Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas for those of you who celebrate Christmas! I will not have any more outfit posts this week, as I decided to take the week off. If all goes well, I should have outfit posts next week. I had a very a chill noche buena (Christmas Eve) and Christmas day. I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas fun of love, laughter, family and food!

Outfit Details

This is not my Christmas outfit – it’s actually pj’s. But for my “holiday” look, I wore my version of a Christmas sweater. I don’t own any Christmas sweaters because frankly, I don’t like them, no matter  how “cute” they are. I wanted a super chill outfit, so I paired this sweater with skinny jeans and black booties. A very simple outfit for a very basic Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Happy Early Kwanza and Happy (very belated) Hanukkah! And if you don’t celebrate any of the above, I hope you had a very restful, happy, joy filled, tummy filled four day weekend!

Happy Fashion!

Karla

Follow me on Instagram @rechycd.


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T H R E E M I X: The Leather Pants

The Threemix series; this is where I show you how I’ve styled a piece of clothing three different ways. Today’s style piece is the leather pants. Leather pants are as versatile as jeans. The trick about leather pants is knowing when to wear them. If it’s too hot, you are going to sweat all the liquid from your body. If it’s too cold, then you’ll freeze because they are not warm. However, they make any outfit look super cool, that’s a fact. While there are plenty of super cool leather pants out there, you just have to find the right style for your needs. I was fortunate enough to have found these biker/moto style pants at Goodwill for $4.00; retail for $700.

Happy Fashion,

Karla

Follow me on Instagram at @rechycd 


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Work Wear: Thrifted Elizabeth and James “Addison” Leather Pants, Furla Handbag and Steve Madden Heels, featured here

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Oversized Denim Jacket + Leather Pants, featured here

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Tartan Blazer + Leather Pants, featured here

The Tartan Blazer + Leather Pants

What’s the difference between tartan and plaid? I didn’t know, so I googled and I ended up more confused. However, I like the name tartan more than plaid to be honest AND when the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle wore a similar pattern coat (here) as my blazer, the Brits called it tartan. It’s a cool name, so I stuck with it.

Outfit Details

These are my beloved leather pants and it’s the first time I pull them out of the closet this season. I was going to wear them with this simple long t-shirt and these black boots. However, turns out it was colder outside than I expected and I was going to wear a sweater but something about this blazer looked cooler. I wanted the outfit to look more structured so I added this belt with it. I looked like a complete badass in this outfit and I loved it.

Blazer: Talbots, thrifted: $4.00 // Pants: Elizabeth and James, thrifted: $4.00 // Total: $8.00


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Talbots Tartan Blazer, similar here

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Elizabeth and James Addison Moto Pants, similar here

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J. Crew Patent Leather Belt, similar here

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The Gap booties, similar here

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Wide-Leg Trousers

The holidays are finally here and this means that the festivities have finally began for many. This means that many of us are busy making shopping lists, busy shopping and planning for the days ahead. I’m not really make a list or shopping; honestly, that’s the one thing I hate about this season. The vehicle AND mall traffic alone, will make you want to give up shopping completely. If I do any shopping it will be online because let’s face it, the mall is a nightmare. The one place I do plan on raiding is the thrift stores. I love a good bargain and let’s face it, that is the one place that is usually not as crowded.

Outfit Details

Speaking of shopping; a couple of weeks ago, I purchased these beautiful Donacaster wide legged trousers BRAND NEW WITH TAGS! Can you believe they retailed for $220 and I paid, $10.00 for them? Talk about a lucky score. While I intend to wear these in MANY different ways, I loved how they looked with this light/powdered blue turtle neck. I thought the outfit looked very monochromatic-esque and that appears to be a thing on the blog lately ( not intentional) but I loved how darker toned sweater looked with the pants. I had two shoes options that I wanted to wear – these bone color heels OR a pair of metallic blue heels. Ultimately I chose the bone color shoes because I wanted an outfit that was on the lighter side of the spectrum. I finished my look with a faux-faux-ostritch clutch and a high ponytail.

Pants: Donacaster, thrifted: $10.00 // Sweater: J.Crew Turtleneck, thrifted: $4.00 // Clutch: No Brand, thrifted: $2.00 // Thrifted Total: $16.00


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Shoedazzle Pointed Toe Heels, similar here

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Donacaster high waisted trousers, similar here

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No Brand, Faux-Ostrich Envelope Clutch, similar here

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Asos Design Small Metal Square Cat Fashion Earrings, available here

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J. Crew Light Blue Turtleneck, similar here

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Rent the Runway

The holidays are here and I’m sure that they’re plenty of parties you have to attend to and parties that you might be hosting. I attended my very first holiday party of the season Saturday; my office holiday party. Out of all the parties that I have to attend this season, this is probably the most challenging one, outfit wise. I find it challenging because you want to look party ready but you want to keep in mind that whatever you wear, the people that you work with, A.K.A your boss will see you. The last thing you want is John from accounting to give you that creepy look (shivers).

