Monday, November 29, 2021


Winter is basically here, and with a new season comes a change in everyday looks. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I have really been loving knitwear and leather looks lately! So, today I am excited to share some new recipes! Not food, but outfits that work perfectly when transitioning from your fall to winter wardrobe. Keep scrolling for more on the step-by-step process of how to create these two effortlessly chic looks that I recently wore.

Recipe 1 – Faux Fur Trim Cardigan and Houndstooth Mini Skirt


Ingredients

Amazon Storefront | Faux Fur Trim Cropped Knit Cardigan

Amazon Storefront | Matte Black Platform Boots

Vintage Houndstooth Mini Skirt (similar here)

Sheertex | Classic Sheer Tights

Vivienne Westwood | Saturn Pearl Choker 

Glassons Two-Tone Faux Leather Shoulder Bag


Directions

Start out with your faux fur trim knit cardigan. This can be layered over a tank or white top when styling for colder weather. Then, style your way around the cardigan by adding on some sheer tights and layering a houndstooth skirt over the tights. Finish off your look with a pair of classic platform boots in black and a matching shoulder bag to continue the color palette. For the best results, accessorize with your favorite jewelry pieces. Mine are stacked rings, the Vivienne Westwood pearl choker necklace, my gold ear cuff from Aurate jewelry, and the Maison Miru classic heart studs featured above.


Recipe 2 – Elevated Basics and Platforms


Ingredients

Princess Polly Boutique | Carenza Top

Lioness | Alabama Jean [Plain Denim]

Princess Polly Boutique | Sienna Ring Set

Nine West Platform Boots (similar here)

Joey Baby | Pearl Choker 'Hailey' Necklace

Awe Inspired | Chunky Paperclip Necklace  [Discount code: KELLY.MADU for 15% off]

Mejuri | Croissant Dôme Hoops

Tres Luxe | Lianne Bag


Directions

Start out by layering a couple of your favorite necklaces before wearing the carenza top, that way your necklaces peek through the cut-out in the top nicely. Then, pair this with mid/high-rise straight-leg jeans and matte leather platform boots for an elevated feel. I have been obsessed with the style of the Lioness Alabama Jean, especially with this particular look. The slits at the ankles offer something new and pair perfectly when showing off heels or platforms. 

To finish off this look, add a neutral print shoulder bag and your favorite earrings. Drape a coat—in black or tan—over the shoulder if needed when it gets cold.

Monday, November 22, 2021


Lately, I've been (virtually) digging through tons of items online in search of gift ideas this year, and I've discovered all kinds of things—from things to splurge on and hobby-focused finds to affordable selections and gift sets. So, I cultivated a list of my favorites perfect for everyone on your list this year, from family to close friends, even the pickiest of people will adore these. 

On my Amazon Storefront, linked below, you'll find a shoppable list of 50+ gift ideas to browse through and shop. As an Amazon Associate, I do earn commission through my storefront, and as always, appreciate your support. For more variety, check out the gift guide featured below! Simply click each product image and you’ll be redirected to the site to shop your picks.

Ready to get ahead on your holiday shopping? Keep scrolling for a round-up of gift-worthy finds that are guaranteed to please. 

Gifts For Her

Gifts For Him

Gifts Under $50

Gifts Under $100


I loved putting each part of this gift guide together and hope you enjoyed browsing through the selections!

Friday, January 15, 2021

It all started in the Summer of 2019 — I got accepted into the PINK Campus Rep program right before the start of my junior year in college. And let me tell you... my excitement then was a huge understatement. 

At a glance, the Victoria's Secret PINK Campus Rep program offers college students the unique and transformative opportunity to represent Victoria's Secret PINK on campus and on social media. As a campus rep, you spread brand awareness, create social media content for campaigns, host events, engage in exciting projects, and build a community directly on campus. When I discovered this program in my sophomore year of college, I was so set on applying to become a rep because the program incorporated many of the things I'm passionate about like fashion, content creation, and social media marketing. So, it was such a surreal moment to have that dream that I was so set on finally come to fruition. 

That Summer, before PINK Brand Certification, I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot with PINK to shoot various marketing campaigns with a few of the other campus reps and PINK models in New York City. From early morning call times, to modeling different looks, it was so exciting to see some of the things captured that day come to life on display in stores and online. The experience was so unreal and fun to be a part of.

Soon after, I was on a plane to Columbus, Ohio for PINK Campus Rep Brand Certification. Victoria's Secret PINK flew out all the campus reps for a three-day trip in Columbus, Ohio to learn all about the program and our responsibilities as reps! As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we were met with some members of the PINK team and lots of welcome goodies. After arrivals, we kicked off day one of the brand certification trip with a keynote from PINK's SVP of Marketing and a personal video message from PINK's CEO. The remainder of the day consisted of many photo ops, resume-building activities, and more opportunities to get connected with some of the other reps before dinner. Later that evening, at the hotel, we had a wellness program with PINK and Poppy Jamie, the founder of Happy Not Perfect. The program was packed with activities from a tarot card reading booth and candle making to getting our nails done and creating personalized bracelets with Ryan Porter, and it doesn't even end there. PINK buses were also parked right outside the hotel where even more PINK goodies (gift cards to shop included!) and free Kombucha drinks awaited us. 

Now, moving on to day two of certification — Executives from Victoria's Secret PINK, Devonne Badelt, the COO of The Mayfair Group, and PINK Rep Alumni led a 'GRL PWR' panel. We were involved in a variety of master sessions, social media boot camps, and career discussions throughout the day to learn more about the PINK brand and our responsibilities. We also had a fun partner photoshoot where we styled a PINK item of our choice and got pictures taken with our co-reps for the VS PINK website. By the end of the day, we were on our way to the L Brands office for the graduation ceremony! We received a certificate for brand certification, a pink graduation cap for the ceremony, and a voucher to pick up a couple more freebies on the PINK buses. After we graduated, all the reps had the opportunity to get free items while shopping in the PINK buses, hang out with all the other reps, dance, grab food from food trucks outside, decorate our graduation caps, roller skate (yes, there was a rink in the office!!), and take tons of photos with all the cute inflatables and props. 

On the final day of certification, we went to Victoria's Secret PINK headquarters where we received more goodies and engaged in another panel with PINK executives and PINK Rep Alumni. We later split up into focus groups that were so engaging and informative. Later, that afternoon, we had a PINK Picnic at headquarters and it was so great. Highlights from the picnic included the cutest set of puppies, fun photo ops around every corner, food trucks, a dreamy setup, a calligraphy booth to create a personalized desk nameplate, and I got connected with the absolute best group of girls by the end of the trip. Needless to say, PINK spoiled us like crazy and we learned so much over the course of this trip. That certification trip was also one of the best ways to meet all the reps in person and we fostered new friendships with each other, before the school year started. Check out the highlights from our brand certification trip on the PINK YouTube channel here.

During my first year as a campus rep, myself and many other PINK Reps were at the forefront of highlighting the message of girl power and working to empower many other young women on our campuses! Throughout this experience, it has been amazing to promote the message of girl power in a consistent effort to uplift all young women and cultivate a community directly on campus. I've gained incredible hands-on experience and strengthened skills in social media marketing, content creation, styling, brand marketing, and networking. While simultaneously developing skills in event planning, community building, and leadership in the process. On-campus, my co-rep and I were responsible for the conceptualization and execution of creative on-campus events and social initiatives. This included product giveaways, content curation for various campaigns, and consistent social media marketing through our school-specific PINK social accounts @pinkubuffalo. 

We also managed a PINK campus team directly on campus to bring initiatives & events to life for students at UB. From capturing content at photoshoots and preparation for events to graphic design and marketing among their peers, our girls help us do it all. All in an effort to elevate PINK's presence on campus and support their mission of empowering young women. Additionally, PINK has proven time and time again how much they value their campus reps, and the feedback we had about the brand, which helps shape our experience in a healthy way.

One of my favorite campaigns to support was the GRL PWR Project. Back in February 2020, my co-rep and I launched a takeover series titled, 'Girl Chat' over on our Instagram. The VS PINK GRL PWR Project was a campaign designed to support amazing young women and their passion projects that aimed to empower women and promote change in their communities. Our 'Girl Chat' series was created in collaboration with past GRL PWR Project winners who discussed their experiences and how they were able to power their dreams through the campaign. My co-rep and I got recognized for all the work we put into supporting the GRL PWR Project and were rewarded with neon signs that we got to customize! PINK Reps get incentives for performing well on initiatives and projects, and can even win a chance to go on fun incentive trips, which is seriously such a dream! You can check out some of the past incentive trips reps have taken with PINK on the PINK YouTube channel, like this one here created by my girl Sarita. 

