Friday, May 19, 2017

TEN 90's Movies to Binge-Watch this Weekend


Hey Lovelies, summer is finally upon us and I've racked up a list of movies you could binge-watch this weekend or on those long summer nights where you just feel like staying in. Feel nostalgic and want to watch some popular 90s flicks? Well, look no further because I've compiled a list of the best 90s movies you could binge-watch all weekend!

10 Things I Hate About You


The many reasons to watch 10 Things I Hate About You...well hunty can we first talk Heath Ledger? Yes. One of the many reasons to watch is...Heath Ledger. Honestly though, 10 Things I Hate About You is one of those must watch 90s teen flicks. It's one of my all-time favorites and it's one of those many movies that has you completely embracing your inner 90's, girl.

Clueless


Clueless is a classic 90s teen flick! If you haven't watched it, you definitely should this weekend. It's such a funny film that basically follows the life and circumstances surrounding this rich high school student, Cher Horowitz, and her friends. All tying in the crazy thing that is high-school and "coming of age". It's such a funny and dramatic must-see this weekend.

Big Daddy


This film is another one of my favorites. Big Daddy is such a funny film that follows the adventures of a lazy irresponsible man, Sonny Koufax, played by Adam Sandler and a 5-year-old boy he adopts named Julian played by Dylan and Cole Sprouse...more of a reason to watch because the Sprouse Twins as kids were freaking adorable.

Never Been Kissed


Never Been Kissed is a must-watch 90's rom-com starring Drew Barrymore as Josie Geller, a junior writer at the Chicago Sun-Times who must pose as a student at her former high-school to research teenage culture for her article. It's real cheesy, but funny and dramatic things happen in the midst of it all, which is why you should watch it this weekend.

Fight Club


Fight Club is a must-see because it's such a great film. It can be interpreted differently, but from my perspective, it's a film where men join together on the common realization of their hatred for the hypocrisy in society and form an underground fight club. These men basically fight each other, which they enjoy and take things to the next level as their hatred for society grows. There is so much more to it than that, which you must watch to understand. But, also Brad Pitt is in it...more of a reason to watch.

Mrs. Doubtfire


Mrs. Doubtfire is such a funny drama starring beloved, Robin Williams, as Daniel Hillard. Divorced from his wife, Daniel Hillard hatches an elaborate plan to spend time with his children by posing as a nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire. It's such a funny film, and you have to watch in order to see all the crazy things unfold.

Pretty Woman


Pretty Woman is the classic 90s rom-com. This classic is a full on twist on your basic Cinderella story, starring the likes of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. An unlikely pair, a prostitute, and a wealthy businessman fall in love with one another. Yeah... if you haven't seen this classic 90's rom-com, you have to watch to see everything unfold.

Pulp Fiction


Pulp Fiction is a classic 90's crime drama starring the likes of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. It's such an interesting film based on the lives of two mob hitmen, a gangster's wife, bandits and a boxer all entangled in violence and crime.

Sleepless in Seattle


Sleepless in Seattle is such a classic 90's romantic drama, starring the likes of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. This, as many others, is such a classic rom-com that managed to humorously comment on the unrealistic expectations of love and so much more.

The Parent Trap


The Parent Trap is one of my all-time favorite childhood movies! A must-see if you haven't seen it already...and if you haven't seen The Parent Trap, well hunty...where have you been? This is such a great film following the adventures of identical twins, Annie and Hallie who were separated at birth, and each raised by one of their biological parents. Later they manage to discover each other, they then swap lives...and it just gets crazier from there. You have to see this film, whether it's for the first time or again, it's literally the best thing.

I literally love all of these movies, but let me know below which one of these 90's flicks is your favorite? 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DIY Pearl Choker


Hey Lovelies, so recently I've been loving chokers, I'm constantly wearing them because I find they are such a cute accessory. Chokers can either be pricey or inexpensive, but all in all, they are such a simple, yet cute way to add to an outfit. So not long ago, I thought to myself, why not make one? It's pretty inexpensive to do so, and so I did. I'm honestly loving the end result, so I decided to let you know just how I made it so you could create one (or multiple) as well. 

What you will need:


Steps to create:

1) Start off by measuring out the length of chain you'll need. To measure, take the necklace chain and wrap it around your neck and then add an extra 1/2 inch to what is wrapped around your neck.

2) Using pliers cut off the excess chain that isn't wrapped around your neck, (if any). You should end up with the piece of chain that was wrapped around your neck to start creating your choker.

