Purple Enough?

Today’s outfit is too bright for life and I definitely need the brightness and colour in my life considering the tragedies that plagued the news this past week. I’ve talked about it so much and I just need some air to breathe because it’s so darn depressing. I need some change in my life right now since I’m so caught up with routines and what not. I decided to change my lip color. It might seem little but things like these remind me to always be grateful and that sometimes change is good. I hope you all are hanging in there and always remember to be grateful for every moment because it could all be taken away like that *snaps fingers*

 Yeah, yeah the ensemble has too much prints and colour but I love how both compliment each other. I feel so happy looking at the skirt alone.  My roommate was skeptical but when I looked in the mirror, I thought “Yass, love it!” With style, as long as you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing, that’s all that matters. Seriously, learn to always do you regardless of what anyone has to say.
How do you cope with misfortune and bad news? I’d love to know!
 
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week, stay safe. I’ll talk to you in a bit. 
Outfit details
Ankara skirt: LAJA Styles
Blouse: Target
Blazer: Target
Earrings: Fulfill Jewelry
Always,
Miss LAJA

Chasing Red

You guys know I’m all about showing you how versatile and diverse various African** prints are for different seasons and occasions. I really do believe African prints will never go out of style or become “cliche” like I’ve been seeing around lately. Miss LAJA believes it will continuously evolve alongside the culture and they are so much more than “tribal” prints (don’t even get me started on this one) like a lot of foreign brands portray them to be. That’s a story for another day but I really want you to know why I do what I do so your reason for coming to my site is clearer. I really do believe in African** prints and I hope you will too.

 
I just wanted to get that off my chest and let you know what drives me to keep posting and pushing myself to be better. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I post other ways various African prints are incorporated outside fashion; decor, art, there are even wax print cars! I really hope you’ll learn through Miss LAJA how to add prints to your wardrobe and make them a part of your lifestyle (and no you don’t have to be from an African country to appreciate so hop on the boat). I believe it should be an essential part of everyone wardrobe, men and women alike.
 
African** prints are beautiful and can easily fit in with the modern girl/woman. Like I’ve always said, this is a journey so I’m continuously searching and learning about the different types of African prints out there because there are many! And of course, I’ll be here to share them with you. A quick schpill on the outfit, this is pretty casual casual chic. It is really chilly so I got my layering game on. Loved how these pictures came out, I had the hardest time selecting!
Hope you like it and see you next month!
 
Outfit Details
Ankara trousers: LAJA Styles
Sweater: Rainbows
Pullover: Windsor
Belt: Express
Shoes: Me Too
Purse: Ségolène en Cuir
 
**: I understand there are hundreds of prints unique to various African countries and cultures. Understand that “African prints” is not a feasible thing, I merely use it to describe where Miss LAJA’s focus is going to be; learning and showcasing the versatility of prints from various African countries. It’s important to use these words carefully lest you risk stripping the 54 countries of their unique identities, re-perpetuating the stereotype that “Africa” is country and sounding plain ignorant. Africa is a continent of 54 fabulously unique countries.


Always,
Miss LAJA

 

The Butterfly Effect

Happy Wednesday! Here’s another vintage ankara piece that belongs to my mum and I have now permanently borrowed, hehe! I’m appreciating how the cold weather is being delayed here in North Carolina but loh and behold, the cold gradually seems to be winning *insert sad face*

 
Anyways, while taking these pictures, a man commented that I looked like a butterfly in the garden (shucks) and I thought “Eureka!” I channeled my inner butterfly and decided to prance around to get my shoulders looking butterfly-y. Thanks, stranger! Trust me, it looks good here but not so attractive if you’re an onlooker passing by. Imagine seeing a girl violently swinging her upper body in from of a tripod. Alone. Yeah, kinda awkward but that’s all right. The things I do for you. No complaints though!
 
