Personal Style Monday | Why You Should Invest in Statement Jewelry

Hey there! I hope you’re all doing well. I’m still coming down from a wonderful weekend, so I’m feeling pretty good for a Monday. Side Note: See some of my weekend events here :-) Before we get into today’s post, just wanted to give you a heads up about my June giveaway. I’ll be announcing the giveaway items this Wednesday; check out my Instagram for a sneak peek of one of the items! :-)

Ok, now…let’s get into today’s Personal Style Monday and talk why you should invest in statement jewelry!


1. Stand out. Investing in and wearing statement jewelry is a sure way to stand out and make a fashion statement. There’s nothing wrong with following trends and wanting to emulate some popular styles. But adding a unique statement piece will help set your outfit apart.

2. Add the WOW factor. Do you have a few outfits in our closet you aren’t wearing because you feel like it screams, “Blah”? I guarantee that if you add one statement piece, you’ll see the same outfit in a different light. Adding one piece can instantly take something like a plain denim button up shirt and a pair of slacks to another level.

3. Express your Personal Style. I enjoy wearing statement jewelry because it’s a way for me to express my personal style. On days when I feel like wearing something simple, throwing on a unique thrifted ring or an interesting cuff  with a pair of vintage earrings makes the outfit my own. Little touches like that go a long way when is comes to personal style.



I’m not the only one who loves statement jewelry. Blogger and DIY/vintage extraordinaire Sacramento of Mis Papelicos is also a fan! Her personal style submission from last week caught my eye. Not only do I love her skirt and neon heels, but her DIY (statement) earrings were the perfect finishing touch! A follower of Sacramento for a few years now, I’ve always admired how her style choices and statement pieces speak to her personal style. She enjoys and has fun with fashion; something that’s always refreshing to see. I’m also smitten with her love of vintage clothes; we’re definitely kindred spirits when it comes to all things vintage! :-)


So tell me, are you a fan of statement jewelry? What are some of your favorite statement pieces to date? Let me know! 

Now it’s your turn to show off your personal style. Link up your recent OOTD pots(s) below – 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. Have a wonderful day…be blessed and be safe! 

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Thrifty Thursday – Nic James in All Black {Sponsored Post – oNeckalce}

Happy Thrifty Thursday! :-) Today’s outfit is one of my favorites because it’s a look you can catch me in at least 2-3 times a week – all black. I do love color, prints and different patterns but there’s nothing like all black. I immediately feel chic when wearing black, and I also use all black ensembles as an excuse to go crazy with accessories and jewelry.

When styling this particular look, I decided to wear my name necklace from oNecklace. Not sure about you but I love name necklaces. I remember wanting one back when I was in middle school. I actually wanted the name earrings too – that was a no go with my Mom, lol. Now that I’m “grown” and can dress myself, lol, you can image how ecstatic I was when I placed an order for my 1st name necklace.


{c/o Onecklace}


Tunic: Thrifted, Goodwill ($3)// Leggings: Lord & Taylor (Similar Pair HERE)// Flats: Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack// Cross Necklace: eBay// Name Necklace: oNecklace (Purchase Yours HERE)// Other Jewelry: Thrifted & Gifted 


The necklace is great for layering but also looks good when worn alone. I decided to go with Nic James as the name for the necklace. I could’ve gone with several other names/nicknames, but I figured I’d stick with something that had some meaning. Nic, my nickname, is also what everyone used to call my grandfather. He’s one of my biggest inspirations and I carry him with me everyday. So I thought Nic James would not only symbolize my (passion) blog, but it would also remind me of my FaFa (grandfather). 


{My little sis took these pics – can you tell we had fun? Lol :-)}

Do you have a name necklace? Did you have one back in the day? If not, what name would you put on your necklace? Let me know! Also, head over and check out the oNecklace site. They have a lot of great items! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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The 10th Day of “Thritmas” – Christmas Gift Ideas

On the 10th Day of “Thriftmas “, I’d like to give you a few Nic Tips for “thriftmas” shopping. Since it’s one of the last weekends to shop for Christmas gifts, this comes at a perfect time!

