Casual Friday's and Other Such Ramblings

October 11, 2017

Photography by Lee Britto ( Contact at

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
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

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:

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
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.

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