Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Military Inspired

 This look began with a military inspired OD Green jacket I purchased at the thrift store for less than $1....Wohoooo!!! One man's junk is another man's treasure. The fact that it came with a belt, to cinch in my waist, I was all over it without question. For all those women who are smaller on the top and larger on the bottom, cinching in your waist is a great way to tastefully show off your assets without showing your assets. (hint hint wink wink)

 To break-up the look, I opted for a polka dot blouse instead of a solid colored top.

 On the bottom, I added a bold POP of red because I feel that red goes so well with this shade of green.

Lastly, I finished the look off with a camel colored wedge and a Celine inspired bag I purchased on E-bay for a very affordable price.

This is a fun look and I hope you enjoy!

Have fun with your style and stay beautiful!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Moving Day | Tips To Packing Your Accessories

Moving Day is quickly approaching and I am currently sifting and packing everything away. When it comes to my accessories....and everything else, I want to make sure ALL items are packed away properly so I don't have a headache on the other end. Since everything must go, I decided to use a sham cover to roll my necklaces. This prevents it from tangling and being a HOT MESS when you arrive on the other end. If you are a visual person, I have posted pics. Enjoy!

Lay one necklace flat on the fabric

Roll it over
Continue the process
Whah Lah!!....Your necklaces are ready to move without being tangled

The next item I prepped for packing were my earrings. Let me tell you......it is a task to keep earrings straight when you're standing still...much less trying to package them for moving. For sanity sake, it is important for me to stay organized throughout the move. The method Is good in every situation. I love that I am able to see all of the earrings at one glance. All you need is a hanger, a piece of fabric and a hot glue glue. This assembly will keep all your earring (clip-ons & hooks) and broaches sorted and organized.

Earring Organizer

The last item I packed was my bracelets, watches and bangles. I used a necklace to keep them all together. 


If you are moving or traveling in the near future, I hope this was some help. Remember to have fun with your style and stay beautiful!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Work and Play

Fall is right around the corner and I am so ready to go shopping I can't contain myself. BUT.... before I dash out the door for retail therapy, I decided to put together some things I already have in my closet. To begin, I decided to remix an item I have already blogged about in (Icing On The Cake). I decided on adding a fitted blouse, buttoned completely up with a simple necklace....a trend I am loving. The look was finished off with a simple clutch and a pair of peep toe pumps.

Fitted Blouse | NY&C     Jumper | F21     Shoes | Dillard's     Clutch | Thrifted      Accessories | Gifts (Mom & Husband)

On the second look, I was thinking harem....I love me some harem pants! I don't know if it was my past love for the hammer pants or how comfortable they feel. I will take both reasons for now. I simply folded the top of the jumper around my hips and whah-lah.....you have harem pants.Since the look was so plain, I decided to wear a turban inspired head wrap to add some contrast. Head wraps are a very stylish way to add a little  "sum SUM" to any outfit so it's great to keep pieces of fabric on hand.

Scarf  & Tank | F21  

Most of all, remember to have fun with your style and stay beautiful!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cropped Metallic Pants

NY&C is one of my favorite places to shop for essential items like cardigans, blazers, trousers, skirts and accessories because they consistently offer great sales and quality items. So when I saw these "tin man" pants on the table....along with an assortment of other colors, I had to snag them for a little flare in the wardrobe. The fit and the price was so nice, I was compelled to purchase a couple more in different colors. The two looks in this video can be worn for daytime and night time looks. In the monochromatic look, I wanted to make a complete statement with this look so I paired similar tints, tones, and shades of a single color together instead of allowing the pants to take center stage. In the black, contoured look, I love how my cropped blazer gave off a tapered appearance with the contrast between the black and the white. To finish both looks off, I remained pretty simple with the accessories.

Tip: Do you have a bold pair of pants in your wardrobe you love......but you don't know what to do with it? Try the monochromatic look. Just simply find a shirt of a similar shade and pair the two items together. Then add the accessories to tie it all together. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful.

Monochromatic Look #1
White Blazer | F21
White Tee | Tar-Jay (Target)
Metallic Cropped Pants | NY&C
Purple Peep-Toe Platform Pumps | 6pm.com
Multi-Colored Clutch | Marshall's

Contoured w/Black Look #2
Black Blazer | Ross
Black Pumps | Zappos
Black Clutch | Old

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thank You Mom | One Piece Makes A Huge Statement

Today's blog post is extremely special to me because I get to give thanks to a strong, smart and vivacious woman who is so thoughtful and selfless when it comes to helping others. My Mom is a unique angel sent from above and I wish I had a way to express my gratitude for everything she has ever done to help me through all my years of growing up and becoming the woman I am. Out of all the WONDERFUL and AMAZING things she has done for me already, she sent me this beautiful skirt....yes I said skirt as a gift. I knew when I opened the box, I had to show it off on my blog. The skirt is the star of the show and everything else is backup. So when I received it as a skirt, I knew I had to let it stand on it's own in some way or another. In the end, I decided to wear it as a dress instead of a skirt. I selected shoes and accessories that complimented the look without stealing the thunder of the skirt/dress. Mom, I hope I did you proud and thank you SOOOO much for everything you have done for me in my lifetime. I love you!

