Wardrobe Wednesday | Wearing Tights with Black and White

Are you a fan of wearing tights? I haven’t always been too keen on the idea of wearing tights (or pantyhose) myself. I laugh when I think about it because my grandmother is a stickler for both, especially when attending church. Now that I’m older and can “dress myself”, I actually gravitate towards tights when it gets to be a little chilly outside. Needless to say, my grandma is pleased with this gravitation. ;-) Nowadays, I think of tights as a thin pair of leggings, and we all know how I feel about leggings; I LOVE THEM!

Tights Season - Hanes Hosiery

Sweater: Lane Bryant Outlet // Skirt: I.N.C., Macy’s // Heels: Lane Bryant // Tights: Hanes Hosiery

Black and White OOTD - Hanes Hosiery

As a plus size shopper, I usually stick to the Spanx brand of tights, but I recently tried a pair of  Hanes Hosiery tights. To my surprise, I was very pleased. I went for the largest size which is IJ and I was very happy with the fit.  This black and white ensemble is very comfortable and easy to wear. It’s the kind of outfit I’d wear to work and then go straight to dinner with my girls afterwards. I can also foresee this outfit being perfect for an evening out with the hubby or an evening blogging event in DC as well. Wearing dressy flats, boots/booties, or even (the right pair of) sneakers is doable for this OOTD. I actually have another way to wear this look coming Friday – stay tuned! :-)

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Necklace: JCP // Watch: Charming Charlie // Beaded Bracelet: Gifted // Nails: Sally Hansen Insta Dri (Pink Blink)

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 So tell me, what are your thoughts on wearing tights this season? Are you a fan? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and as always, thanks for commenting. You’re words and support here on WNJ, as well as social media, have really been heartwarming lately. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the love.

One more thing – I’m wearing this pink color on my nails as a part of Simply Chic’s Breast Cancer Awareness efforts. Since I started blogging, I’ve loved her blog and I’m thankful to her for showing much support with all my endeavors throughout the years. Read more about her Breast Cancer Awareness story here. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to link your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup HERE

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*I was given a pair of tights by Hanes Hosiery to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.*

LifeStyle Feature | Marie Young of GoodLooknOut

I’m really excited about today’s post because it’s another installment of my LifeStyle Features here on WNJ! I met this blogger at an event in D.C. 2 (or so) years ago. I remember thinking to myself, “she’s the cutest pregnant woman…ever!” I soon realized that her warm personality and sweet spirit matched her outer beauty.

Marie, creator of GoodLooknOut, is your “your (online) big sis who’s always lookin’ out”! GoodLooknOut is a site that keeps you up to date with the latest trends, introduces you to the hottest bloggers, and points you in the right direction for great meals, entertainment and so much more. Trust me when I say, it’s a site that you’ll want to bookmark, for sure. Enjoy Marie’s interview and don’t forget to stop by GoodLooknOut to experience all its greatness for yourself! 

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ABOUT YOU + YOUR STYLE

Where are you from and what’s your occupation?

I’m from Pasadena, California but I currently reside in Sacramento, California. I am a woman of many hats, however currently, I’m a self employed Digital Strategist for a few folks.

How do you define your personal style?

My personal style is eclectic + minimalist. I like balance in my wardrobe, so I may wear all black one day with a signature accessory piece to set my whole outfit off.

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Name 5 must have wardrobe staples every woman should own?

- Black Strappy heels

- Daisy Dukes

- Black pants

- The cutest white tee

- Gold sandals


ABOUT GoodLooknOut

How long have you been a blogger?

For a little over three years and it’s been a very interesting ride too!

What inspired you to start GLO and what is your vision for GLO?

I was unemployed, bored and pregnant! I read a lot of blogs and decided, hey, I can do this. Never thought I’d go psycho crazy and fall in love with it! My vision for GLO is to create an online destination, for women to share, learn and most importantly be inspired into growth. You know, look out for one another!

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What is the definition of a GLO girl?

