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Sunday Look: Holiday Stripes

See the source imageHappy Sunday!  This past week was very interesting.  The most exciting thing, SNOW, yes snow!  Everyone including myself was so excited.  Snow is not something we see very often, especially not before Christmas.  It really made it feel like the  HOLIDAYS!  It’s all gone now 🙁 and the temperatures, well… 🙁 ! See the source image

See the source imageIn keeping with the Christmas season I felt like incorporating red into my wardrobe again this week (it’s my favorite color in case you didn’t know).  I was feeling brave by wearing this form fitting  sweater dress.  But there was something about it that spoke HOLIDAY to me.  The red and back stripes has a woven line of sparkle in-between each stripe.  I was surprised at how form fitting it was and felt like it needed a belt.  Instead of a traditional belt, I tied a wide black ribbon in a bow around my waist, that really changed the entire look.

I accessorized with long faux diamond earrings, long necklace and bangles.  Instead of wearing a red shoe I opted for black pointy toe RED BOTTOMS instead 😉 .

My (old) little black velvet handbag added that extra holiday sparkle from the two little rhinestone bling medallions.   Even though this bag is very old, it still fits todays fashion trends.  Never get rid of your handbags!  They could make a fashion comeback years later, Okay!

Style Tip: ⇓
Another way to style this dress, add a pair of boots and floppy hat!  Next time…
There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…..
See the source imageDress: Chelsea & Violet (similar here)
Handbag: Hillard Hanson (old)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Matthew, Luke, Isaiah & Jeramiah

 

Holiday Party Attire

Tis the Season for those Holiday Parties… what are you going to wear?
Office holiday parties vary from business casual to dressy to formal. You want to be prepared for either. Hopefully this simple guide will help you achieve that perfect look. I get asked all the time ‘What should I wear to my holiday party?” Well it depends on the PARTY right!
Office parties that are held in the office during or after work tend to be business casual, you will be celebrating in what you actually wore to work. This is probably one of the easiest parties to dress for. On that day you can add a festive scarf, holiday pin or dress in traditional holiday colors of Red, Green, Black, Silver and Gold or any combination. You can also wear a holiday sweater (nothing ugly or obnoxious) but something softer like cashmere or with a little holiday sparkle.
Parties that take place outside the office usually mean you should step it up a bit. Although, they can still be business casual depending on the company vibes. More than likely its going to be a little bit dressier than an on-site office party.
The style of the announcement will usually let you know whether its casual, dressy, semi-formal or formal. Just be prepared.

We all know if the invitation reads dressy, semi-formal or formal attire you need to look your best.  Depending on your wardrobe you may have something in your closet that you can wear. Men a dark suit and tie will do just fine. Ladies if you have a little black dress or even a long black dress, you’re set. You can jazz it up with fabulous accessories that sparkle and shine. Easy right?
Formal attire usually calls for something long but not necessarily. Todays fashion has an array of short formal dresses, pantsuits and jumpsuits that will fit the occasion just fine. All you need to know… you shouldn’t wear jeans, tee-shirt, flip-flops or tennis shoes right? It’s all about elegance… And there is no need to break the bank!
Here are a some of my past and present “Holiday” looks ….
Office Party

 

 

Dressy

 

Semi- Formal/Formal

Accessories See the source image

This is only a guide……………..do you!
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…

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Sunday Look: Floral Holiday

Happy Sunday!  Here we go, its officially HOLIDAY TIME…  We have been busy trying to get the inside and outside all decked out for the holidays.  The only thing missing is the COOLER weather.  How are your decorating plans going?
Last December I opted to wear RED each Sunday to church.  I really didn’t make that commitment this year but somehow I started out in red again.  Today’s outfit featuring this all over floral maxi with a self-tie halter neck and elastic off-the-shoulder. This elastic is formed so you can wear it two ways.  If you prefer to wear it further up-on the shoulders you can (like in the feature photo at top).  I truly love the off-the-shoulder look.  I’ve said it many times, “a woman’s shoulders is the most beautiful feature on her body”.

