I'm excited to announce my collab with Love Said Hello! Love Said Hello specializes in statement caps and effortless tanks. As a full-time student with a hectic schedule, my everyday style is very casual. I have limited free time so I have to optimize my wardrobe for dressing on the fly.
For this collaboration my goal was to feature an attainable look that made a statement for ladies with busy lifestyles like mine. I aim for pieces that can easily transform from dressy to casual and are easy to match. Caps are super trendy and ideal for a variety of scenarios. Whether it's sunny outside and you need a cute accessory that will protect you from the sun, or you don't have time to do your hair, caps are versatile for many scenarios.
When I envision "SAUCE" red immediately comes to mind. As I began styling a look around this black cap, I knew I wanted to incorporate a dark/neutral look with a red statement piece. I started with a cropped sweater and high-waisted shorts from American Apparel. I took an edgier route and went with over the knee boots by Aldo, but the same outfit could easily be worn with sneakers. I have been aiming to accessorize more and added a choker I recently got on sale for $3! Even though I have lots of red in my wardrobe, I decided to borrow my boyfriend's plaid coat by Derby of San Francisco as my red statement. Finally, I was ready to complete the look with the accessory that inspired it all- my "saucy" cap!
How will you style yours?
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Photos by Rey Marquez
I was scrolling through the SheIn website for our second collaboration and came across these blush pants. It’s so hard to narrow down the choices because there are so many cute items at affordable prices. I wish I could add the entire website to my virtual shopping cart! It came down to the final choices and I had to think about what the most beneficial addition to my wardrobe would be.
When I fall in love with a piece of clothing I often purchase it in more than one color. I justify this shopaholic tendency because when I'm obsessed with an item I wear it repeatedly. Multiple options are ideal so that I can be prepared regardless of the event or weather.
Finally, I narrowed down my choices to these blush bottoms. I purchased a similar pair during the winter that were black with a silver sheen by another brand. They're super comfortable, but I've refrained from wearing them on several occasions because my lifestyle is pretty casual and I consider that color combination a statement for special occasions.
(Click here to my Comfy Cute for Holiday post.)
These blush pants are one size fits most. I am currently a size 25 in pants and they fit high on my waist. They aren’t sheer with the right undergarments. Personally, they feel like a small but considering the stretch in the waistband and width of the pleats I could see them fitting an array of sizes.
I went cool and chic for today’s post with a loose spring knit and retro Coach wedges from circa 2010. I attached some additional items on my wishlist that would complement these Pink Elastic Pleated Pants well:
1. Floral Embroidery T-shirt
2. Front Knot Detail
3. Ribbed Tank
4. Grid Print Top
5. Feminist Tee
Direct link to Blush Bottoms
Photos by Rey Marquez
I’m the kind of gal that will ask 100 people’s opinions and ultimately do what she wants anyway. I must get some sort of thrill from going against the grain because I always buy pieces nobody else likes at the time. Lo and behold it comes into trend a year or two- or five- later.
I purchased this oversized cardigan by BB Dakota on sale around 5 years ago. At the time all my coworkers thought it was way too long, but I just had to have it! I had a vision and knew I could make it work.
Now, extra long cardigans are all the rage including kimonos and dusters which mimic this exaggerated length. Good thing I’m a hoarder, and even though I’ve only worn it once or twice I kept it around. I recently received a similar style from SheIn that is only $17!
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Photos by Rey Marquez
Growing up, I never saw myself wearing denim on denim. I didn’t understand the concept and it never appealed to me in the past, but then I became a blogger and things changed. Recently, monochromatic looks have become increasingly intriguing to me. Wearing the same color top to bottom requires less thought, is on trend, and if done correctly looks very chic.
I layered an Audrey 3+1 button down under a Rubbish chambray to get the look started. I decided to go all the way and then some in the blue department. I layered these two button downs over a floral H&M crop and completed the look with high-waisted retro style jeans by Principle Denim.
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Photos by Rey Marquez
The nude illusion palate continues in today’s blog post. I would like to thank GoJane for gifting me this taupe jumpsuit! I love the stretchy fabric, rogue detailing, and pockets! This style is easy to dress up or down for optimal use. I decided to go with a dressier look that complimented the sunshine and palm trees at the Sunnyside Conservatory, but would also be perfect for a night out on the town. This piece could easily transition with sneakers and a cropped sweater for an everyday look.
This jumpsuit is now on sale! Shop my look here.
Furthermore, I am excited to announce my partnership with ShopBexo! ShopBexo creates handmade costume jewelry! I appreciate unique pieces of quality that are made with love. This piece runs long and easy to maneuver many ways depending on your mood and outfit. I love the contrast of sharp gold detailing on this feminine piece. ShopBexo believes in honoring the extraordinary within ourselves and other creatives which is where the name derives. Shop my necklace here.
Photos are by my good friend and fellow blogger Alyssa Aguilar from ReviveYourWild.com
I went on a deleting rampage on my Instagram feed and wanted to reshoot the dress I got while working with Unseen Addiction back in December (check out my feature here). I had been yearning to revisit Balmy Alley and decided my blush tones would complement the scene well.
