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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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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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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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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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Fun in the Sun…

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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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