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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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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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Konnichiwa

Konnichiwa Friends…

or better yet, Good day. It’s FRIYAY and the weekend begins. I am keeping this post really short and simple because this outfit is just that, sweet and simple. I found this gorgeous “Japanese” inspired kimono on my favorite site Amazon and I dreamed about it until I finally saved up my coins to purchase it on Prime Day. I’m thinking about doing video reviews of the items I get from Amazon and other sites, what do you guy think about that?!

So, the Kimono came in two days (Prime) and it was perfection. FYI Amazon prime is offering 30 day free trials for those who want to take advantage of two day shipping and free shipping and handling. Click Here for the offer. The robe/kimono was silky, belted and the color was amazing. I actually hosted one of my friends plays in this very outfit. I got so many compliments and inquiries about the kimono that I decided I had to blog it. The beauty of this piece is that it’s so in season right now. Celebrities have been wearing the kimono/trench look all summer long. Beyonce’s Gucci kimono cost a whopping $21,945….I found mine on Amazon for less than $25.00

So these stars may have spent a fortune on their Kimonos, but you can get the same floral look for WAY LESS.

I paired this look with some simple distressed light jeans, a yellow Giani Binni blouse, Amazon gladiator heeled sandals and some gorgeous tassel earrings also from Amazon. CLICK ON PICTURES TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE SITE.




Jaclyn Light Wash 5 Pocket Skinny JeansPlus Riley High Waisted Light Wash Mom Jean

Let me know your thoughts on the whole kimono trend…whether you like it or not, and why. I love it because it’s so lightweight, I can wear it during the summer and also use it to cover up some too tight jeans and my juicy, juicy arms…lol!

These pics were taken at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, AL. This place is absolutely gorgeous. You can look below for some pics from the spot!

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Caped.Crusader

Look in the sky…is a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s WonderMom!

As I am typing this, my son is screaming to the top of his lungs because for some insane reason, he is obsessed with my computer keyboard and I won’t let him play with it. “Everyday I hads to fight, I love Sammy, but i’ll beat him b’fo I lets him lay a hand on my Mac” (color purple reference). LOL! But for real, I am multi-tasking like crazy these days.

Being a mom is rewarding, but as many of you know, it comes with it’s challenges, long nights, longer days and headaches. Sometimes I wish there were two of me so that I could get more done. It’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough, but as long as your baby is happy and healthy, you are doing FANTASTIC. Say that to yourself out loud because I just did.

I AM ENOUGH! I AM A FANTASTIC MOM! I AM WONDERMOM!

Say it out loud again…that felt great right?! We always have to say the opposite of what we feel in that moment. Speak good things over yourself, and over your child and you will receive good things. *insert praying hands*

This weeks look is all about caped dresses. I had a friend ask me the other day were they still in fashion and I looked at her and said, “anything that hides my stomach will always be in fashion”. I love them because it adds a bit of drama to a boring old shift dress and it can also help “camouflage” those problems areas such as big hips, wider waist lines and that stubborn tummy.

Also, if you are pregnant and looking for the perfect shower outfit, they are perfect.

Kim K wore these a lot while she was pregnant and she always managed to look chic and comfortable. Now, I can’t afford her designers, but I will definitely list a couple of great shift dresses I have found that work great for that girl on a budget. I found my gorgeous caped Gianni Bini Dress (size 8) and I paired it with a black embroidered bag and some Betsey Johnson stilettos.

So, what are your thoughts on the whole caped look, would you ever wear this style and have you ever worn this style? Comment below and let me know and check out the links to some affordable fashions down below. FYI in the middle of the shoot, Sammy threw up all over my dress. That’s the large stain at the bottom of my gorgeous dress in the last picture. *deepsigh*

 

Caped Dress (click on pictures to get directly to the site)
Ella Cape Style Skinny Leg JumpsuitKatie Chiffon Cape Bodycon Dress
Plus Georgina Cape Wrap Front Maxi Dressthis last one is plus size

Heels: Betsey Johnson…SOLD OUT but here are some options:

Emboridered Bag:
Eliza Velvet Embroidered Zip Around Purse

Sunglasses:


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XoXo Emma

 

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Mother.Of.Pearl

Hello Prime Day!

