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Fancy Things Friday 

July 1, 2016

Get into an all-new batch of must-have goods and wares in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. This past week has been sending serious desert vibes, as it’s been a bit of a scorcher. Hence, this lovely Cactus Gold Necklace. It’s straight and to the point and would dazzle popping out from a V-neck tee or a romper. Also, shout out to my new desk cactus, Penelope, the belle of the ball. (wanderlustandco.com)

2. I can’t even with these Vegan Shot in the Dark Sandals by Seychelles. So much to adore! First of all, you know black and white is my jam — always a treat in striped form. Secondly, the slingback and open-toe front bring out the playfulness. These also come in a darling chambray, if you’re having a desire for denim. (freepeople.com)

3. Do a slightly different take on the traditional red, white and blue this Fourth of July with these fun, sporty burgundy Lyocell Shorts. If you’re not sold on this hue, get into the denim version. Options! Major key. (hm.com)

4. Summertime sass never looked as good as it does in this Rust Twist Front Tunic a la River Island. The cut-out detail says, “I’m ready to party!”, and the twist embellishment just chimes in with a “Turn up!” Now this dress is speaking my language. Wear this ensemble boldly with some peep-toe wedges. (riverisland.com)

5. This Floral Fit and Flare DSress is the epitome of ladylike elegance: flirty, demure and dainty. The flowers placed throughout are like a breath of fresh air and the cut-out back adds a welcome element of style and surprise. (pixiemarket.com)

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Fancy Things Friday 

June 3, 2016

This Fancy Things Friday contains a fresh batch of swoon-inducing goods and wares. Check them out here:

1. I spy with my little eye something dope as all get-out. That’d be this super-cool D’izak Eyes Large Canvas Pouch, a masterful illustrated piece by artist Izak Zenou. In love with his style as much as I am? You’re in luck because there are plenty other items with Zenou’s stamp here. (shop.people.com)

2. It’s Friday, folks! That means it’s the start of the weekend, so you better carpe the heck outta this diem. You can also commemorate this state of mind any day of the week with this dainty Carpe Diem Bar Bracelet from My Kitsch. Live life to the fullest while rocking this piece in 14k gold and/or sterling silver plated brass. (mykitsch.com)

3. In the words of the late, great Michael Jackson, “It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.” Thankfully you can have the best of both worlds with this Color Block Cut-Out Midi Sheath Dress from Express. I’m especially here for the front cutouts and a front-slitted reverse hi-lo hem. Mmm hmm! (express.com)

4. You should be on a boat, sipping a tropical bevy while wearing this quaint Mango Ruffled Jumpsuit. I’ll have it no other way. I can’t get enough of the nautical stripes, the ruffled bodice and the V-neck drawstring. Anchors aweigh, y’all! (mango.com)

5. This darling Eyelet and Mesh Shirtdress has got me craving some fun in the sun. The slight cinch waist shows off your girlish figure and the eyelets are eye-catching. All in all a must-have spring-to-summertime dress! (gap.com)

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Outfit of the Day and Night Done Right, Thanks to Tobi 

May 2, 2016

My Hawaii vacation was pretty amazing (check back tomorrow for the full Travel Log), and it was only enhanced by exploring the island’s best attractions and venues while wearing some fabulous outfits. In this dual Outfit of the Day and Night, I step out in style with two lovely pieces, courtesy of Tobi, the online retailer that has THE most darling women’s apparel and has been featured in many a Fancy Things Friday.

See more of this daytime ensemble and discover what I cooked up for the nighttime after the jump!

