Personal Style | Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your weekend was a GREAT one! Although the Panthers suffered a rough lost yesterday – I’m still a die hard Ravens fan, but I love Cam – I still enjoyed hanging with the family at our annual Super Bowl gathering on Sunday. I stepped out of the house Saturday to run some errands and grab a bite with the Mr., so I decided to wear something comfy, of course. I still wanted to be cute and a little fancy, because I wasn’t feeling that great. So I decided to style my black maxi skirt and sheer blouse. Both items are subtly sexy and help boost my mood when I’m feeling a little blah. I’m a true believer that clothes can help boost your mood!

Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

Skirt: Calvin Klein, Macy’s (Another Option) // Blouse: Nordstrom Rack (Another Option) // Flats: Sam Edelman, Nordstrom Rack (Similar)

Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

All Black Plus Size Outfit

I’m not usually a fan of skirts, however I was immediacy intrigued when I saw this skirt had a gold zipper and high slit. I love when an article of clothing has eye catching details like that. The skirt is also very soft and stretchy (a major plus) and can be styled several ways. It’s no secret that I’m all about maximizing my wardrobe, so this purchase was a must!

Wearing a high slit maxi skirt and a sheer blouse may sound fancy to some, but the shoes and accessories I chose put this outfit in the “casual chic” category. Because of the low temps I added my leopard print wrap to keep me warm. The “matching flats” were a given, and the big earrings added the final touch.

Maxi Skirt and Sheer Blouse

Leopard Print Wrap: NY & Co. (Another Option) // Purse: Nine West, Gifted // Gold Cuff: 2nd Avenue, Thrifted

Black Maxi Skirt OOTD

Plus Size Winter OOTD


So tell me, what do you think about my maxi skirt and sheer blouse weekend outfit? What’d you wear this weekend? Let me know!

Thanks for reading ad stopping by today! Don’t forget to link your outfit to my Personal Style Linkup below. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | 2015 Personal Style Recap

Happy Monday! I wasn’t going to post again until next year, however there are still a few posts I want to share; my 2015 Personal Style Recap is one of them. This year I’ve really come into my own in more ways than one, but especially style-wise. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin or with my personal style choices. I’ve searched, tried and experimented with several styles (stores, brands and designers) and I’ve finally figured out what works for me. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite outfits from 2015.

 

On my 2015 vision board I pinned a few images that reminded me to explore and express my personal style. As a budding entrepreneur, blogger and new wife, defining my personal style has been very important to my personal development. I wanted to be sure I was purchasing clothing that fit my lifestyle, not a trend. I wanted to be happy with my outer appearance just as I was with my inner self. No matter how you try to spin it, your inner and outer go hand in hand. If you look good and dress for yourself, you feel great on the inside.

I believe becoming comfortable with your personal style makes you more confident and more capable of handling business, in and outside of the home.No matter how you try to spin it, your inner and outer go hand in hand. If you look good and dress for yourself, you feel great on the inside. I believe becoming comfortable with your personal style makes you more confident and more capable of handling business, in and outside of the home.

My 2015 personal style recap shows that I wasn’t afraid of embracing color, print and different styles. It also shows that I have somewhat of a cohesive style. Comfort, practicality, chic and stylish are the words that come to mind when look back at my 2015 style. I also realize that I’m a fan of casual wear, with a stylish twist. Comfy flats, beanies, hats, bold accessories, flowy clothing and neutral colors are definitely my thing!


So tell me, what do you think about my 2015 Personal Style Recap? How has your personal style changed this year? Let me know! 

I always thank you for reading and linking up, so today is no different. THANK YOU for all your support this year. I truly appreciate you linking up every Monday and sharing my #OOTD posts. It means the world to me, really. Be sure to linkup to the last Personal Style Linkup of the year below and check back this week for my last few posts of the year. Until then, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Fall Style Recap

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. I sure did. It was quite the struggle to get out of bed and off to work this morning, LOL. But I made it! When I realized we were almost in the last month of the year, I actually got excited. I can’t believe the end of the year is literally right around the corner. I cannot wait to to see what 2016 has in store for ALL OF US!

That said, I figured I’d do a brief fall style recap of some of my favorite outfits. Style-wise it has been a GREAT season. I’ve pretty much loved every outfit I’ve worn on the blog and “in real life”. I’ve truly come into my own this season/year in many ways and my style is a reflection of that.