Tip: Long skirts can give you multiple options when looking for different looks. Try this same idea with a skirt in your closet, along with a belt to cinch in your waist. Pair the look with some cute accessories and you are ready to go. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympic/USA Chic

I love when I get the opportunity to represent the red, white and blue. The Olympics 2012 in London has been going for about a week and I was inspired to complete an Olympic/USA Chic look. What do you think? All this week I have been rocking my blazers and I said "self, why not rock it one more time for the USA"...lol. Well here it is paired with two different rinses of denim and pops of red everywhere. Since I had SO much leg showing, I made it a point to cover up everything else. Ladies, never give them too much..A little goes a long way. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful.

White Blazer | F21
Denim Blouse | NY&C
Dark Denim Shorts | Tar-Jay (Target)
Red Shoes| Marshall's
Red Clutch | So old, I cant remember...lol

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Black and White | Day to Night

How many times have you had two places to go and not enough time in between? In today's look, I am ready for work and play. Lately, I have been on a blazer kick because it adds a little bit of pizazz and structure to a look. Regardless if it's Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter a blazer can upgrade your look without question. Most of all, a blazer is one of those essential item that will remain timeless in your wardrobe. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful

Blazer | F21
White Lace Tank | NY&C
Black Cropped Pants | Thrifted
Shoes | Justfab.com

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tar-Jay (Target) Treasure

When everyone is getting ready for the fall and winter season, I am purchasing items for the next summer and spring. Shopping in the off season is the best time to purchase essential pieces for your wardrobe at a super affordable price. No need to worry about staying on trend because essential items will always play a useful role in your wardrobe. In this look today, I am wearing a dress I found on the sales rack at Tar-Jay for $12. I added a cropped blazer to the look to break up the busy pattern in the dress and to give the eye something else to look at. Some stores have already started to drop their prices so keep your eyes peeled for some fabulous finds. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful. 

Printed Dress | Target (similar)
Cropped White Blazer | Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes | Ross

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Flower Flowers Flowers

In today's look, my floral pants got some more showtime! The comfort, cut and look of the pants are so nice...I wished I bought more in different colors. I kept things light and bright on top with a basic white tee and a white blazer to add structure. The jacket really offered a bit of maturity to the floral pants. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful. Listed below are links to similar items.

White Blazer | F21 (similar)
White Shirt | Tar-Jay

Floral Pants | Target (similar)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Double Take Tuesday ~ 02

Have you heard of Janelle Monae? If you haven't, you should check her out! I love her signature style so much, I was inspired to create a similar look. In today's outfit, I remixed my banana cropped pants....the same style in the previous post and paired it my chambray top. The look was finished off with a black belt I used as a bow tie. I really had fun with my style...Did you? Stay Beautiful.

Double Take Tuesday: Having essential pieces in your wardrobe will give you endless option on style ideas. Items that were remixed today was the chambray blouse and banana cropped pants.

Chambray Top | NY&C
Banana Cropped Pants | F21
Purse | Coming Soon [Hit the like button if you like the purse]
Shoes | Ross 


Monday, July 23, 2012

Adding Brightness To Darkness

The dark colors in my closet don't receive much love during the warmer parts of the year,  In today's outfit, instead of pushing it to the side, I embraced the darkness with a pop of brightness to "sumer-fy" my look.
A little pop goes a long way. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Casual Friday

I move to have Casual Friday everyday! Denim is so comfortable and it's one of those items you can dress up or down. Today I had some things to take care of around town and I decided to keep it comfortable and casual. My love for colors pushed me towards my green striped tee and a plum colored cardigan. I paired the two with a pair of dark denim pants. The look was finished off with minimal accessories. Have run with your style and stay beautiful.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Flowers Delivered

F21 is a great store to shop for affordable items. However, it can be very overwhelming for those who prefer a more organized layout. In my opinion, they really don’t have a rhyme or reason to the display in the store.  For the sake of sanity, I prefer to shop online in the "Love21" section because it is catered to a more mature style. During my online shopping experience I came across this lovely floral blazer. Floral patterns are on trend this season and I am sure I will transition this blazer right into the fall. Lookout for a bouquet of style ideas with this purchase. Have Fun with your style and stay beautiful. 


