OOTD: Tribal Boho Chic

This is one of my favorite looks for all seasons: Bohemian.  The patterns fits well for fall and winter with the tribal prints on long cardigans.  Fringe, maxi dresses/skirts, high wedges, and lots of jewelry are also great fit for the bohemian spring and summer look.  I decided to make this more of a classy look since I’m going to the office, then off to Word Explosion at Victory Christian Center, then top the night off with a little bit of salsa dancing at Zanmai.  These wedges have great comfort support in the sole and great height for all day busy craziness especially salsa dancing.  Might I add an excellent pop of orange to the wardrobe?!  Guess what’s another fave-fave new to the closet?  My $1 90’s Skirt Wrap!  Yes, $1 and yes it’s from the 90’s! Haha!  Don’t be afraid to venture out and try something new cause it can add flare and flavor to your wardrobe.  I am in love with this ensemble!

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OUTFIT DETAILS

  • Black Top: $7 JC Penny’s
  • Skirt Wrap: $1 The Thrift Store
  • Kenneth Cole Reaction Wedge Heel: $6 Goodwill
  • Satchel/Purse: $5 Quality Thrift Store
  • Authentic Turtle Shell Bracelet: Gift from Chuuk
  • Tribal Necklace and Fedora: Gift from Target

How I Wore My Jumpsuit

Real women wear jumpsuits.  I know you’re probably laughing and thinking the opposite and I can understand that.  Jumpsuits can either be flattering or make you feel like you’re going on a major work out, or feel like an alien, or imagine sardines that are packed so tightly that they can’t breathe…that’s how you feel when you wear a jumpsuit.  I had the exact thoughts and fears but I just had to try this out.  I saw a very petite, slender lady wearing a jumpsuit one day and I just loved how she looked in it.  I thought to myself, surely wearing a jumpsuit can not look or feel that bad?  Especially when I haven’t tried one on since Jennifer Lopez’s jean jumper days (think about her “love don’t cost a thing” video lol)?  Who says that it has to be for the thin and tall women?  If this very short and slender lady can rock one…why not a fully figured lady like me?

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Friday night Wedding then to a Bachata Fundraiser where I danced ALL night!

Without trying, without thinking about a jumpsuit, I was just “window shopping” at Ross one day and found this spectacular jumpsuit!  I looked at the size and it read MEDIUM.  I tried looking for a size or two larger but couldn’t find one.  I looked at the material and how the suit was made and looked like, felt like  it would fit.  The way this jumper was made was to be loose from bust all the way down but still showing the waistband to make it look like someone is wearing a top tucked into the pants.  I tried it on and it was form fitting everywhere, haha, except the legs.  This is great for my body type since I am a fuller hour-glass shape.  Plus, jumpsuits are just so sexy…as long as you purchase the right style and fit for your body type…then you are good! 😉

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Shoes and accessories I wore with my Jumpsuit.

JUMPSUIT TIPS

  • Fuller Figure, Hour-glass, Pear-Shaped: look for a suit that is more form fitting (NOT SKIN TIGHT) with wide leg/straight leg to balance your curves.  For a better fit look for a more stretchy suit. My suit was very stretchy and form fitting but loose at the legs which complimented my shape NOT over the top tight but just right in the right places appropriate for a wedding, party, or a girls night out.
  • Straight Figure, Athletic, Tall, Slender Shaped: look for a suit that is more loose with or without a waistband to give your body more of a shape.  If there isn’t a waist band it’s ok!  Add a belt!  If you don’t have a belt or waistband it’s still OK!  Keeping it loose will still flatter your figure by giving it an elegant-classic look.

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

  • Printed Pattern Jumpsuit-: $14 Ross
  • Gold Bubble Statement Necklace: $10 Payless
  • Gold Bold Bracelet: $8 Target
  • Ankle Strapped Block Heel: $20 Guess
  • Gold Wallet: Gift

 

 

 

Daily Finds – BCBGeneration Clutch

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I have been looking for some clutches that give some “pop” color to my outfits. I found these BCBGeneration Clutches and more on Amazon.com from $11.00 up to $59.00. Great deals! Shop the products here BCBGeneration Quinn The Poet and She Knows It Clutch,Cameo/Black,One Size

Enjoy shopping and great deals.

xox,

Janne

Today’s Outfit Inspiration

I am feeling a bit under the weather today so I wanted to wear something that was still great for the office and comfortable on this summer’s day- without trying so hard.  I chose a summery tank top that goes great casual and dressed up.  This tank top gives off a great vintage vibe with the stripes and the pleated harem pants fits well with today’s style.

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I chose my gold metallic sandals and gold earrings to give this outfit a pop of color.   Today’s outfit was inspired by the beautiful and fashionably stylish actress, Zoe Saldana.  Every where she goes she’s always looking chic yet super simple and classy.  This is only one of many outfits I adore from her.  Thanks, Zoe.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Black and White Striped Tank- $5 Burlington Coat Factory

Black Pleated Harem Pants- $8 Ross

Gold Metallic Sandals- $3 Ross

Vintage Black Satchel- $5 Quality Thrift Store

Shades- $5 Rue21

The Jeans Challenge

Jeans me up

Finding your perfect pair of jeans can at times be difficult. There are so many options out there, and so many styles. Have you ever bought a pair of jeans to fit your bottom, but end up with a big gap on your waist? Or it’s to tight on your waist, but to big on your hips and thighs? To tackle this challenge, the best thing to do is to know your shape, and what style you should be looking for. Here are some tips, on what jeans fit best for your shape.

#1 Hourglass and Pear-shape: Hourglass and Pear-shape meet the same challenges when it comes to finding jeans that fit their bottom and hip area. So, for curvy girls choose a higher rise jeans. A higher rise jeans sits comfortable right below your belly button and cover your bottom and hip area. Choose a style with 1% Lycra mix in the fabric content. This is important for comfort and keeping shape. Lycra and Elastane (or Cotton), or Polyester and Lycra is a good choice as well.

For curvy girls, go with a wider waistband. Perfect for sitting on the hips and the smallest part of your waist. When choosing a leg shape, go for something that will balance your curves. Like bootcut, wide leg or kick flare. Now, if you want to go with something more skinny, I would suggest straight leg fit rather than skinny style. If you do want to go for the skinny style, you want to choose your tops in a way that will balance your curvy figure.

#2 Straight Shape: For someone with a straight bodyshape, you basically can get away with any style. For someone with a straight figure, you want to create an illusion of more curves. Using a belt is a good trick  for that. But for jeans that flatter best, I would recommend to stick with a pair of jeans that has as slimmer, tighter fit and a waistband that runs straight across the middle.

#3 Apple Shape: For an apple shape, your challenge area is your belly and bottom. You might find jeans that are too tight on your waist, but too big on the hips and thighs. I suggest for an apple shape to not buy jeans in smaller sizes. Stomach area should look comfortable and not look like you are bursting out. All shades and color work well, lighter denim are ideal since that will draw attention to your lower half, and help with a balanced look. Jeans with fading or details below the knee will do the same trick. Boot cut jeans are a good choice of style for your shape. Note that you don’t have to avoid fashionable skinny jeans. In fact, this denim style is very flattering to your figure, and will show off your skinny legs (with skinny legs, go for a dark wash to minimize your middle).

Choose a mid-rise jeans to avoid the “muffin top”, and avoid high-rise (accentuate your belly, instead of concealing it). For your back pockets, my suggestion is to go with details. Rear pocket details or pocket flaps. This will help draw the eye to your bum and works well for visually crating that curvier rear. Choosing the right pair of jeans can help minimize your middle, and show off your slim hips and legs.

Be aware that there is a handful of denim brands and retailers that specifically have styles for women with different shapes. So, before shopping, do your homework.

I hope you find these tips helpful through the “jungle” of jeans. If you have any questions, please feel free to email wardrobetakeover@gmail.com. I will be happy to help you with any styling tips and needs.

xox,

Janne

Casual Office Chic

Today is the day where non-stop action sets in.  Work, errands, meetings, kids practice, and more errands.  So when this day comes around I try to dress well for the office but add some street style into it so that when I leave work I don’t necessarily feel like I just came from the office.   I want to feel comfortable, classy, cute, stylish and ready to go.  So here are some key items for a classy, comfy, on the go look which I like to call my: “Casual Office Chic”.

1.  Go Bottom Casual or Top Casual

This may sound confusing so let me explain.  You don’t want to go to your office setting  fully decked out in casual attire.  I tried this one time and it was not so good.  Not only did my boss have a conversation with me but I felt so lazy and not so focused on my work cause I just wanted to rest easy.  I’ll admit, there are some outfits out there that are head to toe casual that can pass for a business look BUT it will not make you feel like a business person.  What you wear and how you wear it  motivates you and/or make you feel a certain way.  Think about it…if you wear athletic attire you are motivated to play a sport or exercise and you feel tough and ready to train, right?  If you do want to be somewhat comfortable but still dress the part then I would go bottom or top casual.  Pick a top or bottom that can pass for the office and pair it with a blazer or high waisted skirt  some fancy jewelry and you’re set!  I chose top casual cause I felt this high waisted skirt would look great for the office and help bring the colors out more in the shirt.

2. Comfortable Shoes Goes Along Way

When your day starts at 7am and ends between 10pm-midnight your feet will be thankful for comfy shoes.  My days aren’t normally over 12 hours long but when those days come I am prepared.  I love my tan pumps I purchased some months back from Payless.  They have a really great line called Comfort Plus by Predictions.  These shoes are what every girl should have in their closet!  It’s great for the young lady’s first time to walk in heels.  This shoe line has different heel size, colors, and styles! They go well with casual attire, business attire, date night wear, and formal wear and guess what…THEY ARE SUPER DUPER COMFORTABLE!  I can leave them on my feet over 12 hours and my feet still feel alive and not bruised or blistered!  I wear them to the office, salsa dancing or just taking a walk through downtown.

