Budget. The two places you should invest in are your shoes and bags.  A great pair of shoes make an outfit. I heard someone say that she makes shoe contact before she makes eye contact. So a nice pair of shoes goes a long way. Paired with a nice handbag no one is going to care what you’re wearing. Pointy shoes will make you look more high end. Somehow it elongates your body and makes you look taller and leaner.  It's very modern and on trend. Neutral colored shoes gives you the most elevated look.  Nudes and neutrals look fresh, think coffee and cream shades, hence why nude heels are on trend. Choose timeless styles for investment pieces in shoes as it will uplift your whole look. If you can, try to match your shoes with your bag.

How to Look Expensive on a Budget

DC is starting to feel like spring and I’m vaxxed up and ready to hang outside with my other vaccinated friends. Which means I have to retire the loungewear I've been wearing at home and start thinking about what I want to wear to hang with friends. I want to look polished, put together and feel my best. You don't have to have a lot of money to do that. Make use of what you already have in your closet, take inventory, see what still fits and looks flattering. Then put together a few outfits following the rules I'm going to lay out here with eight tips. This will be a two part blog post. 

What Fragrances to buy from the Sephora Sale

Sephora Spring Savings Event starts Friday for Rouge members and April 13th for VIB members.  I absolutely love fragrances and my love for fragrances is growing more and more each day. I'm a fan of switching up your fragrance wardrobe depending on the season. I really enjoy wearing fresh florals during the springtime. Come summer, I wear scents that are lighter and fresher to feel clean on a really hot day. Also keep in mind that a lot of scents will burn off fast because your body heat is making them burn so quickly. 

My fragrance wishlist is never going to end. Once you're in this fragrance game, you're in it for life as you're never really done. There's no exit plan or strategy to get out of this! And it's an expensive hobby.  I'm definitely a fan of buying the smallest size a perfume comes in as I feel I will never get through a whole perfume bottle and it's good to sample before committing to a full size bottle. Above is pictured some of my larger samples. I think people who smell good are automatically more attractive. Have you thought about what fragrance you're going to wear when we come out of lockdown?  If you looking for some new fragrances that leave a stunning scent trail and turn heads, here are my recommendations on what to pick up while it's discounted.

 "The way you smell can make as much as an impression as the way you look." - Tom Ford

How to Make Your Perfume Last Longer

Perfumes make me smile, they make me happy and brighten up my day when I smell them. I feel you're not fully dressed without perfume. Do you have a favorite perfume but can't smell it a couple hours later? Well I got you covered! Most of my perfumes are from niche brands (not from fashion houses) because I don't want to smell like everybody else, but those also tend to be a bit pricier. So if I'm going to spend all that money on a perfume, I want everyone to smell me! And  I want to make sure when I go out for date night that my perfume projects. 

Aluminum-Free Deodorants

I switched to natural deodorant a year and a half ago and it seems more and more people are making the switch. If you've been thinking more about what you put into your body, the pandemic is the best time to make the switch so you can detox at home. I want to share four new brands I've discovered as there are so many new brands on the market. 

Fragrance Wardrobe: What Perfumes I Wear

Perfume can be the finishing touch that pulls your look together and gives you confidence just from the scent you are wearing. But finding the right scent for you is like finding your dream partner. Perfume shopping can be a bit overwhelming, trying on so many scents and none fitting right. The possibilities are endless with what type of perfume you can wear which is why I could never commit to one signature scent to wear daily. I only lightly dabbled in perfume before the pandemic, but now I really got into it!  I've been enjoying wearing perfume everyday to work from home. It's fun picking out what fragrance I'm in the mood for that day, it makes me free great regardless if I'm not leaving my home. 

Blue Apron Review

This review is for the vegetarian offerings of Blue Apron and I will say it's my 2nd favorite delivery meal kit option after Purple Carrot. Blue Apron has a fancy grilled cheese sandwich once a month which is the main reason I keep the box. I don't buy bread because I wouldn't be responsible with it and eat it way too fast. lol So it's very rare I eat a grilled cheese sandwich. Blue Apron's grilled cheese are always made with some kind of white cheese and then another ingredient inside the sandwich  (like mango chutney, mushrooms or caramelized onion) and served with a side salad of lettuce (something else I never buy). Normally I would still be hungry after a grilled cheese so having that side salad is perfect.