There are days when I wake up and all I want to do is wear my pajamas all day while I’m running errands. But I know that I can’t do that, so I came up with the next best outfit (that was super comfy) which included a pair of black leggings, a black button up, a turquoise scarf and a pair of black Tory Burch flats (sorry I forgot to take a picture of the outfit).
Earlier this week I asked my Facebook friends for some blog ideas and one of my good friends Ann, gave me a great idea! Which brings me to my blog topic today…..Scarf Versatility!

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These are 2 of my favorite scarves for Spring. The coral round scarf is from Royal BOWTiQUE and the blue and white floral scarf is from Kohls! Hope you enjoy my blog video on ways to wear these beauties!

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Style on ladies!

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Spring is fast approaching and it is time to start purchasing your Spring Gear! One of my favorite places to shop online is at Royal BOWTiQUE. This online BOWTiQUE is locally owned and operated, which makes me like it even more! Kylie Wright does a phenomenal job of picking all the right pieces and fabrics for her various collections.

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This gold coral necklace is one of my favorites, from her collection. Corals and gold are going to be very popular this Spring!

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This mint and gold necklace is a perfect statement piece to dress up a casual basic knit with a pair of jeans!

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Scarves are my new best friend. I never really wore scarves until I found this beauty. Stay tuned for various ways to wear this piece!

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For more tips on how to wear Royal BOWTiQUE’S statement pieces check out 3TV on February 5th at 10am on Your Life A to Z!

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To get 20% off your purchase at Royal BOWTiQUE www.shoproyalbowtique.etsy.com punch in this code: YLAZ20
Also like them on Facebook! www.facebook.com/royalbowtique

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All pictures shown, are by the amazing photographers Ashley and Lana Photography
www.ashleyandlanaphotography.me

Hope you enjoy the segment!

Style on Ladies!

It’s the job that every young girl wants and dreams of…money, fame, fashion, clothes; being made up everyday. If you haven’t guessed it already…..its the world of modeling.

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This past Thursday I attended the Chasing Beauty documentary. It gave a deeper look into the “ugly side of being pretty.” This documentary will premiere on VH1 in Spring 2013 but we were able to see the special screening early with Phoenix Fashion Week.

The models throughout the documentary were truly like you and me, each and everyone of them had insecurities, struggles and faced everyday challenges. One beautiful model said in her interview that she hated her chin and thought she looked like a horse. She was also told that she needed to get her chin “fixed.” I was truly astonished when I heard this, she was simply perfection in my eyes. (Shown below)

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Behind the covers of Vogue and other high fashion magazines lie the rarely talked about stories….anorexia, depression and racked up debt. Those words probably wouldn’t come to your mind when you think of models and the high fashion world but this documentary dug deep into this world and uncovered the very unflattering part of being a model.

Each year thousands of young women arrive in Los Angeles with excitement and the dream of becoming a model and leave Los Angeles feeling ugly and unwanted by any agency.

In the end I thought this documentary was very interesting (and sad) looking through the eyes of a model. I give them so much credit for having such tough skin and dealing with daily struggles.

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Red roses, cinnamon hearts and giant chocolate hearts covered with red tin foil. Just a couple of visions that come to mind when I think of Valentines day! My husband and I usually lay low on this day….last year we got Jack in the Box and watched Walking Dead (best Vday ever).

A friend of mine requested this blog/video topic and I thought is was a good idea!

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My first look is a work inspired outfit. The dress is from Forever 21 and it is the most comfortable dress I own! I love the pleats at the bottom of the dress, it gives it a very girly look! I bought my Gianni Bini, chunky black heels from Dillard’s (quite sometime ago) but I know that Jessica Simpson has shoes that look very similar to mine.

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My gun-metal/black necklace is from Guess By Marciano (it’s an oldie but goodie). I have also seen a similar twisted cluster necklace at Forever 21 and Target.

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I love this casual but girly look for Valentines day! This outfit is perfect if you are going on a dinner and a movie kind of date or even a surprise date to a fancy restaurant! We can start with my basic boyfriend tee in the color “Rose” from Nordstrom Rack (this tee comes in various colors and is a great layering piece). My “Chanel” inspired jacket is pretty old school but you can find one just like it at Macy’s in tan or black and white! My bottoms are skinny jeggings from Guess By Marciano (but you can truly find jeggings anywhere).

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My funky, fun hot pink and gun-metal necklace is from H&M!!!! They also have this necklace in a highlighter green color!!!

