The Bug!

After Zack The hubster & I’s Kitchen & bathroom renovation was complete people kept telling us we’d get the bug to have more work around the house done but we thought that would never happen! Guess what…We got the bug! We set our sights on the backyard as it was pretty much a dirt backyard with partly cracked concrete leading from the house to the yard with an orange & white checkered fence from the 70’s era surrounding the lot which was on its last leg!

We planned to have them build a new brick wall around the backyard, lay down pavers over the exposed dirt, some planters, build over the cracked concrete flooring, add some turf & lastly install 2 gates one leading to the front of the house & the other to the back. Firstly we had to look at hiring a backyard landscaper but wanted to get quotes …

Certain renovators were asking between $30,000-$50,000 & even one of them did a mock up of our desired backyard plan (we let them see another landscapers rough draft) & tried to charge us $500 to keep it! I know it’s a business but golly gumdrops thats a lot of Mula!

After much debate we ran into Sergio the Owner of Two guys Landscaping & he said he could do everything we asked for under $10,000- Thank baby Jesus!🙋🏽

It took them almost 1 month to complete & would have been sooner had their team not got a bad case of the flu which set them back a week! But Bravo to Sergio & his team for completing it all in a timely manner. Here are some pics of the before & after..

BEFORE.

AFTER:

We went with Tuscan Pavers & had the landscapers coat the concrete to give it a more effortless effect. The Hubster Zack & I love it & had been enjoying it until the 100 degree weather hit Arizona last week!😊

The Spring trend I’m exploring this week is called Logomania! This trend has been publicized in magazines such as In Style, ready to wear & has popped up all over the runway & what it entails is the logo of a brand sporadically placed throughout a garment. I have 3 alternate looks for you to look at based on your body type.

Look1:

This is more of a sporty look in the LogoMania trend with the red Palm Angels cropped logo hoodie $515.00 Givenchy logo snapback hat $525.00, Gucci logo belt pocket bag $1290.00 (The Dream!) Off-white Off cotton sweatpants $555.00 (that color though!) & Balenciaga all over leather logo slides $650.00.

 

Look 2:

 

More of a nighttime look with this delicious Jace Sequin- embroidered jacket from Alice & Olivia $595.00, Madeworn Bob Marley Crewneck Tee $160.00 (one love!✌🏾) Fendi Fever logo embossed belt $580.00 (Yaass!!) Seven for all Mankind floral embroidered ankle skinny jeans $279.00 & Gucci Lawrence faux fur mules $790.00. If your looking for an amazing bold lip color then try this Chanel rouge allure ink matte liquid lip color $37.00! Your welcome!😊

 

LOOK 3:

Look 3 is more of a casual daytime look in the Logomania trend with this Isabel Marant Carley Float print silk dress $1160.00, Moshino logo leather belt $275.00, Balenciaga explorer printed pouch $895.00, Forever Fendi logo strap sandals $550.00 & to get that daytime glow I highly recommend Lancome click & glow highlighting skin fluid $23.00.

Look 1 would be more for my petite ladies with the bare mid drift if your bold & also if you have more confidence than the average person as a curvy lady I recommend high waisted jeans & you should be good. Look 2 & 3 would be great for all body types depending on your taste.

For my medical device users look 3 would call for a removable storage compartment wheather an arm, waist or leg strap depending on where your device is placed. Look 1 & 2 has built in pockets so no thought necessary for storage.

Catch you next time lovies! Before I go how amazing is the quality of my featured blog post image?! Its all cheers to the Photographer @alyssaryanphotography so check her out, she’s talented & lovely jubbly!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.

3.4

Ello Lovies!! Ask me why for almost 6 weeks I’d had it in my head that I was turning 33 years old only to realize 2 days before my actual birthday I was indeed entering the big 34?!!😮 Blaming it on short term memory loss but the truth is I wasn’t paying attention with life happening & furthermore my 33rd year has been so amazeballs I unconsciously wanted to relieve it again.☺

Turning 3.4 has its advantages though & I’ve broken them down in 5 points of self realisation like self confidence, time management, priorities, self purpose & lastly happiness.

