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Happy October! Hope you’re enjoying the midst of fall, blanket sweaters, scented candles, cozy blankets, and Halloween-prep.

Now is a great time to start building your fall wardrobe, and I am so excited to collaborate with one of Nashville’s most popular boutiques, Native + Nomad for this blog post.

Native + Nomad, founded by celebrity stylist and Belmont grad Kelly Connolly, upholds the “Shop Local” standard of Nashville, while providing casual and contemporary designer apparel and accessories that you will not find at other locations in Nashville. The brand specializes in denim, in addition to on-trend clothing and timeless wardrobe staples. The clothing is made in America and some of the brands are local designers new to the Nashville market. For pieces that are both feminine and have an edge, this is the place. With locations in Cool Springs and Hillsboro Village in Middle Tennessee, Native + Nomad combines the eclectic-boho style sense of Nashville with an edgier vibe while supporting local creatives and designers. Definitely check them out this fall!

I am excited to announce that I decided to take the plunge and start building my wardrobe styling portfolio. As I recently relocated to the Nashville area, I am truly blessed to have connected with so many creatives in a short period of time, which has inspired me to take this leap and pursue something that I have wanted to do for a long time.

While I am still going to continue blogging about my personal style with fashion how-to’s and writing articles with a personal development and self-esteem focus, I have decided to re-orient my website and blogger brand more toward providing wardrobe styling and branding consulting services.

If you’re based in the Nashville area, and are interested in working with me, these are the services I offer:

CLOSET EDITING FOR WOMEN

We will evaluate the clothing and accessory items currently in your closet, assess which to keep and which to give away. We will decide which clothing items are still flattering for you, and which items no longer fit your lifestyle. Then, we will decide which clothing items will serve you as you add your wardrobe.

BRANDING CONSULTING

As I have recently completed my graduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Georgetown University, I have completed coursework emphasizing branding, brand messaging and digital marketing. In addition to being a blogger and experimenting with what content is effective and ineffective across social media and online platforms, I know how overwhelming it can feel to build a personal brand online. As I have relocated to Nashville and connected with so many talented artists and creatives seeking to stand out online, I decided to tap into this need that so deeply resonates with artists in Nashville. If you’re based in the Nashville area and seeking insight on how to put your best foot forward in your personal and visual brand, feel free to drop me a line.

 

Dress: Socialite

Image: Arika Stovall

Hello you… If you’re in love with polished boho-chic styles, but don’t know where to start with building your wardrobe and updating your closet, this blog post is for you.

If you’re interested in updating your closet, and creating a polished-boho chic wardrobe, here are some of the essentials I would recommend… You can click on the product images to shop the post! 

1) Jean Jacket

A jean jacket is a great way to dress an outfit down, or just have a simple piece that goes with most outfits. I’m a firm believer that this is the kind of piece you shouldn’t spent too much money- in my opinion a jean jacket always looks better distressed. Try finding one at a thrift store or look for an inexpensive one. This is the kind of piece that will last you a long time.


Crop Jean Jacket – $23.64

from: RoseGal.com

2) Booties

A few pairs of booties are great to pair with boho-chic styles. I’m pretty simple when it comes to shoes. A few neutral colors in different styles does the trick for building a wardrobe. When it comes to boho-chic styles, booties are a must!


Jetta Booties – $32.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


Conquer the Day Bootie – $28.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


Dorothy Black Suede Ankle Booties – $34.00
  From: lulus.com

 


Very Volatile Sofia Tan Leather Ankle Booties – $95.00
  From: lulus.com

 

3) Dresses

As someone who wears dresses most days, I’m a total advocate for having several go-to staple dresses in your wardrobe. For a boho-chic wardrobe, a combination of prints and casual styles are essential. For boho-style prints, try paisley, florals, lace details, and intricate designs.


Infinite Love Dress – $49.50

from: For Elyse Inc.


Embrace UR Wild Side Maxi Dress – $49.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


Fresh And Free Maxi Dress – $49.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


Infinite Bliss Dress – $46.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


Spring Is Calling Dress – $42.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


Trip To Tokyo Dress – $39.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


The Costa Maya Dress – $44.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


City Slick Dress – $46.99

from: For Elyse Inc.

4) Jeans


Inner Circle Mid-Rise Jeans – $72.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


The Gina Boyfriend Jean – $76.99

from: For Elyse Inc.


Sophia Distressed Skinny Jeans – $72.99

from: For Elyse Inc.

Writing to you today from a Nashville coffee shop on my coffee shop hopping spree. Cheers to living on the edge, right? After talking to a lot of my friends one-on-one, and hearing their feelings about comparisons to others, I just wanted to shed some light on some ideas revolving around self-love and developing natural confidence. I previously wrote this blog post about ditching comparisons to others, and focusing on self-love and inner beauty- but it still rings true…

Style Inspo

Since it’s a rainy/overcast day in Nashville, today’s blog post fits the mood…. But hey, I’m all about mood lighting and am thinking of finding a lava lamp for my apartment. Don’t you just love style inspired from a French film- I mean why not? Coloring inside the lines is optional anyway…

If you had asked me to describe my personal style a few months ago, I would have not used the word “edgy.” While I still embrace boho-chic and indie style with romantic details, I’m no longer afraid of being edgy. My friends and I in Nashville have adopted a “Young, Wild, and Free” life motto… And so far… That has been life-changing and shifted my perspective so much… So, if you aren’t sure if you can be edgy with your style, go out of your comfort zone… If you’re thinking of changing yourself, don’t limit what you can become.

I found this romper at Dress Up Nashville, and  I am loving their boutique for finding affordable pieces within my budget. This outfit is so comfortable for a chill day hanging out, or for a night out with a friend, and is an easy transitional piece throughout the day….

Thought of the Day

“If you think you’re not edgy, you could be surprised.”

Image: Arika Stovall

Thanks for tuning in after a short lull on the blog… Surprise, I have since relocated to Nashville for a new adventure. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed I was planning the big girl move for the past year- and cheers to new adventures. It feels amazing.

Style Inspo

This goddess-ey romper is from a boutique called Dress Up in Hillsboro village. After totally not understanding the romper craze, I’ve hopped on the bandwagon. Rompers are super practical, comfortable, and just a bit flirty- why not give it a try?

Stay tuned for more posts on the blog, focusing on fashion + lifestyle, inner beauty, and self-love. xoxo – Julita

Image: Arika Stovall

Romper: Dress Up Nashville

Geode Necklace: The Impeccable Pig

Feather Earrings: Downtown Cowgirl

Heels: Chinese Laundry

Happy Monday loves… And cheers to change and new adventures. 

Outfit details

I found this dress online at Lulu’s, and feel it is a great romantic piece for an outing at winery, wedding, or afternoon date when you want to do something a little bit “extra…” But not too “extra…” *wink, wink* I find that pink is a great color to wear if you would like to feel more in tune with your feminine self. How are you styling your outfits for summer outings?

Dress: Lulu’s   Booties: Altar’d State

Necklace: Etsy    Earrings: Francesca’s

Happy Monday folks… Hoping you found your Monday motivation to start the week strong…

Outfit details 

I’m totally in love with subtle lace details, and this dress is a great wardrobe staple for a night out. With these booties, I added a little boho-twist to this look. Lately, I’ve been keeping my jewelry simple with more delicate pendants and less statement pieces. How do you top off a look for a night out, while dressing it down a bit?

Dress: Altar’d State    Necklace: Etsy

Booties: Altar’d State

Today’s Style Inspo

There is nothing quite like a red dress to make a statement. I love this floral accented red BB Dakota dress from Her Boutique. I am so glad I found it. This look is awesome for a date night or outing with a friend, and it also great for every-day wear.

Dress// BB Dakota, Her Boutique   Booties// Altar’d State

Earrings// Francesca’s   Necklace// Etsy

Today’s Style Inspo

I love finding pieces with interesting and eclectic designs, and this navy dress from Altar’d State is both casual and classic for every-day wear. I’m also a big fan of finding unique and inexpensive jewelry on Etsy, and geode necklaces are super-popular right now and add a touch of boho flair to an outfit.  How are you accessorizing this season?

Dress// Altar’d State

Earrings// Francesca’s Pink Geode Necklace // Etsy (Similar) (Similar)