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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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Puffed: Perfect Puffer Jackets This Winter

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“A Puffer Jacket is the “it girl” this season and can be worn in so many beautiful ways…so, do you have yours? 

There are some trends that are not worth paying attention to and then there are trends that are not only cute but also functional. A puffer jacket, this winter season, is a trend worth writing home about. Seriously, these puffer jackets not only keep you warm but you can wear this trend in a lot of different ways. Let me show you how some ways stylists and celebrities have worn their puffer jacket.

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The puffer jacket is not only for ski dads, it’s for everyone. This 80’s trend is so hot right now. From Balenciaga to Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma line, to Kenzo, this trend is red hot right now. Style bloggers, celebrities and fashionistas have turned this old classic into something new and chic. I love this puffer jacket trend because of it’s functionality and versatility. What about you? Are you a puffer jacket person or nah?

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I’m listing below my favorite and most affordable puffer jackets that I have found online. Pick one and adopt it into your closet.

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So, are you more in love with this puffer jacket trend or have you fallen in love with it by now?! I just love a good remix and i’m drooling over the way fashionistas, stylist and designers have made the puffer jacket a staple piece this season. Make sure you have one of these in your wardrobe and don’t be afraid to wear them over a floral dress, a pantsuit and especially over jeans. Remember to always experiment and have fun with fashion.

Did you check out my last AWESOME post on what i’m wearing to the Black Panther premiere?! If not, what are you waiting for, click HERE to read all about it and shop my favorite leather pieces this winter.

Find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly or on Facebook at Houseofodara and tag me if you recreate this look.

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Black Power: What I’m Wearing to the Black Panther Premiere

February 16, 2018 is a BIG day because Black Panther comes and so does my power outfit

I plan on BUSTING the cinema doors wide open next month, dressed in ALL BLACK waiving my fist in the hair and celebrating the power that is Black Panther. I am so excited about this movie for more than one reason.black panther

When I was a young kid in Africa, my favorite superhero was Captain Planet. Who remembers him and his team of planeteers? They would go around saving the planet from all and any environmental disaster….Y’all i’m singing the theme song in my head now (lol). FYI I had a huge crush on Kwame, who was from Ghana and possessed the power of earth (yea, I was that kid).

 

Who else is planning on seeing Black Panther with me and if so, what are you wearing?! I actually planned on wearing something very Ankara and tribal but then I realized it was also Black history night and I wanted to make sure I was regal, powerful and unforgettable in black leather…ayyyeeeee! My motto for that night is Black Panther Loves Black Leather!

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I am decked out in faux leather from head to foot in this post and I love it! I wanted to add some color to the look and what is better than a power red and a caution belt to warn people that I am armed and ready to slay. But seriously, I want to see this movie not only because it gives us a black superhero, which we desperately need, but also because of the powerful black females that are a part of the cast. These women just aren’t arm candy or helpless maidens waiting to be rescued, but they are QUEENS and warriors in their own right and as women, we need to see more of this on the big screen.

Now, let’s talk about this all black ensemble. When wearing black, I like to mix different textures and prints. When wearing any monochromatic look, keep this in mind…mix textures. I have a soft sheen faux leather stretch thigh-high boots and a faux leatherette jacket with a fur collar. Everything is black and leather but the textures are different. I also added a red patent leather bag to complete this ensemble. You don’t have to copy my look exactly but I want to give you some of my favorite leather items that would definitely make a statement at the Black Panther premiere.

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Now that you know what i’m wearing to watch Black Panther, let me know what you’re wearing. Don’t forget to be as fierce as possible to celebrate this movie that’s a celebration of black prowess and power. Click the links and find something on my list that speaks to you. You can read my favorite blog post on how to set achievable New Years goals HERE.

If you recreate this look, find and tag me on Instagram at oluwafunmifly or on Facebook at Houseofodara.

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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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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.

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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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Plaids Permitted: Falls Plaid Trend

“Plaids were a thing before they became ‘a thing’…”

Okay Instagram, we get it, Plaids are BAE right now. You know they say nothing in life is ever new, just recycled. Well, If you’re older than 25, you know that plaids have been a thing for a while, but now, they are making a resurgence. This post is all about how to wear Fall’s Plaid Trend like a Pro!

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Blake Lively just killed this trend last week. She wore a Ralph Lauren 2017 Fall menswear suit and layered plaid on plaid on plaid. She broke the look up with a maroon tie, brown Michael Kors alligator satchel and burgundy lace-up boots. I love the way she wore this fall plaid trend and I can’t wait to replicate it in my own way. First tip: one way to style this fall plaid trend is add bold or rich color to add some depth to it. Anything in the red family is always a hit with plaid.

Second Tip: when styling this fall plaid trend you can alway just wear one plaid piece over a simple dress, jumpsuit or skirt. I recently wore a Ralph Lauren plaid jacket over a pair of black tights and a graphic tee. It was simple, easy to wear but very on-trend.

 

 

Now, on to how Blake and I were on the same fashion wave length last week. I recently bought a plaid dress from Shein and knew I wanted to do layer it with my plaid jacket. I broke the look up with a black vintage velvet belt and of course a bright red H&M bag.

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I finished the look off with some old silver Sam Edelman booties that are so comfortable that I can literally run in them. This Fall’s plaid trend is one that anyone can pull off and look chic while doing it.

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This monochromatic look takes me back to my last Fall look on the blog called Sky-High-Thigh-Highs. I styled a black and white look with my favorite boots of all times, you can read and shop the look HERE. Remember with the plaid look, you can either keep it simple with one plaid piece or layer it with plaid on plaid but remember to always add a pop of color to help break up the look and add flavor to it. So, get in your closet and recreate this fall plaid trend. Happy Styling babes.

If you want to collaborate or need some styling tips or personal styling for events, reach out to me at www.houseofodarablog@gmail.com. 

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