DC Fashion Week


Missed NYFW? Me too!

But don’t cry, it’s okay, DC Fashion week is well under way and there’s still time to be fashionable & social.

DC Fashion Week is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising, modeling and to enhance the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of international fashion. Held twice a year, DC Fashion Week is considered one of the fastest growing international fashion week exhibits in the world and is the 4th largest fashion week in the United States.

This year, The Social Group is the sponsor for the Official After Parties for DC Fashion Week events. This Friday, after the Washington Menswear Collections & Retailers showcase, join VIP guests at Bar 7 from 11pm – 3am. Following the Metropolitan Emerging Designers & Indie Artists Showcase on Saturday evening, come to Ozio to enjoy further networking from 11pm – 3am.

Those who know me are very much aware of my happy, homebody, grandma status. However, even I, will be stepping out tonight for The Social Group’s Social Hour, fashionably late of course. So if you’re in the DMV, maybe I’ll see you there 😉


Be strong. Be haute. Be you.


Schleep Chique: A Guide to Style On The Go!

We all have our days where getting dressed is not the number one priority and the list of to-do’s extends past making sure you’re perfectly coordinated. But have no fear, with this guide and a few simple staple accessories you can fly out the door looking fly!

Schleep Chique Basics:

Dark Bold Lip: Mac colors such as Cyber, Stunner, & Living Legend are super important for maintaining a polished look amidst chaos. If you throw any of these colors in your bag it won’t matter how deep the bags are beneath your eyes, people won’t be able to take their eyes off your luscious lips!

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How-To: DIY Shredded Jeans

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I love a good thrifted jean, so when I found these high waist Calvin Klein jeans for $8 I couldn’t wait to make them my own.

Knowing that shredded/distressed jeans were a staple piece missing from my closet I knew that’s what I’d want to do with the jeans once I bought them. But, instead of the normal, shredded front, I decided to try cutting up the side for a more unique look.

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Hi Power, High Fashion: J.Cole/K. Dot Served Fresh Tee

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More online retail therapy, yay!

I recently ordered a tee from Served Fresh and was super excited when this came in the mail. It arrived about a week and a half after my initial order and thankfully I caught it during their introductory sale for $35.

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a big t-shirt gal and I’m usually pretty frugal when it comes to fashion. However, this piece spoke to me because it has my two all-time favorite rappers on it and well, what more does it need?

I figure it was a smart business move purchasing the top before their colab album that we’ve all been waiting for drops mysteriously in the night(can you tell I’m ready?) But until then, I’ll be anxiously awaiting.

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| BeyoncĂ© 2015 Met Gala | Why Styling = Art

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She came, she saw, she slayed. It’s just that simple.
Or is it?
Lots of people see red carpet outfits and assume that a stylist sat at every NYFW show and maybe some international ones too, watching intently, taking note of all the pieces with potential. Only to pull out these notes as reference once a client has a big event to attend.
But I contest that styling, at it’s best, is more of an art form. Maybe even a science if you will. It involves knowing your client, and combining clothes, makeup, hair, and accessories to communicate a message. Fashion is art, obviously. But the art of styling comes in when stylists are able to tell stories with their work, making what they do believable on the people who wear it.

Rooftop White

The weather is finally beginning to reflect the spring season and you know what that means….higher hems and lighter color palettes. Today I had the pleasure of attending a rooftop event and thought I’d share the look with you all.
My dress, a mid-thigh, all white piece with shoulder cut-outs was a steal from my local Crossroads Trading Co. I caught it half-off and paid just under $10.
My leopard print calf leather heels are actually a winter sale purchase from Nine West for just under $70. And I’m happy to report that they’re surprisingly comfy for pointed-toes!
As for my accessories, I threw on a chunky gold link necklace, a recently thrifted $5 find. Then I paired it with my favorite diamond studs, my grandfather’s large gold watch, and a knuckle ring stolen from my mom.
I decided to keep it simple with flexi rod curled hair and a neutral daytime face  (I’ll be posting a vlog detailing these two soon so stay tuned!)

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Campus Style: Men’s Wear Monday

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This campus style look is indeed a throwback photo from warmer fall days. But despite the passing time, it remains one of my favorite looks from head to toe!

Let’s start with the faux-short hair look I achieved by simply doing to crown twists. I accessorizedthe mannish style with large hoop earrings, a sleek statement necklace, and a large gold watch (not pictured).

The Top Half:

My shirt was a silk button down with thin cream and burgundy stripes paired with a vintage, oversized, Vanessa Huxtable inspired, Talbots blazer (shoulder pads still very much in-tact). Peeking from underneath the jacket you’ll notice my homage to Urkel burgundy and gold suspenders; with this look they’re so much cooler than a belt!

The Bottom Half:

The pants are old fashioned high-waist, pleated front, men’s dress slack that I cuffed to expose my patterned socks and brown Franco Sarto wing-tip shoes. Since this is campus style, I had to add the messenger bag to house my books for class. This chocolate and tan, quilted cotton cross body finishes it all off and was an expensive steal at XXI.

Get The Look: 

Unfortunately the blazer, pinstripe top, pants and suspenders were all purchased at my local thrift store so recreating the exact look was difficult. You can however, follow the links throughout for pretty similar versions of what I wore. And remember to always…

Be Strong. Be Haute. Be You.