Sunday, January 22, 2017

Eshakti Style

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Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story Fashion Blog fashion blogger California fashion blogger petite fashion blogger eshakti black and royal blue blouse red jacket red umbrella black zara boots Zac Posen black bag




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Photography: Franz Swantko
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Blouse: Eshakti
Bag: Zac Posen
Boots: Zara
Trousers: Ann Taylor
Jacket: Vintage

* This is a sponsored post and I received this blouse to review.  However, I was not paid for this post.

Hello!  How are you doing?  It was raining on the day that we took these photos, so I had to hold an umbrella in most of these shots.  Hope you don't mind.  

Today, I wanted to talk about the brand Eshakti.  This company recently contacted me to write a review of one of their items, so I chose this beautiful black blouse with royal blue contrasting outlines.  As you can see, this blouse has beautiful details and is very well made.  This shirt took some time to arrive, but I was pleasantly surprised.  It even came with a matching black tank top to wear underneath. 

 What I enjoyed most about my shopping experience from Eshakti is that I was able to customize it.  Not only did they have my size, but I was also able to choose the sleeve length.  They gave me options to make this blouse into a short sleeve, long sleeve, a shorter length above the elbow, or three-quarter length below the elbow.  Nice!

They also do a great job of giving you choices for customization in regards to:
  • Length of dresses
  • Type of sleeves
  • Desired Necklines
To see how it works click: Here


 They even offer clothing from size 0-36W or you can customize to your size.

Other things to Love About Eshakti:

They offer a downloadable Mobile App with 10% off of orders placed through the app.
They offer free return shipping to all orders in the US.

You can see all of their: New Arrivals Here and Valentine's Day Outfits Here

This is my second time ordering from Eshakti and I would highly recommend them.

Hope you have a Wonderful Week!








Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lessons from The Intern



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Have you ever seen the movie The Intern?  If you haven't already seen it, I would definitely recommend it.  I watched this movie a few months ago and loved it.  There were a few themes woven throughout this story that I thought we could apply in our own lives.  


Here are a few lessons we can learn from The Intern...


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1. Creating a Work/Life Balance

This can be tricky, especially when you're under the pressure of trying to "Do It All".  Whether you're a Super Mom/Dad, a Super Single Mom/Dad, or are a Super Single Person and are striving for Excellence in Every Aspect of Your Life, finding that balance at home and at work can create a happier you.


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  • Make Time for Exercise- Making time for exercise before work, after work, or taking a walk with our loved ones after dinner is essential. A 20-minute walk to get out of our minds and into our bodies is better than doing nothing.  
  • Tech Free Meal Time- We had a life before cell phones, well some of us did.  There is absolutely no need for us to be on the phone constantly texting or in front of a screen watching video after video.  Also, our response to that latest email can wait a minute while we decompress a little with our loved ones talking face to face over dinner.
  • Pre-Plan Meals- Starting out a crock pot meal in the morning will save us time when we get home from a long day at work.  There are also companies like Sun Basket or Blue Apron where we can order organic meals that are responsibly sourced.  Some meal delivery services cater to a vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo diets that can be conveniently delivered directly to our homes.  
  • Delegating/ Outsourcing- If we are the boss lady or man, we may want to delegate duties or outsource a service.  Delegating specific tasks to members of our team can grant us extra time to work on more important projects and also give our employees more opportunities to grow and shine.

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2. Befriending the Most Senior Professional in Your Company-  When a well-seasoned professional speaks, we know it.  It's in their professional demeanor, acumen, and in the way they dress.  In this movie, Robert De Niro might have come in as a Senior Intern, but he walked in as a very Wise Seasoned Professional.  Have you ever heard of this phrase?  Birds of  a Feather, Flock Together?  When we are new at a company, we don't know everything, but Senior Members do.  It's good to get to know them, let them mentor us and most importantly, Listen. They've been there longer than we have and they know what it takes to be successful in that company's culture.  Making sure we stay humble and ask questions is important to remember.  After all, their wisdom can help build our strength.


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3. Never Underestimate Someone Else's Abilities or Talk Down to Your Team When You Become "The Boss Lady or Boss Man"
Understanding each person's strengths can be the biggest asset to any organization.  Taking an inventory of each person's abilities is key.  They may even do certain things better than you can.  So, if you hire them, let them do what they do best.  Also, showing respect to your team by not talking down to them will make Everyone Feel Like Someone.




