Personal Style | Tunics and Capes for Fall

The weather here in Maryland has been so strange. One day it’s 50 degrees and the next it’s pushing 70. I can’t keep up, but luckily my wardrobe can handle the change. One of my go-to styles for networking events, church and some dresser family functions has been tunics and capes. This combo works like magic when I’m trying to be chic and not that overdressed. I find that wearing tunics, a sensible pair of heels and a fall cape add an element of sophistication and elegance to my personal style. Can’t beat that, right?

Plus Size Tunic

Tunic: Nic + Zoe, Nordstrom (Another Option) // Pants: Sejour, Nordstrom (Another Option) // Heels: Kenneth Cole, Bloomingdales (Another Option)


Wearing Tunics and Capes

Whitney Nic James Wearing Tunics

With this particular outfit, I decided to dress up the same pair of sweatpants as yesterday a bit more. The nude heels add that “something extra” to the outfit, perfect for those occasions mentioned above. During networking events I like to be comfortable, of course, but I want to be taken seriously. After all, I’m usually attending such events representing both WNJ and #FearlessWomanIAM. That said, I have to dress the part. Looking presentable, fashion forward and approachable is a must because that’s what both of my brands represent in a nutshell.

This outfit is one that also makes me feel really good and rather empowered. When it comes to personal style it’s important not only to look good, but to feel good as well. Regardless of the event, whatever you wear should make you feel amazing. Feeling this way instantly boosts your confidence and makes others take you seriously. As stated in my recent Brown Girls Love Brunch recap, first impressions are crucial. Make yours a good one by being confident when introducing yourself. Being confident with what you’re wearing is the start to making a good first impression.

Fall Fashion - Tunics and Capes

Cape: Thrifted (Another Option) // Purse: Forever 21 (Similar) // Earrings: H&M

Fall Fashion - tunics and capes

OOTD - Details

So tell me, are you a fan of tunics and capes this fall? What’s your go-to look for networking and other events? Let me know!

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#WNJInspired | How to Finish the Year Strong…Without Overwhelming Yourself

There’s no getting around it. The end of the year is near. If you’re like me, you have several goals you’ve been working hard to achieve throughout the year. There may even be some goals you’re scurrying to accomplish before the year ends. I’m right there with you. As we rush to check things off our lists, it’s important not to drive ourselves crazy in the process. Speaking form experience, being overwhelmed and acting like a crazed maniac is no fun. Here are a few tips on how to finish the year strong, without overwhelming yourself. 

Finish the Year Strong

Write it down. | I lead with this suggestion all the time when giving advice on how to be productive. You have to write your goals, ideas and plans down on paper in order for them to become a reality. There’s something about seeing your plans on paper that makes plans that much more attainable. Grab a pretty planner, journal or notepad and start writing. Even if you just have ideas and no solid plan of action, write it. It’s better to brain dump and get it all out first, then figure out and create the plan of action. You may find that writing down these last few 2015 goals may have to wait until 2016. That’s OK. But if you don’t write it down and start thinking about it, you’ll never know.

Figure out who you need. | Do you need a business or finance coach? Possibly an accountability partner or mentor? What about an intern or assistant? Not sure about you, but I’m at the point where I’m considering adding a few people to my team. In order to finish the year strong and ensure a successful 2016, I need a little help. No one can do it alone. With the blog growing and #FearlessWomanIam preparing to fully launch, I’m in the process of figuring out who (and when) I need to add to my team. Admitting that I need a little help to accomplish everything I have planned is a huge step. Never be afraid to ask for help and realize that in order to be successful, you need a solid and reliable team to assist you.

See, The Importance of a Solid Starting 5.



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Be realistic. | Setting realistic goals is a must during anytime of the year. If you’re setting new goals to complete by the end of 2015, be realistic. There isn’t much time left, so your end of the year goals should be short and concise. Maybe you have that last 5 lbs to drop before 2016. Very doable – create a plan and go for it! Possibly you want to re-design or re-arrange a room in your home. Use your calendar and lock in a (realistic) date to complete this task. Jot down exactly what you’ll need to make this happen in a blank journal or notepad, pin a few images for inspiration, figure out what stores to visit and what you can maybe do yourself, and get to work. Don’t try to squeeze in too much. You can always start the process and complete it in the 2016. Some plans/goals do in fact require more time.

