Monday, December 31, 2018

Holiday Style: Green Circle Skirt + Plaid





Hi Friends; happy last day of the year or happy New Year’s Eve. We all know that the Christmas holiday is over so I'm sure you are surprised seeing me in a Christmas-color outfit on new year's eve as opposed to sequins and glitter. Do not worry I have my new year's eve outfit picked already for our New Year's eve service in Church later tonight. This outfit is what I wore to church yesterday; the last Sunday of the year. I decided to go in these colors to remind myself that Christmas celebration really should be everyday. The reason for the celebration of the holiday is to remind us of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ who came to earth in human form, born of holy conception and died on the cross and resurrected three days later to give us the gift of salvation. It's just an awesome feeling to be reminded of this truth everyday of the year and I hope you believe and have faith in redemption too.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Two accessories I need to style a New Year's Eve Outfit





Yes, the year is finally coming to an end and I'm so thankful to God for his protection over me and my family and friends and also thankful for you for your continued support on here. Thanks so much for reading and I pray to God to bless you richly in the new year and onwards. I have been styling most of my holiday looks this season around accessories; check out these Posts here and here and here and last year's posts here and here.  I did the same styling with this look using old accessories and pieces from my closet. I am wearing a black color short sleeve turtle neck or high neck top from Boohoo that I have been talking about in my blog posts for the last couple of weeks. At $6.40 a piece, the top is very beautiful, of great quality and versatile for styling other closet essentials. Get them in different colors before they sell out. You definitely need them this winter and in the spring.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

How to put together an affordable, glamorous Party Look





So, there is an age we get to when a simple party dress is just not enough or there are some parties we go to where we need something much more than a dress and a clutch and that is what I am talking about in this post. Right now, I'm thinking of a glamorous, big party which can be in most times a wedding or a birthday party but for the sake of this season, let's think end-of-year parties. I purchased this beaded sheath dress from T. J. Maxx a couple of years ago and have worn it to events accessorized with a clutch and a simple pair of shoes. I styled the dress previously with simple accessories because I wanted the beads and sequins at the front to be the statement detail. This season however, I decided to style the dress in a more glamorous way by accessorizing with statement pieces. My earrings ae statement pieces in a very bold yellow color, my satin pumps are embellished with rhinestone details and my statement faux fur stole and satin clutch add more drama to the look. They usually say "less is more" but I tell you, if you have a very big event to celebrate as a host or to attend as a guest, you can definitely do statement pieces and accessories.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Let it Snow: The Reason for the Season





A very Merry Christmas to you and thanks for stopping by here on Christmas eve ๐Ÿ˜€ Christmas in the air. This is my favorite holiday of the year and I am sure it is yours too. I scheduled this post on the blog ahead of time just in case any one drops by. I have been busy behind the scenes the past few days shopping for gifts for family members and friends and planning holiday activities. My little baby boy  turns five tomorrow and I am so excited. He is the best Christmas gift ever. I was born on October 31st and growing up, I always felt uneasy sharing my birthday information because I felt it was weird because of the Halloween holiday. And of course, I used to get compliments and winks whenever I shared the info. but I do not celebrate Halloween.  And whenever I planned activities or a party for my birthday, it used to feel awkward especially when I celebrated my party the actual day as opposed to celebrating a few days later.


When God blessed me with a Christmas baby, I was ecstatic because of all the  joy and happiness associated with the Christmas holiday. There is no mixed feelings, no tricks, no ghosts or ill will associated with Christmas. The holiday is all about Love and giving and sharing and most of all, it is all about Christ; Jesus Christ, the reason for the season. God sent his holy son to man in the flesh to redeem us from our sins by dying on the cross and resurrecting on the third day to heaven in order that we might all gain the gift of salvation and eternity when we believe in him and in God the Father who sent him and who created us all. ๐Ÿ™ Do you believe in Christ Jesus? If you do, you are blessed. And if you don't, stay on here a while for future posts, let's chat and talk about this precious gift of salvation.

Friday, December 21, 2018

The shoes you need to style your holiday Outfit








Still trying to get the right accessories to make your holiday outfit pop? Look no further because glitter pumps or sandals is what you need to elevate any outfit and add that sparkle to your holiday look. Above is a selection of affordable glitter heels that you can pair with almost any outfit. There is so much spending this holiday season but caution needs to be exercised as we decide on what we want versus what we need. You might want that very sparkly sequin or gold dress to wear to a holiday party whether it is Christmas or New year eve party but if the dress is way too expensive and would  cut deep into your budget, you might want to opt for a pair of glitter heels instead that cost way less. Just look for an inexpensive LBD (little black dress) and dress it up with a pair of beautiful glitter heels and some sparkly earring and a simple clutch and you are good to go. You'll save money and still look stylish at the same time. Happy viewing and happy styling.
                 


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Holiday Lookbook: Blazer + Faux fur Stole





Happy Thursday Friends ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I'm here today with another holiday look; a casual outfit featuring holiday accessories. Most of the time, we ladies, spend too much money buying new outfits for the holiday season when we have a closet full of clothes and I must say I am guilty of this too. I always feel like I need something new and do not want to wear my last holiday season outfits again this year. This time, I decided to reduce the stress of shopping for new outfits (although I have my eyes on this beautiful skirt here)  to put new holiday outfits together from pieces and accessories that I already own in my closet and that is how this look came about. This outfit is a look you can wear to casual holiday parties; you know the one that is not so formal; maybe a Christmas party hosted by your friends or an after work Christmas dinner with your co-workers. The foundation for this outfit; a blazer, a pair of blue denim and a white top are clothes or pieces that we already own in our closet. I used holiday or special occasion accessories; the sparkly belt, silver metallic heels, a faux fur stole and sequin metallic clutch to add a holiday touch to the outfit. The statement earrings were purchased on sale at Target over the summer and the statement belt was purchased from Asos and blogged about here. What other casual holiday event do you think this outfit is appropriate for? I think if you switch out the denim for regular dress pants, this outfit would definitely go to several events and even to a very special place, the Church. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Holiday Lookbook: Satin Skirt + Floral Pumps





A sequin skirt is an essential holiday piece because you can create several outfits with it. This pencil sequin mesh skirt from Chico's has since sold out but there are other designs available like this piece here and this beautiful metallic piece here. When it comes to styling sequin pieces, the styling options are quite versatile. For this look, I paired my skirt with a short sleeve turtle neck top from Boohoo and floral pumps with jewel embellishments; a pair I purchased years ago. A pair of disc earrings  and a bracelet and velvet envelope clutch similar here completed the look. This look is a mix of textures; sequins, velvet and floral which embodies the Christmas spirit; the coming together of families and friends to celebrate birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus is the reason for the season everyone. This look can be worn to any informal event like a Christmas party, dinner date or any other holiday gatherings. For a more formal look, throw on a blazer and you are good to go.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

How I styled my Christmas Sweater





Hi Friends, I hope the week is going great so far. I had a bit of technical glitch on the blog that I just found out a few hours ago. I wrote and scheduled my Monday post last week hoping that it went live on Monday morning but was surprised when I logged in today and found out that the post did not publish and I had to publish it manually today. So, if you stopped by my blog yesterday and did not see any post for Monday, I apologize. I did some investigation and I found out that it was my own error; I scheduled the post without hitting the "publish button" so it remained as a draft instead of "auto-publish." If you've noticed, I have published a post every day for the past months and I also have posts scheduled every day for the rest of the year. I do not have any sponsored posts or campaigns on my blog presently; all my outfits are from my own closet so, I can publish my posts any time even if I have to do it retrospectively. Sponsored posts usually go with schedules and deadlines which can be just as hectic as having a regular job sometimes. My blog is my personal style diary and I do everything at my own pace which I totally love and enjoy. Thank you so much for your readership and support on here. I don't know if I can still do daily blog posts next year but we'll see how it goes...

Monday, December 17, 2018

Work wear Monday: What to wear to Work in the Holiday Season





Grey and black are my favorite colors to wear in the cold weather season and also my favorite color combination for work wear. For this look, I wore a regular work wear; a grey pant suit with black color turtle neck top. I purchased the pant suit a couple of summers ago from The Limited and my top is a recent purchase from Boohoo. The top went on sale recently and I purchased up to five colors. The quality is great and it was such a good discount. High neck, turtle neck or roll neck tops are essential pieces to have in the fall and winter season because they not only keep you warm, they are stylish as well. To add a little holiday style to my work wear, I completed my look with a pair of black glitter sock ankle boots which really did not photograph well. My hubs gifted the boots to me last Christmas and they are definitely my favorite pair of boots right now. The glitter boots or pumps is a fun way to add a holiday accessory into your work wear. A faux croc embellished bag made this look office ready. Have a blessed week.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Jewelry Sale





If you are looking to buy some jewelry for yourself or a friend this holiday season, there is a sale going on currently at Loft. Many beautiful jewelry pieces; earrings, bracelets and necklaces have been marked down  at 40% off with code HOLIDAY. These pieces are great for stocking stuffers for young nieces, sisters and girlfriends. The selections on this list are some of my favorites. Check out the sale by clicking on the links below.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

