Style | Wearing 1 Dress 2 Ways

Last year I did a One Dress Many Ways series. The goal was to re-purpose one wardrobe item and style it 3 different ways for different occasions. It was a fun challenge, so I decided to do that again with another dress; this time I’ve decided to style it 2 ways. This black maxi dress has been in my closet for years and during the summer months, it’s a definite wardrobe staple. So I figured it was the perfect item to show how to style 1 dress 2 ways. 

The 1st outfit is definitely a wear to work option. The long cardigan adds a bit of drama to the plain dress and the clutch is a perfect addition, and would come in handy if I had an event to attend after work. While the outfit may seem a bit dressy for some, it’s the perfect mix of comfortable and elegant for me. I like to look nice while at work while still being comfortable. Therefore the “fancy” cardigan and dramatic statement necklace are perfect!

Black Maxi Dress

Dress: H&M (Another Option) // Cardigan: Thrifted // Necklace: Monet, Macy’s

1 Dress 2 Ways

Black Maxi Dress - Thrifted Cardigan

Flats: Steve Madden (Similar & On Sale)// Clutch: Love, Cortnie // Watch: Charming Chalie

Black Maxi Dress OOTD

I’m all about saving time and money, so remixing this maxi was very beneficial. The next look is yet another outfit I’d wear to work. The leopard flats help add a personal touch, something I always do when styling an outfit. Every girl should have at least 2 leopard print accessories, shoes count, in her wardrobe. Trust me, the print goes with everything! In my book leopard print is a neutral, don’t you agree? 

I added also added a black sleeveless vest to give the outfit a chic feel. I actually saw this vest as I was walking to the cash register at TJMaxx a few weeks back. It was in the women’s section, so I was a bit skeptical on how it’d fit. After trying it on, the size large tag was laughable. I usually wear a size 1X and sometimes 2X, depending on the cut of the garment. But this is a prime example of garments being cut larger than expected, and why trying on items is SO important. You just never know how an item is cut and how it’ll fit until you take a few seconds to try it on.

One Dress Two Ways

Vest: TJMaxx (Another Option) // Purse: Gifted // Watch: Charming Charlie // Flats: Nordstrom Rack, Sam Edelman (Similar)

Black Maxi Dress

statement necklace - OOTD

1 Dress 2 Ways

So tell me, what do you think about my 1 dress 2 ways OOTD? Are you a fan of remixing items in your wardrobe? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and leaving your comments. In case you were wondering, there’s still time to enter your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup. We’ve already got 50+ bloggers who’ve linked up, so head over and join in on the fun! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Style | More Plus Size Spring Fashion + Fancy Pants

The weather has been a bit dreary lately, but I refuse to let my wardrobe suffer because of it. This week, I’ve been determined to still have fun with my clothes and wear enjoyable plus size spring fashion. Styling these pants and adding a funky designed clutch to the mix did the trick yesterday, wouldn’t you agree? After all, who doesn’t love a loud pair of fancy pants?!

Plus Size Shopping Nordstrom

Blouse: Daniel Rainn, Nordstrom // Pants: Nordstrom Rack, BOBEAU (Another Option)

Plus Size Spring Fashion

I wore this outfit to the Goodwill breakfast in DC yesterday morning. I knew I had to go back to work afterwards, so I wanted to be comfortable yet chic. I think I nailed it! When people see me, I want my personal style to speak volumes, without scaring them away. I like to wear outfits that say “Whitney” without being obnoxious. For the event, I also wanted to be sure I was appropriate. Nothing too tight, short, and nothing that would restrict my movement. Mission accomplished!



Clutch: Love, Cortnie (Other Options) // Flats: Steve Madden Outlet (Similar) Watch: Charming Charlie

I was smitten with the nice compliments I received on these Steve Madden flats. I purchased them on our recent trip to NC at the Charlottle Preium Outles. This purchase was super sporadic. I walked into the store thinking I’d help hubby pick out a pair of shoes. 20 minutes later, I find myself memorized by the sparkles and glitz on the flats. Of course I had to try them on and of course they fit! The hard part was deciding on which color (gold, pewter or black). So I did the most logical thing and purchased all 3 colors, lol! I ended up receiving a discount on the 3rd pair. That made my purchase feel better. I’m a firm believer that if the shoe fits, and it’s comfortable, wear and buy it in all colors! Momma taught me that. 😉

Fancy Pants - Plus Size Fashion

 So tell me, what do you think about my fun and funky plus size spring fashion outfit? Do you buy all colors of an item if you love it? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading and commenting! Also, huge thanks to my blogger boo Vivi for snapping these pics. Be sure to linkup to my Personal Style Linkup. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Wardrobe Wednesday | Another Casual Date Night

Casual date nights are my favorite! I don’t mind dressing up for date nights, but deep down I’m a huge fan of being comfortable and stylish. So whenever date nights call for jeans, I’m all smiles! 😉 Which brings me to today’s casual date night outfit. Hubby and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, On the Border, the other night and this is the ensemble I decided to wear. In my opinion, this is a very simple and chic look – 2 things I strive to achieve when dressing for a casual date night. I also make sure I’m wearing (at least) 5 essential casual date night must haves. Let’s check them out below!

