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:



Annabel Medium Metal Choker


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  • Keya
    August 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I just love your posts, they are always inspiring and motivating. Your eye for style and designs are impeccable. Please keep the post coming. I would love to see you feature some fashion ideas for curvy girls like myself. I am a size 18 and can really relate to the image issues and insecurities. Let me know if you ever need a curvy girl to feature. I just MIGHT be interested….lol! Of course only with your expertise on the outfits. 🙂

    • Emma
      August 8, 2017 at 8:19 am

      I will definitely let you know. Thank you for the kind words. Email me at houseofodarablog@gmail and we can chat more

  • Crystal
    August 2, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I can relate! Always could point out a flaw but when the Lord says that you were fearfully and wonderfully made you learn to believe it overtime. Love the article and the outfit!

    • Emma
      August 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Thank you. You have remind yourself of what God says about you all the time.

  • Funmi
    August 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I would love to hear more about your transition to American culture while learning to embrace your Ghanaian heritage. You look amazing!!!

    • Emma
      August 1, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Just making sure I sorrounded myself with people from both cultures. I’m actually doing that for my son now. He’s sorrounded by Americans but I’m trying to get him around Nigerians and teach him the culture. It’s all about finding balance in all things. 😘😘

  • Claudia
    August 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Love the article, and the look!

    • Emma
      August 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Claudette😘❤️