TBQH (to be quite honest), I never really thought about or frankly cared about the background of my tech devices. iPhone background, iPhone wallpaper, Desktop screensaver, Tablet background…none of the above crossed my mind. All of that changed in one fell swoop when I randomly discovered the ingenious, monthly-themed tech backgrounds from The Everygirl. That’s right, at the beginning of every new month, The Everygirl releases a slew of perfectly curated backgrounds for all of your tech devices. The range of devices you can download the backgrounds for include Desktop, iPhone 8 / Google Pixel, iPhone X / iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy or iPad / Tablet. A variety is offered so you can choose the one that quintessentially coincides with your personality or aesthetic.
I’ve been rotating my backgrounds now since November of last year, and I’m obsessed! In complete transparency, I almost look forward to the first of a new month, so I can quickly navigate to The Everygirl’s site and download my new screensavers. February first was a magical day for me. It’s the little things that get me excited nowadays.
Here are some of the past tech backgrounds I’ve chosen from The Everygirl’s site. My February choice is in the above image.
If your interest is piqued, and it should be, here is a link to the new February backgrounds. This is one of those tools that help me stay uber organized. I love the background options with a calendar view so I can quickly access the entire month’s outline. It’s one of those things you never knew you needed until you finally got it! Again, I’m OBSESSED, go download your favorite NOW!
I often think as the day as a deposit of time. Each day, each person is allocated seconds, minutes and hours and what we do with those precious moments are up to us. Will we spend them wisely or withdrawal without caution? Especially around the New Year, time is all anybody can think about. I’ve decided to be more intentional about mine. I want to keep a close eye on each interval, and what better way to do so than with a stylish timepiece that accentuates every ensemble.
I am a serial minimalist. I don’t wear a lot of accessories or extra, unnecessary articles of clothing. When I do, they have to be worth it. I discovered JORD (pronounced Yode, like Yoda but without the -a) in the one place I discover a lot of new brands, on Instagram. I was immediately attracted to their sophisticated mix of natural and largely re-claimed materials while still holding stylish design in high regards. Compared to others I have seen, the JORD wood watches stand out in terms of impeccable craftsmanship, classic style and top-tier quality.
I personally have the Cora Polaris Walnut and Midnight Blue JORD timepiece. This watch sets your eyes to the stars quite literally as the face is adorned with Swarovski crystals that align in a way to depict the Little Dipper. The earthy walnut accents are complemented with the rose gold tones to emulate the evolution in feminine design. It is strong, mysterious, subtle and illuminating, all the qualities you want hugging your wrist every day. It is a constant reminder that the universe has a lot to offer, something I think more of us need to hear at this time.
For me personally, I would style my Cora Polaris one of two ways:
1) I would pair this piece with an outfit that includes pink accents to enhance the rose gold tones of the metal.
2) Because of the subtle complexity, I would pair my watch with a monochromatic neutral outfit meaning head to toe black, white or camel pieces.
If I haven’t convinced you yet to invest in these beautifully-crafted watches, maybe this will aid in your decision. I have partnered with JORD and am gifting one lucky winner $100 off any JORD watch of your choice. All you have to do to enter is click this link www.jordwatches.com/g/sincerelysydblog and fill out the short form. It will take you literally less than 30 seconds. If your uber excited about what JORD has to offer and can’t wait until the giveaway ends, just by entering the giveaway you will receive 10% off gift code for your future wrist piece.
While you are perusing the exquisite JORD options, keep in mind that most watches have additional options for customization by mixing and matching faces and woods. Most watch backplates can also be engraved for personalization. All of the Cedar humidor presentation boxes have the ability to be engraved, as well! Every watch comes with a one-year warranty and options for return and exchange, can be sized for the recipient and JORD offers free worldwide standard shipping. They really are in the business of making you look and feel fabulous!
I am honestly so pleased with my JORD piece. It has exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to style it in the new year. Enter my giveaway via the above link so we can tell time together!
Thank you JORD for partnering with me on this post!
Now three times in one week?! Must be the holidays or something. Or it’s just me freaking out about buying presents *typical* I just HAD to post one more time for my last minute Christmas shoppers. If you’re stressed, take a deep breath because it is going to be alright!
