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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What To Wear To Work

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Hope your weekend was full of funners and relaxation. For me, losing an hour this weekend has gotten me all out of sorts. I mean what’s the purpose of daylight savings time anyway? Either way guys, Happy Monday!

If I’m being honest, I haven’t “dressed up” for work in a long while. I’m just not motivated to put my best foot forward in the wardrobe department 5 days a week. Basically dressing up for work just isn’t fun any more. At this point being comfortable is my goal (meaning jeans, a decent top and a cute pair of shoes).

Now if for some reason I had a desire to slay my co-workers with a cute office chic look, today’s look would be something I’d wear. A blazer (a closet staple that EVERYONE should have in their wardrobe) is an instant outfit game changer, paired with a solid (or print, if you’re feeling frisky) top is simple and easy to wear. With spring around the corner the weather is slowly starting to warm up and this means you’ll see me wearing more skirts, like this thrifted skirt from Asos. What you won’t see more of is me in super high heels like these old turquoise heels I scored from ShoeDazzle many moons ago. Anywho, maybe one day I’ll get back to dressing up for work (or not)!

Photography: Kaylin James

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These Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans Didn't Flatter My Figure At All!

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Have you ever scrolled down IG or Facebook or thumbed through a fashion magazine and saw THE cutest outfit? The model or person wearing the outfit looks amazing and it’s at that moment that you know you need that shirt, dress, pair of pants or shoe in your life.

That’s the case with these wide-leg cropped pants. I’d seen a few style influencers on the gram styling and profiling in wide-leg pants looking effortless and chic. So in my mind, I would look just as dope. Guys not so much. These high-waisted cropped jeans did absolutely nothing for my short frame.

For starters, high-waist pants and my mom gut don’t mix. Secondly, the pants are an awkward fit, especially around my butt. Not only did my butt try to eat the pants, it gave it a funny shape (which I can’t have that). Over all the look wasn’t bad, I just can’t get down with these pants anymore. I think the blazer saved this look.

Have you ever bought something that you thought you were going to rock in it, but ended up being a complete disappointment? Tell me about it below.

Photography: Kaylin James

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Obsession Alert: Oversized Neon Sweater

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I am so glad I found this sweater before I went on my shopping hiatus. Although I probably would have found some “logical” reason to buy it regardless.  I absolutely adore this lime colored oversized sweater.  The only down side is that I wish I’d gotten the hot pink version of this sweater as well.

This bright over the top sweater has been a fashion fave of mine ever since it arrived in the mail.  Everything about this sweater speaks to me, from the vibrant color to its bulky size (which hides my muffin top wonderfully well).  Off camera I’ve worn this sweater a number of times, however, check out the other two times I’ve worn this sweater for the blog – this monochrome look and this socks and heels look

For today’s look, I went the athleisure route with these Adidas leggings.  Instead of wearing sneakers, I opted for white booties and finished the ensemble with this distressed denim jacket. Btw, you’ll see this sweater on the blog again real soon. And if you don’t mind, tell me in the comments, which look is your fave.

Photography: Kaylin James

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An Exciting Spin On A Black And White Outfit

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There is nothing more stylish than a black and white outfit, I can’t say this enough. These two colors together pack a mighty punch and can be bold and simple at the same time. And is hands down the easiest color combo to wear - ever! Each year Pantone declares the color of the year and while I love wearing colors, black and white will always be my two colors of the year.

My obsession with this monochrome color combo will probably never end. Which is why I’m always looking for ways to keep my black and white looks from being bland and boring. Like I said, black and white paired together is super easy and the different ways to style these two colors are endless.

Although I’ve worn this pleated skirt before, this time around I dialed it up a notch by adding a little texture. This textured tri-colored pleated skirt is dope by itself, but since I can be extra from time-to-time I opted to go for a black and white polka dot shirt instead of plain black or white. I played with the idea of wearing a polka dot blazer, but went with a solid black blazer instead.

To complete the look, I wore a pair of foiled silver metallic loafers and black dotted tights. My accessories included a little box handbag along with a pair of red thin retro cat-eye sunglasses on trend right now (btw, when they first hit the scene I hated them and said I’d never buy a pair. Moral of the story, never say never!)

As always, I hope this look inspires you to step out of the box and try new ways to style your black and white clothes. Even though you might not have these exact items in your closet, you can still find interesting ways to create stylish black and white looks.

Photography: Kaylin James

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What I've Learned After 10 Years Of Marriage + Vow Renewal Recap

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What better day than today to share a recap of our vow renewal. 10 years ago on January 10, 2009 I literally married my best friend. And guys, it still amazes me that even after 10 + years in, I’m beyond happily married.

Over the past decade we’ve been through A LOT and yet through it all we still really dig each other. But don’t get it twisted, staying together this long nowadays requires more than love. It entails work and being intentional.

