Hey divas! Can you believe that July is almost over? Thats right and one of my favorite months is coming up.. Cough Ouch August.. Why? Because it’s the month I was married. This year will make 2 years.. whoot whoot! Not only will I be celebrating my anniversary but my sister will be getting married this coming Sunday. We making magic in August. So with that being said you know i will be blogging the fun road trip form Atlanta to Virginia.. and all of the wedding madness.. you know all the good stuff.
Since it’s Monday it’s time for a little bit of Faith & Fashion.
“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15: 20 KJV
Do you remember the day when you could stay up late, party hard and wake up early? Don’t get me wrong I’m not that old yet, however I definitely have no desire to do any of that anymore lol. SO my routine looked a little bit like this… IN COLLEGE!
- Wake up early
- eat breakfast
- go to class/or work depending on the day
- have study sessions in between classes/ or tutoring sessions on weekends
- attend praise dance practice on Wednesdays..
- THURSDAY-SUNDAY….. is now a blur ahhaha
- okay seriously thought I still had class but sometimes the party would start on Thursday’s and wouldn’t end till Sunday.. not that same party of course but there was always a party.. either a campus party. your bff’s dorm room party.. a Frat/Sorority party… you know the party that homeboy that his ex girlfriends grandmas house which is right around the corner house party.. The all white party.. the shorty short party.. okay okay you get the picture.. So what can I say I had fun. Well to be honest my sister and I and Bff were always the designated driver because we had a car so we were known as the sober girls.. lol
- Stayed up till 2 studying went to IHOP with the L7’s (a nickname for my crew back in the day)
- Monday=Do it all over again
So this horrible college routine only lasted 1 year and half.. I am proud of that cause that life is rough.. Not healthy and definitely not what my momma was supporting me for. However It didn’t take me too long to realize that there’s more to life, college, and me than this type of lifestyle. Thats when I decided to take hold of my actions and buckle down and let the noise go! Meaning the parties, the people that were toxic, and anything that was spiritually unhealthy!
When I made this ultimate shift in my life I that’s when I could see me against the world. I was no longer friends with friends I thought were my girls.. unnecessary drama broke out because I chose not to party or entertain anything less of my new morals and values. I decided to to take a stand for me and for what God had for me.. Honestly at that time I had no idea what God has for me but i knew it wasn’t this or these people.. So today I can honestly say that when you are not of the world .. the world will be against you and you will always have God standing with you. Yes I can look back and laugh on my wayward college days and nights but I look at it a testament to myself that I couldn’t have come this far without my faith and God! Often to many times we get tangled in the trends, society and what we think we should be doing.. This is clearly called being a follower. We are called to lead and be the light not to live in darkness.
My linen jumpsuit can be found at Fab’rik along with these oh so comfortable black slides. I love a cute kimono it’s perfect for summer days or to throw something over you arms if there’s a cool breeze! Kimonos can be found just about anywhere including Walmart.. yep don’t sleep on Walmart. Head on over to Fab’rik now as these items are still on sale. Are you moving forward in style this year? Today take a stand for you!
Xo Happy Fashion divas
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Jumpsuit | Slides | Hat | Kimono (similar)
It’s that time of year when family, friends, cookouts and pool parties take place. Let’s not forget legs and cute outfits come out! Today on the blog I’m getting right to it we are talking about 2 cute outfits to wear this 4th of July.
Flashback honestly I have always shared the 4th with my family. Enjoy the day off with good food. What do yaull typically do? I guess planning something never sparked an interest as it would look like this…. stuck in an amusement park line wearing out my cute outfit. Stuck in traffic with the ac blasting and eating Bojangles… or being uncomfortable because it’s so hot and so many people everywhere. However if I were to truly plan something of course it would be detailed with a bunch of food, water, legs and cute outfits and of course my husband lol.
Okay okay enough with the plans. First outfit up is this darling super cute, sexy semi professional look. This encouragement blazer from New York & Company will sure to get the heads turning. The blazer spread positivity throughout with words such as: Queen, Love, Courage, All we need is Love. This is so awesome since the world that we live in today can be so negative.
