Don’t Think Too Hard: OOTD

Hello beautiful gals! Welcome back ❤

This week I wanted to wrap up some style inspo that is quick yet impactful. I always pick my outfit out the night before class or a big event. It saves SO much energy for the next day and relieves you of decision fatigue. The stress of trying to find an outfit under 5 minutes is so draining and honestly can turn your morning upside down if you’re already running late.

My OOTD is for allll my ladies who maybe aren’t ready to make a BOLD statement, yet are willing to be the center focus in a room. How is this possible? Easy… simple accessories take the cake and don’t strain the eyes.

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Spring is approaching but the weather hasn’t called for skirts and bandeau’s just yet. Combat the shaky weather and wear a light, long sleeve shirt. That way when you take off your jacket, you’re not attacked with goosebumps but you’re also not dying of heat from a thick, long sleeve top.

This sheer, green top is from Wild Fable! Available at your local Target, how convenient is that! I recommend everyone see for themselves the simplicity of this brand. I got this top for $14 and I love pairing it with different necklaces each time. I think that’s the beauty of simple shirts too, the constant style change you can do everytime!

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Whether ripped jeans are your style or not, they definitely add versatility to an outfit. From here it takes my OOTD for casual to chic. These jeans are high waisted which went perfectly with my short-torso top. For a day out, I don’t want to expose my stomach; high waisted jeans are essential for your closet!  I also decided to pair my jeans with light brown boots. Any boots would go but it balanced the dark, green top I had going on.

My staple of choice for an impactful outfit is the fanny pack. Is that the correct term or does it still sound corny? Oh well! I didn’t need a belt or an extravagant garment to tie the look together, in fact I made my life easier this week by adding all my essential tools like my phone directly to my waist line!

The confidence this brought to my walk knowing I had something special tied with my outfit made me go from casual to CHIC BAD-ASS. This fanny pack from Michael Kors was on sale and I had to snag it when I saw the leopard print design. This bold accessory matches with solid colors like my green top from Wild Fable. Which makes it that easier to style your outfits the night before.

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Although you can’t see it, I’m wearing a wireless unlined bra from Victoria’s Secret which changed my life for the better. The jump from wired to wireless bras improved my flexibility throughout the day and changed how tops fit over me. A wireless bra gives my top a smooth finish on the sides without any bra bulges… No, I’m not afraid to admit it! The straps crossing over extentuate my collar bones and tie into that “I tried really hard but didn’t” look to my outfit with some more complexity.

Last but not least, my top gave a lot of room to add a chest piece. I wanted to keep the chest exposed and add a silver choker to not distract from my gold fanny pack. Thin chokers play up your outfit in a small but lasting way. I got mine from Forever 21 for $6!

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How did you like my simple OOTD? Save yourself the stress of complex tops and transfrom a simple top to an effortless glam. No, you don’t have to splurge on Michael Kors to get a fanny pack. Check out Wild Fable from Target or Forever 21 at your local mall. I think fanny packs are going to make a comeback for their easy, accessible features in cute designs.. you heard it here first folks!

Tell me your simple OOTD of the week!

Much love from Virginia ❤ Thank you so much for reading and believing in me!

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Victoria’s Secret Swim Wear Launch

Omg it’s almost April?! Almost Summer? Most importantly, almost bikini season?

I’ve been doing a lot of work building up to this Summer season…meaning the gym and some extra water with lemon. These upcoming months are going to be life changing for me, and I know 2019 has some rewards for you too.

It felt like forever waiting for Victoria’s Secret (VS) to drop their swimsuit line. But I totally understand the point of making us wait closer towards the warmer times of the year.

They released the exciting news on March 18th with several pictures and of course, a video on the beach.

I didn’t hear much about it on social which kind of worried me so I thought I’d check them out myself. Ready for my dissapointments? Ready for my favorites? Let’s jump in.

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Let me add, there were over 300 options to choose from on the VS site which made me wonder how much originality could go into the line without becoming overdone. They also announced MORE swimsuits will be added as time goes on.

I think my first dissapointment gave me that impression. The ruffles go too far down for my liking and I like to lengthen my turso as much as possible when wearing a one piece; this would hide the illusion I’m trying to create at the beach.


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The bottom is cute and dainty which could’ve made the swimsuit if it wasn’t for the top. Having the straps all the way towards the ends of the collarbone gives me a bigger chest than I want. Not in the boob-size way, but broader shoulder way..which is not my style.


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I saw this and I instantly thought of PINK! Not Victoria’s Secret. Which gave me the idea that PINK should create their own swimsuit line too since they already want to appeal to a different demographic of women. Do you agree? When I think of VS, I think of sexy and sophisticated.


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My eyes are straining right now! The clash of polka dots and strings of black and white across the chest are too much. This could easily take away the focus of yourself which isn’t what you want. I want something that complements me, not overtakes me.


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Geez, what was with me and one pieces today? Like I said, I need the focus to be me and there’s just too much going on color-wise, it’s distracting. The straps going up her shoulders are too thick, along with the strings falling over. I don’t get the vibe of swimsuit, more like bodysuit!


Woohoo! On to my favorites.

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No doubt I love the color pink. And now it’s paired with purple as a triangle top. The bottom wasn’t what I expected either! I love the look of strings opposite of the band, it gives it that oomph I’ve been waiting for.


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Okay a one piece suit I finally like! The chest is elegantly exposed and the collar bones appear heightened which is exactly what I want. The light pink flower design is soft and graceful which is a good keep in your closet.


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I saw a preview of this suit and was stunned by its simplicity and touch of strings right above the waist. It also came in a bunch of colors but of course purple was my go-to. This could potentially be a really cute suit IF the strings don’t get loose around the waist and droop down..


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I want creative designs but I also want simple designs. Reason being because the more simple it is, the more accessories I can add to play it up each time. Additionally, each time can be a different style centered around pink as opposed to a pattern that must be followed each wear! Get me?


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To make my waist appear smaller, dainty pieces are the way to go. Not only for shape but your tan will look way better when you take your swimsuit off. The cut framing her chest is really modern now; in the past the cuts used to cover more. The color combo is also gorgeous, it reminds me of fresh spring!


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Lastly! A piece to add for my ladies traveling around the world. This is an elegant and conservative swimsuit to travel to places you’re not sure of yet. Not just for the fear of the unknown, but some cultures see two pieces as innappropriate and highly offensive. It’s important while traveling to adjust yourself to their society because you’re in their country now and that’s your way of offering respect. This piece is a great way to fit in but also stand out when it comes to design with the green leaves draping down the side.

Overall, VS offers great simplicity with triangle tops and dainty one pieces. I’d like to see some more creativity with the straps on the tops and more diverse bottoms. I also want to say THANK YOU VS for not only selling thong bottoms. It seems like such a trend to show your whole ass in a bikini and I’m not sure if that’s my style yet…anyone else on board with me?

That’s it! So what did you think? Is it worth checking out yourself on VS.com?

Comment below your favorite and dissapointment!

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Amp up for the club

Happy Sunday everyone!

Cheers for a new week and new ways to stay productive! I wanted to share my clubbing outfit out in D.C because it’s important to dress the part. Or else, no entry?

When you’re going to the club, it’s pretty much expected to dress glam and not like you’re casually going to the grocery store. This is perfect though because it’s pretty much the only excuse I have to wear my slim dresses and high heels!

My friend let me borrow her diamond choker from Fashion Nova and I was AMAZED at how my outfit upgraded just from adding an accessory.

Almost like it was meant to be. The diamond choker went perfectly with my cheetah print skirt from Material Girl. A great way to amp your outfit is to accessorize! A simple yet effective fashion solution 🤗

I was so inspired by this diamond choker from Fashion Nova that I compiled three more accessories from their site that I think COMPLETE any outfit.

Halternative Option Bra Chain ($12.99)


Diamond Ego Hoop Earrings ($8.99)


Snake Time Belt ($9.99)


Whether you want to show off your chiseled jaw or slim waist, there’s accessories for any body structure. I think that’s so important because it gives businesses more room to diversify their products! So basically we don’t all walk in the club with the same earrings…that would be unfortunate.

