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When it comes to fall fashion, there are a few styles we see repeated year-in and year-out. For example, the trench coat with the knit scarf, sweater, a monochrome blazer look, or lace-up boot.

But lately, we have seen fashion evolve from basic to concepts, and sometimes I wonder if fall fashion trends have taken or will up the challenge. In today’s post, I spotlight 5-fall 2021 trends, most of which are being revisited, recycled or blatantly lifted from the past, with few distinguishing features.



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I have stalled this post for fall trends for 3-weeks, and only today, had time to revisit it. The reason? The weather has reminded me of how lovely the first month of fall gets before the cold gets out of.

Fall Trends

So for fall this year, we are seeing a few trends from 2015 (see here) make their comeback in style. At first, it felt like a one-off thing when I saw the first set of loafers pop up on my Instagram feed, and now I see it everywhere. But loafers are not the only trend to look out for, color block patterns are back, and so is fur and wool hats.

Rihanna’s styling of the wool hat sparked a lot of interest, which I can foretell will be a fall trend. Wool hat has so many origins, including dating back to Europe by the Mongolian tribe, but within pop culture, Pamela Anderson is famed for the trend.

Sequin Clothing

Another trend to make a comeback is sequin clothing; especially in suits, blouses, skirts and gowns, and I am here for it! There are years when we don’t get to revisit the sequin clothing trend, and 2021 isn’t one of them. I have not always a fan of sequin, but adulthood means that sometimes our taste changes. I have worn a sequin piece this year too, see here.







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Surprisingly, I have gotten very comfortable with seeing people rock a sequin look. For the longest time, sequin clothing was my worst pattern to see on anyone, because I just believed they looked tacky. But I’ve grown into loving it, which is a fashion trait I could foresee myself loving as I got into adulthood.

Loafers

For fall this year, we will see loafers styled with in a very interesting way. The new trend has people layering their loafers with stockings, and styled with unique pieces, including suits, poplin gowns and oversized shirts.

Color Block Fashion

As mentioned earlier, color block patterns back in similar colors that were a trend from 2013 -2015. From the runway to street style, it is exciting to see orange mixed with pink, red with green, and other outlandish colors back on-trend.

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Leather Skirts/Pants

Fashion items making a comeback, which have never really been out of fashion, is the leather skirt and pants. For fall this year, they are back by popular demand. There is something about wearing a leather clothing that is unique and makes one look put together.

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Sweater Vest and Fuzzy Fur Bucket Hats

The sweater vest is another trend that is making a fashionable comeback. It is one of my favorite trends, and I can see myself indulging in a couple of sweater vest pieces this fall. Rihanna is a trend setter! So when she wore a fuzzy fur bucket hat consecutively, the girls had to go find them. Between, I was one of those girls!




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Crop Jackets, Knit Wears

And finally, for the holiday season, we are likely to see more crop jackets, turtle neck, knitwear, and more glittering party outfits. I love the crop jacket trend, I think its fresh and modern! I am also looking to see how people will play with their knitwear, because its a trend we have seen all year!


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Let me know the fall trend that you are looking forward to purchasing. I am also looking forward to wearing my backpack more often this season.

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Here are a Few Unique Fall Trends from Milan Fashion Week


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Summer has come and gone with the same vim of harmattan breeze, but most of the memories from this year’s vacation will stay with me forever. For the first time in a while, I could afford to plan a summer holiday with fewer worries.

A few summers ago, I had to worry about grad tuition, a summer job (that I never got). And the summer after that, I had to worry about getting a real job. So, I couldn’t bask in summer joy as most people would! Everything was still, but my heart was troubled.

There are a plethora of reasons why people travel. So, when I decided to plan for vacation this year, I thought it wise to escape to a quiet place. You know, I did not want it to be lavish or loud, neither did I want to travel for the gram. I just wanted quiet!

But that is not to say that any of the ways (mentioned above) for sharing or relishing travel experience(s) is improper. It’s just that I am learning to experience things and recant them numerous times in memory before sharing them publicly.

The Journey

For this summer travel, I decided to go to a quiet place to rediscover things about myself that are known and uncover strange things. I wanted to sit with myself in quiet, listen to trees whistle, laugh at my thoughts, and enjoy solitude. The city does not allow for the exciting experience of solitude.

Cities are often loud, filled with prying eyes, and an opulence that reminds us of our wants, with little space to be thankful.

Embracing Solitude

I decided to take the train down South of the United States, the Grand Budapest way, and my goodness- it is one of my best trips. I wasn’t privy to the general knowledge that Amtrak was comfortable. The ride was quiet, had good leg space, and a dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Thankfully, I could secure an Airbnb in a safe village, with verdant farmland, closer in proximity to the city. I was surprised (actually happy) not to see children and would hear the revving of a car engine every few hours.


I was content!

Also, reminded that outside of the city, in a rural setting, is a life outside of my daily wants. The natural things of life creep up in dreams- love, books, friendship, family. At that moment, the world feels small, but there is contentment.

To be continued…

Outfit Details

 

Linen Pants: Glassons

Shirt: Korean Brand (Everyday people)

Sandals: Gafasandals

Tote Bag: Similar here

Today will mark 12 days past 4-years since I arrived in the US for my graduate school journey, and my experience has been bittersweet. There are things I know now that reflecting, and in hindsight, I would have done differently. But this journey is one I have come to embrace fully.

See the previous blog of my graduate school experience, here and here.

When I moved to this country, I was vulnerable online sharing my challenges and progress, but that changed. I realised that my brands (fashion, academic and footwear), were suffering greatly from my publicly shared struggle.

BEING VULNERABLE ONLINE

I woke up one day and decided against it. And because I have been out of tune with my vulnerable side, I almost forgot to celebrate this 4th milestone.

Previously, I had felt that by being vulnerable online, that a lot of people would be inspired by my journey. While that may be true, I found it hard to balance out the information I was giving out (oversharing). So, I made the switch.

Life since has been lovely. I haven’t shared much of it because people like it when there is an air of mystery around what you do and how you do it.



But life is happening, and sometimes I want to tell these stories. For example, one day I want to write how being an immigrant makes you feel empty on the inside, I want to write about the loneliness, the first miracle you experience, finding joy again, etc. And I think I will.

Teju cole alludes to a similar feeling in “Known and Strange Things” …he writes… “finding solace in the idea of being in one place while desiring another, not for the sake of being in that other place…”

CELEBRATING A MILESTONE

I am thankful for my time at Georgetown, without which my current opportunities would have been impossible. Thinking of the joy that I have experienced these past months, I am open to telling my stories again. I remember that morning when things changed. I woke wanting control of the ideas of me which people had formed from the stories I told.

Now that I have practiced balance with how to share my stories, I want to write about them again. However, my intention to be vulnerable again is now a way to document my progress and not so much about inspiring people. Having the understanding that my writing can be both is still a skill I am practicing.


When I stopped being vulnerable online, my decision was costly! I had lost my relation with empathy, and also my skill to write for an audience. But by looking at old stories, me being vulnerable online then, was as much for me as they were for my audience.

As I celebrate this milestone, I open the floodgates again to myself and the people who care to read. Also, a big shoutout to my readers and online community. Y’all showed up for me while I was in the trenches and I am a big fan of your kindness.

I look forward to writing to you soon.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Shoe: Nike

Skirt: HM

Top: Saks Fifth Avenue

Bag: Delovetofficial

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I celebrated my birthday this weekend, and it was quaint and beautiful. A lot of you reached out to me through my various social media channels to wish me a wonderful year- a deliberate act, I consider beautiful and heartwarming.

As we continue to grow in a world where people are too self-absorbed to be considerate, or too brash to be respectful, it is important that we create methods that strengthen our boundaries.” …@t2pitchy

My third outfit change, wearing French Connection

Last year, I celebrated my birthday outdoors with colleagues and later with close family, before the health crisis upturned our society. This year, I spent my time reflecting, eating and resting, it’s my kind of birthday celebration. I am not a party organizing person and would rather spend the money eating and shopping.

So I am writing to share how to celebrate your birthday in 2021, through my lens. It may be a helpful tip for those seeking to celebrate this year, without throwing a grand event, you can read up on some of the activities I did to enjoy my birthday.

First, the celebration isn’t the most important thing I look forward to for my birthdays. It’s the well wishes for me, which carry a lot of hope and optimism. So I don’t belabor this idea, I have embedded my thoughts shared on Instagram. I also look forward to the treats I get myself, like cakes, outfits and pastries.

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Lady Camellia, a wonderful English tea room that makes customizable menu’s made my pastries this year. I love how they make their pastries, less sugary but flavorful and they are affordable. Y’all know I love a good balance of these three things; quality, pricing and taste.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLAU6jIlFn6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Also, for my birthdays I try to reflect and re-evaluate on my previous year. It’s a thorough but gratifying process, as I work through my friendship the memories I’ve created and re-stack people by their consistency. In my years of aging one important lesson I’ve learned is never to give people grace to my detriment.

Pastries from Lady Camellia
Shoe: Mistress Rocks
Dress: F21

Last year, I wrote about about “how birthdays allow us re-evaluate our lives,” the same idea holds true for me today. As we continue to grow in a world where people are too self-absorbed to be considerate, or too brash to be respectful, it is important that we create methods that strengthen your boundaries.

Outfit Details: Shoe, Aldo; Gown, Zara

At the earlier stages of my life it was difficult to enforce my boundaries because I had to depend largely on people that were toxic for me. It was when I realized that a lot of boundaries can be enforced when we attain financial independence (story for another day). Also, we just outgrow people and their toxic ways and that’s ok!

This year, I spent time basking in the euphoria of what this year will be for me and to me. It’s a lot of growth that has occurred in this physical being – from religious changes to career growth and strengthening my network. On my birthday, I ordered a little cake for myself, watched the Super Bowl

I want to say among my social media platforms, been a delight! It is important we curate our social media spaces to grow a wholesome community that can engage with us respectfully.

