Happy Hump Day!!! I hope the week so far is going well for all of you. My week so far has been really great. Here’s something funny I have to share. On Monday while walking down the hallway of my job (I work @ Family Court) this 15 year old boy waiting to see his probation officer was like “How you doin boo?” I was like “I’m old enough to be your grandmother!” Where we gonna go on our first date? McDonald’s? I had to chuckle.

I titled my post “use what you got” because I’m always saying I don’t have enough clothes. I have a short-term memory in regards to the contents of my wardrobe. Everyday I’m like “what am I gonna wear?!” Meanwhile my dresser drawers and closet are overflowing with clothes. I had to finally admit that I was a lazy dresser. It’s easy to say you don’t have enough and then go out buy more things. So enough lazy dressing! I fished through my clothes and found this dress that I wore one time!!! That’s ridiculous! I bought it last June from Forever 21+ for my trip to Las Vegas. I wore it once… in Vegas! After that I tucked it into my drawer, never to be seen again until now. I love the colors, pockets and draping of this dress. The draping compliments my shape wonderfully.

The sweater is from Macy’s INC line. I moved away from the traditional black cardigan sweater to this great scallop shaped one. The belt came with the dress and it ties the outfit together wonderfully. I fished through my accessories (which I desperately need to organize) and found this Target necklace. I like the metal that is wrapped around the beads. It gives the necklace a little edge.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!!!

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Dress & belt: Forever 21+
Sweater: INC via Macy’s
Necklace: Target
Tights: Eloquii
Shoes: Bandolino ankle booties

Good morning all! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I spent the weekend with my nephew Frederick celebrating his 27th birthday. I had a wonderful time with him, Varaya, Stafford, Tynetta and Mike. My BFF Shoshanna joined in and provided the many LOLs.

Red is my absolute favorite color. I can’t get enough of it! I’ve been waiting patiently for a red skirt to come along & I finally found it. The pencil skirt is from Love.Ady and was on sale @ Bloomingdale’s for a mere $28 (marked down from $68!). Currently I’m in love with pencil skirts after years of telling myself I couldn’t possibly pull it off because of my hips. Hips be damn! I stopped thinking “no” and started thinking “hell yeah!” I’m not going to limit my fashion choices because of what someone may think. Now I have tweed, denim and leopard print (growl!) pencil skirts.

The blouse is from Ann Taylor Loft. I love the print and ruffles. I can dress it up or down. I knew when I bought this blouse, I would be wearing red with it. Or cobalt blue…hmmm…

I also wanted to give a HUGE shout out to my girl Thomasena (musicmoviesthoughs.wordpress.com) for helping me with getting my blog started. She was patient with me and provided the much-needed encouragement to actually see this through. Thank you gurl!

Also I want to thank Tamera for being my photographer. She is so sweet and helps with constructive criticism. Plus her little boy TJ is too CUTE!!!

Whew! Have a happy Monday!!! Four more days til Friday!!!

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Skirt: Love.Ady via Bloomingdales
Blouse: Ann Taylor Loft
Blazer: Torrid
Necklace: Lane Bryant
Tights: Eloquii
Bracelet: H&M

I can’t tell you how nervous I am about this first post. I’ve always been the girl in the back never wanting to be noticed, afraid of her own voice. It’s taken me nearly 39 years to step into the front and say “Here I am!!!”

This blog is about me learning to love everything about myself from the small wrinkles in my eyes to the tips of my stubby toes. As my BFF says ” I’m in my bag” and hope you enjoy this journey with me.

On with the outfit! I love color and whenever I can put it into an outfit I do. Since its casual Friday I decided to wear a denim pencil skirt instead of jeans & one of my favorite cardigans. I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate this yellow belt since I bought it several months ago. I think it works well with the blues and greys, giving the outfit a nice pop of color. Gotta have my trusty black tights because it was 32 degrees when I left for work!

Happy Friday!!! Have a great weekend!!!

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Skirt: Gap Outlet
Cardigan: Old Navy
Tank: Fashion Bug
Belt: Gap Outlet
Necklace: Old Navy (from 2yrs ago)
Bracelet: H&M ( looove this bracelet! You will be seeing alot of it!)
Shoes: Bandolino wedges
Tights: Lane Bryant