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

Christina's Autumn Cravings
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!

Shopping the Smart Way

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H&M Leather Jacket- Old (Try this) // Urban Outfitters Top (Love THIS ON SALE)// Thrifted Skirt (LOVE THIS ON SALE)// Valentino Shoes (Here’s a Dupe)// Ray- ban Wayfarers (Save your money)

During my blogging hiatus, I did alot of planning and organizing for the future of my blog. I will be starting a few series, one including giving you weekly tips on how to shop on a tight budget and how to catch all the sales people often miss.

I, quite often, get asked where and how I purchase “all these clothes on my blog.” Yes, I am addicted to retail, but I hardly EVER buy anything for retail price. So today marks the first day I let you in on my little style secret! Thank me later!

1. The sunnies: Although these were a gift, my first pair of Raybans were purchased for $40 on eBay. With a little patience and bidding power, you can buy anything off eBay for a fraction of the price.

2. The leather jacket: I bought this jacket over 6 years ago for $50 at H&M. I have a similar H&M one in black that I purchased for $20 just last year. H&M, quite often, does flash sales where they will mark all leather jackets for $19.99 for a limited time only. If you’re looking for a leather jacket, stop in H&M any chance you get, you might get lucky.

3. The shirt: If you recall, I lost my $2 Joe Fresh striped shirt somehow so I had to buy another one. I got this one from Urban Outfitters for $10. FYI, anytime you enter an UO, GO STRAIGHT TO THEIR SALE ROOM. (They always have one and 9 times out of 10 you’ll be so satisfied you won’t have to loook at their regular priced merchandise.)

4. The skirt:  It’s 2014, if you don’t know about thrifting then you don’t live in America. I bought this skirt at Salvation Army for like $3 or $6. I don’t really remember but what I do remember is that EVERY WEDNESDAY IS 50% of everything at Salvation Army. No need to be bourgeouis. All you need is a washer machine or dry cleaners.

5. The shoes: I think shoes are the only thing I can justfiy buying for original price. If I want them, I’ll find a way to get them. I don’t care how many zeros are on the end of the price tag. I wanted these Valentinos for over a year before actually purchasing them. The truth is, I couldn’t afford another thousand dollar shoe so I waited patiently for a sale somewhere in the universe. Saks Fifth Avenue had the pink ones on sale for less than $700. WHEN I TELL YOU I LITERALLY FELL OFF MY OFFICE CHAIR! I made the purchase so quickly! Only to find out the following day that my order was cancelled because of low inventory. I was soooooo angry. I stomped all the way to Saks Fifth Avenue after work to try and find the sale on the floor. Of course I didn’t find it but because I established in my mind that I was a Valentino Rockstud owner, I had to appease myself by buying these for original price. I simply could not go home empty handed. So yes, $300+ extra and I had the Rockstuds.

But you know something, a few months later, Rue La La had them on sale for $850. Just my luck.

The moral of the story is have a little patience, do a little research, and you too can be fly on E. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on sales and shopping secrets.

-Be blessed!

Double-breasted Suit Dress

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Vertigo Paris Suit Jacket // Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes// Vintage Briefcase (Love THIS and THIS)// H&M Sunnies

Working in corporate America has influenced my style tremendously. That, in addition to being forced to wear suits to church from as early as 7 years old. And while I hated them as a child, my appreciation for a fitted suit on a man or woman has exponentially grew over the years.  This double -breasted dress comes with pants, but I’d never pair them together. (No, its not because they don’t fit. Why would you think such a thing? LOL)

-Be blessed.

School Daze

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Corazon Yigan Sunnies // Thom Browne for Target Blazer // Joe Fresh Shirt // Harvey Faircloth Skirt (Similar)// Moschino Belt  // Christian Louboutin Heels (Sold Out) // MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Forgive me of my absence! No time for excuses, time to get to work! We have so much planned for the blog, my dears!

Winter is approaching us (or so it seems) so it’s time to pull out the wools and cashmeres. This outfit reminded me so much of high school. I went to a catholic school, so my uniform was just about the same as pictured above. Here’s an example of how I combine summer and winter clothing. I wore a simple white collared shirt with a full skirt and sling back heels. I added a wool blazer and tortoise sunnies to winterize the look.

-Thanks for visiting! Come back tomorrow for some goodies!

-Be blessed!

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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Image of Dia Necklace

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.