Speaking of respect, it’s the one thing that I love to a great measure. I try to give people the respect they deserve and hope they do the same, in the event they don’t it apparently means they don’t see me in the same light and I cut them off.

This new year, I hope to pursue more wholesome and healthy relationships, be deliberate with my conversations and veto the access people have to me. One thing I’ve learned with friendships, little consistency matters rather than grand gestures.

French Connection

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I celebrated my birthday this weekend, and it was quaint and beautiful. A lot of you reached out to me through my various social media channels to wish me a wonderful year- a deliberate act, I consider beautiful and heartwarming.





"As we continue to grow in a world where people are too self-absorbed to be considerate, or too brash to be respectful, it is important that we create methods that strengthen our boundaries." ...@t2pitchy





My third outfit change, wearing French Connection




Last year, I celebrated my birthday outdoors with colleagues and later with close family, before the health crisis upturned our society. This year, I spent my time reflecting, eating and resting, it's my kind of birthday celebration. I am not a party organizing person and would rather spend the money eating and shopping.





So I am writing to share how to celebrate your birthday in 2021, through my lens. It may be a helpful tip for those seeking to celebrate this year, without throwing a grand event, you can read up on some of the activities I did to enjoy my birthday.









First, the celebration isn't the most important thing I look forward to for my birthdays. It's the well wishes for me, which carry a lot of hope and optimism. So I don't belabor this idea, I have embedded my thoughts shared on Instagram. I also look forward to the treats I get myself, like cakes, outfits and pastries.





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Lady Camellia, a wonderful English tea room that makes customizable menu's made my pastries this year. I love how they make their pastries, less sugary but flavorful and they are affordable. Y'all know I love a good balance of these three things; quality, pricing and taste.






https://www.instagram.com/p/CLAU6jIlFn6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link














Also, for my birthdays I try to reflect and re-evaluate on my previous year. It's a thorough but gratifying process, as I work through my friendship the memories I've created and re-stack people by their consistency. In my years of aging one important lesson I've learned is never to give people grace to my detriment.







Pastries from Lady Camellia














Shoe: Mistress Rocks









Dress: F21












Last year, I wrote about about "how birthdays allow us re-evaluate our lives," the same idea holds true for me today. As we continue to grow in a world where people are too self-absorbed to be considerate, or too brash to be respectful, it is important that we create methods that strengthen your boundaries.





Outfit Details: Shoe, Aldo; Gown, Zara








At the earlier stages of my life it was difficult to enforce my boundaries because I had to depend largely on people that were toxic for me. It was when I realized that a lot of boundaries can be enforced when we attain financial independence (story for another day). Also, we just outgrow people and their toxic ways and that's ok!





This year, I spent time basking in the euphoria of what this year will be for me and to me. It's a lot of growth that has occurred in this physical being - from religious changes to career growth and strengthening my network. On my birthday, I ordered a little cake for myself, watched the Super Bowl









I want to say among my social media platforms, been a delight! It is important we curate our social media spaces to grow a wholesome community that can engage with us respectfully.





Speaking of respect, it's the one thing that I love to a great measure. I try to give people the respect they deserve and hope they do the same, in the event they don't it apparently means they don't see me in the same light and I cut them off.













This new year, I hope to pursue more wholesome and healthy relationships, be deliberate with my conversations and veto the access people have to me. One thing I've learned with friendships, little consistency matters rather than grand gestures.





French Connection




STORY TIME-
Yesterday, I had to leave the end of a conference I was attending, one hour before the scheduled closing time, because I had a bad headache.

On my way out I noticed that the number of people, bikers and motorist in the DC area was outrageously large. They were all moving towards one direction, and for whatever reason, I changed my path home 🏡. I had joined a behemoth like crowed to what is called the DC memorial square.

Let’s backtrack a little. I have been in the DC area for almost two years and have spent most of my weekend indoors (cooking, reading, sleeping) knowing that there was so much outdoor event to do, but deciding it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Back to the story, my present view made me regret so much my disposition towards life. I  began to humor myself on my choice of living the way I did. There was so much beauty in DC that I could not appreciate because I spent most of my time indoors.

The large crowd I had mentioned earlier were heading for the first in a series of the DC spring festival, held during the cherry blossoms🌸. People came out in droves with their friends, family, lovers, and acquaintances, taking photos, strolling to enjoy a cozy day out in the sun and others were having a picnic.


One interesting view for me was seeing the kites up in the air.  The kites were towering a little bit above the memorial (the tallest structure in the DC area) and in all my time staying in DC this was the largest crowd gathering I had seen having fun.

Since this was no planned event for me, I took pictures of the memorial, my wristwatch ⌚️ against flowers blossoming, and people taking photos of others.


At the end of the day, I felt a little pang because I was single and it would have been nice to create this kind of memory with someone I cared for emotionally. I also have decided to make a conscious effort to visit more places in the DC area and leave my bed alone.

How will I find bae if I’m not seen?











What event are you looking forward to this spring? 



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