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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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Wanderlust: New Years in New Orleans

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“My travel tips came in handy on my recent visit to the beautiful New Orleans”

How did you ring in 2018?! I brought it in with my husband and son and a family friend in New Orleans. There are two places that I love to visit simply because I can eat until I drop. One of those places is Chicago and the other is New Orleans. This is my fourth time visiting this beautiful, historic city and I fall in love with it more and more each time I go. So, If you ever plan on visiting New Orleans or going anywhere in 2018, keep reading my travel tips and see some behind the scene pictures and videos into our last 2017 Adventure.

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Traveling with my husband has always been so easy-breezy. We packed, went to a new city and LIVED IT UP. Now, enter our one-year-old who thinks the world revolves around him (the gag is, it really does). Things changed and I learned a lot. Here are my three travel tips while vacationing with a mini-emperor.

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  1. Be fluid: I am the chief planner. I like to do things a certain way and I plan all our trips, meals and adventurers when we travel. Honey, with a child all that changes. If he doesn’t want to go out to eat, we don’t go. If he needs a nap, we leave the zoo, museum, outing, wherever and take him back for a nap. So, don’t get mad…just adjust. Even if you don’t have a kid, things and plans change and when on a trip, learn to take it easy and be fluid. Don’t get mad when a flight gets cancelled or you don’t get into a place you wanted to go, find something else to do and have fun. Keep reading for more travel tips.
  2. Travel Light: Now that I have to pack for two, I have learned to pack lightly. Plus, If you overpack, how are you going to bring your goodies back home?! I also learned to roll my clothes into little balls so that I can get more into the suitcase.
  3. Bring a camera: Listen carefully, don’t get stuck behind a camera while your family enjoys life without you, but do bring one along to document the vacation. I asked my husband for half-a-day to shoot for my blog and I incorporated him into the shot day by having him drive me to the best places for photography, and we even shot in a park so him and my son could play while I did my thing. You want to document the time but not be left out of the experience. These three are not just travel tips, but life trips in general so apply them wherever you see fit.

After those three travel tips, the last I want to give you is to download some of my favorite traveling apps. I live for apps that tell me where the best eateries, events and night-time fun can be found. I love YELP and I use it even in my own city to find the best eateries around. I also go on Foodnetwork and look up places that Guy Fieri of Diners Drive-in and Dives has been to and I visit those spots if possible (his lists are legitimately awesome). If you’re flying continental or across the states, Tripit is a great app that creates a master itinerary for every trip you make. PackPoint helps you pack and not forget essentials based on where you are going and of course Uber to give you rides from your airport to hotel or around the city and Google Maps for those who rent cars or drive from one city to another. FYI carry around Theraflu or Emergen-C and hand sanitizer especially if you have a young one. Planes and hotels are filled with germs and you don’t want to catch a bug while enjoying your vacation. 

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We arrived In New Orleans Friday night and we went out to Cheesecake Bistro and I had the shrimp pasta and the red velvet cheesecake. I decided to channel Kim K and wear sweatpants with some clear heels. I dressed to eat that night. The next day, we went to my favorite brunch place called Trolley Stop and I wore a pair of faux leather pants, an army green slouchy tee, a blazer and leopard print flats.

Saturday was my photoshoot day and our park day. I can’t wait to show you all the looks I shot…but I did get to shoot a family friend we brought along to help us out with Sammy and she looked divine. We then went to Acme Oyster Bar for dinner and petted some horses. New Orleans just has so much to see. We stayed in the French Quarter at Staybridge Inn so we could walk practically everywhere.

Sunday, which was New Years Eve, We watched my home church on our phones and then we went Two Sisters for dinner. That night was amazingly cold and we didn’t stay out long. We finished off the NYE night with watchnight service on our phones and rang it in kisses, hugs and fireworks going off around the city of New Orleans. It was divine.

New Years day was a rest day for all of us because we were all getting a bit under the weather. But that night, my husband and I went to the Alabama Game at the Mercedes-Benz Auditorium (this is the real reason why my husband took us to NO..lol). He is a BIG Alabama fan and once again his team dominated. It was my first live-football game experience and even though I didn’t know what was happening, I enjoyed being there with him.

