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Valentine’s Day: Date Night Ideas for the Married and Single Person

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Stay Calm, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and i’m here to help

One of my favorite Valentine’s Day was my first one with my husband. He was such a BAD gift giver. My love language is gifts so I always go ALL OUT and spoil him. I get so much pleasure out of giving. He is the opposite. His love language is providing for us, so when it comes to gift giving, he thinks a book marker is a great gift (rolls eyes). Don’t worry, I’ve trained him and he’s getting better each year. But, our first Valentine’s day was special because it was our first and he gave me my favorite thing…unadulterated time with him. Sometimes, it’s not about gifts but about quality time with the one you love.

Now, don’t get me wrong…I LOVE A GOOD GIFT and a night out, so this post is all about some fun ideas that you and your spouse or single friends can do on Valentine’s Day. FYI, if you’re single, grab your girlfriends or guy friends and plan a night out with them. Here are four great Valentine’s Day date night ideas that are sure to be a hit:

  1. Game Night: for my singe guys and girl, invite some of your friends over and get Charades or Apples Over Apples out and enjoy each other’s company. You never know if you’ll find that special someone on your Valentine’s Day Game Night.
  2. Dinner and Netflix: I absolutely hate going out and standing in line for an hour for a table at a restaurant. Last Valentine’s Day, I actually cooked dinner for my husband and we stayed home, ate, talked and watched a movie. We had such a great intimate night and we didn’t have to tip anyone. Remember to keep it light, no talk about kids or finances, just good times.
  3. Table For Two: Now, if you want to brave the long lines and busy streets on Valentine’s day, make sure you call ahead to get put on their waiting list. Otherwise, pick a time that you know is not too busy, either go really early or later on for your date.
  4. Get Active: Get out and take your spouse or friends to a bowling alley or Top Golf. Find something active to do around your city and go make some memories. FYI Groupon is the best for finding coupons for great date ideas for Valentine’s Day

Married ladies, remember even if you’re staying home, dress up and make yourself into a gift for your husband. FYI husbands, try your best to look like a snack too. If you’re single and having friend’s over or going out for Valentine’s Day, make sure you look nice, you never know who you might bump into (ayyyyyeeeee).

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My outfit is Valentine’s Day is perfect because it’s comfortable, cute and not overly cheesy with a bunch of red or pink. I kept it black and white with pops of red in my knit jacket and booties.

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No matter what you do, make sure you enjoy yourself on Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, don’t just sit at home and bemoan your singleness, get out and enjoy time with yourself or with friends. If you’re married, plan something adventurous for your and your husband or wife and remember, no kids or finance talk..focus on the two of you and your love. I hope this helps you in some way.

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NYFW: The Super Bowl Championship for designers and creatives

“Excuse me sir, but my Super Bowl is called New York Fashion Week and it’s starts TODAY!”

For those who don’t follow fashion as closely as some others do, the biggest events in fashion happen twice a year in the “big four” fashion mecca’s, New York, London, Paris, and Milan. The concept of fashion week began in London but the tradition has been “official” since 1943 when New York held it’s first official fashion week. Each fashion week lasts an actual week and allows buyers and influencers a taste of what’s upcoming in fashion and trends for the the next season.

Tickets for major shows are expensive and front row seats are as coveted as sleep after a week of having a newborn (lol)!. I will not be going this year, but I will get to enjoy the shows via live stream and runway photos from the show. You can watch the shows along with me HERE and view the official schedule for NYFW. BUT, if I were going, this outfit would be the first look I would sashay around the streets of New York in and shut it down.

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I kept this look feminine but edgy with a cute but rich floral jacquard peplum hem dress, and my on-trend heels with socks. This look is a little nod to my style. I love hyper-feminine clothing and all things pink but I also have a wild side (grrrr). What a perfect way to start off the first day of New York Fashion Week than in this outfit that’s the embodiment of all that is me.

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My dress is not for sale anymore but I did link two of my favorite girly looks that you can easily pair with a pair of socks and my platform heels and then add a great coat to finish it off. One thing I love to do with a sleeveless dress during the winter is to pair it with a blouse as an undershirt. This one was made by my Friend Derek DeAndre and you can find more of his work Here.  I am putting the schedule for Fashion Week below and don’t be afraid to check other blogs and watch the live streams to find out what will be trending soon. I can’t wait until Next season when you and I both can meet up and have drinks before our first NYFW show. Check out my last blog post on my Super Bowl style HERE.

