Category: Style

Everyday Style With Camouflage Print

Top: Sanctuary | Jacket: Love Tree (similar) | Jeans: Good American | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Purse: Amazon (similar here & here) | Sunglasses: Quay | Earrings: Nadri | Bracelet: Nordstrom Rack | Watch: Citizen

Marc always jokes, “where did you go?!” as he gazes right past me whenever I show up wearing camouflage print. I roll my eyes, and he laughs at his joke. I have to confess; I have an obsession with camouflage print. #sorrynotsorry I mean, it’s just so easy to wear and such a versatile print for being so distinct. I wish you could see this shirt up close, it’s made of 2 lightweight breathable layers. It’s one of those transitional pieces that can be worn all year long because the material is light enough for spring/summer but thick enough for layering during fall and winter. This top is a great piece to wear open over a dress and booties during summertime.

I FINALLY found a fantastic pair of true black jeans that don’t fade and have the perfect amount of stretch! Ugh, I’ve been searching for so long. It’s tough to explain how big of a deal these jeans are so let me share a list of everything I was looking for in a single pair of jeans.

Jeanette’s black jeans list of requirements:

  • true black
  • tapered ankles
  • perfect amount of stretch
  • good fit through the hips, thighs & calves
  • front pockets (a lot of black jeans have faux pockets)
  • must be actual jeans (not denim leggings)
  • snug fitting waist (no gap, when I sit)
  • ample room in the back (aka doesn’t squish my butt)
  • won’t fade after the first wash (or after the 20th)
  • won’t stretch out after an hour of wear
  • won’t sag
  • under $150

I think you can agree, that’s a long list. These hit every mark, and I’m obsessed! If you’re new to the Good American brand, make sure to size down at least one size (possibly 2), they run big.

Lastly, I have to mention my accessories really quick. I get so many compliments on these crawler earrings and so many questions on these sunglasses. I linked both exact pairs. The earrings are my go-to pair; they go with everything. They look very high end but are only $40 and plated in 18k gold. These Quay sunglasses are also a go-to; I wear them literally every single day. The squared oversized look pairs well with dressier, glam looks but the thin, matte frame makes them perfect for casual, everyday wear. My purse is a Chanel dupe and is made of vegan leather. It’s only $21! I linked this exact one and a few other similar ones up above.

Casual Gray Monochrome Look With a Hint of Brown

Sweater: Topshop | Jeans: GAP (similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Hat: Anthropologie

Tote: Steve Madden (similar) | Watch: Citizen

Did you know there are tons of vegan leather handbags available from mainstream designers? My tote bag is from Steve Madden! This one is sold out but I linked a similar one. I’m so happy to see so many vegan fashion brands popping up all over the world. However, they’re still a bit difficult to find, especially if you don’t know where to look. I’m going to be introducing a whole lot of these brands here soon but in the meantime, you can find lots of vegan handbags and faux leather shoes from brands like Steve Madden and Forever 21. Even Topshop has cute vegan pieces. My sweater looks like it’s wool and it’s super warm but it’s 100% wool-free, which means it’s also cruelty-free, yay! Let me know in the comments what vegan and cruelty-free pieces you’d like to see and I’ll add them to my list to share soon. Also, make sure to sign up for my newsletter for updates on fresh new vegan fashion brands and giveaways!

Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat

 

Coat: Kensie (similar herehere & here) | Top: H&M (similar) | Jeans: Gap (similar) | Shoes: Miss Lola (similar here) | Bag: Amazon (similar here & here)

If you haven’t already heard, animal prints are going to be a BIG trend for Spring 2019. We’ve already seen a lot of animal print, mostly leopard, carrying over from fall of 2018 but it’s going to be even bigger and better come spring. I absolutely love animal prints so I can’t wait to really get crazy with it come spring. My leopard coat sold out during Norstrom’s anniversary sale last July but I linked a couple similar ones above.

Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Packable Puffer Jacket under $50!

Jacket: Old Navy (on sale, under $50!)| Top: Jella C (on sale under $20!)  | Jeans: Good American | Sock Booties: Steve Madden | Beanie: Boutique (similar here & here)

This puffer jacket is such a score! If you don’t know, most of the popular brand puffer jackets are filled with feathers. It’s not very animal-friendly and it is totally unnecessary. This one, however, is polyester-filled (which means it’s cruelty-free, YAY!), lined with fleece for extra warmth, comes in 6 colors, and is on sale right now under $50!!! I bought this to wear for our trip to Utah but I’ve already been wearing it non-stop here in Las Vegas. It’s lightweight but warm and you can still layer under it.

