Just Go With the Flow


I’m looking forward to this three day weekend. We made all of these plans and then we scrapped them. Why? Because we didn’t want to have a planned weekend. We really just wanted to rest and go with the flow. I really believe that amazing things can happen to us when we let go. When we realize we don’t always have to have control, we open ourselves up to new possibilities, relationships, and experiences. So, I have no idea what we’re doing this weekend but I’m looking forward to it!

Pants: http://www.motherhood.com

Top: www.queenstylesboutique.com

To all of the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for the United States, I thank you for your sacrifice. I’m praying that God’s peace and love surrounds your family.

How to: Wear Overalls


I’ve been busy with Queen Styles Boutique and getting everything ready for when our baby boy arrives. I needed a break! A time to just refocus and recharge my batteries. So we went to a baseball game and tried out a new restaurant. That seems to always do the trick. I’ve always loved overalls because they bring me back to my childhood. I probably had a pair in just about everything color! So this seemed like the perfect time to wear them. I really do believe that what we wear can alter our moods. Our clothing can boost our moods and make us feel different when we need it.

I decided to be really casual and paired my overalls with a stripped shirt and comfy shoes. You can wear overalls with tank tops or a basic tee. You can pair them with sneakers, sandals or a cute pair of wedges.

Overalls: Motherhood

Top: Marshalls

Wearing Bright Colors During Winter


So it’s been a busy week for me. I recently posted that we’re having a baby boy on my Instagram and we’ve been busy getting his nursery together! Now more than ever, I’ve been dressing in layers especially when we’re out running errands. It’s been pretty cold in North Carolina but I’m so ready for spring. Wearing this shirt was the perfect solution for me. It’s lightweight so I won’t get overheated plus the bright color makes me feel like spring is here! Wearing bright colors during the winter is all about balance. I love pairing this bright shirt with pants that are a neutral color, like these jeans.

Shirt: http://www.queenstylesboutique.com

Jeans: Forever 21

Jacket: Target

Boots: ShoeDazzle.com

Turtleneck Weather 


    In my last post, I discussed how we didn’t receive a lot of winter weather this year. Well over the weekend the Carolinas received a touch of winter weather. To be honest, we received about an inch of snow that melted before noon but it gave me an excuse to wear one of my favorite turtlenecks. In my opinion turtleneck is never go out of style. They are timeless and classic. Throwback photos of Audrey Hepburn prove that.

Turtleneck: Banana Republic

Jeans: Forever 21

Hat: Target

Bag: Kenneth Kole

Boots: Old Navy

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Happy Monday!

  I was talking to a friend the other day and I was so frustrated. I said “I feel like all I ever do is run errands.” We talked about this for a while and finally he asked “When do you need to get all this stuff done?” I thought about it for a while and realized that most of these errands didn’t have an immediate due date. I just wanted to get them done and cross them off of my list.

  I’ve been thinking about that ever since. How many of us are going through life just “crossing stuff off of our list?” I’m not saying that you should be careless and not responsible. There are times when you just have to “adult” and there’s no way around that. I’m talking about those other times. The other times when stuff can wait. The other times when we have the choice to slow down and just smell the roses. So that’s a goal that I’ve set for myself. Just to stop every now and then and smell the roses. 

Sweater: Target

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

Faux Fur Vest


I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I love wearing my pink faux fur vest. It’s a great layering piece anytime I need to make an outfit a little more complex. I’ve shared before, that I think some of the best outfits are a little complex. For example, instead of just wearing a t-shirt and jeans you may want to add a third piece (jacket, scarf, or vest) to make the outfit complex. Adding that third piece is also great way to make your look more aesthetically pleasing. The look below started out as just a plaid shirt dress and grey jeans but by adding the faux fur vest, it not only gave this look a little extra pop but it also helps me show off my personal style as well.

Shirt Dress: J Crew

Faux Fur Vest: Target

Jeans: Forever21

Boots: Old Navy


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What’s Creativity Mean to You?


  I’m hoping you all had a great weekend! I was speaking with someone over the weekend about being creative and their response to me was “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” I listened respectfully but I disagreed with them. You see, I used to feel exactly like that. I didn’t think there was anything about me that was creative. I couldn’t draw and there certainly wasn’t anything I was good at. So how could I be creative? There are a lot of definitions of the word “creative” but to define it simply, it means to create. 

  Maybe you can’t draw but are you that person who is always calm in the midst of chaos? If it’s natural for you to remain calm in those types of environments, then you have the ability to create a peaceful environment. That’s creativity. Maybe you have the gift of making people laugh and creating happiness. That’s creativity. I just think creativity means operating in whatever your gift is. Maybe it’s drawing but maybe it’s not. I encourage you to carry that with you during this week. From this girl who loves wide-legged pants to you: you have something awesome on the inside of you that is called a gift. That’s what makes you creative!  
Jeans: Michael Kors 

Shirt: Thrift Store

Cardigan: Forever 21

Necklace: H&M

Rings: Forever 21

How to:Wear Casual Wear


I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent Saturday helping a friend who is about to get married gather fabric swatches. We visited as many florists around the city that we could as well. By the time Sunday rolled around, I was exhausted to say the least! It was definitely a casual day for me. My version of casual is a comfy t-shirt and a pair of stretchy dark denim jeans.  My casual outfit doesn’t vary too much during the fall and winter. During those seasons, I throw on an over-sized sweater and pair it with my military boots. Sometimes, simplicity is all you need. Here are the details on my outfit:


Shirt-Forever21 Men

Sandals-Payless Shoes


Comfy Saturdays

I’ve been so busy with school and work this past week. I stepped out for a bit just to catch some fresh air. I had to remind myself that just because you are busy, doesn’t mean you are being productive. Everynow and then it’s important to stop and enjoy life. Wherever you are, maybe you’re where you want to be in life right now and maybe you’re not but remember to enjoy the journey.

Sweatshirt: Gap

Jeans: Forever21

Shoes: Aldo

Bag: Target



How to Layer with a Vest

Yesterday I was invited to attend a Bridal Shower. I love celebrating the accomplishments of my friends. I was able to catch up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while and I realized how awesome it was to hear goals and accomplishments being met. I also realized that I am blessed with great friends. Growing up, we moved around a lot and because of that I didn’t have a lot of long lasting friendships. It’s been easy for me to keep people at a distance simply because that’s what I’ve been used to. As a result of that, I never developed long lasting friends until college. We may not talk to each other or see each other regularly but I know that there’s a lot of substance and value in the friendships that I have with them.

Unfortunately, we were talking so much that we forgot to take pictures with one another. I did take a few pictures of my outfit before I left. I love this vest; it keeps me warm and makes a bold statement. It’s a really good example of how you can make a personal statement with layers. Here’s what I wore:

Jeans: Forever21

T-shirt: Target

Vest: Target

Boots: Old Navy