It’s Monday, the start of a new work week, the first full week of May. There so many festive events to attend this month, virtually or in-person (graduations, weddings, etc). Spring is tricky, some days are absolutely gorgeous others are soggy and chilly. Here are 5 must haves that will make the moment in almost any scenario. They also make for some pretty good gifts for the moms out there.
5 ITEMS TO TRANSFORM YOUR CLOSET
1.The WOW Factor Dress
Get the dress but choose a bold color, funky print and/or an oversized silhouette. It will take your look to a whole other level and will definitely transform your closet. My WOW factor dress is the Alia Maxi by Hanifa pictured below.
J. Bolin is also giving us some maxi magic with this plaid number, we see you LaToya Luckett.
PSA-I love sneakers!!! If you’re new around here get the memo, I’m a certified sneakerhead. Air Jordan’s have a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons. We’d be here all day if we got into them all but I’ll direct you to this blog post for the backstory. Just know I’m living my out my childhood dreams of owning countless, rare, fun, and interesting sneakers, aka kicks aka tennis shoes aka gym shoes; choose a name I love them.
This post features several pairs of sneakers I purchased via established resale companies Stadium Goods, Stock- X and KicksCrew. This is an informative post on the sneaker resale game, so do read until the end. The hottest sneakers sell out in minutes via normal channels, Nike.com, Eastbay, Footlocker, etc. Thanks to bots and other opportunists in the sneaker world most of us get left out in the cold on these releases, especially when it comes to the rare releases; i.e. the Ben & Jerry’s Chunk Dunky’s. I can’t even post a picture I’m so heart broken over not getting these sneakers 🙁
Ben & Jerry’s the iconic ice cream company collaborated with Nike to create a sneaker ya’ll, a sneaker!!. I’m still in my feelings about that release a year later. Companies like Stadium Goods, Stock-X and KicksCrew, resale high-end, hard to get, sneakers, they are angels on Earth, depending on who you ask. For some they are both the problem and solution. The exorbitant resale prices on rare releases are problematic for some, but the option to have a rare pair of kicks is a non-issue for a die hard sneakerhead. Today we’re doing a review on all three of the aforementioned.
Earlier I used the phrase “established resale” company, because there are a lot of unscrupulous people praying on desperate sneaker lovers with fake and/or non-existent products. KicksCrew has gotten a bad wrap for their lack of communication but I’m not one to fret over not getting an email that it’s being processed or that it will be shipping soon.
KicksCrew provides an order confirmation and shipping confirmation, tracking information is obviously included. Were there a few days in between both emails, yes. Was my order delivered in a timely manner and with care, yes. The company is based overseas so there is a time zone issue (Hong Kong based) which may account for the delayed response time. If you’re the anxious type don’t use KicksCrew. I had a great experience using their service to find the beauties below; yes I matched my sneakers with my nails. KicksCrew gets the IVN seal of approval.
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Hey gang!! It’s been a while since I posted on the blog. The neglect has been for a good reason. I’ve been busy developing, in every aspect you can think of. Sharpening my MUA skills with new classes on the latest techniques and products. And finding better ways to bring you all more add-value content on the blog. While this post still lends it’s self to the old format, be on the lookout for some more informative but fun post.
And then there’s life in general which is pretty much a roller-coaster these days so I’m just trying to hang on. There is one constant in life and that’s change, there has been a surplus in my world lately; both personally and professionally. So I felt the need to step back from things to figure out what I really wanted. Good news for all of you, I still want to do this! It’s probably the only thing I really WANT to do hahaha. I love sharing all my musings on family, fashion, style, and beauty. So with that in mind and because this is the first Monday of Spring, Laila and I are bringing you all some Spring Fashion- Mommy & Me edition.
Beyoncé’s athleisure collaboration with Adidas was definitely a 2020 fashion highlight for me. If you follow me on Instagram, I made a number of shameless pleas (by pleas I mean I was begging) for one of Beyoncé’s infamous Ivy Park wardrobe’s. While I didn’t receive a wardrobe, I did get an invite to shop the drop before all the regular people, short story Beyoncé loves me. At a minimum someone at Adidas or Ivy Park took pity on me; I’ll take that. See 2020 wasn’t a complete disaster.
THE IVY PARK DROP
The hashtag on Instagram for the drop was #thisismypark. I took that quite literally and found a gorgeous garden/park to shoot the pieces I got from the drop. We shot at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. We made the two hour trip worth it, we shot three different looks, a mini-mommy and me, senior personality pics for Sanaa and pics of the Ivy Park drop. The drop more than met my expectations. The pieces are high quality, well made, and versatile. You can dress these pieces up or down. Sanaa and I both paired heels with the wide leg track pants.
If you been around for a while you know I’m a huge of Chen Burkett. I shot in her often duplicated but never replicated maxi skirt over the summer. A maxi skirt is closet staple but a statement maxi skirt is an absolute must for me; this skirt fits the bill.
All of Chen’s garments are impeccably well made, so you know I had to take advantage of her Black Friday sale. I purchased this beautiful blazer/dress below; say hello to the Parker. I paired this show stopper with my favorite Stuie’s, matching tights, and voila we got a lewk.
