Le Jacket!

 


Ello Lovies! It’s Fall y’all! I just LOVE that American expression as it flows so freely on the tongue don’t you think?! In England we just fall into the autumn weather with no expression other than “its bloody cold!”😂 but here in the states I find each weather is categorized & with it comes the “sweater weather” lifestyle. We have pumpkin spice everything which as a Brit I’ll never understand the taste (sorry not sorry😋) winter wear & all the delicious holidays that come with it like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa (depending on your beliefs!) On a side note the dress I’m wearing is the infamous wrap dress in the lipstick print from Diane Von Furstenberg I actually won from the luxury brand I run my business through… lucky me💋

I’m loving the fact that fall has begun only because my kitchen renovation just began,lovely Jubbly! Our Renovation team gave us 3 weeks to complete it (sept 18th-October 6th) so fingers crossed! It’s so exciting not having to cook everyone keeps telling me but me being me I prepped meals for 2 weeks and a half beforehand, fridged (is that a word?🤔) & froze them! Glamping (glamorous camping) as our Electrician hysterically called it as I was scooping pre-baked chicken from one at home Tupperware into my takeaway one for my work lunch  crouched on our front room rug & low table using plastic cutlery is quite the challenge but I’ll take it for what our kitchen is going to be transformed into… These are pics I took before & after the demolition … crazy to think it’s the same space right?!

We chose maple cognac custom cabinets from the brand Woodmark, Volcano Granite countertops (which look like a volcano effect) & simple white subway tile for our backsplash which will balance everything out. I can’t wait to show you the after picture!😍 Golly gumdrops I’m excited! We’re into the second week now with the kitchen completely ripped out & they just started our cabinet installation &  told us that 2 cabinet pieces are missing, another piece sent is 3 shades darker than the entire cabinet set we ordered & we have no filler for the cabinets ( to fill in the spaces where the cabinets meet the ceiling) so… Drama ensues…I’ll have to call back our kitchen planner & guilt him into sending us those pieces A.S.A.P as it’ll delay all the other work such as countertop installation if not.😏 I’ll keep you lovies posted…

This fall season it’s all about Le Jacket (the Jacket) and there are so many variations of jackets it’ll make your head spin but variety IS the spice of life (I think I’m saying that right?😋) & boy are we scorching!☄️ We have the Check Jacket, Pattern play, Velvet, Rocker, Sartorial, Evening, Bright jacket, the Double- Breasted Jacket, Monochromatic & Jacquard Jacket to name a lot. From designers such as Saint Laurent, Akris Punto, Stella McCartney, Brunello Cuccinelli & Etro there are an abundance of designers to choose from! I put together 3 pieces of my favorite fall jacket trends!

My first choice is from Etro & their Floral Jacquard Blazer at $2370.00 is everything! The rich colors pop with the pattern play  & I would totally put it with neutrals so that it continues to be the central piece. For work or play this is a dream!

 

My second choice is this Check Tweed Jacket from St John at $1795.00 that is very “Jackie O”. It’s cropped so hits you just at the curve of the hip which is the most flattering point & the Check pattern is SO hot right now. This jacket is timeless. Pass me those oversized shades please?!😎

My final choice is this Bright Jacket by Escada at $1725.00. It’s cashmere & wool blend will keep you warm during those cool winter nights & that color will warm up every outfit. The cut may be a little conservative but the button front can be unbuttoned for variety!

There are so many jackets to choose from to reiterate so go with your gut as  that almost never lets you down. I hope this mini guide helps with your outerwear choices for this season. Catch you next time  Lovies, Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T 😍💋

Le Diabetic!

