Fall is Upon Us!

Shirt | TJMaxx

Shorts | Thrift Store

Shoes | Macy’s 

 

 

Shalom everyone,

My latest photo shoot that I finished has been my most successful so far (in my and my photographer’s opinion). The location, lighting, outfit, and positive energy came together to manifest something great.

I was able to shoot two outfits that day, however, I’m only going to speak on one of them for now. The shirt I wore received a lot of compliments and questions about where I got it. Yes, it was yet another TJMaxx find! Just call me a Maxxinista!

I saw this shirt and was slightly hesitant due to how transparent the material was. On the other hand, I knew I didn’t own a shirt like it and I’m grown soooooo….

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I paired this top with my strapless bra to cover my goodies and high waisted denim shorts. I found these denim shorts at a PA thrift store a couple of years ago but they were a few sizes too small. Determined, I bought them anyway and motivated myself to get into them and eventually I did so kudos to me.

The boots were a nice fall touch. I can’t tell you I got them for a super cheap price because they weren’t cheap. We’ll just leave it at that.

Back to this shirt though because it was definitely the highlight of the photos. I absolutely adore the detailing and embroidery in it and I can see myself wearing it out and about. Next time, I think I’m going to try a bold lip color with it, like a classic red.

Check out the pics below!

 

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Canada, eh?

Im baaaack!

I took a short hiatus because I was up north in Canada. Although I was only there for seven days, it was a trip that required a lot of preparation. Nonetheless, I had a great time being away from home for a week and being a tourist in another country.

My mom and I rented a car and began our journey north. We made our first stop in Elmira, NY for two days to take part in a wine tour. We did a tour with Crush Beer & Wine Tour. They took us to four different wineries where tasted six different wines at each. By the third winery, I felt a little tipsy. It was a lot of wine for one day but well worth the money.

The wineries themselves were really peaceful and beautiful to look at.

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The fashion behind it

I wore this olive green romper I got from Macy’s in Herald Square along with a calf length cream lace cover up. That, I bought from TJMaxx. I wanted chic yet comfortable since it was hot and I knew I would be moving around a lot that day. Side note: My mother was inclined to wear that hat. It blew away multiple times.

 

Our next stop was Niagara Falls.

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We were fortunate enough to have a room that had a view of the falls and the Skylon tower. In the two days that we spent here we did a tour that took us throughout all of Niagara and of course we rode the boat that took us super close to the waterfall itself.

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The nightlife in Niagara Falls is actually poppin! It’s great for families and couples. They had a club, loads of bars, and a street filled with arcade games, funhouses, mini golf, etc. Plus, there were plenty of restaurants so you never go hungry.

The Fashion Behind it

Since Niagara was all about sightseeing, I was more inclined to dress comfortably. Plus, I didn’t know what to expect from being on that boat. I wore an Under Armour threadborne tank top, which is known for being super comfy with a cotton feel but dries fast like dri-fit material. I wore that along with black workout pants.

Our final stop was Toronto.

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This is one of my new favorite spots. If their winters weren’t so long and harsh, I would consider moving there. I just really hate winter.

Nonetheless, my mom and I spent all weekend in Toronto. It was a lot of fun and such a great place for young people my age. We had tickets for a hop on hop off bus tour that took you all over Toronto and our tickets were valid for two days. So we took advantage of that visited all these different spots like the distillery district where they are known for making alcohol, Soma, which is known for having “the best chocolate in the world”, The Bata Shoe Museum, Chinatown, The CN Tower, and the center of Younge & Dundas Square. Those are just a few.

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The fashion Behind It

Toronto is like a city and you never know who you might see. I did a lot of walking too so I was going for cute and comfortable. I wore a mix of dresses with sneakers, sandals, and shorts. I just tried to make sure my face had a slight beat. 

 

All in all, I had an amazing time. This vacation was different being that it was more sightseeing and walking rather than relaxing on a beach for a week. But I’m glad my mother chose this place. If you are ever going to Canada, here is some advice:

  1. Drive. Just drive. I contemplated driving the entire time we were planning and I’m so happy we did. It makes life 10X easier, your’e comfortable, and you can stop when you want.
  2. Take advantage of all of the tours. Tours can sometimes seem very cliché and touristy but it was really easy to see each place for the short time we were there. The hop on hop off bus tour was my favorite.
  3. Stop at the Duty Free store on your way back to the states. The prices are really great. I bought a full bottle of mojito flavored Bacardi for $12! They have designer bags and cologne for good prices too as well as last minute souvenirs.
  4. Bring your passport. I heard a lot of back and forth about whether or not to bring my passport in order to cross the border so I brought it just in case. I’m glad I did because that was the first thing the patrol officer asked for when I rolled down my window. I’m sure if I didn’t have it he could have used my license or something else, however, I think using your passport is the simplest way. Also, I had to ask to get my passport stamped because they usually don’t do it. I’m trying to keep my passport tatted.
  5. Try new places and foods. This is what I do if I go to any new place and especially another country. I try to avoid eating at places that I would on a regular basis. Why would I want to eat at Applebees there when I can eat at Applebees here? Yes they might have more native foods on their menu, but I would rather not eat at a franchise at all.
  6. You can pay in American money, Canadian money, or both over there. However, they always give you Canadian change.

 

Sorry this post was so long! I just had to tell you all so much!     Peace and Love :]

D.I.Y and looking Fly

What’s up everyone!

Yeah my title this time around is a little corny but bear with me.

Sometimes as I am planning my next photo shoot, I look in my closet and can’t find anything to wear. Well, I had one of those moments this week and decided to D.I.Y a piece of clothing that I’ve been seeing on Instagram and it turned into a whole outfit.

I’m not sure what the name of this look is because it’s not exactly a full sweatshirt, however, it’s made from sweatshirt material. Kylie Jenner was seen wearing one a while ago and I’m digging the look.4178767F00000578-4609760-image-a-95_1497629691167.jpg

So I made a trip to the thrift store and found a simple grey men’s sweatshirt and got creative. I watched a couple tutorials and then tried it on my own. Now, I did not take pictures of the process, but I have a little diagram below of what I did.

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Step 1 (Purple) : I cut across the sweatshirt where the purple line is to get rid of the major excess of the shirt.

Step 2 (Orange) : Then I cut along the orange line so I could get more of the look I was trying to achieve.

*This is not an actual photo of the sweatshirt I used. If you are using a sweatshirt that has a logo. brand, etc., you should make the adjustments to your cutting pattern that allow people to still see the logo. Like in the photo of Kylie, the logo is still seen but it has more of a rugged cut.

Step 3 (Purple) : So after I was finished cutting up the sweatshirt, I went back to the first part that I cut off, which was the purple line. I flipped it upside down, and it became a skirt. I’m brilliant.

Now it looks like I have a matching outfit. Check out the photos below!

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stripeTALK with Rey Jefferson

Hey Everyone

I got the chance to interview Rey Jefferson who is an adidas Field Agent and the co-host of the popular podcast, stripeTALK. Jefferson, along with his co-host and fellow field agent Jonathan McQueen, created this podcast in July of 2016 and have since had much success interviewing athletes and influencers while focusing on the adidas brand.

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Me: Rey, I am so happy to finally get a chance to speak with you!

Rey Jefferson: Yeah same here!

Me: So tell me about your job and what you do.

RJ: I’m part of the adidas field team where our job involves visual merchandising, spreading advocacy, and sales at the retail level across multiple accounts. But since I’m a specialist, I focus on one pinnacle meaning the top 10 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

 

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Me: Okay very nice. So how about stripeTALK? How did that come into play?

RJ: It was around July last year that I co-created this adidas centric podcast with my co-worker Jonathan. There are a few reasons we started stripeTALK but the key thing we wanted to do was give our fellow field agents and adidas lovers a platform where they could listen to athletes, employees, and influencers talk about the brand.

Me: And for those that do not listen to stripeTALK yet, what can they expect to hear when they tune in?

RJ: Just two down to earth guys interviewing dope adidas themed guests regarding the latest adidas products, trends, and culture.

Me: Who are some of your most memorable guests on the show?

RJ: Everyone really but if I had to name drop, I would say Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown who was our first professional athlete. Then there was Jahvon Quinerly, sports industry analyst Matt Powell, BoostGod, T.Blake, MaroonNYC, and other influencers. Rita Ora even did a voice over for us.

Me: Wow that’s awesome! Who’s your dream guest?

RJ: Kanye West definitely! I love his passion. And Jon Wexler because he’s a legend.

 

The fashion behind it 

Me: So there is a new adidas boutique in Rockaway, New Jersey located inside of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Tell me about it.

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RJ: Yes, I’m extremely proud of the space. It’s one of only ten across the US and is dedicated to adidas Originals apparel.

Me: How would you describe your personal style?

RJ: My style originates in sports so I wear a ton of joggers & tapered bottoms with athletic performance tops. Outside of work I’ll dress up my outfits with high fashion kicks like Yeezys, RAF’s, & Y3’s.

