50’s Style Photo Shoot!

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.

Location.
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!

Clothing.
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.

Props/accessories.
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.

Photographer.
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.

Me too Shoes!

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

The London Chronicles!

After a 2 year absence from London it was so good going back home. This was by far my favorite trip & if I could do it all again the exact same way from start to Finish I would! From the 9 hour flight going there & the seat next to both Zacko & I being vacant to our strategically placed & spacious Air BnB & most importantly hanging out with my siblings & university friends, this trip was a dream come true!

Here are some images of ma familia! My sisters, nieces & I. My husband, nephews & Nieces & I. My brothers, husband & l & lastly my fav pic of the bunch my husband & nieces.😍

Entertainment

Getting around London on your own is so easy if you have a London Underground tube map. You could always rely on uber but you miss so much so get out there & figure it out, it’s called life & if you get stuck ask for help! Our Air b n b happened to be a 3 minuite walk from East Finchley train station (the northern line underground) so we were able to coordinate which trains to take to get to our destinations. Camden Town, Borough market & convent garden would be my recommendations for a local yet touristy look at London life.

Shopping

Head over to Central London to places like Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street & Bond Street to stores like Selfridges, Harrods & Topshop for shopping. Those are some of my favorite places as you can see…😊

Food

We loved Borough Market & their innovative stalls that you can get authentic British cheeses, meats & British desserts made fresh that day! We also tried some Jamaican food such as Ma Petite Jamaica in Camden Town, Afro Asian inspired cuisine called Shaka Zulu also in Camden Town. Italian cuisine like Alto by San Carlo just above the Selfridges building in central London which looked like a secret garden (images included) However, my absolute favorite meal was the double date dinner Zacko & I had with my sister Ruth & her husband Rob at the local eatery La Rugoletta in East Finchley. I got the spaghetti bolognese with mushrooms & was so full halfway through the meal but forced myself to eat it all as I felt I would never have a meal that spectacular again!

Sites

There are so many sites to see so depending on your interests go crazy it’s London Lovie! In the past we went to Stonehenge, the village of Lacock, Windsor castle & took high tea at the Savoy hotel. This year we went to the Southbank Center, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Modern Museum & the official London Eye. One of the best things about London is that there is an abundance of live music. On our second night in London, AirBnB invited us to a guitar shop called Sixty Six sounds in Central London so we could mingle with other renters & hear local Artists perform on Denmark Street in Tottenham court Road. It was a magical evening as we got to meet & bear new Artits like AliceMusic, KadeemTyrell & our favorites The Katana’s so I would highly recommend that if you ever get an opportunity to experience that!🙋🏽

Fashion

For styling in London I went with comfy shoes as walking is the name of the game. Paired mostly with denim jeans, bodysuits & shirts. I just layered pieces with jackets & funky cardigans as the weather can still be unpredictable in early June. If I knew an Uber was involved not just the London Underground I busted out some cuter shoeties with more of a heel.

London Fashion was booming & some of the outfits street style as well as retail were incredible especially showcased at Topshop & Selfridges.

So that’s my guide to London Lovies! What a trip it was! Had a couple of issues with my Diabectic pump which stopped working during take off to London & during take off on the way back home to Arizona. My Diabectic pump’s altitude alarm went off 4 times (I didn’t even know such a thing existed😮) that disabled pump delivery on my T:Slim X2 pump so I had to use insulin injections (thank goodness I was over prepared in packing 😊) My pump “Shanaenae” as I named her failed going to London then 2 days after that when we were in London then when we took off going to Arizona then 2 days after that as well!🤷🏾‍♀️ However, Tandem (my pump distributor) very nicely replaced my faulty pump with a brand new one. So Shanaenae is Shanaenae revamped!😊

Great news Lovies! My web designer & wonderful Friend Amanda made it possible that you can now subscribe to my blog posts & receive alerts as I Post so sign up now! 🙋🏽😍

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi LikeTaffy A.L.T

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

 

Happy New Year!!!

Happy Happy New Year Lovies!! Christmas was something else with my 9 day flu that transpired into a sinus infection then Bronchitis!🤧 I made it through & am slowly getting back to the old me. My workouts on the other hand have been slightly harder as a runner so I’ve been slowly building back my stamina.💪🏼

It was lovely jubbly spending the holidays with my family who live across the street from the Hubster Zack & I. We started out with our annual pub crawl in old town scottsdale heading to the bars Counter Intuitive, Kelly’s at Southbridge then Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers to soak up all that alcoholic tom foolery.😋 💃🏿

The next night I met up with all my favorite Saks Associates past & present for our annual secret Santa dinner at the Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar in Arcadia. It was great catching up on life, remising about the past & of course gift giving. I got these delicious earrings from my friend Devon which I LOVE!! The waiter tried to rush us a few times as we couldn’t stop chatting but after almost 4 hours we left him in peace! Love my girls!🥂🍾 

We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve as all the family were together then. Playing games, eating homemade Beef Wellington with all the sides & homemade cannolis’s for dessert was a dream. Just thinking about it now makes my mouth water! Yum! Zack printed out ugly sweaters for everyone in honor of Christmas cheer! Here we are showing how we Maita’s roll.🎅🏽🙋🏽

The new year had us toasting it with Chinese food from Uber Eats & renting movies. It was relaxing which was ideal as I had to work the next day & was getting ready for my brother’s visit later that week. Haruna came to visit us from West, Africa, Nigeria which was such a treat for 3 days! I know what your thinking 3 days is  too short to come from such a long way away right?? I certainly thought so & shared it with him but I’ll take what I can get. It’s strange being absent from someone you’ve known your whole life then seeing them all of a sudden again, constantly, picking up like no time has passed at all. It was just golden. We spent some good quality time getting to know each other again, going out for lunches & dinners & I even made him my famous gluten free lasagna.☺️ Despite my brothers accomplishments he’s still the awkward boy I laughed at & who wouldn’t let me play with him & his friends (because I secretly fancied one of them).😋Love you brov!

 

Haruna was heading to New Jersey after his visit then Miami, London then back home to Nigeria. What a life!

This year i’ve Made a pledge to myself to be more aggressive in going after what I want, figuring it out if I meet any road blocks & just going for it. Make a pledge to yourself it feels good!

Catch you next time lovies!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

Blogsgiving!!!

Ello Lovies!!! A few weeks ago I was honored to be invited by my friend, Blogger & fellow Type 1 Diabectic Paloma @glitterglucose to a local event called Blogsgiving hosted by 2 local Bloggers Josie @hellosilhouette & Mer @SheForksPhx held at Sip Coffee & Beer Garage in Phoenix. These two fun & gracious co-hosts put together a social haven for us local Bloggers to get together, network & enjoy some amazing Thanksgiving themed food with a great Dj!🍽🎶

It was delightful, literally a gathering of friends with like minds. Josie & Mer spoke about how exponentially the attendance of Blogsgiving had grown from just last year to what it was now- almost 50 more people!!🙋🏽

They provided delicious turkey sandwiches with stuffing, cranberry sauce, salad, Mac & cheese (my favorite😋) and for dessert their piece de resistance seasonal bread pudding. Yummy doesn’t begin to cover it & let’s not talk about their customized cocktail, Cheers!🍹

There were also 2 guest speakers, the first the Co-owner of Sip & Beer Garage who spoke of the importance of local businesses & his history. The second speaker, Quinn Tempest a Designer & Digital Strategist @quinn.tempest had such inspiring words to say & is just an inspiration in general.

I never knew there were so many Bloggers in Arizona & to have them all in one place & be so kind & willing to uplift each other was indeed a dream come true! Here is a pic of some of the sweet souls I met & look forward to hopefully forming alliances with in the future… from left to right we have Anica @nicarose, Avi @AlwaysAvi, Becca @bbooks, Chaila @Chailajo, Allyssa @simplyallyssa, myself & lastly Lauren @lipglossandliving.

Overall a joyous occasion & one I look forward to attending next year & the years to come. Cheers indeed Josie & Merr I’ll forever remember November 14th 2017 as the year I made many new friends & was accepted into the Bloggers circle.

Catch you next time Lovies!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T