Showing posts from March, 2013

Lady Marmalade & Duke Ellington

I had the awesome privilege of seeing Patti LaBelle perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a fundraising event for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. And let me tell you something... Mother Patti is surpasses every single thing you ever thought she was.

Patti LaBelle is phenomenal!

The students of Duke Ellington are absolutely amazing. The show opened with a beautiful spoken word piece performed by three ladies followed by a dance performance by accompanied by sounds from the show choir and school orchestra. It was really beautiful and inspiring to see so many bright and talented teens on the stage. That school does amazing work ...and now I feel like I need to re-start my piano lessons. I wanna be down.

She teased, she joked, she laughed, and she brought men on stage to sing and dance for her. She delicately sipped water from a straw placed in her wine glass. The top of her pristine white piano was carefully adorned with several pairs of Louboutins. She…

Style Diary: Back to Black

I stepped back into the comfort of cream, black, and fringe. Don't call it a minimalism comeback but I'm finding that my affinity for creams, tans, and blacks seems to be pretty steadfast.

I'm still in search of the perfect nude lip. Nude lip color is probably my favorite shade to be worn on brown skin girls simply because of how beautiful the contrasted browns appear together. I have a couple shades I go back and forth with but have yet to find the one that I think works perfectly for me. For now, Maybelline's 'My Mahogany(a peachy  brown with hints of pink) and 'Nearly There(pinkish brown with a frosty glossy finish) are the two I wear most often. I'm pretty sure I hate 'Nearly There' (I also believe that's the shade I'm wearing in these pics) but, for some reason, it is always in my handbag whenever I want to throw on some lipstick. I'm not a big fan of pearly/frosty lip colors; I think they make my lips look more plump …

Style Diary: Adieu, Winter!

Spring is officially here. I bid adieu to everyone's favorite melancholy and bipolar season earlier this week by pairing Winter's it color oxblood with my favorite plaid shirt and a leopard print belt as I awkwardly posed in my cube. I'm not sure why I can never quite center my belts but... yea. That oddity is definitely not intentional.

Alice Smith's SHE was released this Tuesday and I finally got a chance to dive into yesterday. I quickly became obsessed. Although somewhat different from For Lovers, Dreamers, and Me(its a bit less sassy), the sounds of this album are still distinctly Alice - loving, whimsical, fun, and heartfelt. You can hear the growth and maturity and journey. Her fusion of soft rock, blues, soul, and R&B is undeniably smooth and I love how her voice smolders, soars, and boasts as she flows effortlessly through different genres on each and every track. Check out one of my [many] favorite tracks from the album below.

Style Diary: Tuesday is the Best Monday

I took Monday off to clean up my home and work on my thesis paper. And while I did clean my bathroom and kitchen and manage to put some laundry away, I spent most of the day curled up on the couch swooning over Mr. Bates, loathing Thomas, and wondering what else the Many-Faced God has in store for Blind Beth. My computer was never turned on and not one phrase of a peer-reviewed article was article was read. 
Yet, as the days inch closer until I must submit my paper, my anxiety isn't anywhere near Level 100 and I spend most days smiling and just excited to be alive. I blame this mostly on the warming weather. I'm coping with potential failure quite we Yes, I promise to sit down and work on those pages. April 15th is much closer than my mind is currently conceiving. Procrastination is a disease.

Also, the recent... onslaught ...of love in my age group is pretty amazing. In  a good way. All the new relationships, engagements, and baby announcements are pretty dope. I remember be…

Style Diary: Saturday in the Cities

After attending church in Alexandria, VA, I ventured up to Baltimore for lunch at a friend's home this Saturday and got a couple snaps taken of my look for the day. I love the print and shape of this Dorothy Perkins dress. I rarely like wearing things "straight out the pack" so I decided to spruce up the dress by belting with a leopard print belt and wearing my tan/black heeled sandals. It warmed up a bit this weekend and I was more than excited to walk about un-sweatered and un-coated.

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend! Let's make the most of this work week :)

Keep Camo Forever

First and foremost... I found my watch! It was balled up in this cardi --- Let's not discuss where it was. Just know the Prodigal Watch has returned.
Moving along...

I absolutely love camouflage pants. There is a current trend of wearing camo pants and Timbs that the hipsters young fashionistas and fashionistos of the world (and by "world" I may be strongly referring the mid-Atlantic and East Coast) are exhausting to the brink of death. Its a great combination so I definitely understand the infatuation but, like all good things (i.e. golden double stuff oreos), moderation is key. You just need to have a solid rotation else you will diminish the beauty and appreciation for self and others.
For me, camouflage print (more so in green shades than khaki shades) is right up there with leopard print when it comes to staple prints that every one should have in their wardrobe. Whether it be utility jacket, cargo short, or pants... the camo just needs to be there. It's a pret…

Styling: Louis Vuitton Bags

I entered another styling contest on Polyvore. I'm not sure if I'll ever win one of these things but I think its great practice. There are tons of magazines, fashion house, fashion professionals, and amateurs with their own pages so it's proving to be a great place to learn just absorbing what people put out.
Anyway, this contest asked users to make sets based on you're favorite Louis Vuitton bag. My all time favorite LV bag is the Speedy 30 (in Damier Ebene and (now discontinued) Epi) and I made not one set based around that bag. Mainly because speedys are my favorite bag of choice and I style them nearly every time I walk out my home when I'm carrying one of mine. So, I choose to work with LV bags I wouldn't necessarily gravitate to instead and see what I could pull together.

