Fashion Break: Celebrating my curves

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This morning while brushing my teeth I did something that’s unusual for me,  I stood in my full length mirror and looked at my naked body. No big deal normally but what was different was that for the first time in a very long time,  I appreciated it!  I look at myself everyday but I am hyper critical and pick myself apart from head to toe. Some days I can’t seem to find one good thing to say about my body. … NOT TODAY!
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Today I saw myself the way I really am,  not perfect but a beautiful brown healthy woman. I saw a body that is strong enough to give birth to six children,  survive 3 major surgeries,  2 c-sections and still healthy enough to run after a six year old in her 50 ‘ s (and I do mean run). I’m a little over a week away from turning 51 years old and I’m extremely grateful that God has saw fit to extend my life this long.
I’ve always been satisfied with my facial features for the most part,  I’m aging beautifully so I have no complaints but my body not so much. I’ve had large thighs all my adult life and since those six babies,  I’ve developed what I call a “kangaroo pouch” which I hated. However upon looking myself over this morning,  I declared out loud that I look good. And I do!  I will love this body that God gave me,  I will appreciate the strength it possesses and celebrate the beauty that it holds.

Thursday

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At least once during the summer I break out the white dress!! I’ve has it for a few years now and it’s such a feminine, fun silhouette that I can’t resist. I’m very feminine however I am not really very conscious of the fact that I have to be careful when wearing white. So you know what happens, I get a spill, a smudge, something that keeps me from being totally great in white! But yesterday, miracles of miracles…I stayed clean, oh happy day!
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I did nothing more than add a skinny belt and nude shoes….oh and red lips, that was a must!
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Happy Friday and lets’s celebrate the first day of August which makes me extremely happy as it is my birthday month!!!
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Tribal Fever

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I have quite a few pieces of clothing that I have deemed “going out” wear….what exactly does that mean? Well in my mind it means that I can only wear them when I am having an evening out, REALLY??? I have a very limited budget for clothes period, and since I spend most of my time at work, I’ve got to find ways to make my clothes work for all occasions. In comes the jumpsuit to the soiree, I purchased this jumpsuit a few weeks ago at Belk’s while strolling through to get to my barber shop (how evil is it that I have to go through the mall to get to my barber) it caught my eye as I was leaving the mall and with a sale going on it was very affordable.
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But now the problem was while I loved it and saw it as something I would wear often, I had classified it in my mind as personal time wear not work wear. Now here’s the thing with that is, I don’t go out often, LOL!  I’m still working on that getting out of the house thing (pray for me) so this would have made this a not so smart purchase. I had been toying with the idea of wearing it to work with a blazer to make it more professional but still in the back of my mind, I wasn’t quite sure. Like I’ve shared before my work environment is very relaxed in terms of what I can wear, it’s more like how you wear it that matters, so wearing a jumpsuit would not be an issue.
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The case was closed for me when my blogger crush Shea from Curves and Confidence styled her printed joggers for work. Loved it!!! Shea and I have the same ideas about looking polished and professional for work, so when I saw her outfit, I knew I was gonna do it. Last week my other crush Shaniqua of Fashion Pad debuted her printed jumpsuit that had me swooning and was the initial reason for the jumpsuit purchase to begin with. And may I say that they are my Florida homies and stay on slay when it comes to style!
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I styled the jumpsuit very simply with a pink blazer and sandals. I plan to wear it on one of my potential evening outs with lots of gold accessories.
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How do you feel about jumpsuits for work and how to repurpose clothing that seem to be more evening attire? Do share!

 

Go forth and please… be stylish

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I am not a Monday morning hater, quite the contrary I have always loved Monday mornings. But this Monday morning was out to get me because I left my handbag which was in my tote bag that is hanging on the doorknob of my bedroom. Talk about a fail!!! I have been driving around town, dropping my kids off to camp and day care only to arrive at my job, bagless.  I did however remember my lunch though so I guess my priorities are in order, LOL.

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I try to make Mondays as simple as possible so I put on a stretchy white pencil skirt with a ducktail peplum sleeveless blouse. Add a pair of single sole sandals and my leopard skinny belt…I am ready for Monday but not without my bag which I am going home right now to get!

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This is how the shoe looks with the fringe

Happy Monday!

Fashion Break: Life has never been the same

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Today is my angel girl’s 6th birthday!!! From the moment she took her first breath, life has never been the same. It’s never been easy but I can truthfully say that I wouldn’t change a thing about it or her. Tatiana is ball of energy, a force that is sometimes unstoppable but always bubbling with joy.

She lives life to the fullest on 100 everyday…Happy Birthday baby!!! Mommy loves you!!

This is your life, dress for it!

