Last week I had the pleasure of playing in my friend bad ass banker and fabulous fashionista Laquita Passmore’s closet. We had so much fun catching up over a bottle of champagne and planning for what we thought was going to be a laid back casual pre holiday week. Sometimes humans make plans and G-d has a little giggle. Laquita ended up working most of the week in more professional business attire to help seal the deal with a new potential client, but she was kind enough to indulge me in a photo shoot with the clothes we picked – enjoy!
Monday was casual day at the bank with a Christmas pot luck lunch and some back end work to bring in a new client. Laquita went with a comfortable pair of jeans and some Day Heels in black by Everlane, but also added this white blouse with a silver pin stripe for a more festive feel and one of her 17 black blazers for a professional business casual look.
Yes, you read that right – my girl has 17 black blazers! On our 2019 to do list – get Laquita some more color for her professional wardrobe. All those black blazers do still look fabulous though and bankers often do need to opt for a conservative look more so than most of us in today’s business casual environment.
Monday night Laquita had a fundraiser for CSTEM here in Houston so we came up with two alternatives during our planning session. She opted for the snake skin pattern dress and wow, did she look fabulous in it! It’s always great to look amazing at an event where you are asking people for money – Laquita and I actually met while serving together on the CSTEM board and it is a wonderful organization that has helped a lot of kids advance in math and science! These amazing Louboutin’s were the perfect compliment for both these looks and we agreed that her new yellow blouse will be a great addition of color to her wardrobe – it’s staying in her closet for sure! Laquita and I both struggle with adding color to our closet given that we tend to be more conservative dressers (see also Wardrobe Planning Hits and Misses Volume 1 – Week 10), but we’re working on broadening our horizons together!
Tuesday was supposed to be a casual run errands day at home with this super comfy Athleta Solitude Hoodie Sweatshirt Dress in gray heather. I also own a few of the Athleta sweatshirt dresses in varying styles and one thing they all have in common is comfort! But, I also love the cuts of these dresses which are flattering and thoughtful with details like pockets and hoodies. As mentioned earlier, things didn’t work out that way, but maybe she’ll get to wear it this week. We thought the black leggings and booties along with this sweet necklace elevated it a bit for a casual lunch or cup of coffee.
Wednesday was also supposed to be a casual work out / errand day. Laquita recently acquired this versatile and comfy black top from Athleta that we paired with some black athletic leggings and her cute black trainers. But, to add a little fun and pop, we also added a long double strand sparkly necklace which actually picks up the silver in her trainers. Laquita had some fun during our photo shoot in this outfit – so wish my son Zack the sports photographer had been there to do her justice in capturing her action photos!
Thursday night we had so much fun celebrating Laquita’s birthday at La Lucha! Great appetizers, more champagne and wonderful company – these ladies are so fun and so fabulous! The new silver sweater we had originally chosen for her to wear ended up being super scratchy so she subbed in this lovely silky gray blouse and some black coated denim – Girlfriend looked amazing as always!
For Friday we had paired this super soft sweater that was gifted to Laquita by a friend with black pleather pants and these fabulous platform peep toe booties. We kept it simple with a shimmery white tee underneath, but added a sparkly necklace to give it a metallic pop. Once again we had fun with the fashion photo shoot! Laquita’s energy is so awesome – she is truly a beauty from the inside out!
A big thank you to my dear friend Laquita for letting me dress and photograph her – she was such a great sport and we always have fun together! And another big thank you to Lori Inman who joined me for this week’s wardrobe planning video (see link below). We changed things up a little for the holiday week so my next wardrobe planning post will be a little different, but in the meantime please enjoy our video and be sure to give us a like on YouTube and subscribe if you haven’t already.
Thank you so much for reading and for your support this year! I’ll have at least one last post on New Year’s Eve, but in the meantime, Merry Christmas and may your holidays be filled with warmth and light!