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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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Progression…

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This shoot was FREEZING! Do not let my smize fool you, the wind blew so hard I ripped my falsies off after the first few shots LOL. But as usual I had a lot of fun with my photographer Bryce! We found some cool wall art in West Philly near the El and let that be our backdrop. This shoot was especially exciting because I was able to wear one of my custom pieces. The jean jacket I have on is the first piece created for Good Samaritans, a clothing collective started by myself and my insanely creative partner in love and life. Our mutual passion for vintage fashion and custom clothing led us to create our own brand. Good Samaritan Clothing Collective is a lifestyle brand that adds a personal touch to new and vintage clothing. All pieces are specially sourced, hand crafted, and one of a kind. Starting this brand was a major progression for me. It takes all that I am to put my creative efforts out into the world. I think we all get a little afraid to share our ideas with others but the world would be far less cool if we did not!

How have you progressed in life so far? Any projects you’re afraid to start?

Photographer: Bryce Lennon

Fashion Details :

Jacket: Good Samaritans @gscc.phila

Poncho/Hoodie: Vintage from Mexico

Pants: Vintage, Iguana Vintage

Shoes: Nike

Choker: Made by me!

 

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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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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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Something for Summer…

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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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