recent purchases

Some metal
Peep toe platforms to wear with knit tights and socks
Snake skin sling backs to wear with skinnies, shrunken leather jackets and messy hair
The Metal:
The jewellery (minus the bracelet) is courtesy of Fashionology. Thank you Rachel for the extras ; -)
The Platforms:
Love at first sight with these since they have the elements I like: The peeptoe. The platform. The retro shape. Will wear them with ankle socks or knit tights. They are from Forever 21. I got mine at the shop but you can find them here.
The Snake Skin sling backs:
My first ever Christian Louboutins! I posted on twitter that I went to their sample sale last week Friday. After a 1 to 2 hour wait in the queue I finally made it into the lift up to the magical 14th floor. The doors opened to shelves and shelves of boxed Loubs. After going through my size section in 5 minutes flat (I work fast – trust me), I didn’t see anything. As I walked away I noticed a wall of boxes in no particular size grouping. That’s when I spotted these snake skin sling backs with the silver metal heel. Perfect for nights out but even better during the day with skinny denims, leather leggings or fur.
ps. Thank you EVERYONE who has voted for me in my post below. I still can’t believe it. The winner is announced next Tuesday so votes are still being taken until then, but I feel as if I’ve already won in not just being nominated (an honour in itself), but in having followed my gut and starting a fashion blog this year. For anyone reading this who’s always thought ‘I could do this,’ just do it. Don’t let anyone stop you and don’t talk yourself out of it.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


  1. Ally says:

    congrats girl! you inspired me to start my blog just recently. looove the loubs.

  2. Dylana says:

    I love all of your amazing buys, especially the jewelry. I have been looking for pieces like this, but have bee very unlucky! You sound like such a wonderful, kind person. I am so happy to visit your blog every day! You inspire me every time I visit!

    Have a nice night!

  3. Cindy says:

    the loubs are so good they’re disgustingly good.
    so e n v i o u s.
    and really snakeskin is the perfect neutral. it’s completely dressy and special but also wearable for day.

  4. confessions of a marc addict. says:

    i love that, “you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.” it’s so true. i bet jane didn’t think she’d be designing shoes for urban when she started sea of shoes, but look where she’s at now.

  5. Lainey says:

    Can’t believe those platforms are from F21. I’ll have to keep on the lookout for them, next time I’m in the store. I would order them online, only I like trying on shoes to make sure they fit me well. I wish there was a Christian Louboutin sample sale going on in LA.

  6. Sylvia says:

    Congrats girly! I will definitely vote for you after this comment. Great pick ups and soooo lucky to go to the CL sale! Can’t wait to see them put into outfits! =]

  7. B a la Moda says:

    Love all of you choices. The peep toes I can esily see them with the knit tights and the Laboutins are gorgeous. That detail at the back is very special.

    B* a la Moda

  8. PUNKIE says:

    my god… why here, where I live, there aren’t any sample sale? πŸ™ sob

    I love all of this stuffs you posted!

  9. Sarah K. says:

    wow Karen, congratulations! With your amazing style and the great photography on this website, you definitely deserve it.

    Keep it up girl, can’t wait to see more from you!

  10. Anonymous says:

    i voted! & your Fab!

  11. Dominika says:

    i just love that jewelry and those platform shoes are great!

  12. Girl in the loft says:

    i really like how you are linking to exactly where we can get the items when possible. that is awesome. and i love the gold bracelet.

  13. b.entrance says:

    I adore everything, especially the snake ring and heels, they’re really incredible!
    I wish you all the luck for the contest, I really hope you’ll make it, your style and pictures are always perfect!

  14. Samantha Smikle says:

    Forever 21!? I expected them to be something I couldn’t afford hahhah. Running to get them today. Tellin my readers about it too! thanks!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I was planning to send you an e-mail… I’ve thought about it many times… but I don’t have the guts to do it, as I’m a (British) size 18/16… πŸ™

    Congrats on the Louboutins! πŸ˜‰ I have a similar pair by another brand (Italian). I always wear them with skirts, you gave me some good ideas about how to mix them. Thx!

  16. Faith J. says:

    Love the Loubies! I don’t have any but these are really beautiful and will probably last you a lifetime. Dying to know how much they were but I’m too polite to ask! πŸ™‚ You have a wonderful shoe collection.

  17. All Women Stalker says:

    Seeing purchases like this makes me less guilty about shopping too much this month. Haha


  18. Hanna (from Sweden) says:

    I really like your style, girl! You’re an inspiration to me, no doubts.

    keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  19. gemma says:

    your jewellery is the killing it!
    (killing in good way not bad)
    rock on!

  20. Anonymous says:


    Sweeeeden calling! How about putting together a list of ur fav stores, purhaps a special list for us scandinavians, of stores able to ship to Sweden, Norw, etc. Would be fab!

    Love ur loubs,
    blog on!

    // Maria

  21. Mila says:

    OMG I love all the jewelry you bought!!!!!

  22. twocoathangers says:

    I LOVE your F21 heels. They look so high end! Congratulations on being nominated.. I just discovered your blog and love it πŸ™‚ I’m voting now!!

  23. Antonia says:

    OMG, congrats on the Loubs!! I’m dying to get my hands on a pair but I refuse to pay full price!! PS: Just voted for your blog on that website-best of luck!!!

  24. Mary says:

    Great purchases! Congrats by the way =) I’ve visited your blog quite a few times now and I have to say that I absolutely love it!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hello Karen!! Just started following your blog a couple of months ago… I reeeally like it… but most of all…you’re a great example of persistency and of someone who does what she loves. Keep up the good work… wish you lots of growth and successes!! Just voted for you!
    xo, Cecilia

  26. CHICMUSE says:

    LOVE IT.


  27. Thorhildur says:

    love the Christian Louboutins!!


  28. insanelyfabulous says:

    i love everything you wear, karen. love to see black women display creativity in a world where everybody thinks they’re basically useless and stereotypically the same.

    and if anybody wants to, check out my blog.

  29. Karen says:

    Dylana – I’m really glad you are inspired. Makes blogging worth it!! ; )

    Confessions of a Marc Addict – PRECISELY.

    Anon – Greetings to those from Sweden!!! I don’t know which online stores specifically ship internationally but I can have a think of the online places I LOVE shopping at and I’ll see if I can put a list together. It’s very organic though and changes constantly : )

    Thank you for everyone who’s voting for me!! The contest ends on Monday night so there’s still time to keep voting!!! THank you thank you thank you!!!

    K .x

  30. Alice says:

    I did vote for you, but since the site is in Swedish i might have not voted – and the best thing is, i’ll always have the doubt eheh
    Love the dog collar/bracelet thing!!

  31. Fashion Monstre says:

    soooo jealous! and when are you posting a video of more of clothesss because i love seeing all the clothes and accessories you have! πŸ™‚

  32. caylee says:

    i just bought a BUNCH of stuff of of rachel too! she has the most amazing jewelry! now we have the same cross necklace, and i have that knuckle ring too, except for mine’s the hammered one =)

  33. Jihan S. says:

    Very inspirational words at the bottom of the post. I love that. And those Louboutins are sick to the core! What a find! They’re amazing. If you ever have a closet sale, you’ll make a killing. I’ve been dying for a pair of proper snakeskin pumps…

  34. Stephanie says:

    Sick find on the Loubs

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