Personal Style Monday + Audible Amazon Giveaway

Happy Monday to you! This weekend was all about cleaning and relaxing for me. I did something a little differnt with my hair (pics below) and I also pulled out most of Christmas decor. While relaxing, I made time to catch up on my Netflix watching, as well as my reading. As I mentioned in this post, I’ve become a huge fan of audiobooks lately. It’s just makes it so easy to read these days. During the car ride to Delaware for Thanksgiving, I was actually reading an audiobook. I’m addicted!

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Sweater: Vintage, 2nd Avenue // Denim: Dress Barn // Flats: Micheal Kors

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With the new year approaching, I’m looking forward to using (and subscribing to) Audible. This audiobook site is absolutely perfect for every occasion and event throughout the year. You can even gift a yearly subscription to the book lover on your list. Talk about the perfect gift! Not only are audiobooks perfect for book lovers like me, but they’re also great for children. My tween sister does a lot of traveling for pageants and acting, so something like an Audible yearly subscription would be perfect for those long car, train or plane rides.

Right now, you can check out Audible’s gold offer for a chance to save 50% off! This offer gives you the first three months of your subscription for only $7.49, which is half the usual price. There are also several Audible coupon codes and other ways to save as well.

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Sunnies: Retro// Scarf: H&M (old)

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Are you convinced, like me, that Audible is the way to go this year for audiobooks? What are some books you’re looking forward to reading in the new year? Oh yea, what do you think about my outfit and hair style too? ;-) Let me know! 

Before I go, be sure to check out this amazing Audible giveaway me and a few other lovely bloggers are hosting below! One winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card! FYI, Audible is an Amazon company.  This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents and will run from December 8th – December 12th. Until tomorrow, stay blessed and be safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to linkup your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup! 

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Personal Style Monday | (More) Skirts and Tights

Hey there! Happy Monday to you. :-) I hope your weekend was great! I did nothing but relax, clean up around the house, and relax some more. I needed a weekend with no plans. The fact that hubby was there to enjoy the peaceful few days with me made it even better. I did however go to church and decided to wear yet another skirt and tights combo. With the weather getting and staying below 55 degrees these days, skirts and tights will definitely be worn a lot more these next few months. I usually wear pants/slacks to church, but I felt a little fancy. So I opted for this thrifted maroon (stretchy/body-con like) 2-year-old skirt.

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Top: Serena Williams, Thrifted (Similar) // Skirt: Thrifted // Handbag: DKNY, Gifted

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The top, also thrifted, has been in rotation for weeks. I picked it up awhile ago at 2nd Avenue and thought the design was very interesting. I love how it wraps around my left side and goes over my shoulder like a scarf; very chic! Looking at the tag I realized it was a part of the Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection. I was shocked! I was also shocked that her collection has a lot of great pieces that I can see myself wearing. There are regular and plus size options, and most of the items are staples that I find necessary for a woman’s wardrobe. The price points are also reasonable.

This discovery is yet another reason I love thrift shopping. Sometimes you find a brand that you really like while thrifting and realize you can also shop that brand online or in store. #WINNING Thrifting this Serena Williams piece opened my eyes to a new brand to try. I’ve already fallen for the top, so I’m more likely to purchase another piece, at least another top, from the collection.

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Coat: Simply Be // Jewelry: Thrifted // Shoes: Micheal Kors, Nordstrom Rack

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The blogger behind Thrift Stories linked up her thrifty look last week and she too is wearing skirts and tights. Well, a dress and tights, but nonetheless Heather still looks great! Her look is so well put together and is perfect for the fall.

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So tell me, are you a fan of my latest take on skirts and tights? Have you been wearing skirts and tights lately? Let me know! 

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

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Personal Style Monday | Sweater Coat & Silver Heels

There’s nothing like wearing a big cozy sweater coat during the fall and winter!  I’m not one for trends, but this one I can work with. Before this trend was popular I already owned at least 3 sweater coats. Does that mean I was ahead of the trend? Mmmm…not sure. Nonetheless, this blue southwestern inspired sweater coat is yet another one of my favorite fall/winter wardrobe items.

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Sweater Coat: Thrifted // Sunnies: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack // Denim: Roz & Ali, Dress Barn (Other Options)

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This is one of those outfits where I feel like I’m really owning it. I always feel confident in my clothes, but this look is just so “me”. Owning your outfit and exuding confidence is key to achieving personal style. If you’re not comfortable with a certain trend or clothing item, don’t wear it. It’s that simple. As I always say, do and wear what makes you happy. It may sound cliche, but I wholeheartedly believe in that statement.

