Bag Of Honor

Bag Of Honor

I've got a story to tell you, both today and later this week, full of disappointment and frustration turned into inspiration and a good time.

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Fashion Friday: Dinner Anyone?

Next Thursday the US celebrates Thanksgiving. I used to cook a massive dinner for my husband, his parents, and myself. I always ended up stressed out and exhausted with far too many leftovers after the fact. We do things differently now. Hubby and I actually go out for Thanksgiving and I cook part of a communal meal with his extended family that takes place several weeks later.

I'll talk about the "Thanks-mas" gathering soon. Today I'm going to enjoy a fancy dinner with my husband.

Yup, this outfit is "to-the-nines" - but Thanksgiving only happens once every year. The centerpiece is actually a back portrait collared vintage Scaasi wrap cocktail dress. Wrap it up in a white Biba Marabou feather stole. Carry a black quilted shoulder clutch like this vintage Chanel and strap on the TECO T-Strap shoes with gold leather paillard detailing. The bling's the thing in this outfit of neutrals that makes it pop. The gem cabochon necklace from Talbot's is less than $100. The bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane is triple that but there are many costume alternatives available. The drop stone earrings are clip ons by Oscar De La Renta - too pricey for me at $263 but reasonable for ODLR's.

It's a special occasion and, for once, you should look richer than the meal you're about to feast upon.

I'm very, very thankful that you're following my blog and I wish you and yours a happy turkey day!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: September Style

This week I'm going to show you two versions of Fashion Friday. One is the haute couture version; the other is my budget workaround.         

Here are two outfits perfect for running around town in post-Labor Day style. Given that it's made up of separates either outfit's pieces are very versatile and can be dressed up or down in many different ways depending on what each piece is paired with. In my opinion versatility adds value. I'm more inclined to buy separates I can use in multiple ways because it makes my clothing budget money go further.

If you've got money to burn you can opt for the $2,400 Chanel Vintage tweed jacket, the Jason Wu color block stretch jersey pencil skirt for $695, Costume National leather sandals at $400, and the $3,400 Bottega Venata "Cervo" Fire (Orange) Leather Woven Satchel. Total cost for the designer label version is $6,895.

My version is considerably cheaper but no less chic. The black cotton Contrast jacket is from the clearance rack at Marshall's and set me back $19.99. My skirt is fresh off the racks of Forever21+. Can you believe an "XL" is considered a plus size? At $17.80 I could care less what they call it. I call it a good deal. My black XAPPEAL heels are from Rack Room Shoes as part of a BOGO so they cost me $16.50. The bag is a TJ Maxx find, a certified "vegan" bag from Urban Expressions and a steal at $32.00. Total cost for my cheap knockoff look is a whopping $86.25.

Now I'm off to get ready for the British Invasion. I get to play tour guide this weekend - I expect it'll be tons of fun!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Be the Star of Your Own Life; Let Your Style Shine.

I don't care who you are or what your flaws make you - don't let them break you.

You can be dressed from head to toe in Gucci and Chanel, or GoodWill and Target; your attitude is your best accessory. If you can't hold your head up and look other people in the eye, if you are hesitant and look down at the floor, you can be dressed to the nines and it won't matter. How you carry yourself matters because it is an immediate signal to others about how comfortable you are to be you. It lets them know that, despite your imperfections, you are worth talking to. You are worth getting to know.

This is true beauty. Unlike the latest fad it doesn't disappear at the end of the season. It isn't transient and doesn't require constant revamping. The clothes, the hair, the bling, they're all icing on the cake. They help you feel more confident but will never outshine your inner light. Without that you can never be beautiful. With it you can conquer the world.

Confidence + The Right Clothes = Your Style

Let's find it together!