Thrifty Thursday – Top 5 Thrifted Outfits

Who wants to see my top 5 thrifted outfits?! Well today for Thrifty Thursday, your wish is my command. ;-) While Spring cleaning my closet, naturally I’ve come across a plethora of thrifted pieces. So today, I’m taking you down my thrifted memory lane! Let’s check out my top 5 thrifted looks, starting with #5.

5. The Blue Set.  Never a fan of “sets” this blue set changed my mind forever! Hubby and I traveled to Missouri for a wedding last year and of course, we had to pop into a few thrift stores. There was a Salvation Army in the area and as soon as I walked in, I saw this set. After trying it on and showing hubby, we both agreed that the purchase had to be made. $4 or $5 later, I was a happy girl! The thing I love most about the set is its potential. I can do SO much, or so little, with it. It’s a blank canvas that can be adorned with gaudy and over the top accessories, or played down with little to no accessories. Either way, it’s fabulous!

4. Psychedelic Tunic Outfit. Although you can’t see the entire outfit, this look is is a definite favorite. I purchased this tunic from 2nd Avenue in Columbia, MD last year (I think). I literally wear this tunic once a week to work. It’s extremely versatile and unique and quite frankly, it’s amazing!

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 3. Hand Painted Tee & Leopard. This t-shirt was also thrifted last year. I actually cut the neck and part of the bottom for a more feminine look.  I put this look together and knew I had to add some leopard print. The shirt is a definite statement piece and because of it’s unique design, I feel like I’m wearing a piece of art whenever I wear it.

2. Vintage Embellished Skirt Set. Another set, lol! :-) Wearing this Golden Girls inspired outfit was like a dream. I’ve always loved the late 80′s and early 90′s styles and for years, I wanted to re-created a look that resembled that decade without looking too cheesy. Purchasing this $4.90 skirt set helped me achieve just that! Adding my Love, Cortnie clutch and the (thrifted) pink pumps was a great way for me to add some trendy touches. Mixing vintage and modern helps keep a look like this from looking too outdated.

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1. Leopard Crop Top, Vintage Jacket & Denim. Surprise! My #1 thrifted look isthe crop top outfit. I’m not sure if I love the crop top or the vintage jacket more, lol. Both pieces were a steal and styling them for a casual and trendy look was so much fun. Wearing this outfit, you couldn’t tell me a thing! I was very confident and excited to try the crop top trend. Thrifting trends like this one is smart because it allows you to try the trend without breaking the bank. Head to toe, this thrifted look is my all time fave! From the leopard print, to the embellished flats, to the funky art-deco inspired jacket, it has “Whitney written all over it.

20140408-203317.jpgSo tell me, which of my thrifted outfits is your favorite? Are you feeling the “sets” or are you leaning towards the crop top look? Let me know!

Be sure to check out my Personal Style Linkup on the blog! I’d love for you to link up and show me your recent OOTD – I’ll be featuring my favoirte look next Monday by the way. ;-) As always, thanks for reading and feel free to keep up with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’m always posting and saying something, lol. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Linkups: Simply Just Lovely & Style Sessions

Thrifty Thursday – How to Casually Style a Floral Duster for Springtime

Happy 1st day of spring! My sheer floral duster is the object of affection for today’s edition of Thrifty Thursday. Although there’s still snow on the ground and the weather has been less than desirable lately, this floral duster puts me in the mood for warm weather, cool breezes and…well, Spring!

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Floral Duster: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Similar) // Shirt: Lord & Taylor // Jeans: JCP Brand (Other Selections HERE) // Heels: Nine West (Similar) // Necklace: Gifted // Purse: Arcadia // Watch: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Triangle Ring: Oh to be a Muse Giveaway

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I’ve had this floral duster for years and it never seems to go out of style. I find classic and unique pieces like this all the time while thrifting. In the past, I’ve paired this duster with a sleeveless dress and the overall look was very ladylike and stylish. With this particular outfit, I decided to casually style the duster with a pair of JCP denim and kitten heels – perfect choice for an impromptu date night, don’t you agree? The elements of this outfit play to my personal style very well. I adore flowy and free tops and when wearing jeans, I prefer a fitted and straight pair. As I’ve said before, I can tolerate a low to moderate heel and these Nine West kitten heels are perfection.

