Shop Your Closet- Back to the Basics

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OMG! It FINALLLLLLLYYYYYYY feels like Spring in Atlanta. I'm sure I'm not the only one doing a series 90s dance moves now that Winter decided to finally stop being a bugaboo and realize we really meant it every time we told her "BYE FELICIA!!!!".  I can't tell you all how many times I packed and unpacked my winter wardrobe and even though this was the first year in a while that I got wear out of my entire winter collection, I can't express how happy I am for Spring breezes and opened toe shoes!

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At the beginning of a new season, I always feel like I have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear - and I don’t think I’m alone. I treated myself to a style session - worksheets, closet revamp, everything, that I would normally do for a style client and afterward I felt like I was left with a sparse, disjointed wardrobe. I'd be lying if I said I didn't lowkey freak out because before my closet purge, I said I wasn't going to do any shopping until my brother's wedding in June. Ironically, as annoying the never-ending winter was for all of us, I have to give it to her helping me have to stretch out my wardrobe for a couple more weeks and fight the urge to shop for things that I've discovered I didn't really need in the first place. 

The fun part about all of this was rediscovering items in my closet that I forgot I even owned. To get over the feeling of “having nothing to wear,” all I needed to do was get out of my outfit rut. I hate to admit it, but I’ve totally fallen victim to the "all work and no play", jeans, top and sneakers routine – and honey, it's been on massive repeat.

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As a stylist, I expect better of myself but when life consists of work, home, sleep, repeat, practicality often wins out. While I consider myself reasonably decent at getting myself dressed, after shopping through my own closet (it was like visiting old friends!) and trying on everything in my "keep" pile, I felt like a new woman! If you haven’t revisited pieces in your closet for awhile, it is so helpful to remind yourself what the clothes look like on you. You’re much more likely to remember why you bought the piece in the first place. Trying on these trousers and seeing how comfy they are and how well they fit made me literally smile as I thought of different ways I can wear them this Spring and Summer. As you’re redeveloping your wardrobe with old pieces, focus on remembering why you invested in well fitting basics in the first place. Look for timeless pieces, that you can mix and match for years, and never look “out of style.” Then layer in a few trendier pieces every season. When you do start shopping again, invest in basics and spend less on trendier items that will go out of style faster. Once you’ve worn trendy pieces to death, and see the trend starting to fizzle, donate or consign the pieces. You’ll be left with a great backbone of basics to build off of for the next season.

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Hello 30!

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It happened. I turned 30! And I loved every second of it. If you would have asked me five years ago if I thought my heart would be so full from kissing my twenties goodbye and embracing my thirties, I would have told you NO! But thank God for growth, through grace. I'm so excited about my 30s and all the promise they are already being filled with. With that excitement comes so much creative energy that I can wait to see unfold as I continue to declare that 2018 and beyond will be my best and most fearless years yet! I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me and for whatever reason, I just know He has great things in store! So I introduce to you, Jessica Amari Davison, a fearless style enthusiast that is living her BEST life every day God breathes breath into her lungs and opens the brown eyes He's blessed her to witness it through!

(Thanks Ashley for the following interview.....You're the best!)

A: Without overthinking your response, because I know you will (lol) introduce yourself to any new readers who may be checking your blog out this year...

J: Ha! OK. Um. I'm Jessica, a 30 year old creative who loves God, my wonderful family, food, and style. I'm ever evolving and enjoy the lessons that come with growing daily through grace. 

A: What kind of fashion guru are you?

J: I wouldn’t say that I’m a fashion guru. I personally think it’s best to keep things simple and invest in good-quality clothes. Throw-away fashion isn’t for me. I don’t take trends too seriously and instead prefer to wear classic and timeless pieces. I try to portray that on my blog and always encourage people to dress in a way that suits them and that stays true to their individual style personality.

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A: When and why did you start your blog?

J: 4+ yrs ago I started diaryofastylejunkiee.com because I craved a creative outlet. At 26 I had no idea what the heck I was doing and I was certainly having a hard time adjusting to adulting. Here we are, 30 years young and I’m now pursuing SO much more than clothes and shoes thanks to an amazing God who has literally transformed my life into something so amazing. As all over the place things were when I first began, I can't help but smile every time I think of the amazing humans who saw the potential in me then that has now developed into purpose.  What started as a ridiculous obsession with fashion has evolved into a daily growth through grace. The older I get the more I want to produce REAL and authentic content for my readers and connect on a deeper and more transparent level. Jessicaamari.com just seemed like the natural evolution since now I know who I am as a woman and daughter of the Most High and am 100% certain THAT THIS TIME I have found my blogging niche 

A: What is your top style tip?