Find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly and if you create this look, tag me in it on IG and Facebook as well.

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Championship 2018: Food and Fashion for Super Bowl Sunday

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“I’m not a football fan but i’m going hard for Super Bowl 2018..clearly ONLY for the food and the fashion!”

Who will be watching the Super Bowl game tonight? My husband is at church right now praying for a win for his favorite team while I’m trying to think of the best appetizers and drinks to make his night a spectacular one. My thought is even If his team doesn’t win, at least he’ll eat good and get to view my fabulous outfits (yes, i’m planning my own half-time runway show). So, who are you rooting for?! Either, way, I hope these recipes puts you in a good mood no matter how good or bad or your team does tonight.

Any Super Bowl party is not complete without four items and one of them is soooo good even the people who don’t eat meat will dig in. I always make oven-baked wings, pulled pork nachos, some sort of chip and dip and stuffed mushrooms for my vegetarian friends.

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Since it’s the Super Bowl, my outfit is army-inspired because we are here to fight! I found these army-pants at my local thrift store and fell in love with them. I knew I wanted to style them for the blog because camouflage print goes with just about anything.

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I am praying this Super Bowl Sunday, your team wins and that the game is as spectacular as it can be. I am putting my outfits together so that I can dance in style to Justin Timberlake at the half-time show. Check out some of these links for products to match my easy, breezy look. If you recreate this look, find and tag me in it on Instagram at OluwafunmiflyCheck out my last post on my Style Crush and my favorite skirts suits for that classy lady HERE.

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FirstLady: Jackie-O Inspired Looks

Nothing screams demure, modest and future First Lady like an amazing skirt suit

I remember when Princess Diana died. My mum was a die-hard lover of her and her family. What she admired most about the beautiful Diana was her sense of social justice and her fashion-sense. I know I got my love of fashion from my mum. Princess Diana could always be seen in an amazing skirt suit or a beautiful dress that was reminiscent of my one of my favorite style icons, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. So, on this State of the Union night, I wanted to go for a classy and classic look channeling one of our First Lady’s Jackie Kennedy O.

From Diana, to her future daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, to even our new First Lady, (God bless her soul), Melania Trump, Jackie’s style essence continues to stand the test of time. The Skirt Suit became “a thing” because she wore it with class, dignity and beauty. My look today is inspired by her effortless slay and beautiful style.

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Her style is timeless. Even to this day, her style is still emulated and recreated because modesty, grace and elegance can never go out of style. FYI the notorious Kim Kardashian also recreated some of Jackie’s most iconic looks. Here is my interpretation in my fav skirt suit and I hope I did it justice. Also, click to see and shop some of the most popular skirt suits online.

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Now, how did I do?! Remember classic never goes out of style and modesty is NOT a four-letter word. This look would be great for a day at the office or even Sunday service. It’s elegant, ladylike, feminine and still a little sexy. If you recreate this look, tag me on Instagram or on Facebook. Check out my last post on the best jeans to flatter that figure HERE!

For collaborations, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Jeanetics: The Perfect Jeans for Women

“The Perfect Jeans will have every head turning in the room..trying to figure out where you got them from”

Y’all the perfect jeans are as hard to find as a good man with a 200K a month job, and no baby momma drama. Sheesh, what does a girl have to do to find a pair that lengthen her legs, snatches in her waist and gives her an apple booty? Well don’t worry…i’m compiling some perfect jeans for the woman that is a jean-a-holic. That’s why this post is called “jeanetics,” because unlike the genes that make up who you are, the perfect jeans can make you who you want to be (ayyyyeee).

