3 tips to try minimalism in fashion: Less is more.

Hello #fashionable humans!

I am coming back from an unplanned hiatus that I did not even know I needed (like most people, my brain has to melt and ooze outta my nose before I realize I need a break.) Honestly, the catalyst for me to rest was that I traveled a fair amount in December; I was in Asia from 12/13 to the day after Christmas. As a result, I was jet-lagged, hazy and just plain tired for weeks. The past few days, I caught myself falling asleep at like 9 PM on the couch (I am a hardcore night owl, and have been for as long as I can remember— how else do you think I run this blog?😂).

Anywho, I am back, definitely rested, resourced and more focused than ever. I am rethinking a few things blog-wise, and will start making some changes soon; I hope you guys like the pivot! (I am SUCH a Silicon Valley human.)

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist styleOur post today will be about minimalism, or how to *sometimes* embrace a minimalist style. I mean, let’s be real: anyone who has ever stopped by my blog knows that minimalism is NOT my style. While I love black and could wear it head to toe every single day until I die, I am also a drama aficionado when it comes to sartorial choices. My outfits usually have to feature a “conversation piece” or two (depending on how daring I feel that day). My last look featured a bright mustard jacket; this look was all about a sequin skirt, and this one featured this amazing necklace from Shalom Design… You get my point.

The evidence above should make it even funnier that I attempted a minimalist look for this shoot. It features this gorgeous, marvelous (did I say gorgeous?) dress from The Tiny Closet, a fashion website led by Natalie, minimalist blogger turned designer and business owner (yay for minority women-owned businesses!). I actually came across Nat several years ago through this story about her wedding. I fell in love with her personality and I started following her and checking on her blog periodically. She opened her shop in 2016 and I missed her first winter collection, where this dress made its debut. I fell in love with Instagram photos and literally waited a year for it to come back.

This is how Nat describes her own store, by the way:

“I made simple looks with comfortable, quality fabrics in classic colors, and I meant for them to be worn for any occasion.  The clothing I created for my daily life was eventually what I ended up basing upon for a clothing line.  ”

This dress is truly amazing. It generated more comments on Instagram than 90% of my posts and it makes me look super good!  That said, styling a piece from Nat definitely taught me a thing or two about dressing minimally; let’s explore them below!

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How to dress like a minimalist: 3 minimalist fashion tips

Less is more. Really.

That’s literally the whole point. HOWEVER, y’all know I do NOT live by this motto, as explained above.  I can therefore tell you that this dress was one of the hardest garments I ever had to style … ever. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that it had a freaking mind of its own; I got so frustrated trying to style it for this shoot! I tried all the necklaces, all the belts, all the whatevers- and they all looked like shit.😂 This dress actually had the GALL to tell my accessories “Nah, I’m good. I stand on my own; buh-bye now. ” I gave up adorning it after the third necklace attempt and opted to rebel by putting on massive hoop earrings, as well as all the rings I could find, but let’s be real. The final score was: Dress 1— Dafra 0. That bish.

Minimalist fashion is made to stand on its own; let it. Drop all the neck candy and scarves and shit.

In hindsight, I realize I was wasting my time and defeating the whole purpose of the shoot. Minimalist fashion is made to stand on its own; let it. Drop all the neck candy and scarves and shit. Be brave enough to let the garment(s) speak for themselves. That actually leads us to our second point below.

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist styleDrop the gimmicks.

We all have a particular dressing formula that makes us present our best self to the world. I swear by wide belts because they make my waist look tiny and help me fake the hourglass shape I have always coveted—  I stay trying to be snatched. While that’s cool and dandy, I feel like it is worth dropping the gimmicks and extras for a minute. Minimalism is about comfortable and practical simplicity; adding too much shit takes away from it.

(…) it is worth dropping the gimmicks and extras for a minute. Minimalism is about comfortable simplicity; adding too much shit takes away from it.

Moreover, I feel like stepping away from my usual blueprint gives me a new kind of freedom. It pushes me to explore outfits that do not necessarily highlight all my assets, and it teaches me how to still feel good in them and make them work for me. While I felt naked in this dress without a belt, it felt good to know I could still rock something with zero adornments and be fine.

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist styleTry a monochromatic look.

You guys know I love a good monochromatic look. It is polished, classy and timeless. This situation is no exception; based on my research and on the dozens of Pinterest minimalist pins I came across, monochrome and minimalism seem to be besties (or at the very least, they tag each other in Facebook videos.) In this case, it was easy because I was working with a dress, but I still cannot see myself styling it with any other colors without almost desecrating it. Minimalist fashion has gorgeous lines, quality fabrics and interesting silhouettes. Those need to be shown off and I feel like a monochromatic look is the best way to do so.

Minimalist fashion has gorgeous lines, quality fabrics and interesting silhouettes. Those need to be shown off and I feel like a monochromatic look is the best way to do so.

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist style

 

On to the dress we are rocking today (even though I feel like I already shared how I feel about it, lol)

This is the Curator from The Tiny Closet Shop, as mentioned above. It has an interesting silhouette; it is form fitting on the right side, but the extension under the left arm gives it an asymmetrical feel; that left side is not unlike a caftan. It will CLING to your curves, so get the right undergarments ready! It is also made from a thick and luxurious stretchy fabric, super soft and yet breathable. I honestly thought it was cotton, but reading the description closer shows it’s made out of Modal. I only wore it for this shoot, but I swear— this is a dress I will be re-wearing as much as I can. It feels incredible.

That’s all I have today folks! What are your thoughts on minimalist fashion and on this dress in particular? Let me know in the comments!

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist style

 

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist style Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist style

 

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist style

 

Blogger @Dafrastar wears The Curator dress from Minimalist fashion label The Tiny Closet. #minimalist #minimalism #minimalistfashion #monochromaticfashion #monochromaticoutfit monochromatic outfit ideas, fall minimalism fashion, winter minimalism fashion, chic minimalism fashion ideas, chic minimalist, edgy fashion, minimalist design, minimalist clothing, minimalist dress, minimalist closet, minimalist style

Until next time,

With Love,

D

10 Random Facts about Me

Hello hello #fashionablehumans!

By the way- we are coining this expression. I checked Instagram and this hashtag only has, like, 3 posts- dassit, we’re taking it.

How have you guys been, and how was your holiday? Did you travel to go see family, or did you host?  Personally, I have been super busy yet super happy!  Life is good and I am overflowing with gratitude; I just need to remember to pray more often, swear less and drink my water (as of right now I am drinking wine tho).

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing 10 Random facts about her, rocking Missguided, Stuart Weitzman and Moon River . More on the blog!So- in spite of me yapping for paragraphs on each single one of my posts,  I realized last week that you guys really do not know much about me at all. I was prepping to post my last look from London, and I seized the opportunity to write a bit of a more personal post! To be honest- as much as I love fashion, I often feel that posts only focusing on clothing can be a little dry. For example, I am enjoying the heck out of my Fall 2017 Trends series; however, I also love to share some personal learnings and experiences as well.

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing 10 Random facts about her, rocking Missguided, Stuart Weitzman and Moon River . More on the blog!I have seen the “10 random things about me” tag floating around for quite a while. I never fail to read one; I feel like they give me a neat insight into who people really are, social media/ blogger personas aside. Like- they can speak fluent Russian, are amateur salsa dancers or cosplayed as Sailor Moon last year at Comicon. That shit is just so cool to me!

Sooooo I am trying my hand at it. Let me know if anything surprises you, if you knew everything or if we have some things in common!

10 Random things about me

  1. I am an only child. I feel like that has molded me into being someone who is not at all afraid of loneliness. I am really good at entertaining myself, and I am honestly rarely (if ever) bored.  The main downside to this is that I tend to assume others function the same way; I pack my days full of activities, often forgetting to bake in time to spend with other people.
  2. I love books. I easily read 1-2 MEATY books per month; at some point, I was really into fiction and finished a book every weekend like clockwork. I do not discriminate as far as genres are concerned: fiction, romance, mystery, self-help, nutrition, fitness, professional development, even prose (I cannot last through that shit though, it hurts my brain). The last opened books in my Kindle app currently are:

“Necessary Restorations” by Kate Canterbary (finished it- I love the whole Walsh series and read every book twice, don’t judge me- or judge away, whatever lol)

“Strong Curves” by Bret Contreras and Kellie Davis (just started today, I am very excited about the workouts in this book)

A sample of “Algorithms to Live by: The Computer Science of Human Decisions” by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths (not started- I actually bought it for a friend in paperback and grabbed a Kindle sample for myself to check it out. She’s smart, so I am sure anything she picks is a good book)

“Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink (I’m on the last few chapters, good learnings)

“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell (finished it, very easy read but pretty interesting; can’t wait to read another one of his books.)

  1. I speak 3 languages fluently, and English is the 3rd one. Dioula (my mother tongue, pronounced dee-oo-luh ) and French were the first languages I spoke. I did not start speaking English daily until I was 19 years old, when I moved to the US for college.
  2. I LOVE the Harry Potter series. I have watched every single one of the movies maybe 10 times and I own every single one of the books (as physical copies and in kindle format). I judge anyone who cannot say “wingardium leviosa”, or worse- who has no idea what it means.
  3. Finding jeans is extremely hard for me because I have a short torso and longer legs. I am also 5″11, which does not help. I need an inseam of 35″- 36″to be comfortable, which greatly limits my choices. Oh, and I have a shoe size of 11. Fun.
  4. When I was 19, I competed in a TV show akin to the French version of Jeopardy. I made it to the finals and won a lot of books and chocolate (It was around Easter). I lost to a history teacher, so I was honestly cool with it- listen, I was still perplexed as to how I made it that far.
  5. I got married twice… to the same man. My husband is Indian, so we had a regular wedding with the white dress, cake, bridesmaids etc. and an Indian wedding where I wore a red lehenga. It was fucking epic.
  6. I have a speech impediment; I have been stuttering since I was 6. It does not bother me that much in daily life; as a matter of fact, I have had A LOT of years to practice concealing it, so many people have no idea. I did go to speech therapy for it and got better, but I have since relapsed. I really should go again.
  7. I cannot drink coffee- It is BITTER!!!!! How do you guys do it??? I tried so many times, and I just can’t. Nope. I understand that people can have a taste for it, I appreciate the amount of work that goes into bean selection and roasting, but the beverage itself is just FOUL to me. I love the smell of a freshly brewed pot though.
  8. I do not watch TV. Like none. I do watch Netflix here and there (usually to keep my ears busy when I’m doing my hair), but I do not have the commitment to sit in front of the TV for anything. Everything that I know about TV personalities, I found out on social media. For world news, I catch up pretty easily via a triangulation of Twitter, FB, news apps, Reddit and my husband lol.

There you go, this is it!

Here are more photos of my outfit below, as well as a quick 411:

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing 10 Random facts about her, rocking Missguided, Stuart Weitzman and Moon River . More on the blog!

  • Top: Black sheer bodysuit; used it several times on the blog, here and here for example. It’s from AliExpress and is available here. I love it so much I actually bought two more; one identical and one with a crew neck. The utility I get out of these is amazing- I wore the older one maybe 10 times, and that nets out to less than $1 per wear.
  • Boots: Another blog favorite, here and here. They are the Stuart Weitzman LeggyLady, mostly sold out everywhere but here’s a similar pair here.
  • Blazer: First feature on the blog, but wore it several times already! It is from Missguided, and it is a much much much more affordable version of this one by Balmain; found out about it from a Jennie Jenkins fashion haul, and I have seen the Balmain blazer on Folake from Style Pantry several times in the past years (here, here). EVERY. TIME she wears it, it is DROOL WORTHY. That woman can DRESS. Anyway, back to our train of thought–this Missguided blazer has none of the structure its higher-end cousin benefits from (Jennie compares both in her video, at 10:23– you’re welcome )- but it is a cute blazer, it looks nice with jeans/ minis/ shorts and has a good length. I also scored it for 50% off during a random sale by Missguided, yay!  I will say though- mine is a little too large for my taste, and I wish I had sized down. (Got an 8, and I am an 8 in real life as well.)
  • Shorts: those corduroy shorts were a totally random purchase from Nordstrom Rack, and they were $10!!! They are here, and I also just found a pair on Poshmark (they are from a brand called Moon River).  I will highlight that I wear them back to front because they have cargo pockets in the front, which makes little to no sense to me. Like, why do we need crotch framing pockets? No one needs to highlight their nether regions that badly, and back pockets make MUCH more sense. They are super comfy though, super sassy and overall awesome. I wore them 2 or 3 times when I was in the UK (bought them the day before my trip).

