Throwback Thursday: Packing Tips from a Last-Minute Fashionista

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Today, I’m headed out of town for a long weekend away so I thought this #tbt post would be perfect!  Yes, I was up at 3am doing my last minute packing per usual.  Now you know why I have to be uber organized!!  Enjoy!

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Erika's Signature

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We have a long-weekend coming up and lots of us will be going away for some fun (crappy weather along the east coast be darned!). And, lots of us are probably last-minute packers. I am a notorious last-minute packer. I regularly wait until the morning of my flight, train, or bus to put everything into my suitcase and go. It’s so bad that for my Twelve in ’12 one of my goals was to pack at least 2 days ahead of my trips. In 2012 that happened about 50% of the time. In 2013 it’s happened exactly never.

But here’s the thing, just because I do not actually pack until the night before or morning of departure doesn’t mean that I’m throwing any old thing into my suitcase. It’s actually the opposite. I’ve already carefully planned for my trip, so it doesn’t really take much to get everything into the actual suitcase. Once I started to use a few methodical tricks it made packing a breeze – which has only fueled my ability to wait until the very last second (the very last one) to pack.

If you’re a last-minute fashionista like me try using some of the tips below to make packing (whether last-minute or well-planned) a breeze!

1. Plan your outfits ahead of time. Packing at the last-minute isn’t what gets most people into trouble. It’s a lack of a game plan that gets you into trouble. If you know what you’re going to pack it takes very little time to actually fit it into your suitcase.

Sticky Notes

2. To help you plan ahead, use sticky notes. As you can see, I use one sticky note for every day I’ll be away. On the note I’ll write the temperature (only in the spring and fall when it could go from way hot to way chilly in a matter of hours). Then, I’ll write down each component of my outfit for that day. When it comes time for you to pack you can cross it off as you pull it from your closet. You don’t actually have to wear the clothes on the day – the point is to have an outfit (or 2 if need be) for each day.

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Yes, I write that neatly. Everyone makes fun of me for it.

Along those lines, make sticky notes for any special items you’ll need as well, like beach wear and accessories and workout gear. And dear lord don’t forget your PJs! I’ve done that a time or two!

3. Pick complementary colors and pieces. I love shoes. And, at one point in my life, I used to have a pair of shoes to match every single outfit I brought on a trip.

Don’t worry – the madness stopped when I went to Europe with an ex-boyfriend and we literally had one suitcase full of nothing but shoes which got delayed for a full day and almost caused me to go into cardiac arrest in Barcelona.

Shoes: Sperry Top Siders

Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Now, like the smart cookie I am, I pack outfits that work together so that I can reuse the same pieces (i.e. shoes, jackets, hats, scarves, jeans, etc.). For my jaunt to NYC this weekend, I’ve packed my grey Sperry Top Siders and Gold Sandals and picked outfits that can be worn with those shoes. I also stashed a navy military jacket that can be worn with 2-3 outfits. My fave jean jacket matches two outfits. And I’ll recycle my jeans. Every outfit is unique but they’re in the same color family and use common pieces.

The outfits above use the same base color (navy blue) so that the same pieces (a navy military jacket and orange cross body bag) can be utilized with both outfits.  Jeans: Avenue I Shirt: Old Navy I Dress: Joe Fresh I Scarf: J Crew

The outfits above use the same base color (navy blue) so that the same pieces (a navy military jacket and orange cross body bag) can be utilized with both outfits.
Jeans: Avenue I Shirt: Old Navy I Dress: Joe Fresh I Scarf: J Crew

Jacket: Dress Barn

Jacket: Dress Barn

Bag: H&M

Bag: H&M

4. Roll your clothes. This is strictly about getting as much use out of your space as possible. I roll pretty much everything except for jeans. It saves room and keeps things wrinkle free when rolled tightly. That means you’ll have to pack roll friendly clothing. Which should be a part of your strategizing.

Rolled Clothes

Items rolled in my suitcase for maximum storage.

