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Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future -R. Peters

I am secretly obsessed with creative minds. As a child, I would always make up stories to help me wash dishes or to help me cope with bullying or just to make the time go by. I had this imaginary life inside my mind that kept me sane. So, I grew up loving movies, story-telling, books, fashion and design. Pretty much anything aesthetically pleasing, I was drawn to immediately. How many of you are like that?

My goal, and the goal of House of Odara is to first motivate, next bring affordable fashion, also highlight fashionable people and finally spotlight designers and their visions. Today, this post is about this brand I stumbled on to called Splashed by DKGThe designers are actually my upstairs neighbors and the CEO’s of Magic City Fashion Week. Derek and Daniel design, sew and splash all their pieces themselves. I fell in love with their dream, work ethic and of course the designs themselves.

Today, I’m styling their tiered top (NOW ON SALE). This top fits just about anyone, from petite to plus size so check out their page and shop away. I paired this gorgeous top with a chocker from their collection, a red wrap skirt, tortoise shelled sunnies and strappy blue heels. I absolutely loved this shirt, it was comfortable, flattering and the color is just amazing. Let’s support local businesses that are doing.

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I absolutely love the splashed design of the shirt, the off shoulder look, the light weight feel of the cotton and of course the compliments I received while wearing it. The shirt would also go well with white-washed jeans or tights. The beauty of style is that you get to make things your own. So, go shop and style it your own way.

Let me know what you think of this look and how you would have styled it differently. Check out the site Splashed by DKG  for the top and other fabulous items. Don’t forget to comment, subscribe and share this site. For collaborations with your brand, email me at Houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Pictures taken at the beautiful Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, AL



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Steps=Success

“Nothing great in life is ever comes easy and nothing easy is ever great”

Success doesn’t come with an escalator…that would be too easy. Success comes with a deep, dark, dank staircase that seems to never end. Your level of commitment to climbing these steps will be your level of greatness in whatever you are trying to achieve. For example, school begins this month, and as you know, passing your classes and doing well depends entirely on you. For those who work every day, most of the time, your promotions and raises depend on your level of hard work and determination. There is nothing God, determination and hard work cannot accomplish. Remember, you are destined for greatness, you cannot lose. Keep persevering, keep climbing…don’t look at the others whizzing quickly past you. Your journey is your own. Keep moving.

As a blogger, mother, and wife, I see others doing so well in their area of expertise and it keeps me down and it makes me want to quit. But, I have to remember, they put in work to be where they are now. They didn’t just arrive at 100K followers, they didn’t just raise amazing kids, they didn’t just have that “Perfect” marriage…IT TOOK WORK. It takes work people. I’m writing about this subject because it’s something i’ve been dealing with lately a lot. I remember shooting this look and second guessing everything about myself…Sometimes, we are our own biggest critics, when we should be our own biggest cheerleaders. When the steps get steep and your legs want to give out on you, don’t come down on yourself, but celebrate how far you’ve come and encourage yourself to keep going.

Y’all, I didn’t mean to preach! LOL. Let’s get into this look. So, I was in Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, AL (on my way to Ghetto Dillards) when I stumbled onto this THOT shop called Pink Clove. You know the boutiques that only sell club wear…yea, that one. But, they had this jewel hanging in the window and God knows, It was whispering, “come here Emma, come buy me!”

How could I resist a talking shirt. It took me two weeks but the next time I was down there, I brought it home. I paired it with this Elizabeth Taylor skirt i’ve had for ages (Tip: Always have a couple of expensive, quality items in your closet that can be staple pieces…these will outlast 100’s of inexpensive pieces). I added my pink Selma Michael Kors bag and some light pink heels from Forever21 (No, those are not Azzedine Alaias).

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Charlotte Wrap Front Ruffle Shirt

If you are in Montgomery, check out the store Pink Clove for my exact shirt. However, this shirt from Boohoo is under 40 and there is a 50% off sale going on NOW on the site.

Comment below and give us tips on how you encourage yourself when everything in you wants to give up. Also, let me know what areas you are striving for success and how you plan on achieving it.

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Ghagerian

Have you ever wanted to be someone else?! (*slowly raises hands*)

I think we’ve all, once and maybe even now, desired to shed our skin and be someone prettier, lighter, stronger, taller, thicker, darker, etc. I remember when my sister and I moved from Africa when I was eight years old. I just wanted to be an American. I wanted to talk normal, I didn’t want to take pounded yams and peanut stew to school. The kids used to make fun of me and my sister for our hair, our clothes and especially our “stinky” food. I remember praying and asking God to make me someone different. The beautiful thing was He did, but not in the way I wanted. I never got lighter, I never got taller and I never got the Cindy Crawford legs and shape but I got ME.

The moment I learned to be Happy with my Ghanian and African heritage, my short stubby legs and my coarse hair and dark skin, I became happier. I was made beautiful the way He wanted me to be and my imperfections just added to my charm. No matter how you see yourself, remember, You are gorgeous, you are amazing and He made you beautiful the just the way you are.

This look is based on my Ghanian/Nigerian heritage. I am Ghagerian. I shot this look in beautiful Birmingham at Steel City Pops in Homewood. If you live in Birmingham or get a chance to come up here, try them out. I always get the Avocado pop because it’s dairy free and delicious. So, I styled a jumpsuit my mother brought back for me from Ghana with a gold choker from boohoo, a pair of velvet Gianni Bini heels and a brown faux leather bag.

 

Let me know what you think about this Ankara look. Since this outfit is from Africa, I am going to link some of my fav ankara looks I have found online. Also, have you ever dealt with image issues and how did you overcome them? I love hearing from you guys so comment below.

As you can see, I couldn’t resist buying a pop while I was there. LOL. Click on pictures for links to purchase this look:

Anakara Looks:

 

Accessories:

Annabel Medium Metal Choker




 

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Fuchsia.Passion

A strong and barely controllable emotion” is what webster defines as PASSION!

We all have once had a passion for something. Whether it was playing basketball, being an actor, being a doctor, being a lawyer, or being a singer, passion would keep us up at night and keep us dreaming during the day. Well, along the way, passion fizzles out. Life comes in and waters down the fire of passion and with time, we forget, we lose sight, and we move on. Now, it’s time to pick up those passions friends.

Remember, you don’t have to quit your life, your job, your day-to-day activities to pursue passion. You just have to find time to carve you a space for you and a space to pursue your passion. You can do it. Let me know what passions you have given up on and how you decide to pick it up and make those dreams a reality. The difference between dreams and reality is You. You make the dream work, so get out and work!

This look is my Fuchsia Passion. I found this gorgeous dress at the Ghetto Dillards (Dillard’s Outlet in Eastdale Mall). Being a new mommy, my arms are just not where I want them to be so I paired the dress with a stripped off-shoulder blouse, a folded faux-leather bag and black and white heels. This look is perfect for that special occasion. I have linked sites where you can buy that perfect evening outfit so check them out and tag me on IG: Oluwafunmifly  or FB: Houseofodara if you recreate this look. Don’t forget to comment and let me know what you think. Also, let me know what other looks you want to see and ask any questions you may have.

 

Dress:
Rachel Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress

Plus Size:
Plus Elsa Ruffle Hem Open Shoulder DressPlus Willow Cold Shoulder Ruffle DressPlus Ava Crepe Ruffle High Neck Bodycon Dress

Blouse:

Heeled Sandals:

Soft Leather Folded Bag:

Sunnies:

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Caped.Crusader

Look in the sky…is a bird, is it a plane? No, it’s WonderMom!

As I am typing this, my son is screaming to the top of his lungs because for some insane reason, he is obsessed with my computer keyboard and I won’t let him play with it. “Everyday I hads to fight, I love Sammy, but i’ll beat him b’fo I lets him lay a hand on my Mac” (color purple reference). LOL! But for real, I am multi-tasking like crazy these days.

Being a mom is rewarding, but as many of you know, it comes with it’s challenges, long nights, longer days and headaches. Sometimes I wish there were two of me so that I could get more done. It’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough, but as long as your baby is happy and healthy, you are doing FANTASTIC. Say that to yourself out loud because I just did.

I AM ENOUGH! I AM A FANTASTIC MOM! I AM WONDERMOM!

Say it out loud again…that felt great right?! We always have to say the opposite of what we feel in that moment. Speak good things over yourself, and over your child and you will receive good things. *insert praying hands*

This weeks look is all about caped dresses. I had a friend ask me the other day were they still in fashion and I looked at her and said, “anything that hides my stomach will always be in fashion”. I love them because it adds a bit of drama to a boring old shift dress and it can also help “camouflage” those problems areas such as big hips, wider waist lines and that stubborn tummy.

Also, if you are pregnant and looking for the perfect shower outfit, they are perfect.