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So tell me, do you like the way I styled my floral duster? What are some other ways would you style this classic piece? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ve been inspired to start thinking about different ways to style your thrifted and non-thrifted spring pieces. Regardless of the weather, try to think warm and happy thoughts – spring has officially sprung! :-) Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to link your recent outfit post to my Personal Style Linkup HERE

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*Linkups: 3rd Thursday Threads, Tre-Chic Thursday, & Style Sessions

Personal Style Linkup – Dressing Up My Curves in All Black

Happy Personal Style Monday! Today’s outfit is a perfect “thrifted curves” look.  Like many curvy women I know, I haven’t always been fond of showing off my curves. However over the years, I’ve become a lot more comfortable with flaunting my curves in a classy way. Take the look below…I was getting dressed for a recent event and my goal was to look both sexy and ladylike. So of course I pulled out my thrifted sheer blouse, which I LOVE so much, and added a pair of leggings. 

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Trench Coat: Calvin Klein (Goodwill)// Blouse: Thrifted// Leggings: Lord & Taylor// Heels: Lane Bryant// Necklace: JcPenny ($3.50)// Earrings: Bakers// Clutch: Love, Cortnie

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For me, this is an automatic go-to look whenever I want to bring sexy back, lol. This outfit, sexier than my norm, still stays true to my comfortable, classic and unique personal style. I’m all for dressing up and looking good for an event, but I’m not one to sacrifice comfort for fashion.

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To complete this look, I adorned my neck with this pretty floral necklace and added my black and white Love, Cortnie clutch. I’ve been all about black and white looks lately so, this clutch was a definitely necessary. I find that bold accessories are always a great way to pull a look altogether.

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Speaking of great accessories, take a look at Rebecca of Red Tag Chic Los Angeles. Her outfit from last weeks linkup was a personal favorite. When I saw that she linked up this look, I was immediately smitten with her mid skirt. I love the way she included the animal print belt, classic Michael Kors purse and those amazing  sunnies, Her accessories were perfect. I love it all, Rebecca! :-)

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So tell me, what do you wear when you “dress up”? Do you use bold accessories to add something extra to your outfits? What do you think of Rebecca’s look? Let me know! 

As usual, don’t forget to linkup your recent outfit(s) below - I want to see your personal style! All I ask is that you linkup your look back to this post. I can’t wait to to see your looks! Thanks so much for your continued support. Until tomorrow, be blessed & be safe…XO!

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 **Linkups: Manic Monday, Mix it Monday, Style Sessions, Fun Day Monday, LuLu’s, I Feel Pretty, Beautiful You, WIW & Plane Pretty**

Thrifty Thursday – Little Black Dress

Soooo, I was hoping to have a thrifted video for you today but, my camera had other plans. :-( Let’s hope I can crank out a video next week! In the meantime, today’s Thrifty Thursday is all about my little black dress. I’ve been looking for a dress like this for what seems to be ages. When I saw the $5 dress hanging up, I figured it wouldn’t be too flattering. But something told me to just grab it. I love tent dresses but they don’t always do much for my shape. Going against my initial thought, I went ahead and purchased the dress anyway. I didn’t even try it on – very unlike me, I know. When I got home and tried the dress on, it fit AND (thankfully) it didn’t look like a potato sack!!

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Dress: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Purse: Thrifted: Laurel Thrift// Shoes: Marshalls, Me Too// Jewelry: Thrifted

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Church and work popped in my mind first when thinking about where to wear this dress. I figured I’d style my church look with a modest heel, like the ones pictured. Of course, I accessorized with gold to bring out the buttons and shoe heels. When I style this dress for work, I’m thinking of wearing a dressy pair of flats. I can also picture this dress being worn for date-night with a pair of bad pumps. Hubby likes that idea best, lol. So it looks like me and my little black tent dress have some places to go!

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So tell me, are you a fan of tent dresses? How would you style this little black dress? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by and as always, I appreciate you all! Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to linkup your recent outfit posts to my Personal Style Linkup, HERE

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*Linkups: Working Girl Style, Thrifters Anonymous , WIW , Tre Chic Thursday & I Feel Pretty*

Personal Style Monday – My Version of Casual Wear

Happy Monday! Todays Personal Style Monday is all about casual wear. If you ask people what they consider to be casual wear, the answers probably range from jeans and a t-shirt to sweats and hoodies. For me the perfect casual wear essentials are a pair of leggings, sunnies and a cute pair of flats. To put it simply, I try to be as functional and practical (and cute, lol) as I can be when dressing in casual wear.

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Trench: Goodwill// Leggings: H&M (Purchase HERE)// Flats: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Necklace: Thrifted, Be Thrifty// Sunnies: 2nd Avenue

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So needless to say, I was in heaven while wearing this ensemble. My casual wear has become more fun and stylish in my “older” age. I used to be the jeans and t-shirt girl and I wore very minimal accessories and was usually wearing sneakers to top off the look. Now, I go for fun prints, flowy tops, unique jewelry and at cute shoes. I like to think I’ve stepped up my casual wear game. I think of it now as “grown up casual wear”.

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In keeping with today’s casual wear theme, I decided to choose I am Simply Chic as my favorite look from last weeks Personal Style Linkup! The converse sneakers, fun print pants and scarf make for the perfect casual (and chic) look. I also love the sunnies and trench coat. Her causal wear look includes some of the same items I wore in my look; sunnies, trench coat and fun/printed bottoms!

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So tell me, what are some of your casual wear essentials? Are you the jeans & tee girl or are you a fun/print leggings kinda gal? Let me know…and be sure to drop by & say hi to I am Simply Chic!

Also, don’t forget to linkup your personal style outfits below. Kindly remember to link your look back to this post. Again, happy Monday! Talk to you tomorrow. Be blessed & stay safe…XO! 

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**Linkups: Manic Monday, Mix it Monday, Style Sessions, Get Your Pretty On, Look What I Got, Lovely ThursdaysTres-Chic Fashion, Funday MondayWIW,  Style Elixir & Sunday Style**

Februrary’s Personal Style Recap

Hello and happy Personal Style Monday! I’m coming down from a very busy and exciting pageant weekend. Yes, pageant season is in full swing and this weekend I was honored to severe as one of the judges for the International Junior Miss Maryland, DC & Virginia sate pageant. Getting to know several beautiful, motivated and intelligent young ladies was such a treat! I also had the chance to reconnect with some of my pageant family, as well as get to know many new faces. My family was there too so all in all, is was a very enjoyable weekend!

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Moving onto today’s post, I wanted to do a brief recap of my February outfits. Needless to say, the weather has been stuck on freezing for several weeks so I wasn’t able to snap or post as many looks as I planned. However, I did enjoy the looks I did share!

I stepped outside of the box when I wore my sheer maxi skirt and I absolutely LOVED that I went for it! The skirt has become one of my favorite wardrobe pieces – there are so many ways I can wear it, while showcasing my personal style. I also enjoyed wearing a little color this month. Form the thrifted red pants  to the blue thrifted Janet Jackson inspired jacket, color was indeed present!

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Of course I had to bring out the thrifted cape and show off my thrifted menswear stlye. I also stayed true to my casual and chic personal style when I dressed for the snowy weather. My thrifty grey ensemble kept me warm and stylish! ;-)

So tell me, what was your favorite look from February? Were you a fan of the sheer skirt or the thrifted menswear? Let me know! 

