Nov 26, 2014

Stylish Spin on Menswear:

#StylishSpinWednesday

I wanted to create a look that totally matches my style while allowing me to step out of my comfort zone.  Oxfords have always been a style of shoe that I can never quite seem to fit into my own personal wardrobe.  However, paired with the right pieces of clothing, I have realized that I can definitely pull off a look featuring women's oxfords.

This "Stylish Spin on Menswear" features a wool-blend cable knit cardigan.  To keep things interesting, I paired the cardigan with a glittery pair of gold pants.  There's no such thing as too much glitter in my mind!  Sticking with the menswear theme, I decided to add a taupe pair of oxfords.  A feminine touch is added with the wine colored bow blouse and cat face purse.  For jewelry, I chose to stick with the color black, specifically gunmetal pieces.  Both the angular hoop earrings and the bracelet are gunmetal.  The ring features an ombre effect that blends well with the other accessories.  I really hope you guys enjoy this look!


#0025 Stylish Spin on Menswear: Mens Cable Knit Cardi





Thank you all so much for reading!  See you in my next post. ♥


Did you miss my latest haul video?  Watch it {{here}} to get your full dose of Fall and Winter boots!


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Nov 25, 2014

Fall and Winter Boots Haul ft. #RocketDog & #Makalu

***Full Transcript of Video can be found below.




Shoes featured in this Haul:

Makalu Sonya
Style # 83780
Color:  Chestnut
Size:  8 1/2
Link | Womens Makalu Sonya in Chestnut

Rocket Dog Tillie
Style # 83487
Color:  Chestnut
Size:  8 1/2
Link | Womens Rocket Dog Tillie in Chestnut

Makalu Ani
Style # 77343
Color:  Chestnut
Size:  8 1/2
Link | Womens Makalu Ani in Chestnut

(The shoe I didn't like!)
Rock And Candy Spraypaint
Style # 80882
Link | Womens Rock and Candy Spraypaint

Thanks so much for reading and watching my video.  See you in my next post! ♥

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Full Video Transcript

Hey guys! I’m back with another haul video.  I’m so excited.  If you read my blog or have been checking out some of the new content I’m posting, I just made a Polyvore and a whole bunch of the outfits that I come up with always have boots.  One of my favorite things to wear in the fall, winter, and spring is boots.  Since I went to college, a lot of the shoes, I wore them to death and they pretty much lasted the four years I guess between high school and college.  So I had to give them away or just completely toss them.  So, I got three new pairs today so I’m super excited.  All three of these shoes can be found at Shoe Carnival.  You can check online or you can visit your local store.  I’m pretty sure they’re still there.  So, let’s get started.

Alright, this first boot that I got, I absolutely love these.  They look similar to both the shoes from Bear Paw and the ones from Uggs.  I really like the toe room that these boots offer.  They’re from a company called Makalu.  I don’t know if I’m pronouncing that correctly but the shoes are super comfortable.  They’re fur lined on the inside as well.  And they have a little more room in the toe box than some of the other boots that are made similar to this style.  I paid $39.99 for them so I can’t wait to do some looks featuring these boots.

Another pair of boots that I got are from the exact same company.  I’ll probably write the name somewhere in the video.  But I absolutely love these.  I love boots that are fur lined, clearly, but that you can convert.  So you can wear them with the flap up and then the tongue down.  Or you can pin it, well actually you don’t have to pin it.  You can just position the flap upward.  So I completely love that.  I’ll probably begin wearing them low this way the first time as well.  And they have a pretty cool moccasin kind of look going on and once again, super comfortable, a lot of cushioning and support for the inside of your foot.  And I just had to pick up a pair of these.  I think they also had them in grey or black.  And I believe I paid $34.98 for this pair.

And I definitely needed some more combat style boots.  But I wanted something that reminded me of a Timberland or something like that so I got these boots from Rocket Dog.  This is actually a shoe company that me and my cousin buy so many shoes from them.  Both for the fall and winter and spring we tend to buy shoes from this company.  There was another shoe that I was looking at that was really similar but I tried it on and it just felt horrible.  I forget what company they were from, but it had no support whatsoever and the top of the shoe was not comfortable.  It was too hard.  So nothing’s worse than having a toe box that every time your toe hits it, it actually physically hurts.  I paid $54.98 for them but I had a 10 dollar coupon.  Yay!  So that cut off some of the price on the most expensive shoe.  So I guess I paid like $44 for these.  They’re really cute, super comfortable and it’s one of the darker shoes that I got.  I tend to get shoes that have a lighter hue or a medium light hue, like this pair, because it works better with the type of colors that I wear and my, you know, scarves and accessories and stuff like that.

