Friday Faves

It’s time for another Friday Faves. I have really been loving some pretty specific things recently so this post was pretty easy to write. As always, Friday Faves is a post of my favorite things of the moment, everything from beauty products to podcasts. If the item is shoppable you can click on the link or the image to go straight to the webpage.

What’s your favorite beauty product of the moment?

These pants may look like just a pair of black flared leggings.. and honestly, they probably are BUT the amount of looks you can do with these is what makes them extra special. Definitely a trendy item!

If you’re looking for a motivating podcast (who isn’t?) you definitely have to check out Girl Gaze. I’ve been addicted to listening to the fashion career advice and influencer interviews since I found this podcast and it has also fueled my fire for wanting to move to NY.

I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this Summer Friday’s CC Me Serum. I am dyingggg to try and the only thing holding me back at this point is the price, which I am sure is super worth it. I even added it to my last mood board post because you can’t be a “mood” without glowy skin, amiright?!

WHOWHATWEAR – Clean Beauty? Yes, please. This brand has already been all over Social Media but only launched this past Tuesday.

One way I liked to stay fit was to go to Outdoor Voices free workout events that have now gone virtual. One of my favorite workout secrets I had to share. Be sure to bookmark the page for when events are able to be held again as they are probably in a city near you.

2020 Round Up

2020 has not been one of the best years but it is one that people will remember. I wanted to take a look back at a few of my favorite outfits and reflect on the trends that we have seen come and go. I love being able to reflect back on a single topic and see how much growth and development has come even if it is just in terms of the material we put on our bodies.

What has been one of your favorite fashion trends this year?

I found this skirt at Wasteland on Melrose and I was so excited to wear it to Coachella. I’m still so sad it did not happen, but I loved this look so much I made it my profile pictures on multiple platforms

#STAYATHOMEFASHION was thriving and I loved partaking in the trend where you dress up your comforter for fun

One of my very first shoots outside since quarantine first began, the trench is from Nastygal

I took this shot the same day as the one above and it was at the same location just a few steps away. I fell in love with these Zara pants

My first shoot back home, I remember when this top was trending and I loved it and could not wait to wear it out

This was one of my first shooting behind target, I have since loved the aesthetic, and I actually painted the back of this oversized blazer you can see HERE

Headscarves were IT for me! When I first took these pictures I fell in love and I thought this was the best thing ever! I still love them but really it was just a good trend!

This outfit was one of my favorite collaborations because it had so many features with a smaller brand and I love to support

I still am in love with this Princess Polly look and this dress is just so flattering! Another one of my favorite collaborations

This look was a hit because of the jacket which was actually my grandma’s so it’s vintage which makes me love it even more!

I had to show off one of the tops I made since I started learning how to sew this year. It did not come out exactly how I wanted but I’m glad it’s something that I am working on continuously.

Thank you for all of the support and comments over this year! Wishing you and your family a Happy Holidays!

Styling Princess Polly’s Fall Collection

I genuinely enjoy working with Princess Polly on collaborations because I always feel like their pieces are so trendy and on-brand for me. For this collaboration, I was given a discount code ‘Briana’ that you can use for 20% off your purchase. I also posted a mini haul to my Instagram story which you can see in my Princess Polly highlights. I will also be uploading a youtube video asap as well.

It has become clear to me that I am really loving neutrals at the moment. When I saw this dress I was a bit hesitant at first because I knew it was bodycon and I try to steer clear of dresses that hug me when the material is thin. However, I went for it because I knew it would look cute on a “skinny day”. I am so glad I bought it because the material is so soft and it is honesty super flattering. I bought a size 2 for reference.

It screams sass to me and it is easy to also pair it with sandals and wear on a casual day out or a night out with the girls.

This cardigan was an absolute must for me. I love a slouchy cardigan and this one is slouchy sans the thick materials which I definitely don’t need. I saw how it was dressed on the model and I automatically fell in love.

You know how you can like something on a model and then you get it and you are not loving it anymore? Yeah, that did not happen. I absolutely loved everything I received from the dress to my chunky gold necklace. Princess Polly is always a hit for me.

 

Dress : Kiara Mini Dress // Cardigan : Macy Cardigan // Necklace : Athena Necklace

Friday Faves

In remembrance of 9/11 and in acknowledgment of all of the chaos that is currently in the world, I wanted to do a Friday Faves that is uplifting and allows for spreading the good. I recommend that you also do one kind thing for another person today and try to make it a goal to do so daily.

Habits for a Happier Life

30 Charities to Donate to Now

How to Honor 9/11

Vogue Commissioned two Black artists for the cover of their September Issue.. the biggest issue of the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chrissy Teigen Helps Teacher’s Across America

Compilation of Laughing Baby Videos

134 Acts of Kindness

Instagram Round Up

For any content creators, I always would recommend being posting to multiple platforms. Not only is this good for growth, but at any point, your content can be taken down for any reason. You could be hacked or it may not comply with guidelines, or the platform might not even exist anymore (I’m looking at you Tik Tok). So to keep up with that mentality, I thought I would do a quick round-up from my latest Instagram posts with the clothing linked below. A lot of these items can also be found styled in my latest Youtube videos.

