Springtime Happiness

Hey Loves! I know we are not really dressing up to go outside right now, but I wanted to keep the energy light with a few springtime outfits this week. I went through my closet (and some packages that I got recently) and decided to choose the outfits or items that made me feel happy. Spring is upon us, and it is definitely starting to feel like April. It’s always raining, but the wind has been borderline disrespectful. Even though we can’t spend a lot of time outside, there is no reason we can’t pretend.

The best way that I can describe spring fashion is happy. We are done with the dark colors from the winter. We shed our heavy coats, scarves, and gloves for denim jacket (shameless previous blog post plug), lighter fabrics, dresses, and bright colors. Spring is honestly my favorite fashion season, it’s my favorite season in general and not because my birthday is in spring. Spring is starting over and breathing new life into yourself and your wardrobe. I decided to show you guys how I do spring!

Crinkle jumpsuit in color “stone” paired with blue-grey caged sandals. I was told this outfit was a very wine festival, and now I’m ready for outside to open so that I can wear this. It’s perfect for spring, the favorite is loose and light. The color is muted but can be paired with almost any color shoe. Jumpsuits are perfect for spring, especially ones like this or in a spring-type print. The beauty in wearing a jumpsuit is that it is already a complete outfit.

Floral mini dress paired with fuchsia heeled sandals. Perfect spring pattern: a mix between stripes and floral print. Although the length of this dress is a tad bit short, the colors and sleeve length are perfect. This dress has been in my closet for many years now. Which brings me to my next spring tip, wear as many dresses as possible. Maxi/midi dresses are perfect for spring weather. Pair your pretty dresses with some equally gorgeous shoes and some pastel or earth tone jewelry for a stunning spring look.

Pink floral bodysuit with distressed mom jeans and fuchsia heeled sandals. Another excellent spring pattern. Honestly, I am in love with pinks and neutral colors this year. I have a lot of dark colors in my wardrobe, and I believe it is time for a different color palette. You guys have seen these jeans so many times, but they are a staple in my wardrobe for every season. Grab a floral top, your favorite jeans, and jazz it up with a colorful pair of shoes. You can transform items in your wardrobe to whatever season necessary; it’s all about how you wear it.

Before I let you guys go, I just want to say that we are all experiencing some sort of struggle right now. We have moments of weaknesses where our mind is in a state of unrest, or we can’t relax. Normal life has ceased as we know it, and it’s pretty terrifying. Stay strong loves and be prepared for so many changes after this is all over. We all have a duty to ourselves to make sure that we are staying positive in times of adversity. We will have to resume normalcy in a new way, and that is semi-exciting. Remember, I’m here for anyone who needs to talk. You are not alone. You would be surprised at how many people are going through similar things.

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Springtime Favorite: Denim Jackets

Loves, my ultimate and favorite outerwear to wear in the Spring, are denim jackets. You can dress them up, dress them down, throw one on over sweats to go run your errands (quickly). I have a whole closet section for denim jackets, I’ve just been dying to wear them! I’ll probably start wearing them to the living room, to be honest. Also, denim jackets do not have to be expensive to look stylish. You can thrift a great denim jacket and style it up or buy one from almost anywhere. I recently gave a denim jacket to one of my closest friends, and she decided to paint her logo onto it, which is extra dope. They aren’t just for women either, men look great in denim jackets! It’s all about how you wear it and expressing yourself.

The easiest and probably most common denim jacket look is; denim jacket, white-t-shirt, black pants, any color shoe. Literally, this is the most natural and most effortless way to style a denim jacket. Anybody can pull it off, and it requires items you probably already have in your closet. The hardest look to pull off, in my humblest of humble opinions, is a denim on denim look. If the colors of denim (SO MANY CHOICES) are off, then the whole look can be one for the books – in the wrong way. But I will say there is no wrong way to wear a denim jacket. You can literally do anything with it even and look great.

Before I get to how I wear my denim jackets, consider this your weekly quarantine check-in. I have been attempting to do everything I can to stay sane. It is quite tricky. It’s almost like living in a nightmare that continuously gets worst. Sometimes I struggle to turn those negative times into positives. I’m living in a lot of regrets at this moment. I am regretting not experiencing more life, not spending more time outside of my home, not being “young” and spontaneous. I had just started to coordinate monthly “frates” with a friend. I spent a lot of time talking myself out things, but it’s different when you don’t have the option to go out. I hope and pray that the day will come where we can all be outside again and have no worries about getting infected or anything else for that matter. I am discovering myself a lot during this time and have ordered a yoga mat to continue the love that I felt the first time I did yoga. I know we are all struggling, but try to find as many positives as you can. Reset your life and rediscover you and what makes you, YOU. If you are quarantined with a significant other, rediscover each other. If you are isolated with family, try to understand each other and communicate. If you are isolated with your kids, spend time with them. When “normal” life resumes, don’t forget these moments. They are important. On to the jackets!

