Timeless Stripes


Welcome back my lovebugs! So I have to share this wonderful trend that has been going on forever. You can dress it up or down. Whichever one fits your style. Stripes are very versatile and fashionable. Literally, every shape and size can pull off stripes. Down below are my top three ways to execute this staple trend successfully.  No matter the weather or season, stripes are the way to go ya'll! 


If you're a more casual and chill type of person, this look it for you. This is my absolute favorite way to wear stripes. Literally, every online store is selling these leggings and trousers. My favorite store to purchase a pair from are ZARA, of course. But the two pair of leggings I got from there are amazing quality. Not thin like your typical leggings. They do retail for about $29.99 USD but I promise you, its worth it. You can complete this look with your favorite oversized pullover sweatshirt and classic sneakers.

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Oversized is the way to go. This is another comfortable but popular look. It's like you tried to look put together but you're really not. My spin on this look is an oversized men's long sleeved shirt from H&M with a pair of black biker shorts and sneakers. I received so many compliments on this outfit. If you want a cleaner look, I recommend a collared shirt with your favorite pair of ripped jeans and comfortable sneakers. Shopping in the men's section is the way to go to execute this oversized look. 

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Lastly, but most certainly not underrated, the dressy look. This is probably a look I'll do once in awhile compared to the other two above. The way I executed this look is a mock neck dress and clear/black heels from Missguided. I wanted to keep it simple and stylish. Another favorite look of mine is the off the shoulder oversized collar shirt, tucked into a denim skirt. I will most definitely be executing this look in the near future, with a pair of thigh-high boots.


Welp lovelies, I hope you enjoyed this trend alert. I most definitely want your feedback on wearing stripes. How would you incorporate this look into your personal style?  Make sure to use the tag #sxmplycas so I can check how you executed this trend. Once again stay blessed!



(Disclaimer: I do not own any of the photos used in this blog post except the three in the middle of each collage. The rest of the images were founded on Pinterest.)

SEIZE THE NIGHT



Hey, ya'll hey. Today I'm here to tell you about my most requested blog post so far. I posted this look on Instagram a few days ago and my DMs have yet to stopped being slid into... know what I mean haha. Just kidding. But I got tons of questions about this entire look. I'm here to give you all the details. So stay tuned. 



First and foremost, I just threw this outfit on. It wasn't planned out or anything. Plus you can never go wrong with a simple face and bold red lips. Above are the exact items and similar items I wore.  Every item is budget and college girl friendly. Like I always say, you don't have to spend tons of cash to look stylish. BUT I KNOW YALL PEEPED THEM WHITE TOESSSSSS. Had to bring them back. 


Very soon, I'll post the details on the hair I've been wearing lately and my makeup routine. I'm a low maintenance type of person when it comes to makeup and my hair. Surprising right? Anyways I think I'm done here. I know it was pretty short but I wanted to keep it simple and straightforward unless you like my long rambling posts. Just let me know! haha, let's end this blog post on a good note. Here are the full-size pictures of the outfit.

S T A Y  B L E S S E D,





Glam Goth Babe

Hey, yall and Happy Fall! I took a little time off if you haven't realized. I had tons of school work to do so blogging had to be put on hold for a little while. But, I'm back. By the time this blog post goes live, the semester will be over. ANYWAYS... Let's talk about this look.  So it's officially October and I can finally embrace wearing dark makeup. I always wear black so, my style hasn't changed much.

 I stepped out of my comfort zone with this makeup look but not really. I always have a winged eyeliner but today I decided to add a pop of color. This white liner is from the drugstore and it's pretty trash, but it did the job. My usual black liner is from Kat Von D. It's her tattoo liner in "trooper" (one of my holy grails).  On my lips I grabbed Hard Candy's Metallic Mousse in "Smoke & Mirrors" and on top, Maybelline's Metallic Lipstick in "Smoked Silver".  Everything else on my face is my usual makeup routine. Now enough about this makeup. Time for the main course!

