I work in Recreation and when summer time comes around my #ootd are running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers; I mean it’s hard to keep up with a five year old in skinny jeans, a button down and 4 inch heels, but there is one day of the summer I’m allowed to get gussied up and go some place fancy. Five years ago a co-worker and good friend of mine and I were looking for out of the box field trips to take our kids on and saw that a local children’s theater was running a performance of Henny Penny and a light went off. We decided to take our kids there and then out to eat at a fancy restaurant. Tired of wearing my unofficial summer uniform, I suggested we all get dressed up and the trip was born! Over the years the trip has grown from the twenty we took that first go round and its a trip I look forward to for many reasons; seeing how adorable the kids look all dressed up, the look of excitement on their faces while watching a live show for the first time and of course getting out of rec clothes for a day!
The pretty little details:
(sold out style) Banana Republic Geo Lace Peplum Dress//similar style here
Charles David Sway II Leather Pumps
Tiffany’s Infinity Bracelet
Lace Trim Racerback Cami// DYI cut-offs (cool options here and here)// old Charles David Pumps (similar here)/
*I cut my shorts using thrifted men’s jeans and watched this video on how cut them how I liked*
I hate my arms.
I am pretty comfortable with other parts of my body but my arms… they’re a real sore spot for me. I want them slim and toned but to me they’re fat and jiggly and it seems like no matter how much attention I give them, they never seem to firm up. Because of my insecurity, whenever I wear a sleeveless tops, I put something over my arms to cover them; now that I think about it I don’t even own a ton of sleeveless tops. I always feel like I’m being starred at when I have one on, like people are looking at me saying, “Please cover your arms lady!”. While shopping with my friend, I saw this Lace Trim Racerback Cami by The Limited and knew I had to have it, but it was sleeveless and the worse kind, spaghetti strap…..eek! I remember telling her that this would look good over a short sleeve shirt or button down and her giving me this look of “Why the hell would you wear it like that!?” After much internal debate, I decided the price was too good to pass it up and I got it knowing exactly what cover up I would pair with it.
Cut to this past Saturday and I wore this top with a navy blue blazer to run some errands; yes a blazer in 100 degree weather and people did double takes to be sure they saw it correctly. After the fourth “Girl you hot as hell” look and beads of sweat running down my back I said “F*#& this!” and took my blazer off and in that moment I realized everyone has insecurities and it’s how you deal with them that makes the difference. So I’m dealing with mine and doing it in a really pretty top helps!
Do you remember that saying “Keep It Simple Stupid”? The older I get, them more I want things to be simple. I’ve been increasingly loosing patience with anything that makes me exert a ton of energy to get done. There’s really no need for difficultly and when I reflect on my younger years I have to laugh at all the time I wasted making things overly complicated.
This new simplicity has extended to my closet and I most days I just want to throw something on and go. Take this outfit for example; it’s a grey tee and mini skirt, simple. I wore this to an event recently and when planning my look for that day I pulled everything out of my closet just to eventually go with the simplest pieces; who would have thunk it!
Men’s Grey Tee Shirt (I’m wearing size s)/ similar here
Vegan Leather Mini Skirt (old)/similar here
Coach Cross Body (old)/ similar here
Charles David Pumps (old)/ similar here
I took these pictures a few days ago to post on my Instagram for an #ootd shot. I bribed my nephew to take them by taking a ton of pictures of him first lol, and as I was scrolling through them I saw they were pretty good and decided to post them. And why in black and white you ask; I have been playing around with the filters in VSCO and was really digging this one, so why not!!
I have been all about easy looks lately; combining simple pieces that I can pair together with sneakers during the day for running errands and then pumps for a night out with friends. I used to be all about changing clothes from day to night but as I have gotten older…ain’t nobody got time for that!
What are your favorite simple pieces?
Adidas T-Shirt (this is a boys shirt size med)
DIY Walmart Khakis (similar here)
Charles David Shoes (similar here)
Photos by Amari Lane
As always, half of my closet was on my bed and I still could not figure out what I wanted to wear. As the the time drew near for my exit off to work, I grabbed a white blouse, jeans and a blazer; done!
It’s funny how the most simple basics always pull through in the clutch.
Shirt//Ann Taylor (thrifted via Hall Tree) Currently on sale!!
Jeans// Citizens of Humanity (thrifted via Clothes Rack)
Blazer// Ralph Lauren (thrifted via Clothes Rack)
Shoes// Charles David (via DSW)
I have become obsessed with wearing old sweatshirts. I found one that I thought I was dope while thrifting a few months ago and now when I go I make sure I look to see what other ones I can add to my growing collection. A few weeks ago I styled a vintage Adidas one I found and now I am styling this vintage Hampton one. I am a proud supporter of any HBCU’s, especially Livingstone College and Grambling State University, the two HBCU’s I attended!!
I think the best way to style sweatshirts is with a pair of ripped skinny jeans and heels or a fresh white pair of chucks; plain and simple. This sweatshirt is over-sized, you know how I love anything over-sized and already wonderfully worn in. This is a super chic and comfy look I would wear out hanging with my girls or on a date; well not a first one maybe like the third or fourth.
This look has definitely become one of my go-to’s during the winter months!
Get the Look:
Vintage Hampton Sweatshirt/ ones I love here, here, here and here
Walmart Jeans-DIYed/ other options here, here, here and here
Charles David Heels
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I am obsessed with blazers! I love how you can just throw one on and in an instant look polished and pulled together. I am always on the hunt for my next one…as if I need any more lol and I found it in this vintage tuxedo jacket. I found it from one of my fav little shops on Etsy called simplicityisbliss. This shop has a wonderful selection of beautifully curated vintage items and when I saw this jacket I knew it had to be mine.
Its my new favorite jacket!
Get the Look:
Vintage Tuxedo Jacket// via Esty shop SIB
Citizens of Humanity Wide Leg Jeans
Gap Fitted Boyfriend Poplin Shirt
Charles Davis Heels
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