Big Hair and Bold Colors

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Spring and summer are all about being colorful. With this outfit I know I mastered just that. I love mixing colors, prints and textures. It allows my creativity to be free and unique.

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With this outfit I went all in with the colors. Here are a few helpful tips to achieve a multicolor outfit with a print.

  1. Choose either a shirt, skirt, pants or shorts with a bold and big print. weather it’s on top or bottom that doesn’t make a difference
  2. Pick a sold color shirt or bottom or a complimentary print that is either small or large in size.
  3. When this i done correctly your print and solid or print on print should even out. Where one does not look heavy on the top or bottom.
  4. As far as my accessories, I chose one of the colors from the skirt, and chose an opposite color for my shoes.

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This skirt offers a bold multi-colored abstract print, that I absolutely adore. Only $13 from Shein official, I couldn’t help myself but to snag it. Please note that this skirt comes in one size fit all I am very small and petite and it fit me just right. however it does have an elastic stretch band in the back.  The fringe in my purse provides the texture and my shoes provide simplicity. This outfit is super easy and I love the slogan Yas Curl! why? because my curls are popping. Check out hello tee for fun sayings that support natural hair and black culture.

Are you brave enough to rock and outfit as bold as this? Let me know in the comment section below.

Xo happy fashion divas


Skirt | Tee | Wedge heels

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How To Mix Summer Colors

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Hi Divas, what are some of your favorite summer colors? I love bright, vibrant, bold, loud colors for the summer. I mean who doesn’t? I barely wear black and when I do it has some sort of print mixed in. This year I am totally into yellow, aqua, orange, red and pink.. I may throw the whole color wheel in there in a minute!

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I will be doing a series on mixing different colors together to bring together a cohesive looks. Today I am serving you yellow and aqua… lemons of course! have you all realized I have a fetish for fruit let alone lemon print clothing! I first discovered how well these colors pop together 2 years ago with my frist Eva Mendes Lemon dress.

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This dress is $16 at TJMaxx. Don’t sleep on the max you will find great designer deals! This dress has a little ruffle flair that i love along with a thin lining. perfect little summer dress. My heels are old from JustFab, however they have a similar color and style online now. Use my referral code below to get a similar beauty. Oh and this lovely lemon purse.. I just had to have it. This cutie is $6-$9 from Shein.

What summer colors are you mixing? let me know in the comment section.


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Lemon dress (similar)|Lemon Dress (similar) |Lemon dress (similar) Purse | Heels

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

 

Mother’s Day is time to celebrate your mom, grandmother, aunts, sisters, friends or anyone that has been in your life that has children. For many this can be a day of remembering our loss loved ones. In my eyes being a mother is not easy.. a mother wears many hats, uptakes many roles and ultimately keeps the daily, yearly and future rolling!

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Today I want to recognize my twin, my rock, my warm peach, my mom. Teresa Lynn (Salone) Shakoor was born on August 12, 1954 in San Diego California, to Robert and Doris Salone. She is the youngest of 3 and loves to sing, dance, care for others and can cook a mean peach and sweet potato pie! After graduating Lincoln High school.. yes where the black panthers marched to protect their fellow brethern! She went on to San Diego City college and received a certificate in administration from Kellsy Jenny College. Not many years after she married William Perry Thornton aka Rashad Shakoor. Yep that’s how I became Tupacs cousin! My mom joined forces with my father by opening Shure-Core cutting company, which was the first black owned construction company in San Diego. Looking back today a lot of the bridges, bypasses and other foundational structures in San Diego where built by my dad and administered by my mom. Pretty cool I’ll say!

The construction company was not the only company in the shakoor family, as I said before my mom can cook a mean meal! Well soon Teresa’s fine foods was born. By this time my mom had for kids me being the youngest.. and her only side kick was our momma Doris ( her mom). She managed to raise 4 kids, be a devoted wife, and run a full time business. Although the food train came to an end it didn’t stop her famous potato salad from becoming world famous.. When I say world famous I mean famous in the African American community. My mom catered her potato salad to the military making sometimes over 60 pounds of potato salad. her potato salad was such a hit that she was personally asked to cater a luncheon for the Shabazz family! Yes the one and only Malcolm X family.

