The Perfect Fall Dress

Hello!

This is just a quick post. Fall is here!! Who else is as excited as I am? It’s time to send those bright sundresses packing and let your closet take a darker turn.

Despite autumn beginning officially last week, it certainly has not felt like fall. Despite the warm temps, however, I still want to start dressing in fall’s rich hues and warm florals. Enter this dress. It will give you all of the fall feelings without overheating

My favorite part about this dress is the high low skirt. The warm colors of the dress gives it a va-va-voom and the backless deep V is sexy yet classy.

I’m relishing in the few weeks we have left to wear dresses.

Happy Saturday everyone and thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Dress :: Cadieux

Bag :: strathberry

Shoes:: Public Desire

 

She was passionate and fearless; a free spirit with a rebellious heart who was unapologetically feminine.

Let’s get personal: Form Beauty.

I’m beyond excited to share this product with you all. Form beauty is truly a lifesaver. I’m not really a hair maintenance sort of person. I tend to wear my big hair and braids and don’t really worry about the middle. However, when I discovered Form Beauty, I had to partner with them.

The majority of women, “73%, don’t know if they are using the right products for their individual hair care needs”. I’m clearly part of this 73%. Form beauty uses a form consultation can be accessed on the website, and it is created to help find the right regimen for the user’s desired hair texture and style. So each product is personalized to your hair texture and needs.

Form Beauty refers to itself as a “prestige hair care collection,” and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know any other hair product out there with its versatility.

Personally, I’m obsessed with the “Hydrate Conditioner”. It nourishes my very brittle hair. It is Formulated without silicones, this conditioner dramatically increases your hair’s softness and manageability while helping to reduce breakage. It helps with tangling, so I can comb my hair thoroughly before rinsing out.

On my second use, I noticed after it was dry I noticed it looked less frizzy than usual and my curly iron glided through my hair better than they normally do too. This morning my hair feels smoother, looks shinier and actually, it seems to have a bit more movement.

For the first time ever, it seems my hair and I have a great thing going on and I don’t want to mess that, so I’ll be sticking to my Form Beauty regimen for a while.

Take your Form Consultation now and try this product. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

#Realbeauty Emmys Recap with Dove

Thank you, Dove, for sponsoring this post. How do you define #RealBeauty?

Hi, Ladies! I was so honored to host and celebrate real Beauty on TVs Biggest Night with Dove. I was never the pretty girl in high school and was bullied severely for it. I did a lot of work on myself to get to the point where I am confident enough to understand my real beauty. The definition of real beauty to me is confidence. So, when Dove reached out to me to participate in this campaign, I was beyond honored. I was happy to celebrate creative women who share diverse stories on television inspire you to love yourself and pioneer your own definition of Real Beauty. I am and will forever be inspired by Issa Rae who looked stunning in a red gown. She is truly the definition of #Realbeauty. I’ve been following her career and her magnanimous smile since “awkward black girl” on YouTube. Her honesty and talent is so inspiring. We also share similar backgrounds, so I can relate to her. She is such a role model and I think it’s imperative that young girls have role models on TV. When girls feel they have a positive role model, they are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back.

I was joined by few of my friends to watch the Emmys. We laughed, ate and guessed who the winners were. I loved how inclusive this year’s Emmys were. I literally screamed and cried when I saw the Dove’s Real Beauty Productions commercial with Shonda Rhimes (undoubtedly the most powerful woman on TV and a woman of color). It’s simply amazing that Dove partnered with Shonda Rhimes to put the power of storytelling into the hands of real women. It’s time to see more stories like Diana’s to help expand the definition of beauty for women and girls, who overwhelmingly (7 in 10) cannot relate to depictions seen across film, TV and media today. In addition, together with Shonda and a 100% female crew, Dove continues to celebrate inclusive, diverse and real beauty in front and behind the camera.

Overall, it was a beautiful night with lots of laugh and optimism in television. I encourage you to watch Diana’s story here. Link Below:

http://clvr.li/2xuPr12

Also, learn more about Dove’s Campaign here:  http://clvr.li/2qp9Qjg

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

SPECSANDBLAZERS X OLIVIA CULPO PrettyLittleThing

So excited to style these pieces from The Olvia Culpo collection with PrettyLittleThing. I’ve always loved her style and her fun personality. The former Miss Universe turned influencer turned designer is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. Culpo launched her collaborative line of chic dresses that incorporated feminine details such as lace, embroidery, ruffles, pearl ornaments and floral motifs, as well as flirty off-the-shoulder and cropped silhouettes.

