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Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Stripe 


     I love to push the envelope when it comes to approaching everyday style. I get bored very easily so wearing things that are tricky to pull of are intriguing. If you have ever seen Beetle Juice or a vintage prison uniform you would probably never ever want to attempt this look. Fashion should be fun so I did just that. 


     Stripes are very tricky in general. Vertical stripes can be very slimming while horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider than they are. The key is knowing your body type. I am a true believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion. There are however, some helpful guidelines that can help you look more visually appealing. 


If you’re smaller on top then you want to wear your horizontal stripes on the top portion of your body and vice versa. If you have wide hips and you want to wear horizontal stripes then go for a thinner line pattern or one with alternating pinstripes. At the end of the day you look the best when you’re confident. If you love the way you look nothing else really matters. 

     If you think your outfit may or may not look like a prison uniform then give them a good pose and own it! Always put your best foot forward in fashion. Life is to short to wear boring clothes. 


Top – HM (4+ years ago) 

Pants – Fancy Kouture


Shoes – BU 

Sunglasses – Gucci 

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The Fashion 500: What I Wore

     The Fashion 500 awards is an event that honors creatives in the fashion and beauty industry. I have attended for the past three years and each year it just gets better and better. The Fashion 500 has a very specific dress code and it is not your everyday casual party. You are supposed to dress to impress and if you don’t comply you probably won’t get in. 


     I don’t ever know what to wear. I spend a lot of time dressing other people and sometimes I forget to dress myself as well. I knew I didn’t want to purchase anything new and began shuffling through my closet. Revisiting old pieces and sharing them in a different way can maximize your wardrobe in he best way. 


     I picked up this vintage sequin dress a few years ago at one of my favorite thrift stores in lower Manhattan. I went a little vintage with the entire look and paired the dress with a wavy, wet-set bun and a bold red lip.


     I live for texture and print so this look was no different! The sequins glistened in the night and I received compliments all night. Often times when it comes to dressing for an event or party you don’t need a new dress just a new perspective. 


     I dressed up the look with simple accessories. I stacked my fancy Kouture bracelets and rings with black and gold purse from Aldo and matching booties with a chunky gold heel. I really had a great time at the fashion 500 event. It always warms my heart to see people in my field being celebrated! I want everyone to win! I hope you guys had a great weekend and are ready to take on this new week in the new month of May! Happy Shopping! 

Shopaholic Personal Style : VB x Target


     The final look from my Victoria Beckham and Target collaboration is this sweet little pink sheath dress. I am a girly girl at heart and pink is my favorite color. I am a sucker for this piece because it satisfies my need for bold color and classic silhouettes.


      I love layering dresses over long sleeved blouses. I think it gives the Valentino vibe. I chose a white top to highlight the accent white piping along the bottom of the dress. Layering a dress over a blouse or t-shirt is super trendy right now. I still view this style of dressing as timeless. 


      I had a little fun with this look and didn’t take the pairing too seriously by adding a printed wedge. I would definitely wear this outfit to a weekend brunch or business meeting in the spring and summer. I let my hair down and smiled like no one was watching. 


     Since my Steve Madden wedges were pretty in-your-face I decided to keep the rest of the look simple with a matching H&M necklace and simple black shades. The sunny day was perfect for a day of New York City street style. 

     I loved doing this Target style series and I hope you enjoyed the looks that I shared with you so far. I would love to do more style stories and I am currently planning the next one as I am writing this! I would love it if all of my readers would subscribe to stay up-to-date on all of my future posts. Until next time… happy shopping. 

Victoria Beckham is Right on Target

 

     I hope you guys are all enjoying your Palm Sunday! Victoria Beckham launched her collection with Target this morning and I am definitely here for it! Clean lines and bold colors, prints and textures pretty much sums up the five separate collections she issued to the target brand today. I successfully made a few purchases but I also left a few great pieces as well. 

Women’s Orange Scallop Tie Waist Romper – Victoria Beckham for Target
     I love a good play suit (romper) that can be worn over and over again! This bright orange item is going to be one of my summer closet staples. The structure is perfect for every fashion occasion. The scalloped detailing is my favorite part! This circus scallop collection is giving me Solange vibes and I am definitely here for it! 


     This midi skirt is construction perfection! This is a statement piece and something that you will have in your closet for a lifetime! I personally think that this is the most innovative piece of all in her collection. I definitely had to add this to my shopping cart! 

Women’s Black and White Stripe Scallop Midi Skirt – Victoria Beckham for Target
     You can pair this look with blazers or play the look down with a simple graphic tee. The collection is super playful and definitely affordable. I love that target is giving us fashion while keeping in mind the budget of its “target” consumer (no pun intended). 

Women’s Fuchsia Twill Ruffle Hem Dress – Victoria Beckham for Target
     The last item I picked up was this bold pink swing dress with ruffle detail at the base. The spring and summer season is all about bold colors and I love the white accent at the bottom of the dress. YouCam dress it up with a heel or dress it down with a pair of white sneakers. This collection is very girly and classic just like the style we love to see from Mrs. Beckham. 


     I would love to know if you picked up any of the styles from target today. What did you hate? What did you love? What did you miss out on? The looks are selling out fast so if you haven’t already be sure to head over to the site. Until next time happy shopping! 

Spring Fling: Shopaholic Virtual Style 

Dress – Rainbow Shops • Shoes & Clutch – Zara • Sunglasses – Vera Wang • Necklace – ALDO • Denim Hat – Local Accessory Shop
     The Spring season is finally here (sort of)! I picked up a few refresher pieces which I spoke to you guys about in a previous post. But I wanted to show you guys how I plan to pair the looks together once the temperature decides to cooperate here in NYC. This first look is super casual and paired with a denim jacket is perfect for running errands. It’s a look that is easy but still gives the appearance of someone who tried a little. 

Dress – Rainbow Shops • Necklace – Fancy Kouture • Shoes – Target x Who What Wear • Turban – EBay 

     I love a good bold color moment in the spring and one of my favorite combos is the yellow and orange. His look is perfect for a brunch, date, or social event. The block heels add a level of comfort and doesn’t dress the look up too much. This is another simple dress look but the silhouette of the dress makes the outfit more event worthy. 


Floral Duster/ Dress – Fe Noel • Shorts – Levi’s • Blouse – Old Navy • Earrings – Chanel • Lipstick – The Lip Bar 

     The next look is definitely a moment! The floor length duster dress is definitely trending upwards. It has been present for the last few years but this year it’s all about textured and detailed fabrics paired with simple inner pairings like the t-shirt and jeans. Choose one of the colors from the palette to complete your look! Wear this everywhere! 


Duster – Tick Tick Boutique • Top – Adidas • Jeans – American Eagle • Shoes – Roxx by Hotpoint • Bag – EBay 

     Here is another duster look if you want to take baby steps into bold prints. You can always reverse the theory with a solid on the outside and your prints underneath. The concept works and it is up to you to find one that suits your own style. 


Denim Jacket – Fancy Kouture • Sunglasses – Quay x Shay • Dress – Rainbow Shops • Bag – M2Malletier 

      Another simple day of style is this micro pleat dress paired again with a boyfriend cut denim jacket. This is perfect for a day of retail therapy. When your shopping for new items it is important to have a loose fitting dress handy. This makes it easier to get in and out of the fitting rooms when you need to try on your summer pieces. This is probably a no makeup day so grab a pair of oversized frames and your favorite neutral lip. 


Jumpsuit – Old Navy • Sunglasses – Fancy Kouture • Bag – Bohoo Bazaar • Shoes – Rainbow Shops 

     This last look is more traditional and a perfect date night look. The color red has been proven to provoke hunger and appetite. Pair a black jumpsuit with a red lip and red accessories. You will be sure to capture your mates interest the entire night. 

I would love to know which look was your favorite! If you try to recreate these looks I would love it if you tagged us! Until next time Happy Shopping! 

Shopaholic Styling Co. 

     Some of you may know that I have been heavily committed to working on my wardrobe styling portfolio. Last year I began to compile a professional log of my work. I attended many networking events on the years prior and although I had always been involved in fashion in someway there was no real evidence of the contributions that I had made to the fashion world. 


     Many people have been taking note that my work has been getting better and more frequent; the more I put myself out there. The one thing I could not supply was a visual record of my best work. I would often be asked, “Do you have a website, where I can see your work?” I would try to deflect and casually mention that my instagram was a good place to find my most recent work. The main goal was to have a digital location for my portfolio and I did just that.


     I began to dread telling people to look me up on instagram. I felt like the better my work became the more I need to house it in a more professional manner. Don’t get me wrong many people have started lucrative businesses via their social media pages. I personally wanted to go the more traditional route and get a website and that is exactly what I did. 


     Initially I wanted to give the brunt of the work to a professional. Graphic design is NOT my strong point. I definitely lack technical skills when it comes to computers and other internet driven gadgets. But after much research and learning that the site I wanted was going to cost me thousands of dollars I decided to humble myself and start with the basics. 


     I have had my blog http://www.theeshopaholic.com for years, but it wasn’t a portfolio by any means. I never let it show but I really wanted to have a medium for my styling. I launched www.shopaholicstyling.com on Friday the 24th of March and it is still very much under construction. The main goal was to at least have something constructed. I am very proud of myself and I hope once the site is complete to make you all proud as well. 

VH 1 Honors a Queen 


Queen Latifah is a hip hop pioneer. If you have been living under a rock you probably don’t know about the laundry list of life accomplishments. Tonight she was honored by VH 1 for some of those accomplishments. 


People got an exclusive with the queen and the campaign looks amazing! The leather and gold looks absolutely regal on her and very fitting for her self proclaimed title. 


I can’t wait to see what else Queen Latifah has on her list of life contributions to the world of fashion, beauty and hip hop. This is an unlikely combination but she carries all three hats and several others, with elegance grace and style. 

Cocktails With Claire NewYork 


So I attended this year’s installment of Cocktails with Claire, hosted by Claire Sulmers and Miss Diddy LA. The panel was rich with guest speakers like Yandy Smith (Love and Hip Hop), Ty Hunter (Celeb Wardrobe Stylist), Angela Yee (Radio Personality) and countless more. 


I was finally able to sample brunch bites from Chef Jeff Catering and business partner Tasia (Master Decorator). The chicken and waffles, French toast, mini sliders, and Mac and cheese were all so memorable! I would not know how to describe the flavor you just had to be there! SO GOOD! 


One of the most interesting parts of attending these networking events for me is meeting new people and creating new bonds with like-minded fashionistas. This purple haired beauty is a radio personality Angel White from Rochester, NY and drove down to get advice from the entertainment panel. 


It is always good to connect with people we see at these events all year long and catch up away from social media. We get to have a meeting of the minds and talk about how we can collaborate our efforts to make our individual business better. 


This was a fashion driven event and the attendees did not skimp on style! I loved this monochromatic look on Avielle Amor (beauty blogger and YouTube content creator). The sun coming over the lofts roof top made for an awesome outfit post. 


Staff writer for Fashion Bomb Daily Marsha Badger looked amazing in white and later changed into a sleek black outfit for the second half of the festivities. 


There were tons of vendors at the second half of the event. The sip and shop had body care products like Skin Buttr (pictured above) and fashion and accessories as well. 


Fashion, Style and all they have to offer! Which of these looks is your favorite! They look like an amazing girl group, I promise this was not planned! But these ladies looked amazing. 


During the break I ventured into midtown Manhattan for a quick wardrobe change for MUA Ace more fondly known as Delightful Ace. We decided to go for a quick monochromatic look to match the cobalt blue heels she wore to part one of Cocktails with Claire. 


I think it’s safe to say that the matching set and monochrome was the theme of the night as Sammy B (wardrobe designer) attended Cocktails in one of her latest designs. We talked a little about what was coming in the future for her collection. I can’t wait to see what she does next. 


Black Girl Magic was also present at Saturday’s event and I was glad to catch up with the girls. 


What I wore: 

Crop Top & Pants : ZARA

Necklace : ALDO Accessories 

Shoes: Shoemint (Years Ago) 


I have included the rest of the pics from the event below for you to browse through. If Cocktails with Claire comes to your city you might want to check it out! 

March Madness: Seven Deadly Spends

 
 I have been demonstrating a lot of restraint when it comes to my impulse shopping. I have been busy shopping for other people; as I am still heavily working on Thee Shopaholic Styled Me. Recently I have been browsing the stores to see the coming trends for this Spring. I have combined seven pieces that I’ve purchased or added to my summer wish list. The best part… there’s enough time for you to get your hands on them as well. 

  
 

HM Dress – $19.90 (Sold Out online but still available in participating H&M stores)

This flowy dress in a bright coral is perfection! This affordable dress is definitely a must have for a stellar summer wardrobe. Pair it with bright yellow, white or neutral hues. I love the off-the-shoulder detailing but as a woman with a bigger bust I appreciate the thick straps to cover a bra or bathing suit. The tassels were probably another strong selling point for me as this trend is going to be everywhere this year. 

    

 
Kat Maconie Thea Aztec Leather Heel – $290 

These shoes are not for someone who is shy with style. Whether you like simple silhouettes with killer statement accessories or just love bold colors and out loud style you can appreciate this piece. These color block heels have a lot of personality. They are a bit pricey so you first have to determine if they are worth the investment. If it’s a trend for you I say don’t get them. But if the only reason is that you have nothing like it I say Buy! 

  

Lace up barely there heeled sandals – $42.50
If you like more traditional footwear maybe this pair is more you’re speed. I love a good red shoe and these strappy heels are a great wardrobe staple. They don’t require too much instruction in terms of styling because when done consciously, these sandals can literally be worn with anything.

 

   Lantos – $70

I am not a fan of clutches and small purses, but in the summer no one wants a huge leather bag sticking to the side of your body and wrinkling that coral dress we got a few paragraphs ago… I prefer a structured bag nowadays and this egg colored piece with gold hardware is right up my alley. It also comes in a black option which I think is more practical for someone like me who is more prone to accidents. Either decision is great in my book. 

   

 

Alize – $70

No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of flats. The particulars are totally personal preference but I love this strappy number. In the office they can add interest to a cropped cigarette trouser or sheath dress. If your fair-skinned I say go for the nude option when your tan comes in they will look amazing. 

  
Long Vest – $69.99

If you have been keeping up with the blog you probably already know how I feel about black items. They have to be interesting in a way that does not relate to their color, or in this case abscence of color. I love this vest because of the myriad of fabrics. This can add a smart flare to a whimsical outfit or pair it with those black flats and a crisp white shirt dress and a red lip for a spring brunch.

  

Puma Sneakers – $180

I Almost never talk about sneakers but it has been a while since last we spoke so I figured I would add an item to change the pace a little. Rihanna has launched yet another collaboration sneaker with Puma and I have to say that I am intrigued. These red faux high tops are dope and totally gender neutral. I love that Puma is going against the popular sneaker silhouettes and I think it’s that quaintly that draws me to the brand.
  If you’re still here I appreciate you for letting me justify this shopaholic confession. I would love to hear what you would purchase, have purchased or can’t wait to share with a friend. Until next time Happy Shopping.

  

Saint Records and Mixed Prints

I have really been feeling uninspired at the kick off of this year in fashion. I did not attend any of the New York Fashion Week shows I was invited to. If you follow my social media you probably know I have been knee deep in completing my new portfolio and it has kind of taken over my life. There is one person who consistently inspires me to try new things in fashion and that individual is Solange Knowles. 

  
Solange always dons the most unique fashion wears and I would love a day to play in her wardrobe. She constantly pairs the most tailored fabrics in bold and trendy colors and has a knack for pairing bold prints. Ever since she cut off all her hair she has really been on top of the fashion conversations. 

  
If I could model my wardrobe after her I would do so because I have a shared love for color. If you go through countless images of the songstress you won’t find much black. I believe that the tailoring of the garments polish the look and make them chic.

  
I definitely love the flair of her style. There aren’t many people that can pull off these bold looks. Her makeup is always super simple and enhances her natural beauty in every sense of the word. Only Knowles can wear head to toe green without looking like a potted plant. 

  
I love the overly structured details paired with the bold patterns. I would love to try to recreate some looks inspired by some of her best fashion accomplishments.

   
Solange is definitely a fashion icon and I can’t wait to watch as her fashion sense evolves. I have included some more of my favorite looks below for you to look through. I would love to know who your favorite fashion icons are in the comment section please share who inspires you to experiment with style.