Why I’m wearing white jeans and why you should too

You know those things that you can’t stop thinking about?

I’ll share in a minute why I’m wearing white jeans and why you should too but first…

The ones that plague your mind day and night. You can’t get them out of your mind so you just know you have to share?

 

Well this story is just that. I’ve had this post in mind now for….oh gosh, probably at least a year. Knowing I wanted to share this part of my story. Knowing that it needed to go out into the world but not sure how to put it all into words, not sure when the right time would be. I was talking about it in therapy the other day and my therapist said, you don’t have to have the perfect words, you just need to get your story out there. So on a whim I shared in my Facebook group my thoughts on why I’m wearing white denim and jean shorts and why you should too. You can watch the replay here

LuLaRoe Irma with white denim

Last weekend I bought a pair of jean shorts, it’s funny how a piece of clothing can have so much meaning. It’s just a garment but our society has put so much pressure on us as women to look a certain way so something as simple as buying a pair of shorts can feel like an act of rebellion. It may be an offhand comment like she shouldn’t be wearing that or I didn’t know that store carried sizes that big. Or a maybe it’s a celebrity gossip website or magazine talking about how much supposed weight a star has gained. Or and this one might be hard to swallow, maybe it’s blaming a sexual assault incident on the fact that the woman shouldn’t have dressed so provocatively.

We, or at least I, internalized those comments and thoughts and pretty soon I felt like I was unable to be truly free to wear what I wanted. Who remembers the Jessica Simpson mom jeans incident of 2009? If she isn’t free to wear what she wants then I certainly can’t wear it either. Welcome to my internal narrative. What a woman wears and how her body looks in a piece of clothing is no one’s business.

If a woman who is a size 24 wants to wear a pencil skirt, who are you to tell her she can’t? If a woman wants to wear a tight, low cut dress, we need to respect her choice. It’s no wonder with all of these images bombarding us that we have an internal fashion police.

When I put on shorts, I have thick thighs that rub together and you can see the cellulite on the back of my legs but y’all I live in the south and in the summer here it feels like we live on the surface of the sun. I refuse to go through another summer worried about how my legs look in shorts because it is too damn hot here for that. And I also bought tank tops because the only way to survive summer is to wear as little clothing as possible. And while we’re talking about it, let’s throw white jeans in the mix.

I’ve worn them for years because they literally go with everything. I’ve had so many women say to me but I can’t wear white jeans. Um why can’t you? It’s simple, you buy a pair and put them on. Well what if my cellulite shows through, well what if it does? Do you have cellulite? Yes, do most women?

Yes, so why are we trying to cover up something we all have? I have eyeballs too but you don’t see me covering them up or trying to deny their existence. It’s because society has put a negative connotation around certain body parts so that leads us to feel shame about it. Cellulite is only considered bad because society has given it that label. Look, I’m not saying it’s easy but I’ve fought hard over the last year to reframe my thoughts around my body. I’ve mentioned it in other posts but body image has been a struggle for me for as long as I remember. You can read about the first time someone called me fat here.

photos by @kellieblogs

So here’s the thing, do you want to wear a bikini this summer? Then do it. Do you want to wear a tank top? Then do it. Get on the white denim train me with y’all. I’ve been learning a lot lately about limiting beliefs. I think it’s essential that we stop limiting our clothing choices. If we allow ourselves freedom in the area of fashion, we will open ourselves up in other areas of our lives. We have got to stop living so small, allow yourself to take up space, allow your dreams to grow. Allow yourself to wear what you WANT to wear.

The only thing we should be asking ourselves when it comes to clothing is if we like it. If we like it then we should freaking wear it! It is more essential now that ever that we start standing up and challenging the status quo. We have important work to do, you matter and we need to start living like it.

So I’m going to start my own mini-rebellion by wearing white denim, jean shorts and tank tops. My cellulite will show and so will my back fat and you know what? I can’t freaking wait. Will you join me?

xoxo,

Tracy

Lynnae all day

LuLaRoe Amelia, Lynnae, Carly

LuLaRoe Amelia, LuLaRoe Carly, LuLaRoe Lynnae

I love that you can wear the Lynnae with jeans or leggings but she’s also great to layer under our dresses to make them winter worthy. I’ve been wearing mine under my Amelia and Carly.

LuLaRoe Amelia, Lynnae, Carly

Don’t be afraid of the patterns. I love how this patterned Lynnae looks under the solid Carly.LuLaRoe Amelia, LuLaRoe Carly, LuLaRoe Lynnae

Amelia was my first love when it comes to LuLaRoe. You put her on and instantly feel like you’re home. LuLaRoe Amelia, LuLaRoe Carly, LuLaRoe Lynnae

Pockets are a girl’s best friend, amiright?

