Personal Style | Black Skirt and Black Blouse + a Linkup

Hey, friends! I’ll be switching  things up a bit today as I co-host the Bloggers Who’ve Inspired Me Linkup with Rachel. But first, let’s get into todays outfit…

Last week, I was able to wear my first short skirt of the season! I was thrilled the temperature was warm enough to show a little leg, so didn’t hesitate to style this black skirt and black blouse for a dinner date. Of course hubs was pleased, as he is anytime I show off my legs. So needless to say, the outfit was a hit!

Black skirt and Black Blouse

Black Skirt and Black Blouse - OOTD

Blouse: Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Skirt: Style & Co, Macy’s (Another Option)

All Black OOTD

At first I thought wearing the sheer blouse would be enough, but I was going for the sexy-chic look. Therefore, I pushed the envelope a bit and added the shorter skirt as well. If an outfit is styled correctly, it’s OK to go for it and show off more than one “asset”.

The black skirt, an item I’ve had for years, is a perfect item to have in my minimal wardrobe. It can easily be re-styled time and time again, and so can the sheer top! After all, think about how think about many times I’ve styled the blouse here on the blog. A LOT.

* See Also: Black and White Minimalism

Black Outfit - Details

Clutch: Purchase Here // Flats: Tesori, Nordstrom Rack (Another Option)

OOTD - Black Skirt and Black Blouse

Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up

Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:


Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children.

You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your co-host Whitney of Whitney Nic James Blog:


Whitney is a purpose driven wife and lifestyle blogger behind She is passionate about teaching women how to fearlessly live a stylish, affordable & uplifting lifestyle. You can follow Whitney via the following social medias: Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

Now on to the featured 5 bloggers from last week, this time I selected 5 of the most clicked posts starting with the highest clicked on,but this won’t happen often:


Sherry looks so lovely in her watercolor dress and was the most clicked on from last week. See post here.


I love reading Stitch Fix box reviews, so this is one more to share and hopefully you will find something you like for your next fix.



Marta shares her life lately story and the fun stuff she has encountered lately, here.


Candace looks fantastic in this dressed up shift dress look. See post here.


How adorable is Katies paint splatted skirt and denim top look. I love Katie’s colorful and bright feminine outfits, see this one here.

Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host: Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking

To link up it would be great if you linked my button to your post that you link up. Get button code below:

Garay Treasures


Personal Style | Denim and Leopard Print

Wearing denim and leopard print is probably one of my favorite combinations! This weekend I was able to style this combo for a day of errands, lunch and hanging out with hubs. I’ve been dying to wear this jacket, purchased from Macy’s a few seasons ago. Since the weather was just right, not too cold and not too warm, I figured it’d be the perfect jacket to wear.

Denim and Animal Print

OOTD - Denim and Animal Print

Denim: JCP (Another Option) // Jacket: Calvin Klein (Another Option) // Flats: Tesori (Another Option)

Denim and Animal Print - OOTD

I like to fill my wardrobe with clothes that can easily be mixed and matched. Of course I have some wardrobe items that are specifically for formal occasions, but the majority of my options can be worn any day. This outfit is the perfect example! Not only is this a great outfit for the weekend, but it can also work for a casual date night, a shopping trip or even a day of working from home.

Denim and Animal Print OOTD

Outfit - Denim and Leopard Print

Clutch: Thrifted, Goodiwll (Another Option) // Earrings: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue

Denim and Animal Print Outfit

So tell me, are you a fan of the denim and leopard print combo? Does your wardrobe consist of many mix and match options? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! Be sure to link your recent outfit to my Personal Style Linkup below. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your weekend was a GREAT one! Although the Panthers suffered a rough lost yesterday – I’m still a die hard Ravens fan, but I love Cam – I still enjoyed hanging with the family at our annual Super Bowl gathering on Sunday. I stepped out of the house Saturday to run some errands and grab a bite with the Mr., so I decided to wear something comfy, of course. I still wanted to be cute and a little fancy, because I wasn’t feeling that great. So I decided to style my black maxi skirt and sheer blouse. Both items are subtly sexy and help boost my mood when I’m feeling a little blah. I’m a true believer that clothes can help boost your mood!

Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

Skirt: Calvin Klein, Macy’s (Another Option) // Blouse: Nordstrom Rack (Another Option) // Flats: Sam Edelman, Nordstrom Rack (Similar)

Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

All Black Plus Size Outfit

I’m not usually a fan of skirts, however I was immediacy intrigued when I saw this skirt had a gold zipper and high slit. I love when an article of clothing has eye catching details like that. The skirt is also very soft and stretchy (a major plus) and can be styled several ways. It’s no secret that I’m all about maximizing my wardrobe, so this purchase was a must!

Wearing a high slit maxi skirt and a sheer blouse may sound fancy to some, but the shoes and accessories I chose put this outfit in the “casual chic” category. Because of the low temps I added my leopard print wrap to keep me warm. The “matching flats” were a given, and the big earrings added the final touch.

Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

Leopard Print Wrap: NY & Co. (Another Option) // Purse: Nine West, Gifted // Gold Cuff: 2nd Avenue, Thrifted

Black Maxi Skirt OOTD

Plus Size Winter OOTD

So tell me, what do you think about my maxi skirt and sheer blouse weekend outfit? What’d you wear this weekend? Let me know!

Thanks for reading ad stopping by today! Don’t forget to link your outfit to my Personal Style Linkup below. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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#WNJHome | Remembering Haiti with Macy’s Heart of Haiti

Hello there, and Happy New Year to you! I hope 2016 is being good to you so far. I’ll update you on what’s been going on with me a bit later, but in the meantime I want to share another exciting home decor addition from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti CollectionToday marks the 6-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This catastrophic disaster left so many of its citizens homeless, without loved ones, and without employment. Thanks to the selfless and bold decision to carry handmade items from local Haitian artisans, and creating Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection, over 550 artists make their livelihood by creating goods for sale at (and a few select stores).

Heart of Haiti

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Both handmade metal bowls are not only great additions to our apartment, but the items also serve as a constant reminder of how ethical purchases do so much good for so many people, and their families. After watching the video (below) of how the artisans create such intricate and hand-made metal pieces, I was truly inspired. Can you imagine taking a recycled oil barrel and pounding out intricate designs? Well in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets, that’s exactly what the metal artist do in order to create these masterpieces. There really is an art to it and you can tell that the Haitian artisans take much pride in creating such masterpieces. Knowing that everytime you make a purchase you give hope to AND employment to artists is reason enough for me to support Macy’s and this campaign.

I want to share the locations that have these handcrafted items available for purchase once again. Perhaps you will visit a location and make an ethical purchase sometime this year:

  • 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 

    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. As I said in my previous Heart of Haiti post regardless of your purchases this year, be sure to give some thought to making more ethical and meaningful purchases to support local artisans and small business owners. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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** This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions express are my own.

#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

Purchase HERE

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!

** This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions express are my own.  **

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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