5. Wear your bulkiest items. You’ll notice that I’m bringing a jean jacket with me. But it won’t go in my suitcase. It gets worn on the trip to NY and the trip home. This way, that leaves me extra room in my suitcase for other items. In the winter, wear your heaviest sweater on travel days and layer up.

Jacket: Gap

Jacket: Gap

Jacket: Gap I Dress: Caslon

Jacket: Gap I Dress: Caslon

6. Stuff socks in your shoes and accessories in your hats. Every little bit of space helps. So I try to stuff socks in my shoes and, I almost always travel with a hat. If I’m not wearing said hat, I lay it in the suitcase with the opening facing out. I pack items around it (like t-shirts, PJs, etc.) and then I fill it with things like belts, scarves, etc. This will a) keep your hat from getting crushed and b) keep your hat’s shape. You’ll thank me when you arrive in Panama with your Panama perfectly in tact.

Sneakers: Puma

Sneakers: Puma

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Hat: My own

7. Travel cases are your friend. I keep a travel case stocked with all of my travel sized essentials (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, contact solution, etc.). This way, I never have to unpack and repack it. I just store it away until it’s time for my next trip. I also have separate travel cases for hair items, make-up and jewelry. I especially love my Thirty-One jewelry case because I can roll it or lay it flat to fit.

Thirty One Jewelry Case

Jewelry Case: Thirty One

8. Leave room for your dirty stuff. I used to pack an empty bag for my dirty close and then stuff my suitcase to the brim. Dumb idea. That bad is going to be full when you leave. Most of us aren’t folding and rolling our dirty stuff, so at the end of the trip we’re trying to figure out how to stuff a bag of stinky everything into our suitcase. It almost never fits on the way home. Now, I try to pack little to nothing (usually it’s little) in the front zipper pocket of my suitcase and I save this for dirty clothes. I also roll them tightly when I put them in there.

9. If you pack something bulky (think sneakers, boots or jeans) wear them on the way home.  It’s rare that we come home from a trip empty handed. Ok, well, it’s rare that I do. So, I tend to pack bulkier items (like jeans or sneakers) with the plan to wear them on my trip home. You’ll be amazed at the extra space you’ll get my removing one pair of jeans and a bulky item like sneakers or hard-bottomed shoes. Enough room for a couple cute tops and some new sandals!

10. Pack you expandable bag “unexpanded” (is that word?). This is another trick to help you if you come home with more than you left with. Your bag will be fully packed, but you’ll gain some wiggle room when you expand it for the trip home. Win!

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Bonus tip: if you’re flying, keep a stash of travel sized toiletries, an extra pair of “unmentionables,” and a fresh top to change into just in case your suitcases don’t arrive when you do.

It took me exactly ONE (very stinky) time to learn this lesson the hard way. The very, very hard way. In a foreign country. Now you know why I almost went into cardiac arrest.

So, my last minute fashionistas – any more tips to make last minute packing a breeze? And, for my well-planned packing divas, do you have any tips to share?

You know what to do! Weigh in below!

Your Chic is Showing,

Men's Style: Birthday Suit Chic

By Donte’, Men’s Style VIP

So it’s that time of year again when a certain someone is about to be another year older.  Yes…yes…my birthday is quickly approaching (Ugh!).  For those of you that don’t know us personally, both myself and YCS Erika were born two days apart (Me – March 1st, Erika – March 3rd).  (Sidenote: I also share a birthday with Ke$ha and Justin Beiber).  That means this coming weekend will be all about birthday behavior for both of us.  The biggest question will be “what to wear?”

Some people treat their birthday like a national holiday.  I guess I’m no exception.  Any chance I get to party the night away, is welcomed.  Specifically, I treat my birthday the same way I treat New Year’s Day (don’t laugh).  It’s not just because it’s the first of the month, but it’s more because I feel like my birthday is my personal new year and a chance to start fresh.  I keep this in mind when selecting my outfit for the occasion and for whatever events may occur.

Dressing for your birthday should be all about standing out from the crowd.  It’s a day that’s all about you right?  You should have at least one statement piece that draws attention to you.  I usually try to wear something new.  Take it as an opportunity to wear something bold and daring and that you love.  It’s your moment!

