Floral Morals

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Forever 21 Floppy Hat & bag// Zara blouse, shorts & heels // Aldo Sunnies

My first couple of days in Ghana were quite warm. But considering it is rainy season at the moment, those warm moments were quickly replaced by cool breezes and mild weather. Either way I didn’t complain. I’m sure you’ve seen all of these pieces in prior posts. I’m all about maximizing my wardrobe by mixing pieces together!

-Be blessed

Black & White

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I am back from Ghana! I have a few more posts from my holiday but I figured I’ll give you something a bit more recent in the meantime.
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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

New Look (UK) Romper // Christian Louboutin Shoes // Tory Burch Tote // Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunnies // MAC Ruby Woo

Found this romper on sale in New Look while I was in London. Love the black and white print pattern but I was really drawn to the collar. I have a strong affinity for anything with collars. So it was only right that I snagged this up. Decided to pair it with metallic colored heels and a black tote to complete the look.

Enjoy the week ahead! I have so many posts and videos to share and promise to do so after I get settled back at work and school!

-Be blessed!

Warby Parker Beacon Collection is Here!!

IMG_3210-2_USE-ME Warby Parker’s limited edition Beacon Collection, which launched TODAY, is the perfect blend between affordable style and fashionable purpose! IMG_2074-2 IMG_2885-6 IMG_3547-3

What I love about Warby Parker, besides their affordable pricing and stellar designs, is the great length of detailing that goes into each pair of glasses. Warby Parker provides length and width information for each pair, so that you can determine which frame fits your face! And if that isn’t enough, for every pair you buy, WP gives a frame to someone in need! That was the only reason I needed to agree to promote the Beacon Collection. Talk about paying it forward!

My favorite pair from the Beacon Collection is the Ingram! Can’t wait to get mine!! Shop Warby Parker NOW!!!

-Be blessed!

Coming To America

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This pic was taken Day 1 in Ghana. Before I was able to take it all in, I couldn’t help but wonder why I still lived in America. The closest comparison to how I live in NYC vs. how I live in Ghana can easily be depicted in the movie “Coming to America” starring Eddie Murphy.

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Forever 21 Hat and Sandals // River Island Dress // Aldo Sunnies // Primark Clutch // H&M Earrings

When I was in London two weeks ago, I bought this amazing dress from River Island’s sale. (Vacation Haul coming soon) I knew it would work perfectly in Ghana. Although I arrived to Ghana at 5am, while it was still dark, by the time I was cleared by customs, immigration, etc. I was welcomed by the sun & humidity! The best part about vacationing back home is living care free in George’s big ol’ home. It’s really annoying how big it is. Like seriously, why do I need 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms? Why do I need all this yard space? Why do I need a mango, coconut, and orange tree! Totally kidding. I always feel like Annie in Daddy Warbucks’ mansion.

My time in Ghana is coming to an end. I’ll be honest, I miss New York. Actually just free wifi and my godson Amir.

-Be blessed

Kumasi

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Aldo Sunnies// Paper Denim Jacket // H&M Cropped Cami // JONES New York Skirt // Coach Slippers // Zara Choker

Last week I spent two days in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region in Ghana, to visit family. We’re just ending the rainy season in Ghana so the weather is really cool and breezy.

Besides catching up with family members, one of my favorite things to do in Kumasi is to go to the market. The last picture is a shot of George (my mother) in Kejetia Market. We picked up some groceries as well as some small souvenirs for family and friends. Markets in Ghana (and other developing countries) are very different from those in the America. In Kejetia, you can find anything from baby wipes to black market currency exchanges. It is really a one stop shop; think flea-market style Walmart on steroids.

I’ll most likely add more pictures to this post when I return to the states. In the meantime, enjoy!

-Be blessed!

Currently on Vacation

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So it’s been awhile…. Sorry for my absence! I was in London for 5 days, and now I’m in Ghana. I’ll be back soon. Been spending time with family, enjoying my beautiful house (moving to Ghana doesn’t sound like a bad idea), and taking pictures, as you can imagine…

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So many new posts coming! Miss you all! Be blessed!

All the Pretty Colors

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Photography by MCRON Productions

H&M Sunnies & Earrings // Calvin Klein Dress // Target Crossbody Bag // Christian Louboutin Astrogirl Pump

Testing, Testing ,123.

Happy Sunday! I actually wore this to church last Sunday but didn’t post. I had the opportunity to do a test shoot with amazing photographer/director/videographer, Ron. Just for fun, no major edits!

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-Be blessed!

Live a Little

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

Zara Shirt, Overalls, and Heels // H&M Statement Earrings// Dor L’ Dor Boutique Clutch

I take way too many serious shots! So I decided to live a little with this post. I know the overalls trend is soaring right now, especially skirt and short ones. I didn’t think I’d ever participate until I saw one on sale at Zara. With this outfit, I figured a cropped collared shirt would take less attention to the overalls and compliment the shirt. I completed the look with white strappy heels that I scored for $7 last season and statement earrings.

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-Be Blessed!

Concrete Jungle

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

H&M Straw Fedora (Love this) // Ray ban Wayfarer // FCUK romper (Love THIS) // Sergio Rossi Strappy Heels (shorter version here)// Clutuch via Marshalls

Happy 4th!

You know that feeling you get when you find something really old in storage  that you never really cared for, but now all of a sudden have a new found love for? Yeah, that happened with this jumper. I bought this French Connection piece last summer simply because it was on sale for like $10 at TJ Maxx/Marshall’s/Ross (I really can’t remember which one). I’m accepting the fact that I can be a label whore fiend; and I think that’s another reason why I bought it. (My logic: How often do you see FCUK for $10?) Off the shoulder tops are big this season so I figured I’d show a little collar bone :) The good Lord is the only One who knows what I was thinking when I bought this clutch from Marshalls 10 years ago. Yes, 10 years ago! Clearly I was ahead of my time, lol.These Sergio Rossi heels were one of those purchases where you don’t look at the price until the sales associate tells you what it is. I saw it on clearance in Nordstrom Rack; one left in my size. And I ran. I ran so fast to checkout.

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-Be blessed!

Casual Thursdays

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I should probably change my blog name to ‘The Fedora Files,‘ as much as I wear this hat.

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

H&M Straw Hat // Zara Choker with Pearls // H&M Cropped Cami // Zara Vest & Jeans // Schutz Anastasia Loafers // Aldo Mirrored Sunglasses

Happy Holidays! Today marks the beginning of my mini vacation! It’s also Friday for those who don’t have to work on July 4th; in lieu of Friday jeans days, I thought I’d wear these cream skinny jeans from Zara sale. If you’ve seen my haul video you will remember this vest from zara’s previous semi-annual sale. I couldn’t believe I scored it for 10$. Keeping the earth tones going, I’, wearing a grey cropped cami and cognac loafers. (WARNING: I am NOT wearing this to work).

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-Be blessed!

Gingham Mix

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

H&M Hat (Love this one) // Ralph Lauren Top (Love this color on SALE!) // TopShop Skirt (on SALE) // Tod’s Loafers (try this color) // Aldo Mirrored Sunies (love these)

 Some days I simply cannot be bothered with the heels. When the weather isn’t so delightful, I try to go for comfort. And if you haven’t noticed yet, flats and sneakers are attempting to replace heels in fashion, anyway. Here’s another item I’ve been stalking: TopShop’s Blurry Check Pencil Skirt. I had no idea it was on sale until I found the skirt’s link on another website. Nearly fell out my chair! I could’ve played it safe with a white cami and nude heels but that’s way too predictable. I opted for a Gingham top to coordinate the different size boxes in this outfit. What I love about this Ralph Lauren Gingham Peplum Shirt is that it has pink 3/4 cuffs! Since this outfit combined different prints, I threw on this really old Straw hat to complete the look.

What’s your 4th of July outfit looking like? I think I’ll shy away from Red, White, & Blue this year.

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-Be blessed!

