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She’s Gotta Have It

Happy Hump Day all!

So it’s day 20 of my 30 Day No Shopping Challenge and not shopping is still a struggle but I’m finding it easier to resist my impulses. Since I haven’t been shopping, I’ve discovered clothing that at one time I HAD to have. This holds true for this Michael Kors leopard print skirt I’m wearing today.  Last Fall I HAD to have it so I bought it and wore it a handful of times.  Unfortunately the cycle of buying clothes I had to have and then “falling out of love” with them was becoming too common, leaving me with a pile of rarely worn clothing.  To be honest, it kinda makes me ashamed of how greedy I had become with clothing.  I honestly thought I was adding to my wardrobe but in actuality, I was just collecting more and more stuff.  This challenge is teaching me to appreciate what I have and not to covet stuff so much.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE clothes but instead of running out to buy new stuff, I’m learning to work with what I got.

If you are participating in the 30 Day No Shopping Challenge, how is it going for you so far?

Have a wonderful day!

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Jacket: Kohls

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft

Skirt: Michael Kors

Booties: Bandolino

Necklace: Gap Outlet

Transitions Pt 1: The Sleeveless Dress

Happy Monday all!

Whenever I buy clothes I think primarily about sustainability.  If I can’t wear an item for at least two seasons, I’m probably not going to get it. Having an interchangeable wardrobe is essential because you’re getting more wear out of your clothes and it decreases the need to constantly replenish your closet.   Sleeveless dresses are definitely an item that you can get a lot of wear from. Plus  they  transition smoothly  from season to season.  The next time you want to wear a cardigan with  your sleevless dress, dont leave it open.  Button it up to create a crew neck sweater to wear over your dress.  Add a belt and ta da…its now a skirt!  This pretty much works on most sleeveless dresses so get creative, try it with your favorite printed or patterned sweater. 

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 The easiest way to transition a sleeveless  dress is by adding a blazer. But instead of  reaching for a blazer, try a fitted leather jacket. It adds instant polish and  edge to your dress but Is still appropriate for work.

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How do you transition your sleevless dresses? 

Have a wonderful day!

OUTFIT 1:
Dress: JCPenney
Sweater: Old Navy
Necklace: Lane Bryant
Shoes: BCBGeneration
Belt: from an old dress

OUTFIT 2:
Dress: JCPenney
Jacket: Kohls
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Nine West

Weekend Edition: Vacation Mode Pt. 2

Happy Monday all!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I spent my weekend doing housework, laundry and errands…I know SO exciting! LOL

I made sure amidst all the fun I was having that I documented some of  my outfits during my vacation.  Since I didn’t have my trusty tripod I had to rely on my BFF and my godson, Alex to take my pics. It felt good to be casual and not dolled up for work.  I spent the majority of my vacation lounging in bathing suits and shorts.

I promised myself this Summer I wasn’t going to wear  skirted bottom with my tankini.  To be honest I was really self conscious about  my thighs being uncovered  but by the second dip in the pool, all was forgotten!  I love this pic of me in my tankini while on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk. Thanks Alex for taking such a good pic!

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Here are some more of my outfits from the week!

Have a wonderful day!

Im a Repeat Offender!

Happy Hump Day all!

I was reading my blogger buddy Parker’s post Repeat Offender on her blog Everyday Runway and it got me thinking “I’m a repeat offender!” Currently I have my black & white striped shirt from Ann Taylor Loft in serious rotation (it was originally $44.50 and I got it for $13!) . I swear I wear it at least three times a week.  I think the reason why I’m so attached to the shirt is because I love how black & white instantly makes an outfit crisp and sleek.  I’ve been pairing the shirt with everything I can get my hands on…but its okay! I’ll happily keep offending until I find another item  to latch on to!

Are you a repeat offender? If so, what item of clothing or accessory you can’t get enough of?

Have a wonderful day!

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Tank: Ann Taylor Loft

Skirt: Eloquii

Shoes: Nine West (of course!)

Necklace: Banana Republic

Bracelet: H&M

Weekend Edition: Girls Weekend

Happy Memorial Day all!

Memorial Day weekend here in the States is  the unofficial start of Summer.  While that might be true, the weather on Saturday was more like late March! After days of stifling humidity and 80+ degree heat,  a cold front swept in dipped temperatures in the high 50s! Although the weather was less than ideal,  I still went to see “Star Trek: Into Darkness” (LOVED IT!), ran some errands and met up with my girlfriends for dinner at Redstone American Grill.  The chilly  Saturday evening air didn’t stop me from getting a little gussied up  by wearing one of my favorite ASOS maxi dresses.  Dinner was a blast and the food was excellent.  It was great hanging out with Bridgette, Andrea, Kim and Theda.

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Dress: ASOS Curve (bought last August)

Jacket: Old Navy

Sandals: Nine West

Bracelet: H&M

On Sunday Latasha, Tamera and I went to Washington DC for the day.  Knowing that we were going to do A LOT of walking, being comfortable was more important that being cute!  While we did walk a lot, we had a great time together. The weather was perfect for a day in Washington DC.    By the end of the day I was completely pooped!

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Pants: Talbots

Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft

Jacket: Old Navy

Necklace: Forever 21

Sandals: Steve Madden

Here are some of the  highlights of the day.  If you haven’t been to the Smithsonian Museums definitely put it on your “to do” list.  A day was simply not enough to take in all the museums and multiple exhibits. The next time I go to Washington DC, I’m going to go for a weekend so I can see all that I missed.

How  has  your holiday weekend been going so far?

Have a great day!

 

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TGIF everyone!

Baby Its COLD Outside!

Happy Hump Day all!

To say it’s cold outside would be an understatement .  It’s too cold to walk, talk, breathe…well you get the point.   When it’s like this, all I want to do is bundle up and stay home but until I hit the Powerball lottery I have to go to work.  So today’s post  is about  the 3 essentials I need to keep warm during these frigid days.

1. My puffer coat: I used to be in fear of looking like the Abominable Snowman in a puffer coat but after freezing last year, I decided to let that go and get one. After looking high and low for a good coat, I found this London Fog  number on Macys website.   What drew me to the coat was all the rave reviews it received.  Not one person who bought it rated it under four stars.  The coat isn’t bulky and is actually pretty light.    The down fill has kept me warm and comfortable  outside.  Even when the wind is blowing I don’t feel the cold air.  The coat is also water resistant so no more shoveling snow in a soggy coat.  It  also comes with a detachable faux fur lined hood.

2. My UGG Boots:  I resisted getting a pair of UGG boots because everyone and their mom has a pair.   My feet are the first thing  that gets cold so I had to find a comfortable boot that keep them  warm.  Once I found a pair I liked (on sale no less!) I haven’t regretted my decision.  I no longer worry about my feet becoming frozen blocks of ice when I walk to  work from the train station.

3. My comfy scarf: I never leave my house without my comfy scarf.  It may not look like much, but it does keep my face warm.

Well there you have it! What are you winter essentials?

Have a wonderful evening!

P.S. Sorry about no pics of the UGG boots. The pics came out too blurry. Sorry!

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Coat: London Fog (sold out at Macys.com)

Scarf: Forever 21

Jacket: Kohls

Turtleneck: Ann Taylor Loft (they go up to a size 18/XXL online)

Skirt: Michael Kors

Necklace: Eloquii