Thursday, October 1, 2015


When I first started WORDS AND WARDROBES in 2010, I was completely enamored with personal style blogging. The concept of digitally documenting my wardrobe was new to me and it introduced me to a world I didn’t really know existed. Over time, though, the feelings of captivation and excitement were replaced by feelings of skepticism and cynicism. The style blogging landscape was changing rapidly and the direction in which it was going seemed to be in direct conflict with the direction in which I was going. I’d had fun as a personal style blogger, but I was getting bored with the daily documentation of clothes—both mine and that of other bloggers—and I was eager to start producing editorial content that was a bit more compelling.

And for a while, I did. In early 2013, I started publishing posts with more words and less wardrobe. With pen in hand, I began to show my readers more of what was inside my head and less of what was inside my closet, and during that time I had discovered my version of that elusive feature that the blogging community often talked about: authenticity. Although many of the posts I published hit a few nerves, caused some friction and resulted in many people expressing their disagreement through social media, I felt at peace because at my core, I’m a writer so I felt that I was living my truth. I was putting my genuine self on display. I was expressing myself using something other than the clothes on my back. Because of that, I was proud that WORDS AND WARDROBES was mine.  

So while I had found my groove as a writer, I was simultaneously battling an overwhelming sense of disenchantment coupled with a heavy dose of cynicism. You see, the naivete of those early years of blogging had worn off and I had begun to see through the smoke and mirrors. I was becoming privy to the politics and unspoken rules of the style blogging community, and honestly, it kind of bummed me out and it didn’t take long for my infrequent posting to become flat-out blog abandonment.

In the July 2015 issue of Glamour, Mika Brzezinski said, “My way of reinvention was to start at the bottom again.”  Although the inconsistency of my posting might say otherwise, I've really missed blogging. Sometimes inspiration would hit, but instead of acting on it and executing, I would simply file it away in my mental Rolodex for safekeeping until I was ready to implement (procrastination—and lack of motivation—at its finest). So here I am, more than five years after the inception of WORDS AND WARDROBES, a thirtysomething trying to get her journalistic groove back and starting at the bottom—again—in order to do so. But you know what? I’m cool with that. With that being said, this is what’s on my…

BACK: Casual wear. We’ve reached that awkward time of year when it’s cool and breezy in the morning and hot and humid in the afternoon, so I’ve been spending most of my days in jeans and tees. Glamorous, I know.

BEAUTY SHELF: Now that I’m in my thirties—I turned 34 in August—I’ve been focusing more and more on skin care. Two products that I’ve recently added to my skin care regimen are Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant and Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. Both seem to be working well for my skin, but I do want to find a product that will help lighten the dark spots and acne scars on my face.

BLOG: Over the last year or so, I’ve had a lot of ideas for content, but I haven’t executed any so the one thing that I’m striving for this month is consistency. I really just want to write, so that’s what I’m going to do.

COMPUTER SCREEN: I’m really digging Hustle + Grind and as a hardcore Rocky Balboa fan (I’m so stoked for the release of Creed next month), I was excited to read 15 Inspirational Quotes From Rocky Balboa. It was published in August, but I bookmarked it and read it often.

FEET: Sneakers. Not the most exciting choice, I know, but what else am I going to wear with the aforementioned jeans and tees? I am hoping to score a much-needed pair of over-the-knee boots this season, though, so hopefully next month’s footwear will be a little more fashionable.

NIGHTSTAND: For my birthday—I turned 34 in August—I received an LG G Pad 7.0 tablet and I’ve kept it within an arm’s length distance ever since. I was never much a tablet person, but now that I have one, I can’t believe I went so long without one. I have a few books in my Library, so I keep the tablet on my nightstand for some nighttime reading before bed.

SOCIAL CALENDAR: I have a few things on my calendar this month—like the kickoff party for Fashion Stars for A Cause and Purses for a Purpose, but I sometimes struggle to maintain any sort of social life during the fall and spring because I prioritize my little ones over social events. I do hope to attend some events, though, because although I’m an introvert, I tend to have fun and make new connections whenever I attend a local event.  

TELEVISION: I’ve never been a faithful viewer of Project Runway, but I’ve been religiously watching it ever since this season’s first episode. Ashley and Edmond are my favorites and I’m kind of intrigued by some of the challenges that are created for the contestants, especially the one where they had to merge fashion and technology by creating garments made out of technology materials (think floppy disks and computer keyboards).

TO-DO LIST: Just start. Sometimes I create mile-long lists of all the things I want to get done, but it backfires because I get overwhelmed and hardly anything gets done. So this month, I just want to start. Dip my toe back into the blogging world and take it from there. We’ll see how that goes.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Monday, March 9, 2015


In the years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve replicated looks from Lauren Conrad, Olivia Palermo and Diane von Furstenberg. But more recently, I’ve been inspired by a somewhat unlikely source.


