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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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Just Another Girl in a LRD (little red dress)

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The powerful dynamic of the LBD (little black dress) plays a major role in fashion, but we often forget about the equally powerful LRD (little red dress). It’s like a secret weapon that you pull out when you want to reach optimum sexiness. Red has such an emotionally intense presence that it can make even a classically cut a-line a show stopper.  With it being Valentine’s Day, I’m sure we all want as much positive attention as we can possibly get.

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The thing that I love about the classic dress is that you can play with accessories more. I love pairing this very “New York street style” handbag with a more mature look. Have a little fun with your style and accessorize by using details that remind you of your adolescence.  It’s a way to add youthful energy to your look without overpowering your whole outfit.

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Dress: Fashion to Figure (Sold Out), Bralette: Torrid, Shoes: Payless (, Purse Charming Charlie (similar)

Looking for LRD: Torrid  Fashion to Figure  Rebdolls Boohoo

Quirky Purses: JustFab Charlotte Russe  Aldo

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My 7 Fashion Rules I Broke This Summer

 

I feel like I dress better in my thirties than I did In my twenties. Which is ironic because I think I had a better body in my twenties. Maybe it wasn’t better but I was definitely smaller. The moment I embraced my true self I started being nicer to myself. I started giving myself permission to try things that I would have normally been too scared to try. In my thirties, I started breaking my own rules and preconceived notions of what I should and should not wear.

I’m sharing my favorite looks from this summer and how I broke all of my fashion rules from my twenties:

Rule #1: If Mom Doesn’t Like It, Don’t Wear It

My mom is my fashion guru. Seriously she is a fashion genius and an incredible seamstress. When my mom doesn’t like something she is usually right. If my mom tells me to change I do because there’s a chance she is seeing something that I didn’t. So about this tulle skirt, my mama hates this skirt! I had to accept that I couldn’t talk her into liking it and I had to accept that her opinion didn’t change the that I like this skirt. It is what it is sometimes you just have to take a chance and be the only person who likes what you are wearing.

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Rule #2 :Attempt to Dress Your Age

While all of my childhood friends wanted to be cartoon charicters I really wanted to be Anita Baker. Can you imagine a five year old who’s hearts desire is be an adult contemporary jazz singer. It’s pretty funny now but dressing mature in your twenties is kind of frowned upon I mean you’re young you should be naked! I would get anxiety if I thought something looked too old. You never want a look to age you but a classic never goes out of style. Don’t be affraid to be understated. Dress for your mood and not your age.

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Rule #3: Firm Fat

It must be jelly because jam don’t shake like that, that is my firm fat rule.  I often peffer for my round areas to be confinded to materials that smooth out my shape. If a swimsuit promises to make me appear 10 pounds slimmer chances are I’m buying that swimsuit. This summer I finally wore a swimsuit that had no promise of slimming me down and I didn’t die. I actually thought I looked pretty good. My firm fat rule now fluctuates depending on my mood.

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Rule #4: No Ankle Pants, Ever!

My body shape is between an apple and an inversted triangle. Which means the lower half of my body is noticably more narrow than my upper body. I can’t be the only plus size woman with narrow hips, can I? I am all about semitry and creating visual lines when I am styling a look so I have a no ankle pants rule. No leggings, no crop pants, the answer was no! I want to say I had some big magical moment of self acceptance but really vanity made me ease up on my no ankles pants rule. I legit just wanted the top of a pair of shoes to be visible so I had a pair of pants hemmed above the ankle and the rest is history. Shoes trump body insecurity.

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Rule #5: Flowers are for Gardens

This isn’t really my rule, I have to be honest, I curate what looks I share on my blog. I try to have an understanding of what will translate well and what won’t. Then I remembered it’s my blog and my style isn’t for everyone. I love flowers and I often feel like I am a flower, constantly in bloom. Maybe one of my readers will be brave enough to wear a floral print one day and realize that gardens are beautiful and there is no shame in looking like one.

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Rule #6: Don’t Wear Bold Prints

The older I get the more I  embrace my own style and let go of dressing to please other people. It’s funny how a comment from one person can change your style. I was dating a guy and it felt like everytime I wore anything with a print on it he didn’t like what I was wearing. To avoid the conversation all together I just started wearing solids. Even after we broke up I still kept gravitating to solids. Eventually I thought why am I still dressing to appease a guy I’m not even dating anymore? Needless to say prints have made their way back into my wardrobe.

