Casual Friday's and Other Such Ramblings

October 11, 2017





Photography by Lee Britto ( Contact at LMBritto30@gmail.com)

Top: H&M (an oldie but tons of cute options here,  here, and here ); Jeans: Gap ; Heels: Target; Watch: Marc Jacobs


I try really hard to come up with elaborate and creative outfits, sometimes it's easy and other times it's just a bit too complicated.  On those days nothing tops a pair of good ole jeans and a cute top.  This particular top, I was eyeing at H&M for quite some time.  Although it is currently sitting in my closet awaiting another spin around the town, I still have plenty of plans for it. 




I keep a little side gig at H&M ( I mean the discount alone is reason enough to stay forever) but I typically only buy things that are on sale.  It's kind of a running joke at work that if its over $20 Camille's not buying it.  I could be offended but, hey;  they are absolutely correct.  Thats why this top in particular caused a lot of back and forth in my mind.   In the end after the 800th time of putting it on hold so that I could think it over I decided a gals gotta treat herself.  That is also my mantra for any of the other purchases I probably had no business making.  You only live once so why not live fashionable ( feel free to replay any of these mantras in your head next time your trying to make a decision at the register about if you need to make this purchase or not). 



For this look I decided to keep it simple.  It was dress down day at work and I wanted to keep it as modest and casual as possible.  I decided to pair this top with my work tote and a simple pair of tan heels.  I can't wait to wear it on a weekend and really play with all its capabilities.

A Beautiful Mistake

October 10, 2017




Photography by Lee Britto (contact at LMBritto30@gmail.com)
Blouse: Zara (Similar by Mango); Blazer: H&M ( Similar by Boohoo); Hat: Forever 21 ( Similar by Halogen); Shoes: Aldo (Same on Amazon ); Bag: Celine ( Similar by Aldo ); Earrings: H&M

Sometimes outfits happen accidentally, and the result is a beautiful mistake.  I have been out for 4 nights straight (which is way out of character for me because I am pretty much a grandma), and my little fro did its best to hold up through the dancing, sweating, manipulating, and being slept on.  So this morning when I woke up and looked in the mirror my hair was on its final leg.  It was EXTREMELY dry and felt like a brillo pad, but it was Saturday and sunny and there was no way I was staying in the house.  Typically when this happens I find a scarf and tye my hair up under an elaborate turban, but today I really felt like wearing it out and having a more polished look.  Unfortunately for me, my hair wasn't on board with those plans.





As I stared in the mirror and tried to figure out what in the world I was about to do, I happened to see my black wool hat that has been sitting in a corner in my room for about 2 years now.  I've never worn it and have had no idea how to, but today was the day to give it one last try.  I should also share that I have the largest head ever and I barely ever wear hats because, well, none of them ever fit this noggin.  Luckily today, all the stars aligned and the odds were forever in my favor.  I decided to keep the look clean by adding my favorite black H&M blazer and a white blouse from Zara.  I figured I would wear my embroidered black Aldo mules.  I got them on sale and have been obsessed with them all summer.

Needless to say,  I strutted around the city all day feeling super chic, and all from a complete accident.

Bad Hair Days

October 5, 2017







               Photography by Lee Britto (for inquiries please contact LMBritto30@gmail.com)

Top: Forever 21 (Similar here); Pants: H&M (Similar here); Headscarf: H&M; Earrings: H&M; Sandals: Nordstrom Rack (Similar here)

If you have hair that grows out of your head (which I'm going to take a wild guess and assume you do) then I would guess it's safe to say that you probably have had a bad hair day or two ( or ten).  Although I will say time and time again that going natural was one of the best decisions I have ever made, it does open the door for a few more unexpected hair outcomes.  Natural hair has a tendency to do what it wants.  I could do my hair the same exact way every night and there is no real guarantee that it is going to come out the same as the day before.  But regardless of its inevitable unpredictability I still love it.







