Shades of Fall

Fall is at its peak right now, all the leaves are turning colors and falling into piles. While I love fall colors, every year I tend to gravitate a bit more towards one in particular and as you can probably tell, rust is my fave fall color this year. 
I also love an oversized fit and according to “fashion rules” that is not flattering for a plus size figure as it makes one appear bigger. But who cares? These days, I am all about being comfortable and fashionable at the same time so I care not if I’m looking “bigger”. So these days, my closet is full of oversized sweaters and jackets that are two sizes bigger than my true size. 
I love pairing my oversized sweaters with skirts and booties for fall, what a way to keep it simple and chic. This open duster is probably the only medium-sized clothing that I own, but I loved the color and the sleeves and thankfully, it is cut a little big so it works. Finally, my skirt is thrifted and I really liked the paisley print and of course, the color.

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.

Crushin’ On Orange

Hello!!!
I know, I know, I am horrible at consistency, but trust me when I say that I am working on it! Life just isn’t making it easy for me to be consistent with producing content. But right now, things have slowed down a bit so expect consistency from hence forth! (Yeah yeah, I know lol)
Today’s look is an unexpected one, as much as I plan my outfits in my head most times, this is one that never occurred to me until the second I pulled it out of the closet. As much as I love co-ords, it is not a surprise that I love this unexpected pair together. I played with a bit of layering, which I am horrible at since I just can’t seem to keep my layers looking even and symmetrical but I think I pulled it off this time, didn’t I? This white vest was a last minute decision that I’m glad i made because it just added the extra touch that this outfit needed, classy with a little bit of edge.

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~Olà~
What I’m Wearing
Skirt (local boutique here)
 Shirt (Old H&M) 
Vest (Old FTF) 
Bodysuit (Old, Boohoo) 
Shoes (Old) 

Faux Fur & Horizontal Striped Dress

I really truly contemplated posting this outfit, just for the fact that almost every item I am wearing is either sold out or really old. But then I thought to myself, so what? It’s still a pretty darn good-looking outfit, maybe someone might be inspired to try something similar someday. 
I love this striped sweater dress so much, it has been on rotation for the past few months. For this look, I paired it with an oversized sleeveless vest and a faux fur scarf that I picked up from Full Beauty about a month ago. Apparently, I am not the only one who fell in love with this scarf as it is already sold out. Now I’m wishing I had gotten the grey version as well. 

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Dress: Sold out from Ashley Stewart (similar here)
Sleeveless vest: Old from Eloquii
Fur Scarf: Sold out from Full Beauty (similar here)
Heels: here
Bag: Michael Kors

Not Really a Three Piece

So, an impromptu invite for a Saturday night out had me pulling these velvet goodies out of my closet, unintentionally creating a three piece that I absolutely felt scrumptious in. An added bonus was how comfortable this outfit was, very very sexy without being too revealing. I picked up the crop top and pants from the same store but they were sold as separates. 
Velvet is a pretty hot trend right now but unfortunately, it is also very seasonal. You most definitely cannot wear this three piece velvet ensemble during the summer. Well you could, but you would produce sweat as fast as you could wipe them. So make sure you wear all of those velvet dresses, tops and pants that you’ve picked up over this holiday period before they have to be retired.


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 Velvet criss cross pants: here
Velvet crop top: here
Velvet boyfriend blazer: Printed version here
Necklace: Ashley Stewart
Old heels

Trends To Try: Metallic Pleated Skirt

It’s a new week but some old things are new again, like this pleated skirt for instance.
The pleated skirts are back to stay honey! Though I feel like they’ve always been around, personally I always have a few pleated skirts in my closet at all times just because they are the real MVP when it comes to easy breezy comfort. They rarely require shapewear and a bonus, they give off a certain good girl vibe without being boring, so consider a pleated skirt if you’re meeting the in laws for the first time lol.
This particular metallic silver pleated skirt is a new favorite of mine for various reasons. One, the movement is absolutely divine, it just glides across your thighs like silk but the best part is that it does this without loosing the sharp pleats! I have a few pleated skirts that open up while you’re moving and I do not like that look. But because this silver fabric is a bit heavier, it moves without loosing the pleats and that makes it a keeper in my book. Add in the knee high split in the front and it stole my heart. I am actually thinking about opening up the split a bit more to make it a thigh high as opposed to the current knee high split. Watch out, the next time you see this skirt, I may be flashing thighs for days!