Jacket One: Medium washed denim jacket paired with loose polka dot dress and color block sandals. This is an effortless look; I threw on the shoes for a bit of color and was utterly happy with this look. I usually don’t wear tight clothing, so I felt very comfortable in this dress. Once outside opens, I’ll be glad to wear this dress solo with a more flat pair of sandals.

Jacket Two: Bleach wash denim jacket paired with plaid mini-skirt, white graphic t-shirt, and black booties. I have had this since Black Friday, and I have been waiting to show you guys. When I saw where the jacket fell on my body, I thought this would be the perfect outfit. I feel like this is a kinda casual outfit, I would probably wear it on a casual night out, maybe to a bar. Pairing lights and darks give your outfit a lot of dimensions and create an awesome break-up.

Jacket Three: The piece de resistance. Light washed denim jacket, with raw hem and FRINGE paired with distressed black jeans, black booties, black corset. Listen, honey, I saw this jacket on the Fashion To Figure website and bought it almost immediately, I didn’t want it to go out of stock! Anyone who knows me knows that this jacket screams Shanice. I love it! Instead of going crazy with the pairings, I decided to keep it somewhat muted. The jacket is already a lot. I find myself dressing like that quite often, one statement piece to complete any outfit.

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To Mix or Not to Mix

Last week I got really casual and personal with you guys. We discussed how to stay active (mentally and physically) during this time of uncertainty. I even went sans makeup and decided to tone down my choice of clothing to ensure the message was not misconstrued. This week, we need some positivity, and I am bringing it to you in the form of mixed prints.

When I was a kid, my parents made it a big deal that I didn’t mix prints. It would look a certain way and wouldn’t be very fashionable. In more recent times, I have noticed, and appreciated, people, mixing prints and making it look tasteful and stylish. My tips for mixing prints are relatively straightforward. You can match prints by color so that you have a similar color scheme. You can match prints by wearing one super busy print and a more muted print. You can match prints by throwing together whatever you feel like looks good. As long as you feel great in your clothes, then nothing else really matters.

For this blog post, I chose prints with similar color schemes. One because that’s what I feel like looks great on me and two because I’m still testing the mixed prints waters. Which brings me to my point this week! Loves, I know we are stuck in the house, and we really can’t go anywhere right now. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t try things outside of our comfort zone. Try to cook new food, try to do a DIY project, try a new type of workout (i.e., Yoga), try to meditate, try something! Open your mind to a new perspective and try new things. We can drive ourselves crazy at home. For me, I love being inside but only by choice. I have a whole list of things that I would like to accomplish in my home and within myself. It’s easy to get lost in a Netflix show, but when is the last time you purged your closet? I can answer that LAST WEEK! I purged my closet and am oh so happy with the results. Don’t sit around, waiting for things to stay the same. Make a change!

First Mix: plaid pants and various animals in tennis gear top paired with clear heels. I felt super comfortable in this look. The pants have zero stretch, but I made it work! I was looking for a shirt in the same-ish color scheme, and I found it perfect. I didn’t feel like I was walking around on the wacky-tacky day.

Second Mix: floral pants and blue/white pinstripe shirt dress paired with black heels. The shirt pattern is a little hard to see, but I felt like the subtleness made it easy to match the items together. I didn’t want anything crazy on my feet because I’m 5’3 ½” and these types of pants usually drag on the floor.

Third Mix: bigger polka dots with smaller polka dots paired with pink bow mules. Guys, I love this combination! I felt like a cute little thing, I’m not sure what word to use to describe it! I felt dainty, and I loved this. I feel like this is the most natural print to mix because you’re not really mixing anything at all. This is like the prints you mix when you are still afraid to mix prints. Just saying, everyone should try this.

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I’m Still a T-shirt and Jeans Kinda Girl!

T-shirts are just as important to me as jeans. Jeans are staples in my wardrobe, but t-shirts are my most comfortable wardrobe items. People who see me in real life know that my wardrobe is all about comfort. I will only sacrifice comfort in times of dire outfit necessity. It is appropriate to wear a dress with sneakers at times, but not every time. So, in that case, I’ll sacrifice comfort. But otherwise, I rarely do. Thus, t-shirts are at an extreme level in my clothing collection. I am always on the hunt for a great slogan shirt, especially on that will help promote a business. I’m also still on the hunt for band t-shirts. Not a big “band” person but I like the look of those shirts. I get my shirts from all over, but there is nothing like the great fit of men’s t-shirts. Women’s t-shirts are often cut to fit a woman’s curves, and while I am grateful for even having those options, I prefer the fit of men’s t-shirts.

My challenge this week was to create 3 different outfits with some of my favorite t-shirts. Usually, I wear my t-shirts with jeans and sneakers or Uggs in the winter, but I wanted to show that you can make a t-shirt versatile. You guys know I am BIG on trying to showcase that you don’t have to shop extensively to look great. Go through your closet and drawers and revamp things that you haven’t worn in a while. In this case, the only recent purchase was the boots in the last outfit. Everything else was purchased months ago, or I’ve worn in before. Like I said before, I got real bills, and I cannot always afford to go buy the newest releases. I find it imperative to create beautiful and fashionable looks without spending an arm and a leg. In the future, I would like to do a blog post about my shopping process.

