Thursday, July 17, 2014

roadtrip // packing

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   Details // Images (top to bottom) Black Jumpsuit, Kenneth Cole | Purse, Chanel | Jeans, (left to right) Target, Forever21, Express | V Neck Tees, Forver21 | Purses, Chanel + Michael Kors | Jackets, Michael Kors + The Limited | Swimsuit + Sunnies, Target | Platform heels, BGBG + Brown Strappy heels + black strappy heels, both Target // 

Life has been so crazy lately. From being sick and missing work for almost a week, dealing with bad weather (making outfit shoots near impossible), to just having a demanding schedule - it's been nuts. (I've got some great things in the works for this little ol' blog...stay tuned!) 

Although packing (any sort, really) is one of my least favorite activities, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things I packed for my three-day trip to Shreveport. As I've mentioned in previous posts, my entire wardrobe is composed of basic pieces and I find myself moving more and more away from any sort of color whatsoever. Black jeans....white tees.....brown/nude heels = my uniform. Just add a couple dainty gold accessories and a statement ring (or two) and you've got my current style. 

For this trip I'm heading to Shreveport, Louisiana with the fam for a friend's wedding and some (much needed) r&r. 

You can follow along on INSTAGRAM @theelegantblogger for more of my roadtrip snapshots and  #allblack assembles...hehe 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rain, Rain Go Away

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   Outfit Details // Dress, Marshall's | Flats, Payless (simiar here) | Umbrella, (similar here) //  

          Makeup //| Eye-makeup, I used the shadows 'Verve', 'Pistol', and 'Blackout' from the Naked2 Palete by Urban Decay to create this smokey eye + e.l.f. liquid eyeliner + Ulta false lashes (the self adhesive kind) + L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in 'Carbon Black' + NYX Stay Matte Foundation and NYX Blotting Powder + e.l.f bronzer // 

Photos by Chet Overall of Overall Photoworks 

For today's post, I teamed up with my super talented photographer friend Chet. We shot in the French Quarter and (fun fact) it was actually my very first 'legit' shoot! I even did my own hair/makeup and now have the utmost respect every MUA I know. False lashes...I don't know how you do it. 

Although it didn't actually rain, the weather in/around New Orleans has been so nasty lately, it's been nearly impossible to do any sort of outfit shoot whatsoever. I figured this post would be fitting and I'm OBSESSED with how they turned out. 

Be sure to check to follow Chet on Insta to see more of his killer photography!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Up In The Air

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     Outfit Details // Shirt, (old) | Skirt + Clutch, Od.Aomo | Knuckle Ring, Porter Lyons | Bracelets, 
  TredzNOLA | Heels, Target //

Photos by Jeffrey Roedel  - editor at [ 225 ]

A couple weeks back, my friend Jeffrey and I ventured out into the Bywater to shoot on the bridge near Crescent Park. This was my second time shooting there, but it was by far the most fun. Especially since I wore this gorgeous high-low skirt from Od.Aomo . It's so elegant and I love how it flowed against the rust colored bridge.

High-low skirts are great to have when you can't decide whether or not to wear a mini or floor-length skirt. You get the best of both worlds. They're also a great way to update your basic 'party skirt', and are extremely flattering on most body types. And not to mention being just plain fun to wear. I felt like a princess in this one. 

I paired this one with an embellished tank, black strappy heels, and accessorized with my usual array of gold jewelry and an animal skin clutch - also by the designer. 

Be sure to stop by Od.Aomo's Facebook Page and Instagram to see her latest designs! 

While you're at it, stop by Jeffrey's Instagram to see more of his kick-ass photography.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


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     Outfit Details // On Me - White Top, Target ( on sale!)  | Jeans, Forever21 | Heels, Target | Bracelets, Dillard's + TrendzNOLA | Rings, (old) + Porter Lyons // On Chana - Top, Loft | Jeans, GAP | Heels, Target | Necklace, World Market | Bracelets & Rings, Handmade + JcPenny | Lipstick - 'Cherries In The Snow' by Revlon | 

Photos - Chana Bainter + Elizabeth Exposito

During my trip to Texas a few weeks ago ( more like a month now, actually) one of my super-talented photographer/blogger friends - Chana Bainter, and I shot these outfits in Downtown Dallas. I still can't get over how cool the brick and wood backdrops were. Omg.

  Chana and her family are very dear to me and I really enjoyed getting to visit and spend time with them on the trip. Even if they don't take Instagram or 'food-selfies' seriously... hehe. It was nice to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life (and also the humidity) It felt strange (not gonna lie) to wake up late, have someone else make coffee, not have dishes to do, and really relax. Being a tourist was also fun, if you weren't following along on Insta - you missed out. 

Now for the outfits - I happened upon this over-sized white sweatshirt a while back during one of my 'I'm only going into Target for one thing I swear' trips. It's become one of my favorite summer staples for a multitude of reasons. One of them being my love for it's extremely flattering shape and fit. Seriously, how often is it that you find a top that's more comfortable than your pj's and looks great with jeans?! Exactly. 

Chana kept her outfit minimal and classy (as usual) pairing her Gap skinny jeans with a simple forest green Loft blouse and accessorized with gold jewelry. Although her blog mainly focuses on her lifestyle/writing, she's quite the fashionista. Be sure to check out her blog and Pinterest page, you'll love it. I promise.