Here are some of the looks I’ve worn on past birthdays.  What does your birthday suit look like?

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25th Birthday
I had a “Black Hollywood Party” in Atlanta in which my guests had to wear all black and my hosts had to wear silver. Of course that didn’t apply to me…

29th Birthday Me and Erika had a joint birthday party

29th Birthday
Me and Erika had a joint party.

30th Birthday

30th Birthday
I had a “30 Shades of Grey Party” with my frat brother Rashad in NYC. Guests had to wear at least something grey

Fall Haul

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

For many of us Labor Day marks the unofficial/official end of summer. It also marks the beginning of a new school year, the start of fall, and a time for last minute BBQs. But, if you’re like me then it means lots and lots and lots of great shopping!

This past LDW I had the pleasure of spending a quiet, relaxing, signal-free weekend in Lynchburg, VA with the parental units. In addition to good eating, I got some good shopping! I was able to pick up a few great pieces to complete my fall haul. Check out my fall haul below!

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1. Shoes by Tahari purchased at TJ Maxx, Lynchburg, VA ($39.99)

2. Grid Vest by CAbi purchased via CAbi Consultant Karima Renee of Skinny Minority ($128)

3. Oscar by Oscar de la Renta Sunglasses purchased at TJ Maxx, Lynchburg, Va ($9.99)

4. Edge Tee by CAbi purchased via Karima Renee ($64)

5. J Crew Blazer (similar here) purchased at the J Crew Clearance Center, Lynchburg, VA ($40 from $128)

6. Madewell Sandals purchased at the J Crew Clearance Center, Lynchburg, VA ($9.99)

7. Relic Handbag sold at JC Penney ($18 from $88)

8. Necklace sold at Francesca’s, Lynchburg, VA

9. Shirt by Joe Fresh purchased at JC Penney

10. Pleated Dress by Joe Fresh purchased at JC Penney ($29 from $39)

11. Sweater purchased at the J Crew Clearance Center, Lynchburg, VA

12. White T-shirt purchased at the J Crew Clearance Center, Lynchburg, VA

13. Sandals by G by Guess purchased at Marshalls, Audubon, PA (on sale, $22)

As you can see, I was able to purchase a variety of items at a number of price points – some high and some low. I am looking forward to mixing these pieces into my fall and winter wardrobe.

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So what have you guys added to your fall wardrobe? You know what to do!

Your Chic is Showing,

Erika's Signature

Flashback Friday: Lady-like Manicures

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Nail Polish: Mint Candy Apple by Essie

Nail Polish: Mint Candy Apple by Essie

I get tons of questions about how I maintain my nails and manicures, so this weekend I plan to do a step-by-step tutorial for you guys about how I keep my nails on point between monthly trips to the manicurist (yep, I only go to get a manicure every 4-6 weeks).

In the meantime, as a part of Chasing Joy’s Flashback Friday check out a post from the very, very early days of YCS all about Lady-like Manicures!

You’ll see five of my favorite manicure looks.  And, as a bonus, below is a list of all the colors used and where you can find them!

Italian Love Affair by OPI (from the Italiana Collection)

Refresh-Mint by China Glaze (Similar to Vintage Cadillac by Aldo)

Silver Glitter by Joe Fresh (Available in stores; similar to Stardust by Aldo)

Jana by Zoya (Similar to Taupe by Tip Toe)

Set in Stones by Essie (from the Luxe Effects Collection)

Be a Delilah Won’t You? and I Lily Love You by OPI

I hope you enjoy our flashback post and have a happy Flashback Friday!

Rihanna said it best, “cheers to the freakin’ weekend!”

Your Chic is Showing,

Erika's Signature

Packing Tips (from a Last Minute Fashionista)

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

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We have a long-weekend coming up and lots of us will be going away for some fun (crappy weather along the east coast be darned!).  And, lots of us are probably last-minute packers.  I am a notorious last-minute packer.  I regularly wait until the morning of my flight, train, or bus to put everything into my suitcase and go.  It’s so bad that for my Twelve in ’12 one of my goals was to pack at least 2 days ahead of my trips.  In 2012 that happened about 50% of the time.  In 2013 it’s happened exactly never.

