Hat Trend Guide Autumn 2017

Hi Ladies! I love hats. Just love.  Hats are the ultimate hallmark for the fall season. Today, I’m going to share the 4 hat trends I’m loving this fall.

  1. Beret

    A beret elevates your look. No matter what you wear, you are going to look better. We learn from French girls and they love berets. I’ve been wearing my beret quite a bit with a variety of outfits. The beret makes my outfit more fashionable, and brought a certain Parisian chic to all my looks like the one I wore today. The lovely thing about beret is that it’s a purse friendly accessory. So, if you get tired of wearing it, just fold it up and put it in your purse. Link to shop below

  2. The Fedora

    Fedoras! By far my favorite hat of the season, simply because it doesn’t go out of style.  If you’re worried that it’ll look too boyish on you, try a pretty color or a ribbon to add a touch of femininity to the look. The great thing about Fedoras is that you can position it in many different ways to make it look completely different. Throw on an olive green fedora to break up your all-black outfit. It is an universally fashionable hat. The not-too-short, not-too-long brim will work with all features.

3. Newsboy Caps

Like it or not, Newsboy caps have returned to fashion and there is nothing you can do about it. You might think it’s impractical but this hat is a must in your closet. If you are insecure about your forehead, this is the hat for you. The hat itself is borrowed from nautical menswear and loosely from French 90’s era style. This hat has taken over Hollywood especially on models like Bella hadid and Kendall Jenner. I got mine on ebay for 6 dollars.

4. The Wide Brim Hat

The Wide brim hat is the ultimate statement hat. This statement hats is a cool, easy way to shake up any outfit. The wide-brims generally suit most face shapes.  This one is from Forever 21. Shop below.

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4 ways to wear Olive green this fall

I’m feeling all the fall vibes even though it’s still hot as heck in Los Angeles. This year, olive green is my cool weather color crush and I’m totally letting it take over my wardrobe. If you love this hue as much as I do, here are 4 trendy ways to wear it this autumn:

  1.  Olive Denim Jeans
    I love good denim jeans for fall. Olive jeans are incredibly versatile, you can wear them like you would any neutral. Which makes outfits so much more interesting than ordinary denim.

2. As a focal point (Jacket).
Fall fashion has always been all about layering, so don’t be afraid to rock a vest or light jacket. Wear solid, olive outwear vest with a white shirt and then pair with classic blue jeans or simple black leggings. For the perfect finishing touch to your laidback, autumn look.

3. Olive Midi Skirt

A midi Skirtlook is super chic. If you want to take it to whole new level, bring colorblock back.

4. As An accent purse
This cute bag is from Zara. They’re the perfect shades to complement  your fall wardrobe.

Xx

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My Fall Makeup Routine

Good morning my loves! Hope you’re off to a fabulous week! I get lots of requests on how I wear my lipsticks and realized I should just do an everyday Fall makeup look  for my YouTube channel! So here you go! Disclaimer! I AM NOT A MAKEUP ARTIST. I am barely decent with makeup but I’m learning. I’m sharing my current favorite high end and drug store products with you!

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the comment section below! And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see new weekly vlogs every Monday at 11am! Also, don’t forget to tell me what you think and give me constructive criticism by commenting below.
Have a wonderful Monday.

 

Xx

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.

 

The importance of having High Standards

I have lost count of how many times I have been told to lower my standards. I mean on a daily basis. Not just in dating, in life. Let’s start with what is a standard? Standards are things you set for yourself, by no longer putting up with less than what you are capable of what your worth is. What is the difference between people with low and high standards? People, who set high standards, feel very good about themselves and other people. They operate from a philosophy of abundance, they recognize that there is enough for everyone and all can win, if they choose to. People with low standards have very little self-respect and believe that all things are limited, so they don’t deserve much.

I was that girl once who had friends with no ambitions, dated a man who was on all accounts was “a scrub” throughout college. I was tired of having the bare minimum in life. I decided I could have it all and I worked and still working to that standard. Once I set a standard for myself, I knew nothing and I mean nothing could lower that. If anything, my standards keep getting higher.

What triggered this article? Let’s back track. I went out to have drinks with an old friend, we”ll call him Alec. I haven’t seen Alec in months, so I was excited to see him and catch up. I updated Alec on all my recent shenanigans. I then proceeded to ask Alec about his life. He told me he had met someone he likes very much. I was excited for him until I started asking questions. You know the typical ones, within 5 minutes of asking questions, I felt sorry for him. He has settled for anything that’ll take him. I asked him what was special about this lady and his answer “she is comfortable,  and she just simply says “no worries” to everything”. I was embarrassed for Alec that I had to cut the night short. Alec simply was the type to date anything that will date him. His standards were non existence. 

I started questioning myself and asked myself over and over, how could I even be friends with someone with zero standards.

When you have high standards you expect to be treated with the highest of regard and truly believe you deserve the best. Not in a pompous manner but in a way you are so sure of yourself, you know what you bring to the table. Aesthetically, sartorially, mentally, spiritually, intellectually and much more.

We all have moments where we think lowering our standards would lead to happiness or a less lonelier life. Unfortunately, this can lead to a downward spiral. Pretty soon, you’re with and taking on anything that breathes and stands erect.

I hope to God when I found the one (and in all things) when someone asks my partner what is special about me. His answer is more than “she is comfortable” but more “she is THE standard”

So, let’s stop settling in everything. In relationships, jobs, friends, and overall life. I could have settled for a regular job with two kids by now but I chose a life, a calling, something bigger than me. I always tell my employees, “at specsandblazers, we seek perfection, if we can’t attain it, we settle for excellence”. That is the motto of my business and I apply that to all aspects of my life. I’ve been called a tease, or a “bitch” because I don’t tolerate anything less than I deserve and I refuse to waste time explaining myself.

Is it wrong that I think I deserve the absolute best at all times? Do I have an unrealistic expectations? Maybe. Maybe I’ll end up happy. Maybe you’ll wish you didn’t settle. Dont settle. Dont settle. Dont settle. The moment you lower your standards, you’ve given up on yourself. Please keep your standards high.

With Love

Niké

 

“It is a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.” -W. Somerset Maugham

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