Photo: necklace: H&M; shoes: Michael Kors; top: Zara; pants: H&M
I looked like a came out if a sci-fi flick today (so I was told). Nothing like an all black suit to walk around the city in the rain.
Hair slicked back thanks to tireless days at the gym. What do my Black girls do when you go to the gym every other day and your hair is short and it sweats out and then u have a Fro! I think I may weave it up for the rest of the summer. Short hair cuts are high maintenance. Any suggestions?
Zara had their semi-annual sale and I was all in their racks and stocked up! I purchased this Peplum skirt for $40, among a few other items. We had a girls night out and saw Magic Mike and chowed down at Negrils in the West Village section of NYC. So it only made sense to dress somewhere in between casual and a notch or two below dressy. Throwing on my comfy wedges instead of stilletos and a cotton tank to pair with the skirt created that comfy look and feel that I was going for without looking like out of place and overdone.
I had such a lovely stay-cation. I did nothing but go to the beach and sit poolside almost every single day… I cut myself off from all social media and just enjoyed my time not thinking about anything. And now I’m back…
Going to work comfy has been my mission lately. With temps rising to 95 or even higher again this week, I really just wanted to throw something on and go. No muss or fuss with extras. Is that a cardinal sin for fashion lovers? Maaaaybe.. but I’ll risk it…
Simple does it in a loose one shoulder dress. Throw it on and belt it. This loose dress can hide trouble areas if u have any and slims the upper body if you have broad shoulders. Check out more options at Necessary Clothing. Instead of my signature large necklaces, I opted for larger earrings to bring in a little POW, in a low key kind of way. Yes. This is my low key. Lol.
The wedges I found are priced at $12.50 at where else– Strawberry Stores. They were on sale 1/2 off. How could I pass on that deal. Comfort without breaking the bank.
Zara’s mini shopper was a gift from my husband. Although pictured with handles, it does have a strap for your shoulder and an internal bag inside that can be removed. The bag is so spacious and made of 100% buffalo leather. I wear it everyday. When I love something, I run it to the ground. Lol. It is priced at about $90 and can be found for purchase in many other colors at Zara. This could be a great alternative for a “school bag”.
When I decided to throw this on for the Dream Cloth opening, I really needed something to bring around my neck area that would be large. Unfortunately, none of my usual stomping grounds had what I wanted which was a Boom Kack POW piece. So I opted to combine necklaces that I owned and newly purchased. The rope “choker” is actually a belt from H&M. Yes you heard right. A belt. The second piece is a three piece chain also from H&M. And the third piece (that I am actually wearing backwards–to hide the multicolor dots) is from a street vendor in Broadway in SoHo.
I have a guest Blogger! Please welcome Chris Classiq. He will be working on a Men’s section for the blog and I am happy to have him on board. Keeping true to THE FASHION CLONES, he will be bringing deals, steals, high-end and vintage finds for all you men.
We recently went out to the Chanel exhibit in SoHo, NYC and here is what we wore:
Photos of Chris Classiq: top & trousers: H&M; loafers: Aldo Stores; aviators: Street Vendor, SoHo NYC
I love the brown piping on the loafer.
Photos of Me:dress: Zara; satchel: Zara; shoes: Steve Madden-Dynemite; sunglasses: Ray Ban Aviators
We found this gate with yellow rope on Wooster Street and Spring Street for anyone looking for a cool place to shoot.
Firstly, I am a big believer wearing shoes I love on the regular. These Steve Madden shoes have got to be the most comfortable shoes I have ever purchased! Walked in them all day, yes I did! I could have worn this fab tulip dress from Zara with red shoes and be typical but wanted to go for a cute stepford wife meets Michelle Obama.. . This dress cost $100 but you can find similar dresses at ASOS (one of my favorite stores) for less. This one below is on sale for $28.00
Friday I was scheduled to head over to Loft’s new concept store at Rockefeller Center for their event. But due to projects being thrown at me out of nowhere it seems (they had to know I was going somewhere, because who would give me a project like this on a Friday), I couldn’t make it… So I just sucked it up, went to Hale and Hearty for some soup (what’s your favorite? mine is macaroni and cheese w/ beef —yummm) and snapped some pics and worked through my lunch hour.
Day to Night look.
Photo: tank: Forever 21 (they were 2 for $10); tulip skirt: Zara; heels: Steve Madden–Dynemite; necklace: Street Vendor–Union Square-NYC; earrings: Necessary Clothing, SoHo-NYC, sunglasses: Ray Ban–Aviators; accessories:bracelets by Aldo Stores & My Tee BAD.
