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Salmon and Glen Plaid

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I realize that it’s been a while since I posted a recent outfit photo. I have not had access to a photographer in weeks now. However, lack of access to a photographer is not the only reason that I’ve been absent from my blog. A second project (more on that later), body image drama, and sudden on set “oh my God I’m 40 already” blues has been playing a part too. I am working on all of the above and I will be sharing my progress with you in future posts. For now, thank goodness that Robert was in the area and I got him to take a few shots including this one of me wearing a salmon colored button down long sleeve blouse that I bought from Chadwicks many moons ago. Chadwicks is a great online destination for affordable and practical style. I paired it with this glen plaid Ann Taylor trousers that I thrifted (similar), this leather Valerie Stevens jacket that I found on eBay and added the purple pouch for a much needed pop of color.  I wore this outfit to work.

XoXo, Natasha

Work Friendly Statement Blouses

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Add style to your work wardrobe by swapping  that basic wardrobe staple, the white button front shirt, for a statement blouse.  These stylish blouses can make a statement all on their own. No accessories or completer pieces are required. I love them because they work well for every occasion and looks great with skirts, jeans or dress pants.

Here are a few from my collection.

Statement Blouse from Chicos

I found this great one at Chicos. Image via the UrbanRoom.com

I found this Gracia blouse at a pop-up shop in Manhattan.

I found this great Vince Camuto blouse at Marshalls.

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These were all thrift finds.

XoXo, Natasha

What I Wore: Pretty In Pink

I am a little behind on blog posts, but I guess it’s better late than never.  This is  what I wore to the opening of  Maggie Gardner’s, Gardner’s House event here in Connecticut a few weeks ago.  By the way, I think fuchsia (magenta) is a better pink hue for grown women than its pastel cousin.

What I am Wearing:

Top: Petite Vibrant Tie Neck Top from Ann Taylor ($39.88).

Bottom: Express Editor trousers.

Shoes: Red suede platform shoes from Nine West. (Similar: Steve Madden Motavate)

Photo Credit: Robert took these pictures

XoXo, Natasha

New To My Closet: Black and Tan Color Block Clutch

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I was in the market for a clutch that could do double time for day and evening; was affordable, eye catching and was large enough to fit my ginormous personal digital assistant (aka Samsung Galaxy II), keys, lip gloss, debit card and drivers license.  After making my selection, this clutch arrived quickly c/o of Princess-Sparkle.com in packaging that could have inspired the Sound of Music’s “A Few of My Favorite Things”. Except, this wasn’t brown paper tied up with strings, it was aqua blue paper tied up with a really fancy ribbon. It pained me to disturb the wrapping, but I needed to get to the treasure that lay beneath and there she was, this black and tan color block  vegan clutch ($29.99).

I have great plans for this clutch.  I thought it went really well with my black and gold crescent moon print blouse. Because of it’s practicality, it will also be the clutch of choice for this weekends big outing.

What I Wore:

Top: Black and gold crescent printed Kenneth Cole blouse (eBay)

Skirt: Red Calvin Klein pencil skirt (Marshalls) Similar red jersey pencil skirt available at Old Navy ($24).

Shoes: Black Lucky Brand ankle boots (Macys). Similar antik highheel ankle boot with buckle available at Zara ($129)

Clutch: black and tan color block clutch c/o Princess-Sparkle.com.

Photocredit: Robert took these photos!

XoXo, Natasha

Printed Tunic and Black Asos Pants

Burgundy Printed Top and Black Flare Leg Pants

Before I get into what I wore….

If I’ve seemed a bit absent from my blog and yes, even my posts, of lately, it’s because I have been.  All has not been well in the world outside of my blog.  Several weeks ago someone from my immediate family fell ill and was rushed to the hospital where they have been ever since. Last week, after much debate she finally consented to surgery and I am proud to say that she is recovering slowly, but well.

I am not writing this, however, to dwell on my families ordeal or the neglect of my blog. I am writing this to give a big shout out to the healthcare professionals around the world. I mistakenly assumed that doctor’s and the MANY levels of supporting staff members went through their jobs like robots focused only on the technical aspects of their jobs and that hospitals were sterile, cold and scary. Given the stress (I am assuming that it’s stressful) I just could not fathom that they had the capacity to be warm, friendly, inspirational or understanding.

