The Ultimate Summer Uniform

Happy Monday!

Summer in Texas is HOT; that’s a fact. Often times, a lot of people (including myself) will avoid activities before 8 pm. That’s just what it is.

Dressing for the scorching temps can definitely be a challenge. Not only do you want to appear stylish and trendy, you also want to stay cool, too. I love dresses. You don’t have to put a ton of thought into a good dress, cute purse, and fun shoes. {Using all the fashion blogger lingo lol!}

Lilly Allen made me fall in love with pairing a dress with sneakers. It’s one of my favorite ensemble combinations. I purchased a long, silk dress from NG a few years ago, and I wear it with low-top converse. It’s a good errand look.

Also, I absolutely love Reformation’s summer dresses, but they’re a bit pricey. Luckily, clothiers like Forever 21, Topshop, and Mango house summer dresses at a fraction of the cost!

What’s your go-to summer look?

Photo Credit:

Angie Garcia Photography

Makeup:

Nailea Porras

Ensemble Details:

Floral Crepe Floral Swing Dress

Adidas Original Stan Smith

Sun Jellies – Mini Retro Basket (Pink)

Oval Disc Charm Anklet Set

A Sweet Treat!

Happy Monday!

Dallas finally got something remotely close to the illustrious, Museum of Ice Cream—Sweet Tooth Hotel. This cute little pop has been a hit since it descended upon Victory Park. For twenty bucks, guests can waltz through the colorful corridors of the quaint space.

The sweet-inspired artwork is curated by some of Texas’ own, like, Jeremy Biggers, Shamsy Roomiani, JoJo Chuang, Rob Wilson, and Chelsea Delzell. My first visit included a swoon-worthy ensemble with stripes, a round mini bag, and two of my close friends; we took turns snapping all the photo opps. D Magazine referenced Sweet Tooth Hotel as an “Instagram Museum,” and boy, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Teddy and I decided to take advantage of the sweet, artsy decor and bring you guys a visual treat that only TSB could deliver! 😉


What artsy, fartsy museums and/or galleries have you visited recently?

Photo Credit:

Tedizzle Photography

Makeup:

Nailea Porras

Ensemble Details:

Lucky Lavender Dress – No Longer Available

Clear Strappy Heels

Clear Cutout Chain Choker

NVRLSE

Happy Fat Tuesday!

I think I’ve mentioned this before, and pardon me if I have—outwear is my favorite thing about winter. I like having options for keeping warm when the weather permits. So far, I’ve needed every piece of outerwear (and then some) for this F/W.

I love bombers. I own several with all being different from the next. My newest addition happens to be extremely masculine, associated with a daily mantra one should never forget: you will NEVER LOSE.

Founder and creator, Lemuel Okogbodu is making strides with his custom-made pieces for both men and women. We spoke briefly about NVRLSE, and this is what he had to say:

Never Lose is a brand that aims to encourage the success of the individual. We believe in the narrative of the winner. This does not mean one will never stumble and fall. It is simply a reminder that when it’s all said and done, you will NEVER LOSE.

It’s so inspiring to be connected to individuals who are in tune with the betterment of not only themselves, but of other people!

What daily mantra do you swear by?

Photo Credit:

Tedizzle Photography

Makeup:

The Makeup Tribe

Ensemble Details:

Fishnet Choker

NVRLSE Bomber – No longer available in black!

Contrast Check Dress 

Leggings w/ Double Side Stripe 

Glitter booties – No longer available

LBLD (Little Black Lace Dress)

Happy Friday!

I can’t think of anything more amazing than the LBLD. Only the greatest wardrobe stable besides the LBD, the little black lace dress! I’m a huge fan of anything lace; lace makes me feel sexy, feminine, and bold. I like pairing lace with leather; I like wearing lace during the day, and love wearing it at night. 😉

Get into this extremely flattering lace number from Beehive. It’s the perfect mix of flirty, sexy, and trendy. The mesh neckline is my absolute favorite feature on the dress. There’s also a ton of ways to wear this dress to fit almost any occasion.

