2014 – Getting in Spiritual Shape

Hello and Happy New Year to everyone! It’s SO good to be back to blogging after a few weeks of (necessary) rest and relaxation. I was able to regroup and refocus, as well as spent a lot of the time with family and a few friends.  I also had time to work on my vision board – something I’d been dying to complete.

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Sweater: Macy’s (Alfani)// Necklace & Heels: Thrifted // Faux Front Panel Leather Leggings: Macy’s(Style & Co.)// Clutch: Love, Cortnie Earrings: Bakers (Old)// Bracelet: Monet (Macy’s)

Without showing every single vision on my board, below is an image of my work in progress. I just put the final touches on this weekend. Simply put, I pray 2014 is a year of personal, spiritual and  financial growth, as well as a year full of  good health (for me and my family), traveling and networking. However, the most important goal is to be in better shape spiritually. I believe that if I focus on that, everything else will follow.

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*In this post, I broke down my 5 more or less aspirations for the year*

I can happily say that my husband and I are on our way to becoming partners/members at a church we’ve been attending for almost a year now. While we have a home church, it’s important to us that we build our spiritual selves somewhere that shares our same beliefs, as well as provides a congregation with faces of all colors and all different backgrounds.  That was one of my main goals and to be in the process of transition to our new church home excites me!

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and were able to catch up on some z’s, as well as think about your own personal growth. Until next time, be blessed and I’ll be back tomorrow…XO!

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**Linkups: Mix it Monday’s, Monday Must Haves, Friday Fab Favorites, Monday Funday, Monday Mingle, Working Girl w/ Style, Get Your Pretty OnMonday Morning Gossip, What I’m Loving Friday’s & Friday’s Fave Favorites**

Personal Style – Black & Grey Maxi

Hey there! Today is Personal Style Wednesday and I can’t wait to see what looks you all linkup today! Huge thanks to all those who participated in my 1st linkup (see post HERE). Today I just wanted to give you all the full look at my outfit from yesterdays post. This grey & black maxi was a go-to-look for the summer. I purchased it at the end of August but it still got a lot of wear. To make this short sleeved maxi weather appropiate, I added my faux leather jacket and some patent flats. This outfit was super comfortable, as well as a last minute option for a random date night, lol.

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Faux Leather Jacket: Target (Plus Size, Exilhiration)// Dress: Macy’s, $10.99// Necklace ($1) & Reading Glasses ($2.90): Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Patent Leather Flats: Mossimo, Thrifted for $4// Clutch: Love, Cortnie (no longer available)

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So now it’s your turn – link up your favorite outfit that best displays your personal style form last week (or whenever)You must include this link in whichever outfit you post. Also, don’t forget to grab a button and show it off to let people know you’re participating in PSW (Personal Style Wednesday). Thanks for reading and for joining in. TTYS!

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**Linkups: Monday MingleWIW, Thrifters Anonymous , Wardrobe Wednesdays Whatever Wednesday**

Simply Be & All Black

In case you’re wondering, yes – the big curly hair is back and I’m loving it!! :-) Oh how I’ve missed this wild, carefree hair. It feels good to be back! :-) Ok, ok…I’m done, lol…let’s move on to today’s outfit post.

Have you ever shopped online at Simply Be? I came across this online site last year and instantly fell in love with their items. They carry sizes 10-28 and the prices are pretty reasonable. Last year I was planning an outfit for an event and there were a few dresses I had in mind. Browsing through the site, I saw this jacket – it was BAD! Faux leather sleeves, collar and trimming – it was perfect! I put it on my wishlist and to my GREAT surprise, I actually won the exact jacket form a Love Brown Sugar giveaway! I saw that she had the giveaway going on and the same jacket was the prize. To this day I am SO glad I entered. I guess you can say it was meant to be. ;-)

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As you know, wearing all black is always so easy. It’s a perfect canvas for gorgeous, colorful and bodacious jewelry, cute and playful blazers, and fun fancy shoes! The dress I’m wearing was a steal at $9.99 and I really like the tie in the front. It helps conceal the middle area – a huge bonus! ;-) The bold statement necklace was a thrifted gift from my mother-in-law. She too enjoys thrifting and bargain hunting.

