I Need a Soldier

 

Behind the lens | Austin Sowell

Dress | Nordstrom BP

Army Jacket | eBay

Booties | DSW

Choker | Forever21

Let me be honest... this is my favorite look to date. I channeled my inner Kim Kardashian who just lost the baby weight (lolz. *actually eats more food*) glow for this post. This is a super manageable and affordable look for anyone and immediately takes your wardrobe from meh to lit 🙆🏾✨.

The major key to this outfit is the army jacket. I bought this gem from eBay several years ago to recreate a $100 look on RunawayDreamz. I was almost ready to throw it in the give away pile recently but something just wouldn't let me. Clearly that jacket wasn't done with me. 

It's a bonafide army jacket, has a sergeant name on it an everything, so its actually made for cold weather. The off the shoulders bit is both a look and also a way to keep me from melting in this hot ass, abandoned subway. 

You really don't know the meaning of an LBD until you squeeze your 5'11, 43 inch ass into a Nordstrom BP basic. Sexy for pics, but boy was I yanking on that hem while click claking around downtown Chicago. Sorry BP, you delivered on the aesthetic but I won't be recommending this dress to anyone who would rather not worry about whether or not the bottom of their cheeks are exposed the whole night. Still cute doe 💁🏾.

I think I've over talked about chokers at this point (just kidding that's not possible) but if you're still being duped by Instagram shops — please love yourself. 1. Literally anything that is string-like, scarf-like or rope-like can be made into a choker. Or if you're a shameless lazy girl like we all so often are, opt for 2. Going to Forever21 and dropping $4.50 on a cheapie. You're golden. 

A black dress and thrifted army jacket becomes Balmain's next runway show in as easy as "Are you familiar with our return policy?"

Post-Grad

 

Graduating from Northwestern University was easily the best weekend of my life, and you know I had to do it in style. Though I took these as my senior photos, I like to call them Post-Grad. 

Lace Halter Top | Express

Palazzo Pants | ASOS

Behind the lens | Alaura Hernandez 

This outfit is the epitome of ideal resort-wear. Probably the single most important piece is that not only are these pants long enough, but in honesty I could have them hemmed! This is truly uncharted territory considering I'll be lucky to find a pair of jeans that hit my ankles correctly. ASOS Tall section will NOT fail you and I highly recommend anyone with an inseam of 34" or more to begin exclusively getting their pants from there. Not to mention you can always find a great range of sizes ;).

 

Dress | Missguided

Missguided is officially my new favorite retail brand. Every dress — and I literally mean every dress — is both on-trend and well-made. I now have three different freakum dresses (including the one shown) as well as a transparent bodysuit. I initially bought this dress for a Valentine's Day outfit but ended up not going anywhere and not wearing it (HA!). So, it only made sense for me to rock this uber-sexy cut-out to commemorate my biggest accomplishment in life. You can definitely catch me in the club wearing this little number again, probably paired with one of the shoes I'm presenting to you all in my shoe haul next week! 

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Bisous xoxoxo

Confessions of a Tall Girl

 

Yes, you're seeing double. The only thing better than one tall girl in a 70's outfit is TWO tall girls in 70s inspired looks. I've teamed up with the talent behind ShahirahAhmed.com to bring you two amazing looks (and shoes) for the summer months. We both get real about what it was like growing up tall and having difficulty finding cute shoes in our size. Once you've checked out Shahirah's style, head over to her website to see mine! 

 

"Growing up it was extremely difficult having larger feet. I was never able to keep up with the latest styles my friends were lucky enough to wear and when it came to buying sneakers, I was only able to fit mens sizes. As I got older, it only became more challenging to find styles I loved. Everything I wanted stopped in a size 10 or whatever was in my size looked horrible. Choosing an outfit for events took weeks of planning. I learned to shop for shoes first then build my outfit from there. Thank God for the internet! Having larger feet, you are unable to walk into a shoe store and request anything in a size 12. I have spent hours scouring the web to find the best retailers that offer my size. It has been a difficult journey, but I've found a handful of retails that have options for us taller ladies with larger feet. Over the years, I've learned to accept who I am and decided I am no longer embarrassed by my feet. I feel empowered. I decided to turn my insecurities into an opportunity by creating a blog that is a go-to for women with shoe sizes 11 and up, making shoe shopping easier and more enjoyable."

Jumpsuit | Zara

Shoes | Torrid

Jewelry | Forever 21

Behind the lens: Christine Ta

Jumpsuit, jumpsuit, jumpsuit that girl's up to something. 

Jumpsuits are the cornerstone of stylish and comfortable. One piece, no hassle. Count me in every time. Shahirah wears the red ribbed jumpsuit from Zara. And, you're in luck because it's on sale! Tall girl approved and everything. I love this jumpsuit because it's versatile and, let's be real, that's really how every piece in your closet should be. Toss on a jacket and some white trainers for a chill Sunday look or take it up notch following Shahirah's lead. 

 

Step out of your comfort zone with these perfect chunky-heeled sandals from Torrid. Though Torrid is well-known for offering stylish plus-size pieces, those of you looking for trendy footwear in your size (i.e we all don't wear a size nine please and thank you) Torrid is about to become your best friend. 

Nothing goes with a red outfit like a cheetah print accessory. Okay, you may be looking at this post like "Is this chick crazy?" but hear me out. Animal print is definitely not dead. The key? Moderation. Be strategic with your accessories and choose toned-down, realistic prints to indulge in the trend we never were ready to let go of. 

 

And last but not least is the quintessential choker. I will continue to rave about this until my throat is sore but I'll spare you. The gold touch of the relaxed choker necklace is a perfect way to top-off your dressed-up look. Now, you're ready to go slay. 

Looking for my photo details? Click HERE to read my story and how I styled my 70s piece. 

 

Melanin Poppin

Hat | House of Black

Aaliyah T-shirt | eBay

Leather Jacket | Topshop

Moto jeans | Topshop

Hand jewelry | NASTYGAL

Behind the lens: Willow Durand

It may be Spring but I'm still in black, per usual. 

Leather jackets are for more than just warmth. Drape the jacket over your shoulders for a super chic daytime look!

 

Lately, I've been obsessing over vintage band-tees, but not your round-the-way rock band that you probably have never listened too. I wanted to find something that spoke to my musical taste. Cue: Aaliyah. We all love her and who needs an excuse to rock the queen? 

 

This top is super casual but with some help from heels and a great lipstick color your vintage tee is ready for a night out!

and alllsooooo.....THE HATS HAVE ARRIVED!!!!! Click on the "Shop" tab to pre-order "The Nailshop" and "Melanin Poppin" caps!

until next time loves.

xoxo Bisous!

Super Spring Break Haul

Spring break is right around the corner and I'm so excited because I'm going to COLOMBIA!!!!! Of course, I had to stock up on some new items to make sure I can stunt on everyone in Cartagena. Check out the SUPER haul of clothes and makeup I got to bring with me! 

xoxobisous