More Color, More Life

Ever since the summer of 2017 began, I’ve set various goals for myself. An important one was to get more serious about my career goals and be more productive. Until recently, I’ve been shy with everything from dealing with new people to my sense of fashion. I’ve considered the fields that I’m passionate about—fashion and photography—and I’ve realized that networking is crucial both in the way you present yourself and intellectually. So, my first step was to add more color and statement pieces to my wardrobe.

My inspirations for my lifestyle, especially on the style spectrum, has always been God as well as various celebrities I admire. My religion plays a big role in my style because I don’t wear pants. So, one word that innately describes my style has always been modest. I’ve realized that modesty has always been “in” over the past decades, which has helped me be more confident with it. People rarely ask me why I don’t wear pants especially because of the unique culture we have today.

I decided to be more daring with my wardrobe while sticking to my roots. I’ve always loved the vintage, chic look and timeless pieces. My inspirations for fashion are Solange Knowles-Ferguson and various industry bloggers such as Shiona Turini and Aimee Song. They each have very different styles but inspire a piece of mine. Solange has always been free in her ever surprising style, serving major looks that express her free personality. She incorporates the right colors with the statement elements of her look that agree perfectly. Aimee and Shiona are prime examples of how you can incorporate your personal style with high-end fashion. They all share the perfect combinations with subtle, daring patterns and vibrant colors.

My uniform look is the nude palette. However, I have added pops of color that have really elevated not only my style but my lifestyle. Adding color really adds more to your life. I realized that I could freely make statements with my style while dressing modestly as well as be comfortable with who I am. As you can see, I did a red, monochromatic look with a hint of black. I paired a red ruffle dress with my mini suede, red clutch and lace-up sandals. This look allows me to be comfy and cool in the hot season. The lace-up sandals have been a staple for me this summer, adding the perfect neoclassical edge to my bold reds.

Do you think adding color to your wardrobe enhances your life? Let me know in the comments below!

The Easiest Summer Makeup Trend and How to Achieve It

Summer brings to mind bright colors and glowing skin. With just a few steps you can achieve one of the most popular looks for this season: monochrome makeup. The key to this makeup trend is to have a natural smooth base so that the single color really pops.

In order to get there, you have to utilize formulas best suited for your skin type. Put simply, those with drier skin should look for creamy products that hydrate the skin to leave a luminous finish, while oily-skinned individuals can achieve this same look by sticking to products aimed to leave a matte finish to help de-slick throughout the day. Normal to combination skin types are generally able to mix and match accordingly to achieve glowing skin.

I prep my combination skin using a cleanser, chemical exfoliator, moisturizer, and a smoothing primer with SPF. I make sure to wait a few minutes between steps to make sure my skin has absorbed each product. 

To target hyperpigmentation on my light/medium skin, I use a small amount of orange concealer around my mouth and under my eyes. I blend this into my skin with a concealer brush to neutralize my skin tone.

Then, I move to my eyebrows. Using a retractable eyebrow pencil, I use a light brown shade to outline the inner corner of my eyebrows and use a medium brown to define the rest of my eyebrow. In order to blend the harsh lines, I brush my eyebrows with a spool brush and use brow gel to keep them in place. For a crisp look, I use a small amount of my foundation on an angled brush and outline my brows. Don’t forget to blend!

Next, I apply my foundation with a flat foundation brush and use a beauty sponge to smooth out any streaks. I set the makeup on my nose, my forehead, and under my eyes with powder and proceed with a setting spray all over my face.

Now that I have a fresh canvas to work on, I decide which color I want to use. I picked a light raspberry shade and applied this as I would a blush and eyeshadow. I love to apply this from the tops of my cheeks to the sides of my temples in a “C” motion. For my lips, I used a similar toned creamy lipstick. Pro tip: If you are struggling to find a similar color in your collection, simply dust your eye shadow color over lip balm.

Finally, I add two coats of mascara. For added luminosity, I use a shimmering highlighter on the highest points of my face and the look is complete!

If you create a monochrome makeup look, be sure to tag @CFashionista on social media. I would love to see the fun colors you chose as the basis for this look!

How a Fashionista (Appropriately) Brings Summer to the Workplace

For those Fashionistas that must wait until after their summer Internship to fully reap the benefits of the summertime, it is of the utmost importance to incorporate your favorite summer pieces into your work wear. This month’s Fashionista is a prime example of how to rock those chic, bohemian clothing items in an appropriate manner.