How to style a leopard prints skirt for a holiday Party








The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this No. 21 pleated leopard prints skirt online was Christmas party. The beige color of the skirt with the red color contrast hem is so edgy and festive. I paired the skirt with a beige color or oatmeal color sweater with waist ties and black floral brooch. The red color beret complements the skirt nicely and the red color Staud bucket bag and black open toe Gianvito Rossi ankle boots elevates the edginess of the outfit. To recreate this look with budget friendly pieces, check out the links below.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Shoe Lovin' - Glitter Satin Pumps







It is the season of sparkly and glitter and this pair of Jimmy Choo glitter pumps would add all the sparkles and shine you need to a holiday outfit. I love the iridescent color of the pumps which makes it great to pair with almost any outfit. Glitter pumps are special occasion shoes that can be worn to parties and events like weddings, showers, the whole year through and at the end of the year, they can become our favorite holiday shoe. At close to $800 a pair, these shoes are pretty expensive but the best time to snag a pair is during this holiday season when big designer stores give discounts or shopping points to their customers. A similar design is currently on sale at the Farfetch website here and low price replicas can be purchased  from smaller brands like this d'Orsay design on the Macy's website and this pair from Kate Spade. Happy shopping, happy styling.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Styling a Leather Skirt for the Holiday






Leather skiers might not be a huge trend this fall, they are however a closet staple, an essential of some sorts. I scored this pencil leather skirt off of Loft a few years ago and love to restyle it over and over in the cold weather months. My favorite way of styling my leather skirt in the fall or winter is by pairing it with boots. When I want to tone down the edginess of the leather skirt, I throw in some faux faux in the form of a shawl, vest or bag. For this look here, I layered a turtle neck sweater into my leather pencil skirt, threw on my leather Altuzarra boots which actually adds to the edginess of the skirt and added my faux fur vest which toned everything down. When I got too warm, I rolled up my faux fur vest (which I purchased from Forever 21 years ago) into a ball and just carried it in my arms like a clutch. So, if you are styling your leather pieces for the holiday, mixing in warm and fuzzy accessories with it would make it holiday chic. Aside from faux fur shawl and scarfs, a good quality felt hat is a great idea too. I also like this Topshop teddy faux fur bucket bag here. Check out the other blog post I made of this outfit here.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Animal Prints Skirt to wear to Work





Happy Monday everyone. I am sharing a quick look that I wore a few weeks ago and it deals with styling animal  prints for work. This print that is trending a great deal can be styled for a conservative work environment when it is done right. I chose this white color cheetah prints skirt that is an old purchase from Target and believe me when I tell you that this white and black color cheetah prints outfit is more appropriate for work than the regular brown color animal prints like this one here and here. (Although. it also depends on how it is styled and how strict your work environment is when it comes to fashion) To make my skirt more work appropriate, I added a black color blazer which I layered over a high neck short sleeved sweater. A pair of black pumps and a black mini bag completed the look. What say you about taking the animal prints trend to the conservative work space? I love you for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Colorful Berets you need to complete your Holiday Outfit



Berets have been around for a long time and have added interest, textures and color to the outfits of stylish women for years. They might have originated from the wardrobes of Parisian women before spreading to other parts of the globe and now become a huge trend this fall. Berets are so stylish now more than ever before as they come in different fabrics and designs as opposed to the traditional plain wool or cashmere beret.







A colorful beret like the bright red pictured above found on the Shein Website can add a pop of color to any outfit. It can be paired with a monochrome outfit like an all black or all neutral outfit and can also be paired with florals and other patterns. The traditional wool beret also comes accessorized with pearls and sequins which add textures and interest to a regular or basic outfit. Then we have leather berets, plaid berets, sequins and even animal prints berets. 'want to add this stylish accessory to your wardrobe this fall and winter? Check out the selections below.





           


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The number one Accessory you need for the Holiday: Multi color sequin vintage Clutch





How much clutches can a lady have? Plenty! if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜€We need cute little clutches to go with our dressy outfits especially at this time of the year. This sequin vintage clutch is the latest addition to my closet nd it is a thrift find from Arcs Value Village. If you are not familiar with the organization, it is a Thrift store and donation center that has its origin from the state of Minnesota. There are four stores located in my city and they are set up to generate funds to help children and adults with developmental disabilities. The stores are clean, spacious and well organized with personal stylists at hand to help you if you are new to thrifting. Most people that work at these stores are volunteers and I must say the stores are the best consignment and thrift stores in my city.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration: ONE





