Making Your Home More Beautiful with Lladro

This guest post is brought to you by the Spanish porcelain brand, Lladro and I was sooo very excited to share it with you!

Lladro, the Spanish Porcelain brand, is the luxury of the handcrafted. The Lladro brand means quality, handcrafting and excellence in art porcelain. Lladro has never stopped exploring new forms. That is why its extensive catalog has always embraced a range from classical figurines in soft coloring and glazed finish to more sculptural pieces in grays or matte porcelain.
Over the last few years, Lladro has expanded the art of porcelain with its own developments, with new techniques and processes celebrating the theme of home décor.
These new techniques and processes in home décor include New trends featuring The Guest by Lladro Atelier and the Parrot Party Collection.
The Guest is a ground-breaking character conceived by Jaimie Hayon for Lladro Atelier. Lladro invited top international artists to design a different personality for this fun porcelain figure. They come in limited editions and numbered series, handmade by Lladro artisans in Valencia, Spain. The Guest is an original project by Lladro Atelier, a world of new experiences in porcelain. A couple of these new experiences include The Guest By Paul Smith and The Green Guest.
The Parrot Party is a collection by Lladro Atelier, the brand’s laboratory of ideas. This series of objects stands out for the striking contrast between the pure forms of the geometric elements running through the whole collection. Here, beauty and functionality go hand in hand in pieces whose artistic value goes far beyond their decorative potential.
Lights that decorate are another line of Lladro products perfect to brighten up any interior. Specular chandeliers, hanging, wall and table lamps. Lladro presents a whole range of lighting ideas in varied styles to fill your favorite room with light. Included are the Cactus Firefly Lamp, the Palm Firefly Lamp and many other lighting options.
 

Discover the amazing possibilities of Lladro porcelain for design, decoration and lighting. Handmade creations that take the beauty of the everyday to make every day more beautiful.
Please sign up for the Lladro Newsletter to be informed on new trends in home décor to make everyday more beautiful.

The Best Denim Shirt

Have you ever talked to a guy on Tinder/Bumble/Match/OK Cupid/some stupid dating app and the conversation is going great, but when you meet them in person they’re awkward, and uncomfortable? It’s so disappointing! That’s how shopping for a denim shirt can be. It looks so beautiful on the hanger, it feels soft and you truly think it won’t feel like a wicked pair of skinny jeans on your arms. False, it too turns our to be awkward and uncomfortable. Denim shirts are adorable and can be styled so many different ways, but it can be tricky to find one that feels as good as it looks. But ladies, I’ve found you a denim shirt that’s worthy of a right swipe from Old Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denim Shirt: Old Navy (similar) | Watch: Jord Wood Watch | Necklace: Similar | Photography: Faith Blackwell Photography

Styling a Bodysuit 101

I may not always remember the proper name for a bodysuit (I’ve called it a onesie and leotard to name a few) but one thing I definitely know is I am OBSESSED with them. I love the tucked in shirt look, it takes a relaxed look and makes it look polished.

Let’s talk about the fears behind wearing a bodysuit:

  1. It won’t be comfortable… Surprisingly, it is! Babies enjoy them, why can’t adults? After a while you forget you’re wearing a bodysuit until you go to “untuck” your shirt. Tip: if you’re not able to try on the bodysuit and you typically go between sizes, then purchase up a size for comfort.
  2. It’ll feel like a permanent wedgie… Nope! I’m sure you felt the same way the first time you wore a thong (if you’ve never worn one you’re missing out on the freedom). After a while you’ll find that you prefer a bodysuit over a normal shirt. I’m serious, give it a chance!
  3. There is no way I can go to the bathroom in it… Let’s just say that it’s easier than you think, I promise. Besides most snap open and shut just like a baby onesie (that’s a reason I get confused by the name).
  4. I don’t know how to style it… Ahhhh it’s so easy!!! Pinky promise. Just pair it with high-waisted shorts/jeans or a shirt. Soon you’ll feel more bold and you’ll wear it with your regular pants.

Take a peak at how I styled mine. Yes, the gray “t-shirt” is actually a bodysuit. 🙂 Give bodysuits a chance, just like that guy were going to left swipe but decided to “live on the edge” and right swipe. Why do I always compare fashion to dating? I don’t know, I’m single. Back to the topic on hand…

 



Again, thank you SO much to Faith Blackwell Photography. View her work using the contact information below. She specializes in head shots and images for professionals, but you will see through her images that she has the eye for anything! <333

Faith Blackwell Photography | Facebook | Instagram

Outfit One: 

Bodysuit: Forever 21(similar)| Skirt: Forever 21 | Kimono: Forever 21 (similar) | Boots: Forever 21(similar) | Photo: Faith Blackwell Photography

Outfit Two:

Bodysuit: Forever 21 (Forever 21) | Flannel: Forever 21 (similar) | Jeans: Macy’s | Booties: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Photo: Faith Blackwell Photography

Winter Sweaters from Magnolia Boutique

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – I’m not a fan of sweaters. They’re just not cute and have the tendency to look frumpy. This winter I have been on the search for cute ones that you’ll actually WANT to wear (not just wear for warmth). These sweaters from Magnolia Boutique are adorable, feminine and dare I say sexy. *gasp*

I also had the privilege to connect with another Indy based photographer, Faith Blackwell Photography. Let me tell you FAITH IS AMAZING! She captures amazing images, and made me feel so comfortable. She has the ability to completely change the mood of a photo just by changing her perspective. She’s so talented at capturing shots that I went through 5 outfits in just over one hour, AND she turned Yats (pictures will be on my next post) into a fun photoshoot background. View her work using the contact information below. She specializes in head shots and images for professionals, but you will see through her images that she has the eye for anything!

Faith Blackwell Photography | Facebook | Instagram

Styling Tips:

  1. I’d like to point out that the pants I’m wearing with the green sweater are actually yoga pants. I’m really focusing on making the gym a priority so this way I’m already half dressed for it after work.
  2. The pants I’m wearing with the maroon sweater are high-wasted, to add a little more class to the open back. Don’t get me wrong, I’d wear it with regular jeans too it just all depends on the situation.
  3. Keep your bra in mind! Whatever part of your bra that’s going to show (if it must) make it cute. I love shoulders, so I didn’t want a bra strap to be a distraction. For the backless sweater, I made sure my bra had a thin back to “hide” behind the tie.


Thank you again Faith for collaborating and for all of the amazing photos! Also, thank you to The Best Chocolate in Town for letting us use your gorgeous chocolates as a background! Um… If you live near downtown Indy you MUST check them out. I’m surprised I wasn’t drooling in any of these shots…

 

 

 

Green Sweater: Magnolia Boutique (similar) | Maroon Sweater: Magnolia Boutique (similar) | Black Pants with Lace Detail: Fabletics (similar) | Photos: Faith Blackwell Photography

Showing off Shoulders with SheIn.com

I recently read an article that absolutely disgusted me, it said that shoulder cutouts were going out of style in 2017. UM… HELLO! You’re not the boss of me and you’re not going to tell me that I can’t expose my shoulders. So ladies, ignore the haters that say shoulder cutouts are so 2016 and rock your sexy shoulders confidently!

Few, glad I got that off my chest! Now let’s talk sweaters.

My love for sweaters is like my love for Bumble. Every once in a while I find a guy worth right swiping; however, most of the time I want to delete the app and hide in my bed with a bottle of wine. However, the sweaters I’ve found on SheIn.com have definitely been right swipe worthy! If you missed the first one I posted check it out here. I like this sweater because (HELLO THE COLOR *emoji with heart eyes*) the shoulder cut outs make a dull sweater more stylish and trendy. This sweater is shorter in the front, and longer in the back with frayed edging – there are a lot of stylish elements happening ON A SWEATER!

Styling Tip: This sweater flairs out around the hip area, so if you too have a Greek (or whatever region) donk and you don’t love highlighting that area, you might like my last SheIn.com sweater better.

Purchasing Tip: This style is a one size fits all (realistically I think it would fit a S to XL shirt size). I’m 5’4 if that helps you out with determining if length would work for you. 🙂

So ladies, don’t give in to the winter blah by committing to boring sweaters let SheIn.com show you a whole new world!

Again, THANK YOU Katherine Mei Photography for partnering with me to take these photos! Long story short, my hair straightener and I fought the day of the shoot with Katie. I literally had the WORST hair day in the history of my hair days. Thankfully Katie was great at helping me disguise my deardful hairs. If you’re looking for a photographer or just want to see her pretty pictures, check out her website, and her personal and photography Instagram!

Sweater: SheIn.com | Photos: Katherine Mei Photography

Affordable Online Shopping with Romwe

I mentioned on my fASHionately Me Facebook that I had some amazing new online shops that offer affordable fashion, and I have one more to introduce to you… Meet Romwe! Romwe.com offers trendy, stylish pieces at a price that doesn’t make you feel guilty when you wear it for only one season (come on ladies, it’s how we keep stores in business). Not too mention they seem to always be offering a discount, right now you can get 60% off just for signing up for their emails!

Purchasing Tip: This sweater is a little more fitted and shorter than expected (but still incredibly adorable) so I would definitely buy up a size. If you’re tall or have longer limbs, check out the pieces on Romewe that are actually shown on models to help you better gauge your size.

Styling Tips: As I mentioned, this sweater is a little shorter and gives a cropped feel so I wore it with this green skirt that I could pull up and give it more of a high-waist look. It also is a little low cut, so I made the bottom portion a little tighter. It would also be cute with a bralette under it.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweater: Romewe | Skirt: Forever 21 | Booties: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Lip Color: JWOWW

Cut Outs and Slits with SheIn.com

It’s January, which means we are well into cuffing season. Not familiar with cuffing season? It’s when the weather gets cold and single people get in relationships so they have someone to stay in with and watch Netflix. AKA you are “cuffing” yourself to someone. While everyone around me, literally everyone, seems to be “cuffing” I too am getting into a serious relationship… with SheIn.com. (If you missed my first post on them catch up now.)

I love this adorable top from SheIn because it’s fun, flirty and offers a new take on cut outs (which everyone knows is my long-lasting love affair). I was hoping to find a pair of high-waist camo pants to wear with this, but like a boyfriend there wasn’t a pair in sight. 🙁

Purchasing tips. Shopping SheIn has always been a positive experience for me. I like the quality of their products and love the price point. When it comes to online boutiques I usually purchase one size bigger the first time or two to see how their clothes fit and so far with SheIn their clothes run true to size or a 1/2 size bigger.

Styling Tips. I loooooove me an open back, but I also believe in being secretly sexy. When wearing an open back shirt that is a giant slit like this one, I like to pair it with high-waist jeans. It shows some skin, but not too much. Get it, secretly sexy.

Also a huuuuuuuge thank you to Katherine Mei Photography for partnering with me to take these photos! Working with Katie was SO much fun, and she made me feel so comfortable. People assume that because I have a style blog, I know exactly how to pose and feel confident in front of the camera – UMMM NO. Katie was great because she directed me on posing, and has a great eye. Check out more of the photos from our shoot and other GORGEOUS pictures from her shoots. Also follow her personal and photography Instagram to see tons of stunning photos


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirt: SheIn.com | Shoes: SheIn (Similar)| Photography: Katherine Mei Photography | Lip Color: LipSense Burt Orange

Girls Night Out with Make Me Chic

I love to shop and I love getting new clothes! I love it so much that I do it wayyyy too much, so unless I’m purchasing a staple piece I prefer to buy less expensive items. I would much rather buy several less expensive shirts as opposed to one or two expensive ones. So I appreciate and adore shopping at online boutiques like Make Me Chic that offer stylish, quality items at an affordable price (and it helps that they seem to always be offering a promo).

When I saw this unitard from Make Me Chic I knew it would be perfect for a girls’ night out! Unitard/onesies/whatever these things are called are one of my favorite fashion pieces right now. They perfectly show off a woman’s curves and make me instantly feel more confident. It is also a bonus that this particular one that I’m wearing below is only $12.99 and you get free shipping with a purchase of $39!

My first experience with Make Me Chic was overall really positive. The piece is a great quality, it’s not the cheap/itchy material that you fear you’ll get when you purchase something “less expensive”. Also, the sizing is pretty true to size. I ordered a size bigger than normal (which I typically do when purchasing online for the first time) and the piece feels a little bigger than normal. Next time I’ll definitely order true to my size.

A HUGE thank you to my girl Katie for taking these photos for me!!! You’re the best.

Skirt: Forever 21 | Lips: LipSense | Shirt: Make Me Chic | Eye Colors: Laura Mercier

A Winter Sweater Worth Wearing from SheIn

I love the changing of the seasons, especially the way style changes each season. The layers associated with spring, the minimalism of summer, the colors of fall and the cozy sweaters of winter. While I love sweaters, I don’t love how boring they can be which is why I was super excited to find this adorable sweater from SheIn.com.

First, let’s talk about SheIn.com, they have ADORABLE items at an AMAZING price. I swear every time you go to their site they’re offering 40% off or some type of discount. I’m obsessed with this coffee colored sweater with a choker collar and zipper elbows. They also have it in ivory, gray, apricot and more. So treat yourself to a little 2017 treat with SheIn.com!

Sweater: SheIn | Jeans: Similar | Shoes: Similar | Sunglasses: Similar

Choosing Sunnies with Indianapolis Sunglasses Hut

I have a confession… Typically when I’m shopping I hide from the store employees, put on my headphones and barely look up. There is something about being in a store that makes me become incredibly anti-social. Don’t judge me, like you’ve never done it! But let me tell you, the Sunglasses Hut located in the front of Macy’s in the Indianapolis Castleton Mall, has completely changed my mind!

I knew I wanted a new pair of sunglasses that are a little trendier than normal but other than that, I had no idea what brand or style I wanted. I talked to the store employees about what shapes I typically like, what styles I don’t like, and what bothers me about my current sunglasses. I browsed the store while the store manager pulled a couple for me try as well. After trying on several pairs, we narrowed it down to five pairs. The manager explained that five is a good amount for people to choose from because it isn’t too overwhelming, and after this experience I definitely agree. Fun fact, remaining in my top two options was a pair of aviators – the one shape I said I hated on my face but the staff had convinced me to try them on anyway! Well done Sunglasses Hut, because I’m not easily convinced! Once I picked out these gorgeous Prada beauties, the nicest pair of sunglasses I’ve EVER treated myself too, they were custom fit to my face. This alone is AMAZING. If you’ve never had a custom fit pair of sunglasses, you’re missing out! I have a short, pug nose and long fake eyelashes, so my sunglasses always slide off my nose or my lashes hit the frames. I think I screamed like a little girl when I could blink and look down WHILE wearing my sunglasses. Thank you Santa, I knew I was a good(ish) girl this year! Now how about that boyfriend I asked you about? Another great part about buying at Sunglasses Hut is that you can go in at any time to have your frames re-adjusted. I wear mine on my head a lot, so once they stretch out I can go back and have them fitted perfectly again.

There are so many reasons I enjoyed my experience at Sunglasses Hut in Macy’s at the Castleton Mall, but overall their customer service and the way they value their customers tops my list! The store manager told me about a customer coming to visit Indy for the weekend from New York and her glasses broke en route. He called around other local stores, had the pieces shipped to his store and by the time she landed he had all needed to fix her sunglasses. Because of course, if your glasses break they’re able to fix them for you at only a fraction of the cost! Oh, and if you love the newest options, they often launch styles first before you can buy them anywhere else.

Overall I can honestly say that I’ll never buy my sunglasses at any other store! PS For outfit details, follow me on Instagram!