August 16, 2014

Outfit Post! Shades of Gray...

Hey y'all! I've been M.I.A. I know, I know, but I ran into some trouble with my "vintage" Macbook. You see, I was trying to update my Safari browser and.. wait you don't wanna hear about any of that, do you? Of course you don't, and I don't really have the energy to explain it sooooo.... on to this outfit post!

Wanna know what the pic above tells me? That I could at LEAST put on a little lipstick, geez. But more about that in a bit. Ron and I had a great day today in New Orleans! Weekends in this city are awesome. Weekend brunch in New Orleans is like nothing I've seen in other cities, it's pretty revered here. Well we started out the day having a late breakfast (brunch) but before that, we went through our ritual of deciding on where to go. After going down our list we finally decided on revisiting The Marigny neighborhood for our 2nd visit to The Cake Cafe and Bakery. It's such a down home, sweet spot, the people couldn't be more hospitable there. Their breakfast and desserts aren't bad either. Now back to me, my outfit and my makeup-less self. I rarely wear makeup, but lipstick is so easy, that I shouldn't have an excuse. A bold lip has the tendency to make your whole face look made up so I could at least do that, right? Point taken. Anyhoo gray is what I decided to wear today. More pics and outfit deets below!
Gray and White Tank tops - Old Navy | Skinny Jeans - F21 | White Sneaks - 9 West
Corner of Spain and Chartres in The Marigny
Delicious coffee and a strawberry puff pastry at the Cake Cafe. They also do yummy breakfasts...
Me in The Marigny

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August 1, 2014

Fab Fro Friday!

So thick and beautiful..

Dudes have awesome natural hair too! Don't hate.

SO. Much. HAIR. Pics found on Pinterest

July 30, 2014

Outfit Post! Ça m'est égal... Oh But it Does!

I always flip for graphic tees with French phrases. Words just look and sound better in French, don't you think? This particular tee basically means "it doesn't matter" in english and I didn't really find this out until after I purchased it. Buy it first, then figure out what it means later, right? lol. Well let me post a disclaimer, because the only time "it doesn't matter" is when you're asked:
Question: Do you want your multi-million$$$ in small bills or large ones? 
Answer: It doesn't matter.. "Ça m'est égal" See what I mean? 
Other than that, it ALWAYS matters! So TAKE THAT trendy, french tee! YOU DON'T KNOW ME. Anyhoo, I took these pictures earlier today in the Bywater, and being a NOLA newbie, I love name dropping neighborhoods like that while I'm still learning them. Makes me feel mad local. My outfit deets (my new kicks included!) and more pics below!

French Tee, H&M | Denim Shorts, F21 | Purse (forgot) | Scarf, Target | My NEW! 9 West Kicks 

July 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Missoni Like Vacation Style...

When I think of fabulous, laid back Italian vacation style, I think of Missoni. Partly because they're known for their colorful knitwear designs which just seems a natural fit for the scenic backdrop of  beautiful Italian cities. I even tried to mimick the "Missoni look" on our first ever trip to (Capri!) Italy, (my dress was H&M though, seen below).
Me on the streets of Capri, Italy
If you're anything like me, then you're someone who tries (hard!) to blend into the local scenery as much as you can, because looking like a tourist when you travel (fanny packs, visors, gigantic maps, tropical shirts, American flag tees, shorts, etc) is just not the look, amiright? But no worries, because whether or not you're planning a fabulous Italian vacay, you can still shop a similar "Missoni like" look below to look fabulously chic either here in the states or while traveling abroad... 

Missoni like Single Dolman-Sleeve Drop-Waist Dress

Travel Tuesday: The Peaceful Sea of Galilee...

The Sea of Galilee in Israel looks so beautiful and so peaceful. It's sad there's so much conflict in that region right now, because I'd really love to visit there one day and see this with my own eyes...

Look, I don't pretend to be all knowing about what's going on between Israel and Gaza, but if you want to have a little bit better understanding of what's happening in that region, check HERE, HERE, or HERE.

July 28, 2014

New Sandals and a Throwback DIY Red Dress...

"I'm gonna need for her to get it together on her outfit posts." -You 
Okaaaayyyy. I realize these outfit posts need to be more of a regular thing if I want Hip Candy to be an "au courant" personal style blog. I get it, I do. There's just so much *new* that I want to do with this blog, new directions that I wanna take it that sometimes it's hard to know where to start (I'll get there, no worries) But anyhoo, I went digging waaaayyy back into my archives recently for this dress...
I made this dress over 5 years ago (the pattern I used HERE) I've never taken pictures in it and really, the only time you would have seen it is if you follow me on Youtube and saw it in one of my videos there. But I had a good reason to pull this dress out because I got new sandals and I thought the dress would go perfect with them! Below are my new cognac studded gladiator sandals that I got for less than the price of a large pizza...
I think golds and nudes are always nice compliments to red don't you think?
I took these pictures in New Orleans City Park because it's always beautiful there and I love it. What I didn't love was the moist Southern heat. It was sooooo HOT when I took these pics. Not even this breezy dress and the shaded trees could keep me cool. And I don't know about you, but this type of heat makes me ready for way cooler sweater weather... and sooner rather than later. 
Dress, DIYSandals | Sunglasses, forgot, sorry) | Lip, Revlon's Really Red | Purse, Thrifted 

July 22, 2014

Solange Knowles Love Letter to New Orleans...

