Zara Sale Probably Starts Tomorrow

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H&M Felted Coat (On Sale in Stores) // Joe Fresh Turtleneck- SALE // Zara Skirt- SALE // Zara Heels- Old

I have a feeling Zara Sale Starts tonight at Midnight. I aint new to this people. It typically starts the third Friday in December. Set your alarms!

This Zara skirt isn’t for the faint-hearted. I took a big risk wearing this skirt, as the slit is unbelievably high. Be sure not to wear this on a windy day!! haha.

-God Bless!

The Things We Do for Shoes

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Forever 21 Boucle Coat- (Similar) // H&M Blouse & Necklace // Urban Outfitters Jeans // Jimmy Choo Anouk Suede Pumps

Okay ya’ll. I’m finally spilling the beans. Because I have a blog, and it’s only right I be completely honest with you about my shoe collection. I’m convinced some of you think I’m Daddy Warbuck’s adopted daughter, sister of Annie. I’m not. I’m broke, living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. So here it goes:

I BUY MOST OF MY DESIGNER SHOES & CLOTHES FROM CONSIGNMENT SHOPS!

There you have it! So all the relatives in Ghana clicking on links trying to understand how I can pay $700 for a pair of shoes, and only send you $100 a month- there’s your answer.

Some fashion bloggers like to portray a lifestyle they’re not really living. Not me. The only reason I kept the secret so long is because I was afraid an influx  amount of people will start shopping at my consignment shops taking all my shoes! (Keep in mind its one of everything!) If you’re thinking, “eww I’m not buying something someone already wore,” get over yourself. Actually, don’t get over yourself. More options for me; less for you!

I’ve gotten some gems from these shops guys! Think: my Monolo Blahniks, Louboutin Astro Girl, Lanvin Pumps, these Jimmy Choos above, my Gucci Bag, and so much more you haven’t seen yet. Like thse Christian Dior flats- (God Bless Raf Simmons!!)

These Jimmy Choo’s aren’t comfortable AT ALL!

consigment shops in NYC:

INA NYC- (best high end designer shoes)

Second Time Around

Beacon’s Closet

Buffalo Exchange- (I sold 1/4 of my closet here when I moved from Philly)

Below is what I was going to say, until I realized that I owe you the truth:

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you know at least one thingabout me : I’m always in heels. Now this isn’t some weird joke or front for Just Missed the Runway. I typically can walk for long periods of time in pumps; very uncomfortable ones, at that.

BUT THESE SHOES HERE!

 I’m not sure what demonic possession I was under when I purchased these, knowing in the actual store that I couldn’t bare. But if you knew how long I wanted Anouks, you would understand my irrational and very stupid decision to go ahead with the purchase anyway.

Originally, the Jimmy Choo Anouk was my safe option. I’ve always wanted Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps, but I heard they were ridiculously uncomfortable. Knowing the reputation of Jimmy Choo, I thought the Anouk pump (looks just like the So Kate’s) would be a cheaper and more convenient option. Plus, I’m so not here for the CL hype. Its slowly becoming a very basic brand to me.

 These pumps were my birthday gift to myself. I’m furiated by the pain it causes me. I even took it to my shoe cobbler to add a grip on the bottom. Pain hasn’t subsided! Therefore this might just have to be a blog shoe.

…Lets admit it, though. These are some bad shoes!

-God Bless

It’s Always How You Wear It

 

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H&M Felted Coat ($30 in stores)

Forever 21 Turtleneck  ($28 )

Boots (love these) ($40)

Zara Skirt ($30 in stores)

Lovely Wholesale Bag  ($30 incl. shipping; currently 20%)

Thrifted Kangol Hat (purchased with many other items for $20)

I often get questioned about where I shop. Probably the hardest question to answer because the answer is always everywhere. Rarely do I plan a shopping date. Most of my purchases are spontaneous and happen because I’m passing by a store. It’s difficult for me to shop online; nothing better than feeling and trying on pieces to ensure the fit is appropriate. BUT, what online shopping is good for is comparing prices! When I shop at boutiques (which I have been doing recently) I ALWAYS google an article of clothing  or shoes of interest, first! If I can find a cheaper alternative or an online site that sells it for less, I purchase online. Get in the habit of doing that!

This entire look came from “cheap trendy stores.” You know, the H&M’s and Zara’s of the world. I wore this look, with a few additions here and there, to work and people were surprised to find my top and boots were from Forever 21! [Side note: Forever 21 has blown us all away by the quality of their clothing!] I now consider the store on the same quality level as Zara.

