Instagram Wrap-Up

Hey Y’all

I’ve included a few of my pics from the Gram and linked the places you can purchase the exact pieces or items that are very similar!

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march 5, 2017 – march winter

I’m finally in California and semi-settled in. The hardest thing about relocating is finding replacements for your routine  services; manicurist, hair stylist, medical providers, and most importantly, finding a church to attend.  I did a quick google search, did some research on a few churches and decided to visit a few before I made a decision.  I was not disappointed in my decision and will keep this church in the runnings.  The weather is colder than usual, according to the locals.  I wasn’t upset about it because I finally got the chance to wear my winter pieces, something I could not do in Houston.  Every single item I wore is crazy old and sold out, but I have linked some similar items to shop.

Hair: If I easily embarrassed, I would be ashamed that my hair hasn’t been shampooed since I left Houston, over 2, maaayybbeee 3, weeks ago.  It was in a bun all week.  I took it down, detangled, then did a flat twist out using Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Butter.  Heaven in a jar!

I love that this sweater is crazy long!  It can be worn as a tunic (as pictured), or as a sweater dress.  Shop the similar top here and here.

My leggings are actually from Burberry and they are a ponte knit.  I would wear these every day if I could.  Shop similar pairs, at a cheaper price, here and here.

Leopard shoes match nothing, but go with everything.  Every lady should have a pair in her closet.  If you don’t, get a pair here, here, and here!

Happy Shopping ladies!

XOXO

♥Starr


FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – sunny rebel in lake chuck

My last few days in Houston were hectic! So what did I do, I drove to Lake Charles, LA to hang out  with and see some old co-workers.  With my old job, I spent a considerable amount of time in Lake Charles, but never really had time to explore the city.  Although I didn’t spend too much time there, I did take advantage of that short time and checked out the boardwalk.  Since the boardwalk is on the water, duh, it was a bit chilly.  I absolutely love this sweater.  It’s a loose fit, but not uncomfortable, and an easy fix when you want a quick cute outfit. Shop it out, ladies!

 

 

This sweater is sold out in this color but the other colors are on sale, right now.  Buy it here.

Shop these similar jeans here and here.

Similar watch, here.

Probably my favorite ankle booties!  Similar pairs here and here.

Shop these cute and trendy sunglasses here.  They have a great selection of moderately priced sunnies!

 

Thanks for reading, y’all!

XOXO

♥ Starr


 

february 15, 2017 – smoke and cigars

With Super Bowl 51 in Houston, the city was poppin’! I, myself, did not care to participate in any of the festivities.  Mainly because I don’t like large crowds, and I refused to over pay for clubs that  I don’t typically partake in on any other weekend.  BUT, when my love called me up and asked if I wanted to attend the Ray Lewis Cigar event, I lost my shit.  I LOVE Ray Lewis. I knew the chances of me actually meeting Ray were slim to none, but because a friend of ours HAS met Ray at a previous event, I thought that I had a chance.  In addition, the event was a stone throw from my house, so we didn’t have to travel far.  Check out what I wore and shop the items below.

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My top is an old top from Nordstrom Rack, but you can get a similar top here, here, and here.

Jeans // Similar jeans are here.

Shoes // Exact Pair here.

Clutch // Exact clutch here.

This was an easy outfit to throw on at the last minute.  I didn’t see Ray, BTW.

 

Chat Later,

XOXO

♥ Starr


february 4, 2017 – super bowl gospel fest

Well Super Bowl 51 was here in Houston and the city was buzzing! A few years ago I heard that the NFL had a gospel choir composed of old and current players and I knew I needed to place my eyes (and ears) on that.  When the women’s ministry at my church extended the invitation to attend the Super Bowl Gospel Fest, I jumped on it. The performers were amazing, David and Tamela Mann, and John Gray were the perfect hosts, and the NFL Choir showed up and showed out.  I must say that the adversary was trying to keep me from attending.  I was cramping, sneezy, coughing, itchy throat, EXHAUSTED, my twist out was a major fail, and my tailor took my pants in a bit too much, so much so that I literally could not breathe!  I seriously did not want to attend, but I got over it, tossed a few cough drops in my bag, pinned my hair up, and threw on a sweater, jeans, and this amazing statement necklace. I really enjoyed the event and I hope that you go to see it on BET, on Super Bowl Sunday. Shop the look below.

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As mentioned before, my hair was a complete fail, so I pinned it up into a faux hawk and made it work.  This sweater was purchased on my last trip to the Bay Area.  I walked into Zara and their super sale, and bought this sweater for $10, I think.  I’ve linked a few similar items below.

Sweater // Similar – Here, Here, and Here

Watch // Similar watch is here

Necklace // Exact piece is sold out, but get a few fabulous pieces here

Jeans // Similar pair here

Shoes // Exact Pair here

 

Thanks Y’all

XOXO

♥ Starr


 

january 29, 2017 – Lady in Red

I posted this photo on my Facebook account, but I love the outfit so much that I had to share it with you!

On Sunday, I became a God mother and witnessed not only an amazing Christening, but her Baptism.  To top it off we celebrated our Young Adult Ministry in which I have the extreme privilege of serving as their Advisor/Ministry Leader.  Needless to say, my cup runneth over on Sunday.

We all know the power of the color of red.  When worn, red makes you feel powerful, confident, and I like to say that it represents the Blood of Jesus.  You may recognize this dress from a previous wrap up post.  When I purchased this dress, I tried on an Extra Small but it was way too short and tight to wear to church, but it would be okay for any other occasion.  I knew that I wanted to wear this dress to church, so I went one size up to allow for a bit more length and room. I love the color of red on my skin tone. I think I’m still a little tanned from my trip to Belize. What do you think?

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Earrings // Exact earrings here

Dress // Exact Dress here

Shoes // Exact pair here

Watch // Similar watch here

I actually can’t wait to wear this dress again.  Maybe on Valentine’s Day.

Love and Light!

XOXO

♥ Starr


JANUARY 27, 2017 – CURLS AND RUFFLES

One of my best friends, whom I’ve known since kindergarten was in town for the week.  We haven’t laid eyes on each other in FAR too long so we met up for a little seafood dinner.  I’ve been stocking my closet with versatile tops for work and play since my new job allows me to wear jeans every day.  Winning!! This top is simple, comfortable, and the ruffles take it up a notch!  This bag is a show stopper. No matter where I am, I get compliments, questions, and chuckles.  I’m considering getting another one in a different color.  What do you think?

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Top // Exact top, here

Jeans // Similar jeans and Same brand, here

Bag // Buy it here, when the shop is open

Shoes // Exact shoe, here

Watch // Similar watch, here

Thanks y’all

XOXO

♥ Starr


JANUARY 25, 2017 – FRINGE BENEFITS

Two things I like to shop for when I travel are clothing and home decor.  When shopping for clothing, I try to go to local shops that sell pieces that I can’t get in Houston.  While walking through a cute town in the East Bay of California, we walked into a cute little boutique, mainly to get warm and dry.  I found the cutest suede jacket ever.  I’ve actually always wanted a fringe jacket, but never really purchased one.

Side note: For a few months, a friend of mine has told me that I’m a true hippie.  It was hard for me to agree with because I’m a Southern girl, and we’re kinda conservative, but I’ve always had a free spirit and hippie soul.  Then the day I put this jacket on and slid on my mood ring, I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror and have now accepted the fact that I am truly a hippie,and I’m not ashamed of it!

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Fringe Jacket // Similar jackets here and here

High Waist Skinny Jeans // Exact pair here

Lace – Up Booties // Similar shoes here and here

My hair is a dry twist out on some pretty dirty hair, per usual.

Chat Later!

XOXO

♥ Starr


JANUARY 23, 2017 – GREY SKIES IN THE BAY

I spent a few days in the Bay Area of California with my best friend, doing a little house hunting.  She hasn’t been to Cali in about 20 years, so I was happy to have her join me.  Sadly we were greeted with cold temperatures and RAIN!  We were optimistically hoping for blue skies and a little California sunshine! We actually stayed in the East Bay, but spent the day in San Francisco being tourists and it was COLD!  It was so cold that I stopped into one of the shops along the Pier and purchased this grey wool hat.  I think it was a score.

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One time for the One time for these booties, though! (Insert praise hands emoji)

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Pink Motto Jacket // Selling from here fast. Get similar jackets here and here.

Pink Scarf // I actually bought this scarf on my very first visit to SF a few years ago, but you can find a similar one here

Sweater // Similar here and here

Jeans // Similar here and here

Bad ass Booties // Exact pair here

Hat // Similar here

Regardless of the weather, we had a great time in Cali!

See ya!

XOXO

♥ Starr


JANUARY 12, 2017 – CRISS CROSS APPLE SAUCE

I love it when I have an idea for a clothing item, in my head, and I actually find that item to purchase!  When I make purchases, it’s typically because I’ve created a “look” in my head and I search for that item or items.  That’s probably how I’ve built 90% of my wardrobe.  That’s how I found this red criss cross neckline top.  This style is extremely on trend now, but I usually see it in sweater form.  Because I bought this really cute faux suede moto jacket from a cute shop in San Diego, I knew that I wanted to pair it with a red short sleeve top with a little interest.  I actually found this exact top on Amazon (Don’t sleep on Amazon), but I have linked a few similar items for you.

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Before we shop, let me tell you about this hair!  Some kind of way, I flew to Orlando and forgot every single beauty product but my toothbrush and deodorant.  I’m not sure how that happened, but it did.  Luckily there was a Walgreen’s in walking distance from the hotel, unluckily, I spent upwards of $60 on toiletries and beauty products.  I didn’t want to go nuckin futs in the hair aisle, where everything was buy one get one 1/2 off, so I stayed focused and picked up a small bottle of olive oil and Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls.  I heard so much about the product line, so I bit the bullet and dished out the $22.  The results in my photos were from a twist out on dry hair using MF and the olive oil.  My thoughts on MJ:  It was not worth the coins.  It did nothing different from any other cheaper product I’ve used.  My hair is extremely soft as is, so adding this particular product made my hair even more soft, therefore, not providing much hold.  The upside, that later became a downside, is that it smells fresh.  Fresh like fabric softener which was pleasant for about the first hour, then later started to irritate me.  Needless to say, the product did yield pretty good results, but they weren’t impressive enough to warrant the price tag.

Alright, so let’s get to the tag poppin’….

Top // Exact top here.  (Pretty good quality for the price)

Jacket // Similar jacket is here. If you are ever in San Diego, stop by Dreamgirls Boutique where I bought my jacket.

Jeans // Find a similar pair here

Booties //  My exact pair are sold out, but shop similar pairs herehere, and here

Thanks y’all!

XOXO

♥ Starr


JANUARY 9, 2017 (IG POST DATE) – LACED UP

On my trip to Orlando, I knew that I would spend the days alone, so I wanted to make sure that I had enough flats to do a bit of walking through the city, and a comfy sweater to keep me warm.  Also, a little fun fact about me: I hate carrying a purse.  Don’t get me wrong, I like cute bags, but I’m not that happy about carrying them, so I often look for stylish cross body bags, but I often fight the urge to buy a fanny pack.  During my strolls through the area, I did a bit of souvenir shopping and finally found a mood ring that I have been forever shopping for! You can’t imagine my level of excitement when I saw it!  I also saw a few fanny packs that caught my interest, but I resisted.

Anyway,  here’s what you came for.

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Every item in this post is old and was chilling in the back of my closet, but I have linked some alternatives for you.

Necklace // Same designer but different necklace.  Shop herehere, and here

Top //  This top is completely sold out, but thisthis, and this will work.

Jeans // Exact jeans can be bought here.

Cross Body Bucket Bag // Similar styles here and here

Lace up Flats // Mine are from Old Navy, but similar and a little better quality are here and here.

One day, I’m going to bite the bullet and buy a Gucci Fanny Pack.  That way I won’t feel like I completely gave up on life.

XOXO

♥ Starr


JANUARY 8, 2017 (IG POST DATE) – LEOPARD & LEATHER

I know my dates are a little off, but I completely forgot to post my IG wrap up from my Orlando trip and a few additional weeks.  It’s actually been three weeks since my last IG wrap up, mainly because I’ve been out of the country once, and twice out of the state in two weeks!  So I promise to catch you up.

I tagged along with my boyfriend on a work trip, as I usually do.  Typically this particular conference is in Vegas, but it was moved to Orlando, this year, so I joined him! I expected the weather to be a bit more warm and dry than it was in Houston, but I was sadly mistaken.  Temps were a little chilly, and there were a few scattered showers, but beautiful and sunny for the most part.

When I fly, I try to be as comfortable, yet still chic, as possible.  The most comfortable items I own are leggings and UGGs, so I did a spin on those items to keep it cute.  Shop my travel look below.

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I love Converse!  I have 3 pairs and decided that I wanted a leather pair to add to my collection, so I went on a Google Shopping search and then popped up these amazing high top brown leather Chucks with fur shearling!!  Love at first sight!  The leather leggings are an upgrade from the faded leggings with the sewn hole in the butt, that I LIVE in.

Book // Hidden Figures

Saint Laurent Monogram Bag // My absolute favorite bag for the fall can be bought here.

Leopard Sweater // My sweater is from Loft, but similar items can be found here and here.

Vegan Leather Leggings // Mine are very old, but herehere, and here, are great alternatives.

Leather Hi-top Converse // Mine are sold out, but here & here are great options in different colors.

Happy Shopping!

XOXO

♥ Starr


JANUARY 10, 2017 – ORLANDO OVERHAUL

I spent a couple of days in Orlando, and no I didn’t visit Disney World, but I did visit the premium outlets.  I had nothing that I needed to purchase, but when has that ever stopped me. Every store in the outlet had amazing sales, so naturally I had to take advantage.  Shop my overhaul, below.

Dress // Exact Dress – DIANE VON FURSTENBERG ZARITA LACE DRESS, Similar – WOMEN’S FRAICHE BY J LACE BODY-CON DRESS

Grey Sweater // My sweater is from Loft, but find similar pieces herehere, and here

Plaid shirt // I’ve been looking for this plaid print for a while.  Get it herehere, and this cute top in the same print, here.

Shirt // Mine is J. Crew, get it here.  Similar styles can be found herehere, and here.

Tweed Pencil Skirt // Same Style, but different color, here.

Card Holder // Purchase a pink holder here.

Watch // My watch was purchased from Loft, but you can get similar watches hereherehere, and here.

 

I think I got a few good deals on this little shopping spree.  I hope you find a few good deals, as well!

Thanks y’all!

XOXO

♥ Starr

PS. I love the weather here in Orlando, but I’m ready to get home.


