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On Film…



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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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:


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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The Vibes are Always VINTAGE….


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…



   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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Black is Beautiful…

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The past few weeks I’ve been feeling very creative. I have delved deep into my mind to create some amazing art and images. I’ve had some pretty far out there ideas and have found the courage to pursue a surprising amount of them. When I feel especially artistic  like this I tend to live in black, all black. It’s mysterious and chic regardless of anything. I felt well put together in this look despite its casual-ness. The hoodie I scored at a mens sporting goods store was love at first sight! It was simple but with enough detail on the pockets to gain many compliments on how “clean” I looked. I went for a dark blue lips, a signature of mine, and what I like to think is my best hairstyle, straight back braids. Dark makeup and braids makes me feel like the cool urban goth I think I wanted to be as a kid, despite a rather cleancut midwestern upbringing. I think we all have an inner look we want to bring out that goes against what others may know about you. But life in general is about finding the courage to be who you are, not what people want you to be, right?

Location: 30th Street Station

I was so nervous shooting here with so many people watching! Needless to say all eyes were on our little team lol.


Head Scarf: My late Grandmother’s ❤

Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21

Hoodie: Modell’s Sporting Goods

Leggings: American Apparel

Shoes: Aldo

Hair and Makeup: Myself!

Photographer: Catherine, (THE BEST) @cathalyse on Instagram

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