Fall Fashions: Suited Up for Fall

Suited Up for Fall

With fall in full swing, I have started to transition my wardrobe. Lately it’s been a mix of warmer days and cool mornings and evenings making dressing for the weather somewhat of a challenge. Suits are perfect to keep warm in the mornings and evenings, while also keeping cool during the day especially ankle length pants like the ones I’m wearing. I also like that with suits, the pieces can be worn as separates, enabling multi-functional use for them.

My suit is fall appropriate given its rust color and thick but not too heavy material. During the fall I like to incorporate fall colors into my wardrobe and this suit does just that. Since it’s simple, I chose to accessorize it with bold accessories like my leopard print pumps and jewelry. To bring out the black in the pumps and to provide a darker contrast to the suit I wore a black camisole. The tote tops off the look with colors in it found in the suit and the pumps.

Given their ability to be worn comfortably for the rapid changes in weather this time of year, suits are definitely a wardrobe staple that help one to suit up for fall.

Suit: Dillards, similar here; Pumps: Nine West; Tote: Strathberry; Jewelry: Similar here

Workwear Inspo: Styling a Bodycon Dress for Work

Styling a Bodycon Dress for Work

Form-fitting, figure flattering, go from work to evening easily, what’s not to love about a bodycon dress? They’re professional enough to be worn to work during the day and versatile enough to transition to a a going out look after work. Many may shy away from them because they’re form-fitting and may label them as too provocative for work or unflattering. However, when styled with the right accessories, they can be a great addition to any professional wardrobe.

The bodycon dress I’m wearing takes businesswear to a new level as it puts a modern spin on workwear options for women. The knit material as well as the gold buttons make it a power statement look, perfect for work, conferences, or church. I bring out the gold in the dress with a gold handbag and jewelry. I coordinate my pumps with the taupe color of the dress, allowing the gold in the dress which could otherwise go understated, stand-out. This dress would pair great with a blazer or cardigan.

Go, be great and conquer the work day while being stylish with a bodycon dress.

Summer Fashions: Trip to Mackinac Island

Trip to Mackinac Island

Plant sculpture shaped like none other than a horse drawn carriage.

To round off the end of the summer, I took a trip to Mackinac Island for the first time. It’s sad but true that having lived in Michigan my whole life, this was my first trip to this popular Michigan vacation spot. I suppose the reason for this is I have spent so much time traveling out of state, that I often overlook the sights, sounds, and wonders of my home state. At any rate, Mackinac Island is definitely a must see place and makes a great quick weekend getaway. In planning for my quick trip, I decided to wear summer colors since summer is starting to wind down.

The outfit is dressy chic while still being functional enough to tour Mackinac Island. The top is fun and stylish with the puff sleeves and is comfortable as it stretches. It’s versatile enough to wear with anything from jeans to slacks. I paired it with white jeans to get my last wear in of white jeans for the season. I accessorized with pink to coordinate with the top. Overall it kept me cool during the day and warm in the evening for the fluctuating temps that the island often experiences.

The island itself is its own experience and has a lot of rich history and historical sites. Many of these sites are well preserved and replicate their original design. One of the historical aspects I enjoyed was no cars on the island as it encouraged walking or taking a carriage, both of which are more conducive to taking in the surroundings. The combination of unique landmarks, slower pace, and natural beauty of the island made for a great trip.

Summer Fashions: Keeping Cool Summer Style

Since summer is in full swing, it only makes sense to want to wear an outfit that keeps you cool. Do you ever have those days during the summer, whether it be for going to work or church where you want to look polished, yet also want to stay cool and be comfortable? This look accomplishes all of that. I’ve had this skirt for what seems like decades and love that it’s one of those classic wardrobe pieces that doesn’t go out of style. It’s also very lightweight and comfortable.

Styling the skirt was fairly easy given its silhouette and colors. I love a classic button down top as they are versatile and can be dressed up or down. They also give an air of professionalism. Since it has sleeves, they can be rolled up for the heat outside and also keep me warm it colder buildings. In order to balance out the colors in the outfit I paired it with blue accessories. The three-tone tote adds to the professionalism of the look and coordinates perfectly with the blue in the skirt. The espadrilles keep the outfit comfy yet stylish and also bring out the blue in the skirt.

Overall, this is a simple yet classic look that is effortless and looks well put together. It does a great job of being functional by keeping me cool and comfortable in the heat.

Summer Fashions: Bold Floral Print

Bold Floral Print

Typically, with the exception of leopard print, I don’t usually wear bold print, especially floral print, due to not being a big fan of loud prints. However, I find that this particular floral print is not excessive and I really like the color combo of bright pink and cornflower blue. Given that it’s summer, floral print are very popular this time of year. When worn with the right accessories, floral print can be a very stylish addition to any summer wardrobe.

The look has summer written all over it with the bright colors, floral print, and sleeveless look. I also love that it’s wash and wear and that I don’t have to worry about ironing it. I decided to bring out the fuchsia pink in the dress with my accessories. Fuchsia is such a fun and vibrant color and very appropriate for a summer look. The cardigan gives the look a more classy appeal while also serving a practical purpose of keeping me warm in places where the air conditioning is on full blast. The purse, heels, and jewelry enhance the fuchsia pink in the dress giving the outfit a summery vibe appropriate for work, church, an after work meet up.

