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A Known Entity…

This story has been told time and time again. It’s quarter to nine and you are running late to work. Frustrated that you are still at home, you start mildly panicking. On your bed there is a pile of clothes, that were outfit options at one point in the morning - but but for what ever reason, you just was not feeling it. Sound familiar? What to do? What to wear? Is that the time? Panic really setting in now. Shit. Shit. Shit. This is the outfit I settled on. Dress - IamTinashe Custom, Necklace - Lovisa, Belt - Temt, Boots - Novo Shoes
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Grow Up Not Old…

It was lunch time and I was heading to “the spot” with my Creative Director to capture my outfit of the day.

As you do.

Whilst walking to our final destination I happened to run into an old high school friend.

Keep in mind it has been 10+ years since we finished high school.

I know you are probably now trying to calculate my age. Don’t.

When I saw my friend she had her husband, her two kids (7 and 2 months) in tow.

Hugs, chit chat, laughter, more chit chat. Air kisses goodbye and we both kept it moving.

This relatively short encounter got me thinking though…

At my age now am I a bona fide adult or just a phoney?

Its embarrassing to say this, but some of my biggest decisions of the day may include such gems as:

Should I work out in the morning or afternoon?

What am I going to wear?

What do I feel like for lunch?

Seriously.

If you cannot already tell I don’t have the additional responsibilities of being a wife or mother just yet.

My mother puts things into perspective with these simple words of wisdom, “enjoy it while it still lasts”.

…And that is what I am doing.

Top - Supre, Hoop Earrings - Lovisa, Skirt - Target, Shoes - Target

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Tear That Cherry Out…

In 1770, British parliament banned lipstick, saying it had the power to seduce men into marriage, which was classified as witch craft.

Fast forward to 2014, I am pretty sure I would have been burned at the stake with this outfit.

Necklace and Bangle - Lovisa, Skivvy Top - Dotti, Pencil Skirt - Temt, Shoes - Wittner

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Wedding Style - Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson

Last week there was speculation of Solange Knowles tying the knot with long time love Alan Ferguson.

Men lie, women lie, Photos don’t.

I wasn’t going to believe it until I saw the photos.

Let me just say - it was worth the wait.

Could the wedding photos be any more breath taking?

So EPIC and TIMELESS.

Their unconventional wedding style exuded class, elegance and true beauty.

Honestly, I couldn’t be happier right now

Congratulations to the Fergusons.

Images Courtesy of Vogue.com

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Guest Blogger:  Love Kyei

One of my favourite things about blogging is the exposure you have to other fashionistas. No longer are we constrained by the images of “beauty” bombarded to us in magazines, TV shows, music videos etc. I really like the fact that you can form amazing friendships with real people from different cultural backgrounds and walks of life who share the same passion - Fashion. Today I am pleased to introduce the very accomplished blogger Abena Love – the Ghanaian princess. Have a read; see what she had to say.

How would you describe your personal style?I would describe my personal style as simple and chic, yet sophisticated, feminine, and classy. I like pieces with structure, that create great silhouettes, and that I can also accessorise, because this adds personality and character to an outfit.

What is your go to fashion outfit? I don’t really have a go to outfit because I kind of wear whatever I want when I want. On the occasion when I don’t know what to wear though, I’ll throw on some fitted black skinny jeans, with either a cute flowy top or peplum top and some loafers. To pull the look together I’ll add a structured blazer because it adds instant sophistication.

What is your must have item in your wardrobe?Once again I can’t say I have just one ‘must have’ item…but I love peplum tops (they look great on any figure), skater dresses (they are so feminine), and midi length skirts (they create a beautiful silhouette)! I also have lots of bold, colourful pieces in my wardrobe because colour looks so amazing against brown skin! 

What inspires your style? I get alot of inspiration from fashion blogs! There are so many amazing blogs out there, and I get so excited when I’m scrolling through the perfectly edited pictures of outfits and looks from my favourite fashion bloggers!

