Fashion Friday – Holiday sparkle


I always want to look festive around the holidays without buying a Christmas sweater or breaking the bank. Christine told me to post some of my creations. My first look (shown above) is a casual look. I love plaid but own very little of it. This year I invested in a cute but versatile plaid top. Plaid is great around Christmas. I found it at Macy’s recently in the Ralph Lauren section, only $32.00. I wore it with a pearl necklace I bought last year at Target for $17.99, and a pair of dark jeans.


This outfit is one that I am particularly proud of and I think it’s festive enough to wear to a holiday party. I recently purchased a pair of faux leather leggings from INC in Macys. These pants were inexpensive at $32.00, trendy and comfortable. That’s the trifecta right there. The shirt was a score at Kohls for $14.99. I loved the plum color and it looks good with the leggings. The simple gold necklace was from a local boutique in the neighborhood for $5.00. All told the entire outfit was $52.00! Truly amazing.


Lastly, I love winter white. I always have. And I love sparkle. Last month, I bought a winter white or cream peplum top on, along with the sparkle necklace on the same site. The top was $12.99 and the necklace was $9.99. Very inexpensive holiday sparkle.

I hope that inspires some of your holiday outfits.

What to Wear Wednesday – Faux Leather

There are some trends that I like and that I want to try and then there are some trends that I loose sleep over. The words “faux leather” have come into my thoughts a lot lately. It’s all over the place and I notice it everywhere. I actually like this faux trend. It’s way less expensive than real leather, never mind more socially conscience. I had to just go ahead and scratch the itch this past Veterans Day. I popped into the mall looking to score something, ANYTHING, that was faux leather. I was like a hunter looking for my next kill.

The INC top was on sale at Macys for $29.99. The layering necklaces are another big trend right now. Not one I’m loosing sleep over, but cute nonetheless. I am wearing a classic monogram necklace from Stella and Dot and a layering necklace from $7.99.


Fashion Friday – Fashion, Friends and Fun. All good “F” words

A couple weeks ago, my friend Aleisha texted me one night and said, “Want to meet at Closest Revival tomorrow?” I really didn’t need anything specific but I didn’t want to miss the chance to see her so I happily agreed.

We met and scooped up some excellent little finds. I spotted this ruffled leopard print skirt for $16.00. The label read INC and the tag was still attached that read $59.00. That was certainly a good deal. When I tried it on I loved it. We both walked out of there with a couple good scores. I actually bought 2 pairs of jeans, 1skirt and 1 top all totaling $80.00. The jeans alone were worth well over $100.

I have worn this skirt at least 5 times already. So comfortable and so easy. I recently bought these geometric shaped earrings for $15.00 as well on Zulilly. Put the two new things together with an old black tank top and the whole outfit really only cost me $30.00.



Fashion Friday – Be a “Copy Cat”


I recently went to a seminar where the presenter said, “It’s okay to be a copy cat, as long as you are copying the right cat!” I thought that was so funny and so relevant to my life.  I’m not afraid to admit it…… I’m a copy cat.  

Everyone used to walk into my house in Rhode Island and say, “Oh, your house is so nicely decorated, you are so good at decorating” .  My Mom always told me if I found something in a magazine that I liked, cut it out and then recreate my own version.   I still remember my Mom used to keep a manila file folder chock full of pictures that inspired her. Sort of an early version of Pinterest.  I followed suit and when it was time for paint, rugs or pillows, I just copied combinations that I liked from home magazines.  I wasn’t good at home decorating, just good at copying.

When it comes to fashion, I do exactly the same thing.  A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Rhode Island and saw my friend Devan. When I walked in Devan was wearing this coral shirt with a blue necklace.  I liked it immediately.  The color combination was so fresh and so funky for the spring.  Devan ALWAYS looks so put together and stylish.  I swear she has more style in her little pinky than I have in my whole body.

I flew back to Texas and harassed Devan, via text, about her outfit.  I was thrilled to know she was a fellow Target shopper. The shirt was from Target and it was $22.00! I was not able to recreate her exact blue necklace so I used what I had in my house.   

The shirt is a Mossimo special and only $22.00.  The necklace was a recent purchase on Threadflip.  Devan wore it with white jeans, so I wore it with white jeans. 

I copied the right cat!


Fashion Friday – It’s ALL about the accessories

My friend Christina would always tell me, “Bebe, it’s ALL about the accessories”.   When it comes to style, I tend to listen to Christina.  Actually, it’s her necklace that is featured in this post.   This week I am blogging about  Claire and her ability to “carry off” even the most inexpensive duds.  I have always intended to feature all of us, but as you know life with as many kids as we have tends to  get kind of busy.

Who says you can’t go to a beauty pageant wearing a dress from Charming Charlies?  That’s right, Claire recently attending the Mrs. Rhode Island and Mrs. Connecticut pageant wearing a dress from Charming Charlies.  Christina had recently bought this red dress for about $34.00.  Claire was looking in her closet and thought this would work for the upcoming pageant.   That’s another thing I miss terribly about being in Rhode Island……….having access to Christina’s closet.   It’s like walking into Carrie Bradshaw’s secret stash.