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my mom landed a job with the San Diego Union Tribune where she work, the classified ads, and then managed the obituary column. Being a key role to a huge newspaper didn’t slow down my mom at home nor her fashion! Did you think I would forget. You all know how much I love my om and her style, it’s where I gain inspiration. My mom was a hot stepper at work and even at home! I always remember shopping with my mom at Robinsons May which is now Macy’s and many other department stores. From her hair to her shoes she never missed a beat.

Let’s fast forward, after my parents divorce, my mom moved 3 of her 4 kids to Virginia where I and my sister completed our bachelors degree from Norfolk State University, only following in our brother and other older sister’s footsteps. Our educational train didn’t stop there as we all today have our master’s degree in various fields.

Through many hardships that my mom faced she never gave up on her determination to be a good mother to her children, to motivate to get all of us through college, and to trust in God. One thing she wanted for all of us was to be better than her and to get an education. We all did just that! We owe that strength, long hours of studying and student loan debt to her 🙂 (but that’s good debt I’ll say) Today my mom still hasn’t missed a beat, as she recently retired from being a medical assistant from Sentera Hospital and is planning on traveling and of course spending time with her grandchildren. (not mine yet!)

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I owe so much to this strong, beautiful, godly women, words honestly can’t explain. This is only a snippet into what I can write about my warm peach. I know if you have ever met here she has truly warm your heart and soul. She is truly my twin that I can’t help be more than alike. Today is to you mom, love you

I figured recreating some of my moms steller looks would be an awesome blog for today. I remember looking at these pictures year after year, saying to myself I am going to look like that when I get older, or I can’t wait to dress so nice…(as if she didn’t already dress me well). Tell me your fondest memories of your mom or any special women in your life.

xo Happy Mother’s Day Divas!

I’m Bringing Sexy Back!

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Hi divas, it’s almost the weekend which means Mother’s Day! Are any of you planning something special for your mom, aunt’s, second moms.. or anyone in your life that is a mom to you? I have something special up my sleeve for the blog.. catch me in a  few days so you can see what it is.

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Until then I am bringing sexy back.. for some reason I have that Justin Timberlake song in my head. I kinda needed to get that out of my system. But yes it’s been a while since I brought you a grown and sexy look and I thought this dress was perfect! Form the Eva Longoria line, this body-con stretchy form fitting strip dress is amazing! it hugs all the right curves and the pattern makes the perfect statement. Look at the front pattern compared to the back, it’s that awesome!

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Pairing this one of a kind dress with  pops of yellow did the trick. Wearing my favorite yellow pumps from JustFab along with my yellow bag from Charming Charlie tops off this outfit..

How are you bringing sexy back? or maybe sexy never left 🙂

xo happy fashion divas.


Dress |Heels (similar)|

Two Piece Outfit- Gaining Confidence

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Many of you know that I struggled with showing my legs, or wearing a bikini. However it has taken me 32 years to dare to show my belly. I know get over yourself? Sometimes confidence comes in all forms, any showing skin wasn’t mine. However After trying this outfit on.. I didn’t look so bad after all.

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Whelp it’s Friday and I am letting it..just  a bit hang out..It’s warm and it’s time to welcome that melanin glow! This 2 pieces is from TJMaxx and is giving me super bohemian vibes. I love loose fitting pants like this. One they are perfect for the air to flow through on a hot day and two they make me look like I have a booty (lol). The matching off the shoulder top is a no brainier as it’s the perfect length to almost hit the high waisted pants. I paired this look with a weaved color block purse that I found at the Goodwill for $5. Sun hat? why not I love hats, this was actually a gift form years ago. Did I tell you that I am totally loving espadrilles right now? Well I have always had a love for them, however DSW has been getting me right with these deals! These back lace tie up espadrilles and are by Nanette Lepore. They are no longer available online as they were on the clearance rack. So check your local DSW for these beauties.

