Friday, December 9, 2011

Wish List

D: As the week of finals rolls around and my stress continues to build, I have regretfully neglected the blog and have not posted in an extremely long time and I do sincerely apologize. Anyway, I wanted to show you guys some of the items I've been drooling over lately and wishing I had in my closet.

 
Image: Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Color Bombs & Bricks

I: This was an outfit I wore to a Theophilus London concert I attended with C. It was an incredible time, but I've been saving the post for later months because I thought it was the perfect winter outfit. I really liked the way a chunky scarf made a much larger turban than I usually sport, and the oversized top, with a tight pant and simple wedge were perfectly complementary. I hope you guys enjoy our take on comfy-chic.
C: Wearing Vintage Bell-Sleeve Sweater, Zara riding pant, Nine West Fur-Cuff Bootie
I: Wearing Cloud Dress (vintage), H&M Oversize Sweater, American Apparel Riding Pant, Zigi Soho Wedge boot, F21 Scarf as Turban

Sunday, November 13, 2011

D.U.S.K.

C&I: Hello all! We took advantage of the crisp, fall evening and headed out to shoot a couple pics on our way out to dinner at Cuba de Ayer. (Lovvvvve Cuban food!) As you can see, we had a special guest on our hands- our beloved little bro, J. Hope you all enjoy!
C: Wearing Vintage Jacket, H&M Dress, Forever21 Necklace, Urban Outfitters Polka-Dot Tights, Vintage Socks, American Apparel Black Sash and Dolce Vita Boots 
J: Wearing Zara Jacket, Mossimo Button-up, Vintage Sweater, Express Jeans, Tan Suede Bucks and no label Hat
I: Wearing American Apparel Opaque Tights, American Apparel Socks, Ziggy Soho Wedges, American Apparel Denim Shorts, Vintage Sweater, Vintage Vest, Sparkle & Fade Head Scarf and Vintage Bag

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bundle Up

Fall Coats
 

It's time to bundle up in some warm coats! I love these trench coats and interestingly cut jackets, they are definately on my wish list for this season. So take a look at these and I hope they will inspire you to get a little creative with your choice of coats for fall.
 
oxo

Fall Dresses

Fall Dresses
D: These are some beautiful dresses that are on my wish list. I love how each one has its own unique style and are easy to layer under any trench coat or cashmere sweater. That's probably what I like most about the fall, the simple ability to layer clothing for a warm and effortlessly chic look. Oh and of course I love the multicolored leaves too! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

One Chilly Evening

D: The other weekend I headed to D.C for Howard Homecoming, it was a very
interesting experience and I was purly ecstatic because I got to spend some quality time with I and C. So I decided to make a quick post of what I was wearing on one chilly, but exciting, evening.....
Oh how I love venturing to new places!
 
sweater: vintage
turban: asos
shorts: American Apparel
tights: asos


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

I: We took a little spontaneous trip to a field near our houses the other day around sundown, and decided to take advantage of the beautiful lighting and the perfect scenery. I decided to show you all more of the scenery, vs more of us, because we all agreed that this place was deserving of some spotlight time. I think we all really loved the fact that we had just stumbled upon a mini paradise- not to mention one that made our skin look flawless.
I'm sure you'll be seeing more of this rich, wheat-like grass, and the gorgeous, warm lighting in our later adventures. We're constantly discovering new, interesting places for photo-ops and inspiration :)
Hope you enjoy!
Love always, C.I.D.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Moody Judy

I: Hello all! I hope you guys are enjoying this dip in temperature as much as I am-- winter is FINALLY here. In celebration, I created a little mood board for October, or at least the beginning of it. I'm sure, just because I change so often in what I like/like to wear, that I'll definitely post more of these within the month. Hopefully, the others will be a little more substantial. 
Basically, I'm really feeling muted, earth-toned colors and really flowy, overzised pieces lately. My makeup of choice has been a bold brow- inspired by  a photoshoot I did with Armina Muse- a neutral, or statement lip, tons of mascara, and a little bronzer. It gives off an effortless vibe, but still a little edgy feel- perfect for fall when you wake up chilly and don't feel like doing too much. I find myself also leaning toward more feminine things- I think I was going through a grungy, holey stage and now I'm back to loving the whole tailored, pretty thing again. We'll see where that goes...

Enjoy!! And Happy October ;)
          

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Studio 85

 C: The Studio 85 Boutique had its grand opening in D.C. this past Friday. The place was packed full of all ages coming to get a first glimpse at the quaint, stylish location. As soon as I entered the first thing I noticed was that the walls were filled with gorgeous paintings and drawings.
All the artwork belonged to local DMV artists who were also at the opening. Rich Ant (pictured above, along with some artwork), my personal favorite artist of the night, was actually painting live in the back of the boutique. I was of course one of the people standing behind her for 30 minutes wondering how someone could have so much talent in one hand! 
Artist: Creative Junk (below, left)
The entire event was extremely intimate, which I loved. It was neat to be able to have one-on-one’s with the artists on top of checking out the funky hand-made jewelry. From leather cut-out earrings... 
...to pink neon bow-tie hair pieces, they had it all! I of course snagged a pair of massive black hoops for myself (which actually ended up breaking... :( ).
        The boutique features a beautiful, mostly earth-toned nail polish line-- I wanted every color! The orange and the pale, shell pink were two of my personal favorites :) On my next trip, I'll definitely be grabbing a couple of these babies.
Artist: Marc William Bryant (Above)
Artist: Patrick Burns (above, left)
Unfortunately none of the actual clothes were on display that night because the place was so packed, but I smell a trip to Studio 85 with the girls in the near future. We’ll get our fix then ;)

