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!

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Dancing in the Sunshine

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What physical trait most defines you? That’s an odd question! I ask this because, being skinny, my long hair and my big ears is what has always defined me. Till this day people can’t believe that my hair is real. To every skinny joke under the sun to being deemed Dumbo for my ears.

However My hair, skinny frame and big ears are actually my best traits! Society wants you to believe that having big boobs, thick hips and a booty will make you feel more like a women. So not true! God gave me exactly what I needed. Lord only knows what women I would be if I had all the other things I just listed. My hair can go form curly to straight.. my small frame allows me to even shop in the kids section (winning) and my ears.. I chalk that up Ms. Tyra banks and calling them FIERCE!

This outfit has me feeling like I am dancing in the sunshine back in the 70’s. From the off the shoulder white blouse, boyfriend painted semi cuffed rips jeans. I added these knotted yellow espadrille wedges to decorate my feet and a simple yellow and pink tulip scarf to ask a headband.

I love simple outfits that look so well put together. How do you embrace your most hated physical traits? Have you grown to love them?

xo Happy Fashion Divas.

**Some items are no longer available, but I have linked similar items below.


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Blouse | Jeans | Shoes (name: Severine)

Casual Lace Dream

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Didn’t I tell you ladies that NY&CO has been killing it with the jeans? These are another pair I picked up form them.. Online the lace looks black however it’s actually blue. No worries black blue..both are neutral colors! These jeans are apart of the boyfriend soho line and let me tell you, they are more than comfortable has stretch and they don’t shrink. I have been wearing a size 0 for the past 2 years however 0’s are starting to “fit” me way to snug so I bumped up to a size 2.. YAYAYAY I am gaining weight lol.. ladies this has been a struggle of mine all my life. I am probably the only person you will know that is happy about putting on a little weight..

Anyways back to this outfit. I paired these jeans with a lace detailed sweater also from NY&CO. This sweater can be dressed up or down. It also comes in white with black lace and grey with black lace. so gorgeous I want them all. I added the yellow hooded puffer vest for some color. I love jackets and vest with hoods. I have a hard time finding outerwear like this so I had to snag it. I paired this entire outfit with my JustFab booties. This entire look can be found online shop this look now!

How are you staying fashionable in 2018?

xo Happy Fashion Divas


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Jeans (Similar)|Sweater|Vest|Booties (Name: Janey)

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

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Welcome 2018. I am stepped into 2018 feeling fabulous, blessed and ready to conquer this year! I am liven my life like’s Golden! Jill Scott could not have said it better.. I had to start the new year off with this fun and sparkly outfit. Sponsored from NY&CO off the shoulder sweaters are still in trend and will be here through this year! The gold sparkle ombre effect is what caught my eye. The sweater is very soft and can be worn as a cowl neck or off the shoulder.

Ladies New York & Company has been killing it with the cutest jeans all year. I had to snag these beauties.. The gold foiling and distressing on the cuff of these jeans is the perfect match with this sweater. I didn’t stop there, my wedding “Nina” shoes added the icing on this outfit. Simple, cute and sexy. you can easily wear this outfit with a cute pair of boots or tennis shoes if heels aren’t your style. Kick off 2018 in style!

xo Happy Fashion Divas.


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Sweater|Jeans

Tribal Print & Booties

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Hey Divas how is your week going thus far? I can’t complain, however I am so not in the right mindset with my wedding being 24 days away.. So forgive me if my blogs are short, sweet or even delayed 🙂

As you all know I love color and prints and I just could not pass up this tribal print sheath dress. The mixture of geometric shapes and the different vibrant colors just scream… Yes! To give this outfit a more rugged look I opted for my open lace booties and this basket weave purse.. Since this dress does not hug the little” shape I do have I went ahead and added a belt to give it a shape. Don’t be afraid to take a leap with your fashion!

How do you mix and match boots.. prints and dresses? xo happy fashion divas!

Bow Tie Blouse & Jumpsuit

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Sometimes do you ever envision an outfit in your head and are apprehensive of about wearing it? Well thats exactly what I did with this outfit. I love this bow tie button cuff blouse that has grey polka dots. This blouse believe it or not is year around. I picked this beauty up from Forever 21 years ago and it still looks brand new!

I opted to pair this blouse with a grey waist tie jumpsuit that is fitted and taped on the leg from Charming Charlie. This jumpsuit comes with a waist tie however adding this corset belt makes my bust and hips look bigger than what they are!  Ultimately I was not sure how this would look but it works! Because the grey an black in this outfit is muted colors I added my fringe purple lace up heels to give it a pop of color!

If you think it looks good and it works then wear it! Happy fashion Divas.

Dress or Vest.. How would you style it?

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Ladies kick off this work week in style! With this gorgeous Calvin Klein red convertible vest to dress. This look is so classic and can be worn in so many different ways.

  1. As a vest
  2. button it all the way down for a dress
  3. partially open with pants

I love the sophistications of the buttons, belt, pockets dealing and of course the red color! I decided to pair this piece with a pair of statement pair of black and white crop pants from H&M and a simple black blouse. I polished this look with my faux suede tie up Mary Jane heels from JustFab. This look can easily be taken form day to night or form work wear to casual wear.. Try it an let me know how you decided to style your outfit!

Xo Happy Fashion Divas.

Yellow Lace Dress

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So Sorry for the delay on this outfit details.. Sometimes life calls and everything else comes second! Did I ever tell you all how insecure I used to be of my legs, because of how skinny they are.. Well it took me years to gain confidence to be bale to wear short dresses.. shorts and just about anything above the knee. It was not until my early twenties, self evaluation and love for me to say forget it this is the way God made me.. So here I am today wearing clothes above the knee..

Ok now to the outfit details. This lace yellow dress is not a newbie in my closet.. intact it’s a good 5 or more years old.. Hailing form Burlington Coat Factory.. I absolutely love the lace detailing.. the length and the light lining underneath. It’s has an easy access zipper in the back this dress can easily be dressed up or down. I paired it with my simple brown gladiator gold studded sandals from JustFab.. and tied it in with a basket weave two toned hat. I wanted to add color to this look so I opted for this shifted corded weaved multi color purse.

It’s just that simple. Don’t over think an outfit.. and remember love the skin you are in

xo happy fashion divas!

Layered Fringe

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Maybe you have plans for the holiday and you will be in need of a classy look.. or perhaps Church.. you can even wear this look to work! I am in love with this layered fringe dress with mesh and sparkle detailing. This dress comes from Ny&Co and it is not cheap! However theres a great sale going gone right now and you can catch this beauty for $38!

I paired this Eva Mendes dress with a pair of khaki basket weave heels. JustFab sent me this beautiful slate blue (named: Darin Satchel) bag to review. I must say it has become my new favorite bag. It is sturdy, comes with a detachable strap, very spacious and can actually fit my 15′ laptop! This sis a must have bag in your wardrobe.

Feel flirty and classy on these summer days! Happy Fashion Divas.


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Dress | Satchel |Heels

Weekend Vibes Jumpsuit

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Don’t you just love a good jumpsuit that make waking up and looking good easy? First of all since I am petite I love finding pieces that will make me look like I have a little bit more than what I actually have 😉

This jacquard tribal print jumpsuit from TJMaxx is perfect for a weekend look. I love the sweetheart neckline, with the straps and of course it has pockets!! I paired this look with a black straw sun hat hauls from H&M. To top this look off I decided to bedazzle the foot work with these lace up tribal inspired sandals… can you guess from where..JustFab!

Enjoy the kick off to this long holiday weekend.