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 Monday – What to Wear to Work

Another week means another Personal Style Monday linkup! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Mine wasn’t that busy. There were  no events, no pressing deadlines…it was really nice. I was actually able to plan and lay out my outfits for the upcoming work week. I mean how many Monday’s, or days in general, do you wake up wondering “what to wear to work?” I do all too often. So planning ahead this weekend was a dream come true! Take a look at 5 items on my What to Wear to Work List and you’ll see why this outfit is work-wear appropriate

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1. A Pair of Black Slacks. These pants are SO comfortable, thanks to the expandable waist and the stretch material. I usually wear them twice a week – usually Monday and Thursday (after I properly Fabreeze and throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet). But the most important reason these pants are work-wear perfect is because they’re machine washable. 

2. Cardigan, Blazer or Lightweight Jacket. Depending on your work environment, the temperatures vary. In my office, I sometimes get a bit chilly so I usually carry or wear a lightweight jacket or cardigan. Another thing you can do is leave a cardigan at work. I keep forgetting to do that, lol.

3. Sensible Heels. For me, kitten heels and comfortable flats are  work wear essentials. I love a good heel and a nice wedge but while at work, I choose to be stylish and sensible.

4. Minimal Jewelry. As a jewelry lover, wearing minimal jewelry can be challenging. I LOVE showing off and wearing great pieces and piling on bracelets and rings. But for work, I stick to simple pieces – studs, medium size hoops, a watch and one (or two) bracelets. Sometimes I’ll add a ring or a necklace but nothing too gaudy.

5. A Medium or Large Size Handbag (or Tote). When I’m not carrying my work bag, I opt for a larger purse. There are days when I carry papers or folders home from work. Having a something to carry it all in, that also fits my wallet and cosmetic bag inside, is important.

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Top: Gifted (old)// Slacks: Macy’s (I.N.C)// Kitten Heels: Nine West// Purse: Gifted (Arcida)// Denim Jacket: Gifted // Jewelry: Thrifted

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Speaking of “What to Wear to Work“, check out one of my favorite looks from last weeks linkup! I really love Cookie’s look – her jumpsuit is fantastic and the floral blazer was a perfect touch! This effortless look is also perfect for springtime!  Be sure to stop by her blog, Takei Inspirations, and say hi! 

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So tell me – what are some items on your “What to Wear to Work” list? Does your 9-5 call for pumps, flats or sensible heels? Let me know!

That’s all for now! Until tomorrow, be blessed & be safe…XO!

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*Linkups: A Beautiful YouManic Monday, Mix it Monday, Funday Monday, Trend Spin Linkup & Sunday Style**

Looking Back & Forward…in Blue Leopard

blueleo2I must say that I am so proud of how far my blog has come. From Nic’s Picks on Blogger to now Whitney James, the blog on WordPress, I’ve come a long way. With my blog anniversary coming up in a few weeks, I can’t help but get butterflies in my stomach. Why? Well, I plan to change a few things on the blog. I assure you, the name and passion will remain the same. But the focus and look will be different.

blueleo3Without giving away too much, I’ll just say that this new change will be entertaining, fashionable, AND uplifting. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years (senior year in high school), but it just wasn’t the right time. Now, I am sure it’s time to expand my blog and allow you, my readers, to get to know even more about me. There’s more to me than just thrifitng, being a curvy girl, a newlywed, being a leopard lover, etc. I love fashion, yes, but I also love music, movies, food, traveling, exploring my spirituality, being with my family…I am so many things and I have so many interests. blueleo1So my hope and prayer is that you all will come along for the ride and enjoy what’s coming. I can’t promise perfection, but I can promise a more interactive and multi-faceted website. Thank you all for hanging in there with me thus far; I hope you’re ready for NEW and EXCITING things.

blueleo4Keep checking back for the new and improved, Whitney ‘Nic’ James site! Be blessed…XO!

~Whitney

Blouse: Thrifted ($1.90)//Jeans: JcPenny ($5.99, JCP)//Shoes: Tory Burch (Nordstrom Rack)//Purse: Calvin Klein (Gifted)//Watch: Thrifted//Bracelet: Gifted

**Linkups: The Pleated Poppy & New Mama Diaries**

What’s New at Nic’s Picks

Guess who? Yup…it’s me! I told you I’d be back Monday but, I just had to share this with you. I’ve added NEW items to my shop this morning. Feel free to head over to Nic’s Picks and have a look. Below are a few of my faves—which one tickles your fancy?? ;-)

Ok this time I really mean it when I say, “I’ll be back Monday”. LOL! Be blessed & be safe this weekend. XO

~Whitney

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Denim Dress, by Calvin Klein 

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Tribal Print Top, by Kasper (Zipper on the Side)

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Animal Print Flowy Tunic, by Dana Buchman

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Vintage Denim Overalls

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Gold Embroidered Wedge Sandals

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One of the hottest Summer Trends is White Heels. I guess you can say I worked this trend into today’s look. I actually wore my wedding shoes, which were very comfortable. I told myself I’d only buy heels for the wedding if I could find a pair that were practical and comfortable, and if they were shoes I could wear more than once. Well, I found a shoe that fit the requirements. These white, Cosmopolitan slingbacks were love at first sight. I saw them and thought, “Classic and simple…PERFECT!” After all, that was the look I was going for for the wedding.

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So let’s move onto the outfit. The top was a last minute find at Walmart. I was looking for a white top to finish an all white look for a cruise I went on last month and I couldn’t find anything that I liked. The last place I thought to look was Walmart but when I was shopping there one day, I decided to stroll over to the “Plus Size” department. Low and behold, there were a plethora of white tops, at affordable prices. I love the “bling” on this shirt and the fact that it’s lightweight was a definite plus! I picked it up for $9; Talk about my kind of price! The clutch is another Love, Cortnie favorite and the jeans are thrifted. I LOVE the quality of the jeans. The denim is thick and durable and you could tell that they’d never been worn (the original tags were still on when I thrifted them). Last time, I wore them with a floral top and floral heels. Super girly and cute! (See post, HERE)

So, how’d I do with the “White Hot” summer trend? I think I nailed it. ;-) Are there any summer trends that you’ve tried lately? Let me know! Until next time, be blessed!

~Whitney

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Top: Walmart, $9//Denim: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue//Shoes: Cosmopolitan, $32 (Get them, HERE!) /Bracelet & Ring: Bakers//Earrings: eBay, 99 cents (Get them, HERE!)//Clutch: Love, Cortniewhitelook1 whitelook2 whitelook3

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Flowers & Sunshine

The weekend has come and gone and I must say mine was not that eventful, LOL! I was in the house Friday, Saturday and Sunday with my mom because we were both under the weather. I think I watched more TV in those three days than I have in months! It was actually nice having a few days to really rest and relax. I’m feelin about 90% better so I think the R&R and meds paid off.

Because my weekend was a bit blah, I decided today’s post would be all about flowers & smiles. Corny, huh? Well, I must say I LOVE this outfit and it certainly brightens up my mood!
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As I’ve said in previous posts, I am LOVING florals at the moment. I found the top at JcPenny’s a few weeks ago. I was walking through the department store to head out but I saw a few colorful tops on the way. So I sashay over to the Clearance rack and there it was…”Floral Perfection”! I immediately looked through the racks to see what else was there and to my surprise, I found some more goodies. That evening I found this top, another (black) floarl top and a pink, fishnet-like sweater. You’ll see them soon because I already have outfits planned for them, lol! ;-)

Well, I hope you enjoy the pics and I hope you have a wonderful day. Be blessed & see ya soon! XO

~Whitney

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Top: JcPenny’s (Worthington); Denim: Baccini (Thrifted for $4.50); Shoes: Anne Klein; Purse: Marshalls; Jewelry: Bakers  shoesfToday’s Linkups: 

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Valentine’s Day: Casual & Fancy

Welcome to another Friday loves! I hope you’re all ready to relax and enjoy this weekend.

Today’s post is all about Valentine’s Day! I for one am excited for this day to come because not only do I get to spend some time with my babe, but it’s my Mommy’s birthday AND my parents wedding anniversary! WHEW….a lot to celebrate, huh? Well, my parents always go on vacation for a week (my Dad’s birthday is Feb. 12th) so when they get back from Jamaica, we’ll be able to celebrate with them.

In the meantime, checkout my Valentine’s Day looks. If you’re looking to be more casual for a “day date”, a day trip or even a lunch with your girls, look number 1 is for you! It’s comfy, stylish and still has that “love” feeling, thanks to the hearts on the sweater.