So for my outfit, I got inspiration from a random picture on Instagram. I did not have to go out and buy anything because every item was in my closet. Gotta save these coins. This sheer lilac bodysuit is from Forever 21 and the dress is from ZARA. I legit forgot where this choker is from. I own so many. But lastly my sneakers are from Kids Journeys and I haven't stopped wearing them since I bought them. By the way, in the outfit pictures, you will notice that my lipstick is gone.... I went to eat prior and took it off afterwardsa haha. But ya'll get the point.






Here are the exact details and places where I purchased each item from. Some items aren't available anymore so I listed alternatives below. Once again, thank you for rocking with me. I've received tons of feedback this past month and I'm super thankful. Continue sharing this website and youtube channel and always,

STAY BLESSED,



Sheer Bodysuit: Forever 21
Black Dress: ZARA
Old School Vans: Journeys
Backpack: Calvin Klein

FEELING STUCK?


Ever felt stagnant, lost, or uncertain about your next move or things going in your life? Trust me, I’ve been there and still do that.  It’s a normal thing. Sometimes I feel like things are out of my control but that’s life. The older I get, the more I realize I need to start taking control of my life. Yeah, going with the flow is perfect for certain situations but it’s not the best decision all the time. Overall 2017 has been an eye-opener for me. I’ve been in situations which required me to make a decision even though I did not want to. We all want this perfect life where there aren't any obstacles and everything just comes naturally. But the gag is... life isn’t a fairytale. Not everything works in your favor. 





At one point this year I did feel discouraged about what I wanted to do pertaining my career. If you didn’t know, I am in the military. I just re-enlisted for 4 more years and requested to get stationed in Alaska. I was mentally ready to leave Fort Hood. But as the months went on, medical issues started to arise. Come to find out, I was diagnosed with anemia. It was brought up as an issue while I was downrange in 2015 and it popped back up as a major issue in 2017. Long story short, being anemic has really put a halt on me leaving Texas and kinda career-wise. I get tired, fatigued, and cold really easily. Literally, everything drains me physically. Currently, I’m still dealing with this issue. 

With all that going on I got super discouraged. I got complacent. My motivation and drive went away. I had thoughts in my head like, what would I do if I got medically discharged? Basically I let the devil and my negative thoughts get to me. But with the help of close friends, prayer, & my first sergeant, the way I thought about my whole situation changed. I stopped feeling sorry for myself and “BOSSED UP”. 



It’s okay to throw a little pity part for yourself but not for long. Like my Old Lady tells me 24/7, pray about it. Don’t let something so small knock you off your feet. Feeling stagnant or uncertain is a part of life but you have to at some point search for the light. Be your biggest hype man especially if you feel like all odds are against you. Quotes really helped me along the way also. Like I do all the time, take a step back and think about your next move and everything going on in your life. I do this when I’m out running or showering. But don’t be so lost in your thoughts haha. 



It took me awhile to realize life is a crazy rollercoaster and I won’t be getting off this ride anytime soon. The next time you feel like everything is spiraling out of control, take a step back and reevaluate life. We all have a purpose on this earth. Don’t give up. I promise at the end of the tunnel there is something rewarding waiting for you. Stay strong, you got this!

Signing out until next time, 


NEW HAIR COLOR: WHO DIS?


Hey, ya'll. I'm back and I'm better. I recently got a much-needed hair update. My hair has grown so much since I got it colored and trimmed back in December of 2016. I've gotten tons of questions about my new hair style. One major question I got asked is "Is that your real hair?". Yes, it's A L L mine. I decided to go natural back in 2013 after I graduated Basic Combat Training. I got a really bad perm job and hair cut. I haven't looked back since then. Anyways that's a little back story of my reasoning for going natural. Let's fast forward to summer 2017.


So I went with this hair color because I've always wanted bright blonde hair. I was a little afraid of doing it because I thought my curl pattern would change. So far my hair has reverted back to its thick curls without any problems. I kept my roots dark because it looks better in my opinion. I do have highlights throughout my hair also.


