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.) // 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)

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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Self Care | Why Taking a Break from Blogging Is Good for You and Your Readers

Hey there! I missed you all for yesterday’s Personal Style Monday. I found myself checking my site to see who’d linked up, what they were wearing, and there was nothing there! So why didn’t I post yesterday? Glad you asked. I honestly didn’t feel like it. There, I said it. I had an outfit post and content ready to go, but something in me just wasn’t feeling it. I was feeling the outfit because I looked fly, lol…but I didn’t feel like the editing and sharing part.

That was a wake up call for me. This summer I’ve been providing stylish outfits, personal style tips, inspiring features, and I’ve LOVED every moment/post! However, I’ve been so adamant about feeding my readers great content that I neglected myself. No bueno. In a nutshell, it’s time for Whitney to hit the pause button and regroup. 

self care

Hitting the pause button has been something I’ve thought about and talked about with my husband and family for a few weeks. For some reason, I kept convincing myself that I’d wait until “next week” or “next month”. After all, I’ve worked so hard to remain consistent throughout the summer and I’ve really been trying to define and grow my brand. So taking a break from all this just didn’t seem right. However after attending Blogalicious this past weekend, I realized that taking a break can actually be beneficial, for me and you (my readers).

Self care is crucial for a happy and healthy life. It’s also a main ingredient to success. Regrouping, rejuvenating and relaxing is a good thing! It allows your mind to rest and reset itself. If done correctly, taking a break from blogging (or any other job/occupation) helps refuel your mind and re-energize your body. When you hit the play button and get back in the game, you’re ready to share SO MUCH MORE amazing and useful content with your readers. And that’s what I intend to do, starting Monday….lol.

Importance of Self Care

I learned SO much over the weekend, as well as throughout the summer. I now need time to sit with and sift through those lessons, tips and ideas and figure out how to implement them when I return. I’m already excited because I have so much helpful content and activities planned for WNJ and #FearlessWomanIam. But I must make self-care a priority in order to continue serving my readers and potential clients. 

I plan to finish out the week with a few post, then starting Monday I will officially push pause on the blog. I will return on October 5th with a new Personal Style Linkup and I’ve got much more in store! In the meantime, I invite you to join me on my new Instagram page, as well as sign up for my newsletter. I’ll be updating and sending out information through both outlets this week, as well as when I return.

So tell me, what do you think about taking blog breaks or breaks in general? Have you been making self care a priority? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and following. I truly appreciate the support here on WNJ, through social media, and even through the emails. It’s such a blessing and helps get me through those “blah” days. I’ll be back tomorrow so until then, stay blessed and be safe…XO!


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Style | The Perfect Lounging Outfit

This weekend was a bit hectic because hubs and I are in the process of packing to move to our new place next Saturday. While packing can be very overwhelming, I was thankful my family came over to lend a hand. Because of their help, I know the rest of the process this week will be a breeze! With all the packing and whatnot I really needed a brief change of scenery. Thankfully, hubs was able to whisk me off to The Mayflower Hotel in D.C. for a relaxing overnight stay, which happen to be my post-birthday treat. I was thrilled; anytime I can throw on a lounging outfit and relax for a bit, I’m down! 

Lounging Outfit

OOTD Lounging Outfit

Moo-Moo – Thrifted // Earrings: H&M

Weekend Lounge Outfit
I made sure I packed my favorite lounge item when I found out we were headed to D.C. This thrifted moo-moo is a staple lounging outfit. If I don’t thrift them I head to Marshall’s, TJMaxx or Ross; their prices and selections are always on point (starting at $9.99). Wearing this makes me feel like I stepped back to the 60’s or 70’s. I love those eras style wise so anytime I can channel that through an outfit, I’m a happy girl!

I like to wear garments like this because to be quite honest, it makes me feel FABULOUS. Wearing something flowy, pretty and feminine just while lounging always makes me feel good. Just because you’re in the house (or relaxing at a hotel) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look and feel fabulous. Plus, your husband or significant other will appreciate it. I learned that from my Mom. 😉

Lounging Outfit - Weekend Wear

The Mayflower Hotel DC

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Weekend Lounging Outfit

So tell me, what’s your go-to lounging outfit? What do you think about mine? Let me know!

Feel free to catch up with me on Snapchat (@wnicjames) or Instagram to find out more about my weekend. Full details on our stay at The Mayflower coming soon! Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to link your recent outfit to today’s Personal Style Linkup. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Style | Black Maxi Dress & a Statement Necklace

I’ve had this thrifted black maxi dress for years now. I’ve worn it to a few events and every time I style it I remember how comfortable and versatile it is. It’s one of those all purpose dresses that I’m so glad I have in my closet. Every girl need an all purpose dress (or 2) in their wardrobe, right?

