Fall into Wraps

Lets face it sometimes we have things to do and places to be. Wraps are a great choice when you have to deep condition on the go or your twist have not dried yet(actually wraps are great for ANY occasion) One of my favorite places to purchase wraps from are The Wrap Life. They have some amazing prints and colors and are like nothing I have seen on the market.

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You know you love those colors!!! I have many ways that I like to wear my hair wraps. I have made a tutorial for 4 of my favorite ways. So let your imagination flow and Fall into Wraps this season.

Get to Steppin’

Shoes have always been an obsession of mine. The higher the heel the better. Then I turned 30 and I was like ummmm unless it’s a special occasion I will be rocking flats. Now days flats are just as beautiful as heels, only your toes aren’t crossed weird once you take them off.

I like to splurge once an a while on shoes. I also love a company that gives back. TOMS are so comfortable and when you buy a pair of shoes they give a pair to a person in need. That to me is good business. Once I received the three pair I ordered (one for the whole family) we had to test them out. What better way to do that then to go on a afternoon walk and enjoy the temps and leaves of fall(the little bit of leaves we have down here in florida) We strapped on our new shoes and off we went.

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all the leaves are brown…and the sky is grey

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Throw back…WAY BACK

Everyone has heard of TBT(Throw back Thursdays for those who haven’t) It’s a time where you can break out your embarrassing photos and you don’t feel as judged because everyone is doing it. I don’t have many childhood photos but I have one that puts a smile on my face every time I see it(now)

This beauty right here

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So here is the story behind this picture: I was late for school because my mother wanted me to go get my hair done that morning for pictures(She said she wanted the style to look freshly done) My mothers stylist of choice Douglas J academy(yes because when it comes to picking  a place to get your hair LAID you want to choose a building full of students LEARNING how to do textured hair) I was already feeling some kind of way because of the outfit that my mother had chosen. I was 12 and that was the year lion king came out. Since I didn’t have a say in my outfit or my hair I decided my ONE saving grace would be that my buddy Simba would be in the pic with me.  So I am dressed to impress and sitting in the salon chair when a VERY nervous student comes over and asked my mother what she wanted done, without skipping a beat my mother said Shirley temple curls. MA’AM my hair was not long enough for this style but you couldn’t tell my mother anything. The stylist and myself looked at each other and was like WELP here goes nothing.  As she took out the perm rods to spiral the little bit of hair I did have I could feel the tears coming on. I looked HORRIBLE, I had these Rick Morranis glasses (if you don’t know him, he is from Honey I shrunk the kids and MANY great films in the 80′s. He quit show business after his wife passed from cancer to raise his children. Very sweet in my opinion. Ok I am getting of track) A bill cosby reject sweater and as the stylist took the last rod out(the one right in front) I think she was saving the “best” for last this ONE curl fell, a semi spiral curl that immediately went limp.  My mother thanked the girl and after she emptied a whole bottle of hairspray on my hair, you know to make sure it REALLY set, my mother paid for this monstrosity and we headed to my school. Now, if you have seen ANY picture of me I have a HUGE smile. It has always been that way even as a child I would show nothing but teeth in my smile. My mothers parting words when I was getting out the car were” Don’t smile to big, it’s not attractive and I don’t want to pay for a picture that is ALL teeth” Thanks mom…so that is why I have the half smile that isn’t even me.

Now days I know that a child would probably just go to the bathroom, wet their hair and have a change of clothes in their locker. Not me, my mother was a single parent who worked hard for her money and even though I didn’t like how I looked I wanted to please her and she paid money not only for my outfit but she also bought this picture.

Fast forward to 2014 and I was hanging out with my friend and her daughter had a Simba stuffed animal…light bulb! I was going to recreate this picture. I truly believe that it’s because of this picture that I stay grounded lol. If I ever begin to think to much of myself, i just look back and 12-year-old me and I am brought back to reality. Obviously I couldn’t fit into the same clothes that I had back then but there is always goodwill(they always come in handy when you need 80′s or early 90′s fashion). With my outift, Simba and a few bobby pins to make my hair look shorter and My husband and friends to help…..