Monday, July 16, 2012

Keeping It Simple

How many times have you had to rush out the door on a Monday morning? Today was my day!  I literally got ready in record breaking time. (My husband will deny it….lol)  This morning I relied on simplicity. I selected three essential pieces from my wardrobe and tied it all together with the shoes. I was ready to go in a matter of minutes.  

In the past, I would buy an outfit for a specific event or I would buy things because they look great in the store. In the end, nothing really worked with what I already had……forcing me to shop again. Don’t make the mistake I made. Treat your closet like your refrigerator. Before you go shopping, take a look at what you already have. Make a list of the things you need to avoid buying something that doesn’t work. The key to building an endless wardrobe is to buy items you can style multiple ways. 

Have fun with your style and stay beautiful!   

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Time To Party

The star of this OOTD is the blazer. I recently purchased the item from F21 and I couldn't resist raving about the cut and quality of the piece. This is an essential piece I am sure to wear through the summer and fall. Have fun with your style and stay beautiful! 

Textured Shawl Collar Jacket | F21 29.80


Friday, June 29, 2012

Color With A Twist

This week I have enjoyed showing the endless options you can obtain from simple pieces in your wardrobe. This works well if you are trying to look stylish without breaking the bank. The last and final outfit is a combination of other items I have featured in previous blog post with an exception to my scarf and purse. The scarf was found at the Dollar Tree and the purse is an old purchase I made over seven years ago. Remember...keeping it simple is keeping it chic! Have fun with your style and stay beautiful.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Totally Twisted

Finding great deals and saving money is what I live for! In my outfit today, I paired the same shirt I wore on Monday's [Summer Breeze] blog post to show the options you have with one top. Simplicity is Chic and it leaves you with endless options for your wardrobe. In addition to finding a great deal on the top, the star of the outfit....the shoes....were FREE from Justfab.com! I finished the outfit off with a wooden necklace and a pair of stud earrings.





Outfit Total: $34.18
Yellow Twist Back Top [Target][14.99], Plum High-Low Skirt [Target][17.99], Giraffe Print Shoes [JustFab][Free] **actual price - 39.95**, Earrings [Thrifted][1.20], Wooden Necklace [old]

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

One Skirt, Three Looks | Day 3 - Independently Chic

On look #3, I had the 4th of July in mind when I paired my dark denim tube top with the infamous red skirt. I love opportunities when I can be a little festive without looking like I tried too hard. What are you wearing on the 4th of July? What ever you do, have fun and enjoy. If you haven't already, check out the previous blogs to see how I styled this beautiful skirt found at the Thrift Store. Have a great 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

One Skirt, Three Looks | Day 2 - Chambray Chic

Chambray fabric is similar to denim and it's a great item to mix and match in any wardrobe. You can wear it to work or on the weekend. In my Day 2 look, I have accomplished a more toned down casual look for the summer. I finished the outfit off with a pair of red feather earrings and a nude pair of wedges. Have fun with your style and embrace the summer months being cool and casual.

Links to Similar items

Chambray Shirt (similar)


Skirt (similar)


Nude Wedges


Outfit Total: $60
Chambray Top [NY&C][20.00], Skirt [Thrift Store][2.80], Nude Wedges [Target][29.99], Red Feather Earrings [Target][Less than $8]

Monday, June 25, 2012

One Skirt, Three Looks | Day 1 - Summer Breeze

"Summer Breeze makes me feel fine", are the words I thought when I saw this beautiful skirt at the Thrift Store. This piece embodies the essence of summer and I'm not sure why it was given away. The piece is so bold, I was led to do a series of options this week to show how you can stretch your wardrobe with one statement piece. In the next two blogs this week, you will see different looks you can accomplish with one item being the focus. I hope you stay tuned.......

Links to items in the outfit:
Blouse [Target]

Skirt [Old Navy] (similar)

Shoes [Payless]

Outfit Total: $34.00
Lime Green Blouse [Target][14.99], Skirt [Thrift Store][2.80], Tri-Color Sandals [Payless][15.00 **BOGO Sale**], Elephant Broach [Gift][Thanks Mom], Gold Earrings [Thrift Store][1.20]

Friday, June 22, 2012

Flirting with Friday

Fridays are always great for Date Night or Girl's Night Out. On nights like this, you want to look great and feel comfortable at the same time. I was able to accomplish this look by taking a "high-low" skirt and wore it as a shirt. I love this top because it gives you enough coverage around the assets and enough exposure in the front. I paired the top with a pair of basic white shorts. To finish the look I selected gold accessories and a pair of stylish, yet comfortable, pair of wedges. I am ready to GO!

