21 Must Have Late Summer/Pre Fall Statement Style Picks from ASOS, Zara, and River Island!

Before we know it, summer will come to an end. Of course we don’t like to think about summer ending, but it’s the inevitable. It’s August and before you know it, it’ll be November! Although summer isn’t over yet, fashion forecasters are already giving us details of fall trends that you’ll be seeing for the 2019 season. You want to get a jumpstart on building your closet accordingly. I suggest investing in pieces that can transition over to the Fall season now. Shop pieces that you can also begin wearing now. You have to stay ready to get ready for the season changes! I’ll show you items you can buy right now that you can create looks with for early Fall and also wear during the end of the Summer. Here are my top style picks from three of my favorite online shops!

UNIQUE21 organza shirt with balloon sleeves ($48.00) from ASOS!

Floral Print Organza Shirt ($49.99) from Zara.com

Fuchsia Leather Heeled Ankle boots ($149.00) from Zara.com

Orange Leather Heeled ankle boots ($149.00) from Zara.com
Pink Sequin Tassel Pencil Skirt ($96.00) from Riverisland.com

Simmi London Samia neon yellow fishnet heeled shoes ($ 56.00) from Asos.com

Black croc faux leather biker jacket ($130.00) from us.riverisland.com

Wide heeled sling backs ($39.90) from Zara.com

ASOS Design Curve Denim Wrap smock mini dress in black ($56.00) from Asos.com
Beige Snake Print Sling back court shoes ( $90.00) from us.riverisland.com

Blazer with Rolled Up Sleeves ($69.90) from Zara.com

Plus Black Rolled Sleeve Blazer ($100.00) from us.riverisland.com

Black faux leather shirt dress ($130.00) from us.riverisland.com

The In Style Plus Cropped Blazer Jacket with hook and eye detail in white ($51.00) from Asos.com

Orange caged skinny heeled sandals ($76.00) from Zara.com

Black faux leather belted bandeau dress ($ 130.00) from us.riverisland.com

Striped Rustic Jumpsuit ($39.90) from Zara.com

ASOS DESIGN vinyl short with self covered belt ($40.00) from Asos.com

Plus black faux leather utility pencil skirt ($76.00) from us.riverisland.com

Heeled Sandals with wood and vinyl ($ 49.90) from Zara.com

ZW Premium ‘80s Tapered Jeans in Sky Blue ($69.90) from Zara.com

12 “Show Stopping” Party Dresses You’ll Want to Invest In

Megan Thee Stallion’s self proclaimed “hot girl summer” isn’t over ladies! There is still time to get out there and shut it down in the finest of threads. We’re giving millinneal Sex in the City steez with looks all summer 2019! I’m talking elevated body cons with exaggerated sleeves, deep V-necklines, balloon sleeves, and dramatic textures. Let’s take a look at 12 elevated statement party dresses that are sure to turn heads.

This beautiful satin lime number, with its draped sleeves and wrapped front gives a great waist line because of it’s intersecting drape at the waist. You won’t need to pair much with this bold piece.

Lime Satin Draped Sleeve Dress ($209) from Houseofcb.com

I’m a sucker for dramatic and this dress screams “do the most” with the front ruffle and sequins. I suggest doing some textured statement earrings and single sole heels.

Holographic Silver Sequin Strapless Dress ( $225) from Houseofcb.com

You’ll be pretty in pink with this metallic pink wrap dress with a dramatic drape that fall slightly below the skirt. Go all out with a bold chandelier earring or keep it simple with diamond studs and clear heels.

Metallic Pink Wrap Cami Mini Dress ($165) from Houseofcb.com

Laquan Smith’s off the shoulder fitted Camo dress with a front zipper and ruched sleeves is super edgy yet chic. You could do a nude or black shoe with minimal accessorizing.

Khoi Camo ZIP Dress ($775) from Laquansmith.com

The Lea PVC dress, another Laquan Smith design, is a simple statement dress. Give me a sleek and sexy body conscious dress any day! Strappy heels or pointy toe boots would slay this look.

Lea PVC mini dress ($295) from laquansmith.com

This lime midi dress with tassel details serves us simplicity with minimal details in a bold color that take this dress to the next level.

