'Totes for Kids' with 4HNYC x Phoenix Refined

Yesterday, the 4HNYC Leadership Board and some volunteers came together to fill tote bags with toiletries, school supplies, and books for the students at Ecole Nouvelle Zoranje in the Village de La Renaissance, Haiti. 



4HNYC started in 2012 with one goal: improve the educational outcome of Haitian children. Statistics tells us that 50% of primary school age children in Haiti are not enrolled in school, approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade, and 60% will abandon school before sixth grade. Currently, 37.9% of the Haitian population is unable to read or write (the rest of Latin America has a 12% illiteracy rate). Last year, 4HNYC was able to send school supplies and toiletries to 100 students in Haiti to help support their quest for education. This year, we raised the bar higher and began fundraising efforts to purchase supplies (as well as accepting donations) in January 2013 with all the fundraising efforts ending on May 18th with a charity happy hour. From socks, toothbrushes, soap, and hair products to notebooks, encyclopedias, folders, pens, and books, the outpour of donations and support was amazing!! This year we were able to fill 200 bags with supplies, books, and toiletries! On July 21st, 4HNYC partner with Phoenix Refined for this bag-filling event in Downtown Brooklyn. It was a great time finally putting a face to the different names who have helped along the way and making new friends and building connections.



I'm sooo proud to be on the leadership board of this organization and see such great work coming from young adults who care enough to give back to their community. Thanks so much to everyone who supports the cause whether it be through money, time, talents, or prayers. To keep up with 4HNYC and learn about more philanthropic efforts to assist individuals in Haiti, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

xo,
Jana-Lynn

Neon + Tribal Accents






With temperatures in the high 90s all this week, I've really just tried to stay away from all things sleeve-ed and pant-ed. I have never worn so many tank tops and skirts/dresses with sketchy lengths in a work environment in... well... forever. Since Fridays are my early days, I figured a this sheer black dress wouldn't be as unbearable during my morning commute. And, even thought it was already 87 degrees at 6am, I was slightly correct. I gave it a little summery-fun by pairing it with a neon braided belt and a tribal clutch. That's the best I can do. I hope this heat wave breaks soon because... I AM FED UP!

xo,
Jana-Lynn

Style Profile - Lucy's Pearls


I was recently profiled over on the wonderful Atlanta-based Life&Style blog Lucy's Pearls as a part of their Style Spotlight series. Click HERE and check me out. I'm fake famous!

xo,
Jana-Lynn

Style Diary: Derelicte

I live for rainy days when I can walk out the house and, justifiably, wear whatever I want. I'm not much of a sweats person so "comfortable" for me tends to displayed in oversized and baggy pieces inspired by Jacobim Mugatu's "Derelicte" line.


I love that movie. And the dress I'm wearing is definitely a size 2XL. And I love wearing wearing olive green. And gray. And camo. I've also found that moccassins make for the best rainboot (I detest carrying extra pair of shoes. It's bad enough I have the wet umbrella; the wet boots are more than I can bear)





I thought I left the constant storms of Hurricane Season in Florida but looks like the Mid-Atlantic is nothing how I imagined. Stay dry and safe out there, folks!
xo,
Jana-Lynn

BIG WORDS

Last night, I got to check out the film 'Big Words' as a part of the 12th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. I never head of the film before my friend invited me to see it but, as soon as I saw Jean Grae (rapper), Darien Sills-Evans (Darien from The Cosby Show), and Dorian Missick (Moozlum) on the cast list, I know I would absolutely be there.


The film is about the life of 3 members of a former rap group (consisting of 2 cousins and a friend) on the day of Barack Obama's historic election in 2008. The group hasn't really interacted since their break-up almost 15 years prior and the audience gets to catch a glimpse of James, John, and Malik's current state of existence and, also, the dynamics of what happens when their paths cross on that historic night.


