Interview with What Vanessa Wears

I loved getting to know Vanessa from What Vaness Wears! I actually reached out to her to get together to meet up and shoot and she was sweet enough to say yes. I wanted to continue my blogger series and I knew she would be a perfect fit! I asked her a few questions below and I put up some of my outfit details of course. Let me know if you like the series or what questions you would like to know from your favorite bloggers!

What made you start blogging?

I wanted to start blogging first of all to share my thoughts about fashion and my take on what’s in-trend because I feel like a lot of people don’t know not just what they should or shouldn’t buy to be in-trend, but also what options they have. Sometimes people just need to see someone wearing a look styled in several different ways to inspire them, and I want to help them with that. Another thing is that I wanted to talk about my faith, how it’s a part of my life and how it affects me and the way I live. It may be uncomfortable to discuss faith for some, but it’s something that it’s important to me. God has changed me and has done so much for me and I want to share that story when I can and when it makes sense both to people who believe and those who don’t. It’s ultimately this message: God loves you, he is for you, and you are destined for amazing things!

What is your favorite Summer trend?

This is a hard one for me because I love all kinds of trends, but I’d have to say pearl anything. I have a pearl bag, pearl earrings, a pearl hairpin, and I’m not done looking for more pearls! I think they’re so cute and girly. It makes it more fun to have these accent accessories during the summertime. I get so many compliments from wearing this trend. It’s a must-have right now.

Where do you get your outfit inspiration from?

I get a lot of my outfit inspirations from working at Bloomingdales, actually. We get a lot of new clothing every week and our departments focus highly on what’s in-trend at the moment. So I get education, inspiration, but most importantly…discounts! Haha. It’s a beautiful cycle. Also, I’m ALWAYS inspire by my favorite bloggers: Brittney Xavier, Paola Alberdi, and Aimee Song…they’re literally fashion QUEENS!

What is your go-to beauty product?

I’d have to say Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater. After blotting throughout the day with my beauty blender Blotterazzi, this spray refreshes my skin and rehydrates my makeup! For a dewy, but not oily glow all day long.

What is one thing that can make you happy right away?

Coffee! Lol, especially in the morning. When you get that first sip…mmm! Heaven!

I actually saw two other bloggers wear a similar outfit and I just had to do it for myself! I actually wore this not just to shoot but when I went to Cha Cha Matcha with Vanessa. I did not get as many looks as I thought I would. That is the thing about living in California, people wear different things sometimes and while you may get some stares, there isn’t half as many as I would get if I was in Texas. Then again, if I was in Texas I wouldn’t mind because I liked my outfit and it’s way more fun then the basic things the people that are staring are probably wearing!

I opted for the brown cross body because I had not shown it much love recently. Also, it kind of added a different element to my matchy-matchy outfit. Of course, I am a sucker for pink and the corset helped keep the shirt down and in place. I could not find a tee that was long enough without being too big on the top or sleeves. I actually ordered two different shirts! I ended up just wearing white spandex underneath.

T-shirt dress : Missguided // Corset : Forever 21 

 

Fourth of July Ready with Wooden Ships

If you have been keeping up with my Instagram, you have probably seen my posts with this sweater from Wooden Ships! This pink star sweater is apart of their Fourth of July collection and I was excited to do a collaboration with this brand because of how soft and oversized their sweaters are (perfect for the beach) and because they are not fast fashion.

I have been to a few panels now where the speakers talk about fast fashion. While I am still learning and having a hard time straying away from this, I think it is a good discussion to be had and a movement in the right direction. Wooden ships believe in “lean production” which is a no waste approach. Ever knit is made to order and has a fast turn around time. Not only is this a breathable, comfy and adorable sweater, but it represents a brand with a purpose.

Besides not just being apart of ‘fast fashion’, Wooden Ships also prides itself on giving back to numerous environmental programs, providing ethical production, and reducing their carbon footprint at their offices in Bali. They also use simple packaging with eco-friendly oxo-degradable plastic bags to minimize plastic use. (Did you know 30% of all garbage is packing waste?!)