Ello Lovies! The last 2 weeks have been hectic with life & me trying to get back on my gym game. I’ve been slacking, still trying to hold on to that summer Holidaze “feels” of chilling. As a type 1 Diabectic it’s essential for me to exercise as it lowers my blood sugars naturally & the less insulin (which is a protein that keeps me alive) I use, the better. I know I haven’t touched much on my condition but I was diagnosed a month before my 27th birthday for juvenile (or type 1) diabetes which is pretty old in age diagnosis. Some children get it as young as 3 years old but at almost 27 years it was rare & I’ve been living with this condition for 6 years (shhh don’t tell anyone my age 😊). Firstly there are 2 types of diabetes if you don’t know. Type 1 is hereditary & Type 2 is not. Type 1 diabetes is an incurable condition that can only be managed & I do that by checking my blood sugar about 5 times a day, (pricking my finger with a lancet & placing my blood drop on a test strip that produces a reading) counting carbs I eat & calculating that by how much medication (insulin) to give myself to control it, exercising & trying to eat well. Doctors nicknamed my condition Type 1.5 (which is even more uncommon) as I got to lead a relatively normal childhood without syringes, blood tests, insulin & such…

This all came about when my Hubster Zack & I decided to take a trip to Las Vegas as we were promoting his Printing & Embroidery business in 2011 & after much debauchery of late nights, drinking, no sleep & eating all the wrong foods we got back home to Arizona & I found it hard to look at the television or images in general. My gym workouts were a struggle as I had no energy to run on the treadmill & was easily out of breath which was abnormal being an athlete my whole life.The real kicker came when I started to vomit everything I ate & in 3 days lost 15 lbs. My extremely worried husband took me to a random doctors office & after checking me out (with no blood test) told me I had a “cold” & prescribed me sugary syrup cough medications. BIG MISTAKE! (oh I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Women when she gets shunned by the snooty sales associates then goes back to said store with all her new shopping bags to tell them off !!😂) After taking the prescribed medications I disintegrated further becoming disorientated & my Zack & mum-in -law Kris carried me to the hospital. The doctors & nurse did some blood tests & said a normal person’s blood sugar should be between 80-120 mg/dl, mine was tested at 1200 mg\dl. Firstly I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabectic (basically my God given pancreas stopped working) secondly I was entering a Diabectic coma, and lastly a couple more days going untreated & I would have been dead.
I was in the I.C.U for 3 days & the hospital for 5 more days after that…it’s a miracle I’m alive today.

Zack says he would ask me the days leading up to my diagnosis if I was awake or asleep & I would say disorientated shaking my head “I’m in between, I’m in between!”. We laugh about it now because we were crying at the time…what doesn’t kill you & all…literally! Very dramatic but there you have it with my diagnosis story. My pancreas was in a honeymoon phase & was producing insulin from somewhere nobody knows but it had a limited supply hence I was labelled a Type 1.5 Diabectic. It eventually shut down after our Vegas trip just before I turned 27! Happy. Freaking.Birthday.To. Me.

So exercise is a big part of my life like my condition I have to do it. Boxing, running, stepping, eliptical, cycling, weight & circuit training  fitness, you name it i’ve done or am doing it 3-4 times a week. I want to live a long life & between seeing an endocrinologist ( my diabetes doctor) & dentist every 3 months I hopefully will! I now manage my condition with a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) and an Omnipod (wireless pump) personal diabetes manager, pre-filled flex pen with insulin & syringes & My last A1C (how i’ve managed the sugar in my blood for the last 3 months) was 7.3. (could be better & working on that but not perfect)

I find ways to incorporate my Diabectic style into my wardrobe by either hindering my pump (when I wore one) with fun & funky armbands to secure it for my workouts or swimming. Or just showing it off. My favorite experience was when a lady walked up to me at a supermarket & blatantly pointed at my arm & asked “what is that?” I replied it’s my outside pancreas! She looked appalled & started to walk away but I explained to her what it really entailed & she ended up offering to take me out for tea! Lovely jubbly!!☕️🙋🏽

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed how I became “Le Diabectic” feel free to leave comments below, I welcome them! Catch you next time!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

Laced Up & Rearing To Go!


Ello lovies! Happy almost new month, golly gumdrops August sped by fast didn’t it? However, I’m so excited that we are almost officially out of pre-fall collections & onto the good stuff…Fall! The vendors at the luxury brand I run my business through have been showcasing looks with heavier materials guaranteed to keep us cozy yet stylish during these winter months…

During my summer holidaze we saw so many amazing street styles that we attempted to take pics of however, I was informed that a release form is needed so that went out the window!! I’ll just have to rely on the kindness of my friends! Anywhoo I noticed a lot of lace-up tie detailing in downtown San Francisco from pants, tops, swimwear & even accessories which ties into my next topic (like what I did there?)

