I love the month of February for a plethora of reasons. First it’s Black History Month and I love US. We also get some of the best fashion of the year for V-day. Let me be clear Valentine’s day is for suckers! I do not approve of the commercialism of it all and I want flowers and love everyday…lol And that’s my PSA for the day. But I do get a kick out of all the pink, red, and burgundy looks that come my way. It’s a wonderful assault on the senses. And we can talk about all the floral arrangements and installations that will most certainly flood our time lines this week.
Lee’s Flower Gift Shop
If you live in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) you can have the most beautiful flowers delivered to you from Lee’s Flower and Card Shop anytime you want and I want ALL THE FLOWERS. Lee’s has in been in business since 1945, it’s a black owned, family business in the heart of the district.
I stopped into Lee’s for some rose petals and flowers for the look you see before you. And as good fortune would have it I stumbled into the cutest little gift shop I ever did see. The space was curated so beautifully, I had to ask if I could take a few pics in the shop for this look. The owner humbly obliged. Everyone was so hospitable and welcoming. I really love US!!!. They have a new forever customer in me!
I also discovered the dopiest all natural/eco friendly air fresheners, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. The shop features an all natural line called Eco Daisy Home by Dr. Priscilla Johnson. Dr. Johnson is sprinkling her black girl magic all over us with her bomb air fresheners and household supplies, y’all better get into it. Rest assured a product review is coming your way.
What can I say about this coat?! For starters I need another coat like I need a hole in my head…lol But here we are with yet another fab and fun frock.
I just couldn’t resist the urge on this one. I was a bit hesitant about buying this coat especially since some of the biggest influencers and stylist in the game have been photographed in this very same coat. But clearly it wasn’t just intended for them so I went ahead and grabbed that thang right off of Nordstrom.com.
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Much to my chagrin this is my first post for the new year. But I’ve been busy with home improvements, upgrading the blog, traveling; you know just living life. It hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine! I was in three, yes three, different car incidents: an uninsured driver hit me, than someone hit the rental car I was driving while waiting on my car repairs (a hit and run in front of my house they did not leave their information) and I hit a parked car. Let me explain that one. I was driving my husbands truck, a Suburban, which I’m usually pretty good at maneuvering but I thought Obama (that’s what we named our Suburban, yes we name our cars) had more room but alas he did not.
The end of 2019 hit hard, literally. I was defeated for like a day, than I bounced back. After all I have a fabulous life to lead. We can’t let a few bumps in the road derail this freight train.
2020 began with a little/big trip to Chicago aka The CHI. I say little because we were still state side and it was a quickie. Big because this was a surprise and a sports bucket list trip for my husband.
I enlisted my brother-in-law Dre (seated at the head of the table in the pic below) to help me with my little the surprise. He agreed to be apart of my ruse. We came up with a “boys trip” to Chicago for a Bulls game. Let me just say I’m not surprising anyone, with anything, ever again!!! Whatever I do moving forward for anyone, you’re going know about it and you’ll be happy with your gift, whatever it is.
Trying to keep this trip under wraps (and not have it turn into a real boys trip) was no small feat, I failed. I inevitably hurt some feelings, which wasn’t my intent, but feelings were hurt nonetheless. The whole purpose of the trip was for my amazing, hard-working, incredibly deserving husband to have a once in a life time experience. Mission accomplished despite the drama. He had a blast and that’s the only thing that really matters. He saw his beloved Bulls fall to the Boston Celtics but we checked another item off the old bucket list. Yay us!!
Us at the Game. Finally made it to The United Center
The laziest fake dunk I’ve ever seen.
Say Cheese… Wait the guy in the back didn’t get the memo
This is my last blog post for the year. The last post for the decade, if you can believe that!! It will be 2020 in just a few hours. I know I’m not alone when I say, how in the heck did we get here?! My life has changed dramatically in the last ten years. We bought a house, got married and I gave birth to one of the most amazing humans in the world (Laila); not necessarily in that order. I continue to fall deeper in love with my amazing husband. I’ve also been blessed to watch my oldest daughter (Sanaa) turn into a little woman; despite my best efforts. I would like my baby back, please and thank you.
I won’t begin to speculate on what will happen in the decade to come. We plan but God laughs. I sincerely hope and pray it brings about real peace and happiness for everyone I know and love. One thing I know for sure is that I’m going to keep bringing you guys style, beauty, fashion and a little bit of laughter. I want to thank you all for supporting IVN. Your feedback, encouragement, and support keeps us going. I’m looking forward to the New Year! We have big plans for 2020, so stay tuned. On that note here are a few looks to take you into the New Year and beyond.
Is That Velvet?!
Believe it or not, this dress was a gift from my cousin’s closet. For some odd reason she didn’t want it anymore and I immediately said yes to the dress, pun intended. One woman’s trash is another one’s treasure. You can find something similar here.
