Transform A Basic Outfit With These 3 Key Accessories

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I’m saying it again for the people in the back… you don’t have to have or need to spend a lot of coins to look amazing. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference.  Just by adding a few key pieces you can hang with the best of best fashionistas around.

Being that there are a few things you can do and wear to level up your look, today I’m highlighting three items that can turn your blah outfit into bomb. Let’s get into it…

When it comes to accessorizing my looks, one of my fave accessories to wear are sunglasses. Right behind my obsession for shoes, my love for a dope pair of sunnies is major. I could literally open a mini eye wear kiosk at the mall, I have that many pairs of sunglasses.  The other reason I’m such a fan of sunglasses is because I use them to hide the fact that I don’t wear eye makeup in 99% of my style post.  But no matter the reason wearing a cool pair of shades is a super easy way to take your look up a few notches.

Another essential accessory I use to upgrade my look is a fun handbag.  Adding a unique or statement bag has the ability to change the style vibe of your entire look.  I tend to look for bold and colorful bags.  I also go for bags that have quirky shapes and sizes or ones that have odd texture or patterns.  So, on those days when I’m going for a simple look, a funky handbag is an easy way to ensure my look is still stylish.       

The best complimentary accessory that (in my opinion) makes or breaks an outfit is the footwear.  Whenever I go to put a look together, I typically start with my shoes.  With just the right shoe choice, your ‘meh’ look can become a ‘girl you cute’ look.  Regardless of whether you’re a shoe lover or not, having a fun pair of footwear is always go good idea.    

I hope you found this post to be helpful.  Also feel free to like, comment and share! 

Photography: Kaylin James

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How I Overcame My Shopping Addiction

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Hello my name is Melodie and I am addicted to shopping… Or at least I use to be.

Last year, a few months before our vow renewal, packages were arriving at our door step almost every day. After about the 7th package my husband put his foot down and told me to stop shopping. I was devastated! How was I going to resist not being able to buy all the cute clothes, shoes and accessories that caught my eye.

Although the Mr put a halt to my mini (and frequent) shopping sprees, it was only temporary; just until we got through our renewal in January. Going on an (involuntary) shopping fast was a huge eye opener. No more impulse buying. No more buying because the deal is to good to pass up. And as painful as it was (at first) I really needed it. It forced me to actually wear the old and new things already in my closet. Also after about a month I noticed a few extra coins sitting in my account since I wasn’t spending money on things I didn’t even need.

During my no shopping period I learned a few things…

-      I shopped out of FOMO (fear of missing out).  I felt that if I didn’t get the item then I’d miss out on it forever – especially if the item was on sale.

-      I shopped because I was bored and had the money to spend.

-      I shopped if I was in a bad mood or a good mood. Shopping was a mood!

-      I shopped if I saw another style influencer with something I wanted.

-      I shopped just because.

Realizing that I have plenty of clothes in my closet and understanding that I didn’t need to buy every single item I saw was major. Truth be told most of the stuff I was buying I wasn’t immediately wearing anyway (I mean I still have items I’ve never worn from two and three years ago - sad right). This is why I’m on my Shop Your Closet journey. Not only am I saving money, I’m rediscovering different ways to wear a few of my fave pieces. Aaannnddd, I know longer have to deal with buyer’s remorse - the sense of regret after having made a purchase.

Nowadays I’m learning to be more intentional about how I spend my money. The level of discipline I’ve achieved has been quite rewarding. However for you that may still struggle with excessive shopping or overspending you’re not alone. If I’m being honestly I still have moments when I fight (mentally) against the urge to shop (I’ve lost a few times). And though I’ve not quit shopping entirely, I’ve curtailed it a lot. 

If you want to cut down on shopping so much, let me share with you a few steps I’ve taken to help me maintain the need to shop, shop, shop.

-       Don’t buy it the first time you see something.  Wait at least two weeks or more and if after waiting a few weeks you still feel the same way about the item and it’s in your budget - buy it.

-        Ask yourself do I really need this item.  Do I have something similar already that works?

-        Shop your own closet. Look for ways to re-wear items you already have.

-        Organize your closet so that it’s easier for you to see what you have. Get rid of old things that make you feel like you ‘need’ to go shopping.

These are just a few things I’ve done over the last few months to keep me from falling off the shopping wagon. I hope you found this (long) post valuable. Drop a line in the comments and let me know.

Photography: Kaylin James

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Wearing Shades Of The Same Color

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(In my rap voice) Oh my gosh, back at it again (Woo)!  I’m wearing different hues of the same color again (Woo-Woo).  Guys, in my head I can hang with the best rappers, but in reality, I’m asking my daughter what the heck are they saying.  That part makes me feel old.

Anywho, today’s look has nothing to do with rapping and everything to do with styling different shades of the same color.  Even though I’ve done the monochrome thing a few times before (like this neon outfit) this time around I built my outfit around shades of pink. Now I know this look isn’t 100% monochrome, yet it still works.

For this look, I keep it rather simple.  I paired this bubblegum pink blazer with this pink lemonade pleated skirt and white tshirt (btw, if you haven’t already, you should check out my last few style posts where I’ve worn the illustrious white tee).

When it came to deciding which shoe to wear, I could have gone with a few different options, but chose this cute mini block heeled floral sandal instead.  Now I’m ready for a bunch invite.   

Photography:  Kaylin James

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A Simple Spring Weekend Outfit That Still Looks Put Together

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Don’t cha just love short weeks, they get you right back to the weekend a lot sooner, right?

When it comes to weekend wear, most of us (yes me too) tend to lean towards comfort and ease, especially if you’ve been in work attire all week. There have been time when my weekend getup at some point consisted of a not so impressive top and bottom combo. But what if you can combine comfort and ease with style? I’m here to tell you ma’am (or sir), it’s absolutely possible.

Enter this super easy and simple causal weekend look. It only took 5 pieces to create this look, but what makes it stylish is the character that each piece offers.

For starters we have the white t-shirt. I cannot stress this enough; you NEED a white tee in your wardrobe. Nothing beats the style and versatility of the white t-shirt. I opted for my favorite pair of distressed black denim shorts, but any fun pair of shorts will do.

Now you already know how much I love a good ol blazer, so this lightweight leopard print blazer was just what this look needed to give this causal look a bit of edge. Blazers are awesome in that they create a level of fashion-forwardness that you, your momma and your cousin could surely pull off. As for accessories, I chose these orange polka dotted mules and black patent mini crossbody.

You don’t have to have a lot of money or clothes to look great nor do you have to dress to the gawds in order to look put together. Take some time to really look at what’s in your closet and challenge yourself to pair pieces together that you might not have ever thought of before. You’d be surprised what you come up with.

Until next time…

Photography: Kaylin James

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Style Tip: Ditch The Heels For Sneakers

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There’s a quote floating around the internet that says - “Chase your dreams… in high heels of course.” Girl please, from now on, I’m chasing my dreams in comfortable shoes.

It seems that within the few months leading up to my 40th birthday last year my desire to wear heels has dwindled drastically. Strangely enough I can’t even tell you why. What’s funny is that growing up I was a tomboy and avoided heels like the plague. Then one day I was all girly and heels were my bestie. Now-a-days I rarely wear them.

Pairing sneakers with dresses, skirts or suits is all the rave now, although it’s not a trend that hasn’t been seen before.  However wearing the right sneakers can definitely make a statement.  In fact, Serena Williams worn sneakers to the Met Gala and I don’t blame her.  It’s just proof that comfort and style can go hand in hand.

I won’t go as far as to say that sneakers are the new heels, but if the shoe fits (is that lame or what). While I’m not trying to turn you into a sneakerhead, having a pair or two of stylish and fashionable sneakers is worth it and your feet will thank you. So the next time you get dressed, think about giving your look a different vibe by featuring a cute sneaker.   

Photography: Kaylin James

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An Open Letter To My Mom and Sisters

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Becoming a mom at 17 grew me up real quick. Never in a million years did I think getting pregnant at such a young age would have happened to me, but it did. Thinking that my life was heading down the drain, there was one person in my corner rooting me on and forcing me to keep moving forward. That person was my mom (and she’s still in my corner cheering me on). For that reason, I’m forever grateful to this wonderful women. So mom this is for you.

