Have fun bringing your clothes to life this weekend!
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Are you still contemplating Thanksgiving Day outfit ideas? Here are two ideas you can toss around. Contrary to what most people think, I don’t think it’s a good idea to wear super loose and comfortable clothes on holidays. This just encourages the likelihood of you overeating and feeling bad about yourself later. Another tip is never go to a party hungry. Always eat a light snack before heading over so you won’t be the guest hogging the appetizer table. I feel you should be relatively comfortable, and of course, adorable. If you’re attending a more formal sit down dinner, I recommend an A-line or skater dress. This silhouette is feminine without being too restrictive. This River Island dress has it’s own pearl necklace embellishment which I paired with an edgier silver moto jacket so it wouldn’t be so girly. Adding opaque tights and classic patent Mary Janes helps ground the look (and keeps your legs warm for those in colder climates). For those attending a more casual gathering, try a nice pair of jeans with some stretch for comfort. I love this mixed texture moto knit jacket. The fur collar adds a touch of sophistication. You can’t go wrong with these sick pair of Marc Jacobs over-the-knee boots! I hope these ideas help you a little. Honestly, I’ll be at home with the hubby for Turkey Day and will be lounging in my fluffy leopard print robe all day
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Were you a huge of fan of What Not to Wear? I sure was so you can imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to meet the infamous style guru, Clinton Kelly. I attended a style seminar at Macy’s Lenox Square with style tips and questions with the man himself. I meticulously picked out my outfit the night before. I wanted to go with a nerdy-chic kind of look. I borrowed a tie from my husband’s closet and learned how to tie one courtesy of YouTube. After battling Atlanta’s ridiculous Friday rush hour traffic, I managed to arrive super early to the event which was rewarded with a front row seat!
Look how close I was!!! He was amazing and dressed to the nines as expected. No man can mix prints better than Clinton Kelly. He was just as energetic and engaging in person as he is on t.v. I got up the nerve to ask him a question on how a petite woman can wear a midi length skirt. He replied with some very helpful advice and here’s the kicker…..he said ‘I love your outfit by the way’. #WINNING!!!
There was a fashion show featuring his top trends of the season. I loved how he used models of all different shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. Here were my favorite looks from the show.
Winter white is so hot and this look just exudes elegance.
Tweed shorts with tights are a nice alternative to a dress or a skirt to change things up. The burgundy booties were killer with little cut-outs all over the shoe.
Another look featuring a sick pair of shoes. The blazer had sequin sleeves that were absolutely dazzling.
This holiday dress was meant to keep all eyes on you at the party. The dress had little peek-a-boo cut-outs all over that were so sexy.
One of the guest in the audience was Holly, a previous style offender on What Not to Wear, and as you can see, she’s still looking good.
Guests received a tote graced with this Clintonism.
After the show, I received a free makeover by Estee Lauder. They did all the make up for the models. I would have never thought to put these colors on my face, but I think it turned out pretty. What do you think?
I had such a great time! Thank you Southern Blog Society for the invite!
I was wearing…
Pinafore: Talbots. Blouse: Banana Republic. Tie: Geoffery Beene. Tights: Express. Loafers: Steven by Steve Madden. Handbag: Marc Jacobs. Eyewear: Chanel.
Do you ever experience shoulder or back pain after a long day out? It could be because you may have over 20 pounds of stuff in your handbag, according to the Telegraph UK. Results based off of a OnePoll survey showed the average handbag weighs 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms), the same amount as a small child! Sounds crazy, right? I challenge you to weigh your bag right now and see how much extra weight you’re carrying around. I try to wear my lighter or crossbody bags when I know I’ll be out all day and save my heavier bags for shorter periods of time. One of my favorite purses is this Marc Jacobs handbag with beautiful chain straps. The bag is heavy before I even put anything in it and of course, I want to try to be glamorous and wear it on my arm instead of sensibly on my shoulder. I decided to weigh it and see just how much weight I’m actually carrying.
Just under 10lbs! I’m under the average but it’s still pretty heavy.
Oversize totes carry a serious potential for injury. The combination of the weight of the bag against muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments—plus the compensating shift in posture you make to carry the load—can lead to headaches, back pain, and muscle strains. Excessively heavy handbags can cause more serious nerve trauma or degenerative joint disease. It’s easy to dismiss the “pocketbook effect,” but “when you carry something heavy every day, the accumulated stress can lead to significant injuries that require medical attention,” says Martin Lanoff, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and a clinical assistant professor at Rosalind Franklin University Medical School in Chicago.
So, how can you attempt to avoid injury from your handbag?
1.) Limit the loads. Lighten your load by using only trial size lotions and cosmetics. Also, shop for lighter bags: buckles, chains and other hardware can add upward of a pound to your freight.
2.) Center the weight. A backpack is best for this but everyone is not going to wear one of those (myself included). You can try to split your load and carry two bags with half the weight in each and holding one on either side of the body which will balance things out and align you better. Another alternative is a messenger style slung across the body to balance the weight. If you have a heavy shoulder bag, try to switch sides periodically and use a style with a wider strap to distribute the pressure across the shoulder.
3.) Keep the weight close to your body. Shorter straps will hug the weight closer to your body and minimize swinging. Also, wearing the bag on your shoulder as opposed to on your arm will keep the weight close to the body and lessen the strain.
Now that we know how to prevent injury from our handbags, it’s time for my personal pet peeve. Get your handbags of the ground ladies!!!! I have to tell this story. I was at a Hawks game sitting in the club level with some friends. I went to the bathroom and noticed that the woman in the stall next to me had placed her gorgeous leather Gucci bag on the bathroom floor. Yuck! But it gets worse. When we went back out to the dining area, she placed her bag on the table!! On the table where she and others were eating! YUCK!!! There have been several recent studies showing how toxic womens’ handbags can be to their health.
