Same Idea – 2 Price Points – Orange Dress

Same Idea - 2 Price Points - Orange Dress

Same Idea, Different Price Tag

Here is another example of creating a similar look, but with very different price points.  Both looks are elegant, professional and certainly appropriate for the work environment.

I don’t know about you, but just by looking, I wouldn’t be able to tell that one look costs much more than the other.  What are your thoughts?

Thoughts

My company has has a RIF (reduction-in-force) this week.  It has been pretty shocking and very sad.  The ones of us who remain are asked to pick up the pieces and get the work done, with less people.  Some of us were given additional responsibilities.  If you have been in a similar situation, let me tell you that the best way to handle it is to “accept” and move forward.  Don’t complain, don’t stop working, just say to yourself, “It is what it is,” and I will continue to do my very best -the quality of my work is not dependent on outside sources. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Fondly, Sonya

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Style Diary – Ugly Shoes

Style Diary - Ugly Shoes

Ugly Shoes

Do you wear “ugly” shoes?  I put the word ugly in quotation marks because it is so subjective.  My ugly, may be your beautiful.  And my beautiful, may be your ugly.  You get it.

To me, because I happen to dress more elegantly, anything big, clunky, and manly looking can be ugly.  To my sixteen-year-old daughter, Kate, anything with a pointy toe (which is pretty much all I wear) is ugly.  (You can be sure that I don’t ask her if she likes my shoes).

Where to Wear?

The outfit above is fun.  Wear it to brunch, on a date, out with friends, to a very fashionable, creative office, shopping, sight-seeing.  If you change out the shoes and throw on some pretty sandals or pumps, you may be able to wear this look to a shower, a wedding, cocktail party, in other words, a more formal occasion.

Investment Pieces

All of the jewelry would be investment pieces.  The purse is pretty conservative and may be something you wear for a few years.  The midi skirt and crop top are pretty trendy, so maybe not for them.  The jacket would be an investment piece, assuming this mustard color works well with the rest of your wardrobe.  Those ugly shoes – well, you know how I feel about those, right?

Thoughts

Have you had those weeks at work where every thing seemed off?  Where “you” seemed off?  That’s the type of week I have had.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but knew that something wasn’t “right”.

I am a “highly sensitive person” or, HSP, and because of that I am learning to trust my intuition and feelings more and more.  In fact, I am trying to rely on this intuition more in learning the truth, than I rely on the meaning of the words spoken. 

Are you an HSP?  Do you know what that is?  Check out Dr. Elaine Aron’s website and her book The Highly Sensitive Person.  She will tell you all about it.  She’s the expert on HSP’s.

See…when you come to my blog, not only do you dress cute, but you also learn so much about the inner workings of your mind.  I am proud of you for putting equal energy on fashion and learning about your mind.  I always knew you were bright!!!

Have a great Saturday my friends, thanks for stopping by.

Fondly, Sonya

 

Style Diary – Hoodies

Hoodies in the Rain

Hoodies

What’s not to love about hoodies.  They are soft, warm and comfortable.  And this season, it looks like we can pretty much throw one on over whatever we are wearing and look “fashionable”.  To that I say…heck, yes.

Where to Wear?

If you throw on a hoodie over a skirt, as shown above, then wear it wherever you’d like.  Well, almost wherever.  I probably would not wear a hoodie to work, church, a wedding, or any other formal occasion.  But, for all your casual events, why not?

Investment Pieces

That skirt is so cute, I am adding it in the investment pieces.  The shoes, watch, and of course that gorgeous umbrella. (yes, umbrellas can be gorgeous and an investment piece).

Thoughts

It’s Friday.  You made it through the week.  Good for you.  I have to ask, did you pick out your outfits for the week?  If so, how did it work out for you? 

This weekend, if it is cool where you live, throw on that hoodie, lay back, and  relax.  You deserve it.  You’ve worked hard this week.  I am proud of you and your amazing work ethic.  Nice job, my friends. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Fondly, Sonya

 

 

Style Diary – Bell Sleeves

Bell Sleeve Beauty

Belle Sleeves

Belle sleeves are so feminine, don’t you think?  I know they are having their moment right now – as they should (we won’t take that moment away from them, will we?), but belle sleeves have been around forever.  I like them, but have you noticed how they get in the way at work, typing away on your keyboard all day?

Where to Wear?

This outfit is so versatile, it can be worn most anywhere.  Change out the sandals for pumps and wear this dress to work or church.  Wear this look on a date, to a ballet, concert, wear it to dinner or to a party.  I can even see wearing this to a wedding.  Why not, right?

Investment Pieces

These style of sandals have been around for a few years, now, and nude is so versatile.  The bag, watch necklace and earings are all terrific investment pieces.

Thoughts

It is Monday…the start to another week of work.  (Assuming your work week is the traditional Monday – Friday sort).  So tell me…are you ready for today, this week?  Did you do everything this past weekend to prepare for the week?  If not, why not?  I know these are annoying questions for a Monday, but I must ask them.

Did you at least choose your outfits for the week?  If you have not, then when you get home from work this evening, at least do that.  Seriously, you will be surprised at how this tiny little activity will help you.  I encourage you to try it – why not?  What do you have to lose?

Have a lovely week, thanks for stopping by.

Fondly, Sonya

Style Diary – Over-The-Knee-Boots Style

Over-The-Knee-Boots Style

Over-the-Knee-Boots

Who doesn’t want a pair of these lovelies this season?  It looks like these beauties will be on again this fall and winter.  Black, taupe, camel – any of these colors would work beautifully with most outfits.

Where to Wear

Unless your office is quite chic, casual and creative, and wearing the latest trends is encouraged, then I would refrain from wearing over-the-knee-boots to the office.  Wear these boots to most social occasions.  The outfit above can be worn on a date, out with friends, to the movies, maybe a concert.

Investments

The coat, purse, watch and earings all fall in my investment bucket.  You could argue (which you really shouldn’t, because arguing is so not fun), that the boots can be an investment, and I may have to agree with you.  Maybe not a long-term investment, but certainly a short-term one.

Thoughts

Y’all, by now, know that I am a women of a certain age.  Having said that, I don’t think that I will be investing in a pair of over-the-knee-boots.  As much as I love the look, I do feel like this is one of those items that is best suited for younger ladies.  What are your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by. 

Fondly, Sonya

 

Over-The-Knee-Boots Style by sonyastyle

Summer Date::Casual Event

State Fair Summer Date

Summer Blues

I’m loving soft blue for summer.  And who doesn’t love Keds, right?

Where to Wear

Wear this on a summer date to the state fair, of course. 🙂  Wear it anywhere casual, brunch, shopping, the movies, 4th of July afternoon party, etc.

Investment pieces

The shorts would work with so many other tops and colors, the sneakers, the purse watch and sun glasses can all be investment pieces.

Thoughts

Shorts are perfect for summer but I find as I get older, I much prefer skirts and dresses.  How about y’all?

Have a great 4th of July!!

Let’s Grab a Drink

Let's Grab a Drink

Summer Date

Are summer dates more fun than winter dates?  If so, then what makes summer dates more fun?  Could it be that we get to show more skin?  Or is it simply the ambiance of a dimly lit rooftop, sitting close enough to see his baby blues, sipping on something cool and feeling his hand lightly brush against your bear leg?  Possibly…but my thought is that they are more fun because we get to wear our new yellow sandals.  What’s not fun about these babies?

Where to Wear

Wear this look to most summer casual events.  Wear it shopping, brunch with friends, to the movies, etc.

Investment Pieces

The black tank, the sandals (if yellow is one of your wardrobe colors), the purse, watch and necklace.  For the perfume, choose your own…we each have our individual preferences, as we should. 🙂

Thoughts

How do y’all feel about wearing shorts?  I don’t wear them often, anymore.  However, when I was younger, I would most certainly wear an outfit like the one shown above.  The looser fitting shorts, like the ones above, were easier for me to wear.  On my frame, they were more flattering and a bit more conservative looking. 

Be careful with shorts, though, sometimes they can be too short or too tight.  It is OK to wear them this way, of course, just be wise when making these choices.  Yes…you are very wise, so I know that you will not wear shorts inappropriately! 

Happy Saturday!