Shopaholic Virtual Style: Back to Basics 

     Style is not as complicated as you may think. Fashion evolves daily but your personal style should not be affected by this. I always tell my clients, fashion is for everyone and style is just for you. I truly believe that everyone can wear the same thing but in a different way. I went through some basic pieces that I feel will help you to purge your wardrobe. Now I am going to show you how to put the pieces of the puzzle together to create some simple looks that will get you through the week. 


The little black dress since the beginning of fashion times has been something that women have used in the office as well as on a night out. When you are searching for a multi-purpose LBD go for something with simple details. The dress shouldn’t be garish but it should have a bit of style to make it more than just another sheath. I chose this black strapless with cap sleeve lace detail because it’s perfect for work and can easily take you out on a date with the mister. 

 

     The balance of the effect of an outfit is in the styling. Wearing our LBD as a layering piece at work with a shorter heel tones down the dresses sex appeal. Cover your exposed arms with a classic blazer and you won’t distract your coworkers from their normal nine-to-five duties. 


     All of the staples that I spoke about in my previous post are perfect when worn together. I am sure you guys have seen this combination before. A white button-front blouse with a blazer and jeans. The denim tones down the seriousness of the outfit. If you’re going to a date or casual business meeting a higher heel will ensure that you aren’t too under dressed. 


     This look is my uniform when I am running errands. This will ensure that if you bump into a friend on the street you will still be appropriately dressed for a quick drink in a cafe. A t-shirt and jeans doesn’t require much thought. The structured jacket and trendy sneakers will let people know that you can look put together without trying too hard even if you are just going to the mall or the grocery store. 


     A white blouse tucked into a high-waisted skirt is a fail-proof combo. This is the perfect way to introduce style at the office. Once again you want to use a shorter heel or flat to let them know you mean business. Prints go really well with a pop of color. So if you can pick a bold hue like red or green to finish the look. 


     Another way to wear your skirt is with that white t-shirt. This should also be tucked into the waist. Pull out that structured coat and those color pop flats and you’re ready for brunch! Don’t order the red sangria to ensure your top stays clean all day. 


     No matter how you combine your basics you need to own it! Confidence is your best accessory and you should never second guess yourself. No one has to like what you are wearing but YOU! If you were inspired to create one of these looks I would love to see! Be sure to tag me on social media (@thee_shopaholic). Until next time Happy Shopping! 

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Simple Everyday Style Staples

     It’s the first month of a new year. We have a new president, we are brushing the surface of our resolutions and we are trying to change our lives. I did a video years ago talking about my wardrobe staples and things that I think every woman should have at the base of their style closet. I have decided to share a refresher post and give an updated post sharing the same principles. 


     The classic white button front shirt has been a part of American style for as long as we can remember. Whether you are a man or woman you need to have at least one of these in your wardrobe. The style possibilities are endless but the white shirt is traditional and should be kept in good condition. 


     Another classic is a pair of denim jeans. You can keep it clean or go distressed. The shade of denim is different for everyone based on their own personal style and body type. If you are curvy you might like darker shades of denim which can be more slimming. If you are slimmer or have a more athletic build the lighter shades may help your curves appear larger. 


     If you haven’t noticed by now your wardrobe staples are things that are simple, clean, timeless and can be worn several different ways. The black blazer is used for business meetings, job interviews, or with a t-shirt and jeans on a date or brunch outing. 


     One can never have enough white t-shirts this is something that you really shouldn’t invest too much money in because they need to be changed and rotated often. I have always been partial to a good V neck. It literally goes with every pair of bottoms! This item is self explanatory and if you do not have this in your closet you should stop reading and go get one right now.


     Everyone that lives in an area where the temperature changes like it does here in New York needs a good coat. It can be a trench or a wool coat but this camel color looks good on everyone no matter what your skin tone. Make sure it fits well not too tight and not too big. Sleeve length again is based on personal style. If you are tall and the sleeves fall a little short then get a pair of gloves that close the gap. This trick gives the illusion that you are well put together. 

           

     If you are a style enthusiast you need one statement piece. This can be accessory but in fashion I like to get one article of clothing that is anything but basic. Animal print seems to be one of those things that will always withstand the test of time. It can be a blouse a skirt or a pair of heels but whatever it is make sure the quality is top of the line (you don’t want to look cheap). 


     Nude is the new black. I spoke to you guys about finding the perfect nude shoe for your skin tone. Let’s replace our simple black pump with a nude one instead. Contrary to popular belief, black does not go with everything! Finding a heel that blends away at your feet help to elongate your legs and if matched well will literally go with every outfit you put on. 


     Every girl needs a good pair of flats. I personally need a little lift because “flat-flats” hurt my feet when worn all day. Make sure they are interesting and have a special detail. A classic red pair or something with a buckle or both will make you not even miss the fact that they aren’t sky high heels. 


     If you are a commuting New Yorker you know the importance of a good pair of travel heels… more commonly known as sneakers. Make sure they are super light weight and nice to look at. They should give the feel of a travel sneaker and not look like someone stole your heels and this was all you had left in your closet. It helps to style it against your outerwear or have a funky print or pattern that is a conversation starter.


     Last but certainly not least you need a simple time piece. This is something that you are going to wear every single day. It should not be to glamorous but not to basic. Find a metal band in your favorite shade. My favorite rose gold watch is always on my wrist. Save the precious diamonds and jewels for special occasions. 


However you chose to pair your basic pieces is totally up to you! I will be sharing my favorite classic style combos tomorrow. But I would love to know in the comments if you have your own style staples. This is not meant to be interpreted as a laundry list of things you have to buy but instead an inspiration for you to find something that works for you. Until next time Happy Shopping! 

Shopaholic EXCESSories: Rings Around the World

     Every now and then people monetize their social media platforms in order to reach a larger audience. I stumbled upon the promotion for these rings and fell in lust! This company is so fresh and their concept is just what the fashion industry needs. They use precious metals to give you fashion that has a meaning.


     Each ring is designed to represent the unique and famous major skylines from all over the world. If you have a special memory from Paris or New York or you work at the nations Capitol you will be happy to wear your city on your sleeve. The attention to detail is impeccable. 


   You guys know I live for options and variety is the spice of life. Each cityscape is available in silver, yellow, or rose gold. This makes it easy to fit the designs into your own personal style. I am a rose gold enthusiast so I am happy that all of the cities are available in the three metals. 


The rings are the perfect size for everyday wear and make the details even more intriguing. Wear it alone or stack them with some of your existing jewelry. 


Ola Shekhtman collection of cityscape rings retail for about $100 and are the perfect piece to add to your lifestyle. I would love to know which piece is on your Wishlist. I am a New York girl so it just makes sense that I start there. Happy Shopping. 


Shekthwoman Rings – $99.00

Social Media Cleanse 2K17

I just want to wish all of my readers a very happy and productive New Year. This is my third year into this blog and I must say it has been a great time! I am sure that we are knee deep into our resolutions and making the steps toward making the pictures and affromations on our vision boards come to life! One of the things you must do to help bring out great energy is to delete the bad energy. 


If you are an entrepreneur or aspiring business person you know that your social media presence is a major factor in aiding the success of your business. You have to be approachable and accessible but you also need to be professional. It is important to get rid of anything that distracts from your brand. 

In a perfect world our instagram highlight real makes the outside world think that we are absolutely amazing and that we never have bad days. No ones life is as perfect as their instagram feed. We put our best foot forward and hope to inspire those that tune in. But if you have a lot of pictures you are aware that it is very difficult to delete hundreds of photos one at a time. 

I have been searching for an app or website that provides a quicker solution for quite a while. Finally I found it with the help of Google. I was able to do just that! You simply select all of the photos you would like to remove and hit delete all. 


InstaClean is the shady app and in my opinion one of the greatest apps ever invented. It also has a feature which tells you if someone you follow follows you back… If that isn’t shady I don’t know what is! If you found this information resourceful please share it with a friend. I thank you all for reading and I hope you are subscribed because I have so much to share with all of you this year. Happy Deleting! 

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If you guys read my MyTaughtMe blog you will know that it was a goal of mine to produce visual content directly related to my styling and social media presence. This year has definitely been a roller coaster ride; that has had its ups and downs. I can honestly say that I am proud of myself for all that I have accomplished. 


As promised I am back really quickly to share some of the out-takes since I won’t be posting the final images just yet. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and curate  interesting images that described me as a person. I didn’t have a lot of resources but I made the best of the shoot with what I did have. 


It is no secret that this year has been all about fashion and style. I have helped style a lot of photoshoots this year and would not change a thing! This shoot was in preparation for visual aids for my website and business cards for 2017. I am currently still on the hunt for a web designer to help bring my vision to life. 


I am very awkward in front of the lens and it took me a while to warm up to the camera; with the help of camera man and friend Eshama John. I am a gem behind the lens and a wet noodle in front of it. I got the confirmation for my shoot date with very short notice but I strongly feel that each look speaks to my own personal style. 