Metallics are pretty simple to style for the most part since they are usually a statement piece but for this look, I played with the metallic theme by styling this skirt with a metallic faux jacket, a sequin embroidered sweater and a statement necklace. You can definitely have the skirt be the only statement piece and style it with a simple top or sweater which I will probably do the next time I wear it. To finish off the metallic theme, I slid on my oldie but goodie silver heels.

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Pleated skirt : here 
Embellished sweater : here
Metallic jacket : here
Boho necklace : here
Really old heels

Embroidered Topper Jacket

Am I old fashioned? Are turtlenecks out of style and dated? If so, I accept my sentence because I love turtleneck sweaters (but I hate the name though) I think high necks would be a better term:) But seriously, I wear turtleneck sweaters all the time during the colder weather and thinking about it, it’s because of the warmth they offer since I never button up my coats. I almost always wear my coats unbuttoned regardless of how cold it is and I prefer to keep myself warm with turtlenecks or scarfs so they are not falling off my radar anytime soon.

This topper jacket is so classy and elegant, I can imagine it conquering board meetings or in my case, cruising down the streets of DC. Lucite heels completed the rugged sleekness of this look.

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| Outfit |
Embroidered jacket : here
Turtleneck Sweater : here
Skirt : here
Lucite heel booties : here

Glam Mix: Scuba Midi & Y-Strap Crop

What I’m Wearing
Skirt (here, similar here, love this pleated faux leather version here) ~ Crop top (old, similar here) ~ Shoes (Up to size 15 here)
The Hi-Lo trend doesn’t seem to have slowed down, if anything it seems to be getting more popular with more high end brands coming up with very chic designs and using some more dramatic fabrics. Like this one I’m wearing is made with scuba fabric which has to be one of my favorite fabrics. I opted for this style in a tall cut because I figured that the regular cut would be super duper short in the front and I didn’t want that, not for this style. Turns out that was a good idea because this tall fit hit me just right above the knee perfectly. 
I paired this skirt with an old y strap crop top that I picked up sometime last summer from F21, unfortunately, it’s sold out. 
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CROWNED

Hey loves! I took a trip to my native land Nigeria in January and of course I had to stock up on my traditional wear. Since dramatic sleeves are huge right now, I decided to design an asymmetric, dramatic sleeve dress (which was originally a maxi, but I took a pair of scissors to it lol).
This printed fabric is called Ankara and it is generally worn by most African countries especially West African countries. It comes in all kinds of colors and prints that you can possibly imagine and I mac currently wearing one by a company call Da-Viva and I love their designs because they have such bold colors and prints. 
The head wrap is not only a fashion statement but also a reminder to wear your crown and wear it proudly. I have found that in life, the crowns placed on you by people can be taken away but the crown placed by God is forever and can never be taken away. So wear your crown proudly, knowing that no matter what you are a queen!

Dress custom made in Nigeria by NDCollections.

WILD ONE

Hi guys! The weekend is almost here, one day to go! Hopefully nature will have mercy on us and shine some warmth down this weekend instead of cold breeze.
So, its another sheer bodysuit? Yeah I admit I just styled one here but cut me some slack will ya? I love sheer bodysuits. But you might have noticed a pattern, which is my favorite way of styling them i.e wearing something underneath lol. This time I decided on a bustier underneath this animal spotted sheer bodysuit which is hands down one of my favorite bodysuits. 
I also styled this old skirt sometime last summer here and haven’t had a chance to pull it out since. Since the bodysuit is so badass, I toned it down with this faux tutu skirt and the wide gold belt for a very feminine look. 

BODYSUIT (sold out) ALTERNATIVE ~ SKIRT & SHOES (local boutique) ~ CLUTCH & GLASSES (sold out)