Wrapped In Summer Knit

That sweet heat, summer weather is is in full swing. With the random rain storms I equate this to some like it hot! I know I do. So what is a diva to wear during weather like this? Well of course my favorite clothing store and brand has you covered! Should I even ask if you can guess who and where?

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New York and Company of course! They have the perfect transiitoning pieces from spring to summer. I typically stay cold inside the office or anywhere where theres AC on full blast. This lovely knit wrap blouse and skirt are perfect. It keeps me warm enough inside and cool enough on the outside. The top knit material is heavy enough but light enough for a full breeze to tickle your skin. However don’t be mistaken its not see through! The lovely knit material dances down to the skirt and it’s fully lined.

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I love how the purple and pink play with the neutral in this piece. The skirt can be found in this lovely creme or blushing pink. I opted for the cream since I can wear it with other pieces in my closet! I topped this look off with my fringe purple peep toe sandals from JustFab. UGHH I need JustFab to bring things hotties back.. I swear I want them in every color. Grab some sunnies and a cute bag and you are ready for work or play!

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Guess what you’re in luck! If you shop now both pieces are on sale!

Xo Happy Fashion Divas.


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Knit wrap top | Knit Skirt

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International Womens Day

Hey Divas it’s that time of year again when we celebrate all women. Matter fact everyday should be a celebration! I have teamed up with my girls to bring you some empowerment, support and motivation on this International Women’s Day!

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I think it’s very important for women to understand who they are, to love themselves, and to know their self worth. Since support in all things are key Dani, Kisha and I thought it would be even more impactful to highlight some women owned business in this collaboration!

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First off I can’t express how excited I was to do this collab with my girls and hitting on such an important topic. I have stated this before, we are all uniquely creative, strong, powerful, educated, beautiful the list goes on. But I couldn’t be more prouder to stand next to these women on this day! The continue motivation, girl talks, and girl get up off your butt and write that blog support is totally amazing! We each individually have our own challenges and struggles but we definitely balance each other out. Cough cough this is why you definitely need a girl tribe!

so on that note lets define some words that make us women unique! Please note that I took these definitions straight off of Google I’ll explain why as you keep reading!

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Wom·an

  • an adult human female.
  • a female person associated with a particular place, activity, or occupation.
  • female adults in general
  • a female paid to clean someone’s house and carry out general domestic duties.

This is a snippet of what was listed on Google. However these definitions do not define a women! a women yes is an adult female! however I am not defined as a house cleaner. Do I clean my house? wash my clothes and cook my own food? YES! But these are daily tasks that both men and women do. Furthermore a janitor can be associated with a man. I totally understand that “a women’s” role is normally looked at in the house but that doe snot define us!

Beau·ti·ful : Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.

Grace·ful: having or showing grace or elegance.

In·tel·li·gent: having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.

Bold: (of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.

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These are a few words that we are often over looked or the definition is not appropriately applied to women. Listen up ladies do not be defined as something that you are not! You are more than what someone says you are but what God has called you to be! Short, tall, skinny, fat, short hair, long hair, or no hair, gap teeth, no teeth, glasses, no glasses, freckles, moles. Embrace your beauty form within, that’s when people will truly understand and see you for you!

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Switching gears to highlight some of this good fashion that we are bringing you today. I am highlighting my girl Mrs. Juanita of Bold Looks and Head Wraps  (BLHW) and Shan of Sewsophitikated. I had to the opportunity of meeting both of these wonderful women at last years World Natural hair show! BLHD head wraps are hand made and you have the option to pick which type of material you would like. Juanita is also able to customize pieces to your liking. Although her specialty is head wraps she also offers, purses, t-shirts and jewelry. Make sure you stop by BLHW and get crowned! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Sewsophitikated is a one stop shop as well. I actually found Shan through the hair show and Dani! You can get crowned, bedazzled with handmade jewelry, skirts that are tailored made for you and purses! I opted to pick up one of her handmade purses! Let me tell you the quality is amazing! Make sure to stop by and check out her products.

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Now are you feeling more than a girl boss!! it’s time to Boss up ladies and strut your stuff! Take control over you and density! What and who defines you? Let’s cheers to International women’s day!

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Make sure to stop by Kisha’s and Dani’s blog post to get their details on their look!

xo Happy Fashion divas!


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Top | Head Wrap |Clutch

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup

I love soup during the cold weather…don’t you? Yes Soup and salad is one of my favorite classic meals. It’s fast and an easy meal that you can also use a meal prep! I am so here for meal prep. Let me know if you want me to give you some meal prep ideas and recipes.

