Personal Style Monday – Fall Sweaters & the Simply Be Jacket

Happy Monday! Not sure about you but with the temperatures dropping, I had to pull out a few fall sweaters and jackets this weekend. In today’s OOTD, I’m actually showing off another one of my favorite (thrifted) fall sweaters. I’ve had this sweater for years and every time I wear it I think of Christmastime, lol. It’s nice and cozy, super soft but doesn’t take well to ironing (ugh). Nonetheless, I wear the heck out of it during the fall and winter. I mean, what’s not to love about a big comfy green sweater?! 

Plus Size Fall Sweaters

Sweater: Thrifted // Pants: Marshall’s // Flats: Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack


Fall Sweaters - Simply Be Jacket

I also pulled out my Simply Be jacket this weekend. This jacket, faux leather detailing and all, is another piece I wear A LOT during the fall and winter. I won this beauty a few years ago from a Love Brown Sugar giveaway. It’s a staple item in my wardrobe and it’s such a classic. I like that I’m able wear a big sweater, like this green one, under the jacket without feeling stuffed. Talk about an uncomfortable feeling. There’s nothing worse than feeling stuffed and stiff in a jacket/coat!

Going back to the green sweater for a minute – can you imagine the endless ways you can style it? I can wear this sweater to work by styling it the way I did above, and still be professional and stylish. I can pair the sweater with my favorite denim pants and some funky heels (or boots) for a more chic look. I can also go super casual and throw on some leggings, sneakers and obnoxious jewelry for a fun OOTD. Clearly, there are several styling options. Be on the look out for some more fall and winter looks ft. “The Green Sweater”.

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Jacket: Simply Be (Another Option) // Jewelry: Thrifted

Plus Size Fall Sweater

In keeping with the fall OOTD theme, I have to give my blogging buddy Antionette a shout out. Her outfit from last week’s linkup was one of my faves. I’m all about the fabulous pattern mixing and I love slouchy neck striped top. It’s a classic top and it can probably be worn year round. Pairing it with a long maxi and leopard flats is perfect for early-mid fall. I love it, Antionette! 

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So tell me, what do you think about my green sweater? Are you a fan of colorful and comfy sweaters this time of year? 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 – More (Plus Size) Fall Fashion for the Workplace

Hello and welcome to another week! Today, I want to talk more fall fashion for the workplace. When it comes to dressing for work, I’m a fan of sheath and tunic-style dresses. So when I found this Jessica London beauty, I was thrilled! I spotted the dress a few weeks ago while thrifting. The vibrant orange color caught my eye as I stood in line for the cashier. I told hubby to grab it so I could see what it really looked like. Once I viewed the entire masterpiece, I knew it was coming home with me! Although it’s a size smaller than I normally wear, I was so sure it’d fit I just went ahead and bought it. After saying a little prayer, I tried it on when I got home and what do you know? It was a perfect fit! ;-)

Fall Fashion for the Workplace

Dress: Jessica London, Thrifted // Tote Bag: Ponte, Thrifted

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So, why is this a perfect option for fall fashion for the workplace?  I have 5 reasons.

1. The print is fun, yet not too overpowering for the 9-5.

2. The length is “workplace appropriate”.

3. The dress can easily be worn with tights and boots, once it gets a little cooler outside. 

4. It’s the perfect dress to style from day to night. Add  a pair of heels and you’re ready for an after work date! 

5. The material is functional and non-restrictive. 

Plus Size OOTD - Fall Fashion at Work

Drop Earrings: Gifted // Flats: Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack // “Peace” Cuff: Lucky Brand, Macy’s

When shopping for fall workplace dresses, my #1 concern is comfort. I don’t mind being cute for work. I mean, who doesn’t? But I must be both cute and comfortable when wearing dresses to work. I’m not talking sweatpants and a t-shirt comfy. I mean purchasing dresses with movement and dresses made with certain material. Often times I’m out and about, running work related errands or traveling to different work related locations. A lightweight dress like this one that literally moves with me is perfect.

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Last week, I featured Jen of Fashionably Employed as my October Thrifty Friend. She also linked up to my style link up last Monday, and I immediately thought of her when I knew I’d be talking about fall fashion for the workplace. Her OOTD choices for work are not only stylish and cute, but their practical and functional!

