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..
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
Ello Lovies, if you haven’t already checked out my latest You Tube video then you possibly should as renovations madness occurred in its full capacity last week! Eeek!
Our Contractor whom we’ve been working with since April, planning our bathroom & kitchen remodel, finally came in & demolitioned our entire 2 bathrooms & after 1 week he quit!! WTF! Right? We were shocked too! I didn’t even know that that could happen! Zack asked 1 question which was “when will our pocket doors (that we were getting installed) going to be ready?” The Contractor replied that he was “going to step back” from the job as he felt like he was being rushed. He then went on to ignore Zack’s calls & my frantic text messages. After having his calls thwarted, Zack found another Contractor the same day…
Our Ex-Contractor cooled off then emailed the next day explaining himself & offered to finish our bathrooms but said we should find someone else for the kitchen. Zack wasn’t having any of it & after we discussed being left high & dry I replied to him that we no longer required his services. What a bloody mess!!
Designers are always playing with the boundaries of fashion, seeing how far they can take a trend & Sequins & Shine is a prominent one for pre-fall 2017. I mean who doesn’t love “bling”?? Recyclable as fashion is Glam rock & Bowie inspired sequins have been showing up on the runway with brands such as Jenny Packham, Roberto Cavalli (as i live & breathe!) Altuzarra & of course the ever classic Chanel…
Splurge Option There was so much to offer on this trend if you have beaucoup bucks as you can see. I showcased 2 night time looks & 1 day to night look.The first one a full on sequins on sequins on sequins for my petite ladies (couldn’t help myself okay!) The Roberto Cavalli Sequin Silk Dress $4680.00 & what a dress it is, BABY GOT BACK! Paired with Ginette NY Sequins Diamond & 18K Rose Gold Stud Earrings $975.00, Edie Parker Jean Glitter stripe Acrylic Clutch $1195.00 & lastly Giuseppe Zanotti Sequin 105 metallic Booties $895.00. This outfit does NOT mess around & what a punch it packs if I say so myself! 😉
Splurge Option 2 For my curvy ladies, I wanted to showcase 2 hot trends right now Gingham & of course shine! This Diane Von Furstenberg sequined midi dress is OFF THE CHARTS & at $468.00 yes please! Teamed up with BaubleBar Piñata Tassel Earrings $36.00 (i have them in hot pink, yaass!) Alice & Olivia Multi-stripe sequin clutch $495.00 & Lastly Louboutin Foilles Lace Red Sole Pump in Multi color $795.00. I would rock this outfit all night every night if i could, just fabulous!
Splurge Option 3 I went with this lovely jubbly NO.21 metallic sequined color block skirt $1260.00 & paired with this white Topshop Bardot Hook & Eye crop top $28.00, Sonix Ibiza 55mm cat Eye Sunglasses $98.00, nude Christian Louboutin So Kate Patent Leather clutch $850.00 & Kate Spade New York $88.00 (comes in white as well which is to die for!) I mixed some save & splurge options in here like I’ve said before not every piece has to break the bank, all put together this look is SMOKIN’!!
Splurge Summary I’m obsessed with this trend as it’s flattering to all body types both petite & curvy. For my medical device wearers it is a teeny weenie bit heavy in weight but other than that your good.Sequins & Shine is such a fun & funky way of expressing oneself, so go for it, i’ts a free fall for all!
Catch you next week Wednesday Lovies.
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.
This week in my dressing room diaries, the hubby Zack & I had the most peculiar Uber driver on our way to a bbq in downtown Phoenix. After muttering about her job history for 5 mins she finally got interesting when she filled us in on her experiences as a Sales Associate in the men’s department at Nordstrom…
“Uber Sheeba” as I like to call her spoke of how a man after trying thousands of $$ of clothing soiled $800.00 of it to feed his sick fetish. First of all Eww & secondly, who does that? Uber Sheeba went on to tell us about a couple who regularly came in & got off on arguing in front of the Sales Associate then when the chance arose, the girlfriend would sneek into the dressing room her boyfriend occupied & have loud make up sex. They finally got caught & security escorted them out! Golly gumdrops there are some freaks out there! Lmao!
Even though it’s scorching outside I wanted to start bringing your attention to the pre-fall trends for 2017 as with fashion were always a season ahead. A big trend for pre-fall that’s started to trickle into the luxury brand I run my business through is Tiers or as I like to call luxe layers!
When I think of Tiers I think of layers on a cake but that’s because I LOVE cake, Yum! But I wanted to see what Tiers actually means in regarding fashion. According to the dictionary Tiers is..”one of a number of successively overlapping ruffles or flounces in a garment”. I mean watching Queen Bey in the yellow Robert Cavalli gown for her lemonade debut video smashing sh*t up is a bloody brilliant depiction of the trend in its full glory! All hail Queen Bey!
Splurge Option for my petite ladies this is the perfect trend for you as it adds a little more shape to your form whilst showing a quirky edge so go for it full on! I selected this dress as it’s so fun with the reverse SearSucker print (being red & not blue) the Ellie Tiered strapless dress from the brand Prose & Poetry $450.00, paired with Stephanie Kantis Tier DoorKnocker earrings $285.00, Splash flat brow catty sunnies $30.00 from Topshop & my favorite Dolly two part sandals $48.00 adds an extra pop of color!
Save Option for my curvy ladies you must be careful with the Tiers trend as worn incorrectly it can add bulk to your form. I tried a dress on & it made me look like a cake topper! I would suggest breaking up the Tiers like I did below & in my feature pic as a curvy lady it’s more flattering. My entire outfit is from Zara one of my favorite places to find bargains. The top was marked down at $35.99 & the skirt $19.99 both STEALS! I paired them with my Topshop Metallic & white platforms $60.00 as I’m constantly on the go for work.Topped off with my Rose gold apple watch which I never leave the house without as it’s linked to my medical device (dexcom cgm) that helps monitor my blood sugar. Lastly a piece of felt fabric I cut & created as a choker. However if you are wanting the dress option & are stubborn like me try to keep the focus of the Tiers at the bottom of the dress as it’s beaucoup flattering.
Splurge option 2 For my medical device wearers the Tiers trend can be overwhelming. It may hinder your medical device’s functionality for my pumpers especially (Medtronic wearers) you may loose tubing in the midst of all those layers so be forewarned. Omnipod wearers your fine!! I suggest again breaking up the trend. This peach blouse really spoke to me with its Tiered sleeve from Topshop $55.00 paired with these Rag & Bone Dre Step Hem Distressed Capris, Marni Mare embroidered beach hat $395.00 just screams summer holiday. I thought these Oyster sunnies by Chanel (mucho expensive) tied the outfit together with lastly these Alexandre Birman Clarita Leather Ankle-Tie sandals $695.00 (THE DREAM)
Save VS Splurge Summary Luxe layers is an interesting trend & to be honest not one of my favorites as it’s not complimentary to my body type head to toe but each to their own. If you love it invest in a good piece. If not fashion is recyclable so go with more of an affordable piece.The best way to try something new is to wear it with confidence, if you have that nothing else matters…
Check you next Wednesday lovies with my sequins & shine segment..see what I did there?! lol
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T
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