Sporty vs. Baby - If The Spice Girls Styled a Denim Skirt In 2018

Having some fun over here at BTFL (whilst on a break from studying for NBDE Part 1 Boards Examination) channeling my inner Spice Girls in order to bring you today's post. With some help from my friends over at Emmer and Oat and EGO Shoes, I was able to take one old denim skirt and style it two very different ways -- 1) the sporty look, as Sporty Spice would have it and 2) the girlie look, as Baby Spice would style it. Truth be told, growing up I was the biggest Spice Girls fan out there. I had the Spice Girls Barbie Dolls, I collected Spice Girl lollipop rappers, and of course I watched the Spice World movie upwards of 20 times. My two favorites were always Sporty and Baby so it should come as no surprise that I've identified with them while styling today's ensembles. 

1) Sporty

One would think that styling a skirt (especially a denim one) in a "sporty" yet trendy manner would be somewhat impossible. Well now days, with all the sneaker trends going on, I found it quite simple using these chunky Kim sneakers from EGO, featured above. By the way these, on-trend kicks are only $28 right now! Obviously, Sporty Spice was almost always in athletic gear, but at the same time she liked to show off a little midriff using a cropped top or sports bra. I've mirrored a similar, albeit less sporty, look using this adorable Ruffle Crop Top, from Emmer and Oat. This scrunchy top trend is a huge throw back to the late 90's (A.K.A. the Spice Girl era) and I'm loving it! 

2) Baby

Short skirts, platform shoes, pastel hues. Baby Spice was by far the girliest of all the Spice Girls! And if she were to style a skirt today, I could definitely see her using this top and these chunky sandals. This Rose and White Ruffle Top, also from Emmer and Oat, is such a sweet little number with lots of girlie detailing like it's pink hue and ruffle straps! And can't you just see Baby wearing these Rebel Chunky Sandal, from EGO?! Platform/chunky shoes have been a very popular lately and I'm more than okay with it. Maybe it's because they help add some height to my short stature?

If you're on the lookout for some unique and quality-made apparel, I highly suggest you check out the rest of the Emmer and Oat collection. And as for footwear, EGO, which is one of my go-to places to shop for shoes, is offering 50% off select styles right now!

Outfit #1 Details:

Top // Purse // Sneakers // Skirt (similar) // Apple Watch Band // Bracelet // Necklace


Outfit #2 Details: 

Top // Sandals // Handbag // Skirt (similar) // Ring // Bracelet


Photographer #1:

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)


Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer:





CHANEL-O-WEEN - A Halloween Costume Inspired By Scream Queens

In honor of Halloween next week, I thought I'd dress up like one of the infamous, pastel-wearing, Channels from the TV-seriese Scream Queens. This costume idea came to me randomly while partaking in one of my favorite pastimes, online shopping. I saw this Peplum Top and Ruffle Hem Pant Set, at Shein, and immediately thought of all the girly, over the top, outfits that the Chanels wear in Scream Queens! The only difference is, you dong have to spend hundreds of dollars like the Chanels to get this look, instead all you need is $24! This-all pink outfit does most of the work -- I just added a touch of satin, fur, and statement sunglasses, to finish the look. In fact, if you're looking for a good group costume idea, check out this image of all four Chanels wearing light pink. I'm linking up some Chanel-worthy pieces at the end of this post to help you and your BFFs transform yourselves into the infamous Scream Queen clique!

Outfit Details

Top + Bottom Set // Sunglasses // Heels // Purse (similar)


Shop The Chanel Look


Photographer #1,

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)


Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer






4th of July Attire for You and Your Dogs

With the Fourth of July coming around the bend, I thought I'd share some styling tips for both you and your bestest friend!

For Your Doggies

Besides just tying a handkerchief around their collars, I have my two boys dressed in what I like to call their "super hero" outfits. But these adorable leotards do more than just make them look cute. Let me ask you a question.. Do you wish that your dogs didn't shed all over your freshly pressed outfit or the outfits of guests at say, your 4th of July party? Well then these cute doggie leotards are for you! These Shed Defenders not only allow you to dress your best friend up for a special occasion, but they stop your dog from shedding all over your house, car, and clothing. And of course the added bonus is that the Shed Defender comes in many colors, like red and blue so that your dogs can look festive for the Fourth of July! If you're curious about sizing, my beautiful mixed pup, Miles, is sporting a blue size XL. Tucker, my 14-year old Weimaraner, is in a red size L. Although both dogs are about the same height and length, I did go with a smaller size for Tucker because he's so slender. And I can tell you that both of my best buds here had no trouble with me putting on the Shed Defender or wearing it throughout the day!

For Yourself

If you're wondering what to wear for the Fourth of July, I'd suggest going with a white and blue seersucker loose-fit dress. Seersucker because it's classic and versatile -- so you'll be able to use it for other occasions too. And "loose-fit" because if you're anything like me, then you'll want to have room for that hotdog/hamburger/chips/etc. food baby that often comes with BBQ festivities. My personal favorite, is the Make It Sweet Dress, from The Mint Julep Boutique.  I absolutely love that this dress features the long-standing seersucker trend with some new trends, like the exaggerated ruffle sleeves and a cold shoulder design! To add to the Fourth of July theme, I've paired the dress with some great accessories. I'm wearing a bandana around my neck to add some red to the ensemble, and the Wine’d Up embellished handbag, by Mary Frances, for  a star-inspired sparkle. Lastly, I'm wearing the unbelievably comfortable and slip-proof Eva Sandal in white, by Rhea Footwear. All of which come together for a Red, White, and Blue outfit!

I hope these tips will help you enjoy a dog-filled, dander-free, food-baby-hiding, and trendy Fourth of July!

Outfit Details

Purse // Dress // Sunglasses // Sandals // Bandana // Doggie Leotards


Photographer #1

Papa Andalia (aka my dad)


Doggie Coordinator/Consultant

Mama Andalia (aka my mom)


Doggie Models

Miles and Tucker Andalia


Stylist, Model, Photographer #2, and Writer






Independence Yay!

It's July 1st! Which means that Independence Day is right around the corner. And what better way to celebrate than with a festive red, white, and blue ensemble? The Matilda top, by Avocado Sister, is quite literally the perfect top for this occasion. Similar to our beautiful flag, this blouse features red and white stripes. As for the blue, I'm sporting both denim pants and denim sunglasses, a.k.a. the Kelper, by Mosevic! And to top it off, I'm wearing these gorgeous White Sorbet Summer Raindrop, by Vant Jag. These beauties add some extra pizzazz to this casual 4th of July ensemble! 

Now I want to see what ya'll have planned for this weekend. Tag @besttrendsforlife on Instagram to share your outfit ideas!  


Outfit Details:
Top: The Matilda - Red Stripe, by Avocado Sister
Earrings: White Sorbet Summer Raindrop, by Vant Jag
Jeans: Not Your Boyfriend's Jeans, by Fascino
Sandals: Fiesta - White, by Restricted Shoes
Sunglasses: Kelper - Indigo, by Mosevic
Purse: Vintage Coach purse

Stylist, Model, Photographer, and Writer: