Fridaze Outfit of the Day + Hair

Today is a really good day so far! It’s a nice mild cloudy day with a slight breeze. There is nothing I love more than overcast weather…I know, I’m weird for liking slightly gloomy weather. That’s me though!

One of the reasons today is such a good day is because my hair looks pretty damn good. I even posted it on Instagram.

Today I went with a pair of dark wash blue jeans and a royal blue top along with a hooded kimono/cardigan. I’ve been gravitating towards this color blue this whole season…I’m honestly not sure why either.

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Top: Francesca’s 

Jeans: American Eagle

Sandals: Sam Edelman 

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I love (faux) silk tops for breezy, mild days like today. They’re so effortless and simple, but can easily be dressed up or down…I think I may need a few more in more colors – preferably neutral colors.

Well, that’s all for this wonderful Friday, I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s posts because I sure loved writing them!

ChelsiKay

 

Fridaze Outfit of the Day + Hair

Going Braless Pt. 2

I didn’t post yesterday, but there’s a really good reason for that…I didn’t know what to post about. Then I thought about how well my whole “braless journey” is going especially now that it’s hot again.

Last summer I gave up the boob panties aka the bra. That’s not to say I don’t wear bras anymore, but I more often than not opt out. If you want to read my Pt. 1 about going braless last year then click here.

Even in the winter, I didn’t really choose a bra because of the bulky layers I would be wearing. It wasn’t until Spring started that I would reach for a boob holder. I’ve traded in a good portion of my bras for pasties, bralettes, and the occasional bandeau. Now that Summer is right around the corner….so long bras!

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I’m a huge fan of bralettes! For one, they are extremely cute and they are surprisingly comfortable. American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, and Free People have some of the nicest bralettes, even for the big busted ladies out there.

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I also really love pasties. I was so afraid to wear them at first, but now I’m pretty much hooked on them. I prefer the silicone ones over the stick on ones, but the silicone pasties do tend to gather sweat more so than the stick-on pasties. You can find many many types of pasties on Amazon. If you do plan on getting some silicone pasties, then make sure to read the reviews to see if you’re getting the good kind that lasts longer.

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One thing I did notice about going braless was that my “girls” actually got perkier! Either I’m just getting older or the lack of restriction is letting them breathe and promoting growth (lol.) Anyway, my “braless journey” is still going very well and I recommend considering doing so. The freedom is amazing! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

Going Braless Pt. 2

Mini Lulu’s Haul

Sometime this month I have a trip planned to go to Miami! I’ll still be blogging, so don’t worry! I’m celebrating my dad’s birthday as well as going on a mini vacation. I am beyond excited because I’ve never been to Miami before and I hear (and see) that it’s pretty great.

When I found out that these were the plans, my inner fashionista came out to play and damn near ruined my slow fashion journey. Don’t worry, I didn’t go out and buy a bunch of dresses, crop tops and shorts…but I did buy SOME items.

Since I am going on a little vacation and also plan to go on another one later this year, I decided to shop at Lulu’s. Lulu’s has some amazing pieces that are trendy(ish) and stylish. I’d consider shopping there for other pieces throughout the year as well.

I ordered three items that I can wear part of the year and are just my style of course! I bought two dresses and a romper that are amazing summer pieces AND vacation pieces.

The first one is this cute chambray like dress that has a triangle bodice and an empire waist. Normally I don’t really like empire waist garments, but this is a very flattering dress I must say! It’s on the shorter side and it’s backless, but hey, I’m going to MIAMI TRICK!

The next garment is a romper that has these navy blue striated vertical stripes. I adore stripes of all kind so this was a must-have! This is another backless piece that I think is the most stylish out of them all. I would pair this with some brown espadrille wedges and go to a nice lunch.

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Of course, I saved the best for last – a cute t-shirt like dress that I know I’m going to live in the majority of the summer. The best part about this dress is that it’s made in the USA! Technically, it’s slow fashion or at least ethical fashion! YAY! Lulu’s has a ton of items that are made in the USA – just type it in their search bar and you’ll see! This is a simple blue dress that’s sexy yet casual and has a kind of a racerback thing going on.

Those are all the pieces I purchased – now all I need is a swimsuit and I’m set! Should I go for a cute little one piece number?

