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Mix-It-Up

“I love a woman that knows how to mix prints like a BAWSE!”

Have you ever tried to mix prints, pattern and textures and just given up because it was too hard? This blog post is just for you. We will be talking about how to mix prints, and textures without looking like a clown. You may not be a fan of this trend, but it is here to stay and will definitely have you looking like a style pro…so give it a try and mix it up. Here are my 5 go-to rules on how to mix prints like a BOSS:

  1. Find prints with one or two common colors
  2. Find a pattern that super busy and one that is a little less busy
  3. Find items with a common background color: either light or dark background
  4. Pastel prints mixed together is an easy go-to look
  5. stripes and florals or stripes and stripes are always a YES

how to mix prints

In these pictures you’ll see celebrities from Solange to Blake Lively slaying and showing us how to wear mixed prints. All of them follow these simple five rules and they come out looking like they stepped right out of the pages of Vogue magazine (fyi: some of them probably did). This trend is not hard. I want you to give it a try and see how fun playing with prints can really be.

how to mix prints like a pro

My look today is a nod to the mixed print trend. I paired a printed peplum blouse with a textured bottom and ended up with this amazing and chic look. My shirt is going to be in my collection ShakaraFAB that will be available next summer for purchase. The pants are from Dillards, the shoes Amazon, and everything else will be down at the bottom for purchase.

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So, do you think you are daring enough to give this trend a try?! Now that you have the rules in hand, go into that closet and pull out some clothes and start mixing. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Tag House of Odara on Facebook and find me on Instagram at Oluwafunmifly.

For collaborations, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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Sweater Weather

“I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze”

Happy Sunday Lovies, please take a minute and say a prayer for this planet that we inhabit. There have been natural disasters from Houston, TX all the way to Sierra Leone, Africa. Let’s pray for the wellbeing and restoration of health, home and family for those affected by the storms world-wide.

This weeks look is another simple one. It’s all about sweaters and fall boots. I found a gold knitted sweater at my local Salvation Army thrift store and knew it would be perfect for the Fall weather. The sweater is not too heavy and could be worn with a undershirt beneath it. The gold color is also one of my favorites for the Fall. I put it with a Forever21 red pleated skirt and a short brown pair of old Jessica Simpson booties. I love this simple look.

Linked below is a F21 pleated skirt and a comparable sweater both for $15.99. I also linked a pair of boots that are perfect for the fall. My vintage Dooney and Bourke is old but any great leather bag would go perfect with this look.

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Pleated Mini Skirt    Waffle Knit Sweater

Remember Fall is all about layering. My skirt is short and my sweater is long and warm. The booties are short because it’s not cold enough for thigh-highs. Play round with summer items you have in your closet and pair them with boots, sweater, jackets, etc…layer, layer, layer. Let me know what you think of this look and how you plan on revamping your summer clothes into Fall pieces.

For collaborations, email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com 

 

 

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NewMonth.Who’sThis?

“New Month, New hair, Who is this?”

Hello September, I’ve been waiting on you at the door. I am so ready for cooler weather and Fall season all summer long. In my hometown, we’ve been experiencing thunderstorms and last night we even had a tornado watch. I woke up this morning to torn branches and debris everywhere. My heart and prayer and support goes out to those in Texas suffering under the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. If you live in Birmingham, please support by going to the Boutwell Auditorium at 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203. They are asking for canned goods, perishable items, clothes, etc that they can send to those in need. They will be accepting donations until Sunday evening. If you live in any other state or city, please find out where you can donate and be a hand in need.

Did you all catch my last blog on my favorite Fall item? If you didn’t, click HERE. This look today is sponsored by my favorite designers Derek and Daniel of Splashed by DKG. I am wearing their fabulous denim kimono skater blouse. I love the shape of this piece. I love the big beautiful bell sleeves and the structured bottom of the blouse. I belted it to give it some shape and accentuate my waist. I’ve seen it worn unbelted and that looked great as well. I completed the look with some lace shorts underneath and these ultra sexy jean boots from Amazon.

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This look is so different from my normal wear but that’s the beauty of style. Never be afraid to mix it up and step out of your comfort zone. Check out their website HERE for buying options and to look at their other pieces.

So, what’s something new you plan on doing this month that you’ve never done before? Whether it’s changing your wardrobe, exercising more, meeting new people or simply getting out more, in the words of Michal Jordan…JUST DO IT! I pray this month is blessed, full of favor and riches.

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Cool.Mum

“Mum jeans are so last season…I’m a cool mum!”

Okay, this jumpsuit is not for the faint of heart. LOL! Being a new mum is hard, beautiful, rewarding and did I mention HARD. I think the hardest part for me was getting my sexy back. Mommies, you have to remember how you snatched your hubby up…you can’t go from hottie to hot-mess (sigh). Men are visual…like very visual so you gotta maintain that flyness. You have to learn how to dress for that extra body weight and accentuate the good. I am queen of hiding the bad (FY…control top panties and a GOOD bra).

When I found this jumpsuit on Amazon and read the reviews, I knew it would be perfect for a date night with my husband. After having Sammy, I still have 15lbs to lose, so I was looking for something that was not tight on my legs or stomach, made me look taller but also had sex appeal. This jumpsuit was it. I kept the styling very simple and let the colors and stripes speak for me. FYI This jumpsuit is only $24.99 with Amazon Prime.

