Denim on Denim and the Clogs

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VestShirt| Pants | Clogs| Canvas

I love all things denim. Nothing screams the weekend to me quite like it. And nothing screams Sunday quite like denim on denim. Double denim always leaves me feeling like the sleek off duty blogger mommy in Trader Joes’. Which brings me to this outfit.

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The moment I saw these shoes I knew they called for double denim. The entire outfit is truly framed around them. Earlier this year, I blogged about #shoppingnotstyling where I planned to buy nothing until June. Well I totally caved and bought these shoes. I fell in love with them last year at Madewell and my husband hates them so I left empty handed. I went into the store the other day just to window shop the new collection and these little friends were a smooth $49.99 with an extra 50% off. Husband be gone. I could not resist. And most importantly I didn’t want to. The reason we stopped shopping was to make sure that we only purchased things we loved and I looooooved these shoes from the bottom of my grinch little heart.

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This outfit also needed the prerequisite canvas bag because we were honestly headed to the grocery store (I am eating newly purchased Very Berry Cheerios as we speak) and we don’t use the plastic grocery story bags if we can help it. #savethetrees

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Anyway, these shoes make me so happy and I am so glad I broke my shopping fast for them. What item are you lusting over that you know you probably shouldn’t buy?

Who I’m Driving To: The Get

It’s been a bit since I’ve done one of these and since the last time I’ve done one, I’ve been listening to the same thing. The Get.

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I’m always interested in hearing voices that sound like me from girls who look like me. I’m open to other opinions and find myself inadvertently doused in them day in and day out but some times I just want to be with my people. And that is exactly how I think of the girls on this show, as my people.

Rhiana Gun-Wright and Ivy Onyeador of The Get are novices as far as podcasting goes with only a year and twenty one episodes under their belt. But as far as content, they are true experts. Managing to quickly find their voice and their audience, these girls are intelligent, hilarious and timely. Two Ivy League grads break down race, pop culture and just living in general in a way that is digestible, snarky and relatable all without spoon feeding those who are not apart of their cultures but are still listening.

In a form of media that is dominated by white male voices, this duo is refreshing and so easy to latch on to. I knew as soon as I heard their discussion of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None that I would be hooked as long as they would be willing to put out new episodes. Their show is hilarious and genuine but at the same time raw and expressive (you’ll see what I mean when you listen to the episode titled The Things We Carry). I come away from each and every episode with something to smile about and something to think about. And if you are looking for dope music and fantastic sound quality, then you needn’t look any further.

Definitely go and check out Ivy and Rhiana and it goes without saying that you should start with that episode Masters of None episode, Hierarchy of Hotness.

Starter episodes.

Episode 6: Hierarchy of Hotness

Episode 12: The Lighter Side of Racism

Episode 14: The Things We Carry (Don’t listen to this while driving)

Where to find their work

Website

Instagram

A Weekend with Bae

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Sweater| Scarf | Vest |Biker Jeans |Boots

I was out of town all last week and so I was thrilled to spend the weekend with my husband. We spent time with some of our nearest and dearest and just poked around one of our favorite small gems in North Carolina, the town of Old Salem.

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I got the opportunity to dig out some gems from my wardrobe. At one time, I had this sweater listed for sale on Ebay and took it down on a whim. Now I can’t believe I ever considered selling such an easy staple piece. It’s so warm and cozy and the long sleeve always makes me feel extra-specially bundled.

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This puffer vest has been seen literally everywhere which doesn’t stop me from getting great joy from it. It’s been sitting in the back of my closet for the better part of this fall/winter but in the interest of #stylingnotbuying, it’s making a come back. This scarf is one of my absolute favorites but I couldn’t figure out exactly how to wear it. I decided that this outfit needed some texture though and figured it out.

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It was just a great weekend to bundle up and head outside. It was nice to get away if only for a little bit with the stress of what is going on in America and the world at large. I can not imagine a world where hatred spreads like wild fire and I just want to hold tight to my teddy bear of a first generation American. Here’s to love trumping hate.

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Come Pack with me

img_4515Call this a guide to squeezing an entire business weeks worth of clothes into a carryon. I’ve flown a lot in my short time on earth and what I’ve discovered is that for some reason I have a very high mistrust for the airline. I fear that my luggage will miss the lay over or that it will be seriously damaged or it will just flat out go missing. So if I travel for less than I two weeks at a time, I always bring a carry on instead of a checked bag.

I have a business trip coming up and here’s how I shoved a week plus worth of clothes into the cutest rolling carryon ever.

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Sweater| Jeans | Button Down| Purse |Carry-on| Shoes

 

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I am a button down kind of girl so I snagged enough of them to make it through the week. I’m wearing a plain white one and then packed my three most basic and yet special button downs. Throughout the week, I’ll layer then and mix and match them under the sweaters and the dress in the top left. Each article of clothing is good for any climate and can be mixed and matched for casual and business. Not featured is a standard fair black blazer and my favorite J. Crew lady day coat. When packing for a week, pick the clothing you feel best in.  There will never be a day on this trip where I won’t love what I have.

