Recap of Florida’s Finest + What I Wore to the Barack Obama Fundraising Event

Good Morning ALL!! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. I know I had a great time! As we all know last week I was Spring Breaking it and had a week full of Florida guest bloggers! I want to first start off by saying Thank you to each and every one of the ladies who participated in the guest blogger series. I adore each and every one of you and your blogs.

Each lady brought something different to the table. Let’s start off with Sche of Curves and Confidence! She killed it with the three ways to wear a maxi skirt. After reading everyone’s comments I think we would all agree that the third look was all of our favorites and I know we all will be trying out this look. Then we had the lovely Kerissa of A Diva Mom’s Journey who rocked an A line skirt which she paired with a cute camisole and cardigan. The look was very classic and chic. On Monday the lovely India of IfreeNaturally shared her journey that focused on her transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. She received great feedback from readers as well as friends. Next, Shanequa of Fashion Pad rocked a body con striped midi skirt. She was cool and casual! Wednesday’s guest blogger is my fellow USF Alumni Ariel of Fashion Devotee. I was first drawn to her patterned tights!! They were so unique and flowed well with the rest of her ensemble. Thursday’s guest blogger is also another fellow USF Alumni Jennifer of Chic Desire. She wrote about rocking denim different ways which was great because I have been meaning to try out this trend! To end out the work week we had Shalonda of Candy Coated Cashmere to show us what she wears on Friday’s at work. I loved those pants!! To start the weekend off we had Dionne of The Prissy Shopper share with us a few purses that she had recently purchased. They were so cute. My favorite purse was the purple and pink one! Last but not least, the lovely Jillian of NuSophisticate closed out the guest blog series mixing prints. Loved the polka dots and leopard mix. Will definitely have to try that out as well.

So there you have it folks. Thank you all for the support that you gave these ladies throughout the week. The RT’s on Twitter and sharing of posts on Facebook was so sweet. They really appreciated it!

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a Fundraiser for Barack Obama that was hosted by Hope: Young and Powerful group here in Miami, Florida. The event was held in the Design District at CafeIna Lounge. It was such a cute venue. I tried to take pictures inside of the place but the lighting was not agreeing with my camera so I just gave up on taking pictures of the venue. Overall it was a great event for such a great cause. If you would like to make a donation to help Obama’s Campaign click here. Below are pictures of what I wore to the event!

Dress:Forever 21/Shoes:OLD,Nine West/Clutch and Bracelet:Forever 21/Earrings:Thierry-Accessories

I knew that the event was semi-dressy so I opted for wearing one of my favorite dresses that I bought a Forever 21 about two years ago. I love the colors and how it fits me. I usually wear my nude heels with it but I decided to wear my gold and tan Nine West heels with it. I purchased these in 2007 and believe it or not I have only worn them maybe two or three times, including last Thursday. They are very comfortable so that is probably why I never parted with them. To complete my look I just added some cute earrings I recently purchased from Thierry, a cute Forever 21 cuff bracelet and yellow bow clutch!

Thanks for your support and I hope you all have a delightful Monday!

XoXo,

Ashley

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: Disguised by NuSophisticate

Hello to all you sassy readers out there! My name is Jillian and you can find me blogging at NuSophisticate.com. My blog focuses on easy ways to stay chic both at work and after hours. I am extremely honored and super excited to close out Ashley’s Florida’s Finest series. It’s exciting to know that there are so many fabulous bloggers in Florida, and I for one, plan on visiting them all regularly!

Though Florida is a beautiful place to reside, the sweltering temps can really put a wrench in a fashionistas plans. I’m sure we’ve all gotten dolled up, stepped one foot outside the door, and immediately turned around to change into shorts and a tank to avoid melting down the avenues. Though shorts and a tank go hand in hand with a hot Florida day, the combo can significantly limit the number of places you can go. So, if you’re looking for another spin on the short/tank combo, the outfit below may be for you. It can leave you feeling just as cool and appropriately dressed for countless occasions.

Blouse: Mango

Shorts/Maxi skirt: Forever 21

Heels: Steve Madden

Purse: Fendi

Glasses: Gucci

Though it looks like a skirt, these are really shorts disguised as a maxi skirt. I purchased this short/maxi skirt combo at Forever 21 and I’m officially in love with the idea. You still get all the ventilation needed to get through a hot summer day while being a little more covered up. This outfit took me from pizza with my husband to a birthday dinner for my niece.

I paired my “shorts” with this blouse from Mango. Though this isn’t a tank top, it’s still lightweight and, therefore, perfect for cooling off. Also, the exaggerated armholes go a long way in keeping the body cool.

Finally, I added a little punch to the outfit with a pair of Steve Madden leopard platform sandals. I love the way that the leopard looks next to the polka-dots.

