Ruffled Shorts + White Button Down Shirt

Happy Memorial Day!

I took a trip to Key West this holiday weekend and these ruffled shorts from Zara paired with a crisp white button down shirt was perfect for the occasion.  Key West is such a picturesque and quaint place with the most chill and welcoming population of people, it truly is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of big city living here in Miami et al.  When we first arrived, the streets seemed to be pretty quiet and sparse with people. We quickly learned from our bartender at Margaritaville that everyone was at the beach, but the moment the sun started to set, they’d be out in full swing. He was so correct! Out of no where it seemed like the streets started to spill over with people, the whole atmosphere changed and became charged with energy, and excitement. It was a bit contagious. I swear I never tire of Key West, no matter how many times I go, simply because of the good vibes.  It was a very relaxing stay and that’s exactly what the doctor ordered!

I did get my party fun in on Friday evening when we went to Happy Hour in Pembroke Pines. The DJ was amazing and the drinks were flowing. I’m a light weight, so by the time I got to the bottom of drink #1 I was already feeling pretty good! LOL. Sunday was BBQ time with several friends. Not a bad three-day weekend at all. Now I’m ready to go back into bum mode. Only 8 more days to go! Have a great week dolls!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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The Details

Hair – Wigstype

Earrings –  Big Dot

Necklace –  Local Jeweler

White Button Down – Forever 21

Ruffled Shorts – Zara (Adore these!)

Bracelets – Alex & Ani

Watch – Michael Kors

Clutch – 9 West

Lace up sandals – Zara

 

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Crop Top & Tulle Skirt : Weekend Style

Hey friends,

Today’s look is a fun one, it’s been particularly scorching here in South Florida, every day having been in the 90s and it even as high as 95 this weekend. I went for something light and chic in this cute striped crop top and black tulle skirt. My pop of color comes from the Kylie Jenner lip kit shade in 22. I am absolutely in love with this crop top and am sure this one will be making an appearance on the blog a few more times before the year is done. Crop tops  paired with high waist pieces are a God send guys! They allow you to show just a hint of skin without baring too much, not to mention the high waist helps to hide the dreaded bloat! Ugh.

This weekend was a pretty quiet one. I started off having plans but when it came down to it, I just couldn’t seem to part with the comfort of home. I did manage to attend a Natural Hair event with Rachelle but we left not too long after getting there LOL. I got caught up on a few of my TV shows, namely Containment, The Real World and Empire.  It just felt really good to not have an obligation to leave the house. Alas, like every weekend before it, this one zoomed by..it was still Saturday when I started feeling the anxiety of Monday! I swear even though the end of the school year is around the corner, I feel like a giddy kid awaiting Christmas morning to tear open the gifts! All I want to do is start my summer vacation 😉  Hope you guys have an awesome week, only 11 more days of school left for me! Whoo! Hoo!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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The Details

Hat – Forever 21

Crop Top – Zara

Earrings – Vince Camuto

Necklace – Jane Basch Designs

Tulle Skirt –  ChicWish

Brooch – Chanel

Bangles – Alex & Ani

Heels – Zara

Clutch – Aldo

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Off Shoulder Dress : Weekend Style Inspo

Hey guys,

The off shoulder trend is HOT for this season, but really when have we ever stopped wearing it? On those unbearably hot days, we often reach for the pieces that show some skin and this trend does just that, while keeping it classy. This season I’ve seen a lot of off shoulder tops and dresses with a twist, be it bowed or cap sleeves, the floral or striped designs, or bold and beautiful colors..it seems to me that this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! What do you think?  This cotton white number from Asos is perfect for the summer time which is rapidly approaching. Something about white, it’s such a beautiful neutral that transitions across seasons. Totally in love with this look! Thanks to Jewel for being gracious enough to take these shots while on her mini vacay to FL. Then again, we all know how it goes down when bloggers get together! LOL

This was a low-key weekend for me, I barely budged after coming home from work Friday. Except for Mother’s Day, I had to pay my Queen homage! Hope you queens who are also moms enjoyed your day, and that your loved ones put a smile on your face and hearts. Enjoy your week friends!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

 

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The Details

Hair – Wigstype

Sunglasses – Calvin Klein

Dress – Asos

Bag – Chloe (borrowed from Jewel)

Heels – Steve Madden

Earrings – Vince Camuto

Leaf Necklace – Gifted

Lariat Necklace – H&M

Watch – Michael Kors

Bangles – Alex & Ani

Linking With

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Floral Romper + Fringe : Spring Style

Hi Friends,

This floral romper I found at Forever 21 is the BUSINESS! I absolutely love it. My obsession with rompers are so real. Are they not the cutest things you can wear for the spring and summer? Literally no fuss. Just throw on your favorite pair of shoes and accessories and go. It’s just that simple. You can throw a blazer over them if you like or wear them with a maxi cardi and they still look ridiculously chic. You can throw a skirt of any length over them and make them a top, or rock your favorite pair of distressed denim jeans over them as well. There aren’t too many pieces in your closet that is as versatile as a romper. Who ever thought wearing a one piece adult onesie would be so POSH 🙂