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I am so happy with how this turned out. I couldn’t hold in my laughter. The 12 yr old me is proud that I took a very bad moment in my adolescence history and made light of it. It doesn’t matter what we are now. At one time we were all just 12 yr olds trying to find our way so thank them for allowing you to become the person you are now :)

Junior fashion – Boys addition

When I was expecting a boy I would always here: “Good luck finding clothes for him, people NEVER have boy clothes” I of course found that as a challenge. Sure a part of me was sad that I wouldn’t have frilly dresses or bows that I can adorn my child in. But then I began to think of all the suits, bow-ties, moccasins and suspenders that I could dress my little boy in and I was thrilled. The key to finding cute boy clothes is to think outside the box of target lol. Thrift stores are great finds but then again so are small online stores(think Etsy and Instagram) Don’t be afraid to ask around or better yet use those Hashtags(#dapperbabygear #theydowork) I am now 13 months into my baby stylist journey and I LOVE IT! I have found so many clothes and I actually need to cut back on buying so many( who would have thought I would have that problem with a boy)

I LOVE to dress up, so it’s only natural that I would like to dress up my boy. We have congregation meetings we attend every Sunday and Thursday. A lot of people ask me where I buy his dressy clothes. Since he is only a year I like to mix and match(not have a full suit yet) this is more comfortable. If you are looking for whole suits Burlington Coat Factory makes cute ones that will not break the bank. I love to buy pants and dress shirts from Zara, H&M, Baby thrift stores and even babies r us. Bow ties and ties I get from groopdealz, Zulily(What I love about these sites is that they change everyday so you can get some great deals), little prince couture(they are featured on zulily a lot so you don’t have to pay full price, they also have onsie dress shirts that go up to 24m so you don’t have to worry about tucking in all the time)  and I have found some GREAT shops on IG as well(Little Mr.Ties).  You don’t need to buy a lot of dress clothes. the key is to buy staples: blue,black,tan pants. Then you can buy white shirts and have fun with shoes and ties, I also like to play around with different color shirts to mix it up a bit.

Here is my little man

Shirt and bow tie: Little Prince Coture// Shorts: Zara baby(now that it’s fall you can find cute trousers with suspenders)// Shoes: Stiches & Soles

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Bow tie: Little Prince Coture//Shirt: Thrifted//Pants:Thrifted//Sweater: H&M

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Shirt:Little Prince Couture//Tie: Groopdealz//Pants: Babies R Us(Heidi Klum Brand Scrmptious)// Shoes: Stitches & Soles

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We went to NYC in September to for our anniversary and of course we had to dress little man up :)

Shirt: Zara Baby// Pants: Thrifted// Shoes: stitches & Soles

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Shirt and pants: H&M// Shoes: stitches & Sole

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Shirt: Little Urban Apparel// Pants: The mini classy// Shoes: Stitches & Soles 10603378_10204887898344335_2654710042546702014_n

next we have a few looks from our everyday life, fun outfits we wear when going on walks, to the park or out and about

Shirt: My Brooklyn Baby //Shorts:H&M// Shoes: Stride Rite

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Shirt: Tribe is alive// Shorts: Thrifted// Shoes: Baby Bear Moccs(BBMoccs on IG)IMG_1399

Shirt: Little Urban Apparel//Pants: H&M// Shoes: Stride Rite

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Shirt: Little urban Appreal(From summer look line)//Pants: Beautiful Melody Design(they have the cutest shirts too)// Shoes: Stitches & Soles

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You don’t need to buy a lot of clothes. the key is to buy staples: blue,black,tan pants. Then you can go crazy on shirts and shoes for boys to change the look.

One thing I will say is that the big name stores(Zara and H&M) their clothes are seasonal, so if you like something GET IT! because once it’s gone they usually don’t restock. I hope that you check out some of my favorite spots to get boys clothes. I love them and they have good quality clothes. I wasn’t able to put pics up of ALL the places I shop so make sure you follow me on Instagram at Floridanatural83, there you will find my post for my sons OOTD and I list where I purchase all his dapper duds. I also have an online pop up shop on IG Dapperbabyduds where I sell all of his clothes that he grows out of. Happy Shopping :)