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

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

A Nod to Spring!

Happy Sunday!

I’m always researching fashion trends for the coming season. Hence, the reason why I’m wearing polka dot trousers in one photo, and blush cords in another. It’s a habit; in case anyone wants to peruse through the site and find out, it’s all here.

Polka dots, pink hues, and shades of yellow are showing up this spring. If you’ve never been to Dallas, our weather is pretty unpredictable. We’ve already experienced spring-like weather — highs in the 80’s last week.

Beehive Boutique in Fort Worth is the chicest. The inside is so picturesque, and the store is oozing with trendy merch for the fashion gal on a budget!

Heres’s a list of trends for Spring 2017:

  • Seaside Stripes
  • Khaki
  • Polka Dots
  • 50 Shades of Yellow
  • Banker Stripes
  • Statement Stripes
  • Single Shoulder Cut-Off
  • Shirting
  • Flashdance Shoulder
  • Sleeve Slits
  • White Shirt Dresses
  • Waist Cinchers
  • The New Trench Coat
  • Robes
  • Shocking Pink
  • Flower Power

What trends are you coveting for spring?

Photo Credit:

Angie Garcia

Hair:

Lamettria Sanders

Makeup:

Nailea Porras

Also, I’m wearing the Crayola x Clinique’s Mango Tango and Tickle Me Pink on my lips. They showed up as a slight tint on my lips, but they’re extremely moisturizing nonetheless!

Ensemble (1) Details:

White Tank 

Polka Dot Trousers

Ensemble (2) Details:

Colonel Mustard Top

Oh, Boy Corduroy! Flares

Accessories:

Gold Rings 

 

Trend Source

Trend Source

whowhatwear

instyle.com

Sale Away!

Happy Tuesday!

Post-Christmas sales are Heaven-sent. If there’s any holes in your wardrobe, that’s the perfect time to fill them! Zara and Nordstrom are worth mentioning, because I scored chic pieces without going over budget. I’ve also taken advantage of American Apparel’s Going Out of Business sale. Regular-priced items are 40% off and everything on sale is 70%, um yes. These high-waisted denim pants were a regular $70, but I got them for $21! Not to mention, they make my derrière look quite nice.

I had a look in mind involving a crewneck sweatshirt and denim pants, with fishnets underneath. The one I’m wearing was originally $55, but I bought it for $22. It’s a TopShop original, sold at Nordstrom. It has both a feminine and masculine appeal, and it looks good with almost anything, whether it be jeans or a skirt.
What were your post-Christmas sale finds?

Photo Credit:

Bliss Katherine 

Hair:

Miracle Watson

Makeup:

Rosie Fermin

Ensemble Details:

Crewneck Sweatshirt (No longer available)

High Waisted Denim (No longer available)

Fishnet Tights

Chelsea Boots 

Accessories:

Secret Ring

Sneaker Crush: Huarache

Happy Monday!

I jumped on the Huarache bandwagon last fall, while visiting a SIX:02 location, here in Dallas. Initially, I was shopping for pieces from Rihanna’s apparel line, Fenty x Puma, but I got distracted. I wandered over to the shoes, and one of the reps encouraged me to try on a pair of Huaraches. My initial thought was, These shoes are difficult to put on. However, that didn’t stop me from wanting them. After stuffing my feet into the 8, I pranced around the store in hopes of finding a way to talk myself out of buying them — nope. Needless to say, I went home with the sneakers. Mind you, I’ve never paid over $50 for sneakers, so I guess that’s why I had a case of buyer’s remorse. I returned the sneakers the next day, only to end up snagging an Adidas bomber I spotted before eyeing the Huaraches.

 To my surprise, I was gifted a pair for Christmas from the SIX:02 team! It was totally unexpected, and the shoes arrived a few weeks prior. Huaraches are a stylish sneaker; once you get them on, they’re super comfortable. Eventually, I’ll wear these whenever I go running (which will probably be never 🙃). My first wear was last week, and I paired them with a top from MissGuided. I like really like the idea of wearing rocker tees with leather bottoms, and completing the look with an edgy sneaker.

Do you have a sneaker crush? If so, share it in the comments below!

Photo Credit:

Bliss Katherine 

Hair:

Miracle Watson

Makeup:

Rosie Fermin

Ensemble Details:

Seek The Storm Graphic T-Shirt

Metallic Huaraches

Accessories:

Velvet Choker

Secret Ring