I am not talking about understanding in terms of empathy. I am talking about understanding in terms of dealing with a super large family of individuals who have been on pins and needles for the last several weeks. The doctors and nurses have answered our every questions, even when the same one was asked 40 times by 40 different individuals. During Sunday’s visit, there were 8 of us in the room (relatives and the nurse who is stationed in the room).  Did I mention that my relative is in the ICU where they generally limit the visitors to two per room? Relatives have spent the night there, we have brought in home made food we have showed up at the most inappropriate hours and no questions were asked, no restrictions were given. That’s the understanding that I am talking about.

My other surprise is that they’ve taken the time to get to know all of us to the point where they feel like an extension of our own family.  Their friendliness and encouraging words, almost made us forget the gazillion tubes feeding various medications and blood, the various monitors with their wavy lines recording vital signs and the sickening gurgling device implanted to collect any excessive bleeding from the wound which thank God, was finally removed. They made us laugh, they made us feel welcomed (blankets, a helping of the insipid food from the cafeteria when they noticed that we were there for extended periods of time) and they have helped us to keep our optimism during times when things just didn’t seem…possible.

For any healthcare workers who are reading this, I realize that this warmth might be the result of an evolution of medical care and therefore your job…but it made a world of difference with my family and because of that… thank you, thank you, thank you.

What I am Wearing:

Top: I snagged this plus size printed tunic from my Mom’s closet last year.  I recently shopped my closet to find old things that were on trend again and because of the Burgundy/Oxblood color I thought this would be a perfect top for my Fall 2012 wardrobe. (Click link for similar, paisely printed blouse)

Pants: These black wide leg pants are from Asos. (Click link for similar, Rachel Roy Casual Pants)

Shoes: patent platform burgundy/oxblood shoes from Forever21

Ossie took this photo!

As always, I welcome your comments, but pretty, pretty please, I would prefer that you not write condolences or “I am sorry to hear.”  )-:  Instead please feel free to share your own miraculous or hospital type stories.

Cute and Cheap Merona Dress For Work

People always tell me that they can tell when I am angry because that  is when my Jamaican accent comes out.  With that said, what a piece of mix-up and blender over on the supposedly community of Independent Fashion Bloggers,  (aka heartifb.com).  I only wish I had waited to buy my IFBCon ticket and book my hotel room because after that appalling post and their even more appalling attempt at damage control, I am not feeling IFB, their founder or their conference.

I am not going to attempt to rehash the drama that opened the floodgates of emotions from bloggers, who like me, work very hard to grow and maintain our publishing endeavors (aka our blogs). There are plenty of well-articulated, balanced, posts around the blogosphere which includes the history and here are a few of them:

If you are a blogger/publisher, or a woman who comes to my site because you are feeling under represented elsewhere, I strongly recommend that you read those posts and add your voice because we can’t have the blogging community mirroring mainstream media and that is what is taking place.

Word of advice, it’s better that you voice your opinion on these offsite posts because it seems that the sargeant of arms of moderation feels that the “pot meet kettle” comments have reached capacity on the IFB site. Also, the people who were trying to add constructive criticism in the wake of the post(s) are being labeled as “bullys”… Can you imagine the audacity of these people to label us as bully’s because of our dissenting opinions?

In any case, here is my Friday outfit post (consistent posting schedule) featuring, little ole me with my graying forehead and temples, in my size 10 frame (relatable and honest) wearing a $10 dress (nothing to aspire or covet because you can actually afford this!) that I bought (nope, not a c/o piece) at Target.

By the way, I was planning to make a few changes to this blog in the next few weeks. In the wake of the IFB controversy, I am open to your suggestions on ways that I can improve this blog so that it meets your needs as well as mine (to inform, educate, and entertain). 

Ossie took these photos!

Love unuh, Natasha

Turquoise Blouse and Cream Pants

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Funny story!

Despite today’s ominous forecast I went ahead with my decision to wear this lovely, cream pants. Because of the forecast, I should have really opted for a darker color, but my style formula is print, color, and neutral and since the print was missing , I decided to go for texture and the pants fulfilled this requirement.  In any case, I’ve come to realize that it’s impossible to put the words “Connecticut weather forecasts” and “accurate” in the same sentence so despite the graphics of dark clouds with lightening bolts going through it and the same warning echoing from the radio and television stations, I sashayed out of my house this morning wearing this.

All was going great, until hunger reared its ugly head and in response, I made my way down to the deli run by my favoritest Greeks for my usual: egg, cheddar cheese and tomato on an English muffin.  That little deli is chock full of good food, friendly and fast service and REALLY excellent coffee which I decided while I was waiting that I had to have a cup of.   So there I was, my $2.75 sandwich was in process and I was feening for a $1.75 cup of coffee, but only had $3.50 in my hand.  The Greeks and I are really cool, so cool in fact that I confidently and boldly announced that it was free coffee Thursday and poured one.

