Mail Monday + I’m in Denver, now!

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Well friends, I’m officially a Denver resident now! My husband and I are all moved in (well, lots of boxes but ya know) and so far we’re loving it! Of course I miss my Dallas friends and family so bad, but other than that life is pretty much perfect here. So if y’all could all move to Denver that would be greaaaaat.

Since I’m officially a homeowner, get excited for some home decor posts in the near future! For now, you can follow along with some of my mini projects in my Instagram Stories. Spoiler alert: right now, I’m repainting a HOT pink room and I still have a turquoise one left!

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t done Mail Monday in quite a while so most of these packages are a few weeks old (sorry!) It’s been really crazy moving but things are falling back into place and I’m so happy to have some great content lined up for you guys. Get ready for more fashion and beauty, comin’ atcha! For now….let’s celebrate Mail Monday!

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Life Update + June Small Goals

Happy Monday, friends! I’m writing this post from my bedroom – one of the only rooms in our house that isn’t a *total* disaster. Our entire place is packed up and ready to move to Denver….which is just plain nuts. Our original move date was July 1 but due to some circumstances outside our control that I’m too lazy to explain, we’re moving early!

If I’m being honest, right now  most of my feelings are pretty negative. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but I also want to be totally honest. I mean I know deep down it’s going to be SO fun being a homeowner and living in such an amazing place, but moving three weeks earlier than anticipated is really taking it’s toll on me. I’m exhausted constantly, I’m really sad about leaving friends and family behind and I’m just on edge all the time. So if you see me tread lightly….I wish I was kidding about that haha.

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Diversity Chic – May Flowers

Pssst if you’re a blogger, make sure to link up a floral outfit at the bottom of this post! It can even be an old outfit…I won’t tell 🙂 

One of the hardest parts about leaving Dallas (I’m moving to Denver in two weeks, in case you didn’t know), is leaving these babes behind. This thing we have created together, Diversity Chic, is bigger than any one of us and our bonds of friendship hold it together. We started DC to show the world that fashion is fun no matter who you are – you can take part in fun trends no matter what your size, personal style, ethnicity or anything else! I could blabber on for ages about what DC means to me, but honestly I’m exhausted right now from packing and I don’t think anyone wants that 🙂 Instead, I’ll just share our mission with y’all!

Diversity Chic is a collaboration of Dallas bloggers showcasing current fashion trends on a variety of skin tones, hair colors, body types and heights. Each month we will feature a new trend tailored to our personalities and style.

Our focus is to explore the world of fashion in its unique, diverse, and stylish manner – one trend at a time.

As a follow up to last month’s April Showers post, we’re bringing May flowers! This month, Stephanie opted to sit out and be our photographer, which is why there are only three of us in the photo. Trust me though, without Stephanie these photos would not happen so her presence is definitely still in this post!

We all know floral is nothing new for spring – it’s a pattern we see over and over again (although this winter dark florals had their moment, which was a lot of fun!) For me personally – spring florals don’t really fit my style anymore! Well, at least not how they used to. I’m more of a neutral gal and with my hair, florals can look really over the top very fast. This maxi dress (or something similar) is a perfect solution for people who want to incorporate the floral trend without wearing the more typical floral. Note: I honestly loooove floral patterns so no shade to them whatsoever, they just don’t fit my personal style at the moment.

A few things I love about this dress (and why it works for me):

  1. It’s not a “typical” floral pattern – everything about it is kind of out of the ordinary.
  2. The colors are more jewel toned so they’re a little bit more subdued than a typical “spring floral.”
  3. The print is large, but it’s concentrated to one area instead of all-over.
  4. The dress itself is a simple silhouette but the fact that it’s sheer and has the floral at the bottom brings a lot of interest. That being said, since it’s a maxi and it is black, I think it’s easy to dress up!
  5. Because it’s a statement dress, you can keep it super simple with the accessories. I threw on some cocktail rings to channel my inner Tracee Ellis Ross, but the outfit would’ve looked great without it too.
  6. The pattern is all near the feet so it doesn’t “overwhelm” my face. With bright blue hair, wearing a lot of patterns can just look way too busy sometimes – keeping patterns below the waist is an easy way to prevent this.

So what’s the moral of the story here? You can still wear floral print, even if you tend to gravitate towards neutrals! Ask yourself “what would make this trend work for me?” and then find something that fits your criteria! Get creative and have fun with it!

Don’t forget to check out the posts from Denise (here) and Sevi (here) and special thanks to Stephanie Drenka, per usual, for being our amazing photographer!

  • Are you a floral fan?
  • How do you “make” a trend work for you?

xoxo
Valery



The BEST Mascara ever *plus* 15 Mascaras Ranked

The best mascara EVER is included in this post (and yep, it’s a drugstore mascara, too!) Click through for the best and worst mascaras, ranked!The other day I realized I have WAY too many mascaras so instead of just throwing them all out – why not do a review for you guys?! In an ideal world I would have categories and ratings for each thing buuuut that’s not going to happen. Instead, I put all of these on in one afternoon (removing after each application, duh) and wrote down my thoughts. The good news is, I already had notes on most of these mascaras and everything was dead on with what I had written previously so everything here should be accurate! Skip down to number one for my pick for the best mascara I’ve ever used (and yes…it’s drugstore)!

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