In Trousers We Trust: OOTD!

Hello Friends,

I think every women out there needs to own a good pair of Trousers! They are just so cool. Not only do they have a men’s wear inspired look to them, but they also fit wonderfully. Last Friday I was invited to attend The Grand Model Kick off Event, I loved this look so much I decided to do a full shoot with it. The details on the trousers are just too beautiful. Most importantly I felt comfortable in it!

Do you own a pair of trousers? Leave a comment below

Love, chicki

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Shop your Closet!

Hello Friends,

Every time I post an OOTD picture on Instagram or the blog, I usually have  a lot of people asking me where I got the contents of my outfits. I know over the years that I have been following other fashion bloggers, there has been, I guess, an unspoken rule to share where each piece is from. There are a couple of reasons for it: one, the blogger has a sponsorship with the brand and it’s part of their requirement, two, the fashion blogger wants to be recognized by the brand, and three, wanting to share with fans  on how to get their awesome look.  Since I’ve been blogging you may have noticed that I have barely tagged where I’ve gotten my pieces. This is not because I am better than anyone else, it’s simply because I honestly shop my own closet a lot. Shop my own closet, you may ask? Well, what it means is that I basically like to reuse older pieces and bring new life into them. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do have a slight shopping addiction and I do find myself shopping every weekend, but I tend to pick up basic pieces that do not call to much attention so they can be used again.

So today I wanted to give you the basics on how you can shop your own closet! I think as women there is such a pressure to always look perfect and having to own the latest styles. Truth of the matter is, some people don’t always have the budget, or they don’t have the knowledge to put old pieces together and, if budget isn’t a problem that’s awesome too! Maybe this post will help you bring some life back into your clothes and get you motivated on re using your old pieces.

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1. Test-drive your wardrobe

Before you can have fun with what you already own, you need to make sure you want to wear what you have. Try on everything and only keep clothes that fit and are in good condition. High heels that you cannot walk in for more than 20 feet? Itchy sweaters? Jeans that are too uncomfortable? Let it go. If you do not feel your best in that shirt, skirt or trouser, you will probably not wear it. Donate those pieces to the less fortunate to make room.

2. Take it to the tailor

Ladies your tailor can not only do repairs, they can totally change the look of a garment.  A tailor can make a pants leg narrower or a little wider, turn trousers into shorts and a calf length into a knee length skirt. You can have them take apart a dress and go on wearing the top or bottom part. How amazing is that?!

3. Organize your stuff

Organize what you have left by clothing type: tops, vests, jackets, coats, dresses, pants, jeans, skirts. You can also break up your custom suits so that the pieces stand on their own and your mind is more open to combine them in new ways. If you have a lot of clothes, you can sub-categorize short sleeve – long sleeve, short pants – long pants, short skirts – long skirts, etc. Organizing your stuff by color also helps.
If you don’t differentiate by seasons, you can use pieces all your round: wear a chiffon dress with a wool sweater for autumn, a tweed skirt with a silk blouse in spring,…

Special tip: If there is a piece of clothing you have neglected for a while but really want to wear, put it to the front of your closet, somewhere where you can see and access it easily.

4. Combine in new ways

This where it gets really fun and the magic happens! Go window shopping or get inspiration from fashion magazines, the internet or friends to combine what you have in new ways. Pinterest is a great starting point, and you can even save the pictures you like on a board. Get daring and Mix up your suit jackets and pants. Bring together materials you did not wear together before. For example, wear a chiffon top under a linen jacket, a lace blouse with a woolen skirt or leather pants with a tweed coat. Wear a jacket with a pair of shorts and a wedge. Take pictures of your new combinations so that you will know how to repeat them later. Once you get the hang of it it’ll become second nature, and when you start introducing new pieces to your closet the amount of outfits are endless.

 

There you have it ladies! I hope this was helpful. Next time you feel stumped on what to wear, don’t! your closet is your playground, have fun.

Will you be shopping your closet more often? Leave a comment below

Love chicki

 

 

What the Fruit?

Hello Friends,
I have seen some crazy trends in my day, but this newest one just has me baffled! for those of you who didn’t know right now fruit print clothing is huge. That’s right I said fruit print! I feel like this came out of nowhere and Summer is just embracing it with their crazy open arms. This look has even made its way from celebrities to top designers. There are even making some pants that can retail up to thousands of dollars. (I included those pants in the visual). I have mixed feelings toward this look because I do love how colorful, and cheerful it can make any outfit. But I can’t get over wearing let’s say a giant pineapple on me. I don’t know about you but I would be hungry like all day! OK maybe it just would be me lol! point of the matter is this will be one trend I’ll skip this Summer but wouldn’t mind watching others wear it from afar.
Will you be wearing this new fruit trend? Leave a comment below
Love, chicki
Fruit Print yay or nay?

 

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As long as he has a suit and tie! The Bonobos Way

Hello Friends,

Summer is here!! that means there will be plenty of BBQs, beach trips, weddings and formal events. Yes, you read that correct. Did you know? June is the most popular month for weddings, then August. But besides living in shorts and bathing suits, a lot of us will be shopping for formal looks.

I know the women will be buying summery light weight cocktail dresses in the hottest colors. But, what about our men? We can’t forget about them! Sure, you can have them walk out of the house with a predictable brown or black suit. Ask yourself this: What is the fun in that? When you dress to impress, don’t you also want your significant other to match? At least I do :). There is nothing sexier than a well dressed man.

I teamed up with a great company called Bonobos, which is a men’s apparel brand focused on better-fitting clothes and a better-shopping experience.

