Friday, September 28, 2018

DOING THE HEART WORK..






Happy Friday! I pray you are having a beautiful week! When I started
  Dash of Fash and Finance  I wanted it to be a space where others could freely come and get a dash of fashion and finance information. That mission still holds true today, but over time I grew towards adding a motivation category.  Many things inspire us but only motivation can move us. That motivation comes by investing time into doing daily heart work. My goal is to assist in doing the work so you achieve success in the areas you desire growth in.




 Just a few quick ways I do the heart work within so I can position myself through God to win.


Journaling it out.  The bible is filled with words on paper and with an open heart those words have power to transform you. In addition, the words you write on paper that are backed by  your belief and desire also have power to transform. When you journal it allows clutter to move out and clarity to move in. Remember a cluttered mind leads to other cluttered areas in your life. Once you truly have clarity then you are in position to fight for your vision.

Feed faith not fear. There is a real struggle today between faith and fear. However, the one you focus on the most is the one that grows and ultimately prevails when making decisions in life. Therefore, I feed my faith daily with the words of God and listening to faith building messages. These two habits do not have to take a longtime but they do require consistency.  God says we were not given a spirit of fear. However, we sometimes face fearful situations but those situations can and will be defeated with faith.







Take action. First, you have to see where you are headed in life through the vision God gives you.  Once you see it then you can not be afraid to speak it. Remember he hears all:) Last, you have to seize it. It is not the talk that brings change it is the walk that leads to it. Take action now and live your words out. ..and remember every step even the small ones matter.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed weekend

Antonio Melani floral dress similar(here)
Jimmy Choo ankle strap heels sold  (here)
Versace sunglasses sold (here)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

LAYERING WITH COLORS: AUTUMN INSPIRED DRESS #2




Happy Tuesday! I pray you are having a beautiful week! On Friday's blog post I wore Autumn inspired dress #1 . It was a mock neck dress that gave the illusion of autumn. Today's look is all about layering with an array of colors. Again, it is very hot so for me colors are a great way to get into the autumn game. ...without actually having to be all the way in:)

I framed this entire look with my forever black pieces. The  scrappy sandals and the moto adds a dash of edginess. Not to mention the black eye protection is a must.











Thank you for reading and your kind words. Have a blessed new week!

Rachael Roy striped dress....similar sold ( Here )
Michael Kors Strappy high sandals........similar sold ( Here )
Moto jacket.....similar sold ( Here )



Friday, September 21, 2018

SEASONAL CHANGES







The season has changed but never forget that your faith must always remain the same. Faith arrives when you can trust and obey in all seasons and circumstances. However, it only remains when discipline and the desire for  personal growth becomes a daily part of your life.

My favorite kind of dress to wear in the autumn season is a mock neck dress. The neckline gives the illusion of autumn attire. However, in our autumn season it still feels like summer. Therefore wearing a sleeveless  dress allows me to cope with the warmer temperatures:)

Again, it is all about the illusion of an autumn season. Therefore, I warpped the laces of the sandals up my legs for a more gladiator type feel. It seems to draw more attention to the bottom ruffle details of the dress.




As for jewelry, I always take a minimalist approach and wear my gold pieces that I have collected over the years. The necklace by far is my favorite because it draps perfectly over the dress and the Chinese abacus charm adds an interesting pop to the look.



In addition,  this dress seems to dash to life once layered with a blazer or jacket. As always, thank you for reading. Have a blessed weekend and faithful new season.




Mock neck sweater dress....similar sold Here
Schutz sandals...sold Here


Monday, September 17, 2018

MONDAY MOVES: FEARLESS




Happy Monday! It is time to make some Monday moves and be fearless in the process. Remember, if you feel the fear then with God you can still persevere!  In a world with tons of fear you can get lost without a clear plan and purpose for your life.

 The word of God says, "he has not given us a spirit of fear." I believe that with everything in me. That does not mean we will not face fearful situations but the solution will always point to God. He will always provide and direct your path if you believe.

The enemy desires God's people to be fearful. The enemy will try as many avenues as possible to get access into your life. Remember any unguarded part of your life is an entry way for the enemy.  The only way to overcome this and to guard your life is to rely on God's promises and speak those promises while believing it. God commanded one of his greatest leaders  Joshua to keep his law  day and night on his lips and to meditate on it. This is the only way to keep your heart and mind guarded from negativity and fear. Well, that truth still applies even today!

