Happy New Year: Wishing You a Stylish 2018

Happy New Year, my stylish friends! I’m popping in to wish you a happy and prosperous 2018. I’m coming to you today from my favorite place in the world, my home country-St. Kitts. In between beach visits and dips in the pool, I’ve been busy setting new style goals for this year. Read on to find out what they are.

Style Goals

Take More Risks

2017 was an exciting year of embracing style changes. I chopped all my hair off (read all about that here) last year, and that hair change served as a catalyst for notable changes in my overall style.  This year, I’d like to be more creative and inventive with  my overall style.

Save for the Things I Really Want

At this point of my style journey, my taste has become increasingly discerning. I want very particular things, and I’m willing to pay more for them (read my top 5 tips for saving for what you really want here). This year, I’d like to focus on those special items I envision wearing on repeat.

Wear Even More Color

I love rocking bright and cheerful colors. This year, I want to do that even more. I’m particularly fond of color blocking. Thus, I’d like new purchases to be striking solid pieces to craft the perfect color blocked looks.

Craft a More Sophisticated Style

In general, my style is very casual. I’d like to jazz things up more often throughout the year. I’m excited to start experimenting with those dressier, more sophisticated outfits.

Location: Salt Plage, St. Kitts

What are your style goals for 2018?

Like Mother, Like Daughter: All White Style

I recently traveled home to St. Kitts. While there, I seized the opportunity to snap a few photos with my mom. I don’t get to see my mom enough during the year, so I enjoyed every moment of the experience. And, since my mom and I share a similar style, I thought I would share this mother-daughter style photoshoot with you too.

On me: Express pleated maxi dress | Tory Burch sunglasses (similar) | Vince sandals

On my mom: Calvin Klein hater dress | Kate Spade sunglasses

Mother-daughter style

Location: The War Memorial, St. Kitts

Want more all white inspiration? See posts here, and here.

 

The Swimsuit Trends that are Already Heating up Summer

Relaxing by the pool? Hanging by the lake? Chilling on a beach? Hopefully, taking a dip in a body of water is in your summer future. So, today, I’m sharing the hottest swimsuit trends of the warm season. You know, so you’ll be ready. From one shoulder silhouettes to cutouts to rainbow colors, the best right-on-trend and affordable swimsuits are below.

swimsuit trends

Lori Coulter swimsuit | SunglassesLocation: St. Kitts Marriott Resort

Summer 2017 Swimsuit Trends

 

See also how I wore this mesh Target swimsuit (seen above in the widget) in this post.

What to Wear to an All-White Party in the Summer

One of the biggest all-white parties went down during my trip to St. Kitts. I spent some time choosing an outfit because the party was on a beach in extremely hot weather. I wanted something, then, that captured my style but was breezy, lightweight, and beach appropriate. Nordstrom came through for me when I found today’s featured dress. It was the perfect base for my all white party style.

all white party style

Dress ($59) | Sandals | Sunglasses

This white dress with its lace-trimmed ruffles and breezy silhouette is such a cool summer dress. It actually features cold-shoulder sleeves, but I prefer to wear the sleeves dropped, essentially making the dress a halter style. But, it’s great to have the option for restyling.

Since the dress has such a beautiful, ethereal vibe, I kept all other accessories simple. My J.Crew Metallic Lace Up Sandals were an ideal addition. They’re strappy and comfortable. The soft gold color goes with everything too. I reached for these sandals so often on my trip.

I prefer oversized, thick-frame sunglasses (see here). My usual frames, however, didn’t quite complement the delicate feel of this all white party style. So, I found these Miu Miu pilot sunnies in Nordstrom Rack for a steal. They fit the look much better.

By the way, this was my first vacation with the new short cut. Life is so much easier with this short hair, y’all!

Location: St. Kitts Marriott Resort

Taraji P. Henson and I Have Something Special in Common

No, we don’t both star in Empire, but we’re both in the October issue of Redbook! Taraji P. Henson is the cover star of Redbook magazine’s October 2016 issue, and I appear in the pages.

Taraji P. Henson Redbook Magazine

I’ve been working to create new opportunities for experiencing the wonders of fashion, even though I don’t have a formal background in the industry. So, my appearance in this most recent issue of Redbook is particularly fulfilling. Furthermore, I’m honored that the editors of the magazine chose me to be featured in the Unexpected Standouts series in the October issue. The piece showcases a vector-art illustration of an image from this post and shares my story. Read all about it in the current issue. Here’s a sneak peek:

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