So Thankful

Hello dear readers,

As Thanksgiving draws near it reminds me of all I have to be thankful for.

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This past year has been especially trying in my church. Our pastor retired. Then our youth minister and our praise team leader announced their resignations which left us feeling very sad.

Yet what blessings the Lord provided for us!!! We were blessed with TWO visiting pastors who became part of our church family.

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Our pastoral committee worked so diligently and we are looking forward to a joyous Christmas with our new pastor.

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I wish each and every one of you a beautiful Thanksgiving! God bless you all.

Debra๐Ÿ’‹

Photo credits: Pinterest

Animalistic

Hey everyone!!!

I hope you had a fantastic week. If not I highly recommend a little retail therapy. With this in mind I put together some looks to help you wear animal prints. It was fun making these sets for you. I hope you enjoy them and find a little inspiration to transform your own wardrobe.




How are you wearing animal prints this season? Please leave me a comment below.

Style pretty!

Love,

Debra

Fallโ€™s Arrival: Wear it Now

The days are getting shorter and the nights a little colder. That means Fall has arrived in the northeast.

I was perusing Pinterest for some inspiration for fall outfits when I discovered a plethora of designer ready-to-wear collections in the most magnificent colors!

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about these!

First is this flowing dress by Chloe. The falling leaves print on a creamy background make this an ideal dress. Dress it up with heels. Or wear it with a turtleneck underneath mimicking the color of the leaves and matching tights for a more casual look.

This next outfit is from Fendi. Neutrals go a long way. Add a pop of color with a russet colored bag and matching calf length boots.

Dressing doesn’t get much easier than this look by Hermes! Match a comfy turtleneck sweater to a plaid skirt. So chic! Add a long pendent necklace and maybe a beret to up the ante.

Animal prints, leopard and snakeskin, were all over the runways. Here is a terrific way to add them to your wardrobe as seen at the Jacquemus show. Love how the colors compliment one another!!!

Celine dresses it down in a streamlined outfit of skinny jeans with longer knee length boots and a girlie blouse. A long duster elevates the look.

Oscar de la Renta paired a bold colored wrapped blouse to a loose fitted plaid trouser. I like this vintage vibe.

I’m a believer in a statement coat. The bolder, the better. Oscar de la Renta featured this beauty on the runway. When choosing a statement coat, look for one with minimal details. Your coat is the focal point so wear it with complimentary colors .

How will you wear fall’s looks?

Trending Now: Snakeskin

I have to admit that at first I was not on board with this trend. I just couldn’t picture myself wearing snakeskin printed clothing. Not that there is anything wrong with it. I am just not that bold.

Instead I started to find more subtle ways to wear this trend. One of my favorite ways to try something I’m not sure I’m going to “love” is via accessories.

There are so many fun ways to incorporate this print into your wardrobe. Think belts, shoes, jewelry, or a scarf.

I found some great pieces in my hunt that I’m excited to share with you like these booties. These are the Howwi bootie I spotted on DSW.com. A great walking shoe at an affordable price point of $49.99.

Howwi bootie

I love handbags! It’s one of the easiest ways to show the world your style. Whether it’s big or small, your bag should represent who you are.

This little crossbody bag is near perfect. Don’t you agree? Classy and playful all rolled into one trendy bag. I spied this little beauty on Target’s website for $21.99!!!

Crossbody bag

This last piece I want to share is a wrap bracelet that I found on one of my favorite shopping sites…Amazon! You can’t go wrong with the price at $7.99.

Wrap Bracelet

Wrap bracelet

Now that you have an idea of some ways to add snakeskin into your own wardrobe, you may be wondering how to style it.

I’ve got you covered girl! This style board is just one way you can add snakeskin into your own outfits. How will you try this trend for fall?

Love it? โœ”๏ธ Hate it?โœ”๏ธ Leave me your thoughts in the comments section. And remember to Style Pretty!

๐Ÿ’‹ Debra

The Return of Flared Jeans

Flared jeans return this fall. I know some of you are squealing with delight while others are shrieking with terror. I’m kind of in the middle.

You don’t have to look like a hippie in flared denim unless that’s the look you are going for. Then by all means, do it with style!

The trick here is fit. That’s right ladies. Try on several different brands because every size 10 is not designed the same way.

The first thing to think about in fit is the waist. Choose a comfortable waistline.

Next is the leg. The leg of your denim should skim the top of your shoe. I know magazines feature glossies of women wearing jeans draping the floor, but do yourself a favor and keep it real. No one wants to wind up in the emergency room.

Style tip: The best look is a snug fit from the thigh to the bottom of your knee.

Width of the flare is also a factor in the fit. A narrow flare looks more natural than a huge bell.

Because flared jeans come into vogue every 10 years or so I wouldn’t invest a huge amount of money in a pair.

Dark denim always looks more professional. Choose a dark pair to wear to work with a patterned top and blazer or long cardigan.

A lighter wash is fun for weekend wear. Grab your favorite denim, add a comfy tee shirt and hooped earrings.