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What are your weekend plans? My business travel was a success now it’s time to get some rest!

xo happy fashion divas.


Two Piece outfit (Take your pick) | Espadrilles | Purse (take your pick)

Raid Your Own Closet

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Hi divas, if you have been following 2018 spring fashion trends then you would know that polka dots are a must have! Well polka dots aren’t new to the game, however this year they are truly making a statement. This post if for your budget friendly divas on a dime… like me! I never buy anything for full price and if I do I better need it in my wardrobe! Many women feel as if they can never keep up with trends or may just not have the money to constantly buy new pieces. That’s totally okay.

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This outfit is straight out of my closet and is not new. My bow tie white and black polka dot blouse is from H&M years ago… got it for $4! H&M always has super steals on spring and summer blouses. My skinny ankle pants are from New York and Company a few years ago as well. NY&CO always has this style as they like to call it the Audrey ankle pant., can you tell why? These lovely polka dot shoes, however up close they are actually cheetah print heels are from JustFab. I snagged these beauties for $12 on a super sale years ago! I enjoyed playing with one print but in different colors. I encourage you to pull out pieces that are already in your closet and having fun pairing them together!

Do you experiment with prints and colors? if so how?


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Blouse | Pants | Heels

A Fly Girl That Reads

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Hey Divas, what are some of your hobbies? Many of you know that I love fashion… I am sure that’s obvious. However I am a total naturalista. I love doing all types of hair from braids, blow outs, sew in you name it and I am sure I can do it. Besides all of the beautification hobbies I do have a passion for reading.

My love for reading runs deep in my family, as my grandmother used to always takes us to the library. I specifically remember walking form her house to the Malcolm X library in San Diego California. I remember when that library was first built and Momma Doris (my grandmas name) told I and my siblings that reading is very important. And at that moment is when she got us our first library card. I never went without a library card since then!

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I always enjoyed reading however eldest sister Lawan.. or should I name her by her author names, Yvette Hines and Monique Lamont, introduced me to “Fly Girl” by Omar Tyree. Every since then it was history! I instantly became a book worm, a book junkie, I had to have it. My sister soon started to write her own contemporary romance and erotic novels. Some of which she never let me read until I was married. 🙂 Some of my favorite novels from my sister are Yvette Hines, The Marriage Clause. This  book is everything you would want and more in a romance novel. You will cry, laugh, oooh and awh. To name a few more are One Reckless night and from Monique Lamont is Fire and Desire. She has many many more to satisfy your book appetite this is only a few. My sister has one best Author of the year award twice! You can google her and of course you can find her books fully stocked on Amazon and check out Barnes and noble.

Moving right along, Mary B. Morrison is another one of my favorites. As she writes everything under the sun as well. I had the opportunity to meet her and many other fly girls who write and read at the AAMBC Literacy Awards “We Read Mixer” Which was hosted by Talia O. Myss Shan write urban novels that will make you feel like you need a solider, but is the solider worth fighting for? I actually have one of her books packed in my suitcase for business travel this week! Tamika Newhouse, just like her social media handle she is truly a boss chick! She is the CEO and founder of the African American writers, called the AAMBC Literary Awards. If you are looking for a juicy read for a Friday night snag one of her books you won’t be disappointed. Let’s not forget the Legendary Laquita. I must say she is legendary as she made my soul move as her and the other fly girls dove head first into some serious issues in the African American community. She’s a firecracker with a bundle of knowledge. Catch her if you can she was ghsot writer! If you have the opportunity to attend one of the AAMBC mixers, please do so, this will be a few hours well spent! I can’t wait to see what’s in store this coming summer and fall.

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With all the book worm talk let’s get into this fly girl outfit! Let’s start from head to toe. I am rocking this handmade headband from Bold Look Head wraps. I thought this print went well with my fly girl t-shirt from the mixer and the army pants said power, edge, motivation, it just gave me life to this look! These pants are of course from New York and Company, out of stock now but I will leave a similar pair below. Topping this look off with one of my favorite red strap up heels from JustFab.

