Proof That You Can Wear Black In The Summer

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Of all the colors to wear in summer, black is probably your last go-to color.  But did you know that black helps to keep you cool?  Black absorbs the suns heat rays that try to come and make you sweaty and gross.  Christian Dior said it best: “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.”  Today I'm showing you how I'm rocking this all black look.

Knowing how to wear black in the warmer months can be tricky for some people.  Especially if most of your black pieces are fall/winter pieces.  In an effort not to give off goth vibes, you'll need to stick with light weight fabrics - such as chiffon, light linen or seersucker.  The goal is to make sure your material is breathable.  Walking around feeling like you're in a sauna is not the business. 

If you follow trends, then you should have noticed that sheer or chiffon is in.  And because the thrift gawds were on my side, I came up on this sheer floral embroidered top which (in the past) I would have never even considered.  What I like most about this top is that it allows me to be completely covered, while still showing a little bit of skin. 

This top can be styled a few ways, but for this looked I opted for this knee length black skirt (also thrifted).  The volume and the length of this skirt really works for the hot weather, allowing for plenty of ventilation for my short legs and mini-thick thighs.  Another big plus for this skirt is that it comes with pockets, which we all now that pockets just make everything in life better.

The first time I wore this look was to a spring wedding (see pic of me and hubs below).  My original look didn’t pan out, so I took Christian Dior’s advice and wore all black.  The only difference with the wedding look and this look are my MACEE LACE UP SNEAKER from SHOEDAZZLE and this colorblocked box shape clutch (picked up a few months ago at Forever 21).  Honestly, if I'd had these sneakers before the wedding I probably worn have worn them then.  *STYLE TIP: Adding sneakers to this outfit (or any dressy look) just gives your outfit a sporty vibe and makes you the coolest person in the room. 

As always, I hope that this look will inspire you to dress outside the box or making you think of other ways to dress up your formal wear.  Drop a line in the comments, I’m curious to know your thoughts on wearing black or dark colors in the summer.    

Photography by: K Visuals 

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Head Wrap's Are For Bad Hair Days

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Who else besides me is a little discombobulated by being off on a Wednesday?  I mean really, a holiday in the middle of the week, Really!  In my humble opinion, holidays should always fall on a Friday or Monday?  Middle of the week or not, I took advantage of my time off by doing nothing.  I left the house once to go to the store for food, other than that I had no intention of stepping a foot outside.  Not even to watch the neighborhood fireworks.  I guess I really am getting older.  But baaa-bbyyy, next week is what I'm most excited about.  Hubs, his mini-me and I, along with my brother and his fam will be in Orlando and I am so ready.  I got my summer body together (not really, but pretend I do) and I'm ready to hit the pool and the beach (and maybe a thrift store or a mall) 

Let's face it, bad hair days are inevitable.  No matter if you're black or white or yellow or polka dot, if you have hair, chances are you've had a bad hair day (days rather).  My first two years of being back natural was a bad hair day.  I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or what to do.  I even remember coming home after doing the big chop, walking in the door and the first thing my husband says (after looking at me like a strange alien) is "You're hair is ugly".  Man!!! That's when that for better or worst part comes in to play.  And it's a good thing I have tough skin.

Now-a-days most people wear head wraps for style purposes, yet wearing a head wrap could hold a deeper meaning for someone else.  Today's purpose is attributed to still looking fab when you're having a bad hair day.  I typically don't cover my head, because I have a love affair with my hair cut and color, but there are days when me and my hair are at odds.  That's when a cute decorative head wrap saves the day.

I copped this vibrant head wrap at THRIFTING ATLANTA'S Spring Market from BLACK GIRL TIARA'S.  Since I'm not really into the African or Ankara print trend, I almost didn't buy it.  Aside from being slightly talked into getting it, it was the mixture of bold colors that did it for me.  I've worn this wrap a few other times (bad hair day's of course) and each time I love it more and more. 