Stores like Old Navy and Target offer affordable clothing. You could even try a second hand store! It’s good for the environment and your wallet!

Style Tip: When buying jeans, make sure to take along a pair of heels with you as well as what you are already wearing. This gives you more options for length and how you plan to wear your flared jeans.

Fashion is for fun. But dress well to impress.

Style pretty!!!

๐Ÿ’‹ Debra

Photo credits: Pinterest and Shop Look style boards created by Stylewise by Debra

Chic Fall Outfits

Hey loves!

Sorry I was away for such a very long time. You know how sometimes you have a mental block and before you know it time has completely gotten away from you? Well…That’s me. Lol!

Because I was having a mental block, I headed over to my favorite place to find inspiration, Pinterest. There I found some truly amazing outfits to help you look chic while staying cozy this fall. Without further ado…

 

The Bardot sweater may never go out of style. Wear it with jeans and boots for a casual afternoon jaunt to the library. What’s better than a cozy evening in with a good book or movie?

 

Neutrals can go miles in your wardrobe! Although this nicely layered outfit is made up of neutrals, there is a good mix of textures andย  whisper pink which helps keep it interesting.ย  Quick tip: Always wear your sunnies in the fall and winter when the sun is closest to the earth.

 

A bright fall colored sweater adds pizzazz to basic denim. I like the long tunic style sweaters worn over skinny jeans. Slip on a pair ofย  flat heeled boots and a fun scarf and it’s casual weekend wear.

 

Teal is so perfect for any time of the year. This rich tone that marries well with the many shades brown. I like the whimsy of theย  peacock feather earrings and plaid scarfย  in this set.

 

Remember that chambray shirt you couldn’t get enough of? It gets new life when worn under a sweater. An unexpected statement necklace in place of a scarf keeps this outfit fresh. *Note the animal print flats*

 

Loving this nature inspired look. I love long hikes through the woods, especially this time of the year when the leaves are turning their gorgeous colors and softly crunching underfoot. You can take that feeling along with you by pairing a colorful sweater, jeans and a pair of hiking style boots.

 

Flannels are still hot. Layer them over tees and tanks to keep you cozy. Add skinny jeans with boot socks and leave your shirt untucked or wear high waisted jeans and tie up your flannel.

 

Lastly, a light sweater in a rich tone worn with jeans, an animal print coat and simple jewelry. So chic!!

There are so many great sets on Pinterest to give you inspiration on how to style your own wardrobe. All of these came from Pinterest and I claim no ownership to them. I will share some of my own style boards in a future post.

Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.

Happy Fall!

Debra๐Ÿ’‹

Jewelry Trend & DIY

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Hello dolls!!

Do you ever think about jewelry as an extension of yourself? When you envision the queen of England at a formal affair, can you picture her without her crown? Well that’s exactly why I want to share with you today. Your jewelry should not be some after thought. It should speak about who you are. ย An extension of yourself.

Fall jewelry trends feature layered necklaces, lariets or the Y necklace. Statement pieces in mixed metals. Bibs and chockers caressed necks on the runways.

Tassles, beading, and feathers graced earlobes. Nature inspired jewelry that lent a festive vibe.

 

fringed earrings

 

Today I want to share with you how to create some of these trendy pieces to add to your fall wardrobe. All you need is a little time and patience. And of course a trip to your local craft store or your own jewelry box. If you are like me , you save those bits that look interesting. You know, the broken pieces from your favorite necklace that you no longer wear and have discarded.

 

braided metallic necklace

 

  • Firstly, you must decide on a design. I am choosing the earrings I shared above. To recreate these little beauties from Anthroplogie, you will need hoops that open and close. You should choose a size that doesn’t overwhelm your face. Remember that jewelry, ย like make up, ย is meant to enhance your features. Here is a link to purchase inexpensive hoopsย claire’sย I have purchased these in the past and they work well for creating your own Anthro inspired earrings.

 

  • Secondly, ย you will need chains in mixed metals to embellish your hoops. Either recycled necklaces or chain from the craft store will do. Remember to pick chains with links that will slip over the hoops easily. ย You can cut your chain ย in any length, but for this look I will keep mine one half inch.

 

  • You will also need a tool to cut the chain with which you can purchase at a craft or hobby store. They are usually located in the jewelry and bead section. They look like this :

 

wire cutters

Here’s a link to purchase these if you don’t happen to have any…wire cutters at JoAnn’s

Take your time cutting your chain. Place the cutters on one side of a link and firmly press handle to cut. ย Sometimes you need to wiggle your cutters a bit to completely open the link.

Once cut thread chains over hoops and try them on. If the chain length is too long for your taste, you can easily adjust ย by cutting them shorter.

Wear your new fall jewels with your favorite jeans & tee or a dress and boots. They are versatile enough to wear from day to evening.

 

weekender

 

All of the jewelry pictures belong to Anthropologie with the exception of the Weekender Polyvore style board.