My awaited GwynnieBee dress

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I was so very excited when I got the e-mail notification that this would be my next dress. I have a GwynnieBee subscription and have several dresses each month mailed to me. I get to wear them, buy them or send them back. It’s kind of like the library (minus the whole buying part) except with clothing. I wrote all about GwynnieBee several weeks ago here. Each member creates a “closet” online and puts things they want in it. This was probably one of the first dresses I put in there. I had to wait patiently and here it is!

The GwynnieBee Dress

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GwynnieBee

My absolute favorite thing about this dress is the neckline. It’s so very unique.

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GwynnieBee

Dress: Cherry Velvet compliments of GwynnieBee

Also, this dress has pockets! Any dress with some good pockets is a dress for me!

The weather was pretty great for these photos. My friend Cece and I found a nice, wooded area complete with a good bog. Cece kept joking “bog blog.”

 

Today I’m linking up with

Birth of a Fashion Blogger, Sincerely Jenna Marie, More Pieces of Me, Fizz and Frosting and Not Dead Yet Style

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4 gushingly cute looks created locally

Last week, we teamed up with a group of local boutiques that I’ve been shopping at since high school. Kismet OTR, a cute boutique offering clothing and accessories, is the latest addition to the I Luv That Store group. I’ve been shopping at Pangea, Kismet O’Bryonville and Toko Baru for a while now, so I was excited that another shop was joining the group. I reached out about working together and they agreed. So myself and my friend Amber headed over there for a photoshoot last Monday.

These are four fun outfits we put together with their dresses and accessories. I loved one of the dresses so much that I decided to take it home with me. But more on that later.

Also today I’m co-hosting the Let’s Make Today Fabulous link-up with Chanda from mschanda.com. The theme for the link-up is Spring florals, which is great because one of these looks is all about the Spring florals. Here she is in a lovely floral dress. She simply looks amazing. You can find more amazing photos of her and her style over on her Instagram.

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Without further ado, the four amazingly fun looks we created at Kismet OTR.

1. Florals and funk

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I jumped out of my comfort zone a bit with this look and enjoyed it. I generally don’t do rings or hats. I really have no idea why. Perhaps you always have to take that hat off and I figure why bother. Perhaps rings never call to me. However with this look, we just went for it.

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I’m also in love with this statement necklace. All items (dress, purse, ring, bracelet, necklace, ring and sunglasses) in this look can be found at Kismet OTR.

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2. The floral sundress

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Everything about Amber’s look screams Spring! I honestly do not know if I like the dress or the shades better. Both are so playfully fun and girly! Also, if you pop over to our Instagram, you’ll find one of Amber mid-twirl. This dress has a fantastic spin-factor to it!

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3. The orange and blue dress

This was the dress I took home with me. It’s hard to not want a dress that fits well, is comfortable and is affordable. I also must say that I love this dress with this necklace. I would not have thought to pair the two, but Amber spotted it and convinced me to try it. I just loved the way it looked!

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All items pictured can also be found at Kismet OTR. That means dress, necklace, bracelet, earrings and sunglasses!

4. The maxi and shawl look

This look is a bit more risque. This is why I love featuring other women on the blog. They often come up with outfit ideas I’d never try. This is the perfect example.

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Everything minus the phone can be found at Kismet OTR too!

Also linking up with Not Dead Yet Style, Fizz and Frosting, Still Being Molly and Elegantly Fashionable

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Tips for styling a Navy dress + a link up

Happy Thursday! This week I present to you my favorite little navy dress. I stumbled upon this one in the sale section of Francesca’s and had to get it! I’m so very glad I did. I’ve gotten just as many wears out of this dress in the winter as I did in the summer.

Today I’m also co-hosting a the Thursday Moda link-up with Elegance and Mommyhood. Ada started this link-up several weeks-a month ago and has had quite a good turnout. Her blog title is quite catchy too. While I’m not a mom, I’m sure that at times moms can feel as though it’s harder to feel fashionable since so much of your time is spent caring for other humans. Her blog is a great reminder that you can rock it whenever! I love that.

Anyway, back to my tips for wearing navy. Navy is for sure a tricky color to pull off. It’s often close too close to black. I often find myself worrying if black is even a good option when I’m trying to style that navy dress.