 So tell me, what do you think about my latest fall fashion for the workplace OOTD? Are you a fan of sheath or tunic-style dresses? 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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Thrifty Thursday | Sweater Season

Sweater season is upon us! Last night, hubby pulled out out fall clothes totes and I know I stayed up 1/2 the night luxuriating in my collection of thrifted sweaters, blazers, skirts and jackets. I even put on a fashion show for him – he sat there, shaking his head and chuckling the entire time. He too could feel my excitement about the fall season finally making an appearance. Now, I get to share my excitement with you by showing off one of my favorite thrifted sweaters. Ah, yes. It’s so soft and cozy. I rarely wear a jacket when I wear this (men’s) sweater; it’s perfect for cool fall days. I think last season I wore this baby at least once a week. LOL! You know how I feel about repeat fashion. I’m all for it…no shame in my game!

plus size blogger - sweater season

Denim: Roz & Ali, Dress Barn (Other Options) // Men’s Sweater: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Flats: Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack (Another Cute Option)

thrifted sweater - thrifty fashion When shopping/thrifting for sweater season apparel, I often browse the men’s section first. They usually have a nice collection of chunky knit sweaters. Sweaters that you probably think your grandfather would wear. I know my grandfather would’ve worn sweaters like this. I actually have several of his old sweaters and sweatshirts, all from the thrift store. :-) Although the sleeves on his sweaters, and most men’s sweaters in general, can be a bit long I don’t let that stop me from wearing or purchasing them. I simply fold or roll the sleeves up. It’s an easy fix!

sweater season - fall fashion

Ring & Tote Bag: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Earrings: Target

sweater season - plus size blogger If I’m looking for a fancier or more decorated sweater, I thrift in the women’s section. There you can find sweaters with sequins, beads, lace and much more! Of all the sweaters I pulled out last night, it’s safe to say that I have a 50/50 mix of men’s and women’s sweaters. That said, I cannot wait to style and show them off on the blog this season!

So tell me, are you a fan of sweater season? Do you thrift a lot of your fall sweaters? Let me know! 

That’s all for me today. I hope you’ve been inspired to thrift some of your fall sweaters this season. If you need any tips or have any questions, feel free to contact me. Don’t forget to head over to link up your recent OOTD to my style link up. While you’re there, you can also enter to win a $340 ASOS gift card. Until Monday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Wardrobe Wednesday | My Transitional September Wardrobe

So it’s really October 1st, huh? The weather doesn’t feel like October 1st, but I’ll take your word for it. ;-) Although I didn’t post as many outfits as I would have liked last month, the ones I did post were pretty good. There was actually a common thread throughout my September style; transitional wardrobe items. There were several items I wore last month that can and will be transitioned into my fall(and winter) wardrobe. Let’s take a look at my transitional wardrobe, shall we?

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1. Bodysuit – I purchased this bodysuit (worn with the purple skirt) from Forever 21 at the end of the summer. It’s the perfect transitional item because it can be styled under a blazer or cardigan and can be worn with pants, skirts and leggings. The bow in the front adds a bit of a fancy feel and the other bodysuit I purchased is plain (black). So, I can pick and chose between the different styles as I’m planning my outfits for the fall and winter.

2. Jumpsuit – By now I’m sure you know how much I LOVE this jumpsuit. Purchased from Nordstrom, the styling options are endless and I’ve proved that by wearing it with different blazers and kimonos several times last moth. I can’t wait to style it some more during the fall and winter months!

3. Graphic T-shirt – Another Nordstrom purchase, this black and white graphic t-shirt is a no brainier when it comes to style transitioning. The tee can be style with denim, leggings, pants, AND skirts. It’s safe to say this tee, and a few others I’ve purchased recently, will be in rotation for quite sometime. ;-)

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4 & 5. Kimono(s) - Oh, how I love a good kimono. The blue and pink printed one was purchased from Nordstrom Rack and the black one is thrifted. Both pieces are without question the perfect transitional wardrobe pieces. They’re also on trend and on track with my simple and no fuss style goal for the fall/winter. #WINNING

6. Thrifted Jacket/Blazer – When I thrifted this item, I wasn’t 100% sure how I’d style it. But once I purchased the jumpsuit and body suit, I realized I had a plethora of ways to style this beauty. Really excited to wear it this season!

So tell me, what do you think about a few of my transitional wardrobe items?  Any favorites? Do you plan on mixing and matching your wardrobe this fall and winter too? Let me know! 

