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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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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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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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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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Back In The Habit…

Apologies for being so quiet of late, the 4am start early in the week really threw me.

Some days, I can conquer the world - other days it takes me three alarms to get out of bed.

I am  back in Brisbane this week. Its amazing to see how so much  change can happen in just two months.

Can’t even lie, it feels amazing to be back in my old stomping ground.

Familiar faces, familiar restaurants and familiar shops. Bliss!

Sunglasses - Sportsgirl, Dress- Asos, Shoes - Target

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.

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

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Thick Thighs Save Lives…

When I was younger I was a girl guide covered in badges.

Now that I am grown I wear the thick thighs badge with pride.

Team Thick Thighs stand up!

Sunglasses - Sports Girl, Denim Shirt - General Pants Co, Shorts - Miss Shop, Shoes - London Rebel

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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

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Hide And Go Chic…

They say that women that wear all black lead very interesting lives.

Think of it as camouflage so no one really knows what your about.

In my case, the red hair is a slight give away.

Dress - Portmans, Shoes - Wittner,

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A Fresh Take…

I always feel so fresh and so clean clean when I wear a white dress. Its like a little practice run before the big day. Wink!  Laugh, but you have to speak these things into existence. Can I get an amen?

I have worn this dress before as shown here.

Right now in Canberra I am like a butterfly just straight blossoming.

Think the return of BOLD colour, BOLD print.

I have reviewed the situation, taken part and now its time to take over.

Sunglasses - Sportsgirl, Necklace - Gifted, DressAsos, Bag - Louis Vuitton, Shoes - Target

This Week I Am…

  • Finally having blinds fitted in our apartment  - hallelujah! Without blinds – the days have been longer and the nights even shorter. We have daylight saving to thank for that.
  • I have a dreaded dentist appointment. I have it pushed back and pushed it back – I will be finally mustering the courage to go to the dentist. The thought of it makes my stomach do back flips. I think its time for me to put my big girl panties on and just do it. Nike.
  • Slowly, slowly I am creating a social network here in Canberra. This week I am having lunch with a renowned African fashion designer. Have to say I am pretty excited!
  • Next week I make my first trip home to Brisbane  since moving to Canberra. Hello family and friends! I am organising breakfast, lunch and dinner dates - excitement overload.

This Week I Am….

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain.

  • I purchased my work out kicks for 2015 last week, this week it’s all about getting my work out routine up and running 
  • With the right exposure we can all learn something new. This week I am reading more fashion magazines - a quick refresher, I want to freshen up my fashion out look.

…finally after weeks of feeling unsettled in Canberra,

  • #JesusFixedIt! We found an apartment to live in! Friday we move in. Hallelujah! no doubt we will be busy unpacking and arranging over the weekend.

What’s on your radar this week?

This Week I Am…

  • We are still without a permanent home! Eek..Over the weekend we viewed another 6 apartments to lease. This week we will submit our applications for all places. Fingers crossed!
  • Since moving to Canberra,my friendship circle is SMALL, so I no longer have interesting lunch dates. Boo! But this is a good opportunity to start making and taking a healthier lunch each day.
  • My work out regime has pretty much been non-existent since Christmas. Its time to put on those Nikes and start sweating!
  • Lastly. I will continue to explore and get used to Canberra - work, people and my new surroundings.

What have you got planned for the week ahead?

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In Hot Water…

It’s a pretend winter in Brisbane at just under ten degree celsius. For people who experience colder winters - you are probably wonder why we even call it winter. I share the same sentiments.

But…they say if you can’t beat them join them. So each night I look forward to drifting off to sleep with my hot water bottle strategically placed on my feet.

Now anyone that has ever been tired and cold would know that sleeping with a hot water bottle allows you to experience great warmth accompanied by dead to the world sleep that would leave even sleeping beauty jealous.

That is why I blame the hot water bottle for the horrendous start to my day today. I was sprawled across the bed, deep in sleep when a noise suddenly woke me. At that moment I decided to reach for my phone to check the time. To my horror the time was 8:20am.

I am supposed to be at the office at 9am to perform my real job. I must have slept through my alarm. Shyte, shyte, shyte! Breaks glass and presses the PANIC button.

You see what I was saying earlier? The hot water bottle is that deceiving. It can lure you into a false sense of security.

Long story short I ran around like a manic got myself ready, quick smart. The dress you see on this shoot is the only item that did not need ironing.

I managed to walk into the office just a little after 9am, like nothing happened.

Beware of the hot water bottle, you have been warned.

Earrings - Lovisa, Dress- American Boutique, Stockings - Myer, Shoes - Wittner.