Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Discover FALL

dress: HERE| belt bag: HERE| shoes: c/o HERE

Do you like camouflage prints? I do! I spotted this number online and especially liked the red floral print that is intertwined throughout. Immediately I added it to my virtual basket.
When it arrived, I was pleased that the fit was exactly as I envisioned (I'm wearing a size 1X). I wanted to style it with a thin red belt, but decided to step outside of my comfort zone and style it with a red fanny pack instead...
Full disclosure: When fanny packs first made a comeback, I was not impressed! I didn't like them when I was younger, and I'm still not completely smitten with them...However, I do like the modified version: Belt bags. So cute! The difference between the two is usually a slim, sleek design. I set about finding a red one for this dress, but to no avail. You know how it is when you are looking for something specific? You can't find it anywhere! So I settled on a  red fanny pack... Since this one was under $20, I won't feel bad at all if its time with me is brief... When it comes to incorporating trendy pieces, I opt for fast fashion stores. However for quality, classic pieces, I prefer to go high end πŸ˜‰
Until next time,
Xx

Friday, November 2, 2018

Event Recap | RALPH LAUREN Women in Film Panel Event


Earrings: Kate Spade| Dress Eliza J.| Shoes: Steve Madden

Last week I had an amazing opportunity to attend the WOMAN by RALPH LAUREN Women in Film Panel Event. The panel was moderated by Lisa Ling, Executive Producer and Host of This is Life on CNN. 
Panel members included Stephanie Allain, Zoe Lister-Jones, Catt Sadler, and Sanaa Lathan.
The event was held at The Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The discussion centered around some of the challenges a woman faces working in the film industry and some of the progress that has been made to date. Panel members also shared the importance of women genuinely supporting one another and serving as a mentor whenever possible.  I thoroughly enjoyed the lively and informative discussion! 

Check out a few interesting facts on each of the women who served on the panel:

Lisa Ling
Journalist
Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN, now in its sixth season. For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Out America on OWN. She was also a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline. She was the first female host of National Geographic’s flagship show, Explorer.  Ling is the co-author of Mother, Sister. Daughter, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. In 2014, President Obama appointed Ling to the Commission on White House Fellowships.

Stephanie Allain
Producer
Stephanie Allain produces award-winning films by women and writer-directors of color that make headlines, launch careers and shape the cultural landscape. In 1990, she supervised John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures, where she worked for a decade bringing underrepresented filmmakers to the studio. Allain founded Homegrown Pictures in 2003 and produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, among others. She sits on the board of Women In Film, is a founding member of ReFrame and teaches at the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.

Zoe Lister-Jones
Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
Zoe Lister-Jones is a quadruple threat, working as an actor, director, writer and producer, and currently starring opposite Colin Hanks on CBS’ Life in Pieces. In 2017, she released her directional debut, Band Aid, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lister-Jones wrote the pilot Woman Up, which she will executive produce alongside Liz Meriwether and Jason Winer for ABC. Additionally, she wrote and produced Consumed; wrote, executive produced and starred in Fox Searchlight’s feature Lola Versus; and co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie comedy, Breaking Upwards. She also starred on Broadway opposite Jeff Goldblum in Seminar, and opposite Johnny Galecki in The Little Dog Laughed.

Catt Sadler
Journalist, Activist, Tastemaker
Catt Sadler is a three-time Emmy-winning journalist with twenty years of on-air experience. She is well renowned for her work on E! Entertainment where she spent more than a decade contributing to E! News, E! News Weekend, Daily Pop, Live From E! and a myriad of network specials. After choosing to leave E! over a wage gap issue and receiving an outpouring of support, Catt became a prominent voice for the Time’s Up movement. She has spent much of her energy in recent months contributing to the cause by taking part in the L.A. Women’s March and speaking at the Equal Pay Day Rally at City Hall in New York. Championing women has always been her passion.

Sanaa Lathan
Actor, Producer
Sanaa Lathan can currently be seen starring in the Netflix film Nappily Ever After, which she co-produced with Marc Platt. She can also be seen on Showtime’s The Affair playing the tough-as-nails school principal, Janelle Wilson. A truly diverse actress who has proven herself capable of winning acclaim in any genre, some of Sanaa’s film credits include Love & Basketball, Out of Time, Contagion, and the ensemble classic, The Best Man, which remains one of the top ten highest grossing African American films in history. Sanaa has also received a Tony Award nomination for her work on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. Next, she will be seen in the feature film Native Son, a modern-day adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic novel.

