Monday, September 29, 2014

Birthday Girl


| T Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft | Skirt - JOA | Sandals - Zara | Clutch - F21 | Necklace - Zara |

I usually like for my birthday to be a big extravaganza staring me but this year I wasn't into all that.  My brother and his family drove down from NC to spend the weekend with me which was amazing.  It's always an experience when I am around my three nieces and this time wasn't any different, lol. They are a handful but I wouldn't trade them for anything. 

My actually birthday was last Monday 9/22 and since my family was in town the weekend before I didn't get a chance to celebrate with my blogging girls. I enjoyed a wonderful birthday brunch with them this weekend; it's always a great time when we get together.  One of the best things about blogging is meeting new people that become friends.  If I had never started blogging I would have never met Ashley, Jeanee and Kerissa.

My outfit was an easy comfortable look.  I found this skirt online randomly when Kerrisa and I were texting and shopping online one day together, which we do often.  I am a sucker for stripes and the fact that the skirt had pockets, a tulle underlay and was on sale made it a quick buy. The tulle is kind of itchy but it's not too annoying.  I ordered a really cute crop to from ASOS but it didn't work out so I went with the tried and true knotted t-shirt. As you can see I decided to try box braids.  Well I actually decided in May when I made my appointment for September! Ella's work is amazing which why she is already booked through next year! If you're in Miami check her out on IG @Ellabraids.


Lastly, kudos to Jeanee for my new blog layout.  Isn't it awesome, my friends are so talented! We are still working out the kinks so bear with us while we figure out the remaining details.  If you notice something not working let me know in the comments. Sorry for the super long post but I had so much to share ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Wear: Pleated Maxi

| 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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Peplum + Midi (Hit or Miss)

| 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?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Goodwill Haul

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

Tweed

 | 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.