Tuesday, July 30, 2013

All Black Everything


 

Hello Ladeebugs!
What is the worst thing you can do in the middle of a Texas summer?! Exactly...wear black! I guess I like living on the edge because I did it. Needless to say, I was inside most of the day. I braved the heat just to bring you more great inexpensive fashion. I must really love you guys. :)
I was heading to an area known as Watters Creek in a suburb of Dallas to have lunch with a friend and, the location is so scenic, I decided why not take some pics here. The sun interfered with a lot of the shots but I think we got some good ones. If you look close enough you may find beads of sweat but they weren't apart of the look.

What I am wearing...
Black Cargo Dress from New York & Company via Plaza Thrift. $4.99 (Similar one here for only $30.00) 
Gianni Bini Strappy Bootie via Dillards annual sale $26.99 (You've seen me wear these several times.) 
Black and beige colorblocked clutch via The Limited. $39.99

Total look (without jewelry) 62.97!


 

Here are a closer look at the accessories...
 
These flat top sunnies are an imitation of a designer brand. I think they are hot and they were only $4.99. I was excited to find this silver chainlink necklace. The gold ones were everywhere for a while.
  
My wrist candy was gifted to me.
 
This scarf is like my security blanket. I carry it A LOT. I got it for a great deal at $7.00.
 
Well...that's all folks.

Keep it lovely!
~LC

Thursday, July 25, 2013

One Year Anniversary Giveaway!!! Closed!


WE HAVE A WINNER....SEW AMAZING!!!
Hello Ladeebugs!!!

I can't believe a year has gone by so fast! I have had so much fun with this blog and I love the support I have received. I see how much I have grown since my first post and I hope to get even better. Thank you guys for all of your support, feedback, and comments. It really means a lot. I look to forward to another great year.

Rules:

1.  Subscribe to this blog. Simply click the “join this site” button to your left.

2.  Leave a comment. Let me know what you plan to do with the winnings or if you want to leave a little inspiration that is great too!

Drawing will be August 2, the official day I did my first post! There will be one winner and that lucky person will be selected using www.RandomPicker.com.
 
 Good Luck!
~LC
P.S. To increase your chances for winning go to my Instagram page @LadeesCloset and repost my giveaway pic that matches the one above. Don't forget to tag @LadeesCloset when you repost so I will see it and your name will be entered again! Keep in mind, if your Instagram page is marked private then I can't see if you repost.  
 
WE HAVE A WINNER....SEW AMAZING!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Like A Boy


Hello Ladeebugs!
In today's post I tapped into my inner tomboy. It is a far cry from the days of my youth when I was jumping trains, rocking scrapped knees, and riding my bmx bike but I did feel a sense of familiarity. I was such a boy I remember my mom asking me, "Are you ever going to be a girl?" Well don't worry mom I am a girly girl now and to show it I added a little femininity to the look with the gold accessories, makeup, and hair. It is funny now because I see so much of me in my daughter. I find myself asking her the same question my mom asked me. I like to identify her style as a girly tomboy. A contradiction, I know, but she somehow pulls it off. So, for all you girly tomboys out there I hope you can appreciate this look.

What I am wearing:
Top: Cream muscle tee with gold studded trim. Forever 21 $7.80 (Similar one here)
Pant: Light camo leggings Walmart $10.00 on sale ( Find them here)
Shoes: Power natural with gold & rose gold detail G by Guess wedge sneakers DSW $19.49 on clearance (you can still find a few here but at full price)
The total price for the look without the accessories........37.29!
This reminds me of the days when I was hanging out with my friends until the street lights came on. 
I mixed it up a little by adding a denim button up shirt that I scored at the thrift store for 1.99.



I'm trying to look tough. I don't know if it is working though. 
Here is a closer look at my accessories...
Most of my jewelry that you see on the blog is from thrift shops or a great store called Om Imports. They don't have an online store but if you are ever in Dallas you should check them out.  My sunnies are from H&M. The necklace I am wearing is actually a belt that I got for .25!

My bracelet and rings are from Om Imports.
These shoes are so comfortable compared to the heels I usually wear. These are my first pair of sneakers that are not meant for working out. 
I was such a tomboy growing up and this look has really taken me back. I can hear the ice cream truck now while everyone is hanging out and my first crush is circling the block in his "new" used ride. Those were the days. At least now I can stay out past the street lights coming on.

Keep it lovely ladees!
~LC

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My So Called Instalife

Hello Ladeebugs!!
It is definitely time I gave you guys and update from my Instagram! My IG is way of journaling my life through imagery. I can't put all the pics here (I have over 500 images) but here's a few that show a little of my "so called life". :) But if you don't want to wait for an update, you can follow me in real time here. Enjoy!
That's right people, I am from La Petite Roche, born and raised! This is a shot I took underneath an overpass along the trolley tracks. I love the beautification they've done around the downtown area since I moved away. The lampost made me think of Motel 6's slogan, "We'll keep the light on for ya."
I love this pic because it just says summer to me. I try to make better eating choices year-round but this is what my diet looks like this time of year. We eat with our eyes first and this just looks fresh and fun. I use to be a vegetarian and at times I eat all veggie meals but if I eat meat this is definitely how I prefer it.

