OOTD365 March 5 – 11, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I don’t know about you guys but I’m over here waiting for spring to, well, spring! The tease that we had a few weeks ago whet my appetite for warmer days and now, with each new snow, I’m longing for sunny weather and higher temperatures.

I’m also eagerly counting down to the big day! It’s crazy that we are only three weeks away! Less than that, actually. The beginning seems so long ago. I can hardly believe we are almost to the wedding. Counting down to the wedding also means counting down to the honeymoon!! One way or another I’m going to get my warmer temps.

Before this week’s recap, I want to prep you guys for a few things ahead of the wedding. First, I will be taking a brief hiatus from posting my #OOTD365 looks from April 2-9 while I’m away on my honeymoon. I’ll snap photos and share a recap, but I make no promises to post the looks daily. I want to focus on honeymooning. Second, there will be a TON of post-wedding Bride Guide content. A lot of the stuff I want to share needs to wait until after the wedding as to not ruin some surprises and special moments. So be on the look out for that. Lastly, if you want a sneak peek at life leading up to the wedding, as well as some behind the scenes action on the day of, then follow YCS on Instagram and be sure to watch our IG story. That’s where you’ll get some insight and sneak peeks that others won’t see.

And now, for what I’ve learned this week:

  • Self care is crucial. Intellectually, I know this. I often preach it. But I don’t always follow it. This past week I had a much needed massage and facial and a few really good nights sleep. I needed those. I hadn’t realized how much my schedule and life had taken a toll on me and my body. Also, I must have been a raging lunatic because not one, but two, of my dear friends gave me gift certificates to the spa for my birthday!! Ladies (and gents) take care of yourself!!
  • Do not stop learning and growing. I’ve got a whole post on this coming up (and something really special for my DMV readers). You are never too old or too smart to learn and grow and change. Be open to improving. It’s good for you.
  • Do more of what makes you happy. By nature, I’m a people pleaser. It is exhausting. And you end up giving away much of yourself who people who do not deserve or appreciate it. For my 35th birthday, I promised myself that I would spend more time doing what makes me happy, being around those who make me happy, and focusing on pleasing God and myself. Life is WAY too short to be bending over backwards to please people who don’t matter and giving so much of yourself away that there is nothing left. Yes, I’m getting married this year, but be clear, this is the year of “me.”

And now for what I wore:

XOXO, Erika


#OOTD365 February 19 – March 4, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my last recap post. When I tell you that a TON has been going on these last two weeks – phew!!! That would be an understatement. There are a LOT of really exciting things happening, much of which I will share on the blog in the near future. But, unfortunately, at the moment, mums the word 🤐.

People always tell you things get really crazy right before your wedding and then a couple weeks before you hit coast mode. Well, we are in the midst of “really crazy” and I’m looking forward to hitting “coast mode” in the next couple of weeks. Once the wedding is over, I have a TON of content to share with you. But it’s a little hard to do without giving away details of the big day.

Personally, things have been a tad bit wild too! Life is happening a little more than I’d like but, you know, that’s the nature of life. I am working on taking a break, having a breather, and prioritizing when things get crazy. I often put so much pressure on myself to be all things to all people and that is physically impossible! So I had to take a step back and be OK with it!!

With all of that said, I’m back with two weeks worth of outfits to recap (minus one day because I just COMPLETELY FORGOT to snap a pic) and three things I’ve learned:

  • Your tribe matters. I feel like I said this before but boy, oh boy, has my tribe showed up for me. I’m actually going to do a YCS Bride Guide post all about choosing your Bride Tribe and why they are so important to your mental health and emotional stability during the wedding planning process. My tribe (including my Bride Tribe and Goal Diggers family) has truly lifted me up and held me down over the last few weeks. And honestly, NONE of it had to do with the wedding. These women have prayed for me, with me, over me, spoken life to me and my fiancé, hyped me up, encouraged me, supported me, and pushed me when I thought I couldn’t go on. Who you surround yourself with matters. Who you let speak into your life matters. Who you allow to sow into you matters. Don’t feel bad about being selfish about your space and he energy you allow around you. It could truly be the difference between life and death!
  • Remember to look out for winks from God. Sometimes we can get so focused on different things and the turmoil around us that we miss when God sends winks our way. The other day, a lady in front of me decided to buy my coffee at Dunkin Donuts and I almost burst into tears. It cost her hardly anything ($1.49) but it was a tiny little wink from God that reminded me there is good in the world and that He’s there. God is constantly sending us nudges and reminders – we have to remember to look for them.
  • Have an attitude of gratitude. It can change your perspective on everything.

