Dressing Up with Tobi


As a stylist it is always fun and exciting for me to shop, curate and make my clients look and feel their best. Whether it be helping someone find their perfect wedding dress, to building a transitional work wardrobe, or for that fabulous date night outfit, I have done it all. I was nervous yet super excited at the opportunity to collaborate with Tobi. I stepped outside of my comfort zone and picked some adventurous pieces that still made me feel good (i.e. comfortable, while highlighting my best features.) It was great to style these pieces with some staple items in my wardrobe. And what better place than in the beautiful California weather.

 

The first piece that I styled is a deep red velvet midi dress with a plunging criss-cross back. Not only is the color fabulous, but the fit and length were great. I am not the biggest fan of skirts or dresses above the knee, so I was so pleased that it hit me at the perfect place, while still being young and fun with a playful back. With my Zara coat that I bought in 2015 as a steal during an iconic yearly sale, and my H&M ankle boots with the fringe - I was dolled up just enough to feel a bit more special. Along with my everyday gold Alex & Ani and collection of bangles, this look was a hit!

 

This sweater dress is one of the softest pieces I have ever laid my hands on. As soon as I had it in my possession I knew it would pair perfectly with my Aldo over-the-knee boots. While I am more conservative about low-cut tops, I fell in love with the “party in the back” aspect. Not wanting to hide the back of this chunky turtleneck, I opted for a high topknot bun with simple jewels. I can’t wait to wear this to a weekend brunch once I am back in New York City.

 

I was definitely pleasantly surprised by the navy maxi dress - since that is often my go to spring and summer style, I was not expecting the fit to be so stellar. The cold-shoulder look was executed so well on this piece, while still providing me with ample arm movement. It was fitted through the hip, while still having a great flow in the skirt. I kept it simple for this look, with some nude open-toe slides, but am excited to pair it with my favorite wedge sandals this spring!

Tobi is the perfect place to find those great shapes that you keep coming back to, with a extra flair and added twist. Make sure you check them out, as I know I already have my eye on some pieces for the next season. And I might just have to pull out the red dress for my birthday in 5 days ;)


Much love from the Millennial Style Maven. Make sure you keep up with me on my Instagram for daily doses of fashion and style inspiration.

I am Falling in Love With These Fall Looks

While this pun may be overly used during this time of the year, I cannot help but to "fall" in line with the rest of the corny creatives. This past holiday weekend I spent it styling brides, and also doing some fall planning through my Pinterest for clients who are looking to reinvigorate their fall wardrobes. Even though I created a Pinterest account originally a few years ago, I realized this platform again recently as a great way to visually engage with my clients as we strategize the growth and expansion of their wardrobe's. Below is a taste of my most recent board Ladies Fall Fashion - I would love to see some of your the fall looks you are falling for, tag me in any photos on my instagram @millennialstylemaven. 

While I have been gone from this space for awhile, I am excited to engage with all of you on this platform as I continue to build my business. Millennial Style Maven is a collective for women who are looking to slay their lives by living stylishly and confidently. Thank you all for continuing on this journey with me. If you are looking for specific advice or pieces, let me know in the comments!

Fall & Florals

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Owning a long pink coat or jacket has been my dream for a long time. And I finally found one thanks to the gem of a thrift shop where I purchase 95% of my wardrobe...you could have great pieces just like me too. (Feel free to drop me a line after reading this post to get some of those great finds by working with me!) Back to the topic at hand...I couldn't resist creating a look that incorporated a long pink coat, and what could be a better pairing than a Kendall+Kylie Topshop jumpsuit. See below for details where to shop these pieces!

Jacket - The Fold

Jumpsuit - Nordstrom

Heels - Lulus.com

Purse - Shein.com

Lipstick - Harvey Nichols

 

#MCM Casual Inspiration

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I know that it has been a minute since I have been showing the men some love, and I truly apologize for the oversight...it won't happen again. This will be the first of many installments where I celebrate the second best "being" on earth, with weekly #MCM inspired looks. From casual to professional looks, the Millennial Style Maven will cover it all. See below for information on this casual look for the gentleman. And do not forget to check back every Monday for more looks for all of your #MCM's around the world.

