Blending In

I’m really liking the style of army fatigue. So much so that I really want them in a pair of pants! I have been looking for the past couple of months, but haven’t been able to find a pair that fit just right. So till then (if ever), I will probably be sporting this jacket a little more.
For this particular look,  I wanted to let my jacket do all the talking since its so distinctive (this is why is zipped up). I also added the red low cut tank as seen below just for a little bit of a sexy flare, incase I didn’t want to look like I was just “blending in.” I think my mission was accomplished! Pow👊 What do you think?

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Army Fatigue Jacket & Cuff Bangle-Forever 21/ Tank & Earrings-Nordstrom/ Trouser Jeans-JC Penny/ Open Toe Espadrilles- NY & Co.

Olivia Pope Collection Review

Look what greeted me as I entered into The Limited… the new Olivia Pope inspired collection of course!  I couldn’t help it, I was excited just seeing it up close! I felt like a kid in the candy store and didn’t know where to begin!

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As you can see I started with this off white double breasted jacket and ankle straight leg pant. The jacket definetly was not for someone with DD’s. I felt it was a little too snug across the chest and arms and going to a medium was just too big. The pants were alright, but they are not my first choice for a pear shape. Luckily the associate found me another in the flare leg instead.

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Next up was this grey mock neck. I found this to be surprisingly cute. I felt it was a great piece to wear either by itself or layered under suiting. My only concern was because it is a little clingy it may show a roll or two (I know I sucked mine in)!

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Now this jacket was everything!  It featured two buttons at the collar (can’t be seen b/c of my phone), side zip and scallop bottom. I thought it looked fabulous paired with off white.

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These flared pants conveniently called the “Liv,” were a nice fit. I tried on the 33″ which would be perfect for my heels, but for flats I would definitely need some chopping done. Just for your convienance though, The Limited offers alterations.

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Ahhh, the olive colored pant. I still am not big on colored bottoms for myself, but this was great color especially to offset the jacket. (I didn’t want to take off)!

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This blouse was okay. It actually had two different textures. The front was dressy as you can see and the back was a plain knit.

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Now if this wasn’t a classic Olivia Pope style! Peep out the leather gloves! At first glance I was like yesss this is so me!

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After moving around in it, I realized I would not be able to do a lot of reaching comfortably in this jacket. I felt it could potentially get on my nerves especially if driving.

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This jacket wasn’t bad.   I just wish it came in a lighter color like pink or even white so you could see the bottom split detail better. I think I also would have like the opening at the neck to come up about an inch higher to hide the under pinning.

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I liked this blouse! Besides the fact that it was see through (hence the pink bra), the fabric was really soft and I liked it tucked in for work or worn out for fun with jeans.

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This was another classic Olivia Pope look that I immediatly fell in love with! I love the exaggerated shawl collar, the color, the length and the softness.

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What I didn’t love was how my butt looked in it! Even though I didn’t open the vent, I think the thickness of the material just added to it.

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This blouse was intetesting. It was a little tight getting into (even after I found the hidden buttons down the middle😁). The color didn’t match the green pants, which could have been a nice monochromatic look. I like the funky tie neck, which actually was just a matter of putting the hanging piece through the loop. No real work necessary.

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I really really liked this dress! Once again the scalloped look was featured at the bottom which just says feminine and lady like to me. I tried on a 2 because of how generous the cut looked, however even though the fit was perfect on top (this is usually happens in dresses) I definetly needed a size 4. You can tell from the visible hem line and pulling in the middle. I would have tried it in the 4, but I was running behind on time and it was the last piece.

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Overall I think the collection is right on point! You can tell that every piece was skillfully planned and thought out. I was a little scared that the fabrication would appear cheap looking, but it was far from it. From the pieces I collected, they were all made of mostly polyester, viscose and some spandex.

I definetly give the line an A+! I also received the 411 that there will be another Olivia Pope inspired collection for Winter!!! If you want to check out the latest pieces for yourself and your in Richmond, go to Short Pump Mall, the crew there is awesome! 😉

It’s Here: An Olivia Pope Inspired Collection

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Remember a couple of months ago I told you the Olivia Pope style was hitting The Limited stores? Well it’s finally here and as you can see, it looks amazing! The limited release that features 78 pieces will be available starting tomorrow, Tuesday the 23rd with prices anywhere from $49-$250. How’s this for an addition…Scandal returns to ABC on the 25th!!!
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I have no doubt that this collection is going to fly off the shelves and be in high demand! Once I get the kiddos settled I definitely will be in for an up close and personal encounter! Please feel free to share your likes/dislikes about the collection I would love to hear your feedback!
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The Value

My husband and I had a conversation the other day about people in general and recognizing when people are appreciative of you and not what you can do for them. This really had me thinking. Often we have friends, co-workers, church  member and even family members who you assume love and appreciate you because you have always loved and appreciated them.  However at some point (sometimes is sooner and sometimes is later), you realize you couldn’t have been farther from the truth.