But here’s the thing, just because I do not actually pack until the night before or morning of departure doesn’t mean that I’m throwing any old thing into my suitcase.  It’s actually the opposite.  I’ve already carefully planned for my trip, so it doesn’t really take much to get everything into the actual suitcase.  Once I started to use a few methodical tricks it made packing a breeze – which has only fueled my ability to wait until the very last second (the very last one) to pack.

If you’re a last-minute fashionista like me try using some of the tips below to make packing (whether last-minute or well-planned) a breeze!

1. Plan your outfits ahead of time.  Packing at the last-minute isn’t what gets most people into trouble.  It’s a lack of a game plan that gets you into trouble.  If you know what you’re going to pack it takes very little time to actually fit it into your suitcase.

Sticky Notes

2.  To help you plan ahead, use sticky notes.  As you can see, I use one sticky note for every day I’ll be away.  On the note I’ll write the temperature (only in the spring and fall when it could go from way hot to way chilly in a matter of hours).  Then, I’ll write down each component of my outfit for that day.  When it comes time for you to pack you can cross it off as you pull it from your closet.  You don’t actually have to wear the clothes on the day – the point is to have an outfit (or 2 if need be) for each day.

Sticky Note Close-Up

Yes, I write that neatly. Everyone makes fun of me for it.

Along those lines, make sticky notes for any special items you’ll need as well, like beach wear and accessories and workout gear.  And dear lord don’t forget your PJs!  I’ve done that a time or two!

3.  Pick complementary colors and pieces.  I love shoes.  And, at one point in my life, I used to have a pair of shoes to match every single outfit I brought on a trip.

Don’t worry – the madness stopped when I went to Europe with an ex-boyfriend and we literally had one suitcase full of nothing but shoes which got delayed for a full day and almost caused me to go into cardiac arrest in Barcelona. 

Shoes: Sperry Top Siders

Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Now, like the smart cookie I am, I pack outfits that work together so that I can reuse the same pieces (i.e. shoes, jackets, hats, scarves, jeans, etc.).   For my jaunt to NYC this weekend, I’ve packed my grey Sperry Top Siders and Gold Sandals and picked outfits that can be worn with those shoes.  I also stashed a navy military jacket that can be worn with 2-3 outfits.  My fave jean jacket matches two outfits.  And I’ll recycle my jeans.  Every outfit is unique but they’re in the same color family and use common pieces.

The outfits above use the same base color (navy blue) so that the same pieces (a navy military jacket and orange cross body bag) can be utilized with both outfits.  Jeans: Avenue I Shirt: Old Navy I Dress: Joe Fresh I Scarf: J Crew

The outfits above use the same base color (navy blue) so that the same pieces (a navy military jacket and orange cross body bag) can be utilized with both outfits.
Jeans: Avenue I Shirt: Old Navy I Dress: Joe Fresh I Scarf: J Crew

Jacket: Dress Barn

Jacket: Dress Barn

Bag: H&M

Bag: H&M

4.  Roll your clothes.  This is strictly about getting as much use out of your space as possible.  I roll pretty much everything except for jeans.  It saves room and keeps things wrinkle free when rolled tightly. That means you’ll have to pack roll friendly clothing.  Which should be a part of your strategizing.

Rolled Clothes

Items rolled in my suitcase for maximum storage.

5.  Wear your bulkiest items.  You’ll notice that I’m bringing a jean jacket with me.  But it won’t go in my suitcase.  It gets worn on the trip to NY and the trip home.  This way, that leaves me extra room in my suitcase for other items.  In the winter, wear your heaviest sweater on travel days and layer up.

Jacket: Gap

Jacket: Gap

Jacket: Gap I Dress: Caslon

Jacket: Gap I Dress: Caslon

6.  Stuff socks in your shoes and accessories in your hats.  Every little bit of space helps.  So I try to stuff socks in my shoes and, I almost always travel with a hat.  If I’m not wearing said hat, I lay it in the suitcase with the opening facing out.  I pack items around it (like t-shirts, PJs, etc.) and then I fill it with things like belts, scarves, etc.  This will a) keep your hat from getting crushed and b) keep your hat’s shape.  You’ll thank me when you arrive in Panama with your Panama perfectly in tact.

Sneakers: Puma

Sneakers: Puma

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Hat: My own

7.  Travel cases are your friend.  I keep a travel case stocked with all of my travel sized essentials (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, contact solution, etc.).  This way, I never have to unpack and repack it.  I just store it away until it’s time for my next trip.  I also have separate travel cases for hair items, make-up and jewelry.  I especially love my Thirty-One jewelry case because I can roll it or lay it flat to fit.

Thirty One Jewelry Case

Jewelry Case: Thirty One

8.  Leave room for your dirty stuff.  I used to pack an empty bag for my dirty close and then stuff my suitcase to the brim.  Dumb idea.  That bad is going to be full when you leave.  Most of us aren’t folding and rolling our dirty stuff, so at the end of the trip we’re trying to figure out how to stuff a bag of stinky everything into our suitcase.  It almost never fits on the way home.  Now, I try to pack little to nothing (usually it’s little) in the front zipper pocket of my suitcase and I save this for dirty clothes.  I also roll them tightly when I put them in there.

9.  If you pack something bulky (think sneakers, boots or jeans) wear them on the way home.  It’s rare that we come home from a trip empty handed.  Ok, well, it’s rare that I do.  So, I tend to pack bulkier items (like jeans or sneakers) with the plan to wear them on my trip home.  You’ll be amazed at the extra space you’ll get my removing one pair of jeans and a bulky item like sneakers or hard-bottomed shoes.  Enough room for a couple cute tops and some new sandals!

10.  Pack you expandable bag “unexpanded” (is that word?).  This is another trick to help you if you come home with more than you left with.  Your bag will be fully packed, but you’ll gain some wiggle room when you expand it for the trip home.  Win!

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Bonus tip: if you’re flying, keep a stash of travel sized toiletries, an extra pair of “unmentionables,” and a fresh top to change into just in case your suitcases don’t arrive when you do. 

It took me exactly ONE (very stinky) time to learn this lesson the hard way.  The very, very hard way.  In a foreign country. Now you know why I almost went into cardiac arrest. 

So, my last minute fashionistas – any more tips to make last minute packing a breeze?  And, for my well-planned packing divas, do you have any tips to share?

You know what to do!  Weigh in below!

Your Chic is Showing,

Weekend Essentials

If you guys are anything like me, you often find yourself in “Go, Go, Go!” mode Monday through Friday.  TGIF always means so much to me by the time Friday finally makes its way around again!  While some weekends are more jam-packed than others, I try my best to make sure that I take the time to “relax, relate, release” and recharge my batteries for the upcoming week.  I would never make it through the weekend without the following chic essentials:

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1.  Jeans – During the work week I live in Corporate America and long for the days where I own my own business and can wear jeans whenever I feel like.  Until then, I have two and a half days each week to rock out in my favorite jeans.  Unless I have somewhere special to be, when it’s cold (or cool, or rainy, or whatever) you’ll likely find me rocking my jeans on the weekend.  Lately, I’ve been wearing a lot of colored and patterned jeans.  I just love a good pair of jeans – boot cut, skinny, wide leg, trouser – I love them all! (Jeans Pictured: Avenue & Old Navy)

2. T-shirts – I’ve done a whole series on how to rock a white tee, so clearly, I’m a fan of a good t-shirt.  I’ve tried a billion brands (Gap, J Crew, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, etc.) and I must say that I think, hands down, Old Navy and Joe Fresh have the most comfortable t-shirts around.  I have a closet full in all sorts of colors.  But, if you catch me rocking a tee over the weekend, it’s most likely to be white because they’re so versatile.  No longer does wearing a t-shirt have to be sloppy.  I rock mine in a variety of ways, none of which I would define as sloppy.

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3. My swimsuit – If you follow YCS on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest then you know I’ve been working out something serious over the past few months.  Most Saturday mornings you can find me in a pool doing water aerobics or swimming laps.  My swim suit is made for lap swimming and provides tons of support.  I would rock this at the beach, but at the gym, I’m one stylish girl!

4. Scented Candles – When I go out out (you know to the club, lounge, etc.) I usually only do it on Saturday (I’m usually too tired on Friday to be much fun, ha ha).  On Friday night you can most definitely find me burning candles around the house and setting a relaxing atmosphere.

5. 8 oz Bottled Waters – At work, it’s really easy for me to make sure I drink the proper amount of water each day (it is recommended that you drink 1/2 your weight in ounces).  I have two 16 oz. cups that I am constantly refilling.  On the weekends, for whatever reason, I just don’t remember.  So, I started to keep these mini bottles everywhere. In my purse, in the fridge, in the car, on my nightstand.  Knocking back 8oz. is nothing and these fit so perfectly into my weekend totes!

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6. Ballet Flats – Yes, I LOVE my heels.  Like, all the way love them.  However, I schlep around in high heels all week long.  So, on the weekend, I enjoy walking around in my ballet flats.  They’re cute, comfortable and give my feet a break from the daily grind.  This pair from H&M is one of my faves.

7. Nook Color, Magazines & Books – I lumped these together because they’re all in the same family.  I love reading and try to use some time on the weekends to catch-up on my books and magazines.  My Nook Color is one of my favorite purchases.  I can get magazines, the news, books, music, movies, games, and the internet all on that little device.  It’s very similar to an iPad without the price. However, I still love the feeling of a book or magazine in my hand.  Which is why my house is filled to the brim with those too!

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8. An empty phone charger – It is not necessary for me to be plugged in 24/7.  Often, I’ll turn my phone off for hours at a time on weekends.  I’ll also stay away from the computer and TV.  Sometimes, when I’m doing my housework or reading it’s just me and the soothing sounds of the rain or ocean coming from my white noise device.

9. Clarisonic – I actually use my Clarisonic every other day.  But on weekends I give my skin a deep cleansing and mask treatment.  Using my clarisonic and skin care routine just makes my skin glow that much more.

10. Sunglasses – Whether I’m hiding from the sun while nursing a wicked hangover or hiding from the paparazzi (in my head), I can’t leave home without my sunglasses.  The right shades will instantly up the cool factor on any outfit.  I never leave home with out my fave pair – or five!

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What are your weekend essentials?  Anything you absolutely cannot live without?  We want to know!  I’m thinking, maybe, a weekend essentials giveaway might be in order.  So tell us your favorite things in case we decide to include them!

Your Chic is Showing,

With Love, Erika

What to Wear: for Valentine’s Day

February 14th is fast approaching and whether you’re single or taken people are always checking for what you’re wearing (even as an adult, I find myself taking inventory of who is rocking red).  It doesn’t matter if you’re having date night with your sweetie, drinks with your girls, treats with your kids, or movie night with yourself – you still need to look fabulous.  Below are some looks cultivated from my favorite websites that will meet all of your Valentine’s Day needs.

Date Night

For date night with your boo, I would suggest going super romantic or super sexy.  Either way, you couldn’t go wrong with one of these dresses below.

Michael by Michael Kors Faux Wrap Dress (Red)

Mesmerize Me Lace Dress from Fashion to Figure  (comes in plus sizes!)

Alfani Color Blocked Sheath Dress from Macys

Alfani Color Blocked Sheath Dress at Macys (Photo Credit: http://www.macys.com)

BCBGeneration 3-quarter Sleeve Dress from Macys (super sexy mini with a back cut-out!)

Drinks with the Girls

Celebrating V-Day with the girls?  Keep things light and airy and super flirty.  It’s likely you’ll find a cutie to pay for your drinks with these pieces.

Pleated Faux Leather Skirt by Guess (a must-have in my opinion!)

Faux leather pleated skirt by Guess. (Photo Credit: Polyvore)

ASOS Curve Peg Pants (from the ASOS plus line)

Contrast Trim Hi-Low Blouse from Dress Barn (currently in my closet)

Dress Barn contrast trip hi-low top.

