Styling Tulle

Styling Tulle. So I talked about stepping out of my comfort zone style-wise in my past blog post. This outfit definitely qualifies. This definitely is not something that I would just wear anywhere and now that I think about it, I have a very hard time placing where exactly someone would wear this outfit…

Any suggestions?

I’ve had this skirt in my closet for a while now, I actually shot it two years back for Valentine’s day and I actually wore a similar colored top now that I think about it! Why I choose to wear tulle in the winter is beyond me. I was absolutely freezing for this shoot! There were multiple times I ran the short distance back to the car to warm up and try my best to keep my nose from getting red. I go full Rudolph in the winter.

Tulle is one of those fabrics you just know when you see it! It stands out and when you get a good amount it just automatically looks divine! I am coming to realize I am a sucker for most pieces in white. Definitely a must! Black would just be a little too harsh for this look in my opinion. I styled it with a sweater mostly because it was freezing and also who wants to see a shot of someone in a tank top during winter? But this sweater has a great asymmetric feel, perfectly falls off the shoulder, and the small flare to the sleeve just ties it all together. After all, the devil is in the details.

A few of my tips for wearing tulle?

  1. Keep the rest of the outfit simple : you want the tulle to be the statement piece, the piece a person’s eyes automatically go to when they first see your look
  2. Mix fabrics : you, of course, do not want your whole look to be tulle, layering with a structured top is probably your best bet for wearing out a tulle skirt somewhere nice.
  3. Stick to one color : it can already be hard to find matching pieces, so don’t make it harder and get tulle AND a print together. Your other outfit pieces can have print, of course, but solid colors are the way to go in my opinion!

Hat : Lack of Color // Skirt : Morning Lavender // Sweater : (similar) // Belt : Rebecca Minkoff

Boho Vibes

What is your favorite kind of style? Chic? 90’s? Mine has been more boho recently! I’ve been getting more into more of a western-y, fun look more and more. I have been venturing out of my comfort zone and have been wearing pieces that I think are different and not something that you would just wear for a day at the mall. When I find a piece I really like I usually describe the piece as “fun”. This can be anywhere from a chic pointy-toed see-through heel to an embroidered Dior bag.

I’ve gotten a lot of my style inspiration from Instabloggers like Anna Grace Newell and Tezza. While I am still not over my girly chic style, I love being able to find new looks to pull off. Plus my dad called me a hippie a few months ago and I realized that since my family now things I just juice and wear bell bottoms I might as well embrace the boho/hippie vibes and go with it! Peaceeee Mannnn!

Every piece of this outfit is essential! Let’s break it down real quick.

This hat is the epicenter of this outfit! It matches perfectly with the light pink shoes and the sheer pink long sleeve. The yellow of the dress adds a pop of color and the jewels are so small and simple they add to the mix of texture with the tiny polka dots on the sheer top. This outfit is like a chocolate chip cookie, the dough and the chocolate are pretty good by themselves, but amazing when they are together!

I love mixing prints that just go! I am predicting that trendy, fun pieces are going to seep more into people’s everyday lives since I recently visited Rodeo Drive and so many of the stores had eclectic pieces! I honestly cannot wait to be walking down the street in this kind of outfit! I would love to do a blog post on the cool street style I see other people wear here in LA.

Would you like to see a post like that? 

A lot of the time I actually just put outfits together in my head and hope for the best. Usually, they do not look ANYTHING like I imagine. But then again that is because not every sweater, jean or skirt have the same silhouette or hit at the correct length or have the same material thickness. (Ugh how I wish I could sew.)

This look I tried on for the first time New Year’s Eve. While I wanted to wear my revolve dress, I figured going out to bars in a college town was not the time to tempt fate with my nice dress and I felt like I would stick out like a sore thumb in something I was not totally 100% satisfied with. I ended up wearing this dress… which I wore on Christmas also so I am a major holiday outfit repeater! But when I tried it on with this sheer long sleeve underneath I was horrified! I had the wrong bra, my hair was up and was not getting the right vibes! BUT I ended up shooting with it after all mostly because of the hat and it worked out well! Some random drunk girl even said that she loved my dress and I looked like Pocahontas!!

Hat : Lack of Colors // Dress : Free People // Sheer Long Sleeve : Forever 21 // Shoes : Forever 21

Self-Health + Bloopers

Rolling in the New Year with a much-needed laugh! As a huge part of self-health, I think it’s important to laugh at yourself. Take the few bumps in the road and laugh at it just because you can. Here are a few of my unedited shots from my past shoots.

My face when people keep interrupting my shot

My favorite go-to face

*thinking about how I’m going to get through the rest of this shoot*

In all seriousness though, it is important to take some time for yourself. Eat your veggies, drink your water and handle your stuff. Put a face mask on or go for a long drive. Dance it out like on Grey’s Anatomy. Good ole’ retail therapy can give you a quick fix. Read a book that you actually enjoy, or a magazine you haven’t picked up in a while. Take a friend to lunch and dish it all out. Do whatever you need to do to release the stress and get it all out.

Like why am I holding my leg?!

Living in LA has been so amazing and challenging at the same time. I miss my group of friends and my support system. It has been such a growing experience from learning when your car needs a jump start and not knowing anyone that knows how to a first real job and getting scammed out of an apartment. Honestly, there have been times where I left work and just called my mom crying because I was so stressed and poor and not happy. But I think this is a really big rollercoaster because I have also had times where I cannot help but just thank God at the moment and when I look at a Malibu beach it’s hard to imagine anything could be more beautiful.

I could honestly have gone back at almost any time, and I would have gone back to not having to share a room, to my little pup, to eating out and hanging out with my friends and family and being happy the majority of the time. As I am writing this I am not sure why I didn’t honestly. I think I needed this period of time in my life though and I think I just let my pride get in the way and wanted to keep pushing through for reasons only God knows why. Actually… I think it’s because I always wanted to live here and I always wanted to get out of the San Antonio area and I felt like a failure if I went back. But I always knew I would go back, so at some point I would “fail”. I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole situation. I know one thing and that’s my style and taste, and adventure and possibilities will always belong here in Los Angeles, but my happiness and safety and home will be back home in Texas.

So what’s up with my legs? And that face??

Okay, rant over. I guess at the end of the day it’s all about your health and happiness. Always make sure the good outweighs the bad and when it doesn’t question its worth. This goes for people too, it sucks letting people go but it’s worst holding on to them sometimes. Do the things that make you happy and when you can’t reward yourself. Do your nails, take your time away from electronics, block out life and just take a good nap. Hope this helped a little! I’m probably saying things that are pretty obvious, but obviously, need to be heard.

True and Co.

I first heard about True & Co. on Instagram because a few of my favorite bloggers were wearing the pieces. I was so lucky to be able to collab with True & Co. and show off a few of the pieces as well! True & Co. is a female run and operated company that is dedicated to making women feel amazing. And let me tell you, the pieces do feel amazing! They are so soft and are the perfect seamless undergarments for wearing leggings, white pants, or tight tops! I was given two sets, a more nude color and a black. The nude-purple is the one I shot here and came with a thong (barely shown in a few of the shots below) and the black set had a lace back bra that would be perfect for sleeveless tops! Both sets will be linked below!

Let’s talk bras for a second! (This is where the small percentage of males reading this exits out of the page). Isn’t it the worst when your bra digs into you? Or what about when you have the hardest time keeping up a strapless bra? Ugh, and I hate when the underwire starts popping out. So Annoying! Well, this San Francisco based brand is trying to change that bra stigma and create a “comfortable staple” for women. I actually have worn these bras as sports bras too! That’s how well it supports me and I am so comfortable with them! And of course you cannot go wrong with a seamless panty! Especially one with a seamless brief silhouette, so comfy.

As a blogger, I shoot at least two looks at a time. I hate having to pack extra panties and bras just because they can be seen in another outfit! It takes up extra time and space. I shot two looks when I shot this and I did not have to pack another set of undergarments. It’s the little things in life, ya know?

Check out @trueandco on Instagram!

