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Monday, December 31, 2012

A Year in Review...2012 Recap

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It has been a wonderful year and in a couple of hours, I will be saying goodbye to 2012. I just want to thank each and every one of you that visited this blog, left comments and sent me emails. Thank you so much for your tremendous support. You guys have been with me from day one and some of you just got on board and your support has been amazing. 2012 was amazing for me; I got my MBA degree (Finance), visited some amazing destinations, attended the NY fashion week IFB Conference and had some awesome features and collaborations with great brands such as TJ Maxx,  Bebe, Love Creation, Styleblazer and Virgos Lounge etc.

I am so grateful to God and I am looking forward to great 2013

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

'Tis The Season


Merry Christmas to you all and may all your dreams and wishes come true. 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday!

xoxo
Stella

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Emeralds & Motif Sweater

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Hi everyone! How have you been? The week is almost over and Christmas is five days away. What are your plans for the holiday? By now, I should be fully packed for my trip to Canada but lately, I have been very tired and all I want to do is eat and sleep. I have no idea what the weather will be like in Toronto, but I will be packing lots of sweaters and maybe my favorite motif sweaters ;)

My husband took these pictures in which I am wearing another motif sweater. Yes, you can say it again; I am getting addicted to motif sweaters! I love the color highlight of the 'pear' motif. While I love to experiment with colors, I try to ensure they complement with other elements of my outfit as shown in this post. I wore my emerald print pants from Asos and this will be my second time wearing it since the IFB NY Conference in September.

I love emeralds which just happen to be my birthstone. To match, I wore Jean-Michel Cazabat color-block pumps. If you remember, I blogged about my obsession back in September here and this is the first time I am wearing it. The emerald/blue color of the pumps not only complements the pants, but adds a unique touch to the whole outfit. My makeup is neutral with a nude lipstick from MAC...first time trying it also.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Work Style: Geometric Skirt

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Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and yours wasn’t as short as mine. I worked on Saturday morning before heading to my pilates class. The last time I went to the class was during the thanksgiving break so, I was a bit apprehensive. However, after the session, I was refreshed and had some energy to run a couple of errands which included picking up some sweet pastries. The weather was great on Saturday and it felt like spring; I did without a winter jacket throughout the day.

In this post, I am wearing a 'geometric' skirt from JCrew. I fell in love with the unique pattern when I saw it on their website but I had to wait for it to go on sale before making a purchase. In essence, I stalked their sale section everyday. :) The focus of this outfit is the skirt and I incorporated colors from the skirt by wearing a matching Zara blouse. The blouse is one of my first purchases from Zara years ago. I bought it in Miami prior to Zara launching their US online store. My “go-to bag” came in handy for this shoot as I am sometimes lazy to switch bags especially during the week given my busy work schedule. I completed the look with classic black pumps. I definitely need a new pair of these pigalles...hello santa! ;)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Watching out for accessories

While searching for the right outfit for upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I also began to think about the proper accessories to be worn on these occasions. I do pay a lot of attention to detail, so accessories are really important for me. And it is always a real challenge to find something appropriate. As Christmas is the time of the year when we should care most for our family and friends, I do, while shopping for myself, also watch out for accessories to give to them as presents. Here are my findings for this year’s Christmas.

A piece which lasts forever

For my closest friends and family members I usually try to find something of high value; something which is precious, and which has a long life span. For that reason, I am thinking about buying a highly desirable Girard Perregaux watch for one of my lovelies. The classic look fits every style and also signifies a taste for good quality. And the good thing about this accessory is that it also has a very important function. It tells its wearer the time at one glance. It is, for that reason, more than just a beauty device. The variety of watches, is so huge that everybody can be sure to find a piece for his or her individual taste.

Some things are "girls only”

Of course, being the fashion-conscious person I am, I also want to dress my closest pals in glamor for Christmas. And as most of my pals are girls like me, I do focus very much on the fashion for their feet – shoes tell so much about one’s personality. For that reason, I go for the hottest shoes with high heels and in the sexiest shapes. In that way, every Christmas walk can be enjoyed even more. 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Casual Night Out

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It drizzled the other day and I did not feel like leaving the house however, I was excited when my hubby and I drove to Coldstone to pick up my favorite banana caramel crunch ice cream. I still relish the taste even while typing this post...smh! After leaving Coldstone, we grabbed a dinner bag from Don Pablos. I cannot remember the last time I was there but I love their chicken quesadilla.

