Festive Sweater

12/21/17




I'm back! 

Sorry for the hiatus, my readers! The last few months have been a whirlwind. I got married, went on a honeymoon, and have been crazy busy with work. I promise that I will share more wedding pictures in the next couple of weeks. I've been working on a long post about my wedding (with information on my vendors, what I wrote, tips, etc) so keep an eye out for that! 

Isn't this the most wonderful time of the year? It feels extra special this year, since this is my first holiday season being married. We went a little overboard decorating our apartment and baking for Christmas, but I'm so excited to celebrate my first Christmas as a Mrs.! 



A look like this is one of my go-to outfits for the office around the holidays. For our holiday party, I wore something a little fancier, but I wore this outfit for my last day in the office until the New Year. Today, I'm going out to dinner with a few ladies from work and we're exchanging Secret Santa gifts. I thought this outfit was perfect for the occasion.





I wanted to add a little flair to this festive and cozy sweater from Loft, so I added a plaid shirt underneath. I actually bought the wrong size in the plaid shirt by accident, but it totally works with this outfit - I love the way the plaid peekaboo's underneath the sweater. I paired it with black skinny dress pants and boots. The perfect holiday look. Of course, I'm wearing a festive red lip. We all know that no Office Fashionista look is complete without a bold lip! I'm obsessed with the lipstick I'm wearing in these pictures. It's called True Red by Smashbox, and it's my new go-to red lipstick.

I promise that I'll be back on my regular blogging schedule next year. 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Thanks so much for reading :) 

Sweater: Loft
Plaid Shirt: Aeropastle
Pants: Forever 21
Boots: Rampage, Similar Here
Earrings: Madewell, Similar Here
Lipstick: True Red by Smashbox
 

Poppin' Adult Picnic with Skinny Pop

8/30/17


Note - I was asked by SkinnyPop to write this post. All opinions are my own! 



Can you believe that summer is almost over? The official start of fall isn't until September 22nd, but to me, summer is over after Labor Day weekend! I'm holding onto these last few days of summer by spending as much time as I can outside, hitting the pool, and dining al freso. One of my favorite summer activities is having an impromptu adult picnic. What's better than grabbing some yummy snacks and cocktails and spending time basking in the sun? 

 A few days ago, I got two of my girlfriends together and we hit the park for some yummy cocktails and popcorn. We caught up on our lives and it was so fun to spend the afternoon with my girls.





When it comes to popcorn, I love SkinnyPop. My favorite is the original and the white cheddar.  SkinnyPop has no GMOs, gluten, or preservatives and uses the fewest, cleanest, and simplest ingredients. It's the perfect guilt free snack. Nothing goes better with popcorn than a cold cocktail. Lucky for us, SkinnyPop created a fun guide to pairing their popcorn's with yummy cocktails that you can make at home. 







My girlfriends and I paired a Moscow Mule with SkinnyPop's Original popcorn. Two classics paired together. This combo worked together perfectly. The vodka acted as a nautral base for the popcorn's subtle flavors to build on. We also tried the Moscow Mule with the White Cheddar Popcorn which was just as delicious. The Moscow Mule is one of my favorite cocktails and my go-to at any bar. It's super easy to make at home also! All you need is ginger beer, vodka, and some limes. 



Check out the rest of the cocktail and popcorn pairings below. What's your favorite? This weekend I plan on trying the coconut margarita with the jalapeno popcorn. I love putting together something sweet with something spicy!






Outfit Details for Jill: Gap Dress (Similar Options Here and Here) , Jessica Simpson Sunglasses, Anne Klein Shoes.



Outfit Details for Marissa: Charlotte Russe Dress (Similar Here) , Charlotte Russe Shoes (Similar Option at Target), and H&M  Sunglasses (Similar Here).



 

Photos by Jim 

Note - I was asked by SkinnyPop, a brand I love, to write this post. All opinions are my own. The Office Fashionista loves collaborating and working with a variety of brands



Wedding Ready with Milly Bridal

8/25/17





Note: This is a sponsored post that I've been compensated for.  All opinions are my own!