I’m not just sharing another amazing black-owned, woman-run brand, for nothing. She’s running an amazing year-end sale, the entire site is currently 50% off, enter the code YEAREND at checkout. Don’t walk, run over to the site and get yours; your welcome!!
The temperature has dropped below 50 degrees consistently enough for me to break out the long coat. How about you?! Truth be told I bought the coat featured in this post at the beginning of the pandemic. I anticipated wearing it to the office during the fall (wishful thinking). But I’m not going to let a little pandemic spoil my fashion fun. So I decided to share a few tips on how to style your long coat this season. One day when the world opens up again, this ALL will be very useful information, I promise.
2 WAYS TO WEAR A LONG COAT
***Style tip: Traditionally long/dress coats are “formal wear” but they can be dressed up or down by simply switching out your heels for sneakers or your favorite flats. And for the finale switch out your button down with your favorite hoodie… Voila you have a whole new look.***
I’m giving you guys two Instagram worthy looks where I did just that; referring to the style tip. So I hope this gives you some inspo as you think about what to wear, or not wear, all things lounge-wear are completely appropriate given the times. But if you feel like leveling up for the next family get-together aka Zoom call 3,001, let this be your inspiration. I’m not complaining but I’m complaining. I know we have to use technology to communicate with family and friends outside our households, given the state of the world.
However, I log quite a bit of screen time between my 9-5, this blog, managing all my social media accounts, worship, and family calls. So by the end of the week I’m usually pretty burnt out. I say all of that to say, it could be far worst. We could be in the middle of season one of the Walking Dead, we might just be after this vaccine is released, who knows, until then enjoy the fashion folks…
Items available for purchase:
Pants and Vest, Halogen X Atlantic Pacific at Nordstrom
Hey gang! I hope everyone’s safe, happy, and surrounded by people they love. In the states we’ve slowed down a bit to do what we do best, eat, shop, and repeat!!! This post is all about shopping, small, local (if possible) and oh yeah BLACK!!! It is BLACK Friday after all, it’s kind of a no brainer in my opinion but I digress. I’m wearing the Kazuno sweater dress from Souk & Sepia in the photos below; a black-owned, online boutique. They have a huge sale going on right now, up to 45% (on select items) which is huge for a boutique shop. Side-bar, this photo was taken at Longwood Gardens. Longwood gardens puts Hillwood Gardens (a local D.C. garden and museum) to shame; visit both and then we can debate it.
Everybody good?! Stressed out from last week?! Take a moment and breathe, you survived election week. It wouldn’t be 2020 if it wasn’t strange. I’m personally grateful there weren’t any riots in the streets, like a lot of people thought. Notwithstanding a few ballots that still need to be tallied it seems the United States has chosen a new person for the office of the Executive. Let me put a disclaimer on this thing right now, this isn’t a showing of support for any particular party or any candidate. It’s simply the musings of fashionista, for what that’s worth.
Jill Biden donned the facemask below, with the words BREATHE POSITIVITY sown into it, during her husband’s acceptance speech. I thought how cool is this, a message I can relate to. A simple, clear, colorful and timely message during very uncertain times for so many. As I struggle with how much content to put out about fashion, style or beauty, let’s face it we’re in perilous times where people can’t make their mortgages or buy food, none of those things are really all that important in the grand scheme of things. But it’s little fashion moments like this that remind me how important breathing life, light, and positivity into the cypher really is. If there was ever a time for us to breathe a bit of positivity in the world, it’s right now.
Hey gang! It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’m back with a banger. A few updates, the Curl Calendar has updated their format, check it out here. Unrelated but still newsworthy, one of my favorite fashion bloggers Blair Eadie commented on my post. Blair is like the Beyoncé of bloggers, she is blogger royalty!! Speaking of Beyoncé, she has a new collection dropping October 30th, 2020 from her Ivy Park x Adidas collaboration. I’ve been on a shameless campaign for a promo box in my Instagram stories each day since the drop was announced. It’s funny, I’m funny, but I really hope they take mercy on the baby blogger and throw me a bone. Either way I’m entertaining myself, in the end that’s all that matters, right?!?!
But back to Blair, she’s the queen of color, layering, and elegance. When I grow up, I want to be a big girl blogger like her. The fact that she took the time to type actual words under my post is nothing short of freggin amazing! I’m still reeling!!! This edit is a nod to her and the final collection with Nordstrom’s Halogen line. I can’t wait to get my hands on those pieces, but until then, feast your eyes on these two looks.
LAVENDER & GREY FALL FAVORITES
One of my favorite color combos is grey and lavender. I purchased these jeans over the summer for CHEAP CHEAP at the Loft. The star of the show is this Taffeta blouse by Top Shop also purchased at a huge discount. I wanted to dress the top down and these jeans just made sense. My sneakers are oldies but goodies by Sam Edelman, you can find a pair here.
Nothing says Fall like crisp sunny mornings, warm afternoons, and chilly evenings. It’s those crisp mornings and chilly evenings that have you reaching for a little something extra, maybe a jacket, yes a jean jacket. Welcome to the jean jacket edit ladies and gents. I’m sharing three looks featuring my favorite denim pieces of the season. I’m giving all kinds of casual chic in this one folks… Distressed denim, camo, graphic tees and some more. There’s a little something for everyone in each look, ENJOY!!