Layering 101

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I love this leopard print sweater and I like to jazz it up with different layering pieces. This faux leather vest helps me channel my inner rocker chick (lol). I may be 34 but age is just a number baby! Never too old for studs. Please also take note I didn’t go with an obvious black shoe. I chose to go with a suede neutral taupe heel.


This is obviously an easy look; a sweater and jeans. When I got this sweater I didn’t love how it was crop-like but I loved the print. Don’t get me wrong I love a crop top when done correctly, but this length is a little more difficult to pull off. I decided to use a textured tank underneath to add dimension and length to the look so that I would feel more comfortable.


This layering technique is a little different in the fact of how I am using two different patterns. I love how the leopard print sleeves act as a peek-a-boo with the oversized sweater. I’m not going to be cold wearing this! This may not be a look for everybody, but maybe it will inspire you to mix patterns or layer sweaters. I view leopard print as a chic, neutral print that can be paired with other prints. I also believe stripes and polka dots operate the same way.


This shows how layering can be purposeful. I took the leopard sweater off and tied it around my waist. I now have a textured tank top that will help cool me down when I might be entering a different climate. I feel like I am NEVER a comfortable temperature so this look works out wonderfully for me.

If you need some pointers on more layering techniques and playing with textures or different prints, feel free to comment below and we can discuss what will work best for you. 🙂

What’s Your Disasterpiece?



One of my favorite artists is Salvador Dali.  I love surrealism because it really illustrates how one single person can view something so differently, yet make it so beautiful.  It’s all about putting a different perspective on your work of art and thinking creatively to produce something wonderful.  I also enjoy his wonderfully odd yet deep take on life.

Around two and a half years ago my little family relocated back to Marietta, Ohio. The transition wasn’t easy for us and it is still taking some work to get us truly settled.  My outlook on life was really hazy for a long time.  It wasn’t until these last couple of months that I decided that I needed to change my point of view on our hardships.  I had to change my way of thinking and get out of my mental rut.  I chose to wallow in my perceived “problems” and wondered why things weren’t “happening” for me and my family. I kept trying to talk myself into thinking things were going to get better.  I used to be such an annoyingly positive person but my negative state of mind didn’t seem to let-up and I got sucked into this dark place of negative thinking. It’s never good when you start to even annoy yourself with your “Negative Nancy” attitude.  Luckily, no one seemed to notice I felt the way that I did, but I knew I had to make a change.

After frantically looking for Pinterest quotes to help re-energize my positive side and seeking out bloggers such as Hilary Rushford, whom I absolutely adore, it FINALLY became clear.  I was focusing so much on what the world views as success. I kept thinking about how my dreams weren’t coming to fruition and started to feel like my degree wasn’t worth it.  Miraculously one day I woke up with so much clarity and I said to myself, “Self, you’re already a success! You have so much moral support for your dreams, an amazing husband that believes in you so much, a healthy and beautiful little lady, a wonderful family (in-laws included) and sensational friends and co-workers. That, my dear is S-U-C-C-E-S-S…SUCCESS!  You’ve achieved what some spend their whole lives searching for; love and support.”

I also realized that I was so caught up in my “Eeyore Syndrome” (that’s what I’m gonna call it) that the reason my dreams weren’t becoming a reality was because I wasn’t taking the necessary steps. I kept saying that I wasn’t “giving up” but I definitely wasn’t doing much of anything to keep working at it!   I started with the first step I could and that was sketching dress designs to achieve one of the levels of my dreams; being a fashion designer.  I decided to seek out a dear old friend of mine named, Allison that studied fashion design and could help turn my sketches into a reality. I also reached out to my mother whom also sews.  Another level of my dreams in the works!

Then I decided to launch this blog to share the different levels of my dream (did I mention that starting my own blog was another dream of mine and it is a now living and breathing thing)?!  I also want to make a difference in people’s lives with their confidence.  The best way I know how to help is by teaching people how to feel amazing in their clothing.  The list of dreams go on but if you continue to follow me, you’ll learn more about them and hopefully see them coming true.

