OOTD #16: Flashback to Vacay + Mini Haul

Over the Summer I headed to Atlanta for a long weekend vacation. I went from a Thursday to a Sunday plus I took off that Wednesday before I left and Monday after my return from work. Being in Atlanta for 3 1/2 days was more than enough time and I was able to see and do a lot while I was there. The first day I enjoyed the luxury of the hotel in the pent house suite and took full advantage of the gym. That Friday I went took a tour of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and visited the gift shops of the Coca-Cola Factory and the College Football Hall of Fame. Although we did not rent a car, thankfully everything was in walking distance. Saturday I met with a friend that lives in the area and we went out for drinks and Mexican food. Talk about AMAZING!

I wanted to share my outfit and goodies that I purchased while I was away. The outfit that I wore during the day I went sightseeing was a pair of shorts from JCPenny that I purchased nearly 3 years ago that I barely wear and a new top that has a slit in the back from Forever 21. The top I featured in a haul which you can check out HERE.

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The accessories that I wore were a pair of sandals from Charlotte Russe. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to style them when I purchased them, but they worked well with the outfit. My purse I had purchased from Aldo a while back and it looks like a camera and fits my Canon T4i PERFECTLY. I did take the lens off for it to fit, but most of the time it was around my neck. I loved the look. Simple, yet super cute. Check out my sandals in my Spring haul HERE.

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As for what I purchased while on vacation, it wasn’t much. The College Football Hall of Fame didn’t have a great selection so I ended up with a wristband and a mousepad, yes a mousepad. From the Center for Civil and Human Rights the tour was amazing, but I only picked up a few post cards. From the Coca-Cola factory I was tempted to buy everything. Anything you could imagine from shirts to laptop cases, hats, etc. were covered in the Coca-Cola logo. I just purchased a surprise pack after buying gifts for my sisters. Lastly, it would be a touristy trip if I didn’t get a shirt that said Atlanta. Great trip, only downside, the never ending traffic. Beautiful airport as well.

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Fashion Forward Friday [V.22]: Accessories Haul

I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to shop before I went on vacation, yet I walked into H&M and they were having a sale. I didn’t pick up much and all items that I will show were under $100, but seriously, no more shopping until vacation.

From H&M I picked up 2 necklaces, 2 sets of midi rings, a purse, and the best buy of all, a scarf. The two necklaces I purchased were a total of $10, if purchased full price I would have spent $24.95. Awesome savings. As for the midi rings one set was $3.95 which I purchased of $1 and the other was $5.95 which I purchased for $3. The scarf was my favorite purchase of all as it was only $1. Yes, $1. It was originally $12.95, marked down to $7, then $3, and then $1. I couldn’t leave it behind and I can’t wait to style it in the fall. The only item I purchased full price was a purse that was $40. There was a similar style on sale for $20, but the olive green color I could not pass up. Hey, it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then and I’d rather purchase a bag I love then to settle for one I like. Check out the items below:

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From Forever 21 I purchased a shirt, in one of my favorite colors, and I like to call it business in the front, party in the back. The shirt is so chic and although it has a huge slit in the back, it’s not much and it’s kind of a high-low, very slightly. Love, love, love this and it was only $12.95.

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Lastly I picked up a pair of earrings from Aldo (pictured above). I went in to purchase my sister some things for her 8th Grade Dinner Dance and they were having a sale, buy 3 get 25% off. I picked up a pair of gold aztec type earring for $8.50, with the 25% off. In total I spent a little over $50 which was great considering one of the items I purchased was $40.

I can’t wait to style the pieces that I purchased and be on the lookout for future posts featuring these items. Check out my YouTube, LakiaBTV, and follow me on Instagram @ChaoticCritic.

Fashion Forward Friday [V.26]: Sandal Collection

Welcome to another edition of Fashion Forward Friday and we’re nearing the end of my shoe collection posts. Check out previous installments below:

In this edition, as stated in the title, I wanted to showcase my sandal collection. Now the thing about sandals is that I wear the hell out of them in the Summer. I buy some that are on trend, but some I’ve had for years and other than the inside sole having wear and tear, the sandals are still in great condition. As for sandals I still want to purchase, I want a pair of gladiators that come to about the knee and a pair of cognac sandals. I never realized just how much I love the cognac color.

As for how I store my sandals, being that I only bring them out in late Spring I store them in a bin. Nothing fancy. I do keep the sandals that I frequently wear on top and eventually they end up straggled around my room. When it comes to comfortability, I would say majority of them are comfortable.

The one that irks me the most are the ones from Forever 21, which you can see below. the sole is not a soft bottom and makes a click clack sound similar to a heel. It’s also very slippery so I don’t wear them often. I had a black pair that I absolutely loved, but they ended up breaking, so I was lucky to find a similar style at Old Navy which I featured in a haul (click HERE for that).

