Chocolate Laced: Misplaced

I misplaced the camera holding piece of my tripod, so I haven't been able to take any pictures lately and I've been busier than usual. I managed to take a cropped shot of what my outfit was yesterday as I went to a long time friend's apartment to hang out.

What I'm Wearing

Denim Jacket: Gap thrifted ($8)
Necklace: H&M (gift)
Dress: Forever 21 (eBay $6)
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Bow Earrings: Forever 21 ($4)
Pearl Bracelets: Forever 21 ($4)
Brown Moccasins: Minnetonka (my sister's closet)
Red Crossbody Bag: poppie from DSW ($10)
TOTAL: $32

In the time that I did have, I've been browsing many other bloggers' sites, writing up my closet inventory (which is quite extensive) and shopping. I love shopping, but it will be the death of me.

I am preparing my closet for the transition from summer to winter and her are a few of the things that I've bought in the past week:

If you have never shopped from ASOS, I recommend you break that habit now. The sales wonderful and their clothes and shoes are beautiful! Everything else I bought was from eBay. Four more things on my watch list and then I'll be done shopping for this month. I need a shopping budget. A strict one like the bloggers at cute & little and blue paper lanterns have. Do you shop on a budget or on impulse (like I do)?


Chocolate Laced: I Wear My [Pencil] Skirt To My Knees

forever 21 pencil skirt
Yesterday, I tried something new. Because of my early morning plans (11 in the morning is early to me) I decided that I should try taking my outfit pictures even earlier than that. My friend and I met up at around 9 and groggily snapped a few shots. My body felt awake, but my mind was definitely still asleep.

What I'm Wearing

Bows: Forever 21 ($2)
Necklace: my sister's closet
Striped Shirt: Forever 21 ($7)
Skinny Patent Leather Belt: Macy*s came with a shirt ($10)
Pencil Skirt: Forever 21 (eBay $7)
Mustard Flats: Nine West (gift)
Madison Leather Tote: Buxton (gift)

Closeup on Accessories

I love the colors of this outfit and I love how it makes me feel. The only thing about it that slightly bothered me was it accentuated my lack of hips. [Almost] everyone has something about their body that they wish they could change. Mine used to be my hips. If they were just 2 (maybe 3) inches wider, all my bottoms would fit the way they should. Especially my jeans!

I recently joined Independent Fashion Bloggers and received a load of welcoming messages before I logged on! I found that most of these were spam but the select few were actually bloggers with really cool blogs. Networking is always nice.

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Chocolate Laced: More Than Just A Hobby...

Today, I brought my friend, Adela, along while I took pictures to put up here. She liked how my pictures came out--the ones that I shared on Facebook--and she was eager to have some pictures of her own. Of course, she was very inquisitive of why I do it and she initially thought I do it because I'm bored. I had to laugh and let her know that I really love blogging: taking the pictures, developing my style, learning, and overall just feeling good in what I'm wearing!

It turned out that Adela was actually great (superb, even) at directing my pseudo photo shoot. Most of these pictures are the way they are because of her!

What I'm Wearing

Flower Clip: H&M ($3)
Gold & Ruby Heart Earrings: (from my mom's jewelry collection)
Glasses Necklaces: Forever 21 ($2 & $6)
Baby Pink Cardigan: Children's Place ($5)
Floral Blouse: (gift)
Skinny Belt: H&M (3 for $12)
High-Waisted Shorts: Macy*s (gift)
Crossbody Bag: Fossil (from my sister's closet)
Gold Watch: KAY Jewelers (from my mom's collection)
Bracelets: Mixture of Forever 21, H&M, my sister's closet and my mom's jewelry
Flats: Steve Madden (gift)

I really love these shorts that I have on. They are simple yet chic! The only problem I have with shorts is they never fail to ride up! I may have to invest in some invisible tape to keep these babies down! Either that or find some longer shorts. Hehe.
Adela was wearing a really nice bag and I really wanted to take it and run, but she knows where I live. The pattern was really nice and I couldn't help but admire it!

I've only been at it for two weeks but blogging has become more than just a hobby to me.

Closeup on Accessories
I try to let my accessories be the finishing touch on my outfits since most of the things I own are plain and basic pieces.

Until next time!