Take advantage of the summer weather and go out at night! Enjoy the night life and play to your accessories advantage.

See y’all next time xo

Beach Babe Inspo

Long time, no talk! Sorry I’ve been so MIA for the past month or so. My world did a 180 spin and I had to readjust. But don’t worry, PBC MAG is here to stay and overflow your feed with love, inspo and friendship. Just typing this makes my heart skip a beat!

So as I’ve been undergoing a huge body transformation after my ACL surgery, I managed to lose 6 pounds recently and OMG, the difference feels amazing! I was afraid to look down at the scale for such a long time, but after dedication to the gym and a few dietary changes (in the process of going vegan, but that’s for another post!) I feel healthier, lighter and more beautiful than ever!

My boyfriend has been planning a beach trip with his friends for the Summer and of course I’m tagging along. Which means I NEED new bikinis! This new lifestyle and blossoming body of mine, I’m on the hunt for girly and youthful bikinis. I’ve never been more motivated to stay in the gym and work for these swimsuits.

I’ve assembled some pieces from a kick-ass website one of my besties showed me at a late night sleepover. The brand, Zaful is a women’s online clothing store ranging from dresses to accessories and everything in between for ACTUAL reasonable prices!

The best part, their bikinis come in sets. Meaning you don’t have to purchase the bottom and top separately…can I get an AMEN?!

I follow their Instagram @zaful and just their feed alone is gorgeous! If you’re anything like me, you love following inspo pages to keep the style flowing. I save the pieces I like the most to my insta collection and refer back to them narrowing down options.

Here are some pieces I put together according to theme, enjoy!

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Cute ass pieces, right?! None of these bikinis go for more than $25 USD, ugh what a steal!

Check out Zaful online here!

I had so much fun picking my top 8 favs for now, who knows what I’ll find next month from a new online store!

What’s your bikini dream for this Summer? Have you all been in the gym getting that beach bod ready? Comment below, let’s talk!

xoxo, pauly

New school year, new school style

By Paulina A. Marinero – 

So you’re about to embark on a new journey as a college freshie or you’re returning back to school after a reviving summer of pool dates and Netflix nights – either way, you’re almost ready to start a new academic year with promising grades and a new attitude to life.

You got it figured out until you’re starting to pack for school and you forget the most important influence to a new you, your new wardrobe.

There’s no mystery to the saying, “when you look good, you feel good” and having a positive mindset to a new school year can be the difference between late-night panic attacks and waking up early to start your coffee for a bright, new day in front of you. Dressing for success can alter your energy for the day and the way you approach people and new ideas for the upcoming week.

Before you start your first week of classes, take an opportunity to evaluate your wardrobe and the new you. Does the new you reflect your current style? Now before you make any irrational decisions, let’s talk about what it means to dress for success as a college student and what it means for a brighter, more intuitive you.

The first week of school is all about first impressions – meeting your professors and peers for the first time, you want to leave an unforgettable impression that you’re here to conquer campus and leave your mark. What better way to show that than with your style?

You’ll want to wear something casual and maybe add a little glam if you’re extra like me. Light wash jeans, bedazzled shorts, a “Clueless” inspired skirt – anything you’re comfortable in that you would wear on a regular basis. Although there isn’t really a dress code enforced at most campuses, feel free to wear your favorite tank top or keep it super simple with a white v-neck or a floral bodysuit! Can you envision yourself at the mall with your new outfit, even proudly discussing where you picked it up?

Grab a necklace and pair it with a few bracelets to complete the outfit! Adding accessories can lift your style from simple to glam in seconds. Be sure to match your gold necklace with gold bracelets or with silver, vice versa. Take some inspo from two of my favorite and affordable chic stores, Charlotte Russe & Forever 21.

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When it comes to shoes, don’t kill your feet! Especially if you live on a big campus or have to walk from building to building in less than 10 minutes – it’s a death wish and you’ll thank me later. Stick to print flats, classic Adidas sneakers or if the weather permits, wear those cute sandals you bought over the summer! Try your shoes out before the big day to see if they still fit and make sure you’ll be able to walk in them for at least more than 2 hours. You’ll find yourself walking a lot more with the amount of errands you’ll end up having by the first week.

Congratulations, you’re now college bait! Don’t be afraid to show off your school spirit and buy some cute tee’s and sweatshirts from your bookstore. You’ll be surprised to see how many people wear their college gear on a daily basis, it’s festive with little thought yet casual enough to go to class and even the gym after!

When it comes to your handy dandy backpack, the classic 2-strap will suffice to alleviate any back pain you may have from your textbook buildup. I personally carry a tote around from Scoutbags.com ($39) because they manage to keep all my shenanigans in place including my laptop, they contain several pockets and the designs online are to die for. I would definitely check them out if you’re on the hunt for a new school bag and if you’re a tote kind of person.

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Lastly, dressing for success means preparing for any and all situations. Keep this list in mind and evaluate anything you may want to bring with you to class as you walk to and from your dorm room/apartment.

  • Headphones for the walk to class
  • Gum to keep you focused, it’s good for stimulation but don’t be a loud chewer!
  • Your wallet and school I.D
  • Pads/tampons: you never know whose life you might save!
  • A snack just in case you have back to back classes and can’t make it to the dining hall.
  • Finally, deodorant and perfume. It may sound strange at first, but on incredibly hot days and long walks, you might find yourself needing some as you head to the bathroom before class. As you walk out of the bathroom, mist some body spray for a fresh, sweet smell.

I hope you take my list and spin it to the best version for yourself. Of course as you get adjusted to college you’ll find out what’s best for you and what’s best to simply leave in your dorm.

Take my fashion advice with a grain of salt and be you. You’ll find friends right away for just being yourself and you might get some compliments here and there throughout the day for adding that extra glam to your natural shine.

Have an amazing first week of classes, I know you’ll do amazing. Xoxo

Dear White People: Antoinette Robertson

 *No Spoilers here!

If you haven’t seen one of Netflix’s original series, Dear White People, you’re missing out BIG time. The hit show came out late April 2017 and has been a huge success since. Not only does Dear White People dive into the world of a college lifestyle we all seem to fantasize about, but it targets the injustice and unnoticeable wrong-doings created by a society that ignores it and claim movements as “annoying”. This show is a wake up call for people who close their eyes to look around.

Dear White People takes a stand with the help of prospering future generation actors and actresses.

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An actress that made a vital impact on the show was Antoinette Robertson, also known as Colandrea Conners “CoCo” on screen. Born in The Bronx, New York, Robertson has also been casted in Atlanta (2016) and Hart of Dixie (2011). Hidden fact: Robertson is a graduate from Stony Brook University (NY) with a BS in chemistry…beauty and brains?

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She’s smart, sassy and all around a girl you don’t want on your bad side. She doesn’t need her arm candy, Troy Fairbanks, to build her own empire but it did make the show that much more HOT with sex and lust. Her relationship with Troy Fairbanks is one to watch and analyze with situations us females may be putting ourselves into without noticing. If you’re anything like Coco, you know how to play the game right.

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Coco Conners knows she’s sexy and the full package, but having to fit in with her peers at Winchester University made herself vulnerable and irritated when they pushed her buttons. She found herself rooting for the ultimate movement as a black woman but alienated when she felt like things were going to the extreme. – A daily misalliance we see in society, one that we need to build and protect for the sake of all human beings.

How do you make such an impact on camera? Easy, style baby. Coco had the best fashion sense in the show, one that I could not stop staring at each coming episode. I was genuinely excited to see what Coco would wear for the next scene! Her hair, glowing skin, to die for lingerie, matte-velvet shoes.. everything was a perfect match. Her apparel was classy and sophisticated with a touch of sexiness. What else can you expect from a character who’s dream is to work in the White House as a reigning politician? She’s a girl boss.

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In an interview with Glamour Magazine, Antoinette Robertson mentioned the power of femininity and how her role played a huge part in reconciling herself:

“I believe there’s power in femininity. Some people assume you can’t be as intelligent and successful because you decide you want to embrace your femininity—that’s ludicrous. With Coco, they dressed me up like a doll every day. It was a lot of fun for me, so I’m definitely embracing my girly, more feminine side, and I love it. I can totally be a boss and super feminine and wear pink lipstick if I want to, because the world is ours.”

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Let’s just say Antoinette Robertson should be leading the feminine revolution. Who says you can’t be pretty AND powerful? How amazing would it be if I got a chance to sit down and talk to Antoinette Robertson about her next move?

Personally, seeing characters like Coco Conners motivate me to get my ass up, go to the gym, exfoliate my skin and dress to succeed everyday. Which is why Antoinette Robertson is Fashion Inspo of the week.

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Empowered women empower women, I know I’ll be seeing her soon on the big screen and off!

Xoxo

Bella Hadid at CFDA Awards 2017 wearing Off-White designer brand

The stunning Bella Hadid once again making a breaking entrance for her elegant and urban combination of apparel by Off-White.

June 5th, Monday night was the CFDA Awards – an acronym for Council of Fashion Designers of America. To put this into perspective, if the Oscars are for the film industry and their attributions for the past year, the CFDA awards is for the fashion industry and designers waiting to be recognized and nominated for the highest, most prestigious awards.

Bella Hadid caught my eye for her leg-revealing, hot pink blazer dress and muted makeup look for the night. Not to mention pink is my favorite color, it seems Bella and I might have something in common.

Who’s the genius behind the dress? Fashion designer, Virgil Abloh, who was once Kanye West’s creative director backstage launched his brand, Off-White in 2013. Monday night he was nominated for ‘Emerging Talent’ by Swarovski Awards. He entered the colored carpet with Bella Hadid wrapped on his arm for his plus-one. Not a bad night for Mr. Virgil Abloh.

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Off-White’s most recent Spring 2017 show carried a line of dark colored, edgy and urban styles from all ranges of models. It was said to be his career best by Vogue, but still having a long way to go to break through his steady ascent. Abloh said, “It feels elevated, more luxurious, and with an attention to taste. I’ve made an effort to be more concise.”

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Hadid’s blazer dress makes this a needle in a haystack with her hot pink dress being the first pop of color I’ve seen in Off-White’s fashion line. This is a fashion statement in and of itself for Virgil Abloh’s versatile collection.

Her dress might have came with pants, but she skipped the bottoms to show off her lean, long legs – not complaining, her legs are stunning. The broad, collared shoulders came down the seams to give a wide arm appearance for movement and dimension within the blazer. The touch of pink added to the belt made the blazer sophisticated and in one-piece.

Hadid’s shoe choice seems to be an ongoing trend, the one with the clear straps; giving off an invisible and seductive look to the feet. Her short, black heels carried a delicate touch with the invisible toe straps and the belt buckle ankle straps. Good choice for a long night of walking and posing – although she’s been in much taller heels.

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Her light pink hand bag was interesting and for the most part, questionable. MTV critiques called her clutch a ‘lunch bag with a twist’ and although I can’t 100 percent agree with that statement, the folded look over the top part of the clutch did give off a box-y feel. But nonetheless, I’ve been meaning to find a purse that fits all my junk inside because let’s be honest, small purses just aren’t working for me anymore. Suggestions?

Bella Hadid’s makeup artist for the night, Nina Park, based in New York had an idea for a muted look which in return, made the Off-White dress of the night take the stage. Elongated smokey liner and bronzed cheeks sculpted Hadid’s face with a pop of light washed pink lips. With little to no eye work done to the lower lash line, Bella Hadid gives off a baby doll, youthful face – although in the colored carpet, she gives off a serious face instead of a signature smile.

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As far as Hadid’s hair, a classic blunt bangs look and an over the shoulder hair style will suffice. Not much styling was done to her hair but curling her ends inwards gave a vintage feel. Let’s not forget, the blazer dress was the main spotlight for the night. Having her hair down instead of in a high pony-tail gave off a business, sophisticated look; perfect for the long night out with Virgil Abloh by her side.

Bella Hadid never ceases to amaze me. What’s next on her fashion look-book? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Xoxo ~~~