How to transition your favorite skirt from Summer into Fall.

You can easily take your favorite skirt from an earlier season, pair with some tights and you can rock it all year ’round! It’s a great way to not only be able to enjoy one of your favorite pieces of your wardrobe but to even save from having to buy another item! Don’t get me wrong, I am all about finding great deals and adding new staple pieces in your closet, but also re-using items. Don’t forget how much we waste and throw out, re-use or even donate. What item you might be over, someone else might be looking for! Just my 2-cents for the day!!

With that being said! I found this skirt at Macy’s Backstage — it’s part of Macy’s but a separate sections where they discount items to move them out of the store. If you haven’t checked if they have one at your local Macy’s you can click HERE to find out. It’s an amazing way to find a great deal.

I was gifted a few items from my local store and this suede skirt and these booties were two of the items I could leave without!! This skirt is out of stock but I have linked some great trendy skirts below. You could wear them to work with tights or skip the tights for date night or a night out with the girls!

I always buy 4-5 pair of tights for the Fall/Winter season and wear them out! I’ve linked some great affordable ones below. Black is usually my go-to color but this season I think I might add a red, grey and olive pair to my collection. I’ve been leaning towards the bolder side these last few months. (As if you couldn’t tell with some of my #ootds – haha)

I hit the jackpot when I found these booties by GUESS at Macy’s Backstage. They were marked down from $135 to under $30!!!!! I was like “Yep, coming home with mama!” – Also they have great support. I was shocked to be honest. Didn’t know how painful it would be to break them in. I’ve noticed with all the GUESS shoes I’ve purchased, they have all been conformable. Good job Guess, high five to you for not killing my feet. Below I’ve linked some similar styles that I love and they are actually on sale as well. Click any of the photos below to shop and find out the sale price!

Can’t go wrong with a good classic GUCCI. Linked below are some of my favorites including the one I’m wearing. Different colors can be seen by clicking the photos below.

Sunnies — for me, it’s a way for myself not to get busted for rolling my eyes. lol Anyone else? Can’t be just me. Linked below are some great pairs for a reasonable price! (First two pairs use TONYA15 for 15% off)

Last but not least is this gorgeous top! I love when I can get away without having to accessorize as much, I know total excuse but it’s true. This top seals the deal for me! A peek-a-boo cut out in the neck which makes a choker. Thank you and you’re welcome. haha Direct link is below, also comes in 4 colors and I’m wearing a small! I also linked some of my favorite others from their “top” section!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you got an idea how to turn one of your earlier seasoned pieces into something you can rock for Fall or Winter! xx, Tonya Michelle

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Do’s and Don’t of Tape-In Extensions With Glow Studios In Ashburn VA

If you know me, my hair is MY thing.

I love having hair extensions. I’ve had them all, I swear. With that being said, my favorite MOST NATURAL looking hair extensions are the tape-ins I got done at Glow Studios here in Ashburn, VA.

Below, I will be showing you my before, during, and after photos, as well as how they have held up the last 4 weeks. It’s very important to know how to take care of your extensions, so you’ll also find some tips and things I have learned along the way! Would love to hear your thoughts as well and if you have any questions please email me: tonyamichelle26@hotmail.com – I’m an open book!

I had the privilege to get my hair done by the one and only Kristen Shehadi. She is the owner of Glow Studios! Funny story, when I used to work in the corporate world, my boss and 2 co-workers all had been going to Kristen for years!!! Wish I would have listened earlier. haha!

Let’s jump right into getting tape in extensions. 

I’ve been trying to grow my hair out and this is my current length: 

I like my hair to be 20-24 inches long. It gives me the room to have long loose curls or tight curls. I love how tape-in extensions provide extra thickness for me as well. Even if my hair was longer I would still add a few pieces for the thickness. I know a lot of my friends do this. Plus it’s fun to play with! 

Consultation: You will have a consultation with the stylist to determine the color, length and thickness you’d like. This appointment usually takes around 15-20 mins. Super quick and easy!

Install Time: Once the hair is ordered and delivered to Glow Studios you will set up your second appointment to install your extensions!! This is the FUN part. The time it takes will depend on how much hair you’re getting and if you need them layered and styled. This will be determined during your first appointment.