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing 10 Random facts about her, rocking Missguided, Stuart Weitzman and Moon River . More on the blog!

That is it for this blog post! As always, thanks a lot for stopping by and hanging out with me. I would like to tag Shannon from Champagne at Shannon’s, Tisha from Behind the Schmile, Debbie from To Thine Own style be True, Antonia from the Midwest Wife , Yawa from Stilettos and Pearls , Josie from Petite + Bold  and Louisa from La Passion Voûtée to take a stab at it, as well as all of you! If you do it, please leave your link below- I would love to read your list!

Look captured by @mishmash_photography at the Tower of London.

Until next time!

With Love,
D

FALL 2017 Fashion Trends Inspiration: Red checkered jacket

Fashionable humans! What’s happening?

Happy Wednesday to you gorgeous people! I hope you are all excited about this holiday week! Have you done your turkey day shopping yet? I went to Trader Joe’s on Sunday and it was fucking madness. Moreover, I am still missing like 10 items – everything was sold out, even butter. I had to buy one of those bougie ass butters (not Kerrygold, the other one) for like $5. Fine, I am on Keto so I am not stranger to exorbitant butter prices (and I may or may not have some Kerrygold in my house) but that does not mean I can’t complain.

Side note: I am busy putting together my most comprehensive post to date– about my top favorite red lipsticks–,  complete with product shots, swatches, try-ons, kiss tests, you name it. I have no idea what possessed me to think I could complete such a post in a week. I have been writing nonstop for days, which is why I had zero content last week. Oops.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.And today’s trend is…

Anywho, I am excited to bring you today’s trend, which is checkers. Checkered/plaid prints RULED the runway at NYFW in September, and since then, I have also seen them wholly embraced in the fashion blogging world. Personally, I totally dig this trend. I am very much into versatility, and I feel like a good checkered or plaid piece checks all the boxes (no pun intended). The prints are cute, functional (can be worn to the office OR girls’ night out) and work well as either tops, bottoms, dresses and even jumpsuits; case in point. I am low key mad I did not buy it when I had the chance (I tried it on, but for some obscure reason walked away from it); hopefully I can still get my hands on it. It would look so cute paired with a slim turtleneck and some ankle booties, don’t you think?

Before I get carried away putting together imaginary outfits, let’s take a quick look at the way the checkers trend was interpreted by fashion heavyweights at NYFW.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of www.stylecaster.com
Left to Right:
Mara Hoffman; Rosie Assoulin; Tory Burch; photo courtesy of StyleCaster.
Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of www.stylecaster.com
Balenciaga
Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of http://www.harpersbazaar.com/
Alexander Wang
Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of http://www.harpersbazaar.com/
Michael Kors

As I said above- this trend was EVERYWHERE on runways.

Oh and y’all see that last dress from Michael Kors? That is how I will dress every day when I have money, WITH the gloves AND the facial expression. Judge me, I don’t even care.

Anywho, we can agree that his checkered print situation just really works, and is quite classy when executed in shades of grey/black/charcoal. However, if you have been here before, you are already aware that sophisti-ratchetness is much more my speed. It should therefore come to no surprise to you that my interpretation of this trend came in the form of a bright red jacket. Of course.

On to my outfit! Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.What I am wearing: Jeans- Lucky Brand Sasha Skinny– Here; Blazer– Here; Booties– Here; Bodysuit – Here

I picked this particular jacket because the checkers are kinda muted, but they still make a fun statement. I paired it with a sheer bodysuit, skinnies and ankle snapping booties (seriously). While I would not wear this look to the office (hello boobies), this is solid girls night out material. See a breakdown of the clothes below.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.
Red checkered jacket: (black and charcoal also available)

I have had this jacket for a few weeks, and let me tell you- it is fire. It is a stretchy fabric, but it is thick and feels luxurious. I will highlight one VERY annoying thing, though: the buttons are trash. You may see that I have zero buttons here; guess what: the jacket came with two.

It is not an isolated issue either! I got this blazer in a size 10 first, and it was too large so I returned it for an 8. I did not even keep the 10 for 3 days, and wore it ONCE for 1 hour; I promise you, the buttons were already coming loose by the time I put the return package in the mail. Also, if you have long limbs like me, be ready for the sleeves not to come down to your wrists. I still love this jacket though, and I do NOT regret my purchase whatsoever- this is a minor annoyance compared to how much joy I get from wearing this garment.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.
The shoes (also available in olive)

These little ankle killers… I have no idea WTF I was thinking when I purchased those stinkers. Meet the Carlita Bootie from Justfab! They are SO HIGH (almost FIVE fucking inches, with NO platform- I seriously have no idea how I missed this in the description), and the heel is SO skinny that I swore I was about to faceplant every 2 minutes. They are also tight and uncomfortable for plump feet, at least in my experience. However, I am still breking them in (this was only my second time wearing them.) With all that said, they are very very cute and looked killer with my skinny jeans. I will never wear them to a place where I need to walk for more than 3 minutes, but if you are on the market for very impractical yet very sexy shoes, check those babies out! Look at those cute buckles and laces! (They are all a lie, the zipper is all you need to slip them on.)

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.

The rest of my outfit has been discussed on the blog before (again, I am all about versatility so re-wearing items several times is a victory in my book). Please articles below:

Please also see below some fellow bloggers styling checkers to perfection:

Shantel from Simply Shantel

Morgan from Hangitupla

Shannon from Champagne at Shannon’s 

Tania from Darling Tee (rocking that Zara jumpsuit was silly enough not to pick up)

Bonus pic below: the light was red, and I had to race across the street, heels and all. OUCH.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.