Yes. The Barbie. And since today is her 56th birthday, I felt it was only fitting to disclose that an outfit I wore last October was inspired by the doll whose style is pretty, well, inspirational. (I mean, have you seen her Instagram page?!)

I was crazy about this look from the first time I saw it and when I slowly started to realize that I had similar pieces in my closet, I went from crazy to downright obsessed. I guess it’s true what they say about inspiration being everywhere. 

Oh, and those ‘Wardrobe Replica’ posts? You can find them here

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WHAT'S ON...: MARCH 2015

Ah, March. The month of Spring Break, four-leaf clovers, and March Madness—although I must admit that the frequent snow days and subsequent bouts of cabin fever are driving me insane, so March Madness currently holds a completely different meaning for me. Fortunately, despite my gripes about the weather, my world consists of more than freezing temperatures and cold weather-induced claustrophobia. For the month of March, this is what’s on my:

BACK: For a while, when it came to shopping, I was feeling pretty…uninspired, but lately I’ve been really into UK brands. Three of my favorites right now are Self Portrait, Solace London and Three Floor—so much so that I’ve recently added pieces from Solace London and Three Floor to my wardrobe.

BEAUTY SHELF: I’m a novice when it comes to cosmetics, but my bank account has been steadily dwindling due to my recent foray into all things beauty. Partly because I’ve been simply replacing some of my favorite products—Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, Maybelline FIT Me! Liquid Foundation—and partly because I’ve been indulging in some “Holy Grail” products—NARS Albatross, Benefit The POREfessional, Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. Unfortunately, I’m still no less inept at applying makeup. Sigh.

BLOG: You know that exciting feeling you get when you have new content ideas to implement? Yeah, I’m totally feeling that right now. Stay tuned.

COMPUTER SCREEN: You know how you can have never met someone but still feel like you know them? That’s how I feel about Channing. I don’t know if it’s because we’re both writers or because we both idolize Olivia Palermo’s wardrobe, but I think she’s cool people—or at least that’s the vibe that I get when I read her blog. And when I’m not reading Channing's New York escapades, I’m on YouTube watching Jennie of BeautybyJJ and trying to up my makeup skills.

FEET: I bought the cutest sandals from Forever 21 the other day and the red Shoedazzle Chelcey pumps, but I’m still debating on whether or not to pull the trigger on the out-of-my-budget cheetah-print Lauren Marinis pumps that I’ve been eyeing for months now.

NIGHTSTAND: Earlier in the week, when it was confirmed that we would be receiving icy weather, I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up some new reading material. Over the last few months, I’ve read The Freelancer’s Bible by Sara Horowitz, Black Business Secrets by Dante Lee, and I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White (one of my absolute favorites!), and now I’m looking forward to reading 52 Ways To Live A Kick-Ass Life by Andrea Owen, You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, and Make Your Own Lunch by Ryan Porter. Do you see a theme here?

SOCIAL CALENDAR: Last week I met a local blogger named Cyd who told me about It’s Her Strut and the Serve and Strut Charity Brunch she’s hosting at the end of the month—and let me tell you, I could not buy my ticket fast enough. I’m so excited for this brunch, and I guess I’m all about combining food and fashion this month because I’m also counting down the days for Design and Dine and the Fashion Stars for A Cause Gala.

TELEVISION: On Mondays, I’ve been watching Vanity Fair Confidential and I can’t get enough of it. I’m also really digging Stacy London’s new show Love, Lust or Run, which I would describe as a condensed version of What Not To Wear.

TO-DO LIST: I. Need. Business. Cards. Since 2010, I’ve used MOO for business cards, but I interested in trying something else. Letterpress, perhaps? I’m also looking into redesigning the site and updating my media kit and portfolio. There are also about 7,392,710 other things I need (and want) to do, but I’m trying to make things manageable and not overwhelm myself because then I’m certain to get absolutely nothing done.

WORK DESK: I created these jars a while back and just revamped a set that is currently sitting on my work area. I’m planning to do a reveal of my home work area so you’ll get a glimpse of Fashion Jars 2.0 in the near future.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


ZARA Pants and Top | SHOE REPUBLIC LA Shoes | BRAHMIN Clutch

When I first spotted these pants at Zara, I knew I had to have them. I tried them on in the dressing room--I always have the hardest time finding pants and jeans that fit the way I want them to--and was stoked because they actually fit. The thing is, I thought that these were just a simple pair of paperbag-waist pants and it wasn't until I got home and tried them on again that I realized that the pants actually have a button in front that completely changed the way the pants look and fit. But it made me like them even more. They're cute, comfortable and different from any other pants in my wardrobe. I just have to remember to pay attention to the details next time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


TARGET Jeans | JCP Sweater and Jacket | BRAHMIN Handbag | SHOE REPUBLIC LA Shoes