Versatile Blogger Award

I just wanted to take a minute to say a big *THANK YOU* to  Thoughts in life  {CHECK IT OUT!!!} for nominating me for Versatile Blogger Award.  I always try to keep my readers entertained and engaged so this is very nice to hear that people notice and enjoy! Thank you, doll.

These are the rules of this award:

  1. Display Award.
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate bloggers.

*Seven things about me*

  1. If I could sit on a beach, or on a veranda in Paris; write all day, drink wine and get paid for it I would quit real life right now and go.
  2. I picked up and moved my whole life from NJ to Florida just because it was too cold! Nothing like starting over!
  3. I have a girl crush on Jessica Simpson and have all of the Newly Weds DVDs.
  4. I do not have a filter. My writing is more filtered than my mouth.
  5. I have a weird thing with toothbrushes and white tee shirts- I love new ones of both!
  6. If I could be any sitcom TV personality it would be Rachel Green from FRIENDS
  7. I love reading biographies about other people’s lives, definitely my favorite genre.

I would like to nominate:

Living In Steil

Mezies Blog

Wine, Whisk & Bliss

Xox Cheers!!! 💋

Runway Fashion 2017 pt 3

Happy Style Sunday! Here is part 3 of 2017 Runway Fashion!

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I love everything about those three words. White… um… yes! Shirt… yes!!!! Dresses… uh huh!!! I love anything and everything white so I am beaming at this look that is coming up for 2017. Can I pull it off 7 days a week?! That may be fun… like let’s see how many days I can wear white in different ways without getting dirty! Challenge accepted!!

Foldover Waists

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There is just too much fabric. Unless you have the perfect waistline for it, it just doesn’t work. I am way too short I think for this look. I am not opposed to this but just not on me. The people who look good in this are at least 5’5” and I am not even circling the edge of that rim.

Boyscout Sash

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I’m sorry, what?! I like the sash scarf idea, I can definitely get into that.This is look I would need to experiment with a little bit I think. The first impression isn’t whipping me into a verbal excitement but stay tuned because I may be able to come up with something in 2017!

Cheers!! Xo Jenn

**All photos from Elle.com

 

Spring Runway Fashion 2017 pt 2

Happy Friday! Here is part 2 of Spring Runway Fashion.

Banker Stripes

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I have a burning love for blue and white stripes. Normally I go after something  alittle more sailoresque but I am digging the banker stripes. They are classy and professional and easy to dress up or down, very versatile.

Single Shoulder Cutout

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Ok this seems like only a natural progression I suspect. In fall, it was all about the cold shoulder, which i really started to like. It makes a plain dress look a little more fun and flirty. I don’t really think I am into the one shoulder cutout but I’ll give it a shot, I would give a one shoulder a shot.

Flashdance Shoulder

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Yes! Yes! Yes! I love off the shoulder; both, one, I don’t really care I think it’s a fabulous look. Maybe it’s my 80s baby coming out but bring on the flashdancing!

Sleeve Slits

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I don’t really get it? It just looks like you cut slits into your sleeves. Like your clothes are too small or you’re too poor to buy new garments. It reminds me of a high/low for the wrist. I hate high/low for the waist so this definitely a no from me.

**All photos taken from Elle.com

XO Cheers! Jenn

Spring Runway Fashion 2017 pt 1

I know it’s only January but, the spring line was released months ago, so technically I am tardy!! Here’s what to look for hittin’ the racks this season. 

Seaside Stripes

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I love this look but only vertical stripes for me please! I have always been an avid stripe lover so I’m into it. I think it gets us excited about summer and reminds us of the boardwalk. There are many ways to wear it and it can be very flattering.

Khaki

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Khaki is very a very classic it really doesn’t ever go away. I love that there are different colors of khaki- a green, yellow, a light, a dark etc. There are so many ways to wear and colors to wear it with and for that I am a continued fan year over year.

