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. 


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. 



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



Why I Love These Fashion Ideas For 2016

There has been a lot of interesting to styles to come out of the last twelve months or so. As we’re nearing the end of 2015, I’m already thinking ahead to 2016. We’ve all seen what the catwalks are predicting for the next year, but But the street style I've been seeing lately- baby.... will give the catwalk a run for it's money. For me, I just love to people watch and check out what everyone else has to wear.


What I’ve been seeing has surprised me from time to time. There have been a lot of retro looks about this last season. The eighties revival has been revived yet again. Whether that’s to do with the hype for ‘Back To The Future’ or not, I don’t know. This time around looks a lot closer to the genuine styles of the era. The stone washed denim look has been done better for a start.

I’ve also seen a few hints of Victorian creeping into women’s blouses. The high necks and even the re-emergence of camay brooches have made this look really classy. Modest wear has been around for a little while now, but seeing the Victorian version of this make a mini-comeback has been interesting. I think it looks incredible for those of us that are quite tall and slim. I hope to see more of it next season in the colder weather.

Image: http://www.whowhatwear.com via http://carolinesmode.com/stockholmstreetstyle/

Of course, modest dresses for women are becoming more popular too, especially as our culture becomes more diverse. I love the length and graceful lines of these outfits and it’s the choice of fabric that makes these appealing to people. I’ve been looking at the range of fabrics coming out at the moment. They are more varied, and hold shape better than standard polyesters and cotton.

Image: http://inayah.co.uk/modest-islamic-clothing-fashion/2015/1/6/modest-new-arrivals

I’ve recently fallen back in love with tribal-inspired prints. The brilliance and vibrancy of the colors are what really appeals. I can’t get enough of all the shapes in the pattern either. It doesn’t matter what body shape you are. It seems the patterns are perfect for everybody. I’ve put the wild prints with muted pastels, and it worked beautifully. It’s a great way to get a future iconic look!

Image: http://www.thekashonnafiles.com/fashion/boldprintsandpastels


The beginning of next year is set to be quite exciting if the catwalks are anything to go by. I’m loving how vibrant next season’s colors are going to be. Burnt oranges are making way for plum purples and cherry reds. I hate a dull and drab winter, so I’m excited to be filling it with such bold colors. I’ve also spotted some amazing electric blues in knitwear. Perhaps that’s something for me to get hold of and layer up with later.


I’m happy to be see so many unique styles out on the streets at the moment. It’s very promising for an exciting fashion-filled 2016. What have you seen where you are? Here’s to hoping for even more incredible style breakthroughs for the New Year.


Bold Tribal Prints & Pastels


Heyyyyyy LOVES!!

After a 3 month hiatus from the blog, it feels so good to get back to doing something that I love! I just needed a break to clear my head and conjure up some new and refreshing ideas because I felt that I was becoming stagnant. Needless to say, I'm back and better than ever and I cannot WAIT to share with you all the goodness that is to come!




Dress: GILLIAN      Skirt: American Apparel       Belt: Goodwill     Clutch: Goodwill
Earrings: Belk         Sunglasses: The Clothing Warehouse     Shoes: Steve Madden


So, who take a perfectly bomb dress and makes it into a top.... ME! 

I found this dress on a whim at a local vintage shop here in Atlanta and it definitely was calling my name. I have been into bold African and Tribal inspired prints and pastels lately and so I figured why not put them together. I love this look because the bold and dramatic look of the top doesn't over power the rest of the outfit because the skirt makes it stand out and the black accent touches from the belt and the shoes create a sleek final touch .

SPEAK OUT: Are you into Tribal prints? Do you consider yourself a Fashion Risk taker??