THE BLAZER CODE: 5 BLAZER MUST HAVES

Now you know the blazer is the ultimate staple in my wardrobe. It’s one of my signature style pieces and I wear one just about everyday. I think every fashionista should own a few. Why? Because they pair well with any outfit, are easy, and make even your most boring looks stylish and so put together. Today I’m dropping a list of the 5 must have blazers, enjoy!

PRINTED BLAZER

You must have a blazer with a funky print. I have several and pair them with an all white or all black look. Sometimes, when I’m feeling extra extra, I pair my printed blazer with printed bottoms. As you know, I’m no stranger to mixing prints and colors. My advice to you would be to step out of your comfort zone and just go for it. Try different pattern mixes till something floats your boat. You’ll be surprised how much you stand out and shine.

ALL BLACK BLAZER

A black blazer is a must! No doubts or questions about it, having one of these in your closet is great for interviews, toning down a crazy look and it’s great for work and church events too. It’s simple, it’s sleek, its conservative, sophisticated and screams all grown up. Get you one of these and keep it for the days you have to slay the work place with style and grace.

COLORFUL BLAZER

Like the printed blazer, having one or 2 fun bright, bold colorful blazers is a MUST. If you’ve been following along for sometime now, you know I’m famous for mixing and matching my colorful blazers with other colorful pieces in my wardrobe. This is a great way to restyle a look and play to the seasons of the year. I often pair a bright, colorful blazer with a more toned down look like all black or all white and when I’m feeling extra extra, I color block and add some bright, bold colors on the bottom to compliment my blazer. However you rock it, just know one or two colorful pieces (specifically a blazer) will help elevate your wardrobe and take your color game to the next level.

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Keep scrolling, I have two more for ya!

LINEN BLAZER

Okay, I know I complain so much about linen being wrinkly and just by far the most annoying fabric on earth, but I’m not going lie when I say I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good linen blazer. Right now it’s scorching hot in NC and a linen blazer allows me to be chic and still stay cool in this crazy heatwave. You can still be comfortable and chic, and a linen blazer offers the best of both worlds. Just be sure to iron real well before use. Just a warning, also just personal experience. Literally walked around looking like a road map one day. #lessonlearned LOL. 😂

CROPPED BLAZER

Not sure this look is actually trending right now, but you know me, I don’t care. Trend or no trend, if it looks good and makes me feel good, I’m for it honey. I love a good cropped blazer because they are just short enough not to steal the attention of an eye grabbing bottom such as a tulle skirt or bright colored pants or distressed denim. Cropped blazers are a great layering piece for elevating a look, but still leaving time for people to really focus on the other pieces you’re wearing. I have 1 or 2 shorter blazers that I wear frequently when I really want to show off my cute skirts and printed pants.

Speaking of blazers, I nabbed this pretty teal and purple one while in VA a few weeks back. Check this, I paid $3 for it. No lie. I love thrifting, I always feel like I’m winning and so is the thrift store. One more thing before I go, I mixed my OuiFresh lippies for this post and you can shop both amazing lippies here and here. Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

#TARGETSTYLE

I went to a conference about two weeks and met the amazing Dr. Nancy Doyle, psychologist on the A&E show The Employables. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching. It’s an amazing reality show that brings awareness to neurodiversity and how people with different minds cope in workforce. It also highlight the various lives of people with different minds that have struggles getting employment. Okay, just had to explain that before sharing how this even relates to Target and why I’m so grateful we have here in these United States of America. So, Dr. Doyle is from England and she informed of some extremely devastating news, wait for it…..okay, England has no Target. I bought passed out when she said these horrid words to me. They legit have no Target. She wanted me to take her shopping since she was only in the US for 2 days. She fell in love with my denim jumpsuit and asked if I could take her to Target for a shopping spree. Unfortunately, I had left the conference early and didn’t get a chance to shop around with her. She did; however, make a Target run with another friend and ended up spending some coins on the cutest clothes because all Americans know you can never walk into a Target and leave empty handed, LOL. 😂

Target is the most amazing place to get clothes! I’ve been shopping Target for years and they never disappoint. Matter of fact, the cute purple shoes and green pants featured in this post are from, you guessed it, TARGET!

