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On a Personal Note: An Exclusive with ACCESS Magazine!

Who knew that four years ago, when I began this blog, that eventually I'd be interviewing Katherine Webb and Dee Dee Bonner? Or work for a former celebrity stylist and the founder of Teen People? I've come a long way, baby!

I've worked so hard to get to where I am now, and I don't plan on stopping any time soon. I still long for NYC–my dream of working for FabSugar or being the editor of Seventeen hasn't dwindled. There's still a fire inside of me to pursue my dreams, and our latest cover for ACCESS only fueled my ambition! It just goes to show that when you have a passion about something, you will meet your goals.

I didn't get to where I am right now from luck or a "big break." It took a lot of praying, and a lot of hard work. I took every single opportunity I could, whether it was working for free or working for low pay or a side gig. Most of the time, I was working more than one job (and still am) to either make ends meets or get closer to my dream job. It's been almost three years since I've graduated from college and I just now landed a great job. Things like this don't ever just fall into your lap. You've either made the right connections or you've shown determination to reach your goal. Or you did both. 

In Mobile, Ala., fashion is practically non-existent. Sure, we have a small community of fashion-minded individuals, and even an annual Fashion Week that raises money for charity. But let's be honest, it's not New York and it never will be. So when my husband announced that we'd be moving here before we got married, I wanted to die. Not that it was any better than my hometown, Hattiesburg, but I knew that, like Mississippi, there is no fashion scene in Alabama. I'm not implying that either of these states are horrible to live in. All I'm saying is that there aren't any fashion jobs, except retail. (And I don't count retail.) Was I going to turn out like my grandmother working my entire life in retail stores, end up moving in with my daugher because I have no health benefits, be pratcially confined to a recliner chair because I've stood on my feet my entire career, and watch my "stories" all day on TV? 

Then, through a former coworker, I found ACCESS, which was established two years ago by Hayley Hill. When I was in sixth grade singing along to Britney Spears's "Baby One More Time," my current boss was styling her. Yep, that's right! She's a former celebrity stylist, and yes, she did the denim duo. (Remember that?!) And when I was pouring over my glossies, little did I know that Hayley worked for three of them–InStyle, Teen People, and Us Weekly. I'm sure I have a few issues where her name appears in the masthead, though I haven't located them yet. By the way, did you ever watch Newlyweds? Yeah, Hayley styled Jessica and Nick, too. (Ok, gushing! I'll stop.) Anyways! Eventually she found herself moving to Mobile, Ala. After about a decade of being here, she established the Bay's first ever women's magazine–and the only outlet in the area for fashion-minded individuals like myself. 

ACCESS is a very small staff of around 5-6 employees, and even fewer are actually full time–I'm one of them. Somehow we pull together a fantastic issue every month, covering women's topics spanning from fashion to notable women in the area to events and other local interests. Our latest issue was on Women, Football, and Fashion. I was able to interview Katherine Webb and Dee Dee Bonner, which was an amazing accomplishment for me! If you aren't sure who these women are, they are the girlfriend and mom (respectively) to Alabama's all-star quarterback. Katherine Webb is now a Sports Illustrated model, and she's in an issue of Vanity Fair. In a man's world, she's right up there with Kate Upton! Dee Dee has also sparked some interest in sports fans–most men cite her as being a hot football mom. She's quick witted and down to earth though–definitely the kind of girl that women would want to hang out with. Long story short, our cover has ened up on Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, and USA Today, among others. What an honor! Our small publication is on national news! How awesome is that? All of our long hours and hard work on our biggest issue ever certainly paid off. 

While I can't share the interview with you just quite yet, I would like to say that if you want to be updated on the magazine, follow us on Twitter @accessmag or like us on Facebook here

Recently, I read an issue of Glamour where they asked some employees what they'd be doing if they weren't working for the publication. Some answered creating floral arrangements or designing clothes, but for me, I wouldn't have that kind of answer. There is no other occupation that I'd rather have. 

I had another post set up for today, but coming hot off the heels of this success, I just had to share a personal post. I'll definitley be keeping you updated on my ventures with the magazine each month! As always, thank you for reading my blog!

Posted on September 05, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Friday Favorites: Top Picks from the Zara Sale!

I nearly fell out of my chair this morning when I got an email about Zara's summer sale. I just adore everything from Zara, and their sales are absolutely fantastic! Unfortunately, I'm completely broke right now, so I doubt I'll be making any purchases for this event. (Boo!) But I thought I'd at least share with you the news and my top favorites!

Embroidered Blouse ($35.99)
Multicolored Skull Scarf ($19.99)
Combination Dress ($59.99)
Printed Dress ($69.99)
Mid-Heel Sandals ($29.99)

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:37AM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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Best of the Web: Father's Day Gift Guide!