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Coat: Simply Be (Giveaway) // Dress: Macy’s, $9.99// Necklace: Thrifted (Gifted)// Earrings: Thrifted// Shoes: Sam & Libby, (Macy’s) $12.99

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The glittery shoes really compliment the necklace. I’m glad I decided to keep them, lol. I was so close to selling them on eBay because I hadn’t worn them in so long. But when the hubby suggest them to me, I had a change of heart. I plan to wear them more during the holiday season.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I look forward to your feedback on my look. Are you a fan of all black looks too? Do you love bold statement necklaces as much as I do? Chime in and let me know! TTYS!

**This is not a sponsored post**

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Linkups: Yolo Mondays, Thrifters Anynomous, Monday Mingle, Visibile Monday, Love it Link it & Style Elixer

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?

 

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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!

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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!

 

Art Deco Thrift

Have you ever worn a piece of clothing that reminds you of art? Well this thrifted blouse reminds me of just that—artwork. I absolutely love the print, the fit, and the material!

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thrift18I wasn’t sure how to wear it at first but while I was playing around with some outfits this weekend, I put this one together. I also plan to wear this top with a pair of jeans and a pair of leggings. I think this blouse is super versatile so I can’t wait to see what I decide to pair it with next!

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Enjoy the looks and don’t forget—you can always keep up with me Here & Here. Be blessed!

~Whitney

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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. :-D

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.

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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??) :-D

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

~Whitney

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My Summer Faves

Hello and happy Friday! Today’s post is all about inspiring YOU to try some fun summer looks, created by yours truly. I’ve done many Polyvore looks in the past and I must admit that I LOVE creating looks using their site. It’s super easy and inspirational (in the fashion sense). So today I wanted to share a few looks that I’m loving lately, as well as share some Summer items that you can purchase from my online shop! I also want to show you a few hairstyles that are perfect for this season. So, let’s get started!

Collage #1 is all about flowy, pretty dresses, printed and solid. During the warm months, I’m all about less clothing so throwing on a pretty sundress or maxi is a perfect solution. While my #1 choice is to shop at thrift stores, I do browse through Macy’s here and there and depending on their sales, I’ll purchase a good number of items. Their Plus Size or Women’s Section can be on point when there’s a good sale; especially their dress section. Check out the collage and see my 4 faves from Macy’s Plus Size Section.

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Collage #2 shows a few of my favorite items from my shop, Nic’s Picks. I LOVE colors and patterns for this season so when hunting for the next best item to add to my shop, I’m sure to look for colorful and unique “picks”. Although my items may be different, they’re still very practical and wearable pieces. Take a look at the items below and I’m sure you’ll agree. ;-)

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**Green shoes are no longer available**

Lastly, let’s look at some fun Summer hairstyles that I’ve been swooning over lately in Collage #3. As you may know, I’m wearing Kinky Twists now and I really LOVE this style. When it’s warm out, I love my hair in braids and I love seeing other ladies wearing braids as well. I also like natural hairstyles and weaves/wigs in the Summer. For some reason, summertime makes me feel a little bit more free. Anyone else feel that way?

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Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my Summer Faves and I hope that you’ve been inspired in some way by this post. For my curvy girls out there, don’t forget Macy’s when your looking for the perfect Summer dress. If you’re looking for unique vintage, hop on over to Nic’s Picks. And if you want to give your hair a rest for the summer  and rock a braided or natural hairdo, don’t forget my Summer Hair collage. Enjoy, be blessed and have a wonderful weekend!

~Whitney

Something Blue

I can’t believe the weekend is over! Where does the time go?! Mmmm….anyway, today’s look is a dress by International Concepts.  Macy’s sells a lot of dresses by this company/designer. The dresses are always perfect for my figure and the patterns are so vibrant and flattering.

This is a great look for church, date night, or a special occasion. Because of the dress pattern, I didn’t go too overboard with the jewelry. At least I think I didn’t, haha! ;-) I was going for a well put together look and a dash of sexy. Hence the reason I wore my cute ankle booties. I just love the way they look when I style them with shorter dresses. In the past I didn’t like ankle booties because I couldn’t find a pair to fit my fat feet, LOL! Now that I have found these thrifted beauties, I seem to wear them with just about anything!

I hope you all had a great weekend and I hope you were able to take advantage of my 15% off sale over at my Etsy shop, Nic’s Picks. In case you missed it, I’m extending the sale until TONIGHT! You have until midnight to use the code ‘SNOWDAY‘ at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase. Hurry and click HERE. I’ve added a lot of GREAT items! Be blessed & take care!

~Whitney

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Dress: Macy’s (International Concepts)

Booties: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue

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Necklace: Bakers or Macys, LOL!

Watch: Charming Charlie

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Ring: Purchased in Greecesilver2

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