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!

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Own the Summer with These 8 Must Have Style Staples!

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time get your wardrobe right with some summer staples. This is the time when all the festivities commence and there’s an event every weekend. Drinks with friends on somebody’s patio becomes a part of your weekly schedule. Brunch has to happen now because the weather definitely permits! Traveling and vacations are simply required. So you’re obviously going to need more stylish clothes accessories to create looks for all the activities. Of course different events call for different dress codes but certain items that can be interchangeable and work for most of the events you attend. Let’s take a look at my list of must have staple pieces you should invest in for the season.

  1. Bamboo/Straw Bags

Street Level Straw Crossbody Bag ($76.00) from Nordstrom.com

Vince Camuto Bayne Bamboo Bag ($98) from Nordstrom.com

2. Bold Mini Bags

Saint Laurent Vicky Patent Leather Shoulder Bag ($2,290) from Bergdorfgoodman.com

Crossbody Bag with Gold Detail ($29.90) from Zara.com

ASOS Design Mini Neon Crossbody Bag ( 24.00) from ASOS.com

3.Midi/Bermuda Shorts

RVCA Off Road Ripped Denim Bermuda Short ($60) from Nordstrom.com

Universal Thread High Rise Bermuda Shorts (19.99) from Target.com

4. Minimal heeled Sandal

The ROW Bare Leather Sandals ($785) from mytheresa.com

Mid-height Heeled Elastic Strap Sandals ( $49.90) from Zara.com

Strappy Mid-height Heeled Sandal ($59.90) from Zara.com

5. Statement Summer Dresses

Endless Summer by Free People Signorina Halter Sundress ( $78) from Nordstrom.com

Bardot Malika Dress in Orange Floral ( $109) from revolve.com
  • 6. White everything

    ASOS DESIGN Open Back Mini Dress With Double Ruffle ($72.00) from Asos.com

    ASOS DESIGN Tassel Clutch Bag ($19) from ASOS.com

    ASOS DESIGN Boxy Short Sleeve Shirt In Stretch Cotton ($23) In Stretch Cotton

    7. Hoop earrings

    Clutch Gold Metal Hoop Earrings ($15.00) from Makea-statement.com/shop

    Beige Earrings from ($650) Fendi.com

    8. Bright Sneakers

    COLA Yellow Snakeskin Lace Up Trainers ($40) from Topshop.com

    Nike Air Max 270 ($150-$160) from Nike.com

    Sophia Webster Fly-Bi and Leather Trimmed Neoprene Sneakers( $225 )from Netaporter.com

    This concludes my list of hot summer staple pieces that you need to get in your closet right now! No seriously, you need to own the summer so let’s get to shopping! Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think?

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    Stylish Ways to Spice up your White Denim Jeans

    White denim is an obligatory style statement for the spring and summer months. Yes you need at least 2 pair on standby in your closet! Don’t be intimidated by white denim jeans. They’re stylish and versatile. Not only do white jeans it absorb less heat but they also can be a staple if you style them right. You can rock them all year but it’s something about a crisp pair of white jeans with a statement blouse or sporty graphic tee that makes your outfit pop in the spring and summer.

    White denim jeans can be styled for a chic weekend look, date nights, or casual days at the office. Although white denim jeans are super stylish, it can be rather challenging to find what to wear with white jeans and to find the right pair. Below, let’s explore some different ways you can slay your white denim jeans this season! I’ll also give you additional tips on how to take care of your white denim, along with a few places I recommend you buy them from.

    Pair your white denim jeans with floral tops to create a focal piece for your look while still tying your entire look together. Complete your look with a bamboo bag, layered earrings, along with heels or flats.

    Opt for blue denim tops to create a double denim look with your white jeans. Choose tops with fancy silhouettes to upgrade your outfit. You know I’m all for a top that adds an extra stylish element.

    You can keep it ultra chic by pairing a sexy bodysuit with a sophisticated beige blazer. The color beige is so on trend right now you can’t go wrong with this look. Add a stylish pair of heels, gold hoops, statement belt, and other glam accessories.

    Elevate your white denim jeans with an asymmetrical top and heels for a party worthy look that will wow the crowd. Add a pair of statement earrings and a cute clutch bag. This is the perfect example of how you can dress up a pair of white denim jeans and look fabulous.