With my wedding just a little more than 2 months away, all that's been on my mind has been wedding planning. There is just so much to do and now it's down to the nitty gritty. My free time has been spent hassling people for RSVPs (the not so fun part), tasting wedding cake (the fun part), and finalizing the little details. I have to say that the whole planning process has been a lot of fun. Stressful, but fun. My favorite part has been wedding dress shopping. Today I'm teaming up with Milly Bridal to show you my top wedding dress picks! Milly Bridal has a large collection of beautiful dresses at a great price point. They have a variety of different styles from A-line and ball gowns to mermaid and lace. 

When shopping for a wedding gown, keep these tips in mind: 

1). It's super important to be conscienous of the best silhouette for your body. Since I'm petite, I stayed away for ball gowns. I didn't want dresses to swallow me! 


2). I also looked for a dress with a beautiful top. Since my top half will be in most of my pictures, I wanted a dress with a lot of detailing at the top. 

3). Make sure you have a budget in mind and don't even try dresses on over your budget.

4). Start looking early!

5). Do your research so you know what you want.

6). Look outside the box and take the bridal stylists considerations into mind. The stylist may end up pulling a dress that you never thought you'd like. 

Here are some of my favorite picks from Milly Bridal




I love this A-line scoop neck chiffon tulle gown. The detailing is beautiful! 



This mermaid scoop neck gown is gorgeous



This A-line V-neck gown is perfect for the fashion forward bride! 



This dress with a lace sweep train is simple, yet stunning


If you're a wedding guest, Milly Bridal has beautiful options that will make you the best dressed in the room (next to the bride, of course!). Their cheap homecoming dresses  can be repurposed for wedding guest dresses or any special occasion dresses. I'm loving this red hot two piece dress, this glam purple dress, and this black-tie wedding worthy long-sleeve lace dress.

This is a sponsored post that I've been compensated for. All opinions are my own. The Office Fashionista loves collaborating with different brands. From fashion to food to travel. Please email me if you're interested in collaborating - theofficefashionistablog@gmail.com. 

Soft Summer Colors

8/11/17


During the summer months, I'm drawn to pastel colors. Light purples and pinks, Easter egg greens, pale blues, and subtle yellow colors. That's why I bought this beautiful Madewell top. I was in San Francisco for business travel a few days ago. I did my version of sightseeing and went to the mall across the street from where I was staying. I popped into Madewell, where they were having a SUPER sale. I actually have this same top in multiple colors and decided to get this mauve color. If you don't have any of Madewell's whisper cotton tanks, you have to get yourself some. They are SO comfortable and can be worn to work or on the weekends. I've worn this top with jeans and leggings and also dressed it up for the office with a skirt - like in today's post!



To dress up this simple tank and make it office appropriate, I wore it with a midi white eyelet skirt and white slide sandals. The earrings are also from Madewell and I fell in LOVE with how fun and unique they are. Obviously, you know I don't ever leave the house with lipstick, so I added a pop of color to my lips to complete my look.  During the summer months, most people dress a little bit more casual in the office. If I wore this in the fall or winter and needed to look a little bit more polished, I would add a fun blazer or cozy cardigan.



How is your week going? It's crazy that this summer is almost over. Time is JUST FLYING BY. It's less than three months till my wedding. I can't believe it.

Thanks so much for reading! 

Top: Madewell
Skirt: Loft, same skirt but in a pink!
Shoes: Loft
Lipstick: Vibin by Tarte 
Earrings: Madewell, Can't find a match, but tons of pretty ones here!
Watch: Coach
Sunglasses: Kenneth Cole 




Lady in White

8/2/17



Hi Friends! I'm back after a long hiatus! It's been a crazy, crazy whirlwind the last few months. I really, really hope to get back to posting regularly. I'm also excited to be working with a few brands that I love, so keep an eye out for some fun posts! 



