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Over the Knee and Through the Woods

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI’m not big on mini skirts but I saw one of my favorite Youtube vloggers style a miniskirt and over the knee boots and she sold me on the idea of purchasing one. Her look was so simple but still ultra chic. I am very short waisted, which basically means I have a really short torso and my lower body sits higher on my body. All of this is a really long explanation, in other words, I have a high booty. I often struggle with shorter skirts because they are shorter in the back and longer in the front.

I figured that since I would be pairing the short skirt with over the knee boots that I wouldn’t look excessively leggy. I was right the boots draw the eye up to the skirt and take some of the attention from your legs. Well not all the attention but mostly people will be looking at your boots and not your bottom.  Overall I love the way this look came together I think it’s an easy look that you can wear to casual Christmas parties this season.

My Inspiration

I pull style inspiration from so many different places but I love YouTube because I like seeing style on real women. I think my look is proof that your inspiration doesn’t always have to be the same size as you. I took elements from her look and made them work for my body type.

I’m linking a few miniskirts that I think will work well on my fellow curvy and short waisted sisters we have to stick together. Be sure to check: Torrid (ps this one is on sale), Simplybe, (this one is under $35), Rue 21 (yes they have plus!)

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Skirt:Fashion to Figure, Tutrleneck Sweater: Target, Wrap: Costco, OTK Boots: Just Fab(Sold Out, Similar), 

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Glamorous Gangsta… A Christmas Story

 

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Let me start off by saying that in no way do I support being a career criminal. What I do support is gangster’s girlfriends’ wardrobes in movies! Whether it was Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, Sharon Stone in Casino, and hello Taraji P. Henson as Cooke Lyon on Empire. Especially Cookie her wardrobe is the perfect example of glamorous street wear. Which is normally my cold weather go to for casual parties and friendly get-togethers (Secret Santa gift exchange with your girls). The juxtaposition of a glamorous detail paired with street clothes such as denim or boots. This is a great way to play with mixing elements while still staying warm.

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Go big in one area

Pick a high end glamorous detail and work around it. Fur, sequins, satin are all good options for playing around with. I love the idea of having on a great boyfriend tee, your favorite jeans, a trench coat, and a shoe you would normally reserve for evening. When I stlyed my look I knew I wanted my fur to be the glamorous element so I made sure to pair it with a neutral boot, skinny jeans, and I made sure my top (which is actually a bodysuit) had complementary colors to the sweater. I am rocking major VBO (visible belly outline) but I’m good with it I’ve accepted the fact that I like the tucked in look from time to time!

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Sweater:Fashion to Figure: Sold Out (Similar) (Straight Size Option), Bodysuit: Fashion to Figure, Sold Out (Similar) (Straight Size Option), Jeans: Forever 21, Old (Similar), Boots: Nordstrom Rack, Old (Similar) (Wide Calf Option)

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3 Chic & Easy Thanksgiving Looks

Ah, Thanksgiving the food, the family, that comment your extended family member didn’t have to say to your face. Who’s not excited? Whether you are hosting or being hosted this Thanksgiving you want to look good (can’t let your sister in law catch you slipping) but still be very comfortable. I’ve got three looks that are chic and easy to wear so whether you will be in the kitchen or in the den watching football you’ll be cute and comfy.

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Do families still dress up for dinner like in Lifetime Thanksgiving movie specials? If your family still dresses up please invite me over next Thanksgiving. I love the idea of playing with juxtaposition and contrasting a dressier element with a casual element. The shape of this skirt is dressed up but since it’s faux leather you can add the casual comfortable element of a plaid flannel. Just be sure to bring it all together with your boots and tights of your choice.

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Top: Old Navy, Skirt: SimplyBe (similar), Booties: Nine West (similar)

Cool Sweater, Cooler Shoulder

If there is a cold shoulder detail on a dress or top within a five-mile radius I’ve seen it and considered buying.  It’s just enough skin to be sexy but it’s not overly revealing. This detail is perfect for anyone who’s priority is being comfortable but you still want to look chic and on trend. Just throw on your favorite skinny jeans and some booties and you’re ready to go.

