Garden City

Hello All,

It’s been a long time! I miss the summer! I had a great time shooting with my photographer Carlton Hart a themed Garden Party. We to Downtown DC and found this cool graffiti alley called D.C. Alley Museum  

You’ll find creative content creators individuals taking shots along this alley to get content for their social media. And of course, I’m one of those creative content creators individuals. I decided to pick this garden hanging a door to compliment my all-black attire.

This shoot reminded me of my favorite show Anne of Green Gambles, her fierceness and grace that made her stand out from the rest. I loved how she takes joy in life and adapts so quickly. I could spend hours watching this show! I remember my mom and sister would be glued to the television watching this show on PBS, it was such a remarkable show! I feel now there’s no show like this that had character and quality acting!

 

My look was kept simple with blacktop from sincerely sally and a high-waisted skirt from who what wear and adding a pop of color of neon slides from Zara. I love how neon can literally take your simple look to become an edgy appeal. I love me some color and you can’t go wrong with adding a pop of color!

 

 

 

What’s your favorite show back in the day?

Also, if you want to get your online fix shop this hip edgy online boutique by going to sincerely sally and at checkout use my 25% discount code: FITSONME25

Enjoy!!!!!!

WHAT I WORE: 

Sincerely Sally: Top & Necklace

Who What Wear: Skirt

Zara: Neon Slides

Fashionnova & Stripes

Fashionnova continues to build a brand that caters to women with all body shapes. As you go on the site, you’ll find a variety of styles and trends that work for your wardrobe. You want to remember do not be the trend wear the trend as if it was part of your style. I know this can be a difficult task. We see a style on fashionnova and think oh this will work with my style.

Here are five tips: When shopping on fashionnova;

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1.      Compliments your shape- When shopping on fashionnova  look for styles similar to looks you usually would wear. I look good in dresses because of my pear shape. I picked this striped dress because it would fit and it goes with my style. I tend to pick dresses because they work with my body type.
2.      Pick the right size- I usually always go a size up when picking online shopping. With fashionnova I have had the best time with picking styles and that the style actually fits right. I looked at the product details to determine what fit will work for me. If it has no zipper, I will go with a size medium in dresses. On the other hand, if there is a zipper I will choose a size large so the dress is not too snug. That is where shopping on fashionnova you need to shop smart to avoid returning your items.

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3.      Compliments with your brand-I want to shop fn with picking styles that compliment my brand. I want styles and looks that are not too showy. So when shopping on fn I pick items that are more covered that compliments my style. I tend to do this to stay true to style and myself.

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4.      Add to your wardrobe and style-Now if you go with the brand but if it goes with your wardrobe and style that is an absolute plus! If I can wear this in a shoot cool and if I can wear this many times and many ways. Then this looks will work. That is what I love about fashionova they have styles that work with your ascetics.Fashionnova is the ultimate place to cater to everyone’s needs.

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5.      Have fun shopping and if it does not fit. Return it and pick another style.
As I took my five tips to good use. Shopping on fashionnova was a piece of cake! I found this fun and edgy salsa dress. The perfect fit works with my body type. I was contemplating whether to get a medium or large and I decided to get large. I was right to get size up because this dress had a zipper. I did not want anything short so the asymmetric high low dress is the right length for my brand. Now, I can wear this dress so many ways all through summer into fall by pairing this dress with some falls boots. Definitely, check out how I will style for fall!

Carlton Hart

Photo by:Carlton Hart 

How would you wear this dress?

WHAT I WORE:

FASHIONNOVA: DRESS

TARGET: HEELED SANDALS

Series 1: Esp 2 Play With Your Shape…

Hello All,

We are continuing our series 1: Episode 2: ‘play with your shape’

A series on the blog that no matter what shape you still can pick pieces that flatter your body shape. I am collaborating with plus-size blogger Toyin over at the curvy cookie. We both are different sizes but still have a pear shape body. Therefore, with a pear shape, you need to pick pieces that are not too tight but hug you in the right places.

Carlton Hart

Carlton Hart

We choose a tie-dyed maxi dress from fashionnova. I absolutely love this dress it’s super long and hugs both of our pear shapes. I have to say, this is a fun dress that can be dressed up by dressy heels or dressed down by wearing this dress with flats; there is so many possibilities when wearing this dress. In addition, it compliments both of our skin tones and the fun edgy print that you can be worn all summer long. When searching for different styles to add to your wardrobe.