The Blues

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

TopShop Dress // Zara Heels // Ray ban Wayfarer // Aldo Clutch // Banana Republic Accessories // Nordstrom Rack multi color bracelet

First time I saw the shoes, I could only murmur “Hi.” Saw the price tag and I said a little bit louder “BYE.” Now you’re probably thinking of my shoe collection and wondering to yourself, “Aunty, you have shoes that cost so much more than $90.” And this is true, but hear my logic for a second. The way I determine if something is priced appropriately is based on “QQP.” Quality, Quantity, Popularity. Monolo Blahnik can afford to price a shoe at $1000 because it sells amazing quality, little quantity, and fitting popularity. And while Zara shoes are, for the most part comfortable and sturdy (except for my baby pink t-strap heels. The devil himself made those), I’m more than likely to see 7 people with the same shoe on. And so for that reason, I was not happy about the 90$ tag. Then the semi-annual sale was announced. I sat in front of my laptop, shoes in shopping cart, finger nails in mouth(eeww), and debit card in the other hand; and as soon as the clock striked 11:55pm on June 19th, I purchased my shoes at $40, among other things, and fell soundly asleep.

In case you were concerned with the rest of my out, this TopShop dress was on sale for 10 pounds in London. Not only was I drawn to the color but also to the detailing. This Aldo clutch is the closest I’ll get to owning a Chanel double flap. Rayban sunnies stolen from my hunny.

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-Be blessed!

Get Fit with AfroBeats!

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Meet Ada, a Nigerian fitness instructor who makes workout videos to Afrobeats! When Ada contacted me about her Youtube page, I just knew I wanted to collaborate with her. I had such a great time at the video shoot! It’s always nice to workout and work at the same time! For awhile, I’ve been thinking about featuring fitness posts on the blog, so this came at just the perfect time! And let me just say her videos will fool you into believing you’re ready! Trust me when I say I wasn’t readddddyyyyy…

A few people have been asking me to share my workout routines and secrets about my little abs. I am always honest by saying “Cardio is the answer!” I am probably in pretty bad shape since I stopped running track back in college, yet for the first time since then I can visibly see my abs. The truth is, no mattter how many crunches you do a day, if you’re not eating healthy and implementing cardio in your workout routines, you won’t see the definition in your core. Since this video shoot, I have decided to implement this workout in my weekly workouts (I’ll discuss that in a future post). Check out the photo ops below before checking out Ada’s youtube page!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W0y6en9RGw

Thank you so much to Ada for allowing me to get my workout on! Can’t wait to do it again in DC! Make sure you follow her Instagram!

-Be Blessed!

Zara Sale Picks

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Do you know how much I’ve missed you Aunties and Uncles?! Please forgive my absence, but I won’t make excuses! If you’re folllowing me on Instagram and Twitter than you probably had enough of me!

This past weekend, I went to the Blogging While Brown Conference and let me just say, SHEESH. I’ll talk all about it in my upcoming #BWBNYC photo diary post. (This is going to be the best week on my blog so stay tuned for the next several posts!) Now that we’ve covered housekeeping items….

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Zara Blouse (Further Reductions)// Zara Skirt (on SALE) // Aldo Pumps (ON SALE) and Sunglasses // Coach Bag (Similar) // Michele Watch // Vintage Ring

Zara is really annoying with their continued reductions during semi-annual sale. I mean, how much easier would our shopping lives be if Zara priced items at it’s lowest from day one of sale?! I’ve been stalking this lace top for quite some time, and I’m glad I didn’t buy it before sale time. It is now 10$ cheaper than I bought it for so enjoy! I decided to wear a nude bandeau under it and a pastel blue leather pencil skirt. A bit apprehensive about this skirt because, I mean let’s face it, who wants to wear leather in 80 degree weather? (apparently I do) I wore my fave light Blue Aldo pumps and White coach bag to complete this pastel look.

-Be blessed!

Bon Jour

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H&M Straw Hat // Forever 21 Tank (Similar Here) // Choies Skirt // Zara Heels (Old; Similar Here) // Rayban Classic Wayfarer // H&M Necklace (Old)

Here’s what I wore when I went shopping with my mother. I actually started to wear cut out jeans and a long sleeve shirt but after coming to my senses, I quickly changed into this look. It’s entirely way too hot to wear clothing, so I like to keep it cool by wearing clothes that barely touch my skin.