JANUARY 1, 2017 – 1ST SUNDAY

The first day of the New Year fell on a Sunday.  What a great way to start the week and the year!  Historically, black churches bring in the new year with Watch Night Services and church members wear all white.

History Break: The First Watch Night Service occurred in 1862 and also known as “Freedom’s Eve”.  On that night, Black slaves and free blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law.  At the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863; all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free.  Blacks have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.

Back to the programming….

Although this was a regular Sunday Service, we were instructed to wear white.  I don’t own anything that is all white and Church appropriate, so I chose the other option and wore black and white.  I bought this swing jacket from The Limited, YEARS ago, but barely wear it.  At times, I love the fit and look, other times, not so much.  Luckily this Sunday the jacket was a hit.  Because the jacket is so old, I have included links to similar jackets below.

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Earrings // Exact Pair, Luna Stud

Jacket// Similar, HereHere, and Here

Camisole // Exact Top here

Bracelet // John 3:16, here

Pencil Skirt // Here and Here

Shoes // Real – Jimmy Choo , Deal – Jessica Simpson

Thanks y’all and Happy New Year!

XOXO

♥ Starr


DECEMBER 30, 2016 – ALWAYS LATE

I don’t make New Year Resolutions, but if I did, it would be to resolve to be ON TIME!! Since I don’t make resolutions, my shirt says it all.  #NewYearSameMe.  I finally got the opportunity to see my friend’s beautiful twin baby girls and shop her beautiful kaftans.  Browse and purchase them for yourself (the kaftans, not the babies), here. I’m grabbing one for my upcoming trip to Belize, so stay tuned for the pictures!

*This look was actually on my Snap Chat.  Follow me! {@iamStarrHoward}

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Sweatshirt // The exact shirt is sold out, but here a few cute substitutes, here and here

Jeans // Find a similar pair here

Pom Pom Sneakers // Similar herehere, and here.  My exact shoes are YRU and come in a few colors.

What are your Resolutions?

XOXO

♥ Starr


DECEMBER 28, 2016 – #SQUAD

I had an amazing time recording the podcast with the young adult ministry (YAMs) at my church and what better way to represent that love and appreciation than to say it with my chest?!?! I love mixing patterns and low key wish that I had a pair of leopard sneakers ( I can’t seem to find the pair I did have).  Have fun with patterns and colors!

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Tee // Mine is old from Express, but shop these similar styles here,  herehere, and this bomber jacket that I’m crushing on.

Plaid Waist top // Similar tops herehere, and here

Jeans // Mine are old from Zara, similar styles are here and here.

Sneakers // Adidas can be found here.

Who’s in your #squad?

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

♥ Starr


DECEMBER 27, 2016 – LADIES WHO LUNCH

I’m a firm believer that God puts people in your life at the right time, to fill His purpose for you.  It’s up to us to weed out the fillers who are around taking up useful space.  I truly believe that everyone is not meant to elevate with you so we have to leave some people, and things exactly where they are.  When recording a Live episode of the podcast, one of my guests was my Sorority Sister who happens to work with the Obama Administration.  My other guest, who is a comedian, brought a friend with him who I was very happy to meet!  We all clicked and decided to have lunch later that week.  We met up for delicious sushi, drinks, and conversation.  I’m honored to have had the chance to sit down and talk business, support, energy, and elevation with these ladies.  If you are looking for beautiful handbags, please check out these AMAZING bags from Deena Abdul.

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Top // Exact top can be found at H2 Boutique

Bag // Cross body is from Henri Bendel, but is no longer available.  Similar bags are hereherehere, and here

Jeans // My old faithfuls!  Similar style is here

Shoes // Exact pair, from Steve Madden,  is here

Happy Shopping, y’all!

XOXO

♥ Starr


DECEMBER 24, 2016 – FROS OUT, SHOULDERS OUT

I think that shoulders are sexy. When I was looking for new inventory for H2 Boutique, I knew that I wanted to get a few pieces that were off the shoulder, yet not too trendy.  This top caught my eye.  I actually packed it with me on my Solocation to California, but didn’t wear it.  I was glad that the weather allowed me to pull it out for a full day with friends and family.  A full emotional day of tears, laughter, hugs, and girl talk.  I tossed the necklace, from Stitch Fix, on at the last minute.  Get you some of this, by shopping the links below.

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Shirt // Freya Off the Shoulder Top

Necklace // Similar, HOUSE OF HARLOW DOUBLE STRAND NECKLACE

Bracelet // LIP SERVICE BRACELET

Jeans // Now on Sale! SUPER SKINNY FLARE JEANS

Shoes // Similar, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA ELEKTRA SANDALS , HOLLY LEOPARD-PRINT CALF HAIR PLATFORM SANDALS, and GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI LAVINIA LEOPARD-PRINT PLATFORM SANDAL

Purse // SAINT LAURENT MONOGRAM LARGE KATE CHAIN SHOULDER BAG, BORDEAUX

Thanks for reading, y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


DECEMBER 22, 2016 – Chokers and braids

Wednesdays are craazzzyyyy for me, then throw in the Christmas season.  I was ripping and running all over H-Town!  Like every other Wednesday, I ended my day in the studio and had too much fun recording Wednesday night’s live podcast.  If you missed the live episode, you can hear it on iTunes on January 9th and 16th, and get a recap here.

