Summer of Wanderlust – Luxor Look Book

There is nothing quite like the Egyptian sun.  When the day is long and the sun dips to the horizon, a glow is cast across the land, bathing the ancient and the new in its warmth, as if to connect the past with the present in a single moment.

Blessed to have visited Egypt twice, my favorite city by far is Luxor.  It is home to so many archeological treasures and offers the ultimate journey into ancient Egypt.  On the East Bank of the Nile lies the extensive Luxor and Karnak Temples, where you can get lost in a maze of massive columns covered in hieroglyphics and walk among giant statues of kings past.

Head to the West Bank and you will find the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second female pharaoh of Egypt and the extraordinary Valley of the Kings where the tombs of pharaohs are burrowed into the mountains.

Luxor is a gift. It was my honor to stand in the presence of history and lay my eyes on another time.  This look book is inspired by the glimmer and mystery of this amazing city and I hope you enjoy it!

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{Kaftan/Querist Vintage on Depop, Sandals/Forever 21, Belt/Target, Earrings/Bought in India, Mixed Bangles/Thrifted}

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{Dress/Ross, Belt/Thrifted, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Bought in Egypt, Earrings/Bracelet/Bought in Mexico}

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{Pants/Top/Scarf/Bought In India, Belt/Target, Sandals/Forever 21, Necklace/Turban/Santee Alley}

Summer of Wanderlust – Mexico City Inspired Look Book

Mexico City is an explosion of color, set against an ornate colonial backdrop.  It’s the oldest capital city in the Americas, founded by the Aztecs in the 1300s and has seen many incarnations in the years since.

It’s a bustling city that wears its history on its streets and in its architecture. This week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book is inspired by the vibrancy of everyday life and the brilliant colors of this city, from the markets to the museums.

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{Dress/Hat/Vintage (Thrifted), Shoes/Nine West, Belt/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Bag/Bought in Mexico}

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{Dress/Thrifted, Shoes/Franco Sarto (Thrifted), Earrings/H&M}

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{Blouse/CasaOtomi, Skirt/Salvation Army in Bucharest, Romania, Belt/From Mexico (Thrifted), Scarf/Bag/Vintage, Shoes/ Vintage from Runway Boutique L.A.}

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Summer of Wanderlust – Alice Springs Look Book

Alice Springs is a small, outpost town from which you can discover the vast, sun kissed landscapes of the Australian Outback.  Mustard mountains burrowed into red earth, dotted with sage colored brush, nature’s paints on the canvas of the Outback.

This is a sacred space where ancient landscapes and ancestral stories are protected by the Aboriginal people for generations to come.  It’s a place of solitude, vastness, connection and contemplation, a planet all it’s own residing on this stretch of earth.

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{Pants/INC International Concepts, Dress worn as a top/Fashion To Figure, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Necklace/Bought in India, Hat/Bought on a cruise, Mixed Bangles/From India & Thrifted}

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{Skirt/Ralph Lauren (Thrifted), Top/Thrifted, Sandals/Bought in Greece, Layered Necklaces/Sistas Jewelry, Bracelets/Bought in India}

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Pants/Michael Kors, Top/Jacket/Boots/Thrifted, Necklace/Anukah Accessories, Hat/Bought on a cruise}

Summer of Wanderlust – Manaus Look Book

Manaus may not be a city you’ve heard of, but it’s one where adventure awaits.  The capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, it’s the departure port for river cruises and expeditions into the Amazon rainforest.  It’s a colonial city set among the lush landscape and this week I am taking inspiration from the dense foliage and brilliant colors of the wildlife for this week’s Summer of Wanderlust look book.

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[Dress/Belt//Target, Top/A.n.a. (Thrifted), Shoes/I.N.C. International Concepts, Necklace/DIY, Bracelets (From the Philippines), Earrings/Santee Alley}

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{Top/I.N.C. International Concepts, Skirt/Vintage (Thrifted), Necklace/Bought in Guatemala, Earrings/Vintage (Thrifted), Belt/Target, Shoes/Lola Shoetique}

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{Shorts/Torrid, Robe/Marshall’s, Shoes/Necklace/Thrifted, Belt/From Guatemala, Earrings/Tenzin Beads}

Summer of Wanderlust – Havana Look Book

It’s that time of year again where we are gearing up for summer trips or wanderlusting over far off locales. Summer can be a time of lazy dreaming or active adventure. No matter where I’m headed, I find each destination inspiring.  The sights, sounds, colors and designs I encounter around the world always make their way back home with me and into my every day fashion.

Each week this summer, I’ll be sharing a look book inspired by a different city around the world.  I’m using each city as my creative muse and sharing outfit ideas that you can try whether you’re hoping on a plane this summer or chillin at the backyard barbeque.

