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Craving Good Vibes

 

When your favorite foodie fashionista gifts you two exclusive items from her new food inspired clothing line, you grab your photographer (Heeeey She's Gotta Show) and head to the store. Shani Brown has combined her love of food and fashion into one and its mmm good. If you ever needed something to wear to brunch with the girls or a networking dinner Craving Good Vibes is exactly what you need for your next tasty outing. 

 

Shop here

 

Thank You Gibson's (Black Owned Citgo Gas Station) located at 15221 Halsted st, Harvey IL, 60426 for letting me and my team use your gas station as our back drop. 

Supermodel?

 

Model? or do you mean Style? Y'all know styling is my thing but modeling is an art and I was not sure I was ready. Time Chic Boutique asked me to model some of their new items and your girl said reluctantly "ooooookay". I reached down and grabbed my inner Next Top Model smize and boom magic (not so much magic) but I think I did good for my first time. What do you guys think? @iamchiquitanicole 

 

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October Favorites

 

Obviously snakeskin never goes out of style and it goes with everything and goes with nothing all at the same time. Pair these with any fall colorblock look or even your favorite fall print. Get yours here!

These are my very 1st pair of Dr. Martens and I love them! They are comfortable and adds an edgy feel to any look. Stay tuned as I pair these with a layered slip dress. 

These chocolate velvet pumps are pure luxury. While they are perfect for winter because your toes are covered, the cutouts give this shoe mad sex appeal.

Make it thru the snow and rain with no problem. These Jayne boots by Timberland are waterproof and can be worn a few different ways. And for me the best thing about these boots is that they have a wide calf shaft. 

I know I know witch vibes, but so what these little beauties make your legs look so long. Plus the gold buckling...boom...sassy grab a similar pair here.

Autumn/Winter Color Palette

 

Pantone released its Autumn/Winter Color Palette from trends at this years NYFW. Now that the colors are out, one might asked how should I pair them? No worries I have you covered; I paired my favorite colors with other colors from the same palette. 

New Hair, Who Dis?

 

So you know how it goes; girl meets boy, boy likes red hair, girl looks good with any hair color, girl dyes hair red for boy's birthday. The End.....not really. Soon after coloring my hair I remembered why I hadn't dyed my hair red in such a long time. It bleeds everywhere, on my white mani, pillowcases and even on the shower liner when I wash my hair.

 

But I have to say while blondes have more fun, red heads get more action. And while I love my blonde coils, this red hair got me feeling very #FassAuntieFall. LOL! 

August Favorites

 

This month I decided to list my five favorite MUST DO events every Summer, no matter what. These events range for free.99 to no more than $10 each. So grab your girls, guys or significant others and make some dope and inexpensive memories. 

 

Sorry my out of towners these are Chicago based activities; but visit your city's summer event guide and you will for sure find some free things to do. 

 

1. Movies in the park - Right at the beginning of the summer, I print this list and highlight all the movies I want to see. Movies in the park show some of the most recent movie releases (i.e. Creed II) and some of the old school favs like The Wiz. You can't beat a free movie!

 

2. Beach Day - We have beachs that span 26 miles; offering everything from peace & quiet to a party in the sand. Grab your swimsuit and choose the beach that meets your needs. 

 

3. Jazzin' at the Shedd - Now I must say, that a few years ago I was like "nope I'm never going because my parents went and that was for old people". But then my co-worker and Nicky (MakeupTrapSushi) talked me into going and I loved it. It's like going on a school field trip with no kids and alcohol. BEST THING EVER! 

 

4. Chicago Water Taxi - Chicago is known to have the best public transportation system in the world and while its the best sometimes it gets to be alot (yall commuters know what I mean). So once a month I use the water taxi to get me from point A to point B to break up the daily monotony, while crusing the Chicago River. 

 

5. Picnic - An old fashioned picnic either alone or with someone is always a great idea. It allows you to reconnect with mother nature and just be cute and chill. 

The 90's are calling...

