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I’ve changed my mind about leggings

I’ve changed my mind about leggings

I’ve changed my mind about leggings

When I’m wrong, I’m not afraid to admit that I’m wrong. Leggings have never been a staple in my style arsenal. I’ve always thought that wearing them as pants was a little taboo. In my mind, they’re okay to wear around the house or to the gym. But to the mall? Or out on a date night? No way!

Recently, I’ve had to reconsider my position.

My friend Tia reached out to me to ask if I would feature her LuLaRoe leggings on the blog. I’m being honest when I say that I was more than a little hesitant. But, she’s an awesome person and an entrepreneur chasing her dreams. I couldn’t say no.

Full disclosure here. Tia offered to gift me a couple pair of leggings to try. I countered with an offer to pay for both. After some friendly haggling, we came to a compromise: I paid for one pair and she gifted the other pair to me.

After trying on my first pair, I have to say that I’m sooo glad I put my biases aside. I was pleasantly surprised by how soft and smooth the material felt against my legs. They didn’t feel at all binding or give me the sensation that I was wearing a slightly less uncomfortable body shaper. In a word, these leggings felt incredible! Now, I completely understand why LuLaRoe’s tagline is “Simply Comfortable.” It’s the perfect description.

If you haven’t tried the awesomeness that is a pair of LuLaRoe leggings, you should. The comfort and affordability was a total win-win for me. And, they’re also one of this fall’s hottest style trends, so your timing would be perfect!

To find a pair (or two) of leggings for you, check out Tia’s LuLaRoe Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoeTiaGooding/members/

Right now, there’s over 1,800 members in the group, but I’m sure there’s always room for more. If leggings aren’t your thing, not to worry! Tia has plenty of other selections like dresses and shirts that you can choose from, too.

So, how do you feel about leggings? Love them or lose them? Let me know in the comments below!

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Camo chic

Camo chic

Camo chic

When I think about bold prints, most of the time, my thoughts run to leopard and occasionally floral patterns. But, lately, I’m really in love with camouflage.

It’s probably one of the most flexible prints in fashion right now. Like leopard, camouflage can act like a neutral. It’s strong enough to stand on its own, yet versatile enough to serve as an accent.

I don’t think many people think of camouflage as a feminine print.  But it is. If you want to add a bit more flair, you could spice things up by pairing it with a vibrant hue like yellow, red or blue.

I chose nude accessories for this simple camouflage t-shirt dress. I think it adds to the femininity factor.  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.

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Giving the bold shoulder

Giving the bold shoulder

Giving the bold shoulder

As corny as it might sound, I really did leave my heart in San Francisco – well, Napa Valley, to be exact. Seriously, since I’ve been back, not a single day has gone by that I haven’t thought about it at least once. It really was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. For the first time in a long time, I had a chance to get my “adult” on; wine tasting, checking out the local foodie scene (which is ahh-mazing, BTW) and museum hopping … you know, doing all the things that sophisticated adults in the movies do.

Anyway, I did quite a bit of wardrobe planning in advance. My goal was to pack light, but also give myself as many options as possible. If you’re the least bit familiar with northern California, then you know it can quickly go from 80 degrees during the day to 40 degrees at night. So, having pieces that I could mix, match, layer, then repeat was definitely top of mind for me.

One of the most versatile pieces I took was this little off-the-shoulder number. It’s a style that’s been trending for the past two years. Not surprising because it’s one of those items that looks good on just about anybody — tall, short, thick, slim, young or young at heart.

The cotton fabric meant it was light and airy during the day, and at night, I put on a cardigan to keep me warm. This top really came through for me. In addition to the outfit pictured in this post, I was able to pair it with jeans and a maxi skirt for a total of three outfits using this one shirt!

It was such a great find that I bought two similar pieces in different colors when I returned home. Remember those options I talked about earlier? A girl’s got to keep hers open, ya know?

So what about you? Any secrets you have for how to pack tight ‘n light? Do tell in the comments below.

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What to wear to an R&B concert

What to wear to an R&B concert

What to wear to an R&B concert

When I heard that one of my favorite R&B artists was making a return visit to the Bay area, naturally my first thought was: What am I going to wear? This is all before I’ve even bought the first ticket! Talk about priorities, huh!

If you’ve ever been to an R&B concert, then you understand my conundrum. Like so many people who grew up in the 80’s, going to a concert was an event and the perfect opportunity to dress to impress.

So, what do you think of this Cyndi Lauper inspired ensemble? I think pairing denim with tulle gave me the perfect cross between being a little feminine and a little tough.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Do you think I’ll make the fashion cut at the concert?

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