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September 2017

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Sheer.Goodness

Don’t worry sis…your time is coming

Patience is a four-letter word. In this microwave generation, we all want instant gratification. We hate delays, detours and small victories. There is nothing wrong with fast success but remember, Beyonce did not become Bey overnight. The Grand Canyon, one of the biggest tourist spots in the world, took 6 million years to form. Wether it’s a new business, new school, new relationship, new friendship or a new venture…it takes time. Just like no one likes a rushed, half-baked cake, no one will like something that you didn’t put time and effort into. Don’t rush your process and don’t give up because your time is coming…WAIT ON IT!

That’s my soap box for today, and I wrote it because I needed it as well. Now, on to this sheer look that I’ve been drooling over since buying this beautiful sheer Forever21 shirt two months ago. The blouse is SOLD OUT (tears), but I am linking some other fabulous sheer tops down below. Since i’m not that type of girl that wears a see-through top and bra, I layered it with a striped bustier underneath, a pair of flare-bottom trousers and a faux fur coat were added to finish the ensemble.

I Love these trousers because not only are the bottoms funky with flare but they are high waisted which means they sit at the smallest part of your waist and cinches in the rest. It helps give an hourglass figure. When looking for jeans and pants, try and find high-waisted pairs, especially if you are a thicker girl. My pants are from my favorite store TJMaxx but I linking a lot of great flare-bottom jeans down below. You can always do a tank-top under any of these see-through blouses or even another shirt…just layer it and have fun.

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Sheer Mesh Ruffle Blouse Plus Size Glitter Knit Mesh TopSheer Lace Embroidered Top

Flared Bell-Bottom Pants

Let me know if you would ever try this sheer trend and definitely get you a pair of these awesome flare-bottom trousers, they are amazing. If you recreate this look, tag House of Odara so I can see it. I cannot wait to see how you style these awesome pants.

If you would like to collaborate with me or if you need styling for a special event, send me an email at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Form-Fitting…No Problem

“I like my clothes like I like my money, stretchable”

Let’s jump right into one of my favorite topics…Lycra. Okay, today i’m talking about what to look for when you buy form-fitting jeans and dresses and how to wear it without looking round or lumpy. As a new mummy, wearing stretch denim or dresses scared me because of my weight gain and the shape of my new body. Big dresses and sweats were my BFF’s until I realized I could still be a hot mama I just needed to pick the right items, pair it well and accentuate the good.

You don’t have to be afraid of stretch material because it’s a actually a girls best friend. When buying a pair of jeans, a 3-4% stretch is what you need. The lycra will help shape your legs and stomach and give you a great shape. Stretch is your BFF whether you are curvy, petite, tall or in-between.

When designers Daniel and Derek of SplashedbyDKG sent me a dress to blog for them, I almost screamed when I saw that it was a dark blue stretchy material. I thought how am I going to wear this without making my body look round? Well, duh, when in doubt, BELT IT.

The beautiful thing about belts is that they help cinch in that waist and give the illusion of an hourglass figure. You want to wear the belt at the smallest part of your waistline and let the magic happen. After I put the dress on and let go of my phobia, I realized it shaped to me so well and the slinky material was flattering as well as super comfortable. The thing I was so afraid of ended being my favorite asset. I found a pair of sexy Forever21 heels, a tulle sock and my fur jacket to add a little bit more drama to this look and voila, magic!. The dress will be sold at the Magic City Market today from 12-4 at the Goldstein and Cohen Building at 406 19th St Ensley, Birmingham, AL 35218. I hope to see you guys there. 

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Velvet Studded T-Strap Heels

So, don’t be afraid of form-fitting clothes. Learn to pair them with something that accentuates the good, like a great belt or a crop jacket, blazer or cape. My friend Aliscia, who is a bit curvier paired her with a trench and gold belt. She made the look her own and killed it as well. This is the same dress, two different body shapes, two different styles but both are amazing.

 

Let me know if I’ll be seeing you at 12PM at the Magic City Market and come find me if you come. Let me know if you plan on recreating this beautiful look and again, don’t be afraid of the stretch, it can be your best friend if done the right way. For collaborations, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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WiseChats

Boo, is that you?!