What are your hobbies? Do you love to read if so who are your favorite authors?

Xo happy fashion divas!


Get the Look:

T-Shit (similar) | Pants (Similar) | Heels | Headband


More of my favorite Authors:

Sista Souljah | Kimberly Lawson |Mary Monroe

Have You Ever?

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Have you ever felt pressure from friends, family, society or your job? Have you ever felt that you were always running someone else race and working on a timeline that was not created by you? Have you ever wondered why, who, when, what and where? Have you answered any of these questions and still felt lost?

YES! I have wondered all of this and have often felt stuck and needed to jump off this roller coaster. The truth is you have to learn yourself. Learn who you are from the inside out.. From what you like to eat, what colors, smells, you favorite, movie, time to sleep, shop, travel, read, you desires, the list goes on and on. I didn’t learn myself until i found God. God was with me all along but it took me time to grow up, learn, stumble and except somethings. I learned that everyone has to run their own race, and running that race mean that you finish line may not be until 1 day, 6 months, 1 year 15 years.. You goals aren’t determined by the person next to you.

How do you determine success? What makes you feel complete and whole? I have struggled with these questions. Success to me used to equal me being some high powered executive at a top fortune 500 company.. Just wait until you get into corporate America… your success goals just may change! However success to me today is, being able to wake up, call on God, have a roof over my head, food in my belly, an income, family and good friends..and of course being able to shop!

There will always be pressure and what I love to call noise in your life. However remember you determine what noise effects and dictates your life. You can’t live according to what someone else what’s now for you, but according to what makes you happy. Make everyday count, live for today and tomorrow because there will always be NOW!

Let’s get into this simple outfit.  This simple stripe coral button up from TJMaxx is so perfect for a almost Friday vibes look. It buttons all the way down, and it’s light weight and as cuffed sleeves.  I paired this top with a simple light denim wash jeggings from NY&Co of course. For my shoe work, these simple sling back espadrilles pulled the look together with the pop of color the flower print has to offer.

I challenge you to start cluttering the noise, pressures in your life and regain a healthy mindset.

Xo Happy Fashion Divas


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Shirt (similar) | Jeans | Shoes (name: Adelyte)

 

#AllTogetherNow – A Gab Union inspired Fashion Blog

 

I’m every women it’s all in you!!!! I am giving you true girl power on today’s blog! I am truly honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with 4 beautiful women. We all came together as the “Fab 5 Fashionistas” to style different pieces from the Gabrielle Union collection exclusively at New York & Company.  We truly are representing Gab Unions theme: #ALLTOGETHERNOW. Each of us have very unique backgrounds stories of how and why we became fashion bloggers. This couldn’t be more fitting to share I and how each of styled a piece form this line. So let’s get right into it.

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My outfit selection is very special as today is my 32nd Birthday! Whoot Whoot so happy and thankful to God for allowing me to see another year. I chose the puckering pink jumpsuit. As I’m such a girly girl and can’t stay away from pink. This jumpsuit looks like a 2 piece as it gives a high waisted pant look with the functional buttons down the middle. Wide leg culottes are trending right now and are a must have for this spring and summer! I decided to keep this cool and simple as I paired it with one of my favorite Sam Edleman espadrilles from DSW. All of the vibrant colors make this outfit just pop even more. Staying along with this easy look I chose my blue straw side satchel and my white sunnies from Ross. Bam outfit made easy!


Get the Look:

Jumpsuit | Bag | Shoes (similar)

Below are snippets to all the other Fab Fashionistas. Make sure to check out their blogs for more details.

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Rayni  is such an amazing women, and friend. We instantly connected, share ideas, tips and tricks to inspire all women.We truly have become blogger sisters! With that being said she is wearing this lovely green shirt dress to kick off spring. This dress is so flattering on her and may I just say she is killing this entire look! I love how she paired this with a simple wedge heel, floral belt and a fun straw bag. She is more than ready for summer! Make sure to check out her blog on how she fully styled this look!