No, this is not Fab Fro Friday, I spotted Solange's sweet love letter to New Orleans on her Instagram page. In the post, she wrote:

#latergram Boyfriend took this of me the other night when we got home from dancing... I was happy. I am happy here. Thank you nola for giving me so many wonderful, rich, and endless days of joy. For giving my son one of the best summer experiences. For the night I danced until 8 am in a place filled with nothing but love. I fall in love with you more and more every day. You are magic. I am grateful. #nola

As a NOLA newbie myself, I couldn't agree with her more! New Orleans IS "magic" In related news, somebody spotted her sister and brother-in-law leaving Gene's Poboy on Elysian Fields and St. Claude while they were here in the city for their On The Run Tour #neworleans

July 19, 2014

Saturday Summer Street Style...

Photo via Pinterest
One of the most fashionable, on trend styles to emerge recently are full skirts paired with crop tops. I honestly don't ever get tired of seeing this look. I've seen full skirts paired with heels, boots, flats even sneakers! The look always works. Especially if your thighs happen to rub on occasion like mine do (booooo -me) because in a full skirt, no one can tell. BOOM. Winning. 
Shop similar looks below:

July 11, 2014

Fab Fro Friday...

Starting today I want to showcase some of the AWESOME curly fros and curly girls (and guys!) that I see all over these interwebs. So every Friday from today on on this site, will be "Fab Fro Friday" because, why not? #HAIR :)


July 7, 2014

OUTFIT POST: Southern Seersucker Summer...

Seersucker is a classic Southern tradition. It's Southern Culture. And even though I was born and raised and still reside in the South, I don't really consider myself as all that "Southern" I just don't, never have. I even took one of those online quizzes recently that pretty much confirmed that (the quiz said I was 57% Southern) so see? There you go. I just thought the pants were cute and perfect for summer. Anyhoo, I found these pants one day out thrifting with one of my nephews, not even looking for anything of the sort, but at FOUR BUCKS that just happened to be in MY SIZE, you know what? Why not. So I get them home, try them on and they fit like a glove, there was only one problem. Seersucker fabric can be pretty thin and the white pockets were shining through these pants like a spotlight, so I had to remove them, which was kinda sad for me because I luvs the pockets :( But after I (reluctantly) did that, it was all good in the seersucker pants neighborhood! lol, more pics below...

J. Crew Pink Seersucker Pants (thrifted)
Old Navy White Tank
Shoes (can't remember)
Handbag (gifted!)
HAIR (modified) see HERE.
Backdrop, New Orleans (NOLA!) French Quarter
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Fab Summer Street Style: White Eyelet Lace Dresses...

Photos via Pinterest
White eyelet/lace dresses are perfect for summer. They're brisk, breezy and cool and exactly what you want when the weather is trying to broil you to a crisp way too HOT. I love the effortless chic of white  and eyelet/lace together. Such a cute look for so many occasions, yes? 
Wanna create your own fab summer street style look with a white eyelet/summer lace dress? Shop similar looks at the links below!

July 6, 2014

Shoe Rx: How To Stretch Out Too Tight Shoes [LINK]

I recently purchased a cute pair of strappy sandal heels (on sale!) and they fit for the most part, (they were a little too snug for my liking around the toe area). So at first, I looked into shoe repair shops to see if they could extend the toe strap a bit, but then I quickly came to my senses based on how much I paid for the shoes (little to nothing). So I started looking up DIY shoe hacks when I found the article above. Anybody already hip to this? I know I'm probably late, but this was the first time I ever even heard of this DIY shoe hack. Now full disclosure, I haven't tried this out yet, so I don't know if it'll even work on my synthetic, man-made material sandals, but I'll definitely update this post and let you know if this worked for me. If you have a similar too tight shoe dilemma click HERE or the click pic above to read more.

July 2, 2014

SHOPPING: Cute Summer Dresses That Won't Stun Your Wallet!

How cute are these dresses? And seriously, you have to see them twirl... these dresses are perfect for Summer, yes? Girls night (the MINKPINK Spring Dress), date night (the sophisticated Calvin Klein Halter Dress) Sunday brunch, or European vacay (the Sandra Darren printed dress is perfect for leisurely strolls down cute Italian streets). These dresses would keep you ca-yute all Summer long! AND you'll have $$ left over! POW. Shop these cute Summer dress below!

Summer Travel: Wish I Was There, California...

How beautiful is this California sunset? (or is it a sunrise?) Will you be traveling somewhere fabulous this summer?



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