Showing posts from November, 2012

Kate Lanphear [ICON]

Minimalism is any design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect (thanks, Wikipedia). Elimination of the non-essential and use of simple elements for maximum effect.

I've always loved the minimalist design. Influenced by the Japanese culture of Zen Philosophy, minimalism seems to transmit the freedom and essence of living. It is easy life and living to me.

In the deepest and dearest corners of my heart, I am a minimalist. I crave open space and clean lines. With fashion and styling, I love the challenge and simplicity of essentials that are carefully mixed and matched to presented in a refreshing manner. That certainty of style and presentation. I know who I am; I know what I like; I don't have to redefine myself every season; Forget the trends; Watch me work. I've always viewed minimalism as a mixing materials and textures on a neutral palette. Think sheer black blouse, black feathered skirt, black leather jacket, with bla…

I'm Sort of a Book Hoarder...

I read all my books (eventually) but... yea... I have this slight obsession with new reads. I just don't have enough time in my day to devote to reading leisurely as I would like.

Anyway, I picked up these two books today. My favorite girl and my favorite hobby.

I bought a styling book. Because... you know... I like styling but I don't really know much about styling. Don't know the history or who the game-changers are/were or in what avenues they work. The book has gorgeous spreads and stories. I figure if I get bored, I'd at least have a very dope coffee table book to put on my coffee table once I acquire one.

Amy Winehouse was my everything. I feel like I loved her like most people loved Michael Jackson. I mean.. I was saddened by the death of the King of Pop but.. when Amy died? My heart broke. I remember standing near the door of Youth Church and greeting teens as they walked in. I casually looked down at my phone during an extended break in the flow of traffic.


Dressing Room Diaries

When I received the email announcing a special 20% off all clothes in store on Thanksgiving Eve, my mind was stayed on only once place once I left work at 3pm on Wednesday: All-Son Camo Cargo Pants.

As the Queen Camo Aficionado and Enthusiast, I have been searching for the perfect pair of camo cargos to make my life complete.

While I love a good skinny pant as much as the next woman, I knew that I crave comfort above all. Because who knows the comfort of the best fit ever that looks just as amazing in a bold lip and towering 6'" heel as it does in blistex and Jordans than the closet of an unsuspecting male friend who happens to wear the size that best compliments your frame. There is so much life to be had in the boyfriend button up, boyfriend cardigan, boyfriend jeans, and... well... the boyfriend everything.Thus, my personal quest for the perfect camo pant was centered in the mysterious yet wildly amazing male clothing department.

Now, the problem with walking into stores …

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

My holiday season just doesn't every seem to feel right unless I start with the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. So, as is my custom, I arose from my bed at 9:55am and glued my eyes to my television for the epic greatness that took hold of two hours of my life.

Fun Fact #1: I didn't know the Power Rangers still existed. Fun Fact #2: I would have rather seen the Avengers twirling and tumbling on that green carpet. Fun Fact #3: I was super low key kinda sorta filled with glee to see the Rangers. But the lack of Pink and Green/White was real shady.

I love all the bands that participated. NC A&T opened up the performances and did a wonderful job. The also had a a couple great performances from high schools and the Macy's Parade Band. 

This was my first time catching the parade in nearly... *thinks* ... probably a decade now. WOW! Watching the parade used to be my ritual with my mom (followed by football with my dad. why wasn't i in the kitchen you ask? that's a story…

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for sunsets and sunrise. The effervescent beauty found in the dancing of light and dark. The peace in knowing that no matter how dark and still the night, the dawn soon comes to restore light to the day.

I'm thankful for love. Late night texts and early morning Skype sessions. Hour-long phone calls filled with glee and gossip. All day text sessions surrounding prolific words learned in scriptures and archived sermons. Smiles and laughter. Art galleries and museums and history and astronomy for displaying the beauty of times past, present, and the wonders to come. Friends who are there in the good and hold you in bad. Support and encouragement and constructive criticism. For the ability to capture those bright moments and keeping them hid in your heart to balance those lonely moments. Compassion, understanding, happiness, and unconditional love from a myriad of avenues to cover my life.

I'm thankful for my grandparents. My first thanksgiving without my maternal g…

2020 Ave

Check out 2020Ave for some awesome items. Cute pieces at affordable prices.
Big ups to Simply Cyn for putting me on!!

*continues filling shopping cart*

TweetUp [Busboys on 5th & K]

tweetup - (n.) An organized or impromptu gathering of people that use Twitter; A meet up of people that 'tweet' using Twitter.

Although initially hesitant and leery against Twitter, I really have grown to love the social network. I've met great people, developed awesome friendships, and have even witnessed relationships and weddings blossom because of it! Here in DC, we occasionally have tweetups in order to get to be able to physically hang out and chat with the eFriends.

Never forget, dessert is the most important meal of the day. And Busboys & Poets simply knows dessert.

Find Me On Twitter | @BasedJane

Disney x Barney's - 'Electric Holiday'

the CUTEST thing i've seen for the holidays. i just had to share!


My twitter friends have been RAVING about the wonders of PHO for months on end. Posting pictures and testifying of the marvelousness of its' works. To me? It looked like ramen noodles with added onions, basil, and other fixins.

I have tasted and seen. The Lord is good.

I ordered Pho Ga, which is chicken broth noodle soup with shredded chicken. The broth itself was SPECTACULAR! The noodles were amazing. Everything was just... *Homer Simpson drools*. All and all, it was simple perfection. I'll definitely be visiting PHO DC more often, especially during these cooler months.

Get Into It!

Elisa Nalin [ICON]

Everything I know about Elisa Nalin, Garance Dore taught me. Well, mostly everything. Okay, actually, just a few things. A quick Google search brought me some (see: "most") things. A close friend of the famed photographer and fashion illustrator, this fashion icon is constantly chronicled on the pages of Garance Dore and The Sartorialist. And probably any other street style blog you've ever visited*.
Having studied fashion design at the Instituto Europeo del Design in Milan, upon graduation she worked at Costume National and later went on to become the creative director for at Samsonite for their shoe line. Although born in Italy, she is currently a free lance stylist based in Paris.

Oxblood, You Vampy Vixen

Spring and Summer's staple mint color has transformed to a beautiful oxblood for Fall and Winter.

If You Were Thinking Oxblood by basedjane featuring a skull bangle
Now, be ye not deceived...
Oxblood is really just a re-envisioned term for "maroon" and "burgundy". So, don't be up in arms running to acquire all things oxblood. Chances are you have a couple pieces in your closet waiting for their time to shine. Its their time. Bring them out!
Oxblood is a deep and rich shade that looks beautiful and lush in every single texture. I've always loved how it pairs so well with neutral shades like nude, gray, and olive green and juxtapositions awesomely with blacks, browns, navys, and whites. I like think of it as red's vampy, rebellious, and seductively sexy older cousin.
Here are a few looks that play along with the Oxblood trend.

Wearing Oxblood

Wearing Oxblood, Pt 2