O-LIVE-U: Fall Trending…

 
 
OLIVE is the “IT color of this Fall Season. It’s a color that I overly love. So I covered ALL bases when shopping for Olive Items.
 
Today, I’m wearing a beautiful draped hi-low Cocoon Dress by Charlotte Russe +
(unfortunately the color isn’t available but they do have an equally beautiful color still on their site). My favorite details on this dress ARE the cocoon-like draping at the hips and the wrap front top.
This type of dress can be worn to fit work and play.
 
I kept the accents neutral here. I choose to add a hat, skinny belt and bootie but you can easily opt out of all these accessories. This dress is immaculate on it’s own.
 
Though not featured here, I love this color with Gold Accents. If I had to style this different, I definitely would pair it with a gold ankle wraped heel, big gold earrings and a gold clutch.
 
I added this fun duster-like coat for extra dimension and to add another layer in case it’s cooler.
 
Bootie: NineWest
Hat: Claire’s
Jewelry: Lane Bryant
 
 

 
 
How would you rock Olive?? What’s your favorite color of this season???
 
As always, your comments and feedback are welcomed
 
Until Next Post,
Smooches!!!
 


Fab Fridays: TRAP-eze Queen

 
Boots: JustFab (old)
Jewelry: Eva Mendes for NY&Co.
Hat: Forever21
 
Happy Friday Folks!!!
Here we are, at the ending of another week.
 
Today’s post features this Trapeze Dress from A’Gaci Plus. For the longest time, I’ve passed by the A’Gaci Stores in the malls and loved the style of clothes they offered. But of course, not much was available in plus sizes. They were all straight sized items. NOW the times are changing and most stores are upping the ante with adding plus sized departments in their already existing stores.
 
A’Gaci is very inexpensive and carries trendy pieces. So, the latest in styles is what you’ll find.
 
I love this dress. It can be worn as a flowy tunic or as shown here!
I chose to pair this dress with a chic bootie I got last year from JustFab. Unfortunately they aren’t sold anymore. But there are so many options similar.  And what’s a fall outfit without a hat???!!!
 

 
 
 
 
Above all else, this ensemble is EASY and comfortable to wear. I believe it’s a staple in the fall. You can dress it up or down, add a jacket or sweater and many other options.
 
I love these BOOTIES
 
What do you think of this Trapeze Dress??
All comments and feedback are welcomed
 
XOXO
April Antoinette
 


Make them Pieces Hit!

 
Welcome Back!!! I know it’s been a week or so since we’ve last met up, but here we are. It’s October already.
 The thing I like most about this time of the year are the rich color options in clothing!!! (Not that you can’t wear these colors year round but the availability of options are limitless during the fall)
I think my favorite color combo HAS to be Pumpkin and Cranberry (or a deep burgundy color). I’m all for this pairing in work and play clothing.
With these two colors, the neutrals can be anything (nude, navy, animal print (yes I use animal prints as a neutral).
 
Here I paired a textured pencil skirt in PUMPKIN with a rich hued Cargo Anorak Jacket. I chose to belt it to give it a little more structure. The shoes and belt are a richer/darker hue of Burgundy to add a bit of dimension and to finish it off, I added Cheetah print earrings.
Totally making each piece hit with the placement and pairings of the other pieces.
 
 
I am so HERE for this color combo. What about you??
 
 
Skirt/Tank (Ashley Stewart: SOLD OUT Skirt)
Belt: NY&CO
Shoes: Amazon
 
 

 
 
Photography: Kadijah Nichole
 
*This is not a sponsored post*
As always, I enjoy your feedback. All comments are welcomed.
 
 
Are you interested in hair deets?? Leave a comment and let me know if I should add information on my various hair looks!
 
Until Next Post
SMOOCHES Xx


BRAND SPOTLIGHT: RUE 107 EMPRESS COLLECTION

 
There aren’t many collections that get my HYPE about every single piece. But I tell you, this collection here, Whew!!, it delivers.
 
Rue107 (an independent black-owned brand that caters to sizes 0-24) has just released their newest collection. They are known for adding bits of pop culture into their ultra fashionable and chic designs. (Remember their “Lemonade” Inspired Collection??)
This collections holds a special place in my heart simply because of it’s message.
One of the major prints of the collection features tons of cartoon like images of Black Women. They call it their “Black Girl Magic” print!
Despite everything happening in the world right now, I’m glad that brands are focusing on us (the Black Woman) and the celebration of…
Beyond that special message, the collection is simply stunning. I already have my basket quened up for purchase.
 
So here’s the collection.
You can view and purchase all pieces via their website
 

THE BLACK GIRL MAGIC PRINT DRESS
 

 
PHENOMINAL JOB RUE107!!!
 
*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Stay tuned for my purchases.
 
XOXO
April Antoinette
 


Transitioning Your Wardrobe

 
It’s Officially Fall Time and with Fall comes cooler weather. But the weather hasn’t gotten the notice just yet! Here in NYC the mornings are kind of cool but the afternoon heats up. Not exactly Sweater and Boot Weather.
So I decided to give you a few of my simple steps to transition your summer wardrobe into Fall without completely committing to Fall attire.
 

1. LAYERS UPON LAYERS UPON LAYERS

Layering is the single most important step to transitioning your wardrobe. Adding a fun knit sweater, a thin leather jacket or a light denim always brings a dress or jumpsuit into the current season.
I tend to stay in fall like materials but in lighter weight versions (light suede, light leather, and denim) . You can also layer underneath. Adding a shirt underneath a maxi dress, gives it a fall-like look and feel.
 