I do plan on going back to get another hair cut. This length is cool and all but I want sort of a bob... basically cut it right above my shoulders. But I'll wait to the end of this year to get another hair cut and silk press.  Am I the only person who's not a fan of their hair being straight? It's cute but so lifeless. I love my curls! 

Once again, thank you all for sticking around and supporting me. 
S T A Y   B L E S S E D,
- CAS



The Summer's Over


Welcome back! Welcome bizzzzackkk! Okay, I'm done being extra. Sadly summer is coming to an end which means the fall and winter is right around the corner. This is my last summer post for 2017. I must admit this was one of the BEST summers of my adult life. I spent it with my close friends aka family part 2. I celebrated my 22nd birthday in Dallas and in Austin. This whole summer was a blessing to me. Anyways, I know ya'll came to get all the details of my outfit. So let's get to it.


Yep, I'm back with another black outfit. I really didn't have any inspiration for this outfit. I just wanted to be cute and comfortable. Plus I wanted to show off my wrecked Thrasher Vans. If you know me personally, I am a fan of Thrasher Magazine and one day I'll own all their clothing items. So when they released their collaboration with Vans... I lost it. Ya'll know I love Vans. So it was a done deal, they had to be mine. 



I let the shoes be the main focus of my outfit. I didn't want to over do this look. Also, is it weird that I want to show my future kids these photos and be like "yep, ya mama was poppin back then"? haha. This whole outfit aesthetic gave me a little 90's rocker vibe. Anyways check out the rest of the outfit details down below. 




One Shoulder Bodysuit: Forever 21
High Waisted Shorts: Thrifted
Slip Ons: Zumiez
Light Bomber Jacket: Boohoo.com
3 Coin Necklace: Aldo
Bracelets: Alex and Ani

S T A Y   B L E S S E D
    - CAS

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Hey yall, I'm back! So I posted a few photos on Instagram and some of my followers wanted to know the details of what I was wearing. Of course, I got yall. This outfit here was a little on the risky side. Showing skin and all haha. But I must say it was super comfortable.  Also below will be either direct links to each item I'm wearing or similar items like them. These 3 online stores I will mention are the ONLY stores I buy clothes from. Literally, everything in my closet is purchased from them.

To be honest, this top that I'm wearing is a bathing suit top. I bought it from H&M for like $12. No one even knows that it's not your regular top. Don't be afraid to experiment. But you can find an affordable bralet literally anywhere. Of course, I have the direct links to the bralets shown above.

Scuba Plunge Cross Bralet: HERE 
Zoe White Jersey Bralet: HERE
Let's talk about this skirt I'm wearing. The whole wrap skirt trend was seriously poppin in 2016. That's exactly when I bought the skirt but I never wore it until a year later. I love how it can be flattering on anyone's body. The burgandy skirt is the exact skirt that I'm wearing but it's currently sold out in black. The paperbag skirt right above is a little twist to the whole wrap skirt trend.
Asymmetric Wrap Tie Mini Skirt: HERE
Paperbag Waist Wrap Hem Mini Skirt: HERE



Lastly, let's talk about the main attraction. THIGH HIGH BOOTS! I'm literally in love with thigh highs. I own about 4 different pairs and they're all black. But I ordered the pair I'm wearing back in 2016 from Missguided. These particular boots have a thick heel and the toe and heels are exposed. Which means these are super comfortable. But sadly they sold out all the black pairs and only have the olive green ones left. I might even purchase them. Also if you're not a fan of the thick chunky heels, I do have an alternative. I also own a pair similar to the ones listed above, but they are from Steve Madden. 

Khaki Peep Toe Thigh High Boots: HERE
Martha Peeptoe Over the Knee Boots: HERE

Once again, thank you for rocking with me. 
S T A Y   B L E S S E D

SELF CONFIDENCE, WHAT IS THAT ?


It's kind of weird for me to write about a topic that I'm not completely 100% sure on. Yes, I'm confident in certain aspects of my life but I am human and I still lack self-confidence somewhat. I feel like as you become older you start accepting who you are and over time your confidence builds up.