I was casually scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw that there’s only two months till 2016. Whet? Like, whet? Seriously? Wow, warris going on? Time is just sprinting, sprinting. I was a little too mind blown. That’s some crazy stuff right there. 
 
Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll talk to you in a bit!
 
Outfit Details
Ankara dress: Vintage
Shoes: Dune
Always,
Miss LAJA

LAJA Unseen #8

  I went out to dinner then to a Broadway show last night and saw Beauty And The Beast! It was really good but I’m yet to see another Broad way performance that would top Wicked (at least for me). When it comes to movies and TV shows, I’m a crier. Correction, a bawler. Literally my tear buds just do their own thing. I was a slobbery mess after seeing Wicked. The performance just touched my soul on another level, haha!
 
Have you seen any Broadway musicals? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
 
Enjoy and don’t forget to check out the name of the pose above on LAJA-gram (@miss_laja). Any guesses? Leave them in the comments below!
 

 

When you see the early birds all bubbly and happy at 7am
The “Swerve, I Dodged That Shade For The Gods” Pose
The “Miley Cyrus Possessed LAJA” Pose
When You’re Expecting Someone To Be Nice And Help You Up But They Don’t
When You Thought You Were Hood But You Realize You’re Not Ready.
The “I’m About To Put This Trifling Creature In Their Place” Pose
The “I Have So Much To Do And So Little Motivation To Do Anything” Pose
When You Get Back Home From A Lonnng Day
The “Why The Heck You Lying?! Why You Always Lying?! Hmm Oh Ma Gard, Stop Freaking Lying!” Pose
When You Realize And Understand Who You Are. Fabulous.
When Bae Compliments Your Outfit
 
Always,
Miss LAJA
 

African Explosion Fashion Show

 
Hello, lover! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know I went for a fashion show this past Saturday. I did something super embarrassing that you can read about here. It consisted of clothing made with various African prints and over 6 designers showcased their collections. As you can imagine and also tell by these photos, it was one heck of a vibrant evening!
 
So my favorite designers from the show. The first was NASHONA especially their coats! Their COATS! I literally wanted to grab them all off the runway. They are so great for adding color to your ensemble this winter and the cuts are really modern. Slaying winter one ankara coat at a time. I was pleased with the collection. The next designer high on my list was Chukwu “D” Designs. His specialty was shoes and clutches crafted with various wax prints. His choices of prints were spot on and I appreciated he used print patterns I wasn’t already familiar with. He’s just starting up and I look forward to seeing more of his work!
These are some shots from my favorite pieces from that night aka I would gladly wear every single one of them. Sigh, the thirst was real.
Hope you have a great week and I’ll talk to you in a bit!
Earrings by Fulfill Jewelry
Loved the design+ colour palette on this print.
Loved the neck cut and the lace overlay.
If it’s orange, know I’m automatically going to love it
These pumps!!!…!!!
Throw on some tights + a leather jacket and you have yourself a Fall/Winter outfit.
Yesss, for these colours!
When your hair matches your outfit *wipes away tears of appreciation*
 
I love this dress but I was more impressed by the gele skills. This coat!!!
 
I’m strongly contemplating going gray or red. Thoughts?

Always,
Miss LAJA
 
 
 
 

White Out

 
Oh, white. White, white. One of my least favorite colours to wear mostly because I stain everywhere and everything. Plus, if it’s not worn well, you look bigger. Am I the only one who feels that way? Hopefully not.

However, I had an all white event and literally had to DIG and RAVAGE through my wardrobe to find something to put together. Ended up picking up a few things but I had mixed feeling about this outfit. After shooting and looking over the pictures, I thought hmm, I kinda like this. It’s very out of my comfort zone just how my blog pushes me every single time. Of course, I had to throw on an ankara jacket to make the outfit more Miss LAJA, haha! I added the orange clutch for an extra does of colours since you know, I’m all about that colour life!

Anyways, I hope you enjoy you enjoy your weekend! I’ll talk to you in a bit!