After the screening, we got a chance to have a Q&A with director/Writer Neil Drumming. It was really great learning about his professional background, inspiration, the process of creating this film, and his hopes for what this film could create. Although I left the theater with a million story line questions, I believe the film did what it was supposed to do by sparking dialogue instead of just giving you neatly packaged answers. Topics of mental paralysis, homosexuality in hip-hop, the power of self-defeating thoughts, optimism, and rose-colored glasses were just a few ideas mulled over in the film. It's definitely a Thinking Man's kind of move... and I loved it! All in all, it was definitely a great film - great cast, phenomenal acting, beautiful direction and cinematography. It is something I would suggest you see if you get the chance. Check the Big Words site for screening dates in your local area. Or consider creating a Tugg event to bring it towards you!

xo,
Jana-Lynn

Banana Republic Makes a Statement

Stopped by Banana Republic today and, immediately fell in love with the most stunning statement necklace that I've seen in a long time. The bold white flowers on the classic gold link was simply captivating. I feel like everything I loved most about my childhood summers just got immortalized in a pristine necklace.

Banana Republic's Dahlia Burst Necklace
While I'm a big fan of the clothing found in the stores of Gap Inc. Brand, I don't think I've ever actually paid attention to their accessories collection much. I've owned a Gap bag or two and I had a pair of wedges from Old Navy that I wore into the ground but, outside of that, I don't think I've ever wandered over to check out their selection of jewelry. And I'm not really sure why either. Perhaps they've revamped collections over the years of if I've just been living under a rock but, the Spring/Summer 2013 jewelry collection at Banana Republic is undefeated. Join the party and check out a couple of my favorite pieces from the collection below. 
Banana Republic Statement Pieces


1. Silver Glimmer Necklace // 2. Candy Rodelle Bracelet // 3. Dahlia Bouquet Necklace // 
4. Summer State Earrings // 5. Bold Bead Necklace // 6. Metallic Toggle Bracelet //
7. Moroccan Necklace // 8. Glamour Link Bracelet // 9. Butterfly Statement Necklace
xo,
Jana-Lynn

"Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's" Private Screening

'Scatter My Ashes in Begdorf's' is coming to DC!!

On July 18th, join DC Fashion Bloggers Yvonne (of Pink Dollhouse) and Ashley (of Ashley Gaga) as they host a private screening for the DC style scene of 'Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's' at AMC Loews Georgetown 14. As the most mythic of all American emporiums, Bergdorf's is the scene of many an ultimate fashion fantasy. This film will give viewers a rarified chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic history. The legend, the parties, the fashion idols, the windows, the women, the buyers and shoppers -- and most of all, the quintessentially American dreams of New York's high-fashion hot-spot - all come to life in an ode to a realm where creativity and commerce reign equally supreme. With a light touch, director Matthew Miele explores not just the glamour but the passion behind the daily creation of this luxury mecca in a film as dynamic, lush and intimate as the store itself. Check the preview of the film below!


If you wish to attend, you MUST reserve your tickets before July 11th in order to view the film. Tickets will NOT be available after this time. Click HERE to reserve your ticket. Hope to see you there!

xo,
Jana-Lynn

Style Diary: RRC x Dapper Sam


Ventured out in the rain for a short trip to Baltimore for brunch at the spectacular Miss Shirley's. I decided to try their stuffed french toast of the month which turned out to be a lemon blueberry cheesecake stuffed french toast. You know what my favorite dessert is? Cheesecake. My favorite breakfast item? French toast. Who almost burst into a pile of glitter in the middle of the restaurant? Me.



It was worth every single second of the 45 minute wait. Every single second. Baltimore never ceases to please when it comes to dining. Miss Shirley's is a definite must if you are ever in the area. 


Wearing a Dapper Sam tank (check out their Instagram for special discount codes), Ready Ready Crew snapback, Girbaud bomber jacket, Old Navy camo pants, Deena & Ozzy sneaker wedges, and Juicy Couture charm necklace.

xo,
Jana-Lynn