Primping in Pantone’s Colors of the Year

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For the month of April, the Thrift It Clique decided to take on Pantone’s colors of the year, Serenity and Rose Quartz, (better known to us regular folks as baby pink and baby blue but you didn’t hear that from me). I have loved these colors for a while now. I’m so glad that Pantone decided to elect these beautiful pastel hues for 2016. Now I can easily purchase and incorporate these colors into my wardrobe and rock my favorite pastels all year long. Surprisingly, it was easy for me to find these colors while thrifting for the shoot. While shopping, I stumbled upon a gorgeous serenity inspired pencil skirt and felt it would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe.

Serenity can be paired with neutral colors such as grey, black, white, and navy. It can also be worn with other pastels like mint green, rose quartz, lavender, and pale yellow. It can be paired with colors such as olive green, gunmetal gray, and even camel brown for an unexpected twist.  I knew by looking at the garment that there would be a lot of different ways that I could wear the skirt with pieces already in my wardrobe so off to the register I went. Luckily for me, the skirt was less than $5 and in excellent condition!

Thrifting tip: Make sure to visually inspect your garment in sunlight for any stains, snags, pilling, etc before buying. I usually stand by the nearest window and ensure that the garment is in great to excellent condition before investing in it.

I decided to wear the serenity blue skirt with black accents for a photo shoot at the Dallas Arboretum. I love the juxtaposition of edgy and feminine so of course I added some leather bits into the mix.

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Leather vest (thrifted: Thrift World)

 Black tank (H&M)

Skirt (thrifted: Thrift World)

Shoes (Nine West)

 Jewelry (H&M)

I was also inspired by Instagram to rock my hair in the trendy two cornrows style because A) its cute B) it is hot and humid in Texas right now and C) because I can’t be bothered to fight with my unruly hair at the moment.

Photo credit: Gernelle Nelson

I am certain you will see this skirt styled again and again during this spring and summer! I have yet to work it to it’s full potential.

Click on the names below to see full details on how other ladies of the Thrift It Clique styled Pantone’s colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

 

Addie B. // Kendra T. // Gernelle N.

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Savor Dallas: Arts District Garden Party

 

I savored Dallas and it was good!

 

My blogger pal, Elle, was lucky enough to score a pair of tickets to the first event during Savor Dallas 2016, the Arts District Garden Party. Luckily for me, she needed a date and I was more than happy to oblige. Good food + good company….um, yes please!

The Garden Party for Savor Dallas took place on the grounds of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Downtown Dallas. The venue was beautiful! The staff at the event were so friendly. I was greeted with a smile from everyone I came in contact with. As the attendees entered the space, we were gifted with a wine glass etched with slogan “Toast of the Town”, a menu, and a Goody Goody reusable bag.  There was a live band playing hits from the 90s and chefs present from various restaurants around the city serving some of the best tapas and dishes I’ve eaten in a while. That’s saying a lot because we all know I live love to eat. I heard from other attendees that the wine selections were amazing. I can’t personally attest to that because I am not a fan of the taste or smell of alcohol. I know, I know…weird.

I didn’t get a lot of photos of all of the yummy food that I ate because I was too busy stuffing my face but let me just give you a quick rundown of some of the dishes that I tried.

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Oh my word, the food was so delicious! Is your mouth watering from these photos! Mine totally is. There were also fun games like corn hole, connect four, jumbo jenga and more that the attendees could play and a super fun photo booth that everyone seemed to enjoy.

 

This was my first time attending Savor Dallas and I am so glad that I did. I had a blast with Elle and ate more than my share of goodies. I can’t wait until next year. I hope to attend the Grand Tasting event or maybe the Sunday breakfast event. Either way, I can’t wait to Savor Dallas again!

Did you attend Savor Dallas this year? Have you ever attended a food and wine festival before? Would you attend a food and wine festival?Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. I would love to hear about it!

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Spring Carnival with UncommonGoods

This past weekend the weather was beautiful! Last week, there were tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hail storms in my area so I can definitely appreciate a warm and sunny Spring day. My friend Addie and I decided to make the most of our Sunday afternoon by hanging out a local carnival. I knew we would be moving around a lot- walking, riding rides, playing games, eating fattening fair food (don’t judge me)- so I opted to wear something relaxed. What is more relaxed than blue jeans and a basic white tee? Basic outfits can easily be jazzed up with unique accessories. I paired this outfit of the day with my current go-to sea glass blue aviator sunglasses, my turquoise and black backpack from my first trip to Mexico, and this dainty horseshoe pendant c/o UncommonGoods.

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Photo credit: Addie of Old World New

I absolutely love this handcrafted necklace by jewelry designer Dana Reed.  The silver droplet detail and the rose gold inner ring immediately caught my eye. The quality is amazing. As soon as I saw it on the website, I knew I had to own it.

