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Monday, June 30, 2014

Great weekend....back to work Monday!!!

So this past weekend was all about Blogging While Brown in Harlem NY and honeeeeeeeeey the beautiful, motivated, smart brown people were out in full force!! I had the best time, learned a ton and left motivated to get my creative entrepreneur on!!

With strength from the weekend, on Monday, I began to rewrite an old chapter of my life. Empowered by a great outfit, positive expectations and a grateful attitude I stepped back to the desk........and I will just leave that there. But all that to say, here is the selfie parade from this weekend (my makeup skills are on the come up) and a few pics of my back to the desk look for Monday!! My sandals are yummy!!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Favorite Things........Part I

As you all have come to know in the past few months I live for the funk, funky fashion that is and I love to be a little bit (or a lot) different. I did a guest post for and I discussed my favorite things. I thought the post was so good and so popular that I wanted to share it with you guys as well so here are the things that this funky, modest budget fashion lover decided to share as my “favorite things”:



This did start out as a shoe blog after all.......but sandals are my favorite type of shoe. Flats, wedges, stilettos, platforms……I love sandals in any form!! In the summertime my faves are strappy flats and strappy heels but I wear sandals almost all year long! A favorite slogan of mine is – toes out til the snow’s out! Oh and peep toe sandals are a blessing from the Lord!!!!!



They are the only thing that I must have in my makeup bag……although I probably should have a bunch of other things. Lipglosses are the perfect balance between lipstick (which I find uncomfortable) and Vaseline….lol. My faves are Lancome Juicy Tubes, Tarte lip pencils and glosses and Buxom lip glosses. These come in a variety of flattering shades and aren’t too heavy and the lip pencils give me color and the option to layer with any of the glosses for deeper color if needed.

Denim toppers


If you’ve ever visited my blog before this then you will know that I am a denim advocate, I love all things denim but I favor denim tops (shirts, jackets, vests). I think they are season-less and easy to dress up or down and should be a wardrobe staple for every woman, no matter age, size or budget. To go a bit further, I also think denim jackets are a necessary component of a wardrobe for the same reasons and they have the added benefit of being a layering piece for cooler climes and times.


I loooooooooove skirts!!! They are feminine and every woman can wear a skirt and feel her most feminine and beautiful. Skirts do what dresses sometimes cannot by giving a woman a chance to size differently on top and on the bottom. Sometimes women are not the same size on both halves of her body and a skirt fixes that problem quickly. My fave skirts are full colorful midi skirts (ones that fall a bit below the knee), but I also adore a well-fitting pencil skirt……..pair a cute skirt with a denim shirt, some cute sandals the right accessories and your fave gloss and you’re ready for the world….or at least the day!!
I know for sure that I have to do a part two of this post to cover dresses, clutches & accessories......hmmmm I have a lot of favorite things it seems!!!


Friday, June 20, 2014

SolesUp Top 6 Rules for the Budget Fashionista

 The SolesUp Rules for budget fashionistas

Rule #1: Invest in quality staples/basics. Save and spend more on the pieces in your closet that will never go out of style. Instead of buying a pair of pumps for $30, save for a few weeks or months and get the pair for $300 that will last for years. $30 pumps are guaranteed to lose their wear after a while but shoes that use quality materials can be worn for much longer.

Rule #2: Always always always take good care of your pieces! If you don't take your pieces to the cleaners, wash them on the gentle cycle or by hand......what?? Lol ok kidding but please take care of your pieces (especially investment pieces). Find a good tailor and a great cobbler so you can alter your clothes and fix your shoes and keep them going until they can go no more!!! If you own great jewelry you also need to develop a relationship with a jeweler who can repair latches etc. Tip: Buy high end bags from the original maker, so Fendi from Fendi etc because the stores will often clean and repair their pieces for free but only if purchased in their stores.

Rule #3: Get attached…….to the brands that work for your body! I love a pencil skirt BUT every pencil skirt does not flatter my body. I have a particular attachment to skirts from a particular brand because they work for me, and season to season I can find at least two new pieces that I am willing to purchase from them. If there is an item in a brand that works well with your body type, stick to that item in that brand. Explore other brands and re-evaluate your fit with your brand of choice maybe twice a year but if a fit is not broken, don’t try to fix it, especially if the item you are purchasing is a wardrobe basic.

Rule #4: If at first you don’t succeed…….try another one on!!! Don’t be bound by sizes and don’t buy clothes without knowing how they fit. If you shop online make sure you’re buying from a retailer that you are familiar with……if not, and the retailer does not have a physical location that you can get to, you may have to try a couple of pieces and exchange in order to get to know their sizes. If the retailer has a physical location close to you, make a trip and try on all the items you are interested in. Walk around the fitting room, look at yourself from all angles….don’t settle for a bad fit!!! It’s just not worth it!

Rule #5: Size up and tailor down!! Most women do not fit into stock sizes……case in point; I am a medium on top most of the time but from certain European designers my fat arms (?) require an XL. For other retailers I am a size 10 on the bottom, sometimes even an 8 but across the mall I may need a 14???? All that to say, if you don’t fit into the size you think you are, don’t buy the tight item! Shop for the body you have now, regardless of size and if the item is too big one size up, take it to your tailor. In addition, please buy clothes to fit the body you have at the moment you are shopping…..don’t spend money in anticipation of weight loss……I will leave it at that!

Rule #6: Opt in to receiving emails from your favorite brands because you want to kno when they have a sale. If you can get a longed for piece at 50% and more off the original price, its worth getting a few extra emails in your inbox. One of my favorite brands has increased their prices quite a bit over the past few years, and even on sale I can’t afford some of their “collection” items but a good final sale is guaranteed to produce some pieces that I can wear for years and years for work, play and church!!
Well there you have the SolesUp top 6 rules.....I was trying to stick to 5 but a good tip must be shared so you got an extra rule thrown in. Don't forget to like, share, comment and most importantly to subscribe! SolesUp out!