1—Wear a colorful off-the-shoulder bodysuit underneath a pair of dark wash jeans. Though denim cut-offs are a summer staple, they are definitely not appropriate for the workplace. Instead, throw on a pair of your favorite skinny jeans, preferably without any holes. The trendy off-the-shoulder bodysuit will fit seamlessly underneath while also adding a little spice to your look. If it is really a scorcher outside, or you just want to show off your cute footwear, give your jeans a small cuff at the bottom.

2—Bring out your favorite gold pieces to enhance that sun-kissed glow. You probably spend your few off days by the pool with friends, right? Why not show off that gorgeous tan! This Fashionista chose large gold accessories to bring out her golden skin. She is wearing ‘Sophee’ Kendra Scott earrings, a gold necklace, and an oversize gold watch surrounded by gold bracelets and rings.

3—Slip into a comfortable pair of beaded sandals. Now to the footwear. No matter what your summer job is, a nice pair of sandals is typically acceptable. To tie into the rest of the look, find a pair of comfy sandals that have neutral beaded detailing. Especially with the cuffed jeans, these sandals will really make a statement for themselves. Oh, I forget to mention you get bonus points if you have an awesome tattoo on your foot.

4—Complete the look with a beautiful smile. I know it is cheesy, but a smile really does pull the look together. Plus, everyone has a reason to smile during the summer.

Have you brought the summer to your workplace? Show us on social media! Don’t forget to tag @CFashionista.

How to Make Your Own Gladiator Sandals

Are you pumped about the colorful lace-up gladiator sandals trend but slightly less excited about the high price you often have to pay for these cool kicks?

Here’s how to make your own gladiator sandals while staying totally on a budget!

Visit your local craft store and purchase hemp and colorful beads. Purchase a pair of simple slides, making sure that there is a place for you to insert the strap you will make. I wrapped my strap around the thong of this sandal. Some slides that will also work can be found here.

Measure and cut about a yard of hemp, depending on how long you want the straps to be. Thread the hemp through the hole in the bead, and tie a knot around the bead to hold it in place. Continue tying beads about two inches apart for the entirety of the yard of hemp. When you are finished, loop your homemade strap around the built-in strap of the slide sandal. Lace your shoes up and you are good to go!

Now, here’s how to style your shoes.

Because these shoes are a bit of a statement, I paired them with a simple white top and a pair of fringed jeans I cut off myself.

To add some more color to the outfit, I added some funky earrings.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go make yourself a pair of on-trend—and on budget—gladiator sandals! Share a picture on Instagram of you styling your new kicks and make sure to tag @CFashionista!

A Bold Summer Makeup Look On A Budget

Summer is finally here and with the change of season comes summer parties, music festivals, and an endless amount of exciting adventures. Rather than settle for the same boring makeup routine, this is the time to experiment and try something new! Here is how to achieve a summer look with a pop of color without breaking the bank.

1—Prime and Prep. The first step in any makeup routine is to remember to moisturize. One of the most important qualities of a moisturizer is to make sure it contains SPF. Although it should be used year round, SPF is especially important during the summer months. Once you’ve applied your favorite moisturizer, it’s time to prime! A great primer is essential to prevent your skin from getting oily and your makeup running during the hot summer day.

2—Conceal and Brighten. Have dark circles from the endless nights of studying during the school year? Use a color corrector underneath your favorite concealer to make you look refreshed and well-rested. Once you’ve gotten rid of the dark circles, brighten your under eyes with a concealer slightly lighter than the rest of your face. This will brighten up your under-eye, creating a natural highlight. Next, use your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer. For fuller coverage, use a matte foundation to keep the shine away during the hot summer days. Top it off with a matte powder to keep your makeup locked in.

3—Eyes. In order to get the pop of color that makes this look unique, start with your favorite eye primer in order to ensure that any shadow you put on won’t melt throughout the day. If you want to get more bang for your buck, use any highlighter you may have as an eye shadow and place it in the inner third part of your eyelid. If you don’t have a bright-colored shadow, using a cheek blush works just as well. Take the blush and blend it in the crease, making sure to blend it with the champagne shimmer shade as well. Complete your eye look with your favorite eyeliner and mascara.

4—Highlight. One of the best ways to add some sparkle and glam to amp up your makeup look is by using a great highlighter. However, if you don’t have a highlighter on hand, any shimmery eyeshadow you have will do just the trick.