Hope you all had a great and successful week so far. Okay, so did you read my last post on Amazon Prime Day and did you do any damage to their sale and your debit card? If you didn’t, click HERE to read it and shop away! Comment below and let me know what your purchased or if you sat this one out. You can also always chat with me on IG: Oluwafunmifly or Facebook: House of Odara. 

Okay, I have a really simple look for this week.  I found these bomb jeans on this great site called boohoo. Let me tell you about my new best friend… Guys, these jeans are the BEST. They stretch to the GAWDS. Okay thick girls, you know that feeling after Chipotle, and you have to suck your stomach in all the way to the car, and as soon as you get there, you pull the jeans down under your tummy so that you can make it home?!  These jeans stretch with your food baby, LOL!. You guys know I had a baby 8 months ago and unlike Kim K and Blac Chyna, I still have 80% of my baby weight to lose. So, I love anything with stretch and anything that is very comfortable. I’ve had them for a while and the pearls haven’t fell off and the color hasn’t faded. I bought a medium or 8/10…they shipped quickly and they were extremely cheap (SALE). Boohoo is always having sales so check them out. The link for the look will be listed below the pictures. 



I paired these bomb jeans with a white high low shirt and a jean sleeveless jacket. I’m not linking a jean jacket because I would love to see what jackets you put with the jeans. Tag me in it on FB or IG for a repost. Remember, Style is all about finding what works for you. So, take some time out, grab a mirror and play dress up (you’re never too old or too young). I kept my accessories simple with pearl earrings and a cream and gold choker. I have linked another shirt on Amazon that I have already purchased in red. It was a great buy. I was 5 months postpartum and boy did that shirt hide all my flaws. This look is so simple and great for a night out with the girls, or a day at the office (if your office allows jeans during the week). The look was completed with my go-to-shoes for the summer that I found on Amazon. I wore them on my last post and these are a great buy because they go with everything…literally everything. Like I said before, purchase inserts for them because your feet do slide without them.

Okay, let me know if you recreate this look. Tag me on IG: oluwafunmifly or FB: Emma Searcy Ford and let me know. FYI BOOHOO IS HAVING 60% OFF MEN, WOMEN AND KIDS CLOTHES: CODE IS 60ALL!

Pants- Penny Pearl Destroyed Hem Skinny Jeans

Shirt Option A

Shirt Option B-

Envelope Clutch- Michael Kors

Shoes- Cape Robin Clear Heels

Shoe Option II- Forever21 Nude and Clear heels

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XoXo Emma

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Independence.Slay

Happy 4th. (insert fireworks emoji)

What are your plans besides eating yourself into a new pant size?! LOL! I plan on wearing some oversized pants, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes to every cookout so that I can eat with no food baby poking out. Now I know some of you will be too cute and I can’t wait to see the pictures of your family, food and of course, your outfits.

Moving one…I was looking up the definition of independence today and Webster defines it as “the fact or state of being independent.” 241 years ago, on July 4, 1776 America adopted the Declaration of Independence allowing us to live free of British rule (excuse the small history lesson, i’m going somewhere). So, we are celebrating another independence day and we are more than halfway through 2017. I want you to think of some of the things that you want to become independent of; some things that can no longer can go with you through this year.

I know we make goals every January and by February, and by the middle of the year, the list is somewhere under the bed or in a drawer. Well, let’s dust that list off and start to check off our accomplishments. Now one of my goals was to restart my blog and learn how to be the best at what I do. I also wanted to get rid of my baby weight and become INDEPENDENT of this body/baby fat…sigh! Every day in July, i’ve made up my mind to get a little closer to being my ideal weight and come a little closer to making my blog the best it can be.

So, let me know some of your goals that you have already accomplished and some of the goals you are still working on. Let me know what bad habits you’ve become independent of and which good habits you have picked up. Together, we can finish this year off stronger than we started it off.

I love to hear you guys talk back to me. If you have any fashion questions, email me @funmis1@gmail.com or comment below and I will get back with you. Let me know what you think of this 4th of July look. I found this little two piece at a thrift store and I had to have it. I believe it was made by someone and I paired it with a Ralph Lauren pajama top and one my favorite heels from Amazon. If you get these heels, you will need to get inserts because your feet slide all the way to the front and your toes will be touching the cement…no lie.