Okay- these boots were purchased like 2 years ago. I never wear them because I hate the cheap looking platform and the way they fall down if I’m not wearing it with jeans. Nonetheless, Over-the-knee (OTK) boots are in trend, so I brought them out for you!

Remember, it’s never what you wear! Always how you wear it!

-God Bless

Getting Ready for the Holidays

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[I was going to post every Tuesday & Thursday but its December! Let me bless you :) ]

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Target Tailored Vest // Urban Outfitters Renewal Program Shirt (Similar) // Forever 21 Sequined Joggers  (Try This) // Giuseppe Zanotti Design Metallic Pumps // H&M earrings

This is my favorite time of the year. I wholeheartedly enjoy listening to Christmas songs in the car and seeing pretty lights everywhere in the city. I really enjoy all the awesome sales too! But most importantly, I use this time of the year to reflect, show gratitude to loved ones, celebrate life, and prepare for next year’s goals.

Around this time, every year, without failure, I have a mental hair breakdown. I’d have so many birthday hair style ideas, but I always seem to be left disappointed in the end…

That’s why I decided to do test crochet braids earlier this month. Long story short: failed.

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BUT…

I was left with this fro on my head; which literally only comes out to play on the weekends. During the week, its wash and go! Believe it or not, I achieved this look using the african threading technique. YouTube it.

Sequins are always a good idea for this time of the year. These joggers were a recent purchase from Forever 21. I decided to go for a semi-androgynous look by pairing it with a modern-style tuxedo button down and a tuxedo vest. I thought about wearing my Tory Burch sequined pumps [side note: I came a mighty long way, huh?], but last minute opted for these Giuseppe’s- which btw are back in stores!

-God Bless!

 

Get a Her a Cape for Christmas!

Capes

$45 Forever 21 Cape // $33 Forever 21 Cape // $39 H&M Cape // $210 Ann Taylor Cape // $75 H&M Cape //$63 H&M Cape // $135 Ann Taylor Cape -Add’l 40% off // $149 BCBG Cape // $68 Nasty Gal Cape

For those of us who are getting a late start, to Christmas shopping, above are a few capes that I’ve found! Capes are on major trend this season, so they’ll serve as great gifts for the women in your life! What I love about a cape is that they are timeless pieces, unbiased to age. Whether you’re 21 or 81, completing a look with a cape will add just the right finishing touches to an outfit!

-God Bless!

I Should Seriously Do Something to My Hair

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Dress: Custom Made // Leather Pants from Dor L’ Dor // Valentino Rockstud Pumps

I have no desire to do anything this week. Not sure if it’s becuase Thanksgiving was last week or because I’m just tired. The more I think about doing my hair, the more tired I feel. My birthday is quickly approaching and I want to look like I put effort in my appearance hahahah. Any suggestions on what to do to my hair?

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As you can see, I prefer shorter hair- bobs, shoulder length, etc. Let me know which styles you think will fit me! I want a protective style and one that is very little maintenance. I wake up at 5 am everyday for work. Not waking up any earlier to do my hair lol. Also, comment on any stylists in NYC that can help me achieve any of the above styles!

-God Bless!

Mixed Prints

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Ralph Lauren Top // Skirt Made in Ghana // Valentino Rockstud

This look was inspired by the Stella Jean collection that I’ve been following for quite some time.

I’m a big fan of Stella Jean. However, the prices… man.

-God Bless

Thanksgiving Style

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H&M Oversized Wool Coat // Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Dress // Alice & Olivia Stacey Wink Pumps

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a day to be with loved ones so I won’t take too much of your time…

White makes me feel festive so I decided to finally wear this Crepe Wrap Dress and complete the look with A&O Stacey Wink heels but aka beau.

-God Bless and enjoy the holidays!

George Taught Me

 

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Thrifted Cape // Target Denim Shirt // H&M Distressed Jeans (on SALE now) // Zara Heels (Old) // Floppy Hat via Marshall’s (love this)// Michele Watch

Reminiscing on the days George (my mother) used to make me wear tweed skirt suits to Picture Day in grade school. I literally could not stand her for ruining my childhood. Just think: A 9 year old in a Jackie O. skirt suit amid other 9 year olds wearing the latest FUBU, Mecca, and Pepe. I dreaded the 2 hour public transportation ride to the boutique in Queens where George would get all my $90+ suits. Why should we bypass every V.I.M. and Jimmy Jazz that carried all the hood apparel for less than $90, and continue on our journey to some stupid borough that didn’t even have more than 2 train stations going through it. Life wasn’t fair for me growing up; and George was more concerned about the 3 points missing from my 97 Spelling test grade. Such is life…

In retrospect, I can clearly see where this passion for wool and tweed initiated. You see, I hadn’t realized at the time, but George was introducing me to class & style from an early age. Even if it came at the expense of really important money lessons…What rapidly growing child needs a $90 suit?

