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Peplums, The Sartorial Cure For Muffin Top


I’ve been carrying my pouch (aka muffin top) for most of my adult life. It has generated many “are you expecting questions” and is the reason why I recently started a collection of girdles and other stretchy support under things to help keep the pudge at bay.  This peplum top seems to be the  kryptonite to my pudge though and if I had any idea that the little flare of extra fabric would act as a camouflage for my incurable muffin top, I would have racked up a lot more of these a year ago.

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What I Am Wearing!

The black leatherette peplum top was another amazing find at Macys.  I am not affiliated with them, by the way (not for this post anyways) I just really love shopping there.  I applied one of my holiday gift cards to this $29  purchase so it was actually free.  I wore this to Blogher’s and Have to Have’s theater night in Manhattan last night where I saw The Heiress. I was planning to wear skinny jeans with the top but decided to go with a pencil skirt instead because it looked more formal.  In lieu of the boots pictured here, I wore the outfit with ankle boots and tights. I anticipated that I would be walking a lot last night and these boots were not practical for that.

I am open to other suggestions on how I can hide my muffin top. Stretchy underthings are no fun!

Photo credit: Ossie took this photo!

Today I am linking up with: Pleated Poppy|Whatever Whenever Wednesday | Monday Mingle.

XoXo, Natasha


New Year’s Eve Style Inspiration

Please don’t tell me that you are planning to spend another New Year’s Eve wrapped up under your blankets with your furry friend Snookums by your side. Between the economy, divisive elections, and national tragedies, there is no denying that 2012 was a super difficult year (well, at least it was for me.)  But we made it!  How about we end this year and start the new one off right by celebrating our successes, perseverance, and resilience by getting up, getting out, and doing something? Here are five New Year’s Eve style suggestions to help you ring in 2013 in fine fashion.

 Celebrating Under the Stars

It’s no longer necessary for anyone to travel to New York City to stand with the thousands of other cold and shivering revelers to watch the ball drop in Times Square.  Most cities now offer a comparable outdoor event for their residents. A chic layered look like this one is a great option for a December outdoor event. The focus should be on keeping the core warm. For this I layered an undershirt, under a sheer long sleeve blouse, under a turtleneck sweater, under a faux fur vest for warmth and drama.  This outfit works on a clear, mild night.


 Celebrating With Friends and Family

My favorite way of ringing in the New Year is to attend an intimate house party hosted by a close friend or family member. All of the attendees are already familiar with each other, there is always good food, great music, and if we get too carried away with the toasts there is always a bed or couch to crash for the night. I would choose a comfortable, but stylish, look for a house party. I am wearing an embellished, Peter Pan collar top from a discount chain, a second-hand, leather a-line skirt, and platform-heels.


 Celebrating at the Club

I grew out of my clubbing shoes a long time ago. The dance floor was always too packed, the music too loud, and the environment too ripe for all kinds of ratchetness. However,if this is still part of your lifestyle, in lieu of short, tight, and revealing I would go for something a little more sophisticated like this over sized black and white vintage sequined top, with black leather, panel leggings. Edgy, knee-high boots with a sensible heel height anchor the look.


 Celebrating at a Watch Night Service

I am from the Caribbean, where Watch Night Services were very big.  When I was still under my Mom’s rule, I actually spent a couple of my New Year’s Eves reading scriptures, singing hymns, and “confessing,” so that I could receive the blessings that awaited me in the New Year. Your instinct is probably to roll out of your house at 11:30 p.m. in a frumpy getup, but I am really not big on the everyday casual look for church. I think that we should treat the sanctuary with respect and reverence, and that we should dress ourselves accordingly. The little black dress is conservative, stylish, and appropriate for a Watch Night Service. I found this one for under $40 on the sales rack at my local department store. The little black dress is also versatile enough to take you from a fancy restaurant, to the sanctuary, to a fancy party after the service. Yes, people do that and I am one of them.


 Celebrating at a Fancy New Year’s Eve Ball

Attending a who’s who New Year’s Eve ball remains an unrealized dream for me. These fetes are usually super glamorous, but pricey. If I was attending this event, I would turn up the glamour by choosing a well-tailored black and white, strapless gown like this one that I found in a thrift store. I added a statement necklace for extra drama, and a leather vest. The leather vest is unexpected, but as you see I like the idea of combining a sophisticated or luxurious piece with an edgy one. Adding the leather vest also gave me the opportunity to belt this dress, helping me to define my waist.