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Metallic Heels: Kenneth Cole, DSW (Similar) // Purple Sweater: Thrifted // Clutch: Thrifted // Necklace: Thrifted

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Another thing I’ve mentioned here on WNJ is to pick and choose the trends that work for you. The metallic heel trend is one I wanted to try, so I modified the trend to fit my personal style.  I purchased a pair of  lower (kitten) heels and voilà - I made the trend work for me! Same thing with the sweater coat trend. There are several more expensive options I could have gone with, but I decided to thrift this trend. Not only  was I able to save money, but I also found a sweater coat that was unique in design.

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When it comes to owning your outfit and personal style, Lauren from Sophisticated in Style does just that. A regular blogger to linkup on Monday’s, I always enjoy seeing which OOTD she’s linked up each week. Her embroidered top and ASOS skirt from last week did it for me. I love it! This semi-vintage inspired look has the perfect twist of sophistication and elegance. Lovely, Lauren!


 So tell me, are you into the sweater coat or metallic heels trend? What do you think about my take on the trends? Let me know! 

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

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Personal Style Monday – More (Plus Size) Fall Fashion for the Workplace

Hello and welcome to another week! Today, I want to talk more fall fashion for the workplace. When it comes to dressing for work, I’m a fan of sheath and tunic-style dresses. So when I found this Jessica London beauty, I was thrilled! I spotted the dress a few weeks ago while thrifting. The vibrant orange color caught my eye as I stood in line for the cashier. I told hubby to grab it so I could see what it really looked like. Once I viewed the entire masterpiece, I knew it was coming home with me! Although it’s a size smaller than I normally wear, I was so sure it’d fit I just went ahead and bought it. After saying a little prayer, I tried it on when I got home and what do you know? It was a perfect fit! ;-)

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Dress: Jessica London, Thrifted // Tote Bag: Ponte, Thrifted

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So, why is this a perfect option for fall fashion for the workplace?  I have 5 reasons.

1. The print is fun, yet not too overpowering for the 9-5.

2. The length is “workplace appropriate”.

3. The dress can easily be worn with tights and boots, once it gets a little cooler outside. 

4. It’s the perfect dress to style from day to night. Add  a pair of heels and you’re ready for an after work date! 

5. The material is functional and non-restrictive. 

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Drop Earrings: Gifted // Flats: Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack // “Peace” Cuff: Lucky Brand, Macy’s

When shopping for fall workplace dresses, my #1 concern is comfort. I don’t mind being cute for work. I mean, who doesn’t? But I must be both cute and comfortable when wearing dresses to work. I’m not talking sweatpants and a t-shirt comfy. I mean purchasing dresses with movement and dresses made with certain material. Often times I’m out and about, running work related errands or traveling to different work related locations. A lightweight dress like this one that literally moves with me is perfect.

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Last week, I featured Jen of Fashionably Employed as my October Thrifty Friend. She also linked up to my style link up last Monday, and I immediately thought of her when I knew I’d be talking about fall fashion for the workplace. Her OOTD choices for work are not only stylish and cute, but their practical and functional!


 So tell me, what do you think about my latest fall fashion for the workplace OOTD? Are you a fan of sheath or tunic-style dresses? Let me know!

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. One more thing – this outfit is apart of the FabEllis #FabWerkWear challenge. Be sure to check out this October challenge/linkup as well. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


 

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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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Thrifty Thursday – Versace Inspired Thrift for $2

Versace inspired clothing immediately catches my eye whenever I’m at the thrift store. I have 2 or 3 blouses in my wardrobe that can easily be mistaken for a Versace original (ha!), but this vintage Versace inspired blouse is my favorite, hands down. Purchased for a whopping $2, this piece has hung in there with me for about 3 years or so. It’s one of those clothing items that feels like an old friend; it’s comforting, flattering, and speaks to my personal style. All the makings of the perfect wardrobe item. ;-)

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Blouse: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Another Option) // Ankle Length Denim: JCP (Another Option) // Sandals: Thrifted (Another Option)

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I love wearing outfits like this. Besides maxi skirts and leggings, I feel most comfortable in a pair of (the perfect) ankle length fitted jeans and a flowy top. I’ve probably mentioned that several times on the blog before, but it’s so true. Outfits that require minimal fuss is all I want.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m a sucker for some avant-garde pieces, as well as some trendy styles. And trust me, I can pull out a freakum dresses and stilettos when necessary. ;-)  I just prefer, in my day to day life, to wear clothing that’s practical to my lifestyle.

It’s funny…some people think because you’re style is simple and practical that you can’t like any other style. That’s ridiculous. Yes, I’m comfortable in clothing items that, to some, seem simple but I love and constantly draw inspiration from all styles. But when you get right down to it, I’m a simple girl who can practically live in leggings, maxi’s and outfits like this.

