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A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

You know those people whose smile can light up an entire room? Meet Naudia Jones. The nutritionist and recent Brooklyn College grad radiates confidence everywhere she goes. Here, she talks about work dresses, the jewelry she wears to meetings and how she conquered her biggest fear…

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Dress: Target, similar. Sandals: Kensie, similar. Necklace: GINETTE NY. Cuff: Shaya. Watch: Miansai. Lipstick: Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 193 Souvenir.

“I wore this dress to a gardeners’ potluck at the community garden, where I’ve had a little plot for three years. This garden is my everything. Last year, I went through a big breakup. I couldn’t sleep, so I’d come here at 4:30 a.m. I’d see the sunrise and watch the plants grow. Now I can’t imagine not having a garden. One of my favorite kid’s books was Frog and Toad, and they used to read and sing to their plants. Now I’m like, I’m living my childhood storybook.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Dress: Marc Jacobs from Eleven consignment store. Sandals: similar. Earrings: Tafari Tribe, similar. Bracelet: Maslo Jewelry.

“I love this dress, which I found at a consignment store. Orange is my color, and I like dresses with big pockets and things that sway. When I was little in Guyana, my parents made all our clothes. Even though I was a tomboy, I’d request dresses with can-can skirts, and this dress is cancan-ish!”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Shirt: H&M, similar. Orange pants: BCBG from Nordstorm Rack, similar. Boots: Pour La Victoire from Nordstorm Rack, similar. Bangles: handmade. Watch: Target, similar.

“When I was 17, I moved from Guyana to the U.S. to get help with my stutter. Everyone that stutters has a deep knowledge of the thesaurus because while you’re speaking, your brain jumps ahead and identifies the words that you’re going to stutter on, and it’s like, no, don’t say that, use a synonym. But when I moved to the U.S., my stuttering severity actually went from a 6 to a 9. I was in full panic every time I spoke. I couldn’t even say hello on the phone because h’s were really difficult. My therapist used to take me out for pizza and encourage me to order a slice, and I would stand there and cry.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

“I would call my parents, and they would be like, what??? We sent our child away so she could get better and what is happening??? I was also dealing with housing insecurity, homesickness, etc. Finally, I joined SAY, the stuttering organization. I even went on the Today Show, and I realized that I could stutter and not die. You can have all the tools in the world, but in the end, you need a level of confidence. You need to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I was like, okay, I know it’s going to happen, but I’m not going to let it derail me. That really, really helped.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Wrap dress: Moshood Creations. Sandals: Payless. Earrings: street vendor, similar. Cuff: Shaya. Record bag: Capetown artisan.

“I bought this record bag while visiting a friend in South Africa. I was walking around Capetown by myself, and I stumbled upon a market with amazing local artisans. When I found the bags, I bought six! They were for my friends, my sisters and myself. I think they’re the coolest bags ever. Of course, the guy tried to haggle me because I’m American, and I was like, nope, I’m from Guyana! I can haggle, too! Let’s do this! I talked him down to a reasonable price.”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

Blazer: H&M, similar. Striped dress: Banana Republic outlet, similar. Clogs: Dansko. Earrings: Tafari Tribe. Bangles: handmade. Watch: Miansai. Bag: Miansai. Lipstick: Color Pop.

“For work, I love Banana Republic dresses — they’re professional but cute. I have bigger boobs, and their dress styles tend to be minimizing. I discovered the Banana Republic outlet last year, when I was visiting my sister in Ohio. I was like, oh, my goodness, why ever go to the one in Soho?”

A Week of Outfits: Naudia Jones

“In Indian culture, women pass bangles down through the generations. My mom got them from her mom who got them from her mom. Typically, you give them to your oldest daughter, but when my family moved to the U.S., my mom gave them to me, even though I’m the middle child. She said it was because I had come to the United States first and was the pioneer. I had set things up so they could join me. Now I wear them whenever I’m doing something special or scary; they’re like a pep talk. ‘You can do this! You’re the one who got the bangles.‘”

Thank you so much, Naudia! You are a force.

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, and six readers share what they wear to work.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Nathalie says...

    I loved the first outfit and then they just kept getting better! Wow! And I’m reading Frog and Toad with my daughter and we planted a little garden. So nice.

  2. Kristen says...

    As a fellow stutterer I can confirm this is 100% true:

    “When I was 17, I moved from Guyana to the U.S. to get help with my stutter. Everyone that stutters has a deep knowledge of the thesaurus because while you’re speaking, your brain jumps ahead and identifies the words that you’re going to stutter on, and it’s like, no, don’t say that, use a synonym. ”

    So nice to see it said by someone else in a public platform.

  3. Chelsea says...

    I want to go shopping with Naudia! I love her style and we seem to shop at all the same stores!

  4. Bee says...

    Great style!

  5. Kim V. says...

    Oh I loved this piece about Naudia! What a beautiful style she has. Also, yes to her doing nutritionist posts!

  6. Heather says...

    Random comment… But now that Naudia is a nutritionist, can she do periodic nutrition columns? Anything that’s like, “The 5 things you SHOULD eat when you’re stressed” or “5 Meals For Healthy Skin” or “Nutrients your Body Needs Before and During your Period” – — I love that stuff. Bring on the “My Nourishment Uniform” posts!

  7. Sandra says...

    Um. Naudia, you’re stunning. Your smile and style speaks volumes. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Maire says...

    Naudia has amazing style, and I especially appreciate that it comes from “normal” and more financially accessible places like Target, Nordstrom Rack, BR Outlet, consignment shops, etc.

    Congrats on your graduation, Naudia!

    • Emily says...

      I agree! Finally some affordable clothes!

  9. Faith says...

    I’m half Guyanese and I have the bangles, too! I never take them off.

  10. Michelle says...

    Her smile is EVERYTHING!

  11. kathryn says...

    Hope for middle children everywhere.

    • Genevieve says...

      Haha this made me chuckle

  12. Mari says...

    What a beautiful stylish lady!!! Got it all: elegance,confidence, chik. Definitely an inspiration.

  13. Tricia says...

    Favorite week of outfits post yet! Thanks, Cup of Jo.

  14. susana says...

    where is the blue and leather tote from? love it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she found it at miansai in soho, thank you! xo https://www.miansai.com/

  15. Celeste says...

    I love every one of these outfits! This is a gorgeous women with impeccable style.

  16. Nina Nattiv says...

    go to her instagram page, click on the picture of her at graduation, read the caption, prepare to cry.

    • Sasha L says...

      No kidding! Wow. I admire Naudia so much. Our country needs all the heroes like her that we can get. I’m so happy for her success.

    • Shirley says...

      Um, yes, it did not take long for the tears to flow! Thank you for this. I am also an immigrant and yet I realize how much I have taken for granted….

  17. Nicole says...

    So impressed by Naudia! She has amazing style!

  18. gfy says...

    I LOVE the power of the bangles! lol Also, she looks like a million bucks in that BR outfit! I love her story, thanks for finding her!

  19. Elisabeth says...

    Love her style, LOVE her outlook!

  20. Kristina says...

    LOVE HER HAIR. curlies represent! <3

  21. Sam says...

    “You need to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”

    YES! Can apply to so many facets of life!

  22. Kelly says...

    Love this story so much! Thank you for sharing your story Naudia! <3

  23. Heather says...

    I love this. Thank you, Naudia, for sharing with us!

    I do feel a *little* sad for the older sister, though!! Does she get any bangles?

  24. Sarah says...

    Go Naudia! I’m a Brooklyn College professor and she reflects our student body so beautifully – resilient, talented, inspiring

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s wonderful, sarah!!

  25. Elizabeth Bowker says...

    What an uplifting read today! A shining example of how we as a country are enriched by the diversity of immigrants. What a fabulous woman! Thank you so much for featuring her bravery, beauty, and style!
    Bangle on!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Bangle on!!! That should be the new catchphrase :)

  26. april says...

    What a confident beauty!

  27. Carrie says...

    I loved this! Thank you for featuring someone who I can relate to but also be inspired by. What an awesome woman.

  28. Emily says...

    Loved this one! She is smart and beautiful, and has great style too. **Furiously typing so I can google and purchase those wedges in the first photograph.**

  29. This post is so lovely! She’s radiant, and her story is so inspiring. The bit about visiting the garden at 4:30 in the morning made me tear up. Having a place and living things become your comfort in time of need is such a real, grounding feeling, and feeling that gratitude for them as time goes on is like no other feeling. Thank you for sharing!