Setting the Mood
I shot these photos during Women’s Month (March) - just a week or so before the Women’s Protest. I had simultaneously been studying different art and poetic forms in school. In turn, the graffiti and murals had me feeling “some type of way." I was discussing one of the photos with my boyfriend and he said something that struck me, “you’re in an alley, you’re holding onto your bag, it makes sense." The combination of these factors inspired me to write the following poem:
Do you know what it's like to hold on tight?
To fear for your life while walking at night?
And during the day because regardless of the hour- you're hounded like prey
Do you know what it's like to fear the person walking behind you and to your right?
While anxiously holding your pepper spray- gripping it tight
You grip your bag and hide your eyes in disguise
For hopes you won't be recognized
You wish to be invisible- a ghost, but only for a moment
The moment you fear for your life the most
Do you know what it's like to be a modern woman in a patriarchal world?
To be catcalled
And forced to swallow your pride whole
Stripped naked with the male gaze while you're fully clothed?
I am a woman and this is my soul's demise
To always be in the sight of an Evil Eye
I have strong feelings about catcalling and felt that Women's Month was the perfect time to address an issue that is deep rooted between the sexes. When I was in seventh grade, my mother told me, "Honey, it doesn't matter if you wear sweatpants, men are still going to check you out." As an adult, I have learned that her statement is proven to be true.
I despise that in "modern society", I am expected to accept this as a fact of life. I hate that avoiding eye contact and dismissing such behavior still leaves me feeling violated. Sometimes when the mood strikes, I'll say "something," but realistically I cannot confront every strange man that makes me uncomfortable. I have been told that modesty is the best deterrent to unwanted gazes, yet even the times I abide by these restrictions, men still act similarly. It has made me question how to make a larger impact and further prevent this from happening in the long term:
1. Stating it on a large platform, like the internet, is one way
2. Supporting other feminists (personally and business-wise) is another
3. And one day raising my children to think critically about related issues early on
These may seem small or mediocre ways, but a small drop of water can create a large ripple. And perhaps I will think of grander ways in the future.
I love nude midis, but sometimes nude dresses wash me out or aren’t flattering against my fair skin. This style is a high on my list of necessities, yet I am often left with few options. I was delighted this oatmeal shade worked well. I especially love the turtleneck feature and overall length. Recently, I've been attracted to monochromatic looks and decided to style a matchy-matchy outfit around the Lush dress.
A nude palette is one of my favorite's because the illusion creates sex appeal. I balanced out the misleading color combination by bundling with several layers and wearing a dress that falls at the knee. I paired the dress with my blush Shein lapel coat and Restricted booties. A while back, I vowed to add more brown shoes to my wardrobe because I primarily own black. Although these are not a true brown, I still consider these a win. They have some chocolate detailing and aid in lightening up my accessory options which is the ultimate goal.
Today is the first day of spring and it's raining in San Francisco *awkward*
Spring is my favorite season so I am eager for the rain to subside. The flowers I adore won't bloom unless we had these showers, so I will wait patiently. I find ways to fashionably cope during this awkward season transition such as utilizing vibrant and lightweight coats.
I purchased this piece on sale for $35 several years back. I loved the print, pattern, and color combination. The lining is thin which makes it the perfect weight when it's cool in the morning and evening, but warm during the day. It's typically fine by itself, but has enough room for an additional layer in case you need it. The color and pattern transform my mood into a sunny spirit despite gloomy day hiccups. I have linked twenty coats perfect for this season transition under $100 below.
Photos by Rachel Radcliffe
"Posting less and doing more" epitomizes my life right now. I have been so consumed with “real life” scenarios that I have had little time to blog let alone think about celebrating my birthday earlier this month. So, how does 27 feel GRAND?! I feel like every year an epiphany reveals a lasting impression.
In terms of vanessaevelyn.com questions that have been running through my mind in recent weeks are:
What is my blog’s identity?
Does my website even have an identity?
What are my overall goals? and so on…
When I first started blogging, it was simply a hobby. I didn’t realize how fulfilling and time consuming something seemingly so simplistic could be. My primary focus lately has been on school. Not being able to blog every week has brought a few things to my attention. Having space away from this art form made me see what a big a part of my life it is. It has also made me think longer about the photos I take, captions I introduce, and concepts I aim to discuss.
I have some background in advertising and marketing, and an imperative concept I learned during my stint is what makes a brand or business successful is their niche. Initially, I didn’t feel the need to create a niche. I simply saw what I was doing as a casual expression. However, the more time I invest into my hobby the more it has been geared towards a career therefore establishing myself as a brand has become imperative.
