Style | The Perfect Lounging Outfit

This weekend was a bit hectic because hubs and I are in the process of packing to move to our new place next Saturday. While packing can be very overwhelming, I was thankful my family came over to lend a hand. Because of their help, I know the rest of the process this week will be a breeze! With all the packing and whatnot I really needed a brief change of scenery. Thankfully, hubs was able to whisk me off to The Mayflower Hotel in D.C. for a relaxing overnight stay, which happen to be my post-birthday treat. I was thrilled; anytime I can throw on a lounging outfit and relax for a bit, I’m down! 

Lounging Outfit

OOTD Lounging Outfit

Moo-Moo – Thrifted // Earrings: H&M

Weekend Lounge Outfit
I made sure I packed my favorite lounge item when I found out we were headed to D.C. This thrifted moo-moo is a staple lounging outfit. If I don’t thrift them I head to Marshall’s, TJMaxx or Ross; their prices and selections are always on point (starting at $9.99). Wearing this makes me feel like I stepped back to the 60’s or 70’s. I love those eras style wise so anytime I can channel that through an outfit, I’m a happy girl!

I like to wear garments like this because to be quite honest, it makes me feel FABULOUS. Wearing something flowy, pretty and feminine just while lounging always makes me feel good. Just because you’re in the house (or relaxing at a hotel) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look and feel fabulous. Plus, your husband or significant other will appreciate it. I learned that from my Mom. 😉

Lounging Outfit - Weekend Wear

The Mayflower Hotel DC

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Weekend Lounging Outfit


So tell me, what’s your go-to lounging outfit? What do you think about mine? Let me know!

Feel free to catch up with me on Snapchat (@wnicjames) or Instagram to find out more about my weekend. Full details on our stay at The Mayflower coming soon! Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to link your recent outfit to today’s Personal Style Linkup. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | Black Maxi Dress & a Statement Necklace

I’ve had this thrifted black maxi dress for years now. I’ve worn it to a few events and every time I style it I remember how comfortable and versatile it is. It’s one of those all purpose dresses that I’m so glad I have in my closet. Every girl need an all purpose dress (or 2) in their wardrobe, right?

Black Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Sandals: Mossimo (Old)

Black Maxi Dress - Thrifted

Black Maxi

I love how flowy and free this dress is and the lightweight material is an added bonus. For a Sunday afternoon filled with errands, a walk in the park and possibly dinner with hubs, this is the perfect outfit. The sandals give the dress a more relaxed feel and the gorgeous necklace, purchased this weekend at a jewelry fair in Gaithersburg, MD adds the perfect boho chic element. When I saw the necklace hanging there, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Before I could even think to purchase it, hubs had surprised me and purchased it as a birthday gift. How thoughtful?!

The dress is also perfect for year round styling. With a cardigan and closed toe flats, or even a pair of ankle boots, this dress is fall-ready. I can even picture a ankle length duster or kimono being worn over the dress. While that may hide the ruffle and lady-like detailing, it’s still adds style and functionality to the garment.

Statement Necklace - Details

Necklace: Jewelry Fair (The Rio in Gaithersburg, MD) // Bracelets: Street Vendor in Bahamas

OOTD Black Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress


So tell me, what do you think about my flowy black maxi dress? Do you own an all purpose dress? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to link your recent outfit to today’s Personal Style Linkup. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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National Thrift Store Day 2015| 5 Must Shop Thrift Stores in Howard County, MD

In case you didn’t know, today is National Thrift Store Day 2015. Of course I had to share something thrift worthy, hence today’s (thrifted) outfit post. But I also wanted to share my favorite thrift stores here in Howard County, MD. I know many of you live in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) area so I hope this list is helpful. If you’re not from the area but find yourself here one day, be sure to check out the following thrift stores!

