Saturday, August 27, 2016

I legit love dresses that celebrate a woman's bod and curves aka body con dresses. They are so flattering (yes they do amazing things for a gal's figure) and they're so fun. Lately, the market has been saturated with a slew of ‘wannabe' bandage dresses that don’t hold things in quite as nice or suck you in (for lack of a better word) no thanks to the flimsy fabrics embraced for mass production and maximum profit. Some of them make the already thin line between sexy and trashy a tad more obvious.
Hey screw that, I rock those too, paired with heels and huge doses of confidence.
Hello Vegas nights!

Body Conscious Style

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A very heartfelt THANKS for all the prayers and support for my last post. I stay very appreciative of you all. I'm also very thankful to everyone that has purchased my blook so far. I am blown away by the response. If you haven’t snagged a copy and and would love to, it’s available here. No pressure though, LOL.

School is back in session and every year at this time, I say I feel like I was run over by a truck. That’s because I truly do. Going from being home for 10 weeks, sleeping in and just lazying around the house to setting up the classroom in on Monday, staff development all day Tuesday and 26 kindergarteners on Wednesday, getting out of bed at 4am daily is like going from zero to 100 in no time. I’m glad it’s the weekend. Time to relax and rejuvenate cos I am totally pooped. 

I attended SoulFest with 5 of my friends two weeks ago at the Thunder Valley Casino & Resort in Lincoln Ca. The O’jays, the whispers, Evelyn Champagne King all performed. We ate, ate some more, partied till the wee hours of the morning and crashed in our 2 beautiful suites. Leaving in the morning was hard. Getting together with friends is always so fun and this was truly a magical outing. 

This a very quick share of my look to the concert. I hope you all had a phenomenal week. 

Song Rec : Just Like Fire

Pant Set - CB
Bag - Yves Saint Laurent
Lace Up Heels - Lola Shoetique

Thank you for stopping by. Keep thinking the purple thoughts, Xo.

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Soul Fest

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Let me be the first to say “Happy 2nd Anniversary Fashionably Idu”. Seems like yesterday when I celebrated my first anniversary with a giveaway. I am celebrating differently this time. 
Read on.

Bardot Top and Cropped Flare Pants
All you need is lattes, lipstick and off shoulder tops. 
Summer of 2016 will be remembered for changing the sartorial game with the influx and total embrace of cold shoulder clothing. I bet you haven’t been shrugging off this trend. You’ve not only embraced the trend you’ve also made it your new BFF. Me too! (Can I get a ‘Me three’? Yaasss!). For what is a gal without her shoulder baring Summer uniform? Just don’t invest too much of your hard earned $ on them. Much as you love it, it’s only just a trend after all and will be gone soon enough unlike staples. My rule of thumb when I shop is 'Splurge on Staples, Skimp on Trends’. Think high and low. So it’s ‘no can do’ to trends that make huge dents on the wallet. Paired this cute top with previously styled cropped flare pants with a volume that makes a every step dramaful, a boater hat, and Ambertina, my favorite of all the heels I own, this is a perfect after hours look. 

Beating Cancer
"Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me"- Psalm 66 V16
I’m also celebrating beating cancer. Yes you read that right. I am 3 years out from being diagnosed with colon cancer. From that fateful afternoon in April of 2013 that I was handed what seemed like a death sentence. After I had prayed until I could pray no more and better believe I can pray. I attended a catholic high school and that’s all we did anyhow. Surrounded by my children, siblings that flew in from all over and my then friend that I thought of as my surrogate sister. I was told I had colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths and is among the top 10 cancers to affect people ages 20 to 49. I became a part of that statistic.

Blogging kept me busy and spared me zero time to think of the cancer while the last words of my friend and colleague Gary Golden that passed of cancer last year, 'God's Got This' kept me going.