Photography: Franz Swantko
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Hair: Drybar
Dress: Zara
 Heels: Brian Atwood
Envelope Clutch: Sorelli
Scarf: Simply Vera Vera Wang
Sunnies: Tom Ford
Jacket: Armani Exchange
Satchel: Ralph Lauren


Sunday, January 15, 2017

A & F Inspired Holiday Decor

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shabby chic white rustic lantern Christmas lantern decoration
Photo By: Joanna Joy


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red and gold sequin Christmas tree decoration with led fairy lights
Awesome Red and Gold Sequin Christmas Tree Decoration
Photo By: Joanna Joy


red poinsettias
Photo By: Joanna Joy


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Photo By: Joanna Joy



Photography: Franz Swantko
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Gazebo Styled By: Joanna Joy
Jacket: Abercrombie and Fitch
Pants: J Brand
Boots: Uggs

Hello!  How is your weekend going?  

This is my Part 2 Holiday in Review Post.  Today, I wanted to show you the inspiration for the decor in our gazebo.  One of my favorite jackets to wear in the winter is this A and F jacket with a furry hood.  I bought this jacket years ago and can't seem to part with it.  This jacket is so comfortable and warm and is perfect to stay cozy inside of the gazebo.

My inspiration for the inside of this gazebo came from the inside lining of this A and F jacket (featured in the hood above).  I wanted to make it look and feel like the inside of and A and F jacket :)  

What do you think?  Are you feeling it?

This is one of my casual cold weather looks.  I've been wearing my cozy Uggs constantly this winter because it has been cold and raining so much in California.  Uggs are a winter essential in my opinion.  Rain rarely happens, but I am so glad to see it because we are in a severe drought and we definitely need it.  How do you feel about wearing skinny pants? Corduroy skinny pants are some of my favorite pants to wear when it's cold because I like the fact that they easily be tucked into knee high boots.  These pants are from J Brand and I really like the fit.

This was one of our last photos of the night, so we had a little toast to end the evening.  

Cheers to another creative year of blogging and self-expression!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday-Christmas Holiday 2016 In Review


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Photo By: Joanna Joy


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Photography: Franz Swantko
Gazebo Styled By: Joanna Joy
Art By: Marcus Chavez
Dress: Vintage 
Necklace: Vintage
Shoes: Guess
Handbag: Moschino

Hello!  How are you doing?  Sorry to get this up so late, but I had taken a little hiatus from the blog during the holidays because I was having fun decorating the gazebo with some of my favorite little elves and celebrating of course (see sip of champagne in a fancy glass above) :)  It took days to set up this gazebo for our Christmas Party.  It was lots of work, but completely worth it.  

What did you do to get ready for the holidays?

Last year, I wore this dress for a Christmas party because I really like emerald green and I really like velvet.  This is my go to Christmas dress.  Last year I wore it with a gold sparkly belt and red blazer, and this year I decided to style it with an emerald and gold crystal vintage necklace.  Burgundy velvet was a nice change to accent this green outfit instead of wearing Christmas Red as well.  I Love these burgundy velvet stiletto heels by Guess. They are old, but I still love wearing them out during the winter season every chance I get.

What did you do to celebrate the holidays in 2016?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Italian Vintage

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Sweater: Missoni
Skirt: Missoni
Boots: Donald J. Pliner
Lipstick: Nars Audacious in Mona
Shirt: Vintage
Hair: Sarah Furey
Makeup: Nora
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello and Happy New Year to You!  It has been awhile since my last post because I have been enjoying the holidays immensely. I put together an Italian Vintage look for today's outfit, hope you like it.  This is a rust colored vintage Missoni sweater combo I found a few months back for fall and I am completely in love with it.  It is more of a fall color, but can still be worn in winter because it is made with high-quality heavy wool.  It is so warm and goes perfectly with my new boots that I gifted myself recently.  I've been looking at these boots for about a year and finally decided to buy them because they had a holiday sale.  These boots are my favorite at the moment. They are embellished black suede stiletto boots from Donald J. Pliner and if you have been following me in previous posts, you know how much I love his shoes.  His shoes are like a work of art, handcrafted, and extremely well made at an affordable price point.  They also go great under skirts and dresses for the winter.  Additionally, I found this perfect matching rust/ brick colored lipstick from the Nars Audacious line in Mona.  It's a perfect every day lipstick too.  


Hope you have a Wonderful Week!

XOXO Joanna

Thursday, December 8, 2016

10 Ways to Shop and Give Back

As I sit here at the local Linden Public coffee house and bistro sipping on my cappuccino and contemplating Holiday Gift Giving, I can't help but recognize how extremely blessed I am to live the life I lead today.  I have not experienced hunger this week, I have clean water to drink, and I have acquired an education.  I feel truly grateful.  However, it is also for this reason that I feel compelled to give back when I can.  I hope you too will truly consider Shopping From this List this Holiday Season.  

So in this Spirit of Giving, today I am sharing... 


10 Ways to Shop and Give Back 


1. AUrate New York





This year give the gift of Literacy.  This company makes stunningly beautiful modern yellow, white, and rose gold jewelry in New York.  They employ a "Book for Your Look" philosophy when it comes to giving back.  For every piece of jewelry that is purchased, they donate a book to an economically underprivileged child.  After all, reading is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving and that's always a good investment. 

2. The Giving Keys




This year give the gift of Empowerment.  This company is based in Los Angeles and employs those transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles to make their keys.  Did you know that Los Angeles is one of the cities with the largest population of homeless individuals in the United States? You can purchase holiday gift sets with a key and candle for your loved ones Here.  And if you purchase one for yourself, don't forget to pay it forward.

3. Sweet Cavanagh




This year give the gift of Recovery.  You can purchase gorgeous jewelry designed and handmade in London by women recovering from eating disorders and addictions.  All profits go to Free Me, a registered charity that provides free therapy, group support, career training, and access to a registered dietitian.  These proceeds can help give these women access to resources they desperately need, but may not be able to afford.

4. Bloom and Give




This year give the gift of Education.  This company donates 50% of the profits from handmade scarves and bags to support education for girls in India.  This model is based on the premise that education is the most effective way to fight poverty and gender inequality for generations to come.

5. One Hope Wine




This year help Support Our Troops. The Support Our Troops Gift Box contains One Hope Zinfandel, and a special Italian silk David Fin tie with camouflage lining.  With every six gift boxes purchased you will be providing a veteran a chance to continue serving through disaster relief.  Each tie helps a veteran get a job through the Hiring Our Heroes initiative.  It's a great gift for an awesome boss or colleague.

6. Bird and Stone




This year give the gift of  Inspiring Women to become Independent Entrepreneurs.  This company helps teach single and widowed women in Kenya about business, agriculture, and accounting to help lift themselves out of poverty and make a living though starting their own businesses.  This dainty jewelry is so pretty, you'll want to give it to all the special people in your circle.

7. Bombas Socks





This year give the gift of Warm and Comfortable Feet with Socks built with Innovative Technology.  Did you know that socks are the most requested item in homeless shelters? This company donates one pair of their socks for every pair sold to a homeless person in need.  You can never have too many socks, especially unique ones like these.

8. SoapBox Soaps




This year give the gift of Hope, Soap, and Clean Water.  Soap=Hope  By purchasing one bar of soap, this swell little gift will give clean water to someone in need and will help teach individuals about hygienic practices through hand washing to help save lives.  And everyone could use a little more soap in their lives.

9. Warby Parker




This year, give the gift of  Seeing Better.  Warby Parker gives one pair of glasses to a person in need for every pair that is sold.  They offer prescription, reading, and sunglasses.  What could be better than helping someone else see the world better!

10. Alex and Ani- Charity By Design Collection




This year give the gift of Empowerment, Love, and Community.  Alex and Ani donates 20% of each bangle purchased to various organizations during the holiday season.  With so many beautiful bangles and charms to choose from, you will have a hard time deciding on just one.











Monday, November 14, 2016

A World of Adventure

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One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.  "Which road do I take?" she asked.  "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered.  "Then," said the cat, "It doesn't matter."  -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


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"Live life fully while you're here.  Experience everything.  Take care of yourself and your friends.  Have fun, be crazy, be weird.  Go out and screw up!  You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process.  Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human." -Anthony Robbins


" Don't let what you don't know scare you, because it can become your greatest asset.  And if you do things without knowing how they have always been done, you're guaranteed to do them differently."-Sarah Blakely

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"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings." -Lao Tzu

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"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change." -Wayne Dyer

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"It's time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you." -Iyanla Vanzant

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 "The trouble is you think you have time." -Buddha


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"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -Neitzsche

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Dress: Vintage
Shoes: Hale Bob
Art: Kon Zhou
Hair and Makeup: Nora
Photography: Franz Swantko