So here in Atlanta, we seemed to have jumped right to summer. But I will not be moved or shaken, it is still spring, and for that reason I’d like to share my ideas for a spring capsule wardrobe.
When I first saw Janelle Monae, I was intrigued.
She seems like a humble artist who is about the music…And heck, she’s very talented! I love her style, and thus far, I’ve always seen her looking fabulous.
Monae always wears what she calls her uniform: usually a jacket and pants mostly in black or white and her hair is done up in a fifties-style quiff:
During an acceptance speech, Monae spoke candidly about her family and why she wears a “uniform”:
“When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents—my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. They all wore uniforms. And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them,”
In the spirit of Pretty Blue Rose, she went on to say:
“This [award] is a reminder that I have work to do, I have people to uplift, I have people to inspire,” she said
“And today I wear my uniform proudly as a Covergirl,” she told the audience referring to her deal with the cosmetics giant.
“I want to be clear young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl, I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is the often the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes other uncomfortable.
Sigh, so I’m a huge fan of her philosophy and her style. Cheers to you Ms. Monae!
Check out my outfits inspired by her:
Keep uplifting and inspiring others–this is the work we are all called to do,
Let’s get this “admission” over with.
I did it and I’m fairly sure you did too: OVERATE!
I thoroughly enjoyed my 7 or so crescent rolls, my mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. I was grossly full and very happy! I had a great time joking and laughing with family and despite a sick child (103 temp!) Thanksgiving was a blast!
Post Thanksgiving, I squeezed into the only pair of jeans that fit me, and when I needed to switch it up, I unbuttoned the cargo pants that didn’t fit for the car ride home. (no judgement please—I wore a long t-shirt to cover it up!)
So, in the aftermath of Thanksgiving and before I indulge again for Christmas dinner, I’d like to get back on track. No crazy stuff, all reasonable adjustments.
Starting today (if my cold isn’t horrible–come on you KNOW I got sick from the kid breathing on me all week!) I am vowing to do my 15-20 mins of yoga/pilates in the morning.
I will continue with my Zumba (and water Zumba?!?) 2 nights a week.
I’ll need to get back to working out with my You Tube videos and not let myself “relax” on the weekend.
Most importantly for me, I will return to my more disciplined eating style. Although it’s not for everyone, I’ve found that as I get older refined sugars/carbs hate my body. So all the exercise in the world does me no good because I’m lethargic and miserable when I eat certain foods.
With all that said, let’s focus on style. What can I wear to get me through this week? (Disclaimer: I am not one to have several different sizes of clothes in my closet because it forces me to self-correct a bit sooner if I over indulge. It removes my safety net.)
Below are some ideas for outfits that can help camouflage the post holiday bulge while it’s “working it’s way out/off”:
1.Once again, blazers. (unbuttoned of course!). A good tailored blazer cinches the waist.
I know it seems counter-intuitive, (at least it did to me), why on earth would I want to shove myself into a dress if I’m not feeling “myself”? Well, because the dresses I am proposing have a little give, and will be flattering. There’s nothing worse than working all day in ill-fitting pants. You get the permanent button mark on your belly (because they were way too tight!)
Dress / Banana Republic dot dress / Banana Republic pleated dress / J.Crew fitted cocktail dress
Wrap dresses are especially great, if they aren’t clingy.
3. Patterned Blouses
Loose and flowy tops are perfect!
It hides just the right spots.
Dressing a man can be tricky.
I always need to build in extra time to make sure my hubby looks presentable (read: ironed and matching). We can talk all day long about how to look good as women, but if the dad, boyfriend, hubby or brother in your life looks a hot mess, when you go out together you’ll be a luke-warm mess (at best).
Now I’m not talking about how JLo “made over” Ben Affleck (if you don’t remember the golden tan, bronzer, and the perfectly styled hair, look below for a reminder)
I’m talking about more of an understated make over that allows the man in your life to look like himself, just only more refined.
Given my goal, my selections for 7 key pieces for a man’s wardrobe are:
1. Oxford/Button-up Shirt
The oxford shirt is an invaluable item in both casual and professional settings. If you keep it subtle, it’ll withstand fashion trends.
Blue jeans look good with nearly everything from a blazer and loafers to a T-shirt and sneakers. Again, avoiding trendy styles (for example, purple skinny jeans) and sticking with basics ( worn-in straight legs) will make this staple more versatile.
Because of their minimalism, they will never go out of style. They can be dressed up with a blazer or kept casual with some khakis.