3) Now, using pliers open and attach one hoop (jump ring) to one end of your chain, and close the hoop off.


4) At this point, start applying the pearl beads, looping them through the end of the chain without the jump ring present.



5) Once you've finished applying beads to the chain, repeat step three on the other end where no jump ring is present. However, before closing the hoop (jump ring) attach the clasp to the end and then close off the hoop.


6) Rock your new choker! Now, you can wear and style it however you'd like!


If you create this, I would so love to see the way you styled them! Comment down below, or post a picture on Instagram with the #DIYfashion and @kelly.madu so I could check out your creations!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring style: Gingham


Hey Lovelies, Spring is officially upon us! Along with the florals and minimalist pieces, the fashion forecast is also calling for Gingham prints! Today, I'm bringing you ways to style the latest spring trend: gingham prints! Also, I'm occasionally making style collages over on Polyvore, so, if you're looking for more style inspiration, check my page out, misskouture on Polyvore! 

Gingham Style

This look I created is curated around the staple piece, the dress! This boxy gingham print dress is such a cute and wearable look for any event. I feel it would suit all body types because of it's relaxed but somewhat sophisticated look. I had paired this dress with a mix of black and wine colored accessories. From the velvet wine colored platform sandals to the black velvet wrap around choker, it just brings this whole look together in a way that turns a chic dress up a notch. 


Make this look casual? Swap out the platform sandals for flat sandals or sneakers. In addition to that, you could throw on a denim jacket and accessorize to your liking. It could get a bit chilly during the spring time so, grabbing light outwear to wear over the dress isn't a bad idea and the right jacket could pull this look together nicely.


Want me to style anything specific? Comment down below!
Until next time for more in fashion!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ten places I would like to visit


Hey Lovelies, today I'm just going to talk about the places I'd like to visit one day. I would so love to travel when I'm older, and can't wait to travel to many different places from warm beaches on islands giving you sunkissed skin to frost-speckled views giving you a taste of winter and everything in between!

Santorini, Greece

Made up of small islands and gorgeous beaches (...that I've honestly only seen through pictures), Santorini, Greece is a place I'd really love to visit one day. Everything there just looks so picturesque, which I can't get over. 

Hawaii

Tropical beauty, I just want to visit this place so bad. 

Turks and Caicos

Yet another island, it's so freaking beautiful and picturesque. I just want to go there, take everything in and relax for however long with that gorgeous island view. 

Canada

Cold, but still amazing. I've actually visited Canada a couple years back, but want to go back there again so much. One day we went on this tour, you know like tourists do. And the places we stopped by were pretty amazing to check out. The people over there (based on who I came across) were so nice too. Amazing sites, extremely nice people, good food...it was honestly a good time and can't wait to visit again.

California

Literally hot all day, every day. I've actually gone to California too, but that was when I was pretty young. From what I remember it was really fun going there, especially the time spent with family and all whilst on the trip. I want to go back there again soon, though, because of how much fun I had the last time I went, and just wanting to visit all the different sites and meet some cool people while I'm at it too. 

Milan, Italy

Just as the others, beautiful. There are many parts of Italy that I'd like to visit, this just happens to be its fashion center. The sites to see and let's not forget about the food! Can't wait to visit someday and put what I learned in high school to use. 

Barcelona, Spain

You can breathe in the music the city makes...we can't talk about Barcelona and not bring up the Cheetah girls! I mean I guess we can...but I'm choosing to bring them up. Loved all the cheetah girls movies, they legit made up my childhood if you couldn't tell already. I have actually visited Madrid for a bit to see family there and taking in the sites and everything was beyond gorgeous. 

Amsterdam

I would really like to visit Amsterdam one day. It's artistry, history and all would be great to discover and get to know one day.

London

I don't even know how to begin with this one. The history, the architecture, the people I just want to discover it all in person one day.

Paris, France

Paris is always a good idea. It really is, though. I can't wait until the day comes that I'm standing in front of the freaking Eiffel Tower, preferably at night with it all lit up and pretty. There's also so much history and artistry within France that I'd love to see one day.


What'd you think of the list? Traveling is something I'd love to do in the very near future and these are just some of my top picks of places to go to. What are yours? 

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to look expensive on a budget


Hey Lovelies, so, before we get into it, I'm still young and still learning how to spend money wisely, especially when it comes to fashion. The idea is to work with what you already have in your closet and spend the money on quality pieces. Not saying fashion is the end all be all, but there is no problem with wanting to make sure you're slaying the game while you're on a budget. Today, I'm going to bring you all the tips/advice...same difference...on how to look expensive on a budget and slay all day every day.  

1. Wear Black.

Black is such a timeless color that goes with everything! It's because of its simplicity that you could even wear it with other colors and/or prints. The first person that comes to mind when thinking of the color black? Coco Chanel. She brought to us the idea of the little black dress, and a multitude of tailored looks using those neutral tones. Get yourself a little black dress. It's something that's simple and chic and will never go out of style. Alternatively, you can take a clothing piece as simple as a black blazer and immediately make an outfit look polished. You can go casual and get a simple black t-shirt, but make that look "expensive" by dressing it up with a cute A-line skirt and ankle booties or grab a pair of jeans and something like a jacket, cardigan or bomber. Take some basic clothing piece in that neutral tone and dress it up to fit your own style!

2. Choose colors that compliment you.

Begin by going through what you feel are the classics in your closet. It can be the little black dress hanging at the back in a dress bag, or a distressed denim jacket. From there, choose colors that best suit you to wear. Choosing colors that best compliment your skin tone can make a huge difference in the turn-out of your look. It can turn a dull outfit into a bomb one, all because it compliments your skin tone. Colors that compliment you will visually brighten up simple things like your eyes, skin, and mood. A happier mood can also provide confidence and that confidence just radiates as well.

3. Buy/wear the right fabrics.

You can never go wrong when wearing natural fabrics. These are your cotton and silk clothing pieces. Silk is something that will always make you look chic, you can find inexpensive silk clothing pieces in places like Zara (on sale honey) or Miss Selfridge. On the other hand, Cotton is a quality natural fabric that can be found literally anywhere! And a good quality cotton top, pant or skirt can add a great touch to a look!

4. A structured bag.

This could be both pricey, but inexpensive in the long run. Splurging on a chic and structured handbag or mini backpack and then wearing that with the most basic look in the world, can instantly make any outfit look expensive, just because the bag is polished and expensive paired with an outfit. Your closet could consist of solely basics, let's say, a crisp white t-shirt, and denim jeans. However, paired with a Celine handbag or a Michael Kors mini backpack, you just brought that simple look up a notch. There are people who manage to look 'effortlessly' expensive without spending much on clothes, but on the handbag on their arm instead. And there are bags out there that look expensive but are very affordable. So, if you were thinking of a quick way to make a basic look expensive this is the way to go. 

5. Pick clothing that flatters your figure.

Please know that if you want to look expensive, your clothes should fit you and in turn flatter your figure, comfortably hugging all the right curves, alternatively loosely forming around them. You shouldn't be drowning in the clothing you're wearing and alternatively, the clothing you wear shouldn't be so tight that you can't breathe or move in them. This is because it won't look flattering and the outfit will fall flat and just look cheap. Now to clarify, there's a difference. Drowning in fabric 5-6 sizes too big isn't cute and doesn't look expensive. However, an average oversized denim jacket or hoodie styled the right way would look amazing! 

6. Show your clothes some love.

As I said, it all comes from working with what you already have in your closet and then investing in quality pieces. Take the time to take care of your clothing so they last and look new for a long time. 

7. Accessorize.

After you've got the basics of your look set, pull everything together by accessorizing it! My favorite are layered chokers with my simple gold heart necklace. I've worn my simple heart necklace for ages and just decided to be extra by wearing it with chokers to go along with different outfits. Then, I'll put on earrings and I'm good to go. You can go that way, or rock some sunglasses. Maybe you like the look of stacked rings? So, go for it! Feeling like making a simple statement, grab a statement necklace that goes with your outfit and you're ready to head out the door.
Added tip: pointed shoes. flats or heels adds a hint of sophistication to any look.

8. Coordinate your shoes and bag.

As I mentioned before a basic look is instantly upgraded when paired with a structured bag. Take this look to the next level by wearing matching colored shoes! You can literally be wearing a simple black top and black jeans, but take that basic look to the next level by pairing it with a white pair of sneakers and a white handbag. The colors can be interchangeable, so, take the idea, and make it personal to your style.

9. Color combos.

There are clothing in colors that you could wear that could quickly make a simple outfit look sophisticated. Various shades of brown, nudes and blush pinks, when worn separately are colors that add a hint of sophistication to any look. Another go-to color combo that never fails to look expensive, depending on how it's styled is black, white and blue. You can grab a crisp simple white t-shirt to wear with dark blue jeans and a black cardigan for a casual look or swap out the jeans for a black A-line skirt, keep the white shirt and swap out the cardigan for a blue blazer, for a much more sophisticated look. There are many ways to wear and style these color combinations. 

10. Take care of yourself.

You can't look expensive solely on just the fashion. You have to take care of yourself as well, yes, personal hygiene honey. You can't look expensive with chipped nails, that isn't cute. As for your hair, do something nice with it to pull the whole look together. A sleek/simple ponytail, sleek/messy bun, effortless waves...etc...go with a nice style that completes your look. Finally, if you wear makeup minimal or extra, you better make sure that your makeup is killing it all around. Those lashes are long and luscious and that highlight is poppin'. This will ensure you are slaying all around all day everyday hun.

Quick shopping tips:

1) Be smart with your money. Save and spend on quality pieces and work with what you already have.
2) When shopping, really think: Can this be styled multiple ways? Can this be worn more than once?
3) Clothing you buy should be versatile. This meaning that you have the capability to style one clothing item AT LEAST three different ways. Why? You save money this way. You don't have to keep buying all this stuff you don't need because you'll hopefully have pieces that can be styled multiple ways to create a new outfit each time.
4) Can this be worn more than once? If yes, and the clothing item is what you genuinely feel is at a reasonable price, then purchase. If no, drop it and move on. You shouldn't spend two hundred and upwards in money on something you can only see yourself wearing once.
5) If there are sales, only purchase QUALITY items on sale, obviously because of the fact that it's cheaper than buying quality items at regular price. Never purchase something just because of the fact that it's on sale because then, you're just wasting money on something you probably won't wear again, just solely on the fact that a sale price tag was put on it.


Hope you found the tips/advice useful!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Now Trending: Statement T-Shirts, PLUS two ways to style!


Heeey, guess who's back to posting on Fridays!! And today I'm serving up some style ideas.

Dressed up or dressed down, these closet pieces really add to any look. So what's trending? Statement T-shirts! I thought it would be great to feature ways to style them. So, I created style collages as a way to gain style inspiration from! I'm consistently creating style collages, so, for more style/fashion inspiration, check my page out, misskouture on Polyvore!

Look 1

This look is basically for that gal who is so in touch with her girly side but also has that undeniable edge to her. This "Girl Gang" statement top is paired with a pink leather a-line skirt, and black leather boots as well as a couple chokers. This further gives the look that edgier feel. The pink pieces bring back that soft girly side within the look and also go to compliment the text on the statement shirt.
girl gang


River Island tall shirt
riverisland.com


WithChic blue jacket
$31 - withchic.com



Black leather boots
unifclothing.com


Mansur Gavriel leather bag
$760 - net-a-porter.com


Larsson Jennings pink jewelry
$275 - net-a-porter.com


Choker necklace
shopdashonline.com




Dana Rebecca Designs rose gold earrings
$1,750 - bloomingdales.com



Look 2

This look is for that casual girlie with a slight edge to her as well. This top is cute (and like I hinted at, statement t-shirts could be worn multiple different ways) and paired with the denim jeans and jacket bring the casual feel to the look. The jeans happen to be very distressed jeans, and it's what adds to the edgy part of the look. That and the addition of the chokers bring along with it that edgy vibe to the look.


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Also trending: Cropped Sweaters!
For more fashion inspiration, check out my page, misskouture on Polyvore.





Thanks so much for reading!
Until next time for more on fashion and/or lifestyle.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Girl Talk | Feature 4


Hey Lovelies, today we'll be discussing the fashion that rocked the Oscars red carpet, that awkward situation during the ceremony that has got everyone talking and more on Girl Talk.


89th Academy Awards

So first things first, let's talk the fashion.



Who wore it best? And who should have gotten their money back? Well, Hun, can I just say that Taraji P. Henson looked absolutely stunning on the Oscars red carpet. It was definitely redemption from that Grammy's look a couple weeks back. It was such a classic and sleek look, the black-blue velvet, off-the-shoulder gown, paired with the right accessories, hair, and makeup had me living, the whole look from head to toe was just perfection. Emma Stone looked absolutely gorgeous. I adored the dress, hair, makeup everything was just amazing and giving me such Old Hollywood 20's glamour vibes. Meryl Streep walked the carpet in this gorgeous Silk Elie Saab Couture gown with gold accents. Charlize Theron rocked the red carpet in this beautiful gold Dior gown. Dakota Johnson looked beautiful in this gold Gucci gown. Viola Davis looked so stunning in this red Armani gown. Janelle Monae looked like such a princess in Elie Saab Couture, I adored the detailing on the top half of the dress, especially, and the way she accessorized around the gown brought the whole look together. Octavia Spencer in this silver Marchesa gown looked beautiful, as well as Kirsten Dunst in this classic black Dior gown and Ava Duvernay in this gorgeous silver and lace-accented gown from Ashi. Hailee Steinfeld looked so gorgeous in this Ralph and Russo haute couture gown, literally adored her whole look. Ruth Negga looked stunning in this red custom Valentino gown. Okay, but can we please take a moment because Olivia Culpo looked so stunning. From head to toe, she looked absolutely glamorous in this silver dress from Marchesa and just as Emma Stone was serving up some major Old Hollywood 20's glamor vibes she was doing the same, which I adored. As we're winding down on the list, I can't forget to mention other beautiful looks that took the red carpet, from Emma Roberts in this gorgeous Armani, Ginnifer Goodwin in this beautiful red gown from Zuhair Murad to Chrissy Teigen in this fabulous Zuhair Murad Couture gown in white with gold accents.

Now as for the looks that I wasn't too crazy for, here they are:



Fashion talk is over, for now, let's get into that awkward moment that everyone witnessed at the ceremony that night. Here's the quick rundown: they announced, La La Land as the winner for 'Best Picture' because the wrong card got brought up and given to the presenters. So, not knowing this, the whole cast and crew behind the making of La La Land came up on stage giving out their acceptance speeches (Awkward). Midway, they were stopped by Jimmy Kimmel and the presenters and it was brought up to the cast and crew behind the making of La La Land and announced to the audience, that they weren't the winners, that it was Moonlight that won 'Best Picture' (Double Awkward). Then all you have is the cast and crew standing awkwardly looking around...after the speeches and everything... Hunny the awkwardness was felt by everyone and it was just utter cringe.
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My Current Favorites

This is a bit of a diversion. I just thought it would be cool to share my current favorites, whether it be a tv show, song, fashion/beauty item(s) and so forth every once and awhile or maybe every week...who knows? This would be a great way for you to know a little bit more about me, so let's get started.

Movie(s): The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Funny Face, and Confessions of a Shopaholic
Song(s): Issues by Julia Michaels, No Problem by Chance the Rapper, Jason's song by Ariana Grande, Rockabye by Clean Bandit, Step on up by Ariana Grande, Company by Tinashe and the Ignition X Don't Mind mash up cover by William Singe
Book: An American Duchess by Sharon Page
Accessory: Chokers.
Magazine: Vogue and TeenVogue
Store(s): Charlotte Russe, Century21, and NYX
TV Show: Pretty Little Liars, The Office and Total Drama Island
Guilty pleasure TV show: Keeping up with the Kardashians and Project Runway
Winter Staple(s): oversized sweaters, turtlenecks, skirts with tights and over-the-knee boots
Spring Staple(s): skirts, off-the-shoulder tops, and lace-up graphic tees
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This statement was sent in by someone on girlslife.com's "Dear Carol" column and I thought I'd offer my own piece of advice. 
She says:
"I'm in high school now and have so much homework. I'm an A student, but my workload overwhelms me. I barely have any free time because I don't work fast. I also haven't been able to get to bed at a decent hour. I've tried making schedules, but I give up because I get distracted or things take longer than expected. I need help managing my activities. I feel like I'm trying to run up a down escalator while carrying a sack of bricks." - Homework Horror

Dear Homework Horror, 
Having gone through years of high school myself and still dealing with my senior year, I know how stressful it can be among many other things. As Carol says, give yourself some credit where credit is due for how much work you are doing, because it can be stressful. My advice? Work harder at managing your time and try and fit breaks in between all the work. Maybe a five-minute break per class subject could help? You need to just remove yourself from the stressful situation for a bit, and come back ready to work with fresh eyes. Also, limit distractions! (At least while you're working). Whether it's finding a quiet place to work in or staying in the comfort of your own room and powering down the technology for a bit. This helps ensure that you work and don't waste time on alternate things. As for activities, take the time to really think about what you love doing and what you could hold off on for the meantime while you figure out how to handle your workload. Don't take on too many things than you can handle and those bricks could become feathers and you won't feel so stressed out. 


That's it for Girl Talk. Stay tuned for more next week!