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How to Wear Fall’s “It” Plaid for Evening

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Get Wardrobe Staples That Can Do BOTH

After your early 20’s there comes a time where your wardrobe can’t be two polar opposites. If you are like me you spend 60% of your week in an office. Which means blazers, slacks, and cardigans because let’s be honest it’s cold at your desk.

I also have an active social life but the days of buying clothes designated for the club are behind me. You may also stop buying “club clothes” when you start to dive deep into developing your own personal style. When I buy a piece it needs to have diversity. I need to be able to go from the office to cocktails, to brunch. Don’t get me wrong I still have a freak-um dress but my wardrobe is now a solid 80/20.

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Plaid is Everywhere for Fall

As a girl who grew up watching the movie Clueless I love a good plaid. It can be played with in so many different ways. I especially love this plaid which is menswear-inspired. I love stealing elements from the guys and pairing them with feminine pieces like the slip dress that I am wearing. For a more casual look, I would pair this with a band t-shirt and distressed jeans. I love that you can make this plaid go from work to play by just changing it p a bit. (Notice how I gave this blazer a sexy vibe with this slip dress and the heels)

What are your thoughts on plaid for fall? Is it a yes or a no for you?

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Blazer: Target, Sold Out (Super Cute Suggestion) Slip Dress: Target, Shoes: Old, (SCS Here)

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We’ll Always Have Polka Dots

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Bringing it back like polka dots!! Well, that is not exactly true they never really left especially since polka dots are my favorite! When I found this bell sleeve top from Fashion to Figure I knew that I had to have it. Sleeves are big this season, no really, they’re huge. If you’re looking for a dramatic statement piece for summer try finding a top with intricate sleeve details. This look can work on all body types.

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Lemon Fresh | Cincinnati Premium Outlets

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When I got an invitation from Cincinnati Premium Outlets to have a morning mimosa and shop with my favorite local blogger boos I was all in.  Continue reading Lemon Fresh | Cincinnati Premium Outlets

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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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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.

Leather Lumberjack

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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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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Style Sunday | #NoShapewearZone

 

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My family recently requested my presence and I thought what do you mean we’re together all the time. They quickly rebutted by letting me know it’s not often they see my face without the blue glow from the light of my laptop. The 100-degree temperatures this summer have put a stop to two things makeup and shapewear before 7pm. It’s too hot and ain’t nobody got time for that! When Gwynnie Bee sent me this Melissa McCartney two toned chambray dress I knew it met all of the qualifications for the #NoShapeWear Zone.

If a dress fits well and it made out of fabric that doesn’t cling to my skin I just entered the no shapewear zone. I am all about being confident but I know what I do and do not feel comfortable wearing and if a dress is going to hang on to every curve I would prefer to wear shapewear. That is my personal preference if other women still feel confident without it, good for them. The plus size community is moving away from clothes that would be traditionally considered “flattering”. In a traditional sense, this dress isn’t “flattering on me, it doesn’t highlight my waist nor is it designed to make me appear smaller.It’s all about how you prefer to look and I prefer not where shapewear between the hours of 11 am and 6pm until late September.

 

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I can’t tell you how much of a lifesaver Gwynnie Bee garment rental is to my life. I’m never in a panic about what I’m going to wear because I get something new from them almost every week. After I wear what they sent I sent it back in my prepaid shipping label and Gwynnie Bee sends me my next box. (I’m buying this dress!) Everything they have sent me has been high quality and it all has FIT!! You can try Gwynnie Bee today for a FREE 30 trial by going here http://goo.gl/4Rin84 . Try it today and tag me on social media and let me know how you like Gwynnie Bee.

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Style Sunday | Style Inspiration

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Whenever I get dressed I get into character. I get my inspiration from films, magazines, actresses. Believe it or not, my sense of imagination helps me get dressed all the time. Getting dressed is my happy place and since it’s so much fun seeing a great outfit on a shape that’s smaller than mine is not intimidating, nope, my size isn’t a factor. My source of inspiration doesn’t have to wear a size 16, my inspiration only needs to be fabulous. I can play, I can pretend, my size will not affect my sense of play.

This look is inspired by Carmen Jones the movement in the wide leg cropped pants just felt flirtatious and sassy much like Dorothy Dandridge in the movie.

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Top: SimplyBe, Crop Pants: SimplyBe, Shoes: Aldo

Hell, my clothes are my toys. Men buy sports cars and I buy outfits. If clothes are the food of life wear them well! Real style has no size so if you see something you would like to wear don’t make an excuse on why you can’t wear it. A color won’t make you look fat, a silhouette can be altered to compliment your shape. don’t be fooled you can wear what you want to wear.

Don’t Be Afraid To Play

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Style Sunday | Blown Away

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The Essential Ingredient For You Spring Wardrobe

When you are a Midwest blogger, you just have to work with the weather you get. I found the silver lining in this weekend’s windstorm if mother nature saw fit to provide me with a diva fan who I am to complain ( Beyonce pays good money for her fan, and I got one for free!). Spring is in full effect, and I could not wait to pull out my lightweight trench from Boohoo.com.

I love this trench because it is lighter than a traditional trench coat and can be worn as a duster. When pulling together separates always use the rule of three shirt, pants, and a wildcard item. The wildcard can be a blazer, jacket, sweater, or a scarf. The third piece adds dimension and polish. I like to think the third piece creates upscale casual when you receive a compliment you’ll be able to say “Oh, I just threw this on.” Honestly, once you begin to work the wildcard piece into your routine, it will be effortless.

All body types need a trench coat for spring. It’s the perfect accompaniment to every outfit a trench is like seasoning salt you put it on everything . You can throw a trench coat over almost any outfit, and it enhances the look immediately. If you are out running errands adding a trench to your t-shirt and jeans look elevates your casual uniform and instantly makes you look put together.

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Pants:Target, Trench Coat:Boohoo,Top:Target, Clutch: DSW, Shoes (Old Joan & David), Similar

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