When you have a self-tie halter neck there is no need for a necklace.  This girl is never without her earrings. I wore a pair with a sequence look detail.  You know me, I must always have a bangle or three LOL 😉 .  Today I had six!  Since I’m not very tall, every MAXI is way too long.  I always have to wear really high heel shoes so it doesn’t drag the ground.  Today I wore a black patent leather platform sling back with a 5 inch heel.  I bet you’re saying, “5 inches”.  Here’s a little secret, platforms can reduce the heel height by 2 inches sometimes.  So it feels like I was really wearing 3 inch heels 😉 .

What’s the perfect bag to carry when wearing a MAXI of this type?  A magazine clutch is what, nothing went better!  It’s very unexpected wouldn’t you say?

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What type of holiday attire will you be wearing this HOLIDAY SEASON?
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…
Maxi: Forever 21
Bag: Sam Moon
Shoes: Vince Camuto (old)
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Matthew 7:12

 

 

Sunday Look: Biker Chic

Happy Sunday, I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving  Holiday.   Thanksgiving marks the start of the Holiday Season.  Are you ready?  I’m not but I’m working on it.  Bring it on…
Today’s outfit is such a fun LOOK!   I knew I wanted to be casual and comfortable ( I ate a lot of turkey) 😉 LOL!  Not really, sometimes you just feel like dressing a little more casual than normal.   This top is everything, it’s so unique and I fell in love with it right away.  I also walked away and came back to it several times.  I couldn’t resist and took the plunge.  I’ve been waiting for the right time to wear it.  If I’m not mistaken I purchased it late last year or early this year. Why do we save clothes?  Am I the only one that does that, do you?

This top has a full front zipper and mimics a denim jacket.  It’s actually a printed mesh that looks like a jacket.  The collar has a bendable wire that can be manipulated to your liking.  Nothing goes better with this top than a denim skinny leg ankle pant.  The pair was made for one another 🙂 .

In keeping with the Biker Chic look I added a choker, long earrings and a single bulky ring.  Pointy toe metallic blue pumps kicked it into motion.

My BAG was a fold top denim shoulder bag with emoji’s.  Fun to say the least.

I chose this outfit for church today but it can certainly be worn in just about any setting.  I will definitely be wearing this again.  Next time I may pair it with boots for a completely different look!
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…
Top: John Mark (last season)
Pants: New York & Co
Bag: Steve Madden (old)
Shoes: Guess (old)
Photo Credit: Tarryn Tanksley

Romans 8: 26-32

 

Sunday Look: Little Black Dress Fit-and-Flare

Happy Sunday!  It’s hard to believe this week will mark the beginning of the holiday season.  I’m not completely ready 🙂 .  Are you?
This morning when it came time to get dressed I pulled out something blue.  Then I remembered I wore blue last week.  I’m sometimes drawn to the same color week after week. I wonder what that means? Anyway, I put that to the side for another time.  I finally ended up in this sleeveless black fit-and-flare dress.

This dress has a beautifully textured fabric with the perfect V-neckline. There is something about the fit-and-flare dress that’s flirty and fun! (Not that I was trying to be) 😉 .  You can bet this holiday season’s “little black dress” is likely to be a soignee version of fit-and-flare.

The neckline is so inviting for the perfect necklace. And I just happened to have the perfect one!  As you can see this multi beaded pearl statement necklace fills in the space nicely.  I chose shoes in a black velvet (trending) with a round toe and bow.  I also added a pearl drop earring and two-toned bangle.

My bag today was my “bug bag” that’s what I call it because it has a big bug on the front.  It’s such a fun piece for any outfit.

I’m excited for the holidays and looking forward to the most “Wonderful time of the Year” I can’t wait to see what everyone will be wearing.
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…
Dress: Leslie Fay
Bag: Kate Landry
Necklace: DSW
Shoes: Gianni Bini
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Look: Roses are Blue…Baby Doll Dress

Happy Sunday!  What a difference it makes when you can get a full day of rest.  Yesterday I did absolutely nothing (except decorate my dining room table for Thanksgiving). Other than that we had a free weekend, the grand girls were sports free.  I should be well rested.  Late last night I decided to try on outfits for today.  Well, this morning I changed my mind 🙂 .  Luckily for me all I did was grab and go!  Which leads me to today’s outfit.

