Monday, August 14, 2017

AUrate Jewelry: Summer Must-Haves Collection 2017



Hello Fashionistas!
How was your weekend? Hopefully it was fashionating. Today I'm really excited to share a New York based, conflict-free jewelry company with you guys - AUrate New York. Full disclosure, I'm not a diamond girl, long before watching the movie Blood Diamonds, it was never my stone of choice. Post movie, I felt very conflicted about the way diamonds came to be in the major jewelry stores. When I first heard about AUrate, I had to look into what they were about. I was really impressed with their mission to provide conflict-free jewelry at a more affordable price and every piece is made in New York. Gotta love that! Furthermore, I think if you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I love companies that give back. Whether it's - "Buy a pair, give a pair" or "One for One" - I highly commend the philanthropic work being done behind the scenes. AUrate's motto is "A book for your look". For every piece of jewelry sold, a book is donated to a child in an underserved public school (see video below). Aside from the good they are doing in the public school system, the jewelry is pretty awesome. The have a very versatile selection you can choose from that can be worn in the office to girls night out. 
Have you seen Girls Trip yet?  If not, you should.














All these fabulous pieces will be on the website tomorrow, August 15th for the Summer Must-Haves collection launch. My favorite from the collection are the cuff earrings. It pairs well with the short or long bar necklaces which are also a part of this collection. The rings can be stacked, the necklaces can be mix-matched and the diamonds are just the right amount of bling without being too flashy. You can visit their website to view the fashionable pieces that are currently available and head back tomorrow for the new collection. Better yet, sign up by entering your email and receive 10% off.















Thank you to AUrate New York for allowing me a first look at this amazing collection that will transition nicely into Fall/Autumn. Let me know what you think of these pieces.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Fall/Autumn Must-Haves (or Not) 2017

Fall Must-Haves (or Not) 2017

Fall Must-Haves (or Not) 2017 by ubetterwork featuring a leisure suit



Hi Fashionistas!
This is the second part of my Fall/Autumn must-haves for 2017, except, these are the trends  I didn't care for. We'll just get right into it.

1. Victorian collar - I'm not completely against this trend, I just don't think it looks very youthful. But, I could change my mind depends on what I find in the shops.
2. 70s Plaid - I'll certainly not be changing my mind about this one. 
3. Nylon coats - I think my biggest problem with nylon, is that it was not meant for clothing, in my opinion. It doesn't matter how much you dress it up, i.e. fur or faux fur collar, it still looks cheap. And, I  can't stand that noise that it makes when it's in movement. Almost like plastic bags being crumbled. Probably not a very good description, but I think you get my drift.
4. Broad shoulders - This trend should stay in the 80s. This is not very flattering at all. The issue I have with broad shouldered items is this, if you don't have a really narrow waist, or an hour-glass figure, you look like a box. 
5. Formal Velvet - love the color of this skirt (chocolate brown) and the length is fine. However, I can't stand velvet. Not for clothing. Feels nice, but it's a heavy fabric to wear and it's one of those fabrics that ages you. I feel the same way about corduroys so I'm not just hating on velvet.
6. Leisure suits - For the house fine, but not for getting dressed up. Yes, a lot of celebs are wearing leisure suits around town to give off the "I'm so unbothered look", well, it does look like you didn't bother to put yourself together that day.
7. Couch florals - I know what you're thinking, is this really a trend for the Fall. Yes, it is. 
8. Glitterati Boots - This is a definite "no" for me. Really cute on small children, but not if you're of a particular age. 

Let me know what your thoughts are about this upcoming Fall/Autumn must-haves. I did also have 2 more Fall trends that I didn't list here on the blog, but they will be on my Facebook page. 



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Fall/Autumn Must-Haves 2017

Fall/Autumn Must-Haves 2017




Hello Fashionistas! 
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty uninteresting and not very fashionable to be honest. But, I did get lots done around the house, so there's that. I know I'm so late with this post, but better late than never, right? 
On to the post, Fall/Autumn must-haves according to what showed on the runways. Heads up, this post is going to be a two-parter (still not sure if that's a legit word) because I was not loving everything, per usual. But, I wanted to feature as much as I could and of course, you can always disagree with me in the comments section. Also, I'll have a poll on my Facebook page featuring a coat from Gucci that I really want to know, would you wear it? So, if you haven't liked my page on Facebook, no hard feelings, you still have time 😊.