    Go sporty with a fitted black crop top, white denim jeans, and sneakers. Add a cute crossbody, sunglasses and stud earrings for the ultimate stylish “on the go” casual fit.

    Neutrals can win again with white denim by pairing them with body conscious tops that accentuate those curves. Don’t hesitate to add the glam with a pair of chunky statement earrings, heels, and shades.

    Below are 3 stores I strongly recommend you buy your white denim from. These are places that I’ve personally purchased white denim from with no complaints.

    ASOS DESIGN Ridley High waisted skinny jeans in optic white, $35 from ASOS.com
    9326 Levi Low rise crop skinny jeans, $178, from Nordstrom.com

    Women’s mid rise skinny jeans- universal thread, $27.99 from Target.com

    Her are a few other tips to follow when it comes to white denim jeans.

    • Always wear dark under garments with white! Don’t you dare step out of the house with loud colored undies.
    • Invest in your white denim jeans. Make sure you purchase a pair with a durable fabric. Stay away from white jeggings!
    • Wash your jeans after you wear them. EVERY TIME!

    Follow these tips, and you will nail the white denim jean trend for the season!

    *All looks were curated using the app Shop Look.*

    Make A Statement in style with “Clutch” by DeAndra Michelle

    Hey Statement Makers! My new online shop “Clutch” by DeAndra Michelle (that’s me!) is here! I’m bringing to you a small shop where you can find ultra chic and super affordable pieces to add to your wardrobes. You’ll be able to browse cute mini bags, clutches, and earrings. Bag and earring styles can range from classic to bold!

    The idea behind “Clutch” is to provide shoppers with versatile mini bags, clutches, and earrings. Most times a lightweight bag is all you need for special events or casual outings! Now what’s a cute mini bag without a cute pair of earrings to go with it! Clutch is a one stop shop for my statement makers on the go who need classic statement pieces!

    You can shop “Clutch” by DeAndra Michelle by clicking the tab menu in the top right corner. You’ll be sure to find some stylish pieces that you fall in love with!

    How to Take Basic Denim Overalls to the Next Style Level!

    Denim overalls have made a comeback this year and are currently a style staple for the spring. While some may view them as a “childish” piece, they can actually be a stylish statement look for casual outings and date nights. There are ways to elevate a denim overall look so that you don’t look like a 5 year old! If you’re thinking of trying the trend, you can certainly pair overalls with chic accessories, cute heels or statement tops. Let me show some simple ways you can take your denim overalls to the next level with a few style tips below!

    Do a skinny denim overall to accentuate your curves and pair them with a statement top. Whether it’s a ruffle sleeve or a flounce, a top with a unique design and silhouette will elevate your look and give your denim overall look a mature touch.

    Eyelet Embroidered Blouse ($39.90) from Zara.com

    Over and out medium wash Skinny Overalls ($128) from Lulus.com

    You can opt for a straight leg style of denim overalls and pair them with a fitted sheer turtleneck top. Add a pair of gold hoops, cute bag, and heels and you’re on your way to date night in style.

    Washed Denim Overall ($98) from Freepeople.com

    Only Hearts Turtleneck Top ($55) from Shopbop.com

    Flared pant denim overalls with a fitted bust paired with a solid colored ribbed sleeveless top is a simpler elevated look. A flare style of overalls will elongate your legs and they look great with high heels. Upgrade your look with large statement earrings and a cute bag.

    East coast Flare Dark Wash Overalls ($129) from Lulus.com

    Free People Rib Racerback Tank Top ($20) from Macy’s.com

    Overall denim dresses are another option for the denim overall trend. Pair denim overall dresses with lace tops or puffy sleeve blouses to dress up or down. You can wear this look with heels for a dressier look or sneakers to keep it casual.

    Authentic Denim Button Pinafore ($39.90) from Zara.com
    Juliet’s Black Sheer Lace Crop Top ($48) from Lulus.com

    Statement makers, it is possible to not only nail the denim overall trend but also add your own unique touch and still look like an adult. With these style tips, you can slay the denim overall trend like a true fashionista!

