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Fall.Into.Fashion

“Hoodies, Bonfires, Cuddling…Fall is here”

I stepped outside of my apartment Saturday and It was legitimately not hot…lol!. Okay, it wasn’t sweater or even jacket weather, but I felt a small coolness in the air. Here in the South, we hardly ever get a REAL Fall or a REAL Winter. In the South, Summer is King! Still, we have to get ready for some Fall fashion, and I am giving you some of the must-haves for this season. For my friends in the North, i’m sure you are already ready for the cooler weather.

Okay, the first item I stock up on in the Fall and Winter are booties. I love them in every color, style and shape. I own a lot of them but the one i’m crushing on this season is a pair of lace up, imitation Yeezy Season IV ankle boots. I found a pair at Forever21 and they were a must buy. Kim K has been wearing them all summer long. Kim if you are reading this, please send me a pair…i’ll DM you my info (send prayers up y’all). The pair from Forever21 is a LOT cheaper.

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So, i’m obsessed with every pair of booties on this list. But, for those who want a little more coverage on their legs, knee and thigh-high boots are a must have. I have a pair of silver ones on the list that are a bit daring but I plan on wearing them SOON!:

Libby Peeptoe Sock Thigh High BootsVictoria Denim Peeptoe Thigh High Boots

Next, another of my Fall must-haves is a good faux-fur jacket and Trench Coat:

Alisha Shaggy Faux Fur CoatEmily Faux Fur Collar Wool Look CoatVanessa Double Breasted Belted Trench Coat

Okay, so it is definitely time for sweaters and sweater dresses. Even though I am NOT a sweater dress person, I know how easy, comfortable and warm they can be, especially with a pair of boots. Here are some affordable sweaters and sweater dresses:

Poppy Ruffle Sleeve Sweater
Black Color Block Bell Sleeve Ruffle Hem Sweater DressFold Over Bardot Sweater Dress

Another Fall must-haves are all the accessories and accouterments that come along with cooler weather. I live for a good scarf, leggings, tights, leg warmers and gloves. Also I love a super sturdy winter bag:
Graphic Print Oversized Scarf


Mia Faux Fur Cross Body Bag


Lastly, I want to give some ON TREND buys that I have found on Amazon for way less. These are trends that have debuted on the runway for Fall/Winter 2017. I’m giving you the four trends that I like so far and will be wearing. Remember, not every trend has to be followed; find what fits you and your style best. The first trend is dark, romantic florals. Next is fringe; who doesn’t love fabric that moves. Next is the cold or one shoulder look. Lastly is the Glitter-bomb trend (YAY)! Anything with glitter is my friend and I love this last dress because it’s fringe and glitter mixed together. Look at the Fall trends for 2017 and pick which ones you like and rock it with your bad self!



Remember, during the Fall and Winter, layer as much as possible. Put on an under shirt with an oversized sweater, a pair of great jeans or leggings and some booties, and you’ll be fashionable and warm all winter long. All these looks are affordable and will have you looking fabulous and stylish. So, what are you looking forward to purchasing and wearing this Fall/Winter season? Comment below and let me know.

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Cool.Mum

“Mum jeans are so last season…I’m a cool mum!”

Okay, this jumpsuit is not for the faint of heart. LOL! Being a new mum is hard, beautiful, rewarding and did I mention HARD. I think the hardest part for me was getting my sexy back. Mommies, you have to remember how you snatched your hubby up…you can’t go from hottie to hot-mess (sigh). Men are visual…like very visual so you gotta maintain that flyness. You have to learn how to dress for that extra body weight and accentuate the good. I am queen of hiding the bad (FY…control top panties and a GOOD bra).

When I found this jumpsuit on Amazon and read the reviews, I knew it would be perfect for a date night with my husband. After having Sammy, I still have 15lbs to lose, so I was looking for something that was not tight on my legs or stomach, made me look taller but also had sex appeal. This jumpsuit was it. I kept the styling very simple and let the colors and stripes speak for me. FYI This jumpsuit is only $24.99 with Amazon Prime.

