Navy & White Stripe

J Crew's sweater game has been ON POINT this season and this one doesn't disappoint. Every statement sweater I've worn the past two seasons have been for J Crew and although pricey in comparison to "average" standards the quality is unsurpassed and truly a great investment piece. 

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Sweater; J Crew (similar here) // Jeans; Old Navy // Shoes; DV by Dolce Vita // Necklace; J Crew (old)

6 Ways To Wear Stripes

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of a few things, 1) anything black and white and 2) stripes (especially horizontal stripes) and as I was looking back on my blog a few days ago I noticed those two things in common with many of my outfits so I decided to compile a post of a few ways to wear stripes and also bust that whole "curvy women shouldn't wear stripes" myth because hey we look pretty darn good in stripes too, especially if it's done the right way!

Having the bold stripes on a classic moto silhouette helps you pull off the striped look effortlessly.

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Having fun with stripe on stripe with a skirt and clutch combo.

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Stripes here are merely a sleek layering piece paired with a classic pencil skirt and leather front cardigan.

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Grey or Gray?

For some odd reason I've always spelled the color grey as well, G-R-E-Y and as I noticed the other spelling of G-R-A-Y I took it upon myself to do some research on the variation of spelling. Seems like British people spell the word with the letter "E" and Americans spell it with "A" so there it is folks, hope you learned something new today.

On to the outfit, there is nothing easier than one-piece dressing whether it be a dress or romper and this casual dress is both comfy and stylish with a laid back look with the hood and stretch jersey fabric. Jersey is a fabric I always look for in straight size stores because it gives so much and us curvier girls can get away with the straight sizing!

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Dress; Zara // Shoes; Jessica Buurman 

Guest Blogger: Christa from Novelty

I've had the idea of having guest bloggers featured on my site for quite some time now because I think it'll bring a different dynamic to the blog so here it is, my very first guest blogger, someone I'm honored to call a friend and also a fellow blogger that I truly adore and quite frankly find her blog so useful and I'm sure you'll feel the same, so without stealing anyone's thunder here is my very first guest blogger:

Hi Guys!

Christa here from Novelty the Blog! Jo and I have been friends for a few years now and about 6 months after she began this gorgeous blog, I became inspired to do the same, but with a bit of a twist. I’d always been attracted to fashion and even graduated from FIT, but I found myself more interested in everything. Either way, I’ve recently begun writing a weekly column titled, TLC Tuesdays. This column highlights areas of life where a little added effort goes a long way (think the proper way to hang sweaters and how to clean your makeup brushes) and this column inspired Jo to reach out to me to create a post for CMBJ.

When Jo asked me, I was more than thrilled and honored to do so! Of course, I began brainstorming ideas and had to remind myself that CMBJ and Novelty have different readers and that challenged me to find a topic that is interesting to both groups (trust me lovers, we have quite a bit in common, though).

Now, Jo and I have very different tastes, Jo is more polka dots and bows where I am more leather and studs. Regardless of our individual aesthetics, we still live by most of the same ideals. Mainly, that we need to own everything and we need to own it NOW. Budgets don’t always allow for such mindsets and I can tell you that Jo and I have both fully outgrown our closet space, so maybe it’s time for a bit of new thinking.

I’ve compiled two lists for you guys. One of splurges that will stand the test of time, and one of more affordable items that will satisfy the need right now and won’t be too painful to part with once you’re ready to move on! One of my absolute specialties is that I can seek out quality, “expensive” looking items at stores like Target, H&M, Forever 21, and Ann Taylor-I won’t lie to you, it’s become much easier than it used to be, but hey, a girl has to toot her own horn once in a while!

All that being said-and I know Jo usually keeps it pretty brief over here-I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity to meet you all and to share a little bit of Novelty on Clothes Minded by Jo!



Bang for your Buck (Save)

Worth the Splurge (Spend)

Red Plaid

STOP the violence, sorry I had to!

Apparently everyone has this skirt as I recently read on Instagram.

Luckily, I'm not one to avoid things even when it seems like it's so redundant and mainstream. I actually think avoiding things that are mainstream to seem different is mainstream because there are a ton of other people that are doing the same exact thing just to seem different.

So, as I always say...if you like it, wear it!

Thanks for reading!

Jacket, Tee & Skirt; Forever 21 // Shoes; DSW