Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cloudy with a Chance...

It's still been chilly and overcast here in the Bay Area. I really hope things warm up very soon, but in the meantime, I've been enjoying layering and embracing these few extra weeks of sweater weather before Summer arrives.

Today, I've paired my favorite BB Dakota Bertona Ombre Sweater from LeTote with my black maxi skirt from Old Navy and my faux leather jacket from H&M. My only wish is that it were a bit warmer, so I could show off my amazing sweater!

I braved the cold for a few seconds to give you guys a closer look at the ombre from navy to a pale grayish blue. I also love the way the sweater's slit open back looks layered over my black maxi skirt. 

The faux leather jacket gives the overall feminie look a bit of edge, which I love. I decided to rock a side braid today, since I was too afraid to deal with my hair in the case that it started raining. LOL I'm also wearing the Adia Kibur Feather Wreath Necklace from LeTote

Last but definitely not least, I wanted to share my new Black Suede Perforated Jutti Flats by TOMS. I can't stress how comfortable these flats are! They were a bit tight on the sides of my feet the first day I wore them, but by my 2nd wear, they fit perfectly. I've been meaning to buy a new pair of comfy black flats, so I'm glad how well this purchase panned out. :)

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Breakfast at Tiffany's

When I received the French Connection Viven Dress in my latest LeTote, I was ecstatic! Though I tend to go for a more business casual look for the office, I was very eager to dress up more than usual just so I could wear this beautiful, classic black dress. Again, with the help of my friend, co-worker, & fellow blogger, Stephanie of, I present my Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired outfit. For this photo shoot, we grabbed coffee & a croissant then channeled our inner Audrey Hepburn.

I love the mesh shoulders and rib cage cut outs on the LeTote French Connection Viven Dress. Since it's still a bit chilly in the Bay Area, I'm wearing Express Sheer Honeycomb Full Tights, and my gold toed, black flats are from Cathy Jean. (Not available online, but you may be able to find them still in stores!)

Now for a closer look at my accessories! My multi-strand, pearl necklace is from New York & Company. (Similar necklace here.) My pearl bracelet was a gift from friends in the Philippines, but you can find a similar one for yourself here. I have Essie - Watermelon on my nails. Needless to say, I felt effortlessly chic the entire work day. ;) 

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On Wednesdays we wear PINK!

Pink is the ultimate color to sport when you want to immediately feel more feminine. I don't wear pink very often, but when I do, I make sure to balance the girly hue with a bit of edge. I also make sure it's a Wednesday! ;)

For today's outfit, I've paired my favorite hot pink pencil dress with a black, faux leather jacket, patterned sweater stockings, and wingtip oxfords. I love the feminine, yet edgy chic look of the pieces when matched together.

My dress and jacket are both from H&M. I bought them a few years back, so you unfortunately won't be able to find the exact same ones in stores. You can find a similar dress here and a similar faux leather jacket here.

My patterned sweater tights are from Target (similar ones here), and my super comfortable, black wingtip oxfords are from Old Navy. In case you were wondering why I'm still wearing tights in the Spring, you probably won't see me strutting around with bare legs anytime soon. Though the sun is out most days, it's still been very windy and chilly here in the Bay Area. 

Lastly, here's a closer look at my shoes and my lovely faux leather backpack from Forever 21 that I proudly wear to work every day. (Similar backpack here.) Also, if you can't tell, I was channeling my inner Eva Chen with this last pose! <3

Special thank you to my amazing photographer Stephanie of! 

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Earn Your Stripes

In my opinion, stripes are a definite closet staple. A simple striped shirt to fun striped accessories can add some pizzazz to any dull wardrobe. Even though people tend to stay away from horizontal stripes out of fear of looking like a french mime or the hamburglar, I think when paired with the right pieces, a striped clothing item can completely transform your outfit.

I've paired a simple white and black horizontal striped dress from Old Navy (Similar dress can be found here.) and a military-inspired, utility vest from American Eagle. My cut-out, wedge booties are from Forever 21. I bought all of these items over a year ago, so I'm so sorry that I don't have any direct links!

My Noir Luxe Eye of the Night necklace and Adia Kibur Stockholm Bracelet are from LETOTE. I love the way these two pieces add a touch of glitz and sparkle to my outfit. I also have Essie's Peach Daiquiri on my nails. <3

Don't be afraid to mix Fashion trends that others expect to clash! Be fearless when it comes to your personal style. I honestly believe that you don't need to spend a ton of money to look effortlessly chic. My favorite outfits are usually inspired by pieces I already own. When a new season and new trends roll around, you'll always find me pulling pieces from the back of my closet, hoping to mix and match pieces for a new, unique look, before I even spend a single dime. ;)

Special thank you to my photographer Stephanie of

Denise Joyce 

Friday, May 1, 2015

... Bring May Flowers

SURPRISE! Today's outfit of the day ties into yesterday's blog post. "April Showers..." WAIT FOR IT "... Bring May Flowers". Again, my photographer was the lovely Stephanie of, so be sure to check out her Floral outfit of the day too!

So I already know what you're thinking...

Not so fast! Though Florals are a typical Spring trend you see year after year, I can't stress enough how difficult it can be to find the right Floral pattern for you. Large flowers, small flowers, brights, pastels... it's easy to get overwhelmed. Plus, the perfect floral for you may not be another's same cup of tea. That's what I personally love about Floral. The variety allows it to always feel new and exciting every time Spring rolls around again. Now, let's get into my outfit! 

I never let the sunshine fool me! To guard myself from potential Spring wind chills, I usually throw a denim vest over all of my favorite casual dresses. My vest is from American Eagle, and you can find a very similar one here. I also bought my dress last Fall from American Eagle. I'm a little embarrassed to say that it's been living in my closet with tags attached, since it arrived in the mail. I can't pass up a good deal, so I tend to go HAM on end of season clearance sales.  

I purchased my sandals from Target last Summer, but you can find similar ones here. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll also know that I've been hitting the nail salon regularly to keeps my nail polish looking fresh! I currently have Essie - Watermelon on my toes. :)

Pictured above is my Floral Nautical Necklace from LETOTE. I love pairing more dainty jewelry like this when sporting bolder prints. In the picture below, you can get a closer look at the gorgeous crochet overlay on my dress as well as the pastel pink and blue rose pattern. 

Although I love wearing layers in the Fall and Winter, the warmer weather has gotten me excited to pull out my Spring and Summer pieces from the back of my closet. I love rediscovering clothes I already own and including them in a whole new outfit that I've never considered before. 

Denise Joyce