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It’s All In The Jeans

Jeans are a hard thing to wear. How many ladies agree with me on this?

Okay, so they’re either super tight on your legs and hips or too big around your waist. Finding the perfect pair of jeans is like finding the perfect man. But, when you find that one that makes you look slimmer, taller and more confident at the same time, you buy more than one of them. Everyone has their favorite brand of jeans and their go-to store to purchase them.

My favorite jeans right now are skinny distressed jeans. I’m not into wide-leg or bell-bottom jeans; they never look right on me. The moment I find a pair of jeans with a tapered leg and elasticity, i’m a happy girl. I found the pair i’m wearing at Ross Dress For Less. I paired it with a vintage color-block jacket and a pair of color-block Sam Edelman booties and a snake-skin leather Elliott Lucca clutch. The Lucca bag is sold out, but there is this great site called Postmark that you can sell gently used clothing, shoes, bags, etc. I have the link for this beautiful bag down below for 50% less than the retail price.

If you know any great places to buy well-fitting jeans, let us know in the comment section. Also, let us know how you  like to wear your jeans. BTW don’t forget Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Maybe you can get her a pair of great fitting jeans.

Love you…Mean It.

 

Jeans- Ross Dress For Less/ Option A / Option B (Plus Size)

Shoes- Circus by Sam Edelman /

Bag- Elliott Lucca Cordoba Clutch

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XoXo Emma

Afordablefits

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Loves!

First post of 2016 and I am beyond excited to see another day. The greatest gift we get everyday is the opportunity to open our eyes, take a deep breath, and start our day all over again. No we have 365 days to write our own story and I hope you take advantage of it. Forget about the hurts and pains of 2015 and look forward to the glorious 2016 that God has given you and make it the best yet. Let go of the bad habits of 2015 and pick up new and better habits this new year.

I’m excited to share this new year with all you beautiful people who take the time to read and comment and show support to my little blog. I’m excited about what 2016 has in store for this little blog and to grow and learn with all of you.

Now, as many of my closest friends know, I am a Serial-Thrifter. This is one habit that is definitely going with me into 2016.  My obsession started when I began to fall in love with vintage clothing. I don’t know about you, but i’ve realized that they don’t make clothes as sturdy as they used to. Nowadays, the material is just cheap…you wash them once and they shrink, change colors or tear apart. But when I would visit my favorite thrift stores and find something, it would last longer. I literally drive around on weekends looking for more vintage and thrift stores. Any time I go out of town, I start googling local vintage shoppes immediately.

One of my favorite vintage places to shop is called Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta, GA. If you’re in the area, go and check it out and let me know what you think. If you’re in Montgomery, AL there is also a great place that sells vintage clothing called Relly Rue Creative Studio; they always have great things there.

My outfit today is a nod to my obsession to all things vintage. I found this dress at Rag-O-Rama in Atlanta, GA and paired it with a great pair of ankle strap Guess heels. I kept it really simple and let the dress speak for itself!

So, what are some of your favorite thrift and vintage stores? Comment below and let us know what city you live in and the vintage stores you like so that we can visit them.

Psss…Make 2016 SPECTACULAR! Be Bolder, Be Happier and Never Give Up! I Love You.

Dress- Vintage

Shoes- Guess/Option B

Lipstick- Mac Ruby Woo

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XoXo Emma

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Chi-Town

Chi-Town…Chi-Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

#FordFiles

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

Shopping:

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Magnificent Mile

Thrift & Thrive

Site Seeing: 

John Hancock Observatory

Field Museum

United Center/Jordan Statue

Obama’s House

Food:

Mug’s Pizza and Ribs

Giordano’s

Stax Cafe

Toscano’s

Garrett Popcorn

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XoXo Emma

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Nudecember

Birthday Month!

So, let’s get this out of the way, how much turkey, dressing, sweet potato pie, ham, etc. have you eaten since Thanksgiving? Tell the truth…lol. Now it’s a new month and a almost a new year. Wow, how time flies when you’re busy.