Dear mom, I love you sooooooo much! I can’t even imagine how my life would be without you or how it would have turned out if not for you, your prayers and God. Thanks for being an example of a great mom and wife. Thanks for not giving up on me when I wanted to give up on myself. Also thanks for not letting me ruin my life when I tried everything in my power to do so. Although I’ve apologized many times before, I’m still apologizing for all the pain and trouble I caused you growing up. I now know that all you wanted was the best for me. Mom you’re an amazing women and I appreciate you. Because of you I’m a better wife and mom and for that I celebrate you on Mother’s day and every other day you’re my mom. xoxo

To my young sisters, even though I might not tell you as much as I should I love you both. Writing this post I’m reminded of that one time when Shawn you ironed a pair of my shorts, burned them and put them back in my drawer like I wasn’t going to notice it. Jen, I remember when you use to cry so hard that you’d pass out. Watching you two grow up, becoming somebody’s wife and mother (which I still can’t believe Jen is a mom) is a wonderful thing. I’m actually proud of you which is why I wouldn’t trade you guys for any other sisters. I’m just so lucky to have you guys as my siblings. My prayer for you both is that you continue to grow and be awesome because whether you know it or not I’m rooting for you to chase your dreams and to do big things.

All in all I love you guys and I’m wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Photography: Kaylin James

Dressing Down A Sequin Skirt With The Classic White T-Shirt

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Fashion is not about having thousands of outfits in your closet. It’s about making the most of what you already have. That includes mixing and matching things together that you’ve never thought to wear together before.  The goal is to get creative with your existing wardrobe. 

With trends coming and going, there’s one staple piece that remains a constant.  The white t-shirt!  It’s the easiest and simplest piece that every woman should own.  It can be paired with a million different fashion-forward looks.  So basically what I’m saying is that if you can pull off the white t-shirt with a pair of jeans, you can certainly pull it off with a sequin skirt.

What I like most about this skirt is the array of colors.  And with so many colors to choose from, I could really pair this skirt with a number of colored top options.  Yet for this look I opted for a plain white v-neck tee giving this look a more casual chic vibe, plus I half-tucked the shirt to give shape to my waist line.  To complete the look I decided these clear heels (that I hated at first) was the shoe to wear.

The moral of this post is that the basic white t-shirt is easy, comfortable and adaptable.  It’s one of the more versatile staple pieces: it dresses up, it dresses down, and it’s the blank canvas around which you can you build almost any outfit.  Btw, if you don’t have a white t-shirt… Get one!

P.S. check out the other way I styled this sequin skirt >>> HERE

Photography: Kaylin James

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Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone In This Bodycon Dress

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One garment that hasn't existed in my closet for years is a fitted dress.  The main reason has everything to do with the fact that I didn't like my body after my son was born (10 years ago).  While I lucked out in not getting stretch marks, I now had a mom gut.  At first I could suck in and be okay but after a while that no longer worked.  That being the case I stopped wearing anything that would highlight my pouch.

For years I've envied (in a healthy way) other women who wore fitted clothes without a care in the world.  Only wishing that I was brave enough to pull off wearing something that clung so close to my body.  Not to mention my husband has been pressing me to wear more dresses since before we've been married.  He says women look sexy in dresses, especially fitted dresses.  And although he tells me all the time that I have a great body, my confidence level for wearing tight clothing (except for jeans) just wasn't there.  Wearing anything that highlights my stomach is really out of my comfort zone from a style perspective.  But slowing I'm learning to embrace my body ("flaws" and all) and to stop being so critical of myself.

So you guys, I threw caution to the wind, faced my fear (I had to psyched myself out in the process) and intentionally bought this green bodycon dress.  Honestly, I was skeptical.  Was I going to look a hot mess?  Was I going to have to not eat in order to keep my stomach from poking out?  It wasn't until I got home, tried it on, walked out the bathroom and asked my husband what he thought.... lets just say the dress didn't stay on long (wink, wink).

Since I was going for the fitted look, I still kept in mind the importance of getting something that would compliment my shape.  That's why I sized up.  I didn't want the dress so tight that it looked like I painted my skin nor did I want all my rolls and dents making an appearance.  

For an even more bold move (for me), I opted not to wear a shaper.  If I was going to welcome this new found love for my body I didn't want to squeeze her into something so constricting.  However, if you need to wear one be sure to focus on a foundational garments without seams.  Pantylines are the worst!  

As always I hope this look inspires you to face your fears and step outside your own style comfort zone.  Btw, be on the lookout for how I styled the black version of this bodycon dress.  

Drop a line below and let me know how you plan to step out.

Photographer: Kaylin James

Is It Okay To Wear Boots In The Springtime? ABSOLUTELY!