 

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Sweater: SimplyBe (similar), Jeans Forever 21 (similar), Booties; Gabe’s (similar)

Two in One

I love a wrap poncho it makes everything ok and I found this one at Costco! Wraps and blanket scarfs are so versatile it transforms jeans and a t-shirt into an ensemble. You’ll walk in greet everyone and tell everyone, “Happy Thanksgiving”, then take off your wrap and relax. I paired my poncho over a black long sleeve body suit, flare legged jeans, and belted it to give the look more polish look. Added bonus it anchors your wrap in the event a gust of wind blows when you are carrying covered dishes into your grandmother’s house. This plaid poncho is reversible so if you’re not feeling a big print you can wear it on the solid side for a more minimalist look.

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Poncho: Costco (similar), Bodysuit: Fashion to Figure, Jeans: Target

Thank you so much to all of my Oh Wize readers I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with love and food! Be sure to tag me in your Thanksgiving looks on Facebook and Instagram @ohwizeone so I can see how great you look!!

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You Only Love Me On Instagram

 

I have been working like crazy styling a few clients and pulling together looks for the holiday season. I haven’t had much time to dedicate to getting together a blog post. I wanted to make sure that I shared some style and show how eclectic my wardrobe choices are through out the week and give you some everyday slay action. When I am planning a blog post I think I can over think a look and wanted to show more of my relaxed daily style. I am sharing my favorite looks from my most recent Instagram posts.

 

Plaid on Plaid Crime

I have been seeing people style plaid on plaid and I have been loving it. I love the laid back chic look of plaid and how it can be elevated or worn casual. I love my Old Navy flannel I plan to wear it a thousand different ways this season. Plaid on plaid is cozy pattern mixing that’s perfect fall and winter.

Be Fly On The Fly

Being fly on the fly is my motto I try my hardest look pulled together. A good jacket always pulls together a look to make it feel polished. It’s looks like you tried when you know that you didn’t. This faux suede jacket from SimplyBe has been my life saver! Even when I throw it over jeans and a tee shirt my outfit looks intentional which is great for when you’re running errands or standing a long line to vote. Also this Melissa McCartney maxi dress that came in my Gwynnie Bee (Try Gwynnie Bee Free Here) box was everything I just threw on some boots and ran out the door that morning!

All The Way

Don’t get it twisted even I have items that I have purchased that I just can not seem to get create a complete look, so in my closet it sits. I adore this top and  skirt (plus top and skirt)from the Who What Wear collection form Target. I thought it was going to be a breeze to style, ugh. I love the car wash detail on the skirt but man I just have not found a third piece to pair with this out that pull this look together. I tried it on and took a few pictures so I could get a better visual idea on what I want to do with this set so stay tuned when it comes together I will be sure to put it on the blog.

 

The Boots That Vexed My Spirit

Seriously I was going through spiritual turmoil without a good pair of over the knee boots. I was on the verge of selling my soul for a pair. I honestly didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a pair for a few reasons over the knee boots are always on trend but the toe shape and boot shaft always change and I didn’t want to shell out a lot of money for a pair of boots that may end up looking like last seasons boot. Another dilemma is I HATE cheap looking boots.  JustFab answered my prayers with sexy faux suede OTK boots! I don’t have thick calves so if you have smaller legs these are awesome since the adjustable tie on the back allows you to secure the boots over your knee!! Justfab does have a great selection of wide calve boots in addition to the ones I am wearing. Amen to these over the knee boots.

 

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Netflix Is My Boyfriend

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Before you consider having me committed hear me out, because we might just be sharing a man. There comes a time when you have to be satisfied with being single. In my twenties, I would have conversations with women and ask them how did they prepare themselves to be in a long term relationship. They all would say, “I got happy with being single”. In all honesty, back then I thought all of my friends were liars but now I understand because I am finally content with just me, well just me and Netflix.

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Being happy with yourself doesn’t mean that you don’t want to be in a relationship it means that you will not get involved with someone for the sake of saying that you are in a relationship. Every now and then on a random Sunday evening, I wonder why am I not dating, nothing serious just some male company. When I think about how I spend my free time, I realized that I am basically sabotaging my own chances of dating. If I have a moment to spare I want to shop (hello, blogger), go to art exhibits, eat at the newest local restaurants, or go to open mic poetry. If I do see men at these places they are usually accompanying someone else. So basically the way my hobbies set up, I’m reducing the chances of meeting a single man.

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I have a full-time job, I write a blog, and I am running a business so dating isn’t a big priority for me. Most nights I am working on a project and when I finally can get myself to rest I turn on Netflix. I’m not watching Netflix like most people to binge watch a new series. I can honestly say that I habitually watch the same things over and over again. Once I am done editing a post or emailing a client I am downright delighted to watch While You Were Sleeping,  Sleepless in Seattle, or Hav Plenty.

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I could gush and tell you every sweet and hopelessly romantic moments in 90% of the movies available labeled under romantic comedy. The number of times I streamed Bridgette Jones’s Diary is shameful to a degree that I care not to describe. It’s almost to the point where if I do go out I can often drift off and think I could be at home with Netflix. I rush home to binge-watch A Different World so that I can watch Dwayne Wayne fall in love with Whitley for the 700th time. I was in bed watching An Affair to Remember for what had to be the 175th time and I thought “I think I may be in a deeper relationship with these movie characters than I realize.”

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I like the men who have been written into a script way more than the ones in real life who struggle to say something clever when introducing themselves. If a man is a little too witty that can be an indication that he’s player. There are just too many factors of uncertainty when I can just go home and lean on the dependability of Tom Hanks in the 90s. Lack of time and options has created a high level of disinterest in interacting with actual physical men.

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From reading this you could think that my expectations for a “real boy” are too high but I beg to differ. I love men in movies because they’re vocal and unafraid to make the first move, they’re thoughtful, and usually come  bearing gifts. All of those components are my love language. Netflix is also my safe space for romanticism. It’s just me and Cary Grant and there is no need to get over emotional about anything.

What can I say?  I’m busy and the thought of making the time to be at the right place at the right time so that I can meet a “real boy” seems like over exerting myself. I have spent the majority of my adult years being someone’s girlfriend and I am having fun working on me. The hour or two a week that I wish that I had a male companion is best spent watching fictional men. I’m sure at some point the universe will align and kismet will write an amazing man into my script but until then it’s just me and Netflix.

This is the start to my Seriously Single series. So expect to hear more about my adventures of being smart, busy, and single. How’s your love life? Are you dating? Let me know in the comments below because I could use some dating inspiration.

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Style Sunday | Repeat Offender

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I am guilty on several accounts of repeating outfits. Hey, they’re my clothes! I should get to wear them as much as I like. It is said that you shouldn’t buy anything that you can’t style with at least three other items in your closet. I’m actually really bad at that I think I have shopping ADD because I see something I like and buy it with no regard for the rest of my wardrobe. For a while, I felt like I had a closet full of statement pieces which made it feel like I had nothing to wear, even after I added new items to my closet.

The only new item I’m wearing is this long sleeve tee from J Crew which I love!!! Adding a high-quality basic tee can make all the difference when layering pieces together for the fall and winter season. I almost didn’t buy it because well I got distracted by sparkly jewelry. This basic tee can be paired with so many things. Everything else in this look is a repeat and I ain’t ashamed to say that this orange long line vest is something  I wear often. Be sure to follow my Instagram (@ohwizeone) to see the other ways I style my J Crew tee.

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Vest (Torrid:Similar), Jeans (Target: Similar), Tee (JCrew Factory Outlet), Booties (DSW), Necklace(Mr. Kate), Earrings (Nordstrom Rack:Similar)

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Fall Style with Cincinnati Premium Outlets

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Who doesn’t love a day at the outlet mall? Knowing that you are bound to get an incredible deal on designer clothes is enough to make any woman overjoyed. When Cincinnati Premium Outlets invited the ladies of Thread and I out for an exclusive blogger event, I was thrilled.

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Before You  Shop

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when outlet shopping because you have so many options. Before I go shopping at an outlet mall to update my seasonal wardrobe I put away all of my summer clothes . Then I consider the looks that I desire to recreate and get rid of items that have seen their fair share of wear and tear. I knew that I needed a new pair of black booties and these booties from Nine West are everything.

More Than A Dress

I also knew that I needed dresses that I can wear now and in the colder months that will pair well with boots. You won’t believe where I scored this amazing dress that fits so well! Dress Barn they have updated their line and have greatly improved the options in the plus. I would recommend sizing up in this dress if you are on the busty side or want extra arm room. Do they give noble peace prizes for shopping? Drop your preconceived notions and give Dress Barn a second chance.

