Stripes & Pastels

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Recognizing I no longer have the priviledge to eat whatever I want, which includes Cold Stone milkshakes about 4x a week. Even the thickest of layers cannot cover the amount of weight I’ve gained in my face… I suppose I should actually take advantage of my very expensive NYSC gym membership now.

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H&M Oversized Blazer (Try this) and Skirt // Joe Fresh Shirt and Scarf// Chinese Laundry Booties // MAC Ruby Woo Lip

Stripes are still one of my favorite layering pieces. I wanted to have fun with this look so I through on this scuba skirt and peep-toe booties. During the colder seasons, I try to bundle up as much as possible, excluding my legs. Not sure if they create they’re own body heat but I don’t really feel cold on my legs. I try to avoid leggings/stockings as much as possible because they make me itchy so bare legs it is….

-Be blessed!

Over the Knee

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Aldo Mirrored Sunnies // Joe Fresh White Shirt (ON SALE) // H&M leather Jacket // Jessica Simpson Jeans // Altuzarra for Target boots // Tory Burch Robinson tote

White button down shirts under leather moto jackets always gives you that bad ___ look. Try it some time :)

Happy Monday!  Be blessed!

 

#JustMissedtheRunway- Tia Nicole

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This weekend’s #JustMissedtheRunway feature is the beautiful Tia Nicole of FourOne-Oh Blog. I can appreciate Tia’s style for so many reasons. The main reason why she’s so awesome is because she reminds us that less is more. She has perfected the minimalistic style and knows just what to wear for her body type.

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I got the chance to ask Tia a few questions:

Aunty: How would you describe your style?

Tia: I really don’t have an answer for this.  I just wear what I like.  Some people classify themselves as minimal, bohemian… I just go with the flow.  I do love all-black outfits, but every time I say that I am never wearing black. :/  Since Fall is here, my favorite way to dress is in layers.  I absolutely love layering.  I can’t wait to share some of my favorite layering pieces this season on my blog.

Aunty: Where are your favorite places to shop?

Tia: Three stores… Urban Outfitters, Free People & Zara.  I just stumbled across Miss Guided and I love their price point for dresses!  You will probably be seeing more of their product on my blog soon.

 

Aunty: One fashion tip to the readers? 

Tia: Don’t dress for everyone else, dress for yourself!  How great a garment looks on your body is all about confidence and wearing clothing that YOU feel comfortable in.  Just be HAPPY in your fashion!
If you, like myself, can’t get enough of Tia, follow her blog, Instagram, or Twitter!
-Be blessed!

Buckle Down

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Ray-ban Sunnies // Juicy Couture Trench // Thirty and West Tunic c/o // Sergio Rossi Strappy Sandals (Sold Out) // Banana Republic Clutch (Sold Out)

Shopping for the Fall/ Winter seasons, for me, means neutrals, stripes, leather, and more leather. I love Autumn colors, and this tunic from Thirty and West is no exception. Although its lightweight, it is perfect for those days we are blessed with 75+ degree weather! And so what if its colder? Throw on a trench  and some boots and your suddenly Fall season ready!

-Be blessed!

Details // Settings

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H&M Hat (Love this)// Thrifted Jacket // H&M Denim // Zara Heels (Old) // Earrings from Ghana (TopShop has a pair)

Happy Friday! I’m in such a good mood, can I testify really quick? LOL. God is just so good, man. And for no particular reason, except that He’s God. I’ve been listening to Amazing by Hezekiah Walker on repeat since yesterday morning and the song is so fitting for the Lord.

“I don’t deserve your love. Your tender mercies. If not for your grace where would I be?… I stand amazed at your glory!”

Remember when I went to Tonya Rapley’s Fashion & Finance Event? Yeah, well I got this blazer from there! All of the buttons were missing, but I just picked up some red ones in the city and used my Girl Scout sewing talents!

-Be blessed!

Serenity

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River Island Hat // Joe Fresh Silk blouse (this one on sale) // Shorts ?? via Macys // Zara heels (wanted these for awhile) // Forever 21 Clutch (Love this)

NYC is magical when you see it from a distance. After all that’s going on with NYC subway bomb threats, its nice to get away for awhile.

Last Saturday was so beautiful. The water was deep blue, the sun was glistening, everyone on the boardwalk was happy.

I want more days like this.

-Be blessed.

