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The One Piece That Will Make You Look Put Together… Even When You’re Not

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It’s that time of year again we are officially in “store run” season. Between Thanksgiving and the holidays, I am always on the run. We can all use an outfit combination that can be put together quick, fast, and in a hurry. A sweater cape is the perfect third piece to throw over a t-shirt, light sweater, or a thermal. It gives the illusion that you tried when you really didn’t!!

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I found this cape at wait for it… Dress Barn! I feel like I’ve said this before but don’t sleep on Dress Barn they have great affordable plus options for work and for play. I highly recommend taking a second look at their selection I love when a store offers plus outside of sexy outfits for nights out. Don’t get me wrong I love a sexy look but I live a whole life after and before sexy time. My sweater is sold out but I found some cute options:

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I’m sure it’s hard to believe but I actually don’t spend a lot of time getting dressed. Outfit combinations like this are the reason why I’m usually out the door in less than 20 minutes. Hopefully, this look gives you some inspiration for you to create a stylish out the door in a flash outfit.

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#CurrentlyObsessed | Long Boots and Short Dresses

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Every season I get obsessed with a concept and find multiple ways to rock a wardrobe combination. Currently, I’m all about mini dresses and over the knee boots.  Which for me is a change because I normally rock a longer hemline on the account that I am short waisted.

Being short waisted is a nice way of my butt sits up really high which means my skirt will appear appropriate in the front and the full monty in the back. Which is a common dilemma for us Tulip shaped girls (Find out more about our body type here)  Is this you too? Continue reading #CurrentlyObsessed | Long Boots and Short Dresses

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Leopard Print is the New Leopard Print

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I was flipping through Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and it said that leopard print was going to big for fall. I laughed out loud. When is leopard print ever not in style? I guess we can all be excited that leopard print will be available in more varieties with an extended variety of color options. Seriously, who stopped wearing leopard print? It wasn’t me!

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Speaking of extended color varieties, when I found this tomato red leopard print dress at SimplyBe I didn’t have high expectations. I did not have low ones either but whatever expectation I had was exceeded because this dress is BOMB. First of all, it has pockets!! The fabric is amazing and wrinkle resistant which was perfect since I wore this dress to a function where there would be a lot of sitting and then standing up to take pictures.

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Here are few leopard print options that I love for fall!!

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Dress: SimplyBe, Belt, DSW, Jacket: Wilson Leather, Shoes: DSW, Earrings Purse: DSW

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Style Hack | Style Your Dress as a Vest

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It’s about to be mid-October and I just want to know, where is fall at? My transitional wardrobe can only make it another week I’m ready for jackets and boots already. If you can relate I have a great style hack for you that will help make the most of your favorite sleeveless dresses.

Unbutton Your Dress

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So If my vest looks familiar that is because I’ve already posted this dress on the blog before. Wearing a button-down dress as a vest or a duster is a great way to make a piece do double duty in your wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be a sleeveless dress you can really do this with any button-down dress. So unbutton that dress and get the optimum cost per wear out of your favorite dresses.

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Curls Popping | My Hair Care Favorites

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I’ve been rocking protective styles for about 3 1/2 years to ease the transition of growing out my hair. Growing out my relaxer wasn’t intentional it just sort of happened (with the strong encouragement of my hairstylist.) This summer I got obsessed with achieving the perfect wash n go, twist out, and roller set. I got so many questions about my hair on social media that I decided I would share a few of my product and hair tool favorites.

Detangle and Make It Count

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Detangling is an essential step if you want to achieve any textured style because it reduces frizz (well at least for my hair texture anyway). It also helps you to maintain a style. I detangle during the pre-shampoo, shampoo, deep conditioning phase, as well as during styling. I love detangling my hair with the ultra smooth detangling comb by Cricket  this comb is infused with coconut oil. Which sounds ridiculous, I know, but I detangled with it once and refuse to use another comb to detangle with any other comb when my hair is wet.

Every hair blogger on YouTube will tell you that you need a Denmen detangling brush and they’re accurate, it an essential. I also like applying curling puddings, creams, and leave in products with this duo multi-use detangling comb from Hot Tools. 

Look you don’t need all of the detangling tools. Most of my tools were purchased under trial and error. I like using different tools for different things. Use what you have until you want to try something else just don’t skip thoroughly detangling.

Pre-Poo, Thermal Protection… For What?

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When I say I was not here for pre-shampoo I mean it! For what? I didn’t understand the big deal about doing anything to my hair before shampooing. Well, I have been proven wrong, once again in life, I was dead wrong. The added moisture is key for improving elasticity which is your hair’s ability to stretch without breaking.

Who knew shrinkage is good for you? Thermal Wonder by Kera Care is of GOD, do you hear me! It’s a pre-shampoo treatment that is packed full of ingredients that help your hair during a blowout. (My blowout lasted a full three days in the summer heat. I just need  fall temps to cool down for real) In all honesty, I use this pre-poo even if I don’t plan on straightening my hair because it melts tangles away.  The whole Thermal Wonder line is the bomb!! You may want to add it your collection if you’re a straight-natural.

