Must See TV

Hey y’all! Remember back in the early 90’s when the real Must See TV was every Thursday night on NBC when The Cosby Show and A Different World were on? It was a different time back then. We were all actually at home as a family watching family friendly TV.

Despite how much old Bill Cosby has screwed himself over we can’t deny the impact he had on our lives through the aforementioned television shows. Almost everyone I know (in my generation) went to college AND chose an HBCU because of A Different World. HBCU is an acronym for Historically Black College and/or University and I’m proud to say that I’m a graduate of one.

Trust me, I’m going somewhere fashion forward with this. From the late 80’s to the mid 90’s we watched Hillman students come of age. We wanted to attend Hillman until we were old enough to discover that it didn’t exist. No matter what HBCU we attended Hillman was always in our hearts. It was and still is America’s HBCU. We all wanted a piece of that history for ourselves and someone decided to help us attain it. 

Hillman Bookstore is one of my favorite independent apparel businesses. It has t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, glasses, and sunglasses all from the Cosby (and even the Murphy) golden era. With items inspired by Hillman, the Huxtables, even Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America,’ and the ever enlightened Malcolm X there’s something for everyone who wants to commemorate our slice of Americana. 

   My first purchase from the Hillman Bookstore was this gray and maroon tee. I love it and its resistance to wrinkles!

 I graduated to this maroon and white Hillman soccer jersey that fits perfectly and also hates wrinkles LOL
   Today I wore my brand new Huxtable Family Reunion tee! Honestly, I thought they were my family for awhile when I was younger 😂 I have no idea why. Talk about a bummer when I realized they were fictional 😒

 Here’s a better look at the family reunion tee. If you’re interested in keeping up with the Hillman Bookstore, you can always visit their site or follow them on Instagram: @hillmanshirts or like them on Facebook: Hillman Bookstore.

–Nikki ❤️ 


What I’m Wearing: All Black Everything 

Hey y’all! Friday is almost here! Aren’t you excited? I’m particularly excited because I got some good news today as I have a potential wardrobe consulting client! That makes me so happy! Just when I was wishing someone would give me a chance, she popped up! I’m gonna do her proud 😉

Today’s outfit is a first for me–I never wear all black. Dark colors like this get linty on me quickly so I just avoid buying and wearing them. I have no idea what made me put this outfit together, but I like it. It’s very chic!

The top is a size too big and I just kept it because I like the drapey off the shoulder look. It’s from Juicy Couture and I also have it in burgundy. I got it a few years ago and it was $19.99. My slacks are classic Editor pants from Express.

These slacks are my favorite as they’re the right length and the overall fit is perfect. Well, it was until I started working out and my thighs started getting bigger. I thought I was just putting on weight, but my waist is still the same size. It’s just hard to pull things over my thighs 😒 I guess it’s time to seriously invest in a seamstress. 

The bangles features are from Forever 21. My trusty old Alex&Ani bangles are on my other arm and I’m wearing my usual Juicy Couture lariat necklace. I’m not focusing on my shoes because if had them for years and this was my second time wearing them and the darn shoes started falling apart! 😂

I can’t make this up! I had to run to my local Tanger Outlet on my break to find a replacement. I figure since I’m replacing a pair of shoes I might as well get ones I like instead of a quick pair. I ended up getting a pair of sandals from Old Navy.

Nothing fancy and they were on sale for $11 even though they were in the clearance section falsely 😑. This post is late because of the lunch time shoe run and some after work stuff, but I got it in! I’m trying and succeeding (so far)!

Well, thanks for letting me share and I hope you enjoyed!

–Nikki ❤️ 

What I’m Wearing: Color Mixing

Hey y’all! A little late post today, but as long as I have something to post about I’m going to do it. I’m trying to fight procrastinating, but I’ll get around to it eventually LOL! I’m trying and that should count for something, right? I’m new to blogging like this and sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming to think about what to post and how it’ll be received. I have to remind myself that although my blog’s purpose is to be helpful, it’s still something that I’m doing for myself.

I’m doing something that I want to do, that combines thing that I feel I’m good at, and if it helps someone then I’ve really accomplished something. It helps me feel fulfilled and that’s one of the best feelings in the world. So far, I’m glad that enough of you like what I’m posting so much that you’ve decided to follow me and for that I’m thankful! 

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s what I’m wearing 🙂

My outfit today is easy and breezy–summer time and Southern chic! My top is from Express, it was $15, and I also have it in white. It’s soft and you can wear the sleeves rolled up or down. My cropped boyfriend pants are from Old Navy, they were either $15 or $20, and I also have a pair with anchors on them! My loafers are Steve Madden via Dillard’s and I think they’re pretty fun!

These shoes go with just about everything and they’re super comfortable. They were $50 and I’m still on the hunt to find another pair like them. I feel like I lucked out when I found them 😊! My accessories are the usual suspects: Juicy Couture and Alex&Ani.

Thanks for letting me share with you!

–Nikki ❤️ 

What I’m Wearing: Blue Windowpane Print Dress

Hey y’all! We’re three days closer to the weekend and it just seems like this day is extremely long! Is it too much to ask that Mondays and Tuesdays just zip by, Wednesdays and Thursdays be less than moderate in length while Fridays are just right so that the weekend can be long and enjoyable? Or just Fridays a mandatory part of the weekend? I mean, come on! 

It’s pretty humid here today and it looks like it’s going to rain. I only enjoy rain when I’m safe and warm in the confines of my home. I hate getting caught in it as the feeling of wet clothes against my skin repulses me. I’ve always felt that way–especially since it floods in the city and with walking everywhere it just felt awful. 

So, while the weather’s still good and a bit breezy–lemme take a selfie! Or two or four! 

I got this pretty navy window pane printed shift dress from Forever 21 last year. I wore it on my birthday and it was hidden away in my closet until last night! I swear, I have so many things and so little space! Things get neglected against my will 😩! I’m glad I found it, though! It fits so nice and can go from casual day wear to Happy Hour (not that I go to Happy Hour…I don’t drink 😏). It was about $19.80 when I bought it. 

I paired it with a pair of blue leather Michael Kors via Belk’s thong sandals. My mom bought these sandals and they were not on sale 😕 $99. I kept my jewelry to the absolute minimum with these twisted hoops from Juicy Couture that I think I got 2 years or so ago. They were on clearance for maybe $15–somewhere between $15 and $18. And as always, my Alex&Ani bangles complete my cute OOTD 🙂

Enjoy your day!

–Nikki ❤️ 

What I’m Wearing: Black and White

Hey y’all! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend–though, it seemed to go by way too fast! Even with it being three whole days, I’m still wondering where the time went. I know it feel like I got no rest and I’m paying for it today. Pretty sure I’ve fallen asleep a few times at my desk today. 

I know it’s bad, y’all; don’t judge me! Let me move on to my OOTD before I talk myself into a hole LOL

These are the same harem pants I wore a few weeks ago, but I paired them with a simple white tee. Both from Forever 21–$3.90 for the tee, $15.90 for the pants. The sandals are from Belk’s and were $15 when I got them a few years ago. 

Well, that’s it. Hope you enjoyed the post and you see that I actually get wears out of my clothes. I don’t wear it once, make a post, and toss it somewhere. I style it many different ways before donating to Goodwill 🙂

Enjoy your day!

–Nikki ❤️