(This all may seem very confusing to you if you’re not from NYC. It’s not your fault you’re not from the best city in the world :) )

-God Bless!

Back to Basics

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Badgley & Mischka for London Fog Trench (Now on SALE)// J.Crew Endless Shirt (Take 30% off with code GETFESTIVE) // Abercrombie & Fitch Leather Pants (Now on major SALE) // Louis Vuitton Pumps (Old) // Zac Posen Bag (Now on SALE) // MAC Cyber Lipstick

Happy Holidays. I know many of you must be excited for the short work  week ahead! Weirdly enough, I’m not excited to eat (Thanksgiving celebrations have become very minimal in my family ) but I’m really excited to be off work.

A few years ago, I thought it was a fashion sin to wear black and brown together. I just would not and could not do it. However for this look I did just that; I centered my outfit around my Zac Posen satchel. Wearing my favorite oversized shirt yet again, I paired it with brown vegan leather pants and brown patent leather pumps. Since my look consists of basic colors and styles, I topped it with my Badgley & Mischka embellished trench coat.

Starting next week, I’ll be posting outfits on Tuesdays & Thursdays. I’ll also post outfit sets and #JustMissedtheRunway features from time to time.

-God bless!

BrownsKEN

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MMM x H&M Cardigan // Shirt c/o BrownsKEN // Zara Skirt & Heels // MAC Cyber Lipstick

Happy Sunday! I’m so glad we were blessed with nice weather today.

-Be blessed.

Kymora Howell: Aspiring Actress & Model

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Kymora Howell is a 12 year old aspiring actress and model born in New York City. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where she attends the 7th grade. She enjoys dancing, playing the piano, and acting. As part of her 12th birthday celebration, she decided to show the world her modeling talents in the cold concrete jungle of New York City.

Standing at 5 feet, this natural beauty need not rely on makeup or modeling classes! Help her land her first official modeling gig because she’s gorgeous and talented….and because she may or may not be my oldest neice. ;)

For modeling inquiries, email auntiechristieblogs@gmail.com

-God Bless!

BEAU

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Miss guided Cropped Top (old; love this) //Topshop Skirt (Old; try this)//Alice & Olivia Stacey Wink Pump and here

You know how it goes when beau comes around. Can’t stop laughing, can’t stop blushing; you may even put an extra effort in what you wear…. Well meet beau-my new A&O Stacey Wink pumps.

As effortless as this outfit looks, I wanted to focus on the shoes; shoes which I coveted for about one year. If you’re following me on Instagram, which you should be, you would know that I was swooning over the Stacey Face pair in red. They’re sold out so I’ll stick with Stacey Wink for now…

(p.s. disregard the bird pose in first picture. It’s a candid I happened to like lol)

-God bless!

 

The Nautical Look

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LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Coat – (Affordable one Here)// Joe Fresh Shirt // Tahari Pants // Giuseppe Zanotti Design Pumps- (Sold Out; Similar Here) // Ray-ban Wayfarer

Today marks my one year blogging anniversary! Woohoo! Technically, I’ve been on wordpress for one year, but I didn’t launch my blog until March 1st, 2013 so we’ll properly celebrate then!

It should be obvious now that the rule, No White After Labor Day, has been long forgotten. I honestly think winter whites are one of the most eye-catching colors one could wear during this season. For this natuical look, I brought out my very aged Ralph Lauren wool coat… This coat has brought me throught approximately 9 winters- yes I was fly back in high school ;) Well, fly on my brother’s expense because the Good Lord knows my McDonald’s paycheck couldn’t afford this coat. (Yes I worked in McD’s. Laugh if you like; that restaurant taught me a lot about the American hustle)… Threw on a striped shirt, cigarette pants and gold pumps to give the look a pop.

-God bless!

 

 

Little Red Riding Hood

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H&M Wool Coat // Zara Top (Old) // Worthington via JC Penny Trousers // Christian Louboutin Pumps

I love the fall/winter seasons because I get to put little effort in what I wear, and a lot of effort in my coat! I’ve nicknamed this number Queen Elizabeth for obvious reasons.

Wool outerwear is among my favorite textures in the fall. I wore this cream wide leg pants with a plaid shirt, and sling backs.

-God Bless!