I have so many amazing goals that I have set and already began working towards for the new year. I have completed my vision board and am ready to face new challenges to make it a great year for business. 


I love what I do whole heartedly and I hope that it is reflected in the images that I share with each of you. Essentially I am just a girl born and raised in New York City trying to make a name for herself. I don’t seek to be well known but I do seek to be worth knowing. 


One thing that remains true is… I love to have fun while I am on set. Any of the models that  have worked with me this year can tell you how my playful personality shines through while I work. I got on Eshamas nerves at this particular shoot but that was the only way I am able to get through the day. 


I hope to continue to share where this journey will take me and I am glad to bring you guys along. I will post and blog more behind the scenes imagery for you all as they come. I also look forward to working with new designers, photographers, and models in the future and even travel outside of the city. Thee Shopaholic Styled Me is here to stay. 

All That Glitters is Rose Gold

For as long as I can remember… I have been fond of shiny things! I’m the girl that will wear a gold sequin jacket with a band tee and ripped jeans. But some magical fashion genius decided to mix a little pink in with the already amazing gold color to birth my favorite rose gold. 


When a close friend of mine told me that she was in our favorite local boutique Roxx by Hotpoint I decided to pop in. The last thing I needed was another pair of shoes! But I just coul not pass up these dream boats. This was an Add to Cart moment.The creeper was introduced by the Puma x Rihanna collaboration earlier this year but I was never able to get my hands on the always sold out kicks. 


Fashion is in the eye of the beholder and we all know that these shoes are inspired by the Puma creepers. I love them so much. I am aware that everyone will not be able to go to the boutique located in Queens, NY. I went ahead and found the link to an online website. Go Jane has the exact same shoes and for a few bucks less than what I paid (if we are not counting the shipping price). 


If rose gold doesn’t tickle your fancy they are also available in the classic and timeless yellow gold as well. I would have gotten both but if you have been reading the blog for a while you know that I am trying not to be an impulse shopper. 


I am very, very happy with my purchase and I can’t wait to show you guys how I plan to wear them. I hope you found this post resourceful and I would love to know what your favorite metal shade is in the comments below. Until next time Happy Shopping! 

Tis the Season: Giveaway 

It is that time of year again and many of you are frantically shopping for gifts this season. Christmas will be here before you know it. I am here to share with you a great gift for him or her this year! I ordered the peppermint bliss gift set for myself because I rarely ever share something that I have never tried before. 

Peppermint Bliss Gift Set 
Includes:
1 Sugar Scrub (6 oz)
1 Body Lotion (6 oz)
1 Lip Balm
PLUS 1 BONUS Travel Size Body Lotion (2 oz)
1 Gift Box


Go to your happy place with a bliss-filled peppermint treat that’s a spa-like experience for your skin! And in a ready-to-gift box, just put a bow on it for that special someone on your list!

Sugar Scrub: Warm up your holiday season with this peppermint sugar scrub as it melts into your skin for gentle exfoliation with smoothing coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and peppermint oil to keep your skin oh-so-soft!

Body Lotion: Refresh and moisturize your skin with this rich and creamy peppermint lotion that includes coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Use the Full Size at home and pop that BONUS travel size in your bag for wherever this holiday season takes you!


Lip Balm: Want to keep your kisser mistletoe ready? Well, pucker up! With a blend of cocoa butter, coconut oil, and peppermint oil to soften and beeswax to protect your lips from the winter wind, it will even be hard for Jack Frost to stay away!


I am feeling very festive so the first five customers who order the peppermint gift set will also receive a one hour Wardrobe Styling Consiltation with me. Why not revamp your wardrobe for the new year. I can share tips on how to be chic in the blistering cold weather and more. The very first person to purchase the gift set will also receive one free photo shoot styling session with me to be redeemed at anytime in the New York City area for the year 2017.


Not only will you receive a great gift set at a great price but you will also be receiving wardrobe styling valued at up to $600. If you haven’t already checkled out and are still here I hoped you enjoyed reading this post. In the comments below I would love to hear what you hope to receive for Christmas this year. Until next time, happy shopping.

The Facial: Shopaholic Beauty Post


Here is how you can do a salon style facial in your own home in just 5 simple steps:
What you should add to cart… 

1. gentle facial cleanser


2. exfoliating peel


3. face mask (clay-based for oily skin, cream or gel mask for dry skin)


4. face moisturizer


Instructions.