So that was a little long 🤷🏽‍♀️. And now, for the looks!

XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365 Weekly Recap: February 12 – February 18, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I’m a day late with this week’s Recap post! My sincerest apologies for that.  Truthfully, I took a trip to Wakanda (again!!) on Sunday night and by the time we got home the only thing I was going to do was crawl into bed!

Last week was loads of fun and really special for a lot of reasons.  In one week I celebrated Valentine’s Day (which, quite honestly, could be my least favorite holiday), made my way to Wakanda twice, and had a lovely, lovely Bridal Shower hosted by my mother.  It was a great week indeed!  Here’s what I learned from it:

  • The people who love you support you and the rest of the people don’t matter.
  • I am not obligated to be in relationship with people just because of their relationship to me.  What does that mean? Well, so often we feel (or other people make us feel) like we have to be in relationship – not romantic – with someone just because they are our family member/future family member/friend of a friend/etc. But it is my job to fiercely protect my space, my energy, my bubble, my mind, and my heart and this week I was reminded of that.  Regardless of other people’s opinions or how they think I should feel – I am in charge of how I feel. And I don’t have to allow people who suck the life, energy, or positivity out of me to be around me.
  • Sometimes, you hit a fashion stride.  That feels good.  And this week, I hit a little stride!

And now, for what I wore . . .

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XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365 Weekly Recap: February 5 – February 11, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

I feel like all I have said for the last several weeks is “it’s been a week.”

Well, if you can believe it, it has probably never been more true than this week. I can’t get into details, so I’m going to jump straight to what the one thing learned this week. It’s something I already knew but was reminded of so clearly this week that it needs to be said.

So what did I learn this week?

My tribe matters. We’ve all heard this, we all know this, we all say this all the time. But truly, my tribe (and your tribe) matters. The people that you choose to surround yourself with are so important. This week, my tribe rose up and surrounded me with love and prayers and it was a reminder of how much the women in my tribe mean to me. And how, if I didn’t have the tribe I had, this week would have been even more difficult than it already was. Simply put, your tribe matters. . . .

And now, for last week’s looks:

XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365 Weekly Recap: January 28 – February 4, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

We have entered the second month of the year. I don’t know about you guys but the month of January went fast but the weeks went slow. January was a month filled with highs and lows; so, honestly, I’m kind of glad it’s over.

February brings a LOT of excitement. A Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles. A bridal shower for me. Less than 60 days until the wedding. New York Fashion Week. It’s shaping up to be a great month. As I leave January behind and look ahead, here’s that I learned this week:

  1. I am in silent competition with myself not to repeat an outfit. I hadn’t thought about it but it’s kind of my own secret challenge. I have no idea how long I’ll be able to keep up the jig.
  2. Some moments in life are so much bigger than fashion. They just are. And, as much as I love fashion, it is crucial to recognize the moments that are far more important than what I’m wearing (see Day 34 on Instagram when there was no #OOTD365 post).
  3. I still get surprised, and super flattered, that people are investing in this little journey. It seriously tickles me whenever anyone mentions it.

And now, for last week’s looks:

XOXO, Erika

#OOTD365: January 22 – January 28, 2018

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Four weeks under my belt in this challenge.

I said at the beginning that this would be all about transparency. So many times we admire what we see on social media or the lives we imagine people are living. And we forget that they are just photographs. Moments in time. The best 10% of people’s lives. The highlight reel compared to the reality show of our lives. The fact of the matter is that every day we put on clothing and get dressed and face all sorts of troubles.

