Pretty Street….



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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At Home…



The summer is officially a memory and the cooler weather is finally upon us! I wanted to keep things cozy and get a little more personal by showing my space. It has been very rare for me to feel “at home” anywhere. I’ve bounced from coast to coast the past four years (basically every year) and I’ve literally felt homeless at points and very alone. But being back in Philly and feeling like it’s pretty semi permanent, I wanted to really settle in and experience what it means to put down roots.  My current apartment is where these roots will begin to grow and I wanted to make sure its style and energy reflected that. Space and energy is so important to me and I hope that that positive energy and light is reflected in these photos.


Location: My West Philly studio


Photographer: Catherine, @CathAlyse


Outfit Details:

Top: Vintage, @Heres2CoolStuff

Cropped Halter Top: Urban Outfitters

Shorts: Vintage Tommy Hilfiger by Good Samaritans

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Saying Goodbye to Summer…



   With Labor Day past us Summer feels officially over. Yet, Mother Nature is taking her time. The 80 degree weather continues and I can savor short dresses and sandals for a while longer. This is something I would usually love but, for whatever reason,  I am ready for a night chill and leaves to turn color. I want hot cider and cinnamon. I am longing for jackets and warm sweaters. But as this shoot shows the heat still called for a less is more style. The off the shoulder dress, (which after some thought I have decided is a tunic lol) was a great find in one of my favorite boutique stores on South St. I paired it with my favorite gladiator style sandals and a vintage woven clutch. I’ve also been rocking my natural hair and loving it. The unrelenting summer heat won’t really allow for any other style, really. For beauty I kept it simple, as usual, and focused on making sure my skin looked simply clear and even. How are you dealing with the end of summer?? Are you ready for the Fall ahead of us?

Photographer: Catherine, @CathAlyse

Location: West Philadelphia/Malcolm X Park

Fashion Details:

Dress – Temptations Boutique

Sandals – Nine West

Woven Clutch – Vintage, Retrospect

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Dog Days and Denim…


The Dog Days of Summer
noun; the hottest period of the year (reckoned in antiquity from the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star).

I know I’ve said it a million times and you have too, IT”S HOT! Hotter than ever it seems.Every morning I abandon the chill of my conveniently air conditioned 3rd floor walk up and enter what seems to be Mother Nature’s latest interpretation of “hell on earth”. I am immediately caught in the rapture of thick muggy air and blinding sunlight. Because of this, I’ve nearly abandoned makeup. I’ve mostly restricted myself to light natural looks and only on special occasions, like this photoshoot. Yet what I have stubbornly held onto are my jeans. My vintage destroyed denim is a trademark of mine and the heat will not stop my style! I’ve been pairing them with light tanks like this one for balance. I wear an outfit defiantly similar to this one at least twice a week. Tanks and jeans have never forsaken me and I intend on returning the favor. And sure, I toss on some shorts here and there but the jeans are always on my mind and often what I try on before the heat bullies me into bare skin.

What style staple are you sacrificing in this summer’s heat? What are you holding onto?


Photographer: Bryce Lennon

Outfit Details:

Jeans: Vintage Levi’s custom destroyed by Me

Top: Zara

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes: Aldo


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Keeping it Simple…



Beating the heat this summer has been my top priority! 90 degree weather requires a “less is more” attitude and I think this outfit hits the nail on the head. I kept it simple with shorts and a crop tank but kept texture in mind pairing all my cotton pieces(Tank and Kimono) with these silken shorts from American Apparel. The shorts are super short but still loose and comfortable. These suede gladiator sandals have have been my go to this season and you can probably tell by the many tan lines on my feet lol

How are you keeping cute and cool this summer?

Photographer: Bryce Lennon

Outfit Details:

Kimono: H&M

Crop Tank: Forever 21

Silk Shorts: American Apparrel

Gladiator Sandals: Eternity Fashions

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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Fun in the Sun…



This was an exciting day. I never do sexy shoots. I always stick to capturing my fashion. But lately I’ve felt the modeling bug and decided to do something for fun. These are the results!

Location: Port of Philadelphia

Photographer: Feese, @ScumVision215

Makeup & Styling: Myself

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Something for Summer…





Let’s talk hair! This is the very first post I am making with my hair in it! Lol and surprisingly enough my hair was straight. I rarely straighten my hair these days so it was really fun! I spent the whole time feeling very old hollywood and glamorous. My hair stylist gave me an amazing hair cut that has begun to grow into something very Marilyn-esque and I love it!

This Summer I’m staying true to myself in cut off shorts and loose tops. I hate to put too much thought or effort into outfits in the warmer months. It’s such a great opportunity to be both creative and comfortable. I make all my own shorts and jeans out of vintage finds and almost always go for baggy vs. tight fitting.

My makeup was easy breezy this day as well. I did my normal everyday look and pumped it up with a red lip and bold lashes! 

What’s your warm weather look?

Location: Cira Green Park
Photographer: @CathAlyse

Outfit Details:

Top: H&M

Shorts: Vintage Jean Shorts: Created by me.

Bra: Victoria’s Secret

Shoes: Aldo

Makeup Details:

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

Contour: Black Opal Beauty Finishing powders in Medium and Deep.

Eyes: Elf Bronzer Palette in St. Tropez, Cream Eyeliner in Black

Lashes: Ardell, Wispies

Lips: MAC, Lipstick in RiRi Woo


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Something Old, Something New

This month I had the pleasure of working with photographer Bryce Lennon and being featured on his blog UnregisteredStyle. Although spring is usually about fresh new things, I’ve caught the vintage bug as of late. Mixing old and new is the cornerstone of my personal style and I thought this look was perfect representation of that. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, no store is off limits. I rummage thrift stores with the same intensity as the Bloomingdales sales rack. Fashion is about creation and here I wanted to create elevated comfort.

When choosing a beauty look I wanted to be bold with my lip but keep smooth, simple skin with very minimal contour. I think I achieved that with the dark wine colored lip which compliments the overall color scheme of the outfit. I achieved the color by mixing a deep purple liner and dark brown lipstick.


Let me know what you think of my look in the comments section!

Fashion Details:

Jacket: Vintage, Goldberg Army and Navy

Tank Top: Mossimo, Target

Jeans: Vintage Faded Glory, 2nd Ave. Thrift

Head Wrap: Vintage, from my Grandmother

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes and Jewelry: Aldo

Beauty Details:

Face: Loreal True Match in C7

Highlight: Black Opal Setting Powder in Medium

Contour: Sephora Eyeshadow in Dark Chocolate

Shimmer Highlight: Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip

Eyes: Shadow, Elf Countour Bronzer Duo in St. Tropez, Wet n Wild Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black

Lashes: Ardell Natural Demi in 120

Lips: Rimmel London Exaggerate Liner in Ripe Plum and Nicka K HQ Matte Lipstick in Cinnamon


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For Fools in April…

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Today, when Social Media is often at the center of our day to day activities, staying positive about who we are and what we have going on for ourselves becomes increasingly difficult. Days are easily spent leering through iPhone looking glasses, force feeding reality, and getting high on fantasy. Screenshots become adoration. Every ‘like’ says, “me too” or “I wish me too”…. I think it’s important to take a break from comparison and commit to living life on your own terms and in your own true color.

Shooting, this day in particular, I felt really good. The weather had broken and it was warm, too warm to keep my jacket on and the sun seemed to come down to kiss me in particular….It was AMAZING, like the Universe said, “I know you need this.” All the colors of the wall bled into me and suddenly the gray was gone. The stress I felt from trying to be anyone but myself disappeared. I was living in a rainbow of love and life. My love and my life. It was a long time coming and well deserved….


Photographer: Catherine, @cathalyse

MUA: Myself, @themarra_theory

Location: Olde Kensington, Philadelphia

Fashion Details:

Jeans: Vintage Calvin Klein textured by Me.

Top(leotard): Bar III

Shoes and Hat: Forever 21

Scarf and Jacket: H&M

Beauty Details:

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB

Highlight: Ashunta Sheriff Perfect Face Foundation in Deep(lighter side)

Contour: Black Radiance Concealer Stick in Dark

Setting Powder: Black Opal Finishing Powder in Medium

Eyes: e.l.f Bronzer & Blush Compact in St. Lucia

Lips: Jordana Lip pencil in Brown, NYX Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi

Illuminator: Wet n Wild, megaglo Illuminating Palette


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Black is Beautiful…

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The past few weeks I’ve been feeling very creative. I have delved deep into my mind to create some amazing art and images. I’ve had some pretty far out there ideas and have found the courage to pursue a surprising amount of them. When I feel especially artistic  like this I tend to live in black, all black. It’s mysterious and chic regardless of anything. I felt well put together in this look despite its casual-ness. The hoodie I scored at a mens sporting goods store was love at first sight! It was simple but with enough detail on the pockets to gain many compliments on how “clean” I looked. I went for a dark blue lips, a signature of mine, and what I like to think is my best hairstyle, straight back braids. Dark makeup and braids makes me feel like the cool urban goth I think I wanted to be as a kid, despite a rather cleancut midwestern upbringing. I think we all have an inner look we want to bring out that goes against what others may know about you. But life in general is about finding the courage to be who you are, not what people want you to be, right?

Location: 30th Street Station

I was so nervous shooting here with so many people watching! Needless to say all eyes were on our little team lol.


Head Scarf: My late Grandmother’s❤

Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21

Hoodie: Modell’s Sporting Goods

Leggings: American Apparel

Shoes: Aldo

Hair and Makeup: Myself!

Photographer: Catherine, (THE BEST) @cathalyse on Instagram

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