September 20 OOTD

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Tee: Gap

Sweater: Plato’s Closet

Pants: Gap

Necklace: Listia

Flats: DSW

A dark ensemble today…

Today is a somber day as we are laying to rest my brother-in-law’s mother.  She was battling cancer as well and the last few months of her life mimicked my mother’s last days.

It feels like just yesterday when my sister and dad were making all the plans for the funeral and informing people of her death.

This woman was a very nice lady and it’s bittersweet that she’s gone. Yes, her family would love for her to still be here, but she is partying hard with Christ now and no longer suffering.

I hope everyone has a blessed day and weekend.

Until next time…

FashionD

September 19 OOTD

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Tee: Oldnavy

Jacket: H&M

Skirt: eShakti

Necklace: F21

Flats: Oldnavy

A classic black and white look today.  I’ve got a busy, but fun, weekend ahead of me starting today after work.

I’m so glad it’s Friday not only because the weekend is almost here, but because my mind has treated everyday like it’s Friday…it’s nice to know I’m not going crazy today hehe

Anywho, I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

September 18 OOTD

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Striped Sweater: Gap

Black Sweater: My mother

Jeans: Gap

Necklace: Self-made

Bracelets: Gift, Target

Flats: Five Below

I’m a purple monster today…

It’s officially sweater weather in three days and I’m getting a head start on it by wearing two sweaters! =0)

The striped sweater is quite large (the size is small) but it’s pretty lightweight.  When I first tried this outfit on, I was afraid that I was going to be sweating in it because of the layering of sweaters.  This isn’t the case here and since it’s staying cooler during the day, it’s perfect for when I venture outside.

So glad to be dusting off my sweaters… =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

September 17 – Wish list

I wish for many things: a lottery win, to stay fit forever, you know, obtainable things like that =0P

However, there are a few items that I’ve come across that I am absolutely dying to get – most are not fashion related but I couldn’t completely leave fashion out of the list =0)

1. Serger

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Ok…

This is my #1 absolutely ‘necessary’ item that needs to come into my house.  As I get back into the sewing swing of things, I realize that this is something that will complete my life.  I see how professional items look when you serge them and I just think, man, I will never be able to make clothes like that… cue sad face.

However, I am determined to get my hands on one by the end of the year as they are a bit expensive…

No matter…I have faith that I will get one!!

2. Frends Headphones

TAYLOR ROSE GOLD

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Never have I wanted a pair of headphones so badly…

I see YouTubers and celebs wearing these and I think, “Uh! Gotta get my hands on those!” They are such cool headphones and a bit fashionable as well.  I love the rose gold colored ones and will certainly get my hands on a pair one day…

3. Dark Lipsticks

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I received a Julep box last month (don’t know what Julep is? Click Here) and inside was the standard two nail polishes and a beauty product.  The beauty product is their Plush Pout Lip Crayon in Magenta Plum.

Oooo girl! I love me a dark lip color, especially if it’s moisturizing.

Other than wearing black, this is one other thing that I’ve inherited from my mother.  She always wore a dark lipstick and she looked fantastic! When I first started wearing dark lipsticks, I was hooked! It’s a great way to look chic without having to do a full face of makeup.

I’m psyched to be breaking out the dark colors this season =0)

4. Boots

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Tall ones, short ones, cut outs, printed ones, solid colored ones…it doesn’t matter.

I’m in serious need of some good quality boots, but because of this challenge, I am not able to buy any right now.  I still have boots that I’ve had for quite a long time that are holding up quite well for how long I’ve had them, but this season is definitely the last hurrah for them.  That’s probably the one thing that I’m going to shop for once we’re in January (when the challenge ends) because I really need some!

5. A closer Whole Foods

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This past weekend, my sister and I went to Cherry Hill to check out the new Whole Foods (who does that?? We do =0P). Ooooo girl! It was amazing.  I spent more money in there than I had anticipated, but it was so worth it.

Whole Foods has a special place in my heart.  I actually used to be really intimidated by Whole Foods because of all the hippies walking out of the store and I didn’t recognize any of the brands.  When I first started the job I have now and was still living in PA, Whole Foods was everywhere (not really, but they were very close).  There was one across the street from the campus where my office is and there was one about 15 minutes away from where I lived.

Now that I’ve moved back home to the middle of nowhere in South Jersey, such a place is not easy to get to.  We used to drive at least an hour to get to the closest one in Jersey, so when we found out that there was one in Cherry Hill (about 20 minutes closer), we jumped on the opportunity to check it out.