1. Buttoned up - Not much explanation needed here; it's just an article of clothing that has tons of buttons. I chose this dress because I thought it was cute. It has the belted waist (always love a cinched waist, that will never change). And, of course the buttons going up the front.
2. Retro hats - I love hats. I used to wear hats all the time, not so much now. Not sure why, but I still have tons of hats in my closet and now it will be on-trend this Fall season. I'll be dusting them off and donning them with different outfits.
3. Vintage-Inspired furs & Belted Coat - The faux fur I chose was giving me a vintage vibe. Also, it is belted which I love this trend. Like I've said a thousand times on this blog, I love a cinched waist. #Cinched! Now, you really don't have to go out and buy a new coat because if you have a trench coat in your closet already, it already comes with a belt. Or, just add a belt to an already favorite coat. Which brings me to... #5 Belts. (Yes, I know this is out of order, that's how my brain usually works). Belts are still haute. Especially wide belts. 
4. Western - I had a pair of cowboy boots at one point in my life. I thought they were really cute. The ones I found above are slightly more modern and chic. I actually think they would go nicely with the buttoned-up dress. What do you think?
6. Power Red & Over-the-knee boots - Red is such a strong color. I also think it's a strong statement piece when worn as boots, and very bold when worn on the lips. Since over-the-knee boots are still a haute look, why not get a pair of red ones.
7. Mid-Length Skirts - What's not to love? This is an easy pairing. A patterned mid-length skirt, a plain tee, wide belt, and flats or booties. Done!
8. Chocolate brown colors - There were a lot of chocolate brown on the runway for Fall. Everything from coats, shoes, bags, accessories...it was a lot. But, I was all for it and better yet, I have plenty of chocolate brown in my closet.
The fishnets, I know you see them. This is also a trend for the Fall; I'm on the fence with this one.

What do you think of my Fall/Autumn Must-Haves?



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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Warby Parker: Newest Collection



Hello Fashionistas! 
It has been a minute since I posted. What can I say? Life! Hope you all have been doing well. Some of you may already know that I love wearing sunglasses; if you don't, view some of my previous posts herehere & here.
I recently found out that Warby Parker launched a new collection of sunglasses on June 13th. This collection is reminiscent of the 1950s in whereas they have reinvented "the shape - bold browline, mixed materials" - of that era. The inspiration is to "look as smart as you are" while wearing these sunglasses. Makes sense since there is a school of thought that glasses makes an individual look smarter. I included some of the eyeglasses as well to give you an idea of the style overload; these glasses are far from boring! 
Warby Parker has an at home try-on program which allows you the opportunity to try on five different frames for five days for free. After those fives days, keep the ones that you like and return the ones that didn't quite fit your style. Oh, I forgot to mention, shipping is free both ways. Sweet! 












Warby Parker also likes to give back with their buy a pair, give a pair program. I think it's highly commendable when companies give back. That's what you will be doing when you purchase a pair of glasses; giving to someone less fortunate. 




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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SCAD Fashion Show 2017




Hello Fashionistas!

How was your weekend? The SCAD Fashion Show was this past Friday at the Alex Townsend Memorial Courtyard located behind the SCAD Museum. Selected graduates were able to showcase their designs which spanned from womenswear, menswear and even bridal couture. I picked my favorite looks from the show below. If you were in attendance, who was your favorite designer?

Some of my favorite looks from the show courtesy of SCAD via fashionista:
How cool is this!?



















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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Memorial Day Style Guide

Memorial Day Style Guide

Memorial Day Style Guide by ubetterwork featuring Christian Louboutin Open Toe Wedge Sandals



Hello Fashionistas!

Memorial Day is fast approaching, less that two weeks away. Does anyone have any fashionating plans? 
Quick post today to feature some Memorial Day Styles that you can wear if you have an outing planned. I looked back to when I last composed a Memorial Day post and it was here in 2013. Today I created 3 looks for 3 separate occasions.  I used my Spring Must-Haves for inspiration and the looks pretty much created themselves. I wanted to feature ruffles, stripes and off course florals, but not in a traditional sense, but in a matter of fact way. These different trends may be hot this Spring, but they can still be incorporated in your closet as staple pieces for future wear. We all know fashion tends to repeat itself, so why not be prepared. 
Which look is your favorite?  

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sponsored: Kiss Miss

Bandage Midi Dress

Hello Fashionistas!

