NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S RUANA

Ruana (not available online, but check out all their other ruanas here) ◇ Jeans (here) ◇ Booties (sold out but love this here) ◇ Bag (YSL College)

*sigh* Ruanas…what more can I say about them? I have a love-hate relationship with them. You see, I love the concept of them…a fashionable blanket that you can take out of the house. Come on, that’s a genius idea but for the longest time for me they all just looked shapeless and ugly quite honestly. And reminded me of my grandma for some odd reason, until recently that is. I started to see some high-end brands (most commonly Fendi) with these ruanas that really caught my eye. And honestly, I think it might be their beautiful use of their logo that makes it such a stand out piece. 
But since I might choose to spend my hard-earned money on high fashion bags but not clothing, I couldn’t bring myself to cough up $1500 on a ruana, no matter how gorgeous…at least not yet, but never say never you know?
So, I forgot all about my love for that ruana until I came across this one on a casual shopping trip to the mall.
Now, first of all, this particular design came with a belt attached. Since I primarily only wear it wrapped around my body like so, I cut off the belt the minute I bought it. Why do I love this ruana? Number one, it is actually cut to wrap around a plus size figure, not like those one size fits all jokes that look like you’re wearing your little sister’s handouts. Second, it is structured for a ruana, as they’re typically made to drape. And this one does drape, just in a structured manner which I love. Last, the pattern and colors. I love how it is designed with basic colors like black, grey, tan and brown. I wear this ruana everywhere…the movies, to lunch dates, you name it. It is just so perfect for this weather, and it is so very warm and cozy. It is not available online but if you can take a trip to your local store you might get lucky, that’s where I got mine. And I do recommend cutting off the attached belt, that’s my preference.

The Most Basic Fall Layer Ever

Outfit: Plaid Duster (available in red here) ◇ Jeans (here) ◇ Tank top (here) ◇ Shoes (here) ◇ Bag (Mak Nisy) 
I always love it when I see fashion brands play with silhouettes that flatter the plus size figure and as much as I love kimonos and dusters, I told myself that I was done buying anymore of them…until this plaid one caught my eye. 
There are a few things going on in this duster that make it a great piece to own. First, it is a plaid print. Second it is cut in the style of a fit flare shirt dress. I personally love shirt dresses so this is a win win for me. I also like the fact that the colors are pretty basic black and white with the stripes of mustard. 
The one thing that would have made this duster absolutely perfect would have been the addition of buttons along the front to give you the option of wearing it as a shirt dress or a duster. I was tempted to insert buttons on mine but I am absolutely lazy and horrendous with button holes…although I might brave it one day soon.
Dusters are perfect for that transition into Fall when the mornings are cool and the days are warm. They are an additional layer that will keep you cool without adding any bulk. The easiest way to style a duster for an effortlessly chic look is to style it with a monochromatic base. I picked out the deepest color in my duster which happened to be black and went with a simple black tank and jeans. This way the duster stands out as my statement piece.

My Stance on Fashion Right Now: Red My Mind

Outfit: Tie front sweater (here, available in multiple colors here) ◇ Sequin skirt (Color sold out, but available in a gorgeous green here) ◇ Shoes ( Up to size 12 here) ◇ Bag (Jakar Lagos
SHOP THIS LOOK

My Summer hiatus is finally over!!! I know, I know, I never said a word about a hiatus. But that’s what this has felt like honestly. My last set of photos were from back in May/June and let’s just say that’s how life is right now and I think I am finally riding that bull by the horns, so let’s just say my hiatus is over shall we?
During this hiatus, I did some self reflection and decided that I was beginning to fall into the trap of what I call the “influencer ditch”. This ditch involves a lot of different things but one of the signs for me was that I had a closet full of things that I didn’t love but bought or received because I “expected” myself to have these things because they were in “vogue” or on “trend”. 
So after purging my closet of these items, I decided to start afresh and continue with the original concept of my blog. I rediscovered my love of thrifting and mixing on trend items with old, vintage pieces that I pick up at local thrift and consignment shops.
So you might not see every, single, fashion trend there is out there but you’ll see what I am wearing and how I am mixing and matching things that I enjoy. So yeah, the hiatus is over! Let’s get to fall fashion shall we?
One thing that hasn’t changed about my style is that I love sequins, probably will for a verrry long time. And when I saw this sequin skirt pop up on my email, it was an instant purchase. I originally got it with the mind of styling it for parties over the holidays but as you can see, I couldn’t wait. I’m sure I will definitely pair it with a lace trim cami and structured blazer for a party this holiday season. But in the mean time, I went for a monochromatic look with one of my favorite shades of red actually, just with an undertone of orange. The only con about this skirt is that the lining peeks out from underneath when I’m walking as you can see in some of these photos. It may be because it fits snug on my hips, but any looser and I will lose any sort of shape or fitting in this skirt, as you can see, it is not a very fitted pencil hem. So I do find myself pulling it down a few times during a wear.
In case you’re wondering about this stunning bag, it was actually hand made in Nigeria by a brand called Jakar. Check them out on IG, I am not sure if they do international shipping though, but I picked this one up on a recent trip to Nigeria.