How Saying YES Provides Growth

My comfort zone is a straight forward simply put No. But I do it in a very nice and nonchalant way. You know, with a comforting smile on my face. One that lets you know that I would really really love to do that thing, go to that place, attend that event, but I just can’t. I’ve gotten good at the type of “No” that still allows us to be friends.

Why is that?

I like my “me time”! Hey what can I say?! I never really understood why people have such a hard time with saying No. My simplicity of “No” probably stems from the fact that I don’t hold a high regard to being accepted by people. I’ve learned that I value someone’s respect, but I don’t seek their approval. I’ve considered myself an outcast most of my life and by the time I hit 25 I learned to embrace the people that understood me, with all of my quirky and bougie ways. 🤓🤓🤓

I promised myself a couple of years ago that I wouldn’t do anything that I genuinely didn’t want to do.

What I’m Learning

I’ve recently found the value in saying YES. It’s often that people that are close enough to you will see your potential more that you do! I have friends and family members that ask me to do the craziest things. And it’s because they believe in me. They put their faith in my abilities and I am often amazed by what they think little ole’ me can accomplish!
In the past year I’ve planned trips, creatively directed photo shoots, hosted events, gained national sponsors, created websites, logos and print work all because the people that I surround myself inadvertently helped push my interest further!

That Part 👆🏾So what I just said is a two way street. The people that you surround yourself with need to know what your passionate about, what your working on, and what you are interested in. It should all be clear through your actions and conversation.

It was the YES to a phone call, to YES to a dinner or coffee invitation, the YES to a favor for a friend, and the YES to attend and event that helped strengthen those relationships.

Meaningful relationships bring forth thought provoking conversations and ideas.

So what am I saying

What I’m trying to say is don’t close yourself off so tight that you stunt your own growth. Allow genuine and organic relationships to help propel you forward. Meeting people is only half of the battle, you have to grow and foster any relationship that being substance into your life.

So as 2016 comes to a close think back to what relationships you helped to foster and grow in your life this year. Was it someone new that you met a few months ago? A friend from high school or college that you reconnected with?

Xoxo,

Amanda Bell

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Sale Alert: MissGuided

I’m going to keep you laced in the baddest looks at the best prices! I’ll update you with what I am currently shopping , give you some of my pro shopping tips, fill you in on what sales I’m stalking and my favorites stores to shop from.

Are you looking to get your wardrobe together, but you don’t even know where to start? Where to shop? You are going to love my new series called Currently Shopping.

I’m going to keep you laced in the baddest looks at the best prices! I’ll update you with what I am currently shopping , give you some of my pro shopping tips, fill you in on what sales I’m stalking and my favorites stores to shop from.

I’m currently obsessing over a 40% off sale that is Missguided is having on ALL Dresses and Shoes! (Silently S C R E A M S!)

Missguided 40% off dresses and footwear

In my shopping bag:

Greys:

Pro Tip #1 : When shopping a large selection do yourself a favor and shop by color and size.

Golds:

Pro Tip #2 : Before you shop the site set a mental note of how much you are willing to spend. Put all of your favorites in your cart and dwindle your choices down until you get to the amount you previously set in your head!

Blacks:

Pro Tip #3: Find what voids you have in your current wardrobe. Or think of what items you have been dying to have but didn’t want to splurge on. This way you won’t clutter your closet with repeats!

Shop the entire sale HERE! Let me know what you find!

Xoxo,

Sophisticated Poser

Find me on Instagram @iamamandabell

 

6 Looks to Copy and Paste right into your Fall Wardrobe

Who isn’t ready for pumpkin spice drinks from Starbucks and wine colored lip stick? I’m looking forward to so many fall festivities and holiday parties. I searched through all of Instagram to find some of the hottest looks to help you ease aright on into fall. Check out these looks that are perfect to copy and paste right into your fall wardrobe

Who isn’t ready for pumpkin spice drinks from Starbucks and wine colored lipstick? I’m looking forward to so many fall festivities and holiday parties and I plan on SLAYing at each and every one of them. I searched through all of Instagram to find some of the hottest looks to help you ease aright on into fall.

Check out these looks from some of my favorite Insta-famous gal pals that are perfect to COPY AND PASTE right into your Fall wardrobe:

  1. Chunky Sweaters
  1. Maroon Monotone Vibes

  1. White After Labor Day

4. Satin Sets

  1. Army Fatigue Swag

  1. Duster Coats

I’m obsessed with each of these styles and I’m looking forward to wearing some of them this fall.  What new looks are you going to try out this fall? What are some fall staples you are looking to bring back into the mix?! Let me know in the comments below.

Xoxo,

Sophisticated Poser

Fall Color Trend Report 2016

FALL 2016: A Unity of Strength, Confidence and Complexity

The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family.

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Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.

Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.

– Leatrice Wiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™

Top Ten Colors for Fall 2016:
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The report is available at pantone.com/fashion-color-report-fall-2016

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2016

Mood Boards by Pantone Color Institute & Fashion Snoops

NEW! RIVERSIDE | PANTONE 17-4028

Earmarking the importance of Blue in the palette, the new blue shade of PANTONE 17­-4028 Riverside undeniably takes precedence in the fall collections.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Riverside-17-4028Door: Santorini by Mddphoto Denim: Gucci Chair: Domedeco By Eurofashion Ambiente Clouds: Night Clouds by John North Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Vases: Eightmood Ambiente, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-Cool and calming, strong and stable
-Displays a subtle vibrancy and sophistication
-Borders on exciting, yet
-Maintains a sense of constancy
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

NEW! AIRY BLUE | PANTONE 14-4122

Pantone 14-4122 Airy Blue’s lofty nature evokes feelings of lightness and freedom.

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-Designers seeking weightlessness in a world heavy with conflict
-Blue tones appear in nearly half of the designs
-Airy Blue nods to Serenity
-Pair Airy Blue with Lush Meadow, Taupe or Dusty Cedar for fresh approach
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

NEW! SHARKSKIN | PANTONE 17-3914

There’s an edge to PANTONE 17-3914 Sharkskin, and yet it manages to remain neutral.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Sharkskin-17-3914Chunky Knit: Lou Dalton Hand: Extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner – Reveal Bowls: Interni Edition Rocks: Extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner – Reveal Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Shoe: Fashion Snoops Street Style, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-Pair-able with almost any fall color, bright or muted
-A color that the rest of the palette can literally and theoretically rest on
-Showcases practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

AURORA RED | PANTONE 18-1550

In contrast to the stable backbone of the Fall 2016 palette, PANTONE 18-1550 Aurora Red adds a welcome punch.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Aurora-Red-18-1550Silk: Barbara Casasola Bag: Opening Ceremony Lips: Fashion Snoops Beauty Rose: Rose in Waterdrops by Gn Om Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Chair: Mambo Unlimited, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-A bold Red that is warm, sensual and immediately pleasing to the eye
-Gets the metaphorical blood of the palette pumping
-Exciting and dynamic, breeds unmistakable confidence
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

WARM TAUPE | PANTONE 16-1318

PANTONE 16-1318 Warm Taupe is a hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top 10 shades of the Fall 2016 season.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Warm-Taupe-16-1318Jacket Front: Alexander McQueen Plate: Rina Menardi Quilted Fabric: Weft Wood: Extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner – Reveal Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Hat: Zimmerman,  Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-Suggests reassurance and stability
-Trusted, organic and grounded
-Departs slightly from the foundations of the Fall 2016 palette
-Timeless
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

DUSTY CEDAR | PANTONE 18-1630

Like Airy Blue, PANTONE 18-1630 Dusty Cedar gives a nod to the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Dusty-Cedar-18-1630Velvet: Acne Studios Pyramid Surface: Covet Studio Bag + Glove: Aigner Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Chunky Knit: Canali Sofa Andreu World, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-A fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring
-Dustier rose-toned Pink shade with some complexity
-Exudes warmth and welcome
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

NEW! LUSH MEADOW | PANTONE 18-5845

PANTONE 18-5845 Lush Meadow brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Lush-Meadow-18-5845Glove: Elie Saab Leaves: Extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner – Reveal Jacket & Purse: Extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner – Reveal Glassware: Household Hardware Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Chunky Knit : Les Hommes, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-Rich and elegant, vibrant and sophisticated
-This shade displays a brightness, panache and depth of color that elevates it from more natural greens
-Elevates the overall elegance woven through this season’s collections
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

NEW! SPICY MUSTARD | PANTONE 14-0952

Bounces elegantly off other colors in the palette, PANTONE 14-0952 Spicy Mustard is an exotic addition.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Spicy-Mustard-14-0952Mini Bookbag: Moschino Sculpture: Future History Leather: D & Co. Lamp: Devi Design Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Leaf Vains: SS17 – Progression – Inspiration, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-Adds another splash of uplifting vibrancy
-A spicier, zestier Yellow than previous seasons
-Unexpected and unusual
-Comes through in both the abstract and geometric accents that designers employed
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

POTTER’S CLAY | PANTONE 18-1340

PANTONE 18-1340 Potter’s Clay has an added degree of sophistication and layering.

Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Potters-Clay-18-1340Suede: Daks Lamps: Simon Hasan Wood: Bark of Cedar Tree by kyoshino Bag: Aspinal London Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Leaves: Maple Leaves by Bes Junior, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-Elements of russet Orange in its undertones, gives a grounded feeling that’s anything but flat
-Neutral earth tone; expected for fall and winter palette
-A shade with real substance; a strong foundation
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

NEW! BODACIOUS | PANTONE 17-3240

PANTONE 17-3240 Bodacious speaks to the gender fluidity we continue to see.
Moodboard-Pantone-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2016-Bodacious-17-3240Jacquard Fabric: Europ Marchini Rock/Crystal: Extracted with permission from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner – Reveal Leather: Leathertex Chair: Covet Studio Woman: Fashion Snoops Street Style Powder: SS17 – Changeling – Harmonies, Moodboard Courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

-Lends itself to vibrant color combinations
-Unexpected in fall
-Versatile; can be used with Pinks and Reds
-Bright, rich Purple, with hints of a more sophisticated Pink
-Turns fashion accents into fashion statements
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute™

Pantone

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for almost 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers.

The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system in the world. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

More information is available at www.pantone.com

All trend information, color codes and moodboards are courtesy of Pantone – pantone.com

Xoxo,

Sophisticated Poser

Where Did You Get That? Mod Printed Dress

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Lucky Enough for you all I don’t mind sharing the deets to that amazing steal that I picked up at H&M during my trip to NYC! <3 Is cute, fun, flirty, but moderate enough that you could get away with is at work if paired with the right shoes and minimal accessories. You get all of that for only $14.99! Talk about bang for your buck. And I can’t wait to pair it with tights and boots for the winter. Or flats and an oversized hat this fall, maybe even with a faux fur vest?!. Oh the possibilities! 🙂

But WAIT! This little number is the gift that keeps on giving, because H&M did and entire line of clothes with that pretty little print. Yep you heard me right all the way from wrap dresses to pants for expecting moms; everything comes in a size 2-16 and it reasonable priced between $15 to $35! I put the details of the entire line below. Because I love you <3 😉 Lol. Check it out:

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Over 5 Styles Below:

Show me how you wear this print over on Instagram! Hashtag #SophisticatedPoser for a chance to be featured on our page!

xoxo,

Sophisticated Poser