 I can look back to when I was in middle school, I most definitely lacked confidence. I was very shy and timid. I was not comfortable with my body. Growing up and even now, I have always been pretty slender and tiny. I never liked to be the center of attention and I still don't. That's just something I will always be like. In middle school, all the girls my age were going through puberty and were developing way faster than I was. I guess you can say that's why my tomboy phase started. I dreaded wearing tight and form fitting clothes. I refused to wear dresses. The idea of me looking super girly was a no go for me. As I got older and when to high school, I still kinda dressed like a tomboy but with a girly flair to it. I stopped wearing braids and used to go to the salon and get my hair done. I even wore a dress and heels to prom and my graduation. But I still lacked in self-confidence. Four years later, here I am wearing heels, dresses, and makeup. Don't be fooled, I'm still a tomboy at heart.


Over the last few years, I have learned to stop worrying about how others think about me. I have accepted what God has blessed me with.  Who cares what people think about you? If they're not supporting you financially or mentally, their opinion is pointless. Don't try to be a perfectionist. You only have one life to live, so live it how you want to.  Yes, you should be confident in your appearance but also every aspect of your life. Like I've been saying all year, It's "SHOOT YOUR SHOT 17". Which means stop being scared and go after what you want. Nothing will be handed to you.

Honestly, confidence comes from within. You have to be your hype man. Also, God is your hype man and he is always rooting for you. Your thoughts are really where your confidence comes from. If you're thinking negatively 24/7 you won't feel confident about anything. If you look good and feel good, I promise you, you'll feel super confident about anything!

Here are a few ways I boost my confidence:
1. Listen to my favorite R&B playlist.
2. Do my makeup and hair.
3. Put on a poppin outfit and take photos for the gram.

Like I said before, self-confidence will not happen overnight. It's taken me awhile to be comfortable with who I am. I'm still a working progress and so are you! Comment down below how you boost your self-confidence.

As always,
STAY BLESSED


IS IT WORTH THE HYPE ?


I know for a fact you've heard about UNICE Hair Company. If not, it's all over Instagram and youtube. So I decided to give and save my coins so I could try this hair out. First and foremost, I did not receive this hair for free and no I am not sponsored by this company. Anywho, let's get this review started.


SHIPPING:
The shipping for this company was impeccable. It literally only took 3 days to be delivered. It also came in this cute marble packaging.

HAIR QUALITY:
I ordered three, 16-inch bundles of straight Brazilian hair and one 16 inch frontal. The hair is very soft before and after dying it. One thing I did hate how much the hair was shedding and that it does not hold a curl. Also, it does not have a weird chemical smell to it.

OVERALL:
I wore this hair for about 1 month and I honestly love it. I could easily wash and blow dry this hair and it looks flawless without straightening it. I received soo many compliments. Would I recommend this hair to others? Of course. This hair is super affordable and is amazing quality.

Make sure you check out the video down below for more details.
DIRECT LINK TO THIS HAIR: https://goo.gl/wcO69o
Instagram: @unicehair
Website: www.unice.com
Twitter: @UniceHair

Stay tuned to a complete revamp of this hair in the future. As always,

S T A Y  B L E S S E D 

BAD AND BOUJEE


Miss me yet? It's okay if you do. But hey yall. Welcome back. Yes, it's another fashion post. I'm sorry but lately, I've been really focusing on fashion. So let me give you the tea on this outfit. Months ago when I was looking for the perfect birthday outfits I had in mind that I wanted to look different than your average birthday girl. Instead of wearing a dress or a skirt, I switched it up and went with trousers. Lately, I've noticed a lot of style icons rocking pants and a bodysuit or bralette.

Wearing black and gold is just my thing. This bodysuit is most definitely out of my comfort zone but I rocked it.  My top and bottoms are from Pretty Little Thing. My clear and black perspex lace up heels are from Ego Official. (direct links to each item if you click the store names ... just saying) Anyways I enjoyed the few days in Dallas with an amazing group of friends. Yall rock if you're reading this. Once again HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY to my best friend, my Bro, and my twin ROB. 

