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Red Tartan + Nude Shoes

Hello doll! I hope you had an interesting thanksgiving. Mine was filled with laughter, lots of food, and some late night early morning shopping. The one-button blazer jacket is a wardrobe staple. I think it's a good idea to have it in different colors. From a simple white T-shirt to a little black dress, it sure can transform an outfit. I bought this one at a thrift shop last year. I even wore it to church last Christmas eve. I think the jacket goes well with my tartan pants. What is fall without plaid, right? I completed the look with my nude shoes. These shoes are from DSW. They have a funny way of making me feel guilty about not using my $15 reward. So, I used it to get a discount on these shoes. What do you think of the outfit??

What the wind did to my blouse was priceless. I just had to share. 

Thanks for your kind comments on my last post. Have a great week! 

STYLE | Double-Breasted Trench Coat & Wide Calf Boots

                Happy Monday loves! Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Who is the chef in your house? The last Thursday in November is the only day in the year my husband gets to take over the kitchen. He is the master of juicy turkey. But we will miss my brother this year. He brings the best recipes to the table. He is currently in Spain with the US Navy. I am sure he will be cooking his heart out for them. He truly loves what he does.
Did you know the trench coat was originally created for army officers?

               My son was looking at my blog's OVERVIEW STATS last week and he said, "Why do you have so many readers in Russia?" I asked him how he knew that I had a lot of readers in Russia; and his response was, "Because I know where Russia is located on the map." All I could say was Mr. smarty pants. So, thanks to my many readers in Russia and around the world. This blog still exists because of you.
               There are three things I cannot live without during the fall season: a light coat, a pair of boots, and of course a great scarf. I can replace the leggings with the skinny jeans, the blouse with a simple white T-shirt, but these three will always remain constant. This five-button double-breasted trench coat made its way to my closet last week. I already have two in the closet that don't fit. LOL! It's hard to believe that something that was created for men looks so good on women. I wore it over my blouse, a gift from the sister who gives a lot, but asks for nothing in return. I completed the look with a pair of wide calf boots. My sister also got me these boots for Christmas about 3 years ago. I used a hot comb to straighten my hair the day before, but the wind had it going all over the place during the photo shoot. But  I loved the style anyway. What do you think?

Montana Silversmiths Wrapped Up in You Earrings + Necklace Jewelry Set REVIEW

*This post is sponsored by Montana Silversmiths*

             Whether you like to accessorize or not, you cannot deny the fact that the right piece of jewelry can add a little sparkle to a boring outfit. I was contacted by Montana Silversmiths to review one of their jewelry sets, but all opinions expressed here are my own.  When I visited their website, the title "Wrapped up in you" immediately caught my attention. I ordered the set and could not wait to touch it!  I was very impressed with the quality of the jewelry set that I received. The craftsmanship was exceptional and both the earrings and the necklace are beautiful. The design is truly one of a kind. The pendant is my favorite so far. And the necklace being adjustable is a big plus for me. I also love the size and the simplicity of the earrings. This is the kind of jewelry set that calls for a little black dress and some serious high heels. But girl, it was too cold outside! I opted for the little blue dress and a turtleneck under it.

From Montana Silversmiths:

This jewelry set has us all twisted up! Loops of antiqued silver finished pinpoints and bright clear cubic zirconia create a pendant that entwines on itself for a continuous design reminiscent of a musical note and a infinity symbol all in one. The necklace pendant hangs from a simple silver finished bail on a princess length 19 inch chain. Earrings swing from hypoallergenic stainless steel French hooks.

Materials :

Rhodium plated over a brass base. Cubic zirconia stones. Paint.

Warranty :

All Montana Silversmiths jewelry and accessories have a lifetime limited warranty on manufacturing defects when accompanied by a receipt. See our warranty policy for details.

Care & Storage Message :

You can maintain your jewelry with an occasional wipe of a damp cloth. DO NOT use chemical or abrasive cleaners.

                  As much as I love this set, I am not sure it will last me a long time. The color is already changing. But that happens to any jewelry piece I wear that is not pure gold or silver.

              With over 40 years experience under their belts, Montana Silversmiths specializes in buckles,  jewelry sets, watches, and more. They also carry accessories for hair enthusiasts like me. Their breast cancer collection, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, is one of my favorites. Customization is available to fit your taste and needs. Free shipping is also available on selected orders. With Christmas being around the corner, it will not hurt to visit their website and shop around for gifts for your friends and family.
               Have you heard about Montana Silversmiths before? 

