How To Style a Casual LBD

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Hello, loves! Today I wanted to talk about a staple item in every girl’s closet, the trusty little black dress (or LBD). The LBD makes it’s mark by being the safety net in your closet. Have an event and you don’t know what to wear? Your LBD will be right there waiting for you, like a great BFF. But just because your LBD is (most often) a safe bet, does not mean that it needs to be a boring outfit.

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day, here in California! After our morning jog, my boyfriend and I attended church and then went on a double date for brunch. It was an all around beautiful Sunday! But that morning, I found myself in one of those tricky styling situations. I wanted to be dressed up enough for church, but casual enough for a meal with friends. That’s when my LBD came to mind! I grabbed my little black dress, made from cotton, and began to style it.

The key to styling a casual look with your LBD is to embellish. A LBD is just a plain black dress, until you make it your own. So add some flare! Personally, I love anything and everything bohemian, so I added my necklace from Nigeria and some large beaded hoop earrings. Adding your favorite jewelry will really help represent your true style.

Next, I love wearing black with cognac. I think that the black really makes the cognac pop! So I threw on my favorite gladiator sandals and matched them with my purse. These two pieces, along with my jewelry and denim jacket, brightened up my outfit and made it great for Spring. I wore my denim jacket because I love to layer, and wanted to take away from how tight the dress was. Finally, I threw on my REKS Optics sunnies, and was ready to go!

So make sure to stay true to you when you’re styling your LBD casual look. The key is to feel comfy and confident!

spring LBD

Cali girl

LBD spring outfit

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LBD ootd

xxo, Jennifer

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Flying to Texas

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It may be silly, but I tend to get excited about the little things. This was the case for Saturday’s outfit of the day. I was flying to Texas, and wore a graphic tee that I had purchased months before. It was navy blue, with “Bon Voyage” written in white cursive lettering. Of course I saved the top for this specific occasion! I was so excited for this trip, it made the tee that much more special.
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In my mind, there is nothing more cute than a graphic tee to travel in. You’re comfortable, but you’re also trendy. These are two attributes I focused on when deciding what to wear while traveling. I styled this top with one of my Nigerian necklaces, and my favorite Express jeans. The necklace had matching navy blue beads, and yellow and green beads to add a splash of color.
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I decided to wear my cognac leather booties for two reasons. One, they are the most comfortable booties that I have ever purchased. And two, they are easy to slip on and off. These are important things to consider when thinking about what shoes to wear to the airport. Easy slip on shoes make going through security quicker and easier.
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Before my trip, I decided to get a mani/pedi. I am not big on French manicures, but decided to get one done. It looks clean cut and goes with everything. I recommend this look when traveling. It is the equivalent to packing neutral colored clothing, that can be worn in various ways, and for different occasions.
OUTFIT DETAILS: Bon Voyage Tee: G.H. Bass & Co. (Factory Outlet). Faded Medium Wash Blue Mid Rise Jean Legging: Express. Cognac Leather Booties: Aldo. Polar M400: Polar. Necklace: Nigeria, Africa. Jet Set Logo Tote: Michael Kors. Ray-Ban Aviators: Ray-Ban/Sunglass Hut.
I am so excited to be down in Texas! Have a great week.
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Nigerian Necklaces

Now that the temperature in Boston is finally starting to drop, I want to mention my favorite accessories: my Nigerian necklaces. It can get a little hot wearing them during the summer, so I am excited for the cool air to come our way!  
I am very fortunate that my boyfriend comes from such an incredible family.  They have always been warm and welcoming towards me. His mother and father live in Nigeria and upon multiple different occasions they have gifted me these necklaces. They are absolutely gorgeous and I am in love with each and every one for different reasons!  They add a little special something to my outfits that make them different from everyone else’s.

While I am working at Express I get many compliments on my necklaces. Customers frequently ask where I bought them.  And while I love having this ‘strange’ and ‘different’ flare to my outfits, I have researched where someone could purchase similar necklaces to mine.  I find all these necklaces beautiful and intriguing.
While researching these pieces of jewelry I stumbled upon NOVICA.  It is a shopping website that is in association with National Geographic. They sell unique handmade products crafted by artisans from all around the world, through Fair Trade! I love this website and what it has to offered.  Hopefully you enjoy it as well!
I hope you all had a fabulous start to your week. Thanks for stopping by Cute Teachings!

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