OOTD: My Magna Carter Tour Look

What to wear to a concertFirst off…  Happy New Year lovelies!!!!  I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season! It’s so hard to believe that it’s 2014!!

What to wear to a concertAnyway, the new year is off to a great start!!!  I’m super relaxed after a long break from work (I go back tomorrow – ugh) and a break from online too (I missed you guys though)! I’ve got lots of exciting changes to come this year!  You’ll probably notice that the blog looks a little different today and that’s because I am going to be moving to a self hosted blog in the next day or so.  Once the transition is complete (by Tuesday or so), the blog should look pretty much the same.  This change will allow me a lot more flexibility with the blog.  For instance, it will be much easier for me to to host giveaways!  Yay! So, look for some pretty fun and exciting things coming up soon!

What to wear to a concertNow… on to today’s look!  I’ve always been a huge Jay Z fan!!  I’m talking way back in the day before Bey, before Magna Carta and before hanging with the Pres!  Yep… I’ve always loved Jay Z.  He is definitely one of the greatest lyricists of all time! But I had NEVER seen him in concert.  So, when I found out one of his stops on the Magna Carta Tour would be Charlotte… umm… you know I had to get tickets!

Jay Z CollageOf course he did not disappoint!!  The show was absolutely crazy!  We had great seats and the crowd was bananas! It was so live, it was ridiculous!!  Jay did a little bit of everything too…  oldies, new stuff, collabos and free style…  he did it all!  It was great!  I’m so glad that I went!

What to wear to a concertI decided to put this look together for the show!  My only mistake (and I knew this before I even walked out the door but I always convince myself that it will be ok.  Yeah, right.) was the shoes!  My feet were killing me by the end of the night!!!  BUT I had a great time and I looked good!  (Sometimes that’s all that counts!)

What I’m Wearing: Loft Blazer, Leopard Infinity Loop Scarf (Gifted by my sister in law — She received it as a gift and did not want it??!! Are you kidding me?!), Forever 21 Tank, Old Navy Rock Star Coated Jeans, Zara Metallic Heels, Express Clutch, Rose Gold Accessories

Where Am I: Ayrsley Speciality Shops and the Concert

What to wear to a concertWhat new things are you excited about in 2014?  And what do you rock when you go to a concert? Let me know!!!

Linking up for Mamanista Fridays with Mama Fashion Files and Baby Shopaholic!

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OOTD: The Bow Blouse

The Bow BlouseWhelp…  it’s happened again lovelies!  Yep… I have found yet another crazy obsession!  This time….  those ultra feminine bow blouses!  I can’t seem to get enough of this beauty!!  There is something very retro yet classic about this blouse.  It definitely makes a girl feel all Joan Collins and Dynasty for a moment!!  And I love it!

The Bow BlouseI was initially drawn to this style blouse because of the femininity and sophistication of it (and of course the big bows…  I mean who doesn’t love big bows??) but as I have been picking up different ones (yes, I have about 6 different styles and colors)… I think what I love the most is the versatility of the blouse itself.  I have literally worn this style blouse in a variety of different settings and looks… casually with jeans, with skirts, with trousers to work etc.

The Bow BlouseThe true “gem” style for me though has been layering it under another piece (as I did for today’s look)!  I love placing this blouse under a sweater or dress!  There is something very unexpected about it.  It has absolutely reinvigorated some old dresses that I have had in my closet for awhile!  It gives the look just a little something extra!

The Bow BlouseWhat I’m Wearing: J. Crew Sweater, Zara Bow Tie Blouse, Zara Jeans, Zara Boots, Zara Bag, Versona Accessories

Where Am I: The Sanctuary

Have you fallen in love with the bow blouse yet?  How are you wearing it?

The Bow Blouse

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The Military Cap

Dorfman Pacific Scala Military CapThis may come as a shock to some of you but I love hats!  That’s right…  love them!  I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. My dad has always been a hat lover (he never leaves the house without one) so I suspect I got that gene from him!

Anyway, the crazy thing is… even though I completely adore hats, I never seem to wear them for my posts! I think in my mind I’ve created this rule that outfit posts should focus on the clothes!  But that rule (which I didn’t even know I consciously had) is completely ridiculous!  Hats are such a great accessory and an essential statement of personal style (in particular MY personal style)!

So, when Dorfman Pacific offered me this SCALA Cadet military cap, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start showing some love for hats on the blog!

Dorfman Pacific Scala Military CapI must admit that I really LOVE this hat!  It is absolutely my style!   It’s super cute, comfy, well made, and quite versatile.  And it’s offered in a variety of colors and reasonably priced!   I already know it will quickly become one of my favorites.  In fact, I may have to pick up a couple of other colors!  Be sure to check out Dorfman Pacific when you get a moment too (I’ve seen quite a few other hats that may get some love from me soon!!)

Bobeau SweaterWhat I’m Wearing: SCALA Military Cadet Wool Cap (c/o Dorfman Pacific), Bobeau Sweater, Joe’s Ankle Skinny Jeans, Adrienne Vittadini Leopard Booties, Prada Purse

Adrienne Vittadini Leopard Booties

Are you a hat wearer?  What’s your favorite kind to rock?

