My Fall Ankara Essentials

Hello there,

I thought I’d share my ankara essentials for fall.

What are ankara essentials?

These are basic foundation pieces that will allow me get more use out of my ankara clothing. Transitioning prints across different seasons can be tricky and I don’t buy into the myth of summer vs fall vs winter “appropriate: prints. I believe prints can be worn year round and these workhorse items ensure my ankara clothing get enough love as the season changes. Funny enough, a lot of my summer ankara essentials carried over to fall (and will most likely winter). Accolades for smart shopping.  Let’s get on to those items, shall we?

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  • Black maxi Dress (2)
  • Black mini Dress (2)

I currently have four. 1 turtle neck, 1 spaghetti strap and 2 cold shoulder dresses. Perfect for layering or those “I have nothing to wear” days.

  • Palazo pants (2)

One in black (pictured) and navy. I’ve concluded that, these are by far my favorite style of pants. Feels like I’m floating, which I love.

  • Maxi Skirt (1) 

In black

  • Mini Skirts (3)

Currently owned in 3 colors; black, navy and red.

  • Capes/Ponchos (3) – one / two / three

I have three; one black, one checkered and one from mud cloth.

**Are you seeing a color trend yet?**

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  • Ballet flats (3)

In black, blue and gold. I’m hoping to add a red pair but I’m not pressed at this time.

  • Ankle booties (2)

I’ve had the same pair from Payless for 4+ years. It’s still going strong and looks amazing. It’s longevity is simply outstanding. Shooketh? That I am. Looking to upgrade my high-heeled bootiethey are significantly worn out.

  • Jeans and Leggings (2)

A necessary evil because I’m not the biggest pants girl. I’d rather endure than freeze though. Still hoping to find a pair of jeans that have stellar fitting especially in the waist to hip ratio. I’m accepting that maybe (just maybe) the trouser life is not for me. Currently have one pair of jeans and one pair of leggings… in black duh.

  • Mid heel sandals (1)

I’m in the South so we get an extended summer (yay) and my toes can still come out to play (I dislike toes by the way). I have one versatile pair in black suede. Looking to add a beige version in the coming season.

  • Basic Blouse (2)

In black and blue. For someone who wears skirts year round, I’m a little light in this department and I scored both tops for under $20 at a vintage store.

Total excluding shoes: 17 items

Total including shoes: 23 items

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Final verdict

I’m very happy with the direction my wardrobe is going in. There’s definitely room for improvement but I can say every single one of these items are a wonderful pleasure to have and use. My ankara clothing and personal style are thankful. There are a few upgrades I’m looking to make and will update along the way.

What are your workhorse items in your wardrobe?

I’d love to know, talk to you in a bit.

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Always,

LAJA

LAJA Unseen #11

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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!

LAJA Unseen #10 | LAJA Unseen #9| LAJA Unseen 8

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When you’ve been posing for 5 hours but the photos aren’t lit

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When bae come’s through with the food <3 _ <3
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When  you cut your hair and your parents don’t recognize you 🙂

SHOP THE LOOKS ON LAJA COLLECTION

Always,

Miss LAJA

Gimme More Flare

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Happy February, sunshine! This week has been a whirlwind for me. So many meetings and appointments to keep up with. I wake up and before I know it, the day’s gone. I’m glad though because tomorrow, I’m seeing a BØRNS concert! *jumps up and down like a true fan girl* Being excited is such an understatement I can’t begin to explain, hahaha. I’ve always talked about how my friends don’t understand my music taste so I will be going alone. #SoloRanger Besides his popular jams, I’ve been listening to “American Money” on repeat (please tell me I’m not the only one, am I) so that’ll have to been my song of January. Any favorites from BØRNS? Tell me!

I wore this outfit to brunch with my girlfriends. I’ve been loving living the knee-high life and I’m considering upgrading to the thigh-high life. I put my layering skills into play and wore this black skirt over my ankara dress to give it a different look. What do you think? It’s all about being innovative with your clothing, I’ve had this dress for about 3 years now. It’s not going anywhere. What are some versatile pieces in your wardrobe and what do you use them for?

Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll talk to you in a bit.

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Outfit details

Ankara dress: LAJA Styles

Skirt: old

Shoes: Audrey Brooke

Jacket: Bongo

Earrings: Fulfill Jewelry

Always,

Miss LAJA

Disco Disco

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Although I draw my inspiration from basically everywhere, I’ll have to say that the 70s are my favorite period in fashion history. Flared bottoms, a-line skirts, chunky heels, high waists; that era calls to me so much. I love my flared bottoms to sweep the ground if not I find it way too awkward. This ankara blouse is another vintage piece from Mummy LAJA dearest and the cuts are absolutely exquisite.

I never knew this day would come but I have been feeling this short hair SO hard. I shied away from short hairstyles because I didn’t think they were flattering for my face type but now, I’m hardcore contemplating staying short (and red) the whole of 2016. T’is really true, you’ll never know if something works or not if you don’t try it. I’ll leave you with that and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!misslaja-70s-african-fashion-ankara-3 misslaja-1 misslaja-70s-african-fashion-ankara-16 misslaja-70s-african-fashion-ankara-13 misslaja-70s-african-fashion-ankara-12 misslaja-70s-african-fashion-ankara-15

Outfit details

Ankara Blouse: Vintage

Jumpsuit:

Sunglasses: Nordstrom Rack

Always,

Miss LAJA

This Christmas

springparkyaad-2Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing day! I went for a relative’s birthday party! Yes, she shares the same birthday as Jesus. It was a great time with food and lovely company. I’ve been visiting many family members and friends and it absolutely blows my mind that they know about Miss LAJA! Hearing the things they say encourage me so much and make me look forward to what 2016 has to offer. It’s officially a countdown! I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I just got back from a visit to my cousins’ place! I hope you enjoyed yours, what did you do? And what are you looking forward to this coming 2016?

A little bit on the outfit, I’m wearing a vintage ankara top courtesy Mummy LAJA. The top is about 15 years old! I was like dayummm :O I can imagine myself wearing this outfit if I were spending Christmas or even the New Year in Las Vegas

Imagine an evening consisting of food (obviously ), a burlesque show and maybe a party after, hehe; Miss LAJA bringing a touch of ankara to the Sin City 😉 #TheUlitmateVegasOutfit in my dictionary, don’t you think? A girl can dream but I wore this on a day out on Christmas day. There’s nothing I love more than a night out with great food and great company; life is wayy too short to accept any less. Coming home this Christmas to my family and friends redirected my perspective.  Where would you wear this outfit to? I would like to know 😀

Don’t forget to check out the latest video I just dropped on how I tie my gele. I want your feedback! Enjoy, the rest of your week and I’ll talk to you in a bit.

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Outfit details

Ankara Blouse: Vintage Ankara

Skirt: old

Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Purse: Antonio Melanie

Swarovski Earrings: Fulfill Jewelry

Merry Christmas!

Miss LAJA

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