Think about it…when was the last time a particular person called/texted you to just say hi and needed nothing in return? How about buying you something they knew you would like  just because? When you truly appreciate a person it’s not always about what you “give,” as it is about the thought and the sincerity that lies within your intentions.

When you are in any type of a relationship, each person has to be willing to give a little as well as sacrifice a little. When you give,  it cannot be grudgingly. It should be whole hearted and with pure intent. Also, you shouldn’t be doing it with the expectancy for the other person to return the favor (when your feel appreciated you don’t worry because you know there will be a return).

Lastly,  when you sacrifice in a relationship it will cost you some of your time, money and energy. If you are in a marriage this is something you might do often if not daily! You will have to go places you don’t want to go just to make the other person happy. Or maybe you spend the extra money for an upscale dinner date. You make the sacrifice because you love the person and you want to show them.

I challenge you today to think about some of the people in your lives and ask yourself, “Am I appreciated for me or what I can do for them?” The best thing you can do is trust what the Spirit
speaks to you (aka your intuition or your “gut” feeling). Everyone wants to feel appreciated and they should. You control who you let in your life. Make sure they add to your life and not rob you of your life.

Supporting scriptures: Luke 6:31; 1John 3:18; 1Corinthians 13:4

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Celeb Pick of the Week-Kirsten Dunst

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Talk about a vision in white! Typically you have to be careful when your skin is pale and you attempt to wear white so close to the face because you end up looking washed out. However, this did the opposite for the Dunst when she showed up to her movie premiere of The Two Faces of January this past Wednesday at the Landmark  Sunshine Cinema in NYC. Her dress, by Chanel Couture, is from the Fall 2014 collection and features a tea length full skirt with detailed silver embroidery at the bodice. Her shoes also matched giving sparkle to the event and lastly she  added a white Ferragamo clutch for simplicity. It’s been a while since we have seen Dunst on the big screen so I think this is most appropriate for her new film, which is set in 1960’s Greece. This look is all lady like and refreshing too!

 

 

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Purple Purse

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Did you know that 1 out of 4 women have been affected by abuse? How about that 98% of all domestic violence cases consist of those feeling financially trapped and therfore find it hard to leave their relationships? As the ambassador for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, Kerry Washington is bringing attention to both domestic violence and financial abuse through a unique way…her purse. The purse was inspired and designed by Washington and was revealed on yesterday with rave reviews!

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The purple purse is not just a fashion piece, but a statement. The color represents domestic violence while the purse itself symbolizes a woman’s power. As Washington puts it, “Financial well being, a sense of ownership and a sense of self resides in our purses.” Because women who are in abusive relationship feel trapped and don’t have the resources to leave on their own, the organization provides a help by raising money for those who want a way out.
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If you would like to help, just make a donation to any of the organizations that is apart of the Purple Purse Challenge at http://www.purplepurse.com. If you donate at least $10 you will also be entered to win a free purse (1 of 3 styles designed by Washington) from now till October 3rd. Good Luck!
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Signs of people who may be abused:

•Talk about their partner’s temper, jealousy, or possessiveness

•Check in often with their partner to report where they are and what they’re doing

•Have their spending tightly monitored and restricted by their partner

•Receive frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner

•Worry excessively about how their partner will react to what are commonly thought of as simple, everyday purchases

•Seem afraid of or anxious to please their partner

If you or you think someone you know might be in an abusive relationship please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for help.

Photos courtesy of People’s Style Watch & Getty Images

The Bodycan Dress

I like a fitted dress from time to time, however depending on wear I am going I may have to adjust my styling to make my look more appropriate. This bodycon dress (despite the pictures) is coral in color with an open back and gold chains layered down the middle. Although I showed it on the blog a few months ago, I had actually never worn it out.
This style of dress can usually be found worn for a dinner date or out to a club with a pair of high heels and fun accessories. Although the dress looks great on its own, I decided I wanted to go for a more sophisticated and work/church appropriate look. I simply added two things, a blazer that had a little bling on it as well as patent leather open toe pumps. Just like that, I no longer have just a bodycon dress, but I have a “bodycan” dress because I can where it almost anywhere!

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3/4 Sleeve Jacket-Forever21/Bodycon Dress-Gift/ Patent Leather Shoes-Target/Purse-Vince Camuto/Bangles-Nordstrom