Top Thrift Stores in Howard County  | national thrift store day 2015

1. 2nd Avenue Village Thrift (Columbia, MD) This location is my go-to spot for just about any and everything! The staff is always friendly and familiar, the store is very well organized, no bad odor, and they have an amazing coat and purse section. I’ve been shopping here for years and they haven’t disappointed me yet! Location: 6515 Dobbin Road Columbia, MD 21045

2. 2nd Avenue Village Thrift (Laurel, MD) When I want some really unique jewelry pieces or hubby is looking for work shirts, we head here. It’s the same chain as the first, just a much larger selection and even more amazing finds. This location is great for housewares too! Location: 201 Fort Meade Rd. Laurel, MD 20707

3. Laurel Thrift (Laurel, MD) The store is a bit smaller than the first two locations, but their sections are plentiful. You have to really examine items very carefully while shopping here. Sometimes, like any thrift store, the items look to be in good condition but at a second glance there maybe a stain or missing button. If you’re up for the challenge, visit Laurel Thrift and I’m sure you will find something great (to keep or add to your vintage shop). My favorite thing about this location is the prices and sales. They have AMAZING price points and there’s a sale on a certain color every day of the week. Location9880 Washington Blvd N, Laurel, MD

4. Goodwill (Columbia, MD) I’m not really thrilled with the selection for plus size shoppers at this location, but when hubby or little sis wants to thrift this is where we go. The men’s section is decent; a lot of nice slacks and button ups. The regular size/junior sections are nice too. At any given day you can find GREAT deals from Mossimo, Style & Co. and Old Navy just to name a few. Location: 9097 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21046

5. Savers (Owings Mills) This location is not in Howard County BUT it’s close enough, and the store is AMAZING! I ventured here last month and I think this location has become one of my favorites for books, housewares, and plus size garments. The store is brand new so it’s organized, clean, and the staffers are all very pleasant. The prices are moderate, but I don’t mind spending a little more if need be because the quality of items here is exceptional. Check out my thrift haul video (above) and see what goodies I purchased from here last month! Location: 9800 Reisterstown Rd. Owings Mills, MD


So tell me, did you celebrate National Thrift Store Day 2015? If so, how? Will you be thrifting anytime soon? Let me know!

Again, thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to link your recent outfit to today’s Personal Style Linkup HERE. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | May Style Recap + Style Linkup

June 1st already, huh? I cannot believe it! Of course, we must take a peak at my favorite outfits from last month. Looks like I wore a lot of thrifted goodies, huh?! From dresses to menswear, my May style recap is quite thrifty. I also made sure my style was comfy and chic; key elements to the perfect spring/summer outfit!

I must say my favorite look is the “Wearable Art” shift dress. Whenever I wear this dress, I feel amazing! I also LOVE the Egyptian inspired print, and it’s perfect for styling for any season! I also like the hair I added to the look, lol. Something about curly hair just makes me feel sassy and extra confident. During the spring and summer months, I’ll definitely be wearing more fun styles like that!

Casual Thrifted Outfit - OOTD

Menswear (from April but still LOVE this!)

Before I go, I can’t forget to share my favorite linkup from last week. The casual and stylish outfit worn by the blogger behind Fashion Fairy Dust caught my eye, for sure! I love the lace vest and statement necklace. What a great way to add some personality and style to a casual look?! I’ve been a fan of her fun, eclectic, yet practical style for a while. So glad to share her latest OOTD!


So tell me, what’s your favorite OOTD from my May style recap? What do you think about my face linkup look from last week? Let me know! 

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. I’ll be sharing my favorite linkup next Monday! Check out my favorite linkup from a few weeks ago here! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | All Black Outfit for the Win

An all black outfit is pretty much my go-to when I just can’t figure out what to wear. I was faced with the “don’t know what to wear” dilemma while planning my outfit for our anniversary dinner this past Monday. Thankfully hubby kept plans casual, so I knew this black relaxed look would be a good option! Of course I fancied things up a bit with my accessories and red flats. After all, I’m a sucker for statement pieces and cute flats! 😉

All Black Spring Fashion

Top: 14th & Union (Nordstrom Rack) // Leggings: (Nordstrom Rack) // Mossimo Flats: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue

Plus Size Spring Outfit - All Black

OOTD - All Black OutfitSince we have vacation plans next week, we kept our evening low key and ended up eating near the mall and walked/shopped a bit afterwards. I picked up a few new goodies for out upcoming trip to Charlotte, NC and so did hubby. We are SO looking forward to our week there. Although we’ve both been to North Carolina several times, it’ll be our first time in Charlotte. There’s so much to do there and it’s close enough for us to road trip it one day to the beach. And just in case you’re wondering, I will be packing at least one all black outfit for the trip, lol. 😉

Spring Fashion All Black Outfit

Purse: Nine West (Old) // Necklace: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Watch: Charming Charlie // Earrings: Bakers (Old)

All Black Outfit - Nordstrom Rack


So tell me, what do you think about my all black outfit? What’s your go to look this season when trying to be casual, comfy and cute? Let me know! 