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My black clutch with a silver grip is from Charlotte Russe and my vintage inspired bracelets were bought from Alice Cooper. Ok, let me give you a little back story on this. During my freshman year of college I really started getting into vintage pieces, necklaces and bracelets….even vintage coats and bags. Lets just say I went a little over bored and bid on one of Alice Coopers pieces at The Brass Armadillo in Phoenix (he had a booth there with a lot of vintage jewels). I was lucky enough to have the highest bid and got the bracelet of my vintage dreams!!!! Well at least I still get a lot of use out of it! 🙂

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My hot pink silky top is from my favorite store…….drum roll please…. Forever 21! This top also comes in black and white.

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My diamond brushed gold necklace is also from Forever 21 and I love how this statement piece completes my look for Valentines Day! This necklace is no longer available in stores but you can still buy it online!

Hope you enjoyed the video today ladies!

Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Style On!
Ro

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I love discovering new local designers throughout the valley of the sun and I was lucky enough to meet Alyssa Bird, the designer and owner of Regenerous Designs. Not only does she have amazing pieces but she has a great story behind them.

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Alyssa takes salvaged textiles and creates handmade masterpieces. By doing this she hopes to show high end clothing companies that there is a sustainable solution to their regular contribution to landfills.

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Her pieces are very versatile for any look you are going for and I love that there are various ways to wear her designs. If you are going for a casual boho look you can wrap this scarf (shown above) twice around your neck and pair it with a oversized tee and some leggings or boyfriend jeans.

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This next design (shown above) is one of my favorites. Since I like to wear dresses I would pair this piece with a chocolate brown basic capped sleeve pencil dress and some knee high suede brown boots and maybe even add a delicate gold light weight necklace. The quality of her pieces are very precise and detailed and sturdy at the same time. They are great statement pieces that can tie your entire outfit together.

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The designer also added necklaces to her collection. This piece is a princess cut basket weave necklace with a combination of black, knit jersey and multicolored silky spandex. All of these pieces are hand-sewn which puts a personal touch on every accessory created.

So please check this amazing local designer out!

Regenerous Designs
Alyssa Bird
www.regenerousdesigns.com
www.facebook.com/regenerousdesigns

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Style on ladies!
Xoxoxo
Ro

Check out my newest video on my affordable finds at H&M and Wet Seal!

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My Outfit:
– Black Shimmer Sweater www.wetseal.com
– Gold Spike Necklace www.etsy.com “ShopRoyalBowtique”
– Gold Ring and Spike Earrings www.forever21.com

Tis the season for shopping and that is exactly what I have been doing for the past couple of months. I absolutely love buying presents for my family and friends and I love seeing their faces when they see their gift!

Though I make Christmas shopping sound easy…..it wasn’t until I found this store that truly had something for every single person on my list!

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The Shops at The Secret Village is on 26th Street and Indian School; you cannot miss it because of the bright, bold buildings and fun customized signs made by the owners themselves Frank and Bonnie Mineo. This family owned and operated business is unlike any store I have EVER been to (and that says a lot because I have been in retail for 11 years). The moment you walk into the 6 shops; you are greeted by their amazing staff as well as being educated on the shops at the same time!

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I will first start off with my favorite shop…it is called “Paper Trail,” in this shop you will find books, candles, home decor, fun and funky gifts for just about anyone and believe me the list goes on and on and on.

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The next store is called “The Village Market,” in this shop you will find all kitchen ware, centerpieces, formal dining ware to a cool cork holder for you wine drinkers out there (P.S. I bought at least 4 of these items because they are amazing!!!!!).

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Frank’s Man Cave was another shop fav of mine because it has everything and anything that has to do with men! Which is great because sometimes it is hard for me to shop for my husband because he has everything! Frank’s Man Cave has a really cool bbq section that has different types of seasonings and bbq gear. I also loved the motorcycle section for all of you Harley riders out there!

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I spent a lot of time in Bonnie’s Place because I truly didn’t want to miss anything because there was so much to choose from. This shop has purses galore and really fun and unique frames to choose from but it may take you some time because everything is so beautiful!

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The Kid’s Station took me back to the good ol days! 😉 They have anywhere from Hello Kitty to Superman….something for every kid on your Christmas list!

This shop also has amazing kites! Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the colorful kites but I am sure that they have some pictures on their facebook page www.facebook.com/theshopsatthesecretvillage

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Last but certainly not least is the “Pet Corner,” I do not have any kids but I do have a dog named Pablo and I treat him like he is my child…so i would say this is probably one of my favorite shops i think I have said that about almost all of the shops…but it’s true!) This shop has pet beds, treats, blinged out collars and leashes and if you are looking for a fancy dog bed….they have that too!

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Had to show you guys a picture of my little guy Pablo!

So I hope all of you check out The Shops at The Secret Village and tell them Rochelle sent you!

The Shops at The Secret Village
2601 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, Az
602.840.7387
www.facebook.com/theshopsatthesecretvillage

Have an amazing holiday ladies!!!

-Ro