Dress : Princess Polly // Socks : (similar) // Purse : SheIn

Top : Pretty Little Thing // Pants : NastyGal

Top : Shop Dwntwn // Bag : Shop Dwntwn

Top : Pretty Little Thing

Trends Past & Predicting their Rebound

Fashion is like history, is it doomed to repeat itself. The good thing about both is that you can alter it. When a trend comes back around, it does not always come back around the same way, it comes back more modern and fitting with the times. For example, the puka shell necklace trend recently made a comeback and while the original shells were seen, the more popular necklaces tended to be in gold. Gold layered necklaces were already trending so it reinvented the puka shell necklace.

I thought it would be interesting to look back at some trends and try to predict their comeback or how they might re-evolve.

What was one of your favorite fashion trends?

Zebra Print : 1-3 Years

Cheetah print recently made a comeback and while it was short-lived, it was fun. I am ALWAYS here for a good cow print (as long as it is not a gaudy attempt at it). But zebra print I have not seen much of in big numbers. I can definitely see it resurging because of the sleek black and white nature. As long as it’s simple and elegant in the comeback, its okay in my book.

Dresses Over Jeans : 3 Years

I’m praying this one takes longer than 3 years but who knows. I think my dislike comes from being from Texas, I cannot even think about wearing heavy denim much less under a dress. I do however have an exception, which is pictured below. I think that this is a great idea when a dress unbuttons all the way. This I could definitely see coming back, however, I am not a fan of tight, distressed denim atm.

Bedazzled Denim : 6 Years

I reallyyyyy hope that when this one comes back it makes a full turnaround because I do not think I can wear this. What I will say is I did like the pearls on denim jackets that happened for a hot second in 2017.

Low Rise Jeans : 10 Years

I’m giving these a bit more time because of quarantine. Everyone seems to be throwing out their clothes that just aren’t as comfortable, starting with tighter jeans. Now if there was a pair of low rise straight legs maybe I could see it, but it’s hard enough getting abs, no one wants to show them off (or lack thereof) right now. Also, can I just say they seem to be very unflattering when it comes to that lower pouch that women tend to have, and I cannot even think about sitting down in a clear aesthetically pleasing chair wondering if my booty is fully covered! Also, Nylon is totally against their comeback & I pretty much always side with Nylon.

 

(Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures in this post)

Friday Faves

This Friday Faves is going to be fashion-focused.. Fashion Focused Friday Faves? Yes. So I rounded up a few of my recent favorite shows to watch and FREE courses to take. Yes, I said free. I recently completed one of the courses and am nearly done with another. I thought I would share a few of these resources as this is a big part of how I have been keeping busy and up to date during the quarantine.

Shows :

What the Fashion a mini-series on Snapchat by E!

Next In Fashion on Netflix

100 Years of Fashion on Hulu by Glamour

Free Courses :

Fashion as Design from MoMA

Fashion Industry Essentials from Teen Vogue and Parsons

Understanding Fashion from Business to Culture from IFM

Image from course description, not my own

 

 

Trend Alert : The Tennis Skirt

The sporty look has been getting major traction recently. It has shown up all over Instagram and the coolest piece for completing this trend has been the tennis skirt. I remember a few years ago wearing a tennis skirt was like flipping a coin, you either loved it or hated it. While that may still be the case, more girls are loving this cool look. The white fabric tends to be easier to style and can be paired with an oversized top or a crop making it more versatile. Even WhoWhatWear wrote an article on this popular trend.

As for me, I honestly LOVE this trend but I do not want to buy a tennis skirt and then the trend fizzle out and I’m left with a sporty garment when I clearly do not play sports. So if you don’t have one and are like me, try a pleated mini skirt, a white mini skirt, or a printed mini skirt instead.

Best Places to Shop Summer Looks

So just today I saw an ad for Missguided pop up on FB and I always go through the ads just to see what’s new and I just thought I had to share some of the newest looks that I am seeing for summer! Usually, spring is for more pastels and summer brings brighter colors but I think its a free for all this year since we are all kind of going off-script. I rounded up a few cute places to buy your essentials to wear on your next Instagram Live or cocktail night via zoom of course.

What looks are you going for this summer?

Missguided :

Forever 21 :

BNKR :

BNKR has a store in DTLA where you can shop the Australian brands that they look after. Definitely musts for looks year round!

I got this hot pink skirt, neck tie, pink dress and pouch all from BNKR

Princess Polly :

 

Choose your Evil : The Fur Industry

Either harmful to animals or the environment.. choose your evil.

So we all know that real fur coats are bad right? I’m definitely against buying a real fur coat that being said, I do have a real fur coat that was handed down and is more of an investment piece that I did not and would not have bought. I would not wear it mostly because of what it represents. Wearing and encouraging the sale of real fur promotes the acceptance that 85% of the fur industries come from animals that were held captive. In China, animals can be skinned alive for their fur and mislabeled and sold around the world. Your rabbit coat? Probably not even rabbit, babe.

I’m not for harming an animal unless you need to. Hunting is never my go-to but I wouldn’t be against it if the whole animal was needed and used. In a perfect world, animals would be used only out of the pure need for food and clothing and there would be no waste.

Let’s talk about the latter option, faux fur. Faux Fur is a huge pawn of the fast fashion industry. The microfibers contain plastic that sheds and can accumulate in landfills and oceans. The fibers are also not biodegradable, while real fur does tend to be as it is from a living thing.

So do you really need a new fur coat? Can you borrow one instead or pass it on for generations to come so that we slow down the mass production.

YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE ANOTHER’S BEGIN

Resources:

What’s The Problem With Faux Fur?

9 Shocking Fur Facts

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/faux-fur-environmental-impact