IN THE LOOP | OOTD by EUREKA CALHOUN

October is here and we are in the last quarter of 2017......WOW time is flying!  Which means we’re about to move into the biggest shopping season of the year.  For some this is music to their ears but if you have been following my minimalist journey then you already know I made the choice to not be affected by oncoming influx of persuasive holiday advertisements.  For both lovers and haters of shopping, the common problem is we tend to spend rather than invest.  Luckily, I have been set free from the “mindset “more is better which causes us to purchase items we don’t need or eventually never wear. 

Today’s OOTD is about one of my beloved dresses revisited, the ASOS Loop dress to be specific.  When I think about this go-to party dress purchased over 6 yrs. ago, my first thought was praise God it still fits like a glove, thanks to my new healthy lifestyle.  Secondly,  when you think about a dress covered in fabric loops some might assume it will create unwanted volume.  Luckily,  the fashion God’s were in my favor because this dress is both forgiving and flattering.  I love how it constantly tricks the eye and it allows a little wiggle room if you have gained a few pounds.

The beauty about this dress is it looks great anytime of the year and there’s something about the vibrant cobalt blue color that brings a dose of interest.  It has a natural elegance to be worn for a special event or a night out.  In the past,  I usually create a monochromatic look but I decided to switch up the outfit combination with the addition of hot pink Dolce Vita sandals and newly purchased (on sale) Nordstrom Rack earrings. The geometric pattern earrings and magenta colored sandals simply elevates the entire look.  Although the dress is not “interview ready”, it's definitely something anyone can wear and have a little fun paired with a plethora of different accessory combinations.    

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* Outfit details *

Blue Loop dress:  ASOS (Sold out) | Earrings:  Natasha Accessories - Sold out ( similar here) | Bicolored clutch: Seen here  |  Magenta satin sandals:  Dolce Vita - Purchase here | Oversize shades:  Seen here !

Until next time with love, 

Eureka

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IT'S A VIBE | OOTD by EUREKA CALHOUN

Last year I came to the realization that I have lived thirty-seven years without knowing what it really means to love and take care of myself. Embodying an authentic vibe in this noisy confusion life will lead you to believe taking care of yourself is a problem. Don’t get me wrong, life is good, I work hard, and played harder.  Then one day, I woke up and realized I take good care of myself—on the outside. Along the way I managed to forget how to take care of my inner world. When I made the decision to walk and live in the space of this new vibe, something magical happened. By allowing myself to acknowledge that changes, challenges, and hardships are here to deepen me and to remind me I do get a second chance.  

Taking care of you is not as easy as it looks because it takes a lot of dedication and continuous effort every single day.  When I made the decision to place a higher value on my time, the precious gift to wake up each day complete in my pursuit of wholeness, surprisingly, my days started to become more inviting again. Whether it’s going to the gym, feeding my body healthy fuel, and or taking time to relax and meditate at the end of the day, I realized I’m doing a disservice by not by connecting to who I am—to nurture myself from the inside out.  Authenticity is underrated and there's no dollar amount that can be place on a vibe that ultimately results in inner peace. We have the right and responsibility to live consciously.  So why cheat yourself or the universe of radiating good vibes into the sometimes unforgiving world.  Essentially, when we stop properly taking care of ourselves, it can cause us to get out of balance and lose our power on how to take care of others. 

Photographer:  Aaron Velasquez

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OUTFIT DETAILS 

Denim dress:  Purchased from a local boutique sale (Similar) | Patch work denim pants: New York & Company - Sold out (Similar) |  White sandals:  Calvin Klein - Seen here  |  Shades:  Michael Kors - Seen here   | Earrings: BCBG - Sold out (Another cool option here) |  Bandana:  Local beauty supply store (Better option here) | Clutch: ASOS - Sold out (Similar)  

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Thank you for joining me on this ride of self-reflection.  When I started blogging again, I promised myself to stay true and honor who I AM at the present moment. Blogging is an outlet for me and it encompasses more than an "OOTD" ! It's more so about self discovery with a heavy dose of style sprinkled in. My hashtag on social media is #MORETHANSTYLE and I have decided going forward I will not let anything or anyone dictate what I present to the world because what I have to offer is MORE THAN STYLE.  It's an infectious vibe when we honor what our spirit is telling us because it will ignite the path to living a life fulfilled. 

Until next time with love,

Eureka

FLOW | OOTD by EUREKA CALHOUN

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For quite some time,  I have had this urge or need to do something more worthwhile with my life. When you’re in the pursuit to be part of something more important than yourself, it creates an atmosphere for reflection of WHAT and WHO is important in your life.   Never wanting to miss the divine blessings God wants for me or to do through me, I started meditating on purposeful living while staying in the flow of God.   There is no greater joy than knowing you are finally walking into the FLOW of gratitude and you have clear direction for your life.  This is a thrilling space to occupy, but it’s not easy which requires tremendous patience in every area of my life including the little things.

 Since the beginning of the year I have been on a journey of creating a minimal lifestyle.   One aspect of the journey is creating a clutter free and organized space.   I started selling items through various local pop up shops that no longer serve me in the next phase of life.   I made a promise with myself to mindfully purchase items that will have a specific place and purpose in my collection.   A few months ago I spotted this little gem of maxi skirt at New York & Company and needless to say I was not feeling the listed price.  So I decided to wait and every time I would frequent the mall for client duties I‘d swing by and check on the price of “my skirt”.  Because in the spirit of speaking situations into existence, it was my skirt, lol! Then last month to my surprise during my routine “swing by” my skirt was  on the clearance rack!

What lady doesn’t love a flirty skirt with a little FLOW action?   It’s perfect for dressing up or down and can be worn for multiple occasions. The colors in the skirt are perfect year round,  and I love a piece that I’ll be able to style multiple ways.  I’m looking forward to switching it up in a future post by adding a jean jacket and booties for the fall. I decided to keep it simple and allow the skirt to be the shining star by pairing it with a blood wine colored bodysuit from ASOS, my beloved white Calvin Klein sandals, tassel earrings, and a multi-colored box clutch.  By adding a few staple pieces I was able to create a complete look that anyone no matter the size and shape could pull off for any occasion.

 Photographer:  Aaron Velasquez

Photographer: Aaron Velasquez

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*Outfit details *

BODYSUIT:  ASOS - Sold out (Similar) | Skirt:  New York & Company - Purchase (here) | White block sandals: Calvin Klein - Sold Out ( Similar) |  Tassel earrings:  H&M - Purchase (here) | Gold Cuff: House of Harlow - Seen (here) | Bicolored clutch:  ASOS - Sold out (Similar) | Shades:  Prada - Seen (here

~3 wAYS TO STAY IN THE FLOW ~

1. Meditate and Pray -Spiritual practices have been shown to help alleviate the stress levels, which are one of the major risk factors for disease. They also are powerful ways to maintain a positive outlook and successfully weather the trials which come to all of us in life.

2.  Take a social media break and reconnect in an engaged reality - Use this time to figure out how you want to live your life according to God's will without the distractions of a distorted projection of reality. Establishing new goals and reconnecting relationships is necessary as the first step in self-regulation.  It’s all about finding balance. A healthy relationship with social media means approaching technology like we do other things we want to control and make it work for us.

3. Feed your body right -  Each stage of life has its own nutritional requirements to keep your body running in peak form. Eating right will help you sail through the decades feeling great.

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Until next time with love, 

Eureka