OOTD | Sitting Up In My Room

Living in Los Angeles is starting to grow on me (just a little). I think it's mainly because of my apartment in Downtown LA. I love the hustle and bustle of the city life, the urban streets, graffiti and art, immense array of shopping, restaurants, nightlife and best of all everything is walking distance! Living in downtown is like a whole different world compared to the mountains and palm tress that you would mostly see here.

This outfit for me is perfect for a casual day in Downtown LA, especially if you are walking and exploring the area because it provides you with comfort for walking while looking uber stylish.

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Sweater: H&M  | Boyfriend Jeans: Old Navy  | Booties: Charlotte Russe


I decided to make the red sweater is the focus of this outfit by muting my bottom pieces (the black booties and the jeans) and adding a highlight accentuate the top (i.e. the gold jewelry) and I think it came out great as I got a lot of compliments from people walking the street. I still wanted to add a bit of edge to this look (going for a downtown urban feel), so I thought these ripped boyfriend jeans would do that.

I call this look.... downtown living.

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HOW DOES YOUR LOOK MATCH YOUR ENVIRONMENT?? COMMENT BELOW....

Video Credits: 

Videographer: Joseph Reeves   | MUA: Johanna


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Western Vibes | OOTD Halloween Edition

I am finally back to doing my outfit of the day (OOTD) visuals and I am too excited!! If you can recall, I started this project back in Spring/Summer 2016 when I was in Atlanta, but had to stop because I uprooted my life across the country to Los Angeles to start my doctorate Clinical Psychology program (I will do a post soon about my experience, etc.). It took me awhile (about a year to be exact) to find a crew that I vibe with and now the wait is ova!!

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I thought this outfit was so perfect and I put it together off of a whim. It definitely was giving me "fashionable California hiking fall vibes." Since the weather here is so in-congruent to the season (aka it's hot as hell), I decided to pair these bell bottom jeans with a crop top and a faux fur vest to give western vibes.

This weather adjustment is so stressful because while it is fall in most places in the country in October, we just had this ridiculous heat wave this week where the temp was in the 100's!!! Talk about "pissed because you got a bomb fall wardrobe that you can barely wear". However, I will not be defeated.

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Crop Top: Marshalls | Faux Fur Vest: Nordstroms | Jeans: Abercrombie and Fitch 

Brim Hat: TJ Maxx | Boots (knee-length): Belk


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Despite the weather.... Fall is my favorite time of year because it's when you can really show off your style and creative-ness through layering. During this time, I love to either play up the accessories (like hats, belts, scarves), or play up layering my outfits (pairing a blazer with a sweater, etc). 

Color trends for this season that I am looking at doing will be plays off of emerald, orange, red, gold, plum, fuchsia and of course black. 

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What are your "go-to" looks for this season?

Credits:

Videographer/Photographer: Edwin Glass Rivera | MUA: Denise Medina


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QUEEN PEN x Queen of the South

This post is sponsored by USA Network and Queen of the South, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Anyone who knows me knows that I am a hustler and I learned to develop a tough skin really early on in life because the neighborhoods that I grew up in, did not start off as the prettiest. I had to learn to be resilient, book smart and street smart, fight for what it was that I wanted and never take "NO" for an answer. 

Although my environment was a tad bit rough, I wouldn't change it for the world because it has made me a fighter and appreciate how far I have gotten in life without sacrificing my morals or beliefs for anyone.

  1. Currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Neuropsychology)
  2. Former Jr. research scientist in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Human Genome Project
  3. Behavioral Therapist in communication, cognitive and behavioral disorders
  4. Co-Author of a book in Clinical Psychology
  5. Fitness/Nutrition business owner
  6. Professional dancer and model
  7. National Honor Society member

.... and the list goes on. 

I say this not to brag about accomplishments, but use it as a reminder to help others who look like me know that there is more to life than what your current situation or environment is providing for you.

