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Mixing Textures

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Photography by Taylor Horne

I must say, I am now in love with mixing and matching textures. I always stay in my “safe” zone and only use maybe 2 different textures in all of my looks. This time, I went all out! And I must say, it felt good to be a rebel. I mixed this chunky scarf, with an olive blazer, a lightweight top and leather pants. I think this outfit is perfect for the changing weather here in New York City. What do you think?

What I’m Wearing: H&M chunky knit scarf here | Urban Outfitters Hat | H&M Chiffon top | Leather skinny pants (similar) | olive blazer (similar) | Zara Lace Up Booties (similar)

 

Big Grey Coat

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The sun is out and I’m jumping for joy! I’m more excited for my skin having the opportunity to see the sun. I am just way too pale. I am almost to the point where I will break down and get a spray tan. Have you tried it before? I’m hearing a lot of great benefits of a spray tan, not to mention you protect you skin by not sun bathing. Maybe I’ll do a spray tan review for you soon! What do you think?

Wearing: Kenneth Cole coat, Ralph Lauren sweater, H&M scarf, Madewell jeans

White Jeans Blue Jeans

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Wearing: BCBG Maxazria sweater (similar), DL1961 white jeans, Marc Jacobs jean jacket (similar)

Today I decided on wearing this super comfy and warm sweater since it’s still cold here in New York City. Yes, you heard me right. It’s almost the middle of April and it’s still cold. Since I’m tired of lugging around a bunch of heavy stuffy clothes, I put on my warmest sweater, with this cute jean jacket. In light of it being the spring season, I opted for white everywhere else. Let me be the first to say that if you intend on riding in the subway at all, on any given day in NY, DO NOT WEAR WHITE! I repeat, do not wear white! It’s a disaster waiting to happen. Luckily I was just going in my neighborhood to grab brunch with some of my homegirls.

 

Sun Rays

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Today was finally a beautiful day in New York City. The only down side was that it was super windy so it made it feel even colder, but other than that, it was gorgeous! I was able to get in a quick jog in the morning, meet up with 2 friends and even did a little lounging in Central Park. I love days where I have a chance to socialize and also have time to reflect and relax. Life is very busy, and has gotten only busier since moving to New York. I cherish these moments to unwind and enjoy the small things in life.

Wearing: Nanette Lepore sweater (similar), Michael Kors pants, Banana Republic t-shirt

Who Are You?

Many of us are motivated by the fundamental question of “who are you?”. We spend a good portion of our lives “finding ourselves” and going through different experiences and making certain choices because we believe that this will help find who we are. But how do you know when you’re found? Do you have an “ah-ha!” moment? Do you tell yourself “there you are! I was looking all over for you!” For me, I don’t know that I will ever find myself because I am always striving to be a better me. I am hungry to continue to gain knowledge, meaningful relationships and make a real difference. These thoughts came to mind when I saw the words ‘who are you’ written on at the base of a light pole in Brooklyn, NY. I wondered about the person who wrote those words. What were their thoughts when they wrote it? This sense of wonder was flooding my brain while strolling on a cracked, uneven sidewalk on a Sunday afternoon, with my hands in my Kenneth Cole coat because the 32 degree weather in March was not merciful.

So, as you’re reading this, I can almost guarantee you asked yourself the same question. Who are you? We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Feel free to comment below.

Wearing: Coat: Kenneth Cole | Jeans: similar | Shoes: similar | Chambray shirt: similar

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Photography by Kat Reynolds

New Year’s Style Resolutions 2015

New Year Style Resolutions

One of my only new year’s resolutions was to take more risks with fashion. Don’t play it so safe. I’ve always been good about adding a piece of flare here and there with either a pop of color or a bold statement piece. This year I would like to make myself uncomfortable and take more fashion risks! I used to be very daring and was so comfortable with my personal style, but as time has gone by, I noticed that I am around so many “serious” people. I would like to spice it up and get the “old me” back when it comes to funky fashion. So today I promise myself and the WrkItGirl.com team and you all who are reading, that this year will be a lot of new fashion choices and combinations. I cannot wait to go on this journey with you. I must admit, I’m a little nervous, but I hope that you will help me along the way and  let me know if you did or didn’t like the outfit choice and why.I hope you all are having a great start to your new year! xoxo, Wrk It Girl

Welcome 2015!