FYI: I have always shot my own pictures and edited them but as of July my new photographer is my little cousin Lauren Douglas. Check out her photography page on IG: LKamphotography. Also, you can click on the links below if you would like to purchase these shoes and the inserts you will need.

Two Piece– Thrifting

Undershirt: Ralph Lauren Pajama Set

Heel Inserts: Sticky double sided tape

Heels: Cape Robin Maria-2

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XoXo Emma

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AdaChicDesigns Launch Party

Dreams!

Dreams are funny things. They may wake you up at night, they may keep you up at night. Sometimes they make you cry, laugh or wake up feeling scared. Dreams are funny things. No matter who you are or where you are in life, you’ve had a dream; an seemingly impossible dream that you keep telling yourself you will fulfill “one day.” Listen Linda, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any money , no bright ideas, or all that weight off, JUST DO IT!

This blog post is about a new bag designer that went to Africa one time and came back home and decided to make her dreams a reality. She did her homework and in a matter of months, she created Adachicdesigns. Her line caters to the woman that is hard working, fearless and unafraid to shine. I was able to be a part of her launch on June 25, 2017 and let me tell you, this lady knows how to throw a viewing party. The food was impeccable, the venue was immaculate and the ambiance was sophisticated. To top it off, the bags were complete showstoppers. Gorgeous, to say the least. I was given the opportunity  to style the beautiful “Celebration Bag” for this blog.

If you want to know more about the company, visit their site: www.adachicdesigns.com and the bags can be purchased on her Easy page: HERE

Let me know what you think about the bags and the styling!

 

Bag: AdaChicDesigns

Dress:

Shoes: Poshmark

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XoXo Emma

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#WCW

Hey Girl Hey!!

Okay, if you know me, you know I’m all about the holidays, especially Christmas!! It is imperative for me to make sure that everyone that is dear to me is in the holiday spirit!  I just Loveee it!! Holidays give you a reason to shop more & care less (until your bank statement arrives)!!

Nevertheless, I’m all about treating yourself-you’ve worked all year, buy the SHOES (do it for the culture)!! I’m sure I’ve used the excuse of “it’s Christmas” one too many times in regards to one too many purchases!! People ask, “What is it about the holidays that you love so much?” My answer is simple:

When I think of the holidays I think of relaxation, time off work, *random ugly sweater parties (any excuse to partay!) & quality time with friends and family. Too often we get caught up in the combustion of the materialistic items and find ourselves stressed out!! While in reality it’s not even about that. Don’t get me wrong. I will shop til’ I drop (I’m not a shopaholic, I’m actually helping the economy). However, I’m more so here for creating moments that turn into forever memories.

I’m a mommy to a FABULOUS five year old (Kaylen) that has a personality bigger than herself!! I honestly never saw myself being a mother. & I honestly never thought that I would be saying this… but she is the BEST thing I’ve ever done!! Hands down!

A day in my life consist of being a full-time mother, (shout out to mothers, especially SINGLE mothers) working as a full-time Paralegal & prepping to finesse my way into law school. My mind is constantly on GO, always thinking, always prepping, always scheduling, literally ALWAYS doing something!

For this very reason when holiday season comes I am HAPPY. I am JOYFUL. I am THANKFUL. I am APPRECIATIVE. During the months of January-October we are busy getting our lives together for the better! I look at November (Thanksgiving) & December (Christmas) as a time to relax & catch up on things and people that I may have put off during my “Grind Months”.

 

“GIVE THEM THEIR FLOWERS WHILE THEY’RE STILL ALIVe”

Holiday season is the perfect time to do so! Take time out to appreciate the ones you love, you don’t have to literally give flowers (unless that’s your thing) but words and affection can go a long way.

This holiday season my hope is that we don’t forget the true reason for the season (Isaiah 9:6). That we find bliss within the smallest things. & that we take time out to love our loved ones while they are here.

Happy Holidays! May they be as EXTRAORDINARY as YOU!

 

 

 

 

Xoxo-Ashlen & Kaylen

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