On hump days, since I’m all over the place, I like to keep it comfortable.  I actually started my day in these, but my feet were KILLING me, so I put on a pair of Jordan’s to give my feet a break.  One thing I love about this top is that it’s long enough for leggings, as well.  N-T Way, if you want to shop the look, you know how it goes….

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But first…

Hair – I hate shampooing my hair, and this past week, it was full of product.  Thankfully, it was time for my monthly visit to the salon.  Not only does my stylist give you great scalp stimulation in the shampoo bowl, but she taps into your aura and prays over you while shampooing.  Jealous much?? Usually, I let her do her thang, blow it out and I go home and twist it myself, but  after this trip, I was meeting with a friend to run errands so I asked my stylist to give me two flat twists.  This is a great protective style.  You can wear it as is for a few days, then take them down and wear a twist out for a few days.  Cute right?

Alright, enough about hair, I know what you came here for…

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Choker // CHOKER W/ MELANIN CHARM

Shirt // Similar, MAGNOLIA TUNIC IN YARN-DYE RAYON PLAID

Jeans // Similar, TOPSHOP DESTROYED HIGH RISE ANKLE SKINNY JEANS

Booties // Originals are Sold out. Similar, MAUDE SUEDE ANKLE BOOT

Merry Christmas y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


DECEMBER 20, 2016 – RESPECT THE STAR…AND LEOPARD

If you don’t know by now, I love the Cowboys.  A few Christmases ago, I received this scarf as a Secret Santa gift, so I thought this season would be an appropriate time to pull it out.   Our weather has been a little funky the last few days, cold, hot, raining, humid, cool, 80 degrees….We never know how to dress, so the best solution is to layer.  This J. Crew trench is light and perfect for rainy weather.  I’ve always wanted the Burberry trench, because it’s so classic, but until I get the nerve to spend that much money on a jacket, I’ll rock with what I have.  The sneakers are old, but great for shopping and running errands.  Not to mention, who can not love a sneaker with a bit of leopard on the side.  As usual, click the links below to shop similar items.

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Trench // Similar, but same brand –  CITY TRENCH and BURBERRY – THE KENSINGTON MID COTTON-GABARDINE TRENCH COAT – SAND

Scarf // Similar – FOREVER COLLECTIBLES DALLAS COWBOYS ALL OVER LOGO INFINITY SCARF

Shirt // Original is from Stitch Fix, Similar – LONG SLEEVE SCOOP BACK TEE and 90 DEGREE BY REFLEX OPEN BACK SHIRT

Jeans // Similar – LEVI’S® 711 SKINNY JEANS and WOMEN’S HUDSON JEANS ‘COLLIN’ DESTROYED SKINNY JEANS

 Shoes // Similar – Real : VALENTINO LEOPARD-PRINT CALF HAIR, LEATHER & SUEDE SNEAKERS, Steal: ANIMAL-PRINT LACE-UP SNEAKERS

Thanks for reading, y’all.
XOXO
♥ Starr

december 16, 2016 – fall Flowers

We had a little rain here in Houston, and I’m not complaining.  There is something calming and comforting about watching and listening to rain drops fall.  Although I like the rain, I LOVE the sunshine and since we were without it, I wanted to brighten the day up with a little floral print and color.  I did so with one of the hottest trends, right now, the bomber jacket.  I actually purchased this jacket from a local boutique, EK Melange Boutique, but I have linked a few options below.  Don’t be afraid to wear florals and lighter colors in the Fall.  Be a rule breaker and do what you want!  #whogonecheckyouboo

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Bomber Jacket // Similar. SHE & SKY THE JACKIE BOMBER and BLANKNYC FLORAL BOMBER JACKET

White Tee // RELAXED V-NECK TEE FOR WOMEN

Sidenote:  Always keep a plain white tee in your closet.  It’s handy and is always an easy fix when you can’t figure out what to wear.  Toss on a jacket (leather or denim), cardigan, statement necklace, a pair of jeans, and a fierce shoe.  Easy. Peasy.

Jeans // WOMEN’S BLANKNYC ‘GOOD VIBES’ DISTRESSED SKINNY JEANS

Kicks // Originals are sold out. Similar,ADIDAS SUPERSTAR ORIGINAL FASHION SNEAKER, WHITE/ROSE GOLDGEOX WJAYSEN1

This was one of my favorite get ups.  What do you think?

XOXO

♥ Starr


december 12, 2016 – fried chicken and afros

As mentioned before, my church is a baptist church of the South.  On Sunday we celebrated our new Food Pantry that feeds the people of the community so they won’t go hungry.  The Helping Hands pantry also serves a free hot breakfast every Saturday.  During the Sunday celebration, we served our guest church fried chicken.  If you know ANYTHING about fried ANYTHING, you know that if you stand anywhere near the happenings of the kitchen, you will walk out smelling like, you guessed it, fried chicken.  One negative about rocking my afro is that it absorbs eerrrthang! Leaves from the trees, lint, and smells.  So not only did my clothes smell, may hair did as well. But anyway, it was cool here in Houston, but not freezing, and I wanted to wear the camel pencil skirt, from Boohoo, my friend gifted me.  I love a good pencil skirt.  I also love to wear neudy neutrals in the winter.  So I mixed a little ivory, charcoal and camel.  Shop the look below.

 

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Hair – Stretched Wash and Go: I achieved this look by starting with a typical diffused wash and go, then simply sleeping with my hair in two ponytails, one at the top, and one in the back. Wake up, put oil on my hands and fluff, shape, and pick with Afro Pic!

Sweater// Original is Loft, but is Sold Out, Similar: WOMEN’S TOPSHOP FUNNEL NECK STRIPE SWEATER and ON SALE ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE ERWAN BUTTON-SHOULDER STRIPED SWEATER

Skirt// Mine was gifted,Similar, BOOHOO MINDY MIDI SKIRT and PRADA CLASSIC PENCIL SKIRT

Necklace// Similar, WOMEN’S BAUBLEBAR ARAZ CRYSTAL COLLAR NECKLACE

Shoes//Similar Style, Same Brand, JESSICA SIMPSON CLAUDETTE

Thank you for reading and following me, y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


decmber 8, 2016 – I’m blk, y’all

I can proudly admit that I love a sweatshirt with a message.  I actually love any shirt with a message.  What I love most is supporting small businesses, woman owned businesses AND black owned businesses! I’m not sure how I came across Melanin Girl Movement, who checks all the boxes, but I’m sure glad that I did. As Rihanna stated, “All girls rock, but black girls, we are on a whole ‘notha level.”  Say that then Rih Rih! Don’t be afraid to tell the world that you are black, you are proud, you are smart, you are kind, and you are beautiful!  Say it with your chest and shop the links below. Did I mention that this sweatshirt is Unisex??  Grab one for you and your boo!

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Sweatshirt // Unisex BLK Sweatshirt

Lace Choker // LACE CHOKER W/ MELANIN CHARM

Jeans // Similar – WOMEN’S TOPSHOP DESTROYED HIGH RISE ANKLE SKINNY JEANS

Watch // NIXON ‘THE TIME TELLER’ STAINLESS STEEL BRACELET WATCH

Boots // Similar – SEE BY CHLOÉ – STUDDED SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS – LIGHT BROWN

 

Happy Shopping, y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


DECEMBER 6, 2016 – CHIC HAPPENS

TopShop is one of my favorite brands .  I can probably do a survey of my closet and find more TopShop pieces than any other brand.  I completely forgot that I had this sweater until the temp dropped in Houston and I had to pull out the Winter storage bins from the closet.  This sweater is an old TopShop sweater and my beanie is from last year, as well, but I linked some similar styles below.  Oh, and my jeans are from stitch fix and I LOVE the fact that they are high rise and frayed at the ankles.

Let’s talk hair…because I am a lazy natural, I try to find different ways to prolong my hair styles.  This hair style evolved from a wash and go, to a twist out, to a bun with bangs, to what you see pictured.  The bun is under the beanie.

Soooo….Shop below:

 Sweatshirt //  Similar – Chic Happens Jumper Sweater Top , Love the sequins on this one ‘EAT PRAY ROSE’ SWEATSHIRT

Beanie // Similar – KATE SPADE NEW YORK LEOPARD PATTERN KNIT BEANIE

Jeans // Similar – WOMEN’S MOTHER ‘THE LOOKER’ FRAYED ANKLE SKINNY JEANS, Steal – SILVER JEANS TUESDAY RIPPED BLACK WASH SKINNY ANKLE JEANS

Booties //  WOMEN’S RAINE WESTERN BOOTS – MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO.

Bench // Joss and Main Jeremiah Cowhide Bench

Thanks Guys!

XOXO

♥Starr


december 5, 2016 – How ’bout them Cowboys

I’ve been a Dallas Cowboys fan all of my life.  There has been a period in my life where I had to contain my fandom when one of my very good friends was drafted to the NFL.  At that point, my friend loyalty trumped outweighed my fan loyalty.  Don’t get it twisted, though, I was still a Cowboys fan, I just rubbed it in other’s faces, less. #shrugs. Now that the Dallas Cowboys are the first NFL team to clinch a playoff berth, and the weather allows, I had to bring out the Cowboys baseball style socks. Cowboys haters and lovers can also buy a pair, and a few other items, through the links below. #HowboutthemCowboys

P.S. – Please keep your trash talking to yourself.  I’m a fan and I’m sensitive about my team.  lol

Socks // Similar – FOR BARE FEET DALLAS COWBOYS 4 STRIPE DEUCE CREW 504 SOCK

Beanie // Similar to the one I have, NEW ERA DALLAS COWBOYS OFFICIAL SPORT KNIT HAT

Scarf // I received a similar one as a Secret Santa Gift,  FOREVER COLLECTIBLES DALLAS COWBOYS ALL OVER LOGO INFINITY SCARF

Bag // SAINT LAURENT MONOGRAM LARGE KATE CHAIN SHOULDER BAG, BORDEAUX

Ottoman // I purchased mine from Tuesday Morning. Similar – HENDEE OTTOMAN

Thanks everyone!