My top is brought to you by good ole GOODWILL.  A few weeks ago I attended a shopping event at the Tucker, GA location and found this orange top.  On the hanger it looked way to big, but a quick try on, made me realize I'm bigger than what I think I am - how sway?  The best part about this top is that it hides my mom gut and surprisingly, I like the high-low hem.  Peaking out from underneath the top are a pair of distressed shorts (which have been in heavy rotation this spring/summer season).  Pairing these cobalt blue wedge sandals and marigold crossbody (both from SHOEDAZZLE) with this look was a fun way to play with the other colors in my head wrap.  

Warning!  The top and shorts are thrifted and the sandals and handbag are from a couple of season's ago.  Meaning this entire look is not available for purchase.  But good news is you can use this look for style inspiration.  So if you come across an over sized top and distressed jean shorts, you can definitely recreate this look.  Don't forget to head over to BLACK GIRL TIARA'S to grab your own unique head wrap.  

Photography: KVISUALS

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How Turning 40 Made Me Realize I Wasn't A Failure

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Recently I turned 40 and I'm wearing it like a badge of honor, a rite of passage if you will.  I'm really amazed at how well I handling being this age.  Even though it's only been a month and some change, I never would have thought that after 4 decades of life I'd feel this good about life.

Becoming a mother at 17 I thought my life was over.  I'd become the static that I'd looked down on and for me all plans of being an ER Nurse was out the window.  Life wasn't good guys.  Or at least that's what I thought.  My mom (who is the sweetest person you'll ever meet) wouldn't allow me to wallow in self pity.  She found a program for pregnant teens, which allowed me the opportunity to finish high school on time.  That was the small boost of confidence I needed to buckle up for the rough road ahead. Life wasn't completely over.  I could actually rise above my situation and win after all!

One of the scariest things in life (especially my teenage life) was having a real live person who depended on me to provide for them, yet I knew it was up to me to do everything in my power to succeed in life.  After graduating highschool and getting accepted into college, I just knew that things would work out.  Short story even shorter... I didn't finish college.  Not for lack of trying or even finances.  Being a single mom working and trying to go to nursing school wasn't easy.  It got to a point where I had to choose between work (to support me and my daughter)  or clinicals (which ranged from day, evening and night shifts).  Work won and I guess I just gave up or maybe it just wasn't in the cards for me (shrugs shoulders).

Once the dream of becoming a nurse faded away, my next feat was just to get a better job so that I could move out of my mom's house (I couldn't be the queen living in her castle).  Getting a "better job" was the nail in the coffin for having a nursing career.  I never went back to school.  And after working a few pay check to pay check jobs, I finally ended up at my current job, where I've been for almost 13 years.... (insert blank stare)

Not being able to finish college and proving the stat's of being a black teen mom right was depressing.  Having to come to the realization that I was probably going to have to work on somebody's job making them millions why I struggled to live angered and further depressed me.  I felt like a failure.  Why couldn't I be one of the one's to get preggers and still end up with the degree?  I wanted to be a success story.

My 30's was my lowest point (mentally & emotionally).  I was consistently battling low-self esteem and depression (and social media didn't make things better).  It appeared that all the grass around me was greener and no matter what I did, I just couldn't get my grass to look that green.  Man I was messed up.  Yet once I hit the 40 year mark something changed.  My mindset has completely done a 360.  My outlook on life now has me appreciating how well I've prepared, planted, watered, grown and maintained my own grass over these last few years.  I've accomplished quite a bit that I would have never thought possible.  How dare I look at myself as a failure!!!  I once read a quote that said - "Success is not built on success.  It's built on frustration.  Sometimes it's built on catastrophe."  Now let that settle in.  I'm about to make some major changes in my life and I'm super excited for what's ahead.

And just in case you need a little encouragement, check out all these people who didn't "catch a break" until after 40... KFC Founder "Colonel" Harland Sanders (you REALLY need to read his story, so encouraging) || Fashion Designer Vera Wang || Martha Stewart || Actress Leslie Jones || Actor Samuel L. Jackson || Actress Octavia Spencer just to name a few.

