1 Skirt, 3 Looks

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Starting off this week’s 3 looks in 1 special is this dark floral A-line midi skirt I got for $10! I found this item a bit of a challenge due to it’s proportions since it’s rather long on my 5’3 frame, but I made it work 3 3 totally different ways.  When purchasing items it’s always smart to think of at least 3 ways to wear it with items already in my closet in order to make it a resourceful  closet addition. Here are 3 ways I incorporated this fall-ready skirt into my wardrobe.

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This girl’s night out look is sexy yet sweet mixing the skirt with a cute cut out top and strappy heels. I added some edge by topping the look with some leather accents with a studded clutch and motorcycle jacket.

Jacket – Winners
Top – Garage
Clutch – Urban Behavior
Earrings – Toni Daley  – they’re currently on sale!
Heels – Aldo

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This date night look is subtly sexy with a glimpse of a midriff with this crop top turtleneck. The skirt stacked on top of knee high boots is perfect for the fall. Tip: For those ladies like myself with thicker legs, check out plus size clothing labels. Simple clear crystal hoops and a side swept low ponytail are the perfect way to keep the focus on the graphic skirt.

Turtleneck – Urban Behavior
Skirt – Sirens
Earrings – Ardene
Knee boots – Ashley Stewart

Another style option is to style the skirt with a bit of an urban vibe with a leather baseball cap and nude sandals to offset the overall dark look.

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This 3rd look is print on print work style with an addition of a leopard print slim belt. The green v-neck sweater makes the green and red in the skirt pop and add another level of vibrance. The ankle boots are a little western but the metallic sheen gives them a modern feel dressy enough for a skirt.

Sweater – Zara
Skirt – Sirens
Belt – Old Navy
Boots & Earrings – Ardene 
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ffashionista_3in1_20142010_7This bonus look is uses the sae formula as look #3 but a more muted look when the green sweater is switched with a taupe one and the leopard belt is replaced with a red belt. It’s still as effective but more classic and sweet. To dress up the look even more, I’ve paired look #4 with taupe strappy heels.

Sweater – Joe Fresh
Skirt & Shades – Sirens
Belt – Costa Blanca
Heels – Suzy Shier

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Which look is for favourite? Comment below!

Batter Up!

To cap off this week’s athletic-inspired fashion trend, I took a baseball game look and put a fashionista twist to it with gold, stripes and heels. I borrowed this Louisville Slugger “Shoeless” Joe Jackson MVP collector’s jersey from a baseball  fanatic friend of mine & incorporated some black and white pieces I already had in my closet. For accessories I went a bit tribal with these gold pieces I scored from Ardene – my #1 store for trendy costume jewelry.

This week’s fashion trends were a challenge for me since I’m not that sporty – but I pulled through! I’m sure I’ll post some outtakes of other outfits I created for a laugh, I even tried some fitness poses in some of the shots which were good for a laugh (squats and lunges galore lol). Fashion and life is about taking risks – stepping outside your comfort zone and adding your flavour to all of life’s moments.  Embrace yourself flaws and all and love you for who you are. Easier said than done, I know, but daily work gets you a step in the right direction.

Yesterday I had a shitacular (new word!) day and it threw off my balance and I could feel I wasn’t being the best version of myself in my interactions with others and most of all myself. I yelled, ate junk food and got into a fender bender. Normally I’d let that affect my entire week but I’m the driver not the passenger in this life of mine and it’s up to me to steer myself in the right direction. So today I greet life with an open heart & mind and a bright smile, remaining thankful for this the glorious thing called life.

Have a great weekend Fashionistas! Next week’s fashion challenge is a fun one – 1 item styled 3 different ways. That’s 9 looks for the week! Stay tuned!

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Special Edition Jersey – borrowed
Top – Sirens
Pants – Suzy Shier
Heels – Aldo
Accessories – Ardene

Varsity Hues

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” – Kurt Cobain

My favourite outerwear have to be varsity jackets, they’re casual yet polished and come in a bunch of colour combos. I bought this soft jacket awhile ago from Forever 21 and because of its classic tones, I get to dress it up and down. Today I chose to dress it up a bit with a grey crop top and hi waist pencil skirt. I wore this for date night to the fairly new Ripley’s Aquarium which was a blast, the conveyor belt trip through the main tank was surreal. It’s great for kids and after 6pm became a great adult night out. I chickened out on touching the stingrays – maybe next time!

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Varsity Jacket – Forever 21
Top & Necklace – Urban Planet
Skirt – Suzy Shier
Heels – Winners

Gobble, Gobble Fashion Day

Happy Thanksgiving Fashion lovers – take time today to reflect on the positives in life and show gratitude to the ones you love.