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OOTD: The Thrifted Blazer

How to wear a thrifted blazerI was going through my closet the other day trying to find something to wear and came across this blazer that I thrifted from Value Village earlier this year!  Yep…. that’s right…  I came across it.  I had actually forgotten all about it!  I think I picked it up near the transition to spring earlier this year.  And so it happened to stay very neatly hidden away in the dry cleaning bag until I happened to re-discover it again on Friday!

How to wear a thrifted blazerI’m so glad that I did.  Tweed is such a timeless piece that it was quite easy to grab up this blazer and make it my own.  And of course,  anybody that knows me knows that I am a complete sucker for a blazer, jeans and a tee ( it might as well be my official uniform)!!  So, there was really no question on how to style it!!  Throw in a little color with the oxblood heels and it’s a wrap!!

How to wear a thrifted blazerWhat I’m Wearing: Thrifted Blazer, Zara Tee, Zara Skinny Jeans, Zara Shoes, Zara Clutch (yes, it was a Zara kind of day) and Versona Accessories

Where Am I: South Point Center

Do you ever “forget” about items that are in your closet?  Have a great week everyone!

How to wear a thrifted blazer

$75 Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Well lovelies, it’s the season of giving!!! And I am excited to be partnering again with the Stylish Blog Girls from Stylishly In Love (Sophia),  Bold Subtlety (Annick), Mama Fashion Files (Aracely),Rhymes With Fashion (Alexandra), Merch Maven (Candida), and Your Stylist Karen (Karen) to host a fantastic giveaway — just in time to kick off the official holiday season!!! We will be giving away $75 cash via Paypal to one lucky reader! Woo-hoo!!!

Givaway Bloggers 2Giveaway Collage 1Now, unfortunately, WordPress.com (the site that hosts my blog) is not able to accept the tool for hosting the giveaway…. so we’ll be improvising a bit.

To enter the giveaway please click one (or all) of the the following links: Sophia, Annick, Aracely, Alexandra, Candida, and Karen.  These links will take you to the posts where you’ll be able to enter.  While there, be sure to check out their amazing blogs too!

The giveaway will run from November 22, 12 a.m. EST until November 28, 12 a.m. EST.

It would be so amazing if one of you, my lovely readers, would win so please, please, please head over to enter NOW!  I’d really love if one of you won!!

In the meantime, let me know what you do with that $75…

Good luck!!!

xo, Kenya

OOTD: The Color Blocked Sweater

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater You know…  I am completely surprised that color blocking is still going strong.  Not surprised in a bad way…I love color blocking…  but we all know that fashion can be quite fickle at times.  This trend seems to be an exception though.  And I mean in a big way…  it just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon and in fact, has been getting reinvented each season!  So at what point is it no longer a trend?  Hmmm….

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater I’ll let you ponder that for a moment.  In the meantime, a color blocked sweater, blouse or top is an easy way to work this trend into your wardrobe.  In particular right now as color blocked looks are no longer focusing only on the body of a piece…  many looks now are blocking the cuffs, the collars and even the sleeves!

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater I chose this sweater in fact because it was blocked on the back panel and the cuffs.  Add in the fabulous oxblood color and elbow patches…. and it was pretty much a done deal!

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater What I’m Wearing: J. Crew Factory Sweater, Victoria’s Secret Boyfriend Jeans, Zara Heels, Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy, Guess Leopard Print Watch, Arden B. Accessories

Where Am I: Lakepoint Plaza

J Crew Factory Color Blocked Sweater Are you surprised that color blocking is still hot?  Love it or hate it?  And when do you think a trend becomes a classic?

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Copy Cat Style Challenge: How Do You Rock Your Animal Print?

Copy Cat Challenge Animal Print Collage 2I am super excited to be collaborating on my first ever style challenge with some of my favorite and most fabulous blogger friends!! Each one of these ladies has such an amazing style esthetic so I knew this challenge would not only be fun but would give each of us a chance to showcase our unique fashion perspectives!!

In order (above – top then bottom, left to right), meet Alexandra from Rhymes with Fashion,  yours truly, Sophia from Stylishly in Love, Aracely from Mama Fashion Files, Annick from Bold Subtlety, and Karen from Your Stylist Karen.  Please take a moment to check out (and follow) their fabulous blogs!!  You will not be disappointed!

Topshop Animal Print Crop TopNow, for this style challenge, we decided to choose animal print as our theme.  One… because the animal print craze is still extremely hot right now but also because there are so many great ways that you can incorporate animal print into your look – regardless of your personal style!

Topshop Animal Print Crop TopOf course this isn’t the first time that you’ve seen me in animal print on the blog.  It is actually one of my favorite prints right now.  I have multiple pairs of animal print shoes, purses, tops, blazers and pants!!  The crazy thing is, in my mind, animal print has become the new neutral!  It is absolutely a perfect way to add a little edge to your look, yet, as you can see from the ladies above, it can be worn with so many different pieces and styled in so many different ways!!  You can’t ask for much better than that!

What I’m Wearing: Blanc Noir Faux Leather Jacket, Top Shop Cropped Animal Print Top, Rachel Roy Coated Jeans, Zara Heels, Urban Expressions Clutch

Where Am I: Shopton Road

So….  how do you neutralize your animal print?

Topshop Animal Print Crop Top

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