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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



Sunday Social: Pink, Purple & Pearls


Happy Sunday. Today was “Women’s Day” at Church. The guest speaker, She was AWESOME!!  Our colors “Pink, Purple & Pearls” .   I’ve known about this day for a few months now.  Why was I so baffled as to what I was going to wear?  For starters, I only have about two or three items in my wardrobe that’s pink.  That’s one color you will hardly ever see me wear.  Over the summer I wore a pink crop pant that’s about it.  I must confess, I did go shopping for something Pink, but to no avail…  I think its just the time of year.  Thank goodness PURPLE was in the mix.  No, I did not purchase a new dress.  This one is VERY OLD like six years or so.  The majority of the women today wore PURPLE (whew)!
Part of this theme (PINK) was for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Last year was Blue with Pink Flower.  I recycled the flower into my belt since I needed a little more “PINK“.  The Pearls part was easy.  Every girl has a strand or two of pearls in her jewelry box.  If you don’t, you should run out and get a strand.  One thing about Pearls, they’re versatile… you can wear them with anything from jeans to a formal.  So there you have it! Wear your “PEARLS” LOL….
Most of today’s accessories were Pearls.  My BAG was a iridescent pink hue fold clutch!  Pretty simple, the cause, GRAND…  Breast Cancer Awareness (click here)
There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…
Dress: Forever 21 (OLD)
Purse: Charming Charlie (Old)
Shoes: BCBGeneration
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Numbers 27: 5-11



Sunday Social: Autumn Hues

Happy Sunday!  If I must say so myself, time is really flying.  We will be preparing for Thanksgiving before we know it.
My morning dress rehearsal started off with a blazer and skirt.  I quickly changed my mind thinking I would be too warm in a blazer.  This time of year I look forward to wearing all the “Autumn Hues”.  I purchased this dress a couple of years ago.  It fit, then it didn’t, now it fits again!  Perfect timing to take advantage of the “fit”.  As you can see in the photos this dress is very versatile.  I can go from Church to the Pumpkin Patch with one simple change from high heels to cowboy boots.  I get excited when I can wear an outfit a second time with a completely different look.  I think I will hit the Pumpkin Patch this week with the grand girls.
There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…
Dress: H&M
Purse: Aldo
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Boot: Madden Girl
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Matthew 5: 20-26



Sunday Social: Taking it to the MAX














Welcome to the First Sunday in October!  Today I’m taking it to the MAX!!  Maxi dress, big bag and 5 1/2 inch heels (I lined up four different shoes to see which one had the highest heel) giving me the added height I needed for such a long maxi dress.  When you are 5ft. 4in. you have to come up with creative ways to stand tall 😉

The floral skirt and solid black bodice transitions well into a Texas Fall morning.   Later on… I can add a cardigan or denim jacket. “This dress was a steal of a deal”

I accessorized with a belt (to cinch my waist), long tri-color necklace, tri-color earrings, single glass bangle and gold watch.  Today I brought out the BIG BAG, I call this one my “doctor bag”…xo

There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…

Dress: Indication by eci

Necklace: White House Black Market


Shoes: Jessica Simpson 

Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Today’s Sermon: Matthew 5: 13-16


Sunday Social: Culottes and Crop Top








Featuring the HUSBAND the man behind the camera! ⇑


Welcome to FALL!!   I must admit I can feel a slight shift in the temperature.  But that doesn’t mean I’m convinced, I need to feel more LOL.  Today I chose to wear Culottes and a Crop Top.  It’s the perfect outfit to start off the Fall season.  These culottes can certainly be re-styled with a pair of boots as the temperature drops and we move into Winter.  The possibilities are endless.  I will certainly get a huge bang for my buck on these for sure 😉 .
I always say Crop Top and that’s what it is, BUT I’m way to old to have my skin showing.  Lucky for me my torso is short and nothing shows. The top falls just above the waist-line.
I accessorized today with a long back and gold necklace and watch, black earrings and gold bracelet, all very simple.  The BAG, I know I always say I love my bags which I do! this one was in a clearance bin at Marshall’s I couldn’t believe it.  Been itching to carry it and today was the day.  Don’t be surprised if you see it again real soon…
Kudos to my husband for capturing some great angles today.  He made me look skinny!!
There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…
Top: BCBGeneration
Culottes: Vince Camuto
Necklace: Natasha
Bag: Rebecca & Rifka
Shoes: Nine West
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley & Tarryn Tanksley


Sunday Social: End of Summer Blues









Well, today is the last Sunday of Summer. (Even though nothing will be changing for a while 🙁 )  Last year I ended the last Sunday of Summer in floral print. Today’s summer finale, this Ice Blue, box pleated, fit and flare sleeveless dress.  To my surprise it even has pockets! Notice the embellished boat neckline which I’m usually not a fan.  I normally remove them (if I can) because they can look cheap especially on a dress that’s NOT cheap.  But this one made the cut, no pun intended LOL!
Even though summer ends this week on the 22nd, that doesn’t mean we have to put away ALL of our summer attire.  Some things can take us well into Fall especially if you live in Texas.  So do your best to keep cool as we transition.. wear whatever you like…
Let’s  talk accessories; I chose a watercolor print pointed toe pump ♥ that pointed toe.   Added a bold pearl like bracelet and pearl & clear stone combination earrings.  THE BAG… today I chose this cream box clutch with gold beads.  LVE MY BAGS…
There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…
Dress: Tahari by Arthur S Levine
Bag: Kate Landry
Shoes: Guess
Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley

Sunday Social: Seersucker Suit









Happy Sunday… There is something about a Lady in a “Suit”  Years ago I wore suits quite often.  I stopped wearing them even though they’ve never gone out of style (never will).

We had no idea this fabric would be so hard to photograph.  Hope the photos don’t make you dizzy 🙂 LOL!!!

Seersucker is the ultimate spring and summer fabric, stylish, comfortable, light weight and cool.  I thought, summer is winding down I better wear this one today!  There is only one more Sunday before FALL arrives… looking forward to some cooler weather and a change in wardrobe.  Not sure how soon that will be after all  we live in TEXAS, these warm temperatures could be around a little longer.

When I bought this suit (which was sold as separates) I should have bought an extra pair of slacks and had them made into a pair of shorts for another stylish look.  Missed opportunity!     The only accessories I wore was a pair of earrings and of course my polka dot Blue Bag.  I thought it would be unexpected to mix the two prints.  This bag is VERY OLD, I purchased three of them red, black and blue polka dot.  I do that sometimes, why not. 😉 …

There is BEAUTI in everything, find it…

Suit:  Alex Marie

Bag:  Villager Liz Claiborne Company

Shoes:  Guess

Photo Credit: Ricky Tanksley