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

Twirl: Striped A-Line Denim Dress
Twirl: Striped A-Line Denim Dress

Happy Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend?

This fun dress made me feel like quite the girly girl, and I just wanted to twirl around in it all day. It’s made from a perfectly stretch denim so the comfort level was more than ideal taking me from day to night. I have no doubt that you’ll see me wearing this dress again in the Fall with a cropped trench, lightweight scarf and some ankle booties!

I’m so in love with these new D’Orsay flats. Got them just in time for my upcoming trip to Paris, and I can’t wait to take them on some romantic strolls along the river in the City of Light! :)

Wearing: Dress: Tibi (sold out here via Shopbop but similar here) Shoes: Chinese Laundry ‘Easy Does It’ (here, comes in so many colors! Also, FYI they run about 1/2 size large) Purse: Zara Accessories: Chain bracelet (thanks to Rustic Cuff!), Tildon necklace (here), Urban Outfitters belt (here) Sunglasses: H&M

P.S. - Stay tuned for my first exciting giveaway on Wednesday! I can’t wait to share it with you guys! :)