Denim and Headwraps

I truly am a grandma at heart. I have always been called an old soul, or the little old lady from Pasadena-that my sister calls me. But this outfit truly take me to my inner old lady. why because this is something my mom or grandma would wear. My mom isn’t an old lady but she’s a grandma so she fits into that category!

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This outfit is not made for old women but just embraces that old ole 70’s vibes mixed with modern flare. Eva Mendes does a great job with embracing her culture, heritage and inspirations form her loved ones. I absolutely love this denim chambray ruffle skirt. It comes with a denim belt, and lime green and purple buttons down the front. I can’t get enough of this carmel colored crochet sleeveless top. It is so light weight and just goes perfectly with this skirt.

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I topped this look off with my colorful head wrap from Bold looks and headwraps, a crochet side satchel and matching brown block heels.

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This look is so simple and cute and can be worn anywhere.. I just may wear this to work this week :)!


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The Colorful Giraffe

Hey Divas,

Random question, what is your favorite animal? Mine just so happens to be giraffes. I love how gracefully they walk, how tall they are, their wonderful spotted print and of course their bold eyes with those long eyelashes. I honestly believe that where us human got the idea of elongating mascara from!

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If you guessed that I was drawn to this dress because of the print. You are absolutely right. It looks like a colorful giraffe to me. I have been on the hunt for several maxi dresses and this one satisfied my fashion sweet tooth. This dress is from New York and Company the Eva Mendes line of course!

This maxi dress is great for many reason.

  • It’s long… if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be a maxi dress (duhh)
  • Very light material
  • Thin under lining,
  • Pockets
  • Awesome rope detailing around the waist and acts as straps
  • Multi color print

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You know my theme for this summer is in living color and this tops off this them. I will admit that this dress is extra extra long. I am 5’3 1/2 so I pulled out my 5″ JustFab purple fringe heels with this dress. I will most likely have this tailored so it’s not dragging on the floor. Topping this look off with my orange fringe purse and yellow beaded earring form JcPenny will definitely have heads turning. This dress is great for a hot summer day, week-ending, and of course a hot date. Take you pick!

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How would you style this dress? Happy monday loves Kick this week off in color!


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Fun In The Sun

Ladies you know I love a good 2 piece outfit. So of course I am bringing you another one from New York and Company. This one is no different from the black and white polka dot one that i previously featured. The only difference is the print. I love these outfits because they are instant outfit, cute, light weight for the summer and most of all it’s perfect for a diva on the go!

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I won’t hold you long today as it’s Monday and most of us are grabbing a cup of coffee and jetting put the door like me! So let’s keep it classy, sophisticated and make today count! Shoes are from JustFab, my purse is old from Charming Charlie and my shades are from NY&Co.

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Be inspired and happy fashion divas.


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Maxi Dress Dreamin

I have been on the hunt for summer maxi dresses. Lately I haven’t seen any that I truly fell in love with. However you know my girl Eva Mendes (collection) – from New York and Company always comes through! Every since I did my closet clear out I only have a few maxi dresses in my wardrobe. Adding this beauty was a must.

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Maxi dresses are like jumpsuits to me! Super classy easy outfit all in an instant. you can easily dress them up or down once again depending on the material. This dress is super light weight and I encourage you to wear a slip or shorts underneath as it’s a bit see-thru. There wasn’t  much for me to add to this dress as it speaks for itself.

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I topped this look off with these dazzling blue beaded earrings from JCPenney, my purple fringe heels and bam. Sexy and cool outfit!

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Faux Locs a Protective Style

Hi Divas – it’s officially summer! When it gets hot and humid I instantly look for a protective style for my hair. So one may ask what is a protective style and why?

  • Protective styling is when you braid, twist, bun or put your hair in a style that is low maintenance that holds oil and moisture. The heat, and humidity can be very harsh on natural hair. Which can cause, it to become dry, brittle and break off.

I recently linked up with my best friend who has a soft curly hair. We decided to pick faux locs as her protective style. There’s many different ways to achieve this look, but we opted to crochet pre looped FreeTress faux locs into her hair. This was actually my first time using pre looped hair and when i say it’s one of the best hair inventions ever. I was able to wash, blow dry and install the locs all within an hour and half! See below for each step to achieve this look.

  1. Start off on freshly washed hair. Make sure to deep condition and oil your scalp either prior to braiding or after braiding.
  2. Braid your hair. The braid pattern is important to achieve the look you want. I braided a horizontal perimeter braid in the back so that my friend would be able to put her hair up if she wanted too. I started at the bottom and braided each row into each other leaving one braid loose. I eventually crocheted the loose braid into the braided hair.

