Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's Ahead? + Wardrobe Essentials

This month, my plate is stacked high with several new commitments and a busy season at the office. Additionally, I've found new purpose for regularly updating Sparkles and Prays and find it brings me so much joy during rather routine workdays. With that said, I have a ton of great DIY posts coming up in the future, including a post to highlight some awesome wooden spectacles by an up and coming brand called Woodzee. Nonetheless, until I have the time to dedicate 100 percent to those new additions, I'll be creating simple yet helpful write-ups about style and beauty that will allow me a break from editing work and hopefully provide an inspiring retreat for you readers as well. 

In addition, a huge shout out to all my new followers, thank you so much for joining me in this journey! I am humbled by your comments and your time! (And I just purchased my own domain name to get rid of the at the end of the web address. Now, you can simply find Sparkles and Prays via!)

Now, for some fashion eye candy. Here are some of my wardrobe must-haves, each for $25 and under! 

Wardrobe Essentials (1)

Basic V-Neck Tees: My absolute favorite closet staple is a white v-neck shirt. I can dress it up or down, pair it with a statement necklace or printed scarf. Whatever mood I'm in, I gravitate towards this basic foundation.

Watches: I have one Marc by Marc Jacobs rose gold watch (similar here) that seems to go with every outfit I own. I love the pop of coral in this wrap watch, and think this timeless piece (no pun intended) is a must-have.

Waist-Cinching Belts: I have about 5 different belts that I wear on a regular basis, including one leopard print skinny belt like the one above, which adds so much to a basic outfit. I think both curvy and athletic body types call for at least one waist-cinching belt in your wardrobe. Pair with a high-waisted skirt or around the waist of a flowy top.

Nude Heels: You've heard it time and time again. Skin-colored heels lengthen your legs and go with any color.

Chic Heeled Boots: Wearing boots makes me feel more pulled together than any other shoe in my closet. Something about the clean line of a knee-high boot brings me both confidence and comfort.

Preppy Cardigans: Maybe it's just because I started working in an office, but I've fallen in love with cardigans. I have about one in every color! Some with fun buttons, patterns, pockets, and ruffles. I think this extra layer is an easy way to pull together a look, both casual and dressed up.

Delicate Necklaces: I've become a huge fan of small necklaces that you can wear everyday. I absolutely love the quirky "hello" charm on this gold necklace, and it's only $6.99!


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    1. RIGHT!? Haha love stripes and dots right now. Wearing a striped cardigan as I type!

  2. Wonderful choice...I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin???
    Let me know follow you then back.;)
    Lovely greets Nessa

    1. You have such great and chic style!

      Following you on blog lovin'! Thanks for stopping by. Please join my site as well on blogger if you can!


  3. very nice choices, very chic. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet thoughts. I followed you back on GFC, hope we stay in touch.


    1. Sam, thank you so much for stopping by! Excited to see what is in store for your blog as well;) xoxo I will definitely stay in touch!

  4. I love your blog!! Great post as well. I'm your newest follower :) Would you mind checking out our blog & following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Looking forward to your next post! xx

    1. Hi again! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. So appreciated! I will definitely follow you via gfc and blog lovin! :)

  5. Hi again! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. So appreciated! I will definitely follow you via gfc and blog lovin

  6. Thank you so much for the follow.^^
    Follow you back on bloglovin #7 and gfc.
    Hope you also follow me on gfc.
    Lovely greets


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