The last day we stopped by Cafe Du Monde and grabbed a couple of beignets and coffee and hit the road. Overall, the trip was a smashing success. We all got sick, but I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything in the world. If you plan on visiting this beautiful city, take a look at the list of the eateries down below and check them out next time you’re there. Remember to make 2018 the best year ever and check out my last post on how to make realistic goals for 2018 HERE

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  1. Hotel: Staybridge Inn
  2. Brunch: Trolley Stop Cafe and Oceana Grill
  3. Beignet: Cafe Du Monde
  4. Dinner: Acme Oyster Grill and Two Sisters

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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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WWW: Shopping on a Dime

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Shopping on a dime is easy to do especially when you’re shopping at Target

I just love Target’s WhoWhatWear Collection so much that I’m giving Target my money once a week. I’ve already done a post wearing one of their skirts from their collection and I’m back at it again like I never left. I love shopping on a dime and this collections allows me to do so and still have money for food afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great expensive piece but right now, I can’t afford to have every item of clothing be Chanel or YSL. So, I love to mix one high-end piece with some reasonably priced pieces. This look and this post is about looking good while shopping on a dime, and I want to show you ways to reinvent pieces and stretch your wardrobe and wallet a bit further.

When my fellow fashion blogger Flyygirlfashions asked to collaborate with me on a holiday look, I knew I wanted to incorporate the Whowhatwear collection from Target. The motto of this collection is to sell street-trendy clothes without your wallet paying for it months later. They have an array of gorgeous items including plus-size clothing. I ran to my local target and picked up a trendy ruffle top blouse and their women’s tie skirt. I put a gorgeous red Calvin Klein blazer dress over the look and finished it off with black tube socks and a patent leather two-tone booties. The two pieces from the Whowhatwear collection cost me under $40.00 and the good thing is I can always mix and match the pieces with other items in my closet. I told you looking good and shopping on a dime can actually have you looking like a trillion dollars.

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My one rule for shopping on a dime is to always buy items that you can see yourself mixing with other items in your closet. Shopping on a dime will have learning how to reinvent every single thing in your closet (LOL). As a blogger, I don’t have money to waste on clothes every single shoot so I improvise and think of new ways to use what I already have. Like I said before, this overcoat is actually a dress that I was able to reuse in a different way. These two pieces from Target’s Whowhatwear collection are awesome because I can reuse them over and over again with other pieces from my collection. I plan on using the ruffle blouse as an undershirt on a pair of overalls that I just bought and the skirt will be reworn with a black turtleneck and thigh-high boots. So, remember to buy pieces you can see yourself wearing more than one way.

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Shopping on a dime is a win-win because you save money and you look good and what kind of person wouldn’t like those odds? Take time out and visit Target to take a look at their Whowhatwear collection today.

I love the way that Flyygirlfashions styled her Whowhatwear Frock coat with a pair of crushed velvet boots, plum pants, black turtleneck and a wide-brim hat. Her look is elevated street chic and I love the play of different colors and textures. Check her out on Instagram at Flyygirlfashions

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FYI VISIT FLYYGIRLFASHIONS AND OLUWAFUNMIFLY PAGE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $50.00 GIFTCARD TO TARGET!

I hope you enjoyed this look and this collaboration. Make sure to tag me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly if you decide to recreate this easy, inexpensive and fun look.

For collaborations, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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How to Rock: Midi Skirts

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A Classy Lady always has two midi skirts, one great sweater and a red lip

Hello chapped lips, chapped hands and chapped feet…Hello Winter. Today I want to talk about the perfect midi skirts that can be transitioned into classy winter wear. I want to show you where to find and how to wear midi skirts all season long. Okay, so you’re asking, what exactly are midi skirts? Well, read on and you’ll find out!

Midi skirts are also known as mid calf length skirts because they should hit you right at the top of your shin where your leg begins to thin out. Midi skirts should NOT stop at the thickets part of your legs or you will look stocky and anything below the top of the shin will have you looking like you’re going to a tent revival with your 10 kids (LOL). For our taller, thinner girls, any length midi skirt will work perfect for you because you have the legs to pull it off. Most midi skirts come either pleated or with a fuller skirt so keep the top as streamlined as possible. Wear either a form-fitting top or something that’s a little more revealing to counterbalance the conservative bottom.

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I loved being able to wear my Forever21 midi skirt with a loose-fitting off-shoulder sweater. It was a warm, comfortable look that I was able to wear to church and then out for brunch with the girls. I tucked one corner into the skirt to make sure you saw my waist. What I love about a good midi skirt, beside the length, is that it’s always high-waisted so it sits at the smallest part of your waist. I was able to transition my midi skirt into a winter look by adding on a knit sweater and a pair of rose-gold metallic booties from Shein. My faux-fur bag also added to the feeling of a crisp cold day. Another way to transition your midi skirts is to pair them with a button down silk or chiffon blouse and then add a moto jacket to finish off the look. The faux leather moto jacket will give a little masculinity and edge to the hyper feminine look underneath, and keep you warm.