XOXO

♥ Starr

Go Cowboys!


december 2, 2016 – Buttoned up

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been patiently   frantically waiting on cooler temperatures so I can pull out sweaters and boots!  Although, it’s not THAT cold here in Houston, but cold enough, to go full Eskimo, it’s perfect for ankle boots.  I am completely and madly in love with these snake skin booties from Lucky Brand.  I bought a cute gold pair from Lucky Brand, a few weeks ago, and was amazed by the comfort, so I was certain that these would be the same.  I’ve literally tried to wear them with every single outfit possible.

This style of vest has actually been on my radar since last Spring and I finally grabbed it.  I appreciate any piece of clothing that can transition through the seasons and this vest does just that.  I decided to spruce the vest up with a few pins and buttons that I linked below.

SN: The safety pin was a gift and the “Fist” button was purchased at the Black Panther Exhibit in Oakland.  If you haven’t gone, yet, go NOW! Really, book your flight and GO!

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Hair – My hair is finally growing.  It’s primarily because I haven’t cut it.  I’m a pixie cut loving fool, but I decided to stay away from the scissors (unless it’s trim time) and let my hair do what it do.  The benefit I have received from longer hair is that I comb it less.  I’m a wash and go type of gal, but as the temperature cools down, I am shying away from washing and going.  This “style” is a 4 day old twist out from a 3-4 day old wash and go. The key to afro success is a good shape.  If you are in the Houston area, please go see my girl Johari at Flower Child’s Studio and Salon. You can also listen to her spitting knowledge on podcast Episode – 07

Vest // PLEIONE COTTON TWILL MILITARY VEST (REGULAR & PETITE)

Sweater // Similar –  BP. V-NECK LONG SLEEVE SWEATER

Booties // Similar –  JEFFREY CAMPBELL VAQUERO ANKLE BOOT  // Same Boot, Different Color – Lucky Brand ‘Bartalino’ Bootie *and on sale!

Jeans // Similar – LEVI’S® 711 SKINNY JEANS

Buttons // Black Lives Matter, Melanin Poppin, Malcolm X, Black Votes Matter Button


november 30, 2016 – black Santa

A few days ago, I spotted a very cute Santa mug, while hanging out at Target on a weekday, in the middle of the day.  I decided to not purchase it because for once, I showed some sort of self control at that money trap that I love so much.  Fast forward to Thanksgiving day, while sitting around watching the Cowboys whoop up on Washington, my cousin showed this handsome black santa mug to me and I immediately went to Black Art Depot’s website and made my purchase!

If you follow me on IG and Snap Chat, you see that I like to take 30 minute walks through the neighborhood, coffee in hand, music in ears, and thoughts in my head.  The walk gets my day started and starts the creative process that guides me through my work.  I took Santa Claude ( I JUST made that up) with me on this walk because, duh, it was fitting for the cold weather.

Santa Claus Mug // AFRICAN AMERICAN SANTA CLAUS MUG (CERAMIC – 16 OUNCE)

Red Cardigan // Similar – ST. JOHN’S BAY ST. JOHN’S BAY LONG-SLEEVE CABLE-KNIT CARDIGAN

Thanks Y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


November 27, 2016 – you Fake

I mean….SWOON!!  I have had my eyes on this bag FOREVER, but because it’s so special, it’s only offered on a limited basis.  I finally checked my email BEFORE the shop was open and seized the opportunity.  You should too!  Sign up for the newsletters from Sonique and get notified when the shop is open.

On another note, I’m obsessed with perfume. I really can’t go to any store where perfume is sold, and NOT come out with a new fragrance.  I’ve often heard that women should have a signature scent.  I remember my grandmother always smelled of White Diamonds.  Now, after she’s been gone for almost 20 years, whenever I smell White Diamonds, I think of her. I just can’t commit like that.  I love it all! I’m thankful to perfume brands like Jo Malone and Bond because they offer so many options for the girl, like myself, who just can’t commit.

“You Fake” Birkin // “You Fake Like This Birkin” Fake Birkin

Perfume // BOND NO. 9 NEW YORK NEW HARLEM

Stool // Similar – HENDEE OTTOMAN, DIRECT SHIP

Flower Vase // Similar – Mercury Ribbed Hanging Jar

Thank y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr

PS – Don’t be fake out here in these streets, though. I’ll be watching….


 November 23, 2016 – Cutting up

I love these shorts and this outfit!!  One of my amazing friends actually created these cut offs from a pair of my boring boot leg jeans from Express.  She created every single rip, cut and dye/fade you see.  She gave them so much life! Although I’m a Texan girl, every now and then, the inner Californian comes out in me.  Seriously, how California is a sweater and denim cutoffs???

