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Hey Loves!

I hope all is well with you! I’ve been busy up to mom life and trying to survive lol. Also, to be honest with you I haven’t felt up to writing any blog posts lately. I have just not been inspired with any topics or things on my mind I would like to discuss. Its hard to write a blog post with nothing in mind. I hate to just talk about the outfit I’m wearing as a way to just have “something” up on my page. It just seems a bit boring and uninspired.

So, I need your help! Tell me a topic you would like for me to discuss or cover and I’ll be happy to oblige. This will help me to get some creative juices flowing and of course, have something to talk about. However, I have been posting lots of outfit looks on my Instagram, so please follow me there to see me more frequently. I look forward to your suggestions!

February 11, 2019 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Zara Yellow Satin Slip Dress (also great dupe)

Target Cable Open Cardigan

Shein Cable Knit Lantern Cardigan $26 (use code: Tanika15 for 15% OFF)

Zara handbag old, but love this bucket bag option here!

Gray Suede Knee Boot (old, linked similar HERE)

Kendra Scott Druzy Choker Necklace (no longer avail, linked option HERE)

Hi Loves!

I have a new found love for satin slip dresses! Not only are they very feminine and smooth to the touch, they evoke a special touch to your outfit. I didnt know I even had a love for them until recent, when I started following Karen BritChick on Youtube. Karen is an amazing fashion blogger who pairs unique vintage finds with current trends in the most amazing way. I admire her unique style so much and she can do no wrong in my book. If you have not, please follow her NOW! She posted over the summer a beautiful satin slip dress and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect one ever since.

So when I popped in Zara a while ago and saw this gorgeous yellow one, I picked it up and immediately purchased without trying it on lol. I knew it just had to work and boy was I right. I love the fit of this satin slip dress so much. Its cold as bricks here in Dallas for the past few months, so wearing this alone was not going to happen. Thats the beauty with slip dresses, you can pair them with blazers, leather jackets, sweaters or a cardigan like I did here. I love the juxtaposition of the fabrics and edging up the dress with the knit of the cardigan and the boots too. I’m giving just a little shoulder action by wearing the cardigan a little off the shoulders with one of my favorite belts as well.

So how do you feel about satin slip dresses? Will you give them a try or nah? I linked a few options in many colors for you to check out. Let me know if you pick one up!!

January 15, 2019 0 comment
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Outfit Details

Forever 21 Blazer Trench Coat (no longer avail, linked similar)

Charles David “Poca” Red Ankle Bootie

Target Wide Tie Stretch Belt

Hi Everyone!

Happy 2019!!

I cant believe how fast 2018 came and went. But, its a new year and I am thankful to see all that it has to offer. I have been posting my looks more so on Instagram than here on the blog. With the business of the holidays, I just didnt want to bother drafting a blog post. But, I am back!

I’m not going to write a post about my 2019 goals. This year, my husband and I decided to focus on a theme for our family which is, “JUST DO IT!!” Often times him and I will talk about things we plan on doing and dont do anything to get it done or crossed off the list. I think him and I are ready to move on to bigger and better things in our lives like buying a new home and getting some financial goals set. So we decided to challenge ourselves and focus in 2019 of getting this done. Does that ever happen to you, where you are just tired of talking about it and you are ready to be about it? Yeah, thats us right now!

Anyhoo, this plaid “dress” is actually a trench coat. I don’t understand how because nothing about it says its heavy enough to be just that. So I decided to wear it as a dress! I paired some cute tights with it and a bold ankle bootie. Which I am obsessed with the look and comfort of this boot. Definitely pick up a pair…. or two!

What is your focus for 2019?

January 15, 2019 0 comment
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Its Our Anniversary: Celebrating 9 Years of Marriage at Perry’s Steakhouse!

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Zara Jumpsuit!

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Dessert: Nutty D’angelo

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Last week, October 3rd, Eric and I celebrated 9 years of marriage! Boy, time flies when you’re having fun and living life with the one you love. We were finally able to celebrate our anniversary last night because you know, kids will delay all of your plans lol. But, we had the most amazing anniversary celebration meal at Perry’s Steakhouse in Frisco, Texas. If you’re ever in the Dallas area, this restaurant should be at the top of your list of restaurants to visit!