Here are five tips when shopping for new looks:

1.      Ask the questions; will this work in my wardrobe and will I wear this item only once. If you said Yes and No then you are ready for a new piece in your closet!
2.      Can I wear this item in multiple ways or it will only work one way. I love to play around in my closet it makes wearing clothes so much more fun.
3.      Does this item flatter me? I know I have so many clothes in my wardrobe. I tend to buy the same things. I try to stay away from trends unless this trend is a timeless piece. It will never go out style no matter the era.
4.       You do not need to pick pieces that are on-trend because you want to be edgy and trendy. If they do not work with your style, it will not work in your wardrobe.
5.      Have fun picking pieces that add to your style and give your wardrobe an updated look!

Carlton Hart

Carlton Hart
As Toyin and I collaborate finding pieces that flatter both Toyin and I was an actual struggle. We both have different styles and tastes. I’m more conservative whereas Toyin is showier and that is fine. As a blogger, we are all different and express ourselves in different ways. I prefer dresses that our long and Toyin preferred dresses that were short. Therefore, we agreed to disagree. We finally picked this dress that we could agree on. This tie-dyed maxi dress from fashionnova. I absolutely love this dress. We both were able to find this dress in my size and her size, which can be frustrating. Especially, if you find a look that you agree upon which has both of our sizes. It is a win-win situation. For example, I found a piece from fashionnova that absolutely adore but they didn’t have Toyin’s size. It became so difficult at times to agree on a look that worked for both of us.

Carlton Hart

Photos by Carlton Hart 

We finally found this dress that worked on both our body types. Looking for a dress that’s universal can be a hard task. Fashionnova has styles that really do work for regular and plus-size body types. The way to shop this brand is to know your body type, pick a piece that will set your wardrobe apart, and have fun shopping!

 

Fashion Love,

 

Akinyi

WHAT I WORE:

FASHIONNOVA:  Dress

POLKA DOT…

As we transition into summer to fall soon. We can definitely wear looks that you usually would wear in the summer and maybe transition into fall. For instance, a long maxi dress has so many possible look options. Pair a maxi dress with a sweater, blazer, jean, or biker jacket. You can take a summer look to a fall look in a matter of minutes. It is all about pairing summer items with fall items and you have updated your look instantly.

I found this cool polka dress and floral pumps from target a fun influencer brand called Who What Wear. It caters to regular and plus-size sizes and styles. You can find any item that will compliment your wardrobe and you too will look like a blogger by shopping this brand. Like this polka dress that, I paired with floral pumps. I perfectly matched this look based on the same color family; the floral pumps have some blue that compliments my dress. Let me show you how I mix and match like a pro.

Carlton Hart

Five Tips on Mix and Matching:
1.      Find patterns that will compliment your look, you want the look to match each other and would mostly match in the same color family.
2.      If you do not want to match in the same color scheme family, the same as you would pair solid color. You can do the same way with different patterns. For example, let us say I had a pink polka dress all of your possibilities are endless. Pair the pink dress with either a cheetah, grey, or blue print. These options ideas are the same as if you would of worn your whole look with all solid colors.
3.      Do not try too hard with mix and matching; let it flow with the color scheme. Sometimes you can mix a plain tee with floral/printed shoes. Do not over mix and match where it looks like you are a tacky mess!
4.      Plan your look and try on your look. Therefore, you can make a good decision about mixing and matching. Sometimes you not every mix and matching idea is a good mix and matching idea. So keep playing around with different patterns and textiles until you get the hang of it.
5.      Bringing patterns to your wardrobe can update your wardrobe tremendously. So bring out the floral, prints, and stripes and start mixing and matching like a pro.

 

 

Carlton Hart

Now that you have your mixing and matching down…….

Let us get into from transitioning into fall. If I wore this dress in the fall season, I would pair it with black or white boots and cool blazer. Any look you choose can be worn in any season; it is how you wear your look depending on the season. The season is important in how you present your look. For example, let us say I paired this polka dot dress with some fall boots in the summertime. It would look weird to wear boots in the summertime. Always wear items to the season your in and make your look transition smoothly!

 

Fashion Love,

 

Akinyi

WHAT I WORE: 

Who What Wear: Dress & Shoes 

Vintage: glasses

 

PLAY WITH YOUR SHAPE: A REGULAR & PLUS-SIZE FASHIONISTA…

Hello All,

it has been a long time! I hope that all is well! For a couple of weeks, I have been doing a cool collabo with my blogger friend Toyin a plus-size blogger over at The Curvy Cookie. A new series that I am introducing on the blog called “play with your shape: A Regular & Plus-Size Fashionista. We have been trying to do this collab for a while now but the timing was always off. Our concept for the collabo is to show that no matter what size you are, one can still wear things that flatter their body. I am all about showing my figure in the right way and playing with my shape. Therefore, we decided to pick similar looks from fashionnova a brand that has a variety of sizes ranging from regular to plus size styles. We wanted to show you, the audience that no matter what size you too can be stylish.

Carlton Hart

Toyin picked a dress from fashionnova that was the right length but not too tight. Fashionnova has the variety of styles and sizes for the average women. I love finding pieces on this site that accentuate my curves. Fashionnova has something for every body type that caters to your fashion needs.

Especially for plus size or regular size, you need a material that does not focus on your problem areas. For example, most everyone I know wants to hide his or her problem areas, and honestly, I do not wear things accentuates my stomach (because I have little gut). In addition, Toyin was able to find a dress that was stretchy and firm fitting in the right areas. I really love this dress it flatters her body in the right places.

 

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Now for me, I picked a dress/shirt from fashionnova. I really do not like wearing short dresses so I paired this top with a white skirt. Honestly, it works better with my look. I try to stay away from looks that are short, tight and do not flatter my shape. I have a pear shape figure so I pick looks that compliment and do not take away from my figure. If you find yourself figuring out whether you should wear certain trends or styles.

Carlton Hart


Here are five tips that will help your decision on what to wear:
1.      First, make sure that you feel comfortable in your look. If it feels too tight on your body make some adjustments like maybe pair a dress as a top or pair a short dress with a skirt/pants.
2.      Second, if the look you are wearing does not flatter you. Do not even try to make it work. All you are doing is trying to fit into a glove that does not fit. Especially if you go out or you are doing a photo shoot-wearing things ultimately show how you feel. Feeling uncomfortable will show how to feel that day.
3.      Third, if you have a problem area that you do not want people to see. Do not wear a crop top that shows everything maybe pairs the crop top with a high-waisted skirt or pants that hides this area.
4.      Pick fabrics that are stretchy and breathable. Having a look that moves makes you feel flawless and you can wear this look all day long.
5.      Mix and match different shapes, patterns, and textiles that compliment your look. For example, you have a striped top maybe pair the look with a solid bottom either skirt or jeans. You do not want to look tacky but more or less put together.

 

Photos by: Carlton Hart 

WHAT I WORE: 

FASHION NOVA: Shirt Dress

NY & COMPANY: SKIRT

TARGET: Shoes

 

Fashion Love,

Akinyi

NYFW DAY 3…

 As NYFW has come to an end. I honestly don’t know what to do with myself. I decided to volunteer for DC Fashion Week in assisting with their Instagram stories. First day, I was on point I had a lot of content that I included on my stories. Second day, call time was 12pm and I ended up sitting around for hours trying to find something or anything to do. The show was about to start at 7pm, the event coordinator calls everyone to the runway. I’m thinking he wants me to get a good spot to get social media content. Girl, he tells me I’m going to be a host & seating the guest. In a joking non joking way, I was like you need me. One girl started laughing cause my expression was like I don’t want to do this. And that was absolutely correct. If I sign-up to help with your social media content and the director tells me he needs Instagram content every day. I’m thinking that was my role, but I should have known fashion shows roles are always changing. Depending on what they need at that moment. Honestly, there was no initial plan to create Instagram stories for each show. Mind you, Instagram stories get deleted after 24 hours. Me including on my instastories was a waste time. Then to come find out, there was some control issues with having access to the DC Fashion Week Instagram. The director wanted to approve all the content that was being put on instastories. I was like you know what I can’t. Why waste our time. I have taken over many brands Instagram account. The first thing you do is trust the person will bring you good content and second you have one person that has the password. That way they can post on your behalf. If you want to become a bigger brand you need to be with the times. It’s all good, it definitely was experience that I needed to check off my list. Thanks boo, I did it!!!!
 

 

 

 

As NYFW has come to an end. I honestly don’t know what to do with myself. I decided to volunteer for DC Fashion Week in assisting with their Instagram stories. First day, I was on point I had a lot of content that I included on my stories. Second day, call time was 12pm and I ended up sitting around for hours trying to find something or anything to do. The show was about to start at 7pm, the event coordinator calls everyone to the runway. I’m thinking he wants me to get a good spot to get social media content. Girl, he tells me I’m going to be a host & seating the guest. In a joking non joking way, I was like you need me. One girl started laughing cause my expression was like I don’t want to do this. And that was absolutely correct. If I sign-up to help with your social media content and the director tells me he needs Instagram content every day. I’m thinking that was my role, but I should have known fashion shows roles are always changing. Depending on what they need at that moment. Honestly, there was no initial plan to create Instagram stories for each show. Mind you, Instagram stories get deleted after 24 hours. Me including on my instastories was a waste time. Then to come find out, there was some control issues with having access to the DC Fashion Week Instagram. The director wanted to approve all the content that was being put on instastories. I was like you know what I can’t. Why waste our time. I have taken over many brands Instagram account. The first thing you do is trust the person will bring you good content and second you have one person that has the password. That way they can post on your behalf. If you want to become a bigger brand you need to be with the times. It’s all good, it definitely was experience that I needed to check off my list. Thanks boo, I did it!!!!

Back to NYFW, as I was saying my new friends were able to attend this season. Especially my blogger friend Kayla Robbins. One day, we made planned a happy hour date. Ever since then we all about making time for each other. Whether it’s for fashion or eating out or just enjoying each other’s company. She has shown me wat a true friend looks like. If your friend cares about they show you appreciation whether it’s buying me something or treating me. I never knew there was actual friends that do exist. Kayla attended NYFW, I was so happy I was like where have you been all my life. She loves fashion as much as I do. We’re planning for NYFW and Paris in September already planning our looks. I’m so excited I can’t even stand myself right now…just kidding! Go follow her for more looks over at IG: imsooverdressed IG: @february_n_september and her blog link is www.februaryandseptember.com
 

 


Fashion week is never disappointing. This season the fashion shows were so impeccable. Collections that consisted of flowy gowns, fall suits, sweatshirts with dresses, and punk chic! On the runway you’ll find any look that fits your style. That’s why I love fashion week. It gets me inspired and helps my creativity side blossom. I realized I’ve been sleeping on the streetstyle. Don’t worry about getting in the show, show up and serve them some fashion looks. And that’s what I did serve you my looks! I know next season you see me on a magazine cover…I dream so big! 

See you next season NYFW!

 
WHAT I WORE: 
 
Missguided: Dress 
Sam Edelman: Boots 
H&M: Hat 
Amazon: Bag 
Forever21: Coat 
 
 

HAKAN AKKAYA NYFW….

Hakan Akkaya makes a statement this FW 2020/2021 season. The Istanbul based designer continues to showcase his designs during NYFW with a jaw-dropping collection that hit the runway. I would say that the collection seemed to be inspired by the gothic Amish chic. But more or less Amish Punk chic with high cut necklines from that century by remixing it to the modern-day! But who doesn’t love black? Black clothing can be worn from day-to-night. This collection showed us that black is still a color that never goes out of style. 



As women, we show so much power in the way we walk, talk, and dress. We women have such a connection with clothing that it makes us feel confident in the way we dress.  In his words, Hakan Akkaya says, “this season, my collection attracts all of the attention of femicide, justice, revolt, and equality. Women who rock the runway – Women who rock the world!”
 

The collection strongly embraced the androgyny trend.  A lot of the men wore dresses, skirts, and tunic blouses whereas the women had more of a tailored look. Literally, both men and women could borrow some pieces not having any gender limits from the Hakan Akkaya collection. The talented Hakan Akkaya designer made pieces that were ready to wear. It’s hard to find a designer that can possess pieces that can be worn off the runway. Hakan designer made those pieces wearable… 














Many of the pieces had a variety of fitted dresses, capes, and all you can find latex garments making this collection effortless and edgy. The details of each piece showed that the collection was absolutely perfect. 

FASHION LOVE, 
AKINYI 

NYFW DAY 2….

Hello All,

Fashion Week was full in effect. I had several things going on during NYFW. First, I had an NYFW giveaway which I gave one lucky winner an opportunity to go to fashion week. Honestly, it was the best experience teaching the ins and outs of fashion week. I didn’t realize how much I do to prepare for fashion week. I got a lot of feedback on what to change for the giveaway next time! 
I was contemplating working with this photographer Maurico Sanchez, and then I was like no I need photos. It was so worth it! Maurico had such great energy and made the street style group photoshoot so much fun! Here are the photos from the street style group photoshoot! 
Maurico had us meet at several locations but our first location was at Public Hotels. We found a cool spot near the public hotel’s entrance. A lit-up escalator such a cool shot! 
Our next stop was a cool graffiti wall! 





Maurico was good about moving us from one location to the next! We took this shot near a busy street corner. 

Last stop we went to Spring Studios the NYFW venue location. This location is a good meeting place for other street style fashion-minded individuals. You’ll find anyone from a celebrity to fashion influencer.  It’s a good way to end our group photoshoot! 


Photos by Mau Sanchez 
My friend Kayla over at @imsooverdressed attended NYFW for the first time. Best believe she really enjoyed her time during NYFW. Were now both literally preparing for September NYFW as we speak. You can definitely expect us to come ready for this street style and our looks to be on point. 
Next up was my photographer Carlton Hart from the DMV area got some shots of me! 

I meet some amazing people especially Frank Myrtle, he was so nice and I’m glad I ran into him during NYFW! It looks like we have been friends forever. 




Photos by Carlton Hart 
If you think about Fashion Week is its own engine that keeps on going all week. Being organized and knowing what you want to do all week…It is a must…..The designs were definitely impeccable as well as eye-catching for ready to wear! I can’t wait for September I can even sleep because I’m so excited! 
WHAT I WORE: 
Akira: Dress & Jacket
Pretty Little Things: Booties 
Amazon: Clutch 
Fashion Love, 
Akinyi @fitsonme

NYFW GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

I’m giving one fashion-minded individual to enter in this NYFW giveaway. To experience a fashion experience like no other!  When I started this fashion week experience, I didn’t think people wanted to actually go to NYFW. Then I realized there’s a lot of fashion-minded people that don’t know the ins and outs of going to fashion week. The going to fashion week is easy. But it’s about the planning process that people are not willing to do or don’t know how to do. There were many years that I didn’t attend fashion week until one day I said…I’m going to fashion week! 


All in all, Fashion week is the place to be. You have individuals that come to slay.
Let’s talk about the process. You have to prepare months in advance.  
The dates are key to attending fashion week. I usually go to fashion week on weekend from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. Attending fashion doesn’t have to be a weeklong stay. Work with dates that your schedule permits. 
Plan your Outfits-I plan my looks the night before or attending a big event. And fashion week is a big event. If you can buy your outfits online or shop at your favorite clothing store, get that accessory, wigs, hats, and find that right bag. When you find that right look. It becomes priceless. 

Write the best pitch Letter-Pitch letter is a must if you’re wanting to attend the fashion week. Get someone to help write the best pitch letter that expresses your personality and illustrates your brand. Make a list of designers that you want to attend their shows. Send emails to the designer’s PR company expressing your interest in going to their show. People don’t realize that you’ll spend hours writing and perfecting your pitch letter. Once, you get a response sometimes you’ll get a no and others a yes. Don’t get frustrated work with the yes’s and find other events that you can attend while in NYC. 

Find a place on Airbnb- I never get a hotel that is too expensive. I love going on vacation and finding that Airbnb. You’ll save money as NYC hotels are expensive. I found this cute place in Manhattan for only $400 for 4 days. What a steal. 

Make a schedule- Based on the dates you attend the fashion week. Make a schedule of shows that you’ll be attending. I put my schedule in a google sheet. That way I can access on my phone, computer, or IPAD. Honestly, it makes you super neat! 

Get Ready- Fashion week is fun & eventful. You’ll network with different people that love fashion much as you do! Don’t get overwhelmed, if you get shy to talk to others. the best way to get a conversation, “I love your shoes. I love sunnies super cute” It’s worked for me every time!  


The take ways from this experience: 
1.      The dates your attending Fashion week
2.      Plan your outfits months in an advance 
3.      Write the best pitch letter
4.      Find a place on Airbnb; find a cheap place that’s in the city Manhattan 
5.      Make a schedule of the shows you’ll be attending 
6.      Get ready to have the most fun as possible in a fashion frenzy environment 
Stay tuned for all fashion week looks on the blog, Instagram (stories)…See you at NYFW!

BURGUNDY HERE TO STAY….

Hello All, 

Burgundy has been called all sorts of names. Lol such as oxblood, maroon, reddish-purple. This color will continue to be a trend and creep up in every fall & winter season. Now I got to say, Burgundy boots are still the must-have. This season brings burgundy pieces into your wardrobe. The burgundy is the best color that will match with either black, pink, navy, and camel. There are so many outfit combinations you can wear with this vibrant color, and you have the choice of how to wear it.

Find a cozy burgundy sweater to give you a trendy look during this cold weather. Now for my look, I added a burgundy cardigan and velvet booties to give kind of a matchy-matchy look! I’m a big fan of coming up with different color combinations. My wardrobe needed a reinvention so burgundy pieces work for the winter season. 

Photos by: Carlton Hart 
WHAT I WORE: 
Banana Republic: Sweater 
H&M: Pants &Hat 
Steve Madden: Boots