Clean your face. Remove all makeup and then wash your face, neck and ears with a good facial cleanser. I like to use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes. Follow up with the cleanser of your choice and be sure to use a clean facial brush to make sure the product is thoroughly cleansing your skin.


Exfoliate away dead skin cells. Using your fingers gently rub an exfoliating facial scrub in small circular motions all over your face. Make sure you focus on areas around your nose and forehead. 


If certain areas of your face are oilier than others, give that section an extra scrub. If you have the time scrub your lips as well. The skin on your lips is very sensitive so use honey and brown sugar for a simple clean.


I also take this time to extract any existing blemishes or blackheads much like they do in the spa. I have an extractor and I also use the pore strips. 


Steam to open up your pores. There are a few ways to steam your face. You can do it over the stove or use a professional face steamer. If you don’t have a steamer fill a bowl about the size of your face (or bigger) with hot water. Place a large towel over your head and the bowl. Sit with your face as close to the bowl as possible for 15-20 minutes.


It’s time to apply your mask. If you have oily skin, use a clay mask. For dry skin, I suggest using a hydrating cream or gel mask. Depending on the mask, leave it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinse completely. 


Hydrate your skin. Last by not least, moisturize! Smooth a nice, thick moisturizer over your face and neck.


Is your skincare routine working for you? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below. 

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All I Want for Christmas is You: Her Holiday Gift Guide

Last year I did a men’s Holiday gift guide and it was very successful (if I do say so myself) a lot of you were inspired to get some great gifts for the men in your lives. This year I have decided to do a gift guide for the ladies, made up of all of my favorite things this year. It is a loose interpretation of my own wish list that I am sure everyone will love. 

1. Lit Bklyn


 

     Each candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from Brooklyn. The candles are made with 100% natural soy wax and scented with the finest of fragrance oils. There are five scents available today and my personal favorites are “Joy” and “Home.” The gold packaging is perfect for the holidays just put a ribbon on it and your gift is ready to be delivered. 

2. Skin Buttr


 

     SkinBUTTR is a beauty brand comprised of natural body and skin care products. The body care line consists of whipped shea based body butters and scrubs. While their skincare line is an all natural hydrating step by step system. Both the body and skin care lines are designed to leave your skin fresh and glowing. My Favorite scent is the “CocoaVanillaButtr.”

3. Glamaholic Lifestyle


     Be Glam, Be Fab, Be You! Glam-Aholic Lifestyle provides quality everyday essentials, for the everyday woman! If the woman you will be gifting is always on the go be sure to gift her with these practical and glamorous gifts that she wil be sure to use often. I have the wallet (far left) and the passport cover (top right) but the duffle bag and cosmetic pouch are definitely on my Christmas list. 

4. My Taught You | Journal 

     If she is into planning or just a self motivated entrepreneur you are doing her a favor by getting her a journal. The power of the tongue is a real thing. Writing down your thoughts, goals and aspirations is the first step to achieving them. If she loves the journals she may also love the podcasts that go along with them. The journal is dripping with inspiration. Thank me later. 

5. The Lip Bar | Liquid Matte Lipsticks 

 

     This lipstick is made of a unique blend of natural ingredients and then loaded with pigment to give you kick-ass colors. Each lipstick is enriched with shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and vitamin E for maximum moisture. The packaging is insane and the holiday packaging is even better! There is a color for everyone and a gift for every kind of girl.

6. Facial Gift Set 

      

     If the receiver of your gift is into skincare or suffers from acne, or eczema you might want to gift her some amazing skincare products. They aren’t medicinal but are very gentle on the skin. A great at home skin spa package is great for pampering yourself at the end of the year. The products last a long time so it is definitely a great investment. 

7. Kira Nacole | Distressed Tees 

     This year we went a little crazy with the distressed tees. If you love the craze as much as I do you will definitely love this distressed dress by Kira Nacole. The custom shirts are made to order and sell out fast so I apologize in advance if this post does not find you in time. If it does act fast… I assure you, you will not be disappointed. Depending on your height of its too short you can always pair the look with shorts or maybe leather pants depending on what climate you are in.

8. Fancy Kouture | Vintage Frames 

     If you love unique eyewear you probably already love Fancy Kouture Accessories. They specialize in Vintage frames but cover all the bases in bringing you the best quality trend accessories. If you have seen it on TV or in a magazine FK probably sells it. If you need to find a gift for your fashionable friends you should probably start here. They are currently having a sale for Black Friday so be sure to save money while you can! 

