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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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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Wardrobe 101: Plaid Outerwear

Living in NYC during the winter its cold. Like really cold. Many times its soo cold New Yorkers tend to just wear black clothing. Every so often you will see someone with a colorful coat. Fashion rules are now being broken and wearing multi colored clothing is now acceptable all year round. For example wearing white jeans after Labor Day or wearing a lime green fur coat on a snow day.

I am a big fan of wearing color!!! Yellow trench coat, multi colored fur …you name it. Not only does it brighten up your entire outfit it can change your current mood to a more happier mood. Our favorite basic brand American Apparel is downsizing and is now having a hugs sale. I received an American Apparel plaid wool top coat as a Christmas gift and it reminded me of a coat I once had and worn all the time as a kid. After trying on this coat I instantly started to put outfits together. When wearing a colorful jacket try to keep your outfit to a minimum of 3 colors that are featured in the coat or wear neutral colors like denim, brown and/or grey. To add an extra touch, add a brooch or two. The brooch featured is actually my mother’s. I’ve been “borrowing it” for years!

Plaid Wool Top Coat (American Apparel sold out online) / Penny Loafers (G.H. Bass) / Leather Tote (Madewell) /  Gold Star Earrings (Zara….sold out online) / Mother’s Vintage Brooch

 

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Photography by Faith Brown

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My Birthday

Over the weekend, Saturday January 14 to be exact I celebrated my 33rd birthday!!! I can’t believe how old I am and how far I have come. I remember being 13 wishing I was 21. I cherish every single birthday even more. I don’t want to be any older or younger. Well I would definitely relive some of my earlier fashion moments.

Every year I usually leave it up to my husband to plan the celebration, but I give hints on what I want to do. I never feel like he EVER listens to me (lol) so while in a mall one day I mentioned I would love to try one of these new paint and sip classes. Much to my surprise not only was he listening , but he surprised me with reservations to Paint and Sip Studio NY . The experience was one to remember !!

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Now I’m sure you are wondering what did I wear? I said whether rain or shine I am wearing a black long slip dress, my favorite jeans and silver booties. Of course it started to snow extremely hard before leaving the house, but I didn’t care because it was my birthday!!! The dress I am wearing is by Cotton Candy LA and its suppose to look like this:

Being the stylist that I am I felt the dress was too simple for the occasion. So I went to M&J Trimming to purchase some ribbon. I then cut the ribbon in 6 pieces and tied it to the left shoulder of the dress. The dress was also too long for flats, I decided to cut the shoulder straps and simply tie them in knots according to the proper length. The straps look unfinished which went along with the theme of the rest of the dress. One of the hottest trends of 2017 will be wearing jeans under dresses which went perfect with my outfit. To pull the whole look together I wore my hair in 3 buns added NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Electromagnetic and NYX Cosmetics Vivid Brights Liner in Vivid Halo .

Dress Cotton Candy LA / Jeans Who What Wear Collection / Booties Topshop / Earrings J.Crew / Denim Jacket Levi’s Authentic Sherpa Trucker Jacket /

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Cheers to a new age!

 

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A Day In The Life of a Wardrobe Stylist

My birthday is this Saturday and to kick off the festivities here is my 1st published editorial  of 2017. As a Wardrobe Stylist I get to style models, celebrities etc. It’s not an easy job, but somebody has to do it. Its not work, for me its actually play. My first words were “shoes” so I was destined to be in the business of fashion.

I had the AMAZING opportunity of being able to style the definition of a #GIRLBoss Karen Civil for Ellements Magazine January 2017 Issue . Karen is a social media and public relations strategist who has been to the White House and is now honoring artist along side Forbes for entrepreneurship and philanthropy. I told you she is a boss!!!

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What did I wear? When on set I always try to dress fashionably, yet comfortable. A lot of times, I have to kneel on the floor, sit on the floor or take my shoes off to not mess up the white flooring on set. The temperature on shoot day was 20 degrees so it was only right to layer and then remove clothing if I get warm. If you don’t know by now I am BIG on wearing denim! I wore a black cutout shoulder shirt and my superstar Adidas. Cute, comfortable and stylish.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!!

It is January 1, 2017. We’ve made it to another year. I am always excited about the new year because my birthday is in 13 days!!! I don’t have any plans yet, but I am going to celebrate every part of that day.

With this new year I am going to focus on the things that make me happy. One of the things that makes me really happy is seeing my name. What do I mean? If I could take this sculpture home I would. I decided to kick off this fashionable new year with my favorite winter coat. Hot pink is my favorite color! Not only is this coat warm, but its one size too big which makes it perfect for layering. I HIGHLY recommend investing in a bright color warm dress coat that will last for years. You will not be sorry. #ThankMeLater

Coat (Paul Smith sample)

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New Year’s Eve

I can’t believe in less than 5 hours the year 2017 will be here. I am excited for the coming year because of the new opportunities, new possibilities and more time to spread Hope. I started this blog this year and I am not looking back. More post, more outfits, more adventures……and possibly some additions to my little family.

Thank you to all my readers. I promise  2017 will be worth liking, commenting, sharing and subscribing. 

Cheers to 2017 

Skirt sold out (H&M) / Shirt sold out (H&M)/ Booties (Steve Madden) / Earrings (J.Crew) / Glitter Eye Shadow (NYX Liquid Crystal Liner)

 

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2017 Color Of The Year

We are 23 days away from 2017!!! I remember New Year’s Day 2000. That just almost tells you how old I am lol. Like the saying goes “time is fling by.” As I shop during this Christmas Holiday I can’t help but think of what 2017 will bring. New year, new goals…..

Every year Pantone decides the color of the year. 2017 Color of the year *drum roll please* Greenery. “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

 

 

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Not sure how to pair Greenery ? Here is a snapshot of some “Moody Blooms” colors.

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So get ready to see this color on the runway, at your favorite retail store and even in your chicest makeup brick and mortar.

 

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