For those who only came for the outfit info... I'm wearing this super cute double breast striped blazer from Target (worn HERE).  I would size down, it fits oversize if you have smaller shoulders.  My top is thrifted, but you can put any graphic T-shirt with this look and still rock out.  This pocketed gingham skirt is also thrifted, however, Forever 21 offers this peplum gingham skirt or this bow-front knee length gingham skirt is really cute to.  This ruffle gingham, also from Forever 21 is banging.  Lastly the color contrasted sneakers are from Zara was the icing on the cake for this look.  

I know this post was lengthy.  I blame my blabber mouth on being 40.  Anywho, let's talk in the comments.  Are you over 40?  How was it for you after you made it over the hill?

Photography: K Visuals 

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 Style after 40, Top Atlanta blogger, Atlanta Personal Stylist
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10 Thrift Tips While Shopping For Closet Staples

Back in April I had the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite things to do... Thrift.  What made the moment soooo awesome was that it was on the biggest platform for me yet, The Taliah Waajid Natural Hair Show.  

As soon as I got the call, of course I was overly excited.  I couldn't believe it.  After I calmed down, right away the first thought that immediately popped into my head was - what the heck was I going to wear (see my look HERE)?  And then what exactly was I going to tell people about thrifting.  

This experience has given me a better appreciation for teachers.  Having to decide on what to teach and then creating handout docs..... Girl.  Anywho, the below is what I created.  10 thrift Tips and a list of closet staples you can look for on your thrift trip.  

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Ankle Boots In The Summer... Is It Still Cool?

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I can’t count how many times I’ve advised my personal stylist clients to take a risk, step outside of the box, shake things up a bit (a bunch).  With today’s look, I’m taking my own advice - hence the booties in this Hotlanta weather.  Honestly, I never understood the whole boots in summer trend (or the sandals in winter).  Yet here I am.

One of my go-to methods for putting a look together is to start with my shoes first, then build the look from there.  Scanning over my shoe collection I kept coming back to this floral print ankle bootie.  All the while I’m telling myself boots aren’t meant to be worn in hot weather.  But wouldn’t you know it, my mind had already started putting together an outfit. 

Instantly I remembered this canary yellow ruffle skirt (also worn HERE) that I picked up a while ago at Ecologie Vintage Shop (if you’re into vintage, you need to check them out).  With all the colors in this bootie, it was exciting coming up with different ways to style the rest of the look.  After several options, I ended up going with this blue polka dot button up top and fuchsia pink blazer.  This could even be a workwear ensemble - #outfitinspo.

Here’s the kicker guy’s… I’m not even thrilled with this look.  I mean it works, but it’s the booties in the summer that keeps blowing my mind.  What are your thoughts on wearing boot/booties in the summer time? Let me know in the comments below.

Photography: K Visuals 

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This Multi-Color Statement Sequin Duster

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For starters thrifting is magical and I owe it to my cousin who introduced me to the world of resale shopping many years ago.  It wasn't until I got older that I really started to appreciate all that thrifting had to offer.  I'm pretty sure that even after I became a millionaire, I'm still going to find my way to a thrift shop.

A few months ago (while co-hosting a thrift shopping event with Keren of Thrifting Atlanta) I'm walking around perusing the rows of varies vendors, telling myself - girl you better not go over your $50 budget.  For the most part my shopping budget is between $50 - $100 dollars.  Now if I see something that I "have to have" and I've reached my limit, I'll ask the Mr. for a "small" contribution.

Let me get back on track here.... so I walk past this one particular clothes vendor (Mobile Style Stop Boutique) and notice this colorful shiny garment hanging on the rack.  I approach the garment, but paused as it was in the XL section.  Bomber!  Guys, can you believe I actually walked away from it?!?! I didn't even bother trying it on (which btw, you should always do a try-on session).