Do’s of Tape-In Hair Extensions:

1. Always brush your hair / hair extensions before washing. Shower or bathe. When you brush your hair before shampooing, you’re brushing out any knots or tangles you might have. You want to make sure you massage your hair when you shampoo, as well. Use your fingers as a brush in the shower.

2. Always hold the top of the hair extensions with your hand when brushing. Imagine that you have a pony tail in, holding it in place and then brushing. You don’t want to pull or tug on your hair, this will make them loose. The less stress you’re adding to them, the better they will be and the longer they will last! Remember, this is an investment.

3. Always use the shampoo and conditioner your stylist recommends. They know the ins and outs of which products won’t break up the tape holding in your hair. Their advice is key!! They will also tell you which products NOT to use.

4. Always  use a heat-protectant spray before styling your hair. Remember to treat your hair extensions as if it’s YOUR hair. I always say, if I buy it, it’s mine. haha! So, every time you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair, use a protectant spray. This will obviously make the hair last longer, which is what you want.

Dont’s of Tape-In Hair Extensions:

1. Don’t go the cheap route. Make sure you always let your hair stylist order the hair for you. It’s hair they have used before, it’s a company they trust, and they know you will be happy with the product when it’s finished. You want your hair extensions to last and look great—and you also want to make sure they don’t damage your natural hair. Well-made hair extensions applied by a professional are the way to ensure all of the above.

2.Don’t wash your hair everyday. Even if you don’t have extensions, you shouldn’t be washing your hair every day. It’s best to wash every 2-3 days. Dry shampoo will be your best friend and you will notice how the natural oils in your hair will do their job. The more you wash your hair, the more the tape will start to loosen up and move down.

3.After getting your extensions installed, wait at least 24 hours until you wash your hair. They may be tight at first but within 2-3 days they will loosen up to where you don’t even feel them. At least for me, I don’t feel mine at all. They are super light and feel natural! Do NOT use conditioner on your scalp, this will break up the tape extensions. Only use conditioner on the ends of your hair.

This is my hair after:

Isn’t that crazy?! I was SO excited when I was finished. These extensions are perfect for a quick turn around, if you have an event coming up, wedding, etc. They look and feel VERY natural. If you’re looking for a thicker look, they also do Mermaid extensions which I will also be trying out in the next few weeks after using my tape-ins for a little longer.

Kristen layered my extensions to blend in perfectly with my hair. I am SO picky with who I trust with my hair cause I’ve had and seen horror stories. It’s huge for me to say I trust Kristen with any service she provides. I left for NYFW a few days after this and no one believed that I had extensions, thats how well these blend in and sit flat with your head.

Why I love Glow Studios and why you should check them out:

It’s also very important to have a stylist truly listen and understand what you’re trying to achieve in the service you’re asking for them to provide. I wanted a natural look for my extensions and thats exactly what she gave me. I’ve had them now for exactly one month and in the next week or two I will go back to get them moved up and then discuss the mermaid hair.

I’m also really excited to find a salon that is more than your average salon. Glow Studios is truly about the experience and being your one stop shop for what you need. You can get your hair needs taken care of, get a facial, a massage and MORE. There are even more exciting services that will be added soon and I can’t wait to share those with you as well. Make sure you keep your eyes open on their social media accounts and mine as well. Glow Studios Instagram account: @glowstudios

It’s ALSO about the experience they give you and it’s not your normal salon. I’ve been to a lot of places where you just feel like a customer and that’s it, no personal touch or friendship. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with a smile and a “We will be right with you” — my biggest thing going anywhere is how they treat you. Whether there isn’t anyone in the place or you’re slammed, just a simple hello to acknowledge that I’m there is huge to me. I loved how everyone was friendly and wanted to chat. It’s somewhere you feel welcomed and more than just a customer.

Beyond the normal day to day services they also provide an amazing day for children with special needs. This hits close to home in my heart and I was blown away by this. Sensory Sundays! What’s that? If you have a child with special needs, this day is catered to making them feel comfortable while getting their hair cut. To me, this just shows the type of business they are. They not only care about providing amazing services to women, but also to their children. If you have any questions about Sensory Sundays or want to attend, reach out to Glow Studios. They would love to fill you in on what they provide and  also answer any questions you might have!

Glow Studios

44025 Pipeline Plaza #115

Ashburn, VA 20147

(703) 723-0900

hello@glow-studios.com

 

This post was in exchange for services. All opinions and thoughts are 100% mine.

Professional photos by: @carlingzhouphotography

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How To Style A Long Skirt x NYFW Outfit 3

I believe you can rock anything and make it fashionable. Short skirt or long skirt. It’s all on how you style your outfit and also be confident! I even thought twice before buying this skirt but I’m so glad my friend Sofia talked me into it. It was one of my favorite pieces for NYFW. I will be rocking this all season long.

Below you’ll find all items linked for you as well as similar items.

This skirt is still in stock and runs a little big, I usually wear a size 4, I could of done a size 2! I wore it more high-waisted with a bodysuit. It’s less than $35! (Faux leather.)

Click  HERE to shop.

Let’s talk accessories! I honestly threw together mine as I was getting dressed to take these photos. I believe when I plan something out, I try to hard to match and not just wear what I’m feeling. I paired these glasses and earrings together and I thought it was perfect for that moment. Whatcha think?

My glasses are sold out, but will restock (you can be emailed when restocked), direct link is HERE. You can use coupon code TONYA15 for $15 off anything on their site! Below I’ve linked some similar ones for you!

I’ve started to really love earrings this year, I used to always wear diamond studs and be a plain Jane. lol But now, I’ve embraced the fun trend and the fun you can have with adding a pair to your outfit! These come in silver or gold, currently on sale for $15! Direct link is HERE.

Linked some similar fun pairs below!

These suede booties are my obsession! They run true to size and don’t need “broken in” — don’t we all love that? I’ve linked these HERE for you to shop and again below are some other fun choices that are in a lower price bracket!! Win-Win!

My big purchase while I was in NYC was my GG Marmont matelassé mini bag. It’s a bag I’ve had my eye on for awhile now and decided I deserved it. I’ve linked it HERE for you. I’ve also linked some similar bags below as well.

Last but not least my bodysuit is from Yummie! It’s one of my favorite brands for staple pieces and workout gear. I’ve been posting about them for over a year, products are great and truly hold up after wearing and washing. Items run true to size, in the bodysuit I do a medium! I’ve linked it HERE for you and below is similar items!

Hope you loved this look and found some pieces to add to your Fall collection!

xx, Tonya Michelle

 

Photos by: @paigenicollephoto

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Esmara – Heidi Klum Makes Fashion Affordable at Lidl –

*Slow clap* for Heidi Klum for designing a line of 84 must have, staple pieces for your wardrobe. Not only are they gorgeous, well made and able to mix and match the entire line — It’s AFFORDABLE. I will be showing you a few looks I created with her pieces. This is only a small fraction of her amazing collection.

You’re probably wondering, “Where can I purchase?!!?” — you can purchase from Lidl! Their stores are popping up all over the US & they are also based in the U.K. – Click HERE to search for your closest location. You can take a look of the entire collection HERE as well. Learn more HERE about Lidl and how they give you high quality for a low price. (You already know I love that!)

Dress – $16.99

Heels – $24.99

Crossbody: $19.99

Thats an entire outfit for under $62!! 

You can even tuck the chain into the crossbody and use this as a clutch if you like. The gold tassel detailing is my favorite. Its the little things that make the bag!! You can easily where this entire outfit to work or for a night out on the town, add a jacket and you can change your look quickly and easily!

Thank you Heidi for making me feel like a supermodel myself in this outfit. Mission accomplished!

Second outfit I styled two different ways was this stunning metallic skirt. I am SO into this trend right now and I’m ok admitting I will buy anything metallic. LOL. I styled this skirt in two ways; edgy and classy. I will show you both below. You can purchase this skirt for only $9.99 and it comes in 4 different styles. If you’re feeling sassy you can rock the metallic or leopard – if you’d like to tone it down for a certain occasion you can rock the plain black and navy blue!