Thanks for sticking around to read, and don’t forget to head over to link up your recent OOTD to my style link up. While you’re there, you can also enter to win a $340 ASOS gift card. Awesome, I know. ;-) Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


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Thrifty Thursday Spotlight – Patrice J. Williams of Looking Fly on a Dime

Hello there and happy Thrifty Thursday! Today I’m taking a break from my Oprah’s Life You Want recap to introduce you to one of my favorite thrifty bloggers! Patrice J. Williams is the blogger behind Looking Fly on a Dime and I’ve been a follower since I stared blogging. Her blog covers all things thrift related, as well as affordable and stylish fashion tips and advice. Just a few short weeks ago, Patrice released her thrifting book Looking Fly on a Dime. This book is a great source for both avid thrifters, as well as those who want to thrift but don’t know where or how to start.

When it comes to looking fabulous on a dime, Patrice knows her stuff. It’s been a pleasure following her and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this New York fashionista. Take a look at her thrifty interview below and be sure to grab a copy of her book on Amazon. Enjoy!

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1. Name, location and how long have you been thrifting? 

I’m Patrice J. Williams and I live in New York, NY. I’ve been thrifting hardcore for 13 or 14 years.

2. Why did you start thrifting? 

My Mom says I used to always love the Salvation Army when I was a kid, but my first recollection of thrifting was when I was a sophomore at Temple University. I only started thrift shopping out of necessity. I had an induction ceremony to go to and I needed an outfit but had limited cash, as I was waiting on my work study check. I stumbled upon a thrift store near a fast food restaurant and I haven’t looked back since! I was able to get an entire outfit (button down top and suede skirt) for less than $10.

Looking Fly on a Dime

3. What are 3 of your favorite thrifted items to date?

About 70 to 80% of my wardrobe is thrifted, so it’s hard for me to pick, but some of my top picks are:

- Dsquared Parka for $2. I bought it at a Salvation Army coat sale and the sales associate marked the price down because she thought it was a children’s coat. I loved the coat, but eventually sold it on eBay for close to $500.

-Theory Military Jacket for less than $1. I like going to outlets and stores that have clothes priced by the bound or bag; that’s where you get the real deals. I found a Theory jacket at the Goodwill Outlet and it’s been a constant in my wardrobe for 5 years now. It’s an olive color, which I normally wouldn’t wear, but when something’s so affordable, you can’t help but try something new.

-Vintage Zig Zag Flat Boots. I typically wear heels, but I love a good pair of flat boots that have amazing details. The boots I found were less than $10 and I’ll have to resole them soon, but they always get serious wear every fall and winter. I always get tons of compliments when I wear them. I always tell people that it’s the little details that really elevate your outfit and my zig zag boots are a prime example of that.



4. What inspired you to write Looking Fly on a Dime

I tend to get the same thrift shopping questions over and over (how do you find a thrift shop, how do you clean the clothes, why do I keep striking out, etc.) so it was time to finally write the book on thrift shopping. There are hardcore thrifters, but there are also so many people who just don’t know where to start. In my book, I break it down from how to find a shop, the best strategies while you shop, and how to clean your clothes once you get home.

5. What’s the most important thing you want your readers to get from the book?

After readers finish their copy of Looking Fly on a Dime, I want them to feel empowered to thrift and cultivate their individual sense of style. I’ve worked at fashion magazines for years and I often see women who feel overwhelmed by style. My mission is to remove that intimidation from fashion and make it affordable and accessible for every single woman.


6. What’s next for you? Any T.V. segments, events…we want to know!

I just finished hosting another one of my Ready, Set, Thrift! events in NYC and I’m working on planning some events in other cities for late fall and winter. And of course continuing to promote my book.

7. How can we keep up with you?

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Personal Style Monday – Wearing a Jumpsuit and a Kimono

Happy Monday! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was great! The highlight was spending Saturday evening with Hubby at my 10 year high school reunion. Born and raised in Baltimore, I had the privilege of attending the GREAT Baltimore City College High School and I’m a proud member of the class of 2004. Not everyone was lucky enough to be a City Knight. In that case, other schools like Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (our rival school for decades), had to do. You’re probably thinking, is it really that serious? Well, yes…it is. Lol. But I digress. I won’t bore you with any more details, but you can  read more if you’re interested. ;-) All in all the reunion was amazing and it was such a joy to see everyone in person rather than on social media, lol. If you’re wondering what I wore to the event, I posted a pic on Instagram

Now, let’s jump into today’s OOTD post. Wearing a jumpsuit  and a kimono has become my uniform of choice lately. I’ve been looking for the perfect transitional jumpsuit for months and thankfully, I found one a few weeks ago while shopping at Nordstrom. The materiel is so soft and the fit is heavenly. Of course I’m smitten with the pockets, but I also like the length. The jumpsuit is long enough for me to wear with heels or flats, which makes this piece quite versatile.

wearing a kimono and jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Sejour, Nordstrom (Same) // Kimono: Thrifted // Sandals: Mossimo, Goodwill

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The jumpsuit trend is hot right now and I for one plan to wear it out! As you may know, I’m not one for trend hopping, unless I can make the trend work for me. By adding the kimono to this look I added a touch of chic, but still kept the overall look relaxed, thanks to with the flat sandals. It’s the perfect pairing and of of course, it plays to my personal style.

I also added my black tote bag, also from Nordstrom. The reversible tote bag is a fall staple and comes in 4 other colors. This look is perfect for so much, including work, running errands, brunch, shopping, and more! So yea, you’ll be seeing a lot of it here on WNJ. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;-)

black fall tote bag - nordstrom

Tote Bag: Nordstrom (Same) // Beaded Bracelets: Thrifted // Nameplate Necklace: oNecklace

wearing jumpsuits and a kimono

So tell me, what do you think about today’s OOTD? Are you going to be wearing a jumpsuit anytime soon? Let me know! 

Before I go, I want to congratulate Rachel for winning my September giveaway! Congrats to you and thank you SO much for being a faithful WNJ reader and supporter.

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! 

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Thrifty Friend Feature #16 – Anna of Melodic, Thrifty & Chic

Melodic, Thrifty, Chic…perfect words to describe today’s Thrifty Friend feature. I remember stumbling across Anna’s blog months ago. I was so taken with her unique and eclectic sense of style, and the fact that she was an avid thrifter served as a huge bonus! Melodic, Thrifty & Chic is actually the name of her blog and she is indeed all that, and MORE. Oh…one more thing before you scroll down to read! Anna attended university in Nishinomiya, Japan and is proficient in Japanese. Pretty cool, right?! OK, now you can scroll down and read more to find out her thoughts on thrifting – enjoy! :-)

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Name, Location & Blog?

Anna Martin from the Midwest and my blog is Melodic, Thrifty & Chic.

How long have you been a thrifter? 

My mom really inspired me, as she would often take me shopping with her when I was younger. She always went straight for the sale racks and she would have a ton of clothes in her cart by the time we’d get to the check-out counter. I always expected the final total to be in the triple digits given how much stuff she had, but it never reached that level. My mom could do a lot for us with very little and I really respected that.

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How often do you thrift and what are a few of your favorite thrift spots? 

I’m on a year-long spending freeze, so the only new clothing I receive is from my clothing swap group (for the cost of shipping). However, prior to this, I would thrift as often as I could. If I had the money to spend, I’d spend it (albeit as wisely as possible!) I have quite a few vintage shops that I love, but unfortunately there aren’t any thrift shops that I frequent in my area. If we had a Buffalo Exchange, I would certainly go there!

What would you say to someone who wants to try thrifting but has no clue where to start?

Oh dear. Well, I would tell this person to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of sifting. Thrift stores vary in terms of how organized (and clean) they are. So, you’ll have to make a choice as far as where you’d like to shop. I’ve been to thrift stores where clothing is just piled on the floor in some parts of the store. It’s off-putting, but I’ve also found things I love from picking through those piles. Of course, it goes without saying that you should thoroughly wash everything you’ve bought before wearing it! I’ve been to really well maintained thrift stores, too! In that regard, some of the best ones have fitting rooms! Not all, though, so you should also be prepared to figure out what will fit you without being able to try anything on. I suggest bringing a roll of measuring tape and being very familiar with your flat bust/waist/hip measurements. All of this can be really overwhelming and there’s no guarantee that you’ll find anything spectacular when you go, but eventually you will and it will be so worth it! I speak from experience!

Thrifty Thursday - Melodic Thrifty Chic

What are your top 3 thrift finds?

I would have to say (1) a red/white checkered vintage top that I scored while on a trip to Austin last year, (2) a beautiful 60′s plaid shift dress from a local vintage shop, and (3) a floral corduroy vest, also vintage.What are 3 things on your spring must-thrift wish list?I’m dying for something in daisy print. I finally broke down and started adding more florals to my wardrobe, last year. I have seemingly every manner of floral print, except daisy! I’d love to get a chunky, grandpa cardigan in a deep forest green and rich brown. I probably already have way too many cardigan, but I don’t care. Haha. A pair of patent loafers would be rad, too! I have really big feet (like 10.5/11) so I’d probably end up having to shop in the men’s section at a thrift shop to get those shoes.