  30. Lauren E. says...

    Payless, consignment, vintage, H&M… I am here for all of this!

  31. Jane I. says...

    COJ – this is why you are the best blog! I know a lot of readers have been requesting to see more affordable WOO options and you delivered! As someone who gets a majority of my work clothes from rack or outlet stores, this made me suuuper happy! I loved every outfit!! Naudia is just radiating beauty!! These are all going on my Pinterest page.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad, jane!!!

    • Elise says...

      Me too! Not only was a deeply inspired by Nadia, I loved seeing a dress from Target. Way to go COJ and Naudia.

  32. Pigeon says...

    Thank you for featuring someone whose style is actually affordable!! What a lovely, inspiring woman.

  33. Renae says...

    Love this – is she ever gorgeous! Love her style (and it’s things I would wear and could buy!) and you’re right – she radiates joy. Is this the same Naudia who was Toby’s nanny when he was a little squish? I feel like I remember her smile from somewhere…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!! i met her through my friend leigh, whose husband runs SAY, the stuttering organization. naudia was looking for a job at the time and became our part-time nanny when toby was teeny. we all fell in LOVE with her, and we have remained close friends through the years. we’ve gone on bike rides, trips, dinners, etc together and were so happy for her when she achieved her dream of being a nutritionist. we adore her so much.
      https://cupofjo.com/2011/05/motherhood-mondays-on-babysitters/

    • Renae says...

      I thought so! I remember the photo with the book (as it’s how we discovered Mo Willems – so thanks for that as well!) Is there any way she could do a post or tips on how to get your picky child with some mild sensory issues (or even just a picky child) to expand his eating choices before his mom goes bonkers? Have a great day!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, renae! here’s what naudia says:

      “It really depends on age. But getting them involved in the decision making process and prep process will likely boost curiosity and investment in the meal. It can start with picking out fruits and veggies in the grocery store, or choosing a recipe together. Pair veggies with something they like — or better yet something “forbidden.” They may not like broccoli but may like florets chopped up in bite-sized pieces. Try out funny names like “silly straw carrots” — or, when Toby was little, we switched from zucchini slices to strips and called them “zucchini fries”! And you can give food funny memorable stories — “When Mommy was a kid, she loved apples and they were up high in a tree, so she climbed up really really high and jumped and jumped and then she finally reach the apple!” Salsas and dips are also a fun way to scoop and dip their way into liking veggies without knowing it. It also makes it difficult for them to pick out and set aside the things they think they don’t want to try. :) That’s my 2 cents!! Hope it helps!!”

    • renae says...

      Thank you both!!

  34. jillian says...

    “You’re the one who got the bangles.” is my new mantra.

  35. Chloe says...

    So empowering! Love Love.

  36. Christina says...

    Love her style! What a great interview…inspiring and cool. I couldn’t decide which outfit I liked best, but the striped dress is amazing on Naudia!

  37. JAKIA C DUDLEY-FAINE says...

    That “bangle” part got me. Currently weeping at my desk. Wonderful feature. Get it, honey!

  38. I so identify with the bangles story! I am wearing my grandmother’s pearls today and they always make me feel confident. I know most people associate pearls with being polite and demure, but my grandmother took zero crap and was frankly kind of scary (but not to me, which might be why I was her favorite, haha). I work in a male dominated environment, so her spirit guiding my attitude really comes in handy!

    I also love her color palette. I live in reds and oranges. I like to take up space with my clothing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that, mel!!!

  39. Kelly says...

    Absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Also, think I spy my neighborhood in the background. Flatbush!

  40. I love this profile so much! Naudia, your style, your voice, your story – you’re an inspiration. I love your outfits so much and how they seem affordable and attainable to the average person. Keep shining!

  41. Meghan S says...

    What a beautiful woman with a beautiful attitude and I LOVE her clothes! This feature is great because I have a similar height and shape and shop at all those stores too :-)

  42. Bethany says...

    I love her style! And her ability to be comfortable with discomfort.

  43. Jessica says...

    You are so right about that smile!!

  44. Laura says...

    Man, there are so many brave people in the world – it’s really amazing to read about what people are able to face and overcome. It really puts my own little problems and anxieties into perspective! Thank you for this.

  45. Liz says...

    Love her! She seems like someone I’d love to be friends with and her style is killing it! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Sasha L says...

