Let's Get Real

Outfit Details: H&M x Alexander Wang sports bra (alt here), Urban Outfitters skirt (alt here), Nike sneakers (alt here), Forever 21 choker (similar here) 

Outfit Details: H&M x Alexander Wang sports bra (alt here), Urban Outfitters skirt (alt here), Nike sneakers (alt here), Forever 21 choker (similar here

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So, let me tell you...

Other than the latest visual update, I'm sure you've noticed that things just aren't the same here on the blog. The posts aren't nearly as consistent as they used to be, solely because I've been going through some tough times in my personal life and trying to figure out how to manage all of the intricacies and stay motivated/inspired has been challenging, to say the least. It has kind of put a damper on my spirit and energy. However, recently, I've had some time to really think about what I want to do moving forward versus what I was doing and noticing that the two just weren't aligned. I started Honey In My Heels to inspire and be inspired and somewhere along the way I lost that focus and allowed other people's words and perspectives to cause me to stray away from what I believe the current purpose of HIMH to be. Also, looking to the right and to the left for "motivation" no longer motivated me. I began to compare myself and the accomplishments that I've achieved thus far and started feeling like they were less than. But the true question is, less than what? Less than my perception of what someone else seems to have accomplished? The tricky thing about being so heavily involved in social media and trying to grow a platform is that it is very easy to compare ourselves and our circumstances to what we see - not always remembering that what we see is just a depiction of a "life worth seeing." Leading me to the quote that should be tatted on everyone's forehead, "comparison is the thief of all joy." And it's so true, it's talked about quite often about our current society and how it's so easy to get caught up in the likes and the follows. But moving forward, I want to forget about all of that and get back to blogging and sharing for the sheer passion and purpose. All the while getting more real and honest with you all in hopes to truly inspire at least one person who stumbles upon HIMH. But with that comes a major fear of really putting myself out there. I think the thing that scares me the most is the vulnerability. But I hope that through this it will inspire someone else to take a leap of faith and put themselves "out there" and move past the what ifs and the negative thoughts that we tell ourselves as to why we shouldn't do what scares us. So to kick off this new movement and the opportunity to share my truths with you all I'm sharing a few quotes that have hit home for me at this time in my life.

In the comments below, I'd love to know if you have a favorite quote or quotes. Also, if this post inspires you to join me in this new mission to get more real and stop holding back (in all aspects of our lives), I'd love to know! Leave a comment so that we can motivate each other in this endeavor!  

Much love and thank you for reading!


"God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror. On the other side of your maximum fear are all of the best things in life." - Will Smith

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” -Brene Brown

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” - Criss Jami

 

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Little Black Wrap Dress

Outfit Details: Banana Republic dress, Tahari shoes (similar here), Old Navy sunglasses (similar here), Vintage belt (alt. here)

Outfit Details: Banana Republic dress, Tahari shoes (similar here), Old Navy sunglasses (similar here), Vintage belt (alt. here)

So, let me tell you...

You already know about my obsession with off the shoulder things - along with my affinity to turn things into the ever evolving trend. Well, this little black wrap dress was no exception. Side note, this is my first wrap dress and I feel like I'm on my way to really adulting right. haha The wrap dress is such a flattering fit for practically every shape. It's an easy throw on and go look. This particular wrap dress is from Banana Republic. I love the floaty feels this design gives off with the flounced hem and the flutter sleeves. I don't think it was intended to be worn off the shoulder, but once I tried it, there was no going back that day. I was in a bit of a sexy but caj kind of mood, so paired this dress with my favorite loafers at the moment (additional side note, these shoes also come in a slingback design... tempting).

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I manipulated the wrap just a bit to create more of a split. Also, I tucked the original belt strings underneath my belt so that they couldn't be seen.

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For a pop of color I used one of my grandmother's old belts. It's one of my favorite belts of hers. I've always loved the woven print. It has that 70s ish vibe to it that I can't get enough of.

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The little black dress that will be with me for seasons to come.

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Old Top New Ways

Outfit Details: Guess top (alt here, here), Thrifted belt, Levis jeans, Steve Madden heels (alt here), Banana Republic bag, Zero UV sunglasses, H&M earrings & necklace

Outfit Details: Guess top (alt here, here), Thrifted belt, Levis jeans, Steve Madden heels (alt here), Banana Republic bag, Zero UV sunglasses, H&M earrings & necklace

 

So, let me tell you...

I've had this top since I was about 16, I wore it for the first time when I went to a Chris Brown concert. I just knew he was going to pick me out from the crowd. All hail to youthful eagerness. Haha. Back to this wrap top, it is one of those pieces that I just can't bear to throw away, until I find something to replace it with. Even then, I'm not fully committed to letting it go, mainly for sentimental reasons. I love the simplicity of it, yet it still looks slightly dressed up. I've worn it time and time again, but this was the first time that I decided to wear it off the shoulders. Good thing my 16-year-old self didn't think of this way back then - I probably wouldn't have been able to leave the house. 