How was your weekend? Hopefully it was fashionating. I had a lovely couple of days spending time with family this weekend. Celebrating my father-in-law's birthday was kind of special. He's someone that doesn't like to be fussed over and so we definitely wanted to show him how much we appreciated him by having a staff of restaurant employees sing him happy birthday much to his discomfort 😀. 
 Today I'm introducing you to a company based in the UK called Kiss Miss. The company was started by a group of friends who clearly have a passion for fashion. They feature some of the "hottest" on-trend dresses on the market. If you want a show-stopper, you can find it here; anything from a two-piece bandage set, midi- dresses, sexy bodysuits and swimsuits. The first featured picture is one that is my favorite. The detailing on the side is superb. It is a round neck weave bandage midi dress and it is everything! I'm sure you've seen similar bodycon dresses on some of your favorite celebrities - too many to name - and you've wanted to rock that dress yourself. Well, you can visit Kiss Miss to find a lot of celebrity inspired bodycon and bandage dresses. I picked out a few herehere and here for you to view. 


Color-blocked Bandage Bodycon Dress




Two-Piece Bandage Set
I've had the opportunity to visit the UK a couple times and aside form the glorious architecture, I absolutely love the shopping. The prices are great (very affordable), and the selection is extensive. These dresses are affordably priced and the quality is top-notch. the prices are in pounds but can be converted to your current currency. There is free shipping if you purchase a certain amount; details on the website. 


Embellished Bandage Bodysuit


 Summer is almost here. Time to up your swimsuit game 😊
Bandage Swimsuits

Currently Kiss Miss is having a Mother's Day sale. 10% OFF all orders, ends 5.15.17. Use coupon code: May10Sale

What dress or swimsuit would you select for Mother's Day?

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017 by ubetterwork featuring Kate Spade Flats


Hello Fashionistas!

Mother's Day is less than two weeks away. The last gift guide for Mother's Day I composed was in 2013. Yikes! Where does the time go? Not much has changed however; busy moms pretty much want the same thing. Appreciation. Acknowledgment. And Coffee! 😀

Let's go through my 7 picks and you let me know if you agree or disagree:

1. Keurig machine, for when a Starbucks run is out of the question.
2. A Martini Set for when you and the girls want to have a fun night staying in while the kids are with the grandparents.
3. Every woman deserves a Spa Day to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.
4. Aerial Yoga is a new craze in my area. I know a lot of moms don't take the time for themselves to explore a new hobby. With aerial yoga, it provides stress-free relaxation, strengthening of those muscles we forgot about and increases flexibility. So, Let yourself soar, literally.
5. Flowers, of course!
6. A Carryall Bag is essential. Finding a chic carryall can be a bit difficult. This Coach "swagger" (actual name) bag is perfectly stylish and efficient. 
7. Pandora bracelets are just the right amount of bling to show mom how much you appreciate her. What I really like about Pandora is the vast array of charms you can find to add to these  timeless bracelets as the years go by. 
8. When running a million-and-one errands, every mom needs a go-to Pair of Flats. Cute, chic and won't hurt your feet. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers!



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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cabi x Fashion Show



Hello Fashionistas! My first blog post since Spring has sprung 😊
How is the weather treating you? I'm trying not to complain but it's already miserably hot here in the south. Hence my reason for not blogging, the heat has fried my brain, lol. 

I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show for Cabi at their outlet store in Pooler this past Thursday. If it's so miserably hot, why am I wearing an all-back ensemble at the Cabi fashion show - except for my cross-body bag that provided a pop of color - you might wonder? I'll tell you, the fabric is the lightest, easy-breeziest material that has touched my skin in quite a long time. At first, I tried on a different color, but unfortunately, it was not my size and it was the last one in that particular design in the store. These jumpsuits are haute, and are selling out fast. So, when I stopped in earlier at Cabi, prior to the fashion show Thursday, I snagged this jumpsuit (after trying on the other style that didn't fit) and it was perfection! The last time I wore a jumpsuit, I was a child, and not for lack of trying. I just could not find one that fit the way I wanted it to.

The fashion show was stylish and highlighted some of the trends for this Spring and Summer. The pastel jeans were my faves! Some of the models were wearing Cole Haan shoes and sneakers; I was very surprised by the sneakers. Usually I'm not a sneaker girl but I liked the chicness of both styles especially the hi-top design.
To top the night off, everything in the store was 50% off from 6PM - 9PM. 

























Cabi Models


Cole Haan Sneakers





Cole Haan Heels


Cole Haan Sneakers


Gorgeous Cabi Employee













Swag bags


Jumpsuit: Cabi
Cross-Body Bag: Calvin Klein
Necklace: Gifted
Anklet: Gifted






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