We are kicking it off with Havana, Cuba! A city trapped in time, painted in warm hues and layered patina.  The streets are oozing with soul and the rhythm of the island dances with the soft ocean breezes.  Sunshiny days give way to sultry, sticky nights without skipping a beat.

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{Dress/Lane Bryant, Bag/Target, Sandals/Marshall’s, Bracelets/From India, Earrings/Sunnies/Santee Alley, Hat/Goodwill}

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{Blouse/Asos via The Plus Bus, Skirt/Chico’s (thrifted), Wedges/BCBG (thrifted), Hat/Goodwill, Earrings/Fan/From the Philippines}

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{Dress/Vintage (thrifted), Tutu Skirt/H&M (thrifted), Hat/Vintage Hollywood Hat Company (thrifted), Shoes/Franco Sarto (thrifted), Belt/Ross, Earrings/Santee Alley}

Be sure to tag #SummerofWanderlust on IG if you try any of these looks or create your own travel inspired outfits! I’d love to see them!

 

 

Sweaters & Skirts

 

Cozy sweaters are quintessential to the perfect fall wardrobe and they pair perfectly with skirts. While skirts are not the first thought for the cooler seasons, they are a great pairing for a more elevated sweater ensemble.

I am all for the cozy sweater but have to be honest. We don’t get weather that warrants thicker layers until winter time so this is my Southern California take on the sweater and skirt combo.

I took a long cardigan sweater that I usually wear in summer, twisted and tied the ends for a cropped look and paired with a medium weight skirt.  Like most items I wear, the entire outfit is full of color. While I love the rich and warm tones of fall, I do think you can wear any color at any time of the year.

If you’re in a colder climate you could rock this same look with a thicker knit sweater, add a belt and boots and layer a coat.  The sweater and skirt are a pairing that offer endless combinations for your fall wardrobe!  I’d love to see how you style your sweater and skirt looks. Be sure to tag me on social media @iamsheglobal

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{Skirt, Thrifted, Cardigan/Newport News, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Bracelet/From India, Necklaces/From China, Hat/Purchased on a cruise}

This post is part of a blogger collaboration between Joi of InMyJoi , Sahily of PrettyInPigment and myself. Together we are #UnitedlyPlus!

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7 Chic Travel Essentials For Under $45

 

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Whether you are traveling on a 4 hour flight or a 14 hour journey, you more than likely want to be comfortable but if you’re like me you’d like to look somewhat presentable when you land at your destination, not like you just woke up in your pajamas! These travel essentials will keep you feeling cozy while still looking chic and all for under 45!

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#1: Comfy Pants

The first item is a pair of lightweight, comfortable pants. They will keep your legs covered and warm but not hot like sweats. These are like wearing pjs incognito!  The elastic waist also helps with bloating which can occur with the high elevation. {Calvin Klein, $11.40, ThredUp}

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#2: Light Layers

Light layers are perfect for traveling as the temperature can be unpredictable in flight. Stuffy and warm one minute, freezing the next. I paired a tank top with a lightweight long sleeve top. This could also be replaced with a cardigan or light jacket.  It’s easily removable and doubles a light blanket if needed. {Faded Glory Tank, $3.60, Notations Silk Top, $7.80}

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#3: Lightweight Scarf

A lightweight scarf is one of the most valuable items to pack as its the transformer of travel accessories. It can be bundled up and used as a pillow, worn over your eyes as an impromptu eye mask, draped over your shoulders as a blanket, and when you arrive at your destination it can be used as a sarong, blanket or halter top. This one was free with a magazine subscription. The 99 cents store also has a decent selection. {Scarf, Free}

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#4: Sandals

Sandals are the perfect travel shoes because they are easy to remove. You can get them on and off easily going through security. They may not be appropriate for all destinations and weather but onboard the plane they give your feet room to breathe and expand, more so than a tight shoe.  I will admit this particular pair are bit elaborate with the straps. A simple slip on may be more suitable. {Sandals, Old Navy via ThredUp, 6.00}img_8371

#5: Medium Sized Handbag with Long Strap

A medium sized handbag is the perfect size to fit all the essentials for your flight while still being small enough to fit under your seat for easy access. This size bag can fit a tablet, book, snacks, small toiletries, headphones, phone, charger, small bottle of water and travel documents.  It has a ton of pockets for easy storage of items and a detachable strap so it can be worn cross body when you need your hands free, perfect for picking your luggage off the belt! {Urban Expressions Handbag via ThredUp, $11.36}

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#6: Wood Jewelry

While I am a die hard accessory aficionado, I don’t usually wear jewelry on the plane just to be as comfy as possible but this is a great lightweight piece if you are looking to make a statement as soon as you disembark the plane. Wood is also a good option as it won’t set off the metal detectors. Alternatively, you could have a similar piece in your bag and slip it on as you arrive. Instant Chic! {Wood Necklace, Purchased in Romania, $3.00}

