Author Archives: Adaora

About Adaora

Lifestyle blogger and artist with a passion for all things beautiful.

Handbag Collection 

You guys, this is a handbag collection post!

Rather than wait till I own all the high-end handbags that I aspire to own, I decided that I would show you what I’m working with right now. This post is up to the minute because it includes new purchases, and it’s a post that I will say I’m happy to share.

I like to make sure that my handbags are a compliment to my dresses and to my shoes. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy (because that would be weird), but they do have to add a little something to what I’m wearing. One thing I don’t do, which might be different or the same as other people, is seasonal handbag changes. I don’t change bags seasonally because I would much rather wear everything I own whether it’s Spring, Summer, or Winter. So, I pick bags that I think work 365 days out of the year. And uh, I have also been gifted with bags that I think work 365 days out of the year.

Although I own a good number of handbags, there are some high-end bags, as I said, that I have both of my eyes on (more on that later). I guess I’ll need a bigger closet to accommodate the collection that I want. And I guess that I might have to give some bags away to make room for new ones (though there are few bags I would never be able to part with) when I reach the pinnacle when it comes to my handbag collection.

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Personal Style 

 

Personal style is something that is cultivated over time. As for me, I would say that my style, throughout the years, has grown with me. It’s a style that is very logical and effortless (because I wear dresses 95% of the time – a no brainer),  it’s classic in shape, and it’s full of texture, print, and colour. I love things that fit me well, and I love bright colours because they pop against my deeper skin tone.

It is my love of prints, colour, texture, and a classic shape that attracts me to the styles of icons like Diana Ross, Nina Simone, and Josephine Baker. They are, and in the case of Nina and Josephine, were women known for their edgy and unique performances.  Their performance clothing, which was bright, printed, shift-like, glitzy, and fitted, seemed to be an extension of that. Their outfits, when out on the town, were (and still are) something to talk about.

My favorite designers are Prada, Naeem Khan, Elie Saab, Saint Laurent, Erdem, and Duru Olowu. I love Prada, Naeem Khan, and Ellie Saab for their classic silhouettes and use of colour. I love Saint Laurent for its edge and reinvention of the classics, and I love Erdem and Duru Olowu for their use of prints.

When it comes to fashion labels I have my favourites too. Labels, which I feel flatter curves the most, are the following: Vero Moda, Yumi, Smash!, Black Tape (by Dex clothing), Rudsak, Wilfred Free, California Moonrise, Dynamite (a store which has clothing with its name on it), and Chaps. Of course there are names out there that I haven’t yet discovered. And of course there are brands that I’m eager to try (ASOS and Free People leap to mind). However, the brands I mentioned are in my closet, and I would absolutely recommend them to anybody who has a curvy figure and long legs.

I also like vintage dresses. Where I shop, when I buy vintage, is Etsy. Just Etsy. It is the hub for all things vintage and handmade. You might be thinking, why would a tall and curvy woman buy things she can’t try on in advance? To those wondering I say this: when you know your body you can buy just about anything. I measure my waist, hips, leg length, arm length, and bust width because sellers are good enough to post the measurements of their garments in the product information section. So, I’m always comfortable buying dresses online.


As for shoes, I’m very simple: I like clean lines, rich colours (like olive, burgundy, and camel brown), florals and brights (in the Spring and during summertime), and classic shapes. I don’t like buying shoes that often (as I would rather buy a nice dress), but when I do buy a shoe it had better have wearing power (because I wear my shoes to the ground).


I would love to hear about your style! Comment down below an answer to the following questions: Do you prefer to wear dresses or pants (and why)? And what kind of shoes do you like to wear?

Adaora

Ten Things Every Woman Aged 18 -80 Should Have (Including the Trivial, the Controversial, and the Unarguable)…

Happy New Year everyone! 

I hope that this year proves to be prosperous and glorious for you. As we settle into this new year, I couldn’t help but think about the things that I have, the things that I’m thankful for, and the experiences that I intend to have in my lifetime. And I thought, why not share some of the things that I have, the things that I’m grateful for, and the things that I will have (in a roundabout way) with you? You guys are interested, right? So, sit down, grab a glass of wine or a cup of apple cider (both are equally yummy), get some popcorn (and a ketchup shaker from Kernels if you dare), and read on…

1. Hope

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Seriously, hope is life sustaining. Life can be rough as hell sometimes (believe me, I’ve been there and bought the t-shirt on tough times and tough circumstances), but what gets you through life is having hope (and even faith) that things will eventually get better. They just have to, right? Things can’t be bad forever, and things are always changing (that’s the ebb and flow of life). There is always the possibility of a series of circumstances coming along to change your life for the better. And just think, especially when things go really sour in your life, the only way to go is up. So, dear readers please have hope; keep it alive, let it have wings, and let it keep you going, because it will.

