Corporate Dress Code Offender

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Ivanka Trump Coat // Vince Camuto Top // Urban Outfitters Pants // Zara Heels- Old

Yes I did, Yes I did… Somebody please tell em who the [heck] I is…

This entire look was completely inspired by my fabulous friend Shanda who works for my company. We met in the cafeteria through style. Yes! She complimented me on my dress and I was drooling over her Alice & Olivia Stacey Face Pumps. It’s as if God answered one of my fashion prayers- that I connect with someone at work who spoke my  fashion language.

Not to say that this look is her kind of style per se. BUT, Shanda pays no attention  to the “unwritten corporate dress code.” And it works for her so well! She NEVER looks inappropriate but she ALWAYS stands out. When I saw these pants in my closet waiting to get its tagged popped, I thought… “What would Shanda Do?” The answer is quite obvious…Considering some of my coworkers come to work in long night gown dressed, I think a wide leg pant is safe to enter the corporate realm.

In any event, I scored the last of this Ivanka Trump wool coat (similar on the cravings list) at TJ Maxx for the low! It’s actually big on me but I couldn’t let the gal who followed me around the store, waiting for me to put it down, win. Soooooo it came home. This top, last worn here, is from Ross, the UO pants were $10, and the zara heels were $20. I won.

-Be blessed

 

The Trench

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J.Crew Endless Shirt (Take 25% off with code STYLETREAT; I bought a size 2 in Regular sizes although I am traditionally a size 6)// 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Trench Coat // Zara Leather Shorts (Sold out but try ASOS on sale) //  Kenneth Cole Heels (Old) // Aldo Bag (Similar) // M.A.C. Ruby Woo Lipstick // Earrings from Ghana (Try the Topshop pair)

These kind of looks are my ultimate favorite.  In my previous post, I discussed how you can never go wrong with trench coats; they can make a simple look suddenly appear crisp and chic. Last weekend we were blessed with unusually nice weather so I decided to pair my new favorite shirt with leather shorts. Completed the look with these Kenneth Cole shoes and cat-eye sunnies.

Tomorrow, I’ll post part two of the winter essentials….

-Be blessed!

One Year Anniversay

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H&M Oversized Coat & Cropped Top (Sold out) // Zara Skirt // Valentino Rockstud Heels // Aldo Clutch (Old)

Today marks my one year anniversary at my firm. For many of you who do not know, I work in Reinsurance for a VERY large corporation. I moved from Philadelphia (although I’ve been a New Yorker from birth) last year October 27, 2013 and started at my firm October 28, 2014. Yeah- no days off.

Anniversaries are extremely important to me. Not that I tend to get lost in the celebratory aspects of these milestones; but for me, it’s a time to reflect and mark the progress and growth. And boyyyy have I grown.

Not so much professionally, but more so spiritually and emotionally. In the past year, I have suffered more than I thought
I’d ever suffer. I’ve experienced heart breaks, deaths, and physical ailments. But through it ALL, God sustained me. Where would I be if it wasn’t for His grace and mercy.

Man, short answer= dead. And that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I would be flat out 6 feet under, soul waiting impatiently for the final judgment.

I’ve learned the power of shifting energy. Things that bothered me in the past, no longer take precedence over what’s truly important. I’m no longer concerned with the path my life takes. After all, I’m not the author of my life so why should I worry myself on how it turns out?

That’s all for now…

-Be blessed…

Autumn Hall: Watch in HD

Nike Roshe Run // DVF Annette Pumps // Altuzarra for Target Booties // Altuzarra for Target Over-The-Knee Boots // Joe Fresh Scarf // Joe Fresh Stripe Shirt // Zara Vest  (Not sure why it’s been removed from special prices- sorry)// Zara Faux Leather Jacket // Brownsken Natural T-Shirts // H&M Varsity Sweater  (The cheaper one here)//Merona via Target Denim Top

-Be blessed!

#JustMissedtheRunway- Danielle Smith

So we missed an opportunity to feature 2 people in the last 2 weeks but we’re making up for it with this fly petite beauty! Meet Dannie Smith aka @5FootDiva:

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I stumbled across Dannie on IG and I was so impressed (which doesn’t happen often). I love how she dresses for her frame!

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I got the chance to ask Ms. Danielle a few questions:

Aunty: How would you describe your style?

Danielle: I would describe my style as flirty, very feminine, unique, and Fun!!! One of my favorite things to do is mix prints, colors, and patterns! –Great eye!!😉
Aunty: Where are your favorite places to shop?
Danielle: Some of my most favorite places to shop would have to be BCBG Max Azria, Club Monaco, and Maje.
Aunty: One fashion tip to the readers? 
Danielle: One tip for the readers would have to be don’t take styling yourself so serious. Be a risk taker and enjoy what works best for you!! Most of all, have fun!!!
I’m gonna check out Maje. Thanks Dannie! If you’d like to see more, visit her Instagram page at @5FootDiva
-Be Blessed

My New Favorite Shirt

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Zara Jacket // J. Crew Endless Top (Now 25% off-Lucky You!)// H&M Super Skinny Super Low Jeans // Giuseppe Zanotti Pumps// Aldo Bag – Sold Out

Oversized button downs are a big win for me. Considering my petite frame (length wise, that is) and my long time troubles with jeans/trousers, the oversized button- up/down trend stole my heart. To be quite honest, before blogging, I just stayed away from jeans and trousers. I couldn’t bother with the waist and length alterations…or the fact that every pair I tried on shortened my frame instead on elongating it. However, this J.Crew Endless shirt helps me to disguise the wardrobe malfunctions I’m so used to having->loose at the waist, baggy crotch area, etc. It took some convincing by my confidant to purchase this top. I origninally opted for a $25 Target option. I loved it but the Confidant reminded me “Quality over quantity”… I finally gave in and bought this freaking expensive top….but its really worth it because I already see myself wearing it in the future…. and by future I mean like tomorrow.