Below here is your first look of their men’s summer suits  collection

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An all neutral suit will not only keep you cool, it will also complement any color dress your date is wearing.

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Taking a traditional Navy blue colored suit and adding a punch of color is what it’s all about!

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Don’t be afraid to mix colors and patterns, it’ll not only make a statement but I guarantee you will make the best dressed list ;)

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These two men showcase two different looks for every kind of taste

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Doesn’t he look so dapper!!? The green is a show stopper

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This look defines Summer, So chic and stylish!

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Beautiful collection of ties and pocket squares, only in the best Summer colors!

Wondering on how you can put these looks together? or want some  styling tips for your significant other?

Your  just in luck because Dwight Fenton who is the  VP of design for Bonobos, is passing along his suit and styling tips!!

“Fit is the most important detail for a suit. Marry that with classic color options and quality fabric, and you have a great looking, versatile suit for every occasion,” says Dwight Fenton, Bonobos VP of Design.

 

Fenton’s simple suit tips to find the right fit:

 

• Fit starts with the shoulders: The jacket should grab your shoulders snuggly but not be overly tight. If the shoulders fit, pretty much anything else can be adjusted.

 

• Length matters: To determine the appropriate length, you should be able to cup the bottom of the suit with your arms by your side.

 

• Show some shirt: A flexible but general rule of thumb is to have a quarter-inch of your shirt cuff showing. If you’re wearing a heavier cuff, like a French cuff, you may want to show a little more.

  What great style tips! I hope to be seeing a lot of well dressed men at the next formal event this Summer. I just want to say thank you to Bonobos for letting me showcase their beautiful men’s summer suits  collection. Make sure to check them out!

***All photos on this post where provided to me by bonobos, I did not take any of these nor own them***

Do you have any Formal events to attend this Summer? Leave a comment below

Love, chicki

My Quick And Easy Makeup Routine!

Hello Friends,
I’ve always been very low maintenance when it comes to my make up routine, Part of that reason is because I never knew how to apply it, therefore I never paid any mind to it. So when I started Aveda (Aesthetics classes) I was handed a bag of makeup and was told “start learning”.
As I still prefer to go fresh faced everywhere there are times where makeup is needed. So over the years I have perfected my own routine that works best for me. I decided to make a chart on my routine to show you!
I’m really curious how many steps does it take you to get your “perfect look”?
leave a comment below
Love, chicki


My make up routine

A Garden Goddess with Fibi & Clo

 

Serenity: The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

At this point in my life I feel that I’m searching more these days for quiet. I want to run away from the noise of everyday life. It’s not that I don’t enjoy all the fun the world brings and everything it offers, I just feel the need to step back and take it all in. I think I’m going through a period of reflection, where I’m slowly starting to understand where I belong in this world, but still very confused. So finding a place of meditation where I can sit for long periods of time; its very important for me to just think about what will the next move in my life be. And that’s exactly what I had the chance to do on Sunday.

I woke up and slipped on my most comfortable dress, and my new Fibi & Clo sandals. I recently got the great opportunity to work with this fantastic company. Here is a little info about them and their awesome program.

Founded in Summer 2009, fibi & clo shoes and accessories continue to offer the chicest designs at prices gals can’t resist. Sold exclusively  in-home shoe parties and now online. We’re so excited to introduce a new program in collaboration with Souls For Souls. The program is called “Get Her On Her Feet”.

fibi & clo is honored to say we’ve helped over 1300 women start their own business and pursue their dreams here in the USA. Now, together with you, we can help pay it forward and help women in impoverished countries fulfill their dream of being an entrepreneur. The women we are helping live in countries where the average salary is $183 a month, and all of these jobs typically go to men. We want to give the women a chance.

The way the program works is very simple.

1. Have a qualified party with five of your friends.

2. For every shoe the hostess earns, we will match and donate to this program.

3. We will use these sandals to help woman in countries with zero opportunity, have an opportunity, for them and their families.

Now you can help someone get on her feet while being a part of a sisterhood that sparkles inside and out. It’s amazing how just a few small steps can make a big difference. We hope you’re just as hopeful and excited as we are! And we look forward to seeing that fibi & clo sparkle spread all over the world!

So Party, We donate, Everyone wins!

*Disclosure* This product was sent to me by Fibi & Clo, other than the product was I not compensated in any form.

When I first received my sandals the first thought that came to my head was “they look so royal, I’m going to look like a goddess in these”. I loved the fuchsia color and the design in the front was stunning. I knew I wouldn’t have a hard time paring these with anything in my closet. I quickly put them on and my feet just melted with the comfort. The whole sandal wrapped around my foot. I couldn’t wait to take them out for a day.

My husband and I arrived early at the gardens and decided to go explore, at first I was nervous like anyone would be when wearing any new type of shoe. I was afraid of blisters, but that wasn’t the case; my feet were really comfortable. We went on a small hiking trail for about 45 minutes, that really put the sandals to work. I walked over leaves and mulch and even dirt and the sandals held up really well. When we finally found a place to relax, to spend the rest of the afternoon, I took of the sandals and gave them a good shake, and quickly all the dirt came off. That was a big plus because the rubber material made it so nice and easy to clean them. These sandals will be my summer essential as I’ll be wearing them everywhere!

I spent the remainder of the afternoon sitting in my own thoughts, and taking in the beauty of the day. While my husband laid and read his magazines. It was so perfect! I know I have a long way to go before I truly know where this thing called life will take me, but in the meanwhile I’ll sit in serenity until I figure it out.

If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of Fibi & Clo sandals, please click here.

Love, chicki

P.S. Thank you, Brand backer!

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