Fall is here on the calendar (we don’t have a true Fall season here in Florida) and for most of the country that means sweater weather and boots. If you were to try that here, you would truly feel the fire!! We are stilll experiencing 80 degree days for the most part however the early mornings are cooler. What Fall means for me is that I return to a more structured way of dressing. No more sundresses and flowy tops, I transition into pencil skirts and sheath dresses. I still wear sandals because I despise having my toes closed in usually and after all it is Florida and I must take advantage of the fact that I can pretty much go bare legged with open toes all year round.
I wanted to show Monday that I am taking no foolishness from it, so I pulled on my black and white print dress. I don’t really know what the print is but it reminds me of a windowpane effect. I’ve had this dress for a few years now so I don’t really remember where it came from but I think it was Ross. The shoes were gifted to me by my sister girl, Kerissa over at A Diva Mom’s Journey, they are Jessica Simpson.
While I do love my sundresses, I enjoy the formality of Fall attire. I feel more polished and ready to take on the world…don’t I look it!
This post title makes no sense but since I am wearing a vanilla color, I just went with it. You all have seen this dress before on the blog, it’s my $14.99 (I think that’s the price) Walmart lace midi dress. I’m trying to slowly re immerse myself back into less summery clothes (i.e. no boho, free flowing garments, LOL) so I grabbed this dress and actually put on closed toe shows. I love the shoe itself but you all know how much I hate having my toes closed in. Even when I lived in NJ, I would wear peep toe shoes in the dead of winter. Now that Fall is coming upon us (I don’t actually believe in cold weather but I digress)
I’ll tell ya, it is not the clothes that make the woman but the woman who makes the clothes. This dress proves that statement! That is all!
This past weekend was my birthday weekend! My birthday was Sunday and I had all kinds of plans going on in my head for what I wanted to happen but what actually happened was…not much! For a variety of reason the biggest one was not having a sitter for the kids left me with a head full of ideas but no tangible way to execute them. Yes I could have done something kid friendly however my everyday life is all about family, I just wanted a day that was all about me period! So since that wasn’t destined to be I spent the day preparing them for the first day of school which was yesterday…YIPPEE!!!.
I did get a few hours on Saturday to be alone so I did a little window shopping and took myself to have a super yummy burger and fries at Ruby Tuesdays! (you do know about getting a FREE birthday burger by signing up for their So Connected program right? Go now…) I decided that I wanted to be relaxed but with a beachy vibe so I grabbed a pair of white (yep I’m daring like that, white to go eat a burger) distressed shorts and a batik patterned tunic that I found brand new while thrifting. I slipped into flat gold and white thong sandals and I was done. Easy, breezy beautiful!
The kids and I did step out to run an errand or two and I felt like, it’s mah birthday I deserve to get fancy so I did just that. I slipped into my black tutu skirt with my Black girls are magic tee shirt (we really are) and just for fun and because I don’t wear heels when I’m running around with Tatiana, a pair of animal print slip on sneakers. I adored the funky vibe the outfit gave off and little girls loved it. I was accosted by several little ladies who told me that I was rocking that skirt. I will not argue with the babies, they know what’s best LOL. Of course I staged a birthday photo shoot and her are the results. I was showing out…don’t say you weren’t warned.
No my birthday didn’t go as I planned it but I spent it with the two people who love me most in the world and that’s pretty darned fabulous as far as I’m concerned. God added another year to my life and I’m so so grateful, if He spares me until next year maybe I’l spend the day the way I planned…who knows but I’m just happy I’m still here!
Lately I’ve fallen into what is termed resort wear type of clothing. I think it the heat, humidity and just the laziness of summer that has me hooked on loose clothing. This palazzo pants jumpsuit fit exactly what I’m needing to wear at this time. I’ll return to my structured dresses but for now… This is what the doctor ordered. It’s strapless, black and white with a touch of green in a BOLD print….love! I actually wore this jumpsuit in the Angelwood Fashion Show my daughter was in but I’ve been itching to wear it for work before the season was over. Since it’s strapless I had to make it work appropriate so I had to cover up those shoulders. I was wanting a white blazer to throw over it however I have not yet found my perfect white blazer, so I shopped my closet and grabbed a short black cardigan to swap instead of a blazer.
I love the simplicity of this jumpsuit, it’s chic and the bold print is very eye catching! But what really sold me on it was the wide legged pants. I happen to be a fan of wide legged pants, I think they are such an elegant look. And of course the price point is great, $29.99 at Stein Mart (which has now been reduced to $20.99). Yes, I did say Stein Mart! I know everyone thinks it’s a nice store but for older women. Well I am an older woman but Stein Mart should be reconsidered with a fresh eye. I did see things I would not let my mother wear but I found more stylish, beautiful clothing than I expected. I’m not a huge lover of pants but wide legged ones, yes please!