I paired this blazer with a pair of 6 inch high waisted flare shorts in red! I can’t remember the last time I bought a pair of shorts this length as anything to long will make me look extra skinny. However these are just right. It to short and not to long. I wore a simple collard chiffon white blouse underneath. This blouse is super old and can be found just about anywhere. I topped this look off with my simple red tie up wedges, tassel earrings and red sunnies.
Tye Dye & Sneakers
will have the millennials saying yasss! I’m not even sure if I fit into that category and I’m such an old soul with some spunk. Anyways my momma would probably have a fit seeing me wear sneakers with this gorgeous tye dye maxi dress that’s from Fab’rik. This dress looks better in than off. It’s super light weight no lining but not see through. It ties around the neck and cinch in at the waist. What’s truly gorgeous is the overall tye print of this dress. Have you ever seen ugly tye dye? Well I have…
Can we talk about these sneakers…. so as we know crazy fun sneakers have made the come back with a twist. Unfortunately I can’t afford $100 pair of sneakers or maybe I just won’t pay that much lol. Yeah the last time I did that was back when I purchased a pair of light blue timberlands this was like in the year 2000. Anyways. I got these colorful sneakers from ShoeDazzle as. A matter of fact they are 50% off right now! Pairing this fun outfit with my strawberry purse and highlighter pink sunnies did the trick!
It’s just as simple as that. So what are you outfit plans and day plans for the 4th? Be safe and have fun. Xo happy Fashion Divas.
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Look 1: Blazer | Shorts |Wedges |Blouse
Look 2: Maxi Dress|Sneakers |Purse
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.
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.
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!
Xo happy fashion Divas!
Peplum Blouse | Leather Skirt | Leopard bag | Pumps
Hey divas is your wardrobe fall ready? Yes, no, maybe. Well if you are looking to elevate your wardrobe this fall and winter the Gabrielle Union Collection exclusively at New York & Company is a great starting point.
I’m kicking it off with this royal blue and black knit striped dress. Ladies let me first off by saying the quality is amazing and so is the fit. This dress will definitely hug every curve on your body.
I love dresses like this as they are easy and always make you look like you put effort into your outfit. I decided to pair this dress with pops of color such as red and white. I added these red vibrant earrings, red shades and a color block chevron print bag. My shoes are old from JustFab but are such a classic as they give the stripe effect to my feet!!!
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Dress | Shades |Earrings| Purse
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.
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!
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Jumpsuit | Bag | Shoes (similar)
Below are snippets to all the other Fab Fashionistas. Make sure to check out their blogs for more details.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Sometimes we don’t realize where we find our inspiration from and other times we just follow the trends. Each year as I get older I count my blessings and realize how much I am becoming more like my mother. Not just by the way I look, but how I pair my outfits.
I am keeping it simple on today’s blog with this eyelet white maxi dress. I bought this last season from New York & Company for my honeymoon. I didn’t have the chance to wear it as it was extremely hot in St. Lucia. This maxi dress is delicately made as it has eyelet laces, crochet and comes with a lining! Awesomely made. I decided to pair this dress with my blue and white nautical stripe wedges from Justfab. Let’s not forget I love a good sun Hat. Keeping along with the fresh nautical theme this blue and white strip hat is the perfect match! Don’t like hats? throw on a cute pair of sunnies. Basket weave purses are trending right now and I just so happen to have one in blue from TJmaxx.
As I was looking through some family photos, I came across this picture of my mom in this white maxi dress. I couldn’t help but laugh because here I am in the same type of dress. Thanks mom!
Where do you find inspiration from?
xo Happy fashion Divas.
Dress (similar)| Shoes (similar)|Hat (similar)|Purse
Maxi dresses have evolved into a spring and summer must have for me. Honestly long maxi dresses growing up were not the hottest trend for a teenager let alone for any young girl trying to figure out her fashion sense. Maxi dresses can go grandma real quick.. or even too sexy depending on your body type. Here are a few helpful tips for picking a maxi dress.
- Maxi: Equals long in length, but does not mean big in width. Be mindful if you are short like me some maxi dresses will tend to hang on me and make me look even skinnier. Try the high low or the asymmetrical maxi dresses this will give he look as if you are taller instead of shorter. If you are bigger than me do not buy a larger size or try to cover up your shape. this will only make you look larger or like you are wearing grandmas moo-moo! Flaunt what you have gracefully.
