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Do I Walk Away Or Go Harder?

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For the last few months I've been feeling sorta defeated, no frustrated or maybe exhausted.  I guess to sum it all up, I've just been in my feelings.  This is not to say that all is falling apart, it's just that things aren't really happening how I'd envisioned.  Don't let these blog pics or my IG feed fool you ma'am / sir.  I'm a work in progress. 

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The month of October to some signifies the last quarter of the year.  This is the time to really give it all you got.  To end the year strong.  But for me, this month brings me to my 12th year (TWELVE YEARS!!!!) being at my job.  It's kinda unbelievable.  Honestly I didn't think I'd last more than 5 years.  The plan was to make my way back to nursing school, graduate and get a job as a travel nurse.  If the travel nurse thing didn't pan out, I'd work as a trauma nurse in Grady Hospital's trauma center.  Obviously neither plan worked out (insert sad face).

Here I am close (really close) to 40 and still trying to 'figure it out'.  At the 4 year mark on my job, I started to realize that school was getting further away.  Yet, I wasn't willing to settle for the hand that life was showing me.  So I reached out to my baby sister with a plan to start our own image consulting company.  She thought it was a great idea and jumped on board.  Three years later.... What company???

Now what was I suppose to do?!?!  Walk away and just be grateful that I have a descent job with okay benefits OR regroup and try something else.  Over the last few years, I've been regrouping.  I can't even tell you how many times I've regrouped.  It's frustrating!  It's overwhelming at times ( a lot of times) and other times I'm literally on the verge of quitting and running the opposite direction.   

But the thing is.... I can't just walk away.  Even though I've tried talking myself out of chasing my dreams and creating a life where I live what I love.  I CAN'T!  I have to much at stake.  I've invested so much already.  Yes it's hard, but I'm driven to go harder.  Complaining is easy, procrastinating is the breeding ground for fear of failure or the unknown.  Feeling bad for myself is ridicules.  I will gain nothing from any of this.  

While I'm not where I'd like to be.  I'm motivated in the notion that I will succeed.  One day I'll look around and see what has taken money, sweat and years.  And by the power of the tongue I declare to myself everyday that I'm going to 'blow up.'

At this point guys, it's go hard or go harder!

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VEST -- Target (old) // TOP, SKIRT, BELT -- Thrifted // SHOES -- Justfab (old) // STATEMENT NECKLACE -- I Heart Jewelz // SUNNIES --  Charlotte Russe (old) // HANDBAG -- Shoedazzle (old)  

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If I Were Going To NYFW, I'd Wear These JustFab Booties

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, NYFW, New York Fashion Week, Atlanta style blogger, Justfab shoes, Silver booties, thrifted fashion

Part of me is thinking, it's Wednesday already!  But the other part is thinking, 'What do you mean it's only Wednesday!' I guess I shouldn't complain since I didn't have to set my alarm this past Monday.  But still...

Guess what starts tomorrow?  New York Fashion Week.  I know this because up and down my Instagram feed I'm seeing a few of my fave style bloggers prepping for this major fashion event.  While I'm not attending this year, that doesn't mean that I can't dress as if I were.

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New York is a fabulous city, which is why I was wonderstruck on my first visit.  For starters it is just like it is on TV.  The coolest part was that on any given corner, subway ride, restaurant visit or cross walk you are bound to encounter a walking fashion statement.  These people are serious about style.  

Most intriguing was that a lot of women wore heels.  I'm not talking about the little kitten heels that's trying to make a comeback, I'm talking about 3+ inch heels.  So when JustFab sent me these Madelina BootiesI was like heck yeah!  These would be perfect for NYFW

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Right on trend, metallics are in my friend.  And with fall right on our backs, these booties are perfect to help you transition into the next season.  They are surprisingly comfy and fierce all at the same time.  Since I can't make it to NY this time, I can not wait to walk the streets of Atlanta in these silver beauties.    

*Quick story... When I was shooting this look a mom and dad with their young son walked by and the little guy was like, "Mommy look at those cool shoes!  Can wear those?!?!"

The Madelina Bootie in silver is definitely worth adding to your shoe collection.  Also linked (HERE) are other trendy metallic options from JustFab

Blazer, Shirt Dress -- Thrifted // Handbag -- ShoeDazzle (old) // Sunnies -- Mall Kiosk

Photo Cred: KVisuals

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Overalls Street Style

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, Overalls streetstyle, JustFab 

Who's idea was it to only give the weekend two days?  I could've definitely used one more day between yesterday and today.  But my weekend was pretty awesome since I got to hang out with my baby brother and sister-n-love for her birthday.  And I packed up the little one for a week at his god-mothers.

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Remember last weekend I stood up to my old lazy self and demanded that we get our weekend wardrobe together (read post here)?  Well I'm happy to announce that I'm still winning the good fight  of not having a boring weekend outfit.  Say it with me... No More Shredded Jeans & T-shirts!!  Hold up...  I'm getting ahead of myself.  I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to such a stance.