What are 3 things on your must-thrift wish list? 

I’m dying for something in daisy print. I finally broke down and started adding more florals to my wardrobe, last year. I have seemingly every manner of floral print, except daisy! I’d love to get a chunky, grandpa cardigan in a deep forest green and rich brown. I probably already have way too many cardigan, but I don’t care. Haha. A pair of patent loafers would be rad, too! I have really big feet (like 10.5/11) so I’d probably end up having to shop in the men’s section at a thrift shop to get those shoes.

Thrifted Fashion - Melodic Thrifty Chic

Are there certain items you will not thrift? 

I’ll thrift just about anything, really. I’d draw the line at intimate clothing, swimsuits, socks. It just depends on whether they are in their original, sealed packaging.

Describe your style in 3 words.

Eclectic, theatrical, unpredictable.

Melodic Thrifty Chic - Thrifted Fashion

Who are some of your style inspirations?

Generally speaking, I draw a lot of inspiration from bloggers who have a command of color and patterns. The more unique and unexpected the color/pattern combinations, the more the gears in my head start to turn. Bloggers who have a gift for layering tend to catch my eye, as well. I think I have a natural aptitude for layering, but I’m always interested in learning more about how I can take it to the next level (i.e. playing with fabric lengths and asymmetrical patterns). 

How can the WNJ readers keep up with you?

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Thrifty Thursday: Thrift vs. Consignment

Hey there! Today I want to talk about thrift vs. consignment. While I’ve been more partial to thrifting, I must say that consignment shopping has been a fun adventure lately. As the Consignment Thread writer for DomiCile Magazine, I’ve been trekking across the DMV area looking for the best spots for consignment shopping. Some people have asked what’s the difference is between the two (thrifting & consignment shopping), so today I’m going to share my thoughts.

Consignment vs. Thrifting


Consignment Shops/Boutiques 

People bring their (gently) used items to consignment shops to sell. Once their item(s) is inspected/evaluated, it’s up to the store to determine if that item can be sold at their location. Once that is determined, the item is marked and placed on the sales floor to be sold on behalf of the consigner. Each consignment shop has their own system as to how they “watch” the consigners items. In the end, the consignment shop takes a percentage of the sale and then pays the consigner the remainder.  If the item(s) doesn’t sell the consignment shop returns the item to the consigner.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are filled with donated items like shoes, clothes, jewelry, dishes, furniture, etc. Most thrift stores are charity and non-profit based. (i.e. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) Thrift store prices vary, but most times the prices are very affordable. Depending on the thrift store, the items will be sized and organized by section (i.e. pants, blouses, handbags, kitchenware, etc.). Some thrift stores are not as organized as others, so the finding what you’re looking for may require more time.



Why do I like consignment shopping? 

When consignment shopping, I know I’m going to find quality items that have little to no wear and tear. Am I going to pay for that? Yes. But certain thing like authentic handbags and shoes, exquisite and rare jewelry finds or authentic paintings from a certain time period I don’t mind shelling out more cash for. I also like the attention I receive when consignment shopping. Most consignment shops are small boutiques, especially those that carry higher end items. So you get that one on one shopping experience; the staff helps you find exactly what you’re looking for, or they point you in the right direction. The consignment shops I’ve visited like Rita G’s or Style Finds have staff members who know their inventory like it’s their own. In some cases, the owner is on the sales floor helping customers find the perfect item. I love that!

Why do I like thrift shopping?

Thrifting is all about the thrill of the hunt. To be quite honest, you may or may not find what you’re looking for the 1st time. But along the way, you find some pretty cool stuff! If you’re an avid thrifter then you know which stores to go to find what you need. Unlike consignment shops the prices are more affordable. However, the items may require a bit of TLC due to their less than perfect condition. Some of my favorite things to thrift are  leather and winter jackets/wraps, handbags, and “on trend items” like kimonos. I’ve also found that the clothing sizes range wider while thrifting than I while shopping consignment stores. Something to consider. ;-)

thrifting for trends


So tell me, what do you think about Thrift vs. Consignment? Which “method” of shopping do you prefer? Let me know!

Thanks for reading another one of my Thrifty Thursday posts and I hope you have a better understanding of the whole thrift vs. consignment thing. ;-) If you have more questions, feel free to contact me. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe….XO!


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