Black Slogan T-shirt paired with houndstooth flared pants and leather jacket. These pants, though, right? I have loved these pants ever since I saw them a few months ago on Nasty Gal. I actually ordered the suit, but I’m saving the jacket for another day. Pairing a regular t-shirt with something so extra can be amazing! I think the t-shirt gave the pants a little dress down moment, whereas a blouse could’ve made it look super dressed up.

White slogan t-shirt paired with leopard print skirt, blue booties, and denim jacket. Okay, so, Nasty Gal has become one of my favorites. The clothes are affordable, adorable, and super trendy. I got this denim jacket (with pockets!) for almost $10 and the skirt for nearly $26. The pants from the above outfit were nearly $20! Anyway, this outfit was again super comfortable. I chose to knot the shirt right above my waist as opposed to tucking in it because I always tuck my shirts in!

White slogan t-shirt with distressed jeans, pink and black mixed print wrap dress, and black booties. I actually wore this outfit to lunch with some friends right after this shoot. The shoes, although very cute, aren’t the most comfortable items. There is literally no support, so I will need to insert some for it to be comfortable. The idea of making the wrap dress into an almost duster jacket was inspired by another blogger whose name escapes me at this moment. But adding a fun little cardigan or duster if the weather is permitting, can upgrade any t-shirt. Throwing on some (hopefully comfortable) heels is another excellent way to pump up a t-shirt based outfit.

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Simple Black Turtleneck

I looked through my closet a few days ago, and I realized that turtlenecks are slowly creeping their way back into my wardrobe. I had written them off in my teenage years. I thought they weren’t going to make a comeback until I realized that I bought turtlenecks without…realizing that I bought turtlenecks. That made sense in my head. Anyway, a turtleneck can be a very versatile item in your wardrobe. You can dress it up or dress it down. It all depends on how you accessorize it. Also, you don’t have to have a fancy, expensive turtleneck. The one I am featuring in this post is about 20 dollars from Target and is actually a “layerable.” The simplicity of a simple black turtleneck is an absolute staple and should be in every girl’s wardrobe!Read More »

On Trend: White Boots

Alright, first and foremost, admit I’m going to admit that I was not into this trend when I first started to see it pop back up. I thought it looked kind of old school. You know, it brought me back to moments of white church shoes in my younger years. But the more I see it, the more into it I’m becoming. It is just like wearing a pop color with an all-black outfit or replacing nude with white, which works ultimately. I decided to try to challenge myself and see if I could create 3 looks featuring white boots. I can admit that sometimes I’m not sure of what to wear with certain things, and just like anyone perfecting their craft, I do research. I was actually very pleased with the outcome of these outfits, I’m kind of happy I decided to purchase these boots. The boots are from ASOS, they are currently sold out, but I found something similar that I’ll link below.Read More »

Sweaters and Skirts

Okay, so, it is 2020, and we are doing our best to make this year everything we want it to be! So, remember last year when I wore that gorgeous, white skirt from Target? One, the skirt was an absolute hit! Two, I fell in love with skirts and decided to purchase a lot more. I was afraid to wear skirts because I felt like my area of difficulty (tum-tum) was going to be highlighted even more. But when I wore the white skirt, I found that there were ways around it, and I was not going to eliminate an entire trend just because of my confidence. So, how I made skirts work for me is by either wearing a sweater with it or wearing a skirt with a pattern, pleating, or ruching to distract from the said problem Read More »

New Year, New…What?

Happy New Year, Loves! We are in 2020, and that is extremely weird for me to say honestly. It feels like 2019 just flew by for me, and as ready as I am for 2020, I was not prepared for the year to speed on through like that. Last blog post, I did a recap of 2019. We talked about my accomplishments and what made 2019 such a big year for me. I’m going to talk about what’s coming for me, and what I am focusing on in 2020.Read More »

Long Story Short: I Look Like a Present

Christmas is literally on Wednesday, which means the end of the year is upon us, but we’ll talk about that another day! As we near the end of the year, I am going to be reflecting on certain things and just giving you guys a recap of this year. I am honestly looking forward to 2020 and what it holds for me. However, today, I am here to talk about this shirt that made me look like the cutest Christmas present ever. Also, about Christmas and what it means to me, but mostly the top.Read More »

Jackets…. But Make Them Different!

We’re still in Fall, correct? I mean, the weather outside has been, dare I say, frightful? It seems that winter is upon us, and with it comes this dreadful, freezing, cold weather. It’s cold enough to wear Ugg boots, but we still got a week, or two left to leave our jackets open so people can see the entire outfit. I’m not sure about you guys, but I get hot very quickly. So, for me, it’s almost always okay to leave your jacket open. Unless you have to be outside for an extended period of time, in which case you should probably bundle up and not wear any of the jackets I’m featuring below.Read More »