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Guest Features in Fashions for Now: Next Up!

Hi, fellow bloggers, friends, & lovers of reading! I do hope that you don’t miss the weekend too much! For us in Philadelphia, it’s been a four day weekend, Popemania all over town. Hopefully the beginning of your work week is treating you well, nonetheless!

After a VERY long , yet productive break, I’ve returned, and this was quite a feat for me. I say this because of the love of this brand. If there was any brand that I believe deserves recognition for their¬†current design aesthetic, it’s this company. I love to see apparel lines take shape with their conviction & style right before your eye. Another beautiful thing¬†about the designer that I’m highlighting for this “episode” designs for both men and women! *Drools a little* Can I just say that anyone who knows me, knows that I love menswear just as much (if not more at times) as women’s wear. Thus the long wait “shopping” the internet and¬†in Photoshop to get these looks¬†as right as possible¬†in my mind for this post.

With all of that being said, the wait has been long enough! Next up is…

Henry Holland of House of Holland

 

Here’s the kicker with¬†the HOH¬†(House of Holland) collections, I absolutely LOVE almost every single article of clothing inside of them. Henry’s ode to self is¬†quite evident. The HOH collection is a tailored (so London), yet edgy (New York kind), and still makes whom ever is wearing it feel Unique, Cool, GOOD and believe it or not Polished. Who does this?! And does it so well, Henry Holland of HOH.

I desperately would love to wear this designer at least 5 days maybe even more out of a week, to be¬†honest with you all. This is why it proved to be quite difficult when it came for me to pick and choose articles of clothing, therefore I’ll be doing this post VERY different from my last.

Look Number 1.

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The looks¬†I’m, oh I mean she’s wearing¬†are HYPERLINKED;

Orange Crop Top: HOH, Dirndl Skirt: HOH, Black Lady Bag: HOH, Comb Over Sunglasses: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Thigh High Boots: S. Madden.

Pink Embroidered Crop Top: HOH, Midi Length Sweat Skirt: HOH, Embellished Hot Dog Bag: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Sneakers: Juicy Couture @Kohls.

Look Number 2.

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What he’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Black Leather Shirt: HOH, Zig-Zag Trouser: HOH, Snakeskin Bucket Hat: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Black Leather Boots: John Varvatos Star @Bloomingdales.

Enjoy Myself T-Shirt (Black): HOH, Gingham Trousers: HOH, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, High Top Sneakers: Gucci @Bloomingdales.

Look Number 3.

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What I’m, ugh, I’ve done that again. What she’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Flame Print Sweatshirt (front & back views): HOH, Midi Length Tube Skirt: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Green Sunglasses: HOH, Stardust Bucket Bag: HOH, Booties: Kenneth Cole @Bloomingdales.

Mini Tube Dress (front and back views): HOH, Fur Clutch w/Chain: HOH, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Sunglasses: HOH, Ankle Booties: Vera Wangs @Kohls.

Look Number 4.

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What he’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Teacup Sweatshirt: HOH, Black Jeans: HOH, Watch: Daniel Wellington @Bloomingdales, Chukka Boots: Aldo.

Yellow Sweatshirt: HOH, Ell Gee Sweatpants: HOH, Flame Bucket Hat: HOH, Watch: Movado @Bloomingdales, Sneakers (Woman’s): Kenneth Cole @Bloomingdales.

Look Number 5.

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What they’re wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Denim Jean Jacket: HOH, Snake Print Joggers: HOH, Lace Crop Top: Lush Top @Bloomingdales, Necklace: Charming Charlie, Sunglasses: HOH, Tricks Clutch: HOH, Leather Slip On Sneakers: Aldo

Zig-Zag Trousers: HOH, M.F.P. Chest Tee: HOH, Belt: Salvatore Ferragamo @Bloomingdales, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: HOH, Chukka Sneakers: TOMS @Bloomingdales.