Additional ways I would’ve styled this dress:

  1. Paired with black blazer
  2. Paired with moto jacket

What are your thoughts? How would you style?

What’s your favorite holiday wardrobe staple?

Photo Credit:

Esther Huynh

Makeup:

Make Up Forever

Ensemble Details:

A Little Romance Lace Dress

Patent Black Strappy Heels – No longer available

Art & Fashion: A Beautiful Union

Happy Sunday!

I fancy myself an art and fashion/style enthusiast. I love art; I love fashion. The two are where my soul lie; a marriage of expression, creativity, and individuality. The best thing about having a platform such as a blog, is having the ability to share my creative mind with the masses. I’ve found great pleasure in allowing my inhibitions to run free through my creativity.

I’d like to think my blog is more than just posting snazzy photos that are pleasing to the eye; it’s so much more than that. It’s about my undying love for aesthetics, forms, shapes, and the like. We are but a few weeks from the end of 2017, and I look forward to sharing more of what ignites my soul in 2018 and beyond.

Special thanks to the amazing team over at Fort Works Art! It was a pleasure shooting in their awesome gallery. If you haven’t visited, it’s worth taking a trip to Cowtown. The space is truly inspirational, and they house work from some of the most notable artists in the nation!Saint Hoax, Sara ZaherWhat ignites your soul?

Photo Credit:

Tedizzle Photography

Makeup:

Nailea Porras

Ensemble (1) Details:

‘Meh’ sweater – No longer available

Faux Fur Mini skirt – Sold in stores

Suede booties – No longer available

Polka Dot tights

 

Ensemble (2) Details:

Active Graphic Windbreaker

Seamless Ribbed Jumpsuit

Old Skool Platform

Accessories:

Mickey Mouse Baseball Cap

No longer available

Artist’s work included in each photo:
  1. Yvonne Domenge
  2. Leah Yerpe, Steve Kim, Johan Barrios
  3. Arthur Brouthers, Ben Willis, Steve Kim, Johan Barrios
  4. Andres Anza, Johan Barrios, Leah Yerpe, Saint Hoax, Sarah Zaher
  5. Chloe Bennett
  6. Chloe Bennett
  7. Chloe Bennett
  8. Jana Renée
  9. Jana Renée
  10. Jana Renée
  11. JanaRenée
  12. Jana Renée
  13. Chloe Bennett
  14. Saint Hoax, Sara Zaher

Save The Date: Paperless Post x The Style Barn

Happy Friday!

The Style Barn turned 5 in February, and what better way to commemorate a blogiversary, than to host a soirée? Right? Right! Before I get knee-deep into planning even the most minute details, let’s talk basics—invitations!

With the help of Paperless Post, I’ve created online invitations through their easy-to-use gallery. The process is practical, and one has access to a plethora of distinctive, customizable designs fitting for any occasion. The possibilities are endless; I had a blast creating the mock-up, below!



P.S. For invitees, they’ll notice a change in design, but I wanted to show you all what I created thus far.

What are your thoughts? Have you every used Paperless Post? If so, for what occasion did it call for?

Summer Feels

Happy Fashion Friday, Sweets!

 We have approximately 11 days until summer ‘17. Are you ready? If so, good! If not, me neither! LMAO

I think I’ve discussed in previous posts that I don’t buy a bunch of threads when a new season is on the horizon. For starters, my disposable income won’t allow it, and that just seems like a daunting task.

Therefore, I purchase pieces at a time — good for both my wallet and sanity. Speaking of which, Beehive Boutique is my favorite! Their website AND stores are oozing with the trendiest pieces. It’s like shopping at a retail oasis, especially their location in Fort Worth!

