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I have two theories as to why I’ve been feeling all grunge-types of angsty lately. One, I’ve been REALLY into chokers and when they join forces with my shaggy baby bangs, I just see Courtney Love in the mirror. Two, I’m actually depressed. Literally. No punchline.

I’m gonna go with the former, at least long enough to cover this outfit. Then we can get real.

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

Ugh band tees and skirts. Did I ever tell you about the time I wore my un-cut, long and boxy AF Marilyn Manson shirt with a pink circle skirt for a solid week in college? Of course, I didn’t have the fucking sense to tuck it in or do anything to make it look at all good. I was just too stoked that I could, in theory, pair these two pieces of clothing I loved. I was just starting to wear women’s clothing on the reg at that point so there was a learning curve. Obviously.

In Utero shirt

Anyway, that was my first band tee/skirt combo and many other have followed sense. I feel like this is my Patronus outfit. This is the type of look that literally is me. It’s trash but its fancy trash?

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

OK so back to the real shit. I am now at the six-month mark since I quit my job and started freelancing and blogging full-time. My life is better in many ways. My life is worse in maybe a few more? It’s hard to tell. How can you really be objective about your own life? Either way, I’m having a tough time a lot of the time and this is something I haven’t said since a couple of years ago when I was trying to find a job that was the right fit after Vince was born. It’s just difficult to sit in and surrender to. It’s hard not to immediately get into fix-it mode. There might not be anything to fix. There may just be some adjusting on my part. In the meantime, I’ll keep doing what I know works–pairing band tees with skirts. ūüėČ

Shopping Linkies:

Prabal Gurung lace-up skirt | Lane Bryant (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
In Utero shirt | Amazon

 

Peeps, let me tell you¬†about my friend Lola. I’ve known this beautiful soul for a few years now and the first thing about her that will capture you is her smile. The next is her authenticity. And a CLOSE third is her sense of style. Born in Nigeria and raised in California, Lola has been traveling annually to Nigeria to employ local Oyo tailors and seamstresses to create her amazing contemporary designs. All of her pieces, like this peplum skirt, are handmade with¬†high-quality Ankara.

African print pencil skirt

African print Ankara peplum skirt

This skirt is fully lined, which is also a bonus. While the fabric is sturdy cotton with little stretch, the cut is designed to accommodate hips and buns. I also loved how well it paired with a plain v-neck tee.

African print Ankara peplum skirt

Also, can you even stop looking at my boots? I dare you to try. I felt like I was wearing disco balls. A stranger stopped to Instagram me. It was a good day.

Sliver glitter ankle boots

Sliver glitter ankle boots

That jeweled heel, tho. Anyway, back to Lola. As much as I was in love with this skirt, I was definitely the most excited about the crop top. You all know how I feel about crop tops.

Ankara peplum crop top

OK let’s break it down. It’s lined colorfully. The print is cray. AND THE LONG SIDE PEPLUM WHAT IS HAPPENING. I mean, anything I can twirl is just too good for words.

African print peplum crop top

Get a load of the print in its full glory. This will definitely get me through the foggy fall days ahead.

African print peplum crop top

African print peplum crop top

Lola will be launching a Kickstarter soon to expand the business so stay tuned for early-bird pricing! Follow Lola’s African Apparel on Facebook and sign up for her newsletter here.

Shopping Linkies:

Silver glitter ankle boots | Ebay
The Keys Ankara peplum skirt | Lola’s African Apparel
Pinky Ankara asymmetric blouse |¬†Lola’s African Apparel
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