Arlington, VA, USA

white midi dress.

How to style a white midi dress | A.Viza Style | white midi ann taylor dress - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
dressann taylor (on sale!!)| bagc/o banana republic (extra 50% off!)| 
heels: joiesunglasses: rayban |

It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer is going by and the Fourth is less than a week away!
I have been wearing white excessively these days and have been all about adding any/all white clothing items to my collection.

I stumbled upon this dress while scouring the Ann Taylor site from an email alert I received.
The “EXTRA 50% off sale” first drew me in and then I found this in the sale section and realized that is would ring in at under $50.
Obviously, I needed it.
How to style a white midi dress | A.Viza Style | white midi ann taylor dress - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
How to style a white midi dress | A.Viza Style | white midi ann taylor dress - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
The length of this dress is a little different for me.  
Since I border petite/normal height (I’m 5’4”) I normally tend to stay away from a 
looser fit midi style dress.
It’s easy for the dress to look overwhelming on my frame and make me look a little stumpy. 
Not ideal.
This dress hits a little lower than the normal hem I go for but I feel that it works 
well with the wedges.
Now for the perfect bag to make the outfit complete.

PLUS did you catch the back of the dress??  
It is complete eyelet and for me (I am OBSESSED with an interesting back on any article of clothing) I just knew it would be perfect in my closet.
How to style a white midi dress | A.Viza Style | white midi ann taylor dress - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
How to style a white midi dress | A.Viza Style | white midi ann taylor dress - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
This bag from Banana Republic I have been eyeing for a looong time.
The ring obviously resembles a certain famous bag that has been all over blogs for a 
bit so this is a great alternative.

The real suede exterior in the great tan color really goes with anything.  Also, not sure if you can see it, but there are two pockets so it is really roomy. Great for carrying all one thousand little knickknacks I have to have with me at all times.

Depending on what your Fourth plans are this is a great outfit idea for a barbecue or dinner plans before fireworks.  I still don’t have any solid plans on how I will be celebrating but may have to break this number out again next week to watch the fireworks.

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cropped lace.

How to style a lace crop top | A.Viza Style | intermix lace crop top - forever21 black shorts - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
topintermix | shorts: forever21 (old. last worn here) | heels: joie |

It is so crazy to think that  went to Miami over a two months ago for a friends Bachelorette party WHICH is why this outfit is the perfect throwback Thursday outfit to share.
I'm Cuban (as mentioned here) and have always had family in the area but I had never been to South Beach in particular on a non-family visit.
It was quite a nonstop weekend which can be a little stressful but it was wonderful to meet new girls, be in a beautiful place, and celebrate a friend that has found love.
How to style a lace crop top | A.Viza Style | intermix lace crop top - forever21 black shorts - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
How to style a lace crop top | A.Viza Style | intermix lace crop top - forever21 black shorts - joie wedge lena heels. dc blogger
This was the outfit I wore in our first night out where we went to a casual dinner and then let the beach winds takes us wherever.
This lace crop top from Intermix may be one of my best purchases I have made in awhile.
I scored this beauty during an Intermix sale I spotted through my inbox and
just decided to pop by the site.
This beauty was originally priced well over $200 and was marked down significantly on top of an extra 40% off, so I ended up purchasing the top for under $60 - that is a real deal.
The fabric and fit were perfect and I couldn’t have made a better blind purchase.
I love so many things about this top but the bell sleeves really top the list.
How to style a lace crop top | A.Viza Style | intermix lace crop top - forever21 black shorts - joie wedge lena heels
A SHOPPING TIP: even though you may receive a TON of shopping emails regarding every single store you shop at, I do recommend taking a look at them (when you have extra money to spend!) because you never know which store will have 1. A great sale 2. May have that item you have been searching for/may have an item that could surprise you at a great price.
How to style a lace crop top | A.Viza Style | intermix lace crop top - forever21 black shorts - joie wedge lena heels
Again, these Joie wedge espadrilles make an appearance - they are so comfortable and were perfect to walk around the international city and dance the night away.
Little fact that may make them a little bit more comfortable - they are 5 inch heels and I didn’t want the jute yarn (what all espadrilles are made from) to irritate the ball of my foot, so I purchased a clear Dr.Scholl insert to cushion and soften the shoe.

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Las Vegas, NV, USA

3 Unique Wedding Locations in Las Vegas

Wedding season is here!

For many, it will be a solemn celebration that will be held together with friends and family, while to some, it will be one, unique ride with a few twists and quirks to the traditional wedding ceremony. Las Vegas is one of the most popular places to try out new things, and this includes weddings.
If you're thinking about getting married in a location with an unusual setting,
and think that churches and event halls are not your thing, here are a few places that you might want to check out in Las Vegas: 

Walk the aisles of a ship at Treasure Island Feel like walking down the plank, I mean aisle on a ship? 
Tie the knot like a true seafarer at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.
It’s said that marriages blessed by the sea are "unsinkable," which is probably why Treasure Island decided to capitalize on their establishment's theme instead of building a small chapel within the hotel. 
The ship used in today's wedding ceremonies used to be the backdrop of a musical pirate show.
 credit: featherpixels.com 
 credit: wedding-spot.com 

At The Mob Museum Are you a fan of mob movies? Enter the courthouse where Vegas gangsters used to be prosecuted several days ago. Perhaps the Mob Museum thinks that marriage is just like a jail sentence to some, which is why they've decided to offer their services to couples who'll find humor in getting married in such a place. A jail-themed wedding doesn't seem like a bad idea! 

Check out some of the photos below: 
 credit: shopify.com 

At the Grand Canyon Do you love the outdoors? There's a service that allows couples to be taken by a helicopter from the iconic strip to the Grand Canyon for a wedding ceremony
Couples can exchange vows at the peak of Tower Butte, which is a 5,000 feet tall rock formation that can only be reached by air. 
 credit: grandcanyonbandb.com  

 Las Vegas seems to be leaning towards the quirky and unique, all in the name of entertainment and to draw in tourists who are curious enough to check things out for the first time. 
Competition is cutthroat in the industry and with online gaming providers getting stronger and stronger, and seemingly unafraid to to experiment with quirky casino products and services. 
For example, slot machines designs used to focus on simple components like cherries, bars, and 7s, today however, these machines have transformed into machines with groundbreaking animations that are now the focal points of online and physical casinos.

Slots even have games for those who are into cute fluffy animals, allowing graphics-driven customer to appreciate the game, showing that whatever the nice, slot designers are considering all sorts of demographics.

To stay competitive, Las Vegas has decided to expand its overall entertainment options available for tourists. 
Recently, the aforementioned ‘wedding destinations’ have added to the allure of this unique city, and it has given people different options to get married in than the highly publicized Elvis Wedding Chapel. 
 Would you consider getting married in any of these locations? 
Or have you seen somewhere even quirkier than the above mentioned?
Leesburg, VA, USA

palm winery.

what to wear to a winery. | A.Viza Style | loft skirt. - palm print romper - Stone Tower Winery Leesburg, VA
| romper as a top: h&m (worn here & here) | 
| skirt: loft (also worn here) | sandals: joie |

A few weeks ago hopped on a party bus from Arlington and headed out to 
Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia for my roommate/besties birthday.
We had a great day at Stone Tower - the views are amazing, 
the wine was excellent, and the company was perfection.
what to wear to a winery. | A.Viza Style | loft skirt. - palm print romper - Stone Tower Winery Leesburg, VA
what to wear to a winery. | A.Viza Style | loft skirt. - palm print romper - Stone Tower Winery Leesburg, VA
I had never been to Stone Tower before so I was super excited to capture all the fun, the beauty of the scenery (I had only heard amazing things about the winery), and of course my outfit. 
Unfortunately for me, I forgot to put my SD card back into my camera so I was only able to snag pictures with my phone. 
Womp womp. 
what to wear to a winery. | A.Viza Style | loft skirt. - palm print romper - Stone Tower Winery Leesburg, VA
I didn’t take as many scenery pictures as I had wanted and the quality wasn’t up to what I really wanted them so stay tuned for another post from this fabulous winery with more pictures of the decor and views.
what to wear to a winery. | A.Viza Style | loft skirt. - palm print romper - Stone Tower Winery Leesburg, VA
This romper is a favorite of mine. I don’t wear it often because it is so memorable and I don't want people to think I live in it...well even if they did I don’t think I would mind too much.
Knowing I would be outside all day in June I knew pants were not an option.  
You also never know when a strong breeze (and it was quite breezy!) 
will swoop in and give people a bit of a show.

So I came up with pairing my romper with an eyelet skirt to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.
It ended up being the perfect combo and really foresee myself 
re-wearing this outfit a few times this summer.

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Happy Birthday Jilly Bean!!!
Arlington, VA, USA

jean skirt convert.

how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
top: j.crew |  skirt: abercrombie (under $15!!) | sandals: j.crew
sunglasses: rayban | belt: urban outfitters (under $30!)|

To make Flashback Friday extremely appropriate why not to talk about the trend I thought I would ever wear again : the denim skirt.
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
I remember a moment in college where I was purging my closet from my old high school duds.
In that closet, I had a few too many denim skirts most of which were of questionable length.
I had been noticing more and denim skirts around last spring popping up on a few bloggers I follow.  I thought the idea of the denim skirt being a “thing” again was cute but just not for me.
I noticed most of these skirts were a little bit longer and a heavy longer fabric (midi skirts here’s looking at you!) on my smaller frame I just didn’t see in my cards.
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
More recently, I felt the itch to really try the trend for myself.
I stumbled into my local Abercrombie & Fitch store to have a look around.
I mean, my previous collection of micro denim skirts were from this Americana brand.
I happily discovered this lovely skirt in the sale section (yay!) for wait for it……… $15.
Yup, you read that right.
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how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
The overpriced Abercrombie that my parents loathed of yesteryear was not found on my trip.
Once I realized the price I quickly scanned the rack to find a size that 
A. would be form fitting but loose enough to actually breathe in and 
B. was an appropriate length for an almost 30 year old to wear.
I will say, I am very pleased with my purchase and envision this skirt getting a lot more wear than I had originally planned.
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
Funny story about these photos: these were snapped after brunch and after I 
splashed some oily huevos rancheros juice on my shirt.  Now on to the dry cleaners to rescue it.
Happy Friday :)

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Bethesda, MD, USA

The Front Row Recap + Double Breasted Blazer.

how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
how to style a double breasted blazer | A.Viza Style | double breasted blazer - loft white high waist skinny jeans - rayban round sunglasses
| blazer: c/o banana republic | top: abercrombie | pants: loft (under $50!)| heels: j.crew |

Busy doesn't begin to explain how jammed my weekends have been recently.
From blogging events, to work functions, and pre-planned activities I have been keeping very busy.
Thankfully with blogging it doesn't ever really feel like working it just feels like I get to attend fun events and meet new interesting people
.
A few weekends ago, I attended a fun event in Bethesda called The Front Row (as seen here).
The event was great!  Some great drinks, some yummy samples of local Bethesda Row restaurants (Luke’s Lobster!), and obviously some great clothes.
I invited my friend Deanna along to experience it all with me.

It was a little muggy out but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the fashion show and exploring the shops afterwards.
The fashion show was hosted by DC Newsbash anchors Laura Evans, Autria Godfrey, Angie Goff, Alexandra Limon, Jummy Olabanji, Lauryn Ricketts, Andrea Roane and Shawn Yancy that supported a great cause, the Capital Breast Cancer Center.
The best thing (or possibly the worst thing because I wanted so many items! ) was that all the pieces in the show were available immediately in the various shops.
I discovered a few new lines (Solid + Striped) and brands (Kit + Ace | Sugarfina).


There were a few things that I really wish I could have walked about with (this jumpsuit is amazing; this vest is something I NEED in my closet ASAP).
Like I mentioned, after the show we wandered around the stores.
There were bites & beverages in most of the stores and a fun little bingo game to get us exploring.
The shop I fell most in love with was Sugarfina.
I have began to grow a sweet tooth and this place totally quenches my candy desires.


The store is so beautiful and all the candy is almost too pretty to eat.
It was my roommate's birthday in a few days so I had to snag her some goodies - I mean how can someone walk away without anything?!
I ended up wearing this awesome double breasted blazer from Banana Republic.
Everything about the blazer I am obsessed with - the color, the fit, the fabric.
It may be a little warm to wear this blazer on a nonstop blazer at the moment but I am counting down the days until cooler weather when I can basically live in this blazer.

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