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3 Ways to Mix Your Old Pieces with your Daily Accessories…

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Shoes: DSW • Denim: Banana Republic • Sweater: Target (old! Similar style here!) • Black x Gold necklace: Stella and Dot • Long gold necklace: My grandmother’s (similar style here!) • Watch: Daniel Wellington • Silver cuff: David Yurman • Gold cuff: The Styled Collection • Handbag: Valentino • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: Altressa by Christian Louboutin

We all have those days when we walk into our closet and think to ourselves, ‘I have nothing to wear!’ (This especially happens to me when I haven’t shopped awhile) Which is insane, cause we all, most likely, have a closet full of clothes, but maybe they’re older and you haven’t pulled them out in awhile.  Plus, it’s so easy to gravitate towards the clothes you always tend to wear – that top that looks great with that one pair of jeans or the jeans that pair well with those flats you got for your birthday. I’m definitely guilty of that. But I have a few ways you can bring a few of your old pieces out and mix/match them with a few of your daily accessories.

  1. Throw on a Statement Necklace. This outfit is an oldie but goodie. My gray sweater is from Target 2 years ago but it has always been a great basic. Since I’ve worn this top so much in the last few years, I thought I’d spice it up with a few necklaces so I threw on a black and gold choker style necklace paired with a longer gold chain that was my grandmother’s.
  2. Hairstyle Plays an Important Role. How you style your hair can make a difference in your look. When I pick an outfit that is an older one, I like to try new hairstyles to dress up my look. For this outfit, I decided to throw it up in a messy ponytail so it elongates my face. Try a new hairstyle with an outfit you’re not thoroughly jazzed about.
  3. Apply a Bold Eye x Lip . Doing makeup can take time out of your morning routine (at least for me, it does!). I always feel like when I do makeup, it takes forever but once it’s done, I love it. Take the time to apply a bold eye and lip when you’re wearing an outfit that is an older look or one that you tend to lean towards. It can definitely adds a beauty dynamic to your look and can fancy it up.


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6 Everyday Handbags Under $200…

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Shoes: Valentino • Jeans: Banana Republic • T-Shirt: Target • Green Vest: Target • Necklace: My Grandma’s (similar style here) • Watch: Daniel Wellington • Bracelet: The Styled Collection (only $29!) • Ring: David Yurman • Earrings: Kate Spade • Lipstick: Red by Christian Louboutin • Handbag: Michael Kors 

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I were chatting and she asked me if I could send her a list of handbags under $200(ish). She is looking for an everyday bag that is sturdy, comfortable, cute, and can fit whatever she may need for work or an evening out. When she asked, I thought I’d share the list with you too in case you’re in the market. I’ve included a variety of brands, price ranges, and fabrics. Take a look and let me know which one is your fave!
  1. Longchamp ‘Small Le Pliage’ Shoulder Tote //$125
    1. Longchamp is a refreshing brand.  They aren’t outrageously expensive and are known for their quality. For this bag, I’d go with black or another neutral color. This bag is definitely more casual. I would say this would be perfect for everyday at work. It can hold your laptop and all purse items. My one drawback with this one is that it is super casual so not a recommended accessory for an evening out. However, it’s functional and can hold just about anything. And, its very popular so I know it has been a durable bag for many ladies.
  2. Medium Leather Transport Tote //$158
    1. Madewell is owned by J.Crew and both stores have gorgeous handbags and shoes. One thing I love about Madewell is they focus on leather goods – shoes, handbags, belts – whereas J.Crew is focused on fashionable items vs. classic and comfortable ones. This tote comes in a cognac color and black. It is functional and can be a work/everyday bag – you can throw your laptop in there with your wallet, lip glosses, keys, and anything else you store in your bag. I’d recommend this if you’re looking for a larger bag for everyday.
  3. Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody //$195
    1. Each of these colors would be fantastic neutrals for everyday wear, especially from work day to night. Rebecca Minkoff is a solid brand with sturdy, yet elegant handbags. They aren’t too ‘out there’ but have some details that make them beautiful. This is a smaller bag, but would be perfect to throw across your shoulder for work and hold as a clutch when you’re going out at night.
  4. The Pearl Leather Crossbody in Seffiano //$248
    1. I know this is over $200 (sorry! but I had to share this brand). Lo & Sons is one of my new favorite handbag brands. I just got a duffle from them for Christmas. I love them because they are simple and functional. You’ll notice how they show every aspect of this handbag and how it can help you get through each day. They also use real leather that isn’t too hard and not too soft. It is sturdy enough where it won’t scratch but soft to the touch. I’d recommend this if you want a handbag that is classic, functional, and darling!
  5. Elizabeth and James Small Leather Carryall Tote //$118 (on MAJOR SALE!)
    1. Elizabeth and James is a high end brand created by Mary Kate and Ashley Olson’s sister, Elizabeth. I think their brother’s name is James (but not sure!). They have real leather goods that will last. I liked this bag because you could hold the straps on your wrist if you were going to dinner or throw it over your shoulder like a cross body if you were going to work. It isn’t too big and isn’t too small – it’s just right. Both colors are perfect for everyday as well. I would recommend this one due to the look, the various ways you could use it, and the brand is a favorite. Plus, it’s on MAJOR sale from over $300 down to $118!
  6. Michael Kors Mercer Medium Leather Crossbody //$228
    1. I’ve had a Michael Kors handbag that I will never get rid of (see above!). I think I bought it back in 2012 or so. It has been so sturdy. I love it! I like this bag because it’s more structured and can be easy to carry as an evening bag or a cross body. Plus, they have some beautiful neutral colors. The luggage color is amaze. It steers you away from black and adds a statement. I would recommend this one due to how long I know it will last, the style of the handbag is a classic, and its functional.
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2017 Resolutions and Goals…