Outfit Details

I had planned on wearing something from my closet but then I quickly realized that everything that I owned was not office party appropriate. Of course, I shopped at Goodwill and even went online but I couldn’t find anything that I liked. With the date coming up quickly, I turned to rent the runway. Unfortunately, I waited too long to decide on what to wear so by the time I went on their site, options were extremely limited. Their options were still better than anything I had hanging in my closet so I went for it. I ordered the dress on Black Friday as they a 40% sale on all orders placed on that day. I rented this dress AND a this dress, click here. While I loved both dresses, this one was my favorite. The second one was a bit too large on the shoulders and waist. I decided to wear the one shoulder dress because it fit better but it definitely was tight; I should have sized up. The dress fit me fine on the bust area but the hip area was constricting; you can see in the photos how “body-con” it was in the stomach area. The dress felt sexy and conservative and I received compliments all night long.

I kept my accessories to a minimum; I wore a beautiful pair of gold chandelier earrings, a black and pink lace clutch and a pair of gold embellished heels. My hair is usually the trickiest thing to style because it’s curly. I didn’t want to straighten my hair because I love my natural hair. I also didn’t want to wear a bun or a ponytail, so I did a half up ponytail. I wanted a bit of “drama” for my makeup so I did a purple and black smokey eye and a neutral lip.

Are you all ready for the holiday season? Anything you wish to see on the blog? Let me know if the comments section below.

*Disclaimer: This NOT a paid post or an advertisement for Rent the Runway.

Happy Fashion,

Karla

Follow my on Instagram @rechycd 


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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, available for rent here

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Fashion Chandelier Earrings; Ebay, similar here

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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, similar here

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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, similar here

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Steve Madden Gold Embellished Pointed Toe Heels, similar here

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Kirna Zabêete For Target Clutch, similar here

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Likely Georgia Sheath Dress, similar here

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The Plaid Blazer + The Herringbone Trousers

Ok, when I say it has been cold, I mean, it has been COLD. My skin is definitely suffering and my body wants to go into hibernation. I don’t know how you Northern folk or people that live in cold places do it. Charlotte’s winters are fairly mild compared to most cold places and I know that most of you that live in these winter wonderlands must be laughing at me. Like I tell everyone, I have “tropical” bones and my body can only handle 80+ degree temperatures. I should mention that this is only FALL and I am already complaining. I am NOT looking forward to old man winter 😦

Outfit Details

Now that Fall is in full swing, you can expect way more sweaters, coats and turtle necks. Of course, you will see lots of wool, cashmere with a little bit of sequin sprinkled here and there. I really wanted to up game with trousers (specifically “work” trousers) because they are warmer than wearing dresses with stockings. I actually recently purchased these Banana Republic trousers for a MAJOR steal at only $5.50. Considering the weather, what a better way to wear these with a turtle neck and this beautiful plaid blazer? I will admit, I was a little nervous about mixing these two prints together because you typically don’t see people mixing herringbone and plaid. HOWEVER, since I’ve been on a “kick” lately to try different things, I figure why not. I went for a very monochromatic look because I just loved how the different shades of beige looked together. From the semi-dark beige colored trousers, to the subtle hints of brown on the blazer to the dark brown color of the clutch. The best thing about this outfit?The ENTIRE outfit comes from a thrift store.

P.S. This was one outfit that was hard to find pieces that were affordable; I’m assuming because of the wool.

Pants: Banana Republic: $5.50 // Blazer: Harvé Benard: $4.00 // Top: Talbots: $4.00 // Clutch: $2.00 // Shoes: Nine West: $8.00 // Thrifted Total: $23.50

Happy Fashion!

Follow me on Insta @rechycd

Karla


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Harvé Benard Plaid Blazer, similar here 

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Vintage No Brand Clutch, similar here

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Talbots Cable Knit, similar here

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Nine West Patent Leather Pointed Toe Heels, similar here

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Banana Republic Herringbone Trousers, similar here

T H R E E M I X: The Vinyl Pants

Hello Loves! Threemix is  probably my favorite segment. This is where I show you how to style one piece of clothing three different ways. Of course, I’ll wear the item more than three times and perhaps once I reach nine different ways, I’ll have a segment for that today.

Outfit Details

I think it was the first time I featured these pants on the blog that I mentioned how intimating these pants may seem at first. It’s perhaps the “trash bag” or “wet look” that may seem intimidating. However, as you can see these are not intimating at all. In fact, plenty of other bloggers have featured these pants featured in different ways.  These pants were purchased at Target from the Who What Wear brand. I believe, I paid no more than $10.00 for these.

Happy Fashion,

Karla

Follow me on Instagram @rechycd 


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The Vinyl Pants

The long weekend is over and its back to work. I have to admit, I was in bed 75% of the time. I rarely take the opportunity to nap and sleep in and that’s exactly what I did. I did all of my “black Friday” online shopping Saturday and ate leftovers on the couch. I didn’t get much done as I had hoped but I still get some things done. It’s Monday so back to the grind it is.

Outfit Details

These PVC pants have been everywhere this season! When I purchased them, I thought I might be one of the handful of people to wear them but I have been proven wrong. It is actually the perfect season to wear them because there is now way you are going to wear these come summer time. This is my third time wearing them and I figured I mixed a little bit of faux-fur ( this top is fur but it was thrifted).  I wanted a very feminine look with this outfit so this top was perfect for the occasion. In order to keep the look feminine and so “fetch” I wore these sheer bow kitten heels and a PVC clutch.

