Work Wear Wednesday: Midi Skirt Edition

Work Wear Wednesday Midi Skirt

Work Wear Wednesday Midi Skirt

Work Wear Wednesday Midi Skirt

Work Wear Wednesday Midi Skirt

Work Wear Wednesday Midi Skirt

Turtleneck: Similar | Skirt: Goodnight Macaroon (use code XOXOCHIC40) |
Blazer: WHBM |
Shoes: Sam Edelman

Whenever I was still working in the corporate world I think I googled “creative office style” more times than I could count. I was sick of wearing the same thing on rotation every week and felt like none of my work clothes were very “cute” or “me”. One source of inspiration that I continually went back to was Mary Orton from the Memorandum blog. Working ladies, she is GOALS. Her outfits were always way out of my price range but I always had fun trying to recreate her looks for 1/20th of the cost she paid:)

If you are in a work clothes rut and looking for a fun piece to add into your rotation, try a midi skirt! I personally love the idea of midi skirts in the office because they are an appropriate length while still being feminine and cute! It’s a stand out piece that everyone is sure to recognize which is one positive. The other is that it’s longer than a pencil skirt which means you don’t have to shave as high LOL. The less effort to get ready in the mornings, the better. You feel me?

I rounded up several other midi skirts that are appropriate for the office and sure to be a staple in your closet. The great thing about all of these is that you could dress them down for the weekend as well. My favorite way to style a midi skirt lately is with a graphic tee and sneakers!


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Day to Night: Mesh Sleeve Top

Work Wear Wednesday

Work Wear Wednesday

It’s been a hot minute since I did a day to night work wear edition and they are always some of my favorites! While I am no longer in the corporate world, styling work wear is always my fav. I showed these pictures to Mama Adams last week and she goes “You need to stop wearing leggings and start wearing more work wear!”. While I can promise you the leggings are never going to stop, I do want to get better about showing you how to style one piece multiple ways more often because I like the challenge:) So if you have any items of clothing you want me to style multiple ways, let me know! Or if you just want to see more creative work wear options like this mesh sleeved top, let me know that too!

DAY LOOK


Work Wear Wednesday

Work Wear Wednesday

Work Wear Wednesday

Top: Express // Skirt: Goodnight Macaroon (use code XOXOCHIC40) //
Shoes: Sam Edelman 

NIGHT LOOK


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Work Wear Wednesday

Top: Express // Jeans: Agolde // Shoes: Similar // Belt: Amazon

This fun mesh top runs true to size and is a piece that can easily take you from day to night. If you don’t feel like the mesh sleeves are appropriate for your office environment, wear a blazer over it and then shed the blazer for happy hour! I am loving this pink one on major sale that would look cute paired with that top and a black pencil skirt.

My pro tip for all of my working ladies that want to easily transition their outfit from day to night is to always stash a pair of black strappy heelsjeans and a bold lip color (my go-to is MAC “Diva”) in your desk drawer or car. Another item that has found a permanent place in my car trunk as well is a leather jacket because you can’t tell me that this doesn’t automatically up the cool factor on any outfit you put on! There are so many times these 3 essentials saved me from having to make a quick dash home and wasting perfectly good happy hour time! #priorties

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January 2019 Top Ten

We are back for another monthly round up of the most purchased items from the previous month. I always love these posts because I enjoy seeing which items you ladies loved the most and which ones took a back seat. I always want to make sure that I bring you the best content and sales so looking over these data for trending items, categories and retailers helps me plan similar content for the next month and hopefully you like seeing behind the scenes a little bit too!

Y’ALL! History has been made over on this little space of the internet. The satin pillowcases knocked the faux Gucci belt out of it’s year long reigning first place title. Not only did it get bumped from first, it got bumped down to third most purchased for the month. Second place goes to a new Amazon designer dupe that is almost too good to be true. Speaking of Amazon, four out of the top five purchased items were from Amazon so it’s safe to say y’all love a good Amazon find!

To shop any of the below items, simply click on the picture and it will take you to the retailers site to purchase! Also, if you enjoy these types of post and are curious about how I obtain this data and track sales on the back end, scroll down to the bottom of this post for more information on that!

