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Saturday, May 31, 2014

All That Glitters!

I'm in Brooklyn again. Went out with my girls for a birthday dinner.

I wore my H&M sequins pants (also seen here and here), Express t-shirt with sequins lips (also seen here), and Enzo Angiolini suede and crystal pumps.




Friday, May 30, 2014

She's Wearing that aGAIN?

Hi everyone,

If you read my blog post titled My Fashion Philosophy, you know that I try to avoid wearing my clothing less than two weeks apart, but if it's a more notable piece, I usually wear it less frequently.

Earlier in the week, I was invited to attend a screening of a new Starz series called "Power," which premieres in early June.  It was an after work event, so I was going to change into something "cute," but when I tried on the sequins skirt I originally planned on wearing, it was a little too small. 

The weather was crappy, and I decided to make things easier on myself and wear something that would work for my "day job" that I could also wear to the screening.

So, I wore the dress that I wore on Mother's Day.  And I KNOW, Mother's Day was only a couple of weeks ago, but I changed things up a little by throwing on a faux leather cropped blazer from Guess, different jewelry, different shoes, and a colored tote.

While running around during the day, I received a number of compliments on my outfit.  Thanks for the love, Philly!

Here's how I switched it up.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Hello Brooklyn!

Yesterday, I spent some time in my hometown, Brooklyn, New York to see Dance Africa.  If you're not familiar with Dance Africa, please take a few moments to find out what it's all about.  It was fantastic!

  
Top from Boo Hoo
Necklace from Express


Pants from Talbot's.  Got them a few years ago, but had them turned into capris because they weren't long enough.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Heal Thy Heels

If you're an avid high heel wearer, then I'm sure you may have had an incident or two when walking the city streets.  They can be cruel to the well-heeled woman.

I know I should probably always switch to my "street shoes" when I'm out and about, but sometimes I just want the world to see my entire outfit - not the watered down version, with the "sensible shoes."  So anyway, I bought these Schutz mirrored silver sandals last summer.  I wore them twice, and the streets got me.  I think it happened in New York...

 

Needless to say - I was heartbroken.  I did some basic research on ways to fix this, but didn't come up with anything. Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but I do have a tiny bit of "craftiness" inside me, so I thought to myself, "Self, maybe a little glue and silver glitter will save the day." So here's what I did:

Friday, May 16, 2014

More Black and White

As I mentioned in a previous post, I like to treat myself well.  Last Sunday was Mother's Day, and I decided to celebrate by acquiring a couple of things I've been eyeballing for a little while now.

My love affair with black and white continues...

This horizontal striped tote is by Michael Kors and the pumps are by L.A.M.B.

I used the Macy's "Friends and Family" discount on the tote, and the shoes were recently marked down at 6pm.


 I've carried the bag a couple of times and have gotten several compliments on it.  I have yet to wear the shoes, but I can't wait.

-TFF

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Lunch

Okay, so this dress is not quite black and white, but it's close.  Late lunch/early dinner with the family.  

My Fashion Philosophy

I recently read "Without Saying A Word: The Silent Power of Style" by Monica Barnett.  The title alone instantly captured my interest, because I am a strong believer in dressing well and allowing your image to give the world a taste of who you are.

Monica provides a great blueprint to help navigate the waters of pulling your look together, including topics such as wardrobe basics, special occasions, traveling, and much more.  Monica's approach is conversational and very entertaining, and she makes you feel as if she's one of your girlfriend's who's lending a helping hand.   

Monica included her list of "style musts" and I thought that section was great.  Most women probably have a list of their own personal style guidelines, myself included, and I loved that section so much, it inspired me to publish my list.  Here goes:

My Beliefs
  • I believe in treating myself well.
  • I like to look pulled-together and classy.
  • Money can't buy happiness, but I really do love my wardrobe, which costs money, and in turn does make me happy.
  • You don’t have to spend a ton of money to look good.
  • There are brands/designers that I like, but style and quality dictate my purchases more so than name brands.
  • Sometimes less is more, but there are other times when more is more. 
  • Sometimes it's worth it to suffer for beauty.
  • You don't always have to "match."  It's great to mix it up sometimes - but a good monochromatic look can make a powerful statement. 
  • I don't see why I can't wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.  Fashion rules such as these are silly. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

T-shirts Make Great Gifts!

In a previous post, I mentioned that "Woman," the most recent design in my ladies t-shirt line, would become available soon.  I also mentioned that gift packaging would be available in time for Mother's Day.

Photo: T-shirts make great gifts! There's still time to order for Mother's Day.
Visit www.bellefemmetees.storeenvy.com or email bellefemmetees@yahoo.com for more information.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Think About It

When I conducted my workshop, "Dress to Impress: Making Your Personal Style Statement," one of the D.I.V.A. Principles I talked about was "Investing." I consider the image that I project to be an investment.  My image is a part of my statement to the world about who I am, what I represent and how I want to be perceived.

I've always been drawn to fashion and style, so I spend a lot of time reading fashion magazines, fashion and style blogs, and looking at fashion-related programs, because it's something that I love.  I get inspired by seeing how people get creative with their looks, and it helps validate my love of style and fashion.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to wear each day and how I want to look.  I take into consideration my activities for the day, whether or not I'll have a lot of walking to do, who I may potentially meet, what message I want to send, etc.  It may sound like a lot of work, but it's not, because it's something that I care about, and it's part of that investment I'm making in myself.