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Shoes: Sorel • Jeans: Rag and Bone • Sweatshirt: Ily Couture • Sweater: Revolve • Gloves: Amazon • Scarf: Free People • Earrings: David Yurman • Lipstick: Brave by MAC

With day 4 under our belt in 2017, I’ve finally finished my goals and resolutions and wanted to share. Because let’s be real, if I write them down, I have to stick to them. This year, I grabbed a notebook and literally listed out each goal – not in any particular order – that have been brewing in my mind the last few weeks. 2017, let’s go!

  1. Chuck and I. We’ve been married for 3 1/2 years now and I can honestly say they’ve been the best 3 1/2 years. My love for him has grown in a direction I didn’t even know existed. He is my best friend, my lover, and my partner in this world we call life. In 2017, we want to dedicate time for each other weekly. Not just dinner every night at home, but date nights once a week where we leave our cell phones at home. It is so easy to grab your phone and innately check Insta or Facebook. (Terrible, I know!) And the device problem is mostly me, so I need to work on that. Can’t wait for our date nights!
  2. Cherish my Time. I am infamous for overbooking myself/Chuck too, with dinners, girls nights, etc. I am very social but sometimes it is too much, even for an extravert. In 2017, I’m going to carefully book dinners/girls nights so that I’m not stressing myself out. Because after work, I’m exhausted and just want make some din din and relax with Chuck. (I swear, I’m getting old!). And I’m just going to be honest when I decline an invite. I tend to get nervous about what my friend is going to say if I can’t make it, but at the end of the day, almost 100% of the time, they completely understand.
  3. Remind myself – ‘Attitude is Everything’. It is so easy to have an irritable attitude or annoyed attitude with something or someone, whether its at work or with friends or your hubby. But we must always remember that there are a thousand worse situations than yours. In 2017, I want to remember that in those times – take a minute to adjust your mindset/attitude to remain positive.
  4. Thank you, Jesus. In October of 2016, I started saying, ‘Thank you Jesus’ sporadically throughout the day. Our pastor challenged us to try doing this to see what would happen. It’s been pretty amazing. The whole attitude section I talked about above, definitely shifted. Saying, ‘Thank you Jesus’ without adding any thing, person, or situation to it, allows the Lord to speak to you. I feel like in the past few months alone, I’ve been able to hear Him more than I ever have. And am reminded of those little things that we should be grateful for that we take for granted every day. In 2017, my goal is to continue to Thank Jesus throughout the day and grow in my faith in the Lord and his purpose for me.
  5. Exercise my Eyes, not my Thumb. Every night before bed, I sit there scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. My thumb should be skinnier than any other finger since I scroll so much. First off, I shouldn’t be looking at a device right before bed. I just know thats not healthy for me. Secondly. I shouldn’t be looking through pointless Instagram stories and pictures that add zero value to my brain. In 2017, I will spend 30 minutes before bed, reading. This way, I can actually say I’ve read a few books or dedicated time to my bible daily. Plus, I learned from Ariana Huffington, that the 30 minutes before bed should be a transition period so you sleep better. I’ll let you know how this goes.
  6. Always see people through God’s eyes, listen to people through God’s hear, speak to people through God’s mouth, and be compassionate through God’s heart. It’s so easy to judge people (even when you are unaware of doing it!) – judge their tone, why are they talking to my like that, why are they looking at me like that, why are they so upset, or are they upset with me? It’s so easy to have this dialogue in your head. And the #1 word that each of these questions have in common is – me. Believe it or not, it’s not all about you. Who knows what they’re going through at home, with their spouse, with their emotions, etc.! So my goal in 2017 is to always have eyes that view people with grace, love, and compassion. And not take it personally.
  7. Serve my Girlfriends. Each one of my friends have different personalities and their own unique demeanor. And I love each of them for their differing qualities.  They truly mean a lot to me – in so many ways. They are so supportive, loving and always have my back. To me, it’s super important to have girlfriends that you can chat about life with. I love the dynamic between me and my girls! Life is just better with them in it!  In 2017, I want to serve them more in whatever way they love best – quality time, check-in texts, cards, gifts, calls, etc. Girls, get ready for the Husum!
  8. ‘You go Nowhere By Accident’. On good days and bad days – at work or at home – it is such a good reminder to  know that, wherever you go, God is sending you there. Where you are, God has put you there.  God has a purpose in your being there.  At the end of the day, I need to remind myself to have faith in exactly where I’m meant to be. Christ, who lives in us, wants to do something through us where we are.  In 2017, my goal is to go everywhere with the intentionality of God’s grace, abundance, working in me, strengthening me, saving me, and always forgiving me.
  9. Fiercely Charming. My hobby is FC! I just LOVE it. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved clothes. I’ve loved dressing up and always getting a new outfit. (I blame my mom! She would always take me shopping and buy me something! Thanks mama!) But I always felt like it was so hard to break into the fashion industry, so I blocked that love of mine out of my head. Fast forward to 2 years ago – my bestie showed me my first fashion blog and just like that – I fell in love. I went home and research fashion bloggers and found a bunch of them that I loved – Rach Parcell, Katey MacFarland, Courtney Kerr, Emily Jackson and many more. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to create my own fashion blog with the goal of empowering women to feel beautiful in whatever they’re wearing without breaking the bank. My goal in 2017, is to continue to produce content, consistently. And just BE. My brain is always running 1000 miles an hour, trying to figure out how I take FC to the next level. What I have to remember is, it doesn’t matter how many social followers I have or how many likes I get on each post – all that matters is that I still love working on my blog and that God has a purpose in me doing it. I just need to be in the moment and know that the Lord has a vision for me.
  10. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Lastly, I just wanted to have fun! My type A personality makes me take small things too seriously at times. I can get irritated about silly things be too hard on other people. In 2017, I want to brush those small things off and move forward. I need to free up that irritable space and enjoy the real moments that count the most.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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3 Classic Accessories to Wear with Anything, Everyday..

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Shoes: Joes (old! similar style here!) • Jeans: Banana Republic (similar with no distress) • Sweater: Nordstrom • Sunnies: Celine (similar style here! Only $14.79!!) • Bracelet: David Yurman • Ring: David Yurman • Watch: Michele • Handbag: Saint Laurent (similar style here!) • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Lipstick: Brave by MAC

Happy New Year everyone! I’m totally going to say the same thing everyone is saying…I can’t believe it’s already 2017! Where did 2016 go? I am so looking forward to 2017! I feel much more ready for the new year than I did last year.

If you’ve followed Fiercely Charming for a minute or awhile, you may have noticed that I always wear my Michele watch and my David Yurman ring. I mean, always, without fail. I am a firm believer of classic jewelry that I can wear every day, with any outfit. Both of these items are super special to me as well. Let me tell you the backstory on each.

