Night Cruise…

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I really draw on the late 80”s and 90’s for inspiration. Femininity seemed attached to a cool factor that black women, in particular, had then. The nostalgia I feel when I look at old photos and magazines is women being women and not apologizing for it. Whether they were tomboy chic and speaking their minds like TLC or being unapologetically sexy like Naomi Campbell. The 90’s felt strong, and experimental. How short was too short how baggy was too baggy? Soooo many fashion extremes and cultural shifts in a short span of time really helped develop my outlook on life. I wanted to be like these women beautiful, successful and most importantly making a positive statement about women in general and black women in particular. We can do and be anything. And to paraphrase some wise words from a wise man, “Don’t waste your time trying to think outside of the box, there is no box.”

 

Photographer

Jonas Denzel

@j_dnzl

 

Fashion Details

Good Samaritans jeans and denim jacket 

Uniqlo reversible bomber jacket

VANS “glow in the dark” sneakers(wish we had captured the 3M better!)   

My bf’s Nike socks (which I can safely say are mine now)

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On Film…

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I loved the experience of shooting with film. It forces you to actually think, be present and purposeful. There are only so many shots to take and there is no seeing what they look like instantly or trying that same shot over and over. I let myself get really into it, taking the time to think about what I wanted to convey.  I think the vibe came out just right.

 

Photographer: Jonas Denzel
Location: Cira Green

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Transitions…

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This winter has been a struggle, to say the least. I’ve had some personal setbacks and definitely struggled to keep up with this blog. The winter can be especially hard on my emotions and being cooped up in the house does nothing for my creativity. I think God may have heard my suffering because we were blessed enough to have a few days in February impersonate the very best parts of Spring. 70-degree weather and lots of sun! I took full advantage and linked up with my new friend Jonas to snap these. Not only was it great to get outdoors, it was even better to style some original pieces from Good Samaritans. I channeled all my “cool girl” vibes and got some pretty great shots which personify my current laid back and “comfort first” attitude towards clothing.

Photographer: Jonas Denzel, @j_dnzl

Fashion Details:

#SHOPGOODSAMARITANS

Pullover: Good Samaritans, @gscc.phila

Turtleneck: Unknown

Jeans: Good Samaritans, @gscc.phila

Hat: Good Samaritans, @gscc.phila

Shoes: H&M

Glasses: EyeBuyDirect.com

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A Hype Bae Birthday…..

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Photographer: Jonas Denzel (An absolutely wonderful soul and very talented!)

Location: North Philadelphia

 

Fashion Details:

Jacket & Jeans  – Good Samaritans @gscc.phila #shopgoodsamaritans

Flannel: Thrift

Turtleneck: Uniqlo

Shoes: Vans

Scarf: Unknown

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Doing More with Less…

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Simple, all black with a splash of color in my #GoodSamaritans custom faux leather jacket.

#ShopGoodSamaritans

Photographer: Bryce Lennon

Fashion Details:

Jacket: Good Samaritans @gscc.phila

Poncho/Hoodie: Modell’s Sporting Goods

Dress: Unknown

Shoes: Aldo

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Progression…

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This shoot was FREEZING! Do not let my smize fool you, the wind blew so hard I ripped my falsies off after the first few shots LOL. But as usual I had a lot of fun with my photographer Bryce! We found some cool wall art in West Philly near the El and let that be our backdrop. This shoot was especially exciting because I was able to wear one of my custom pieces. The jean jacket I have on is the first piece created for Good Samaritans, a clothing collective started by myself and my insanely creative partner in love and life. Our mutual passion for vintage fashion and custom clothing led us to create our own brand. Good Samaritan Clothing Collective is a lifestyle brand that adds a personal touch to new and vintage clothing. All pieces are specially sourced, hand crafted, and one of a kind. Starting this brand was a major progression for me. It takes all that I am to put my creative efforts out into the world. I think we all get a little afraid to share our ideas with others but the world would be far less cool if we did not!

How have you progressed in life so far? Any projects you’re afraid to start?

Photographer: Bryce Lennon

Fashion Details :

Jacket: Good Samaritans @gscc.phila

Poncho/Hoodie: Vintage from Mexico

Pants: Vintage, Iguana Vintage

Shoes: Nike

Choker: Made by me!

