Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Yesterday you met the lovely, sweet and dear Ms. Raquel.
Hop on over here, in case you missed it.
As a result of Raquel reaching her $1,000 goal in order to send 
30 children to camp for 10 weeks this summer, 
Raquel promised to wear a dress for the first time since the 5th grade.
Can you believe it?  She's a natural if you ask me!

Now of course, every smart ensemble begins with a budget, and since
we are not likely to see Ms. Raquel in a dress everyday, we set ours at $50.
This may sound feasible, and certainly it is, but this would NOT be easy.
Enter our lovely friends over at Lipp Boutique.

You know. The place I snagged this fabulous JJ Winters clutch.
Here's a similar one for you if you don't find it there.

As I said, I knew an entire ensemble under $50 would be a challenge, 
so I called up the ladies at Lipp Boutique to see if they 
would like to participate in the giving.  I couldn't finish my ask
before the owner excitedly and graciously jumped at the opportunity.
How amazing and awesome!!
Do you remember this dress from In Style Magazine I previously shared?
Well, I recently saw one very similar on the Sale rack at Lipp Boutique
and thought the bold, bright colors would be a nice complement 
to Raquel's beautiful, dark olive complexion.

Raquel and her fun sister, Debbie, met me at the boutique to get to work!

We grabbed a few options.
I know you see that dress in the background.

And what do you know, but it was Raquel's favorite!
We tried the dress on with a bevvy of accessories--belts, earrings, 
necklaces, rings, etc.  We ultimately went with a blue banded belt and 
triangle necklace, keeping in step with the dress's color block theme. 
Lipp Boutique so graciously gifted us the dress and belt!

We ventured over to Target, where Raquel immediately reached 
for this tan blazer.  At $29.99, her pick is smart and multi-functional.
The metallic shoes were a steal On Sale for $14.99, another smart buy, 
since this color will work with virtually anything.

We threw in my Grandmother's sash, (of course),
a pair of gold circle earrings from Morrison Smith Jewelers,
a blue chain link bracelet from ivy & leo,
 and a gold dome shaped ring loaned to us by Lipp Boutique.

Raquel was already styling hip green fingernails to suit!

You know we had to pay homage and bust out a little YYYYMCA!

Precious Pea number two was so excited to be in on the action!
He's seen most wonderful man in the world (AKA Daddy) 
take a gazillion pictures of his Mama, 
so he was thrilled to provide a little guidance at our photo shoot.

Raquel, I had SO much fun stylin' with you!!

And you know Hanky loves ya!

You look ravishing, my dear!

This was such a wonderful, fun opportunity to give back.
I am very grateful for my membership at the YMCA.
I couldn't have imagined a better opportunity for 
the Queen City Style's first venture in philanthropy.
Many thanks to all the friends who donated money, 
to Raquel for being so fun and easy going during her brave time, 
to all my YMCA friends and to Lipp Boutique for being so generous.
Y'all ROCK!

While the Dowd YMCA has reached their goal of sending 30+ children 
to camp this summer, there is always a capacity to do more for others.
Click HERE if you would like to donate or more learn more 
about the YMCA of Greater Charlotte or locate a YMCA in your area.

For the love of giving back, always in great style... Whitley

Clothing Credits:
Dress: Jack by BB DakotaMossimo Pointed Lapel Jacket: Target,
Necklace: Ours is from Lipp Boutique or try this onethis one, this oneor this one.
Bracelet: Ours is from ivy & leo, or try this one, and I love this link bracelet and watch in one.
Belt: Ours is from Lipp Boutique, here's one. Shoes: Target
Earrings: Mine are from Morrison Smith, but here's a nice simple pair.
Ring: Ours is from Lipp Boutique, here's my new statement ring.


  1. lovely photos!
    you look so lovely!

    would you to follow each other?

  2. How awesome! Giving is such a beautiful thing! I found you on 50gracefully.com, so nice to meet you!

    Rachel {Raw-kul}

    1. Thanks again, Rachel! Hoping on over to visit you now! Whitley

  3. I just found your blog and I think it is amazing.I am following you now,under name Lilie Marlen,but I don't use any photos so I will be last one on your follower list.I will be honored if you come visit my blog and follow it if you like it Have a nice day


  4. How wonderful! What a fun, feel-good post! And, Raquel looks beautiful. Super chic and colorful.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it was such a feel good moment for me to participate.

  5. nice photos!
    you look so lovely! if you want, follow me!

  6. very cool
    i have gone to the action the Y puts on a couple of times
    a friend of mine works for corporate and has been in charge of the camps for a long while
    one of my sons even was a counselor one summer at Eagle Rock
    small world

  7. Love the JJ Winters bags!!! And they are on sale with free shipping at http://www.unusualthreads.com

  8. The gift that keep on giving is shown here. Have a look at it'


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