Dress Barn contrast trim hi-low top.

Ethnic Print Shirt from Zara

Lace Blouse with Faux Leather Piping from Zara

Baking Cookies with the Kiddies.  Or the nieces and nephews.  Or your favorite little people.

These pieces are super comfortable and in all your favorite Valentine’s Day colors.

Ultra Skinny Printed Pants by Gap

Ultra Skinny Printed Pants by Gap (Photo Credit: http://www.gap.com)

Rockstar Demi-Boot Jeans by Old Navy

Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater from Joe Fresh

Vintage Cotton Stripe Tee from J. Crew (yes please! In every color!)

Movie Night at Home

Sometimes, the best way to spend V-Day is at home, bundled on the couch with popcorn, ice cream (but not too much!), and vino.  These clothes will be a comfy addition to the perfect night in!

Kiss Love Dream Sleep Shirt from Avenue (plus size alert!)

The Afterhours Pajamas by Victoria’s Secret

Grace Robe by La Perla

Polka Dot Knit Chemise from Cacique

Black and pink polka dot chemise by Cacique (Photo Credit: Lane Bryant)

What will you be wearing this Valentine’s Day?  My outfit remains to be seen, but I’ll be sure to share a pic.

Your Chic is Showing,

With Love, Erika

January 2013 Fashion Challenge Check-In

Hey guys and dolls!  As the month ends (or, ended yesterday) I wanted to check in to see how everyone did with their January 2013 Fashion Challenge.  Earlier this month, everyone was tasked to: “Rock winter’s hottest sweaters and snap a pic of yourself wearing it.  If you don’t own one, your challenge is to go out and get one!”

So?  How did you do?  Personally, I embraced this challenge because the weather has been all over the place – 60 degrees one day and 0 the next!  Below are some of my favorite looks from the challenge.

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In the look above, I’m actually rocking a sweater of my dad’s from lord knows when!  The sweater was a bit bulky, so I grabbed a Kiyonna belt to give myself some shape.  Skinny jeans and matching boots topped off the look. When people asked me where I got the sweater I loved telling them it was “vintage!”

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I told you guys when we started this challenge that I was obsessed with this sweater from Joe Fresh!  I adore this mustard chain link sweater.  This was a casual Sunday, so I threw on a mustard t-shirt under the sweater and my fave (they’re featured twice in this post!) toffee flat boots.

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This Michael by Michael Kors is one of my favorites.  It’s a pure white, super comfy (and warm) knit with a cowl neck.  I seriously lounge around in this sweater all the tie.  On this particular day I threw on some skinny jeans from Old Navy and my favorite nautical inspired flats.  The outfit was effortless so I kept the face clean as well.  No makeup? No problem!

So, how did you guys do with the challenge this month?  Send YCS your pics and outfit details.  I’m sure everyone is dying to see what you wore this month!

Be on the look out for February’s Fashion Challenge next week!

Your Chic is Showing,

                                 love erika

January 2013 Fashion Challenge

It’s a new year and we’re going to have lots of GREAT fashion challenges!  Even though the holidays are over, the weather outside is still rather frightful!  Chunky, cozy, knit sweaters are still all the rage and we want to see how you guys are wearing yours.

Chain link sweater in mustard by Joe Fresh. I’ve been rocking this sweater ever since the fall. Love!

Your January 2013 Fashion Challenge: Rock winter’s hottest sweaters and snap a pic of yourself wearing it.  If you don’t own one, your challenge is to go out and get one!  Bonus: They will be on sale as stores start to get rid of winter inventory to make room for springtime frocks!

You know the rules:

  1. Snap your pic
  2. Share it with us on Instagram (@YourChicisShowing), Twitter (@urchicisshowing), Facebook (www.facebook.com/yourchicisshowing) or via email (info@yourchicisshowing.com).
  3. Use the hashtag #ycsfashionchallenge so that everyone will be able to see your fabulous sweaters!
  4. Let your chic show!

We’ll be checking in periodically and sharing reader photos, so be sure to get yours in! Ready. Set. Show (your chic)!

Your Chic is Showing,

With Love, Erika