 

Roses are Blue is what I’m calling this dress.  I have to admit I fell in Love with this dress right away.  Wait until you see where I purchased it from down below.  All I have to say is “you make the clothes, the clothes don’t make you”.
The look of vintage in the mesh (I told you its trending)™. This mesh dress makes for a sultry look, while the embroidered flowers add sweet, feminine detail. The thin, mesh material and delicate flowers come together for a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted look.  This dress turned heads LOL… It would be perfect for your next dinner party or night out.

I kept the accessories really simple. Notice, no necklace, really didn’t need one at all. Just the right amount of skin peeks through the mesh.  Black earrings, sparkly bracelet and ring did the rest.  The dress can easily stand for itself.  I chose an ombre patent leather shoe in blue and black.  I heard someone say the other day that ombre is out ( I think they were talking about hair though).  Anyway, I beg to differ.  I like it and I wore it 😉 .

My BAG today was fairly simple.  I chose a long blue clutch that felt so right for this outfit.  I did try three others but this one was perfect.

Like I said before, you make the clothes the clothes don’t make you!  I wear what I like and you should too!  Don’t get me wrong, I love a designer piece. But everything doesn’t have to be $$$ for you to look good or feel good.

There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…
Dress: Xhilaration
Bag: Rebecca & Rifka (old)
Shoes: Guess (old)
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

1 John 2: 1-10

 

Sunday Look: Fall Colors

Happy Sunday!  I really needed that extra hour of sleep this morning.  Well… you already know what I’m going to say LOL, yep its Texas warm and that’s all I’m going to say. It’s so hard to dress for Fall around here. You find yourself dressing in-between Summer and Fall.  Being that its Fall, I would prefer to dress in Fall clothing! I’m trying to keep it in-between or at lease dress in the season colors.

Today’s outfit falls somewhere in-between.  I chose a burgundy color pallet in gauchos and bodysuit.  I didn’t actually plan on wearing these two pieces together, so glad I did.  As  you know bodysuits are everywhere this season.  What I like most about them is the ease of not having to tuck.  I fell in LOVE with this particular sheer mesh bodysuit. The surplice neckline (which I love) and the allover floral print caught my eye.  Mesh is another trend, I think I mentioned it last week as well.  When it comes to gauchos or even culottes, I don’t think they will ever go out of style, especially in the Fall/Winter months (usually when I wear them).  It’s so easy to pair them with boots ( I love that look) which is what I would prefer to wear but Texas weather won’t allow it.  Let me rephrase that, “Texas weather won’t allow ME”.

It was another easy outfit to accessorize.  I kept it fairly simple wearing a choker with a pearl drop, a single gold bangle and somewhat whimsical earring that paired well with the floral detail in the bodysuit. My shoes, a nude patent leather (pointy toe) pump.

My BAG today was a small tan flap bag with a woven front. Perfect size!

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and remember its going to get dark earlier 🙁 .
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…
Gauchos: Banana Republic (old)
Bodysuit: Forever 21
Bag: Deux Lux (old)
Shoes: BCB Generation (old)
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

2 Chronicles 20: 14-17

 

Sunday Look: Choker Neckline Dress & Sheer Cardigan

Happy Sunday!  I’m going to start out by saying I’ve had the “COOLEST” weekend 🙂 .  Yep I enjoyed our cooler temperatures this weekend.  I spent a great deal of time outside this weekend.  It was so nice to put on boots and a turtleneck.  It’s the little things!  LOL.   I know it was short lived but I enjoyed it none the less.  This morning started out pleasant (at least it wasn’t hot) 🙂 .  Which prompted me to today’s outfit.
I chose a short shift dress in a large peony floral print, with a choker neckline and cutout front.   I wore a long sheer cardigan over the dress since it was sleeveless.  Doing so made it a little more dressy and seasonal.  If you haven’t noticed “sheer” dresses, tops and cardigans are trending BIG TIME right now.  This particular cardigan can be worn with jeans, slacks, maxi dress or a jumpsuit.  The possibilities are endless.

Accessorizing was so easy.  The choker neckline meant I didn’t need a necklace.  All I had to do was put on a pair of earrings.  I chose a single cream and black bangle just for kicks.  Black patent leather platform pumps added the finishing touch.

My bag today was a black rippled patent leather tote with a black and gold chain strap.  I’ve said this before, you just know when the bag is right for the outfit.

I’m so happy the season is changing so we can change up our wardrobe. I’m looking forward to wearing my boots (again) and dabbing into the velvet trend.  Stay tuned!
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…
Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shoes: Gianni Bini
Bag: Sam Moon
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Genesis 16 & 21

 

 

Sunday Look: Floral Print Ruffle Dress

Happy Sunday!  Blessings for another week.  I have to say this past week was rather uneventful.  Although we had the usual Saturday of grand girls sporting events.  It’s still pretty warm and I’m so ready for some cooler weather.  I sound like a broken record I know, I know 🙂 …

I’m also not ready for all those dark muted colors either.  I’d like to think I’m a colorful kind of girl.  I never use to be a fan of floral print.  I purchased a floral dress a couple of years back.  I looked at that dress for a long time.  I liked it, then I didn’t.  I thought it was ugly actually.  But I couldn’t leave it in the store.  When I finally wore it I was in love and have been every since.  Most probably think floral prints are for Spring and Summer months only.  There are some beautiful floral prints of reds, gold, orange and greens that flow well into the Fall and Winter seasons.  I’m already thinking about what I’ll wear in December.  I can’t wait!
Today’s outfit is floral of course LOL.  I was drawn to this dress immediately, I’m not sure if it was the print or all the ruffles.  This dress has an allover floral print, a V-neckline, a waist sash-belt, long sleeves with split ruffle cuffs, and a ruffle hem. Can you get any more girly?  I felt like my youngest grand daughter wanting to twirl.

Last night when figuring out how to style this dress I went through several necklaces.  Whichever necklace I chose would dictate the earrings.  You know pearls were my first choice.  I ultimately decided on this gold multi-tasseled necklace and large loop earrings.   I know pearls go with everything but there was something about this necklace that fit perfectly in the V-neckline, (this necklace was a birthday gift).  I chose to wear a nude patent leather platform heel.  Every nude shoe I tried on worked.  It was all about the color “nude” that paired well with all the colors.

My BAG today was BIG! Sometimes you just now what goes well and what doesn’t.  This “doctor bag” looking handbag with a diamond stitched pattern was a very good choice I think.

There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…
Dress: Forever 21
Bag: Aldo 
Shoes: Gianni Bini
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Matthew 7: 1-6

Sunday Look: Fern Print Shirt Dress

Happy Sunday!  Another great week for the memory books.  This weekend like most, we were busy with the grand girls sporting events.  We spent our entire Saturday outside.  Oh the excitement!
I was exhausted when we got home last night.  There was no time nor energy to plan for today’s outfit.  This morning I literarily reached my hand inside one of my closets and pulled out the first dress that caught my eye.  I tried it on, it fit and the rest is what you see LOL.  Believe me this is highly unusual for me.  I usually try on three or four different outfits.  I think I’m overthinking it.  Today was so easy, reach, pull, wear 🙂 .  I purchased this dress maybe two seasons ago not quite sure.  I’m not a big fan of long sleeves.  I have to wear them at some point, today seemed like a good day to do so.

This dress may look like its accented in black but its “gray”.  I figured since its Fall (or suppose to be) I could wear it not only for the color but for the long sleeves.  I love the bold fern leaf print.  Its sort of a shirt dress kicked up a notch.  With a print this bold I didn’t need heavy accessories.  Even though I chose a large pendant necklace, the colored stones are somewhat muted and doesn’t take over the print.  I kept the earrings simple as well.  When it came to shoes I thought I would mix the patterns.  I chose snakeskin platform round toe pumps in the same color pallet.

 

My bag today was a simple woven clutch.  No frills!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and we’ll see what comes next week!
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it..
Dress: H & M
Bag: (old)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (old)
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Psalm 11: 1-7