This weeks blog is possibly one of my favorite pre-fall themes Lace- up! It’s so sexy & when I think of Lace detailing I think of the movie 50 Shades. Laces, ribbons & drawstring details have been all the rage dangling in the front & at the back of tops, on side seams of trousers giving attitude whilst looking undone & sexy AF! I myself invested in some body suits with that detailing! Brands such as Dion Lee, Philip Lim, ALC, Jonathon Simkhai & Scripted have been showcasing this on their resort 2017 runway collections. Here’s how I would style it!

This dress is brilliant for my petit ladies, great to cinch with a belt to accentuate that waist or leave as is, this Bohemian badarse gorgeous bell sleeve minidress by Kendall & Kylie at $225.00 is such a steal! I paired it with a Topshop straight brim double trim fedora $52.00, Orion studded cross body bag also from Topshop $55.00 & lastly Prada Vitello lace up booties $1100.00 in dark red. Yasss!

 

For my curvaceous ladies, I went with a more casual look by Iro, this Alety lace-up long -sleeve top in Ivory $285.00, A.L.C Kingsley high-waist lace-up pants (to give you that seamless look) $395.00 & for a pop of color this Holographic cross body bag by skinny dip is insane at $60.00. Obsessed! Lastly I teamed it with lace-up platform metallic Brunello Cuccinelli Trainer sneakers $1495.00 (the dream!)

My last look I went with this flirty lace-up back Alba Linen Tee from A.L.C, $175.00 (that back detailing is EVERYTHING!) this laced with edge Hardwired lipstick from Nars (limited edition) $26.00 is so fierce. Flirty Milos lace-up suede miniskirt from Parker $398.00 with grommets, Lexi Leather cross body finish bag from Topshop $68.00 & lastly my favorite pop of color yells Gianvitto Rossi suede scrappy lace-up Sandals $995.00. There you have it Loves, Lace on Lace on Lace! lol

 

This is such a fun trend & one I would reccomend for any & all body types! For my Diabectic users as long as your weary of your tubing from your pump (Medtronic users) & strategically place it away from the hanging lace detailing (entanglements suck) you should be good!

Catch you next week Wednesday lovies for more fashion tips & inspiration!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy

A.LT.

 

 

Tahoepalooza!!

The final & last chapter of our summer vacation in San Francisco, CA had us visiting the Gotham Club at the San Francisco Giants baseball Stadium which was the Hubster Zack’s favorite day by far!⚾️ My mother in law’s childhood friend Shirley was gracious enough to lend us their passes to this extravagant sports club that overlooked the baseball stadium, had its separate bar, allowed you to walk partly on the San Francisco Giants dugout field & lastly had a bowling alley on the top floor! Cheers!

After our last day in the City we packed up & drove 4 hours up to Lake Tahoe for our family reunion. Tahoepalooza (dubbed by my mum in law Kris & to all after that?) was planned to be a fun extravaganza where 15 of us family members would hit the beach, eat great food from our Italian side, sightsee & most importantly reconnect with loved ones for 3 days. We did all those things & more…
Not seeing my mum-in-Law for 2 months had quite an effect on me which was great as we got to catch up like no time had passed in a matter of 20 mins (Don’t you just love relationships like that?!)

Here is a pic of my mum-in-Law Krissy & I  hugging it out as she’s making one of her infamous dips for Appetizers that night… LOVE THAT WOMAN! I’m wearing a Zara floral maxi dress with a BCBG gold & black belt to cinch in the waist & black Sam Edelman thong sandals to complete the look! Here is a picture of the family cabin that we’ve had in our family since the 1960’s (with some renovations of course) it’s a piece of heaven!

So I’m not much of a fan of the beach (being black & all) but for one day a year I join the masses & Zack & I are here  enjoying those rays? I’m wearing a cherry red Robin Piccone one piece swimming costume with cutouts from Nordstrom, a white vitamin E cover up from Everything But Water, a tan visor from H &M & my favorite sunnies from Quay Australia.

One of my favorite things to do at Tahoe other than mini golf, sight see & eat is drink (being on holiday & all?) & a local restaurant called Garwoods is the place to do it! They’re infamous for their signature drinks called “Wet Woodys” a concoction of rum & deliciousness that doesn’t taste like alcohol which we know can be dangerous… here is a pic of their classic wet woody beverage in all its glory! I had one & a half of these & lost at mini golf with the husband (first time losing in like 10 yrs) I’m convinced he got me sloshed on purpose?☺️

An all out great time in both cities me thinks, get in!!! So that concludes my summer Holidaze lovies! Next week Wednesday I’ll get back on track speaking of the fall trends & how to wear them…

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy

A.L.T.

Summer Holidaze Part Deux!

Ello lovies! Taking you back to the nightmare of our Renovations you reckon?! Both our bathrooms are finally done & I can’t tell you how happy we are with the end results. Here are some pictures to show the before & after like I promised… we went with smoky mosiac tile floors that look like wood (as floors get dirty easily), white porcelain wall tiles with a hint of gray & white quartz countertops with the same color scheme which opened up the bathroom as they’re small. Brushed nickel was our choice of metal for all of our appliances so that flowed from the shower head to the bog (toilet) paper holder.

What a difference 1 month makes innit?! After all the drama & disappointment amazing work came out of it!

In continuance with my San Franciscan summer holiday, Day 3 we were feeling groggy after the ice-cream coma so decided we needed an energy boost & rented bicycles!
Our bike ride lasted 8 bloody miles which was NOT our intention so a bike hike is what it turned out to be,Lol ? We rode our bikes from Fishermans wharf down to the Golden Gate bridge and then rode through the Presidio down to Golden Gate Park where we laid on the grass for a bit to relax.

Here is a pic of me rocking my Lorna Jane  workout gear after our exhausting bike/ hike. We decided to do one of my favorite things, SHOPPING!!!? We hit up Haight-Ashbury for the stores that don’t exist back home in Arizona. We went to boutiques & found so many graffiti wall art which I fell in love with! Here I am rocking my Topshop Jamie denim, Miss selfridge Nude off- the shoulder bodysuit, Zara bag & Urban Outfitters gray booties.

That night was my favorite night of the entire trip as we were invited by our bestie Badfish to watch his Dj friend lay down some tracks at Madrone Art Bar in Hayes Valley. The theme was Motown Monday’s & as soon as we got into the bar people were boogieing down like it was “1999”! I was like “here are my people!” So I just danced through the crowd & we were dancing all night! Here Zack & I are happy having had a little sauce ☺️ but mostly just enjoying the great ambiance!

   

Next week Wednesday I’ll let you know about the last chapter of our Holidaze including our journey to Lake Tahoe!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy

A.L.T.

Summer Holidaze!

Summer holidays are the BEST aren’t they?? When I was younger living in London with my family whenever we knew summer holidays were fast approaching we couldn’t wait to vacate the monotony of our everyday lives &” live like there was no tomorrow!” The same feelings still pertains to today with work.The hubby, Zack & I decided to skip our usual jaunt of visiting my hometown London (due to the scary terrorist attacks) & stay more local by going to our favorite City in the entire U.S, San Francisco & then Lake Tahoe.

Day 1

We decided to make the 14 hour drive there as I hate flying. Having a 2 and a half year long distance relationship 10 years ago with Zack from London to Arizona every 3 months when we were dating did not cure me of my fear of flying but it is what it is! Leaving straight after work Friday evening, laying over in Bakersfield, California then arriving mid afternoon on Saturday at our Air BnB near Fisherman’s Wharf  was a mighty feat indeed, golly gumdrops!

Saturday we spent unpacking, realizing this was the worst Air BnB we were about to stay at due to their exaggeration of the size & luxury of the flat so we settled into San Franciscan living. We hit a local bar the first night then met up with One of our best friends Badfish for dinner at a restaurant Called HorseFeather in Hayes Valley which was bloody brilliant! I opted for the Fried crab legs (when in Rome & all) & quinoa/ runny egg concoction which was amazing! We then headed back to Badfish’s place for some Rooftop Tom foolery.