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I love buying items from companies who give back. For me, it’s justification an added incentive to shop. I get something sparkly for me and a great charity receives a donation. That, my friends, is the definition of a win-win situation. A portion of the proceeds from each sale on uncommongoods.com is donated to charities and organizations like RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and City Harvest, a charity that strives to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue, distribution, and education through the organization’s Better to Give program.

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The carnival turned out to be pretty fun. We enjoyed some cotton candy, people watched, snap chatted, and rode on a supercharged ferris wheel. I got shocked numerous times trying to get off that bright yellow slide but overall I had a good time hanging out with my friend! Thank goodness the sun decided to grace us with its presence, if only for a moment.

If you’re looking for gift ideas for Mother’s Day or just for yourself, you should check out UncommonGoods for unique jewelry, designer decor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts.

*Disclaimer: Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post. All opinions and awesomeness expressed are my own.

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My Personal Style…lately

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This month’s theme for our Thrift It Clique photo shoot was personal style. Over the years my style has evolved tremendously. Thank God for growth because I have numerous photos that I look back at today and wonder what in the world was I thinking?! Throughout the years the one constant has been that my personal style has always included a layer of edginess. Mostly leather ’cause I put that on everything!! (Who knows where that saying came from? Let me know in the comments section.) I digress. Usually I would say that a fierce pair of heels, a feminine dress, and a leather jacket would be considered my signature style but for the past few months I have found myself gravitating towards a simpler tomboyish look. This look usually includes a pair of fitted jeans, a colorful top, some cute slip on sneakers or ballet flats, and a leather jacket.

I can’t even be bothered with heels at the moment. Hopefully this is not a sign that my age sneaking up on me. That my friends, would be a tragedy. Right now, I just want to be comfortable and stylish. Is that too much to ask? The only thing that I hate about wearing flat shoes is that you can tell that I am the size of a prepubescent middle schooler. Like seriously can I get one of those growth spurts overnight via FedEx? Please and thank you! Geez Louise! I was shortchanged back in the day.

My thrifted look for this month includes these amazing blue mirror glasses that I picked up from the French Market during my recent trip to New Orleans for the fabulous price of $6 and this cute Croft and Barrow turquoise sweater that I got from Thrift World in Lewisville for a whopping $2! I love how the pops of color amplify the chicness of this basic black outfit.

Photo credit: Gernelle Nelson 

It’s so simple to incorporate thrifted pieces into your wardrobe. My best tip would be to find a piece you love and reimagine at least three ways you can wear it with items currently in your wardrobe. If you can do that, run to the register and make that item yours.

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Be sure to check out all my partners personal style posts as well by clicking on their names below.

Tiyunna // Addie // Gernelle // Britt P. // Kendra

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Sunday Brunch: Café Amelie New Orleans

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Recently, my husband and I went exploring the French Quarter in New Orleans for a place to dine for brunch. Sunday brunch has become a tradition for us. Being away from home made the search for a  restaurant serving brunch even more exciting. Café Amelie was on my list of places to eat before arriving to NOLA so when we stumbled upon it during our walk down Royal Street, I was like “OMG we have to eat here!”  We made our way to the hostess stand and the host let us know that there was a 45-minute wait. My husband didn’t want to wait but I staged a sit in on a bench in the courtyard. We were added to the list. The host even agreed to call us on the phone to let us know when our table was ready so we could still explore the French Quarter while waiting. Hubs then asks “well what makes this place so special?”  Well let me tell you guys what makes Café Amelie worth the wait.

First of all,  this place is ridiculously gorgeous!  The restaurant is located within the historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard nestled in the middle of the French Quarter. It feels regal when you walk through the gates. The scenery alone made me want to dine here.

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Secondly, the food. OH MY GOODNESS, the food! I would take a flight to NOLA and camp outside this place to just to eat the food again! God blessed the hands of whoever is cooking in that kitchen.

I would classify the food as Southern with an upscale twist. For an appetizer, the hubs and I ordered one of my favorite dishes, shrimp and grits.

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This dish featured stone ground grits with Louisiana sweet corn, an andouille maque choux and 3 gulf shrimp. It was delicious. So delicious in fact that we ended up cleaning the bowl with a piece of crusty bread to make sure none of that goodness went back to the kitchen! Next time I won’t be sharing 🙂

Hubs ordered a rosemary infused cocktail while we waited on our main courses to arrive. I’m not a fan of rosemary or alcohol so that didn’t appeal to me. It was very pretty though. He said it tasted great.

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The entrée we each ordered was the chicken and waffle. This dish featured a golden waffle topped with a piece of roasted chicken and covered with andouille sausage gravy. 2 words: très délicieux!