    Naudia had me at Frog and Toad and her brilliant warm smile in that orange store dress. Wow. What a force of wonderful-ness!! I admire her courage in coping with her stutter and in coming to a new country. I’m so glad she did come!

    Oh, and her outfits are stunning. They seem to fit her personality perfectly and look so beautiful too.

    I’m intrigued that Naudia is a nutritionist. How amazing and helpful would it be to have a week of meals?? Could that be a new feature? Fab women and what they eat for a week?

  47. Ellie says...

    I love this one! I so appreciate learning about people’s struggles. Even just one week of outfit photos can make someone look like their life is completely together, but hearing about her victory over her own fears and challenges really helps humanize her. It helps me be more confident in my own daily struggles because we are all facing some sort of battle. I love Naudia’s style but her internal beauty truly shines brighter!

  48. Rachel Elizabeth says...

    Where did she get her bag that is featured in the last two photos?

    • Natalie says...

      I want to know, too!

    • Pressley says...

      I also want to know! Love it (and her beautiful style)!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, i just added that credit into the post! her bag is from miansai in soho. https://www.miansai.com/

  49. Talia says...

    I loved every.single.word of this post! What a beautiful woman. We’d be friends! Her style – love that she mixes reasonable priced items into her wardrobe. My favorite Style post yet!

  50. Abbey says...

    I love these outfits!

    Also, I love this series, particularly that you feature people whose jobs have nothing to do with fashion or beauty. As a would-be stylish person with a very un-stylish job, it’s really inspiring for me. Thanks!

  51. Rosie says...

    I rarely comment here and certainly never have on the style posts but Naudia’s is just wonderful. I love the style of her dresses, the prints, stripes-LOVE everything about the post.

  52. Fi says...

    YOU GOT THIS! YOU’RE THE ONE THAT GOT THE BANGLES!!!

  53. Irah says...

    I grew up with a stutter and was unable to get any speech therapy till I was 16 because my parents had never heard of speech therapy. Going through therapy made all the difference for me because it taught me how to manage my stutter. But wow, what a struggle it was to grow up as a stuttering kid. I was too scared to even order a meal at McDonalds! Worse, I would get teased mercilessly by my peers whenever I stutter.

    But we move on and learn. I am now a teacher and take 15-20 mins to practice my speech before going to school everyday so I can deliver lessons well. There are times when I slip up in class or have a bad stuttering day but as Naudia mentions; confidence is key.

    Just letting all those who struggle with stuttering know that you’re not alone! We can still achieve our dreams and be awesome.

  54. McNeill says...

    I love this series so much. Ladies with style and depth are the best!!

  55. Laura says...

    “I’m the one who got the bangles” should be everyone’s motto. Loved this!

  56. What great style! I literally love every dress, pair of shoes, pocketbook and hair style! How did you find Naudia?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she’s a dear friend! i met her through my friend Leigh, whose husband founded SAY, the stuttering organization.

  57. anya w. says...

    I love that you are making such an effort to feature a wider range of women (different races, body types, backgrounds, career paths, sexual orientations, lifestyles…). Please continue this path, everything else is not representative of the world we live in.

    I really like Naudias style and can really relate to some things she says. Gardening has become my thing lately and taught me so much.

  58. Karene says...

    Naudia, you are brave, hardworking and oh so beautiful inside and out. Thank you for sharing your outfits and your journey. I wish you the best in every aspect of your life.

  59. Andrea says...

    I’m so relieved to see a stylish woman wearing dansko clogs; I’ve been feeling embarrassed about the clunky dansko sandals I recently bought for work, which are the only dress-ish shoes I’ve found that work for my ankle/back issues. I’m thinking of going full-on dansko clog this fall, there’s a whiskey color that isn’t horrible… Of course at the moment I’m rocking my orthopedic running shoes with my office wear, like a proper federal employee, ha. (Still adamantly resisting the Longchamp bag, though!)

  60. Nina says...

    This woman is gorgeous and her style is BANANAS!

  61. Mimi says...

    inspiring!!

  62. 1. gardening is so soothing. I started telling people to volunteer if they were feeling any type of sadness, now I’m going to add growing a plant and bike riding.

    2. I also love Frog and Toad and play music and talk to my plants. My balcony pots aren’t nearly as pretty but I like it.

    3. I love that you make her clothes just a prop of the story. Leave it to you guys to get to the heart of a person in a fashion story.

    4. Her smile is beautiful! What a soul.

  63. Inês says...

    (…) “while you’re speaking, your brain jumps ahead and identifies the words that you’re going to stutter on, and it’s like, no, don’t say that, use a synonym.”
    This describes exactly what goes through a stutter’s mind. I have never read anything so right about my condition.
    I think my stutter is a 3 (I don’t know if there’s a scientific way to measure stutter). If you’re, like, a 6 to a 10 stutter, people know upfront what they are seeing and hearing and think “Oh, he/she is a stutter. Ok…” Now, if you’re a 1 to a 5, you start a conversation and everything flows and then suddenly you block (either you start making faces trying to get the word out our simply stop talking, trying to find a synonym.) And people, that until then were oblivious about your “condition” are like: “What the hell?? Are you alright? Are you having a stroke?”
    So, just to say that I don’t know what’s worse…
    I have always pushed myself to work at front office jobs so that the fear wouldn’t take over me. Today, at 36 years old, I’m confident and, when applying for a job or when meeting someone new, I often forget about my stuttering. It’s not in the back of my mind. That, for me, is a BIG accomplishment.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for sharing your story, Inês. you sound like an incredible person. i love that you pushed yourself to work at front office jobs — that couldn’t have been easy, and that’s such a strong smart thing to do.

    • Vanessa Rae says...

      I have to give you an internet hug Ines. I have stuttered my entire life and I know how challenging it can be to put yourself out there in the workplace and meet new people. Keep on shining!

  64. Amanda says...

    This is my favourite yet I think. How down-to-earth is she?! ❤️

  65. Florence says...

    Naudia is fabulous!! And isn’t she your former sitter?

  66. Jessi says...

    This is just everything this morning. What an incredible woman.

    Thank you for continuing to show cool, passionate and intelligent women!
    A cup of Jo is as necessary in the morning as an actual cup of Jo!

    Thanks you again!

  67. Klara says...

    Naudia, you have such a lovely face! It’s like watching the sun shine! Your outfits are lovely too, but that’s not so important ;o)

  68. Pip says...

    Absolutely – that smile! What a wonderful young woman – thank you for sharing.

  69. Kate says...

    Those record bags! I went to university in Cape Town and I still remember when I first saw one. I’ve never owned one, because my preppy style couldn’t pull it off, and here is this beautiful woman from Guyana rocking it.

  70. Lucy Kalanithi says...

    LOVE!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      naunee!!! :) :) :)

  71. Lilia says...

    Naudia is inspirational and radiates beauty inside and out! I love her story of working through her stutter — we all have quirks or issues we struggle with (I have plenty myself, including a motor tic that’s plagued me my whole life) and even if we never quite “conquer” them, the most important thing we can do is to practice kindness and acceptance toward ourselves. Thank you for featuring this story!

  72. Vicky says...

    Lovely, sweet, inspiring spirit! Thanks for sharing her story. Very real and relatable.

  73. Barbara says...

    “You can do this, you’re the one who got the bangles” made me grin!

  74. Bec says...

    So amazing to see a body like mine here! (the other lovely ladies you feature are usually tiny or large, not inbetweenies). Thank you!

  75. LOVED this “You need to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I was like, okay, I know it’s going to happen, but I’m not going to let it derail me.” Wow – this was one of my favorites. THANK YOU Naudia, you’re a beautiful person!

  76. Hope says...

    She has such a spirit! The type of person you don’t have to know to adore.

    The video was so inspiring wow…she’s come a long way. Thanks for sharing.

  77. Sarah says...

    YES Banana Republic outlet! And I love the bangle story, and her lipstick. Looks so great on her.

  78. Virginia says...

    The ‘similar’ in this article is killing me. But it just emphasizes her coolness because she has just always just had good taste. She is beautiful… ughhhhhh:)

  79. Laura J says...

    Naudia, what a lovely thing to read your words and see your fabulous style. Thank you for sharing your life.

  80. Anna says...

    I LOVE this post…my favorite week of outfits post so far! Naudia, you are such an inspiring, beautiful person in every way and I love your bangles story…so special!

  81. Barbara says...

    Her light shines so brightly. Never underestimate the power of a genuine smile!

  82. Nadine Hughey says...

    (She’s) never fully dressed without a smile…love the blues stripes with blazer.

  83. Julie says...

    She has fantastic style! Probably my favorite one yet (stylistically) but also because she is just so cool! Sending a high five from Chicago!

  84. Melanie says...

    Love her style and her bargaining abilities!

  85. Emily says...

    I loved this! Do you know where her big purse came from in the last shots?

  86. Laura says...

    This girl can! Looooooved this week of outfits, what a ray of sunshine she is!

  87. China Hoffman says...

    Frog and Toad forever! I love reading those stories to my kids so much. The audio recording (voiced by the author, Arnold Lobel) is especially amazing. He has the craziest most wonderful voice.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh wow, i didn’t know there were audio recordings. can’t wait to check out!

  88. Jenn says...

    Love her style and attitude! So nice to see affordable fashion featured. This is definitely my favorite of the Week of Outfits posts.

  89. Emily says...

    I was so touched by the story of her stuttering. Thank you.

  90. Naomi H says...

    I loved this post because of all of the women you have featured Naudia seems the most comfortable in her own skin! Her humor and warmth are so evident and her story that involves real pain and difficulty is beautiful! What courage! Her story of Frog and Toad cracked me up because I was just helping teach my 6-year-old to read and she just read out loud the chapter about singing to your plants for the first time. I also love that jewelry simple or fancy that has been passed on from past generations are such treasures because of the love and history they hold! I know I love wearing the locket from my great-grandmother! Thank you COJ!!

  91. Sara says...

    Don’t we all need “you can do this” jewelry! Love it!

  92. Joyce says...

    These outfits are fabulous … Classy, unique and affordable! The bangle story is so touching.

  93. Lisa says...

    I love this! She has such terrific style and a wonderful smile! I went to the market with the artisans in Cape Town and loved all the beautiful hand crafted items there.

  94. Jessica says...

    Wow, what an amazing attitude, superb fashion sense, and absolutely stunning smile!

  95. Andrea says...

    Love this one from the bottom of my ?!

  96. Rebecca says...

    Love love love her!!! Such great style and an inspiring story! Love seeing some of my favorite brands (target, h&m, banana republic) being represented on such a fabulous women!

  97. Sarah says...

    Oh I love the bangle story! For my 25th birthday my mother had a simple gold bangle made for me from a stack of gold and rose gold jewellery of hers and her mothers that she never wore. It is the most beautiful thing I own. The colour is this gorgeous soft, slightly rose-y gold and it is just the perfect size for my wrist. I am now 40 and I only ever take it off to go through airport security! And I panic about it being off my arm from the time I put it in the tray to when it comes out the other end!
    My mum and grandmother also had bangles that they wore almost their whole lives too and I never thought until now about the significance of that connection. My parents are visiting this weekend and I can’t wait to share this story. I do feel the power of my bangle!
    You are lovely Naudia and I adore your style.

  98. Lisa says...

    Love her style! And she does just light up the page.
    I have a similar thing with jewellery – when I had my daughter, my in laws gave me a gold necklace that had belonged to my father in law’s mother. I had (have?
    I’m still getting there) post natal depression, and wear the necklace whenever I feel that I need some extra courage to get through the day. The woman I inherited it from was pretty formidable but also one of the nicest people ever, and it reminds me of my baby girl.

    Small note – it’s Cape Town (separate words) not Capetown

  99. Leah says...

    Gorgeous, inside and out. Keep smiling that wonderful smile, Naudia!

  100. Jenn J. says...

    Thank you for sharing, Naudia! Love your style, courage and outlook!

  101. Kay says...

    So lovely, every bit of it and her!

  102. Naudia is the most determined, courageous and hard-working woman I know. Her great style and gorgeous smile are only two of her many assets.

    Love you Nauds.
    CB

  103. Carrington says...

    Frog and Toad!!!!!

  104. Claire Brindley says...

    I saw the first picture and Nadia’s smile blew me away. I could sense her confidence and affability. Then I read the text: “You know those people whose smile can light up an entire room?” This, 1000x this!

  105. Jen says...

    What a beauty!

  106. Whitney says...

    I love her style! And Target, outlets, Nordstrom Rack and H&M?! Good style at my kind of price point! I love shopping deals and still looking expensive!

  107. I loved this and I love her style! Also got to learn about two things I don’t know much about: stuttering and Guyana!

  108. Cat says...

    What a beautiful, genuine smile!

  109. ElSa says...

    Oooooh I love love love this! What a beautiful inspiring woman! I want her to be my best friend!!

    Greetings from a long time reader in Sweden

    • gina solon says...

      You guys really nailed it with this one. I’ll echo all the other positive comments, Naudia is an absolute doll!

  110. Nicole says...

    Naudia is just radiant! Love this and love that her outfits are actually affordable and not just aspirational.

    • Jessica says...

      Yes!

  111. Em says...

    Adore this post. I would love to meet Naudia, she sounds like such a beautiful person.

    My brother went through speech therapy growing up, and his girlfriend is currently studying to become a speech language pathologist. How cool that this fashion article talked about speech difficulties in a candid and inspiring way! Thank you Naudia for sharing your story.

    • Morgan says...

      I am a speech-language pathologist and I love reading Naudia’s experience as a person who stutters. It is wonderful to give people an idea of how stuttering impacts you, and I love how you shared that the severity differed by language and stress level. I love orange, too, and the pockets on your orange dress are everything.

  112. Linda says...

    “Of course, the guy tried to haggle me because I’m American, and I was like, nope, I’m from Guyana! I can haggle, too! Let’s do this! I talked him down to a reasonable price.” Haha, loved this part! She seems like an amazing person.

  113. Gaby says...

    Would have never in my life imagined that I’d tear up to “You’re the one who got the bangles,” but here I am.

    • Ali says...

      Right here with you Gaby! Love this.

    • Zoe says...

      Me too!

    • Rachel says...

      me too :)

    • Kheira says...

      Same! I came to the comments to see if anyone else was as touched by that statement.

    • Brigid says...

      SAME!

  114. Julie says...

    This may be my favorite week of outfits feature ever!!

  115. Why am I crying. Naudia you are just beautiful inside and out!

  116. Absolutely love this feature. The red pants matched with the stripped black and white top looks really elegant. Cup of Jo is becoming one of my favourite blogs to visit. Thanks for making my day once again.

  117. Shirley says...

    This is by far my favorite “week of outfits” feature. Naudia is amazing- courageous, strong, beautiful, and inspirational. She seems so real, and the gorgeous outfits complement her beautiful spirit. The clothes are also very accessible and real- I too shop at Nordstrom Rack and Banana! Not every clothing item costs $200+, nor should it have to! Also love love love her garden, her connection to her heritage and family, and for her courage to move to a new country to overcome her stuttering. Whoever broke up with her LOST OUT! Best of luck to Naudia on her new career and journey, and thank you to CoJ for continuing to expand your focus and repertoire to include more diversity!

    • Gabriella says...

      Agreed!

  118. Susan says...

    What a beautiful woman. Proof that you don’t need to spend tons to look classy!

  119. Diane says...

    I am new to CoJ, but the lovely Miss Naudia totally inspired me! I love her smile, style and perspective! it just goes to show you don’t need to break the bank to look fantastic. It’s all about having a good eye and a good dose of confidence. Articles like this will keep me coming back. Thank you for providing a little slice of heaven on the internet :)

  120. Tracy says...

    Beautiful!! I love this, especially the bangle anecdote. I, too, wear meaningful jewelry when I have an interview or presentation — my children’s initals on a necklace. It’s a good reminder that even if I fail, I still have them, my good luck charms!

    • Elia says...

      What a great idea! I might steal that ;)

  121. Colleen says...

    I love her.

  122. Jenna says...

    Naudia, you are lovely inside and out. And that megawatt smile!

  123. Andi says...

    Oh my gosh, that Today Show segment made me cry!! Naudia, you are so inspiring, strong, and BEAUTIFUL! Bravo!

  124. Ami says...

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE Naudia’s style! That Banana Republic dress outfit and the red pants + striped shirt are going straight to my pinterest inspiration board! <3

  125. Betsy says...

    Love this feature! Can you share details on the blue and tan tote bag in the last few images? It’s beautiful!

  126. Sarah Dennison says...

    SAY does amazing things, and it’s great to see that mentioned here.
    Naudia is lovely and buoyant and has a wonderful way of living life. Enjoy and keep that beautiful heart shining.