Many shades of yellow

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I don’t really wear yellow. I think I own one yellow dress and it’s very pale and it’s my Easter dress by Juicy Couture I have been wearing for like 4 years now. Other than that, I do not like it. I am usually a blonde; yellow & blonde do not mix. If you can pull it off, go for it but it kind of makes me feel nauseous.

XO Cheers!!!

Jenn

**All Photos taken from Elle.com

!!!New Designer Alert!!!

As much as I love fashion and it’s easy for me to put styles and looks together, I have never been one with an eye for design and I have always been envious of the people who do. I never took an interest in drawing or sewing and now looking back I wish I had. But hey! We all have our own “thing”, mine is writing and styling. But my dear friend, Sarina Molinari’s happens to be designing and she is a brilliant one at that. Sarina is one of those people who got blessed with both sides of the brain, creative and analytical. Her full time job is a Physician’s Assistant, her part-time just-because-she-loves-it job: designing fabulous clothes.

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“My mom worked as a seamstress and both of my grandmothers sewed so since I was young I was helping my mom in sewing room and I learned a lot,” Sarina said when I asked her how she started designing. My mom always sewed too. She tried to force me into it and I did take a sewing class in high school but I would have rather been shopping while other people were making the clothes.

SM: “I started reconstructing clothes and experimenting. I made my own homecoming and prom dresses too.

Boy that must have saved her like a ton of money. She went on to say if she saw something she liked she would just mimic it and make it herself.  {Enter jealous but so happy for her eye roll}.

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I always get nervous when writing about style because everyone’s is different and I always try to remind myself of that but it is difficult because I want to write about my own style of course. I am really trying to broaden that and keep an open mind in my writing. I asked Sarina about her personal style and if she uses it in her own designs. She told me she calls her style, “Classy with a twist,” and that she loves to dress up so she makes a lot of classic dressy pieces. She does have a variety of pieces too. She made an awesome swimsuit for my sister last year so I asked her to design two for my upcoming cruise, I am very excited. Of course she will take into consideration my personal style and personality when designing something for me.

SM: “Clothes are a way to express myself and show a different side of my personality. If I wanted to be classy elegant, fun and flirty, sexy or professional; I make my clothes depending on how I feel and who I want to be at that time,” Sarina shared. I guess creativity comes in many different forms. For me, writing and styling is my creative outlet. I can go to a store for hours at a time, hunt the sale racks and walk out with 10 different outfits totally styled feeling peaceful and calm. It’s my “thing!”

I often think about if I closed my eyes and opened them to find myself in my own fairytale what would it be?! The outcome is always the same. I want to own my own boutique. I have so many ideas to make it different and unique but ya know that whole money thing comes into play. But the dream lives on. When I asked Sarina, she ironically said the same thing.

 “…To have my own boutique with my own unique one-of-a-kind pieces along with doing custom work for people. I love taking inspiration and being able to bring someone’s vision to life.”  OK, Sarina, let’s go after it together girl! Sarina said one thing she has not made and has been dying to is a warm winter coat, “one with the perfect fit and patterns.” I believe this is for herself but hey if any of you out there are looking for a custom coat, make a girls dream come true!!

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Quality or quantity is a question heard quite often. Have one really good one or many cheap ones?! It all depends on the consumer. But let’s be honest the quality usually wins. There are always the pieces you spend $5, $10, $15 on like tee shirts or tanks of course because you go through them often. {KEEP THOSE WHITE TEES CLEAN!!} But at the end of the day when you spend more money on something you are investing in that, regardless what it is. I am a big fan of comfort and fit first over price. If it makes me look like a whale I am not buying it. If it makes me look like Gisele I will take 5 in every color and not care that it’s $100. I asked Sarina what she thought the most important think for consumers to look for when shopping for clothes is and she shared that you can always tell by the seams and the type of material it’s made from. “You can find a lot of inexpensive clothing in the stores and online but the quality is poor. A well-constructed garment could be {And should be} a staple in your wardrobe for years, even when trends starting coming back years later!” Great information from an inside eye, thanks Sarina!!

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Be sure to look for some designs from Sarina in the near future. We have a new project we are launching shortly.

XO-Have a fabulous weekend fashionistas!

**Note: Sarina designed all of the pieces on this page! She is taking orders, so if anyone is interested please email me stylemymindjenn@gmail.com

 

DIY Christmas Gifts on a Budget

Are you on a budget this holiday season? Aren’t we all? Or at least say we are. I took a finger stroll through Pinterest the other day {I do this basically everyday} and found 5 really awesome DIY gifts that do not require a lot of funding or time.

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Use a mason jar or a jar like the picture. You can get a box of 10 mason jars for like $12. Fill the mason jar with cotton balls {$1 for a bag if that}; I prefer the jumbo ones because they clean off the polish much better than the baby ones. Buy a min nail polish remover {less than $1}, toe separators- you can probably get this along with clippers and a file in a gift set for under $5 {Kohl’s}, grab a cute tiny lotion and some mini polishes. I got my mini Essie polishes in a set of 4 at Bealls Outlet for $7.99 I think. Close it up, attach a bow and a cute little accessory or ornament on the front! There you go; an adorable DIY gift for under $15.

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This one may require a little bit of creativity but if you have the hand for it, this is amazing! Buy a wine glass from the dollar store and some acrylic paint from Michael’s Craft Store {they always have coupons} and paint a cute little scene on it like this “Bottoms Up” Santa pictured above. Another easy scenery to paint is a beach or a starry night. Attach a bow and you’re done! Less than $10!

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This one takes a little more effort but I loved it so I wanted to include it. Go to the hardware store {Home Depot} and buy a piece of wood  like the picture{I would just show the guys up front to tell me what I need. Home Depot gives me anxiety}. Buy some chalkboard paint at Michael’s Craft Store and some blue tape, outline it and spray the chalkboard paint. Let it dry. Attach some handles on the side and you have an adorable serving tray! Throw in some cheese and a bottle of wine for a more elaborate gift.

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I always love this and want to make them because I live away from a lot of my friends. I imagine you can find a state stencil to be able to outline the states. All you need is a white mug and a few Sharpies. Under $10.

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This is my favorite. Why didn’t I think of something this simple? Buy a white mug and silver or gold paint pen. Outline a heart in the handle of the mug and make dots around the heart decreasing as you pull away from the heart. How easy is this?! Under $10.

I hope you like my DIY picks and it makes your last minute gift giving a little easier!

Happy Holidays!

Styling Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

‘Tis the season for the ever-so-hideous but necessary “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party. I can honestly say I have never have the liberty of attending. Or maybe I just never RSVP’d yes because the thought of physically putting one on repulsed me. Who knows. Anyway if you are one of the lucky ones to snag an invite this year, here are a few financially friendly picks from Walmart.

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  • If you’re going to do it, might as well do it right with this light-up Merry Christmas kitty sweater. It is the epitome of tacky and ideal for the look you are going for.

How To Style It: Throw on a cute pair of antlers, a pair of red leggings and brown booties.

And don’t forget your Christmas bulb earrings to go with.

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  • This is probably my favorite because one of my favorite Christmas movies is Elf! It’s probably one of the most acceptable of the ugliness.

How To Style It: Pleather leggings, gold heels or booties and a giant Poinsettia for your hair.

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  • Ok the style of this sweater is not so bad. It’s light and I really like the fabric. The tree is awful but the ribbon is cute.

How To Style It: Skinny jeans, brown booties and giant sparkly gold earrings or a mistletoe headband. I found mine at Francesca’s Closet.

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  • Finally, the inevitable sarcastic look for my sarcastic ladies, “Fleece Navidad” with a large, round sheep on it. I hate it. Haha.

How To Style It: Don’t wear it. JK! Black leggings, silver earrings and maybe a white pom pom pinned in your hair. I am all about hair accessories especially Christmas ones!

Good Luck! Report back!