Cult Gaia Giselle Asymmetric Tasseled Crepe Midi Dress ($805) from net-a-porter.com

The corset bodice in combination with the ultra sexy sheer lace panels on this dress are a win for any major night out!

Katchme Plus Satin Dress with sheer lace panels in rust ($42.00) from ASOS.com

You can’t help but make a huge statement in a leopard print dress with balloon sleeves!

ASOS DESIGN luxe mini dress with balloon sleeves ($93.79) from ASOS.com

This form fitting sheer beaded maxi dress will turn heads the entire evening. You wouldn’t need much to style this dress.

All that glitters Maxi Dress ($ 99.90) from shopakira.com

I absolutely adore this white asymmetrical scuba dress with the bold ruffle statement. You can pair this dress with all gold accessories or add a little sparkle with Swarovski crystals.

Into the night Scuba Mini Dress ($ 79.90) from shopakira.com

This super chic tangerine number features a collared plunging neckline and thigh high slit. What more do you need to know?

Plus Bright Orange Twist Front Shirt Dress ($55.00) from Prettylittlethings.us

Nothing says “show stopper” like this bardot midi dress with mesh sleeves and riches details. It’s a fun, form fitting number that you can pair with minimal accessories and single sole heels.

Plus Peach Mesh Ruched Bardot Midi Dress ($35.00) from Prettylittlething.us

This unique tulle ruffle tube dress in Aqua is just a dream! This another piece where minimal styling would work. Walk into any party with this number and you will have everyone’s attention.

Pink Label “Lulu” dress ($299) from hanifa.co

You can’t go wrong with any of these pieces! See any that you absolutely have to have? The link to these items and websites are attached to the the photos shown above. You can shop them here!

Men’s Style Trends You Should be Wearing Now and Where to Find Them!

Usually I dedicate all my fashion energy to my ladies! Today, this style post is for my guys! So many men ask me for style advice! It’s not that all men have a terrible fashion sense, it’s just they want to know what looks good and what fits well! From tailored suiting to joggers and sneakers, there are a number of on trend items you can play around with. The great thing about men’s style is that aside from a few changes in cuts and the use of new fabrics, the trends don’t deviate too much from the standard basics. It’s really all about how you’re putting your pieces together! Let’s dive in and take a look some of the top trends for the season!

1. Printed Tees

ASOS Design T-Shirt with Paisley Cut and Sew Panel ($23.00) from ASOS.com

River Island T-shirt with Monogram in Ecru ($29.00) from ASOS.com

2. Basic Tees

Long T-Shirt ($9.99) from hm.com

Khaki Slub T-shirt ($20.00) from Topman.com

3. Printed Button Down

Criminal Damage Brown Print Shirt ($80.00 from Riverisland.com

Jack and Jones Navy Printed Slim Fit Shirt ( $80.00) from Riverisland.com

4. Short length Shorts

ASOS Design skinny chino shorts in white ($29.00) from ASOS.com

9 inch Slim Distressed Denim Shorts ($59.90) from Express.com

5. Light wash Denim

Pacsun Light Stacked Skinny Jeans ( $49.95) from Pacsun.com

Super dry Light Blue Denim Shirt ($90.00) from riverisland.com

6. Slide Sandals

Suicoke Moto Cab Slide Sandals ( $199) from Nordstrom.com

Versace Palazzo Medusa Slide Sandal ($295.00) from Nordstrom.com

7. The Man Bag

Academy Pack In Signature Canvas ($350.00) from coach.com

Superdry Green Crossbody Pouch ($40.00) from Riverisland.com

8. Low Top Trainers

McQ Alexander McQueen Black and White Plimsoll Platforms Low Sneakers ($215) from Ssense.com

