DIY Diagonal Pleated Dress (Ankara)

Hello loves! My mission to create my own wardrobe continues with this simple and easy beauty that only took me a day to complete. I combined an ankara and ponte knit fabric to create this simple but classy dress with a twist.

I originally sketched this dress with gathers as opposed to kissing pleats but changed my mind in the process of designing it and i am so glad i did, because the pleats just look a lot more sophisticated than the gathers would have. To reduce the workload of this dress, I added the pleats to the completed dress as opposed to sewing it as separate pieces. 

DIY Flared Floral Maxi Dress

So...I've been away for a while haven't I? Don't panic but I've just been busy living life and falling in love. But I am back! And with a vengeance this time, because 98% of the content you will be seeing on this blog will be made by me, myself and I. Yes, DIY fashion! Are you as excited as I am? It was a big move making this decision but I am excited and can't wait to show you some of the stuff I have been creating. 

Let's start with this full flared, off shoulder floral maxi dress. I fell in love with this fabric at a place called vegetable market in Benin, Nigeria and knew I had to have it. Believe it or not, it is actually an African fabric called ankara, though it looks nothing like the traditional ankara. I knew instantly what I wanted to make with it and if I may say so myself, I pulled it off to a tee. The beauty about making your own clothes is the ability to get exactly what you want, how you want it. For example, I love my maxi dresses to sweep the floor but have always have issues with dresses being too long or just not long enough but those are a thing of the past now.

No patterns were used in making this dress, I drafted it free hand since that is something I love doing and I am learning more about. I am not saying that I will never be using patterns but it will be at a minimal and only if I am having problems creating something specific.

Dress: OlaMoreena(DIY)

Modern Day Cinderella: Shoes of Prey

Most of my readers know that I belong in the big foot club wearing a solid size 12, so it is no surprise that one of the most popular questions I receive is "where do you get your shoes from?". 
I understand and also deal with the frustrations of these women who struggle daily with finding beautiful shoes just because of the size of our feet. 
It's like the shoe designers have decided that if you're above the size 10/11 cut off mark, you can't possibly deserve to or have the desire to wear anything remotely feminine. We're allocated the matronly looking, boring design and colors that our grandmothers used to wear back in their days.
That is, until brands like Shoes of Prey came around and changed the game. The first time I discovered this brand, I remember browsing the website for hours, just amazed by the infinite possibilities and I ended up ordering a pair of animal print pumps.
Shoes of prey is a brand that specializes in customizable shoes with infinite possibilities so you have tons of options to create the perfect one of a kind shoe, or create a classic, or even a trendy in style piece. 
My concept for my pair of heels today was a cinderella campaign but I gave Cinderella a make over and skipped the glass slippers for a fabulous pair of glittery heels, definitely not a design that would have been available in my size anywhere else for sure. So, my fellow big footed ladies, check them out and let me know what you think! And tiny footed ladies, have no fear, Shoes of Prey carries from size 2 to 15! And, they also carry narrow to wide widths! Where else?
Designing shoes from Shoes of Prey is always an easy ordeal definitely nothing intimidating at all, as they have templates that you build on to create your very own one of a kind design.

Also, use the code "ROADTOFASHIONABLE" for a free inscription on your own design, what else would make your shoe more unique?! I love cliche inscriptions so likely you'll see something cheesy with a heart on mine lol.

True Decadence

Happy Easter!
Our savior is risen! And as we celebrate let us keep in mind the sacrifice of His death and the joy of His resurrection!

 And I am celebrating this day with this pleated, maxi, cold shoulder dress from True Decdence by Asos that is unfortunately sold out but I am so glad I grabbed this before it did!
All this dress required was a pair of statement earrings and I was good to go.

I have officially rediscovered my love for statement earrings y'all and I am in love more than ever! These gorgeous pearl studded pair was from my local FTF and I will enjoy wearing them this Summer.
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