Monthly Archives: March 2016

Bag Lady

Bag Lady

Bag Lady

With the right accessories, even the most basic outfit can appear AH-mazing! One of the easiest ways to update your look in an instant is to add a handbag. The type of bag you carry is a great indicator of personal style. So, if you’ve always wanted to make a statement without saying a word, this may be the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Lately, I’ve been slightly obsessed with #KateSpade. I find these bags to be durable, modern and very well structured. They’re perfect for ladies like me who require a lot from their bag. It’s got to be flexible enough to go wherever I go, large enough to carry all of my essentials and stylish enough to anchor my outfit.

imageIf trendy and classic were to get married and have a bag baby, I’m pretty sure it would look just like a Kate Spade! Who knows how long this obsession will last? I’m a Scorpio, after all, and if there’s one thing we love, it’s change. For the immediate future, though, I think I’ll stick with Kate. I feel like she and I are going to be great friends.

Get to know your bag styles

 

Satchels have flat, rigid bottoms and are typically square or rectangular in shape.

Satchels have flat, rigid bottoms and are typically square or rectangular.

Shoulder bags have a single or double straps that are worn over the shoulder; hence the name.

Shoulder bags have a single or double strap that is worn over the shoulder.

The reinforced leather of Structured bags reinsures it will hold its shape.

The reinforced leather of Structured bags reinsures it will hold its shape.

Be a stylish standout

Be a stylish standout

Be a stylish standout

Some have described my style as “simple savvy sophistication.” I absolutely LOVE that characterization because if there’s one thing I’m not, it’s fussy. Looks that are effortless really resonate with me. And, when I’m searching for inspiration, I want to see outfits I can actually envision myself wearing.

A favorite pastime for me is scouring Pinterest and Instagram for looks that move me. Too often, I come up short because many of the styles I see are so “specific” to a particular person. It makes me feel as though I’m “copying” them, or I have a hard time imagining how to incorporate the pieces they’re wearing into my own wardrobe.

While I’m a big proponent of signature style, it has to look and feel authentic. That’s what the SisterLadyGirl blog is all about; showing grown, classy and sassy ladies that being a stylish standout doesn’t have to be complicated.

Recently, one of my blog’s readers, Andresea Jackson over at More than a Mom, sent in a photo showing me how she replicated some of the looks I’d posted previously. Even though she was inspired by my style, the looks she created were all her own.  I think she nailed it! Tell me in the comments below if you agree. And, while you’re at it, I’d love to hear about the kinds of looks that inspire you! Maybe I’ll even style a few of your favorites. *wink*

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PHOTO CREDIT: STACY PIERCE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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Perfectly flawed

Perfectly flawed

Perfectly flawed

After taking a few blog photos for me recently, my husband looked at me and said, “Considering where you were a couple years ago, I never would have imagined you’d be doing the things you’re doing now.”

I looked at him and smiled. “That makes two of us.”

Anyone who knows me even marginally well knows that I had major anxiety about having my photo taken. I often found it difficult, when I saw photos of myself, to refrain from emphasizing each and every flaw – whether real or perceived.

Some (not all) people – even those claiming to be friends – can be cruel. And, over the years, I’ve had some pretty rude comments hurled my way. So, self-deprecation became my go-to for subconsciously soothing the sting. Years later, l would come to realize that this behavior was a way for me to protect myself from criticism. I mean, if I were my own harshest critic, then nothing anyone else said could possibly hurt me, right?

It took a while for me get here, but today, I am my own biggest cheerleader (although hubby might take exception to that).  Now, when I see my photos, I still tend to focus on all my flaws. But, instead of being embarrassed or fearful, I’m proud.

My journey on the road to self-love has been a long one, indeed. But now that I’m on it, I can’t wait to see where it leads.

PHOTOS: Stacy Pierce Photography

MAKEUP: Ebony Stephens

STYLING: LaQuinda Brewington

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