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So how to you plan on wear your midi skirt this Winter. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this look. There is no right or wrong way to pair your midi skirts because as long as you feel good, you look good. If you recreate this look, tag me in it on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly. Don’t forget to check out my last post and my collaboration with Splashed by DKG HERE.

If you want to collaborate with me, please email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Mixologist: How to Wear Wide Leg Pants

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“How to wear wide leg pants is simple, put them on one foot at a time” 

Who doesn’t love a pair of wide leg pants?! Okay, honest moment, I used to HATE wide leg pants because I felt like they swallowed my petite frame and made me look shorter. But the moment I realized I was just styling them wrongly, a new world of possibilities opened up for me. Wide leg pants can be so chic and classy, and, they can elongate your frame. They can also make you look thinner as long as you know what to pair them with to achieve a body flattering look. In this post I want to give you three ways to wear this style and give you some options on where to buy some terrific wide leg pants.

  1. The first way to wear a pair of wide leg pants is as a monochromatic look. Maybe with a suit matching jacket or with the same color blouse and heels. A wide leg pant with a fitted matching suit jacket will give long lines and a chic look. A fitted jacket with the wide leg pants help to accentuate that waist line (and what girl doesn’t want an itty-bitty waist?!).
  2. The second way is to buy a pair of wide leg jeans and wear a belted shirt or crop top with it. Whenever you wear volume at the top or the bottom, you want to wear something a little more fitted to balance out your proportions so you don’t look big all over. A crop-top is a good way to go if you don’t mind a little midriff, but if you don’t want your tummy out, try a fitted bustier over a white shirt or a blouse that belts at the smallest part of your waist.
  3. Lastly stack those heels. Nothing makes a pair of legs look longer than a great set of heels. For my petite girls that want to give the wide leg pants another try, get a pair of platform heels to help make those legs look even longer. If you are on the taller side and don’t want to look taller, you can always wear a pair of flats to complete the look.

FYI a nice stripped fitted button down shirt tucked inside a pair of wide leg pants would also make a great work-day outfit. Take a look at some celebrities and stylist wearing the wide leg pants trend and get some inspiration from them.

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With this look I have on, I followed my second rule of the wide leg pants trend and paired my Splashed by DKG pants with a cropped ribbed long-sleeve sweater. Since it’s winter, I put a grey wool coat over it, wore a pair of Jessica Simpson grey d’Orsay pumps and finished it off with a fur and leather bag.

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I absolutely love this look because not only is it effortless, but, I look very thin wearing it. The wide leg pants elongate my frame and the cropped top gives me the illusion of a thinner waist (yes, I SAID ILLUSION). No six-pack yet, so I fake it until I make it.

Now, let me take a minute and talk about these pants designed by Derek and Daniel of Splashed by DKG. I LOVE THESE PANTS. As soon as I put them on I knew they did my body justice. I love that it’s a ruffle waist pair of wide leg pants and that they flatter my body and make me look longer and thinner. It’s red, which is the color of the season and the splashed texture gives it a whole lot of edge. Visit SplashedbyDKG to find out more about the company and shop their looks. You can also find them on Instagram Splashedbydkg.com

I hope these tips have helped you in some way or another. Don’t forget to share this with someone that might love to read it and comment below and let me know how you would wear this wide leg pants trend. Find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly

For collaborations, inquires or if you need advice or styling, email me at www.houseofodara.com.

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Forever Grateful: Lessons I’ve Learned This Past Year

ISSABIRTHDAYCELEBRATION and all I want to do is reflect on the lessons i’ve learned this past year

Y’all, I am a whole year older, a new year wiser and a new year happier. There is only one word that comes to mind today and that word is GRATEFUL! I am grateful for my life, I am grateful for my family, I am grateful for my friends and I am grateful for all of you! All I want to do is throw a dance party and praise God for all of His many blessings, love, protection and favor. As I reflect on the lessons i’ve learned this past year I am overwhelmed by how much i’ve grown, become more focused and learned to take things in stride. In this post I want to share with you the five lessons i’ve learned this past year of my life and I hope it helps you in some way.

