Monochrome

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Andre H Photography

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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Andre H Photography

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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5 Element Photography

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