#WNJHome | Home Decor that Makes a Difference with Macy’s Heart of Haiti

Hubs and I are constantly trying to get our new place in order before the New Year. We’re doing a great job and really, there isn’t much left to do or purchase. However when I was gifted this beautiful handcrafted vase from Macy’s Heart of Haiti line, I knew it’d be the perfect home decor addition for us. Created by one of Macy’s 550 Haitian artisans, this vase is stunning in person. It’s also very well made and fits the aesthetic of our home perfectly. Thanks to hubs idea, we decided to place the vase near our entrance and add a few branches inside.


Macy's Heart of Haiti

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Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection has several price points and product selections to shop from. There’s an under $30 section as well as an array of candles and other home decor items. One of my focuses in 2016 is to purchase more items (clothing, home decor, etc.) from small business owners, as well as purchase items that makes a difference. Ethical purchases can do so much good for so many people and I’m determined to continue supporting certain artisans and merchants in the New Year.

After researching this product, I found out that Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans who rely solely on handcrafted goods as a source of income. After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Macy’s began carrying this product line. Macy’s Heart of Haiti now employs 550 artisans, providing economic support to their 4,500 extended family members and others. Only available at select Macy’s locations, here’s where you can shop for your very own handcrafted item:

  • Herald Square
  • Downtown Brooklyn
  • Downtown DC’s Metro Center
  • Chicago’s State Street
  • San Francisco’s Union Park
  • Downtown Seattle
  • Dallas Gallaria
  • Downtown Portland
  • Atlanta’s Lenox Square
  • Dallas Galleria Mall
  • Miami Dadeland 

Macy's Heart of HaitiOur home is decorated with several meaningful items, photos and other memorabilia that we hold very close to our hearts. We purposefully decorated this way and the addition of the handcrafted Haitian vase was absolutely perfect! From the family photos, to the picture I took in Egypt with my grandfather’s camera (that he sits on top of a stack of his old books), to the couch passed down from our grandmother, to our family Bibles, most of the items in our living area have a meaning and purpose. We couldn’t be more pleased; the space is warm, inviting and very “us”.

Macy's Heart of Haiti

So tell me, have you seen Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection? Have you made any ethical purchases this year? Let me know!

Be sure to take a look the collection and browse the items. Many of the sections make great Christmas gifts! Regardless of your purchases this year or next, be sure to give some thought to making more ethical and meaningful purchases to support local artisans and small business owners. Until tomorrow, stay blessed and be safe…XO!

P.S. For even more information on Heart of Haiti, watch the brief video below!

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Personal Style | Chunky Sweaters + Leather Leggings

It’s no secret that I’m really into talking about transitional wardrobe pieces. I’m also all about chunky sweaters! With the temps dropping, it just seems like the natural wardrobe option. You may be tired of me talking about “transitional items” and such, but it is MY DUTY to share these outfit ideas with you. After all, we take personal style seriously around here, right? So here is another look at the same sweater I wore in yesterday’s outfit, styled a different way. This look is a bit more casual and chic, wouldn’t you agree?

Leather Leggings

Leggings: Style & Co., Lord & Taylor (Another Option) // Sweater: Micheal Kors, Macy’s (Another Option) // Sunnies: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack // Lip Color: Revlon ColorBurst Matte, Elusive (Similar)

Chunky Sweaters and Leggings

Chunky Sweaters and Leggings OOTD

In this post I mentioned my hesitation about styling these faux leather leggings. However, chunky sweaters and leather leggings have become “my thing” as of late. These leggings have quickly become a fall wardrobe staple. Since I’m already a lover of leggings, it wasn’t hard to start rotating this pair.

This outfit is perfect for a casual date night, shopping or even a night out with your girlfriends. It’s no-fuss, chic and comfy. Investing in a sweater like this is great because as you can see, it’s super easy to transition the piece for different occasions. Of course, you can add a pair of heels to give the outfit some sass, but if you’re like me stylish animal print flats do the trick.

Details - Flats & Clutch

Flats: Tesori, Nordstrom Rack // Clutch: Fly By Night Boutique

Fall Style - Chunky Sweaters and Leggings

Fall Style

So tell me, what do you think of chunky sweaters and leather leggings? Would you try this combo? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to link you latest outfit to the Personal Style Linkup; it’ll be open until Sunday morning. By the way, I’ll be back to sharing my favorite outfit from the linkups next month. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Styling Fall Florals

I love wearing florals all season so when thinking about fall fashion, I couldn’t wait to put together an outfit including fall florals! Today’s outfit is the perfect “work to after work event” outfit. That’s exactly where I plan to wear it this week; a networking event. Not only is the outfit comfortable, but it’s polished enough to wear in a room full of creative business women and men. The red lip is even OK because I the matte finish and deeper tone makes the red appropriate for a this event.

Fall Floral Outfit

Sweater: Micheal Kors, Macy’s (Another Stylish Options) / Pants: Ralph Laruen, Lord & Taylor (Another Cute Option) // Flats: Micheal Kors, Nordstrom Rack

Fall Florals

Fall Outfit - Fall Florals

The pants, a purchase for our North Carolina road-trip this summer, were an no brainer for me. The cotton and stretch material makes them super comfortable and practical for everyday wear. I’ve been able to style these pants for several occasions. The pants are also perfect to wear during all 4 seasons.