J: Be true to you. Wear what YOU feel confident in and what fits you well. Trends come and go but style is forever. It’s great to push the envelope, but you should always fell comfortable and confident in what you wear. My first tries with blogging failed because I tried to blog with the current trends. I knew that I wasn't a trend person but I wanted to push out content that kept my readers engaged. I soon learned that a signature look that can work both dressed up or dressed down was worth sticking to.  Knowing what makes you look good gives you more confidence, and also streamlines things when getting dressed every day. 

A: What is the biggest style lesson you’ve ever learned?

J: Less is more. Always! 

A: What pieces do you invest in and why? 

J: Denim, classic accessories, and shoes. Denim because even though I love to slip into a sassy dress for special occasions, I'm not really a dress kind of girl. Shoes because I literally get use out of them since they are something I thoroughly enjoy styling an outfit around. Classic accessories because a diamond stud earring, dainty necklace, and classy watch never go out of style! When styled correctly they all really make a big impact on even the simplest look.

A: How do you glam up your everyday look?

J: I'm pretty low key and would not really describe my style as glam, even when I try! Glam for me would be taking my usual plain Jane looks and actually putting on more than my daily light foundation and mascara and pairing it with a bold lippie!

 Dress: Buffalo Exchange, Sunnies and Fanny: Target, Lippie: "Griselda" by Fenty

Dress: Buffalo Exchange, Sunnies and Fanny: Target, Lippie: "Griselda" by Fenty

A: Imagine you open your closet and it’s empty. What’s the first thing you would buy?

J: A great pair of denim and a pair of ankle boots to match...lol

A: What is your go-to online resource for style inspiration?

J: To me, the best way to get style inspiration is just go shopping. I love pairing pieces together just based on what I find walking through my favorite stores. I don’t like looking to others for inspiration because I usually overthink the way they styled their look and then it doesn’t feel authentic to me when I try to put my personal spin on it. Of course, if I come across something I love on Pinterest, I save it, but I avoid replicating head to toe looks from others as much as I can. I'll change my mind a million more times than usual when I try creating ensembles based off of something I've seen someone else slay instead of just creating a look based on how I feel at that given moment. 

A: Let's say we meet a woman styled casually by you. Describe how she looks and what she’s wearing.

J: Wow, there are so many possibilities. I would definitely start with neutrals to keep her ensemble classic. Probably ripped skinny denim, a chic but statement pair of heels, and shirt topped with a jacket or flowy cardigan. For the beauty, I’d style soft curls or a messy top bun with natural makeup and a bold lip.

A: What are you the most excited about this year personally, with your blog, brand, and personal style

J: I'm just excited that I've found my lane and that I'm happy, like, genuinely happy with who God has and continues to transform me into. Evolving is such a beautiful thing and I will never take any of its seasons for granted this year. As far as everything else, when people look back at my 2018 posts I want them to be able to say they were comfy, classy and chic. I only want to give off and soak up chill, positive and relaxed vibes. I've turned 30. I humbly but very confidently know who I am. I'm not trying to overthink life, my outfits or anything else for that matter because I'm not trying to impress anyone. At the end of the day, I want people to know that there's such an amazing peace that comes from getting in synch with the will of God for your life. I want to be the best examples of grace over perfection and purpose over popularity that I can be! 

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Hello 2018! New Year, Simple Style Goals!

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Happy New Year beautiful people! For whatever reason, kicking off a new year, which happens to fall at the beginning of a new week is crazy exciting for me. Maybe the fact that I'm 23 days away from turning 30 adds to that excitement but knowing that today gives all of us an opportunity to kick-start, reboot, unlearn, and take-up whatever we need in order to have our best year yet makes this Monday worth looking forward to. As cliche as "New Year, New Me" may sound, sometimes the idea of a new year does necessitate a blank slate.  

