Stripes & Florals

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If you want to know where I am in my life, take a look at my outfits. This look in particular tells so much about who I am right now. Three things come to mind immediately:

1. I’m taking risks.

Mixing prints are so much fun, but it’s definitely a risk. Linda and I were recently discussing just how homogeneous my life was just a year ago. It was all the same people, doing all the same things…blah. I loved those things and those people but I needed to be shaken up a bit. I’m open and ready to try different things and different people. Let the risking begin.

2. I’m not taking anything too seriously.

Intense would be a pretty accurate description of my personality. I go hard! These days I’m just living..chilling. Not many things are urgent. I’m truly in love with all things I’m dedicating my time to and most importantly they nurture me and uplift me in a way that renews my energy. I can relax…breathe… Cheers to that.

3. I’m comfortable in my own skin.

I’ve heard that the older you get the more self assured you become. It’s true! I’m so good.

Conventionally, strips and florals don’t “go,” but in recent seasons they’ve made a big splash all over the blogosphere. There is only one thing I keep in mind when rocking florals and strips, keep things in the same base color. The base color here is black. The skirt is from ASOS, the cropped top is H&M, and shoes are from JustFab.

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Fall Magic

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I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it always feels magical. Maybe it’s the holidays or my birthday (three weeks away), it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year for me. Closing out the year, ringing in the new one, with countless opportunities to get together with family and friends. It’s just pure magic.

There is also the added bonus of fall fashion. This outfit just screams fall
fashion. The green khakis, the leopard shoes, cropped sweater and red coat are perfect for frolicking on a beautiful fall day.

My sister recently installed my burgundy box braids and I’m obsessed with them. I’ve been searching for this color hair for a while now and finally stumbled on it a few weeks ago. It’s just the perfect hair color for the fall and the box braids make my life so much easier while working through the busy holiday season.

Hopefully you are grabbing a piece of fall magic.

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Either pretty or smart?

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I’ve always been the smart girl. The leader. I guess I have my mother to thank for that. My family tells legendary stories of my mom carrying me on her hip as a baby and teaching me words from my surroundings. Before I could even speak. She gifted me with every book she could get her hands on and served as her generation’s only secondary school and college graduate.

She also carried a large amount of my family members on her hip on a teacher’s salary. She’s led us through the difficult years and brought us together when tragedy struck – all while being the epitome of grace and style. She still is.

I’ve always known that women are capable of being both glamorous and savvy. I guess I have my mom to thank for that, too. I was never taught to be either pretty or smart. My mother nurtured both my brains and my self-image.

I begged her for a relaxer since I knew what it was. She said no and reluctantly gave in when I turned 12. Her trips to the US resulted in me having all the latest fashions. For church on Sundays, I was the belle of the ball. Big dresses, shiny shoes, and my gold chain. For carnival, she had the best dresses made for me to wear to the festivities and egged me on as I “wine down de place” with my cousins. As soon as school resumed she expected nothing less than first in my class. Yep…that’s my mama!

She taught me how to be a WHOLE person. So in rare occasion, I have to disagree with Adichie. Many women are taught to be both pretty and smart. I do recognize that my mother’s job became significantly more difficult when I joined her in the US. For most of my teenage years here in the states, I was one of the smart girls. The requirements to be a pretty girl in the States seemed so much higher. Let’s see…”good hair”, nice body, pretty face, nails done, brand name clothes, the attention of boys and most importantly you couldn’t care too much about your grades or reading. That wasn’t me. It was just much easier to study hard and get good grades, but I never lost my connection to the idea that women can be many things at the same time.

There is no reason why we can’t have the brains to run the world with a great sense of style and twerking abilities. At the core of it, this is why I started this little blog. GlamSavvy is the manifestation of an ideal that I was taught and experienced first hand. Women are EVERYTHING!

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Denim on Denim

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There is no fall fashion without a denim on denim look. That’s a rule. Not really, but I’m obsessed with this look, and it was so to easy pull off.

There is something about simplicity of this look and my surroundings that made for a special moment. In a world where things have to be grand, big, and exciting to make us happy, I find solace in peaceful quiet places these days. Everything about my life these days is smaller. It’s humble…some may say I’ve been humbled, and I’m good with that. I wouldn’t change anything about the experiences that have led me to this moment.

I live in NYC the epitome of grand, big and exciting. To be honest…I’m over it. On a beautiful day out you can’t find an open spot in any of the parks, I live across the street from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and I’m never there. Whenever I can, I run to my new escapes. The peace of mind and rejuvenation I get for free is just mind blowing.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed my denim shirt is a closet staple, and this high waisted jeans I recently purchased from ASOS on sale is quickly becoming just that. I’ll be wearing these boots all fall/winter long, after searching for a pair for the last few seasons, I was thrilled to find these for less than $30.

Go get you a simply denim on denim look and while you’re at it enjoy the simplicity that surrounds you.

Shirt: ASOS
High Wasted Jeans: ASOS
Coat: She Inside
Boots: Just Fab

Stylishly Yours,
Nia

Fall Nights

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My days are extremely long in the fall, there are very few opportunities to enjoy a night out. Any small chance to get dressed up and head out…I jump on it. Fall nights can be tricky though, the temperature drops dramatically, and you usually need the layer you were carrying in your hand throughout day. Luckily, I didn’t need one when I stepped out recently for a quick dinner and to catch up with Linda.

My favorite thing about this look…the colors. Oxblood is THE color of the season and has been for the last few seasons. The chartreuse peplum top just compliments it perfectly, I pulled the entire look together with my favorite H&M buy ever…color blocked pumps.

Hope you are having great fall nights before Mr. Winter decides to run us all into the house and under our blankets.

Pant: H&M
Top: H&M
Pumps: H&M

Stylishly Yours,
Nia