Salvatore Ferragamo WhiteCube Sneakers ($550) from Ssense.com

9. Loafers

Pinch Grand Classic Penny Loafer ($200.00) from colehaan.com

Johnston and Murphy Penny Loafers ($139.00) from Josbank.com

10. Graphic Denim Jackets

Tommy Jeans Striped Denim Jacket ($200) from UrbanOutfitters.com

River Island “Prolific” Denim Jacket in Blue Wash ($79.00) from ASOS.com

11. Sweat Shirts

PS Paul Smith Multi Stripe Sweatshirt ( $195.00) from Eastdane.com

Limited Edition Crewneck Sweatshirt ($128) from bonobos.com

12. Joggers

Subculture Space Dye Men’s Jogger Pants ($44.99) from Tillys.com

Twill Bunjie Jogger Pants ($49.95) from Zumies.com

13. Oxfords

Zero Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford ($200.00) from Colehaan.com

Feathercraft Grand Butcher Oxford ($180.00) from Colehann.com

14. Running Sneakers

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 ($180.00) from Nike.com

Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 ($150.00) from Nike.com

15. Tailored Suiting

ASOS DESIGN Super Skinny Suit in Mid Gray ($127.00) from ASOS.com

ASOS DESIGN Super Skinny Suit Jacket in White Linen ($111.00) from ASOS.com

You can definitely use my trend picks as inspiration the next time you’re shopping for something to wear! Now you know what to shop for and wear to shop. These items are must-have pieces you can create stylish looks with. Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think of these trends!

Cotton Candy Dream- Tulle and Pastels

I fell in love with this color block tiered tulle dress from ASOS the moment I saw it. From the color combination of pastels to it’s layered tulle, this dress stands out in the crowd. Talk about a statement piece! I lucked up because it was on sale for $33 and of course I love a good sale. (My favorite past time is to browse through ASOS sale items). I had to have this piece in my wardrobe.

I originally wanted this dress for an event earlier in the year but it was completely sold out. After checking back a few weeks later, there it was. My cotton candy dream dress was there for me. It was fate!

I wanted to create a look with popping hues that was unique and stylish. Elevating my layering was key to piecing my outfit together. I layered this dress over a yellow sheer organza pussy bow top and yellow silk heels. Pairing statement pieces that can be worn interchangeably is an innovative way to mix and match your pieces and create new looks out of what you already own.

ASOS Design Tiered Mini Dress in Color Block Tulle ( $33.00) from Asos.com

One Above Another Oversized Pussy Bow Blouse in Sheer Organza ($40) from Asos.com

Fashion Brand Spotlight…

Hey Statement Makers! I want to take a moment to shed some light on a locally owned online boutique you should know, AJ’s Luxe Wear. Operated and owned by entrepreneur, Ambernique Johnson, her boutique offers a vast range of of luxe pieces giving you fashion that looks and feels good. Johnson works to provide her “Luxe Babes” with a top tier online shopping experience that will keep you wanting more! And you’ll certainly want more of what AJ’s Luxe Wear has to offer.

Heavenly Maxi Dress ($55) from Shopajsluxewear.com

Johnson began her online boutique, AJ’s Luxe Wear, in January of 2017. She drew inspiration from her love of style and fashion magazines like Ebony and Jet as a child. This fueled her desire to create her own interpretation of what feel good fashion is in comparison to main stream media. While working to receive her MBA and raising her now 4 year old daughter, she decided to jumpstart her very own boutique.

While her brand is an extension of her personal style, she works to create classic looks that fit anyone’s style. Her pieces range from casual wear to occasion wear making AJ’s Luxe Wear truly a one stop shop! Whether you’re on the run to grab a few items or you’re stepping out for a night on the town, you can find something stylish that makes a statement at this boutique.

Rose Water and Ivy Pleated Maxi Dres ($60) from Shopajsluxewear.com
Rose and Ivy Maxi Dress ($60) from shopajsluxwear.com

AJ’s Luxe Wear has much more in store for you for the Spring and Summer season this year! Johnson plans to keep her collection “light and chic” while giving us a few statement pieces that’ll give us stylish summer night looks. It’s going to be all about keeping it sexy and feminine while ensuring us style and comfort! Beyond that, Ambernique Johnson plans to eventually open up a small brick and mortar location in the next few years! I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for what AJ’s Luxe Wear has in store!

Malia Citrus Jumpsuit ($55) from shopajsluxewear.com

You like these fabulous pieces you’ve seen in this post? I know I’m a fan! Shop AJ’s Luxe Wear here at http://www.shopajsluxewear.com!