OOTN|Army Fatigue X Fringes 

It’s not officially summer yet, but it sure did feel like it this past weekend! I stepped out wearing a simple black graphic tee, fringe heels and an army fatigue skirt with a mesh bottom that I purchased for just $1 by the way. Yes, you read that right! ONE  DOLLAR!!! I love when I come across little deals like this, don’t you? The less money I spend on clothes, the more money I can spend elsewhere!

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A neon bag for a pop of color!

How did you spend this very hot weekend?

Top:: Mandee

Skirt:: Forman Mills

Bag:: Forman Mills

Shoes:: AMI Clubwear

– A Black Girl About Town


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Sole Searching: Spring Footwear 

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not much of a sneaker girl. I currently own 2 pairs of sneakers (sad, I know), one pair of pink pumas and a floral pair of canvas sneakers. Though I admire those who can rock a pair of sneakers and still look fly, I’m much more of a flats kind of gal!

In terms of spring essentials, flat shoes are at the top of the list for me. They are super cute, easy to pair and come in a variety of styles. I recently a floral and a solid pair of pointed toe flats to wear this spring. I love pointed toe shoes because they are office appropriate but can easily transition for an after work affair as well. And if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I get a great deal on just about anything! Take a look!

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Eternity Fashions, $5.00 (Super Comfy, btw!)

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Eternity Fashions, $14.99

What items are you stocking up on this Spring?

– A Black Girl About Town


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How to SLAY a 1920’s look…on a Budget!

If I had the chance to experience any time period firsthand, I would most likely choose the 1920s, for out of that Era came some of the greatest Black American musicians, poets and writers, (i.e.The Harlem Renaissance) not to mention, the fashion was on point. No matter what means people had, they took pride in dressing well and looking their best at all times!

This past weekend, I got a chance to experience a taste of the 20s at a 30th birthday bash. I could’ve easily purchased a pre-packaged costume–it sure as heck would’ve been a lot easier! But being the fashionista that I am, I opted to piece an outfit together from head to toe–all while on a budget! My inspiration for this look was Josephine Baker (of course, duh!) and our favorite bad gal, Ri Ri and her breathtaking ensemble at the 2014 CFDA Awards. I wanted to write this post in hopes that it may garner some inspiration for any of you ladies who may have a similar themed party to attend in the future, or simply for anyone that loves fashion, as do I!

Headpiece

One of the essentials for nailing a 1920s look has to be the headpiece. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either! I purchased this black turban from the beauty supply store for just under three dollars. To give it that 1920s look I added some feathers from an old mask and attached them to the front using needle and thread.

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Dress 

This dress. Honey!  This dress fit Like. A. Dream! I was seriously considering not wearing it at all. It was just wayyy too shiny and the material is not the best feeling against your skin but I’m happy that I did. I purchased it online from Forever 21 for $18 (plus shipping and handling.) Not only was it delivered on time, it just so happened to be on sale. A win-win in my book.

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Accessories

Ladies, it is very easy to overdo it when it comes to accesories, isn’t it? Our minds tell us that we need to have it all when we really don’t. Less is actually more! I especially wanted to keep the accessories to a minimum on account of my dress being already very loud. I accessorized this look with only two pieces of jewelry; a pearl necklace I purchased ages ago from Burlington Coat Factory and an art-deco type necklace which was gifted to me a few years back. For added flair, I chose to incorporate a faux fur shawl purchased from Forever 21 on sale at $9.99.

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I second guessed myself the entire time leading up to the day but it all worked out in the end! Ever been in that situation? Also, have you ever been to an era-specific themed party? Do share!

-A Black Girl About Town


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OOTN: Mock Necks X High Waists 

Winter is not ready to leave us just yet…

Willow Grove Mall

Willow Grove, PA

 

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About the Outfit…

Top:: Poshmark Jeans:: H&M Boots: Forman Mills

-A Black Girl About Town


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How to Style a Pleated Skirt!

In case you haven’t noticed, pleated skirts are definitely #wardrobegoals. They’re worn on everyone from your favorite blogger (moi!) to your favorite reality TV star. Pleated skirts vary in length from mini, midi, maxi (try saying that 5x fast!) and come in a variety of colors and prints, ex: floral, metallic, solid). Since it is officially Spring, I figured what better way to bring in a new season than with a guide to styling this most coveted piece? So, let’s get it poppin!

