Shhh… Hush… Don’t Tell!

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

 

 

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I LOVE this quote so much!

When I was a little girl, my mommy always told me this. She didn’t word it exactly this way (and of course, it was in Spanish) but it was the same message. It was so ingrained in my head that ’til this day, I try to live by these words. To have found it worded in such a lovely way by Iyanla was the icing on the cake.

“IF IT’S NOT YOUR STORY TO TELL, YOU DON’T TELL IT”

 

 

This quote to me described in one word would be “RESPECT.”

If I share good news with you and ask you not say anything just yet, don’t say anything. Don’t take that moment away from me by sharing it first.ย If I tell you something sensitive about my life and I ask you to keep it to yourself, then keep it to yourself. Don’t take my story and share it with the world if I ask you not to. Maybe I don’t plan to share with the world, but here you are… Y’all get the gist.

When you go ahead and share somebody else’s story without permission, you’re depriving that person of sharing their good news themselves. If they told you something confidential, by telling their story you’re betraying their trust. You’re basically showing no RESPECT towards their faith in you keeping that secret.

Learn to keep your mouth shut. Seriously, it’s NOT that hard. It doesn’t matter how trivial you think the story is, don’t tell it. Just HUSH! I’ve always made it a point to respect other people’s wishes when they ask me not to tell because I would like the same favor in return. It’s as simple as that.

So… what do y’all think? Do you agree with this or nah? Comment below and let me know your thoughts or experiences. I’m sure we’ve all been betrayed at some point by someone who told our story and shouldn’t have. It’s not a great feeling. What was your reaction? Let’s chat. Go! #engage

Gracias,

AnnaCris โค

 

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Seven Favorite Styles… Sweaters!

Hola,

What’s the haps mis amores (my loves)? LOL, I love saying this. I have a friend who always addresses me this way and it always makes me chuckle. So what’s new with everyone? I hope all my lil style icons are doing wonderful. Things are well with me. I’m feeling less exhausted this week. However, I’m still bummed about a project I thought for sure would come through but hasn’t. I haven’t lost hope yet so we shall see… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now that we’ve gotten the formalities outta the way, did everyone get a chance to read my last post “Five Favorite Styles… Winter Coats?” If you haven’t, you’ve missed a fun one. For me, it was pretty cool browsing around looking at lovely coats to add to the list. However, it was difficult picking just five. I mean let’s face it, how in the world can we just pick five out of so many beautiful styles, colors, textures, patterns… Good Lord! But I was determined to, and I feel that my five choices were on point for my type of style. I would love your take on them as well as your own picks so once you’ve finished reading this post, please go have a look and leave a comment.

So if you’ve followed my blog and/or you know me personally, it’s a well-known fact that I love fall/winter because of the clothes. Yes indeed! Given this and in keeping with the winter theme, I decided to discuss another love of mine… Sweaters! I adore their coziness, the way they keep you warm, some of them are so soft, the fact that you can layer them and that you can wear them for a casual look as well as dress them up for work or a night out. I combed the internet, well mostly Pinterest, to find the seven styles that I usually lean towards and I wanted to share. Check them out and see if your favorites are on this list:

 

SWEATERS – MY FAVORITE STYLES

 

THE CHUNKY SWEATER

 

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The chunky sweater is one of the coziest styles. They’re thick and heavy and keep you so nice and warm. The above sweater is by one of my favorite designers Isabel Marant. The color is so lovely (y’all know my love for bright colors). This type of sweater can be layered with either a collared shirt (with the shirt collar popping out as well as the sleeves) or a thin turtleneck. It’s great for a casual day in jeans but also with slacks for work.

 

THE LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT

 

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This long sleeve t-shirt by Hollister is one of my top favorites. I have one in navy blue and I regret not getting more. The material is soooo soft and warm. Plus it molds to your body perfectly. With this style, it is easy to layer either with a tank top underneath or you can also get away with layering with a loose short sleeve t-shirt on top. This is more of a casual style so I always wear mine with jeans.

 

THE TURTLENECK SWEATER

 

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Ayyeee!! I really want this sweater though. The turtleneck has been around for ages. It comes and goes in the fashion world and currently, it’s back in. The above sweater is by Lands’ End and look how lovely it is. This style falls under the “chunky” turtlenecks which are one of my favorites because they’re so relaxed and keep you so warm. No need to layer with this sweater. I prefer to wear this style with jeans or slacks. There are also thinner versions of the turtleneck that can be worn for a dressier look. It’s really your choice.

