RAINY DAY OOTD

I love and hate rainy days. This is totally weird, but I prefer a gloomy day to a sunny day. The sun is so harsh on my skin, so the perfect day would be a nice 73 degrees with overcast. My best friend, Nat, says I’m a vampire. I have my reasons, overcast is a photographers dream, just saying. Okay, so I love rainy days because I get to pull out my wackiest outfits and nobody can say anything about it. Okay, if they do say something about it, it’s not to my face, so there you have it, 😆. I feel like rainy days call for minimal effort with maximum color. It’s one of the few times color is absolutely necessary to me. Because it’s so gloomy, I like to wear the brightest of brightest looks with some fun rain boots of course.

So here in NC it’s been raining just about every day this week. I’m pretty much over it at this point because I’ve run out of outfit ideas and I’m also not a fan of cold rainy days. Like I said, I like a nice 73 degrees or so. Seattle is one of those places where I’d love to live because it’s gloomy and rainy, yes, I’m weird, sue me. So a typically rainy day OOTD for me would be a fun bright rain jacket, a cute tee or blouse and my ankle length rain boots.

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Coat | Jeans | Boots

This fun pink transparent rain coat is from ASOS. Link to this super cute coat is above along with my mom jeans and rain boots. The pink polka top is thrifted from Plato’s closet. If you don’t know by now, I rock a thrifted piece with just about every look I put together. It’s my way of supported the sustainable fashion initiative and reducing the amount of clutter going in our local thrifts. Here’s to making smart fashion choices while still looking cute doing it. Oh, by the way, before you go, I’m rocking my favorite lip gloss from Oui Fresh, you know what it is, Sabrina of course. This color goes with all my looks so you know I couldn’t resist.

Tell me, what’s your rainy look? What are your go to rainy day colors? Drop your comments in the comment box. Would love to hear from you!

Till next time lovelies 💕 💕

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

THE POWER OF COLLABORATION: A STORY OF TWO GIRLS JUST SHOPPING THE TARGET MAKE-UP ISLE

This past weekend I had a laundry list of things to do. Well, every weekend I have a laundry list of things to do, but let’s just say I’ve been working, working hard to build connections, network and support other women in the business of doing business. There’s something super special about randomness. I met Kathleen at the NC Art Museum last year; she was taking photos for an up and coming blogger/vlogger and I was just snapping pics with the family because that’s just what I do. In any case, we exchanged numbers and agreed to collaborate sometime in the future. The collaboration happened this past Friday, at the Target make-up isle because who doesn’t love having meetings in the Target make-up isle? LOL😆  and I know, only a year later did we clear our schedules for a meet up. I guess this is what it means to be booked and busy. Having only seen this beautiful person once, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it would be magical. I feel like we’ve been kicking it for years. There is something amazing about women supporting other women. It’s so important in the content creation world. We are what we support, what we stand for, what we make of situations. I just happened to take a random meet up and make it an opportunity to love on my new friend and support her beautiful photography business, Kathleen Nolis Photography. She definitely has an eye for the romantic. You should check her work out.

An amazing blogger once told me, in reference to increasing engagement, that you have to give love to get love. I have never forgotten this advice and have taken it with me through this blogging and photography journey. I’m a natural cheerleader, I root people on because our words our powerful and can be used to catapult people to amazing new heights. I also love seeing the fruit of encouragement. Sometimes, people just need a loving word to move past self-doubt, disbelief, low confidence. I know, I need a word everyday because negativity creeps in more often than you think. Although, I must admit, it’s easier to pick others up than it is to pick myself up sometimes>>>honesty alert, I don’t have it all together, despite what my Facebook and IG appear to tell you.

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So I ask, who are you rooting for today? What are you rooting for today? Who have you loved on today? Have you made an effort to spark a fire in something or someone?

And as I end this post, recognize that all problems can be solved by making a short trip through the  Target make-up isle, nah, j/k, but in all seriousness, lets take the time to root our friends on and even strangers, cheer for them too because you never know where your this may lead you. Encourage, build up, pour into, love on and push those around you. All this is done through our words and good old fashion collaboration. Take time to meet new people, you never know where it may lead you. In this special case, it lead me to Target, with this beautiful soul.

Oh by the way, before I go, this dope vintage blazer I’m wearing is from Felicia Faye Vintage. Check her site out and grab you a few colorful pieces to brighten up that wardrobe of yours.

Till next time.

Deidra Marie

5 FASHION GOALS FOR 2019

I’ve been preoccupied with prepping for my conference in Hawaii this week and completely forgot to share all the deets on this cute outfit. Some of you may have seen it featured on my IG and Facebook page, but for those who don’t follow along on those social media channels, thought I’d spread the love here. This was for sure one of my all-time fav winter looks and I’d go as so far as to say it’s one of my fav looks from 2018. Got this cute festive floral dress from Rugged Warehouse for $12.00. I know, it was hard for me to believe too. As for the hot pink beret, this beauty was found at a cute little thrift shop in Apex, NC along with a few other colored berets you’ve probably seen me wear on the blog a few times.

Anyway, I’ll end this post by sharing a few fashion goals for 2019, so keep scrolling.

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Shop sustainably like I’ve been doing, I’ll always support my local thrift, consignment and IG vintage shops. This is a great way to give back while reducing the clutter in thrift shops.

Build up the courage to rock some leather pants. I’ve felt like my thighs were too big for this look, but I’ve definitely seen so many great women rock this look who are a bit curvier on the bottom and I’m slowly building up the courage to do the same.

Donate 1 of unused clothing this year. I’ve built up quite a collection of clothes over the years so it’s time to purge and donating is a great way to give back help out my community.

Remix and rework the clothes I already have. My wardrobe is full to capacity so it’s definitely not a bad idea to start reusing and restyling clothes that I already in my closet.

Invest in better quality activewear. I’ve been working out really hard at the gym but my activewear hasn’t. I need activewear that works as hard as I do and last longer so I’m making it a point to purchase activewear that is of good quality and is breathable.

Well, guess that’s it for now. Stay tuned for some Hawaii content. Can’t wait to capture this beautiful island and it’s wonder.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie.