Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!  I feel abundantly blessed to see another year and for the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family!  I’m most excited to finally feel well enough  to style myself and shoot pictures for the new year.  A week before the Christmas holiday I battled the flu and was totally down for the count.

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The perfect NYE weather here in Texas motivated me to dress more casually for the night’s festivities. A very nice neighbor invited the hubby and I  to a small NYE get together.  Guests had the option of hanging inside or out on the patio. So my choice of outfit worked out well.  I wore a Panama hat, a long sleeved shirt, a vest, ankle length trousers, menswear style oxford shoes, and of course, minimal make up (red lippies).

I previously mentioned on Instagram that I never make New Year resolutions. I firmly believe that waiting until Jan 1 each year to set goals or to improve/make changes to ones life means ones focus or goal setting may not be as concrete as it should be.  Setting goals  and working towards them with sure fire diligence definitely brings favorable results.

Thanks a million for those who take time to follow my blog  as well as like and comment on social media. Again, thanks for your desire to see more of what I love doing in this new year.

I know my style is a bit different; however  I feel truly  blessed and  honored to have a platform to share my most favored hobby: fashion/style. I started this journey as a kiddo, collecting my favorite looks from newspapers and magazines.  I dreamed about modeling and moving to NYC; but never did.  I labeled it as a missed opportunity or a dream unfulfilled.  Never in a million years would I have a imagined life coming full circle providing this opportunity to share my love of fashion and style (while modeling too..LOL) with individuals around the world and from all walks of life.

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Unlike a New Years resolution, my goal for 2017 is to continue bringing my style to the forefront and to support others on this journey as well. I wish each of you a blessed and prosperous NEW YEAR! Happy 2017!

xoxo,

Rene B.

 

 

 

 

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My New Favorite Pair of Jeans

My New Favorite Pair of Jeans

Hi everyone! Have you ever found what you consider the perfect pair of jeans? Well, years ago I picked up a random pair of skinny jeans at Target without trying them on!  I fell head over heels for those jeans and ended up wearing them until their death! LOL!

Shortly thereafter,  I began a mad hunt for a reasonably priced pair but had been unsuccessful! However, I did find these beauties on sale at H&M.  Although a bit higher rise than I’m accustomed to, so I gambled and ordered them online!

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I consider these my new “go to” pair! I’ve styled them with different looks from the casual tee and sneakers to run errands to a dressier look with a blazer and heels for a girls night out or a date night with the hubs!   After several washes, I report no visible signs of  shrinkage or color change.  So…Yippy! photo-dec-12-4-46-20-pmCheck out a few similar pairs I’m loving right now.  The jeans I’m wearing Here | More styles  Here | Here | and Here|

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Rene!

Affordable Fall/Winter Scarves

Affordable Fall/Winter Scarves

Hi everyone!  To complete cold weather ensembles this season, simply add a scarf.  Large selections online definitely make your search easier.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts; I shop 100% online.  Weekend and holiday crowds, pesky sales people, picked over clothing, and that awful blaring music seriously deters me from even thinking about a mall. Now I’m not adverse to shipping items to stores to save on costs every now and again. In this shot I’m wearing a popular plaid scarf seen season after season.

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Check out similar styles here, here, and here plus a few that I’m loving right now.. here |  here | here | here |

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Rene!

Velvet Season

Velvet Season

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing one of my new fall suits!  Unfortunately the suit sold out at Old Navy (boooooo) however, stores/brands offer velvet blazers and suits every fall/winter season. So finding anything in velvet shouldn’t prove too difficult.  Prior to selling out, Old Navy offered this suit in three colors: blue, black, and burgundy.  I immediately fell in love with the burgundy one, of course!

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Blazer: INC International |  Blazer: Kensie  | Suit: Nyandcompany  | Blazer: Mango 

After opening the package and trying on the blazer, I discovered it’s made without shoulder pads. Usually a huge deal breaker for me, I decided to keep the blazer since it fits nicely.  I styled it with a button down shirt and vest without experiencing any tightness; yet another plus.  I plan to wear this suit to work and out to functions for years to come!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Rene

 

 

Fall Coats under $100

Fall Coats under $100

Hi everyone!  As a bonafide shopaholic, I find ways to load my closet with new items without breaking the bank! For my latest haul, I decided to coat shop a bit early, although I plan to stock up on a few more styles on Black Friday and  during “after Christmas sales/clearance”.  FYI, adding more items to my never ending “Wish List”; it’s just the shopaholic in me! Be sure to click the coat description to view items on the store’s website!

