I love seeing the colour green in my closet, but have very few pieces. So when I saw this Vera Moda turtleneck dress at Hudson's Bay I knew it had to be mine. A dress like this is a classic staple and will spend many seasons in my wardrobe. As with most of my new finds, I donned this beauty at church on Saturday. I paired it with a simple wide black belt from H&M and patent leather Michael Kors booties that I found at Winners a few years ago.
I always try to dress my mini junior #myguyshii in outfits that complement what I am wearing. It won't be long before he is no longer on board, so I'll keep doing it until he starts to picket.
Shii wore a blue and green checkered button-down from Polo by Ralph Lauren. His leaf-green slim fit pants from H&M were the tie-in to my outfit. I added a navy vest (also from H&M) to make the outfit a little more dressy. The shoes and belts were items that I bought a few years back. Seeing as Shii is petite, I can buy investment pieces like these because he wears them for a couple years.
Did we make the grade? Let us know how we did and what your favourite twinning moments are with your kids.
For a few weeks, I have been searching for a nice way to say thank you to my guests at my Bubbly and Brunch birthday event last month. While I love everything stationary, I just felt I needed to do something extra special for my guests who made my birthday such a blessed day. So I took to Pinterest (the giver of all things creative), and decided to make a mug. Since I collect mugs and breathe all things inspirational, mixing the two just seemed like a no-brainer.
I was inspired by a great heart design that I saw and chose to put my own spin on it by making the heart pattern multiple times to mimic rays of sunshine. I also chose to put a short and sweet statement, that has been one of my personal missions in 2016: BE LOVE.
I really enjoyed this project and feel like a regular Kate Spade with my houseware designs! Check out the steps below and have fun creating.
1. Wash the plain mug in warm soapy water, rinse and dry well. (You can find amazing mugs at the dollar store)
2. Saturate cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and clean mug to remove any residue.
3. With a stencil (or freehand if you are artistic) and a paint marker like Sharpie's oil-based marker, outline half the heart on the mug closest to the handle. Allow to dry for 5-10 minutes before outline the mug handle as well.
4. Do the other side of the mug. Once dry, continue to outline the half heart on either side of the mug with dots. You may alternate colours if you wish. Let heart dry for 15 minutes.
5. Using marker, add a inspirational message to the front of the mug. Let dry for 30 minutes.Turn on oven to 350 degrees celcius and bake mug for 20 minutes. Remove mug from oven and cool.
6. With a clean paintbrush, apply Mod Podge and allow cup to dry for 24 hours. Do not put Mod Podge on the rim of the mug to avoid ingesting product. Hand wash cup before use to seal design and enjoy.
Have you noticed that there are 2 different shoes in our logo? You often get to see the the one where we are dressed up rocking stilettos and make up.
The other shoe reflects the athletic side. I have been active in sports since forever. From volleyball, softball, football, soccer, basketball and even bowling. Lol yes I was in a bowling league for 2 years.
This past long weekend I participated in an indoor touch football tournament. It was held at the Markham sports Dome from 11pm-3am. To say I was tired at the end was an understatement. There were 6 women's teams including the one I played on.
My awesome team was black and yellow because of the ethnic make up of the team 😃. 8 ladies who play on different league teams through the summer season came together in hopes for winning it all, and making some cash at the end of it all.
We managed to win all our round robin games, but things got tighter as the morning continued. Maybe it was the cold, sleep, and hunger that started to catch up to us. We made it to the finals and ended up losing at the final play of the game in converts, with the final score 2-1.
Even though we didn't win it all, I had a great time playing with some talented ladies.
Women, we can be sexy and sporty, and look great doing it all.
Stay tuned for more of my football adventures.
Valentine's Day is just a few days away and while I believe that you should treat your loves well all year round, I admit that I like to celebrate the day but making something from the heart. This year, I decided to combine #myguyshii's love of waffles and red velvet cake into a very special breakfast treat, Red Velvet Waffles!
I found a super simple recipe on foodnetwork.com for these waffles. The batter was easy to make, and as a self-proclaimed foodie, the taste was awesome.
Using a heart-spaced cookie cutter, I cut out individual hearts than inserted a popsicle stick 3/4 of the way up into the waffle. (Save the excess waffle pieces to eat with ice cream.)
Make a glaze of cream cheese and icing sugar, or sprinkle waffle pops with icing sugar. Serve with syrup. Feel free to get creative with the presentation, like we did, to make it extra-special.
No matter where you are or who your with, celebrate the weekend with L-O-V-E!
Being mothers of black children it is really important for us to give our children positive images that represent, celebrate and inspire them. Reading is a priority in our houses, so books are a perfect way for us to engage with the kids.
With Black History Month underway, we put together a list of afrocentric books that are sure to be good reads for the kiddies.
1. I Love My Hair- Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
2. Happy to Be Nappy-Bell Hooks
3. One Love-Cedelia Marley
4. Homemade Love-Bell Hooks
5. Something Beautiful-Sharon Dennis Wyeth
6. Ellington Was Not a Street-Ntozake Shange
7. 28 Days: Moments in Black History-Charles R.Smith
8. The Case For Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage-Selina Aliko
9. My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth-Ann Turner
10. Last Stop on Market Street-Matt La Pena and Christian Robinson
11. Brown Girl Dreaming-Deckle Edge
12. I Am Martin Luther King Jr. (Ordinary People Change The World)-Brad Meitzer and Christopher Eliopoulos
13. Henry's Freedom Box-Ellen Lavine and Kadir Nelson
14. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters-Barack Obama
15. Chocolate Me-Taye Diggs
16. The Toothpaste Millionaire-Jean Merill
17. Zero Degree Zombie Zone-Patrick Henry Bass
18. STAT:Standing Tall and Talented #5 Most Valuable-Amar'e Stoudamire
19. Gone Crazy in Alabama-Rita Williams Garcia
20. Sugar-Jewell Parker Rhodes
21. Zane and the Hurricane-Rodman Philbrick
There are so many amazing books out there and for free (Can we shout LIBRARY?!). Let us know some of your favourite books at @stylesbyknight on Instagram.
Since I'm always posting about the great finds for myself, I thought this week I would feature my 2 year old in her awesome thrift finds. I often find really great things for my children at value village. Her dress and shoes were both purchased there and were in tip top shape. The dress was originally from old navy size 3 which I paid $4 and the shoes originally from Gymboree which I paid $3. This outfit had a grand total of $7, and I can almost guarantee I had a 30% coupon.
With the rate that children are growing today, you don't have to break the bank to have them looking cute for any occasion. Be wise when making your selections and make sure you inspect each item carefully before purchasing.
Take it home, give it a good wash, and step out in your cute threads.
Hopefully I've been able to give you some perspective on shopping for the little ones and not overspending while doing it.
Happy Friday JR!