HOH is KILLING the game! Which¬†can also be thought of as an understatement in my personal opinion, and isn’t that what blogging is ALL about! Personal opinions. However, I do leave room for us to agree to disagree. Once you’ve actually gone to the HOH site, or inside the¬†actual store,¬†and¬†still beg to differ. ABSOLUTELY ¬†leave me a Comment, so that we can talk. ūüôā¬†I’m certain that Henry has at least one article of clothing/accessory for EVERYONE’S taste level.

Now go and explore, have fun, and above all make it a great week!

As always, I sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed this post! That I was supposed to post yesterday, YIKES!!

Ttyl,

PEACE.

 

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Presenting: Guest Feature in Fashions for Now

In honor of all the wonderful future fashions going on all over world, and the presently adorable, edgy, and fairly expensive¬†lines that are out and available today. I’ve decided to do little dedications throughout the week (maybe longer, who knows with me)! Now the designers that I’m featuring are all mostly¬†high end, although I’ve¬†added some low end pieces. Because we should all¬†look expensive no matter what we’ve paid for¬†our¬†items of clothing or accessories.

However,¬†I’ll try my very best to have lux looks covered in¬†different budgets for the next couple weeks, so do not fret. JUST try to grin and bear it until then, please! ūüėȬ†Now let’s get through this¬†present quest happily and most of all fashionably frugal. Depending on your budget for these next few designers it will not be so¬†frugal, but I like what I like, and love what I love. So maybe we’ll be happily fashionable in our journey through today’s honorable guest.

Who just happens to be….

Marc Jacobs

YAAAAYYYY!!!

Here we go, look Number 1.

Because it’s still on and off warm/hot, and we really don’t want summer to end. I’ve added two looks to end the summer¬†(up North anyway)¬†off cute and classy!!

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What she’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Shirt: Mark Jacobs, Skirt: Marc Jacobs, Unsmiley Face Bag: Marc Jacobs, Watch: is also Marc Jacobs, but sold out. Link is a close match, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Sneakers: Chuck Taylors @Kohls

Look Number 2 is one of my favorites. Effortless beauty, upscale yet comfortable.  With the switch of a heal and eye makeup, you can transition from day to night easy!

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What she’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Dress: Marc Jacobs, Purse: Marc Jacobs, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Earrings: Charming Charlie, but sold out too. Link is a pretty close match. Necklace: Charming Charlie, Shoes: Michael Kors

Look Number 3 is taking us right into my favorite season of all time, Autumn! I love everything about this outfit, starting with the color palette.¬†Second thing¬†would have to be¬†the back view¬†with zipper detail. Yes, lawd!¬†Lastly would have to be that it’s some of everything from everywhere. That’s how I¬†shop in real life, and am glad that I¬†have the chance to show¬†how I’d do it with¬†Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money. Hahahaha.¬†Super hype with it, I am!!

One More

What she’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Sweater (Front & Back View): Marc Jacobs, Satchel: Marc Jacobs, Shirt: House of Holland, Pants: Levi’s @Kohls, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Boots: Timberland

Look Number 4 is by far my Most Favorable. This look really makes me feel like she’s stylish, but relatable. Not too casual, but not too fashionable either. I dig her play on expensive tailoring, but also will take a ride on an ATV if the day takes her there. You Go Girl!!

LOOK 3

What she’s wearing is HYPERLINKED;

Wool Coat: Marc Jacobs, Sweater: Marc Jacobs, Pants: Levi’s @Kohls, Backpack: Marc Jacobs, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Earrings: Charming Charlie, Necklace: Charming Charlie,¬†Boots: Timberland

There you have it, and let me tell you, I want it all! There are Sssooooo many more Awesome pieces on Marc Jacobs’ Official website I could die in there! Although I wouldn’t live to show you our next guest, and give you what I’ve been working on. I guess I’ll live. Hope to you come back for more.

And as always, I hope that you’ve enjoy this post.

Please comment and share what you feel!

PEACE!!

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Fashion & Focus

I’m in the mood to write a little, maybe a lot. Who knows with me?

What brought me here was a picture/post that I put up on Instagram late last night.¬†I talked about how in Africa¬†Cacao bean pickers and Diamond miners already see beauty in the item that they are working to obtain. It didn’t take chocolate to make the bean delicious, the natives enjoy the bean as is. The cut of the diamond doesn’t give the rock more value, it’s already worth someone’s life over in Africa. They get it, believe me! Thus the story of my life.

 

As every Fashion &¬†Beauty blogger knows, it’s NYFW (New York Fashion Week), for those of you who happen to just be¬†humans. Lol :-)!¬† Do¬†I enjoy a spectacular fashion show just as much as the rest? Yes, if I must say so myself. Would I love¬†to be working as a Wardrobe Stylist to some of the designers on the runway from day to day, picking out outfits, snapping pictures everywhere, posting them on all of my social media sites,¬†and blog,¬†of course! Let’s be realistic though, there are levels to this ish in the wonderful words of Meek Mill (a rapper from Philadelphia). Unless you are born into “the business” and given that silver spoon, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK BISH!

 

I don’t knock anyone’s hustle on how they get to where they’re trying to go. I’m cut from a different kind of cloth. The “Please do you! ‘Cause I’m going to do me!!” cloth. If your dream is to become¬†some sort of¬†scientist, you’ve studied every book in that field, graduated with honors, and nobody is trying to hire you because you’ve had little to no hands on experience, so you improvise on your LinkedIn page or resume’. WHY NOT?!¬† You are qualified. It’s just that no one was willing to take a chance on you until your profile became colorful. I applaud that kind of thinking. If you’re aspiring to be a singer, and all you do are covers of other artist’s songs, or maybe background sing for some random artists. But you know how to sing! Do what you need to do in order to get where you need to go. As for myself as¬†a Fashion Stylist, I have other things on my plate¬†that will get¬†me to¬†my final destination as well.

Strive For

 

Styling comes Ssssooooo easy to me that it’s really quite scary sometimes. I don’t post all of what is in my head because I’m NOT READY, there are levels to this ish. In the meantime, I’ll work on my master plan. Tweak what needs to be done on a weekly basis. Keep track of what’s been done, and what I still need to do, as well as continue to take care of my home. All the while behind the scenes building beneficial relationships, and tearing down the ones where people question my vision/nonbelievers. None of that, that we as¬†artists tend to do sometimes, care about how people¬†view us, what others think, and/or if we¬†are on the “same path” to success as the one before us. Not I! We don’t even eat the same foods, we don’t hang with the same crowd, we don’t watch the same shows. So how, better yet, why would I bother to compare? Stunting my growth, for what? I’m just¬†typing from an honest place right now, and¬†I say¬†NO to that foolishness.

All that matters to me right here, right now, are faith, family, vision,¬†focus,¬†follow through, my believers, and my end goals.¬†(I’m sure that there are more, but y’all get it!) No limits, just endless opportunities!! The¬†rest will fall into place. Therefore don’t worry about me, my makeup is to¬†naturally¬†see darkness from time to time. That doesn’t stop me from¬†opening up to the inevitable light. Fully¬†aware of¬†my¬†value, what I bring to the table, my worth, and that my beauty inside and out is undeniable. I’m going to get there, and¬†in my raw or polished state those who know me will surely understand & accept what’s to come.Youcandoanything[1]

 

Now to all of those who are obsessed about someone else’s trajectory, do yourself a solid and find¬†the sun beneath¬†your fog. Not for me, nor anyone¬†else,¬†but for you! Let’s build up each other up, and¬†forget¬†tearing one another down.¬†Life will be so much more enjoyable that way, in my humblest opinion anyhow.

I hope this reaches someone who needed it, more than I needed to write it! Now go and make your dreams come true. And as always I sure do hope that you enjoyed this post.

Peace!!

 

All runway fashion photos are courtesy of Vogue Magazine online. The Tome S/S 2016 collection & Ohne Titel S/S 2016 collection.

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LOVE & SUCCESS

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¬†Love and Success go hand in hand, in my humble opinion. Let me tell you why…

When you have a¬†love for someone/thing, it will drive you like no other. Pushes you when you are feeling weak, embraces you when you’re low, and helps you to see obstacles clearly, so you make wise choices. Some may even call that passion! You see, this passion for the/that thing you love invigorates you to receive more of that love because the love feels so good. And in the words of Teddy Pendergrass, it feels good loving somebody/thing and that somebody/thing loves you back. I’m talking really good.

