Friday, August 23, 2013

FASHION FRIDAY: Back-To-School Outfits!

Hello my Loves!

It's already been 4 years since I've graduated from college; nonetheless, there was nothing I looked forward to more than Back-To-School clothes shopping! My style in high school was constantly changing. I loved to try new looks and change things up every day. With that mindset, I created these three Back-To-School looks below. Whether you like to change your style up like me or you have a particular look in mind, hopefully there's a look here that you'll enjoy!


What are you planning to wear on your first day back at school?! Leave me a comment below! I'd love to know! 

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wellness 101: How to Re-define your "DIET"

Hello my Loves!

In today's Wellness 101, I want to share my tips on maintaining a healthy diet and choosing to eat clean. A big part of my wellness journey has been changing my diet. A healthy diet is a key factor in wellness. Even if you exercise, you can't stuff yourself with fast food and desserts. There's a big difference between looking healthy on the outside and actually being healthy on the inside.

Here's how I changed my diet for the better in 3 EASY STEPS:

STEP ONE: Think of your diet as a noun!
     - A "diet" is the foods that you eat on a daily basis (noun)
     - To "diet" is to restrict yourself to smaller portions or refrain from eating certain foods in order to
        lose weight (verb)

When you re-define how you think of the word "diet", you gain control over yourself. Your diet shouldn't be about starving yourself and focusing on all the delicious but fatty foods that you cannot have. Take control of your diet and think about what you choose to eat on a daily basis.

STEP TWO: Choose wisely!
     - Instead of eating less and focusing on what you cannot eat, CHOOSE WISELY and eat more nutritious         foods.
     - Surround yourself with healthy snacks!
     - Find new, delicious, & healthy recipes to try!

By actively choosing healthier foods, I feel proud of myself. I've had so much fun finding great tasting snacks and recipes. I look forward to heading down to Trader Joe's each week and restocking on my favorite healthy snacks: baby carrots & garlic hummus, almonds and dried cranberries, sliced apples and string cheese, snap pea chips, and berry salads(strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries).

STEP THREE: Monitor what you eat!
     - Log everything that you eat.

By logging what you eat, you can visually see what you're putting in your body. I personally use the iPhone App, Noom. Noom categorizes foods into green, yellow, and red, with green being healthy and red being unhealthy. Logging my food ensures that I always have something green on my plate. It also helps that the app congratulates me on my good choices and motivates me to keep eating healthy.

I hope that today's post was helpful and informative for many of you. Please feel free to share your own diet tips and tricks in a comment below! I'd love to keep learning new ways to continue to eat clean!

Denise Joyce

Monday, August 19, 2013

MAKEUP MONDAY: makeup to FALL for

Hello my Loves! 

Today, I want to highlight some NEW Sephora NARS makeup that I am dying to pick up. Just by looking at the image below, you can see how the colors are perfect for Fall. Some of these items were created exclusively for Sephora, so be sure to head out your nearest store or, if you want to add these to your makeup collection! 

makeup to FALL for

makeup to FALL for by morganfreeman7

With four eye shadows, a blush, and a bronzer, this palette is perfect when you need to do your makeup on the go. Using the three neutral eye shadows, you can create a classic day eye look, or add a bit of purple for a night out with your best girlfriends. The two cheek colors will look lovely with any any eye looks and will flatter a variety of skin tones.

This cheeks palette comes in two colors: Realm of the Senses and Soulshine. Soulshine, shown above, has a mixture of peachy pink, golden cognac, and russet tones. A blend of these colors swept across the cheeks provides the perfect golden rosy glow for Fall. 

I love tinted moisturizers! When you have dry skin like mine, I prefer my makeup to moisturize as well as provide some light coverage. I can't wait to get my hands on this one and try it out. With a wide array of colors with different undertones, there's bound to be a great color match for a lot skin tones.

Have you gotten your hands on any of these NEW NARS Sephora Exclusives?! Do you plan on picking them up like me? Let me know in a comment below!

Denise Joyce

Friday, August 16, 2013

Boyfriend Inspired Fashion

Hello my Loves! 

I've been OBSESSED with watching Gossip Girl this past month, and as most of you already know, I'm in LOVE with Chuck Bass! ;D To me, there's nothing sexier than a well-dressed man. Even though he may be a fictional character from a TV series, Chuck Bass is the embodiment of my perfect man. Inspired by the dapper outfits of Chuck Bass, I pieced together today's outfit.

If you do not yet own a boyfriend fitting blazer or jeans, I suggest picking them up ASAP! These are great staples to have in your wardrobe. The looser fit allows them to be flattering for a variety of  different body types. I added a feminine touch by pairing them with an embellished collared blouse. I completed the look with wayfarer shades, oxford shoes, a Men's watch, and an emerald, structured satchel. I love how the pieces, though inspired by menswear, still exude a unique feminine flair.

