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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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PARTY OF 3!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING LOVES!

It’s been a while since i’ve posted anything and today seems like the perfect day to begin again.

So, I had a baby! LOL! I took a break to enjoy my pregnancy…plus, I was so huge, I couldn’t fit into anything anyway. I went from a nice 135lbs to a whooping 196lbs before my 8lb baby boy made his debut. When I say that baby Sammy was a surprise….HE WAS NOT PLANNED! BUT, VERY WELCOME!

7 months!Pregnancy Shoot

We found out we were pregnant on my parent’s 24th wedding anniversary and nothing was the same afterwards. Pregnancy was not what I expected. I wanted that pregnancy glow everyone talks about…but, what I got were chin hairs, vicious acne, stretch marks, severe acid reflux and LOTS of extra fat.

Still, Samuel Krisitian Ford came out a health baby.

Ready to PopD-Day. At Brookwood HospitalFresh Out the Womb

He was 4 days overdue and STILL didn’t want to come out so I ended up having to get a cesarean. Now, i’m just trying to heal and enjoy my little family.

Today, Sammy is 3 weeks old and gaining weight every single day.

He is the joy of our lives, he is the reason for my reason for lack of sleep, the reason I smell like vomit and urine all day long and the reason I am constantly smiling (how did I get so lucky?).

He is my new reason for existing. So this Thanksgiving, I want to take time out to say how thankful I am for my little Ford family and this blessing God has bestowed on Samuel and I.

I hope you all are enjoying time with your families and all that good home cooking. I pray that your homes are filled with joy, peace and much love.

Happy Thanksgiving…Love you, Mean it!

pssss…enjoy Black Friday for me and shop twice as hard

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XoXo Emma

 

 

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2-Way-1-Skirt

The first day of April…April Fool’s Day!

I remember last year I played the funniest prank on my big sister. I went and got this home pregnancy test that read positive every time, no matter what! I went by her office and acted like I was very scared and nervous that I might be pregnant. So she took me to the bathroom and said she would be with me as I took the test. Well of course I WAS PREGNANT! hahahaha!!!

My sister started screaming and I started screaming. I acted like I was so mad and not ready to be a mom and I stormed out of there. I promise you I was not a block away from her job when I started getting phone calls from my mom, my dad and my uncle. They were texting, calling, asking me how I was and how happy there were for me. By this time, I knew I had to tell the truth. I didn’t know how to tell them and I felt bad for having lied to them. So I did the only thing I knew to do…I had my husband call my sister to break the news…there was NO baby. It was not pretty. My sister didn’t speak to me for 3 days and I learned my lesson. Some pranks you shouldn’t pull.

Well, what are some pranks you’ve played for April Fool’s Day? Comment below and let me know.

Now this post is called Double Trouble because I teamed with my college friend and fellow fashionista KD of keepinupwithkd.com to show you two ways to wear our favorite Forever21 white pleated skirt. Go visit her site to see how she wore this same skirt. The skirt is super affordable and very cute for the summer.

Check out her website for her look and how she paired this beautiful skirt- www.keepinupwithkd.com

Skirt-Forever21 Contemporary Paneled Crepe Skirt (size M)

Shirt- Forever21 Draped Chiffon Blouse (size XS)

Jacket- C. Luce/Vintage

Shoes- Nine West Ankle Strap Sandals

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XoXo Emma

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It’s All In The Jeans

Jeans are a hard thing to wear. How many ladies agree with me on this?

Okay, so they’re either super tight on your legs and hips or too big around your waist. Finding the perfect pair of jeans is like finding the perfect man. But, when you find that one that makes you look slimmer, taller and more confident at the same time, you buy more than one of them. Everyone has their favorite brand of jeans and their go-to store to purchase them.

My favorite jeans right now are skinny distressed jeans. I’m not into wide-leg or bell-bottom jeans; they never look right on me. The moment I find a pair of jeans with a tapered leg and elasticity, i’m a happy girl. I found the pair i’m wearing at Ross Dress For Less. I paired it with a vintage color-block jacket and a pair of color-block Sam Edelman booties and a snake-skin leather Elliott Lucca clutch. The Lucca bag is sold out, but there is this great site called Postmark that you can sell gently used clothing, shoes, bags, etc. I have the link for this beautiful bag down below for 50% less than the retail price.