casual date night ootd

Jeans: JCPenney (Shop Similar) // Tunic: H&M (Another Option)// Flats: SAM EDELMAN, Macy’s (Another Option) // Necklace & Cross Cuff : Side Dish Mobile // Watch: Thrifted

casual date night 1. Fitted Denim. The perfect pair of fitted denim is the perfect start to a casual date night outfit. Fitted denim is sexy and easy to style. I shop JCP and sometimes Dress Barn for my denim bottoms. Both locations offer a wide selection of styles and sizes. 2. Basic Top (can be embellished with statement pieces). A simple top can easily be adorned with layered necklaces and other fun statement pieces. Take a look at my statement necklace post and see why I think they’re a major wardrobe must have! 😉 3. Comfy & Cute Flats. Causal date nights call for comfort. Flats and cute sandals are always a winner for me! 4. Purse. Nothing too big and bulky, but a nice medium size purse will do. A cute clutch can do the trick as well. 5. Lip Gloss. I’m not one for a “full face” on casual date nights, so I just make sure I put on a smooth nude lip gloss. It’s simple and the nude color goes with anything! DSC_0212

 So tell me, are you feeling my casual date night ensemble? What do you wear on casual date nights? Let me know! 

Before I wrap up, I just want to congratulate Ashley of A Sassy Woman for winning my June giveaway! You have some pretty great goodies coming your way! :-) A huge thanks to Cortnie of Love, Cortnie and the amazing staff over at Side Dish Mobile. THANK YOU for sponsoring this months giveaway! :-)

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Thanks to EVERYONE who entered! My next giveaway will be in July and I have some awesome things in store. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe….XO!


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Black & White Monday

Hello there and welcome to another week! My weekend was spent doing yoga, school shopping with my little sister and spending QT with the hubby. All in all, it was yet another great weekend. I actually went to bed a little early last night so I was able to lay my clothes out actually plan the rest of my outfits for the week. While I try to do this every week, somehow those plans fall through LOL! 😀


blkwhiteSo with today’s outfit, I “planned” to be cute and comfortable. I went for my LBD (little black dress) and one of my favorite, lightweight cardigans. My black and white thrifted flats finished off this outfit, of course. 😉 When I purchased these flats, I immediately knew they’d be in heavy rotation. While I haven’t been wearing them as much as I’d like, on days like this I’m happy I do have them.

blkwhite2Dress: JM Collection (Macy’s, HERE)//Cardigan: Jones New York Collection//Flats: Thrifted//Purse: Old//Earrings: Bakers//Watch: Charming Charlie

blkwhite4blkwhite5So what’d you wear today? Are you one who plans their outfits for the week or do you just a go with whatever you pick the morning of work? Let me know! Have a goodnight and I’ll talk to you soon. Be blessed!


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My Favorite Shirt

Hey, friends! Welcome to a NEW week! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. We went to my little sisters play on Friday night—she was Glenda the Good Witch in the play, Wicked. Needless to say, she did a wonderful job! The entire cast was excellent! :-) The rest of the weekend was quiet and relaxing. So relaxing that I didn’t really think to snap pics, LOL. As a blogger, do you ever have those weekends (or days) where you’re so relaxed and chill that you don’t even want to take pictures? Well, this weekend was mine. 😀

Luckily I was able to get some quick shots of my outfit today. This NEVER happens but Darrius and I were both headed out at the same time this morning. I figured, why not snap a true OOTD (outfit of the day) post?! We had the time and we had my iPhone, lol, so we made it happen.


greenI’ve worn this shirt a few times on the blog and I wear it probably once a week. It’s a versatile top and because of that, it can pretty much go with jeans, slacks or a skirt. The colorful pants are from Macy’s. I LOVE colorful denim/pants—it’s an easy way to add color to your wardrobe. My flats are the most comfortable pair I own. When I wear them I literally feel like I’m walking on a cloud! #WINNING <— (do we still say that anymore??) 😀

Well that does it for Monday’s work look. Enjoy, be blessed and be safe! See ya Wednesday!


green2Top: Gifted (Cable & Gauge Woman)//Pants: Macy’s (Style & Co.)//Flats: Nordstrom Rack (Tory Burch) See, HERE (Sold Out//Jewelry: All Thrifted (2nd Avenue)//Sunnies: Thrifted (2nd Avenue) 

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Perfect for a Rainy Day

Hey, darlings! These past few days have been super dreary and rainy and on days like that, I hate thinking about what to wear. Because I knew I was going to spend some time with the boo, I wanted to look 1/2 way decent, lol! So I figured an over-sized sweater, a dash of leopard print, and putting my hair up would do the trick.;-)

I’ve had this leopard wrap for ages and it’s SO perfect for me because as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t always like wearing heavy jackets/coats. I also wore another favorite item which is the tan Micheal Kors sweater. It’s so cozy, soft and the cow-neck collar is the best.

My jewelry, jeggings and shoes were all thrifted! I’ve actually never worn these shoes on the blog. I found them at 2nd Avenue (Columbia, MD) for about $5. I looked at the bottom of the shoes before deciding to purchase them and they weren’t even touched! There they were…never worn Nine West flats for $5. Score!! 😉

Enjoy the pics. Be blessed…XO!




Wrap: NY & Co.

Sweater: Macy’s (Micheal Kors)

Jeggings: Thrifted (American Rag)

Shoes: Thrifted (Nine West)

Jewelry: Thrifted

Hair Clip: eBay








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