For me the biggest lesson I’ve learned is not to make mountains out of mole hills. I mean so what he doesn’t put the toilet seat down after he uses the restroom. It cost me nothing to just put the seat down and pee. I’m sure there’s some things that I do that gets under his skin.

As Robert’s wife, it’s very important to me that he knows I’m his #1 fan and biggest cheerleader. Which is why I will never tear him down in his face nor behind his back. After God, he’s my first priority.

Another good lesson I’ve learned over time was to learn and love my husband in his love language. Hub’s primary love language is physical touch, followed closely by “acts of service.” Understanding this shows him how much I love him, because we all know actions speak louder than words - right?

If I had to name a key factor in what keeps our marriage running, I’d have to say sex! Yes guys, lots of sex. If you don’t take anything else away from this post, as a marriage couple you should never underestimate the importance of sexual intimacy. This is hubs favorite part of our marriage.

Speaking of hubs, when I asked him what his biggest lesson learned was he said - “I learned not to argue with you and to say, You’re right baby.”

Outfit details:

Hubs: Jacket - Macy’s / Pants - old / Shirt - Men’s store in Stonecrest Mall / Shoes - D & K Men’s store

My look: Top - Bodysuit, Asos / Botton - Custom made by designer Nicci Hou / Shoes - Betsy Johnson

Photography: Kaylin James & Kay Hillman // Videography: Howell Designs

Sequin Skirt + Polka Dot Sweatshirt For Valentine's Day

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With Valentine’s day only a few days away, my anticipation is increasing. I already know what I’m getting. A delicious box of juicy chocolate covered strawberries and a yummy candy apple. Ya’ll!

I remember my first V-day as a married woman. We had just gotten hitched the month before and thought it would be a great idea to go out to eat. Bad move, we ended up waiting almost two hours for a meal that was just meh! After that, we decided that we were good on trying to go out on Valentine’s day. Although this year I took off work and we’ve planned to celebrate our undying love for each other during the day.

With February 14 being so close, have you decided what to wear? If the Mr and I were to have a night out on the town, this polka dotted sweatshirt and sequin skirt (with the socks and heels -because I’m just that extra) look would be my #OOTN. It’s so unconventional and a direct reflection of my personal style.

While the classic reds, pinks and blacks are the obvious choice, why not use this opportunity to try something new, something bold? Basically this is your chance to step outside of your comfort zone and to face your fashion fears head on. Just imagine you try something different and you actually like it!

Just in case you need a little inspiration, you’re already in the right place. My blog is full of style inspo.

Photography: Kaylin James

Adding Color To Your Winter Wardrobe

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This season I decided to add more colorful pieces into my winter wardrobe. Although there’s nothing wrong with the darker hues, color is just more exciting. Adding bold splashes of color is super easy and anybody (female or male) can achieve a stylish look.

The color that I choose for this look, pink, is still one of my least favorite colors, but here I am rocking it with style and grace. What’s funny is my silly reason for not liking the pink. I didn’t like pink growing up because I was a tomboy and wanted nothing to do with anything to feminine and girly. Nowadays it’s not even that big a deal.

Incorporating bright and playful colors into your winter wardrobe can range from pieces like this bubble gum pink blazer and sweater combo in today’s look or something as simple as a handbag, a belt or shoes. You could even add a pop of vivid lip color if you’re feeling frisky. Just to prove to you that I’m here for adding color to my winter wardrobe, check out this neon sweater look or this highlighter yellow hoodie look or my fave, this hot pink blazer look.

What are your thoughts on wearing color in the wintertime?

Photography: Kaylin James

My Epic Outfit Fail

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Outfit fails can happen to anyone! Nobody gets dressed with the intention of looking a hot mess, but hey it happens. I can’t tell you how many times Kaylin (my photographer) has sent back my pics from a shoot and at least one look was all wrong. I’ve had moments where my mom gut was hating on me or my pants or skirt was twisted or the look wasn’t as cute in reality as it was in my head.

I’m sure we can all attest that things don’t always turn out the way we want. This look is evidence of that. Here I am thinking I’m cute or whatever only to realize that my sweater is bulging through my skirt.  I was going for an effortlessly chic look by opting for half-tucking my sweater.  Clearing I failed!  Typically, a button-down blouse works better for the half-tuck look.  For a thick sweater like the one I’m wearing I should have only tucked in just a few inches of the material either in the front or on the side. 

Once I got the pics back and saw the error of my ways, I cringed.  How could I have done such a dis-service to this super cute look?  I thought about re-shooting the look but reconsidered because life happens, right.  I guess I should be grateful, it could have been a situation where my skirt was stuffed in my underwear. 

Have you ever encountered an outfit fail situation?  What was it and how did you handle it?

Photography: Kaylin James