Faux Leather Skirt and Lace Up Pumps


dsc_1431-01-01-01Happy Friday, everyone. I didn’t plan on posting this outfit today, but I’ve had so many questions about it, I thought it would be best to rearrange my publishing schedule. Also, there’s a discount code you can use on the skirt, so I wanted to make sure you could use it before it expired.

I have wanted a faux leather pleated skirt for some time now, so when I saw this on the website of one of my favorite Instagram boutiques, I had to get it. She has this one and one that has smaller pleats. You can use code ‘FREESHIPPING’ for anything on their site. Go HERE to see the exact skirt and other cute items. FYI, the skirts run a little small, but not too badly. There’s somewhat of an elasticity to the waist, even though it uses a zipper to be closed. I probably should have gotten a smaller size, but oh, well lol. It’s not very noticeable.

The next item that garnered a lot of questions are my shoes. Again, I’ve wanted some lace-up heels like these for quite some time now, but I’m a very deliberate shopper. These are linked above. When I bought mine last week, there was an additional discount count applied. They also come in a camel brown color. If you order them, you will NOT be disappointed. They are so comfortable. I wore them to church for two services and stood in them for a long time. They are easy to walk in and the laces don’t fall down once they’re tied. I highly recommend them.

I couldn’t find the exact bag I’m wearing to put in the slideshow, so I put a similar one. If you want information on it, go HERE to see the exact bag. The shirt is one I bought at Ross a few years ago, so I linked some similar ones above. Something you can do to make it an even more ‘fall-looking’ is to add a faux fur vest and voila! Chic and in style haha.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Have a great weekend!



2016 Must-Haves!

Happy Wednesday, lovelies! If you’ve been following along for some time now, you know how much I love cute, season-inspired things. With that in mind, you know I had to round up some items I think everyone should have before the year is over. Some of these pieces are timeless, so buying them won’t be a waste of money since you can use them over and over again.

The gingham plaid black and white print seems as if it’s here to stay. A faux fur (or real) stole or collar just adds than extra touch to your outfit. The fold over leopard clutch has been around for years now. Cute socks for Christmas morning is a must haha. I also added a regular and a sleeveless cardigan, the faux fur vest, and winter boots in case you’re in a state with cooler temps. I love the faux fur throw. We have a mink throw on our bed. Also, how can you make it through the season without a blanket scarf or a sweater dress?! Haha.The peep toe booties are a must…and so are the red Hunters…okay, you get the point lol. But seriously, adding just a few of these to your wardrobe or your home would be great especially since prices start at $5.99 for the lowest thing in the widget above!

See any you love? Mine would be the Santa mugs from Pottery Barn. By the time I went to buy them last year, they had already been sold out. I even tried eBay and the prices were higher than on Pottery Barn’s website. That won’t happen this year lol. Imagine having a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallow while sitting with your family and watching a movie in the comfort of your living room? I can’t wait until I get mine. Also, these items can make great gifts for that special someone.



P.S. I really cannot wait until the debate tonight. For someone who majored in political science as an undergrad, this is the most exciting time every four years. I LOVE it!

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Stripes, Dots, and Pops

Here’s the outfit I planned:

dsc_1402 dsc_1403dsc_1400dsc_1397dsc_1401dsc_1404-01dsc_1408-01Here are some options you can use to recreate this look. The only exact thing I could find were the shoes, but there are some much less expensive options below. Remember, you don’t have to use the same pops of color I did. Be creative and have fun!

dsc_1399-01-01-01Happy Monday, everyone. How was your weekend? Mine was incredible. Again, I just really enjoy my days. Every. Day. So fun. We did have a youth revival weekend at church that my son attended, and I did a little shopping.

Do you like to mix patterns? Or are you the type of person that likes to keep things ‘safe.’ I absolutely love to mix patterns. I especially love it when my hubby and son do that with their clothes.

For this outfit, I kept the colors a bit monochromatic but then added pops of color in the hot pink Kate Spade clutch and the yellow, suede shoes (both gifts from my sister).

If you are afraid to mix patterns but want to try it, start out with the same color palette. After that, venture out with different colors. I think you’ll love it. Also, adding various pops of color in different accessories is a great way to add variety to your outfits without buying a ton of new clothes all the time.

I’m trying a new flavor of Teavana tea as I’m typing this. It’s the Lemon Ginger, and it is so good. If you missed the post on the tea party I hosted a few weeks ago, go HERE to read about it. I also want to try a different tea strainer. You can find it HEREThere’s another one from Amazon. It’s below. Which one do you like better? I don’t know which one I like better, but we could definitely use them. We drink tea almost every day.


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20 Fun Facts About Me

DSC_10951. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?

Wow, this is a hard one because there are actually several, but if I really had to choose (two), it would be the Louis Vuitton store and Pier 1 Imports.

2. What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
My favorite TV show growing up was The Brady Bunch.

3. Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
The Housewives of Beverly Hills…not because of money, but simply because of the things on which I spend my spare time. I think about pretty things all day long.

4. What was your favorite toy as a kid?
My favorite toys were Barbie Dolls. I thought I would play with them forever.

5. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
My oldest pair of shoes is probably seven years old. They’re a pair of Gucci flats my parents gave me for a Christmas present.

6. Can you play any instruments?
I can play both the clarinet and the piano, but shhhh…..don’t tell anyone.

7. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I will spend the entire day reading if allowed. Many times when at home alone, I will read for hours and when I realize my boys are back, I scramble around to make it seem as if I was doing something else. They usually know I was reading though. It’s evident by all the Amazon Kindle downloads/payments tee hee.

8. What is your favorite cereal?
My favorite cereal is General Mills’ Oatmeal Crisp, but I haven’t had cereal in almost three years.

9. What’s the strangest talent you have?
I can put my fist in my mouth.

10. What was your childhood nickname?
Den Den, and my family still calls me that.

11. Do you have any strange phobias?
All the quintessential Florida critters…huge spiders, frogs, lizards.

12. Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?
Under…that’s the ONLY way to hang it. Lol.

13. What is the worst pet you have ever had?
A Daschund/Bichon Frise mix. He would run through the house peeing and pooping everywhere. What a mess.

14. Ugly and live forever or attractive and die in a year?
Ugly and live forever because you can always wear cute clothes and accessories lol.

15. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
Why did I go to bed so late..again?

16. Have you ever been in a car accident?
Two. One was on the way to the library and someone ran the stop sign and hit my mom’s car. Thankfully it wasn’t bad because she saw him coming and was able to move slightly out of the way. It ended up being more of a side-swipe. The other wasn’t quite the same. It was with my friend’s uncle. It was the night before he was about to take us to their home in Upstate New York to go strawberry picking. He was double-parked and stepping out of the car when someone hit the door. Scary.

17. Have you ever danced in the rain?
With the hubby, sort of, and I always played in the rain while growing up in the Bronx.

18. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I hate cleaning bathrooms.

19. What story does your family always tell about you?
Several, but one of the most told story is how I used to terrorize some other girls that lived on the same road we did in Jamaica. They say I would see them coming to our house in hopes of coming to play with my sister and me and start throwing rocks at them. Me? Innocent, sweet me? Lol.

20. What is something you’d love to do?
I would love to start a consulting/styling/outfit planning/personal shopping/remodeling company. I would help people pick out outfits/accessories for themselves or their homes/events. If I received commissions on the items my clients bought, I would consider providing the service for free.

I hope you enjoyed reading these. I would love if you left a comment below answering one or any of these questions. Also, if there’s anything you would love for me to answer, send an email, and I’ll put it in the next batch of questions.



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How to Add Accessories to Any Outfit

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dsc_1386Happy Wednesday, everyone! Have you ever been in the ‘I-don’t-really-want-to-be-super-fussy’ mood? I do sometimes. There are times when I want to be over-the-top fancy and other times when I just want to wear a pair of flats and call it a day. This past Sunday I was stuck in between both. I wanted to wear something extremely pretty, but I wanted to tone it down a bit.

I had ordered this long, pleated skirt from Amazon a few weeks ago. Do you shop on Amazon? If not, you should lol. I always find amazing deals on their site. Just be careful to make sure you’re either buying US sizes or buy the size that would correctly convert to your US size. If all else fails, simply return it. Amazon sellers are amazing at replacing or refunding purchases that don’t work for you.

Anyway, I ordered this skirt, and I almost returned it because I had just recently bought a similar one. See that one HEREI decided to keep it, and I’m so glad I did. It is gorgeous. There is a shimmer to it and the color is great. The only problemhad is the fact that the skirt is loooooooong…..on me. For a taller person, they wouldn’t have a problem, but I’m a bit vertically challenged, so I had to fold the skirt at the waist. If not, it would be dragging on the floor/ground…even with my heels.

