OOTD | How To Wear Neon Colors?

OOTD | How To Wear Neon Colors?

Over the weekend I decided to make a statement by exploring my fun side using neon colors. According to the NYFW and varies magazines, neon colors are on trend for spring 2019.  I was so excited to hear that neons were making a comeback. As a fashion blogger is was super important to me to play around with this trend. So I took to the street of Downtown Detroit and strut my stuff.  Bright bold orange was certainly my muse this weekend. Can you tell a sis was feeling herself ?

Orange is the happiest color! 

-Frank Sinatra

Now before you go “the brighter the better” there is a few questions you need to ask yourself before tackling neon.  Ask yourself how big you want to go? Are you a more subtle or bold? Are you a risk taker when it comes to fashion? Let me tell you I am more of a “subtle sis” when it comes to neons. Less is more.  When I wear clothes I like to make a statement however I don’t want to over do it.  I like for my outfit to be versatile. I want to be able to wear this wherever.

So I picked one neon piece and paired it with neutral colors and prints rather than mixing neon colors. Light brown, beige, or white are great colors to use to pair with neons, if you are going for a more subtle look.  In addition, adding a neon accessory to your wardrobe is another way to go subtle and standout and the same time. This is tip is for my minimalist sis. Now if you know me I quite quirky so I like to have fun with my fashion trends. I am not for all the rules in fashion. My personality has to reflect in my clothes.

fullsizeoutput_2b2c

FashionLayn Outfit Deets…

I came across this high neck neon orange top from Shein. I had to get it because the shirt was on sale for $9. Can’t beat the price. I also thought the loose high neck was flattery.  The material of this shirt is soft and lightweight with a bit of stretch.  I purchase this shirt in 0XL which is equivalent to sizes 12. It fit to my liking.

Saving Note: When it comes to trends I do not like to spend top dollar. It is trend and it not meant to last. Why would I spend all my coins on something that is temporary?

Anyway I decided to pair this neon orange with my deep black jeans from Burlington. When I initially looked in the mirror all I saw was pumpkin LOL. I had to figure out a way to mute it down. As I was saying before you can mute neon colors down with neutral colors. Light browns, beige, and/ or white.  So, I decided to mute this down with my lightweight light color camouflage jacket from Forever 21. I love camo. The outfit was perfect! Since I am a girl of fashion that does not like following the rules I added my snake skin ankle boots to the mix. These boots are my favorite and they have been on my site nonstop. Who going to check me? lol just kidding.

Sidenote: Now if you are not a big fan of camouflage  like I am, you can pair your vibrant orange shirt with a jean jacket, or olive-green jacket. Also have fun with canvas or cargo like material. 

Neon Orange Plus High Neck Solid Top// Shein

Faux Snakeskin Pointed Toe Ankle// Shein

Lightweight Camouflage Jacket// Forever 21 Old* (Similar)

Black Denim Jeans// Burlington

Solid Oval Sunglasses// Forever 21

fullsizeoutput_2b2a

fullsizeoutput_2b20

fullsizeoutput_2b1c
Blooper Shot: I was doing the “Harlem Shake” after looking at how bomb the pictures were going out

Location: Downtown Detroit, Michigan

Photographer: Momma. I finally got a new lens for my Canon Rebel T6. The nifty fifty is best lens ever! These pictures came out so clear !


Would you wear neon colors?

If so what color would you try? 

Join the conversation and share with me your thoughts in the comment section.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t hesitate to like, comment and subscribe to my blog. Let me know what you wanna see in the future on the blog ! I am here for y’all! 🙂

Also don’t be stranger on social media. Check me out on Facebook and Instagram

push forward.