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So tell me, what do you think of my Versace inspired thrift find? Do you have a clothing item(s) in your closet that’s like an “old friend”? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and commenting. Don’t forget to check out my latest #summerwithnic style feature; show her some love! :) Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to link up your recent outfit to my Personal Style Linkup:-)

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Personal Style Linkup – Remixing Your Wardrobe

Are you a fan of remixing your wardrobe?! I’ve found this skill to be very beneficial to my time, budget, and overall personal style. In this post, I talked about a few ways to style transitional wardrobe pieces – a huge part to remixing your wardrobe. Today, I want to show how I re-styled 2 of my favorite wardrobe pieces, as well as give you a few tips on how you too can re-style and remix your threads! :-)

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TOP: THRIFTED, 2ND AVENUE // MAXI SKIRT: NORDSTROM RACK (Similar) // SANDALS: MOSSIMO, GOODWILL (SIMILAR)

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I 1st wore this thrifted crop top with a pair of denim. This look was casual and trendy, and is also one of my favorite looks I’ve shared on WNJ to date. The lace maxi skirt, 1st debuted with another thrifted top, is also another OOTD fave. Now when it came to mixing these two items, I wanted to create an outfit perfect for a causal Spring or Summer weekend. I knew I had to include 3 items: (1) cute sandals, (2) cute jewelry, and (3) a pair of sunglasses. 

When remixing your wardrobe, it’s important to chose items that can easily be re-styled. Simple enough, right? So if you have an plain top, try re-styling it with a pair of “fun” pants that have some type of print. If you’re re-styling a solid color bottom, flip it and add a colorful or “fun” top. For this season, adding a pair of cute sandals and sunglasses is probably a no-brainer. Lastly a little edgy/or trendy jewelry never hurts. That’s the reason I chose to wear my oNeckalce name necklace and gold bamboo earrings with this look. Topping a look off like this with that kind of jewelry is what I call a perfect touch! ;-)

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Sunglasses: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Earrings: Thrifted (Similar) // Name Necklace: oNecklace // Purse: Thrifted

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Another expert at remixing your wardrobe is Glenda from So What to Twenty. I’ve mentioned Glenda here on WNJ before; I’m a huge fan of her feminine and classic style. In a recent post, she too showed how to re-style an outfit. Her take on fashion and personal style is refreshing, true and always inspiring. The look below is from last (last) Monday’s linkup. I mean who doesn’t love a classic pencil skirt and a good pair of sexy sandals?!

So tell me, how do you feel about remixing your wardrobe? Are you a fan? What tips do you have when it comes to remixing and re-styling your wardrobe? Let me know!

Now it’s your turn to link up your recent outfit below! I want to see your personal style and who knows, you just may be my favorite pick for next week. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post.Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Thanks for participating and as always, thanks for reading. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Wardrobe Wednesday – Styling a Crop Top Plus Size Style

Styling a crop top plus size style has been a trend for a while now. Like most trends I’m a little late in catching on but, better late then never! This “plus-size trend” has been on my fashion to-do list for a while and after seeing bloggers like Jay Miranda, Kim of The Natural Fashionista, Inez of Style Chic 360 and countless others successfully style their crop tops, I became inspired to do the same. I’ve had this leopard print crop top for a few years and aside from wearing it around the house, I haven’t been able to show if off the way I’ve wanted. That was until a few days ago when I decided to wear it out running errands. :-)

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Crop Top: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Jeans: JCP ($10) // Vintage Jacket: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Flats: Bakers (Old) // Earrings: Bakers (Old) // Bracelets: Straw Market in the Bahamas

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When styling a crop top plus size style, I think it’s important to have 2 things; confidence and the perfect pair of semi or high-waist pants/jeans. As a human being, it’s natural to have certain hang ups about our bodies or certain body parts. Showing my tummy isn’t something I’d say I get excited about, lol, but I do have the confidence to rock a crop top. The jeans I wore are my favorite pair  - I’ve worn them several times on the blog. The fit is perfect and the fact that I don’t have to wear a belt with them is a huge plus! 

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I also decided to add my vintage jacket, thrifted from 2nd Avenue a few years back. THIS jacket will be seen on the blog a lot this season, just warning you! ;-) I love the detailing, the material and the overall look of the jacket. It’s truly a gem and with an $8 price tag it was a no brainier – it had to come home with me. I thought including this jacket would really bring the entire look together. Plus a unique piece like this allowed me to show off my personal style.

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So tell me, have you styled a crop top lately? What do you think about this trend – love it or leave it? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and thanks to everyone who commented on my new site, as well as my 1st Thrift With Nic! event. I really appreciate you all. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Today’s Linkups: Beautiful YouMix it Monday’s, Funday MondayWIW, Thrifter’s Anonymous, I Feel PrettyFab Faves, Passion for Fashion & Favorite Fashion Friday