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.


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


Casual Friday Jeans 5

Casual Friday Jeans

Casual Friday Look 5

Our last look for casual Friday.  This time we are working with burgundy and cream tones.  Just as in our previous look with flats, we’ve added a blazer to make the look more professional and put-together.

What do you think of this look?  Do you like those flats?

As you can see from this week’s posts, with one pair of great fitting, conservatively styled jeans, you can create many weeks of casual Fridays.  We just went through five weeks of casual Fridays – wow how time flies.

Happy Friday y’all.  Have a wonderful day.  As always, be safe as you head to happy hour tonight.

Casual Friday Jeans 3

Casual Friday Jeans

Casual Jeans Outfit 3

A whole new color palette, today, with our jeans.  This time we are embracing spring and all of its vibrant colors.

For this outfit, we simply chose a blouse, added some fun low heel pumps and coordinated our jewelry.  An easy look to put together.

What do y’all think of this look?  Don’t you think that it has a whole different “vibe” than the previous two jeans outfits?  Can you begin to see that you need only one pair of jeans to take you through many casual Fridays?

Wardrobe Basics – Black Flats

Work Week - Casual Friday

Black Flats

Yes, we should all have a pair.  Choose a pair that is comfortable, compliments your feet, and just looks good.  Black flats are available from most designers and most non-designers.  Choose a pair that fits your budget and looks expensive.

Where to Wear?

Wear this look on casual Friday at work, wear it to brunch, lunch, dinner.  Wear it to church, meeting parents, visiting those who are in the hospital – that bright skirt will liven up any drab, sad environment.

This is a very casual, conservative look and can be worn most places.


The black flats are an investment piece, for sure.  If orange is your color, than the skirt would be a nice addition to your wardrobe.  That shirt is so easy to wear with just about anything, it certainly could qualify as an investment.  Of course the purse, watch and earings are investments, too.


The bright orange skirt looks beautiful paired with the basic colors of black and white.  It gets to shine, without glaring, don’t you think?

Do y’all own a bright skirt?  With what color do you pair it?

Have a wonderful day.  Fondly, Sonya

Denim Delight

Denim Delight

Denim Bits

When we think of denim, of course, we think of jeans.  But there are so many things made using denim such as purses, jackets, upholstery, shoes, shirts, etc.

How many denim “things” do you own?  Do you like denim?

The denim purse in the outfit is so interesting.  It is one of those pieces that can be worn over and over again.  Can you picture it as it ages?  Don’t you think it would look even better then?  Many things look better once they’ve aged a bit – I know I do.  🙂

Where to Wear?

Wear this outfit to work on casual Friday, wear it shopping, wear it to brunch, wear it to a movie, to a casual lunch or dinner, wear it on a night out with your friends.  There are many places and events where this outfit would be appropriate.

Investment Pieces

Let’s just make it simple, because sometimes, that’s the best way, and say that all of these pieces can qualify as an investment piece.


My week at work this week is going to be very, very busy.  We are closing out the month and the quarter so my work load is double that which is normal.  I don’t mind, really.  I like my job and know that these long weeks are just a part of it.

How does y’all’s week look?  Do you struggle getting up in the morning and getting yourself to work?  I don’t struggle in the mornings any more.  I find that liking your job makes a huge difference.  Also, if I like what I am wearing, that makes a difference, too.  I know it sounds shallow, but I believe there is truth in that. 

If we like what we are wearing, our day is usually better!

Have a great week, my friends.  Fondly, Sonya


Spring – Time Brunch

Easter Brunch


All of you do not celebrate Easter, and that is perfectly fine.  Religious beliefs, spirituality, those are all things that we decide for ourselves.

If, however, you do have some brunch plans today that require a bit of dressing up, why not try the two looks above.

I created a look that could be worn by a mom and one that could be worn by, possibly, an older daughter.  (I have three daughters, and I had them in mind when putting together the look on the right, although, they are not as conservative as I am, so if asked, they may say “no way would I wear that”.)

Where to Wear?

Wear these two looks to Easter brunch or any more-dressy brunch.  The dress in the mom look, paired with a blazer can be worn to work.  Even the “daughter” dress can be worn to work.  Wear these looks to a spring wedding, or to any other dressy occasion – especially one where you will be photographed together.  Can you see how beautiful these colors would look together in a photo?

Investment Pieces

The dresses can be investment pieces if this color coordinates with the rest of your wardrobe.  The pumps are pretty neutral and can be worn with many outfits.  Ditto for the sandals as this style has been popular for a few years, now.

The two bags would qualify as would the watch, earings and pearl necklace.  My daughters would love the Tory Burch earings, so for them, those would be considered an investment piece, too.


I for one, will most likely not be wearing a dressy, dress this Easter Sunday.  My mother is visiting and my husband is out of town. 

My mom and I, along with my children, will prepare today’s meal and then sit down at my spring-themed table and enjoy some time together.

Although the outfit I wear today will not be as dressy as the ones above, I will wear a casual dress as I prepare for and share this Sunday’s meal with my family.

Have a wonderful, relaxing day my friends. 

Fondly, Sonya



White Tee Basics

White Tee Basics

White Tees

This white tee can be worn under blazers for work, as we have seen earlier this week, it can be worn as shown for a casual Friday look, it can be worn with faded, ripped jeans for a more casual look and on and on.  White tees are certainly a wardrobe staple.

When selecting a white tee, choose one that is the perfect shade of white – keeping in mind that stark white is not the best look on all of us.  Some of us look better in a softer, less bright, white.  In addition, select a fabric and style that suits you.

You need to love this white tee, so be selective, shop around and choose very carefully.  If you do these things, then this tee will become a workhorse.

Where to Wear?

Wear this look to work on a casual Friday, wear it to brunch, to the movies, on a date, out with friends, etc.  This is one of those looks that can be worn on many days, for many events and occasions.

Investment Pieces

The white tee is a must investment piece, the blazer may be one if that color is one of yours, the jewelry is certainly an investment.  As far as the shoes and purse go, they may be investment pieces if bright yellow coordinates beautifully with the rest of your wardrobe.


We love Fridays, don’t we?  Wearing this fun look makes Friday even more special.  I must admit, though, I think I am less productive on Fridays than the other days of the week.  I wonder if it is because of my casual looks?

What are y’alls thoughts on productivity and Fridays?  Do you think you get less done on a Friday than any other day of the week?  If you answered yes, then it is probably because of the casual attire.  If you don’t believe me, then do an experiment and don’t wear a casual outfit on a random Friday and see if you are more productive that day.  Let me know what you find out. 

You know, with this experimenting business, y’all are just like scientist.  Good job, I knew you were intelligent!

Happy, happy hour, today!!  Be safe and have a relaxing two days off.