Advertisements

Top 10 Things I Hate About Blogging

Top 10 Things I Hate About Blogging

You know… being a fashion/lifestyle blogger and an influencer sucks at time for me. Being an online entrepreneur is hard to maintain. I love it, but I really don’t know why I do it? Why do I put myself through the stress?  I have to think of content, schedule content, plan photo shoots, drive, be active on all my social media accounts, and so much more. It can get really stressful at times.  I reached my breaking point in my career after I had 4 photo shoots planned last weekend (2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday– back to back).  Let me be honest, my feeling have been building up after 4 years into. I started noticing how people change and sometimes you don’t get the recognition. I went to Instagram and unleashed my feeling. I even got some of y’all involved in conversation.  I did not notice how many bloggers were feeling the same way. So in today’s post I want to talk about the things that are never really discussed in blogging. The cons of blogging. Today I am listing  my top 10 things that I hate about blogging.

The Cons of Blogging

(Disclaimer: This is only my opinion)

1. Creative Depression

Creating content is fun, but what happens when you run out of things to create and talk about? Constantly creating can leave a blogger exhausted. I hate this!  I have to remind myself that it is okay to not have a clue. II stop putting so much pressure. When I apply to much pressure I become uninspired and then my blog suffers.  So now I focus on scheduling out my content. Also I look at old post that responded well and expand on that. I also get my audience involved. You guys give me some great ideas.

2. No One Cares About You

Trying to get people to pay attention is super hard. You have to put a lot of hard work into tailoring your blog for your audience.  I have to constantly remind myself….Its not about you sis. You are a problem solvers! If you are not trying to help solve a problem for your audience then in all honestly they don’t care!  This is something that I struggle with all the time. Somethings I want to go to my blog and type out my feelings, however I have to remember that this blog is not for me anymore.

3. Endless War With Algorithms

I don’t know about you but trying to get head of the algorithms on Instagram is an endless war. It always changing.. sometimes for the good, but it seems like it always for the worst. Currently, not everyone that follows me can see my post. That results in less likes and engagement. As a blogger it is important for us to get our audience to engage with us. Likes are great but engagement is so much more important. The more people engage with your post the better it will perform. Being on Instagram is like a job now and I hate it!

4. Free Content

As a blogger of 4 years I have noticed that endless amount of brands reaching out and asking for free content. Now let me be clear I am not totally against “free content”. However, it becomes annoying when they give you all these guidelines with no compensation. Post this here and put that there. I hate that!

5. You Can’t Sit With Us.

Being a blogger can be a lonely field to be in.  So it is very important to me to try to find some like-minded bloggers. I noticed that some people really don’t deal with you unless they can gain something from you. Also, if you don’t have the numbers to match then you can’t sit with us. No clout no love.  Yes the blogging community can be “cliqued up” and this bothers me so much. It really nothing that I can do with that. I try to align myself with bloggers that really want to build a relationship with me.

6. Being Overlooked

I swear I see the see the same faces over and over on social media. Let me be clear there are some blogger that work very hard to get to where they are at and I am not trying to shade them. Not at all! However, it is very discouraging when you feel like you are being overlook based off followers. Can you give the small bloggers a chance?! Can you take a chance on me. Just know this… the right brand and business with align with you. Keep going those brands will notice us.

7. No “Real” Support

Simply people only support when it is benefiting them.  Those individual will do so much. Help you here and help you there. Soon as you say no…. where are they? Also, there a lot of dry haters. They really don’t want to see you succeed. I really hate this. As blogger you have keep your eyes open to this.

8. My Time Matters Too!

Blogging is a business. I might not sell an actual product but I provide a service to my audience… I am a problem solver. In addition, as a blogger we work with brands that have us on a time schedule as well. People forget that blogging is a business and that our  time matters too. Time is money! So when you respond late or show up late it affects what we got going. I am here to say that I want people to take bloggers more serious. I pride myself on being timely. I show up on time and respond with sense of urgency. It gets quite annoy when others do not do the same.

9. Taking Pictures 

People think that blogging is so much fun when it comes to taking pictures. Do you know what we go through to get that photo? Do you know what the weather was like when I took this picture? It not always glitz and glamour. A lot of times we are doing this all by ourselves. We don’t have a team behind us. The only team that I have is my momma.

