Baby it’s cold outside. Sort of, I feel like my version of cold is so different from real North Carolinians version of “cold”. Since I’m originally from Massachusetts, cold has a whole other meaning to me. Between the endless winters and blizzards, a North Carolina winter is basically a walk in the park. And while I’m still waiting for things to cool down here in NC, I’ve been on the hunt for fall to winter items that make a smooth transition into the holidays.
If you’ve been following along on my Instagram page, then you know Vera Bradley has been a brand fave of mine lately, meeting all of my needs as an on-the-go mom. I always said I wouldn’t be that mom with many bags, and here I am, I’m the mom that has many bags, many bags in many prints because apparently, Deidra as a mom means finding super cute Vera Bradley pieces to truly compartmentalize my life and as you all know, October is breast cancer awareness month, so I was gifted some darling Vera Bradley pieces that satisfy my obsession with prints and bags. Check them out.
You can shop all these new October arrivals and more by clicking here.
Vera Bradley is also serving up a bit of plaid early this year to get you in the spirit of the holidays coming up. Now you all know how obsessed I am with plaid and mixing all the plaids around this time of year. Vera Bradley plaids are no exception to this rule and as with every VB piece, I love a good backpack because as a mom, being hands- free is the way to be. I’ve styled this bag three different ways using different accessories to give you some inspiration for the transition to winter. Check it out:
Hope you’ll love the new fall arrivals as much as I do. Check out my plaid backpack here. Here’s to a VB fall ya’ll.
Just coming back from an amazing much needed vacay in the beautiful city of Cancun, Mexico. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a vacation, but we finally decided it was time to get away from it all and just take a break for awhile. Packing has always been the most stressful part about going on vacay, I always pack way too much and can never decide what bags to bring. However, with this trip, that wasn’t the case. I brought along the most amazing bags by Sapahn and I basically used them everyday on my short trip. Before I share all the deets on them, I wanted to share a bit about the story behind the brand.
Sapahn is an artisan-friendly and artisan-driven company with a focus on humans rights. Sapahn aims to foster strong relationships with artisans in rural Thailand to bring their products and business to the forefront. They focus on bridging the gap by partnering with artisans in Thailand and aim to empower them to make the choice on how they do business. With human rights at the forefront of everything they do, their is a special focus on ensuring their artisan partners are empowered, treated with respect and paid fairly. To learn more about how Sapahn is putting human rights at the forefront of their business, click here. To learn how it all began click here.
Functionality, style, versatility, and lightweight were all the things I needed for my trip to Mexico and the two Sapahn bags I packed met all my needs. I knew we would be doing a lot of walking, so it was important to me that the bags I carried didn’t weigh me down and were easy to pack.
I’m the kind of woman who loves options and my Grace Crossbody provided all of that and then some; not to mention the bright yellow color is perfect for spring and summer looks. I was able to carry my cellphone, money, identification info, lip balm and few other on-the-go knick knacks in this purse and each day I wore it and aside from the adjustable straps I love that I could wear it on my waist, across my chest and on my shoulder so it was functional with every outfit and it was super easy to adjust the straps and change up on the go.
The latter part of my trip I used my Sapahn Rin Crossbody. This bag is very versatile. While it’s definitely simple to the look, it is super functional has a back zip, top zip and side zip pocket which was perfect for travel and holding all my little knick knacks (passport, keys, sunglasses, hand lotion, masks, hand sanitizer etc…).
Keep Scrolling for a closer look at the different zip pocket openings and don’t forget to check out the darling Rose Coin Purse as well.
I love a good black maxi dress, especially for the summer. I think it’s one of those basic pieces every woman should have in their wardrobe. There are days where I don’t feel like glamming up, but still want to look professional, that’s when a black maxi dress is in order. It’s a piece that can be mixed and matched with so many things and worn so many different ways.
All that said, I got the cutest, softest, sleeveless black maxi dress from Sozy and wanted to share 8 ways to style it. So here it goes.
Add a Denim Jacket
A denim jacket is another piece I think should be in everybody’s wardrobe. It’s a classic and instantly adds life to a simple look. It’s so easy to elevate a look with a denim jacket. You can roll the sleeves up, pop the collar, button it up, tie it around your waist, wear it around your shoulders. Get my drift? 🙂
Add a Funky Scarf
I have so many scarves from years past. I went through a serious scarf phase where I felt like every outfit needed one, the black maxi was not exempt from this. One thing I love about adding a scarf to a black maxi dress is that like the denim jacket, it can be styled different ways. I know at least 5 different ways to tie it around my neck and about 3 different ways to tie it on my head, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can tie it on your purse and decorate that up a bit. I’ll do some posts in the future about all of this at a later date.
Add A Classic White Button Down
Sleeveless dresses are great, but around this time of year where I’m from, the weather isn’t always that consistent, adding a white button down to a sleeveless black maxi is a great transition look. It says that you’re not quite ready for spring yet, but you’re looking forward to it. Adding a white button down takes this look from casual to a bit more formal as well. Lastly, if you’re not feeling the hostess look, you can always wear it over the maxi dress as opposed to under, which is what I’ve done here.
Add a Funky Blazer
If you’re like me, most of the pieces in your closet are bright and are crazy prints. These types of pieces go well with a basic black maxi dress. It’s a great way to elevate your look and make a statement at the same time. I added a simple braided belt for just a little extra, but the blazer alone would do perfectly fine.
Add Textured Sweater
Sometimes mixing textures adds a little extra boost to an otherwise blah look. Like I said before, where I’m from, the weather this time of year is a bit unpredictable, so the way I’ve been adding texture is with spring transitional sweaters. This pretty lavender sweater is a fuzzy texture, sort of cropped, a spring color, simple, but still cute enough to make a statement without overpowering the dress. I also like that wearing the sweater over the dress almost makes the dress look like a skirt.
Add a Kimono
Once upon a time Kimono’s were trending on the fashion scene. Not sure if that’s still the case, but I’m not one to follow trends. I just wear what I fee like wearingl. Like my scarf phase, I went through a major kimono phase, and to this day I wear them to dress up simple pieces like my new black maxi from Sozy worn in this post. Kimono’s can be pieced together with a statement purse, necklace or belt as well.
Add a Funky Sleeveless Blouse
It’s no lie that I own the craziest printed tops and blazers. It really works to my advantage because they go so well with simple pieces. I decided to keep this blouse unbuttoned and do a beach tie. I call it a beach tie because I feel like this is how some people wear their beach cover up’s at the beach. I don’t know, just an assumption, this is how I rock my top cover ups at the beach, so I’m calling it a beach tie, end of discussion, LOL. 🙂 Note: If you don’t have a sleeveless button up printed top, you can easily pair your black maxi with a regular top or tee shirt.
Add a Belt
This is for sure the simplest way to elevate a black maxi and there are so many different types of belts you can pair it with. Need I say more.
I hope these 8 ways inspire you to add little flair to your black maxi dress.
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