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.

What to wear to a Fall Wedding

Hi Ladies! It’s that season again..You guessed it. Weddings! What to wear? How to wear it? Let’s get right into it.

Red is this fall’s color. So, it’s fair that burgundy (it’s cousin) would be a fall favorite as well.

Knowing what to wear to an autumn wedding can be tricky and confusing. You have to find the perfect length, the right color and on top of that keep the weather in mind.

Even in Los Angeles, if you’re going to an October or November wedding, the chances are that the weather will be unpredictable: it could be bright sunshine or sunny then chilly in the evenings. So, the perfect autumn wedding guest dresses need to be suitable for all weathers.

A burgundy dress looks good on anyone. The berry-hued, wine-inspired jewel tone is a perfect addition to your wardrobe for all fall weddings. One with a high split is easy to move in and shows off a great pair of shoes. Speaking of, a strappy metallic pair makes kicking up your heels even more exciting.

A burgundy super-flowy maxi dress is the epitome of fall wedding dressing. Breezy and cool with a little bit of drama, you’ll feel stylish and dressy.

 

Dresses :: JustOneAnswer
Shoes :: Zara (quite old)
Accessories :: Mejuri earrings
Beauty :: TooFaced matte lipstick

Xx
Niké

#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

4 TIPS ON HOW TO OVERCOME SOCIAL MEDIA ANXIETY AND STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS.

Today, we are discussing the social media curse. Comparing ourselves to others on social media. I’m beyond guilty of this. We all do it but I think it’s even more prevalent amongst influencers. There is this notion when you log in that everyone else doesn’t have any life issues but somehow you do. That “they” all live such a perfect life. We all know this not to be true but somehow that logic goes out of the window the moment we log into social media. The truth is we are humans, we all have issues and feelings. We have ebbs and flows. We have off days, weeks or even months and sometimes a whole year. I went through a point in my life last year where social media coupled with my blog sent me into a dark place of sadness. When I came out of it, I made a promise to myself to never ever go through that again. So, how did I get to a point where I was able to lessen my social media anxiety? I’ll share 4 tips I’ve learned in the past year that has helped me a lot. Hopefully, this can help anyone going through that.

Nothing is real. The reality is, people are mostly showcasing the best aspects of their life onto social media. Especially as influencers, we are literally paid to showcase an embellished version of our lives. We emphasize the best versions of ourselves instead of the real versions. Simply because I know this for a fact, as soon as I feel myself spiraling on someone else’s page and their “perfect lives”, I take a moment to say “remember, this isn’t real”. Your real life is waiting for you outside social media.

Reduce your time on social media. This one is so difficult for me since social media is literally what I do for a living. However, I’ve learned to give myself a 2 hours time out once a day. 2 hours out of each day, I tell myself, I cannot and will not log into social media. This allows me to be present in my real life and practice mindfulness. With mindfulness comes discernment. When you direct your attention toward the real world, you have less time and energy to direct toward meaningless activities such as social comparisons.

Especially avoid looking at profiles of people who trigger thoughts of comparison. You have nothing to gain in doing so besides anxiety and sadness. There are few girls on my feed with such a “perfect” life and much younger than me. Going on their page causes me such anxiety. I’ve never been a jealous person but I’m also human. Of course, I won’t do something as drastic as unfollowing or blocking them (trust me, a girl did this to me because she thought my life was better than hers and she had to “protect her energy”) but I do tend to avoid their profiles and simply focus on mine.

Self Awareness. Ultimately, you need to take responsibility for your feelings. Assess where those negative comparisons are stemming from and try to figure out why you are having these feelings. Maybe try to develop some self-confidence and self-worth. Personally, each time I make an unfair comparison and start berating myself, I try to view it as an opportunity for a little self-evaluating.

I hope I’m not coming off as demonizing social media since it’s what I do for a living but It’s super easy to go down the social media rabbit hole of friends, family, exes, and friends of friends of friends, all doing sparkly things with beautiful people, and in turn feel like your life doesn’t shine quite as brightly as you thought. Put a leash on your inner snoop and go outside and mingle with the real world. Hope this helps.

Niké

 

 

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