Casual Flow

Some months ago I visited a “pop-up” shop in College Park, Georgia. For the life of me I can’t remember the name shop. {feeling perplexed by it} I apologize!

As of 2015 skirts have become an interest of mine. They’re so not my thing. Figured since I encourage my clients & others to wear them that I should wear more of them.  Baby steps though, baby steps. My wardrobe consists of about 10 skirts now. Oh yeah!! That’s the most I’ve ever had at one time.

It was the high-lo style & the high waist that got me.  This style has been common for some time now. I do have some other high-lo styles in my wardrobe, didn’t have a skirt though. The fact that it ties in the back was cool, but not the sealer of the deal.  The light-weight material was also a plus. Hmm, I’m thinking the next time I wear this skirt  I’ll pair it with sneakers or combat boots. What ya think?!

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Casual Flow

The days in Atlanta, Georgia have finally warmed up enough for me to ditch the jackets & break out the white attire. I am too excited! Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the fall & winter,  I can’t deal with the up & down temperatures we’d been experiencing. My body is confused.

I’m a big believer in the rule “no white after Labor Day”- no wearing white shoes or pants unless attending an all white event. I still live by certain beliefs, but wouldn’t impose them on a soul.

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Sunday’s brunch with my ladies was the perfect opportunity to shed some white on things…lol. I finally got the chance to wear my new white Levi’s purchased in March on sale at Macy’s. The blouse was purchased eons ago from NY&Co, sitting in my closet collecting dust.  Funny, at one time it was one of my favorite items to wear.  Can’t tell because I haven’t worn it in over 2 years.  That’s one of those pieces that are timeless and should never be let go.

Every closet should have those timeless pieces that remain in style; in my opinion. After all, fashion is what you make it. Wear what you like & like what you wear.

Tidbit: Create timeless pieces based on your own sense of style.

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Casual Flow

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This lovely sunshiny, yet chilly Monday called for light layers & polka dots.

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It’s funny how often I locate gems in my closet that have been there forever, but hidden away in the abyss of the forgotten.  Today, I located the Mark by Avon denim skirt. This skirt has been part of my wardrobe for about 5 years now, yet only worn twice.  No clue why it hasn’t been worn more often, but it surely will be now that it has been remembered.

The sweater & boots are newer to my wardrobe purchased during Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays.  All other items have been part of my wardrobe for some time now.  The polka dot button down, scarf & tights have all made appearances on the blog before.

What I wore:

Cardigan: Target

Polka dot button down: Target (similar)

Denim skirt: Topshop (similar)

Tights: Old Navy (similar)

Polka dot scarf: Overstock.com (similar)

Booties: Macy’s

Fuljoy!

Business Casual

The other morning as I laid in bed deciding what to wear to work, a few pieces from my wardrobe came to mind.  Deciding on my outfit doesn’t always happen the night before due to sheer laziness.

After getting dressed it hit me…”OMG, I’m a walking billboard.” I was an unplanned walking advertisement for Mark by Avon, from head to toe. Even the handbag. IMG_0009

Many don’t even realize that Avon sells the cutest clothes. They do & the rotation changes often. My suggestion is to check weekly. I’ve snagged the cutest blazers, shoes, hats & handbags.

Every week my rep gives me a catalog and just about every week I can spend a “c-note” easily.  It never fails. Sometimes I have to tell her, “Please do not give me a catalog this week.” Self control & discipline are my weaknesses when it comes to clothes, shoes & accessories.

Now, all items weren’t purchased from my current rep as I’ve been shopping with Mark by Avon since about 2009.  Another rep introduced me to the Mark collection & I have been hooked ever since.

All items worn are no longer available, but don’t let that stop you from carousing the site or a catalog.  You just never know what you’ll find.

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If you’re in need of an Avon rep, please feel free to use mine:

Esther Blackwood

Phone: 678-522-0843

Email: eeb1289.eb@gmail.com

Website: www.youravon.com/eblackwood

Church Flow

Okay, so last Sunday I felt like I was on top of the world because of the height.  I finally got a chance to wear my new Merrigan platform, open-toe clog from Just Fab.

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I had been itching to wear them since the beginning of July when they arrived.

The clog was worn with a dress from my current wardrobe that hasn’t been worn since 2012.  Although I purge my closet just about every other month as new items are purchased, certain items I can never get rid off.  If you know for a fact you plan on wearing something again, don’t get rid of it.  Only get rid of those you’re straddling the fence on or know for a fact it will not be worn again.

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Not exactly sure why I haven’t worn this dress since 2012, it’s so cute.  I can’t tell you how many hidden gems can be found at Target. Every time I run in there merely to grab something like hair products, housewares, home decor, make-up or something not clothes related I always find a way to venture into the clothes & shoes departments spending my “coins.” I need to keep myself out of there. FullSizeRender (51)

Although I was “scantily” dressed, the heat was real. While my son was taking pictures, the sun was baking me; sweat bullets were rolling down my back.  OMG, when’s the cool weather coming back?!  This heat can’t be life…lol

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Items worn:

Hi-lo dress: Similar

Open-toe, platform clogs: Just Fab (membership required to order) Similar

Statement necklace: Similar

Fuljoy!!

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Casual Flow

FullSizeRender (49)Every now and again I enjoy wearing bright colors together.  For the most part if I am wearing a bright color on top then I’ll pair with a more subtle color on the bottom & vice versa. Today was different.

