Dear NYC,

I can’t believe I’m wearing shorts in the spring or do I always feel cold because I am of Africa?
Ok seriously, last week was busy and fun. A few months ago, I got invited to be a panelist on the event called Creative and Cultivate. I know right, I was so honored to be speaking at this big women empowerment event and I couldn’t wait for the day to come. Also, I love NYC when it’s not winter. I’m more of a summer girl and my biggest fear is feeling uncomfortable in the cold so it worked just perfectly for me.
We got to NYC on Tuesday for Create and Cultivate, we explored the city before my big day which was on Saturday. We had some time to explore the Manhattan and capture my style as always. What I love about New York is how fast and easy it is to get around, I’m talking about the subway specifically. Also the people are so nice and free spirited.
Since the following day was going to be a very busy day for me (I had a lot of meetings lined up) I wanted to just relax and have some real NYC moments.

We spent some time in Queens and made our way to Manhattan where these images were taken. Also, I visited my favorite burger restaurant (bare burger), had like two burgers and a shake. Well, it was cheat day so I went all in. We had sometime with friends and some alone time as well.
The day went by so fast, it was dark and time for bed to get ready for a busy meeting day the next day. On Wednesday (the next day) I had five meetings spread out all over Manhattan so yes, it was time for a beauty sleep.
This post is just the beginning of my amazing time in NYC, I can’t wait to share the rest with you guys which is coming soon.

Thanks for reading.

***Shop The look below***


  1. by Christine Kong on May 11, 2017  4:42 pm Reply

    I saw you on a lot of IG Stories at Creative and Cultivate and wanted to say congrats! All your amazing work is paying off and so happy to see you on the panel! I love that you combined the prints of polka dots and the details of the shorts together. The pop of red in the shoes and bag add so much to this look as well. I can't wait to hear about your experience about speaking and being a part of the panel. You are truly an inspiration babe! xoxo, Christine

    • by deddehhoward on May 12, 2017  2:33 am Reply

      Thank you so much Christine, hard work do pay off.

  2. by Candace on May 11, 2017  6:05 pm Reply

    You say you're always cold, well I'm always hot, so this look would work for me any time of year! I just love the way you mixed prints in this look. So bold, yet so chic! The thing I love about NYC is that there's always something to do and enjoy. I look forward to the rest of your pics :)

    • by deddehhoward on May 12, 2017  2:32 am Reply

      Aways hot? really? I wish I was alway hot, I'll move to NY hahaha.
      Thanks Candace.

  3. by KATE TIK on May 11, 2017  6:35 pm Reply

    Agh congratulations on speaking at such a cool event. Thank you for sharing your experience in New York with us. I too agree that it is so nice when the weather in NYC is not freezing to death. Shorts in New York is something you don't see very often. Haha. Really cute outfit as well my dear. <3

    • by deddehhoward on May 12, 2017  2:30 am Reply

      Thank you so much Kate, you're so kind.

  4. by Gracie on May 12, 2017  1:43 am Reply

    I love NY any time of the year even though I am always cold. I was in NY during Fashion Week so I wore the heck out of a hot pink fur jacket with a romper and leather shorts. I love how you matched the polka dot blouse with your shorts. Thank you for sharing.


    • by deddehhoward on May 12, 2017  2:29 am Reply

      Hi Gracie, I agree with you, warm cloth help a lot. Winter fashion week is so cold hahaha.
      Thank you so much.

  5. by Jessie on May 12, 2017  3:24 am Reply

    I love that pair of shorts from Alice and Olivia. Not because they are founded in NYC and I'm always a big fan of NYC, just simply because I love their designs! This pair would be great for the upcoming summer too ;)

    Xx Jessie

  6. by Stephanie on May 12, 2017  3:35 am Reply

    Oh, girlfriend, NYC looks good on you ;) I love these incredible photos and how those shorts show off your killer legs! I can't wait to see the rest of your photos from the trip! Congrats on getting to speak at the C&C event! That's incredible!

    Stephanie //

  7. by Helen Chik on May 12, 2017  7:02 am Reply

    I am loving the pop of colour in your accessories and what a perfect opportunity as you are such an inspiration to all of us lady!!

    Helen xx

  8. by Bernice on May 12, 2017  9:11 am Reply

    You're always so busy! You look super stylish and bet you wowed them at all five meetings xx

  9. by Jordan Chapman on May 13, 2017  8:27 pm Reply

    You're such a boss woman!! I love your style and your hustle, so I love seeing how you're taking over the world! I hope you have fun in NYC and I can't wait to see the roundup!
    Jordan xx

  10. by Samantha Mariko on May 14, 2017  12:39 am Reply

    I've only been to NY once this February, and I'm already thinking of when I can go back to visit. It is an amazing city with so much to do! I hope you enjoy your stay in Manhattan. Seriously in love with those embroidered shorts!

  11. by Jo on May 14, 2017  4:05 am Reply

    I'm so happy you've clarified that New Yorkers are indeed nice haha! We typically have a reputation for being rude but as you've experienced we're not all like that :) New York weather has been so crazy lately. It's been a little chilly and rainy this weekend so you came at the right time! Your event sounds amazing! Congratulations on being on the panel!

    xo, Jo

  12. by Sharon Wu on May 14, 2017  4:24 am Reply

    those shorts are so cute babe! i fell in love with them when i saw a photo on your instagram :) it was so nice following along your new york adventures and event coverage on your insta stories and seeing all the wonderful things you're doing deddeh! so proud of you xo, sharon

  13. by Bella on May 14, 2017  4:14 pm Reply

    Amazing outfit, I love the blouse!

    Hugs Bella, // Instagram: bellaskoog

    • by deddehhoward on May 18, 2017  3:10 pm Reply

      thank you so much Bella.

  14. by Thomas Falkenstedt on May 14, 2017  5:09 pm Reply

    I'd love to wear shorts and even though I'm not of Africa, I feel like I'm always cold, even in the summer, haha. These look amazing on you though and I'm glad you had a warm start to your NYC trip. I can't wait to hear more about what you're up to and especially from that panel on Saturday. And I just love it how you captured the iconic New York cabs in this photo shoot!

  15. by Yasmin on May 15, 2017  8:42 pm Reply

    I'm getting some total NYC vibes with the city streets and signature yellow cabs. Love the mix of prints too!

    xx Yasmin

    • by deddehhoward on May 18, 2017  3:10 pm Reply

      Thank you so much yasmin.

  16. by Jenn Hanft on May 18, 2017  6:28 am Reply

    You look amazing in this ensemble! And I feel you on NYC. The weather here is crazy! Last week it was cold and this week we're hitting 90s!! What a difference.

    With love, Jenn

  17. by marcy on May 25, 2017  6:09 am Reply

    Absolutely love those cute shorts babe and you have amazing legs!!!! So cool you are in the big apple and enjoy such a nice weather.
    Congrats on getting to speak at the C&C event.


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