I’ve always loved retro clothes, dressing up in full skirts, fitted tops with pops of color & fun prints from different era’s especially the 1950’s. Celebrating a friend’s 50’s themed birthday party last summer reminded me of my love for that time. However,heading back home to London 2 months ago was so inspiring to me in every way but especially in fashion. Hitting up one of my favorite 50’s inspired stores called Collectif Clothing in Camden Town (best city in London) was the inspiration I got for my latest fashion shoot.
Deciding to have the Photo shoot at Hotel Adeline was a no brainer being one of the newest boutique hotels that re-opened up this February in Scottsdale, Arizona.The aesthetic was perfect from the welcoming influencer inspired pool area to the old school air conditioning unit in their suites, vintage orange-colored mini fridge, classic chaise lounge chair & spacious bathroom with funky tile work.
Hotel Adeline are willing to work with influencers & gave me free rein to rent the suite, explore & take pics all over their Hotel so cheers Hotel Adeline!
I went with a classic white & red gingham print dress from Collectif clothing that portrayed true retro style from the 1950s. My Photographer Alyssa recommended swimsuit looks (especially as they had a pool to-die-for) so I went in search for the right swimming costumes to compliment my curvaceously strong figure. I asked all around for thong swimsuits as I planned to get a little steamy in these shoots & I was informed the term is now called “cheeky bottom” lol
My last hope after finding no swimsuits with a cheeky bottom was Everything But Water the designer swimsuit store at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Ironically I was the Assistant Manager there 10 years ago so it was sweet visiting it. I found my 2 swimsuits so quickly & the help that I got from the Staff was outstanding! A nude Luli Farma & yellow Vitamin A swimsuits were the winners.
I already had my Vintage dress picked out, bag, shoes & accessories being a fan of that era i’d accumulated bits & bobs over time so next up was setting the scene & I needed Props. A coverup & sun hat for my swimsuit looks & possibly flowers… I headed to Victoria Secrets & found a green printed kimono style floral silk bathrobe, done!
Finding a sun hat was impossible as I looked everywhere & wanted something unique & still couldn’t find it so I thought why not try vintage stores, take it waaay back!
I perused Old Town Scottsdale & came across a quaint & boutique called Twice Boutique (instagram: Twicescottsdale). I met the owner Brittany whom was lovely jubbly so I bought a flamingo sunhat (which I LOVE) & Her store was full of so many hidden gems & I can’t wait to visit that Boutique in old town Scottsdale again! Furthermore whilst I was admiring the decor at Twice Boutique Brittany very generously offerred me all the sunflowers she created herself that you see strewn in the picture below… how sweet!!After that my looks were complete!
Hair, Makeup & Lashes.
Looking for a typical 50’s era hairstyle online, I went with one pincurl & loose waves that my hairdresser of 5 years Renata Henderson (instagram:rhhairstylist) styled so effortlessly. She is a joy to work with & I can’t tell you how the entire staff at Hotel Adeline knew which era I was representing based on my hair alone. We added a wire covered bandana first in white with black polka dots then an animal print loose scarf.
A friend who works at the same luxury brand I run my business through Britney-Rae Sanchez (instagram:brinnyrae) who is an internationally published celebrity makeup Artist offered to do my photo shoot & what an offer! Britney decided to create a natural glow with retro cat eyes & finished my look with her own custom lipstick concoction of an Armani red lip gloss then added red glitter from a costume store to seal the look! Genius! Britney warned me the glitter would get everywhere & she wasn’t wrong as it got on my teeth,face,inside my mouth & all over my chest but cheers to Britney I was prepared.I had tape & 2 touch ups worth of both said glitter & lip gloss & it turned out so well…
I’ve been seeing my Lash lady Miss Carmen (instagram: eyelashedarizona) for over 6 years & I never go anywhere else. Carmen is a true Artist battling my insanely curly lashes adding extensions to accentuate my big eyes & give me that glamour that I truly believe cemented my Pin-up look.
This was to be our second photo shoot working together & if the chemistry between Alyssa Ryan (instagram:Alyssaryanphotography) from the first shoot was anything to come by then we had no worries. True to that thought we began in the hotel suite,took it outside to the balcony,by the hotel restaurant,influencer signs & lastly the pool, bar & shower. With Alyssa’s talent & openness to explore 3 hours later we got all the shots in the bag! I truly recommend Alyssa as she’s just so easy to work with, eager to make her own suggestions but willing to explore yours & is fearless.
What an amazing experience that was with all those collaborative forces coming together to create magic! I want to thank each & every one of these amazing people including Hotel Adeline who helped me live out my dream as a 50’s pin-up girl. Please go & follow them & show support.Catch you next time loves!
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.
Almost 6 years ago I began my journey into becoming a personal fashion stylist at the Luxury brand I run my business through.
I searched everywhere for the right type of footwear as I had to constantly be on my feet running around during client appointments.
After many battles with different brands & styles & still left with bruised & sore toes I came across a brand as per a colleagues recommendation. She said they were sold at Nordstrom’s & with some investigation I headed over there tried them on & bought 3 pairs!
What I love about the shoe is that they have a built-in padded cushion for the heel of your foot, which takes the brunt of your weight. Their unique technology is purrfect for my Lifestyle & I haven’t looked back since!
20 pairs later I started my Style & Lifestyle blog & post an outfit of the day tagging the brand Me Too Shoes & Adam Tucker Footwear daily (as they are both under the same umbrella) on instagram. Me Too Shoes contacted me as they could see how much I love their brands & provided me with the 40% off code INSTAAFI40 for all my followers. I publicized their newest Summer sandals in a mini social media advertisement of me dancing wearing their 2 styles the Norina with the perforated ankle strap in new luggage goat nubuck color & Tarin’s criss cross Strap Chamet shoe in metallic (both pictures below).
I had Instagram followers, clients & friends ordering from them & got such positive feedback that I just received their fall collection!
This weekend I went to Sedona for a romantic getaway with my husband Zacko & wore out my burgundy flats Olympia Me Too Shoes in the quaint village of Tlaquepaque & my Camo print slip on Reese’s at the Buddhist temple Peace Park (both pictured below!) In addition their Hallees in a delicious floral print has me like woah! Check our their website www.metooshoes.com & www.adamtuckerfootwear.com.
Thank you Me Too Shoes & Adam Tucker Footwear for saving my feetsies! Don’t forget to use the coupon code for 40% off! Catch you next time Lovies 😍💋
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T
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
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 😍❤️
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 😍💋
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
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