My countdown to Florida is official: 1 more week. 7 more Days. 168 more hours. Too much?
I haven’t had the time to update the blog, but, incase you missed it, I did upload a full update video on my YouTube channel here. Due to certain circumstances, Darien and I have found that New York City just isn’t the place for us right now. It took me some time to adjust, but I’m ready for this new chapter in my storybook. While I’m still in the Big Apple, though, I’ve been hustlin’, harder than ever. Expect my next few posts to be based in NYC & collaborative.
I recently did a shoot with Amanda-Lee – also knows as @a_leethal on Instagram – who’s actually the first female photographer I’ve ever worked with. Needless to say, the #pussypower was real.
As far as the styling goes: this look was 100% inspired by Darien.
What do you think of the styling? Do you feel the skater kid vibes?
Though I’ve been pretty MIA the last few months of 2016, one thing that I was consistently posting about was my assignments from the online course I took with Parsons & Teen Vogue.
I recently completed the course – and received my certificate – and couldn’t be more happy. I thought it would be great to share both my experiences & thoughts on the course incase you had ideas on taking the course yourself.
You can check out my review below:
Have you heard of the Fashion Essential’s course with Parsons & Teen Vogue? Are you currently enrolled? Recently completed the course? I would love to read your thought!
I am SO excited for this weeks video – it’s super short but I promise you, it’s totally sweet.
Since starting my new job three weeks ago, I feel like I am FINALLY getting back on track with both filming & blogging.
I do plan on doing weekly videos and posts again: one video and one outfit post per week. There may be some exceptions on certain weeks were I post up two non-video posts on my blog, like this week, but overall, I do plan on getting back into a regular schedule. Thank you for keeping up with me!
Today’s video is an Outfit of the Day, featuring a special top handmade by my lovely friend and fellow blogger, Ashley, of Vivacious Lifestylin’. She, like me, has a small online shop where she sells her handmade goodies. I am a HUGE supporter of small businesses & artists, so I thought it would be fun to trade some goodies and style & feature them on our platforms. I decided to films a video because I’ve been itching to experiment with filming.
It’s that growth – I’m ready to start creating quality content, folks.
Am I the only one who is seriously obsessed with Kehlani?
She’s been blowing up like crazy since I found her August of 2014, and watching her journey has given me serious life inspiration. To know that she didn’t have a picture perfect childhood but still managed to grab her dreams of being a performer is simply amazing. As someone who grew up in poverty, had a dysfunctional home life, and still had the drive to make something of themselves – Kehlani is the epitome of working hard for what you love, and truly succeeding.
Kehalni is currently in the works of producing her first, official album, which I couldn’t be more stoked to hear! 2016 is going to be a spectacular year for the current R&B Queen. With a grammy nomination under her belt for her last mixtapeYou Should Be Here, I couldn’t have thought of a better start to the new year.
I’ve been wanting to film a Steal Her Style type video for a while now, and I couldn’t be happier with having Kehlani being my first gal. I definitely plan on doing another video similar to this – is there a particular musician or celebrity you’d like to see me steal her style? Let me know in the comments down below!
I hope y’all are having an amazing week; my week’s been pretty hectic since I’m currently dealing with midterms. I thought it was only appropriate to take some time off and enjoy a brunch date with my best friend, Oscar*. It’s been a while since we’ve ventured off and just chilled – it was definitely needed on both our ends.
We started our date in Williamsburg eating at one of my favorite diner’s, Kellogg’s, off of the L-train on Lorimer, and ended up in Dumbo. Dumbo is one of my absolute favorite spots to spend my down time. Oscar & I have been coming here for years – it’s where we first started modeling & shooting photos, back in High School.
I don’t go out often, so when I do, I always find myself trying to put a bit of effort into my look. I decided to pair my basic high-rise jeggings with my favorite basic white tee. It’s often said that investing in quality basics is a must, and I couldn’t agree more. The amount of times I have worn both of these pieces in the past few months alone, is ridiculous. I’m honestly very impressed that both of these items are still going strong! When you invest in quality basics, you can mix & match them with SO many looks, no matter what your vibe is. It’s simply amazing.