Ingredients

• 1 bag of cubed frozen or fresh potatoes (bag/not frozen: simply potatoes) if using fresh cook time will vary

• 1 bag of shredded sharp cheese or mozzarella- which ever you prefer… I sometimes use both!

• 1 stick of cream cheese, 8 oz – you can use nonfat crème cheese

• 2 lbs, 32 oz of chicken broth

• ¼ cup of chopped onion

• ¼ cup of bell pepper

• 1 can of cream of chicken soup

• Salt and pepper to taste

• Crock pot

 

Now let the magic begin!

Pour the potatoes, cream of chicken, onion, bell peppers, and the chicken pot in the crock pot. Give it a nice stir. You crock pot should be on low temp as you will cook this for 6 hours on low. If you are using the fresh unfrozen potatoes cook for 4 hours. Place the lid on top and frequently check on your fixings. About 30 minutes before your 4 hour 6 hour mark, layer in some of your shredded cheese and cream cheese to your desire. The more cream cheese the thicker your soup will be. You can always add more chicken broth to thin it out. You will now also add in salt and pepper to taste.

Let that simmer and melt…

Bam! That’s it creamy potato soup. If you would like to kick this recipe up a notch try adding shredded chicken, bacon chives on top and broccoli!! Yummy. Please let me know if you tried this recipe and how you liked it!

Bon appetite divas.

How To Find Your Own Unique Style!

Hey divas, what type of fashionista are you. You see I think that every women has a fashionista inside of her weather, you are trendy, classic, sporty, urban, modern, chic, and simple the list can go on. I developed my since of style over time. I can tell you one thing I didn’t like looking or feeling normal. I love pops of color with a classy edge. On todays blog I’m giving you 3 helpful tips on how to dress outside the box! Are you ready for this?

Find you unique sense of style

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Whether it’s a favorite color, print/pattern, ruffles, high collar blouse, bell sleeves, flare legs, maxi skirts, skinny leg pants, find it! Once you find what you love you will begin to develop your sense of style! Like I said I feel like I tend to overdo it thats why most of my family calls me the Diva! And that fine I welcome it!

 

Start mixing and matching you favorite pieces

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Start mixing neutrals with a pop of color. Once you have spiced up your outfit with color then throw in a print. Complimentary prints will add a sense of character to your outfit. If I’m unable to find the perfect print to match with my solid I tend to jazz it up with my accessories  Fun shows, purses and head wear can also do the trick.

 

If it’s wrong then it’s right

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Remember there is no wrong to fashion.. well there are a few rules when mixing prints. Im sure I wrote a blog on this if I find it I will link it here! Colors often can be your best friend  In this case take my outfit I have mixed snake print with cheetah print? Yes 2 different animals but it works. How? Well they are both in the same color family.. Did you even notice the 2 different prints. It’s subtle things like this that will make you the ultimate fashionista!

So how did you do? I seriously want to see how you styled some of your closet treasures! I have talked about this before on my blog that your clothing is a form of expression, your identity and your creativity.

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Now for the details on my look. Let’s start off with these radical boots. They are from Ericdress. They sent me a bunch of items and these boots were the only thing that actually checked out! Yay cause they are hot fire! I paired these mixed media snack print faux suede boots with my  purple suede jump or what we call midi dress. This dress is so comfortable, thick and lined. This was a Dillards find from a few years ago! I honestly had no idea how to add the orange let alone if I was going to wear orange with this look. To be honest I thought ti was so far out there and had to convince myself that this was bomb.. and it is! This chunky knit sweater is from H&M, I picked this beauty up for $15. I topped my look off with a Leopard print belt and bag.. and of course some old fashioned sunnies.

xo Be your Own Fashionista


Sweater (similar)| Boots

Get Fit-Ted with Jonathan M.

Hey Divas its Faith in Fashion time. This month I have been so motivated by my peers! Ones especially with black owned businesses. I wanted to highlight a friend of mine, who is multitalented, educated and always in good spirits.  We all have heard the alarming teen obesity rate is up, according to chilhoodobesity.org we are looking at a rang of 14.5% – 26.1% ranging from age groups 2-18. that is insane! There are so many factors besides eating right, but your family foundation, a healthy environment, stability, love the list goes on.  So let’s dive a little deeper into what exactly Johnathan is up to!

