We Have Our Heading

I want to go in a new direction…

I want to take the blog in a new direction. I have a lot of stuff I want to share with each of you and I don’t want to limit myself to only makeup and clothing. I cook, a lot, I have two kids, I have other interests…on and on. I want write about what truly inspires me or what I am interested in at that moment. I am not always inspired to write about makeup or clothing because some days I don’t even get the chance to do my makeup or put together an outfit I would want to post on the blog.

I would like to share other pieces of my life with you. I feel I am limiting myself if I only stick to beauty and clothing.

I hope you join me on this new journey. I have a feeling it will be great!

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Luxe

A gorgeous purse and eye catching jewelry always make me smile…

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I won a giveaway not that long ago that was hosted by Mo from Belle of the Bean. She has some amazing style and this giveaway was a big win for me!!! I have been on the hunt for new, affordable jewelry but I haven’t found anything that spoke to me. When Mo announced this giveaway, I had to enter because every single item was screaming that it needed to be in my life!!

Above you see: a purse from Arden B., a necklace and bracelet set from Arden B., necklace and earrings from Adorned Boutique, and a necklace that says “DREAM” from BCBGenteration.

Thank you so much Mo!! I love each of the pieces!!

Ladies and Gents, go check out her blog Belle of the Bean for your daily dose of dopeness xo

Some Threads and Makeup

Today, it’s all about the top…

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I was on my way to go see 47 Ronin with my hubby.

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This has to be one of my favorite tops…of all time. I got it from Mango on clearance for $4.99. Ladies and Gents, have no fear of the clearance rack.

47 Ronin with stamp

Winged eyeliner and dark lips to finish the look!

What about the movie? The movie 47 Ronin was a great movie and I really loved the story.

Any movie recommendations?

Something Blue {Wednesday’s Threads}

My favorite jacket…

I am an avid reader of Diana’s website Manhattan Image and Style she writes about everything from personal improvement and inspiration to beauty and style tips. I was on her website yesterday and she had this amazing outfit on , the plaid and leather made me swoon.

I have a leather jacket that I purchased a few years ago from T. J. Maxx and so I decided to run with Diana’s idea and create my own look…

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I absolutely love this jacket!! I am the type of person that wears bright colors all year around regardless of whether or not the leaves are falling.

Etta’s Style Advice: You don’t have to go out and spend a ton of money on an outfit. You can use pieces that you bought a few years ago and add them to new pieces. If I see something I like, for example Diana’s outfit, I try and recreate with what I have and put my own style into it.  Your style is what sets you apart!!

Stay Inspired,

Etta xo

Intricate Detail

I love this blouse. Needless to say, I have a love affair with lace.

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I was setting the self timer and it got me!!

Hope ya’ll are doing well. Missing the south, fall is starting to set in and I am the biggest baby when it comes to being cold.

What is your favorite season?

One Blouse & One Look from Day to Night

Your day has been busy, but you have plans that evening and there is no time to go home and completely revamp yourself.

Have no fear! You don’t have to drive, walk, or catch a train all the way home. You can add pieces to your outfit or even remove pieces that will have you looking fab from day to night in no time!

I have a new blouse that I was piecing together to see how versatile it is with what I have in my closet. When I shop, the first thing I ask myself is “How versatile is the item?”. I am a college student and I have a family, so budgeting is a necessity. I don’t have the means, as of now, to go out and buy a new outfit each and every time my husband and I have an event or I have a meeting.

Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it.

That is one of my all time favorite quotes because style is what you choose. I love the fact that you can take one item of clothing and style it in different ways and get a uniquely different look each time.

Since my day will be busy and the husband I have plans later this evening I wanted to be able to take what I have on from day to night.

It all started with…

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That I wanted to take from…

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day look

To…

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night look

During the day, I like to keep it neutral and not to saucy. I am doing school work, attending appointments, being a mom, etc all during the day. As much as I love to dress up and look fancy, I realize that wearing night wear during the day is not realistic or practical for the situations I am in. The burnt orange blazer with the ruched 3/4 length sleeves, makes this blouse professional and wearable for day time activities.

When it comes to night time, I want to jazz myself up. I love black. Black can be used as a nighttime or daytime wear color. However, with this particular blazer I am dubbing it as an event clothing item. It is dressy but still casual.

What about your makeup?

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For the daytime makeup I wanted to keep it simple and not very dramatic. I used the Wet n Wild Fergie’s Centerstage Collection palette in “Newport Nights”. I put the lilac color on my lid (bottom right color of palette) and the gold color that is in the center of the palette on my crease. I then lined the top lashes with Cailyn’s cosmetics gel eye liner in purple. I extended that line out a little past my lashes…

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Why?

For night time I wanted to do a cat eye look using the same purple eye liner and also line my bottom lashes. Like so…

night makeup look

By adding the cat eye look and adding liner to my bottom lashes, it gives my eyes a dramatic look! Now, I am ready to have a night out on the town!!

How do you transform your looks from day to night when there is not much time to spare?

X’s and O’s