3 Looks to get You Through the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving will be here tomorrow and all I can think about is all of the food and drinks I’m going to have.  And of course there’s the four day vacation that I’m looking forward to as well!  This year, I will be cooking a couple dishes – Mac N’ Cheese and Collard Greens!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  I know you are just as excited as I am and I’m sure a lot of you will be traveling to visit relatives and friends during the holiday.  So, I took it upon myself to provide you with a few cute outfit ideas to get you through all of the festivities.

Chic and Comfy

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This is for a laid back atmosphere.

A sweater dress is always perfect when you’re going for a comfy, yet semi-dressy look.  And because I’m sure that we will all be stretching our bellies on Thanksgiving Day, why not wear something with a little stretch to it.  I will most likely opt for black for obvious reasons!  I purchased this dress from H&M last season.  I will link a similar option below.

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Okay you probably won’t need sunglasses at a family gathering.  However, the pair that I’m wearing in these photos were purchased in store from Old Navy for only $1.00.  So I had to get them and throw them on just to be extra! For some reason, on the website they’re still $12.00 though (which still isn’t bad).  But if you love these like I do, try your local Old Navy store for a pair.

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This bag was another piece that I found on sale this past weekend.  It was originally $39.99 at H&M but it was marked down to $20.00!!!! Make sure you head there too for Black Friday.  I know they’re going to have even more great pieces on sale.

Chic and Glam

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For a more dressy family gathering, glam it out!

This jacket is amazing! I love the satiny texture and the beautiful colors and print!  I decided that I really wanted to create a glam look with the jacket.  So, I went for velvet leggings and a silky camisole underneath.  The velvet leggings add that extra festive feel that we’re all going for around this time of the year.

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I added my cute little box clutch! I will never get tired of this clutch because it literally goes with all of my dressed up looks.  These box clutches are great night-out bags that fit all of your essentials and is still glam enough to complement your looks!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know the story of my favorite pumps.  Well guess what, I found some new ones.  And I love them.  This babies were purchased from Macy’s about a month ago.  Black pumps are a wardrobe essential.

Lastly, I added some statement jewelry for the final glam affect!

Chic and Casual

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You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style this Thanksgiving holiday! And this look is all about comfort (minus the heels of course).  Simple jeans and a t-shirt are the quintessential classic combo. But it can be a bit dull at times.  To add style, just add a simple black blazer and some cute shoes.  You’ll be perfectly attired for a casual Thanksgiving holiday and the day after!

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I kept my accessories very simple and minimal in this look.  Just a small necklace and my favorite crossbody bag.  Also, don’t forget your lipstick!

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I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!!! I will be back next week with more style tips for the holidays!

Speak to you soon.

Daneisha

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Let’s Talk: Self-Love and Self-Acceptance

Officially Chic is officially one year old!!!!!  Wow, I can’t believe that I have been a blogger for an entire year.  I must say that it has been an interesting journey filled with very little sleep and a lot of anxiety.  It has also been a journey filled with some amazing encounters and lessons learned.

Today I’m giving you life with this fabulous shaggy faux fur from H&M!  But I’m also sharing some thoughts and reflections on self-love and self-acceptance after finishing my first year of blogging with a bang!!!!

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I have mentioned before that I first wanted to start a style blog after spending so much time on other blogs.  The desire to blog also came after having my son, losing my baby weight, getting excited about looking good in my clothes again, and wanting to celebrate that.

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Since then, my goals have expanded because not only do I want to celebrate my own progress, but I want to celebrate women period.  The goal of Officially Chic is to inspire women to love themselves exactly the way that they are.

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I try to use my style as a way to express those sentiments.  And I go by the mantra that states you should wear what makes you feel good and comfortable.  I don’t care if you’re skinny, curvy, tall, short, etc; work with what you have, love it, and embrace it!  I hope I am doing a good job at displaying that exact idea.  I’m not perfect, but I work very hard at loving and accepting myself.

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Speaking of self acceptance, it’s funny that I’ve learned to accept myself more since becoming a blogger.

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Most would think that when you insert yourself into a world that places value on a person solely because of their outer appearance, you would spend a lot of time comparing yourself to others.  However, my experience has been the opposite (not that I don’t compare myself; I mean – I’m human).

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When I see so many unconventionally beautiful women radiate confidence and pride, I know that all it takes is self love and self acceptance to get the same thing in return.  I consider myself to be an unconventional beauty; which is why I can relate to women who, by societal standards, wouldn’t be considered beautiful.

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Witnessing the pride and confidence of other women around me just makes me more confident and proud of myself.  It’s simple.  You are exactly who you surround yourself with.  So if you want to be confident, proud, loved, and accepted, surround yourself with those who have those same qualities.  You will get there.  All it takes is practice.

I want to take the time to thank all of you who have journeyed with me during my first year as a blogger.  You are my tribe and I always look forward to your comments and conversations!  It makes me so happy to connect with such amazing people!  Another goal of mine is to become better as a style blogger; so you can expect Officially Chic to get bigger and better than ever as time goes on.  Stick around!

Speak to you soon.

Daneisha

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A Chic Way to Wear the Mini Skirt for Fall

Fall is finally in full force around here, and I couldn’t be colder!  I know I look quite pleasant in these photos below.  But to be honest, I was freezing when I took these pictures; plus it was windy too.  My hair was blowing in every direction (yes it’s possible even with short hair lol).  One day I’ll show you the outtakes!

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While fall is finally having its way, I’m trying to remain creative with my looks when all I want to do is throw on a sweatshirt, sweatpants, a scarf, and never leave the house.  However, the “fashionista” in me won’t allow for that.  So, fall fashion it is!

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Most probably wouldn’t consider wearing a mini skirt or shorts during the fall and winter seasons. I’m here to tell you that you should give both a try.  There are some tweaks that you will have to make in order to make them work, but you can do it.  My job is to show and tell you how!

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I first saw this skirt on one of my weekly trips to H&M and wasn’t impressed by it.  Later, I saw it on one of my favorite bloggers Brittany Xavier from Thrifts and Threads.  I loved it on her, so I decided that I would give it a try!3B62E807-ED07-40BD-8D68-0ECDBC9C8A7E

Now the first great thing about wearing mini skirts during the fall and winter is, you can throw on your favorite oversized sweater for that quintessential winter look.  Or you can do like I did, and just incorporate a cute little blouse.  I tried the sweater look with this skirt, and it just didn’t work for me.  But I loved it on Brittany!  So, either one could work.599BCF58-F0E6-47BC-81A4-F47A63AED772

The next step is deciding whether or not to bare your legs.  Now I am not a fan of having my legs out in this cold weather which is why I usually stick with tights.  I also love the polished element that opaque tights tend to provide.  It’s based on your personal preference though.

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Lastly, you have to decide on a shoe.  Obviously, since this is a fall look and also a potential winter look, I’m going to suggest a bootie or over the knee boot.  I prefer the over the knee boot with my mini skirt because it shows less legs.  The OTK boot look is great for those who want to work the shorter hemlines while still looking super chic.  But to be honest, I also like my mini skirt with booties.  I think it just depends on where you’re wearing this outfit also.

Yes you can rock your mini skirt and still be chic!  Give it a try!  Happy Monday Lovelies!

Speak to you soon.

Daneisha

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Get Inspired’s “Meet the Authors: The Ultimate Experience”

Through my short journey as a blogger, I have met so many great women who happen to be entrepreneurs. They are constantly inspiring me and motivating me to work harder as I journey towards accomplishing my entrepreneurial goals! The inspiration comes from seeing these women do things that I thought were almost impossible for us regular everyday people.  For example, this past Saturday, I attended an event where almost every woman in the room had written a book.  How amazing is that?
 I had the pleasure of attending “Meet the Authors: The Ultimate Experience” for the first time on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  “Meet the Authors” is an annual event held by Get Inspired blog owner, Zeta J., where current and aspiring authors gather together in an intimate setting to connect with like-minded individuals.

We discussed every part of the writing experience; from how to find inspiration as a writer to how to get your book published once you have completed the writing process.  My main question was, “How do you even get started”.  Well the authors were very adamant that you just have to do it.  Get your paper and pen out, and just start writing.  It’s that simple in the beginning.

There were three speakers/authors for the event – Sayuri Smith, author of “Scriptures for Strippers“, Tiffanie Luellen, author of “60 Affirmations and Reflections for Entrepreneurs“, and Azeta Joel, author of “Parenting With No Bra“.  Each author had the moment to express what inspired them to write their book, and why it is so important for everyone to tell their story.

Sayuri Smith told her story of finally leaving the adult entertainment industry after years of going back and forth.  Through her relationship with God and different scriptures from The Bible, she was able to gather the strength, will, and courage to transition out of her old life into a more fulfilled and divine new life.

Tiffanie Luellen is a Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor.  She spoke about how the many experiences in her life led her to try meditation.  After trying meditation and yoga, her life changed completely; which is why she has written a book on the benefits of meditation and reflections.  She even gave us a short lesson in meditation during the event.

Finally, the event host, Azeta Joel (AKA, Zeta J), gave us the story behind her book, “Parenting with No Bra” which shares the peaks and valleys of her life as a single mother (which I can relate to).  She also lead the group conversation between the attendees and authors, as well as gave tips to all of the aspiring authors in the room.

As the speakers did their thing, the guests were treated to an amazing dinner catered by Shays Food Journey.  The Hawaiian Chicken, Rice, Crab Cakes, and Ceasar Salad were such a delight! All the guests raved about it.

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Photo Courtesy of Charlie/Owner of The Vision is Legit

Once the event came to an end, we gathered together in a circle and gave each other more praise and encouragement, then finished off our night with a toast!  It was such a beautiful, heartwarming moment that I will never forget.

This phenomenal coffee mug was one of the parting gifts provided by Boss Chic Crate. Boss Chic Crate creates custom mugs, tees, journals, wall decor and more for the empowerment of women.  Be sure to check out her website for all your stationary needs.

Check out more photos of the beautiful, talented women who attended this inspirational and profoundly empowering event.

31 Things About Me on My 31st B-Day

It’s my birthday y’all!!! Yes I am the big 3-1.  I’ve made it past the thirty hump and I couldn’t be happier with life right now. With that being said, I wanted to do something different today.  I have been blogging for almost a year now and I feel like you still don’t know a lot about me.  I decided to give you 31+ random (not so random) facts about little old Daneisha.  Check them out below and let me know what you think.  Do we have anything in common?!?!

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  1. I love Jesus!
  2. I cannot start my day without a Venti Vanilla Latte from Starbucks.
  3. I’m a mom of the coolest, smartest, and most stubborn little boy.
  4. Before I got pregnant, I knew for years that I would have a son whose name would be Elijah.  The law of attraction is real.  But that’s a whole other story.
  5. Having my son completely changed my life and my body. Neither will ever be the same again. It’s the reason you will never see me with a crop top on.
  6. Having my son also contributed to me starting this blog. I wanted to inspire women to love themselves and their bodies; especially those who have children.  Don’t give up on your beauty or your style just because you have children.
  7. I am a huge procrastinator. It’s really bad. But, if you’ve read any of my past posts, then you already knew that…
  8. Because I’ve always been a procrastinator, I crammed a lot during grade school and college. I actually do it in just about every part of my life. It’s a habit that has been the hardest for me to break.
  9. I was in the Gifted Program and Advance Placement all through elementary, middle, and high school. So I guess the cramming worked. Or maybe I was just gifted and advanced at cramming.  Either way, I hope the “gifted” part rubs off on my son.
  10. I am a CPP (Certified Payroll Professional). It’s kind of a big deal in the payroll world.

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  1. I get overwhelmed by messiness and dirty dishes; which is why I take forever to clean them (I know that’s a hard concept to grasp).  However, I feel very much at ease when everything is neat and clean.
  2. I’m a style blogger whose closet is an absolute mess!
  3. My sweet tooth is quite uncontrollable. I love sugar in every way, shape, and form; that includes cakes, ice cream, candy, juice, and all things sugary.  This is another thing that I am not proud of.
  4. I love strawberry flavored everything as well (ice cream, soda, cake, candy, scents, EVERYTHING).
  5. I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer in one way or another (model, act, sing, write music, produce) but I’ve always been too shy to follow through with any.  Plus, I can’t sing…
  6. One of my favorite musicians is Bob Marley. I want to visit Jamaica just to go to all of his memorial sites.
  7. I love getting up Saturday mornings, turning on my Bob Marley music, and dancing around the house.  I haven’t done this in a few years.
  8. While in high school, I spent most of my lunch hour in the library reading every book I could find (very nerdy, I know). I wish I had more time and patience to read like that nowadays.
  9. My favorite authors/poets as a teenager were Walter Dean Myers, Omar Tyree, Langston Hughes, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Mildred D. Taylor.
  10. The last three books that I read were Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass, and Megyn Kelly’s Settle For More.
  11. I’m an introvert who purposely puts herself in situations where she has to interact with people. Sometimes it works out, sometimes I’m a wallflower.

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  1. I don’t believe in zodiac signs. Scratch that! I don’t believe in all zodiac signs. However, the Gemini sign is very real.  I mean, have you met any Gemini’s lately? Cuckoo (Only the men though).
  2. I have 7 tattoos that I got throughout my 4 years at Georgia Southern University…my “living life on the edge” years.  I made sure to put them in places that were easy to hide.
  3. My two favorite cities to visit are Miami and New Orleans. If I could visit both every year, I would.
  4. All of my thoughts and feelings are written all over my face. No poker face here.
  5. I literally make an attempt everyday to remain humble. If ever I start trippin’, God reminds me to sit down and #behumble.
  6. Once I set my mind to conquering something, I don’t quit. That’s one of the reasons I’m still blogging.
  7. I’m an emotional shopper. I shop when I’m happy, excited, sad, angry, in love, and every other emotion.
  8. I thrive on getting a good deal when I’m shopping. And I must tell everyone about it. Another reason why I love blogging!
  9. When I was a teenager, I hated my lips. Now I love them! They’re one of my favorite features.
  10. My least favorite part of my body is my feet. They’re just not cute.

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Okay, I kind of went overboard on my list. So, here are a few bonus facts about me!

  1. Just in case y’all want to buy me a drink, my favorite alcoholic beverage is the Perfect Patron Margarita from Applebee’s.
  2. I secretly fear success.  I’ll get into that in another post.
  3. I am most at peace sitting at home with my son, eating popcorn, and watching “Trolls”.
  4. My favorite song on the radio right now is Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” I get this instant care-free, unbothered attitude when I start singing it. Love Taylor!
  5. However, I’m currently listening to Otis Redding’s, “My Lover’s Prayer” as I write this.

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Dress – ASOS   Crossbody – T.J.Maxx  Boots – Zara  Lipstick – Milani (Devotion #22) 

Whew!!! This was a long post! But it was so fun and interesting trying to come up with a list of all of these things that describe me.  I usually have a very hard time telling people about myself.  I guess I just never think much about my likes and dislikes.  It was great reflecting though.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Let me know what you think about some of my facts.  Tell me about yourself too!  Have an amazing day on me!

Speak to you soon!

Daneisha

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In October, We Wear PINK…And Save Lives!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this year, more than 252,700 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S.  A lot, of these cases will involve women who are unable to afford the cost of mammograms as well as the cost of diagnostic services and treatment.  So it is our job to make sure that we support each other and ensure that every woman has the opportunity to get the care that they deserve during these trying times.

One way that we can do that is by shopping.  Yes, I said it, SHOPPING!  Y’all already know that I love to shop.  But, what I love even more than shopping is, that some of the stores that I purchase from are also giving back.  So, what I wanted to give you today is seven clothing stores that are already amazing.  They’re even more amazing because they are donating to the Breast Cancer Awareness cause.  Take a look at the list below.

Avon 

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Avon has been a huge contributor to breast cancer awareness for 25 years.  They’re still going strong with foundations like the Avon Breast Cancer Crucade, the Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer,and the Avon Foundation for Women.  Avon will donate 20% of their net profits from breast cancer fundraising products-up to $1 million in 2017 – to the Avon Foundation for Women to support Avon Breast Cancer Crusade programs across the U.S.

Loft

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Loft creates a limited-edition jewelry collection that promotes balance, spiritual-lifting, and peace.  60% of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.  They also allows customers to purchase a $25 or more gift card.  Customers will receive 20% to 25% off of their purchase of $100 or more when they use the gift card.  90% of the card’s purchase price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Fabletics

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Fabletics has teamed up with CFDA’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative.  The brand designed an exclusive collection for the initiative that will donate 20% of customer purchases to the cause.

Forever 21

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Forever 21 continues to work with Keep A Breast Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The brand has a lovely Breast Cancer Awareness collection.  For every item purchased from the collection, Forever 21 will donate one dollar.

Missoni

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According to Vogue.com, for the entire month of October, a special $35 T-shirt Angela Missoni designed for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure Charity will be available in all Saks locations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as online at SaksFifthAvenue.com, with 100 percent of proceeds going to 12 local cancer charities, among them American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and TGen Foundation.

Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony campaign supports programs for cancer screening, treatment, research, and patient navigation.  After Ralph Lauren’s friend, Nina Hyde, was diagnosed with breast cancer, he made a commitment to focus his philanthropic efforts on improving care for this devastating disease.  Twenty-five percent of the purchase of The Pink Pony Collection of apparel and accessories is directed to an international network of charities.

Amazon Smile

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According to Amazon.com, AmazonSmile lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

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Wow! So many great organizations that we all love are doing their part by contributing to the wellness of women everywhere.  That’s amazing, isn’t it.  Please keep these stores in mind while you’re out shopping during this month.  Let’s do our part to give back in every way that we can!  Do you know of any other shops that give to the breast cancer awareness cause?  Let me know in the comments below!  To donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation click here.

Speak to you soon

Daneisha

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I’m So Excited About These Red Booties

As fall continues to descend upon us, I am getting more and more excited about boot season.  There are so many trendy boots making their rounds this season.  But the one boot trend that I couldn’t wait to try is the red boots!!!

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I found these booties at T.J.Maxx! Yes I said it, T.J.Maxx! They were only $30 bucks.  I’ve been wanting to try these booties for a while but I was not going to pay some of those prices for a trend that will probably be short lived.  So I went with these babies!

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Style Tip – When deciding that you want to try a certain trend, try to see if you can find an inexpensive version of that item.  You don’t want to spend a bunch of money on a trendy item and then decide later that it was a waste.

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I styled these booties with my favorite clutch from KASHMIR.VIII.  It seemed like the perfect match because the colors are so vibrant in the clutch and the boots.  They’re a match made in heaven!

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While I was out taking my photos, this little man just couldn’t resist his chance to have a little Kodak moment.  So I let him join in on the photoshoot!  I love him so much!!!

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That’s all folks!  I hope you have an amazing weekend.  Make sure you check out more of my posts from this week as well.  You won’t regret it!

Speak to you soon!

Daneisha

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