Fall Trends, Part II & NYFW Inspiration


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Today’s post is kind of a part II/III of my Fall Fashion posts. Also after seeing several NYFW (New York Fashion Week) photos floating around social media, I was inspired to say the least. So the below images are two 2013 Fall collages, as well as some photos from designers and celebs at NYFW that I was quite smitten with. Enjoy, be safe & be blessed!


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Celeb Style Inspired: NYFW


Zoe Kravitz




Amber Riley

Runway Style Inspired: NYFW


Zac Posen


Tadashi Shoji


Norma Kamali

Looking Back & Forward…in Blue Leopard


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blueleo2I must say that I am so proud of how far my blog has come. From Nic’s Picks on Blogger to now Whitney James, the blog on WordPress, I’ve come a long way. With my blog anniversary coming up in a few weeks, I can’t help but get butterflies in my stomach. Why? Well, I plan to change a few things on the blog. I assure you, the name and passion will remain the same. But the focus and look will be different.

blueleo3Without giving away too much, I’ll just say that this new change will be entertaining, fashionable, AND uplifting. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years (senior year in high school), but it just wasn’t the right time. Now, I am sure it’s time to expand my blog and allow you, my readers, to get to know even more about me. There’s more to me than just thrifitng, being a curvy girl, a newlywed, being a leopard lover, etc. I love fashion, yes, but I also love music, movies, food, traveling, exploring my spirituality, being with my family…I am so many things and I have so many interests. blueleo1So my hope and prayer is that you all will come along for the ride and enjoy what’s coming. I can’t promise perfection, but I can promise a more interactive and multi-faceted website. Thank you all for hanging in there with me thus far; I hope you’re ready for NEW and EXCITING things.

blueleo4Keep checking back for the new and improved, Whitney ‘Nic’ James site! Be blessed…XO!


Blouse: Thrifted ($1.90)//Jeans: JcPenny ($5.99, JCP)//Shoes: Tory Burch (Nordstrom Rack)//Purse: Calvin Klein (Gifted)//Watch: Thrifted//Bracelet: Gifted

**Linkups: The Pleated Poppy & New Mama Diaries**

Why Vintage ?


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Hello there & Happy Monday!! I’m going to deviate from the usual outfit post today and talk about all things vintage. As you probably already know, I LOVE any and everything vintage. So today, I want to share a few of vintage picks from my Etsy shop that I think are perfect for Fall, as well as a why I think it’s important to have a certain vintage pieces in your wardrobe.

npicksThe 1st item that I think is a Fall must have is a leather jacket. If the jacket is embellished and purple, that’s even better! 😉 Vintage, embellished leather jackets definitely make a fashion statement and it’s an easy way to add color to your wardrobe. For early Fall, something lightweight is the way to go! A vintage leather jacket is an item I would suggest you have in your closet. Sure, you can head to the department store and get the trendiest leather. But why not stand out? Why not have a piece that no one has seen before? A vintage leather jacket is a definite investment piece. When you step out and see everyone else wearing the same ‘ol jackets, you’ll thank me. 😉


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purpleleather4The next vintage must have is a beaded (or sequined) evening jacket.  I wear black quite often and I think that adding a sequin or beaded jacket instantly spruces up an outfit. A beaded jacket can also be worn with a pair of jeans, a tee and a nice pair of pumps. Adding a jacket like this makes is perfect for an evening look and it can take a casual look to the next level instantly! If you’re a fan of vintage or want to kick your wardrobe a notch, beads and sequins are a MUST for your closet. Check out the item below!


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bluebead1Lastly, a beaded clutch/handbag is also a staple for any fashionistas closet. It doesn’t matter where you are; a unique and vintage beaded handbag is an instant conversation starter. Carrying one to an evening event like a dinner party, play, or even on a date is always a nice touch. The one pictured below is perfect for Fall, but can also be worn year round. This item is yet another investment piece for the wardrobe. The different patterns, colors and sizes of vintage handbags are a great way to showcase you personality. Weather you’re bold and sassy or  classic and chic, there’s a vintage handbag out there for you!beadedo


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beaded00Now, lets recap. Vintage items are important to your wardrobe because 1. they’re great investment pieces, 2. a vintage item can instantly take any outfit to the next level, and 3. unique vintage items are a great way to showcase your personality. And if you’re wondering where to find some hot vintage items, check Nic’s Picks, your local thrift stores, estate sales and you local Goodwill stores.

So tell me; are YOU going to add some vintage goodness to your Fall wardrobe? If so, what pieces? Do any of the items about stand out to you? Let me know! Also, check out my favorite celebs in their vintage inspired looks below for even more inspiration! Thanks for reading and I’ll be back Wednesday. Be blessed & stay safe.