Somehow I ended up back at the rack and for the heck of it, tried it on..................  It fit!!! OMG it fit!!!! I couldn't believe my luck.  Mind you I'd seen this same duster last year selling for a lot more that what I'd paid for mine.  After doing the most by sashaying around the event, I quickly paid for my favorite piece.  This duster cost me half my budget, yet it was totally worth it.  Afterwards I went back to telling myself - girl you better not go over your new budget of $25, lol.  

What makes this piece so amazing is that it has pockets.  I know! I know!  Pockets just make everything else in the world bearable.  Most people would have probably worn something black, but instead of going dark, I decided on an all white approach.  Pairing my fave pair of JustFab white distressed jeans (currently sold out, but these white jeans from H&M are super cute) with this Adidas top (worn HERE + similar option) was the perfect combo of both street and chic.  S/o to my friend for reminding me that I had these criss-crossed gold mules from ShoeDazzle (sorry ya'll they are sold out in all 3 colors) adding the right amount of cute this look needed.  

I hope this look inspires you to think a little outside the box.  Even if you don't have a sequin duster, a colorful blazer or kimono would work equally as well.  But if you do want one, I've found a few sequin duster's for you to consider.   

Photography: KVisuals

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 This Multi-Color Statement Sequin Duster, Atlanta Personal Stylist
 This Multi-Color Statement Sequin Duster, Atlanta Personal Stylist
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Wearing Track Pants To Work

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I'm sure last night was tough for you knowing that Monday was on the horizon (or not), but what better way to start of the work week than by walking into the office dressed better than everybody.  If you're not already in your best dressed office wear today, there's still the rest of the week.  And just in case you need a little help, I got you covered - wink!

So today I'd like to offer up another style inspo for the work place.  While most office dress codes are set up to not let you be great, you can still look fab.  One thing I've noticed about my wardrobe of late is that I prefer a more relaxed, easy going type of look.  It's funny because in my teens, I dressed like a tomboy, then in my 20's to early 30's everything had to be fitted (or tight rather).  Now that I'm 40, comfort is most important.  As a matter of fact, it's numero uno, which is why the athleisure trend is a fave of mine.  It's a way to be comfy and cute.  

I got these pants on sale from H&M.com (currently sold out) and was so glad I did.  I'm always a little hesitate when ordering pants online because ya girl is short (like 4'11" - 5' short) and it's such a hassle and a disappointment when they don't work out.  But these red track pants are amazing, and I can wear either flats or sneakers without them scrubbing the ground.

I styled them with this white and black striped blazer from Target (currently on sale, limited sizes tho) with a marigold t-shirt to tie in my heels.  To cool part about wearing athleisure is that it doesn't require a lot of effort.  Although I opted for heels, a pair of cute sneakers would have worked just as well.  

A few things to keep in mind if you're going to sport this look on the job...

1. Be mindful of the material your pants are made of.  Make sure that you're wearing pants and not tights.  Seeing your underwear or lack there of through your "pants" at work or anywhere you go is not cute, hunty.  

2. Accessorize your look.  Add a necklace or bracelets.  You're still going to work not the gym.  

3. Add a casual piece, such as a button down shirt or a blazer (hint, hint) wearing a t-shirt will only dress down the look.  The goal is to have a mix of both casual and athletic.  

4. Have fun with it.  If you can get away with wearing a bold color such as red, do it.  

Want a few other office or athlesure outfit inspirations >>> I've got you... How about this lace skirt with sneakers look or this Adidas joggers outfit.  What about this look with the tangerine colored pants.  

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Photography: KVisuals

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 Wearing track pants to work, Atlanta Personal Stylist
 Wearing track pants to work, Atlanta Personal Stylist
 Wearing track pants to work, Atlanta Personal Stylist

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Spring Outfit Inspo: Office Edition

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I feel like such a hypocrite trying to tell you how to look amazing in the office, when in real life I've allowed my office wear to fall off.  I mean there was a time back in the day where I'd go to work dressed like there was some sort of "best dressed" contest and the prize was either extra time off or a raise.  Now-a-days it's jeans and T's, although I do make it a point to have on a really cute pair of flats (because I don't even wear heels to work anymore).  But for those of you looking to step up your workwear attire, consider today's look.  