I wore an oasis leather skirt and trying to be simple and casual, I paired it with my aerosoles riding boots. These boots have been through all types of weathers and blizzards for the past 4 years and counting. For warmth, I wore my heart-shaped sweater from TJ Maxx. As you will tell from my previous posts, I love motif sweaters. There is something chic and fun about motif sweaters...a great way to add character to any outfit.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Plaid Pants & Motif Sweater

PAO_3299-2198839658-OHi everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I spent most of my weekend at home as I wasn't feeling so well. This gave me the opportunity to catch up on some of my recorded shows such as 'Revenge', '90210' and 'Scandal'. I am watching the first season of 'Scandal' and I am already hooked. What shows do you guys watch or record on your DVR? I need to add more interesting shows to my list.

The rainy and gloomy weather made me sleepy and thanks to this cute puppy sweater from JCrew for keeping me warm ;) Styling an outfit with a neutral base like the plaid JCrew pants is always safe. When wearing neutral tones I always imagine black colors because it makes it easier to select accessories to complement. Using the pants as a styling focus, I incorporated items based on its striped details. Since we are in the fall season, I wore the charcoal motif sweater for warmth and a black zara bag to complement. The burnt orange belt adds a touch of color without taking away from the pant details. I completed the look with beige pumps that tie the neutral tones.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sequins & Peplum

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Hi everyone! Hope you are doing great. The days are flying by so fast bringing us closer to Christmas. I am in a festive mood and I recently discovered this sequin skirt that I have had for almost a year. I totally forgot about it until a couple of days ago. This is the point where my hubby usually says, "Maybe I should have sold it and you will not have noticed." So not true! I would have noticed. The color and sequins detail of the skirt is unforgettable. The skirt has a bold emerald color with distinctive details which made me pair with a black peplum top and a pair of black shoes. The peplum top adds a classic touch and I added a Zara statement necklace and Asos clutch which is also emerald in color with black lace details. I had to brave the cold weather when I took off the military inspired coat for a full outfit shot.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Leather & Burgundy

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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. My weekend was relaxing and fun. A major highlight from my weekend was my friend’s engagement. I am super excited for her. Phew… it was not easy keeping the secret from her. Now, I am able to tweet about it and the joke about the preparations made without her knowledge. If you follow me on instagram (@jadorefashion), you definitely saw the cute ring...beautiful. In this post, my burgundy leather skirt is making an appearance. If you remember, I wore the same skirt in black here and I could not wait to wear the burgundy. I love the fitting and length of the skirt. I wore a JCrew two-tone sweater which compliments the skirt while adding a pop of color. Further adding color is my red Zara coat – warm and cozy. I like the red and burgundy combination which blends perfectly with the fall background.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Throwback :: African Infused

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While viewing my photo archives, I realized that I never shared these pictures with you. The pictures were taken in December 2011 while on vacation in Lagos, Nigeria. My outfit as worn in the post was unplanned. I was wearing a self-designed African Ankara print skirt with slits (not shown) that tore after I stumbled and fell. We were visiting some family members and it was dark in the house due to a power outage. I was carrying my hubby’s one year old niece while walking into the house and unknown to me, there was a small chair in the walkway. I tripped on the chair and fell. While falling, all I could think about was the little girl in my arms and luckily for us, she was unharmed. I was bruised and the slit on my knee length skirt tore. Thank goodness for a good ol African wrapper / fabric which I wrapped around my waist as my new skirt. :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Afternoon Cravings: JIMMY CHOO



As the holiday season approaches, I keep longing for a pair of silver or gold shoes. I fell in love with this Jimmy Choo Tempest Sequin Pump (here) especially, with the strappy details. I can definitely wear it with a cocktail dress or with a pair of jeans. The good news is that it is current on sale at Saks.

What do you think? Do you have any current shoe cravings?
xoxo
Stella

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stripes & Floral

PA0_9271-2223488856-OHi everyone! It was a long, relaxing and celebratory thanksgiving weekend which I spent with my hubby, parents and friends. I had a movie day with my girlfriends also. Though we planned on going to the movies, we ended up staying at my place eating and watching 'Grimm' on Demand.

The weather was great over the weekend and I remembered my Asos mirror skirt which has been in my closet since the summer...love the floral mirror details. For a casual and fun look, I chose a simple striped top and completed the look with beige pumps.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful for You


Today is Thanksgiving Day in America. I am happy to have the day off...whoop! whoop! Lots of food to eat today. I am definitely not a turkey or stuffing girl, but I will be over at mom's for great Nigeria delicacies like Egusi soup, okra soup and rice before hanging with friends for more food.

First, I want to use this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to YOU...yes YOU reading this. I am so grateful for the amazing love and support I receive everyday from you and taking the time to comment on each post. Also, I am thankful for the special emails and encouraging ones I receive daily which is my beyond imagination. When I receive emails on how much I inspire you or you admire me and my work, it brings tears to my eyes. Words can't express how grateful I am for your support. For all you have done and will continue to do, I say THANK YOU.


THANK YOU so much.

Love you all from the bottom of my heart.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

xoxo
Stella 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TJ Maxx: Fall Finds

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A couple of days ago, I received a gift card from T.J Maxx to SCORE my perfect fall finds. I am a big fan of mixing affordable pieces and what better place to shop at an affordable price other than T.J Maxx. After church on Sunday, I went to the closest T.J Maxx store and below are the amazing pieces that I scored and how I styled them.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Blurred Moment

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The weather was great last weekend and I visited the State Park with my hubby. It was great day to dig up the faux fur vest and riding boots. We took a walk through the woods and the sound of the flowing stream was serene. I enjoyed the beauty of nature


Have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo
Stella

Outfit: JCrew pants (here), H&M shirt, Aerosoles boots (old, try this here), Zara bag (here), H&M faux fur vest (old) & scarf

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monochrome :: Burgundy

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Hi beautiful people! This week brings us closer to Thanksgiving Holiday. How time flies, huh? Christmas is barely two months away--one of my favorite holidays. Like most holidays, nothing reminds me more of festive moments than warm colors and jewel tones. As the fall leaves change colors, I get excited. This makes me incorporate burgundy or mustard colors into my outfits like in my previous post here. I think I am officially embracing the fall season i.e. one of change and reflection. The weather was beautiful this weekend with temperatures in the high 60s. I couldn’t be any happier – a great time to experiment with my Valentinos and burgundy.



Monday, November 12, 2012

Autumn Leaves

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What better color to blend in with the autumn leaves. I have definitely found a new love and she is Rockstud...thanks to Valentino. After months of tweeting, blogging about this shoe here and returning a pair because it couldn't fit. it has finally found a home in my closet.

Happy Monday!
xoxo
Stella

Friday, November 9, 2012

iVideo: Eyebrows Tutorial

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I have received several questions from readers and friends about my eyebrows i.e. what I do and what I use. This made me do a video tutorial. I am not a professional artist or anything close but this works for me hence, my decision to share. ;)

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If you have any video requested that you will like me to do, please let me know.
Have a fabulous weekend!
xoxo
Stella

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Leather :: Corporate Mix

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Hi everyone! Hope your week is going on beautifully. I had a nerve racking experience watching the U.S election last night and I am saying congratulations to our re-elected President, Barack Obama. Did you notice how stylish Michelle Obama and Jill Biden looked in their lovely fall color tones?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Current Wish List

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My obsession for motif sweaters is not ending anytime soon. Currently obsessed with Kenzo sweaters and those Givenchy boots--love the hidden wedge heels. 

  1. Kenzo Tiger Embroidery Sweater (similar here & here)
  2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel (here)
  3. Alice + Olivia Box Pleat Leather Skirt (here)
  4. Givenchy boots (here)
  5. JCrew Lulu Frost Necklace (here)

What are your current obsession?

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Wishing you all great week ahead.
xoxo
Stella

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Night of Fun


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Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. Hope everyone is safe from Hurricane Sandy. My prayers go out to everyone affected by it.
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Better late than never as this was a night to remember. Weeks ago, I attended a wedding / renewal of vows. The venue and decor was superb. It was definitely a night of fun as the DJ kept entertaining us with songs from the 90s mixed with current hits and Nigerian greatest hits. For the special occasion, I chose a Mango 'flowy' dress with floral details at the bottom...simple yet fun for the event.


Outfit: Mango dress (old, similar here); H&M clutch (old, similar here); Michael Kors Watch (similar here)
Be safe and Enjoy the rest of your day!
xoxo
Stella

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tartan World

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Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend.
 
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It is Monday but it feels like Saturday because schools and businesses are closed as a result of hurricane Sandy. My office is closed and I am taking advantage of the prolonged weekend and I hope everyone is staying safe. At the moment, I am multitasking watching lifetime movies, blogging and catching up on my fashion magazines. I can’t help but notice prints such as plaids and tartans in each magazine I flip through. Tartan prints is a growing trend this fall from the scarves to shirts, sweaters and pants and nothing feels more like a holiday spirit than the these prints I am wearing in this post.

Outfit: Asos Tartan pants (here)
Asos Tartan peplum top (here)
Zara pumps (here); Zara black bag (here)
Asos red clutch (old, similar here & here)
OPI Nail polish: (here)
JCrew Elephant bracelet (sold old, similar here)
Macy gold snake bracelet (old, love this here & here)


Enjoy the rest of your day!
xoxo
Stella
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tips for styling peplum pieces

Peplums will be a major trend this Fall/Winter. I am a big fan of peplums and how they accentuate the waist. Below are ways that I have styled my peplum tops in the past and also, some tips to consider when shopping or styling peplum pieces.

Styling with skirts for work or business occassions
Things to consider when styling peplum pieces. 
  • Choose the right peplum for your body type. Make sure it does not sit too high or too low at the waist. It is best on the natural waistline because this will accentuate your curves while preventing your upper torso from looking shorter. For an hourglass look, wear peplums with fuller details.
  • If you wear a fuller peplum on top, keep the bottom fitted and smooth.
  • Also, consider the fit, texture and pattern when putting together peplum pieces.
  • It is great to always pair peplum outfits with high-heeled shoes to give an appearance of a longer frame.
  • When in doubt, peplum tops can perfectly be combined with pencil skirts, shorts or cigarette pants. For work, you can wear a peplum blouse with a midi skirt and tailored blazer for fall. Pair this outfit with pointy-toe pumps for a classy look.
Here are some peplums to consider...

Enjoy the rest of your day!
xoxo
Stella
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Burgundy Black

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Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

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The weather in Maryland is so funny with the way it fluctuates between extremely cold and spring-like temperatures. While the weather is unpredictable, I always try to stick to my pattern of infusing colors this fall. Lately, I have been posting pictures of my work outfits taken with my iPhone on Facebook.
One of the colors that has become a staple in my style is Burgundy and this is definitely my new black.
This fall, don't be afraid to embrace burgundy. It is a way of adding color to fall/winter styles in a calm and warm tone. If you are not sure what to pair it with, consider black. You can never go wrong paring Black and Burgundy. 

Outfit: JCrew pants (here)
Zara peplum top (similar here)
Christian Louboutin pumps (here, similar here)
Macy's Necklace (here, similar here)
Ray ban glasses (here)

Have a lovey day!
xoxo
Stella
Photographed by PaOsin
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Is this the next "IT" bag?


Could this be the new "it" bag? After noticing the simplicity and the unique structure of this bag, it left me wondering if the Sophie Hulme Tote Bag with Goldplate Hardware is in line to become the next Celine Luggage tote. Designered by an up and coming British designer, Sophie Hulme's bag is suddenly becoming the next "IT" bag. Lately, I have observed more fashionistas caring this bag. Time will tell if this bag is here to make a statement. 


What are your thoughts? You can get it here

xoxo
Stella

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Print


Hi everyone! How is your week going so far?



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I have had this dress in my closet for almost two years without wearing it. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to wear it to a wedding in San Diego. The floral print was perfect for the fall season and nothing compares to my obsession for floral prints. I love incorporating floral prints into my fall pieces which is awesome. The color and floral mix sets a fall tone. 

Outfit: Asos dress (old, love this here)
Christian Louboutin (similar here)
H&M Clutch (old, similar here)
Macy's Bracelet (similar here)
Michael kor watch (similar here)
MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick (here)

Enjoy the rest of your day!
xoxo
Stella

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