There you have it ladies, a really easy way to stay cool and look chic all summer long.

Feel free to visit me anytime at www.NuSophisticate.com.

Lots of Love,

Jillian

::ASW Speaking:: Love and adore this outfit. I love the skirt paired with leopard platform heels. It’s an eclectic look!  

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: We NEVER pay retail by The Prissy Shopper

My darlings! What an awesome opportunity to share my shopping philosophy with the wonderful Sassy readers of A Sassy Woman blog. My name is Dionne Dean and at Prissyshopper.com, I show my readers that Prissy girls know how to make that gorgeous cardigan you got at the Salvation Army look like Chanel!

If you’re from around these parts, you know that South Florida is full of outdoor festivals, markets and concerts year round. The frugal fashionista knows that there really is no time for digging through the Chloe Marcie for the $5 to purchase that beautiful vintage pair of earrings 😉 So this past week, I went hunting through the stores and online sites to find a few cute wristlet purses and finally discovered a few at ASOS.com.

First is the pink and red number I bought for $37.60 down from the retail price of $62.67. That’s almost 50% off. I can see myself rocking this with a cute little jean jumper or a simple black maxi dress since the colors are so vibrant.

Second is this silver and tan piece for $17.91 down from $44.76, that’s a 60% markdown. Loving that! It’s a lot larger than I thought, but fabulous nonetheless. I’m envisioning wearing this to an outdoor market or lunch with the rest of the Florida’s Finest ladies.

Well my loves, this is a quick introduction to who Prissyshopper.com is. Prayerfully, you’ll stop by and see more of my frugal shopping. Lovely meeting and you and remember, we NEVER pay retail!!!

::ASW Speaking:: The bags are really cute. My absolute favorite is the pink and purple one. It’s perfect for the Spring/Summer time. Thanks again Dionne!

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: Casual Fridays by CandyCoatedCashmere

Casual Friday Should Never Be Tooooooo Casual….

Hello ASW readers! I’m Shalanda from the fashion, beauty and Natural hair blog Candy Coated Cashmere.  I am honored to be apart of Ashley’s Florida Finest Series, especially when I have been blogging less than a year. Alright, let’s get onto the more important stuff like the Outfit of the Day!

As a high school mathematics teacher, from Monday through Thursday I am the Queen of blazers and pencil skirts. However, when Friday rolls around, while everyone else settles for jeans and collegiate tees, I like to still be “overdressed dressed down”  mixing comfort, sophistication and fun accessories.

 

I began by pairing neutrals for a more laid back look. The sweater is from Target and besides being cute, it is as soft as my favorite blanket. The olive slacks are my favorite pair  from H &M. They are a bit long for my petite frame but it works for me as I like the cuffed look.

I have been waiting for the perfect ensemble to wear this rhinestone tie. I got it from Bakers (shoes stores tend to have really nice accessories!) during an on-line sale.

Since my ensemble is a bit on the plain side, I felt I could go overboard with the arm candy. The first two bracelets are from Forver21. The large watch is a flea market find and the last bracelet/watch is a recent purchase from Charming Charlie. I really like the look of gold and black jewelry together.

 I’m not much of a ring person but I felt that this one from Charming Charlie went really well with my top. It’s stretchable which is nice since I have small fingers.

To keep in line with the casual look, I bid farewell to my usual heels and opted for flats. I scored these adorable bow flats from Payless for less than $20!

Thanks again to A Sassy Woman for this opportunity! Yay Florida bloggers!

::ASW Speaking:: Thanks again Shalonda for being apart of the Florida’s Finest Blog Series. I love your pants so much. I would so wear those to work with some cutes flats of course! Charming Charlie is one of my favorite accessory stores. They have such unique items at great prices. 

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: Can’t Get Enough of Denim by Chic Desire

Hello ASW readers! I am Jennifer from Chic Desire and I am so excited to do my very first post for Ashley and all the Sassy Ladies!

Delias denim shirt

I recently bought this denim blouse and I had so many ways I wanted to wear it. This my casual Friday look for the office. I am really simple and I thought this denim on denim look would be a great Friday casual workday look.


The next look is using the same denim blouse with printed pants for an after work happy hour or casual dinner.

denim shirt w. printed shorts

Here is something a little extra! A denim vest for a fun, casual day look!

denim vest w. shorts and striped tank

So there you have it ASW! Great ways to wear denim to work, dinner, and for just a casual day! This was such a fun way to get started and I want to thank Ashley for having me as a guest on her blog.

::ASW Speaking:: Great post! You look great in your denim. My favorite look is the one with denim top and satin shorts. Go girl!!