10. Blogging Success Does Not Come Fast

Blogging success may come fast for some blogger but not for everyone. Not every blogger make money in the first go round. This is such a hard and long process. You definitely will feel like your words are falling on deaf ears. But I hear to say just keep pushing forward. Over the course of time you will succeed.

“Blogging” is tough, but so are you !

I love being a blogger and I will not stop just because a few things I hate. I will not let any of these things stop me for being all that I can be as a blogger. You should not let the things that annoy you stop you from being great.

Photographer: Malaika Hilson | Instagram: @malaikahilson

Location: Downtown Detroit


If you are blogger what is something you hate about blogging?  If you are an online entrepreneur what annoys you the most ?

Join the conversation and share with me your thoughts in the comment section.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t hesitate to like, comment and subscribe to my blog. Let me know what you wanna see in the future on the blog ! I am here for y’all! 🙂

Also don’t be stranger on social media. Check me out on Facebook and Instagram

push forward.

cassandra

Weekend Street Style Fashion featuring Not Sorry Apparel

Weekend Street Style Fashion featuring Not Sorry Apparel

Now, I know I should be talking about spring fashion wear, however it is still cold in the city. I have to keep it real for y’all. I had so many things to do…. 4 photoshoots, lunch meetings, and finding a gift for my dad. As I was walking up and down the city streets  I was keeping warm with my over sized double-breasted coat from Not Sorry Apparel.  The over sized coats has been in style for winter months, and finally I got my hands on one.  You can’t miss what the coat says on the bottom right hand side. “Detroit Not Sorry”. This coats stands out.  Y’all know how I feel about Detroit.

This coat came in handy and I received a lot of compliments on the coat as I was walking. So I will be wearing my heavy coat until the degrees on my phone in the morning says 45 degrees or more. Not sorry at all about it.

Speaking of not being sorry I am so happy to announce that I am a brand ambassador for Not Sorry Apparel. Not Sorry Apparel is a lifestyle brand for people who are not sorry for being themselves. This brand is women owned and based in Detroit. On top of being unapologetic they are eco-friendly brand. I learn from them that the fashion industry is the second cause to pollution in the world. They rebrand and upcycle pre-love clothing to help rid the world of pollution. I am so excited that I am able to be apart of the #NotSorryCrew!! I love to align myself with awesome brands that have an amazing message. Please make sure you check them out on Instagram @notsorryapparel and NotSorryApparel.com.

Alayna-22

FashionLayn Outfit Deets….

When I have a lot of things to do during the weekend I like to go for a simplistic classic look.  This look carried me throughout the day. My capsule wardrobe consist of white crew neck  t-shirt, denim jeans, blazers, and ankle boots. If you want to know more about creating a capsule wardrobe, let me know in the comment section.  For the weekend I reached for a simple white t-shirt and paired it with my favorite medium wash jeans & and poppy red lip.  I mention in the previous post about snakeskin boots that brings a wild card to the classic party. These elements are all timeless to me.

Brown Double Breasted Coat// Not Sorry Apparel

Snakeskin Print Point Toe Ankle Boots// Shein

Short Sleeve White T-Shirt// Target

Medium Wash Denim Jeans with distressed hem// Kut (Old)

Alayna-8

Alayna-53

Alayna-92

Photographer: Malaika Hilson | Instagram: @malaikahilson

Location: Downtown Detroit


What did you do this past weekend? What are you not sorry about? Do you like to wear classic wear or trendy clothes?

Share with me in the comment section.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t hesitate to like, comment and subscribe to my blog. Let me know what you wanna see in the future on the blog ! I am here for y’all! 🙂

Also don’t be stranger on social media. Check me out on Facebook and Instagram

push forward.

**This coat was given in collaboration with Not Sorry Apparel. All opinions are my own.

Money Talk: 7 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

Money Talk: 7 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

Living a stress free life is really important to me. I love to maintain a certain level of  balance in life. However, my life can get a bit off balance due to finances. One of the main reasons why I am so stressed at times, is of money.  It seems like I don’t have any wiggle room to save. I have gotten into the cycle where I am living paycheck to paycheck. It start off that way but living is hard. Rent cost and other expenses goes up every year.  How can I save anything?  It hard trying to stay afloat with a fixed income.

