LEATHER x2

This leather number was a complete experiment gone right, and I was feeling it so I went with it! Since my hair has been in a ‘fro, I’ve been wearing more outfits that fit the ‘fro, and made me adjust to it more. My jacket is from Forever 21 (one of my best purchases from them, ever), my top is from Urban (who I sadly won’t be shopping with for a while after everything that’s happened), my shorts are from Zara, sunglasses from VS, and bag from Coach.

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QUARANTINE LOOK: 4

This look was worn out and about, running errands and I actually really loved it. It’s my typical late 90’s inspired look with a denim skirt a mini shoulder bag. My top is “Fendi inspired” (cringe, I know. but I liked it) from Urban Outfitters (who unfortunately no longer has my business), my skirt is from Topshop, the bag is from Monki, and the belt from Fossil.

Things are finally starting to open up now, so I’ve actually been really excited to wear more looks and see how many clothing combinations I can come up with since half of my clothes are still in London. Before I was using these “Quarantine Look” posts as something to look forward to and to document the outfits I wore during quarantine, but now that I can wear more looks, I think I’m just going to go back to documenting my everyday outfits since I’m a bit more excited to wear them now. How have you been expressing yourself during quarantine?

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Quarantine look: 3

Happy June! I honestly can’t believe how fast time is going considering we can’t actually do anything.

This a casual grocery store look that I put together that I really liked that day. The grocery store has become my new runway and I always look forward to dressing up just to grab what we need lol. Do whatever you can do to stay sane people. I’ve been curating looks to really go all out for my next few shops so I’ll see you in my next post. Stay safe x

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Outfit details:
Top: Urban Outfitters
Bralette: Pink
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Nike
Bag: Monki

Quarantine Look: 2

Hi everyone, hope you’re all keeping safe and well! I’ve decided to document my quarantine looks since I’ve been trying to drive my blog back to the outfit inspiration platform I had initially made it to be. This look was worn on Easter, and I love how girly and kind of shabby chic it looks- a side of me that exists but people rarely see. This dress is from one of my favorite independent brands and Topshop “Lace and Beads”. If you’re into girly, romantic, frilly clothing or pastels it’s definitely a brand I’d check out. Then I just paired it with some nude strapped Jessica Simpson heels.

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Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

I was looking in my drafts, and came across this post that I was so excited to talk about but never got around to finishing, so I felt like reviving it today. These photos are from the Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London. I’ve been thinking about London a lot lately, and missing my weekly adventures. This was one of my coolest adventures yet. I’ve been interested in ancient Egypt since I was about 8 years old. I read every ancient Egyptian kids book, went to exhibitions, watched videos and documentaries, you name it. I was so invested and loved it because their way of life was just so different and seemed to have so much meaning and purpose. I could go on forever about what I learned growing up but I don’t want to bore you haha. Anyway, this exhibit was cool because the last time I’d gone to a Tutankhamun exhibit I was about 7 in Chicago. I didn’t really remember much (my dad found a souvenir I got from that time which was soo cool) so it was nice to see things in a new light and understand more. There we’re objects on display that had never been taken out of Egypt before which was really cool, and of course I took more photos that the ones I’m leaving for you below. But have a scroll! It’s all so interesting to look at, even if you don’t know the backstory. I’m not sure if the exhibit will still be in London after the pandemic but definitely check it out if you have the chance!

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My Post-Quarantine Travel Wishlist

2020 was supposed to be my year of travel and concerts. I booked a trip to Manchester and Paris, and had to cancel both at a moments notice. I was most disappointed about the Paris trip because I’ve fantasized about going there since I was a little girl. I had everything ready to go, and then the virus got worse and I had to book a trip home instead. Although I was upset about it for a short while after, I began using this time to get excited about all of the travels I want to take when airports open again. Here are some places on my wishlist that I’m headed to (I HAVE to!!) as soon as I can.

One of the first places I’m heading back to is Paris. I am so eager to pick up where I had to leave off, and see the place I’ve been dreaming of for so long.
Edinburgh was next on my list. I was planning to make this a solo 1.5 day trip, and just explore this beautiful place. There are so many hills and castles that are just absolutely beautiful. This is also the start of my UK tour!
Ireland is next. Honestly I just want to party there with my friends and hear the accents! I also want to learn their culture because from what I know, Irish people are very patriotic and tradition oriented so I’d love to see that firsthand.
To be completely honest, I don’t know much about Cardiff or Wales as a whole but I love seen how different the rest of the UK is from London. I think that a first initial thought is that everywhere is a city like London, so I love to see that everywhere ISN’T London.
Amsterdam seems like such an exciting place filled with so much history and sexual innuendoes. There are so many erotic things that I just have to see if I’m being honest lol. And it just looks like such a beautiful and quaint place.
Lastly, BARCELONA!! My parents went here on a cruise and haven’t shut up about it since. I love Spanish music, Spanish cuisine and Spanish culture so this is a place that I really really want to see for myself. I also have a love for interior design and architecture and I LOVE Spanish architecture and it’s colors. So I’m really excited to visit here. Also while I’m here, I need to give an honorable mention to Ibiza!!! I will be there soon haha.

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Quarantine look: 1

Since we can’t leave the house, I’ve decided to use every opportunity I can to wear a cute outfit. I know, I sound crazy. But if dressing up gives you a sense of sanity and control, then you’ll understand. I decided to make a mini series here on my blog, and document outfits I’ve worn during this time, not only to look back on but to get back to my roots. I originally made this blog to post outfit inspiration and style tips for people who needed them, and I feel like over the years I’ve strayed away from that, and created more of a lifestyle blog. I’ve been finding my love for clothes and creating looks again, so expect some new outfit posts from me during this pandemic and beyond! Outfit details below.

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Outfit details:

Top: Zara
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Monki
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack

Bake with Me: Chocolate Chip Cookies

During my time in self-isolation, I’ve revisited my love of baking and tried making chocolate chip cookies for the first time. While I was making them, I documented the process on my iphone, and later decided to edit it into a short video. I love how it came out, so I posted it on my IGTV. Now I’m posting it here for anyone who didn’t see it on IGTV because making a short video made me so excited for the first time in a long time. Hopefully I can continue to making more short videos (baking, fashion, beauty) during the rest of my self isolation. Hope you like it 🙂

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Zandra Rhodes Exhibition

Before visiting this exhibit, I’ll admit, I didn’t know who Zandra Rhodes was. I was looking for new fashion exhibits in London because I love to see the way different designers did/do their craft. It was so interesting to see her designs and to realise that her work has probably inspired many of the lifestyle wear that’s around today (being from the Caribbean and working at a lifestyle retailer, it’s been interesting to compare her work with the lifestyle brands we sell in-store!). Below are a few photos of pieces that I found really interesting.

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This sunflower dress caught my eye first, because it’s my favorite flower, and second because so the cool materials and patchwork details that were used
I love how campy this dress is and the way it reflected light. I also don’t see many pieces with foil fabric, and I noticed that she used a lot of that
I loved the detail, materials and costume-like appearance of these pieces. As you can see she used the metallic/foil fabric again!

Sustainably Radical: Look 1

This is the first look of a sustainable series that I was assigned to do for university for a “Sustainably Radical” assignment. Everything used to style my models were articles of clothing or fabric and objects that we already owned. My goal with these looks (6 looks in total, more to come) was to spend the least amount of money possible, be sustainable, and contribute less to the fast fashion market by not ordering clothes for this shoot. My concept was to portray how fast fashion effects the sea surrounding the island I come from, as people only think the results of fast fashion can only be felt where the production takes place. But the ocean is all connected, and the fibers and dyes spread all over the ocean, through the waves and beyond, and I wanted to focus on the emotion I have towards that situation.

Model: Deshawn Seymour