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After having a cesarean 13 months ago and then another cesarean due to ovarian tortion, my stomach has a permanent pouch at the bottom. YES, I’M WORKING ON GETTING RID OF IT…PRAY FOR ME! So, the perfect jeans for me is one that is high-waisted and is ready to put in work and cinch in my stomach. These pair are my absolute favorite because they cinch in my waist and my legs. When I jean shop, these are the three check points that have to be clicked off before I pull of hubby’s check card:

  1. HOW MUCH LYCRA YOU GOT– When shopping for jeans online or even in store make sure there is enough lycra. Remember the more lycra, the more stretch you get and the more comfortable the jeans will be. 2% elastane or spandex is what you want to look for in the perfect jeans. 
  2. HOW HIGH– i’m a petite girl…i’m actually 5ft on a good day. So, for my shape, high-rise/waisted jeans are my best friends. they elongate me and accentuates my waist. Read about what jeans are perfect for your shape HERE.
  3. HOW MUCH– Listen, I love to shop smart and save money but I also know when I have to spend money on an item because it needs to last. When it comes to jeans, what you pay for is what you get. So, be ready to splurge when you find that perfect jeans that makes you look like a full-course meal. The one’s I’m linking below are very good to your wallet:

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If you came to my house, you would find all of these perfect jeans in my closet. The first pair of perfect jeans from H&M is the pair I’m wearing in this post. I wanted to give you all a range from boyfriend jeans to jeans with drama so I hope you find a pair that speaks to you.

You can pair your new perfect jeans with any sweater or blouse and go out to strut your stuff. If anyone asks where you got your jeans from, tell them…a little birdy told me about these.

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Affirmed: Daily Affirmations That Really Work!

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“Daily Affirmations should be taken every morning with a cup of coffee and a side of self-love”
We have made it to the fourth MONDAY in January and I hope all is going well. If things aren’t going accordingly…put your hand over your chest, feel your heart beat and be thankful that you are still alive! Many people didn’t make it to see this new day but we did. Stop, and speak daily affirmations over yourself and your situation and watch it begin to change.
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Daily AffirmationsCut yourself some slack. Be gentle, be kind, be loving to yourself (and others).
Today grants you another chance and a new opportunity for you to work on getting it right. Stop beating yourself up over little things. Don’t sweat the small stuff and release self-doubt from your thoughts.
I’m speaking into existence that today will be a great day for us all. Let’s start our new week with some daily affirmations.
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Speak these daily affirmations over your day before you step out of your door.

  1. I AM ENOUGH– I will not conform or lesser my standards to appease or appeal to anyone who does not accept me for who I am and what I am.
  2. I AM HUMAN-I give myself permission to experience sorrow, to laugh or to cry, to make mistakes or feel failure, to grieve and to praise, and I will recognize my humanness and be submerged in all its glory.
  3. I WILL ALLOW MYSELF TO EVOLVE– I will trust my process and applaud myself for my progress. I am trying- and I will recognize that that is enough.
  4. I DESERVE RESPECT– I practice kindness, I cultivate love towards others and I have a right to expect that same energy to be emitted back to me. Being treated like a human is not too much to ask for- therefore, I will make my petition known unapologetically.
  5. I WILL NOT CONFORM TO THE WAYS OF MY ENEMIES– I will uphold my virtues and I will not stoop down to the negative actions or opinions from folks who do not walk in my light.
DIY: Write down your own daily affirmations (or use these) and place them on sticky notes around your house. By doing this, you will constantly be engaged in positive declarations. I love putting my daily affirmations all over my bathroom  mirror. This helps me when I stand in front of it and I want to put myself down, all I see are my positive daily affirmations and I remember to speak life over myself. If you’re anxious, depressed or just want motivation to succeed,  lose weight, etc., write down daily affirmations that you speak into the universe and over yourself and watch things begin to turn around for your good. IT WORKS..TRUST ME. Begin today and let me know how you feel after a week!
If you haven’t already, check out my last fashion post on the perfect puffer jackets for the winter HERE!
Here is a great book to check out all about positivity and how changing your mindset can change your life:

Author: Ashlen Cuyler

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Puffed: Perfect Puffer Jackets This Winter

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“A Puffer Jacket is the “it girl” this season and can be worn in so many beautiful ways…so, do you have yours? 

There are some trends that are not worth paying attention to and then there are trends that are not only cute but also functional. A puffer jacket, this winter season, is a trend worth writing home about. Seriously, these puffer jackets not only keep you warm but you can wear this trend in a lot of different ways. Let me show you how some ways stylists and celebrities have worn their puffer jacket.

