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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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Magic City Fashion Week

“Sometimes God is working things out for us and we don’t even know it”

A year after moving to Birmingham AL, and getting knocked ALL the way up, I met these two awesome guys named Derek and Daniel. Not only were they designers, but they had this vision for the beautiful city that is now my home.  After going to an event they put together to talk about this new venture they were pursuing, I knew I had to be a part of it.

 

Enter the dream child of these two hardworking men…Magic City Fashion Week . Derek and Daniel’s dream of turning the great city of Birmingham into a mecca for fashion and design is something the we have needed for a long time. They are building a platform for voices that would otherwise not be heard.

 

 

Yesterday, they had an amazing event for fashion bloggers and photographers at Blue Monkey in Birmingham with the fabulous Victoria of Vic Styles as our blogging guru. This beautiful girl sat for two hours and answered every question we threw at her. She was an open book. You know sometimes you meet successful people and they are so closed-mouthed about how they became successful and don’t really want to share their journey with you….Victoria was not like that at all, she was amazing. The ambience was gorgeous, the people friendly and engaging and the knowledge she dropped was priceless. If you live in Birmingham or around Birmingham, come and be a part of this amazing team that we are building.

Magic City Fashion Week will have actual fashion events and shows happening October 24-28, 2017 during classic weekend. If you are an emerging makeup artist, designer, business owner, blogger, fashion lover, etc. please visit the site: Magic City Fashion Week  and sign up for updates.

Like I said, the event last night was eye opening. Victoria talked about site optimization, learning to trust your journey, finding your niche in the city you are in, putting together highlight reels and branding. It was so beautiful to see women encouraging and helping each other achieve their dreams and goals. Our city wins when we all come and grind TOGETHER. 

If you went to the event, comment below about what you gained from it. If you want to be a part of what’s happening click this link and sign up and join the team, you won’t be disappointed.

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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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Hey Girl Hey: Back to School

Hey Girl Hey! It’s that time of year again…BACK TO SCHOOL! As a mother I am so excited that summer is almost officially over! This means I no longer have to think of one hundred ways of how to entertain my kid. I have a six year old daughter and let’s be real, the girl has high standards!

The transition from summer break ending to going back to school is sometimes challenging. So let’s start getting them in the routine of going to bed early and waking up early. By doing this they will be prepared and ready for the first day of school. I’m still a kid at heart so I’m excited as if, it’s my first day. I can’t wait to lay out her uniform, label her supplies, pack her book bag, and send her off. Teachers be ready….these are now your kids, we truly appreciate you all!

Now, that we have gotten the kids out of the way. It’s time to talk to the mothers, as moms we have countless duties. So much so, that we get caught in the commotion of prepping the kids that we barely set aside any time for ourselves. I know, you’re like “how do you expect me to set time out for myself in the morning girl?”

Girl! I’m glad you asked. Here are some thoughtful easy ways to make sure that not only your kid(s) look and feel awesome but so do you. Let’s face it, kids love when their moms look good, it makes them proud. Whether they say it or not. Trust me. My daughter evaluates my work attire every morning, she usually says that I either look like her grandma, a principal or like I’m going to church. And guess what? All of those are fine by me.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

  1. Attempt to get a good night’s rest. Emphasis on attempt, 6-8 hours will do your body good and you will wake up refresh and energized.
  2. Wake up early and have some personal time. This puts an end to rushing. It also allows more time for you pray, do your hair, makeup and take a selfie!
  3. Set out your clothes the night before. Doing this cuts out wasting time in the closet trying to put together an outfit in the morning.
  4. Create an after school schedule for your children. Studies show that kids actually like routines. Make it fun for them.
  5. Remember you are human! You’re not perfect and you make mistakes. Take care of yourself because all children deserve happy parents.

Comment below and let us know some of the things you do to get yourself and your family ready for the back to school season. As always, thank you for reading and sharing this blog.

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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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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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A Stripped Affaire

Mixing colors and patterns is fun!

But, It has to be done right. My little niece loves to do this–she puts on everything she can find in her closet and wants to walk out the door with a huge smile on her face. She’ll put on neon tights with a floral dress, add a stripped jacket and twirl around like the cutest thing on planet earth. I sometimes laugh at what she has on because she’s so young, she doesn’t realize that even though they look cute individually, together they are a hot mess. Still, mixing prints and colors can be really awesome when done the right way. I decided to tackle this look in this new post.

I purchased this Gianni Bini stripped romper from Dillard’s and found a beautiful stripped Nine West bag to compliment it. The bag looks good next to the stripes on the romper and the colors look great together. I put a blue fluff keychain on it and tied it all together with a pair of thigh-high boots. The colors not only compliment each other, but help pull each other out. I really love this simple look. What are your thoughts?

Let me know how you like to mix colors and patterns and If you want to recreate this look, tag me in it on Facebook: Emma Ford or Instagram: Oluwafunmifly. I cannot wait to see all your looks.

Have a great weekend Lovies. Love you, Mean it!

Romper- Gianni Bini (sold out)/ Option A/ Option B

Bag- Nine West/ Option A

Boots- Amazon

Purse Fluff- Amazon

 

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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