5 things about you that the world should know about me…

  • I believe you do not need an excuse to dress up and look fabulous, and you shouldn’t save your favourite clothes for a special occasion! Every day is a good reason to look fly!
  • I’m absolutely obsessed with ankara prints! Every year when I go to Ghana I get tailor made pieces by my seamstress. I’m really excited that there are so many African designers now who are incorporating ankara prints into their collections, in a way that is modern and sophisticated! And FINALLY the rest of the world is taking notice!
  • I’m actually a Primary Music teacher by profession, and from the age of 5 music was my passion (and it still is), but in the last few years I’ve become equally as passionate about beauty, hair, fashion and styling, and I actually see myself doing something along those lines in the near future!
  • Although I love shopping, I’m a bargain hunter! I purchase nearly all of my items on sale (clothes, shoes, accessories, bags), because I don’t believe you need to break the bank to look good! I’m not stuck on brands and don’t necessarily follow trends. I simply wear what flatters my curvy figure. I feel very strongly that every woman should know their body type and dress for it, because if you do, you can choose and put pieces together correctly in a way that creates the perfect illusion! You can cover up what you don’t like and accentuate the best parts of you! Not every style/trend is made for every body type! And just because everyone is wearing something or the magazines say its this seasons 'must have’ doesn’t mean you should be wearing it. 
  • Lastly, living in Australia where the general population often has a limited view on Africa and Africans, I feel its very important that I not only represent Ghanaians, but Africans in a positive light by the way speak, interact with people, and most importantly the way i present myself. Because I may be the only encounter that someone may have with an African and I want to make sure the experience is always a positive one! As the quote says “You never get a second chance to make a first impression." 

She manages to have a different hairstyle with each look - isn’t she just F-A-B-L-O-U-S? You can find out more about Abena on: You Tube, Instagram, Facebook and her very own Fashion blog – MAKINGS OF ME!

I have mad love for my fashionable brothers and sisters who have would like to take the wheel and be a guest blogger, contact me if you are interested!

Email - Instagram ~ Twitter

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This Week I Am….

  • Getting used to my new look. If you follow my Instagram you would have seen the making of my new hairstyle!
  • Since moving to Canberra I seem to be working longer hours. This week, I am going to really ensure that I start balancing my work and me time
  • Booking flights for my first trip home to Brisbane
  • Of course continue to be all over my diet and work out plan.

Jacket - IamTinashe Custom, Sunglasses - Sportsgirl, Bag - Louis Vuitton, Skirt - Temt, Shoes - Nine West

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I Consider Leopard Print A Neutral…

Strutting my stuff as I walked to the office, no lie i was really feeling myself - I was walking with vengeance. Pause. As I dramatically flick my hair to the side - giving you a moment to appreciate my strut.

Leopard print is my signature print slash colour and I seriously consider leopard print as a neutral. Yes you read that sentence correctly, leopard print is a neutral. When i wear leopard print i really feel fierce, extra pep in my step. Yup, Over the top dot com.

So as you can probably imagine I was having one of those days were I didn’t want to go home because I felt like not enough people had seen my outfit. Gosh, just have to laugh don’t you. Has this ever happened to you? No? Well this is awkward.

Top - Temt, Jewellery - Lovisa, Belt - Country Road, Skirt - Dotti, Shoes - London Rebel

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Market Day…

Every Wednesday is market day in Brisbane city. It is here that my work colleagues and I congregate and pretty much spend our lunch time enjoying some delicious and fresh food. Nom. Nom. Nom. Licks Fingers.

The environment at the markets is often crowded, but the vibe is just right for a fashion blogger like myself to take some happy snaps. Say Cheese! Besides it has been ages since I have had an outdoor shoot, yes in public view - so when my colleague or “Creative Director” as she likes to be called agreed to take some snaps - it was on and popping.

Hard to believe that one goes to the markets dressed like this, but as you can see it happens.

Necklace & Earrings - Lovisa, Dress - Calvin Klein, Shoes - Zomp, Purse - Mimco

Freedom, Fro-Dom…

Told you in the last post the hair was reverting back to the afro. *raises one fist high*

Time for some shut eye.

Who needs a pillow when you have your Fro providing you with ALL the cushioning?