This weekend was filled with good times. Our California squad was back together once again with Jewel in town. My taste buds are still singing from all the wonderful food we have eaten and I’m sure I’m left with a nice pre summer glow from the beach. Now it’s back to the work week. Only 25 days left until my summer vacation officially begins. Have a great week!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

 

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The Details

Hair – Wigstype

Sunglasses – EyeFeelShady

Leaf Necklace – Gifted

Lariat Necklace – H&M

Floral Romper – Forever 21

Watch – Michael Kors

Celestial Wheel Bangle (Scorpio) – Alex & Ani

Bumble Bee Bangle – Alex & Ani

Earrings – Vince Camuto

Fringe Heels – Steve Madden

Quilted Clutch – Nordstrom Rack

Linking With

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Cami + Aztec Print Skirt : Weekend Style

Hey friends,

The weather here has been perfect for the last couple of months, not too hot or cold and then this weekend out of no where it was in the 90s. Therefore, I had no choice but to spend it doing activities that provided me with a bit of a cool down. From sipping mango daiquiris to spending time along the river front taking in the scenery, eating good food and  watching folks go by on their private yachts and speed boats partying and whooping it up. I’m sure plenty other folks were beach bound but that kind of heat makes me run for cover..being vulnerable under the wrath of the sun’s rays just isn’t appealing to me at all! LOL. I also went to go see the second installment of the Huntsman and was thoroughly disappointed. I loved the first one but the second one was awful 🙁

Sometimes places to catch photo opps just fall into your lap. I was driving by when I saw this colorful bus just parked in a lot with the perfect lighting and it really played off the aztec print mini and barcelona cami I’m rocking. Hope you guys have an amazing week!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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The Details

Hair – wigbuys.com

Barcelona Cami – Express

Quilted Clutch – Nordstrom Rack

Sunglasses – Steve Madden

Stud Earrings – Vince Camuto

Necklaces – H&M / Local Jewelers

Safety Pin Bracelet – Marc Jacobs

Watch – Local Jewelers

Skirt – Forever 21 (sold out)

Sandals – Zara (sold out)

Linking With

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Olive Camisole Dress: Spring Style

Hey friends!

I’m sorry I’ve been so sporadic with my blog post! Truth is, I’m learning to not let myself get stressed out and bogged down with the idea that I have to post daily or even weekly. At the end of the day, it’s probably more important for me to get content that I truly like out there rather than throwing anything up there. Secondly, I need to stop to smell the roses and my life is such at this point that I need to cut back on things in order to simply have fun. So, if that means skipping a blog post every now and again or cutting back job #2 and dedicating fewer hours daily to it..then so be it! All work and no play makes for such a dull Daphnee. I hope even though I may not be around as much that you guys still will rock with me, I so appreciate whenever you stop by. Thanks so much for the support.

As for today’s looks, we all love a camisole to dress up our jeans, skirts and whatever else we are wearing they are a quick and easy way to step up a look. Camisole dresses are spring and summer perfect as well. Such a light airy material and look great with just about any pair of shoes you can find from flip flops to sneakers and ankle boots. You can pair them with a leather jacket, blazer or kimono if you care to as well. Who would not want such a versatile piece in your closet?!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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The Details

Hair – wigsbuy.com

Ankara Headband – Elegant Beauty Supply

Camisole Dress – Forever 21

Sunglasses – Prada

Stud Earrings – Vice Camuto

Bracelets – Alex n Ani

Pave Z Ring – Sophie Harper

Watch – Local Jeweler

Cross Body – Nasty Gal

Short Necklace – Local Jeweler

Long Necklace – Charlotte Russe

Gladiator Sandals – BCBG

Linking With

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Stripes + Denim : The Spring Edition

Hey guys,

Today (Sunday)  I woke up to the most beautiful weather here in South Florida, whereas back home in Boston it’s snowing!  Days like this reassure me that this move I made 18 years ago was a good one.  I had an amazing weekend. Spent several hours at the beach with the girls, made a pit stop to Margaritaville that evening, which has only been open for about a year . Finally on Sunday, breakfast at Cracker Barrel and a stroll through the park finished off my weekend. Once I got home it was back to work mode 🙁

It’s Spring, it’s April and we are 40 odd days away from summer vacation here at school. These last days tend to be my favorite. Testing is over and although we are still nervous about how our students fair these are still the best days of the school year..we do a lot of fun project based activities, we have our science fair and our 30 day countdown where each day we have a fun celebratory activity leading towards the last day. Well enough about that…

You never have to look very further than your own closet when transitioning from one season to another. Portofino shirts are a great transition piece as they can be dressed up or down and pair well with several other pieces of clothing no matter the season. The convertible sleeves help on the warmer days and it’s a light weight material. I totally love this casual chic vibe paired with a straw fedora, distressed boyfriend shorts and my trusty white chucks. Have a great work week dolls!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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The Details

