Pleated Blush Dress

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Happy Tuesday Friends,

I found this dress while taking a walk through TJ Maxx. I was so excited to get it home, only to find out it was much cuter than I imagined. I paired it with this jeweled belt I found at the thrift store. Yes, the thrift store.

This dress would be perfect if you have a wedding to go to.

Dress: TJ Maxx similar here and here ~ Belt: Thrifted similar here and here ~ Shoes: really old similar here and here

Playing Dress Up

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This is why I love TJ Maxx! This dress is Calvin Klein and I love it! I wear this to work all the time with flats, but this particular look I wore to a wedding. The necklace elevates this look and makes it more dressy.

I like to repeat my looks, I actually wore this dress in this post as well.

Dress: Calvin Klein ~ Necklace: Banana Republic similar here ~ Shoes: Kenzie similar here and here

Weekend Recap

Hi Fashionistas!

First let me say sorry there was no post yesterday. I have been doing the most. Which means I have not been planning my time as well as I should be. To keep it really real, I have been watching Power in my spare time and I’ve been sucked in! No excuse, but I’m here now!

This weekend I had a blast! I went to a friend’s wedding and after a few of us went to the Baltimore Harbor and  hung out. I’m excited to share the day with you, I never take photos when I am out, typically I like to spend time with the people around me, but since I did this time I wanted to share them with you. img_0183-1img_0184img_0178img_0182-1img_0154

Dress: Nordstrom Rack similar here and here~Shoes: DSW ~ Earrings: Charming Charlie similar here and here

 

Here are the shots from the Baltimore Harbor. Like a bunch of big kids we went paddle boating in dragons and walked around exercising our large dinner from earlier.

Shirt: Old Navy (see a full post on this shirt here)  ~ Shorts: Gap Factory ON SALE!! ~ Shoes Nike similar here

 

 

Wedding Guest Inspiration

Wedding Guest Attire Inspiration

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This weekend I am attending a wedding! I love weddings and I am excited to go out and find a dress to wear. Whites why I thought this post would be so fitting. I may even be in one of the dresses listed 🙂 You know I love Banana Republic for everything! I have also been looking at Lulus, they have the cutest dresses… make sure you check them out if you are looking for a dress for this wedding season 😉

 

It’s Wedding Season

Within the last two years, I have attended the most weddings in my life. I went to four last year including my own, and three this year. I have to say, weddings may be my favorite type of party. I really enjoy prepping for events and occasions. To have so many this summers I was in heaven! Now I consider myself to be an expert, so let’s talk about Wedding Etiquette today!

Your Date

Let me put this out there first. You do not have to match each other, but you should go together. Just because you have on pink, does not mean your date must to wear pink. Here is a photo of me and my husband, wearing outfits that goes together but doesn’t necessarily match each other. Ladies, if you are the type who will never wear the same outfit more than once (thank you facebook) there is always the Rent the Runway option. I love Rent the Runway, they have so many designer outfits that work well for so many occasions! Guys don’t you worry, you can rent a suit or tux from The Black Tux and look equally as stylish as your date. I showed my husband the easy to use website and he definitely thought it is the way to go for our next special occasion. Oh and by the way, it is affordable too!

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Etiquette

One thing I am a stickler on, is etiquette, and not only with weddings but throughout life. There are just somethings we should not do. We all know we shouldn’t wear white or anything that can appear to be white at a wedding. Err on the side of caution, if you have to think about it, others will too. Also, make sure you look put together, no wrinkles, or stains. Please wear appropriate attire too, my rule of thumb is “would I wear this to church?” I like to wear more classy items to a wedding otherwise you can date yourself.  When attending any event, dress nice, it shows you have respect for the event and those throwing it. Lastly, be sure to dress correctly for the occasion. 

Typically if there is nothing indicating the formality of the wedding on the invitation, look at the venue and the time of the wedding. Typically, if the wedding is in the morning will be more casual, the evening tends to be more formal. For example if the wedding is being held in a castle, I recommend and evening gown or a really nice cocktail dress and a tux for the guys.

I hope this helps you all get through the rest of wedding season 

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Couples Retreat

As you all know last week I was in Newport News, Va with my church on a couples retreat. The retreat was Thursday through Saturday, just in time for everyone to make it to church on Sunday. It just so happened to be comunion so we were able to sleep in (Communion service is at night). I am currently working on an in depth story on my faith and the journey it took to get to where I am now. It is very interesting/ entertaining.

Frank and I left at about 8am on Thursday morning. I suggested that we get down there as soon as possible, traffic is always unpredictable and it was a 3 hour drive. I actually grew up in that area, and I knew there were some outlets close by. We arrived at the outlets around 1pm and gave us some time to do a little shopping. After shopping we checked into the hotel and the festivities began.

Night One:

We were able to experience the amazing voice of Kelly Price concert, followed by music and dancing in what we called “the love lounge.” Growing up my favorite type of music was R&B, 90s R&B holds a special place in my heart. If you can’t tell getting to see Kelly Price perform was amazing.

Day One:

First thing in the morning, the coordinators included a time for everyone to walk around “love pond” or get in a quick workout. We started the morning in prayer, followed by breakfast. After breakfast which was about 2 hours, we had praise in worship before our first speaker. The first speaker, Bishop Kim Walter Brown was amazing. So much so, Frank and I purchased his book and got it signed. Bishop Brown, spoke about how our up bring plays a major role in the way we operate. It was very eye opening. Later that evening, we had dinner at a Brizillian restaurant that brought around endless meats, Frank loved it.


Day Two:

The morning was the same as day one, Frank and I had an amazing run this morning- I get excited for great workouts. The speaker this day was Mark Gungor, and he was so funny, we couldn’t stop laughing. I really enjoyed how he put the way men and women think into perspective. We purchased these materials as well. After this speaker it was time for lunch then we had to get back on the road to head back to Maryland.

Overall Frank and I loved this retreat. We have never done anything quite like this and we had an amazing time. We even bought our tickets for next year, the church gives a great discount when you register at the retreat. I am so excited for next year!

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Wifey

I thought this outfit would be very fitting to post today! Tomorrow, Frank and I will be attending a couple’s retreat with our church. This is our first retreat we have ever attended. I hope it will be fun! I will have to tell you all about it when I get back. I hope you all enjoy this post… I am off to pack now 🙂

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Top: Target| Jeans: Old Navy| Shoes: Old- Similar

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Photography: Brian Adrian Photography