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In the beginning, God created………..FASHION!

Put It In Neutral!!! February 28, 2012

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Put it in neutral!

Hey y’all, hey!!!  Well……………………*sigh*it is back to work.  I just came off of a week long winter break and overall I enjoyed and got a little rest, but I sure could have used just one extra day.

One thing I did do over the break is catch up on reading blogs.  The past few months, I have been so busy with other life stuff, that I have neglected to really, read, study, meditate on, or marinate in the posts of other bloggers.  This week off gave me the chance to catch up with the posts of blogs I had not glanced at in months and also get hip to other blogs.

One blog that I subscribe to is, the Plus Side of Me with blogger Rebecca.  In yesterdays post, Rebecca did a Five Take (5 bloggers take on a particulare theme).  The Five Take theme for the post, found here, was neutrals and while Rebecca did not wear an entire outfit in neutral colors, I was inspired by her post to wear a neutral color to work today (Thank you, Rebecca!).

In the past year or so, I have acquired so many items in grey.  It was a safe segue from wearing all black, as I tried to incorportate more color into my wardrobe, but because I had added so much more color to my wardrobe (and of course still fell back on my love of black, in a pinch), I had not been wearing much grey lately.  Anyway, with the Plus Side of Me post on my mind, I decided to wear all grey to work today.  I pulled out some tried and true pieces and put myself in neutral.  It was a beautiful morning and I thought I was prepared to take pics but……………*BLURG!*..I forgot the attachment that hooks my camera to the tripod! *BLURG! again*  I had to drag one of my kiddieboos out of school during his break and have him take pictures of me.  Ironically, David G. was in neutral colors, too.  Thank you David for braving the wind and taking my pictures for me!  Tell me what you guys think of the all neutral (well I know the purse is not neutral, but work with me).

Jacket=Charter Club @Macy's (old), Turtleneck-INC @Macy's (old), Slacks-Ashley Stewart (old), Loafers-Geoxx @Nordstroms (old), Handbag-Michael Kors @Macy's

I love this jacket! It is cute opened and closed!

Oops!!! My sunglasses are by Coach @Sunglass Hut.

David G. in his neutrals for school today. I have known this boy since he was in middle school.

That boy is G! Q!

 

Come thru in the clutch!! February 23, 2012

I just love the clutch handbag!

I have always really loved the clutch style handbag.  It can be dainty and demure, sophisticated and glamorous, or hip and trendy.  My mother and grandmother carried clutch handbags and always liked how they just made a woman look mature and confident, like “I don’t care if this thing can just be snatched from under my arm!  It only contains a few singles and my lipstick, anyway!”
The clutch has returned to popularity in recent years and I have found myself accumulating quite a few.  Now, I don’t carry them often because I usually like to have a full arsenal of makeup and hair tools when I leave the house for work, church, shopping, or the post office.  You just don’t know who you might see, meet, or die in the arms of, so I like to be fully prepared.  I usually carry a clutch when I am going out; going out with friends, going out on a date, or going to a formal or semi-formal event.
At any rate, I have picked up a few new (or new to me) clutch handbags in recent weeks and I plan to incorporate them in some outfits in near future.  Two of the clutch handbags I picked up during the FashDet Thrift Store Crawl last month.
The peachy clutch, I would love to carry with some of the really pretty pastel items that are so hot for sping.  I imagine it with very light, mint green skinny jeans and the wispiest of cream, white, or light blue tops. *le sigh*  The black clutch I can carry with just about anything, anywhere, anytime.  The length of it just gives me a thrill, because it conjures up images of Joan Crawford.

Peach 80"s style clutch-Thrifted

Black suede like 40's style clutch-Thrifted I love that this clutch is xtra long!

Faux snake print clutch-Ashley Steward

The next two clutch handbags I caught on a humble.  I was running my little weekend errands and one of my stops was Ashley Stewart to pick up tights.  Well, they were all out of tights (apparently, they have stopped shipping them to the stores because spring is coming) but as I was walking out of the store, this red clutch caught my eye on a rack that said 50% off. I sashayed my Shonte’ up to the counter, to see if the half off price was $16 or was it half off of $16.  Beep, beep goes the scanner and I walk out of Ashley Stewart disappointed about the tights but happy over my $8 clutch.

Ain't God good?!!! I found it in blue!!!

Well, I continued to run errands and later in the day I had to go to a meeting at my church.  Now when I get to the church, no one has arrived yet so….still on a mission to get tights, I go to the Ashley Stewart near my church.  I walk in, tights display empty except for two pairs of 2x fishnets that looked like someone had taken a fork to them.  Lo and behold, though!!! What should I spy with my two brown eyes, a lone, blue faux snakeskin clutch like the one I had purchased earlier in the day.

So, I have managed to pick up four really nice (in my opinion) clutch purses for under $30 bucks.  I think I did good *pats self on back*.  I have decided to spend less on clothing, shop less, etc. and do more giving in 2012, and I feel like thrifting and purchasing item on deep, deep clearance will help me to do that.  *I was honest with God!  I won’t vow to stop shopping, but I will spend less, shop less, and buy more used stuff.*
Well, what do you think of my clutch handbags?  Do you carry clutch bags?  Let me know.
Conjuring up outfit ideas right now with my new handbags so I can……..come through in the clutch.  *I so clever! LOL*
TTYL!
 

Black & White & Grey All Over February 17, 2012

Filed under: Jeans,OOTD — gen321 @ 12:22 AM
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Grey Day

Hey y’all, hey!!! I am so feeling wearing white in the winter!!! I decided to wear my white jeans today and I gotta be honest, it was a risk.  It had snowed a few days ago and then most of the snow melted, leaving small patches of snow and large patches of mud.

I would not be deterred however, by all the mud and black slush.  Nor would I be deterred by the overcast and grey sky.  The idea of wearing my white jeans actually was an encouragement to go out and start the day, because the thought of going out on this cold, grey day was a little depressing.

Here are some pictures.  Tell me what you think.  Would you wear white in the winter?

I don't know why I like this picture so much!

Wishing I could go to my car and go to some place with sun!

*What I am wearing: Moto Style Jacket-Calvin Klein @Macy’s, White Skinny Jeans-Ashley Stewart (old), Turtleneck-INC @Macy’s, Circle Scarf-Ashley Stewart, Wedge Boots-Nine West (old), Handbag-Michael Kors @Macy’s

 

Oooh, La, La! So Francois! February 15, 2012

I was hesitant to post pics of this outfit, because the picture quality is so…………………………….*Cathy voice* ACK!!!!!  I really thought I looked cute, though!  When I walked into my school, some of the students commented that I “look like I should be in Paris”.

Fortunately, I had my handy, dandy camera with me and I decided to take pictures.

I, honestly, just threw this outfit together!

I had been looking for an opportunity to wear my, normally for summer only, white blazer and I decided to throw it on over this cute dress I picked up on sale.  I plan to wear the blazer again soon, with some dark rinse jeggings and pumps, inspired by photos I saw in People StyleWatch magazine.  I love the idea/look of summer white in the winter time!

I promise you, these were the best pictures I took! *Blue Ivy shrug*

It was a beautiful day.

So, what am I wearing?
The blazer is from an old white pant suit I got at JCPenney a few years ago.  The dress is by L8ter.  It is the very trendy, cold shoulder style with a pleated hem and you can get it at Macy’s.  The boots are the over-the-knee style and they are from Torrid.  *side note*  The boots are slouchy on me because the boot is too big for my calves.  I cannot win for losing, in the battle of the boot vs. my big calves, but that is a story for another post.  The fishnet tights are from Ashley Stewart and the beret I stol…………………borrowed from my daughter.
I was also wearing/carrying some of my new fave accessories.  *bats eyes*

Michael Kors Grayson JetSet bag in Pink.

New Coach sunglasses. Very Jackie O!!!

Despite the fact that my pictures did not turn out as well as I would have liked, I felt great and felt like I looked great.  I just wish how I felt (and looked) could have been conveyed through the photos, better.  Oh, well!  As the french say, C’est la vie!  TTYL!

 

LONG OVER DUE!!! January 12, 2012

Hey y’all, hey!!! Happy New Year!!!  I haven’t posted in a minute and that is why the title of this post is……….long overdue.  LOL!

I had a great holiday!  I really, really did and now I am convinced Christmas should fall on a Sunday every year.  I had a great holiday weekend of family gatherings and new traditions with my children.  Here are a few pics of one of the outfits I wore.

Arriving for a family holiday event.

I call this outfit, Italian Ice or Spumoni. It just reminds me of those food items. *shrug* Top-American Rag@Macy's, Jeans-American Rag@Macy's. Boots-Nine West@Macy's

After a nice 2 weeks off and a lovely holiday, it was back to the salt mines.  I went back to work looking good and well rested (at least in my opinion).  I wore a color, that I have avoided for years, green.  I am so in love with that color right, now.  I picked up a few pieces before the holiday and I just love them.

Green Day! LOL!

Top-Style&Co@Macy's, Pants-Premium Collection@Gap, Shoes-Rachel Roy@Macy's

The shoes are super cute to me, but honestly I could not wear them all day and walking to my car after work……………………..a challenge!

Super cute!

I just liked this photo. *Kanye shrug*

What do you think about my outfits?  Are you feeling the green?  Let me know.  TTYL!

 

Monday Moanin’ Casual December 12, 2011

Filed under: Jeans,OOTD,Shoes,Tops and Blouses — gen321 @ 6:38 PM
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I hate waking up tired!!!! Anemia and winter time just do not mix and today it was all I could do to get out of the bed and off to work, but I did it. *sigh*  I didn’t have the energy to put on my work day uniform; black or grey pants, business casual top (cardigan optional), and pumps or Geoxx loafers, cutesy jewelry.  Now that seems pretty easy, but I always feel like I gotta put extra curls in my hair and layer my perfume (weird, I know).  The hair and the perfume would have been too much work. *sigh again*

My outfit today, required me to throw it on.  I didn’t have to press pants or top.  I didn’t even have to unbutton the top, I just pulled it on over my head. *shrug* Pull on the boots and tie them up; I’m out the door.  For some reason though, I felt I needed to grab my camera and tripod.  I did and here are the results.

Draggin' casual Friday into Monday's Pink Top-Style&Co@Macy's, Jeggings-Eileen Fisher@Macy's, Booties-Nine West@Macy's

*big sigh* I just wanna be at home in the bed.

My boots. I hope this gives you a better idea of how they look.

The blouse…..I love!!! It comes in 3 other colors, that I plan to pick up.  It comes in two types of green and I RARELY wear green, but the style of the blouse and the colors are just calling me!

This blouse has a silky feel and is a slightly puffy shoulder. I love it!

I took the pictures inside of the high school where I work and well………………I am still trying to find the best spot to take pics, especially in the winter time.  I know these are not the best photos, but inside of my office is the absolute worse for photos.  The lighting is awful!  *side note* I had a couple of students, who just stood off to the side watching me.  They didn’t say a word as I set up the tripod and took some test pics.  When I packed up to go, they just wandered off.  LOL!! My precious little lambs.  They will question me later. *smiling and smh*

Well, let me prepare for tomorrow.  I am going to a meeting/lunch so I need to look………………………better/different, something.  TTYL!

 

JIVE TURKEY! November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving 11/24/11

Happy Holidays, everyone!! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wore a fave outfit to the family dinner.

I like to call this outfit, my Foxy Clown outfit (My brother always calls me Foxy Clown.  *sarcastically*I love him so.)  It has the 70″s vibe and I am a 70’s child.  When I wear this outfit (which has been quite often recently) I get alot of compliments and alot of “Cleopatra Jones” or “Freeze Sucka!” comments.

I’ve had the jeans for about 2 years and had only worn them once or twice until I got my new fave jacket and my new wool floppy hat.  The jeans are from one of my favorite online/catalog shopping sites, Alloy.   They carry a ton of cute jeans, in all color and style ranges and……………they offer extended sizes and lengths.  Most of the jeans I wear are from Alloy.

Floppy Hat-Macy's, Turtleneck-Lane Bryant (old), Jeans by Spoon-Alloy (old), Jacket-Calvin Klein @Macy's, Shoes (unseen)-Steve Madden @Macy's, Purse (seen above)-Coach

Ok folks, tell me what you think.  Would Pam Grier be proud?  LOL!

Happy Holidays and TTYL!