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Shows I Binge Watch in the Winter

Happy Winter everyone (and Merry Christmas – it’s almost time)! On the first day of  winter I’m bringing you a post that speaks to my semi-quasi-sometimes couch-potato-y ways. As much as I like to go out, there are days where I like to sit on the couch, grab a drink and some popcorn, and listen to some music or watch T.V. There are a lot of great things about winter (in spite of how cold it is), such as turtleneck sweaters, blankets, warm coats, and comfort food, but being chained to the sofa and the T.V. is really something special.

So when I’m parked on the couch – wearing a sweater, sweats, and my warmest socks –  with a cup of tea in one hand and popcorn in the other, here are the shows that I’m watching:

#1. Murder She Wrote

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I love Angela Lansbury. I think she’s a brilliant actress (one of the best of all time), but I confess that I haven’t seen a lot of her earlier – old Hollywood – work. What I’ve seen, and ultimately what I love fiercely, is Murder She Wrote. My sister and I are obsessed with this show. We wish it was on over the weekend. It’s about a writer who doesn’t drive (like me, she bikes, walks, or takes the bus everywhere), and she ends up solving murder cases at home (in Cabot Cove), in other parts of U.S (particularly in New York City where she spends a lot of her time), and internationally. Unrealistically, detectives and police chiefs let her in on murder investigations (something that makes no sense in real life  but works for T.V.), or she pushes her way in to solve the hell out of cases for them. She also narrates some episodes (as if its a story of murder within one of her books or a murder story a friend told her). Its so good.

#2. Sex and the City

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I love Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon. Yes, I love them all! This is, for me, one of the best shows of all time. Not only do they normalize women having a sex life and sexual needs, this show is also, at its heart, a show about friendship. The women are there for each other, no matter what, and I honestly feel like they’re all still in their Manhattan/Brooklyn spots drinking cosmos and talking about the innermost details of their lives.

#3. Girlfriends

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Yea, I also love  Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Golden Brooks. What I love about this show, aside from the obvious – a show about girlfriends which normalizes professional women who support each other and try to find love in the world – is that it features  professional black women. I love watching a show where the women look like me. Its always nice to see representation in the entertainment industry, and its nice when the representation is so positive. Another good thing about this show is that it has heart: the women go through things in life that a lot of people go through – the tough stuff – but they keep trying to find joy in every area of their lives. I honestly think its one of the best shows of all time. Its so good.

#4. Archer

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This is pure – outlandish and wacky- entertainment for me. This is a show that stars a spy called Sterling Archer who works (badly and without any shame) in the world of international espionage as a spy. He’s the most sloppy and reckless individual to hold such an important job, and he often screws things up for his team. It completely turns on its head all the serious stories and tropes that surround spy shows and movies. Its fantastic. I laugh and cringe every time.

What shows do you binge watch? Any shows you’d recommend?

Adaora

Six Places I Want To See Within Six Years

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I haven’t gotten to travel nearly as much as I’d like to (whether its here in Canada or internationally) and it bugs me. There is so much of world for me to see and, it feels like, there is not enough time. But I am resolved to lay down goals and make plans. This space has always been where I share some of myself with you, so why not share where I want to travel within the next six years? I feel like six years gives me more than enough time to make these travel dreams a reality, don’t you?

Here are six places I want to see, within six years, and why:

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Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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Did you get a last-minute invite to a Halloween party? Are you planning on trick-or-treating with your kid(s)? Are you going to bar hop in full-on Halloween garb with your friends? Did you just find out that you’d be the only person at work to not dress up and now you have to wing it? This post is for you.

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Pieces I Want for Autumn/Winter

Online shopping is easy (and potentially deadly for your wallet).

If you know what your size is ( your real size, inches and all), then the online shopping space becomes a joyous place that takes away the guilt you might feel when you encounter a face-to-face moment with a teller who looks at you, in shock, like you’re a baller who doesn’t have any limits (which particularly happens to me when I’m buying books – every time).

For the most part, I live in dresses all year long. I like how they look, I like how they feel on my body, and I think its the best overall look for Spring, Summer,  Autumn, and Winter (especially with boots).

Now I’m looking to expand my sweater weather repertoire.  And rather than waste my time browsing the mall or door-front stores, where the selection is limited and the inventory is sporadic, I’m headed straight to the web to find new sweater dresses.

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