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August 17, 2017

Project Runway New Season & My Journey to Become a Fashion Designer

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MY PERSONAL JOURNEY - TO BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER

BEGINNING WITH PROJECT RUNWAY
I am so excited - Project Runway returns for Season 16 tonight!  This is probably one of my favorite shows.  I look forward to it each fall.  Last season, my favorite designer was Laurence - because of all of her leather work. I can’t wait to find out which of the designers becomes my top pick - and if they will make it to the finale.

Probably one of the reasons I enjoy Project Runway so much is because I have always been a very creative person - I am continually envisioning designs for clothing in my head; however, I never pursued fashion design until recently. For some reason in college, I did not go into fashion - and all of my jobs since have been in non-fashion fields.  It was only until recently that I started to explore the idea of fashion design.

FOLLOWING MY DREAMS
Sometimes in life - we have to make a change to follow “our dreams”, which reminds me of this well-known designer, who started college in finance - and then transitioned to fashion.  We are all very familiar with his popular bags and designer clothes - and if he had kept with finance, we may never have known of him.  (Can you guess which designer it is?)

I have talked a little bit about my journey into Fashion Design before, which began with coursework in Fashion Business and ended with an intensive course in Fashion Design at Parsons. You can read more about it here. In the process, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my experience at Parsons; but, I knew I wanted to know more about fashion. After creating my own collection (a few of the pieces are shown above) as part of my course - and the positive feedback from instructors - I knew this was a path I wanted to explore; however, it did not happen immediately. There were different deviations along the way - until about a year ago, when I decided to move forward and create my own clothing line.

I’ll be honest, though - it has not been an easy or quick process; however, I have learned so much this past year. Each step of the process, I have learned something new, and have found ways to make adjustments and improve the process.  There is still so much more to learn.  I just can’t wait until the pieces I am creating are finished - so I can show everyone (and wear them)! I am really hoping to have a piece this winter.

Someday, my dream is to be as well-known as the designer I mentioned earlier, and have my designs seen by everyone!

MY TOP NEW ARRIVAL PICKS
With new arrivals for fall arriving each day here are a few picks...

This open front-swing cardigan that comes in off white and black.

This really fun balloon sleeve sweater - that comes in three different fall colors.

This cozy cardigan which I bought it in another color - and is super soft.

This v-neck sweater that comes in 3 colors and is only $20.

Summer is not over yet - and this ruffled sleeveless top is only $10.

This mini tote is in the perfect fall color (looks just like the Rebecca Minkoff one) - and is under $50.

This sleeveless utility top - comes in the perfect olive-khaki color.

This comfy boatneck/off the shoulder sweatshirt that comes in two colors.

These new arrival camo pants - you will get more wear out of them than you think - trust me!

I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 16, 2017

Fall Outfits with Everything Under $50

FALL OUTFIT CASUAL
SHOP THE LOOK
Sweater (Only $33) // Jeans (40% off) // Over the Knee Boots (Under $60 - Also in Black)

I bought these burgundy over the knee boots - and I get so much wear out of them.  These are under $60 - and I highly recommend them.

leopard foldover clutch
SHOP THE LOOK 
Biker Jacket (On Sale - $30) // Pocket Tee (Only $7) // Long Necklace
Rings (Set of 5 - Only $22) // Leopard Foldover Clutch (Under $40)

I love my leopard clutch - it adds a pop of color to any look.  This one is under $40. There is also this option that is under $50.

leopard pumps fall outfit
SHOP THE LOOK
 Suede Moto Jacket (Under $50) // Swing Camisole (Only $15)
 Jeans (Only $20) // Leopard Pumps (Under $30)

I get so much wear out of my leopard pumps - they are my favorite shoes - and I usually get compliments when I wear them.  These are under $30 - and a great deal!

TOP PICKS & DEALS OF THE DAY
This blush pink pocket tee is on sale for only $7 (and also comes in other colors).

This is one of my favorite brands for cardigans and this boyfriend cardigan is the perfect color for fall.

This longer denim shirt is perfect for those that want to wear them over leggings (and it is only $30).

What are your thoughts on white boots - I think I like these.

