Mentor Me Summit 2017

On this past Saturday I had the pleasure of being apart of the On This Journe Mentor Me Summit 2017 panel. 20 young ladies were selected not only to gleam from 6 different panelist, they were given prizes! Such as a glam squad for their prom day and a book scholarship for college. It was such a pleasure being around individuals that have shared the same experiences and to see what our future lawyers, doctors and/or even politicians looked like.

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I had the pleasure of presenting the topic “I Am Beautiful”.  My subtopics were Fashion, Clothing and Makeup. Whenever I am on a panel I ALWAYS try to go against the grain….step outside the box. I took my make up off in front of everyone. Yes, you read right. We are made to believe we NEED makeup and can’t live with out it. I wanted to make a point that we are all beautiful with all our imperfections we may think we have. Plus you have to give your a face a break to breath. Its not what’s outside like the latest designer fashions, but what’s inside your brain such as education and heart such as love, compassion and sympathy towards others.

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Blazer (Banana Republic ) / Pants ( Banana Republic ) / Stripe Blouse ( H&M ) / Shoes  (Paul Smith) / Earrings (JCrew)

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This is what I look like without makeup and I feel just as fabulous.

 

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The Unofficial Start of Summer 2017

Memorial Day is considered to be the unofficial start of the summer. Cook outs begin, road trips increase and laying in the sun enjoying the warm weather is considering “working”.  Sadly the weather lately says otherwise. Its been dark and cloudy, but that hasn’t stopped me from heading outside and enjoying this beautiful world and one of the best cities…..NYC. For this holiday I decided to stay local and explore SoHo. SoHo stands for South of Houston Street.

Have you ever heard of JGoldCrown ? You may not know his name, but you’ve seen his artwork. #LoveWall My goal was to simply go to his website , find a wall and locate a mural in NYC. Sadly many of his murals have been painted over. After visiting 3 locations on the 4th location I finally found a #LoveWall.  It was everything I expected and more.

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We all have things that we love. One place that I love is Strands Book Store . They have all the latest books, buttons, totes etc. One person that I love is our previous  First Lady Michelle Obama. She exudes class, sophistication and beauty.  While in the book store I came across a t shirt that expresses love for us the female species.

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Jeans ( Dance and Marvel ) / T Shirt ( Michelle Obama ICON ) /                                          Shoes ( Christian Louboutin ) / Bag (Vintage Gucci)

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Let’s Get Personal

Let me reintroduce myself. My name is Hope Morgan …..Shannel is my middle name. I’ve been married for 7 years to my wonderful, amazing and  yes sometimes annoying husband Nick. July 17th will be our 8th wedding anniversary! We are a lot alike and yet a lot different. My favorite color is pink, his is blue and orange.  He loves the Knicks, I love fashion. He’s studying for his Doctorate in Education…..I’m still trying to figure out what to cook for dinner tonight. lol  We love each other dearly and we have no children…..yet.

When you first get married you say your “I Do’s” and then the question many of us dread is asked….. when are you going to start having children? “I don’t know what sheets to put on the bed, now you want me to produce life “. Again we’ve been married for 7 years. 3 years into our marriage we got pregnant. Rewind. My parents were told they couldn’t have children. They now have me Hope, Josh and Faith. Now back to the present. We were ecstatic when we found out the news. I panicked, my husband reassured me everything was going to be ok. 6 weeks later I experienced what is called an ectopic pregnancy. I’ve never had surgery before. This required an extensive amount. I cried for months. Bed rest, no exercise. NO HIGH HEELS!!! I survived. 6 months later it happened again. We found out I was pregnant. 6 weeks later another ectopic pregnancy. I cried for months. No baby showers, I couldn’t be around babies. I got stronger. I survived. Many women especially in the African American community have fibroids. I assumed this was the cause of both loss so I acted fast. This would be my 3rd surgery in less than 3 years. It was a success, but I haven’t gotten pregnant since. We’ve been trying for 5 years. #5years

Ever heard of IVF ? Yes, I was TOTALLY against it. After SEVERAL talks with my husband and doing my own research I agreed to the process. THIS IS NOT AN EASY PROCESS. It involves a lot of medicine and a lot of home injections. A lot of tears, but a lot of faith.

 

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These pictures were taken on Mother’s Day. 

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To be continued……………

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Denim Day

Happy Denim Day!!! 

 

I know you’ve been wondering where have I been. Let’s just say…… IVF post coming soon.

