On this blog I try to cover all aspects fashion and now that I am moving into a new direction professionally I need to take my style up another notch. So for this new feature I will focus mainly on professional attire for those who work in fields that are a little more restricting when it comes to fashion. Although I am a teacher and in public schools there is no dress code, I think some people are a little too relaxed. I even make my students dress up for presentations to get them ready for interviews, college fairs, and the professional world in general. I am in professional attire Monday-Thursday and Friday is my casual day. So I would dress up a pair of my jeans.

This year I have been revamping my professional attire and one of the first places that I went to transform my wardrobe was New York and Company. I would shop at NY and Company occasionally, but I am in there quite frequently now. They also give teachers discounts, which is totally amazing. I’m thinking of putting together a lookbook of all of my pieces from the store, because I own quite a few. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, here are a few pieces that I have had my eye on to continue to build my professional wardrobe. These pieces are from their NY @ Work Collection. Although many of their pieces can be worn in the work place I figured I start with this collection. Check them out

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Herringbone Two-In-One Dress

Description: Polished from top to bottom, this two-in-one dress features a soft button-front top and contrast herringbone-print skirt; a faux patent belt completes the sleek look.

Wavy Knit Self Tie Dress

Description: We love the wavy-knit design on this boatneck sheath dress for a stylish dose of texture; a faux-leather belt adds a polished accent.

Sleeveless Banded Collar Blouse

Description: This effortlessly stylish, sleeveless banded-collar blouse is accentuated with a curved, high-low hem and silvertone button detail at the shoulder and front placket. (Perfect for wearing under a blazer or cardigan)

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7th Avenue Suiting Collection Jacket in Navy Pinstripe

Description: Known for its superior styling, this two-button jacket is updated for the season in a sophisticated pinstripe; two front flap pockets and princess seams give a hint of structure.

7th Avenue Suiting Collection One Button Jacket in Plum

Description: Highlight your figure and sophisticated style in this one-button jacket, featuring front and back seaming detail and two front flap pockets.

This is the first of many New York and Company posts. I love the quality of the clothes and the affordable prices.

This series will focus on specific stores, brands, work wear dilemmas, personal style outfits, and lots more.

What do you think about this new feature?

Hello my loves,

It is official, SUMMER is now over and so we must change our skincare routine accordingly. During the summer my skin care routine is very minimal because like most people I sweat. If I put on too much lotion or a heavy lotion it will be dripping down my back as soon as I step outside (I hope that wasn’t too graphic). So I used a light weight lotion from NIVEA (Smooth Sensation) to keep my skin moisturized in addition to some SPF.

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So NIVEA’s has revamped their brand and bottle to give their customers 25% more lotion in a sleek new bottle and I had the privilege of attending the event! Throughout the event they had “25% more” of everything especially with their cocktails. They added a pineapple ice cube to add 25% more flavor to the drinks.

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We heard a presentation from NIVEA reps and celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch. Take a look at a few pics from the event and my outfit of the day.

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We learned about their newest products and customer favorites. We were able to sample everything and then take a few of the products home. This fall I will definitely be using the NIVEA cremes (the original formula is 100 years old), the NIVEA Soft, and NIVEA Body Souffle for irresistibly soft skin.

WHAT I WORE

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I came straight to the event from work and totally forgot that NIVEA’s color was blue. When I arrived and saw all of the blue I was like ok I might as well work for them since I use all of their products anyway lol. Anyway my outfit details are simple everything except the shoes is from New York and Company. They were having a crazy sale and I had about $75 in City Cash and so I went crazy. I updated my work wardrobe something serious for this fall. I loved the crop pants! They go perfect with my ankle tie front heels that I bought about 3 years ago from Payless (Yes they were from Payless and they are still going strong). I was never a fan of button up blouses until I tried this particular shirt on. It has ruching on the sides and back to give it a snug fit without being tight.

Oh and let’s talk about this hair of mine. A few weeks ago I went to get a blowout from the Dominican Hair Salon and the weather was just not cooperating. Since I’m transitioning to texlaxed hair, it does it’s on thing. I love the fullness of my hair and the slight curl that I have. I’m trying to use as little heat as possible so at night after I moisturize and seal my hair I put about five rods in it and wake up in the morning take the rods out and wrap my hair then take it down right before I leave for work. I am definitely loving all of the body!

Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to share a quick What I Wore post with you all. I’ve had this New York and Company dress for a little while and I have been dying to wear it. Every time I think about putting the dress on something always deters me from being great. Well today I was able to finally wear this dress that I adore. When I saw it on the hanger I was like “ok this is interesting” but the most interesting (my way of saying weird lol )pieces on the hanger always end up looking fabulous on the body. So here are the details

And yes I have changed my hair again! This has been my “thing” for 2012. I recently took out my brazilian body wave tracks and went for a totally  new look. I didn’t want a full head of senegalese twist again because I didn’t want to spend hours in the salon so I went for a different look. I have cornrows going in to twists. The right side is actually twisted so I have somewhat of a half and half look. I love this style and the fact that I don’t have to do my hair in the morning. I have been on a roll with this protective styling to add some length to my hair. I think I’ll continue throughout 2012 switching up the style every 6 weeks or so depending on the condition of my hair. So there you have it! What I Wore and my new hair. Until next time!

So for today’s look I had to bring out one of my favorite things to wear; boyfriend jeans. Sadly, this is my only pair so I don’t wear them as often as I would like. I purchased these about two years ago from New York and Company and every pair that I have tried on since then has failed in comparison. Although they fit me a little more snug than they did last year or the year before that, I still love them! Yes I know I am extremely excited over a pair of jeans. This is how I used to be with my Joe’s Jeans back in the day. Those jeans were made for my body. I had about 7 pairs, then I gained weight and it was bye bye to Joe’s.

 Anyway, I paired my New York and Company boyfriend jeans with my “Love, Peace, Faith, Hope, Jesus” tank from Forever 21 and a pair of black and cream tribal sandals from Bamboo via TJ Maxx.

I really went down the slide after. It was so much fun lol

I saw a bug…I was focused lol

This is what the world needs!


Do you guys love boyfriend jeans as much as I do?


So if you follow me on Twitter you would have seen a few of my Instagram updates from my test photoshoot this weekend. I had a lot of fun and look forward to more shoots. Usually Rob and I would go to brunch on Sundays, we haven’t in a while but we did manage to have a LATE brunch with unlimited mimosas. We got to El Pollito Mexicano around 3:30 and brunch was over at 4 so we just made the cut off point. Anyway check out what I wore.

What I Wore

I love the black and white shot and my hair is growing back so beautifully! I am super excited.

  • Watch New York and Company
  • Wedges random boutique in Brooklyn
  • Necklace Jewelry District near Herald Square

I love this shot! I was really stopping traffic…only for 2 seconds though. I have been practicing poses so hopefully you will see less of the arm action lol.

Credits

  • Photographer Dustin Ramos
  • Director- Rob Fortune (male blog contributor)- he claims my best shots were under his direction