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At The End of The Day

If you have gotten away from your true sense of style just remember yourself. I try not let myself not to get too far away from my classy free spirit. I love music, film, color, and nature and those elements reflect in my style. Don’t be affraid to break your own rules that you have put on yourself. Finding freedom in your personal style will trickle into other areas of your life. I defeinitely feel a sense of fearlessness everytime I step outside of my comfort zone.

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The Best Way To Style Your Jean Jacket This Season

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Let’s Put A Pin In That

Denim is my cure all, anytime I want to tone down anything sleeveless my immediate remedy is to throw on a denim jacket. When I want my individuality to shine through in my personal style brooches are a chic way of adding flair to a jean jacket. Adding a few sparkling broaches to a jean jacket add great juxtaposition to the casual element of denim. It also gives a youthful vibe to a broach.

I have a small collection of pins that I have accumulated over the years. I recently added a vintage ice cream cone broach to my collection, it was a rare find from a vendor at the Ohio State Fair! I often score broaches at thrift stores and second-hand shops it’s a really affordable way to breathe new life into jackets, coats, hats, and cloth handbags! The next time you come across a broach that catches your eye definitely consider adding it to your collection of accessories because the possibilities are endless.

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Style Sunday | Black Does Not Make You Look Thinner

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I have nothing against a little black dress. I think black can be powerful and sexy. I also know women who wouldn’t dare wear another color because black is slimming. Can a darker color camouflage a problem area on your body? Yes, it can. Will wearing head to toe black make you look thinner? Nope! I don’t believe in hiding behind black for the sake of appearing thinner. I do believe in complimenting the shape of your body to highlight your best features and that can be done without wearing any black.

Skin Is In

Anyone can wear black but black is a harsh color and doesn’t work with every skin tone. Women with cool undertones look fantastic in navy blue and chocolate brown. Women with dark skin radiate in eggplant. Give your wardrobe some versatility with other dark staple colors and give head toe black a rest.

It Ain’t The Color, It’s The Fabric

Don’t limit yourself to dark colors for the sake of looking thin it’s a crutch. Let me just be honest because, well, it’s my blog. If a garment is made of thin unflattering fabric that sinks into every crevasse buying it in black won’t make it look better.Any body type can wear any color if the fabric is a heavy weight. The silhouette and the cut of an item will determine if the item makes you appear smaller.

What’s Black, White, and Red All Over? Print!!

I know some people shy away from prints because they fear the print will make them appear larger than they really are. I have even had friends tell me that they won’t wear floral prints because they will look like a garden. I remember thinking but aren’t gardens beautiful? The wrong print can do you an injustice and the wrong print isn’t a specific print it is the direction of which the print goes or the size of the print. I’ve worn stripes. polka dots, checks, and florals. You name it I’ve worn it, some prints are intentional and silhouette the body. New adventures and clothes have something in common you won’t know until you TRY!!

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#ILWW Recap | Taste of Cincinnati

 

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I know what you’re thinking, in this picture I’m clearly not at a food festival, right. I was super paranoid about my dress getting wrinkled, so I took a few outfit pictures before I left for The Taste of Cincinnati. At the beginning of International Laura Wize Week, I said that all I wanted to do was being surrounded by art and eat good. Monday was dedicated to eating yummy food at The Taste of Cincinnati. I tried so many delicious bites here a few of my favorites:

What I wore:

I found this sexy day dress at Torrid. In the summer, I see a sea of beautiful maxi dresses and to stand out I picked classic cut in a vibrant color. Also on hot summer days, it’s nice to wear a dress that shapewear is optional and not a requirement. I adore this dress, and if you’re thinking about ordering it, I would recommend a strapless bra with a deep plunge in the front.

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Where I went:

Washington Platform

Washington Platform is the stand I stop by every year I can’t say no to their fried oysters and their crab cakes.

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Empanadas Aqui

Food truck alley is really the place to be at The Taste of Cincinnati. Empanadas Aqui never disappoints. Fried dough and yummy cheese with their herbed mayo with just a little hot sauce is all I need to keep a smile one my face.

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Alabama Fish Bar

Alabama’s is Cincinnati classic the real questions is when did they get a food truck!!

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Of course after all of my paranoia my dress didn’t wrinkle…

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#ILWW Recap | Art After Dark

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What I wore:

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This summer I have one mission, to bring the skort back! It’s business up front and a party in the back! When I saw this set on Simply Be, I had to have it! The asymmetrical cut of the skort was so appealing to the eye and sexy. The shorts provide coverage, so there are no wardrobe malfunctions. The sheer jacket I’m wearing is also from Simply Be, and it was the perfect third piece thatI like to add to every outfit while sill being appropriate for warm weather.