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I bought this patch work overcoat a few weeks ago and what a fabulous fit! Since the 80’s/90’s I have had this love affair with military/band style coats and jackets.

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I consider this coat a long overdue purchase!  For ages I’ve wanted an animal print coat  but never found one for the right price; until now!  Of course, with Dallas’ unpredictable weather, fleece definitely comes in handy on colder days and why not look stylish while keeping warm?

 

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My final coat purchase , the wool blend overcoat,  looks and feels very expensive. I plan to put several miles on this coat this season.

 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

XoXo,

Rene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corduroy For the Win!

Corduroy For the Win!

Hi everyone!  Sharing my latest score on the blog today! CORDUROY…that’s right!  A former 1970s staple and I should know,because every winter my mom provided me and my bro a new pair of trousers or overalls in the fabric. I guess parents during that time felt corduroy was THE  BEST FABRIC to keep kiddos warm during the winter.  LOL!

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The blazer caught my eye first on J Crew.com  and after perusing the pants section , I noticed a pair in the same blue.  Yay!  I now have a blue corduroy suit for the season!

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Both pieces arrived and I couldn’t wait to try them on!  Once on, I noticed the blazer was a slightly lighter blue shade than the pants.  I’m not too heartbroken about this as it still creates an amazing suit and I absolutely love this shade of blue.

Thanks for stopping by,

Rene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink as the New Fall “IT” Color!

Pink as the New Fall “IT” Color!

Hi everyone! What do you think about wearing lighter colors for fall/winter? I’m totally down with it!  I recently purchased a nice PINK suit from Zara.com; especially after seeing several pink and yellow combos grace this fall’s runways and on street style starlets across the globe!

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Check out this suit purchased online from Zara.com; one of my  favorite “go to” stores for edgy pieces. I absolutely love the fit  of the suit and the mid weight fabric makes it wearable in warmer months! Now I’m off to find a bright yellow turtleneck sweater or blouse to help complete the above look!  Check out more pink suited looks on my Pinterest page (here) and as always, thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Rene 

 

Fall Must-Have Boots

Fall Must-Have Boots

 

Happy Fall, everyone! I knowwwwww…it’s been an entire month since writing a blog post and I plan to improve in this area! So to get back into the swing of things, I’d like to share a few of my fall “must-have” boots (all under $100 bucks) that I’ve either purchased or plan to do so! For starters, thigh high boots are allllll the rage and I definitely caught the wave on this one. I’m definitely old enough to remember when only a certain “type of working woman” wore this style of boot! LOL!  After a bit of refinement, a variety of available styles and colors make choosing easier than before.

As far as styling these boots, I thought I’d go a bit “edgy” adding a rocker graphic tee,  slim jeans, and this fun bolero style hat!  Check out the links below!

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Style 1 (here | here | here | )  Style 2 ( here | here | here | here

Thanks for stopping by,

xo,

Rene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Pairings

Classic Pairings

What do you get when you pair a LBD (A Little Black  Dress) and a button down shirt?   You’ve created something I’d definitely wear! LOL!   Seriously, I love pairing dresses with the classic button down shirts.  I’ve worn this combo for a while now and thought I’d share it! Try it out!  Just take a strapless dress or one with a crew or square neck  collar then add your favorite button down shirt! Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you decide to go for it or leave me a comment below to visit your blog! I’d love to see!

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Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see Y.O.U in the next blog post!

Rene!

Trousers: Pajama Style

Trousers: Pajama Style

Hi everyone! Trying something new today on the blog! That’s right, Pajama style trousers.  While I’m no stranger to edgy clothing; I admit, rockin’ this pant style caused quite a bit of buzz (in the form of stares, of course) ! Nonetheless, they feel super comfy and look really cool styled both casually and dressy!Photo Jul 27, 10 13 14 AM

Again, I  did receive a few stares while wearing them out and about! LOL!  However the funniest thing happened before leaving the house wearing them; my hubby  asked why was I wearing pajama pants to run errands.  My comeback, of course, was “these pants are totally in style”.  His smirk said quite the contrary! Anywho!!!  I plan to keep on rockin’ them and may add another post showing a few more pair!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll se Y.O.U. in the next blog!

Rene