Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday Deals

I am not brave enough or should I say crazy enough to shop in store on Black Friday but am very interested in online deals. The selection gets better every year. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Ann Taylor 50% off with the code ANNTHANKS
Anthropologie 20% off every item
Banana Republic 40% off with the code BRTHANKS
Bauble Bar 35% off of four items with code Friday35
BCBG up to 60% off select items
Club Monaco 30% off sale items with the code THANKS30
Cole Haan 30% almost everything in their store and on their site
Foot Locker 15% off of everything with the code IPFL3VF2
Gap 50% off of everything (except online sale items) with the code BLKFRIDAY
J.Crew  30% off with the code HOLIDAY
Kate Spade up to 70% off online
Kenneth Cole 30% off your full price purchase with code BFW13
Land's End 30% off of everything
Last Call 40% off of everything
Levi's 40% off of everything
Nine West 50% off all boots and booties
Old Navy 50% off everything
Piperlime 25% off sitewide
Shopbop save up to 25% off with the code BIGEVENT13
Tibi 20% off with code READYSETGO
Victoria's Secret Free shipping with a purchase of $50 or more with code FREE50 and $30 off of $150 or more with code 30OFF150
Vince Camuto 30% off regular priced items and 50% off sale with code HOLIDAY
Yoox savings of up to 50% off and an additional 15% off with code THANKYOOX

Where will you be shopping?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Strappy Mirror Pumps

I am in love with the J Crew Strappy Mirror Metallic Pumps. They come in three beautiful metallic colors, cinnamon, blush and silver. They are $278.00 and J. Crew is running a promotion now, save 25% off your purchase with the code SHOPFALL and get free shipping with purchases over $100.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Snake on a Dress

I attended a gala recently and was opposed to wearing a floor length gown despite the invitation calling for black tie. I wanted to look fashion forward yet still appropriate and thought this Erin Fetherston cocktail dress with gem embellishments was perfect for the occasion. My miu miu glitter sole pumps were just the right amount of silver to compliment the dress. I toned down the accessories and wore just a pair of studs and a bracelet to allow the jewels on the dress to shine.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gold Pumps

Kelly Rowland and Christina Ricci in the Giuseppe Zanotti Fall 2013 gold pump.

I think I need a pair. Actually, I KNOW I need a pair. I've gotten so much use out of my silver mirror pumps that I think gold will be just as useful. I can see it paired with warmer hues that tend to dominate fall and winter fashion. I tried and loved the Zanotti pair but the price is a bit high considering these will not be everyday shoes. I also loved the comfort of the Joan & David  pair but felt they weren't gold enough. I think I will be purchasing the Boutique 9 Justine pump. They are the bright gold that I am looking for and a much more budget friendly option than the Zanotti pumps. I've listed several other options for you.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Miami Nights

I've been MIA again and for that I apologize. I took a quick trip down to one of my favorite cities, Miami. Miami was a blast, as usual. Here are a few outfits I wore during my short stay.

from left to right: convertible maxi dress (here, here and hereCasual Couture dress, Banana Republic dress (old, similar here). Miu Miu glitter pumps in all outfits.

I brought just one pair of going out shoes and made all my outfits work around them. I hate over-packing. I think these pumps worked out pretty well, no?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Essence Fest

I have been a bad blogger. Summer is here in NY and I have abandoned my blog. I just returned from a trip to New Orleans for the 19th annual Essence Festival. It was fantastic. I was there last year for the first time and found it so enjoyable I returned this year. New Orleans is a great city, the people are lovely, the food is good and there is musical talent everywhere.

Going clockwise, beignets from Cafe Du Monde, crabcakes from Pierre Maspero's, Jambalya Pasta, Oysters and Fried Alligator from Le Bayou

I met the handsome Boris Kodjoe and his equally beautiful wife Nicole Ari Parker. Both were very kind and gracious. I'm wearing a Banana Republic color block tank dress in my photo with Boris. I wore a Robert Rodriguez silk romper (sold out, but similar here and on eBay) to a party DJ'ed by Biz Markie and hosted by Doug E. Fresh. Wearing a forever 21 tank top and old navy skirt while walking around the French Quarter. And in one of my favorite tops, a Kikiclothing peplum bustier while watching King Bey slay the New Orleans crowd. It was a great vacation. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

African print takeover

I have always had a deep love for bright colors and prints. I can't help it, it is in my blood. My parents were born and raised in Ghana and though I was brought up in the US my mother wore her traditional attire when attending Ghanaian events, I grew up eating both Ghanaian and American food and grew up hearing my mother speak in her local language, Twi. How could I not be influenced by the culture? Traditional African cloth is cotton, has vivid patterns and often bright colors. As a child I saw my mom have the cloth sewn into kaba and slits as seen here.

I love that I am now seeing these fabrics made into shorts, dresses, jackets, blazers, etc. And now African prints have caught the eye of non-African designers outside of the continent. Just look at Burberry's Prorsum's 2012 resort collection as one example. I have had several dresses and skirts made by seamstresses and tailors during my visits to Ghana. I've also purchased African cloth garments off at the rack at places like Kiki Clothing. However, for those not traveling to the continent any time soon and not willing to pay Burberry dollars I've found accessible African cloth summer pieces at friendlier price points.

African print takeover

Interested? Find out where to purchase after the jump.