Saturday, May 28, 2016

Colorful Stripes times Three - Lady Like

There is nothing that gets me more excited about getting dressed like a cute dress or skirt but when you can combine them both honey you got me in Fashionista heaven.  As if the dress wasn't vibrant enough for you but adding the darling hot pink skirt to element takes it to another level.  There is nothing like multifuntional pieces that you make the most out of .  I have slight obsession with full midi skirts they make you feel so lady like and proper.  They  compliment most body types and you feel elegantly chic in them so slipping it on over this fun midi dress gave it a more classy feel . 

You can get so creative with clothes it just like art  you make it unique and make it your own and never be afraid to experiment and just have fun with it . 

            Solid Version of dress (here), Flared skirt (sim), Mary Jane Shoes (sim)

This look I would take to church a graduation or even a wedding. I love coming up with different looks with one piece is kinder to that pocket book and it test those creativity skills.  

I am so glad you stopped by it's always a pleasure . I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend.

                                        XOXO Mary aka Curlybyrdie 

Photo Cred - Kimberly Bailey from KB Photo

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colorful Stripes times Three -Casually Chic

Oh the joy I find in the small things in life like expanding my closet ( like it needs expanding LOL) but finding a way to make one piece of clothing look good in so many different ways . I love taking that one piece like this fabulous striped sweater dress I got from  +Nyc Retailer  and taking it the office , church or a night out on the town.   I am all about those bright colors and this lightweight sweater dress is perfect for the spring and summer nights and the colors will match almost any summer friendly accessory in your closet . 

I am single mom and I am not rolling in the money so I love to show other women like myself how to make her closet appear a little bit larger and give her more options with pieces that she already may own. 

The first look I am highlighting is that casually chic look .  You know the look the one you need to throw together with not alot of fuss to go run errands or meet your girls for lunch.  The dress is the the focal point of this look and I add a casual but fabulous shoe like these clog style Jessica Simpson shoe and the basic jean jacket which most of us have in our closet . My philosophy when in doubt put on a jean jacket.. LOL .  I love how easy this look is but you still feel put together and ladies I am all about that life because this girl is always on the go ! 

           Dress - solid version   (here) , Shoes  (here)                   

How about you Fashionista's do you like this casually chic look? Do you throw a jean jacket on when in doubt LOL .  As always I want to thank you for stopping by ! 

                                                     XOXO - Mary aka Curlybyrdie 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jumpsuit Culotte Love

There are two trends that I am loving right now culottes and jumpsuits and when I can find them both all rolled up into one this fashionista is one happy girl.I think jumpsuits just make life easier it's like one and done so it requires less thinking and this single mother of two welcome anything that require less thought.. LOL.  I can remember wearing culottes back in day but this takes an old trend makes it even more fabulous. 

I fell in love with the color of this jumpsuit and the halter styling which is very flattering.  You could totally add some gold pumps and clutch for sexier night out of the town. I opted for wedges to make it a more casual look . I love that this is a multi functional piece that can be styled various ways which expands your wardrobe so you are getting more looks for less money.. and I am all about that life :) 

Jumpsuit (here), Shoes (here)

I thought since obviously I can't buy every jumpsuit  I see I thought I would share some of my very favorites. 

                                          Jumpsuit (here), Shoes (here)

                                                 More Options 

      1. Denim- Express (here)  2. Red- Nordstrom (here)  3. Coral-Kohl's JLO (here)

     4.Floral- Express (here), 5. Green- Carson's (here), 5. Paisley -NY and Company (here)

                                             Plus Size Options 


1.Polka Dots - Eloquii (here)  2.Blue Print - Nordstrom ((here), 3.Denim -Eloquii-(here)

4. Black and White -Eloquii (here) 5. Paisley - Target (here)

How about you ladies are you loving this look as much as I do ?  Did you find an option above that you are loving? Let me know in comments below :)  I hope you are a having a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by :)

                    XOXO - Mary aka Curlybyrdie 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mono Chromatic on the Chic

I had a lot of fun with this shoot partly because my sister was  the photographer so you know  you can act like a stone cold fool and no one cares and my nephew tagged along so it made it even more of a family affair.  You know I am not Curlybyrdie with my nieces and nephews I Aunt Sissy just a fun fact about myself.  

My look today had so many things that I just love first the mono chromatic white and black so classic and chic I feel like you just can't go wrong with those hues and than stripes on stripes with added polka dots .. Oh yes give me pattern mixing anytime it makes things so much fun.  This look is so versatile you could add a jacket to keep it office friendly and take the jacket off and and higher heels and head to drinks after work . I am all about multi function looks in case you didn't know. 

                                                Look we found Elvis what a great day!
                                            But Aunt Sissy Nothing is my reply right now..LOL


                                Sorry Idris Elba I can't make it out tonight for drinks tonight LOL

                                 Top - (here), Skirt (sim), Shoes (sim), Bag (here)

                  Well thanks for stopping by for my shenanigans it means so much to me ! 

                                         XOXO - Mary aka as Aunt Sissy and Curlybyrdie ! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Off the Shoulder Trend

As a woman over 40 or should I say a lady a little more seasoned... LOL . I tread the waters carefully when it comes to trends . I understand that there are just some trends that I just can't get aboard on or probably shouldn't, but this Off the Shoulder thing has two thumbs from this curly fashionista . What I love about this look is that it is universally flattering on all body types it shows of those shoulders and the color bone area which is actually one of my favorite parts of my body and I think many women feel the same way.   If you are pear shaped, apple shaped even banana shaped (is that a shape?) it just somehow looks great and gives a little bit of sexiness without showing to much.  

 This off the shoulder top was such an awesome deal at Express like $10 but I would have paid more. It is just a staple piece that can carry you all spring and summer long. I love pieces that are inexpensive but but current and you can feel totally on trend without a huge investment. I decided to style this striped top with this patterned palazzo pants so I am also pattern mixing which I love to do . Remember those days when you didn't do stripes with plaid oh honey those days are over . I am an avid pattern mixer it just keeps everything a lot more interesting. 

                          Top - Express (sim), Pants - NY and Company (sim), Bag - Kohl's (here)
 Well I am dress girl so I had to throw a  dress in the mix. I love nice light and flowy dresses for the warmer months this off the shoulder gives that feminine romantic feel but this dress also adds an element of sexy with the dark floral pattern and  black lace.  This dress makes me feel like dancing it would be perfect for the date night or perhaps just a night out with this girls .


Dress - (sim) , Plus size (here), Shoes -Jcpenney -(here)

So ladies are you about that "Off the Shoulder " life  ? Do you think this a trend that  you will give a try ? I think you should you may be pleasantly surprised and their doesn't have to be a lot of investment involved and you will still feel like you are on trend. Not how sweet is that? 

I want to thank you for stopping by it 's always a pleasure . 

       XOXO - Mary aka Curlybyrdie 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Transformation on the Runway - Fort Wayne Makeover Conference

Last year I attended the Fort Wayne Makeover conference and I can't even voice enough the impact it had on my life.   It was there that I met Jil Jordan Green and Denita Washington and it was a meeting that would help take my life in a new direction.  I  was 42 at the time a single mother of 2 kids and working full time and I was blogging as my creative outlet but I was comfortable I was not walking in my purpose.  I knew that I wanted more out of life I wanted to make a difference in my community but most importantly I wanted to love the person I was inside .  I didn't want my past to define me or determine where I was going in my future.    It was after that conference that my life started to change it awakened something inside of me that had been there all along.   

So when Jil and Denita asked me to organize a fashion show for the "Fort Wayne Makeover Conference " I was flattered and humbled.  We agreed that this was not going to be a just about fashion it would much deeper.  The theme of this conference was " The Butterfly Effect " all about the transformation of the caterpillar to the butterfly.   We not only wanted to highlight just the outer beauty of these women but we wanted to talk about the obstacles they have overcome or are currently working through.  There were 5 women that included myself and we told our stories in hopes of inspiring another woman and letting know they are not alone. These are women who had overcome physical and emotion abuse  , who have overcome racial identity issues , abandonment issues stemming from missing love from their father.  Our story was told in own own voice while we walked down the runway so that everyone could hear the emotion and authenticity of our  story and it was life changing not just for the audience but for ourselves. 

I was honored to be a part of such a wonderful event.  The fashion show was just a part of this conference . There were so many areas that were touched such as mental health a subject that is often not talked about but one needs to be.  I laughed , I cried but most of all I learned.  There was such a sense of sisterhood in that room.  So often in life we don't celebrate each other enough we put on an act like everything is just perfect in life when your transparency could help another women see that her situation is not hopeless. 


   What a day it was and I will continue to take it all in.  I am so thankful to Jil , Denita and all the other fabulous women  that were there making this an event to remember . I am so grateful to all the models for being  brave and transparent . I was so proud to walk the runway with such lovely women I can't wait to see that this year has in store! 
                                                  XOXO - Mary aka Curlybyrdie