Look_NewYearsEveBall Wherever you go, whatever you wear, I hope you have a happy, and stylish, new year.

This post is part of BlogHer’s Get Noticed For the Holidays editorial series, made possible by Cover Girl.

Gold and Green Holiday Inspired Outfit


Nothing says Christmas like a gold and green outfit. You can recreate this look by combining sequins, khaki, a bright blazer and a little animal print for extra drama.

I found these Jones New York Collection khaki pants (originally $119) on the clearance rack during last months Macy’s one day sale. They were marked down to $29.95 and with the coupon and additional discounts, I ended up paying $17 plus Connecticut sales tax. I thought the khaki would make a great substitute for gold denim which has been on my wish list since last year. I combined it with this sequined camisole from Express and completed the look with my thrifted green blazer. A white or red blazer would make a great substitute for the green one.

This is a great outfit idea for an in-house office party, informal holiday gathering with friends and the all important family gathering.

For more 2012 holiday style inspiration see, Make Mint Fresh Again For Winter.

Shop The Look

Blazer (thrifted) (Similar: Green blazer from H&M)

Cami: Gold sequined cami from Express(Similar: I really like this Cami With All Over Sequin Embellishment from Asos)

Pants: Jones New York Collection Khaki (Similar: Alice + Olivia carries a number of gold pants. They are pricey though)

Photo Credit: Ossie took this photo!

XoXo, Natasha

Today I am linked with: What We Wore and Made Wednesday |

Make Mint Fresh Again For Winter


My hope is to inspire you to make spring’s most popular color fresh again for winter. Admittedly I didn’t pay a lot for this dress, but it would have defeated the purpose and concept of cost per wear if I allowed it to continue to hang in my closet without taking it for another wear. It’s an event  dress after all and now that the holiday season is officially here, I thought this was a perfect dress to update for events. To make this dress holiday ready, I updated the look with metallic accessories, a faux fur vest and boots to make the dress both festive and seasonal.


Dress: Mint green, high, low hem dress from H&M (click link to see how I wore it  for Spring)

Accessories: Gold watch from Francesca’s Collection

Gold pouch: Believe it or not, this was in one of my swag bag gifts from Bloggers Night Out in New York City earlier this year.

Necklace: Bronze necklace from Sparkles Jewelry

Boots: black knee high boots from JustFab

Belt: Black wide belt from Rainbow stores

Vest: Faux fur vest from Macys

Photo credit: Ossie took this photo!

XoXo, Natasha

Today I am linking with: Monday Mingle | Visible Monday | YoloMondays | Watch What I am Wearing | BLMGirls Blog Hop

Hartford, Connecticut Fashion and Beauty Event

I misspoke a little during last week’s #blogtrends chat on twitter.  I was having big city envy (there I admit it) and ended up tweeting out, for the chat participants and the world to see, some rather harsh criticism regarding fashion or actually lack of it (resources, events) in this city.  While we certainly don’t have as much resources, talent or events as the bigger cities, the truth is there is certainly a great and growing network of talent and fashion savvy individuals who live and work here.

One of them is a group called Vaz who will be presenting their bi-annual Style Hartford event this Thursday September 20, 2012 at the very posh  Society Room in Hartford. The event is being billed as

“a night of shopping, pampering, socializing and entertainment featuring designers from CT, NY, RI  showcasing the looks of  Fall  2012 & Spring 2013.”

I actually attended their event earlier this year and was pleasantly surprised. I mean, just check out their amazing list of exhibitors and check out some of the shots that I captured when I attended the last event.

Style Hartford



I am publishing this in support of the individuals who are producing this event.  I am also publishing this in the hopes that it will inspire my other “small town/city fashionista’s” to take the initiative and to try something like this in your neck of the woods. It’s such a great way to build on something that you already have a passion for.

By the way, it’s been a week of discovery since I posted my comments on twitter. I came across a blogging group known as Connecticut Bloggers and discovered a few of these Connecticut based fashionsta’s as a result.  Here are some other Connecticut publishers with blogs that you should definitely peep.