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Remember, try and dress for the body you have. If you are short, find dresses and pants that lengthen you. Horizontal stripes are slimming and elongate your frame. If you are tall and thin, you literally are my dream body. You can wear horizontal and vertical stripes. The trick is finding pants that match your height but there is nothing a little tailoring can’t help. Find a tailor that can let the seams out of the pants and sleeves to add more inches. If you are plus, don’t put on tents and large items but find clothes that accentuate your waist, bust or gorgeous legs (pick one body part to accentuate at a time). A peplum shirt is the go-to for curvier girls and a belt can fix almost anything. So, find things that compliment you and your shape and rock it with boldness!

So, what has been your biggest style challenge since having a baby or becoming pregnant? Have you found it hard to get your groove back when it comes to styling your new body? Let us know how you’ve been dealing with your body and styling issues and if you have any questions, please comment below and I will answer them.

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WCW: DaretoCourt

“Dress how you want to be addressed”

So, I love a gorgeous, well-dressed woman. Yes, I am that chick that stares at other pretty girls from across the room. I’m always envying someone’s bag, dress or shoes….sigh, who else is like me? It’s not jealousy, just admiration. Well, I have a blog and now I can have those gorgeously dressed women on my blog and give them the credit they deserve while stealing all their looks as well…(bahahahaha). Today, I am profiling the ever gorgeous, long-legged, stylish Courtney Pettway. This girl can dress y’all, and for all my tall girls, this is for you. So, here she goes….

We have all heard that saying, and it’s one that I live by. I truly believe that it is possible to dress fashionably and make a statement without breaking the bank. Majority of these looks didn’t even cost me more than 50 bucks! My fashion tip: don’t always go by the ‘brand’; just because it may hold a popular brand name does not mean it’s quality and just because it’s not a popular ‘brand’ doesn’t mean that the quality is cheap! So whether you are shopping at Nordstrom, a high-end boutique, Goodwill, or other second-hand store, go for quality pieces at a reasonable price (within YOUR budget).

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite go-to pieces are blazers. Why? Because you can wear them with literally anything, anywhere, and anytime of day. I found these awesome, pink high-waisted pants BRAND NEW and tagged at $100.00… Did I pay that? Absolutely not lol. I purchased them from a local thrift store in Louisville, had them tailored (making MY total a whopping $15 ) paired them with a patterned blazer (which I caught on sale), with black heels, and a black fitted tank.

Pants: Goodwill

Blazer: Banana Republic

Tank: Ross

Heels: Just Fab

Purse: Steve Madden

Perfect for a casual date night (nothing fancy). I love off the shoulder EVERYTHING, so when I saw this shirt I immediately grabbed it. I paired this with a forest green mini skirt, camel-colored sandals , my other favorite accessory (aviators) and one of my favorite bags.

 

Shirt: Ross

Skirt: Target

Shoes : Jessica Simpson

Bag: Michael Kors

 

I received soooo many compliments on this jumper at a recent wedding. I immediately fell in love with it and could NOT wait to wear it!

 

Jumper: HHHGluxe

Pink crossbody: Ross

Neutral Heels: BCBG

 

 

 

 

Did I tell you that I love bold colors and patterns? Oh, and here is yet another blazer lol.

 

Blazer: Thrift store

Tank: Ross

Shorts: Calvin Klein (From Platos)

Strappy sandals: Just Fab

 

So I was told yellow is my color, and I would have to agree! This was a perfect summer look!

 

Shirt: Ross

Shorts: Forever21

Sandals & Fringe crossbody: Ross (Do you see a pattern? Haha. Ross is definitely one of my favorite stores).

 

 

 

My other favorite accessory is..hats. Whether it’s a wide brim, fedora, snapback or fitted cap, I will rock them all and pair them with just about everything.

 

Fedora: Amazon

Shirt: Boohoo

Skinny Jeans: Missguided

Sandals: Target

 

 

 

 

Ironically, these looks are not only inexpensive, but most of the pieces are also several years old! This just goes to show you that it is possible to buy quality pieces that are not only budget friendly, but will last throughout ever-changing fashion trends!

Author: Courtney Pettway

Instagram: Aurian_

 

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Eclipsed!

“Honey, you are like a solar eclipse…rare, beautiful and magnificent to look at.”

