A little Island Gyal with Forever21

A little Island Gyal with Forever21

Can you believe it… Its the first day of summer ! Wow I can say this so many times , this year is going by so fast !  woMAN! So if I could be anywhere right now I would love to be on somebody’s island enjoying a nice pineapple beverage with the sun warming my skin with a nice tropical breeze.  Let me stop day dreaming … since the island can’t come to me I will bring it to me. Guess I will post up in the city  until  the day comes I get the chance to sip a drink by the pool .

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I wish yall could have seen me in Forever21 trying to put this outfit together. LOL I walked around the plus size section about 20 times to get the right outfit to match the headband. Mad woman on the loose !   Before I even started looking I came across this leaf inspired headband. Now if you been reading my blog you will know that I love floral aesthetics. Anyway, my braids were freshly done and I wanted to rock a cute headband… so lets the finding of an outfit commence! First, I ran across an eyelet off the shoulder crop top. The color had me sold!  You would also know that I have outright relationship with the color yellow. It has been dub my color !  Back to the outfit, I don’t know what it is but a nice off the shoulder top to show off my shoulder does something to me. It  so subtle and seductive at the same time when my shoulders are out and exposed.  Also I love the fact that it has the elastic band at the bomb to hold the crop top in place. While I was in the store I found these linen shorts that I thought match well with this fit. I could have bought these shorts in a 1x but I stuck with 2x because I wanted to fit a little baggy.  Linen blend fabrics are super comfy to the touch for me. Lastly, the gold Monsetra leaf earring in my opinion sent this outfit out of orbit ! Man on man it was sooooo bomb . It was complete. (Sidenote: Let me say that Forever21 need go ahead a partner up with me because I spend so much time in the store it crazy !)  I feel like this outfit can be worn up or down.  It has slight of city vibes mix in with a island glow!  City Boho …. hmmm. I am picturing  this outfit at a island theme night party with drinks with a umbrella in them and awesome pool decoration and globe lights nestle around the fences !

never stop chasing your summer 

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Monstera Leaf Drop Earring// Forever21

Little sidetone:

Go out and enjoy your life. We never know how many summers we have left so make each summer you have on this earth a good one. Enjoy time with your family and your closest friends. I just want to stress how important it is to enjoy your life to the fullest. We do not have time to just focus all on the serious stuff. Have some fun and smile ! 

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when you sprinkle city vibes with a little island gyal vibes 

Leaf Headband// Forever21

Monstera Leaf Drop Earrings // Forever21 (LINK)

Mustard Eyelet Off the Shoulder Top // Forever21 (LINK)

Linen Blend Strip Shorts// Forever21 (LINK)

Bamboo Purse// UrbanOutfitter

Freya Peeptoe Cut Work Shoe Boot// BooHoo (old)


Location: Mexicantown -Southwest Detroit

Photographer: Mom – Always a special shout to my mom always being down and available to take my pictures. You are and always will be the real MVP !


 

So what are you looking forward to this summer ?

Let me know in the comment section below.

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Alayna

 

How to Add a Pop of Color to Your Wardrobe

How to Add a Pop of Color to Your Wardrobe

I wanted to express that this look was inspired by the late Kate Spade. Her love for pop of colors and polka dots was really inspiration and showed up a lot in her bags and other items.  Kate Spade will definitely be missed, she was one of the main reason why I got so into fashion.

look inspired by Kate Spade- “The Things We Love”  great coffee table book

If you could take a look at my closet you will see that most of my clothes  are  black and white or  neutral colors… not many colors. I have to consciously remind myself that you need more colors, you love color. What is is the problem. Either I am constantly reaching for my jeans, black body con, or graphic tees. How can I bring a small dose of color to my everyday looks?   So my number 1  way to add a pop of color to my outfits are through my handbags.  Now most of friends will say I always see you with a backpack. That is true,  I prefer to keep my hands free however I love handbags. Anyway, my love for handbag started when I got my first Coach purse for Christmas. I think I was maybe 10 or 11. My mom calls it my “training purse”.  I love handbags because it goes with me everywhere. It can be worn up or done and completes my look.  A handbag carry all my most important things I need with me everyday.  The love for handbag grew more and more for because I felt the need to coordinate it with my look of the day ! A handbag is the way I express my personality and my sense of colors …..

Now if you are not a purse lover like me, there are a few others ways to bring color to your outfit.

Other ways to add color to your outfits ?

  • Add a vibrant pop of colors to your nails
  • Maybe a colorful pump or shoe
  • Poppin lip color
  • Nice belt
  • Flattering scarf
  • Earrings
  • Bright color jacket

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Pink like the halls of your heart

-Janelle Monáe -Pynk

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So I was going to the store with my mom.  You know how you first go into Target, you find yourself right in front of the women clothes. I have tried so many times to come out of Target with exactly what I need only. No, I came across this cute polka dress. Now this dress is outside my normal attire. I love cool, edgy outfits ……. I am street theme kinda girl . However, we all have to step out of comfort zone when it comes to fashion.

My mom made me try it on! Yall really need to understand how much I hate trying on clothes at the store. I don’t really know why I just know I don’t like… maybe because sometimes it leads to disappointment.  Anyway, I love how tall this dress makes me appear and I love the polka dots.  It is super comfortable and it is not tight at all.  After trying it on my mom said you need some shoes to go with it.. Let’s go for color my mom said.  We came across a pink chunky pump… the shoes in the picture. I tried them one and pair them with the shoes. Super cute.  I was so impressed.  Lastly I ran across the crossbody , the same color as the shoes and yes!!! it was on sale. So I go the whole outfit from Target. Oh yeah I only came into Target for a lip liner ! So I add a pop of color to this fit by incorporating the colorful shoes and purse.

