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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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FirstLady: Jackie-O Inspired Looks

Nothing screams demure, modest and future First Lady like an amazing skirt suit

I remember when Princess Diana died. My mum was a die-hard lover of her and her family. What she admired most about the beautiful Diana was her sense of social justice and her fashion-sense. I know I got my love of fashion from my mum. Princess Diana could always be seen in an amazing skirt suit or a beautiful dress that was reminiscent of my one of my favorite style icons, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. So, on this State of the Union night, I wanted to go for a classy and classic look channeling one of our First Lady’s Jackie Kennedy O.

From Diana, to her future daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, to even our new First Lady, (God bless her soul), Melania Trump, Jackie’s style essence continues to stand the test of time. The Skirt Suit became “a thing” because she wore it with class, dignity and beauty. My look today is inspired by her effortless slay and beautiful style.

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Her style is timeless. Even to this day, her style is still emulated and recreated because modesty, grace and elegance can never go out of style. FYI the notorious Kim Kardashian also recreated some of Jackie’s most iconic looks. Here is my interpretation in my fav skirt suit and I hope I did it justice. Also, click to see and shop some of the most popular skirt suits online.

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Now, how did I do?! Remember classic never goes out of style and modesty is NOT a four-letter word. This look would be great for a day at the office or even Sunday service. It’s elegant, ladylike, feminine and still a little sexy. If you recreate this look, tag me on Instagram or on Facebook. Check out my last post on the best jeans to flatter that figure 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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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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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.

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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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Dream=Your Creative Vision

Your Creative Vision

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
–Denis Waitely
Hello, Today I have Ashlen Cuyler, founder and CEO of HeyGirlHeyUnited writing for the blog. I hope it helps you in some way because I know it’s made me more motivated for being successful in 2018. So, Don’t click away, read on and let her know what you think:
Recently, I wrote down a few things that I could do differently in order to get ahead. During the process of brainstorming, I realized that my task were all aligned with my comfort zone. My creative vision was limited and didn’t require much from me.
Not one thing on my “getting ahead list” consisted of taking a risk!
As humans we are natural creatures of comfort. Neutral state — a place where stress and anxiety are minimal, where we know what’s coming next and can plan accordingly.
There is nothing wrong with staying within your zone of comfort. The problem arises when we get too comfortable and start holding ourselves back instead of finding new ways to learn, grow and try new things. Your Creative Vision demands that you GET UP!
 LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
 YOUR CREATIVE VISION DEMANDS THAT YOU GET UP
Are there certain things that you would like to do or obtain in life? Yet, the fear of stepping outside of your norm has hindered you.​​​​​​​
Maybe you’re interested in obtaining a new job, but the idea of starting over scares you. However, since you refuse to step outside of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith, you’re miserable every time Monday comes around. I’m pretty sure we all have been here before.
Has it been a goal of yours too finish or return back to school? But the thought of trying to balance classes and life frightens you. So instead of going for it, you continue to put it off. Yup! (that’s me).
Your Creative Vision
Do you have an idea or invention that could be beneficial to others? But the pressure of thinking it has to be perfect has held you back from creating and launching your craft. I thought everything needed to be perfect (including myself) with HGH before I could start. If that was true, I would have never started because I’m no where near perfect. You creative vision does not require perfection nor does it ask you to have all your ducks in a row or all the money in the bank…all it’s waiting for is you!
Your mind is a powerful thing, don’t allow your thoughts to stop you from reaching your fullest potential. Today make the decision to  take leaps of faith outside of your normal day to day task.
YOUR CREATIVE VISION DOES NOT REQUIRE PERFECTION 
I hope this email has reached you in a good space at a good time. Remember, if you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.
 Here are some benefits to stepping out of your zone of comfort. 
  • Taking risks is what helps us grow.
  • Trying new things can make you more creative.
  • Embracing new challenges can help you age better. Our comfort zones tend to shrink as we get older — but if we can keep expanding them, we’ll open ourselves up to greater fulfillment and improved well-being as we age.-HuffPost
  • Challenging yourself can help you perform at your peak. Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is an important, and almost universal, factor in personal growth.

As we head into 2017, Make your dream, your creative vision a reality by getting up and putting the work needed into it. Take risks, don’t be afraid of failure and keep challenging yourself and those around you to be the best they can be. Write down your 2018 vision and then multiply it by two. You can do it…YOU CAN DO IT!

Here is a great book about not being stuck in your comfort zone and not being afraid of change:

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Writer: Ashlen Cuyler of HeyGirlHeyUnited

Instagram: Heygirlheyunited

I hope this email has helped you in one way or another. Thank you for visiting House of Odara and remember to collaborate, you can email me at www.houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Shoephile: My New Favorite Shoes

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“My new favorite shoes should be in your cart and ready to go home with you!”

Let’s talk about my favorite new shoe shape called the D’orsay pump. I first fell in love with this shape when I purchased my pair of red Jessica Simpson pumps. A pump is considered D’orsay if one side or both sides is cut away to reveal the arch of the foot, and the vamp is very close to the toe box. Y’all, this shape is so gorgeous, feminine and easy to wear. I am a definite Shoephile and this blog is all about my new favorite shoes.