How many of you guys actually got to see the solar eclipse today? I know my sister had everyone in the continental United States looking for glasses for her children. The next total eclipse won’t be until April 2024…by then i’ll be “yadayadayada” years old. LOL! I got to look at it today because some wonderful Wal-mart workers let me borrow their solar eclipse glasses. It was a sight to behold. I almost was in tears thinking about the beauty of God’s creation. I don’t know about you, but things like these make me realize how small me and my problems are and how big God is (HE IS HUGE)! So, let me know how looking at the solar eclipse made you feel and your thoughts about it.

Now on to fashion…are y’all gearing up for fall fashion yet. I’m working on some great looks of the fall, but since we live in the South, summer is still on and popping. This look is ruffled, floral, fun and full of food. All my favorite F’s. I found this gorgeous Gianni Bini dress at the “Ghetto Dillards” and I knew it would be perfect for a special occasion.

I actually wore it to the grand opening of the new Fresh Anointing building in Montgomery, AL and I received a lot of compliments on it. I love dresses that are easy to wear and this is one of them. I paired it with my off-brand Azzedine Alaia heels and one of my favorite MK bags. If you live in Montgomery, stop by the Dillard’s outlet and dig for this dress, you won’t be disappointed. My dress is no longer available, but I found this gorgeous one on Amazon UNDER 30.00 (small cheers and claps)


FYI: the wonderful food is from Vecchia Restaurant in Birmingham AL. The food is delicious; check them out when you get a chance.

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Spinach Dip and Chicken Alfredo Pasta

 

 

 

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On Target

“Fashion is who you are wearing, Style is how you wear it”

Okay, So I follow a lot of bloggers who have a lot of money or collaborate with a lot of high-end fashion designers. Everything they wear cost more than my college tuition…I mean labels to the GAWDS. Now, I definitely cannot keep up with them when it comes to high-end items but I can make any item I buy look high-end. FYI this is what style is all about. I respect those who can make thrift store finds and bargain clothes look like a million bucks. To me, style does not equate money…it transcends money. 

Today’s blog is very special because I’ve teamed up with two other bloggers to style one item from Target’s “WhoWhatWear” collection. One thing I love about Target is that they always do collaboration with great high-end designers. This one launched January 31, 2016 and is based off current fashion trends and user/blogger feedback. The pieces are all under $50.00 and y’all, they are gorgeous. I am collaborating with blogger KD Harris of “Wear to Feast” and Dani Gee of “Danigee25” for this collection. We will be doing a GIVEAWAY soon.


We each paired our favorite item from the collection with something already in our wardrobe to show you how to wear the pieces and how to style on a budget. I purchased the ruffle wrap skirt in a size 4 *coughs…too small* but it’s on sale right now for $20.00. I paired it with an Ankara top, and my all time favorite pair of heels. My bag is thrifted but I found the coveted bamboo bag on Amazon for under $25.00 (you’re welcome).

KD styled her layered ruffle mini dress with a yellow clutch and black flats. This look is just so comfortable and great for a day date. Read and shop this look HERE. Dani Gee styled her colorful ruffle top with a pair of jeans and and strapped flats. Read and shop this look HERE. You can also find these awesome bloggers on IG: Weartofeast and Danigeelk    

Let me know your thoughts on the WhoWhatWear collection. Have you ever bought anything from that collection before and if so, how did you like it. FYI this top will be part of a collection me and a team are working on, so make sure you’re following me on Instagram, Facebook and subscribe to my newsletter for updates. For collaborations, please email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Flower.Power

“A flower does not think about competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms” 

Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers sent to their home, job or school? *NOT ME* I’m just not a real flower person; i’ll take faux flowers any day. Those little things die so quickly and end up smelling really bad. If you want to surprise me, Chanel will do. The only flowers I want are the fake one I don’t have to water or bother with at all. That’s why I love this floral look I’m blogging today…it’s full of fake flowers. LOL! It’s a simple shift dress with cut out shoulders and a floral headband. It’s a fun look and perfect for a day out on the town or a fun brunch with your girlfriends.

Shift dresses are perfect for the summer and mine is no exception. It’s super lightweight, not clingy and easy to wear. I’ve had it belted before when I wanted to make it more of a “going out” dress, but for a day date or brunch, it’s perfect unbelted. I paired it with a pair of blue Steve Madden platform heels, my floral headband, and one of my favorite Michael Kors powder-blue quilted Sloan bag. My dress is no longer available but I found an awesome one under $20.00 on Amazon.