 

You guys, everything was simply delish!! We enjoyed tasting some of their speciality cocktails and offerings that are also available on their main menu, such as the tempura fried lobster, beef & bleu crostini and last but not least, the  famous Perry’s pork chop. I mean, take a look at the picture above. This pork chop is huge and so flavorful. It’s definitely shareable because I don’t know of anyone who could eat this entire thing. It is also offered on their bar menu as pork chop bites if you want to try a much smaller portion. I highly suggest you try the pork chop if you ever visit Perry’s Steakhouse. Please believe me when I say its so good!

 

Of course, I had to get dressed up in true fashionista form. This stunning jumpsuit is by Zara. I am going to try to get better pics of this jumpsuit in day time because it’s gorgeous and most certainly sexy! Definitely add this one to your cart immediately before it sells out.

 

I truly enjoyed celebrating 9 years of love with Eric last night. We are still adjusting to now being parents of two kids, so its harder now to get time together outside of the home. The three hours we had alone were glorious! I feel like we genuinely enjoy each others company. It’s a blessing to be able to do life with the one you love. There has been ups and downs, growing pains, and life changes just like any relationship. But, I think when you commit to being someone partner in this thing called life, you work to defy the odds no matter what. No relationship is perfect, but keep God first, love and respect one another and I believe you’ll do just fine!

 

Disclaimer: My post regarding my dining experience at Perry’s Steakhouse has been hosted/sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions provided are my own! I strive on being completely honest with my readers and audience!

 

 

October 15, 2018 0 comment
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Outfit Details

“A New Day” by Target Long Sleeve Utility Shirt

“A New Day” by Target Tank in “Rust”

American Eagle Tomgirl Midi Short

Free People “Esmerelda” Macrame Purse

Just Fab Studded Sandal (old) similar Here and Here and Here

 

I am beyond ready for Fall! Its my favorite season, especially for fashion. However, its still in the 90s here in Dallas and show no signs of cooling off anytime soon (what else is new?). Even so, I have to get my fix on incorporating some Fall fashion even though its still hot outside. Transitional fall pieces are key to begin incorporating fall fashion into your looks. So lets discuss shall we?

 

Let Fall colors inspire you!

An easy way to begin is to think of how to incorporate transitional fall pieces using fall colors into your wardrobe. As you can see, I paired this army green utility shirt with the rust colored tank top. I am bringing in rich tones which are Fall inspired, but I paired it with denim shorts to suit the current weather. Colors such as greens, oranges, browns and even jewel tones are trending big for Fall this year. I love the rust as it really compliments my skin tone. Find a Fall color you love and make it work with your summer wardrobe. That way, you are welcoming the fall shades but not sweating buckets in a sweater or jacket!

 

Incorporate Fall 2018 prints in lightweight fabrics!

Leopard, snake skin and plaids are also trending for fall. An easy way to incorporate these prints as transitional fall pieces are to find light weight fabrics you can layer that can take you from summer into fall. For instance, a lightweight skirt in a leopard or snakeskin print that you can wear now with sandals and pair with knee boots or tights come fall season. This Who What Wear skirt will be perfect to do just that!

 

Wear pieces you can easily layer!

This utility shirt is one of my new favorite purchases that I have gotten so much use out of recently. I’ve worn it layered  over tanks, paired it with a fun skirt and I can also rock it with jeans or wide leg pants.  Again, I am using the green to bring about a Fall feel into my look. Its also lightweight enough that I can wear if its warm outside or under a cute blazer too!

 

Have fun with accessories!

Fall makes me think of golds, browns, black and wooden accessories. The bag I am carrying is a great transitional fall piece, not only because its black but because of the handle detail as well. So look for cute bags that evoke a Fall feel. Also, break out those thick gold necklaces, cuffs and wooden bracelets too. These are great finishing touches that pairs well under blazers, coats and dresses.

 

What transitional fall pieces are you currently wearing?

I’d love to know. I cannot wait for the temps to drop so I can really wear my boots, sweaters and blazers. Hurry up Texas, get with the program!

September 9, 2018 0 comment
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Clear Handbag by Shein 

J. Crew Factory Shirtdress (old) linked (similar HERE)

Zara White Lace Up Heels (similar HERE)

MAC “CAPTIVE” Lipstick

 

Happy Weekend!

 

The clear handbag has been all the rage this summer. You may have seen it as a tote bag, clutch and everyday bag. I absolutely love the clear handbag. But, I’ve seen it cost as much as $500!! I don’t know about you, but I am not paying $500 for a piece of vinyl. Of course, I found a look for less option! Guess what, its only $12!!! Yes girl, $12! Now you can participate in clear handbag trend without breaking the bank. Ball on a budget!!

