Growing up with a Mom who is a total diva, taught me the most important lesson about style, ” It’s not about how others feel about your style, it’s about how you feel about your style”. It was so cool seeing her in outrageous, fun, and daring outfit on and off the red carpet. One trait that I truly admire about my mother is her ability to make a statement. Yes, she always makes a statement in whatever she wears but she also makes a statement in the way she carries herself. Style is not just about the clothes we wear over our backs, it’s about how we choose to carry ourselves in those clothes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I am talking about SWAG my friends! My Mom has a whole lot of swag and it’s because of the way she carries herself. She could enter a room wearing a trash bag and at least ten people would ask her “who is the designer?”. The first rule of style is believing in yourself. If you feel fabulous, you look fabulous.
Since my Mom is one of my favorite style icons, I find it imperative to raid her vintage closet every week. It’s so cool to find old pictures of her in the 80’s and then find the exact outfits she wore in those photos. I think she is a complete genius for saving all her outfits because just like history, fashion repeats itself. Most importantly, I’m just glad that I am able to wear them and they are in tip top condition. If you have a Mom that you know was slayinggggggg back in the day, I suggest you dive into the back of her closet and search for these 3 must have items…
- MOM JEANS
2. A GRANDPA SWEATER
3. A VINTAGE SUIT
Photographed by Paige Wilson @paigeswilson
Hair by Julius Nash
Being in Marrakesh, Morocco, at the amazing boutique hotel, Jnane Tamsna, was an incredible experience. It was full of great food, great people, great culture and a whole lot of dry heat. It was so hot, that 110 degrees was normal. Don’t get me wrong, I loveeee the heat, but that was heat that could fry some bacon. That being said, when it’s too hot outside, I tend to wear my hair in a style that is pushed away from my face. In high heat, gel tends to feel like it is melting on my scalp. Pomade gives my hair a good hold that feels light and I always want my edges to be laidddddd, so I started to use the Form Beauty, Polish Pomade.
The polish pomade is lightweight and “uses a blend of oils to lock in moisture, fight frizz and provide a smooth look and soft feel” (www.formbeauty.com). I was able to create the hairstyle, in the pictures above, in four simple steps.
- Since I was going for a sleek but bushy look. I first brushed out all of my curls.
- I made a part in the center of my head but I only parted it half way.
- I then damped the front part of my hair so my edges and the front could be slicked down and the back could big and bushy.
- Lastly, I brushed down the front area down and pinned it tight. I made the back part of my hair bigger and bushier for as 70’s style inspired look.
Images captured by @itsbarrydaly
Casting expectations suck! We do it in the smallest ways even when we don’t think we are doing it. For example, when you send bae a thoughtful text and he or she doesn’t respond in the way you were expecting or they might not respond at all. The moral of the story is that expecting someone to do something for you just because you did it for them is setting yourself up for heartbreak, unhappiness, and a stank attitude.
I’ll never forget my father taking my brother and I to church every Friday for soup kitchen. After a long week of school or work, church members would get together and help feed the homeless. My first few weeks I was annoyed because I didn’t want to be there and I wasn’t getting paid. I was surrounded by old church folks who talked about retreats that I couldn’t go on, my brother was only there to talk to girls and my job was being the dishwasher. After being a nuisance to my father and begging not to return, he told me that I should stop complaining and realize that “the more you give, the more you receive” (Luke 6: 38). I had no idea what he was talking about, but he suggested I start making brownies and handing them out at the soup kitchen. Since I was a chubby kid who loved to bake, I told myself to do it and have fun doing it.
The following week, I outdid myself and I made five dozen brownies for the homeless soup kitchen. I marched into my church with my blue tupperware ready to serve and not wash dishes. I stood proud at the end of the food table eager to give out my brownies and the people receiving it were even more eager to see me. Many of the homeless men and women enjoyed getting a substantial meal but they enjoyed my brownies more. In a short period of time, I began to create conversations and relationships with these men and women. Some starting coming just because they really loved my brownies and the smile they were given. I became the topic of discussion when those church folks started talking because I went from dishwasher girl to the brownie girl. I felt so blessed and overwhelmed that I could have this affect on people solely by giving them something good to eat. I quickly realized what my father meant about giving and receiving.
When it comes down to giving, give because you want to and because its coming from the goodness of your heart. Don’t give to make others happy, give to make you happy. It made me happy to see those men and women smile just because they had something sweet to eat. It made me so happy that I continued to make brownies all the way up to high school. I grew out of thinking that just because I did something kind for someone that a kind gesture would be returned. I remember getting a few eye rolls, nose flares and stank faces when giving out my brownies, but that didn’t stop me from going back every week. I knew that a majority of people craved my baked goods and I accepted that my brownies were the bomb.com for a large group people but not everyone.
Accept that no one owes you anything in this world. Accept that you are good enough and that the ones who value you will show you. Accept that not everyone is not on the same page as you or has the same train of thought as you. Accept that everyone is cut from a different cloth. Accept that nothing good or bad goes unnoticed. Accept that your happiness stems from you being your best self. Accept that expectations will have you waiting around a long time and you don’t have time for that. Don’t exaggerate yourself in someone life as a priority because you are your own priority. Expectations might suck but you don’t!
“Less is more” is the perfect way to describe spring’s hottest clothing line, Doyenne. Minimalist style is never boring, if you have the right pieces and accessories. Doyenne is a new clothing line and brand that is geared towards the spicy minimalist. We all have that one friend or is that one friend, who is très minimalistic but magnificent, all at the same time. Doyenne might be for minimalists, but there is nothing minimal about the brand. Each garment has unique detailing and named after fearless female figures. The wardrobe definitely speaks for itself, but so does the brand name. Doyenne is defined as a woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field (Google), a.k.a., a woman who slays everyday and is at the top of her game. According to CEO, Anayka Pomare, the brand is dedicated to ” boss babes who make their own rules.” The Doyenne brand isn’t just about making people look good, but making people feel good. Doyenne is already turning heads at Coachella and making headlines.
Singer Kayla Brianna wearing the Vivian Ward Little Black Dress and Serena Snake Skin Boots
Photographed by Adam Sheridan-Taylor
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You’re probably thinking how the heck can you pair flannel with fur. Well, I’m here to show and tell you that it is possible. I enjoy wearing fur, but I only wear vintage fur (I don’t have anything to do with current animal cruelty). I feel like vintage fur is well done and took time to make, while modern day fur is processed so quickly. Also, when it comes to flannels, I usually buy they from a thrift store or flea market. The best looking flannels are the ones that have a worn out look. Fashion history has shown us that fur is more high end while plaid flannels are more on the casual side. That is exactly why I decided to bring the two together. Fashion stems from different cultural and financial backgrounds and it’s cool when they come together because that is how style is created.
I’ve never seen anyone rock a plaid flannel with fur , but it gave me a tomboy chic vibe. Pairing a flannel and some ripped jeans is an everyday look, but once the fur is added, it takes the look from casual to casual chic. If you really want to dress the look up, you can add cool funky sunglasses. The more daring you become with your wardrobe, the more you begin to turn heads. Thought provoking looks are always the ones that inspire others!
Photos taken by Anne Kim