Straw hats serve multi-purposes. It’s a nice, fashionable way to keep cool in the summer but it can also add spice to your outfit. When going for a short brimmed straw hat, I always go for a light sand color, with a black band. I guess you can call this the original straw hat color. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, full skirts are pretty big these days. They can look a bit dressy, so I added a graphic tank top to make the look more casual. It wouldn’t be Aunty Christina without heels so I decided to wear a Zara favorite, these leopard and studded peep-toe heels. Speaking of Zara, did you shop their semi- annual sale last night? I’m curious to know what you got!!! Comment below :)

- Be Blessed.

Live Colorfully

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Sunnies: Aldo // Shirt: J. Crew // Skirt: Harvey Faircloth // Shoes: Christian Louboutin Astrogirl (Sold out) // Bracelet: via Nordstrom Rack

-Be blessed!

Mint Green and Red


IMG_3260 Hiya! Here’s what I wore to church on Sunday! I love the way mint green and red look together! It makes me feel Christmas-y… Full skirts have become everyone’s obsession and I’m actually happy about that. (The cool thing about this one is that it comes with a shawl :) ) The fact that it’s popular to dress like a woman and not a skeezer makes me smile! I actually got so many compliments from men this day, which also made me smile. Not because I liked the attention, but because it proves that you don’t have to expose your body for people to notice you.

 I’ve had this magazine clutch for some time now. It was love at first sight! Originally I purchased the black and white one, but the next day, Dor L’ Dor had the multi-color one so I exchanged it immediately!! What do you think?IMG_3308 IMG_3266 IMG_3271 IMG_3278 IMG_3297 IMG_3309Photography by The Product Junkie

Sunnies: Kate Spade (Love these)// Blouse: J. Crew (old) // Skirt: Harvey Faircloth (Sold out; Similar here) // Shoes: Valentino // Clutch: via Dor L’ Dor // Bracelet: via Nordstrom Rack // Watch: Michele

-Be blessed

All White and Lace

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So this past weekend, I started to do a little style searching… I realized I’ve been all over the place with my outfits, going wherever the wind takes me. Some of my outfits have been raunchier than I prefer, while some looks were just experiments. I decided, from henceforth, to wear what works from me. I’ve always been quite conservative in clothing, only showing skin in the summer days. And I think that’s exactly what I’ll get back to doing…

I’ve been loving monochrome and one -color outfits recently; so I decided to go with this look. Lace and ruffled skirts are ways to add feminine feels to your style. While the see-through lace shirt can be quite revealing, adding a midi skirt with ruffles can polish the look. I paired the outfit with my gold Giuseppe Zanotti Design heels and my white and gold bag from Forever 21.
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Photography by Product Junky

Blouse: Forever 21 // Skirt: H&M // Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Design (Sold out; Similar Here) // Pearls: J. Crew (on SALE now) // Bag: Forever 21(Similar) // Sunnies: Aldo (Similar)

I will NOT be wearing this to watch Ghana vs. USA today at 5:30pm! I hope you all tune in :)

-Be blessed!

All White Suit

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It was entirely way too hot and bright to be taking pictures by the boardwalk but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to bless you with scenery other than my backyard, lol. Sorry for the picture quality,

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I’m not quite sure I’m prepared for the heat that will soon expose itself. Unfortunately I sweat profusely and my thighs are so darn big, they fight with each other with every step I take. You didn’t come here for that so let’s get into the details on this look.

I’ve been wanting an off- white suit for ages. I couldn’t get myself to actually purchase one, as they were all expensive, so I bought each item as seperates on sale. White suits are refreshing, powerful, bold, intimidating, yet inviting. It’s also an eye -catcher. While in the past I shyed away from white, the launch of my blog has taken me out of my risk adverse element. I’m willing, and most certainly able, to try every and anything that won’t compromise my style. And while my style is, for the most part, undefined, I always revert to class. When going for all white looks, it’s important to accessorize! And this can mean adding a bold shell, chunky jewelry, or bright heels! I did a bit of it all by pairing it with a mesh shell, leopard t-strap heels, and chunky jewelry.   I’m so in love with this Zara peal choker. I believe it is a Chanel dupe; lets thank God this one was only $19.99.

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Necklace: Zara (Sold out; Try here) // Blazer: Zara (Old; Love this) // Blouse: Worthington via JC Penny // Pants: Worthington via JC Penny // Shoes: Forever 21  (Try these)// Clutch: Banana Republic (sold out) // Sunnies: Kate Spade (Try this)

-Be blessed!