Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What a gorgeous mix of colors in this ruffle and flare Ankara dress, styled on a gloomy Winter day, and paired with an orange Louis Vuitton bag,  Miumiu denim ankle wrap heels, and a colorful statement necklace. Thank goodness my jacket of choice was a simple denim one, albeit being distressed. This look is full of life and energy and totally cheered me up, no pun intended. 

  Meet Idu, the latest Ankara enthusiast. 
You guessed it. I’ve been bit by the Ankara bug. To my friends that encouraged me to give it a shot, I say 'look what you’ve done'! You created a monster! 

The Ankara trend is in a league of it's own and is growing like wildfire. I dipped my toe in the trend here with a top. This time around I bit a little more and went for a dress. What’d be next, a trench coat? Ha! 

This fun and flirty dress checks every box for me. I couldn’t stop admiring <<drum roll>> ME! Cat walking, twisting and twirling in front of the mirror for hours minutes on end shame on me but that’s how much I loved it. Has that ever happened to you? Loved someone something so much you just couldn’t help yourself?

This look wasn't planned and honestly I’d have never thought to pair all these pieces together. But then Africans dress very richly and colorfully. So to pull off an African print look, best be prepared to embrace colors. Less More is more. And my love for colors doesn’t usually go unnoticed especially when there’s my favorite color purple in the mix. 
Ohh yeah, happy gal!

Happy Hump day loves! 
We're excited to be back on Wednesdays, yay! The chill is still here accompanied by a steady diet of all things carbs that I shouldn’t be looking at let alone touching. The closest I’ve come to eating veggies lately was a nacho cheese taco from Taco Bell. SMDH. Turning that around right away and I mean it. 
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Ankara Dress - Custom made by Kim Greene
Shoes - Miu miu (here)
Bag - Louis Vuitton (old)
Necklace - Takai By Angela (here)
Denim Jacket - Forever 21 (here)

Thank you for stopping by and keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xx..

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Layered Ankara Mini Dress + Statement Necklace

Saturday, January 14, 2017

If this doesn’t make you the belle of the ball then nothing else would. A creation of my friend Dwight of Vindictive this gown checks every box for me and these couple images do it absolutely no justice. 

I took space from social media and the blog the past couple weeks to spend some time with my kids before they all leave home again (miss me?) so this is my first post of 2017 and a really quick one showing what I wore to ‘The Big One’, a New Year’s eve event. 
I appreciate all the love on my Christmas post here. And all the 'are you okay' messages and emails. I am in awe of your kindness.

As far as NYE traditions, I was not standing elbow to elbow with thousands watching the ball drop in Times Square New York, or eating lentils at midnight in Chile, offering flowers to Yemanja clad in white at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, or jumping into Lake Constance in Germany or even lip locked in Vegas as the count down to 2017 happened. I did the Latin American tradition of wearing something red in the form of an intimate piece. I’m sorry but there’s not a detail shot of that, ;). 

2016 was a great great year. C’mon, we're are all still alive and that counts for something. I also had lots of personal challenges that carried over from ’15 (don't we all) but hey, I have learned to smile through the rain. My attitude is always 'It’s not that serious’. And honestly, it just never is, Ha! In lieu of a New Years resolution which is never kept beyond day three, I started writing a

...Letter to my Future Self
There's often a lot of talk regarding 'what to tell our young self'. What to tell our future self is not discussed quite as much. It all started with reflecting on the outgoing year 2016. A realization hit me and I wondered what I’d tell my future self. The more I thought of it, the more I toyed with the idea of writing myself. About life and family and health and love and relationships and friendships and trust and expectations and choices and betrayal. One thing I knew for sure was I wanted it to be written on very pretty paper, possibly scented or regular pretty paper doused with my current fave everyday fragrance Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao and tucked carefully into a equally pretty possibly purple envelope. I also wanted it hand written to add that personal touch.

 And so it started. I am many pages into this and it’s getting really interesting. I look forward to picking up my laptop pen in the evenings. Have you ever given any thought to what you’d want to tell your future self? And postmarking yourself a letter? 

I’m signing off with a poem my daughter shared with me. 

Happy New Year my friends! 
Any resolutions? Care to share?

Gown - Vindictive by Dwight Anthony
Heels - Christian Louboutin (old - available here)
Clutch - Mary Frances (similar here)

Thanks for stopping by. Keep thinking the purple thoughts, xx.

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The Party Isn't Over

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Let it snow sleigh, let it snow sleigh, let it snow sleigh! That carol is stuck in my head.
Can't believe it's finally Christmas. Growing up, Christmas was always an extra special day cos it was my dad's birthday as well. I miss him so, especially today and on Fathers day.

Finding words to describe these swoon worthy Takai By Angela necklaces is a constant struggle so I’ll just stick with good ole ‘exotic'. Ok how about striking? Wait! Eye catching, flamboyant. Oooh, it gets better. How about unconventional? 

This piece right here though! Pics don’t do it justice I promise. I thought I had seen it all but I stared in disbelief when I opened the package. It also comes in orange and silver. If you’re an old reader then you are most def familiar with this brand and if you’re a new reader then check out a few Takai pieces I’ve styled herehere and here. I can’t possibly link them all or the ‘heres’ would be one mile long and probably need a post of their own. Can u imagine a post solely made up of here, here, here, here, here and here? Gotta stop before auto correct registers and populates here every time I type an h. Hilarious init? 