Since we are on the subject of thermal protection diffusing your hair with a blow dryer is not direct heat so there is no risk of heat damage. I still like to add some protection before drying my hair. Chi Keratin Silk Infusion gives my hair shine and protection from heat tools. Just keep in mind a little goes a long way which makes up for the fact that it is on the pricer side. If you’re a smart shopper you can often find it at TJ Maxx.

Word to the wise diffusing always gives me the full fro volume that I personally love.

The Big “O” (The L.O.C. Method)

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I get confused when it comes to which oil has what properties and which ones work for my hair.  I like a product that did all of the guesswork for me, Mielle’s  Mongongo Oil Pomade to Oil is perfect on wet or dry hair I apply it to my hair after I spray my hair with leave in conditioner.

It initially looks like a thick pomade but after you rub the formula in your palms it transforms into a silky oil. It leaves my hair soft and shiny for several days after wash day.

Don’t Get it Twisted .. or Do

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I now know why none of my previous twist outs never reached their full potential. I never used a product that was for twist outs. I used curl cream, hair milk, curl gels none of the products ever promised me a moisturized twist set.

After I bought Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter I had an ah-ha moment. Duh, I was judging products effectiveness on promises they never claimed they could deliver. After I wash and condition my hair I don’t need much more than this creamy twisting butter that smells like vanilla frosting.

Lots of Wash but Not So Much Go

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I thought that I didn’t like wash n go styles. I just felt like I didn’t have the hair texture that would allow me to just wash and well go. Here’s the deal if you just transitioned or just started rocking your natural texture after months of protective styles you may not be familiar with your curl pattern yet. It’s ok just keep going it gets better but you may want to work with your hair a little more.

I have finally found a product that gives me the best curl definition Aphogee’s Curl Definer . It plays no games. I used it in the C step of the L.O.C. method (Leave in Conditioner, Oil, Curl Cream). Not only do I get definition but the curls last for days.

Like I said lots of trial and error. The more I style my hair the more fun I have with it but you’re talking to a dork who actually enjoys wash day. If you want to get technical I can’t tell you what hair type I am nor do I care. I just use what works for me and watch lots of YouTube.  So you’ve had fair warning.

I’m always searching for the perfect products.  I am a product juinkie if you can’t tell. What hair care items are you digging?

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How to Wear Fall’s “It” Plaid for Evening

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Get Wardrobe Staples That Can Do BOTH

After your early 20’s there comes a time where your wardrobe can’t be two polar opposites. If you are like me you spend 60% of your week in an office. Which means blazers, slacks, and cardigans because let’s be honest it’s cold at your desk.

I also have an active social life but the days of buying clothes designated for the club are behind me. You may also stop buying “club clothes” when you start to dive deep into developing your own personal style. When I buy a piece it needs to have diversity. I need to be able to go from the office to cocktails, to brunch. Don’t get me wrong I still have a freak-um dress but my wardrobe is now a solid 80/20.

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Plaid is Everywhere for Fall

As a girl who grew up watching the movie Clueless I love a good plaid. It can be played with in so many different ways. I especially love this plaid which is menswear-inspired. I love stealing elements from the guys and pairing them with feminine pieces like the slip dress that I am wearing. For a more casual look, I would pair this with a band t-shirt and distressed jeans. I love that you can make this plaid go from work to play by just changing it p a bit. (Notice how I gave this blazer a sexy vibe with this slip dress and the heels)

What are your thoughts on plaid for fall? Is it a yes or a no for you?

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Blazer: Target, Sold Out (Super Cute Suggestion) Slip Dress: Target, Shoes: Old, (SCS Here)

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I’m Here for Fall Fashion! (Plus a Giveaway!)

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I decided to take a summer vacation!

Somewhere between 3 years of blogging, nonstop events, and real life I quietly decided to take a much-needed summer vacation from blogging. When Cincinnati Premium Outlets reached out to me to preview their fall fashion selections it was perfect timing. Cincinnati Premium Outlets is the most convenient place to pick fall staples that will help you transition into the cool weather.

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Go With A Plan

Here’s the thing about outlet mall shopping when you’re updating your seasonal wardrobe, so many distractions! It can be hard to stay focused when you keep finding great deals. After you get inspiration, decide what purpose you need to serve work, evening, casual, and then create a list just like you would for your groceries. That way you don’t come home with the entire contents of the clearance rack.

My goal this year was to find a black moto jacket. It’s an essential wardrobe staple that I somehow don’t own! Now did I find lots of other items that intrigued me (soo many) on my shopping excursion, of course, but knowing “why” I was in the store helped me get the pieces I truly wanted. (Like this jacket from Wilson’s Leather for under $60!)

Leopard print, in my opinion, is a netural but seeing it come down the runway during New York Fashion Week got me inspired to add a few more animal print pieces. I found these great cropped pants from Lane Bryant for under $50!  I kept the rest of my look simple with a sweater from J Crew Mercantile. (J Crew isn’t known for their plus size options but let me know in the comments if you want me to do a post about how to shop in straight size section while plus!! There is a fine art to it!)