For me this year, in an effort to thoroughly enjoy my 30th year, I've chosen not to overwhelm myself with a list of "New Year, New Me" expectations. Instead, I've decided to make a small list of things I want to enjoy more or do better this year without making any drastic life changes (more on those later this week). For once, I am genuinely happy with where I am in my life! I can honestly say that I'm enjoying indulging in what that feels like. 

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When it comes to my personal style, I  enjoyed discovering myself through it last year. There are things I'd never done, styles I'd never tried, and a level of confidence I gained through the process. I'm super excited to see how it continues to evolve this year as I transition into another phase of my womanhood by saying goodbye to my twenties and welcoming my thirties with open arms. With that being said, I only have three style goals for the year:

1) Develop a wardrobe color palate for 2018 and beyond

The one thing I know for certain when it comes to my wardrobe is that the more neutral it is, the better I function and have less "I don't' know what to wear moments". If you know me well, you know that black is my favorite go-to color that I'll love forever because it takes away the instinct to overthink my outfit. One thing I appreciate about my personal style journey last year was learning how I look and feel when I'm wearing certain colors and how to integrate them in strategic ways opposed to buying everything I see simply because it's cute. Making shopping decisions that way has helped my wardrobe evolve creating more outfit possibilities than I could ever imagine. I've fallen in love with colors that transition well as the season's change like black, white, khaki, beige, tan, camel, nude and blush tones. Last week, I had so much fun purging my closet to make room for the items I already have in that color and as well as new pieces I add as the year progresses.

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2) Invest ONLY In Quality Pieces

Dear Jessica, NO MORE wasting money on pieces that will only do for now. 2018 will be the year of investing in more stylish quality pieces that are well made to last for a long time. No exceptions! Acquire pieces that you believe to be timelessly beautiful and versatile. Yes, I am encouraging you to purge your space of belongings that do not fall under those characteristics in coordination to your taste. It makes for a more polished and inspiring wardrobe! Love Always, Jessica

3) Stay Instinctive (Shopping, Styling)

  • Shopping

When it comes to shopping for what I want, I want to make sure I need it and really want it. If I cannot get my mind off a particular item, it's a sign that I need to procure it. Taking a chance can be worthwhile especially when I am sure I will never be able to see it anywhere else to buy again so this year I'm going to stop overthinking and follow my first instinct. 

  • Styling

Everybody has a personal style formula that works for them including, myself. Sometimes, in the hopes of trying something different or introducing something new, we alter that formula. This year, especially with style clients, I'm going to be more assuring to them that If it does not feel right or comfortable, do not do it. It'll show. Keep things light. You never want to come off as if you're trying too hard. Now that I myrself is more comfortable in that area, I can be a better example of it during my style sessions.

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If you can't tell by now, my 2018 style goals are all about becoming a minimalist. I love the idea of throwing a long coat over a chunky sweater and pairing my look with simple jogger pants or  my favorite pair of denim on the bottom. Two style habits that I've always been consistent with are keeping my jewelry to a bare minimum and have my shoes and handbags be the statements of my outfit. With my 30th quickly approaching, my style goals will be all about effortless and easy. I find that as long as I’m not overthinking my outfit, it stays fresh and fun and I feel really good in it! I'd love to hear your style goals below. Here's to a bomb year filled with endless but simple style possibilities!

 

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The Oversized BLAZER: Is There A Right Way To Wear It?

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While there’s nothing new and groundbreaking about a blazer, be it fitted, oversized, slouchy, or structured, talking about the blazer look and wearing one is still considered a trendy thing, in a very classic chic sort of way. Apparently, everything these days is about size. The bigger the better, right??? When it comes to fashion it always seems more yes than no, with women’s looks borrowing pretty much all they can from menswear, slouchy oversized silhouette, being no exception. Blame it on the cycle of fashion, or whatever other reason you can come up with, the outcomes for putting together great blazer looks keep getting better and better. 

For this year though, and maybe it's just me, but it seems like boyfriend blazers went up a size and are bigger, longer, wider, broader (sans le big shoulder pads please!), and it makes me wonder one thing: Is there actually a right way to create a head-turning oversized blazer look? After a quick scroll through Pinterest and a deeper look at boyfriend blazers from some of my favorite stores, I came to the conclusion that the answer is NO. Duh!   

