Summer Plans for the Blog

Summer plans are always the best! Aside from traveling and enjoying cookout food, I also enjoy learning/trying new things. So it’s only right that I incorporate “something new” here on the blog, right?! ;-) Before I jump into my summer plans for WNJ, take a look at 3 of my favorite looks from June.

It looks like I was channeling a bit of a summer vacation vibe with the colorful prints, a relaxed denim look and a strapless maxi skirt turned dress.

In keeping with the summer vacation vibe, I’m excited to announce that starting tomorrow, July 1st (through September 1st) I’ll be starting my summer blogging series, Summer with Nic! Take a look below to see what you can look forward to for the 1st part of the series in July!

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1. Blogger Features. I’m SO excited to share some style and inspirational interviews with you all. I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite beauty and (personal) style bloggers for this and it’s going to be GREAT! You can look forward to their beauty, style and wardrobe tips, along with their inspiring blogging stories and words of wisdom. These bloggers have inspired me in some way since I started blogging. To introduce and re-introduce them to you will be quite a treat!

2. Style Challenges. As you can probably see, I’m all about maximizing my wardrobe this summer. So for the month of July, I plan to complete my 1st style challenge by sharing (another) Same Dress Many Ways challenge.

3. Nic’s Picks Collaboration(s). Last month, I did a photo shoot for my online shop and this month I plan to share the photos here on the blog! I also plan to talk about how to effectively style vintage pieces for the summer (and fall).


So tell me, what do you have planned for your blog this summer? Also, what are your vacation plans for the summer – going anywhere special? Let me know!

I hope you all are excited as I am about my #summerwithnic series. I’ll still sharing other style and outfit tips with you, as well as inspirational posts and giveaways. Oh and no worries – Personal Style Monday will still be going on as well. ;-)

That being said, 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! 

P.S. Check out my personal style pick below from last weeks linkup! 

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My Personal Style Pick from The Week of June 23rd – Cheryl of Oh to Be a Muse

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Linkups: How I Summer, Funday Monday, Mix it Monday’s, Stylish Tuesday, Style Sessions, Random WednesdayMidweek Muse, I Feel Pretty, Let Your Light Shine, Working Girl Style

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!

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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.

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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! :-)

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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! 

P.S. Feel free to grab a button and let people know you’re a regular here at Personal Style Monday! Thanks in advance. :-)

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Linkups: Manic Monday, How I Summer, Funday Monday, Mix it Monday, Monday Morning, Visible Monday, Stylish Tuesday, Style Sessions, Thrifters Anyonomus, Random Wednesday, WIW, GYPO, Look What I Got, 101 Things I Love, I Would So Rock This

Personal Style Linkup – May Style Wrap Up

Happy Monday, friends! This weekend was SUPER busy for me, but I must say that it was a productive one. The highlight of my weekend was my Nic’s Picks photo shoot! :-)  My Dream Team and I worked pretty much all day and the end result will be fabulous! If you want to take a look at some behind the scenes photos, check out my Instagram page. We had A LOT of fun and I can’t wait to share the finished product with you all.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of my favorite looks from May. Looks like print was the name of the game for May, lol! I’m happy to see that I branched out a bit and wore heels quite a few times. Thank goodness the weather warmed up because as you can see from my picks, I’ve been dying to bare my legs. ;-)

 

I also wanted to highlight a few of my favorite Personal Style Linkup outfits from last month. These ladies all have a different sense of style and I LOVE it! Each of their looks has a certain item or element that caught my eye. And just a side note, I’d like to request each of their outfits in my size, please and thank you! ;-) Let’s take a look! 


So tell me, what were some of your favorite looks from last month? What about my Personal Style picks  -pretty fab, huh?! 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! 

P.S. Feel free to grab a button and let people know you’re a regular here at Personal Style Monday! Thanks in advance. ;-)

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Linkups: Manic Monday, Fun Day Monday, Mix it Monday, How I Summer, Little Miss Fashion, Watch What I’m Wearing, Style Sessions, Mama And More, Stylish Tuesday, Random Wednesday, WIW, Spotlight Weekly

Personal Style Monday – What to Wear to Work

Another week means another Personal Style Monday linkup! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend. Mine wasn’t that busy. There were  no events, no pressing deadlines…it was really nice. I was actually able to plan and lay out my outfits for the upcoming work week. I mean how many Monday’s, or days in general, do you wake up wondering “what to wear to work?” I do all too often. So planning ahead this weekend was a dream come true! Take a look at 5 items on my What to Wear to Work List and you’ll see why this outfit is work-wear appropriate

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1. A Pair of Black Slacks. These pants are SO comfortable, thanks to the expandable waist and the stretch material. I usually wear them twice a week – usually Monday and Thursday (after I properly Fabreeze and throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet). But the most important reason these pants are work-wear perfect is because they’re machine washable. 

2. Cardigan, Blazer or Lightweight Jacket. Depending on your work environment, the temperatures vary. In my office, I sometimes get a bit chilly so I usually carry or wear a lightweight jacket or cardigan. Another thing you can do is leave a cardigan at work. I keep forgetting to do that, lol.

3. Sensible Heels. For me, kitten heels and comfortable flats are  work wear essentials. I love a good heel and a nice wedge but while at work, I choose to be stylish and sensible.

4. Minimal Jewelry. As a jewelry lover, wearing minimal jewelry can be challenging. I LOVE showing off and wearing great pieces and piling on bracelets and rings. But for work, I stick to simple pieces – studs, medium size hoops, a watch and one (or two) bracelets. Sometimes I’ll add a ring or a necklace but nothing too gaudy.

5. A Medium or Large Size Handbag (or Tote). When I’m not carrying my work bag, I opt for a larger purse. There are days when I carry papers or folders home from work. Having a something to carry it all in, that also fits my wallet and cosmetic bag inside, is important.

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Top: Gifted (old)// Slacks: Macy’s (I.N.C)// Kitten Heels: Nine West// Purse: Gifted (Arcida)// Denim Jacket: Gifted // Jewelry: Thrifted

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Speaking of “What to Wear to Work“, check out one of my favorite looks from last weeks linkup! I really love Cookie’s look – her jumpsuit is fantastic and the floral blazer was a perfect touch! This effortless look is also perfect for springtime!  Be sure to stop by her blog, Takei Inspirations, and say hi! 

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So tell me – what are some items on your “What to Wear to Work” list? Does your 9-5 call for pumps, flats or sensible heels? Let me know!

That’s all for now! Until tomorrow, be blessed & be safe…XO!

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*Linkups: A Beautiful YouManic Monday, Mix it Monday, Funday Monday, Trend Spin Linkup & Sunday Style**

Februrary’s Personal Style Recap

Hello and happy Personal Style Monday! I’m coming down from a very busy and exciting pageant weekend. Yes, pageant season is in full swing and this weekend I was honored to severe as one of the judges for the International Junior Miss Maryland, DC & Virginia sate pageant. Getting to know several beautiful, motivated and intelligent young ladies was such a treat! I also had the chance to reconnect with some of my pageant family, as well as get to know many new faces. My family was there too so all in all, is was a very enjoyable weekend!

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Moving onto today’s post, I wanted to do a brief recap of my February outfits. Needless to say, the weather has been stuck on freezing for several weeks so I wasn’t able to snap or post as many looks as I planned. However, I did enjoy the looks I did share!

I stepped outside of the box when I wore my sheer maxi skirt and I absolutely LOVED that I went for it! The skirt has become one of my favorite wardrobe pieces – there are so many ways I can wear it, while showcasing my personal style. I also enjoyed wearing a little color this month. Form the thrifted red pants  to the blue thrifted Janet Jackson inspired jacket, color was indeed present!

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Of course I had to bring out the thrifted cape and show off my thrifted menswear stlye. I also stayed true to my casual and chic personal style when I dressed for the snowy weather. My thrifty grey ensemble kept me warm and stylish! ;-)

So tell me, what was your favorite look from February? Were you a fan of the sheer skirt or the thrifted menswear? Let me know! 

Also, don’t forget to linkup your outfits below - I enjoy checking out your personal style! All I ask is that you link your outfit back to this post and don’t forget to visit other bloggers too!
Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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February’s Personal Style Roundup

 **Linkups: Sunday Style, Stylish Tuesday, Style Sessions & Thrifters Anonymous**

Personal Style Monday – Snow Day OOTD

Happy Monday! I’m still getting over all the snow we got here in (Howard County) Maryland. I think the total accumulation was somewhere around 15-17 inches or so. While it was pretty to look at, it was no fun shoveling and digging out our cars. LOL! But we got it done – fingers crossed that’s the last of the snow for the season!

As you can probably imagine, I didn’t wear my most fashionable threads during the snow days. I did however wear this outfit right before the heavy snow came – this is my version of a (pre) snow day OOTD. ;-) Not 100% prepared, I didn’t have any boots so the thrifted flats had to do, lol!

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Beanie: Dollar Store// Scarf: Gifted// Coat: Simply Be// Denim: Thrifted// Flats: Thrifted// Men’s Sweatshirt: Thrifted// Purse: Bakers (old)// Necklace: Thrifted// Ring: Purchased in Greece

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Despite the snow, I was still able to enjoy my Valentine’s Day with the hubby. We went to the movies, lunch and shopped a bit – nothing too big. The movie we decided to go see was About Last Night. Can you say, hilarious?! Kevin Hart and Regina Hall were the perfect funny duo while Micheal Ealy and Joy Bryant were the perfect sweet balance. Overall the movie had a good message and provided a nice hearty dose of humor. If you haven’t seen it, you should make that your next movie choice.

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So, did you get any snow in your area? What did you wear this weekend? Did you wear a snow day OOTD too? Let me know and be sure to link up your latest outfits below – I want to see your personal style! Don’t forget to link your outfit back to this post and feel free to visit the others who linked up too! 

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Be blessed & stay safe…XO!

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**Linkups: Manic Monday, Style SessionsSunday Style Linkup, Stylish TuesdayStyle Elixir, Get Your Pretty On & Mix it Monday**

Wardrobe Wednesdays – Fancy Sweaters, Combat Boots & Maxi Skirts

Today’s post is the first installment of Wardrobe Wednesdays. No worries – I still plan to host my Personal Style Linkups. Instead of Wednesdays, the linkups will now be on Mondays. So get your outfits ready because I want to see linking up next Monday! :-)

So let’s get into today’s post. Over the holiday break, I was busy cleaning my closets and drawers and began editing my wardrobe. After my thrifting tour, I was convinced that I had all the items I needed in my closet. Well, I was almost right. Going through my clothes, I began to notice that I had more items than I did outfits. Have you ever felt like that? You’ve got all these items of clothing and nothing goes together, or your missing that one item complete a look?

Well this experience helped me make a decision to turn my focus back to outfit (wardrobe) essentials, rather than wardrobe items.  To me, there’s a difference. Wardrobe essentials are what you need on a daily basis to complete your outfit. Depending on your lifestyle, this may differ. Wardrobe items are just that – items that you like but may not be necessary in order to create a cohesive wardrobe. That being said, I turned to Polyvore and social media for some inspiration and the 1st outfit below includes 3 wardrobe essentials I believe I should have in my closet: (1) blue skinnies, (2) black boots and (3) a (few) fancy sweater(s).

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Those items are key to any great outfit. Thankfully, I have the blue skinnies and a few fancy sweaters/tops, thanks to thrifting. I don’t have any booties, combat boots or OTK boots. Crazy, I know. But I’m constantly developing my personal style so, there’s room and time for me to grow and add certain items to my closet. The outfit above is something I’d wear for sure! The sweat has just the right amount of print/pattern and those boots…I LOVE!

