I'm a full timer in a corporate environment, which requires me to bring a polished and professional look into the workplace; however, I do have some flexibility. I have the opportunity to keep it a little more casual, but even when I'm "dressed down"- I still want to project a look that's pulled together.
I'm more of a hot weather gal, but the one thing I do like about the declining temperatures is the ability to add richer colors and more texture into my wardrobe. My outfit itself is very basic - a pair of girlfriend jeans and a top. But it's the suede trench and boots that make the look.
So, the Fall weather on the East Coast has officially kicked in and we're at the point where the mornings and evenings are chilly, and it's pretty nice during the day. This dress is perfect to transition from Summer to Fall, because it has short sleeves and can be worn as a dress during the warmer weather. But when it's a little chillier, like now, you can layer a cape or blazer on top, and put a pair of leggings underneath. (shown here)
Last weekend, I had the honor and privilege of participating in a professional development workshop at Girls, Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ.
The goal was to teach the Girls, Inc. interns the "Rules of the Game" while navigating through the professional landscape. Topics included, Slaying Your Werk, Communication, Staying Open, and my workshop was titled "Looking the Part."
We had an awesome group of women presenting insightful and practical information, and the young women were very open and receptive to the information. The day was filled with food, fun, lots of information, and fabulous giveaways.
You've probably noticed that I have a thing for skirts - particularly circle skirts. They're so festive, fun, and fancy. Over the past few years, I've accumulated a number of statement skirts that typically turn heads. This post includes only a handful of them, along with potential shoe pairings. Perhaps I'll create another post to highlight a few of my other notable skirts. (1) Pleated skirts have been back for a few years now, and this skirt takes it to another level with the metallic effect. Yes, it may look like aluminum foil, but I can make it work. I can go simple and do a basic black or white top, or I can go over the top and do something brighter and more vibrant. We'll see...
Zara skirt. Prada peep toe pumps.
(2) This skirt is a few years old and I've worn it a handful of times. It's your basic circle skirt, but the red is so rich, and that's what's making the statement here. The bold printed shoes bring the skirt to life.
I wore this dress while hanging out with my family on Saturday. I bought it at the beginning of the summer from H&M, but never wore it. It had shoulder straps, but for some reason it just didn't fit right, so I cut them off...
You can see the details of the dress in this closeup picture. I layered a tank underneath to conceal my bra straps. I can switch up the color of the tank or layer a cropped denim vest on top to change up the look a bit.
We've all heard the expression "less is more" - and I think that is certainly true in some situations. However, I also subscribe to the theory that "more is more." There are times when I want to be bold, ostentatious and over-the-top - and it can work, with the right pieces.
This is my "evening look" from last week's "Girls Getaway"- and I went with not 1, not 2, but 3 statement pieces. Sounds like a bit much, right?
Those who know me, know that Janet Jackson is one of my all time favorite performers. I was eLAted when she dropped a new album last year and even more excited to get an orchestra level ticket to her concert in Philadelphia. That concert was supposed to be going on right now...but we all know that she had to postpone her tour.
I'm not too happy about that.
But in honor of what would have been her concert night, I wore the t-shirt that I purchased along with her most recent work, "Unbreakable."
This is a simple go-to outfit that doesn't require much effort. I bought this dress from Banana Republic a few years ago and I adore the fit. It has some elasticity so it hugs my body and the skirt flares out and adds balance to my upper half. I layered a black tank underneath to avoid unnecessary exposure at the office.
This skirt has been around for quite some time. I've had it for about 8 years, and it's still one of my favorite pieces. Black and white of course...
I decided to keep things simple and wear a black button down blouse and WHITE PUMPS! I never thought I'd wear a pair of white pumps. Something about them always seemed sterile and tacky to me. But I have since changed my mind.
As much as I love the combination of black and white, I have to bring out the bright colors for the summer. My last post featured a "bumble bee" inspired combination of colors, but this post is all about orange sherbet. And I threw in a little cream with the necklace.
I love getting a good deal as much as I love fabulous fashion! A while back I wrote a post called, "Fudge It on a Budget." The focus of that piece was scoring fab finds at a fraction of their original cost. A lot of that advice still stands, but there's one tip I omitted because I don't want to encourage habits that rely on the use of credit.
I've made my share of credit card mistakes, but I'm a lot more credit savvy now, and have weaned myself off my credit card addiction. Typically, if I use a credit card, I'll pay it off immediately. This way, I'm accruing rewards and benefits, but I'm not running up my bill.
I have a new design available in my t-shirt store. It's a part of my "Mommy and Mini" collection and is available in ladies and girls sizes. If you and your mini are a fabulous and fashionable duo, or if you know a stylish "mommy and mini" team, these t-shirts would make a fab gift!
For us fashion lovers, I think
there is always a fashion philosophy that guides us - whether we realize it or
not. So I sat down and decided to get my fashion philosophy out of my head and
put it into words. Here are my top 10:
YOU’RE BEING JUDGED BASED ON THE
WAY YOU LOOK
This is no new concept, but
it's certainly the reality of things. You can present yourself to the world in any way
you’d like - just know that the way you show up will have an impact on how
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A LOT OF
MONEY TO LOOK GOOD
Fashion can be accessible at all price points. If you follow my blog, you’ll notice that I occasionally
pepper my closet with a few designer pieces here and there (almost always on
sale), but my wardrobe is built mainly on items that the “average woman” can
A sense of style, imagination,
and creativity are the keys to looking like you spent a lot, even if you didn’t.
I am often asked where I shop for my clothing, so I put this post together so I can have somewhere to point folks who want to know. As long as I like a design, the price is right, and the quality is good enough for the intended purpose, then I'm good. However, I do have my "go-to" stores.
When I tell people that I shop at Express, they are
typically shocked. They may think that
Express caters to a younger demographic - which is true, and that some of their
items are very trendy - and that's also true - but those are good things.
I’ve been shopping at Express for MANY years. I love their selection of fashionable clothing and accessories, and because
I’ve been an Express junkie for so long, I know the layout of the stores, what
types of pieces they typically carry, and the the fit of the clothes. In many cases, I can simply pull something off the rack and know how it will
fit without trying it on. Express jeans and blazers are some of my favorite pieces. In addition, I’m aware of the sale patterns of the store, and I’m an Express cardholder, as well as an Express NEXT member, so I almost never pay full price for anything. In many of my posts, you can see me rockin’ something from Express.
My last post featured some spring-like pieces, because I was lulled into a false sense of security by the few days of good weather that we had. Over the past few days, I've been jolted back into reality with the return of the colder temperatures. Although I'm eager for warmer weather, lighter fabrics, and brighter hues, I'll look on the bright side because I can still get a few wears out of some of my favorite winter pieces. I treated myself to these babies some months back. (similar version here) I visited my hometown of Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn, and stopped by Minicentro Shoes. They have such an interesting assortment of Italian leather shoes. You don't have to worry about seeing too many folks with the same styles, because their selection is pretty unique.
The weather on the east coast has been beautiful these past few days, and tomorrow we turn our clocks ahead an hour. I'm not sure how long this nice weather will last, but I am so anxious to start incorporating more Spring-like pieces into my wardrobe.
These beauties are by Sam Edelman. You can see me rocking them here in black.
Wow, I can't believe it has been almost a month since I last posted. This has been a really busy time for me, but this past Friday, some of my girls and I got together for our 2nd annual "Galentine's Day" dinner. Galentine's Day is the opportunity for us gals to get together and show love for ourselves. It's no coincidence that it falls on the Friday before Valentine's Day...