If you know any great places to buy well-fitting jeans, let us know in the comment section. Also, let us know how you  like to wear your jeans. BTW don’t forget Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Maybe you can get her a pair of great fitting jeans.

Love you…Mean It.

 

Jeans- Ross Dress For Less/ Option A / Option B (Plus Size)

Shoes- Circus by Sam Edelman /

Bag- Elliott Lucca Cordoba Clutch

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XoXo Emma

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Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is in the air! How exciting!

One of the best colors this Spring 2016 is Rose Quartz.rose

You can check out the other colors for this season on Pantone’s website. I remember I used to HATE pink when I was younger. Now, I can’t get enough of it. I even bought my husband a Salmon-colored button down shirt and after complaining about it for a week, he fell in love with it and wears it all the time now.

 

With that being said, I wanted to start off March with my favorite color. After putting on my yearly Winter weight, i’m always looking for new ways to hide the extra lbs (lol). My juicy arms are the first things to get bigger so I love any dress that can cover them up and make me feel less self-conscious. This dress did the trick. The chiffon material wears so easily and the pleats add definition and helps hide trouble hips. This dress is about 3yrs old, but I have links to some great chiffon dresses below. I paired this dress with a vintage bag, a popping red fringe sandals and a red lip. Let me know if you want to recreate this look. You can tag me in it on Instagram: Oluwafunmifly or Facebook: Emma Ford and I will repost it. Let’s March ahead and make this month Marvelous, Merry and Major.

 

Dress- Vintage/ Option A / Option B / Option C

Shoes-(Amazon)

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XoXo Emma

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Camo-Combo

Why is it so bad to stand out and be different?

I talked to this young girl the other day who was crying because no one at school liked her and wanted to be her friend. I thought back to when I was a kid and all I wanted to do was read. I had so many books. Whenever my dad would go out of town, he would bring everyone a gift. They always wanted candy or trinkets, I just wanted a book. So, I was labeled a nerd and I never quite fit in. My older sister, on the other hand, fit in perfectly. She was so bold, fun and everyone wanted to be her friend. I wanted to be just like her when I was younger.

But, being different is good! Ask anyone who was ever different growing up, it’s not all that bad. It may not feel like it when you’re that young, but believe me, you are the way you were meant to be. I gave the little girl a big hug and told her how different I was when I was a kid. Then I asked her, “do you think i’m weird now?” She still said yes, lol, but she said that she wanted to be weird like me. I told her that no matter what anybody says about her, she was perfect just the way she was and that she would grow up to be even more perfect. We have to remember that uniqueness is a beautiful thing. If we were all the same, if we all looked, talked and acted the same, the world would be a very boring place. Never Blend In. Always Stand Out.

Now, the only way that blending in is good is when you have on Camo…lol! My gorgeous friend Jenai is obsessed with Camo and got me obsessed as well. I found a gorgeous pair of Camo pants and paired it with a half jacket, a coat and my favorite pair of heeled sandals. Let me know what you think of the look and how you like to wear camouflage clothing.

Hey, if you have a picture of you in a pair of Camo’s or want to recreate this look, email it to funmis1@gmail.com or tag me in it on IG and i’ll feature it. Instagram: Oluwafunmifly / Snapchat: Oluwafunmifly / Facebook: Emma Ford

Shirt- Option A / Option B-Plus Size

Pants- VIP Camo Skinny Pants

Jacket- Option A

Cropped Jacket- Option A

Sandals- Option A

Purse Puff- Option A

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XoXo Emma

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Jump-Jump

Who doesn’t love a great jumpsuit?!

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If you watched the Grammys, you got to see actress Kaley Cuoco of the Big Bang Theory in a beautiful white sparkling jumpsuit.

It was stunning. It elongated her legs, showed off her awesome toned arms and beautiful physique. She rocked that jumpsuit. She kept the jewelry minimal and only added a simple clutch to complete the look. This was one of my favorite looks of the night.

 

 

Jumpers are fantastic because you can wear it so many different ways. You can pair it up with heels for a night out or wear them with flats for a day of running errands. They are a versatile piece of clothing to have in your closet and fairly inexpensive. I found a gorgeous plum colored jumpsuit with a sweetheart neckline that fit perfectly and looked FANTASTIC. I topped it off with a Kristen Blake coat and a fur collar. Now my jumpsuit is sold out but there is a great option B from Asos for only $26.00. I put the links for each item at the bottom of the pictures. Check it out.

