December 15, 2015

White + Grey + Black

H&M Shirt | Chicwish Skirt | Steve Madden Shoes | Zara Bag

To know me is to know that full skirts are a staple when it comes to my personal style. You can almost bet when you see me, I'll either be in a simple dress and blazer or a full skirt with a simple stylish top.

Chicwish is now 2-for-2 with this second skirt purchase of mine from this online shop that has quickly gained popularity, with good reason. (My first purchase was worn in a post back in the summer.) Without question, the two skirts I've purchased from Chicwish are my top two favorites in my closet right now.

My love for this grey and black grid print number goes beyond this multi-purpose outfit which I would totally wear to church, work, or even an event. I've found that it is so versatile, the possibilities of pairing it with both simple and statement pieces for form the perfect look for several different occasions are endless.

Ephesians 2:19-22

December 7, 2015


H&M Dress | H&M Blazer | Steve Madden Shoes | BCBG Generation Clutch (similar)

Yesterday was my birthday! It was a simple day spent with family and great food, an unbeatable combination. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to have enjoyed the no-fuss festivities and to experience another year of life. (I'm also grateful for the ability to wear heeled sandals in the winter, thanks to Florida's tropical climate.) Cheers!

November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Threads

H&M Dress (worn as a top) | Express Skirt | New Look Shoes (similar) | Sole Society Bag

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No matter how amazing or tough the year has been, there's always much to be thankful for. 

If you're still scrambling for a Thanksgiving outfit, try pairing a solid top in a color perfect for fall with a printed bottom. Make sure you have room to "expand," if you know what I mean.

I originally wore this look to church a few weeks back, but I would totally wear it to a daytime work event in the fall or Thanksgiving dinner. It's the perfect mix of comfy and festive.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2015

New In // Zara, H&M & Chicwish

Not Pictured: Zara Navy Tube Skirt | Black Bucket H&M Bag (smaller version)

Black, grey and white were [unintentionally| the focus of my last shopping haul, a trend that typically manifests for me around this time of year. I can't help it; cooler temps inspire me gravitate towards darker, basic colors, if nothing else because of the ease of mixing, matching and layering.

If I've learned nothing else this go 'round, I've learned I can't say no to a black knee length dress with sleeves... So, don't ask me to. Zara came through with the perfect all-purpose corporate or dress-up option while H&M provided the comfy casual style. I've always wanted a blouse with an embellished neckline, and Chicwish had a great quality choice that will pair nicely with my new full pleated skirt boasting an adorable check pattern. 

While my fall/winter color palette has transitioned, I bought my first "sweater" for the season in the form of a black and white knit sweatshirt top from H&M. And, shocker -- I bought another pair of black pumps. But, they are warranted due to the unique velvet/patent mix and sexy silhouette ideal for ensembles for this time of year. Not pictured are my navy mid-calf length tube skirt from Zara and black bucket bag from H&M, both of which I plan to style so many ways, you may just get tired of seeing them. So, don't be too sad that I didn't include their photos in this most.

You can grab most of these pieces for up to 50% off during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, so feel free to check the links!

November 10, 2015

Dressed-Up Denim

H&M Dress | Zara Heels | Rebecca Minkoff Bag (similar)

A denim dress is one of the most versatile closet staples. Dressed down with a pair of flats and a carry-all tote for errands or dressed up with t-strap heels and a statement bag for a lunch date, the denim dress rules daytime.

October 30, 2015

Little Black Dress with a Twist

Dress - from Ross | Steve Madden Shoes | Forever 21 Bag

Every girl needs a little black dress (LBD). Extra points if you have a fun, casual dress with a twist for daytime. I got this one from Ross years ago, and even more than the adorable literal animal print (birds!), I love that it fit me when I was small, grew with me when I was pregnant, and is still flattering and faithful now that I... am not so small. Loyal until the end.

September 30, 2015

Life Hacks // Planning with Purpose

We're in the homestretch of 2015, and truth be told, I have mixed feelings about it. It's been a challenging year for me to say the least (the most challenging, since we're being honest), but I'm nervous about what's to come. Either way, good or bad, I want to be prepared. I'm not into new year resolutions, but I am a fan of attainable goal-setting and working towards goals with an actionable plan in place. What better time to start planning for success in 2016 than now? So, while I attempt to get my own stuff together, I figured I'd share the steps I'm going to take to plan with purpose.

The first step to planning with purpose is... to plan! However, it's not always as simple as it sounds. For me, planning includes praying, scripture studying, and soul searching to ensure that whatever plans are made line up with God's plans. 

Planning also requires honesty. What's the true purpose of the plan? If the plan has no purpose, there is no place for it. Is the motive sincere? Negative or vindictive motives aren't grown and sexy, let's just put it that way. Is the timeline suitable? Setting a realistic timeline is key, or else failure is imminent. Will unquestionable commitment be applied? Commitment is the element that will keep a plan in motion.

Planning and preparation go hand-in-hand, but the steps are not the same. We can't know how to prepare for a goal without a plan first being in place. Preparation can include ending toxic relationships or restoring valuable ones, getting in shape physically or mentally, becoming spiritually aligned, or even acquiring the tangibles necessary to execute the plan that's been formulated. Whatever the case, a plan without preparation will be useless in the long-run.

Lastly, preparation should help to strengthen the ability to be disciplined, to be patient, and to persevere, as enduring the process and processing the outcomes along the way are important throughout the plan execution phase. Additionally, self-evaluation and reassessment of the plan are sub-steps of the process.

The process should start right after the preparation phase is complete. If not, procrastination can creep in, and that is a step we all want to avoid. Let's not procrastinate; plan with purpose.

September 23, 2015

Extended Summer

H&M Blouse (similar) | Made By Skirt | Steve Madden Shoes | Love, Cortnie Clutch

When you can't beat the sun, match it. Is that not a thing? It should be. Seasonal rules like no white or loud colors in the fall and winter are meant to be broken in places like South Florida. 

Get back to me when the temperature drops at least 20-30 degrees.

September 16, 2015


BooHoo Top | Forever 21 Skirt | Shoemint Shoes | Love, Cortnie Clutch

In honor of the last days of summer, I put together as many mid-year trends as I could to style this outfit: fringe, distressed denim, and white accessories. It's too bad festival season is over. This would have been the perfect festival ensemble with some sandals and a crossbody bag. Maybe next year.

September 10, 2015

Style Tips // Perfect Styles for Imperfect Bodies

So, I'm not about that gym life. I need to be, but for now, the gym is just not where it's at for this working mom. Until I can get my life together, I've had to learn how to dress this imperfect body of mine. Thankfully, I've found some styles that work wonders for me and can work for most body types as well.

High-waist, full midi skirts are my favorite for occasions that call for timeless, ageless modesty. I find full midis, whether pleated or flowing, to be fun, flirty, effortless and classic. The narrowest part being the waist, it gives a slimming illusion making it perfect for almost any body type. A midi may not be the best choice for someone under 5'3, but a petite fit with some killer heels can be the fix to short girl problems.

For a weekend night out, a loose-fitting dress hitting the knee always does it for me. While the dress works wonders by not clinging to problem areas, a fun jacket can help to give the look shape in all the right places.

Whatever the perceived body imperfection  a generous bust, excess in the midsection, or a large bottom area  a long or over-sized blazer can be the forgiving piece for any corporate look. Yes, ladies, we can wear our fitted dresses and pencil skirts and still feel confident that we've put together an appropriate, fashionable outfit for the office.

If you're like me and haven't quite reached your body goals, avoid the discomfort of extra support layers and invest in styles that make you look and feel confident all on their own.

September 8, 2015

White After Labor Day

H&M Dress (similar) | J. Lo Blazer (similar) | Zara Shoes | Zara Bag

In Florida, wearing white after Labor Day is... mandatory. Summer is basically just heating up with no sign of a cool down in sight. For the sake of making the look a bit more interesting, I threw on a blazer to take photos, but it came off right after the final "click" from the camera. Just being honest.

September 4, 2015

Always in Season

Merona Shirt via Target (similar) | JCPenney Skirt (similar) | ASOS Shoes | Love,Cortnie Clutch

My go-to black pencil skirt can be forgiving some days; other days, not so much. Paired with my favorite denim shirt and statement ASOS heels, it served me well on this particular day.

Button-ups and pencil skirts are timeless pieces that will stand the test of time, no matter the year, no matter the season. Stock up on a few of each to mix and match with fun accessories, and you'll find that you've built a limitless wardrobe on mere basics.

September 3, 2015

Currently Listening // Leon Bridges

I've shared before that I am obsessed with old school soul music. A few months ago, I stumbled upon the music of talented (young!) soul-gospel singer Leon Bridges. From his style to his sound, he is the millennial embodiment of '50s/'60s soul  and I love it.

Take a listen to one of my ten favorite songs from his debut album, Coming Home.

By the way, there are only ten songs on the album  all favorites.