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Here are the five lessons I’ve learned this past year and I’ll use my name FUNMI as an acronym:

  1. Focus on the Good: There are so many things that point you to the bad and teaches you to focus on what’s wrong with your life, but you have to train your mind to focus on the good all the time. The bad in your life that you don’t like, fix it if it can be fixed but don’t fixate on it. Allow the good to be on the forefront of your mind. Philippians 4:8 says that “whatever things are lovely, whatever things are pure, whatever things are of good report, that’s what you meditate on.” So, remind yourself that you are an AMAZING human and worthy of love, success and happiness.
  2. Understand Yourself: No one will know you better than you know you. I took this year out to find myself, to find out what I wanted to do with my life and figure out how I was going to make it happen. It doesn’t matter what age you are, introspection can happen at any time. So, find yourself, find your dream, find your purpose and everything else will fall into place.
  3. Never Give Up: You don’t know how many times this year I wanted to give up on this whole blogging endeavor. I am two years into this experience and sometimes I get so bogged down with the lack of “progress” that I just want to quit. But, I keep telling myself that someone else’s trajectory is not my trajectory; someone’s path is not my path. I have to remember lesson number one and focus on the good and that keeps me from giving up. Whether it’s your job, your husband, your friends, your dream, DON’T GIVE UP… success is right around the corner.
  4. Make Time For Family: In this world of busyness and Boss moves, we have to remember friends and family. We have to remember the people that helped us get where we are now. This one lesson I’ve learned this past year is very important! I have a one-year-old son and I have to make a choice to focus on him. I’m also married, and in the middle of all the whirlwind of my day, I have to make time to focus on him. We can’t win in the business, education or our sphere of influence and lose our families and friends in the process. Make time for what’s truly important.
  5. Influence Others: The best lesson I’ve learned this year is to influence those around me. I am just starting out in my journey in life with my baby, my husband and my blog but there is someone that needs what I have to offer. I try and use my influence for good and be an open book and an open door. If anyone needs help, advice or prayer, I’m always there to help. Real talk, the more you pour into others, the more you get out of it…SO GIVE OF YOURSELF SELFLESSLY!

lessons I've learned this past year

It’s a new year for me and these lessons I’ve learned this past year will go into 2018 with me. I will focus on the good, ignore the bad and love the ones who love me back. I plan on spending my birthday with my husband in Las Vegas for a couple of days and then coming back and hugging my son until he gets tired of me. I am so grateful to see another year and again, I am grateful for each and everyone of you who come week after week to read, comment and love on my blog and on me. You keep me going. Thank you!

Now that I’ve given you the five lessons I’ve learned this past year, I hope you’ll be able to take them into 2018 with you as well. My look today is very elegant and the color is perfect for the holidays and for my BURFDAY! I wanted to be elegant and dramatic. The skirt is Badgley Mischka from Dillards Department Store and my blouse was especially made by my friends and visionary Derek D’eandre. My heels are from Macy’s Department store. I hope you enjoyed this post and this look. Check out my last post on my favorite faux furs for this winter season HERE.

Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend. For collaborations email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com and find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly to see all the behind-the-scenes Vegas shenanigans.

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FurryFriends: My Favorite Faux Furs

This list of my favorite faux furs are sure to make any girl swoon

Y’all it’s winter. Well, not really for us down in the South but don’t let that stop you from pulling out your furs. This post is all about my favorite faux furs this season and how you can wear them. Listen Linda, don’t log off, I won’t have you looking like an 80’s rapper I promise. Keep reading and get ready to purchase one or more of my favorite faux furs this season.

When it comes to wearing Fur, less is more. If you’re not going for a really dramatic look or a runway look, you can wear fur and not look over the top. Remember, fur can be just around the collar of a jacket or a fur throw over your shoulder. Nothing looks as good as a leather jacket with a fur collar. Whether your fur is real or faux, don’t be afraid to rock it.

my favorite faux furs

 

This look I have on is the over-the-top fur look but like I said, you can make it more subdued. An all black outfit with a colorful fur or even a black fur will make the outfit more luxe and sophisticated. Scroll through to see some of my favorite fur looks. These looks range from a simple fur collar on a leather jacket or coat to knee-length fur coats. These should inspire you to figure out which trend and type you could see yourself wearing:

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I wore my favorite faux fur with a bright, sparkly sweater dress, a pair of red-hot lycra thigh-high boots and belted the look with a bright yellow caution belt. Like I said, my look is over-the-top but you can wear your favorite faux fur any way you want to. I have linked some wallet-friendly faux-furs below: 


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FYI My men’s Forever21 Caution Belt is sold out by you can purchase one off Poshmark HERE! Remember, You can always dress up an all-black outfit with a colorful fur or throw a fur over a dress to give it a more elegant look. My favorite faux furs this season are easy to wear and not too bad on the budget. 

Now that you’ve seen my favorite faux furs, which one could you see yourself wearing and how would you wear it? Would you pair it with a simple black look, over a dress or over-the-top? Comment below and let me know.

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