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Humble With A Bit Of Kanye…

I feel like when I was back home in the sunny state of Queensland - winter was very pretentious.

Especially now when I feel the wind blow through my bones here in Canberra. As the cold send a shiver down my spine I think to myself - we were really kidding ourselves with the tropical Queensland winter.

Each day it’s averaging about nine degrees and according to the locals it’s not yet winter.

Welp!

I could just go out and buy a brand new “winter” wardrobe - think delicious faux furs, woolen coats, thick print scarves.  Any excuse right?. You know I got winters items on stand by ready to be purchased at my online hot spots.

But surprise - currently I am practicing some self restraint and just incorporating what I currently have in my wardrobe to keep me warm. Yes being humble with some mild Kanye tendencies.

Let’s see how long this lasts.

Long Sleeved Top - Cotton On, Dress - Wayne Cooper, Stockings - David Jones, Boots - Tony Bianco

Flashback Friday…

The man pictured in the photo above, is a man I feel deeply in love with three years ago.

We spoke for over a month without meeting, really sussing each other out.

When we finally met, I can honestly say for me it was love at first sight. The chemistry was there and I could see our future in his eyes.

Last week, much to my surprise he asked me to his wife.

Beyoncé coined the term when she said, he liked it so he put a ring on it.

When he asked me to be his wife, no lie at one point I couldn’t feel my legs. If it wasn’t for my heart beating at a million miles an hour I could have sworn it was a a dream or an out of body experience.

I said yes. No hesitation. Just YES.

I am a little shy to post the ring here, it’s already on my personal Facebook page and Instagram - just don’t want to be one of “those” annoying brides to be. You can click on the link if you are curious - I know you are! The man did good!

This week, I have been sharing our engagement story with family and friends AND  getting used to wearing my engagement ring.

I haven’t been able to wipe the smile off my face.

The joy is infectious, I am so excited to share the rest of my life with this man.

P.S. I guess now you know why I have been quieter than a mouse at your favorite restaurant, just know I have missed you guys.

IamTinashe,
xoxo

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More Than A Woman..

I just don’t think men really understand what it’s like to be a woman, let alone comprehend the hard work that happens behind the scenes.

Let me break it down for you.

Each day starts with a good body and face wash/scrub.

A moisturizer is applied because it promises to keep our skin glowing and youthful looking. No one has time to look like they have been crawling in flour.

Some of us choose to apply face paint also known as make up. Consider it as armor that prepares her to fight a good fight. The world can be so heartless.

We also don undergarments and clothes that accentuate all the right lumps and lady curves. This gives us that extra confidence to take on the world.

Sweat is fat crying so we exercise daily.

Let’s not forget the monthly trips to have hair removed from unsightly places, hair appointments so our crown remains our pride and the weekly mani and pedicure.

This is just a base line routine for some women.

Men you have probably never noticed this goes on because she is still catering to your needs, working her full time job, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry hell maybe even looking after kids - all whilst looking flawless and unbothered (most of the time).

Yes she is more than the a beautiful woman who is by your side.

Fellas: Love, respect, honor, admire, protect and appreciate your woman - because if you don’t who will?

If You Are Too Comfortable Then It Is Not Fashion

What a statement right?

I think that women dress for three different types of audiences: for themselves, their girlfriends, and for their significant other. When you are dressing for yourself, you wear what you feel comfortable in or whatever shows off what you consider to be your best asset.

When you dress for your girlfriends, it can sometimes be ‘men repelling’. For some weird reason the Olsen twins come to mind – I mean I like the way they dress, but would I dress like them? Not necessarily.  Men repelling fashion is on trend, but your average mere male just can’t understand i.e. statement necklaces that weigh about the same weight as a new born baby or our beloved shapeless maxi dresses.

When you dress for your significant other….well *raises one eye brow*, I don’t think I have to go into too much detail there, you should know what they like to see you in. If you don’t – you are doing it wrong. Yeah, I said it.