Shirt - Uniqlo

Jacket - boohoo.com

Pants - soliver.eu

Sneakers - Farfetch

Hat - Amazon.com

Watch - Coggles

Bohemian Vibes

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I was feeling ethereal this morning, and I loved the idea of this dress being a convertible piece for your wardrobe. A dress layered with a longer sweater, or a maxi skirt in warmer months. I incorporated a fringe-crossbody bag, tying in the brown and red hues. A little fringe goes a long way, make sure you check out the outfit details below.

Sweater - Wearall.com

Dress - Amazon.com

Sandals - Dolce Vita

Bracelets - ALDO

Bag - American Eagle Outfitters

Necklace - SilkFred

Floral Power

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Audrey Hepburn was so effortlessly darling even when she wasn't trying. In an effort to try to recreate this, why not look first to her iconic wardrobe staples. When I saw this dress I knew I could create something wonderful from it. Since it speaks for itself, I picked some more basic pieces to offset it, while making it a more achievable everyday look. And it is very appropriate for the changing of seasons - outfit details are below :)

Dress - ASOS

Jacket - Shein.com

Heels - Lipsy London

Bracelets - Avenue.com

Earrings - CharmingCharlie.com

Clutch - Shein.com

Camo Chic

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This look is inspired by my good friend who is a pro at rocking a camo jacket. One of the things that I will always say to you, like a broken record, is not to be limited by "trends" or the look you think you should be rocking. Always reinvent. Always mix it up. Wear what makes you feel good. This look is about mixing different prints and pieces that you might not immediately put together, but still come together as a nice cohesive look. Remember to subscribe to the blog, and check back for daily posts. See below for where to grab these pieces below.

Jacket - Nastydress.com

Dress - NewLook.com

Heels - Fashionblychic.com

Backpack - H&M

Bracelet - Kewel

Headpiece - Iamfy.co

Feminine Sleek

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It's hard sometimes waking up, let me restate that, it's hard MOST OF THE TIME to wake up. Sometimes you feel like putting in as little to no effort as possible and other days, even if your mood is a little bit funky, putting on something snazzy immediately lifts your spirits. This is one of those "oohh gurl I'm FEELING MYSELF" looks. And I know every girl has one of those, but if you don't I give you permission to steal this look :) These pieces are a bit pricier than in my budget, but a girl can dream, can't she? They say speak what you want into existence. But also check out my blog when I have get this look for less "features". Check out the details below!

Blazer - Topshop via Nordstrom

Top - Alberta Ferretti via ShopBop

Skirt - Dorothy Perkins

Heels - Givenchy via Barneys

Clutch - Dorothy Perkins

Watch - Larsson & Jennings

Maroon & Fall Florals

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Is it leather jacket season yet? As a brief chill creeps up in September, I can hardly contain my enthusiasm as I'm ready to bust out my fall wardrobe. In order to not come on too strong, as the warm air isn't completely gone, I love the idea of throwing a nude jacket over a fun floral print dress. Get details on these pieces below!

Dress - Oasis.com

Jacket - Maurices

Booties - Newlook.com

Bangles - Windsor

Earrings - JCPenny

Hat - Simplybe.com

Black & Yellow

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I just had to make a look with THIS skirt as the centerpiece - I love pieces that can speak for themselves. I liked the idea of just adding a cropped sweater in a bright color, to make it more "everyday" appropriate, and tying in the gold/yellow color in the shoes. Look below for where to find these pieces, and stay tuned for daily looks. Comment below for tips and suggestions of what you would like to see in the future by the Millennial Style Maven!

Sweater - H&M

Skirt - Shein.com

Heels - Chikoshoes.com

Flats - Nelly.com

Ring - River Island

Bangles - Guess.com

Lipstick - Dior

Fall Is Coming...