T-shirts are a wardrobe staple all year round. A thin T-shirt under a sweater makes these pieces useful even in the fall and winter.
5. Blazer/Sports coat:
A good blazer can be used in numerous situations and can often make mediocre looking ensembles respectable (yall know I love me some blazers!).
Your blazer can be worn at the office with a matching pair of suit pants, or to a casual weekend dinner with a pair of jeans.
Kind of a no-brainer. My suggestions are to keep them simple for maximum versatility. I am a fan of argyle and v-necks.
Provides a nice alternative to jeans that can be dressed up or made more casual. I (strongly) prefer the flat front style over pleated khakis.
Just a few combinations from the wardrobe staples I selected above.
Lastly, I’ve selected some fall and winter jackets at varying price points, enjoy!
Paris was never on my ‘I have to go there!’ list, until recently. I could always understand why people found Paris alluring, but it never called to me… until I saw the movie Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson. That movie made me fall in love with Paris, hands down. I also have a thing for time travel and I love almost everything about the 1920s.
by mars featuring knee length dresses
Biba knee length dress, $245 / Evening handbag / Loren Hope vintage jewelry / Chanel lipstick / Chanel perfume / Remains to be Scene Paper Set in Paris
Now on to fashion. Although this is my fantasy trip, I still have a need to be semi-practical. I would rework my striped dress from the Greece trip by adding lime green accessories–for a different, Parisian chic, look. The navy Roland Mouret coat is sharp.
Kate Spade jewelry / Kate Spade eyewear / Chanel lipstick / Yves Saint Laurent foundation / Chloé fragrance / La Tour Eiffel Print
I am a girl who loves all things sparkly and I couldn’t pass up this outfit. I could wear it on a rainy day to brighten up my mood. (The heels are killer, but hey it’s my fantasy that I could walk the streets of Paris pain free in these heels!)
Decor by tamaraza featuring a fitted blazer
Wallis floral top / Haider Ackermann fitted blazer, $1,025 / AllSaints short skirt / Karen Millen high heel shoes / tea set / Naya Purple Vase in Vases | Crate&Barrel, $37 / Bradford Vases – Aubergine | Z Gallerie / Be Uncommon – Inspirational Modern Art Print Lavender Textured…
These navy evening dresses below are perfect for a fancy dinner.
Kiss me at midnight #5 by the-wardrobe-of-wishes Paris Hilton shoes / Satin clutch, $62 / Goti silver necklace, $1,355
The view is spectacular!
Stay inspired and enjoy the journey.
Although I am off from work this coming week, a big expensive trip isn’t in the cards. And that’s OK, no complaints here–but I am a dreamer. This week I will indulge my imagination and (mind) travel to the places I always wanted to visit–no passports or packing needed.
Ubiquitous pictures of the deep blue water next to white washed churches have made Santorini, Greece a place I’ve longed to visit.
One place I’d like to visit, is Ancient Akrotiri–an archaeological site that was first discovered in the late 1960s, but dates back to the 16th century BC. I’ve read that the former homes are decorated with prehistoric frescoes (related mural paintings executed on plaster on walls, ceilings, or any other type of flat surface) and pottery. Some other things to do can be found here: http://travel.usnews.com/Santorini_Greece/Things_To_Do/
While I am dreaming about this fab trip and all the places I’ll go, let’s add a killer wardrobe to complete my fantasy trip.
For lunch overlooking the ocean…
I could wear this striped silk dress. The gold gladiator sandals give it a casual yet elegant feel.
NW3 by Hobbs empire waist dress, $64 / Modern Vintage gold sandals / Earrings Greece by reneem featuring gold sandals
With all of the blue and white in Santorini, this orange Lavin jersey dress would be a nice stand out piece for a dinner overlooking the ocean with the hubby. Liz pics by elizabethhorrell featuring stiletto heels
Lanvin dress / Jimmy Choo stiletto heels / Jada turquoise handbag / Elizabeth Showers star jewelry / Giuseppe Zanotti long ring / Wall Sayings Vinyl Lettering Attitude Is A Little Thing That Makes.
On a sunny day wandering the archeological sites, I could wear this striped coral shirt ensemble. I love stripes!
Coral Striped Top by uniqueimage featuring tory burch sandals
Duffy oversized shirt, $125 / Hudson Jeans skinny jeans / Tory Burch sandals / Big Buddha black handbag / Full Tilt wooden jewelry / GUESS rose gold watch, $300 / Nail polish
Has anyone been to Greece? What are your must sees? What about dining?
Stay inspired and enjoy life.
All pictures of Greece are courtesy of Marcel Germain