Accidentally Stylish

The Girly Bird

Closet Fashionista

Sartorial Sidelines

Cheap On The Chic

Style Confessions

Daniel Trust

XoXo, Natasha


Zebra Print Sheath Pencil Dress and Faux Leather Vest


For the second day of the IFB conference I wanted to wear something that was a combination of classic and edgy.  I love the fact that this sheath dress had this bold zebra  black and white graphic print and that the fabric was shiny.  I added the leather vest mainly because I think it looks ultra fantastic with almost everything I pair it with.  I switched out the yellow belt that came with this dress for this red one and matched  these red Nine West platform shoes into the mix.  Speaking of Nine West…

Nine West Creates Channel 9 on Youtube

I am a huge fan of Nine West shoes and accessories because they are one of the few affordable brands that offer great quality.  Well, Nine West shoe lovers can now share their stories, shoes enthusiasm, collections, and addictions on their new Youtube network, Channel 9.

“Channel 9 will be a platform for online users to celebrate shoes and interact with the Nine West brand, as well as some of the fashion and entertainment industries’ biggest stars. Users will access Channel 9 in a variety of ways through its microsite, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages.  Wherever they access it, shoe fans will find a full slate of digital programming covering everything “shoe”- from profiles of shoe addicts and red carpet reporting to how-to videos.

You can also upload your own shoe confessions and from what I see, it doesn’t have to be about the Nine West brand. For more from Channel 9:

Website: http://ChannelNine.com

YouTube: youtube.com/channelninenetwork

Facebook: facebook.com/channelninenetwork

Tumblr: channelnine.tumblr.com

Twitter: twitter.com/channelnine

Black and White Zebra Print Dress From Dress Barn

Purple faux leather clutch

What I am Wearing:

Faux Leather Vest (eBay)
Black and White Zebra Print Dress (Dress Barn)
Red Belt (thrifted)
Faux leather clutch (eBay)
Red platform shoes (Nine West)

Ossie took these photos!

XoXo, Natasha

So what is your shoe confession ?

Wardrobe Inspiring Style From Africa Fashion Week

2012 African Fashion Week

One of the best part about attending fashion shows is that there is always a sea of creative souls with style aesthetics that is sometimes so far from mainstream that it’s downright eccentric.  I find those souls to be the most eye-catching and inspiring, and I am sharing some of them with you in this post.  Hopefully this post, showcasing, global/ethnic/tribal/African style and global/ethnic/tribal/African-inspired style will inspire you to break the mold by taking your own wardrobe “global.”

Adiree Swag Bag

AFWNY is produced by Adiat Disu of Adiree

African Fashion Week New York City

Recharge your wardrobe by adding a structured blazer and sexy flats (yes, I think flats can be sexy). The orange blazer seen here, (left) was purchased in Namibia.  YesStyle.com has a similar puffy sharp-shoulder blazer for $36.00 If you like her giraffe print shoes (let’s give the cheetah a rest), you should look at Steve Madden Women’s, Vegas Flats. They retail for about $89.00.

A combination of print and color adds instant “WOW” to any wardrobe.  If you like the dress on the right you might like the River Island Floral Print Peplum Dress available at Asos or you can visit the website of the designers featured in Mondays post (This is African Fashion!) for similar styles.


Sheer Sleeveless Blouse and Leather Shorts

Yours truly on the red carpet wearing leather shorts from Asos and sheer top from H&M. I stepped out of the box a little by wearing stiletto heels (not platforms, not wedges and not shoes with the cuffed ankle) with my leather shorts. Outfit details in this post: Sleeveless Sheer Blouse and Leather Shorts.

2012 African Fashion Week

Add a little color to your arm party by swapping out your metals for glass or glittery ethnic bangles like the ones pictured above.  The bangles in the top photo is being worn by Image Consultant Amy McNish. They were a gift from Studio D’Maxsi Designs.  I found similar bangles by Amirtha Singh on Endless.com ($100) and by Betsey Johnson “Rio” Green Glitter Wide Bangle Bracelet  ($48.00) also on Endless.com.

I am so tired of seeing platforms and I know you probably are too. Swap those clunkers out for ultra feminine and chic cut out wedge (click on the link  to see the heel details) booties like the United Nude cut-out booties ($557) available on farfetch.com seen here, worn by Shauntuel who works at their New York office.

Africa Fashion Week New York City

I loved the mix of prints and textures above.

Add visual interest by mixing textures and prints and a color palette that is not  “on trend.”

Yours truly again with Henry Horne wearing  Fashion Star Winner Kara Laricks’ High Low Hem Dress  on day 2 of the runway events. Yes, I donned  sandals and lost the belt for this event. I was taking photos and needed to be comfortable. But again, look at the way Mr. Horne combines, color, print and texture in his outfit.  His accessories were also pretty fly. I want those glasses!  I know the high-low dress is trending this summer, but why not pick one that has a bold pattern like the one I am wearing above.

Africa Fashion Week New York 2012

Again, take note of the use of texture and print. I also love the hair on the young lady on the left. She has long braids and the sides are shaved. I also find her choice of leather and long sleeves for the summer, interesting. On the right, Adiat Disu, Africa Fashion Week New York City producer dons a tribal printed dress. Her guest on the right, dons a gold sequin dress which looks stunning against her cinnamon complexion and auburn natural hair.

Stand out gentlemen: Designer Bill Witherspoon on the left and Henry Horne ,(retired designer, but very Advanced Style chic) on the right.

These two gentlemen exude extreme confidence. They are not afraid to dress out of the box and I love them both for that reason.

2012 New York Fashion Week

Really beautiful print romper, tops and dresses worn by guests.

The prints on these dresses are very Versace, especially the one on the right. They are a bit “blogger chic” but you can’t deny that they are pretty. Again, the combination of prints and color delivers instant “WOW” to any wardrobe.

2012 African Fashion Week New York City

Again, confident gentlemen who are not afraid to step outside of fashion’s mainstream. I love the mix of traditional and contemporary looks seen on both men.

Add your thoughts to this discussion by leaving your comments below.

XoXo, Natasha

Sleeveless Sheer Blouse and Leather Shorts

Asos Leather Shorts & Sheer Sleeveless Top from H&M

I took a few days off from my job this week to regroup, rest and to attend Africa Fashion Week in New York City. This is what I wore to the Day 1 of the runway events.

Asos Leather Shorts & Sheer Sleeveless Top from H&M

Asos Leather Shorts & Sheer Sleeveless Top from H&M

Asos Leather Shorts & Sheer Sleeveless Top from H&M

Asos Leather Shorts & Sheer Sleeveless Top from H&M

It almost looks like I continued my florals from last week. I actually didn’t. I bought this blouse at H&M recently and because of the sheer fabric, I thought it would be great to pair with these leather shorts and heels. And no, wearing leather in the summer isn’t as bad as you think it is. The shorts are pretty loose which afforded me much needed ventilation.


Leather shorts is a must have for your closet.  It is such an unbelievable versatile piece. I’ve worn this one in the warmer months and with tights in the winter. (See, Bloggers Do Sequins Better)

I am wearing:

Top: Sleeveless Sheer Blouse from H&M

Bottom: 100% Leather Shorts from Asos

(Similar shorts: Warehouse Beaded Leather Shorts on sale for $86 from Asos; Urban Code Bright Leather Shorts in turquoise from Asos on sale for $58.82 )
Shoes: BCBG open toe pumps bought at Marshalls (old)

Robert took these photos using Ossie’s camera (Lol! This might be my photographers first collab.)

XoXo, Natasha

The Choice Is Yours: Giuseppe Zanotti Sling Back Pumps

I thought I would jump start your week by showcasing these stunning Giuseppe Zanotti color block sling back heels.  They are on sale now on farfetch.com for $1,335.00.  Or you can save $1271.00 by choosing the comparable look for less available on lulus.com.

You can get this:

Giuseppe Zanotti heels $1,335.00

Or, you can get this:

Heart Soul Tazio Royal Multi Micro Peep Toe Platform Pumps $64.00

Remember, looking stylish and expensive can really be inexpensive.

The Choice Is Yours: Jeffrey Campbell’s Strung

There seems to be an explosion of Jeffrey Campbell shoes on the internet and on the streets of lately. His shoes makes such strong fashion statements that it’s hard to resist the temptation to splurge your rent/mortgage/student loan/car payment/child support money into one of his fabulous creations. However, before you put yourself into financial jeopardy check, out the comparable look for less. Both options have fringe, is in a wonderful cool color, platform base and are super stylish. You can get this (cheap comparable version available on GoJane.com) or you can get that (Jeffrey Campbell Strung available on SoleStruck.com for $200.00 more).The choice is yours:

You can get this:

Or you can get that:

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