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The puffer jacket is not only for ski dads, it’s for everyone. This 80’s trend is so hot right now. From Balenciaga to Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma line, to Kenzo, this trend is red hot right now. Style bloggers, celebrities and fashionistas have turned this old classic into something new and chic. I love this puffer jacket trend because of it’s functionality and versatility. What about you? Are you a puffer jacket person or nah?

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I’m listing below my favorite and most affordable puffer jackets that I have found online. Pick one and adopt it into your closet.

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So, are you more in love with this puffer jacket trend or have you fallen in love with it by now?! I just love a good remix and i’m drooling over the way fashionistas, stylist and designers have made the puffer jacket a staple piece this season. Make sure you have one of these in your wardrobe and don’t be afraid to wear them over a floral dress, a pantsuit and especially over jeans. Remember to always experiment and have fun with fashion.

Did you check out my last AWESOME post on what i’m wearing to the Black Panther premiere?! If not, what are you waiting for, click HERE to read all about it and shop my favorite leather pieces this winter.

Find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly or on Facebook at Houseofodara and tag me if you recreate this look.

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Black Power: What I’m Wearing to the Black Panther Premiere

February 16, 2018 is a BIG day because Black Panther comes and so does my power outfit

I plan on BUSTING the cinema doors wide open next month, dressed in ALL BLACK waiving my fist in the hair and celebrating the power that is Black Panther. I am so excited about this movie for more than one reason.black panther

When I was a young kid in Africa, my favorite superhero was Captain Planet. Who remembers him and his team of planeteers? They would go around saving the planet from all and any environmental disaster….Y’all i’m singing the theme song in my head now (lol). FYI I had a huge crush on Kwame, who was from Ghana and possessed the power of earth (yea, I was that kid).

 

Who else is planning on seeing Black Panther with me and if so, what are you wearing?! I actually planned on wearing something very Ankara and tribal but then I realized it was also Black history night and I wanted to make sure I was regal, powerful and unforgettable in black leather…ayyyeeeee! My motto for that night is Black Panther Loves Black Leather!

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I am decked out in faux leather from head to foot in this post and I love it! I wanted to add some color to the look and what is better than a power red and a caution belt to warn people that I am armed and ready to slay. But seriously, I want to see this movie not only because it gives us a black superhero, which we desperately need, but also because of the powerful black females that are a part of the cast. These women just aren’t arm candy or helpless maidens waiting to be rescued, but they are QUEENS and warriors in their own right and as women, we need to see more of this on the big screen.

Now, let’s talk about this all black ensemble. When wearing black, I like to mix different textures and prints. When wearing any monochromatic look, keep this in mind…mix textures. I have a soft sheen faux leather stretch thigh-high boots and a faux leatherette jacket with a fur collar. Everything is black and leather but the textures are different. I also added a red patent leather bag to complete this ensemble. You don’t have to copy my look exactly but I want to give you some of my favorite leather items that would definitely make a statement at the Black Panther premiere.

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Now that you know what i’m wearing to watch Black Panther, let me know what you’re wearing. Don’t forget to be as fierce as possible to celebrate this movie that’s a celebration of black prowess and power. Click the links and find something on my list that speaks to you. You can read my favorite blog post on how to set achievable New Years goals HERE.

If you recreate this look, find and tag me on Instagram at oluwafunmifly or on Facebook at Houseofodara.

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BOSSED UP: Pants Suits For The Everyday Woman

You know a boss lady when she struts into the room suited and booted in a well-fitted pantsuit”

Soap Box Moment: For so long, women have worked harder or as hard as men but made statistically less dollar for dollar than their counterparts. Women have been marginalized, put down, and harassed simply because of their sex. Well women, It’s time for us to put on our pantsuits and fight back against every injustice, and harassment anyone would try to throw our way. The Golden Globes last night made me so proud to be a W-O-M-A-N!

I was almost in tears when Oprah said in her speech, “So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon…” a day where our truths and our words will set us free from discrimination. Almost every woman came, dressed in all black, in solidarity against the sexual abuses that has been happening in Hollywood for centuries. I wore all black as I watched from my home in solidarity with them as well. Remember, no matter how scared you are to speak out, “your truth is the most powerful tool you will ever have” so SPEAK OUT and don’t let anyone ever shut you down as a woman…YOUR VOICE IS POWERFUL!