I was feeling a bit bohemian, as usual, so I decided to throw on this ankle-length cardigan. For accessories, I paired my outfit with my suede, fringed cross body bag and this faux-fur hat. I completed the look with these nude boots because I thought the neutral color matched well with my overall boho vibe. I’m obsessed with how ‘rough’ the soles of these shoes are; they toughen up any look, while being super easy to strut in.
There are certain prints, in the fashion realm, that are totally timeless – prints that can be rocked every upcoming season, endlessly.
Stripes, polka dots, floral.
If you’re an urban soul, like myself, camouflage is definitely on that list.
I love camo for many reasons. My main: it toughens up any look, but not in that bad ass way a moto jacket would. It’s more of a chill, cool girl feel – the I may be sweet, but i’ll take it 0 to 100 if need be vibe. Know what I’m talking about? The best fit for rocking the camo, in my opinion, is the classic ol’ military jacket. I picked mine up at a local thrift store for 15 bucks. I found it in the mens section, so it’s perfectly over-sized. I love wearing this jacket over girly pieces; the juxtaposition perfectly describes me.
I was feeling a bit girly on this day, which is why I threw on a T-shirt, that happens to be long enough to pull off as a dress, and my black ankle booties. If you guys havent noticed, I’m obsessed with these booties at the moment. They glam up any outfit without trying to hard. For a bit of sass, I added my HUF socks because they are life. Literally my favorite pair of socks.
Thanks a ton to Oscar Rivera for shooting & editing these photos, and for choosing this dope location. It was super nitty gritty and dirty, which was perfectly fitting.
Do you guys like my posts to be more photo based? Let me know what you think! I’d love to get your input for future posts.
I have a love/hate relationship with New York City.
As a born, & raised, New Yorker, I can’t help but love this concrete jungle. I’m always bringing up the idea of moving to another state where suburban life is the norm, but as soon as I imagine it being my reality, I can’t help but feeling scared, and nervous. The city life is my life – it’s all I know.
But with the serious issue of gentrification currently happening in the city, this home doesn’t really feel like my home anymore. Brooklyn is my hometown, and though, historically speaking, gentrification has happened here before, experiencing the change that my neighborhood is currently struggling with – Brooklyn is literally a mini-Manhattan now – is the worst feeling in the world. Local bodegas are being replaced with coffee shops, and beautiful homes, with classic, New York architecture are being replaced with huge condos, filling up the neighborhood with baby skyscrapers. It’s insane.
The moment they built a Starbucks down the block from my house, was the moment I realized gentrification won.
There are still a few places in Brooklyn that completely captures my feelings of home; this location, a train yard in Bushwick – now known as East Williamsburg – brings me complete comfort and bliss. My boyfriend introduced me to this yard a few years back, and it has since become one of my favorite places to spend my down time.
It isn’t the most safe place, though – I’ll be honest. My boyfriend has told me some wild stories of violence, sex and drugs taking place here. But, as weird as this may sound, growing up in the projects of East New York, Brooklyn, that is home. It’s rawness brings me feelings of familiarity. Those are qualities of my New York, the New York I grew up knowing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living a safer lifestye, but I can’t deny that there is a culture dying due to gentrification. It’s a hard adjusment when all you’ve known and who you’ve known*, disappears.
*Blame the increase in rent; the average New Yorker needs to make 26$ an hour to afford a 2 bedroom apartment.
This tee, which I mention in my September Favorite’s post, was given to my boyfriend by a local graffiti artist who I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I really wanted to style this tee because it’s a color that I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards. My boyfriend still hasn’t worn this tee for that reason – we genuinely like to stick to our dark colors. Either way, I was up for that challenge, and immediately thought of this location as the perfect environment to style it.
I wanted this look to be relatively casual – with the basic jeans & tee combo. I threw on this specific flannel because the yellow, vertical lines in it matched perfectly with the tee. For shoes, I added my lace-up booties because they have been my latest obsession, and, because I love adding a bit of boho into my everyday life, I topped off the outfit with my black Brandy Melville fringe cross body.