Fedora – H&M

Wig – Wigsbuy.com

Sunglasses – NastyGal

Diamond Stud Earrings –  Gianni Bernini

Necklace – Rocksbox

Portofino – Express

Shorts – Necessary Clothing

Bracelets – Forever 21

Watch – Michael Kors

Ring- Sophie Harper

Cross body bag – Steve Madden

Sneakers – Converse

Linking With

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Stripes + Fringe

Hey guys,

So S. FL is humidity is back in full effect. Can’t say that neither my hair nor I have missed it. Ugh!  The frizzy swollen curls are a no bueno but oh well..you rock a bad hair day with confidence nevertheless! LOL. I love this stripes + fringe look today, which is an easy transitional outfit for winter into the spring, where there might still be a chill in the air even though it’s warm enough to ditch the coat and heavier winter gear. This vest from Madonna’s Material Girl collection really sets the tone for this look. I love this piece in particular because when it gets a bit warmer, I can easily pair it with denim shorts or a cute flare skirt.  The material isn’t heavy at all and has sheer paneling on the sides. Paired with this striped tee and fringe bag, I  can go straight from the work place to an early dinner date with a hottie. (wink, wink). Have an amazing work week guys!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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stripes + fringe

stripes + fringe

stripes + fringe

Photo Credit: Laura Dell’osso

The Details

Sunglasses –  Nasty Gal

Striped Tee – Choies

Denim – GAP

Heels – DVF

Fringe Bag – Target

Necklace – Charlotte Russe

Watch – Michael Kors

Bracelet Stack – Forever 21

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Fashionable Eyewear + Giveaway

Hi Guys!

*Insert hard wave here*  Today’s focus is on accessories, in particular eyewear. I’m finding myself developing a bit of a love affair with sunglasses as of late and my obsession is closely mirroring that of my adoration for a hot pair of shoes. Whether you’ve paid a little or a lot for a pair of sunnies, they definitely add to your look! A simple low-key outfit suddenly becomes chic with the right pair of shades, handbag and jewelry.  They are totally made to accentuate your look, however, sometimes they become the focal point like the pair I’m  wearing today. I am in LOVE with these Estelle mirrored aviators from EyeFeelShady. I think they say it best on their website as to what they are about:

“Whether one is an extrovert, introvert or somewhere in between when it comes to sunglasses, Eye Feel Shady has the perfect eyewear for you. Eye Feel Shady specializes in quality sunglasses at affordable prices along with exceptional customer service. Our collection has the latest designs for the vintage junkie, bohemian lover or minimalist just to name a few. Whatever look one may crave, Eye Feel Shady has the perfect sunglasses for you.”

This week I am happy to provide you with an opportunity to get a pair of these Estelle or another pair of your choice by entering to win via the giveaway below.  You can enter to win daily through 03/07/2016 ! Good luck to you and see you soon! So tell me do you make eyewear a part of your daily look?

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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The Details

Hair – Wigsbuy

Tank – Free People

Distressed Denim – H&M

Maxi Cardigan – Forever 21

Sunglasses n chain – EyeFeelShady.com

Bracelets – Alex n Ani

Earrings – Vince Camuto

Leaf Necklace –  Lauren Conrad

Ring – H&M

Heels – Candie’s

Leopard Clutch –  snagged from Rachelle lol

Linking With

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Waterfall Blazers : Transitional style for work or play

Hey guys,

Okay, I’ll go ahead and put it out there from the beginning. I am obsessed with this waterfall blazer! I found it on final mark down at H&M for a mere $15 and it has become my favorite blazer. I simply love the way it hangs and the ruche sleeves make it perfect to push up to the elbow. You know when you love an article of clothing, you literally want to wear it all the time, like every day? LOL So here I’m sporting it with an over-sized graphic tee from Express and leather leggings also from H&M. What I love about this look is that it may be perfect for a casual Friday at work but you can also take it straight from the workplace to Happy Hour or a Date Night with a handsome somebody.

In other news, now that we’re on the subject of handsome somebodies..one of my goals this year was to leave the house more and put myself out there in hopes of meeting a special someone or at least get back into the dating scene and meeting people. I mean there is no way to meet a nice gentleman if I don’t leave the house right? Last I checked they didn’t make house calls! So, I’ve had a blast just hanging out a bit more and attending events practically every weekend. You don’t realize how much stress you need to release from the work week until you are out there doing it. Sometimes it’s so much easier to just go home and lay on the couch binge watching your favorite TV shows, it’s also extremely safe! That’s always my go-to but I’ve had to kick myself in the tush and commit to this.  In order to get what we want out of life we have to be willing to take risk don’t we?  So far I haven’t met Mr. Right  BUT I must say the search has still been quite fun.

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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The Details

Sunglasses – Oxydo

Necklace – Charlotte Russe

Tee- Express

Leather Leggings – H&M

Ankle Boots –  Call It Spring

Brooch – Macy’s

Stud Earrings – Vince Camuto

Bracelets – Forever 21

Watch – Local Jeweler

Linking With

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