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

 

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 Haul: 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!