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Truth is it takes a certain kinda swag and attitude & GREAT personal style to pull off a boyfriend blazer look per se, without any attention to what you’re pairing it with. It’s got to do with the details of your look: from hair to makeup(or barely any if you're like me), shoes, bags, accessories. Adding a bit of jazz to your look is what sets you apart from the blazer enthusiast. If you're not an ensemble risk taker and honey it's totally okay if you're not, the safest way to do the oversized blazer does actually imply a RIGHT way to nail it, by paying attention to ONE style trick: keep at least ONE item of your look fitted (trousers, jeans, skirts, or top) to create a balance in the silhouette. For my look I chose fitted overalls tucked in booties. Think like an architect and create a visual balance. 

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I'm so excited that there is still so much more fall and winter left to play with oversized blazers. For chicness and sophistication purposes you can consider: rolled up sleeves, wearing your blazer slung on your shoulders, using a belt over it, popping your collar (I can’t believe I just said that! Well… for cold days you know), adding a scarf over it, pairing it with sporty or graphic tops, or adding statement accessories. I could list a million other examples but we'll leave that for the rest of the season's blazer posts! I'd love to hear how you style your statement blazers. Drop a comment below. 

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Double Duty: How to Transition Summer Pieces into Fall

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 We're officially almost three weeks into fall 2017 and Georgia, per usual, still feels like the middle of summer. If I've learned anything the past 7 years I've lived here, I learned no matter how much I love everything about fall, Georgia's weather is never going to let me be great in my favorite fall pieces until late October/early November. Learning how not to pack away my summer pieces to make room for my favorite sweaters, booties and jackets is a struggle I'm still learning to cope with BUT this year's change of season has been a lot smoother for me. With just a few simple styling tricks, I've finally learned how to take my favorite warm-weather basics into fall to avoid that mid-day heat stroke that comes with waking up to 66-degree weather only to be slapped in the face with 89-degree weather by lunchtime. 

One of the saddest things about transitioning from summer to fall, (well the only sad thing for me -- summer isn't my favorite) is the loss of the lightweight dresses that we basically lived in during the warmest months of the year. Since moving back to Georgia, I've learned that there is a way to rock my favorite spring and summer dresses in the cooler months. The trick (no surprise here) is LAYERING; it’s a matter of combining the short, sleeveless, lightweight dresses from the summer with the heavier pieces we love so much during fall. With this ensemble, I was so excited to finally pull out my favorite longline cardigan. Even though it's a little heavier than the cardigans I typically transition with, it's still light enough to layer well with whatever summer staples I choose to layer it with without me having to worry about overheating. A cardigan might be a fall wardrobe essential, but the idea of wearing one when you’re overheated isn’t that savory. The middle ground? Drape it across your shoulders to say, “Yes, I know it’s fall,” despite the fact that you don’t need the arm coverage just yet. I'll show more examples of this later on the blog, so stay tuned.


Using your accessories to add warmth and a touch of chic fall style is great on days that are brisk but not freezing. If you have any summer dresses in lightweight fabrics that have sleeves (like this cute linen multi-color piece I snagged from Loft a couple years ago) you know that they are perfect for tall boot combos. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to pull out these lightweight but super chic cut out thigh-high boots from urbanog.com but your standard knee-high riding boots will suffice is your thigh-high collections is more cold weather friendly. You can really experiment with what you have in your closet to layer over or under your summer dresses. If it’s a warmer day, get as much use out of your open-toed shoes as possible, but stick with boots or closed toe heels for colder temps.

What are your favorite pieces to transition your Summer Wardrobe into Fall? 

Xo,

Jessica

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Hello September!

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It's FINALLY here! The best time of the year. The kickoff to all things boots, jackets, pumpkin spice, football, and fall. The birth month of my absolute favorite season of the year. It's FINALLY SEPTEMBER! While everyone is sad to start saying goodbye to summer, I'm running towards fall, full speed, with arms open wide. 

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With Labor Day weekend festivities kicking off today, those of you who aren't as excited to go your separate ways from summer have a chance to enjoy the last licks of summertime activities and with warm weather and last minute lazy beach days, outdoor movies, and rooftop barbecues still in full swing, your summer wardrobe isn't quite yet done.  I've learned there are very few ensembles I can't work from season to season. Luckily for us, we can squeeze in a few more weeks of summer's beloved cold shoulder trend. You guys should know by now that ripped jeans are a year round staple for me and I had so much FUN pairing this #DontCare pair from Target. It's been a lot of fun watching my favorite fashionistas slay the cold shoulder trend all spring and summer and it makes me happy to know that it also doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. If anything, shoulder play seems to be getting stronger, with off the shoulder tops still going strong, and other styles, like one shoulder tops, becoming more and more popular.

