Trend of the Month: Black & White

Black-white TOTM IMAGE

It’s time for another Trend of the Month Challenge with Marionberry Style!! Go on over and check her out, she just gave birth 3 weeks ago and she looks amazing!!!

I recently wore a Black & White outfit that I loved and would have loved to link up. It was extremely simple but sometimes simplicity is best, so it’s no surprise that I struggled with putting together another Black & White outfit. This time I thought I’d try my hand at pattern mixing again.

TOM: Black&White

Blazer – JCP (old), Sweater – Thrifted, Skirt – made by me, Bracelet, Tights & Wedge Loafers – Target

Now I know I’m cheating a little with the pink and tan on my skirt, but overall the theme is black and white. The floral paired with stripes is a bit stark by itself, so I added the blazer for unity. Not sure if this is a winner, but it made for a nice business casual look today.


I’m also linking up with these lovely ladies again today too!

pleated poppy   button button Wow Wow Wednesday with This Girls Life Photobucket the Grant life

Winter Style – Trend of the Month: Subtle Stripes

January’s Trend of the Month Challenge is here!!

January TOTM Image

I love participating these TOTM challenges! Marion is so awesome to host these, but especially now at 9 1/2 months preggers. If you’ve never stopped by her blog, please be sure to check out her fabulous style, pregnant or not!!

Subtle Stripes

Knit Top, Bat-wing Top & Loafers: Target, Blazer – Thrifted, Pants – Chadwicks

I thrifted this great blazer just before Christmas. It had a faux fur collar attached to it and although I am excited to have thrifted the faux fur, I knew the blazer would be a great piece with or without the fur addition. The buttons are a bit dated so I’m considering replacing those at some point.

For today’s outfit, I really wanted the stripes to be the main focus. I’m wearing my bat-wing top (last seen here) that has small vertical gold stripes with the horizontal stripes of the blazer. Right now, I can do subtle stripes. Pairing bold stripes together is just a little too far out of my comfort zone yet. It’s all about baby steps, right?

Today is also about layering. It was cold and frosty this morning, so I’m layering with a basic black knit top, the bat-wing top and then the blazer. When I’m outside I had a hefty scarf and wool coat!


You can see the subtle striping better (hopefully) in these photos. Please excuse the puffy face, another round of sinus infections has slowly been making it’s way through our home the past couple of weeks.

I’m also linking up with these lovely ladies today!

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Trend of the Month: Statement Necklace

I’m linking up with Marionberry Style for this month’s Trend of the Month, Statement Necklaces!

Here’s my statement necklace look with my new Target clearance necklace fro $2.50!

Silk Sweater & Trousers – JCP, Necklace – Target, Sandals – Shoe Show

My Mom & I went shopping last weekend and I found 3 of these beautiful shell & faux pearl necklaces on clearance! I got this turquoise beauty & Mom got the pink/coral necklace. I left the white/cream necklace there, but now I think I should have probably gotten it too. 😉


I really wanted the necklace to get all the attention, so I paired it with a neutral outfit of white & black.

Extreme closeup!

It’s been a super busy and stressful week around these parts, please excuse my lack of blogging. I hoping the holiday weekend will help! And I hope to get my boots today; I can not wait to show them off soon!! Please have a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend!!

I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies too!

Join us at Harper's Happenings

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Favorite Frock Friday

Trend of the Month: Yellow

I’m linking up with Marion again for this month’s trend: Yellow!

Pale Yellow Blouse & Pumps – Thrifted; Skirt – Handmade;  Olive-Green Sweater – Eddie Bauer

Until last year I didn’t have any yellow pieces in my closet, but then I dyed my hair red and yellow seemed to be the perfect complimentary color.

With yellow-blonde hair wearing anything yellow always seemed to clash, so I stayed away from it. Since dying my hair red, it seems I’ve embraced many new colors into my wardrobe; bright blues, yellows, mint greens and purple. I guess I’m just not afraid of it anymore.

So glad this week is already half over!! I wasn’t done with my vacation yet. 😉

I’m linking up with these lovely ladies this week:

Work It Wednesday at A Little Bit of Lacquer and Trend of the Month at Marionberry Style

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Trend of the Month: Flower Power

Marion of Marionberry Style has been hosting these Trend of the Month Challenges for a couple of months now!
I love the challenge and linking up too!
This Month’s Trend: 


Here’s my Flower Power outfit!

I thrifted this great hot pink silk blouse recently and I love it! Once I understood how to care for and clean silk (or wool for that matter) garments, I have thoroughly enjoyed owning them.
Actually today’s entire outfit is thrifted, right down to the shoes and belt. OK, the bag was a hand-me-down from Mom, thanks Mom!!
After waking up to severe thunderstorms, wind & driving rain; this vintage trench was a welcome addition to today’s outfit. It looks really great (if I do say so myself) buttoned & belted with a little of the hot pink peeking out and these shoes. Thank you Marion for hosting the Trend of the Month Challenges! Can’t wait for next month!
Head on over to Marion’s blog and check out all the other great outfits too!