I hope you enjoyed this recap Babes!
Until next time,
Xx

Monday, October 29, 2018

Rolling in Plaid | Inspired by BeyoncΓ©


plaid coat: c/o HERE| blazer: c/o HERE| wide leg pants: c/o HERE| red purse: HERE| red shoes: similar HERE

Did you miss the time when Beyonce broke the internet yet again, as in last week?! If so, check her out in her full glory HERE. I absolutely LOVE the way that she rocked this entire look! Apparently over two and a half million of her followers felt the exact same way 😍 I instantly knew that I needed to recreate this look on a full-figured frame - namely my own of course, LOL!!! Fortunately my friends at Eloquii agreed with me, they so graciously sponsored this LOOK!
Babes, Bey stuns in a bright orange plaid coat, layered over a tailored menswear-inspired plaid suit with bellbottom pants. She used accessories to play it up by way of a colorful statement bag, a diamond Chanel pin, dark sunglasses, and clear pointy shoes. This look screams Boss Babe!!! I am so HERE for it and much more!
Oftentimes when recreating a look, people feel a need to mirror every single detail exactly. I totally disagree, you can take a concept/idea and make it yours! Yes, OWN IT! 
As an example, notice that I selected a suit similar to the one Bey wore, however, I utilized a different color palette. You must know by now how much I LOVE wearing RED, it seemed only natural that red should be my standout color versus orange. Additionally, I opted for vintage rhinestone earrings, a vintage rhinestone pin, a red statement bag, plus red suede shoes. One must improvise when diamond Chanel pieces are not an option 😏 Do share Babes, would you rock this look?! What celebrity's style has inspired you lately?
Until next time,
Xx

Friday, October 26, 2018

Fall Refresh | Style a Dress Over Pants

earrings: old| dress: HERE| jeans: similar HERE| shoes: similar HERE| faux fur bag: another option HERE

I'm always looking for ways to test the versatility of my wardrobe and to play with fashion. I like to think outside the box whenever possible, even when/if it makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable. 

I first tried the concept of wearing a dress over pants back in 2014. I was super curious as to how it would play out on my body, as it is full-figured and curvy. Generally you see the trend of dresses styled over pants only on thin and or tall models. Nonetheless, I decided to go for it. Wouldn't you know- I JUST LOVED IT! 
Previously I've styled shorter dresses with slim cut pants, but the look shown in today's post is my very first time styling a long dress over pants --- and wide leg pants at that! 
Let's break all the fashion faux pas at once, right?!?! LOL!
The idea sprung from one weekly session in my closet, which actually led to a disastrous tornado-like effect... Clothes were everywhere...as they often are...Yet, back to the topic at hand...
I purchased this white dress at an end of summer sale for a GREAT price. It was originally $500... Naturally, I wanted to create an opportunity to wear it this year versus waiting until next summer. However, an added caveat was that I also wanted it to align with fall fashion versus just styling it as a summer dress - which I totally will, at a later date. After a few try-on sessions, plus the acquisition of a cute white faux fur tote, this look fell into place ❤
Over to you Babes: Are you into dresses over pants?!
Until next time,
Xx

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sweater Permitting, featuring LANE BRYANT

Mesh Yoke Cold-Shoulder Pullover Sweater: c/o HERE 
Fast Lane Super Stretch Skinny Jean - Coated Moto: c/o HERE 
Studded Strap Bootie: c/o HERE

This post is sponsored by Lane Bryant. All opinions shared belong solely to me.

Hey Babes! It isn't every day that I opt to wear all black, as in all black everything from head to toe. Nonetheless, there is an exception to every rule ❤ Especially when it comes to one's personal sense of style! I have a lifelong affection for monochrome looks. Over the years, while chronicling my style online, I came to realize something: I prefer a modified monochrome approach specifically when wearing/styling all black everything. In what way? 
T E X T U R A L  INTEREST. 
Let's take this look as an example. First, notice how the knit sweater features mesh detail on the shoulders and frilly cutouts? These variations in texture & style coincide ever so nicely with the coated denim skinny jeans, which by the way are an AWESOME alternative to leather pants. The jeans are edgy personified, including moto detailing and matte hardware. And for the glazed cherry on top: Peep the faux leather booties equipped with four studded buckle straps 😍
I love how this fit came together Babes! It feels edgy, sassy, sexy, and on trend! It's casual enough to rock on a day/evening of errands, yet also glam enough for a night out. Remember, versatility is KEY! 
Head over to LaneBryant.com TODAY, you may catch a special offer on sweaters before it expires πŸ˜‰
Until next time,
Xx


Photography by A. Robinson