I hope you enjoyed the BTS ( behind the scene) I posted of my family during Thanksgiving. If you didn’t see the post, the link is here. I love how my family keeps everything we do God-centered. I promise you that is the recipe for success. I also did a great Iron Bowl post for those who are Alabama fans. Check it out here.

Now that you’ve put on that 3lbs of Thanksgiving love handles, are you ready to go nude?  Not that kind of nude. Get your mind out of the gutter! I mean the fabulous kind of nude…the kind of nude you can wear outside the house without the police arresting you. The monochromatic kind of nude.

I just so happened to find these great pair of nude leggings at the Ghetto Dillard’s. If you live in Montgomery, Alabama, it’s the one in Eastdale Mall. My sister and I started calling it that after it became an outlet/zoo. I absolutely love the place and practically live there. Call me when you’re going because I’ll probably already be there. Check it out for great deals. Almost everything I have on today, I purchased there.

Remember to comment below and let me know how you like to go nude.

Psss…the best kind of nude is the kind you can wear outside the house.

Leggings-Hue

Heels- BCBG Generation

Cape- Reba (out of stock) / Go Jane

Shirt- Moon Collection / Amazon

Clutch- Michael Kors

Now, let me know what you think about this look, how you would have worn it differently or any suggestions that you have (comment below).

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XoXo Emma Ford

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Because I’m Happy

What does it mean to be truly happy? I remember when I was a kid, I used to be so moody, angry and pessimistic about everything. I never quite fit in any circle. I was from Africa, I was short, I had an accent, I was a nerd…and the list goes on and on. So, needless to say, I was never happy with myself or the world. Then as I got older, I began to become more comfortable with myself and to truly love myself.

I had to come to terms with the fact that no one can make me happy like I can make me happy. I know you’ve probably heard this before, but it is so true. I realized that if there was an area in my life I was unhappy with, I had to take an active role in fixing it…I had to find my own inner happiness. Yes, I was short. Yes, I had an accent. Yes, I was a book-nerd, but that’s what make me who I am. I was not meant to be like everybody else–and I should not want to be like everybody else.

Learning to be internally happy with yourself is the best gift you can give to yourself this holiday season. You may not have the man you want, the money you want, the body you want or the fame you want, but at least you are alive, you are capable and you have a future. So, when you’re feeling unhappy with yourself, or jealous of someone else’s happiness, remember all that you have, be thankful for it, and watch your attitude and feelings begin to change.

Above all, remember that no one can audition to be you, that role is already filled…so break a leg!

Comment below and let us know what things you do to pick yourself up when you’re feeling down, you never now who else needs the wisdom that you have.

Dress- Forever21

Shoes- JLO for Khols

Bag- MK Hamilton

Belt- Charlotte Russe

Happiness- ME

Now, let me know what you think about this look, how you would have worn it differently or any suggestions that you have (comment below).

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XoXo Emma Ford

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Print+Texture

I don’t know about you, but i’ve always been afraid to wear shorts. You know those girls in high school that always wore shorts and they had that spectacular thigh-gap?! I wasn’t one of those girls. I was 4’ll, heavy and afraid of everything. Plus, with my parents being pastors, shorts were NO BUENO! So I NEVER wore shorts. Until I realized, who cares if my thighs talk to each other on a consistent basis? Who cares if they high-five each other every time I walk? No two people are shaped the same and that’s a beautiful thing. So, here is how Emmanuella Oluwafunmilayo Searcy Ford wears short-shorts.

I’m wearing a pair of faux leather shorts by Olsenboye, a red and black printed peplum shirt by Gianni Bini and a printed jacket by Alex Marie. H&M has some great faux-leather shorts for 19.99. Dillard’s has Alex Marie’s Natalya Windowpane Jacket that would go well with any look.

Don’t you just loving mixing prints and textures? Let me know what you think and how you would have paired it differently.

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Xoxo Emma