Outfit Detail
Jacket: LAJA Styles 
Croptop: Charlotte Russe
  Skirt: Rainbows
Shoes: Audrey Brooke

Always,
Miss LAJA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LAJA Unseen #7

Enjoy and don’t forget to check out the name of the pose above on LAJA-gram (@miss_laja). Any guesses? Leave them in the comments below!
 
 
The “I was trying to pose but almost fell down” pose
 
The “Teach Me How To Dougie” Pose
 
The “Pull Ya Hair, Pull Ya Dress” Pose
 
The “Puppet LAJA” Pose
 
The “I Heard You Call My Nameee” Pose
 
The “Oh My Gosh, Could It Be” Pose *In a British Accent*
 
The “I Pray No One Smelt That” Pose
When You Spot That “Free Food” Sign And You’re Ready To Slay Anyone In Your Path.
Always,
Miss LAJA

Cottage Away From Home

LAJA goes on another one of her adventures away from home.
Her arrival reveals two sides she simultaneously embraces and struggles with.

Something about the cottage forces her to confront both sides.
To understand that the two distinct parts form a whole, one LAJA.
What in the cottage, how and why, we’ll probably never know.
But, she left with a different view of the world, ready for her next adventure.
Outfit details
Dress: LAJA Styles
Earrings/Bracelet: Fulfill Jewelry
Belt: Express
Always,
Miss LAJA
 

Fans And Leopard

 
Really transitioning for Fall. I’ve been all about that dark and neutral look for a bit. Especially with my lip colors. Can’t seem to get enough of those deep burgundy, brownish-reds. I even got a nail polish in that color. Looking forward to the fashion aspect of the season but not so much the change in weather. Boohoo!


Speaking of which, I’m quite about to do something that Lord help me, is just eeek! It was one of those screw it or shall I say, YOLO moments and I’m nervous as heck while writing this. It probably doesn’t help typing it on here but it does help me blow off some steam. I’ll share what it is in due time. I feel it deserves a special post  whether things go well or not. It’s just one of those life experiences that despite the outcome, there’s always a lesson learned. So wish me good luck even though I’m talking in circles, hehe!

As for the outfit, fans and leopards prints mixed together are very interesting. I love how both color palettes play off each other. It tickles your eyes (good luck imagining that) and I ended up really liking how the combo turned out. Gosh, my facial expressions in these photos though, I couldn’t stop laughing. That’s why I love sunglasses, they control your facial expression and leave everything seamless… Seamlessly cool.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll talk to you in a bit!

Outfit Details
Ankara Skirt: LAJA Styles (very few remaining)
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Bracelet: Fulfill Jewelry

Always,
Miss LAJA
 

LAJA Poppins


In the middle of shooting these pictures, I felt so Mary Poppins. My outfit was just short of a little hat (still finding my place with them, not the biggest fan) and my matching umbrella. So there you go, introducing LAJA Poppins.

 
This is another vintage ankara dress, courtesy Mummy LAJA. The sequins, buttons and even the design is so Mummy LAJA and I love it. It’s a very classy look and I went with the feel of the dress with a sleek up do and swarovski teardrop earrings. The first fall look on Miss LAJA, signifying the transition into fall. I find myself reaching out to deeper, more earthy shades. I look forward to shooting more outfits, yay!
 
Speaking of which, New York fashion week is already here and I’m looking forward to peeping some of my favorite designers as well as be on the look out for upcoming ones… virtually, not physically. I know I will visit a couple of shows with time but for now, experiencing fashion week through my laptop will do. Wait, I would actually wear this ensemble to as show. The shoes aren’t too high to slay my movement and the dress has so many key elements in itself. Anyways, love it! I’ll wait till then.
 
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll talk to you in a bit!
 
Outfit details
Dress: Vintage Ankara courtesy Mummy LAJA
Shoes: BCBG
Purse: Antonio Melanie
Earrings: Fulfill Jewelry
Always,
Miss LAJA