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


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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!