Let’s be honest, the thrift store is not the 1st place on your mind when it comes shopping for loved on your Christmas list. But if you have some people on your list who love jewelry, accessories, clothes and home goods, don’t count the thrift store out!  Trust me when I say, your Christmas gift ideas should include items from the thrift store! If not for everyone, at least for some people on your list. Check out my top 3 Thriftmas Gift ideas below!


1. Jewelry & Handbags – If you have someone on your Christmas list who’s a huge fan of unique statement jewelry and handbags, check out the thrift store 1st. When shopping there, I usually hit the jewelry & purse sections last because I like to thoroughly examine each piece. It usually takes me a good 15-20 minutes, depending on the inventory, to really decide on  which pieces I want to take home. So if you decide to stop and look for a piece (or a few pieces) for someone on your list, take your time. I’m SURE you’ll find some great items to pick from!



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2. Home Decor – Is there someone on your list who just moved into a new home? Maybe someone who’s in the process of redecorating their current home? Head to the home decor section of the thrift store! You may be surprised how many trinkets are hidden. For Christmas shopping purposes, I’d say go for a nice vase, some cute dishes, etc. If you’re a bit unsure of what their design wants are, something small like a picture or antique picture frame with a nice picture will do the trick. Personal touches like that let people know you really put thought into their gift.

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3. Clothing – Of course, you can never go wrong when thrifting for clothes.  If you know someone on your list wants a winter coat or new hat, thrift it! Especially if the person likes different/or ornate pieces. Vintage hats, dresses, and even shoes are all great gift ideas for that someone special. When thrifting for clothing gifts I usually find my mother, sister and a few friends the best items. I know they appreciate unique finds and I know I’m on a budget so, it’s a win win.



I hope this mini Thriftmas gift guide was helpful. I know that I’ve thrifted some pretty amazing items in the past, as well as this year, and I get nothing but smiles, hugs, and thank you’s! :-) Some people say you have to have an eye for thrifting good pieces. While I believe that to be true, I also believe anyone can learn how to get that thrift eye. 😉 Do you think you’ll be venturing out to thrift some Christmas goodies this year? Let me know! Take care and have a good weekend…be blessed!


P.S. Congrats to Debbie J.!

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Nails, Bags & Things!

Good afternoon & happy Monday! I hope  you all had an enjoyable weekend. As usual, I was running and ripping around the DMV (DC, MD, VA) area, lol! I did however manage to get a little rest on Friday night.

I want to get right into today’s post and talk about nails, bags & thangs! 😉 When it comes to clothes, my style can sometimes be simple so I always turn to accessories or a nail color to give my look a little something extra. (I’ve talked about that before on the blog here). As I’m going through the process of purging my jewelry box(es), I thought other day, what better time to do so than around the holiday season? It seems like jewelry and other accessories are always fun and more blingy this time of year, right?




I’m a huge fan of  studs and statement necklaces. While I purchase the majority of these items from thrift stores or vintage shops, I DO love stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom for affordable and unique pieces. Macy’s sells a lot of cute Betsy Johnson and Michael Kors earrings and necklaces – perfect brands for jewelry revamping. I’m also a sucker for a good, durable watches. I always wear one, weather it works or not, LOL! The ones pictured above are very stylish, classic and fun. You already know I go crazy for anything leopard so the Nine West one is my fave!



A self proclaimed “Bag Lady”, I believe having a statement clutch, a tote and a cute makeup/cosmetic bag is essential. For the Fall/Winter, clutches are my go-to for all events. They’re compact, stylish and won’t clash with your outfit. For work and weekend purposes (see post here), I prefer a tote bag. This time of year, there are so many affordable totes to pick from. Fringes, animal print, solid – you name it, it’s out there. Check the choices above for inspiration!

fallnailsLast but never least, nail color is also important for the change of seasons. I’m really into deep reds, blues and grey for Fall 2013. Having a manicure, DIY style or from the nail shop, is a perfect way to polish and top off your look. A lot of people think summertime is the only time to pay attention to nails but I disagree. Fall and Winter can do a number on your hands; especially if you have dry skin like me. Treating yourself to a manicure once a month will keep your hands soft and pretty. A great nail color will also compliment those rings and watches you’ll be wearing this season. :-)

So tell me, what accessories and nails colors are you into this Fall? Are you in the jewelry revamp process too? Let me know! I always love your feedback. Take care and until next time, be blessed!


White Hot

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.


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!




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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