This fall I’ve played with faux leather leggings, various hats and beanies, bold accessories and even colorful dresses. It’s been SO MUCH FUN getting dressed this year! I’ve also figured out where I like to shop for certain items. Of course I’ll always be a fan of thrifting, but I now understand that shopping for my body type and shopping for quality items is key.


So tell me, what has your fall style consisted of? Any capes and oversized sweaters? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and be sure to link your recent fall outfit to my Personal Style Link Up below; can’t wait to see what you’re wearing! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Styling Oversized Sweaters for a Casual Holiday Season

This week hubs and I will be traveling to Delaware to spend Thanksgiving with his family. I’m excited to see my in-laws, nieces, nephew, Godson and everyone else, and of course, I can’t wait to eat some good food. I can taste the mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, greens, MMPH – I can’t wait! With all the eating I plan to do, I know for sure that I will be dressed as comfortable (and stylish) as possible. This means leggings or some kind of pants with an elastic waist, a tunic and an oversized sweater to complete the look. Here are two outfit ideas that show how easy it is to style oversized sweaters during the holiday season

Thrifted Cardigan and Leggings

Oversized Sweater: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Tunic: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Flats: Aldo Brand, Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Earrings: Target (Old)

How to Style Oversized Sweaters

Oversized Sweater Details

Necklace: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Purse: Forever 21 (Another Option)

Our drive is about an hour and 45 minutes so dressing comfortably is a must. With plans to relax, watch TV, eat and chat, either one of these options is perfect. Whenever I visit the in-laws I’m always presentable, of course, but I also make sure I stay true to my personal style. That means animal print, leggings and prints in general are usually incorporated in the outfit. I like wearing at least one conversational piece whatever I get dressed – the black embellished tunic definitely fits that criteria

Oversized Sweaters

Sweater: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Pants: American Rag, Macy’s // Blouse: Nordstrom Rack (Another Option)

 

Details Oversized Sweater

Oversized Sweater - OOTD

Flats: Nordstrom Rack, Tesori  (Cute ON SALE Option) // Purse: Thrifted, Goodwill


So tell me, what are your plans for Thanksgiving? What will you be wearing? Let me know! 

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to link your recent fall outfit to my Personal Style Link Up below; can’t wait to see what you’re wearing! I’ll be back to showcasing my favorite linkup in December. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Dress with Pockets & a Matching Set

Wearing a dress with pockets is every girl’s dream. Well, it’s a dream for me. I absolutely adore dresses with pockets. Especially if the dress is already flowy and has a pretty print. So it’s safe to say today’s outfit is a dream, lol. Of course, there’s a story behind the outfit. Now that I think about it, pretty much all my outfits have a story behind them. Want to hear this one? OK, here goes…

OOTD - Dress with Pockets

Dress: Sejour, Nordstrom Rack // Cardigan: Sejour, Nordstrom (Another Option) // Heels: Kenneth Cole, DSW (Very Similar)

Dress with Pockets

OOTD - Wearing Sets

Remember when I purchased this kimono on a trip to Nordstrom this summer? It was back when I was searching for summer items that could easily transition into the fall. This one was perfect! I was so smitten with the print and fit I knew it would get a lot of wear. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, hubs and I ventured to Nordstrom Rack to return a few things. I was looking through the sale dresses and found an item that looked familiar. It was a dress with the exact print as the Sejour kimono! What are the odds? Without hesitation I found my size and threw it in the cart. Hubs chuckled when he saw it and asked, “don’t you already have that?” I explained everything to him and proceeded to purchase the dress.

I didn’t think to style the items together until one Sunday, I started looking for a dress to wear to church. Because it was a short sleeved dress I wondered what I could wear to make it appropriate for the season. Reluctantly I pulled out this kimono, tried it on, and the outfit was complete!  I’m not oppose to wearing items that are “matchy matchy”, but I thought wearing them both together would be TOO MUCH. I was wrong – the prints blended perfectly. In the end I was able to wear a dress with pockets and my favorite kimono. Go, me!

Styling a Dress with Pockets

Clutch: Thrifted, Goodwill // Bracelet: Monet, Macy’s (Affordable Option

Dress with Pockets - OOTD

Close Up - Dress with Pockets


So tell me, are you a fan of the dress with pockets trend? What about styling and layering the same print with the same outfit? Let me know!

