Style Chronicles: Haus of Swag “Dope” Tees

1401656318082The Roots Picnic in Philly was the move this past weekend. My two P.I.C’s (Partners in Crime) and I decided to hop on the highway and head to Philly for the weekend to take in some good music, good vibes and authentic cheese steaks (I wasn’t too impressed *shrugs*). The weather was perfect…not too hot…not too chilly.

The Roots Picnic had an awesome lineup; however, it was crazy PACKED. This didn’t stop us, or any other festival goers, from rocking out to Action Bronson, Jhene Aiko, Janelle Monae, The Roots, Snoop Dog and many more. I also had the opportunity to connect with my Bestie and favorite New Yorker who drove down to the festival as well. On Sunday we decided to explore South Street and its eclectic and funky crowd. All and all…a good time was had this past weekend.

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Style Chronicles: Spring Has Sprung!


After battling this winter’s polar vortex, several crippling snow storms, unbearably cold temperatures and endless layers of clothing, I am ecstatic about spring! *INSERT HAPPY DANCE HERE* I’m pretty sure just about everyone can agree that this winter was an extremely brutal one, and the warm temps are a breath of fresh air. Bring on the sundresses, sandals and sunshine! Continue reading

Style Chronicles: KTR Collection

ktr4Hola Chicas!

Why not start this year off with some awesomeness for my fashion-lovers. I ran across the KTR Collection on Instagram and instantly fell in love with every single piece of clothing they offered. The designer puts together such sexy, chic and classy looks that instantly catch the eye. I absolutely LOVE her style! Her boutique offers dresses, two-piece skirt sets and mostly skirts, many of which can be custom-made to appease your desired length, size and color.

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Style Chronicles: Vegas Nights

Las-Vegas-Fountain-StripI spent the weekend in Vegas with an amazing group of people and was able to take part in a dear friend’s “Birthday Soirée”.  I’ll spare you all the juicy details of the drunken Karaoke Night at the House of Blues; late night pit stops at the Double Down Saloon to sample their famous “Ass Juice Shots” (don’t even ask); cabana-style lounging at Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis; and the private dinner party shenanigans at Sugar Factory’s Chocolate Lounge.  Let’s just say I had an effin’ awesome time!  Hey…you know the saying…“What happens in Vegas…”.

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Style Chronicles: Springtime OOTD

photoshake_1367085035780-1Spring has finally sprung and the time has come for beautiful spring colors, flowing sun dresses and cute sandals.  This weekend I pulled out one of my favorite spring dresses and decided to dress it up with simple, yet chic, accessories.  Check out my outfit and style details below!

Dress:  I am in love with this dress and its color.  I purchased this coral “skater dress” from Boohoo Online Store.  Boohoo has stylish, good quality clothing for a very reasonable price.  I’m obsessed with this online store! Continue reading

Holiday Season Style Files

‘Tis the season…for Christmas parties, New Year’s celebrations and inaugural events!  This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year – family, friends, holiday cheer, food, and my Daddy’s spiked egg nog!  It’s also that time of the year when you’ll find me digging in the back of my closet for that perfect dress for the upcoming holiday celebrations.  Check out my style files for the upcoming holiday events that I’ll be attending. My motto when it comes to fashion:  “CLASSY, SASSY, BUT NEVER TRASHY!”

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I’m Not A Model, But I’m Dope!

I’m not a model.  I’ve never aspired to be a model, nor have I felt the need to be photographed by a photographer while sucking in my stomach, poking out my butt and holding awkward poses that emphasis my sexiness or beauty.  It’s just NOT ME.

Dionne “Freebird” McDonald, Founder of Hodson Exposure, is an up-and-coming photographer that does an exceptional job of capturing the rawness of YOU.  I’ve fallen in love with so many of her amazing shots from play dates with her daughters (my beautiful nieces), intimate weddings, conceptual photo shoots, and the list goes on… She’d been egging me on – insisting that I drop in for a quick session to let her shoot me.  I really wasn’t that interested but I gave in and decided to let her capture my untamed mane and awkwardness.  After all, my hair was my new love…so wild, rebellious and out of control.

So I’m up at 6:30am on a Saturday after a night out with the ladies, prepping for my shoot, fluffing out my fro’, tired as all hell and not in the mood for anything but my cozy bed.  (-__-) I head to The Carriage House Studio located in Downtown DC and attempt to “give it to the camera”.  LOL Not really…I didn’t bring loads of sexiness and model posses; I brought myself…and my “Dopeness”. After a few snaps of the camera, I said to hell with this hair, just capture me being ME!

Peep my style details below.  I literally threw this look together in about 10 minutes. I’m obsessed with electric blue and cobalt blue, and mustard is new favorite color! I’d been experimenting with color blocking and this color combo was perfect. If you know me, then you know that I love a well-put together look, but I scour the sales racks of Macy’s, Nordstrom, Express and your everyday ladies fashion havens and websites for cool finds and bargains.  Who says that a chic and fierce look has to be pricey – not me…

Outfit Details:

Cobalt Blue Mesh Top:  Forever 21 – $18

Mustard Skinny Jeans:  H&M – $20

Cobalt Blue Suede Stilettos:  Bakers – $70-$80

Oversized Gold Earrings:  Aldo Accessories – $15

Gold Bangle:  Charming Charlies – $10

Hair Details: Second day wash n’ go – I’ll be doing a separate post on how I do my wash n’ gos.  Stay tuned…

Photographer Details:

Hodson Exposure specializes in portrait, conceptual and wedding shoots. Samples may be presented upon request.

Check out some of Hodson Exposure’s work HERE.

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