10 Statement Tops Perfect for the Office

Florals, cuffs, bell sleeves, ruffles, gingham, embroidered, stripes, and check prints. These are all words that you will hear to describe spring trends this year.  You’ll see tops with sleeves that look like bell bottoms.  You see tops with different prints and stripes.  And you’ll see tops with multiple embellishments such as ruffles and embroidery.  The list of trends is really endless when it comes to statement tops this spring.  For the office, the tops shown below can be worn with dress pants and all kinds of “work appropriate” skirts. So, you’ll be trendy but still chic.

 

Shop my picks below:

First column

  1. Zara Striped Blouse with Bow
  2. H&M Ruffled Cotton Blouse
  3. H&M Patterned Ruffled Blouse
  4. H&M Long-sleeved Blouse

Second Column

  1. Topshop Gingham Mutton Sleeve Top
  2. H&M Blouse with Trumpet Sleeves
  3. Topshop Print Ruffle Plissé Top

Third Column

  1. H&M Ruffled Blouse
  2. Zara Gingham Top with Belled Sleeves
  3. Zara Crossover Striped Blouse with Sleeve Embroidery

10 Spring Dresses Perfect for the Office

I think I’ve made it known on more than one occasion that I’m looking forward to spring.  Well, I’m saying it again! I can’t wait until spring gets here; so much so, that I decided to put together my picks of dresses that are perfect for spring and perfect for the office.  Spring to me is all about floral so most of the looks that I chose are covered in flowers.  And because I went for more work appropriate dresses, I wanted to make sure that I chose pieces that could be form-fitting but not too tight and most of them are knee-length as well.  Check out my picks below.

Shop my dresses below:

First Column

  1. Y.A.S Tall Magnolia Orchid Floral Long Sleeve Dress
  2. Closet Floral Contrast Waist Band Wrap Skirt Dress
  3. ASOS Wiggle Dress in Rose Placement Floral
  4. ASOS Wiggle Dress in Floral Embroidery Print

Second Column

  1. NY & Company Pleated-Sleeve Sheath Dress

Third Column

Which dress will you be purchasing?!?! Let me know in the comments below. Also, check out my post here featuring one of my favorite dresses for spring right now.

Speak to you soon!

Daneisha

Casual Friday: 90’s Vibes

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BodysuitF21  Jeans – Gap  Booties Steve Madden  ClutchKASHMIR.Vlll  ChokerF21

Happy Friday!  This past weekend I helped my best friend celebrate her 30th birthday with an 80’s/90’s themed birthday party! We partied to some of the best 80’s and 90’s music the whole night through. We had a little Prince, a little Biggie, a little Tupac, a little Outkast, and many more of the greats. It was a good time.  My favorite era is the 90’s for many reasons but mainly because of the fashion. So, you know I was excited to put together my 90’s look for the party.  I channeled a little Nia Long and a little Janet Jackson (Poetic Justice).  And I think I did a pretty good job.  Bodysuits and oversized jeans were huge in the 90’s’; and so were chokers and door knocker earrings.  I decided to go with all of them. Finally, I added my “Grace Jones” clutch from Kashmir for a pop of color.  And my “90’s vibe” was complete.  I had so much fun putting this look together! I can’t wait for my next themed party!  What do you think of this look?!?! Let me know in the comments below! GIRL POWER!!!

Speak to you soon!

Daneisha

Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

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I’m reading more books these days; especially those that help to inspire and motivate me to continue on my path to greatness.  These last couple weeks, I have had the pleasure of reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.  I picked up this book because I had been listening to a lot of Shonda Rhimes’ speeches and she really spoke to my soul!  So I had to get to know her a little more.  Year of Yes gave me insight into Shonda Rhimes the person; she is very intriguing.

Shonda’s parents encouraged her creative/imaginative side as a child and she became an entertainment industry giant. I plan to instill this same concept in my son.  I want him to know that it’s okay to not be like everyone else, it’s okay to be more talented than everyone else, and it’s okay to be happy with who are.  You don’t need anyone’s permission to be yourself and love yourself.

Here are 10 points from her book that really inspired me:

  1. She recognizes that she is unhappy and she does something about it.
  2. She faces her fears and decides to say yes to everything that takes her out of her comfort zone.
  3. Though she faces her fears, she faces them her own way. She doesn’t compromise her beliefs and everything that she says yes to turns out to be enjoyable experiences.
  4. She speaks about women helping each other and having each other’s back. She challenges us to ask for help and be willing to give help.
  5. She stresses the importance of taking time to love yourself, give love to others, and receive love from others.
  6. She’s not self-deprecating or humble; she knows how fantastic she is.
  7. She speaks about the glass ceiling being slowly broken by the women who came before her. They made it a little easier for her to be able to do what she’s doing.
  8. She gives us (women) permission to be okay with being great.
  9. A quote from her father, “The only obstacle to your success is your own imagination”.
  10. She reminds herself that she’s not lucky! She’s talented, smart, hardworking, and she has taken advantage of the opportunities provided to her.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  Shonda Rhimes’ writing is exquisite. She is very personable and relatable. I learned that to be my best self, I have to put my happiness first.  Also, I learned that facing your fears can be the most fulfilling experience ever.  I have recently began my Year of Yes.  I will keep you posted on my journey.

To read my first Women’s History Month feature on Shonda Rhimes, click here.

Speak to you soon!

Daneisha

Trailblazing Women in Business: Shonda Rhimes

The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To me, this theme honors women who have broken barriers and chipped off pieces of the glass ceiling for women who will soon follow them – deciding that following their dreams was way more necessary than settling for what society deemed as “proper” for women. To be honest, I don’t think that many of these women even intended on being trailblazers. I believe they just wanted to do what made them happy. Isn’t that what we all want? The first trailblazer that I’m featuring is the very talented Shonda Rhimes.

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HERstory

I once heard Denzel Washington say, “Don’t speak for your work, let your work speak for you”. So, if you don’t know who Shonda Rhimes is, I can assure you that you know of her work. Can we say Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice, and How to Get Away with Murder?!?! Surely you’ve heard of at least one of these TV shows right? Well, guess what? Shonda Rhimes is the creator, writer and executive producer of all of them. They are all produced under her own production company, Shondaland. Now, how amazing is that!

Shonda Rhimes is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. She decided to work as a writer after leaving the advertising field. She wrote a few screenplays (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Princess Diaries 2) before writing the medical show Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, as we all know, Grey’s Anatomy was a hit! So was her next few shows, Scandal, Private Practice, and How to Get Away with Murder. Because of the taboo topics and issues that all of these shows tackled (race, gender and sexuality in particular), Shonda Rhimes has received numerous accolades. She made history as the first African American woman to create and executive produce a Top 10 network series with hit prime time show Grey’s Anatomy!

Inspiration

Though Shonda Rhimes is an amazing business woman who has definitely paved the way for all women, what inspires me the most about her is her unconventional way of thinking which is displayed in all of her television shows. The characters in her shows are racially diverse, sexually fluid, multi-dimensional, and complex people. They’re not stereotypes. The women are doctors, attorneys, and business owners. They have career goals that don’t equate to the typical standards of society. Basically, her characters represent real people. I can say with certainty that she has helped women and men to realize that there is no “one way” that we should be.

Trailblazer

Everything that I stated above is her contribution to women’s history. The National Women’s History Project is honoring women who have “successfully challenged the social and legal structures that have kept women’s labor underappreciated and underpaid”. Has she challenged social structures? Yes she has. As I stated earlier, she uses her platform to go against societal standards by showing that women are more than just potential mothers and wives. We are businesswomen, doctors, attorneys, crisis negotiators, CEO’s, etc. Her life is a challenge to the societal standards of African American women. The fact that she runs 3 or 4 television shows that are shown all around the world through her own production company that is named after her, proves that she has her own standards that she upholds. She is the perfect example of what it means to truly do what makes you happy and ignore what others expect from you. Trailblazer? Most definitely!

Check out these sources for more information on Shonda Rhimes

Biography.com

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Ruffles + Jumpsuit = Boost of Confidence

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Jumpsuit ASOS  HeelsTarget  BagMichael Kors  JewelryWindsor

I didn’t expect to be in love with this jumpsuit when I first put it on.  But, yep, I love it! I think it was the cropped sleeves and pant legs that threw me off. Turns out, that’s my favorite thing about this jumpsuit; and the color, of course; and the ruffles too!  For some reason, whenever I wear jumpsuits, I get this extra boost of confidence. So when I put this one on, I immediately started feeling myself. Notice my head in the air.  Are you feeling this one? Let me know in the comments section below!

Speak to you soon!

Daneisha

Make a Statement in a Floral Blouse

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TopNY & Company SkirtNY & Company  Heels – Target  BagMichael Kors

It’s a new week and I’m so excited about what’s to come! I’ve created my goals for the week and I plan on accomplishing every one of them.  One of my goals for this week is to learn something new everyday that will benefit me or my blog.  So I’m trying to read, read, read! There are so many resources for bloggers that it becomes a bit overwhelming but I’m just trying to take little bits of useful information and apply it to my blog!  And it’s been working. My subscribers have increased which makes me feel great! Hopefully, my growth will be consistent.

Okay about my outfit. This top is very light and flowy and it just feels good up against my skin.  The floral pattern reminds me of spring which is what really drew me to it. It’s perfect for the weather in Atlanta right now too! I paired it with my bright green/yellow pencil skirt which, again, is perfect for spring!  I don’t usually go for bright colors but for some reason, I just adored the color of this skirt as soon as I saw it. I guess I’m doing a little better with incorporating color into my wardrobe.  What do you think of this look?!?! Also, what are some of your goals for the week? Let me know in the comments section below!

Speak to you soon!

Daneisha