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The simple things

The simple things

The simple things

The simple things in life truly do make me the happiest. This weekend, was no exception. Mercifully, there wasn’t much on the schedule that fell into the “must do” category, so me and my peeps got a rare opportunity to hang out as a family, kick around town doing things we’ve never done and see sites we’ve never seen. It’s incredible to think that I’ve lived in Tampa Bay for more than 20 years and there are still things I have yet to explore. Of course, style is always top of mind for me. And, now that the temperatures have gone up, comfort is super important to me. That’s why I chose this midi skirt and printed tank. Each is constructed of lightweight material, which turned out to be perfect for helping me catch some cool breezes coming off the Bay.

PRINTED TANK: Lucky Brand | SKIRT: Loft | SHOES: Aldo | NECKLACE: Tiffany & Co. | WATCH: Coach | BRACELETS: Alex & Ani | RING: Coach

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Get gorgeous graduation styles from Rent the Runway

 

Get gorgeous graduation styles from Rent the Runway

Students around the country, my own daughter included, are getting ready for final exams, dreaming of summer vacation and *tears* getting ready to graduate! Even though she’s looking forward to putting on that robe, she’s already started thinking about what she’ll wear underneath. She’s got to look good for all the pictures she’ll be taking and all the parties she’ll be going to afterwards, right?

What can I say? She’s a chip off the old fashionista block!

So, I suggested she check out Rent the Runway’s gorgeous graduation styles to help her find an outfit that she could feel fabulous in for her big day. And, just in time for graduation, any first-time renter from Rent the Runway can use code 25OFFNEW at checkout and get $25 off your first order of $75+.

What my daughter ultimately wears for graduation is anyone’s guess, but here are a few of the Rent the Runway graduation looks that definitely got her attention.

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A great gift idea for mom

A great gift idea for mom

A great gift idea for mom

A recent event I had to attend turned out to be the perfect excuse for getting outside of my black and white box. Don’t get me wrong, the color combo is a classic and will always be one of my favorites. It’s simultaneously clean, funky, sophisticated and edgy. In other words, it’s perfect. But, it’s healthy to mix things up from time to time. And, since the order of the day was comfort, I thought this Hunter Green Bryn Walker cotton tunic that I picked up at Dillard’s worked quite nicely. Check out some similar looks here. During this time of year in Florida, we typically experience that “between seasons” weather – starting out cooler in the mornings and gradually warming throughout the day – so this outfit was great for helping me make it through the transition with a little style and grace.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s a nice gift idea for mom, too! I’m just sayin’ …

TUNIC: Bryn Walker | CUFF BRACELET: An oldie, but a goodie | TIGHTS: H&M | SHOES: Guess | EARRINGS: Coach | SUNGLASSES: Tiffany & Co.

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A great way to dress up Casual Friday

A great way to dress up Casual Friday

A great way to dress up Casual Friday

What do you get when you combine a comfortable pair of jeans, a “haute” pair of shoes and a blazer you’ve had forever? One great look for Casual Friday! This lovely (now vintage) Hugo Buscati blazer is one of my favorites. It was one of the first real investments I ever made in my wardrobe. And, considering how well it’s held up all these years, it definitely turned out to be money well spent. Today, you can find super deals on Hugo Buscati pieces similar to this by shopping sites like eBay, Poshmark, Etsy and Tradesy.

JACKET: Hugo Buscati Collection | SHIRT: An oldie, but a goodie | JEANS: Lucky Brand | BRACELETS: Alex & Ani | SHOES: BCBG

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The one spring trend worth adding to your closet

The one spring trend worth adding to your closet

The one spring trend worth adding to your closet

This week Google released a report detailing the fashion trends people are searching for the most online. Tulle skirts, emoji sweats and midi skirts round out the top three.

While I’m not quite there yet,  I am keeping an open mind where the tulle skirt is concerned. But, I can say with absolute certainty that you will never – yes, I said NEVAH – see me in a pair of emoji jogger pants, so I’ll focus on the trend that excites me the most: the midi skirt. Cue dramatic music here!

It’s by far one of the smartest buys I’ve ever made, bar none. Why? Because it works with just about any outfit you can dream up. Going to a meeting? Try it with a jacket.

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What if you want to keep things a bit more casual, yet still professional? Try a long sleeved collarless shirt like the one picture here.

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Feeling a little sexy? Try it with a crop top and some strappy heels.

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The possibilities are endless! And, it’s versatility like this that can transform a trend into a staple. I don’t know about you, but I get the feeling that this one is here to stay.

Let me know if you love the look as much as I do. Meanwhile, here are some budget-friendly pieces I found: skirt, top and heels, to help you create your own look for less.

 

Get back black, leopard is here to stay

Get back black, leopard is here to stay

Get back black, leopard is here to stay

 

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Black goes with everything.” It’s still just as true today as it was years ago. After all, any fashionista worth her salt knows the first lesson in fashion is the color black. A quick peek at the SisterLadyGirl Instagram page will reveal that it’s a definite fave of mine.