I love this tulip skirt because it’s short enough not to feel dowdy, but long enough not to be sent home. I always find it difficult to express my style at work without teetering on the extreme side.. I know there is a time and place for everything, but I cant help but feel like I am being someone who I am not all suited up.
I paired it with the white tee because I wanted the neck piece and skirt to stand out (having a bit of deja vu as I am writing this). You could however totally color block this with bold colors like with a nice Magenta blouse..
Because I had the grim a few weeks back I missed my sister’s birthday celebration so I decided to make it up to her and took her out for appetizers and drinks after work to my favorite spot located in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, NYC. It actually happens to be one of her favorite spots as well. The lounge is called Vodou Bar. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. I can’t say enough good things about this bar/lounge. It’s located at the corner of Halsey Street and Nostrand Avenue. It’s sexy and chic. Most times I walk right in with no lines. They have wonderful waiters and waitresses. Black owned. Mixed crowds = Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, LGTB, you name it, it’s there! And that is EXACTLY the reason I love Vodou Bar. Everyone meshes well, no tension, no drunk assholes, everyone is there to have a good time and the kicker, I DONT HAVE TO LEAVE BROOKLYN TO HAVE FUN. Did I mention the DJ’s? GREAT DJ’s. Thursday was Global Jam night (first time for me attending on a Thursday). Music from all over the world (danceable music), i.e. African music, Haitian, Jamaican, Brazilian, Cuban and he even played for me “Where Have You Been” by Rihanna (Wooooooooooooooooo my song). $5 drink specials! PLEASE TRY THEIR CHILIYAKI WINGS! OMG!!! AMAZING! So if you are ever in NYC, give Vodou a shot, it’s worth it and you will never go hang out in Manhattan again! I am a Brooklyn snob. I can’t help it! LOL.
<GASP> How could I forget Patrick the Manager! He was awesome! Very accommodating, a ball of fun and stylish! Perfect fit for Vodou! And Shanel (who will have a post all to her own) is such a good bartender and stunning!
Here are some pics of Vodou and our night!
I call this the bird-cage..
A glass anyone?
Patrick-The Manager! Wearing (for those who want to know) top: Express; tie: Tommy Hilfiger
And his Diesel boots!
My sister Nyia!
Wearing; top: Vintage from London, England; jeans:Hot Topic; earrings: her own design and creation; bangles:from Capetown, South Africa
Manfred and I!
Manfred is wearing: blazer: H&M; top:Top Shop; jeans: Forever 21
What I am wearing: dress: Forever 21; belt: Necessary Clothing; earrings: Ricky’s
shoes: Zara on sale $50 *dark pic i know, dark in there.
I am currently stalking these dresses by ZARA. Ugh! I even know the shoes I want to wear with each! God, I love the Summer. I wonder if the second one would get me sent home from work? Hmmm.
After looking at these dresses, I know you probably notice that they are completely different styles and maybe even questioning if they are even my style. Well, the truth is, yes they each reflect my personal style, I am a chameleon, and I kind of transform with every look I try. I always have a signature stand out piece (either a funky shoe, belt, and/or neck piece). High end, low-end, mid-point, sexy tight dress, business suit, or white tee with jeans. The point of this post was to:
a) display what I am loving for myself and buying;and
b) to encourage trying new styles and/or styles that may not be what you would typically go for.
Why? So you don’t get stuck with the same look over and over again. Keep it fresh, proportioned and surprise; never be predictable. POW!
This post is so long overdue. I went out when I was sick (I now coin it “the grim”). Went out to a small lounge with my friends. I love them to pieces. We just hung out.. chill vibez .
On to the night: Wearing: top and skirt: Forever 21 skirt $9.80 top $18, belt: ASOS $27, necklace: Aldo $20 (which broke into pieces) and shoes by Zara not pictured.
My bestie. He wore pieces I selected for him. Suit and top by H&M. Watch by Guess.
Close up of my chain, blouse and my boo Manfred. It was soooo hot in there. Kept my make up pretty light.. just eyeliner, mascara and blush. Liipstick was goooooooooooooone by my first drink.. Note to self, pics before you drink and sweat. mmmm k!
Lois and her shoe game… xoxox Chinese Laundry. How cute is that bow and clear wedge?!!! I am not photographer or anything (obvi), but I love when photos come out like this.
Dueces.. As I part… Calvin Klein Collection.. TJ Maxx I love you. Oh.. my bag, Aldo!!
Oh.. this is what I had on in a nutshell.. The shoes were not what I wore.. I liked them soo much that placed them in. They are Zara as well.