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I love the simplicity of this look. Anything I can wear that allows me to eat and not have to suck in my stomach is my best friend. My MK bag is under $200 and a great buy; I wear it a lot and the sheen on it is gorgeous. I also love these thick STURDY heels. Overall, this look is just fun and comfortable!

Let me know what you think about this look and let’s chat about handbags. Michael Kors is in the process of buying Jimmy Choo for 1.2 Billion, what are your thoughts on that. They are two such different brands; I am looking forward to seeing how they will work together as a team. If you want to collaborate with me or want to be featured on the blog, please email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Splashed!


Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future -R. Peters

I am secretly obsessed with creative minds. As a child, I would always make up stories to help me wash dishes or to help me cope with bullying or just to make the time go by. I had this imaginary life inside my mind that kept me sane. So, I grew up loving movies, story-telling, books, fashion and design. Pretty much anything aesthetically pleasing, I was drawn to immediately. How many of you are like that?

My goal, and the goal of House of Odara is to first motivate, next bring affordable fashion, also highlight fashionable people and finally spotlight designers and their visions. Today, this post is about this brand I stumbled on to called Splashed by DKGThe designers are actually my upstairs neighbors and the CEO’s of Magic City Fashion Week. Derek and Daniel design, sew and splash all their pieces themselves. I fell in love with their dream, work ethic and of course the designs themselves.

Today, I’m styling their tiered top (NOW ON SALE). This top fits just about anyone, from petite to plus size so check out their page and shop away. I paired this gorgeous top with a chocker from their collection, a red wrap skirt, tortoise shelled sunnies and strappy blue heels. I absolutely loved this shirt, it was comfortable, flattering and the color is just amazing. Let’s support local businesses that are doing.

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I absolutely love the splashed design of the shirt, the off shoulder look, the light weight feel of the cotton and of course the compliments I received while wearing it. The shirt would also go well with white-washed jeans or tights. The beauty of style is that you get to make things your own. So, go shop and style it your own way.

Let me know what you think of this look and how you would have styled it differently. Check out the site Splashed by DKG  for the top and other fabulous items. Don’t forget to comment, subscribe and share this site. For collaborations with your brand, email me at Houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Pictures taken at the beautiful Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, AL



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Magic City Fashion Week

“Sometimes God is working things out for us and we don’t even know it”

A year after moving to Birmingham AL, and getting knocked ALL the way up, I met these two awesome guys named Derek and Daniel. Not only were they designers, but they had this vision for the beautiful city that is now my home.  After going to an event they put together to talk about this new venture they were pursuing, I knew I had to be a part of it.

 

Enter the dream child of these two hardworking men…Magic City Fashion Week . Derek and Daniel’s dream of turning the great city of Birmingham into a mecca for fashion and design is something the we have needed for a long time. They are building a platform for voices that would otherwise not be heard.

 

 

Yesterday, they had an amazing event for fashion bloggers and photographers at Blue Monkey in Birmingham with the fabulous Victoria of Vic Styles as our blogging guru. This beautiful girl sat for two hours and answered every question we threw at her. She was an open book. You know sometimes you meet successful people and they are so closed-mouthed about how they became successful and don’t really want to share their journey with you….Victoria was not like that at all, she was amazing. The ambience was gorgeous, the people friendly and engaging and the knowledge she dropped was priceless. If you live in Birmingham or around Birmingham, come and be a part of this amazing team that we are building.

Magic City Fashion Week will have actual fashion events and shows happening October 24-28, 2017 during classic weekend. If you are an emerging makeup artist, designer, business owner, blogger, fashion lover, etc. please visit the site: Magic City Fashion Week  and sign up for updates.

Like I said, the event last night was eye opening. Victoria talked about site optimization, learning to trust your journey, finding your niche in the city you are in, putting together highlight reels and branding. It was so beautiful to see women encouraging and helping each other achieve their dreams and goals. Our city wins when we all come and grind TOGETHER. 

If you went to the event, comment below about what you gained from it. If you want to be a part of what’s happening click this link and sign up and join the team, you won’t be disappointed.