I love staple pieces, is this is why I’m crazy for her line. You can literally mix and match whatever you want with these items and you still look amazing! White T-shirt? Yep! Leather jacket? Yep! Faux Fur! Why not!

My third outfit I put together was with the new knit coatigan. There are four different styles of this as well and it’s priced for $19.99! Below I’m wearing the cognac! It also comes in black, blue and a color block of beige – black – blue and creme which is stunning. This coatigan can easily be paired with your favorite pair of jeans, t-shirt and sneakers. I paired mine with a shirt dress and thigh high boots!

I’m also rocking my new black clutch – this is also $19.99 and comes with a cross body strap as well incase you want to rock is across! It comes in this color and also a blue/black.

I hope you found some great pieces to add to your own closet and you don’t have to break the budget! I know I’m currently on my way to Lidl as soon as I hit “publish” on this post. I am so excited to see the store.

Photography Credit: Carling – Instagram & Website.

xx – Tonya Michelle

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MAKE FASHION GREAT AGAIN; NYFW OOTD #2

This was one of my favorite outfits of NYFW, “Make Fashion Great Again

Express yourself, everyday. No matter what people say.

These booties are AMAZING, I wore them all night and my feet didn’t hurt, I was as surprised as you are. I’m all about shoes that you don’t need to break in. I’ve linked them below and also some other you can make a statement wearing this Fall!

My handbag is by Kendall & Kylie but SOLD OUT most places I could link but I have some websites I did find the medium sized bag which I’m carrying and then the mini one as well. I lucked out and found mine at my local TJMAXX for $99!!

Mini Tote: Click HERE.

Medium Tote: Click HERE.

Another Mini Tote: Click HERE.

Metallics are EVERY WHERE!! If you don’t own something Metallic yet, you need to. As long as it’s something you like. I felt like Barbie when I first put this skirt on and I ran with it! I linked my exact skirt below and then some other gorgeous ones. I am ALL about taking a statement piece and then adding a graphic t-shirt. Also, every item below is 50% OFF! Use code “GET50”

My t-shirt was a hit, it was a little expensive than the usual t-shirts I buy BUT the material is SILK, which explains the price point. It’s light weight and feels amazing on. I can also wear this t-shirt with any bottom and it will be a hit! I love pieces you can wear different ways. I purchased this shirt from Undeniablebtq — located in Fairfax. You can shop from the direct link HERE.

Follow them on Instagram for their new releases: @undeniablebtq

My sunnies have been one of my favorites since my bestie @hauteoffthebrush surprised me with them. My boyfriend even has them in black! I’ve linked them below and some similar!

Photography By Paige! Here Instagram: @paigenicollephoto

xx, Tonya Michelle

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NYFW x OOTD #1

My first outfit for NYFW was a hit! I got stopped so many times about pieces I was wearing and to be honest, my outfit wasn’t expensive. I’ve linked everything below for you to shop, direct links to the same or very similar items. I’m all about freedom of expression when it comes to fashion. Have fun with every outfit you put together and let it truly explain how you feel!

First up is a leather jacket! These below are my favorite and can add some attitude to any outfit.

My shoes I was able to find last year on Poshmark but I found some below for you!

Direct link for the ones shown are HERE ; for $69.99 I’ve link similar below.

These jeans are LEGIT. Comfortable, high waisted and they make your legs look good!!!! I’ve linked this exact pair below in the first photo and then another two that are similar.

Direct link to the body suit I was wearing is HERE, it’s by Yummie! I have the black short sleeved one, the also make a long sleeved one. I’m favoriting this one simply because it wasn’t uncomfortable to wear all day and its true to size. I got a medium cause I don’t like them tight where I can’t breathe.

I’ve linked my sunnies in the first post below and then similar ones as well.

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My Week long test drive with the 2017 Impreza by Subaru.

This post was sponsored by Subaru, my urge to sell my current car and get a Subaru are truly my own feelings. 