Under Construction

 

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Bryon Lars Beauty Mark Dress  (Try this) // Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shoes

By far, the most beautiful, carefully designed, and intricate dress I have ever bought. I didn’t know who Bryon Lars was until I saw his collection in Anthropologie. This dress caught my eye immediately and I knew I couldn’t leave it in the store. Although quite pricey, certain pieces are worth the investment. I am such a fan of his work now!

-Be blessed!

Angelina Fabric Dress

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JMTR Top & Skirt (Available soon; Don’t kill me Maisha) // Zara Heels

If you’re wondering why I’m laughing in these pics, it’s because my photographer is the funniest person in the world! It’s always a pleasure working with him.

-Be blessed!

 

#JustMissedtheRunway- Kaysy Gotay

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t post this week’s #JustMissedtheRunway feature on time, but without further a due…. Aunties & Uncles, meet Kaysy Gotay!

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Kaysy, from the blog Kaysy Gotay (formerly The Black Wintour) is no newbie to the fashion world! With years under her belt, it’s quite obvious that she knows what she’s doing. Question is, do you know what she’s doing?!

 

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As a Bronx native, I can’t help but to love her! Kaysy’s style is eclectic yet refreshing. She knows how to mix high- end luxury with more common brands like H&M.

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She mixes prints quite well, I should add…

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IMG_0093.JPGI got a chance to ask Kaysy a few questions. Check it out below:

Aunty: How would you describe your style?
Kaysy: My style if I had to limit it to a description would be eclectic , chic, with a taste street.
Aunty: Where are your favorite places to shop?
Kaysy: Fav places to shop, Beacons closet – thrifty pieces, Zara- affordable chic pieces ,  Bergdorf- super pricey must have pieces .
Aunty: One fashion tip to the readers?
Kaysy: Don’t wear anything that’s uncomfortable to you, fashion is very difficult to identify with being that it changes every6months, so when purchasing think , classic. Style will prevail over fashion any day, be you, be free.

If you, like me can’t get enough of Kaysy, keep up with her blog, Instagram, and Twitter!
Happy Sunday!
-Be blessed!

More Ghanaian Fabric

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H&M Sunnies // Vince Camuto Top  & Here// Forever 21 Belt (Try this) // JMTR skirt (available soon) // Christian Louboutin Astro Girl Pumps (Sold Out)

Happy Friday!

Quick Reminder: Selling so many items from my closet at 40-80% off! Visit www.poshmark.com/closet/auntychristina and use the code BCTNF for $5 credit!

-Be blessed! Jesus loves you!

Autumn Colors

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H&M Sunnies // Forever 21 Top (Old) // Zara Leather Shorts (NOW ONLY $10!!) // Obsession Rules Heels- ON SALE! (Not on Sale)

-Happy Shopping!

-Be blessed.

Christina’s Autumn Cravings

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1.  Camel Wool Coat//2.  Nike Roshe Run //3. Sleeveless Wool Coat // 4. Joe Fresh Leather Jacket // 5. Skinny Jeans //6. Prada Saffiano Bag //  7.  Joe Fresh Snake Print Heels //8. Michael Kors Riding Boots//  9. Valentino Lock flap Bag  // 10. NARS lipstick  // 11. Christian Louboutin So Kate in Chocolate// 12. Tory Burch Robinson Backpack // 13. Movado Watch // 14. Skinny Jeans //  1. Valentino Rockstud in Dark Green // 15. Butter Nail Polish //  Joe Fresh Cashmere Hat // 18. Hunter Boots in Green // 19. Joe Fresh Buckle Booties //  20. Rag & Bone Varsity Sweater
During the Fall/Autumn & Winter seasons, I usually do a closet clearout and try to be disciplined enough to pick up the essentials. The investment pieces. You know, the things you save your school lunch money for.
-Be blessed!

A Blend of Seasons

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H&m Straw Hat // Juicy Couture Trench (THIS ONE ON SALE) // JMTR Top (Available Soon) // Zara Distressed Jeans // Diane von Furstenberg Anette Pumps// Gucci Bag

Bi-polar weather calls for bi-polar dressing. I’m wondering if I’ll ever retire this hat… maybe when I upgrade.

- Be blessed!

Stripe Fringe Shift Dress and Suede Flats

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Joe Fresh Dress  (ON SALE $14.95-HURRY!)// Zara flats (old) & Pearl Choker // Aldo Sunnies // M.A.C. Ruby Woo

I won’t hold you up with a chat this morning. You need to run and get this dress on sale that’s now $15 down from $79! I bought the shorts for $15 too! Happy Shopping!