We were in awe of the place…it was clean and beautiful and we wanted to fill our cart with every little goodie we could find.  Anywho, although we are thankful that we don’t have to drive an extreme distance to get to the store, it’d be nice if it was 15-20 minutes away instead of 40…we’ll take it though because it’s just that damn wonderful =0)

Welp, that’s my wish list, or at least the big ticket items on my wish list.  What are you wishing for these days?

Until next time…

FashionD

September 17 OOTD

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Dress: Gap

Belt: H&M

Necklace: F21

Sandals: DSW – Mixed No. 6 brand

I completely forgot that I had this dress…

I’ve had it for about 2-3 years now and have worn it a handful of times.  I figured it’d be a great dress to wear for today as the weather outside has been wonderful.  It’s super chilly in the morning, but once the days gets crackin’ it warms up to a nice temp.  Since I’m inside all day, I’ll most likely pop on a sweater if  I get chilly, even though we do turn on the heat (curse you brick houses…).  Anywho, we’re halfway through the week which means the weekend is that much closer! =0)

Happy Wednesday!

Until next time…

FashionD

September 16 OOTD

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Sweater: Gap

Dress: Plato’s Closet

Necklace: F21

Sneakers: From a coworker

Guys…I turned on the heat this morning…I love it =0)

I’m still wearing dresses and skirts without tights (not that cold just yet) so I’ve decided to wear some nice lil chucks today.  I’ve got to run a few errands today so sneakers are imperative to wear! =0)

What do you run around in for errands?

Until next time…

FashionD

September 16 – Meditation

I have a problem with focusing and getting easily bogged down by everyday things…

We live in a technological age where we are attached to our phones, tablets, computers, bluetooth’s, etc.  We’re constantly connected and sometimes that can cause us to become antsy and unable to focus.

About a year ago, we had a meditation specialist come into the office to help us understand how to meditate and the benefits.  I’d always thought that the people who meditated, in the sense that I thought, were monks…I’m not a monk…

I am a Christian, so my type of meditation typically comes from reflecting upon the lessons and such provided for me in the Word of God.

These days, I find myself even more distracted as there have been some changes in my life (both good and bad of course).  The motivation to read the Word definitely gets hard especially when I’m thinking about getting on Instagram (priorities…I know).

I still read my Bible everyday, but sometimes I feel like I’m not as connected to the Word as I’d like to be because of every little distraction.

I came across this article and it helped me realize that I’m not the only ‘busy’ person out there that needs meditation.

It also helped me to realize that meditation doesn’t even need to be longer than 20 minutes.  Some people have the time to meditate all day, but as someone who is connected all day, 20 minutes may be all I have to spare.

I’m hoping to incorporate more meditation, in addition to the spiritual time with the Big Man, into my life.  A time to simply quiet my mind and my soul and free myself from the busy things of life…if only for a moment…

Until next time…

FashionD

September 15 OOTD

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Crop top: H&M

Button down: Gap

Jeans: Oldnavy

Flats: DSW – Steve Madden brand

Crop top over a white button down?

I know I’m a bit late on this trend, but I realized that I would be able to recreate it myself.

I’m in absolute love with this crop top and since it’s gotten dramatically cooler in the past few days, I figured I’d try to wear the top this way.  It’s perfect for brisk fall days (even though we’re technically still in summer – but it’s freezing!).

I love being able to utilize items in ways that I would have never though of if it weren’t for the outside influences of fashionistas.  =0P

Anywho, that is all for today! Hope everyone has a great week!

Until next time…

FashionD

September 14 OOTD

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Dress: H&M

Blazer: H&M

Skirt: eShakti

Necklace: Charming Charlie

Bracelets: Gifts, H&M

Flats: H&M

A whole ‘lotta H&M today…

I’m soooooooooo excited to wear this skirt. This is the skirt I was talking about in my Friday post here that’s from eShakti.  It was honestly the perfect skirt because I wanted a circle skirt that I could wear with practically anything.  eShakti certainly delivered.  =0)

The skirt sits above my waist so it appears to be high-waisted and it hits me in the middle of my shin.  However, I am going to be rolling up the waistband to shorten the skirt since I’m wearing a relatively long blazer.

I love the blazer-full-skirt look and I’m glad I get to take advantage of it with this skirt.  It’s exactly what I needed and the best part is that I didn’t have to make it! I’ve been getting back to sewing since taking a bit of a break and just finished my first circle skirt with a zipper.  There are tons of flaws, but I’m going to be wearing it proudly as I am proud of what I’ve accomplished in my first year of sewing.  I have actually finished a few garments, in addition to my paperbag skirts, and they will make their debuts very soon =0)

Anywho, I’m loving this outfit and will have fun twirling in this skirt all day long…or at least until I get so dizzy that I feel sick =0P

Until next time…

FashionD