My days often start off the same. I rise from my bed, walk over to the closet and decide which dress I’m going to wear for the day. The dress always comes first. Then, I accessorize around my dress.

Here are a few tips for styling that navy dress:

Pops of color

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These red shoes are one of my favorite things I bought. When I’m looking to add a bit of pizazz to a look, I often turn to these shoes. Royal red looks great with navy. So does green, mustard yellow and coral pink, to name a few.

Big statement jewelry also with said pops of color

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I just love bold red accessories. I cannot tell you how much wear I get out of them. I’m convinced that every woman should own a few things that are bright red.

This necklace is simple yet bold. It was an easy Charming Charlie find too.

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navy dress

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Here’s the link-up. Hope you can join!

Today I’m also linking up with:

Jersey Girl Texan HeartPleated Poppy, Pumps and Pushups, Walking in Memphis in High Heels, Sydney Fashion Hunter, Shopping My Closet, Elegance and Mommyhood, Doused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom, Birth of a Fashion Blogger

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Black blue dress + a link up

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Happy Wednesday! Today I’m co-hosting the Jersey Girl Texan Heart link up. What is a link up, you may ask? Link-ups are weekly or monthly online parties for bloggers, more or less. One blogger or a group of bloggers hosts it and encourages other bloggers to link their similar posts up with her’s on her page. It’s a neat way to get your work out there and meet other similarly-minded bloggers.

Each week Monica from Jersey Girl Texan Heart hosts a link up where bloggers can link up whatever is going on in their world. It’s a lot of fun. Her blog too is one I follow. She blogs about style and beauty, but is also not afraid to talk about much deeper things. She’s not afraid to open up and share her struggles, which I respect. I’m sure she’s reached many over the years as a blogger.

So last week, I decided to reach out to her about co-hosting her link up. She obliged and here we are! Oh, and this is Monica, by the way, in her Easter outfit from last week’s link up.

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The black blue dress look

Today it’s all about mixing the black and blue in a dress outfit. Recently, I’ve been digging adding pops of royal blue into my outfits. There’s just something so classy about it. Furthermore I have been obsessed with this Perry Street statement necklace. I got it in my first Rocksbox shipment and could simply not let it go. By the way, have you heard of Rocksbox? It’s a monthly jewelry subscription service. If you use my code NINABFF102, you can get your first month free!

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This dress is one of my new favorites! I love something with a little poof and pizazz to it! I found it at the Charlotte Russe outlet for only $16!

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Dress: Charlotte Russe; Sweater: Gap; Necklace: Perry Street; Earrings: Charming Charlie; Shoes: Rialto

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Then I switched it up with the most comfortable flats ever. These are Charming Charlie and I’m obsessed.

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Don’t forget to go ahead and meet some fellow bloggers in the link up. Take a look around and leave some comment love!


Also linking up with the Pleated Poppy, Pumps and Pushups, Walking in Memphis in High Heels, Sydney Fashion Hunter, Shopping My Closet, Elegance and Mommyhood, Doused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom

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Gwynnie Bee dress + Liebster Award

Hello all! Happy Monday! Last Monday was spent having some Vietnamese with my friend Una, who I actually featured on the blog several months ago (Tea with Una). I was loving my dress, so I handed the camera to her to snap a few.

Are you familiar with Gwynnie Bee? It’s a clothing subscription service that I discovered several months ago. You basically create an account and start putting things in your online closet. You have to have at least six items in there for them to send you a package. Once you do, based on what you have, they will send you an amount of items ranging from 1-10 depending on your plan. So it’s simple … only put things in your closet that you think you’d like and you’ll be pleased every time. Also just to note, Gwynnie Bee is only for sizes 10-32. Some of the dresses come in medium, which is how it has been able to work for me. I excitedly signed up and then read that later. I’m normally a size 6-8.

As we all know, I love dresses. So currently my online closet is full of 15 dresses. My next one is in the mail! Here is what last week’s looked like:

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Also, I was nominated by Sarah from Bows and Clothes for a Liebster Award. Basically, bloggers nominate each other and you answer questions. I was honored to be picked by Sarah! Here are my answers to her questions:

1. What do you like to do in your free time?

Between working a full-time job, a part-time weekend job and blogging, I’m often not left with much free time. I do like to hang out with friends and practice speaking Spanish. I also dabble in a little improv comedy.