I also can’t stop wearing these Good American jeans. I’m seriously obsessed with this brand, the fit is so perfect. They stretch really well and fit every curve without being loose at the waist. If you haven’t tried Good American jeans, you’re missing out! They also look good on every body type and age. A friend of mine works at Nordstrom’s and sells these all day long; she says teenagers and older women alike buy these and they sell really well. Once you try them, you’ll see why they’re so popular. Don’t take my word for it, grab a pair!

Kimono Cardigan Fall Outfit

Cardigan | Jeans | Top | Boots & here | Bag | Hat | Sunglasses & here

This is one of the other looks we shot while we were in L.A. a few weeks ago. This kimono is now on sale for 50% off! Fun fact about this shoot, we got kicked out of this location. Lol. The guard that walks the premises told us that the owner of that development sent him down to tell us we had to leave and that we’d have to pay for permission to shoot there. He also said, and I quote, “People usually pay millions or billions to shoot here.” Lol. Um, yeah ok. Kristina and I just nodded then politely left. So there’s a little-known blogger secret for ya’ll, sometimes you do in fact need to request permission in advance to shoot in some locations, sometimes you have to pay (though never millions, unless you’re shooting a major motions picture or something), and sometimes its free and you can shoot wherever you like. But this guard was so funny. He was serious about those figures too, lol.

The Perfect Chunky Knit Sweater for Fall

 

Dress (also here) | Cardigan | Shoes | Bag | Shapewear

Hey guys, if you recall I shared this cardigan in my Instagram stories last week and said I’d be sharing it as an outfit soon. Well, here it is. I present to you THE BEST cardigan for fall. This is one of the outfits we shot in Pasadena this past week. By the way, can I just say how much I love Pasadena? The weather was a perfect 86 degrees and as the sun went down, we were greeted by a light cool breeze. The city is so picturesque and two of my favorite things are that it’s the home of the Huntington Library and it also offers a wide variety of vegan dining options— one of my faves is Real Food Daily (yelp them!).

Ok, now let me tell ya about this cardi. This chunky knit oversized cardigan is super soft, cozy, and best of all, it’s wool-free! I can not tell you how hard it is to find chunky knit cardigans for fall and winter. It seems like 90% of all cardigans manufactured are made with wool or other animal materials. For as long as I could remember, I’ve been allergic to wool. I had always loved chunky knit oversized cardigans made of wool. They looked so warm and cozy but I wouldn’t even dare try them on because the times I did, my skin would become so irritated. It wasn’t until I worked at James Perse that I found out I wasn’t allergic to cashmere, so I started buying that. Then last year, I went vegan and slowly started eliminated all animal products from my wardrobe, including all my cashmere pieces. So now when I find a really well made, chunky knit cardigan that’s not made of wool or animal materials, I immediately jump on it. This is one of those pieces. The material is a little heavy, but not in a bad way, it has the perfect weight to it. I love the oversized fit and it has pockets! It also has beautiful movement and pairs equally as well with jeans and a tee. If you buy one cardigan this fall, I would suggest investing in this piece! I’m OBSESSED with it!

 

 

 

Black Linen Wrap Dress & Ark Bag

Dress | Shoes (similare here, here, & here) | Bag | Earrings (similar) | Lipstick

Ok friends, I have a few things to share with you all today. First, we shot this look a couple of months ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting it. I absolutely love this dress, and it’s under $100! It’s the perfect blend of rayon and linen. Which means the fabric has a good weight to it and it drapes beautifully. I love a good wrap dress but what sold me on this one were the pockets! Dresses with pockets are just the best, don’t you think? Anyway, this dress comes in 5 different colors; one option is a beautiful, light gingham print. I love the drop shoulder and the midi length. The cut and style are elegant enough to wear it to a more formal event, like dinner. But the fabric and drape make it more casual when paired with flat sandals and casual accessories, like a crossbody bag and a fun, long necklace. I’m so excited for fall weather, but I don’t think it will be arriving here in las vegas any time soon. So this is a good transition piece until then.

