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The Ultimate Fashionista blog was started in 2012 as creative outlet to share my personal style, outfit ideas, fashion tips, and a small piece of me with the world.  My main goal is to reach as many people as I can to help them create and refine their own personal style.

Style is my business and I love exploring all the venues in getting my message across.  I hope that my blog becomes a resource for many.  I look forward to the challenge of sharing my personal style perspectives with an interactive audience. 

I hope it will inspire you and thank you in advance for all your love and support!

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Secret Garden

Happy Saturday! One of the most favorite things I love about spring and living in the south is nature.  North Carolina is such a gorgeous place. The beauty of having four seasons, small-town charm, easy access to the beach and mountains, and beautiful gardens have me feeling spoiled. This garden gazebo was the perfect backdrop for a quick photo sesh to wear this Multicolor Wrap Front Maxi Dress.  I love the gorgeous vintage style which has a pretty dark leafy print over it.  It looks great paired with gladiator sandals.  I finished the look with a bold chartreuse jeweled necklace, a vintage crocheted handbag, and then topped it off with a vintage straw hat.  You know I couldn’t forget my hat! 🙂 I love prints, colors, dresses, and feminine pieces. This dress is seriously like a breath of fresh air.  Maxi dresses are quickly becoming my best friend this Spring! They are such an easy way to look put together, with minimal effort Photography by:  Sharon Bui What I Am Wearing: // Multicolor Wrap Front Maxi Dress // Romwe // Gladiator Sandals // Lasennia by JustFab // 1940s Half Moon Crocheted Handbag // Vintage // Straw Hat // Vintage from Father & Son   Love, The Ultimate... read more

Tropic of Discussion

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all are having a great start to the week.  All of the warm weather lately has me daydreaming about a trip to the tropics.  This fun and flirty vintage dress I scored from Goodwill for less than $10 USD is ideal for a tropical vacation.  The vibrant neon psychedelic purple and orange print with double bell sleeves is definitely an eye-catcher. I love that I can wear it as a vacation dress, but also out on the weekends bringing into everyday life as well.  The bell sleeve trend is one that’s definitely been around for a while, and I don’t think is going anywhere anytime soon.  If you become one of my clients, I’ll be happy to shop and get some of these amazing, one of a kind deals for you too. Have you planned your vacay yet?  This year I’m considering a trip to the Caribbean, but I would also LOVE to go back to the Amalfi Coast.  I haven’t decided quite yet, but where ever I go I’ll definitely be taking this dress with me. Photography by:  Sharon Bui What I Am Wearing: // Vintage Hawaiian Dress // Thrifted // Shoes // Ashleigh by ShoeDazzle   Love, The Ultimate... read more

ShoeDazzle HandBag Top Picks

Hello Dolls, I’m a sucker for a great handbag!  I couldn’t help but notice that ShoeDazzle is offering some amazing handbags this spring, so I decided to publish my top picks for the month of March.  Handbags with two handle straps are my favorite because they’re easy to carry on your shoulder or arm. Check out these amazing colors for spring.   ACE – Marigold AIJAN  – Turquoise BENTLEY – Poppy BRAD – Mineral Blue GARY – Blush       Which one of these is your favorite handbag and why?   Love, The Ultimate Fashionista      ... read more

Style Risk-Taker

It was time to change it up, because I’m a style risk-taker! Being a style risk-taker is no different from the weather.  Not only is it unpredictable, but it shows a new perspective every day.  We’ve been experiencing extreme weather fluctuations in my area for the past few months.  On cooler casual days like now, this fabulous light grey high low drawstring hooded sweatshirt by Romwe has been my saving grace.  I love how warm and comfortable, yet chic it is!   Photography by:  Sharon Bui What I Am Wearing: // Light Grey Drop Shoulder High Low Drawstring Hooded Sweatshirt // Romwe // Khaki Skirt //  DKNY (Similar here) // Denim OTK Boots // Ego Shoes   Love, The Ultimate Fashionista “The beauty of inspiration is its unpredictable timing.”  – T.F.... read more

Old Hollywood Glamour at The Oscars

Hey my fabulous Loves, Is anyone else as excited as I am about this weekend?  Not only is the weather going to be great, but it’s the weekend for the Oscars!  The night that fashion enthusiasts everywhere patiently wait for.   For some, the Oscars are all about the awards, but for others like myself, it’s all about the fashion.  Don’t get me wrong, I can only imagine how remarkable it would be to win an Oscar, but slaying that red carpet in my favorite fashion designer’s gown created specifically for me, would be just as phenomenal! I love today’s modern style dresses but I truly miss the days of seeing old Hollywood glamour, so for this blog post I thought I’d have some fun and channel an old Hollywood glamour look I’d grace on the Oscars red carpet. When I think about portraying glamour, one of the things that first come to mind is feathers.  This vintage V-Neck ostrich feather cuff maxi dress is classic.  The feathers forming the cuffs are wonderful, dramatic and breezy.  I added a simple rhinestone studded choker to top off the look.  Sparkle and glitz is beautiful and eye-catching, but don’t underestimate how a simple and classic look can be equally as stunning. This is the last hurrah!  I can’t wait to see who will take home this years honor of being best-dressed at the Oscars! Photography by:  Sharon Bui What I Am Wearing: // Dress // Vintage Father and Son Antiques // Rhinestone Choker Necklace // Vintage (Old) (Similar H&M here) // Rosegold Pumps // (Similar ShoeDazzle here) // Beaded & Sequin... read more

Celebrating friendship at the sweetest Galentine’s Party

Last week I celebrated friendship at the sweetest Galentine’s Party at Babylon Restaurant.  The event was spearheaded by blogger babes Angela Keeley-White of Head to Toe Chic and Meghan Grant of I’m Fixin To Blog, who did an amazing job putting everything together.  They definitely know how to throw a great party! In attendance from left to right was Courtney Marshall of Courtney Fashionista, Tiffany and Lindsey of Baubles and Backdrops, Angela Keeley-White of Head to Toe Chic, Meghan Grant of I’m Fixin To Blog, me, Stephanie Emory of A Style Of Her Own, Carlone Barbee of The Barbee Housewife, and Molly Stillman of Still Being Molly. It was my first time at Babylon Restaurant, which is located in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC, and the atmosphere was absolutely breathtaking!  Upon arrival I was taken back by the interior design which is overall romantic, and couldn’t take my eyes off of the hand-painted ceiling and ornate tiles. As you can see, the space was beautifully decorated with gorgeous floral arrangements, bubbly drinks, and the cutest cookies from Bailey Lane Bakery.  These cookies just melted in my mouth, and I couldn’t resist going back for a second one.  Babylon really rolled out the red carpet for us in terms of service, and I really enjoyed the flavorful menu from Morocco. All in all this holiday was a beautiful celebration of lady friends.  Each of these ladies inspire me, and I’m so blessed to know them! Photography by:  GloryRoze Photography   What I Am Wearing: //Fur Collar Coat // Vintage //Floral Mock Turtleneck // Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati (old) //Lace Midi... read more

Made In Italy

Hello my Loves, It’s no secret that Italy is home to the world’s most famous fashion designers and labels.  The fashion from that region has always been one of my absolute favorites because it’s undoubtedly one of the finest in the world! During my visit to Italy last fall, I noticed that Italian women take great pride in their personal appearance and putting themselves together.  I’ve always admired them and think there’s a lot to be learned from having their mentality.  Visiting Italy was definitely a life changing experience for many reasons.  Not only did I get a chance to visit some of the most amazing places I’ve always read about, but I experienced the culture, which still resonates in my mind today. Right after viewing the Fontana Di Trevi we went on a small shopping spree and stopped at a cute boutique called Moskito Roma.  It was there that I spotted this darling circle vest.  The vibrant color immediately caught my attention, but as I looked closer at the raised floral texture, I knew she was coming back home with mama! 🙂 When I decided to style this vest, I couldn’t pair it with any ordinary thing, so I chose a leather mini, fish net pantyhose, and these flirty peep-toe over-the-knee boots, which combined make the ultimate statement.  Do you think I did the vest justice? If you ever have an opportunity to visit Italy, you’re in for a huge treat.  I can’t wait to go back! Photography by:  Em Grey Photography   What I Am Wearing: //Circle Vest // Italy (Similar here) //Ruffle turtleneck // Free People... read more

The Queen of Style

Hello Lovelies, As you may know I’m wrapping up my Cape series where I provided style inspiration for capes throughout the entire month of January, and this is my final look.  I had so much fun putting all of the outfits together, and varying styles in an attempt to appeal to the masses.  The bar has been set high, and no ordinary cape last cape would do.  It’s only right to end the month with a bang, so I saved my best cape for last. I felt like a Queen in this long, dramatic black cape with ruffle trim!  The vintage God’s blessed me with this gorgeous Bonwit Teller last year.  Bonwit Teller & Co. was one of a group of upscale department stores on Fifth Avenue in New York City founded by Paul Bonwit in 1895, that catered to the “carriage trade”.  From my research the retailer was the grand dame of haute couture!  The store’s demise started with the loss of their Fifth Avenue store, and was later demolished to build Trump Tower.  Although I was saddened to discover the background on how Bonwit Teller stores closed, it makes me cherish this cape even more knowing it’s a part of American history. This cape has a medieval look, but I softened it by pairing it with a knee length a-line silk skirt and elegant bow heels.  Here are a few capes that you can achieve a similar look with (here and here), and of course additional outfit details are below. Thank you so much for following me along this journey, and showering me with love by commenting,... read more

Another FLY Cape

Hey Friday Loves! Today on my blog I’m featuring another FLY cape, and this ensemble includes multiple layers of warmth. The trick to pulling together this look is in the layering and color scheme.  I wore a light weight yellow sweater as a base layer.  Base layers are essential to keeping you warm.  The fabric of the sweater is not only soft and comfortable against my skin, but breathes so I won’t get overly hot. Next I added a tuxedo vest for the fashion layer.  I chose a vest so the color of the sweater could still show, as well as not create bulk. The next layer and focal point of the entire look is this lovely cape as the outer layer.  The cape provides the overall warmth and style, but does not weigh me down like an oversized coat would. Next is my topper, which consists of a fedora hat.  I love fedora hats because in my opinion they’re one of the most badass types of hats there are.  They simply add fierceness to any outfit.  Toppers in general are very important because they top off an entire look, and add another layer of warmth. Last but not least to complete this layered look, I added plaid leggings which adds the cohesiveness between the sweater, vest and cape. I really hope you’ve enjoyed this cape series, and I’m a little saddened it’s coming to an end.  The good news is I LOVE CAPES so it NEVER truly ends!  I’ve received so much positive feedback on this series that I’ll continue to style capes and provide inspiration throughout the... read more