Back at my desk, I unpacked my sandwich,  took the first bite, readjusted the tomato and proceeded to take the first sip of my deeply discounted cup of coffee (it wasn’t free he took the $3.50).  Apparently I didn’t fix the lid properly and just like that, my discounted coffee oozed out through the bottom of the lid, down my turquoise blouse and onto my lap.  I am not sure about you, but when these things happen I get on a loud speaker and just announce it. Besides, it’s just better to make a general announcement about such things than going through the embarrassment of explaining individually why there was a humongous brown stain on my lap.

Now that the word was out about my spill, I stuffed my shirt with paper towels to keep the wet fabric far from me and went back to my sandwich.  Wouldn’t you know the cheese slid out, down my shirt and onto my lap.  This time I kept quiet because after I was sure no-one else saw, I put the rest of the cheese back into the sandwich (yes, I am one of those people) and went for my third bite. Wouldn’t you know the tomato slid out of the sandwich…. Do you really need me to continue?  I don’t know if it was karma, bad luck or what, but what makes this even funnier for me, is that just a few weeks ago I wrote, Rules for Wearing White Right . I guess I should update it.

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 What I am Wearing!

Top: Turquoise blouse is from Marshalls ( also worn with: with leopard print skirt and with red pants from Express)

Pants: Editor pants from Express

Shoes: Jessica Simpson pumps

Ossie took these photos of me!

By the way, it’s 11:40 pm and it still hasn’t rained.

XoXo, Natasha

Bow Blouse and Leopard Pencil Skirt

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Ann Taylor is probably one of the few remaining stores that carries true classic work wear and that’s where I found this magenta bow blouse/ tie-neck blouse buried deep in the sales rack. I thought it was a versatile addition that I could wear with pants skirts or under blazers for work or with a dressier bottom and untied for the evenings so I added her to my collection and here she is.

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Ann Taylor Magenta Tie Front Blouse and Leopard Skirt

What I am Wearing:

I wore this outfit to work on Tuesday.

Top: Petite Vibrant Tie Neck Top from Ann Taylor. (Similar check out Banana Republic’s Sandra Tie-neck Blouse)

Skirt: Alfani leopard pencil skirt from Macys (Similar pencil skirt available on Net-A-Porter)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson pumps

Ossie took these photos

XoXo, Natasha

Wearing H&M Green Pencil Dress For Jamaica’s 50th

Fifty years ago today, Jamaica celebrated it’s first day as an independent commonwealth nation. Since gaining her independence, Jamaica has developed its own unique identity and has influenced everything from music, agriculture, and athletics worldwide.  The island has given birth to some of the best artists and writers including: Claude McKay, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Monty Alexander.  Speaking of music, I just wanted to take this time to clarify that ska music did not start in England, definitely not in Seattle and wasn’t a music genre introduced to the world by No Doubt. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950’s and was the precursor to rocksteady and  reggae.

Some of the best athletes are from Jamaica, the most famous of them at this time, Usain Bolt and ShellyAnn Fraser Pryce who both successfully defended their titles as world’s fastest man and woman in this past weekends 100m track and field Olympic events.

The ugli fruit, a hybrid of grapefruit, orange and tangerine was created in a lab not too far from where I grew up in Manchester, Jamaica. We have the worlds best beverages (J Wray and Nephew, Red Stripe Beer, Appleton, Ting and Blue Mountain coffee). Read my post Famous Jamaicans and Basic Black from Head to Toe to find more about Jamaican people and their contribution to the world.

I am technically not a resident or even a citizen of Jamaica now, but I still respect and love her all the same. Happy Independence Day Jamaica!

What I am Wearing

In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th birthday, I am wearing my green pencil dress from H&M.  This Figure-fit knee-length dress in stretch crêpe with short cap sleeves and a zip at the back. Jersey lining. 100% polyester is available at H&M and priced at $34. H&M Dress 

One Love, Natasha

Five Things That Are Pissing Me Off About the 2012 Olympics

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So the Olympics kicked off last Friday with a moving and long opening ceremony directed by one of my favorite directors of all time, Danny Boyle (please watch Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, if you haven’t already). There were some selfish people who tried to spoil the opening for us by tweeting and posting pictures, however, thank God for their remedial reporting skills which allowed the rest of us to watch the opening as if it was happening live. I was able to take in some of the events as they unfolded last week, but my viewing plans have pretty much gone down hill since then. You will find out why in a minute.  However, a big congratulations to all of the medalists the 2012 games. For the games that I watched, I saw and felt your emotions.  Now here is my list of five things that are really pissing me off about the Olympics.