Dassit for today! I appreciate you stopping by, and the kind comments you keep sending my way! You guys are the best. Let me know below if you are jumping on the checkered bandwagon, or if you are judging us from a distance.

This look was shit by @Tracey_Mammolito in San Francisco.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.

Until next time!

With love,
D

FALL 2017 Fashion Trends Inspiration: Burgundy velvet dress

Fashionable humans! Wassup??? Hope your day is going great and the sun is shining bright! (metaphorically only, I know it’s fall 😂.)

So let’s be honest for a minute: that fall trends series is NOT going great. I was positive I would be able to put out 1-2 Fall trends related posts weekly, but so far I have fallen woefully short of that. Actually, I have only published ONE  Fall Trends post, and it was a month ago. 😪 I am ashamed.

But you know- Fall is not over until December 21st (I had to Google that), so let’s pick ourselves off the floor and put out a couple more good posts until then, yes? I promise I will do better. I will try. Okay fine, I ain’t promising shit, but I will honestly give it my best effort.

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.What I am wearing: Dress, here; shoes, here; jacket, here. Rings: my own, mostly gifts. String bracelet, Alex and Ani, featuring Tree of Life charm

This post right here will combine two trends I have been loving: velvet and red! It is not news to anyone who has ever stopped by this blog that I do not mess around with my love for red and black. (I have a whole section dedicated to those two colors, for crying out loud.) Therefore, when Burgundy and bright red starred like crazy on NYFW 2017 runways in September, I thought “Yes gawd 🙌🏿”. I am just lowkey mad that I posted my Monochromatic red collab with @Dorothy.Abigail before NYFW- it would have honestly been perfect for fall, especially with her burgundy take on it.

As far as velvet is concerned, it has just been steadily killing it for a year or so. Did you ever imagine that fabric would be the fashion comeback of the decade? I mean, after VELOUR TRACKSUITS happened, I thought velvet was toast until perhaps 2025.

Whatever happened to Ja Rule?

However, here we are in 2017, and one can’t scroll through any Instagram boutique worth their salt without being assaulted by all kinds of velvet bodysuits, velvet dresses, velvet tops, velvet chokers or velvet booties. While this trend can be overwhelming, I honestly think that velvet is a fun fabric to wear; it looks awesome when paired with other textures, or even on its own.

“Where were red and velvet featured on runways at NYFW”, you ask?

My answer: Where weren’t they?

See Pictures below(Pics courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar, WWD.com and Elle Fashion)

 

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of WWD/ Rodin Bianca.
Monse RTW Fall 2017
Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of Elle.
Various Fall 2017 NYFW
Designers are still crushing on velvet, but this season they’re cutting designs from the rich fabric for jewel-tone formalwear. Keep this in mind when dressing for a fall wedding.
Justine Carreon, ELLE Magazine.
Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.
The Row, NYFW 2017
Max Mara, NYFW 2017

 

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.
Jill Sander, NYFW 2017

I will note that the floral velvet trend is also super hot. I am not sure whether I am 100% on board with that one yet (seems hard to style without looking like your grandma’s couch) but I will let you know whether I come around. I have seen many a fashionista rock the shit out of it; however, according to (my uncles in my head) Tom and Lorenzo, these girls are what you call “Ph.D. level dressers”. I am in grade school.

So overall- what do you guys feel about velvet? Has it earned its spot in your closet, or is it only material for tacky throw pillows in your book? Let me know in the comments!

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

On to the outfit!

The dress I am featuring here was actually bought last year for a Christmas party, and I ended up wearing it for NYE. I grabbed it for… wait for it… less than $20. Yep. It is a simple burgundy velvet midi dress with a strapless sweetheart neckline, some ruching and a slit on the side. (That’s a whole lotta adjectives so maybe it’s not as simple as I thought.) I am wearing a size XL , and my waist and hip measurements are 29.5″ /44″.

I’ll admit that my styling here was a tad simplistic (this was my third ever photo shoot, and my first one with Rachel, so I was still a ball of nerves). I would love to revisit this dress with a white shirt underneath (EFFING BONUS if I can find one with bishop sleeves), some dark tights, a corset belt and maybe some heels or boots for the office. That would be cute, right?

Tangent: I have been loving this approach of layering party tops on top of more conservative ones for daytime looks. Gotta wear them going out clothes, they can’t just sit around in closets waiting for parties and shit. They need to earn their keep.

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

The shoes: basic ass sandals from Amazon. They run large and I missed the return window so I am stuck with them. Size notwithstanding, they are cute and would make decent office shoes for warmer months. At the moment, I only wear them to go places I know I won’t walk a lot– they look nice when I’m sitting down so ya know 😂.

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

The jacket: the Classic Levi’s trucker jacket, purchased from Amazon in June. One of my best purchases to date- I wear this shit everywhere. This is a size L and the color is Belle Blue (I have a 16.5″ shoulder measurement and a 36″ bust measurement for your reference.) It fits great, has no embellishments or drama, and is a solid basic jacket to throw on top of any outfit for warmth or to dress it down a little.

I am excited to style more velvet looks. I got a copper-colored skirt and I have no idea what to pair it with, but I am hopeful I’ll find something.

 

That’s all I have for y’all today, short and sweet post! As always, I appreciate the support here and on Facebook and Instagram; thanks so much for engaging with me and following my blog!

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

 

Until next time,

 

With Love,

D

Birthday Post! 7 things I learned this past year.

Happy Saturday fashionable humans!!!

It is my birthday today and I am very very excited😆. I am honestly ridiculously stoked about my birthday every year, even though I rarely do anything extravagant.

This year, I am far away from home, but I am still pumped! I am fortunate enough to be in London for work, so while last week was PACKED with meetings, I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

I usually am not one of those people who take the time to reflect on shit. I do learn from my mistakes, of course, but, until recently, I rarely sat down to write things and make affirmations and stuff. However, after reading a few books that outlined the importance of reflection in actual writing, I have been trying to consciously sit the fuck down, think about things and write what I feel and I want to achieve: personal goals, family goals, professional goals, fitness goals, aspirations and all kinds of fun and positive things.

Therefore, on my birthday, 10/28/2017, I would like to share with you 7 little things I learned this year. Maybe they will be useful to you, maybe not; either way, I hope this post is entertaining!

In celebration of her birthday, blogger @Dafrastar shares 7 things she learned in the past year.What I am wearing: Dress, Boohoo (here); bag, @theresacotton Francis Clucth (gifted, thoughts below; here); Shoes, Justfab Hadley (here); Silk Bangles, IndianCraftsville (here). Lipstick is @colouredraine Cherry Blossom (here)
Birthday reflection 1:
Circumstances will reveal who you are; take action accordingly.

I came across this parabola/proverb thing a few years ago, but did not fully grasp it until this year. Here’s the thing: I consider myself very lucky. At the same time- 2016 and 2017 were complete b*tches, which strangely also brought about some of the highest highs of my life. Adversity turned me into a carrot, then an egg. Finally, one day, it clicked that I needed to suck it up and use life’s  punches to become stronger, and I turned into coffee. Hard circumstances have brought the best out of me on so many fronts: discipline, positivity, courage, and many other things that are kind of necessary not to suck at life. So don’t be scared: let hard times come by, and use them to change you for the better. Circumstances do NOT own you; you own your reactions to them.

Birthday reflection 2:
Everything you want lies on the other side of fear

Fear is generally a good thing meant to protect us from harm; snakes can be shitty, spiders may kill you, and anyone who tickles people should not be trusted. That said, fear can also keep us from living our lives to the fullest; know the difference, and please don’t let that happen to you. Don’t be my Mom’s friend who let the love of her life pass her by, because she was scared to ask her family to marry a man from a different religion (she is still single.) Don’t be that person who never tried anything because they never wanted to get out of their comfort zone; you may regret it. It took me 5 years to kick my own ass to (re)start Dafrastar, as I could not stop thinking about what people would think. I assumed they would feel that I was trying super hard to be relevant, and would laugh at me behind my back. You know what? If that’s indeed the truth, let them. Who cares? 🤷🏿‍♀️ So go on that trip, take that hot air balloon ride, wear those white jeans or go to that salsa class. Either way, you will have a great story to tell and another experience to remember.

Birthday reflection 3:
…And hard work

There is no way around it. When you want something, you have to understand that it WILL NOT fall in your lap, wrapped up with a nice little bow. Hiding behind sayings like “God willing, I will do X…” without actually doing shit will only cause you heartbreak. There isn’t really any replacement for diligently working at things to achieve mastery (even if asymptotically). For me, setting a goal and putting in the necessary work brings me a freedom and excitement I cannot even explain. No one can take the fruits of your labor away from you (unless you let them), and no one can steal your knowledge/ weight loss/ gym gains/ professional achievements from you. So work hard. Read that extra chapter; go to that networking event; take the time to understand that convoluted spreadsheet;  read that extra material to be prepared for that meeting. At the same time, hustle; find people to mentor you in what you are doing, ask questions, go to coffee with people smarter than you, and honestly do EVERYTHING you can to make it. Don’t half ass anything, it’s not cool to “barely try”. Flexing on the ‘Gram can wait (unless you are a blogger, then flex to the MAX! 😂)

In celebration of her birthday, blogger @Dafrastar shares 7 things she learned in the past year.

Birthday reflection 4:
It’s okay to want more for yourself.

You know what scares me? Waking up one day and thinking: “I could have done more with my life.” It sounds like a trivial thing, but I am so scared of growing old and seeing in hindsight all the things I could have done, but somehow decided not to pursue because I got comfortable. I cannot explain this point as well as the ones above, but this lady can! On her channel one day, I was listening to a video about purpose; she shared this quote, and it made me think very hard.

“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.”

Les Brown

I am filled with the dread of leaving a “rich grave” behind. I beat myself up for years and wondered what else I could do besides the usual (school, work, volunteering, family), and often felt greedy because- as I said, I feel very fortunate already. However, that guilt has eased up in this past year, as I realize it’s okay to demand more of myself, and it’s okay for me to want to explore everything I may be able to do. As of today, I do not have anything planned nor do I think that I have any talent besides my job, but by my next birthday, I hope to be working on something more than “the usual”.

Birthday reflection 5:
Respect your time.

That’s the only thing that we can never recover once it’s gone. In this past year, I have strived for every minute of the day to be spent doing something meaningful. Did I succeed? Hell no, far from it. However, that taught me the value of time, and I have started to respect it a lot more– mine and other people’s. So drop that flaky friend, stop wasting evenings waiting for that fuckboy to call you back, leave that dead-end job where you aren’t learning shit. Analyze your daily habits and CUT whatever does not serve you; replace it with something enjoyable or something that teaches you something. For me, it meant a lot more books and a lot less aimless social media browsing. I still stay on Insta, but I now have set times to browse. It helps, I swear!

Birthday reflection 6:
Don’t let the disease of perfection paralyze you. She’s a b*tch.

True, whatever you want to do is worth doing well and working hard at. That said, you cannot wait for perfection to get started on … anything, really. Just fucking try shit, and learn as you go. I will use the Dafrastar example again here: I completed maybe 12 photo shoots before launching. I was/am taking a blogging class, and I could not, for the life of me, find my “niche”. My blogging instructor was honestly not that helpful; she suggested I do not launch until I did, and when I told her I wanted to focus on “affordable fashion”, she told me it was not that original and that a ton of other bloggers did it. She was correct, but I was salty; after a few days, I started stalling because I was avoiding dealing with my niche-less blog ideas. I did not touch my class materials for a month. One day, something urged me to just go for it, in spite of the advice I had received. Within 3 days, I secured a collab with my girl @dorothy.abigail, finished setting up my theme, wrote my first post and hit “Publish”. Here we are 2 months later, almost 20 posts in, and little old niche-less me is doing alright. While my instructor had a point, I am still glad I jumped in and learned how to swim. My niche will eventually come to me.