Each work day is an opportunity for me to wear all my beloved clothes. It excites me that I get to style them my way and present my unapologetic version of myself, yes even in the workplace. When it comes to my work wear I don’t think I can categorise my style to suit the three audiences I described earlier.

All I can say is I dress how I feel, even If sometimes I look back at the photos and cringe, at the time it felt right.


Earrings - Lovisa, Peplum Top - Temt, Belt -SES, Skirt - Valley Girl, Shoes - London Rebel

What Up Doe?

If you are a regular visitor, you would have noticed that the posts have been few and far between. Why? Well for the first time since my long break earlier in the year I have two weeks of just straight chilling.

I don’t have anywhere I have to be, nothing I have to be doing. Just straight chilling.

It’s nice. Real nice.

Giving me adequate time to recharge and ready to come out swinging with fresh ideas for 2015.

When I return to my regular blogging schedule it will be Beast mode ON.

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Love Locked Down…

I have many women in my life. Be it sisters, aunts, mothers. friends even work colleagues. Through their heartbreaks I am reminded that good men can be hard to find.

The world is full of boyfriends but not many men who are willing to step up to become husbands.

They say that love is patient, love is kind it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonour others, it is not self seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

When you find your significant other with a good heart and unconditional love for you - treasure and value them.

Pearl Necklace - Gifted, Stripe Dress - Portmans, Black Heels - Wittner


Baths have never been my thing. The thought of filling up a tub with water and sitting in your own filth really left me feeling a certain kind of way.

So much so, I think I last took a bath in my early teens. Showers are more my thing. For starters you get to stand up and have the hot water fall against your body as you cleanse yourself of the days impurities.

We have been in Canberra for a good eight months now and not once have I been tempted to take a bath or have a bath as they say – even thought our apartment is brand new.

My stomach is expanding and some days after a long day my back hurts, my feet swell – just general pregnancy aches and pains really. So its only now I am flirting with hydrotherapy.

I made the decision that if I was going to bathe, I was going to go all the way – no half stepping. I looked through Pinterest for ideas to decorate the surface area around our bath tub. Think candles, potpourri, bath bombs etc. After I purchased my goods and carefully arranged them – the bath tub was looking more and more enticing.

Meanwhile hubby is watching all this wanders with a bemused look on his face.

Earlier I mentioned that wasn’t to keen to sit in my own filth, so prior to bathing I showered. No judgement, each to their own I say.

After my 5 minute  shower, I lit up all my candles, run the bath and poured some bubble bath ointment. I searched for some tunes as I was watched the bubbles foam in the bath tub. I settled on Toni Braxton Greatest hits album, I was in the mood for some slow jamz.

With great anticipation I stepped into the tub. As I lay inside the warm bubbly water I felt so relaxed and so content with life. In the background I could faintly hear Toni Braxton serenading me but I found my mind wondering –  reminiscing on the past, thinking about the present and things to look forward to in the near future.

Not sure how, but a good hour passed by as i floated in the now warm bath tub. I might have even dozed off I was so relaxed. I think its safe to say, I will now spend my time between the shower and the bath tub, comfortably.

Dress – Temt, Shoes – Novo Shoes

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The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side…

Big or small we all have problems. That is just a fact of life.

As a social experiment imagine if we got a group of friends together and we all wrote down our problems. All those problems are then placed in a hat.

We then proceed to pick out a new set of problems, to have and to hold.

I am pretty sure that we would quickly want our own problems back.

It goes to show that even if it is only a small patch of grass carefully laid out on concrete.

The grass is not always greener on the other side
 

Top - Temt, Skirt - Temt, Shoes - London Rebel.

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A Look Back At My Hairstyles in 2014….

Not long now until we wave goodbye to 2014.

I spent the morning looking through some photos, appreciating the year that was.

It’s only then that it dawned on me that I had worn a few different hairstyles in 2014.

Which one was your favorite?

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Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking…

Miranda Priestley’s famed line from the movie The Devil Wears Prada lives on in infamy.

The uber bitchy, yet hilarious retort has been proven wrong each time spring has sprung - florals live on.

Shirt - TrueWorths, Skirt - Asos, Shoes - Wittner