Goodbye Summer

As summer comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on how tumultuous the past few months have been. We’ve had a back injury, a broken toe, multiple colds, and someone most dear to us is going through chemotherapy. Despite all of the above, we also had a lot of fun. Logan had his first birthday and went to the beach for the first time, visit from close friends, and my husband surprised me with tickets to see Beyonce and Jay Z. Through it all, I am very thankful and continue to pray for good news for one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. I am looking forward to a hopefully uneventful fall season with my family and friends.

Having lived half of my life in both Nigeria and Atlanta, I didn’t really appreciate fall weather until I moved to the midwest. I love the crisp, cool weather, and it is so nice to see foliage change to different shades of yellow, red, orange and brown. There is something tragic yet beautiful as we witness trees shed their leaves and remain in a stagnate state, patiently waiting for the chance to bloom once again. Until then, we will enjoy our warm cider, pumpkin-spiced lattes, everything autumn has to offer and of course, fall fashion.

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Little White Dress

Hi everyone,

We all have a favorite little black dress, but a little white dress is also a fashion staple that we should all have and equally love. Traditionally, white dresses are often reserved for special occasions like graduations, bridal showers and weddings etc, but I think it’s time for this versatile piece to get more attention and use. This design from MSGM has asymmetric ruffled details which adds a fun element to this stunning dress. I styled this dress with white peep-toed pump and I chose a vintage Gucci purse to complete my look. This dress is currently on sale or it could be rented through rent the runway for 4 or 8 days.

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Dress: MSGM (buy or rent), Shoes: MICHEAL Michael Kors, Purse: Gucci, Earring: Banana Republic

For Pleat’s Sake!

Hello everyone,

There’s nothing like a dress that moves like a dream. This stunning number is so flattering. It hugs you in all the right places, and the bottom half flares out into beautiful pleats. The color block on this dress is unlike anything I’ve seen. The floral half adds enough drama to elevate the design of the dress without overwhelming the black half. I accessorized with a light blue Tea Rose crossbody and simple black block heel sandals.

Now, let’s talk about this amazing park. I stumbled upon it on a friend’s Facebook page and I was shocked that this gem was less than 30 minutes away from me. It’s called Holliday Park and it is located on the north side of Indianapolis. We will definitely be going back to visit.

 

Dress (DELFI COLLECTIVE), Purse (COACH), Shoes (Target), Sunglasses (Diane von Furstenberg).

Flower Power

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I don’t know if I want to shimmy all day or do the cha-cha-cha in this beautiful jumpsuit. I instantly fell in love with the design. Its colorful floral pattern and the sweetheart neckline add a level of sweetness to this playful jumpsuit. The upper part fits like a corset, so you can definitely go without a bra. I went with simple accessories like this neutral clutch and dusty rose sandals to complete my outfit. The brand, Finders Keepers, is an Australian women’s fashion label, but you can buy their clothes at American retailers like Nordstrom and ASOS. The jumpsuit is no longer available in this pattern, but you can rent it for 4 or 8 days through RENT the RUNWAY. It is still available for purchase in black. I would recommend going up a size because this jumpsuit runs small.

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Jumpsuit (Finders Keepers), Shoes (Sam Edelman) and Purse (Michael Michael Kors).

Stripes + Ruffles

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My inspiration for this blog post comes from Zimmermann Spring 2017 RTW collection. I love ruffles because it adds a little dash of drama to any outfit. This skirt has EVERYTHING! It has all the frills without being too fussy. The combination of vertical stripes to elongate the body and ruffles to add volume, might make this skirt intimidating for some people, but it is really such a delight to wear. I added a white graphic tee, simple black sandal, and a vintage Gucci clutch purse to complete my look.

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Top: Banana Republic (same top on eBay), Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar), Purse: Vintage Gucci, Shoes: Target (similar) and Sunglasses (SEE Eyewear)

Spring Awakening

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It has been exactly a year since my last blog post. I have been preoccupied with raising a beautiful baby boy (see @runwayinspired on instagram for more details). Motherhood has completely changed my life and I’m better for it. It definitely has its ups and downs. I feel like every time I figure things out, something else changes and then I have to learn to adapt to the new thing…sigh. It took me a while before I can finally tell myself “girl, you got this”. I can handle the roles of wife, mother, optometrist, and also have a semi-functioning social life. I just have to prioritize and take it step by step. I also have an amazing support system, i.e. my husband, my mom, and my in-laws.

I am very happy to be able to resume my fashion blog. I must confess, it was very hard to feel fashionable while I was handling spills, cleaning spit up, and having him constantly cling to me. But as my little guy gets older and with a better routine, I’m starting to have a little more time to myself. So let’s go back to talking about clothes, shall we?