Also, don’t forget to linkup your outfits below - I enjoy checking out your personal style! All I ask is that you link your outfit back to this post and don’t forget to visit other bloggers too!
Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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February’s Personal Style Roundup

 **Linkups: Sunday Style, Stylish Tuesday, Style Sessions & Thrifters Anonymous**

Thrifty Thursday – Thrifted Menswear & A Thrift With Nic Announcement

Today is Thrifty Thursday! I purchased this men’s shirt last Friday while thrifting. I often venture over to the men’s section while thrifting. I enjoy wearing thrifted menswear and I actually find most of my (oversized) sweaters and shirts, sweatshirts and sometimes coats/jackets from the men’s side.

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Cape: Hervé Bernard, Thrifted// Men’s Shirt: Thrifted//Leggings: Lord & Taylor//Flats: Tory Burch// Necklace: eBay//Purse: Gifted

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I love the color and pattern of the shirt and it goes perfectly with a nice pair of leggings & flats – my current uniform of choice, lol. This brings up a “style point” – one of the reasons I enjoy thrifted menswear is because the oversized tops play to my semi-chic, casual and practical thrifted personal style. I can also pair this shirt with ankle pants/jeans and sandals once it gets warmer outside. Since it was a little cooler outside this day, I added my thrifted cape. I just can’t get enough of this thing! ;-)

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So there’s no secret that I enjoy thrifting, right? Well, how would you like to join me for a morning of thrifting & thrift conversation? I’m pleased to announce that I’m teaming up with the Goodwill of Greater Washington for my 1st, Thrift With Nic in person event! If you’re in the DC, Maryland or Virginia area on April 5th, come join me at the Goodwill Annandale location. To register, visit Eventbrite and grab your FREE ticket!

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So tell me, do you enjoy thrifing menswear? Have you ever found a thrifted menswear gem? Will you be making it to my Thrift With Nic Event? Let me know! 

Have a great day, be blessed and be safe…XO! :-)

**Linkups: Tres-Chic Thursday, The Style Record & Style Sessions**

Personal Style Monday – Snow Day OOTD

Happy Monday! I’m still getting over all the snow we got here in (Howard County) Maryland. I think the total accumulation was somewhere around 15-17 inches or so. While it was pretty to look at, it was no fun shoveling and digging out our cars. LOL! But we got it done – fingers crossed that’s the last of the snow for the season!

As you can probably imagine, I didn’t wear my most fashionable threads during the snow days. I did however wear this outfit right before the heavy snow came – this is my version of a (pre) snow day OOTD. ;-) Not 100% prepared, I didn’t have any boots so the thrifted flats had to do, lol!

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Beanie: Dollar Store// Scarf: Gifted// Coat: Simply Be// Denim: Thrifted// Flats: Thrifted// Men’s Sweatshirt: Thrifted// Purse: Bakers (old)// Necklace: Thrifted// Ring: Purchased in Greece

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Despite the snow, I was still able to enjoy my Valentine’s Day with the hubby. We went to the movies, lunch and shopped a bit – nothing too big. The movie we decided to go see was About Last Night. Can you say, hilarious?! Kevin Hart and Regina Hall were the perfect funny duo while Micheal Ealy and Joy Bryant were the perfect sweet balance. Overall the movie had a good message and provided a nice hearty dose of humor. If you haven’t seen it, you should make that your next movie choice.

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So, did you get any snow in your area? What did you wear this weekend? Did you wear a snow day OOTD too? Let me know and be sure to link up your latest outfits below – I want to see your personal style! Don’t forget to link your outfit back to this post and feel free to visit the others who linked up too! 

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Be blessed & stay safe…XO!

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**Linkups: Manic Monday, Style SessionsSunday Style Linkup, Stylish TuesdayStyle Elixir, Get Your Pretty On & Mix it Monday**