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