Weekend Wear: Pleated Maxi

Monday, September 15, 2014

| Denim Jacket - Old Navy | Dress - Victoria's Secret (on sale) | Purse - Just Fab
| Sandals - Rampage |

Summer is not over yet, there's still plenty of time to rock those beautiful maxi dresses.  This dress has been on my radar for two summers and for two summers it was out of my price range.  However, I recently won a $250 Victoria's Secret gift card from Style of Sydne and this dress was the first thing I purchased. 

Even after placing the order for the dress and checking out how other bloggers rocked it I was still unsure how the pleats would look on my curvy frame.  I didn't want the fullness of the dress to make me appear bigger than I am.  I honestly could have gone with an XS instead of a S but I didn't want to risk the dress being too short.  Overall I love everything about this dress and it's already been worn three times!

Peplum + Midi (Hit or Miss)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

| Peplum - Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt - ASOS (similar) | Pumps - BCBG |  
| Purse - Ralph Lauren (similar) |

I have been wanting to try a peplum and midi skirt together for awhile but I think I missed the mark on this outfit.  I loved how it looked in person, but after reviewing these pictures I have concluded the following: my skirt should have been a little shorter and fuller.  I think having a fuller skirt would have added a nice dramatic effect and a shorter hem would have made me appear taller.  I do love the pink and leopard which adds a little something to the simple black and white.  So what do you guys think? Does this outfit need to be worked or do you love it as is?

Goodwill Haul

Monday, September 8, 2014

I had no clue how awesome thrifting was until I started blogging.  Thanks to several fab thrifty bloggers: Lexy, Kerissa, Leslie and Patrice I was hooked before I even stepped foot into a thrift store.  Thrifting requires time and patience, which over the past few years I was short on for several reasons.  However, when I did make time I found several amazing pieces:

The allure of finding fabulous clothing well below retail price always keeps me coming back to the Goodwill.  This weekend I went back to my thrifting roots not looking for anything specific but I hit the jackpot.

My number one find at the Goodwill is always blazers.  The majority of my blazer collection has come from the Goodwill, mostly from the designer section.  This black blazer I purchased is no exception.  Tahari blazers can retail well over $100 dollars, I was happy to pay $15.

I seriously hate buying coats but I need one for my upcoming winter trip back home to North Carolina.  I had no intentions of buying a coat this weekend but the black and white print immediately caught my eye.  Of course I was in love once I slipped it on.  The deal was ultimately sealed when I realized the coat was $8! Considering I will only wear this coat for five days, probably less, this was an awesome deal.

Next up is this beautiful ruffled striped top.  It has stripes, it's blue and it's Ralph Lauren.  Enough said.  I hate that they wrote the price on the shirt, thank goodness it didn't bleed through.

Last but not least, after searching for two years I found a leather pencil skirt! The zipper needs to be updated and the stitching on the split needs to be fixed but that's nothing compared to how much a new leather skirt would cost me. I can't wait to drop this off at the seamstress so she can work her magic. I am going to shutdown the office down when I bring this baby out.

I am very pleased with everything I found this weekend.  This Goodwill haul reminded me just how much I love thrifting and how with a little patience you can hit the jackpot.  So enough about my thrifting adventures, I want to hear from you guys.  If you're a blogger and thrift leave a link in the comments with your favorite thrifted item so I can check it out.  If you don't blog leaving a comment letting me know which item you like best from my haul. 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

 | Blazer - F21 (similar) | T Shirt - Old Navy (similar) | Skirt - Ann Taylor (similar) |  
| Sandals - Nine West | Purse - LV |

Long time no see! No excuses on my behalf, my time and resources just didn't come together like I wanted them to this past month.  It felt good getting out and taking these pictures, I actually felt like a blogger again. 

As you can see I am still rocking out with my natural hair, I love it.  Of course it's still an adjustment.  The feedback has been positive but of course you have a few people that are overly curious to the point of being inappropriate.  Then you have the few that want to voice their opinion as if it matters.  Regardless, I am taking it all in stride.

So tweed is definitely not on my radar because it absolutely has no give and it's more of a fall/winter fabric, which isn't conducive to South Florida weather.  However, I found this skirt at Ann Taylor on a whim and to my surprise it fit.  This purchase was also a double score because it was less than $20.  Hopefully, I can re-style it with a faux leather jacket and booties this winter, if we actually get a few cold days.

Labor Day Shopping

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Between online ads and blogs posts Labor Day sales were everywhere. I almost made it through the weekend without buying anything. Of course I knew better than to think I would not indulge but I gave it a good try. Here's my mini Labor Day haul:

I finally was able to get my hands on this Jessica Simpson dress.  I passed on it twice being frugal but it paid off because I scored this dress for $16.
I've been stalking this skirt for a few weeks waiting for it to go on sale.  I was afraid it would sell out; after missing out on other black and white midi skirts I went ahead and paid full price.  Hopefully it was will be worth the $62.

Finally a red pencil skirt! I already have the black one which I love; hopefully I will adore this one just as much.  You can see me wearing the black one here, here and here.

I hate shopping for pants; I can't even remember the last time I bought a pair of nice dress pants for work.  I usually end up returning every single pair I purchase.  I have high hopes for this pair, the mid rise and wide leg might make them a winner.

The next few items I purchased with my Victoria Secrets gift card I won from Sydne Style:

Double V Dress 
I almost bought this dress in black and white but I forced myself to go with the red.  I need more color in my closet.

 I think this bodysuit will look great with any combination I come with up.
I've had my eye on these sandals all summer and they finally went on sale.  I hope the red is just as bright in person as it appears to be online. 

Now I just have to wait patiently for my packages to arrive, hopefully everything fits.  Did you guys take part in any Labor Day sales?