East African Gal

So it's supposedly Spring in the L.A. area, however, it does not feel like it at all. It has been more cooler and cloudy days than sunny and warm days. Hey, I am NOT complaining! As a Midwest gal (St. Louis to be exact), I am use to experiencing all 4 seasons and what TRUE Spring feels like (of course with more rain). But I did not expect L.A. to be this cool.

Not sure if many of you know, but I moved to the L.A. area from Atlanta last August to start my Doctorate program in Clinical and Neuropsychology (YAY!!) and I have just finished my first year. I could not be more proud of myself, for being able to accomplish my dream of getting into a doctoral program. The journey was long, but it was well worth it. This was the FIRST and ONLY school that I applied to and voila, ya girl got in! With that being said, I literally uprooted my life across the country and went that came a yard sale and everything went from furniture to most of my clothes. Needless to say, this year has been heavily focused on school, my clinical internship and work, so there has been NO TIME to go shopping.

.... and that's where this lovely outfit comes in. 

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This lovely creation happens to be 2 different dresses that I conveniently turned into a top and a pencil skirt ensemble. Desperate times call for desperate measure right? However, this is what makes fashion so beautiful, when you can create unique looks that look amazing.

African print anything is ALWAYS in season because it is so versatile and comes in an assortment of color patterns and it always makes me feel good when I can give an ode to the other half of my heritage. As always, black never goes out of style and I love how this dress converted very easily into a top and the cut outs add for a sexy and playful look. 

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS::

TOP: Guess | SKIRT: Vintage find | CLUTCH: TJ Maxx | SHOES: Traffic Shoe


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NYE Style Guide: Looks for under $250!!

NYE Style Guide

As you all may know, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, which makes NOW the perfect time to start thinking of how you’re going to ring in 2015 (if you haven't done so already.)

First thing though, what to wear? No worries chicas, I've got ya covered with some fabulous pieces that are under $250! Below I have put together my favorite dresses and shoe combos that are perfect for whatever New Year’s "turn-up" you will be enjoying this year…

NYE Style Guide 2k14

Ted Baker cotton sweater
$100 - repertoirefashion.co.uk

Leather crop top
$240 - wolfandbadger.com

Alice Olivia long sleeve top
$125 - farfetch.com

Kenzo skirt
$165 - nathalieschuterman.com

Michael Kors black metallic skirt
$225 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Long skirt
$100 - missguided.co.uk

What is your favorite look? How will you be ringing in the new year?