Burgundy and Brown and What I Did on Black Friday

Guess what I got on Black Friday? Nothing! I spent my Friday doing some running around for my Avon business, visited a friend and spent the rest of the day putting braids back in my hair. I'm not even going to tell you how long it took. Let's just say I browsed my Facebook and Twitter timelines till there was nothing else to see, watched two movies, read my bible, responded to a couple of emails, and worked on getting the blog re-designed by Designed Lovely Studio before I was done. Thank God for the iPad. It was a productive day after all.

The color combo for this outfit was inspired by this pin. I love burgundy with brown...well I love burgundy with everything..and it does go with everything.

Cardigan - Old Navy (diff. Colors) (Previously worn here) / Similar / Cropped
Sleeveless top -Old Navy (previously worn here)
Jeans - Levi's
Bag - Nine West / Option
Boots - Nine West / Similar

Layered: Rust, Chambray and Brown

Happy Wednesday Everyone. I'll be picking up our Turkey dinner tonight from our local grocery store. There, I said it. I stopped making the turkey dinners...for the past three years I've not cooked a turkey. I'm kinda lazy like that. I'm not your typical mom who does all big dinners, decorating for holidays and all that stuff. Maybe it's the African gene in me or the fact that I don't want to add to my daily stress. Maybe when I become a house wife I will start doing all that stuff. (Sometimes I secretly wish I were a house wife). Every opportunity to rest, I take these days. The only things I make are the side African dishes.

This was work wear from last week. Layering a shirt under a sweater always takes an outfit up a notch. The process of putting on the sweater over the shirt and pulling the sleeves out takes a lot of effort, but the results are well worth it.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Trouser pants brown, style and co, Nine West ankle boots

How to wear chambray shirt, boot cut pants macys

V Neck Sweater - Target / Similar / Cardigan Option
Chambray Shirt - Old Navy / Similar
Trouser Pants- Style and Co via Macy's
Boots - Nine West / Similar / Love this
Bracelet - F21 /

Link ups: Trend Spin Link up, Style Elixir, The Pleated Poppy, Get your Pretty on, Beacause Shana Said So, Style me Friday

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Stripes, Scarf and Hat

Happy Monday everyone. It was too cold to take pictures of yesterday's church outfit, so I am just sharing this look from Saturday...a typical fall/winter weekend look. Sweater, scarf, boots and a hat with a cross body bag are just perfect for running errands, staying warm and comfortably chic.
As you can see, my braids are out and that's why I wore the hat. My hair is out of control now. Not sure what I want to do with it. I am tired of putting chemicals in it, so the braids are going back in soon.

Striped Tommy Hilfiger Sweater, Jessica Simpson Jeggings

Navy blue scarf, Coach crossbody signature, Nine west cognac boots

Cable knit sweater

Jeans - Jessica Simpson via TJ Maxx / Similar
Boots - Nine West / Similar / Similar 
Knit Hat (beret)- Target / Similar / Similar
Scarf - Target / Similar / Plaid Option
Bag - Coach

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Quilted Vest Part Two

I'm not sure if puffer and quilted vests are trending this year, or if I'm just noticing that they exist. This is the first one I own and it is proving to be more versatile than I thought it would be. I wore it here two weeks ago and I would like to get one in another color. It's a great layering piece for dressing up any outfit and for keeping warm. Do you own one?
Have a great rest of the weekend.

Hot pink vest, old navy cords, how to wear a vest, turtle neck sweater

Turtle Neck Sweater - Similar
Corduroy Pants - Old Navy / Similar
Quilted Vest - TJ Maxx/ Similar
Oxford Boots - Nine West / Similar / Love this

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Taupe Over the Knee

Ever since the fall began I had been wanting to try over the knee boots. It's something I never thought of wearing because I still try not to draw attention to myself with the way I dress. But I was just thinking over the knee boots would look good with some of my outfits. I started my hunt and found these at DSW. I decided on the Taupe color so I could have a different colored pair of boots. I also got black ones but will be returning those. I'm sticking with the flat ones for now. If I ever get a pair with heels, I think I would only wear them with dresses or skirts like Mrs Obama does. I love how she styles her OTK boots. 

