Independence day is one for family time, finger licking BBQ and a night full of memories with unforgettable friends. This day was a eye-wakening experience for me because it was INDEPENDENCE day and I recognized how DEPENDENT I had been. DEPENDENT on people’s opinions, dependent on life to come and work a miracle that I needed to create for myself.
As a recent graduate from college, I’ve been faced with the obstacles of what should I do, work a boring 9 to 5 and complain about how much I hate to anyone with a ear? or should I fight and push for a career that’s just as rewarding financially as it is in the sanity department. I decided the second option.
I may not know much, but I know wherever I go, my passion for fashion follows me. When I’m event planning fashion shows or styling models, I feel that I have piece of heaven right here on this place called earth, but too reminiscent of hell.
I want to be happy and to truly be happy I have to let go of those that have hurt me, those that smile in your face but wish the worst for you.
Tamar came to Chicago on June 6, yes I know I’m just a TAD bit late. I wanted to look bold and I wanted to stand out. I don’t really have anything else to say about this. I had fun, she was about 2.5 hrs late to take the stage, buttttt she slayed. Thanks for a good time Tamar, but really wish it had been Toni instead.
Condolences to PETA, but furs are hitting men’s fashion runways this season harder than Lindsay Lohan hit rock bottom. Of course, before the runways ever declared this massive new look as a trend, stars such as Kanye West, Pharrell and more were the originator’s for this season’s new fad. From bearskin rugs, shawls, hats and neck pieces, there are various ways that fur can be worn. For a recent fashion show that I coördinated, I decided to wear a black fur that would be the signature piece for this all-white outfit.
My inspiration for this outfit was definitely Rihanna. During a recent trip to London for fashion week, she wore an all black ensemble with a statement piece of a white fur. She looked so cool so I decided to recreate her look, but in white.
I found these glasses, which I call “Lady Gaga Telephone video glasses” inside of a store on Venice Beach during a recent trip to California. They were $10 and I was super excited to find them. These glasses add a certain level of classiness to any outfit!
White button-up shirt: Walmart $13
White Skinny jeans: Rue 21 $7
Statement Fur: Banana Republic (purchased from EBAY) $36
Whether it’s a dog’s mesmerizing eyes, its sharp, attention-grabbing bark or the way its backstory pulls at your heart like the tragic ending of Titanic, one thing’s sure, we are all faced with the obstacle of wondering if that dog will be the right fit into our lives. Sounds a lot like love, right? It wasn’t until a recent chitchat with one of my close friends, that I realized love has so many mind-bottling similarities to a dog and one wrong move could mean a earthshaking tear in your heart or worse, a set of destructive bite marks in your favorite pair of shoes!
It’s no secret that society has a disturbing fixture on an objects outer appearance and we all know that in love and WAR dog adoption, the better looking ones have their shelter cages frequented heavily, but what usually happens after the commitment to that dog turns from causal visiting to a permanent responsibility depends on how good of an owner you are, how well-trained they are and if your tasty doggy treats are good enough for them to keep doing the tricks you taught them.
To Leash or Not to Leash
This next lesson is one of major importance. There are those dogs that can run as wild as a kid’s first year at college, but still know where home is and stay loyal. Then, there are those that must be kept on a leash at all times when outside the safety zone known as the four white walls of your bedroom. Why? Because, a they are only loyal to their bone and could care less whether their treats come from you or any stranger walking past.
The key to maintaining these dogs is to have them trained. It is up to you to take in that animal for what they are initially and mold them into the perfect pet. Remember, that a dog, only continues to do tricks if they are motivated, recognized and rewarded for their actions. Once your man has lived up to your expectations on how a man should treat you, it is okay to reward him with something he likes.
Every Dog Needs Compromise
When training an animal, you have to allow the dog to do as it pleases, like by taking it to the dog park to chase its tail for five hours and bark at other dogs that it may feel foolishly threatened by. While all of this may not interest you in the least bit and can grown overwhelmingly tiring, as a good owner you must compromise. If a man is emotionally satisfying your needs, it is only fair to satisfy his.
Recognize that training a new puppy takes time and effort. Relationships do not happen overnight. And much like a relationship, it takes time for puppies to learn and mature into the dogs we all know and love.But once you get it right, it’s really right! One day, your dog will learn to listen to you, and eventually, begin to obey commands without even needing a treat. \
When I wake up in the morning, I tend NOT to have an insatiable taste for toast, eggs or even honey smoked ham, I always have a hunger that only one thing can actually fulfill, fashion. I usually jump out of bed, eagerly dashing to my little piece of heaven on earth, what’s that? My closet!
Most of my looks are usually made moments before I’m suppose to walk out of apartment, which usually makes me a tad bit late for whatever appointments, meetings, classes or schedule I previously had. This look was one I adore. I love the colors of green and peach against each other. The caramel colored blazer was a really nice touch added to the outfit.
The peach colored button-up: $2.00 (thrift store)
Blazer: $5.00 (thrift store)
Black penny loafers: $3.00 (Thrift store)
My advice to everyone going out is to mix colors that are different. Have fun with it because if you have fun with your style it shows! Plus, who doesn’t like to be noticed when going out with friends or even solo. What do you think about this outfit?
Ever had to go make a quick run, but didn’t want to dress completely down out of hopes that you might run into Mr. or Mrs. Right? well, the solution to this could be dressing up a simple look with cool accessories, boots, glasses and jewelry.
In this outfit (pictured above), I’m rocking a thrift store sweater with Rue 21 jeans, Forever 21 boots, assorted jewelry and a Forever 21 scarf.
I have found that their are basic items every person needs handy in their closet to dress themselves up. These staple items can be pulled together to create a polished look in no time. You don’t even need a personal fashion consultant to pull off these looks or a lot of money!
Follow these 3 tips for your statement of style:
A good fitting pair of dark washed denim jeans. This a definite item for your wardrobe because of its versatility. Additionally, dark fitted jeans slenderize a person’s shape and can make almost anything look more sleek.
Scarfs are back, and your wardrobe needs a few. Look for uniquely shaped scarfs or scarfs with color or interesting patterns because they can give any simple outfit pep instantly.
Mix and Match clothes. Outfits don’t have to be worn together, just because they were bought as a set. Mix things up a bit. For instance your dark jeans with a short suit jacket.
You don’t have to break the bank to make an outfit look spectacular. Remember, fashion is only as fun as you make it!
The bad news is time flies. The good news is your’e the pilot and as the pilot of my plane, I’m basking in the moments leading up to my senior year finals next week…I keep telling myself to inhale and breathe, but I just can’t believe that I am getting ready to graduate in just a few days.
But enough about that and lets get back on the subject of finals! Twas the week before finals, and all through the town. Not a student was drinking, not a frat made a sound. Rare? yes it is, but it’s definitely the truth. Students are camped out in libraries and walking around like zombies in outfits that Joan Rivers would cry about.
It doesn’t matter if the dreadful scent of studying is in the air because there is no reason why students should dress in attire they go to sleep in. Here is a photo (above) of what I wore to class. The grey/pink over-sized tank top was brought from JC Penny’s on sale for $3 a couple months ago when it was still cold outside. I paired this with a grey blazer purchased from the thrift store for $5, some dark blue jean denims from Rue 21 for $7 and grey kombat boots purchased from Forever 21 for $50.
It’s not the amount of money you spend but how you wear it that counts. The key is often to dress up inexpensive basics with accessories.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.