 

THE CARDIGAN SWEATER

 

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The cardigan has also been around for quite a while and I feel like this style never really goes away. How pretty is this sweater by Maurices? The color is so delicate. The cardigan comes in different textures from thin fabric to a more thick/heavy type. Some come with buttons while others of late, come without and have a bit of a flair or ruffle effect in the front. The cardigan is very convenient even in the summer because you can wear it over a summer dress or a tank top/cami top if the evening gets a bit cool. Therefore, this style can be worn throughout the year and is great for a dressy or a casual look.

 

THE HOODIE

 

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Hoodies! They are my favorite. When fall comes around, hoodies are one of the first articles of clothing that I bust out of my closet. I secretly wish that hoods were attached to almost every top I own LOL. Of course, the above is by Hollister and as is the long sleeve t-shirt, it’s soft and comfy. Hoodies are also more of a casual statement so go for it on the weekends or a casual Friday and pair them with jeans or a denim mini. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

THE CROPPED SWEATER

 

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Umm, WHY haven’t I seen this sweater at H&M? I love it! The style, the color, the texture… everything about it is so me. I feel a trip to H&M this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ The cropped sweater is just too cute. However, this style is a bit tricky because of the shortness in length so just be mindful. I always layer mine with a fitted tank top underneath and if I feel a bit bloated because let’s face it, we all go through that time of the month, I’ll skip this and go with something else. Cropped tops/sweaters can be paired with jeans, slacks or a cute pencil skirt. They’re not necessarily casual. They look fabulous spiced up a bit and a bright color like the above is fantastic.

 

THE SWEATER DRESS

 

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The sweater dress is also a favorite of mine because… Yes! They’re super elegant and classy just make sure you choose the right length if you’re wearing one to work and any kind of business engagement. If you’re going out on the town with the squad or on a hot date, a lil bit shorter is perfectly fine. Sweater dresses look marvelous with heeled knee high boots. You can also liven up the outfit with a short coat or blazer and accessorize with a trio of layered long necklaces.

Visitย Hello Fashion Blogย to check out this look up close. I think it’s so lovely.

 

**All photos in this post were found on Pinterest.

 

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So there they are… My top favorite styles of sweaters for winter. As I said in my previous post, I prefer to give you all ideas and share my style as opposed to “telling” you all what you should wear. Style is a matter of individual taste and everybody is different. So go with whatever you feel most comfortable and confident with and you cannot go wrong.

Well then, y’all already know the drill… Join in the fun and comment your opinions below. What styles are your favorites and how do you wear them? Do you layer them or prefer a more fitted style? How do you spice up a sweater let’s say for work or a night out? Do you accessorize, wear a bright color or skip a sweater altogether? The questions are endless… So feel free to share your thoughts, photos, ideas. I’m all up for a discussion so let’s start a conversation. I look forward to your participation. Let’s chat. Go! #engage

Gracias,

AnnaCris โค

Five Favorite Styles… Winter Coats!

Hola,

How are my lovelies doing? I hope that life is treating all of you well. I’m doing okay except for that feeling of exhaustion that just refuses to go away. I’ve also been feeling a lil bummed over an adventure that I thought would come through but has not. However, I cannot let any of this beat me so here I am pushing through because I honestly love doing this. It truly brings me joy. ๐Ÿ™‚

So… did everyone catch my last post “To End or Mend?” I know, I know it was a bit off course, but I like to add something different every once in a while. Basically, it was me wondering how it can be so easy for someone to just walk away from any type of relationship (friend, family, lover) without any type of communication or yes, confrontation if there was an issue that could have been corrected. How people would rather leave things be than talk things out, solve the problem and make the relationship stronger if that is possible. I know sometimes it’s not but if it is, wouldn’t you want to save said relationship? Anyways, if you haven’t checked out the post, please do so after reading this one and add your two cents. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Alrighty then, let’s get to the less heavy stuff shall we? I figured I’d continue with the winter theme and decided to focus on winter coats. There are several different styles of coats so rather than “tell” you what to wear, I thought I’d share with you the five styles that are my favorites for these cold, winter months. So without further fanfare, let’s begin:

MY FAVORITE WINTER COATS

THE PEA COAT

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This is definitely a top favorite of mine. The pea coat is known for being short in length, made of heavy wool, double-breasted, with large buttons, vertical pockets and the classic color is navy blue. Nowadays, the pea coat can be found in a variety of colors and with slight alterations to the classic style. For example I have a gray coat by Calvin Klein that is double-breasted but also comes with a belt that you can tie in front for a more fitted look.