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Dress (Dress Barn), Boots (Nine West N/A online similar), Lip Color (NYX)

Now for the BEST part: Cincinnati Premium Outlets don’t want you to miss out on the deals, so one lucky Thread winner can win a $250 gift card to a Simon Outlet near them! Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow both @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po on Instagram (We’ll be checking to make sure!)

2. Post your favorite outlet or bargain find to Instagram using the hashtag#cincysimonspree and tagging @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po

3. Submit your photo by next Wednesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered.

It can be a flat lay of your favorite piece(s) or a picture of you modeling it!

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Cranberry Spice Latte

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Fall is in full effect and I’m not a big pumpkin spice fan. Don’t get me wrong pumpkin spice lattes are tasty but I can take them or leave them. What I am here for this fall is adding cranberry and burgundy items back into my wardrobe. I totally plan on doing a totally monochromatic look and matching my lip color with my outfit.

 

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When I saw this top from Simplybe I had to have it because it looked like the perfect sophisticated alternative to a fall sweater. I can layer it under a jacket or wear it alone. I think it’s sexy enough to wear on a date when it’s cold outside or dress it down on the weekend with denim.

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What color do you plan on incorporating into your fall wardrobe?

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Style & Sustainability Gala

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Every month I meet up with my favorite local bloggers, the ladies of Thread Cincinnati. We talk fashion in Cincinnati. We keep our ear’s to the ground and we are always on the hunt to find new local designers and fashion outings. Next week we will be experiencing the best of both worlds at the Style and Sustainability Gala.

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Modern Makers and Urban Blooms are teaming up to bring a sustainable and collaborative fashion experience. The Uptown Innovation District will present their largest event of the year that will bring together a diverse audience to look at the growing sustainability and growing fashion scene in Cincinnati.

Come and shop, eat, and dance in the industrial space showcasing a moss catwalk, 25 designers, 60+ models, local vendors, food trucks, and living walls by Urban Blooms! You can find out more information about Style & Sustainability Gala on their event page on Facebook or you can purchase tickets on Eventbrite here: http://bit.ly/2cyIJeI 

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How to Style Yourself on Stage

You know what we never talk about? That I am a poet and a spoken word artist and  I have performed nationally since 2009. I feel like I often get a deer in headlights look when I tell people that I perform spoken word, it’s almost as if they don’t know how to react. I have performed in large stage productions and I have always been responsible for styling myself.

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I was recently a cast member in the spoken word stage play Coochie Chronicles. The stage play speaks to the narrative and of the issues that women of color. I wanted to make a statement when with my wardrobe. I wanted to present myself in a very sexy way to juxtapose the strong pieces that I would perform. I wanted to show that a black woman can be sexy, smart, socially aware. and sure of herself without having to downplay the way she looks.

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Are you a stand-up comedian? Are you a singer? Are you a public speaker? How you present yourself on stage is a part of your performance. I can tell you first hand that when my outfit doesn’t photograph well it haunts me. I have been styling myself on stage and have learned the tricks of the trade. Here are my three tips on ensuring you’re ready for the hot stage lights.

More is More

Bright lights tend to wash out minor details. If you have a subtle understated style some of the more intricate details may not be seen from the back row. If you will be in a dark theater or club performing with a bright spotlight shining down on you be sure to up the ante. Bold jewelry, bright colors, and shiny details. Play with color and contrast to create visual interest in your look just keep in mind that sometimes a busy print may not be as appealing on stage as it is close up.

Bird’s Eye View

Before I wear something on stage I take a few pictures in the outfit. Looking in the mirror is not the same point of view as seeing it in a picture. Think of this picture as a first draft you will be able to edit the look before you hit the stage. Wrinkles are photogenic consider having your outfit pressed at the dry cleaners or iron it yourself. Once you are on stage and people post pictures of your performance there are no take backs, maybe you can untag yourself, but social media lives forever.

Show Your Truth

My on-stage look may be different than yours but these tips still apply. I can not stress this point enough bright lights tell no lies. Whether you want to admit it or not the moment you step on stage you are representing yourself. What do you want people to walk away with after they experience you or the character you are portraying. Your on stage look speaks before you do. Your performance and your on stage look need to speak your truth.

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Sheer Duster: Old Similar (Here), Top:Forever 21, Pants:Torrid

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