Purpose & Passion

Purpose and Passion is the theme for March. My hopes are to dig deep this month and finding your purpose which equals your passion. I have talked about this before lightly. However I think it’s a good time to revisit this. Not only for you all to be motivated but me as well. I tend to have atones of ideas, thoughts, passions and goals and some i never execute. However I am so exited that I have my girl tribe. IF you haven’t read my blog post about why you need a girl tribe check it out here.

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Anyways let’s dive into this Faith In fashion motivation. “Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 32:19. This month I tend to explore some of my goals and my purpose. Truly write and define and try to execute the ones that truly reflect my purpose. I want you all to write a goal, define and execute. let’s see how far we get this month! It will be interesting, well for me anyways. Are you ready to Conquer March ladies? Remember the theme is Purpose and Passion. Let’s rock your purpose in style.

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For this outfit, I wanted to a do a super classy and chic look. I mixed a little bit of old with new! You all know I love New York and Company, and I just had to snag this Gabrielle Union overalls that were on super clearance! No longer available however they have something similar! I love the cute adjustable buckles that snap in the back. This skinny pant leg overalls will set you apart especially in the office! I paired it with this roaring blue leopard blouse form JcPenny.. cough cough years ago. But the way I switch out my clothes you would think it was new! Topping this look off with a sequin beret and stank heel faux suede booties did the trick. And let’s not forget my blue floral and leather moto jacket. this was a major find and steal from TjMaxx a few years ago. Don’t sleep on the steals.

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Xo Happy Monday Divas!


Get The Look:

Overalls (similar) | Blouse (similar) | Booties (similar) | Moto Jacket (similar) | Beret

 

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup

I love soup during the cold weather…don’t you? Yes Soup and salad is one of my favorite classic meals. It’s fast and an easy meal that you can also use a meal prep! I am so here for meal prep. Let me know if you want me to give you some meal prep ideas and recipes.

Ingredients

• 1 bag of cubed frozen or fresh potatoes (bag/not frozen: simply potatoes) if using fresh cook time will vary

• 1 bag of shredded sharp cheese or mozzarella- which ever you prefer… I sometimes use both!

• 1 stick of cream cheese, 8 oz – you can use nonfat crème cheese

• 2 lbs, 32 oz of chicken broth

• ¼ cup of chopped onion

• ¼ cup of bell pepper

• 1 can of cream of chicken soup

• Salt and pepper to taste

• Crock pot

 

Now let the magic begin!

Pour the potatoes, cream of chicken, onion, bell peppers, and the chicken pot in the crock pot. Give it a nice stir. You crock pot should be on low temp as you will cook this for 6 hours on low. If you are using the fresh unfrozen potatoes cook for 4 hours. Place the lid on top and frequently check on your fixings. About 30 minutes before your 4 hour 6 hour mark, layer in some of your shredded cheese and cream cheese to your desire. The more cream cheese the thicker your soup will be. You can always add more chicken broth to thin it out. You will now also add in salt and pepper to taste.

Let that simmer and melt…

Bam! That’s it creamy potato soup. If you would like to kick this recipe up a notch try adding shredded chicken, bacon chives on top and broccoli!! Yummy. Please let me know if you tried this recipe and how you liked it!

Bon appetite divas.

How To Find Your Own Unique Style!

Hey divas, what type of fashionista are you. You see I think that every women has a fashionista inside of her weather, you are trendy, classic, sporty, urban, modern, chic, and simple the list can go on. I developed my since of style over time. I can tell you one thing I didn’t like looking or feeling normal. I love pops of color with a classy edge. On todays blog I’m giving you 3 helpful tips on how to dress outside the box! Are you ready for this?

Find you unique sense of style

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Whether it’s a favorite color, print/pattern, ruffles, high collar blouse, bell sleeves, flare legs, maxi skirts, skinny leg pants, find it! Once you find what you love you will begin to develop your sense of style! Like I said I feel like I tend to overdo it thats why most of my family calls me the Diva! And that fine I welcome it!

 

Start mixing and matching you favorite pieces

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Start mixing neutrals with a pop of color. Once you have spiced up your outfit with color then throw in a print. Complimentary prints will add a sense of character to your outfit. If I’m unable to find the perfect print to match with my solid I tend to jazz it up with my accessories  Fun shows, purses and head wear can also do the trick.

 

If it’s wrong then it’s right

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Remember there is no wrong to fashion.. well there are a few rules when mixing prints. Im sure I wrote a blog on this if I find it I will link it here! Colors often can be your best friend  In this case take my outfit I have mixed snake print with cheetah print? Yes 2 different animals but it works. How? Well they are both in the same color family.. Did you even notice the 2 different prints. It’s subtle things like this that will make you the ultimate fashionista!

So how did you do? I seriously want to see how you styled some of your closet treasures! I have talked about this before on my blog that your clothing is a form of expression, your identity and your creativity.

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Now for the details on my look. Let’s start off with these radical boots. They are from Ericdress. They sent me a bunch of items and these boots were the only thing that actually checked out! Yay cause they are hot fire! I paired these mixed media snack print faux suede boots with my  purple suede jump or what we call midi dress. This dress is so comfortable, thick and lined. This was a Dillards find from a few years ago! I honestly had no idea how to add the orange let alone if I was going to wear orange with this look. To be honest I thought ti was so far out there and had to convince myself that this was bomb.. and it is! This chunky knit sweater is from H&M, I picked this beauty up for $15. I topped my look off with a Leopard print belt and bag.. and of course some old fashioned sunnies.

xo Be your Own Fashionista


Sweater (similar)| Boots

Get Fit-Ted with Jonathan M.

Hey Divas its Faith in Fashion time. This month I have been so motivated by my peers! Ones especially with black owned businesses. I wanted to highlight a friend of mine, who is multitalented, educated and always in good spirits.  We all have heard the alarming teen obesity rate is up, according to chilhoodobesity.org we are looking at a rang of 14.5% – 26.1% ranging from age groups 2-18. that is insane! There are so many factors besides eating right, but your family foundation, a healthy environment, stability, love the list goes on.  So let’s dive a little deeper into what exactly Johnathan is up to!

 

Meet Jonathan Marsland

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Johnathan Marsland, a Creative Director, Entrepreneur as a Youth Track Coach, Clothing Designer and Gym Owner has tapped into something that today’s youth need! Being fit, healthy and motivated. The youth is our future and It all starts with them. Keeping them fit, educated and smart about fitness and healthy eating is my goal. So I have created three platforms which all work together in some form or fashion. From working out in my gym to running at my track and field program and lastly designing great sport apparel to look and feel good.”

 

Track Genius Fitness Lab

The Lab! doesn’t this sound strong, like you are about to learn something and become a new person! I having a marketing background love this name Track Genius fitness Lab! The Track Genius Fitness Lab “The Lab” is a training gym located in Nyack, NY where personal training for the youth is provided as well as some of the parents.

  • The goal is to cultivate a relationship with the athletes during the off season and to keep them in shape so they can be on top of their game.
  • All athletes are welcomed, no matter what sport they are involved in. This keeps them focused and relieves stress, pressure that they may be faced with .
  • The training builds the youths confidence and makes them realize there goals and mission.

www.trackgeniuslab.com
Instagram: @trackgeniusfitnesslab

 

Rock City Striders Track and Field Club

As if the “Lab” wasn’t enough since 2011 Jonathan has teamed up with the local community to make an impact for children between the ages 5 to 16.  Rock City Striders Track and Field Club is a community based non profit track and field program. Programs like this are hard to find anywhere. Not only is it one of its kind in Rockland County New York but it strives to enable children to develop their own athletic potential but to learn core life values. Some being: discipline, leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility and character! This program is found nowhere else in the track and field world! Core mission of this program is:
  • Rock City Striders mission and vision is to provide a quality program for each youth and their families through a constructive track and field experience that is based on individual development and performance.
  • To instill core values in each of our athletes that will ensure their success both on and off the track, with the support of parents and community; and to help improve the quality of life for both youth and families through physical fitness and health & wellness education.
 

Speed City Edition

All this workout.. getting fit talk got me loosing pounds just writing this blog! Okay okay let me hush up my non workout tail. However You all know my thing is fashion and guess what there’s an apparel line to go with all of this fitness fun!Speed City Edition was actually birthed by Jonathan’s own two wonderful children. the idea is for youth to collaborate with other athletes with great ideas to create and design workout apparel that appeals to them! Let’s be real we all love Nike, Puma, Adidas, reebok but how cool is for you tot design your own workout gear. This is so awesome because it elevates the youth mind and actually puts them in an entrepreneur mindset. So far Speed City Edition has done have done 5 collaborations with Bow Athletics, I Am Flight, and Chasin Greatness to name a few. These collaboration have been majorly successful.
  • This allows teens to have the opportunity to grow, learn, understand business values, earn money all while being creative at the sametime.
  • A platform to building na stronger youth within the community

Jonathan like to call this movement “For Youth by Youth”!

Speed City Edition 
Instagram: @speedcityedition
 
Are you feeling motivated yet? If not I can sure tell you I am! This is the type of things I love to read about. Jonathan and these companies are most definitely hidden gems right here in our own neighborhood! We need to elevate and uplift programs and business like this more often. I believe that we all get so fascinated with name brands and what’s currently trending, awhile there is something right in front of us! I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone including me and start striving to do something different, weather it is building a business, taking a course to learn something new, writing out goals of what you are going to accomplish.. or in my case start working out! 🙂  I want to Give my friend Jonathan a special thanks for allowing me to conduct this cover story on him and his businesses and if you are in the New York area hit him up for some training! None of us win if we don’t support!
Xo Happy Monday Divas

Lady In Red

I felt like carmen Jones in the Peplum outfit.. Giving me lady in red vibes.. Okay divas so Valentines day is right around the corner and I thought I would give you some sizzling valentines day inspiration.

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Let’s jump right into it. You ladies have seen this red 3 tiered peplum top on my instagram page. Peplums will always show off your best curves. I paired it with this ruffled peplum leather skirt. I thought the double ruffle effect would be so stylish and glam. I decided to make this loo extra sexy with fishnet bow back leggings and these gorgeous bedazzled red pumps! Ladies be ready to make your man purr, cause yawl are going to be smoking hot.

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So what are your valentines day plans? Last year I and the hubby did nothing lol.. I guess you can call us old now.. Ha no but honestly the stress of trying o find the perfect gift, restaurant and everything else that goes into it I so was not feeling it. We actually had a home cooked meal, exchanged cards and cuddle dup to a one of favorite movies! Now that’s what I call love :). This year.. I just might want a steak dinner and a present ha we shall see! No pressure!

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Xo happy fashion Divas!


Peplum Blouse | Leather Skirt | Leopard bag | Pumps

More Than A Conqueror

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37

I stumbled upon this passage right when I needed it the most. As many of you know my godmother passed last month and it did take me by storm. When I returned home from her funeral my husband had the house clean bed made.. and this devotional sitting on my night stand by my side of the bed. I looked at it and smiled.. but looked closer and this scripture was right on the front cover. I knew this would be our spiritual premise for the month of February.

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I have faced many challenges and obstacles in my life and boy do I know there’s more to come. I just try to position myself where I am prepared for whatever is to come. I try to learn from what I have already gone through and apply it to the next situation.

So what is a conqueror? What does this word mean to you and how are you allowing God to conqueror your life?

  • To be honest I didn’t know what it meant to conqueror anything. I had never thought about my struggles as accomplishments and conquering them. Whenever a problem or a tasks arise something inside of me would kick into go mode, and to find a solution and execute! Well that all changed as I grew older, wiser and closer to God.
  • Conquering to me means achieving
  • I allow God to conqueror my life by listening to him daily. I have found that I have to be spiritually fed in order to maneuver through life. Daily I must subject myself to him. Because lord knows if I operate in myself I can do some serious damage, make unnecessary mistake etc.

Let’s conqueror this month divas! Be bold, be you and say true!

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Mali Music- More Than A Conqueror is the perfect song to meditate to this month. I once praised danced too this song and let’s just say.. Amen! To this day it still gives me that energy that I need when feeling low!

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Are you ready for these outfit details? You can pare black with anything, it’s a neutral! Since it has warmed up a bit here in Georgia i decided to keep my layers light but still warm enough for that cool breeze that bites yeah in the butt! My all black is from New York And Company. You have seen both the Gabrielle Union bow front sweater and my trusty black leggings… that I need to replace soon! I’m in love with crochet bishop sleeve cardigans.. can’t you tell? It’s from another one of my favorite online boutiques “Shein“! I have this cardigan in grey and red. It comes in several colors ranging from a charcoal grey, sage green and duty pink! My booties.. sorry ladies are so sold out.. I know they sold out within one week but I will leave you a similar pare down below.. To top this look off I added mr crown, from Bold Looks and Head Wraps! Mrs. Juanita hand makes each wrap and I am totally in love with them!


Bow front Sweater| Leggings | Bishop sleeve cardiganBooties

Headwrap

 

Xo Happy Fashion Divas!

Faith in Fashion

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

It’s Monday divas and I’m back with my Motivational Monday’s but I am switching this up to be called Fashion in Faith for 2019! If you’ve been following me on Instagram @emaneescloset you will know that I recently lost my godmother, friend, second mommy all of the above 2 weeks ago. So this Monday I am seeking positivity and rejuvenating my spirit.