Denim

a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work andleisure garments. Dictionary.com
a similar fabric of finer quality, for covering cushions, furniture, etc. Dictionary.com
Jeans
hard-wearing trousers made of denim or other cotton fabric, for informal wear.
One of my favorite things to wear is denim. I can wear denim every day (hhhmmm different ways to wear denim for a week or month coming soon!) Denim comes in every price point. My favorite line of denim is from you guessed it Levi’s . Key word:DURABILITY.  You can never have too many pairs! I received my first pair of  Levi’s 501 Original jeans at 6 years old and never looked back. If you haven’t tried on a pair or don’t own a pair please do yourself a favorite buy a pair.
Denim( TopShop ) / Shirt( Levi’s ) / Shoes (Zara sold out ) / Rain Coat ( EBay )/ Lipstick ( NYX Cosmetics Little Denim Dress )
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  How are you wearing your denim today?
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The Power Suit

Spring has finally sprung. Flowers are starting to bloom and change is in the air! What type of change? Less layers, more color and women wearing pant suits. Not just any type of pant suits, but bold bright colors. Yellow, green and/or red. Yes, a lot of women have been wearing pant suits for ages, but now it has trickled down into the fashion industry. This trend was on the runway for almost 2 seasons. Can this be the resurrection of the pantsuit? I think so. With everything going on in politics with Women’s Rights we are standing up and standing out. One women in particular whose been wearing pant suits since the 1990’s when her husband was President is Hillary Clinton.

 

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I decided to give the pant suit a try and I absolutely love it. Not only is this look sophisticated, but its comfortable, easy to wear and can be styled several different ways. Going with a black pant suit would be typical so while shopping at Zara I went into the store with one goal in mind….to purchase a bright colored suit no matter what the color. Luckily I found just that!!!

 

Blazer (Zara) / Trouser (Zara) / Ring sold out (Henri Bendel) / Clutch sold out (Banana Republic)

 

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Style Tip: Have fun with your suit. You don’t have to wear a white dress shirt or high heels. Be more adventurous and try it with a tee and sneakers.

 

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Happy Spring

It is officially the 1st day of Spring!!! Even though it doesn’t feel like it OR look like it (we still have snow on the ground) SPRING is here and here to stay. How do I know, because the weather man said so lol ….and because of The Old Farmer’s Almanac . Founded in 1792 it is still used til this day and its pretty accurate.

So what does one wear when the calendar says Spring, but it doesn’t feel like it? Shed clothing slowly. Warm temperatures during the day can turn into cold temperatures at night. You never want to be under dressed nor overdressed. It is safe to put the turtlenecks away and ok to wear mock necks. Another great way to adjust to the weather and still look fashionable is to change your jewelry. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry are earrings. I am not talking about diamond studs, I like colorful…whimsical earrings of all kinds.

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All earrings are courtesy of J.Crew

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Some of my favorite earrings this spring are:

ASOS Liars & Lovers Bright Tassel Statement Earrings $23.00

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BaubleBar Caicos Pom Pom Earrings $34

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Mango Floral Earrings $25.99

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Kate Spade Citrus Crush Statement Earrings $98.00

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J.Crew Embroidered Crystal Earrings $78

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What are some of your Spring fashion favorites?

 

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with a feature on All Things Hair

Happy International Women’s Day.

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All over the world women are celebrating what #ADAYWITHOUTWOMEN would look like. Many have decided to strike by not going to work, marching or wearing red. If you aren’t able to participate in these ways….. let your voice be heard not just on this day, but for the rest of your life! How am I letting my voice be heard? I was recently asked by  All Things Hair to be apart of their tribute on “How Women are Expressing themselves Through Their Hair.”

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Here is a snippet of my thoughts……

“I’ve had natural hair for seven years. At first I was afraid of how I would look with short kinky hair. Being on this journey I have learned so much about who I am, and what my culture is all about. As an African American we are shamed into thinking our hair has to be one way and not embrace how versatile it actually can be. I am no longer afraid of who I am because as women, we are strong creatures who are a force to be reckoned with… we just have to believe and never lose our HOPE.”

Another way I’ve decided to be in solidarity with my sisters is to wear red. Red is such a powerful color! Its not too late. If you don’t have red clothing you can simple wear red lipstick.

Gingham Shirt (Zara) / Pants (vintage) / Bomber Jacket (H&M) / Sneakers (Vans)

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My Love Letter to NYFW

Dear NYFW,

I fell in love with you at the age of 16 and my love for you has grown. We had our ups and downs ins and outs, but you have made me stronger, wiser and given me the confidence to not be afraid of who I am. You’ve embraced me with open arms and showed me what it takes to survive in this glamorous,  but not always world of fashion. I’ve learned that hard work and persistence can get you to the top if you never ever give up. If you decide to give up to keep going because there is always someone ready, willing and able to take your place.