“A good man/woman is hard to find but time wasters are a dime a dozen” 

Okay, So it’s October and officially Cuffing Season (LOL!). This post is all about how to find the RIGHT ONE to cuff. Marriage is one of the biggest decisions we will ever make in our life. So, don’t take it lightly and don’t waste time on time-wasters, marriage-phobes and the one-hit wonders (once they Hit-it, they are gone). I have compiled stories from couples that have been married for over 10 years to one’s who just got married last year. Lots of good wisdom in one post.

My husband met me at church while I was busy working, enjoying life and worried-less about what guy was looking at me. He said the first thing he noticed about me, besides my legs, was my tenacity. He said I looked like I had everything together (FYI I WAS A MESS). I had just broken off a relationship, I was hurting, lost and felt so rejected…but I didn’t look like it. The moment I knew he was the one was when I saw the way he treated his mom and sisters. I’m a family oriented person and I knew he was too and we connected in that aspect as well as our faith, work-ethic and goals. So that is my story, here are some others:

This is Brian and Brittany Ramsey of Birmingham, AL. They have been married for one year and met while out on the town. Brittany said she knew Brian was “The One” because:

A. He made it known he was SERIOUS about me and about the relationship.

B. He took the lead to introduce me to everyone in his family, his friends and into his world.

C. Brian said he knew Brittany was the one because she carried herself like a QUEEN!

Their advice is not to sell yourself short trying to be everything to someone who isn’t trying to be everything to you. Make sure you know from the beginning whether the person is as serious as you are so you don’t waste your time You don’t have to wait 10yrs to figure out that the girl or guy is not serious (honey, you’ll know right away).

 

This is Sederick and Sametta Fluker of Montgomery, AL. They met while in college at Alabama State University and have been married for 19 “wonderful” year as of TODAY! They have two children, both work and they still make time to enjoy each other and their marriage. Here is their advice for spotting “the one”:

A. She knew he was marriage material because he had a good work ethic and she knew he would be a great provider

B. He also kept his promises even when they were just dating (aaaahhh so important)

Their advice is to understand each other’s values and worth and get to know each other from the inside out instead of outside in. This means, get to know their internal beauty and then factor in their external beauty. Remember, looks can be deceiving because an apple may look good from the outside but be rotten once you bite into it. 

 

This is Christopher and Maraya Searcy from Montgomery, AL and Oklahoma City. They met at an internship in Kansas city and have been married for 4 months. They are loving married life and here are their words of wisdom:

A. She knew Chris was marrying material because of his capacity to love and serve without expecting anything in return. 

B. He was also serious about his walk with Christ and his faith

C. He knew she was it for him because of her love for those around her and her faith

Their advice would be to not only make sure that your potential spouse has all the good qualities you are looking for, but also make sure you have those qualities as well. Make sure you are wife/husband material.

 This is Antonio and Tamera Felder of Prattville, AL. They are both in the military and met while in college. They have been married for almost five years and love that they are each other’s best friends. Here is their advice on finding your mate:

A. She said she knew Antonio was the one because he drove 14 hours just to meet her parents and sit down with her dad face-to-face to express how much he liked her and his intentions for them. 

B. He said he knew he could marry Tamera because she was loving, caring, possessed great character and had a great booty and a beautiful face (ayyyee).

Their advice would be to put God first in your marriage if you want success. Even in the dating process, put God first and He will lead you to the right one. Plus, never rush into anything. Take your time to get to know the person and trust God’s timing. Remember, no one wants a half-baked cake so let God finish working on him/her before you marry them. 

Lastly, I asked my cousin (she’s single) some of the things she looks for when she’s dating someone so she doesn’t waste her time.

Ashlen is mother to Kaylen Loban, law student and the paralegal at a law firm in Montgomery, AL. She is also CEO of HeyGirlHey a weekly email with uplifting, funny and insightful messages. Here is her advice to the single man/woman seeking love:

A. Don’t overlook early red flags…they aren’t there just for decoration. If it’s a red flag now, it’ll be a full blow fire two years down the line.

B. Have a conversation about the trajectory of the relationship. Are y’all on the same page as to where this is leading?

C. Don’t get caught up in the hype of dating and being on the market, spend that time to work on you, better yourself, travel, enjoy life and BOSS UP!

I hope this post helped you in some way or the other. Comment below and let me know which advice helped you and how you plan on dating with purpose in the future. If you’re already married, comment and let us know how you knew your spouse was “the one” for you.

