Month: May 2019

sneakers with dresses

Since living in NYC, I’ve learned to appreciate sneakers! I mean we are walking everywhere! Whether you’re running errands or meeting up with your best girlfriends you don’t have to sacrifice being comfortable and casual to be chic. It is beyond necessary to own a great pair of that are chic and comfortable.

As you guys know by now I hate wearing pants so I’ve mastered the art of rocking sneakers with a dress. I’ve worn them with maxi, minis, and everything in between. There are a few things I tried to keep in mind when pulling off this look.

how to wear sneakers with a dress

When wearing something that is form-fitting or short I tried to make sure my sneakers are sleek and not bulky. I love rocking an all black body-con dress with a pair of crisp white high or low-top Converse. Scandinavians have perfected this look. I suggest adding feminine touches if your sneakers are masculine. The pair of Adidas I’m wearing in this outfit are actually men’s (thank you, Sheldon).  I’ve created a sexy high slit by unbuttoning a few buttons and I’ve paired the outfit with simplistic accessories. My all-time favorite pair are my slip-on sneakers. I can quickly slip into a flowy floral dress, slip into my slip-on sneakers, and run out the door within seconds! I live for this kind of effortless style!

Here are my Top 5 Sneakers every woman can pair with a dress.

1. High-Top
2. White Low-Top
3. Trainers
4. Slip-on
5. Velcro

My dress can be found at Target by Universal Thread

denim dress, sneakers,
Photography by: Christina Jones Photography

Besitos,

Melizza

plus size suit

What's your go-to interview outfit?

Do you have a to-go interview outfit that makes you feel strong and confident? When I purchased this light blue suit, I didn’t purchase it with an interview in mind. I purchased it with a meeting in mind. A meeting in which the attendees already knew I was creative yet professional.

While I was in Florida, I was presented with the opportunity to interview for a position I wanted back in NYC. I hadn’t traveled with any business casual or business professional outfits because I was having my very own “Eat, Pray, Love” moment.

I quickly became frustrated at the plus size selection offered to the women of Tampa Bay. It was pure shit! My friend had warned me but I didn’t think it was as bad as she described. I took my selection for plus size clothing in NYC for granted!  Finding an outfit in Tampa was beyond necessary…there wouldn’t be enough time to shop once I landed back in New York.

I was searching for hours! From 11:30am until 7pm to be exact. I was almost to the point that I wanted to cry. It felt like nothing would fit and the fabrics looked and felt cheap in the plus size section. Thankfully I found a black Liz Claiborne suit from JcPenny and a navy blazer and ankle pant from Lane Bryant. I purchased both for $200 thanks to the sale JCP was having and was truly lucky.

Focus on the Fabric Content

 Appropriate attire depends on the industry and the company in which you will be interviewing, it’s location and the season. So pay attention to the fabric content. You can purchase affordable suits or separates just make sure the fabric doesn’t look cheap. Work within you budget…even if it’s low. Try to go for pieces that have a higher natural fiber content than synthetic. This A New Day suit was a cotton/ polyester blend.

 Search local thrift stores. You’d be surprised in what you can find if you have a little bit of patience. I found an Ann Taylor wrap dress as a backup option from Goodwill and purchased my heels from Nordstrom Rack. Mixing high and low pieces can really make an inexpensive outfit look expensive. Just pay attention to the fabric content.  

Company Culture & Dress Code 

For companies that have a business or business casual dress code, be sure to keep your look conservative for the first interview. Wear a conservative suit in dark grey, navy, or black. Complete the look with basics pumps, simple jewelry, and a structured purse.

For startup companies or creative companies where employees are allowed to work in jeans and tees don’t show up in a suit. It may signal you won’t fit in with the company culture. You could wear a casual dress with flats and a statement necklace.

If you’re applying for a fashion-industry position, depending on the company, I believe you have more freedom to express your style. You don’t want to dress too stuffy or too corporate. So one element of your outfit should be polished and professional and one element should be fun like a great pair of tailored trousers and a chic colorful or patterned blouse with a great belt and great pair of heels.

plus size suit
Photography by: Christina Jones Photography

“Dress for the job you want – not the job you’re applying for.”

Besitos,

Melizza

"At the beach, life is different. Times doesn't move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents plan by the tides, and follow the sun." ~ Unknown

I’ve spent the last 7 months traveling, running away from the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps. Only to experience many sleepless nights. On most of those nights I found myself driving to the beach to sit beneath the stars and listen to the waves crashing against the shore.

Life is different at the beach for me. It is more significant to me than others can understand. All my worries seem to wash away with each crashing wave. I’ve spent many hours, which felt like minutes, soaking up the sun, drowning out my fears, and listening to my unfiltered desires. It is a sacred time for me, where the mood is always right.

Florida beaches, plus size swimwear

I’m saddened that I won’t have access to a Caribbean or Floridan beach this entire summer but I know this sacrifice will benefit me in the long run. I’m beyond appreciative of the moments I’ve spent with myself on the coast. So much so that an entire post is dedicated to those moments. Maybe it’s time for me to get use to the northern coastline.

Until then, here is a list of my Top 5 Floridan beaches:

  1. Key West
  2. Nokomis
  3. Siesta Keys
  4. Sanibel 
  5.  Naples

Check out Travel Channel’s Top 10 Beaches on Florida’s East Coast. (Clearwater and South Beach are too touristy for me to ever fully love them…that’s why they will never be on my list). 

P.S. 

My bathing suit is from Target. 

plus size swimwear, Florida beach
Photography by: Christina Jones Photography

Besitos,

Melizza

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