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After eating all this delicious food, we were stuffed and in a semi food coma. I knew I was going to have to walk at least a mile around New Orleans to burn some of these calories. It was definitely worth it though. My husband even said, I’m glad we ate here. *insert side eye* I guess it was special after all. It was a great ending to our first trip to New Orleans. It definitely won’t be our last because I must eat here again. It is currently at the top of my list of Sunday Brunch favorites.

Have you ever eaten at Café Amelie? Have you discovered an amazing place to brunch in your hometown, city, or while traveling? Let me know in the comments below!

More details about my New Orleans getaway coming soon!

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Yellow Skirt + Magenta Accessories

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I am uber creative and I love to create pretty much anything. It makes my world a more exciting place.  I have been feeling kind of uninspired lately so I decided to reach out to my Facebook friends to get a little help getting the creative juices flowing. I asked my friends to leave a picture on my status of anything colorful that inspired them. From their photos, I would challenge myself to create an outfit using the colors in the photo. They were happy to oblige. Not only were their photos very beautiful, I loved the color schemes.  I woke up yesterday morning super excited about creating some outfit looks. Needless to say the juices are flowing like a river. I will be sharing all the results here on the blog.

This first outfit inspiration came from these 2 photos submitted by Addie B of the blog Old World New.

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The three colors that instantly grabbed my attention in the photos were magenta, white, and yellow. I recently scored a yellow skirt during one of my thrifting adventures with my cousin and I have been waiting on warmer weather to wear it. This photo gave me the perfect idea on how to style it.

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Outfit Details:

Jacket: Old Navy

Tee: Target

Skirt: Thrifted

Necklace: Can’t remember sorry 🙁

Purse: Canal St NYC

Shoes: Nine West (old)

All these outfit elements came together seamlessly to make for a fun and colorful outfit pairing. I could totally see myself wearing this outfit out for date night, to brunch, or even to church during the spring and summer. Best part about this outfit is that I didn’t have to go out and purchase any of the pieces. They were already hanging out in my closet.

So tell me how do you think I did? Could you see yourself wearing these colors together? Would you like to see more outfit posts like this? Please COMMENT and let me know. THANKS!

If you want to be featured in a blog post, leave a comment with a photo that inspires you on the Creativity Arise Facebook page.

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Thrifted Date Night Looks

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For the month of February, the Thrift It! Clique decided to create a photo shoot that focused on styling outfits from thrifted pieces in our wardrobe that we would either wear on a day date or for date night. We got our spouses and significant others to get in on the action as well. We took some cute shots. I had the most fun just hanging out with the couples and getting to know each other better at a cute restaurant called Cafe Brown Sugar in Carrollton, Texas.

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Aren’t we a stylish looking group?

I was literally having a “I have nothing to wear” moment the day before so I ended up resorting to all black with red accents. Here is my full date night look. I thrifted this turtleneck sweater for less than $2.00! Its such a wardrobe staple that can be paired with pretty much anything. I decided to pair it with a black skirt for a monochromatic look. My outfit is very basic with a little dash of Parisian chic.

 

 This cute cat beret gifted from Adorned by Chi was my inspiration.

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The other ladies had very cute ensembles. I loved details from each of their outfits. You can check out all of their looks and blog recaps of the photo shoot by clicking their names below.

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      Gernelle                                                                 Kendra                                                      Addie

What’s your go to date look? Share it with us by using the hashtag #ticdatenight on social media or leave a comment or photo down below. I would love to see your style! Thanks to Cafe Brown Sugar  for letting us have free reign in the restaurant and to AJ and Gernelle Nelson for the photos!

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24 hours in a day. Enough time for a getaway!

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You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé. 

I’ve been hearing this quote a lot lately. Of course it’s a true statement unless you consider the fact that your number or Beyoncé’s could be called at anytime and *poof*  bye bye Earth…but let’s not focus on that. This quote is just a simple reminder that we all have 24 hrs in a day to become who we desire to be and to make our dreams come true. For Beyonce, that may mean spending her 24 hours doing whatever it takes to be the “Black Bill Gates in the making.” Do you boo. I ain’t mad at you. My sights have never been set on becoming rich.  Financially stable, yes. Rich and successful, meh. I would much rather be rich in experiences and love. This is why I would choose to devote those precious hours to travel.  Rick Steves said it best “travel is rich with learning opportunities and the ultimate souvenir is a broader perspective.”

I have been questioning myself a lot lately. If I love to travel so much then why don’t I travel more? I’m not a baller by any stretch of the imagination so vacationing frequently is definitely not in the cards for me. (Thank you student loans!) However, I can take a day trip or 2 or 3. Who’s counting?

