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Love Beatrice

Just as I was getting ready to say goodbye to summer, Seattle weather decided to warm up again. It has gone from mid 50s up to low 80s within a week's time, which has turned my closet into a hot mess of sundresses and winter jackets!

Shana Bea, a local bag designer from Los Angeles, California and founder of Love Beatrice, recently contacted me about a project.

I was asked to create some looks that showed who I am, my style, and to accessorize with my new Alani clutch in black and burgundy. I've said it once and I'll say it again- my style has a mind of its own. I stuck to a simple but fun summer look by pairing my favorite yellow print pants with the new black clutch.

Last fall I went thrift shopping in downtown Seattle and came across this fur coat and I immediately fell in love. I had New York Fashion Week on my mind while putting together the second look. Always aiming to be classy but never wanting to blend in, I put together a little black dress with the coat and burgundy Alani bag.

The prices on her merchandise range from $20 to $65. Insert excited emoji here! Bags at that price are a deal- so go check it out!

Photographer:Jonathan Sumolang/ Makeup:Naima Hashim/ Clutches: Love Beatrice

Forever21

Usually, I like to showcase local boutiques and designers on my blog, but today I wanted to share some looks from my personal closet.

Up until now Forever21 has always been my go to store. I can already hear half of you sighing heavily in disapproval, but let's be honest- almost all of us started there. Forever21 carries all the latest trends at amazing prices, and for a girl with bills and a budget, it’s what has worked for me thus far.

However as I grow older and my style continues to changes, I find myself not stopping there as often. Quality truly is more valuable than quantity, and in all honesty Forever21's quality can be questionable. Whoever said you get what you pay for was not lying. So I took a step back, examined my wardrobe, and decided it was time to de-clutter.

My go to stores now: Zara and Nordstrom Rack because I have a secret...online shopping makes me nervous. I know so many people shop from stores like Asos or Nasty Gal, but every time I venture to one of these sites I can't help but worry-and that worry holds me back from looking any further. What if the clothes don't fit or the quality isn't what it looks like in photos? It might limit my wardrobe options some, but I like to know what I’m buying!

For now I could not be more excited to see how my style evolves and improves in the coming months. Be on the lookout for my next personal style piece.