Oh, and let me be clear of ¬†this “thing” that I’m talking about, it’s not an object,¬†it’s a skill set¬†that you possess. Be it a chef,¬†public speaker, writer, caregiver, teacher, and¬†so forth. Once you’ve identified it within yourself,¬†you begin working hard not only for you, but for the thing(s) that you love¬†& that are loving you back! You¬†understand that it’s loving you back when people are¬†sending compliments to the chef, telling you how well you spoke and how inspirational you¬†are, also as people read what you’ve written and want¬†more of it,¬†and so on and so on. You get it! You like it! You have to have more!

This is a¬†great¬†place to be,¬†as well as¬†scary.¬†Now you feel high and low all in one swoop. You want to do more, but you secretly feel pressure. Am I good enough, will this work, is it too much, what if I fail, what if I¬†become extremely successful? All valid questions, but there¬† is no room for that in this stage of where we’re going. Turn that nervous energy into something special for your supporters, your lovers, your passion! We are only as good as our what we put out that day/week/month/year, therefore let’s continue to cultivate what we have been blessed with fearlessly! Our success depends on it, and really true love will help you along on this journey.

I wish¬† us all the very best, and as always I hope that you enjoyed this post! ūüôā

Peace

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What A Rush

Building a “brand” is exciting! Despite all¬†of¬†the constant emailing, hour long meetings, networking from venue to venue, immediate updates on all of your social media outlets, face to faces with distributors, morning headaches, assembling your “dream team”, and so forth & so on. At times it may even seem daunting and bleak,¬†like there are¬†never ending¬†stories of¬†troubles and woes. But it’s¬†YOUR DREAM. No obstacle is going to stand in the¬†way of fulfilling this¬†however long dream of yours. Because it’s been in the works for about a million years now, right? And it only seems to be truly stressful for you when¬†everything seems to be falling into the exact place, and then BAM! Bad news finds you. It’s MY DREAM though. I’m not going to let this stop me, you say. So you continue on this 24 hour drive that you’ve set up for your success. Peaks and valleys in your mind, thunderstorms and bright skies in reality, none of that matters though because it’s, YOUR DREAM.

Some time has past, and now you are beginning to see your destination on the horizon. You drive even faster, work even harder, and are starting to reach for that 5 Hour Energy that you know you’ve packed¬†for this ride somewhere. Found it, yes! There’s still about an eight hour drive left to go. I’m too close to stop now, there’s no turning back. Phone call, some good news is being received. Wonderful, you think!¬†Now you’re feeling like¬†this is all worth it again. I’m on my way, you say to yourself, I’m on my way.

Insert Brand Here:

A.F.E.


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This must have been what it felt like for this gentleman, Andre’ Francois Edwards. Or at least that’s what I got from being¬†around him as he embarked on this AWESOME journey. I’m truly happy for him!!

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This Brand Launch/Trunk Show took place at F.A.N (Friend and Nemesis Salon Boutique) in the Kensington/Fishtown section of Philadelphia, PA.¬†On display and for sale this past “first”¬†Friday, March 6, 2015 were his original graphic designed artwork, super soft, recycled, organic cotton mix sweat & V-neck shirts. (Sweatshirts are¬†being worn by both¬†Andre’¬†&¬†model pictured above)¬†Each one with a little flair of humor, strong masculine touch, and yet gentle approach to his aesthetic, as well as what he stands for as a designer/entrepreneur. It’s young, fresh, and new. Isn’t that what we all want to be inside & clearly outside, forever young!

What a night, what a RUSH! There was shopping, music, drinks, family, friends, mingling, and of course more networking. Above all of that thought, it was surely about¬†the brand A.F.E. (Andre’), and what an amazing job he has done with the introduction to his line of clothing. Round of applause, Sir!