Last, ask yourself what are you fearing exactly and is that fear stronger than God. As believers, we serve a God that can take the most unfortunate situations and turn them around for good. Therefore, instead of entertaining fear we always have an option to live fully in faith. Is this easy? ..of course not but the reward of living a fruitful life makes it all worth it.

I pray that you have a fearless, faithful and blessed new week!

Nine West pinstripe blazer.....sold here
Hudson jeans.....sold Here
Antonio Melani snake print heels...sold Here

Friday, September 14, 2018

EASY + STYLISH












Have a wonderful weekend filled with blessings and love!

      Lauren Ralph Lauren print dress....sold  Here
      Michael kors Hutton sandals ....sold Here








Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WHITE STAPLE SERIES




Happy Wednesday! I am continuing  my dash of fash and finance white staple series from last week.  We strive to display how investing in a few timeless and classic pieces can maximize your wardrobe and provide a variety of styling solutions.

 I wore this look again on Tuesday for date day with hubby. Short sets have been a big trend this summer but I knew I would not incorporate this into my wardrobe until temperatures were quite a bit cooler. It is still scorching hot but yesterday was cooler than normal.

The white blazer like the white skirt is a staple that can be worn year round.  This week is about how you can pair the white blazer different ways in different seasons. I wore it here with leather shorts. The blazer tones down the edginess  of the leather and creates a chic autumn transition look.  A few other ways I adore styling this white blazer are below.






 Whether it is paired with leather or denim pants this blazer compliments them all. I particularly love it with a skirt. I plan to post more upcoming looks on how I belt my blazers. Of course this is not a new concept but it defines the midsection and when belted over soft layers it creates a fresh combination for day or night.

Thank you so much for reading and have a blessed day


First look

Ralph Lauren blazer.....similar Here
Cache leather shorts(no longer available )....similar Here
Sam Edelman pumps........sold Here
Versace sunglasses

Second look

Coach crossbody
Gianvito Rossi heels....sold Here
Faux leather high rise pants....sold Here

Monday, September 10, 2018

MONDAY MOVES: GRATITUDE



Happy Monday, I pray you had a blessed weekend! Last Monday it was all about the statement skirt and this Monday is about the statement dress with much attitude and gratitude:) Well, it's time to make some Monday Moves again!

I AM SO GRATEFUL YOU WOKE ME UP TODAY!
I AM SO GRATEFUL YOU CHOSE ME!
I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE GIFT OF LOVE!
I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU ARE BIGGER THAN WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCES I WILL FACE TODAY!
I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME I HAVE LEFT!
I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT MY LIFE HAS PURPOSE!
I AM SO GRATEFUL......





Gratitude is everything! Happy people are grateful and that gratitude extends far beyond whatever is happening in life.







When you are making Monday Moves you have an attitude of gratitude and willingly share that positive energy with others . Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed new week!



Antonio Melani blazer.....similar sold Here
Coach Madison Christie bag....sold Here
Vince Camuto dress.....similar sold Here
Gianvito Rossi pumps.....sold Here

Saturday, September 8, 2018

FINANCIAL PLANNING IN ADVANCE





Happy Saturday! Have you ever received any extra or unexpected money and immediately spent it..then you could not recall what you even spent it on. Well that is due most often to not preparing in advance financially. If you are tracking your finances daily then you become more aware of how to delegate your money. This awareness is a critical process to preparing for an unforeseen money crisis or unexpected extra cash flow.  Basically, when you track your finances and extra money arrives you will immediately know what to do and how to do it.

Therefore, I want to list some options for what to do with extra money so you can start planning in advance.

You can pay down debt. The  average credit card debt, student loan debt, and debt overall is rising. The lack of income and shortage of emergency funds is causing people to resort to borrowing money.  When you borrow money you must pay it back along with interest. The interest can be very high which will prolong the time it takes to pay the entire debt off.  There is also a possibility that your credit score will be affected as well.   Not only can debt affect you financially but it can affect you mentally.   It can be so draining to the point that it causes some people to get depressed or stressed out leading to severe health issues.  It's very difficult to make the right financial choices when your health is not in the best condition. Therefore if you plan in advance how you can pay down the debt then when the extra arrives you will immediately see the benefit in doing it.

You can save for that dream home. If you are a homeowner then pay additional on the mortgage. This could save you years and a lot of interest.  If you are saving interest then you're definitely saving money. Ownership is a powerful wealth building tool.  At the end of every hard work should be  the reward of ownership. 

 You can start an emergency fund.  You can determine how much goes into this fund by adding all your monthly expenses.  That amount multiplied by 3 will equal 3 months of expenses;therefore, you can start saving towards that amount. However in an unstable  economy  you may want to save 6  to 12 months or even more. 

You can start your retirement.  If you want to retire you have to plan for it and most importantly save towards it.  The lack of savings and increase in inflation is causing people to  continue working way past the time frame of when they should be retired.  There is a point where working should be an option not a need;  however, lack of planning forfeits this option There are things that must be in place first  before starting any retirement so seek professional advice then you can begin your journey to saving towards financial freedom!

Last option is to enjoy it.  Your idea of enjoying it may be blessing someone else...it is always better to give than receive!  You may decide to splurge on an item you wanted for quite some time.  ...either way if you have prepared in advance financially then you'll be confident in whatever choice that you make when spending your extra unexpected money.


 Thank you so much for reading. I have been apart of creating financial services awareness and solutions for my clients for over 15 years. Therefore, I know a lot of people would rather avoid talking about it and subjecting themselves to judgment from others. Remember, only God alone has the power to judge and he is always there to help. However, you have to use what he has blessed you with to help yourself and move forward. Therefore, starting the conversation is the only way to start the journey towards financial freedom and consistent daily habits is the way to complete the journey. Feel free to comment or reach out for questions.  Have a blessed weekend and I will see you next week!



Dress: 1 state
shoes: Nine West
glasses: Versace

Friday, September 7, 2018

FITNESS ESSENTIALS





Happy Friday!!! Yes, I am in my workout clothes..lol The buzz is women are taking their expensive handbags to the gym. Now, I only go to the gym during the summer months, and the majority of the year I workout in my home gym. However, when I do go to the gym I take this large Kate Spade tote. It is very spacious and the color is perfect for the summer.

Of course, this bag is not as expensive as the birkin bags some women are carrying to the gym. However, $200 is a lot for a handbag. Especially if you realize that $200/month equate to $2400 in one year, $12,000 in 5 years and with a good rate of return has the possibility to grow to $100k plus in 10 years.

Ok back to the subject at hand. I totally agree with women carrying their expensive or quality bags to the  gym. Here's why...

1) Unless you collect bags just as a hobby they are meant to be worn and most importantly enjoyed wherever you go.

2) I work out a lot and honestly some mornings can be tough. I have to override my emotions to stay  in bed with my commitment to good daily habits. Therefore, if carrying a cute bag makes a women feel more motivated to workout then that is an awesome thing. ...because health is wealth!!

3) I carry my changing clothes, water, and tons of other items in my gym handbag. When I would leave the gym this summer I would head to the supermarket or to a meeting. Therefore having a cute bag that transitions from the gym to the next destination is very important. It saves time not having to change from one bag to another. As we know, time is one of God's greatest gifts:). Most importantly how we honor God with that time is key!

Well , I appreciate you stopping by and if you are headed to the gym then grab your best handbag and confidently workout to become the best you. Remember, the greatest change starts inside out.

 Have a great weekend filled with blessings and love!






Thursday, September 6, 2018

BUILDING CONFIDENCE




Happy Thursday! What better way to celebrate confidence than in a red dress:) Confidence is so important because most of our decisions are made based on how we feel about ourselves. In addition,  most times you will spend "more than" when you are feeling "less than". Therefore here's a couple  ways to instantly build your confidence. Remember God chose us even before we were born and we were created in his image. Now that is the ultimate confidence booster:)

First, it all starts by studying. Anyone that is successful or skilled in a particular area had to study in that area. For example, I wanted to increase my faith so I had to become disciplined in studying daily. When you study you are growing and building your confidence.

Last way to build confidence is to give. Of course giving money is an awesome way to give and we must do that.  However,there are others ways to give  and help others. I knew once I starting reading and building my faith I had to share it. God says it is better to give than to receive. Therefore, this blog is an example of giving to others.

Remember always that God is the cure for the insecure!





As always thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

Calvin Klein scuba dress....sold Here



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

LEAST WORN SKIRT





Happy Wednesday! I pray you are having a great week! This is my least worn skirt of 2018 which is opposite of my most worn skirt on Monday's blog post Here .  I really understand that I am breaking my own rule by not maximizing all of my wardrobe items and it  stops today! As you can see below this skirt has a delicate floral print. However, that is not a valid excuse for not wearing it often.





As mentioned on my blog post on yesterday, maximizing current wardrobe pieces will save you money and time. Therefore, I plan to find different ways to style this skirt. However, like any goal I set there must be a deadline. Therefore by the end of September I am challenging myself to style this skirt differently at least 4 times this month. Not including the way I styled it Here in a blogpost earlier this summer.

As always thank u for reading and have a blessed day!


X by Gottex mock neck tank...similar sold Here
Antonio Melani skirt......similar sold Here

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

$500 challenge update..





Happy Tuesday! I pray you are having a great week! I wanted to do a quick update on ways to save money for the $500 challenge. If you are new to "dash of fash and finance" then here is the link to the post Here that explains how I started the challenge almost 2 years ago.  Remember it is best to have a separate account for this challenge so you can keep track of it and not risk commingling it with other savings accounts you have. The money from this challenge can go anywhere like towards you retirement, vacation or paying down debt. The overall purpose is to inspire and let dash of fash and finance followers know that you do have enough to reach your financial goals and dreams. You just have to get creative about working towards it. 

Well, I want to share a  few ways I am currently earning cash outside of my business income. Each time I save up $500 I am applying it to this $500 challenge account. 

Focus on buying quality items! This saves me so much money and time. I no longer have to repeatedly replace items that do no last. For example, the skirt I wore on yesterdays blog post Here was a quality item. This item is versatile and will last for a very long time without having to replace it, as long as I continue to take proper care of it. Now, this same process of buying quality items relates to other purchases like home, etc.

Selling items I am no longer using. This is awesome for the environment if you are into that. I sold an old washer and dryer, furniture and some clothing I no longer wanted. Again, since these items were quality purchases and I try to take care of things I am blessed with then I was able to sell them for a reasonable price. 

It always surprises me when I receive an unexpected check. Well, since I never knew it was coming and I didn't need it then it was saved in the $500 challenge account.

Oh, the picture from above is how I styled my white skirt for summer. Instead of going out and purchasing white pants, shorts, etc this summer.  You know, the excuse we can give ourselves to buy more..haha:) I just used the white item I already had in my closet. I used this white skirt as a summer staple piece all summer long and it saved me tons of money. I actually got creative with how I will wear it in the autumn season:)

I know I said this would be quick so I will wrap up. I am so excited to share more and I encourage you to join in!  As always thank you for reading and have a blessed day!










Monday, September 3, 2018

MONDAY MOVES: STATEMENT SKIRT





Happy September! I hope your month is off to a fresh and fast start! I am making Monday moves with this skirt. This was my first look for the month and I absolutely adore it.  We do not experience true autumn weather until mid to late October. Therefore until then I will be layering with colors instead of layering with clothes.

 This Trina Turk skirt was a new addition to my wardrobe in 2018. I believe this is the new Conversation skirt for the upcoming autumn season.  I absolutely adore the metallic print in the one I am wearing. This skirt has become a season to season favorite for me because of the various ways I can style it. The key to styling this skirt during the warmer months has been sleeveless solid tops and minimal accessories. In this current  lookbook, I paired my long time fav silk cranberry top which made the metallic print pop even more. I decided not to wear the watch and replaced it with my gold tennis bracelet and heart bracelet which complimented well.








 I was unsure initially  about the pearl ankle strap pumps until I added my black leather bag.  Once I saw the entire look together I instantly loved it.  Earlier this summer I paired this skirt HERE with a black sleeveless top and lace up sandals. This created a more relaxed daytime look quite opposite of what I am wearing here. That is what excites me about a statement skirt, the option to create endless ways to dress it up or down. You will definitely see this skirt being worn more in the upcoming autumn season.

As always, thank you for reading and have a blessed new week!

Ann Taylor top(sold out)....similar tops sold Here
Trina Turk skirt.....current season sold here
Vince Camuto ankle strap pump....current season  sold  Here