Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Luxe Lookbook

Who in their right mind would avoid the condition of being elegantly sumptuous? The chores of engaging in holiday joy and festivities can sometimes push us in the completely opposite direction of luxe style. Wearing sweats and leggings to shop, dawning an ugly Christmas sweater is fun and all but there is nothing like the allure of wearing a fur, with decadent jewels. Am I right? I am sure you have been inundated with invitations to holiday parties, charitable functions etc. So this is your time to shine, unlike all the other holidays you may celebrate during this time of year, Christmas,  Kwanza, Channukkah, or Hanukkah, beckons you to indulge in opulence, while putting your best foot forward. So how do you pull such a look together? If you are luxe challenged, I have some simple steps for you to follow :

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1. Embrace the Shimmer

Grab a tank top, jacket, skirt, or anything that is made primarily of sequins, if not all sequins. Now be aware of the quality of said material because not all sequins are created equal, and can look cheap instead of chic, so be choosy.
                                                        Shop the  Faux Fur Stoles at Zara
2. Fur

Now I know some people frown upon wearing actual animal fur but there are so many faux fur options out there now that appear to be the real thing, why not partake in the ultimate representation of luxe style. Similar to sequins you have many options regarding how you want to dawn your fur, also be aware of the quality.

Beautiful Statement Jewelry found at Adorn Addicts 
3. Statement Jewels
This is one those instances where wearing gaudy over the top statement jewels is a must. The more decadent the better.

Sephora has all that you need and they usually send free samples too!

4. Don't forget about hair and make up. I know you're like duh, but its a thought that can easily be forgotten. Although its easy to just do your hair as normal, you should plan to style your hair and make up to compliment your entire look from head to toe .

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

6 Ways to Have WaterProof Style

Dressing for rainy days can be a challenge for most.  Having the know how to pull it all together and remain stylish can prove even more difficult. However dont fret, I'm about to disclose six ways you can ensure that the rain doesn't dampen your shine! The process begins with getting rid of the mindset that you have to wear, dull and dare I say frumpy clothing because its wet and gray outside.  Once you begin to think differently about how to approach your rainy day style, you will make better choices. So here it  goes ...
 Forever 21

1. Get Your Armour some Amore 

Show some love to your chosen protective weather gear. Purchase a rain jacket that provides protection from the precipitation but which also has flare. This is your opportunity to be fun and pick a bright color like yellow, orange, or remain chic by sporting something classic and refined like a traditional trench coat.

2. Under my Umbrella Ella Ella AYE

Rhianna showed us the importance of the umbrella in her catchy tune. Invest in a good reliable umbrella one because there is nothing worse than having yours break in the middle of a torrential downpour and two because you'll be using it to protect that great outfit you are wearing! Lastly, don't skip out on the chance to select a funky print, color, or anything that speaks to your personality.


3. Travel Totes

If you are like me, then you love carrying a travel tote, the only problem is you tend to load it up with a bunch of things you dont need. On wet days its important that you have enough space in your trusty tote to carry an extra pair of shoes or your other necessities just in case, you need to refresh when you get to your destination.

4.  Fancy Feet or Nah? 

Having wet soggy socks all day is not an option. So opt for packing your reserved more fancy footwear in your travel tote, until you get to your desired destination. Until then wear an insulated boot or shoe with a rubber coating to protect your feet from unsuspecting puddles and splashes.

5. What do I wear , I Declare!

So underneath your cute umbrella, there is a cute rain coat, and underneath that should be a cute outfit. If your outer weather gear is up to par you can pretty much wear whatever you like with exception of a floor length gown for obvious reasons. I opt to wear brighter colors on rainy days just because the overcast provides a lovely contrasting backdrop for my photographs. lol  But if you are not like me and opt for more classic colors, be sure what your're wearing is flexible enough to roll up or alter just in case, you have to make a sudden move to avoid getting splashed by a passing car or run for the bus!

6. Top it Off

Depending on what you decide to wear a scarf, hat, or some other signature accessory will make the entire look come together. Accessorizing using color or invoking contrast, will add something interesting and unexpected, to your outfit that creates an appealing cohesive outfit. think of it as the exclamation point of your statement rainy day look.