The Michele. When I graduated from college, I started a full-time job in Marketing. I told myself that when/if I get my first bonus, I want to buy myself a Michele watch. I have eyed this Michele watch since I was 18 years old. But let’s be real, when you ask your parents for a $2,000+ dollar watch, they laugh in your face. So I knew that I needed to work hard to make this purchase. After a year of working hard, my best friend and I went to the Nordstrom and I bought it. I did it! I bought it! I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe I was able to do this. Such a privilege. Now, fast forward to today – 6  years later – I have worn my Michele every single day. I’ve worn it in weddings, to fancy dinners, and every day at work. It’s one of those classic pieces that you can wear on any occasion to any event or day-to-day activity. If you’re looking for a timeless watch, I’d recommend this one for sure. It’s not inexpensive, but trust me, when you end up wearing it all the time, you’ll get your money’s worth and look at it as an investment.

The David Yurman Ring. About 4-5 years ago, I was introduced to David Yurman through a few friends who owned some of his beautiful jewelry. I loved the rope look that tied a ring or bracelet together. I originally wanted this one. But it was really big on my finger (which I like, but it was too much!) and I’d have to say the price was up there as well. On my birthday, my parents surprised me with the current ring I have and I fell in love. It’s the perfect size and one that goes with any outfit. Plus, I loved the onyx. It looks so bold and beautiful. Ever since that day, I wore that ring on the regular. It dresses up my right hand and I never buy rings.

The David Yurman Bracelet to Match. The third piece of jewelry that is classic and one that you can wear everyday is this David Yurman bracelet. This one is new! I received it as a gift on Christmas. My dad always likes to spoil me (my mom does too, but really my dad is the spoiler when it comes to jewelry!). He’s gotten me interested in it ever since I was a little girl. He knew I wanted this bracelet to match the ring and to stack with my watch. So on Christmas, I was definitely surprised when I opened it. Such a sweet gift. I have been wearing it everyday since Christmas and I must say, it looks so good! I’m loving it. I’d definitely consider a David Yurman bracelet as a classic piece of jewelry that you can wear with anything, every single day.

What are your favorite classic accessories?

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3 Black Denim Gift Ideas…

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Shoes: Tory Burch • Black Denim: Paige (Price Matched at $149.25 @ Nordy’s) • Top: Uniqlo • Necklace: Stella and Dot • Handbag: Stella McCartney • Ring: David Yurman • Watch: Michele • Lipstick: Rebel by MAC • Lip Liner: Vino by MAC

Ya’ll, I am working for another week and a half and then am officially taking 2 weeks off for the holidays! I am SO excited, I can barely stand it. If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE Christmas so being able to dedicate time to this time of year is super important for me.

The time leading up to the holidays is also my favorite. It’s so magical, everyone is in a good mood, and everyone’s excited about celebrating whatever holiday suits their fancy. One thing I love is giving gifts. Any and all gifts. I love making people happy. The best moments, for me, are the ones when I give someone a gift and their face lights up in excitement, joy, and happiness. It’s truly the best. Now, when it comes to gifts, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what to get your close friend, heck, even your family. However, if you have a girlfriend or sister who you need to buy for, one item that I know they’ll love is a pair of jeans. You might be thinking, That is too personal. How am I supposed to get someone a pair of jeans? Well, these jeans are amazing! They fit so well, are super comfortable, and pairs well with any top and/or accessories I want.

Here are three ideas that will for sure put a smile on your girlfriend’s face:

  1. Put together an Outfit. I recommend putting an outfit together to show how your girlfriend, mom, or sister can wear those black denim numbers. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to wear with distressed denim so putting something together can add a little inspiration to their wardrobe.
  2. Black Denim x Accessories. I recommend pairing a pair of black denim jeans with some fun, diamond earrings and a sparkly bracelet. This way, they can pair their denim with a simple top and add some fancy accessories.
  3. Tell a Story. Another idea would be to purchase a pair of black denim jeans that you own and love! Write a cute card to your gift recipient telling her why you bought them, how you loved them, what you’ve worn with them, and how you recommend washing them. Honestly, these are all ideas I’d love to hear from my girlfriend.

Let me know if you try any of these ideas on one of your girlfriends or sisters. I know they will love it!

Merry Christmas!