As you can see in the pics, the first evening I decided to wear one of the big pre-fall trends “Spot On”. This dress was black with white polka dots, off-the shoulder, fitted all the way in the waist through & 3/4 knee length & the piece de resistance was the tie back. Warning, you’ll need assistance unless your double jointed but at under $60.00 from Zara, you won’t care! Teamed up with my hot pink bauble bar Piñata earrings (which I’m obsessed with, have them in 5 colors now) black & silver western shoeties with a cut out back from Topshop.

Day 2

Day 2 was all about exploring so we had breakfast at Beach Street Grill, an Organic restaurant with offerings of homemade comfort food & Gluten Free goodness (my gluten intolerance sucks) so we were sold! I got the gluten free french toast with berries on the side- which was such delicious food until I found a fruit worm burying into one of my blackberries! Eeek! After reporting to the owner’s sister whom was our Server she informed us this happens once a day & that was the perils of being all natural & not using pesticides & such!

We decided to play Tourist & walk around Pier 39 where there were boats from eons ago parked on the ocean, a vintage Arcade that had games that are no longer offered & even a fair & merry go-around. A trip to see the sea lions bathing in the sun was also magical.

A boat trip to Saulsalito, California a small beach town across the Ocean was one of my favorite trips. It took my honey & I about 20 mins to get there, we boarded on Pier 41 & spent 2 hours exploring this sleepy beach town. We even went to the Trident, a restaurant my in-Laws had gone to when they were still dating…

The day ended with an Ice -cream at the local Saulsalito ice cream store, some Taffy just like my namesake & a sugar filled coma :). Catch you next week Wednesday lovies for more updates on our summer holidaze!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy

A.L.T

 

GREAT LENGTHS!

Ello Lovies! If you’ve been keeping up with my renovations madness you should know our new Contractor is everything & more! He & his team completed one of our bathrooms in record time & furthermore it looks like a fancy beach house bathroom which were so happy about! With Smoky wood floors, white cabinets, white & grey swirled countertops & wall tile- it’s bloody marvelous! The bathroom has really opened up & in fact I still can’t believe its the same space! The custom glass door just needs to be fitted then i’ll post a pic for you on here so you can see the before & after.

Street Style is one of the chapters i’ve been meaning to develop on my blog as what better way to showcase a person’s fashion style than on the street! A couple of weeks ago The Hubster Zack & I attended a New Times event (prominent lifestyle magazine in Phoenix) which incorporated cocktails & desserts from local bakeries, restaurants & bars in the area. GENIUS idea as who doesn’t love CAKE with a cocktail? Emmm.. no one!

I just had to snap a pic of a lady who’s outfit I thought was “on point”. She was rocking the off-the-shoulder trend which is so prominent right now with bell sleeves (another BIG trend) in an African inspired print. Teamed with short shorts & metallic flats she looked bloody marvelous! Her name was Ms Osagide. This Nigerian goddess told me her Aunt had made her top which was one- of- a -kind. Golly gumdrops, I would commission that in a second!!

In continuance with my 2017 pre-fall trends list longer length pants are one of them & are growing in popularity. Now i’m not just talking about just past your ankles, no, I’m talking about sweeping the floor lengths that puddle at your feet pants, AKA great lengthy pants. Not the most practical trend but it was all over the web & Runway for pre-fall with brands like Alice & Olivia, Akris Punto, Ellery & Tome to just name a few…

 

SPLURGE OPTION 1 I found these chic Paulette striped wide-leg pants $295.00 by Alice & Olivia & fell in love with them (so hip & chic just like Stacy Bendet the designer) & paired this with her Houston embroidered velvet Mary Jane platform pumps $395.00, Cinq A Sept Coleby baby Tee $75.00, medium soft metallic hobo bag & Chan Luu studded chiffon Neckerchief $55.00 to give it a pop of color in the blue. This look is retro fabulous.

SPLURGE OPTION 2 In accordance with my medical device wearers these pants are perfect as they’re loose from the St. John collection Georgette Wide-Leg pants $695.00 are indeed very wide leg, paired with this affordable Halogen one-shoulder stretch cotton top $41.40 (on sale) with the exaggerated bow (love!) & isn’t the Judith Leiber couture seductress crystal lipstick clutch bag $5495.00 such a show stopper? Laura Mercier lip glace in pink $26.00 & to finish off this look Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Leopard-print calf Hair pumps $795.00. This look could take you from day to night.

