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

How My Style Has Evolved

I think as we grow, so does our taste in clothes, along with other aspects of course! I was talking to another blogger recently and I realized that what I post on the blog and Instagram isn’t always pieces that I would wear on a day to day basis. Along with mixing in my favorite statement pieces, I also am going to try to incorporate posts that embody what my regular style is as well. I usually wear my same 501 Levi’s jeans with a (most likely white) v-neck, some simple gold pieces and my hair down. So except for the heels, this outfit is not too much out of my usual look, except for the heels.

I really do think influencers have had a big impact on what I wear! I usually try to limit the trendy pieces because I try to think… will I wear that other than for a shoot? And some pieces I post are just too fun for me to pass up like my star shorts!

When I first started off blogging I have to admit I was aiming to dress like the lifestyle bloggers who constantly shop at Nordstrom and tend to be southern. I quickly realized that while they had cute pieces, they were all so similar! Something amazed me by the bloggers that had an edgier, cooler style with posts that had cool angles and cool pieces. Now I am somewhere in between trying to post outfits like them for cool inspiration, and everyday minimal pieces. While the contrast of the two sucks for my Instagram feed, I feel it is better to be relatable to my audience, but at the same time keep them interested.

No matter what the look may be, my goal is to be different, but also genuine with my style. I have slowly learned more about what I like and do not like and that takes time. I find pieces even now from forever ago that I truly still love, and ones that are cringe-worthy! I would not be caught dead in a lace forever 21 mini dress anymore. But I do love the forever 21 sneakers that I can’t live without!

Leather Jacket : (similar) // Jeans : Levi’s // Heels : Steve Madden

 

Where I Shop

I always get asked about new boutiques and places to shop so I thought I would compile a quick list of places where I get my favorite pieces. I really do shop around everywhere, but depending on the piece I want I will go to different places. If I have a piece in mind, I will go to different places to see if they have something similar, or if it is trendy I have my go-to places! Also if I do not have any idea of what to shoot and just want to try to find a brand new piece I also have my go-to places to shop as well!

I usually like to online shop because the sites I visit most often are not usually found at my local mall. Some of them of course are, but I also just think it’s so much easier! I hardly go to the mall to shop unless I know the store has a piece I really want so I go and see it and try it on in person. I have gotten pretty good at focusing in on materials, reading size dimensions and concluding what will work for me and what will not based on the information provided when I online shop.

I actually got this outfit half online half in person. I was looking for last minute Festival Style pieces and festival or not I am a sucker for fringe. This dress is actually from Forever 21 which is where I go to get my trendy pieces. When I am looking for a piece that is fun and lower cost, or pieces that I really like because they are trendy but I may not wear in a few months, Forever 21 is my go-to! That being said, I would consider this dress a staple dress because it is a LBD and I know I will be wearing it for a while!

Showpo is a great place to shop for cute pieces no matter your size! The pieces always fit well and are girly and fun! Definitely, a must when you are just shopping around for weekend wear!

Verge Girl and Princess Polly seem to be on the same wavelength. I am OBSESSED with their pieces and this is where I shop when I want to shoot something new but I do not have a piece in mind. The pieces are always feminine and sweet and so my style!

The ‘sweet girls’ boutique is none other than Lulu’s of course! This is a must for a sweet Sunday dress or a cute vacation outfit! Also, their shoes and accessories are mostly why I shop here!

When I am looking for something cool and fresh, I shop Asos. The prices range but when you really spend some time on the site there are tons and tons of great finds! For petite friends like me (or even my tall gals) there are subsections for you to shop your size too!

Higher End

Give me all the Lace, Frills and sweet prints brought to you by For Love & Lemons! These pieces are more special occasion pieces but they are so fun and ideal for when I am shooting!

Reformation has great basics and vintage vibes. I found a jacket there once that I just will never be able to live without!

Now I know everyone knows about this one, but for a sleek look, I shop Revolve. You really just need a piece or two to create a killer look, but I mean I would also be elated if my entire closet was made up of Revolve! (What a dream)

Hat : (similar) // Dress : Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace : Sterling Forever

 

Friday Faves

It’s that time again for a short round-up of my favorite things of the moment! So let’s get started.

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Show 

I have been addicted to watching ‘The Act’ on Hulu! It’s based on the true story of the seemingly sickly Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee Blanchard. The story turns when Dee Dee ends up murdered and Gypsy Rose ends up missing. It is a must-see because there are so many unexpected discoveries and since it is true I recommend watching the full documentary on Youtube after! Super interesting and such a truly insane situation!

Skin Care

If you follow me on Instagram you know I was gifted with some cleansers, lotions, and creams by SebaMed! I have been using them daily and I am really enjoying the moisturizing face cream. I use it pretty much daily after I get out of the shower to seal in the moisture. Also, did I mention it is only $15?!

Shoe Trend

I am obsessed with clear, nude heels! I really want a pair because I can see myself wearing these for years! Have you ever felt like you have the perfect outfit but you don’t know what shoes to wear because you don’t want to ruin the whole outfit? These will do the trick. Plus I am all for simplicity and these could not be more simple!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juicing

So let me start this one by saying I have not tried juicing for very long or extensively. I usually will do a day at most if I am trying a cleanse, but I love having a juice at least once a week to keep up with my veggie intake and because of the many benefits. I have tried so many different brands and the ones I recommend are sold at Whole Foods and Pressed Juicery! Those are the best tasting in my opinion and make it easy to use as a meal replacement or supplement.

I usually opt for a juice filled with various greens. I always follow it up with some cold water to speed up my metabolism and I really like it infused with lots of lemons! I would recommend every at least try a local juicery near them for the flavor at the very least!

Brand : Meshki

Meshki has quickly grown to a more well-known brand especially because of Instagram and I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces. Also, there are a few similar versions of their pieces sold at Forever 21 if you love the look but not the price. However, I definitely recommend checking it out because the quality is really worth it for sure!

 

Website 

If you keep up with my Facebook Page for the blog, you know that I am always advocating for The Newsette! It is a daily newsletter filled with short, informative articles on pop and fashion news, health sections, inspiration, and shopping columns! It is sent right to your inbox daily, is short, sweet and to the point and updates you on a few things in today’s world before even having your first cup of coffee!

Femme Luxe Review

One of my favorite part about being a blogger is working with brands! I never just take any brand collabs. I always look into the products, see if it is something I would actually wear and if my followers would like to see it or purchase it! I got the chance to review some clothing from Femme Luxe and so I wanted to share what I thought about the pieces as well as how they feel and price ranges!

Let’s start with this Shirt Dress! Keep in mind I am a 5’0 103 pound girl who likes to wear oversized tees. So naturally, I ordered a medium. While it looks really good and worked well, I really should have gone with a small because it was already oversized. That was just a mess up on my part. Femme Luxe knows exactly how their customers want their pieces! Rather than the size, I loved the shirt dress and how comfy and easy it was to just throw on and leave the house. I paired it with these purple shoes to bring out the blue in the shirt. Also how cool is the graphic?

My second look was this ribbed loungewear set. I have seriously been wanting one of these sets because they are on trend and so comfy! This is so something you can wear at home and out for the day and look so cool without even trying. Of course, I had to be basic and pair it with my oversized sneakers. But let me tell you again Femme Luxe knows what their customers like because this set is not tight, but fits well in all the right places! Also, the high neckline is perfect for cool summer nights. Whether I am in LA or Texas, the weather is never that cold, so I was really excited when I realized how thin this material was! Such a cool set you’ll definitely be seeing on my stories.

This all-black look was so HOT HOT HOT! I requested the Corset top and the Vinyl Trousers separately but when they came in I just had to pair them together!

So first the corset! Truly hugs you and holds you in. However, I would say to get your regular size because even though it is a bit snug that’s what a corset is for! There is some stretch in the back so you won’t totally suffocate and you will look super hot! The top had a bit of a pattern that resembled a snake type print but was very subtle and I loved it because had it not had that pattern I probably would not have worn it with the vinyl pants. There needed to be some kind of separation of the types of blacks I was wearing! I would definitely wear this with some jeans and heels for a chill night out.

