California Living + Reggae Blues

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been in California for the past few weeks visiting my fiancé. He graduates from Stanford business school (GSB) this weekend so I came to the west coast to help him pack and be his +1 to end of the year parties and events. At least that’s what I told him, but I really just came to escape the craziness of NYC.

Amanda Uprichard Royal Blue Shirtdress Rent The Runway Unlimited Michael Kors Selma Curly Hair |

Amanda Uprichard Logan Dress (buy, rent) | Necklace (similar) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Medium Satchel NavyMossimo Supply Ainsley Thong Sandals

Especially on this trip, I’ve noticed that I’ve been wearing the color blue a lot – yes I know I’m a hypocrite because I said I’d only wear black and white – but let’s just say my revised dream wardrobe is lots of black, white, and blue! Denim is blue right? And navy is close to black? So it’s not totally far off.

Rebecca Taylor Navy Lace Crop Top Ankara Pencil Skirt Slit Sam Edelman Yardley Rent the Runway Unlimited |

Rebecca Taylor Lace Crop Top (buy, rent) | Custom Ankara Slit Skirt (similar, similar) | Aldo Necklace (similar) | Sam Edelman Yardley Sandal

Most of these looks are put together with the help of Rent the Runway Unlimited – I’m trying it out to see if it will help curb my fashion spending, since it allows you to rent 3 items at a time for just $139/month. I’ve only had it for three weeks and already received 5 items, so I figure I can get about 8 things a month for $139. Each item usually costs between $200-$600, and there are tons of things I don’t wear super often, so so far I feel like I’m winning! If you plan to try Rent the Runway, please use my link and we’ll BOTH get $30 off our next orders!

Elizabeth and James Crop Top Pencil Skirt Rent the Runway Unlimited |

Elizabeth and James Crop Top (buy, rent) | Forever 21 Pencil Skirt – super old (similar) | Aldo Savoia Sandals (similar)

You’re probably wondering about the title of the post, but Reggae Blues is the name of a Nigerian song I’m currently obsessed with. If you haven’t heard it already, here you go (and thank me later!) J is also a DJ on the side (we’re a couple of side hustler extraordinaires, if I do say so myself), so this is one of his go-to songs he plays when he wants to get me to shake nyash (nyash = Nigerian pidgin for your behind). By the way, if this song doesn’t make you dance just a little bit, we can’t be friends!

Now for a bit more about the looks…

Royal Blue Shirtdress

Mayvenn Brazilian Curly Wig |

This dress is sooooo comfortable, and renting it for $35 is a pretty sweet deal! I managed to find it on sale for $50 at Saks Off Fifth in both black and orange, so I may buy the black one in a slightly bigger size than what I rented (S instead of XS). It’s also available in the royal blue from

Navy Lace Crop Top & Ankara Skirt

Blue Ankara Pencil Skirt with Slit |

Even though my skirt is custom made, there are a few printed pencil skirts with slits out on the market. Or you can buy some fabric and visit a tailor to get one made that perfectly fits your body!

Cherry Blossom Crop Top + Pencil Skirt

Happy black girl flowers floral crop top natural hair |

Crop tops are so versatile – I could have easily dressed this one up with slim black trousers or a black pencil skirt and heels. Pairing loose crop tops with tighter bottoms makes me feel so chic!

Which outfit is your favorite?

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  1. Love ’em all but I think I’m digging the shirt dress the most. It’s a nice BRIGHT hue and the way you paired it with that necklace really sets it off. Enjoy Cali and congrats to Jonathan!

  2. I love love LOVE that ankara skirt!! Is that ankara fabric? In the picture, it looks softer than ankara material.

  3. For starters, I want to congratulate BAE on his graduation ????????????????????????. I wanted to say blue but I thought you were sticking with the combination of black and white. I should have went with my first thought like they say. My favorite outfit is the lace top and Ankara skirt custom made. I like all your outfit. I love dresses and the royal blue dress is flowing and comfortable. I,myself, have several midi skirts from Forever 21. I’m glad that Bae finish and you two can be closer.