Hey Hey Ya’ll! This is what I wore to service on Sunday. Man listen, all NYers strutted their stuff this past Sunday, as we were blessed with 50 degree weather. It was truly an all around beautiful day. I wanted to feel like an Asante princess so I opted for this traditional Kente Cloth from Ghana. This two-piece outfit was bought and made back home in Ghana two years ago. My seamstress, who originally made it for my college graduation, is so talented. It’s really not easy handling Kente as it is hand-woven and consists of a very thick fabric. Like veryyyyyy thick. So thick, it’ll make you look bigger than you are lol. But I don’t mind. I wore my Ivanka Trump shoes that I fell in love with a few months ago. They remind me of the Valentino Rockstud Heels but so much more affordable. The Valentino’s will be mine one day; one day someone decides gift them to me ha ha! In the meantime, Ivanka will do. My jewelry is from all over. I thought this lion face necklace was appropriate for my outfit. Reminds me of my pet lion, Simba back home. (Sarcasm- since some think Africans roam with lions, tigers and bears.)
Quick History Behind Kente Cloth:
Developed by people of the Asante (Ashanti) tribe; side note- I’m actually an Ashanti. Legend holds that two men learned the art of Kente weaving by watching a spider weave its web. The two men reported their discovery to their chief, Nana Bobie, who reported it to the Asantehene (The Asante Chief) at the time. The Asantehene then adopted the Kente cloth as the royal cloth reserved for special occassions. Kente cloth is made in Bonwire, and Ashanti region in Ghana. Each cloth and pattern is symbolic, with a name and meaning. Today, there are over 300 different types of Kente and it is actually extremely expensive. Should you be interested in more information regarding Kente and its meanings, see here. Below are pictures of how kente cloth is produced. When I visited Bonwire as a child, I was so amazed at the speed and efficiency in which they work:
(I do not own rights to these photos. These images were taken from Google.)
(As mentioned in my prior post, I vacuumed my macbook charger so until I get the replacement, I’m using another computer to give you raw unedited photos lol.)
Here’s my unedited & unfiltered weekend in a nutshell. Sunday’s Best will be in another post. My friend Ray was in town from Philly so I had to show him the gems of NYC (NOT Photographed!) Enjoy 🙂
Catching the Iron Horse Downtown
The end of the Venezuelan protest at Union Square. Become aware with SOS Venezuela!
The Whole Foods I shop at 🙂
Break dancers in the train station.
Ray and I at Times Square! Isn’t he fashionable?! Did I say he was from Philly? My outfit- Jacket & Tights: H&M // Studded Cardigan: J. Crew// Shirt & Shoes: Zara // Shorts: Peter Pilotto x Target// // Bag: Banana Republic
Of course I swindled Ray into being my photographer!
My nephew, Amare, celebrated his 2nd bday at Chuck E. Cheese! I’m good on this place. 2 year olds, feet and pizza don’t mix well together haha
The twins 🙂
I’m always ready for a shot 🙂
How cute is my lil man Arjee? His voice melts my heart.
African Daddy Daycare!
An attractive & fashionable family!
He just cut his cake! He loves Mickey Mouse. (Let me turn your attention to his Dolce &Gabbana Mickey Mouse Jumper )
I like to call him my son. Don’t you see the resemblance?
Happy Friday! Not in my case- evident from my eyebrows and puffy eyes, but God is still good. My company allows us to wear jeans on Fridays. Not necesarrily a dress down day so I still like to keep it casual. Heading into the office, I wore my old H&M straight jacket with these camouflaged boots that I bought for $5 at Five Below. It was a few years ago when camou debuted as the staple trend. Check these cute Camou boots out. The Banana Republic bag isn’t new on the blog, it first appeared here. At work, I wore this old Talbots Silk Turtlneck Shirt with my very old TopShop Crochet Cardigan. I actually purchased this the first year TopShop launched its NYC store. GROUNDBREAKING! These jeans are from Old Navy. Dark denim worn the appropriate way makes most outfits look polished. I tend to shy away from any light washed, distressed, boyfriend jeans for work simply because, in my opinion, it violates the unwritten corporate dress code. Since this limits my options, these Old Navy Jeans pretty much gets recycled every Friday. I should probably invest in some better quality dark denim skinnys. Mmm, probably not. The shoes are Christian Louboutin. Also many years old. Here’s a modern, similar one. Anyway, if you’re in NYC area, enjoy the 52 degrees we’re getting today, plus rain!!!
(Sorry everything I’m wearing is old therefore couldn’t find links for ya!)
I always go for a business professional look when meeting with clients. In one of my Sunday’s Best post, I filled you in on my BCF secret. Well, here’s another steal from Burlington Coat Factory. The white collared shirt is from H&M. The boots are the Me Too Latrice Boots. The watch is Skagen and the ring is H&M. The suit is Anne Klein, or Nine West, or both lol. I actually picked up this suit because it was only $25 and I wholeheartedly believed it was a pair. It wasn’t until I got to the register that the cashier informed me that it was a mismatch. Yes! The jacket is Nine West (mmhmm they make clothes, not only shoes) and the skirt is Anne Klein. In the fitting room, I realized the suit was 2 different sizes but completely missed the fact that they were also 2 different labels (and shades of grey if you look close enough but I digress…) The blazer is a 6 petite–> which is perfect and the skirt is a size 2–> which was perfect during my middle school years! To no avail, I decided to try it on anyway, because let’s face it, casual wear has sizing issues. Example: there’s probably a 4 size difference between an H&M size 2 and an Anne Klein size 2. Just like there’s a significant difference between a Zara shoe size 39 and a Christian Louboutin shoe size 39. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Well, the suit fit- a little tighter than a glove. Case in point: see how the skirt wrinkles at the top? Signs I need to stop eating fried chicken from Richie Rich Caribbean Restaurant. But who cares for a little tightness when your designer suit is 25 dollaassss?
I also had to change my ‘Sunday Funday’ Essie nail polish to a ‘Wet Cement’ Wet & Wild Polish. I don’t want my nails to be the center of attention at a meeting, it’ll distract people from my hair, or lack thereof. Haha. Hope ya didn’t miss that one!
Anyway, get to a Burlington Coat Factory near you. If you lack patience, find it. You’ll need it to search for gems at this store.
So, I got an idea to start posting my work OOTDs. This allows me to share my unfiltered, unprofessional, selfies of what I wear to work. Hopefully it gives some of you ideas on how to be fashionably corporate apporpriate (Does that even make sense?) Because, as you may know, there are written and unwritten dress codes in the corporate world.
NYC is a whooping 45 degrees Celsius today! Perfect day to wear my Talbots silk “Jackie O” dress, as I like to call it. I feel like someone’s first lady in this dress. The attached collar gives it just the right detail and the color is as flattering as the dress itself. I found some on Ebay at a discounted price for you! Now since its 45 and not 70, I had to pair it with my Me Too Leather Latrice Boots that someone purchased for me on Amazon. If you have big legs/ calves, you’ll love these boots as the back is an elastic material. I came in the office with my Loft Faux Fur Collar Vest & Wool Coat. However, after deep thought decided the fur violated the unwritten dress code and swapped it for this TopShop Navy Blazer I keep at the office. Unfortunately I couldn’t swap the garbage can out lol. Navy Blazers make everything look professional. I bought it over a year ago in London on Sale so I doubt it’s still available. Here’s a similar one and a pic of the excitement in London back in 2012: