Introducing ofo: My New Fall Ride by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ofo. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’ve got a new ride this Fall! No, I’m not talking about a new car, but a more convenient way to get around the city. I’m talking about the ofo bike share program, now in D.C.! This weekend I had the opportunity to test out the bikes. The experience of renting, riding and returning the bike was the easiest process ever!
Ofo is different from other bike share programs in that there are no docking stations. I located a few near me very quickly, and headed over to try one out. Since there aren’t any docking stations, it was super easy to find an available bike nearby. I downloaded the ofo app onto my iPhone, which provided me the most up to date location info on where to find a bike. I located a few near me very quickly, and headed over to try one out.
Once I got to the bike, I simply hit “Unlock” on the app. It then takes you to a screen where you can scan the QR code found on the back of the bike. Once successful, you receive a passcode to unlock the bike. I entered my code and voila – the bike unlocked and was ready for me to ride! So simple, right?!
Aside from looking stylish (the bikes are bright yellow and black and you know I love anything colorful!), the bikes are comfortable too. It has a basket in the front which is great for resting your bag, water bottle or other belongings while you ride. This was another thing I took note of because other bike share company bikes don’t have anything but a metal grill and elastic cables on the front of the bike. Many a time I’ve struggled to keep my water bottle tied to the front of the bike, and had to keep my bag on while I rode around. I didn’t have those worries with ofo bikes – I could rest my things safely and easily and didn’t have to think twice about them while I cruised around.
Once I finished riding the bike, I took it back to the same spot where I retrieved it, though I could have locked it up and left it pretty much anywhere – just like I would if it were my own bike! When you’re ready to return it, you can either park it in one of ofo’s ‘Preferred Parking Zones’, or any public bike rack. Go into the app to end your ride, lock it, and leave it!
Another cool thing – it’s only $1 an hour! And ofo currently is running a promo in DC for free unlimited 2-hour rides through Oct. 22. With these prices, I can get around D.C. faster, and cheaper than any other form of public or private transportation!
Ofo is a great new way to get around the city. Click here to see if it’s in your town, and try it out– it’s easy, affordable, eco-friendly and fun!
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Cranes in the Sky (and On My Kimono) by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
I can’t believe it’s been a year since Solange‘s “A Seat at the Table” came out. This album, and particularly the song, “Cranes in the Sky,” was and has been my personal anthem for a lot of things over the past year, including the election & American politics, my career & personal life, and just life as a Black woman in the world. It’s such a meaningful and deep album. I was immediately drawn to it as soon as it dropped, and I’ve had it on repeat ever since.
Much like this Crane Print Longline Kimono. I’m not typically a fan of pajama-like clothes outside of the house, and I prefer curve-hugging silhouettes over free-flowing pieces that do nothing to accentuate my body. But I saw a woman wearing this kimono and I had to know where she got it. As soon as she told me, I headed straight over to the store to pick one up, and I’ve been rockin’ it on repeat ever since.
What I’m Wearing:
Crane Print Longline Kimono
Distressed denim skirt / Similar here and here
Pink over the knee boots / Similar here and here
Are you a fan of my kimono, or kimonos in general? I’ve always thought traditional Japanese ones were beautiful, but never thought I’d love a more casual one. But this year there have been so many fashionable options and I’m loving them all! The one I’m wearing is now on sale for $16 – you can snag it here – and here are some other fun kimonos you might like:
Which kimono is your fave?
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Summer Shirtdress Styling Tips by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
My summer wardrobe consists of mostly dresses – a mix of long, short and midi styles. I’m good for buying a discounted piece and styling it up with more expensive accessories. It’s easy when you start with a great foundation – a great dress like this striped shirt dress. I was immediately drawn to this style due to its fine stripes and long, fitted silhouette. I loved a good maxi dress but not one so long that I’m tripping over the hem all day, so the length on this one was perfect. And because it’s black and white, it could be styled with pretty much anything. I kept my color palette neutral, accessorizing with tan and camel colored pieces.
Sleeveless V-Neck Shirt Dress / Similar here, here, and here
Floppy hat / Similar here and here
Gucci Leather belt with double G buckle / Also here and here
Coach hobo / Similar here
Franco Sarto Jennifer Wedges / Similar here and here
How would you style a summer shirtdress? How do you like to rock your summer dresses?
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Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold – Shop my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 picks! by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
In the thick of all this summer heat, Nordstrom dropped its annual Anniversary Sale, packed with deals on lots of things it’s too hot to even think about wearing right now. But in case you haven’t snapped up anything yet, hurry – the fun and savings end on August 6. I look forward to the annual sale strictly to stock up on this Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel Duo (an Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusive). This is one face wash that works super well on my problem skin, and the two bottles last me several months, so this year I bought two. I may or may not pick up a third and or fourth….
Anyway, aside from my annual must-buy, I’ve rounded up a few more haute fashion and beauty items that you might wanna click the link and buy (or browse, then buy). But mostly, buy, because the prices go up August 7, and that hot Fall buy you wanted might be sold out by then too, and I don’t want you to get left out in the cold. ‘ Cause I care.
Here are my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 picks to get ‘ya started:
BP. Metallic Faux Leather Baseball Cap
Anniversary Sale price: $15.90
After Sale: $25.00
Tory Burch Collins Double Wrap Leather Strap Watch, 38mm
Anniversary Sale price: $196.90
After Sale: $295
MAC Look in a Box Saint No Angel Mini Lip Kit
$26.50 ($40 Value)
*Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusive
Kendra Scott Elisa Filigree Pendant Necklace – Rose Gold Filigree
After Sale: $55.00
MADEWELL Paint Stripe Transport Leather Tote
After Sale: $198.00
Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie
After Sale: $149.95
FOREO Black LUNA™ mini 2 Compact Facial Cleansing Device
After Sale: $139.00
Kenneth Cole New York Double Face Coat – Regular & Petite
After Sale: $198.00
1.STATE Waylan Slip-On Sneaker
After Sale: $99.95
Laura Geller Beauty Just Blushing Baked Blush Trio
$34.00 ($72 Value) Free shipping
* Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusive
Kate Spade New York in a flash drop earrings
After Sale: $58.00
Let me know what you picked up from the sale this year!
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Birthday Reflections by Ehmonie Hainey - if you enjoyed this post, you can read more at What's Haute, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
For my birthday, I once enjoyed a great party and all the gifts my heart desired, but as I get older, I like use the moment to reflect on all of the things in my life and what I’m thankful for. It’s actually something I try to do everyday, but my birthday is a chance for me to stop and look back on the past year. This year has been challenging, to say the least, but I also realize I’ve also been greatly blessed. So my recent birthday was an opportunity for me to take stock of all the great things happening in my life, and focus on those blessings and answered prayers – and even some of the unanswered ones. This year, I’ve grown much closer to God which is really the most important thing. I’ve also grown a lot closer to my mother, particularly after we lost my aunt. I’ve gotten to use my acting and improv skills and training in various formats, and have been in a few paid performances, and have some upcoming. I have grown closer to my amazing group of friends, who are smart, supportive, creative, and so entertaining. I’ve joined two boards of directors and where I can contribute my experience, skills and knowledge to help grow their organizations. I have continued to be able to grow What’s Haute, which I am proud to have sustained after all of these years after so many substantive changes in the blogging world. And I have some other things I’m working on that are personally fulfilling that I’m excited about.
I don’t say any of this to brag, but to remind myself that amidst the struggles, there are a ton of great things happening for me and to me, and they are all things I’ve prayed about and asked God for. I encourage you to take stock of your life and even though it might not be perfect (hint: it never is!), there are probably a bunch of things you can be thankful for, right now.
What are you most grateful for?
What I’m wearing: ASOS Scuba Bow Front Pephem Midi Dress, Franco Sarto Jennifer Wedge Sandal
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