Boyfriend Inspired Fashion

Dorothy Perkins high collar blouse / Long jacket, $43 / Current/Elliott distressed jeans, $410 / ASOS oxford wingtip shoes, $70 / Banana Republic bag / Ray-Ban ray ban sunglasses, $200 / Bulova Accutron Kirkwood Collection Men's Stainless Steel Automatic...

How do you feel about menswear inspired looks? Would you consider scoping out your significant other's closet for future style inspiration? Let me know your thoughts in a comment below!

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wellness 101: How I got started on my journey to Wellness!

Hello my Loves!

As many of you know, I have a new found love of health, which has inspired me to write my Wednesday blog posts as my new "Wellness 101". From my diet & fitness to what keeps me motivated, I want to share every piece of my personal Wellness journey with you all.

So to start off my Wellness 101, let's begin with how I got started!

At the end of April, I came to the realization that I was extremely unhappy with my overall health. I refused to step on a scale and see how much I weighed. Every morning, I was unhappy with what I saw in the mirror. My clothes didn't fit right, and I constantly felt sick and tired. I was always craving junk food and taking unnecessarily long naps.

When I finally reached my breaking point, I made the decision to pull myself together and change how I've been living. So far I've lost 15 pounds, but losing weight isn't the most important thing for me anymore. It's about loving myself and taking good care of my body. I'm so proud of myself for making this change, and I haven't looked back since!

Left: May 2013 Right: July 2013

Denise Joyce

Monday, August 12, 2013

MANI MONDAY: Essie's Sunday Funday

Hello my Loves!

I finally got my nails done yesterday with my sister. I wanted to choose a color that was still fun for Summer, but would still be appropriate as we slowly approach Fall. Essie's Sunday Funday is an incredibly beautiful Coral Pink with a faint shimmer. The picture below that I Instagram-ed yesterday doesn't even begin to do the color justice. The color is absolutely stunning! I'm determined to find it in stores to buy and add to my nail polish collection. 

What color polish are you wearing this August? Do you have any favorites to recommend? Let me know in a comment below! <3

Denise Joyce

Friday, August 9, 2013

FASHION FRIDAY: Tribal Touch of Midas

Hello my Loves!

It's Fashion Friday again! As per usual, I'm back again to share my personal style with you. I love combining and mixing trends to create innovative looks. So without any further ado, let's jump right in shall we?! <3

Today's outfit combines three of my favorite Summer trends: Tribal print, Sheer maxi skirts, and Metallic. 

TRIBAL PRINT has been a recurring Summer trend for a few years now. I'm sure that many of you have seen your fair share of neutral and brightly colored tribal prints each year as Summer rolls back around. Tribal prints make my outfits feel more fierce and fabulous! 

SHEER MAXI SKIRTS have been one of my favorite pieces throughout Spring and Summer. If you live in an area where the Summer weather stays mildly cool, maxi skirts allow freedom for your legs, without feeling too chilly. These are perfect for any occasion where you want your outfit to make you feel more dainty and lady-like.  

METALLIC accessories are the perfect way to test out the bold trend without being too over the top. As many of you may know, I am OBSESSED with gold! It is always my first choice when it comes to jewelry and accessory hardware. It just adds a little "je ne sais quoi" to any outfit. N'est-ce pas?! ;D 

In the outfit below, I've paired a tribal print crop top with a sheer maxi skirt. With the maxi skirt worn at the waist, keeping your belly button hidden, the two pieces create a sexy but still modest silhouette. I've completed the look with some of my favorite metallic accessories.  The metallic gold brings edge and glamour to an otherwise neutral outfit.

I think this outfit is perfect for an outdoor Summer party or Happy Hour with your best girlfriends. Where would you rock this outfit? Let me know in a comment below! 

Tribal Touch of Midas

River Island crop top, $7.75 / Enza Costa long chiffon maxi skirt / Sperry Top-Sider embellished thong sandals / Rebecca Minkoff gold metallic purse / LK Designs black bracelet, $120 / With Love From CA chain necklace / Warehouse dark tint sunglasses, $22

Denise Joyce  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Hello my Loves!

By now you should all be familiar with my pride in being a self-proclaimed GEEK! I've never been ashamed of my love of reading, magic, and adventure. Below are six of my current most-lusted Geek Chic items. Geek is definitely the new Sexy! ;D

Don't be ashamed of the things you love! In fact, show off what things that you love no matter who is looking and wear it with pride. Because...


Denise Joyce


1. Keep calm & kill zombies Shirt top 
2. River Island clear glasses $7.55
3. Forever 21 Marvel Comic Tank  
5. Forever 21 Mustache cell phone case 
6. Hunger Games & Deathly Hallows Etsy Clear bangle