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Without fashion, culture ceases to exist.

Utilizing your “AND’s”

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How many of you have certain things or hobbies that peak your interests or are your passions?

Have you thought of those things? Keep that in the back of your mind.

We are all gifted in different areas with certain talents. These talents are unique to each and every one of us.

Growing up I had two main passions:

First was a curiosity for how things worked! As a little girl sitting on my bunkbed watching my father turn off the lights before going to sleep, I was always curious as to how the light was able to turn on and off.

How the television was able to display a picture. How the refrigerator kept things cold. How donuts were made, etc etc.

Did you ever wonder that? No… ok well moving on.

My Second passion was style and fashion. This is because I saw the way that personal style could transform a person. When a person was wearing their favorite outfit, their attitude shifted and you could see positive confidence radiating from them!

Throughout adolescence and into early adulthood, I learned very much about how things worked especially through engineering school.

During those years however, I was still neglecting one side of me, and that was the fashion and style side. I would look it up on the weekends, study different body shapes and always put outfits together but still that portion was not being fulfilled.

2011-2012 was when I really started to see social media platforms transform lives. From @mankofit who had about 4k followers at the time, to @thepatriciabright and her YouTube videos, I saw them doing what they loved and turning them into their passions. This was also when blogs were fairly new and my sister had one

It honestly didn’t hit me until I graduated college and thought “that’s it, I need to hop on this fashion train!” So I Googled literally every fashion show/event in my area and made it a thing to reach out to as many people as possible to try to get into the industry.

As I did that my “fashion network” began to grow and my passions were being fulfilled and I was starting to combing engineering with fashion and fashion with engineering. I like to bring my “Fashionista” to the office and with an office full of engineers….. let’s just say it is easy to stand out.

But see that is where the true problem lies. I love both, so why can’t I be both? At all times. Society has its way of keeping things separate. You can be this or that, not both.

Well society, FORGET YOU! Cause I am defying all odds and combining my passions.

When we combine our passions, these passions are our ANDS, as told by my dear friend Liz. When we utilize and combine our AND’s that is when those societal norms and barriers are broken. This is when we learn that it is ok to be many things and that being many things and utilizing many things makes us stronger.

So to you! Remember you’re talented, you’ve got gifts! Utilize your AND’s to tear down the societal walls!

Outfit Details:

Top @chicwish

Skirt @chicwish

Shoes: Angels in Flat Irons Mall

Bag: Urban Southern Use code VANESSA15 for 15% off your order!

Jewelry: Nordstrom

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What’s the big deal with The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

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If you’ve been scrolling through your social media feeds these past few days, you might notice that every person and their mama raving about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

So, what is the big deal?

For those of you who have been questioning this “Nordstrom Sale”, here’s the big idea!

Top Brands on Sale!

Nordstrom is one of the largest retailers for mid-tier and high-end tier clothing.  For many of us, we cannot just afford to spend $200 on a nice blouse! That is where the Nordstrom Sale comes in! Every year they do their Anniversary Sale where they have deeper discounts on their products. This way, you’re getting the top of the line clothing and products without breaking the bank!

When is the sale?

Early Access: (For Nordstrom Card Holders) – July 13- July 20th

Public Access: July 21- August 6th

Why would I want early access?

By signing up with the Nordstrom card, you can have early access to those deals before they become public! There are tons of great items in high demand, so they may sell out quickly. Sometimes, even before they’re open to the public, so by getting early access, that cute blouse that you’ve been eyeing, has a better chance of getting to you!

How do I get early access?

You can gain early access by applying for the Nordstrom credit card OR signing up for a Nordstrom debit card! Can I get an AMEN for the debit card option?! Amen!

What is shipping like?

Free! Oh that words rings like wedding church bells!

I can shop the #NSALE, now what?

It is time to be strategic about the Nordstrom Sale, although they have a great return policy, (free returns!), we still need to be intentional about shopping the sale! Here are a few things to keep in mind for your future wardrobe when shopping the #NSALE.

– Fall/Winter clothing (sweaters, hats, coats, boots, dresses, etc)

– Vacation: For any trips coming up soon that you want to look great for!

– Beauty and skin care Products: Been wanting to try out La Mer products? Here’s your chance! Also, is a great time to invest in a very good moisturizer!

Nordstrom plus* You can also do curbside pickup or in-store pick up!

Ok. Now that you know why the sale is a big deal! Let’s get into the fun part! SHOPPING!!! Below I have a list of some sale items!