GLO Girl is witty, caring with a intense desire to help a fellow sista out. Pretty simple!

What’s the best and toughest thing about being a blogger?

The best thing about blogging are the relationships you form with other bloggers from all over the world. I’ve made friends with people, I’d never come to know in my usual day-to-day routine. I can go to any city and always find something fun to get into because of the relationships I’ve formed with bloggers from all over.

The toughest thing about blogging is being able to stomach trolls and negative comments. As bloggers, you put yourself out there for the world to see and, unfortunately, not everyone will like what you put out there. Some bloggers don’t even dare to read the comments after pressing the publish button and I know exactly why. Getting over the hump of not caring what others say or think is easier said than done.


ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE

What makes you happy & what inspires you?

Growth inspires me and makes me happy! I love the feeling of mastering something or being able to take a lesson from an experience. The relationship I’ve formed with myself and my higher power really keeps me going too. I love the fact that through faith, I’ve been able to always see the glass half full and “go with it”, so to speak. I’m also inspired by people who speak life into themselves and into others. You know those people you meet who make you want to do better, challenge you and have the unique ability to make you feel uncomfortable. These are the people my mind has always been attracted to. I find them and then I do what I can to keep them around.

As a wife, mother, and entrepreneur, how do you find balance in your everyday life?

I actually try my hardest to follow this zen checklist I created a few weeks back. It took me until 29 years of age (omg did I just reveal that) to realize that life without a sense of balance is no life at all. I’ve tried hard to take hold of my life with proper time management, scheduling time to do absolutely nothing and ensuring that I’m spending time cultivating my creative needs. Don’t get me wrong, there are still those times where I absolutely FAIL and nothing gets done AT ALL!

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What are 3 things you do daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

(1) I go to boot camp three times a week, (2) try to eat as many small meals as possible throughout the day and (3) drink an insane amount of water, sans any soda whatsoever. This is the only way, I feel, you will make it in this process, junk food infested world.

Any advice for someone who’s trying to find their passion and purpose in life? 

Stay focused, stay committed and stay in your creative space as much as humanly possible. Things don’t always come together until that moment you’ve worked so hard that even you think you’re about to go insane. Then, BAM things will slowly start piecing themselves together!


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Thrifty Thursday | Sweater Season

Sweater season is upon us! Last night, hubby pulled out out fall clothes totes and I know I stayed up 1/2 the night luxuriating in my collection of thrifted sweaters, blazers, skirts and jackets. I even put on a fashion show for him – he sat there, shaking his head and chuckling the entire time. He too could feel my excitement about the fall season finally making an appearance. Now, I get to share my excitement with you by showing off one of my favorite thrifted sweaters. Ah, yes. It’s so soft and cozy. I rarely wear a jacket when I wear this (men’s) sweater; it’s perfect for cool fall days. I think last season I wore this baby at least once a week. LOL! You know how I feel about repeat fashion. I’m all for it…no shame in my game!

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Denim: Roz & Ali, Dress Barn (Other Options) // Men’s Sweater: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Flats: Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack (Another Cute Option)

thrifted sweater - thrifty fashion When shopping/thrifting for sweater season apparel, I often browse the men’s section first. They usually have a nice collection of chunky knit sweaters. Sweaters that you probably think your grandfather would wear. I know my grandfather would’ve worn sweaters like this. I actually have several of his old sweaters and sweatshirts, all from the thrift store. :-) Although the sleeves on his sweaters, and most men’s sweaters in general, can be a bit long I don’t let that stop me from wearing or purchasing them. I simply fold or roll the sleeves up. It’s an easy fix!

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Ring & Tote Bag: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Earrings: Target

sweater season - plus size blogger If I’m looking for a fancier or more decorated sweater, I thrift in the women’s section. There you can find sweaters with sequins, beads, lace and much more! Of all the sweaters I pulled out last night, it’s safe to say that I have a 50/50 mix of men’s and women’s sweaters. That said, I cannot wait to style and show them off on the blog this season!


