Fashion Rule #32: Don’t be afraid of a bigger size run

It’s been a minute but I am back! Been having creators block + holiday working hours for the past two months. Let’s be honest to each other…we don’t have active seasons all the time. But here I am pushing through this small valley in my creativity and writing my last fall blog.

Did this shoot a long time ago…but I was indecisive as to what fashion rule to base it on. I had three possible rules in mind but this one rule is the main purpose of this whole outfit.

While shopping I spotted this awesome silk burnt orange kimono….in the clearance section! As I gracefully ran across the other side of the store to grab and hug the beautiful garment (totally exaggerating LOL), I noticed there was none in my size. The only sizes available were 3XL or XL. I said YOLO, grabbed the smallest final sale item and created this look. Never allow a bigger size run to discrourage your trendsetter self.

I made this XL kimono work as an oversized outerwear and it’s now one of my favorite fall styling pieces. Decided to pair this kimono with a black lace onesie. Really wanted the color to pop and be the focal point of this outfit so pairing it up with neutrals gave it the look.

If there is a certain sweater or shirt you spot while shopping but cannot find your size don’t be afraid to go a bigger size. There are so many ways to create a look using oversized sweaters or shirts. You can add any accessories that will make the oversized look complete. As always a purse ties in the look but you cannot forget your favorite sunnies and earrings.

In the great state of Texas the chilly weather is finally amongst us and with that comes more cozy and layered outfits you will see in the next couple of posts. The holiday season is amongst us and for sure I’m ready to post Christmas DIY’s and New Years sparkly outfits. Be on the lookout for these next upcoming blog post by following me on Instagram @trendsbyalicia

Fashion Rule #21: Corduroy for Fall SZN

It is finally cold in the South Texas Area! Although we get a bit of Christmas vibes with these chilly days, don’t forget we are still in the fall season. And I am so in love with corduroy for the fall. I feel this fabric is a mixture of vintage + simplicity. The exact same day I wore this outfit someone was like “oh look at you with a corduroy skirt, that style is so 90’s”….which I responded, “well yes it is and it’s back”. (Insert emoji with sunglasses here).

In this look I wanted to keep the corduroy skirt the focal point of the outfit. This is why I kept my boot, bodysuit, and pursue all black. I bought this circle skirt at Forever 21 last year when they were on sale after the fall season so I didn’t get to wear it much. But this fall season though!!! Shout out to my friend for saving me this snake print Michael Khors cross body. At first I thought it would be too small to put anything in it, but it has so many pockets + a secret one I love. Honestly invest in some good black leather boots they are the must have boot for the fall and winter season; these are from Steve Madden and the fit is so great.

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In love with this body suit I bought at Forever 21, my favorite store in the whole wide universe… just kidding! It is so comfortable and love the high neckline and open back. I added some artisan light gray earrings to contrast the outfit. If I would have gone with black earrings or earrings to match my skirt color, the outfit would have been so boring and basic. Never keep your outfit a two-tone color range, because that’s soooo basic! Three tone is the perfect starting point.

Shot these when the weather was still at 70 degrees, but for the chilly weather you can add a cream color coozy sweater, leopard print jacket, or even a long black pea coat.

Hope you were able to feel the fall vibes in this outfit and don’t be afraid to add corduroy to your closet. It doesn’t have to be a skirt but it could be a jacket, overalls, or even pants. Try it and you will not regret it I pinky promise!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @trendsbyalicia because I will be revealing my next giveaway this weekend.

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Fashion Rule #35: Must have print – L E O P A R D

Fall is the seaon of prints! There is no exclusion for the trendy leopard print styles. Don’t know why but this print brings out the 90’s in me. Last year leopard print was just used to accessorize: only seen in shoes, scarves, purses. But this year it’s on! Everywhere!

Got this dress from A’gaci and it’s flattering to the body and has an awesome open back. Since it is a bit out of my comfort zone if I wear it by itself, I decided to pair it up with an oversized denim jacket. You can never go wrong with oversized outerwear. You can also style with some athletic zipper hoodie or pull over. I really don’t see this dress any other way than just 90’s theme. There is a lot of other ways you can style it up, but I want to keep it as a 90’s style piece in my closet.

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Because the print is the main focus of the outfit, I decided to keep accessories to a minimum. Hoop earrings are the perfect combo of 90’s + minimum + girl boss style. Something about hoops just makes makes me feel the day is conquered. Your shoes will complete the vibe of the outfit. This dress can be easily paired up with some white sneakers, black booties, or even maroon sneakers or boots. Decided to add some more boldness to complete the look with a dark maroon lip color and winged eye liner.

