Day 1: NYFW Diary


photographed by Atisha Paulson for NYLON

Wearing: vintage Adidas sweatshirt / Altuzarra for Target blazer / vintage brooch / H&M blazer (layered as a coat) / my husband’s Topman scarf / Zara pants / Asos sneakers / Khirma New York bag / Mercura sunglasses / Betsey Johnson bracelet /  Lips: Ruby Woo by MAC 

Each NYFW season I always have this really great idea to actually organize my outfits for the week- only thing is this never actually happens. I usually end up choosing what I’m going to wear right before getting dressed to run out out or if I get an extra moment, I pick something the night before. On day 1, it was a pick-an-outfit-in-10-minutes kinda situation.

I was in a comfy mood so I settled on Zara pants and sneakers (see additional outfit deets above) with lots and lots of layers up top- like I was literally wearing 1 top, 1 sweater, 1 sweatshirt and a blazer, oh and then another blazer. This layering thing has been a lifesaver, seeing that this is one of the coldest NYFW’s maybe ever.


My first show was Marissa Webb over at Milk Studios, which is the cool, chic venue alternative to Lincoln Center. Unlike, yesterday at pre-nyfw- I was running LATE and thought I’d miss the entire thing but something amazing happened. Just as I arrived, Marissa Webb’s pr girls walked me upstairs just as the show was starting. They were the sweetest ladies! (I’ll save this for another post, but through out my years as a blogger and stylist, I’ve found that prs are superhuman and never stop working. I love their grind.)

It was my first time at Marissa Webb and I LOVED the collection. I actually met Marissa years ago in a bathroom during an event. I complimented her on her shoes and she was a sweetheart. Very stylish woman and very, very talented. (Marissa is also the new creative director at Banana Republic.) Back to the collection- I loved the tailored blazers and clever separates- and of course the sick layers. (See the full collection here)

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After leaving Marissa, I hung out for a bit and chilled in the super cute #DesignDisrupted lounge.

10958353_754698761280647_143346123_n   Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset   Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Then had the honor of being snapped outside Milk by Nylon, Made and Milk Studios : ) 10946244_353726588155129_898020726_n -Quick pit stop in Chelsea Market to thaw out from the cold!

1736741_799086490126481_1173438659_n Next up was a presentation that I was super excited about- Khirma New York. Many of you know how much I LOVE this brand. I’ve worn Khirma for years and she is just a genius. Best handbag designer! The presentation was at her beautiful shop downtown at 102 Charles Street and it was so intimate and cozy.

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Here is a vid of my faves with my ultimate being the grey tote. Beyond gorgeous, especially since I consider grey to be one of my fave colors.

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with the amazing Khirma : )



with my girl Katie!

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I chatted with the Khirma crew, including the designer herself. They are like family! I love them! (I did a quick interview with Khirma which will be up shortly.) Pretty much the presentation consisted of me obsessing over the bags + talking fun pics. Pretty epic time w/ awesome people.

After Khirma, I headed to Chelsea to pick up some sunglasses for NYFW from one of fave designers, Mercura NYC. I’ve been wearing them for years- you guys may remember those sick mirrored monkey frames. Addicted. Grabbed a doughnut and chia latte downstairs and then time to head home. Not too bad for Day 1. Probably my most chill ever. Stay tuned for Day 2!



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Pre-NYFW Style Diary


Welcome to my Fall 2015 NYFW style diary! I’ve had the pleasure of doing posts like this for eBay’s Style Stories,, Germany’s RTL and Bebe, but I realized it’s been YEARS since I’ve done it here on JLF. So, here it is, loves. See NYFW through my eyes…unfiltered.

The Day b4 NYFW: (aka “pre-nyfw” as I like call it)

10950605_1569829439900471_349798675_nI woke up not really knowing what I’d wear (which can either be amazing or a complete disaster) but I knew whatever I chose would have to include this sick-ass Khirma New York bag from their Fall ’14 collection. It’s called the Angela Duffel and I’m kinda obsessed with it already. Many of you who’ve been following me for a while know I stan for Khirma’s bags. She’s just a genius.


