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How to Spice Up Your Boring Work Wardrobe

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Are you bored with  your day-to-day work outfits.  Here are a few tips that will help you to transform and spice up your boring, humdrum work wardrobe.

Add Bold Statement Jewelry

People usually reserve statement necklaces for dressy, formal affairs, but I thought it was the perfect accessory to add sparkle, interest and drama to this otherwise humdrum work ensemble.  Yes, it’s flashy and very noticeable (ostentatious even) but that doesn’t mean that it is workplace inappropriate.  Read more

What I Wore: Navy Blue Sheath Dress and Camilla Olson Scarf

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Every woman should own at least one sheath dress in a solid neutral color. It is a wardrobe staple which can be used as a building block for a number of looks when it is combined with other garments or accessories. The sheath is also timeless and is just as current today as it was 40 years ago.

I found mine in Marshalls.  I added a red belt and shoes for extra drama. This dress was featured previously “Classic Navy Blue Dress“.  For more inspiration, check out my other sheath dresses featured here, here and here. I wore this outfit to work yesterday.

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What I Wore:

Dress: Calvin Klein navy blue sheath dress from Marshalls (similar: Tommy Hilfiger Navy Sheath Dress ($88) or Adrianna Pappel Seamed Crepe Sheath Dress ($118) | Accessories: silk chiffon printed scarf with hand rolled hem, press sample provided by Camilla Olson ($98) | chain link bracelet, press sample provided by African Charm  | Nine West cross body bag from Marshalls | Shoes:  Prabal Gurung for Target strappy sandals (similar: Steve Madden Real Love ($79.95) | Lipstick: Indie Flick by NYX ($5.99) | Nail polish: Just Juici from Milani

Check out yesterdays post for more outfit images

Ossie took these photos!

XoXo, Natasha

Disclosure: this post includes items or products which were provided as a press samples for consideration. All opinions and my decision to feature these specific items are honest, and most importantly, my own.

UPDATED—> Sandal Boots, the Wickedest Shoes, Ever!

Tis’ the season for sandal boots and there are a lot of contenders this summer.

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Photograph: Salvatore Fergammo  | Altuzarra embellished leather cage sandals $1357 (Net-a-porter.com) | Alexander Wang  | Tom Ford strappy buckeled sandal boot $2472 (Neiman Marcus)

However, hands down, the Tom Ford sandal boots are the wickedest shoes that I have ever seen. If I had $3,000 plus of disposable income, I would have purchased these heavenly creations too. Read more

What I Wore: Bras For Low Back Dresses and Tops

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I bought this black scuba gear inspired dress from Zara when it went on sale a few months ago. I bought it not only because of the fabulous reduced price but also because it was very different from anything that I own. I’ve got to take fashion risks, right? It also looked really dope on the online model who was tall, slim and flat chested .

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My issue with this dress was the dramatic low cut back of the dress. Read more

Trend Report: White Heels, The Outfit Game Changer

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I don’t understand why people had such an aversion to white pumps or why they thought they were so difficult to style. First and foremost, they are NOT just for church. Second, it’s a neutral color which means you can wear it with just about everything. Third, they are chic, fresh, modern, clean and elegant and should have never died in the 80’s.

The resurgence of the white heel started in Hollywood with the MAJOR style icons. Now the trend has swept through Hollywood and almost every A- lister has been photographed wearing a white heel. I expect that the blogging collective will soon follow by showcasing this outfit game changer in outfit posts in the months to come.  Here are a few of my favorite Hollywood style icons Kim Kardashian, Solange Knowles, Rihanna and Thandie Newton wearing the trend.

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I was inspired by the Alexander Wang heels that Rihanna wore with her outfit.  When I saw a similar pair on Shoemint, I used a 50% off coupon from RetailMeNot ($79 to $39…Score!) and added these to my shoe collection two months ago. ( I will publish the full outfit on Wednesday). I absolutely love them!

