Not So Ordinary Black Dress

Monday, April 29, 2013




On a rainy day do you usually pull out an ordinary black or grey dress?  Sometimes I feel like doing the same thing and then I do one of the following things:
  1. Add a bright blazer or cardigan
  2. Make a statement with jewelry
  3. Put on a hot hue shoe
What do you do to make a not so ordinary statement?




Guest Post: Kelley's Love Affair with Black Blazers

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Ey y'all!  I'm Kelley from kdairies.com.  Thanks for letting me butt in to Shawna's blog for a minute and share the love of my life with you: Ok here it comes, the love of my fashion life is.... Black Blazers!  Yep, you read that right.  They seem like such a simple thing in the world, no?  Well I'm here to proclaim that they are not simple, and I do, in fact, have an obsession with them.  Black blazers are the most amazing thing I have in my wardrobe, and you wanna know why?  Because they cover everything I don't want to show (::ahem:: ARMS), they nip in at my favorite area (waist!), and flare out to cover a second area I prefer to hide (hello, muffin tops!).  
Still trying to master the selfie (and that bogus ballerina bun I'm wearing). My black blazers got me through pregnancy in a formal office setting.  I love their sweet lapels of varying shapes, and the definition given to my shoulders.  Yeah it's official, I am in love with black blazers.  I have alllll different kinds.  Ones with pointy shoulders (I'm kiiiiind of Kardashian-obsessed!), ones with leather details, long blazers, short blazers, boy-cut blazers, tuxedo blazers, stretchy blazers, plain blazers, cheap blazers, expensive blazers, and of course, different SIZED blazers (because let me tell you people the last five years have done a NUMBER on the sizing you can find in my wardrobe.)  Get it?  number?  AH.
This is me and mah girl Belle.  She's my fav.  And I just noticed that I'm allllmost rocking an ombre hair thing in this pic.  Who knew months of no hair care could do that? 

I had to put this picture at the end because, I mean if I put it in the beginning   you 'd take one look at me and think I was nuts, wouldn't you?
Shawna's trying to teach me to pose like a fashion blogger (she's so GOOD at it, don't you agree!?)  Clearly I have a LOT left to learn.
So what do you guys think?  Am I too into the black blazer?  Too much of a crutch?  Should I bust out my single white blazer for summer?  Ooooh or what about like neon blazers?  I've got it bad, I need HELP!  

Kelley is a lifestyle/mommy/fashion/beauty/whatever-she-feels-like blogger over at Kdiaries.com.  When she's not blogging she's running around after her nearly one-year-old daughter, teaching group exercise, or working on Femworking, the business and blogger networking group she co-founded in early 2013.  She'd love it if you checked her out and let her know what you think of her lil' ole blog!

Suite Food: Grilled Fish Taco

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Have you started and new job or switched to a new project team lately?  Then you may have picked up a few unwanted new pounds like me. According to a survey performed by CareerBuilder.com, 45% of employees have gained weight since starting their job. So I have starting eating a little healthier and here is on of my new recipes that I picked up after my friend threw a Pampered Chef Party.  Tonight I cooked Grilled Fish Tacos to stay heathy her is my take on the recipe. Try it out and let me know how you like it.

Ingredients:
  lemon juice
 tomatoes, seeded
1  small onion
1/4  cup mayonnaise
2  tbsp (30 mL) milk
1   garlic clove, minced
1/4  tsp (1 mL) salt
2   cups (500 mL) thinly sliced lettuce green
1   avocado
8   (6-in./15-cm) corn tortillas
1  lb (450 g) skinless cod fillets

3 tbsp of garlic herbs and seasonings
1/4    tsp (1 mL) coarsely ground black pepper

Pam Spray
Directions:
  1. Spray pan with Pam and place cod in skillet, sprinkle with seasoning and cook 6 minutes each side, until it flakes in pieces.
  2. For the sauce, mix light mayo, garlic and lemon juice in a bowl to put on top of fish.
  3. For toppings, chop up tomatoes, lettuce, onion and avocados to put on top of the tacos.
  4. Warm tortillas on the stove and place fish, sauce, toppings on the tortilla.
  5. Serve with corn salsa. Serves 4.

Work Wear Wednesday: M Loves M takes Color-blocking into Spring

Thursday, April 11, 2013




Here is this weeks addition of Work Wear Wednesdays and this week we are highlighting Mara from M Loves M. In her "Colorblocked" post Mara takes an amazing color block dress from the impecable pig into spring by adding her favorite spring accessories.  What accessories will you use to take some of your favorite looks into spring?


Who, What, Where: Bright Colored Blazer

Sunday, April 7, 2013




You may remember Janelle from the What 2 Wear: On Your Birthday Post last year. She just dropped by to show us her amazing new cut and lowlights that she had done at Ulta Salon.  While she was here I took the opportunity to ask her what piece has she picked up for her spring work wardrobe and she said that is was the stunning bright colored blazer that she was wearing. 

Who: Janelle H.-  Banking Industry
What: Bright Colored Blazer
Where: TJ Maxx
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