The holidays are a rough time for our wallets. From normal monthly bills, to events, gifts, traveling, the list seems endless and money seems to spontaneously grow wings.
But just because it’s the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t mean that every gift you buy has to be $100+. There are plenty of fantastic gift ideas out there that you can purchase for $50 or less. Stocking stuffers, small wrapped presents or handouts to colleagues, I have scoured the internet to bring you the best of the best. Here are my top picks for gifts $50 and under.
*None of the above images are my own. They are from the retailer’s site or are stock images.
For the past three years, female empowerment and advocacy
for equality has become a highly publicized societal evolution. This has been a
fight for centuries, but it’s no secret that in these last few years, women’s
voices are louder and more forceful than ever. Although it may seem trivial,
when you’re fighting the good fight, you also have to look the part. I feel the
same way for when you are wanting to be taken seriously in the workplace. As
modern, professional women, we are constantly fighting to deserve a seat at the
conference table, not to take notes, but to lead passionate discussions and
make big decisions. In order to be taken seriously and in order to present
yourself as a professional, you need to dress the part.
In my personal opinion, every modern, professional woman
needs to own a suit. If you work at any sort of establishment, you need to own
a suit. If you want to be taken seriously at work when big business meetings
are taking place, you need to own a suit. Period, end of discussion. The
evolution and right to “power dress” go hand in hand with the work that the
women before us have done in order for us to have that right. Remember, not that
long ago, women weren’t even allowed to wear pants. Women’s suits are the amalgam
of a women’s determination, her willingness to show up and the stereotypical
masculinity. Suits makes me feel confident, intelligent, powerful and
Interviews are the perfect time to wear a classic suit. I
also think it’ super important to always have a good suit in hand if you have an
important business meeting coming up. Quarterly business reviews or annual
planning presentations are a few prime examples of these. Always read the room.
If your client is younger and more laid back, perhaps wear a suit in a
different color or with a cropped pant, but if you’re meeting with someone who
tends to fall more on the traditional side, I’d stick to the classic tailored
suit in a neutral color like navy or dark charcoal.
The power suit trend has been with us for so long, nothing in
fashion is ever really new but rather born again. This time around, the suit is
gaining traction in regard to oversized blazers and bold shoulders. That’s
right ladies, the shoulder pad is making a comeback, but I encourage you to
embrace it. With the suit standing in the spotlight recently, I thought it’d be
fun to share some easy and fun ways to wear a suit this season. Whether it’s
for work, holiday parties or events, suits can be professional and trendy.
1. Wear a fun color. I found this amazing Robert Rodriguez suit (above) on Rent the Runway and knew that I had to wear it. The powdery blue was just the perfect feminine touch I needed to take this oversized, should pad adorned blazer from menswear-inspired to totally chic. Find a soft, yet eclectic color for a dreamy monochromatic look.
2. Find a classic plaid. Don’t go crazy, but the way I would wear a head to toe plaid ensemble to work and to happy hour would be to stick with a muted print in a neutral color. The gray plaid is the epitome of this kind of look. A classic gray checked suit can be worn from day to night especially if paired with a pop of color shoe.
3. Inspired by the men. I’m talking oversized blazers. The bigger the better as long as they are tailored properly. Everything should not be skintight, that just isn’t in anymore. Hailey Bieber pulls off this look flawlessly. Go for a more fitted pant and an oversized blazer for that effortlessly cool vibe. Make it look like you just grabbed it out of your boyfriend’s closet.
4. Turtleneck undershirts. I am a sucker for a good turtleneck. If I could have only one piece of clothing in my closet for the rest of my life, it would be a classic black turtleneck. Layer your suits over a traditional neutral turtleneck for the perfect wintery aesthetic.
5. Mix and match. Under the right circumstances, funk up your suit look by mixing and matching the blazer and trouser with contrasting patterns, colors or fabrics. Wear a plaid with a cheetah print, a green with a red or a sequin with a cotton. If you have multiple matching suits in your closet, experiment one day by taking one jacket and pairing it with a different pant. It will totally elevate the whole look.
As long as your look is tasteful, professional and puts you
in a confident mindset, it really doesn’t matter how you style different suits.
There is no tried and true guidebook, but these are a few ways that I like to
rock a suit for work. I hope after reading this, it inspires you to try
something a little out of the ordinary. If you are looking for a sign, well
honey this is it.
This is one of my favorite topics of all time!! When I was a Freshmen in college at Indiana University, I took a fashion merchandising class. I was fully prepared to take my passion for fashion to the next level and pursue a degree in it. This class supported that assumption. For an entire week, I remember studying the concept of conspicuous consumption. I became utterly fascinated with the notion of consumer behavior and why we choose to make certain purchase decisions solely on perceived socioeconomic status. It was enough to get me hooked. This one week this one subject was enough to where if I hadn’t transferred to Ball State my Sophomore year, I would have immersed myself in the fashion merchandising degree. I’m still thinking of getting my Master’s Degree in Consumer Behavior, that’s how much I love this stuff!
If you are unaware of the phrase, conspicuous consumption is
the consumption of luxuries on a lavish scale in an attempt to enhance one’s
prestige. In layman’s terms, it means that you pursue buying things that are at
a higher price point because you want people to think you have money. The term was
first used by economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen in the 19th
century as a way of describing families who showed off their great wealth
publicly to manifest their social power whether it was real or living beyond
So why is it important? Well, our society is inherently obsessed with social class. The items we buy on a daily basis puts us into buckets in other people’s eyes. If someone is waking around with a Dunkin Donuts cup of coffee, carries an Android phone and wears a label-less purse from Target, our society would put that person in the bucket of people who fall lower on the socioeconomic scale. If they saw another person walking around with a Starbucks cup, carrying their Apple products and toting a Louis Vuitton Neverfull, then that person has money.
We are all guilty of conspicuous consumption. To be completely honest, when I bought my Louis bag back in February, I had to take a step back and ask why. Why this bag, why this price point, is that reasonable? The answer was I wanted to be able to buy something that showed for how hard I had been working but the answer was also no, spending that much money on a handbag probably wasn’t reasonable. Just with the faint monogrammed LV plastered all over the canvas though, I could let passerby’s know that I worked hard enough to afford a bag of that stature. Same goes for the people who jumped at the opportunity to buy the new iPhone 11 as soon as it debuted. Did they really need that new phone? Likely no, but being at the forefront of those snagging the new luxury good allowed those consumers to “show off” their status as trend-starters and as someone who has the means to drop that kind of cash in a New York minute.
Makes sense? Sure, but I’m sure you’re asking well why should I even care, is it good or are these people just pretentious a-holes? Actually, conspicuous consumption is kind of a good thing because it stimulates economic growth. Since people are spending money on more luxurious goods, they are putting money back into the economy and thus back into businesses. The demand increases and the businesses need to hire more people. More people have jobs and ultimately have more money to spend back to the economy. It’s a cyclical infinity symbol of money both coming and going and that’s always a good thing for our economy.
My tip though is to always spend within your means. If you have the discretionary income that you’ve been saving to purchase a luxury good you’ve always wanted, that’s one thing. That’s exactly what I did. Beware though of the fad fashion items. The items that are all the rage and that everyone seems to be buying all at one time. They come into popularity just as fast as they fade into oblivion, becoming irrelevant and a waste of your hard-earned money. These are great items to buy on a dime. If you are purchasing a luxury item, go for something classic and timeless, something that will always be in style no matter what the year may be. That’s money well spent.
Color blocking, in fashion and design, is the art and use of contrasting blocks or panels of solid, typically bright colors. I fancy utilizing some of my favorite color combinations using the color blocking method through my outfits. One of my all-time favorite color combinations is red and pink, think Mandy Moore in Brandon Maxwell at the latest Emmys. I think this color combination has the perception of being chic and sophisticated if done with the correct hues. Some sure-fire ways to execute an effortlessly cool color blocking look:
1) Use complimentary colors. If you Google color wheel, you can easily see which colors fall next to each other on the circle. Colors that are across from one another are complimentary colors, so purple and yellow, blue and orange and red and green are all complimentary colors. Any of these color combinations would look excellent in a color block look.
2) Monochromatic color blocking looks are always a hit. Choose one color on the color wheel and find multiple shades of that one color to achieve depth in your look when wearing it from head to toe. Mix fuchsia with pale pinks, for example, to achieve a monochromatic affect.
3) Wear a head to toe neutral look but incorporate a pop of color to add dimension to your color blocking outfit. Pair a great navy-blue power suit with a bright red under shirt to really mix it up.
Now I’m not a color connoisseur. I tend to dabble more in the neutral realm. With this is mind, I thought what better way to kick off the first of October, the considerably spooky month, with my take on a black and orange color blocking situation. I bring to you my Camel and Noir workwear look from today. Outfit details are below OR, as a friendly reminder, you can always follow me in the free LikeToKnow.it app to instantly shop all of my looks. Just search for “sincerelysydneyblog” under the Influencer Search tab and select the image you want to shop for product details. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or send me an email! Happy Spooky Season yall!
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One of my favorite things to do after a Fashion Week or at
the beginning of a new season is to take some time and write down what I think
the biggest trends are going to be. I’m talking what are people going to be
walking down the street wearing and what are our stores’ racks going to be
lined with. If you didn’t know, when Fashion Week happens, it’s always
showcasing collections not for the upcoming season but for the season after
that. This past Fashion Week in September showcased all new Spring and Summer
2020 collections. That’s how far in advance the fashion world has to plan for
getting pieces from the runway to producing for consumption.
With this in mind, Fall and Winter 2019 Fashion Week
happened back in February of this year. That was the first glimpse the fashion
industry got of what’s to come for Fall this year. I studied those runways like
I was taking the SATs and have compiled some of my predictions for what I think
we’ll be seeing a lot of this upcoming season. Hint: I’m wearing one of my predictions
I have been seeing so so so much zebra prints lately! I
think this is going to replace the uber popular snakeskin that took over this
past Summer. Ann Taylor recently came out with a capsule collection that
highlighted zebra print in many different styles. Influencers and celebrities
have been seen prancing around Fashion Week, some in head-to-toe zebra looks. I
have a feeling this will be the new go to print this upcoming season. Remember
when we were 13 and everything we owned from blankets to pillows to rugs to
school notebooks were all zebra print? Funny how cyclical the design space is!
2. Puffy Sleeves
This silhouette was very prominent in February’s Fashion
Week. Fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Ulla Johnson made them staple
pieces in their collections. They add the perfect feminine touch with a hint of
flare. If you are interested in trying this trend out, I recommend making the
puffy sleeve the center of your outfit. Try pairing an over-the-top sleeve with
a pencil skirt or simple pair of jeans. These statement pieces aren’t going
3. Shiny fabrics like leather
I personally saw a lot of shiny fabrics walking down the
runway. Silk and leather were among the most evident. Leather played a leading
role in Alexander McQueen’s show, showcasing full leather dresses. If you don’t
feel comfortable taking that big of a risk, you can remain on trend by wearing
a faux leather pant with a simple blouse or wear a leather shirt in a
minimalistic silhouette paired with your favorite jeans. This season leather
goes beyond just a jacket.
4. Fall 2019 Colors: Cheddar Yellow, Pistachio Green, Grayish Blue, Cream and Lavender
Tons of variations of these colors walked down the Fall 2019
runways. I wouldn’t consider these colors all “jewel” tones, but they have more
of a softness to them this season. I almost envision this as taking your
typical Fall color palette and putting the Fade filter on them to make the
palette more muted. Since the colors don’t make as much of a statement as in
year’s past, I think the best way to wear them this season would be with loud
statement pieces. Compare and contrast with accessories to knock a look out of
the park. Also, don’t be afraid of monochromatic looks meaning top down all the
same color or different levels of intensity of the same color. This is
5. Plaid and Preppy
Just looking at those two words together makes me think of
Gossip Girl. But in all serious, that is exactly what will be returning this
Fall. Clueless inspired matching plaid sets and absurdly good plaid outerwear.
Many designers, like Burberry of course, showed off their plaid best. Ginghams,
Madras and Houndstooth of all varieties will be all the rage. My
recommendation…go for it here! The more the merrier. Wear head-to-toe plaid,
even incorporate the same plaid print in your hair accessories. You’ll totally
be the cool kid.
What do you think will be a prominent Fall trend this year?
Put your prediction below!