So here’s the deal.  I LOVE PATTERN MIXING.  There are so many different way to put together an outfit that involves really paying attention to the details.  I often do this sometimes without even realizing. Funny thing is when I was in High School I wanted everything to match perfectly, which makes me cringe today.

So even when I pattern mix I still try to find some sort of theme. I’ve got plenty of tribal patterns in my closet. In this OOTD I am playing around with geometric shapes (triangles specifically here) Which  you can see echoed in the top, shorts, and sandals!

Tips for Pattern Mixing

  • Pair a Large Print and Small Print
  • Find a Theme. It can be based on color, shapes, design, or whatever your creative minds finds.  The clothes you wear should be a reflection of you.
  • Don’t think about it, if you are too worried about mixing the wrong patterns, close your eyes and pick, then try pulling the outfit together with accessories.

Pattern Mixing is def one of my signatures, what is a signature look for you?

Cropped Top F21 Summer 2011 I DIY Chopped to make it Cropped

Shorts originally Target Jumpsuit Spring 2010. I chopped the halter top off it has an shirred elastic waist which made it an easy snip and no need for sewing.

Oversized Brown Leather Belt Target (some years ago)

Rhinestone Sandals Target Summer 2007

H&M Zebra Pouch (yes I am pretty much wearing this with everything)

I am so in LOVE with the re-usable bags that F21 is selling.  They are only $1.50 and they come in so many different patterns. I’ve actually DIY’d one and made it into a clutch. Guess I should do a post about that. Either way they are a great steal,  and if you’ve always got too many things to carry with you they are convenient too!

Hammered Bronze Earrings (quite possible my all time fav pair) F21

Bracelets all miscellaneous

Malcolm X Specs Eastern Market Vendor DC

Happy Weekend Beautiful People!



AfroChic Lifestyle

Carrying Africa with me Daily

In Jr. High I swore off yellow, it seemed like every time I wore anything yellow folks would comment on how I looked sick, I didnt get it then, but now I know its about the shade of yellow.  Either way Yellow is probably one of my fav colors for 2012. The Neons are crazy popular right now and I love them too but Im not a fan of looking like the rest of the crowd.  For me especially in a season where something might be trendy even if I like the trend I always aim to find different way to play around and also to make the trend my own.

How do you find a balance between trendy and your own style?

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June 13, 2012

Just a quick little something about todays OOTD. Its inspired by the South African Necklace that was gifted to me by one of my SunFest2012 Vendors.

Tank Mini Dress H&M Spring/Summer 2012

Tribal Look Chevron Cardigan F21 Spring/Summer 2012

Multi Snake Skin Platform Shoes BCBG Winter 2009

Zebra Pouch H&M

Leatherette Fringe Earrings F21

Bangles Miscellaneous

Let me know your thoughts, and what pieces inspire you to trying new and daring outfit ideas?



AfroChic Lifestyle

So please excuse the brief interruption from our regulary scheduled program.  In a little over two weeks I will finally after 6 years of being away be moving back home to Nashville, Tennessee. The only things I am planning to take with me is the bare essentials which means, clothing, shoes, and accessories and a few of my fav pieces I can’t bare to part with.

So if you are in the DC area and looking for some nice AfroChic Lifestyle furniture and home design pieces then you should check out what I have and contact me if you are interested.

I have also decided to sale my puppy Bo, which makes me really sad, but once I am back home in Tennessee I am going to have a million things to focus on and honestly this is finally my time to be selfish, and well Bo can’t work with selfishness he needs someone who is going to love and play with him often.

So be sure to click after the jump.  Pics are below and you can contact me @ if you see anything you might like to purchase.

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The past week of my life has pretty much been a whirlwind of activity and I couldn’t have done it without the folks in the pic to the left. I have to admit that I have some awesome friends who are there for me when I need them most.  SunFest 2012 would have been a no go if it wasnt for Spoon, Coco, and Madame CJ(not pictured)

So this post will have a few of my OOTD’s for the past week and also some goodies that were gifted to me by some of my fabulous vendors!

Check out more after the jump!

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June 7, 2012

3 days until SunFest and my Little(Play) Brother and Mentee from grad school is coming in from “The Boot” to help me with the festival.  I went from having him live right around the corner when I was in Cali to him now being on the Gulf Coast and me on the East.  So its a mini reunion and work gig all smashed into one.

The heat is back after a few chilly days which means no more last minute OOTD changes.  Its always a goal of mine to step  up my pants game simply because I don’t like pants.  I love alot of the new trousers and peg leg style pants that Ive been seeing. The work well for us less hippy Queens. Today’s OOTD is hopefully a step in that direction, let me know your thoughts? And don’t forget to Love your Body today, flaws, fineness, and all. More details after the jump!

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June 6, 2012



SunFest is a mere 4 days away so all of my creativity right now is being channeled into the festiva.l Which means any remaining creativity left equates to me wearing what’s easy, low maintenance, yet still feminine. This isn’t one of my get em girl ensembles but I still feel like the me I know and love!

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June 5, 2012

So it seems it was much cooler today than expected.  For me once June rolls around Im no longer interested in checking the weather I feel like it should always be warm whether rain or shine.

Which means todays OOTD quickly became something else.

In life in general I tend to default to skirts or dresses. Well it was def spring nippy this morning which means I went for pants, and even worse I went for Blue Jeans.

I am not a Blue Jeans kind of girl, in my mind I would like to be and I own plenty of pairs but when I go to put them on they rarely fit right, my thighs suffocate struggling to stretch more room, my hips are generally straight and finding a pair of jeans for straight hips and thick thighs I guess is not common.

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The filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa presents an Op-Doc on black women’s decision to embrace their naturally kinky hair, rather than use chemical straighteners. For whatever reason my embed code isn’t working so you can view the Video Transition Here



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This film speaks so much to how I feel about natural hair and why Im pretty passionate in my arguments with women of color who prefer to rock their straight hair more often than not.

I love versatility more than anyone.  If you know me you know I’ve rocked many different over the years. I’ve done my own weave, wigs, braids, straightening, dying, and rocked my natural hair in a myriad of styles. I came to be concerned when I realized that I was defaulting to straight hair more often than not.  Now granted Ive been natural for all of my life minus two years in undergrad, but it still didnt sit well with me.  Why was I so bothered when I rocked my natural hair?  Why was I having many panic attacks if my edges didnt lay straight and flat, or I couldnt get every single one of my curls completely defined? Then I realized that it wasn’t about ease it was about fear.

In this video Saro Wiwa talks about how so many Women of color don’t see natural hair as a political movement and this troubles me.  I have always thought of it as a political movement, as Black Power, as a way for Black Folk to reclaim what we seem to have lost. Our sense of community, identity, our sense of self love, a belief in Black Love, and Black Family, our belief in us plain and simple.  Im discouraged when I seam the #team hashtags anywhere because it seems for some that this will become yet another way to divide us.

I can admit that I don’t understand the ease, practical excuses when I have only ever seen your hair it its straight state. It still speaks to the fact (and we know that actions speak louder than words right?) that when you look in the mirror you can’t deal with or see the beauty in the natural you, so you have to alter in order to feel more comfortable in your skin. Protective Styling doesn’t mean  you true hair always has to be hidden.

No you don’t have to rock a fro 365 to know self, but when youve never known or taken the time to embrace your roots, learn them, love them, cherish tme. You’re only intersted in the easy route, then to me that speaks to lack of love for self and a misunderstanding of the DOPENESS that is your own culture.

I am intersted in truly hearing your thoughts on this and not just from women!


The NeoAfro

Just a quick OOTD post.  Its cloudy and cooler today in DMV and I’m not complaining.  I really love the neon trend and well gingham is probably one of my favorite fabrics.

The Dress is Spring 2010 from H&M.  It is actually a size 8 but because everything is made oversized these days it fits.

The necklace is F21 I’ve seen it in so many other colors it other OOTD posts, but Neon Yellow was all I saw when I purchased mine.  This year I have really stepped up my necklace swag and how I can use them to accentuate my ensembles.

The Bracelet is H&M Spring 2012

and the RainBoots these have to be one of my all time fav staples. They are from the Gap and they have to be at least 5 years old if not more.  I purchased these way before rainboots because trendy and if you didn’t know I tend to precede trends and not follow them.

The Straw Clutch is thrifted and Ive had it for at least 5 or 6 years as well and its actually been broken and Ive been too lazy to stich it back together which I finally found the time to do this week!

See the full ‘Fit after the Jump and be sure to let me know how you loved your body today?

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