Fashion Blogger Friday!

Happy Friday guys! So normally I do #FBF fashion blogger Fridays because I LOVE to share people/companies/items that I find with you guys, including bloggers. Today however, I’m sharing a business with you, maybe this can be called fashion business Friday? lol… anyhow Today I’m sharing Layla’s shoes with you.

Laylah J is a business enthusiast. She has a MBA and an undergraduate degree in Business. Business and Shoes (fashion) are her passion. She has been operating several small business ventures over the years and has now decided to design her long awaited shoe line. The shoes are hand -crafted in Italy and are an exclusive design! She will only produce 25 pairs, of these dope unisex sneakers. You can pre-order this shoe until September 24, 2015! Check out her website HERE Below are some pictures of the sneaker… Check it out!! How cool would it be to have hand crafted sneakers??


  

Work Wednesday !

Hi guys!

I meant to post this last night but wasn’t able to. Time just goes by so fast doesn’t it? Well this is my 2nd work Wednesday blog. Today I made one of my weekend casual looks work appropriate. The pants are jogger pants and I usually wear them on the weekend with some sandals. For work I just added a blazer and heels. Adding a blazer and heels can transform most outfits from being super casual to either work appropriate or for going out for a night on the town.

Here is the look when I wear it on the weekend.


And here it is when I added the blazer and heels for work.

Blazer is from target but a cuter one can be found here.

Bag is Ann Klein, here it is in yellow.

Pants are Eshakti and this was my first time getting pants from them. I love them, perfect for summer because the material is cool and breathes. They don’t have anymore in this design, but here is a similar pair.



  
  

Work Wednesday

Hello!

So I’m going to try something new and hopefully this will help me get into a regular blogging schedule. You may know already that I do something called Fashion Blogger Fridays where I share different fashion bloggers that I have come across and like. Now I’m adding Work Wednesdays. These posts will be work wear, and I’ll share links and ideas about different options to wear to work. Since the majority of my clothes are work wear I thought this may be kind of fun. Soo without further adieu, below are pictures of today’s outfit. Most of these pieces are old so the stores where I bought them probably do not have them anymore. They are basic pieces though that can be found anywhere. This is just a simple black top and pants that I jazzed up a bit with a stripe blazer and brightly colored bag. Very simple and comfortable, but office appropriate.325

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Blazer: From Target, however, it is from a year ago, similar blazers can be found here or for a more affordable version here.

The top: A sleeveless black blouse, similar ones can be found almost anywhere, I like this one from H&M.

Pants: Wide leg black pants form NY&Co that are like 8 years old. A good pair of pants are an investment! Similar pants can also be found anywhere, I also like these from H&M.

Lets not forget about the bag! What better way to add a pop of color than with a bag? This fuscia bag is from ShopTarb. I don’t think there are any like this one being sold right now, BUT there is the Illa Lane collection for sale now and they are Fabulous, so check it out!

Let’s jump for jumpsuits :)

Jumpsuits are so on trend this summer. I’ve always loved jumpsuits, but until recently I never wore them because they were never long enough for me, can you say HIGHWATERS! lol…Last summer I got my first jumpsuit from Long Tall Sally, and this year more sites have been selling them for us tall-ies! I love them. They are cool in the summer and allow for the breeze to help beat the heat. Below are some of the jumpsuits I have been wearing. I like them made from cotton or viscose. One is made from polyester and the material doesn’t breath as much on really hot days.

This jumpsuit is from Long Tall Sally. I got it last year sometime so there are no more just like this, however, they do have other jumpsuits on sale now here. This one is polyester, so doesn’t breath as well as the other jumpsuits featured. But I still like the designs on it, and most importantly, it FITS!

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The next two suits are from Alloy Apparel. This one, the Rachel wide leg jumpsuit can be found here. I absolutely love this one. The material is thin but not see through, and breathable so definitely good for hot weather. Best of all inseam is 37in! Long enough for me to wear with heels if I want! In fact in these pics I’m wearing 3in wedges. Don’t worry it also comes in regular length. I paired it with a thin cardigan (since it is sleeveless) from Target, perfect for layering in hot weather since it is thin material. I hate wearing thick cardigans when it’s hot out. I also love the tribal like design on this one. 037 041

Last but not least is yet another jumpsuit I got from Alloy Apparel. This one is also made from thin cottony material that catches the breeze nicely. I wanted a solid color as well as a pattern, so I chose this one because who doesn’t like an olive green? It’s a neutral so can go with pretty much anything, which is great for me since I have lots of colored and patterned cardigans that I wear to work. I have worn this jumpsuit to work with heels and a black cardigan, but in these pics I dressed more casual for the weekend with a peach cardigan from Old Navy. Old Navy and Target both sell seasonal cardigans- thinner in the summer and thicker for the fall/winter months. Added a peach lace scarf around my neck from Styled by Zubaidah for neck coverage. This particular jumpsuit is sold out, but a similar one can be found here.496 507 497

Chic Shop DMV

Hello guys! I feel like I’m always apologizing to you all for taking so long to post! I really need to post more often. This post is kind of a long one so forwarning you all! Remember last post (Leggy Luncheon) where I mentioned I had a busy weekend? Well on Sun 4/26 I went to Chic Shop DMV that was presented by Hakeemah (Cover me Beautiful) and Areej Fashions.  Chic Shop DMV was a fashion, craft, and beauty bazaar, which means it was right up my alley lol.There were so many vendors there, I tried to get pictures of most of them so that I could post them here.

