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.

Denim Daze!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T