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|Posted on March 20, 2016 at 11:10 PM||comments (7)|
Spring break is one of my favorite times of the year. Almost every year that I have been in school, spring break has fallen during the month of March, and has worked out in my favor. My immediate family and I all have March birthdays, so for as long as I can remember we have taken a celebratory trip for our birthday month. Last week I enjoyed spring break in Turks and Caicos. Each day I woke up to the magnificent transparent blue ocean water, the white sand beach, and clear skies. It was truly paradise. I learned about the art of catching and preparing conch and picked up a few conch jokes, made some new friends,and even checked something off my 2016 bucket list! I kicked off my 21st birthday with karaoke night at a local dive bar.
I had planned on sporting this super cute romper, which also happens to be the March outfit of the month, but of course the one time I planned an outfit around vacation weight gain, I would actually lose weight. Instead I opted for a more casual look and wore one of my favorite rompers from last season.
This romper has "strong and fiery" yellow-red hues similar to those of Fiesta, one of Pantone's colors of the season, and pairs excellently with these luggage colored Vince Camuto peep toe booties. I picked up the matching chargeable wristlet clutch for free with a purchase I made at Banana Republic. I draped a crisp white blazer from Forever 21 over my shoulder to brighten up the overall look.
• Romper - Erika's Closet • Blazer - Forever 21 • Wristlet - Banana Republic • Shoes - Vince Camuto •
|Posted on March 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Hey everyone! Hope you all had a happy Leap Day!! I cannot believe how fast the month flew by! Last month, I completed the first of hopefully many things on my 2016 bucket list. I attended Zenni Optical's Eyewear Preview of their Metropolitan Collection that launched last Monday, February 22nd, and I attended Asia Fashion Collection's F|W 17 Show. I also tagged along to Wayne, NJ, with my wonderful roommate Rachael, to attend the grand opening party of NYX Professional Makeup Store at Willbrook Mall. The event was simply fabulous, as I sipped on strawberry mocktails, munched on makeup themed deserts, and had way too much fun trying on the bright and bizarre colored lipsticks and glosses.
On a slightly different note, March is here, and I am ecstatic. As some of you may know, March is a very blissful time of year for me. March brings the first day of spring, daylight savings time, spring break and most mportantly birthday month! My entire immediate family is born in the month of March, and it has become tradition for us to take a celebratory family vacation for spring break. This year we are going to Turks and Caicos and then making a pit stop to Miami for my 21st birthday! And who knows, I may try crossing a few more things off my bucket list.. So be on the lookout for the March outfit of the Month, and follow me on the way to spring!
Instagram : @erikasclosetfashion
|Posted on February 6, 2016 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
February has arrived and I am ecstatic to report that we are well on our way to SPRING! We survived the snowpocalypse and January is history. Maybe I am getting a little ahead of myself, but between Fashion Week, the Super Bowl, Central Park winter festivities, Valentine's Day, and who knows what else, Spring will be here in no time. As for right now, I will be making myself comfortable in these awesome knit bell bottoms and this fabulous faux fur coat.
|Posted on January 15, 2016 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
I know January is supposed to be a time to start over and “reinvent” yourself, but somehow it has always managed to be the month I dread most each year. The holiday season comes to an end, it seems as if it is dark nearly 24/7, the weather is bitterly cold, and I quite literally feel as if the life is being sucked out of me. Nevertheless, the month is halfway over now, and I have maintained a positive outlook. I have tried my best to focus my energy on the things that lift my spirits. Needless to say, I have indulged in some post-Christmas shopping this month...winter clothing is my absolute favorite! I bought the top I am wearing for Erika’s Closet back in the late fall, and I have found that it pairs very nicely with these lovely velvet leggings I recently picked up from the Gap. The necklace, bracelet, and these brown leather Coach boots just seal the deal.
P.S. Check out my instagram account @erikasclosetfashion for more winter favorites!
|Posted on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
New Year's resolutions are great in theory, but almost always turn out to be bottomless and unfulfilling. If you are unwilling to make a commitment any other time throughout the year, it is unlikely that you will feel more compelled to make the same commitment on January 1st. It’s not very rational to believe that you can select one day out of the entire year to commit to making a major life change. You have to be willing to commit every day of your life. After years of setting myself up for disappointment, I have learned that it is important to first set smaller goals for yourself to complete in order for you to reach a major goal.
This year, I have decided to create a 2016 bucket list, since I already know the odds of me following through with a resolution are slim to none. There's less pressure and commitment to complete a bucket list, and I do not like to commit to anything unless I'm sure I can deliver. Some of these activities are completely new to me, and some of these activities I have done several times before, but why not do them again? A bucket list will encourage me to try new experiences and to achieve accomplishments that will hopefully bring me closer to fulfilling a life of happiness, love, and adventure. Even if I manage only to complete five of the activities on my list, I can at least say that I accomplished something.
2016 Bucket List
1. Have a food tasting day.
2. Spend a day in Brooklyn.
3. Take a bike ride.
4. Have a Picnic in the Park.
5. Go on a water related adventure (i.e. kayaking, surfing, cliff jumping, etc.)
6. Go to a rooftop bar.
7. Go Skiing.
8. Walk/run a half marathon.
9. Date someone without letting my anxiety take over.
10. Visit Coney Island.
11. Attend a Fashion Week Show.
12. Go to a karaoke lounge.
13. Go to a club with my parents.
16. Visit a new state or country.
14. Host or attend a gatsby themed party.
15. Learn to code.
16. Attend a Jets vs. Patriots game with my family.
17.Take a road trip with friends.
18. Be kind to myself.
19. Do something kind for someone else.
20. Challenge myself.
|Posted on January 1, 2016 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Greetings to all! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. With the arrival of the new year, I just wanted give you all a brief update. It has been four fantastic months, and I have successfully completed a semester at my new school. However, I have found that I have not been able to dedicate enough time to Erika's Closet. As a result, I have decided to make some modifications to Erika's Closet current business model. I would like to put more of an emphasis on blogging in the new year and focus less on selling. I plan to implement "Outfit of the Month" and sell one outfit per month that will be featured on my blog. In this way, I am hoping to be able to keep up both my efforts at school, work, and Erika's Closet in the year ahead. I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2016, and stay tuned for my 2016 Bucket List coming soon!
|Posted on September 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
When you attend school at the University of Miami you need 3 types of wardrobes: school attire, beach attire, and nightlife attire. Erika’s Closet gives the University of Miami student to shop for all three of these occasions. Here I am wearing an Erika’s Closet sleek fitted dress with Vince Camuto shoes! This is the perfect outfit for a classy dinner at Hakkasan in the Fountain Bleu and then a late night clubbing at one of the hottest clubs in Miami Beach, Story! I got so many compliments on this dress because of its two toned contrast. The black trim on the sleeves and collar make the dress pop! Every Miami student loves great deals for nights like these and Erika’s Closet gives the college student the affordable expensive look that we all adore! Thank you Erika and Erika’s Closet for this amazing dress and great deal! Highly recommend every college girl to visit http://www.erikasclosetfashion.com/apps/webstore/ for great affordable style!
|Posted on August 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
This past weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to attend San Fransisco's Outside Lands Music Festival!! It was a one-of-a-kind experience, from Choco Lands, Wine Lands, Camp Grounded, food trucks, bright lights, and Kendrick Lamar. Overall, it was a great time spent with some great people. Most importantly, I had the chance to go all out with my bohemian wear and I got to set my spirit free!
|Posted on August 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
August is here, and we all know what that means...the end of Summer hours, casual dress codes, ice cream socials, sunny adventures… and the end of Summer. So it’s back to work, and back to school as the days grow colder and shorter. Naturally that all sounds pretty depressing; however, this year, I am actually not heartbroken over the Summer ending. This autumn and this upcoming school year mark the moment I have been subconsciously waiting for my entire life...becoming a true New Yorker. Although I have lived in New York for practically my entire life, I have spent most of my time in the suburbs across the river, AKA “upstate.” For those of you who do not know, there is a stark contrast between growing up in the suburbs and growing up in the city. I remember being barely nine years old, and skipping down the streets of Manhattan in my little pair of heels, boot-cut jeans, and shearling sweater alongside my father on one of our weekly visits to the “big city.” He bent over and told me, “You’re going to make a great New Yorker someday.” I believe that someday is today. I am giving New York a chance and New York is giving me a chance to start over and make my mark.
Shades- Gypsy Warrior (similar) Shoes - Nine West • Tote - BCBGMAXAZRIA •
|Posted on May 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
I never thought I could change so much in one year. Just a little over a year ago, I was so lost and aimless. For the better part of three years, I had constantly experienced unexplainable feelings of inadequateness, hopelessness, guilt, agony, and shame. I could not explain or justify my feelings to anyone, so I showed on most days with a smile plastered across my face. I was trying to be a “functional” human being. I felt pressured to be what I needed to be for everyone except for myself. I was compromising my own happiness.
Starting Erika's Closet was a huge risk for me. Coming from a family filled with business professionals, doctors, and engineers, I had never considered a career in fashion. I did not have extensive knowledge or experience in the fashion industry. All I knew was that fashion was the only promising glimpse on my "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and I really did not have anything to lose. Just one year after diving head first into a completely new venture, I have learned so much about both the fashion industry and myself.
I have learned that it is okay to be selfish. This sentiment does not mean that you should lose all regards for others, but like fashion, people are evolutionary and not revolutionary. Therefore, you must expect less of others and expect more of yourself.
I have learned to take life one day at a time as I do with fashion. I do not usually plan out outfits ahead of time, and when I do, I usually end up changing my mind anyway. I usually wait to see what the day brings and take the weather, my mood, and the occasion into account before making a decision. My point is that I have learned that you cannot really plan out your future. In life, there will always be some unforeseen setback. All you can do is take life one day at a time and make the most of the opportunities in which you are presented. It is okay if you do not know what you want to do, just as it is okay if you do not know what to wear. You just pick something and in the worst case you can change or adjust the outfit or outcome.
I have learned that your situation should never define who you are, and never has to be permanent; however, you have to be willing to stay committed to making a change to your life. You have to desire a change for yourself. You have to love yourself.
Most importantly, I have learned to be happy again. I am excited for what the future holds. I am not fearful anymore. I am excited to be going back to school full-time in the fall! I am eager to learn more about the fashion industry and grow my empire. I do not know where I would be today had I not been motivated enough to go through with Erika’s Closet. Thank you to those who have been patient with me. I surely do not expect everyone to understand my life or my story, but I am done with hiding. I have hidden for way too long. Sharing my feelings is what has allowed me to make the most progress, so I am sharing my story in order to finally put everything in the past, and pave a way for a new beginning. For the first time in my life, I can honestly say that I am really proud of myself and of all my accomplishments.
xoxo Erika Desroches