Before you say anything about me already being married, just know that if I had to do it all over again, I’d be getting my gown from Oak City Bridal. This was by far one of the best bridal experiences EVER, minus the fact that I’m not getting married and this was just a shoot to showcase some of the amazing gowns from the Oak City Bridal Collection. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to get all dolled up with make-up and hair and prance around in pretty white gowns for a day? LOL. 😂

For those wondering about Oak City Bridal, they are a fairly new bridal shop in the downtown Raleigh area. They have some of the best bridal gowns and accessories in town and there is literally something for every bride out there with bridal gowns ranging from sizes 0-30. I was surprised to hear about their size selections as this was definitely not a range you would have seen when I got married back in 2011. Not gonna lie, my own bridal gown shopping experience wasn’t really the best, but I really think I’ve made up for it by trying all these mezmerizing gowns from Oak City Bridal that day.

Every bride wants to look and feel their best and most importantly, brides want to have a comfortable, stress-free bridal shopping experience. I’m almost positive you will get that from Oak City Bridal. I stopped in a day before this fun shoot to get fit for the gowns I’d wear for the shoot and Oak City Bridal owner, Stacia, was the sweetest, kindness soul EVER. She really made me feel right at home, we had great conversation and the shop had an array of gown options for me to try on in my size. Never have I ever been somewhere where I fit almost ALL the sample sizes. When I was planning my wedding, I remember that there weren’t many options in my size. As a curvy girl, with curvy friends, I’m so happy to have found a bridal shop that is inclusive, so I can recommend to all my friends who are getting hitched.

Need I say more?

Now, you know I can’t end this post without sharing the IG handles and contact information for the amazing photography, hair and make-up team. They were a dream and I felt like a queen. It really does take a village, huh, LOL 😂 Check out all the amazing talent that made this day possible at their IG handles below:

Photographer: @arikashelest
Dresses: @oakcitybridal
Hair and Makeup: @wedded Kiss  (Hair Sarah/ Makeup Nina)
Models: @kgazda6889 @sincerelydeidra @withlove_ema
Till next time.
Deidra Marie 😊


All the Purty things on the blog today. Sometimes I keep it casual and other times I do it dressy casual or what I like to call casual chic. One thing I pride myself on is making casual look cool and really freaking put together. Saturdays are usually the days I try to make my tee’s look super fashionable since I have more time to really think about my look and the vibe I’m feeling for the day. I have a formula to this: SUNNIES+EARRINGS+BOLD LIP+METALLIC SHOES+COOL DENIM=Casual Chic.

Ya see, it’s not rocket science. I strongly believe that with this formula you can’t go wrong. All a good tee needs is some love from their good ole friends accessories and bam, you have something that can take you from day to night just like that. I’m currently digging the new tee’s from Purty and they have some of the best new accessories inventory to take your tee to the next level, I’m purty sure of it, LOL 😂

Loving my very Purty pieces? Well you can Shop my Purty tee here and if you’re so loving my dangly printed earrings, you can shop those babies here or here in another color.

Here’s to making casual the new chic.

Till next time good people.


Deidra Marie


Okay everybody, you know it that time of year. Yup, you guessed it! It’s time to start adding on those summer to fall transition pieces to your wardrobe. I have a vibe that summer is going to end sooner than expected here in NC so with that I’m already wracking up on transition pieces so I’m ready to go. Here are a few of my suggested transition wardrobe pieces to help me get through the summer to fall move.


I’ve been digging this trend for awhile, but had such a struggle trying to find some that looked good on me and fit well through the hip, thigh and waist. I love the high waisted ones because they provide a lot coverage in the mid-section. These jeans scream summer to fall transition and can be worn in so many different way. In this instance, I’ve paired it with a bodysuit and ankle strap heels. Of course, as it gets colder you can most definitely do a mule shoe with a cute long sleeve top or blazer.


Time to break out those plaid blazers. You knew blazers were going to be on my list. Why wouldn’t they be, LOL. They are the perfect transition piece and great for layering. If it gets hot, you just take it off and keep it moving. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, get you a blazer to help elevate a basic look and make you look effortlessly put together.


Much like the blazer, this piece is a great layering piece on those kinda sort of warm to cool days. It’s a more casual option for your wardrobe, but absolutely necessary and a classic that can go with just about anything in your closet.


Okay, as the days get cooler, I start bringing out my silk and satin scarves as a layering piece. Right now it’s clearly too hot to be having anything around my neck, but once it starts to get cool, my short silk and satin scarves are a must. I also deck my purses out in these babies and wear them on my head as a headband or head wrap. I get bored with using them just for my neck, so those are two great ways to keep my looks fresh and fashion forward.




I hope these transition pieces are a help to you. They never get old for me and all four are tried and true. May we all have a very fashionable end to summer and an extra fab and fashionable fall. 😉

Till next time.


Deidra Marie