Fashion and Finance Event

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“We came, [They] Learned, We Shopped, We Blossomed.” – Tonya Rapley, founder of My Fab Finance

Last week Saturday, I attended the Fashion & Finance NYC Event and let me just say… YES!

It was such a warm and comfortable day. The skies were so clear and I felt like being a flower. Considering I was attending a fashion and finance event, I wanted to show that style isn’t expensive. My entire outfit (including the cost of the twists in my hair- more on that later) was $100. You heard me correctly, Aunty/Uncle! $100!!! (Jewelry not included)

 Here’s what I wore:

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Photography by Arkeem Johnson

TJ Maxx Blouse // Tahari Trousers // Betsey Johnson Heels // H&M Sunnies

If there is one thing I appreciate about blogging more than showcasing my style, it is being inspired and empowered by women from so many different walks of life. I stumbled across Tonya’s Instagram Page randomly one day and actually fell in love with her cause. How many (African American women at that!) bloggers do you know that are really passionate about finance? And it appears she does it so effortlessly and fashionably. One thing I learned from Tonya, that I’ll forever appreciate her for, is unfollowing people on IG who coerce me to shop more than I need to. I used to find myself buying something simply because I saw another blogger wear it. Not only is it dangerous, but it is an express ticket down fashion victim lane. Just because someone looks amazing in something doesn’t mean it will look amazing on you.

In any event, co presenter with Tonya was the Beautiful Brown Girls Brunch Club. The panelist of the event, Kara Stevens of The Frugal Feminista, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, and Michaela Boyd were equally amazing! Be sure to check out their blogs! 🙂

Below are some iphone shots I caught at the event!

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The event got so real in the end, I had to run back to the car, swap for flats (i’m no superhero), and take my hair out of its bun! Wanna know what’s in my bag?! Stay tuned for my haul video this weekend!!! Aunty packed all kinds of goodies in this bag! Hehehe

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Follow me on Instagram to find out about other events in the city!

-Be blessed!

My Favorite Fragrances

Rosabotanica-2So just a quick break from my usual outfit posts- I wanted to share with you some of my fragrance faves. I’ve been meaning to pick up the Balenciaga Florabotanica for months. While traveling, I decided to do a little duty free shopping in London Heathrow Airport. Unfortunately, the Florabotanica was sold out so I opted for Rosabotanica and let me just sayyyyyyyyy- AMAZEBALLS……. I finally opened the package this morning and used a bit before work. I cannot stop smelling myself!! The perfume’s aroma gives off of a strong garden smell, and while I do not particularly like the smell of flowers, this fragrance is so delightful! The packaging is pretty dope too!

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Talked about Prada Candy before on the blog. Still one of my all time favorites. I usually reserve this perfume for Monday-Friday. If you like sweet, yet rich fragrances, this one is for you! It’s a very unique smell; men and women alike will ask you what you’re wearing.

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This one shouldn’t be new to you. I usually wear my Flowerbomb on weekends. The fragrance is truly one of a kind and very popular. Someone will definitely know you’re wearing flowerbomb, as it gives off the same fragrance regardless of body chemistry. I have the Eau de Parfum which is a more solid, richer, and long- lasting smell, but Eau de Toilette  (a bit cheaper) will linger on your clothes even after the day wears out.

Dior Addict  is my favorite fragrance of all time- The original, not the revised smell, that is. Please don’t confuse the two. One is pink and one is navy blue! The nvy blue (original) smells better. This is actually my Fall/Winter fragrance. It’s very strong and rich. My bottle is coming to an end so I have to restock before Fall approaches.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid is truly divine! It’s sort of a spicy and room-permeating smell. Definitely going to turn heads and expand nostrils.  I didn’t buy it yet but it’s on my watch list. I LOVE perfumes. I’ve owned so many but this fragrance, is hands down, the best I’ve come across. Like seriously. THE BEST. Nothing compares. Not even my beloved Dior Addict. Try it at your local Sephora, Bloomingdales or Barneys!

Which is your favorite Summer Fragrances?

-Be blessed!

 

 

Angelina

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Top Available Soon for Purchase // H&M Shorts (Similar) // Giuseppe Zanotti Design Pumps (Similar) // Aldo Sunnies (Similar) // Michael Kors Watch // Bangles from Ghana

I am officially a fan of the Angelina African print. I found this fabric in Kejetia Market in Kumasi, Ghana and now regret not purchasing more yards. IF you are interested in purchasing this top, stay tuned :).

Because of it’s heavy detailing, I decided to keep it simple with distressed denim shorts, and metallic pumps.

-Be blessed!

 

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!