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Fancy Things Friday 

April 29, 2016

This Fancy Things Friday features some swoon-worthy, fashionable finds:

1. Who says black and white means straight and narrow? This Head Wrap in Dreamweaver is a dazzling example of black and white done right with some oomph. So glad I discovered Zuvaa, too. It’s a one-stop shop for some of the most darling African-inspired pieces you’ve ever laid eyes on. I’m talking dresses, two-piece sets, midi skirts, jumpsuits, jackets, et. al — all in THE most gorgeous ankara patterns known to mankind. You’re welcome! (zuvaa.com)

2. Now that’s what I call a bag! This Leather Bucket Bag looks like it literally can fit your entire life inside — and look sleek and stylish at the same time. Pack it up, pack it in! (frenchconnection.com)

3. Channel your inner Coachella-loving freebird queen with these smokin’ hot Alena Fringe Shorts. Pair these bad boys — er, Nasty Gals — with a bedazzled or patterned ankle boot and you’re all set to slay! Snap, snap! (nastygal.com)

4. There’s lots to love about this edgy Slam Dunk Hooded Minidress from Go Jane. The cutouts are everything here, and this dress would look perfect day or night. I can see it as a swimsuit cover up for a beachside bonfire or even a date-night “bring out the big guns” kind of ensemble. Either way, it’s a slam dunk. Kobe! (gojane.com)

5. I can’t get enough of the sweetness and playfulness that Madewell serves up with this ace&jig Savannah Tank Top in Rosette Print. Peplum can do no wrong, in my book. I just love how it provides structure, makes your waist look tiny and has plenty of movement. Oh, and in case you were wondering who ace&jig are, they’re two textile-obsessed Brooklynites who started the label in 2009. And this isn’t just any old cotton top — the stock comes from softly textured, custom-dyed, hand-loomed fabric from India. Fancy! (madewell.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

April 15, 2016

Get into an all-new batch of razzly-dazzly goods and wares in this week’s Fancy Things Friday:

1. Stop the presses! I’ve got to shout it from the rooftops how amazing this Rattle Tale Beige and Ivory Clutch from Lulu’s is! I’ve decided you just can’t go wrong with an envelope clutch. But this one is the envelope clutch to end all envelope clutches. So many things to swwon over: the snakeskin texture, the ever-so-subtle pop of gold, the hidden strap. (lulus.com)

2. “Ooh la la” and “oui oui” to these L’Éclatante Millefiori Derbies in Glitter from Bobbies Paris. Add some sunshine wherever you go with this sparkly numbers. You can’t help but smile looking at them. (bobbies.com)

3. I’ve got a sudden urge to tickle the ivories and recreate that iconic scene from “Big.” This darling Lazy Oaf Short Sleeved Shirt With Frill Hem in Piano Print is to blame. So many styling possibilities with this one, and it makes quite the statement. (asos.com)

4. You can’t tell from this photo, but there’s a wonderful surprise found on this Tie-Back Mini Dress in Blush. The bow tie back is too sweet. You know I love a good bow and cutout back. It’s also stunning in Light Olive. (forever21.com)

5. Leave it to Express to let us express ourselves. Check out this Express One Eleven Lipstick Graphic Tank, which really says it all. “If all else fails, put on bright red lipstick.” One of the tricks of the trade that always comes through. (express.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

April 8, 2016

Get into an all-new batch of spring-inspired goods and wares in this week’s Fancy Things Friday:

1. Cool it now, with this crisp, cobalt blue Mini Fringe Crossbody Bag. The tan and grey versions are fine and well, but something about the blue feels extra special. Take this bag to new heights by removing the strap and wearing it as a clutch. (freepeople.com)

2. The Esi Top is unabashedly Afrocentric and I’m all for it. The pattern provides whimsy and playfulness, while the plunging back is a pleasant surprise. The top is also available in a teal green-and-white pattern that’s extra earthy and equally charming. (kedelcouture.bigcartel.com)

3. Shine on, girl! This Glisten Black and Nude Sequin Rose Jumpsuit just demands attention. The dazzling rose pattern overlay is made up from sequins, and this playsuit is elegant, stylish and versatile. (pinkboutique.co.uk)

4. The Hanalei Collar Necklace is a lovely reminder of the season we’re in. Springtime is upon us, and it lends itself to wonderful pieces, such as this stunning statement necklace featuring ultra-realistic marbled hibiscus blossoms secured by a structured gold collar and black ribbon. There’s a tropical touch that would make this necklace perfect for styling outfits for my upcoming Hawaii trip. (baublebar.com)

5. Peekaboo! I see you. This Faye Cut Out Dress breaks the monotony of the usual little black dress. This piece keeps you on your toes with the sleek cutout. The buttons and billowy sleeves tone down the sass and make for a darling frock. (francescas.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