So here is my moment of transparency. If I’m honest, this past week was incredibly difficult. I was on the road for work this week which began with its own set of frustrating challenges. While I was away I had a close family member be admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. And, upon my return, I spent the day at a different hospital where a friend to both me and my fiancé passed away under the most tragic of circumstances. Simply put, it was a week. And this week, more than any other thus far in the challenge, it think my fashion most accurately reflected – or completely hid – my mood. So, what three things did I learn this week?

  1. People have strong opinions about what I wear. I heard from more than a few people that my wardrobe this week was “too dark” or needed “more color.” What I thought would be an exercise in sharing my daily attire has turned into a bit of a social experiment with people weighing in on what my wardrobe needs more of and even a few folks emulating my looks. Not what I expected but a pleasant surprise, for the most part.
  2. Style uniforms come in handy. I’ve said for as long as I’ve had this blog (and Instagram) that my style uniform begins with jeans and a white t-shirt or that it is generally something black, white or cream. This week, that uniform came in handy. It may feel like the world stopped but, in reality, it didn’t. So having a style uniform made picking clothes easy when it was the last thing I wanted to focus on some days.
  3. A great leather jacket might be the most important wardrobe staple I own. Meditate on that.

And now, for this week’s looks (in reverse order, for some reason):

Erika's Picks: Bathing Suits for Full Figured Women

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

I know that swimsuit season can be a dreaded time for many plus size or full figured women (so, basically women).  Not because it means baring their body, but because it was a time when the store shelves were stocked with a sea of floral, skirted bathing suit options better suited for the grandmas, not Gisele’s, of the world.  Of course, these days, this is no longer the case – there is no shortage of fabulous swimwear available for women of all shapes and sizes.  Below, check out some of my favorite styles for the summer.

Bikinis + Tankinis

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of MOST tankinis.  Those old lady skirts (no offense to the old ladies) and unflattering tops do nothing to excite me.  Through the years I have found some I like (I even own one) but that has been rare.  I’m happy to report there is a new crop of tankini popping up that are both figure flattering and stylish.

Tankini #1  Tankini #2   Bikini 1   Bikini 2   Bikini 3

Last year, we also saw the more widespread acceptance of plus size bikinis a.k.a “fatkinis.”  Now this is a trend I am fully on board with.  The suits are often cute, trendy, and allow for as little or as much coverage as you’d like, while giving proper support where full figured women need it most.  I even loved the Swim Sexy Pin Up Python suit above so much I got one for myself!

Shop Bikinis and Tankinis

Tropiculture Twist-Front Tankini (Black) via Swimsuits for All
Tropiculture Pink Bandeau/Halter Tankini via Swimsuits for All
Sao Paulo Fringe Bikini via Monif C
Swim Sexy Pin Up Python Bikini via Swimsuits for All
Guyana Banded Bikini via Monif C

One Piece Swimsuits

One piece swimsuits are always a staple of the season.  Two trends I am loving are the athletic styles that are popping up – think trendy scuba gear and sleek likes – and peek-a-boo details like mesh or even lace!  Both of these trends add unique personality to a swim season staple.

One piece 1     One Piece 2     One Piece 3     One Piece 5

Shop One Piece Swimsuits

Mesh-panel One Piece via Torrid
Extra Life Lycra Aquabell Zip Front via Swimsuits for All
Striped Natural Support One-Piece Swimsuit via Torrid
Becca Etc. “Ritual” Crotchet Swim Dress via Nordstrom

Cutout Swimsuits

Another trend I’m pretty obsessed with is cutout swimsuits!  I love the peek-a-boo styles that are all over the plan for plus size women.  As long as you don’t mind a funky tan line (and what’s a tan line in the name of fashion) these styles may be just up your ally!  They’re the perfect cross between a bikini and one piece.

Cut out 4    Cutout 1    Cutout 2    Cutout 3   Cut Out 5

Shop Cutout Swimsuits

GabiFresh Kiwi Wrap High Waist Bikini via Swimsuits for All
“FIJI” Sweetheart Ruched Swimsuit via Monif C
Tahiti One-Shoulder Bathing Suit via Monif C
Tropiculture Noir Cut-Out One Piece via Swimsuits for All
Jessica Simpson “Just Add Water” Swimsuit via Modcloth

So, my stylish water babies – what will you be wearing all summer long?