When I purchased these yellow slacks a year ago, they fit perfectly.  I’ve gained some weight along the way causing them to fit differently. They’re a little snug making them a little shorter.  

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To cure the “high waters” syndrome, I used 2 hair ties to taper the legs giving them a cropped look. Improvision is the name of the game; after all, I’m no seamstress!

FullSizeRender (48)The Rue 21 statement necklace has become my “go to” piece these past few weeks. It fits perfectly with most solid fits adding color- just right for the summer. I haven’t been shopping in the last few months thus forcing me to practice what I preach of remixing what’s in my current wardrobe. All items worn are from my current wardrobe.

Wear what you have & love them or recycle them.  No need in holding on to items you don’t intend on wearing again & for those items you want to wear, but unsure how to wear them or what to wear them with drop me a line & let’s discuss. Sometimes all it takes is another set of eyes & I have four…(lol) Utilize local consignment shops & clothing donation centers when purging. Remember, just because it’s outdated (purchased years or eons ago) or in this case a little shorter doesn’t make it unwearable. Utilize local drycleaners that provide alteration services, use the DIY method or contact a seamstress.  If you’re in Atlanta, GA you are welcome to use mine, Carolyn Jean Blue who can be reached at 770-905-3771 or jeanbluescreations@gmail.com.

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Items worn:

Blouse: Similar

Slacks: Similar

Shoes: Similar

Clutch: Similar

Statement necklace: Similar

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Church Flow

It’s funny how much my hair dictates what I’ll wear. These last few days I’ve been wearing my hair un-straightened.

Like I said before, your hair is your best accessory & should flow with the fit. I must say, the outfit choice went perfectly with my hair.

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Remember your hair along with your make-up are your best accessories. Eyebrow upkeep is part of the make-up process.

Today’s fit is a combination of remixed & new items. The skirt is another hidden gem that has been in my wardrobe for 3 years, yet only worn once.  Why?? Don’t ask because I don’t have an answer.  Although barely been worn, I really like it.  The vest & handbag are new.

 Ran into a slight dilemma trying to decide which shoes to wear.  Both looked good & worked with the fit however, the pumps did it for me. Gave it a more polished look. I’m a sucker for a classic, more polished look.

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Both go well. Was almost tempted to wear each one. 🙂

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Although the skirt is light-weight it holds the heat.  I was sweating like a pig, but it was worth it. Side note- I’m ready for fall. I challenged myself to wear more skirts & dresses & that’s what I’m trying to do.

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Items worn:

Denim vest: Similar

White tee: Similar

Multi-colored skirt: Similar

Cognac pumps: Exact

Blacksburg handbag: Shoe Dazzle

Multi-colored statement necklace: Similar

Membership required to order with Shoe Dazzle.

Fuljoy & be blessed!!

Business Casual

Love the fact work clothes aren’t as boring as they once were.  Well, for me anyway.  I used to be hell bent on wearing regular slacks or capris.  Slacks aren’t just slacks anymore. Never thought I’d see the day I’d wear track pants to work.  The irony & secret here is when my khakis shrink I use thin hair ties to scrunch the legs of my pants, giving them a track pant look.
FullSizeRender (33)These pants are exactly like the track pants we used to wear in the 1990’s. Fashion always makes a turn around.

Purchased the pants on sale at the beginning of spring from Dress Up & the blouse from H&M (both items no longer available).  The accessories are from everywhere; too many places to list all & some I can’t seem remember.

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Fuljoy & be blessed!

Church Flow

When it comes to some colors we think they are limited to certain seasons. That’s not the case!  It all depends how the colors are worn & with what. It’s perfectly okay to wear yellow during the fall & winter.  It’s all about execution. Wearing orange with a darker green is also acceptable during the summer.

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It shocked me when someone said, “wow, never thought of wearing green & orange combination in the summer.” But why not? It looks perfectly fine to me. My eyebrows were scrunched, I’m sure. Styled by JReid used that as the perfect opportunity for a brief tutorial. Fashion is about taking risks, experimenting, having fun, & self expression. Fashion is art.

FullSizeRender (30)All items worn are very cool & summery.  Bermuda shorts, sheer-sleeveless shirt & peep-toe pumps.  Worn with closed toe booties, tights, a sweater, jacket or coat with a scarf (basically layers) would easily transition the fit from spring & summer to fall & winter. Just to list a few ideas. Remember, accessories can change the dynamics of an outfit drastically.

Have fun fashionably!

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All items from my current wardrobe & exacts are no longer available.

Enjoy & be blessed!!

Business Casual

IMG_1520 (1)I wake up everyday extremely thankful to GOD for an abundance of clothes.  This Sunday was one of those days as I discovered a few dresses that haven’t been worn in years.  The last time this dress was worn, it was to one of my cousin’s wedding in 2013. Since I hadn’t worn it in so long if felt like I was wearing something new. It’s simply amazing what can be found in one’s wardrobe.  Purchasing something new isn’t always necessary.IMG_1519 (Sorry for the crazy faces; the sun was out with a vengeance.)FullSizeRender (25)

Take time going through your wardrobe to find all hidden gems.  Be sure to try them on to ensure they still fit comfortably & are flattering on.  Change the shoes & accessories to style it differently than the last time it was worn. Don’t forget about hats, scarves, cardigans, blazers, belts, brooches, ties & jewelry; they’re all great accessories & can remix repeated looks.

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Items worn:

GAP blazer:

NY & Company dress:

Shoe Dazzle pumps:

Membership required to order from Shoe Dazzle.

Enjoy & be blessed!!

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