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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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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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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 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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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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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.

Details:

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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In the Beginning…

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The New Year is normally a time for resolutions and reflection. We either look teary eyed into our past, combing through mistakes and failures or running toward a bright future we’ve mapped out and hope to remember the goals we set now in the middle of July. As we open up the first chapter of 2016 I feel like a blank canvas. I’ve gone through a slow rebirth process. Much less exciting than what is often portrayed in the spiritual books I read. God did not show me some miraculous all covering light that turned my path 180 and suddenly and completely purified my heart. What has taken place is a slow awakening. I’ve learned in 2015 the greatest lesson God has given me yet, it’s ok to change your mind. It’s ok to try a million different things and still not find your passion. It’s ok to start from scratch. I hope we can all go into this new year just as happy to keep building on strong foundations as you may be in destroying the past and starting anew. Trust me, either way, your life has the infinite possibility for happiness and success. Just be patient.

 

Shoot Location: Race Street Pier

The openness and expanse of water was the perfect backdrop for new beginnings. I felt free and excited for what is to come!

 

Coat:

(Vintage)Buffalo Exchange

Dress: Eternity Fashion

Shoes and Headwrap: H&M

MUA: Myself

 

Photographer: Catherine, @cathalyse on Instagram

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