And so I’m back in action!

After a brief… half year hiatus, I’m back to creating content and I’m more motivated and ready to get on it than ever. This isn’t just because, I have time now or I’ve been shopping and I’m just totally feeling myself. Rather, I’ve found that it’s important to feed my soul with creativity and basically, I just need to make stuff in order to live a happy life. Therefore, after reading Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert (in a possibly record-breaking time of, oh I don’t know, a few hours), I am back in the game and ready to create, make, and just feed my soul so I can live a creative life.

Forgive my shpeel, now to the goods. I recently linked up with my best friend, moonlighting as my bad ass photographer, Carl to make some new content. Even though it’s a beautiful springtime in North Carolina, I can’t help myself when it comes to wearing black. There’s a reason it’s my favorite wardrobe color; it just looks good, always.

Enjoy these photos, and as always, stay rad.

Photography: CL Wilkins [ @see.l ]



[ Dress: Charlotte Russe, Denim: JUST BLACK, Shoes: the Art of Style, Accessories: fab’rik Raleigh ]

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At this point you should know how much I adore alliteration and I couldn’t let this chance slip away, hence the title of this post.

It’s finally fall and as the world’s most hot natured person (yet another reason I love layering), if I’m doing long sleeves, I have to do shorts, or if I’m wearing jeans, I’ll be sporting short sleeves of some sort. Aside from the practicality of layering, it allows me to create a completely different look, vibe and outfit as a whole while using clothes I’ve worn time and time again. Unlike my last post, I’m layering underneath the main piece of my outfit. This favorite, and pretty much only romper, is one of my fall staples this year. This little denim oversized number is a Free People piece that I’ve worn numerous times with tanks and floral short sleeve tops, but now it’s getting chilly enough for a mock neck sweater tee.

My bag and shoes are my two go-to’s as of recently; I love the versatility of animal print as a neutral and the shape of this bag had my heart at hello. As for my kicks, everyone has (or needs) a pair of little white crispy sneaks. The red lips on the back are just enough funk to keep these different but totally everyday wearable with most of my outfits.

Back at it with the best photographer once again, so enjoy these photos and shop my look at the bottom of the post.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the newest new, and as always,

stay rad.

  

 

Photography by CL Wilkins

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Well, we’re in the heat of summer (pun intended) and I’m wishing it was fall already. My love for neutrals and dark colors doesn’t change with the season, so I’m most likely wearing black, charcoal, or in this case, browns, greys and taupe.

I’m also a layering lover with no discrimination based on the season, so leave it to me to find a way to layer and still stay cool, both literally and figuratively. Try taking a lightweight dress you’ve come to find boring or been-there-worn-that and throwing a tee over it. It can be a graphic, a basic or printed top, anything works as long as you make sure your colors or prints aren’t in competition. Tie it up at your natural waist or even shrug it off your shoulder to show your dress’s strap. It’s a fun way to find your way back in love with your favorite sundress that you think you’ve worn too many times or had too many pictures snapped in it.

If you want to try this rad little trick but you’re a bit weary about being too bold or (my least favorite phrase) “not being able to pull it off”, stick to two solids, one being a neutral. Also, play around in your closet; not every combination will work, so have some fun and try different pairings.

Check out my Instagram for more #RadAroundRaleigh photos via my iPhone for the most part. Now, peep these snapshots of my most recent romp around Raleigh with the always rad CL Wilkins.

Photogtaphy: CL Wilkins | Dress, top, shoes, necklace: fab’rik Raleigh | Bag: Urban Outfitters

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This is my version of fun spring colors: greys, lavender, purple, and maybe even a hint of pink. After falling for this print when it came out of the box at fab’rik, I couldn’t help but try it on. Of course it was perfectly flowy, oversized, and mostly neutral; a dream come true that I can never resist.

A quick style note on flowy and oversized tunics: While I am naturally drawn to this fit, it’s not always quite so flattering on all body types. Since I’m much taller than the average babe, I can “pull off” this look naturally as long as I either A) show off the legs or B) wear something fitted on the bottom, aka skinnies. However, you little babes out there not even pushing 5’5 can still do oversized, just with a twist. Try belting flowy tunics and dresses and wearing a nude shoe with a heel to elongate those awesome legs of yours. You will automatically seem longer and feel more confident off the bat. (Thanks be to my sassy little roomie who stands 5 feet flat and is always showing me how to style for shorties.)

Now I’ll be honest, when I got these jeans a few years ago at H&M, I struggled with how to style them. With the grey turning into a very odd cream, matching wasn’t so easy. I tended to stick with burgundy and wine colors, occasionally olive. When this shirt came home with me recently, it hit me; this top was made to be paired with my ombré skinnies. Hooray! Match made in heaven and one very happy babe over here.

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(Top & Cuff: fab’rik Raleigh, Jeans: H&M, Shoes: Dolce Vita, Necklaces: Fabulina Designs, Bag: Big Buddha, Photography: CL Wilkins)

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Ah, Spring is officially upon us and I am breaking out my seasonally appropriate denim tank for this lovely weather. Yes, yes, I know I’m not sporting flirty florals or pastels and neons, but let’s be honest; it’s not too often you will ever find me wearing those, even if it is Spring. While I do dabble in color from time to time, neutrals are my favorite and denim is a great one.

A quick style note: While most women know that a pair of jeans can essentially be paired with any top (making it a good basic and neutral), it must be known that denim and chambray tops are also the perfect building block for any outfit. Spread the word, babes; chambray is your best friend and lends itself to endless rad possibilities! Take the chambray button down for example. Tuck it into a floral midi skirt with a wedge for a casual spring brunch. Tie it up with a distressed high-waisted denim short with ballet flats for a simple chic day look. Layer it over a leatherette body con with a sassy heel for a night out. Denim is your friend and your new favorite neutral!

My new favorite pair of jeans happens to be these Flying Monkey destroyed black, high-waisted beauties. Naturally, I would pair it with a black tee or graphic, but I went the Canadian route, kept it all denim, and threw on my newest denim top. Loving the raw edge look and of course still keeping my bandana game strong. Thanks be to my sweet mom for keeping all her scarves and bandanas from the 70s so that I can keep being rad.

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(Top: fab’rik Raleigh, Denim: Flying Monkey, Booties & Cuff: Forever 21, Bandana: vintage, Photography: CL Wilkins)

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