I definitely will have a lookbook coming up soon.  I can’t wait.  I haven’t been feeling so good so I didn’t feel up to filming like outdoors or anything like that because that’s my preference.  So I will definitely have some looks coming up featuring these new shoes.  So, thank you guys so much for watching and I’ll see you in my next video.  Peace out!


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Nov 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Outfits: Casual & Edgy Glam Looks

Thanksgiving is this Thursday in the States.  I'm super excited to spend quality time with my family and I certainly can't wait for Thanksgiving dinner!  One of my favorite things to do each year is to pick out a special outfit that truly represents me and my style.  I created two Thanksgiving Day outfit ideas that completely match my mood this Fall.  I'm feeling both edgy and chic, yet warm and calm.  One look is casual, which I will share first, and the other is more dressy and glam.

The casual outfit idea features a sweater I just couldn't resist!  Look at the lovely bunny rabbit; it's too cute, but has an artsy vibe that I love.  Paired with brown leggings and taupe colored wedge booties, I played on the knit pattern in the sweater that is light brown and grey.  An added touch is the fake gauge earrings, which keeps things exciting and unexpected.  The earrings are definitely a conversation starter!  Finally, the leaf ring and snake ring fit with the nature theme of the rabbit sweater, and the arrow necklace does just the same with a similar metal hue.


#0023 Casual Thanksgiving Outfit


Boatneck top
$24 - wearall.com


Marc Jacobs legging
modaoperandi.com



Givenchy shoulder bag
1stdibs.com


Spiral earrings
etsy.com



Isabel Marant ring
ssense.com


Necklace
charmingcharlie.com




The more dressy outfit idea features a cable knit sweater dress.  I absolutely love wearing sweater dresses!  I feel girly and cute.  I paired the dress with black tights and a black stretch belt to cinch the waist.  Faux or real, I love wearing fur.  A fox fur bolero and grey wedge booties with a fur lining completed this look for me.  I wanted to keep all the accessories edgy, with a touch of glam.  For rings, I chose a set of four rings that can easily be stacked or worn separately.  For the earrings, I chose hammered black drop earrings and a jagged ear cuff earring set.  Finally, for a necklace I chose a gun metal reflective cross necklace.


#0024 Glam & Edgy Thanksgiving Outfit



Gucci short sleeve jacket
therealreal.com


Fleece tight
modcloth.com




Elastic belt
intermixonline.com



Shaping Up Ring Set
charmingcharlie.com


Jagged Edge Ear Cuff
charmingcharlie.com


Baroque Reflection Cross Necklace
charmingcharlie.com



Thank you so much for reading!  See you in my next post. ♥


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Nov 21, 2014

Freeform Locs and Shrinkage: Loc Journey Update

Growing locs or dreadlocks is truly a journey.  Lately, everytime I wash my hair, I'm always looking forward to seeing my hair's true length while it's wet.  My hair shrinks -- a lot.  It always has shrunken a whole lot, especially at the roots.  But right now, at a time when my hair is beginning to reach my overall length goals, I really wish people could see how much my hair has grown on a daily basis.  Once my hair air dries or dries using a dryer, it curls up at the roots.  This is great for the locking process, especially since I have been freeforming for over a year now.  But as far as my true length shining through, that only seems to happen when my hair is either soaking wet or damp.

I realized this evening that this is another part of my loc journey:  early on, I dealt with a range of concerns.  At first, I felt bad for using conditioner on my starter locs.  Then I felt bad for not using conditioner every time I washed my hair since I washed it twice a week.  Later I felt uneasy about not palmrolling or interlocking anymore.  And after that, I worried about whether my hair texture was kinky and coily enough to lock together without retwisting, i.e. freeforming.  (You get the picture, right?)  =)  Most recently, my concern is my desire to make my length visible. 

In this very moment, I'm not really sure how or when I will move from this way of thinking.  It took time for me to accept and move on from all the concerns I mentioned above.  I know that with time, how I'm feeling about my hair right now will change.❤️


(My locs while they are freshly washed, damp, and air drying.  Date:  October 6, 2014)


(My locs while they are freshly washed, damp, and air drying.  Date:  October 20, 2014)


❤️ Miss Cherie Marie ❤️