I love making a statement! No matter if it’s with my words, creativity, or clothes. I continuously say this over and over again, but I truly love being colorful and classic at the same time. My unique style is definitely a combination of my French-Jamaican family. I enjoy different articles of clothing that are out of the ordinary. When I was home in Los Angeles, I picked up a killer $1 leather jacket at the Sunday vintage sale at Jet Rag (every Sunday all the items are $1). I have accumulated quite a few leather jackets over the years, so I wanted to make this one different. I met an amazing artist and creator in Philadelphia, by the name of Kev. He has some the dopest work I have ever seen and his ability to combine paint with fashion is remarkable. He is owner of Poison Apparel , a clothing line that changes perspective one garment at a time.
This fall I’m hitting the streets with my customized painted leather jacket created by Poison Apparel. I have received so many positive compliments on my eye catching piece. My jacket incorporates Egyptian hieroglyphics and my favorite phrase “BLACK GIRL MAGIC”. Since I am a true believer and representation of Black Girl Magic, this painted leather jacket is perfect for me. The use of the colorful paint on such a classic piece captivates the human eye. I love giving classic styles a twist because it shows me that I have the power to create MY OWN CLASSIC. Don’t be afraid to pick up a paint brush and a vintage leather jacket this season. You too have the power to create your own classic.
Photographed by Sydney Ferrara
I don’t care what anyone says, I know that every stylish young millennial loves a good camo jacket. If you’re financially friendly like me, I enjoy thrifting for a good camo jacket or pant. When fall comes around, I start to see more and more camouflage patterns come out the closets. A camouflage jacket is such a great statement piece that can be worn multiple ways. If you pair it with the right outfit you’ll be surprised how a rustic army jacket and become a classic.
- WITH A FITTED DRESS
2. WITH A PAIR OF BLACK JEANS
3. WITH A HOODIE AND SWEATS
All Photos below were photographed by Aaron Ricketts
Growing up, I spent a lot of time in Kingston, Jamaica. When summer time came around, my mother sent my brother and I to Jamaica to spend time with our grandmother, Ivy Ralph. My mother wanted to make sure that we knew our roots and where we came from. My grandmother LOVES to make pasta with meatballs for me, even until this day. She has many famous dishes like, macaroni and cheese, ice tea, oxtail, jerk chicken, and my favorite, meatballs. Since my grandmother has her famous dishes, I’ve decided to create my own dish inspired by my culture and my grandmother, called Jerk Chicken Pasta.
What you’ll need:
Spaghetti (I prefer wheat)
Walkerswood jerk seasoning
2 Frying pans
Pasta Dish (for serving)
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Someone from the snobby elite class in the late 1800’s, created one of fashion’s worst rule, NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY! If you ask me, this rule is absolutely PREPOSTEROUS. Come on man, white is such an awesome color and we all know that is has the power to grasp attention. Yes, it can get dirty easily, but like the hip-hop rapper, Dej Loaf, once said ” Rock that all white, when I’m feelin’ Godly”. I understand that back in the day black was only to be worn for mourning, blue jeans were only to be worn for gold mining, and white was to be worn during summer. Since I am a Cali girl, the weather is still very hot after Labor Day, so I like to think that the rule doesn’t apply to me.
When it comes to my fashion (key words: MY FASHION), I wear whatever makes me feel good. Fashion “rules” will never determine what I wear and in what season, but I do respect the people that follow them. I actually know a few people that still follow the old fashion tradition, but honestly and truly, it just isn’t my cup of tea. Some rules were made to be broken, so I choose to break them.
MY REACTION TO “FASHION RULES”
Photographed by Laura Craffey
Hair styled by Shawnah at Hairstory Philly