I need to start buying some decor pieces for my house - and I just bought these cute desktop “containers” - that can pretty much be used anywhere - for plants, make-up, empty…

This cami top (great for layering under a cardigan) is only $5.

This wrap skirt in this gorgeous orange color is on sale for only $18.

I think I need to start keeping a journal of all things - and I love the quote on the front of this one.  I think it is really true.

This cozy chunky cardigan looks perfect for a cool fall day.

I think this fall candy dish is adorable.

Lastly, LOFT is having an additional 50% off sale items and free shipping today - this cute bohemian-inspired dress is under $35, along with a lot of other great items.

TBB FASHION LINK UP
Also, be sure to stop by The Blended Blog - to link up your fashion post.  And, Katie is styling a really fun orange dress for summer.

I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 13, 2017

My Top 10 Sales & Deals

leopard coat

 MY TOP 10 SALES & DEALS
1. This denim jacket is on sale for $18.

2. I bought this bomber jacket - and I love it!  I wear it with my black jeans and red pumps.  You can see me wearing it here.

3. This cami top is on sale for $5 - and comes in 4 colors.  It might be a little early to mention it - but I think it would make the perfect NYE top.

4. I’m a little on the fence about bodysuits - but this one is really cute with ruffles - and only $10.  Great way to try the trend - without a big investment.

5. This ribbed jersey dress is only $10.

6. These hair accessories take me back in time. 

7. I think I need this t-shirt - it is how I feel before Monday.

8. I could see wearing this $8 leopard dress this winter - with a white button down layered underneath and my black boots. (It also comes in a pink leopard print for $8, as well.)

9. I like this ribbed cami top - that is only $7 - and comes in two colors.

10. This blazer that comes in stripes and solid colors is 40% off - and under $50.  Would be perfect for work, as well as styled with jeans and pumps.  (Also, I love my white blazer - and this one is 40% off, too.)

TOP FIVE FALL SWEATERS & MORE SALES
On Friday - I shared my picks for top fall sweaters & the most popular items of the week.

HOW TO CREATE A 15 PIECE WARDROBE
Just in case you missed it - earlier this week I shared a new 15 piece collection (with some of this falls Pantone colors.

Some previous collections...
Blush & Grey Collection
Vacation Packing Collection (Palm Prints & Khaki Green)
Bold Colors Late Spring Collection (Red, Pink & Leopard)

Image Source - I am participating in the following link-ups.

August 11, 2017

My Top Five Fall Sweaters

chunky knit sweaters

Happy Friday!

TOP FIVE SWEATERS YOU NEED FOR FALL
1. This v-neck sweater comes in three colors - and is only $20.

2. This long cardigan comes in powder pink and grey and is under $40 - and available in all sizes.

3. This camo print cardigan is only $18 - and would be perfect for fall.

4. I bought this cardigan - it is so soft and cozy.  I can’t wait to wear it with jeans and my slouchy boots.

5. I love this waffle texture cozy sweater. I like all three colors - I can’t decide, which is my favorite. 

TOP FIVE OTHER FALL ITEMS
1. I think a lot of people are going to like this looser fitting striped peplum tee.

2. This very popular tunic blouse that is only $27 - comes in this spice color that is very on trend for fall.

3. This ruffle tee - that comes in a dark olive color (as well as classic black and white) is under $30. I could see it with jeans and suede booties, like these.

4. This bag that is only $30 - sort of reminds me of the popular Chloe one.

5. These fun perforated booties are marked down 50% - and available in three colors.

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR ITEMS
1. These velvet booties in a rich burgundy color.

2. This sueded moto jacket that is under $50 - and looks very similar to this one that is 4 times the price.


4. This planner - with the saying I think we all need to repeat to ourselves each day!

5. My favorite layering tee - that I ended up buying in all three colors.

HOW TO CREATE A 15 PIECE WARDROBE
Just in case you missed it - earlier this week I shared a new 15 piece collection (with some of this falls Pantone colors.

Some previous collections...
Blush & Grey Collection
Vacation Packing Collection (Palm Prints & Khaki Green)
Bold Colors Late Spring Collection (Red, Pink & Leopard)

Image Source - I am participating in the following link-ups.

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