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REMIXED: How to Style Pants Two Different Ways

“I don’t wear the same thing twice but I do wear the same thing more than once.”

When I was younger, my life goal was not to ever wear the same pants, dress or shoes more than once. I just wish I could go back and slap myself and say, girl get a grip and save your money. I spent every little dime on clothes and shoes because I thought I had to have something new every single day. Well, I’m older and wiser and I’ve come to the realization I don’t have to wear an outfit twice but I can definitely wear my favorite pieces more than one time.

One piece of wisdom I give to anybody that asks for fashion advice is to buy solid every-day pieces. Purchase a great pair of pants, a little black dress (LBD), a button-down shirt and a sensible but sexy pair of heels. These solid pieces can be mixed and remixed to make a bunch of different looks. The pair of polk-dot pants I’m wearing were purchased because I knew I could wear it so many different ways.

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In the first look, I subtly mixed prints. I styled my polka-dot pants with a polka-dot H&M men’s button down shirt. I brought in color in my little lip clutch and a pair of bright red Jessica Simpson heels. The starry-night cap brought this whole look together. The next way I styled these solid every-day pants was with an off-shoulder red sweater. I kept the bag and heels the same but added a wide brimmed hat or a more elegant feel. Both looks are so easy to copy and even easier to wear. A great pair of pants always adds more variety and selection to your closet.

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Now, which styling of these every-day pants did you like better? Which way would you see yourself wearing the polk-dot pants or would yo have worn it differently? Remember to pick solid pieces that you can interchange and mix for different and unique looks. FYI, If you have a little money after picking up that LBD, those awesome pants, that button-down and those sexy heels, pick up a nice blazer and your closet will be complete. It’s February but New Years Goals should be all year around, if you didn’t read my post on how to set realistic goals, click HERE!

If you remake this look, find and tag me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly or on Facebook at House of Odara.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NYFW: The Super Bowl Championship for designers and creatives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Championship 2018: Food and Fashion for Super Bowl Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeanetics: The Perfect Jeans for Women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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!

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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.

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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.

To collaborate with Houseofodara, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com or find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly

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Day 1: The Secret to Blogging

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The Secret to blogging is an 11 letter word that brings a sigh to almost every person who hears it…CONSISTENCY!”

So, Here I am almost three years into blogging and I’m still learning new things every single day. Who knew fashion blogging was NOT as glamorous as I thought it would be?. It’s just hard work, long nights and little recognition for a long time. Let me tell you, blogging takes a toll on you mentally, emotionally and physically. When you see these fashion bloggers on the web with 100K plus followers, they have put in years of hard work, long nights and countless hours building their brand. So, for anyone that wants to start a blog, whether it’s fashion, lifestyle, sports or anything in-between, remember the secret to blogging is consistency.

Today, I want to focus on some of the secrets to blogging that have helped me along the way, some of my favorite editing apps, and the bloggers that have inspired me on my journey. FYI, This is my birthday week so I plan on being consistent this week and giving you looks after looks. Also, all gifts can be shipped directly to me (I take MOOLAH)! Jokes aside, I hope these secrets to blogging will help you in one way or another.

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PLATFORMS:

The first secret to blogging is to find a platform that works better for you. There are so many sites that allow you to host your blog on them for FREE. WordPress has a free platform and you can sign up today with just a couple of simple steps. WIX is also one of the top blogging platforms out there for beginner bloggers with a free feature for you as well. The last one I would recommend is Weebly. These are my three favorite, so if you are dreaming about your own blog, give them a try.

CAMERAS:

Now, no matter what kind of blogging you plan on doing, you will need a camera. You want to have your own pictures and not have to rely on stock photography or pictures from the internet. If you are a fashion blogger, a good camera is a must-have. I am a Canon fanatic and I highly recommend the DSLR’s because they are easy to use and take great photos. The Rebel series is my favorite. I recently bought the Canon T6i on Amazon and you can purchase it HERE. I shoot all my photos with either the T6i or my EOS M with a prime lens or a 18-55MM lens or my long range 75-300MM lens. My prime lens is usually for close up portrait photography. This bundle from Amazon comes with a lot of great features and other products as well. You won’t find it cheaper any where else. But, if you can’t afford that camera, there is also a Canon Powershot for $219.99 HERE. But, if you really don’t want to shell out money until you absolutely have to, use your Iphone or Android camera and edit it until you can splurge on a camera. Let’s go to the most important secret to blogging: editing!