Bra : True & Co. // Jacket : SheIn // Jeans : Levis

Naked Zebra

I love getting to show off new brands that I find to you all! This one is an LA-based brand but you can buy pieces online at Nordstrom Rack and on the website (HERE). I honestly love the quality of the two pieces I got! They shipped fast and were the exact colors I expected! (I hate when they are off or some of the details look different than online!) I made an unboxing Instagram story on the pieces as soon as I received them, you can see a few of the stories in my highlights!

   

Let’s talk about the individual pieces. First off the color of this kimono is perfect for multiple seasons! It’s a burnt orange with some flower embroidery that does not pop too much, but is the perfect amount of detail! I definitely will be styling this in multiple posts to come! The sleeves have a little bell and it feels like a shirt so it’s comfy. Also, it is currently marked down in price and still available in all sizes so hurry and scoop that up!

These suede shorts are such great material and they have pockets! I don’t know if you’re like me but I love functionality when it comes to clothes! As soon as I saw these two pieces I immediately thought of putting them together! I was worried because of the colors that the outfit would look a little too much like fall, but I like the way it came out!

What do you think?

Honorable mention.. I really wanted these lace-up shorts! I may actually still get them because I know now that the quality is so long lasting and I could see myself wearing them for multiple occasions! Plus I am a sucker for a light pink colored piece. They are super edgy and sweet at the same time! Would you wear them? Use code ‘BRIANA25’ for 25% off your order!

 

Kimono : Tilden Embroidered Kimono // Top : Free People // Shorts : California Suede Shorts 

 

Easy NYE Looks

I always have such a hard time choosing what to wear for NYE! This is mostly because I never know what I am doing until the last minute. Some years I am with my family, others I am hosting a get-together with my friends, and last year I went out! Regardless, it is hard to plan an outfit without a plan. This year I wanted to help you and post a few pieces that follow the New Years Eve outfit musts : Sparkly, Fringe and Sequins!

I am really hoping to wear this Dress from Revolve that I recently bought from a sample sale in LA! If you haven’t gone to one I would highly recommend!! This one is a Chrissy Teigan x Revolve dress and I added a simple gold slip underneath. Because of the high neckline put my hair in a ponytail and added some fun fringe earrings! (Again following the NYE outfit musts.) These Forever 21 booties are the perfect color for the dress and I’m a sucker for a pointy sock bootie that I can wear all night!

What are your plans for this New Years Eve?

I also feel the need to say something about New Years Resolutions… I honestly never do them. I always forget about them and my goals are always changing! There are the obvious ones like staying healthy and going to church, but that doesn’t really change every year so why set a goal all over again when it’s not anything new? Resolutions just aren’t for me, but hey if they are something that helps you I would say go for it! Do you have any resolutions this year that are unique? Share them in the comments below!

Dress : Chrissy Teigen x Revolve // Shoes : Forever 21 // Earrings : Morning Lavender

Holiday Looks

Merry Christmas Eve! This is seriously one of my favorite days of the year! It’s such a blessing to listen to Christmas music and spend time with extended family! There is no better feeling than Christmas morning, seeing presents and smiles and eating great food while hearing “Do You Hear What I Hear” on the radio. One thing I really wish I had been able to do this year is an angel tree. I really miss picking a child and shopping for them so they have great gifts. I did not find any this year and to be honest, I was short on money so it would have been hard. One way to give back though is to volunteer. There is always room for giving in whatever way possible, and that is one of the best ways to celebrate the season.

I also want to just give a reminder about how much of a celebration Christmas really is. I know everyone goes to church only on the important days, but you really get more out of it the more you go. It’s what you put into it. You can really feel like Christmas year-round when you remember the whole meaning behind it. It’s so powerful to think about someone loving you so much that they died to just so you can know them, no guarantee that you will love them back and may even hate them. But realizing how amazing the stories are because they are real can truly mean so much if you let them.

My go-to this year is a skirt and sweater combo! I love the way they compliment each other and since I can never tell with Texas weather, it is a great go-to! I love the mix of the patterns since the skirt has sequins and the marled texture tones it down a bit. I added these pink shoes for a pop of color and can I just say the blue in this couch brought it all together so nicely!

Sweater : (similar) // Skirt : Revolve (similar) (similar) // Shoes : Forever 21