I’ve recently made a pledge to get outside of my style box and have quickly discovered that I have a real affinity for leopard prints. Yes … leopard prints! Like the color black, leopard is considered a neutral. You can pair it with just about anything and come away with a surprisingly good result.

Here, I decided to keep things simple; using leopard print peep-toe heals and a lightweight summer scarf to counterbalance the brightness of the pants. I think a minimalist approach worked well here. What about you? Do you have a favorite way to wear leopard prints? Let me know in the comments.

Love U! It’s not just a declaration. It’s a call to action.

XoXo -Quin

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SHIRT: Ralph Lauren | PANTS: The Limited, Crew Fit | SHOES: Anne Klein | WATCH: Coach | BRACELETS: Alex & Ani | SCARF: It’s an oldie, but a goodie

 

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Putting my best fashion foot forward

Putting my best fashion foot forward

Putting my best fashion foot forward

When I signed up to attend Tampa’s first-ever Blogger’s Ball, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. For weeks, I cyber stalked every social page I could find about the event, which was being billed as a place where “top blogging influencers and publishers, readers, fashion and lifestyle enthusiasts” were set to converge and show just how fabulous they were.

Admittedly, this event was a bit outside of my comfort zone. But, I’ll be the first to say that I was pleasantly surprised! I met a number of fellow fashion bloggers from across the Bay area and learned that they’re not altogether different from me. We’re all looking for the perfect platform to share our style aesthetic, make connections and have a good time. And, the Blogger’s Ball was just perfect!

Better still, it was in the name of a good cause; supporting Redefining Refuge, a local charity organization “dedicated to fighting for women and children who have been victims of the depraved injustice of sexual abuse.”

I’m really looking forward to becoming more entrenched in Tampa Bay’s fashion community and getting to know my fellow bloggers better in the coming year. In the meantime, I’ll bask in the fashion forward glow of this past weekend’s events.

Love U! It’s not just a declaration. It’s a call to action. XoXo -Quin

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The hubby and I practicing our dance moves!

 

 

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I got to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Natasha, from Fashionably Fabulous!

 

 

 

 

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My first interview on the “red” carpet with this fabulous young lady!

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Genelle Frazier runs What”s More Important than Fashion, a blog where fashion and finance go hand in hand. How awesome is that?

 

From “blah” to “ta-dah”: Necklaces that enhance every neckline

 

From “blah” to “ta-dah”: Necklaces that enhance every neckline

I’m not always great about choosing the right necklace for the right neckline. There are so many things to consider, particularly if you’re wearing a statement piece.

Regardless of what you select — silver or gold, multicolored or monochromatic, bold or understated — your choice should enhance your style, not detract from or overpower it.

So, how do you select the perfect necklace to take your outfit from “blah” to “ta-dah?” Check out this guide I’ve put together with suggestions for necklaces to enhance every neckline. What do you think? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe.

Love U! It’s not just a declaration. It’s a call to action. XoXo -Quin

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Turtleneck = Long chains or pendants | Crew neck = Collar necklace | Scoop neck = Short, thick pendants | Strapless = Chokers | Off shoulder = Circular pendants | Halterneck = Slim pendants  V-neck = V-shaped pendants | Boat neck = Long, slim chains

 

Relaxed elegance

Relaxed elegance

Relaxed elegance

There are so many great things to see and experience here in the city and this year, the hubby and I have committed to getting out and exploring even more of them.  Our first stop was Ulele (pronounced You-lay-lee), a gem of a joint on Tampa’s Riverwalk. Check it out here.

I absolutely love date night! But figuring out what to wear on date night? Not so much. At Ulele, diners can choose to eat either inside or outside, so the atmosphere is a very casual one.  I’ve never been able to figure out what the term “casual dining” means, so this proved to be particularly challenging for me.

When in doubt, I tend to go with comfort. That’s why I chose this off-the-shoulder jumper. It’s one of my favorite fashion trends for Spring.  It fit well with the relaxed surroundings we were in, and its simplicity added a sense of elegance.

Did I make the right choice? Let me know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe.

Love U! It’s not just a declaration. It’s a call to action. XoXo -Quin

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Jumper|BCBG Generation; Shoes|Aldo; Necklace|BCBG Generation; Earrings|Coach

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Hellooo, Spring!

Hellooo, Spring!

Hellooo, Spring!

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Spaghetti strap tank top | Outlooks; Crochet scarf | Angie; Skirt| Zara; Bracelets| Alex & Ani; Watch| Coach; Shoes | Aldo; Earrings | Coach

Spring is here! So, of course that means bright sun, bright colors and lots of floral prints! Temps today are in the high 70s, so I decided to pair this flowing skirt with a cute little top that shows a little skin, but not too much! I love scarves and think they’re fine to wear year-round. I’ve had this little number forever and today, it turned out to be the perfect accessory to give this laid-back look a little pizzazz!