I also threw in clothes for more casual wear like my favorite pair of mom jeans, two tshirts and some work out clothes. I stacked the items up by genre, all the tops together, all the bottoms and the all the casual clothes.

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Shoes go in the pouch beneath the logo. In the main case I layered the stacks and tucked the underwear at the bottom of the case.

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It takes a bit to smooch them in but it truly is enough clothing for the week.

To The Library We Go

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Hat| Tee| Blazer |Chinos | Pumps  (similar, similar, similar)

I love a book store. Or a library. Or a warehouse. I jus love anywhere that houses books. Growing up with my childhood bestie -who I am blessed to still call my best friend- books were our safe place. We were just giggling on the phone the other day about slipping an extra book in our bags from our middle school library because four books was not enough for the a whole weekend. (Disclaimer: All Most books made it safely back to the shelf where they belonged on Monday).

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In my favorite used bookstore, I make a beeline for my favorite sections; young adults and fantasy. I can never get enough of either. Sure adult fiction and non-fiction is good but it’s entirely too grounded in reality when I’m looking for an escape. Queue Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on audiobook in my car for the tenth time.

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Husband and I also ended up in the library (I needed a new library card). I snagged a miscellaneous book in the self help section and it turned out to have some beautiful advice and really spoke to exactly where I am at this point in the year. The passage affirmed me in  not shopping and really just gave merit to how we are currently operating our finances in my home.

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Plus, the title made me giggle. It’s “Do I look like an ATM?: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American Children”. That is such a black mom phrase. But from the very first page I randomly flipped open to I knew it was a good (and funny) read.

I almost always end up laughing on these little photo outings. My husband does a great job of making sure that I do by working really hard for the laughing photos. He saves up inside jokes from the week and tells them too me on the spot and no matter how many photos we take, it still surprises me into laughing each and every time. I am so blessed to have a marriage where there is fun and joy.

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This post was suppose to be about this outfit but mostly your getting a lot of feels from me. Oh well. Guess you’ll just get a chance to know me better. Scroll down to see my favorite part of our local used bookstore.

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Can you guess which quote is mine and which is Hubby’s? One thousand gold stars to the winner.

XO Prepford

 

 

Hats Off to You

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Hat| Sweater( similar, similar, similar) | Pants (sold out, similar) | Shoes| Purse

I’m trying to do better with styling not buying. In order to stave off closet staleness, that means I’ve moved over to my husband’s closet. Queue this J. Crew Ebbet’s field hat. fullsizeoutput_917

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I kidnapped a few of these before for weekend wear and if I say it once, I’ll say it again, they are amazing. They are the only brand of cap that can handle my natural hair.

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I always wear red for a pop of color; it’s why you’ll see me with my ever present Apple watch band. So when it came to this outfit the easiest choice was red as an accent.fullsizeoutput_90d

This sweater has been living in my closet in desperate need of love. It’s warm and comfy and is perfect for the day where I don’t feel like getting dressed.

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I was just telling my husband earlier today that I remember a time where I would automatically reach for sweat pants during the weekend. Clearly, I was a college student and when you’re in college, sweat pants and yoga pants are the only way to be comfortable. As I get older though, I’m realizing more and more that polished staples with hints of color serve me better. Not only am I cozy but I also feel comfortable in my appearance in public.

What’s your go to weekend piece that is comfy but still polished?

XO Prepford Wife

Snacks on Snacks on Snacks

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Dress| Shoes |Purse | Sunglasses (old, similar)

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Today the weather was unusually warm so I decided to bust out my favorite outfit which happens to include quite a few snacks.

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I purchased this dress a few years ago as a bridesmaids dress for a friends wedding. It was an eBay find and I loved it. After all these years, I’m surprised it fit but since it was 70 something degrees I took it out and about for a spin. I love it because the fit is so classic. It screams Audrey Hepburn but isn’t took stuck in the past. It’s a dress that is timeless and if the quality holds up, it’s the kind of dress that I will more than likely save for my future progeny.

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This cake purse was a present from my in-laws who obviously love me very much. I’ve had my eye on it for years and didn’t have the guts to buy a purse that’s this expensive and not utilitarian. It’s worth every penny though because not a single person looks and it and doesn’t coo. It’s kind of like a puppy in that way.

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These shoes are the cutest, aren’t they. They were suggested by an instagrammer and 4 clicks and four minutes later and these little beauties were mine. All in all, when the weathers nice and my outfit includes food, you can count on a good day.

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What item of clothing do you reach for during false summer?

XO Prepford Wife

Minnie Mouse: A Bonafide Style Icon

 

I’m not wild about Disney World or Disney products in general but Minnie Mouse has always been my main lady. Something about a  girl whose signature look is a black turtleneck, a polka dot skirt and a pair of yellow pumps just speaks to me. Pair that with that little pill box hat and she has always been speaking loud to me.

