Sunday, October 05, 2014

HOW TO USE ALIEXPRESS LIKE A PRO.

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So you've guessed it. You've finally figured out where everyone is getting their clothing for these small boutiques online. This busy international hotspot known as, AliExpress has become the go to place when it comes to skipping the middle man. Although what attracts some people to this site is the cheap prices and some what questionable fitting sizes, AliExpress is actually a great place to find your next outfit. Now, there are some things that you have to know in order to have a great shopping experience. On a daily basis, I have friends contacting me asking if the seller behind the screen is legit and how to be sure. I've been an avid user of AliExpress for quite some time now. There are things I had to learn and what to look for just like any other online shopper.  Here are a few key points to notice while shopping online (and many other oversea marketplaces):

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

ANIMAL PRINTED LOAFERS.

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And I got the last ones. I had my eyes on these loafers are so long. I'd go in there, check out some other things and kind of peek to the back to see if they're still there. On this day, I walked in and there were no more. None of the employees knew of any (which they never do, which is strange to me) and they weren't where they usually are. Not until I looked behind a few other loafers and I spotted these gems and they were my size.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW INSTALLMENT: THRIFTING THURSDAYS

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Hey gals (and guys). I wanted to show you all what I've found today while thrifting. So well being away for a bit and exploring new outlets when it comes to cheaper priced fashions, I've decided to explore a place where most of us overlook- or just don't want to be caught in. I came up with this installment to introduce the other side of design to you all. When people hear the words, THRIFT STORE, they tend to think of a place where soiled, old torn clothing is sold and how the previous owners got rid of them for less fortunate people blah blah blahhhh. We've all heard them and I'm hear to tell you, it's time to put it all to rest.

I bring to you THRIFTY THURSDAY where I will bring you along with me to see some of the hidden treasures most people overlook. I'll show you how to pair them up with some of the basic items you have in the back of your closet and how to find a complete outfit for a casual day out.

So just so you'll get an understanding for what I search for, here are a few pieces found during my thrifting. And I'd like to make it clear that none of what I've found is in bad condition and some still had original price tags on them.



Monday, June 30, 2014

MY STORY: BECOMING A VEGETARIAN.

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So people always find it crazy when I tell them "I am a vegetarian". Like as if the only people who practice this lifestyle is hippies and earth freaks... I'm far from being a hippie, but I do care about my Planet. However, this wasn't the reason I decided to become a vegetarian.

If you didn't know already, I began modeling in 2001 and in the beginning of my career, I was an average sized young lady. Standing at 5'10" and weighing in at 125lbs. It really didn't help that I was doing Track & Field in high school and was lifting weights to tone my upper body. Well little did I know, after graduating high school my modeling would take off. I was getting the calls I wanted, different companies wanting to work with me, becoming a signature model for a couple photographers. I was doing quite well. One thing I did not continue to do was workout to maintain my muscle tone and eat well. Therefore, I become kind of like... the Amazon Woman, as they say- tall with a solid body frame, but still fit. If I was to name someone who'd remind me of this type, it is Gabrielle Reece. She's such beautiful women too btw.
Monday, June 02, 2014

CHILI SUMMERS

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Top: New Look  -  Joggers: River Island  -  Bag: Nine West (Macys)  -  Shoes: Bebe  -  Earrings: Kay  -  Watch: Adidas (The Iconic)  -  Nail Polish: Essie  -  Necklace: Glassons
You're welcome. Look at this awesome new outfit featured this week. I told you, I am having a small obsession with River Island (I had to give it a smooch) and I'm not afraid to say I'd rock it. I'm not a huge fan of Rhianna, but some of her pieces and R.I. additional pieces have me biting my tongue.

Friday, May 23, 2014

ORANGE ZEAL

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Top: Rings: River Island  -  Skirt: London Boutiques  -  Shoes: Selfridges  -  Bag: Oasis  -  Watch: Karen Millen  -  Bracelet: Boticca
When picking out an outfit, always start with your favorite color. With my favorite color being yellow, it is easier to mix and match colors because it's a primary color (red, blue, and yellow). Let's say you're playing around with the color purple, dark/light purple, black and/or would be the safest colors to make your outfit work. However, if you are one of those who aren't afraid to try something new, you'd choose red, blue, pink, metallics and patterns.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BACK 2 BLACK

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Jumpsuit: Missguided  -  Heels & Studs: River Island  -  Clutch: London Boutiques  -  Bangles: Liberty

Pulling of this look together is not a hard task. I've seem to take a liking to Rihanna's new clothing line, River Island. I didn't think I'd like any of her things because our styles don't match up... or at least I thought. This look can be a date night, drinks with the girls, casual dinner look because it's just simple... with the touch of shine to give it the 1UP every simple look needs. Personally, I go for simple looks because you can never screw it up. In fact, if you do screw up a look like this, then you're just a lost causeLOL!

Monday, May 19, 2014

WELCOME TO THE LOWCOUNTRY!

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My Skies Couldn't Be Any More Brighter
Have you ever heard the song that goes a little something like this:

�� Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning ��

Gawd, I use to hate that song with the strongest passion. Many people have no clue I'm from the historic city of Charleston until I say so. I usually hear, "You don't sound like the natives of Charleston" or "Well then let me hear you speak like them." As much as I steer away from the speech (because I sound like a fool trying to), it truly is a conversation starter that will keep you talking for days. Being that I've moved around a bit (growing up in the Navy), this type of dialect didn't stick with me. In fact, even before I moved out this city at the age of 11, it never really stuck with me. This speech I am talking about is known as Geechee.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CONVERSE ALL-STARS... FOREVER YOUNG.

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The Chuck Taylor All-star has literally stood the test of time. I mean back in the early 1900s when it with first debut, I don't believe Charles Taylor knew what he was getting himself into. Known as the "most successful selling basketball shoe in history", this indestructible shoe has evolved into an "any occasion footwear" and is seen everywhere else, but the court. From their monochromatic black shoe to the newest CYO (Create Your Own) Design, the Converse All-Stars gives us the choice to make the shoe our own. You can choose different hues from the sole to laces... to the tongue then to the lining and stitch... or choose one of their many patterns... the combinations are endless.

I remember while living in Maryland/DC when I was younger, some of the boys wore these same shoes. I clearly didn't know what they were because I was from Charleston were most of the boys were beach flip flops, Nikes, Reebok or Adidas. To be honest, the only guys who I'd see where these shoes were the skateboarders. They would be all scuffed up, dirty and worn~ I wasn't interested in wearing those. Well while living in MD/DC, the boys wore them differently... I liked how they wore it and I was interested in getting my hands on some. This is when I noticed... these shoes are versatile and fashionable because the boys/men there paid attention to their appearance.

Monday, February 10, 2014

I LOVE THE Z!

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Artist: Oliver Gal    I think I'm more excited about the new pieces that are coming in because it reminds me more Old Glamour.
Z Gallerie never ceases to amaze me when it comes down to the Glitz & Glam so picking my ultimate favorites will be the rags. I've always said "Z Gallerie reminds me of myself- shiny, shimmery, and glowy" (that's the exact word I chose, lol). Whenever I would visit to store, I always head in the direction of the frame artwork. These artists, Oliver Gal seems to have something going on with their couture/fashion artwork and I really have to do more research on these ladies so I can become a little more familiar with their work... plus figuring out a way to use them in future interior design projects  (and I'd really love it if they could comment or be interviewed in the future... we shall see).