As always, thanks for reading! Feel free to comment below letting me know what things hubby and I should do while in Charlotte. We’re open to suggestions! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | Spring Style April Recap

Happy Monday! I’m still on cloud 9 after all the gorgeous weekend weather. It got me thinking about spring style and how I’ve finally been able to wear some cute and springy outfits throughout the month of April. A lot of my looks include black and white, but I’ve also dabbled in prints, a little color and of course, amazing flats! 

My Easter dress was a lot of fun to wear. I knew I wanted to wear a spring color for Easter, but I also knew I wanted to be comfortable and chic. The teal Dress Barn one piece was the perfect option. I also added my fun floral flats, which I’ve been wearing a lot lately. These flats have easily become a spring/summer staple in my wardrobe. They’re pretty, fun and versatile.

Of course my spring style has included, and will continue to include, casual and chic outfits. That’s why leggings, straight leg denim and more cute flats are a must! I’ve also been a fan of flowy blouses and over-sized (thrifted) men’s shirts; those elements are perfect for casual and chic days. When I want to be a bit more sassy and girly, florals and dresses are my go-to’s. If any of my spring style wardrobe essentials can be thrifted, that’s even better!


So tell me, what do you think about spring style looks so far? What are some of your spring style staples. Let me know! 

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. I’ll be sharing my favorite linkup next Monday! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | Styling a Vintage Dress + a Style Linkup

It’s been while since I’ve purchased a vintage dress, but there was something about this black and white floral number that caught my eye. At first glance, I thought it was more of a moo-moo than a dress. I still think that actually, lol. I mean let’s be honest, styling a vintage dress can be tough. Nonetheless I threw it in the cart, determined to make it work.

Styling a Vintage Dress

Vintage Dress: 2nd Avenue // Heels: Lane Bryant (Sold Out)

How to Style a Vintage Dress

Vintage Dress Shopping

When I got it home, I tried on the dress (again) and wasn’t all that impressed to be honest. But I figured adding a pair of heels and a statement jewelry piece would make this moo moo fly! I like patternsespecially floral and animal print, bt I’m not one to style an item like this. The dress has a lot going on, but that’s what’s fun about fashion. You can make pieces fun by adding your own personal touches  here and there.

I decided to wear this outfit to dinner with hubby one night. It was fun to wear, I was comfortable in it, and he thought I looked lovely. Works for me! However the next time I style this piece I’ll probably add a belt. This will give the dress a different shape. I’m also toying with the idea of making the dress into a top/tunic. Of course I’d take it to my seamstress. A trusty seamstress is a must for recreating pieces like this!

Styling a Vintage Dress - Thrifted

Earrings: Fashion Truck Vendor // Bracelet: Monet, Macy’s

Vintage Dress


So tell me, what do you think about my vintage dress? Have you ever had trouble styling a vintage dress but made it work? Let me know!

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | Another Casual Thrifted Outfit

Happy Monday! Although I was a bit under the weather this weekend, I still managed to hang with my family and enjoy some of the spring weather. I even did a little spring thrifting (on Friday). I stopped by 2nd Avenue (Value Villiage) and grabbed 2 dresses, 2 men’s button down shirts for myself and of course, a few items for hubby. There’s nothing like a casual thrifted outfit during the springtime, and the first place I scope out when thrifting for spring items is the men’s department.

Casual Thrifted Outfit

Plus Size Casual Spring Outfit

Sunnies: Vintage, Thrifted // Men’s Shirt: 2nd Avenue // Denim: JCP

Casual Thrifted Outfit - OOTD

There are several men’s items in my closet. I find that menswear is the perfect place to shop for oversized and structured tops. The material of the button ups are usually lightweight and the prints are sometimes more fun and unique than those I find in the women’s section.

I’ve been a fan of menswear for years! From blazers, sweaters, outerwear and even accessories the options are endless. There have even been times when hubby and I fight over who gets a particular item. Yea, it gets that bad, lol! I usually let him win in the end…and just borrow the item later. 😉

Casual Thrifted Outfit - Plus Size

Thrifted Style

Clutch: Aldo (Old) // Cuff: Lucky Brand, Macy’s // Flats: Mossimo, Goodwill

Casual Thrifted OOTD


 So tell me, are  you a fan of my casual thrifted outfit? Have you ever thrifted a menswear item? Let me know!

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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