 

Meet Jonathan Marsland

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Johnathan Marsland, a Creative Director, Entrepreneur as a Youth Track Coach, Clothing Designer and Gym Owner has tapped into something that today’s youth need! Being fit, healthy and motivated. The youth is our future and It all starts with them. Keeping them fit, educated and smart about fitness and healthy eating is my goal. So I have created three platforms which all work together in some form or fashion. From working out in my gym to running at my track and field program and lastly designing great sport apparel to look and feel good.”

 

Track Genius Fitness Lab

The Lab! doesn’t this sound strong, like you are about to learn something and become a new person! I having a marketing background love this name Track Genius fitness Lab! The Track Genius Fitness Lab “The Lab” is a training gym located in Nyack, NY where personal training for the youth is provided as well as some of the parents.

  • The goal is to cultivate a relationship with the athletes during the off season and to keep them in shape so they can be on top of their game.
  • All athletes are welcomed, no matter what sport they are involved in. This keeps them focused and relieves stress, pressure that they may be faced with .
  • The training builds the youths confidence and makes them realize there goals and mission.

www.trackgeniuslab.com
Instagram: @trackgeniusfitnesslab

 

Rock City Striders Track and Field Club

As if the “Lab” wasn’t enough since 2011 Jonathan has teamed up with the local community to make an impact for children between the ages 5 to 16.  Rock City Striders Track and Field Club is a community based non profit track and field program. Programs like this are hard to find anywhere. Not only is it one of its kind in Rockland County New York but it strives to enable children to develop their own athletic potential but to learn core life values. Some being: discipline, leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility and character! This program is found nowhere else in the track and field world! Core mission of this program is:
  • Rock City Striders mission and vision is to provide a quality program for each youth and their families through a constructive track and field experience that is based on individual development and performance.
  • To instill core values in each of our athletes that will ensure their success both on and off the track, with the support of parents and community; and to help improve the quality of life for both youth and families through physical fitness and health & wellness education.
 

Speed City Edition

All this workout.. getting fit talk got me loosing pounds just writing this blog! Okay okay let me hush up my non workout tail. However You all know my thing is fashion and guess what there’s an apparel line to go with all of this fitness fun!Speed City Edition was actually birthed by Jonathan’s own two wonderful children. the idea is for youth to collaborate with other athletes with great ideas to create and design workout apparel that appeals to them! Let’s be real we all love Nike, Puma, Adidas, reebok but how cool is for you tot design your own workout gear. This is so awesome because it elevates the youth mind and actually puts them in an entrepreneur mindset. So far Speed City Edition has done have done 5 collaborations with Bow Athletics, I Am Flight, and Chasin Greatness to name a few. These collaboration have been majorly successful.
  • This allows teens to have the opportunity to grow, learn, understand business values, earn money all while being creative at the sametime.
  • A platform to building na stronger youth within the community

Jonathan like to call this movement “For Youth by Youth”!

Speed City Edition 
Instagram: @speedcityedition
 
Are you feeling motivated yet? If not I can sure tell you I am! This is the type of things I love to read about. Jonathan and these companies are most definitely hidden gems right here in our own neighborhood! We need to elevate and uplift programs and business like this more often. I believe that we all get so fascinated with name brands and what’s currently trending, awhile there is something right in front of us! I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone including me and start striving to do something different, weather it is building a business, taking a course to learn something new, writing out goals of what you are going to accomplish.. or in my case start working out! 🙂  I want to Give my friend Jonathan a special thanks for allowing me to conduct this cover story on him and his businesses and if you are in the New York area hit him up for some training! None of us win if we don’t support!
Xo Happy Monday Divas

Lady In Red

I felt like carmen Jones in the Peplum outfit.. Giving me lady in red vibes.. Okay divas so Valentines day is right around the corner and I thought I would give you some sizzling valentines day inspiration.

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Let’s jump right into it. You ladies have seen this red 3 tiered peplum top on my instagram page. Peplums will always show off your best curves. I paired it with this ruffled peplum leather skirt. I thought the double ruffle effect would be so stylish and glam. I decided to make this loo extra sexy with fishnet bow back leggings and these gorgeous bedazzled red pumps! Ladies be ready to make your man purr, cause yawl are going to be smoking hot.