YCS Style Diary: Mixed Messages

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Editor’s Note: While YCS gets back in the groove and we continue our hunt for an intern we’re going to scale back our posting schedule. But don’t worry, we’re still bringing you all the goodness. Stick with us!!

The thing about spring, at least here in Philly, is that the weather sends us all sorts of mixed messages. One day, it’s 40 degrees and rainy, the next it is 90 degrees and humid as all “get out!” I know it’s May, but the weather here continues to act a complete fool!! It makes it hard to want to put away all of your winter stuff because you still may need it.

This presents the perfect opportunity for some fun, springtime experimenting. If the weather can send mixed messages then so can my wardrobe! The two looks shared today not only mix spring/summer and fall/winter clothing, they also mix a variety of materials including wool, leather, sequins, and chiffon. These looks are a fun way to spice up your wardrobe and embrace whatever Mother Nature might throw your way.

The sweater featured in the first look is one of my favorites in the winter.  It is a lightweight wool, striped, navy sweater from J Crew.  I love it so much because the bejeweled Peter Pan means that I don’t have to do too much in the way of jewelry. It works casually with a pair of jeans or can be dressed up, with a  hi-lo skirt, for example.


Sweater: J Crew I Skirt: Converse for Target


Bag: Relic (sold at JC Penney) I Shoes: Steve Madden

A few choice pieces of jewelry are all I need to complete the outfit.  The ring and bracelet were both gifts and they add the perfect feminine finish to the look.


I will be the first one to tell you that I think sequins are appropriate for both day and night.  I even have a nightgown and beach cover-up that are both complete with sequins.  Pretty much, they should be worn as often as possible!  The thing I really love about the look below is that you can juxtapose a completely unexpected fabric against the sequins and get a truly amazing outfit.  I paired my sequined Express top with both leather and faux fur and loved the results!


Jacket: Avenue I Shirt: Express I Skirt: Style & Co. (sold at Macy’s) I Shoes: Steve Madden I Earrings: So Good Jewelry


Vest: Dressbarn I Ring: H&M

Even the back of the jacket has an unexpected twist.  It’s cut asymmetrically, and is shorter in the back and longer in the front.  It balances out the proportions of the hi-lo skirt which is longer in the back and shorter in the front.  It is a tiny little detail that brings balance and continuity to the outfit.


Remember to choose bright, spring-like colors when you’re mixing your cold weather clothing with warmer weather clothing.  Fabrics that are clearly designed for spring – like the chiffon on my skirts or the canvas on the wedges – will also make balancing your fall/winter pieces easier.  Finally, opt for layers so you can ditch your jacket or sweater if you become hot.  After all, we know the day could start at 40 degrees and end at 90!

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YCS Style Diary: Day to Night

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

I know that YCS has been rather quiet the past couple of weeks – and I am really sorry about that.  As you guys know, we’re busy looking for three (yes, three) interns to help out around here! We are, however, getting back into the swing of things, starting with today’s post which is all about transitioning your look from Day to Night!

A couple years ago, Torrey did an awesome post teaching us how to transfer our make-up from day to night.  So often people write about taking a look from day to night; however, I have found that either they require you to pretty much bring an entire second outfit with you to the office or they tell you what to do without showing you how to do it.

When I think about going from “day to night” I try to keep three simple tips in mind.

Tip #1: Keep it in the same color family.

It is so much easier to transition an outfit that is in the same color family.  It automatically lessens the load on you and eliminates the need to have an entire second wardrobe on hand.

Tip #2: Layer, layer, layer!

The easiest thing to do is to peel off layers to transition from day to night.  It’s why you’ll almost always see people wearing a jacket or sweater during the daytime and then ditching it for their evening look.  It’s so much easier to peel away layers for your transition.

Tip #3: Pick jewelry that does double duty.