Style challenges and social content requests were another part of the program that I loved. Occasionally, some reps would get offered mini-content opportunities or projects for new PINK product launches. From TikToks and an Instagram Story Takeover with PINK to photoshoots and styling new products, the content creation opportunities I've been a part of have been so fun and rewarding. Keep scrolling to take a look at some of my favorites!



Now, as a senior, this is now my second year as a PINK Rep! I'm so grateful to have shared this experience so far with my amazing co-rep Janice. 

This year is such a different one due to the pandemic. Now, the focus has shifted to building a community online and our events are held on a virtual scale. This has only continued to help us, reps, harness our social media marketing and outreach skills because we rely on them to perform our best when keeping our audience engaged in the digital space. As of right now, our first semester was a great one; but, I'm looking forward to doing bigger and better things with Janice in the next one! This has honestly been a life-changing opportunity for me, I've made so many great friendships through this position and it's been a major catalyst in my personal, professional, and creative development over the past couple of years. 

All that being said, PINK Campus Rep Applications opened up this January! If you haven't already applied, I definitely encourage you to. Trust me — being a part of this program is truly the experience of a lifetime, you don't want to pass up on the opportunity. Apply here today: https://recruiting.pinkcampusrep.com/apply. If you have any questions, comment below, or message me on Instagram. I'm more than happy to help! 

Friday, January 1, 2021


Well...it's been a minute. You may have noticed a major drop in the content on here from me lately. So much has transpired over the past year and it has been a lot, but your girl is back.

To be honest, this post only seemed to get harder to put up as time passed with each deleted draft, but here we are—a much-needed start and refresh. For me, last year has consisted of so many highs and lows. My mental health has reached lows that I never knew existed. This decline has been catalyzed by certain people and personal things. This past year, my heart has even shattered in more ways than one. So, as I reflect on all that has happened over the last year, I'm so thankful to see another one. 2020 was challenging for me and so many others in so many ways. As overwhelming and emotional as that year was, I learned many things. I'm extremely thankful for the situations that sparked for me a moment of revelation and a sense of clarity. Now, entering this new year I can't seem to feel anything else, but gratitude. 

In jumpstarting things this new year on the blog, I thought it would be great to re-introduce myself. Since there are so many amazing people that have recently followed me, I'd love for you all to get to know me more. So, hey, my name is Kelly and I'm 21 years old. I'm Nigerian and I grew up mainly in Long Island, New York, but I also lived in Flushing, Queens at some point in early childhood. As a young girl, I always found an escape through fashion and books. I was obsessed with how fashion can make you feel and how it's used as a mode to express yourself. This is the reason why, back in 2017, I started this blog as an outlet to share my exploration of style, my perspective on all things in fashion, bits of my life, and more. As of right now, I'm a college student studying political science with plans to pursue law in NYC right after undergrad, while simultaneously navigating my interests in fashion and blogging. When it comes to law school, I'm thinking of either going the corporate law route or pursuing intellectual property law in the fashion sector. My passions and interests include art & design, traveling, writing, photography, cooking, reading, skincare, and fashion of course. I live for the company of my family and friends. Also, my faith is my everything—I'm a Christian, by the way. I'm also an enthusiast and daydreamer; my wallpaper has already been replaced with my very own 2021 vision board as a way to keep me inspired and focused. I prefer tea over coffee most times, sunrises over sunsets, and staying in over going out (trips to the city are usually the exception). Music-wise, I listen to a range of things from R&B and alternative to blues/jazz. In my downtime, you can catch me reading something new or watching my favorite shows over on Netflix—I'm still catching up on episodes of One on One and Girlfriends...and will possibly get started on Bridgerton soon because I've heard good things. 

Now, let's talk fashion: I would classify my style as contemporary with elements of street style. Plus, a touch of vintage-inspired attributes because I live for 90s style & trends. Neutrals are my go-to palette, but I'm always down to incorporate some pastels and a few prints into my wardrobe. Many elements between Pinterest, the New York City scene, and some of my favorite fashion icons influence aspects of my style. So, if you're still curious about me...stay tuned. In this much-needed refresh, I'm back and ready to keep things going. And, as always, I'm endlessly grateful to you for following along as I continue to navigate my twenties as a young Black woman in fashion. 

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