Monday, October 27, 2014

Ankara in Autumn

I recently seized an opportunity to wear my custom made ankara skirt again, originally worn here.
Don't you just love wearing your favorite pieces again and again? 
I chuckle to myself whenever I read about a non-celebrity saying that they only wear their clothing pieces one time. Why do I chuckle? Because, I personally ENJOY wearing my clothing multiple times, and restyling my looks! I don't purchase clothing that I have no interest in wearing more than once, unless it's a bridesmaid dress...
Dressing is something that makes me feel happy, something that I anticipate and look forward to. My husband teases me that he knows when I really love a new purchase, because I will wear it at least three times in a row! That would be true of the shoes in today's post. 
I had been looking for the perfect pair of navy pumps, and when these arrived in the mail and I tried them on, I was elated! They are in fact excellently made, and fit my feet like a tight, yet comfortable, leather glove.

Sunnies: Betsey Johnson (worn all the time, everywhere)
Striped sweater: Nordstrom
Ankara skirt: Custom made (also worn here)
Navy blue stilettos: Victoria's Secret online (recently worn here)
Tote: Coach (it's been a staple since this summer)

Now it's your turn, do you look forward to wearing your clothes over and over again?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrift Store Score: Plaid & Stripes

Plaid has been a staple of the Fall season for years. It transcends the “trend” category, and rests comfortably as a solid Fall fashion “classic”. I often style my plaid pieces in a feminine way, click here and here for examples. When I spotted this dress at a suburban thrift shop while traveling this summer, I knew that I simply had to add it to my collection.
Now by itself, it may not look like much; But after it has been embellished, “My Oh My”!
So one evening as we prepared to get ready for an engagement, SoCal temperatures dipped into the 70’s. I was ecstatic with the cool-down (we’ve had a mega-mild Fall season so far) and immediately headed to my wardrobe to see what concoction I could pull together, in the name of “Fall Fashion”. Wahlah, herein lies the final result.
For the night air I wore my red blazer on, and once we arrived to our destination I wore it draped over my shoulders.

I love the bright tomato hue of this blazer! However, I must say, the true star of this installment of #ThriftStoreScore is my dress, which I purchased for a whopping 97 cents!!! Click here for previous ThriftStoreScore posts, and scroll down.

Call it Plaid, or call it Tartan, this pattern is here to stay and I love it!

Wool Blazer: Vintage, thrifted (also worn here)
Pinstripe Blouse: Vintage, thrifted (worn here)
Plaid Dress: Vintage, thrifted
Belt: Kate Spade (worn here)
Tote: Coach (see here and here)
Leather stilettos: Victoria’s Secret Online Store

P.S. My apologies for the dim pictures, we had the worst lighting (I don't use a fancy camera as of yet) and it was already dark outside :(

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Citron in the City

So my friend Thamarr over at MusingsOfaCurvyLady reached out to me to join up and rock one of Eloquii’s newest midi skirts, the citron yellow laser cut midi. I felt a smidge apprehensive about trying out this skirt! Nonetheless, I threw caution to the wind and decided to have a go at it.
I was pleasantly rewarded with a BOGO offer =) which I happily took full advantage of (stay tuned for that post).
Ladies, let me tell you: this skirt is gobs of fun on overload! I am so happy that I ordered it!!! 
Whenever I purchase something new, the ever present question, "What will I wear it with?" comes to the surface. My first thought went to this abstract print tank, which has been sitting patiently in my closet (never worn). I had the sneaking suspicion that it would match the citron of the skirt exactly. Wouldn’t you know it, I was dead on!
Next in, an added matching statement necklace provided just a touch of contrast (previously worn here). Yet, I was craving more “umph”. After searching through my bracelet birdcage (literally a decorative birdcage) I decided on three rhinestone bracelets for a rocker-chic feel, harmonious with my up-do ;)
Finally, what shoes and purse to wear with it? I have a number of grey and silver sandals, but since I was heading out to an event that would require a bit of walking, comfort was a necessary consideration. I decided to wear my grey wedge sneakers. My handbag was an easy pick, it’s my favorite grey one. Wahlah, hubby and I hit the door :)
Well fellow Style Lovers, you won't believe how many compliments I received on this look at the event; It made me even more excited to share it with you!
Don't forget to visit all of my blogger babes doting on this citron hottie right along with me:

Thamarr- MusingsOfaCurvyLady
Sandra- LapecosaPreciosa
Georgette- GrownAndCurvyWoman

Aviator sunnies: Tahari
Statement necklace: Saks Off Fifth (worn here)
Tank: Calvin Klein
Bangles: Zara & Nordstrom
Sneaker wedges: Steve Madden (worn here)
Handbag: Michael Kors (worn here)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Exhibit Three | Sangria

Remember when: I mentioned that I recently discovered a number of Sangria (the top color forecast for Fall) colored dresses (click here and here) in my wardrobe? Well, may I present Exhibit Number Three?!
I wore this look around town on a Fall-like day here in SoCal. 
Too bad I didn't think to take a couple of pictures before my dress wrinkled ;)
Anywho, I had a yearning to pull out my denim jacket for the first time this year. The cool evening temperatures made this the perfect opportunity. 
It feels oh so good to experience a genuine cool down, and I plan to take full advantage of it. 

Thanks for stopping by and commenting below!

Sunnies: Betsey Johnson
Denim jacket: Michael Kors
Dress: Donna Ricco
Handbag: Vintage, thrifted (worn here)
Boots: Unisa

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Recently while driving back from a meeting through a busy business district, I noticed that out of the sea of people rushing from one place to another, the colors that dominated the scene were black, navy blue, and brown.
This gave me cause to reflect on how much I genuinely appreciate the variety of colors and styles offered by those in the online blogging community!
I never have a reason to crave seeing creative, colorful ensembles for long - all I have to do is scroll through my Instagram feed (Click here, @InMyJoi), and wa-lah, my fashion desires are instantly satisfied =) Yes, because of the blogging community, I realize that I am not on an island by myself in my LOVE of colour!
Nonetheless, despite the vast array of delectable colors, there is just something about a simple, classic, crisp ensemble - it appeals to the eye. Today's post features my take on an old favorite, the classic uniform (click to see more black & white ensembles here and here).

Sunnies: Betsey Johnson
White shirt: Banana Republic
Tie: Borrowed from my husband’s closet
Cigarette pants: Lord & Taylor
Shoes: Tildon (worn here and here)
Clutch: Kate Spade

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Second Take in Sangria

Hey Style Lovers! I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful weekend! I had a good weekend, and actually feel ready for a new week beginning tomorrow. I’m back in another Sangria dress for today’s post (click here to see previous post); I just love how this color looks against my skin tone. 
I took a quick count, and who knew: I actually have 5 dresses that fall into the Wine/Sangria color category! This color is projected as a top runner for this Fall, I am completely HERE and so ready for it!
Now this dress is quite versatile in my opinion, it can easily be dressed up or down. Since I was feeling casual this time around I added two favorite fall accessories: legwarmers and a light scarf. 
On the day that I wore this look, temperatures drifted into the 70s (Fahrenheit) and I felt delightfully comfortable. 

Sunnies: Forever 21
Dress: Adrianna Papell
Scarf: Thrifted
Bangles: Amrita Singh
Legwarmers: Loehmann’s
Baby Jane’s: Aerosoles
Handbag: Michael Kors (also worn here)

Until next time Beauties!

Friday, October 10, 2014

30PlusStyle: Animal Instinct

The 30PlusStyle Collaboration ( back on the scene (for previous posts click here) and today we’re flashing our animal instincts. We had the option to choose from animal prints, leather, fur and or all of the above!
A few weeks ago I debuted 3 looks in leopard print (click here, here, and here), which solidified my decision that today's post would not contain leopard print ;) 
Warm temperatures have returned to SoCal (despite the fact that it’s now mid-October), so warm that it is simply unthinkable to slip into a fur or anything remotely like it, no matter how much I would like to, because I heart all things FUR.

Hoodie- Jones New York| Moto Jacket-Jones New York (worn here)| Jean-Not Your Daughter’s (worn here)| Booties-Chinese Laundry

As a believer that the color white can be worn successfully all year around, white jeans were an easy pick. I immediately thought to pair them with this zebra print hoodie that I purchased a few years back. 
Next I added my lightweight fabric and faux leather motorcycle jacket as a topper for night temps. 
Now, I’m generally not a hoodie type of woman, but there was something about this one that struck me as feminine, fun. I love the way that it’s made, and the easy drape of the knit.
Usually I opt to wear it with a black knit skirt. Pairing it with white this go round was a fresh and welcome change.

This ensemble was perfect for date night, and my husband was especially a fan of the peep-toe booties =)

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thrift Store Score: Teatime Teal

I wore today’s look a few weeks back, but I hesitated about actually blogging it. I really like the hat, the ribbon on it matches seamlessly with my dress. Yet for some reason or another, I wasn’t too happy about how the pictures turned out (Note: This is a frequent occurrence-LOL!).  I took time to truly think things out, including how I personally feel about the importance of embracing one's physical flaws. As a result, I decided to release my apprehensions and to blog this look.
I’ve had this vintage dress for a number of years, it was first introduced to the blog here
It’s a beautiful hue of teal, and versatile for year round wear in my climate. I’m amazed by how many vintage dresses still have incredibly deep, rich color after all these years!
The hat is a newer addition to my wardrobe, scored at a thrift shoppe during one of my recent trips back to Detroit. 
Tip-> I find that vintage straw hats tend to fit snug on my head (I'm thinking it's because I have a big head & thick hair). To loosen them up a bit, for the first wear, I pull my hair back snugly in a bun, and make sure it's almost soaking wet. The water seeps through to the straw, and that seems to stretch it out a bit.
Normally I wear this dress with heels, but as I mentioned in another blog post I broke one of my toes earlier this Summer, and on days when I know I’ll be doing quite a bit of walking it is imperative for me to wear comfortable, flat shoes.
Now I don’t need an excuse to carry any of my bright colored bags, but since my Kate Spade handbag is such a similar color, I decided to shoot for monochrome and to carry it with this ensemble.

All in all, the hat and dress are totally categorized as #thriftstorescore (s) in my book, with the grand total for both being less than $15.00!

Hat: Vintage
Necklace: H&M
Dress: Vintage, also worn here
Sandals: Kate Spade, Saturday
Handbag: Kate Spade, also worn here