The pea coat can be worn with just about anything and for any occasion. I love to wear mine with fitted slacks/jeans or a dress/skirt, with a knee high boot or booties and accessorize with a pair of leather gloves and a pretty, colorful scarf.

* The above coat is by Victoria’s Secret.

THE DOUBLE-BREASTED COAT

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How adorable is this coat by Lily & Co.? This is definitely my definition of a “pop” of color and not to mention that yellow IS my favorite. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #MustGetThisCoat

The double-breasted coat has two columns of buttons instead of one column. One column of buttons is usually for decoration while the other is functional. It usually has wide, overlapping front flaps and has a classy and elegant look. This coat is longer in length than the pea coat so it’s great for those of us that love to wear skirts or dresses in the winter.

As I said, this coat is classy and elegant so it’s great for a night out and for work if you have to dress the part. I have a “winter white” coat by Victoria’s Secret that I love and I don’t usually wear unless I’m going out to a fancy shindig because I don’t want to get it dirty. You can also accessorize this coat with a pair of fancy leather gloves and pretty scarf peeking out from inside.

THE WRAP COAT

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I think this cashmere wrap coat by Donna Karan New York is so lovely. The color is just fabulous. I wouldn’t mind owning this one either.

The wrap coat is like a bathrobe basically. It comes in a variety of lengths so you can choose what works for you. I love both long and short lengths depending on what I’m wearing. They are effortless since they have no buttons just a tie belt. Don’t panic though, this coat can still keep you super warm during those cold winter days. They are made of heavy wool so do not fret. Plus, aside from layering and accessorizing, just remember to tie the belt tightly, but fashionably around your waist.

THE COCOON COAT

 

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Tell me the color of the above coat by Jil Sander isn’t just charming… I’m not even a “pink” person but I would definitely rock this coat.

The cocoon coat is one of the most versatile styles because it’s so roomy. This coat is perfect for every body type, it has room for layering (I LOVE to layer during the winter), and it’s perfect for any occasion whether it’s a dressy day or a casual one. Also, this style also comes in a variety of lengths so choose your preference. Wear with heels, flats or even a nice pair of sneakers. Of course, do not forget to accessorize.

THE PUFFER JACKET/COAT

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My new love… I purchased this Sherpa Lined Puffer Jacket by Hollister last week and I am so in <3!! I wanted a change in my casual jackets and this is perfect. Not only was the jacket on sale, but it’s got Sherpa lining throughout the body. Even the hood is Sherpa lined so needless to say that it keeps me super warm and cozy.

The puffer coat/jacket is perfect for those freezing winter days. The puffy sections are filled with down insulation or synthetic fibers to provide much warmth. Another plus is that this jacket/coat is lightweight. The above puffer is so light and soft so it’s like I’m not wearing a jacket at all. This style is a bit on the fitted side so if you like to layer up like I do, get one size larger than your normal size for extra room.

Needless to say the puffer is the most casual of the five styles. However, this jacket/coat also comes in a variety of lengths so you can also dress up and wear the longer length. You can spice it up with a scarf and gloves and you’re good to go.

** All photos in this post were found on Pinterest.

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So there you have it my darlings. These are my top five favorite styles of winter coats. This is not to say that I’m not into other styles as well. I mean, the military coat is pretty cool and the top coat also falls in the elegant category. It’s just a matter of taste which is why I chose to showcase my favorites rather than impose on you what you should wear. We’re all different in many aspects so like I always say, go with what works best for you.

Okay then, you all know the drill… Comment below and let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear what your favorite styles are and why. Do you prefer the more elegant look or is casual your go to style for warmth and comfort? How do you accessorize your outerwear? How many different coats do you own? LOL, now THAT is the question. I’m sure all my fashionistas own several. In any case, let’s discuss. Y’all know I love to converse so let’s do this. Share your opinions and if you have photos that you’d like to share, please feel free to do so below. Tell me about your favorite winter coat styles. I look forward to your feedback. Let’s chat. Go! #engage

Gracias,

AnnaCris โค