The Best of 2014 Personal Style Edition | What I’ve Learned About Personal Style

Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend was such a great one. Not only was I able to spend some QT with hubby, but we also got a lot of things done around the house. It’s that time of the year when I start cleaning out closets, drawers and everything in between. So, we did a little bit of that on Saturday and Sunday. By next weekend, we should be done….I hope. ;-)

Today’s post is a recap of my favorite outfits from my Personal Style Monday posts. I started this linkup as a way to express my personal style and of course, I wanted to give you all a chance to do the same. I started out by having just 8 or so links for months and now I have 30+ linkups almost each week. I LOVE it and I thank you all for linking up and sharing my links each week. Check out some of my favorite Personal Style Moments of 2014, as well as some things I’ve learned about my personal style along the way.

Clearly I embraced my curves, wore a lot of dresses, and had no problem showing a little bit of skin earlier this year. I enjoyed experimenting with different looks, hairstyles and trends; all while staying true my personal style. I feel like my style has grown, yet has remained simple with a touch of uniqueness that only I can bring. I’ve “found myself” as far as personal style goes, and I’ve pushed my limits when it comes to what I will and won’t wear. Daring to bare my legs in certain outfits, like the black Jessica Simpson dress (above), was liberating and wearing shoes other than flats and sandals was huge for me.

I enjoyed wearing a bit more color this year and I wasn’t afraid to go bold with my outfits. I also learned the importance of knowing your body type. I know what looks good on me and what works for my body; 2 very important things to know when figuring out where to go with your personal style. Something else that’s important to learn while curating your personal style? Trying different things with makeup. For me this was tedious task, but I must admit that it was fun. Weather it was a lip color or a bit of mascara, I took myself to another level in terms of my day to day beauty routine. From makeup to skin care, I’ve re-learned the importance of taking care of my skin as well.

One of my favorite personal style posts this year involved statement jewelry. It was fun sharing my favorite pieces with you! Wearing statement pieces this year saved a lot of my outfits form being boring and blah. It was rather enjoyable styling different pieces and my collection has grown a lot since I published that post. I’d planned to do a separate post on how to shop for statement pieces on eBay, but I didn’t get around to it. No worries; it’s on the top of my to-blog-about list for the new year.

Of course I’ve stayed true to my love for thrifting. Showcasing different outfits with several of my thrifted purchases has been a personal style highlight. I’ve been able to influence others to try thrifting, as well as teach people how to successfully thrift for certain items. Thrifting is a huge part of my personal style and it will continue to be…forever. From thrifted accessories to sweater coats, I’ve had fun showing how to stay on trend without breaking the bank.


 So tell me, what did you learn about your personal style this year? Are there any your favorite personal style look from 2014 above? Let me know!  

Since this is the last of my Personal Style posts of 2014, I’ve decided to leave today’s linkup open until the last day of the month. Feel free to post as many looks as you’d like from now until then. Thank you all SO much for linking up with me and I look forward to seeing your outfits in the new year. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style Monday | November Style Recap

Happy Monday and happy December 1st! I know I’ve said this before, but it seems like this year has gone by super fast! We’ve made it to the last month of the year and I’m still in awe at how quickly the other months have passed us by. Nonetheless, I’m excited and ready to see what December has in store!

Today’s post is a brief personal style recap of my favorite outfits from November. I shared a lot of great looks, if I do say so myself, but my top 3 are those listed below.

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Plus Size Sweater Coat (Original Post)

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Sneakers & Skirts (Original Post)

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Sweatshirts & Heels (Original Post)

I tried my hand at a few fall trends last month. From sneakers and heels to the sporty trend (sweatshirt OOTD), I had fun expanding my wardrobe. As I continue to have fun with my personal style, I just may take a stab at a few more trends this month. I just might repeat a few too. Ya never know! ;-)


So tell me, what’s your favorite look from November? 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. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

P.S. Congrats, Daphnee! You were my favorite style linkup from last week. LOVE the gingham and leopard print mix! 


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Personal Style Monday | October Style Recap

Hello there! As I sit here typing away, I cannot believe I’m sharing my October Style Recap. Like, where did the month go?! Before you know it, we’ll be in full swing of the holiday season. Crazy, right? Well for now, let’s take at my October Style roundup. Style-wise, this month was a lot of fun for me. I was able to concentrate on a lot of work wear looks, as well as introduce a bit of color to my wardrobe. ;-)

I was also excited to incorporate a lot of thrifted items in my OOTD options. As a matter of fact, I counted (at least) 6 thrifted itmes worn during the month’s OOTD looks. Check it out:

1. Tan Tote Bag

2. Men’s Sweater 

3. Black and Silver Cross

4. Orange and Purple Ombre Tunic/Dress

5. Green Oversized Sweater 

6. Long Gold Chain Necklace 

I normally highlight my thrifted goodies on Thursday’s, but I was so excited that I had to share them today. In looking at my October Style choices, you can see that thrifting items and adding them to your everyday work wardrobe is very simple. Thanks to thrifting, I was able to wear some fall trends, while still being budget conscious. #WINNING