Black Friday can be one of the most frustrating or the most exciting day’s of the year for shoppers. There are literally so many things to consider. Do I shop online? Do I hit the streets and thug it out with the masses for (nominally) better discounts? Do I throw my hands up and say forget this, I’m going to the bar? I’ve strongly considered the latter on numerous occasions. I recommend starting here, ask yourself these four questions before you make a purchase…
These insightful questions are curtesy of Eden Ashley of Mint Notion. As an ex-shopaholic Eden provides sage advice on finances as well as practical strategies on how to keep more of your coins. Something to consider before you get caught up in all of the crazy that is Black Friday. Think of this as a disclaimer, similar to the note on the side of the cigarette box. We all know we’re gonna shop but for the love God consider the risk…lol With that said let’s get into these sales. See just like the cigarette disclaimer.
We all know the big retailers will do just fine this shopping season with that in mind I encourage you all to support your local mom and pop shops, online boutiques, and service providers. Here are few I’m excited about…
Red Alert! Red Alert! It’s celebration season y ‘all. The galas, soirées, dinners, and fundraisers are abundant. And with this comes the dreaded question, what do I wear? Do I buy something new? Do I pull an oldie but goodie out of the closet? Maybe something vintage? The answer is yes, yes, yes, and yes!!! That’s exactly what I did with this look. You can rock this look at a Friends-giving event or your first dinner with HIS family. No matter where you decide to rock this, this look is pure FIRE!!! It just made sense for us to shoot at a fire house. I think we kinda nailed it…lol
I’ve been to Miami quite a few times but this time was refreshingly different. We did all the typical activities one does when you visit Miami. We walked Ocean drive, people watching, it was Halloween weekend so you can only imagine the things we saw. We had a much needed beach day. And of course we took in the night life.
So what exactly made this trip so different?! We actually explored the city a bit more. Ricardo (the husband) is the explorer. He was a man on a mission on this trip. If I’m being honest I would have been fine being a beach bum for the whole trip, but Rick had other plans.
One of our first stops on this little adventure was the park on 21st street and Collins Ave. What’s so fascinating about a park?! Welp the ginormous rock structure sitting in the middle of it.
As you can see the dress I planned on taking a few photos in was almost an exact match to the stones. My husband is the best photoshoot scout ever! I bought this dress from Chic Wish months ago. I had no idea this structure existed. I just knew the dress was perfect for a Miami vacation and we’d figure something out. And look at GODT!!
Amanda and I are back at it. We’re giving you looks for Fall in this one. Target came through in a major way. I’ve been somewhat obsessed with Target since the 20 Years of Design drop. Target’s A New Day collection is giving me so much life right now. I’m a sucker for beaming ambers, rusty reds and burnt oranges and they did not disappoint. When I saw this blouse I knew I had to create a look with it as the centerpiece. It’s has a very subtle leopard print and I’m here for ALL things animal print.
While the blouse was a total winner for me, not so much for Amanda. But we made it twerk for the shoot. It was a fit and fabric issue. The sleeves were a bit narrow and the fabric wasn’t breathable. Sweat marks were visible within a few minutes of her wearing it. It wasn’t exactly hot that morning either; in fact it was freezing. It should be noted it’s a polyester blend. Imagine wearing this to work and upon your arrival you have unsightly sweat marks under your pits. Not sexy ladies!!! An innocent design flaw I’m sure, but if any of you decide to purchase the top, buyer beware. I did not have the sweat issue. I don’t sweat a lot in general.
The best part of having my own platform is the ability to feature some of the most interesting and dynamic people I know. Say hello to one of the most interesting people in my world, my sister, Shana Eutsay. Shana is one of my baby sisters. I have six sisters in total. Yeah it’s as fun as that sounds.
All of my sisters are so unique and interesting I can’t wait for you all to get to know them. They all have their own distinct look, style, and sense of fashion. The one thing we all share is beauty (inside and out) and BRAINS!! Shana may have the franchise in the brains department; at a minimum the fortitude it takes to pursue a doctorate degree.
We all study in fab outfits right?!
Always searching for Enlightenment
Yes ya’ll, we’ll have a doctor in the family pretty soon! I’m not calling her Dr. Eutsay we’ve established this in advance…lol Ok maybe once just so I don’t seem like a total hater. In all seriousness Shana is one of the most determined, intelligent, compassionate, and loving humans I know. She’s a certified goofball, always the life of the party. But she is as committed as a general to her ministry, family, friends and education.
Why am I obsessed with Ocessories?! It’s simple they are the chicest, most stylish, affordable arm candy on the market, PERIOD! Since you’re here, I’m guessing you value my opinion so trust me when I say you can’t go wrong picking up a set of these beautiful beaded bracelets.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month aka Pink-tober, Ocessories is honoring all the warriors who are fighting the fight against breast cancer with a special set of bracelets; the Owareness set. Om is all in y’all! She dyed her hair PINK; now that’s what I call committment!!! Get yours today!!! Let’s kick cancer’s butt!!!
I am also thrilled to share the Q&A between me and my girl, Omenisia Evans; owner of Ocessories. Omenisia and I have been friends since high school. Om (what her franns call her), is THEE definition of a M.I.L.F (Mom I’d Like To Follow). She is an educator, published author, boss babe, girl ceo; she is every word that describes a visionary entrepreneur. Needless to say I’m a big fan and cheerleader. I’m beyond excited to share this with you all. Without further ado, let’s get into this Q&A.