I know they say every woman should have a little black dress but I think a red one should be added to that list!
I love wearing red now! I think it's beautiful color but for some reason, I am just now starting to purchase red. I found this perfect red steal on sale at H&M for $20! The only thing that would make it even better and have me wearing this every week is if it had pockets. I freaking love dresses with pockets. Besides not having any pockets, the dress is amazing!
I'm really into this floral tapestry shoe trend. These beauties are Sole Society. My in-laws gave my Mr. and I a gift card to Nordstrom's for our anniversary, so basically they gave me a gift card! I found these online and got them immediately. These are my first pair of Sole Society so now I'm hooked! I couldn't decide if wanted to wear the dress completely loose and flowy or cinch it up with a belt. As you can see, the belt won! I found this vintage, leather Charles Jourdan belt on eBay a while back and when I got this dress I knew it would pair well together.
My favorite part of this look, are the jewels! I found my jewelry spirit animal on IG, Old Soul. She has an amazing shop on Etsy and I am completely obsessed with her and her pieces. She takes vintage designer buttons and turns them into magic! The designer, Ashley, is totally my friend in my head. You have to check her out: Old Soul.
Today I am headed to San Fran for a few days and I will be packing my red dress to spice up the joint a little bit!
And by the way, this was my first time shooting with girl boss crush, Kaye McCoy! Total black girl magic and I loved her!
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Channeling my inner dancing queen in this jumper!
I fell in love with this jumpsuit when I found it online! I love anything that has a high waist, although this is a one piece the waist comes up high and that is always flattering on me. I also get to show off the tattoo I got for my birthday last September! If you are wondering what it is, it is a play on a jasmine flower done by the very talented David Morris.
Anytime you can find soft denim, you should buy it! This feels like I am wearing my jammies. The wide leg is super cute but super long so I paired it with my fav shoes by L.A.M.B. that I stole from my mom. I am very fortunate that my mother has the best taste and I get to "borrow" things from her all the time, and when I say borrow I mean keep! These shoes are a few years old and are no longer available; I did see a few pair listed on Poshmark here and here.
I am obsessed with hats if I have not mentioned it already. I love a good fedora! This has become my new favorite hat because I remixed it a bit and painted the words "Work of Art" on it. When I get bored with an item that I cannot seem to part with, I always try to repurpose it in some way.
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Did I already tell you guys that I love camo?!
I have way too many items with camo print. I love this jacket that I picked up from a thrift store a few years ago. I wore it as-is for a while before I decided to reinvent it. First, I added the gold studs but then I got bored and wanted to do more to it. I enlisted the help of one of my painting alum, Hasani to do his thing on the jacket. Do you guys remember Hasani? He was the last creative I featured on the blog, you can read more about him here.
I told Hasani to do whatever he wanted to the jacket and I love how it turned out. He added some splashes of gold which was a perfect addition to the jacket. My favorite addition are all the words written in little-hidden places, like “kept” written right on the cuff.
For this look I added a few of my favorite brooches, the Chanel was a consignment find that I am obsessed with. The "AND" brooch was an ASOS find which is no longer available but they still have a ton of cute ones currently on the site. The cream sweater dress is also from ASOS. I feel very Olivia Pope when I wear it. I love wearing white and I would wear it all the time if I wasn't such a messy eater.
And if you haven't been to Ponce City Market, it's a must go! I love all the shopping and eating you can do there! The burrito at Minero is amazing!
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photo credit: Valheria Rocha
This is probably the last “cold” weekend here in Atlanta. Although yesterday was almost 80 degrees, this weekend will probably be the last time the temp is under 60 degrees. In honor of the last cool weekend, this look features my favorite coat!
Sid calls me Frank Lucas when I wear this coat for those of you who are familiar with American Gangster (insert side eye emoji). I got this amazing furry coat from TJ Maxx and it was the best $25 purchase I have ever made. I wear it every cold day we have here. I wear it when I am dressed up but I wear it most with jeans and sneakers. I also like to pin on a cute brooch, I love vintage brooches.