It is time to start putting pieces together for the holidays and one way to do this effortlessly, is to put classy pieces and seasonal colors together. For this look, I used a pleated skirt as my foundation for this holiday look and you must know by now that the pleated skirt is a classic style that can be worn for any occasion and event depending on how it is styled. I paired the pleated skirt with a soft color lilac sweater and accessorized with burgundy color velvet clutch and suede bow pumps. Burgundy or wine is a color that works well for fall and winter and velvet is a rich fabric that works well for party or festive style. The green lucite earrings add a beautiful pop of color to the whole look. What colors are you putting together in your holiday outfit?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Sweater Dress: A cold weather Closet Essential

  




If there is a style of dress we have to own in our closet in the cold weather month, it has to be the sweater dress. It is a very comfortable style of dress to wear when the temperatures drop and the styling options are endless. You can pair your sweater dress with a pair of sneakers or flats when the weather is not that cold and you can style with tights and boots when the temperature gets really, really cold. A sweater dress can also be layered with denim jackets, bomber jackets and long coats. The dress I am wearing here is an old piece from my closet and it is in my favorite color purple. I styled it with a pair of black tights and boots and completed the look with tassel earrings and a printed head wrap which is actually in animal prints. Since this is the season for wearing sweater dresses, there are so many options available on sale at different stores and I have linked a few in my shopping links below. However, I was not able to find an affordable sweater dress in a purple or lilac color to add to the list. What are your thoughts on sweater dresses?

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Camel Robe Coat: Formal Dress Essential






Happy Monday everyone and happy December. This is my favorite month in the year I tell you. I'm so looking forward to the Holiday/Christmas/New Year celebrations but I'm also hoping that time would slow down so that I can enjoy every bit of this season. If you are still looking to take advantage of all the discounts and sales at this time, you might want to add the long camel robe coat to your list. This is a closet essential if you ever dress up in formal attire for work or even dressing up for other events like weddings, Church services and formal parties. The robe coat is very elegant and classy and also very comfy and cozy. A good quality 100% wool coat is quite expensive and can be a big fashion investment. There are however, so many options available at different price points at different stores.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Shoe Lovin': Brown Suede ankle Boots






Brown suede boots are my new favorite things or my new favorite shoes especially when they are ankle boots. I really loved this contrast color suede ankle boots from Shopbop the first time I saw them online and was not surprised when the boots sold out so quickly; they are so beautiful; the color, the lace at the back sole and the style makes the boots so unique. I have since searched for a similar pair online but was not able to find any style that close in look. In the process of searching for this pair, I realized that my shoe closet was actually missing a pair of brown ankle boots and that there were so many other affordable styles available. I got this beautiful pair from Nasty Gal  during their summer sale and it's such a simple cute style of ankle boots that can be paired with denim, dresses and skirts. This Aquazzura pair here is also very beautiful but since the price is quite steep, an affordable similar pair here would do. If you are like me and need to add a pair of brown ankle boots to your shoe closet, check out some of these affordable choices below. Happy viewing, happy shopping, happy styling.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

What to wear on a very cold Fall Day






If you live in a region like me where the fall weather quickly turns into winter before the official start time, you might have your winter coats and scarfs laid out already. A long coat or robe coat is a must have outer wear for a very cold day. A good quality wool coat or cashmere can cost over a thousand dollars in high end stores and a wool blend or equivalent cashmere blend can cost upper hundreds but it can be a good investment because you will get a warm cozy coat that you can wear for years. I must say too that; the shorter the coat, the cheaper it is. You can get more affordable styles online in UK stores like Asos and Misguided.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Puffer Coat + Zebra prints Scarf






While we are still on the animal prints trend, I'm definitely here for it. I have somehow found a way to incorporate the prints into every outfit I wear this season. This outfit that features a puffer coat and black denim pants got the zebra prints treatment in this large zebra prints scarf which is actually a DIY piece. I went to the fabric store years ago when I was decorating my home and cut several yards of different animal prints faux fur fabric which I used as cushion throws, and throws for my closet chair. All the faux fur fabrics are in stored in my closet now because I have since changed out the dรฉcor in my home. So, I repurposed this zebra prints throw into a neck scarf here on a very cold day. I completed the look with a clear tote blogged about here and I tell you, I was very warm and comfy.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Casual style on a cold fall day: Green knit snood and vintage croc effect bucket bag






Hi Everyone ๐Ÿ˜€ So, now it's back to reality after all the Thanksgiving festivities and holiday deals and shopping. Did you get to do any black Friday or cyber Monday shopping? I did a little shopping and get some items I felt was missing in my closet. I have been seeing beautiful beret style on insta and wanted to get my hands on one because you know I try to indulge in affordable fashion trends. So, I did some browsing and found some affordable berets on Forever 21 like this black color here and this plaid prints style here. Although the red beret is a little too common and basic, I like the fact that it's eye catching and can add a huge dose of color to an outfit. I ended up getting myself one from the Shein website here. I have also wanted a black color polka dots pumps for a while and I found an affordable pair at 40 % discount on the Macy's Website. I still have a few things on my list like a sequin skirt and cowboy boots but I'm not planning on buying anything full price anymore; just show me the deals, deals, deals...๐Ÿ˜†

Monday, November 26, 2018

Apron style Palazzo Pants + Leopard Prints Scarf






Hi everyone, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving; mine was beautiful. I always appreciate it when the kids get time off from school and we are able to just relax and spend time together as a family. I didn't invite any one over this Thanksgiving and I also declined other invitations extended by others. I just wanted to spend the day with my intimate family and we had so much fun cooking all our meals, eating dinner and relaxing by the fire place late into the night while we watched movies and also listened to music. After God, family is everything and we all need to spend more time with our family and also put our focus on our kids and spouses and I believe the world will be better off when we do this. There is so much craziness going on in the world right now. Well, thank God for all things and thank God for the Thanksgiving holiday too because we are all able to slow down and reconnect with our loved ones.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday Gift Guide for the Ladies


          

                                                   
                                                 

Happy Black Friday. I hope you had a wonderful celebration with your family and friends and was able to spend quality time together.Thanksgiving holiday is the official start of the holiday season and the main idea behind the holidays is the virtue of giving. Christmas is all about the fact that God gave his son Jesus Christ to give the gift of redemption to all humanity. This is the greatest act of LOVE ever known. To show love at any time or during the holiday season, you have to give something out. Giving might be in the form of kind words, actions, messages, your time (spending time with loved ones) or it might be in the form of gifts. For those surrounded by Moms, sisters, wives, girl friends, this gift guide would give you ideas on what to get your loved ones for the holidays and some of the items on the list are on sale. Check it out and happy shopping.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Outfit: Eshakti Selections and New Customization Feature Review








Happy Thanksgiving Friends ๐Ÿ˜ Are you ready to celebrate thanksgiving with your friends and family? Are you done with planning your menu and shopping for groceries? Do not forget that you have to dress up and look good on Thanksgiving day whether you are a host or a guest. If you are still thinking of outfit options to wear this weekend (Express shipping everyone...) or if you have not picked out your Christmas and New Year outfits yet, do not be anxious because Eshakti is the place where you can find the right outfit for any occasion. If you are not familiar with this brand by now, I'll tell you about it. Eshakti is an online store that specializes in women's fashion by offering retail and wholesale fashion. The store can customize a single dress for you or several dresses for you or your bridesmaids by their unique customization feature of altering neck lines, hem lengths, sleeve lengths; which you can read more about here and also fabric customization that let's you swap the fabric of particular styles that you like and you can read more about it here too.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tan color sweater + Brown Culottes






Tan, browns, beige and nudes are typical fall colors which I decided to bring together in this outfit. I am wearing a tan color cable knit sweater, an old purchase from Loft and a dark brown pair of culottes, an old piece from my closet. My accessories are pretty light; a pair of nude pumps, a red mini quilted bag for a pop of color and a printed silk scarf for some interest. Can you believe I forgot to put on a pair of earrings when I got dressed to go out before taking these pics? At other times, I would have been very conscious of my bare ears but with this added printed scarf around my neck, I was just fine. A very simple, laid back outfit I must say. What are your plans for Thanksgiving celebration? Everyday should be Thanksgiving in my book and I have a lot to be thankful to God for starting with his love and mercy and grace on my life and on my family. I thank God for good health and for good friends and I really just thank him for everything. Without God, where would I be? (Nowhere!) What are you thankful to God for?


Monday, November 19, 2018

Nordstrom Gift ideas for the Holidays




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The holidays are here. Thanksgiving is just a few days away and Christmas and New Year less than 50 days away and along with the holidays come the gift giving. This Post is a selection of  my favorite things from Nordstrom for the fashionista ladies and fashionable men in our lives. None of the items are on sale currently but they are all under a $100 each. To be honest with you all, I prefer to give gift cards as gifts these days because I think that is the best option ever and this is why I included gift cards on both lists. However, before giving out gift cards, just make sure you have a budget and know your limit for each person on your list. It is also a great idea to get gift cards from the favorite stores of your friends and loved ones as that would really help them  towards getting membership points and rewards from those stores.

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