    Celebrities Who Nailed This Year’s “Camp” Themed Met Gala!

    Met Gala’s camp theme left a lot of us confused as to what it actually meant. However, I believe these celebrities brought the camp theme to life for us all. This year’s theme paid homage to Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on “Camp.” The Met Gala theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, allowed party goers to interpret the meaning through their looks with exaggerated pieces that were playful, artful, and even theatrical. It was a chance for the risk takers in Hollywood to shine! This theme gave stylists and stars alike the chance to interpret their own meaning of Camp. Let’s take a look at some stars who embodied the camp theme and certainly made a huge statement on the red carpet.

    1. Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano

    2. Lupita Nyong’ o in Versace

    3. Bella Hadid in Moschino

    4. Winnie Harlow in Tommy Hilfiger

    5. Florence Welch in Gucci

    6. Cardi B in Thom Browne

    7. Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

    8. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in Dior

    9. Billy Porter in The Blondes

    10. Anna Wintour in Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

    11. Madelaine Petsch in Jean Paul Gaultier

    12. Céline Dion in Oscar De La Renta

    Talk about extravagant! Who were your favorites at the Met Gala? Sound off in the comments!!

    Statement Sunglasses Styles You Should Be Wearing for SS19!

    The sun is officially out! The weather is heating up. It’s time to bring out the shades to withstand the sun’s wrath! What styles are we wearing this year, you ask? Let’s take a look at some of the trendiest sunglasses for spring/summer 2019.

    1. Cat eye Frames

    Sunglasses with a cat eye frame formerly were worn strictly by lovers of retro style. These frames have since been reimagined from a retro 60’s look to a modernized style staple.

    Cat eye sunglasses ($29.99) from Mango.com

    Versace Narrow Cat eye Sunglasses ($295) from shopbop.com

    2. Slim/Tiny Lenses

    Slim and tiny frames have recently had a major resurgence in the fashion industry since the 90’s. A style for the eccentric fashionista or fashionisto, these lenses are a nice striking point for a street style look.

    Alexandre Vauthier x Alain Mikli Edwidge square-frame acetate sunglasses ($500) from Netaporter.com

    AJ Morgan mini rectangular glasses in gold ($29.00) from Asos.com

    3. Big Square Frames

    Big Square are favorites of the fabulous darling! They can be worn with anything and can definitely elevate your looks.

    Marni Oversized Sqaure Frame Tortoiseshell acetate sunglasses ($375) from netaporter.com

    Ganni Square Sunglasses from shopbop.com

    4. Triangle Frames

    Triangular shaped frames are a sort of futuristic take on cat eye frames. This particular style has recently become very popular in the last 2 years.

    Molly Triangle Sunglasses ($26.00) from Topshop.com

    SL 207 Triangle Acetate Sunglasses ($450.00) from Neimanmarcus.com

    5. Heart Lenses

    Heart shaped lenses are a fun statement style of frames. They look lovely with flirty summer dresses, sweet heart tops, and rompers. This style has transitioned from an adolescent staple to a chic statement piece.

    ASOS DESIGN Bevelled Heart Sunglasses ($23.00) from ASOS.com

    Saint Laurent Lou Lou Sunglasses ($420) from shopbop.com

    6. Elevated Aviator Lenses

    Aviator lenses have stood the test of time as a style that has always been around. More recently, they have been reimagined to fit today’s modern style statement pieces. Note, the origin of these sunglasses have nothing to do with style at all! They were created as an alternative to flight goggles for pilots by Bausch & Lomb.

    Celine Aviator Sunglasses ($860.00) from Neimanmarcus.com

    Illesteva Wooster aviator-Style Tortoiseshell acetate and gold tone sunglasses ($220) from netaporter.com

    7. Flat Top Frames

    Flat top sunglasses are another strong statement style of lenses that have been trendy for a while. These frames are classic but have a broader design collection. Flat top frames still remain flat at the brow but come oversized or in a smaller version. Some styles almost resemble a cat eye frame.

    Flat top Shield Mirror Sunglasses($430.00) from Neimanmarcus.com

    Plastic Sunglasses ($25.90) from Zara.com

    Which of these are your favorite styles for SS19?