I bought my new favorite shoes almost two years ago and they are still as beautiful and comfortable to walk in as the day I bought them. These Jessica Simpson D’orsay heels are made of fine cow hairs in a cheetah print. I paired my new favorite shoes with a nude skirt, a faux leather jacket, and a bright orange H&M sweater. This look is effortless and perfect for a date night or a night out on the town. For colder climates, a pair of stockings would go perfectly with this look.
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With all of this nude and leopard, I wanted to break it up with a bright POP of color. My bright red H&M rib knit sweater did the trick. This sweater will be in heavy rotation all winter long. It’s not only comfortable and warm but the color is amazing and the material is breathable. One rule I like to implement when wearing this girly D’orsay shoe cut is to add a masculine touch to it. Whenever I wear this shoe cut, I try and implement some sort of leather to off set the hyper femininity of the heels. That’s just my rule but you can make up your own rule once you get your pair of my new favorite shoes.

So, what do you think about my new favorite shoes and this whole look. Are you a fan of the shoe cut or do you like a traditional pump? I hope this look inspired you to go and play in your closet and come up with something similar. You can always shop this look and tag houseofodara on FB for a repost.

Click HERE to shop the best gifts for men this holiday season.

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Thrifting 101: How I Styled My Thrifted Sweater

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“Thrifting 101 should be a pre-requisite for any fashion lover, stylist and shopaholic”

I’ve actually posted about how to be a thrifting queen before but the post was so popular I wanted to do it again. This post is called Thrifting 101 because I want to show you that thrifting is not gross or scary. When I first started thrifting, I hated the smell and the disorder, but now, I thrive in it because I know in the middle of that old-lady-smell and the clutter, treasures are awaiting me. So, let me tell you my 5 thrifting secrets that have worked for me these past two years.

The first rule of Thrifting 101 is to GO WITH AN OPEN MIND! This is NOT Saks Fifth or even Ross Dress for Less, so don’t expect neat, orderly and even clean (LOL)! Be ready to push clothes and people out of the way as you dig for the good stuff. The second rule of Thrifting 101 is to CARVE OUT TIME TO LOOK. You have to give yourself enough time to go down each aisle and look like someone told you there was a YSL sweater in the pile. Also, look at the schedule because most thrift stores have half-off days and percentages off different color tags. You cannot be in a rush to get in and get out…take the kids to your mum, free those hands, carry a small bag and get to WERK boo. This sweater I’m blogging was found at the Salvation Army in Hoover Alabama and after looking for 15 minutes I found it and did a little dance because it was worth the time.

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The third rule of Thrifting 101 is to TRY EVERYTHING ON! So, I have yet to find a thrift store that allows you to return something because it doesn’t fit, so take the time and try it on. You can put it on over your clothes if you are worried about trying it on before you wash it, but make sure you know it fits BEFORE you take it home. This takes me to my fourth rule of thrifting, WASH/DRY CLEAN EVERYTHING AFTER YOU GET HOME. Side note: read the instructions on washing directions before you clean. My cousin bought a 100% silk shirt but didn’t realize the gold she had found so she washed and ruined it. So, make sure to read and find out what material your treasure is made of before you proceed.

Last rule for Thrifting 101 is TAKE A FRIEND! Two eyes are always better than one, so grab a girlfriend and put her to work. FYI also take hand sanitizer…i’m a mini germ freak so I always keep some in my purse. Now, i’ve styled my beautiful multi-colored knit sweater two ways. The first way is as a dress with a thick belt and thigh-high boots and the second way is as my color pop over a monochromatic look. I absolutely love this knit and it’s versatility and because I found it for less less than a Chick-fil-a sandwich. I hope these five rules help you in some way. Google thrift stores near you and take a field trip to one or two, you won’t be disappointed.

For gift ideas for men this holiday season, check out my last blog post HERE!

For collaborations and inquiries, please email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com. 

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Trenched: My Three Favorite Trench Coats this Fall


“My three favorite trench coats this fall should be on your holiday wish list to Santa”

I’ve celebrated a three year wedding anniversary and the first birthday of my son…so November has been very BUSY so far. Forgive me for not blogging as much as usual. Thank you again to everyone that takes the time to read, comment and show me love weekly, I appreciate you (virtual hugs all around). I am absolutely loving this fall weather and fashion and this post is all about my three favorite trench coats this Fall. Let’s get into it and hopefully you see something you have to have.

When buying a trench coat, the first thing I look for is color. I worry about how it fits AFTER I find the color i’m looking for. The first of my three favorite trench coats this fall is a pure white or  cream long trench. I usually try and look for a cream wool coat because it fits so well with so many outfits. The one i’m wearing in this blog is a cream wool coat I fought for at a thrift store. The second thing I look for is fit. Is the trench long enough? Does it look too baggy or does it fit me comfortably? Can I move my arms during worship or is it too tight? When I answer all this, I move on to the next hurdle…PRICE.

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When it comes to price, be ready to spend a little more. I usually go for a wool-blend trench coat because they tend to be less expensive but still beautiful and functional. You want this coat to last a long time so go for quality (be ready to spend money). These are my three favorite trench coats this fall and they are each worth the price tag.

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My shirt, pants, purse and sunnies are all from H&MMy boots are linked above for purchase. Don’t forget to check out my last post with my favorite gifts for men this holiday season: HERE 

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