Personal Style | Styling a Kimono and a Dress…Again

One wardrobe item that will forever have a place in my closet is the kimono. I absolutely love styling them all year! My collection of kimonos are the most versatile and easy to wear pieces in my closet. They’re perfect to throw on over a sleeveless dress, which is exactly how I styled the kimono in today’s outfit. I had a feeling I’d get cold during a night out with hubs, so I grabbed one of my favorite kimonos and my outfit was complete!

* See Also: Why You Need Kimonos in Your Wardrobe

Kimonos

Dress: Thrifted (Another Option) // Kimono: Nordstrom Rack (Another Option) // Flats: Aldo, Nordstrom Rack (Another Option)

Kimonos in Summertime

Wearing a Kimono

Purse: Nine West, Gifted (Another Option) // Necklace: Macy’s (Another Option) // Earrings: Thrifted (Another Option)

It’s no wonder my love for kimonos runs deep; I’m such a fan of lightweight, no-fuss and flowy clothing, especially during the warmer months. I usually thrift them, but there are times I find quality and unique ones at department stores. I purchased this one at Nordstrom Rack a while back and since then, I’ve seen them sold pretty much everywhere.  Chances are if you’re on the hunt for a kimono this season, you’ll definitely find one!

* See Also: Maxi Dress + a Kimono

Kimonos

Wearing Kimonos

Styling Kimonos

 


So tell me, are you a fan of wearing kimonos? Let me know! 

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to add your recent outfit to this week’s Personal Style Linkup below. 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 | Casual Weekend Outfit

Happy Monday! I was MIA last week due to a nasty virus, but I’m back today to share yet another casual weekend outfit. I spent most of the weekend with my family. We had quite a busy Friday and Saturday, so once Sunday arrived I was determined to make that a day of rest. After my little sisters Heart of Charity Pageant on Saturday, I needed a full day to regroup. I was able to squeeze in a few errands as well, hence wearing this casual weekend outfit.

Plus Size Casual Weekend Outfit

Top: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Pants: Sejour (Similar) // Flats: Tesori, Nordstrom Rack (Another Option) // Purse: Gifted

Casual Weekend Outfit

Casual Weekend Outfit - Plus Size

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been living in casual outfits here lately. Be it working from home or running errands, I’m a lot more active these days and wearing cute and comfy outfits seem to be my go-to. With all that’s going on in the different areas of my life, my style has become much more practical and comfortable. 

I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a season of preparation for me. Weather I’m helping to prepare for family events, planning my #FearlessWomanIam website reveal and first event, or prepping for things in my personal life, I’m definitely in the planning and preparation mindset. Looking back on recent outfit choices, it’s evident my wardrobe reflects this season.

Casual Weekend Outfit

Earrings: eBay // Sunnies: H&M

 

Casual Weekend Outfit - WNJ Style

OOTD - Casual Weekend Outfit


So tell me, does your wardrobe reflect the season your in? What’s you idea of the perfect casual weekend outfit? Let me know!

As always thank you for reading! Be sure to linkup to today’s Personal Style Linkup below – I can’t wait to see what you’re wearing! Until then, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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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.

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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