Monthly Archives: November 2016

Sunday Social: Mock Smock Top Dress (Featuring Thanksgiving Tablescape)

Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Ours was great.  Even though Thanksgiving wears me out, I love this time of year and I’m so thankful to have all my family together.  I decided to share a few photos of my Thanksgiving tablescape.  I thought it turned out beautifully.  Setting the table reminds me of my childhood when my mother would set her table for Thanksgiving.  It’s my hope that down the road my grand girls will keep the tradition going as they enter into their adult lives with a family. Enjoy!


Dinnerware: “Pioneer Woman”

Centerpiece: Grace Alvarez “Violet Hill Floral”

Turkey in centerpiece: “Ross”

Napkins: Lauren “Ralph Lauren”

Table Cloth: Elite Hemstitch ” Marshalls”

Table Runner: Inspired Treasures “Marshalls”

Napkin Rings & Place Mats: “Bed Bath & Beyond”

Salt & Pepper Shakers: “Marshalls”









Now, as we transition into full bloom “Christmas Holiday Season Image result for christmas tree images clip art
I thought I would start it off in black and white.  This mock smock top dress gives the illusion of being a two-piece but its actually all one piece. I love the  fit, very slimming.  You can never go wrong with black and white, its timeless and makes for a classy look.
If it had been COLD here (wishful thinking) I could have easily worn a (black) turtle neck or collared blouse underneath.  The round neck of the dress is perfect for a turtle neck or collar type top.  Maybe I will be able to do that at some point this coming Winter.
I didn’t want to add a lot of accessories (which I did) but they were very understated pieces. I chose two beaded bracelets and a matching necklace and earring set.
My BAG:  You all know by now how much I LOVE handbags.  This one is no different.  When I saw it I was like “OMG” that is so cute all the while passing it up.  You know what happened next, I hightailed it back around and picked it up.  A girl can never have too many black bags or any handbag for that matter.  What I like about this one is the round shape and it has fringe! 🙂 I thought it was the perfect final touch to my outfit.
There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…
Dress: Banana Republic
Bag: Vieta
Shoes: Guess
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Romans 8:28-30 & 37

Sunday Social: Blue Suede Dress


Happy Sunday…. and I say that with a cool smile if you know what I mean.  Let me tell you, we had a temporary cool snap and I LOVED it!   

Last night as I was trying to decide what today’s outfit would be,  I was a bit perplexed.  Being a “hot box” and since it was a tad bit cooler I felt some type of way about going sleeveless.  This blue suede dress was middle ground.  Just enough sleeve for the current tempature.  I knew I wanted to wear boots, I’ve been itching to do so.  Why not right?  As strange as it may seem I also opted for hosiery, I only wore them for a more finished look between the boots and dress.  I wasn’t feeling my bare legs.  Yall know I have some skinny legs (but I have crazy calf muscles, weird I know) and I needed something to fill in the boots 🙂 🙂 LOL! 

My accessories needed to make a statement, so I went a little bold with the necklace which served dual purpose . It lit up the dark blue dress and complimented my boots.  My BAG,  I chose this rectangular clutch with a woven pattern. 

STYLE TIP: As the temperatures drop be sure to bring out the leather, suede and the latest trend VELVET, yes velvet is all the craze right now!  I only have a couple of pieces.  Sounds like a good reason to go shopping! 😉 .

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, enjoy your family and friends… xo

There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…

Dress: New York & Co.

Jewelry: @Macys

Boots: Antonio Melani

Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Psalm 137:1-9

Sunday Social: Relaxed in Black

Happy Sunday… Greetings everyone!  Last week was busy, busy.  We celebrated two birthdays, my son and grand daughter number three.
My husband and I went out on a date Friday night to hear Aaron Neville. Afterwards we had a sushi dinner then we did a little late night partying 😉 Friday night photos ⇓
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Needless to say I’m a bit worn out.  Today’s outfit was all about comfort.  “Relaxed in Black” is exactly how I felt.  My top is very comfortable. It’s loose fitting, double layered with lace cuffs.  I paired it with a pair of tuxedo slacks, pretty simple.  I accessorized with dangly white pearl earrings and a necklace.  My BAG: a shiny black and silver clutch.
There is nothing basic about “BLACK”.  It can be played up or down and will never go out of style. As they say black is… “CLASSIC”
There is BEAUTI  in everything, find it…


Top: Investments
Slacks: Karl Lagerfeld
Shoes: Nine West
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Romans 8: 28-30


Sunday Social: Plaid Shirt Dress


Happy First Sunday!  Finally, we may be experiencing  a touch of Fall weather.  That brings me to today’s outfit “Plaid Shirt Dress”.  Fall speaks a lot of things, one being PLAID… Just about every designer has a plaid piece in their collection.   I took a simple shirt dress and played it up with a wide belt and suede pointy high heels.  One thing for sure, this dress will look equally as great with a pair of booties or any other type of boots.  Don’t forget the flats! Honestly, just about any shoe will work.  This dress also has size zippers, you can unzip and pair with leggings for another great look!
I chose to button the dress all the way to the neck.  By doing so I was able to take a simple necklace and make it look like a “bolo”.  I kept my jewelry to a minimum.  My BAG, well it speaks for itself.  That’s it for today!  Enjoy what’s left of the weekend.  I’ve got a pretty busy week ahead, we have two family birthdays to celebrate.   Enjoy and get some PLAID in you life…  😉  .  DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!!!

There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…

Dress: Rouge

Belt: Fossil

Bag: Louis Vuitton

Shoes: Shoe Republic LA

Watch: Michael Kors

Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Matthew 5:27-30