Is It Ralph Though?

Blazer: Ralph Lauren :: Dress: Thrifted :: Shoes: Charles Jourdan

I LOVE this look! This has to be very close to the top of my list of favorite posts. I love finding unique pieces, and that's exactly what I found when I spotted this amazing rope and chain printed dress at one of my favorite thrift spots. I was a little on the fence about it until I tried it on and knew that it would be perfect with this Ralph Lauren blazer. The key to finding great pieces when shopping, especially thrifting, is trying on everything. I know it can be a hassle but, no matter how beautiful something is, if the fit isn't right, it won't look good.  These blue suede Charles Jourdan beauties completed this look perfectly. I love these shoes so much that I searched for months until I found the black pair. It wasn't an easy task, but, I succeeded so I'm sure you'll be seeing those soon as well. I added the red bag just to break up some of the monotony of the blue and to bring out some of the  red  accents in the dress. Ever since the 12th grade when I found out  that I was short (I was referred to as "that little short girl" twice in one week so I knew it had to be true) I've shied away from things with dropped waists because I felt like they made me look shorter than I already am. I've found that this dress has forced me to have a change of heart so I'll be trying other pieces with dropped waists in the future.

                                                                  - L.A.S.

Fuschia Fun

Blazer: Ann Klein :: Skirt: Forever21 :: Shoes: Dolce Vita :: Purse: Thrifted

This is a fun spring look that would be great for any business occasion. I love all of the beautiful vibrant colors. The spring and summer seasons are a great time to play with print and color. I also mixed textures when I incorporated this great velvet chained purse with the woven jacket. Ann Klein blazers always put me in the mindset of vintage Chanel and I think that's why I love her pieces so much. I've had this floral printed skirt from Forever21 for years but its still one of my favorites. All of the different colors create opportunities for a lot of fun mixing and matching. This week I've been studying a lot of different Proverbs and I found it to be both informative and relaxing. I've been focused on chapter three, verses five and six "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV) There's nothing that I love more than a great plan. I plan everything. According to my life plan that I created in high school I should already have a B.S. in biology from the illustrious Howard University and should be completing my first year of the neurosurgery program at John's Hopkins. I should be engaged and in the middle of planning a fabulous Old Hollywood themed wedding. The reality is that I'm now working on a B.S. in International Business Administration with a minor in psychology so that I can learn all that I can to create an organization that focuses on ending human trafficking and rehabilitating its victims, I'm single, and as far as wedding planning...okay, I'm still planning, but a girl can dream right? I've found the dress, venue, and everything in between. All I need is Mr. Right to fall into the beautiful cream dinner jacket, silk tie, and black tuxedo pants that I've carefully selected and my vision will be complete. I'm usually okay with a slight deviation in my plans but, my current situation is nothing like what I imagined it would be. I've struggled with letting go of what was and accepting what is to the point where I've missed out on a lot of great opportunities. I'm always praying for ordered steps but I often find myself trying to forge my own way. I can definitely wreak a lot of unnecessary havoc in my own life by trying to do things my way...and I mean A LOT of havoc. I'm slowly but surely relinquishing the reins of my life into God's more than capable hands and allowing Him to direct my path, and I'm confident things will be much better this way. Pray with me for grace to accept whatever may come or go, I mean I can live with changing jobs or even cities, but if I have to give up my dream of walking down the aisle in hand beaded Elie Saab couture I just may have to shed a few tears. 


Blue Jean Basics

                                            Blouse: Old Navy :: Skirt: X2 :: Shoes: Nine West

This is a simple casual look that consists of basics that everyone should have in their wardrobe. This paisley printed denim shirt works in the same way that a regular denim shirt would so, you can pair it with virtually anything and still come out with a great coherent look. I found these great block heeled pumps for little of nothing at Ross a few years ago. Thicker heels always make for a more comfortable day, so its always a great idea to opt for the thick, low heels if your going to be doing a lot of running around. The denim on denim look isn't going away anytime soon, I'm okay with that because I'm obviously a fan of the trend. The important thing to remember if your going to try the double denim look for yourself is the wash of your jean pieces. This trend works best if you pair a dark wash and a light colored wash. If your denim is to similar in color you might end up looking like your wearing one of those bad FUBU jean jacket outfits from the late 90's/early 2000's...and I don't mean bad in a good way. Incorporating bright pops of color and prints with your shoes and accessories will also assist in keeping your look current.