  1. Self confidence – Feeling comfortable in my own skin has taken me forever to get too but after actually turning 33 I found my way to accepting my body & realizing that I am a happy & healthy size 10. Working out a few times a week for my hereditary Type one diabectic condition & blood monitoring is mandatory (for myself) & so is eating healthily but also having cheat days is a must for my sanity!😊🍰🍿🍩
  2. Time Management- Wasting my time with people who aren’t reciprocal of the effort put in to maintain friendships are a no no unless their family or live across another continent. Its important to surround yourself with happy, warm & genuine people who inspire you & help lift you up. Those unhappy, miserable debbie downers are a waist of time so drop the dead weight!
  3. Priorities- This is a given but creating lists that help me prioritize my responsibilities in an orderly fashion is so important. My family come before anything else, my health, friends & work all in that order.
  4. Self Purpose- After letting go of my dream to be the next Beyoncé, (Joke! No really) Actually letting go of the fact that I wasn’t going to be a famous singer I found my second calling in fashion styling & now with the world establishing influencers as their “leaders” in generating business I’ve jumped on that band wagon & found my true path as a Style & Lifestyle blogger! It’s a lot of work but so much fun!🙋🏽
  5. Happiness- is the key to leading my best life & we all want to be happy. You have to actively think about being happy & stay that way as its so easy to be sad or mad so unless there’s a reason BE HAPPY!!

I hope these pointers have helped you in some way as they have me. They pertain to every age group to a certain extent & are certainly something to consider…

The next chapter brings us to fashion & this week I’m portraying another spring trend that is called CheckMate. This trend is literally gingham, a reinvented geometric pattern that looks like a chess board however in fashion there are a myriad of colors in conjunction with the checkmate trend. I personally can’t get enough of this trend so here are some fun ways to style the CheckMate trend.

LOOK 1:

Look 1 is all about portraying the business side of the checkmate trend & giving it a little edge. We have this suiting by Sara Battaglia checked double breasted jacket $1110.00, Valentine Garavani rockstud polka dot leather ankle strap pumps $1045.00, Saint Laurent medium leather crossbody bag $1790.00, Majorca pearl and silver stud earrings $75.00 & Celine 56mm exaggerated cat eye black sunglasses $460.00. We call need that power red lip color to compliment suiting so I added Laura Mercier velor extreme lippie $28.00 & lastly Givenchy noir nail polish no.4 $24.00.

LOOK 2:

Look 2 has this delicious Tartan “checkmate” skirt by Johanna Ortiz $1650.00, Cotton citizen classic v-neck t-shirt, Aquazurra all tied up floral sandals $725.00, Alice & Olivia Sally rainbow Pom Pom tote $325.00 🙌🏾 I paired that with Roberto Coin diamond 18K yellow gold ring $1900.00 & everyone needs a little color so I added Clarins limited edition bronzing which is to-die-for, Dolce & Gabbana 63mm round sunglasses $590.00 & lastly Vita Fede mini titan cuff in rose gold $2400.00.

LOOK 3:

Look 3 is a more playful daytime look! I teamed this off-the-shoulder checkmate blouse by Petersyn $288.00 with Cotton citizen high rise split skinny white denim $295.00. A.L.C baby Charlie leather fanny pack $595.00, Rebecca Minkoff Arden wrapped silk floral slides (on my wish list!😊) $125.00. All paired with the Gucci fashion show dark Havana crystal mask sunglasses $1380.00, John Hardy chain diamond & blue topaz stud earrings $1300.00 & David Yurman silver cuff bracelet with diamonds $2400.00.

For my curvy ladies look 2 would be my option as it’s more flattering, caters to the curves whilst being playful at the same time. Both looks 1 & 3 are like night & day catering to business with one look & pleasure with the next. For my Diabectic pump/medical device users both looks have pockets so there is storage for your devices however with look 2 it may be a bra storage or an alternate way to store your medical device deal!

Cheers for checking out my blog post & stay tuned for more spring trends in the upcoming weeks!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.

Pink Parrrty!!!

Ello Lovies! Apologies on being M.I.A there’s no excuse other than life but my childhood friend whom I lost touch with & hadn’t seen in 12 YEARS came to Scottsdale, Arizona by chance!!

Tumi, I and another lady (Alliccia) were in a musical singing group together called In Harmz Way in Mill Hill, North London in 1995 & we’ve known each other since we were 12 years of age. We grew up attending the same Mount School, wearing ugly brown uniforms & performed our original songs (singing & dancing) to the entire school. We even did lunch time concerts with the infamous Amy Winehouse who also attended the same school & was in our Music & English class! Before you ask we weren’t friends but had mutual respect for one another…

After making many original musical demo’s in studios across London, taking professional pictures for content & getting a manager our parents decided that we should pursue education over music so we parted ways. Tumi went to Hull University & I to De Montfort University,Leicestershire. That unfortunately was the last time Tumi & I saw each other until last weekend! Here is one of the professional pictures we took as a group before dispersing to University.

3 weeks ago I got an instagram message from Tumi that she was going to be flying to Scottsdale, Arizona for work & would be staying at the Valley Ho Hotel. She asked if that Hotel was anywhere close to where I live & to both our surprise I replied that I could walk there in 5 mins from my house!!! I started to concoct plans of taking her to old town Scottsdale & downtown Phoenix so she could get the best of Arizona. (cheers for the recommendation my insta followers) 😉😊

Here is a clip Tumi filmed of us reuniting after 15 years & she hasn’t changed one bit other than being more astute, commanding & confident in herself.

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Here are the images of us enjoying each other in Old Town, Scottsdale at The Beverly a local & stylish bar/restaurant  with my Hubby Zack, DownTown Phoenix at Pomo the Italian restaurant then Valley Bar (my fav underground place on earth, you should go…your welcome) & then at her Mizani for L’Oreal Summit which was the reason she was here in the first place! Tumi lead a presentation as the head of marketing & KILLED IT, I was so proud to watch her spread her magic!

 

 

It was amazeballs reuniting with her as after losing contact the universe brought us back to each others lives for a reason. I was missing my sister & I got her back! It truly was meant to be as Tumi also fell in love with an American so here we are Brits living & working in the U.S! Her in New York & myself in Arizona.

Pink is SUCH a big trend this spring season & you can see the different shades of it from blush to bubblegum to deep pink popping up everywhere on the runway to retail in the luxury brand I run my business through. It shouts SPRING to me personally & the start of something new. Here are some outfits put together for this pop of color trend.

Firstly for my bohemian look I have this Pello Bello Jack Fluffy Feather Fever jacket (try saying that 5 times in a row🤣) $248.00 paired with Loeffler Randall minimal rider shoulder bag $495.00 & these delicious Joie Abigail suede sandals $298.00.

 

Next for a very special occasion I have one of my favorite gowns of the season this Marchesa Chantilly lace gown $8995.00, for bit of ice Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier diamond 18k pink gold & stainless steel Bracelet watch $14300.00.Gucci is so hot right now so I included their Linea Farfalla flap leather wallet $420.00 & to finish off the look Jimmy Choo fringe stiletto suede sandals $895.00.

 

Lastly for a sultry night time look I have these Celine Pink square sunnies $400.00 obsessed! T by Alexander Wang lace up long sleeve bodysuit $160.00, Frame Le color distressed skinny denim $199.00, Gucci Guccify leather shoulder bag $4890.00 & Aquazurra powder puff velvet sling back pumps $795.00, the dream!🙌🏾

 

 

For my curvy girls looks 1 & 3 would be great paired with a darker denim or even black as an alternative if your not comfortable with white!

For my pump users looks 2 & 3 place the pump lower on your back & or clip it accordingly (to a stomach strap) so you can show off your outfit to its full capacity!

Cheers for checking out these fun pink looks! Catch you next times Lovies!

Cheers & Best wishes,😍💋

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

Spring Trends!