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I love basics and have spent this year creating a capsule wardrobe made of great basics that I can mix and match all year long.  While simplicity is always my first priority when picking out an ensemble, I’m a also huge fan of statement heels that are versatile, make a basic outfit pop for all the right reasons and that I can get a lot of wear out of. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fun the pom pom's add to these and although they are a little busy, I can't get enough of paring them with quick and easy denim ensembles to spice up the casual factor. 

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The cold shoulder trend is one I’m loving and have incorporated tops that I can't wait to share with you more as we transition into fall over the next month. The top, jeans and sunnies are from Target (because, duh, I can't stay out of there) and my over-sized clutch is from Forever21. I'm so happy to be working with my favorite female photographer in Atlanta again and we can't wait to bring you tons of fall fashion fun as the season settles in! May your September be filled with positive vibes, elevated faith and moments full of H A P P I N E S S! 

 

XO,

Jessica!

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Over(it)all

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I dread summer. I hate the heat. I hate the humidity. I hate mosquitoes. I hate when my perfectly silk pressed edges stand no chance at being great as soon as I step outside. A little dramatic?! Maybe. If it could be fall all year, I'd be the happiest girl in the world. I'm a denim all year kind of girl and thanks to the effortlessly charming touch they bring to an outfit, overalls are still a year-round staple I can't get enough of. When the temperature rises, deciding what to wear them with can be a bit of a head-scratcher. Trying look cute but not break a sweat while doing has been a challenge I face each summer since moving back to Georgia. There's also the conflict of wanting to match the effortless vibe overalls provide while avoiding looking sloppy, all of which is so much easier said than done! When I posted this outfit on instagram, I got so many "only you could rock a pair of overalls like that" DMs.  Conquering this style battle doesn't have to be a headache. There are so many ways to make your overalls look appropriate for a variety of occasions this summer that will ensure you look more like the cool fashion girl you really are without feeling like a 10 year old again. 

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If you like the look of overalls (I realize they're not for everyone)—overalls are more approachable than you think. I'm not going to lie, finding the RIGHT pair is kind of tough. Most of the overalls I tried were on the low waist side, making the straps feel too much like suspenders, holding my jeans up. It was important to me that the overalls truly sit at the waist, like a belted waist dress would. Once I found the right fit, I've been able to wear these for all sorts of occasions. They tend to swing casual, but I love that I can also dress them up, often by adding something as simple as a block heel (get ready for a future post). In my opinion, overalls work particularly well with an interesting top, which is why this particular look was so much fun for me. Summer isn't summer without flowy sleeves and off the shoulder flair and I couldn't resist indulging in both. Even with something as busy as my top was, I felt both simple and  put together because overalls speak for themselves. Looking forward to sharing other ways I style these. 

Thanks for Stopping By!  

Xo,  

Jessica  

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Flower Child: Perspex and Kimonos

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We've all done it—you stumble across a vintage shop and lay eyes on the most beautiful piece that you have NO IDEA how you'd wear it. If you're anything like me you buy it anyways, because 1)it's an investment and 2)you'll kick yourself in the butt when you see someone else rocking it effortlessly. All the above were my exact sentiments when I stumbled across this beautiful Kimono from www.vintiqueshop.com. Literally, it was love at first sight and I could barely contain my excitement as I was paying the invoice for the purchase (I'm talking happy dances and all). Kimonos aren't necessarily anything new in the world of fashion, but thanks to recent looks from elite street style stars, we are seeing them, especially longline styles, in a whole new light.

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As I anxiously awaited the arrival of my package, the pressure of styling a piece this amazing started building tremendously. Finally I had a styling epiphany! The trick was simple: When mixing in a piece that's bold and out of the ordinary, wear it with the most simple closet staples you own. The kimono itself is such a soft and feminine piece and is going to offer me such versatility to the many basics in my closet. You can never go wrong using white denim as a foundation to your ensemble when wearing a bold look. Nude heels are basically all that I own now, so I knew picking a pair to compliment the softness of my look wouldn't be hard. I'm still SO IN LOVE with the perspex trend and shoe retailers, such as Public Desire, has done such as great job of keeping the trend alive with the many chic styles the have to offer. The see through toe strap and buckled ankle strap on the Alia style gives me SO much life as well as endless styling opportunities when I need a go-to neutral option. 

I had so much fun shooting this look and got so many compliments as people passed by! Vintage styles can be intimidating sometimes and if you're looking for the perfect muse for vintage inspiration, I encouraged you to follow @vintiqueshop for a daily dose of amazing styles as well as  @thevintiqueshop_, both ran and updated by it's lovely owner, Whitney Liddel. If you're like me, and don't live close enough to enjoy the shop in person, that's ok. Shopping online is super quick and a pleasurable shopping experience. Be sure you don't miss out on their unique collection of head turning vintage staples!

You'll definitely see this piece again so stay tuned. I know it's been awhile since my last post but thank you guys for your patience as I pushed through the business that came with changes added to my work plate. I'm so happy to be back and look forward to more content consistency as 2017 continues to progress. Blessings to you all and as always, Happy Styling!

Xo,

Jessica

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Double Denim

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Double denim is one of those trends that has been around for decades and wont be going anywhere anytime soon. So many people think that denim on denim or the Canadian Tuxedo, (whichever you prefer to call it) is an absolute no no, however, when it’s done right, it can look amazing! Having worked fashion retail and developing an ever growing denim obsession, double denim is one of my favorite combinations next to all black ensembles.

Double denim is worn by so many celebrities, bloggers and models nowadays and I love how the difference in everyone's style personalities show a variety of styling options that prove anyone can make the trend work.  In my opinion, the trick for getting denim on denim right is all in the pieces you choose! A lot of people who struggle with making denim on denim pieces work have that mental block of just how to make their outfit look chic without looking like they stepped straight out of the 80’s or 90’s, circa Brittany and Justin at the 2001 AMA's (google it). 

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When it comes to double denim, less isn’t more in my opinion. The outdated basic rule of thumb for double denim is making sure that the washes and colors are completely different from each other. If you can't tell from the pictures in this post, this is actually my favorite fashion rule to break. While pairing a light washed jacket or shirt with dark blue, white, black or grey jeans is more favorable, you can totally rock similar colored washes and make it look as chic as ever. Of course, you can do it the other way around with dark washes on top and lighter on the bottom, but I find that it looks better the first way as darker colors are more slimming on the bottom, creating a much nicer illusion to your proportions. Make sure that your pieces fit you perfectly. Pairing together a really baggy pair of jeans and an ill fitting shirt is not a good look, neither is the combination of a baggy denim jacket and bad fitting jeans. The key here is making sure your jean are slim or skinny and your shirt, jacket or vest is fitted. You need to make sure the cuts are slim, especially on the legs. In my personal opinion. I don’t think double denim ever looks good with really loose jeans and is much more suited to skinny fits. Like I said, that's just my personal opinion.

Luckily for us girls, double denim for women comes with a lot more options than it does for men. Denim shirts, jackets and vests all go really well with skinny jeans, denim shorts, skinny flares and even denim skirts. The combinations are literally endless! I've been eyeing a few denim skirts that I want to play with this trend with. Just like my all black ensembles, you'll definitely see me in double denim throughout the year. 

What are your favorite ways to pair your denim pieces. I'd love to hear your feedback below. Until next time, Happy Styling!

XO,

Jessica 

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SNEAKY: Maxi Skirt Meets the Classic Sneaker!

My Ensemble Love board on Pinterest is still growing but it is a true representation of the way I hope my wardrobe matures. My infatuation with street style has served as a never ending source of stylespiration (yes, another fashion term I made completely up lol) and is somewhat my vision board of sorts that sets the tone of how I dress during any given year.  

With comfort being my highest priority as of late, it's hard to not throw on a classic sneaker, dressed up or down, to get me through running errands and whatever else is on my to-do list for the day. I must admit, as much as I appreciate the comfort of a great maxi and my favorite go-to sneakers, pairing them together turned out to be quite the task for me. In trying to figure out how to make why my ensembles featuring the two never seemed street style worthy, I've learned that the art of the humble sneaker is actually two-fold: to provide a sleek, sporty edge whilst simultaneously acting as a streamlined and above all comfortable anchor to my everyday ensemble. As casual or as luxe as it may be, luckily for me,  they don't come at the expense of style. In fact, they now define it, invading runways and magazine spreads all over the world. 

