One Dress Two Seasons

This is a quick post showing me transitioning a cute summer/early fall dress into winter.  This is one of my favorite dresses because of its rich, bright wine color.

I’ve worn this dress several times this year and every time I got plenty of compliments. If you have a favorite pieces you want to get more wear out of, especially summer dresses. You can always pull a jacket over it and belt it (as I’ve shown below) or wear a cardigan with a slim belt on the outside as well. You can add wool stockings or tights (I hate tights of any kind so I did my winter outfit look without them), booties and a pair of brightly colored leather gloves to polish off your look.

I’m making more of an effort to really get more use out of one garment for multiple seasons instead of overflowing my home with tons of clothing for separate times of the year. It’s getting to the point where I’m running out of room for all of my clothing so I feel like I need to really be smart about my purchases and rotate/wear my clothing with more frequency.   It also makes you thing about the items you purchase and if you will be able to remix them and also transition that piece throughout the year, not to mention getting your money worth out of what you purchase.
I got the dress and the vintage 70′s leather belt from Goodwill last year, both were excellent buys, especially the dress.  I was drawn to the color and the sleeve and neck detail.  I’m been looking on ebay to see if they made this dress in other colors.  I would love to have at least one more in a blue or green maybe since I’ve wore this one so much this year.  Well that’s it ladies, I hope you all  have an awesome weekend!

 

 Dress – Mossimo

 Vintage Purple Leather Belt  - Goodwill

 Colorblock Peeptoe Pumps  - BCBGirls

 Chain Belt  - Attention

 Black Cape  - Apostrophe

 Animal Print Booties - Sam Edelman

 Creme Handbag - Tory Burch

 

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“Slimming Fit” Jeans


Your Favorite Jeans carried by NYDJ

AMI SUPER SKINNY - .nydj.comFinding just the right fit in denim, especially jeans for women,can be a bit challenging.  I always look for jeans that hug my legs just right and also make me look slim and trim. When we as women get a little older, start families, and have babies, we definitely need our denim to hold "everything" in all the right places.  We need jeans for us – we need NYDJ!

NYDJ brings an exclusive fabric with “Lift Tuck Technology” to ‘Flatten Your Tummy’ with its double criss-cross feature. Their jeans lift your buttocks and make you look one size smaller! On top of that they’ve taken comfort into consideration as well. Those are all things the 35+ woman needs in a good pair of jeans.

We don’t want muffin top; we need a good solid fit, qualitystretch fabric that will last through many washes or trips to the dry-cleaners. We want non-fading denim, a good inseam length,jeans that have tummy control and liftability, durable zippers and seams, and the ability for women of all shapes and sizes to look great. Whew! That’s a lot right? But it’s possible. NYDJ has addressed all of the above in their revolutionary line of denim.

There’s a wide selection of everyone’s favorite styles, including wide leg jeans, bootcut, skinny, boyfriend, and straight leg, and all feature their slimming jeans technology in different washes and colors. They also keep it current with fashion forward styles like their gold metallic foil jeans, so you’re not limited to certain basic styles. You’ve got some chicness in the mix as well, which absolutely has to be an option for me. I like the classic styles but I also want the option of having jeans that are edgy and interesting to wear without sacrificing comfort. This is why I appreciate the fact that this brand has twice as much Lycra as many other brands. The higher rise holds in tummies and lifts butts (like Spanx built into jeans) and is the perfect combination to keep our assets in all the right areas and still deliver wearability and comfort!

Their selection of jeans is extensive as are the range of sizes, including petite, tall, short, and plus size jeans. Take a look at the full collection at NYDJ.com and find your perfect fit!

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Date Night Follies – Cargo Pants & Flirty Top

I usually wear a cute flowly dress for date night but since the weather is getting cooler in the evenings I decided to be a little bit more casual but still sexy and cute for my guy. We did dinner and a movie Friday night. This is actually a remixed look, I’ve had the top and pants for a while and decided to break them back out to get some additional wear out of them.
I’ve posted an outfit with this top and pants a few years back.  I couldn’t get in either piece back in ’12 because of the weight gain from taking HRT therapy.  I was glad to be able to fit in these items again because both of my favorites.  

I found the cool leather belt (which you’ll see again in a different outfit post) from Goodwill. I also brought 2 or 3 dresses as well and will have those coming up in future outfit postings. The handbag is from ’2004 or ’06, I’ve had it for several years, I stuck in up in the far end of my closet and forgot all about it and then decided to break it back out and put some mileage on it.

I will probably post maybe 4 more outfits before the end of the year.  I can’t believe we are about to go into the holiday season already and I feel like I just took the NYE banner down out of my house the other day.  This year flew by like it was just 6 months.  Arrggg!  Feels like I can’t catch up, where is the time going!

 

 Peplum Top – Double Zero

 Black Cargo Pants – Old Navy

 Leather Belt - Goodwill

 Black Leather Bag - BCBG Maxariza

 Colorblock Shoes - Missoni for Target

 

 

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Summer Dress Still in Effect

Even though today is officially Fall.  It still has not cooled now in my city. Last week it the temperature didn’t get lower than 79 degrees.  This week it will be in the low 80′s.  I’m predicting an indian summer.  Everytime I reach for a jacket or long sleeve top, by the afternoon the temperature is back in the 80′s.   So I’m going to try and keep wearing my little summer dresses until the temperature cools down on a more consistent basis.
I found this cute little summer dress at the Goodwill for under $5.00.  I like that it has a zipper in the front and the fabric is soft stretch with a satin finish.  It’s just a dress you can grab and throw on without much thought, throw on a pair of heels and walk out the door.  I was going through my storage unit and found my blue Nine West platform heels I brought a few years back.  It was a ‘here’s my blue pumps, I was looking for those shoes!‘ moment.  So glad I found them because I remember I went through considerable trouble to found these shoes when they first came out.  I’m glad to know I didn’t lose them or give them away by accident.
Since I recovered by cherished blue platforms, I plan on wearing them more often.  They’re closed toe so I can still wear these right into Fall.  I actually wore these the other night when I attended my girlfriend birthday bash with a white pencil skirt (yes I still rock white after Labor Day) and a orange and blue striped shirt. Worked out perfectly. 

 Black Floral Dress - BeBop via Goodwill

 Pink Suede Clutch – Banana Republic

 Satin and Patent Platform Heels - Nine West

 

 

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Thrift Store Finds – Tory Burch Flats

I rolled into Value Village this afternoon and decided to check out their shoe section. Low and behold I found two pair of Tory Burch ballet flats, both were in my size. One pair was a cream patent leather and the other was a chocolate Reva flat. I got the cream pair for $10 and the brown pair for $7. Yes, what a STEAL!

Both are still in good condition and super comfortable.

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Vintage Inspired Dresses at Rosegal.com

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I absolutely love vintage dresses but with vintage and thrift stores being all the rage now, finding an amazing vintage dress, especially one made by a known designer at an affordable price can be quite the challenge!

I find it is much more economical and budget friendly to purchase vintage inspired pieces then to actually try to buy a vintage piece.  I much prefer to buy a new dress than to buy one with 80+ years of thread wear on it anyway. What great about vintage inspired dresses is you get the benefit of new fabric (new technology with stretch fabrics) and a better fit.  I found some of the authentic vintage dresses to have very small waistline or not enough room in the chest area for top heavy women.  So many of them were ill-fitted or would require an additional investment of time and/or money for alternations.

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I found several lovely vintage inspired dresses on rosegal.com and many of them are under $50!  Much more affordable than some of the other website on-line that sell vintage inspired clothing.  I’ve included some of my favorites in this post.  They have everything from funky retro to feminine and delicate tulip dresses, sheath and sailor dresses and the ultimate “I love Lucy” A-line and flare skirt dresses in beautiful colored fabrics and prints (color block, polka dots and floral prints). If you haven’t gotten a chance to check them out them website, it’s definitely worth a look!   I have included an 8% coupon code:  May123ma to get you started.

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Pop-Art Lip Pencil Skirt – Street Style Inspiration

I was surfing around on the net as usually and came across an Atlanta Street Style Blog.  I love browsing through Street Style website so I can get ideas and inspiration for new looks.
I came across one photo where I was like wow!  This diva was wearing a really funky pop-art skirt and I instantly was like “yeah, I got to have that piece“. Since the photo was recent I searched to try to find this skirt or at least something like it;  and low and behold, Gojane.com was selling it on their website for $19 and it was the last one left according to the website, so even though it was one size too big (a medium), I ordered it anyway and decided I’d fix it later.

When the skirt arrive, it was too big because it’s stretch fabric and I’ve lost weight recently. It was also too long, so at some point, I will take the skirt in on the sides but for now, I just rolled the waist band up 2 times and it hit be right below the knee which is perfect.  I wore this outfit Friday night for date night (movies, dinner and dancing).  I’m a happy camper.

 

I hope you ladies have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday.  Stay Safe and Happy!

 

 

 Black Lace Trim Blouse - Luella for Target

 Pop-Art Skirt - GoJane

 Leather Belt - Ann Klein

 Platform Heels -Breckelle

 Leather Bag - Etienne Aigner

 

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Altuzarra For Target Collection Lookbook

I hope this collection is going to be as good as it looks. I see several pieces that I like, but probably will wait it out and buy after the merchandise has been marked down and/or hits the clearance rack or Ebay. The collection is made of almost 50 items, clothes, accessories (no handbags) and shoes . Prices range from $17.99 to $89.99 for clothing, and $29.99 to $79.99 for accessories. The collection is suppose to be available September 14th.

 

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Suakoko Betty for Belk – Ankara Print Dress

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I didn’t know that Belk had a pilot collection for Suakoko Betty by Charlene Dunbar. I think they released it in the Spring. I’ve been so busy and I haven’t step foot in the mall in several months. By the time I realize they had this amazing crop of wax print ankara dresses at Belk, they were already marked down and sold out.
Nothing was left on Belk’s website either. So I had to hit up Ebay and low and behold someone was selling one for $33 dollars, New with Tag. I believe this dress was selling at Belk’s full retail for $168.00.  I didn’t hesitate, I did a best offer on it and won.  I love the dress even though it was 1 size to big, but I belted it and made the dress a little shorter and it worked out perfectly!  I still plan to add a burgundy band at the bottom to finish the dress off properly.  I’m going to use the excess fabric off the hemline to make a clutch, so watch out for that.
There are two more dresses I want in her collection and I’m sure they will pop up on Ebay eventually  but I’m glad I got at least one of them.
I actually made one clutches over the last few weeks and have another one in the works. I plan to do a blog post about them when I get a chance.  Both of which I repurpose from a plain clutch I found at Village Value and recovered it with a batik fabric and I plan to use the excess fabric from this dress for the second clutch.  So stay tuned for that. 

I hope you ladies have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday.  Stay Safe and Happy!

 

 

 Ankara Print Dress - Suakoko Betty

 Basketweave Clutch - Nine West

 Leather Belt - Talbot’s

 Tangerine Platform Heels -Aldos

 

 

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Colorblock Nails

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Yeah I really did go there!  I don’t do designs on my nails,  I don’t have a long nail bed and I like to keep my nail short to medium length, so there is not a lot of room for graphic designs.  I like to keep it somewhat simple, but I do like mixing it up a bit occasionally, so I’m going to be getting a little more daring with my nail color and doing more color blocking.
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