 I’m sharing this story, not to boast or pat myself on the back, but to hopefully put things into perspective for some of my fellow dreamers out there. Train your mind to see things in a positive light.  Try to really think about whatever you’re viewing as a disaster or roadblock and see it as the necessary steps in completing your masterpiece in life. I call it my “disasterpiece.” Some might say this term sounds a little negative, but sometimes life can be messy and is not always rainbows and butterflies.  “Disasterpiece” it is! 🙂 What you think is a disaster and meant to break you is actually meant to turn you into the powerful being you’re destined to be! If you take anything away from this at all, remember that YOUR dreams matter and you CAN do it!  Also, the most important thing to remember is to count your blessings even when they may feel hard to see.  If you look deep enough, you’ll see how much positivity actually exists in your life.  One thing I already know about you is that if you’re reading this, you’re alive and that is a blessing right there for you to count!

What steps are you taking to achieve your dreams?  If you need advice or want a listening ear, I’d love to hear from you. Visit my “Share with Me” page and let’s chat! 

Your Faithful Dreamer,


What’s in a Name?



logo-image 7.4.0 is a blog I created to recognize the differences in cultures.  There’s a lot of ways to define one’s character.  I believe the best way to do this is through the way one dresses and their selections in music. The most important thing in 7.4.0’s culture is to express yourself by bringing the love of fashion and music together as a partnership.

Randomosity is a term created to represent “an eclectic view on life.”  People of all races and cultures go through battles of all kinds on a daily basis and all turn to different things to escape reality. The 740 is the area code of which I reside.  I also “found myself” and my soul mate when I moved to this town back in 2005. 7.4.0 provides a place for me to step outside the busy world and rekindle a relationship with my inner-self.  The music I listen to helps me express who I am and makes me feel comfortable and free.  I believe that everyone has an inner creative side that is waiting to be unleashed into the world and I’d love to have a hand in that somehow.

I hope my blog does the same thing for you as it does for me.   So here I am, ready to embrace your individuality and assist you with any fashion needs you may have.  Did I mention I also have a random love for different types of music along with the fashions I wear?  It all depends on what mood I’m in when I wake up in the morning and who I decide I want to be that day!  It may sound weird but it sure is fun for me 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,


Details Matter


I’ve been digging the floppy hats for some time now and love it with this look. Make-up was done by the talented, Staci Morgan of Vienna, WV.


It’s all about the details with this look. I love the gold accents on the belt and how it blends in with the black and gold beading, yet still stands out in the best subtle way.

This was such a fun shoot because I got to collaborate with Meredith Crislip for the first time.  I got a Facebook message from her to see if I was interested in collaborating with her and a her friend, make-up artist Staci Morgan.  I was ecstatic for this opportunity because things like this don’t just happen every day.  Meredith has the sweetest soul and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and Staci.  It’s always nice to work with someone that “gets you.”  It’s especially wonderful when you realize how much you have in common. 🙂   Thank you again for these beautiful shots and rockin’ make-up!  Check out some more of their work on Facebook; MD Photography and Instagram @mdphotography57 or her blog;  Staci’s work can be found on Facebook;: Staci Morgan-Makeup Artist and you can follow her Instagram; @makeupmommyde or here; .  Lots of avenues to find these beautiful ladies 🙂

This photo shoot was all about concentrating on the details to create an effortless edgy look.  I love the drama that black brings to a look.  I especially enjoy black and gold with the mix of denim.  I hope to see some of you on Instagram sharing your favorite detailed look.

Why 7.4.0?



Well today’s the day!  After attempting to start my own blog a few years ago, I’ve decided to give it another try; a serious and more thoughtful attempt.  I mean…I even purchased my own domain!  (ha ha).  Big time girl over here!  Woot, woot (yes, I’m raising the roof).  I hope you’ll follow me on this journey I call life and all of the different paths it takes me on; the good, the bad, the ugly.  Sometimes it’s a straight and easy path.  Other times I feel a little motion sickness from all of the twists and turns.  Heck!  Sometimes it feels like a never ending roller coaster. Seriously, who let me operate this ride?! I haven’t been trained for this!  Oh, wait…none of us truly have. It’s impossible to be fully equipped to deal with every little speed bump and pot hole in the road.

I’m starting this blog for a number of reasons, but here are my top 3:

1.) Accountability.  I have dreams and want to hold true to my goals.

2.) I want to encourage all walks of life to never give up on their dreams.

3.) I want to show everyone that rather than losing yourself in your problems, overcome them.

So here I am, inviting you to check out my biography so you can learn a little more about me.  I hope you get something out of reading them.  If YOU don’t maybe you know someone that could.  Please feel free to share anything you think would help benefit someone you know.  What makes life worth living is the hope that something I’ve said or done has helped make a difference in someone’s life.

Your Faithful Dreamer,


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