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?


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


Winter Coats that Work

Winter Coats

Winter Coats for Work

How many winter coats do you own?  Not enough?  I know, me either.

Although it is almost spring, right now is a great time to shop for a winter coat.  Many are on sale and financially speaking, right now is the best time to buy one (or two).

I say “financially speaking” because winter coats, like the ones shown above, are usually quite expensive.  If you can find one on sale now, that is perfect for your style and wardrobe – buy it.  Next winter, you will be so happy that you did.

While I am on the subject of winter coats, why not take an inventory of your winter coat wardrobe.  (It’s probably a good idea to do this step before you buy anything new).

Which of your coats did you wear the most this past winter?  Which did you wear the least?  Why, and why?  If you can answer these questions, then you will know what type of coats for which to shop.

Also, before you put away those winter coats, make sure that they are clean.  You really do not want to store them all summer long if they are dirty.  (P.S. why not clean the coats that you plan on giving away, too?  Don’t you think that the recipient would appreciate that?)

Where to Wear?

The style of the coats shown above would be perfect to wear to work, perfect with your dressy dresses, great for an evening out, ideal for church, and would certainly work with your casual outfits including jeans, as well.

Really, the coat styles above can be worn to almost any event in chilly weather.

Investment Pieces:

All of the winter coats above would be an investment piece.  These styles are pretty timeless.


I, for one, do not have an extensive inventory of winter coats.  Living in Dallas, we don’t need winter coats for a great part of the year.  Therefore, I have neglected this very important piece of clothing.

As I stated above, now is a great time to take an inventory of your winter coats.  Clean those you intend to keep, purge those that have become ratty, stained and are no longer repairable, give away those that no longer meet your needs, sell those that are of greater value, and of course, buy any styles / colors of which you are in need.

Personally, I should take my own advice and spend some time going through my winter coat wardrobe. 🙂

Happy winter coat shopping, my friends.


Stripes at Brunch

Stripes at Brunch

Casual Stripes

Here is that striped shirt, one last time (I promise) worn in a more casual outfit.  How do y’all think about mixing stripes and florals or other patterns?  I think it works in this outfit…the black and white of the stripes are the same shades of black and white in the skirt.

Or maybe, it doesn’t work…what do y’all think?

Where to Wear?

Wow, the options as to where this can be worn are so numerous, I don’t even know where to start.  Wear it to brunch, today, of course, wear it to work, to dinner, to a play, to church, to those parent-teacher conferences, to meet your boyfriends parents, and on and on.

Investment Pieces

With the exception of that floral skirt, I love all of these as investment pieces.

If the colors of the skirt, however, coordinate with the rest of the colors in your wardrobe, then that too, can become an investment piece.  I can see wearing this skirt with a plain white tee in the summer, a dressy white blouse, perhaps a fun red top…you decide.


This outfit looks so comfortable to wear.  (At least it does in the “picture” form.)

Do y’all wear stripes and florals, together?  They can be tricky to pull off and I can see those less than creative women telling you that this doesn’t “match.”  You can politely smile and say…”that’s exactly the idea.”

Have a fun and relaxing day, ladies (and gentlemen).