NY Knick Blue

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Forever 21 Classic Boucle Overcoat & Buckled Faux Leather Crossbody// Joe Fresh Turtleneck // Banana Republic Pants // Monolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pumps // Ray-ban Wayfarer // Ring c/o She Wears It //  MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my first NY Knicks game. That sounds so pitiful but my cousin from London was in town so I had to put on my tourist hat and actually explore what NYC offers, besides shopping on 5th ave and discovering gem consignment shops.

I deemed it appropriate to wear a monochromatic look in cobalt blue. This wool coat from F21 was a shocker. I always wanted a bright colored coat with minimal details, and at this price ($54), I was sold. I also scooped up this 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli inspired crossbody. I’ve always wanted one and I missed the invite to the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target one.

I’m so glad to be back blogging.  From playing tour guide, to getting the flu, to training for my first marathon (God-willing), to finals week in school, I’ve neglected my safe haven. But I’m back!!!

-God bless!

 

Night Time Shoots

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Wet Seal Glasses (love these)// Joe Fresh Turtleneck (this on sale) // Zara Leather Skirt // Nike Roshe Run (kids) – SALE // Clutch

I wore this outfit to work last week. The varsity sweater and sneakers were for my commute, of course. I swapped the trainers for my Lanvin pumps that I keep in the office.

These pics were taking in the evening after work. Let it be known that my photographer will not endorse these pictures. But I like them so that’s all that matters. LOL

-Be blessed!

#JustMissedtheRunway – Style Operator

This weekend we have a new #JustMissedtheRunway feature… Ms. Rose of Style Operator.

IMG_1002.JPGI thought you should know that it is currently Friday 10/31 at 9:05pm and I am still in the office editing this post. As tired as I am, I was way too excited to feature this babe. You ever see someone so stylish, you just say “YES! There it is!”

That’s how I feel about Style Operator…me my fave red suit smooth so NYC

I got the chance to ask Rose a few questions:

Aunty C: How would you describe your style?

Style Operator: This is the one question I never know how to answer! My style is always evolving so it’s hard to describe in one word or even a phrase. I’d say it’s pretty eclectic, consisting of clean lines, classic pieces, and sometimes a modern edge. Unlike the old me, these days I stray away from most colors and stick mostly to a neutral palette.

Autny C: Where are your favorite places to shop?

Style Operator: Zara is hands-down my go-to store for high end designer-inspired pieces! I’ve been loving H&M lately—their trend section never disappoints. I also love ASOS for unique items you won’t see on everyone else. Other mentionables include Forever 21 (for the occasional good find), J.Crew (but only on sale, let’s be honest), Topshop for good statement pieces, and Gap for basics.

Aunty C: One fashion tip to the readers?

Style Operator: There’s just so many, but for now I’ll give you one I live by: Dress for the job you WANT, not the job you have. Oh, and also… It doesn’t take a million bucks to FEEL like it.

Autny C: I noticed you pay close attention to the cut of your clothes. Any advice on how women can dress for their body types?

Style Operator: Ladies, when in doubt, size up! It doesn’t matter how much you paid for that skirt, or what designer you’re wearing… if it’s ill-fitting, you’ve wasted your money.

Embrace your body, whether you have curves or a boy-ish figure. The key is to buy only what you feel comfortable in. Because I’m curvy, I tend to size up in clothing, especially tops. This makes a world of a difference for me! Don’t get me wrong, though. I live for a sexy, tight leather skirt.

There’s just something about the way the clothes fall nicely against your body, without pulling or highlighting any of your goodies under there. Remember, nobody has to know what the tag on the inside of your clothing says. It can be our secret. ;)

Well.. the cat is out of the bag! I’m totally in agreement in regards to dressing for the job you want and not the one you have. And yeah J.Crew is only cute on sale. LOL

P.S. I’m stealing your whole entire grey and white look. I’ll be sure to give ya credit :)

For more on Rose, check out her banging blog Style Operator and follow her on Facebook , Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter!

-Be blessed!

Varsity Cable Knit

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Ivanka Trump Coat (I detached the fur)// LAUREN Ralph Lauren Knit (AND THIS ONE ON SALE!!!)// Urban Outfitters Boyfriend Jeans- (Similar) // Christian Louboutin New Simple Pump

Happy Friday! Happy Jeans Day!

It’s obvious I’m stoked about this Varisty trend. I couldn’t resist this cable- knit I bought at TJ Maxx for the same price as my H&M one.

Oversized coats are becoming my best friend, too! I’m ready for you winter!

P.S. I just discovered VSCO Cam- in case you were wondering why my pictures look edited! I loveeee!!!

-Be blessed!

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