20.7.14

BASICS | Denim on Denim


Hello ladies, how's it going? So I was wondering what to share with you guys in this post. As I sit by my beside typing, I just realized that Summer is coming to an end really soon. Honestly, I'm really not a huge fan of Summer. The only thing I love about it is the late and extremely beautiful sunsets. Here, the sun usually sets around 10pm in the peak of Summer. However, I noticed in the past few days that it's starting to get dark around 9:25pm. 


This reminds me of only one thing: SCHOOL! This Summer has been my busiest yet. I usually travel somewhere every Summer, but this year I decided not to travel out of Canada to experience it in its fullest. Ummm, right now, I'm not quite sure how I feel about that decision. LOL. I feel really tired and stressed out. Regardless, I am grateful to God to be alive and talking to you guys today. :)

Top: Urban Planet | Jeans: F21 | Sandals: Boohoo | Necklace: Aldo | Bracelet: Ghana

In the kind of world we live in today, it's really easy to be worried and get stressed out about everything. Everyone works so hard. Working hard isn't enough anymore. You have to work twice as hard to keep up with everything. Two Bible scriptures that really put me in my place when I start to worry are:

Philippians 4: 6-7
"6. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

AND

Matthew 6: 26-34
"26 Look at the birds in the air. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds. 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it. 28 "And why do you worry about clothes? Look at how the lilies in the field grow. They don't work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.30 God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you. Don't have so little faith! 31 Don't worry and say, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' 32 The people who don't know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. 33The thing you should want most is God's kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you. 34 So don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

When ever I read these texts, I am reminded to just have Faith in God, take off the limitations I set on him, and understand that I will receive what I need not because I'm qualified but because of God's mercy and kindness. I hope you feel the same way too. :)

Xo 

Kike.



26.6.14

How To Build A Stylish Closet On A Low Budget + VIDEO


So, guys I know I've been away for a while but I'm back with some important tips and tricks for you guys. This is a long ass post so grab some tea or something. One of the most popular questions I get is how often I shop and how I'm able to afford so many things. Well, today, I will address these questions and more!

You will be surprised at how versatile your closet can be if you follow these simple tips. And of course, I recorded a short video to show you guys a couple of my basic wardrobe essentials. [Watch in HD]


Depending on your definition of 'shop', I really don't make style purchases as often as people think. I acknowledge that I have a huge closet, but it's not because of frequent shopping but because of the way I have built my closet. Let me explain. 

So about 2 years ago, I had this huge amount of stuff sitting in my closet; however, I never found anything to wear. This is a problem that most girls can relate to -right? Well, I got sick of them and I made the decision to change my entire closet, which I have accomplished quite beautifully. 

THE PROBLEM: I had a lot of individual items that didn't go together. They were great individual pieces, but I was never able to match them up properly. Also, the fit on a lot of them was totally off- thanks to my pear body shape.

THE VERDICT: I donated 80% of the items and left only the pieces that I absolutely loved. I built my new closet around these pieces. I also decided never to buy anything with the following issues: odd fit, weird colors for my skin tone, low waist jeans (How I hate those), Black shoes. Yes, I put black shoes as an issue. I hate Black shoes. I have a bunch of them. I never wear them. Don't gift them to me. Thank you.


MY NEW CLOSET
These were my resolutions for my new closet
1. No Black shoes
2. Buy a shoe in every color (I know!!!)
3. Buy more bold colors
4. Buy more bold prints without Black.
5. Maxi dresses. No shorts. I realized I never wore the shorts I had during the Summer time. I love maxi dresses
6. Stop focusing on size. Focus on fit. (These has helped me A LOT). No matter what, sizing is always different according to brands and location.


These resolutions offered a guideline to creating my dream  versatile closet. Then came the shopping. Back to the note of my huge closet and shopping habits. You guys should know that I am a bargain hunter. I don't do this because I'm trying to be cheap, but because I know that quality is not always equal to cost. First off, most people think that an expensive item will always be better than a less expensive one. This is untrue. Regardless of price, there are numerous variables that affect how you FEEL about your purchase.

Have you ever asked yourself how brands come up with their prices? What's the difference between a pair of $1000 Chanel loafers, $50 Zara flats, and $20 or $10 Ardene sandals? Most people will say quality. Now obviously, you can't compare a Chanel item with something from Ardene. What I am trying to say is you should always find the perfect balance between quality and cost. This is what I do. 

Moving on. I tend to make purchases of sale items in 'bulk'. So to speak. Like I could get 5 pairs of shoes at once vs. buy them individually. How can I afford that many shoes at once? Well, I stalk each item for a while to study the price and buying pattern of consumers. (This is sounding too technical *sigh*). For some reason, when I see an item, I can tell if it will sell out quickly or not. Mastering this is a whole other topic that I won't get into right now.


THE BASICS
I filled up my closet with the following basics. You should have at least one item in your closet of each these:

1. White tops. (Peasants tops, white long sleeve button ups-loose, white tees, white tanks)
2. Denim in different washes (Denim shirts, dresses, shorts, jeans)
3. Neutral colored shoes (Nudes, Tans, Whites)
4. A go-to dress for when you don't have time to brainstorm an outfit
5. Statement necklaces with color. Add some glam.
6. An everyday Gold wristwatch

 Hope this was helpful.

Xo

Kike.

6.5.14

WHITE LACE + POLKA DOT PENCIL SKIRT

Jacket: Value Village | Top: Urban Planet | Skirt: Ghana | Purse: Gifted | Shoes: Shoedazzle (Kanaka) | Earrings: Ardene

Hello beautiful people! Welcome back to my blog! Yay! So I wore this outfit to church on Sunday. Some of you may remember this top from my Valentine's day lookbook video. The back of it is a see-through lace material, but to make it more appropriate for church, I slipped on a white chiffon cami underneath it. I was really looking to experiment with White, which is one of my favorite colors to wear because it's just so fresh and simple.

You know, initially, the idea of purchasing White shoes seemed impossible to me because I thought they would end up looking tacky and cheap on my feet. I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised with these ones from Shoedazzle. I showed them in my Spring Haul Video and on My instagram. They're off-white and super comfortable. Far from cheap/tacky. 

Thank you so much for your support on my YouTube channel. I'm at 103 subscribers after 5 videos since I launched it! It's a grain of sand compared to many other channels, but it's only a start and I'm grateful. Please give suggestions for improvements on my videos and content. Thanks to my friend & photographer Kodjo, for taking these pictures.

Xo

Kike.