I chose this black lace ruffles maxi dress to style because it just reminds me of Gaga’s song “Bad Romance” but in lieu, I call this “Dark Romance”. This dress is truly flirty and feminine, yet elegant. It exudes style, sophistication, and edge.

Never been the one to shy aways from drama and this black lace maxi dress brings theatrics – featuring a peekaboo lace material, ruffle chiffon sleeves and layered ruffles on the skirt. I styled it with some strappy heels for a killer finish.

The second dress I styled is this Black Lace Ruffle Dress. The black lace material with ruffle details, long sleeves, and the bodycon fit is perfect for this heat. I love an LBD always. I teamed it with some strappy heels and pull my hair up for a catwalk inspired look.

The ruffled trim and the tiered skirt makes it look Show off your legs in this lovely dress and strut to your date night.

Shop all the looks below.

Thank you so much for reading!
:: Outfit ::
Dress :: Olivia Culpo dress | Olivia Culpo mini dress
Bag :: Zara
Shoes :: Ego official
Accessories :: Rachel Zoe TZR sunglasses | H&M earring

Shop here https://www.prettylittlething.us/

Fall Trend: 4 ways to wear Polka Dots

Hi, Guys! Just a quick hello. Is anyone else a sucker for polka dots? Me too! Why?
Because they evoke genuine happiness in me when I wear them. They actually have a reputation for doing that to everyone from what I’ve heard. Polka dots suggest simplicity, fun, and cheerfulness. If anyone else is on this wave, come with me while I share 4 Polka Dotted pieces I think are a must-have in your closet.

1.Maxi Polka Dot dress.

2.Polka Dot Shoes 

3.Midi Polka Dot Dress

4.Polka dot blouse

What’s your favorite way to wear polka dots? Share with me on @specsandblazers

xoxo
Niké

REGAL WITH FASCINATING DIAMONDS

Diamonds are forever, they are all I need to please me…….. (Name the song).

There is something quite regal and elegant about diamonds and I find myself attracted to it every time although I never thought I’ll own one myself anytime soon. However, with now hosting more events, I knew it was time to invest in some simple yet elegant pieces. So, I reached out to the lovely ladies at Fascinating diamonds for a collaboration.

Fascinating Diamonds a customized online diamond jewelry store in New York. I know, at first the words diamond and online together in a sentence sent me straight into skepticism, However, I did my research and saw that they had a great BBB and Google rating and a physical store front in New York’s Diamond District, that gave me more confidence in them. What made me took a leap of faith was knowing they can customize my jewelry for me to my taste.

I wanted simple yet elegant earrings and matching necklace. So, I went with the Curved Graduated Diamond Necklace and the Pear Shaped Stud Drop Earrings. I was amazed when I opened the boxes because the packaging was just stunning! The pricing was great compared to similar designs and stones at the major retailers and they expedite my shipping so I received my items rather quickly.

I styled them with a beautiful red dress. They complemented my style and aesthetic impeccably. Check out their site for an array of engagement rings, necklaces, braces and pleasant customer service.

https://www.fascinatingdiamonds.com

Summer Trend: LACE

Hi! It has been a rough few days with my Instagram hacked and hell to get back. I still haven’t got my username back but hoping for the best. I’ll be writing a post on how to keep your social media accounts safe.

In the mean time, I love this sky-blue lace dress. I’ve always been a fan of lace dresses. The lace dress is always a mixture of sophistication and femininity and a shift version is versatile enough to be dressed up or down, chic or casual.

A lacy bodice can be worn day or night. This gorgeous sky blue dress is from JUSTONEANSWER. Paired simply with pumps and a white clutch, this outfit is perfect for any summer occasion.

 

Dress: Just One Answer, Heels: Louboutin

 

Why I can’t stop wearing white this Summer and why you should try it too.

Hello, Ladies and some gents! Happy Tuesday.
There is something about wearing all white that makes me feel like a million bucks. Wearing white from head to toe may not suit everyone, but I always feel effortless and fresh when I wear it. White on dark skin is just fabulous. I grew up with both my parents wearing white all the time. It’s no secret, I have a slight obsession with that color. Alas, even my home is all white. Plus, minimalism is a hot trend for summer and what’s more minimalistic than white? Personally, I think white evokes more of a visceral feeling; fresh, clean, pure, empty but mostly a feeling of luxury. With that said, here are 5 ways you can add white to your wardrobe.