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I used to think girls were crazy for wearing sandals in the wintertime and boots in the springtime, but my-oh-my have things changed. Okay so maybe not things, but me, I've changed. Now I'm one of those girls who wears sandals in the winter - see HERE & HERE and boots in the springtime. Hence today's outfit post with these super cute white heeled booties.

The trick to getting away with bringing this trend into spring fashion is to opt for booties or ankle boots instead of the calf or OTK length boots. Another style tip is to choose spring-like colors. It could even be a bootie with a cut-out or peep toe giving off spring vibes.

For today's look I paired these white ankle boots with a knee-length denim skirt and a long sleeve red striped button down. I pushed the sleeves up for a casually cute look. Now if you’re not into the whole skirt look, a pair of boyfriend jeans with a T-shirt works perfectly as well. And for my girly girls you can definitely throw on a maxi dress with an oversize lightweight blazer and call it a look.

Listen you guys, when it comes to fashion there are no rules. As long as it works for you, do it!

What are your thoughts on wearing boots in the spring? Let’s chat about it in the comments.

Photography: Morgan Haynes

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On The Road With Mitsubishi

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I can’t imagine living in Atlanta and not having my own vehicle.  When I’m ready to get going, I like being able to grab my keys and go. Driving in or around the city takes lots of patience and although I can’t say that I love driving, having reliable transportation that is stylish and spacious makes navigating these Atlanta streets just a little bit better. Enter the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL.

At first glance my original thought was - Oh! This is cute, until I opened the door.  This SUV has all the bells and whistles that makes driving a breeze.  From the LED Auto High Beam Headlights (that you don’t even have to worry about turning on, it’s automatically done for you) to the Backup Camera System (to see what’s behind you when backing up). Not only was I impressed, I was super excited to take this baby on the road.   

Now that Georgia is a hands-free state, I wasted no time syncing my phone to the Outlander’s Smartphone Link Display.  This feature made it easy for me to stay connected with my family or friend’s without breaking any laws.  For those moments when I wasn’t chatting it up,  I jammed to my favorite songs by accessing the music app on my phone over Bluetooth, all at the tap of my finger.

The most impressive aspect was how roomy it is on the inside.  I was surprised at how much space there was for my husband to ride comfortably.  At 6’ 2” my husband needs all the leg room he can get.  It even proved roomy enough for me to change outfits in the back seat during my last photo session.  And to show how versatile the 2019 Outlander is, the third-row seating makes for even more space for up to 7 passengers or for additional cargo space.

My favorite feature of all was the Blind Spot Warning and Lane Change Assist.  The alert you get when a vehicle is near by is the coolest thing ever.  With the warning lights and alerts you get while driving, I love that this feature is designed to make sure that you and your family arrive to your destination safely.

Over all my driving experience with the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL was awesome.  I just hate that I had to give “Blue” back (I named her, is that weird?)   

Photography: Morgan Hayes

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9 Fun Ways To Style Blazers This Spring

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I LOVE BLAZERS!  Of all the wardrobe staples you should have in your wardrobe, blazers are one of my must-have pieces.  Just adding a blazer is in most cases an instant way to elevate your look whenever you’re having a bad outfit day.     

Now that spring is officially here, I’m looking forward to transitioning out my winter wardrobe in anticipation of the warmer temps that’s on the way.  Of the four seasons Spring is my favorite.  It’s the perfect time of year for layering with a blazer.  When it comes to styling a blazer, you can never have too many outfit ideas. 

Just in case you need a little style inspiration, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite blazer styled looks.  So the next time you find yourself not knowing what to wear, just add a blazer!!

Now go and dress amazing!

 Photography: Kaylin James   

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Street Style: The Suit Trend

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I’d just like to send out a big thanks to the person who donated this houndstooth plaid skirt suit to Goodwill. You’re the real MVP, whomever you are.

Guys, the number one item on my thrift wish list is a pant suit. I’ve been desiring a pant suit for the longest time, but coming up on this vintage green suit is the next best thing. This skirt suit is giving me “Clueless” vibes. And after more than 20 years since the movie dropped, this fashion moment is still poppin.

What’s cool about this blazer set is that I can wear it so many different ways. In today post I'm wearing it with a screen-tee and two-tone booties. However, switching out the blazer or the skirt allows me to create different looks allowing me to get the biggest bang for my buckets.

What are your thoughts on the suit trend? I'm not giving up on finding the perfect pant suit, yet this skirt suit now has a special place in my heart.

Photography: Kaylin James

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