On to the vinyl pants! I have seriously been wanting these for so long! I thought they would be perfect for nights out with heels or hanging out with friends and pairing them with my oversized “dad” sneakers. One thing I just have to mention though? They will make your legs super sweaty! I think this is a good/bad thing because 1. eww when you finally take them off (wipe them down well and air dry) but 2. if you are like me and weight conscious you are definitely losing water weight! But I have another pair of faux leather pants that make me sweat as well (again eww) so I think it’s just something you have to be aware of when it comes to the materials. Another good thing about these trousers is that they are shaped to give you shape! They are tighter around your calves which is perfect because you don’t want these in straight leg, and then cinches in at the waist to give you an hourglass look!

So for a quick overview on the Femme Luxe site, all of the pieces are so inexpensive so if you are looking for a trendy site I would look here! The pieces are so chic and super inexpensive. They have pretty good quality and are made for girls of different sizes! I would say there are slight differences in the pictures and the product like I did not see the patter of the corset in the close-up and the shirt dress looked more like a sweater to me in the picture. However, you get what you see and for being so inexpensive, it’s definitely a great place to shop!

 

 

Vogue’s 73 Questions

I got the idea to do this from another blog post I saw! Hope you like!

1. ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT LIFE RIGHT NOW?

Probably a 7, I’m excited about what is to come!

2. WHAT’S THE MOST OVER-RATED FOOD TREND?

I don’t really keep up with food trends, fashion ones only.

3. WHAT’S YOUR WAKE-UP RITUAL?

Drink a glass of cold water, use my jade roller and plan my day.

4. WHAT’S THE BEST WORST MOVIE YOU LOVE TO WATCH?

I’m not that much into movies. Romy and Michelle was pretty good.

5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY?

The evening has always been my favorite!

6. DREAM COUNTRY TO VISIT?

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece!

7. VINTAGE OR NEW?

Vintage is the best when you find the perfect piece!

8. STYLE ICON?

There are so many! I guess right now it would be Tezza!

9. WHAT’S ONE INGREDIENT YOU PUT IN EVERYTHING?

Olive oil is my go-to

10. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Doctors! They give me the worst anxiety I’ve ever had in my life!

11.  WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT TV OBSESSION?

I watch every episode of Grey’s and This Is Us

12. FAVORITE APP?

Social media is my go-to, so Instagram.

13. MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR LIFE?

Off the top of my head just flown in a helicopter. I really want to go sky diving eventually!

14. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?

Bubbly, Opinionated, Interested

15. FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU OWN?

Right now it’s my dad’s denim jacket that is oversized on me!

16. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW IN HIGH SCHOOL?

You’re gonna miss this and talk to more people.

17. WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU IN LIFE RIGHT NOW?

My blog. My ideas for expanding this and creating something new and brillant.

18. A BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ?

Does Vogue count? Lol I’m a magazine fanatic!

19. BEST WAY TO TAKE A REST/DECOMPRESS?

Binge watch a Netflix show, take a bath and put on a facemask.

20. FAVORITE PLACE TO VIEW ART?

LACMA of course!

21. WHO’S SOMEONE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH?

Kourtney Kardashian. She seems so down to Earth.

22. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU LOSE ALL THE TIME?

My phone charger, its the worst!

23. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?

Hmmm.. I’m the worst at gifts. I gave my cousin a ring holder recently to keep her mom’s rings on since she recently passed.

24.  BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

My boyfriend at the time bought me a star for Valentine’s day. I cried.

25. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Chess. I like the challenge.

26. BLOW-DRY OR AIR-DRY?

Air-dry. It’s healthier.

27. COFFEE OR TEA?

Green tea

28. SUMMER OR WINTER?

As of now Summer

29.  YOU ARE STUCK ON AN ISLAND, YOU CAN PICK ONE FOOD TO EAT FOREVER WITHOUT GETTING TIRED OF IT, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?

Buttered pasta

30. A DESSERT YOU DON’T LIKE?

Lemon Meringue Pie

31. WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE?

I don’t think I have one! I’ve been told I like to dress like Kourtney K though.

32. BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

I took the best nap!

33. WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

My friend’s canceled on going out

34. BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

That I look like Kourtney Kardashian. Lol I swear I’m not obsessed/

35. WHAT FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM IS MOST UNDERRATED?

Plain Vanilla

36. YOUR AFFIRMATION FOR TODAY?

You got this!

