Fall Style | Repeat Outfit + Maximizing My Wardrobe

As of late, my fall style has really been easy peasy! I credit that to my (firm) decision to maximize my wardrobe to its fullest potential. The fact that I remembered I had this black cardigan in my closet has opened up my fall style options even more. Cardigans are the perfect wardrobe addition to help maximize any wardrobe. With this look I decided to add sneakers instead of heels; I was going for a dress down look without being too casual or too dressy.

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Cardigan: Gifted // Sweater: Lane Bryant Outlet // Skirt: I.N.C., Macy’s// Tights: HANES HOSIERY

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Once I made the decision to add my comfy Pumas to this look, everything else effortlessly came together. The hoop earrings and thrifted clutch were a must and the sunnies, well…I kind of think they make me look pretty cool, right? ;-) Truth be told, I wore this outfit for a casual dinner the same day I wore this outfit with heels (and different jewelry). In my mind, it’s the perfect mix of comfort and cute. Swapping out heels for sneakers and adding the cardigan gives the outfit the right amount of casual without looking sloppy because let’s be honest, sometimes adding sneakers with dresses or skirts can be tricky.

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Sneakers: Puma, DSW (Same) // Clutch: Goodwill // Sunnies: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack

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This outfit can also fit into the sporty fall trend. Granted, I’m not wearing a stylish jersey or track pants, but I am wearing sneakers with a more dressy ensemble. That counts! :-) It’s funny – you never know the potential of an outfit until you start trying different style options. That said, I’ve already come up with several ways to re-style this skirt, cardigan and “LOVE” shirt with other pieces in my wardrobe. Let the fall style maximizing continue!

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 So tell me, which look is your favorite? How have you been with restyling and maximizing your fall wardrobe? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading and as always, thanks for commenting. Before I go, I just want to remind you that I have a bi-weekley newsletter and the latest issue is coming out today! If you’d like to join the email list, sign up here. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO! 

P.S. Don’t forget to link your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup HERE


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Wardrobe Wednesday | Wearing Tights with Black and White

Are you a fan of wearing tights? I haven’t always been too keen on the idea of wearing tights (or pantyhose) myself. I laugh when I think about it because my grandmother is a stickler for both, especially when attending church. Now that I’m older and can “dress myself”, I actually gravitate towards tights when it gets to be a little chilly outside. Needless to say, my grandma is pleased with this gravitation. ;-) Nowadays, I think of tights as a thin pair of leggings, and we all know how I feel about leggings; I LOVE THEM!

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Sweater: Lane Bryant Outlet // Skirt: I.N.C., Macy’s // Heels: Lane Bryant // Tights: Hanes Hosiery

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As a plus size shopper, I usually stick to the Spanx brand of tights, but I recently tried a pair of  Hanes Hosiery tights. To my surprise, I was very pleased. I went for the largest size which is IJ and I was very happy with the fit.  This black and white ensemble is very comfortable and easy to wear. It’s the kind of outfit I’d wear to work and then go straight to dinner with my girls afterwards. I can also foresee this outfit being perfect for an evening out with the hubby or an evening blogging event in DC as well. Wearing dressy flats, boots/booties, or even (the right pair of) sneakers is doable for this OOTD. I actually have another way to wear this look coming Friday – stay tuned! :-)

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Necklace: JCP // Watch: Charming Charlie // Beaded Bracelet: Gifted // Nails: Sally Hansen Insta Dri (Pink Blink)

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 So tell me, what are your thoughts on wearing tights this season? Are you a fan? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and as always, thanks for commenting. You’re words and support here on WNJ, as well as social media, have really been heartwarming lately. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the love.

One more thing – I’m wearing this pink color on my nails as a part of Simply Chic’s Breast Cancer Awareness efforts. Since I started blogging, I’ve loved her blog and I’m thankful to her for showing much support with all my endeavors throughout the years. Read more about her Breast Cancer Awareness story here. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to link your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup HERE

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*I was given a pair of tights by Hanes Hosiery to review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.*

Personal Style Monday | Wearing Black and White to Work

Welcome to another Monday, friends! I’m coming down from another wonderful weekend.  My Saturday and Sunday were pretty full, but I was able to spend most of the hours with some of my favorite people. :-) Having great weekends always prepares me for a great work week. Speaking of the work week, today I’m showing a bit of my fall work style. The look is all about Wearing Black and White to Work. 

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White Button Down: Foxcroft, Nordstrom (Same) // Black Pants: I.N.C. (Another Option)// Heels: Kenneth Cole, DSW (Similar)

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This classic black and white  ensemble is the perfect work-wear outfit for me. It’s chic and easy to function in. The button down requires no ironing, which is quite a time-saver for an on-the-go person like me. I opted to wear a black bodysuit underneath the shirt because it gaped a little in the bust area when I tried to button it. Like Tim Gunn says, “make it work.” ;-) Although I’m wearing heels with this outfit, the heels are just the right height. Adding the metallic heels adds a trendy element to the outfit – I like that aspect.

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Cross Necklace: Thrifted // Bracelet: Monet, Macy’s // Watch: Charming Charlie

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Last week on Personal Style Monday, Adrienne of Sweenee Style  styled a white button down shirt too! I love the flared bottom – so ladylike. I like how Adrienne styled the top with denim, and those accessories are the perfect touch. Her outfit is very fun, fashion forward and cute. A+, my stylish friend! ;-)

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So tell me, what do you think about my take on wearing black and white to work? Are you a fan of  white button down shirts? Let me know! 

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. One more thing – this outfit is apart of the FabEllis #FabWerkWear challenge. Be sure to check out this October challenge/linkup as well. 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!

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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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Personal Style Monday | On Trend Wearing Sneakers and Dresses

Happy Monday and happy June! Yes…it’s June already. I still can’t believe it. As quick as June came, I can’t say I’m not happy. I’m really ready for some warm weather, swimming, trips to the beach and cookouts. :-) Speaking of summertime excitement, I’m also excited to try out some summer trends like the one I’m wearing in today’s OOTD – sneakers and dresses.

Lately I’ve noticed the sneakers and dresses trend emerging. While I’m no stranger to this trend, I haven’t actually worn sneakers and dresses in a while. My favorite way to do so is when I’m wearing converses. Something about converses and a maxi dress make me feel ultra chic and relaxed. With today’s look I wanted to try something a bit more fun so, I paired this colorful skater dress with my new Puma’s. This look is 1 of 3 ways I plan to wear the dress this week on the blog. 

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Now you may be asking, where would I wear something like this? Well I can think of 4 occasions where the sneakers and dresses trend works; (1) a cute dinner & movie date, (2) an outdoor summer concert, (3) a family/friends summer cookout, and (4) a day of sightseeing while on summer vacation. 

This trend can work for any and everyone. If you don’t want to wear a short dress like this one, try this trend with a maxi skirt. I LOVE how image and style consultant Tieko wears her sneakers with maxi skirts. I actually featured her lok on the blog back in January. Wearing sneakers with midi dresses is also an option. Folake, the always stylish blogger behind Style Pantry, styles this trend effortlessly.

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Dress: Elementz, Macy’s (Similar) // Sneakers: Men’s Pumas, DSW (Same) // Handbag: Bakers (Old) // Sunnies: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Name Necklace: oNecklace // Blue Stone Necklace: Thrifted ($1.50) // Earrings: Thrifted (Similar)

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I had A LOT of fun with this look and although it maybe a lot going on with the outfit, I love it! I’m all about pattern play and mixing an matching. Yes, there are certain “rules” I like to follow when wearing patterns and prints, but this look is the perfect example of how to mix prints in a fun and personal way. I stayed true to my personal style, had fun, and managed to look rather cute doing so, if I do say so my self. ;-) When it comes down to it, have fun while exploring your personal style. Take a chance every now and then.

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Speaking of having fun with your personal style, take a look at Brittany’s fun and stylish OOTD from last weeks linkup. From the head scarf to the tank top to the acid wash skirt, she’s definitely knows how to have fun with her style! Brittany wore this look to an outdoor event and I think it was the perfect choice, especially since she was surrounded by other bloggers during the event. Go Brittany! :-)


So what’s your take on the sneakers and dresses trend? Have you tried it before? 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.

Thanks for participating and as always, thanks for reading. Don’t forget, I’ll be styling this same dress 2 more times this week on the blog. At the end of the week, you’ll be able to vote for your favorite look! :-) Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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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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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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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!

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