Black Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Sandals: Mossimo (Old)

Black Maxi Dress - Thrifted

Black Maxi

I love how flowy and free this dress is and the lightweight material is an added bonus. For a Sunday afternoon filled with errands, a walk in the park and possibly dinner with hubs, this is the perfect outfit. The sandals give the dress a more relaxed feel and the gorgeous necklace, purchased this weekend at a jewelry fair in Gaithersburg, MD adds the perfect boho chic element. When I saw the necklace hanging there, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Before I could even think to purchase it, hubs had surprised me and purchased it as a birthday gift. How thoughtful?!

The dress is also perfect for year round styling. With a cardigan and closed toe flats, or even a pair of ankle boots, this dress is fall-ready. I can even picture a ankle length duster or kimono being worn over the dress. While that may hide the ruffle and lady-like detailing, it’s still adds style and functionality to the garment.

Statement Necklace - Details

Necklace: Jewelry Fair (The Rio in Gaithersburg, MD) // Bracelets: Street Vendor in Bahamas

OOTD Black Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress

So tell me, what do you think about my flowy black maxi dress? Do you own an all purpose dress? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to link your recent outfit to today’s Personal Style Linkup. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Style | Year 28 Personal Style Evolution + My Go-To Shopping Stores & Sites

As my 29th birthday approaches tomorrow I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at my personal style evolution over the year. When I turned 28, I promised myself to get in tune with my personal style. My goal was to find  and wear clothing that was practical, in style, comfortable and chic. Also if the clothes made me feel good, I was sold! I gravitated towards black and white, neutrals and prints. I also made sure my accessory game was on fleek, LOL!

Personal Style OOTD

Top: West Kei, Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Pants: Sejour, Nordstrom // Purse: Bakers (Old) // Flats: Steve Madden (Similar) // Earrings Thrifted

I’ve even ventured into a few new stores and have finally complied a list of my go-to stores/sites for clothing, accessories and shoes:


  • Nordstrom & Nordstrom Rack
  • Thrift Stores
  • Marshall’s, TJ Maxx & Ross
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Macy’s

Accessories / Jewelry 

  • Aldo Accessories
  • H&M
  • eBay
  • Thrift Stores
  • Marshall’s & TJ Maxx


  • Nordstrom Rack
  • DSW
  • Nine West (Outlet)
  • Macy’s (Sales Rack)
  • Lord & Taylor

Personal Style - OOTD

Floral Pants: Ralph Lauren, Lord & Taylor // Bodysuit: F21 // Vest: Marshall’s // Backpack: TJ Maxx

While these outfits are just a few examples of what I wore this year, they’re some of my favorite outfits worn (on the blog or shown on Instagram) during my 28th year. I’m very comfortable with my personal style choices and personal style growth. It’s been a fun year and I can’t wait to see where #year29 takes my style!

 So tell me, what do you think about my personal style evolution this year? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to link your recent outfit to today’s Personal Style Linkup. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Style | Thrifted Travel Style + JORD Watches

Continuing with my travel style today’s outfit is definitely something I’d wear during on a trip. I’m a huge fan of tunic dresses, so purchasing this thrifted beauty on my last thrifting trip was a must. I also decided to add my wooden watch (c/o JORD) to the look. The right accessories are an absolute must have for travel style.

Travel Style - Thrifted OOTD

Travel Style - Tunic

Tunic: Thrifted, Value Village // Belt/Necklace: Thrifted, Value Village // Flats: Steve Madden (Similar)

Thrifted Tunic

This printed tunic dress is something I’d wear on a chill/relax day during my travels. It’s lightweight, easy to throw on, and still stylish and fashion forward; all of which are very important travel style requirements. As I mentioned in this post, cutesy and comfortable flats and the perfect accessories (shoes and jewelry) are also travel style needs.

Mens Wooden Watches

I actually purchased this thrifted belt on my most recent thrift store run in Charlotte, NC. I decided to style it as a necklace. Genius, right?! The watch was a no brainier because it’s a casual yet chic timepiece. The fact that it’s wooden (environmentally friendly) is awesome!