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It was a relaxing Saturday, strolling through the city. I kept the colors of this look light and neutral. Finishing off the outfit with a pair of old snakeskin wedges that I officially wore down to the sole (RIP platform wedges, you will be missed).

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I've been wearing this little brown suede bag from Banana Republic non-stop

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What I wore: Guess wrap top, Levis jeans, Steve Madden platform wedges, Banana Republic bag
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Blue Stripes & Plaid

So, let me tell you...

Looking back at these pictures, I'm crushing on this monochromatic blue outfit combination. The mix of stripes and plaid print coupled with the light wash denim gave this look the right amount of edge. I've said it before, but I'm a sucker for stripes so when I saw this limited edition asymmetrical band top from Banana Republic, my heart skipped a beat. I love the off the shoulder band detail. You may start to soon notice (and currently on my Instagram), that I have a slight obsession with off the shoulder things. Even if it's not meant to be worn off the shoulder, at some point I might make it be just that. Especially now that it's getting warmer, I'm keeping an eye out for the trend. So the fact that this top incorporates my favorite detail in a unique way, I'm totally loving it. I decided to pair the striped top with BR's menswear inspired plaid trousers. I love the versatility of this pant. You can dress them up for the office, or you can dress them down (mid-way) like I did with this look. Now that I'm getting older I appreciate having variety in my pant selection, I always love a good pair of jeans, but having a nice trouser to wear makes me feel a bit more sophisticated. Sometimes I want to just put on my big girl pants and roll. And I can totally do that with these trousers from BR.  

Wearing: Banana Republic asymmetrical band top and Logan fit plaid trousers
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Outfit Details: BR asymmetric band top, BR plaid trousers, Mossimo denim jacket, Merona heels

Outfit Details

Mossimo denim jacket (alt. here)

Banana Republic limited edition top

Banana Republic pants *

Merona heels

 


*In collaboration with Banana Republic #BRMovesYou


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Here For The Pizza.

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So, let me telll you...

A little fun fact about me. I'm typically always craving pizza, pasta, burger and fries, you know, all of the unhealthy stuff. So during the week, I like to eat really healthy (and workout) so that on the weekends I can eat all of my junk food, guilt free! It's one of my favorite weekend things to do. Another one of my favorite things to do is DIY's, like these jeans that I did in January. I haven't had much time lately to do anymore (most of my DIYs are impromptu) but wearing these jeans again this past week makes me want another pair. (Maybe in a darker wash this time?) Although I loved this light wash with this graphic t, those two coupled with a pair of my grandmother's old earrings, I was really into this look.

 Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! I know I will. In case you didn't get it from my shirt, I'm only here for the pizza. Pepperoni - pineapple, please! Also if you're going to Coachella, dance one out for me! :P

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What I wore: Cotton On graphic t shirt, Levis jeans, Merino pale blue sandals, Esprit blue bag, vintage earrings

Outfit Details

Cotton On t-shirt (alt here)

(DIY side split) Levis jeans

Merona heels 

Esprit bag


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BR Spring

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Continuing on the same note from my last post. Here's another spring gingham print from Banana Republic, this time in the classic sheath dress style! Not only because of the bold print, (which I'm starting to think that my closet needs more of) but also because of the fit, I'm really into this gingham print dress! The fabric has a nice amount of stretch to it which I really appreciate in any form fitting dress. It makes the dress comfortable, moveable and more flattering because it can hug your curves in all the right places. This print and style is one that can be worn on various occasions: work, date night, Easter Sunday... I styled it here with an old long scarf that I had, but it also looks really cute with a denim or leather jacket. Minor detail, but a notable one for me, the shoulders come equipped with a little holster for your bra straps so they're not popping out when you're leaning in to take those Easter Sunday pictures. (not just specifically Easter pictures, but you know what I mean) I don't know about you, but it's the little things like that that I appreciate in hindsight. Also, it's currently on sale!  

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Outfit details: Banana Republic sheath dress, Rebecca Minkoff shoulder bag, Chinese Laundry studded sandals
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Outfit Details

Banana Republic dress *

Chinese Laundry heels (alt. here)

Rebecca Minkoff bag

Generic scarf


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Gingham Style

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Growing up in a relatively conservative home with a mother who wears a lot of suits, I've grown to accumulate a few myself. Yet, nothing quite as notable and as exciting as this gingham print suit from Banana Republic's spring collection. This blazer and pant puts a few of my existing suits to a boring shame. There is something vivacious about a gingham print suit for that women on the go - which speaks volumes to who she is. With a style so bold it's nothing short of an eye-catching ensemble. Slide over traditional black and blue suit sets, something a little more fun is moving in this season.

P.s. This pant is the same Avery cut as the pants from the last post. Also, I did a mix match styling with this blazer for another look, so stay tuned for that!

Until next time!

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Outfit details: Gingham print blazer and pant, white button-up top, patent leather heels
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Outfit Details

Banana Republic blazer *

Banana Republic pants *

Banana Republic top (similar here)

Enzo Angiolini heels 

Topshop necklace


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