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Five Ways To Give Your Look, Rock Star Appeal

Trying to transform your day-wear to night, can create some challenges, you might not anticipate. But in the words of the ultimate rocker James Brown, GET ON UP, and apply some of these crafty but simple tips, I've compiled below. If you ever feel your looks are too predictable and need a little punch, applying one or more of these easy guidelines, will add a little edge to your getup!

   1.       Wear a Biker Jacket
A biker jacket should be a staple in your wardrobe arsenal for many reasons. It’s usually lightweight but warm enough to wear on chillier days and easy to add layers underneath, if it’s really cold. Also who can resist that badass allure, that it will give you?

Zara Leather Jacket

   2.       Rock your Accessories Like a Rock Star
If you’ve ever seen throw back images of Janice Joplin, and Jimmie Hendrix than you know what I mean. A ring on each finger, layered necklaces, or even a statement scarf will give your look the pop it needs to add more drama to your ensemble.

 Bauble Bar Layered Rings
Bauble Bar Layered Ring Set

  3.       Slide into your Best Skinnies
Skin tight, just right, should be your motto, for finding the perfect pair of skinnies. You can go James Dean, and cuff them at the hem or Wiz Khalifa straight, to create the perfect rocked out, denim look.
Kut From the Kloth Stretch Skinny Denim

  4.       Stand High in your Platforms
Chunky lug soles, platforms, and boots are the signature shoe style for the rebellious. If you require a more refined look, a sleek pointed, black stiletto can serve as your stand in.

Rebecca Minkoff Blake Studded Suede Bootie, Black

  Gali - Black Dress BCBGMaxazria

  5.       Go Goth
There are multiple ways for you to embrace your inner Goth. Dawning all back, wearing heavy eyeliner, or a dark lip, are one of many tricks to create the illusion, that you come alive in the night!
Check out Kat Von Dee Lipsticks and Liquid Eyeliner

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Legends of the Fall


I wouldn't say fall is my favorite seasonal wardrobe but I would say its the easiest to style. One reason is the infinite amount of choices you receive from outerwear, accessories, an assortment of shoes, boots bags etc. The color pallet is perceivably more rich as well, in comparison to spring and summer, where lighter colors just make sense to fair the weather. Thirdly, the season is conceptually longer than the others as many of the garments you may garner for fall can also be worn during the winter and in the same manner. So how might one create a distinguished fall wardrobe that sets a precedent for the upcoming cold weather and endless holidays? The answer is simple, pick a suitable color pallet and build from there. Colors are so important in establishing the direction of your wardrobe, having a formula of colors that compliment each other, will help you streamline your looks and keep things cohesive.  Staying true to the your season of colors will enable you to shop with a clean filter  and weed out impulsive buys and purchases, that don't add value to your closet.  This season my colors will include a mix of hues that will transition throughout fall, winter, and perhaps even part of spring, and it just so happens to be spot on with Pantones selections, of colors to trend this season, well here they are:

PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala

Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues, PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala is a winey red-brown that adds finesse and savoir faire. Rich and robust, Marsala incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose

A play on the '60s with a twist of today, PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose is a tactile and soft pink hue that renders exactly what it promises. Cultivated in its richness, Cashmere Rose is a gentle and composed pink that is more upscale than downtown.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff

Just as the sun comes out after stormy weather to bring us cheer and a glimmer of hope, PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff is a mellow, comforting and warming shade that brings good feelings. Another one of nature's illustrious shades, the golden yellow Oak Buff acts to nurture and comfort.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond

Thoughtful, contemplative and composed, PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond is a cooling blue with a lot of depth. Conveying a message of credibility, Reflecting Pond is a serious shade that speaks to our need for stability and security.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb

An olive green shade once thought of as strictly safari or military, PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb has been elevated into a color we now perceive as sophisticated and chic. Closely related to nature, Dried Herb is an organic shade redolent of nature's earthy fragrances.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Dress : Rue107, Heels Beverly Johnson, Belt Vintage
Him: Shirt H&M Pants Zara, Boots Aldo