This dress has two things I love and one thing I'm afraid to wear: I love the beautiful, white color and I love the lace pattern. The thing I'm afraid of: midi dresses! Midi dresses are dresses that fall just below the knee. For short girls like me, it's a hard look to pull off. On taller girls, it's beautiful!  Midi dresses are perfect for the office though. They're conservative and stylish. I probably wouldn't have bought this dress if it wasn't on super sale for like literally $4 at Forever 21. I'm glad I bought it though. I love the way it looks! Since the dress is sleeveless, I added a white blazer and matching white sandals. I did a bright red lip, added a cute pair of earrings, and put my hair in a simple ponytail. 







How should you style a midi dress or skirt? Any way you want! Literally. I chose to wear mine with flat sandals, but this dress would look just as cute in heels or wedges. Make sure you select the right length! The dress shouldn't be at that awkward too-long-to-be-a-mini-skirt or too-short-to-be-a-maxi-skirt stage. Accentuate your waist! I did this with a cropped blazer, but you can also add a belt. Try and also wear the same or similar colors to create a monochromatic look. If you're petite like me, pick a midi dress that doesn't have a crazy pattern - this can make you look shorter than you are! 

So, a LOT has been going on since my last post in May: I went to Japan (it was amazing, and there's a ton of posts on my Instagram if you'd like to see!), I went to California (again, ha!), and my bridesmaids threw me an amazing bachlorette party (pictures of that too on Instagram!). I have a ton of exciting events coming up like my bridal shower and of course, my WEDDING which is just 3 short months away! It's surreal.

Have a great week :)  

Dress: Forever 21, Similar Here and Here
Blazer: Charlotte Russe
Sandals: Loft, Exact pair on Poshmark
Earrings: Forever 21, Similar Here
Lipstick: Ruby Woo by Loft 
Sunglasses: Kenneth Cole 
Watch: Coach 

Try-Day Friday - Part One

5/19/17




How many times have you put together an outfit that's totally out of your comfort zone psyched to wear it and then chickened out? This happens to me all the time! A few weeks ago, my bestie and I took a trip to the mall for Easter outfits. I walked out without an Easter outfit, but with these jeans. I thought that they were so fun, fresh, and exciting. I loved the frayed bottom. I put the jeans on to wear to work on a casual Friday a few days later. Just as I was walking through the door...I chickened out. My insecurities got the best of me. What would people think of these out-of-the-box jeans? What if someone at work made a comment about my outfit? 





Dia&Co. inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and celebrate Try-Day Friday by wearing these jeans to work. I'm so glad I did, because I'm obsessed with this outfit and these jeans. Since the jeans are a bold statement piece, I wore a plain white t-shirt with casual layered gold necklaces and silver shoes. Yes, it's totally fine to mix gold and silver. I do it all the time! Of course, I topped my look off with a bold lipstick. 



Dia&Co. offers a curated shopping experience of gorgeous clothes delivered straight to your doorstep. Dia&Co. challenges the idea that certain clothes are for certain people. Anyone can truly wear anything.  

So, my readers, I challenge you to wear something that's out of your comfort zone this week.  I'll be back next week to show you another out-of-the-box outfit that involves white, white, and more white. Thank you so much for reading :)

Jeans: Forever 21
Top: Old Navy
Lipstick: Exotic by NYX (Lip Lingerie)
Necklace (longer piece): Adorn
Necklace (shorter piece): Forever 21, Similar Here
Heels: Lulu's


Spring Fling

4/27/17




Hi Friends! I'm back after a long hiatus. One of my goals is to be a better blogger and go back to posting at least once a week. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. It's been crazy with work (I've been traveling a ton), wedding planning, other friends weddings/baby showers, family obligations, etc. I hope I can catch my breath soon! I promise I'll be blogging more. Now that the weather has gotten nicer and the sun is out longer, it'll be a lot easier to take pictures too.






So, the other day, my mom and I went to the mall to look for some wedding shoes. I need the perfect pair of heels for my big day and my mom wanted a comfortable shoe for my wedding day. We didn't have much luck! But... I did walk out with this gorgeous top from Primark. I got so many compliments on it. You HAVE to get it. Not only is it stunning and flattering, it's also really well made and was only $15. A win in my book. 

I paired it with black pants, nude heels, and a bright pink lipstick. In the summer, I plan on wearing the top with white pants for an all-white look. It would even look cute with denim shorts and sandals. This top is perfect for spring and summer events like baby showers, bridal showers, mothers day and fathers day, etc! The blouse is also available in navy. I'm glad I went with the white one, I already have so many dark colors in my closet.





I searched high and low for this top online, but couldn't find it. I linked a similar style, but it doesn't have the pattern. I just purchased this top last Friday, so definitely go to Primark ASAP if you feel like you've gotta have it!

I'm heading to Austin for work next week and wouldn't this top just be perfect outfit to wear out to dinner? I'll definitely be packing it.

Thanks so much for reading! 

Top: Primark, Similar Here
Pants: J. Crew Pixie Pants
Heels: Nine West
Earrings:Old from Forever 21, Similar at Bauble Bar!
Lipstick: Wonder by Tarte 
Watch: Coach  (Men's version, but almost identical to mine)

Good Luck Charm

3/27/17




In India and Southeast Asia, elephants are considered a good luck. So, when I saw this elephant necklace a few weeks ago, I knew I had to have it. Best part? it was only $1! I've never really seen anything like it. I also love that the necklace is made out of wood. I got it at Fremont Market in Seattle, a year-round street market. A lady was selling old necklaces and I got this elephant one and another cool one, which I'm sure will make a debut on the blog soon. 

I paired my necklace with a top from Loft that I purchased a few months ago. The pinks and purple stripes compliment the necklace perfectly. I didn't want to wear the top with khakis or black dress pants. After some digging in my closet, I came across these green dress pants that I totally forgot about. Now they're on constant rotation when it comes to work clothes. A bold lip finished the look, obviously. 

A few other elephant necklaces I love - this one, this one, and this one





If you're ever in Seattle, be sure to go to the Fremont Market. I also got some cool vintage doodads, fun soaps, more jewelry, and some clothes. 

I've been so busy these past few weeks. Work travels, wedding planning, and family and friend obligations have been keeping me occupied. I'm heading to Montreal later this week for work and I'm really excited. I've never been there. My favorite part of traveling is always going to new restaurants. Can't wait to eat some poutine. Yum!

Thanks so much for reading!

Top: Loft, can't find similar one! Loving this one.
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Old from ShoeMint, similar here
Necklace: Vintage. Links to ones I love up top.
Watch: Coach
Lipstick:  Salem by Limecrime

Makeup for the Office

3/9/17


Are you guilty of hitting the snooze button a few too many times in the morning? I know I am! I'm great about getting my stuff together the night before work. I lay my outfit down, down to my shoes and jewelry. Getting up in the morning, however, is the hard part! There's been days where I'm scrambling to get my makeup done and to make my hair not stick out in every direction.

A put together look for the office doesn't just end with your outfit. It's your hair and makeup too. When it comes to makeup for the office, I always keep it minimal. Concealer, mascara, and of course, my signature bold lip. This makeup look makes me feel put together and confident and is professional. The downside? It takes me around a half hour to do my makeup in the morning. Some days, I end up doing it at my desk or in the bathroom at work. 

Today, my dear friend Michelle is coming to the rescue and sharing a makeup tutorial to show you a quick and easy makeup look (that's under 10 minutes!) for those days when you're running late to the office. All the products used are from Younique, a 4-year old, naturally-based cosmetic company featuring high quality makeup and skincare.



 
The products that Michelle used: Glorious Face & Eye Primer, BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer (Michelle is using the color Bisque), Brow Liner, Precision Pencil Eye Liner (Perfect Black), Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, Lip BonBons Tinted Lip Balm (Michelle used Raspberry Cheesecake), Royalty Rose Water Toning Spritz

For more Younique products, you can shop by clicking here!

