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Feeling dainty in a little boy’s shirt

We heart buying shirts from the boy section….dress shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts…we have them all. Some little boy’s nightmare becomes our treasure.

I  was in the mood to wear this skirt, but wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to style it. First I threw on a black and white plaid shirt + a sweater. That didn’t work so well. Made me look like I was carrying some extra weight in the midsection, and I really don’t have any time for speculations about a [nonexistent] tiny human growing inside me. I then tried it with a black, purple, and silver sequin top, but for the shape of the top didn’t work well with the skirt.

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I finally settled for pairing this boys (size 14) pale yellow button down shirt with the skirt. I am not really a button down and skirt kind of girl, but I really heart this combination! So, I decided on a top….now there was one more tough decision: what color tights? I started with green, and thought they looked a little too putrid with the yellow. Then I moved on to blue and wasn’t feeling that. I settled on a dark purple pair to contrast the pale shirt. Threw on a pair of pearls, earrings, the best booties ever , and some Ruby Woo lipstick……gave myself a look in the mirror, and thought, girl you betta weeerrrrkkk! IMG_3529

Next time you go to the thrift store, check out the boys and/or men section–especially if you’re a girl who finds herself in this-doesn’t-fit-me-quite-right shirts far too often.


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A frock fit for Easter (or Any Time :)

Easter is nearly here and it’s time to break out your best frock, and your most stunning (or at least entertaining) chapeau for all the world to see.

I’ve been waiting since Christmas to wear this 1980s navy and white,  polka dot dress that Reese got me from our good friends at Lost in Drawers. When I saw it, I immediately thought, “This is what I’m wearing for Easter.”

But who says your Easter dress is only good for one day of the year? Not me. I plan on rocking this dress as much as I can and the best way to do that is to style it as many ways as you can think of.

Here are my three best looks.

Exhibit 1: Gone with the Wind Fabulous!

There is nothing more fun than a flirty hemline and I’ve known that since I was probably 3 years old. Now twirl, twirl, twirl.

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Adding a structured jacket to the top of the dress in a bright, fun color keeps it classy with a punch.

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Exhibit 2: Don’t Be Cardi for the Party!

The calendar might say spring, but where we live? Baby it’s cold and this boyfriend-style cardigan in a bright yellow is warm with a pop of “Hello!”

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A statement necklace, a slimmer belt at the waist and even some statement tights make me ready for the Easter Egg roll at the White House (if I could have smuggled a little kid in there.)

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Exhibit 3: Oh, Chambray!

Nothing like a denim shirt to make the dress instantly more relaxed, and the chambray color makes it a subtle contrast to the navy background of the dress.

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This girl is ready for a casual brunch with friends. Happy Easter Day!

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Until next time.

— Ricks

How are you planning to get more wear out of your Easter clothes?


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The Thrifty Chicks are off exploring The Big Apple for a few days. Check out how our friend Erica Hilton gets in her business attire on a budget!

— R&R

Erica Nicole Hilton

Business attire is NOT cheap! Purchasing suits, slacks and blouses can really hurt your pockets, especially if you’re still a student, interning or just starting out in your career. Don’t even get me started on all the accessories you need like bags and shoes.

But the truth is, you feel as good as you look. If you want to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company one day, the time to start dressing like one is NOW! And me personally? I prefer my business wear to have a bit of a flash about it (that’s why I call it Biz Attire). No one likes a stiff suit; you look as uncomfortable to people as you feel. 

If you’re looking to add more “biz” attire to your wardrobe on a tight budget, here are my top three places where I rack up:

  1. Thrift Stores and Consignment Boutiques:…

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21st Century Church Ladies

Gone are the days of wearing boring, monochrome suits to church…at least for us. A little pop of color, a whole lot of sequins, a bow tie, and ruby woo lipstick came together well in our respective outfits.

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Reese, why are you always making me laugh right in the middle of a photo?

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The plum shoes + floral tights + black coat complimented the sequins perfectly. If you’re wearing something like a sequin top, toning down in other areas can make the sequins pop.

