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Party Like A Rockstar: Inexpensive Dresses for the Holidays

“Inexpensive Dresses for the Holidays is the theme of this show…stay tuned!”

Listen Linda, I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving was a working holiday for me. For the first time in years, I didn’t spend it with my family but I was in Atlanta working with Macy’s. It was amazing but I definitely missed all the love, food and family and hopefully next year i’ll be with them for Thanksgiving. However, I did enjoy two big plates the next day and I did get to enjoy Black Friday shopping with the masses. How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was amazing. Now, that this holiday is over, It’s time to get ready for Christmas and all those awesome Christmas parties. This post will give you insight into some of the hottest trends of the season, and you can shop some of the best inexpensive dresses for the holidays.

One of the biggest trends of this season is crushed velvet clothing. I have seen so many celebrities wearing this trend and rocking it very well. I styled a velvet dress I got from Dillards with a pair of velvet, fuchsia, open-toe chunky heels and a velvet cropped jacket to on top of the dress. I finished off the look with a staple fuchsia Adachic Design quilted holiday clutch. This look was so easy to put together and is perfect for any holiday party that you get invited to attend.

inexpensive dresses for the holidaysCrushed velvet is so beautiful and will have you standing out at any holiday party you attend. This dress was very inexpensive and I am linking some other beautiful inexpensive crushed velvet dresses for the holidays down below.

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Inexpensive dresses for the holidays and holiday party can come in a lot of colors but one you need to try is the color RED. Pick a bright red dress and you will be sure to wow as soon as you enter the room. You can always top the look off with a solid black coat or a piece of fur for a little drama.

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Another great trend and inexpensive option is a comfortable but on-trend sweater dress. An embellished or off-shoulder sweater dress can be very sophisticated and a great option to wear to any occasion.

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When it comes to inexpensive dresses for the holidays, pick the one that’s not only comfortable but the one you know you’ll wear even after the holidays. These dresses would fit just about any occasion and event. Now, the last trend I want to show you is the glitter-bomb/shimmer party dress. This is for the girl that knows she just has to be the knockout when she enters the room (ummm that’s me).

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All these inexpensive dresses for the holidays are under $50.00, easy to wear and easy on the eyes. They will have you standing out at every holiday party.

Give these inexpensive dresses for the holidays a try and see what a statement you’ll make wearing them. Remember today is Small Business Saturday so visit your local boutiques and shops and spend some cash. Small businesses are the backbone of your communities and cities and they deserve all the support they can get. I am wearing a purse from a local business owner in Montgomery, Alabama. I did a blog post about them and you can read about it and shop their bags HERE. Have a good rest of your weekend and let me know what you think of this look.

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Thrifting 101: How I Styled My Thrifted Sweater

thrifting 101: how i styled my sweater two ways

“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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Here are my three favorite trench coats this fall: CLICK LINK TO PURCHASE
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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 

Email me at houseofodarablog@gmail.com to collaborate and find me on IG at Oluwafunmifly.

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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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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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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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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.

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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

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Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is in the air! How exciting!

One of the best colors this Spring 2016 is Rose Quartz.rose

You can check out the other colors for this season on Pantone’s website. I remember I used to HATE pink when I was younger. Now, I can’t get enough of it. I even bought my husband a Salmon-colored button down shirt and after complaining about it for a week, he fell in love with it and wears it all the time now.

 

With that being said, I wanted to start off March with my favorite color. After putting on my yearly Winter weight, i’m always looking for new ways to hide the extra lbs (lol). My juicy arms are the first things to get bigger so I love any dress that can cover them up and make me feel less self-conscious. This dress did the trick. The chiffon material wears so easily and the pleats add definition and helps hide trouble hips. This dress is about 3yrs old, but I have links to some great chiffon dresses below. I paired this dress with a vintage bag, a popping red fringe sandals and a red lip. Let me know if you want to recreate this look. You can tag me in it on Instagram: Oluwafunmifly or Facebook: Emma Ford and I will repost it. Let’s March ahead and make this month Marvelous, Merry and Major.

 

Dress- Vintage/ Option A / Option B / Option C

Shoes-(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

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A Furry Situation

What does it mean to love yourself?

The other day a girl came up to me and told me that I had such great cheekbones and facial structure. I laughed it off and told her she must not see my double chin and fat cheeks. She just looked at me like she couldn’t believe I was saying that about myself.

After she left, I thought about the conversation. What would it have hurt me to just say thank you and happy that someone thought I was pretty. I should have been proud to be complimented by a total stranger. But I chose to point out my flaws so that she wouldn’t point them out first. I think sometimes we have a harder time seeing the beauty in ourselves than others do. Yes we have flaws, everyone has flaws; even the most beautiful people in the world have flaws. But, we don’t have to focus on them…we can choose to see the beauty despite the flaws

So, since this is the month of February, the month of love, let’s choose to love ourselves. Let’s choose to see our beauty and embrace our goodness. Comment below and let me know what you love best about yourself.

For me, the best part of myself, besides my mind, are my legs. They are not supermodel legs, but they get me where I need to go and they are shapely. Nothing brings them out better than an amazing pencil skirt. I found this Eva Mendes pencil skirt from New York and Company. I love the faux leather look and paired it with a simple blue off the shoulder top. This off the shoulder look is one of the top trends for 2016. I put on my favorite faux fur coat and these gorgeous Steve Madden jewel studded pumps.

Let me know what you think of this look and remember to comment below what you love most about yourself. Also, what are your plans for Valentine Day. I have a whole post on ideas for the day: Hello February.

Off-Shoulder Shirt: Charlotte Russe

NYC Eva Mendes Skirt: Option A- Forever21 / Option B: Asos

Steve Madden Galaxxie Pumps: Steven Madden

Gianni Bini Bag

Fur Coat- Find one that’s affordable and comfortable. Try out local thrift or vintage stores

I pray that your weekend is Safe, Successful and Super. Love you all…Mean it!

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XoXo Emma