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Fall is finally on the horizon, and I can hardly contain myself. As I pine over all of the fabulous fashion week looks, I am inspired to play with the warm colors of fall. See below for information of where to shop these trendy pieces. And remember that as we transition into fall, don't put all of your summer pieces away just yet. As a major fan of fall layering, I pride myself on being able to wear many pieces in my wardrobe all year around. This look is a prime example, throw a light jacket, cardigan or sweater over a spring or summer tank dress, and voila a fall inspired look :)

Dress - Nelly.com

Jacket - Shein.com

Boots - Topshop

Rings - Kohls

Purse - lulus.com

Necklace - Genuine People

Millennial Look of the Week: Culotte Swag

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I share these looks with you all as inspiration to create your own varied looks, and to challenge you to look at your wardrobe pieces differently. With each look I try to incorporate a trend, or popular item that you can find at multiple retailers depending on where you are most comfortable shopping, and what your budget is. Culottes are one of the pieces of the season. They are "moldable" pieces that you can wear many different ways, which is key in the looks and pieces that I promote. I love the combination of the shorter top, and a long oversized sweater to balance it out. While I love color, especially when an outfit has one more obvious pop of it - I do tend to stay in a color family. This look is more muted with olive, nudes, and the denim - but the color comes out with the deep burgundy color of the satchel. Zara has come out with various printed and solid styles - check them out here. And stay tuned for more inspiration by the #millennialstylemaven.

BlackisBeautiful

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Happy September everyone! So proud to be Black and see this confident and positive display of Black people in arts and entertainment in all these prominent editorial outlets. I'm excited to see more of a presence of people of color, especially women, in the industry that I love and fight to be apart of everyday.

Queen Latifah: A Dynamic Powerhouse

queen-latifah-variety-cover-small I was so excited to wake up this morning. After looking at my Instagram feed I was so pleased to see Queen Latifah on the cover of Variety for their September issue. A feminist and pioneer in her own right, the accomplishments and accolades of this woman's career are almost too long to list. Someone who has consistently reinvented herself, and has always sought out her own way - she is the type of person that I aim to highlight on the Millennial Style Maven blog. A black woman who is a comedian, actress, producer, and hosted her own talk show - she is an example to us all that we should never feel trapped in any role or path that we create for ourselves. I am so excited to snag a copy of Variety and get some insight from someone who has had her hands in so many dynamic projects - someone who also doesn't forget where she comes from. Stay tuned for more coverage on inspiring people in various industries from who Millennials can gain insight and inspiration.

Millennial Look of the Week: OMG Shoes & Midi Skirts

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This look is ideal for women everywhere. As a woman who often times has some difficultly choosing a suitable shoe option I give you three today. Three shoe examples that you can wear and will completely transform the outfit into a completely different look. And if you are traveling to multiple venues in one day, why not throw all three into your tote bag. One of my favorite parts of this outfit is that it an escape from the typical conservative blazer option, adds a pop of color, but is still classic with a fun and flattering cut. Millennials are diverse and innovative people who need options. Because I don't know about you, but for me today is hardly like tomorrow or the day after that. And this is why I am here, to give you that daily unique does of inspiration :)

For the Guys...Laid Back Vibes

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While I often talk about transitional looks that are great for millennials to go from work to "play" or grown-up night time activities - sometimes you just need a chill look. Whether for a weekend outing, a casual work environment, travel, errands, you name it, looks like these can go a long way. Just because we are professionals killing it, and changing the game with each passing hour, doesn't mean we need to age out of the edgy style that makes us so unique. So if you are looking for a casual look, take this for some inspiration. A black tee and white sneakers (I will go into more detail about this later in the week) are both definitely assets to every wardrobe for both males and females. And the hoodie and cap give this look an effortless urban vibe. Stay tuned for more dynamic looks on the blog for gents - all by the Millennial Style Maven.