Five Tips to Safeguard Your Diamond Engagement Ring

             An engagement ring symbolizes a public announcement that a couple will soon get married. How soon depends on the couple. It is a piece of jewelry that shows the world that your man is serious about you and he wants to take the relationship to the next level. As women, we don't always know what's waiting for us when we get to that next level, but that does not stop us from being excited and ready to share the good news with friends and family. We went from safeguarding our hearts to safeguarding a piece of jewelry. But is it really just a piece of jewelry?

           When my husband (then boyfriend), decided to propose to me 12 years ago, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. We left Long Island one cold Saturday morning in Autumn and headed to Manhattan. Since I love Manhattan so much, I thought he just wanted to spend sometimes with me in my city. Little did I know, he had other plans in mind and a diamond ring in his pocket. A ring that would later find itself in the toilet bowl (literally), some loss-and-found department in a hospital, and eventually, the parking lot at my job. My ring had sentimental value because it reminded me how nervous my husband boyfriend was when he was proposing. Sometimes when you lose something so precious, even if you buy another one, it may not hold the same value, or the same place in your heart. Below are five tips that will help you safeguard  your diamond engagement ring.

Five Tips to Safeguard Your Diamond Engagement Ring 

1) Have a  ring holder next to your sinks

Create a routine by having a ring holder next to your kitchen or bathroom sink. After using the ring holder for a couple of weeks, you will get used to removing your ring before doing dishes or doing your hair. The area will also serve as one of the places to look when you misplace your ring.

2) Take your ring off before going to bed

The best way to keep your engagement ring from getting rubbed against rough fabrics is by removing it before going to bed. That will also keep the prongs from being damaged.

3) Keep your ring at home when going to places that require you to take it off

I wish somebody had given me this advice before I had my son. When I went to the hospital to have my son, they had me remove my jewelry before going to the surgery room. When I got home five days later, I realized I had left my ring in the hospital. I also dropped my ring in the parking lot at work while pulling my keys out of my pocket. I was lucky a co-worker returned it the next day. If you work in a place where you have to wash your hands often, it's better to leave your ring at home; instead of having to take it off and putting it back on.

5) Have your ring insured

Common sense, right? Well, I did not have a whole lot of that when I got engaged. Having your ring insured is the best way to have it replaced if it ever gets lost, damaged, or stolen. Do your research and find out what the best options are for your ring  and your pockets.

5) Don't leave your ring unattended when soaking it

About three months after I got engaged, my father-in-law dumped my ring in the toilet bowl by accident. He thought he was just dumping water, but my ring was on under all the bubbles. He felt bad about it, of course! It's a good thing he did not flush it. A few seconds is all it takes for something to go wrong. Never leave your ring in common places in the house where it can get accidentally thrown away.

These tips were brought to you in collaboration with Anjolee Jewelry. 

Zaful Zippered Asymmetric Black Jacket Review

              Online shopping is convenient. And in most cases, you save more when you shop online than if you were to drive to a store to shop for clothes. But if you are not careful, online shopping can also have its downside.  I am collaborating with today to share with you different styles that are trending on their website. They sent me one of their jackets to try and review.  They also sent me a pair of mirror sunglasses, which I think took my outfit to the next level. For those of you who are not familiar with  Zaful, it is an online store that sells clothes and accessories for women. They also keep up with trendy fashion clothing at an affordable price. Their website is user friendly and very easy to navigate around different styles and sizes. Whether you are a size 0 or a size 5XL, zaful caters to all fashionistas. As with all other online clothing sites, information about shipping, payments/returns, size chart/fitting guide are very important. And zaful provides all necessary information at the bottom of each page.

I received the asymmetric jacket, which I paired with my pink turtleneck and black pants. The jacket that I received was cheaply made. The fabrics used were cheap.  The fit was way too small, and there were loose threads hanging everywhere. Well, let's just say with Zaful you get exactly what you pay for.

Collaborating with Zaful was quite an experience. If you are a fashionista on a budget and decides to visit the site, keep an open mind. And by that I mean keep the word cheap in mind. 

STYLE | Red and Polka Dots

           Hello dolls! This is another quick post to wish you a happy weekend. I hope your week was filled with joy.  I wore this polka dot dress during the summer. In case you haven't noticed, I love to cover my arms. I wore a cardigan over the dress, but I felt the need to set my arms free. I have been getting more out of my comfort zone lately. Did I mention the dress was a gift from my sister? Yes, I have one in the family who likes to shower me with clothes and shoes. She is my baby sister and I love her. I love the dress too, but the V neck was plunging a little too low. I had to use a safety pin to cover up the cleavage. I love these colors together also. I am still working on my Afro and the right style for my face. Please bear with me.

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