On Sunday, I wanted to wear it, but I didn’t want to be super dressy. I wore a cowl neck shirt and denim jacket. I find one of the easiest and quickest ways to dress down an outfit is to add something denim. A dressy shirt can be dressed down by adding a denim skirt. A fancy dress can be dressed down by adding a denim jacket. For this outfit, I did just that. I contemplated adding a scarf but decided against it. What I was going to do was wear a leopard scarf and leopard shoes, but that wasn’t the look I wanted.

I’ve linked the exact skirt in the first picture. The picture beside it is another option, but while you’re on Amazon’s site, look around at others. The search words I used were ‘pleated maxis.’ You can’t see my shoes much in the pictures, but it works out because my shoes are no longer available anyway, so I linked a strappy pair in the slideshow below.

So here are some ideas to adding accessories to your outfit:

  1. match the belt and shoes
  2. match the belt and scarf
  3. match the scarf and shoes
  4. match the bag and shoes
  5. match the belt and bag
  6. ****do NOT match all of them. It’s overkill, so don’t wear a leopard clutch, scarf, belt, and shoes all at once. It’s too much! I would even say to wear just one.
  7. ***PLEASE make sure your animals match lol. If you’re adding a cheetah print, make sure they are VERY similar or your outfit will look odd.
  8. If you’re wearing a strong color, such as the purple skirt, below, keep the other colors of your outfit on the neutral side. Don’t wear a colorful shirt that has a speck of the purple in it. Less is more. Save that colorful shirt for a neutral skirt.

Did I miss any? Please leave a comment below if I have any to add.



A Crush on Blush

Never mind my facial expression, lol, but I’m crazy about blush colors right now.dsc_0034 dsc_0037 dsc_0040 dsc_0042Here is the skirt:

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m still here. Thank God! Hurricane Matthew sideswiped the area in which I live and we didn’t have any damage. We contemplated leaving and trying to get away from the hurricane, but in the end, we stayed and braved the storm. We purchased extra cases of water, cooked some food, put the shutters on all the windows, and waited for the rain.

It was already windy for many hours before the hurricane was set to hit. It was raining a lot too. We couldn’t even keep our curiosity at bay. We kept opening the front door to see what was going on. I know, I know. Who barricades themselves inside and keeps looking out? We do! Haha. Thankfully, all my family members were safe as well. The only issue was that one aunt’s home was half flooded because two of her sky lights blew out and destroyed the living room furniture and flooded the kitchen and living room. I’m so glad she and her kids had gone to my other aunt’s house. My boys had gone over the two days prior to put up plywood, but I don’t think anyone thought about skylights or even remembered them.

I do want to thank everyone who called and messaged me to make sure we were okay. I really appreciate that. Before I go, I wanted to share the details of this skirt with you. I bought it from Amazon for $19.99. It’s in the picture above, and you can click on it to view/purchase it. It has an elastic waist, the pleats are gorgeous, and there are other colors. I almost want to buy more of them, but this blush color is perfect! I’m actually loving all things blush right now as you’ll see when I share another skirt with you.

Also, my shoes, which I love so much, can be purchased for $39.99! I paid a little more than that, but they are so comfortable and chic. I love the nude color too, but seriously, the calf hair pair I’m wearing are one of my favorites!

For the sheer shirt, I wanted to add it because it offered a little bit of pizazz because….well, why not? Lol. It wasn’t gaudy and over the top, but there was just the right amount of glitter and sparkle.

Have a great day, everyone. Our internet has been unstable over the past few days, so I’ll be working on this week’s blog posts. I have to get my house back in order. We had to bring in the patio furniture, and they are taking up a lot of space. Yikes.

How about you? Did you or anyone you know go through this or another hurricane? How was the rebuilding?



Current Fall Crushes

Happy Friday, everyone! As many of you are aware, the Eastern coast of Florida, along with islands in the Caribbean, are being pummeled by Hurricane Matthew. My family and I literally live right off this coast, so as I’m writing this post, I don’t know whether or not we’ll have power, internet, etc.

In the meantime, I wanted to create this slideshow of very reasonably-priced items I’m currently loving. These trends include bell sleeves, fur collar anything, regular and sleeveless cardigans. Remember, you can use layering items such as the Shop Yanni body dress and skirt and shirt extenders HERE and HERE to keep a modest look.

If you see something you like, click on it and shop right from the vendor’s site. I couldn’t believe how low the prices were compared to what’s out there now. Happy Shopping!