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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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Jump-Jump

Who doesn’t love a great jumpsuit?!

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Shoes: Ted Baker / Option B

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

Faux Fur Collar- H&M

Purse: H&M Burgundy Bag

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XoXo Emma

 

Afordablefits

LoveDay Fly

Valentine Day is 5 days away.

For me, it’s all about the outfits. I tried and tried to get my hubby to do a post with me for Valentine Day but he wasn’t having it…LOL. He’s not about the blogging life. But, I did do a great post that I can’t wait to share with you all. I want to share some affordable and cute styles for you and your significant other for you v-day. Everything here will be wallet-friendly because you don’t have to splurge to look like a million dollars.

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This look is a whooping 9,355.00. It’s gorgeous, but entirely too expensive. Let’s see if we an recreate it for less. BTW you can find this along with other looks on my Polyvore Page.

 

 

 

 

Most of these dresses are under $30.00. Click on the pictures to take you to the site

Strappy Bodycon Cami Dress

Strappy Bodycon Cami Dress

Coiled Cord Overlay Dress

Coiled Cord Overlay Dress

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Mock Neck Lace Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One-Shoulder Ruffled Dress

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Sleeveless Deep V Skater Dress

 

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Ruffled One-Shoulder Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contemporary Abstract-Embroidered Long-Line Coat

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Faux Fur Tweed Coat

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Heeled Sandals

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I hope this helps you in finding something perfect for your valentine day look. Don’t forget to try other styles like a jumpsuit or even a skirt. Whatever feels good to you and looks great on you, try it out.

Here is a look at how I would dress my husband if he would allow me to…LOL. But he has such great style already, I can’t complain. I love this monochromatic look:

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Does your husband or boyfriend let you dress them for special occasions? So, would you dress him in this look? I like it because it’s so clean and crisp and would tone down the bright reds and pinks that I would definitely be wearing.

I can’t wait to hear from you all about your V-day plans and what you plan on wearing.

Don’t forget about the All-red look I did at the beginning of the month. Check it out and scroll all the way to the bottom for the links for the look: Hello February

 

I hope this helped you in some way. Keep being fashionable. Love you. Mean it!

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XoXo Emma

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Hello February

It’s the Month of Love!

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

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

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Kim Kardashian West

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Graphic Purse- Betsey Johnson

Rabbit Fur Charm- Amazon

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

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XoXo Emma

 

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Blue Vibes

How are your goals coming along so far?

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

Boots- Boutique in Eastdale Mall/ Option B- Amazon

Trench- Vintage/ Option B- Forever21

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XoXo Emma

 

 

 

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Floral Notes

How was your Christmas?!

Mine was fantastic and filled with love and family. Hope you didn’t do too much damage to your bank account…and I hope you got that special gift you wanted. I got so many good things and I can’t wait to style and show them to you all.

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I love being a girl!!!! I love being a girly-girl

I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Ever since I was little, I always wanted the biggest, glitteriest, fluffiest dress that the store had to sell. My mom would always laugh and ask me why I didn’t just pick out something more sensible…bless her heart. I would cry and cry and ask her for the one with the bows and glitter. Yes, I was that child.

My mentality has not changed…I still love frills, glitter and anything girly. So, when I went into Forever21 and found this floral midi skirt, I was over the moon. I loved styling it. I kept it simple and let the skirt do all the talking. Let me know what you think of this look below and let us know how you would describe your style. Are you more tomboyish or a full out princess, or somewhere in-between?

Top- Forever21 Curved Hem Curved Top

Skirt- Forever21 Tropical Print A-Line Skirt

Heels- Guess/ Option B / Option C

FYI: Unless you want to go on a juice fast for a week, buy the floral midi one size bigger. It fits tight around the waist.

Let me know how your Christmas was and how you like to wear floral print. I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store for us all.

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XoXo Emma

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Single Bells…Single Bells

couple-staying-in-1-bedroom-luxury-cabins-in-Gatlinburg-TN-300x200In a cozy Tennessee cabin, a beautiful woman and a handsome man cuddle in front of the fireplace as soft jazz plays in the background. They are playing footsie, while sipping on hot chocolate, laughing and joking about Christmases long, long ago. They lovingly stare into each others soulful eyes and anticipate a lifetime filled with passion and promise…

This is someone’s story…

 

Just not mine!  At least, not this year!  And no you don’t have to hide all the knives and cover all the bridges. I will not be jumping unless there is a secured (very secure) bungee cord attached to me!!! Lol

There is a song that says, “What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas?”

HOLD UP…WAIT A MINUTE!! Who says you have to be lonely just because you’re single? It is very possible to be alone and not be lonely. You have family, friends, coworkers, and even frenemies that are willing to be there and be a support system for you during the holidays, if you let them. Plus, there are so many activities happening around this time of year where you can mix and mingle. So, link arms with another single friend, a cousin, or a loved one and get to mingling! Don’t dwell on being single!!

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And anyway, I’m sure there isn’t a, “Build-A-Man” section in Santa’s Workshop. So no, no matter how much you pray and dream about it, Idris Elba will not be under your Christmas tree this year! lol

 

The truth of the matter is Jesus is the real reason for this season. What a beautiful and wonderful gift God sent us… His Beloved Son.

However, God didn’t stop sending gifts to this earth. He sent you and me.

Yaaaaaaasssss, Honey!! You are a gift!! a-christmas-giftYou may not have been given to anyone yet, but that doesn’t devalue your worth…you are priceless. You are not the kind of gift where you hope they put the gift receipt with it so you can return it later, or even the gift that ends up being re-gifted!! Your love, your time, your presence, your knowledge, your strength, your everything is a gift, and the kind that keeps on giving. You are the kind of gift that someone doesn’t even know they need until they get it. That being said, you don’t just give that kind of gift to anyone. You want to give it to someone who knows how to embrace and love all the beauty that is you!

So maybe this Christmas, you are still single. So maybe this Christmas, your Adam is STILL sleeping or your Eve hasn’t been finished yet!! That is perfectly fine!! Remember, no good thing will God withhold from them that trust and love Him.

So go ahead and enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends. And as for the question, “What do the lonely do at Christmas?” I have absolutely no idea but I’ll be having the time of my life with the ones I love and the ones who love me best!! You do the same!

Merry Christmas,

ZaMaya

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Writer: Zamaya Johnson Email: zjohnson27@ymail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment below and let me know how you like this great article by the talented and beautiful Zamaya Johnson. Share it with a friend who needs to read it and leave comments below on how you deal with being single and happy during the holidays. Love you all and thank you always for your love and support.

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XoXo Emma

 

Afordablefits

Blah Blah Blah

People will always have something to say!

Whether you asked for their opinions or not, someone will have something to say to you about something. LOL! In this age of Facebook, tweets, cell phones, iPads and all the other ways we communicate with each other, someone will say something that is uncalled for and unwelcome. I have learned to simply tune out those opinions and “advice” that aren’t really helpful. I have learned to laugh at the people that say something mean or rude and make it sound like advice. You know the ones that say things like, “you know sweetheart, you just aren’t built for that” or “girl you’ll never get that job…maybe you should apply for something easier” or “Honey if I were you I would quit” or “just leave him, he’ll never change.” The list goes on and on. I find it funny that the ones who give up on their dreams are the first to give the same advice that helped them fail. If they can’t pull you down, then they try to talk you down. They intimidate and put fear in your heart so you won’t reach for greater.

TUNE THEM OUT! Every time negativity comes your way, let it come in one ear and go out the other. Learn to know the difference between constructive criticism and negativity. One builds you up and the other brings you down.

Choose to hear “blah, blah, blah” when someone is in your ear trying to give you false advice or speak death over your dreams and aspirations. You’ll be happier if you do this, trust me. You don’t know how many times i’ve given up because I followed the wrong leader or listened to the wrong voice.

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Gianni Bini is one of my favorite go-to labels when it comes to clothes. Dillard’s sells a lot of this designers items and I never fail to find something that is trendy, inexpensive and absolutely fabulous.

I found this great faux leather jacket with the matching skirt by Binni about two months ago. As soon as I saw the pair, I knew it was going home with me…LOL. I paired it with this killer sleeveless graphic shirt by Soprano and my favorite pair of JLO boots courtesy of Khols.

Hope you like this look. Let me know what you think and how you like to wear your faux leather. Also, give us advice on how you drown out negativity and negative comments. Being on social media and starting this blog, I get a lot of negative comments, especially on Instagram, so I had to learn to get tougher skin and not pay attention to any of it.

Pass…Kylie Jenner had a similar (more expensive) look on the other day by Cushnie Et Ochs with these bomb pair of Brian Atwood thigh high boots:

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Cushnie Et Ochs White curve cap sleeve dress

Two-Piece Faux Leather set- Gianni Bini/ Jacket & Skirt

Thigh-high boots- JLO/ Breckelles BG03 Thigh-Highs

Graphic tank- Soprano’s/ Forever21 / Rue21 Plus-Size Mesh

Bag- Icing/ Ebay / Missguided

Comment below and let me know what you think of this look, how you would have worn it differently and you thoughts on negative people and negative comments. I seriously love all of you and impact and positivity you bring to me with your love and comments for this blog.

