9.15.2014

Roc Solid


I'm pretty sure I've never mentioned on this blog, nor on Instagram, my love for nail design. I love seeing great nail polish colors and the creative ways to design nails. This is kind of weird considering that I can get pretty lazy when it comes to my own nails. If there was ever a title for "Ms. 24/7 Chipped Nails", I would win the prize. Easily. But I'll be the first to ooh and aah when I see a great nail color or a great nail design. I actually follow about 2-3 accounts on Instagram that's all about nail color/design.

Fall is upon us which means it's time to switch out the Summer colors for some Fall ones. Sometimes, it's hard to figure out what would be a great Fall color equivalent for that favorite Summer nail polish. Julep had that in mind when it created their Falling Up!: The Autumn Style Shift chart.


Fall colors (top to bottom): Claudette, Brielle, Clara, Beverly, Misti, Roc Solid, Alaina

Look at all of the pretty Fall colors. 



Roc Solid immediately caught up eye because I have a similar Kam color in my nail polish box but I definitely do not have a darker green polish. Feeling inspired, I created a style look that would complement the Roc Solid color using items from the recently launched Altuzarra x Target collection. The collection has some great pieces especially the Black Sweater with Crane EmbroideryMaxi Dress Satin Floral, and Wrap Dress Ruby Hill. Surprisingly, a lot of items are still in stock (depending on which size, of course).



Are any of Julep's transitioning Fall nail colors making you excited for Fall? 
Did you give your money to the Altuzarra x Target collection? 

9.04.2014

Meshed Out

I'm a sucker for sheer.
I'm a sucker for mesh.
I'm a sucker for sweetheart neckline.

I was approached by eShakti to choose an item to review from their massive collection. Plenty of dresses and skirts caught my eye but when the Illusion Cotton Poplin Dress (temporarily out of stock; similar style here) appeared on screen, I knew that this was my dress. Because, sheer + mesh + sweetheart neckline.



eShakti sizing is true to size...if you're not afraid of the numbers. You see, I'm a 16W/18W but when I took a glance at their sizing chart I noticed that my measurements fell into the 3X/26W column. I was a bit hesitant at first but then it was like, what the heck. If that's where my measurements came up to be then so be it. I'm glad I went that route because the dress fits me to a T. No changes whatsoever.

Floral Dress: c/o eShakti
Earrings: thrift
Cut-Out Heels: Torrid
Watch: DKNY
eShakti is all about women having access to ready-to-wear fashion that's customized specifically to the women's preference - all at an affordable price. Hence why the site offers two sizing options: Standard Size and Custom Size. Standard Size is straight to the point with 3 steps: 1) select your size based off their Woman's Size Chart, 2) select your height, and 3) for an additional $7.50, select how you would like the sleeve type, dress length, and neckline. Some items offer Other Options which is usually free. For this particular item, there was an option for removing the pockets (The audacity! Who in the world would want to remove pockets from dresses and skirts? WHO?!! Reveal yourself!) Now, with the Custom Size, there are also 3 easy steps to follow: 1) Enter your size measurements - shoulder, chest, bust, etc., 2) select your height, and 3) similar to Standard Size, select from options like adjusting sleeve type, dress length, neckline, etc., at the price of $7.50. The nice thing about the Custom Size option is that eShakti can save your measurements for when next time you order. All you have to do is submit your e-mail address.



As of right now, eShakti only delivers to the U.S. and Canada. The shipping charges are based on the order value. It take up to 14 business days (18 calendar days) from the date of the order to deliver.

This dress is such a winner and I can't wait to wear it again and again. Maybe with a blazer? A leather jacket? A leather vest, perhaps? Just wait and see. *smiles*


Get into a few of my favorite pieces that are perfect for this Fall season. Everything is on sale! -


And on a lighter note...

The wind decided to have some fun.

9.02.2014

Paradise

And now, you have entered the fun portion of the Avenue Black Flare Skirt.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I discovered that the skirt can be worn in many lengths because of the stretchable waistband. To achieve this shorter length, all I did was fold over the waistband from the inside of the skirt. Simple and sweet. 



I styled the 'shorter' skirt with the 'Paradise' Screen Tee and layered the look with a cool thrift find c/o of my sister - a bright green jacket. Well, I think it's a jacket. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly is this type of outerwear. My sister got it a while back and never wore it. She was thisclose to donating it when I came across her pile and realized that, hey, it fits me! So in my head, this is an oversized jacket and I wore it as such. Finished off the look with the Florence Faux Suede Perforated Bootie





I felt so right in this look because this is my staple Fall look. Easily.


