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Sugar & Spice OOTD

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Sugar & Spice OOTD

Hello everyone and welcome to a new OOTD post here on lifewithlilred! Today, we are going to talk about how to style a Sugar & Spice look that combines all things edgy with a little bit of sweetness to it. This post is also very special, because my boyfriend took all of these pictures! I have so much fun creating camera ready looks and taking pictures with my MAN, and it makes for an amazing date – no credit cards or cash required! Take a look:

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Who? What? Wear?

Whenever I am styling an outfit, I normally always go the edgy route with it. It’s rare that you will see me in something purely girly, like a dress without a moto jacket over top of it! But, combining Sugar & Spice gives you a look with dimension and a lot of visual break up to make one’s eyes dance when they look at you. It also keeps an outfit looking like me, which is of utmost importance.

To start with this look, I went with one of my favorite tops from Kohl’s. This Rock & Republic number has literally been sitting, untouched in my closet for years and I have finally realized its glory after all of this time. I love the crosses, jewels, and safety pins adorning it and the touch of glitter on the sleeves and around the bottom adds some unexpected sweetness. With a top that’s relatively busy, you don’t need anything for your bottoms except a pair of solid colored shorts or jeans. So, I went with my Hollister short shorts from TJ’s to continue with the black motif on top.

Now, for some sugar. To add some visual interest to this OOTD, I paired a gorgeous pair of Bonetti Giordano knee highs with one of my favorite pairs of heels. Because everything in my outfit is neutral, the bright floral colors on the knee highs didn’t look costumey and flowed really well with the ensemble. I loved how the heather grey socks looked against the cream Juicy Couture heels, and it all counterbalanced the black top and shorts for a striking but cohesive overall look.

And, finally, we need accessories to complete the OOTD. I chose to use one of my favorite purses from Charming Charlie’s as the statement accessory and then kept everything else pretty simple. With a loud British flag with studs outlining it, you don’t need much more! So, I opted for a big pair of Loft sunnies attached to a belt loop and my long gold chain earrings along with a pair with black crosses at the end of each chain. Any more accessories than that would have felt like too much for this look, especially with the bleak color palette. When in doubt, always go for the less is more option!

I really enjoyed styling and wearing this outfit. It made me feel so confident, and you can’t ask for more than that when creating a killer OOTD!

How would you style a Sugar & Spice look? What are some of your go to accessories? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Shopaholic Styles: All Autumn Everything OOTD

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Shopaholic Styles: All Autumn Everything OOTD

Hello one and all and Happy Monday! In all of the blogging world, there is one special gal who always comes to mind first. And, that is Nida from Shopaholic Blogs. Nida was the very first guest blogger that I ever had on lifewithlilred and she has become a staple on my page every time I host a guest bloggers series. She is funny, fashion forward, and downright fabulous! Not only that, but it’s impossible not to smile while reading her posts and watching her videos.

Nida creates a mean OOTD post and her take on a fall themed look can be seen below:

Shopaholic Styles: All Autumn Everything OOTD

Hola companeros blogueros ❣️

Welcome to a fabulous fall inspired 🍂 post courtesy of my long time blogging BFF Sarah of lifewithlilred 💞. I love collaborating with Sarah on guest posts, because she gives me so much creative freedom and she is always so appreciative of my work that it pushes me to do better every time.✨ So, for this fall themed post, I decided to put together an autumn OOTD (Which, by sheer coincidence, happens to be my favorite kind of post💓).

Technically speaking, there really is no fall season here in Dubai since summer ☀️ lasts all the way to November and then we jump straight into a very mild winter. However, just because we don’t get to experience actual fall 🍁 doesn’t mean that we can’t dress up for it! 😉

My take on fall included a bright, flowy top in a gorgeous yellow color, which I think is reminiscent of the splendor of autumn. I paired it with statement crop pants in a deep forest green 🍃 and beautiful foliage in all shades of green, yellow, and orange.

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Both pieces are from the Loft petites collection, which is my go to store for trendy, affordable clothing. ✨ I finished the look with these charming (Though extremely uncomfortable 😳) sandals by Jessica Simpson.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this fall inspired OOTD! 🍁 Sarah and I look forward to your comments. 😘

Thanks to Sarah for this fun opportunity and until next time loves xoxo❣️

How do you style a fall OOTD? What is your favorite store to snag affordable, on trend clothing at? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Giving Any Look The Wow Factor

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Giving Any Look The Wow Factor

An important event looms near. It could be a first date, a job interview, or a presentation at school. You’re mentally prepared and feeling confident, but you know that the right look will give you that extra boost you need to turn the tables of success in your favor. But how to get the look right eludes you. You’ve got a pretty good idea of what you want to wear and maybe how you’d like to arrange your hair, but for some reason your look doesn’t pop. It needs a little something extra. Something that will turn heads and get you noticed. Something that will give your look that elusive wow factor.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can do this. Don’t worry, none of them are bank breakers!

It’s all about the eyes:

The eyes are the windows into the soul and whether you’re on a date or in a job interview they play a huge part in how you are perceived. Drawing attention to your eyes and making them look bigger and sparklier communicates openness, honesty, and approachability. But the eyes also command attention and, if you want them to, they can steal a heart. Be sure to shape your brows well to create a flattering frame for the eyes, and never underestimate the power of a good mascara. Also remember to use the color of your eyeliner to your advantage and you’ll have eyes that pop in an instant.

What’s a girl’s best friend, now?

Diamonds are not just gorgeous, but they’re extremely versatile. They can dazzle, mystify, and imbue you with an air of class and sophistication. When they catch the light they can draw the eye wherever you want it to but, perhaps the most beneficial thing that a diamond brings, is the sense of prestige. Check out http://yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/james-allen/ for information about how different colored diamonds can be used in different settings to add an extra wow factor. Diamonds can either create an aura of success or an air of allure. It’s all about how you use them.

The shoes!!!

There’s a reason why one can never have too many shoes. The right pair can make you command attention as soon as you walk into a room. They can change your height, the way you walk, and the way you stand. They can make you seem formidable and imposing or sultry and seductive. Just make sure that you wear shoes that you feel comfortable in. Wincing with every step won’t wow your prospective new boss or your potential new beau!

Belt up!

The humble belt may spend a lot of time unused in your closet, but it’s the perfect way to tie any look together. Plus, it can help to lend you a more flattering shape and prevent a layered look from swallowing you whole. Find a belt that gives your outfit a pop of color and see how it transforms any look.

Now, you’re ready to dazzle with the extra wow factor in all of your looks!

Featured Image By: Good Free Photos

OOTD: Grungy Chic Edition

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OOTD: Grungy Chic Edition

Hey everyone and happy weekend! A few weeks ago, my super cool photographer beau took some super cool pictures of yours truly that I wanted to share with you. Not only are the pictures fabulous, but I loved my grungy chic outfit that meshed perfectly with the graffiti that was under the bridge where we were shooting, so this can be an OOTD post, too. Check it out:

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Who? What? Where?

When I’m styling a grunge inspired look, it’s important to me that there’s more going on to the OOTD than just a fresh out of the 90’s garage band ensemble. Anyone can throw on an oversized flannel and call it grunge, but adding your own personal touches to the look is what takes it over the edge. This is why I opted to throw some glam accessories into the mix to make the chic in “grungy chic” appropriately used.

I started styling this look with a fairly simple base in mind. I opted for my frayed capri skinnies from Loft to add some cool texture. I also felt that these looked more rough and tumble than your standard ankle skinnies. And, of course, nothing tips its cap to the 90’s more than a Nirvana themed crop top.

The decision for what to wear over top of my Brandy Melville crop came next. And, rather than going with your traditional baggy flannel, I went for a sleeveless hoodie, instead. I liked what this Kyodan piece brought to the table for several reasons. 1) It was still oversized over a more tight fitting top. 2) I liked the visual break up it gave to the outfit. 3) And, finally, this hoodie offered a lot of variety in ways that you could wear it. From unzipped to zipped or with the hood up, it gave options. This is essential in styling any outfit but, especially one that you’re being photographed in.

To complete this look, I began accessorizing. I didn’t want to go overboard with accessories, but I wanted each one to make a statement. I also didn’t want to upset the color palette that I had going, so I stuck with more subdued pieces. The gold hoop earrings were a definite must, because they added the perfect touch of glam while still being really sassy and fun. They also move well, which makes for interesting shapes in pictures.

I chose my white Foley + Corinna purse in this look because, even though it was a neutral color, the stark white popped so nicely against the bleak palette of the clothing. It also offered hints of grunge with the chain link strap and the spiked decals. Finally, to bring pure glam rock into the look, I went with my Forever 21 platforms. I loved how the different shades of black in my OOTD played against each other and, any outfit of mine wouldn’t be complete without a Lil Red in it! ;D

This outfit made me feel like a total rock star, but the overall price of it fit into my struggling artist budget as a majority of the pieces came from TJMaxx. My Grungy Chic OOTD is a good example of how you can incorporate multiple different styles into one look by accessorizing. This OOTD gave a nod to all things rock and I felt like I was ready to take on the stage because of it… In my dreams, at least!