**All items can be found HERE over on my Etsy Shop**



Janelle Monae


The Olsen Twins


Dita Von Teese



Today’s Linkups: Still Being Molly (Funday Monday), & Thrifters Anonymous

Fall Preview


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It’s Friday!!! 😉 Even though it was a short week for me, I’m still happy that today is Friday. I LOVE weekends! I really love weekends during the Fall. The crisp air, pretty leaves, lattes and hot cocoa…so perfect. But let’s not forget about the Fall Fashion—that’s pretty awesome too, right??!!


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This season, I am really excited about boots, leather and dark polish! I also can’t wait to wear my chunky sweaters and over-sized bags. Speaking of bags, I do something every season and I want to know if I’m the only one. I switch my wallet to fit each season. Do you? I actually got this from my mom. She always makes sure she has a wallet for every season and I love that! It’s fashion forward and it’s a little detail that makes difference.


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These are just some ideas that I have as far as my Fall wardrobe goes. What’s going to be in your closet this Fall? Are there any colors that you can’t wait to wear? I’m really feeling plum and burgundy. Let me know! Have a great weekend and be blessed!



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Bloggers Like Me in the DMV



Hey there! I hope everyone’s having a good week. In today’s post I want to share a few pics of my eventful weekend!  If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve been super excited about the Bloggers Like Me meetup. Well on Saturday August 31st, several BLMers joined together right here in the DC/MD/VA area(s) at The 201 Bar for an unforgettable “Experience”!
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The founder of the group, Leslie (Fashion Du Jour) enlisted the help of me and BLM Girl Karen (aka Your Stylist Karen) to host this lovely event. We were all so thrilled with the outcome—there were there bloggers who traveled from DE, VA, and even NC! 
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The focus of the meetup was to network, build REALationships, and learn about branding. The fabulous Arsha of Brand, Build, Sell shared her expertise on branding and I must say she nailed it! Her presentation was not only insightful, but easy to follow and fun. I left there feeling so inspired and so ready to take my brand/blog to the next level!

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All in all, the event was a success. The feedback from the group was positive, the staff at the venue was great and the food was on point! Events like this remind me why I love being a blogger so much. It’s great to take pics and write up posts, but the true essence of being a blogger is networking and building lasting relationships. That’s really what Bloggers Like Me is all about and I’m so thankful to be apart of the group. If you’re interested, feel free to contact me and I’ll be sure to pass your info along. DSC_0089DSC_0103 (1)DSC_0086I hope you all enjoy the rest of the pics. Be blessed and stay safe!


P.S. Huge thanks to my hubby who served as the photographer for this event…love ya babe! 🙂 


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Thrifty Friend #2: Brandhyze


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Happy Labor Day everyone!! I plan to watch movies with the hubby, do a bit of blog hopping, and possibly some thrifting today. But before I do, I MUST introduce to you yet another Thrifty Friend of mine.

Brandhyze Stanley, also known as Frugal-nomicsis someone I definitely admire. When it comes to thrifting and DIY, she’s got it going on! Not only is Brandhyze super creative with her DIY creations, she’s also been blessed with several other talents such as acting and hosting, just to name a few. Check out some of her thrifty threads and get to know her just a bit more. Be sure to check out her blog too. Enjoy!



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1. Name, Blog Name & Location?

Brandhyze Stanley


Brooklyn, NY

2. How long have you been a thrifter?

Years, I can remember thrifting in high school.


Top .60 cents
Skirt like $10
Belt like $15 from Target


3. How did you get into thrifting? Did someone inspire you?

At first I was just curious about it and went to check it out to see what it’s all about. I found a few cute things back then….but it wasn’t until I moved to New York that I started finding high end designer stuff for pennies….that I became HOOKED!

4. How often do you thrift?

A few times a month.


Dress and sweater, about .60 cents each

5. What are some of your favorite Thrift Stores in your area?

I love Housing Works, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Buffalo Exchange.

6. What would you say to someone who wants to try thrifting but has no idea where to start?

Go on a day where you have some time to peruse, and travel light — no heavy bags or coats, or you are less likely to stay. This is not the time to be best dressed, wear comfortable clothes — no heels, or your best duds. Also start small to warm up to it….look at the jewelry, or shoes, because just jumping in sometimes intimidates beginners and they feel overwhelmed. Here’s an article I wrote for Manilla about it: https://www.manilla.com/blog/12-thrift-store-shopping-tips-from-a-pro/

7. What items do you look for most when you thrift? Clothing, Accessories, Home Decor or a little bit of everything?

Mostly clothes, but I do come across unique accessories and home goods from time to time.

8. Are there certain items you will not thrift? If so, what?

Yes. No throw pillows, blankets….or things like that. You have to be super careful because of things like the bed bug epidemic. No undergarments (even if new), for obvious reasons.


Jeans $40
Top AND jacket .60 cents each


9. Your also an avid DIYer. What inspires your DIY creations?

Celebrities, the runway, real life. It comes from all over. I spot. I love it. I recreate it! I saw Beyonce’s Super Bowl costume, and was IN LOVE — I had to recreate it. Or, I saw this backless crop top on Rihanna that caught my eye, and it is such a memorable piece in my wardrobe now.