Speaking of staying afloat, my job just rolled out more overtime. Hooray! I am currently working 50 hours a week. Now they added on extra 10 hours. Did I forget to mention that I have been working overtime for 2 months straight. Money Money Money!  I wouldn’t be me if I was not complaining about it. A sis is super burnt out. I was ranting about it on Instagram a day ago. Anyway, a few of my friends and followers help me see the light. I have to trick myself into saving. They gave me some great advice about saving my money that I get from overtime.

george washington dollar GIF by Phyllis Ma

So in today’s post I thought it would beneficial to talk about 7 ways to trick ourselves into saving money. This month is all about women and our well being. Living a stress free life and having financial freedom is super important me. Let start by taking care ourselves by managing our finances a bit better. So it time to get discipline ladies- self control. No more complaining about…We are on our way to financial security.

Don’t let money run your life, let money help run your life better

Pack A Lunch

I spend a lot of money eating out, because I don’t like to cook. I looked at my bank statement and I noticed that I spend a lot of money on food. Nothing make me happier than a nice meal at a restaurant. I need self control. So, In order to save some of my money I will start packing my lunch. Bringing a lunch from home will help me retain my coins. Also it will force me to monitor what I am eating.

nicki minaj eating GIF

Save Lose Change

Save your change people! I know for a fact that coins add up quickly. Get a coin jar or piggy bank and just put the coins to the side after you break a dollar.

Automatic Savings

I went to credit union and started up a another savings account. I was having such a hard time saving my money. I needed extra help because I had no willpower. So, I set up another account apart from my primary bank. I decided to have $20 bucks automatically deposit in this account each pay period. So yes I pay myself $40 buck each month. Out of sight out of mind method is the real reason why this work for me. I don’t see, so I don’t think about it. Easy savings. Sidenote: I also made sure that this bank was out of way so I would not feel compel to take money out of the account.

Bank Your Bonus

Extra time and money is always an upside to the job. Overtime is extra money in my pocket. When I get extra money I like to still remind myself that I am still broke. Instead of blowing through the extra money I put it away if I can. Since my willpower is low I put a small percentage of it to the side. That overtime is not going to last forever! So bank it when you get it.

show me the money GIF

Put Away Those Dollaz- Dollar Bill Challenge

Really simple- save those $1 bills from your wallet after running errands.

Make Money While Shopping

Shopping is my favorite thing to do. So I blew a gasket when someone told I can get paid for shopping online through Ebates. EBates is a cash back  and shopping award company. Basically stores pay Ebates a commission for sending us your way,  and Ebates share the commission with us through a cash back.

happy shopping GIF by Much

Round Up Programs- Acorns Or Bank of America

Lastly some apps and bank are able to round up your transactions to the nearest dollar. I use Acorns App! Basically you will pair your bank or card with the app. Very simple So let say you bought something for $9.56 from Target! The app would round your cost to $10 and will save the $0.44. You have the option to save your change in your savings account or whatever bank you have linked to it. That change really adds up face. I’ve been using it for a month now and I save $30 bucks already. Also you have the ability to turn it off if you face hard times. Sidenote: I have had Acorns for awhile but I had to turn it off because of hard times

I have tried all of these tips, sis! The most helpful for me has been the automatic savings and round up program. In conclusion, anything that involves out of sight and out of mind works for me.

Hopefully you find this read to be helpful. I hope this set yourself off on the quest of financial freedom, and a stress free life.


How do you plan to get better with savings? Are you going to try one of these tips?

Share with me in the comment section.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t hesitate to like, comment and subscribe to my blog. Let me know what you wanna see in the future on the blog ! I am here for y’all!

Also don’t be stranger on social media. Check me out on Facebook and Instagram

push forward.

cassandra