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Skirt, Charlotte Russe, $12 (Sale)

Top Priority

There’s really no “wrong choice” when it comes to selecting a blouse. The options are seemingly endless. It all depends on what style you’re trying to achieve. For example, a collared button up or a blazer can add a professional look, especially great for work. A scoop neck blouse or bodysuit adds the perfect feminine touch for a date night.

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 Blouse/Blazer, Forman Mills 

Fancy Footwork 

It can be argued that one of the essentials for styling the perfect outfit it the shoe! It can literally make or break an outfit. For this look, I chose a pointed-toe lace-up bootie. Lace-up booties not your thing? No problem! A regular pointed-toe shoe will do just fine!

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Shoes, Forman Mills, $10

Make a Statement 

Believe it or  not, statement necklaces are not the only way you can add a little drama to an outfit. A clutch embroidered with an image or phrase will do the job just fine. They are perfect for storing small items like cell phones or lip glosses and they are cute af. 

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Clutch, Macy’s $25

Hope you enjoyed this post! Would you wear a pleated skirt? How would you rock this look?

-A Black Girl About Town


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Event Recap: Conversations w/Claire Book Tour (Philly)

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Conversations with Claire Book Tour here in Philly. Claire Sulmers is the Editor-in-Chief of one of the top fashion sites, none other than FashionBombDaily.com. She is also author of The Bomb Life, a personal memoir that details the ups and downs she encountered while trying to break into the fashion industry and ultimately her rise to the top. This intimate discussion was moderated by MinaSayWhat! of local radio station Power 99. Here are a few gems that I took away from this event!

1. Stay true to yourself!

It can be very tempting to want to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing, especially nowadays with this insta-fame, social media age that we’re living in. You see girls half naked on the ‘gram with thousands upon thousands of followers and you may feel the pressure to follow suit. Claire stressed the importance of staying true to yourself and never compromising just to ‘fit in’ with what has  become the norm.

2. Have an ‘Accountability Partner’

An accountability partner is just a fancy way to say a person that makes sure you’re getting your Sugar Honey Iced Tea together! Someone who reminds you of your dreams and holds you accountable to your commitments. Whoever they may be in your life, mother, father, sister, brother or friend, it is important to have one. For example, Claire told us that one of her goals was to start waking up at 5am, but due to her being a “night owl,” it’s sometimes a challenge. One of her friends recently reminded her about this commitment and it helped push her to be a woman of her word.

3. Find one thing that you’re good at and master it!

Jack of all trades. Master of none. I’m sure this is a term that we’ve all heard at some point in our lives. There’s nothing wrong with doing multiple things. It shows versatility but sometimes we can be attempting to do so many things that nothing actually ends up getting accomplished, or they’re getting accomplished rather poorly. Sometimes we have to take a step back and focus on perfecting one thing before we can venture into other avenues.

4. Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Contrary to popular belief, success does not happen over night! Claire has been grinding at this for ten years! Ten years folks! That alone was confirmation for me to keep doing what it is that I love. There was a time when she was sleeping in a friends tub in Paris (Spoiler Alert) and now she’s rubbing elbows with celebrities and casually throwing fur prayer cloths across her lap!

5. “Have Faith in God. Have Faith in Yourself.”

Claire spoke a lot about having faith, both in God and in self. There were times in her career where different things tried to come up against her, but having strong faith is what really helped her get through those tough times.

Claire was very humble, down-to-Earth, and sweet as can be!  She took the time to take pictures with almost everyone at the event and really listened to each girl’s question, giving great feedback. The next stop on the book tour will be NYC so to all my blogger friends in the Big Apple, I hope you got your tickets because it is sold out! She will be stopping in other cities as well! Get ready bombshells!

Here are a few pics from the event!

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Mimosas, the preferred drink of fashionistas everywhere!

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Swag bag

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Oh, hey Claire!

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About the Outfit

Blazer:: Forman Mills

Skirt:: Charlotte Russe

Shoes:: Forman Mills

-A Black Girl About Town


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