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This summer, please consider trading out your black, nude or colored shoes for white ones. Try to stay away from satin or silk unless you will be walking down the aisle. Go for patent leather ones which are easy to maintain and is a more “all-weather” material . Vegan, leather, strappy sandals like the one that I wore above would also be a great investment.  Here are some other white heels to consider:

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XoXo, Natasha

Prom Dress Shopping With Your Daughter at Macys

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More than likely, your daughter failed in her promise to save up money for that coveted dress that she saw on page 149 in the September issue of [insert favorite Teen magazine here]. Sooner or later, (sometime this weekend or early next week) she will be hitting you up for money, as a result. If you are planning to fork over money for dress, shoes, and those must have earrings, I am sure that you will more than likely want to have a say in the matter. Besides, shopping with your daughter for her prom dress, if you take the right approach, can end up being a memorable bonding experience that she will remember forever…(cue chirping crickets). No seriously, it can really be a positive experience once you learn how to play the dual role of mom and stylist.

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Back in my day (circa 1991) my Mom and my Aunts helped me with my prom dress shopping.  We visited probably every bridal shop in middle Connecticut and the search proved to be overwhelming and exhausting.  Lucky for today’s Mom’s, Macys has a wide, and affordable collection of dresses and accessories that are appropriate for both junior and senior proms making Macy’s your one stop shop for everything prom.

However, before you go, here are few tips to make the search less exhausting and also to help you score some major cool points with your daughter.

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TLC’s Clinton Kelly Shows Us What To Wear This Season

Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s What Not To Wear showed us what to wear at Macy’s fashion presentation held at their Providence, Rhode Island store last Saturday.  First and foremost, I have to tell you that Clinton Kelly is a lot nicer and funnier in person than he appears to be on the show.  When he stepped onto the stage last Saturday he was greeted with deafening applause from the hundreds that had gathered for the event and he did not disappoint.  He answered questions, gave style advice (God bless those brave women who volunteered to stand in front of all of us for the style critiques) and gave some of us the hard truths about how we were dressing our bodies. Bras, sagging chests, hidden butts and bellies were not spared. For more of Clinton’s fashion advice, check out A Year With Mom and Dad’s post.

I loved that Macys used a variety of women with different body types, height and age groups so that we could see how their collection of items looks off the rack.  Let’s face it, sometimes you just can’t see the potential of a particular piece unless its on a mannequin or on a body. And here are some of the looks, all of which follow Stacy and Clinton’t famous formula of: color, texture, pattern and shine. All items are available at Macys.

Casual 

I really loved all of the layered looks in this day/casual collection. I especially loved the riding boots. I have a pair and they are stylish and super comfortable.  A pair of two tone boots like the ones presented here will set you back $129.99 (See Bandolino Riding Boots) or $199.99 (See Tommy Hilfiger Riding Boots).

Day/Work Wear

I loved all of the work looks, but I especially loved the two looks with the pencil skirts. For me, pencil skirts is a work wardrobe essential. Pencil skirts have also become quite the chameleon working overtime for day (with a work appropriate top) and for the evening or weekend (when paired with a t-shirt or a boxy sweatshirt).  I really loved the Alfani Plus Size Skirt, Houndstooth-Print Pencil ($58.99) and the AGB pencil skirt ($29.98). I also loved that Clinton matched the bag to the belt. I’m from the Caribbean and it’s a cultural norm to match all of the accessories (shoes, belt, bag) so I was thrilled to see that this look is on trend here again.

Evening

This presentation was more of a casual evening look. There were of course more formal styles, but I am holding those over for my upcoming holiday style and gift guide(s). The INC (International Concepts), short -sleeve cowl-neck sequin top ($69) (shown in large inset picture on left) and Bar II two-tone motorcyle jacket ($119) had me drooling. I wouldn’t mind either of these items under my tree this year.

What are your favorite looks from the Macy’s presentation?  I want to hear your Macys stories as well as in what have you bought there recently that you feel is a wardrobe essential or even a nice to have? Share your recommendations.

Photo Credit: Yours Truly
XoXo, Natasha

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.