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!

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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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!


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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)

 

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

What Is Your Fashion Inspiration?

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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

How to Achieve 2 Looks 1 Outfit

Do you remember making fresh lemonade and setting up shop on the corner street? Ok I didn’t! However I remember picking lemons in my granny’s backyard. The only thing abut my granny’s lemons is that they were sweet. How do lemons become sweet? Well the neighboring orange tree crossbreed with the lemon tree making an lemorange or an orangemon. Whichever way you these lemons made the best lemonade. You could eat them raw and not once have to pucker your face.

This outfit giving me summer breeze on grandmas porch drinking that good ole sweet lemonade. This 2 piece outfit is from SteinMart, it is very vesatile as it comes with high waisted pants that are lined. So no peek a boos. The top can be cropped or you can pull it down to meet the pants at your waist. It’s off the shoulder with straps. This shirt is a plus because it’s bra friendly.

The red option is if you are feeling bold. I felt that this already vibrant outfit needed a contrasting color so why not red? I added this red floppy hat that is old from Walmart, my JustFab tie up heels and a red Kenneth Cole tote bag.

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For the white an denim option. Now this was easy and safe. Since denim goes with just about anything, this was a no brainier to pair these basket weaved denim heels with this outfit. Toss on some darling cat eye shades and there you have it.

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Two complete looks in one. Which is your favorite look?

xo Happy Fashion Divas!


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Pants | Top| Red Heels (Similar, Name: Reeta) | Denim Wedge (name: Nikola)| Floppy hat | White shades (similar) |Purse

Turn Up The Heat With Color!

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As the temperature here in Georgia starts to heat up, my clothes and color choices do too.  I have been so eager to break out into bright colors. One of my favorite work looks are slim leg pants and a printed blouse. This style is not foreign to Emanee’s Closet as I love a good skinny pant and blouse however the paper-bag waist pant is so hot and trending right now. These are the tapered high waisted version of the wide leg pants that you have seen on the blog.

I was instantly drawn to the hot pink pants.. well I have only been searching for like 4 years, for the perfect hot pink pant! And… of course I found them at New York and Company. Pairing this cute trousers with a vibrant printed top only adds a touch personality to this look. This blouse has cuffed sleeves and can be worn tucked in our out with slacks like I have or even jeans. I love pieces that you can inter-change to dress them up or down!

Let’s not forget this cute kitten heel bow tie pump. Of course form JustFab! These lovelies come in black and blush pink. They are a faux suede material and are very comfortable. These shoes are a perfect match for the office or even a weekend look with jeans.

How are your welcoming spring into your closet?

xo happy fashion divas!


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Pants | Blouse |Shoes (Name: Vail pump)