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Blazer Series: Part 2

 

 

Since I started this series I decided I should publish a little “How to” for blazers.  They are so versatile but sometimes that can be really overwhelming when creating an outfit.  So here ya go!

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Step One: Blazing it up. Find a great structured blazer.  If you don’t have one already I would recommend black or navy as they are very neutral and can go with many blouse options.

Step Two: Top of your game. A soft blouse/ t-shirt or sleeveless shirt to go under the blazer. For a more casual occasion I go with a plain t-shirt and for a dressier occasion a blouse. Feel free to spice it up with a pattern or a bright color! Just remember your shoes and accessories will need to compliment one another.

Step Three: A mean jean. A well fitting pair of jeans.  Remember jeans can be colored or regular.  Whatever you feel most comfortable in or whatever color is suiting your mood! I prefer a dark wash denim with my black blazer. It gives it that dressed up crisp look. But when I am going more casual a light wash jean is my “go-to”.

Step Four: Pump it up.  A nice pump really helps balance the jean and blazer look.  Gives you classy and edgy look. Go for a fun color (magenta) or pattern (leopard)!

Step Five: Bling, Bling.  A statement necklace is the icing on this outfit.  If you haven’t gone bold with your shoes, or top here is where you can make your impact.

Step Six: Show em’ what you got.  Have fun in your new outfit!

[You can also find this same ebay guide review HERE]

Blazer [Similar:Loft]

Tee [Old Navy]

Jeans [Target]

Pumps [Nine West]

Bracelets [David Yurman]

Necklace [Kendra Scott]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropy: It’s all about the YMCA

I think it is about time to outline another Fantastic Philanthropy! The YMCA has grown close to my heart over the last year.  My husband sits on the local board for one of the branches and I started working out there about a year ago.  We are involved specifically with the Westside and Benbrook YMCA’s.

The YMCA gives scholarships and youth program opportunities. Persons who wish to utilize the services of the Y, but cannot afford them, are given assistance based on their needs. This allows the YMCA to say “Yes!” to those who otherwise would not be able to participate. The YMCA offers a complete continuum of services for all ages.

Here is a great video of Cheryl who has benefitted from a YMCA scholarship:

Beyond the great things they do for the community the staff is great! I am greeted by my name everyday and asked how I am.  The group fitness instructors recognize you and also are very friendly and knowledgeable sources.

I think that goes to show how great the YMCA is not only for individuals but for the community.  Whether you are there to get fit, have children that play sports or are looking for a great philanthropy the YMCA serves all of those and much, much more!

Below are just a few pictures from my YMCA adventures:IMG_3296

Visit the YMCA for more info on how to volunteer, donate or join the gym!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Favorite Things: Handwriting Gift

Happy New Year!  Since it is a new year I wanted to start a new series. In this new series I want to outline favorite products of mine new and old!

Since it is the New Year I am starting with something new.  I have wanted this product for while and finally sat down to purchase one for both my brother and myself for Christmas.

I have to start by saying I think sometimes God sends signs in such funny ways and you can’t help but smile. After my mom passed away I had seen the idea of handwriting gifts.  Luckily, I had some things she had written now I just needed to find someone to do it.  In came google and what do you know the first site that came up was Lauren Nicole Gifts. For those of you who don’t know me personally my name is Lauren Nicole.  I know my mom MUST have been smiling down when I was searching.  So I found this great company and sent my order in.

It was super easy and turn around was great! They do all kinds of great gifts (keychains and jewlery) with handwriting on it! You can even shrink baby footprints and they can etch it in!

Here is what I got!

Mom

PS The packaging was SUPER cute but of course I forgot to take a picture.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Watching For Trends Part Trois

What can I say… I definitely took advantage of the holiday break with family and didn’t blog! But I am back in action and have one last watch styling based on a find from Invaluable.com Women’s Watches!

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Watch: [Invaluable]

Dress: [RiffRaff]

Jacket: [Target]

Shoes: [Target]

My challenge to my readers is to create a look from a watch from Invaluable.com! I have LOVED this challenge and it has let me create some looks I wouldn’t normally put together because my pieces are different!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Watching for Trends Part deux

Since I had such a hard time styling just one watch I decided to make it into a series! Just a reminder I found the watches featured in this series on invaluable.com’s women’s watch page! I wanted another fall look with lots of fun color and texture and this is what I put together.

Again, I wanted to find the pieces to enhance the watch all at one store and I did that today with Target!

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Watch: [Invaluable]

Pumps: [Target]

Blazer: [Target]

Blouse: [Target]

Pant: [Target]

Purse: [Target]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger