Work From Home? Here's What to Wear

I am ecstatic about the new year, and I hope if you're reading this you are as well. If not, perk up, cause we're talking fashion! 

The end of 2017 was rocky for me, and not in a bad way. It was rough in that there was a lot going on. My co founders and I got back to NYC in August, and we had interviews and speaking engagements that led us through the end of the year. I also found myself applying for a new job. That process involved several rounds of interviews, both in person and virtual plus a pdf presentation that I had to complete in a weekend. Add in a few stressful days of looking for, and making travel arrangements for myself, partner and dog for Christmas. By the time my vacation started on Dec 19th I was ready to GO!  

One of the best parts of the holidays for me is shopping. For many years, the day after Christmas my friends and I would pile into someone's car and drive from Maryland to New York to shop at Woodbury Commons outlet! lol We'd come back with soooo many bags. Clothes from Off Saks 5th, Prada, Nike you name it. The deals were sooo good! I remember getting a pair of Dolce & Gabbana jeans for $20 by the time all of the markdowns were added.

Since the new year came in, I've made a few new purchases. Getting items from new favorites stores: And Other Stories and COS -- the getting was good. I have been wanting to update my "work from home" look for awhile. The previous era consisted of leggings and a tunic style top, unless it was the summer then it was a range of moo moo dresses and pair of minnetonka loafers. I vowed to glam things up for 2018. From tuxedo pants to an updated plaid suit, I am getting ready to kill all the engagements both online and in person. 

One thing I know is how hard it can be to jazz things up when you work from home. It's cold right now in NY and my heater stays on 24/7. In the mornings I am tempted to throw on some sweats, brush my teeth, wipe the crust out my eye, walk the dog, grab a cup of coffee and hit my desk. However I have found that I am much more productive and confident when I put some time and effort into my look. I might not have to go anywhere but I do have skype meetings/calls and occasionally go live on social media for business so I need to look polished. 

I have also found that when I am fully dressed, down to the shoes if someone calls me and invites me out, I am much more receptive to the invite.

This time of year I am all about chunky sweaters, fleece-lined tights, cute gloves/mittens, and bright colored anything! I got the cutest orange top from COS and I can't wait to rock it. Below are a few of my work from home/coffee shop looks followed by a few pieces to give your wardrobe a jumpstart for 2018.  

Quality Details with & Other Stories

Recently I assisted my good girlfriend David on a photoshoot for Stuart Weitzman. We had a good time shopping and overall prepping for the shoot. One of the stores we shopped was And Other Stories. I have not been shopping in quite awhile, especially in a mall setting and I had never heard of the store.

I fell in love instantly.

I have been obsessed ever since, and have taken stock of at least two of their NYC stores because I'm all in. Their price point ranges from $13 for earrings to $195 for boots, give or take. And Other Stories is also a sister brand to H&M and offer a range of items including skincare. I had to do a round-up of items to keep my eyes on, as I cleaning out my closet and looking to update some items including coats, gloves, tops and some of my handbags

See my roundup below!  


8 Velvet Pieces To Revive Your Wardrobe

A lot of people know me for my work in social media and more recently the cannabis industry. What most don't know is that I actually launched my career in fashion. My bachelor's degree is in fashion merchandising. I moved to NYC in 2005 where I interned in the fashion department at Vibe Magazine. I've worked in fashion in many areas including - sales, visual merchandising and back to publishing. Ever since I was a child I had great affection for clothes and especially the feeling you feel when you know your outfit is perfect! Clothing is powerful. I've spent thousands of dollars over the years making various fashion purchases. From thrift shops to luxury items to wearing out a flea market in Nigeria I love shopping! Shoes, handbags, and especially accessories. I also love accessories you can't exactly wear, like this 18k gold blunt tip. But I digress.

With the year winding down I have been thinking, like almost everyone else about what I want for the next year and more importantly what I need to let go of. One of the first places I am starting to let go is my closet. As I've been clearing out my closet, I noticed I have quite a few velvet pieces. Just a month or so ago I picked up a pair of blue velvet loafers from ZARA. I love them so much I decided I needed to add a velvet skirt, dress, and bodysuit to my wardrobe. Plus I also love mixing textures and velvet items can be the perfect partner to everything from satin to leather and everything in between. 

While checking around online for some velvet options Missguided really got me caught up, they have over 300 hundred velvet items just waiting to be styled.

Below are 8 succulent velvet pieces from Missguided that I'm eyeing for my closet. 

