Holiday Party Style Challenge: Blogger Collab

Holiday Party Style Collage 2For today’s post, I am super excited to be collaborating with one of my favorite blogger friends, Akinyi from F.I.T.S. on Me, for a special holiday edition style challenge!  Akinyi has such an amazing and unique style perspective!  And with so many fabulous events over the holidays (family get togethers, dinners with friends, parties, etc.), we both thought it would be fun to show our individual takes on dressing for the holiday season!

I absolutely love Akinyi’s look!  It’s ultra chic and perfect for a holiday party!  I especially love her fur jacket!  Such a fun and festive print and the colors are perfect for the holidays!  Be sure to check out her full post here!

Tulle Skirt - Holiday Party LooksFor my look, I decided to rock tulle and sequins baby!  Yep!  Nothing says fun more than a tulle skirt!  It just radiates happiness! And we all know that sequins is an absolute must have for any holiday event!  So, put the two of them together and you have the perfect combo for a holiday party!

Tulle Skirt - Holiday Party I have to admit that I really love how this turned out!  I felt like such a girl with it on!  And it definitely put me in the mood for some good holiday fun!

Tulle Skirt - Holiday Party What I’m Wearing: J. Crew Sequin Tee, Tulle Skirt (eBay), Colin Stuart Black Sequin Heels, Urban Expressions Clutch, Zara Pearl Statement Necklace, Versona Accessories

Where Am I: Shopton Road

Tulle Skirt - Holiday Party What’s your favorite way to rock a holiday party?  Let me know!

Have a great week everyone!  Enjoy this fabulous time of year!  And Happy Holidays!!

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OOTD: The Bow Blouse

The Bow BlouseWhelp…  it’s happened again lovelies!  Yep… I have found yet another crazy obsession!  This time….  those ultra feminine bow blouses!  I can’t seem to get enough of this beauty!!  There is something very retro yet classic about this blouse.  It definitely makes a girl feel all Joan Collins and Dynasty for a moment!!  And I love it!

The Bow BlouseI was initially drawn to this style blouse because of the femininity and sophistication of it (and of course the big bows…  I mean who doesn’t love big bows??) but as I have been picking up different ones (yes, I have about 6 different styles and colors)… I think what I love the most is the versatility of the blouse itself.  I have literally worn this style blouse in a variety of different settings and looks… casually with jeans, with skirts, with trousers to work etc.

The Bow BlouseThe true “gem” style for me though has been layering it under another piece (as I did for today’s look)!  I love placing this blouse under a sweater or dress!  There is something very unexpected about it.  It has absolutely reinvigorated some old dresses that I have had in my closet for awhile!  It gives the look just a little something extra!

The Bow BlouseWhat I’m Wearing: J. Crew Sweater, Zara Bow Tie Blouse, Zara Jeans, Zara Boots, Zara Bag, Versona Accessories

Where Am I: The Sanctuary

Have you fallen in love with the bow blouse yet?  How are you wearing it?

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OOTD: How to Wear the Sweater Coat Trend

DSC_0068 Happy New Year Blog Family!  I apologize for my absence over the past few weeks.  Life has been quite busy… full of lots of new beginnings, celebrations and good times!  First things first….  My baby niece (Micah Grace) arrived on December 21…  nearly 6 weeks early… but beautiful and healthy.  Yay!!!  She is such a blessing!!!  And I already know there will be lots of spoiling going on.  She is beyond adorable.  (I’m sure she’ll be making many guest appearances in the blog!) So between her arrival, my standard last minute Christmas shopping, prepping for hosting Christmas this year, a one day trip to the parents house on Christmas Eve, a trip back to Charlotte on Christmas Day with everyone in tow and a full week of family in town…  umm…  I’m bushed!  But I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  It was such a great time.  There is nothing like a new baby and her arrival made the holiday and the family time even more special.  It was exactly what the holiday should be all about….

DSC_0019Anyway, if you haven’t noticed…  sweater coats are definitely making a comeback this winter and this time, lots of vibrant prints and deep, rich colors are being added to this classic piece!  Of course my take on any jacket or coat is that it is just another “accessory” for your ensemble.  And the sweater coat is no exception to that.  It’s an easy way to add instant polish to any look and make a statement while doing it!  It’s extremely versatile and a great layering option.  And to me, it’s a little more jazzy that the classic cardigan but can be paired in virtually the same way….  How could you ask for more??

DSC_0031This particular look is more of a thin sweater coat…  And I loved it for that very reason.  It literally  “floated” as I walked.  There is something about that effortless floaty look that just makes you feel so chic!!!  Love it.  Even if this look is not for you, there are so many variations of it, it’s easy to make your own (consider a chunky knit version or a ski sweater coat for instance).

DSC_0061What I’m Wearing: Village Road Sweater Coat, Project Social Tee, J. Crew Skinny Jeans, Kelsi Dagger Riding Boots, Versona Accessories Necklace and Earrings, Kate Spade Sunnies

How are you wearing this trend?  What other knit trends are you loving right now?  Let me know.

I hope everyone had a great holiday and terrific start to the year!!!!

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OOTD: Holiday Party Edition

I had a chance this past weekend to attend my first official Holiday Party of the season (ok, this may be my only holiday party of the season unless some serious invites show up soon!).  Anyway, I attended the Gray’s Annual Holiday Party at the Harvey B. Gantt Center this past Saturday.

This was a “party with a purpose” since the party was actually a fundraiser for the Gantt Center itself.  (For those unfamiliar, the Gantt Center is an African American Arts & Cultural Center located in Uptown Charlotte in the Levine Arts District).  It is an amazing venue.  The “America I Am Exhibit” is currently on display there and a ticket to the party offered a free tour of the exhibit, in addition to complimentary drinks all evening, a cajun style buffet and a jazz band and DJ.