 

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Reflections…

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2016 has been trying to say the least. This new year I hope, as I do every year, to strive to be my very best self. To push forward my mind, push back my insecurities and become a better version of myself with every passing day. 2016 was the year I decided to take this blog more seriously and push my limits in every area of my life. Creating this online space has been one of the greatest challenges. Opening myself up to others in a way I never had before. Simply getting comfortable in front of the camera was something major. It was a striking blow to my natural shyness and a stepping stone along my journey of self-love and reflection. I hope you enjoy these throwbacks as much as I do and as you see how I have changed and progressed I hope that you will be able to reflect on your year with kindness and get excited for what’s to come!

P.S. Let this post also serve as a special thank you to my photographers Catharine and Bryce. These two have not only helped me become more comfortable with myself but have been nothing short of amazing in the work that they do. Their kindness, insight and willingness to listen have been a true blessing!

 

Click photos to get details on the looks I’ve worn this year.

 

Happy New Year!

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The Vibes are Always VINTAGE….

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Took these shots last month with Catherine. It was such a beautiful day! Using Olde City as our backdrop was perfect. I loved all the warm fall colors and the casual energy of the day. This look would have been vintage head to toe sans my beautiful Italian leather sneakers. I had never had a pair of slip on sneaks with a pointed toe. That little detail made them a must for my closet!

Photographer: Catherine, @CathAlyse

Fashion Details:

Jeans – Vintage

Sweater: Vintage

Trench Coat: Vintage

Printed Clutch: Vintage

Shoes: Head Start Philadelphia

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Baby Buns and Baby Hair…

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This was such a fun outfit to shoot! It was early October when Bryce and I shot this. I rocked my fave boyfriend jeans and a cute off the shoulder bodysuit I got for a massive steal! And no look I rock is complete without something vintage, which is my flannel that called out to me in a random day thrifting in Hollywood, CA almost 4 years ago. The choker is simply a textile I came across while shopping in fabric row. I added a pop of color with my bag. I don’t let the seasons changing affect my color choices! I pulled my natural hair up into three “baby buns” and kept my makeup very minimal. I’d been good to my skin the past few months and I wanted it to show! I just love clean natural makeup and easy fashion, especially in the fall months. Find all the details on this look below!  

Photographer: @BryceLennon, check out Bryce’s new new site! www.BryceLennon.com

Fashion Details:

Boyfriend Jeans – GoldSign

Top – Boohoo, www.boohoo.com

Flannel – Vintage

Shoes – Century21

Choker – Handmade

Beauty Details:

Foundation – Lancome, Teint Idole Shade 510 Suede C

Contour – Black Opal Foundation Stick in “Heavenly Honey”

Eyeshadow – Morphe 350 Palette

Lashes – Lilly Lashes in “Monaco”

Brows – Damone Roberts Brow Pencil in “Miss Ross”

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Pretty Street….

 

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This shoot was especially fun because I’ve been trying out new hairstyles and loving the diversity of my hair! My baby buns are life! Lol And despite the unexpected cold weather this day I clung to my vintage shorts and jean jacket with cutouts. I live in vintage denim, as I’m sure you can tell by my previous posts! This was the finale for my legs, which will be wrapped away until Summer and I meet again.  

For my makeup I kept it simple and focused on my favorite thing, skin and lashes. I almost can’t believe I used to go without them. Lashes complete any and every look. I’ve even worn lashes with no makeup at all! I stuck to my tried and true foundation Black Opal “True Colors”. I love the clean matte finish it gives my skin.

I’m hoping to share more of my skin and beauty routines with you soon!

Photographer: @BryceLennon

Fashion Details:

Shorts – Vintage Tommy Hilfiger by Good Samaritans

Top: Vintage

Jacket: Vintage GAP by Good Samaritans

Shoes: TopShop

Bag: Vintage

Headscarf: Vintage

Choker: Made by me

Makeup Details:

Foundation: Black Opal Beauty True Colors Matte Foundation in “Beautiful Bronze”

Contour: Black Opal Beauty Finishing powders in medium and deep

Eyes: MORPHE Cosmetics 350 Pallette

Lashes: Lilly Lashes in Monaco

Lips: NYX Butter Gloss

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