On another note, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that my interview on the DM Show Podcast is now live! It was my first podcast ever, and I was so nervous to record! I think it went well overall. Anyway, I linked it in my Instagram stories, but you can also listen to it on Apple Podcasts for free here. We spoke about veganism, vegan lifestyles, vegan babies, vegan fashion and beauty, and a there’s a bit about my personal life. Please go listen to it and let me know what you think!

Also, as you can see, I’ve been adding other types of post besides fashion and beauty. I plan to start sharing more inspirational content with you all. I want to share all the things that inspire me to create a beautiful, happy, fulfilled life, that will help make the world a better place. There’s so much that I have planned and I’m beyond excited to share it all with you. I want to give back. I want to serve others. I want to do work that inspires and uplifts others. If you follow me on Instagram and you read those posts, you’ve seen a little glimpse of that in my latest sponsored post. I’m also working on covering more vegan, cruelty-free brands that are stylish and ethical. So watch out for that and make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so that you don’t miss anything. I’ll have some exclusive content on there including giveaways for subscribers only. Btw, newsletters only go out once every month.

Ok, that’s it for today. Hope you all have a beautiful Wednesday! Thank you to each and every one of you for following along, it means the world to me. 🙂 <3

Eyelet Wrap Top & Woven Round Handle Tote

Top: Anthropologie | Jeans: Nordstrom (sold out, similar here & here) | Bag: Boutique (nearly identical one here) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker (sold out, similar here & here) | Shoes: Forever21 (similar here & here) | Scarf: Anthropologie

I had of lot’s questions about the details of this outfit when I posted it on Instagram last week and I’ve been dying to share it. This wrap top has the prettiest eyelet trim detail all around the neckline and sleeve. I bought it specifically to shoot a sponsored campaign, which by the way you should check out on my Instagram because we’re doing something awesome to help those in need. I needed a lightweight top that is easy to take care of but with lots of pretty detail so I went with this wrap blouse from Anthropologie. I think it was like, 114 degrees the day we shot this and we were outside for quite some time so naturally, the blouse got soaked in my sweat and wrinkled. So glamorous, right? Lol. Anyway, it doesn’t normally wrinkle that easily, it’s super pretty, and perfect for summer—such a good find!

I’m also obsessed with these little kerchief scarves from  Anthropologie. They’re made of cotton (they have silk too but let’s keep our style cruelty-free) and they’re perfect for wrapping up your hair or around your purse like I typically do. Ok, last style obsession for today, these sunglasses. They’re sold out BUT, I linked two very similar pairs from the same designer. Which pair do you like best? I have to go with the gold-rimmed pair, the gold glimmers so beautifully in the sun! I’ve been wearing these non-stop because they go with everything and I love the oversized look!

ICYMI everything I wear and all the products I use are now and always will be vegan.

By the way, I linked some cute bow espadrille shoes that are similar to the ones I’m wearing and the linked options are made of vegan leather. In case you don’t watch my Instagram stories, I decided a while back to eliminate all animal products from my life. This includes shoes, handbags, and accessories that are made with animal products. So now everything I link is 100% vegan and cruelty-free! If you’re curious as to why I went vegan, there’s a post about it and you can read it here.

Ok you guys, today I have a special guest for you all.

Miss Athena Esmeralda joined me for the sponsored shoot we shot right before these pics. She wasn’t supposed to be in these outfits pics but she kept walking over to me, standing right in front of me staring, then asking me to pick her up. Lol, it was so cute. Her nanny Taryn, kept trying to entertain her to get her out of the shot but she just wanted mommy. So I thought I’d include some behind the scenes with Athena today. 🙂 I can’t handle that cute little face!!!

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Shoes | Accessories & More

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

1. Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajama

2. Zella High Waist V-Back Ankle Leggings

3. J.CREW End on End Sleep Shirt

4. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

5. Spanx Power Short Mid Thigh Shaper

6. Spanx Arm Tights Crop Top

You guys, these pajamas (#1)  are THE BEST. It’s easy to see why they’re a Nordstrom anniversary sale best seller. They’re so incredibly soft and the material is stretchy and just super comfortable. I did a try on session with everything I bought from the Nordstrom anniversary sale. In case you missed it, you can watch it in my instagram story highlights under the style category. I spoke about the style and fit of these pajamas along with several other favorites.