The Perfect Father's Day Gift Guide
-- Vintage Danielle
Check out this Swoon Worthy Garment
-- Aislynn's World
The Best Red Lipstick Ever -- Bargain Bex
Isabel Marant for H&M -- Lollie Shopping
How to Wear Denim on Denim -- LiveLoveLA
How to Look Good Without Makeup -- Beauty and the Budget</p>
Posted on June 14, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Best of the Web: Summer Obsessions!

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Best of the Web: Summertime!

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Best of the Web: Memorial Day!

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Links a la Mode: Blast From the Past


Blast From the Past

Ever since the cave people started wearing loin cloths and furs, we humans have had fashion history. This week's roundup delves into the past and how it has inspired our future. From the swinging 60's impact on sunglasses, to a look at Eurovision's pop music style evolution. For those of us who can't get to the MET one blogger shares her experience and for those of us who haven't yet seen the Great Gatsby, we have a look into Gatsby style in the mix there as well. So get your cup of tea, reflect on years gone by and check out these links!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

SPONSOR: Shopbop style Flight001, Isapera, Graf & Lantz, Ileana Makri, Nu Bra, Deux Lux, Gorjana Clutches, McQ, Vera Wang Flats, Costume National, & YFB dresses

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Style News: Zara's May 2013 Lookbook

Zara has recently released images of their May 2013 Lookbook. It's sleek, simple, and sophisticated. I love the pink suit, and the floral suit. I'm craving the matchy-matchy look right now. Which looks are your favorite?

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments
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Top 10 Looks from the Cannes Film Festival

Celebrities continue to wow on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, but which stars are on Beauty and the Budget's best dressed list? Take a look and who they are, and why I chose them.

  1. Jessica Biel: I am not sure I've ever seen her look so completely amazing. The best part about her breathtaking Marchesa Dress is the feather underlay. I'm literally gushing...
  2. Sonam Kapoor: Quite honestly, if I was ever going to any red carpet even this is what I would wear--this custom Dolce & Gabbana gown. The floral print and the 50s silhouette are absolutely stunning. 
  3. Selita Ebanks: She wore bright yellow on the red carpet, and totally pulled it off--enough said! 
  4. Solange Knowles: Oh-em-gee! What an amazing gown? The Stéphane Rolland Couture gown just glided across the red carpet, and it has this amazing deep V back. This is Solange Knowles's best look yet!
  5. Sara Forestier: The actress looked gorgeous in a Giambattista Valli couture dress, and this is a close second to something I'd wear on the red carpet. I love that she opted for a short gown that still has that formal flair to it. I didn't care for the red shoes--I think she should've gone black and white head to toe!
  6. Fan BingBing: Okay, two things--there's always at least one or more Elie Saab gown on my best dressed lists. (Can you blame me?) And, two, Fan BingBing usually ends up on my best dressed lists, too. She's consistently a winner on the red carpet. While she wore several show stopping gowns, this was undoubtedly my favorite. 
  7. Isla Fisher: Why don't actresses wear red on the red carpet anymore? It's a bold color and immediately sets someone apart. So I give Isla Fisher major props for wearing this beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown. 
  8. Freida Pinto: Freida took a nod to old Hollywood glamour--her hair and timeless beauty look only compliment her beaded gown all the more. The look is just absolutely glamorous from head to toe, and that's why she nabbed the number three spot on my list. 
  9. Doutzen Kroes: She's an obvious choice for the list. While there are many stars who would look great in this sexy gown, no one does it better than Doutzen. Of course, with a body like that, she could've worn a paper bag and still looked great.
  10. Nicole Kidman: Here's someone who's either a hit or a miss on the red carpet. While I am not the biggest fan of her hair here (I think a curly updo would've been a better choice), otherwise this look is lady-like perfection. 

Who were your favorite on the Cannes Film Festical red carpet? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Best of the Web: Get Miley Cyrus's Black and White Look, Plus More

Take style notes from the Hottest Woman in the World according to Maxim Magazine- Here's where to buy Miley Cyrus's Black and White Jumpsuit -- Closet Cravings
Visit the Top 100 Shopping Blogs, here's the list! -- LollieShopping
Here's How you can win this Twenty Tees Open Back Crochet Dress -- LiveLoveLA
Totally Obsessed: Try this new trick for lining your eyes -- BargainBex
How to Wear Your Hair This Summer - Tie a Scarf around it! -- Vintage Danielle
Check Out This Friend Makin-Money Q&A -- Couture for Curves
Discover How to Get the Most Out of Your Makeup -- Beauty and the Budget
Posted on May 17, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments