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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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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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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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