I can hardly believe it’s been an ENTIRE year since we first launched It’s Very Necessary (IVN)! What a ride it has been?! The mission is the same to save as many people as possible from unfortunate fashion choices; whether it be for work or play…lol I want to inspire women and men to be the best version of themselves, fashionably. I sincerely hope I’ve done that to some degree. And if not you guys let me know and mama will work on it ;-).
My very first post featured the lovely Laila Beale (my youngest daughter). What a shoot that was, the heat, the outfit changes, the bribery (yes I had to bribe her with new toys just to get her to cooperate). It was all worth it. Our first post was quite the hit. Look how far we’ve come. No bribery was involved for this shoot, she’s a professional now.
Every grand production has a few hiccups. And of course the anniversary shoot wasn’t exempt. After I planned the looks, booked the studio, and purchased the balloons, nothing could go wrong right?! Wrong!!! First we were late getting to the studio. Why, the HVAC unit went out on the ground floor at the house. It’s been hot as Hades lately; this had to be dealt with. Thank God our Uncle Jeff, he came to the rescue but a just a little earlier than we planned. He was in the neighborhood and decided to come by just as we were headed out; priorities right?! No biggie, he diagnosed the problem and found a fix.
Full disclosure I wanted to cry, smack everyone, and scrap the whole shoot at that point but we soldiered on. We decided to make human “Is”, not my idea, we can thank Kaneisha for that brilliant idea; we lemonade. First Laila took a turn then I gave it a whirl. It was hard work but somebody had to do it…lol
Sanaa is wearing a crepe silk red, pink, and orange water-color swirled dress by Tracy Reese. This one is an old but goodie. You can’t find this one in-store anymore folks but you can find a similar option here.
Laila is wearing a hand-me-down from Sanaa believe it or not. I save things, it’s what I do, don’t judge me. But it came in handy now didn’t it. Obviously it’s not available in-store but you can find a similar option here.
Last but not least, my look. I’m soooo into slip dresses right now. Why, because they are easy, chic, and comfortable. At this point my affinity for polka dots is no secret, so when I found this combo I doubled down on the dots. You can find the dress at Zara and the jacket at Shein.com. Both of these pieces are extremely versatile. Each piece can be worn separately or together; dressed up or down. Stay tuned to my IG stories, I’ll be posting a few ideas there.
I couldn’t do this without my partner in crime, Kaneisha Johnson of Dynamic Duo Images. She’s been one of my biggest supporters. She’s given guidance, advice, inspiration and most importantly unwavering support. We’ve both grown so much over this last year; artist and muse often switching roles. Thanks for putting up with all my shenanigans.
Thank you to all my IVN family for riding with me during this journey. Your love and support is what keeps me going. I can’t thank you all enough. Cheers to year one!!!