 I’ve provided a link to a pair of cut offs, you might like, along with the other items in this pic.

Shorts // Similar – 7 FOR ALL MANKIND MID-RISE CUT-OFF DENIM SHORTS, BLUE

Sweater // Smilar – WOMEN’S CASHMERE CREW NECK SWEATER

Booties // LUCKY BRAND BASEL SIDE ZIP METALLIC LEATHER BOOTIES

Chat later,  y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


November 14, 2016 – Holy Ghost

How many of you are members of a true down south Baptist Church?? I am, for sure! On Sunday, we celebrated my Pastor and Family’s 23rd Anniversary.  That’s a long time to be anywhere, let alone leading a flock of sometime-y Christians. Yearly, for this celebration, the First family selects a color that they wear, and the congregation follows suit.  I mean, we go all out, y’all.  Men and Women alike, break out their finest gator shoes, casket sharp suits, and the biggest hats you will ever see! Initially the color combo was camel and ivory.

Sidenote: This reminds me of a line from one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias:

Shelby: My colors are blush and bashful

M’lynn: Her colors are pink…..and pink

I digress…

The original colors of brown and brown were nixed, AFTER I ordered and received a great pant suit from MissGuided, and were changed to black and silver.  In my mind, I heard black and white especially since the date was quickly approaching and I didn’t have time to search for black and silver any damn thing! I was trolling IG and saw this dress on Seersucker and Saddles, and bought it, at that very moment. The holes in the waist are sheer, but are hardly noticeable because it just looks like a nude lining.

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Dress // Girl In Mind Halle Lace Sleeves Bodycon Midi Dress

Shoes // CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN ‘SO KATE’ POINTY TOE PUMP

Thanks for reading, y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


Bag //  DECORATIVE MINAUDIÈRE

Bracelet // Similar – KENDRA SCOTT MIA TASSEL BRACELET *Actual bracelet is sold out

Shoes //  ALIA STRAPPY PERSPEX HIGH HEELS IN CLEAR

Card Holder // Same Style Different Color – PRADA SAFFIANO SMALL WALLET-ON-A-STRAP


October 24, 2016 – Weekend Warrior

I’ve been searching for a camo tee for a long time.  It seems that every time I find one, it’s Sold out! I finally found this tee at one of my favorite places to shop, Urban Outfitters.  This exact tee is no longer available, but there is a cropped version.

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Hair Talk – This is an ooolllllddddd wash and go, I’m sure it’s at least 1 week old.  On this day, I refreshed my wash and go using aloe vera gel and Camille Rose Natural Almond Jai Twisting Butter.  Section the hair, spritz with spray bottle, add gel then butter, then diffuse by section.  As always, finish it off with your trusty afro pick!

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 Shirt // Similar – Alyx camouflage print T-shirt • $103.30 • FarfetchCamo burnout tee • $45 • Topshop,

Jeans // Similar – Knitdigo Skinny Jean With Leg Zippers • $79.97 • Juicy CoutureRag & Bone/JEAN High Rise Skinny Zipper Crop Jeans • $209 • shopbop.com

Bag // Real – Saint Laurent Monogram Large Kate Chain Shoulder Bag, Bordeaux • $2,590 • Neiman Marcus, Deal – Rebecca Minkoff Affair mini studded quilted leather shoulder bag • $123.75 • The Outnet

Shoes // adidas Women’s Superstar Casual Sneakers from Finish Line • $79.99 • Macy’s

Watch // Nixon ‘The Time Teller’ Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch, 37mm • $100 • Nordstrom

Lip // MAC LIPSTICK – REBEL

Earcuff // Similar – ONNA & LILLY GOLD-TONE AND CRYSTAL BUBBLE EAR CUFF

Thanks for reading y’all!

XOXO

♥Starr


Coffee Mug – HATER TEARS COFFEE MUG

Pajamas – PINK RIBBED LONG SLEEVE PAJAMA SET

Comforter – Similar //  CITY SCENE CITY SCENE DIAMOND COMFORTER SET


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I love a crisp white shirt paired with denim.  This is perfect for Business Casual Friday.

Fringe Necklace (Similar) / White Top MAJOR SALE!! / Fringe Bracelet / Skinny Jeans / Nude Pumps (Similar) / Reversible Tote (Comes in a heap of colors)


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My exact earrings are sold out but you can get a similar pair herehere, aaannddd here.

The twisted little nightgown that I’m wearing is an old Victoria’s Secret item, but I love it!  You can get a few cozies hereherehere, and here.


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Bucket Crossbody is sold out but you can get this one or  this one is on sale. / Graphic tee / Watch / Similar Statement Necklace, here and here. / Chucks / Denim Shorts, less than $10


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Same watch as above / Exact Bracelet is Sold out, but I love this onethis one, and ummm this one. / Coffee Mug

Be on the look out for more of my Instagram Posts.  I hope you find some really good goodies from my Gram!

~ XOXO

♥Starr

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