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Look number 2 is sexy and chic and will definitely make your date do a double take. I love the pink/fuchsia dresses because they’re form fitting and they have ruffles. I decided to go with pink because it’s so soft and girly. The accessories also make a subtle yet noticeable statement. As I’ve said several times on the blog, I LOVE studs and with dresses like this, I can see someone wearing an up-do and the perfect pair.

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So tell me, do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? If so, which look fits those plans? I’d love to hear! I hope you enjoy the weekend. Until next time, be blessed…XO!

~Whitney

Trend Alert: Spring 2013

Happy Tuesday, darlings! After skimming some magazines, blogs and other media sources these past few weeks, I’ve come up with the top 3 trends I’m most looking forward to this Spring; (1) Black & White, (2) Emerald, and (3) Stripes. It’s funny because I’ve been wearing black and white and stripes forever, lol! I love both trends. But of course the Fashion Gods dictate when certain trends are in so, I’ll just act like this is the first time I’ve seen them, LOL!

Check out Jessica Alba rocking Black and White, as well as a few reasons why I love this trend.

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1. The two colors always look classic and so chic, when worn the right way.

2. It’s an easy trend to wear when your wardrobe may not be as colorful and big as others.

3. Worn the right way, Black and White look good on EVERYONE!

4. This color combo is timeless!

Take a look at this look I put together. It’s a simple and chic look that can be worn to work, date night, or a night out with friends. The skinny jeans go great with the chunky heel, which is another Spring 2013 trend. The chunky heel is perfect for someone who wants to wear heels with a sure feeling of stability. I’m one who does not always wear the highest heel but when I do wear heels, I like the feeling of a chunky heel. They just feels sturdy enough to hold me up.

The loose fitting top is such a forgiving style for ladies who want to camouflage their “problem area” (tummy). I topped the look off with some basic accessories; black studs and a Black and White handbag. This is a very put together look and it’s perfect for someone who has a simple and clean style.

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Moving onto trend #2; Emerald. I am not a huge fan of green clothing and I really don’t think I own much green when it comes to my wardrobe. However, I like the Emerald color when it comes to accessories and shoes. I think it’s a perfect way to introduce color into someones wardrobe. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian have been seen wearing this color. And who could forget Beyonce’s emerald earrings at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony?!

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Why do I like this Emerald trend?

1. If you go for Emerald accessories, it’s a perfect way to subtlety introduce color into your wardrobe.

2. The color is bold and noticeable without being obnoxious.

3. Emerald goes great with leopard print (my fave) and other animal prints.

With my creation, I went for a casual look and added Emerald earrings and heels, both under $40. I am a huge fan of wide leg jeans and to pair them with an Emerald pair of cap toe heels, PERFECT! Side note Cap toe heels is yet another trend that’s been floating around for awhile. The sweatshirt in this look is such a winner for me because it’s so unexpected. Dressing the sweatshirt up with those dangling earrings and leopard clutch kicks casual up a few notches. I can see someone wearing this to a laid back gathering or even a dress down day at work. I know some companies allow jeans one day a week; what better way to rock your jeans like this! Side note: The featured clutch is handmade by a blogger friend of mine name Cortnie. Check out her other Love, Cortnie styles, HERE!

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The last trend is all about Stripes! Ever since I was little, my mom has told me that I’ve been obsessed with stripes. While I don’t wear them as much as I did when I was younger, I still love a good sweater of shirt with some stripes. :-) Why am a a fan of stripes?

1. The pattern is just amazing, LOL! :-)

2. Stripes can be casual or dressy.

3. There are different stripe patterns (i.e. horizontal, straight up and down, etc.) so the trend can flatter anyone!

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I decided to go with casual stripes with my Polyvore look. I love the wedge sneaker trend so I added those to the look as well. With a cropped leather jacket and funky jewelry, you’re ready for the weekend in an outfit like this! If you want to be more dressy with this trend take a look at how Christina Milian wears stripes, which also happens to be black & white! Talk about two trend in one! ;-)

tumblr_lyokqzHJYT1qesepao1_500So, what trend is YOUR fave? Can you see yourself wearing one of these three trends when Spring comes? If so, let me know! Until next time, be blessed…XO!

~Whitney