37. WHAT SHOW WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKE A CAMEO IN?

The comedy show Mom. It’s so funny!

38. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?

Super hard one! Pearls.

39. WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Britney Spears pre-melt down

40. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT ACTIVITY?

Getting super dressed up and going for a nice dinner.

41. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

“Don’t be scared”

42. MUST HAVE CLOTHING ITEM EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE?

A flattering pair of dark wash denim jeans

43. SECRET TALENT?

I can shake my eye pupils

44. IF YOU HAD A TATTOO, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

A tattoo on my side ribs

45. GIRL CRUSH?

Hailey Bieber right now.

46. HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN LOVE?

I get butterflies in my tummy and a funny feeling in my hands.

47. SONG YOU CAN LISTEN TO ON REPEAT?

3rd Gear & 17 by Aaron Watson

48. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT AT THIS TIME IN YOUR LIFE?

Living in California and getting a job I really like.

49. IF YOU COULD SWITCH LIVES WITH SOMEONE FOR A DAY WHO WOULD IT BE?

Arianna Grande!

50. FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

Again, I’m not much of a movie person!

51. WHO SHOULD EVERYONE BE FOLLOWING ON INSTAGRAM?

Me of course! @briana.nicole03

52. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU TEXTED?

My dad

53. WHAT COLOR DRESS DID YOU WEAR TO YOUR PROM?

The first prom was a cream one-shoulder dress, the second was a strapless pink ombre dress, last was a light pink embellished dress

54. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Girls by Emma Cline

55. WHAT’S A REGULAR BREAKFAST FOR YOU?

One egg sunny side up with turkey and honey on wheat toast

56. WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BEAUTY?

It truly is in the eye of the beholder

57. MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT?

Better Than Sex Mascara

58. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH?

Being happy with your outfit, hair and makeup!

60. BEST CONCERT YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?

Cody Johnson hands down!

61. BEST SONG TO SING IN THE SHOWER?

Firework by Katy Perry HAHA!

62. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Fun, Flirty, and Feminine!

63. WHAT PERSON’S CLOSET WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO RAID?

Danielle Bernstein

64. WHAT’S SOMETHING ONLY A FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I try to eat clean as much as possible!

65. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT MISSING RIGHT NOW?

The rain!

66. WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR LAST GIRLS TRIP?

Dallas for my birthday!

67. DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A HASHTAG?

#Loved

68. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CANDY?

Resses!

69. WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO MOST?

My parents of course!

70. WHAT’S A GOOD RULE YOU’VE LEARNED FROM YOUR PARENTS?

You have to work for what you want

71. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Married, doing something that makes me happy with two dogs and a little one!

72. IN GENERAL, WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL?

Right before I go out!

73. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?

Being a good person and being creative.

Top : Nasty Gal // Jeans : Revice // Hair Clips : Target // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar)

Western Wear

Being from Texas, I love any excuse I get to wear my boots! Boots are like one of those pieces that can tell your age. I started off with little pink boots because obviously, I love pink. I went through a phase where I just loved color in general so I had purple boots next. Being so small my foot did not grow much so these are the next boots I bought. The first real boots I have! I then later bought another pair that describe me super well now and they have long fringe so they look so fun when I dance! It’s just like that old saying, you can take the girl out of Texas (and move her to California) but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl!

Western was a bit of a hit recently. It popped up in a few places and I really loved what Show Me Your Mumu did with their western line! I also found a look pretty similar to this on one of my newer favorite places to shop, Verge Girl. Even though they are Australian based, they still hit the nail on the head with their look! I just had to copy it!

While the trend is slowly dying down, as most trends do, the boots are here to stay! Black boots paired with looks are lingering and are like the leftover part of the western trend in my opinion. BUT if you live somewhere like Texas boots are always in style! I linked a few of my favorites below in a range of prices for you to check out! Some are just for style, and some are for going out to a country concert in a dirt-filled lot. (Those are the best concerts in my opinion!!)

Would you wear more of a western look?

What would you say would be your hometown staple piece? 

Hat : Lack of Color // Belt : Rebecca Minkoff (similar) // Glasses : Quay Australia // Boots : (DSW) (Ariat) (Forever 21)