Plums, Fairies, Chocolate!

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”
—Ralph Lauren

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If there is one person responsible for my love of fashion and styling it would be my mother. She has a meticulous eye for creating beautiful outfits. You would think she spends lavishly on high end designers, like Balmain and Prada, but she doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, she loves to “show up and show out” or”dress to impress,” but she is all for a good bargain.

A couple Christmases ago, she sent a care package to my address in Atlanta. It was packed with a variety of dress shirts, socks and bow-ties she bought while shopping at Ross and T.J. Maxx. I remember being excited about this striped yellow, blue and purple shirt and a matching yellow and white polka-dotted tie. I was in awe. And, though she was 416 miles away, she was still taking good care of me.

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Two key things I learned from my mother: bargain shopping and you are what makes the clothes, not the other way around. I say that because I don’t have a problem thrift-shopping while some of my friends do. They have told me they don’t feel comfortable wearing clothes that were previously owned. I don’t get it. Unless you go around notifying others your clothes were found at a thrift shop, how would they know? Frankly, they wouldn’t. But, I digress – to each his own.

Lastly, please consider shopping at Macy’s. Hear me out. Macy’s has a sell every weekend for some holiday that’s not in the calendars and by the time you reach a register, the item you set out to purchase is now 50-60% off its original price. You can’t beat it. And, don’t let me get started on their clearance rack and the savings you will find there as well. Example: the oxford bucks you see in this post were on clearance. The suggested retail price was $99.00, then it dropped 25% to $74.25. I paid about $35.00 for the pair after other discounts and savings were applied. Again – you can’t beat that.

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Hat: Kangol Shirt: Kenneth Cole Tie: Tommy Hilfiger

Handkerchief: Men’s Wearhouse Watch: Invicta

Joggers: I.N.C or International Concepts at Macy’s Socks: Express Shoes: G.H. Bass & Co.


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