After a surgery, blood transfusions, an almost 2 week hospitalization, very frequent checkups that I cannot even begin to describe how scary they were, (my siblings flew in and accompanied me to my checkups and I would sometimes refuse to get out of the car at the hospital for fear of what the doctor /test results would say) very close monitoring, CT scans (just had yet another 2 days ago), lots of blood tests and gosh I hate needles, (so much for being a renowned medical doctor’s daughter), lots of crying, lots of love, lots of everything that I have been through physically and more importantly emotionally, my brilliant oncologist Dr. Bahl now says it’s safe to use the word “cured”.
I say a resounding Amen. 

Dear God, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for being with me all the way, for never leaving me, for loving me.

Yes I do have stretch marks on my lower abdomen from having my 4 wonderful kids whom I seriously applaud for walking this kick ass walk with me. Tucked away in between the stretch marks, almost blended in with them is my surgery scar. The constant reminder that I survived, that I beat cancer. You want pictures? I didn’t think so, LOL.

I’ve always been one to celebrate my life, more so now knowing that had God looked away for a split second, I might already be gone to glory. 'Amazing Grace’ and ‘Jerusalem My Destiny’ sung for those are my favorite hymns, and everyone moved on. Head stone might have read ‘Here lies Idu, she loved family, friends, teaching, makeup and clothes. Christian Louboutin shoes were her absolute weakness’. I sob as I write this 'cause heck yeah it’s very emotional although I’m one to cry at the drop of a hat anyhow. Always been that way, will always be that way much as I try to toughen up, LOL. 

Presenting: Me!
Me! Yes me, with a new lease on life. Slaying on 'cos that’s what I do. And me as all the inspiration you need on days that challenges rock your life, on days that life throws you big sharp curves. That you’ll emerge from all that, determined as ever to keep living and not just existing. Especially if you have a good heart for that is every darn thing. Silver and gold have I not but I’m blessed with a good heart if I say so myself. 
“And her heart was the best, it would always calm the storm for those who were afraid of a little rain”. - R M Drake. 

Coming Soon to a Now at a Coffee Table Near You

Fashionably Idu 
Vol. 1
A Blook Just For You

I've been working hard on this project and I'm thrilled that it's finally launched. Grab one or two or more (why not), so you can have a hard copy of your favorite looks of me at your fingertips. All 100+ pages of goodness. On your coffee table. To inspire you like you’ve inspired me. It’s available on here, soon on Amazon and linked at the bottom of this post too. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Susie's Cause Colon Cancer Foundation. I have partnered up with them for this purpose. 
  “There is no greater duty or pleasure than that of giving to others” - Samuel Goldwyn

My Outlook
Writing a blog, which is by no means a walk in the park believe me (oops, I went Donald Trump on y'all again), holding down a full time very demanding job and a family while under the care of an oncologist for colon cancer goes to show that limitations are self imposed. So I plan to be and stay unstoppable! To keep living my life to the fullest, taking nothing for granted. For now is all we have.
I am more determined than ever to fulfill my dreams, to stay focused on my journey, at my pace and in my lane, tuning out any and every 'noise'.

“Then she began to breathe, and live, and every moment took her to a place where goodbyes were hard to come by. She was in love, but not in love with someone or something, she was in love with her life. And for the first time, in a long time, everything was inspiring”. - R M Drake

I appreciate your loyal readership immensely. Thank you ever so much. It’s been an awesome journey. I now lift my glass in a toast to me. To many more years of fabulousness.

To Fashionably Idu! 

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. My lil girl is back from her one month visit to Canada. I picked her and my mom up from the airport and one of the first things she asked was 'mom can I go to London with grandma in December?'. I haven't picked up my jaw, hahaha. 

Song Rec: All The Way Up

Top - Clayton (here, here)
Pants - Ellery (here)
Heels - Christian Louboutin (old)
Bag - Kate Spade (here)
Boater Hat - Scala (here)

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

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Beating Cancer + 2 Year Blog Anniversary

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Flare denim is definitely catching on mainstream. Slowly but surely high street is getting flooded with gals bringing back the flare. Even though I saved most of mine from years back, they don’t look so right for now. Just a couple made the cut. I hung the rest back up, maybe in another decade when the next wave of oldies wash ashore, they’ll become hot items yet again. And the love I had for them will be reignited all over again. They'll get moved to the front of the closet for sure. But for now they’ll stay hanging. Way in the back. Playing the waiting game. "Soon and very soon”, I can almost hear them singing, Ha!