     

  3. Install the locs. This is pretty simple and self explanatory. Let me know if you need a tutorial on his to install crochet hair. However you first start off by inserting your needle into one of the braids. Place the loop on the hook and make sure the claps is closed before pulling the needle outward. Once you have pulled the hair through the braid you will only need to to pull the locs through the loop once. I double knotted a few just for extra security.
  4. I recommend to place each loc about a dime size apart. Once you have completed the entire head you can go back and fill in any gaps. IMG_4573

It’s just as simple as that. I recommend to oil your scalp with tee tree oil, jamaican black castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil. I often mix in jojoba and grapeseed oil to my mixture as well. Also I like to spray leave in conditioner in my hair to keep it thoroughly moisturized. Make sure to wrap your hair up at night with a satin scarf or a braid cap.

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What is one of your favorite protective styles? How do you maintain your style?

Xo happy hair divas!

 

The Fab Five Fashionistas: 4th of July Edition

Hey divas are you ready for some bbq, sun, family and friend fun? The real question is what will you be wearing this 4th of July? Well I and my blogger sister The Fab Five Fashionistas have collaborated to bring you some fashion inspiration. I had fun with this collaboration as we mixed pieces that we already had in our wardrobe! We often show you what’s new and on the racks for you to purchase however we figured it would be a great idea to show you that what’s already in your closet can be just as cute! Let me know which outfit idea you will be trying or what you will be wearing on the 4th!

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First up is me. I chose to stick with the traditional red white and blue colors.. as I believe we all did! As many of you know I struggle with having chill clothes in my wardrobe. I picked this cute red and white gingham flutter sleeve t-shirt up from Versona. I pulled out these 3′ blue and white striped shorts from Old Navy. If you have not shopped Old Navy’s shorts it’s a definite must! Every summer they have shorts on sale for $10. I am sure this 4th they will have a flash sale.

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I topped this outfit off with matching gingham knotted slides from Versona and a pair of sunnies form New York and Company.

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Shirt | Slides | Shorts (similar)

 

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My girl Yolda always has the cutest rompers! I should have known she was going to serve up this cute light blue and dark blue pipin off the shoulder romper. First off shes is giving me yacht club vibes! Totally loving this look with the hat touch of red with the triangle bag and those gingham slides! totally cute. Check out Yolanda’s blog for all the fab details.

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I and Yolanda gave you legs for days.. and Lydia is giving me shoulders. I am totally in love with this outfit. This cute red bandeau crop top goes perfectly with this midi length polka dot skirt. This outfit is perfect for a picnic, bbq or even just fun out on the town. I love how Lydia kept this look super chic but classy with the block heel sandals and tassel earrings. Head on over to Lydia’s Blog to find out all the cute details.

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Mary is twinning with me in stripes. She’s totally rocking this blue and white stripe midi dress from the Gab Union line at New York and Company. I love how versatile this dress is. It can be dressed up or down. Mary did such a lovely job with pairing this dress with this straw red and blue hat, cute straw bag and added a pop of red with her cute heels. Find out all the lovely details on Mary’s blog.

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Reyni definitely hit the nail on the head with this gorgeous polka dot red and white dress. It’s not the 4th of July without polka dot or stripes. Reyni kept this look classy with a simple wedge heel, cute round acrylic purse and diva shade  totally loving this look. Find out all the details and more on Reyni’s blog

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Which is your favorite look and what will you be wearing for the 4th? Xo happy fashion divas.

Polka Dots In Color

 

The truth is, my mind has been going crazy with new ideas.. I just can’t control myself. I am super creative and my mind will often race from A-Z and then from Z-A.  Excuse me if my outfits have been very colorful and different.. I will not apologize for my creativity. 🙂

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With that being said let’s keep this simple and sweet. You know I love a good jumpsuit, and this will not be the last one you see on my blog. Polka dots are truly trending right now so if you don’t have anything polka dot in your wardrobe please make your closet happy and snag a blouse, dress, skirt or even some shoe to jazz up your outfit.

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This black and white polka dot ruffle jumpsuit is so perfect for any day. This one can easily be dressed up or down. You can go from work to play in an outfit like this. It is made of a polyester chiffon blend material, which is light and great for those hot summer days. there is no lining but you will not need one since it’s black.

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I decided to had some color to this outfit with my shoes and clutch. These mixed colored kitten heels are old from JustFab. Actually this shoe was one of my first purchases and they still look knew.  My clutch is from an exhibitor at one of the tradeshows I work for. I absolutely love the color swatches, so fun and cute.

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How to do you mix color and prints for an easy everyday look?

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xo happy fashion divas.


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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


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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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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!