Ankara + GIVEAWAY(S)

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

Ankara Shirt (Available Soon) // Topshop Skirt (Sold out) // River Island Floppy Hat // Zara Heels (Sold Out) // H&M Sunnies

Happy Monday!! I hope your weekend was as awesome as mine!

It started off Friday night at an awesome Worship service at my church! Saturday I caught up with my girls, Joni and Makayda,  and celebrated our last meetup for awhile since Joni just  started law school (All my friends win, Aunty). Then on Sunday, I went to church as per usual, did some homework (blah), then went to the Afropunk Festival with my closest, oldest friends. It was such a good time catching up and being loud and crazy like high school days.

Here’s another one of my pieces I had made. I wanted to do another mixed -print look so I paired it with my TopShop skirt, highlighted the hues of blue with a TopShop floppy hat, and solidified the look with white heeled sandals.

-Be blessed!

P.S. I have been so busy I haven’t a chance to pick winners for the giveaway I am hosting on my Instagram! Then I thought- “Wait! I didn’t mention it on my blog.” SOOOO if you’re interested in winning any of the items below, please follow me on Instagram and tag your IG handle on one of the pictures of the two bags! I will contine the giveaway for a few more days and then ship them out free of charge to the winners! Yaay! Good Luck!

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Necklace c/o She Wears It

Denim dress

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Dolce & Gabanna Dress // Zara Heels // H&M Sunnies

Happy Saturday! This is what I am currently wearing out for brunch with my girls.

Usually when I don’t know which heels to wear with an outfit, I opt for my Leopard Spiked heels. THEY GO WITH EVERYTHING!

-Be Blessed!

The Blue Bounce

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

Zara Top, Pants, and Heels // UO Bag // Aldo Sunnies

As much as I love to get dolled up, some occasions call for a sporty look. On one of my random “window shopping” days, I bought this whole entire get-up.

If you want to go for a casual look but still keep it cute, opt for joggers with great detailing- like zippers going down the side of the pants;top it with a funky but comfortable heel, and you’re good to gizzle!

-Be blessed.

NEONS

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River Island Top // H&M Skirt (I WANT THIS ONE) // Ivanka Trump Galyn Heels (Way cheaper here)// Primark Bag // H&M Earrings & Sunnies

This shoot was interesting, to say the least. From the annoying guys at a neighboring block party to the Gran Aunty’s face of disapproval in the last pic, I’m still learning to block it all out and get to WERK.

Told you I’m obsessed with this top. This time around I paired it with my white skirt with ruffles and Ivanka Trump heels that everyone swears is from Valentino.

Did you hear about this week’s giveaway? Well this brand new bag I am wearing in this post is one item I’m giving away! Follow me on Instagram for more deets!

-Be Blessed!

Floral Accents

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

Top & Skirt via Dor L’ Dor Boutique // Zara Heels (Old; Similar) // H&M Sunnies and Earrings (Try these)

I wore this outfit a week and a half ago to my Godson’s Outdooring.

Family members were required to wear black and white, but since I did not have any traditional (African fabric) black and white clothes, I opted for a classy and conservative look. Dor L’ Dor Boutique is my go-to boutique for pieces I most likely will never see on anyone else. Besides offering great fashion-worthy pieces, they are really affordable.

I love that this top comes with floral jewels attached. I wore my statement earrings to match, put my hair in a braded bun, and through on a bold pink lip to complete the look! Do we like?

-Be blessed!

Lately…

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

…I’ve been BUSY working! I haven’t posted current outfits in quite some time but thought I’d share what’s coming up on the blog this week.

Look books, Giveaways, Videos, and MUCH MORE! Stay tuned.

-Be blessed!

Accra Mall

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If ever you’re in Ghana and visit Accra Mall, please stay away from these cuties who migrated from Chad. They go around harassing people, especially tourists, for money. I know its hard to resist these cuties but TRUST ME, they are crooks! IMG_4150 IMG_4151 IMG_4155

H&M Sunnies // River Island Cropped Top & Pencil Skirt  (Try this)// Isopera Sandals (Similar Style on SALE) // Forever 21 Messenger Bag (Try this) // MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

While I was in Ghana, I went to Accra Mall (biggest mall in our capital) to get some groceries. I wore this yellow cropped top that I have been wearing just about everyday since I bought it on sale. I paired it with a blue laced pencil skirt and leopard sandals. As fancy as this look may seem, it was actually a very functional and casual outfit for me in Ghana.

-Be blessed!

 

 

iPhone Fashion

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Anthropologie Top and Skirt // Zara Heels (Old) // H&M Blazer (Old; Try this) // Zac Posen Bag // H&M Sunnies // Essie ‘Strut Your Stuff’ Nail Polish (I bought this summer pack)

It’s been awhile. School has been getting the best of me; but next week is the last week of the term so expect more from me! I finally wore my Anthropologie set to church today! Get it on sale now!

It’s not always you want to carry around a professional camera. Sometimes the trusty iPhone 5s works wonders!

Have a blessed week ahead!

Amir’s Weekend Recap

 There are a few obsessions I have in this world… Among those include shopping. English Bulldogs, and my godson Amir.

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My godson had his outdooring (Ghanaian Traditional Baby Naming Ceremony) this weekend. Here are some of the pics!

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 Mustard Seed Jumper (Try this) // Madewell Chambray Shirt // Zara Striped Heels // H&M Sunnies // MK Watch// MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

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Dor L’ Dor Boutique Top and Skirt

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Have a great week!
-Be blessed!

Stripes & Gingham

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

Burberry Sunglasses // Banana Republic Gingham Blazer (Similar) & Necklace // Joe Fresh Shirt (Similar) // Zara Faux Leather Shorts // Monolo Blahnik Hangisi Shoes

And RIP to this shirt because I have NO idea where it is now. Sucks because it was only THREE DOLLARS.

Have a great weekend!

- Be blessed.

 

Nautical Lines

 

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

H&M Straw Hat // J.Crew Top (Try this or this) // Skirt c/o She Wears It  (Similar) // Aldo Rise Heels  (Many Years Old; Try these) // Michele Watch

New York has been enjoying a very cool summer. I am not sure we have reached 90 degrees yet. At any rate, I am not complaining. The cool weather allows us to get away with wearing long sleeve tops, blazers, and trousers. Although I believe beauty can sometimes be painful, nothing beats comfortable beauty. That’s why I’m a fan of full tea skirts. Not only do they provide versatility, (can be dressed up or dressed down-as seen in this post) but they add girly twist.

 For quite some time now, the fashion world has adopted the sailor uniform as one of their own; incorporating nautical styles with pretty much any print out there. And after yesterday’s post, I realized how much use I can get with these heels. Purchased years ago, I pretty much forgot about them until last weekend when I purged my closet of almost 1/3 of my belongings (Poshmark closet will be up soon). Since then, I’ve worn the shoes about 3 times. You’ll see much more of these in the future!

-Be blessed!

 

Patriotic

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

River Island Top (Similar) // Pants: Available Soon // Aldo Rise Heels (Old; Try these) // Forever 21 Clutch // Aldo Sunnies // MK Watch // Bangles from Ghana // MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

It’s been way too long since I posted!- At least longer than I am comfortable with. At any rate, I’m back Aunty! (and Uncle)… And I’m feeling quite patriotic about both of my countries with this look. If you don’t already know, I am a Ghanaian American (Also recently adopted into the Nigerian culture :)) This african print is another fave of mine; so I decided to make high waisted skinny pants with the fabric! It will be available for purchase soon! I wore a neon cropped top and stripped heeled sandals to add more pop to the look. Threw on my trust mirrored sunnies, and was ready to take on the summer rain!

-Be blessed!

Summer Whites

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River Island Top // Tahari Pants // Zara Heels (old) // Aldo Sunnies // MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick // MAC Currant Lip Liner

Happy Friday! I really need this weekend to recharge!

Can you believe we’re in August?!? There’s nothing like an All-white or monochromatic ensemble. I’m really clumsy so I try not to have too much fun with white but sometimes I can’t resist! Love this top I got on sale while in London! I paired it with the same Tahari pants I wore to the Fashion & Finance Event and ended it with neutral t-straps.

-Be blessed!

Fashion and Finance Event

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“We came, [They] Learned, We Shopped, We Blossomed.” – Tonya Rapley, founder of My Fab Finance

Last week Saturday, I attended the Fashion & Finance NYC Event and let me just say… YES!

It was such a warm and comfortable day. The skies were so clear and I felt like being a flower. Considering I was attending a fashion and finance event, I wanted to show that style isn’t expensive. My entire outfit (including the cost of the twists in my hair- more on that later) was $100. You heard me correctly, Aunty/Uncle! $100!!! (Jewelry not included)

 Here’s what I wore:

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

TJ Maxx Blouse // Tahari Trousers // Betsey Johnson Heels // H&M Sunnies

If there is one thing I appreciate about blogging more than showcasing my style, it is being inspired and empowered by women from so many different walks of life. I stumbled across Tonya’s Instagram Page randomly one day and actually fell in love with her cause. How many (African American women at that!) bloggers do you know that are really passionate about finance? And it appears she does it so effortlessly and fashionably. One thing I learned from Tonya, that I’ll forever appreciate her for, is unfollowing people on IG who coerce me to shop more than I need to. I used to find myself buying something simply because I saw another blogger wear it. Not only is it dangerous, but it is an express ticket down fashion victim lane. Just because someone looks amazing in something doesn’t mean it will look amazing on you.

In any event, co presenter with Tonya was the Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch Club. The panelist of the event, Kara Stevens of The Frugal Feminista, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, and Michaela Boyd were equally amazing! Be sure to check out their blogs! :)

Below are some iphone shots I caught at the event!

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The event got so real in the end, I had to run back to the car, swap for flats (i’m no superhero), and take my hair out of its bun! Wanna know what’s in my bag?! Stay tuned for my haul video this weekend!!! Aunty packed all kinds of goodies in this bag! Hehehe

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Follow me on Instagram to find out about other events in the city!

-Be blessed!

My Favorite Fragrances

Rosabotanica-2So just a quick break from my usual outfit posts- I wanted to share with you some of my fragrance faves. I’ve been meaning to pick up the Balenciaga Florabotanica for months. While traveling, I decided to do a little duty free shopping in London Heathrow Airport. Unfortunately, the Florabotanica was sold out so I opted for Rosabotanica and let me just sayyyyyyyyy- AMAZEBALLS……. I finally opened the package this morning and used a bit before work. I cannot stop smelling myself!! The perfume’s aroma gives off of a strong garden smell, and while I do not particularly like the smell of flowers, this fragrance is so delightful! The packaging is pretty dope too!

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Talked about Prada Candy before on the blog. Still one of my all time favorites. I usually reserve this perfume for Monday-Friday. If you like sweet, yet rich fragrances, this one is for you! It’s a very unique smell; men and women alike will ask you what you’re wearing.

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This one shouldn’t be new to you. I usually wear my Flowerbomb on weekends. The fragrance is truly one of a kind and very popular. Someone will definitely know you’re wearing flowerbomb, as it gives off the same fragrance regardless of body chemistry. I have the Eau de Parfum which is a more solid, richer, and long- lasting smell, but Eau de Toilette  (a bit cheaper) will linger on your clothes even after the day wears out.

Dior Addict  is my favorite fragrance of all time- The original, not the revised smell, that is. Please don’t confuse the two. One is pink and one is navy blue! The nvy blue (original) smells better. This is actually my Fall/Winter fragrance. It’s very strong and rich. My bottle is coming to an end so I have to restock before Fall approaches.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid is truly divine! It’s sort of a spicy and room-permeating smell. Definitely going to turn heads and expand nostrils.  I didn’t buy it yet but it’s on my watch list. I LOVE perfumes. I’ve owned so many but this fragrance, is hands down, the best I’ve come across. Like seriously. THE BEST. Nothing compares. Not even my beloved Dior Addict. Try it at your local Sephora, Bloomingdales or Barneys!

Which is your favorite Summer Fragrances?

-Be blessed!

 

 

Angelina

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Top Available Soon for Purchase // H&M Shorts (Similar) // Giuseppe Zanotti Design Pumps (Similar) // Aldo Sunnies (Similar) // Michael Kors Watch // Bangles from Ghana

I am officially a fan of the Angelina African print. I found this fabric in Kejetia Market in Kumasi, Ghana and now regret not purchasing more yards. IF you are interested in purchasing this top, stay tuned :).

Because of it’s heavy detailing, I decided to keep it simple with distressed denim shorts, and metallic pumps.

-Be blessed!

 

Floral Morals

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Forever 21 Floppy Hat & bag// Zara blouse, shorts & heels // Aldo Sunnies

My first couple of days in Ghana were quite warm. But considering it is rainy season at the moment, those warm moments were quickly replaced by cool breezes and mild weather. Either way I didn’t complain. I’m sure you’ve seen all of these pieces in prior posts. I’m all about maximizing my wardrobe by mixing pieces together!

-Be blessed

Black & White

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I am back from Ghana! I have a few more posts from my holiday but I figured I’ll give you something a bit more recent in the meantime.
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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

New Look (UK) Romper // Christian Louboutin Shoes // Tory Burch Tote // Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunnies // MAC Ruby Woo

Found this romper on sale in New Look while I was in London. Love the black and white print pattern but I was really drawn to the collar. I have a strong affinity for anything with collars. So it was only right that I snagged this up. Decided to pair it with metallic colored heels and a black tote to complete the look.

Enjoy the week ahead! I have so many posts and videos to share and promise to do so after I get settled back at work and school!

-Be blessed!

Warby Parker Beacon Collection is Here!!

IMG_3210-2_USE-ME Warby Parker’s limited edition Beacon Collection, which launched TODAY, is the perfect blend between affordable style and fashionable purpose! IMG_2074-2 IMG_2885-6 IMG_3547-3

What I love about Warby Parker, besides their affordable pricing and stellar designs, is the great length of detailing that goes into each pair of glasses. Warby Parker provides length and width information for each pair, so that you can determine which frame fits your face! And if that isn’t enough, for every pair you buy, WP gives a frame to someone in need! That was the only reason I needed to agree to promote the Beacon Collection. Talk about paying it forward!

My favorite pair from the Beacon Collection is the Ingram! Can’t wait to get mine!! Shop Warby Parker NOW!!!

-Be blessed!