 

In celebration of her birthday, blogger @Dafrastar shares 7 things she learned in the past year.

Birthday reflection 7:
Listen and be open to change.

I ate a lot of humble pie this year. I took constructive feedback from my boss, colleagues, husband, and friends–like we all do. However, this year, something in me helped me to receive it much better than I would have– say, 5 years ago. Dunno, maybe it’s age? Perhaps it’s my husband’s influence? (he is very level headed).  Either way, I try to be permeable to advice and gentle coaching. It sucks often, but it is necessary in life and helps us grow.

 

 

On to my outfit, super quick! I put it together to recreate this picture (I am wearing the same dress in it).

I missed by chooda bangles, and for anyone familiar with Indian culture, a bride is not supposed to re-wear her choodas ever again. So I just cheated and just bought cool red bangles to wear instead.

  • My dress is a basic ass black midi dress from Boohoo. I bought it in 2015 and it is (by some kind of miracle) still available, so I assume it is one of their fixtures. It is a little sheer, but I could totally get away with tights (without too, actually). It has a bit of a deep plunge, so I would add a cami under for the office. I think the length is a perfect midi on me, and I am wearing a size 8 (I am a size 8 in real life as well.)
  • My shoes are from JustFab, and they are named Hadley. They hurt like a mother, but are so gorgeous that I do not have the heart to throw them out, even though I wore them only thrice in 3 years. They are knockoffs of these Aminah Abdul Jillil ones, and that’s what I get for buying bootleg shit. I will hopefully buy the real ones someday.
  • My bag was kindly gifted to me by @theresacotton on Instagram. She reached out to me and asked me to choose from any of her offerings, and this one caught my eye because I already had this look in mind. The bag is a good size for a clutch or a low key bag for days when a huge purse is not needed. I have been using it quite a bit (used it thrice since I have been here in London, not including this shoot) and could actually fit my iPad in it (it was a struggle though.) It has decently thick lining, so I did not fear it getting damaged inside. I wish it had an inside pocket and a longer zipper, so I could fit my tablet in without threatening to tear the bag. I am definitely going to be looking at more Ankara bags.
  • My bangles are from IndianCraftsville on Etsy and Instagram. They were made and hurried to me in record time before my trip, and I can’t thank the owner enough. I however wish they had a larger opening, as it hurts to take them out.

DASSIT!

Thanks for listining to my musings, and here’s to another year. Thanks for reading, and I will see you next week!

This look was photographed by Michelle from @MishMash_photography in London.

With Love,

D

 

 

No, I do not owe you a smile | Red sequin skirt and one shoulder top

*Hits a 1-2 step, twirls* OW!

People, we made it to Friday! I am so excited about this post, not because I have anything groundbreaking to share, really- but because I am wearing sequins! I look ready to party!

Sidenote: In reality, I am sitting at home with my hair in a puff, drinking peppermint tea and wearing a sheet mask. Classy.

 

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from Zara

So I want to share something that upset me enough to still remember it after a couple of days. The other day, I was minding my own business on Instagram (a friend told me that the very nature of Instagram makes this sentence an oxymoron but WHATEVER) when a *gentleman* (I would like to say something else but Jesus died for my sins and I need to do better)  took upon himself to TELL ME under one of MY PICTURES that I should smile more. Excuse me Sir,  who sent you, and who exactly are you talking to?

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from Zara

Truth is, I have realized that I rarely smile in pictures, especially blogging ones. I mean yeah, I sometimes do (the pics in this post are evidence enough), but posing is hard y’all! I am actually dying of laughter in the pic above because I attempted a cross legged model-esque pose @joyofodu taught me, resulting in me almost rupturing my neck. This shit does not come naturally to anyone, at least not to me! I stay mean mugging because I need to focus on not falling on my face!

Anywho, that point notwithstanding, I still believe that I do NOT owe a smile to anyone, at any point of time, ever. Think about the guys who think they have the right to catcall in the streets, asking ladies to smile more? NO SIR, I wear my RBF with pride. Also, my teeth are busy at the moment.

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from ZaraWhat I am wearing: Skirt, Nasty Gal or Asos,  (old), similar here, here and here (this one costs as much as some people’s rent, and I am very confused as to why it exists); Top, ZARA, here, similar here; Shoes, Steve Madden, similar here. I got mine from DSW; Bag, Dili Haat, Delhi. Similar here

I generally get very aggravated when people tell me about shit women “should do more”, especially people who do not identify as female. Like, no. Just no.

You somehow thought highly enough of yourself to decide what another group of people you are not part of ought to be doing to please YOU more? Like wow… are you Idris Elba or Kofi Siriboe? No? Then go have several seats. As a matter of fact, go have an entire church pew of seats over there. (Idris or Kofi should not say anything like that either btw- not a good look.)

I will get into the outfit in a second, but a quick checklist for anyone who believes at any point of time that their opinion is needed on issues that do not concern them, or on a behavior that does not affect them (or anyone, for that matter):

  • How do you know better, if you are not part of the group in question, or walking in the target individual’s shoes?
  • Why are you an expert?
  • Did anyone ask for your opinion?
  • Are you just looking for people to fit your own ideologies?

I you answered shakily to any of these questions, see gif above. I (or anyone you are attempting to dole your tired wisdom at) am not responsible for making you feel comfortable. BYE.

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from ZaraWhew . Okay, I’m done with the rant.

So- let’s move on to the outfit!

The skirt: I have owned this skirt for ages (I’ve had it so long that I actually featured it in an OOTD video in 2012 , when I was still on YouTube!) and it’s always been hard to make it work. I mean it’s pretty and all and the sequins sparkle, but the elastic waistband does a girl no favors. Like none. It will dig into your skin and give you a muffin top, with or without a shirt tucked in. It refuses to lay low like its other waistband-y friends and WILL MAKE ITS PRESENCE KNOWN. Which is why I would recommend a skirt without one, or at least without so much elastic tension.