Now, let me get off my soap box and talk about the fashion on the red carpet and some of my favorite looks…fyi some of the women had on pantsuits.

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I just loved Kyra Sedgwick’s pantsuit so much. It fit her like a glove and accentuated her tiny waist and long legs. It also cemented the fact that women are here to stay, a force to be reckoned with and not to be taken lightly. To me a well-fit pantsuit will speak volumes and louder than anything else you can say.

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My pantsuit is vintage but I wanted to give you some of the fabulous options that i’ve been lusting over this season.

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If you don’t get anything out of this post, just remember that we as women are powerful. Don’t forget that and don’t let anyone try and convince you otherwise. I hope this post motivated you in some way to be a BOSS WOMAN. Check out the pantsuits I posted and don’t be afraid to dress like an adult every now and then. If you didn’t already, go read my post on how to set goals for your 2018 HERE. Hope 2018 is treating you well so far…see you next post.

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Au Revoir: Setting Goals In 2018

Today I plan on drinking coffee, sitting still and setting my goals for 2018…what about you?!”

Hello New Years Eve…the night where everyone either sits and sets their goals for 2018 or turns up and prays that their 2018 will treat them right. Do you know that you are so lucky to see this very day? So many people did not have this opportunity to contemplate their goals for 2018 but here you are…ALIVE AND WELL AND THRIVING (some of y’all said barely thriving…lol).

I don’t know about you but I definitely enjoyed 2017. It started out rough believe me. I ended 2016 in the hospital with an ovary being taken out. I literally rang in 2017 with an operation for ovarian tortion and I thought the rest of my year would be just as bad but I still hoped for the best. I set my goals for 2017 in the hospital bed and just cried my eyes myself to sleep. This year, I’m setting my goals for 2018 in a hotel room in New Orleans with my 13 month old son, my husband and my little sister and I can shout that GOD HAS BEEN GOOD! So, how do you plan on setting your goals for 2018?

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When I sit down to set my goals for 2018, I try to keep these four rules in mind. They help me to stay focused and keep my goals as realistic as possible. I hope they help you to set your goals in 2018 as well.

  1. BE REALISTIC AND PLAN: Now, I’m not saying don’t set high expectations for yourself, but you know yourself and you know what’s possible and what’s clearly impossible. Set expectations that you can reach. When you set goals that are too unrealistic, you end up giving up on them so stay within reason. Secondly, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN! If you don’t plan for your goals, then they are just pipe dreams. So, when writing down your goals for 2018, make them realistic and write down action plans on how you are going to achieve them.
  2. MAKE A PUBLIC DECLARATION: When I wanted to start my blog, I went on Facebook and I posted that I was going live with my blog on 11.11.15. I couldn’t back out because all these people were expecting me to live up to my word and they kept asking me how the process was going. So, get on a social media platform and write your dreams out for the world to see. Don’t tell them how you’re going to do it, but tell them when and what you plan on doing.
  3. GET A GOAL-BUDDY: Honey, we have friends for everything else we do. When we want to party, we have a friend for that. When we want to lose weight, travel, eat, etc. we have friends for those things too…lol! Life is all about accountability so get a friend that you can share your goals with and that will keep you on task.
  4. PRAY OVER YOUR GOALS: Real talk, none of your goals in 2018 will be as successful as when you put Jesus in the mix. It’s cliche but true, with God all things are possible! So, take that vision, dream, plan, goals for 2018 to the feet of Jesus and ask him to bless it and give you the wisdom, strength and tenacity to finish and finish well.

Well, those are my four-hard rules for setting goals for 2018, and every year to follow. I hope they helped you in some way. I pray that 2018 will be a year where God enlarges your territory and blesses you and everything you touch. I pray Philippians 1:6 “that God, who has begun a good work in your life will complete it until the end“. I can’t wait to hear your stories and testimonies from 2018 and I thank you all for being a part of my journey. I love you guys so much for your support, prayers and love and I pray you continue this journey with Houseofodara into 2018.

Find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly or on Facebook at HouseofOdara and again, thank you for being you and for loving me as me! Let’s go into 2018 with pride, love and joy!!!!! #happynewyear

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