- Prints: if someone who is a size 0 with a printed maxi dress on the odds of it looking the same on someone who is considered plus size, it will not look the same. Prints play an illusion that you are bigger or smaller. If you are considered plus size try smaller prints and if considered petite try a larger print. let me know how that works?
- Shape: Weather you are big or small we all have to create that illusion that we have this banging shape. Even if you have a small waist you tend to accentuate this area. Try purchasing dresses with a waist tie to pull in your waist. this will create that hour glass affect.
Maxi Dresses are a must have and should be a staple for spring and summer. They are easy, light and many wearing often wear them to weddings and date nights. you can always dress them up or down depending on the material and style! Don’t forget maxi dresses can be worn with heels, tennis shoes or sandals.. take your pick.
For this look it’s a simple wrap maxi dress. The wrap helps to pull in my waist and make my bust look bigger. I went with a soft bold print. Because this dress is long i choose to pair it with heels. This give the illusion that i am taller, like I am going to rip the runway. How would you style this dress?
This dress is no long available, but I have you covered click here for several options!
xo Happy Fashion Divas!
Have you ever felt lost in a crowd..not noticeable almost like you are invisible? I have found that many people feel this way, I know I have. Finding your voice is one of many factors to self love.
My twin aka my mom often would say never loose your voice. Coming from a broken family household I often saw my mother’s voice being limited. I didn’t understand her words then, but I often found myself trying to fit in with the latest fashion…that never looked good on me. It wasn’t until I was in undergrad at Norfolk State University when I realized, I can’t run to the store and just buy anything.. There’s an actual science, remedy a method to this. Once I developed my own style, this is when my voice developed.
Since then my style has changed and has become more fashionable but it relates to who I am creatively. To me fashion is art! Your voice is not just the words that you speak but by the way you creatively express yourself. Once I found my voice, I feel alive, bold and I love myself just that much more.
* Check out New York and Company for similar Dress from Eva Mendes.
Growing up in the inner city of San Diego California, I was not exposed to all of the many arts, high society clubs, luxury cars and many other things. I wouldn’t say I was raised in the ghetto. However my parents did the best they could. Well we did have the biggest house on the block and many people thought we were rich. Rich in money? No! But rich in style yes.. Both of my parents new how to dress and instilled that in my brothers and sisters. My mother would always tell me “Always dress to impress, you never know who you will met.” I intend to always dress my best.
Flashing into present day my husband was raised the same way however was exposed to luxury in many different ways. However we have the same mindset although we come form different locations and background! It amazing how you can meet someone who is just like you! My husband is an Aerospace Engineer, who loves all things, trains, plane and automobiles. He is a natural for tech gadgets and things that go fast. Totally opposite of me.
We were recently invited to the Bentley Reveal party of the all new Bentley Continental GT (Grand Touring). Let me give this car a moment of silence… Okay so when you think of Bentley you think of high class, fancy, red carpet right? Well I at least do and so does my husband. We didn’t know who we would meet let alone network with.. I of course dressed us both and figured, lace, and suede always look rich.
My outfit is from Dillards. this is one of the dresses i purchased during the New Year’s sale. I snag this beauty for more than a bargain! Te detailing on this dress is exquisite as it actually fades to different shade of burgundy. There’s a nice lining underneath that stops right at the knee leaving the rest of the lace see-thru. I paired this lace Antonio Melani dress with my burgundy suede JustFab heels. My husband was fitted in a matching burgundy blazer and black lapel.. fitted black slack pants and “custom” made shoes.. okay they are not custom made but the way they match this blazer one would think so.
For any car lovers out there check out the full Bentley Continental GT technical review form my husband Ben Wayne . Enjoy!
How has your past shaped your present? Are you more than grateful for thing your parents taught you even if you had access to luxury things in life? I am more than appreciative for what I did, didn’t and now have.
XO Happy Fashion Divas.
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This look is giving my China Doll. I feel in love with this dress instantly. From the bold metallic yellow the perfectly placed embroidered cranes with the dabs of orange red.. This dress give me life. I feel like it’s such a statement without it being to much. I picked this Gorgeous dress up from Dillards during the New Years sale. I paired it with my lace up red JustFab heels along with this Green scallop purse from Charming Charlie. Try letting your clothes speak for themselves. Happy Fashion Divas!