It’s spring time and you can’t talk about spring fashion without florals. My cute floral chiffon dress with ruffled trims was purchased at BCBGMAXAZRIA last summer and I finally just got the chance to wear it. The dress is no longer available, but I have attached a similar style below. I added neutral accessories to complete my look.

Thanks for reading and happy mother’s day to all the moms and moms-to- be.

    

Dress: similar, similar. Purse: MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, Shoes: (old) and Belt: LOFT

Maternity-Friendly Styles

I’m going to begin this post by clarifying a main point, none of the clothes posted below are maternity clothes.  During my first trimester, the last thing on my mind was shopping and clothes.  I was truly in a fashion rut and I just wanted to get through the days.  It was during my second trimester that I started to feel like myself again. I had a cute little baby bump and I was glad that my clothes still fit.  However, I still had no desire to go shopping, but I began to browse online for maternity clothes.  To say I was uninspired with the clothes I found would be an understatement.  To be honest, I found the most of the clothes boring, matronly, and they all pretty much looked the same.  However, I found an awesome brand of maternity leggings called Preggo Leggings and I have say, they are the most comfortable pairs of leggings I have ever worn. The soft and stretchy design fits comfortably over my growing belly and It stays up.  I began them around 28th weeks and they have been a lifesaver.  I stumbled upon HATCH and found some really cute options.  The only issue I had with the pieces I found was that I could not justify paying the price for clothes I would only wear for a few months.  I also found an online store called NINE IN THE MIRROR, who offers maternity clothes from designers such as Valentino, Alexander Wang, Lanvin, 3.1 Phillip Lim and so on.  What I like the most about NINE IN THE MIRROR is that they offer clothes you can wear pre and post-partum, but again, the price turned me off. ASOS actually have cute maternity clothes at affordable prices, but I’m more interested in pieces I could invest in and wear again after giving birth.

So I went on a mission to find cute clothes that are maternity-friendly from some of my favorite stores, clothes that I could still wear postpartum, and most importantly, clothes I could invest in without feeling guilty.  I call them maternity-friendly because they have room to accommodate a growing baby bump.  The dress I wore for my baby shower (see “Oh Baby”) is from Banana Republic.  Below are some of my favorites from Anthropologie, Banana Republic, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Neiman Marcus (Halston Heritage and Tanya Taylor Designs).

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Style Inspiration: Menswear

My inspiration for this look came from Stella McCartney Spring RTW 2016 collection. The collection had a good mix of knitwear, athletic inspired designs, bright colored strips and checks, but what stood out to me was her modern take on the classic suit. I particularly liked the elongated proportions of the vests featured on the runway. I happen to own a similar black vest from Banana Republic. I styled mine with skinny pants, my favorite hat and went with a different colored shoe to add a pop of color.

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Vest and Pants: Banana Republic, Accessories: Shoes (Guess) and Hat (Urban Outfitters) and Purse (BCBGeneration)

Mixed Berry

I love to sing and dance around the house. My only audience member, John, is forever concerned that I could hurt myself one day if I’m not careful as I prance, spin and leap around the house. I know it’s too late to fulfill my dream of becoming a contemporary dancer, but I can at least dress like one. I have been looking for a simple wrap top for a while now and I absolutely love this one from American Apparel. I wore an undershirt under my top for obvious reasons. I plan to order another color, but I will order a medium this time instead of a small. If you have read some of my previous posts, you would know how much I love pleated skirts. I ordered my true size and it fits like a high-waisted skirt before flaring out. I would recommend ordering a size up if you prefer for it to sit lower around your waist. I went with neutral accessories to complete my colorful look.

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Top: American Apparel, Skirt: LOFT, Accessories: Sandals (Steve Madden) and Clutch (MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS).

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Summer Bloom🌼🌼🌼

It officially feels like summer and what better way to celebrate summer fashion than with a flowery skirt and a shoulder baring top.  My inspiration for this style pairing came from Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 runway collection where carnation prints were prevalently displayed on dresses, skirts and blouses.  I recently read that carnations were Oscar de la Renta’s favorite flowers, so it made perfect sense for Peter Copping to feature carnations in his designs as an homage his predecessor who passed away in 2014. The daisy prints on my skirt are even more stunning in person.  Each petal is embroidered onto a chiffon material and the fit-and-flare silhouette of the skirt accentuated my waist before flaring out into a full skirt.  I went with a top that deviated slightly from the trendy off-the-shoulder tops.  Now to complete my look, I added strappy sandals, ladylike bag and of course, sunglasses.

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Top: Project Social T (similar), Skirt: Talbots, Accessories: Shoes (Nine West), Sunglasses (Oliver Peoples) and Purse (Urban Expressions).

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