8 Work Outfits to Copy Right Now

Hello Lovely,

I love playing dress up. I can’t get enough of mixing my style up with different pieces and putting together looks that no one thought would blend well, but adding a dose of style between 9 and 5 can be a challenge. Although I am on a mission to challenge the “office-appropriate” standard, I can abide by societal norms when necessary, while still adding my personal flair. So I’ve put together a list of combinations that I love. These looks will get you through every conceivable job challenge, stylishly. When you’re starting out and don’t have a lot to spend, invest in a few fantastic designer pieces you can mix and match. Feel free to pin your favourite looks for later!

8 Work Outfits to Copy Right Now


When in doubt, pair a sleek sweater with a pencil or full skirt.

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Don't be afraid to add standout accessories to your look.

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Add a belt to your sweater-and-skirt combo to pull it all together.

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When done right, jumpsuits can totally work for the office.

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Let a long, drapey black coat be the star of your look.

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A silky shirt will make even your most eclectic pieces look polished.

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Make a sheer top office-appropriate by sneaking it over a midi dress.

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A printed scarf gives any outfit a classic touch.

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An Ode to Grandpa - How to Embrace the Middle

Hello Lovely,

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“Ahhh!” As I breathed in the clean, cool Grand Bahama air on a Sunday afternoon in September, I instantly began to feel more at ease.  During the days leading up to the funeral, we mourned the loss of my grandfather: a great man of joy, harsh truths and hard work.  Grandpa will have you welding in the rain, protective gear and all; anything to get the job done!

As I stared out of the rain-stained window, betwixt the coconut trees, I took a long, deep breath and exhaled.  Eyes closed, chest lifted and mind cleared in seconds.  Memories of my grandfather flashed in my mind; fading in and out.  When we laid him to rest the day before it was indeed a heartfelt loss.  His funeral was short and fitting, with a harmonious music and fond memories.

I found myself lost in thought; reflecting, rethinking and analyzing the steps that led me to this point in my life. Was I following my passion? Have I made my mark on the world? Am I presenting my best self? Will I be remembered for the kindness of my heart and the thoughtfulness of my actions?

A loss often puts life in perspective. When a family member has passed, we lose a piece of ourselves and no matter how minute that may be, sadness and possible detachment are felt.  At times this may cause people to feel gratitude, inspiration, the reality of life's shortness  or its fragility.

Although I felt the heaviness of his absence, it did encourage me to make my life momentous and to be remembered as my true self; to share myself in all facets, with the world.  It was a reminder that we are all on a journey in life, one that ultimately comes to an end. We may not be able to choose that ending or even our beginning, but we do have power over the middle. Unlike the other stages, the middle doesn’t offer the excitement of new beginnings or the joy we sometimes find in endings. The middle is full of reality checkpoints where we realise the journey we had envisioned is unlike the journey we’ve actually experienced. As I reflected, I learnt a few life lessons. Here's how to better understand the middle stage of your journey:

  • Be passionate NOW! - No matter how old or experienced you are, passion is instinctive in us and shines through when we act on what is natural to us.  If it's public speaking, carpentry, singing, writing, art, photography, cooking: just do it. Your life will thank you.

  • Losing a loved one doesn't mean letting go - It means you've suffered a loss and now have the memories to hold dear. This doesn’t signify your end nor does it mean your life should be on indefinite hold. It isn't easy, it takes time, you may feel detached from the world and it will be emotional; but remember that these are normal.  Healing is normal.

  • Be remembered for the true you and not who you're expected to be  - My grandfather was jovial, selective and made nor took any excuses when it came to working and providing. He was small in stature but strong and wise in character. He will be remembered for these things, but mostly for his heart.  He was kind and mentored those whom he saw potential in.  Through welding, he taught others and changed lives.

  • Life is Fragile - My grandfather was preparing for recovery and family members were preparing to provide as much comfort and assistance as possible.  We were hopeful.  As with life, no one knows tomorrow and we did not have a chance to spend more time with him.  Knowing this: be wise, live in today, make the decisions that leave your minds at ease.  Time moves silently and quickly, ensure that it doesn't leave you.

My grandfather had a strong character and was remembered quite fondly by his church family and those whose lives he had changed and inspired.  He left big footprints to follow and truly no one can walk in his shadow.  The best part is he wouldn't want any of his relatives in his shadow, but more so paving their own path and adding value to their lives and the lives of others along the way.

Mark 13:32-33New Living Translation (NLT)

32 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33 And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!”

What life moment has had you rethink your perspective on life? What life lessons have you learnt lately? How will you take charge of your middle stage to find your happy ending?

XoX,
Mechelle

 

VIVA 2016 Women's Conference

Hello lovely,

I’m back from my mini vacation. I know you didn’t even have a chance to miss me! You’re probably wondering where I’m coming back from. If you haven’t kept up with us last week, you may have missed my announcement that I went to Miami for the Viva Women’s Conference. This year’s theme was She Rises. I was all over this theme especially because it came with a floral-tea-party-garden-vibe! It’s Fall, but I still got to wear a floral headband; I had fun incorporating muted floral prints with my Fall wardrobe. But even more, I had a blast at the conference!

This year, a group of at least 20 women from The Bahamas travelled for the conference. We had Diamond Lounge tickets, which are pricey, but totally worth it. We were served gourmet food (in small portions so I am not ashamed to say I made a midnight McDonald’s run with my boyfriend) massages, makeup and hair braiding. The singing was concert-worthy, the décor was breath-taking and we even had a photo booth with instant printouts. The commute from South Miami to Cooper City was killer but I made it.

Our guest speakers were on fire! We heard from Charlotte Gambill, Hosanna Poetry, Pat Smith and lead pastor Steph Gramling. On the first night Charlotte spoke to us about setting up our women to win. It was a powerful speech about how she was actually booed at her first Bible Study, and from that moment on, decided to build up women every chance she got. Her speech taught me that standing up can make other people stand up to shut you up, but if every single person in your world was committed to cheering you on, how big would your dreams be? I was reminded that when you have nothing to offer, that’s when you find out who your true friends are. And when you set one another up to win, her win is your win. You can read the story of Ruth and Naomi for more on this topic. During Charlotte’s speech, I was reminded of a friendship I had, that ended terribly. We went months without speaking. I stopped holding onto my feelings towards it months ago, but also did not want anything to do with her because the trust was broken. After the alter call, she actually came up to me and apologised. I’m glad to put it all behind me. I don’t think that we can ever be friends again, but I see no reason we can’t be cordial as Christian women. It was a great healing moment.

My favourite speaker from the conference was Hosanna Poetry. She started with her poem Tsunami. It was a very touching piece that brought many people around me to tears. I loved her use of metaphors and the way she brought everyone together at the end for prayer was truly moving. I left feeling inspired about my own goals in life, learned to accept my deeds as contributions to the bigger picture and that without these, the bigger picture simply isn’t possible. As Hosanna said, “Someone had to preach to Billy Graham, before he could preach to others.” But don’t just take my word for it, check out this video below of all of the amazing must-see action from this years’ VIVA Women’s Conference.

Hope to see you next year!

XOX,

Tuesday Ten: 10 Summer-Ready Outfits for Work

Tuesday Ten: 10 Summer-Ready Outfits for Work

Summer is coming and with it a whole new set of office-appropriate-attire rules to follow. Make the most of every single day—and balmy night—this summer with any one of these gorgeous inspirational looks that will help you seamlessly transition between the boardroom and after-hours cocktails. And with my added tips, you'll be sure to rock this summer in style (without getting fired)!

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Tuesday Ten: 10 Outfits That Are Safe for Work, But Not Boring

Tuesday Ten: 10 Outfits That Are Safe for Work, But Not Boring

You can stop wondering what to wear to work to look as stylish as you do outside the office. I've found ten work outfits that are far more chic than suits for women. Find your perfect mix of office-appropriate dresses, shoes, skirts, bags and sweaters. Whether your job is ultra-corporate or incredibly creative, here are ten outfit inspirations that make dressing for the office a simple job—and might help you land the corner office you deserve.

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Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend - Vacation Edition

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend - Vacation Edition

I've been plowing through quite a few projects, trying to get ahead with a few trips I have coming up late in May. So, it’s pretty much all hands on deck…with paper projects, some jewellery design, more craft related DIYs, and a sewing project or two. Oh! And some more fashion related content as well.

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Mother's Day Free Printable Coupon Book

As Mother's Day approaches (May 8 — you're welcome for the reminder), it's a good time to go over some do’s and don’ts for gift giving. Let’s face it, as adults uncooked macaroni glued to cardboard doesn't cut it any more when you have a full-time job. Remember your tween years, when you'd forget it was Mother's Day until the actual day and frantically throw together a "coupon book?" Basically gifting your mother — the woman who birthed you, nurtured you and raised you— a collection of IOU's. Things like "One free lawn mowing," or "Will walk the dogs without being asked." They were chores we were going to do anyway, but we were desperate and young, and we could get away with it. Not so much any more.

As an adult, buying a Mother's Day gift is still a struggle, but it doesn't have to be. Why not go back to the classic "coupon book" that worked so well for us in the past? The only difference being this time you'll make some coupons mom will actually want.

Here, we've compiled some for you already. We’ve even left some blank for you to fill out yourself. You can print as many as you’d like to make your coupon book as thick as you want.

All you have to do, to put this gift together, is print and cut out each coupon. Then stack them on top of each other, punch a hole on the side, and tie it together with a ribbon, like so! Feel free to go crazy with the decorations, or keep it simple!

Which ones do you think you’re going to use? Stay tuned this week as we’re going to be giving you great ideas for DIY Mother’s Day gifts that your mom actually wants!

XoX,

 

 

Friday Favourites: What to Make This Weekend

Hello Lovely,

Now that we've had time to adjust to the spring weather and fashions (my allergies still haven't adjusted) there’s no better way to celebrate the weekend than with a good DIY project. Take advantage of the sunshine and get a couple of your besties together for a craft date, complete with home décor and beauty treatments! So here are the 5 projects I’m looking forward to the most to tackle this weekend before Monday rolls back around!

1.       Getting an edge, business cards – I love my business, but I can’t believe how easy it is to give them a quick face lift! This is a great 2 minute project that allows you to tackle other projects as well since it won’t take long to complete.

2.       Coconut oil & Coffee Body Scrub – I tried making my own exfoliating coffee soap bar, but the tutorial I followed left me with more questions than answers, and soap that may have done more than exfoliate (more like take my skin off because it was so hard and jagged). So let’s hope this one goes better.

3.       DIY Gallery Wall – I’ve wanted to do this project since February but kept putting it off. Well now I’m ready and can’t wait to show you guys the end results!

4.       Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet Coasters – OMG how cute are these! I don’t have washi tape or know where to find any on my island, but I know how to improvise. This should be fun!

5.       Zipper ring – When I read the tutorial on how to do this, I couldn’t believe it was so simple! This is another project that shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete!

What DIY projects are you making this weekend? Did we inspire you to try something new? Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram + using the hashtag #iamcreative!

Motivational Mondays: Know Your Worth

Motivational Mondays: Know Your Worth

Today I get personal on how events in the past have now come full circle and made me realise that I am a better person because of it. If you're in a difficult relationship and can't decide whether or not it's time to leave, this post is for you.

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