Tribal Prints & LV
Yesterday's post on peplum and African prints inspired this look with Speedy Cube PM from the Spring 2013 collection. This new iteration of the speedy bag remi…

Michelle Obama Covers Vogue [Again]!

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, First Lady Michelle Obama covers the April 2013 issue of Vogue. The cover story is actually a great interview with Mr. and Mrs. Obama discussing partnership and the importance of balancing work, marriage, and family.

There are plenty of great takeaways from this story but one notable quote that stuck out to me was when Obama said of his wife:
"She is a great mom. What is also true is Michelle’s had to accommodate ... a life that ... it’s fair to say was not necessarily what she envisioned for herself. She has to put up with me. And my schedule and my stresses. And she’s done a great job on that. But I think it would be a mistake to think that my wife, when I walk in the door, is, 'Hey, honey, how was your day? Let me give you a neck rub.' It’s not as if Michelle is thinking in terms of, 'How do I cater to my husband?' I think it’s much more, We’re a team, and how do I make sure that this guy is together enough that he’s paying atte…

Style Diary: Florals for Spring? Ground breaking.

I have this nasty habit of taking off my watch after wearing it for a few hours. I just feel like my pores need to breath, you  know? Anyway, I know I wore it to church Saturday and I remember taking it off at a luncheon I went to afterwards. I feel as though I put it in my clutch but I couldn't find it there when I went to look for it on  Monday morning.

But this post isn't supposed to focus on my slight ineptitude. I just wanted to share what I wore the today.

Tapered trousers are the quickest way to get me to adore an ankle length pant. These brogues are some of the most comfortable shoes I own yet I always forget to wear them for some reason. I need to do better! I'm also realizing that I really don't care for flats unless they have a slight pointed. I have a collection of rounded ballet flats that barely get touched as proof.

I need to sell some things. And find my watch.

Ethnic Printed Peplum

I love pencil skirts. More specifically, high-waist pencil skirts. But, because of my booty and hips, I don't necessarily always feel comfortable wearing them. I feel like a lot of my body is on display and it can become very hyper-sexual very quickly if I am not careful. I'm not fully at ease with the glances, winks, and mischievous smiles yet.

[enter peplum]

Now, peplum skirts, shirts, jackets, and dresses have been exceedingly popular for the past year or so. And, although I really love the style I never really invested in buying any peplum pieces until I purchased this dress from Dorothy Perkins a couple of weeks ago. I finally got a chance to wear it this weekend and immediately feel in love with the shape on my figure (and I forgot to take pics -_-). I love how the peplum detailing on skirts/dresses hidesdistracts creates this nice, clean, modest aura that is still flirtatious and fun.

Anyway, I want to get 1-2 more peplum pieces for my wardrobe. I want classic statement…

Styling: Grey Top(s)

At this point, we should all know how much I love styling. I joined Polyvore as a means to stretch my creativity in regards to pulling looks together. I put together looks that are akin to my personal aesthetic but also try to capture other styles/preferences as well.
I joined the Simply Stylishgroup on Polyvore because they have styling challenges every so often. Here are a couple of looks I created for their "Grey Top" challenge.

Boucle I love the texture in this jacket! By keeping an overall muted and neutral color palette, there is more room to play around with different textures such as boucle, leather, denim, suede, studs, and lucite. The Versace heels are very playful and fun. You'll be the talk of the town whether you're walking the red carpet or hanging out with gal pals.

My current love on monochrome pairings inspired this look. I think the teal leather trousers and studded clutch provided an edgy splash of color to an otherwise flirty and feminine…

The Ebb and Flow of Construction

Timberland boots and Hip-Hop go together like sundresses and warm weather. And, just like the ebb and flow of natural water tides, the cultural obsession with the Timberland 6" boot declines and revives every couple of years*. Widespread culture love in the 90s ("Timbs for my hooligans in Brooklyn" - Notorious B.I.G., Hypnotize, 1996) and early 2000s seemed to dwindle after 2003 (remember Jay-Z and Beyonce wore their he-and-she Timberlands & Manolo Blahnik Timbs in their '03 Bonnie & Clyde video?) as the "grown and sexy" look ushered in by Kanye West (and pushed through to the mainstream by Jay-Z in 'Change Clothes') seemed to take hold. Ironically, when Jay-Z rapped "Timbs.. we off that" in his song 'Off That" off September 2009's Blueprint 3, Kanye West had already begun bringing back the cultural staple by wearing them on the red carpet in June 2009 at the BET Awards. And, Jay-Z was already back to wearing the sho…

Black or White?

Grace Mahary featured in “Black or White?” Elle Canada January 2013,  Photographed by Leda and St. Jacques Stylist: Sara Bruneau  Hair and Make-up: Geneviève Lenneville
The clean aesthetic of a black and white look still inspire me.
I love the feature of strong structure, menswear, heavy brow, and vivacious red lip.