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:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::

Dress: Neiman Marcus | Belt: Goodwill find | Pumps: Michael Kors |

Tote bag: Hermes | Sunglasses: Jimmy Choo


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One thing I love about a good series is relating to the main character because it allows me to naturally put myself into their shoes and become immersed in the show for hours. That is how I currently am feeling about the new series Queen of the South. Babyyyyy when I tell you Teresa is a BAD A** , I mean it, and I can definitely relate to her because I consider myself a bad a** too (as any woman should, WE ARE POWERFUL).

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Queen of the South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza who fled to America from Mexico after her boyfriend was suspected of murder. In addition, she teams up with someone from her past to help bring down the leader of a drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In Season 2, we see Teresa start to come into her own as a Queen Pin by recognizing her power and potential.

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Casual Cutie


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

CARDIGAN: LIZ & BEE | TANK: FOREVER 21 | SHORTS: Lucky Brand  |

HEELS: TRAFFIC SHOE | PURSE: LOUIS VUITTON


Yes Ladies... It's getting warm out and it's time to show off your BEST (assets). For me that is definitely my legs, so daisy dukes all Summer '16! This outfit is the perfect definition of a girls day out for shopping, brunch or late afternoon drinks. It is very comfortable and casual yet stylish. The simplicity of the denim shorts and white beater put the focal point on the sleeveless cardigan and the shoes add a very subtle feminine touch to finish off the look. 


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Black Mamba


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

TOP: Vintage find | SKIRT: Express| PUMPS: Nina  |  CLUTCH: TJ Maxx 


I had so much fun shooting this video! We shot this under the Krog Street Tunnel where there is so much beautiful and dope street art. 

 

The Krog Street Tunnel is located in East Atlanta connecting between the neighborhoods of Inman Park and Cabbagetown.  It runs underneath a train yard and is constantly covered in dope street art that is constantly being changed by local artists. To many ATLiens, it is considered to be a landmark where creatives come to express themselves.

There are many street art murals in Atlanta, but this one is unique and there isn't another like that in the city because it is ok to post, paint, draw and tap into your creative zone here, no permission needed. The art there is subjective- some of the pieces are elaborate and intricate using different art methods (spray paint, stencil drawing, paintbrush, sponge, etc.). 

This location was perfect for this shoot and song (see video below) and I really enjoyed creating it. The background imagery went perfectly with my outfit because everything goes with all black. I wanted to bring a sort of dark moody presence to correlate with the tone of the tunnel while adding some pops of color to really set it off.

If you happen to be in Atlanta any time soon (or you live in the area), make sure to check out this dope scene!!


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STRUT!


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

Dress: Rose Wholesale | Trench Coat: Guess | Heels: Modern Vice

 Jewelry: Vintage Find | Shades: Ray bans


THE CATS OUT THE BAG....!!!

I'm SOOOOO excited to FINALLY share with you all a project that I have been harboring/working on for over a year now that has finally come to fruition. This project, MY BABY is my new introduction to my OOTD's and it is a faux music video (WATCH OUT BEY). I won't go into much more detail, because each concept will be different, but just know it's gonna be HAUTE!

This is the 1st installment of my video project and the concept behind it is based off of Jazmine Sullivan's "Mascara" and the idea that "SHE" always has to slay from head to toe to keep it lookin' right for her man so she can keep those coins ($$$) coming.... at least that is the character I'm playing.

This outfit choice was perfect because the bandage dress fit with the persona of the song and I bought it online and was quite please that it fit me so well (2 SNAPS). I decided to add some color and pair it with a red trench coat for that extra pop.

Check out the visuals and leave a comment :)


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Graffiti Chic: Concrete Jungle

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:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

Bandage Dress: Forever 21 | Cardigan: Liz & Bee | Boots: Rampage (Belk)

Clutch: Vintage Find | Necklace: Goodwill | Bracelets: H&M | Shades: Raybans


The BEST outfits always tend to be the ones that are not planned (at least in my opinion). While I was having a "I don't have anything to wear" fit, I decided you can never go wrong with all black and so here we are.

The great thing about wearing black is that it looks good on any body type and can make you look fashionably in an instant. I decided to pair this look with my Liz & Bee olive green cardigan and play with reds, golds, greens and purples with my accessories to add some color all the while not taking away from the overall look. I feel so #BlackGirlMagic mixed with "the revolution will not be televised" chic in this look. I love the cutouts in the sleeves of the dress because it puts an "edge" to my look and adds to the urban feel of the background. It's crazy how I have had this dress in my closet for so long and never thought to wear it like this.

I am so into combining street art and fashion because I love the abstract of the graffiti and how my outfits look against it. There is a lot of street art in Atlanta that I cannot wait to photograph with.


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POSTED | uP ft. Jah. Revamped


:: OUTFIT DEETS ::

Romper: Jah.Revamped | Heels: Charlotte Russe | Clutch: Jah.Revamped


I am all about the accessories for this outfit and love how they compliment each other. This outfit is perfect for a night out when you want to be dressy but comfortable at the same time. The black romper takes a back seat and lets the colorful graphics of the shoes and boldness of the clutch take the lead.... my boo Jah has done it again. 

If you don't recall, I first wore some of Jah. Revamped pieces in my previous Valentine's Day post and I told you all that I would be wearing more of here eclectic fashionable finds. If you want to find out more about the items she has for sale, visit her on Instagram: @jah.revamped


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BEANIE Man

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OUTFIT DEETS:

Jacket: Macys / Sweater: Abercrombie & Fitch / Pant: See you Monday / Shoes: Halston (for Bakers)/ Bag: Hermes / Bracelets: H&M / Gold Hoop Earrings: Belk / Ring (middle finger r.): Jami / Beenie: Dollar Store

Photographer: RepStyle Int'l

 

OMG it's almost May in Atlanta and it's 50 something degrees outside! Mother Nature...... CHILL!! With the bi-polar weather we have been experiencing here, I didn't want to take a chance and freeze my butt off so I opted for something warm yet stylish.....

I am loving this look! It's a mix between Urban Swag and Stylista Chic (is that even a word LOL). I love how the blues and browns make this look pop but the cream pants give it a softer finish.

How is the weather treating you guys?!? 

Be FIERCE: #GoCommando this weekend w/ Cottonelle

TGIF right?!!?! 

I don't know about you, but after a hectic week of work and this ridiculous ATL weather, I'm READY for a night out and a cocktail in my hands (everybody say YES plz).

Minutes before I started typing this post, I was in my closet trying to get my fit together for tonight. When deciding what to wear, I like to accessorize first with my shoes, jewelry and handbag and go from there. Since I want to unleash my inner FIERCENESS (2 snaps) tonight, the dress that I choose will definitely be form fitting so panty lines is not the business....... so I'm going COMMANDO with the help of Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths.

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What's new about Cottonelle's new line of products....

The Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths break down immediately after flushing with the new "Safe Flush" technology. These cloths also do the job making sure you confidently clean. 

The Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper offers strong and effective protection and gives huggable softness that won't leave your rear in pain!

Shoes: Michael Shannon (c/o Off Broadway Shoes)  | Clutch: TJ Maxx   | Earrings: Bakers Shoes  | Bracelet: Jami  | Pinky Ring: Bakers Shoes

Shoes: Michael Shannon (c/o Off Broadway Shoes)  | Clutch: TJ Maxx   | Earrings: Bakers Shoes  | Bracelet: Jami  | Pinky Ring: Bakers Shoes

For a limited time, Cottonelle invites you to take the challenge and #GoCommando! Head over to their website for your FREE commando kit while supplies last! (click here)

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I DARE you to #GoCommando this weekend! Make sure you follow me on Instagram (here) so that you can share your fearless and fabulous looks with me!

 

DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable cleaning cloths and toilet paper with CleanRipple texture is all my own!