Speaking of fall trends, take a look at my Personal Style favorite from last week. Ariel, the cute and fashion-forward blogger behind Auteur Ariel, linked up this OOTD below. I love how she (casually) styled her leather jacket and graphic t-shirt. The cat ears (headband) was a darling addition, don’t you think? I think Ariel nailed this look and although she’s right on trend with her look, it’s not too overdone. Bravo, Ariel! :-)

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So tell me, which October Style OOTD was your favorite? 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. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style Monday | Simple OOTD + an ASOS Giveaway

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty low key. The highlight was spending  Saturday afternoon and evening with my little sis. She and I went to the movies to see The Maze Runner and to my surprise, I really enjoyed the movie! The story line was well put together and easy to follow, and the movie kept my attention the entire time.  I’m actually looking forward to the sequel! Lil sis ended up spending the night with us – hubby and I decided to give my parents a break for a night, lol. With my grandmother away on vacation, I’m sure they enjoyed the house to themselves.

Jumping into today’s OOTD, I want to share a quick look at one of my “go to” outfits when I’m trying to be simple and no-fuss. It’s no secret that I love a good black and white combo and of course, I love my black leggings/pants. So this look is very true to my personal style. I kept it simple with a lightweight graphic t-shirt and paired it with my black pants and comfy flats. Lately, I’ve been living in these flats. Not only are they comfy, but I love the fun print.

Simple OOTD

Tee Shirt: Bobeau, Nordstrom (Same) // Pants: Marshall’s (Similar) // Flats: Sam Edelman, Lord & Taylor (Same) // Sunnies: Target // Earrings: Gifted

Plus Size Casual Outfit

I’m all about simple this season. While I do plan to incorporate prints and bold statement pieces to my fall wardrobe, my goal is to keep my outfits as simple as possible. I really think the simple and minimal look will work for me this fall. I have a calendar full of events this season and my goal is to dress as comfortable, stylish and simple as possible. The less I have to worry about clothes the better, lol! Don’t get me wrong – I will still be fashionable with my OOTD choices. I just want to take a different approach when it comes to my personal style.

Black and White OOTD


 So tell me, what’s your style going to be like this fall? Are you into simple and minimal too? Let me know! 

Speaking of simple and stylish, check out this AWESOME giveaway that I’m apart of. It’s a great opportunity for you to spruce up your fall wardrobe. One more thing – 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. Have a wonderful day…be blessed and be safe! 


HAPPY MONDAY!

We have officially entered into the fall season!
To welcome the fall season, the change of colors, and the great fashion,  I’ve teamed up with 25 other bloggers to bring you a chance to win $340 to ASOS for your fall must haves!
What can you get with all that cash?
Here are some things from ASOS that could definitely spruce up this year’s fall wardrobe :)
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Now that you’ve taken a look at my ASOS favorites for fall, enter the rafflecopter below for your chance at winning this awesome giveaway! Plus, don’t forget to check out these other lovely bloggers!

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Personal Style Monday – More Summer Wardrobe Remixing

Happy Monday…and happy August! From the title, you can see today’s post is about (more) summer wardrobe remixing. I decided to give remixing another try with this colorful thrifted blouse/tunic. The 1st time I wore it was with shorts and sandals. Over the weekend, I decided to style it with a pair of denim and flats. Both looks, considered casual in my book, are extremely comfortable and perfect for summertime. I wore this outfit while running a few errands with the hubby, and actually ended up wearing it to work today. We’re able to dress down at the office during the summer, so this outfit seemed perfect.

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Tunic: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Denim: Roz & Ali, Dress Barn (Same Brand)// Flats: Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack

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The whole idea of summer wardrobe remixing or wardrobe remixing in general isn’t a new one, but it’s something I’ve been adamant about this season. I really wanted to focus on wearing what was already in my closet. To my surprise, it’s been easier than I thought. I’ve been able to remix and rework a lot of my wardrobe items, which has saved a lot of money and time.

I have however purchased a few new accessories, which I think is smart when trying to remix certain wardrobe pieces. I mean think about it - you can wear the same black dress 3 or 4 times, but with new accessories, jewelry and shoes you have a totally different outfit. It’s all in the details. That’s what I did with this look; I changed up the jewelry, shoes (and pants) and bam! Another fashion forward and stylish OOTD! ;-)

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Bracelet: Purchased While on Vacation // Watch & Earrings: Thrifted

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Summer Wardrobe Remixing

Speaking of new accessories, check out my favorite link from last weeks linkup! LV of Food, Fashion & Flow is rocking her green Micheal Kors bag, gifted to her by her darling son for Mother’s Day. How adorable?! I love the bag and I’m sure LV plans to mix and match it with different looks year round. I’m also a huge fan of her animal print heels and crisp button down top; all of those items are perfect staples for a successful summer wardrobe remixing party! ;-)


So tell me, which look is your fave; the tunic with the shorts or with the denim pants? 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! 

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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!

Summer Plans

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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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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vintage-necklace

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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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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