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#7: Sunglasses

Make sure to pack a fabulous, cheap pair of sunnies in your bag! They are perfect for hiding bags under your eyes in case you didn’t get sleep on your flight and if you lose them its no biggie as they were a bargain. Add a bright lippie and you will ooze glamour even if you feel like a truck hit you from the jet lag! {Sunnies, Claire’s, $1}

With a little creativity you can also put together a chic travel wardrobe on a budget. All the clothes, bag and shoes were purchased on ThredUp, the largest online consignment shop.  I used their coupon code for 40% off my first purchase to get such great prices on my items. All my items came clean, ready to wear and some were even brand new with tags.  I also snagged a pair of H&M heels for $4.80 for my upcoming trip!

They are offering you lovelies 50% all H&M products on their site. Click here and use coupon code HANDM50 to receive 50% off, up to a $50 discount!

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This post is sponsored by ThredUp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concrete Jungle

Being a born and bred So Cal girl I’ve never had the chance to experience a true change of season. Yes, the weather cools and warms as the months pass but never have I lived in a place where the seasons bring a complete change in the landscape.

I’ve always dreamed of visiting the East Coast in fall to witness the vibrant change of colors as entire cities of trees shift from emerald to citrine and amber.  For now, the closest I’ll get is this amazing dress that embodies the East Coast in fall.

The Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge set against a skyline of warm oranges and rich purples definitely has me in a New York state of mind.  This cityscape paired with leopard accents is my wink and nod to the “Concrete Jungle”.

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{Dress/ Gwynnie Bee, Coat/Newport News, Booties/Steve Madden}

 

 

Playing with Pantone for Fall

Each season Pantone selects a palette of inspirational colors that can be found in fashion.  This fall’s picks are a wide range of hues from cool blues and greys to the more familiar fall colors of orange, red and yellow.  The ladies of Unitedly Plus wanted to give our take on styling some these colors in hopes of giving you inspiration to try them!

I really like the overall selection of colors for this fall but one that stood out to me was “Spicy Mustard”.  It’s a vibrant color while still being warm and inviting. It pairs well with so many other colors, from blue to russet. I love it most because it’s an unexpected ray of sunshine. It genuinely makes me happy to look at this color and to wear it!

Being the frugal fashionista that I am, I wanted to shop my own closet for a Pantone inspired look and this vintage coat I thrifted fit the bill. I am all about layering in fashion and fall is the ideal time to do that with the weather changing. I paired this summer dress over a long sleeve shirt and removed the belt from the coat to wear over the dress. I layered long necklaces and even threw a small braided belt over the coat as an added layer.

I love the combination and can’t wait to pair this color with other pieces in my closet.  Check out Pantone’s full color selection and see which colors speak to you! I’d love to hear which one is your favorite and see how you rock it!

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 {Dress/Ross, Jacket/Earrings/Vintage, Thrifted, Boots/Nine West via Goodwill, Necklaces/Thrifted, Shirt/Newport News}

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This post is part of a blogger collaboration between Joi of InMyJoi , Sahily of PrettyInPigment and myself. Together we are #UnitedlyPlus!

United Plus is our dedicated place to celebrate every woman, every body type, every clothing size, and every ethnicity.  We embody inclusivity, honoring the unique beauty that each woman possesses. We encourage all women to embrace and love who they are today. We show persona style can encourage body positivity, foster self-confidence, and provide an outlet for personal self-expression. Please join us in our mission of united women from every part of the world, showcasing our individual beauty, and authentic creativity.

We’d love you to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages and be sure to tag your pictures with #UnitedlyPlus so we can share in your beauty and self expression!

Summer of Wanderlust – India Inspired Look Book

To describe India in a few words is like trying to put the universe in a box. It just can’t be done.  To do it justice, one must visit and immerse themselves in the cacophony of sights, sounds, smells and colors. It’s brilliant and jarring, chaotic and magical.  In my two visits I have only scratched the surface of its mystery.

These looks are inspired by many of the pieces of jewelry and clothing I have purchased when traveling to India and also by the easy, comfortable way I would dress when I am there.  Light layers, exotic prints and bold colors are the heart of Indian design and they are the center of this look book!

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{Pants/Michael Kors via Macy’s, Top/Sandals/Ross, Necklace/Handmade by me, Bracelet/Santee Alley, Bag/I bought in Jodhpur, India}

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{Pants/Necklaces/Bangles/I bought in India, Shoes/Ross, Blouses/Thrifted, Ring/Thrifty Upenyu on Etsy}

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{Dress/Single Dress Plus, Top/The Plus Bus Boutique, Shoes/Lola Shoetique, Ring/Target, Earrings/Vintage}

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