How would you style a Grungy Chic OOTD? How do you use accessories to complete an outfit? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Let Me Take A Selfie

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Let Me Take A Selfie

HELLOOOO! In the name of fashion and having more updated pics of me on the ol’ blog and social media, I have been taking a lot of selfies lately. Believe me, I’m even starting to annoy myself, but sometimes the pay off is worth it because I really like the pictures seen below:

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As you can tell, I was really FEELING MYSELF in these selfies. I am obsessed with my True Destiny Flower Power Top from TJMaxx and, of course, it wouldn’t be a Sarah Selfie without NYX’s Pure Red Matte Lippie being featured! I was actually in the midst of feeling really emotionally shitty the day that I took these pictures. But, sometimes all it takes is getting dolled up, snapping some pics, and getting compliments from strangers on social media to brighten up the day! 😀

Although taking selfies can be a hit or miss activity for me, when it works it works, and I feel like everything was working in the above pictures. My makeup, my eye color, and my favorite top all combined with the ideal natural lighting outdoors made for a perfect photo op, and I am so glad that I took it. And, trust and believe that I ate hella Mexican food immediately after I took these pictures. #success

What are some of your secrets to taking the perfect selfie? How many selfies do you take per week? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

OOTD Time

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OOTD Time

Hiii everyone! I have to admit, I have really been slacking on taking updated photos of myself for social media and blogging purposes. However, there have been a few days where I’ve really been feeling myself enough to take some standard mirror pics to feature some OOTDs that I love. Take a looksee:

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Look One:

  • Floral Top: Loft
  • Jeans: TJMaxx
  • Platforms: TJMaxx

Look Two:

Look One was a semi business casual outfit for work. Because I am out in the community and not in an office while working, I can get away with making the outfit more casual than business! I love my bright yellow top from Loft, which looks friggen awesome with my hair and skin. I also love how both the top and my Bamboo brand shoes are both channeling an Oriental vibe, which played off of each other in a really cool way. I was a bit ambivalent about pairing yellow and red together, because all I can think about is ketchup and mustard – but I was very happy with this OOTD and after seeing how I looked, I stopped thinking about the Micky D’s color combo instantly! 😀

On the other hand, Look Two was strictly an outfit for play and it has turned into one of my favorites. I love how the slouchy Harem pants look with the more fitted moto jacket and how my shoes ended up getting tucked under my pants. It created a really interesting silhouette and, even though I was super comfy in this OOTD, I felt totally cool. I rarely dress for comfort, because sometimes it sacrifices the style aspect of a look, but that wasn’t the case at all for this one and I definitely plan on rocking similar outfits in the future.

I live for creating cool outfits, and now I just need to be more dedicated about taking pictures of them! How do you style a business casual OOTD? How about a look for play? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Spring Style Q & A

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Spring Style Q & A

Hey everyone and TGIF! Spring is a wonderful time for all fashion everything, because the winter layers finally get to be shed and an entire new aspect of ones wardrobe gets to be explored. In some ways, styling for spring and summer can be more difficult than fall and winter, because layering is definitely not a thing when the sun is in full blast. That means that you only have one opportunity to create a flattering look without the option of just throwing a jacket on or accessorizing it with a scarf and hat.

I, myself, find that I am floundering with creating warm weather looks, because it sure has been a long time. But, regardless of the above, and the fact that you have to shave more frequently – spring style can be fun! So, I came up with this Q & A to remind myself just why that is:

Q & A:

What is your favorite pattern for spring? Obviously, everyone loves florals for spring. But, that’s so overdone! I find myself really liking polka dots and cherry patterns lately for a touch of flirty vintage fun. Finding a piece of clothing that I like in those patterns has proven to be pretty difficult, though.

What is your ideal spring outfit? I am a huge fan of the maxi dress, so I would have to say one of those paired with a huge pair of platform heels, a hobo bag, and big sunglasses.

What is your perfect spring shoe? I think that mules are perfect for spring, because they’re adorable and functional. But, since I rarely wear flat shoes, I am all about the platform heel during warm weather. They add a touch of funky fun to every outfit and they are super easy to walk in.

How do you accessorize in the spring? I feel like big bags in hobo or tote style are a must for the spring so that you can carry all of your essentials in a cute vessel. Statement jewelry like bangle bracelets, bold necklaces, and dangly earrings always go over well. And, if it’s a bit blustery out, a fashion scarf worn Parisian style looks so chic!

How do you create a pretty spring MOTD? I definitely like a more natural look for spring. Pink eyeshadows and soft blushes always add a sweet touch to any look. And a nude lip is perfect to finish it off. But, a bright colored lippie is always fun, too!

Where do you find the best spring clothes? I will always be a TJMaxx girl at heart, but Express has some gorgeous pieces in their spring collection that I have been eyeing! I wish that it wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg to get it, though. 😥

How would you describe your spring style? I think that my spring style is way more girly than any other time of the year. But, I will always try to toughen it up a little bit with a moto jacket or oversized flannel if it’s chilly or add in some black among all of the soft colors and fabrics. So, I guess I’d call it a floral rocker type of look. 😀

Do feel free to copy and paste the above questions and answer them on your page to help get your fashion sense inspired for spring!

What is your favorite season to dress for? What about your least favorite? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah