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