Yesterday I went to brunch with Melissa near Grand Army Plaza and decided to walk over to the Soldiers and Sailors Arch and Bailey Fountain since ti was so nice out to snap some pictures.

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Sleeveless Denim Shirt: Target, Dress: Forever21, Bag: Just Fab, Shoes: Via Spiga

Sleeveless Denim Shirt: Target, Dress: Forever21, Bag: Just Fab, Shoes: Via Spiga

IMG_8661I love this bag that I got from JustFab. It is large enough for me to carry my life and the color is spectacular lol

IMG_8667I decided to do a little side roll pony tail number with my hair…as you can see my terminology is all off.

I wouldn't be me without a side pose lol

I wouldn’t be me without a side pose lol

Bailey's Fountain at Grand Army Plaza

Bailey’s Fountain at Grand Army Plaza

So there you have it! My “Animal Instincts” look

How to transition from day to night

So yesterday you saw the essential items and look # 1 which was for a casual work look. Well today I have two more looks. One will be for a casual day of shopping and using the same pieces I will turn the outfit in to something that you can wear for a night out with the girls or dinner with the boo. Check out the looks below

I don’t know too many people besides June Ambrose and other fashion divas that can comfortably shop in high heel shoes. So for the first look I paired a denim shirt tied at the front with black skinny jeans and red flats. This look is great for shopping because I always say “Never go shopping looking like you NEED new clothes. Sales associates are more likely to help those who are more put together.” I have seen this happen with my own eyes. Women, and some men, who wear sweatpants and baggy t-shirts or ill fitting clothes are often overlooked. So this look is very appropriate. You want a look that is casual yet chic. Denim tops and skinny jeans will always be a timeless combo. Add in red flats for a pop of color and you have instant flare!

Going from Day to Night

For the second look I just changed the shoes. For any type of day to night look a change of the shoes and accessories is all that is needed. The heels say I am sexy, but the rest of the look adds sophistication. You can be sexy without wearing super tight clothing and this look proves it. Rock a bold red lip and you are ready to hit the town. I also went bigger and better with the jewelry to help make this look standout.

So with a quick change of shoes and accessories, you instantly went from day to night! Stay tuned for the next few looks in this series! Check out the previous post as well click here

I see these fashion challenges all over the internet and thought it would be cool to try one. I’ve seen challenges where bloggers choose 30 items including shoes, bags and accessories and only wear those 30 items for the entire month. I am putting a little twist on this challenge. I chose 8 items including not including accessories and decided to style 12 looks. So for the next week you will see different ways to style the following pieces

8 Wardrobe Essentials

So for the first look I paired a black sheath dress, with a blue and white striped t-shirt, and a pair of red flats. This look is for a casual day at work. Sometimes our feet need a break from the heels so flats are a necessity. I chose red to add a pop of color to the look. I also included other accessories like a black handbag, which all women should own, reader glasses (prescription or fashion) and a pair of pearl earrings. Most people I know love Starbucks, I’m more of a Dunkin Donuts type girl, but you get the picture.

Casual Work Look using striped t-shirt and sheath dress

Stay tuned for more looks for the series on How to Style 12 looks with 8 Essential Items

I saw this photo of Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe out in NYC. They both look great, but I looooovvveee Boris’ shirt. Denim shirts are becoming staples in the closets of both males and females. Ladie’s if you are not committed to buying your own, borrow his. Sorry guys you can’t borrow our clothes but here are a few options for you!

 

Denim shirts are a must this spring and summer. They can be paired with bright colored skinny jeans or jeggings, body con skirts, white denim, khaki, leggings, and much more. The possibilities are endless.
This shirt appears to be very casual, but can be dressed as well. For instance take Estelle for example
She paired her denim shirt with a leather skirt and some grey pumps. The heels, bangles and purse instantly glams up her look.
I found some great denim shirts for under $50…check them out