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So what are your valentines day plans? Last year I and the hubby did nothing lol.. I guess you can call us old now.. Ha no but honestly the stress of trying o find the perfect gift, restaurant and everything else that goes into it I so was not feeling it. We actually had a home cooked meal, exchanged cards and cuddle dup to a one of favorite movies! Now that’s what I call love :). This year.. I just might want a steak dinner and a present ha we shall see! No pressure!

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Xo happy fashion Divas!


Peplum Blouse | Leather Skirt | Leopard bag | Pumps

Faith in Fashion

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

It’s Monday divas and I’m back with my Motivational Monday’s but I am switching this up to be called Fashion in Faith for 2019! If you’ve been following me on Instagram @emaneescloset you will know that I recently lost my godmother, friend, second mommy all of the above 2 weeks ago. So this Monday I am seeking positivity and rejuvenating my spirit.

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I decided that I would use this very well know scripture for today’s motivational Monday quote. Sometimes we need to get back tot he basics instead of complicating life and daily tasks. I am a strong believer of keep things simple… except my clothing lol. Sometimes when things become too hard.. so complicated  that when you need to stop and listen to the lord. How do you listen to God? It’s simple.. seriously just stop.. push out all the negative thoughts, your own thoughts.. this if’s ands, and but’s and allow God to live through you.. God speaks to us all differently and you have to learn to listen to him. This is when you allow God to lead in all things you do.

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No, it’s not always easy as we tend to just get up and do what feels right.. But who says what we are doing is right? Life gets hard and I have way to many testimonies where God seriously has given me the strength to get over many challenges. Everyday I pray with my husband, and before I go into work I pray again. I never know what that day is going to bring but I tell you one thing that prayer helps! I know you can relate, I’m sure you have gotten a call at work about something, a project stressed you out, a coworker was mean to you.. or even your lunch was nasty (okay maybe not) your child was bad at school, you got a flat tire.. The list goes on.. Divas call on him, he will give the strength to get through all things! Amen

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Have a good week divas I hope this uplifted you.

Need some motivation through music.. I love this song Called God Held me By Zacardi Cortez

Ladies I kept this outfit super simple and I shopped my closet. My jeans are of course form New York and Company. We all need a good boot cut jean and these were perfect and affordable. The honeycomb sweater is from who knows where I can’t remember that’s how long it’s been! But there are tons of these sweaters everywhere. Girls my blazer was gifted to me from a friend from church!! I love the colors and the print and the fabric is bomb! I have left a few of my favorite blazers below. Yawl already know where my booties are front! Shoedazzle of course. These fur babies are super comfortable ant hey have ribbons for laces..

XO Happy Fashion Divas.


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Jeans| Sweater | Blazer 1 | Blazer 2

2019 Let’s Get it!

Happy New Year Divas! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. For most of u it’s back to the daily grind, make money spend money survive. This year I want to change my mindset and stop feeling like i’m a slave to my job, bills, cough cough student loans and other daily tasks. I want to start living for the things I enjoy. After-all we only live once so you better enjoy it. I admit I did fall off on planning some of my goals but life happens.

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So divas I’m back and ready to conquer 2019. I just purchased this blogging planner.. cough cough which I should have ordered months ago. but that’s okay better late than never. I am tying to bring you all more savvy, inspirational, meaningful content. So let me ask you this.. what would you like to see on the blog? What are you interested in reading about? Ask and your wish is my command. So hold on tight divas 2018 was just the beginning and we about to dive deep into fashion, shopping, food, spirituality and more this year are you ready? oh yes and by the way did you catch me on Poshmark? that’s right hunny I am selling items in my closet! finally right? Yes I have way too many clothes in my closet so why not share! You can find me at Poshmark here.

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It’s Monday, are you ready to crush this day? Well I am and this look is giving my girl boss vibes. pink is one of my favorite colors and of course New York and Company got all this pink right! This sweater is from the Eva Mendes collection and the blushing pink wide leg pants are form the 7 Avenue line from NY&CO as well.. I simply added this taupe but almost blush pink JustFab pumps to tie the look all together. This look is simply soft and classy. make a bold statement without trying at all! Xo Happy Fashion divas!

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Holiday Gift Ideas with Versona

Hey   Divas are you done Christmas shopping? Well I sure am. I like to get it done out of the way. So Now all I am doing is finishing up wrapping all the goodies. But for you last minute shoppers I have some cute ideas that affordable from Versona. I have featured Versona on the blog before however they sent me a gift card to snag some goodies to share with you lovely ladies. If you haven’t been to a Versona near you, you must go they have everything a fashionista can dream of, including accessories and great gifts, such a mugs, coin purses, socks, jewelry, scarfs, notebooks and more.