Anyway, today's look is definitely another step up to my usual weekend attire.  This time around, I decided on a pair of slim overalls given to me by my good friends at JustFab.  Ordering a size up to give myself room to layer if I wanted to in the cooler months and just all around comfort.  Plus I didn't feel like a fitted pair would be flattering.  

Believe it or not, I actually struggled with how to style these overalls.  It wasn't until the night before my photoshoot that I remembered thrifting this lace crochet sweatshirt.  How easy would it have been to just throw on a cute T-shirt underneath?  Super easy!  That's why a T-shirt wasn't going to cut it.  A cute bell-sleeved or off the shoulder crop would have been really cute, but I'm not a OTS or crop top type of girl.  Choosing this crochet top was the right move. 

For this look, I opted for a heeled sandal instead of sneakers or a flat sandal to keep from looking like a little girl.  And now that I'm into crossbody bags, this turquoise (sold out in this color) mini from ShoeDazzle worked perfectly.     

Have you gotten on board with your own weekend style challenge?  Drop a line below and let's chit chat about it!  
 

Overalls -- JustFab // Crochet Top -- Thrifted // Shoes (old) // Crossbody -- ShoeDazzle // Sunglasses -- Local Flea Market

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Tuxedo Dress + Blush Crossbody

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, Funky Flair Boutique, Shoedazzle, Justfab

It's true what they say about the truth hurting.  But in this case it didn't hurt, it only made me realize that I'm becoming what I loathed growing up... A girly girl.  A couple days ago my BSF (best style friend) Kisha Rose and I were talking, per usual.  And she says, "Mel, you dress girly."  Immediately I was offended (but not really.)  I totally didn't agreed with her and yet today's outfit is proof that I'm becoming just that (side eye.)  The tomboy me from back in the day would never be my friend.  It's really funny when I think about it.  Dresses and heels, HA! HA! HA!!!

Now that I'm girly and all, I gotta have a nice shoe collection right?  Right!  So when JustFab asked me to review a product,  I chose 'Elena' which screams feminine.  What I love most about this sandal is the cylindrical heel.  Which gives me more comfort than the usual skinny heeled sandal.  I thought this shoe added just the right amount of sexy to this tuxedo dress and for added measure, I paired the 'Jayn' crossbody in blush to complete the look.  Well it's Friday style lover's, what are you wearing this weekend?      

Sandal 'Elena' + bag 'Jayn' // JustFab 

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Cream Blazer + Cream Crop Pants

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Cream pant suit, H&M pants, Atlanta style blogger, streetstyle

Last week was short, but this weekend was even shorter!  Wish I had an extra day in the weekend to get my mind right.  But my weekend was pretty cool.  Saturday was family day.  Hubs and the little one got in a little shopping.  While I spent my Sunday on the Thrifting Atlanta bus tour.  Surprisingly, I stayed under budget and I picked up some really cool pendents and pins for a new diy piece I'm wearing for a fashion event I'm covering next month. 

For the longest, I've been wanting a white pant suit.  But I refused to buy one brand new.  Go ahead call me cheap.  Anywho, to this day I still haven't bought or thrifted that white suit I've been eagerly waiting on.  In the meantime, I stumbled upon this makeshift cream suit.  As usual, I was looking for something else when I found these pants.  Immediately this look popped into my head.  I put the two pieces up to each other to make sure the colors would work and BAMMM, this look was born.  A nude heeled sandal and oversize gold and black clutch, I was good to go.  I'm still holding out for that true white suit.  Drop a line below to wish me well in my pursuit in finding a suit.

Blazer -- Plato's Closet (similar here) // Pants -- H&M (old, similar here) // Top -- Thrifted (try this one) // Sandals -- Don't remember (similar here or here) // Clutch -- JustFab (old, try here)

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Mens Inspo + Blue Bucket Bag

Melodie Stewart, The Style Klazit, Atlanta style blogger, JustFab bucket bag, menswear, mens inspo

Well guys it's a brand new week and I'm glad about it.  A chance to start that thing you've been putting off.  And you know what, you got this!

Speaking of got this, I got this really cute bucket back, 'Ronald' from JustFab to review last week; and I must say I really like the bag.  It's perfect for after work errand duties.  There's always that one day of the work week where I just can't seem to pull it together.  That day is usually Monday or Wednesday.  On those blah days, my outfit option goes something like today's look.  The only bright side to this look is this vibrant indigo bucket bag that allows me to move about without the hassle of trying to hold a bag in one hand.  There's even ample space for my wallet, small lipstick pouch, phone and phone charger because the battery life of mobile phones these days are laughable.  The only downside is that it doesn't come in yellow.  To get your bucket bag go here.  You'll love it, I promise.  

Entire look -- Thrifted // Shoes -- Don't remember, old // Bag, Ronald -- JustFab

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