LuLaRoe Amelia, LuLaRoe Carly, LuLaRoe Lynnae

It’s also nice to throw a patterned dress on with a solid top underneath. If you’re in a colder climate just throw on some tights and add a Sarah and you’re good to go!

LuLaRoe Amelia, LuLaRoe Carly, LuLaRoe Lynnae
photos by @kellieblogs

Have you tried a Lynnae with one of our dresses? What’s your favorite dress to wear them with?

I’ve got brand new Amelias and Lynnaes in the shop this week. I”ll be going live on Tuesday at noon EST and Wednesday at 8pm EST. Click here to join my shop.

Remember, you are worthy and deeply loved!

xoxo,

Tracy

 

 

 

Valentine outfit

LuLaRoe Valentine's leggings, LuLaRoe leggings, LuLaRoe Valentine collection

It’s all the heart eyes y’all! I paired my Valentine outfit with my favorite @lularoesupply leopard booties, Noir Lynnae and a solid black Harvey.

LuLaRoe Valentine's leggings, LuLaRoe leggings, LuLaRoe Valentine collection

Valentine leggings are here!

Mixing patterns refer to systematic tendencies of one type of nodes in a network to connect to another type. For instance, nodes might tend to link to others that are very similar or very different – Via Wikipedia

LuLaRoe Valentine's leggings, LuLaRoe leggings, LuLaRoe Valentine collection

Pattern mixing is so much fun, don’t be afraid of it. I consider leopard to be a neutral which means I wear it with everything. If you’re new to pattern mixing and leopard scares you, try hearts with stripes.

LuLaRoe Valentine's leggings, LuLaRoe leggings, LuLaRoe Valentine collection

Do you have big Valentine’s plans? The hubs and I are not super into Valentine’s Day. We will probably just hang out and watch a movie. I promise we are not those people but we’ve always said that when you’re married to your best friend, every day is Valentine’s Day. Don’t hate us, I swear we’re not super obnoxious. Haha!

LuLaRoe Valentine's leggings, LuLaRoe leggings, LuLaRoe Valentine collection
photos by @kellieblogs

If you’re looking to shop Valentine leggings, check out my page. I’ll be going live with on Tuesday at 12pm and again at 8pm EST. Be sure to like my business page so you don’t miss the sale!

Interested in being styled by me? Click here: http://tracyvazquez.com/LuLaBox

Remember you are worthy and deeply loved,

xoxo,

Tracy

Skirting the issue

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez, LuLaRoe Jill, LuLaRoe Lola, LuLaRoe Madison

It happens every year, I don’t know why it surprises me. {insert eye roll} Winter is here and honestly, it’s a fashion travesty because every cute outfit I want to wear is covered up by my stupid winter coat.

The struggle between fashion and comfort is so real and Y’all best believe I choose fashion every time but then again am I skirting the issue?

Here’s a Quick How to…

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez, LuLaRoe Jill, LuLaRoe Lola, LuLaRoe Madison

Thankfully, I live in a rather moderate climate so I have plenty of days where if I dress warmly enough, I don’t need a jacket. I’ve been really digging the chunky sweater trend because I can get away with throwing it on and leaving my jacket at home.

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

If you live in a colder climate, throw on some fleece lined tights and you’re good to go. This gives my skirts a lot more rotation in my closet aka more bang for my buck.

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

I also threw on a chunky sweater over my favorite Amelia. The pockets are still my favorite.

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez, LuLaRoe Amelia

This Amelia was one of my first ones and it’s still in my top 10 faves. I also love that almost 2 years later and I’m still finding ways to remix it. I have a rule that I won’t buy something unless I can find at least 3 ways to wear it.

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez, LuLaRoe Amelia

It also helps that mustard is my fave. I will wear it forever and ever amen. So many women I work with are afraid of it. Not just mustard, it could be some color they were told they couldn’t wear because of their skin tone or hair color. I have one thing to say to that: if you like it, wear it. If you want to wear mustard, just freaking do it! I promise there are not actual fashion police.

No one will arrest you for wearing what you want. I always say that I believe clothing can give you the power to live your best life. I feel confident, you will act confident. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many people have the misconception that they will wait for confidence and then do it but in actuality, you gain confidence by doing things that scare you. Fashion is just the beginning but it can empower you in all areas of your life. I know because I’ve seen it in my own life.

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez, LuLaRoe Amelia
photos by @kellieblogs

If you’re looking to shop outfits, I’ll be pairing my chunky sweaters with Madisons and Lolas in the shop. Going live on Tuesday at 8pm EST. Don’t miss brand new inventory! Click the link to join.

As always, I want you to know you are worthy and deeply loved.

xoxo,

Tracy

Elegant Holidays

LuLaRoe Elegant, LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

LuLaRoe Elegant, LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

Tis the season for getting fancy y’all, today I’m styling two LuLaRoe Elegant pieces. One of the pieces is vintage Elegant and the other is from this year’s release but I promise both of them are swoon worthy. I’m not usually a huge fan of glitter, I think it’s PTSD from crafting with kids while I was a teacher. This time of year though, I make an exception. I even put glitter on my nails because it’s fun and festive. I especially love all of the pieces from our Elegant collection which are sparkly, shiny and super festive.

LuLaRoe Lucy, LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

This skirt is the Lucy and I love how dramatic she is. I paired her with this fun ruffle shirt. I love that the shirt has long sleeves because I cannot do cold weather y’all. Grab a cute clutch and a pair of heels and you’re good.

LuLaRoe Lucy, LuLaRoe Elegant

The next look mixes a few trends together. The first being a lace top. I got this one here and then I put a black cami that I already had under it. It looks kind of weird on the hanger because it’s completely see through but I promise if you put a cami under it, you’ll love it

I promise I was not trying to flip anyone off…or am I? Kidding, I was just trying to hide the glitter container and hold my clutch all with one hand while I casually tucked my hair behind my ear.  #actnatural

Totally digging all of these textures together. Are you DYING over this skirt? It’s a Jill, normally they are pleated but with the Elegant collection they are in all different fabrics. I’m a fabric nerd but I don’t know what this material is called, if you do be sure to let me know in the comments. All I know is that it is freaking fabulous!

LuLaRoe Elegant, LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

So as I mentioned above, I’m not usually a huge fan of glitter and here is why. Let me set the scene for you, first it was 34 degrees and as you can see I am in short sleeves. Add to that the fact the morning of the shoot there were some sort of arctic winds so it was super windy. My rock star photographer Kellie wears her sweet baby while she shoots. So we wanted to make quick work of this particular photo because brrrr y’all. So we go to do the first glitter shot and a huge gust of wind comes through and throws the glitter all over me. Opposite of the effect we were going for. Repeat times five and goodbye glitter, goodbye shot. We were just trying to not cry from laughing so hard. The last shot we nailed it but I had to blow into the camera but that also meant into the baby that Kellie is wearing. So not only am I covered in glitter but so is Kellie and so is the baby. I swear it’s like sand at the beach, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kellie found glitter in Emmaline’s diaper. It brings “she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes” to a whole new level. So glamorous y’all!

Let’s have a moment for these socks y’all. I saw this trend in Instyle earlier this fall and then again in the LuLaRoe Elegant collection photo shoot and I thought um wow, that’s a lot. Then the more I looked at it the more curious I got. Here’s the thing about fashion and trends, if it doesn’t make you a little uncomfortable then you’re not doing it right. Then I happened upon a pair at Target and I decided to give them a try. You can shop the socks here.

One time I had someone ask me how I got to be so confident. It was one of those situations where you look around you to make sure the person is talking to you. Um, I don’t know that I am confident. I just do things and then later realize I did it which makes me bolder the next time and so on and so forth. So I guess it’s just something that grows the more you take chances. I know that being bolder in my fashion choices has helped me feel more confident. I don’t always think that I am rocking something in the moment but I’ll look myself in the mirror, channel my inner Beyonce and just do the dang thing. It’s a mix of being stubborn and not wanting anyone to tell me what do to. You don’t think socks should be worn with high heels? Challenge accepted. I love that this look is not only festive but it also pushes me outside my comfort zone in the best way possible. I attended a Mad Men themed cocktail party a few weeks ago which was the perfect place to rock this outfit. I’m looking forward to finding ways to wear my Elegant all year long. What about you? How are you dressing for the holidays? Looking for some Elegant pieces to add to your wardrobe? You can shop them here

photos by @kellieblogs

 

Thank you for reading.

Remember that you are worthy and deeply loved!

xoxo,

Tracy

Styling the Amelia for the Holidays

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez
LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez
How to style your LuLaRoe Amelia for the Holidays

The Christmas season is upon us. The stress of what to wear to work parties, church events and for family photos. I feel ya gf, it’s just one more thing to add to your already growing to do list. So, I’ve put together 2 different ways to style my Amelia. I know solid black Amelias are hard to come by but I still have a few left in my shop. Click here to join.

The first way is to layer a shirt under your Amelia, I know, right? Game changer! Since I wanted to be festive for this photo I picked a buffalo plaid but a chambray or other nice holiday plaid would do. I love how the collar comes out and lays on top of the dress.

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

Thin belts have been my thing lately, especially this leopard print one. It adds just the right amount of pattern mixing without being too wild and crazy. I also love the pop of sparkle this statement necklace gives it. See that collar detail? Love it!

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez

Another trend I was dying to try is the neck scarf, so chic. And what better time to channel your inner Parisian than for your Christmas card?

LuLaRoe Amelia, neck scarf

I tried it tied up really short and tied with a longer tail. Which way do you like better?

LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez, LuLaRoe Amelia

I added a touch of leopard with my clutch, I just love how it adds whimsy to the look.

LuLaRoe Amelia, LuLaRoe Tracy Vazquez
photos by @kellieblogs

Can we take a moment for these boots? I mean, I die! Sometimes LuLaRoe releases products to us consultants first, as a test market. They have been working on adding shoes for a while and it’s something that will be coming down the pipe. These are rose gold and slit on the sides. I also ordered a leopard pair. I’ve found in fashion that if I’m not a little uncomfortable at times, I’m not doing it right. These boots definitely push me outside my comfort zone in the best way possible. I never thought I’d wear a moto jacket but honestly it is one of my favorite things in my wardrobe. The same thing goes for these booties. I was wearing them the other day and a lady at TJ Maxx said I looked like a rock star. I’ll take it because honestly, I feel like a rock star in these shoes. So, stay tuned for more dets on our shoes.

Remember you are worthy and you are loved

xoxo,

Tracy

 

Carly for fall

How to style your LuLaRoe Carly for Fall
LuLaRoe Carly by Tracy Vazquez
Tie your shirt around your waist

You guys fall is here that means leaves, pumpkins and cooler weather. Well if you’re from NC it means it’s cool in the morning and then you’re sweating by noon. So how’s a girl to dress? Layers of course. In this article I give you a few tips on how to style your LuLaRoe Carly for fall.

I love any excuse to layer all the things. If you’ve read my previous few posts, you’ll know that I like the rule of 3 when it comes to planning an outfit. Do I sound like a broken record yet? I mean it literally is in my head every time I think about what to wear and I promise if you start using it too, it will totally help you out!

LuLaRoe Carly
How to layer your Carly for fall
LuLaRoe Carly by Tracy Vazquez
3 pieces adds dimension to your outfit

I love the look of a flannel shirt over a Carly. In this look I also paired it with my Jaxon. I like the longer feel of the Jaxon but in a pinch you could do a cropped jacket like the Harvey too. It all depends on what you are comfortable in. I love how the colors in the button down shirt pull out the mustard in the Carly. When you’re pattern mixing like this you also want to make sure you stay in the same color family. A color family can be jewel tones, pastels, or primary colors. You also want to add a more organized pattern like the gingham with a more unpredictable pattern like the florals in this Carly.

LuLaRoe Carly by Tracy Vazquez
Tying the shirt helps to define the waistline.

If it gets too hot for the jean jacket, you can take it off and tie a knot around your waist with the shirt. I like that it helps to give some definition to the Carly.

LuLaRoe Carly by Tracy Vazquez
Tie your shirt around your waist

When it gets too hot for your flannel shirt you just tie that baby around your waist and keep on working it.

LuLaRoe Carly by Tracy Vazquez
photos by @kellieblogs

Need another transition? Add that jean jacket back to your outfit. If you’re looking for Carly outfits be sure to join my shop. I’ll be dropping outfits to the wall all day.

Remember, you are worthy and loved just the way you are.

xoxo,

Tracy

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Denim dreams do come true LuLa Roe’s Harvey and Jaxon

Denim dreams do come true LuLa Roe’s Harvey and Jaxon

Have you ever tried something on and didn’t realize what you were missing in your life? Enter Harvey and Jaxon. They are the newest kids on the LuLaRoe block {high five for a 90’s reference} Our designer Patrick has really outdone himself this time. Usually denim is restrictive and suffocating. Not this denim, it’s stretchy and breathable. All I can say is that, dreams do come true and there

Harvey has a more traditional cut, I am wearing the XL in this photo. I can wear a M, L and XL because hello stretchy denim but prefer the fit of the XL the best. The denim comes in several variations, different washes from light to dark, colored denim and embroidery.

 

This is the lighter wash with embroidery. This one is also a size L. I mean this detail y’all! There are 2 inside pockets and the buttons have our logo on them. I mean, the cutest!

The Jaxon is a longer hem and looks super cute paired with our dresses and skirts. For size reference I am wearing a L. PS- I’m obsessed with the length of the Jaxon!

 

That stitching is the stuff of dreams ya’ll…denim dreams! This is done by hand, not a patch!

I love that I can layer it with dresses or over a Joy vest. I’m a big fan of the rule of 3 in fashion. The rule of three comes from art and implies that things that are grouped in odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing. I keep this in mind when I am putting an outfit together. I would pair a top with a skirt and then throw on a denim jacket. I could add a necklace too but then I would also add statement earrings or a clutch or if I’m channeling my inner Joey, maybe a Joy vest too.

Okay maybe the Joey example is taking it a bit far, you don’t want to go overboard but don’t be afraid of adding those layers!

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