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Leopard Print is the New Leopard Print

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I was flipping through Harper’s Bazaar Magazine and it said that leopard print was going to big for fall. I laughed out loud. When is leopard print ever not in style? I guess we can all be excited that leopard print will be available in more varieties with an extended variety of color options. Seriously, who stopped wearing leopard print? It wasn’t me!

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Speaking of extended color varieties, when I found this tomato red leopard print dress at SimplyBe I didn’t have high expectations. I did not have low ones either but whatever expectation I had was exceeded because this dress is BOMB. First of all, it has pockets!! The fabric is amazing and wrinkle resistant which was perfect since I wore this dress to a function where there would be a lot of sitting and then standing up to take pictures.

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Here are few leopard print options that I love for fall!!

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Dress: SimplyBe, Belt, DSW, Jacket: Wilson Leather, Shoes: DSW, Earrings Purse: DSW

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Denim Blue + Olive Green

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The strangest thing happened this weekend. It was 70 degrees in February in Ohio! I won’t get too excited because I live in the Midwest and the weather can change in the blink of an eye. I didn’t want to be presumptuous and think that I had this weather for longer than a day at most.  Rather than pulling out my spring wardrobe, I decided to wear a pair of olive peep toe booties that I planned to save for spring.

I actually fell in love with a pair of Lucky Brand booties that look exactly like this at Nordstrom that was at a much higher price point. I found these booties at Just Fab for under $40.

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In transitional weather, I always try to find unexpected ways to play with color. Blue is going to play a major role in spring fashion especially; wearing multiple tones of blue. I thought this marbled sweater dress from SimplyBe was perfect for the warm weather and to bring in more olive I added this lightweight anorak jacket.

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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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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 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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#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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