All of A.F.E.’s clothing that you see here on this blog, and¬†items that¬†you haven’t seen¬†yet throughout the store are still available at F.A.N Salon Boutique while they last.¬†So go check them out!!

As for me, I’ll be¬†keeping my eye on this A.F.E. guy, I see great things in his¬†near future! Again, congratulations, and I’m kind of glad that we met. Thank you for allowing to be a part of this event. ūüôā

For more information on what Andre’ Francois Edwards and Friends and Nemesis (F.A.N)¬†are up to click on their links above, or check them both out on Facebook.

All of these statements are my own genuine opinion, and I was not paid in any shape or form for any of them.

Until next time,

PEACE

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Styling for You

Alright now, it’s about that time where¬†everyone who lives up North (or as of late any State experiencing extreme cold), but specifically up North is anticipating for the weather¬†to break. The sun¬†will¬†begin to stay out a little¬†longer, and¬†we won’t¬†need to be¬†more layered than an onion! I¬†can honestly say that I am one of those¬†people¬†right now. Oh, HAPPY DAY!!

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As for me, I love to get dressed no matter what the weather. Although, there is something about the Spring & Fall that get me really excited! Now I’m not one to dress for trends. I tend to buy clothes that are versatile throughout my wardrobe. I am¬†definitely known to mix and match, and I strongly suggest that to anyone who may ask me. I¬†LOVE color, prints, and an overall pretty clean look. I respect anyone willing to go out of the box with their style, but it has to be age appropriate, in your current dress size (please don’t get me started on too small or too big clothing),¬†and seem effortless. Clothing should have some personality I believe as well. I mean we are people who are in the clothes after all.¬†A little stain here or there, (not a HUGE one in the middle of your shirt or underarms)! Maybe a small thread¬†“hanging ten”. Little things that say, hey it’s clean, I’m clean, we’ve just been through some good times and I’m not trying to forget them just yet. Lol ūüôā Because to me anytime it may appear as if you are trying too hard, I say no to that.

I really don’t believe that there is a right or wrong when it comes to style. Unless it’s just horrifying and inappropriate. I would rather not see butt cheeks, butt crack, too much leg, too much breast. Etc. etc. Some things should be left to the imagination or your partner. Again my personal, humble opinion! Style should represent your personality, it should be comfortable (or relatively comfortable if you’re talking to a woman). Why do us¬†women¬†sometimes sacrifice comfort for beauty? Sheesh. Getting back to the matter¬†at hand, it¬†should also reflect the way you want to be treated!No matter your age getting dressed in my humble opinion should speak without you saying a word about who you are, and what you stand for in life.

For example, I’ll use me. Why not?

Here’s a look that I would wear on¬†let’s just¬†say Thursday. It’s almost¬†the weekend, but not quite. I’ll throw in some nail polish options and all. I might go with all three color incorporating a design on a few of my finger nails. Just to give you an overall picture of this woman. I may change, as a matter of fact, I WILL change into flats at some point throughout the day. Nevertheless, this is a reflection of something that I would wear on any given day. Tell me what you think.

What do you think of this woman? No seriously, I would like to know.¬†¬†Is she saying that she’s a professional, is she playful, does she have children, does she enjoy life, is she too serious, does she know how to entertain? What are your honest, kind, and genuine thoughts? Can you imagine¬†this woman¬†on a Friday going out to dinner with her husband, or significant other¬†dressed like this (down below)? Does your mind allow you to believe that she’s the same intelligent,¬†friendly, down to earth woman/mother from the day before?

As you ponder to get your thoughts together about this woman, and please let me know. Take some time to think about the message that you are sending with what you’re wearing right now. How does(n’t) it reflect the person that you are today, or striving to be in the¬†very near future?¬†¬†ūüėČ

Thank you for your time, and as always…

PEACE

The Arden

This weekend was bittersweet was for our family. It was the end of the Winter semester for our older children’s musical/acting session, but it’ll begin again for the¬†Spring semester¬†in a couple of weeks. ūüėČ

The Arden¬†is a pretty neat place, and we think you’ll agree! Read all about it right HERE.

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