The only downsize to this dress that little cut open area makes it really hard for me to hide my bra. I did try it without my bra however my under boobs were showing. That was my only concern. However the dress is super cute and chic. It so girly and flirty and I love it. You can wear this dress on super sunny day in the city or walk on a unpaved country road. It just does it.

White & Black Button Down Knot Polka Dot Midi Dress// Target (LINK) **On Sale**

Magenta Krysten Block Heel Pumps// Target (LINK)

Magenta Mini Camera Crossbody Bag// Target (LINK)


Location- Mexicantown – La Gloria Bakery

Photographer: My lovely mother !


 

How are you going to add color to your wardrobe ? 

let me know in the comments below ! 

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Alayna

 

 

 

 

Summer Vibes X Striped Shirt Dress

Summer Vibes X Striped Shirt Dress

Summer is among us and I am so happy to shed off these layers that I have been carrying around. I ready to let my arms and legs breathe and feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. Yes !!

Lets have a little blast from the past.  I had a conference call with Natalie from Eloquii. We were discussing Detroit and all the wonderful things you can do here. Also, the new Eloquii store had made it arrival to Detroit. On the call I was invited to the grand opening party as well able to pick out few pieces as a gift. I was so excited and thankful at the same. So I stumble upon this shirt dress. Now normally I always go for something that is a little more form fitting. You know body con dress!  I love to show off my curves. So anyway all this month I wanted to focus on wearing items that are outside of my comfort zone. While I was online looking at  all the super chic items that Eloquii had to offer I found this dress in black and white stripes first. I started to go for black and white fit. I had to consciously tell myself no more black and white. Pick the red and white dress! Remember color !!!!

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Eloquii designed a beautiful button down crepe woven shirt dress.  The contrast of the print is beautiful. I think this dress can stand alone.  Also it has puff sleeves…. puff sleeves are in style this season. Also the sash belt made the outfit in my opinion. I love items that a belt because brings my figure back. It can be worn or you can do without it if you want. This dress is so simple and comfortable. This can be worn on cool summer days,  a take a nice walk or you can sit down have nice espresso or tea at the local cafe.  I

Summer’s in the air,baby, heaven’s in your eyes 

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Striped Dress Shirt-// Eloquii (LINK)

Check out Eloquii !! They have so many other beautiful dresses !!

Special thanks to Eloquii for letting me pick out this lovely dress and to my awesome photographer. She is amazing at what she does. I am thankful for her !!


Photographer: Richelle Marie Photography | IG: @richellemariephoto

Location: Harmonie Park


 

Thank you so much for reading !! Let me know what you are looking forward to this summer ? Let me know in the comment section below. 

 

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Alayna

 

 

This item was gifted by Eloquii under no obligations or terms. All opinions are my own.

 

It’s June!

It’s June!

Wow can you believe it ! The months are going by so fast. May has been a great month for Fashionlayn.  I got a chance to hang out with Eloquii and celebrate the new store opening at Twelve Oaks Mall. In addition, I went to a few other events. I got a chance to try on high end clothes with 11 Honore and Jadore Detroit, and I got center with Femology and Lululemon. I had a blast this month. Networking with other women and brands really put me in a better mind state.  I feel more confident now to reach out to brand. Also I feel like Fashionlayn is finally making a small dent. So it is time to get the ball rolling. Its June and I am catching up.  I got a lot of things to look forward to this month. More events,  collaborations, and goals that need to be met. This month I am taking care of business. Focus and dive in deep into my creativity.

Fashion Note 

This month is all about color.  Yes it is Pride Month and I want to focus on all the colors of the rainbow when it comes to my fashion style. I want to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. If you follow my Instagram.. you should if your not… my closet lately has been made out of yellow and sometimes black. When I get hooked on a color I ride the wave too long. Yellow is my color.  Anywho I want to get more solid colors and prints into my collections. On another note.. this month is all about swimwear. I want to take a few picture in my swimsuit. So this is the mood getting myself in a few more swimsuit

Blog Note

For the blog I want to focus on being a expert on what love. Fashion, self care, and Detroit. This month for the blog I have a planned blog collaboration with Leah V, the creator of Beauty and the Muse. So excited and every time we link we always create magic. Also on the blog I want to think about ways to create my email list. So stay tuned I have some cool things coming to Fashionlayn. Lastly, I am going to be go getter instead of waiting for brands to come to me. No matter how small I am as blogger/ influencers I am going to put myself out there somebody will bite.

Personal Note/ Goals 

Now for this month I did  a lot of great things for blog however personally I made a few mistakes when it came to my finances. So this month I want to focus on getting my savings together and start budgeting again for personal accounts and blog.

  1. Holding myself accountable
  2. Reach out to 2 brands for possible collaboration
  3. Open another Savings account and create a nest egg
  4. Finish book: “The Coldest Winter Ever” by Sistah Souljah
  5. Start reading “Broke Millennial”  by Erin Lowry
  6. Not getting addicted to my bad story

 

 

 

 

What do you have plan for June ?

Let me know in the comment section below !