SPLURGE OPTION 3 is more of a classic look with this off white Joseph Ferguson linen Twill wide leg pants $142.00 (on sale, yass!) teamed with a black Tome wool turtleneck top $495.00 (want,need) Argento Vivo Hammered linear earrings $24.00, Alexander Wang Attica mini Velvet Multifunction bucket bag $495.00 & lastly one of my favorite shoe designers Giuseppe Zanotti Brocade Velvet Booties $845.00.

Splurge Summary I felt great lengths is a stupendous trend for Glamazons but not necessarily for my petite ladies unless you favor tripping over. However if you are interested in this look customize it to fit you by getting it altered. I would pair them with sky high heels or better yet platforms so at least when you trip up you have some stability! 😉 Medical device wearers this goes the same for you. Not my favorite trend I will admit as i tend to favor pieces that accentuate my assets but each to their own… though if you are voluptuous & favor this trend I do suggest a fitted top to accentuate your curves with these long a$$ pants! Work!

See you in 2 weeks lovies with some fresh & new surprises coming your way!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

Sequins & Shine!!

Ello Lovies, if you haven’t already checked out my latest You Tube video then you possibly should as renovations madness occurred in its full capacity last week! Eeek!

Our Contractor whom we’ve been working with since April, planning our bathroom & kitchen remodel, finally came in & demolitioned our entire 2 bathrooms & after 1 week he quit!! WTF! Right? We were shocked too! I didn’t even know that that could happen! Zack asked 1 question which was “when will our pocket doors (that we were getting installed) going to be ready?” The Contractor replied that he was “going to step back” from the job as he felt like he was being rushed. He then went on to ignore Zack’s calls & my frantic text messages. After having his calls thwarted, Zack found another Contractor the same day…

Our Ex-Contractor cooled off then emailed the next day explaining himself & offered to finish our bathrooms but said we should find someone else for the kitchen. Zack wasn’t having any of it & after we discussed being left high & dry I replied to him that we no longer required his services. What a bloody mess!!

Designers are always playing with the boundaries of fashion, seeing how far they can take a trend & Sequins & Shine is a prominent one for pre-fall 2017. I mean who doesn’t love “bling”??  Recyclable as fashion is Glam rock & Bowie inspired sequins have been showing up on the runway with brands such as Jenny Packham, Roberto Cavalli (as i live & breathe!) Altuzarra & of course the ever classic Chanel…

 

Splurge Option There was so much to offer on this trend if you have beaucoup bucks as you can see. I showcased 2 night time looks & 1 day to night look.The first one a full on sequins on sequins on sequins for my petite ladies (couldn’t help myself okay!) The Roberto Cavalli Sequin Silk Dress $4680.00 & what a dress it is, BABY GOT BACK! Paired with Ginette NY Sequins Diamond & 18K Rose Gold Stud Earrings $975.00, Edie Parker Jean Glitter stripe Acrylic Clutch $1195.00 & lastly Giuseppe Zanotti Sequin 105 metallic Booties $895.00. This outfit does NOT mess around & what a punch it packs if I say so myself! 😉

Splurge Option 2 For my curvy ladies, I wanted to showcase 2 hot trends right now Gingham & of course shine! This Diane Von Furstenberg sequined midi dress is OFF THE CHARTS & at $468.00 yes please! Teamed up with BaubleBar Piñata Tassel Earrings $36.00 (i have them in hot pink, yaass!) Alice & Olivia Multi-stripe sequin clutch $495.00 & Lastly Louboutin Foilles Lace Red Sole Pump in Multi color $795.00. I would rock this outfit all night every night if i could, just fabulous!

Splurge Option 3 I went with this lovely jubbly NO.21 metallic sequined color block skirt $1260.00 & paired with this white Topshop Bardot Hook & Eye crop top $28.00, Sonix Ibiza 55mm cat Eye Sunglasses $98.00, nude Christian Louboutin So Kate Patent Leather clutch $850.00 & Kate Spade New York $88.00 (comes in white as well which is to die for!) I mixed some save & splurge options in here like I’ve said before not every piece has to break the bank, all put together this look is SMOKIN’!!

Splurge Summary I’m obsessed with this trend as it’s flattering to all body types both petite & curvy. For my medical device wearers it is a teeny weenie bit heavy in weight but other than that your good.Sequins & Shine is such a fun & funky way of expressing oneself, so go for it, i’ts a free fall for all!

Catch you next week Wednesday Lovies.

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.

Luxe Layers!

This week in my dressing room diaries, the hubby Zack & I had the most peculiar Uber driver on our way to a bbq in downtown Phoenix. After muttering about her job history for 5 mins she finally got interesting when she filled us in on her experiences as a Sales Associate in the men’s department  at Nordstrom…

“Uber Sheeba” as I like to call her spoke of how a man after trying thousands of $$ of clothing soiled $800.00 of it to feed his sick fetish. First of all Eww & secondly, who does that? Uber Sheeba went on to tell us about a couple who regularly came in & got off on arguing in front of the Sales Associate then when the chance arose, the girlfriend  would sneek into the dressing room her boyfriend occupied & have loud make up sex. They finally got caught & security escorted them out! Golly gumdrops there are some freaks out there! Lmao!

Even though it’s scorching outside I wanted to start bringing your attention to the pre-fall trends for 2017 as with fashion were always a season ahead. A big trend for pre-fall that’s started to trickle into the luxury brand I run my business through is Tiers or as I like to call luxe layers!

When I think of Tiers I think of layers on a cake but that’s because I LOVE cake, Yum! But I wanted to see what Tiers actually means in regarding fashion. According to the dictionary Tiers is..”one of a number of successively overlapping ruffles or flounces in a garment”. I mean watching Queen Bey in the yellow Robert Cavalli gown for her lemonade debut video smashing sh*t up is a bloody brilliant depiction of the trend in its full glory! All hail Queen Bey!

Splurge Option for my petite ladies this is the perfect trend for you as it adds a little more shape to your form whilst showing a quirky edge so go for it full on! I selected this dress as it’s so fun with the reverse SearSucker print (being red & not blue) the Ellie Tiered strapless dress from the brand Prose & Poetry $450.00, paired with Stephanie Kantis Tier DoorKnocker earrings $285.00, Splash flat brow catty sunnies $30.00 from Topshop & my favorite Dolly two part sandals $48.00 adds an extra pop of color!

Save Option for my curvy ladies you must be careful with the Tiers trend as worn incorrectly it can add bulk to your form. I tried a dress on & it made me look like a cake topper! I would suggest breaking up the Tiers like I did below & in my feature pic as a curvy lady it’s more flattering. My entire outfit is from Zara one of my favorite places to find bargains. The top was marked down at $35.99 & the skirt $19.99 both STEALS! I paired them with my Topshop Metallic & white platforms $60.00 as I’m constantly on the go for work.Topped off with my Rose gold apple watch which I never leave the house without as it’s linked to my medical device (dexcom cgm) that helps monitor my blood sugar. Lastly a piece of felt fabric I cut & created as a choker. However if you are wanting the dress option & are stubborn like me try to keep the focus of the Tiers at the bottom of the dress as it’s beaucoup flattering.

Splurge option 2 For my medical device wearers the Tiers trend can be overwhelming. It may hinder your medical device’s functionality for my pumpers especially (Medtronic wearers) you may loose tubing in the midst of all those layers so be forewarned. Omnipod wearers your fine!! I suggest again breaking up the trend. This peach blouse really spoke to me with its Tiered sleeve from Topshop $55.00 paired with these Rag & Bone Dre Step Hem Distressed Capris, Marni Mare embroidered beach hat $395.00 just screams summer holiday. I thought these Oyster sunnies by Chanel (mucho expensive) tied the outfit together with lastly these Alexandre Birman Clarita Leather Ankle-Tie sandals $695.00 (THE DREAM)

 

Save VS Splurge Summary Luxe layers is an interesting trend & to be honest not one of my favorites as it’s not complimentary to my body type head to toe but each to their own. If you love it invest in a good piece. If not fashion is recyclable so go with more of an affordable piece.The best way to try something new is to wear it with confidence, if you have that nothing else matters…

Check you next Wednesday lovies with my sequins & shine segment..see what I did there?! lol

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

Denim Daze!!

Ello Lovies, since the end of March the Hubster Zack & I have been collecting furniture for our kitchen & bathrooms re-model so the house has started to look like a hoarders dream palace..seriously! It’s been 3 months planning but I’m so ecstatic to say the demolition started yesterday, thank baby Jesus!

If there ever was a “sign” on the counter top choices we’ve made for our remodel this weekend was it. The two bars we visited, the first one, a sports bar in old town, Scottsdale had the Victoria quartz counter top choice we picked for our bathrooms (mostly white quartz stone with swirls of grey). We both agreed upon it instantly as its subtle, light in color & will open up our bathrooms as they’re small. LiveWire was the second venue we went to see a live band that had our Kitchen counter top choice Volcano granite wrapped entirely around both their bars, bloody brilliant! We’d disagreed over the counter top volcano for the kitchen as it looks just like its description, I thought it was too busy but Zack didn’t. However, after placing a sample of our new maple cognac cabinets we’d picked out against the Volcano stone I was a goner! Get in!!!

This week I wanted to speak about the many perils of denim! I’m considered somewhat a denim Specialist in the luxury brand I run my business through.Trying on denim is as difficult as bra or swimming costume (swimsuit) shopping, I’m not taking the piss, its what I’ve heard! I didn’t fully commit to wearing denim until the age of 23 because it was just so difficult to find the right pair to fit my big bum & athletic thighs comfortably :-0

There are a multitude of different washes, cuts, textures & styles of denim. Different brands fit differently on the body so your size can fluctuate depending on the cut, style & brand itself which can all be so confusing! The trick is to find the right fit of denim first then focus on the wash & everything else…

Splurge Option My favorite go-to denim for curvy ladies & medical device wearers is AG (Adriano Goldschmeid). You can actually sleep comfortably in them, no joke (I have on the plane flying back home to London). Not only are they stretchy & the fabric is so soft but I own over 10 pairs! Golly gumdrops I know its a lot but once I got my first pair of premium denim there was no going back. AG denim hinders my self consciousness as it’s tailored to fit my curves & works well with my CGM (medical device). Side note NEVER use a dryer for your premium denim,hang dry it as they will be ruined. Here I teamed the AG Farrah Skinny $255.00, a high-rise pintuck Step Hem skinny jean (a huge trend for fall denim 2017) with this Topshop Florence off the shoulder top $40.00, camden heights Aviator Sunnies by Quay Australia $60.00 (heck yeah!) Gucci soho disco leather bag $980.00 & Raphael sandals from Topshop $75.00.

Splurge Option 2 For my petite ladies I recommend Frame Denim. It doesn’t have as much stretch as AG but the fit is phenomenal, fabric is tip top & once you get it on you’ll wonder where they’ve been all your life. I styled the Frame denim Le nouveau high-rise slit released hem $249.00 (another trend for fall denim 2017) with this Nordstrom embroidered Gingham top $55.00. I own about 2 dozen of these Alex & Ani wire bangles (ssshhh) at $28.00, Chloe Mini Marcie leather cross body $890.00 & Gucci glitter sneakers $650.00 which are what dreams are made from!

Save Option These frayed uneven hem crop jeans from Blanknyc denim (Nordstrom rack, again I know!) are $39.97 which is such a BARGAINl! It meets the denim fall trends list being distressed, frayed & uneven hemmed & the funkiness doesn’t end there, it’s a high rise which makes everything look seamless.The fabric was a little stiff but other than that, great find (i’m patting my back as you read this 😉 This paired with a graphic Tee by one of my fav bloggers Sincerely Jules $49.00 which is so fun, Pave “X” studs, Nordy’s rack $12.97, BP shades $12.00 & faux leather mini backpack $39.00 both from Nordys are stupid steals & Steve Madden sparkly slide sandals $59.95.

Splurge Vs Save Summary With denim try on at least 5 pairs unless you have a go-to brand that you love. Just go with what fits the best, try not to focus on the size & price so much but what looks good & most importantly feels good for you.

Catch you next Wednesday lovies, have a lovely jubbly week!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T