Pops of Neon with Benevolent Jewels
Pops of Neon with Benevolent Jewels

As you know, I love a good clean and crisp outfit, especially in black and white. One of my favorite ways to add some outstanding contrast to a great monochromatic outfit is with an unexpected pop of color, whether it be in the shoes, top, bag or a statement necklace. In today’s look, the star of my outfit is actually my statement necklace.

I’m so excited to be wearing this stunning piece - not only because it’s a showstopper but more importantly, it’s for an amazing cause. I’m very happy to introduce Benevolent Jewels to my readers and tell you guys a little bit about this great company. I wanted to take a brief moment to share how special this company is and why they touched my heart.

As an avid animal lover (especially cats!), I have always been interested in becoming more involved in the animal rescue community. After going through a rough patch last year when we lost our sweet cat Peanut, I hoped that starting my blog would bring me opportunities to meet others that shared similar passions. That’s why when I was introduced to Benevolent Jewels, my heart found a happy place. I love what their company stands for and their mission to seek awareness about the importance of helping others in need, especially our favorite four-legged creatures. Just to give a little highlight of their company mission:

“Benevolent jewels, based in Houston has collaborated with Barrio Dogs in oder to address the issue of animal overpopulation and improving conditions for homeless and unwanted animals in Houston through Unity for a Solution. Unity for a Solution is an effort raised by three established, independent Houston animal welfare organizations: Barrio Dogs, Corridor Rescue, and the Forgotten Dogs of Fifth Ward.”

Benevolent Jewels allows customers to purchase and wear stylish, affordable jewels in order to donate towards a cause. At the end of three months, 20% of their profits are donated to a philanthropic organization.

If you love animals and fashion as much as I do, then you will understand why this company has really made an impact on me. Animals are just like our friends and family, and as someone who has always grown up with animals, I just love where their mind is at. I think it’s only natural that when you combine two of the things I love so much in life together, I’m all in.

To shop more of their beautiful jewels and support their cause, visit them here!

Wearing: Blazer: ASOS Top: Sabine via Piperlime (old) Bottom: Zara (similar here and so loving this style) Bag: Deux Lux via Barneys (old, similar here) Shoes: Nine West x InStyle (here) Accessories: Necklace thanks to Benevolent Jewels, Nordstroms link bracelet, Madewell and Citizen Mod, Saint Laurent rings

Off to Work: Burgundy Bow Top and Leather Lined Skirt
Off to Work: Burgundy Bow Top and Leather Lined Skirt

Happy Friday everyone! As much as I love dressing up on the weekends, playing with fun pieces in my closet, experimenting with new trends, or just lounging in casual wear - the reality is, 40+ (plus plus plus) hours of my weeks are not spent in those types of clothes (sadface). I would give a lot to be able to dress without certain restrictions, but alas, not all of us have that wonderful luxury. I stand envious of those that are able to dress freely at work AND be appreciated for it. The hardest part of it all is that I work with several relatives including my Dad, so you can imagine the stares and jaw-drops if I came in with say, my favorite faux leather pants. You know what I’m sayin’? However, over the past several years, I’ve really learned that dressing for work doesn’t automatically mean that you can’t have fun with it.

Since I started this blog, I’ve always wanted to make sure that it exhibited my true personal style. If my style is able to resonate with and possibly offer some inspiration to at least one person out there, then I’ll take it. Not to say that I haven’t been displaying my true style, but lately, while doing some reflecting on the blog, I’ve been feeling a little disappointed in myself in the sense that I’ve been so terribly bad at posting my work outfits. The main reason why is because by the time I get home from work, it’s usually dark and it would be silly to take my pictures in the dark (ok, more so I haven’t figured out how to work my camera and lighting in the dark yet). And now that Fall is here, I can throw taking pictures at 7PM out the window. Don’t get me wrong - I’ve been having so much fun being able to capture my weekend outfits but something just seems off. With that said, I’ve decided to start an “Off To Work” post series on my blog so I can give my work wardrobe a little more attention! :) I won’t be posting a work outfit every time, but I will definitely make an effort to post them more often going forward.

Anyhow, dressing for work can be pretty intimidating, especially if you’re just entering the ‘real’ world. Hopefully, I can offer some comfort to those who dread getting dressed for work. I used to feel uneasy about it as well, but after learning to mix and match with a few simple items in my closet, I’ve realized that it doesn’t have to be difficult or boring!

Today’s outfit is just a simple but fun and time-crunch friendly pairing with a comfy fitted top and black skirt. I glammed it up a tad with a floral statement necklace. If your dress code at work allows for some leniency, sometimes I like to stray away from the typical black pencil skirt and opt for a more fun but still conservative option. However, a black pencil skirt is still absolutely on the top of my list for wardrobe staples! :)

Happy weekend my friends!

Wearing: Top: Ann Taylor Bottom: Piperlime (old, similar with a great price tag! here and also love this one here) Shoes: DSW (also love this one) Bag: Tory Burch Accessories: Mom’s necklace (love this similar one), Ferragamo wrap bracelet (similar) Sunglasses: Tom Ford

Falling for Fall: Tan and Navy
Falling for Fall: Tan and Navy

Well guys, I just couldn’t resist any longer. The scarf, boots and jacket came out this past weekend for a little outing! I had been checking the weather daily to see if it might be a LITTLE cooler in LA, but nope, 80s across the board. Therefore, I did what any normal insistent fashion lover would do – I sucked it up and wore my outfit anyway.

When my hubby took a look at me, the first thing he said was “You’re dressed for the wrong season”. Pshhh. Well tooo bad buddy, it’s happening. I do confess I was a little apprehensive that regret would set in once I walked out the door (shhh, don’t tell the hubby), but the weather gods were on my side that day as it got quite breezy early on in the evening. Naturally, I thought I was pretty clever in that moment and even got a little high five from my husband. (Thank you weather gods!) :)

Anyway, I can’t even begin to describe how much I love the colors that are commonly associated with Fall/Winter months and most importantly, the holidays that occur during this season. The holidays make me so feel so warm and fuzzy inside. I seriously get so excited just thinking about them! In terms of my wardrobe, as soon as September rolls around, I just have an itch to stock up on pieces in my personal favorite Fall color: tan. I’ve already bookmarked/collaged more than a few pages worth of outfit inspirations revolved around this color and all the shades in between, hah! Camel, brown, nude, beige, cream…you name it. I’ll try to share some of my collages with you guys soon!

While trying to find something to pair with my tan leather jacket this past weekend (because there was no doubt I was bringing the jacket out), I happened to skim past this blue dress in my closet. I purchased this sweet bow dress last season and actually envisioned myself wearing it in a more formal setting. I hadn’t really thought of it as an option for an easy breezy Sunday running errands, but I was glad that I reached for it. (On a side note - through blogging, I’ve realized my slight obsession for bows as evidenced here, here, and here. Can’t seem to get away from those suckers!)

I almost forgot how well tan and navy go together, like two peas in a pod. I couldn’t wait to pair it with my leopard and navy scarf, which all came together to create a favorite duo-chromatic color scheme. Instead of opting for heels since I was going for a more casual look, I slipped on these perfect-for-Fall boots to complete the outfit and was on my way.

I already know I’ll be wearing this outfit again when the weather cools down even more, except this time with my fleece lined tights (best invention ever) and an oversized coat (in tan, of course!).

Wearing: Dress: Zara (LOVE this similar style here) Jacket: Trouve via Nordstroms (old, similar here and in black here) Boots: Sole Society Purse: Chanel Accessories: Madewell cuff, Nordstroms scarf

Refined: Neck-Tie Blouse and Printed Pants
Refined: Neck-Tie Blouse and Printed Pants

Hello! I hope everyone had a good weekend! :)

A little exhausted from a fun and eventful weekend, so keeping it short and sweet today. Nothing makes me feel more refined and polished than a clean and crisp black and white outfit. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of the color combination (and I hope you guys won’t get sick of me wearing it!). This is going to be a busy but hopefully very productive week! Typically when my weekdays are insanely busy, it makes the much needed relaxation over the weekends THAT much better. Happy Monday!

Wearing: Top: Forever 21 Jacket: Zara Bottom: Topshop via Nordstroms (old, similar here and here) Shoes: Vince Camuto (also in purple here) Bag: Chanel ‘WOC’ Accessories: Rustic Cuff bracelet (c/o), Ily Couture earrings

Soft Palettes: Blush and Neutrals
Soft Palettes: Blush and Neutrals

You’ll have to pardon me for my summer-ish look on today’s post. Believe me - my boots, sweaters and coats are all lined up and ready to come out and play, but the weather in LA seems to have different plans. The heat wave is not wavering, and I have a feeling it will be here for a while.

I talk as if this is a novelty in Southern California, but I just don’t remember the hot weather lasting THIS long in the past (I probably say that every year). I’m not really complaining per say, but do consider me officially envious of all of you that are actually experiencing the onset of Fall and bringing out your beautiful boots and coats! For now, I will have to live vicariously through you other fashionistas. Plus, I recently invested in a pair of over-the-knee high boots which I’m very excited to wear - just not in this heat. That would just be kind of silly. Then again, sometimes fashion can precipitate silly things, if it makes you happy, of course. :) Until it cools down just a tad, I guess my Fall wardrobe will be waiting patiently indoors….

Wearing: Blazer: Zara (here) Top: Zara (old, similar here and here) Bottom: Reiss (here) Shoes: Christian Louboutin (here) Sunglasses: Tom Ford (here) Bag: Saint Laurent (newer version here) Accessories: The Dancing Jewels necklace, Reiss belt, J.Crew bracelet (similar here)

Don’t forget to enter the MimicDesign giveaway here!

P.S. If you love statement jewelry and other cute accessories as much as I do, make sure to check out The Dancing Jewels. I’m wearing one of their pieces today, and I love the color combinations. I’m happy to share that they are offering The Fashion Pledge readers a 10% discount - yay! Just make sure to enter “TFP10%OFF” at checkout!

Happy shopping and more importantly, HAPPY FRIDAY!