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    The Fila Shoe Addiction

    Top: Fila Cropped Long Sleeve Tee ; Sneakers: Fila Disruptor Premium Athletic Shoe

    All About My Athletic Shoe Addiction

    Yup, I think I went a little overboard this summer and ended up with two very different looks on the Fila disruptor athletic shoes! It all started when I went into the store to pickup athletic shoes for my son (you know how kids feet grows every few months)! Anyway, I decided to try a shoe or two while in the shopping process and ended up leaving with a little more shopping than I had originally planned for.

    Y’all these sneakers are just so comfortable. I was initially skeptical because they looked rather bulky but after trying them on, I was sold.  Usually if I like something, I end up getting them in multiple colors and this was no different. I also got one my daughter too …talk about loving a brand!!!  If you see me walking around Dallas and running errands wearing these, please say hello!

    I’ve linked the shoes and my Fila crop shirt below. Do you have a favorite brand of athletic shoes?

    As a kid, I always loved sneakers and style. The beauty of modern luxury is the absence of rules.

    Sneakers: Fila Disruptor Rose Athletic Shoes

    The “Almost” 70’s Style Jeans

    The Flared Jean Pants

    It’s called having a “flare”; a flare for fashion, style, and the things you love. It also reminds me of the ’70-’80’s era and the pictures I used to look at of my parents sporting such cool pants with a fashionable flare for style. See how I did that? “Flare” in style!!  Now, let’s fast forward to present times and the trend creeping back in which didn’t take much convincing for me to go out and get this Just Float on Flare jeans by Free People .

    There’s so much character with this look.  I wish this would have been available last year because it would have been the perfect look to wear to my friend’s tupperware 70’s party! Still, these are fun jeans and I plan to wear them for a while before retiring them to my wardrobe in hopes the trend will resurface again soon.

    Oh..and these jeans are super soft and made from stretchy fabric. I love all the detailing on the stitches in the back part of the outfit. Since I love FreePeople clothing brand, I also picked up a t-shirt from the same store and with a variety of colors to choose from, ended up with two! My shoes are from Inagruv and I love the concept of footwear with interchangeable accessories.

    Now where’s the excuse to wear these jeans again? Do you own a pair of flared jeans?

    How to Wear Plaid and not look boring

    “The secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear” – Ines De la Fressange

    “Life is a beautiful sport” – Lacoste

    Casual Plaid and the Transition into the Office Look

    Friends, I have been shopping lately. Shopping for simple affordable pieces that can be worn on different occasions, and hopefully not go out of style. Does plaid really go out of style?  There are so many different patterns/colors plaid but I tried to stick to more neutral tones that can match with just about anything.

    First Look – The Casual Look

    • Can we talk about this look for a minute? I mean how cute is this jumpsuit with sneakers?! I love how affordable pieces can make you look and feel great. This Gianni Bini plaid jumpsuit makes it easy to mix and match. The slight high waist vs. natural waist gives the appearance of even longer legs which I love. Pair this look with a turtleneck shirt, sneakers, and sunglasses for a more casual laid back look. I am also crushing so hard on this bicolor leather lacoste sneakers!

    Second Look – The Office Look

    • My next favorite piece, and I have to say this because I mean it from the bottom of my heart, is changing this look up by pairing it with pumps! It’s amazing how a simple pair of heels can immediately change an outfit. It takes it from casual chic to professional debonair. A few tips; if you are wearing your jumpsuit to work then keep your lines linear, go for a clean silhouette that will flatter your body and keep you focused and sharp in the meeting. Add minimal accessories like a belt or jewelry. Remember the key is to make it stand out without screaming for attention! My laptop sleeve is sleek, stylish, and under $12.  I have linked it here and below.  This is a look I will definitely be wearing to the office for the remainder of the Winter months.

    Hope these tips help you go make a statement in that plaid jumpsuit! xoxo Louise

    “As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears” – Rumi

    Fall Neutrals

    Obsessed with this cardigan! Love the subtle neutral striped colors which is easy to mix and match with any look. Also these Calvin Klein mules are surprisingly comfortable and under $100. I have worn them on repeat since I got them at Nordstrom last year. You can still find these at Overstock.com

    Latest Obsession

    Sweater weather and layering is in full force and I have been getting in the spirit. It is so hard to resist with all the amazing deals (and so has my shopping bag haha). I’ve also been finding a few reasonably priced items and wanted to share some of my recent buys. This cardigan is one I saw and as soon as I tried it on, I knew it was going to find a home in my closet! I love the colorblock shades and ballon sleeves that makes it so pretty. Just the perfect way to  bring a little fun to any wardrobe and still stick to a Fall theme look. These come in two colors at Nordstrom Rack.

    Obviously my mules are on repeat and I love the gold detailing on the back of the heel. Surprisingly my clutch purse was one of those lucky finds at Target. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find these online so it may warrant a trip to a Target store if you like them as much I do. I have linked a different color for you. They are just so cute that I have plans to wear these with my Uggs when it gets a tad bit colder in Dallas..haha. These jeans are a great fit and also under $100! I have a tiny waist and wider hips so it is always such a challenge finding jeans that fit but these are absolutely perfect and a big selling point for me. Some of these items are currently on sale so you can get great deals.

    I’ve linked a few of my favorites below as well.

    Casual Pieces for Fall

    Casual Pieces

    Is there anything more convenient than transforming your Summer look into an Autumn look? Well, that is if you live in Dallas where our Autumn weather tends to fluctuate between warm days and some cooler nights. Every season I try to look at my wardrobe and see what I can wear into the next season and what I can’t.  I especially love this look because anything lacy equals femininity and can easily be layered with a light coat or jacket, or even scarf for a more Fall-ish look.