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The cut of the coat is simple, but this collar gives it so much pizazz! Small details like this make this church lady stand out from the crowd.

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It’s all about the red lip for Reese. Often times when she wears bowties, she soften up in other areas…such as lipstick or the old school clip on white earrings she’s wearing.

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Cardigans are a good option when it’s too cold to simply wear a jacket and it’s too warm to layer a coat over a jacket.

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All smiles after a great worship service.

This week, put that boring suit back in the closet and reach for something you would have never thought to wear in  the past. Who knows? Somebody might be waiting to say, “OMG! I love your style!”

Until next time,

R&R


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Randomly Reese: Leggings, Blouses, and Skirts….Oh My!

When I shop, I buy things because they have potential or because they make me happy–not because “everyone else is doing it.” I’ve pretty much been that way the majority of my life (at least since I’ve been able to pick out and buy my own clothes). There are some things that consistently make me happy: blouses, ruffles, graphic tees, leggings, blazers, high waisted skirts, and bow ties! I couldn’t put EVERYTHING I like in these photos, but check out how I pull together some of the elements I love to create fun, functional outfits.

A fun day in the park: I’ve always liked swings. I tried to relive the days of my youth…seemed a lot harder to propel myself forward than it used to!

If I can't have fun in it, I don't want to wear it!

If I can’t have fun in it, I don’t want to wear it!

I'm pretty sure the little kids in the park don't appreciate me playing with their toys!

I’m pretty sure the little kids in the park don’t appreciate me playing with their toys!

Lounging: I heart my DIY bench (read about how I made it HERE). It’s the perfect place to sit, people watch, and read. I love this skirt because it’s flowy and comfy. I love the sweater, because it isn’t bulky.

Comfy skirt + sweater

Comfy skirt + sweater

I call this my “Little House on the Prairie” look. On first glance, this skirt isn’t the cutest thing in the world, but adding a head wrap and a cute jacket gave it so much life! BTW, does the scarf look familiar? It made an appearance as a top when I was on vacay. Read about it HERE.

Gosh this head scarf gives me life!

Gosh, I live for head scarves!

That purple lipstick? Awesome addition to my collection…thanks roomie!

STOP! Collaborate and Listen...Reese is back I got a brand new invention (ok...I'm done reminiscing about Vanilla Ice)

STOP! Collaborate and Listen…Reese is back I got a brand new invention (ok…I’m done reminiscing about Vanilla Ice)

I like tees. They make me happy. This tee has a skull that reads, “Midnight Party.” To dress it up, I added shiny leggings and a pink, Michael Jackson-inspired jacket.

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I'm having a private party

I’m having a private party

When I wear a heel, better believe it’s a fly one. Love these black booties! I found the belt at a thrift store for half off. I had to get it, because I know how much these belts retail for. I purchased the blouse from Minerva Vintage Closet on Etsy. If you get a chance, check her out. Cute clothes and excellent customer service.

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There you have it folks. This is how I roll. 🙂 If you missed Ricks’ last style post, check it out HERE. She’s pretty awesome and so is her style.

Until Next Time,

Reesey


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What I Wore to Work: A Conversation Starter

2013 marks a really cool milestone in my professional journey: I’m teaching my first undergraduate class! I had my first class last week, and in addition to planning the syllabus and outlining the first day, I spent plenty of time thinking about what I would wear. As Ricks and I lounged on our couch the night before my first day, I mused about what kind of vibe I wanted to set. I fell asleep before I could figure it out. 🙂

The next morning, I woke up and decided I wasn’t going to go the dress pants/button down route. I figured I would take advantage of being in a relaxed academic space and wear something that was much more comfortable and representative of my everyday look.

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The outfit turned out to be quite the conversation piece as we talked about what it means to have a “culture” and how it’s reflected. After students shared, I brought up my outfit and what it reflects in regards to things I hold dear. I absolutely heart the “I Love Beeing Black” tee, and one of the reasons is the outline of the African continent in the heart. Part of my identity–a choice I’ve made about my identity and it’s relation to the world–is how I locate myself. I am a woman who values being a member of the black disapora. I spoke about how locating myself in the disapora and not just America is significant to how I see the world, power relations, and social justice work.

What a great conversation starter! Students began discussing how they see themselves located in (seemingly) multiple cultures and what that means in terms of displaying (performing) who they are in different contexts. I explained that yes, I love quirky fashion and challenging ideas of what makes “good fashion.” In the classroom, I used both of those things to open up a conversation about the ways we think about ourselves, our surroundings, and what define us.

Places to go, people to see.

Places to go, people to see.

Who knows what I’ll wear next week? Who knows what class will be like next week? I’m sure I’ll wear something fun and equally sure the class will be great. What I set out to accomplish for the first class was 1) disrupt any preconceived ideas of what a professor “should look like,” 2) set the tone for a course in which I hope students will constantly evaluate stereotypes, assumptions, and long held beliefs and 3) have a dynamic conversation to get students thinking about important themes for the course. After a GREAT first class, I’d say mission accomplished.

Great first class....mission accomplished!

Great first class….mission accomplished!

I’m lucky to work in an environment where I can play around with professional dress norms. I hope this post encourages you to push the boundaries more and show as much personality/individuality in your work life as you do in your personal life.

The all stars  had to make an appearance. Oh the places we will go!

The all stars had to make an appearance. Oh the places we will go!

Do you wear fun outfits to work? Share them with us!

Until Next Time,

-Reese

 


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Ricks Style: Miss thing is wearing a tie

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Travel chic.

So the title of this post is random, which probably is a word that best describes my style. The title also is exactly what some lady said really loudly as I was strutting through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to catch a connecting flight. o_O

Reese and I maintain that we don’t have personal styles in the traditional sense, but I’ve been able to nail down a few fashion constants that I’m probably going to be here for always.

Mad for plaid: Excuse my pajama bottoms, but get into this plaid! I didn’t go to Catholic school, or any school for that matter that required any kind of uniform, but I think I’ve loved plaid since I was a kid. It makes me happy. Nuff said.

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Preppy, tartan goodness.

Bold, funky, ethnic-looking accessories: I like to travel and when I’m not traveling, I like to look like I’ve shopped somewhere cool and other-worldly.

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The bigger, the bolder, the better.

Watches: I love a good timepiece. Old school, new school, real deal, knock off. I love them all.

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Big, small, I love them all.

Feminine blouses: I love soft, billowing blouses made out of light materials with bows, pleats, ruffles and beautiful buttons that move with me. They give a feminine touch to even the toughest look.

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I like being girly sometimes.

Bold bright colors and neon: I don’t much follow trends, but I so fell in love with the neon trend last year and I’m so going to rock it long after its gone. *kanyeshrug*

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Rainbow bright.

Long skirts: I don’t know if I’m channeling Little House on the Prairie or what, but I really like long skirts that are just shy of maxi.

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Look ma, no knees.

Jackets/Blazers: Whenever I want an outfit to look more pulled together I grab my fitted denim jacket or a great tailored blazer. Jackets just make everything look better.

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Fitted jacket = Instant sophistication.

A spectacle in spectacles: I know wearing glasses is all the rage with the kids today, but some of us are truly blind and actually need them to see. I’ve worn glasses since I was in fourth grade, but I’m so glad that today’s options look nothing like what I rocked back in the day.

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If you’re gonna have four eyes, they might as well be awesome.

Chuck Taylor All Stars: I only have one pair, but my wants list inside my head is probably filled with every color conceivable. I wear these dressed down with jeans, or dressed up with my favorite plaid skirt, a blazer and a cummerbund to church. My love affair with these kicks are that serious.

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Me and Mr. Taylor have a thing going on.

Just so this post won’t be stupid longer than it already is I’ll just tell you that I am also here for sequins, hats, skulls and crossbones, studs, a popped collar, pencil skirts, ultra feminine dress, cummerbunds, sweater vests, neckties and crossbody bags…WHEW!

Keep it thrifty,

— Ricks