Monday, October 17, 2016

All Together Now

There are beautiful people, beautiful places and beautiful creations to enjoy all around the nation's capital. If you have evolved into a pessimist and refute my statement, than just take a look at the evidence from my latest style shoot with model Aida Gueye @aida_tmodel. Creating a statement worthy image is no easy task, when trying to strategically build a body of work. It takes the right components for such a production to reach its full potential. For one, a model that is in fact a model and not just a pretty face. A good location is ideal but not nearly as important as a good photographer. Last but certainly not least to create a great image, you need a good stylist. A stylist not only helps inform the decision making regarding how the garments are chosen then worn but he/she impacts the the models confidence and wear-ability of said garments. She influences the photographers chosen setting and direction of all things creative. The stylist is in my opinion is the unsung hero required to do many tasks that are often left out of the credits. Acting as a glue, the stylist in short brings cohesion to a photo shoot and for all those who dare embark on branding, or wish to have a photoshoot without a stylist, well we all know what happens,  things are bound to fall apart.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Look Inspo

Entire Outfit:  ZARA
Hair By Atchoi @  1 Fierce Salon

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This illustration proves you can find inspiration just about anywhere. You just have to look and be nimble enough to envision how you will assemble the pieces together. Your inspo  may come from your mood, your home decor or even the climate. The catalyst does not matter but the outcome does. So be a free spirit as the options for  creating a look and style that are unmatched is limitless.

 Hair By Atchoi @  1 Fierce Salon

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Diner en Blanc DC 2016

  After being on a wait list of thousands for the past 2 years my time finally came to be  apart of the exclusive, ever evolving, special occasion that is known as Diner en Blanc. The origins of this elegant soiree began in France over 30 years ago with just a handful of friends by François Pasquier . Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris now assembles over 10,000 guest every year, with a record 15,000 people attending the 25th anniversary in 2013. DC's Diner en Blanc had about 3,500 attendees this year with the potential for more, if they accommodated those who are eagerly waiting on a long wait list that seems to be growing. So what's all the fuss?  Well that is left to be interpreted by you the guest, the experience is literally what you make of it. For me being a first timer, I reveled in the opportunity to engage sophisticated, elegantly dressed, people along with great food and of course wine. What I did not enjoy was the preparation involved with what I can best describe, as an installation of all white decor. Yes, you not only have strict rules about wearing all white, your table setting and accessories also have to fit this colorless theme. Finding an all white ensemble did not prove very difficult although it can get tricky in the shoe department. Luckily, the all white etiquette is not as strict about shoe color, as long as you wear something neutral you should be fine.  Both my husband and I had things we could pull from our closets but of course we wanted something sshnazzy and new for the occasion. We ended up with what I thought were great looks, both comfortable yet upscale, assuredly chicly up to par for the event. So imagine wearing your Sundays best, while carrying two chairs, a table, food, libations for 4 blocks in 90 degree heat, not fun. Keeping in mind the location was kept a secret to the very end in typical DC style the location of this elaborate gathering was classified. Nonetheless, when we arrived to our beautiful backdrop featuring the Lincoln memorial on the scenic mall intersecting  Constitution avenue, all the effort to get to this point, seemed worth it. We danced, we conversed, we drank until the sun came down, with our whites remaining surprisingly untarnished by the fun we had. Now that we have all the equipment we need, I find that attending next year will be even better. Oh and the other bonus, now as members, we can invite our friends for 2017!!
 If you would like to know more visit the DC Edition here .

 On Her: Cape Jumper Lavish Alice, Head band DIY On Him: Boohoo Mandarin Colar Shirt and pants H&M

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

4 Trends to Help You Fall into Next Season

Our summer breeze has blown by but there are new trends to look forward to for the next season. Fall is around the corner and it's time to start packing away your summer essentials and move in transitional pieces, that can carry you from one season to another. Before you begin to purge or better yet grab something new, consider the following trends which are prime to have your street style game on level 10!
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1. Patch it Up!
One of the many reasons I so love the 80's was its innovation in fashion. Patches was a real relevant spawn of the punk rock era and it also made a cameo appearances during the nineties, in pop kind of way. Patches are back in big way, so you can create your own DIY project or flock to your favorite brand for patchwork denim and embroidery.

2. Onesies and Jumpsuits

Besides the dreaded naked feeling you get when using the bathroom, while wearing a one piece, it's otherwise a hit! Make a bold statement by going the dramatic route or keep it fun and flirty. Either way rocking a jumpsuit, is now a chic option and a far cry from your toddler days of old.

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3. Lucite Heels
 No longer reserved for the pole, Lucite heels have received a long overdue update. They are magical and will give your look a Jetson worthy, out of this world revamp!

 Shop at Sephora
Shop at Sephora

4. Graphic Lashes

I'm no make up guru but I can appreciate a good easy applicable beauty tip. Diana Ross, was the queen of lashes and she mostly rocked them boldly.   The new trend that I am game to get on board with is graphic lashes. keeping in mind, dramatized lashes are not supposed to be believable they surely don't need be in full on Giraffe mode either! It simply means choose a mascara or add lashes or even liner, to create a broad spectrum of fuller lashes.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Travel Noire

Traveling while black, I did not know it was a thing. On a recent trip to Toronto I felt the embodiment of the phrase. Like everything else, when  blacks do anything, we take ownership and the experience becomes different in every way than how anyone else, does it. Somehow, if there is a festival or major celebration of some sort that we are interested in, we seem to takeover the scene. It's not a bad thing, I think it's actually a testimony to our cultural prowess. We have a natural gravitational pull that propells our engagement level higher than what's expected or even imagined. If you don't believe me try attending DC takeover in Miami, or Toronto's Annual Carabana Festival, Essence Festival....Our style, vibes, and interests magnify and intensifies the social scene. Well all things considered, the black experience definitely  has its drawbacks but when we are together man we take take it to another level! 
Hair: Atchoi, 1 Fierce Salon 7439 Annapolis RD Hyattsville, MD

Swimsuit: Ashley Graham Collection Swimsuit for All
Cover up: Rebdolls 
Pearl Sandals: Jeffery Cambell 

Top Thrifted
Denim: Kensie 
Bag and Pom Pom Sandals:Zara 
Dress Boohoo+
Sandals: Jeffrey Campbell 

Crochet Shorts:Zara
Gladiators: Justfab

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Three Hacks You Should Know to Dress for the Office During Summer

The temperature on my weather app reads 90 degrees, its a typical muggy humid day in Washington, DC. Summer has officially arrived and so has balmy days where even the shortest of walks is sure to include some perspiration. So how do you prepare to dress for the office and stay cool at the same time? I offer three simple solutions that will keep you stylish at work but also prepared to endure the heat wave. 

1. Wear clothing that ventilates 

It's time to do away with the clothing made with heavy fabric. Light cottons and linens are the way to go because they are natural fibers that allow you to breathe. Flowing tops, skirts, dresses and trousers are also great , you don't want to wear anything to constricting. 

2. Dress to Impress

This should be happening daily but during the warmer months, it can be easy to get laxed and careless with your outfit selection. You should have a good stock of soft and or bright colors to reflect the season. Use color to balance and coordinate and don't fall victim to wearing skimpy, inappropriate, ensembles to work. Use a cardigan or blazer to upscale, your sleeveless dress or top, it's also a great thing to have in case your office gets super cool, from the AC.

3. It's ok to show some Toes

Now don't take this literally and walk in the office wearing your favorite Haviana flip flops. It simply means a classic sandal  , open toe pump or wedge is par for the course. Espadrilles are a fun alternative too. 




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Swimwear Don't Care

For some it's a dreaded event but for others, it's what summer fun, is all about.  I'm talking about the swimsuit. Shopping for the perfect one, for a not so perfect body, can be a challenge but persevere as there is hope, if you follow my exact advice. Rule number one is of course, buy one that fits your shape. With swimwear it can be easy to fall victim to trends and standards nobody's body is willing to meet. Yet still one way to counter the urge to buy an ill fitting unflattering swimsuit, is by selling a style and cut that is classic and simple. Now if your personality is anything like mine that simple mantra, just won't work. If you are comfortable in your skin, then by all means be bold but adhere to the first rule, by remembering the style, must compliment your shape. Last be sure to also where a complimentary color that will amp the summer glow you're sure to have while relaxing in the sand. 

Five Necessary Picks for the Perfect Summer Outfit

The season has arrived for packing away jackets and upping your mani pedi game.     But the question is, are we really ready for the perfect summer day, where a sun kissed tan is eminent and an invite to have fun, is soon to be received? The answer is no, especially if you don't own, these five key pieces. In order to complete, the perfect summertime outfit we must start from the bottom. I'm sure by now you have a pair of gladiators, a  summer essential, that you can pair with everything, for wearing almost every   where. Next you need a great pair of sunnies. There's no better accessory choice, to glam up your style meter, than a fabulous pair of sunglasses. Now to the main ingredients of this style recipe, which includes a light airy top and a worn pair of booty hugging,distressed, denim, shorts. Your top selection may vary, depending on, if you are a boyfriend tee type of girl or a holly Madison, dreamy lace peasant blouse, wearing flower. No matter, your choice, they are both excellent and on par for being fashionably inclined. The last piece is a necessary object for managing random ubers across town, for margeritas, imprompt twilight lit walks in the park, and ice cream runs with bae. A funky bag of medium to large size, can accommodate your needs with relatives ease. This fully complete summer look is sure to be on repeat, you'll want to wear it everyday

1. Gladiator Sandal
2. Heat Friendly Top

3. Cute Sunnies

4. Distressed Denim Shorts 

5. An Interesting Bag of medium to large size

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Musings with a King

Thought I'd share some of my latest work with my muse, who also happens to be my husband, and best friend. If you know me, you know how obsessed I am with men's fashion, and how obsessed I am about the love of my life. Therefore you can understand, that when these two worlds collide, something magical and altogether transcendent happens... Well you be the judge.

Model: @ahki_dc
Trench Coat: Zara 
Tassle Loafers: Aldo 
Denim: Zara 

Jacket: StampdLA
Pants: Asos Men
Shoes: Zara 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Pink Lemonade

My As a stylist and instagrammer one question I receive the most is, where do you shop?  Well I'm definitely a fast fashion consumer which means I shop predominantly at places like Forever 21, H&M and Zara. However I frequent other stores within the Amazon marketplace, small online boutiques and thrift stores for my more unique pieces. It used to be that shopping at fast fashion retailers meant you were purchasing bargain priced, moderate to low quality clothing. Boy have times changed, in fact the availability of high quality moderately priced clothing is now a stabilizing trend, in the business of fashion. Cheaper prices, no longer translates to cheap looking, low quality clothing. The new market affords the average shopper more ways to "get the look" of the high fashions, that grace the runways, but at a reasonable cost. Its revolutionizing the fashion world, evident in high fashion designers eagerness to collaborate with company's like H&M and Target. It's also giving the buyer with less buying buck the ability to indulge in styles brands and trends that they never had access to before in ways they never imagined. My entire look below illustrates this shift in retail benefits the consumer. I purchased this rather sport chic look for a little over $150. My dress was $19 from Forever 21, my shoes from an online French boutique L'oiel $79, and my jacket from Zara $69. 

Hair by : Atchoi of