Tests done by Initial Washroom Hygiene shows that leather handbags carry the most bacteria because the spongy texture provides ‘perfect growing conditions.’ It is, therefore, advisable that women should wash their hands regularly and use antibacterial wipes to clean their bags and contents. In another study reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the technical manager at Initial Hygiene, Peter Barratt, said: “Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces; so, the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned.
In conclusion, clean your handbags regularly with sanitizing wipes and sanitize your hands after contact with your handbag before eating our touch yourself or others. And please don’t place your handbags on the ground. Use a cute bag hook instead.
I hope these tips will help create a more harmonious relationship between you and your beloved handbags.
Sources: Huffington Post, Telegraph UK, Prevention.com, Daily Mail.
Every once and a while I feel like dressing like a classic lady. This is an outfit I wore to church several months ago. The mix of mod and classic style to this Milly dress always gives me a Jackie O vibe. Add a classic cardigan over the shoulders and a pair of conservative pumps and you have an instant first lady look.
I was wearing…
Dress: Milly. Cardigan & Shoes: Tory Burch. Handbag: Marc Jacobs. Necklace: Vince Camuto. Bracelet: Charles Emerson. Watch: Michele.
Save the best for last. That’s how I felt about our last day in NYC….
Posing in Times Square on our way to brunch.
Mother and I enjoying a delicious brunch at the Blue Fin inside the W Hotel Times Square. Doesn’t she look adorable in her pink suit!
Always the most interesting characters in Times Square.
Getting ready for the show!
The show was absolutely amazing! It was almost more like a concert with everyone singing along to all of Motown’s greatest hits. Oh! The boy who played the young Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 blew everyone away! He sounded just as good, if not better, than M.J.! Please check out this show if you have the opportunity!
Goodbye NYC! At least until our next adventure
I was wearing….
Jacket: Helmut Lang. Jumpsuit: Arancia Shoes: BCBG. Necklace: Banana Republic. Clutch: Marc Jacobs. Watch: Michele.
Welcome to my second installment of NYC Mother’s Day weekend! Our morning started off in Tribeca where we had a scrumptious breakfast.
We enjoyed our breakfast at this quaint little restaurant called Kitchenette. It was so warm and homey giving you the feeling of stepping into your grandmother’s kitchen with sweet smells swirling in the air!
Cookies and cakes galore!
Red velevet pancakes! Eat your heart out!
My girl Michele dropped by to join us for breakfast
After our meal, Mom went to a salon next door for a manicure and I took the opportunity to burn some calories and explore Tribeca.
I came across an adorable farmers market with all sorts of goodies.
We left Tribeca and headed to the Soho area for some vintage shopping. I was so excited to visit one of Rachel Zoe’s favorite shops Resurrection! It was filled with one of a kind vintage pieces from Missoni, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, McQueen and more. Unfortunately, I don’t have Rachel Zoe’s budget so none of these beauties came home with me. Next time
A little pit stop through Times Square on our way back to the hotel.
We ended our night at a restaurant of famed chef, Marcus Samuelsson, called the Red Rooster. It is located right in the heart of Harlem so I wanted to go ultra vintage glam with a beaded headpiece and red lips.
That’s me impatiently awaiting my drink.
And there it is…….
Thanks for reading. Look out for my third and final post of NYC coming soon!
I was wearing…..
Outfit #1: Dress: American Apparel. Jacket: Helmut Lang. Wedge sneakers: Target. Head scarf: Vintage Adrienne Vittadini. Necklace: Fab’rik. Handbag: Coach.
Outfit #2: Jumpsuit: Anya Ayoung for Piperlime. Headpiece: Vintage. Cuff: Tory Burch. Shoes: Balenciaga. Clutch: Marc Jacobs.
A month ago, I was about to buy my ticket to Pittsburgh to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day weekend and my mother called and said she saw the cast of Motown the Musical on GMA and wanted to go to NYC to see the show on Mother’s Day. I’m so glad she came up with the idea because I had the most amazing weekend with my mother in NYC! We were two birds of feather flocking around the city. We arrived Friday afternoon and settled in at the Sofitel Hotel in Times Square.
We enjoyed a scrumptious dinner at The Shop restaurant inside the Andaza Hotel. We both had the red snapper and cleaned our plates. We also had dessert! A wonderful, warm apple and cranberry crumbly goodness that was just absolutely sinful!
I was wearing….
Jacket: Helmut Lang. Top: Forever 21. Skirt & wedge sneakers: Target. Headwrap: Etsy.com. Cuff: K’la. Clutch: Marc Jacobs.
Stay tuned to see more of our adventure in NYC!
I have yellow fever!!!! NOT! But I have been craving a gorgeous canary yellow handbag as a latest addition to my collection for the upcoming summer months. There’s no better way to add some spice to a summer wardrobe than beautiful bold accessories. It’s a nice trick to give last year’s wardrobe a makeover without spending a lot of money. Here are a few of the beauties I’m drooling over. Which one do you like?
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Often when I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to wear, I’ll start with the shoes and work my way up. It has become a reliable method for determining how to a wear a statement shoe. You know how sometimes you get a bright or printed pair of shoes that look so good in the store and then you bring them home and don’t know how to incorporate them in your closet? Well, building an outfit around the shoes can be helpful. I tend to wear a monotone or muted color palette so the shoes will stand out. Yesterday I wanted to wear my ‘Dorothy’ shoes so I chose an all black outfit with gold accents so the shoes would pop.
Coat: KLS for Baby Phat. Dress: Talbots. Tights: Hue. Shoes: Gianni Bini. Necklace and earrings: Vince Camuto. Handbag: Marc Jacobs. Sunglasses: Chanel.