Black Girl Magic

February 21, 2018

I am a gift givers worst nightmare.  I never have any idea what I want no matter what the holiday is.  Every Christmas, birthday, pollyanna, doesn't matter what the occasion the answer will always be " I don't know get whatever you want to get me".  Needless to say this Christmas was exactly the same.  My boyfriend asked me what I wanted and I told him to surprise me, and that is exactly what he did.  When I opened up my gift I was completely blown away, like scream out loud and jump up and down kind of blown away.

Photography: Lee Britto
Blazer: Odd Jar; Sweatshirt: She's in the mood; Jacket: This one or This one; Earrings: This one or This one or This one; Jeans: H&M Similar here; Boots; H&M ( on sale here)

In a time when cultural pride and self love have become imperative within the black community, apparel like this means more than just a cute outfit.  "Black Girl Magic" is a phrase that is so commonly used sometimes we don't really think about the reason behind this mantra.  When I think of the black women in my life I am reminded of their strength and  resilience when faced with seemingly insurmountable adversity, and their ability to be the very backbone for their family, making constant sacrifices for the benefit of others.  All the while, remaining completely unbreakable.  How can a person have to fight harder then most to attain the same respect as everyone else and still hold their head high and always seemingly come out on top?  We are magic.  We are infinitely and beautifully magical.  When I wear this shirt it's so much more to me then just being " cute " or "fashionable" .   It is a reminder that I know my worth, and nothing and no one can devalue me.  I am a strong, beautiful, amazing, self aware, black magical woman.  As the great Solange Knowles once said ( and yes I said GREAT) " Don't let nobody steal your magic"

Photography: Lee Britto
Blazer: Odd Jar
Sweatshirt: She's in the mood
Jacket: This one or This one
Earrings: This one or This one or This one
Jeans: H&M Similar here;
Boots; H&M ( on sale here)

Patience is Key

February 18, 2018

It is very true that as you get older your style begins to evolve.  A few years ago you could not catch me in any faux fur clothing.  Back then I wasn't really into to taking too many fashion risks and tended to lean more towards basics.  Don't get me wrong I still love my basics, they are the entire foundation of many of my outfits, but now I like to live life a little more on the edge and spice things up a bit.  Nowadays I want to try new things and take a few risks with my style. 

Faux fur coats were my first step to reinventing my wardrobe.  I had tried them in the past and they just never really looked that great on me.  I remember being so in love with the general appearance of a shag oat, then putting it on and looking like an entire marshmallow.  This year I kept seeing them everywhere and decided I would give them a try.  One day while taking one of my many failed target trips for one specific item, I wound up in the women's department "window shopping" their A New Day collection.  Then right when I was about to leave I spotted it.  This absolutely gorgeous faux fur leopard coat.  Now of course this wasn't what I came in there for.  I mean this wasn't even something I would typically even be open to the idea of, but I was in love, and I knew I had to have it.

Now one thing you will learn about me as time goes on is I am a habitual sale shopper.  I am a very firm believer that if it ain't on sale it ain't for me.  Seriously!  Shopping in general is great, but looking at the bottom of a receipt and knowing you saved a ton of money is so so much better.   So instead of buying this coat right on the spot I decided to wait until the next day,  cyber Monday, and see if Target would have any sales.  I am probably the most impatient human being on earth, but waiting paid off because the coat ended up being $10 cheaper then the original price.  I guess it is true what they say; Patience is a virtue. 

Photography by: Lee Britto
Jacket: similar herehere, or here
Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Similar here and here

Odd Jar

February 13, 2018

After shooting some content a few weeks ago with my photographer, he asked me if I wanted to make a run with him to go to a vintage shop named Odd Jar, he would be working with soon.  Seeing that the only thing on my agenda for the day was watching insecure for the second time with a side of wine, I agreed,  Now when he said "vintage" I expected your typical racks and racks of items that would take a few hours to sift through, but thats certainly not what I got.

Photography: Lee Britto Photography; All Clothing from Odd Jar

Odd jar really lives up to its name, but in the most creatively interesting and exciting way.  If an art gallery and a clothing boutique had a baby it would be Odd Jar.   When you first walk in their is art EVERYWHERE.  Even some of the clothing has been made into art.  I was immediately in sensory overload when I walked in, but I got straight to what I do best; SHOPPING.

I'm so used to going into a thrift store and spending HOURS searching through every single rack trying to find at least one thing that I like.  Welp, that certainly wasnt my issue this time!  Much to the dismay of my bank account I found SEVERAL things I immediately fell in love with.  It actually got to a point where I had to have come to Jesus meeting about what I could realistically buy.  It was not an easy decision, I seriously wanted it all.   There were so many, blazers, gowns, rompers, accessories, it was all so overwhelming.  It was the perfect mix of vintage and current brands.  One of the things, I loved most about this store is their ability to customize pieces.  The owner is an artist and is able to add artwork to jackets, bags, furniture, pretty much whatever you can think of.  You can also pick up some very unique art for your home while your there. 

So if you live in the Philadelphia area I highly recommend stopping by.  I promise you will be taking many more trips there after your first visit.  This current look is from a shoot I did with them. Of course I ended up buying it lol.  I mean look at it, absolutely adorable.

Thigh Highs Save Lives

February 6, 2018

Thigh high boots is a trend I kind of avoided because I just never thought I would be able to pull them off, but there is something about their demure way of being sexy that really blows my mind.  I love a chic sexy look, but at the same time I'm a grandmother at heart.  My entire fall and winter wardrobe consists of multiple turtleneck sweaters and long dresses and skirts.  Don't get me wrong I'll throw on a tight dress here and there, maybe even a low cut top once in a while, but typically I like to keep it grandma chic.

Sweater Dress: H&M; Thigh High Boots: Aldo; Earrings: Similar Style

I recently got a pair of really cute taupe thigh high boots to fulfill my urge but it wasn't enough.  For the past 3 weeks I have been looking everywhere for the perfect pair.  One of the biggest issues that I've had is that I have the teeniest little ankles and a thick thigh.  Now that doesn't bother me one bit as far as my actual build goes, but it drives me absolutely insane in terms of my boots staying up.  The other day as I strutted around work and my boots slid down to my ankles every 5 second, looking so very sad and pathetic, enough was enough.  So after weeks of searching every store in the mall, and scouring tons of online sites I finally found these beauties and I am completely in love with them.

I got this specific pair from Aldo.  They are a black faux suede with a snake imprint on them.  But most importantly they are unbelievably comfortable.  Are you loving thigh high boots this season, and whats your favorite way to wear them.

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

January 29, 2018

Oh the weather outside is frightful.  Like absolutely blistering cold.  There really is not many positives to these super frigid temperatures we have been having, EXCEPT having the opportunity bust out some really adorable sweaters.  I'm a summer baby so I don't do well with the cold, but fall and winter trends have always been my favorite looks.

Photography by Lee Britto
Sweater: Similar style here; Jeans: H&M; Necklace: Aldo; Shoes: Lucky Brand;
Sunglasses: H&M

So this winter has been a really rough one.  Here on the east coast it's been outrageously cold, and there really has not been many positives to these super frigid temperatures we have been having. One of the very very few upsides to the cold is finally getting the chance to bust out some of your favorite sweaters. 

This year I wanted my winter wardrobe to be as comfortable as possible, like still wrapped up in my comforter kind of cozy.  So when I saw this sweater dress it was love at first sight.  Thanks to the dress and jeans trend I have the option to either dress this down or  let it be a little sexy.  For this look I decided to keep it casual since I was on my way to brunch.  Without jeans it would have been a little bit too much thigh for that early in the day.  Don't get me wrong I plan on also styling this with a pair of statement knee high boots, because a little thigh after 5pm ain't never hurt nobody.

What do you guys look for in a sweater dress?  Comment below.

Fall Things

November 27, 2017

Photography by Lee Britto (contact at
Jacket: H&M (similar here ); Sweater: H&M ( Similar style here); Earrings: H&M (Similar style here); 
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Similar Style here)

There's a very good reason why woman love the fall.  Besides the fact that we are tired of sunburn, sweating through the little bit of clothes we are wearing, and never being able maintain a hairstyle in the humidity, we want to go back to our world of trench coats and chunky sweaters.  I'm sure fall has all kinds of global and environmental benefits, but its greatest accomplishment (in my very expert opinion of course) is its incomparable trends.  I live for an amazing pair of boots and an over sized sweater.  Love is actually an understatement;  I quite possibly live and die for them.  For MONTHS I impatiently waited for it to be appropriate for me to throw on this sweater and coat combo.   

It's funny how life works.  I remember my mom trying to force me to wear turtlenecks as a child and absolutely hating it, but in reality my mom was a trendsetter far ahead of her time.  She always gets a good laugh watching how I now am so in love with all the trends she couldn't pay me to wear back then. This particular sweater caught my eye immediately and I knew I had to have it.  While working one Saturday, a woman came into my store with it on and I almost chased her down to get the info on where she snatched this up from.  Ironically enough, she got it from my job lol.  Rather than wait until I got off to order one, or maybe think it over and make sure it was not an impulse buy, I decided to trust my gut and run to the fitting room and order it.

Why wait?  Life is short, buy the sweater girl.  What's your favorite fall trend?

Some Things Stay The Same

November 20, 2017

Photography by Lee Britto (Contact at
T-Shirt (H&M Similar here); Jeans (H&M Similar here); Blazer (H&M); Earrings (H&M); Shoes (Aldo similar here); Bag (vintage)

As I get older my style changes in every different direction.  One day we are wearing colorful tights ( yea I don't see myself doing that again) the next day I'm all about skater skirts and court heels.  Although my style tends to be unstable the one trend that always remains for me is the timeless graphic tee.

Every season I go through my closet and get rid of all the clothes I don't ever see myself wearing again ( check out the H&M's clothes donation program, it's a great way to make room in your closet and to get a discount on some new things), but I never see get rid of my graphic Tee's.  They are so so versatile and there are so many different ways to wear them.

For this specific look, it was dress down Friday at work and I wanted to be able to add a little comfort to this graphic Tee but still keep my look a little polished.  I'm a firm believer that a blazer can bring a little class to almost any outfit.  Give it a try!! Try digging up an old graphic tee you haven't thought of in awhile and add a blazer and a cute pair of heels and you got yourself a look!!

So next time you clean out your closet hold on to those graphic tee's just a little bit longer.

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