S T A Y   B L E S S E D
-CAS

SUMMERTIME FINE


Back at it again with another one. I know you all love my "Outfit of The Day" posts. I swear these are highly requested. I really just throw whatever on depending on my mood. This particular day was another hot day is mighty Texas. My new flared pants from PrettyLittleThing just came in the mail and I've been wanting a pair for the longest. The only thing I dislike about them is that they're a little too long and I'm average height. These pants are also on the sheer side so if you do buy a pair, I recommend you wearing the proper undergarments. 
This infamous Shopaholic crop top is from my favorite store in the whole word, ZARA! Y'all should know by now, that I swear by that store. Of course, my trusty Calvin Klein clutch was a part of my outfit. Oh yeah, check out the new hair. So far I'm in love with it. Would you like to see a blog post or youtube video about my new hair style? Comment down below. By the way, I was featured on @UNICEHair Company's Instagram page so stop by and like that photo of me! Once again, yall rock and...


STAY BLESSED
- C A S

21 THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN 21 YEARS


Welcome back fam! Today I wanted to share 21 things I have learned in 21 years. So my birthday is literally days away and I am truly blessed to be able to live past 21. We sometimes take our birthdays for granted and think nothing of it but in reality, it's an amazing milestone. Over the years I have seen and learned a lot of things, good and bad. At the end of the day, the credit goes all to God. But let me tell y'all a few things that I have learned over the years.

1. At the end of the day, God will always be there for you no matter what. Even if people start switching up on you.

2. Fight for what you want. Don't settle for less.

3. Your 20's are you grinding years. Don't spend it all partying and wasting money.

4. Be you. Don't try to fake it till you make it.

5. Stay prayed up.

6. Take care of your self. At the end of the day, you need to worry about your well being also.

7. Don't hold grudges. It's less stress on you. Trust me, I know.

8. Self-motivation is the best motivation.

9. Stop trying to please any and everyone. Live your life for you.

10. Take that leap of faith. Don't be afraid of trying new things.

11. Get out the house more. Go on a hike or something. You don't have to spend money to have fun.

12. Seek more knowledge. Always be open to learning new things.

13. Stop being so closed minded and be more open to people's opinions and beliefs.

14. Don't rush to be into a relationship just because everyone else is in one. God will bring that right person to you when it's the right time.

15. It's okay to say no. Don't give into peer pressure.

16. Not everyone is going to like you.

17. Always ask questions. I used to be so timid and would never ask questions. It's okay to be curious.

18. It's okay not to have everything all figured out. That's life. Don't trip about it.

19. Stack ya coins for a rainy day.

20. Not everyone will support you and your endeavors. There are jealous people out there who want to see you fail. Keep your head up.

21. Change is a good thing. Never get too comfortable. Learn how to adapt and make things work for you.

Welp, that's a few things I've learned. I could go on and on. The most important lesson out of those 21 lessons is to BE YOU. You only have one life to live so live it carefree. There aren't any do-overs. I'm curious to know which lesson you relate to the most. Let me know in the comments.

STAY BLESSED

- C A S

ADIOS SPRING, HELLO SUMMER 17'


I know I am not the only person who has noticed the weather changing. It's getting hotter and people are putting away their leather jackets and switching them out for shorts and sandals. Me personally, I'm not a fan of the spring, especially in Texas. The weather is so wishy washy here. Anyways, I'm so excited for the summer. My body is in dire need of a serious tan. So this particular blog post is my goodbye to my spring wardrobe and hello to Summer 17'.



As usual, all the items I am wearing are under $30 except the Calvin Klein clutch. I had to splurge on that little baby and it was worth it. I know you're thinking, "Why does she only wear black?". I can't help it. I think black is an amazing versatile color. For this outfit I didn't really have any inspiration, I just winged it. My friends invited me out to Austin for the night, so I went for something super comfortable and not revealing. I have this theory that only one part of your body should be exposed, so my legs were out that day. Of course, the sandals were a must to walk up and down 6th Street. Once again, thank you for checking out my blog and...

S T A Y  B L E S S E D
-CAS