No, I'm not the girl who absolutely loves wearing a dress. In fact, I prefer to wear jeans and a blazer. But I must admit, some of my best days took place while wearing a dress. I'll make tho quick and easy for you. Here's 5 reasons why life is easier in a dress. Ready. Set. Read! Wear.
1. For some odd reason, a dress can make the toughest of girls feel sexy and secure. No. I'm not insecure while wearing anything else...I mean come on, how does that sound? But when I wear a dress, a carefree spirit comes over me. A reminder that life doesn't always have to be so serious. A dress that flows, only shows you that you should do just that, go with the flow.
2. There's only one piece! Ha, one thing that I can't stand is the iron and an ironing board. Don't get it twisted, I'm not for the "Hurry up and go." wrinkled look neither. If I must iron, at least there's only one piece to tackle. It's also great knowing that you have a complete outfit. No scavenger hunts for the perfect matching top or bottom here.
3. Legs. We all have them...I hope. Show them off. In a time where people barely wear clothes, I thought I'd catch you before you hop onboard with such a horrible trend. Let's give those guys something to dream about. Legs are a sexy part of your body that gives just enough. Warning ⚠️: If you apply Coconut Oil or Nivea body lotion, you're simply dressed to kill honey...in a good way that is.
4. Dresses are the first thing you should throw in the midist of a staring at your clothing saying " I don't have anything to wear "moment. Snap out of it and continue on with your day. We have paper to chase!
5. Dresses are also a gift great traveling essential. Are you the girl who has to sit ontop of her luggage just to be able to close it? Ha, yep that's me. Outfit security is a must, I mean you don't know what could happen. The more outfits you pack the more secure you feel...am I right or am I right? Pack those babies like never before.
Now, you have a legitimate reason to spend that dough, now go out a rack up on those dresses!
-Stride in Style
Lets be clear, I was born in 1987 and my friend and I went to a I love the 90's concert. Yes, we only knew 3 1/2 songs but everyone else knew EVERY word. If you haven't seen the Amway Center, I'll save you the google search by saying it screams photo opp! That's if you're into laser lights and such and overusing "it's lit" as your caption.
H&M Bodysuit ($5 bucks during Black Friday)
Zara Basic denim, clutch and boots (seasons old)
Calvin Klein Denim Jacket (hand me down )
MAC Matte Lipstick in Punk Couture
I love this overshirt from Zara for some many reasons. Well duh, I kind of love everything from Zara but that's not the point! Now is a time when the world seems to shaken up by the inevitable, and while that may be true for majority...I just can't be in that number.
Positivity and faith is what keeps me afloat and alive. It's so easy to fall down but getting up takes a ton of strength. I say get up and run towards those things that we desire. Besides circumstances that were a surprise to us and the world wasn't a surprise to the one who's really in control.
My friends, I dare you to smile uncontrollably and know that you ARE beautiful. -Stride in Style ✌🏾.
As the hours of my birthday begin to dwindle, I couldn't be more happy. The future is that thing that gives us something to hope for. Birthdays has always been my favorite while others dread becoming a year older, I embark on a new journey. New Years is great! I like to celebrate a new age just a little bit more.
As I gaze and picture 29 candles on my cake, I am filled with excitement and faithfulness. If God has brought me this far, how much further can I go? I guess I'll enjoy the ride as my successes begin to show. Thanks to everyone who shared wish with me. I intend to make them my reality. Happy birthday to me!
I'm not sure where I've been but Dolce & Gabbana is on and sparkling! I've always thought the Italian brand was spunky, motherly, and sexy all wrapped in one but their latest show is definitely a fav! First things first, hoodies are my thing, will always be my thing and there's nothing anyone can say or do to change that. The sequined hoodie (below) is simply genius! I mean, what a way to overdress right? I'm all for overdressing [insert Cruella Deville's laugh here]. Disclaimer* some who overdress don't seek attention from others, they actually to it for themselves.
I have a love hate relationship with sequin. Sometimes it gives me "ugh disco ball", and there are times when "I need a sequin dress in my life now!" Yeah I know...confusing.
If I told you that I probably won't be the same person tomorrow as I am today, would you believe me? One thing that most people get caught in is all of the characteristics about themselves that they dislike. I've never been one who values the like of others...I'm just me. The best thing you can do for yourself is to fall in love with who you are, tweak the things that you may need to change and move forward.
If there's something weighing you down like a sudden breakup or losing your job or even a family member; the best thing you can do for yourself is to wind yourself up, put your shoulders back and push forward.
I love changing my hair and I'm kind of known for doing such a thing often but no one knows why I do it. I reinvent myself often by pushing myself to strive for things that most people would imagine to be the impossible. Who decides whether or not we can attain the things that we want? It's all in us. Negativity can be a massive growth if we allow such a thing to take over us. I chose to allow the masses of possibility, chance, and faith to grow uncontrollably within me. Are you with me?
I wish I could sit here and say that the moment I wiggled my way into this body suit that I felt a huge amount of sexy spilling all over me. Nope. Not at all. I was never really into the whole bodysuit thing, nothing against them. They're just not MY thing. You get what I'm saying? But this one was different. I mean...did you read the front? Everyone knows that I am fan of God's work and this stretchy little thing was my way of expressing that.
