Holiday Look Book: Sparkle and Shine

‘Tis the season for being with family and friends, enjoying good food and company.

But you want to look lovely doing it, right? Of course!

And that’s where I come in. I have a round-up of pretty things to wear to your holiday shindigs this year!

Let’s get to it!

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From Monif C.

This is actually a set (you have to get the top and skirt separately) but how cute is this? Sexy, yet understated, it’s perfect for after work cocktails.

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From Qristyl Frazier Designs.

Yes, please. Because all of the sparkle! Maybe you don’t want to wear this to Christmas dinner with Nana, but you’ll be smoking on New Year’s Eve. Shine on!

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From Monif C.

I love this for a company party. Formfitting, but still covered with a little flair. Work appropriate, but you don’t feel so buttoned up.

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From Rebdolls.

Dressy, going out to a restaurant type of party. It’s cold up here in NY, and this gives a little more coverage on the bottom while being bundled up top on the way to the venue. Once inside, let your shoulders show!

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From Eloquii.

Yes please, part 2. I love sequins, I can’t lie. This is an option with cap sleeves instead of a long one. Very dance friendly!

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From Rebdolls.

Can I just say I want this for myself? Cause I really want this for myself. Maybe when I’m done Christmas crafting/shopping/baking. Anyway, I love this for either casual (just change the shoes, add a sweater+belt) or dressy (high heels+clutch). Super versatile, and great if you’re looking for something that can be used more than just for a party.

And that’s it! I hope I gave you some lovely outfit inspiration this year, and hopefully gave you some ideas on how to treat yourself!

Making it a homemade Christmas? Tomorrow I’ll show you what I’m working on, and give you a recipe for my homemade shea butter. See you then!

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#BlackOutFriday

Happy Thanksgiving, my US loves! I hope it is a day filled with food and fun, or if you’re working like me, a day where customers don’t make you want to break things. 🙂

Now, in the States, one of the biggest family traditions around this time of year, after carving up the turkey, is to go shopping and get all types of gifts and goodies.

I normally try to put together a whole post of places I’m shopping for Black Friday, to help y’all get some great deals. And I still intend on doing that today, but with a bit of a twist.

First, some background:

If you haven’t heard about the Michael Brown case, go here for some good information. Monday, the nation (and world) received word that his murderer, Officer Darren Wilson, would not be brought up on charges. And this started a string of protests, one of which is called Black Out Friday. Essentially, folks of color are not going to shop at the big box retailers (Target, WalMart, etc) and are instead either not shopping at all for Black Friday or are patronizing Black-owned businesses.

I am in the latter camp. I won’t get into the social and political implications of Wilson not being brought up on charges, but I am willing to protest in any way that I can. And since I am in a position to do so with my dollars, I will.

So, this year, I’m spending my dollars Black. It’s a small gesture, but one I do in solidarity with the Brown family.

If you’re participating in #BlackOutFriday as well, Huffington Post has a good list of businesses here, and Afrobella built upon that list here. I found some great sample sales and deals on my Instagram, which I’m going to share with you now.

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Girl With Curves has amazing style, and now an amazing line. If you’ve been wanting to pick up a piece or two, now is the time to do so! I’m eyeing this dress. Gorgeous!

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I love this brand for their quirky, cheeky t-shirts. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on my I Wear What I Want crop tee, get online tomorrow to score this and some other new designs!

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If you’re looking to do your shopping in person, and you happen to be in NYC for the weekend, TruDiva Designs is having a sample sale on Saturday! I’ve loved just about everything I’ve seen on the runway, and let me tell you, I am looking forward to scoring a piece or two! Go here to see her collections.

So, there you have it! A few places I’ll be shopping for the weekend. I’ll do my best to do an update as I see other deals pop up on my Instagram feed.

Oh, and if you do decide to go shopping on Black Friday (no judgment here, seriously!), please be nice to the employees and to each other. Keep in mind that no item is worth sacrificing being polite.

Happy shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!

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