2. What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is a year worth of traveling the entire world and visiting as many countries as I can. Yet rather than staying in hotels the entire time, I’d spend a lot of my time staying with natives. Getting to know people from other countries is the best way to learn about the world.

3. What is the worst movie/book you have seen/read?

Birdemic is a pretty classically bad movie that I watched with my improv troupe. It’s ridiculous and if anyone is ever having a bad movie night, it should be at the top of your list. Just go watch that preview I linked above.

4. Why do you blog?

In the fall, one of my friends told me I should blog about all the dresses I wear. I have always been a writer and have dreamt about a more flexible source of income. So here I am.

5. What is your least favorite food?

Granola bars.

6. What is your favorite season?

Oh the summer for sure. I’m a very social person, so I love how everyone is out and about in the summer. And of course I love the warmth.

7. What is your favorite blog?

I do not have one, so I’ll just list a few that I read: obviously Bows and Clothes, Bright on a Budget, Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Tanvii and 26 and Counting

8. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it and why?

I would invest it in a business that would employ women seamstresses around the world in an ethical way to make dresses. The dresses would be sold online and possibly in boutiques. I’d take the rest of the money and travel.

9. What is your favorite song and why?

This one. Really? There are too many to choose from. I’ve been listening to a lot of Lana Del Ray recently. I find the song Ride to be fascinating.

10. What is your biggest blogging mistake?

Not discovering the blogging community quick enough! It’s funny how Sarah came into my life. I participated in Dressember and was tweeting about it. Sarah started liking and retweeting my stuff. I check out her blog and found out that she was participating in Dressember. I was excited, so I reached out to her.
I noticed that she participated in link-ups and thought “what’s that?” Once I discovered what they were, I was like “why not?” Now I read a lot of other blogs and often get inspiration from my fellow bloggers!

11. What is your favorite kind of cake?

Here in Cincinnati we have a bakery that makes this chocolate and icing layered cake called an Opera Cream cake. It’s amazing.
I’m awarding the Liebster award to these bloggers: Miss Moore Style, The Work Flare and Laimouna’s Memoirs.

The Liebster Award guidelines are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.
  • Answer the questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to 11 bloggers.
  • Give the nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog.
  • Let them know you nominated them.

Here are your 11 questions:

  1. What inspired you to blog?
  2. What message do you want your blog to tell the world?
  3. What do you plan to do to stand out and be different?
  4. What makes you laugh the most?
  5. Who shoots your photos?
  6. If you could only have one accessory, what would it be?
  7. Favorite color?
  8. What’s an average day look like for you?
  9. Where do you want to take your blog?
  10. Dogs 0r cats?
  11. What would you do with a million dollars?
Thanks friends!

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Dress: Leota, also can be found at Zulily here

Boots: Target

Necklace: vintage jewelry from my grandma

Jacket: H&M similar

Also, this beautiful Catholic Church was on our walk. We of course had to snap a few photos!

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Also I’m linking up with: Doused in Pink, Jersey Girl Texan Heart and Elegance and Mommyhood

 

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A dress mixed with red

This is my mixed dress. Last week I got up like any morning and searched through my closet for a dress to wear. As I was shuffling through, this little black dress caught my attention. I bought it in the fall at Target. I had tried on probably 5+ dresses and it was between two. I did what probably many of us do: texted my best friend photos of both. She told me to go for this one and I’m so glad I did.

When I first bought the dress, I envisioned wearing it out with friends or on dates (if I was dating … ha). It has a fun and flirty look to it, after all. Yet last week, I spotted the dress and my red blazer, and decided to try something. I loved the way the two looked together and I had accessories to match. Perfect!

So this past Monday, I re-created the outfit and took an adventure to the Anderson Heritage Center, this beautiful historic home that now serves as a wedding venue. It’s not far from where I grew up and I have found memories of playing there as a kid. I’ve been meaning to do a shoot there and this outfit seemed perfect.

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Dress: Target; Blazer: Burlington Coat Factory; Necklace/earrings: Charming Charlie; Bag: Target

Linking up with Pumps and Pushups, Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Doused in Pink, Elegance and Mommyhood and The Pleated Poppy

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My look: purple and colorful

Hey all! I love purple! Also, I’m back from Baltimore and ready (more or less) for a week of work!