I want to take a quick  moment to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I wish you all a blessed and prosperous new year, filled with many amazing moments and success. We love you all and we appreciate you so very much for your support of Wrk It Girl! We hope to continue to bring you great style and beauty inspiration and to continue to improve as the years go on. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

Love,

The Wrk It Girl Team

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Wearing: Kenneth Cole wool jacket, ripped jeans, white button down, lace up heels, Tory Burch cross-body bag, vintage floppy hat

The City

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If you’re following wrkitgirl on Instagram (@wrkitgirl), you will know that we had a huge announcement to share! So the big news is….drum roll please! Wrk It Girl is MOVING TO NEW YORK CITY!!! I am so grateful to finally be able to share this news with you all! I have been holding it in for about a month now. I wanted to make sure that everything was solid before I revealed this huge change in my life. I’m not going to lie, I am actually pretty scared and anxious. I recently shared some advice on ‘Facing Change‘ and the inspiration came from what I was going through at the time and deciding to finally pursue my dreams in New York. I’ve wanted to live in New York for as long as I can remember and the fact that this is actually happening feels so surreal. So many people from all over the world dream of going to New York and I just feel so blessed that we (me and you) will be able to take this journey together! I hope that you come along with me on this journey. I’ve gotten this far with you, and I hope that you stay with me along the way. With our prayers and steady determination we will be successful together. Let’s do this! Wrk It Girl!

Wearing: Wool CoatBlack lace-up heelsBlack leather crop topblack pencil skirt

Sassy but Classy

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I know a young woman who is trying to make it in the entertainment industry. She wants to be an actress or tv host really badly. I’m always giving her words of advice and I try to encourage her as much as I can. I noticed that all of the photo shoots she does or the pictures she takes, she is pretty much half naked. Was this her idea of success? Was this her plan to “make it big?”. I have noticed that so many young women think that you have to show it all to be perceived as sexy or desirable or advance in life.  When I was growing up, I was not allowed to wear anything revealing. I had to have my shoulders covered at all times and my shorts had to be knee length or longer. I used to hate it! I would be so mad because all the other girls in my class got to wear the “cute” clothes which consisted of short shorts, really tight shirts to emphasize the chest and loads of makeup. I thought they were so popular and I envied them because they got to shave their legs and wear makeup and have boyfriends. (Yes it’s true, I wasn’t allowed to shave my legs until I was 16 and I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was out of the house at 18.) Imagine how life was for a girl going to high school with super hairy legs,  wore glasses, wasn’t allowed to pluck her eyebrows and couldn’t even wear mascara. Talk about nerd alert!! With all of this being said, I wouldn’t have wanted my life to have gone any other way. I understand now what my parents were trying to do. They wanted to instill in us that we are not what we look like. We have true value to ourselves as young ladies and we should act and present ourselves as such. My parents had a major emphasis on education and succeeding intellectually; not by your body or the things you have. We grew up in a modest household, so we weren’t going to “make it” any other way than some serious hard work and education.

However, on the flip side, I do think that women should be able to express their sexuality and embrace who they are. I feel that embracing your sexuality or sassy side is so empowering and freeing. That’s what has inspired me to share this with you all. I have learned the balance of adding a little sass, but always having class. I feel the most sexy or sassy when I add an element of sexy, and not bare it all for the world to see. I love a sexy shoe (like these zip-front booties I’m wearing), or a cute crop top or a bold red lip. These subtle things always have me feeling amazing! What is your idea of sexy or sassy?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

xoxo,WrkItGirl

Wearing: Black Zip-front bootiesBlue BlouseBlack Pencil Skirt

Knee High Boots and A Dress

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I am currently bundled up inside on this super muggy and dark day. It’s getting pretty chilly here in Texas and I’m getting excited! I wanted to share an outfit that I wore on a day that wasn’t cold but cool enough to wear these awesome knee high boots. This outfit is perfect for a brunch outings or date night. I love that you can take this from day to night. The floral on this dress screams “happy” while the black boots say “come hither”. When I choosing what to wear I thought that this outfit might not make sense, but once I put it on, I thought “oh yea baby!”. My hesitation was wearing something short with the high boots. I used to not like it when I saw women wearing knee high boots and daisy dukes with a tank top. Actually, I still don’t like it. It’s just not logical. How are you hot up top, but cold down below? Are you walking around with a snow storm following your legs during the summer time? Anyway, I do think that it makes sense to wear a dress with boots if it’s cool enough outside. What are your fashion pet peeves?

Wearing: 3.1 Phillip Lim dress, Aldo black bootsring