1. Burgundy Velvet Skirt http://tidd.ly/db4640f7

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2. Black Velvet Bodysuit http://tidd.ly/c8347780

3. Nude Velvel Biker Jacket http://tidd.ly/95b2848c

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4. Orange Crushed Velvet Scoop Back Bodysuit http://tidd.ly/ad4e3dfe

5. Silver High Waisted Panties http://tidd.ly/dce3cd6d

6. Purple Velvet Croc Effect Clutch http://tidd.ly/98d8fbe9

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7. Pink Velvet Backpack http://tidd.ly/f18f70e3

8. Navy Velvet Choker http://tidd.ly/a15ef38

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Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I'll be sharing some IG Stories as I clean out my closet over the week! 

[Part 2] - Top 10 Black Fashion Movie Moments

Part 1 of this post is one of my most successful blog post ever! I've finally found a moment to finish part 2. I do get frustrated by the lack of imagination some editors take when they create these TOP this or BEST of list that exclude African Americans, especially in film. Nevertheless blind eyes are now open and hopefully they'll do "the education" and take a weekend to experience these films starring African Americans which showcase amazing costume design on top of fine acting.

If you missed Part 1 of this piece click here to check it out!

6. The Wiz โ€“ Fantasy & Drama

The wardrobe and make-up team did a great job styling the main cast, but it was the cast in the partying all up and through Emerald City where the film really shines for me! 

SN: one summer I visited the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NYC. They house a lot of memorabilia from The Wiz. Including miniature characters and costumes. This movie had everyone from Lena Horne to Geoffrey Holder.

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Fun Fact: Norma Kamali designed the costumes for the Emerald City sequences in The Wiz

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7. Mo Better Blues โ€“ Bold & Clean: 1 "musician" caught in a love triangle with 2 bold women. 

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8. Harlem Nights โ€“  Pomp and Pageantry

Eddie Murphy is one of my favorite comedians and film-makers. I honestly don't think he gets the credit he deserves. Murphy never cut corners when it came to creating and executing his films. He spared no expense. Its evident in the films final outcome and especially in the styling of the costumes his characters wore. 

9. Eve's Bayou โ€“ Elegant & Regal, Louisiana 1960's 

10. She's Gotta Have It โ€“ 1 woman, 3 lovers = Minimalist Man-eater 

I love this film because the clothes, especially Nola's are clean and simple. Delicate touches like earrings, watches and belts add dimension to an otherwise minimal, hipsters' wardrobe. 

Honorable mention to some of my others faves that didn't make the cut like Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross and Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice.


Style Secrets of Eartha Kitt

I have been wanting to write a style post on Eartha Kitt for awhile. Today I finally sat down and got to work. The film Boomerang was the first time I discovered Eartha Kitt. And from the moment she walked in frame I was mesmerized. Eartha Kitt was everything: sexy, regal, poised. From that moment on, her and Grace Jones, also in the film became my idols. 

In my opinion style is all about confidence. You never want your clothes wearing you and Eartha owned ALL of her looks; from the set to the stage Eartha exuded a confidence in her demeanor and certainly in what she wore. Thats why CONFIDENCE is the 1st style secret of Eartha Kitt. 

The 2nd key to Eartha Kitts style was her HAIR. Whether at rehearsal on on the beach Eartha Kitt made sure to protect her tresses. Known to move through town wearing a satin scarf or a bonnet.  Ladies I am sure you can attest to the benefits of protecting your delicate strands!

And finally Eartha Kitt's EYEBROWS and the fact that she loved a good strand of PEARLS. She proved that a single stand of pearls paired with cut offs, a white collar tee and sandals could possibly be the sexist way to pull off denim short-shorts. 

I don't know about you, but when I put my outfits together for the week, I'll be sure to think of muva Eartha and her classic sense of style when I do. Before you go check out this fun performance of Eartha Kitts on the Nat King Cole Show... Prrrrrrr

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[Part 1] - Top 10 Black Fashion Movie Moments

1. Boomerang - Decadence & Glamour The first time I watched Boomerang I distinctly remember wanting to become some kind of executive when I grew up. Marcus Graham, played by Eddie Murphy made it seem like the coolest job ever. He was a hot-shot, advertising executive that lived the ultimate player's life - then he meets his match in Robin Givens - a major man - eater. The film  was set in the 90's where men happily went shopping for suits and fine touches like cashmere scarfs and silk ties.  The women of the time wore clip-on earrings, pearl choker's, shoulder pads and hair was teased and feathered whether it flowed down your back or was shaped like a mushroom (see Halle Berry).