I came across another blogger’s caption, the first day of March, which stated a critique his friend made about his Instagram feed:
“A good friend of mine told me that I rarely drop ‘banger’ photos because my edits are different. I get it- I welcome constructive criticism. But my intention is not to drop banger photos. My intention is to post photos that truly represent me. Sure, there are tons of beautiful Instagram feeds out there but guess what… they all look the same. Everyone is too scared to have a point of view because they see so many succeeding with the same style. Ever since I switched my Instagram style up, I’ve never felt more comfortable and happy with my online work” - Denny Balmaceda
I believe most things in life are fluid; and with new direction comes a new plan. I see coincidences like this as a gift. God saying, “There’s your answer Vanessa, Happy 27th Birthday.” I receive critiques and compliments on my work all the time- I have learned to take note of people’s opinions, digest them, but ultimately do what my heart and brain feel is best. I hope you all enjoy the new direction I will be taking and continue to follow my journey.
About the Look:
What better way to celebrate my birthday month and this identity realization than by sporting my favorite color? I am excited to introduce my burgundy duster, compliments of sheinofficial.com. I was introduced to this company by an old friend and immediately fell in love with a combination of traits- including styles, prices, and quality. The products take a while to be delivered, as they come from afar, but I have received three outerwear pieces from them and each have been exceptional. I love the color and length of my new duster. It runs a bit oversized, and is available in an extra small, but I decided to stick with a small. I love the lightweight fabric- it has a nice sheen and is easy to layer with. Can you believe it’s under $20?! Shop yours here.
January was eventful for me, to say the least. I experienced several unexpected twists and turns such as cracking my laptop screen and getting food poisoning while I had a cold. The icing on my cupcake was when a photographer deleted a sessions worth of photos, featuring this coat, before sending them to me (tragic). This is just the beginning and I will spare you the rest of the gory details.
In a previous post I spoke about how excited and prepared I felt for the New Year, which made me question why so many unfortunate things happened to me. How dare I be excited?! The first thought that came to mind was:
Who had their Evil Eye on me?!
The Evil Eye derives from ancient times and is prevalent in Asian, Mediterranean, Greek culture, and more. It is believed that one can become jealous when admiring something whether they are aware of it or not. When a person becomes envious, even if it is unintentional, a curse can be placed upon what they were admiring.
There are precautionary measures to deter the curse from occurring, but when these steps aren't taken, unfortunate things may happen to the object of desire. Whether you are superstitious or not, it is worth considering since one of the deterrents has become popular in contemporary fashion- the Hamsa. I see it on merchandise like t-shirts, jewelry, and keychains everywhere now.
Protect yourself from the Evil Eye by shopping these trinkets below
(they're all under $100)
After all this chaos my second thought was:
I cannot always control what happens to me, but I am responsible for how I react.
I pride myself on working well under pressure. Most of my life has been an uphill battle in high-heels, so I'm sort of used to it. I allow myself to go through the emotions hard times bring and grow from the experiences instead. It is empowering to look back on these lessons and see what I overcame.
On to the look!
Lapel Coat: I walked into H&M on a whim, shortly after the new year. I was meeting up with a photographer for a shoot, and was early, so I decided to go into the store with my extra time. I jolted to the sale section and saw a coat I had tried on once before. It didn't fit quite right, but I thought of settling because I liked the color. However, my size wasn't available. I began to scan the rest of the room and then this cognac number caught my eye. It was misplaced, in front of a rack, with a big, red, $25 sticker on it. It was the perfect fit, color, and size so I took it home.
Jeans: These are my favorite high-waisted jeans in the "Maria" cut, by J Brand. I own these pants in three washes because they fit so well. I have a long torso and they are a true high-waist on me. Each pair fits slightly different, depending on the dye and fabric. I fit anywhere between a 24-26. I recommend purchasing whichever size fits best in the store because they retain their shape throughout the years. *highly recommend*
Shoes: I purchased these shoes many years ago from Aldo. I love that they are half leopard print and half leather (party in the back, business in the front). This trend is still around and it's a fun, easy way to spice up a look. Booties are my favorite style of shoe because they are so versatile. I wear these boots with jeans, skirts, and dresses.
Sweater: I recently purged 8 bags of clothes from my closet, many of which were raggedy sweaters. Shortly after, my mom coincidentally surprised me with this sweater from Ann Taylor. (Perfect timing). She found it on sale for around $30. It stretched out a little bit, so if you are in-between sizes I recommend sizing down. The knit is incredibly soft and quality feels great!
Backpack: I received this backpack fromUrban Expressions, in time for the new semester! It's a bit larger than one I have from a previous season and pretty spacious for a small backpack. The larger compartment fits an 8 1/2 x 11 notebook along with a few books and the front pocket easily carries pens, my phone, and notecards. I love how each part of the bag varies in texture to create a contrast between the tassels, pocket flap, and the rest of the bag. My vegan leather backpack is available here.
Be sure to enter code FASHIONISTAVANESITA at checkout for 25% off!
Thank you for giving me a moment to vent. I hope you enjoyed learning about the curse of the Evil Eye. What do you think about me incorporating topics like this into my style posts? Leave a comment below with your feedback.
p.s. Did you fall in love with this look? Shop the similar styles I have linked below.
Photos by Rey Marquez