The shirt : it’s cool;  this shoot was the first time I wore it. It’s comfortable, sturdy, not see through, and I would see myself wearing it more. It comes with a pencil skirt too, for when I want to be all matchy-matchy and classy and shit.

The shoes are Steve Madden (I have a problem with this guy, clearly. Perhaps it’s because the brand is sold a lot at DSW and has a size 11 that actually makes sense for my feet.) Their shoes are usually less than $50, last a while and generally look cute. Winner in my book!

The bag: Featured here as well; found a pretty close dupe, link above.

Dafrastar wearing a red / burgundy midi pencil sequin skirt and a one shoulder long sleeve ruffled top from ZaraDassit! We are done for today guys! Have a stellar weekend, and I will hopefully see you on Monday!

Thanks for stopping by!

D

Mistakes:they happen. One shoulder dressy maxi from eShakti

Hey peeps!

So I have a mistake to own up to today: this dress. Is it ugly? Oh no. It is a fun one – shoulder maxi dress with a bright red floral pattern from eShakti. Is it boring, you ask?  Nope, it is actually my fave color combo, red and black. And it HAS POCKETS!  Did eShakti screw up the order somehow? Nah, they were actually pretty neat (Well… actually just a bit.) The truth is that this dress, in spite of being amazing on paper, just does not fit me as a person. I shall explain those pompous words in a minute.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShakti(the wind was playing no games. also peep my heels they looked like needles)

Who is eShakti, anyway? Well, they have actually been on my radar for a while; they are a fast fashion company, but what sets them apart is that they custom make every single item to the customer’s measurements at no extra cost, unless the customer opts to go with a regular size. (I copy/pasted/summarized this from their About page.)

While this may sound super novel to most, this is actually the reality for most people back in my home country Burkina Faso- as well as most other African countries, really. Buying ready-made clothing is generally way, way more expensive than getting a cool fabric, going to a good tailor and having them custom make you an outfit based on pictures, catalogs, Instagram or any other visual source. This may sound ludicrous for anyone in the Western world, but that’s the way things work.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShaktiI grew up getting things made to my exact measurements by my tailor (shout out to him, even after me living abroad for 12 years, he still has my measurements in his tailoring book and just adds a couple of inches here and there because you know- extra pounds). Getting clothes from boutiques was for major events. My country is landlocked, so importing anything from the West costs an arm, a leg and maybe an eye; making things from our local fabrics was way more affordable.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShaktiBased on all of this, upon hearing of eShakti, I was understandably enthralled by the concept and thought: “Yes Lord, finally a place where I do not need to pray for the top of a dress to be cut small, or for the hips to have stretch. Yasss-  Baby Jesus in a manger, my pear shape is about to be looking fire.”

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShaktiWhat I am wearing: Dress, ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS, Here. Heels,  Steve Madden Daisie, Here. Belt, leather Obi Belt- similar here; earrings, here

I was right in theory. Buuuut I botched the execution. I can’t even blame anyone else, it was all me (Actually eShakti takes a little bit of the blame for those fucking torpedo darts sitting on my chest, but let’s cover that later).

Here is a lit of everything I did wrong:

  • I am on a weight loss journey; I ordered the dress without thinking about the weight I would be by the time I got it. Hint: It was too large.
  • I ordered a standard size… when the whole appeal was about getting a custom dress. Why? I have no fucking idea.
  • ON TOP OF THAT, I ordered a Size 12, when I am a Size 8 in real life and maybe a 10 after a few tacos (like… why? I don’t even have an explanation for this)
  • I did not look for enough real life pictures of the dress. It came with RIDICULOUS darts that put me in a seemingly constant state of arousal (or you know- make me look very cold). Like WTF.
  • I did not research the fabric enough. It creases when I breathe.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShakti
Obviously, the dress arrived and I was swimming in it … but did not realize it until the day before my shoot. Classic. It was 2 whole sizes too large, and I faked it by cinching the heck our it with a belt and pinning the bodice a bit for the pictures. 

I returned the dress featured here for a smaller one, but the new one-  though it fits much better- still has those life-ruining torpedo darts (even though I specifically asked my eShakti contact to round them up a little, and even sent them pictures.) Look at their website picture for the dress below! The model has boobs, not missiles; why do I need to have two pointy mounds on my chest? The hell?

Anyway- the dress is gorgeous, but those darts bothers me enough to want to return it, in spite of  it being actually cute AND in my favorite color combination. This is not a knock on the eShakti business model, and I would likely try them again; however,  I would make sure to go the custom route with my own measurements vs. standard sizes, and I would find real life pictures of garments before buying.

Dafrastar in a one-shoulder ONE-SHOULDER FLORAL PRINT DUPIONI MAXI DRESS by eShakti

 

In the meantime, torpedo boobs and I bid you adieu. See ya on Friday!

Look photographed by the one and only @joyofodu in Berkeley.

D

How to re-purpose clothes: Sheer top and red lace maxi skirt

Well hello there everyone, and happy Monday!

Was your weekend awesome? I hope so!

Mine was very quiet, filled with lots of work/playing catch up/planning for the week to come. I tend to get fairly uneasy when I am not 100% sure I have completed my to-dos – or that I am at least making decent strides towards completion). Therefore, working on weekends  provides me some solace.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| DafrastarThe post I have for you this Monday is short and sweet, because I will not be going in detail on each piece (see why below) . It features a super fun bright red lace maxi skirt with a slit; for some reason, I took years to wear it! Its color iks fairly unique: the red veers very close to pink, and Wikipedia calls it a Ruby color. I disagree; that said, I have no other suggestions as to the color’s name, but I believe it is very close to the HEX #ed0a46. Yes, I did Google this. Nope, I don’t even feel ashamed.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| DafrastarWhat I am wearing: Bialik Floral Maxi Skirt, from Nasty Gal, sold out ;Trish Bustier Mesh Skirt Bodysuit Maxi Dress from Boohoo, HERE

This skirt twirllllls and moves so gorgeously! I love it because it is long enough for me to wear it with heels and not look strange (I have a 36″ inseam so that’s rare!) It actually looks best paired with a red crop top based on my experience (that is when I get the most compliments), but I JUST posted a monochromatic red look so I am so happy I went with a different top for this photoshoot  😆. Unfortunately, this skirt is sold out, so I won’t yap too much about it and will instead offer some fun similar options: here, here and here.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| DafrastarAbout that top… I was planning on wearing a studded faux leather bustier with this, but the proportions felt off. I gabbed a couple of other tops (as well as a package I had received in the mail that morning) and headed to the photoshoot for this look, not sure whether I would make the skirt work well enough to actually shoot it.

Once I got there, I realized that the options I had brought along did not work great either. I had given up and was getting ready to shoot the garment I had just received in the mail… when my photographer suggested I use it as a top! The idea didn’t even come to my mind because…  The garment is actually a  dress, and a MAXI dress at that. I actually have a post featuring it soon, so I will not talk too much about it either. (That said, it is available here. ) . Rachel helped me camouflage it for it to work for this look, and voilà!

 

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| Dafrastar

My final touch was a silly little hat I got off Amazon. My hair does not even come close to fitting in it, but I still like it 😀 It is literally sitting on my head and kept falling down every time I would move my head.I need a larger one for big hair days.

Red lace maxi skirt with a slit and sheer dress| Red maxi skirt| Lace maxi skit| Sheer dress| Sheer corset dress| Dafrastar

That’s it for today, guys! I have a few more fun posts scheduled this week- take a peek at my Instagram stories to see sneak peeks!

Until next time,

 

D

 

Sheer bodysuit and fringe skirt (outfit under $45)

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This look was shot by @agesimagery in San Francisco.

Coming up with a title for this post was hard as shit (as I am writing this, I actually gave up and will likely revisit the title before I hit “Publish”).

So now that we are past the stage fright of Post 1 and 2, I actually have to come up with content and write funny /insightful things for you guys, which is much scarier. That said, while I am no writer, I actually enjoy putting my thoughts on paper. Here’s to hoping they are as funny to you as they are to me. 🥂

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

So I am bringing you the first look I ever shot (well technically the second one, but the first one may never see the light of day- I was stiff as hell.) This was back in June or July I believe (this blog has been in the works for a while, guys). I genuinely like each piece portrayed here and they are all very affordable- well, IF you can find them.

Random: you know how sometimes, some things are in the making for years and years? Like- how you finally get a chance to bust a move you practiced with your bestie when you were teenagers- but at a party years later?  Or when watching endless episodes of Law & Order SVU actually translates into you understanding some otherwise puzzling legal lingo (Horrible Bosses FTW!) ?

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit, stilettosAnyways: this is outfit could be seen as the clothing version of such events. When I tell you I owned this skirt for a good 2-3 years without ever wearing it… I believe I moved houses with it twice (definitely at least once). I just could not make it work for some reason; it looked great on its own, but when I tucked tops into it,  it looked strange;  leaving them untucked on top of it looked silly too, so it was in that weird limbo and was always passed over when I was looking for something to wear. I almost gave it away to Goodwill once, but the color was just so bright and perfect and awesome that I just couldn’t.

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfitSidenote: BTW I have NO idea where I got it from- I know it was a basic store like Forever 21/ H&M/ Zara but I have ZERO clue where I actually bought it; I am positive it was less than $20 though (I usually remember cost because I am very price sensitive 😀 ) . I googled it to no avail- the only other place  saw it was on Marie from Heartfelt Hunt. That tells us the skirt also exists in Europe, but so do the 3 stores above- so yeah, that does not help at all. I have a similar one listed below though …😬

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfitWhat I am wearing: Bodysuit (here), crop top underneath (Here– I love it, wore it several times already) and skirt (similar here ). Shoes here, got mine from DSW

Anyway- fast forward to last June: I wore it for the first time on vacation, and it somehow worked! I have no idea what was different; maybe it was my body, maybe the skirt just decided to stop being a little b*tch, I dunno- but I was happy with the end result! So fresh from that high (I solidified my resolve to re-start blogging during my vacation), I decided to shoot it as one of my first looks. Aaaaaand… things went downhill from there.

The top I had worn it with on vacation didn’t really do it for me anymore and the crop top I had planned to wear it with made me feel like my tummy was oozing out from all directions (that’s what happens after eating everything in sight for a week, I suppose.)

So as I was frantically looking for an option, I came across this random sheer turtleneck bodysuit I had also owned for a while (since 11/2016, to be  exact) and had never worn for some reason. I threw it on top of the crop top I initially had in mind, and ta-da!

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

The nitty gritty:

The top: Sheer, sexy, and less than $10. Do not sleep on Ali Express… Shopping there takes some skill and patience, but seriously- $9 including shipping? Worth it. I may make a post one day dedicated to my Ali findings.

The skirt: bold, bright, super fun. Its combination with the see thru top definitely made the outfit sassy, but the presence of a crop top underneath the sheer fabric brought it back a bit from risqué territory. Like- you could wear this to dinner with your mom, and she would (likely) not wonder where she went wrong in your upbringing. I also felt like my legs looked really nice, because they were playing peekaboo behind the red strings; I liked that shit.

About that crop top– LOVE. I just realized I have not one, but two looks coming up featuring this little thing. It is $16 on Amazon- I love it under other pieces like here, by itself, with a bralette, whatever.

So let’s tally the costs for a minute: $20 + $9 + $15= $44. Boom. (I cheated and did not include the shoes but everyone has random black shoes in their closet. Plus I hate these.)

Shoes: basic ass black pumps, and they hurt like hell. If I was to re-wear this look though, I would have worn black sandals like these ones. The pumps made it a little too serious.

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

Overall, in spite of being a scramble, the look was pretty fun and well balanced. It was a simple and easy look to shoot for a first timer (not that I am an expert right now- but I was SUPER green then), and I would wear it again to drinks with the girls for example.

That’s it for today’s post! Thanks for visiting my blog; drop me a quick comment and tell me about an outfit years in the making, or a piece that you just can’t seem to make work. Or talk about your dog, that’s cool too.

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Look photographed by @agesimagery. Check out his work on Instagram.