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Fabu Fashion Tuesday: What is that? Velvet?

If you know that line from Coming to America, then yes, you belong here.

So yes, I wore a velvet dress this past weekend for a special worship event. This is notable because I’ve never worn the fabric. Not even when it was the it thing to wear in the 90s. (By the way, a friend commented on my “retro” look, to which I could only chuckle. Not the look I was going for, but whatever works.) But when I saw this velvet and lace dress on Asos one morning, I had to have. It was thoroughly unique, and you shall see why. 


Right?? Doesn’t that lace front and high collar take you back to Victorian times? I was hooked, lined, and sinkered. Now here’s me.



I didn’t do too much by way of accessories. To me, the dress was enough pièce de résistance. A pair of pearl posts (which belonged to Sally at the seashore), some fashion rings, and that’s all she wore as far as accessories. (And I didn’t lose any of them! This tends to be a problem. Huzzah!) I snagged some awesome tights by Jessica Simpson from DSW (she should really stick to this fashion thing and stay away from music) and bought those hot shoes you see on my feet from DSW, as well. A lovely, faith-strengthening day was had.

As you can also see: the fro has been tucked away under those Senegalese twists for the next several weeks. She needs to rest. We’ll talk about She later.

Happy Tuesday, y’all.

because your Mother is always right.

So my mother hasn’t dressed me since I was a teenager, but deep down in her heart, I know she wants to. I would classify my personal style as modern, unfussy, feminine, subtly chic. In other words, I like to look lovely but I’m the lady who won’t overwhelm the room with my fashion choices. My mother, on the other hand, is just plain fashionable. She will always turn heads and not the what in the world is she wearing? turning of heads, but the Wow, I want what she’s wearing! kind of heads. That said, when she gives me fashion advice, I tend to listen–just not 100 percent of the time, since sometimes, it may not be my style or the look I’m going for. Those moments are fun, by the way. (“You have a problem with this suggestion?” “No, Ma, I just don’t feel it. Can’t I just say no?” “Hmph.”) Anyway, I know she longs for the days when she would just buy my clothes and dress me 100 percent of the time. Instead of doing that, however, recently she’s been hanging up clothes in her room and simply pointing me in their direction. Try this, she likes to say, her voice soft and leading, as if I’m being tricked into being potty trained all over again. I can’t fit it anymore, she then says, smiling, but perhaps you can. Oh, I know the game. That was the case with a dress she led me to a few weeks ago. I studied the dress. Pretty, pink, very feminine, almost romantic. I turned it down. She asked me why. I told her that despite how nice it was, it didn’t really capture me. Fine, she replied, knowing that a day like yesterday would come.

You see, yesterday afternoon, I had nothing to wear to our house of worship. Absolutely nothing. Most of my clothes are either well-worn or too big, and I wasn’t in the mood to incite déjà vu with my ensemble or snap on a belt to hold my stuff together. (I need to go shopping, I know.) Enter Mom’s dress.

I put it on. It looked terrific. It fit like a glove. So there you go. Listen to your mother, because she’s always right.

(By the way, she merely smiled when I came downstairs in the dress. Just a nice, serene smile. Later, she calmly told me to always listen to her. Haaaa!)

I snapped a few photos of the dress for your viewing pleasure. Well, my sissy snapped the photos and oh, the angles. I’m a straight angle kind of gal, not the camera looking up at me. Nevertheless, she’s an artiste. Enjoy.

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Fabu Fashion #4: The Mod Squad

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I’m a sucker for 60s-type mod dresses. I’ve had this dress for a while and will hold on to it until the seams fall out. It’s comfortable enough for these hot, spring-is-now-hijacked-by-summer days that we’re experiencing in the Northeast area. I paired it with my mom’s shiny flats (she shouldn’t leave shiny things around with me in the vicinity), some silver hoops, and called it a day. By now, I’m sure you’re realizing that I keep things pretty simple when it comes to work style. Whatever jumps out in the closet and won’t take me too long to put together, since I spend more time unraveling twists and Bantu knots that anything else in the AM. The life of a naturalista.

Happy Thursday. May all your pre-Friyay dreams comes true.

Fabu Fashion #3: A Bit of Coral

Warning: I had to snap today’s episode of Fabu Fashion in the Villainous Lair of Dark Doom; a.k.a., the ladies room with the terrible lighting. Enter if you dare.

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I need to tell you how much I love this dress. Ah, I love it. The color, the simplicity, the loveliness. At this point, I’m sure you know where I bought it. I got that cute sweater from the same place. Done and done.

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll.

Fabu Fashion #2: When Tuesday Feels like Monday

Hi, there. Hope you enjoyed the long weekend. I did, which is why today feels a lot like Manic Monday instead of Tuesday. Le sigh. Shall we cut to the chase before I start droning on about why certain days have a “feel”?

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This faux wrap dress is tried and true. Simple, light, animal print, perfect. (Did I tell you how much This Square Peg adores animal print? Must be my inner cheetah.) I’ve worn it at least 1,000 times. Paired with my favorite earrings, a little red lippy, and there you go.

Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday Tuesday.

Fabu Fashion Friday. (Flashback)

We haven’t discussed fashion-y stuff in a while, have we? So I wore the following dress earlier in the week to the OK Corral–hence the flashback–and I wanted to share because I love everything about this dress. A few things: pardon the view of le toilette. Such are the risks of bathroom selfies. Secondly, I am wearing nary a stitch of makeup in these photos and I loves it. In case you’re wondering, I simply didn’t feel like putting a thing on my face. Don’t you love being a woman and doing whatever you like? Now, onwards.

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This dress. This dress. First of all, by now, you know that I typically forage the racks of Ross for my stuff (I won’t even link back; basically 90% of what I wear is from there) and this dress is no different. I happened to randomly find it one evening and grabbed it immediately, mostly because I loved the designs and textile-y of it and because it was heavy enough for the autumn at the time. I first wore it to a show I went to at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; it was dressy enough for the event but not overtly so, which was fine for me (although, these days, people sadly put on jeans and sneaks for an event with the National Symphony Orchestra. Le sigh). Anyway, the first time I wore it, it was a bit snug, but c’est la vie. This time, much less snug and way more comfortable. Don’t you love the way it gives me hips that I don’t have?

Oh, and are you wondering why I have boots on in April? I’ll tell you. Winter has hijacked springtime. And none of us can pay the ransom.

Yours in Shivering in April (and Likely May),

TSP

Deets (if you care):

Dress: Ross
Boots: Rack Room Shoes
New Hips: All Mine

Fabu Fashion Wednesday.

Fabu Fashion Tuesday

I just keep changing things up, huh? Let’s just agree that Fabu Fashion can happen any day. Anyway, wanted to share a few outfit deets on my wedding ensemble from this past weekend.

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Dress – Dress Barn. I wanted something summery and cute for the wedding, and this dress definitely fit the bill. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but Dress Barn tends to skew toward the older, more mature lady. However, once in a while, I walk in and stumble upon a few beauties, and this one really worked for me, especially with the ruffles in the front, which I think made the dress unique. What worked even more was that it was on sale! Fist pump!

Shoes and Clutch Bag – DSW. Inspired, as usual, by outfits I saw on Pinterest when I was researching the look I wanted for the wedding, I decided to opt for nude pumps rather than the typical black shoe with a red dress. Enter these awesome pumps by Audrey Brooke. Found my size, loved the open toe and the heel, snatched them up. That yummy bag topped off the look.

Earrings and Bangles – Target. One of my go-to spots for accessories.

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Hair – After deciding that I wanted a twist out for the day, I co-washed the strands with As I Am Coconut CoWash, followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse (can I profess my love for those, by the way?). My wonderful and patient friend then two-strand twisted the hair for me with a combination of Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie and As I Am Twist Defining Cream. I kept in the twists for a couple of days before untwisting them the morning of the wedding. I spritzed them first with water, then used a bit of coconut oil as I untwisted. Turned out nice, huh? If I say so myself. Which I do. Here all night, folks.

Makeup – You already know I’m a MAC girl. The liquid foundation, Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, and my beloved Ruby Woo and Currant Lip Liner = all MAC. The Colossal Volum’ Express by Maybelline for mascara and an assortment of eye shadow colors, all of which were purchased at Sally’s Beauty Supply, and I was done and ready.

Those are the deets!

Fabu Fashion…Monday.

You’ll recall that the Fabu Fashion feature started on a Thursday…then next occurred on a Friday. Ah, well. I run this, right?

So, sharing what I wore a few weeks ago to a dance party in Connecticut. Don’t want to brag, but This Square Peg was all gussied up and she liked it. What whaaat?

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Dress – very 70s Good Times, huh? Something Willona Woods would wear? Found it at Ross and fell in love with it immediately.

Earrings – Target.

Belt – snazzy, no? Borrowed from my friend’s closet. I’ll be purchasing one that looks just like it.

Make-up – Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation and my precious Ruby Woo lipstick from MAC, Maybelline Falsies Volume Express mascara, and an assortment of eye shadows from Sally Beauty Supply.

And can I wax poetic about my hair? I have a hair crush on my own natural mane, and I was so digging the frohawk style my pal created for me. Yay.

Good times, indeed.

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