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2013 Top Moments: I would say Ten but it may be more

Happy New Year's Eve!!!! These are my top moments of 2013, In no particular order of importance... Things that happen to or around me, that gave me hope or increased the faith in God or Mankind! I made a few non-conscious choices, but it worked in my favor. I chose to be positive and just to keep going, and it worked in my favor. My Year in review! I'm sure I missed some stuff but these things stick out!

14) Stay Positive: I responded to this fan in a subliminal way! I never really encountered anyone taking a direct hit at me like this before. But the moment you see growth in yourself is THE moment to be proud!

13) I worked REALLY hard on this shoot! Late nights early mornings and NOTHING! I got like 4-5 seemingly unedited pics from a guy who initially reached out to work with me. I had a vision (a few of them), we had a great time shooting together, I was patient and tried not to bother him, and even after 2 months went by, I reached out with no response. I didn't speak on it socially... until now. And I won't call any names. I sholl hate it, but  you can't control everything.... 

12) My Friend is a talented, hard working guy...BUT we have different working styles when it comes to somethings. This was one BAD shirt... but the backlash that came with linking up with someone else wasn't all good for me. I was in it not to profit, but to help. 

11) I MADE this dress! not from a pattern but from trial and error! It gave me hope! 

10)  RECREATE: to give new life or freshness; to refresh. I saw the potential ...

9) One BFF bought a house and the other one is now practicing Law... on her own! #Bosses

8) Shapely Louise stitched and sewn by E. Louise debut on the runway!!!!

7) Progress was made towards my ultimate goal! Pre Reqs for my next Degree! Master's in Counseling!

6) I've been talking about getting a fade for forever!!!! I DID IT!

5) My suggestion, if you have trouble meeting great female friends...join a running group! Below are a few of my Black Girls Run sisters! I love ALL of them! They're so encouraging, funny and beautiful Full of nothing but testimonies and motivation! 

4) Made it to CHI-TOWN!

3) Big Sister passed the CPA, completed her 1st two 1/2 Marathons and I moved out!!! LOL I love her sooooo much!!!!

2) I completed my first 5K! It's On now!!! 

1) Last but not least, I stayed committed to one of my New Years resolutions for 2013! Look at me now, steady trying to make my after picture my before picture! and I wasn't scale driven! 

I cried a lot less this year! and I'm ok with that! God is good, he's real! and I'm Ready! See Y'all next year! 

E. Louise 

Style-(in)spiration: Little Red Riding Hood

Good Saturday Folks!!!

I've been wanting to try a solid color look for a while, but was hesitant about how I would pull it off. Well the opportunity came knocking after my friend gave me a couple of peplum tops from for my birthday! One of them was red, and my wheels begin turning! Now I wasn't trying to look like the Kool-Aid man, but I felt with the right accessories I may be able to hit the look!

Good Bad Girl Rhi-Rhi was my style-spiration, but Kanye West had one of the best all red looks of all time!

Tights: Thrifted
Pumps: J. Renee'
 Belt/Purse- Vintage/Thrift

With so much color on, I went with a neutral face.
Urban Decay's Naked Pallet

The night was young, so why not Mingle! A few stares ain't never hurt nobody... We had a good time!
E. Louise 

Magic City Classic 2013

If you're familiar with HBCU's then you know that Magic City Classic is the BIGGEST HBCU classic to date!! It's really the LIVEST weekend in Birmingham, AL! LOL In other words us locals, ( since I pay taxes here, I think I'm a local now) wait for this all year long! Battle of the Bands, Tailgating, football, traffic, school pride, dancing, drinking and eating! Good times, good people!

OOTN: Dress - Gifted
             Vest- Thrifted
                              Shoes- Simply Fashions

Accessory Spill- 3 Chains Carmella's Boutique
Earrings- Simply Fashions

We had a good Time. It's our 3rd time hitting Kid Capri's Party! I'm getting old needing more recovery time! Hahahaha!


E. Louise

Thrift Flip: Produce Section Clothing Premiere


Is it really Sept?!?! I mean the summer is gone and it slid on by us! To say I over committed myself this summer would be an understatement! I needed a break and I took it! From just about everything! I was so spent that I didn't even have the energy or the faith I needed when the unexpected car repair or the bad day at work happened. I REALLY didn't like the place I was in emotionally and spiritually, But I'm better now! Feeling refreshed and full of ideas for the upcoming year! I'm excited again, I'm dreaming again, and I've learned.

I'm all about supporting upcoming businesses, and this past weekend I attended "The Experience" hosted by Produce Section Clothing. It's a clothing T-shirt line for men and women where "Being Fresh is Everything". I posted the link above, be sure to check them out! The party was at a local spot on a roof top, which automatically screamed Grown and Sexy! I knew I wanted to be fly AND original so I went thrifting!

I found this Moo-Moo, and the wheels in my head begin turning! It had a cool print /design, the material was stretchy, and I saw potential!

At First I took it in on the sides, but the darts/pleats in the middle of the dress did not want me to be great! LOL I sewed those down some so that it would give the dress a more fitted look. When I finished, I still wasn't satisfied. The dress was saying "Wear me to church" instead of "Roof Top ready". So, a sleeve had to go....

I really need to do better about taking pics/video during the process, but I was on a time constraint! I did this 2 hours before the party! When I removed the sleeve I could Breath!
 With the help of my mom, I went with a nude shoe and a red lip! This is the first Thrift Flip of the year! I LOVE it and it was a big hit!

Dress- Thrifted
Earrings- Zelle Couture
Clutch- Thrifted
Shoes- Rack Rooms

Face of the night
Foundation- Bovanti Cosmetics- Java
Naked Palette

My Sister tried to bail on me... I dragged her anyway!

Jumpsuit - ShapEly Louise Vintage

I was so excited to present this look! I think I'm finding my niche! Re-creating/creating looks is where my heart is. I can't wait to present you with more! Death to the creativity block!!! YAYYY!!!
Let me know what you think!
You guys have a great weekend!
E. Louise

Thrifty Thursday: From Skirts to Shirts...


Yep, I'm guilty and it's been a minute! Now if you judge me off of intention, I been blogging STRONG for the last 2 months! HAHA! Hopefully you're following me on InstaGram (@shapelylouise) and Facebook (! I keep up with those pretty frequently! Plus I really miss my camera! The flash went out on me a few months back and I still haven't replaced it yet! I've been using my sister's... Of course she doesn't mind! (insert smirk)

Ya'll know I'm a tad bit different, and just like most of you, thinking outside of the box is 2nd nature! So, I've been on this kick of wearing skirts as shirts! When I was thrifting last week, I saw this  skirt(Size Lg) on the rack! But instantly felt Crop top is how I would wear it! It's one of those forever stretchy materials, and you know that's a curvy girl's Bestie! =) I paired it with some $.99 shorts whose print spoke volumes to me and I'll be Da*ned! We have a winner!

I felt real Afro Centric!

One Day I'll start posting make up details... Just not today!

My Clutch is thrifted as well #Vintage Kick
Shoes: From

Styled By E. Louise
The top had a seam down the middle, I cut it! It turned out GREAT!!!
Ran into a lot of friends from HS (and present), You know it was hot cause my fro shrunk right on up! lol

It was a celebration!! I'm one proud friend! She closed on her house!!

I hope you all are have a great work week!!!! If not, Friday is right around the corner!!!

Happy Weekend!

Live, Grow, Learn,

E. Louise