EDITING:

Editing is one of the most important secret to blogging that you will ever find out. Most bloggers edit their photos to the GAWDS. they edit everything from their nail polish all the way up to the color of the sky above them. Editing is CLUTCH. I am doing a side-by side comparison of a picture I recently shot with my Canon T6i. It was shot with my 18-55MM lens in a dark parking deck with very low light. Another tip, I always shoot in both RAW and JPG so that I will be able to edit my pictures on both my phone and in Lightroom or Photoshop. I made sure my shutter speed was low to let in more light and my ISO was low so that I didn’t get any distortion. I then took it into Photoshop and edited it. Y’all, one of the biggest secret to blogging is that most of these editing tricks can be done ON YOUR PHONE (HURRAY)!

Can you see the difference a little editing can do to a picture? Don’t I look like a barbie in that edited pic (you better say YES, LOL). Now, Here are my favorite editing platforms that can be done simply on your phone:

  1. Photoshop Express: You can download it straight to your phone and it allows you to do minor editing to your photos. You can fix the exposure, bring in more darks or whites, smooth your skin and lots of other cool features.
  2. Facetune: Man, this is one of my favorite apps. It is not free but it is definitely worth it. This app will smooth your skin like crazy. It will allow you to bring details out in your clothes, makeup or background. Oh, and whiten your teeth which everyone loves to do.
  3. Snapseed: So do you ever see a spot on your dress you want to take out or do you want to darken the background but still highlight your face? This app is for you. I love fixing minor details in Snapseed.
  4. VSCO: I just love this app because it allows me to put great filters on my photos. Great for food or scenic shots.
  5. LightroomCC: This app is comparable to Photoshop Express and has great effect filters.

Remember to not over edit or your pictures will look unrealistic, unless that’s the look you are going for. Once you start editing, you will find a look that you like. Some people like their pictures darker and some people love lighter pictures, so find your editing style and stick to it; this will be your photo signature.

INFLUENCERS:

Another secret to blogging is to find people that inspire you to be better and to keep going. Remember in the beginning I told you the biggest secret to blogging was Consistency, keep that in mind when finding blogger inspirations. Find someone that is doing what you would like to do and watch how consistent they are in their craft. They never take weeks or even days off; they are always in your face with post after post. Consistency is key. In this day and age with so many people blogging, you have to find your niche, stand out in it, and keep working at it. People want to see that you are consistent and passionate about what you are saying and doing. They also love to see your progression as you grow, so show them that as well. Here are some bloggers that inspire me every day to keep going and give me major LIFE with all their posts:

  1. Micah Gianneli: This lady is BOSS every single day with every single post. She is always serving looks from upscale to street style.
  2. Wendyslookbook: She was one of my first blogger crushes. Her style is so ladylike and elegant you can’t help but feel like you know her.
  3. Titiola Sogunro: My blogger BFF I love her personality, drive and of course her style. Blogging is such a competitive art but it’s always good to find people who are willing to help others out. Titi is bae!
  4. Kyrzayda Rodriguez: Man or man this lady knows how to slay. She is battling cancer right now and is so open about her battle and journey. Her style is impeccable and she’s an amazing human.
  5. Holly: Okay, if you want a fresh new look at fashion or over the top styling, she is the one to follow. Her color blocking and textures are always sublime.
  6. Juliette Foxx: I recently started following this beauty but OMG style on 1000%. Her street style always inspires me to push the envelope when it comes to dressing myself.

Because i’m a fashion blogger, I follow people that inspire me daily. Like I said, find someone in your niche and follow them. Never be afraid to slide in their DM and ask for advice or help. The last secret to blogging is to stay humble and engage with every single follower. A simple thank you to a comment on a photo goes a long way. Follow other bloggers, comment on their post, find Facebook groups to join and enjoy the journey. Write down why you want to begin this blogging journey and keep that in mind whenever the road gets bumpy and you want to quit.

I hope this post helped you in some way. I love all of you who visit this blog, visit my instagram and comment and like my post. You all are my real inspiration to keep going and keep striving for success.

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