What better way to spend my last day then with an NYC themed OOTD video. This one was filmed by one of my good friends, Kendrin; also known as Koid24 on Instagram. Filming is his thing and I am so happy we manage to get a little collaboration video in before I left permanently.
The vision was most definitely in sync: I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
Kae and I were treated to a lil’ bowling date by Kendrin & his bae a few weeks ago. Just sit back, relax, and relive a NYC night with me.
My countdown to Florida is official: 1 more week. 7 more Days. 168 more hours. Too much?
I haven’t had the time to update the blog, but, incase you missed it, I did upload a full update video on my YouTube channel here. Due to certain circumstances, Darien and I have found that New York City just isn’t the place for us right now. It took me some time to adjust, but I’m ready for this new chapter in my storybook. While I’m still in the Big Apple, though, I’ve been hustlin’, harder than ever. Expect my next few posts to be based in NYC & collaborative.
I recently did a shoot with Amanda-Lee – also knows as @a_leethal on Instagram – who’s actually the first female photographer I’ve ever worked with. Needless to say, the #pussypower was real.
As far as the styling goes: this look was 100% inspired by Darien.
What do you think of the styling? Do you feel the skater kid vibes?
Those low points in life – they’re forever causing stress, heartache, maybe even slight depression. And no matter how hard you try to overcome your obstacle, you find yourself worse than before.
You’re allowed to feel down. Allowed to feel like there’s no hope. You should always permit yourself the time to feel. Even when the feelings aren’t great. You’re human, and you’re meant to handle rough roads. How else are you suppose to grow? Get stronger? Find YOU?
Give yourself the green-light to get lost for a bit. Once you find the path in that dark, dim world that is your thoughts, the directions to yourself will follow.
Necklace: Dead Gypsy & Co.
Denim: American Apparel
“Sometimes on the way to a dream, you get lost and find a better one.”
It’s been a good minute since I picked up a camera & shot on manual.
Before I started my blog, heck, before I even started my YouTube channel, I first became interested being behind the camera. I even applied to FIT in the hopes of majoring in Fashion Photography. But I’ll be honest, I didn’t really commit to photography the way I should have and wasn’t really surprised when I got my rejection letter, either. Life. It happens.
& I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I’ve been feeling super nostalgic lately – I’ve been itching to get back into old habits.
With that in play & my current, serious obsession with the whole Mom/Daughter-Blogger-Duo-thing, I decided to spend an afternoon shooting with my mini. When we’re out and about, she always asks me to take her photos – this just felt right.
At the end, I asked her if she had fun doing the shoot and she yelled “Yes!” with no hesitation.
Jacket: Sean John // Gift
What do you think of these photos?
Thank you so much for stopping by! Sending my love. ❤
Nothing feels more amazing than watching your dreams become your reality. I was not planning on having another shoot with Kaelynn for another few months but baby girl was ready to take photos with mommy. #blessed
This was definitely not expected – but it’s totally something I am extremely happy about. My obsession with the Mom & Daughter Blogger Duo is real and I cannot wait to start heading in that same direction with my own blog.
I was teaching the munchkin how to cross her legs and her attempts were beyond adorable to watch. And she totally got the hang of it after a while! The fact that she is totally open to trying new things makes my heart so warm; there’s really nothing else I can ask for as a mama.
Working on getting detailed shots is the next thing we’re going to tackle next time I include baby girl. She’s getting the hang of it and that means everything.
My little forever girl. ❤
Headscarf & Scarf: Thrifted
Jacket: Unif x Urban Outfitters
Bag: Urban Outfitters
Head Band: Forever 21
Dress: Flea Market
Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you enjoy seeing Kaelynn on the blog? I would love to know your thoughts!
I’m not one who normally posts up the throwbacks on Thursday’s. I, personally, don’t enjoy reliving past memories – I’m always about the now and working towards the future goals I have set for myself. Today, however, I’m breaking that non-habit with an Outfit of the Day from my 23rd birthday last May.
My birthday last year was the moment in my blogging career where I really wanted to learn how to create quality content – especially with my photos. Darien, my boyfriend turned photographer, shot these photos in RAW mode and later learned that his version of photoshop couldn’t support them. We recently updated to the latest version of Adobe Cloud and we both couldn’t be more excited. The hard work we’re going to be putting in this year is going to be r e a l.
We ended up going out to a simple dinner date in our neighborhood – nothing too crazy nor fancy. I wanted to go for a ‘casual, but cute’ look. I was super pleased with my day.
My biggest blessing though: having my boyfriend be my best friend, photographer, and biggest fan. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday companion. Or life partner, really.
Body Suit: American Apparel
Pants: Old Navy
Necklace: Forever 21
Cardigen: Thrifted | Target
Shoes: Steve Madden
As always, it’s a serious pleasure having you on the blog! Forever thankful for the genuine love and honest support.
The first half of 2016 was filled with monthly collages. I simply love how they gave me a burst of inspiration! I am one who is always inspired by everything I encounter, however, I find that it’s always nice to refine that constant inspiration onto one board.
Pinterest is a perfect way to have a mess-free board.*
I wanted to get back into the flow of making collages:
Welcome, Twenty Seventeen.
When was the last time you made a collage? Do you think they’re a great outlet for your inspiration? I would love to know your thoughts!
& we are finally here, the last Parson x Teen Vogue related blog post.
This has been such a bitter sweet experience. I am so happy with all of the knowledge I have gained since starting this course – it has showed me which areas I need to drastically improve on [This post will highlight one of those skills] but it also enlightened me with things I didn’t know at all, and even helped me gain a better understanding of other aspects of the fashion industry.
I totally recommend this course for anyone who wants a basic, overall education on what the fashion industry consists off. It has opened my eyes to a lot.
Today’s post is all about the bag I designed back in the first course. I kind of went all out and purchased real leather, in the hopes of really being able to rock this bag for years to come. After cutting out the pattern, something told me to double check if leather needed a specific needle in order to be sewn together. Turned out, I was right. Leather is a lot thicker compared to other fabrics, so a basic needle wouldn’t be able to survive the stitching. For that reason, I won’t be able to give an exact pricing for the supplies, labor, nor the entire retail cost. I simply placed the pattern together to show what it would essentially look like. With the price of the fabric alone, I wanted to deepen my understanding of how to construct a leather bag to make sure this one turned out as great as possible.
Cost of the Leather: $55
Cost of Floral Fabric: $2/Yard
With the coming weeks, I do plan to treat myself this Christmas season by self hosting this blog and really committing the time this blog – and my passion – deserves. I have so many ideas and themes for future posts – 2017 is going to be a big year for this blog.
I’ll catch you later in another post real soon, and as always, sending all of my love your way!
Today’s post is dedicated to yet another Parsons x Teen Vogue aassigment. The focus on this one is visual merchandising and the science behind making it visually appealing for customers to shop in ‘your store.’
I had the opportunity to work as a Visual Merchandiser at Old Navy for a few months earlier this year – It was a totally new experience for me, but was one that has since stuck with my interests. There’s just something about styling that makes me happy. Though I don’t rock H&M often, every time I walk in there, I’m always impressed with how they style their merchandise. It’s why I decided to go into their store and highlight what they do to offer a better shopping experience for their customers.
This location is in Manhattan, New York. It’s a newer location – and the vibe of it rules.
As far as the actual store design goes: let’s face it, there’s just something about a white, crisp, store. Add mirrors to that, and you’d have an ‘infinite feeling’ experience while the chandeliers only add to the ‘runway-meets-streetstyle’ atmosphere. The store totally feels open and ready to take you on a fashion closet ride.
One thing that I found interesting was the placement of the sales item; they were placed where customers walked to most – the escalators and the fitting rooms. Speaking on the actual placement of the non-sale garments: I immediately noticed that they were properly styled. Dresses would be next to coats while tops and bottoms were together in color coordination. It’s an eye appealing set-up.
I still have a huge interest in Visual Styling & Merchandising, so this is definitely a field I plan to continue to expand my knowledge and experience. Especially since I plan to open up my own store – these are skills I will be using for years to come.
In my last post, I explained what it would cost to produce an accessory I made both at a whole sale and handmade price. The results showed that the profit would increase almost double once you produced something at whole sale.
In this assignment, Parsons x Teen Vogue wanted us to really understand how the quality decreases once a piece of clothing is made at wholesale by requesting that we go into a retail store and try on the same item in different materials to notice the differences between how they are made.
I decided to go to American Eagle since they are well known for their denim. I decided to try on a 4 pairs of Jeggings and 2 pairs of their Vintage High-Rise denim.
Depending on the material, I immediately noticed that some denim fit me well, while others were a bit too small.
Every pair of pants I tried on was a size 4.
Here are my results.
The 2 denim pair fit me perfectly. I have no complains about them at all. The red suede definitely fit me the best, though. They were a bit more stretch and felt snug in all the right places. The tan suede pants were definitely the tightest out of the four. I had trouble buttoning that one up.
I was completely surprised by the fact that the second pair of high-rise wouldn’t even button. As far as the denim material goes, both were pretty similar.
When it comes to producing one item in multiples, factories are given a specific measurement for the seam allowance that allows them to go a bit over or under when physically creating the pieces. This is why quality decreases once you make in whole sale, because factories are given more room for error. Two pieces will never be made nor fir the same.
This assignment has given me more of an appreciation for quality – there’s a better chance it’ll last you a longer.