I’ve coined a phrase for pieces whose function is solely to LOOK GOOD. That acronym is F.L.O. (For Looks Only). These things are the bomb dot com, but serve me little on the functionality scale. I will not be running marathons in any of these sneakers. Nor have any stepped foot in a gym, no matter, because their purpose is to FLO!
First and foremost these brands have mastered their formulas and have an excellent array of colors. My favorite attributes of liquid lipstick are they dry down matte, are not too drying, they stay put through meals (and cocktails) and are reasonably priced. When I rip my mask off, you can bet your sweet ass I’m rocking liquid lipstick. Yes, Queen, it stays on even with a mask covering.
I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, what? Did she just say (OLD LADY) brooches? I can’t, Queen!” Am I right? Well gang, much like everything else, they’re back. To be quite frank, they never left. I’m going to show you how I style mine and where you can get fashionable ones.
If you are versed at embroidering on leather goods, then you are quite capable of making a brooch yourself. For the vast majority of us, we do not possess said skills. Turn your attention to Etsy where there is a plethora of talent. I can recommend the following with confidence, as they are my go to brooch shops: Sweet Brooch Sisters, Natasha Shumskaya, Natali Brooches, TimeAcs and [my FAVORITE] 5FlowerFinery.
When it comes to editing our wardrobes this can be really hard. Every time I edit my closet I find myself saying things like “maybe I’ll wear that to a Halloween party” or “maybe I’ll get down to that magical size x and be able to wear those jeans from high school again”. A functional closet contains pieces that reflect where you are TODAY. The clothing in your closet should be your current size, colors that flatter your skin tone, tailored to fit your body, and silhouettes that flatter your body shape (ie triangle, rectangle, pear, hourglass, etc). I am not working in corporate America anymore, therefore I do NOT need a plethora of pants suits. Long gone are the days of attending fraternity Halloween parties. Baggy Jinco jeans from the 90’s do not flatter my body shape.
In order to have a functional closet, one needs to understand their body. Know what body shape/type you are. Identify your undertone (cool, warm or neutral) and take body measurements. If you need assistance turn to wardrobe stylist Erin Busbee. She’s a professional stylist and has wonderful YouTube content that covers all the above.
Now that you’re educated on your body, how do you actually get up the nerve to tear into the abyss of clothing that has taken over your closet? Start before you’re ready, queen! Life is short. In this moment, you are the youngest you will ever be and the oldest you’ll ever be. Take advantage of that truth.
Her feet are KILLIN her, I call it shoeicide. Ehhhh Fabolous? Anyone, anyone? I’m that bissssh who loves a good pump with just about any look. I got a slow strut like I’m walking to the alter. I could not care less where I’m going or if I’m overdressed for the occasion. Life is the occasion, and one can never be over educated or over dressed. Pump up the volume on your stilettos queens!
My favorite way to wear combat boots is to mix girly girl with cool girl vibes. Try styling combat boots with a printed dress or pleated skirt. Complete the look with bare legs, fishnets or patterned tights. Perfection.
I’m an extremest in all aspects of my life. I’m ALL IN or I’M OUT, and that goes double for my appearance. #FullGlam #Homeless. Somewhere between bombshell and conductor of the hot mess express lies the ‘ish’, or as I like to call it FAF-ish (Fancy As F*** -ish). This technical term refers to those days when you appear put together but, your struggle is real. The nail polish is most certainly chipping, you desperately need to wash your hair, and you’re still wearing the mascara from the day before (or maybe that’s just me). This is the “ish”.
When you want to look cute (but can’t be bothered), focus on impactful details to rejuvenate your inner queen. This could be a bold lipstick, over-sized sunglasses, statement earrings, tailored jacket, or a go-to uniform. Here are my favorite uniforms in a flash.