Tie Knot Top + Velvet Booties +Shearling Jacket = Weekend Wear

I’m a total 2000s teenager but I totally remember the ’90s and the fashion. I have photos to prove the “jumpers” or “overalls”, the baggy jeans and plaid shirts wrapped around my waist. The tie-knot tops, high-waisted jeans, shorts, platform shoes, crop tops, bleached jeans, baggy jeans, plaid t-shirts, ripped (Guess? + Calvin jeans) jeans and my beloved white reeboks! I partook in several of the fashions “faux-pas” that are making a comeback. This look is inspired by the nineties with a modern twist.

Outfit Details

I came across this top at my favorite Goodwill and I immediately began to reminisce my childhood. I remember wanting to so bad to wear this top when I was a child but my mother was not having it. I put this top in my shopping cart without thinking twice. I knew I wanted the 90’s “it” girl look without looking t0o “90-ish” so I paired the top with my favorite skinny jeans and my velvet booties; s/n I am obsessed with blue velvet lately. Since the weather has been unforgiving, I threw on my shearling jacket that I also purchased at Goodwill. It’s a beautiful Guess soft leather and “furry” fabric jacket that was worth the $5.00 I paid for; the thrift store was having half off all clothes, so originally it was priced at $10.00.

Top: Vintage Tommy Hilfiger, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Jeans: Gap, clearance sale: $7.99 / Shoes: Shoedazzle, $25.00 / Jacket: Guess, purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Outfit Total: $41.99


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Guess Shearling Leather Jacket, similar here

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Tommy Hilfiger Tie Knot Long Sleeve Shirt, similar here

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Shoedazzle Velvet Navy Booties, similar here

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Leather Pants & The Python Mules

Clogs or mules? Growing up I called them mules but apparently there are people out there that call them clogs. At first glance these shoes look a bit intimidating but once you slip into them, you’ll just love them. They are perfectly warm ( perfect for this ever so cold weather) and comfortable for all day wear.

Outfit Details

These pants that I am wearing are Elizabeth and James  the ‘Addison’ Lambskin Leather Moto Pants and they retailed for $700.00 (US dollars) and I paid $3.99 (+ tax) ! As you can imagine when I came across them, my jaw dropped ( thank you rich people!)! I would have NEVER been able to afford that on a pair of pants so I must say that they have been one of top 10 thrift store finds. I am glad that I live in Charlotte because I can actually wear them here. It has been very cold here so I wore (yet another) turtleneck with these crazy cool pants and I two different shoes with it. The black stilettos for the office and the python mules for happy hour. When paired with the black stilettos this is definitely a look that can be worn to the office on casual Friday’s and at 5:00 o’clock switch it over with a more comfortable pair of shoes; the mules. I wore yet again my black Furla bag and my hair down because it’s just too cold for a high ponytail.

 Sweater: H&M Turtle neck, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Pants: Elizabeth and James, Purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden (clearance sale) $35.00 / Bag: Furla, Purchased on Poshmark: $60.00 / Mules: Cape Robbin, purchased at Urbanog.com : $24.64 / Outfit Total: $127.64


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Elizabeth and James Addison Lambskin Leather Moto Pants, similar here ON SALE NOW!

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H&M Chunky Knit Turtleneck Sweater, similar here

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Python Print Studded Chunky Heeled Mule Clog, similar here

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Faux-Fur Vest + The Oversized Wool Coat

It has been a very dreary week so far in Charlotte; cold, cloudy and rain. This is the kind of weather that I want to curl in my bed with a cup of hot chocolate and sleep. This weather is very uninspiring and I get extremely lazy. I’m hoping that the weekend forecast is far more forgiving.

Outfit Details

When I first started putting this outfit together, I got that “70s” vibe because it’s an a-line skirt and I paired it with a turtleneck. The whole look looked retro and I wanted to mix that retro vibe with a little bit of bad ass. That is why I added the over the knee boots (OTK) and the faux-fur vest. The faux-fur vest is probably one of my favorite fall/winter pieces! I was lucky enough to find this piece at my local Goodwill back in Miami ( a few years back) and I only paid $2.50 for it (score!). Finally, I added this season’s most coveted fall/winter item the chocolate brown wool coat. I was fortunate enough to stumble across this piece at my local Goodwill. At first, it looked a bit overwhelming for my small frame but once I styled it with the OTK boots the “overpowering” piece really balanced itself out. The coat was actually the last piece added to this outfit as honestly, I had not planned to wear it with this outfit. I’m glad I did because it added that extra side of coolness to this outfit while keeping that “retro” vibe.

s/n – the boots are over the knee but they have the option to fold the top half inside the shoe.

Coat: No brand Listed; Purchased at Goodwill: $8.00 / Faux-Fur Vest: No brand listed; Purchased at Goodwill: $2.50 / Shirt: Ann Taylor, Purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Skirt: The Limited, Purchased at the The Limited Liquidation Sale: $15.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden (sale price) $100.0 / Bag: Furla, Purchased on Poshmark, $60.00 / Outfit total: $189.50


 

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The Limited Faux-lether mini skirt, similar here

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Oversized brown wool coat, similar here

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Steve Madden OTK boots, similar here and Furla handbag, similar here

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Faux-Fur Animal Print Vest, similar here on sale!

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Pussy Bow Top + Plaid Pants = Work Wear

Work Wear. I feel like there aren’t enough bloggers out there blogging about  and/or styling work wear. I think that work wear is one of the toughest things to style because you want to look fashionable and work appropriate at the same time. Depending on your line of work, you might have to wear a uniform, lab coats, coats in general and even sports wear. I am going to strive to style outfits that demonstrate fashionable and “appropriate” office wear. These styles will be versatile enough to wear to the office, happy hour, or just to dress up a bit to go out on a weekend brunch or weekend afternoon event.

Outfit Details

I purchased these pair of Banana Republic wool plaid pants from Goodwill last season and they were THE BEST $4.00 spent. These pants are beautifully lined in the inside, sit right at my ankle, waist AND are super comfortable. These were definitely one of my favorites buys, so much so that I am thinking of walking into my local Banana Republic store to purchase more at full price. I wanted the pants to really stand out so I paired it with this pretty pussy-bow top from Forever 21 (also purchased at Goodwill) a wool blazer, black heels and my favorite Furla bag. The addition of the wool coat really made this outfit look polished and chic.

Pants: Banana Republic; purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Top: Forever 21, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Wool Coat: Norgail Ltd, New York: purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden: $35.00 / Bag: Furla, purchased on Poshmark: $60.00 / Outfit total: $107.00


 

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Banana Republic Avery-Fit Wool Plaid Pants, similar here

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Furla Purse, similar here

 

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Norgil Ltd, New York Wool Blazer, similar here

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Forever 21 Pussy-bow top, similar here

Vintage Sequin Sweater + Victoria Beckham for Target Hot Pink Trousers

There’s something to be said about vintage sweaters. We usually don’t think about them until this time of year. They remind us of grandmothers sitting in their cozy living rooms by the fireplace knitting away at another snowman sweater or the tired office holiday party theme, ‘ugly sweaters.” I like to shop for vintage sweaters because often times, I end up using them as blouse replacements. So, I want something that has character. This vintage sweater is no ordinary sweater and definitely not your grandmother’s sweater.

Outfit Details

I love anything sequin, sparkly and with lots of bling. So when I came across this sweater at my local Goodwill, I was ecstatic. It is super warm and versatile enough that I can wear it with just about anything. It is slightly large on me (shoulder pads removed) but I like the room that it gives because I can wear a blouse or camisole underneath. I really wanted this outfit to pop, so I decided to wear it with the Victoria Beckham for Target hot pink trousers, my snake print heels and a simple black clutch. I skipped on accessories  altogehter because I wanted the outfit itself to do all the talking.

Sweater: Vintage Sweater, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Pants: Victoria Beckham for Target: $35.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden, $130.00 / Clutch: Bally, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Outfit total: $173.00


 

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Urban Outfitters Sunglasses, similar here

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Steve Madden Snake Hot Print Ankle Straps, similar here

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Vintage Sweater, similar here

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Bally Clutch, similar here

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Victoria Beckham for Target, similar here

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Velvet Mules & The Oversized Button-up Shirt

The weekend is here! One of my favorite things about the weekend is that I am able to sleep in without having an alarm set. However, I somehow manage to always be up at 6:30 AM on Saturdays 😦 . Oh, how I miss the teenage days when I would wake-up at 3:00 PM on the weekend.

Outfit Details

There is something to be said about oversized shirts. It is the perfect piece of clothing that lets you hide bloating, the tummy rolls and make you look chic and comfortable all at once. I found this oversized shirt at Goodwill and I must admit, at first I thought it was a dress. However, when I tried it on at home (to my surprise) I realized it was actually a shirt. I decided to wear it with a pair of skinny jeans, a vintage belt and my comfy velvet mules. To add a bit of “sophistication” to the outfit, I added a pair of gorgeous blue earrings.

Shirt: Stitch, purchased at Goodwill, $4.00 / Jeans: Gap, Clearance Sale: $7.99 / Shoes: Zigi Soho, Sale: $13.00 / Belt: Vintage The Limited, purchased at Goodwill, $1.99 / Clutch: Boho International, purchased at Goodwill, $4.00 / Earrings: Purchased on Ebay, $1.29 / Outfit total: $32.27.


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Stitch Oversized Button-up Shirt, similar here

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Earrings, http://www.ebay.com, click here

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Zigi Soho Mules, similar here

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Vintage The Limited Belt, similar here

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Plaid Blazer + Oxford Heels

Fridays. The day the weekend begins and we if we are lucky, maybe even a little richer. Luckily enough, my employer allows us to wear denim on Fridays and that is major, considering my  last employer did not. Although Fridays are usually the days when people decide to dress down, I use this as an opportunity to be a bit more creative with my denim. After all, I usually end up wearing them once a week.

Outfit Details 

Plaid is all the rage this season and for good reason. It’s the perfect pattern for fall ( aside from houndstooth) because when you think of plaid, you usually think of wool and flannel shirts. I snagged this beautiful Talbots jacket with velvet padded elbows at Goodwill for a mere $3.99. It’s the perfect fall piece because it’s a versatile item and “layer-able”. I wanted the blazer to really stand-out so I paired with a comfy oversized sweater, a pair of jeans and THE cutest oxford heels (also thrifted BRAND NEW).

Blazer: Talbots, thrifted at Goodwill, $4.00 / Sweater: Gap, purchased at Goodwill, $4.00 / Jeans: Gap, purchased at http://www.gap.com, Clearance Sale $7.99 / Shoes: Poetic License, purchased at Goodwill, $4.00 / Bag: Vintage, No brand listed, purchased at Goodwill: $2.99 / Outfit total: $22.98


 

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Poetic License, http://www.poeticlicenseshoes.com or you can find similar, here

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Talbots elbow patch blazer, similar here

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Vintage Clutch, no brand

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Fall + The Suede Midi Skirt

Being from the South, or as I like to call it, the “Dirty South,” you never get to experience any other season but Summer. I love summer and anyone that knows me, knows how much I love it. In my 29 years of living, I had never really experience any other season but summer; however, with the exception of that one time that I spent two weeks in Indian in the winter time ( I hated it). So when we arrived in Charlotte and it was still cold in April, we were in shock. Fast forward through our first Fall here, I’ve learned that Fall is just a menopausal spring/summer mixed into one. How do you dress for 40 degrees in the morning but 75 degrees in the afternoon? How do you handle frost on your car in the morning and a scorching steering wheel in the afternoon? I need answers. I will say this, I have come to appreciate fall. I appreciate the leaves changing colors and all the colors that they turn;burgundy, mustard, dark green, orange and the deep hues of red. I’ve come to appreciate pumpkin patch picking, cooler evenings, layers, booties and coats.

Outfit Details

With that said, some of my favorite things to wear during this time of year is suede. I also love a good midi skirt and when I came across this skirt, I knew I had to have it. Since I am only 5’4, I have to play around midi skirts but the trick is that you have tuck your shirt in and keep it very minimal on top in order to avoid looking “bulky” or unproportioned. Another trick, try wearing non-ankle strap heels. Ankle straps can make a small/short frame like mine appear even shorter if you don’t pair it with the right pieces.

Skirt, Vintage Talbots,  thrifted at Value Village, $4.00. Top, Max Jeans, purchased at Marshalls, $20.00. Shoes, Steve Madden, purchased at Dillards, Sale $35.00. Bag, Furla, purchased on Poshmark, $60.00. Outfit total: $119.00.

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Shoes: Steve Madden

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Vintage Talbots Suede Skirt, similar skirt here

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Max Jeans Lantern Sleeves Top, similar here

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Purse: Furla

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