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3 Must-Have Accessories for Fall…

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Shoes: Paul Green • Denim: Banana Republic • Poncho: Charming Charlies • Necklace: Stella and Dot • Watch: Michele • Bracelet: Stella and Dot • Earrings: Kate Spade • Handbag: Celine (see similar style here!) • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: YSL #1

I love 3-day weekends! They are truly the best. Except when you go back to work on a Tuesday and realize you only have 4 days to get 5 days worth of work done. ugh! But on the bright side, we’re one day closer to Friday. Woop Woop!

This past weekend, Chuck and I primarily relaxed! We worked on some fun home projects (that I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks!) and spontaneously tried a new restaurant for date night. I don’t know about you, but when Chuck and I are trying to decide where to go for date night, we always go to the same restaurants near our house. This weekend, we thought, let’s branch out and try something new. It was a bit chilly with temps in the low 60’s and I was instantly cold. Which secretly I love, because it totally feels like fall and let’s be real, I’m SO ready for fall weather – it’s not even funny. Sunday night was particularly windy so I dressed up in my favorite fall outfit.

Which leads me to share my top 3 must-have accessories for Fall. Take a look.

  1. Snag Your Favorite Poncho or Shawl. I saw this poncho at Charming Charlie’s when I was trying to buy a gift for a girlfriend, and had to have it. When I think about Fall, I think about how the weather is constantly cloudy, chilly, and majority of the time misting (at least here in Seattle!) during the Fall months. A poncho covers you up, adds a print or statement (like this leopard print one!), is super comfortable, and can easily be worn to work. If you are looking for one item this Fall, go snag a poncho of your choice. You won’t regret it on those rainy days!
  2. Invest in Booties. I am only 5’0 tall and have the hardest time finding booties that don’t make my feet look too big or my legs stumpy (#shortgirlproblems). However, I finally have. Throughout the summer, I’ve been eyeing these Paul Green booties and tried them on 4 times. 4 times! I know. But they are an investment and I wanted to be sure they were going to be comfortable. I’ve worn then for 2 weeks now and I’m in love (and feel like I’m walking on a cloud). So if you’re trying to find the right bootie for this Fall, head to Nordy’s and check out a pair of Paul Greens. If these are a bit too pricy, then try on some Vince Camuto’s. They have a fantastic selection for this Fall as well.
  3. Branch out with a Fun Watch. I’m the kind of gal who has worn my Deco Michele watch every single day for the past 6 years. I never change it up, nor have I wanted to.  However, Chuck and I were passing through the mall and he spotted this sporty Michele watch. I instantly fell in love with the band color and the rose gold. And he goes, ‘Babe, it’s perfect for Fall!’! I was shocked when that came out of his mouth. But I have to say, he was right. I’ve been wearing it a few days a week and it has definitely added some color and flare to my outfits. This Fall, try out a new watch that you can switch every few days. Why not switch things up this Fall?

What are your favorite items for Fall?

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How-to | 3 Ways to Dress Up a Skort…

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Shoes: Seychelles • Skort: Romwe (Only $12.99!) • Top: Top Shop (comes in Petite too!) • Necklace: Stella and Dot • Watch: Michele • Bracelet: Stella and Dot • Clutch: Louis Vuitton • Earrings: Stella and Dot • Lipstick: YSL #1

Have you worn skorts before? If not, you must try them. They look like a skirt in the front and shorts from the back. The beauty of them is that they are super comfortable, you don’t have to worry that your skirt is too short, and they can be dressed up or dressed down.

In this outfit, I paired this geo print skort with a simple black, double strap top.  Added a colorful shoe and done. I’ve dressed up a $12.99 skort!

Below are three ways to dress up a skort like this one:

  1. Office Style. I would see these skorts with a long sleeve or short sleeve button up top, tucked in, and some nude pumps. This would be perfect for office style that’s comfortable but professional.
  2. Summer BBQ. Pair this skort with some Tory Burch flats with a tee for a dressy/casual look during the summer.
  3. Holiday Party. I know it’s only August but I could see this skort with some black tights, a fitting black top with a high neck line and some patent leather black pumps. This would be the perfect look for a holiday dinner or fall night out on the town.

What is your favorite way to dress up skorts?