Night Light. | #Throwback

Happy Thursday:

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.

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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.

OUTFIT:

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.

‘Till next week,

GC xo

Parsons x Teen Vogue Fashion Essential’s Online Course Review

Happy Wednesday:

Though I’ve been pretty MIA the last few months of 2016, one thing that I was consistently posting about was my assignments from the online course I took with Parsons & Teen Vogue.

I recently completed the course – and received my certificate – and couldn’t be more happy. I thought it would be great to share both my experiences & thoughts on the course incase you had ideas on taking the course yourself.

You can check out my review below:

Have you heard of the Fashion Essential’s course with Parsons & Teen Vogue? Are you currently enrolled? Recently completed the course? I would love to read your thought!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

‘Till next week,

GC xo

GLO’ UP. | January 2017 Collage

Happy Hump Day:

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.

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January 2017: GLO’ UP. 

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!

I’ll catch ya on my next post,

‘Till next time,

GC xo

 

Brooklyn Babies || Adventures of The Mom Blogger

Happy Thursday:

One of my New Year’s resolution for both my blog and YouTube channel is definitely branching out into the world of Mom Blogging. I follow so many mom bloggers who coordinate their looks with their little ones; and the swagspiration is always on point. Now that my girl is almost 2 1/2 years old, I am excited to slowly introduce her to the blogging world and hope that she enjoys it as much as I do.

I’m happy to say that our first impromptu photo shoot went pretty well.

Beautiful Kae  Chola Mugshot

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Kidnappin a Baby

The last month of 2016 has been a month filled with both reflections and hardcore planning. Expect to see more of me this year – and occasionally, a very special, miniature, guest.

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Makin My Way Downtown

Outfit Details:

Glendaly:

Coat: H&M

Scarf: Thrifted

Top: H&M

Denim: Urban Outfitters

Beanie: The Baldie Movement

Belt: Old Navy

Sneakers: Vans

 

Kaelynn:

Scarf: Old Navy

Mittens: The Gap

Coast: H&M

Hair Clips: J.Crew

Denim: H&M

Sneakers: Vans

 

Thank you for stopping by; forever thankful for the love and support. Sending all of my unconditional love your way. Forever and always. ❤

Until next week,

GC & KC xo

Benefits of Being a Bald Woman | Video

Happy New Year!

And happy Tuesday:

I hope you had a great weekend bringing in the New Year. I am super stoked to see what this year has in store for me – I already have great feelings about what’s to come!

Thinking back to this time last year, I was still working on getting comfortable being a bald woman. I had shaved December 28th, 2015, with the purpose of going into 2016 with a much needed drastic change. I was diagnosed with Androgenic Alopecia when I was 18 and wanted to shave bald since then, but was scared to commit. I got over the fear and am so blessed I decided to go for the plunge!

Here are a few benefits I have gained since shaving bald and living life as a proud baldie:

Have you every thought about shaving bald or have shaved bald before? If so, what were some of the benefits you’ve gained? I would love to hear them!

Thank you so much for watching & stopping by! I’ll catch you guys on my next post.

Forever sending my love!

GC xo

My Product | Parson x Teen Vogue

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Undone Bag.

 

& 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!

Thank you so much for stopping by.

GC xo

Parsons x Teen Vogue | Visual Merchandising

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H&M Styling.

Styling & Visual Merchandising

Happy Sunday:

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.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Sending my love! Forever & always. ❤

GC xo

Your Audience | Parsons x Teen Vogue

Happy Wednesday:

I’m back at it again with a new Parsons x Teen Vogue assignment.

I don’t have many left to do, which is super exciting. I started this class almost a year ago! I am super close to obtaining my certificate in the Fashion Industry Essentials.

Today’s assignment is a bit different compared to the other two I recently posted up. This one focuses on playing around with your analytic information on both hootsuite.com and the built-in functions on social media websites; in my case that was WordPress & Youtube.

From the information I gathered, I learned that most of my readers are female, in between the ages of 18-24. They mostly come from the United States but I found that a few European countries [France, United Kingdom, Italy to name a few] and Brazil were other places where my content is being watched & read.

It’s really interesting learning where in the world your content is being viewed. I am definitely going to take some time to really learn how to properly use the analytical information on these tools. When examined properly, there is definitely potential of being able to use that to your advantage as far as marketing goes.

Thanks you so much for stopping by & reading.

‘Till next time,

GC xo

Parsons x Teen Vogue: Production Standards Assignment

Happy Sunday:

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.

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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.

Vintage High-Rise:

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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.

Thank you for stopping by, always!

‘Till next time,

GC xo

Parsons x Teen Vogue: Production Cost Assignment

Happy Friday –

This post is dedicated to Class 3, Assignment 1 in the online Fashion Essentials course from Parsons x Teen Vogue. The goal of this assignemt is to understand the differences in production costs between both small and large companies.

We were to create an accessory inspired by a mood board we previously created for another assignment; and find out how much it cost to produce it. Once we were done with that, our next step was to find the same pieces at a cheaper price and calculate what it would cost to produce it as whole sale.

Here is my design and what it was inspired by:

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The original price for the supplies used to create this necklace are as follow:

Jump Rings/Claw/Chain/Endings: $1

Hemp Strings: $0.50

Beads: $0.10

Labor: $3.20

 

Production Cost: $4.80

Retail Value: $8.00

Profit: $3.20

 

I found the supplies cheaper on a wholesale site. The price for the new supplies are as follow:

Jump Ring/Claw/Chain/Endings: $0.50

Hemp String: $0.01

Beads: $0.05

Labor: $1.60

 

Production Cost: $2.70

Retail Value: $8.00

Profit: $5.30

Finding supplies cheaper and being able to produce more products faster allows you to make a greater profit. The downside on that is that the quality of clothing definitely decreases when more of the same items are produced.

I’ll explain this further in my next assignment blogpost. Keep an eye out for it in the next few days.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at a Parsons x Teen Vogue assignment. Hope you enjoyed!

Till next time,

GC xo