Day to Play, In My White Tee

Happy Monday, all! Today I’d like to pay homage to another trendy classic: the white tee. They’ve supposedly been around since the turn of the 19th century [] and. as we all know, many trends come and disappear as quick as they came in the fashion world. But white tees, and tees in general, have had tremendous staying power amongst kids, women and men throughout the decades.
Like the chic black tank or great-fitting jeans, the white tee is a versatile staple for anyone’s closet.

three ways to look cool in your white tee:

1. work look = white tee + navy blazer + khaki trousers + green peep toes + chunky gold accessories

2. super casual ensemble = white tee + destroyed denim cutoffs + fedora + gladiator sandals + tote + a pop of color

3. party/date get-up = white tee + a-line or pleated skirt, tucked and belted + cheetah print pumps + dramatic bag, make-up and accessories

Day to Play In My White Tee

Urban Olympian

I am very excited for The Olympic Games this year, as I am every four years. I am a huuuuuge fan of diving, gymnastics, ice skating, track-pretty much all of the superhuman strength sports. I’d love to one day root root root for my home team [even though I just love to watch, regardless of the outcome], being there in the arena, and it’d be even more awesome if I actually knew an athlete who was lucky enough to participate in the events. [One day, y’all!]

Would it be nerdy to put a twist on American patriotism and rock this look at the games??

Will you be watching? Or just catching recaps on the news and internet? Just curious.

[let the games begin]

Urban Olympian

A Kodak Moment Every Moment

Looking your best doesn’t always mean having to spend a fortune on at the salon, an entirely new wardrobe, more make-up or plastic surgery. I’d like to share some real solutions [some that I actually implement] to quickly and inexpensively look your best this summer for the impromptu beach photo shoot or the inevitable family reunion group picture. [Keep in mind these are just super easy, fast fixes to make your physical appearance reflect your awesome personality.

First step is self-confidence. This can’t be taught or given to you, so if you don’t have it, none of my tips will work for you ūüė¶

If your wardrobe sucks, I suggest a revamp. Cure it with some retail therapy. I believe that you should LOVE, highly favor or really like every article of clothing in your closet. This way, you have many great options instead of a few lame ones and your only dilemma will be how to wear your hair. Accessories also go a loooong way and can really make a statement and customize a look.

Next, work on that mug. If you don’t like your smile, whitening strips are the way to go and some claim to brighten in just two hours. If you have time, there’s a less expensive option that takes just a week to brighten your smile. A blinding, pearly smile is contagious and is the perfect custom accessory that will definitely shine in person and in photographs.

If you’re like me, you think one side of your face looks a little better than the other. If you don’t know, ask a good friend. Work on positioning that¬† best side as you would in front of the camera, and you’ll learn the other great angles of your face ad head. There are certain angles that make your chin double or make your neck look thick. Not cute.

Lastly, good posture works wonders on and off camera, standing or sitting. It instantly lengthens you and exudes confidence and poise, and it’s good for your entire body. So comfortably stick out your chest, pull your shoulders back and keep your chin up. And if you like to wear heels but they don’t like you, practice walking in them before attending your event to make sure they’ll go the distance. [The uncomfortable-I-can’t-walk-in-these-heels-and-my-dogs-are-barking look is never good. Ever.]

If you aren’t a celebrity or a model with training, you probably don’t know the art of posing. And it really is kind of an art. No one looks good standing straight on with their legs fully extended, so make sure one leg has a little bend, there’s a foot forward, a head tilt, a hand on the hip or some kind of uneven distribution of weight. It sounds weird but it looks good in a picture, trust. If you’re really unsure, check out a fashion magazine or website to see how the professionals do it.

With these few things combined, you can easily improve your appearance for next to nothing in cost or time. And you better believe you’re worth the investment. Life’s a red carpet, so work it!

Versatile Style: The Black Tank

Very few clothing items are trendy, versatile and classic all at the same time, but the black tank is amongst those few. It transcends the cycles of fashion and the four seasons. The black tank can be worn for day at work, layered with a fitted blazer or waistcoat and pencil skirt or trousers. And it transitions easily for a casual or nighttime play look and can be paired with a multitude of garments for a wide arrangement of ensembles. If those aren’t enough reasons to own one, black tanks are usually inexpensive and easy to find [so you’ll probably be able to afford a whole stack]. And dare I say the black tank is kinda pretty much chic?

Day to Play: The Black Tank

Hot in the Kitchen

As summer drags on, so does the heat. That’s not much motivation for cooking an elaborate meal, but cooking and eating¬† healthy and light goes beyond sandwiches and salads. Since fish has a plethora of nutrients and benefits, tastes magnifico and cooks fairly quickly, it’s been my go to this summer.
Broiled, baked, [occasionally fried] or sauteed, fish is a great, nutritional main to prepare and pairs well with many different sides. So put it at the top of your list for your next shopping trip and get ready for a quick fix of deliciousness!

[yummy and healthy do go together, nicely]

click below for fast fish recipes from Food & Wine

Beyond the {Pool} Party

Swimsuits come in an array of styles, colors and patterns, sometimes accompanied by a little fringe, ties or cutouts. With their perfect fit, they can oftentimes double as a fun, sexy top. Some are made just for show, to actually just be seen at the pool or beach as opposed to being made in a fabric that quickly wicks so you can use it for swimming too. {I don’t think they’re practical or a smart buy, but they look nice.} I like swimsuits that serve their purpose, and if they can go beyond the pool to top off a great daytime or party look, that’s even better.

{If the image does not show, please click white space to view an example of how to rock a one-piece two ways.}

beyond the pool

The Block is Hot

A trend that’s always in: color blocking. It is a fun, colorful[duh] and impactful look, and, in my opinion, timeless. It can be as easy as a pair of khakis, a contrasting belt, a blouse in a third color and maybe a fun print[like floral or animal] or a fourth color for the bag and shoes. And it’s not about matching but coordinating.

Although I’m sure the color blocking trend in a single garment [oftentimes a dress or skirt] will fade, the “technique” of combining several solid pieces to create an ensemble is a classic do.

The Block is Hot