The $30 Work Dress

Time and time again, you’re heard me rave about these shoes, and that bag, and this skirt, etc.  Often, they are pieces I have found at Target.  It is safe to say that a large proportion of my work wardrobe is comprised of pieces from Target.  Why?  Well, my local Target happens to be a Super Target.  I walk in and have the supermarket side of it to my right and the regular Target non-supermarket side to my left.  The non-supermarket side happens to carry clothing.  LOTS OF IT.  Some of it work-appropos.  So, I walk on over for a few and scope out the new merchandise before grocery shopping for the week.  I am usually gone for an hour or so, but long enough to get some shopping in!

In this case, I didn’t find these dresses in store, but rather online.  I signed up for the Target emails, and one morning a couple of weeks ago, I got one alerting me that women’s Merona clothing was all 40% off!  So, I took advantage and checked out the goods! That’s when I found this dress:


This one is a size 2 and fits like a glove.  Size 2-18 are available online.  It is thick-ish material, so it doesn’t show every detail of your undergarments, and comes in three different colors (i.e., black, grey, and navy)!  I LOVE IT.  Best of all, it is only $30, even at regular price!  It’s perfection.

I loved it so much, I got it in all three colors.  Hashtag: “oops, I did it again”.  LOL.  Anyway, make sure to read the reviews to get a better sense of what size to order.  I wear a zero in regular, a 2 in petites, so I suppose this dress runs on the smaller size…maybe.  At worst, you can order a couple sizes and keep the one that fits best.  Good luck!  I think you’ll be pretty happy with this one!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Paying it forward




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Outfit details:  Tulle skirt // White Top // White Druzy Bracelet // Gemstone Cuff // Cream Faux Fur Jacket

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to shoot a few items with the amazing Tosha Gaines of Tosha Gaines Photography.  It was a mere 30-ish degrees during our 10am meet up, but nonetheless, managed to get some amazing shots!

A couple of the items worn in this photo shoot come from locally-owned and/or women-owned businesses.  The first item – a unique, vintage-feel statement necklace comes from My Red Bead owned and operated by Beth Menke.  Her pieces are one of a kind and sold locally at a variety of stores and boutiques, including Harper Lane at The Galleria in Hoover, AL.  I love the beaded detailing juxtaposed with the silk tassel detail.

A while back, I collaborated with another local, woman-owned business – Chic Society Boutique  – and had a ring that I had not yet worn.  I was going for a white/champagne color scheme for this outfit, but wanted a pop of color that wouldn’t be too overwhelming.  Subsequently, I decided to wear the pink druzy statement ring from SCS; which, in my opinion, added a subtle hint of color.

To complete one of the looks, I wore a faux fur wrap from Royal Scout and Company.  RSandCo is another woman-owned business and one that is quickly gaining a reputation for high-quality, luxe items.  I recently received a wrap and a pair of faux fur boot cuffs.  I wore the boot cuffs immediately (see them styled on Instagram here and here), and wore the wrap during the shoot.  It is insanely soft and oh, so warm.  The wrap prices at about $60, which is not bad considering the quality.  RSandCo carries a variety of faux fur items, many of which I am coveting!!

The final item I wanted to feature in these looks was a pair of earrings from Mark Edge Jewelry.  I have now worn several Mark Edge pieces and styled them on Instagram, but hadn’t had the opportunity to wear the earrings I wore in this shoot.  His pieces are all unique, also have somewhat of a vintage feel, and ultimately stand the test of time.  They aren’t pieces that look like jewelry you’ll find at the mall.  These are hand-made, creative pieces made from reclaimed/recycled pieces of jewelry scouted from all over the country and abroad.  He reinvents these pieces to make truly artistic pieces.  See some of the other pieces I have styled in the past on Instagram here, here, here, and here.

One of my goals for Chic in Academia this year is to support more locally-owned, women-owned, and small businesses in general.  I am happy to lend my voice and platform to increase visibility for the business featured in this post, as well as others I will partner with this coming year as best as I am able.  I hope you will support them as well!!  Thank you as always for supporting me as well and continuing to visit my blog and other social media platforms.  You enable my ability to keep the right side of my brain engaged and alive!  For that, my sanity thanks you as well. 😉

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!




H&M Sale – Up to 60% off

H&M is having a sale!  If you are like me and try to only shop sales, clearance racks, etc., then take a look at the outfits I put together solely from items currently on sale.

H&M Sale - For the Office
H&M sale - for a night out
H&M Sale - for the weekend
H&M sale - other items

H M sleeveless dress, $39 / H&M wrap dress, $19.99 / H M fringe Sweater, $24.99 / H M coat, $59.99 / H&m shoes, $24.99 / H M short necklace, $9.99 / Sleeveless Sweater, $19.99 | H&M US