June 19, 2015

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1. Latigo takes a walk on the adventurous side with these Milly Pokadot Sandals. First off, way to get bold with the spelling of “polka dots,” and secondly, I cannot get enough of the black dots set on the backdrop of a natural hue. (revolveclothing.com)

2. How darling is this Short Sleeve Pleated Dress by StyleNanda? It’s demure enough for Sunday morning at church, but can easily go good-girl-turned-bad (a la Rihanna) when paired with a bright pop of color, be it in pump or purse form. (en.stylenanda.com)

3. Get down to business with this Zipped Poplin Jumpsuit by Zara. It’s a simple, straightforward look. But, hey, sometimes you just have to go for softspoken strength. (zara.com)

4. Take it back to the old school, ’cause I’m a (not-so) old fool who’s so cool. “Whoomp There it Is” is right. These retro Mr. Throwback X Originals Black Joggers truly do like up to their name, harkening back to the ’90s. I could totally see Ol’ Marty Mar lounging in these numbers. (mrthrowback.com)

5. I must have been in some type of preppy mood, ’cause the pleats have made an appearance yet again with this show-stopping Kimchi Blue Pleated Skirt Dress. In this case, the pleats are a nice complement to the edgy cutout back. Hey, now that I think of it, this dress is a classic case of “business in the front, party in the back.” I’ll call it a mullet dress. (urbanoutfitters.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

May 15, 2015

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1. Tip toe through the concrete jungle with these Leopard Walking on Sunshine Sandals by Savoire-Faire. Don’t it feel good? Why, yes. Yes it does. (shopsavoirfaire.com)

2. Zara, I think I’m in love with this Dress With Bow at the Back. The secret’s out, but the cutouts are a pleasant surprise. All bows everything is what I say. (zara.com)

3. This Nasty Gal Shark Deco Bustier Top is a work of art. First of all, it has great bones. Secondly, the attention to detail is pretty sweet. The mesh is subtle but simultaneously edgy. This saucy number also comes with a matching pencil skirt, but run wild with the styling possibilities. Tutu, skinny jeans, midi skirt. All viable options. (nastygal.com)

4. Like Drake says, “I’m waaaay up, I feel blessed.” Straight up! And I feel the same way. I’ve been beyond blessed. Shout out to God for holding me down throughout the years. This darling I Am Blessed Small Dog Tag Necklace comes courtesy of Dogeared, a contemporary jewelry line with the daintiest of trinkets. Pictured here is the silver version, but I personally am a huge fan of the gold dipped style. (dogeared.com)

5. Va va va voom, y’all! Take a look at this Rock the Bateau Black Off-the-Shoulder Dress . Stir it up, little darling, ’cause it’s about to be all eyes on you with this dress on. It’s also available in light blue. (lulus.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

April 3, 2015

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1. Zara is giving me full-on springtime sass with these Leather High Heeled Sandals With Bow. I live! (zara.com)

2. A lovely tribute to legendary African-American songstresses Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Etta James, this Queens Tee from Hayes Denim Co. offers many styling possibilities. Maxi skirt? Colorful denim? Yes, please! But however you choose to style it, be sure to wear it proudly–we come from great stock! (hayesdenimco.bigcartel.com)

3. I know I can always count on Morning Lavender for simple, darling apparel. Such is the case with this gorgeous Amelia Full Blue Maxi Skirt, which reminds me of serene oceans and the fact that I’m long overdue for a tropical getaway. (morninglavender.com)

4. This Skater Dress by My Asho Market is a thing of beauty, crafted with fabric straight outta Nigeria and Ghana. With such a vibrant, unique pattern, this number would be perfect for a summer wedding or an elaborate dinner party. (nubianhueman.com)

5. Everything’s coming up roses with this super sweet Cut-Out Rose Print Dress from Topshop. Pair this stunning dress with a red lip and rosy accessories, and you’ve got a stylish take on the red, white and blue that are a hallmark of Independence Day. Yes, I’m already looking ahead to the summer holiday. Don’t sleep on the Fourth of July, folks. (topshop.com)