There are plenty of beautiful, bold pieces of jewelry that are both work appropriate and perfect for date night, evening cocktails, or an after-work event.  Try to pick jewelry that does double duty so that it is one less thing you have to worry about.  If you are going to pack extra jewelry, opt for one major piece – like a statement necklace or large cocktail ring – to punch up an outfit.

Using the two looks below, you can see these three tips in action.  Fleurish Lane Boutique was kind enough to gift me the cobalt blue dress seen in both looks and it served as the perfect anchor for my day and night looks.  Even the photographer didn’t realize I had a dress under my skirt until I switched outfits!



Dress: Royals Curvy Midi Dress via Fleurish Lane Boutique I Cardigan: New York and Company I Skirt: Jones New York I Shoes: BCBG


The cobalt blue dress pairs perfectly with the skirt and the bright yellow cardigan and necklace are perfect for spring.

YCS Tip: When wearing such bright colors to the office opt for a neutral colored shoe to avoid overkill.


Necklace: Bauble Bar I Rings: Tiffany & Co. and Khols I Tablet Case: Steve Madden


You’ll notice right away that the jewelry is exactly the same.  I simply stripped away my layers and changed a few accessories (still keeping to my color scheme) to go from day to night.


Belt: Mossimo for Target I Clutch: Dressbarn I Shoes: Anne Michelle


Layering this dress under a cardigan and skirt works well because it is a body con dress.  My curvy girls should NOT be afraid of this style – it can be super flattering for you!

YCS Tip: If you’re feeling self-conscious about rocking a body con dress, opt for one with a pattern that will draw the eye up and down.  The diagonal pattern on this dress is flattering and keeps the eye moving up and down the body.  This pattern will also work on girls who have a super straight figure as it is going to give the illusion of having curves.


So ladies – what other tips would you share with our readers about going from day to night?  And don’t you just LOVE this dress from Fleurish Lane Boutique?  You guys might also remember the adorable turquoise clutch (featured here and here) that I got from Fleurish Lane. As you can see, Fleurish Lane offers great style in all sizes!  Be sure to check out their online boutique and let me know what you’re LOVING!

And, of course, share your day to night looks with YCS on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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Photo credits: Rob Bergsted

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Financial compensation was not received for this post and all opinions expressed here are my own.

YCS Style Diary: Weekend Casual

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Editor’s Note: Apologies for the indoor photos at my front door.  We shot on a day that was way too snowy/icy to shoot outside!

I live jeans and comfortable tops on the weekends.  I have stated on more than one occasion how much I LOVE a good, comfortable v-neck t-shirt.  And my love for cozy sweatshirts cannot be over stated.  Just because I like to be chic that doesn’t mean I forget about comfort (usually) – especially on the weekends.  The outfit featured today is something you would typically find me rocking on the weekend.  It’s equal parts preppy and cozy and 100% my signature style.


Glasses: Derek Cardigan (via www.coastal.com) I Scarf + Jacket: Dressbarn I Sweatshirt: Avenue I Jeans: Old Navy


Ring: H&M I Watch: Avenue I Shoes: Dimmi


One of my favorite things about this outfit is the shoes.  Not only are they super comfortable (when I bought them I believe the term I used was “stupid comfortable”) but they are also a brand that was founded with the purpose of doing good.  100% good, in fact.  Dimmi was a shoe line created by the Consolidated Shoe Co. in memory of Richard A. Carrington, who ran the family business.  He died of ALS and the company decided in 2011 to create the Dimmi shoe with the sole (no pun intended) purpose of giving away 100% of wholesale profits to medical research.  I always love when you can look good and do good!

You can learn more and score your own pair of Dimmis at www.dimmi.com.


I love layering cozy pieces together in the fall/winter.  The great thing about the blazer featured in this outfit is that it is made of sweatshirt material – so I’m literally piling cozy layer on top of cozy layer.


So, my loves, what are you guys rocking on the weekends?  And are you a comfy cozy kind of person or do you keep it buttoned up on weekends too?

You know the deal – weigh in below!

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Photo credit: Sara Alloy (YCS Sara)