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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Must-Have Accessories For Any Outfit

No outfit is complete without a full set of carefully chosen accessories. You might be in the most glamorous dress in the world, but without the jewelry or a purse to go with it, it just isn’t right. You don’t need to spend a lot on your accessories to have pieces to suit every occasion, but you do need to choose wisely. Make each purchase count. If it can work with something chic and elegant just as well as your everyday outfits, then it’s well worth the money. 

 

My favorite accessories would have to be rings. I love the simplicity and style of midi rings just as much as I like something shiny on my finger, like a diamond. If that's not in your budget,  a lab created diamond ring can look so stylish and every bit as good as the real thing. If you’re after something that screams chic, then choose quality jewelry for your hands. Earrings and bracelets are also pretty important accessories. Hoops and drop earrings have their place, but a quality stud looks really elegant with whatever you're wearing.

 

Hair accessories are a great way to help you sculpt your hair into any shape you want. I love clips that can be hidden under the hair, but when it comes to showing off your hairstyle, the accessories you choose should be beautiful. You can find quality hair accessories from stores online. Look for items that add to the shape and texture of your up-do.


Necklaces can draw the eye down the neck and to your chest. I love necklaces with lots of different lengths, so I have something for each top. Choker style necklaces look really cute over the top of roll necks and they also look elegant with a plunge neck dress. Necklaces don’t need to be expensive to look glamorous. You can certainly fake it here without cheapening your style. 

 

Scarves are so versatile. You can wear them with business wear, casual dresses, or even your winter coat. I like to have a good variety of scarves to hand to suit every occasion. They’re not expensive to buy. You can pick up some beautiful designs from the market, or some silk ones from the boutique. The choice is yours. Scarves should feature the dominant tone of your outfit in a more vibrant shade to work well. Because they can be tied in dozens of different ways, you can wear them in any way you like.

 

Belts and hats often go together and can completely transform an old outfit. With belts, they can make a simple dress pop or your pants look really goo(and stay put) with a simple tee or tank. With a hat, they can be your BFF on a bad hair day, or make your entire look and lipstick (hint ladies) POP! 

 

I love to accessorize my outfits. If I can make an old outfit look fresh again by vamping it with accessories, then I’m happy. What’s in your accessories collection?


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