9. High End Junkie 

 

     Express your creative side with these hand painted fedoras. I absolutely love hats! These are very cool. This classic style fedora features a sturdy, yet soft felt/wool blend body with black nylon ribbon around the base. “This is ART.” & “This is Fashion.” are handpainted on each side of the hat in a bold white font guaranteed to make a statement in any room. Very limited, and one size fits most. The hat also comes with a High End Junkie collectors tote bag.

10. Luxe Protocol 


     I stumbled upon this fresh new clothing boutique based in the UK today. I love when I can find unique pieces from an online boutique. These pieces are trendy and timeless all at the same time. I tried to get my hands on the printed jumpsuit but it is no longer available in my size. I am almost positive that I will be shopping from the site very soon.

11. Anastasia Beverly Hills | Contour Cream Kit


If all else fails Sephora has amazing gift sets with high quality skin and beauty lines that are very affordable. I have listed a bunch of my personal favorites below ft you to browse. You can not go wrong with any of them if you ask me. I hope you found some inspiration and gift ideas from this post! If you end up purchasing something be sure to tag me in the photos so I can see them! Happy Shopping. 

12. Peter Thomas Roth | Mask Sapler Kit

13. Josie Maran | Nourishing Argan Oil SkinCare Collection 

14. Origins Best Sellers

15. Clinique | 10 Days of Clinique 

16. Sephora | Lip Mask

17. Sephora | Favorites Superstars 

18. Sephora | Masks

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My Taught Me 

You learn something new everyday. I’m up writing this post at 1 o’clock in the morning. I have a very short list of women who inspire me in real life. Myleik Teele is definitely one of them. She is at the top of my list of women who do more than they say. I like to refer to her as the Oprah of the younger generation of social entrepreneurs. If Myleik tells you to do something you should probably go do it. 


I have never met Myleik but following someone for several years on various social media platforms has a way of giving you a false sense of friendship in real life. She’s my mentor in my head and her podcasts have gotten me through some rough times in my life. I use her yearly productivity journals as a propeller to guide me through each year. Because of this I will essentially become the person I was placed on this earth to be. 


Most of you know her as the owner of Curlbox. Curlbox is a unique company engineered to bring natural hair products into the homes of African American women who needed to find a regimen in order to be able to tame their mane. Not only did she accomplish this she continues to sell out subscriptions to women across the country every month. I was a subscriber and because of this service I was able to find the products that cater specifically to my hair type.


This particular post isn’t about Myleik’s business; however, it is about what she has inspired me to do. I listen to her podcasts religiously and most recently she spoke about creating visuals that speak to what I do as an entrepreneur. I am working towards building a website for my styling services now that my 2016 portfolio is coming to a close and I do not have a headshot (insert stressed emoticon).


If there is one of several things that Myleik is good at it is curating visuals of herself and for her business. Every year she orchestrates a “headshot” that’s anything but… a headshot. We know her as a creative and her photos are drenched in creativity. Her wardrobe is one to be desired and her mixed prints coupled with stunning interior design capture our attention every time.


Myleik and her photographer Itaysha make it look so easy! I have definitely made it my goal to create visuals of my own and step outside of the box to ensure that they are more than just a cheesy actors headshot. This particular image is one of my personal faves (who doesn’t love gold sequins and shag!). 


The goal of the shoot is to summarize the essence of what you do and who you are as a person. Myleik is a content creator, a hair care enthusiast, an avid reader, a motivator of minds, and just plain dope! If you had to assume that by looking at these shots you would be absolutely right. 


She is FEARLESS! I understand the role that a good website plays in marketing your business. You can not JUST be good at what you do. Even if you are the best there is always someone who is just as good if not better. How you separate yourself is to strip away everything that is unnecessary and highlight the importance of your business and what you have to offer. The internet places another option at the fingertips of your audience. It is up to me to make sure my business is visually appealing and easily accessible. 


Myleik recently did a shoot for the visuals for 2017 and from what I’ve seen so far it is going to be another successful project. I am optimistic that I have been thoroughly inspired to create something for myself. She has taught me so many things throughout the years. I am not quite ready to meet her. The opportunity has presented a few times along the way but I am a strong believer that nothing happens before it is supposed to and not a minute sooner. 


If you had to take something away from this post it should be to create some visual self marketing images for your business (if you have one) and to make sure that ALL aspects of your company are catered to not JUST the job. If you have gotten this far I’ve attached some of the looks I plan to wear for my own shoot. If I remember I will come back and share the images with you once they are complete. Thank you for reading.