Other notable moments - anytime Strangรฉ, played by Grace Jones came into the frame & John Witherspoon's mushroom shirt/jacket/tie "you got to coordinate" moment.

Get into these looks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD72SuD-hJU

2.Love Jones - Dark & romantic minimalism. A poet meets a photographer - swoon. Nina Mosely, played by Nia Long was so chill. She wore a mixture of textures in muted color palettes of black, white,  brown with very little jewelry and always a dark, vampy lip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNMoQ_Cqt4E

Spoiler alert - Music by Maxwell... that's all!~

3.Mahogany - Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams. Chile...get your life!

The movie was about Tracy, played by Ross leaving Chicago to become a GREAT fashion designer. She ends up in Rome, gag! This movie should be required viewing at every fashion school.

One of the most inspiring songs ever written is from this movie: (Do You Know Where You're Going To).

True Story: Diana Ross designed some of the costumes in Mahogany

How these so-called "diverse and progressive fashion institutions" continuously miss the significance of this film..

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj70JnvQv8k

4. B.A.P.S

If white people can have Dumb & Dumber, and Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion then dammit WE GON' HAVE B.A.P.S. & Soul Plane!!! Black people, yall gonna let Halle be great!

Anyway, these "Atlanta Diva's" started out a little rough around the edges, yet remained true to themselves; and after an intuitive trip to Los Angeles they cleaned up pretty nicely.

"Listen, Halle was committed to this character." Billz

Honey, All I know is Halle had ALL the vinyl suits!! Not to mention the most lavish hairstyles and gold teeth!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHPpnwYVV8s

5. Carmen Jones - The pioneers on which all of the above and myself stand. Carmen Jones was SO mean that in 1992 "the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The filmed starred Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll and others. The costume and musical numbers are so well executed I can't understand why we don't have more musical films today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBlWEB9BVGE

I hope you enjoyed. So often I see post that list the top fashion films and they never include a black and/or minority film.

As if we don't have careers, interest, or impact within the fashion industry. So I decided to compile my own list. These films continue to inspire and motivate me.

Come back for Part 2 later in the week. Leave a comment an let me know your favorite Fashion Films starring African Americans!

Looking Like Sex & Love At First Sight

Oh don't mind me, I'm just getting mentally and physically prepared for another New York summer. Watching this Sex and The City episode where Carrie is wearing the slinky, white dress for her "date" with Mr. Big. The one where Samantha let it be known that Carrie wasn't interested in HAVING sex, she merely wanted to look like it. Lately I've been grooving to Lauryn Hill, and Fiona Apple, The Roots, Zhane, plus a little Janet. Drumming up wardrobe ideas for the summer. Check the images below, don't you love how bronzed everyone looks? Fiona Apple's 'Criminal' video is one of my all time favorite videos.ย  If only NYC weather would get consistent, the closet switcheroo I did a couple of weeks ago would make sense. Instead I'm still pulling out down coats for evening chills. I am ready for slinky dresses, layered jewelry -- lots of bangles, wild hair and attitude!

This video Break You Off by The Roots is another all-time favorite. Home-girls braids are taking me BACK!

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In other news, I left my favorite pair of melanieDIZON shoes on the subway. I was all up & through my phone and almost missed my stop; I jumped up off at the last possible second, FELT my load was light, turned and saw my shoes continue on their journey. Meanwhile I had just picked them up for the 4th time from the cobbler. They'd got the works: new soles, heels, tightened straps and polishing. There's some lucky SOB in Coney Island having the time of their life in my damn shoes. But on a fro-yo run --- to numb the pain I stopped into the Telco and fell in love. Sure they're NOTHING like the shoes I lost, but aren't they sickening!!!

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Some work, some play. My friend Mattย  and I are participating in the NBC's Comedy Playground contest. We met up at Saraghina for lunch, he took some quick flicks of me outside the restaurant. My feet look ashy, but I assure you I Shea buttered down that morning! lol

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I was NOT in the mood for pizza, so I got the grilled eggplant sandwich, I added a side of fries and Matt and I churned out our pilot episode.

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When I was a teen I watched A LOT of Katie Brown, and Rachel Ashwell's show Shabby Chic.ย  I love the shabby chic aesthetic.ย  And I love the decor inside Saraghina. It has a very rustic appeal. It's low-key, minimal and yet very warm. Plus its quite sexy at night, even at the communal tables. The next time you're visiting Bed-Stuy check it out!

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Bloop!

I have my 2nd audition tomorrow for a feature film that I sent in a video for earlier in the week! I am super excited about it!!!

So I'll be logging off now to continue preparing! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!