Baby Doll Top and Flounce Hem Skirt
How about flare tops? Like this playful flare top with adjustable cross straps, open back and full circle flare. I'd have twirled all day if I could. Very easy breezy and fun. I definitely beat the heat in this one. With some help from the wind of course. Luckily I didn’t get blown away, shopping bags in hand, in front of the iconic San Francisco landmark and tourist attraction, the Painted Ladies. Have you visited this beautiful row of Victorian homes on Steiner Street SF? You totally should!

Paired with a flounce skirt, lace up two tone block heels, and a choker, this is a perfect high summer look. Love it so much you want to bring it into Fall? Layer a classic button down shirt or even a mock neck bodysuit under it to keep you warm. 

Lace up block heels.
Are you loving them? You love your stilettos for the spring they add to your step but hate how uncomfortable some of them can be. Flats make you walk clumsily, comfy as they are. They're also lacking in the sexy department in your opinion? I relate. Say a very warm hello to the block heel. 

Very walkable and trendy, the block heel is one of the highlights of this Summer. Outfitted with laces this pair combines two trends - block and lace up and the color combo is one I like very much. High as it is, measuring a whopping 6 feet with minimal platform support, this pair is my hero for this season. I could live in them, literally. The best part is they still exude sexy and are extremely versatile. 

If a pair that transitions from day to night is your thing just like it’s mine, then this is a trend you’re hoping is not going anywhere anytime soon. Same here!

Hi darlings! 
What’s new with you? Back to School signs are up and I have just one more week of Summer vacation left. Time sure flies when one's having fun. Oh well, I’m rested up and ready to go even though I had an extremely busy week. 

Top - Muehleder (here) (here)
Skirt - Rookie Bud (similar here)
Block Heels - Aquazzura (here)

Thank you for stopping by. Keep thinking the purple thoughts, Xo.
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Painted Ladies

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Back in the day people didn’t really care for pairing certain colors or warm colors worn together. How that has changed! These days, everything goes and you can't go wrong pairing two warm colors or wearing an outfit with two warm colors. Being a gal that likes to think outside the box in my styling, I gravitate towards and embrace any and every combo. Coloring outside the lines is a fine art after all and hey, bold red and orange hues are on trend and I am 100% on board.

So as you can imagine I went pop for this skirt. It’s a no brainer, every gal would feel pretty in this piece. I love the color combo and was drawn to it like a magnet. The vibrance of it, the playfulness and the girly peplum all worked in it’s favor. This skirt was also very fun and flirty and even though the fabric wasn’t that light and breezy, it flowed and swayed beautifully in the wind and believe me (at the risk of sounding like Donald Trump) it was very windy. Typical deceptive Cali weather, very sunny yet very windy and cold. I had hair in my mouth, in my eyes and hands flailing almost nonstop to keep the strands out. The struggle!

Chilling in my closet for months now, I had to style it now, not just cos it’s summer and it works but cos I’m on a color roll (seen my raffia skirt look ) and we all know how much in love with colors I am. You didn’t know that? Whaaatttt!! Ok for your benefit I’ll restate the obvious. I am such a colors girl, a purple/pink lover first and foremost and I commit to have fun with colors no matter what. Hmm, that kind of sounded like a pledge, LOL. 

"The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most” - John Ruskin

I paired the skirt with a cold shoulder (my favorite Summer 2016 fashion trend) mock neck bodysuit that has gotten a ton of wear lately. Pulled together and chic with a little help from the wide waist band, I completed the look with a pair of studded pumps and a wallet on a chain.
Your thoughts?

Song Rec: Major Lazer Cold Water

Skirt - Isa Arfen (here)
Bodysuit - Boohoo (here)
Pumps - Christian Louboutin (here)
Bag - Yves Saint Laurent (here)

Thanks for stopping by, keep thinking those lovely purple thoughts, Xo.

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Peplum and Pumps