Fashion Must Have: Sweater Dress

When it comes to style, it's important to build a wardrobe that is both effective and easy to work with.  I used to purchase tons of things I didn't need either because they were on sale or a trend I thought I could pull off. This of course led to closet build up (let me know if you'd like me to chat about this topic below!) and fashion overhaul. A year ago I decided to simplify my shopping and focused on purchasing pieces that are timeless and that I could wear for years to come. If you can relate to how I was and interested in going the same direction of simplifying your wardrobe, I'm here to help! I'll be bringing you fashion must haves that I believe everyone should have in their closet and styled in a Modernly Michelle fashion. 

The first piece up is the sweater dress. I love sweater dresses because they're perfect to be worn in the fall as well as in between winter and spring. They can also be styled a number of ways including being worn with stockings for a bit more coverage or dressed up with a pair of heels and coat for a night out. 

Looking for a sweater dress? Check out these options below!

I had been waiting to sport this sweater dress for a little bit since it was pretty cold here in Atlanta and loved how simple yet chic the look turned out. I personally love pairing sweater dresses with boots (especially my fave thigh high boots from Boohoo) and opted for a gray one because you all know I love a neutral color palette. You can also wear your sweater dress with a belt to cinch in your waist and add another dimension to your look.

Hope you all love the look and be sure to stay tuned for my next fashion must have recommendations!

The Color You Must Wear This Winter Season

So let me just start off by saying that winter has been kicking my butt! As a Floridian, any temperature below 60 degrees would have you shaking in your boots so my Winter experience here in Atlanta hasn't been the prettiest. Luckily I've been adapting (40 degrees is now a breeze) and was able to capture this look before heading to a networking event last week. 

If you've been following my blog for a while now you know I tend to gravitate towards a more neutral color palette so sometimes I find incorporating bold colors a bit challenging. This winter I've ventured back out of my comfort zone (baby steps ya'll) and started adding what I believe to be the 'it' color for this season back into my outfits. You can probably guess that the color I'm referring to is red! I've noticed that my favorite stores have added red into their displays, designers into their runway looks, and all throughout street style outfits. Now don't get me wrong, I never shy away from a red lip but I knew that when it comes to adding colors back into my wardrobe I had to start off by adding splashes of that hue. 

If you're anything like me, when adding colors into your looks I recommend starting off by adding it to make a statement. Whether adding it into your outerwear (think coats or blazers) or through an accessory such as my cross body bag, I think red is the perfect color to start off with because it flows really nicely with neutral colored pieces. While we're forced to be bundled up because of the cold, let your style do the talking this winter by wearing red! 

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Meet and Greet with Raven Elyse Event Recap

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Fenty Beauty's Mattemoiselle Meet and Greet featuring beauty/lifestyle Youtuber Raven Elyse! I've been here for this latest release from Fenty's line and when I seen that Raven was hosting her event featuring these lippies at my local Sephora in JCPenny I knew I had to attend. I've been a subscriber of Ravens for a while now (I started watching her videos back in undergrad) and I've always loved her sense of style and relatability! 

During the event we were able to learn more in depth about the Fenty Beauty products from the Sephora team. Raven chatted about her favorite products from the line, we received creative tips on how to use certain products, and guests were able to get shade matched for the foundation. They also spoke about the Mattemoiselle lipsticks which have been my ultimate faves!

The next portion of the event was the meet and greet! We were able to have a quick one and one with Raven and you were also able to snap a photo and/or video. She was super sweet and chill which was awesome! I was able to get the 411 on her fave lipstick from the line, which is the green Midnight Wasabi shade. It was great seeing her and the guests interact with one another as well. After meeting with her and capturing my photo/video, I headed straight to the Fenty Beauty display to get a few swatches of the lipsticks. 

Colors Shown: Saw-C (orange) and Ma'Damn (red)

Fenty Beauty released 14 stunning shades within their Mattemoiselle lipstick line back in December of last year. From a vibrant periwinkle blue to a bold burgundy, these lipsticks definitely get the job done of ensuring there is a shade for every mood. I currently have 3 lippes so far in the shades Clapback (Navy blue), PMS (Moody brown), and Griselda (bold burgundy). Let me tell ya'll these lipsticks are bomb! The application is so smooth and the pigmentation is on a 100%. I've been staying away from super drying matte lipsticks so Rihanna and her team dropped this new addition to her collection just in time! 

All in all, I really enjoyed this event at Sephora in JCPenny! Not only was I able to meet one of my fave Youtubers but I was also able to interact with Fenty's awesome products. Also, if you're on the fence I definitely recommend you get at least one Fenty product and trust me you'll be going back for more. 

Until next time!

Links à la Mode: January 25th

Yay! My first style post of the year is featured in the Independent Fashion Bloggers Weekly Round Up! Be sure to check out the other bloggers that were included as well!

Links à la Mode, January 25th, 2018

New Year, New Goal, and New Focus

So I have to be honest with you all. When I used to prepare for the new year I would always chat the mantra "New Year, New Me!" and guess what? There really was never a new me. I would spend my time writing out tons of resolutions and barely accomplish what was on my list because for some reason I thought simply writing them down would mean that they would come to pass. You want to know what I was missing?


I learned pretty quickly that I never established what I should be focused on. I had tons of sporadic things that I wanted to do, but I wasn't sure what the big picture was.

I didn't know what exactly I should be doing to reach these goals.
I didn't set out a plan to actually get things done.
I didn't have a clue how it was all going to work out.

Luckily, I've definitely changed since then and now have things in motion to actually keep myself accountable! This year I launched my Crush Your Goals Email course (which was a great experience) where I was able to help those who were like me. I was able to help those who really wanted to accomplish things but weren't sure where to start.

When it comes to my personal life, I didn't plan out a ton of goals that I want to meet. Instead I determined that my overall goal for 2018 is to help & motivate aspiring creatives. I really feel that God revealed to me that this year will be filled with creation. Creating new experiences, creating opportunities for others, and creating content that will help take my skill set to the next level. It was great being able to kick the year off being able to help others create their plans for the year and I can't wait to see what else God has in store! 

Do you have an overall goal and/or focus for the new year? Let me know below!