I am still loving everything velvet, I found the most beautiful green cami dress and since it is still February I just threw on a black turtle neck to complete the look. I love layering! That is one thing I will miss when this weather really turns.
By the way, you will see me wear these booties all the time because they are perfection! I stumbled across this site, The Dreslyn, about 4 years ago and found these KATHRYN AMBERLEIGH boots. I wish I got 2 pair because they are the perfect black bootie.
I love all the new art at Colony Square. I took all these amazing photos there and my favorite mural there is by Lela Brunet.
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photo credit: Valheria Rocha
Happy Valentine's Day to all my lovers!
Before we talk about this Valentine’s Day look, let’s talk about this amazing mural! If you haven’t noticed yet from my blog and IG, I love the murals here in Atlanta. This mural was done by @benjanik on Instagram. I absolutely LOVE this one, it is tucked away behind the Publix’s in Ansley Park. I thought it would be the perfect place to give a little valentines-realness!
Sooo for Valentine’s Day I decided to go velvet! My favorite red thing to wear is my MAC Ruby Woo lipstick so instead I went with this mauve pleated wrap skater dress. Every woman should have a good wrap dress in the closet. I went with a very romantic and girlie look to celebrate this candy and chocolate filled day holiday. I love Valentine’s Day because it’s the one day a year I eat a whole box of Whitman’s chocolate (without feeling guilty). I paired the dress with these fun boots from ASOS! I fell in love with the tapestry floral booties trend. I am not one to necessarily buy “on trend” but when I do I try to get pieces I can wear more than once.
Style tip: If you buy on trend, select pieces that you can remix in a new way and wear again once the trend passes. I will definitely wear these boots again with a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt.
Happy Valentine's Day!
photo credit: Valheria Rocha
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In honor of the beautiful outpour of women uniting last weekend, I decided to feature the Power of the P, and today, P stands for PANTSUIT!
Every woman should have a nice pantsuit! I think some people think a woman in a suit is some ultra-feminist badass, and well why not, she probably is! I got this suit back in September and I first wore it to celebrate my 35th birthday. I found the designer Mae Otti on IG. And can I say IG is the best and worst thing ever! It is way too easy to discover amazing things to buy!
Ok...back to this pantsuit. Isn’t she the prettiest thing you've ever seen?! I mean the fit is amazing and it’s PLAID! HELLO! PLAID! This talented designer is based in Lagos, Nigeria. I didn't let something silly like another continent stop me from buying this! I sent my measurements and a few weeks later my custom made suit was at my front door.
I paired it with a simple black cami and threw on my fav blue pumps; it is the perfect look for work or for going on partying!
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photo credit: Valheria Rocha
I love a good DIY project. When I can't find something I envision, I try to recreate it. I love taking different items and putting them together to create a new look.
This camo/fur jacket is one of my favorite DIY projects. I love anything fur and I love camo. I got this camo jacket from a thrift shop and I wore it all the time. I stumbled across another camo jacket and added it to my collection. I decided to repurpose this jacket and I thought a fur stole would look amazing on it. I did a quick search on eBay and found a faux fur stole for under $30 bucks and purchased it! I pulled out a needle and thread and brushed up on my sewing skills. There you have it, a whole new piece to add to the wardrobe. Why give up an item that you love when you can make it look like something new?!
I can’t go without mentioning this amazingly cute jeweled metal purse from ASOS! This item is no longer available on ASOS but I found a few similar items being sold on eBay. This purse is like a piece of ART! I absolutely love it. It is such a statement piece I like to wear it with just jeans and t-shirt.
This is pretty much my version of a casual weekend look. Check out the outfit details below!