Chocolate Laced: Tailor Made

One of my favorite things about traditional Nigerian clothing is that they are (more often than not) tailor made. This guarentees the most flattering fit (depending on your desired style and design). On Saturday, I was part of my aunt and uncle's 25th anniversary celebration in NYC wearing the aso ebi that they picked out. I chose the dress design I wanted after searching online for hours and I showed it to the woman who was going to create it from the material my mom gave her. I knew I would need really high heels to compliment the length of the dress, so my sister bought me these babies from Charlotte Russe:

Stunning black velvet platform stilleto heeled pumps that were a breeze to walk in but a pain to keep on for 6+ hours! I got many compliments form the other aso ebi girls on my height (an added five inches to my already 5'8" and change height) and on my dress which was sweet and simple yet dramatic. I had a great time at the party and I was joined by my Panamanian best friend Desiree of six years who, wholeheartedly, supports and loves my culture and its traditions. She was rocking her African attire from Mali with a wrap skirt (a gift to her from her brother's godmother):

We live 170+ miles apart but our friendship grows stronger every day.


Chocolate Laced: A Few Things Have Changed...

One: I made a new banner for my blog! Isn't it lovely? I also changed the colors around a bit and just tried my best to make everything aesthetically pleasing.

Two: I'm wearing pants. Until recently, I had only one pair of pants in my closet and they were my black church slacks. Now I have nine! (One of my future posts will be a wardrobe inventory! Be prepared!)

What I'm Wearing

Hair Accessory: DIY old F21 Headband ($2)
Earrings: Vintage thrifted (gift from Mom)
Pearl Necklace: H&M (gift)
Cardigan: Love21 ($10)
Shirt: (gift)
Belt: NY&C thrifted ($5)
Pants: Material Girl for Macy*s ($30)
Oxfords: Big Buddha (my sister's closet)
TOTAL: $47
Three: I dyed my hair red! (It was red in my last post, too.) I absolutely love it! I have a large head (let's be honest) and my first attempt at dyeing my hair slightly failed because there wasn't enough in the bottle to go around! But the second time around, Tuesday actually, I used TWO boxes of Blazing Burgundy and look at me now!

Fourth (and last): I updated my FAQs page! Please check it out to ensure that I answered all possible questions! If you have any aside from what I listed, ask right here as a comment!


Chocolate Laced: When You're Good To Karma, She's Good To You!

On my way to Goodwill for some handy dandy thrift shopping, I stopped at a corner store to get a Mango Madness Snapple. The man in front of me, a very handsome Caucasian with light eyes, massive muscles and tattoos had to give the clerk $0.50 to complete his purchase. "I got you on the fifty cents, sir." And he said he'd be right back to get it, but I said to him that i had two dollars. My drink was $1.50. I was gonna get the change back anyway, so he obliged. Then he flashed his pearly whites (they really were!) at me and thanked me and hoped he'd see me around to pay me back. It was really sweet.

So as I went about my day, it seemed that everything was just a little rosier. I got one very obscene compliment on my outfit from a man with exceptional vulgarity in his language. I want to repeat his exact wards because that is really the only way that I can display how radical they were. He said, "You are f***ing that s**t up!" With so much enthusiasm! I instantly showed a slight hint of fear in my face and he elaborated that he loved the print, my hair, and the flower and it was so different. I laughed it off and thanked him. It was truly hilarious. I'm glad I had my friend with me to witness this.

What I'm Wearing

Flower Clip: H&M ($3)
Earrings: Forever 21 ($2)
Necklace: eBay (~$2)
Flowy Top: Charlotte Russe, Thrifted ($6)
High-Waisted Shorts: The Garden Collection by H&M, Thrifted ($6)
Crossbody Bag: Coach (gift)
Mustard Flats: Nine West (gift)
TOTAL: $19

When I got on the bus, it was packed, but some kind man gave up his seat for my friend and I to sit next to each other. Then, once at Goodwill, I found an awesome light denim Gap jacket for just $9! Oh, Karma. How I love you so!

Just so you all know, in the past week, I've done WAY too much shopping. I promise I will stop. I need to clean my closet (for the fifth time this season!)


Chocolate Laced: Wish Upon A Sale...

These are all the items that I would love to have in my closet for this summer/fall. They are ALL ON SALE right this instant and if I was a rich girl (briefly sings Gwen Stefani) I would be all over these in the blink of an eye! Yesterday when I made this, the chiffon skirt was $8. Today it's $5! *buys*

Hopefully I can get everything! And if not the exact thing on the list, then an item that's dangerously close!

Thank you so very much to all of my new followers! If you have blogs, please let me know so I can be a part of your everyday fashion sense!

P.S. An outfit post will come later tonight! I've had a long day and it's only 3! I kind have a developing headache, but I'm hoping that lots of water and maybe a few Tylenols will take care of it!


Chocolate Laced: Mama Africa

In my last post, I mentioned getting some material from my mother that I would incorporate into my future outfits. Today was my first successful attempt at doing so. After going to church this morning, I had to meet up with my staff for this summer's camp to discuss how much smoother we plan on running things. It just so happens that my staff is like my family. We are tighter than skinny jeans, we are. It's awesome.

So my best friend, Maya came to pick me up at 4 to take me to this meeting and when I stepped out the house in this and opened the passenger door to her car, she said to me, "Okay, Mama Africa! I'm loving it: the fact that you look all fabulous and I'm here dressed like a bum." She didn't really look like a bum, she's just super dramatic.

What I'm Wearing

Headwrap: from Nigeria (gift from Mom)
Earrings: Brooklyn Beauty Supply Store ($1)
Cardigan: Wet Seal (my sister's closet)
Maxi Dress: H&M ($15)
Bracelets: (gifts)
Leather Belt: (my sister's closet)
Sandals: Payless ($13)
TOTAL: $29

I wrapped my hair in one of the materials my mom gave me. I didn't really have a set design in mind when tying it, but it took my three trails before I found this design and I really love it. It has a hint of Nigeria in the way it takes the shape of our traditional gele and it also has the Nefertiti/Badu height I was aiming for.

I paired the look with natural makeup: concealer for my less confident areas, light foundation for an even tone and subtle cat eye to waken these tired eyes. Did it work?

The solid black maxi is something I feel everyone should have. It can be worn so many different ways; I absolutely love it. I've been looking for a way that I could maybe hike it up a bit and wear it as a more modest LBD. Everything is possible as long as you believe! 


Chocolate Laced: It's All About Tribal!

And I'm not just referring to the awesome print of my skirt! I'm talking hertiage. Ethnicity. Nationality. Tribe. I am very intrigued by culture. It's just so...fascinating! I am Nigerian (of the Igbo tribe). I was born in Nigeria and I came to America when I was four. I love everything about my culture. From the language (which I must learn to speak. It is never too late!) to the clothing, to the food, to everything else in between.

Today, my sister told my mother about this blog and she was actually a lot more supportive and excited about it than I expected! (Score!) I had asked her for a few wrappers so that I could incorporate them into some of my outfits and she brought me three different ones with the most beautiful prints. Boy, I cannot wait to feature them in a culturally inspired outfit! She also gave me an exquisite scarf. I have no idea where she bought it from, but it is RIGHT up my alley. Now, on to today's outfit:

What I'm Wearing

Headband: Thrifted ($1)
Earrings: Icing ($8)
Denim Jacket: NY&C (gift)
Tank Top: H&M (gift)
Belt (worn backwards): Wet Seal ($6)
Skirt: Thrifted F21 ($6)
Sandals: Hot Kiss ($15)
Leather Crossbody Bag: Liz Claiborne circa 1990s
Ring, Bracelet & Neckalce: Forever 21 ($4, gift, $2)
TOTAL: $42

These pictures were taken on my university's campus. It has its nice areas, but it is still listed among America's 20 ugliset colleges. (See number eight, Albany.) Oh well. It's pretty when it wants to be!

Closeup on Accessories

I went with my sister any my aunt to check on the progress of some Nigerian outifts that we are having made for a party next weekend. Mine is almost done, but I didn't get to try it on just yet. I'll see it in all it's glory on Thursday.

I'm so thrilled with the progress my blog is making. Thank you to my world of followers (all four of you make me very happy!) and anonymous and onymous readers and visitors! I've recieved a lot of support from my friends and a few of them even asked to guest post, which is amazing. I have one friend in particular that wants to do a plus size post (which is even more amazing.)

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