Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mixing Business with Pleasure

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Orlando, FL for work and typical of most of my business travels,  having a little fun too is on the itinerary. Although I must admit there was more work than play due to a very demanding schedule, I didn't get to enjoy that much of the sunshine state. Of course, I managed to have time to shop a little but other than a nice indulgent dinner or two I didn't visit any sites. When traveling whether on vacation and/or business you should always be prepared for all occasions. Comfort shouldn't be substituted for style and vise versa. Try to find a balance of both worlds including outfits that can easily transition from day to night. Plan smartly by including versatile pieces that can go with different looks. A black or navy blue blazer is an essential accessory that will get endless use even in warmer climates , do to the likelihood you'll be in a heavily air conditioned room from time to time. Because you never know what might happen also include a few statement pieces like a necklace or dress just in case you get invited to a swanky dinner or party. Similarly make sure you have enough casual wear to enjoy downtime with your colleagues. No matter what remember always plan your travel wardrobe accordingly to include business, adventure, and delight. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

$14.99 Never Looked so Devine

When you see stylish people strutting down the street, you might assume it took either a full glam squad to pull them together or they invested a lot of time and money, to get dressed. That may be true for some, but many people have the natural ability to create or emulate beauty. However, it goes without saying, some of us need help and I am not referring to the kind you might receive from a bestie or significant other, I am talking about professional help! lol

You may be saying, style and the way you dress, is low on your list of priorities and my response to that is, you may need to reevaluate your priorities. Case and point, what many don't understand is their personal style is form of non-verbal language. Style is a nonverbal form of communication but we speak it differently, so knowing what and how to speak, is certain to make you better understood.   The best way to find out how to speak your style truth, begins with knowing who you are and or who you desire to be. The next step is to consult support. The best form of support you can seek comes from an expert in the field, in this case I mean a stylist, of course. 

A stylist is a good investment, its my profession and passion, so I am speaking as a professional and as a consumer, when I make that statement. The stylist will dispel the myth that it requires oodles of money and high end labels, to look great, and a good stylist will show you and teach you how. A stylist will navigate your challenges, whether it is the confidence to wear a certain color, or how to reinvent your existing wardrobe, without having to purchase something new. 

They will give you the tools necessary to be a savvy shopper and learn "how" to dress for your given/chosen persona. All this is to say just because you spent a lot of money to look good it doesn't mean you were successful, at exuding opulent style. Just think of the times you've seen someone dressed head to toe in labels, looking more a like a marketing ploy for the designer, verses a savant couturier. And just because you consider yourself simple and modest doesn't mean this should translate to cheap and frump . Its my belief that anyone, yes anyone, has the ability to have great personal style, that is uniquely their own and it doesn't take a black card, to own it. If you or someone you know is in need of help, connect with me at, make the call and lets start the conversation! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

ManCrush Monday's

Your mancrush may be near and dear or perhaps far-fetched, depending on his social status and locality. If you are on any type of social media, than you know Mondays are now reserved for celebrating these men, perfectly labeled as eye candy and undeniably worth celebrating for their good looks, charm, and swag appeal. My macrush is my husband and he deserves this title for many reasons but today I want to emphasize how his MCM value is instinctively intertwined with his impeccable style. He is what I like to call a style chameleon, namely because of his innate ability to adapt and reinvent looks, at the drop of a hat. He can give you "Classic Man" Jidanna style one day and hippie grunge ala Lennie Kravits another day, without missing a beat. His style versatility is well rehearsed and coached a bit by me however his creative prowess and knowledge of self, is what embodies each look and sets him far above the rest. If you dont believe me check him out yourself, follow his blog and/or follow him at @ahki_dc, but trust me he is MCM approved!

Friday, November 6, 2015


I can recall a time, my grades school days during the nineties to be exact, when wearing a vest was cool. Now fast forward to early 2000's when it wasn't so cool and if you wore one,  you might be labeled a geek or a nerd.  Just envision Steve Erkel, now you know what I mean? Today, the vest has had a makeover and in its current form, it is a chic way to add distinction and structure, to your outfit. You can find them in different  lengths than before most taking the shape of a jacket or blazer, minus the sleeves. With that thought in mind, I found a lovely jacket but I did not like the sleeves, so I had them removed by my tailor, and wallaah! A chic lovely vest of my own. I can pair it easily with a tshirt and denim or upstyled the way I'm pictured below. When shopping for yours remember to think about the shape, color, and length, as this will dictate your ability, to pull off this ultra sophisticated look. 

Vest Lavish Alice, Top and Skirt Zara, Heels Shoedazzle 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hippie Panache

Unless you have been in hiding, it would be hard not to see that the 70's trademark style trends has reemerged, Dig it? Well whether you can dig it or not, the power of the flower, funky prints, splashy lamé , knits, and the like have made a triumphant return, to a rack near you. I am one to embrace trends, being fashion minded you almost have to, in order to regarded as current and stylish. I do admit, I dont perhaps love all the tailoring and silhouettes, the seventies has to offer but I do have a liking for the unconventional methods, used to mix patterns and the rich textiles such as suede and heavy denim that is the signature for style, in that decade. So how does one create the perfect hippie chic seventies inspired look? First, choose a style that appeals to you, is it flared high-waisted denim, knitwear, or a funky bold, bouquet of floral print? Next pair it with something that updates the look in a way that doesn't make you look like you're, auditioning for a role on "Three's Company." Minimizing and restricting, your seventies inspired elements to 3 or less, is a fail proof strategy to prevent looking costumey. When in doubt keep it simple, as most of seventies style clothing is bold and rich enough, that you dont need to add too much, in order to stand out.