Dressing for the office can be a daunting task, especially if you don't like your job, your closet options are depressing or you just have no clue how to marry both style and comfort.  Girl (or guy) I feel you.  How many times have you stood in front of your closet just staring, willing it to produce an outfit worthy of a few "girl you cute" or OMG, I love what you have on" comments?  We all want to look good, it's just the question of HOW?  

Well let me share a few tips on how you can change that.  Tip 1. Try organizing your closet (and drawers).  This will allow you to see what you really have.  You might even come up on a piece or two that you forgot you had.  Tip 2.  Adding accessories such as a statement necklace or bracelets/watches is easy and mostly inexpensive.  Tip 3.  My all time fave go-to... color.  Unless your office has a super strict dress code, color is always in order.  Introducing color into your wardrobe is probably one of the quickest ways to jazz up your office style.  A colored blazer, shirt, pants or tie if you're a guy is a simple way to up your office wear. 

So no matter if your office dress code is casual or business professional these orange pants (or something similar like the ones linked below) will work for you.  Not wanting to be all business, I paired these Asos wide-legged pants with a white-T.  Opted for the long black vest for today's look, however, my office keeps the temperature at Antarctic degrees, which means I'd wear a black polka dot blazer instead of the vest.  For-going the flats, these black and white striped block heels from ShoeDazzle worked out perfectly (sorry guys, this exact shoe is sold out and I couldn't find anything similar).  To complete this look, I wore this dark floral cross-body that turn out to be a great statement piece for this look.

I hope this look inspires you or at lease encourages you to be excited about getting dressed for work.  Let me know in the comments if you'd like me to style something specific.  Happy Tuesday!

Photography: KVisuals

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 Atlanta Blogger, Personal Stylist, work wear inspiration
 Atlanta Blogger, Personal Stylist, work wear inspiration
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I Turned An Ugly Dress Into A Cute Shirt

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The best part about being a stylist is showing my clients how to make the most of their wardrobe.  What I've found is that most of them don't have bad taste in clothes, they just struggle with seeing the potential that's in their own closet.  That's why it's my job to help them develop the ability to see their closets full potential, which gives them the kick start they need to begin creating awesome outfits. 

When it comes to shopping the first question you should be asking yourself before buying an item is - How many ways can I style this piece?  If you can come up with at least 3 ways, then it's a good buy.  Take today's look for example.  This thrifted marigold dress turned lace shirt didn't have any hanger appeal, yet I knew it had the possibility of being a cute top.  Removing the underlining was a game changer.

If you're into keeping up with the latest styles and trends, then you know see-through mesh or sheer is a thing.  And while I've dabbled with this trend on a small scale (see HERE) I'm still a little hesitant about people being able to see right through my clothes.  So here's what's funny, I knew immediately that I was going to style this top without anything under it - go figure.  Now we've seen this look styled with lingerie only or jeans and a tee-shirt beneath it.  I opted to wear a distressed denim mini skirt just so that my be-hind wasn't out for all to see.  

Last month I hosted another Kläzit Raid shopping party and scored this bight colored marigold blazer that gave this look all kinds of springtime vibes.  My shoes are old from ShoeDazzle, but a cute red flat or sandel (or whatever shoe you decide) will work with this look.  The icing on the cake for me was the cigar box handbag with the colorful parakeets.   

Btw, the first time I wore this top, I styled it with a pair of high-waist wide-legged jeans and platform heels.  The next time I wear it, I think maybe to pair it with a dress and sneakers.  So there you have it, 3 different ways to wear this ugly dress turned cute top.  Before I close, question.... Do you have anything in your closet that you can re-purpose?  Or what's your relationship with colors?  Do you try new colors or stick with your go-to ones?  Talk to me in the comments below. 

Photography: KVisuals

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