So let’s get started. The bazaar was at Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington DC. When I arrived, there was a chalk drawing outside at the entrance which was a cute way to let people know they were in the correct place. Once you entered and registered, there was a food room that had vendors selling bean pies, cupcakes in jars, smoothies, chocolate and other sweets. There was also a table where people were preparing hot food.

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When I entered the actual room where the vendors were, there was so much to see! Tables were set up with people selling all kinds of things from clothing and accessorires, to all natural beauty products like body butter and soaps etc. Below are pictures of some of the tables with links to their websites IF I was able to get that information.  I went around to each table and ended up buying some body butter, soap, scarfs, two bracelets, and a clutch. They also had people doing henna, a hot hula class I think, and a picture stand where you could get a professional picture taken. Everyone was very nice and prices were reasonable. I can’t wait for the next one!

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Nisa Islam Fashion editor of the wonderful magazine AZIZAH. Get yours today!! For more information about this magazine, visit their website at http://www.azizahmagazine.com/

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Zainab Khabir the creator and founder of TARB online. You absolutely MUST check out her website http://www.shoptarb.com/.

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Can you see the blue clutch and the Gray clutch on the left? I couldn’t decide which one to get, ended up getting the gray one. I liked the design on the front. Ok and how fabulous is that animal print boot? To see more check out http://www.iconfashionboutiquedmv.com/.

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Sorry this picture is blurry. I ended up buying one of the body butters from Wanderlust. She makes all her own from all natural organic products. The one I got had a light citrusy smell. I haven’t used it yet, but it smells wonderful.

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This sister sells modest exercise and swimwear. You can check out her fb page http://www.facebook.com/LiaWearAction

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Ran into Poet Sadiyah and her beautiful mother.

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Blogger Fahima was there of course! Check out her blog at http://www.modernmajesty.blogspot.com

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Also you must check out http://www.jannahnaima.com. She has the most wonderful clutches for any occasion!

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Cuff from ShopTarb

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Last but not least here is my little junior model buddy Sophia! How cute is she?!

Guys I just really want to thank you for being patient with me. Summer is here and I should have more time to blog. I’ve got LOTs of ideas, just need to time to share them with you! Have a wonderful weekend!!

That time I met Zubaidah …

Hi guys!!! If any of you follow me on instagram or facebook, then you have already seen that I got to model some of Styled by Zubaidah’s spring dresses. I met her at a convention not only did I get to wear a couple of her fabulous dresses, I also got a little impromptu interview. I was super excited because I have been following Styled by Zubaidah on Insta for awhile and I love her dresses. Here is my mini interview and pictures:

Who is Styled by Zubaidah? Do you know? Zubaidah originally started her company selling unique jewelry. Now she sells women’s fashion and specializes in selling sizes 12-22. How amazing is that? A company especially for us curvier women, because guess what, we want to look fashionable too!! Not only does Zubaidah run her company designing beautiful women’s fashion she is also a wife and mommy and has a full time job outside of running this business. A woman after my own heart! I asked her about her background and what made her want to start this company.

When asked about her clothing she said, she likes to make things that have some stretch to it. Stretchy material is great for curvier women,  she wants to make sure the clothes fit comfortably.

I asked her how does she build up clientele. Her response was mostly word of mouth and events. She has a quality product that people want to spend their money on, and its modest. For example, the cardigans I’m wearing in the pictures wasn’t sheer, so would not require much layering especially during the hot summer.  She does post on social media as well.

Lastly I asked her what is her biggest challenge-? Like a true designer, her answer was, redefining , staying relevant, having things that fit the curvier women that they will feel comfortable in. Doing this AND being a mother  (finding the time for it all). However, even with these challenges, she loves it and does it for the pleasure of her lord. Providing women with clothes that they can feel beautiful in, while still maintaining their modesty.

I am great full I got to meet Zubaidah and I look forward to meeting up with her again in the near future iA!

Now, how about these dresses and cardigans? They are all available here.

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Zubaidah and I in the elevator.

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Getting ready for the photo shoot.

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Slim fit coral zipper Aisha dress. New for spring.

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Black and Peach Daisy maxi cardigans. Look at the daisy cut outs. So cute.

Tropical tribe Layla dress, love those pockets!

Tropical tribe Layla dress, love those pockets!

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Carefree BMW

So this one is a late post… hmmm let’s see, back on March 29th I got to participate in a photo shoot for project carefree bmw. What is that you ask? A movement started by poet Sadiyah Bashir and photographer Soda Ahmed to embrace the culture, religion and beauty of the Black Muslim Woman.  To watch the full video click here.

What did I wear to this photo shoot you ask? Great question! I finally got to wear my Amanda Valentine Maxi color block dress!!! Ok who watches project runway? If you do, you’ll know who Amanda Valentine is. She went to fashion week in the finale and had two maxi dresses. I LOOOOOVED both of them, they are so bohemian chic. Anyhow I stalked her website until she put them for sale, and I got one. I love this dress. Quite honestly though, I was nervous about how this dress would look on me since I’m not a size 0 you know. A couple of my friends thought it would look like a sheet on me. Well I took a chance anyway because I loved it so much and I think it looks ok. What do you think? Oh and by the way, how fabulous is this necklace?? My friend got it for me as a gift and I LOVE it!

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The Amanda Valentine color block maxi. Original on the left and me on the right :).

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