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New Year, New Socks

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Well, it’s 2017 and I am drowning in a sea of other people’s resolutions and affirmations. I am filled with gratitude that I made it through 2016 and managed to get everything on my Christmas list. Granted my list consisted of snow boots and over the knee socks. I decided to style my Christmas socks and take them out on the town.

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I remember the first time I sported over the knee socks. It was the first day of 6th grade I had spent an entire summer watching Clueless. I guess my grade school friends hadn’t gotten the memo that Cher and Dion were the coolest high school friends, like ever! Everyone asked me why  I had my socks pulled up so high.It’s pretty funny now considering I will still rock a mini dress and knee socks.

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Pairing knee socks with booties is actually an awesome way to transition and transform your booties into winter, they also offer additional warmth. If you can match your sock and boot color it will keep the line of your leg long. It will also have a more mature look. You want to be sure that the hemline of your dress is above the knee so you can show a little leg.

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Here a few options on where to find over the knee socks: Target, ASOS , Torrid 

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Style Sunday | Style Inspiration

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Whenever I get dressed I get into character. I get my inspiration from films, magazines, actresses. Believe it or not, my sense of imagination helps me get dressed all the time. Getting dressed is my happy place and since it’s so much fun seeing a great outfit on a shape that’s smaller than mine is not intimidating, nope, my size isn’t a factor. My source of inspiration doesn’t have to wear a size 16, my inspiration only needs to be fabulous. I can play, I can pretend, my size will not affect my sense of play.

This look is inspired by Carmen Jones the movement in the wide leg cropped pants just felt flirtatious and sassy much like Dorothy Dandridge in the movie.

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Top: SimplyBe, Crop Pants: SimplyBe, Shoes: Aldo

Hell, my clothes are my toys. Men buy sports cars and I buy outfits. If clothes are the food of life wear them well! Real style has no size so if you see something you would like to wear don’t make an excuse on why you can’t wear it. A color won’t make you look fat, a silhouette can be altered to compliment your shape. don’t be fooled you can wear what you want to wear.

Don’t Be Afraid To Play

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The Barbecue Rules of Engagement

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Whether you are hosting your own cookout or you are attending someone else’s there is something you want more than food this holiday weekend. Independence Day feels so casual and it’s the perfect time to reconnect with friends, meet your new boyfriend’s parents, or vacation for the long weekend. I know what you want and it is to show up looking “crisp”that effortlessly chic look that says. “I just threw this on.” You could just put on some cutoffs and a wrinkled t-shirt or you can take an extra five minutes to enhance your casual look and leave everyone mesmerized at how casually fine you are.

Don’t Go Overboard

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Don’t turn yourself into the American flag! I know it’s tempting but remember that teacher who always had a sweater to match every holiday that is the type of vibe you will give if you wear the American flag from head to toe. Do play with red, white, and blue it is a classic color scheme that always works. Notice how in this look my dress has red and white stripes and I accented the look by pairing it with blue sandals. Even if you go with a monochromatic look and wear one color from head toe you can still accessorize with red or blue.

Just as Cute in Flats

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Yes, girl, you are just as cute in flats. If you know for sure that you will be in someone’s backyard or in a park don’t be the one woman wearing stilettos. You will just ruin the heels on your sexy shoes and you will look pretentious. Save the heels for the after party or a the very least wear a wedge.

The 25th Amendment

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The month of July marks the beginning of the 25th Amendment, where you can legally wear beach wear as street wear. A) because it’s hot! B) How do you know that I’m not going to a pool party? The answer to B is, you don’t. I think a swimsuit coverup or a beach dress can easily pass for street wear. I am however conscientious of how a sheer an item is because some things are more appropriate when you are standing next to a body of water.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!

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#ILWW Recap | Taste of Cincinnati

 

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I know what you’re thinking, in this picture I’m clearly not at a food festival, right. I was super paranoid about my dress getting wrinkled, so I took a few outfit pictures before I left for The Taste of Cincinnati. At the beginning of International Laura Wize Week, I said that all I wanted to do was being surrounded by art and eat good. Monday was dedicated to eating yummy food at The Taste of Cincinnati. I tried so many delicious bites here a few of my favorites:

What I wore:

I found this sexy day dress at Torrid. In the summer, I see a sea of beautiful maxi dresses and to stand out I picked classic cut in a vibrant color. Also on hot summer days, it’s nice to wear a dress that shapewear is optional and not a requirement. I adore this dress, and if you’re thinking about ordering it, I would recommend a strapless bra with a deep plunge in the front.

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Where I went:

Washington Platform

Washington Platform is the stand I stop by every year I can’t say no to their fried oysters and their crab cakes.

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Empanadas Aqui

Food truck alley is really the place to be at The Taste of Cincinnati. Empanadas Aqui never disappoints. Fried dough and yummy cheese with their herbed mayo with just a little hot sauce is all I need to keep a smile one my face.

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Alabama Fish Bar

Alabama’s is Cincinnati classic the real questions is when did they get a food truck!!

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Of course after all of my paranoia my dress didn’t wrinkle…

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#ILWW Recap | Art After Dark

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What I wore:

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This summer I have one mission, to bring the skort back! It’s business up front and a party in the back! When I saw this set on Simply Be, I had to have it! The asymmetrical cut of the skort was so appealing to the eye and sexy. The shorts provide coverage, so there are no wardrobe malfunctions. The sheer jacket I’m wearing is also from Simply Be, and it was the perfect third piece thatI like to add to every outfit while sill being appropriate for warm weather.

Where I went:

 

International Laura Wize Week is going strong, and I’m ready to head into the weekend on a high note. My first stop of the evening was at the Cincinnati Art Museum for Art After Dark. Art After Dark happens at the art museum every final Friday from 5 pm-  9 pm.  It’s free, and you can go on guided tours of new exhibits, hear live music, and grab a cocktail at the bar.

This Friday the live music was provided by one of my favorite local bands Natural Progression.  They played in the courtyard of the museum, and the weather was perfect for the occasion.

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I also saw the 30 Americans Exhibit for the second and third time. 30 Americans showcases art by many of the most important African-American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, gender, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. The exhibit is here until June 12, you definitely don’t want to miss it!

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#ILLW Recap |Breakfast Can’t Wait

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Before the revitalization of Cincinnati nightlife, Sunday morning brunch was frequented more than nightclubs on a Saturday evening. In Cincinnati if there is a bar where everyone knows your name they probably serve breakfast too. I needed to start my week of International activities with the most important meal of the day.

What I wore:

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This summer I plan on playing with A-line shapes. I think I’m over body-conscious shapes on my body. I love to show off my shape, but there is something about a full skirt that just brightens my day, and I also feel that you don’t have to show off every curve to give sex appeal.  I have been adding more classic cuts into my wardrobe. I love the idea of retro cuts and shapes with modern touches to keep my overall look of the moment.

Just in case you’re interested:

My favorite breakfast spot is Half Day Cafe located in the heart of Wyoming on the corner of Springfield Pike and Wyoming Avenue. Nothing makes me happier than to walk into this welcoming spot a few time a month and order my regular Half Day Benedict. It’s so yummy that I forgot to photograph it because well I was hungry. If you are ever in Cincinnati or live in the area, it’s the perfect place to stop in and get a bite to eat. I’d also recommend the sweet potato pancakes as well. #nomnomnom

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