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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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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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At Home…

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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…

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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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Dog Days and Denim…

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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…

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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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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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