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Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Joan Smalls


Joan Smalls is a supermodel in every aspect–she’s been on various covers, modeled for multiple brands, and was even featured in a Beyonce music video.  Besides her hugely successful modeling career, Joan also designed a capsule collection for True Religion jeans.  She’s know for killer sense of style–alternating between daring looks and casual chic outfits.  Check out 6 style tricks from the one and only, Joan Smalls!

1. White Crop Top X Blue High Waisted Trousers

Photo Credit: Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic

Joan wears a simple white sleeveless crop top tee with high waisted blue trousers, finishing off the look with a cream colored clutch and heels.  This look is all about minimalism.  The white and blue is a classic combo and you can wear this color pairing day or night.  The great thing about this look is that each piece is super versatile and timeless.  The fitted top perfectly balances the loose nature of the pants, making the look feminine, elegant and chic.

2. Button Down X Jeans X Sneakers

Joan Smalls White Shirt Jeans Sneakers Simple Model Style

This next look is a very menswear inspired outfit.  She’s wearing an oversized white collared shirt, completely buttoned up and untucked, with skinny jeans and sneakers. She kept her accessories unisex, opting for a backpack instead of a purse.  This outfit is still casual chic because she decided to roll up her sleeves and added earrings for a feminine touch.  The sneakers add that sporty element to an otherwise preppy outfit, perfect for school, a day out with friends, or when you’re just looking for something comfortable but still cool.

3. Black X White Combo

Joan Smalls Black Sheer Top White Jeans Model Style

Black and white is one of the most timeless, effortless combos you could ever do, and Joan shows us two new ways to wear the colors.  In the top look, Joan decided to up the sexy factor by pairing a black sheer long sleeved top with a bralet underneath.  She added white jeans and leopard print heels.  By choosing a loose fitted top with dark red lips, Joan makes the look elegant and still nighttime chic.  The animal print detail is a great way to add some fun and color to the black and white look.

Joan Smalls White Long Sleeved Dress Black Crop Top Model Style

In this black and white pairing, Joan takes her street style urban by wearing a long sleeved dress with a short sleeved sheer top layered on top.  She added black and white sneakers, a chunky gold necklace and a black clutch to complete her look.  I think the layering is brilliant–you add color and dimension to a simple white dress by layering.  The gold necklace is an easy way to add another texture to the black and white outfit.  The sneakers are the perfect way to add a touch of urban flare to a dress, keeping it casual cool.

4. Track Pants

Joan Smalls Track Pants White Shirt Black Blazer Model Style

Track pants are one of my favorite trends this year–why?  Because you can dress it up or down, and they are just so comfortable!  Joan shows us two different ways to wear track pants.  In the top look,  she chose black track pants, pairing them with a white t-shirt, black blazer and patterned slip ons.  The blazer makes the look more formal, while the slip ons downplay the fancy vibes.  Her white long-sleeved shirt popping out at the cuffs is another great style trick to make the outfit more casual and less preppy.  The black and gold clutch also add a nice modern touch to the outfit.

Joan Smalls Black Strappy Crop Top Gray Track Pants Heels Model Style

In the above outfit, Joan takes a risqué strappy black leather crop top and pairs it with gray track pants.  The track pants make the look daytime chic, while the strappy heels and crop top make it sexy.  The combo of the slouchy loose pants and the strappy top and heels provide the perfect balance.  It’s not too revealing but it still pushes the envelope.  She went minimal on her makeup and added a fun bag, allowing the look to be more daytime wearable.

5. Add a Pop of Red

Joan Smalls White Shirt Red Handbag Ripped Jeans Boots Red Lips Model Style

Red is probably one of my favorite bright colors, because it looks really good on pretty much everyone.  I like touches of red–it’s sexy, fun and not overpowering!  Joan decided to wear ripped denim with a white tee and combat boots, adding a red fringed handbag, plaid leggings and dark red lips. The red looks gorgeous with the simple white and blue jeans combo.  This is another great tip from Joan–wear different shades of red when adding multiple colored pieces.  The bag is the brightest color, while the lips are much darker.  The plaid leggings are patterned, so it’s toned down with the black in the design.  Overall, this is a great summer look (if you don’t wear leggings underneath) as well as a perfect winter look (just add a coat).

6. Sweater X Mini Skirt X Oxfords

Joan Smalls Kenzo Sweater Bright Blue Skirt Oxfords Model Style

In this next look, Joan paired a graphic Kenzo sweater with a bright blue mini skirt, oxfords and fun socks. To keep the skirt for overpowering the whole look, Joan opted for a loose fitted sweater layered on top of the skirt.  Choosing a graphic sweater is key because it keeps the look youthful and fun.  Having her socks showing is another great way to make the look more playful, and is balanced perfectly with her oxfords.  The small black clutch is the right choice because it’s simple and doesn’t distract from her outfit.

Which Joan Smalls style trick is your favorite?  Let me know below! xxx Sarah

Style Inspired: Beyonce’s Knitted Dress


Beyonce has one of the most amazing bodies and she showed off her killer curves in a gorgeous asymmetrical v-neck knitted dress by Self-Portrait.  The camel colored dress was perfectly balanced by her cream colored Givenchy Pyramid Pouch Purse and heels. The look is simple and sexy, perfect for day or night.  The knitted material will keep you warm on a cool summer night and add texture to your outfit.

Exact Dress:

If you want to recreate the look, you can purchase her exact dress by Self-Portrait for $271.  For a similar dress, with a much lower price tag, check out these three options I found.

Similar Options:

-Forever 21 has a Jersey Knit T-Shirt Dress in Olive ($22.90).  Although it’s not long sleeved or asymmetrical, the color is gorgeous and it’s really form fitting. has a long sleeved asymmetrical hem knitted dress, called the Samantha Asymmetric Hem Rib Knitted Dress ($35) in grey.

Beyonce Knitted Dress Camel Colored

Beyonce Side View Knitted Dress Style

Beyonce Closer View Knitted Dress Camel Colored

Credit: All Photos From Tumblr


What do you think of this knitted dress?  Let me know your thoughts.  xxx Sarah

Hair Inspired: Taylor Hill’s Half Top Knot


The gorgeous Taylor Hill shows us the best hairdo: the half top knot!  If you’re like me and you don’t like having your hair all the way down, then this is the perfect hairdo for you!

You simply pull back a portion of the top of your head, making sure to leave the sides loose, and twist the potion into a bun.  It’s definitely a nod to the 1990’s grunge era–relaxed but still casual cool.  I’ve seen a lot of bloggers wear this look, because it’s really flattering and so simple.  Make sure to keep it all a little messy–have a few flyaways and stray pieces, so it looks more worn in.  Check out Taylor Hill’s half top knot below!

Taylor Hill Top Knot Bun Hairstyles Fun Hair Looks Nineties Grunge Hair Ideas


Taylor Hill Half Top Knot Bun Hair Style Hairstyle Nineties Grunge Style Hair Inspiration

What do you think of the half top knot?  Let me know below!




The Easiest Outfit Combo Ever!


Matching Sets Streetstyle The Lifestyle ReporterMatching sets or sometimes called coordinates, are THE trend of summer!  What exactly are they?  It’s literally wearing a top with shorts, pants or a skirt with the same exact pattern or in the same shade.  The uniformity of pattern/color creates a clean, elegant, and vintage-esque vibe to your outfit.  It’s also a great choice when you’re in a hurry.  The best part is that so many shops and online stores have matching sets so you can recreate your own look too! Check out 5 different ways to style a matching set!

Chiara Ferragni Matching Floral Set Cordinates Style Summer Patterned Looks

Chiara Ferragni looks boho chic in her matching floral set at this year’s Coachella Festival.  The off-the-shoulder top and shorts are breezy pieces that are a must have in your wardrobe.  The shorts can be pulled up to show less skin or lower to show off more midriff.  What’s great about this look is the pattern–it’s fun and girly but still casual. Add in a hat, a necklace, bracelets and multiple rings to complete the look.

Missguided has a gorgeous set that is really similar to Chiara’s.  The pattern is so pretty and it has that off-the-shoulder detail that I love. The top is: Missguided Printed Bardot Top ($30) and bottom is the Missguided Scarf Printed Shorts Navy ($36).

Joan Smalls Maroon Matching Set Coordinates Model Style Fashion Summer Ideas

Model Joan Smalls shows us how to rock a matching set into the cool summer evenings.  She chose to pair her maroon colored pants and blouse with orange Adidas sneakers.  The maroon color is a good choice when choosing a pants and loose blouse set because it’s elegant, modern and not too flashy.  I love that Joan chose to add a bold color to the look with her bright sneakers, adding edge to the formal look, making it more casual. She added in a simple gold choker and major eyeliner, which definitely adds that edge to her look. has similar pieces: the Jasmin Basic Oversized Tee in the color Wine ($14) and the Lucy Loopback Jogger in the color Wine as well ($16).

Taylor Swift Matching Set Floral Top and Shorts Style

Taylor Swift’s matching set is all about the florals.  The shorts and blouse combo have a gorgeous blue colored floral pattern.  She paired it with bright blue heels and a maroon purse.  The casual daytime ootd still shows of her legs, but is still ladylike.  The blouse is loose, which balances all of the leg showing.  This feminine look is sexy but in an understated way. The bright heels add a nice sexy touch to the look, and a bit of youthful fun. has a fun floral blouse and shorts: the ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Purple Floral Cut Out Detail Crop Top (on sale for $18) and the ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Purple FloralShorts (on sale for $19).

Ashley Madekwe Matching Set Cordinates Style Summer Ideas

Ashley Madekwe looks flawless in her black and white gingham crop top and pants.  The emsemble gets a bit of glam with her heels, as well as a simple black handbag.  The loose fitting trousers and sleeveless crop top are a great outfit combo for day or night, perfect for anyone who wants to look elegant but still turn heads. has a monochrome gingham shell top ($20), and it’s currently on sale! They have pants as well, called the gingham high waisted skinny trousers ($36).

Miroslava Duma Matching Set Blue Top and Skirt Cordinates Summer Style

Miroslava Duma takes a blue mini skirt to another level by adding a matching blouse layered on top.  Add in platform heels, a chunky necklace and a mini handbag, and you’re ready to hit the streets.  This funky look is so summery chic, and I love how she took a mini skirt and made it daytime appropriate.  This simple look makes a big statement because of the bold colors of the matching set, as well as the chunky accessories. Forever 21 has a pretty top and skirt that looks similar to Miroslava’s: Paneled Batwing Top ($12.80) in navy and the favorite mini skirt ($4.80) in navy.

Which look is your favorite?  Let me know below!


How to Wear Shorts Like Chrissy Teigen


Chrissy Teigen has to be one of the most down-to-earth models I’ve ever seen.  She’s beautiful, funny and has a great sense of style.  One of her wardrobe staples is shorts, and she loves styling them in various ways. They are literally one of the most versatile pieces a girl can own.  Check out 10 different ways to style shorts like Chrissy Teigen!

1. Blazer X Hat X Mules

Chrissy wore denim cutoff shorts with a white tee, ivory blazer, nude hat and cream colored mules for a day out.  This is a simple look that can also transition into the evening.  The ivory color of the blazer pairs perfectly with a simple white tee, and the hat and mules add dimension to the look.  This outfit is all about different shades of cream and nude, including the finishing touch of a cream colored handbag.  Keep the makeup to a minimum and wear your hair back because this look is all about clean lines and simplicity.

Chrissy Teigen White T Shirt Denim Shorts Ivory Shorts Model Style


2. Nude Crop Top X White Shorts

The nude crop top compliments the white cutoff shorts, adding a chic touch to this casual look.  Although not pictured, she wore simple tan sandals, which keeps the look relaxed.  She didn’t wear any jewelry and kept her hair and makeup to a minimum.  This is definitely a great low maintenance look that is subtle and still sexy.

Chrissy Teigen Nude Shirt White Shorts Simple Look Model Style

3. Thigh Highs X Long Knitted Cardigan

Chrissy transformed the denim cutoff shorts and white tee look to nighttime chic by adding a forest green long knitted cardigan and thigh high tan boots.  This is sexy yet still cool girl chic.  The structured handbag adds in another shade of tan to the overall simple look.  In this look, Chrissy wore shimmery eye shadow, pink lips and wavy hair to glam up the look.

Chrissy Teigen White T Shirt Blue Denim Shorts Duster Coat Knitted Thigh High Boots Model Style

4.  Asymmetrical Tank X Lace Shorts

This next look is strictly black and white. She paired her knitted asymmetrical white top  with lace shorts, a Givenchy Purse and laser cut heels.  This is an edgy look for Chrissy, and she nailed it!  The heels add that tough girl vibe while the shorts make it feminine.  The overall result is chic with an urban touch.

Chrissy Teigen Knitted Long Top Shorts Heels Givenchy Bag Model Style

5. Denim X Denim

Chrissy chooses an all denim look, wearing a chambray top in the same shade as her denim shorts.  She pulled her hair back in a messy ponytail and wore smoky eyes to finish off the look.  This take on the all denim look is relaxed yet a touch of edge.  The chain bag add in another element of edgy glam to the look, perfect for a day or night out.

Chrissy Teigen Denim Chambray Top Cutoff Shorts Casual Model Style

6. Off-the-Shoulder Top X Thigh Highs

Chrissy wears her tan thigh highs again, this time wearing an off-the-shoulder gray top and denim shorts.  She defnielty likes simple outfits that still have that sexy aspect.  I personally love the look of thigh highs and denim cutoffs–its edgy, sexy yet casual.

Chrissy Teigen Gray Top Denim Cutoff Shorts Thigh High Tan Boots Casual Model Style

7. Denim X Hat X Gold

Chrissy pulls out her white tee and chambray top again, but this time styling it completely different.  She keeps the chambray top open so we can see the white top, and adds in a floppy hat, gold sandals and a tan handbag.  This look is definitely more boho than her other all denim look, but it still works!  Its casual yet still fun!

Chrissy Teigen Chambray Denim Top White T Shirt Cutoff Shorts Hat Model Style

8. Sheer Top X Booties X Hat

Chrissy wears a black hat with a sheer blouse, western inspired belt, cutoff shorts and booties.  This hippie inspired look is so glam, and the bootie shoes show off a lot of leg.  She left several buttons open on her sheer blouse, making it super sexy.  The hat and sunnies add a vintage vibe to the overall look.

Chrissy Teigen Blue Sheer Top Denim Short Hat Boho Chic Model Style

9. Off-the-Shoulder Knit X Booties

Chrissy decided to wear several different shades of cream with her denim cutoff shorts. She wore a knitted cream off-the-shoulder top with her cutoffs. She added studded details to the look with her booties and purse.  The off-the-shoulder knit is a great summer piece because althought it’s light, it can keep you warm during the cool nights.

Chrissy Teigen Lace Knitted Top Denim Shorts Booties Nude Colored Model style

10. Sheer Top X Floral Kimono X Thigh Highs

Chrissy decided to up the sexy factor with a sheer black top and floral kimono with her shorts.  She wore cream colored thigh high boots and her Celine tote.  The thigh highs are perfect for this particular look because it covers most of her legs, balancing the sheer top.  This look is also very boho inspired and will work well both day and night.

Chrissy Teigen Sheer Blouse Denim Cutoff Shorts Thigh High Boots Celine Tote Model Style

Which Chrissy Teigen inspired shorts look is your favorite?  Let me know!!





June Beauty Favorites


My top five beauty products from June are a mix of hair, skin and makeup items.  Read on to find what I loved as well as where to purchase them!

1. NYX Cosmetics HD Foundation

NYX Cosmetics HD Foundation

For the past year or so, I used Bobbi Brown stick foundation, which I loved.  What I didn’t love was the price tag.  One stick cost $44 and lasted about 5-6 weeks if I was careful. I decided to find a new foundation that was way more affordable. I follow @msirsah on instagram (she’s amazing, make sure to check her page out) and she mentioned the NYX Cosmetics HD liquid foundation.  I decided to take a leap and buy one and test it out.  I went to Ulta and chose the color “sand beige.”  The foundation retails for $18, but I used a coupon and got it for $13.  I am in love with this foundation!  It is dewy, which I wanted, and long lasting if I use a powder on top.  You have to powder on top or the foundation won’t stay on the skin.  I can layer the foundation for extra coverage and it looks great.  I would absolutely recommend this foundation and if you don’t want to pay $18 for a drug store foundation, shop at CVS or Ulta and use a coupon (if you sign up for emails or their points card, you get coupons).

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder is my favorite product in my makeup bag.  It’s literally magic.  I love thick brows and I as a kid, I took that for granted.  As I got older, I noticed that my brows don’t really grow and that’s where brow powder comes in.  I use the dark brown (Brunette) to fill in my brows as well as lengthen the front end of them.  I use Anastasia’s brow brush #12 ($18) and using the lighter color of the duo, carefully draw the tips of my brow (above my nose)–this gives the illusion of fuller brows. The powder lasts all day, as well as during a sweaty session at the gym.  I’ve tried the brow wiz and the dipbrow pomade from her line as well–both of which work great.  I prefer the powder because it’s easier for me to apply and it looks natural. You can purchase the brow powder for $23 at Sephora/; the brow powder has two shades, one lighter and one darker.  There are 11 shades in the line.

As a side note: When I was blond, instead of dying my brows lighter, I decided to just use a blond colored brow product instead.  I thought that my brows would get ruined by dye so instead, I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in blonde and painted over my brows to make them look lighter.

3. Tarte Maracuja Oil

Tarte Maracuja Oil

I got a mini bottle of this and fell in love with it!  It’s a treatment oil that you put on your face and neck at night.  A little bit goes a long way for this product, which actually brightens, moisturizes and smoothes skin.  I did not break out at all and the next day, my skin felt smoother and less splotchy.  I also felt like it faded redness which is a major issue for me.  I like to put it on my forehead and neck especially to prevent wrinkles and keeps it moisturized.  When the mini bottle is done, I will definitely be purchasing this product again.  The Tarte Maracuja Oil comes in a .5 oz bottle ($15), a .6 oz rollerball ($17), a 1.7 oz bottle ($48), and and a 3.4 oz bottle ($75) at Sephora and

4. Marrakesh Oil Products, including the Marrakesh Nourish Shampoo, Hydrate Conditioner, Marrakesh X, Marrakesh Endz and Marrakesh Oil

Marrakesh Oil Hair Care Products vegan

My hair became extremely damaged after going blond last year so I decided to go for gentle, moisturizing products and found Marrakesh Oil products. I love how these products are vegan and cruelty free.  There are no animal ingredients, no animal testing, no sulfates, no parabans, no phalates, etc.  They have Argan and Hemp oil so they are extremely nourishing. The nourish shampoo ($13.99) and hydrate conditioner ($15.99) are gentle on color treated hair and afterwards, my hair feels good.   I used the Marrakesh X ($15.99) immediately after I get out the shower and brush it into my hair.  That product is a detangler and really helps with frizz control and adds moisture.  Next, I use the Marrakesh Endz ($17.99 for 4 oz), which is a cream you put on your ends (for split ends).  I like to use the Marrakesh Oil ($22.99) after I wake up in the morning and want to put some moisture and shine into my hair.  You can either order the products online or use their salon locator to find a vendor located near you.

5. Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide

Redken Smooth Lock Heat Glide

This product is essential in my hair routine.  I put a small amount into my hair and brush it in before I blow dry it.  My hair becomes visibly shinier, softer and way less frizzy.  It also protects your hair from hot irons and hair dryers. The key is not putting too much or else your hair can turn oily.  Always, always dry your hair with a blow dryer after putting this product in your hair. I don’t recommend using this before straightening or curling it because then you start making your hair really oil.  It really works amazing when you want to blow dry your hair. It also has a nice scent. In the summertime, my hair can become frizzy so anything that combats that, I love.  One bottle lasts a long time and definitely worth the price. It’s on sale on Amazon for $16 right now.



The Hottest Accessory You Need This Summer


The western inspired double buckle belt is the accessory you need this summer!  It’s sophisticated, timeless and will elevate your outfit.  No matter how it’s paired, the double buckle belt will ooze cool girl chic.  Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, and Izabel Goulart are all fans of the trends and with good reason!  While they styled it their own way, the end result is still relaxed chic with a Western twist.  Keep reading to find out how to style it and where to find it!

Selena Gomez White Bodysuit Western Belt Denim Shorts Saint Laurent Boots

Selena Gomez decided to up her white bodysuit and denim shorts by adding a double buckle belt, creating the perfect silloutte. The jacket over her shoulders provides color and dimension to the white and blue toned look, while the Gucci bag and Saint Laurent suede boots tie in that Western vibe.  Her hair pulled back is perfect for this look because she didn’t want to distract from that gorgeous jacket. The boots and bag work well with the belt, resulting in Western chic.

Exact Pieces:

Solid & Striped, The Anne-Marie White Bodysuit, $148

B-Low The Belt, The Bri Bri Belt, $148 (sold out at most stores but available on their site)

Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag, $980

Saint Laurent Wyatt Suede Chelsea Boots, $995


American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Tank Bodysuit, $26

B-Low The Belt Baby Bri-Bri Belt Black & Silver, $138

Office Coolcat Almond Toe Mod Chelsea Boots, $118

Kendall Jenner Black and White Striped Top Western Belt Jeans Model Style Double Buckle

Kendall Jenner really loves wearing belts–Kendall’s staple look is wearing a simple outfit and a belt.  She’s known for her simplictic yet risk-taking take on style.  Her outfit above, a low V neck striped top, black jeans and heels, are all simple yet sexy.  Add in the belt, and you get a  nice metallic touch and a chic twist to the simple black and white look.  The double buckle is an eye-popping element in her outfit and breaks up all the black.

Exact Pieces:

Givenchy Cropped Striped Jumper, on sale fo $930

Same belt as Selena: B-Low The Belt Bri Bri, $148

Blank Denim Hi Rise Skinny Jeans, $78

Givenchy Lucrezia Medium Duffel, Sold Out Everywhere, Saint Laurent Aviators, $375, Gianvito Rossi Ellipsis Pumps, $765

Kendall Jenner All Black Western Belt Model StyleKendall also wore the same belt with a black tank and black jeans, breaking up the monochrome with the double buckle belt.

Izabel Goulart Western Double Buckle Belt Model Style

Izabel Goulart decided to wear a smaller double buckle belt, but it’s still equally eye catching.  She chose to add the belt to a loose dress and leather jacket.  This is my favorite way to style the belt–by cinching the waist and creating a nice shape. The dress would have been too baggy and not really flattering, not even for a model, and by adding in the belt, you get to show off your silhouette.  A simple black belt would have melted into the dark colored dress, but the metalic detailling of the belt pops out and adds that urban touch.  The leather jacket toughens up the look and goes well with the black and silver belt, a simple daytime or nighttime look.

What do you think of the Western inspired double buckle belt?  Let me know below!