Rihanna Inspired DIY

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10. Other DIY Creations Links?


Ostrich Feather Skirthttp://frugal-nomics.com/2013/02/diy-ostrich-feather-skirt/

11. Any tips for DIY beginners out there?

It’s not as hard as you might think, and it feels so rewarding to get a compliment on something you’ve made yourself.

A Bit Animalistic


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Happy Friday!!! Today’s post features an outfit of me wearing one of my favorite prints…leopard!! I purchased this dress almost a year ago from Asos Curve. It’s one of my first purchases form them and I was pleasantly surprised at how perfect the fit was. Unfortunately, I kept it hanging in the closet, packed it when I moved in with the hubby, hung it up in the new closet, and still didn’t wear it. One day I glanced at the dress and said, “It’s time to wear the dress.” 

Dress: Asos Curve (no longer available)//Shoes: Marc Fischer (old)//Purse: Bakers (old)//Chain Necklace: Thrifted (2nd Avenue)//Earrings: H&M (Similar, HERE)

DSC_1036Have you ever kept a certain item hanging and then one day you just know it’s the perfect time to wear it? Well, yea…that’s pretty much what happen. This dress made its debut during date night—perfect timing!

Every once in awhile, I like to show off the curves. I mean if you gottem, you might as well flaunt them right??!! All joking aside, this dress is very comfortable and I feel extra confident wearing it. I love clothes that give you that extra something; clothes that make you switch just a tad bit more when you’re walking. 😉DSC_1037

I’d love to add a link to this amazing dress but because it’s no longer available, I can’t. However, I have two looks below that feature leopard dresses. While the styles and prints are a bit different than mine, they’re just as fabulous. Take a look below and feel free to click the picture for more info. All items are under $100!


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Well, that’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend, be blessed and check back Monday for my next Thrifty Friend feature. XO!


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Art Deco Thrift


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Have you ever worn a piece of clothing that reminds you of art? Well this thrifted blouse reminds me of just that—artwork. I absolutely love the print, the fit, and the material!

thrift22Blouse: Thrifted, $2.90 (2nd Avenue)//Pants: Alfani Woman (Macy’s)//Heels: Lane Bryant (Purchase HERE)//Clutch: Love, Cortnie (See more clutches, HERE) Earrings: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue

thrift18I wasn’t sure how to wear it at first but while I was playing around with some outfits this weekend, I put this one together. I also plan to wear this top with a pair of jeans and a pair of leggings. I think this blouse is super versatile so I can’t wait to see what I decide to pair it with next!

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Enjoy the looks and don’t forget—you can always keep up with me Here & Here. Be blessed!


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Hey friends! I hope the weekend was good to ya. I spent mine volunteering with my little sis, attending an engagement party, and cleaning the house with the hubby. All in all, it was pretty good. This weekend I also sat down and really looked at my blog. I went through all my outfit posts, looked at my outfit choices, writing style, etc. I began to realize that I’m evolving into a woman that I really like. Everything from my style, my way of thinking, down to the way I react to situations has begun to change. I’ve talked about this before on the blog but I think the older we get, it’s important to evolve—staying the same is boring.

thrift15thrift11As far as my style, I see that I’m continuing to branch out and try different looks. I’m finding out what stores work for me, what colors compliment me, and what trends I can “get away with”, lol. It’s actually quite fun getting dressed now. I wasn’t one of those little girls who played dress up when I was young. I was more into sports, riding my bike, doing puzzles, and taking random day trips with my grandfather, lol. I played with dolls and girly things but I really didn’t get into the make-up and high heels thing until…well, lately lol. As I got a little older, I enjoyed dressing myself and mixing and matching certain items. I always had a certain style that worked for me but to see that style evolve is really amazing.

thrift13thrift14Top: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue ($4.90)//Leggings: Vince Camuto, Nordstrom//Heels: Lane Bryant ($7.60)//Earrings: Bakers//Clutch: Forever 21


thrift16Being a style blogger can sometimes be tough. You see others wearing and trying trends and when you try it, it just doesn’t work out. It can be disheartening but I’ve learned to embrace my style. Personal style is just that—personal. Wearing what works for you is far more important than trying to keep up with the trends. I mean when you really think about it trends come and go anyway so in a way, you’ll always be playing catch up, lol. It’s OK not to look like every blogger out there. I think that’s why I love to thrift so much. It gives you an opportunity to find amazing items that everyone won’t have. It’s a chance to really be your self, style wise.

I say all this to say, stay true to who YOU are and do what’s best for YOU. Be yourself and the rest shall follow. Be blessed, enjoy the pics and I shall return Wednesday. XO!


P.S. Today’s Link-ups are Plane Pretty & Fun Day Monday, My Greatest Hits & Lipstick & Crayons.



“Dare to be different…”

-My Dad