Today I’m sharing a look I wore about a week ago when I met my friend Hillary for coffee. She’s an amazing photographer. It was also a nice day for February, so I decided to put together a colorful look.

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I found this dress about a year ago at Charming Charlie. I wanted something to wear in the winter to a work setting. This has been perfect.

Last Sunday, I paired it with some fun tights and a colorful scarf!

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Dress: Charming Charlie
Shoes: DSW (exact)
Scarf: Bought in Dubai
Tights: gift from mom
Purse: gift from mom

Linking up with Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Shopping My Closet, Pumps and Pushups, The Pleated Poppy,

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My conference look

I’m in Baltimore this weekend for the Notre Dame AmeriCorps Midyear Conference. This year I have committed myself to a year of service through AmeriCorps, a federally-funded service program. This is how I work at Su Casa Hispanic Center as the Bilingual Education Coordinator. Members commit to working 1700 hours at an organization for very, very little pay. The idea is to altruistically serve, something easier said than done. This conference, however, has been great for re-centering why I do the work I do.

I was loving my outfit on day two. The first day we were asked to wear our AmeriCorps t-shirts for our group photo. Day two, however, I was free to express myself. On once of my afternoon breaks I grabbed Una (My Closet: Tea with Una) and we shot a few photos around the Hunt Valley Inn, our hotel for the weekend.

 

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Gotta love the name lanyard

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Dress: Old Navy (similar)
Scarf: a gift from long ago (similar)
Tights: H&M (similar)
Shoes: DSW

This long weekend away has been great. Conferences are always a great way to re-focus. It can be hard to always feel good about work. My job is often long days with a lot going on. But being at this conference has helped me to refocus why I serve at Su Casa. Furthermore I met and heard talks from other people who work with Spanish-speaking immigrants. Nation-wide, Notre Dame AmeriCorps actually has a lot of services sites serving Spanish-speakers.

I love speaking Spanish and hope I always have an excuse to speak it.

Also linking up with: Sincerely Jenna Marie, More Pieces of Me, Claire Justine

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My top 3 dog photo-bombs

So tonight I was going through some old photos for a few blog housekeeping things and realized that my dog has photo-bombed at least several of my photos. I love my dog a lot. His name is Toby and he’s a five-year-old yellow labrador/golden retriever mix. He has lots of energy and loves people more than anything. When we come home, he has his notorious excited bark that he barks which is followed by a friendly tail wag as he runs up to you. In the mornings sometimes I’ll hear him whimpering outside of my bedroom door as if to say “I hear you’re up and I wanna come hang out!”

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Is that not the cutest dog you’ve ever seen or what? I’m not biased or anything …

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Here are the photos he’s bombed:

1. The black party dress

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2. The vintage Christmas dress

Check out my face. Priceless.

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3. My Gwynnie Bee dress

Okay so he was too cute not to pet here.

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Thanks Toby! Here’s to hopefully some more hilarious photo-bombs!

Today I’m linking up with:

Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Pumps & Push-ups, Whimsy Wednesday, Wonderful Wednesday,

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Mardi gras and the Voodoo Carnival

The Voodoo Carnvial was Saturday night and I went with a few friends. Remember Amber (My Closet: Amber the Entertainer) and all her fun costume dresses? Well she and her boyfriend let me play third wheel and tag along to this wonderful event at the Southgate House Revival.

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Here Amber is in full costume. The Voodoo Carnival is a steampunk masquerade that has been happening since 2011. Stempunk is a fun group of people who get together to re-imagine the era of steam. They have conventions and events. My description is probably not doing it justice, so you should look at this: www.steampunk.com/what-is-steampunk/

Amber has been involved for a while now. Here is what she put together:

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LOVING this bag

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For my outfit, I opted for more of a Mardigras theme. I found my headpiece at Talk of the Town, a fun vintage and costume shop in the Cincinnati area. The dress is a Forever 21 find from two New Years Eves ago.

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And then for trying to take photos together …

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Them being like a couple, and stuff …

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Oh and her coat completed the look!

Also linking up with:

Our Pretty Little Girls

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