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Moving onto the 2nd look. This outfit was inspired by image and style consultant, Tieko Nejon. When I saw the outfit on her Facebook page, I stopped in my tracks. I absolutely love the fact that she styled her maxi dress with a pair of Puma sneakers – genius! I also love the grandiose jewelry she added to the look – another style genius move.

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*click HERE for more info on Tieko*

As you can probably tell, I’m a flats girl and I used to wear a lot of sneakers. Every Spring and Summer I vow to wear them more. I haven’t lived up to that but seeing Tieko’s outfit and putting this Polyvore look together has me inspired to get my sneaker game up. And to wear a cute or embellished pair with a maxi skirt makes the look so much cooler!  This leads me to my last two wardrobe essentials: (1) cute sneakers and (2) a maxi casual maxi skirt. 

20140108-122117.jpgAll in all, I’m glad I figured out my wardrobe “issue”. I think we all have those moments where we think we have all the right clothes but it takes a thorough closet clean-out to really determine which wardrobe essentials we’re missing for our lifestyles. There are certain outfits that I swoon over and love but I’m smart enough to know that for my lifestyle and personal style, it’s not for me.

I’ve done several posts (HERE and HERE) about wardrobe staples and closet must haves and while I’ve followed my own advice, sometimes a good refresher is helpful. Have you ever had a wardrobe issue? Are there any wardrobe essentials that you think you’re missing? Do you have more “items” than outfits in your closet? Let me know! Be blessed…XO!

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**Linkups: Wednesday Style Connection**

The 8th Day of “Thriftmas” – Red and Leopard Print

The 8th Day of “Thriftmas” is here and I’m excited to share some more of my purchases from my thrifting tour! I put this look together and thought, how perfect would this look be for a holiday party? I mean the red pants scream festive and the pops of gold really add something special to the outfit. Of course, adding leopard is always a necessary. ;-)  There’s nothing like a great red and leopard print OOTD this time of year  right? :-) All in all, this look shows off my personal style from head to toe!

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Top: Thrifted, $3.00 (B-Thrifty in Woodbridge, VA)// Pants: Jones NY, $5.00 (B-thrifty in Woodbridge, VA)// Coat: Andrea Marin, $6.45 (2nd Avenue in Columbia, MD)// Necklace: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Purse: Vintage, Nic’s Picks

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When I saw these pants at the B-thrifty  in Virginia, I squealed! After a weeks and months of looking for the perfect red pair of colorful pants, it was a relief to find these Jones New York pair hanging on the rack. I snagged them for $5.00 – sweet deal! I was also due for a new leopard print blouse. The one I usually wear has been through the wire and the wash one too many times. So this $3.00 blouse was the perfect replacement. Let the hubby tell it, I don’t need another thing that’s animal print. ;-) But I knew I wanted to wear a red and leopard print outfit this season so, I had to get the blouse.

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When it comes to the black velvet coat, I splurged and paid about $7 for it, lol. ;-) It’s a lightweight coat with one button and it’s suitable for someone like me who doesn’t always like to wear heavy outwear. Even when it’s blistering cold out, the thought of bulky and puff coats makes me sweat. This velvet number puts my mind at ease. I can slide it on, add a scarf and keep it moving.

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I’ve had the necklace for awhile now so I added it to this outfit because I thought it complimented the purse well. This purse has been in my collection for sometime and I even thought about adding it to my shop. But something told me to hold on to it just a little longer. Glad I did. ;-)

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Needless to say, I love all the garments I purchased! Each item is an investment piece and that’s something I focused on while on the thrifting around. Do you have any favorite items from this look? Are you into the red, festive pants? What about red and leopard print – are you a fan of that combo? Let me know! And don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking up below. All I ask is that you link your post back to this one, or add the badge to whichever post(s) you linkup.  There’s no limit to how many outfits you can link so, show me what you got! TTYS….XO!

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**Linkups: Style Elixir , Wardrobe Weds, I Feel PrettyThrifters Anonymous, Weds Style Connection, Share in Style, Trend SpinWIW**