However you decide to rock the leopard print make sure to make it your own style. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in the 90’s category but you can style leopard any other way. For more creative ideas on how to style leopard in any other style than 90’s, visit my Pinterest page. If you want to see any specific print being styled let me know!

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Fashion Rule #8: Back in Black

Been stalling on this post for a while! Asides from losing all the photos from this shoot and only having 3 on my phone, I had different ideas on how to write this post. This blog post kept on changing from my basic writing to a tutorial type and back to just basic descriptive writing. I couldn’t decide on how to write but here it is!

Black on black is the ulimate go to for the fall and winter season. Everybody and their mothers know that. You can NEVER and I mean NEVER go wrong with an all black outfit. It can be styled with every type of shoe and any type of outerwear and accessories. Black is such a versatile color that you cannot miss out on.

As a trendsetter don’t make a mistake and look like everyone else who wears black on black. In this oufit I choose to go with a classic black on black look pairing it up with gold accessories.

Here are some ways you can style and change up a black outfit to make it your own.

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  1. Accessories: From bracelets to rings and earrings you can change the style of your look by selecting your favorite jewelry. Statement earrings and necklaces are a good go. Simple studs give your black on black outfit a soft look. Remember your purse is your accessory too. Even when you decide to wear all black just by adding a printed or colored purse will make your outfit stand out.
  2. Make up: Bold lipstick colors or drastic eye shadow can change the look of your outfit instantly so go for it! But just pick which one so they won’t clash. Or you can decide on a soft pink or nude look, whatever you choose it will complement the black.
  3.  Shoes: This outfit look can be complete with any type of shoes. From sneakers to heels depending on the ocassion you can rock anything with an all black outfit. Any type of print and color can add style to your outfit.
  4. Outerwear: I didnt add any in this look, but outerwear is your BFF when it comes to sporting all black. Adding a classic denim jacket or printed is a different way to style this. Try not to make the usual fashion mistake and wear a black leather jacket. It looks nice, but you want to be a trendsetter and stand out.

Make sure to make your black on black outfit stand out this fall and winter season. For more inspired looks make sure to checkout my Pinterest board.

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Fashion Rule #44: Mauve colors for Fall

Believe me, all I want to wear for the chilly fall days are dark colors. If you are like me and struggle to get out of the browns and black color palette I got you!

Recently discovered how turning Summer colors like pink, blue or yellow into mauve colors can be perfect for the fall. They are the perfect transition colors between Summer and Fall that can still work fresh and chilly weather. What is currently trendy is the purple and pink mauve colors.

Martin gave me a perfect idea and wanted to dedicate this blog to a special cause. October is for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to commemorate this cause. Martin and I wanted to dedicate this blog for those of you who have personally struggled with breast cancer or have had a family member of friend go through this hardship. I not only want to be able to share a trendy fashion post with you, but also help by supporting those going through a difficult season in their life.

Pink is the official color of the National Breast Cancer Foundation so in this look ofcourse I had to wear a cute but simple pink mauve dress to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. You can never go wrong with a denim jacket in the fall season. With mauve colors you want to pair them up with nudes or darks to make it stand out.

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I decided to add some patter to my solid pink mauve dress by accessorizing it with a pink mauve snake pursue. This is one of my favorite crossbody purses. Although it is small it can store up a whole lot and I love wearing it in the fall. Pair this out fit with some dark brown boots and you are good to go! Snake print will be so in this fall season and I will later demonstrate you how do style it in another blog. But you can definetly start introducing this print with mauve solid colors. Aren’t you feeling the fall vibes already?!

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Matching the brown colors with my purse I decided to pair them up with some trendy statement earrings. These earrings have a bit of light blue to match my denim jacket and give a contrast effect with the brown and nude colors. Makes the outfit complete!

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In support with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Martin and I want to make a difference and want to there for those who have shared their stories with us. Here is the link to support this cause and help with monetary donations you can. We all might have encountered someone in our lives at some point who has been through this difficult route. We want to let you know we support and keep your families in our prayers.

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

October is coming to an end but Breast Cancer Awareness month to us is not just this month. But to us we will support throughout the year of any time anyone is in need.

 

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Fashion Rule #11: Be a woman in business

Lovely ladies! This is one post that I have been really excited to write on. Not only because Martin really captured the essence of professional and they look so aesthetically pleasing. If I could be in business professional or casual attire every day I would! I would hate an 8-5 office job, but the only reason why I would do it is to dress professional every single day! No lie! I love the elegance and the classy vibes business professional attire gives off.

I’ve seen a lot of girls attempt to dress business professional but tend to miss a lot of very important rules on this type of attire. Key factors that will help you dress to impress and be respected as a woman in the business world. I hope this post will not only help you select your outfit for a job interview or important business meeting, but will challenge you to choose the right makeup, hair style and accessories to complete the business look.

Business professional look is the only style that has to be played by the rules in order to nail look

When dressing business professional, your dress must be at knee lenght or lower. I repeat, it MUST BE AT KNEE LENGHT or lower to be the correct lenght. Ladies I see this mistake happen time and time again. I’m sorry but you’re not going to a club, you are going to either an interview, important meeting or dinner. Also make sure NOT TO wear tight dresses. Fitted dresses are acceptable. You want to look professional and be taken seriously. A good business professional always wears a blazer. Make sure to wear an appropriate size of blazer, nothing too small or nothing too big. Investing in a nice blazer can make a big difference on your attire. I love blazers and I have so many for any occassion.

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Moving on to my favorite: shoes. Ladies don’t be afraid to wear heels. Notice how I didn’t say stylettos, but heels. Your heels cannot be taller than 3-5 inches. I’ve seen so many girls do this incorrectly. Believe me the way other professionals will see your attaire will matter so much on your first impression. For accessories also keep it on a minimum. You don’t want to distract others our yourself. Also simple earrings and a watch will give you a clean look.

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Your makeup for a business attire must be natural. Avoid vivid eye shadow and lipstick colors. You don’t want to distract on the job, you want to impress. You also want to look elegant and classy so natural colors will give you a clean look.

I promise you that by looking your best for an interview, meeting, business seminar, or anything that will require your elegant self, these rules are golden. As woman in the business world, we must not only be ready to close sales but also ready to impress and gain respect from those around us. There are so many woman in the business field that do not get taken seriously just by their aesthetic. Don’t just be the role, look the role and be your best at 100%.

For more fashion tips on business professional attire feel free to follow my Pinterest (link on home page).

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Self-development is #goals

As I approach the third quarter of 2018, I am reflecting back on the personal and professional goals I placed for myself. In all honesty there are some goals that were more difficult to achieve than others but I am proud to say I have progressed this year. I have been able to learn and previously master goal setting. Because of goal setting, I have been able to grown personally and as a leader.

I have grown to love goal setting. I place personal and professional goals for myself every 3 months out of the year. Goals will help you get to the next level while making you feeling good about attaining something you weren’t able to before.

Here are some practical tips on how to self-improve with goals:

  1. Place attainable, reasonable goals
  2. Write it all down!
  3. Track progress with feedback

Place attainable goals

We all work differently so make sure to place attainable goals for yourself. You can start as simple as “waking up 30min early everyday”, or “read one book a quarter”. Goals are made to tailor your lifestyle and develop you. You can have three goals a month or just one but make sure these goals are what YOU want to do and what will make you grow.

Write it all down!

Sometimes we just say in our heads “this month for sure I will start going to the gym 4 times a week” but we don’t really act on. I found that writing your goals down can make you more accountable to yourself. Not only do you want to write them down make sure to be as detailed as possible. Be detailed in how you want to achieve those goals.

For example: Goal #1- Start a fitness routine

– Exercise 1 hour a day/4 days minimum

-Go for an outdoor walk

As soon as you write it all down make sure to put it in a visible place where you see the paper everyday. This will help you remind yourself of what you want to achieve and how you want to grow everyday.

Track progress

At the end of the period, make sure to track your progress. If you only went twice to the gym instead of 4 times a week, write it down. Write down what kept you back from achieving your goals. Write what really helped you through the process. This will make sure you don’t make the same mistakes again on your future goals. Remember to be honest with yourself. Nobody else is going to review your goals other than yourself.

I did learn how to place goals through the NextGen Tribe Leadership Program. Tribe connects you with amazing mentors who pour into your life personally and spiritually. I have learned to set goals for myself, my future dreams, ministry and work. Because of Tribe I know the importance of self development.

Because I want you to experience the power of goal setting, I have decided to have a giveaway. Go follow me on Instagram @xalicia13 for a freebie on Sunday. I know we are halfway down the year but it is never late to start developing yourself into what you want to become.

Whatever you aspire to become in the long run: a boss, world leader, a good mother, a real estate agent, a teacher, you need to set some goals to get there. I can assure you these three steps can help you become better and achieve the unthinkable regardless of the intensity of your goals.

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