So, like only Claire can do she wore a dress for $34.00 and looked like a MILLION bucks.  It’s not about how much you spend, but how it all works together.   The necklace, that’s another story.   This beautiful necklace was WELL over the cost of the dress, further proving if you are wearing good accessories your outfit can really make an impact.   These rhinestone necklaces are super trendy right now and I happen to love them.  The necklace was purchased at Nordstrom.

Once a beauty queen always a beauty queen!  This look is simply beautiful.




Another example of accessories costing more than the dress is this look on Christine.  No, she didn’t attend a beauty pageant but definitely spruced up a work outfit with some red accessories.   She told me her Ann Taylor Loft dress was about $40.00 and her Kendra Scott earrings were a little over $50.00.   Another examples of accessories making the outfit.



Fashion Friday – A High School Friend, Facebook, and a Much Coveted Item

Fashion Friday - A High School Friend, Facebook, and a Much Coveted Item

My husband and my mother are not on Facebook. Social media isn’t their thing. Many people think Facebook is the root of all evil. It can break up marriages or turn people into shameless self-promoters. Face it, if Facebook can break up your marriage it probably wasn’t that great to begin with. Better yet, Facebook isn’t the first or last place that people will find to promote themselves, or even worse, their children. In my opinion, Facebook is what you make of it. I like to think of it as a place where I get a good laugh and reconnect with friends where I might have otherwise lost touch.

I am beyond excited that Facebook has led me to a much coveted item…….my new Bauble Bar necklace. A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Facebook updates and I saw a high school friend wearing this necklace in her profile picture. I commented that I loved her necklace. She responded that she works for the company that makes it and she would be happy to send me one. Well, I’m not sure whether or not she knew it, but I’ve been eyeing this necklace for six months. It was a big deal to me. I had even tried to buy something comparable, but way less expensive. I still had this necklace on the brain. Such a simple gesture has made my week. I can’t thank Dacia enough. To me, Facebook is just the coolest thing in the world. It’s responsible for one of my “fashion prayers” being answered. You never know what good can come from it.

Fashion Friday – Latest Consignment Score

Fashion Friday - Latest Consignment Score

It’s a little chilly and sunny out today so I threw on my latest find from Clotheshorse Anonymous. It has no discernible label attached but the colors and design caught my fancy. It definitely feels like it was a boutique item at some point. I tried it on a couple of months ago and I liked it. It was $38.00 at the time and I have worn it so much in the last few months that I definitely feel like it was worth the money. I wore it with my pearl and gold necklace that I got from Target for $17.99. I had an errand to run yesterday and I was right by my favorite consignment store. It killed me there was no time to look.

Fahion Friday – Treat Turquoise like a Neutral

Fahion Friday - Treat Turquoise like a Neutral

Spring is right around the corner. I love incorporating bright colors into the wardrobe. I have always loved turquoise so when I saw this turquoise necklace on Threadflip, I couldn’t resist. It was $19.99. I love the color turquoise against so many colors. Some of my favorite color combinations are turquoise and yellow, turquoise and hot pink and turquoise and purple. Here are a couple of my favorites:


I absolutely love the last outfit.  Just a plain white dress, turquoise necklace and yellow cardigan. Such an easy and cute idea for a mom.

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday

It’s been a snowy and wet nightmare in the Northeast lately. Christine is snow day chic here at work. Cute boots and a bright warm scarf to brighten up a cold winter day. I love the little leopard belt.

Down South, it wasn’t snowing, so I wanted to wear my latest find.   I have a friend who cringes every time you mention the word chevron, but I couldn’t resist.   I love prints, so one chevron print shirt is surely okay.  It’s easy to throw on for moms.  It felt a little dull so I put on my favorite Stella and Dot green earrings.


Fashion Friday – Internet Addictions

Zulilly Skirt


It’s no secret I get excited over cheap fashion finds. These sites I’m visiting lately are making it way too easy. My latest find is this black and tan skirt found on for $9.99. I wore it yesterday on a rainy day taking Eve to her 4 month old check-up (which occurred at exactly 5 months). I thought the skirt looked cute so I hit the purchase button. How convenient, the site saved my credit card number! The price was harmless enough, but I’ve gotten to the point that I’m having these so called “Ten dollar” packages shipped to my house at least once a week. I think it’s a big conspiracy to get us all addicted. I’m not the only one. I’ve heard this same thing from several of my friends. I still love and have now discovered that they send their daily emails out early. I mean early……. as in 4am! I check them when I’m feeding Eve. That’s a real addiction right there if you ask me. A few weeks ago, a friend shared with me. Okay, I needed that one like a hole in the head. The site is just huge. Talk about eating up lots of time along with the battery on my phone.

I have to end this post with two discoveries I have made on my own this past week. The first is Thread Flip. The site is high end consignment store where people sell things from their online virtual closets. They have some great stuff and I found a pretty blouse for $20.00. When I ordered the blouse, the app asked me, politely of course, to “scan my credit card”. Now we are just scanning credit cards while online shopping? This is getting out of control.  Well worth a look.  Lastly, my most recent discovery has been,  hipswap fashion, another online high end consignment site with  tons of Tory Burch,  as well as  some of my other favorites.

I think this is like having any other addiction, where you need your daily fix.


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