Now these pool slides are a different story. Have you seen the Gucci pool slide? Oh wait, what about the Givenchy pair? I'm telling you, those slides are the truth and light of Summer '16. Believe me. Of course, they're on backorder because everyone and their mother wants them...including me. My Adidas slides will fill the void of Gucci and Givenchy but only for a while. What's that you said? Parkas during the summer? What? I was cold and it's my favorite. Get one.
One thing for sure, your FRIENDS will always understand you. As a fashion blogger, I found myself running into people that just didn't get it! What a blogger is, what we do, why in the world we NEED that many pictures and poses. Sigh...its just a lot. Well it's a lot for those who don't understand. Humph, there were even times when I thought to myself "Does this make any sense?" " what the heck am I really doing?" THEN the journalist that dwells within began to churn with answers to those short-lived doubts.
We can't always expect people to understand us. However it sometimes makes things a lot easier. This wouldn't be life if things weren't a little complicated. My greatest advice for you my friend is to live on without doubt. When your friend(s) are sick of taking pictures...ask someone else. Yeah, that simple.
Apply my push-on strategy to all things that you're passionate about. It doesn't matter if you aren't a fashion guru like myself (Ha, yeah I just said that...so). You're a guru of something...I know it. How? We're all great at something and and that 'something' is called your purpose. Find it. Wrap your days around it and watch that thing grow. Besides, your friends; like your TRUE down for you, knock someone down, pray with you friends; will snap that picture and tell you how annoying you are later. Trust me. How do think I got these nice pics? Shout out to my buddy, pal, PR guru, brother-friend Sherod ,my involuntary photographer...bow!
2016 is finally here and I'm super excited to spend my year of success with you! I wanted to do something different this time and that started with my first look of the year. Often times we get caught up in things that we don't understand and fail to focus on the good. I believe that good things are flying your way just a fast a the flame of the sparklers that I'm holding in my hands. It's up to us to make this year count; let's do this!
As a Florida girl, I had the pleasure of being the new year in with beautiful sights of palms trees and a warm climate.
Here's a photo of my full look. Enjoy and feel free to use this look for yourself. Strive in style and sparkle through darkness my friend!
I love a great pair of heels but when I'm on the go...it's just too much to walk in them AND get things done. So I've rekindled my love for flats but not just any flats. Loafers are the best thing to have in your closet these days. They add comfort and character to your look. Studded, bright hues, leather, suede, brown, round, and pointed toes. Which ever the way the wind blows...you'll be in style and ready.
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Not only am I a fan of the 70s trend this season, I over love the skinny scarf! I mean who would have thought that such a detail would weigh so much when it comes to completing a simple look? Let me tell you, I am in love with The Skinny. Yes, I gave it a nickname.
I absolutely love a great scarf but this time it's different. You don't need a cool breeze or even a chill to wear the skinny scarf. Switch it up a bit and put down the statement necklace and lace up in a skinny scarf. Chiffon or silk will do the job.
This time I paired my scarf with a rust pair of culottes, my favorite Chloe inspired pleated blouse, and laced Mary Janes to top my look off. Talk about an easy breezy, weekend- friendly outfit.
Once I found out that Zara created a replica of the Celine platform sandal and a good one I might add...but it was sold out. "Sold out" are the last words that you want to hear when you find a good thing that AFFORDABLE! But I managed to find another pair from Forever 21 for just 33.00!
This pair actually has more character with the metallic gold platform which is much more my speed. I paired it with my new favorite jeans and a knit crop top that I found during a Zara sale for 18.00.
es it's summer but I'm always going to be cool enough to wear black. Do you dare?
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Zara dress and sunglasses.
Forever 21 crossbody.
Kate Spade stud earrings
Shift dresses are my favorite staple in my closet during the summer time because they're a quick fix to any outfit dilemma. While most of the women world will be slipping on their favorite maxi or midi dress, do something different,show some leg and wear your best shift dress.
Maxi dresses can sometimes give off the wrong message... such as " I'm super lazy today." or "nothing to wear!" A shift dress on the other hand puts for a little bit more effort. Flats accompany the dress well while giving your feet a part break. Add a printed clutch for character and be on your merry way.
Porter magazine has become one of my favorite magazines. Not only is it fresh and unique, it's darn good! Have you ever flipped through the pages of a magazine within minutes? No good stories to read, no new trends, sheesh even the ads can be a snooze. Well take my advice and flip the script and pick up something new!
I've always dreampt of writing for a fashion magazine and Porter is on the top of my list. It's like they really, I mean REALLY understand women. I vote Porter any day, including Friday's. What's the weekend without a great fashion mag in hand? Yeah, I thought so. Stride in style my friends.
Today I finally got a chance to wear my faux leather pleated skirt. I've bee trying to wear it since I purchased it months ago in New York. Pleats can be tricky if you don't layer or tuck something properly. One way to avoid the school girl look is to pair the skirt with detailed heels or sandals and not Mary Janes or Baby Doll shoes. Pleats can also had weight so be mindful of the size of the pleats. Larger pleats add dept in the wrong places.
I also suggest that you pair tops with busy prints with a nude or simple toned bottom. Why? Well it can come off as a bit much if you don't match your prints correctly. Print on print is a current trend [yes] but that trend calls for concentration and confidence. It's not a look for everyone. If your style is more on the minimal side, start out with just one print like I'm wearing and work your way up the pattern ladder as time goes on.
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