Where I went:

 

International Laura Wize Week is going strong, and I’m ready to head into the weekend on a high note. My first stop of the evening was at the Cincinnati Art Museum for Art After Dark. Art After Dark happens at the art museum every final Friday from 5 pm-  9 pm.  It’s free, and you can go on guided tours of new exhibits, hear live music, and grab a cocktail at the bar.

This Friday the live music was provided by one of my favorite local bands Natural Progression.  They played in the courtyard of the museum, and the weather was perfect for the occasion.

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I also saw the 30 Americans Exhibit for the second and third time. 30 Americans showcases art by many of the most important African-American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, gender, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. The exhibit is here until June 12, you definitely don’t want to miss it!

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Style Sunday | The Dress That Looks Good On Everyone

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I posted a picture of myself wearing a shirt dress on my Facebook page and one of my friends commented and said, “that dress looks great on you, but I couldn’t wear it I don’t have a butt.” I replied back to her that I’m a wearing shirtdress, and it is one of the most universally flattering dresses ever, it looks good on just about anyone. It is the easiest style of dress to wear. The structure in a shirtdress give the body shape and creates curves where there may or may not be any.  You can dress a shirtdress up with accessories or wear flats and go casual which makes the style perfect for any occasion.

Also, my friend mentioned she thought about purchasing the dress, but she passes. I asked, “Did you try it on?” The answer was no. Stop looking at clothes on a hanger and ruling them out. Is there a monster in the dressing room? Don’t be afraid to try something on. There is no Lockdress Monster in the dressing room have no fear if it doesn’t look right no one has to know, I try on things all the time and wonder what even possessed me to think the item would look good on me.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESDress: Fashion to Figure, Necklace: Mr.Kate, Shoes: Target Old

As flattering as this style is I know there can be some challenges with a shirtdress. Having a large bust creates a problem with any item of clothing that buttons. I have incorporated a new busty girl hack; I use double sided fashion tape so that the area between the buttons doesn’t gap. If you are more self-conscious about your midsection, look for a shirtdress that is more A-line at the bottom.

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Style Sunday | Casually Fine

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Socializing is such sweet sorrow. In the Midwest as soon as the weather breaks a swarm of invites flood my inbox and I’m left in distress wondering, what am I going to wear? When in doubt I always go for what I refer to as casually fine. A great pair of jeans, a sexy blouse, and a great pair of shoes can take you anywhere from an art exhibit to a night club.

The important aspect of bringing these natural elements together is the fit of the jeans and the fabric of the blouse. The jeans should hug you in all the right places and enhance your shape.I recently ordered these white jeans from Fashion to Figure, and they are perfect. The denim doesn’t have too much stretch, so they hold their shape while managing to be comfortable

To elevate your casual look be sure your blouse is made of a luxe fabric (silk is ideal but let’s be realistic any flowing fabric will do the job). The shirt will provide a contrast to the jeans, and you can use your accessories to add additional texture and interest to your outfit. This simple combination will give you an ultra-chic New York street style vibe, and it will take less than 15 minutes to put together. What are your go-to looks when you receive a last minute invitation? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Jeans: Fashion to Figure, Top: Fashion to Figure, Shoes: Just Fab

 

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Style Sunday | Cute Tees and LPs

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Yesterday was National Record Store Day; I collect classic soul records I had to make my way to my local record store and pick a few albums. Music influences you to have fun so I thought I would share one of my  more laid-back weekend looks.

Weekend wear is more than just athletic wear it’s your opportunity to wear pieces that reflect your personality. I think of it as my time to sport my quirky grown-up looks that I wouldn’t wear into the office. The weekend is a great time to be adventurous and try out overalls, a fun floral headband, funky sneakers, or a bright colored statement piece. Grown-ups can have fun too there are ways to step outside the norm but there is a thin line between offbeat fun pieces and full on costumes.

I love breaking fashion rules and playing with prints and when I do I try to keep the rest of my look simple. I enjoyed combining this t-shirt that I found at H&M and my Mr. Kate pendant necklace it’s my clever way of expressing my inner unicorn without looking like a My Little Pony.

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Skirt: Simplybe, Shirt H&M sold out Similar, Necklace: Mr. Kate, Shoes: Old, Hat, Torrid old

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