For some reason, as most people gravitate towards glitz and glam brights and pile on red for the holidays, I white. I love the purity and the freshness of white.  The contrast of white up against a christmas tree decked out in a city’s worth of brightly colorful ornaments is possibly the reason I’m drawn to it at this time of the year. 

While this is just a lack luster minimalist white suit, the fur collar on the vest gives it an oomph and the necklace makes for great icing on the top in creating this stand out style that’s perfect for the holidays. I did add a festive red lipstick to the mix even though it photographed kinda dark.

Gold spike heels gave a fancy feet effect that's perfect for the holidays. 

Here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas. 
Be safe over the holidays and see you next year, :).

Necklace - Takai By Angela (here)
White Vest/Pants - White house Black Market
Heels - Christian Louboutin

Thanks for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xo.

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Let it Sleigh

Saturday, December 17, 2016

I have a very very bad habit of not deleting emails. There are currently over 100k emails awaiting action in my inbox. I tried to get to them all which felt like a another job by itself. And don’t I already hold down two jobs? My teaching job (which by the way I adore) that has been very hectic lately and writing Fashionably Idu of course. I literally hit the ground running every morning and it’s nonstop until bedtime. Anyhow...

"If you’re not cybering what are you doing”? I deleted mails, I saw this, the caption of a mail from Revolve on Cyber Monday. It made me laugh. Still laughing at the thought of it. I did not cyber btw so I'm playing catchup. You? 

Invites to soirees and parties are finding their way into our mailboxes like I mentioned here. Some perched on the refrigerator door as a reminder of rsvp deadlines not to be missed. Others we’re sure are no no’s and the invites don’t make it anywhere near the refrigerator. Planning your outfits is obviously key if you want to be the belle of the ball. And if you don’t, then feel free to throw on any thing you find in you closet on the day of. 
Like I kinda sorta did here.

Much as I adore midi skirts and was squealing with delight when I came upon this runway piece at the MaxAzria store in SF, there was just one notable little problem with it. It was almost falling off my waist when I tried it on. A total shame considering this was the smallest size in the store. I got it anyhow. My dry cleaner worked her magic on it and voila. If you love it and are not a size zero which I’m NOT even though I’ve been told I look like it (perhaps they were looking at the legs, focus on the clothes pretty please. IJS) then I highly recommend it especially it you’re a die hard lover of midi skirts. If you find one that is, :).

I paired it with a lace up long sleeves top but the chill was real so I threw on a turtle neck top for a much needed extra layer of warmth. The lace up top sleeves played peek a boo from time to time. Some pulling and tugging on the outer layer was all it took to take care of that pesky problem. 

I love boots and I know you do too, I mean who doesn’t? While knee highs and otks are perfect for this time of year, ankle boots worn with socks also get the job done. So I reached for a pair of sky high Alaia boots and wore them over a pair of tights and socks from forever 21. 
Do you love to wear socks with boots? Or are you a Yeesy sock boots gal? I stuck with socks this time as stated and I think I still managed to look impeccably put together if I say so myself.
 Your thoughts?

On a side note, this post has quite a few shots of me sitting and I'm starting to think I should have titled it "Sitting'. Or 'Take Several Seats'. Or even 'Plant Your Butt on the Bench' , LOL.

By the way how is the Christmas shopping coming along? Taken advantage to the Neiman Marcus 20% your entire purchase using code FRIENDME yet? It ends tomorrow so do check it out if you haven't.

Runway Idris Skirt - MaxAzria (here)
Bag - Mario Valentino (here)
Boots - Alaia (old, similar here)
Fingerless Gloves - Forever 21 (Skimp here Splurge here)
Choker Forever 21 (here)

Thanks for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xx..

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If You Were Not Cybering, What Were You Doing

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Weekends are an absolute delight for us all aren't they? I'm especially thrilled cos it's been crazy busy lately. 

African prints are having quite a moment and I'm pretty stoked about that. Embraced by Beyonce, Rihanna and tons of fashion gals and designers, this trend is sweeping the globe. I love how playful and colorful they are. 

I have to admit that much as I love ankara pieces, I am a little fuzzy on styling them. My friend Chinny sent me this top a little over a year ago and it's been hanging in my closet.  I was invited to an African party and thought my lovely ankara top with its cute ruffle and flare peplum would be a perfect way to get my feet wet with this trend.

 I paired it with a turtle neck top and a pair of jeans cos the chill is here, I kid you not. I love how it turned out but I’ll let you be the judge.

Mice Update
I did mention here that I of all people, found mice in the classroom last week, one of the gazillion reasons I was excited for last weekend. Like I don't almost throw a party in anticipation of each weekend's arrival. I'm happy to report that the exterminators came in and determined it was just one mouse. They found and removed it. From what I understand it was a baby mouse ( like I care, mice are mice, period!) but I'm very relieved and starting to gradually feel relaxed in kinder Room 102 again. 
Thought you'd like to know, :).

Top - Gifted
Jeans - Fashionova
Heels - Christian Louboutin
Bag - YSL

Thanks for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xx..

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Ruffle and Flare