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Lydia, is such a delight. I just met her recently and might I say I have actually been following here on #IAmNYandCO… loving her pictures and here I am so honored to be in a group with her. Lydia has an eye for color and gives a very unique take on style. I must admit she has inspired me! So this look is truly giving me lunch date weekend vibes on fierce mode! I mean these popping hot pink shorts, go perfectly with this black and white stripe shirt. Now she decided to add this floral kimono to tie this entire look together. I must admit this was very clever and stylish! For more details on Lydia’s look please make to check out her blog!

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Yolanda, is another wonderful fashion blogger that I have grown to like and follow from all of her New York & Company blogs. She is such a sweet heart, hard working and totally dedicated to inspiring all women. She has a great eye for fashion and speaking of which she styled this blue and white stripe maxi dress for the fashion gawds! I love a bold print with a statement shoe. Find out more details to her look by viewing her blog.

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Mary, well what can I say I have been following her on Instagram for a while now and when I was asked by Rayni to be in this group I was so honored to have such an inspirational blogger like Mary in the group. Such a natural beauty, always positive and of course very fashionable. She chose Gab Unions white sheath dress to blog and this couldn’t be more fitting for her. Once again I love the simple but chic look of this entire outfit. From the gold purse with the matching gold booties was definitely a nice surprise. Continue to Mary’s blog for more outfit details.

This was truly an ALLTOGETHER Blog! I hope you have been inspired let me know which is your favorite look and how you would style it!

xo Happy Fashion Divas.

Distress, Rejuvenate, Refresh!

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I wanted to take a step back and be transparent. Although looking good, shopping and pairing outfits are fun, Being stressed, having anxiety or constantly worrying does not go with any of my outfits!

Stress  is real and can come in many different forms. Whether it’s your job, finances, relationship, family, there are many factors that we can stress and worry about.  It is no secret I sometimes stress and have anxiety attacks. As I have gotten older different things will trigger this for me. Whether it’s things from my past or maybe something that a close friend or relative is going through. I am the type of person that I care deeply about my friends and family and I have often been known to carry other people’s problems.

In recognizing this I have found some ways to manage this organically. You would be surprised how may people you interact with daily are stressed, worry, and have some sort of anxiety or even panic attacks. Living in the united States everyone is on the go, on the move.. gotta get to the next thing right now. Below are some helpful ways I mange stress.

  1. A quiet place: Find you most quiet comfort place to clear your mind. Whether this is in a room in your house, in the dark with all the lights off, the beach, the park. this is important to be able to silence all of the noise.
  2. Write out your thoughts: I like to journal my thoughts. I used to this more when i was in college. I would wake up at 2 am or whenever my mind couldn’t rest. I actually wrote some of my best poems during this time.
  3. Tea: Drinking a hot cup of tea helps relax me. My favorite teas I drink is Yogi Tea. This brand has all different sorts of teas for whatever mood you are in. I love the focus, stress relief, and the moon cycle.
  4. Hot shower or bath: Some of you may know that I love Bath & Body Works. They have an awesome Aromatherapy line, sleepy time and stress relief shower wash and the matching lotions. These soaps actually work. My best tip is to allow the hot water to create steam and breathe in and out slowly. the lavender scent helps relax your mind and body.
  5. Work out: I am terrible when it coming to working out. However my bff has been telling me to try yoga. Unfortunately in the area I live there are no yoga classes. I have taken it upon myself to use my husbands workout bike and his mate to formulate my own routine.
  6. Eat properly: It is important to treat your body just as well as you treat your clothes! I love to eat fresh fruit, drink lots of water, salad with a light dressing, baked meats and veggies. (Let me know if you would like for me to share some of my fun and easy recipes)
  7. Prayer and support: My last tip is my most valued. I try to keep a balanced prayer life and support system. My main source of support is God and my husband. I definitely have my family as a great backup, I can call on them and if i don’t all they always call me 🙂 talking about a  true source of accountability.

How do you distress so that it does not interrupt a good outfit? Let me know in the comment section below. Hope you find these tips helpful. Have a great start to the week Divas.

Xo Happy Fashion