I don’t know about you, but I am VERY excited for the year 2017. I love entering a new year because a majority of people start setting new goals. This time last year, I decided that 2016 was going to be my year of expansion. I wanted to expand my brand, mind, and my consciousness. I used to believe that setting goals or resolutions at the beginning of the year were weird, but after I graduated college, I learned there is importance in setting annual goals. Setting a goal or goals is a reminder to an individual that he or she can accomplish anything they set their mind to. I have no problem setting daily or weekly goals, but those are short term. It’s easy getting comfortable with short term goals, but LONGEVITY is key! Accomplishing quick and easy goals create momentary happiness. Accomplishing long term goals creates longstanding happiness.
I am declaring 2017 to be my year of EXECUTION. Anything I do, I am going to follow through and do it with great determination. One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I fear disappointment or failure. I understand that I will fail in life, but I will choose to fail forward. I sometimes get stuck with the thought of fear without even trying. 80% of the time when I don’t want to do something, I end up loving it. I want to challenge myself to see everything through and do what I say I am going to do. I challenge you do set a long term goal for your 2017 year and apply it to everything you do. If you need to remind yourself everyday, set an image of your goal as your background on your phone, laptop, or Ipad. If that doesn’t help, start documenting through a journal or a video diary. Lastly, there is no shame in sticky notes or phone notes. If you have to write daily notes to communicate with yourself, that is okay, YOU ARE NOT CRAZY! Remember to live your life to the fullest because you never know when you are going to take your last breath.
Peace and LOVE,
Photographed by Laura Craffey
Tis’ the season to be jolly and fur coats. The end of fall is quickly approaching and that means that winter is right around the corner. I don’t care if you wear faux fur or real fur, if you feel good and look good in it, FLAUNT IT BABY! I got my first fur coat at age six and it was a warm carmel rabbit fur. A few year laters, my mother became PETA conscious and started buying vintage furs, meaning they had been dead a long time, LOL. Also, my mother has an eye for for picking classic style furs. The most important thing about buying a fur coat is that it keeps you warm. I enjoy wearing furs during the day or night because I love to slay no matter what time of day. Take a little peek into your local thrift store or vintage store and see what classic gems you might find.
DRESS IT UP:
Wear a classic fitted dress paired with some knee high or thigh high boots. Button up your fur over your dress, so when you enter holiday parties or galas, you can take it off and walk in feeling fabulous.
DRESS IT DOWN:
Who says you can’t wear a fur coat with a t-shirt and jeans? I’m here to tell you that you can! I like dressing my fur coat down with a designer graphic tee and some mom jeans. The vibe is very retro but chic, and very comfortable.
Photographed by Laura Craffey
Hair Styled by Shawnah at Hairstory Philly
I love discovering new things, whether it’s food, thrifting for a vinatge gem, or learning how to wear a garment a different way. I know I’m not the only one that gets goosebumps when I see a clean, crisp, and fresh, collared shirt. I love the way it hangs on the hanger straight out the dry cleaners. I love it when a man leaves a few of his top collared shirt buttons open, so you can see his chest hairs. Oh! and lastly, I love it when I wear a classic black pant suit with a bright white collared shirt, the outfit instantly spells out BOSS! Since a collared white shirt is a classic, it can never go out of style, but it has the power to create a new style.
Many fashion trends stem from classic looks and one trend that I have been seeing lately are the multiple ways to wear a collard shirt. Some trendsetters are starting to wear collard shirts backwards, off the shoulders, one sided, or tied in the front. Recently, I have found myself following this trend and I have found two cool ways to wear them.
The OFF THE SHOULDERS Look
All you have to do is figure out how many buttons are on your shirt and then button the bottom buttons and leave the top buttons undone. Pull your shirt off your shoulders and wear it to your liking. Lastly, tuck the collar inside the shirt so it’s not hanging out, but if you like it, wear it as you please.
Photos taken by Sydney
The ONE SIDED SHOULDER Look
For this look, I leave the top buttons undone as well and pull the shirt over to a side that is most comfortable. Only the middle buttons of the shirt are buttoned. The bottom buttons are also undone because I tied the the ends of the shirts together.
Photo taken by Kadeem Riley
Two Piece Matching Set: Mousai Clothing
Boots: 4th and Reckless
Whenever I am confused about what to wear, I always try to stay calm and keep it neutral. When I mean neutral, I mean, I tend to stray towards the neutral colors in my closet, like ivory, mocha, olive, sand, and taupe. Once in a while, we all have those moments where we ask ourselves ” What the heck am I am going to wear today”? That is why I have a section in my closet dedicated to neutral colored clothing. For those indecisive days of not knowing what to wear to work, the doctors office, or to class, remember that neutral tones are easy to pair with denim, khakis, or slacks. Another plus for neutral colors is that they look good on a number of skin tones, but you have to figure out what neutral colors look best on you. Once you’ve learned which colors work best for you, you are one step closer to avoiding those indecisive wardrobe days.
When it comes down to making daily life choices, it’s important to stay POSITIVELY NEUTRAL. Every day we are placed in different situations, no matter if it’s positive or negative. The situation can only benefit you, if you are willing to react in a neutral manner. I know it sounds easier said then done, but it takes practice, just like many things in life. When I say “react neutral”, I don’t mean not to react all, but I mean to accept the circumstance and overcome them. In positive situations, remember to have humility and be thankful, but you must do the same in negative situations as well. When things don’t go your way, it’s easy to end up isolating yourself, and waste time thinking about things that will not have a long term affect on your life. The best things to do is quickly dissect the situation, accept it, learn from it, and MOVE ON! Trust your gut and have faith in your choices. Over time, you must program your mind to accept your challenges and highlights, so that you are able to move forward.
Photographed by Durell Hospedale