Besides feeling like one of the “Price Is Right” woman here, this car should be your main focus. I was lucky enough to be able to test drive the 2017 Subaru Impreza for an entire week! How cool is that right? Below you will find some highlights, photos, my favorite features and even Carl jumps in on this post to give you his favorites as well!!

I honestly wish I could just drop this car off for you to drive, but since I can’t…I’m going to try my hardest to make you understand why I’m now a huge fan and it has me feeling “FOMO” since they came and took the car back.

Not only is the interior sleek and gorgeous, it’s truly incredible all the features you have inside. Let me touch on a few of my favorite:

Apple CarPlay – If you have an iPhone like I do, you’ll love the feature. It’s a multimedia touchscreen that mirrors your favorite apps. Obviously helping you navigate easier. Such as text messages where you can speak to text so you can keep those hands and eyes on the road!! If you don’t have an iPhone, no worries there is the Android Auto! You can link your phone easily and you don’t have to be tech savvy.

Keyless Access with Push-button Start – yasssssss. Not only is this function more convenient but it also helps you NOT lock your keys in the car. This is something I’ve done way too many times.

Adaptive cruise control lets you set your speed and maintain a constant safe distance with the car in front of you without having to jump on the gas or break constantly, very cool.

Carl’s favorite features:

AWD + 38 MPG – If you live in an area that experiences all 4 seasons like we do, AWD is a must. Knowing you have the ability to navigate the snow when it arrives is important for those of us not lucky enough to wear shorts year round. The MPG was another pleasant surprise, we averaged 31MPG while we drove it around town!
Automatic breaking is a great safety feature that gives you even more confidence while behind the wheel. Knowing that you have a backup set of eyes, in essence, is a great thing! It stepped in once while we were driving because a car in front of us suddenly stopped on a one lane road, its a feature that is honestly great for all drivers, especially if you have a newer driver in the family. Another example of the emphasis on safety that Subaru has brought to the new Impreza.
The touchscreen electronics display is extremely easy and intuitive. It also features one of the coolest XM features I have ever seen. If you change read stations it automatically starts the current song from the beginning!! Whaaaat, no more just missing your favorite songs. At first I thought I was just lucky that I happened to catch every song from its start but then I realized I’m not as skilled as I hoped and the Subaru Eyesight was doing the heavy lifting.
Multifunction Display – It’s good information to have handy; fuel economy, directions etc. It’s easier to see because it’s closer to the windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road or get distracted.

I know when I’ve spoken to people on why they love Subaru they all said two things:

– Strong Frame / Safety Ratings.

– Affordability / Value 

We all want a car to keep us and our loved ones safe, as well as not breaking the bank without sacrificing all the features you want and need! Subaru does an amazing job at this.  We shouldn’t ever have to jeopardize either of those things because of price. Thank you Subaru for building a stronger frame and making it within our reach!

Let’s talk space!

Larger cargo area, wide rear opening and roof rails. Going shopping? Taking a road trip? No worries, theres room for that and more. The second row seating can fold down for more space as well.

One of my favorite features below is the cargo cover. I love being able to put things in the back and then pull this down so no one can view what is in the back! (Especially for those shopping trips, just think Christmas time!) You can view below!

I suggest you visit your local dealer, hop onto their website to build your own or even pick up your friend and go test drive a Subaru today. I promise you won’t regret it. 

Photos by Kyle Hanger @kylehanger !

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Bell Sleeves, Studs and Must Have Denim!

One thing I love about fashion, being able to do whatever you want . Maybe you’ll wake up today wanting to only wear yoga pants, or maybe you’ll rock out that new hand bag with those studded heels — feeling like a rockstar either way.

These studded heels are marked down to $41 from $119!!! They come in grey and black. 

Also linked some similar for less, Shop Below!

This bag is a deal! I just got it in the mail last week from them. Comes in this light grey  or olive color. I personally love the grey, goes with everything! It’s under $40.

Also linked some other bags that I currently adore!

Tassel earrings, an easy way to make a statement!

Last but not least let’s talk about this bell sleeve sweater and these jeans!!

I linked this sweater and similar ones for all under $30! 