This week’s fashion trend is all things athletic-inspired. This is one trend I’ve always had a hard time incorporating, since I am not athletic! I don’t own a pair of sweatpants & my runners come out once or twice a year. I do however love a great varsity jacket  or jersey which can always add a casual-cool element to your look. Today’s look is a girly-leisure outfit where I took a simple  bodycon dress and added dimension with a floral bomber jacket, chain and pleather baseball cap. And for the fall weather I’m trying to invest in more legwear like these black stockings in order to transition more pieces from the summer.

Time to pull my belly up to the table and OD on some grub – happy gobble, gobble!

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Dress & Earrings – Forever 21
Bomber jacket – Garage
Baseball cap, Sunglasses & Boots – Urban Behavior
Chain choker – Ardene

Bonita Applebum

Do I love you?
Do I lust for you?
Am I a sinner cuz I do the two?
Could you let me know
Right now, please
Bonita Applebum

The older I’ve gotten the wiser I’ve become thankfully. I waste less time in relationships that don’t bring out the best in me or motivate me to do so. I cherish my family and friends, although I know I could have closer relationships with them all. I’m still learning me, still appreciating what makes and essentially defines me. I don’t think it’s a specific word or event but a collection of both that’ll bring me to a state of contentment.

All this focus on myself has made my dating life nonexistent and my enthusiasm to date lackluster.  I’m dating me! It’s been almost a year since I’ve been on a date. Yes, men approach me; they lust the exterior & are intrigued by my interior. That’s only natural biology; I’m just waiting for the latter connection to occur. If you’re single, don’t stress, date yourself – get to know the person you’re really going to truly spend the rest of your life with.

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Top – Sirens
Leggings – H&M
Heels – Winners

Tribal Nights

This is another transition from summer to fall look with a tank dress I purchased this summer. I topped it with my trusty orange box jacket from H&M I bought seasons ago and paired it with a simple chunky chain necklace and my blue suede shoes. 
Initially I planned on wearing a baseball cap with this outfit but I decided I couldn’t cover my curls – I had to let them pop. Looks like I had a wind machine, but they’re so wildly beautiful on their own. Eat your heart out Yonce.

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Concerete Jungle

This week’s trend challenge is tribal. I’ll be posting another two looks this week that showcase tribal prints and a feature on one of my favourite afrocentric fashion designers. Today’s look could go from the office to a night out on the town with this pleather peplum, that can be dressed up and down.

For inquiring minds, I use pipe cleaners to curl my hair! It’s an easy long-lasting style that changes daily as the curls turn into waves.

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Pleather Peplum – Sirens
Skirt – Urban Planet
Heels – Suzy Shier
Necklace – Ardene

Black & Blue

My final pastel look is more of an edgy look with a lot of vegan leather and studs to toughen up this soft baby blue crop sweater. I spiced it up even more with a pair of fishnets and stiletto peep-toe booties I teeter in but I’m working on mastering heels. Aside from fashion challenges, I have been challenging myself to do some internal work on myself by signing up for an intensive Raja Yoga class. It’s based on mainly meditation and self-realization and your relationship with God. Mind, body and soul are the three elements regularly need attention and sometimes our focus on the outside world takes up so much of our time that we forget to take care of ourselves! I’ve had two yoga sessions and I’ve been clearer, kinder, calmer and even lost some weight! It’s not the typical yoga pants & mats exercise, it’s more self-reflection and is a beautiful experience. I’ve got many more weeks (months) to go and I cannot wait to see how I transform myself. What you get out of every experience is what you put in and I promise myself to come out of this the person I’ve always known I am.

Another beautiful day, another killer outfit to celebrate it with! 

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Sweater & Clutch – Urban Planet
Skirt – H&M
Heels – Winners
Belt – Costa Blanca
Fishnet Stockings – Love Shop

Graphic Pastels

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Happy Monday!

Is it just me or has this month flown by?! I’ve already started thinking about Christmas gift ideas just to beat the crowds and not have to be on the roads stuck in traffic and stay ahead of the game. If this winter is going to be anything like last year’s, this might be an online shopping Christmas for me! Anyway – back to fall! The fall season is upon us and with it comes opportunities to blend our late summer clothes with this still warm fall weather. This week I’ll be focusing on how to incorporate spring pastels into your fall looks. It is possible by anchoring your looks with darker shoes and accessories and keeping your makeup fall appropriate.

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Look #1 of the week is a cute mod dress with a sheer panel topped with this gorgeous Knit Moto Jacket, that was love at first sight. I’m not about paying full price, so I waited till Suzy Shier had one of their many flash 40% off sales. (Tip: Avoid the rush and crowds by signing up for your favourite store’s newsletters to get exclusive notices about upcoming sales. I found out about this flash sale a day before it was mentioned in stores. I visited the store the day before, found the blazer and placed it on hold, so on the day of the sale I made a b-line to the cashier and checked out in minutes!)  Mama didn’t raise no fool!

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Knit Moto Blazer – Suzy Shier
Dress & Earrings – Ardene
Heels – Aldo
Purse – Dynamite