$4,745 – harrods.com
$24 – selfridges.com
$22 – illamasqua.com
I won’t even front. I just felt the need to be comfortable with a sort of bad ass and edgy swag. Call me crazy, but when I have a look in mind, I take on its entire persona. I wanted to look like a 90’s chick who played no games; but far from gothic. So I threw on my $4 DOPE Tee, some black tights, and wrapped a black hoodie around my waist. I topped this simple look off with a basic black lip (just $1.99 at local beauty supply retailers) and I threw in some Cantu Conditioning cream to keep my curls moisturized. Nothing too complex. Just me relaxing with my family.
Gold Chain: H&M
DOPE Tee: DD’s
Tights: CVS Drugstore (Believe it or Not!)
With the Holidays approaching, there is so much going on; so many people to see; and tons of places to go! Holiday parties, socials, birthdays, and of course, the actual holiday dates alone! This means you have to put on your big smile and Sunday’s best because there will be people all up in your face. But for some reason, although you are in a good cheery mood, you dread the thought of trying to figure out what to wear to all of these shindigs! Your mind is on enough, and although you LOVE to look your best, deciding on the perfect ensemble is another things that will only stress you out. You don’t want to be typical and over-the-top in red or green, but you do want to dress according to the theme. What to wear? Not to worry! You can definitely doll yourself up with ease in this look, as all of these items (similar) can be purchased at your local retailers for great prices. You can even find some at the thrift stores. Pairing simple black pieces as an underlay to a faux fur vest screams high fashion; and of course, topping the look off with some cute booties, stylish accessories, and flawless makeup will have you looking and feeling your Holiday best in no time!
I’ve been on my “personal-fulfillment” journey for some time now and I can’t lie. I’ve been feeling myself. From creating vision boards, to talking openly with my mentor, to simply exploring new things, I have been very happy. Nothing in life is perfect, but when you begin to work on yourself, you’ll feel a sense of ease that allows you to find perfection in even the most flawed things. (No, wait. Let me not get TOO deep, because I will never ever find beauty in a cockroach or waterbug. God forgive me, but some things will always be ugly to me.) But anyways, I want to share some tips with you that have been daily doses for me in my pursuit of personal fulfillment. I hope they help you as you embark on (or continue) your journey and I wish you the most rewarding experiences ever.
1. Let Go. Continue reading
Surprise, surprise! I like to draw; and in my head, I am a high fashion designer, showing you a completely raw and unedited sample of my latest pieces. First, allow me to open up the world in my head to you, in case you don’t know what it consists of: I am an international designer who works out of my private villa in Paris while sipping Pinot Grigio or Stella Rosa. My breaks include snacking on fine goat cheeses, fruits, and delicate meats while watching the French style icons roam the streets. My idols of inspiration are Carrie Bradshaw and Christian Siriano. I design for the divas with alter egos: the classy fashionistas; the vixens, and even the sexy villains. In simplest terms, my concepts epitomize the fashionista who dares to unveil her inner bad-ass. My designs will have no faces sometimes because I believe that the vibe a style icon portrays is more influential than the way she looks. In other words, looks do not matter to me. Welcome to my world!
Photo Courtesy | Brittany Sha’Vonne Designs
You know what I’m starting to realize more and more every day? We–women–are absolutely crazy. We are fucking insane and although tamed from time to time, we have no way to completely control our crazy antics. But you know what? That’s ok.
Let me tell you something: I talk to myself. A lot. (I’m sure you do too! Don’t front.) The main thing that I say to myself every single day is “girl bye!” I love it. It’s a hilarious curve that can be applied to any and everything and it’s a sure way to put yourself in check before someone else decides to! Sometimes when I’ve either had too much caffeine for the day and little to no rest, I find myself over analyzing things and worrying to the point of insanity.
One day, mid-stress, I caught myself worrying about something and I immediately blurted out “girl bye!”…to myself. Continue reading
So I’ve been on the go lately–a lot–and I’ve barely had time to get super decked out. I typically take hours to get ready and all dolled up (ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you) but lately I’ve had between thirty minutes and one hour, depending on the day. The typical dramatic me would usually freak out and pace around trying to figure out what to wear. But not this time! Honey, I have mastered the art of being cute on the go using two main pieces! (Outfit deets below :)!)
I have a huge weak spot in my heart for dope fashion. To me, a person with a “dope” style is one who does not try at all when it comes to dressing up; someone who looks good without effort and has a badass sense of style. The rebel of the fashion world, if you will. Anyways, this week I was on my “dope ish” and I came up with two different looks using the same concept while mixing and matching a plaid shirt and a pair of black tights with different pieces. I’ve come to find out that being dope is super easy. Just pair something that looks good for your personal style and go! Now, this is not to be mistaken with just throwing on any old thing so please be mindful before you become a product of someone’e screenshot or hashtag!
If you’re the type of person to cringe at the thought of someone saying something about you or your decisions, you are setting yourself up for misery, my friend. And in addition, if you answered “yes” to my first question, you are completely lying to yourself. But don’t feel bad. We’ve all done that from time to time. You know? Lied our way through life; faked being happy and what not. Whether it was giving too much of a damn about what our parents wanted for us, settling in a relationship, or thinking too hard about how our friends might feel if we said “no” to a night out, we have all sacrificed our happiness in some way to please someone else. We’ve all fallen victim to becoming those sorry, dreadful beings that we love to talk about: the people pleasers. I hated people pleasers, but my emotions shifted in a way when I discovered that I was one of them myself. (“Awww damnit!, I’m one of them”, I thought to myself while staring into space.)
I recently decided that for me, those days are over. I’ve struggled with people pleasing for for years, and now that I have reached my breaking point, all I’ve had to say is “fuck it.” Continue reading
Back in September, I went to New York for the seventh time in my life and of course—I loved it! I had an original plan of staying there for three to four months for an internship and a blogger project, but those plans changed drastically. I wasn’t quite devastated, but I also wasn’t pleased. I was very confused. Continue reading
It’s Fridayyyyyy! One thing I LOVE to do on a Friday after work is hit up a nice happy hour with great sushi rolls! For all of my sushi lovers out there who are touring LA, I urge you to grab a bite at my favorite grub hub, Wokcano Restaurant & Lounge. If you’ve seen me posting delicate plates of sushi rolls on Insta, here is the infamous place where my girls and I dine from time to time!