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Steps=Success

“Nothing great in life is ever comes easy and nothing easy is ever great”

Success doesn’t come with an escalator…that would be too easy. Success comes with a deep, dark, dank staircase that seems to never end. Your level of commitment to climbing these steps will be your level of greatness in whatever you are trying to achieve. For example, school begins this month, and as you know, passing your classes and doing well depends entirely on you. For those who work every day, most of the time, your promotions and raises depend on your level of hard work and determination. There is nothing God, determination and hard work cannot accomplish. Remember, you are destined for greatness, you cannot lose. Keep persevering, keep climbing…don’t look at the others whizzing quickly past you. Your journey is your own. Keep moving.

As a blogger, mother, and wife, I see others doing so well in their area of expertise and it keeps me down and it makes me want to quit. But, I have to remember, they put in work to be where they are now. They didn’t just arrive at 100K followers, they didn’t just raise amazing kids, they didn’t just have that “Perfect” marriage…IT TOOK WORK. It takes work people. I’m writing about this subject because it’s something i’ve been dealing with lately a lot. I remember shooting this look and second guessing everything about myself…Sometimes, we are our own biggest critics, when we should be our own biggest cheerleaders. When the steps get steep and your legs want to give out on you, don’t come down on yourself, but celebrate how far you’ve come and encourage yourself to keep going.

Y’all, I didn’t mean to preach! LOL. Let’s get into this look. So, I was in Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, AL (on my way to Ghetto Dillards) when I stumbled onto this THOT shop called Pink Clove. You know the boutiques that only sell club wear…yea, that one. But, they had this jewel hanging in the window and God knows, It was whispering, “come here Emma, come buy me!”

How could I resist a talking shirt. It took me two weeks but the next time I was down there, I brought it home. I paired it with this Elizabeth Taylor skirt i’ve had for ages (Tip: Always have a couple of expensive, quality items in your closet that can be staple pieces…these will outlast 100’s of inexpensive pieces). I added my pink Selma Michael Kors bag and some light pink heels from Forever21 (No, those are not Azzedine Alaias).

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Charlotte Wrap Front Ruffle Shirt

If you are in Montgomery, check out the store Pink Clove for my exact shirt. However, this shirt from Boohoo is under 40 and there is a 50% off sale going on NOW on the site.

Comment below and give us tips on how you encourage yourself when everything in you wants to give up. Also, let me know what areas you are striving for success and how you plan on achieving it.

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Ghagerian

Have you ever wanted to be someone else?! (*slowly raises hands*)

I think we’ve all, once and maybe even now, desired to shed our skin and be someone prettier, lighter, stronger, taller, thicker, darker, etc. I remember when my sister and I moved from Africa when I was eight years old. I just wanted to be an American. I wanted to talk normal, I didn’t want to take pounded yams and peanut stew to school. The kids used to make fun of me and my sister for our hair, our clothes and especially our “stinky” food. I remember praying and asking God to make me someone different. The beautiful thing was He did, but not in the way I wanted. I never got lighter, I never got taller and I never got the Cindy Crawford legs and shape but I got ME.

The moment I learned to be Happy with my Ghanian and African heritage, my short stubby legs and my coarse hair and dark skin, I became happier. I was made beautiful the way He wanted me to be and my imperfections just added to my charm. No matter how you see yourself, remember, You are gorgeous, you are amazing and He made you beautiful the just the way you are.

This look is based on my Ghanian/Nigerian heritage. I am Ghagerian. I shot this look in beautiful Birmingham at Steel City Pops in Homewood. If you live in Birmingham or get a chance to come up here, try them out. I always get the Avocado pop because it’s dairy free and delicious. So, I styled a jumpsuit my mother brought back for me from Ghana with a gold choker from boohoo, a pair of velvet Gianni Bini heels and a brown faux leather bag.

 

Let me know what you think about this Ankara look. Since this outfit is from Africa, I am going to link some of my fav ankara looks I have found online. Also, have you ever dealt with image issues and how did you overcome them? I love hearing from you guys so comment below.

As you can see, I couldn’t resist buying a pop while I was there. LOL. Click on pictures for links to purchase this look:

Anakara Looks:

 

Accessories:

Annabel Medium Metal Choker




 

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