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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Casual Cutie


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

CARDIGAN: LIZ & BEE | TANK: FOREVER 21 | SHORTS: Lucky Brand  |

HEELS: TRAFFIC SHOE | PURSE: LOUIS VUITTON


Yes Ladies... It's getting warm out and it's time to show off your BEST (assets). For me that is definitely my legs, so daisy dukes all Summer '16! This outfit is the perfect definition of a girls day out for shopping, brunch or late afternoon drinks. It is very comfortable and casual yet stylish. The simplicity of the denim shorts and white beater put the focal point on the sleeveless cardigan and the shoes add a very subtle feminine touch to finish off the look. 


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Graffiti Chic: COCoA-ine Jane


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

Bandage Dress: Miss Guided | Blazer: Old Navy | Heels: Traffic Shoe

 Necklace: Etsy | Aviators: Ray-Ban


So my OBSESSION with graffiti street art continues! Don't you just love it though? Seeing the finished product and how everything comes together makes this shit so dope to me. I have a niche for finding beauty in the most random places (thinking outside the box is my trade.)

Okay so when I bought this dress, I didn't know that it was going to be this short (LOL) like literally- this could be a shirt. When we were taking the photos, I kept pulling it down to make it shorter, so needless to say, I will be donating this dress (*sigh*). However, I LOVE this look and although Easter isn't here yet, I decided to wear white and I think I looked damn good in it (forget the stereotypes boo- just do you!) What drew me to this dress is the detail-I love the gold buttons on the side and the impromptu split. I decided to add the gold blazer to make the look pop and stand out, but then decided on the black accessories (shoes & clutch) to bring everything together.

When deciding on your look for the day, it is okay to go all out with your clothes and have your accessories tone down your look so everything blends together or vice versa. It's all about knowing what looks good on you and how to pair your details so your overall look is somewhat polish and not just all over the place.


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