Thursday, November 13, 2014

Frugal or Fab?





| Dress - T Tahari (original version) | Jacket - F21 | Booties - Dolce Vita |  
| Purse - The Limited |

I can be very frugal at times, almost to a fault.  I sometimes pass on an items I really love because in my mind the item isn't worth the price tag. In most cases I play the waiting game until it's marked down and I snatch it up.  Sometimes the waiting game doesn't always workout.  

Case in point I spotted this very dress at Bloomingdale's last year September.  It was well over $100 and the frugal fashionista in me just couldn't throw down the cash and make the purchase.  The dress finally made it's way to the usual discount retailers but I wasn't able to find my size.  Of course I thought all hope was lost until I came across this dress on Amazon.com of all places, on clearance.  Can you believe after waiting so long to get a great deal I still hesitated, lol. Finally after realizing I could get an additional 20% my first order I made my purchase.

Do y'all know the dress arrived and fit my hips perfectly but looked like an over-sized shirt on top, ugh!  After a quick fitting with my seamstress we decided to remove the sleeves and voila I had a brand new dress custom fitted just for me. The hassle was definitely worth it, this dress is amazing!

I know I am not the only one that chases down a great item or am I? Lol.






Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Red, White and Blue




 
  | Dress - Calvin Klein | Blazer - HM | Purse - Rebecca Minkoff | Sandals - Ralph Lauren |

I almost feel bad posting these pics because its still very warm here in Miami.  It has cooled off but not enough to pull out the leather jackets and boots consistently.  I actually took these pics a few weeks ago but never had time to sit down post them. It actually worked out perfectly for a great veterans day post.

I absolutely love Calvin Klein dresses, they are perfect for the office and you can always find them at discount retailers like Ross, Marshall or TJ Maxx.  You can check out my other Calvin Klein favorites here, here and here.

Ok, I am off to enjoy my day as a veteran and grab my free coffee from Starbucks!



Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Wear: Long Sleeve Crop Top

| Crop Top - F21 | Skirt - F21 | Booties - Dolce Vita | Clutch - F21 |

Have you ever had a bad day and threw on something cute to make yourself feel better? That's exactly how I ended up wearing this skirt again so soon.  I don't know about y'all but a cute outfit can always put me in a good mood.  If you follow me on FB you know that I was able to snag this exact skirt in black! I can't wait for it to arrive so I can wear over and over again.

School has been killer of course, today marks the half way point and its only going to get tougher from here on out.  I hope I can pop back in with a few outfits before the month is over.  I did make time to attend the Oprah Life You Want Tour this past weekend...two words auh-mazing, more about that later this week. 

One of my favorite quotes from the weekend: "You are responsible for your intentions" - Oprah


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Basics

| Blazer - F21 | Dress - HM (similar) | Purse - Target (similar) | Belt - Loft | 
| Pumps - BCBG  | Bracelets - HM (similar) |

Wearing a basic blazer and dress to work isn’t always so bad.  I honestly get tired of trying to reinvent my clothes on a daily basis.  I have created (in my mind) this exceptional standard when it comes to my appearance and sometimes I’m not here for it.  This outfit is something I pulled out my closet right before work and I think it came together nicely.

Of course adding little details to an outfit is what keeps basic from being boring.  For instance instead of just wearing my hair pulled back I did a quick side twist.  I kept my earrings simple so they wouldn’t over power my hair.  My blazer is nothing exceptional but the puff sleeves are a cute detail.  I had to add a waist belt to pull everything in. Lastly, I stacked on several sparkly bracelets and wore leopard pumps because they both go with everything, right?



Friday, October 3, 2014

Quilted

| Blazer - HM (similar) | Tank Top - F21 | Skirt - F21 (wait list) | Shoes - Betsy Johnson
| Purse - Rebecca Minkoff

Everything I love in one look...fitted blazer, girly skirt, pretty shoes and a beautiful purse.  This skirt is the newest addition to my closet and I am mad that I didn't get the black skirt as well, ugh! Now I have to stalk Forever 21 every day and wait for them to re-stock.  The quilted jogger type material caught my attention immediately.  However, I was leery of the pleating because large pleats make my already big booty and wide hips looks even bigger.  I am happy to report this skirt makes the cut and has the just the right amount of volume for the girly girl in all of us. 

So white purses are something that I've avoided until earlier this year when I purchased this one.  I loved it but the shape was all wrong.  When I saw this Rebecca Minkoff tote at Nordstrom Rack I knew it was for me.  I love a good work tote and this one also doubles as a school bag.  It easily fits my MacBook and a textbook or two. It may be fall but I plan to rock this baby all the way through the end of the year.