Please follow me at chicdesire.wordpress.com

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: A pop of color by Fashion Devotee

Hello darlings! I am Ariel B author of Fashion Devotee and I am uber excited to be guest blogging for Ashley. Ashley and I attended college together; at the time we were just acquaintances that shared several mutual friends. It wasn’t until after graduation that we got to know each other and discovered we had quite a bit in common.

Now to my look, I wore this look for a dinner date followed by a night on the town.

I have a very  feminine style. I love sky scraper heels, dainty dresses, and vintage clutches. I love the allure of being a woman and it’s a feeling that I express with every look that I wear.

I love the dress in this feature because it is light and flowy; perfect for a night on the town. It also has a handkerchief hemline, where the hem is shorter in the front than the back which is a huge trend for spring.

I accessorized with this blue ruffled clutch to add a pop of color to the neutral color palette.

Outfit Details–> Dress (TJ Maxx), Blazer & Ring (Charlotte Russe),  Shoes (BCBG), Necklace (Bebe), Clutch (Vintage Store), Tights (F21) Belt (Thrifted)

Thank you ASW readers for reading. I hope that you enjoyed my post. Feel free to check out my blog Fashion Devotee and follow me on twitter @fashiondevotee for the latest fashion trends and style tips. A special thanks to Ashley for allowing me to guest blog.

::ASW Speaking:: I am so in love with this outfit. It is very chic and soooo YOU! Love your patterned tights and that clutch is gorgeous. 

Love and Fashion

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: Horizontal stripes for a curvy girl

Greetings Fashion Friends,
I’m Shanequa of Fashion Pad blog and I’m so excited to be today’s guest editor for my girl Ashley while she’s on vacay! I stalk her blog faithfully so I feel right at home 😉
The Spring runways and resort fashions delved into bright color, florals, dropped waist silhouettes, and an oldie but goodie, stripes! Well, according to the fashion experts, there are optimal ways to wear this fun pattern. Apparently, if you’re bottom heavy, you should avoid horizontal stripes. They say horizontal stripes “widen” the area as opposed to vertical stripes, which “slim” the area. Another fashion rule our experts caution us about is the length of our hem lines. If you’re vertically challenged (like me), you should avoid midi lengths and cropped pant hems. These lengths will make you appear stumpy. So basically, you should either wear short hemlines, anywhere from around 3-4 inches above the knee, or long hemlines that graze the top of your feet. Hmmm, let’s put these rules to the test.
So as you can see, I’m wearing a midi skirt, with horizontal stripes on a 5’2″ frame. YIKES! LOL!
You should never be afraid to wear what works for your body and makes you feel confident and comfortable.
Midi skirts can successfully be rocked by my petite divas by pairing the skirt/dress with an open/closed toe shoe. The key is to avoid cutting off the line of your leg with an ankle strap, or pairing with a shootie (shoe/bootie) that will further shorten your legs. I chose a peep toe platform pump to give me the appearance of added height.
 The addition of a pop of color with the red patent belt and my rock chic handbag adds interest to this simple look.
 I selected horizontal stripes in deep colors in a silhouette that complements my frame….not competes for attention. Honestly, the red belt acts as the true focal point of my outfit and the cut of the skirt reduces any “widening” the stripes could have portrayed 😉
Earrings – Forever 21
Tank – Urban Outfitters
Belt and Skirt – Forever 21
Ring – Street Vendor
Handbag – Nordstrom Rack
Pumps – Steve Madden
I hope you enjoyed my post. The rules of fashion are not finite. I never advise folk to throw caution to the wind, however, I do believe that you can tailor a certain look to your personal style by following key steps like those I demonstrated above 🙂 Feel free to stop by Fashion Pad for any outfit requests, styling challenges, and all things fashion!
::ASW Speaking:: Love the midi skirt! I love the stripes in the skirt. Thanks again for participating 🙂 
Arrivederci!

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: My Natural Hair Journey by IfreeNaturally

Hello ladies! First I would just like to thank Ms. Ashley Lorraine for allowing me to be a guest blogger. My name is India from IfreeNaturally. I have a tumblr account right now and within the next few months I am hoping to transition to more of a formal blog site. I was a little nervous about writing this blog for the ASW readers but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity so I put the nerves to the side and started typing! Here goes….

The purpose of my tumblr account is to share information on all aspects of having natural hair, being a woman, being a mother, and being beautiful but I want my main focus to be natural hair.  I have been natural since October of 2011, which is not long at all.  I still consider myself a newbie to this natural stuff but I am loving it every step of the way!  I have learned a lot about natural hair and products and believe me it hasn’t been an easy process but I have stuck with it and gained much confidence and inspiration from both relaxed and natural hair ladies that I am subscribed to on youtube and blogs, friends with on facebook, follow on twitter, and just see in my day to day life.

I am not one of those natural girls that go around preaching to every lady I see, telling her she need to join the natural team but I do share my thoughts and feeling s about having natural hair with my friends and family when the topic surfaces.  I don’t believe every woman should have natural hair and nothing else but I do believe that every woman needs to be confident and love themselves no matter their hair type, body size, or skin color.  I like the quote, “Life is not about finding yourself but life is about creating yourself.”  Create who you want to be and who you want to be perceived as, which should be A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN no matter what.

*Steps off of mini soap box* Now back natural hair, below is a compilation of photos of a few natural hair women who wear their natural hair in the spotlight of America daily. I think these natural hair women represent the natural hair community in a beautiful way.

But the rich and famous are not the only ones who wear their natural hair well , us everyday women do a beautiful job as well.  The collage below shows ordinary natural hair women who are extraordinary in their own way.

Below: pics of me with relaxed hair, transitioning hair, and natural hair a month after big chop!

I am enjoying my natural hair journey thus far and whether you are natural or not I hope you enjoyed your read! Click here to follow me on Tumblr. Also, I am on twitter and you can follow me @Simplee_Ifree .

::ASW Speaking:: I loved this post. I am very proud that you put your nerves aside and decided to be one of my guest bloggers for the week. I feel as though many women will be inspired to go natural and will refer to your blog for new hairstyles and products. Keep up the great work hunny!

Be beautiful naturally,

Ifree

Later Loves!

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: Rule Breaker by A Diva Mom

One of the MOST beautiful things about where Ashley and I live is the weather. For anyone who has visited South Florida during the winter months will agree that being able to wear skirts and open toed shoes 365 is a reward in itself.

We do get a few days of chilly weather and I race to wear my gorgeous leather boots but rarely and so I take full advantage of the fact that we don’t have seasons so I don’t follow color rules.

The Sunday these were taken the weather was 200% perfection. I’ve read fashion rules that suggest if you are a bit heavy in hips like I am even though I’m tiny everywhere else full skirts can look fuller. Here’s another place I don’t follow rules. I love full, flirty floral printed skirts which I bought using a certain canadian coupon.  Every time I read those fashion articles attempting to box women into one shape (pear, boyish, etch) I chuckle because I know those rules don’t apply to me.

Knowing what works for you is extremely important if you are going to be a risk taker and rule breaker. This phrase has often be reserved for those who wear the most expensive and high fashion items but Ashley has afforded you the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger who finds it difficult to be boxed in. So take a risk and break some rules as we move into spring. Come back and share your story and share pictures. Fashion rules are meant to rewritten according to every sassy woman’s style!

Gifted Faux Pearls: Premier Designs Jewelry

Shoes: Nine West via Ross

Cardigan: Target

Old Tank: Old Navy

Skirt: Isaac Mizrahi via Target

Belt: Forever 21

Watch: Michael Kors

Bangles: Various

What are some fashion rules you break?

::ASW Speaking:: Thanks again for participating Kerissa! Those magazines can go kick rocks lol. Most of those tips are false half the time and people should be wise enough to know their body types so they don’t come out of the house looking a mess. You looked lovely in the photos!!

Thanks for being a sassy woman!

~dIvAmOm~

Florida’s Finest Guest Blogging Series: Stylish Transformations by Curves and Confidence

Good Morning ASW readers!! I’m sure most of you guys know me, I am Shea from Curves and Confidence.  I am so happy to start out the Florida Finest Guest Blogging Series for my (BBF) Blogger Best Friend Ashley.  Ash and I became fast friends and we are slowly making moves together.  I am sure you guys will see more of us together in the future.

For today’s outfit I wanted to show you guys how to take a simple maxi skirt from day to night in a couple minutes.

 I purchased this Jessica Simpson maxi skirt on Tuesday and knew right away I wouldn’t wear it as a maxi skirt.  I loved the stripes but thought it would be a little too much on my curvy frame…so I am wearing it as a midi dress instead.

 I actually wore this to work for casual Friday and put on my Old Navy denim jacket to make the outfit office appropriate.  I think the skirt looks great both ways.  How about a third option?

 Same skirt and belt, I pulled the skirt over my head as if it were a one shoulder poncho.  I used the same belt around my waist to keep the skirt in place and to keep my goodies covered up.  My Old Navy leggings and my favorite Call It Spring pumps completed the look.  I also added my rhinestone bracelets for a little sparkle.

I got this idea from the Leslie over at FASHION du jour; she rocked this same look with a midi skirt. Check out her video here.

 Not bad for a $20 skirt!

Feel free to check out my blog Curves and Confidence and follow me on twitter @Curveebeauty.  Thanks again Ashley for this wonderful opportunity.

::ASW speaking:: I LOVED this outfit. I will definitely try out the third look in the near future. Perfect for the spring and summer time!!