Big comfy sweaters are “my thing” when the temperatures drop, so adding this Micheal Kors cowl neck was a must. This sweater, a few years old, is so warm and still in style. It’s easily a garment that can be styled casually or for a bit more polished look, like this one.

Details - Fall Outfit Idea

Earrings: Unknown // Clutch: Steve Madden, Marshalls

Fall Outfit Fall Florals

Fall Florals - Fall Outfit Inspiration

So tell me, are you a fan of fall florals? What’s your go-to print this season? Let me know! 

Thanks for stopping by. I can’t wait to show you how I styled this same sweater for a more casual look tomorrow! You know me; I’m all about transitional wardrobe items! Be sure to head over and linkup your recent outfit to our Personal Style Linkup. Show off your style, we want to see! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe….XO!

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Personal Style | Styling Leather Leggings

I’m back and I’m SO thrilled to continue sharing my personal style outfits with you all! Today’s outfit is the kind I’ll definitely be styling all fall/winter long. This style is simple, functional and chic; the main elements that make up my personal style. The leather leggings are a bit outside of my comfort zone, but I made them work with my style aesthetic by adding a flowy top, a pair of nude pumps and minimal accessories.

How to Wear Leather Leggings

Leather Leggings

Top: Lord & Taylor // Leather Leggings: Macy’s, Style & Co. (Similar) // Earrings: eBay // Clutch: Fly By Night Boutique

Styling Leather Leggings

I wore this to church on Sunday and I’ve even figured out how to make the outfit work for my 9 to 5 – adding a pair of cute flats and a chic work tote will do the trick! If you’ve been reading for awhile you know I’m all about functional and transitional style. This is the perfect example of both.

To be quite honest, I was a bit unsure of the leather leggings at first. I’m not that into trendy pieces, however if I can work the trend into my wardrobe I’m good. I suggest trying trendy pieces here and there during each new season. Don’t be scared to have fun with clothes by stepping outside of your style comfort zone; your wardrobe will thank you!

Tie Dye Shirt - Lord and Taylor

Thrifted Coat - Fringe Trend

Fringe Coat: 2nd Avenue Value Villiage // Shoes: Bloomingdales, Kenneth Cole (Same)

Styling Leather Leggings OOTD

So tell me, do you plan to style a pair of leather leggings this season? How do you like my take on the trend? Let me know!

Again, it’s so good to be back! Thanks for engaging with me on social media during my blogging break and to all those who completed my Reader Survey, I truly appreciate it! There are so many great things coming for WNJ, thanks to your feedback. If you’d still like to take the survey feel free to do so here (it’ll only take 3-4 minutes).

One more thing! Don’t forget to linkup your recent OOTD below and be sure to link it back to this post. And in case you’re wondering, yes…I cut my hair. I wanted something new for the season so the short cut did the trick! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Style | Summer Style Recap, Part I

Tomorrow is September 1st. Just typing that feels weird. I mean my goodness; the summer has come and gone like that! I do love the fall season, so I’m not complaining. However, Summer 2015 has been quite a memorable one and I’m a little sad to see it coming to a close. But I’m sure September, and the fall season, have plenty of greatness in store! Before we sashay into a new month, let’s take a look at my summer style recap. 

I mentioned that I was all about being casual and chic this summer, so I gravitated towards black and white, tunic dresses and jumpsuits (one-pieces). I also play with accessories and hair; always fun to do! I knew this summer was going to be busy, so I styled lost of pants, leggings and practical shoes.  From pageants to road-trips, comfort was my #1 priority.

Always a fan of statement necklaces, I tried to style as many different ones as possible. I mean after all they sit on my dresser begging to be worn, so why not?! My summer style also included backpacks. I’m so glad I gave this trend a try because I honestly LOVE wearing them. Yes, they’re on trend and super cute, but also functional and practical for trips, weekend errands and even casual days at the office.


So tell me, what do you think about my summer style? What styles have you been wearing this summer? Let me know! 

Feel free to catch up with me on Snapchat (@wnicjames) or Instagram to find out more about my weekend. Hubs and I finally moved into our new place and I’ve been snapping and sharing a few pics. Of course there will be a full update on the move later, but until then be sure 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 | Blue and White Calvin Klein Jumpsuit

For months I’ve been all about jumpsuits. They’re comfortable, chic and fashion-forward. Also whatever the occasion, a jumpsuit is the perfect garment. I’ve worn this jumpsuit to a fancy party and a corporate function. I actually have an event this weekend to attend and guess what? I plan to wear this jumpsuit! No surprise there, huh?

OOTD Styling a Jumpsuit

Plus Size Jumpsuit OOTD

Jumpsuit: Calvin Klein, Macy’s (Another Option)

Plus Size Jumpsuit

I purchased this jumpsuit at a Macy’s event a few months back. I was skeptical about the purchase because of the print. I was unsure if the print would flatter me, but when I tried it on I was sold. I walked around the fitting room for a while, just to make sure it was comfortable. I also sat down in the garment; you always have to do the sit test, right?! I figured the jumpsuit could be worn for several occasions and styled with heels or sandals. After leaving the dressing room, I had 3 separate occasions to wear the jumpsuit. Clearly this purchase was more than validated.

Jumpsuit OOTD

Calvin Klein Jumpsuit

Bracelet: Monet, Macy’s // Heels: Kenneth Cole, Bloomingdales (Same)

Jumpsuit OOTD

So tell me, what do you think about wearing and styling jumpsuits? Are you a fan of them? Let me know!

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


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Event Recap | Macy’s Emme Plus Size Fashion Show in Columbia, MD

Have you ever been to an event and had the time of our life?! That happen to me last week at the Macy’s Emme Plus Size Fashion Show. Held in Columbia, MD at the Mall in Columbia, the show included plus size spring trends, cute snacks and treats, and was hosted by leading plus size model and speaker, Emme! Since participating in the #MacysEmme Twitter chats for the past few months, I was already inspired by Emme’s positive attitude and vicious personality. As an avid speaker on positive body image and self esteem, her mission to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us has been spread throughout the Twittersphere, and beyond!

Plus Size Fashion - Macy's Emme

Soft Pants Trend

Among the many trends that graced the runways, the soft pants, maxi dress and all white trends really caught my eye! It’s no secret that I’m all for comfort and chic, so these trends were perfect. From American Rag to I.N.C., each model sashayed down the runway in her stylish and trendy outfit. I was so intrigued by the prints and patterns! I actually have a pair of American Rag soft pants on during the show, so I felt right at home.

I must admit that I was surprised that the skirt trend was at the top of my list. I think the scuba material won me over! Scuba is a great material for plus size shoppers; it’s very forgiving, soft, and doesn’t cling like other materials. Emme was wearing an all white scuba-like dress during the event and looked so comfortable and fashion forward. So much so that I had to let her know after the show! 😉

Macy's Emme - Plus Size Fashion Show

(Scuba) Skirt Trend


Macy's Emme Plus Size Fashion Show

White Trend

The all white trend is perfect for spring and summer weddings, outdoor garden parties and dressy work functions. The models even showed off a few pair of sexy white heels, like the one above. I’m usually not a fan of the white shoe, but the cut out peep-toe heeled sandals above have me reconsidering this trend! Oh yea, if you’re wondering that IS Blogalicious creator Stacey Ferguson rocking the all white belted dress; fabulous, right?!

Macy's Emme Plus Size Show

Blouse: Daniel Rainn, Nordstrom Rack // Pants: American Rag, Macy’s // Flats: Same & Libby, Target


Macy's Emme Fashion Event

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So tell me, what do you think about the plus size spring trends at the Macy’s Emme Show? Anything catch your eye? Let me know! 

It was such a pleasure running into my fellow DMV bloggers, some I’ve known for a while and others I consider my new blogger boo’s! I was also thrilled to meet new faces like Danica, Jennifer of Curvy Connect Magazine and of course of Emme, the lady of the hour. Being surrounded by these lovely ladies was nothing but sheer joy. And to have my ladies, Mom, little sis and Mama (grandma) there to join in on the fun was the icing on the cake!

Macy’s put on yet another fantastic fashion show and hearing Emme share her nuggets of body positive wisdom was priceless! Hear a snippet of her goodness, as well as some of the looks coming down the runway, below. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Event Recap | Macy’s American Icons Fashion Event

Last Thursday I made my way to Northern, VA for the Macy’s American Icons Fashion Event. From snapping my #AmericanSelfie to trying on the seasons hottest trends, I had such an enjoyable time! I was thoroughly impressed with the styles Macy’s had to offer and even more impressed with the different shapes and sizes of the models. This variety provided shoppers with a realistic vision of how certain clothing items fit.

Macy's American Icons - American Selfie

Photo Booth Fun! #AmericanSelfie

Another plus? The fashion show included menswear too! I got so many great ideas for hubby just by taking in the different styles. As I mentioned in this post, Macy’s also partners with veterans who served with Got Your 6. Stephanie and Melissa, both Got Your 6 activist, did a great job representing this cause and explaining in more detail what it’s all about.

PicMonkey Collage (1)

Plus size, straight size AND menswear!


Stephanie & Melissa

After the event there were mini makeovers and tons of socializing. There were also great snacks, including my new favorite soda from Jones. Their cream soda hit the spot! I shopped around a bit and used my $10 Macy’s gift card they so graciously handed out to the attendees. It was the perfect excuse for me to grab a few summer wardrobe pieces for my upcoming trip to Charlotte.

Macys American Icons

Mini makeovers, & snacks!

PicMonkey Collage (2)

Spring and summer’s latest trends, and GREAT shoes too!

So tell me, did you attend one of the Macy’s American Icons fashion shows? What do you think about these summer looks? Let me know!

Always a fan of Macy’s, it was an honor to attend and cover this event. Can’t wait to share my next fashion show recap with you tomorrow! Until then, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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