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Cold Weather Cute

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I am not the biggest fan of frigid temperatures but I am a big fan of sweaters, capes, and turtlenecks. So for all intensive fashion reasons I continue to live in the Midwest for superficial reasons. In my book, nothing is more chic than a cape. It adds instant sophistication and it’s pretty much an outfit on its own.

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This cape is perfect. It has traditional cape elements but it has the weight of a light sweater. It’s perfect because I can layer a thin long sleeve tee or a thin sweater and still manage to wear a coat without feeling like a marshmallow.

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Consider adding a cape into your wardrobe.  You will not regret purchasing one. It’s a piece that I would recommend investing in if it is made with traditional suiting material because it can work for work and for after hours. If you find a cape that is more sweater-like, I wouldn’t invest too money into it since silhouettes change every season.

Check out these super chic capes:

If you’re tall check out  ASOS (They have trendier options for tall women)

If you’re plus check out SimplyBe and Target

If you’re Petite and Plus Size check out Eloquii  (there is a whole section dedicated to Petite Plus)

If you’re Petite check out Boohoo 

If you’re just looking for a cape: Forever 21

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Cape: SimplyBe, Leather Leggings: Forever 21, OTK Boots: JustFab (sold out, similar here)

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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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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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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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3 Tips To Make Your Next Thrift Store Experience Easier

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Loving vintage and being plus size is a double edge sword. So many super cool options but so few items are fond in the plus size range. Consignment and resale shops are dependent upon what they find at estate sales and donations so finding your size can be a challenge. I can honestly say that it’s always worth a stroll through a resale shop, I don’t find a size 16 as often as I would like but what I do find is worth the trip.What better way to find one of a kind accessories to express your individual style and elevate the look of your wardrobe basics.

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I finally got the chance to check out the selection at Mannequin a vintage boutique located in Cincinnati, Ohio in Over the Rhine. I have been intrigued by Mannequin’s perfectly styled window display. My expectations were exceeded when I found immaculately made suits and creative separates. I was so happy to find a wide range of classic designer pieces and fun quirky vintage accessories. I was also delighted by their men’s section that included clothing, shoes, hats,  and suiting accessories.

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Here are my 3 tips on how to make your next thrifting trip less stressful.

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Have An Open Mind

Thrifting does not have the same instant gratification as walking into a big box store where every item has been merchandised. Thrifting for vintage is like a treasure hunt so you can’t expect an abundance of any size. Keep your mind open and be on the lookout for quality pieces made of high-end fabrics. The more you open your mind to the possibilities the less likely you are to be frustrated.

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Creativity is Key

Did you find a smoking vintage blazer but you hate the buttons? You can replace the buttons what you can’t replace is craftsmanship. If an item is well made but has a small imperfection chances are it can be fixed. Did you find a great Louis Vuitton handbag but the zipper is broken? Most leather and shoe repairs will also replace the zipper in a leather handbag and the cost of the repair will still be considerably less than a new designer bag

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Size Ain’t Nothing but a Number

If an item of clothing looks like it may fit, give it a try. I have looked at the size of an item on more than one occasion and according to the size it shouldn’t  have fit but the clothes told a different story. Can’t find anything your size, earrings always fit. I have found some of my favorite scarfs and evening handbags at thrift stores.

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I found so many cool finds at Mannequin and I even found, gasp, a dress in my size! I can’t wait to share it here on the blog. You can find out more about Mannequin Boutique at http://www.mannequinboutique.org/  You can also follow them on Instagram @mannequinboutiqueOTR and on Facebook at Mannequin Boutique.

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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 | 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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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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