  127. AJ says...

    Just ace! Love all these outfits (especially the stripy work dress). And LOVE the self-acceptance and confidence! Oh my goodness, you just rock lady!

  128. what a stunner. i think I love Naudia! you got the bangles, girl! xoxo

  129. Kate says...

    Her stuttering story and realization is inspiring, and works for life in general as well. What a beautiful eorson inside and out.

  130. sarah says...

    I love everything about this. I never cry but that last line made me tear up. Thanks for a great feature of an amazing person!

  131. Emily Brown says...

    Everything about this woman! So lovely. And I really appreciate that her style is affordable while still being put together with pieces that are obviously cared for and deliberately chosen.

  132. Claire says...

    Gosh, Naudia just seems so lovely and fun! Her smile is infectious. And, maybe I’m wrong, but wasn’t she Toby’s nanny when he was a baby? She looks familiar!

  133. Midge says...

    She is the cutest. I want to be friends! I love those moments where you get to live your childhood book dreams (like eating the lunches from “Bread and Jam for Frances”)

    • Ethel says...

      Your comment made me smile! Do you eat you lunch and make them come out even? My girls, especially my youngest, loves reading Bread and Jam for Frances.

      Also, Naudia sounds perfectly awesome!

    • Abby says...

      The lunches from “Bread and Jam for Frances”!! I know exactly what you’re talking about! They were so dreamy!

  134. Nichole says...

    She’s absolutely lovely inside and out. Her style is fantastic, but what impressed me most was her perspective and her hopeful approach to life’s challenges.

  135. Ali says...

    That Marc Jacobs dress is fantastic! She looks amazing!

  136. Kassie says...

    Great week of outfits! She looks so cute & polished.

  137. Nerissa says...

    Naudia! You are beautiful inside and out!
    Cup of Jo is one of my favorite places on the internet and when I saw a fellow Guyanese woman featured, tears literally sprung to my eyes. I didn’t know I needed to see this but I did. Thank you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, nerissa. <3

  138. Carrie says...

    This is amazing. She is drop dead gorgeous and inspiring! Does she have an Instagram?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!! @naudsjones — i’ll add it now!

  139. lesley says...

    This beauty uniform was one of my favorite ones to date. Her style, confidence, journey, all of it was inspiring. I want to be friends with her!

  140. Tricia M says...

    What a stylish lady and a brave, determined one too. Great sense of colour and what suits her. I love the Marc Jacobs dress although it wouldn’t suit me at all! It just looks so good on Naudia. I am sorry to hear she is going through a difficult time but love how her garden helps. Have never read Frog and Toad but it’s funny how some books just stick with you.

  141. Katie says...

    This made me smile. And tear up. And I want to go to lunch with Naudia. And become lifelong friends. Is that weird? Probably. I’m ok with that. I loved everything about this!

  142. I need to start the bangle tradition with my daughters. I just LOVED this feature!!

    • diana says...

      That bangle comment hit me hard.

  143. Sarah F. says...

    I hardly ever comment but this woman! From her natural beauty, unique and creative yet affordable style to her openness about, acceptance of and confidence in life’s challenges… so much to love! Thank for featuring Naudia!

  144. Dee says...

    She’s beautiful and has wonderful style. I love every outfit!

  145. Laura says...

    Beautiful! Head to toe, inside and out :)

    • Laura C. says...

      This.

  146. Lesley says...

    Awesome. She is beautiful and her confidence is inspiring. Great work style.

  147. Sonya says...

    Thank you for featuring a successful woman who stutters, who also has incredible, affordable style!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      my pleasure and honor! naudia is the best.

    • Sydney says...

      I second this! She seems incredibly approachable, transparent, and shops in my price range- work it, girl!

    • Twyla says...

      Yes. THRILLED to see you feature a stunning woman who shops second-hand! My kinda girl!

  148. mindi says...

    “You’re the one who got the bangles…” I love that!

    • Carmen Tomas says...

      same! what a great mantra.

    • Lena says...

      That was my favorite line too!
      It just made want to join the chorus and root for Naudia.

      What a magnificent woman.

  149. Christina says...

    She is lovely

  150. Favi says...

    ‘You can do this! You’re the one who got the bangles.’ Love this line! So sweet and empowering!

    • Donna says...

      The symbolism of the bangles is everything! Love this story.