Friday, August 5, 2016

My Dream Closet

Have you ever imagined what your 
dream closet would look like?

I have.  

It would be Functional, Organized, and Spacious.

It would also have…

A Sparkly Chandelier

Restoration Hardware crystal circle chandelier
Restoration Hardware

Lots of space between each item.

Natural light with a glass ceiling like an atrium for an airy feel.  I would love to experience the sunlight even while working indoors on my computer.

A large bistro café like table with two chairs so I can use that space to set up my computer, work on my blog, or drink coffee with a friend.

A fluffy chair with a side of flowers.

A corner with a large full length dressing mirror with backlit lighting.

A Rococo Style Vintage Vanity. 

One can dream…Okay, back to reality….Does your closet look like this?  

Are you a college student living in a very small dorm in San Francisco? Maybe you just moved into your first micro apartment in New York City, or are renting a little room with no closet space at all in Los Angeles, and all you have is a makeshift rolling clothes rack with a hanging shoe rack over the door.  

makespace app

Are you an amazingly creative, but disorganized, and messy fashion blogger in Chicago?  Shoe, bag, and clothes hoarder?  Is your jewelry a tangled mess and you can’t find the pair to the other shoe in the pile?  Or maybe could it be that you just have too much stuff?

makespace app

Ok, you don’t have to answer that…but if you can relate to this scenario, then maybe this app from MakeSpace can help to pick up, store, and bring back what closet items you need each season when you need them. 

The first part of getting organized is getting rid of stuff you don’t use or need.   Getting rid of stuff that doesn’t bring you joy like pants that you grew out of back in high school and that souvenir collection collecting dust, all need to go. Below is a flowchart that may help you decide how you can declutter.
makespace app

The next part is sorting through what you will need and use for the current season and what you can store away for the next season.  That way, the space you have stays functional, organized, and spacious.

Here is how it works:

When you download their app, you can ask a MakeSpace representative to pick up your stuff, store it safely for you for as long as you wish, and when you need it back for that season or move, you can request it back again by simply using the MakeSpace app.  

makespace app

makespace app

If you'd like to see some of the Self Storage Locations Click Here 

More locations are coming soon.  What a great idea for an app!

*This post was a collaboration with MakeSpace.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Night Festival

handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots

Creme Forever 21 Kimono, handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots

Handmade dress, Joanna Joy California Fashion Blogger

handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots

Creme Forever 21 Kimono, handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots

Michael Kors tan suede boots

Creme Forever 21 Kimono, handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots

Dress: Handmade
Handbag: Michael Kors
Boots: Michael Kors
Kimono: Forever 21
Makeup and Hair: Amy Velasquez @Salon Pop, Long Beach, CA
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  Hope everyone is having a great week.  Since summer is upon us, I thought I'd do a summer night festival outfit post for you.  

If you've already bought your tickets to this year's hottest summer festival, now it's time to figure out what to wear.  During the day it could be sizzling hot out, so you'd rather wear something comfy and cool like high-waisted cut-off denim shorts with a flowy boho top and cute espadrilles or sandals.  However, when the night hours of the desert approach, you could be reaching for some comfy stylish wedge boots, a warm kimono sweater, and a cute leather crossbody or messenger bag.

For today's look, I wanted to show a daytime look with this handmade dress worn without the kimono, but instead folded over and cinched with a tie belt to make it appear shorter.  I would normally wear this outfit with sandals or espadrilles during the day.  This dress can also transition and appear longer when let loose.  By adding the belt over the kimono sweater, it gives this outfit a warmer look for evening.  Also, the boots would make wearing a dress at night with cooler temperatures more doable for summer festivals.  In addition, a small crossbody bag or messenger bag would make holding your necessities much easier while dancing at the Silent Disco or moving through big crowds.  I am in love with transitional pieces that go from day to night because they are so easy to wear.  How about you? 

I would love to hear what festivals you are going to this year.  What are you going to wear?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Accessorizing for the Fourth of July!

Hello!  Happy Monday to you!  Today, we celebrate Independence Day in the United States.  In observance of this day, I thought it would be fun to wear flag jewelry and a handbag reminiscent of fireworks.  Here are the photos of the patriotic bracelet and sequin handbag I wore.  Adding a few sparkly accessories can make any outfit pop.  This weekend we had a little barbecue with friends and watched fireworks in the sky.  It's a great start to a wonderful week!

Hope you are having a Marvelous Monday!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Black & White & Embellished

Black Kenar Mini Dress, Donald J. Pliner black thigh high boots, Donald and Lisa Siganature black thigh high boots, white flap vintage embellished handbag, mod makeup

Joanna Joy A Stylish Love Story California Fashion Blogger Mod Makeup

Black Kenar mini dress

Black Kenar Mini Dress, Donald J. Pliner black thigh high boots, Donald and Lisa Siganature black thigh high boots, white flap vintage embellished handbag

Black Kenar Mini Dress, Donald J. Pliner black thigh high boots, Donald and Lisa Siganature black thigh high boots, white flap vintage embellished handbag, mod makeup
Mini Dress: Kenar
Handbag: Vintage
Boots: Donald and Lisa Signature
Hair and Makeup: Amy Velasquez @ Salon Pop
Photography: Franz Swantko

Happy Tuesday to You!  Today, I 'm posting some old photos I took a few months back when I did a day of shooting with this awesome 60's mod makeup and hair from Amy Velasquez at one of my local salons in Long Beach, CA.  

It's summertime and the sun is shining, the waves are crashing, and it's time to throw on some bright tangerine, yellow, and red hues.  However, you can't stand the thought of getting out of your black, navy, and gray outfits.  If you'd rather stay in the dark this summer, this is for you. 

For a breath of fresh air try a black midi or sundress with some white accessories. I'm constantly on the lookout for white accessories like big bold beaded necklaces, filigree earrings, belts, scarves, bracelets, handbags, and heels. If you'd rather conceal than reveal,  a little pop of white accessories to a black, brown, burgundy, or navy outfit will surely make wearing darker colors this summer transition with ease.  Also, If it still looks too disconnected, add a neutral to the mix like tan/black/white or gray/black/white or navy/tan/white (my favorite).

You may also consider accessories with embellishments like pom poms, white beads or sequins, fringe, a print, or eyelet textured materials to add more interest to a dark outfit.

Hope you try this out this summer:)



Monday, June 20, 2016

Meaningful Monday "The Heel"

Ezekiel Bread

I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day weekend!  You are probably wondering why I am showing you this picture of pieces of bread today.  Reflecting on Father's Day made me realize how much my papa did for me and my family.  If you asked me what reminded me of him the most, I would have to say bread...when I see"the heel" piece particularly.  He was the one who stayed together with my mom when she was sick, did the grocery shopping, cleaned the house, worked a full time job, and cooked healthy dinners for us every night.  He did his share, and then some.  He went above and beyond what most men would do.  And when it came down to the last two pieces of bread, he would always give me the "good piece" and take "the heel".

Friday, June 10, 2016

Interview on Terry's Two Cents

My Interview on Terry's Two Cents

Today, I am featured on Terry's Blog.  You can find my interview on his blog Terry's Two Cents by clicking here: Interview

Terry is a fashion forward style blogger who features new twists on classic styles and accessories.  You will also see sketches introducing his lovely shoe designs, which are inspired by other style bloggers.  Terry is great at connecting with his followers.  You can find him here:

Terry's Two Cents
The Style of Terry
Created By Terry

You can also follow him here:

Instagram: styleofterry
Twitter: Style of Terry
Tumblr: What Terry Likes
Bloglovin': Terry's Two Cents

Thank you for this Opportunity Terry!  Hope you Enjoy Reading My Interview with Terry!

Cheers to the Weekend!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Swinging Lace

Swing Lace Coat: Alfani
Earrings: Ralph Lauren
Bodycon Dress: Prime Cut
Wedges: Circa
Belt: Thrifted
Hair: Jennifer Ehrke @ Salon Pop
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!  Have you done any shopping recently? I stopped by South Coast Plaza over the Memorial Day Weekend for some great deals at Banana Republic and Macy's.  Macy's has a great selection of petite clothing from classic to modern styles.  In fact, that is where I got this beautiful swing lace coat from Alfani and shoes from Circa.  These items aren't new, but I really like them, so I have been keeping them in my closet to wear year after year.  I have been shopping at this major department store with my mom since I was a teenager. It never ceases to amaze me at how friendly and helpful all of the sales people they are in letting customers know what sales are going on, especially with a Macy's Credit Card. This time, I even got an extra $50 credit to spend in their store starting today.  So Awesome!  Did you catch any great sales recently? 

Hope you have a wonderful week!