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Score a Deal!

If you’re a Forgetful Francessca like me you always leave you coupon behind the magnet on your refrigerator. Well, Cincinnati Premium Outlets app has made it so much easier to save by added their store coupons along with a directory so you can know where to save in store. Which I downloaded and used while shopping J Crew, Lane Bryant, and Wilson’s Leather! (Download the app here)

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GIVEAWAY!

Want a chance to update your own fall wardrobe? You can win a $250 gift card to shop at Cincinnati Premium Outlets. Be sure to go to Instagram to enter for your chance to win!

1. Be sure that you are following me on Instagram @ohwizeone 
2. like this photo here
4. comment with your fav emoji, pick me!
5. sign up for Cincinnati Premium Outlet’s Vip Club (either link in stories or in bio) – https://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/register
Giveaway will run through the end of the week so like, follow, comment, and sign up away for all the chances to win! Good luck!

 

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Jacket: Wilson’s Leather, Sweater: J Crew Merchantile, Necklace: TJ Maxx,  Pants: Lane Bryant, Shoes: Nine West, Purse Thrifted

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This post was sponsored by Cincinnati Premium Outlets. All opinion and views are my own.

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The Essential Maxi Dress for Summer

 

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Who doesn’t love a great maxi dress? It’s figure flattering, it’s easy to wear, and they are so versatile for day or night. Dresses are my summer staple. I am always on the hunt for a lightweight and wrinkle resistant maxi dress when I am packing for an impromptu weekend getaway. So it must have been kismet when GCGME.com reached out to me about their selection of fabulous maxi dresses.

I am in love with their selection but this black and red rose print maxi dress was my personal favorite because I wanted a maxi dress that also could work for a night out. Maxi dresses are great for summer concerts, summer weddings, and of course brunch!

Here are some Maxi Dress Essentials to keep in mind when you are shopping:

  • Length matters! Remeber you can’t spell MAXI without MAX. Pass on any dress meant to be a full-length dress that doesn’t hit you at your ankle.
  • Stay away from prints that seem juvenile or teen-ish. There are a variety of prints that are universal and good for all ages but choosing a print that looks “child like” can age you. You want to capture your youthful energy without looking like you’re trying to keep up with the tweens.
  • Fabric matters if you are shopping for an event where you will be outside shop for maxi dresses made of a breathable fabric like cotton, a lightweight knit. or linen.  Save your polyester blend dress for the evening when the sun is setting you’ll thank me later.

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Dress c/o of GCGME.com all opinions are my own.

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Professional Pretty Conference Recap

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It’s amazing when you live in a city that feels as small as Cincinnati how you can miss out on what other dope women have going on. (I mean you think we’d all already know each other) As a business owner and career professional, I can get tunnel vision and forget that an integral part of expanding my brand is growing my personal network. This past weekend I attended the Professional Pretty Conference with over 100 entrepreneurs and career women.

Professional Pretty Conference

The Professional Pretty Conference is the brainchild of Morgan A. Owens who’s mission is that women can be “powerful and pretty”.  She’s inspiring women to empower themselves beyond just being a pretty face. After launching two successful brands, she is sharing her success and providing women with the opportunity to expand their networks. The full-day conference gave attendees access to valuable information to help further their careers and personal brands.  The day was flexible and allowed you to choose from a variety of workshops, attend panels with industry insiders, and shop from local brands.

What I enjoyed most was interacting with women who were all at different points in their careers. It was a great opportunity to encourage women who are just starting in their fields and gain knowledge from more seasoned professionals. I can only see the conference growing next year.

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Suit: SimplyBe ( Jacket, Pants), Sneakers: Adidas 

I rocked a suit and sneakers. I was feeling very Tracee Ellis Ross via her Instagram feed. I wanted to fit the laid back professional feeling of the day. It was also nice to attend an 8-hour event and my feet not hurt halfway through the day thanks to my cloud foam Adidas!

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If you’re not in the Cincinnati tristate area I encourage you to go out and expand your network. Focusing on your career can start to feel isolating at times and it’s always good to be around like-minded people who can relate to some the same issues you are facing.

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Midwest Sweet and Natural Fest Recap

Midwest Sweet and Natural Fest

After 600 days of winter, I am so excited to finally start enjoying some of the spoils of warm spring weather. My first festival of the season was the Midwest Sweet and Natural Festival held in Washington Park this past Sunday. If you are a hair product junkie like me and you are always on the hunt for the right potion to make your curls pop this is a can’t miss event.

You can find everything from curl pudding, handmade soap, accessories, and I even found some bomb satin hair bonnets (think Tami Roman a la Bonnet Chronicles). This year’s festival was packed with even more vendors, hair demonstrations, a fashion show, and a beard bar!! I also scored lots of hair product samples that I can’t wait to try so stay tuned for some natural hair product reviews.

Midwest Sweet and Natural Fest

Midwest Sweet and Natural Fest

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KOALD COSMETICS

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Midwest Sweet and Natural Festival

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