 

1. Confidence
Confidence is definitely key when it comes to wearing white, or all white. If you aren’t a confident person, you can’t wear white or you’ll be self-conscious the whole time. Put all those silly rules to bed on all white is tacky or even white heels are tacky. Don’t be afraid to experiment with white. I truly believe you can wear white to any occasion. Well, except maybe a wedding. Wear white with your head held high.

 

2. Match your whites
Believe it or not, there is more than one shade of white: Winter white, ivory, and many more tones, but they don’t always compliment each other. Whenever you’re rocking a monochromatic ensemble, keep the tones in mind. You can mix shades but let your eye be the deciding factor. Before walking out, stare at your outfit in various lighting (bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, outdoors, whatever). Do the shades work together or do one white look so bright that it makes the other almost look dirty? Be mindful of how your whites work together. Use your judgment as to whether your shades work correctly. Trust me, you can mismatch white.

3. Accessorize
Balance your fresh look with an accent color that will give it a twist. And remember, you want to bring another shade into the picture only as an accent technique, so make sure it doesn’t steal the show. I went the no jewelry route and just finished off with my So Kate pumps.

4. Know What Proportions Work For You.
When it comes to wearing a color like white, knowing your proportions are a key factor to a perfect look. I prefer a clean tailored look. Some people, like Rihanna, can rock the whole loose fitting all white outfit but I’m more of a Solange girl. I prefer tailored all white look.

5. Go All Out.
If in doubt, just wear white from head to toe as no color is fresher so if you do struggle on how to style things white on white is such a high impact look. Wear it well, wear it proud.

Oh, Make sure you apply perfume before getting dressed. I’ve made this mistake one time too many.

Share your all white outfits with me on Instagram @specsandblazers

Niké

Have a great weekend and thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Dress :: Elliatt 
Shoes :: Loutboutin

 

The Ultimate Summer Date Night Guide – What To Wear.

Hi, Ladies! Summer dates are the best dates if you still believe in dating or what not. I don’t remember the last time I dated but when I used to date, I loved getting dress up for a fun night especially during summer season. The fabulous thing about summer dating is that it doesn’t have to last. (I’m kidding). You can sit outside to enjoy your date and stop for ice cream on your stroll home, stay out a little later than you would normally because it’s still light out. But dressing for summer dates in Los Angeles can be another story. It gets somewhat chilly at night. So, the trick is to pick something sweat proof and perhaps add a layer at night. Here are 5 ways to have your date staring at your outfit all night.

1. A lingerie-inspired slip dress is perfect for hot summer nights. Thank God we can wear our lingerie out now. When you were growing up, your mom probably told you to make sure that your slip doesn’t show. Find a beautiful midi slip dress and throw a leather jacket on top.


2. Slip on some bold sandals. You know what they say, the higher the heels……


3. For Fickle weather, start with a crop top and midi-skirt as your base layer, then throw on a moto jacket in case the temperatures start to dip.
4. For dipping on the dance floor, style a slightly sheer shirt with a fitting skinny jeans and pumps for a well-balanced ensemble.


5. To give your date night outfit romantic finishes, style a lace dress like mine. With this particular outfit, I’ll bring a vintage-wash denim jacket to add just the right touch of laid-back style to this ultra-feminine, pink lace dress. Worn with nude So-Kate pumps to elongate the look of my legs. You could also wear this outfit easily for brunch, coffee or a casual dinner just switch out the shoes with nude wedges.

Have a great rest week and thank you so much for reading!
:: Outfit ::
Dress :: Elliatt
Shoes :: Christian Louboutin
Accessories :: Strathberry Bag.

Niké

What I Wore | Brunch at Prank Bar DTLA

Hi, Guys! Happy Thursday. Meg and I decided to go to DTLA for happy hour and we went to a new family owned bar/restaurant called Prank. It’s the first walk-up bar in Los Angeles (google it).

I really like Prank for its atmosphere. Nothing beats space/layout. You can choose to sit outside or inside and get two completely different atmosphere.

The perks of this bar are endless. However having happy hour until 7 pm is simply unheard of.
I wore this white summer dress with tribal neck embellishment from Salor-NY. I love that this dress is backless allowing some breeze in this heat.

I will DEFINITELY recommend Prank to others and I’ll be celebrating my 100K celebration there. See you there.

Niké