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How to Rock Mixed Prints and Not Give a Damn About It

Posted in Personal Style
on August 23, 2016
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So this Summer, I promised myself I would mix prints more. Watching celebs like Beyonce or Blake Lively mix their prints was inspiring to say the least. With my newfound love for travel and prioritizing my acceptance into Boston University, I never got around to trying to mixed prints. Instead of waiting until the Fall to get some mix prints action going, (because trust me,  you will be calling me Sir. Mix-A-Lot after you see my Fall looks) I come bearing minor details to mixing prints. Today, I want to feature how you can mix prints on the lowest of levels: accessorizing.

Accessories are a girl’s best friend. They always make or break an outfit, even if you aren’t trying. In a world of fashion faux-pas, I’m the girl who can’t seem to follow the rules because I like what I like. My neon green, leopard print, and striped outfit is a perfect example of something minor mixing in a semi-unconventional way. –side note, if you need inspiration for wearing neon colors, please check out this Pinterest Board…I am hooked-

When mixing prints, here are some suggestions that work for me:

  1. Know what your neutral prints are. Leopard is basically its own color. There’s no WRONG WAY to wear leopard. If anyone says otherwise, you shouldn’t be their friend.
  2. Break up the look with solid colors. Sometimes I get a little print crazy so before I allow it go all the way left, I might balance it out with a solid color.
  3. Try to keep your fabrics the same. Now this doesn’t mean cotton needs to go with Cotton, but if you don’t want the beauty of your mixed prints getting lost, you may want to stay away from fabric stacking.
  4. Start small then go crazy. This post is an example of me starting small with mixing prints. In the end, there’s no right way to express yourself artistically, but when you do find a way, rock it!!

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Top: Gwynnie Bee Skirt: Fashion to Figure Shoes: Zara
Purse: Avenue

So how are you going to mix your prints? Are you going to start small or go big? Please tag me in your looks!!

Until next time,


Images: Brittanny Taylor 

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Chardline Gets Ready for Grad School

Grad School Acceptance to Boston University

-inserts cliché- There comes a time in every person’s life where opportunities arise and there is nothing you can do but accept it. On August 5th, I got my opportunity in the form of one phrase: “On behalf of Boston University Metropolitan College’s Admissions Committee, I would like to congratulate you on your acceptance into the Master of Urban Affairs Program at Boston University. “


Boston University Grad School

I’ve been putting off this feat for the past few years.  As soon as I graduated, I continued to work in public service. I must admit, from time to time I would get overwhelmed because of work life and blog life. But now that I have a handle on everything, I feel confident enough to take the plunge.

Before committing to school, I researched a few ways to make sure that I have productive two years. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t sacrifice my blog, my job, my health, or my grades.  With some great advice from Nicole of Curves on a Budget , meeting with a time management specialist, and some insight from alumni, I learned 8 effective practices that are going to aide me with my journey to diploma #2. And guess what?  I am going to take you ALL on my journey. With each practice, I will include some links and resources as to how I’m getting through this rat race called graduate school. But most importantly, I will make sure each post includes some style attributes. Don’t worry; I am still going be the best dressed lady in the library.

So here’s a preview of some of the practices and tips that will help me get through these next two grueling years!

  1. Staycation: Taking time to reflect, plan and execute is going to be crucial to getting out of this unscathed. A staycation needs to happen somewhere that is free of distraction and an area that screams Feng Shui. You know the saying, “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.”
  2. Rest: Developing regular sleeping patterns is crucial to survival. I am going to have my first mattress review on the blog. This mattress will not only ease my way into snoozeville, but I will highlight the attributes it has for heavier women.
  3. Nutrition: Food is fuel! The wrong set of meals and all the sudden you’ll have a bad case of the itis. It’s important to make sure you are eating well and finding resources that help with planning out your meals for the week.
  4. Physical Activity: It’s very important to make sure your machine is well oiled. You have to make sure that all those school books feel as light as a feather and that you’re in great shape throughout the way.
  5. Organization: I am going to take a trip into everyone’s favorite one-stop shop to get supplies that will help organization and effectiveness. Whether it’s a new laptop or a drawing board, you have to be organized. From developing a shooting schedule with my photographer or answering emails in a timely manner, I will show you the ins and outs of getting through a successful week of work, school, and blogging.
  6. Time Management: My brain often goes off into la la land but luckily my time management specialist has showed me some way to beat this. Whoever knew that a watch can take your time management skills over the top?
  7. Vacation: Nothing says, “Good Job Chard” like a well-deserved vacation. When my semester is done, I will be vacationing on a resort in Haiti. When my parents left Haiti for the United States, their main goal was to raise a beautiful family that will go a lot further than they could afford to. I can’t wait to reflect on my parent’s homeland while bringing their vision to life.

But enough with the sappy story! Can’t wait to be so open and vulnerable throughout this entire journey. From long nights to delusional behaviors, you all are going to be on a bumpy ride!!

First stop, staycation!


Chardline celebrating her acceptance into grad school


5 Reasons Why I am Going to Miss Summer Fashion

Posted in Personal Style
on August 9, 2016
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I know you guys see it. The grass is looking dry, the back to school commercials are popping up by the dozen, and if you are anything like me–you are racking up on the Summer clearance items. Summer fashion is officially fading out. We have a few more weeks to ride out this train and I am going to take full advantage of it. In the early spirit of nostalgia, I wanted to take time to share 5 reasons I am going to miss Summer fashion. It’s honestly the only time of the year where I will get close to my happiest state: NUDE.

1. The Floral Accents: There were so many types of florals this year. Large print. Small print. Kaleidoscopic print. One big ole’ flower. Mixed print florals. Kate Spade inspired florals. My floral swing dress from Gwynnie Bee doubled up as the perfect top in the Summer. Some days I wanted all my legs to be out, and other days I didn’t shave!

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  1. Speaking of legs, I am going to miss the options of having them fully revealed, mid revealed…or bare. This scuba dress from Sweet Funk Boutique is the perfect example of a breathable skirt that provided so much versatility. This year, I truly built up a lot of courage to wear my legs out…I needed more than 3 months to enjoy this.

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3. Mix Matching Accessories: This summer, I learned that mixing patterns and completely off colors was OK. In fact, it was encouraged. A striped clutch mixed with floral was my go to. Check out how well my stripes “match” my florals! I could cry…

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4. Heels that bare all: Now let’s face it, my toes are already numb from most of the heels that I wear. How will I transition them into the Fall without me catching frostbite?

5. Eff it: Eff this whole list…this is what I am gonna do:

  • I am going to wear fall inspired florals and rock them.
  • I am gonna wear super cute tights and rock all my legs out until frostbite eventually catches up with me.
  • I’m going to mix and match my accessories sparingly because all the attention is going to be on my clothes.
  • Heels…Hmmm I will come back to them but I saw a couple of cute Velvet Block Heels that are going to be a Fall and Winter favorite!
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Yea, I think I’m gonna be alright. Every season has its strengths so who knows, Fall may be the season I won’t be able to live without.

Until next Summer,


Huge thanks to Brittanny Taylor for the Snaps!

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