Make your plans known. | Share your “last minute” goals with those around you. Going back to figuring out who you need – letting people know what you need in order to achieve a goal is a good thing. You never know what advice, tips or resources others may have to help you crush your goals. Protect your dreams, yes, but don’t hold onto them so tight that you hide them from someone who can possible help make that dream come true.


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So tell me, any tips you want to share on how to finish the year strong? Any last minute goals you have before 2016 gets arrives? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to link your recent outfit to my Personal Style Linkup. I’ll be sharing my favorite linkup next week so be sure to show us what you’re wearing. One last thing, don’t forget to sign up for the WNJ newsletter. I’ll be sending the latest edition later today and I don’t want you to miss it! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe.

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Personal Style | Wearing Hats Lately

I’ve been in a casual mood lately when it comes to planning daily outfits. I’ve also been wearing hats A LOT more than usual. Luckily, as long as I’m presentable, I’m able to dress down a bit at work. My office does not enforce a strict dress code and I really appreciate that. I don’t have to worry about my feet hurting from heels or feeling stuffy because of a pant/skirt suit. I’m able to feel comfortable in my clothing throughout the day. However if I feel the need to dress it up a bit, I’m able to do that as well.

OOTD Casualwear

Casual Outfit

Sweater: Nordstrom Rack (Another Option) // Pants: Sejour, Nordstrom (Affordable Style Option) // Hat: Flea Market (Plain Black Option)

Oversized Sweater

Yes, I can even wear hats to work. Awesome, right?! We’re all about embracing (appropriate) personal style choices at the office, all while getting work done of course. I don’t wear hats to work that often as a personal preference. I do tend to throw on a cute one after work, especially if hubs and I have a casual date night planned or if I’m making a grocery store run.

Hats are the perfect accessory to add to an outfit during fall and winter. Of course, it’s a stylish and obvious way to keep your head warm during this time of year. It’s also a great way to cover up a bad hair day, like the time I wore this one. Lastly if you’re into a more laid-back style, like I’ve been for the past few weeks, hats are a wonderful option to complete a casual OOTD!

OOTD Casual Outfit

Outfit Details

Purse: Bakers, Old (Another Animal Print Option) // Flats: Steve Madden, Steve Madden Outlet (Another Option)

Casual Outfit Option

So tell me, have you been dressing more casual or wearing hats lately? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to link your recent outfit to my Personal Style Linkup. I’ll be sharing my favorite linkup next week so be sure to show us what you’re wearing. One last thing, don’t forget to sign up for the WNJ newsletter. I’ll be sending the latest edition tomorrow morning and I don’t want you to miss it! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe.

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Personal Style | Tunic and Black Pants + a Bad Hair Day

Some days my hair just doesn’t want to cooperate. On those days I grab one of my caps, turbans or tams and keep it moving! That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few days. I love wearing hats during the fall/winter months. I tend to get lazy sometimes with styling my hair, so they come in handy very often. This weekend while hubs and I saw a movie I reached for a comfy and cute outfit, and of course, the outfit included a hat. A tunic and black pants are the perfect go-to look for casual weekends.

Tunic and Black Pants OOTD

Tunic: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Pants: Sejour, Nordstrom (More Casual Version) // Flats: Sam Edelman, Nordstrom (Another Option)

Tunic and Black Pants


Because the weather hasn’t been brutally cold, I figured wearing these ankle length joggers would be OK. I can probably style them a few more times before the weather drops drastically. The tunic, a thrifted purchase, is actually heavier than it looks. The thick cotton material kept me warm in the theater and thankfully, I didn’t have to reach for a jacket or scarf.

I can’t talk about this outfit without mentioning the gorgeous scenery. I was taken aback at the beauty of the fallen leaves and trees. As hubby and I rode through the neighborhood, he insisted we stop and take a pics. I couldn’t argue that the scenery was indeed beautiful. Seeing the burnt orange and yellow leaves on the sidewalk literally made me smile and marvel. When seasons change you have to get out and enjoy, even if it’s for an outfit shoot. 😉

Tunic and Black Pants

Gold Hoops: Taget (Another Affordable Option) // Clutch: Steve Madden, Marhsalls // Gold Cuff: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue

Black Pants and Tunic

Tunic Black Pants

So tell me, what do you think about my casual weekend outfit? Are you a fan of the lovely fall weather too? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading and be sure to link your recent fall outfit to my Personal Style Link Up below; can’t wait to see what you’re wearing! Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter for upcoming events, announcements, freebies and more. This fall/winter I have lots planned and I’m sure you won’t want to miss out. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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#WNJBeauty | 11 Items in my Makeup Bag

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been a beauty/product junkie for years! I love trying new products, but there are a few things I don’t stray from. Those are the Items in My Makeup Bag. I’ve carried a makeup/cosmetic bag since 5th grade, thanks to an unexpected “female incident” that surprised me at 10-years-old. You can read more on that here, but back to my makeup bag goodies. Here are the 11 items you can always find in there.

What's in My Makeup Bag

1. Hand Sanitizer | I’m constantly on the go, which usually means I’m eating on the go. Because of that, and the many nasty germs floating around, I carry a smell good hand sanatizer with me at all times. Before every meal, after every sneeze or blown nose, I whip it out. It’s a must!

2. Gum | I always seem to be talking to someone when I’m out. Keeping my breath fresh is imperative, so a pack of gum can always be found in my makeup bag.

3. Tissue | I have seasonal allergies, EVERY SEASON. So it’s obviously necessary have a pack of tissue on deck. If it’s a bad allergy day beware; I’ll can literally sneeze 100 times in 24-hours. #Fact

4. Vaseline | Lips must stay popping and hands cannot be ashy. I use my mini container as a back up lipgloss and I always base my hands with vaseline before I put on lotion. No ashy lips and hands on my watch!


What's in My Makeup Bag

Roller Lash Mascara (Another Option) // Clinique Foundation (Same) // Milan Lip Gloss (Same

5. Lotion | Again, no ashy hands. A nice smelling lotion that keeps those hands silky smooth is the way to go.

6. Visine | Those allergies are NO JOKE. Therefore I carry a Visine with me at all times, just in case my eyes start itching or they turn red from grass, pollen or dust.

7. Facial Spray | My Mom calls me a hotbox, lol. I’m always “glistening” (sweating) while I’m out and I’ve found that the Evian facial spray is a lifesaver! 2 quick spritzes leave me instantly cool and refreshed.

8. Business Card Holder | You never know who you’ll run into, so of course I have my business card holder and cards on hand at all times. Networking never stops.


Makeup Must Haves

Evian Facial Spray (Same) // Lotion/Hand Cream, The Body Shop (Same) //Business Card Holder (Cute Option)

9. Foundation | I’m not a big makeup wearer, but on occasion I do like to put on a light layer of foundation. It smooths my skin, helps evens out my complexion and makes me look a bit more polished when I have somewhere to go.

10. Mascara | A quick mascara application does wonder for the eyes! It’s the perfect way to make those eyes pop and look, well, “on fleek”. Gosh, I hate that term, but it IS necessary to say at times.

11. Nude Lip Gloss | Nude lip gloss is a lifesaver. I don’t wear lipstick that much, but I do like to have a little shine on my lips, especially for an event or date night. A nude lip gloss will give you the instant shine you need and because it’s nude, the color goes with anything!

So tell me, what do you think about the items in my makeup bag? What’s in yours? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and be sure to share you makeup bag must haves with me below! Also, my Personal Style Linkup is still live. Feel free to join the party and add your latest outfit to the linkup. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Personal Style | Chunky Sweaters + Leather Leggings

It’s no secret that I’m really into talking about transitional wardrobe pieces. I’m also all about chunky sweaters! With the temps dropping, it just seems like the natural wardrobe option. You may be tired of me talking about “transitional items” and such, but it is MY DUTY to share these outfit ideas with you. After all, we take personal style seriously around here, right? So here is another look at the same sweater I wore in yesterday’s outfit, styled a different way. This look is a bit more casual and chic, wouldn’t you agree?

Leather Leggings

Leggings: Style & Co., Lord & Taylor (Another Option) // Sweater: Micheal Kors, Macy’s (Another Option) // Sunnies: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack // Lip Color: Revlon ColorBurst Matte, Elusive (Similar)

Chunky Sweaters and Leggings

Chunky Sweaters and Leggings OOTD

In this post I mentioned my hesitation about styling these faux leather leggings. However, chunky sweaters and leather leggings have become “my thing” as of late. These leggings have quickly become a fall wardrobe staple. Since I’m already a lover of leggings, it wasn’t hard to start rotating this pair.

This outfit is perfect for a casual date night, shopping or even a night out with your girlfriends. It’s no-fuss, chic and comfy. Investing in a sweater like this is great because as you can see, it’s super easy to transition the piece for different occasions. Of course, you can add a pair of heels to give the outfit some sass, but if you’re like me stylish animal print flats do the trick.

Details - Flats & Clutch

Flats: Tesori, Nordstrom Rack // Clutch: Fly By Night Boutique

Fall Style - Chunky Sweaters and Leggings

Fall Style

So tell me, what do you think of chunky sweaters and leather leggings? Would you try this combo? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to link you latest outfit to the Personal Style Linkup; it’ll be open until Sunday morning. By the way, I’ll be back to sharing my favorite outfit from the linkups next month. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Styling Fall Florals

I love wearing florals all season so when thinking about fall fashion, I couldn’t wait to put together an outfit including fall florals! Today’s outfit is the perfect “work to after work event” outfit. That’s exactly where I plan to wear it this week; a networking event. Not only is the outfit comfortable, but it’s polished enough to wear in a room full of creative business women and men. The red lip is even OK because I the matte finish and deeper tone makes the red appropriate for a this event.

Fall Floral Outfit

Sweater: Micheal Kors, Macy’s (Another Stylish Options) / Pants: Ralph Laruen, Lord & Taylor (Another Cute Option) // Flats: Micheal Kors, Nordstrom Rack

Fall Florals

Fall Outfit - Fall Florals

The pants, a purchase for our North Carolina road-trip this summer, were an no brainer for me. The cotton and stretch material makes them super comfortable and practical for everyday wear. I’ve been able to style these pants for several occasions. The pants are also perfect to wear during all 4 seasons.

Big comfy sweaters are “my thing” when the temperatures drop, so adding this Micheal Kors cowl neck was a must. This sweater, a few years old, is so warm and still in style. It’s easily a garment that can be styled casually or for a bit more polished look, like this one.

Details - Fall Outfit Idea

Earrings: Unknown // Clutch: Steve Madden, Marshalls

Fall Outfit Fall Florals

Fall Florals - Fall Outfit Inspiration

So tell me, are you a fan of fall florals? What’s your go-to print this season? Let me know! 

Thanks for stopping by. I can’t wait to show you how I styled this same sweater for a more casual look tomorrow! You know me; I’m all about transitional wardrobe items! Be sure to head over and linkup your recent outfit to our Personal Style Linkup. Show off your style, we want to see! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe….XO!

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#WNJHome | Nordstrom Home Decor Must Haves

It’s been almost 2 months since hubs and I moved into our new place. Thankfully, the process is coming together wonderfully. I’m happy that the “major things” have been purchased and unpacked. Whew! This move has rekindled my love for home decor, so I’ve been searching for a few last minute odds and ends to complete the moving process. That leads me to sharing 4 Nordstrom Home Decor Must Haves. Yes, Nordstrom. I love the store for clothing, accessories, and now home decor! While some of the items are priced a bit above my budget, I did happen to find 4 affordable must haves for our new abode.

Affordable Home Decor

Crosley Record Player, $80 – We’re huge music lovers so we quickly agreed that this record player was the perfect addition to our home. I cannot wait to play old school records while cooking or having the songs playing in the background while we entertain friends and family.

Voluspa Mini Candles, $8 – This Macaron Voluspa candle smells delicious. I ordered one a few months back and said I wasn’t going to burn it until we moved. Now that we’re in our new place, I burn it morning and night in our bathroom. It smells simply divine and it’s the perfect size…and so pretty too!

Jewelry/Trinket Tray, $14 – The first thing I do when I get home from work is take off my jewelry. What better way to store it than in a cute, girly jewelry tray like this one!

Home State Glass Coasters (Set of 4), $38 – I grew up with a mother who made us use coasters whenever we had something to drink. I’ve continued that rule in our home, lol. I usually thrift my coasters but these unique ones were a splurge I was willing to make. LOVE THEM!

So tell me, do you like my affordable Nordstrom home decor picks? Let me know!

Feel free to also let me know where else you shop for affordable home decor items. I have a few more places and items to share with you this year, but I always love hearing/reading your suggestions. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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