If you’ve not yet tried Zella leggings, you have to take advantage of the sale and pick up a couple pairs! I listed my 2 current favorites, picks 2 & 4. Zella is one of my favorite brands for cute workout clothing. Their pieces are so well made, comfortable, and perform really well. The red zella leggings are to die for. The mesh insert design is so cute, they have a 4-way stretch, and I’m absolutely loving the high waist. If your leggings begin to sag as you’re working out, especially during running, try a high-waisted legging, and of course make sure you’re wearing your correct size. I found that ever since I started wearing high-wasited leggings, I don’t have that sagging problem with them when I run. By the way, I wear a size 8 jean and I got the red zella leggings (pick #2) in a size medium and they fit perfectly.

If you’re looking for shapewear, and even if you’re not, get picks 5 & 6— they’re total game changers! I’ve had the power short midi thigh shaper for over a year now, I wear it under all my dresses. It perfectly smoothes everything out so you get long, clean, smooth lines; it really makes all the difference! I recommend this piece to everyone and it’s on sale right now for under $25. It’s probably my favorite piece of shape ware I’ve ever owned.

The spanx arm tights are also amazing but in a totally different way. I have chubby arms so when I first heard about the arm tights, I was all over it. They really help smooth everything out and they’re perfect for wearing under sleeveless tops and dresses without adding any bulk. Like I said, these are a game changer.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks in Accessories & More

1. Balenciaga 57mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

2. Mali & Lili Mali + Lili Quilted Vegan Leather Convertible Belt Bag

3. Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch

4. Steve Madden Brinkley Over the Knee Stretch Boot

5. HUNTER ‘Original Tall’ Rain Boot

6. COCONUTS BY MATISSE Walk On Bootie

7. Nadri Edwardian Ear Crawlers

I really wish there were more vegan leather shoe options included in the Nordstrom anniversary sale. However, the few that I did find, I absolutely love. Pick #4 is perfect for summer and fall outfits, especially since western style pieces are going to be a big fall trend. Pick #6 is just perfect for fall and winter outfits. They’re such a classic over the knee boot. I actually purchased a very similar pair during last year’s anniversary sale and I wore them with everything, as I plan to do this year. You can see how I styled those similar boots here and here.

I also purchased pick #7 and I love them even more in person. I showed these crawler earrings in my instagram stories, you can see them in my highlights under the style category. I love the effect of wearing multiple earrings without having all those extra piercings so these crawler earrings are perfect. I also love that this pair is plated in 14k gold.

The Nordstrom anniversary sale is the perfect time to buy a pair of Hunter rain boots (pick #5). These boots are my favorite of all the rain boots I’ve tried thus far. I have 3 pairs of them and I LOVE them. They are so useful during the rainy season, and a must have if you live in a rainy climate. They are super well made, VERY durable, and stylish! They’re a little on the pricier side but I alway recommend them when I’m asked about rain boots because I really think they’re worth every penny. I’ve worn them in flooded areas here in Las Vegas during the rainy season, I’ve walked the rainy streets of Seattle with them, and even worn them in the snow during Utah winters. They’re held up marvelously and still look good as new, love them!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Dresses

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 Top Picks | Dresses

1. Self Portrait Asymmetrical Lace Medallion Minidress

2. SELF-PORTRAIT Tiered Scalloped Lace Dress

3. La Vie Rebecca Taylor Veronique Ruffle Sleeve Dress

4. Sam Edelman Velvet Burnout Dress

5.  1901 Knit Midi Dress

6. James Perse Jersey Blouson Dress

7. Leith Long Languid Dress

8. James Perse Racerback Blouson Dress

I’m loving the selection of dresses in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Those that have been following this blog for a while know that I love a good James Perse dress. That’s why I included two of his dresses in my top picks. I wore James Perse dresses all throughout my pregnancy and well before that too. I just love how comfortable and easy to style they are. They’re also very versatile, well made, and the fabrics are always top notch. I’ve been buying them for years so I have a nice little collection and when I got pregnant, I had no need for maternity dresses because all the James Perse pieces fit right over my belly. I have dress number 8 and it’s a good one. The top part is blousy and the bottom is more fitted. You can wear it really casual with sandals and a crossbody or dress it up with wedge espadrilles and cute jacket.

Dress number 5 reminds me a lot of the James Perse dresses but it’s only a fraction of the price.  I love these more plain dresses because they’re so versatile. I was surprised to see dresses 1 and 2 on sale because I feel like this brand rarely goes on sale. So if you’ve had your eye on either of these stunning Self-Portrait dresses, buy them now! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends August 5th and prices will go up August 6th!