Links to Items Worn:

High Low Skirt [$17.99]


Classic Chino Shorts [17.99]


Multicolor Wedge Pumps [29.99]


Gold Accessories were all thrifted. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Date Night Possibilities

Date nights are hard to come by when you are a busy wife, mom, and a professional.  With that being said, I am super excited when the opportunity strikes. Sequin is always fun and this look was easy for me. I paired a sequin top with a pair of white skinny jeans to keep the look bright. During the fall season, I would opt for a darker pair of pants to warm up the look. I finished everything off with accessories and shoes that compliment the tones in the top. Date nights are fun so why not dress fun?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Highs and Lows

There has been a wave of "high low" shirts and skirts this season. In addition to running out and buying some, I created the look myself with a shirt I already had lying around. I simply tucked the front in and allowed the back to hang out. I am a "hippie" girl and I love when I come across a style that allows me to camouflage the areas I least desire. Trends may come and go but your style lives forever.

Tip: If you can get a good deal on a trend, try recreating the look with something you already have. Most of all, have fun with your own style.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Carefree Casual

After having a short vacation in San Diego, I can't fight this carefree casual mood I am having. With the weather being so warm these days, I find myself constantly reaching for something that's easy breezy. My outfit today is super simple and super casual. I paired two bright bold colors and broke the look up with a tribal print scarf and a pair of neutral flats. This look is easy for anyone to pull off. Most of all, this outfit was less than $20.

Outfit Total:  $18.40
Yellow Cami [F21], $2.80, Blue Skirt [Thrifted], $1.80 Tribal Print Scarf [F21] $8.80, Neutral Colored Flats [Old Navy] $5.00 (on sale)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fabulous Find | Target (Tar-Jay)

Have you ever went to a store and came out with more than you expected? That happens to me all the time. On Tuesday, at Target, I was guilty again for buying more than I planned. The wedges in this blog are super comfortable, stylish, and affordable at the same time. This is a win on my part and I only hope that you all take a visit over and look for you a fabulous find. Have fun and happy shopping!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Double Take Tuesday ~ 01

Being smart and stylish is my definition for chic and when I can combine them both together, you have endless chic style. For today, I took a skirt I featured in one of my previous blog and transformed the look. The skirt was paired with a bright colored essential t-shirt, some colorful accessories, and pop of purple on my feet. This look makes me feel happy. Cute casual look for summer.

T-Shirt (on sale along with other items this week!!)

Purple Peep-Toe Pumps (similar)

Outfit Total:
Chiffon Trim Tee [NY&C][8.47], Stripe Skirt [Thrifted][$2.49], Black Belt [Tar-Jay][Less than $10], Shoes [6pm.com][26.99], Accessories [Collective][$5.00]

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Flirting with Floral

Yes.....I am breaking out the floral pants and I didn't steal them from Nana. I have been wanting a pair so bad and I finally found a print suited for me. Just because they are black, I feel they make me look slimmer. Another trick/tip for those who are going bold with the printed pants this spring/summer, the larger the print the smaller you look. Coming from a "hippie" type girl, It works! Have fun with your style and stay beautful.

Outfit Details: Less than $60
Green Sheer Blouse [Target][17.99], Floral Pants [Target][Less than 25.00], Black Platform Pumps[Payless][Bogo Sale], Accessories [Collective purchase]

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Preppy Chic

Most often times in my blog, I am ranting and raving about the fabulous finds I discover in the thrift stores. The cardigan I have today was an affordable find, I found at Tar-Jay (Target), that I couldn't resist. This cardigan is so pretty and bold at the same time. I love the detail and hardware they used to make the cardigan pop. This piece could be worn as a statement item with any neutral ensemble. Cardigans are essential items in any wardrobe and I am so happy to find this one at an affordable price.

Tip: Always keep an eye open for those pieces that could add a little "something-something" to other items you have established in your wardrobe.

Link for Cardigan

Pink Cardigan [Target][32.99], Polka Dot Skirt [H&M][Unknown], Gold Gladiator Inspired Sandals [Payless][old], Gold Earrings [Thrift][1.20], Gold Belt [Thrift][2.00], Gold Butterfly Broach [10.00]

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tribal Tribute

I have become an avid blogger on my great affordable finds and personal style in the last few months. Today, I am SUPER excited to write about this look. Along with the jade colored pencil skirt (in a previous blog), I was able to find this beautiful canary yellow button down blouse and this bold black and white pair of tribal pants at the thrift store. For both items, I only paid $3.60. I simply paired this bold look with black and silver accessories I have collected over time (most items are super old) and I was truly pleased with how it all played out. My goal is place one solid outfit together that's purchased from the thrift store. Until then, I will continue to incorporate my affordable finds into outfits of the day.

Outfit Total: $50 [estimated]
Canary Yellow Button Down Blouse [Thrift Store][1.40], Black and White Tribal Pants [Thrift Store][2.20], Shell Black Necklace [Korea][5.00] very old!!, Kimono Style Black Belt [Express] very old!!, Collective Bracelets [$20], J-lo Platform Sandals [unknown] very old!!