I’ve gotten so many questions on these jeans and I know a few of your picked them up when I first posted about them, they do run true to size and they also hold their shape all day long. I’m a fan! You’ll find them linked below!

Hope I helped you find some great Fall additions! It’s right around the corner.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Express Yourself In A Summer Pattern!

The one thing I look for when I’m shopping is a fun and bright pattern that I don’t see everywhere. I love finding items that you don’t see on every person. I love having something that people go ‘Where did you get that from?!?!” Right?!?

I have fun shopping and finding items from one of my favorite online boutiques; Gray Monroe. I love it so much she’s given me a discount code for y’all, so if you purchase anything from her site you can use code: tonyamichelle26 & you’ll get 15% off.

Below you’ll find two of my favorite pieces from her. I also linked the other items for you as well.

Another day, another fun #ootd!!!

The first dress is sold out but she has the same pattern called “April” and linked HERE.

(Don’t forget 15% off using tonyamichelle26, anything on the website!)

You can get S-M-L-XL, I’m wearing a size Small.

I am in love with adding bright earrings to every outfit I wear, well besides sweatpants. Maybe i should start though? haha. These tassel earrings are amazing. I have linked some below, you have over 20 color options with them! See below.

My second favorite dress is below! It’s called the Hailey.

It’s up for pre-order HERE.

You can get a S-M-L-XL, I’m wearing a size Small.

(Don’t forget 15% off using tonyamichelle26, anything on the website!)

Below you’ll find my sandals and accessories linked!!

These Ball Drop earrings are SO GROWING on me. When I first saw them I was like “eh” and after wearing them with a few outfits, I completed my look! I’ve linked some of my favorite below.

My sandals are also linked below & a few others I found to be similar!

Comment below which item is your favorite and why! I will be picking one lucky reader and sending them a pair of fun tassel earrings. Good luck, make sure to leave your email. 

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Charming Charlie x Kendall + Kylie Collection

Charming Charlie x Kendall + Kylie Collection

Charming Charlie has been one of my favorite stores since I was in high school. Today I’m blessed to say we are collaborating together to announce the fabulous Kendall + Kylie collaboration. These handbags and accessories are gorgeous! You can easily use these for your everyday errands or use it for a night out. I will have direct links for you to shop below.

These colors are such easy transition pieces from any season, which is a must! I love when a brand takes that into consideration.

Debut Tote – YellowSilverBlue/Silver Stars

Of course I had to get the signature wallet to match! It zips, keeps all your goodies inside! Super important in a wallet. No need to worry about anything falling out. There is 10 card pockets inside, a place to put your cash or check book as well as a zipper little coin pocket! It’s under $36 and comes in three colors. Direct links below.

How adorable is this Iggy Faux Fur Bag Charm?! It’s under $20 and linked directly here. You an see the cute options they have below. They have others like a star and just a pom. It’s a great way to add some expression to your bag!

Can we PLEASE talk about this book bag?!?!? I am head over heels for this bag. Not only because it’s stylish, well made and the color is so GLAM. But also because it has a separate holder for your laptop/iPad. It’s a must. I appreciate when people design products with thought! Also has a pocket in the front for quick access, for your phone, wallet and etc. Also the fabric is well made, it’s not a thin layer of fabric, you don’t have to worry about this chipping away. It’s the perfect on the go bag!

Direct link here OR shop below!

 

Now let’s talk some cute accessories!!!

We all need stylish cosmetic bag, you can even use this to carry your charging cords, hair ties, hand sanitizer or anything you need to store away in your tote bag! Proper organization is a must for me. Why not have it be a cute bag?!

You can shop this cosmetic in different colors:  SilverBlue 

Clutches & Camera Bags too! Several different colors and designs:

If you love to travel they have a passport carrier and a luggage tag! See below for direct links.

Hope you love the new Kendall + Kylie line as much as I do and grab a piece for yourself. Make sure you use the hashtag #CCxKK #CharmingCharlie in your posts.

xx, Tonya Michelle

 

This post was sponsored by Charming Charlie, all of my thoughts and opinions are mine. This smile is a real smile of excitement!!! haha, Loved these products & hope you get to spoil yourself with one.

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