The “Dad” Sweater | Street Style Outfit

The “Dad” Sweater | Street Style Outfit
Hello Loves!

90s style continues to be a trend and there is one I am quite obsess with — dad sweaters! According to the internet, the “dad style” is referred to as the comfy, retro-looking style, as if it has been worn for years. This pretty much sums up my entire wardrobe. I love to shop, but I don’t buy everything I eye-ball. Instead, I purchase timeless pieces that I know I’ll wear for years to come. You can check out my ‘4 Tips from a Smart Shopper’ post on tips to shop for that timeless wardrobe.

fashion blogger styling dad sweater for a trendy street style look

What I love about my dad sweater: it’s comfy, soft, and neutral! This is one of my favorite causal looks to flaunt. It’s the perfect, easy street style outfit without any effort. I love the neutral tones and little touches of gold details.

fashion blogger styling dad sweater for a trendy street style look

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day 🙂

love, gaonou

What Fashion Means to Me

What Fashion Means to Me

When I hear the phrase, “what fashion means to me” I immediately go to my happy place. Growing up, fashion was my big sister, best friend who helped build my self-confidence and self-expression when I felt so different from the people around me. She accepted my indecisive choices from sequin tops to lace dresses and approved my wide array of color picks. Through it all, fashion allowed me to be my unapologetic self.

My LOVE for fashion all started when I was 5 years old. My mom planned a mini photoshoot in the back porch because she bought matching denim outfits for my sister and I. As the unique, creative individual I am, I quickly found a solution to make my outfit more me. I grabbed a navy blue knitted cardigan and styled my first outfit. I wore half the cardigan on and the other half hanging off the shoulder for a slouchy look. For a 5 year old, this style decision made me feel more empowered and creatively happy. That kick-started my fashion journey and here I am today pursuing a fashion-focused career!

When it comes to fashion, I love the ever-changing trends and style throwbacks. Everything from the luxury accessories to seasonal dedicated pieces. Fashion is a great example of how people continue to change and there are no set ways to do everything. I truly believe that fashion continues to play a key role in all successes of life. When I feel good about what I’m wearing, it’s crazy to see how it positively affects everything and everyone in my life.

Fashion to me means empowerment. The empowering feeling to be who I am, do what I love, and continue to positively inspire those around me. Comment down below what fashion means to you, I would love to know 🙂

Photo Credit: Aperturesque LLC

Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful day!

love, gaonou

How I Prep for a Photoshoot

How I Prep for a Photoshoot

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Hello Loves! One of my favorite things about being a fashion blogger is prepping for a photoshoot. I love picking out my outfit to finding the perfect accessories! There are so many elements that go into prepping for a photoshoot, but I try to keep it as simple as possible. I have been asked multiple times on how I go about getting ready, so here it is!

Step 1: Pick Out THE Outfit

When picking out your outfit you need to make sure that it’s fitting to what you want to write about and showcase on social media. Fashion is more than clothes, it’s a way to inspire and tell stories through the movement of the fabric and location. I highly recommend purchasing an external clothing rack to put all of your fashion looks that need to be photograph. This has helped me be more organize and remember which photoshoots are coming up.

Step 2: Beauty Glow!

I’m all about the everyday, natural make-up because my blog focuses on outfits for the everyday woman. This is the time to add some life and color onto your face. And sometimes I’ll add a fun lipstick to give the look that extra pop.

Step 3: Keeping the Teeth White and Clean!

If I’m being honest, my teeth are really important to me when I’m prepping for a photoshoot. The reason is because I’m always smiling in all of my photos. To ensure that my teeth stay clean and white, I have been using the Colgate TotalSF Advanced Whitening Toothpaste. I have been a loyal consumer to Colgate because it has continued to keep my teeth white and squeaky clean especially for someone who has sensitive teeth like me. If I could only choose one step to recommend, it would definitely be this one. Your smile is what draws people in and in my opinion really makes or break a photo.

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Step 4: Accessories, whether Hair or Jewelry.