5—Lips. Last but not least, you will need a matching bold lip to complete this look. Make sure to use a liquid lipstick. Not only is it easier to apply, but liquid lipsticks often last longer and have great pigmentation. A bold lip will complete this amazing summer look.

Tag @Cfashionista in your posts of your bold summer makeup looks!

Appreciating Art Isn’t As Intimidating As You Think

Some people might tell you that taking in a work of art is the same as gazing at a flower or a sunset. While others believe that taking in a sculpture or a painting is intimidating. Art is free flowing; there is no exact science or logic to art, which can make museum-going a little uncomfortable for those just dipping their toes into the art world.

While gallery-hoping may not be as simple as looking up at the clouds, there is no reason to be intimidated. Art should be appreciated by everyone, so here are a few easy steps that will lead you down the path to truly appreciating art. (Photo via @briannarlowe)

1—How was it made? Take in the stroke patterns or the amount of colors in a painting, or the amount of detail in a sculpture or photographing. Noting the details of a piece creation will provide insight on how much work went into the piece.

2—What is it made out of? Many artists have go-to materials that are either reflective of their time or, simply, of their preference. Learn a little more about the creator of a piece simply by observing whether they used marble or wood, paints or charcoals, thread or yarn. (Photo via @jenvpetrova)

3—How does it make you feel? This one may sound like a cliche, but it is truly important. Art is generally created to be seen, to be shared with an audience. Just like the lyrics to a song are meant to move the listener, artists often intend for their pieces to cause an emotional response. When taking in a piece, see if it reminds you of something else, or stirs up thoughts or emotions you had not considered.

4—How does it connect to other art? Museums and galleries tend to order pieces by time periods or styles. As you take in each piece, see how it compares to those around it. Is there a piece that sticks out among the rest? Which one do find to be the most interesting or complex? (Photo via @madelinekf)

You don’t have to have an Master’s in art history in order to appreciate the beauty or intensity of a piece. You simply have to have a watchful eye and an open mind. Have any other tips for those interested in art? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Capture that Picture-Perfect Moment

Three, two, one—strike a pose! Summertime means having picture-taking time, but capturing that right moment can be hard. Based on my own experience, here are some tips and tricks to make your picture-perfect moments even better.


Rather than just throwing up the lens and clicking the button, take the time to see what you’re actually capturing. Composition plays a huge role in making pictures stand out. One thing to look for is balance—if you’re aiming for your main focus to be in the center, make sure there’s even space (negative space) framing the image. Want to make your picture more interesting but don’t know how? Try moving your center-of-focus by cropping the photo and making it and asymmetrical composition—a small fix goes a long way.

2—Horizon line.

The horizon line is the visual boundary where the sky meets land, and it’s the actual height of the viewer’s eyes when looking at an object or scene. This can be easily forgotten when taking pictures—luckily, it can be a quick-fix in the post. It’s important to look out for any horizontal lines that run in the background of your picture. The goal? Making the line parallel with the top and bottom of your picture. You can use a rotating tool to adjust the photo. As a result, your picture appears straight and level.


Color is a great way to make your picture pop! Finding a cool area that has bright or contrasting colors can take your picture to a whole new level. Murals or street art are a fun way to make your photo unique while enhancing all of the surrounding natural beauty.


When in doubt, add a prop! Accessories draw attention to other areas in your picture. You’ll be surprised how a simple object like a pair of sunglasses can completely transform a picture. Little details like accessories on people or in the setting (whether with styling or just rearranging objects) can bring a whole other level to your images!


After a few clicks, you may find yourself wondering what pose to work next. It’s best to keep moving throughout your photo shoot—action makes a picture exciting! Jumping, spinning, or even holding up a peace sign is enough to give your picture that extra something you were looking for. Always think of new ways to make a picture interesting. Natural, candid action shots are caught when you least expect it, so click away!

How do you capture your perfect moment?  Show us your favorites on social media, and be sure to tag @CFashionista.

5 Ways to De-stress for the Summer

When you’re being thrown into stressful situations like school, work, or difficult life choices, things can get pretty hectic. Stress can do a number of terrible things to your body. This could include, health issues, acne, even social withdrawal. So unwind and start living stress-free!

1—Schedule. Even though it’s the summer, I still like to keep a planner of what I need to do or where I’m going to stay on track. It’s always a good idea to schedule out your life and stay organized in this busy world.

2—Unplug. This is a tough one. Try to go a day or more without electronics. When we aren’t attached to our electronics life seems simpler and healthier. So put your phone on airplane mode while you go out and enjoy this beautiful world!

3—Have fun. Make time for fun and do more of what you love. Personally, I love to draw and that’s my escape. Whether its art, music, or the outdoors, just give yourself some time to enjoy your favorite pastimes.

4—Animals. Pet, cuddle, or play with some animals. Although I favor puppies, there are a lot of other animals that could help as well. Relaxing and giving all of your attention to animals has been proven to be a true stress reliever.

5—Unwind. Setting time aside to relax can be difficult. Aromatherapy is a big favorite of mine. Find some of your favorite essential oils and maybe even get a diffuser for your room. One of my favorite items in my room is the diffuser and I encourage you to get one. Don’t forget to pamper yourself, getting new candles or cosmetics can really change your mood. Try a new face mask and have a night in, or maybe you’d rather have a warm cup of tea while you cozy up to a new book.

Yoga and meditation are also popular de-stressors. Overall, this big world could use a big bottle of stress-relief lotion poured over it but for now, we’re just going to have to slow down and take care of ourselves.

Let us know how you de-stress in the comments below!

Pretty in Patterns—How to Style the Color of the Year

From floral to paisley, patterns are a summer staple, but styling them can be a bit challenging. This article will show you how to style your patterned outfit for a perfect and flirty daytime outfit. While pastels are in fashion for the summer, Pantone declared the color of the year for 2017, as “Greenery” which the Pantone Color Institute describes as a “zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring.”

This dress is one that fits all that is in style for the summer! The zesty green plus the pattern that is to die for. What is great about these kinds of patterns is that they are wearable for both daytime and nighttime events. All you have to do is dress them for that event with the proper shoes, handbag, and jewelry.

If you are the kind of person who loves to stay active but wants to stay on trend, you can achieve a daytime and a more active-friendly look with a patterned sundress. You can wear that outfit for daytime activities like day dates to the zoo, brunch with your girlfriends, or a day in the city. Just pair it with black Vans sneakers to make it easier for you to walk and get around.

With such a casual and daytime-friendly look, patterns are usually more difficult to style with handbags or purses. Personally, I love small backpacks. They are useful, small, and oh so cute! With a green and white pattern like the one shown above, you can add a black, white, brown, or really any solid-colored backpack to carry your stuff in while keeping your arms free!

For a nighttime look, either for going to a party or going on a date, just pair the dress with a solid-colored opened or closed-toe shoe, depending on the occasion and the situation. As you know, the makeup look makes the outfit, so don’t forget to get creative—or not—depending on what you like and what you want to get out of your entire look!

Tell us how you like to style your favorite patterned item for the summer in the comments below and don’t forget to tag @CFashionista in your pictures on Instagram!

How to Bring Color to Your Office Wardrobe this Summer

My favorite part about summer clothing is the pops of color that I am forced to wear instead of automatically reverting to my all black wardrobe. I love adding colorful statement necklaces, bright watches, colorful sandals, and bright handbags to my outfits. But this summer, there seems to be a bigger call for color. Embroidered everything is super trendy this summer season. Whether it is embroidered flowers on jeans, jackets, tops, or even shoes, you can find it almost anywhere! Some of my favorite embroidered styles have come from Zara, but I also love these heeled mules from ASOS.

My personal go-to for embroidered fashion is classier tops that can be worn in and out of the office. For all of you Fashionistas who have snagged summer internship gigs, I am sure you all have felt the pain of feeling like you have to wear all black in the office to be considered professional and serious about your career. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case. You can bring some color to your cubicle by wearing an embroidered top with your nicest pair of jeans, black slacks, or a pair of bright yellow pants! One of my personal favorites that I added to my internship wardrobe is this top from Zara.

Need some more ideas on what might be acceptable for your business casual office? Try out these loafers with your black dress pants, this super cute skirt with a pair of tights and a black blazer, or this collared blouse with a pair of navy blue slacks! These pieces will keep things professional, while also allowing your creative side to shine through when you’re kicking butt at your summer job!

How do you bring current trends into the office while staying sleek and professional? We want to see! Show us on social media, and don’t forget to tag us @cfashionista!