**If you are not a fan of heels then flats will help you out a lot.  Great for the office and outside of it.  Just a tip on some flats: make sure they are a little loose around your toe area or get a 1/2 size bigger (if you wear 6 get 61/2) to prevent blisters at the back of your ankle and the top of your foot close to your big toe (I’ve learned from experience…lol).**

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And Remember…

The casual office chic is a great look in the office and out of the office (especially with your busy schedule) OR IF YOU DON’T work in an office!  Still look chic and stylish wherever you go but be comfortable doing it as well!  Remember girl, you’re awesome, you’re beautiful, and life is great so live it in your wardrobe and wherever you go! :)

 

Love always,

Charity

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

Open Shoulder Top: $6 Windsor

High Waist Business Skirt: $1 Quality Thrift Store

Vintage Black Satchel: $5 Quality Thrift Store

Tan/Nude Pumps (Heels): $20 Payless

Tan/Nude Belt: Gift from a friend

 

 

 

 

On my wish list for fall – Leather Jacket

Leather JacketI would love to add this leather jacket to my wardrobe. Leather jacket is my favorite  to-go jacket for fall right now. I have one black one, but would love to add this color as well. Pair it with graphic  tees, light colored tick sweaters, with light blue colored jeans, with some high pumps or ankle boots. This jacket is from Forever21, for $44.80. You can shop it here

My Sunday Best

Sundays are my favorite days to style cause I love dressing up for Jesus!  May seem cheesy but I dress up for Him and myself, no one else.  Don’t just dress to impress people-dress up cause life is awesome and you are uniquely, wonderfully, fearfully made-so let it shine!
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This bright blazer takes this casual cotton dress to another level of class.  The geometric design of the dress makes it fun and the length of the dress compliments the style of blazer and let me just say the color combination is great.  Adding a pop of color to a black and white ensemble will give your outfit a fresh and fun new look than your regular black and white attire.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Bright Green Blazer: $10 Quality Thrift Store
Black and White Geometric Cotton Dress: $9 Ross
Pointed Ankle Strap Heels: $25 Nine West

My tonight’s outfit

20140803-002610-1570208.jpgMy husband and I attending a 10th anniversary of some dear friends of our. Wearing my BCBGeneration jumpsuit. I love this jumpsuit. It’s a great fit for a straight figure, like mine. With straight pants, and with a high waistband that gives an illusion of more figure. I also love the open back, and the light fabric.

Salsa Dress Under $30!

Well, as some of you may know I am in LOVE with Salsa.  I am apart of a great salsa community in the Tulsa area called, “Tulsalseros”.  About two and a half weeks ago, my salsa instructor asked me if I wanted to pick out our performance dresses.  I got so excited and almost peed my pants!  I said yes!  After all the excitement, I was then filled with nervousness (is that even a word?)!  How was I going to find an affordable-danceable-sexy yet modest dress in two weeks-not only for myself but for two other girls as well?  I began to look. I wanted to go for a chic-classic look and with a twist of Latin flavor.  So this is what I had in mind:

The only thing about this dress is that it’s $169 from Belk by Ralph Lauren!  Super cute and has the class and sexy that we want but over the budget that we all agreed upon which is staying between $15-$30 (I know, kind of a crazy budget for Salsa dresses).  Let me tell you, it’s not easy to stay within the budget but sometimes when your wallet is a little tight you’ve got to do some bargain digging and be really creative.  Especially when normal salsa costumes/dresses range from $80-$200! So I did some digging and found a similar dress for only $18.  Obviously, the dress is kind of plain and looks like something you’d wear to a fancy dinner without dancing (lol).  So I got to thinking…flowers, gold, and red lipstick!  This should bring the “latin flavor” to spice up the dress.

I couldn’t find a gold belt I had visioned in my head so I had to get creative!  I went to the home decor section at Joann’s and got some fabric, flower center pieces, glue and scissors and snipped away!  The flowers were way too big and stuck out so much so I glued some petals together to flatten it out and made room in the middle of the flower for a “stamen” made out of the left over gold fabric I used for our belts.  Turned out really great!  Total cost for our dresses including material to make belt: $24-$25.  Woohoo!

I am so thankful we had the honor and opportunity to perform at a few Peruvian Restaurants to celebrate their Independence Day with lots of salsa dancing and amazing Latin Music!  We also had great responses not only for our dancing but our salsa dresses too!  People told me that they looked expensively beautiful and asked where we ordered them from.  I just laughed and said, “Well, bargain shopping and creativity is how we got these dresses.”  Seriously.

Here is the link for actual materials I bought to make belt:

 Flower and Fabric

OUTFIT DETAIL

Laced dresses: $18 each from Ross

Gold belt with flower: $6

Questions? Comments?  Need bargain tips? Then send an email to velchalyn@yahoo.com