1.  What is up with H.R.M? All little girls aspire to be Queens. It’s in our DNA, we want to look pretty, wear nice dresses, fancy headdress (preferably something with diamonds) and live “happily ever after.”  But Her Royal Majesty apparently doesn’t believe in or want any part of the fairy tale.  Her Royal Majesty, looked so unbelievably sour at the opening ceremony that I cringed every time her stone face flashed across my screen. What made it even more sad was that the NBC commentators tried to convince us that she actually has a “sense of humor.”  Really?

2. Spoiler Alert! Which takes me to my next big complaint.  Hobby Journalists can you please control your tweets and/or facebook status updates.  Everyone is in such a rush to report the results thereby spoiling it for the rest of us who are counting down the time at our desks at work so that we can watch the action as if it was just unfolding. If you feel it necessary to share, just preface your status/tweets with a big SPOILER ALERT in caps and then skip down a couple of lines before posting the results so we don’t see it.  I actually fault NBC for this. They didn’t need to package up everything that they were broadcasting. For instance today, big, big Sunday they could have broadcasted the Men’s 100m track and field final live as it was one of the most anticipated events of the 2012 games. Instead we have to wait until 8 pm.

3. Tax Them! What’s this with this tax thing on olympic medal winners?  According to the Washington Times

“Athletes who win a gold medal also earn a $25,000 honorarium — and with it an $8,986 tax bill to the IRS, according to Americans for Tax Reform, which crunched the numbers. That covers both the honorarium and the tax on the value of the gold in the medal itself.

The silver medal tax comes to $5,385, and the bronze medal tax is $3,502 — including $2 for the value of the bronze medal itself, and the $10,000 honorarium.

That could leave amateur athletes — in many cases still teenagers — facing stiff tax bills when they return to the U.S.” Washington Times

Come on people, really? You are taxing these people who are representing the U.S. in these games.  Mr. Rubio while you are at it, see if you can also do something about the taxes on those other brave souls that are representing our country abroad, our soldiers.

3. Institutionalized Training. So China has strick, Soviet Union era type training camp/facilities for their athletes. I guess they are really serious about competing and getting their athletes to focus on the task at hand. As a matter of fact so much so that the diving gold medalist from China was not told that her grandparents had died and that her mother was suffering from cancer.   Competing and focusing is usually a good thing and I see China wants to really indoctrine this into their citizens. But tell the truth, didn’t the word “unfair,” on all levels come to mind after this juicy bit of fact came out? They aren’t robots they are human beings with…feelings.  I know these athletes are serious about their sport and have given up a lot to get to their goals, but seriously you didn’t  tell your kids about the death of their grandparents? Foul! And all this institutionalized training, doesn’t it make for unfair advantage for the other athletes. What should be revered more, natural talent and training to polish it or training (boot camp style or else) to develop it?

4.  She is not her hair!  I had a longer rant about this one. But after her gold medal wins, I know Gabrielle Douglass don’t even have to say a word. Her wins, candor and infectious smile says it all. “How you like me now?”

5. What about those other athletes? So the anticipated match-up between Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt from team Jamaica has captured the news media and propelled both of my country men into star status.  I’ve come across so many articles focusing on these two and other articles trying to explain Jamaica’s track and field prowess.  However, all of that attention on the sprinters has drowned out athletes who are not part of Team Jamaica track.  For example, there is Samantha Albert who competed for Jamaica in Equestrian events at the Olympics.  There is also Alia Atkinson from Jamaica who finished fourth in the final 100m breaststroke event. It’s not a medal, but fourth place is still pretty impressive for Jamaica where most of us don’t swim.  And there is Kenneth Edwards who is representing Jamaica in TaeKwondo. However, not a peep, not a Facebook status, no energy, no prayer, no discussion what so ever amongst Jamaican’s for these lesser known, but just as important athletes.  This is the same for the coverage of American athletes as well. Maybe instead of the entertain part, NBC can focus on the education aspect (i.e. show us a sport we aren’t familiar with) if they win the next contract.

By the way, this is what I wore to work last Wednesday. I rocked my now “famous” Asos green pants with a silk green button front shirt that I picked up at Marshalls earlier this year a black belt and black clutch.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the 2012 games!

One Love, Natasha

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