You should wait for Target items to go to 30%, 50% and even 70% off. My purple shoes were $6.00 because I waited. They have the best clothing sales and you can get your grocery shopping and home decor shopping done all at the same time. If you go to Target and shop, my friend, you’re #winning. Currently digging the Wild Fable and A New Day clothing lines. They have super practical items for work and play and they are lines that are pretty inclusive when it comes to sizing. Anyway, just sharing my love for Target on this post as most of the item I’m rocking are from here.

Tell me, do you have a Target where you’re at? What are your most loved items from Target? Drop your answers in the comment box, would love to hear from you.

Keep scrolling to see me style and profile in my Target pants and shoes.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

It took me a long time to really nail down my personal style. I’ve been experimenting with different trends and different ways to mix and match things and I’ve come to the realization that I just love everything. If it looks good, I’ll buy it, I’ll wear it and I’ll own it, but one thing I’ve noticed on this personal style journey is that color and vintage or thrifted pieces are always incorporated into my wardrobe. I haven’t really put a label on what my personal style actually is, but if I had too, I’d say it’s Quirky Colorful Chic with a hint of 90’s nostalgia. Every now and then, I show off a few boho pieces but for the most part I’m bright and full of light. One thing I’ll say about personal style is that you can’t really put it in a box or label it. It’s very limiting to only buy one particular style. Hence why thrift and vintage pieces are a thing for me. It’s challenging to try to make these pieces work with more modern items and I love a challenge. More importantly it’s challenging to finds ways in which these items make sense with your personal style. Shopping and putting outfits together should be fun, challenging and exciting so with that here are few tips to nail down your personal style.

STOP WITH THE TRENDS

Trends have nothing to do with personal style. In fact, it’s the surest way to be put yourself into a box. Trends target consumers in a very special way. They tell you how you should dress for the season and dictate style for you. If you’re trying to nail down your personal style, avoid trends and shop the things you just love, even if its dated or out of season. Trends are about following the masses, personal style is about following yourself so do you!

CLOSET CHECK

Before you hit that online store or head to your nearest shopping mall, check your closet. You more than likely already have everything you need to nail down your personal style. I’ve been on this pink thing for a few weeks and something told me to check my closet, and there it was, the cutest pink rain coat and a pink blazer. Understand this, we are creatures of habit, if you’re wanting a pink coat or jacket, chances are you probably already have one in your possession. Just check your closet and start there with getting your personal style down.

DENIM FOR THE WIN

When in doubt, always start with denim. Whether it be a denim dress, jeans or even a denim skirt, most people at least own one denim piece. The thing about denim is that it’s all-inclusive. It goes with everything and how we mix and match it really helps determine our personal style. I always rock my mom jeans with a colorful top, blazer, oxfords and oversized trend glasses. How you rock your denim will definitely help you square away your personal style. It’s a great place to start when you have no clue.

SHOE STYLE AND ACCESSORIES

Sometimes your shoes and accessories are the starting point to nailing down your personal style. Let’s be honest, no outfit is complete without a cute pair of shoes or a darling scarf or earrings. My outfits would be lackluster without some funky shoes or earrings. Most of my outfits consist of some type of funky shoe, hat or colorful earrings. They really help round out the statement your trying to get across and say a lot about your personal style. Put together a simple outfit and determine your go-to accessories. This is almost always the way I nail down my look and it also speaks to my personal style. Perhaps all you need is a statement necklace to really drive the point home.

CONFIDENCE 

Confidence is key. This unfortunately can’t be purchased. I have some wacky looks and get the most stares when I’m in public wearing green pants and a yellow top, but I wear the things I love with confidence because I know before I even speak, people know I’m all about smiles, energy, fun and spontaneity. Almost all the time, how I dress and express myself is a reflection of who I am. Think of your clothing pieces as art and everyday you get to wear a new painting to show off to the world. I never wear the same painting twice and that my friends is personal style. Change it up, style it your way and rock it with confidence because no one will ever wear it like you do!

Till next time friends.

Deidra Marie