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The above quote is my personal mantra. It is my goal every time I leave my home to look my personal best. I’ve learned that when I don’t look good I don’t feel good and I project how I’m feeling out into the world. I dont need a special occasion for me to be dressed everyday is a special occasion as far as I’m concerned. But I said all that to say that I have recently learned that some women don’t feel that way and it kinda makes me sad. Clothing is a way to say so much without saying a single word and I try to say a lot through my style.

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Call me vain but I just believe in keeping myself up regardless of what I may be personally experiencing in my life. I may be doing not so great but I don’t have to look it do I?.

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Ladies and gents, looking good is something you do for yourself not to attract attention!  Now of course when you are looking good you will attract attention but that is a side benefit. Don’t wait for a special occasion to get cute,  your special occasion is right now today. Please don’t walk out of that house without taking a long look in the mirror and if you can’t say I look good today then give yourself permission to have a do over. Thou shall not be frumpy in my presence.  Friends don’t let friends give up on looking fabulous!

 

Now get to work. …

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Little Miss Firecracker

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The 4th of July was a perfect day!  I did pretty exactly what u wanted to do with exception of not going somewhere to see fireworks and eating some ribs (the greedy girl is showing). My day began leisurely with coffee and music then breakfast. After puttering around the house for s while,  I finally decided to get dressed to go find curtains for my living room. This was what I decided to put together to show my patriotic spirit. I did switch out the shoes later for silver flat sandals to be more comfortable and less obvious while in Burlington Coat Factory.

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I had this outfit in my head for weeks but hadn’t gone anywhere beyond work and church for weeks. And these shoes are something special! ! What I love best about them is I can remove the fringe if I want. What’s not to love about that? ?

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It may have been a bit much for curtain shopping but hey we’ve already established that I don’t get out much,  I take every opportunity to get dressed seriously!

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I know the holiday is over but I hope you had a simply fabulous one! !

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Fashion Break: Dear Blog

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Dear Blog,

It’s not you, it’s me….I know that’s what they all say but really it is me! I get dressed daily but since I don’t often have anyone to take my pics anymore, I just don’t try as hard as I should to post. I’m sorry!!! I know better, really I do but you know how it is, life happens and things go by the wayside. In my defense (you know I had to offer one) I’m on a shopping freeze, so I’m wearing the same things over and over again. I don’t have a problem with that for the most part (ok, I want new clothes so badly, LOL) but I don’t know how you feel about me doing that. I don’t want to break up, no I truly don’t, I love you so much so I hope you can be patient with me as I work all of this stuff out. Can we try again? Thank you for always seeing the best in me and giving me another chance to get it right!

 

Sincerely,

Cathy, the sometimes blogger known as Minister of Style

 

P.S. You do know this was all for you, my readers right? No you didn’t, well it was. Much love!!!

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Fashion Break: My starting over space

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I am finally in my new apartment officially! Whew was that some project! I am usually super organized and plan everything within an inch of my life but this time, not so much. I don’t know if I was in denial or what but I literally didn’t pack until a week before and then it was only a few boxes. This was a time that my planning and organizing powers should have been put to use but noooo…I had to make it hard by packing as I moved. BIG MISTAKE! That little error in judgement caused me to have to move all the contents of my apartment except the furniture and larger items by MYSELF over the course of 3 days in my car. My car is not built for transporting anything beyond what can fit in the trunk. She is high maintenance with her soft, butterscotch leather interior that can be nicked as quick as looking at it. But glory to God, I got it done however can I tell you that I have had all the exercise I need for this week, my body is aching and I will be doing nothing this weekend except moving from my bed, to the couch to the pool and back!

Besides the obvious that I need to stick to my who I am and stay on the ridiculously organized and neat track, I also learned that less truly is more! I downsized from a large 4 bedroom apartment to an average sized 2 bedroom apartment, I quickly found out that I had way too much stuff. Not junk or clutter, just things that I wasn’t using. I gave a lot of kitchen items to my son who is just starting out on his own, some things to Goodwill and the rest I am thinking of  a way of blessing you my supporters with clothing and accessories that I am not wearing.I am adopting a new mantra that will manifest itself in not buying anything that I don’t passionately love as well as have an immediate use for. Too often I purchase things for future use that oftentimes never comes.

In case you didn’t know I am also incredibly anal about having everything in it’s proper place, so I literally worked myself into complete exhaustion to get things into place. There are a few things I need to purchase here and there to add color and make my apartment more “me ” but overall I am pleased with the results. It is filled with sunlight by day and blissfully quiet at night. There is a sense of peace!

Now that my closet is back where it should be (did I tell you that the last things I moved out and in was my own closet, what kind of fashionista am I?? ) I should be posting outfits once again next week. Until then have a fantastic weekend and a Happy Father’s Day to the Dad’s out there, I hope you are spoiled with love on your special day!!

Until the next post….