So not only are you getting a sweet sweater, but also supporting a great business and a greater good.

So on to the sweater itself. When I decided to do the collab I decided that it would be best to shoot it at the beach since this is probably where I am going to spend my fourth of July. I opted out of the ‘red, white and blue’ theme this year as I think it’s overdone to death (especially by me) and went with a more realistic look. Plus this pink really complimented my feed so it was a win-win!

The best way to describe the knit is oversized and slouchy as a perfect loungewear top or cover up. Also, it is very thin and breathable but perfect for a cool beach day! Like I said, truly the best beach sweater!

And did I mention all sweaters ship free? What is your favorite part when you buy an online item?

Sweater : mini stars shirt tails v-neck cotton

 

 

The Bodysuit Post

I wanted to dedicate this post to those special one pieces you have hanging in your closet. You know, the ones that get you fully undressed when you have to use the bathroom (unless they have the buttons on the bottom in which case you feel like a 5-month-old). Yes, the bodysuit. There are also good parts to this clothing piece! The ease of slipping one on and adding a simple pair of jeans and sneaks like how I styled them. When your outfit looks put together you’re halfway there, amiright?!

I purchased this bright one-piece from Zara, and I loved how soft it was I actually bought two! The bright colors are perfect for Summer and they were only $20!

Bodysuits come in all shapes and sizes. From off the shoulders to turtle neck tanks, they also flatter all shapes and sizes! Since they give the illusion of being tucked into your bottom clothing piece, that can help cinch in your waist and really show off your figure. Getting the right size is, of course, crucial because you do not want them too tight (or it will be up your you-know-what) and if it is too big you can be left with too much extra fabric. I wanted to share a few others that are also relatively inexpensive so that you could go purchase them as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I actually wore this one piece as a swimsuit since the color is so bright and the material is so similar! There are no bottom buttons or anything that signal that the one piece wasn’t for the beach so I went for it!

 

Bodysuit : Zara

Where I Get My Trendy Pieces

This was actually a requested blog post which surprised me so I have to give the people what they want! I talk a lot about trends I feel. I have gone on and on in blog posts about trends so I will try not to bore you with those details! (If you do want some of the gushy details, go to this blog post). I have touched on this subject a bit in this blog post in case you want to check out more in-depth on the types of places I have shopped!

One thing that usually goes hand in hand with trends tends to be fast fashion. I actually am not really a fan of fast fashion for several reasons. 1. It is usually not sustainable or good for our environment which is a huge no! 2. What comes in fast tends to leave fast and 3. The trendy pieces can tend to be cheaply made if it is not a designer brand. I do think though that if you like that piece and believe you will like it, especially if the trend dies out, then go for it! Style is about what you like and what you feel comfortable in! You do you, boo boo!

So usually when I get pieces that are more in style, I usually opt for a cheaper price unless I know it is something I will be wearing long term. For this, I usually go to Forever 21 or search Asos and skim over Pretty Little Thing. I also do a lot of outfit searching on Instagram! I know influencers can get annoying and tag all of the places they shop from, but really it is cool to know! I genuinely like to see what else a store has to offer if they tagged a piece that I liked! I usually will go to that store’s page and search for the item as well as similar pieces they may have!

Also, online shopping is a huge blessing! I tend to just google the piece that I am looking for and not only does it usually give you the piece you are looking for, the shopping section usually gives alternatives that are cheaper and pricier so you can pick your poison. For this outfit, I actually copied an influencer I found on Instagram. I fell in love with it and it’s definitely a super trendy outfit!