Dresses and Clothing

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1. Satin Wrap Up Dress   2. Lizzie Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress  3. Vince Camuto Artwork Body-Con Dress

4. Eliza J Print Bell Sleeve Wrap Dress 5. Eliza J Ruffle Sleeve Crepe Jumpsuit 6. Velvet Wrap Dress

7. Natalie Stretch Bootleg Jeans 8. Ruffle Fit & Flare Dress 9. Open Back Ruffle Dress 10. Velvet Band Jacket

11. Betsey Johnson Asymmetrical Dress 12. Sheer Dot Blouse 13. Choker Lace Shift Dress

14. Ponte Sheath Dress 15. Pink Stretch Crepe Shift Dress 16. OTS Bell Sleeve Romper

17. Ruffle Hem Military Jacket 18. TOPSHOP Spot Jumpsuit 19. SWING top (M & L Only Left)

20. Patagoina Parka (xs and small left) 21. Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt Dress



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1. Lailey Block Heel Mule  2. Ellison Block Heel Sandal 3. Weatherproof Tall Boot  4. Weatherproof Bootie

5. Cavell Loafer Mule 6. Steve Madden Pearl Embellished Mule 7. MAXX Pointy Toe Pump

8. Dolce Vita Sand Heel 9. Steve Madden Grand Bootie 10. VINCE Madolee OTK Boot 11. Shearling UGG Boot

12. Sam Edelman Pointy Toe Ballet Flat 13. TORY BURCH Adeline Boot 14. Stuart Weitzman Notazzie Bootie

15. Red Tale 2 Slide

Accessories and Misc!

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1. Evian Facial Spray 2. Sole Society Leather Backpack 3. Revita Brow 4. Revita Lash 5. Kiehl’s Favorites

6. Velvet and Chain Clutch 7. Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody 8. BP Faux Leather Tote 9. Sole Society Tote

10. BaubleBar Crispin Drop Earrings 11. Strisa Butterfly Print Clutch 12. Loren Hope Glen Fringe Earrings

13. Madewell Tiger’s- Eye Drop Earrings 14. Cigar Band Ring 15. NADRI Ear Crawlers



*All Photos From Nordstrom Site*
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Comin’ in Clutch!


Well HELLO fabulous! It is basically summer so the skin is showing and so are the ….. clutches! With the summer being HOT HOT HOT, there is no time to be carrying around giant purses and bags, so without further ado, I have clutches, mini cross bodies, and backpacks from many different stores so that you can start the summer coming in clutch!

Above: BCBG Max Azria currently sold out but many similar attached on my Instagram



BCBG Quincy Star Clutch, Madewell Vacation Clutch, Dorothy Perkins Clutch, Steve Madden Tassel Clutch, Mia Woven Clutch, Ted Baker , Sweet Bella Yellow Pouch, Natasha Clutch, Neon Chelsea Clutch, Show Me Your Mumu Flamingo Clutch, INC international concepts, Selfridges Floral Clutch, Asos Clutch, BCBG Mixed Media Box Clutch

Splurge Clutches:

Gucci Floral Clutch, Tory Burch Embroidered Clutch, Ellie Sab Floral ClutchDolce and Gabbana Floral Embellished Clutch, BCBG Viona Striped Clutch


Cross Bodies:

Blush Crossbody Kohls, Striped Crossbody, Faux Leather Camera Bag Fanny Pack, H&M Small Shoulder Bag, Topshop Crossbody, Ralph Lauren Perforated, Sole Society Crossbody, Selfridges Pom Pom, 6pm Nine West, Ice Cream Shoulder Bag, Charming Charlie Crossbody,

Splurge Cross Bodies:

Henri Bendel Stripes, Chloe Nile Crossbody, Furla Mango Crossbody, YSL Blue CrossbodyVera Bradley Watermelon Saddle Bag,




Tommy Hilfiger, , Tommy Summer, Kate Spade Nylon Backpack, Ted Baker Mini Jarvis, Topshop Blake Mini Backpack, Herschel Supply, State Bag Multicolor, Asos Velvet Backpack

Photography: PaigeForden Photo and from their respective sites

Hope you have enjoyed this post! Is there anything else that you would like to see? Feel free to email me at



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Have you ever seen a piece of clothing in a picture or on someone and you thought “wow, that would be perfect for this/that!”? You try to Google the item, then search for it on Pinterest, but STILL can’t find it? Yes! That is why  is the perfect solution to this problem. Please see below for how it works! is very simple. It allows you shop your favorite Instagrammers simply by “liking” their picture, or taking a “screenshot.” When you do that, you get an email sent to you containing all of the outfit details and information. It gives you links to shop the products that you liked.  It is that easy! In order to get started you can sign up for  or download the app! You can also see the  video below.



When you sign up for, it will ask you for your Instagram login, that way you can authorize! Now not to fear, I don’t like plenty of emails so you can choose how many times you’d like to receive that email, whether it is once a day, week, or month!

Happy Shopping!

T-Shirt Shift Dress: From Missguided but similar here, here, here, and here.

Gold Metallic Belt: Herehere, here, and here.

Rose Gold Sunglasses: Here, here, here, spectacles.

Beige Sandals: Similar here, here, herehere, here, and here.

Michael Kors Tote: Here, here, here, and here.

Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch: Here, here, and here.

Earrings: Pearls, here, and here.

Makeup: NARS Luminous Weightless, NARS Dual Identity Blush, Colourpop Lips, Ardell Lashes


Photos by: Paige Forden Photo

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Women Empowerment: Love a Human Project

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In many cultures all throughout history, women were in competition with each other. They were in competition with each other for getting a man. This is because they did not have the opportunities we have today to be contributors of society. Their main roles were to produce children. Sometimes the only way to “move up” was to marry wealthy. Some women were taught to stay quiet for having ideas was frowned upon. In many cultures, women were to solely take care of household items.

Now more than ever, women have the ability to do and be whatever they’d like to be. While we still have a long way to go, and not all countries are at the same point, it is important for us to learn to lift each other up. Now there is healthy competition and unhealthy competition. When we get jealous of others or gossip about one another, it brings the entire gender of women down. Instead, we should lift one another up by supporting each other and helping one another within the struggles of life. When we get to know others without judgement, we learn more about the world, our surroundings, and can relate with people on a deeper level, connecting us in ways that we could never imagine! For my entire life, I always had friends that were different from me. Whether it was race, religion, style, background, class etc. However, I loved having so many friends from different “cliques.” Having so many friends from different groups made it difficult during adolescence because people naturally segregated themselves into groups. (continued below)

Left to Right: Shanell, Katie, Ashley, Vanessa, Sarah

Left to Right: Allison, Crystal, Vanessa


I wanted to start a project called the #LoveAHuman project. I got many of my friends together, some knew each other and some did not. I wanted to see what it was like to have people from contrastive lives and backgrounds come together. Needless to say, these women are all incredible and they PROVED that you can have unique upbringings and lifestyles, yet still learn to love someone different from you! My challenge to you is to get to know someone you may not typically hang out with or get to know! You never know what happens when you #LoveAHuman

For the wonderful photographer and women in this shoot, see below.

Photography: Paige Forden Photo

Each and every one of these women is absolutely incredible! Below are all their Instagram links!

From Left to Right: Yulia, Katie, Allison, Hannah, BK, Ansu, Shanell, Me (Vanessa), Ashley, Raeann, Sarah, Whitney, Crystal

Left to Right: Ansu, Sarah, Whitney, Me

Crystal and BK

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BARHOOM BRANDS: A New Way of Shopping


How many of you hate shopping, or simply just do not have the time? You want to look great, but do not know where to begin? You want to stay modest, but that means trading in fashion.

If you relate with any of these, I get it! YOU GUYS! This is why I’m SO EXCITED for this post!

Let me introduce you to BARHOOM BRANDS!

Barhoom Brands is a clothing company started by two women who wanted to dress modest and trendy. They realized that people do not have time for themselves. Whether you’re a student, mother, career woman, wife etc. it’s important to have a comfortable wardrobe that is conducive for your day to day life, and Barhoom Brands does just that.

It is a monthly subscription styling service and below is how it works!

First, you’ll take a questionnaire to help the stylists figure out your preferences when it comes to patterns, styles, colors, and fit.

Then, a stylist team will start to work on your bag picking items to compliment your lifestyle and style. The $10 upfront is for the styling service. For your first styling, I’ve got the coupon code of VANESSA10

The bag is shipped to you. You can try on the clothing, keep what you like, and send back the rest! After 30 days you’ll be charged for the clothing you keep!

When I did the questionnaire, I specified that I like prints, bold colors and tops that are more loose. Below were the items in my Barhoom Bag.


Top and skirt are from Barhoom Brands.


This dress is so comfortable you all! I styled it with a purse and belt that are my own.

This Barhoom Brands skirt is easy to pair with anything!

This Barhoom Brands top is so fun that it can be worn by itself or with a bag and a vest.

Barhoom Brands is such a great service and if you would like to get styled for free, use code VANESSA10

I cannot wait to see what you all get in your Barhoom Box! Tag me and Barhoom Brands in your photos on Instagram so that we can see your style!

Photography by @paigefordenphoto and by @zoeygracephotography







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