I don’t know if you noticed but all the items are blue or have blue on them and that was all by accident! I guess I like blue for the summer!

Thanks for reading!!!

ChelsiKay

 

 

Mini Lulu’s Haul

My Spring Wishlist

I think I might be a little strange because I like to plan out my purchases. Obviously, I don’t plan out just any and every purchase, but anything over $75 I do. I have this wish/need list that I should finally start purchasing from, but I always get sidetracked by skincare and makeup. At this point, the only makeup I need is a new foundation which can be a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. And I MAY have to let my skincare obsession suffer for a few months in order to get the items on my wish list.

So what are these items that I speak of? Well, some of the items I do actually need and the rest are just items that I want. For instance, all of my jeans are slowly getting tighter and tighter. There is nothing more uncomfortable than tight jeans that don’t fit that well. I’m not getting fatter or anything, I’ve actually been working out and toning my body which causes some plumpness…especially in the booty area. I have a $20 off coupon at Madewell for some jeans, but since it’s getting warmer I can wait on that purchase.

 

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$135

 

I also could use some new sandals. I’ve worn the same sandals from TJ Maxx for three years and they are sadly falling apart. I figured I could just replace them with some new Madewell sandals. I told you guys, I really love Madewell’s clothes and accessories!

 

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$64

The next item, I’m not too sure I need or just want. I haven’t tried on my shorts from the last two years, so I’m not certain they fit or not. Just in case, I may purchase some in the near future from…you guessed it…Madewell!

 

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$69

The rest of the items are just things that I want. Since I’ve stopped purchasing fast fashion, it’s a little bit harder to just go out and get them whenever I want. However, this saves me from purchasing crap as well as making impulse buys!

I’ve had my eye on these Vince Camuto block heels for awhile now! I have shoes like this that I’ve had for years and it’s finally time to renew them with something a little more substantial. I love any shoes from Vince Camuto because the quality is great and the comfort level is amazing! I used to have some platform heels from Vince that were super high and I could dance, walk and do flips in those babies. Now, I don’t really wear heels that high simply because I don’t go out as often anymore.

 

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$79 (they’re on sale!!!)

This next item most definitely leans to a frivolous want. I went to Bloomingdale’s the other day and saw this tee dress that I felt like I needed to have. There are those days that I don’t really feel like getting dressed and how easy would it be to throw on this cute slightly oversized tee dress with some heels, boots, or sneakers? The only problem is that because it’s an Alexander Wang brand, it’s pretty expensive for what it is. However, I’m sure this dress would last FOREVER if I do decide to purchase it.

 

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$150

Last but not least, I saw this Pop & Suki bag a few months ago and I knew that I just had to have it. I don’t see too many people with it IRL and that is always a plus to me. What I like most about it is that it’s a convertible bag! I can get a shoulder strap or backpack straps…how cool is that?! If you’ve read my blog before then you know that I’m all about versatility when it comes to clothing and accessories. I love backpacks and I love small bags so this is perfect. It is near $200, but it is a handbag and completely worth it in my opinion. I’m not sure when this will be mine, but I’m hoping very very soon!

 

 

 

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$195 

So that’s my Spring Wishlist you guys! I was going to do a March favorites or essentials but they honestly haven’t changed that much from February so I thought this would be better!

What are some items that are on your wishlist? Comment down below, I’m curious :).

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

 

My Spring Wishlist

Slow Fashion Challenge: Update

I broke a rule…well, really I bent a rule. My slow fashion challenge is going so much better than I expected, but nobody is perfect. I purchased some fast fashion items not too long ago. I didn’t exactly do it on purpose, though. Here are some of my offenses.

The first incident happened when I was going to a birthday party at an 80’s, 90’s club. I purchased this cheap dress off of Amazon which actually was in my parameters as far as the challenge went. I am allowed to purchase fast fashion for themed parties and technically it was a themed club. However, I also went to H&M for some tights and thigh high socks that same week. It was supposed to complete the outfit and what sense would it make to spend an arm and a leg on tights and socks? I also forgot to bring some earrings so I ended up buying some at H&M while I was already there. Two (three?) offenses in one week…I am out of control I know.

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The second incident happened a few weeks ago after my dentist appointment. I failed to mention it in my blog post about my relaxed outfit. That belt…is from H&M as well. Again…I couldn’t justify spending more than $10 on a belt that I tie around myself! I mean I really could have just gotten some thick black shoe strings and tied that around my waist but I wasn’t really thinking. I blame the excessive lidocaine.

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However, I have done so well in this challenge. This is one of the first times that I have ever been this committed to something like this. I am worried about when it starts to get warmer, though. I tend to buy seasonal clothing in the summer simply because it is hot. I will really have to restrain myself from purchasing that cute flowy dress from Forever 21 because I know there’s going to be one I just have to have.

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The only recommendation I have for myself is to either wear clothes that I already own for the summer months or try my hand at sewing my own flowy dresses and shorts. Of course, I can purchase from slow fashion stores as well as Target, but I tend to be a little more lenient with my purchases when summer comes around. Hopefully, I can keep up with my challenge because I am really enjoying it and loving how my wardrobe is changing into great quality pieces.

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Slow Fashion Challenge: Update

OOTD: Relaxed & Casual

Today I had a dentist appointment to fill in some cavities. The appointment went really well, but man was my dentist heavy handed with the lidocaine. As a kid, I could easily go back to school after an appointment and now I’m out of commission for the rest of the day. Somehow, I managed not to pass out today as my mom and I walked around Georgetown and took pictures.

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I get so nervous before doctor’s or dentist’s appointments, so I was sure to dress as comfortable as possible. Yesterday I saw this cute linen top inside of Gap and HAD to have it. I think of Gap as not quite fast fashion, but not quite slow fashion. I have so many ideas on how to wear this linen top when the days are warm. Lately, it’s been pretty hard to tell if it’s going to be warm or not so I’m always sure to layer up.

I’m really glad I bought this shirt in the flax color (light beige) instead of black or white. The top is soft and breathable and is going to be a must wear on super hot summer days.

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Today, I paired it with my American Apparel winter leggings and my Banana Republic military coat. I would have layered an oversized sweater over it since it was pretty chilly in the morning, but I don’t have an oversized sweater sadly. An oversized sweater may have to be my next purchase if it doesn’t start warming up too quickly.

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I wanted to show this outfit with and without the belt because it creates two different looks. If I was wearing shorts with the top then I would probably opt for the belt because that look is super chic. Isn’t it strange how a simple little accessory can completely take an outfit to the next level or completely ruin one?

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Now that this post is up and I’m finally home I can relax after my oh so nerve racking appointment. Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

OOTD: Relaxed & Casual

& Other Stories Georgetown Grand Opening

So I was really supposed to post Friday but it ended up being a really busy day. My initial plan was to get up and go to the Tyson’s Corner Mall and then go meet my boyfriend so that we could celebrate our friends birthday later that night.

What ended up happening was my mom and I went to Georgetown to attend the & Other Stories grand opening and from there, things just became really busy. I haven’t really shopped much on the & Other Stories website but my mom has and she has gotten some really good quality pieces from there.

If you haven’t heard of & Other Stories they’re a European based store that recently made its way stateside. They’re actually owned by H&M Group which of course made me a bit skeptical. How could & Other Stories have all these amazing quality fashion pieces and accessories and be the little sister of H&M? Well, actually that’s not surprising because big companies have to tap into all markets right? H&M Group also owns Cos, which I didn’t even know about until I did some research. Any who & Other Stories prides themselves in doing everything in-house and being shoppable for everyone.

 

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$19

 

So I ended up going to the grand opening and getting this really cute top and a cute minimal ring. Both were pretty impulsive purchases but the top I just had to have! It goes so well with my capsule wardrobe and my aesthetic as a whole. The quality is pretty amazing and should be because it wasn’t the cheapest. I’d never pay more than $60 for a top normally, but like I said I had to have it! I’m usually pretty transparent on here so if you’re wondering…it was $85 which to some is a pretty penny and to others is nothing.

Excuse these pictures, I don’t have my actual camera and I’m not around any good lighting. There will be better pictures very soon.

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I know you all are thinking “that’s just a basic black top.” No, If you guys could just feel how soft and thick this top is then you’ll understand. It’s also one of the most stylish pieces I own now next to my Madewell Sweater Coat. I can’t wait to style it in the next few days…I already have some ideas.

That’s all for this post. Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

& Other Stories Georgetown Grand Opening