 

This white shirtdress has been on the blog quite a few times (HERE) and (HERE).. Its such a great piece to have in your closet that you can layer with come Spring and beginning of Fall. This is an oldie from J. Crew Factory. I’ve linked some similar options for you as well. I say every girl needs a good white shirtdress in her closet. You can rock it with a denim jacket, layer it with a v neck sweater or put a tube top over it for a totally different look.

 

These white lace up sandals are from this Summer Zara sale. I had my eye on these babies all summer long, but wasn’t sure if I wanted another white shoe in my closet. When I saw it was apart of the Zara sale, I knew it was meant to be. I’ve gotten non stop compliments on these shoes. They are so cute on! They are no longer available at Zara, but keep your eye out for white sandals as the Summer sales are wrapping up. You may find a cute pair for next Summer or to wear now! Why not?!

 

How do you feel about the clear handbag trend?

 

Are you here for it or nah? I love that this one comes with a smaller, detachable clutch inside so you can’t see the items in the bag!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 12, 2018 0 comment
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Hey There!

 

I’m so excited to finally share the nursery reveal of my little man! Xavier Drew is his name to be exact!  The room is such a dramatic transformation in my opinion because it was once Camille’s room. So there was pink and white everywhere! Especially, the walls! I knew the walls would have to be the first thing done in order to makeover the room for Xavier’s arrival.

 

As always, I went to my local Sherwin Williams to pick out some paint strips to get this party started! My entire home is painted in Sherwin William’s paint. Since we moved in about six years ago, we painted majority of our home with Sherwin Williams. So I was so happy to partner with Sherwin Williams for Xavier’s nursery reveal! I knew they offered quality paint I could trust would be safe and non toxic for his room. We selected “Eider White” from their “Harmony” Interior Acrylic Latex Paint collection. Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex line contains new technology that helps improve indoor air quality by reducing VOC levels from your carpet, cabinets and fabrics. It also allows you to wash your walls and maintain a durable finish which makes it perfect for children and pets!

Let’s Check Out the Before!!

As you can see, everything was quite girly of course! I knew I wanted to maintain the same layout that we had with furniture in Camille’s old room. This room has a lot of angled walls, so furniture layout is already limited. The only thing this room really needed was some paint, crib and a dresser! But, it was really hard for me to see this space transformed from a super girly pink room into a “boy nursery” for Xavier. Oh, excuse the mess in Camille’s room. I was in the process of getting rid of a lot of her old stuff too! Its been crazy in the Green household as you can see!

 

Before: Room is also painted in Sherwin Williams color but I don’t know the shade.

The After: Xavier Drew’s Little Man Cave!

 

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How do you like the wall color? The “Eider White” paint is not pure white, it has a gray undertone to it which we usually lean towards when it comes to home decor and paint. This room gets a lot of light during the morning time, but usually is more shaded around noon and the rest of the day. The color of the paint shown in the pics should give you a good indication of what to expect. But, just know this paint color will definitely depend upon how much light comes into the room. You can have a light gray one moment and a subtle white the next! I really do like the color as it lightens and brightens up the room. Now I can’t even remember the room being pink!

 

You guys, I love his room so much! It took us a while to wrap up this room because I just could not find what I was looking for. Majority of the nursery decor I found for boys are Animal themed, Nautical, Woodland etc. It just did not move me and I knew I didn’t want that kind of theme for his room. Let me tell you, this room literally came together about two weeks ago!

 

We ordered the crib a few months back, but I did not know what dresser to choose as his crib is a light gray shade. I knew I wanted to go with the Ikea Hemnes 8 drawer dresser as its so affordable. We loved using it as a changing table too when Camille was a baby. I also didn’t want his entire nursery to be gray, so I went back and forth on the decision to get the Ikea Hemnes dresser in gray too. I’m so glad we did, it really jump started the color scheme in the room which was to bring in navy. Eric wanted navy in his room, but I just didn’t see it. But, I knew we needed a darker shade to balance out all of the gray.  But, once I found the navy curtains, I was finally inspired on how to decorate the room!

 

I also spray painted the white bookshelves navy and the white bookends an antique copper shade too. I wanted to warm up the wall space as well. His gallery wall definitely gives me all the feels. We were finally able to complete it this week as that was the last design element in the room. It definitely brings the entire room together. I feel as though his room is slightly rustic with a bit of a industrial feel to it. It definitely gives me “Little Man Cave” vibes. What do you think?

 

Have you tried Sherwin Williams paint?

Its a brand I have used for years for all of my paint projects. I definitely recommend you try it if you have not already!

 

Disclaimer: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored posts. This post with Sherwin Williams is sponsored! Please note that my views and opinions are my own. I strive to provide my readers with honest feedback!

 

Xavier’s Nursery Details

Graco “Benton” Convertible Crib

Gray & White Glider w/ Ottoman (no longer sold)

Xavier Drew Personalized Wood Sign

Gallery Wall Art 

Ikea Hemnes Dresser in Gray

Navy Curtains in 63″ inch 

Crib Sheet

June 1, 2018 3 comments
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Outfit Details

J. Crew Denim Dress 

(old, linked similar)

Steve Madden Lace Up Espadrilles

(old, linked similar)

Elaine Turner Snakeskin Crossbody Bag

Sugar fix by Baublebar for Target Fringe Earrings

Henri Bendel Sunglasses

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Camille’s Outfit

Cat & Jack Polka Dot Navy Top

Target “Naomi” Gold Sandal

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you mommy’s out there!

 

Mother’s Day is usually a weekend of reflection for me. Mainly because my mother passed away several years ago, so its always a difficult time to take in, accept even. For some of us, we don’t have the gift of taking our mom’s out for brunch, or snapping pictures showing how much we love and appreciate our mothers. We only have the memories that we hold on tight to daily and try to push through the day as much as we can. I always encourage anyone as often as I can to tell their mother they love them. It’s the absolute worst thing in life to lose your mom. What you don’t want is there to be any words left unsaid. I know that sometimes there is strife or wrong doing that some folks have suffered from their mother or you may have to love them from afar. But, if you can just drop those three little words in when you can, you’re giving yourself a gift!! Just in knowing that your mom knew how much you loved her, no matter what!

 

What has saved me from most of the pain of no longer having my mother here on earth, is having Camille. Being a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Period! Its saved me in a lot of ways! I often doubted why God would take my mother away, why me? When Eric and I was trying for a child, it was not easy! We went through some difficulty and I questioned my faith in God. I grew up in church all my life and I knew that I had to hold on to my faith as tight as I could. Because if I let go…….!!! That little bit of mustard seed faith I had in wanting a child was just enough.  I became pregnant and was blessed with Camille! It showed me that God was listening! He heard my cries and my prayers!! Going forward, I saw that He never left me alone. He was right by my side and saw the desires of my heart! You guys can clearly see that she is my greatest gift from God, I’ll never take it for granted!!

 

Motherhood can be amazing, exhausting, scary and thrilling all wrapped up into one. Often times I wonder, am I a good mother? Did I lose my temper too quick? Am I not patient enough? Did I scold her instead of talking to her about what she did wrong? Am I spoiling her too much? We have a lot of fears as mothers, after all we don’t want to screw up the most important job in the world!

 

In today’s world filled so full of beauty standards, social media and just straight out racism, I wonder how can I empower my child to stay true to herself? To understand that she is beautiful, strong, intelligent and worthy of everything else she desires? My mom always said, “the world is getting wiser and weaker.” Y’all the “weaker” part scares me! We see it daily! So how do we ensure we impart wisdom and knowledge to our children so they don’t get caught up in the foolishness? I know I am not alone in these thoughts, right?

 

In a few weeks, my son will make his presence on this earth. My son! Those words are a little scary to me, because I feel like I’m such a girl mom. But, this is another layer of motherhood I will have to experience that I am nervous about. Raising a strong, black man in today’s America is scary! As an African American, its scary times right now! I don’t want my son to be seen as a threat, I want him to be seen as the child of God that he is! My prayer is that God truly gives me the wisdom and knowledge to raise my kids. I want them to break barriers, be educated individuals, make sound and wise decisions. I want them to do better than mommy and daddy. After all, that is the goal for each generation to succeed the prior one right?

 

What are your thoughts on Motherhood in today’s society?

I know this is not my usual fashion blog post. But, these thoughts have been on my heart for a while. You know how it is, sometimes we just don’t know how to say it or express it. I would love to hear any encouraging words you have regarding motherhood today. As they say it takes a village to raise a child. That’s the kind of positive, strong community we all need to make it through this thing called motherhood!

 

Share your thoughts!

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Hello Loves!

 

I am so excited to share this great news! We are expecting our little bundle of joy in June!! I cannot be more excited to share with my readers that I am pregnant. Y’all it has been so hard trying to keep a secret and camouflage this belly. I am so relieved that I can now spill the beans and share with you such an exciting moment in our lives. We have been planning to grow our family by one more and it finally happened! Sometimes we wonder if God hears our prayers and the answer is yes, yes HE DOES!

 

2017 was such a hard year for my family. We went through a lot! When I looked back over the year, it just seemed like things weren’t going the way we planned. After multiple UNEXPECTED home repairs, trying to get pregnant, my husband and I both having to get new cars a week a part from each other, my dog getting hit by a car and passing away and lastly, the unexpected loss of my mother-in-law in September, 2017 has not been the kindest to us. It was where you kind of questioned if God was taking you through something, to teach you a few lessons? And if so, when was this period of trials and tribulations gonna end? Lol. It was just a tough time. Apparently God had a plan!

 

Just as we least expected it, I found out I was pregnant in October. Let me tell you, when I took the test I just knew it couldn’t be. I waited a few extra days before taking the test because I just didn’t think it was so. Also, its nothing like a wasted pregnancy test. Them babies aren’t cheap! Lol.  But, there it was! As soon as I saw that positive, I just heard God say this is the light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn’t wait to tell Eric. The timing was perfect,  I gave him the best surprise on his birthday! He couldn’t have been happier.

 

I am not one to share with everyone as soon as I find out that I am pregnant.  The first trimester is such a critical time, so we kept the surprise from family and friends until I was 13 weeks. It was such a relief and so fun to reveal to the family we were expecting on Christmas Eve. And now, I am finally sharing this with you! I am 16 weeks pregnant and if you want to know how I’ve been feeling…. sick and tired. Literally sick and tired!

 

How will this change the blog now that I am pregnant?

I plan to continue blogging as usual. But, it has been a little hard not feeling at 100 percent. Also, I feel like I have nothing to wear or nothing that I am excited to wear lol. Maybe its just a mood that I am in. I’ll probably be rocking more sporty looks, because all I want, is super comfy clothes that I don’t have to tug on or adjust all day long. But, I am sure you all would like to see some maternity fashion as well, so I am gonna do my best to share maternity and non maternity looks. I can’t make any promises though, with Camille all I wore was Target t-shirts and maternity pants lol. I’ve got to do better this last go around!

 

And we just found out today what we are having. I am keeping that a secret until I figure out how I want to reveal the news. I am claiming 2018 to be GREAT and so should you!!

 

Outfit Details

BLANK NYC Faux Leather Jacket

(old, linked similar)

Target Faux Fur Wrap

(not avail online, linked similar)

American Eagle Tomgirl Jeans

JustFab Gray Suede Booties

(old, linked similar)

January 15, 2018 8 comments
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Hey Loves!

Let me fill you in on something. I LOVE coats! I really do! Outerwear is one of my top clothing pieces that I love to wear. Even though I live in Texas, it does get cold enough to have a nice coat on hand for those Winter days where a little jacket just won’t do. I really love coats with a nice print, such as this plaid coat that I got recently from Shein! When I saw this beauty in the black and white, I just HAD to have it!

 

It was super cold the day we shot this look, about 40 degrees that morning. I will say, this is NOT a heavy coat. Its more like a heavy weight duster or cardigan. So you must make sure to dress warm underneath. I don’t want you to think that all you need is this coat and you’ll be warm. I would say its perfect for 50-60 degree weather if you wear light clothing underneath. Nevertheless, its very comfy and stylish plaid coat that hangs beautifully. I loved pairing this plaid coat with orange/red booties to add some color to this simple look.

 

How was your Christmas?

I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas. It was great to spend time with family, see Camille open her Christmas presents and eat all the good food. To tell you the truth, my favorite moment on Christmas is after the last guests have left, you change into pajamas and fix that second or third plate and have dessert lol. Its nothing like popping off that bra and getting into those comfy clothes and being able to fully relax. Am I right?

 

Outfit Details

*Shein Drape Collar Plaid Coat $42

Misguided Off Shoulder Sweater

Ann Taylor Black Leather Leggings

(old, linked similar!)

BCBG Bootie 

(no longer avail, linked similar!)

 

Disclaimer: Items marked with (*) have been gifted. All views and opinions are of my own!

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