I decided to wear one of my fave J. Crew Cocktail dresses for this event.  I am a huge J. Crew fan but I have a special love for their party and cocktail dresses.  Their collections always have a variety of dresses to choose from for every personality type – from minimalist to whimsical – and the colors are always amazing.  This dress I especially love because of the stunning metallic hue.  It just screams holidays to me!

Anyway, the night was sheer fun — great music, an electric crowd and  good food!  I had the best time out in a long time and other than some really angry feet at the end of the night — all was good!!  How have your holiday parties been so far?  What’s your holiday party style?  IMG_0797

What I’m Wearing: J. Crew Cocktail Dress, J. Crew Statement Necklace, Sam Edelman heels, Kenneth Cole Clutch, Versona Accessories Earrings

The Long and Short of It: How to Wear a Short Sleeve Jacket in the Fall/Winter

DSC_0045The weather in Charlotte this weekend has been amazing…  Honestly, I really shouldn’t just say the weekend, it’s been pretty incredible for awhile.  We’ve reached nearly 70 degrees for several days in a row and it feels great.  I guess the downside is that it puts a bit of a damper on the whole holiday “weather outside is frightful” thing but oh well…  I’m sure cooler weather will be coming soon.

DSC_0038Anyway, I’m sure you noticed in my last post that I sported a short sleeve blazer look with a long sleeve tee.  With the great weather this weekend, I thought it would be a perfect time to experiment again with that layering style.  Layering is an essential part of cooler weather fashion.  And I find myself doing it more and more since the weather here has been even more fickle than usual.  Just as the denim vest and classic cardigan have become a perfect transitional and layering piece, a short sleeve or cropped sleeve blazer can serve that purpose as well.  But the truth is, I’m not a big vest person and the cardigan can be so overdone.  So, for me, this gives another unexpected layering option.  In fact, I love the idea of this look not being just for spring and summer.  It can be a staple piece year round!  Just take your blazer or jacket and layer it right over your long sleeve tee or turtleneck (and don’t shy away from mixing prints and colors when you do).DSC_0039

What I’m Wearing: Kenya L Designs Blazer – purchase here, J. Crew Turtleneck, J. Crew Mid-Rise Skinnies, Quipid Riding Boots, Versona Accessories (new Versona Accessories I might add.  Just picked up that awesome necklace last weekend (on clearance no less))!!  Woo-hoo!

What’s your favorite way to layer?  Let me know.  Have a good week everyone!!!!

Lite Brite, Anyone? – Brights in Bold Fall Fashion

As I was uploading and reviewing the photos from today’s post, I couldn’t help but think of the Lite Brite  toy by Hasbro from the 80’s.  Does anybody else remember this toy?  Or am I completely dating myself?  Ok, so granted, I never actually had one — but I do vividly remember the commercials, in particular around the holidays, of little kids creating crazy designs on a dark board with neon bright pegs.  And I always thought it was the coolest thing….  Anyway, today’s photos definitely brought it back to me – bright colors against a dark back drop – hence the inspired title!

Anyway, my outfit inspiration from today actually came from a J. Crew look that I saw online last week. (Latest Obsession:  Printed Pencil SkirtBut the crazy thing is…  even though it was my full intention to recreate the J. Crew look, apparently I was actually re-channeling a previous look of my own!  Remember the Blazer and Skinny Jeans Restyled post?  Yep – it is the ABSOLUTE identical look.  The only thing that’s different?  Skirt instead of Jeans, Long Sleeve Tee instead of Tank and add in the Gray Tights.  CRAZY.  I mean who unintentionally does that?  Hilarious!  Apparently I really like this color combo!

Tip: Consider your short sleeve blazer as a “vest” of sorts.  Pair it over a long sleeve tee or blouse.  It creates a very unexpected yet polished look.

What I’m Wearing: Kenya L. Designs Blazer – purchase here, J. Crew Top, J. Crew Wool Pencil Skirt, Gray Sweater Tights, BCBG Girls Mary Jane’s, Michael Kors Purse and Watch, Versona Accessories

What’s been your latest style inspiration?  I’d love to hear from you!

OOTD: Yellow Skinnies

TGIF everyone!!  I’m so glad today is the official start of the weekend — and believe me, it definitely came right on time!   I could not bare another single day of work.  This week was definitely a rough one…  so I am looking forward to some much needed relaxation (translation = shopping therapy).

I actually had an chance to work from home on yesterday….  Believe it or not, I often find it difficult to work from home on a regular basis.  There is usually some meeting or something going on that requires me to be onsite.  But with the crazy week well underway, I thought yesterday would be the perfect day to take a break from the official office scene.

Now, when I first started working from home, for some reason I felt the need to still dress in our business professional attire (not full professional but pretty close- I know silly, right?).  I have no idea why I did this….  I think in my mind it made me feel more like I was in the office and helped me adjust to the work from home routine.  So, as I’ve gotten more comfortable with working from home, I’ve “relaxed” my own dress policy!  Of course, that still doesn’t mean pajamas all day…  so I decided to go with a good compromise….

I chose this look because I really wanted to brighten my mood.  And there is nothing like old favorites to do that…   So enter my yellow skinnies.  Yes,  you’ve seen these before….  They’ve made several guest appearances in prior blogs in fact.  But they always make me feel good.  The color is amazing – they are super soft (just like your favorite worn-in pair) – and the fit is perfect.

What “mood lifting” pieces are in your closet?  Let me know.

What I’m Wearing: Express Moto Jacket, Good Works Tee, J. Crew Yellow Skinnies, Tesori Leopard Print Flats, J. Crew Necklace, Versona Accessories

Here’s to an awesome weekend everyone!!!