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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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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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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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