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I decided that I would use this very well know scripture for today’s motivational Monday quote. Sometimes we need to get back tot he basics instead of complicating life and daily tasks. I am a strong believer of keep things simple… except my clothing lol. Sometimes when things become too hard.. so complicated  that when you need to stop and listen to the lord. How do you listen to God? It’s simple.. seriously just stop.. push out all the negative thoughts, your own thoughts.. this if’s ands, and but’s and allow God to live through you.. God speaks to us all differently and you have to learn to listen to him. This is when you allow God to lead in all things you do.

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No, it’s not always easy as we tend to just get up and do what feels right.. But who says what we are doing is right? Life gets hard and I have way to many testimonies where God seriously has given me the strength to get over many challenges. Everyday I pray with my husband, and before I go into work I pray again. I never know what that day is going to bring but I tell you one thing that prayer helps! I know you can relate, I’m sure you have gotten a call at work about something, a project stressed you out, a coworker was mean to you.. or even your lunch was nasty (okay maybe not) your child was bad at school, you got a flat tire.. The list goes on.. Divas call on him, he will give the strength to get through all things! Amen

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Have a good week divas I hope this uplifted you.

Need some motivation through music.. I love this song Called God Held me By Zacardi Cortez

Ladies I kept this outfit super simple and I shopped my closet. My jeans are of course form New York and Company. We all need a good boot cut jean and these were perfect and affordable. The honeycomb sweater is from who knows where I can’t remember that’s how long it’s been! But there are tons of these sweaters everywhere. Girls my blazer was gifted to me from a friend from church!! I love the colors and the print and the fabric is bomb! I have left a few of my favorite blazers below. Yawl already know where my booties are front! Shoedazzle of course. These fur babies are super comfortable ant hey have ribbons for laces..

XO Happy Fashion Divas.


Get The Look:

Jeans| Sweater | Blazer 1 | Blazer 2

2019 Let’s Get it!

Happy New Year Divas! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. For most of u it’s back to the daily grind, make money spend money survive. This year I want to change my mindset and stop feeling like i’m a slave to my job, bills, cough cough student loans and other daily tasks. I want to start living for the things I enjoy. After-all we only live once so you better enjoy it. I admit I did fall off on planning some of my goals but life happens.

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So divas I’m back and ready to conquer 2019. I just purchased this blogging planner.. cough cough which I should have ordered months ago. but that’s okay better late than never. I am tying to bring you all more savvy, inspirational, meaningful content. So let me ask you this.. what would you like to see on the blog? What are you interested in reading about? Ask and your wish is my command. So hold on tight divas 2018 was just the beginning and we about to dive deep into fashion, shopping, food, spirituality and more this year are you ready? oh yes and by the way did you catch me on Poshmark? that’s right hunny I am selling items in my closet! finally right? Yes I have way too many clothes in my closet so why not share! You can find me at Poshmark here.

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It’s Monday, are you ready to crush this day? Well I am and this look is giving my girl boss vibes. pink is one of my favorite colors and of course New York and Company got all this pink right! This sweater is from the Eva Mendes collection and the blushing pink wide leg pants are form the 7 Avenue line from NY&CO as well.. I simply added this taupe but almost blush pink JustFab pumps to tie the look all together. This look is simply soft and classy. make a bold statement without trying at all! Xo Happy Fashion divas!

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This Christmas, 3 Things I’m most Thankful for!

Merry Christmas to my wonderful and lovely fashionista Divas. I am so thankful to see another Christmas. Let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NIV. Oh what a joyous day that our lord and savior was born! I am so thankful for God and all of the blessing he has bestowed upon me!

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As you can see today’s blog is a collaborative with my girls the I(E)SHA’S- Daniesha of Officiallychic and Kisha of Kisharoseatl. We wanted to bring you some Holiday cheer, what I am thankful for and a bit of fashion inspiration all at the sometime! Remember our last collaboration was about having a girl tribe.. well no lie our theme is tartan aka plaid and that was it. But you know when yawl are truly friends, sister, bff’s when 2 out of 3 come dressed in the same outfit!!! Ha I started screaming when Daniesha showed up wearing exactly the same outfit. We thought it was so cute and said let’s roll with it. See great minds think alike!

Simply God

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I can’t express how thankful I am for my lord and savior. I have been through many ups and downs. Lately I have found myself feeling extra low, a bit depressed and sad.. to the point I can’t just pinpoint one thing that is totally bothering me.. I know that this is a sign to bring it back and focus on what’s always true and consistant. “God” no matter what happens I can always call on him and somehow, someway he always makes a way and I definitely feel better! Things are never perfect and I tend to sometimes get off track or get int hat day to day rut, but I always strive to put my best foot forward and walk in the path that God has set for me.

