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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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WhAt ArE yOu GoInG tO dO?

No matter how hard I try to embrace my imperfections they still find a way to humble me even more. I mean we all make mistakes! Why does it bother¬†ME so¬†much¬†when I do? Aren’t I here to learn from my mistakes, which I like to call lessons¬†by the way. Why do I care? Why am I so hard on myself? Who are you to make me feel like my work isn’t good enough? What does it mean? How do I¬†get past this?¬†

No person walking, crawling, riding, or however you get around on this earth, is perfect. Yet in still¬†humans try to behave as if we are. Judgmental little ‘FOCKERS’ at times.¬†Seems to me like the more insecure you are the meaner you are, in my humble opinion anyway. And the more you love yourself, the more you seem to¬†do way more for others than yourself at times. How does this work? What are you going to do?

I love <3. I move on. I give back. I brush past bullish. That’s what I’ll do. Always have, and always will.

 

As always…

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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A Girl Can Dream

There are few¬†things in life that can distract me. One of those things is a runway show that just shoots life into my veins, similar to heroin.¬†The other being Candy Crush SAGA, damn that game! *Throws hands up into the air* And as unfortunate as that may sound. It’s true. What am I¬†going to do? *Shrugs shoulders*¬†¬†There’s a bright side¬†to everything, it could always be worse. ūüôā

My intentions were to share with you all a little of Balmain PARIS’s Fall/Winter 2015-16 RTW(ready to wear)¬†collection,¬†as well as a little of H&M’s F/W 2015-16 RTW collection. It REALLY was, although after gathering my emotions from the Balmain show. My hat went off to Oliver Rousteing’s creative genius behind this ensemble of clothing he prepared for our viewing pleasure.

Oh, of¬†course as any aspiring anything, we somehow¬†find a way¬†to absolutely¬†LOVE what we cannot have at that moment. Is Balmain PARIS¬†in my budget? Heck to the NO! But “A Girl Can Dream”, can’t I? Now H&M is heavy in my closet and drawers. I mean really, you could break your back with all of the different stuff that’s from H&M in this house! Here’s the thing though, my mouth watered just a little while watching the Balmain show yesterday. And to be honest with you all, the H&M collection is outstanding! It will most likely end up in my house with the rest of their items scattered around this place.¬†Reason being H&M is in fact in my budget. Lol!

Here’s just a little smidgen of what H&M shared with us yesterday.

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Not bad at all, right? I can see myself in at least seven/eight different articles of clothing.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† All of¬†the H&M images are from Harper’s Bazaar’s magazine website. I claim no ownership.

 

Okay, ENOUGH already, let me¬†begin to¬†share with you why I feel Oliver of Balmain’s¬†collection had to¬†get a majority of this¬†post, and hopefully H&M will have their time to shine in a post of mine some time next week. *That is if someone hasn’t already beaten me to it*¬†¬†Opening credits are on now, let’s all put on¬†our bib as we get to all of this absolute fashion¬†beauty. *Rubs hands together with a slight devilish grin*¬†

 

The show is now set to begin. I have the gallery set up to two different views, all are my personal favorites. The first show will display how effortlessly the fabric flowed down the runway, and the second will show the structure of the other garments. This is just a peek of what was actually on the runway. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did/do!

 

 

Did you like it? Or did I hype it up too much for your taste? I really enjoyed it! Whelp, I hope that you all got something out of it, that is my wish. ūüôā

Last picture, here’s Oliver Rousteing who is the¬†creative director and¬†(I BELIEVE)¬†part owner of Balmain PARIS.

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All Balmain PARIS images are from VOUGE magazine’s website. I claim no¬†ownership.

 

Small S/O to another blogger JILW-B life is poetry for guiding me to images for this post.

As always, thank you for your 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