I Did It For Me. 

  

Recently I was informed that someone I barely knew thought my hair was not “professional” and that they did not like the “natural” look. Instead, they preferred my hair straighten like I had done a few weeks ago. Now when I initially heard this and learned who said it, I couldn’t help, but laugh. I couldn’t understand how someone who in my opinion had no sense of what being “professional” was could even make such a statement. 

When I decided to go “team natural,” it was after having my first child and going through an excessive amount of hair loss. This was due to hormones and the non shedding of  hair while pregnant. I had so much hair falling out every time I washed and combed it, I was very scarred. The extra hair grown from pregnancy went from long and thick to long and thin in a matter of 3-4 months. 

After about a year later, I decided I needed a change.  Although my hair loss was not due to relaxers per se a big part of that change was deciding not use any harsh chemicals in my hair and for me that meant cutting out relaxers. Today I am proud to say that I have been natural for nearly 5 years now and I think I have done a pretty good job when it comes to styling my hair. 

To the folks who have something to say, I don’t have any problems with you stating that natural hair doesn’t work for you.  That is your personal preference. However, commenting that the look is not “professional” is just your opinion and it has no significance in my life. 

At the end of the day, my  hair  is MY hair and I chose to become natural for me and no one else.

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For the Long Run

So I have this jacket that I absolutely adore. It’s an oldie, but goodie (at least 5 years old), yet I still get plenty of compliments when I wear it! I learned a long time ago that it doesn’t matter how “old” a piece is, its about how you take care of it. In addition, it also goes a long way if you invest in the best quality (notice I said “invest,” that does not always mean you have to spend more money)!

I believe I have been able to preserve many pieces of clothing in my closet, because I look for the best when it comes to the material. I hate polyester like most people and I can’t stand wearing an item for the day and then having to deal with pilling. It is possible to get high quality clothes for a low affordable price. You either have to take your time and search around or pay someone else to do the work for you! 😉

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Exaggerated Collar Jacket, Basic Tee-Nordstrom/ Skinny Jeans-Vigoss/ Boots- Enzo Anglioni

An Added Piece

This was the perfect look for running errands on a day where the weather was crisp,  but the sun was shining bright. I love a good scarf in this season and I have plenty of them! You may be surprised to learn that I even wear them around the house cause I’m always cold!  Lol. Today’s outfit is plain and simple, yet the accent of a printed scarf makes my look both eye catching and fun!

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Dolman Sleeve Cardigan-NY & Co./Chambray Top & Leopard Print Scarf-Nordstrom/ Leggings-Vince Camuto/ Boots-Enzo Angiolini

Blending In

I’m really liking the style of army fatigue. So much so that I really want them in a pair of pants! I have been looking for the past couple of months, but haven’t been able to find a pair that fit just right. So till then (if ever), I will probably be sporting this jacket a little more.
For this particular look,  I wanted to let my jacket do all the talking since its so distinctive (this is why is zipped up). I also added the red low cut tank as seen below just for a little bit of a sexy flare, incase I didn’t want to look like I was just “blending in.” I think my mission was accomplished! Pow👊 What do you think?

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Army Fatigue Jacket & Cuff Bangle-Forever 21/ Tank & Earrings-Nordstrom/ Trouser Jeans-JC Penny/ Open Toe Espadrilles- NY & Co.

The Bodycan Dress

I like a fitted dress from time to time, however depending on wear I am going I may have to adjust my styling to make my look more appropriate. This bodycon dress (despite the pictures) is coral in color with an open back and gold chains layered down the middle. Although I showed it on the blog a few months ago, I had actually never worn it out.
This style of dress can usually be found worn for a dinner date or out to a club with a pair of high heels and fun accessories. Although the dress looks great on its own, I decided I wanted to go for a more sophisticated and work/church appropriate look. I simply added two things, a blazer that had a little bling on it as well as patent leather open toe pumps. Just like that, I no longer have just a bodycon dress, but I have a “bodycan” dress because I can where it almost anywhere!

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3/4 Sleeve Jacket-Forever21/Bodycon Dress-Gift/ Patent Leather Shoes-Target/Purse-Vince Camuto/Bangles-Nordstrom

Not Giving In: The Final Days of Summer

Fall doesn’t officially start until September 22nd and you better believe I am going to get in as many “Summer” like outfits that I can (as long as the weather complys)! Such would be this printed blouse from BCBG and how I love all its subtle details! The fun and colorful animal print, the gathered wrap style in the middle, its soft fabrication and and those split sleeves just excites me!

I also love that I can dress my blouse down with a pair of jeans and my favorite pair of ballet flats. Or for a dressier look, I have worn a pair of black slacks and pumps for work. And yes, I did say black! Contrary to what some may think, black and blue (or navy), can be worn together. It’s all about accessorizing and the right balance of colors! So how are you wearing out the final days of the season?

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Split Arm Top-BCBG/Skinny Jeans-Vigoss/Ballet Shoes-Linea Paolo/ Leaf Earrings & Bangles-Nordstrom/Diamond Studded Heart Chain Bracelet-A gift from my sister in law 💜

Summer Nights

The other night I got the pleasure to hear my husband speak at an event downtown called “Motivate.” The event was great because it brought people in the community together on all levels. There was singing, dancing, poetry, vendors of all kinds and my favorite motivational speaker, my hubby. Of course once the show was over and the mingling was done, it was time to take some pictures! Since it was downtown I couldn’t resist, plus I have been wanting some new scenery so why not add a little graffiti in the background for some edge right? 🙂 Thanks for the pictures Kettia they came out great!

SN: I love this outfit! Anytime your wearing the color red, coral and orange especially on darker skin tones it makes a bold and beautiful statement! I also love this top because of the ruching and the ability to hide the “extra” in the middle! LOL

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Ruched Top, Ankle Pants & Jewelry (expect for black cuff bracelet)-Nordstrom/ Cuff Braclet-Forever21/Shoe Bottie-Payless/Handbag-Steve Madden/ Man in the suit-my husband 🙂