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I’ve watched the crowd in front of Bryant Park  and said “one day I will attend a show in The Tents.”  I would walk by to collect the free WWD everyday for 8 days rain, sleet or snow. I would read them from cover to cover and study the whose who. I would watch the the invitees outfits, take pics and study on what to wear and would not to wear. To go a step further I studied every single magazine masthead and knew who ran what magazine. I learned earlier on if I am going to work in this industry I had to know their names and what position they held. I would walk to the back of the tent and watch the celebrities and models go by. I knew not to cross the guards…..but others had the guts to. I wanted to enter in the right way.  Weeks later my entrance was becoming a volunteer. A fashion week volunteer was a big deal! Not only did you set up the shows, view the shows, got gift bags, but received a volunteer tee shirt!!!! Score. I volunteered season after season until it was time to move on to bigger.

Your name was “7th on Sixth” then Olympus Fashion Week.

Years later I interned for a TOP celebrity stylist, she couldn’t attend a show and told me to go in her place. EXCITED…..beyond excited. Excited was an understatement. I had already picked out my outfit and I was ready to go. I went to The Tents with the invitation in my hand and its like the pearly gates opened. I had arrived. I made it my business to carry my resume, design and printed my own business cards and said “hi” to every person that looked my way. I stood on line waiting to check in with Public Relations also known as the PR team. I told her my name and because I was not the actual celebrity stylist, but her intern I was given a standing ticket. Standing never guarantees entry into the show. I waited patiently. I took a seat in the back row my dream was about to come true. The lights dimmed, the music played and the models started to walk the runway.  In less than 10 minutes the show was over.  “That’s it?” The show lasted 10 minutes. 10 minutes. All that work designers do for months for 10 minutes. Shocked, but that was apart of the industry. I learned my 1st lesson. Its not about the length of the show, but what’s and whose on the runway. I stayed in the tents for hours. Took every single free item I could get and left. When I walked out the tents I said “someone is going to take my picture and they sure did!” Days later at work a friend called me frantically “YOU HAVE TO STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND PICK UP GLAMOUR MAGAZINE RIGHT NOW.” Much to my surprise I was a “Do” on the last page of Glamour December 2009 with cover star Rihanna this was just the beginning of our relationship.

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Your named changed to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and now NYFW.

Interned, interned, interned and finally decided to go out on my own as a freelance Wardrobe Stylist. It took years before I received my very 1st invitation with my name on it. Once again NYFW you welcomed me with open arms. I got invited to more shows and bulit relationships with the PR teams. Season after season I was apart of the in crowd. I saved my money, shopped the the hottest trends to be worn during fashion week. Snap! Snap! Snap! Pictures were taken, but I never let it once get to my head. NYFW you have been good to me.

I followed you when you went to Lincoln Center, Moynihan Station, Milk Studios, Pier 59 Studios, Industria, Park Avenue Armory. I still follow you now that you’re at Skylight Clarkson Sq. I work for you, I work with you. My purpose is you. My name is Hope and I love fashion. I love this industry. It doesn’t always love me. How do I know, I don’t see me on the runway…or in the front row….or producing the shows or even part of the PR team, but my purpose is bigger than just the clothes. Its about Spreading Hope. It’s about giving hope to the hopeless. I’m not going anywhere and I can’t wait to see where we will go next. This is just the beginning.

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To be continued………………………………………………………………….

Sincerely your biggest fan,

Hope Morgan

 

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Pre #NYFW

In less than 4 days New York City’s air will be filed with fashions from our favorite and some new designers known as NYFW . Other than my birthday fashion week which is twice a year in February and September is one of my favorite times of the year. As a wardrobe stylist it is my duty to know and sometimes predict the trends months in advance.

During NYFW what does one wear? Their ultimate best. Believe it or not the goal is not only to attend the hottest shows, but to get snapped by a street style photographer! We miss you Bill Cunningham. I remember years ago when my picture was taken during fashion week and it ended up in Glamour magazine. I was ecstatic. “Look mom, I made it.”Want to see the picture? Check back on #tbt.

FYI: If you haven’t checked out the Zara sale you might want to go RIGHT NOW !!!

Dress ( Zara sold out ) / Earrings ( Forever 21 ) / Bag ( Zara sold out ) / Tights ( Betsey Johnson gift) / Shoes ( French Connection )

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