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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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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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Saying Goodbye to Summer…

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   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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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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