-Be blessed.

The Only 4 Coats/Jackets You’ll Ever Need

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Coats/Jackets: So it’s cold. Yeah we get that. But I’d be doing you an injustice to have you combat this weather without looking your best. And by best, I do mean your coat/jacket collections. I simply cannot control what you wear under these.  I believe men and women should have a minimum of 4 coats/jackets-considering you can afford to have more than one. And no. Don’t go purchase them all at once. Outerwear can be a bit pricey. These are the investment essentials that you simply cannot avoid. So here it goes:wool

Wool Coats:Whether you work a corporate 9-5 or play lead guitarist in a rock band full-time, a long wool coat will be needed in your wardrobe.  How corny and tacky do people look wearing a business suit with a bomber jacket? Certain things should be avoided- like men carrying The North Face backpack over a business suit heading to an interview. If you want to dress the part, don’t partially dress… The cool thing about wool coats is they can be used as the “Saturday Throw-On!” Think: white tee, distressed jeans, sneakers and wool coat. Sort of like the below:

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(Image taken from Google)

The Bubble: Now I’m sorry but some bloggers are full of horse crap. Mid January in NYC. 10 degrees Fareinheit. Who the hell has time to be cute in a wool coat? Please pass the Eskimo Bubble. The Antartica, weather proof one lined with some kind of cozy material; goosed-down, and particularly, in a military color to keep me looking fashion forward. The ones below work just well:

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The Trench: Okay so its October/November. Its cold. You’re missing the summer, but you can still get away with minimal layering. You want a multi-purpose rain- resistant jacket that’ll hold you down until mid- December? Try the Trench! You can NEVER go wrong with a trench coat. If you’re fancy, ALWAYS opt for Burberry. If you’re broke (like myself), No worries! Plenty of options out there!

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The Biker: Go with the Biker at your own risk. It’s okay if you’re not cool enough. The Biker isn’t for the faint-hearted…or the people who thinks (yeah I said thinks) they can get away with buying a cheap looking, faux leather option from Strawberry. I’m sure if you had it your way, you would opt for the Saint Laurent one below on the left. But we’re not all privvy to the finer things in life. Humble yourself. Try H&M or Zara for a reasonably priced leather biker. Don’t play yourself and get one from Easy Pickins. You look cheap, and we all notice.

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I’m here guys and gals. I’m totally here for ya’ll! Email me or comment below. I always find the Sales. ALWAYS. I’m not stingy. I’m a fashion blogger. I’m here to share the wealth.

-Be blessed! [Stay Fresh]

(All images are my own unless otherwise stated. Please give ME credit when using.)

Capes are Not for Superheroes Anymore

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Jones New York skirt (worn as a cape)/// Joe Fresh Turtleneck // Talbots Cargo Pants (Try this) // DVF Shoes // Milani Sangria Lipstick

At Tonya’s Fashion & Finance Event, I scored this Jones New York skirt I assumed was a cape. It wasn’t until I tried it at home a few weeks later that I realized it was a size 14 skirt. LOL. If you haven’t realized yet, capes are on trend this season. At the moment, I have a wool coat cape and a trench coat cape; this skirt cape serves as the perfect addition to my closet hahaha. Get creative with your clothes, people! You never know what you may be able to invent.

-Be blessed!

“How Do You Get Your Hair Like That?”

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UTENSILS:

Wide Tooth Comb // Spray Bottle

VITAMINS:

Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies // One-A-Day Vitamins

OILS:

Jamaiacan  Black Castor Oil //Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil // Trader Joe’s Flax Oil (Soft gels here)

CONDITIONERS:

Pantene Natural Hair Deep Conditioner // Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner //Tresemme Curl Hydration Conditioner //Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner

PRODUCTS:

Shea Moisture Detangler // Eco Style Argan Oil Gel (Level 10 Max. Hold) // Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie // Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle

This video was made specifically for all my Tanzanian cuties that requested it :) Keep in mind that everyone has  different hair! This is what works for me! I can’t bother with twist outs, braid outs, curl outs, whatever else naturalistas do. Believe it or not, there is a lot of damn length in my fro, but shrinkage is so real…and I actually appreciate it. Nothing worse than an awkward length TWA (teeny weeny afro), in my humbling opinion.

 I do not specialize in hair, I specialize in STYLE! If you want a more detailed how-to, check out natural hair vloggers on YouTube.

The key is to remain consistent and retain moisture!

 In any event, any questions comment below!

-Be blessed!

 

 

Can Faux Leather Really Be Trusted?

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River Island Hat (Sold Out) // H&M Sweater and Skirt (This one can be trusted)// Altuzarra for Target Booties (Love these)// Daddy’s Tube Socks

Never put your full trust in FAUX leather.

This leather H&M skirt is a shameful purchase. I thought I might be able to get away with it but NO! The material makes me want to throw up. Seriously. Don’t let my photographer’s photgraphy skills  fool you. This skirt should be banned from one’s closet.

In any event, varsity sweaters are in major trend this season. If you say my Autumn Craving’s Wish List, then you probably noticed the Rag&Bone one I was coveting. Well, that one is sold out and way too expensive. Just super happy H&M made an affordable alternative.

-Be blessed!

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!