My favorite pairs would have to be the ones I purchased from Easy Pickins, Traffic, and the flip flops from Target. The ones from Easy Pickins have a tassel that’s still not trend and I purchased them 3 years ago. The ones from Traffic are so beautiful and I get compliments every time I wear them. The flip flops from Target have the most wear and tear on the inside sole, which is to be expected since I’ve worn them like no tomorrow. They were the best impulse buy and I purchased them about 3 or 4 years ago after watching an Akaydoll video. I typically don’t like to spend over $25 on a pair of sandals simply because there are so many variations and I don’t wear them year round like other shoes. The ones that I purchased from Traffic were the most expensive, nearly $40, but I expected that due to the design of them.

Check out the pics below, be sure to check out my YouTube channel, LakiaBTV, and follow me on Intstagram @ChaoticCritic.

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Fashion Forward Friday [V.25]: Thrift Finds

I do not go thrifting as often as I would like simply because for one I don’t have the patience to look through everything and secondly there’s not many thrift stores in my area. I look at The Fashion Citizen YouTube videos and I look at what they find and I want to get out there and see what I could find, but when I plan I usually find nothing. I also love House of Aqua on YouTube as her home decor, even fashion finds, at the Goodwill and Salvation Army are amazing.  I took a spontaneous trip to a local thrift store and the Goodwill recently and I picked up three items all for a little over $20. I guess when I’m not looking I actually find some great pieces. First up I found a BRAND NEW pair of Eddie Bauer jeans that are a tall and loose fit. The Goodwill did not have a price tag on these, but I knew they couldn’t be too expensive. When looking online to see the price the jeans retail for $80. I paid $7.49. Score 1! eddiebauer Next up I continued to browse and came across a Ralph Lauren Sport denim shirt. Similar shirts retail for $70+. Goodwill had this priced for $7.99 so of course I had to buy it. I can’t wait to style it. Score 2! ralph Lastly, my friend and I headed to a local thrift store. It was very large and had a similar layout to that of a Forman Mills. I found a shirt as soon as I walked in from the brand Sonoma which can be purchased at Kohls. Kohls has similar styles priced at nearly $40. I paid $5.99. Score 3! sonoma I plan to take a thrift trip when I go to Atlanta this Summer, but I’ll still search around the ones in my area as well.

Fashion Forward Friday [V.24] Spring Haul

There’s not much that I need in my wardrobe, but there are pieces that I’ve added just for the season. I don’t expect these to last forever, but they were affordable so I picked up a few items. Check out my Spring Hauls from last year below:

As for this year, I took advantage of the Memorial Day Weekend sales and I’m happy with what I’ve picked up. Last year I shopped just to shop, but this year I was more particular on basics that I actually did need and a few extras. Click the links below to for similar items to what I’ve purchased.

Black Sandals - Old Navy  Nude Sandals Charlotte Russe Sneakers - Charlotte Russe Basic Tanks - NY & CO Captain America T-Shirt - Hot Topic NWO T-Shirt - Hot Topic
Black Sandals – Old Navy
Nude Sandals Charlotte Russe
Tropical Print Sneakers – Charlotte Russe
Basic Tanks – NY & CO
Captain America T-Shirt – Hot Topic
NWO T-Shirt – Hot Topic

OOTD #15: Floral Maxi

I picked up this amazing dress from Target a few weeks ago which is a part of the _ collection. I love to wear shorts in the summer, but a dress is a complete, instant, and effortless look. Especially if it’s printed you can keep jewelry minimal, if you choose, grab a purse, and be on your way.I generally wouldn’t pa $29.99 for a dress, but after trying it on, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ll be going on vacation at the end of July and this dress is definitely coming with me. To purchase similar styles click HERE.


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OOTD #14: The Oversized Hat

I’ve become a fan of the oversized hat and while some may find it trendy, it’s become a staple in my wardrobe. Then again, I’m not always daring enough to wear it. It’s warming up hear on the East Coast, and I decided to put my hat to the test. Granted I received stares, I suppose to to its enormous size, but I love it and I can’t wait to find more styling options. The look I put together was the typical all black everything. I purchased the hat from H&Mand there are still variations of the wool hat available on the site. Next up I need an oversized beach hat, but that’s an OOTD for another time. Check out the details below.

Hat: H&M | Crop Top: Wet Seal |High Waist-Jeans: Forever 21+| Boots: H&M | Cardigan: H&M | Watch: NY & Company | Purse: Marc Jacobs
Hat: H&M | Crop Top: Wet Seal | High Waist-Jeans: Forever 21+ | Boots: H&M | Cardigan: H&M |           Watch: NY & Company | Purse: Marc Jacobs

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