P.S. I finally finished purging my closet! I’m selling items on Poshmark! Use the code BCTNF and get a $5 credit! Happy Shopping!

-Be blessed!

Stripes, Bows, and Denim

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Corazon Yigan Sunnies // Paper Denim, Denim Jacket (Try this) // Ralph Lauren Button Down (Found on eBay for you!) // Pencil Skirt c/o Thirty and West // Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps// Nordstrom Rack Bracelet

…in New York City, it’s perfectly fine to catch the subway in Manolo Blahnik Hangisis!

I once had a blue pencil skirt from Zara that I wore, no lie, once a week. Then one day, while arguing with my ex, I burned it with an iron! Of course it was on sale and sold out so I was screwed… Until Thirty and West came along. This pencil skirt fits like a glove (size medium). It’s perfect for corporate settings but the split in the back makes it the perfect go-to skirt for a night out. I’ve worn it twice already!!

-Be blessed

 

 

The Last of My Ghana Trip

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Washing clothes in my yard with George…
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Giving my baby a kiss and some sunlight.IMG_3940 IMG_3926 IMG_3948Twirling in my front yard… IMG_3979 IMG_3991 IMG_3998“The point of no return.” If you saw this part of the castle as a slave, it marked your journey to the Americas. You would never return to your homeland again.  IMG_4000 IMG_3973Canons used to protect the castle.  IMG_4017Cells for slaves.  IMG_4037 IMG_4046 IMG_4052 IMG_4057 IMG_4058 IMG_4028 IMG_4097 IMG_4114

#JustMissedtheRunway- Igee Okafor

Leading off the new weekly segment on my blog titled #JustMissedtheRunway, I introduce to you Igee Okafor:

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I came across Igee’s blog surfing the web and I was immediately blown away by the layout of his blog and quality of his pictures. Fairly new to the blogging world, Igee by far, surpasses most of the seasoned fashion bloggers. His keen eye for details and tailoring really brings the wow factor into his blog http://www.igeeokafor.com.

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Now as a female fashion blogger, I have to admit I know very little about menswear. But all that I do know can certainly be attributed to fashion bloggers like Igee. I was able to ask him a few questions about his personal style:

Aunty: How would you describe your style?

Igee: I describe my style as clean and sharp. It’s appealing, it’s fun, it’s relatable. I like to keep things uncomplicated. Although I go out of my way to experiment with different looks sometimes, I always make sure that there is a balance.

Aunty: Where are your favorite places to shop?

Igee: I do not really have favorite places per say, I usually just go wherever the wind blows as it pertains to what exactly I am shopping for. I enjoy shopping at various places for different things and I mostly look out for quality and versatile pieces. For essential pieces, I’m very comfortable at stores like H&M, Topman and, ASOS. For detail, I own pieces from Cinzia Rocca, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and more.

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We could all use a few pointers from this young fashionisto. Do we think Igee #JustMissedtheRunway ??

For more, check out Igee’s blog, Instagram, and Twitter!
Stay tuned for next week’s features on those who #JustMissedtheRunway

-Be Blessed!

Altuzarra for Target Maxi Dress

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IMG_4991.JPGAltuzarra for Target Maxi Dress // Zara Heels (old) // Aldo Sunnies // M.A.C. Ruby Woo

The kind of dress that makes you feel like the world stops for just a second when you walk by….

-Be blessed!

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In the Jungle

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Ranna Gill via Anthropologie Dress (Sold Out) // Valentino Rockstud Shoes// Ray-ban Wayfarer Sunnies // Earrings from Ghana (These are on my wishlist)

As a Ghanaian American, I’m naturally drawn to vibrant colors and prints. When I tried on this dress a few months ago, I knew it would become a favorite. This dress is a testimony of how you too can be noticed without revealing much of anything. I try to cover my body as much as possible without looking like a granny. I think I was successful with this number!

Have a great weekend! I’ll be posting weekend sales shortly.

-Be blessed!

Monochrome

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Top (Short Sleeve Version) & Skirt // Valentino Rockstud Heels // Aldo Sunnies (Love These) // Michele Watch

I first saw this look on Ciara and knew I had to recreate it!

I bought these two items months ago. Just waited until the weather broke before wearing it. The skirt runs small so when ordering, go one size up. Also STORE IT IN A GARMENT BAG! I found the skirt in my closet with subtle black stains and I don’t know how to get it out! Help anyone?

-Be blessed!