Old Navy Brown tee, Ponte Pants, Chinese Laundry Taupe Over the knee boots

What to wear with Over the knee boots

Top - Old Navy / Similar
Ponte Pants - Macy's / Similar / Similar
Suede Over the Knee Boots - Chinese Laundry via DSW / Cognac Option

Source: Mrs O
Source: Mrs O

Black Dots Shirt Dress

I bought this dress from Gap a few months ago after seeing it on Shelby. I loved the way it looked on her so I thought to give it a try. It's amazing to see how the same dress looks differently on different people. I love that I can button it up with no problems. Any dress that fits over my chest is a keeper. A lot of reviewers complained about the dress being shapeless and too big. Gap sizes run big, so always size down. The slight flare on the bottom part is also perfect for my shape. If it was straight up and down, it would not be flattering. I also ordered it in tall for more length.

Franco Sarto Rust pumps

Modest shirt dress, Floppy hat, suede pumps

Suede pumps

Dress - Gap / Similar / Similar
Floppy Hat - Target / Similar
Necklace - In Pink
Bracelet - Macy's
Rust Pumps - Franco Sarto / Option / Option
Ring - Avon / Similar / Similar

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Fall Brights: Poppy, Navy and Turquoise

We had balmy weather on Friday, so I decided to wear this blazer as my jacket for the day. It had been sitting in my closet and I didn't want another season to go by without wearing it. Once winter comes around, wearing blazers will no longer be an option, at least for me.
I love the contrast between the poppy and navy. These are two nice colors to wear together.

Have a lovely week and do not let anything weigh you down. Lay aside anything that wants to steal your joy or keep you from moving forward. I am working on this myself...trying not to let anything steal my joy. At church we learnt about thanksgiving. Be thankful for everything. Even when things aren't going the way you have imagined, just be thankful. What I'm going through doesn't even compare with all the stuff I'm hearing on the news. I am grateful, thankful and awed by God's mercy on me.

P.S. Every Monday, I will start sharing a teeny bit of what I've learned through out the week to inspire you...if you don't mind. 

Poppy blazer, nine west boots, leopard bracelet

Brown belt, Blazer merona

Poppy and Navy, Turquoise necklace, bubble cluster necklace

Layering Top - Old Navy / Similar / Similar
Jeans - The Limited
Boots - Nine West / Similar / Similar / Love this
Belt - Target / Similar / SimilarBlack
Necklace - Avon / SimilarPricey Option

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Avon Gift Guide 2013

Here are a few of my picks from the Avon Christmas Catalog.
Receive a $5 Target gift card with every $30 Online order from now till Nov 30. 

 Stocking Stuffers

Gifts under $5, lip balms, Christmas
Hand Creams | Shower Gels  | Lip Balms | Bubble Bath

Pamper Sets and Sleep Wear

Sleep Tee
Plaid and Polka Dot Sleep Set | Foot Works Pedi Set | Sleep Tee Set | Slippers 


Pet Puppy
Sofia the First Watch | HoodedTowel | Remote Control Car | Pet Puppy | Sofia the First Cuddle Pillow


Platform Sandals, Over the knee boots
mark Say Pleats Dress | Paula Abdul Burgundy Boots | Forever Platform Sandals | Scarf Set | Studded Booties

Jewelry and Watches

Black strap watch, Avon watches
NFL Logo Watch | Bangles | Bold Black and Gold Watch | Textured Hinged Watch

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What I'm Loving this Week

Happy Friday everyone. Just wanted to share a few things I'm loving, wishing for, or already own and use. 

Skinny jeans for big tummy, sparkle bangles, teal scarf

1. Teal Ankle Strap Pumps - These have made their way into my closet and they are really cute and comfortable. They also look better in person.
2. Skinny Jeans - I think I've found another brand of jeans that fit my body type. I'm loving the DKNY Brand. Mid rise, fits everywhere, right amount of stretch...just perfect. My purple skinnies are also DKNY
3.  Long Sleeve Textured Peplum - This is on my wish list but may get sold out soon. Too pricey for me right now. I love the texture and I love anything peplum.
4. mark Powder Buff Foundation - This works as a concealer, foundation and powder. This is what I use when I'm rushing out of the house in the morning. I apply two layers and I'm good to go.
5. Sparkler Bracelet - These bracelets make the perfect gift. I own the one in rose gold. Layer with a boyfriend watch or wear alone.
6. Mark Say Pleats Dress - A burgundy dress is perfect for that holiday party.
7. Scarf Set - You can never own too many scarves. Leopard, Teal and Orange...These are great colors to update any outfit.