I love the opportunity to interact with so many different people through blogging! Since I started in 2009 I cannot even begin to tell you how many wonderful people I have met through the internets however it is a rare occasion when you happen to meet in person. Well Saturday such an occurrence happened. One of my earliest readers and blogging boo, Tracy was visiting Jacksonville and we arranged a few minutes to finally meet and chat.
It was wonderful to put the personality with the face, you see someone all the time online but often times the person you think they are is so not who they turn out to be. Not so with Tracy! She was bubbly, funny and outgoing…I truly felt no awkwardness with her at all. Exactly how you hope things will be. I wish we had more time to spend together however our original time that we planned for on Friday afternoon was a wash, literally. It raining so hard on my way to meet her that I had to pull over several times because the rain just made my windshield wipes useless. Next time Tracy, we have a standing date to have even more great conversation over a meal. Do you guys venture from behind the computer to meet in person the folks you interact with or do you keep it strictly online? Please share, I’d love to know your thoughts.
I’ve been super duper busy, no for real y’all this time, LOL. I’ve been making my modeling debuts on the runway (I’ll tell you more about that in a separate post) and ….ON TELEVISION!!! Yes, yours truly was a live model for my girl, Trice over at High Heels and Good Meals. She was a guest on a style segment talking about style tips for teachers. She was simply awesome, a real natural.
I modeled an outfit from the blog that was teacher appropriate and approved! I had such a great time, I could get use to this life very easily! I was a little nervous but much less than I thought I would be. Like one of my Instagram buddies stated let’s let the universe marinate on a Minister of Style Show…BOOM! Ok, I’m out until next time.
I don’t believe I ever wore a tutu when I was a little girl so I guess that’s why I’m so enamored with them now. For my 50th birthday I made my own tutu with the tutorial, Consider Me Lovely created. I’ve been wanting a black knee length one and God answered my request through the one and only, Reiko The Concierge of Kindness also known as the blogger behind the blog, God’s Favorite Shoes. She gifted this one to me and I’m so in love with it and her!
I decided it just might be a little too much for work (I really tried to find a way to work it in) but I knew I could wear it to church. The question was how would I style it? Since the skirt itself is kinda a big, poufy ball of tulle I went simple. A graphic tee with a cheeky saying with gold and black snakeskin print ankle strap sandals. My skirt needs a little nip in the waist to take it in but you know I wasn’t waiting on that, so I wrapped a big leather obi belt around me.
I really got carried away with the princess-y feeling and had to fight off the desire to wear a tiara (yes we have several lying around the house, doesn’t everyone?) so instead I used a piece of material I had and wrapped my head in a crown. Same effect, more regal!. I miss wrapping my head. I think I’m going to get back into it. Stay tuned for the next wearing of this skirt…I’m feeling a Mommy and Me outfit with my little lady!
Everyone is in love with kimonos this season and rightly so, but they usually have been reserved for weekend wear. I saw the potential of a kimono to become a work wear staple during the summer months so I decided to test wear my theory. I’ve worn this kimono many times before however always worn open more like you would a cardigan. Today I treated my kimono like a blazer, wearing it closed and belted. I have a white cami on underneath just in case it gets really hot and I can’t stand to be closed up any longer or for those accidental wardrobe malfunction that seem to inevitably happen (at least to me). I wanted to keep the look crisp and clean so I added my white pencil skirt and white ankle strap shoes.
I thrifted this kimono years ago but it was calf length, I had it cut off to hip length because even back then I knew this piece was destined to be more than someone’s bathrobe which initially I believe that is how it started its life. It is very lightweight, made of cotton so very perfect for the warmer months This is an easy way to wear a jacket during the summer without frying in the heat. Get your kimono out of weekend rotation and take it for a spin during the week for work. You’ll get more cost per wear out of it and have the opportunity to wear a much loved piece even more.
Warm weather unleashes my inner flower child! I am actually very torn between the boho chick and the polished professional most days. Just like Beyonce has her alter ego Sasha Fierce, I too have an alter ego…I call her Rastagal. The name was coined by my then husband due to the fact that I wore my hair in locs back then and my personality is a fun loving, beach adoring, Jamaica-holic flower child. If I could live on the beach, I would give up all the trapping of fashion and live out my days barefoot in maxi dresses.
Since right now that’s not possible, I try to find ways to incorporate my boho style into my work look on a regular basis. Today is one of those days, I was inspired by Glenda of So What to Twenty to create this look. She took an off the shoulder white top with a black midi skirt and made it in my opinion office appropriate. I curated my own version of her look with a white tank top, a black quilted midi skirt and this fabulous bell sleeved, crochet back jacket. As soon as I saw this little jacket I fell in love, it’s so me.
I think unless you are into club wear for your daily attire (no judgement) you can easily find small ways of sneaking touches of your personality into your work wear if you work in an environment where there is a dress code enforced.