Top Ten Purchased Items


10. AERIE SWEATSHIRT

9. LOFT TIE WAIST PULL ON PANTS

8. AERIE LEGGINGS

7. JEFFREY CAMPBELL SOCK BOOTS

6. LEVI’S SHORTS

5. POM POM SWIMSUIT

4. LOFT TUNIC SWEATER

3. GUCCI BELT DUPE

2. LOUIS VUITTON NEVERFULL & POUCHETTE DUPES

1. SATIN/SILK PILLOWCASES


And as a reminder on how I obtain the monthly top ten data…

I use an affiliate program called rewardStyle. This means that if you click on any link- whether it be from my Instagram or blog- that takes you to a product page on a retailer’s site and rewardStyle is able to track that it originated from me. Some affiliate programs will pay the influencer for every click that they generate from their site. RewardStyle pays per purchase made. This means that if you click on one of my links and then end up purchasing that item, I will get a small commission (usually between 7-12%).  Many bloggers use this same program as part of their revenue source.

Because I use this service I do have access to data analytics. This means I can track what items are clicked on and purchased. I cannot see who clicked on them or what other items might have been purchased. For example, if you click on my Gucci Belt link and then purchase a swimsuit and a top in the same transaction, I will only be able to see that a purchase was made and that the dress link is how you got to the retailer’s site.

These analytics are incredibly important to me because it allows me to see what all of you are liking. At the end of the day, this little blog business of mine is meant to be a resource for all of you so having the ability to track and measure each product’s success is invaluable. Coming from a Finance background, I tend to geek out over the analytics side of it as I find it incredibly intriguing what all of you are liking, buying and clicking on the most! It gets my gears turning because I genuinely want to bring you products that you are going to love and want to buy (at the right price point of course)!

Like I mentioned, this little blog is a full time business for me which means I am so appreciative when you choose to click and shop through my links – whether that be on Instagram or the blog. I have poured everything I have into being a resource for all of you so that hopefully it makes your life a little bit easier. I know that shopping through my links is an extra step for you, but please know it makes all the difference to me. It is how I am able to continue sharing great deals, try on sessions, and everything else. O and it allows me to pay my bills 🙂

All of that is to say, shopping through my links does not cost you anything additional (the item is the same price), the retailer will just pay me a small cut since I am the one that referred you. Please know I am so thankful when you choose to shop through my links and give me credit for helping you score a great find!

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Valentine’s Day Outfits

Valentine's Day OutfitsDress: Goodnight Macaroon // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Bodysuit: Express // Pants: Articles of Society // Heels: Similar

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Dress: Express // Heels: Similar

Valentine’s Day is next week which means it’s that time of the year to pull out all of the red and pink! If you have a hot date planned this holiday, here are some outfit ideas to help you get ready for the big night. And even if these three outfits aren’t your cup of tea, I’m linking tons of outfit options below with everything from pajamas, to casual attire, to date night.

While I don’t personally have a hot date planned, I do have several Galentine’s Day events that I will be attending and plan do go ALL out. After all, how many days out of the year do we have an excuse to get dressed up in an obnoxious pink, sequin dress?!

If you are looking for gift ideas, I highly suggest checking out my gift guide tab on the blog or specifically the gift guide for her and for him.

Valentine's Day Outfits
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Pillow Talk: Are Silk PIllowcases Worth The Hype?

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the hype around these silk pillowcases and if you haven’t you must be living under a rock 😛 In true FOMO fashion, I had to try them out for myself after hearing so many girls rave about the wonders they do for your hair and skin. I was gifted an off brand one a couple of months ago and loved the small benefits that I saw from using it. So much so that when I had the opportunity to buy the Slip silk pillowcase (aka the real deal) for 50% off I literally jumped at the chance. TJ Maxx was carrying them for half price so I’m not kidding when I say that I drove to multiple locations all over Houston to find myself one. I probably spent as much on gas as it would have been just to outright pay for the Slip pillowcase full price but that is besides the point here. LOL

BENEFITS

Silk pillowcases are said to be an “eight-hour beauty treatment every night” and claim to have anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, and anti-bed head abilities. Not to mention I’ve heard people go as far to say that it helps minimize acne, hydrate skin and prolong hair washes. So basically what I’m telling you is that these pillowcases are working magic on your hair and skin overnight so you can truly say “I woke up like this” and not look like you just got runover by a car.

DOES IT REALLY WORK

So why is silk so much more beneficial than cotton? Well for starters, it is significantly less absorbent than cotton so it is less likely to cause hair and skin products to transfer. That means you can keep your expensive products to yourself and not accidentally give your pillow an unwanted $50 facial. Secondly silk pillowcases are more slick which reduces friction and causes less pulling of your hair. This means less tangles, bed head and breakage! I didn’t even realize how not normal the amount of shedding I was doing until I got the silk pillowcase and now I almost never find stray hairs on my pillowcase!

Also, what they say about prolonging hair washes is 100% true. I used to have to wash my hair every single day. Now I only wash my hair twice a week. I have noticed that my hair is significantly less greasy and my cowlick is almost non existent. In addition to not being greasy, my hair holds it’s curl for the most part so I usually just have to make minor touch ups. So this pillowcase is literally a life saver.

NAME BRAND vs OFF BRAND

Now were talking a difference of over $60 which is no small amount by any means. To be completely honest I have found that the only noticeable difference is that the $22 off brand pillowcase does not help my cowlick which is the main reason I would have to wash my hair almost every day. No amount of product or styling will fix it once it’s been slept on, washing it would be the only remedy if I didn’t want to look ratchet. Other than that I will say that the off brand works pretty much the same from what I can tell.

To the touch, the off brand one doesn’t feel as luxurious to me but that could also be in my head to justify the $60 price difference. Also, I’ve noticed it doesn’t get as dingy as the off brand one. But that could also be because my name brand one is patterned and the off brand one is stark white. So again, not the best way to gauge this. Lastly I am a very hard sleeper lately. No matter how hard I sleep, the name brand pillowcase still seems to hold my day before curls and volume whereas the off brand one sometimes does not.

Final verdict: 100% worth the money for the real deal. But if you aren’t ready to pull the trigger yet on the name brand pillow, start with the off brand. It’s one of those little luxuries that I would put on my birthday or Christmas list but probably wouldn’t spend my own money unless it was on major sale. If you do happen to stop by a Marshalls or TJ Maxx, I highly suggest looking for the Slip pillowcases there. They are usually located in the beauty section mixed in with the face and eye masks. You can’t beat scoring them for 50% off.

FAQ

CAN YOU WASH & DRY IT?

For the best results you should always hand wash silk although both of these say that they are machine washable. I have washed both of my name brand and off brand pillowcases in the washing machine on a cold, no spin cycle with gentle detergent and have had no problems or pilling. That being said after doing my research for this post I can say that I will definitely be hand washing my name brand pillowcase going forward and plan on getting a detergent specifically for silk (like this one). The reason for this is that the friction of the washing machine can degrade the silk and make it less slick which is what gives you all of the benefits discussed above. You will want to hang dry it. Do NOT put in the dryer. Heat is bad for silk.

DO THEY WORK FOR ALL HAIR & SKIN TYPES?

YES. The benefits are for all!

CAN YOU SLEEP ON IT WITH WET HAIR?

Yes, in fact silk pillowcases are the best kind of pillowcases to sleep on with wet hair! Since they don’t rob your hair of the moisture, your hair will naturally dry more evenly and less frizzy.

DOES YOUR HAIR GET STATICY?

Not one bit. No static. ALL of the volume from the day before though!

DOES IT STAIN?

I personally have not had to deal with stains yet but I do always take my make up off and do not drool so I’ve only had minor “stains” to deal with and they have always come off in the wash. I’ve read that for minimal stains you should gently apply detergent and work it into the fabric. Never use a brush or bleach on silk.

HOW DOES IT HELP YOUR SKIN?

Not only is Silk nonabsorbent, it is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites. That mean it prevents bacteria transfer from your face to your pillow and vice versa. It also helps keep your face hydrated! Between the silk pillowcase and this face oil that I swear by, my face has definitely been noticeably clearer!

DOES YOUR PILLOW GET HOT?

That depends! Silk naturally regulates heat, which helps you maintain the correct body temperature. It doesn’t conduct heat, so if you want to keep cool at night on hot days, go with silk. On the flip side, it retains heat during cold weather.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SATIN & SILK?

Material wise, silk is a natural fiber and satin is a synthetic fiber. Benefit wise, they are said to have the same hair and skin benefits. I found the satin to work the same as the silk but still had the cowlick issue.

Silk Pillowcase Review

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