The  classic sneaker instantly ups the cool factor of skirts and dresses. Midi skirts lose their prim factor and cocktail dresses drop the fancy factor when when paired with sneaks. If silk maxi dresses aren’t your jam (and trust me, I totally get it), you can get the same vibe with a maxi dress in a casual fabric.  Because of the length, maxi dresses are inherently dramatic, so almost any would work.  My advice?  Find a casual maxi with some sort of glam element:  amazing color,  extra-flowy skirt, dramatic back, pleated – be picky.  The goal is to find something YOU love, something that makes you swoon.

I cannot overstate the benefit of a drool-worthy maxi and sneaker combo. A chic ankle-grazing skirt is universally flattering and allows you to show off your covetable shoes......

Consider me sold! 

XO,  

Jessica  

Outfit Deets: Skirt and Bomber Jacket:Ross , Sneakers : Nike via Footlocker , Bag: Target (currently sold out..sorry babes)

Spring It On : Transitioning From Winter to Spring

Spring in Atlanta. It's cold, it’s 84 degrees, it's rainy—the weather flip flops so much this time of year that it makes it impossible to know if you need a scarf and gloves or sandals before stepping outside. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the smoother transitions between the seasons that I experienced living in North Carolina but after six years of living back in Georgia, I've finally come to grips with the weekly, sometimes daily, weather changes and try to maximize my wardrobe accordingly. With the weather so unpredictable, exactly how do you navigate this transitional season with style and grace? 

If you're anything like me, and by like me I mean the brisk cold of winter isn't your favorite, you've been basking in the warmth of your favorite cashmere sweaters, hoodies and sweatshirts for months now and are thrilled at the thought of feeling the actual sun on our skin. Luckily for us, before we immediately disqualify your big chunky pieces and toss them into the “see ya next winter” pile, we now have an excuse to pull out our favorite pairs of ripped denim or pair them over a lightweight chiffon maxi skirt or culottes. The result will be simple and chic, and when paired with the right accessories you've got yourself the perfect transitional outfit. One of my favorite ways slowly brighten my wardrobe is by wearing denim with a lighter, brighter wash. They are the perfect match for pastels, neutrals and florals and are a timeless wardrobe staple all year.

If there’s ever a perfect time for ankle strap heels it's now. It’s the perfect shoe to keep your toes warm by way of the sun and are light enough to keep your feet happy that they are out of boots for a while. Open-toe heels are also a fantastic way to show off that new pedicure you can't wait to flaunt as you sport spring polish for the next few months! 

Just like the tress are presented with the opportunity to blossom into something beautiful each spring, we are presented with that same opportunity. As you find creative ways to make the best out of transitioning your wardorbe, don't be afraid of letting old things, habits, relationships or anything else that may be stunting your grow GO! Over the course of the next few weeks, it is my sincere prayer that you Spring forward in the grace and mercy of our loving heavenly Father and blossom until some beautiful things come to life during the remainder of your 2017. Just be sure to stop and smell the roses along the way!

Happy Styling!

XO,

Jessica

What are some ways you are transitioning your wardrobe? What are some of your favorite spring staples? Comment below!

Sweatshirt : H&M l Jeans, Heels, Bag : Target

 

 

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration : Blazer, Denim and Booties!

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Happy Valentines Day lovelies! My first v-day outfit and today's were my favorite to shoot becauses I think they adequately display my strongest style personalities. If you know me well, you know that I am one of the biggest denim junkies known to man. Ripped, boyfriend, skinny, high waist, vintigae, if it's denim it's hanging in my my closet and one of my favorite go to staple pieces. Over the past two fashion years, designers have morphed so much sartorial appeal into the basic denim that dressing them up or down for any event is alwasy achievable to me.  