But, we still must discuss those days when I wake up and the bed head is so severe that there is actually no way I can go into society like that.  On those days using scarves to make turbans are crucial.  Those lovely light cloth scarves you can grab from any H&M, Forever 21, Aldo, anywhere; they are for so much more then keeping your neck warm.  I honestly don't know what I would do without them.  I have soooooo many scarves with different prints, colors, sizes, you name it.  And when I'm really in a bind I'll even use a tshirt or pair of tights to create a turban for my hair.  What I love most about them is that they are a great way to give a look a very bohemian and effortless feel.  Me being a little island gal I mean what is better then adding a cute bright turban to finish the look (or cover up the birds nest on your head)

What do you use on your bad hair days? Let me know in the comments below.


From Old to New

October 4, 2017







Photography by Lee Britto ( contact: LMBritto30@gmail.com)

Top: H&M; Jeans: H&M; Bag: H&M (very similar here); Necklace: Handmade Gift ( Very Similar here); Shoes: Nordstrom Rack ( very Similar here also seen in previous posts here)


Although I work in a clothing store part time, and am constantly surrounded by clothing I tend to have moments where, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I can't find a thing to wear.  I know we have all been there.  We search through every drawer, closet ( yes I have a few ), and still nothing.  Everything has already been photographed, or doesn't quite make your chakras feel all the way aligned.  This was the case the day I was supposed to attend the quintessential naturals tour and could not for the life of me find a single solitary thing to put on my body that made me feel flawless.  So after creating a giant pile on my floor I decided to hit plan B.  You may be thinking what's plan B?  Plan B is go in there and start thinking all the way outside the box. 

When in doubt, make an outfit.  No literally make an outfit people, create one,  tailor one, use your magic to make something new out of something old.  So I pulled out an old Chambray shirt and decided to play around with it ( and of course used the wonderful assistance of a great youtube video by Notorious Kia ). 






To recreate this look all you have to do is take any button up shirt and button it up to your chest until it is tight enough to stay in place.  Do not put your arms through the sleeves but instead use them to tie a bow underneath your chest.  This will create a super cute tube top look.  I personally would suggest an oversized distressed denim shirt to add to the relaxed feel of this look.  But most importantly, just have fun!!

What are some ways you restyle old pieces in your wardrobes?


From the office to the bar

October 2, 2017




Photography by Lee Britto (for all photography inquiries contact LMBritto30@gmail.com)
           
Glasses: Cole Haan; Dress: H&M ( Similar here); Shoes: Aldo ( Can be found here)

Personal style is extremely important.  It's like a fingerprint, it's what identifies you as an individual and separates you from everyone else.  There should be no space within your life where that style has to be stifled.  One of the main places in my life where I am forced to dull down my style would be the office.  Yes that 9-5 that we must show up at so we can continue to get the paycheck to buy all the things we love.

Well, I personally refuse to buy two wardrobes. You know one for play and one for work.  I mean, who has money for that, Not this gal!!! So when I shop for work clothes I always keep in mind that I want pieces that easily transition between the office and happy hour ( yes I actually use happy hour as my reference point when I'm shopping).  The pants I wore in this post are a perfect example of the type of clothing I buy that easily work in any situation.

This particular dress is a wrap dress I found on the sale rack at H&M, and I absolutely adore it.  Its super comfortable, has a secret sexy slit, and most of all is office appropriate.   Nowadays those are the requirements of most the pieces I buy; comfortable, stylish, sexy, and work appropriate. And to answer the question in your head,  I did wear this to happy hour right after work lol.





Pretty Palazzos

September 26, 2017


                                    (Photography by Lee Britto lmbritto30@gmail.com)
Top: H&M (Similar here); Pants: H&M (Similar here); Necklace: Aldo ; Sandals: Nordstrom Rack (Similar here)


Theres something about palazzo pants that I absolutely adore.  I don't know if its that it often hides the fact that I haven't had a pedicure in weeks, or that it provides all the benefits of feeling like your not wearing pants while preventing you from getting you arrested.  But whatever the reason is I can't get enough of them.  Last summer I got my first pair, and was a little skeptical they may look very "that 70;s show" but they were actually super cute.  So instead of getting just one pair I went ahead and decided to get two.



They tend to pair really well with a body suit or something a little more fitted up top to balance out how wide and flowy they are.  Although I got this particular pair from H&M ages ago theres a few cute pairs available herehere, and here.  If you want an outfit option thats boho, stylish, and hella comfy this is definitely a prime choice.





Urban Chic

September 20, 2017

Shirt: H&M (Similar style here), Bralette: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: H&M (Similar style here), Sunglass: Loft (for a SUPER low price), Earrings: H&M

Everyone that knows me knows I am a habitual shopper.  And working in a clothing store does not help because not a shift goes by where I don't leave with a bag of something.  Not the best decision for my pockets but it always makes me and my closet very happy.  Even with all the clothes I've accumulated ( 2 closets and 2 dressers full to be exact) lately I just feel like I can't put an outfit together to save my life.  The solution seems to be to buy more clothes, but then I just end up with more options and still no decisions about what to wear when it's time to go out.  

So the other day I stumbled on a youtube video by a hair vlogger I adore " NotoriousKia" where she went over 5 different ways to style a button up shirt.  Needless to say, it was one of the most life changing events of my existence upon this earth.  Ok, maybe that was a bit of an over exaggeration, but it was a pretty awesome discovery.  

So I decided for this look to do a classic off the shoulder style.  And I can't wait to share a few other cool ways to I styled this shirt as well ( you will have to stay tuned for that).  

Overall, it was such a relief to find a flirty and fun way to style one of the million button down shirts that sits collecting dust in my closet.









The Spongebob Dress

September 18, 2017



(Photography by Lee Britto email: lmbritto30@gmail.com; instagram Pelican_Lee)

Top ( Dress from H&M Similar dress here); Earrings: H&M (sold out online but available in stores); Jeans: H&M; Shoes: Express; Sunglasses: Loft)

This summer brought along a lot of trends, and as we all know,  the best trends tend to be recycled from fashions past.  This particular style has proved to be a continuous favorite.  No matter how old I have gotten or what part of me has decided to grow I have always felt there is something particularly sexy about a woman's shoulders.  I remember being 16 and trying to convince my mom that the spandex off the shoulder forever 21 top was totally appropriate for little old 14 year old me.  Needless to say that was always a losing battle with her.  Now as an adult in the "almost 30 club" I find myself gravitating towards styles that highlight that area of the body.  I could not even tell you how many off the shoulder items I purchased this summer ( you don't even want to know... yeah it's that ridiculous).  Anyway,  they are an amazing addition to every wardrobe and if you don't have one yet I'm not quite sure what exactly you're waiting for.





This particular top is actually a shift dress that I picked up from H&M form their trend line ( my absolute favorite of all the lines they carry).  I was helping a woman check out and she pulled this lovely little number out of her bag and said she wanted to return it because it made her look like spongebob.  At first glance I could understand exactly why she felt that way, shift dresses can be very difficult to style at times.  Because they have such a boxy shape it can either make you look super thin, lean, and elegant, or well....like spongebob.  After watching it sadly hang from the rack of go backs a super bright idea popped into my head and I decided maybe we could give this little spongebob dress a new life by wearing it as a top, and thats exactly what this gal did.  With a handy dandy hair tie, a lot of tucking and one happy dance later I created this bright and sunny little outfit.

So the moral of this long tale is, before you count an outfit out think of all the many possibilities.



Last days of Summer

September 14, 2017



Dress: Forever 21 ( Similar style here); Denim Jacket: H&M; Sunglasses:H&M; Sneakers: Vans ( Similar style here); Purse: H&M ( Similar style here

It's with great sadness that I announce that it is almost time to say goodbye to summer.  The BBQ's, Day parties, Pool Parties,  summer kick back jammy jams, its all coming to cold and frigid end.  The feeling is pretty bitter sweet, since theres nothing I love more then thigh high boots and chunky sweaters, but I'm going to miss the golden brown tan on my skin, the cute mini dresses without tights, and the sun shining far into the evening.  But since we have about a week left I figured I would try to squeeze in a few of my summer faves before my time runs out.

At the top of that list are all my tube top dresses.  They are so sexy and easy to dress up or dress down.  You can throw them on with a pair of sneakers and denim jacket like I did here or throw on a pair of strappy heels and statement necklace, and blazer for a more polished look.  I could probably rattle off about 20 different ways to wear them but I'll spare you the details.  What I will tell you is they are a closet staple and if you don't have one yet, stop reading and start buying lol.

Heres a few options to get you started: (Asos Body Con DressWhite Bodycon dressSuper Cute Tye Dye Strapless Bodycon)











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