Dress : (similar) // Belt : Revolve

My Dream Job

It’s life update time! I completed my first week of work at a job I have been wanting for a while! I, of course, am super into fashion and entertainment so naturally, when I heard about PR showrooms I was intrigued. I had not experienced it yet and I think everyone was a little worried when I stopped working at my old PR job in social media and started an internship at a showroom. It was unpaid and I worked at a store at the mall to get by but I knew I needed experience since I had no idea how a showroom functioned at first. Luckily I learned the ropes and was ready to apply for new jobs. I landed an interview at POP PR and after researching the brands they represented I loved it! I was truly blessed to be hired as a fashion assistant and I am excited to see where this journey takes me.

So what is a PR Showroom? I would describe it as a PR management of multiple clothing brands to lend out for celebrity/influencer shoots. It can include gifting, but mostly creates press for the clothes that are shot for magazines, in music videos, and at press events.

As a fashion assistant, so far I have gotten to know the brands, have written a pitch or two, created media lists and assisted in appointments with stylists that come in looking for the perfect outfit for their clients. While I probably cannot name the celebrities we have seen in some of the clothes, let me say there are some A-list names for sure!

This is exactly what I envisioned for myself when I wanted to land my “dream job” a year ago. I never knew this was apart of Public Relations and I am so glad I found it! The people I work with seem very determined and work-driven, but very funny and know how to balance work and play! I am excited to get to know them better and learn so much from them. I will do more updates as more milestones unfold with my job. I am so so excited for my second week of work already!

Blazer Dress : Forever 21 // Heels : Steve Madden

 

My Favorite Hair Products

It’s been a while since I have shared a few of my favorite products on the blog! I always have my beauty wishlist tab that I update, but I wanted to do a post on the products that I actually use on my hair. I have tried a few different ones, and there are still ones I would love to try! I actually use these products and I wanted to share them in this post!

Also, how cute is this pink fire station?! I found it while searching for Marfa on my way home to Texas and I knew I had the perfect outfit for it! I actually thrifted this skirt from a downtown store in LA and it was only $20! I also have been wearing this shirt on repeat because I just love the color and there are so many ways to style it! For more outfit inspo on styling a graphic tee check out my latest blog post!

First off I took this picture for a Pantene contest to win free Coachella tickets but I wanted to do it because I actually do use Pantene! I usually use the shampoo for colored hair or the charcoal shampoo to keep my locks clean for days!

 

 

 

 

 

Also because my hair is colored I always use this conditioner to keep my ends soft.

 

 

 

 

For a much needed deep conditioning, I use this conditioner and leave it in for five minutes AT LEAST!

 

 

 

 

I also read that using heat protectant even without using heat helps your hair. I’m not sure if I trusted it but I use It’s A 10 which has heat protectant at least twice a week.

 

Batiste is my go-to dry shampoo! I have tried at least four and this is my favorite! I use the one for brunettes so my hair does not turn white.

 

 

 

 

 

About once a month (or when needed) I use this hair oil for a sleek look. I am very careful with hair oil since I usually like my hair clean and teased!

 

 

 

 

 

I use my wet brush every day and especially after I get out of the shower so my hair dries straight.

This texture spray is my go-to for big bold hair!

 

I actually used this beach spray for the messy wave! I love scrunching my hair with it and creating volume since my hair is so thin.

Should I do an updated hair care post?

Top : (similar) // Skirt : (similar) (similar) // Shoes : Forever21 (similar)

Valentine’s day Gift Guide + Outfit Details

Valentine’s day is one of my favorite holidays! It always has been ever since I was younger and would get to pick out Valentine’s cards to give out to the class! I even would buy Valentine’s for my friends in high school. I love the pinks, reds, and purples. Hearts and the odds and ends that come with the holiday are always so cute! I also really liked shooting this outfit! Something different for me as I am trying to be more trendy with this, but I love trying new looks and genres of fashion. I also included some sweet gifts for the special girls in your life! These are sweet little reminders to share that will last a bit longer than a heart balloon and candy!

 

Under $50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$50 and Over

  

 

 

 

 

 

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