 

If you know me I love sweaters! and sweaters are the perfect gift for anyone. Currently sweaters are on sale at just about every store. However this lovely stripe sweater  is on sale for only $22. This sweater has quarter length sleeves and it s lightweight knit material. This is perfect for layer under a thick coat like I have paired with it. Theres s o many colors in this sweater that I chose to pair a shearling grey moto jacket, my favorite NY&CO jeans and my Justfab shearling boots. I topped this look off with a cable knit hat from hobby lobby. Thats right hobby lobby even has accessories. Don’t sleep on it.

 

 

Next up Knitted hats! Thats right I go no where without a knitted hat! My ears are sensitive to the cold air, and I often get ear aches which can be super painful. So I tend to always have my ears covered in the winter.. Which to means equals cute head wear! So I was immediately drawn to these super cute metallic knitted hats. let’s be a real when was the first and last time you saw metallic knitted hats? mm never, nada, no lol at least I haven’t.. So I had to snag these and this cute colorful blue knotted knitted hat. Accessories like this make great gift ideas! don’t you think so?

 

 

 

My final purchases consisted of these lovely leather burgundy paper bag high waisted pants. whew what a tongue twister. These beauties are on sale for only $14! Say what yes only $14. These can only be found in store but I have left a link to an alternative style to pair with this look. I paired these pants with a fitted pink sweater and topped it off with this loop ling line vest. Ladies this vest is brand new so find it in stores! But wait I didn’t  stop there I figured the copper knitted hat would at a pop so I decided that my metallic rose gold oxfords would complete this look!

 

 

 

All of these items can be found online or in store.. Add these items to your holiday wish list or start giving from Versona!

Xo Happy Holidays!

Holiday Outfit Inspiration- Fab 5 Fashionista’s

The countdown is on Divas! Do you have your holiday look ready? With the holiday’s right around the corner, you are going to need Christmas party, dinner date, girls night out, New years eve party outfits! Whelp me and my girls teamed up to bring you a variety of ideas! From dressy to casual anything that will satisfy your hearts desires! Well buckle up because we have some juicy details coming up!

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Let’s jump right into it with me and this winter winter white with a touch of sparkle! That’s right I know you diva’s love sparkles around this time of year and so do I. Let’s start from the foot work this time. Ladies I love a good bootie and sparkly one at that and  and of course Justfab got me right! She’s a bootie stiletto she is 4.5 inches but hunny she’s comfortable and definitely will make a statement.

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I paired her with these all white wide leg high waisted pants with a tie! Ladies you already know I love a good wide leg pant and tase fit perfect. Can you guess where I got these beauties form? Yep that’s right New York and company and my matching ombre and white off the shoulder sweater is as well. Cough cough do you ladies remember this sweater from last year? Thats right you know i love to recycle outfits from where Emanee’s Closet!

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This look is perfect for a holiday party, work function and even Christmas dinner! How will you rock a holiday pant outfit?


 

Okay Ladies now it’s time to shop my girls looks

Reyni of Curls and High Heels

Looking for a classy jumpsuit with sparkles? Yes sparkles are in but with a classy all black twist! I absolutely love this look. But I know this jumpsuit and my no bootie little boob self couldn’t fill it out. Reyni has the perfect shape and curves that make this look sexy and classy. Head on over to her blog to get all the details!

Lydia of Chictostreetstylemom

Let me just say I have this same dress and I styled it the same exact way! Great fashionistas sister think alike!!! Ladies this green is amazing and if you don’t have it go get it!!! Lydia styled this dress perfectly from day to night! there’s not a place where you can’t wear this! Go to her blog to find out the details!

Mary of Curlybrydiechirps

Plaid anyone? We all know plaid is super trending and especially for the holiday season! Mary stayed this all plaid look. I must say I would be terrified to do plaid on plaid but she just gave me a boost of confidence to face my fears and just do it! Where would you wear this look? I would wear it to a holiday party for sure, out and about. heck I love making statements! Head on over to her blog to find out all the details!

Yolanda of Curlypetiterenee

When in doubt wear red? Yess Yolanda is giving us a super classy and fun red dress. This is a dress that I need in my closet. Looking for a red dress to get the party started? Head on over to Yolanda’s blog for all the deets!

So which is your favorite look? What will you be wearing for the holiday’s?

Xo happy fashion divas!