Winter Wonderland Gear
Well, it’s the first of the year and the weather is quickly changing here in Atlanta. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Atlanta for almost 8 years now! I love where I’m from (Delaware) but Atlanta has really become my home. I lightweight love it here but I'll never admit that to Sid because he'll take all the credit for me being here. One of the things I love most about Atlanta, besides all the great restaurants, is the weather. I don’t know how I lived my whole life up north with the snow! My favorite season in Atlanta is fall because it really just feels like spring. We have way more warmer days here than cold. The weird things about me is, I love the warmer weather but I like to dress for colder days (but not too cold). I like to layer up; I love hats, coats, boots, sweaters…you name it, I love it! So, now that we are in our colder season I’m trying to get good use out of all my winter gear. I started off the year with a cute and casual look while I hung out over at Jackson Street Bridge, which by the way has one of my favorite views of the city!
Word on the street is, it’s going to snow in Atlanta this weekend! I really don’t think that is going to happen but it looks like I’m ready for some snow! I have on my new fav go-to bomber from Target (Who What Wear) line. I am also rocking my favorite jeans, I can’t go wrong with a little high waist and wide-legged jeans. I feel very ‘70s when I wear them and I wear them a lot!
Style tip: find “the” pair of jeans and wear them every which way you can!
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I cannot believe 2016 has come and gone! I remember last New Year's Eve like it was yesterday.
I have never been one to do a lot on this particular holiday. This year will be like years past; I plan to keep it pretty low-key, just good food, and fun with friends...oh and course champagne! But no matter what I plan to do on New Year's Eve, I always like to dress up, as if I need a reason. I could be staying home walking around the house with sequins and fur on. The look I went for this year is pretty '80s, channeling the '80s baby I am. I love tulle, so when I found this dress on ASOS, I had to have it! I think throwing on a leather jacket with anything can change the whole look of an outfit, and I thought this was the perfect combination. This leather jacket is a staple in my closet! I refuse to get rid of it even though I can't even zipper that bad boy anymore. What pieces in your closet do you refuse to get rid of?
Along with dressing up for every New Year's Eve, I also like to set new goals to work towards in the upcoming year. This year, I made my new goals back in November to get a head start on things, hence, why I started my blog before the end of 2016! High-five to myself for marking one thing off the list already!
Happy New Year!
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ASOS Tulle Dress // ASOS Flat Patented Boots (mine are a year old but these are the closest I could find! Also: a cute alternative.) // Necklace (this was a DIY project!) // Bebe Leather Jacket (mine is ten years old - here is a cute alternative.) // SojoS Sunglasses
photo credit: Melissa West
Well, I finally did it! A blog! I’ve asked, requested, and demanded by many to start a blog. My first reaction has always been, hmm no! I love blogs and I love sharing my style with others but I never thought to have one myself. But here am I today... blogging! This is just a peek into my world through what I wear and how I wear it. It’s me dancing around the city discovering and sharing all the things I love in fashion and all things/people creative.
I have so many friends/family I could thank for encouraging me to start a blog but I can’t name them all because that could take forever. But I do have to mention just a few! I am very fortunate to be surrounded by creative people every day, young creative people…almost 10 plus years my junior type of people. I work for a creative university and I am inspired daily. I had 4 students in particular that would continuously tell me I needed to start a blog and of course I wasn’t checking for them! Last month I met with one of my former students (Valheria, my photographer) and she turned the tables on me! I’m usually the one giving out all the good advice but she started schooling me. She said some things that pulled at my heart and by the end of the convo, I was starting a blog!
I wanted to have this up and running by Christmas as a present to myself. I told one of my other former students (Vania, my brand/graphic designer) that I was finally doing this and she immediately stepped in to help me with branding and putting together this beautiful site!
Before I had even thought about starting a blog, my colleague, and now gal pal, Melissa helped me get my insta popping. She is full of creative ideas and she helped me fall in love with utilizing social media. We also have this fun obsession with colorful walls, you’ll see more of that later!
Now let’s talk about this holiday look! Christmas is my favorite time of year! It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is how I plan to style my Christmas day look! Although I will be in the kitchen with my mom all day cooking doesn’t mean I can’t look good doing it!
What are your holiday plans? What will you be wearing?
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