Thrifted Outfit - Travel Style

JORD Watch

Watch: JORD (Same)

jord watch

Travel Style - Thrifted Tunic

So what do you think about my travel style thrifted tunic? And how cute is my JORD watch?! Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by and for checking out some of my travel style tips this week. I have a few travel style tips/reminder printables coming next week, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter. Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) here. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Style | Travel Style + Style Linkup

Happy Monday! I hope you’re all well and ready for an amazing and productive week. Hubby and I traveled to Delaware for an unexpected, yet fun and enjoyable, road trip yesterday. We visited his family and also ate some really good cookout food! It’s not out of the ordinary that we hop in the car for a weekend or day road trip, so I thought this week I’d talk about some of my travel style outfits/travel must haves. 

Plus Size Travel Style

Blouse: West Kei, Nordstrom Rack // Travel Bag: Calvin Klein,Thrifted

Travel Style OOTD

Of course when traveling comfort is key, so I like to wear clothing that’s fit a bit looser (and leggings). Tunics, oversized tee shirts and plazo pants are at the top of my travel style list. Hubby and I do a lot of road trips, so functional wardrobe pieces are a must for me as well. Shoes that can easily be removed while in the car like sandals and comfy flats are important too. The flats in this outfit are perfect. Not only are they comfortable, but they’re in style and can go with just about any outfit.

I can usually fit my outfits and personal items in the same bag as hubby, so we often road trip with one bag. If we’re going somewhere for an entire weekend and have different events to attend while there, we carry 2 bags max. I also carry a big tote bag or purse and I keep it next to me on the ride. More on what’s in our bags and how I pack later this week. In the meantime, check out a few of my miscellaneous road trip essentials here!

Plus Size OOTD - Travel Style

Pants: Bobeau. Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Flats: Steven Madden (Similar & On Sale) // Earrings: Gifted (Other Options)

Travel Style - Plus Size Style

Travel Style OOTD

So tell me, what do you think about my travel style? What do you wear when traveling? Let me know!

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. I’ll be back to sharing my favorite linkup next Monday! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Style | Wearing 1 Dress 2 Ways

Last year I did a One Dress Many Ways series. The goal was to re-purpose one wardrobe item and style it 3 different ways for different occasions. It was a fun challenge, so I decided to do that again with another dress; this time I’ve decided to style it 2 ways. This black maxi dress has been in my closet for years and during the summer months, it’s a definite wardrobe staple. So I figured it was the perfect item to show how to style 1 dress 2 ways. 

The 1st outfit is definitely a wear to work option. The long cardigan adds a bit of drama to the plain dress and the clutch is a perfect addition, and would come in handy if I had an event to attend after work. While the outfit may seem a bit dressy for some, it’s the perfect mix of comfortable and elegant for me. I like to look nice while at work while still being comfortable. Therefore the “fancy” cardigan and dramatic statement necklace are perfect!

Black Maxi Dress

Dress: H&M (Another Option) // Cardigan: Thrifted // Necklace: Monet, Macy’s

1 Dress 2 Ways

Black Maxi Dress - Thrifted Cardigan

Flats: Steve Madden (Similar & On Sale)// Clutch: Love, Cortnie // Watch: Charming Chalie

Black Maxi Dress OOTD

I’m all about saving time and money, so remixing this maxi was very beneficial. The next look is yet another outfit I’d wear to work. The leopard flats help add a personal touch, something I always do when styling an outfit. Every girl should have at least 2 leopard print accessories, shoes count, in her wardrobe. Trust me, the print goes with everything! In my book leopard print is a neutral, don’t you agree? 

I added also added a black sleeveless vest to give the outfit a chic feel. I actually saw this vest as I was walking to the cash register at TJMaxx a few weeks back. It was in the women’s section, so I was a bit skeptical on how it’d fit. After trying it on, the size large tag was laughable. I usually wear a size 1X and sometimes 2X, depending on the cut of the garment. But this is a prime example of garments being cut larger than expected, and why trying on items is SO important. You just never know how an item is cut and how it’ll fit until you take a few seconds to try it on.

One Dress Two Ways

Vest: TJMaxx (Another Option) // Purse: Gifted // Watch: Charming Charlie // Flats: Nordstrom Rack, Sam Edelman (Similar)

Black Maxi Dress

statement necklace - OOTD

1 Dress 2 Ways

So tell me, what do you think about my 1 dress 2 ways OOTD? Are you a fan of remixing items in your wardrobe? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and leaving your comments. In case you were wondering, there’s still time to enter your recent OOTD to my Personal Style Linkup. We’ve already got 50+ bloggers who’ve linked up, so head over and join in on the fun! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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