Let me if you’re into jumpsuits and how you like to wear yours. Also, what were your thoughts on the Grammy’s last night? Comment below and let us know.

Jumpsuit: (Sold Out)/ Option B / Option C / Option D

Shoes: Ted Baker / Option B

Coat: Kristen Blake (Vintage / Option B / Option C

Faux Fur Collar- H&M

Purse: H&M Burgundy Bag

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XoXo Emma

 

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Hello February

It’s the Month of Love!

Time for heart-shaped candies, Oversized teddy bears and lots of proposals. My husband actually proposed to me February 12, 2014. February is a beautiful month. Even if you are a single woman or man, there are still ways to celebrate. I know a group of single girls that do a “Girls Night Out” to celebrate the joy of being single and encourage each other. Find something like that in your area, or simply dress up and go out with a friend; you don’t have to sit at home lonely just because you haven’t found your special someone. Before we were both married, my bestie Brittini and I would go out and even buy each other gifts…LOL.

So, for my married women, what are your plans with your hubby? I need ideas and quick. I’m thinking a trip to Atlanta.

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Kim Kardashian West

I wanted to start out this month with RED!!!! And nobody does color better to me than Calvin Klein. The dress is a blazer style dress, which has been very popular lately. Kim Kardashian is seen here in a Balmain Blazer dress for $4,885.00. If you can afford it, please buy me one too.

My dress was NOT that expensive at all but it’s still super FLY. I’m so obsessed with this style and have worn a similar dress before. I found this one at IMG_8761forever21 and paired them with some Nine West heels and an oversized belt from Charlotte Russe. I will not blog this look because i’m blogging this red look that’s very similar.

 

 

Let me know what you think of this Hot Red dress and look and let me know about your valentine day plans and if you’re single, let us know some great things for singles in your area. Someone single might be reading this that needs something to do in your area.

Blazer Dress- Calvin Klein/Option B- Charlotte Russe /Option C- Missguided

Heels-  Gianni Bini Lilliana Striped Metal Bit Pumps/ Option B- Dillards or the Black Pair

Graphic Purse- Betsey Johnson

Rabbit Fur Charm- Amazon

So, let us know some of your V-Day plans, your goals for the month of February and your thoughts on this look. I pray that this month is fantastic, blessed and fruitful for you.

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XoXo Emma

 

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Blue Vibes

How are your goals coming along so far?

It’s only January so don’t worry if you haven’t begun yet, but Please, Please begin. I’ve not been posting as much because I’ve been in the process of looking for a new job and opportunity in my new city of Birmingham, AL. Send up a prayer when you think of me.

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Otherwise, I’ve been enjoying my new city a lot. I live in Hoover and right across from the Galleria Mall. l finally did my first shoot here in the city and I am in love with this little spot called Vulcan Park. It has great views and literally overlooks the entire city.

 

 

I paired my LBD (Little Blue Dress) with a tan trench and tan thigh-high boots. I absolutely love this look. It’s effortless and great for a night out on the town or a day out with the girls. The dress itself can be worn in so many different ways and is very flattering for any shape.

Let me know what you think about this look and how you would have worn it differently.

 

Dress- BCBG Max Azria Cobalt Blue Tulip Dress / Poshmark/ Also try your nearest Ross Dress For Less

Boots- Boutique in Eastdale Mall/ Option B- Amazon

Trench- Vintage/ Option B- Forever21

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XoXo Emma

 

 

 

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Forever 21

Where all my petite girls at?!

LOL. Okay, so i’m short, big deal. I’m actually 4’ll and 5’1 on good days. But, in my heart and soul, I’m a 5’11 Amazonian Goddess. In real life, I have to find ways to make myself look as tall as possible. Life is all about taking the little negatives in your life and dealing with them the best way you can.

So, when I went into Forever21 and found these gorgeous stripped trousers, I bought them right away. The vertical stripes elongates my legs and makes me look at least 2 inches taller and 5lbs smaller (Look at God)!

Let us know some of the tricks you use to help you look taller or thinner.

Top- Forever21- Option B

Pants- Forever21- Stripe Wide-Leg Pants

Coat- Forever21- Classic Wool-Blend Overcoat

What are your thoughts on this look? Comment below and let me know. Also, if you have any ideas for a Valentine Day post, let me know.

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XoXo Emma