Oversized Jacket: thrift
Screen Tee, Black Flare Skirt, Black Booties: c/o Avenue
Over-the-Shoulder Bag: Forever 21
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: ASOS

8.27.2014

Off the Grid

Fall is around the corner and I am too effin' geeked. The best season is upon us. Breathe it in, breathe it all in. Doesn't it smell lovely?

I'm already dressing like it's cool outside. My mind has completely shut out Summer. Completely. I'm in the Fall zone, my friends. Take for instance the outfit in this post. The jacket definitely wasn't needed at that day I took these photos. But I was pressed to rock one because 1) I bought the thrifted (yes, thrifted) swing jacket during the early summer season and have been itching to wear it since and 2) it's come to a point that when I'm wearing a print I have want to mix it up with another print item. So what better way to achieve this goal then to pair the jacket with the Target floral top. It just made sense.



I decided to have a little fun with the Avenue flare skirt. I noticed that the skirt had potential to be worn in many ways and at any length. In this post, the skirt is worn at its given length which is slightly below the knee. I went with a complete work wear look due to this length. With the stretchable waistband and breathable material, this skirt is all about comfort while still having a sense of style. The 'fun' part appears in the next outfit post when the skirt gets a complete makeover. Be on the look out.  



Swing Jacket: thrift
Floral Top: Target
Flare Skirt: c/o Avenue (sold out; similar item here)
Two Tone Heels: Lane Bryant
Tote Bag: New Look via ASOS
Watch: DKNY
Rx Glasses: Michael Kors

8.26.2014

Emmy Awards '14

Now the awards season has officially begun. Everybody, please welcome the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards! I love this time of the year. Even though it came roughly about a month early and on a Monday. But who cares. It's the Emmys!

Hosted by Seth Meyers, who did a serviceable job, the show awarded trophies to some of my favorites like Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Modern Family, Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba (Naija stand up! Igbo kwenu!), etc. But at the end of the night, it truly became a send-off party for Breaking Bad. The critically acclaimed drama series walked away with a multitude of awards including Best Actor for Bryan Cranston, Best Supporting Actress for Anna Gunn, Best Supporting Actor for Aaron Paul, and the biggest award of the night, Best Drama Series. 

With that out of the way, let's get into some red carpet fashion shenanigans. 

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier
She may not have won an award last night but she definitely won my award for Best Dressed.
Lizzy looked absolutely amazing. Beautiful. Dramatic.
The perfect dress to make a statement.
Lizzy has officially arrived.
Kaley Cuoco in Monique Lluillier
This is the best I've ever seen Kaley on any red carpet.
The pink and red combo works great against her skin. The hair could be bit better, the clutch a different color (black), some jewelry placement here and there.
But I would take this look over any other look of hers I've seen on the red carpet any damn day.

Julie Bowen in Peter Som
Because, print.
She looks nice. Getting a 70s vibe but in a good way.
And, no. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. 

Christine Baranski
Because, cape.
Great navy blue color. Dress fits her like a charm.
A statement jewelry was needed somewhere. 

Angela Bassett in Elisabetta Franchi
I wanna age like her when I grow up.
Gorgeous.

Natasha Lyonne in Opening Ceremony
I'm really loving this dress.
Yes, it may be a bit too informal for such a big awards show like the Emmys but...
...it just suits her so well. Love the flirty, girly hem.

Danielle Brooks (l), Laura Prepon in Gustavo Cadile (m), Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer
Keeping the Orange is the New Black train moving along are the lovely ladies above.
Danielle's dress is not working for her. At all. Great color against her skin but that's about it. And no to the hair.
Lauren also chose a nice color to complement her fair skin. But the dress is complete fug. No other way around it.
Laverne looks very pretty. Great bodice, questionable train, and a smidgen too tight. 

Kerry Washington in Prada
The only thing she got right was the makeup and hair.
The design of the dress is wonky and the color is doing her no favors. 

Sarah Paulson in Armani Prive
This is a very interesting dress.
The more I look at it, the more I like it.
It has character, personality.
Yeah, I'm liking the dress.

Lena Dunham in Giambatista Valli
This is just a mess.
Judging by the original design of the dress (here), she should have kept the sleeves long, got a shirt that was actually her size, and maybe have chosen darker colors for the tiered portion of the skirt.
I don't mind the platinum blonde shade but the cut of the hair isn't working.
And can the Academy please stop rewarding her with a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy?
She's not even the best actress on her own show. Geez.

photos c/o Hollywood Life

Did you catch the Emmys? Any of the red carpet specials on E!, CW or NBC? Thoughts?