Author Archives: Janay Lampkin

Friday Faves

Happy Friday! Although there is a never ending list of items that I’ve convinced myself that I NEED every week, here is what I am most currently coveting…

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Weekend vibes

I’ll admit it.  I’m a sucker for a comfortable weekend outfit.

After a long week at work, I am constantly digging through my closet for the effortlessly comfy pieces.  Since it’s still pretty warm in Arizona, a kimono is my go-to-gal.  They are lightweight and the perfect third piece ( I firmly believe in the third piece rule.  ALWAYS wear a third piece, guys).

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Fall means football

Fall means two things for me…. Fashion and Football. I am so blessed to live with one of my best friends (in a super cute condo, might I add) AND support our boyfriends together at our Alma Mater-Arizona State University, Go Devils.

As much as I love my girly little numbers I’m a sucker for a sporty (and sassy) look!  After 3 long seasons, Erin and I have pretty much mastered this style…

Here are my favorite basics for every season, paired with my customized jersey (obvs) ….

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1.  Water is a MUST & totally fashionable in my book.  These games last almost 4 hours, and the $9 soft drinks start to get old (well expensive) after a while.

2.  Scarves are lifesavers when it starts to cool down –  if you’re worried about how to style it, I would suggest an infinity scarf (thank me later).

3.  Converse are comfy and classic.  End of story.

4.  I live and breathe a good cross-body, and the Marc by Marc Jacobs “Natasha” is heaven.  Just enough space and sass, all in one.

5.  Theres nothing, I repeat NOTHING I hate more than freezing on cold bleachers.  Keep your long locks warm with an oversized beanie.

6.  I will profess my love for Paige Denim sometime in the near future, but the “Verdugo” ankle skinny is my jam.

Happy football season, lovelies 🙂

Fall has arrived… sort of.

Besides the fact that I live in a city that decides to be well over 100 degrees for 5 months out of the year, my closet is SO ready for Fall. Waking up to a timeline of all things New York Fashion Week – for the last couple of days – has left me dreaming of chunky knits, boots and scarves – until I realize I’m in Arizona where the fall weather won’t exist until mid-October.  So in lieu of dark denim and leather jackets I have accepted that I will just have to live with embracing a fall color palette instead.

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Typically, I’m all about the neutrals (black, grey, white). So I try to step outside of my comfort zones with colors that compliment my skin complexion. Hues of green have always done it for me, and why not spice it up with an accent color pump?

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Don’t let the weather stop you from doing your thang.

Dress: Top Shop | Handbag: Prada | Shoes: BEBE | Earrings: Nordstrom | Lip Color: Up the Amp by Mac  | Nail Color: Sole Mate by Essie

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Trust your struggle.

photo(3)All dramatics aside – Post-grad life is rough. We’ve spent our entire lives with knowledge of what society expects us to do next, until college.  After Junior High comes High School. After High School, then College. And after College comes ______.

For some its to get married, start a family, and work towards being homeowners (definitely not me).  For others it’s continuing your education in a master’s program or in law school (no thanks, currently drowning in student loans).  For me, I had a nice clean slate.  I finally attained my degree in four years – as planned, while working full time at Nordstrom as a Personal Stylist, and had the time of my life.  Then in May of 2013 came graduation … and the big girl questions came flying at me.

This gave me an anxiety attack for 3 reasons:

1.  I’m a perfectionist – making me extremely goal-oriented, with a 5 year plan – yup. I’m that girl.  I knew I was in love with fashion but didn’t LOVE working in retail.

2.  I’m a control freak.  Not knowing what was next literally made me sick to my stomach.

3.  I’m independent.  I absolutely could NOT move home (Northern California) and press pause until my life came together.  I had to figure it out on my own.

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