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XoXo Emma

 

 

FordFiles

Chi-Town

Chi-Town…Chi-Town

My BIG 30 has come and gone but i’m still reeling from the excitement and fun of it all. My husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago and it was AMAZEBALLS! We had so much fun…we had so much food…and so much adventure. Chicago is now on my top 10 list of favorite places in the U.S.A. to visit.

I wanted to give all my y’all a BTS (behind the scenes) look of how our time was spent as well as give you some ideas for good food and entertainment places to visit if you ever find yourself in Chicago. My first word of advice is to download YELP. If you’re a foodie like I am, this app is for you.

The trip started out bumpy. We didn’t know that there were two airports in the city and just assumed we were going to O’Hare. So we got a hotel by O’Hare airport only to land at Midway airport (45 minutes from O’Hare). Our rental car had us arriving the next day so the car was not ready…sigh! We were tired. But we kept a good attitude and got everything sorted out.

After all that mess, I needed retail therapy!!! SHOPPING TIME!

We went on the Magnificent Mile and found some great items at H&M, Zara and Forever21. We also went to the Hancock Center Observatory that day and saw the perfect view of the city. Take a look at our pics and I also listed all my favorite spots in the city. Comment below and let me know what spots you visited this summer and what some of your favorite places are in Chicago. We plan on going again summer 2016.

Thank you to all who texted me food, shopping and entertainment spots while I was traveling (especially my Marriage Group wives). You are the real superhero.

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Here is a synopsis of our favorite restaurants and places to visit in Chicago.

Shopping:

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Magnificent Mile

Thrift & Thrive

Site Seeing: 

John Hancock Observatory

Field Museum

United Center/Jordan Statue

Obama’s House

Food:

Mug’s Pizza and Ribs

Giordano’s

Stax Cafe

Toscano’s

Garrett Popcorn

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XoXo Emma

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Toxic

Don’t You Know That It’s Toxic

So, how many of you remember that song Toxic by Britney Spears (yes, i’m old…lol). In it she sings about a boy that she knows is bad for her, but she is so addicted to him that she can’t let him go. I used to be obsessed with this song when I was younger. I sang it all the time because the beat was so catchy and the song was just fun. But, it’s actually a very sad song. Britney sings that the guy she’s in love with is dangerous but she loves it! Wait, what?! But, if you think about it, haven’t we all had a toxic relationship at least once in our life? #raiseshand

I used to be in a relationship like this. I dated a guy who was very mentally and verbally abusive. I was never good enough for him. I thought if I was slimmer, if I just wore more makeup, if I didn’t talk back and agreed to everything he said, he would be nicer to me. I dumbed down my voice and personality to try and be the person he wanted. But, what I didn’t realize was that he didn’t have the capacity to love me the way I needed to be loved. He had his own issues and problems. He was miserable, so all he had to give was misery. Now, if I decided to stay in that relationship, hoping and praying he would change, I would have no one to blame for my decision. So, I did the smart thing, I RAN! I left that relationship and never looked back. Believe me, it wasn’t easy to let go of someone I thought I loved so much, but I saw my future and I wanted better for it. I prayed and asked God for strength not to go back and not to give in. I occupied myself with other things, and a couple of months later I realized I hadn’t thought about him or about that situation in weeks.

Your situation might be different from mine. You might have been or are currently in a toxic friendship. You know, that friend that always puts you down, is secretly jealous of you and never has anything good to say about you. Or you might currently be in a toxic relationship where you are being abused physically or emotionally. Or your issue might be a boyfriend or girlfriend that only uses you for your money, your body or your attention. We’ve all invited these toxic people into our lives and allowed them to overstay their welcome. Sometimes we are so afraid of being alone, of letting go, of the unknown that we just live in the mess hoping for change. And sometimes we just stay hoping for the best. What we have to realize is that we have to be the change we want to see. If someone or something in your life is unhealthy, “do da Heisman on em” and keep it moving. Remember that you are worth more!

As we enter 2016, let’s make a decision together to let go of any relationships that are toxic. Whether platonic or romantic, if it doesn’t benefit us, our dreams and our goals, we will let it go. Let’s also decide to grab ahold of the things that matter to us, and be passionate about the good and healthy things in our lives. How many of you all will do this with me?

I want to know what toxic relationships and situations you have already let go of and which ones you plan on letting go of in 2016.  Share this post with someone that needs it and comment below and let us  your thoughts. Plus, I know I have some wise followers, so comment and let us know ways you cut toxic things out of our life. I can’t wait to read your responses.

 

*If you are in a physically toxic relationship, please find a pastor or counsellor to talk to. This is a serious situation and you have to speak to someone about it to get help and assistance in getting out. You are worth more than someone who cannot respect you enough to protect you from themselves* (334.613.3363)

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XoXo Emma

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