Why Wearing the Color Yellow Makes You Happy

August 11, 2017  |  Fashion 18 comments

I’m wearing Big Bird Yellow and totally owning it, don’t you think? Actually, I love wearing bright yellow. It’s one of those shades that makes you stand out. And in fashion, you never want to blend in. When I see that something comes in yellow, that’s the shade I opt for. The color yellow has been proven to raise blood pressure and pulse, which are signs that indicate joy. It’s an instant pick me up, a representation of sunshine and happiness. And those are just some of the reasons why wearing the color yellow makes you happy.

Why Wearing the Color Yellow Makes You Happy

Details and embellishments on Bangles & Bungalows

Gates around St. Charles

Mixed prints on Bangles & Bungalows

Creek in St. Charles

Blogger Yasmin Hakim wearing the color yellow

Top: Banana Republic (similar) / Pants: J.Crew Factory / Shoes: Superga c/o Express / Sunglasses: Nordstrom / Earrings: J.Crew / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

The Color Yellow in a Crisis

Did you know emergency workers like firemen and crisis workers often wear the color yellow? That’s because it signals hopefulness and optimism. Now I’m not saying dress like you’re expecting a crisis. But if you’re wearing yellow, you’re already ahead of the curve. Chances are a stressful situation at work will feel a tad less jarring when you’re as bright as a Sesame Street character. (Perhaps Big Bird’s yellow color is the reason why he’s one of the most beloved children’s characters.) But wear with caution, as too much yellow may be tiresome for the eyes.






Wish List Wednesdays August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 4 comments


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What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

Know what you’re putting all that hard work in for with this exercise mat.

Such a beautiful box to keep beautiful things.

Spread the love of inspiring aromas with this electric aromatherapy diffuser.

Clever and cute pink slides.

A bow can be the cutest finishing touch especially on this off shoulder top.

The bold sleeves on this batwing shirt steal the show.

Pretty in pink with this sweet boater hat.

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?



Final Weekend to Shop Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

August 4, 2017  |  Fashion 8 comments

Summer is going strong with so many amazing sales. But all good things come to an end, like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which lasts through Sunday, August 6. Quite a few of my picks have sold out. Here are a bunch of great options that are still in stock. That last dress is only $30! Click on the items to shop. (Available sizes may vary.)

You can shop all my picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here in my shop for a limited time. If you’re not burnt out from scouring Nordstrom’s sale, there are a couple of great clearance sales at Lord & Taylor (up to 75% off) and Saks Off 5th (up to 80% off). Now that you’ve got some shopping homework, keep me posted on what you get and what you love!

Date Night Outfits: Head to Toe Ivory

August 2, 2017  |  Fashion 9 comments

For romantic date night outfits, a soft monochrome palette paints a beautiful canvas. Today I’m wearing a mix of lovely lace and totally touchable velour in a sea of ivory. The voluminous skirt makes me want to do a few twirls on the dance floor. I scored this blouse and skirt during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, saving over 30% (find more amazing Anniversary sale deals here).

Date Night Outfits Inspiration

Blouse: Nordstrom / Skirt: Nordstrom / Sandals: c/o Soft Surroundings / Clutch: H&M (similar) / Sunglasses: Express / Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott / Earrings: c/o Kendra Scott

Date night outfit details

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Soft Surroundings Hera Sandals

Lace Blouse and Velvet Midi

Date Night Outfits: The Glamorous Flat

My favorite item has to be these glitter and fringe Hera sandals. The shoes are fancy, but my feet are still happy in comfortable flats. The wild fringe gives the entire look a playful feel, while the glitzy straps create a wonderful contrast.

Anyone watch Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on Bravo? I am currently catching up on Season 3 on Netflix. How on earth do those women wear 5 in heels around town, at home, chasing after their kids, all day every day? I understand that they are portraying a glamorous (possibly unsustainable lifestyle), but I’m surprised that none of them need foot surgery at this point. I love a pretty heel, but a glamorous pair of flats is even better in my book. Many of you may love your heels, and I respect/am in awe of your abilities to stay upright in them for longer than an hour. But I will take comfortable & cute over glamorous & hazardous any day.

Questionable shoe choices aside, which trends in date night outfits are you rocking right now?



How to Style Denim on Denim

July 27, 2017  |  Fashion 28 comments

When it comes to styling denim on denim, I used to be totally against it. The guido tuxedo was a non starter. But in the last few years, I’ve done a 180. When styled correctly, denim on denim can look pretty awesome. Plus I’m always down for wearing comfortable jeans. While one of my favorite go-to looks is a light chambray on top of dark jeans, I’m always looking for other fun ways to style denim on denim.

Denim on Denim Blue + Pink

Use Contrast to Style Denim on Denim

If you’re looking to mix two similar items, denim pieces in this case, use contrast to define your look. Here, contrast is at play in two ways — through proportion and color. This casual chic outfit mixes an oversized denim jacket with skinny ankle jeans. And the light blue jacket pops beautifully against the soft pastel pink jeans.

Casual Summer Style with Denim on Denim

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in Pink Denim

Pink Denim on Bangles & Bunalows

Summer Casual Style in Denim

Denim on Denim on Bangles & Bungalows

Embellished Denim Pieces You’ll Love

My secret style trick when I’m out of fuel is to throw on a denim jacket. It’s the perfect layering piece when you have a chance encounter with a cold front. This particular denim jacket is embellished with the coolest details. Here are a few more embellished denim pieces that will instantly elevate your look.

Do you have any cool denim on denim style tricks? I’d love to know.





Wish List Wednesdays July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017  |  Wish List Wednesdays 7 comments

Wish List July 26, 2017

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What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

A gorgeous gold foil printed gown for your next gala.

Bejeweled flats for everyday or occasion style.

Mini things are cute like this mini pom pome tote.

This beauty boosting pillow would be perfect for Sleeping Beauty.

On trend tassel earrings with a statement making 5.5 in length.

This eye catching skirt in a sporty pencil silhouette will be your new go-to.

Go glam with this refined trunk style end table.

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2017

July 21, 2017  |  Fashion 25 comments

Move over Early Access members…the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is finally open to the public! Hurry and shop select items before they’re snapped up or the sale ends on August 6. Today I’m sharing my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks for 2017.

Although some best sellers have already sold out, there are plenty of great deals still available. Plus new items have been introduced today and will continue to be throughout the duration of the sale. You’d be surprised what the most popular picks are. Last year, basics held the top three spots including: the AG Legging Ankle Jeans, the BP. Open Front Cardigan, and the Lush Deep V-Neck Tee. So be sure to stock up on high quality basics you’ll wear day in and day out. At these prices, you’ll want to get two or three of your favorites in different styles or colors.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2017

Here are some more of my favorites from the sale that you’ll love:


And don’t forget shoes for your outfit!


Pro Tips to Shop the Sale

  1. Shop the sale online and pick up your items in-store the same day (availability varies from store to store).
  2. If you’re going on a spree, Nordstrom Cardmembers should schedule their Triple Points Day when you shop the sale.

Bookmark this post to shop the sale through August 6 and visit my previous post on Early Access picks for more ideas. Additional shopping resources include: my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 shop and my Pinterest board for the Nordstrom Sale Items Under $100.

How to Make Your Anti Aging Skincare Regimen Work 6X Better

July 20, 2017  |  Beauty 9 comments

Jen Plus Ultrasonic Infuser Anti Aging Skincare Device

Looking to reverse the signs of aging, but hoping your anti aging products could work a bit faster? I tried the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser, an anti aging skincare device. It is clinically and user proven to maximize the absorption of any skincare product by 6X in one minute. Yup, that’s almost a week’s worth of results in just a day’s effort.

Jenu Anti Aging Skincare Regimen

Using the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser is Simple

  1. Apply the anti aging treatment product of your choice onto clean skin as recommended. (I used Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Complex c/o Soft Surroundings.)
  2. Place the MicroSphere conducting gel on the tip of the Infuser. Use a pearl-sized amount for smaller treatment areas. (The gel is a required medium that transfers the ultrasound energy from the device to the skincare product.)
  3. Press the power button. Gently move the device in a circular motion over the areas you want to treat. 365,000 pulses of ultrasonic energy per second are emitted, pushing key ingredients into critical areas.

Note: The Infuser will automatically turn off after one minute. Repeat the above steps for each area you want to treat.

Jenu Microsphere Conducting Gel

Key Benefits

  1. Minimal Time Commitment: The JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser promises to add only one minute to your regimen. This is a major plus because I like to keep my daily routine simple.
  2. Better Absorption: Using the Infuser helps absorb 6X more of your skincare product over using your fingers for faster results.
  3. Saves Money: By drawing up to 6X the strength from your skincare product, you get the power of 6 jars of product in one. That means you can save almost 6X the money by ultimately using less product.

Jenu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser on Bangles and Bungalows

Anti Aging Uses

Use the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser with any of your favorite anti aging and other skincare treatments such as retinol cream, peptide serum, antioxidant gel, and more. It only takes one minute a day to give your skincare routine an extra boost. The more you use it, the better the results for everything from frown lines, to dark spots, crow’s feet, fine lines, puffiness, and more.

You can purchase the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser here.

I was provided the JeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser and MicroSphere conducting gel to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.



Summer, Sand, & A Seashell Tiered Maxi

July 18, 2017  |  Fashion 21 comments

I’m continuing the parade of awesome summer dresses with this lovely seashell tiered maxi dress. It’s an extra 60% off and now only $28 — a total steal! The maxi is made from voile, a thin cotton weave. That makes it extra lightweight to help you stay fresh in the summer heat. Plus it’s got the cutest navy seashell print and criss cross back. Can you say she sells seashells by the seashore 10X fast?

Blogger Yasmin Hakim in Seashell Printed Maxi Dress

Close up Seashell Maxi Dress

Voile Maxi Dress on Bangles and Bungalows

The subtle navy print is dark enough that it almost looks black. I’ve paired the look with blush accessories for an extra feminine feel.

Rear view Seashell Maxi

Check out that adorable criss-cross strap!J.Crew Factory Voile Maxi Dress

Tiered Maxi Dresses

The tiered maxi dress is a beautiful silhouette for summer. Tiers give a dress shape and create a lovely ruffle effect. I adore the single tier at the bottom, which gives the dress a traditional feel. But the seashell print and criss cross back completely modernize the look. I’ve linked a few feminine and flirty tiered maxi dresses that will keep you cool for the summer.