P.S. I had the hardest time finding a top similar to this one.

Top: Willi Smith: $4.00 / Shoes: J.Reené: $1.97 // Clutch: Kate Spade: $1.99 // Thrifted Total: $7.96


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Willi Smith Faux Fur Collar Knitwear, similar here

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Who What Wear Paperbag Trousers, similar here

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Kate Spade Clutch, similar here

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J.Reené Bow Top Kitten Heels, similar here and here

Plaid + The Houndstooth Mini

Happy Late Thanksgiving to all of my US folks! I hope you enjoyed spending time with your families, eating, drinking and eating some more. I spent a very quiet Thanksgiving with my husband and dog. We ordered takeout and did our own thing. Since moving away from home, my husband and I decided not to cook this year. It logically makes sense because we have different diets and essentially did not want to deal with leftovers. I’m only forward to Black Friday sales but only online. I’ve done the mall more than once on a Black Friday and I am over it. The hassle of finding parking, the crowded mall AND dressing rooms and all the other annoying things that come with it. Are you doing online shopping or headed to the mall? Let me know in the comments section below.

Outfit Details

I am all about mixing patterns as of late and today I bring you the houndstooth and plaid version. I did not purposely set out to mix these two but I really wanted to wear this top. I knew I didn’t want to wear it with trousers because I wore it like that for work already. Perusing through my closet, I “stumbled” across this skirt ( it was actually hanging in the “black hole” section of my closet) and I immediately knew I wanted to wear it with this shirt. This outfit instantly gave me that 70s vibe and to complete the look, I added these cutout booties. It was pretty cold out so I wore it with this comfy blazer and my hand-me-down LV bag. I wrote a short story about this Louis Vuitton bag and will be releasing this Saturday so stay tuned for that piece.

Top: Talbots $4.00 // Coat: Eddie Bauer $4.00 // Thrifted Total: $8.00


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Shoedazzle Cut-out Booties, similar here and Louis Vuitton Bucket Bag, similar here

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Vintage Talbots Side Pleated Plaid Chiffon Blouse, similar here

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Eddie Bauer Wool Blazer, similar here

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The Loft Houndstooth A-Line Mini Skirt, similar here

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The Jacquard Blazer + The Accordion Maxi Skirt

In my college years,  I was a major American Apparel fan. I remember being obsessed with their skater skirts and high waisted jeans. In Miami they have the regular store on the main strip of the mall but if you walked around the store, you could walk up to their Outlet. I remember spending a good chunk of my paycheck here and splurging during black Friday sales. Over the years, the fever started to wear off and my obsession slowly subsided. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I can’t fit into their clothes any more AND the fact that they no longer have store locations. I don’t want to purchase jeans online to then have to go through the unbearable online return process, ugh. I am still a huge fan of their bodysuits. Nowadays, I’ll stumble across American Apparel items at thrift stores and I gotta say, they’re hard to pass up. I’m sure in LA they finding their items might be very common but I don’t think that’s the case for everywhere else.

Outfit Details

While we are on the subject of thrift stores, this entire outfit (except the shoes) was purchased at Goodwill. I bought this AA skirt at a Goodwill in Miami. I think I’ve owned this skirt for a few years now and I am finally getting around to wearing it. I actually decided that I am going to sell this piece so if you’re interested, it will be available (soon) on my poshmark, username @theo_dores. The skirt is in good condition but I must admit, it feels a little tight on the waist so it’s time to let it go. The skirt is super sheer so undergarments are a must! I checked the AA website and it looks like they no longer sell these, so if you want it, go grab it.

I wanted to create a look with this skirt that you could easily transition from the office-to-cocktail party. I wanted to wear this skirt to work but I wanted it to look office appropriate so I put on this blazer. With my goal in mind of “office-to-cocktail” look, what a better way to achieve this than with a Jacquard blazer. The skirt is a shimmery cream color and the blazer is cream with gold leaves. I wanted to wear a sweater that complemented both the skirt and the blazer alone so that I would be able to remove the blazer for cocktail hour. Truth be told, the blazer is cocktail hour approved. However, my body gets really warm after a few drinks, especially if the heater is blowing. The sweater happens to be a Halston Heritage (Goodwill find) piece and it happens to be shimmery as well so I was a walking disco ball. Since I happen to be wearing everything gold and shimmer, I figure I wear gold heels. I accessorized with a pair of blush/cream chandelier earrings and a vintage beaded clutch.

P.S. Taking photos spinning is NOT as easy it looks LOL.

Skirt: American Apparel: $5.00 // Top: Halston Heritage: $4.00 // Blazer: Premise: $5.00 // Clutch: Vintage No Brand: $2.00 // Thrifted Total: $16.00


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American Apparel Accordion Skit, similar here

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Halston Heritage Metallic Knitwear Sweater, similar here

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Premise Jacquard Metallic Blazer, similar here 

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Steve Madden Gold Embellished Pointed Toe Heels, similar here

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