As always, thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to link your recent outfit to my Personal Style Linkup HERE. I can’t wait to see what you’re wearing! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | October Fall Style Recap

October has come and gone like that! While the weather hasn’t all the way caught up to the season of fall, fall style is in full swing here on WNJ. I was excited and ready to pull out my chunky sweaters, fall hats and leather leggings and style them here on the blog. Here are a few of my favorite looks from October!

It’s no surprise that I stretched my wardrobe and wore a few items more than once last month. From my chunky sweater, to the leather leggings and certain accessories I was all about re-purposing certain items. I also plan to continue this throughout the fall and winter. Once the weather consistently cools down I plan to add boots and more layers to my outfits. Can’t wait!


So tell me, what’s your favorite WNJ fall style outfit thus far? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading and be sure to link your recent fall outfit to my Personal Style Link Up below; can’t wait to see what you’re wearing! Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter for upcoming events, announcements, freebies and more. This fall/winter I have lots planned and I’m sure you won’t want to miss out. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Timeless All Black Outfit

Wearing an all black outfit is something I do at least 3 times a week. Yes, I love a pop of color here and there and I’m fond of many colors. But those all black outfits are just too easy to pass up. Whenever I wear one I feel ultra chic. All black outfits are without a doubt timeless and they’re great for just about any occasion. Having several black pieces in your closet is also a simple way to stretch your wardrobe and create several different outfit options.  

OOTD - All Black Outfit

Top: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Serena Williams) // Hat: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Pants: Sejour, Nordstrom (Casual Version) // Gold Hoops: Target (Another Affordable Option)

All Black OOTD

All Black Outfit - WNJ Style

I decided to wear this all black outfit for date night with hubby. It was an easy go-to outfit, since we made plans to head out at the last minute. I decided to wear my fancy thrifted hat again because I was having yet another blah hair day. It happens, LOL!

One tip to remember when wearing all black is to accessorize. Have fun with it! This gives, what could easily be a boring black outfit, some personality. I opted for gold accents/accessories and nude heels this time. Simple and easy enough, right?

Black OOTD

Details - All Black Outfit

Cuff: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Clutch: Steve Madden, Marshall’s // Heels: Kenneth Cole, Bloomingdales (Same)

Black Outfit


So tell me, how often do you wear am all black outfit? Are you a fan of today’s outfit? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to share your thoughts on today’s look below and let me know your thoughts on all black outfits. Clearly, you know that I LOVE them. 😉 Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style | Tunic and Black Pants + a Bad Hair Day

Some days my hair just doesn’t want to cooperate. On those days I grab one of my caps, turbans or tams and keep it moving! That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few days. I love wearing hats during the fall/winter months. I tend to get lazy sometimes with styling my hair, so they come in handy very often. This weekend while hubs and I saw a movie I reached for a comfy and cute outfit, and of course, the outfit included a hat. A tunic and black pants are the perfect go-to look for casual weekends.

Tunic and Black Pants OOTD

Tunic: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Pants: Sejour, Nordstrom (More Casual Version) // Flats: Sam Edelman, Nordstrom (Another Option)

Tunic and Black Pants

Details

Because the weather hasn’t been brutally cold, I figured wearing these ankle length joggers would be OK. I can probably style them a few more times before the weather drops drastically. The tunic, a thrifted purchase, is actually heavier than it looks. The thick cotton material kept me warm in the theater and thankfully, I didn’t have to reach for a jacket or scarf.

I can’t talk about this outfit without mentioning the gorgeous scenery. I was taken aback at the beauty of the fallen leaves and trees. As hubby and I rode through the neighborhood, he insisted we stop and take a pics. I couldn’t argue that the scenery was indeed beautiful. Seeing the burnt orange and yellow leaves on the sidewalk literally made me smile and marvel. When seasons change you have to get out and enjoy, even if it’s for an outfit shoot. 😉

Tunic and Black Pants

Gold Hoops: Taget (Another Affordable Option) // Clutch: Steve Madden, Marhsalls // Gold Cuff: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue

Black Pants and Tunic

Tunic Black Pants


So tell me, what do you think about my casual weekend outfit? Are you a fan of the lovely fall weather too? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading and be sure to link your recent fall outfit to my Personal Style Link Up below; can’t wait to see what you’re wearing! Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter for upcoming events, announcements, freebies and more. This fall/winter I have lots planned and I’m sure you won’t want to miss out. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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