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Posted on June 6, 2016

Office Style| All Eyes On Eyelet

Oh Summer- the one season when you can get away with lighter textures and weekend-minded style at work.  Crisp all white dresses seem to be my summer go-to thus far. Eyelet is one of my favorite light-weight fabrics and can be found in a plethora of styles from halter tops to shirtdresses. I am wearing a pocket-friendly classic shirtdress with a twist-eyelet (yayy) and drawstrings. I love the fact that you can wear the outer layer shell as a back cover-up or as a topper over linen pants, shorts, you name it! Talk about transitional piece! For you recent grads out there, a dress like this comes at under $40 and easily transitions from office to weekend. You get double the bang for your buck.

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CHECK OUT EYELET DRESSES BELOW

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Posted on June 2, 2016

Office Style| Post Graduate Wardrobe on a Budget

With graduation season slowly coming to an end, I’ve been receiving quite a number of emails from recent grads asking me for help building a work appropriate wardrobe on a student budget. Now that you’ve graduated, and some with jobs (hopefully), dressing the part has become your next challenge. Since you haven’t earned that first real life paycheck, swapping your wardrobe from cool and comfy to office friendly can become a pain. Trust me, I’ve been there and in my years of working in an office setting, I certainly have learned ways to shop for pieces that may not necessarily scream professional but with some fine-tuning can qualify for office friendly.

Take my work look below for instance. The romantic blouse paired with a fitted not tight pencil skirt is professional. Would you believe my if I told you my blouse was under $30? By itself, my WhoWho What Wear Collection by Target top can easily go with a flowy skirt, mini skirt or even jeans. This is a good example of how you can stay on trend, without breaking the bank.  Keep an eye on the WWW collection as it’s on-going and pieces are added monthly. The price range is perfect for women who want to be on-trend on a budget.

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My Jcrew pencil skirt is more of an investment piece however I always recommend checking out the Jcrew Factory store which is equivalent to the traditional outlet store. Over the years, I’ve managed to stock up on office must-haves like-button down tops, low heeled pumps, camisoles, cardigans and slacks.

Below, I’ve compiled some of those pieces necessary to look put together and professional at least on the outside.

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Many of the items above are good quality for the price. I learned early to not skimp on cheap button down tops as they’re most frequently worn so a better quality fabric is vital. The same applies to a pair of simple black pumps. Go for a low heel (3″ or under) to keep your feet from aching. Always have a pair of flats in your bag or under your desk. A pair of white sneakers will work with just about any outfit and it’s on-trend too. Often times, it makes sense to splurge a little (maybe after your first year of working) on key items that will last you for years to come.

Tell me, was this helpful? What other items would you include into your post college wardrobe?

 

Posted on May 30, 2016

Top 5 Gingham Pieces You Need This Summer

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! I hope you guys enjoyed your long weekend whether you were grilling or (like me) a BarBe-Qu attendee.  I wore a patriotic red, white and blue look on Saturday but today, I wore my gingham shorts-a recent piece I added to my summer wardrobe. If you haven’t heard already, it’s all about gingham for me this summer. Read about it here and here.

Aside from gingham, off the shoulder tops are a MAJOR trend and I’m here for it. I think the décolleté is a conservative way to add some sex appeal without baring it all. This outfit below I’m actually wearing today. I wore it to brunch and to my friends house where she was grilling. I managed to sneak away for a few minutes for an impromptu photoshoot on her stoop.  Gotta love a brownstone!

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Below I compiled a list of top 5 favorite gingham pieces (slacks, skirt, shoes, shorts, top) including every piece I’m wearing. Are you here for this print?

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Posted on May 27, 2016

Office Style| Silk Cami + Midi Skirt

We’ve all heard the saying with age comes wisdom and my testimony is that it doesn’t soley apply to personal trials and tribulations, but to shopping as well. Every year when the season changes, I look to add more and more pieces to my work wardrobe. However, the older I become, I find that when I invest in classic pieces that can be interchanged with the latest fashion trends, I get a lot more wear out of my wardrobe. Take this silk cami for instance. It was an investment piece, but it was totally worth every penny. The younger Sandee would have never put that kind of money on a tank. Now, because I know that it can be multi-functional- can be worn under a blazer for a polished and professional look or alone with jeans for a more casual spin, it’s justifiable.
Jcrew, Jcrew Factory and Eloquii are good examples of how to stay on trend, without breaking the bank. I’m wearing all the brands below and while the skirt and top are fairly new, the jacket alone I’ve had for six years.
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For those of you who to think you can’t wear color to the office, trust me, it’s totally feasible!  Post college, for years, I felt like I had to wear the mundane black slacks and boring blouse to work, but we all know  just because we have a regular 9-to5 job doesn’t mean that our style has to suffer.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces that can easily werk in every work environment
Use code “weekend” for 30% off at Jcrew
Use code “SAVE40” for 40% off everything at Eloquii

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Posted on May 23, 2016

Gingham and Check Print

With memorial weekend coming up in a few days, I can’t stop but get excited that we’re that much closer to summer! Yayy! For those in education like myself, this time of year can’t come fast enough. Style wise, that means sandal and bare leg season!  So, when thinking about adding pieces into your wardrobe between now and then, you want to make sure you pick and spend money on clothing that will easily transition between the two season. In my opinion, nothing screams warm weather classic like an all white look. Truth be told, it can be a little intimidating, however that never stops me because in my head, I look great in white not to mention, it allows my melanin to pop that much more *flips hair*!

Maggy London dress c/o|| Rebecca Minkoff Bag|| Jcrew Gingham Sandals|| Kate Spade Bangle

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This gorgeous checkered dress is from Maggy London’s London Times Curve line which targets sizes 14w-24w. The fit and flare cut is quite flattering to a full figure body and one of my favorite cuts. This checkered light weight and super feminine dress can work for so many occasions. It’s conservative enough for work and church as well as evening events. I think the key is how you accessorize it and what you pair it with. In this look, I wore a pair of fun gingham sandals and Rebecca Minkoff bag in a similar shade. Oh, by the way, the same style comes in a shirtdress style which I picture paired with simple white sneakers to cognac sandals.

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Posted on May 20, 2016

IN MY CART–GINGHAM TAKEOVER

Every summer I gain an obsession for a trend. Last year it was tassels and fringe. This year it’s gingham! My obsession began with these multi colored gingham lace-up sandals and it was like opening pandora’s box. Now, every where I turn, I see gingham print-in skirts, dresses, shoes, bag, your name it! Below I’ve compiled some of the best of best.

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Tell me, are you into gingham as much as I am? No, are you willing to try it?

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