Wearing: Vintage coat / TopShop sweater / Lafayette 148 shirt / Figi jeans (exact pair) / Zara boots + scarf / Khirma New York bag / Urban Outfitters shades  (exact pair)

So, I’m always afraid (lol) that I’ll waste a good outfit on pre-nyfw (the Wednesday before the shows start) so I always try to dumb it down a bit. Is anyone else as crazy as I am? I settled on this minimal look that ended up quite chic, but comfy enough to run around in to Josie Natori and then back the office. I love how these boots made the look pop and they were surprisingly comfortable even though it was the first time I wore them. Win!


Got to Josie Natori on time and was really feeling myself for that one alone, lol. Timing can be a true struggle during nyfw. Hope I keep this up. So, took my seat and chilled for like 15 minutes. There’s always this akward yet funny moment before a show when people just look around at each other, like seeing who’s who, sizing each other up, who’s wearing what, random stuff like that. Like this always happens before a show starts. I was a sociology major so I love analyzing people in social situations. One thing I can say is that older women know how to DRESS during nyfw. They always slay.



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10525531_340844986109482_1349407625_n   The Josie Natori show was beautiful- awesome layering, luxe coats, those hats. Very chic. Great way to start nyfw.  


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A little after-show rambling while racing to the subway- it was FREEZING. But was still on a high from the beautiful show, bravo Josie Natori and team!

Headed back to the office to pack up orders for my hair extension line, Curl Sistas Hair that I own with my husband, Obi. We were recently featured on Huffington Post and Black Enterprise. Such a blessing! Besides fashion, Curl Sistas Hair is my other passion. I absolutely love it.


Later that night, Obi and I hoped in the car for NJ to go visit his sister (my sis-in-law) Chidimma and her newborn baby girl. Amazing. Something about seeing a newborn baby that really puts life in perspective. Like it’s truly a miracle. Big, big respect to all my followers who are moms. You guys are rockstars. Click here to see my new niece Osi!


Stay tuned for Day 1!


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Our City Hall Wedding


Last week (Friday to be exact) I married the love of my life, Obi.

We got engaged last Valentine’s Day (almost a year ago!) and have been together since 2009. Obi and I met at Rutgers University as freshman in 2002 and had been friends ever since. Our friendship really blossomed in 2008 when we reconnected at a mutual friend’s BBQ. Love works in mysterious ways. We grew closer and fell in love : ) (read our full relationship story here, with a fun his and her account.)

Obi is my best friend. With him I’ve learned the true meaning of love. We’re soul mates.

Last month, Obi and I had a very small and intimate (immediate family) Nigerian traditional wedding. (Pics coming soon from that!) I’ll never forget the look on Obi’s face that day. It warmed my heart. Last week, we decided to make it official with a fun city hall wedding, here in NYC where we live. Very small and intimate, just us and our witness- my best friend, Sureme. It was a beautiful day full of love. Obi and I like the idea of the city hall wedding for its simplicity and honestly- we just couldn’t wait to be married! : ) We are planning our big wedding for later this year, which will be epic. Take a look at the pics from our special day.




















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The Plaza Hotel





Thanks for all the amazing comments and well wishes on Insta : )

xo.Joy + Obi.

I’m wearing: ASOS blazer /Keepsake jumpsuit (via Shopbop) / Forever 21 coat / Zara scarf / Topshop pumps / Urban Outfitters shades / Hair: our hair extensions line- Curl Sistas Hair: Chi-Chi curl wefts + lace front that I made into a wig (tutorial coming soon)

He’s wearing: Tommy Hilfiger suit (tailored for a perfect fit) / Florsheim shoes / Banana Republic trench / Topman scarf / H&M shades

Photos by Roland Agli

Makeup by Alexis Williams 

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