Ello Lovies!! This past week i’ve been getting my ducks in order. New year plan is to shape up this website & really focus on polishing it into what I DREAM of it becoming. I met an amazing blogger called Josie (her handler name is hellosilhouette on the Gram so follow her) & we had a couple of brainstorming sessions & a photo shoot at my house so we could create some content for my social media & blogs as content is KEY! It went exceptionally well as Josie has a knack for bringing out my goofy side in pics that I was admittedly too nervous (or too British) to share. She has been in this blogging business for quite sometime coming up with ideas some of us are too afraid to say out loud let alone act on but she is DOING it! Cheers Indeed love!

Here are some of the images taken in my newly renovated sitting room area & home office. Our color scheme in our sitting area is mostly maple cognac, granite, browns’s, cream & white. We wanted to create a calm space to relax in after a hard day at work.

For my home office above I only wanted  3 colors to be used for my personal space, white, light gray & green & that to me is perfection coupled with the wooden flooring! Combined they opened up the space whilst being photo friendly & ready for my fashion blog shoots.

Spring 2018 trends we are looking at pops of color from all pinks to crystal embellishment, pearls, vertical stripes, the Trackstar (tracksuit) is back. Denim sweatpants have made a comeback, the ultimate cuff denim, deconstructed denim, ornate embellished denim & lastly asymmetrical denim. Low slung, utility & mum jeans are going to be more popular than ever.

For the next 13 weeks i’ll be going through each trend showcasing how I would style it & how adaptable a pump User (Tandem T: Slim X2) such as myself can navigate around them. Yes I got a Diabectic pump readers! Just after I met my insurance deductible for the year I invested in my health so that means we payed very minimal cost. Felt like I cheated the system which was bloody brilliant! I’m still on my first week so still adjusting but can’t help feeling like i’m looking after a small child that is my “pancreas”.

Catch you next week lovies where I will begin my Spring Trend Investigations.  Can you guess which title i’m going to investigate…you’ll have to tune in to see!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

 

Pumpkin Madness!

Ello Lovies! We’ve officially entered the holiday season with Halloween just yesterday & thanksgiving around the corner! 🎃 Apologies to anyone who doesn’t know what Thanksgiving is. It’s our first Christmas here in the States except there are no presents which in my opinion is the BEST, no pressure & no expectations!🙋🏽 Just some great company & good food shared among family & friends if your lucky.

I can’t tell you how nice it is to finally have a physical change of weather (especially for people who live in the Desert like myself.) I love this time of year as it reminds me of living in London when the air is crisp in the morning & you can see the fog of your breath when you talk…

After 7 months of planning & living in chaos our renovations you reckon is DONE!!! Yes people we survived our renovations!!!😱 Zack & I are so relieved to have our house back & have even gone as far as hosting 2 intimate dinners with friends. Here is the finished product…

The top left image is the before the renovations. I took this pic collage as I like to be dramatic & showcase the exact change so you can see the differences!😋Doesn’t it look like a different house?? Our contractor & his team did such a bang up job that I find myself going into my kitchen at 2 am & turning on the lights just so I can look at it again…😊

Other than the maple cognac cabinets being installed we raised them higher & got rid of the Soffet to the right (see the original image) that blocked off the entire room opening it all up & with that created a Peninsular. In addition lighting played a big part as we added 5 new canned lights, 3 pendant lights over the peninsular, a Game of Thrones👑 inspired rustic chandelier over the dining table (see bottom left image) & lastly a new fan/light in the music room. We centered the sink, (as it wasn’t before) 🙄 purchased a black under mount sink (so durable) & the piece de resistance was the Volcano Granite countertop spread out. A new range & gas & electric combined stove completed the look with white subway tile backsplash that opened up the room entirely. A big shout out & cheers indeed to AZ Home Remodel we are forever grateful!🙋🏽😍

Halloween is most peculiar in the best way with pumpkin carvings & people dressing up for fun. I’d never seen a real life pumpkin until I moved to the States & to be honest don’t really care for the taste. When this holiday comes around I hear “pumpkin this & pumpkin spice that” &  get so enthralled with this pumpkin madness!🎃However, if you can’t beat them, join them & my favorite thing to do during Halloween is dress up! Here are my top 3 outfits that had I done anything this year I would have dressed up as…

Option 1: Wonder Woman. Did you see that empowering film released earlier this year? Female lead, Female Director & predominantly Female Cast & Producer. Need I say more??

 

 

Option 2: Khaleesi & Khal Drogo because it’s Game of Thrones’ epic couple & those characters are EVERYTHING!! All hail the Mother of Dragons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 3: Pennywise from the movie “IT” though creepy this character has risen in popularity with the updated release of the movie… And it’s creepy A.F.

I hope you all made some amazing memories this year. Catch you next time Lovies & remember comments are alway welcome! Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

Black Girl Magic!!!

Ello Lovies! I hope your week day has been going great?! My renovations you reckon is 1 day away from being complete if you can believe it?! We’re getting so excited to have our kitchen/ house back after Glamping (Glamorous Camping) for 3 weeks!😳 Everything in our house is at an upheaval as we’re painting our hallway, color matching the ceiling of our kitchen to our dining room as they’re all one space now with the kitchen remodel & re-painting the husband, Zack’s office. I didn’t realize he had so many freaking sneakers & I thought I was bad! Lol😏 Here’s a sneak peek of our custom new maple cognac cabinets that just went up from Woodmark! Awesome sauce!🙋🏽

Don’t know if you know this but I’ve been living in Arizona for 10 years (since April 2007) having moved here for Love & found myself lacking in Black girlfriends. Coming from such a multicultural background & living in London pretty much my whole life in such a melting pot, I paid no attention to it. I have to mention I have every nationality of girlfriend & do not discriminate against any race but I just couldn’t build a long lasting connection with any black women in Arizona. Missing the closeness of my 5 sisters (who live in London) since I’d moved across the pond & Zack could see that with my obsession with the HBO show Insecure. I would act like the main characters Issa Rae & Molly we’re my Besties so with that clear indication he encouraged me to seek out more “Sister” friends! 😂 I went on Facebook & lo & behold there was an invite to a black Girl Magic Phoenix Brunch that was being held 2 miles down the road from where I live. If that wasn’t a sign I don’t know what was!! Now this event had popped up in my Facebook news feed many times but I was a little nervous going on my own but I finally grew some female balls, purchased a ticket online & selected my brunch choice with beverage (omlette with bottomless mimosas🍳🥂) Cheers!😋

Cueing up in line I started to do what I always do which is nervously sweat & question what the HELL I was doing there?! A lady in front of me in line with long bouncy curls & stylish framed glasses smiled So I spoke asking her if it was her first time which it was then we went from there.I sat next to her & we introduced ourselves, chatted then 2 other ladies came to the same table asking to sit as well & we all connected, shared our stories & exchanged contact details with plans to meet at a later date…Here are the beautiful ladies I met at the Black Girl Magic Phoenix Brunch whom I hope to develop a solid friendship with!😍

After getting to know the ladies at our table the Creator of Black Girls Brunch Gaybrielle, a Phoenix Native introduced herself to the entire room, a warm & bubbly lady whom I could not be more enthralled by! She introduced her Co-Founder of Black Girl Magic Phoenix Kyley & a volunteer Deanna. Gaybrielle  described that Black Girl Brunch was created for black women to “see” each other, network & it was a place where ladies became “Sister Friends” & I totally agree with that. Gaybrielle mentioned that they usually shine light on one of the guests/ members business but this week they just wanted everyone to mingle & get to know each other… Here’s a shot of Gaybrielle & I after a little sesh on the dance floor.💃🏿💃🏿

There was a lot of dancing with a fun Dj, networking, delicious peach cobbler cheesecake dessert  & bottomless mimosa’s, a fun experience it was indeed!!! If your looking for strong black women who are self- driven, empowered & looking for girlfriends then this is for you.

Catch you next time Lovies,

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T 😍❤️

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 😍💋

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.