    The best part about finding casual pieces is versatility. If you know me, you will notice that I have had these wedges and jeans on repeat. These wedges are on sale and if you don’t own a pair of wedges, then now is the time to invest in one. For our Dallas temperature, I can pull off this look on most days. The lacy top is light and just gorgeous.  There is also something about the neutral cream color that goes well with almost any look. For a quick pop of color and to embrace the holiday season quickly approaching, I wore this Michele watch and invested in this extremely reasonable bag from Target and have linked a similar one here. You will be amazed on the finds at Target and I must confess that it is quick becoming one of my favorite stops.

    Do you ever re-wear some of your Summer outfits into Fall?

    How to Brighten Up Your Summer Look For Fourth of July

    Summer and Fourth of July Festivities

    The Fourth of July is all about celebrating independence day in the United States! Whether it is inviting your friends and family over for an epic Fourth of July BBQ bash, or spending time by the pool, or enjoying the fireworks, you would still need to keep in mind comfort and a fashion theme that matches the occasion.

    Fourth of July has become one of my favorite holidays! I love watching the fireworks and seeing the excitement in my children eyes. Most importantly we get to gather around with friends and family to enjoy food and good company.  On this day we plan on visiting friends, having the grandparents over, and then ending the evening by watching fireworks at our neighborhood park. For my friends who are not familiar with this holiday, it is the United States federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Okay, I know you are more interested in the outfit, so without further ado, let me talk about how I plan to brighten up my look for the summer but also for Fourth of July.

    “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” – Ralph Lauren

    The Outfit

    So I decided to keep my outfit bright and fun this summer. The colors are also the perfect choice for Fourth of July sticking with the red, blue, and white theme. I recently picked this cute top from ASOS because it just matches well with the theme. The top has this knot in the front that makes it quite different from a regular t-shirt look and allow extra room for all the outdoor food and desserts! I could have gone with shorts but decided to stick with jeans. What I love about jeans is how versatile it is.  For me, it is all about comfort as I sit on a blanket at our neighborhood park later that evening to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.

    I decided to pair the outfit with a few favorites. The Fossil Morgan Traveler Leather Crossbody bag is an old timer and a classic.  It is so easy to match with most of my things, so every now and then I pull it out of my wardrobe. Isn’t the bright red color just gorgeous? The size also allows me to carry a few essentials, like my camera, makeup, phone, and hand sanitizer. For the shoes I wore this adorable Marc Fisher LTD shoes. They add a touch to the outfit and easy to slip on and off.

    An interesting fact, when I had long hair, I hardly wore a lot of earrings.  Now that my hair is a lot shorter, I have been enjoying playing with different size earrings as you can see here. These earrings are from ModCloth and my watch is Michele. If you are outdoors, then you should know that sunglasses are a must-have in the summer sun because they are functional. Everything goes so well together. What are your plans for the fourth?

    Credits: Photography by Mallory Kee

    Spring Wardrobe Essentials & Accessories

    Dreamy Spring

    My love for warmer temperatures and the beauty of Spring is not really a secret. Maybe it is because I grew up in Ghana, a tropical country filled with rich culture and history, or it could be that I am just the happiest when the weather is warm but not too hot.

    Recently the weather was so gorgeous in Dallas that I decided to step out and enjoy the city. Downtown Frisco was the place to be with restaurants and the Frisco Heritage Museum that consists of early and mid-20th-century buildings with various period exhibits.

    For those who do not know much about this city in Texas, it has become one of the fastest-growing city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. It is also home to “The Star”, a 91-acre campus that hosts the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.

    For this blog, I wanted to show you a few Spring essential pieces and accessories that are simple enough for this season into the early Summer months. Where else would I shoot it than by these antique buildings that have so much character right next to the Frisco Heritage Museum.

    As always I am curious to hear your thoughts about the location as well as about what you like to wear in the Spring months. Who else is excited about this season?  Now let us talk about my fashion choices.

    The Outfit

    Spring Essentials

    Recently I went to Frisco and caught up on some beautiful scenic areas in this gorgeous city. I wanted to be comfortable and stylish at the same time, so here is the outfit I picked out.

    Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater – Yes, with our Dallas weather fluctuating in temperature, I opted for a light turtleneck sweater on this cool cloudy day. I usually pick neutral colors but this mustard colored sweater is just so fun and fresh. It feels good to wear something that is soft and light. The color reminds me of Spring; think sunflowers, marigold, and chrysanthemum.

    Trendy Sneakers – I simply love these Adidas sneakers! I remember getting them with my daughter early in the year. We had such a great time shopping for similar outfits and matching shoes. I went with the rose gold design and she went for gold which is one of her favorite colors. I plan on wearing these during Spring, Summer, and most likely during the Autumn season.

    Denim Culottes – Style is great but comfort is a necessity especially when you are out and about. I went with this calf-length jeans in washed denim. The high waist and style reminds me of the 70’s! It is currently one of my favorite outfits so I decided to purchase a similar one, also in white, with frayed raw-edge hems.

    Spring Accessories – For a huge bag lover getting this Rebecca Minkoff crossbody mini bag was a last minute decision. When choosing the perfect bag to wear with your outfit, it is important to take into account the occasion. For this casual outing, I wore an almond brown bag because it matched my DKNY leather cuff bracelet and complemented my watch and sunglasses.

    What do you guys think?

    @LOUISEMILLEN