 

And I am answering, two weekends ago I had hella events starting on Thursday night. I wanted to be cute of course but also comfy. So as I skimmed my closet for the perfect look for that weekend I came across my basket of shorts. And then it hit me, "you use to wear biking shorts and gym shoes everyday all summer long when you were a teenager". I think my mom bought me every color pair and print with coordinating tops to match and I keep a pair of fresh white K-Swiss or Reeboks to top match. Boom! A blast from the past. As you can see from the pics below they were a hit, I styled them a few different ways; a tank, a men's oversized work shirt and with a tee and white button up tied around the waist. I think next weekend I'm going to dress the look up a bit with a sleeveless vest. Check me out on my instagram (link above).

July Favorites

 

One can never have to many pairs of sunglasses. Usually I buy 4 basic pair every couple of years; a gold, silver, rose gold and tortoise shell pair. And then add the more eccentric ones as I spot them. My number 1 rule when buying sunnies is that they cannot be over $20, I mean we lose them, scratch and break them why waste the money.

Gold Pair - Top Shop

Tortoise Pair - H&M

Rose Gold - Express

Silver - Asos

Now this is a throwback, I use to wear all the Calvin Klein sets back in high school before I "developed". I recently ran into a Nordstrom Rack and saw a rack full of colorful sets of matching bralettes and panties. I bought them all! Now, I cannot wear these outside because I need support, but they are perfect for bed and lounging around the house.

Speaking of bras, my everyday bras use to get damaged in the washer even on the delicate cycle. So, I decide to wash them by hand; but they would not come out as clean as I wanted them. So of course I searched Amazon and found these bra bags and they are great! The come in various sizing hold 2-4 bras in each bag. They are mesh and durable so throwing them in the washer is no problem. And my bras are super clean and still in great shape.

I love a colorful rubber sandal for the summer, its like candy for your feet. Plus throw them on with literally anything, jeans, dresses to the store or the beach. They are perfect!

 

Pink Pair - Birkenstock

Yellow Pair - Hunter

June Favorites

 

Not only does the eucalyptus and spearmint stress relief products at Bath & Body Works smell good and relieve stress, it is also a natural mosquito repellent. 

Every year I purchase new white tees and tanks, because you can literally wear them with anything. Nothing looks better than a clean white tee/tank in the summertime. Try these from Uniqlo for $9.99 each.

The layered necklace trend has been hot for a couple of years now and shows no signs of slowing down. I got these from Henri Bendel but you can find layering necklace from Target to Tiffany's. Try them with a Uniqlo tank for a clean and polished look. 

Check my IG I cannot stop wearing these army shorts, they go with everything and I can dress them up or down. I got these at my local army surplus store.

It's not summer until you have a cute pair of espardrilles. Wear them with jeans, shorts, dresses and skirts for a 1940's throwback look.

Vacation Lookbook

(Click on each picture for where to buy info)

 

My Dear Palm Springs...

 

You owe me nothing, Thank You! Palm Springs gave me everything I needed this birthday year. I don't know if the Chicago rain and cold had me feenin for the sun but I soooo thirsty to get to the heat. But first I had to start the celebration right here in my hometown. 

 

I wanted my party to be chill & fun and Headquarters Beercade fulfilled that request. I was able to reserve 15 seats for free and guests were able to indulge however they wanted...food, drinks or nothing...their choice. With every old school arcade game one could think of being free my guests where able to feel like kids again. I mean Headquarters motto is "don't grow up it's a trap". 

 

California here I come..me and my friend Lindsay hoped a flight to LA, grabbed our friend Quin and hightailed it to the desert. OMG! Is all I could say as I entered the Palm Springs area, the wind turbines brought in the hot air and the sky was clear as glass. It was beautiful!

 

Being the skeptic that I am, I did not expect our VRBO home to look like the pictures on the website. And it didn't....the house was WAAAAAAAY better in person. 3bedroom/3bath with a pool, jacuzzi & stocked with everything you need home away from home, perfection. For 3 days...lay at the pool, hop in the jacuzzi, eat, sleep and repeat. My type of turn up, Happy Birthday to me!

April Favorties

 

Birds of paradise are my favorite flowers and I buy them once a month during the Spring/Summer. They don't have a flowery scent, which I like because I hate the way flowers smell. 

I know I'm late but I received Mrs.O's book for Christmas and I literally just had time to start reading it and I cannot put it down. #ForeverFirstLady

I mean who can't use a cute rain coat for those April showers. Especially for less than $20 at Target, Thanks MakeupTrapSushi!

