Tag Allyn’s Style

The Secret to Finding the Confidence You’ve Been Looking For

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look + one life lesson. Featuring a convertible dress you can wear 30 ways, learn why you’re experiencing resistance when it comes to finding confidence and what to do about it.  The Look: Midi Dress in Dark Amethyst from HipKnoTies ($49.99 – Save 20% with code GemNation20) // Gold Open Bangle from Drew & Co. ($50.77) // Blue Taylor Tassel Crossbody Bucket from 88 Handbags ($45) // Coachella Rose Stainless Steel Watch from Escape Watches ($150) // Similar High Low Skirt from The Real Real ($75) //Nine to Five Ear Jacket Pierced Earrings from Carolee Jewelry ($45) // Aldo Shoes (ON SALE – $45.00) Raise your hand if you’ve never struggled with confidence. Yeah, that’s what I thought. The following phrase seems to keep appearing over and over again in my life in the Facebook Groups I’m a part of and in the conversations I have every day with mind-blowingly brilliant entrepreneurs: “I need more confidence…” to

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How Many Meanings Can You Make with the Time That You Have?

The Look: Blue Taylor Tassel Crossbody Bucket from 88 Handbags ($45) // Coachella Rose Stainless Steel Watch from Escape Watches ($150) // English Factory Cranberry Dress from SerenDipity Boutique ($85) // Aldo Sandals // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: I want to write about saying no, but I believe in saying yes to as many experiences life can bring you. I want to tell you everything happens for a reason, but sometimes it just doesn’t. I want to show you how to balance life, but life itself is unbalanced. I’ve been at this blogging and writing thing for some time now. Sometimes the words flow out a million miles an hour, ending up all over the place. Sometimes the words can’t be found, anywhere, no matter how many stones I turn over. I always write truth. Things I’m feeling. Things I’m going through, that I’ve gone through. I often feel conflicted because sometimes I think my beliefs don’t stay firm.

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It’s Okay to be a Little Clueless

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one (Clueless inspired) look + one life lesson. Featuring heels so comfortable they’ll keep you on your feet and an adorably affordable handbag, learn why you need to stop hoarding information and start embracing your own cluelessness.  The Look: UKIES Paloma Heeled Loafer ($279) // Black/Wine Python Top Handle Mini Crossbody from 88 Handbags // Coachella Rose Stainless Steel Watch from Escape Watches ($195) // Bryant Park Stud Pierced Earrings ($45) and Union Square Wide Stretch Bracelet ($95) from Carolee Jewelry // Express Gray Pleated Skirt (similar from Kate Spade – $198) // Similar Bow Blouse from ASOS (ON SALE – $36) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: You don’t get very far by knowing everything, because knowledge isn’t what leads to progress; it’s experience that does. Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom, on the other hand, comes from experience. I know, I know. Being clueless feels uncomfortable. That’s why we like to

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Weaving Struggles into Your Story with Soul

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look (featuring leggings from How We Soul) + one life lesson. This one’s on why you should try adding some soul as you face your struggles.  The Look: How We Soul Stardust Leggings ($58) // Cobalt Katie Medium Satchel from 88 Handbags ($50) // Gracie Mansion Dramatic Bib Necklace from Carolee Jewelry (ON SALE NOW – $75) // Bryant Park Stud Pierced Earrings from Carolee Jewelry ($45) // Similar Blouse from Last Call by Neiman Marcus (ON SALE NOW – $39) // Aldo Shoes (Similar from ASOS – $66) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: I know it’s hard. Shit happens and the first thing we ask ourselves is “why is this happening to me”. We aren’t really looking for an answer. We’re playing the victim. But this moment is just one thread in your story. Occasionally, there are excess strings. Ones that we can cut off. Ones that

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Act like You Know What You’re Doing

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look + one life lesson. This one’s on the opportunities you’ll create for yourself when you simply act like you know what you’re doing. The Look: Endless Rose Double Breasted Romper from SerenDipity Boutique // Drew & Co Zircon Gold Hoop Necklace ($48.14) & Gold Open Bangle ($45.85) // Amazfit Activity Tracker ($80.00) // Ella+Mila “Purple Reign” Nail Polish ($10.50) // Alterre Shoes Mist Grey Mule ($145.00) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: I first got bit by the New York Fashion Week bug in September 2013. We weren’t going to leave for NYC until 9/5, BUT one night when I was working through my chaotic inbox, I received an invite via Fashion GPS for the 10th Annual Style Awards. I instantly RSVP’d and without hesitation printed out the confirmation barcodes that landed in Gmail. After Googling what the Style Awards were (that was the last year they held them I believe) I was on

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Once a Ballerina, Always a Ballerina

The Look: Custom Tidal Cool tutu // SerenDipity Boutique Black Long Sleeve Romper // Amazfit Activity Tracker ($80) // Ella+Mila “Bags are Packed” Nail Polish ($10.50) // Carolee Jewelry Necklace // Aldo Shoes (Similar from Nine West – $50 ON SALE) // Wristlet (c/o my Second Gem in Command, Alexandra Barone) // Styled by Christina Imberlina The Lesson: Ever since I was a little girl, all I ever wanted to do with my life was dance. My teacher acknowledging my strength and giving my mom permission to buy my first pair of point shoes was one of the most exciting days of my life (along with that one time I met my idol, Carrie Underwood). I had dreamed of becoming a principle dancer, hoping someday to be cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Sure I’d spend my life prone to injuries, living off a negligible salary, but it would be worth it. Nothing beat the rush of being on stage.

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What is Balance?

For my skimmers, here’s what you’ll find in this post: one look + one life lesson. This one’s on trying to figure out whatever the hell this “balance” thing is everyone talks about…  The Look: Tidal Cool Custom Dress, Gloria Wallet in Taupe from 88 Handbags, Amazfit Activity Tracker ($80), Pave Ball Drop Earrings (Similar from Rebecca Minkoff – $48), Aldo Shoes (Similar from Nine West – $50 ON SALE) The Lesson: I have no idea, so if you’re coming here for an answer, in all fairness, I did ask you first (by the title). Traditional definition of balance (à la Google) – an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. Yawn. (I know, there are times in life when we wish and hope and long for steadiness more than anything else, but you’re really just reaching for it out of comfort. What’s the first thing you do when you reach

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The Best Place to Find Boyfriend Jeans

The Look: Boyfriend jeans c/o my actual boyfriend, Shaun Novak (Express – ON SALE for $49.99), Yellow Crochet Blouse from Target (similar from MANGO – ON SALE for $17.99), Red Crystal Pyramid Necklace (c/o Passiana Jewelry – $99.00), The Touch of Nina Cork Heels (similar from Charlotte Russe – ON SALE for $30.00) I’ve never been able to find a good pair of boyfriend jeans. Not at any mall, any boutique, or any online store. I now know that’s because the one place I should have been looking was right under my nose – my boyfriend’s closet, duh! Flying solo these days? That doesn’t mean you’re out of look – you just need to browse the men’s department instead of women’s to find your perfect, authentic boyfriend jean look! Style Hack: use a large safety pin to pinch the rolled cuff together at the inseam. Not only does this keep the cuff intact to

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