Here is a great book for those who are single and those who are married to help you understand the opposite sex better and IT’S ON SALE NOW: CLICK PICTURE TO PURCHASE

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Is That Gucci?!

“It’s not real, I just make it look good”

This blog is about how I found my Gucci-inspired bag for thousands less….get ready, get ready, get ready!

My look today is all about real vs. fake. I’ve always been one of those people who hated anything fake…especially fake bags. But, the way my budget is set up, I can’t afford real Gucci or real Chanel (FYI if you want to send me a real Chanel, DM me). So, when I found this great faux-Gucci bag for $41.99 I snatched it up.

This authentic Gucci Dionysus retails for $3,600 and if you have the money, by all means buy it and buy one for me. But, if you’re struggle booty like me, you love a good knock-off.

When I wore my Gucci-inspired bag for the first time, I got so many compliments on it. I thought to myself, “It may not be real, I just know how to make it look EXTRA TASTY”.

 

Amazon has a great Dionysus inspired bag for…WAIT FOR IT…. $21.99 (JESUS IS LORD). Now, let’s get into my look and the links to purchase these great pieces. Like I said in my last Fall-inspred post, this season is all about layering. You can turn summer pieces into fall pieces by just layering it. I paired a gingham off-shoulder ruffle sleeve blouse with a great pair of black distressed jeans and a grey crop-top shirt to make this fall look. I added my Gucci-inspired bag and black heels to complete this easy-breezy night out with the girls ensemble.

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Gingham Off-the-Shoulder Top

I wore a pair of heeled sandals but you can mix it up with a colorful shoe or booties. This outfit is everything and easy to recreate so, go for it.

Let me know if you recreate this easy-breezy look and share with all your fashion-loving friends. For collaborations or questions, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com. Comment below and let me know what other looks you would love to see styled.

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Sweater Weather

“I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze”

Happy Sunday Lovies, please take a minute and say a prayer for this planet that we inhabit. There have been natural disasters from Houston, TX all the way to Sierra Leone, Africa. Let’s pray for the wellbeing and restoration of health, home and family for those affected by the storms world-wide.

This weeks look is another simple one. It’s all about sweaters and fall boots. I found a gold knitted sweater at my local Salvation Army thrift store and knew it would be perfect for the Fall weather. The sweater is not too heavy and could be worn with a undershirt beneath it. The gold color is also one of my favorites for the Fall. I put it with a Forever21 red pleated skirt and a short brown pair of old Jessica Simpson booties. I love this simple look.

Linked below is a F21 pleated skirt and a comparable sweater both for $15.99. I also linked a pair of boots that are perfect for the fall. My vintage Dooney and Bourke is old but any great leather bag would go perfect with this look.

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Pleated Mini Skirt    Waffle Knit Sweater

Remember Fall is all about layering. My skirt is short and my sweater is long and warm. The booties are short because it’s not cold enough for thigh-highs. Play round with summer items you have in your closet and pair them with boots, sweater, jackets, etc…layer, layer, layer. Let me know what you think of this look and how you plan on revamping your summer clothes into Fall pieces.

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Shakara.FAB

“Entrepreneur: someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on their way down”

I once heard someone say if you don’t see a door, then build one and walk though it. As humans, we like to sit there and wait and wait and wait for a door to arrive. FYI, It’s never coming. Get up and make room for yourself.

I saw a movie called “Joy” yesterday and it motivated me to go for greatness. It was about the life of Joy Mangano, a business woman, author, entrepreneur, and inventor. She began as a broke, mother of two, divorcee with a crazy family that never supported her dreams. She took all the lemons life gave her and made a million dollar jar of lemonade. This movie motivated me like never before. What I got from it is that if you want something, you have to get up and GRAB IT FOR YOURSELF! 


Now, Welcome the new Endeavor that I am going to make a multimillion dollar industry: Shakara FAB. My sister and I were born in Lagos, Nigeria and have always had a passion for fashion, entrepreneurship and bringing our culture to those around us. We have lived in the US for 20 plus years and now after much work, prayer and determination, we are going to make this vision a reality.

We have teamed up with our cousin Ashlen of HeyGirlHey and our close family friend Claudia Olojo of King_Queen_Melenin. Our mission is to bring authentic, African-made clothing to our friends, family and people in our sphere of influence. Shakira FAB will be a success because we will make it so by the grace of God.