My favorite hue is Blue - Jay Z....not really but I couldn't resist this top handle from Henri Bendel. Every season I purchase a new handbag for everyday wear. In the Fall/Winter it is usually a darker color and of course for Spring/Summer a lighter color. 

 

Budget Hint - Go to your local retail outlet and save at least $100 on your bag. 

A patent leather oxford will have you cute and dry while playing in the rain. 

March Favorties

 

March is Womens History Month and I wanted to celebrate the things that make me feel more womenly and good about myself. I realized it was when I take time for myself...self care. So ladies, set some time aside, grab the below items and celebrate yourself. Happy Women's History Month!

Cute and comfy loungewear is a must when relaxing, this set came from FashionNova.

Start your self care retreat with a very relaxing massge at your local spa. If you are in the Chi, check out Betty O Day Spa.

Champagne....a classy way to get drunk! Binny's Beverage Depot's demi sec is delicious and $7.

I know Spanx are hard to get on but once its on you look and feel great under your clothes. A great foundation will take your look to the next level, trust.

Set the tone in your sanctuary with a relaxing and fragrant candle from Bath and Body Works.

How to shop your closet

 

1. Get Inspiration

You can literally go to Pinterest and type in "Beach Wedding" and hundreds of ideas will pop up.

 

2.Shop your closet

See an item or items you like, search your closet for it and boom you have that look. EASY PEASY

 

3.Shop

If you are missing a piece, shop for the items that you need to complete the look.

 

Out of the 5 looks below Nicky purchased the following;

-Jumpsuit

-Stripped Dress

-Floral Dress

-White top

Quin Walters

Read Chiquita Nicole's NYC Recap Here

Dress - House of CB

Shoes - FashionNova

Jumpsuit - New York & Company (Similar Style here)

TurtleNeck - Uniqlo

Dress - TopShop

Boot - DSW

Grey Sweater Set - FashionNova

Coat - Express 

February Favorites!

1. Ivory Merch is a Chicago streetwear brand owned by high schoolers....High ?? School ?? Ers.

2. All I can say is Rap Snacks are FYE ??? and made with all natural ingredients. TRY THEM ASAP

3. Freedom Paper Company wiping while Black (I crack myself up). 

4. I am somewhat basic when it comes to skin care...soap, Vaseline (see January Favs) and go. But this month she is excited to try The Black Mall‘s African black soap

5. When #BlackLove is the goal The Black Mall has a greeting card for you.

January Favorites!

1. Add a touch of whimsy to your office with these desk accessories from @__sincerelytiffany.

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2. It’s -12 degrees right now in the Chi Vaseline is definitely needed, actually if you know me Vaseline is always needed in my book.

3. My new favorite candy is Hi-Chew, I love chewy candy and this Japanese chew is the bomb. 

4. Who doesn’t love a scented candle? This vanilla peppermint candle was made and gifted by Makeup Trap Sushi (scroll up).

5. I like simple planners/calendars with a little pizazz and this one from Target fits me perfectly

6. Your girl cannot live without long underwear. I bundles up and the heat-tech brand from Uniqlo are lightweight, comfy and warm.

Fall on a Budget

This year I did not do any style lookbooks or any major shopping because I am saving to purchase a condo. But of course I had to be stylish, so what did I do?

 

Below are a few things that helped me stay on budget....

 

1) Shop your closet

After you've gotten some style inspiration from IG and Pinterest, go thru your closet and see if you can put together those looks. You'll be surprised at how you can wear pieces you already own. 

 

2) Thrift/Consignment?

Of course! Thrift stores change their items by season and trends as well, making it easier to shop whats in season and whats in style. Its also the best way to find higher priced pieces for less.

 

3) Rentals

Got a Wedding? or Gala? Rent a look!!!!! Google dress rentals in your zip code and check them out. Rent the Runway has rentals for a low as $50 for 4 days, you will look like a million dollars for a mere fraction of the price.

 

4) Hand me downs

These are not your older brother's corduroys ( I love corduroys btw). Hit up a friend/family members closet who wears your size and see what they want to give away. My mom gave me 15-20 items that fit seamlessly into my 2018 Summer wardrobe. Can't wait to see what I get for Fall/Winter!

 

 

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