Weekend OOTD | My Easy Casual Street Style

Weekend OOTD | My Easy Casual Street Style

It was so beautiful this weekend. It was warm, bright, and sunny outside. One thing to know about me is that the weather dictate my mood. When it is sunny outside, I am in such good spirits. So of course I took to the city streets show off my threads. I like to keep it simple and casual when I walking up down the streets of Detroit.  In today’s post we will explore some of my favorite spring essential and how I put this casual wear together.

If you know me than you know I am a cool girl, nothing said cool more than distressed denim. So I reached for my favorite high waist denim jeans from Forever 21. Y all should already know that store is my “bread and butter”, and when I say that I mean it is affordable. These jeans are super comfy, just what I need for walking right?  If you are looking for distressed denim I would say to start looking at Forever 21, they have various of style and it is super affordable. If you want to invest in denim, then I would say take a Kut from the Kloth, and or Nordstrom to find a nice pair of quality jeans. Denim is such a staple in spring essential casual look.

Next, to the essential is striped top. You can never go wrong with this! You can dress it up or down. This shirt can take you a long way. I do ride a lot of trends but, I find it super important to have classic pieces in your wardrobe. I like to have pieces that can take me all year round. Trendy clothes live out it purpose for a moment. To save money I invest more in classic pieces. So this weekend I added a clean cut, crew neck striped top to my look. The shirt adds that classic affect to my look. Timeless.

Lastly, to compliment my classic striped shirt is an Olive Utility Jacket. This is another spring time essential to add to your closet. It also a timeless piece that you can wear in transitional seasons, like Spring or Fall. This olive jacket is my all time favorite, especially when the weather is bipolar. Growing up in the city, we all about industrial, hard work and such. This jacket speaks to all those things. It is tough and classic.  To keep this look casual and classic I add a utility jacket. If you are looking for Utility jacket, make your way over to Old Navy. The utility jacket I share is currently on sale and it goes all the way up to XXL.

Olive Utility Jacket// TjMaxx (old)

Black and White Stripe Shirt// Burlington (old)

High Waist Distressed Denim Jeans// Forever21 (old)


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New Shoe Alert!! 

(** Dj Khaled voice**)

So I guess you can stay I am getting back into gym shoes. I use to be all into to gym shoes when I was teenager in high school. I always wanted the latest and greatest sneaks, but I never could afford them at that time. So when I started working I was finally able to get my hands on the shoes I liked. Of course I had to get my priorities straight so I decided it was best to put my love for gym shoes on the back burner.

Anyway at the tender age of 29 my love for sneakers have been resurrected. So my heart rejoice when I saw these pink Nautica shoes at Marshalls. First of all these shoes were so comfortable when I first tried them on.  My feet are able to breathe and the shoe work well for my wide feet. Of course the color got me, who can say no to millennial pink. These shoes retail for $30 bucks at Marshalls. There was no way I was going to leave them.

To conclude my look I always like to bring a pop of color to any look. This was brought my look home to me. The pink gym shoes brought my personality back to my look!

Nautica Women’s Steam Shoes // Marshalls

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“Fashion fades only style remains”.

-Coco Chanel

Location: Downtown Detroit, Michigan

Photographer: My Mommy 🙂


What are you favorite casual wear? What do you go for, for a everyday look? Why?

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Street Style Fashion in Pink & Green

Street Style Fashion in Pink & Green

Happy Founders Day to all the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated!  Alpha Kappa Alpha has been servicing local communities all around for 111 years- I am so proud to be a member of this organization that pride themselves on servicing the community and uplifting women! Such a monumental force in Black History!

To celebrate Founders Day it is only right that I show off my sense of street style with a little pink and green. If you didn’t know Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority colors are apple green, and salmon pink.

First, I came across this very cute blush pink hooded wrap coat from Forever 21. I had to add this to my wardrobe because of color, and the hood. I love a coat with a hood! It is so necessary to have in this bitter cold winter in Detroit. Did I also mention this coat is very thick? It is keeping a sister warm!  This jacket adds a nice touch to my street style.

Forever 21 comes through with some quality pieces from time to time. This coat runs for $58. In opinion, I think that is decent price for winter coat. The only thing that I did not like is hat it did not come with a buttons to keep the coat close. The only thing I had to rely on was the belt that wraps around the jacket. It does slide open so I think this jacket would have been better with a button on the inside. Due to the light color you have to take this coat to get it dry clean. I prefer winter coat that can be washed in in the washer machine. Less money to spend.

Since the coat is blush, I think it is necessary to to pair it with a deeper and rich green. So, I shopped around and found this darling emerald color bell sleeve lace top for Ashley Stewart. The great thing about this top is that I caught it on sale. Jackpot! I have to say I’ve been sleeping on Ashley Stewart. This store has some stylish and affordable pieces! SAVING NOTE:  If you are trying to save a penny or two this a perfect time to start loading up on a few pieces for the next winter. A lot of stores around this time are having sales to get rid of winter wear to make room for spring wear.

When it comes to street style fashion the common factor is denim jeans. Denim is one of my favorite pieces to have in my closet. You can dress it up or down. In this case I decide to mix classy and edgy. To add an edgier effect t, I decided go with a distressed jeans. The frayed ends on the hem line are my favorite. When it comes to street style you have to think about comfort and nice touch or too. To add a bit of a contrast to the look I paired it with my new favorite leopard booties from Target.

Hooded Pink Wrap Jacket// Forever 21 (Similar) (Similar)

Emerald Green Bell Sleeve Lace Top// Ashley Stewart

Distressed Jeans// Forever 21 (Similar)

Leopard Print Ankle Boots-A New Day// Target

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Location: Downtown Detroit

Photographer: Richelle Marie Photography


What are some of your essentials to a street style look ?

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My Body Image Gives Me The Blues Sometimes! How to deal ?

My Body Image Gives Me The Blues Sometimes! How to deal ?

Dealing with body struggles is a tough thing to swallow. It something that everybody has dealt with throughout or some point of their lives. I can really be tough on my body at times. Wishing my stomach was flatter, I wish I didn’t have dimples on my butt, or stretch marks. Wishing my skin was more clearer or my teeth brighter.  All those things that keep me obsessing.

Here come the school stories. I was called “butter ball” in middle school. Also I was the thick girl in high school. Yeah some guys actually called me big mama! Really ! You already know that having meat on your bones was rarely celebrate or in style.  Then I had a bad love triangle thing in college… all the way wrong! So yes the anxiety set in and your trying to do anything and everything to fit in what the world says is normal. Little do you know your now on the road of body image struggles.

Over time I learn to love my body but I don’t love it all time. I can be somewhat critical of myself, and that really gives me the blues something.  How do I deal with my body struggles ?

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The way I looked at my body struggles came from a number of things. Bad breakups, being teased, a lot of negative things that shaped how I feel and see my body. It really hard being a woman trying to find her place in world with it different standards on body image, and beauty. Its hard as hell ! I know a number of us have one or handful things that they want to change about our appearance. So how do we cope with this? How do we not get completly disgusted with our bodies ?

How to Improve Your Body Image ?

  1. Stop being so mean to yourself . We can be our worst critic! Have you noticed that you can list the negative things faster than the positive things. So listen and become more aware to what you are saying to yourself. Remember that no one on this earth is perfect . So if you see yourself being negative… Stop it ! Say I am “fine as hell”! I say  lol that but really give yourself a positive compliment !
  2. Learn and accept your body. I learn to love my body when I started my blog. I become a blogger specifically to improve how I seen and felt about my body. Getting in front of the camera. Taking risk with certain outfit really change how I viewed myself. I started taking more pride in myself
  3. Positive affirmations. Every morning I tell myself how much I love me ! Especially in the mirror. Something I stand in front of the mirror naked and I just give myself positive affirmation shower. I shower myself with self love.
  4. List what your love about yourself. I love to think about this. Every once in awhile I have to remind myself because I get the blues. So I listen all the things I love about me. I love my butt, or my smile! Or how funny I am ! All those things matter.
  5. Get a massage!
  6. Nourish your body. Feed your body right. I never claim to be a fitness guru or anything like that. However I notice when I eat right and really nourish my body I feel good. My image on my body is not distorted based off how I feel. When I feel good internally my image of my body looks good too

“Don’t let your mind bully your body”.

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Sis you are worthy!

Self Worth is key to battling  your negative body image. You are worthy!  What is self worth ? Well the way I understand self worth is being deserving of good things. You are worthy of good health, happiness, success, or whatever you see fit to make you happy. In order to do something about how your perceive body you first have to re-evaluate your worth. If you do not tackle this  or understand how worthy you are you will undermine everything step you take to improve your body image. So work at consistently.  I preach this all the time, take time and learn yourself. Ask yourself serious question about you, what make you tick, what you love ? Accept the good,  bad , and the ugly. Self Love. Have compassion and I think you are on the right path in improving your self worth.


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On The Fashion Tip

Omg this look paired with this location just all came together so beautifully.  I chose to do a classic look for the spring time. My views on my body change so much over time, I love showing off my curves and even my stomach. Look at the belly button peeping through lol. I got this whole outfit….. Give you time to guess!! If you a frequent reader you already know how much I love Forever 21. SO yes the whole outfit is from Forever. I decided to do a classic look however it had a few twist. Normal classic look is consider a nice pair plain denim jeans with a button down woven shirt. Classy right ! I had to push to agenda. Yes a blue and white stripped woven shirt  with twisted hem set the outfit off right. I wore this shirt out and I got a lot of compliments on it and really becoming on the belly.  Now the denim. Spring always bring out the classic denim looks however, my denim are always distressed. I love distressed jeans because of  that extra edginess I need to bring to my look. Lastly to keep this look clean, sharpe , and edgy I had to add my all time favorite sneakers into the mix. Low Top White Converse ! This shoe alone can make a lot of outfits complete !

 Check out the links below to get this look in your closet !  

This whole outfit is less than 110 bucks!

Plus Size Blue & White Stripped Woven Twist Hem Shirt//Forever21// Shop |Similar

Plus Size Distressed Skinny Ankle Jeans// Forever21// Shop

White Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top// Journeys// Shop

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With all that being said sis it never to late to change the way you view your body. Your body is unique and it yours so get out of your own way and love on you. Remember you are worthy and that is the key to help arm yourself from your negative views of your body image. You got the tools so work on this daily. I am right with you sis. No more blues !

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Alayna

 

Location: Belle Isle Park | Detroit, MI

Photographer: Reem Eissa Photography

special shoutout to Reem. she is my new favorite photographer. omg shooting with her is amazing. the location alone was beautiful. i love shooting at the belle isle conservatory because you can get a different look every time.

IG: @reem.eissa.photo

FB:Reem Eissa Photography