Example: You can see in the photo below, I took a textured summer dress and layered a lightweight leather jacket on top. I opted for cream versus white (NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY LOL).
 
 
Jacket| Ashley Stewart (old)
Dress| NY&Co
Sandals| 9West
Bag| JustFab (old)

2. COLOR AND TEXTURE

Adding Fall Textures and Fall Colors into your already existing wardrobe (with bags, shoes, and belts) makes for an easy transition. In the picture above, I added a bold cobalt bag and reptile textured sandals for a fall feel. In some instances, I’d add a funky hat or some other piece to bring the outfit into the current season. Play with different textures and color combinations.
 
 

3. KISS AND MAKEUP

Changing up the makeup colors you use is simple. Instead of a bright orange lippie, try a deeper hue of orange or brown. Instead of colorful eyeshadow, choose warmer tones. Mauves and Berries are definitely in for Fall ALWAYS. So opt for those instead of neons and brights.
 
 
It’s as simple as that! No hard thinking and definitely no breaking of banks. Use what you have. Make it work.
 
But Always remember, these are just MY tips, you gotta do what works for you! Make decisions based on your style and preference. If my tips are helpful then use them. If not, pass them along to someone they can help.
 
As always, I welcome all comments and feedback!
 
Enjoy this Fabulous Thursday
 
Xox
April

Viva La Mexico– Honeymoon Style

 
 
 
For our honeymoon, we choose to go to Mexico! And I’m so glad we did. We had such an amazing time. But in all that fun and relaxation, I totally forgot that I had a blog to run. I can a lot of cell phone shots but no REAL photos of the week’s attire. I know I know. I should totally be ashamed.
 
 
But…
 
I did remember to get a few shots in on the first night!!!
 
Woo-Hoo!!!
 
Where we stayed: There’s no other way to do Mexico than an All-Inclusive Resort. You got EVERYTHING! Our Travel Agent Took care of all the details but we choose Excellence Riviera Cancun Resort in Riviera Maya.
 
The resort was absolutely breath-taking! Despite the usual no drinking the tap water, I had NO complaints. Our travel agent arrangement that we had a Junior Swim Up Room. This means as soon as we walked out of our side door, we were right at the pool.
 
The resort features a number of restaurants (anywhere from Indian and Thai to Mexican and Seafood).
They also had 24 hour room service, unlimited mini bar options (with full bottles of liquor) and a full beach just right outside the resort. The even had a 24 hour coffee/dessert bar.
I mean this place had it all!!! I wasn’t ready to leave.
 
But enough of that. Let’s get to the clothing.
 
 
Dinner had a dress code, of course. So I made sure I put a little effort in at night.
This cute little dress fit me perfectly. It was super cute and sexy at the same time. The Bonus was that it had extra skirting underneath (crinoline built in) to keep it flared. I LOVE THAT!!!
 
 
DRESS| Fashion To Figure (Only available in solids now)
SHOE| Lane Bryant
 
Leave your comments and feedback. I’m always so stoked to them!
As always, I thank you for taking the time out to read this post!
 
Peace & Love
XoX
 
 



Our Wedding Day!

 
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been absent for the last few weeks. If you didn’t, shame on you! lol..
Well, I got married a week ago!!! Yay!!!
Our wedding happened in Miami on September 5th.
Everything went as well as I could hope for. I worked with amazing vendors and everything went the way I wanted. I’m overly joyed.
It was a stressful process planning it all out (with no Wedding Planner might I add). It ultimately was a day filled with God, Family. Friends & Love. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
 
 
 
We haven’t gotten all the official pictures back as of yet, but I figured I’d give you all a peek into the day! All photos were provided by our Wedding Photographer: +Nate.Veal@natevealphotography.com 
I hope you enjoy!!
 
Shalena of Angel Love Beauty Slayed my face for the wedding. She also did all my bridesmaids.
IG: +Shalena Butler 

He caught me in a moment of prayer

My mom to help me get ready!!!
 



That’s the hubby! With his handsome self
Hubby and some of his groomsmen!
 



Pops and I! My expression is a little weird though! lol



He never stopped smiling that day!!!
My bridesmaids and I.. Don’t these colors just sing!!!! The woman on my right with the Purple is my Maid of Honor.  My dress is by Julieta/Mori Lee Bridal. I added a custom sash and sleeves. Their dresses are by David’s Bridal (Vera Wang Collection)

Priceless
 
My cake! That I’m so sad I forgot to cut into. But I do have pictures on the way (faux cake cutting :)) My cake stand was custom made by a shop on Etsy and the Cake Topper was made custom by another vendor I met on Facebook.



The same vendor that customized my cake topper did my shoes. These are made by Badgley Mishka and customized with Crystals. (THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BY THE VENDOR THAT CUSTOMIZED THE SHOES)
I loved the simple elegance of the tables and settings. The flowers were done by my Aunt (who has her own floral business in Jacksonville ,FL) and the rest of the tables were done by my Mother. (it’s her thing)

I hope you enjoyed this small glimpse into our Big Day. Whenever I receive more pictures, I’ll be sure to share with you all. You can view photos of guests and other events through our wedding hashtag on Facebook and Instagram. Just enter: #allhailthekings2016 or #demkings2016

 
As always, comments and questions are always welcomed.
 
“Love is Stronger than Pride”
Xx
April King…