For this Sweetie's Day ensemble inspiration I coupled my favorite light washed jeans with a blush and very feminine sweatshirt with my faorite pair of sock booties at the moment. Blazers and sweatshirts are another trendy silhouette that is taking the fashion scene by storm. Some wardrobe staples never retire and for me, even though I don't wear mine nearly as much as I should, are still a must-have trend that compliments any night out on the town. To finish off this look, I added an easy to carry clutch that compliments my rose gold accessories in a soft and not overly dressed way. In order for me to stay true to the essence of Valentine's day, I stuck with nuetrals which in my opinon adds the perfect balance of chic and class to any ensemble.

Even though my person of interest is 405 miles away, I would totally wear this outfit on a Valentine's dinner date if we could. No matter how you're spending your day, I pray that God's love surrounds your day and you realize just how much He loves you and wants to be your main squeeze this year and each one that follows. Blessings, love and joy to you all. Enjoy the rest of your day!

XO, Jessica 

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Birthday Girl: Hello 29!

In my blogging absence, I celebrated my 29th birthday last month! It's always a blessing to see another year and with all the growth I've experienced since last year, this year was extra special for me. I can't put into words how overwhelming the love of God feels and how much He's revealing Himself to me as I learn to lean on Him in all that I do. I'll be posting more about the peace that came with entering my last year of my twenties in the "Jessicaisms" section on the blog. As many of you know, this isn't my first blogging rodeo but with God as the foundation this time, I'm looking forward to the many amazing things He has in store as I share with you my faith in Him, life lessons, and my personal style through grace, modesty and purpose. 

As I indulge in the newness that comes with turning twenty nine, there are so many things I'm looking forward to adjusting in my wardrobe. No matter how I continue to age gracefully, one thing will never change-I will never have enough back pieces hanging in my closet. Head-to-toe black is the easiet, chicest, most foolproof way to get dressed and I've come to enjoy its fashion freedom as I've learned to come to grips with being unapologetically okay with that. Black leather jackets, black pants, black booties black tanks, black purses, black heels, black anything is NEVER going out of style. 

There's a movement going on in the fashion world and that movement is simple, literally! That's my biggest style goal as I approach my thirties-simplify and slay in the process. I've been asked, on more than one occasion if there is any reason not to wear black. My answer is always no, unless it's your wedding day(lol). There are a lot reasons all black ensembles will always be a signature look of mine but these will always be my favaorites:

  1. I never have to worry about matching.
  2. It can be worn EVERY season. Literallry every single one! In like a million different ways!
  3. It can be layered to no end.
  4. It flatters every skin tone.
  5. It's figure flattering.
  6. Even when worn casually, it always looks kind of dressed up
  7. It works for all ages
  8. It's chic and all kinds of sophisticated
  9. You can wear any fabric and still look flawless in it
  10. It's hard to stain

Color is fun and so very necessary but black will forever be the epitome of class in the wonderful world of fashion. I can't wait to show you the endless ways I style it this year so stay tuned, there's plenty all black everything to come. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm ready and willing to take it all knowing that every moment, through the grace of God, has its purpose. I appreciate all the birthday wishes everyone extended on my special day! You guys are amazing :)

Xo, Jessica 

Top & Jeans: Forever 21, Heels: Misguided, Bag & Sunnies: Target

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Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration : Burgundy and Pink

With all the hype and pressure that comes with it now, Valentine's Day is stressful enough. This year, no matter your relationship status, do yourself a favor and allow your day of love ensemble to be a no-brainer: wear what makes you feel best. With date nights or time spent with your closet friends ranging from romantic dinners with your honey or game night with the crew, dress the part this year, comfortably and enjoy yourself accordingly.

You may chalk it up to another Hallmark holiday, but there's no denying that Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to put on a cute outfit. For those looking to straddle the "chic but not trying too hard line", pair your favorite midi dress in a creative but classy. This burgundy lace top I found for the holidays turned out to be the perfect match to a blush midi I haven't gotten much use out of from Forever 21. I'm still all about the perspex trend and was excited to pull them out again to compliment my ensemble and settle the "nude heel or black?" decision I couldn't seem to make. What I like most about this look is that it is versatile enough to wear to dinner with someone special or just out for dinner and a movie with the girls. My siblings have been my Valentine's Day dates the past few years and although we usually dine casually, I wanted to give you all a look that isn't limited to one type of mood of dressing.

No matter how you celebrate this year, find a way to make a subtle statement in the most creative and comfortable way! 

Top & Dress: Forever 21, Perspex Heels: