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Catch Up with Camille

June 24, 2017

Top; Ann Taylor // Skirt; Ann Taylor – similar here // Bag; Banana Republic // Sneakers; Converse

 

The hardest thing about this blogging thing is being consistent. Every time I tell myself I’m going to sit down and knock out 3 blog posts, I suddenly get the urge to take a nap or something.

Well, enough of that. I’m back and decided to catch you all up on what I’ve been up to in addition to giving details on this chill summer look I came up with.

It has been a month or so since my last post and here’s what’s been up. I celebrated a good friend’s last fling on her bachelorette trip in Jamaica and had a damn ball. There were 18 ladies total on this trip and when I tell you there was not one ounce of drama minus our driver getting pulled over for speeding one night. It sucks because he really just wanted to get us home so we could eat. Eighteen intoxicated women in 90 degree heat and hungry…not good. Richard, thank you for still getting us home safely.

Not too long after my Jamaica trip, I made a quick visit home to Philly. Unfortunately, I did not get a cheesesteak this go ’round but I’ll be back! I did, however, take my mom out to eat where she talked my head off and asked for a grandchild as if she doesn’t have 5 already *insert eye roll here*.

Summer has officially started and all it has been doing in Atlanta is RAINING and quite frankly, I’m over it. It’s raining as I type this and I’m not happy about it. I hope that wherever you are reading this post is sunny and warm and you are maximizing your glow! *jealous*

I put together this chill summer look by accident. I find that I don’t have many tops in my closet. I have a closet full of t shirts (yes, I hang my tees) and had nothing really to match my skirt so I migrated over to the “work clothes” portion of my closet and searched for something that could also work in a casual look. Grabbed the grey top and figured grey goes with my silver Converse shoes and pulled the outfit together. When in doubt or when you don’t think something quite matches, make sure you at least match the top with the footwear. Whatever is in between won’t matter much. #MillzTip

I hope you love the look and I hope it stops raining :/ These are my real thoughts….hahaha. Thanks for reading and Happy Summer:)

Photos by Kaye McCoy

 

 

Fashion, OOTD, Style

Mixing Moments

May 16, 2017

 

Bodysuit; Forever21 // Denim; American Eagle // Shoe; Zara (old)

If you have been reading my blog for a while now then you know that I am obsessed with distressed denim. I have found that I own way too many pair of them so much that I can never seem to locate the 2 pair of denim that are NOT distressed in my wardrobe. This gives all the more reason to go shopping for a few more pair of normal denim…BORING! hahaha.

Anyways…I decided to mix my moments in the look for this post in order to create a sexy contrast. What I mean by mixing moments is taking two pieces of clothing that are juxtaposed and creating something that will be somewhat subtle but still catch the eyes of onlookers. Something as dainty and feminine as a lace, sheer back, bodysuit resembling lingirie mixed with totally destroyed loose fitting denim and heels will definitely make a statement if executed correctly.

This really is an effortless look that just about anyone can pull off. I found the bodysuit at Forever21 and the denim at American Eagle. The denim was a complete surprise as I haven’t shopped in AE for years but I found out about the Tomgirl fit jeans from one of my favorite style bloggers Brooklyn Blonde mentioned in my previous post. Initially I had purchased two pair of denim from TopShop (they have great denim too btw) but ended up finding a better deal at the time at American Eagle. The Topshop jeans were returned nonetheless. I’m always down to save a coin! I was able to get 2 pair of AE denim for the price of one pair from Topshop. The Forever21 bodysuit I found while perusing their site. I make most of my Forever21 purchases online due to my high anxiety that occurs when entering a storefront of theirs.

Mixing moments is something I LOVE to do. You may have seen me do it before here and a few other times as well. I like to dress outside of the box sometimes. And although it’s not a “new trend”, it is unpredictable. And I HATE to think that someone can predict what I will show up with. The element of surprise is what I aim for. *wink wink* Have you mixed moments before? Or do you plan to try to incorporate this into your next “look”? Let me know. xoxo, CamilleK

Photos by Kaye McCoy

Camille's Tips, Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Top 5 Shopping Tips To Build Your Best Wardrobe

May 2, 2017

When I’m not blogging, taking photos, or working my 9 to 5 job I am in full force Wardrobe Consultant mode. I have been doing personal shopping and styling, closet rejuvenations and image consulting for about 10 years now. Within the last 5 years or so I have taken to my own closet and image and have found that the timeless approach has allowed me to save money, become more minimalistic and look my best.

When I have those initial conversations with my clients or potential clients, I like to get a gauge for what exactly they need and most times I hear the same things. My clients want to enhance their wardrobes, elevate their style aesthetic, get bang for their buck, and most times to not have to do it themselves. That’s where I come in.

For those that actually love the thrill that shopping brings as I do, below I have listed my top 5 tips that will help you start to build your best wardrobe.

  1. PURGE: It’s best to start at home first. Go through your closet, under your bed and in those bins you have stored away filled with clothes that you never even look at. Throw that mess away! It has a weird storage smell, you can’t fit it, and quite frankly it’s old, dated and out of style. This will start the beginning of creating a more minimalistic lifestyle in your closet. If you love the feeling of shopping in clean retail spaces then you will gain that same affect once to complete….the PURGE.
  2. ACCESS: What do you need that you do not own? Be honest with yourself here. Do you own the basics? A crisp white poplin blouse, a black tailored blazer, good denim, a little black dress or 3, the right under garments (yes, these matter ladies), etc. Once you access your wardrobe and can then pinpoint the items that you NEED and plan your attack at the mall.
  3. SEEK INSPIRATION: Sometimes, before I hit the ground running I take to my favorite fashion/style outlets to gain inspiration for some additional pieces I think would fit great into my wardrobe. I’ll scroll through Instagram, check few blogs that I follow and even Pinterest. It’s best to follow those individuals or brands that really speak to who you are otherwise you’ll find yourself trying to implement something into your wardrobe that really isn’t YOU. Find your personal style and then find those pages that keep you intrigued. Here are a few of my favorites: The Brooklyn Blonde, Ashley over at HerRoyallHighness, Shesofly on Instagram, and Toityme on Instagram.
  4. MAKE A LIST & SHOP: In my previous post a friend of mine commented and mentioned that she needs to make a “grocery list” before going shopping in order to remain focused. I actually agree with this sentiment. This is where the money savings begin; having what you need to purchase in mind before the trip saves you tons of coins. It is rare that I find myself headed to the mall without having something specific I am needing to pick up. The days of “oh I have somewhere to be, I need to go find something to wear” are over. Nine times out of ten, I have SOMETHING to wear and it’s right in my closet. Of course there are times when your week was super hectic and between your boss and your mate, you don’t know who to throw the pennies at first (btw…pennies hurt, haha). Retail therapy is always right on time in those instances but let’s try to keep those binges at a minimum. After a few days you realize how much you spent because you (women) just can’t control your emotions.
  5. BE CREATIVE: Although I am a strong believer in investing in pieces of clothing and accessories that will take you through years of use, I love a good conversation starter too. Those items that aren’t for everyday wear but you just love them and can find ways to get multiple uses are good to seek out as well. As opposed to only buying something because it’s on trend, search for those special things that speak to YOU and wear them with pride. We all get sucked in by trends but don’t feel obligated to buy into them because the majority of onlookers or a magazine said you had to have it. It is perfectly fine to not like something that everyone else is into. That’s the beauty in our differences.

All in all, make your wardrobe specific to YOU and add some flare as you see fit. Try not to spend tons of money on items you will never get use out of. Mix your classics with your statement/trendy pieces and look to your style inspirations for ways to mix the two. Make room for the new stuff and get rid of the dead weight in your closet. Ain’t nobody got time for that! For this Spring/Summer one of my wardrobe goals is to find comfy and casual dresses to incorporate with my daily uniform of tee shirts and denim.

I hope this post helps you all get a little more insight on what I feel will help you build an amazing wardrobe. Let me know what your closet goals for this Spring/Summer season are below. xoxo, CamilleK

Fashion, OOTD

Pink Lady

April 8, 2017


 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacket; Zara // Tee; Zara // Leggings; Missguided // Shoes; Lola Shoetique // Clutch; Forever21

I remember when I hated wearing the color pink. Never really liked it at all. Yet now, I can’t get enough of the soft pastel almost nude…PINK!

Of course, I had to toughen up the look with a black studded clutch that gives off a gothic, edgy vibe. But let me tell you all the back story on this jacket I’m wearing. I found this gem at Zara but it wasn’t an easy decision. I was torn between two lovers. It was a quarrel in the fitting room. Blue and Pink. I even called in backup because it was such tough fight. As I twiddled my thumbs behind those dark brown curtains and posted to my InstaStories screaming for help on which color to purchase, I got the answers I needed. BUY BOTH!

And that is exactly what I did. Humph! I took both of those beauties homes and tried them on for a week after finally coming to the conclusion that I did NOT need both and the more responsible thing to do would be to only keep one. So I walked back into Zara 6 days later and sadly handed over the baby blue jacket but gladly accepted that money back!

All in all, I do not recommend buy several colors in one object except for maybe tee shirts, denim and a few pieces of  casual/loungewear. The goal is to expand your wardrobe and buy key pieces that will allow you to create several looks. There is no need to waste money on objects that will hinder you from doing just that. Think smart when it comes to shopping and you will not only save money but you will become more and more proud of the wardrobe you are building.

More shopping tips to come. Comment below and tell me any of your tips or what specific issues you may have when shopping or updating your wardrobe and I’ll answer them all in my next blog post.

xoxo, CamilleK

Photos by Kaye McCoy

Beauty

Sephora Damage Q4 2016

December 12, 2016

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I was doing so well for a while and then the Sephora VIB sale came around (early November) and a few weeks following they sent me a $20 off code for a purchase of $50 or more. Who just lets deals pass them by? Especially on items that NEVER go on sale! Not I!

So quickly, because I can talk about makeup all day, here’s the run down:

  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad $26 – I picked up this palette in Rust and have only used it a few times because most days I go without eye shadow but I will say the two dark colors are perfect for a quick eye look. Place the orange/rust color in the crease and the dark brown on your outer “v” and you basically have a look that gives off the appearance of really hard work…ha! It’s great for travel too.
  • Sephora Collection Rouge Gel Lip Liner $12 – I grabbed two colors, Rosewood and Creme de la Creme. One is a nudey pink and the other is like a mauve brown. Great for everyday and I pair them with my lip colors in nudes, pinks and browns. They also glide on like butta! I guess that’s why they are “gel liners”.
  • Nars Larger than Life Long-wear Eyeliner $25 – in addition to my black L’oreal Silkissime eyeliner, I needed one more black that wouldn’t smudge easily. Although I love the Silkissime because it goes on so easily, I find that it just doesn’t stay where I need it. My eyes get a little blurry because I watery eyes and it picks up the liner. Wamp wamp! Silly me, I continue to use it. Now, this Nars one in Via Venito, won’t budge! I guess I get what I pay for;)
  • Nars Velvet Lip Glide $26 – this is the happy medium of a satin finish lipstick and a matte liquid lipstick. It feels very comfortable on the lips. I had to give a lot of my matte liquid lipsticks a rest especially since it has been freezing out and my lips are already dry. I’d rather plaster on some Chapstick and forget about it. But I will say that this lip glide is very moisturizing on the lips. I got it in the color, Bound.
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner $20 – I wanted something fun to jazz up my holiday looks. Haven’t used it yet. It’s a bit much but I’m sure I’ll be in the mood to be “extra” soon enough. I got the color Urban Cowboy. The verdict is still open on this one…
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer $23 – ok let me be honest…I didn’t mean to buy this one. I meant to pick up the Brow Wiz but clearly I was moving too fast. I actually picked up the wrong color too. I don’t know what was happening but when I finally escaped the madness of Sephora, got home to indulge in my findings, I was pissed. I returned to the store after two days to exchange and the color I needed in the Brow Wiz was completely sold out. Because I’m a fan of instant gratification and already had to wait to crack open the package, I dragged my feet over to the Brow Definer and grabbed Dark Brown, the color I needed and just sucked it up. I was really looking forward to the pointy tip of the Brow Wiz. This Brow Definer works well though it has an angled applicator which does help follow the shape of your brows. Pros and Cons all around but I think I just had my heart set on one thing and had to settle with another. My brows have still been on point with this one. I’d say check out both and decide which one will be easier for you to work with. TIP: do NOT buy black brow products, you’ll look like a cartoon. FACTS!

Keep in mind that I did NOT blow all this cash at one time. This was two trips! lol AND, they were both discounted. I do not have a problem…I do NOT!

Let me know below what you all are loving in the beauty department…I currently have a 10% off code that I need to use up before it expires. Sorry, it’s not a public code. I earned it for renewing my VIB status :0 Can’t share…xoxo