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Remember, try and dress for the body you have. If you are short, find dresses and pants that lengthen you. Horizontal stripes are slimming and elongate your frame. If you are tall and thin, you literally are my dream body. You can wear horizontal and vertical stripes. The trick is finding pants that match your height but there is nothing a little tailoring can’t help. Find a tailor that can let the seams out of the pants and sleeves to add more inches. If you are plus, don’t put on tents and large items but find clothes that accentuate your waist, bust or gorgeous legs (pick one body part to accentuate at a time). A peplum shirt is the go-to for curvier girls and a belt can fix almost anything. So, find things that compliment you and your shape and rock it with boldness!

So, what has been your biggest style challenge since having a baby or becoming pregnant? Have you found it hard to get your groove back when it comes to styling your new body? Let us know how you’ve been dealing with your body and styling issues and if you have any questions, please comment below and I will answer them.

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Flower.Power

“A flower does not think about competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms” 

Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers sent to their home, job or school? *NOT ME* I’m just not a real flower person; i’ll take faux flowers any day. Those little things die so quickly and end up smelling really bad. If you want to surprise me, Chanel will do. The only flowers I want are the fake one I don’t have to water or bother with at all. That’s why I love this floral look I’m blogging today…it’s full of fake flowers. LOL! It’s a simple shift dress with cut out shoulders and a floral headband. It’s a fun look and perfect for a day out on the town or a fun brunch with your girlfriends.

Shift dresses are perfect for the summer and mine is no exception. It’s super lightweight, not clingy and easy to wear. I’ve had it belted before when I wanted to make it more of a “going out” dress, but for a day date or brunch, it’s perfect unbelted. I paired it with a pair of blue Steve Madden platform heels, my floral headband, and one of my favorite Michael Kors powder-blue quilted Sloan bag. My dress is no longer available but I found an awesome one under $20.00 on Amazon.

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I love the simplicity of this look. Anything I can wear that allows me to eat and not have to suck in my stomach is my best friend. My MK bag is under $200 and a great buy; I wear it a lot and the sheen on it is gorgeous. I also love these thick STURDY heels. Overall, this look is just fun and comfortable!

Let me know what you think about this look and let’s chat about handbags. Michael Kors is in the process of buying Jimmy Choo for 1.2 Billion, what are your thoughts on that. They are two such different brands; I am looking forward to seeing how they will work together as a team. If you want to collaborate with me or want to be featured on the blog, please email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com

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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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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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AA Club


Hello, my name is Emmanuella Oluwafunmilayo Searcy Ford and I am addicted to Amazon

Okay, in this day and age, a lot of people know how utterly BOMB Amazon is and how it makes the world go round. The best feeling in this world, beside my babies kisses, oh and my husbands…lol, is getting that box with a smiley face on the side on my doorstep. Amazon, oh Amazon, how do I loveth thee (Amazon 3:12).

Here’s the thing, If you’ve never purchased anything from the site, it can be really intimidating. My first time, I was so afraid the clothes wouldn’t fit and then I would just be stuck with something I didn’t like or something with horrible quality. Well, This post is for those who are Amazon virgins or have been burned by Amazon before and have given up. I am going to give you five easy steps on how to become Amazon-literate. First, of course, get an Amazon account. Better yet, sign up for an Amazon Prime account and let the shopping begin.

  • Always Always read the reviews: these are always found at the bottom of the page after you see the products. Just keep scrolling down and go past the recommended listings, the size charts and then you will find the reviews. You can see what actual buyers said about the products and some even put up pictures of them in the items. I always try and write a review every time I buy something. If it doesn’t have a review, buy at your own risk. FYI always make sure the positive outweighs the negative comments.
  • Be Specific: when typing in what you want into the search box, be as specific as possible. If it’s a coconut purse you’re looking for, make sure you type exactly that. For example, put in “Yellow coconut bag” or “White button down long sleeve shirt”
  • Check Sizing Chart: Okay, some of these sellers will be Chinese sellers or sellers from out of the country and their
    sizing charts are always different. Chinese sellers always run smaller and not true to size so be careful. Right next to the place where you pick your size, they have a size chart that should have chest and waist dimension if it’s a shirt and other dimensions for pants or jeans. Always look at the sizing charts and again read the reviews. People will let you know if the items are true to U.S. size.
  • Discover Prime: Okay, Amazon has this great program called Prime. It’s a yearly membership that allows you to get the items with 2-day shipping. Man, last Christmas I had a field day last minute shopping. If you can afford it, Prime is the way to go. Prime accounts users don’t have to pay shipping and handling and you return things for free and again, two-day shipping.
  • Explore Amazon: Lastly, take time out and explore this marketplace. Just go in and put things into your shopping cart and type different items you would like to have and stare them into reality…LOL. Amazon notifies you if anything in your cart has gone down in price, so sleep and pray on those purchases. FYI Amazon just started a new program where you can try clothes out before you actually purchase it. With anything on Amazon you can always return the items and get your money back. They will send you the shipping label  and all you have to do is print it and take it to your nearest USPS. Amazon has made shopping so easy, you’ll actually enjoy it.


FYI July 11th is Amazon Prime day and it’s like Black Friday for the cyber world….aaahhhh. You have to be a Prime member to get these deals but you can sign up for a free trial offer and take part of the epic savings. I encourage you guys to take time out and explore what Amazon has to offer. I am putting a couple of hot items for the summer that is on my wish list so far or that i’ve already purchased. You will love the items. Click on the pictures and it will take you directly to the Amazon page:




These are all great summer looks that are under $50.00. Let me know if and when you decide to give Amazon a try and if these tips helped you at all. If you are looking for anything specific and want help searching, email me @funmis1@gmail.com and i’ll def help look and send you links. I’ll also do this again for the fall/winter and put some on trend looks for the season. Hey, should I do a similar post for the fellas? Let me know. Happy shopping loves.

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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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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