♥ D R E A M on + S P A R K L E on ♥
What a week it’s been! I am currently recouping from a busy weekend + week as I am cuddled up on the couch down Nyquil trying to get over being sick from all the traveling. This sparkly look was shot over the weekend when I was in Vegas speaking at The Influencer Lab blogger conference where I was alongside other amazing boss babes sharing all about my blogging journey, career path + more. It was a surreal feeling. I sat there wanting to cry tears of joy as I looked out into the audience where my team (yes my team haha nuts right?!) was sitting and my boyfriend was standing in the back snapping pictures as I was talking away about what got me to that exact moment of speaking about my life to these aspiring influencers, marketers + more.
It was a moment I have forever dreamed of. I love sharing about how I got to where I am with others + to be able to inspire other entrepreneurs in the making makes me feel like a mini Mark Cuban (Shark Tank is my obsession hehe :p).
It’s been 7 years since I started my blog and 8 years since I began working in the digital marketing space…years later being able to share my journey with others was an amazing feeling + made me feel all sorts of sparkle from the inside out.
That brings me to the stand out look I rocked in Vegas…because you know when in Vegas you better bring on the gltiz + glam hehe 🙂
I was lusting after this dress ever since it first popped up on my IG feed a few weeks ago + while it’s a bit pricey I figured it’s Vegas, it’s my first speaking engagement, I may as well go big (otherwise go home right haha) so I invested + bought this Retrofete Gabrielle Sequin Wrap Dress. I felt like a sparkly disco ball + honestly loved it, life is definitely too short to play it safe so live it up + make a statement.
I paired this dress with sparkly pumps from Manolo Blahnik because clearly the dress wasn’t enough sparkle hehe :p I built this outfit from the shoes up. I scored these beauties on sale from Saks Off Fifth (ICYMI my post on finding designer deals for less highlights how I find great buys like these Manolos) and when I bought them months ago I knew they would be perfect for this occasion. When you feel like you look good, your confidence just exudes.
As for my bag, this was definitely a last minute buy haha While my dad was in town visiting last week we headed out the the Palm Desert Premium Outlets + I went into store after store looking at various pieces and each time I walked out of every store not loving anything…my dad even made a comment saying ‘wow I don’t think I have ever seen you come out of so many stores without buying a single thing‘. Well he must have jinxed me because then I walked into Valentino, saw this bag + died and went to heaven…BAM bag found + I had the biggest smile on the rest of the day.
It’s my first Valentino bag + it definitely doesn’t disappoint. I love the hot pink color, the convenient size + the versatile way to wear it either as a crossbody bag, shoulder bag to top handle bag…the options of how to wear it make it the best go-to bag. It was one of those bags that you see it + you just know it was meant for you 😉 Like love at first sight, bag edition haha
Besides loving my outfit, one of the best parts of this past weekend was just the feeling I had that I made it. I envisioned speaking on a panel forever + while it was a small accomplishment to some, to me it was huge + it is what gives me the drive to continue to strive for more + never settle. My new slogan…Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It ♥
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