Younique has everything - tools, face products, eye shadows, lipsticks, cleansers, and detox masks. Everything is lightweight and non-toxic. It's important to know what you're putting on your face, and with Younique products, you're putting the best of the best on your face. 

I sat down with Michelle to learn about her Younique journey! Michelle was first introduced to Younique by family members. She loved Younique products, and decided to become an Independent Younique Presenter.  Michelle joined in October 2015 and loves helping others feel beautiful day in and day out. 

If you want to get involved with Younique, feel free to contact Michelle with any questions about the products, the business opportunity, or even hosting an educational and fun makeup class or beauty bash!  

Get in touch with Michelle:
www.feelbeautifulbymichelle.com
feelbeautifulbymichelle@gmail.com  
Instagram - @FeelBeautifulbyMichelle 
Facebook: FeelBeautifulbyMichelle   

Thank you so much for reading and thank you to Michelle for her collaboration :)

Capsule Wardrobe

2/24/17


Does your closet look like a complete mess? Mine does. Guilty as charged! My problem is that I have way too many clothes. Whats funny is the fact that I only wear about half of these clothes. Maybe even less than half. I have a few pieces that I tend to always gravitate to.

Recently, my basement was flooded. My room is down there! The basement had to be completely remodeled from the floors and walls. My expansive closet and dresser are down there too and some of my clothes were ruined. I considered this a blessing in disguise. This gave me the (much needed) push to clean out my closet. Since I'm getting married soon and will be moving out of my parents' house in a few months, I really needed to rethink my wardrobe and organizational skills. The days of having three closets and two dressers to myself will soon be gone! 

Have you ever heard of a capsule wardrobe? I'm teaming up with Betabrand to show you how to build a capsule wardrobe. Betabrand is an online clothing community that designs, manufactures, and releases new products constantly.  

 A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential and versatile items in your closet that don't go out of style and can be mixed with on-trend pieces. It's basically a mini-wardrobe! A capsule wardrobe is great because there is always something in your closet that you love to wear. I have a million things in my closet, but every morning, I stand in front of my closet complaining that I don't have anything to wear. Raise your hand if you have this problem too! A capsule wardrobe will also save you a ton of time, money, and energy. You'll spend less time worrying about what to wear and spending less money on clothes. 

Are your ears perked yet? Below is a quick and easy guide on how to create a capsule wardrobe, brought to you by Betabrand! I started creating a capsule wardrobe of my own last weekend. What a perfect way to spend a long weekend!

  

Since my wardrobe is mostly focused on pieces I can wear to work, I focused mostly on pieces I can wear to the office - office friendly dresses, nice pants, modest tops, and versatile shoes. I also made sure to keep basic sweaters and blazers. While keeping just a few pieces of your favorite closet items, you can mix and match and put together a lot of outfits! So, keeping 27 pieces can lead to mixing and matching and building 100 outfits. 

Having a capsule wardrobe doesn't mean that you can't shop! While building my capsule wardrobe I realized I have mostly trendy pieces. I have a lot of patterned and fun pants, but no basic pants! Betabrand has a great collection of versatile pants. I love these business-class travel trousers - they would be perfect for jumping on a plane and heading straight to a meeting (something I do all the time!). I've also got my eye on these straight-leg dressy yoga pants, and these crop dressy yoga pants (perfect for short gals like me!)

I love Betabrand's Work-It Collection too, which has stylish business attire that is perfect for a capsule wardrobe. This dress can be worn all year round. It's nice enough to wear to important work meetings, and I would also style this with sneakers for a casual weekend look. This pencil skit is on my wish list too. 

If you're nervous about tossing clothes and building a capsule wardrobe (I know I am!) store them instead. That way, you'll have them on hand if you get the urge to wear a certain piece not in your capsule wardrobe. The bottom line is to edit your capsule wardrobe to your liking and lifestyle. Friends, I challenge you to create your own capsule wardrobe!

Thanks so much for reading :)