 

Family

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Who isn’t thankful for their family? Of course my main Twin my momma.. I talk about her often on my blog yawl should know her by now! Okay Okay sometimes I fight with my sisters like cats and dogs. like apple’s to oranges.. But it’s only because we are all unique individual people, with different minds and thought processes.. or maybe it’s just because we are women that are from Venus! My brother 1 of 4 girls bless his heart! He’s that jive turkey that you need right in the mist of it all to make sure the pot never over boils.. I’ve been through it all with my family and we are still standing. learning, growing and still cracking those same ole silly jokes that we never get tired of! Many people can’t relate but My in laws are my family. My mother in law is like another mother someone I can confide in and run fashion ideas by. Some of you know that I don’t have a relationship with my father but God works in mysterious way, he gave me one with my father in law! And yes I always wanted a little sister and lord Jesus why did you have to answer that prayer..lol but he did and so my sister in law fits right into my crew of sisters.. and yes drama? of course but she wouldn’t be a sister if we didn’t! I saved the best for last My Mr. This blog wouldn’t be in existence if it wasn’t for his love support. I love and I am so thankful for this man!

 

My Tribe- Friends

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Where do I start? I kinda don’t have friends.. You see once you become my friend you become family.. I truly hold my friendships dear and near and I sincerly care about each and every one fo you. I am going to name a few that have held me down from then to now! The Ladee Clique- Yawl know who you are.. and guess what the B2K Millennium tour is about to be LIT!!!!!! cough cough okay I just needed to get that out of my system. Deonna, Kevin, My Work boo’s C and V + a few more.. My new found sisters the I(E)sha’s my ATL girl tribe. This list could go on and on.. but I love all of yaull!

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Honestly I am so thankful for good health, a roof over my head, income, my sanity.. seriously cause sometimes adulating and dealign with life can just be hard.. I am jut thankful to be here and I am so thankful for you who support my blog! I end this blog with a warm hug and Sweet Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Want the details for our outfits? Check out Kisha looks on her blog at Kisharoseatl and my twin for the day Daniesha at Officallychic. Head on over to get all the fab details. See my details below

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Get The Look:

Bow tie sweater |Plaid Pants | Plaid Hat | Boots  | Clutch

Holiday Gift Ideas with Versona

Hey   Divas are you done Christmas shopping? Well I sure am. I like to get it done out of the way. So Now all I am doing is finishing up wrapping all the goodies. But for you last minute shoppers I have some cute ideas that affordable from Versona. I have featured Versona on the blog before however they sent me a gift card to snag some goodies to share with you lovely ladies. If you haven’t been to a Versona near you, you must go they have everything a fashionista can dream of, including accessories and great gifts, such a mugs, coin purses, socks, jewelry, scarfs, notebooks and more.

 

If you know me I love sweaters! and sweaters are the perfect gift for anyone. Currently sweaters are on sale at just about every store. However this lovely stripe sweater  is on sale for only $22. This sweater has quarter length sleeves and it s lightweight knit material. This is perfect for layer under a thick coat like I have paired with it. Theres s o many colors in this sweater that I chose to pair a shearling grey moto jacket, my favorite NY&CO jeans and my Justfab shearling boots. I topped this look off with a cable knit hat from hobby lobby. Thats right hobby lobby even has accessories. Don’t sleep on it.

 

 

Next up Knitted hats! Thats right I go no where without a knitted hat! My ears are sensitive to the cold air, and I often get ear aches which can be super painful. So I tend to always have my ears covered in the winter.. Which to means equals cute head wear! So I was immediately drawn to these super cute metallic knitted hats. let’s be a real when was the first and last time you saw metallic knitted hats? mm never, nada, no lol at least I haven’t.. So I had to snag these and this cute colorful blue knotted knitted hat. Accessories like this make great gift ideas! don’t you think so?

 

 

 

My final purchases consisted of these lovely leather burgundy paper bag high waisted pants. whew what a tongue twister. These beauties are on sale for only $14! Say what yes only $14. These can only be found in store but I have left a link to an alternative style to pair with this look. I paired these pants with a fitted pink sweater and topped it off with this loop ling line vest. Ladies this vest is brand new so find it in stores! But wait I didn’t  stop there I figured the copper knitted hat would at a pop so I decided that my metallic rose gold oxfords would complete this look!

 

 

 

All of these items can be found online or in store.. Add these items to your holiday wish list or start giving from Versona!

Xo Happy Holidays!