On Saturday I started celebrating my birthday early! October 2nd is the big day, but I couldn’t wait to celebrate. I started the celebration with brunch with a few of my friends at one of my favorite brunch spots. Sunday morning  my good friend from high school and her bf took me to breakfast, and Sunday night I had dinner with my siblings and 2 friends before we all headed over to the Barclays Center for Jay-Z’s concert. Guess what, the celebration doesn’t stop there! I’ll have updates throughout the week with my birthday festivities.

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my “All Black Everything” outfit. I was going for a trendy look so I wore leather shorts, lace top with black tank underneath, patterned tights, and wedge sneakers. Everything was super trendy, but I guess I gave off Sex Kitten instead lol. Those were not my intentions. I got SOOOO many stares. I didn’t think the outfit was as scandalous as people made it seem lol. It was definitely weird, maybe it was the red lip, who knows, but I still had a great time none the less. Outfit details in the caption.

Lace Top: Charlotte Russe, Camisole: Forever 21, Leather Shorts and Tights Target, Wedge Sneakers: Rouge

For brunch, I was reluctant to concede to the fall temperatures so I wore a shirt dress without tights and my burgundy wingtip heels. I should have put on tights, it was definitely a little chilly, but next time I wear this dress it will be with tights.

Lipstick Ruby Woo by M.A.C. and cuff earring via The Fly Mint

Printed Shirt Dress: Kmart $24.99 Wing-Tip Shoes: Target

My friends Kim, Melissa, Keyona, and Kathleen at brunch

The amazing food!

Leather is a huge trend for this fall and HGB has got you covered on some of the hottest and affordable pieces to incorporate in your wardrobe! Leather is definitely luxurious. There is nothing like wearing a rich leather jacket. It changes the dynamic of the entire look. So if you want to incorporate leather in to your wardrobe and not just for outerwear, rock a leather skirt. When I say leather,  faux leather is included. Some people aren’t afforded the luxury of being able to purchase a leather skirt for $150 so faux leather will do. My favorite type of leather skirt is the pleated skater skirt. It is edgy, yet ladylike. You can pair it with a simple white blouse and a pair of black pumps and be ready for work. Now for the evening, a sexy camisole and blazer will be perfect for a date with the beau. I also love the classic leather pencil skirt. I just purchased a faux leather pencil skirt from jc penney for $25 and it will be making it’s debut to the world sometime next week lol. If you do not want to go for the entire leather look for fear of looking like a dominatrix, try going for a skirt with leather panels or a leather waist band. Below are some options for leather and faux leather skirts that you can add to your wardrobe this fall.

 

I hope all of you had a great Christmas! I enjoyed the time spent with my family. This year we did something a little different. Instead of our usual Secret Santa game, we decided to donate the money we would spend on a gift to a charity. This year we chose St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. It is such a great feeling to give to those who truly need. We also played a w game that is new to me called the white elephant (click the link for directions because it is too much to explain lol). We definitely had a lot of fun Sunday night. My niece said this was fun I can’t wait until next Christmas lol. Kids are too cute.

Ok so let’s get to business. I was really indecisive about what to wear. I had about four different looks planned in my head but nothing came together, so I just ended up wearing a dress that I recently purchased from searsStyle (check the post).

I paired it with a pair of color-block heels from Material Girl because my dress has hues of blue throughout the design. It was an unusual match, but I think it came together pretty well.

I paired it with a blazer from Charlotte Russe and jewelry from a random store in the Jewelry District. I wore my favorite tights, Hanes Silk Reflections Black Out Opaque tights that I received from Kitty Bradshaw’s Meet N’ Tweet.

I created this photo with this app on my iphone. I’m addicted! lol

Here is a close up of my shoes

Here is a pic of my siblings and niece

I so want to steal my sister’s stockings! I would wear my niece’s skirt too, I was able to fit it lol (sad I know, but I love sequins). I love shawl collar sweaters and my bro got a little fancy with the canvas closure.

I also promised you all a snapshot of my holiday mani. Well here it is

It is pretty simple. I used red Zoya nail polish on all fingers except my pinky, which I chose to paint a silver glitter. As for the designs, very simple- white, sliver, green, and gold stripes (Christmas colors) and white and silver stars.

Well that’s it for me folks! What inspired your look this Christmas?

So Monday was extremely weird. I woke up and it was below 60 degrees, but when I left work, it was warm and sunny. I really need June to get it together and become more consistent.

Yes I am in my classroom taking pictures. These were taken after the school day by the way. My monitors didn’t want to leave so I gave them another task…an impromptu photo shoot lol.

So, I am not a huge fan of polka dots. I only have 3 items in my closet, a pair of grey and black polka dot shorts, pink and black polka dot jumpsuit (see it here) and this shirt. Polka dots are really complicated and can make you appear larger. I love this shirt because of the subtle polka dots. They are not too overwhelming. I accessorized with simple pearls and a burnt orange blazer to glam up the look just a bit.

I Wore:

  • Black Skinny Jeans Forever 21
  • Black and White Polka Dot Shirt Charlotte Russe
  • Burnt Orange Blazer H&M (I needed to add a pop of color to brighten up my day :-)

 

Friday was a pretty nice day. I finally decided to start incorporating color in my fits now. The winter left me in a drab, but I am slowly but surely getting out of it. 

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