 Keep your eyes peeled for these summer ’17 trends:

  •  Shirting – One of my favorite trends; I don’t see us tiring of it anytime soon.
  • Gingham – I own a fabulous gingham skirt. I personally approve of gingham on gingham.
  • Basket Bags – I’m STILL trying to snag Cult Gaia’s Ark bag, it’s seriously a best seller.
  • Retro Swimsuits – Don’t be afraid to opt for a nostalgic one piece or high waist bikini.
  • Slides – Another one of my favorite trends! I’ve accumulated quite a few from Zara.
  • Bold Florals – Start with an easy maxi if you’re reluctant to try this trend.
  • Wrap Dresses DVF.com!

What trends are you coveting for summer ’17?

Photo Credit:

Courtnee Murphy 

Makeup:

Nailea Porras

Ensemble Details:

Printed Top – Sold in stores

Denim Skirt – Sold in stores

Accessories:

Gold choker – HM

Trend cred: Elle

Set for Summer!

Happy Thursday!

Do you remember those ensemble sets, or for the sake of familiarity, short sets your mother picked out for your daily summer adventures? My fondest memories of summer fashion were those (sometimes ridiculous) short sets. I had a lavender and lime duo that I considered a staple; I chuckle just thinking about it.

Thirty years later, and I STILL love a good set. They’re perfect for both spring and summer; and honestly, less time is spent with finding something to wear. Whether it’s a matching set or mix and match number, you have the luxury to throw on and go.

The sassy, yet quirky set I’m wearing isn’t a set, but to the untrained eye, it appears to be. 😌

My tips for nailing said look:

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different patterns and/or prints. For example: gingham, polka dots, floral, stripes, etc.
  • Choose your shorts, first.
  • Seek out pieces that can be remixed with existing threads you already own!
  • Have fun with your look!

I want to hear from you! What’s your style protocol for scoring the perfect summer set?

Photo Credit:

Courtnee Murphy 

Makeup:

Nailea Porras

Ensemble Details:

Parrot Top 

Ruffled Shorts 

Criss Cross Sandal

Accessories:

Casio Digital Watch

Pink, Stripes & Everything Nice!

Happy Sunday!

I don’t know about you, but spring is undoubtedly the best season of the year. It’s the perfect time to experiment with lighter hues, patterns and prints. I enjoy storing away my dark-colored nail lacquers, and reaching for pink, lavender, mint, etc. Lest we forget the weather is ideal – it’s neither too hot nor cold!

Recently, I talked spring’s most-coveted trends, like, shirting, statement stripes, and shocking pink. Storets has become one of my favorite online clothiers; everything I’m wearing is straight from their site. They’ve got the shirting trend down – the top I’m wearing was an instant buy. I couldn’t leave without snagging the skirt; I love the silver hook in the front – It’s a total nod to those I used to wear in the early 90’s. 😉

What are your thoughts? What trends are you eyeing for spring?

Photo Credit:

Esther Huynh

Makeup:

Rosie Fermin

Ensemble Details:

Julia One Shoulder Blouse

Tera O Ring Belt Skirt

Accessories:

Chain-Link Choker

Secret Ring

5 Year Blogiversary!

Happy Tuesday!

The Style Barn is officially 5 years old! Time flies when you’re having fun, and maintaining this blog has proven to be one of my greatest accomplishments. TSB has afforded me a plethora of opportunities that are too numerous to list. I can’t take the credit for it all, I’ve worked with some amazing photographers who helped bring my crazy ideas to fruition. As I continue to grow as fashion/style blogger, my goal is to share my love for fashion on a more consistent basis. I’m appreciative to all of you who support the brand; my gratitude surely goes beyond words!

What are some of your favorite posts, and why?

Follow @thestylebarn on Instagram for a cool giveaway with Chatbooks!

Photo Credit:

Some Sweet Photo 

Hair:

Lamettria Sanders

Ensemble Details:

Kassidy Sweater 

Iris Skirt 

Lace-Up Ankle Boots

Accessories:

Secret Ring