Kim K wore these a lot while she was pregnant and she always managed to look chic and comfortable. Now, I can’t afford her designers, but I will definitely list a couple of great shift dresses I have found that work great for that girl on a budget. I found my gorgeous caped Gianni Bini Dress (size 8) and I paired it with a black embroidered bag and some Betsey Johnson stilettos.

So, what are your thoughts on the whole caped look, would you ever wear this style and have you ever worn this style? Comment below and let me know and check out the links to some affordable fashions down below. FYI in the middle of the shoot, Sammy threw up all over my dress. That’s the large stain at the bottom of my gorgeous dress in the last picture. *deepsigh*

 

Caped Dress (click on pictures to get directly to the site)
Ella Cape Style Skinny Leg JumpsuitKatie Chiffon Cape Bodycon Dress
Plus Georgina Cape Wrap Front Maxi Dressthis last one is plus size

Heels: Betsey Johnson…SOLD OUT but here are some options:

Emboridered Bag:
Eliza Velvet Embroidered Zip Around Purse

Sunglasses:


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XoXo Emma

 

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#WCW

Hey Girl Hey!!

Okay, if you know me, you know I’m all about the holidays, especially Christmas!! It is imperative for me to make sure that everyone that is dear to me is in the holiday spirit!  I just Loveee it!! Holidays give you a reason to shop more & care less (until your bank statement arrives)!!

Nevertheless, I’m all about treating yourself-you’ve worked all year, buy the SHOES (do it for the culture)!! I’m sure I’ve used the excuse of “it’s Christmas” one too many times in regards to one too many purchases!! People ask, “What is it about the holidays that you love so much?” My answer is simple:

When I think of the holidays I think of relaxation, time off work, *random ugly sweater parties (any excuse to partay!) & quality time with friends and family. Too often we get caught up in the combustion of the materialistic items and find ourselves stressed out!! While in reality it’s not even about that. Don’t get me wrong. I will shop til’ I drop (I’m not a shopaholic, I’m actually helping the economy). However, I’m more so here for creating moments that turn into forever memories.

I’m a mommy to a FABULOUS five year old (Kaylen) that has a personality bigger than herself!! I honestly never saw myself being a mother. & I honestly never thought that I would be saying this… but she is the BEST thing I’ve ever done!! Hands down!

A day in my life consist of being a full-time mother, (shout out to mothers, especially SINGLE mothers) working as a full-time Paralegal & prepping to finesse my way into law school. My mind is constantly on GO, always thinking, always prepping, always scheduling, literally ALWAYS doing something!

For this very reason when holiday season comes I am HAPPY. I am JOYFUL. I am THANKFUL. I am APPRECIATIVE. During the months of January-October we are busy getting our lives together for the better! I look at November (Thanksgiving) & December (Christmas) as a time to relax & catch up on things and people that I may have put off during my “Grind Months”.

 

“GIVE THEM THEIR FLOWERS WHILE THEY’RE STILL ALIVe”

Holiday season is the perfect time to do so! Take time out to appreciate the ones you love, you don’t have to literally give flowers (unless that’s your thing) but words and affection can go a long way.

This holiday season my hope is that we don’t forget the true reason for the season (Isaiah 9:6). That we find bliss within the smallest things. & that we take time out to love our loved ones while they are here.

Happy Holidays! May they be as EXTRAORDINARY as YOU!

 

 

 

 

Xoxo-Ashlen & Kaylen

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FordFiles

PARTY OF 3!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING LOVES!

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

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

7 months!Pregnancy Shoot

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

Still, Samuel Krisitian Ford came out a health baby.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving…Love you, Mean it!

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

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XoXo Emma

 

 

Afordablefits

2-Way-1-Skirt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skirt-Forever21 Contemporary Paneled Crepe Skirt (size M)

Shirt- Forever21 Draped Chiffon Blouse (size XS)

Jacket- C. Luce/Vintage

Shoes- Nine West Ankle Strap Sandals

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XoXo Emma

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A Stripped Affaire

Mixing colors and patterns is fun!

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

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

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

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

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

Bag- Nine West/ Option A

Boots- Amazon

Purse Fluff- Amazon

 

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XoXo Emma

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Camo-Combo

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

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

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

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

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

Shirt- Option A / Option B-Plus Size

Pants- VIP Camo Skinny Pants

Jacket- Option A

Cropped Jacket- Option A

Sandals- Option A

Purse Puff- Option A

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XoXo Emma