I take a lot of selfies in my car waiting at a light or sitting in a parking lot. Here is one while I was parked after one of my photo sessions for my blog (don't worry I don't snap while I'm driving). I feel so carefree in this pic. My makeup wasn't heavy and this is how I look most days, relaxed and laid back Amazingly, I am smiling and I don't do a lot of smiling in my pics but I am getting better. :D
This is my photographer aka my beautiful daughter. She is away for the month of July and getting pics done for the blog has been hard. It makes me appreciate her that much more. This pic was one of the shots from the blog where she let me showcase her for a change. You can see it here.  We had fun playing role reversal but she was quickly over it.
I moved from Little Rock to Big D about eight years ago and I have fallen in love with the city. I love the culture, energy, and all its offerings. I work for the company that is responsible for putting the B G all over Dallas and I think it is such a creative way to get everyone involved in the BiG D! Residents and visitors have joined in on the fun.
I saw this mannequin in a local store and instantly fell in love with it. What a brilliant why to showcase scarves. I am transitioning into a boutique owner and I find little inspirations everywhere. This will definitely be something in my establishment.
 
Facetiming with my daughter is always a treat. July is tough for me because I hate being without her but seeing this smile makes me feel better. She is the love of my life.
Another one of my many addictions is nail polishes. Every time I walk into a store I usually come out with at least one bottle even if I am running in for detergent or toothpaste. I think nails are a way to be colorful and creative even if you are not comfortable being like that with your clothes or makeup. I paint my nails about every three days.
 
Last but certainly not least, I want to dedicate this post to the beautiful Talia Joy Castellano. Talia past away on 7/16 after a long battle with cancer. She was 13 years old. I didn't know her personally but she was a big inspiration to me and many others. She has touched a lot of lives and is still doing so even though she is gone. She reminds me that no matter what you are going through it could be worse. We should smile and be positive no matter what we are facing. She had style, grace, and a huge personality. The world has forever been changed by her short time on this earth, I know I am. I pray for her family and friends. You will never be forgotten. Goodnight gorgeous. You can read more about her here.
Continue to stay positive and live your life to the fullest!! Let go of grudges and hate and just choose to be happy. Surround yourself with people and things that make you smile and when they don't, smile anyway! Life sometimes bring us tears but whatever makes you cry once made you smile so try to think of good times. Life is too short to spend it sad. 

Keep it lovely ladees!!
~LC

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Take A Walk With Me At The DFM

Hello Ladeebugs!

I am having a struggle right now trying to get shots for the blog because my awesome photographer/daughter is out of town for a month. So I am trying to think of creative ways to bring you great fashions and ideas. I recently went to the Dallas Farmers Market with a friend and I thought, why not use this opportunity for the blog and share with you a little bit more about me. 

The Dallas Farmer's Market is a great marketplace where local farmers and merchants come together to sell great produce, floral, and specialty items. I love coming here for my fresh fruits and vegetables and whatever other goodies I can find. I much rather get my produce from here than grocery stores because they are fresher and I am supporting family farmers. Every time I visit they have something new to see, taste, smell, hear, or touch. All of your senses are awakened. Click here to find your local farmer's market.

What I am wearing:
Top: Forever21 Mint Cami $3.00
        Sleeveless Denim Jacket $7.00 (worn before here )
Bottom: Thrifted Tomato Red Maxi Skirt $2.99
Kicks: Buckle Sandals by ReportFootwear via DSW clearance sale $25.00
Belt: Forever21 Big Buckle Belt $7.00
The total look minus the bag and jewelry was $44.99!
 

I was recovering from frantically running from a killer bee. :)
The cantaloupe was so sweet and juicy it made my mouth pucker.
After that, I had to have one.
Strawberries are one of my fave!! I wish I couldn't have bought the cute little baskets too.
The tomatoes were so red and they matched my skirt.
 
Decisions, decisions. Can I just have one of everything?
I had to show of the ombre effect in my hair. I love the coloring for the summer.
Here is a closer look at my accessories...
 
This Michael Kors watch is my everyday fave! It has a comfy leather band and a silver and gold finish so it works with almost all of my other jewelry pieces.
This Michael Kors bag is big and roomy, just like I like it. It is very neutral and bright for the summer.
Thanks again for stopping by. I want to give a big thank you to my friend, Sonya for taking some cute pics.

Keep it lovely ladees!
~LC
        

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Trendy Thrifted Tween

Hello Ladeebugs,

I have a little something different for you guys this post! My photographer decided to face the other end of the lens and show us what she is working with! My beautiful daughter has been taking my shots since the beginning of my blog and she does a great job. She is always stylish and I thought it would be great to give you guys a fresh look from someone that looks way better than I do. 

She is like the average twelve year old and the idea of thrifting didn't sound fun to her initially. I think she thought I was crazy. Now she loves the great finds but she still is not a fan of the "hunt". I drag her with me sometimes just to torture her (and I like spending time with her). I think she'll appreciate it more later. Lately she has gotten into finding vintage tees and cutting them up. Like mother, like daughter.

I think this look is young and cute. Mixing prints is very trendy now and, when done right, it really works. 

What she is wearing:
Top - Thrifted pin striped vest. 1.99 
            Basic white tee .50
Bottom - Thrifted multi-colored print mini skirt .99
Kicks - SO wedge sneakers on sale at Kohls for 24.99. For some reason they are more expensive online but you can find them here.
Entire look (without accessories) was 28.47!!
She adores the "nerd" glasses. 
Here's a closer look at her accessories...
My daughter has a love affair with this mouse!
The black bracelet says Dance. 
This is her first pair of shoes with a heel to them. I call her the Converse Kid because about 80% of her shoes are Converse or "Converse" style.
Just remember when mixing prints it is good to tie the prints together by a common color or pattern. But I always say if it makes you feel good, wear it! 

Keep it lovely ladees!
~LC