Me: Well thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me Rey. I really appreciate it.

RJ: No problem Tia! This was great .

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International Wardrobe

Hey all you people. Hey all you people won’t you listen to meeeeeeee (If you can name where this is from, you get bonus points)

Today I want to do a little something for my subscribers who are in Europe, specifically London. Almost three years ago I travelled to London for my study abroad program and spent a semester at Regent’s University. Obviously, I went shopping during my four months there and there were a couple of stores I found myself coming back to. Those were Primark and New Look. Primark, in my opinion, is one of the best things to ever happen to me. First of all, the store is huge! Like Macy’s Herald Square huge and it’s always busy. Plus, they always have a great variety of clothing styles, keep up to date with trends, and everything is cheap. Now, while everything is cheap, you also get the quality you pay for. As in, don’t expect it to last forever.

New Look was probably my favorite.

DSC_2087I loved all of the clothes I found there and it was affordable. Not Primark affordable, but still great prices. New Look is also where I found these two rompers that I brought home with me from London. The first one is a loose long sleeve romper with a flowery pattern. I like this one for nights out or special occasions. It’s super comfy, but I tend to get warm really fast when wearing it so I like to carry this romper into the fall. It could be because the material is polyester.

The second romper I bought was a bright pink with scalloped bottoms. It is also a very comfortable romper that has a v-neck back and is tailored to be fitted in the waist. I love it because it can be dressed down or dressed up and the color is the only one of it’s kind in my closet. I wear it to little outings here and there ( I think it’s a little too “youthful” to wear to the club”).
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So to my international subscribers, I love Primark and New Look! To my fellow American followers, if you ever happen to be in London, check out these stores. Now, I know there is a Primark in Staten Island and Boston but I’ve never been to either of them so I can’t vouch for them. I would assume it’s the same idea though. And to my knowledge, New Look isn’t in the US anywhere. But that’s what online shopping is for!

Here are some more pics from the rest of the shoot:

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Snagged both pairs of sunglasses for $10 a piece at a street vendor in Harlem

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Bralette Bliss

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Bralette | Victoria’s Secret

Pants | Boutique

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Bralette | Target

Pants | Macy’s

Hello hello,

Today, I am going to talk about one of my latest favorite pieces for the summer time: bralettes. Bralettes are far from new and have entered the fashion world years ago. It’s just new to my closet. I had always been weary about purchasing one because typically I notice the models wearing them in the magazines and commercials are really thin, have a flat chest and dance around in their underwear and bralettes so carefree as if the struggle is not real.

However, one day, I was at Victoria’s Secret and there was a sale going on (ya girl can’t resist a sale) and so I went inside to see what they had. I noticed a box of bralettes were on sale and since the price was right, I bought one. If push came to shove, I could always wear it around the house or give it away.

So I tried on my new bralette with some things I had in my closet. I also turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration too. Typically people wear them with open back or see-through shirts and dresses, however, I found these wide leg pants that still had the tag on them in the back of my closet. So I threw them on with the bralette and I was feeling it. Where am I wearing this outfit? No clue, but, Issa look! So that’s what I went for; a bralette and loose wide leg pants. I found another pair of pants that I rarely wear in my closet and put it with a second bralette that I bought and it was still a look!

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So bralettes are definitely going to be my thing this summer with wide leg pants, backless and low cut shirts,etc. They are so easy to throw on and are comfortable while also being cute. However, I do recognize the issue that could arise for some girls. That being having a larger chest. Bralettes have no support, no padding, no nothing. It’s essentially just the lace material covering your boobs and that is difficult for women who are well endowed. So to combat that, I’ve recently seen the bustier bralette,
which has cups and offers a little more support.

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See, even Ashley Graham wears them!

All in all, bralettes are great and there are options for everyone! You can find them anywhere pretty much. As you read, I got my first one from Victoria’s Secret and my second one I bought at Target. They are something great to try this summer especially if you are into low cut, open back, see through shirts and dresses.

Side note: The silver line going down my chest is a metallic tattoo. They became really popular about two summers ago. I love these things and think they look awesome especially on a sunny day because they will shine super bright.

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The BOMBer Jacket

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Jacket| Diesel

 

Hey All,

This is a short and sweet post….

So I did a photo shoot a little while ago and had a hard time trying to figure out what kind of look I was going for. I never figured it out, however, the highlight of that outfit was definitely that bomber jacket.

This is a men’s bomber jacket by Diesel and it was super warm. This is why I stick by the idea of women shopping in the men’s section. The jacket was heavy and could withstand a very chilly day with style. Sometimes when I shop in the women’s section for bomber jackets, they tend to be thin. Really cute, but still thin. Men’s items sometimes are more durable than women’s. Most of us women tend to think cute over quality anyway. And there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve all been guilty of wearing something a little skimpy because we were trying to look cute and do it for the gram. Am I wrong?.

So if you haven’t already, take a stroll over to the men’s section of the store. You never know what you might find.

 

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Jumpsuit on a Budget

Heyyyyy Everybody!

I am writing a post about a jumpsuit I bought a few months ago and haven’t had a chance to wear yet. This time around, I had a new photographer and shot at a different location. As I am editing the photos, I’m happily surprised with how they came out. I am slaying at all angles! YASSS! Shoutout to America’s Next Top Model for showing me how to smize, booty tooch, and model H2T (you will not get these references unless you watch ANTM religiously like I do).

 

 

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Jumpsuit: Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Madden Girl

Jacket: Vintage

Let me start with the fact that God is good and capable of amazing things. I walk into my local Charlotte Russe with the intention of returning some things I bought online. I decide to browse the store because you never know what you might find. I run into this jumpsuit and think ‘Okay I really want another jumpsuit. Let me try this on.’ I try it on and fall in love with how comfy it is and how it fits. I say to myself ‘Self, you need this so just get it no matter how much it is. You know you’ll wear it.’ I proceed to check out and the cashier tells me that the jumpsuit is a clearance item and costs $7.

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Thank. You. God.

Walked out of there with a whole outfit and had plenty to spend on some Chipotle afterwards.

I love one piece outfits like jumpsuits and rompers. They are so simple, require little effort, and still allow you to look bomb. They are really the greatest thing since sliced bread.

This jacket that I photographed with is vintage. By vintage, I mean I got it out of my mom’s closet and she’s had it for years. I love a black and white color scheme so for me it completed the look. Plus, everything comes back in style. Okay, maybe not everything, but most things.

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Sunglasses are courtesy of my photographer

 

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Yes this is new hair courtesy of Ali Moda. It’s a full lace frontal wig I constructed myself ;]

 

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March Must-Haves

*~  ~  ~ H E Y   M A R C H   ~  ~  ~*

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.” -Thomas Jefferson

 

This is the time of the year when the weather starts to change up on us. We’ll have a week of frigid air followed by a few days of sun, which lets us know that spring is right around the corner. Here a few good things to have this month.

1. Leather Jacket

There are two times of the year when I break out my leather jacket. Fall and the beginning of spring when the weather is cold in the early morning and at night. Leather jackets are essential to a wardrobe. They keep you warm (depending on what kind you buy) and they a good look for a night out or just to add an edge to your attire.

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2.Fishnet stockings

Fishnets have been popping up all over my Instagram feed and I must say, I am loving it. The trend is easy and edgy. I rocked the look a few years ago in college (just saying) but I’m glad it is sticking now. I especially like the fishnets that stop at the ankle because I feel like it’s a different take on the trend.

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3. Sweatsuit

The athleisure thing is happening right now. Peeps are adding simple track suit bottoms to their look or dressing up their comfiest matching sweat outfit and taking it to the streets. Comfy + fashionable is pretty ideal for anyone. I saw one of those “You can’t sit with us!” track suits and decided not to buy it in the hopes of finding something…honestly I don’t know what I was looking for. But, you know what they say, nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy.

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*I need an a whole suit like this, with a trench style jacket to match! Where can I get this?!?

The Shirtless Blazer

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Blazer | Targét

Pants | Targ….wait, this whole look is Targét, except the shoes

Shoes | Shoedazzle

Hey, what’s up, hello

I literally put this look together last minute. I was out and about all day and there was still a couple hours of sunlight left so I challenged myself to put together a look to post.

Now, I’ve ALWAYS been a fan of a great blazer. That’s just something every working woman should have, especially in black. A black blazer is equivalent to a pair of jeans. You just need one. However, the look that spices things up a little is when women, influencers, and celebs wear just the blazer…no shirt. It’s so fab, fierce, and effortless.

So tried it out myself. It was a difficult look to shoot, especially with the breeze that was going on outside (I guess that’s why they make double-sided tape). I also did the look with a bandeau underneath for a more reserved, but still fierce look.

At the end of the day I think I’ll stick to the shirtless blazer look when taking photos and throw on a bandeau when I go out to have a good time. No nip slips over here! But, shoutout to me for trying something out of my comfort zone :]

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