It almost takes an act of Congress for most Americans to take a day off but if you love something, it’s important to make time and make room in your budget for it. So I am challenging myself and all of my readers to travel somewhere new for a day at least once or twice a month. Take a friend, go solo, go with your family and explore a new area. Make amazing memories. Life is too short to wait for vacation days and gas prices in the US are surprisingly low right now. Sounds like a great time to travel.

To make the process easier, I will be creating itineraries for day trips that require travel time of 3 hrs or less by plane, train, or automobile one way. I also will be focusing on making them as affordable as possible.

Are you up for the challenge? Let me know in the comments below. Also please let me know your location so that I have ideas of places to customize itineraries for. After all, I do this for you guys. 🙂

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Slaying in Sweaters

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This year, I am teaming up with a group of amazing women dubbed the Thrift It! Clique to present an inspiring series on how to style items purchased from a thrift store in different ways based on a common theme. This month’s theme was sweaters. It’s currently winter here in the States which means it’s definitely sweater weather for us. I actually love sweaters! They are so cozy!

Let me tell you guys a little secret. I buy 95% of my sweaters from thrift stores! It’s an economical, eco-friendly way of staying chic and warm during the frigid cold months of the year.  You can buy several fabulous sweaters for the price of 1 in retail stores. Sweaters are often shunned for being frumpy but let me tell you dolls and guys a secret, you can SLAY and SERVE the public in a sweater honey! Don’t believe me? The Thrift It Clique is going to show you 5 ways how to work that knit!

 #1: Add a pop of color to break up a neutral color palette.

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#2: Add bold statement jewelry like Kendra of It’s My Evolution!

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#3: Pair printed sweater with colored denim for a posh look like Elle of Gernelle Nelson.

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 #4: Add a collared shirt for a preppy look like Brittany of Vinty Fresh Closet.

POP THAT COLLAR

 #5: Wear a sweater in an unexpected fashion. Pair one over a dress like

Addie of Old World New for extra warmth.

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There you have it. Five different ways to slay in a sweater. Which would you try?

To see full looks from our photo shoot with our amazing photographer, Gernelle Nelson, click on the names below.

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Addie

Gernelle

Brittany

Are you rocking a thrifted sweater this season? Show us your style on Instagram using the hashtag #ticsweaters! We would love to see it.

As always, stay inspired!

Brittany

Exploring the Bishop Arts District

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Earlier this week I decided to explore the Bishop Arts District in Dallas with my cousin. It’s always fun to be a tourist. It’s even more fun to discover hidden gems in your own city. The Bishop Arts district is a historic and eclectic little neighborhood located in the heart of North Oak Cliff. It offers a unique range of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and more. What I loved the most about the area was the quirkiness. It spoke to my creativity. I also loved visiting the Artisan’s Collective, an art gallery that displays the work of local Dallas artists only.

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I really loved the colorful turquoise and coral pink wire chairs at the Simply Austin furniture store. Unfortunately, they were $300 a piece. Whew! Too rich for my blood.

 

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How cute is this mini statue of a dog with a crown? I may go back to a cute shop called Neighborhood just for that. I think it will look quite nice on my bookshelf.

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Taking a look at all the pretty candles in Society. They were beautifully packaged. Unfortunately  I could not find any scent that I enjoyed. I’m more of a sweet and floral or fresh scent lover. These candles were more earthy.

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If you know me well, you know that I love succulents and cacti. I have not yet mastered how to keep them alive but I have committed to researching proper care before I invest in more this year. I loved this shop called Dirt in Bishop Arts. They gave me some great inspiration for ways to display my succulents when I decide to venture down that road again. Oh,  don’t mind my purse. I was having technical difficulties with that second strap all day and my cousin didn’t even say a word smh!

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After exploring the district for a little while, we were starving and decided to look for somewhere to eat lunch. I instantly gravitated towards a cute little restaurant called Oddfellows. I read the reviews on it and they sounded amazing. Unfortunately, they only sell breakfast and brunch. That would have worked fine for me but my cousin doesn’t have my same obsession passion for eating brunch at anytime of the day so I let her choose a lunch restaurant in the area instead. But first let me take a selfie…

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{Outfit details:}

Sweater *thrifted

Skirt * H&M

Boots & Purse * Aldo (gift from Hubs)

Scarf * NY & Co.

We ended up going to a cute old-fashioned hamburger diner named Hunky’s instead. She ordered a burger and fries and I ordered fried zucchini and fries since I am trying to limit my meat intake for a while. Overall, it was very good.

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After eating we decided to head back towards home in order to beat Dallas rush hour traffic. Overall we had fun exploring this quaint and eclectic neighborhood in the city. I shall be returning to eat at Oddfellows though because…hello, BRUNCH.

 

Until next time Bishop Arts District, peace.

Have you ever found a hidden gem in your city? Do you enjoy acting as a tourist in your town? Let me know in the comments below.

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Brittany