Cardigan: similar here; Dress: similar here; Pumps: Nine West; Purse: similar here

Summer Fashions:High Tea at the Whitney

High Tea at the Whitney

In my element.

As usual, one of the ways I celebrated my birthday this year was with high tea. However to give it different twist, I chose to try out a new place, the Whitney. This restaurant is housed in a Victorian style mansion located in downtown Detroit and I must say the Victorian decor really set the tone for high tea. Not to mention the fact that most of the women in attendance were sporting fascinators or hats along with sundresses. The elegant and vintage ambiance along with the scrumptious food and excellent customer service made for a great birthday celebration.

In order to celebrate my birthday in style, I wore a summery white sundress and paired it with neutral accessories. Every year for my birthday I like to purchase a new sundress as a treat to myself and as a nod to my love of fashion. This year I decided to go with a midi length puff sleeve sundress that can easily be dressed or down and paired with a wide array of colors and prints given its solid white color. I chose to keep the accessories low key, yet statement making, with the beige fascinator and beige jewelry, along with the clear espadrille wedges. I usually don’t wear wedges this high, however these are quite comfortable.

The overall ambiance of the tea at the Whitney accompanied by the simplicity and stylishness of the sundress made for a great birthday experience. In addition to birthdays, tea can be great celebration for any occasion, as a couple of the other guests were there celebrating a retirement. Great food, a warm and inviting atmosphere, a great tea date (my mom), and a cute ensemble all made for an unforgettable tea experience.

My tea date.
Dress: Similar here; Sandals: Similar here; Necklace and Earrings: Similar here; Bracelet: Similar here; Fascinator: Dillards, Similar here

Spring Fashions: Spring has Sprung Casual Outfit

Spring Has Sprung Casual Outfit

Sunshine, warmth, blooming flowers, and longer days are all signs that spring is here to stay. Given the season and the limited time we have to wear white pants, I decided to go for an all white ensemble and to add accents of beige and leopard print to give the look more pop. I style the outfit with both heels and flats for those who prefer one over the other and to show the versatility of the look. The outfit is appropriate for a casual day at work, going out, brunch, dinner, or church.

The pieces in the outfit make it appropriate for many different occasions and can be styled to create many versatile looks. The puff sleeve button up shirt makes the outfit more stylish than a plain button up shirt, making it more eye catching. The sleeve length is fitting for the mild spring weather. The white jeans are a spring and summer wardrobe staple that can be worn as is or rolled up into ankle length for warmer days.

The beige and leopard print accessories make the outfit more fun and put together. I really like leopard print, hence I added leopard print earrings and heels to create one look. I also really like the mules trend that is popular right now, as these shoes are comfortable and painless to put on. They’re also perfect for milder weather when you don’t want to wear sandals, but also don’t want to fully constrict your feet.

Along with the signs of nature, this outfit is also a true sign that spring has sprung.

Shirt: New York and Company, similar here; Pants: similar here ; Belt: Amazon; Handbag: Strathberry; Earrings: Kohl’s ; Mules: similar here; Heels: similar here

Spring Fashions: Easy Easter Look

Easy Easter Look

Easter is here! With this special holiday comes many traditional gatherings and celebrations, from going to church to brunch. Due to the many festivities that can occur on Easter it becomes important to find an outfit that makes it easy to transition from one event to next. This outfit does just that, while still looking spring appropriate and stylish.

While the pieces in the outfit are neutral and muted, their lighter hues makes them suitable for spring and for celebrating Easter. The blush pink dress is perfect for those wanting to wear a spring color, but not something too vibrant. The criss cross striping on the dress makes it flattering on many body types and is a great alternative to those who shy away from bolder spring prints like the floral print. It’s also comfortable as it’s stretchy and makes going from church to brunch easy. I paired it with cream colored accessories to bring out the cream in the dress.

The overall look gives you an ensemble that is easy but looks like it took great time and attention to put together.

Spring Fashions: Neutrals, with a Hint of Pastel

Neutrals with a Hint of Pastel

This week’s outfit features a mix of neutrals with a pop of a pastel. It’s a very classic and feminine look that ushers in spring with the blush pink. The neutral colors of make the pink skirt pop while the white button down shirt and the black bow tie give the look a classic appeal that’s appropriate for a variety of occasions, from work to church.The black heels and handbag perfectly complement the black bow tie enhancing the look with black accessories.

Speaking of the bow tie, I originally purchased it to wear with a formal look, however I realized how versatile it is and can be paired with causal looks as well. I love pieces and accessories that can be worn with a variety of looks and that really enhance the overall look of an outfit like bow ties.

Other accessories that enhance the look of this outfit are the heels, purse and coat. I just recently started to get into heels, as before I only wore flats. Now I’m slowly starting to integrate heels into my wardrobe and find these heels easy to walk in and stylish with the scalloped sides. The purse gives the outfit a polished look with the croc print and tote shape, while the coat adds a finishing touch and also adds warmth for cooler weather.

Button down shirt: Similar here; Bow tie: Amazon; Skirt: Similar here; Heels: Schutz; Handbag: Demellier; Trenchcoat: London Fog, similar here