So tell me, are you a fan of sweater season? Do you thrift a lot of your fall sweaters? Let me know! 

That’s all for me today. I hope you’ve been inspired to thrift some of your fall sweaters this season. If you need any tips or have any questions, feel free to contact me. Don’t forget to head over to link up your recent OOTD to my style link up. While you’re there, you can also enter to win a $340 ASOS gift card. Until Monday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style – Plus Size Slouchy Pants from Nordstrom Rack

If you haven’t noticed, I kind of switched days here on the blog. Usually I do my inspirational posts on Tuesday and my personal style posts on Monday’s. However, I decided to do a WNJ Inspires post yesterday. Next week, things will be back to normal, I guess, lol! ;-) Anywho, onto today’s post…

When it comes to plus size slouchy pants, I haven’t been able to get my hands on a pair all summer. That is until a few days ago, thanks to Nordstrom Rack. There I was shifting through the sales rack, looking for fall sweaters and a few pair of jeans. I suddenly came across these pants  and realized they were on sale ($15) – #WINNING! They were just what I’d been looking for alllll summer. ;-)

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Plus Size Slouchy Pants

Top: Marshall’s // Pants: Bobeau, Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Heels: Lane Bryant (Similar)

So these slouchy pants are so comfortable and the print is just perfect. Realistically, I may only wear them for a few more weeks, due to the thin materiel, but I still had to have them. So between the end of the summer and a few weeks into September, I plan to style these pants more than handful of times.

The thin see-through top on the other hand is an item that I’ll be styling well into the fall and winter. Adding a tank top underneath will allow this item to have plenty of wearability. The thin material is perfect (for me) because I tend to always stay hot.

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Hoops: eBay // Necklace: 2nd Avenue, $2 // Clutch: Fly By Night Boutique

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So tell me, how do you like my slouchy pants from The Rack? Do you have a pair of slouchy pants? How have you styled them? Let me know! 

As always, thanks for reading. Also, thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday via social media. I had an amazing day and I truly appreciate the love. :-) Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

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28 Life Lessons…

Happy Monday! As I celebrate my 28th birthday today, I want to share 28 life lessons I’m taking with me into my new year. 27 was a year of lessons, preparation and growth. It was one of my most challenging years for many reasons, but it was a great one nonetheless. This year I will have less stress, more peace, less worry and more faith. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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1. Gods love is real

2. Prayer works

3. Your word is your bond

4. Family is everything

5. Trust your intuition

6. There’s a season & a reason for everything

7. Life goes on

8. Be nice to yourself & others

9. Saying “no” is sometimes necessary

10. Smile

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11. Do what makes you happy

12. Be yourself

13. Take chances

14. Make mistakes

15. Learn from your mistakes

16. Work hard, play hard

17. Be genuine

18. Treat yourself

19. Don’t be selfish with your gifts

20. When God says move, MOVE

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21. Stay true to who you are

22. Stand up for what you believe in

23. You’re not designed for everyone to like you

24. Love your decisions

25. Surround yourself with those who make you better

26. Try new things

27. Enjoy the moments

28. Live the life you love {borrowing this from Mattie ;-) }

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today & everyday I’m thankful. Thankful for my family & friends, as well as my health & strength. I’m also thankful for the love & support you all send my way each day. THANK YOU & have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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Thrifted at Work

What better way to showcase your favorite thrifted items than to wear them at work? While I’m not one to “dress up” for work, due to my work environment being a business casual setting, I do like to shake it up a bit. This outfit was the perfect look to do just that.

I’m going to keep this post short today so, I hope you all have a GREAT start to a new week. Be blessed and I’ll be back Wednesday with a brand new look. XO!

~Whitney

pinkngreenpinkngreen4 pinkngreen5Dress: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue//Blazer: (Coldwater Creek) Thrifted, Salvation Army in Illinois//Shoes: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue//Purse: Gifted form NY//Earrings: ($3) Thrifted/Vintage, Goodwill//Necklace: Thrifted, Goodwill

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