oxo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Welcome To The Jungle

C: I must say, this Howard Homecoming week has been nothing less than fascinating. Wednesday night we hit up Fashion Show II at Cramton Auditorium. The time spent checking out the rest of the fashion forwards in the crowd before the whole spectacle began felt like a fashion show in itself. There is nothing I love more than seeing so many people with styles so distinct from each other. Personally, when it comes to cultivating my own style, there is no better inspiration.
“Empressions: Dreaming a New Dawn" consisted of seven interchanging scenes with a modern day twist on the tale The Emperor’s New Clothes. Scene one, An Intimate Dawn, featured models in jeweled bras, panties, and brightly colored pajama sets by Urban Intimates. The designs were perfectly sexy and the models had an air of confidence about them that aided in flawlessly kicking off the show.
The Suave Saharan scene really caught my attention. I’m currently in a tribal print stage of my closet life and designers Nichole Alabi and Man vs. Machine made sure there was plenty to go around. The line featured 80’s inspired blazers and satin jumper’s with African prints incorporated throughout. Simple, yet so fun at the same time!
One thing I will say the Howard Homecoming Fashion Shows always excel at is showcasing a wide range of body types when it comes to their models. The curvy women, I have to say, stole the show this year. This was ever apparent in the Gracious and Grand scene with bold designs by Queen Grace. I really would have liked to see colors other than the gray-scale on the ladies during this section, however, the superb tailoring made up for it in the end. Coupling the curvy divas in this scene were the immaculately clad male models in European-style suits. NINH clearly knew what they were doing by pairing slouchy beanies with semi-skinny jeans and tailored blazers, giving the models a futuristic look while still maintaining a that laid-back Euro air we all love.
The show ended seamlessly with A New Era, featuring designs by Dominique Auxilly. This was undoubtedly my favorite line of the night because of its versatility. I felt like this was a line made to celebrate womanhood. Complex frills, audacious patterns and light chiffon fabrics surpassed the idea of what an evening dress is supposed to be.
By the end of the night our fashion appetites were certainly satisfied. HU managed to deliver, once again.
 
Hope you enjoyed!
oxo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Poets at Night

I: Hello all! Sorry again for the humongous gaps between posts: we try, we really do, but college really takes a toll on a girl's time. Anyway, as you guys may not know yet, I attend Howard University. It happens to be our Homecoming week, and so of course there's loads to see and do. I attended the Poetry Cipher at the beautiful Lincoln Theater on U Street last night, and I have to say it was phenomenal. Amid an ethereally designed stage set, complete with everlasting "flames," jewel toned lights, and of course, the fog machine, students and DC natives alike gathered to pour out their hearts. I had chills the entire night, which is usually not the case when you're sitting in a packed venue. There's just so much raw talent and intense emotion walking the campus around me, it's really a little inspiring.
    One of my favorites was a raspy voiced, Kimono-clad New Yorker named Queen Godis. Her effortless grace, wonderfully eclectic choice of attire, and her halfway between rap and poetry spit was captivating. (And of course, the woman had flawless skin- I could see it even from my somewhat nosebleedy seat.) Here's a video that I snagged from diversecityblog.wordpress.com. Of course, I happened to forget my camera in the rush to get out of my house- typical. 

      The second was a duo, comprised of D.C. Poets Ya-Ya Bey, and Rasheed Copeland that spun overlapping tales of women lost in a cycle of self deprecation and the men that promote it. Bey's charming mannerisms and eerie singing voice coupled with the emphatic, purposeful monotone of Copeland's rhymes were enough to bring the audience to raptures. Another video, this time pilfered from PenelopeAirplane on Youtube. :)

 The other performers included Omari Hardwick, Erin Rigsby, and Cameron Clarkson, all students here at HU with completely different topics and styles of rhyme, but all incredibly talented. There were reoccurring themes of self-respect, heartbreak, lovemaking, and broken homes. They had all experienced these things, lived to tell the tales so eloquently, lived to weave their stories through an unbelievable command of prose. 
      I think that's why I found it so beautiful: it was all so real and I could tell that it had come straight from the small collection of gifted hearts on that stage. 
         The headliner of it all was Talib Kweli, the outspoken New York-born rapper with some of the most relevant, truthful spits I've ever heard. He was down-to-Earth, still not big enough to be big-headed, and he had this boyish appreciation for our enthusiasm that I love in any artist, especially a rapper. In a time full of pimpin', gun slangin', booty ogling fools rapping simply to stay current, Kweli is truly a blessing. The refreshing burst of humbleness and true mastery of lyrics was honestly one of the best concert experiences of my life. 

Adventure Time

D: The beautiful weather we had on Monday ignited some excitement in the minds of some of my friends and I, so we thought it would be a great idea to venture out into the creek and take some pictures of what I was wearing.
I decided to crawl into the sewage and explore.......it was a pretty clean atmosphere, don't you think?
 One of my favorite vintage belts. I love the intricate design on the buckle.
Wearing vintage everything :)
Well I'm off to start my lab report, have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

College Fashionista

D: I do apologize for the complete lack of posting. I've been so busy with various projects, classes and just simply getting adjusted to my college campus. I was recently featured on College Fashionista, to showcase their street style section. My friend Helen is a writer for the site and took these beautiful photos.

 The main focal point of her section is accessories. So that day I centered my outfit on a statement necklace I purchased from a random boutique I came across in Manhattan. I wore a military inspired shirt over my favorite black unitard that I've completely worn out, along with my trusty taupe colored boots.
olive jacket: vintage
necklace: vintage
black unitard: american apparel

I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday!

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