This look is one of the dresses that will be available from petite to plus size. I love the shape of this dress and the way it accentuates your waist and hips. It gives you an hourglass shape even if you don’t really have one (like me). Now, let’s talk, comment below what you would like to see from us and what problems you want fixed with the fashion industry and it’s representation of all sizes and shapes. We will take your comments and make sure our designs fits everyone.

So, would you wear this dress?! Why or why not, and what would you like to see from our brand Shakara FAB. Again, thank you all for all your support and help. We love your feedback and input and will use it to better us and give you what you want.

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D.4.Dedication

“You can’t reach the top without climbing the steps”

Happy Labor day Lovies! I hope you all have a safe and productive day, filled with food, fun, family and fashion. Okay, so you know that saying that you can’t wear white after labor day, throw it out the window with along with all the other antiquated fashion rules. In the winter, I love an all white outfit with white trimmed fur…Yes, i’m that girl… #teamoverthetop.

This blog post is called “Dedication” because I want to talk about becoming a more dedicated person. So you know that girl or guy that’s always at conferences, reading all the self-help books but never does anything with it? I used to be that person. I couldn’t dedicate myself to anything for long periods of time. I wanted the success without the handwork. Who else is like that? I wanted to be at the top of the mountain without having to actually climb it. Life DOES NOT work that way. Whatever you want to accomplish, you have to put in hard work and dedication. The first thing that helped me become more dedicated was coming up with a calendar of things I want to do daily. The second thing was setting aside a day to work on one project. No matter what, every Monday, I work on my blog; no excuses, no procrastination. So, find a day of the week to dedicate yourself to ONE goal and JUST DO IT!

Today’s look is simple and very easy to replicate. If you have a summer dress, pull it out of your closet and pair it with a pair of booties for a nice Fall look. You can add a nice jacket or tights if the weather is a bit more chilly. I have found some perfect summer dresses on sale both are under $25.00 and the booties are PERFECT for a transitional look everyone will envy.

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Floral Lace-Trim Dress      Plus Size Floral Shirt Dress       Pointed Toe Stiletto Boots

Like I said, both dresses are perfect transitional pieces. A little belt can take the outfit a long way and fyi, those boots are a must-have for fall because they are really comfortable and absolutely gorgeous. What are some Fall looks you are looking forward to this year? Don’t forget to check out my Fall Must-Haves: HERE

So, Let’s make this September the month of Dedication to our goals and dreams. Let me know what goals you’re going to dedicate your time, effort and money into and how you plan on doing it. If you recreate this look, let me know. Find me on IG: Oluwafunmifly and tag me in it or on Facebook at House of Odara.

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NewMonth.Who’sThis?

“New Month, New hair, Who is this?”

Hello September, I’ve been waiting on you at the door. I am so ready for cooler weather and Fall season all summer long. In my hometown, we’ve been experiencing thunderstorms and last night we even had a tornado watch. I woke up this morning to torn branches and debris everywhere. My heart and prayer and support goes out to those in Texas suffering under the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. If you live in Birmingham, please support by going to the Boutwell Auditorium at 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203. They are asking for canned goods, perishable items, clothes, etc that they can send to those in need. They will be accepting donations until Sunday evening. If you live in any other state or city, please find out where you can donate and be a hand in need.

Did you all catch my last blog on my favorite Fall item? If you didn’t, click HERE. This look today is sponsored by my favorite designers Derek and Daniel of Splashed by DKG. I am wearing their fabulous denim kimono skater blouse. I love the shape of this piece. I love the big beautiful bell sleeves and the structured bottom of the blouse. I belted it to give it some shape and accentuate my waist. I’ve seen it worn unbelted and that looked great as well. I completed the look with some lace shorts underneath and these ultra sexy jean boots from Amazon.

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This look is so different from my normal wear but that’s the beauty of style. Never be afraid to mix it up and step out of your comfort zone. Check out their website HERE for buying options and to look at their other pieces.

So, what’s something new you plan on doing this month that you’ve never done before? Whether it’s changing your wardrobe, exercising more, meeting new people or simply getting out more, in the words of Michal Jordan…JUST DO IT! I pray this month is blessed, full of favor and riches.

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