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Trench (Similar, similar) | Dress | Shoes sold out | Purse (similar)

So when I opened up a Christmas gift today to find this little mini mouse purse, I could not be more thrilled especially since I was already wearing this outfit. dsc_0359

This little purse is hands down one of my favorite Christmas gifts and it pairs so well with this trench coat and the corresponding dress beneath. This dress is one of my favorites. It looks like a really well made skirt and shirt set. I am constantly running late for work and this dress helps me to look professional quickly. There are so many ways that it can be styled so it never looks like I’m wearing the same thing twice.

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I paired it with this trench because they are the exact same color. If I’m going to mix this many prints, I try and make sure they are identical in coloring. That means no white and black stripes when my dress is cream and black.

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I went for these little yellow bow shoes because they are my absolute favorite. I saw them on a blogger circa 2012 and knew I had to have them. I tracked them down on poshmark about a year ago and haven’t looked back. dsc_0387

To tie it all together, I changed my watch face to Minnie. After all, she’s why I purchased the series two instead of the series one (I mean besides that little old waterproof thing and the gpsing).

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Whose your favorite style icon that may or may not be human?

XO Prepford

 

This Coat Deserved a Home

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Coat | Shirt |Pants |Shoes |Bag

I purchased this peach coat on a whim. Even though all of my coats seem to live in this color family, it was just calling my name. Loudly. It didn’t help that I met some of the nicest shopping pals humanly possible who told me “yes, you need that”.

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So long story short, this coat has a home. I wore it on a short pre-Christmas trip to Biltmore Estate and when I tell you that I got a compliment literally every single place we went. It could have paid for itself in under an hour if each compliment were worth a dollar. It was right at home in the gardens where every floral was coral. I found my place in the world.

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This coat is aesthetically pleasing and with its thinsulate lining, I’m warm without ever requiring bundling, which is perfect for someone who lives in the south and often forgets to even wear a coat. It also does pretty well in warm environments. I wore it through most of Biltmore’s Gardens in spite of the 80 degree plus temperature.

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The gardens themselves were stunning. Once upon a time, I masqueraded as a green house keeper so being amongst so many beautiful blooms felt both flamiliar and exotic. Each aisle contained more beautiful florals than the last.

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The greenhouse itself was massive but still only take a half hour for the quick explorer. It was my favorite part of the visit so it took us well over two hours. When visiting Biltmore, they make it very clear to wear comfortable shoes. I took the memo a step further and assumed comfortable clothing as well. I paired the coat with my uniform of choice, white shirt, black pants. I made sure to glitz it up a bit with this embellished oxford and a crystal necklace. For bottoms, I reached for the J. Crew Minnie pant which breathes like a legging but makes me feel like a “grown up” and a pair of flats with a bow.

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Biltmore’s Gardens were absolutely magically but we couldn’t stay all day despite my best intentions. We took a brisk walk from the gardens around the grounds and up to the house itself. The home was absolutely stunning and we had plenty of time to see it during our night time tour.

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More about the actual house in a part two.

XOXO Prepford Wife

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions 2016

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I have been waiting for about a month to talk about my New Year’s resolutions. I started carrying through some things I wanted to work on around Thanksgiving and so I am so excited to share the things I’m working on with you.

  1. No shopping until June. My husband and I have been doing a ton of shopping in the last six months or so and are desperately approaching a much-needed hiatus. We have taken a shopping fast before as a build up to our wedding. The only things we exclude from it are necessities which includes food, shelter, and things we must buy like bridesmaids/groomsmen clothing for important weddings in our lives.
  2. Which leads me smoothly into my second point. Use this space as more of a style guide and less of a vehicle for consumerism. Less “buy this, buy that” and more “this is what I look like, this is what I dress like, this is what I paired this with” instead of “this is 40% off.” I will still tag where I purchased things but with more item tags that say similar instead of exactly where I purchased the original item since I plan to shop less.
  3. Closet and house purge of unnecessary things. We have just accumulated too much stuff. So the rule is anything that hasn’t been used in two years or anything that won’t be used within a year, will go.
  4. Incorporate fitness daily. I have to get back to a space where my life isn’t so sedentary. I have used my job as an excuse but a year in and it is no longer new to me. Even if it’s just a 15 minute walk with the dogs in the evening, I have to do more to be active. I am going to start by participating in activities that I enjoy. Restarting a yoga practice, continuing water aerobics and running more are on the list. participate in activities I enjoy.
  5. Follow the impulse. The other day I decided to go to the beach and so we went. If I have an idea that deviates from my normal pattern of behavior, I usually shy away from it. This year, I am going to start living my life as though I’ve imbibed a daily bottle of felix felicis and I am going to follow the impulse.  Rare is the occasion where my gut reaction steers me wrong and I am going to just roll with it.
  6. Post regularly. I am not a blogger but I do get a sense of satisfaction from blogging. I have had this space for years and have never had the consistency to post on a regular basis. I am going to give it a shot if only because I love the idea of chronicling the entire year in post and thoughts. So even if it’s just minutia, I will try to update here at least three times a week. I will also make an effort to spruce up the appearance around here as well as categorizing everything so it’s easier to look back.

So let’s hear it, what are you working on this year or are you a conscientious objector?

XOXO Prepford Wife