Camo Crush

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IMG_3259IMG_3322IMG_3324Once we got this linen camo tank in at my job I knew I had to get it! Lightweight and trendy, it’s perfect for any summer wardrobe. I paired it with a couple of other currently “in” items: my kimono cardigan, boyfriend jeans and some leather strappy wedges.

My kimono cardigan is super comfy and versatile- I can throw on over a bodycon dress or a t-shirt with distressed shorts, too, for other cute looks. It’s a great layering piece to have especially in the summer when it’s too hot to wear a heavier jacket, but too cold indoors at work to not have on anything covering my arms!

Camo tank – Halogen (Nordstrom)

Kimono cardigan – BP (Nordstrom)

Boyfriend jeans – Madewell

Strappy Wedges – Vince Camuto

Leather Crossbody Bag – Vintage D&B

Necklace – Urban Outfitters

Happy Humpy Day!

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Striped Leopard

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Took a summertime stroll downtown with my boyfriend in my new favorite tube skirt! This navy & cream striped piece is by Vince Camuto and I paired it with my light wash chambray button up, a faux leopard print belt with a chunky jeweled statement necklace.

I love stripes, but I have to be careful wearing a striped bottom since I’m a pear shape and it could make my lower half look wider. When I do choose to wear stripes, they’re always more narrow and smaller in scale!

This look would be great for a casual luncheon or day date. The key to mixing these different elements (the leopard print, the stripes, chambray and jewels) is keeping the accessories relatively simple. Thinking outside of the box is fun, but you don’t want to go overboard with accents for this kind of look as it might look too busy. I threw on some minimal nude strappy heels to balance out the classiness of the necklace and to dress the look up a bit. For relief from the pain of these heels (lol), I slipped on some brown leather open-toed flats.

Chambray Button Up – Madewell

Faux Leopard Print Belt – Madewell

Jeweled Necklace – J.Crew Factory

Striped Tube Skirt – Vince Camuto

Minimal Heels – Steve Madden

Hope you’re having a great Monday!

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Orange Burst

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Anywho, being more of a “casual” kind of girl, I love when I wear things that can be easily dressed up & down with a simple change in shoes or accessories. I paired this bright boho blouse with dark skinnies and casual heels. I threw on some hoops and a bit of arm candy and I was good to go for a nice day outing!

Blouse, Jeans, and Rings – Madewell

 Earrings – Light Years

Shoes – Franco Sarto

Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

I’m becoming more consistent with wearing eyeshadow (before I knew about eye primer, my shadow used to crease like crazy and I just didn’t want to be bothered with it), and for my everyday look, I really like to stick with neutral and subtle shades. For makeup, I used:

Neutral eyeshadow palette (drugstore brand) for the lids

‘Saddle’ eyeshadow by M.A.C. for the creases

‘Luster Drops’ (highlight) by M.A.C.

‘Spiked’ eyebrow pencil by M.A.C.

‘Breath of Plum’ blush by M.A.C.

‘Chesnut’ lip liner by M.A.C.

‘Bare-ly Legal’ lipstick by Wet n Wild

Hope you all are having a fab Friday!

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PS. Have you checked out my newest series on Styled by Joelle? It features suggestions on what to wear to your interview based on what industry you’re in! Check it out here!

Birthday Style

I celebrated my 23rd birthday last week with my friends and fam! I’m pretty big on birthdays (it’s a whole month-long fiesta for me), so the weeks prior I was on the hunt for the perfect birthday dress to represent where I’m at in this particular stage in my life!unnamedMe and my snapchats. I had to go down 3 sizes so this dress wouldn’t look like a tent on me! 

I had a bohemian look in mind to symbolize the freedom I feel as I transition into the real world. I found one that was perfect (this Kate Moss x Topshop frock found here), but quite frankly I didn’t want to spend that much money on it! Haha, then I randomly came across the dress pictured below while shopping for my sister in Gap and fell in love!unnamed-3unnamed-1

I love this dress because it’s so feminine and charming! Because of its length and silhouette, I felt more “grown up” and womanly. I’ve been getting a lot of “You look like you’re 19!” comments lately for some reason, and on this particular birthday I wanted to feel more like I’m out here in the real world working towards becoming completely independent and reaching my career goals! I usually go to Gap to find good deals on quality, casual denim and other items, but never would I have thought I could find a dress like this there!

I paired this dress with a chunky jeweled J.Crew necklace shown below, a brown leather belt and brown leather heeled sandals by Franco Sarto.95091_EC8333

Flower lattice necklace by J.Crew

I also paired these casual heels with my new high-waisted Hudson jeans, my favorite denim button-up by Madewell, and a racer back tank the next day.

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I had a fabulous birthday and I thank all of my readers, friends and fam that celebrated with me and sent well wishes!

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Spring 2014 Trends: Overalls

Spring 2014 Trends: Overalls
Are overalls the new comeback? It seems so! Above are a couple of suggestions on how to dress them up or down with our fave type of heel or sandal. Cuff ’em, distress em, or pair them with a crop top – overalls are this season’s throwback must-have!
Pictured below are how some of the most chic celebs have styled them. I love every look!
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How will you wear yours?
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Ask Joelle: ‘What Swimsuit Works Best for my Body Type?’

Hey, guys!

I got another ‘Ask Joelle’ question from a reader concerning swimsuits! Read what Lauren had to say below:

“Hey Joelle! I’ve lost a good amount of weight, but my body’s not exactly “bikini ready” (yet). I’m having trouble finding a swimsuit that accentuates and hides the right things. I have a little bit of a tummy that won’t go away but I don’t want to wear a one piece because the ones that I’ve seen look kind of grandma-ish, lol. Help!”

So many of us have this issue! I’m in process of shedding a few pounds myself, but, like you, I’m not quite ready for the  all-exposing bikini. You should try out one of the newest trends in swimwear: high-waisted bottoms. 07-swimsuits-big-booty-huit-h724Barenecessities.com

I’ve purchased a couple of these so far and I love them! They give you a vintage 40s pin-up girl look while disguising your tummy and love handles. They also do wonders for your backside;)06-swimsuits-big-booty-brittany-young-h724I’d suggest getting a good pair of black high-waisted bottoms (because black flatters everyone) that you could interchange with some printed and colorful bikini tops.23-swimsuits-busty-marc-jacobs-h724Marc by Marc Jacobs

 And not all one piece suits are matronly! I’m personally fond of them, as I know that if you look in the right stores, you’ll find some super stylish ones. There are some beautiful one pieces out there that are sexy, but hide the areas of your body that you’re not necessarily comfortable showing, like these by Topshop:

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Shop around more online and I’m sure you’ll find lots of great options. Remember to wear only what you’re comfortable and confident in, because that’s when we all look our best:)

 Happy swimming and I hope this helps!

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Photo sourced from www.glamour.com

What I Wore: 04012014

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Everyone that knows me knows that I love silk. Silk blouses, silk dresses, scarves, etc!  My closet is full of silk or leather items that I’ve collected over time. This Asian-inspired printed silk blouse by Zara is one of my favorites because of its flowy fit and chic aesthetic. I got these shoes brand new for a bargain at my old job. I just thought they were a super cute pop of color that I could even wear with just a white v-neck and cropped skinny jeans!

Silk Floral Blouse – Zara

Grey Bodycon Skirt – F21

Two-Toned Strappy Sandals – Jeffrey Campbell

Cat Eye Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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Sneak Peek of Styled by Joelle

Hi guys! I’m so excited to finally share with you what I’ve been working on for the past couple of months! Ever since I started really getting into fashion, (participating in fashion shows, blogging, etc.) people have asked me when I was going to start styling, if I could help them shop, how do I find the best deals for the clothes I buy, and a plethora of other questions. As a person that was specifically interested in designing clothes, I wasn’t really sure if styling was for me, but after my boyfriend graciously allowed me to help style and update his wardrobe, I realized that styling was something I really enjoyed doing.

Over time, we subtracted pieces that weren’t current and/or fitting him correctly and added basics and versatile staples that complimented his body type and lifestyle. He expressed that he liked a clean, sophisticated, and simple look, which was relatively easy to create for him. As you all know, I’m a bargain shopper! Our main go-to store was Gap. I find that their men’s clothing is classic, of good quality and affordable. Because they always have a sale, it was super easy to begin building his new wardrobe on a budget.

My main goal of styling is that the client is confident and comfortable in their new clothes.

When you’re comfortable, you’re confident.

And when you’re confident, you always look great.

There are three primary categories of style that I targeted in his wardrobe: Chill, Play and Work. Below, I have examples of looks for each category.



C H I L L



For his casual wardrobe, we focused on finding the perfect pairs of straight, slim and even skinny jeans. We put more emphasis on the straight styled denim because it won’t go out of style, but picked up a pair of trendy skinny jeans because it worked well with his naturally tall and slender physique.

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P L A Y



 It’s always fun to go out, so you should have clothes to have fun in. We added some color to this look by pairing burgundy pants with a two-toned graphic tee. It’s hard to find a cool graphic tee, but I suggest going to fast fashion stores like Zara or Topman like we did for a good deal. A nice non-athletic sneaker is essential to any man’s casual wardrobe. These grey Polo sneakers came from Nordstrom Rack for a deal. I love the brown leather laces they come with!

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W O R K



 Business casual clothes are so important for any career man that intends to look successful and, more importantly, be successful. You need well-fitting, modern, and professional clothes that reflect your competence and work ethic. Below is a simple every day look that works for just about any professional work environment. A slim-fitted oxford shirt, corduroys, a nice sized silver Michael Kors watch, a leather belt and Clarks leather desert boots are just right for the office. It states, “I’m a well put together, confident man with a plan,” without you saying a word.

Impressions are important and your clothes do a lot of the talking. Be sure you’re conveying the right message!

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unnamed-21These are only a few of the many versatile looks that he can now implement into his daily life that make him look modern, polished, and stylish. With my guidance and expertise, he is now more educated on how to shop for himself  and find clothes that look great on his body type. I am so grateful that he trusted me to style him and update his wardrobe. He’s been so patient and open to my insight as my first client!

My Styled by Joelle business and website offers wardrobe makeovers, special occasion styling, and style clinic sessions for men and women at affordable rates. It’s set to launch soon, so stay tuned!

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What I Wore: 03312014


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 I just purchased my new favorite jacket the other day at Madewell! As a true bargain shopper, I waited a couple months for it to go on sale and it finally did! Army green jackets are on trend right now, but I feel like I’ll be able to wear this for years to come as a wardrobe staple.

When I dress, I like to take one focal point and build around it with other complimentary elements. I kept it really simple with this look, wearing minimal jewelry and strappy sandals. Cat eye sunnies are the best fitting shape for my face, so I grabbed this inexpensive pair at my job. I’m still on the hunt for a really good designer pair to fit my style and complete my every day look!

Army Green Jacket – Madewell

High Waisted Black Jeggings – Madewell

Black Strappy Heels – Zara

Cat Eye Sunglasses – Nordstrom

Geometric Necklace + Earrings – Madewell

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Photography by Lucy Flanagan

What to Wear with White Denim

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Here’s a fresh idea on how to pair your trendy white denim for the spring! Keep it soft and subtle with a pastel cropped sweater and nude strappy sandals for a day out and about.
Happy Monday!
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