Even though an outfit may be cute or trendy, it’s the accessories that brings the entire look together! I recently purchased this pearl hairpin and it literally glams up an entire look. The pearls are gorgeous and gives off that glam feel!

Thank you for reading! I hope these easy steps help you prep for future fashion photoshoots!

love, gaonou

Thrifted Work Outfits

Thrifted Work Outfits

My love for thrifted fashion continues to grow! I discovered my love for thrifting in 2017 and ever since then, I can’t seem to stop myself. I have found a few of my favorite staple pieces from thrift stores for less than $20, which I am sharing on this blog post today!

I’m all about mixing affordable fashion with luxury accents, especially when it comes to work fashion. We all know that work style pieces like blazers can get pretty pricey. As a graduate student on a fashion budget, thrift stores are my go to place for blazers. Blazers are such an iconic part of a work uniform, it helps add structure and sometimes is the stand out piece that pulls the entire look together.

thrifted blazer work outfit idea
burgundy blazer thrifted for work outfit

Another work outfit piece I love to thrift are turtle-neck sweaters. Thrift stores are filled with this classic piece and they are seriously the perfect winter work top! I thrifted two turtle-neck sweaters (black and white), as styled below. These sweaters were less than $5 each AND they give the work outfit a chic look while appropriate for the winter season. Let’s be honest, sometimes button-ups can’t fight against the cold weather.

thrifted work outfit

I am so excited to be partnering with some of my gal pals to share their thrift store finds, tips, and more. Check out their thrift posts below!

The Dark Plum
9 thrift store shopping tips featuring thrifted outfits from all 4 seasons.

Everyday Mrs
Boho Home Finds and High End Designer Wear.

Sugar, Spice and Style Thats Nice
Bar Cart Styling and Colorful Kitchen Vintage Finds.

Live Laugh Rowe
Boho Baskets and Beautiful Vintage Vase via Live Laugh Rowe

Curlybyrdie Chirps
Revamping My Spring Style on a Budget

Everyday Teacher Style
Perk Up Your Home Decor on a Budget with Thrifted Finds

love, gaonou

Where to Shop for Feminine/Chic Fashion

Where to Shop for Feminine/Chic Fashion

Happy Monday! Fashion is my forte and I love everything from shopping to putting an outfit together. On a daily basis I always get asked where I buy my clothes and today I thought why not share my favorite places to shop for feminine, chic clothes and accessories.

fashion blogger wearing lace blouse and newsboy cap from storets

STORETS – The online shop for all of my Chanel inspired babes! Their style is a 10 out of 10. It’s the perfect mix of street style and femininity. I love their feminine pieces from lace to tweed! P.S. they have the cutest hair accessories.

ASOS – The “IT” fashion shop that sells the latest trends! I love surfing through their website to find the latest feminine/chic pieces. They are also on top of their fashion game and you can find all sorts of style! I have found some of my staple pieces on ASOS.

fashion influencer styling lace blouse for winter look

H&M – If you are on a budget, I totally recommend H&M. They have the chicest pieces for under $100 and their quality is amazing! I love that they have simple, chic pieces that can be worn in multiple ways.

LULUS – The girliest online shop that I live for! They have the cutest dresses. If you are looking for cute, chic dresses, I really recommend Lulus. They have the cutest sweaters and shoes as well. I literally live for their newsletters to see the new items!

detailed newsboy cap from storets

DSW – My shoe shop! I have bought the majority of my shoes from DSW. I love their wide assortment of shoes and their prices are unbeatable! They have shoes for everyone and their sale section is amazing! P.S. their quality is pretty amazing too!

FOREVER 21 – Yes, Forever 21 gets a bad rep for copying other designers and being a part of the fast fashion industry, however, I will admit that they have a good selection of feminine pieces especially for shoppers who are on a tight budget. They are more street style focused, but don’t underestimate their feminine pieces.

feminine street style
feminine newsboy cap from storets
feminine street style fashion
Photo Credit: Aperturesque, LLC

Thank you for reading my loves! Have a wonderful start of the week!

love, gaonou