Monday, December 29, 2014

Memo 166: Party On, Party People

To: All
From: Me
Date: December 29, 2014
Subject: Tag Team

Happy almost New Year's Eve!

It's about that time to get ready to pop a little bubbly and sparkle into the New Year.  I've partnered with my blogger boo, Ambrosia Marlbrough of the lifestyle blog, xoxo-Brosia, to give you a little NYE inspiration.

Of course, there were sequins, faux fur and baroque involved with some gold and silver metallics thrown into the mix. Ambrosia styled her entire look around her Calypso St. Barth silver sequin dress and I went into gold jacquard, baroque, and faux fur overdrive. NYE is definitely the time to go a little over the top. 

Let's go into 2015 with a BANG!

Get Tiffany's Look:

H&M Blazer - No Longer Available
Massimo Dutti Faux Fur Vest - Similar here and here
Gryphon Top - Similar here
H&M Shorts - Similar here
YSL Platforms - No Longer Available
Get Ambrosia's Look:

Calypso St. Barth Dress - Similar here
BCBG Max Azria Jacket -  Similar here
Brosia Love Necklace - Sold here
Nine West Shoes - Similar here

Keep up with Ambrosia on Youtube, @brosiaaa on Instagram and Twitter 
and her online jewelry boutique Brosia Love.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TWP Approved! - Net-A-Porter Shoe Sale Top Picks

Tis' the season to shop your little heart out! 

Need gift ideas? There is nothing better than a sale to assist in your decision making. Whether you're purchasing gifts for someone else or yourself, you can always always always find something worth having at Net-A-Porter.

I'm a huge believer in a great shoe and an even bigger believer in a great shoe on sale. So, here are my top picks from the Net-A-Porter sale:

(Click through the image for purchasing details):

Monday, December 15, 2014

Memo 165: Bandeau in the Fall

To: All
From: Me
Date: December 15, 2014
Subject: Bandeau Top + Sequins + Faux Fur

Well, I've been up all night. How about you?

D'Angelo took a page right out of the Secret Marketing Tools for Keeping People up at Ungodly Hours of the Night Downloading and Listening to an Album written and mastered by Beyonce and released Black Messiah at midnight last night. It's definitely a "press play" like most of his albums are for me. 

D'Angelo, I've missed you. Thank you for last night. It was mad real.

On to the look… 

Yes, you sure can wear a bandeau top in the fall/winter. Of course, the weather is really mild (read: It's in the 70s) in Arizona. I'm bragging a little but if you're in cities where you're maneuvering through the polar vortex, just layer up and big reveal when you arrive or wait until it warms up.

Yeah, wait until it warms up or move. 

Get the look:

Zara Faux Fur Cardigan - Similar here and here
Forever 21 Bandeau - Similar here and here
Zara Sequin Harem Pants - Similar here and here
Charlotte Olympia Dolly Slingbacks - Similar here
Nneka Saran Handbag - No Longer Available
Jamie Pony Hair Pendant - No Longer Available
Tribal Necklace - Similar here and here
Jeweled Bracelet - Similar here
Consignment Bracelet - Similar here
Pony Hair Cuff - Similar here

Friday, December 12, 2014

Memo 164: Friend or Faux

To: All
From: Me
Date: December 12, 2014
Subject: Faux Fur Realness

'Tis the season for faux fur!

Amen and Amen!

Creating this list of faux fur favorites (say that three times in a row) gave me the heebie-jeebies. Like, I tingled on the inside. Adding faux fur is one of the best ways to compliment and elevate even the most casual of looks. The faux fur clutches are a quick and effortless way to add a little more depth to any look this season. 

Pretty please with sugar on top, incorporate some faux fur into your wardrobe. 

Check out a few of my top picks here (click the links below for more information):

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Memo 163: Pretty in Pink

To: All
From: Me
Date: December 10, 2014
Subject: Pink Faux Fur

Lets talk about this pink faux fur coat from Zara. It's pink and it's fabulous. First of all, Zara does a good faux fur. When I opened the box, I gasped. Real life gasped. Of course, I had a little hesitation with wearing this baby powder blush pink and moreover wearing it during the fall. I didn't think that this was a trend that I would get into but who can pass up something this good. I mean really.

Get the Look:

Zara Fur and Wool Coat - Sold here
Mara Hoffman Printed Dress - Sold here and Similar here
Valentino RockStud Platforms - Similar here
Kenneth Cole Snakeskin Clutch - Similar here
Cara Couture Cuff - No Longer Available
BCBG Belt - No Longer Available

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Memo 162: Seeing Red

To: All
From: Me
Date: November 20, 2014
 Subject: Red November

Red, red and more red! 

One of this season's hottest trends is all about monochromatic reds. I'm talking red on red on red on red. Perfect for the holidays!

I've taken this H&M tassel skirt through all of the seasons. This time I paired it with a fall/winter appropriate hand knit sweater from The Limited and my shiny new YANA belt bag courtesy of Olive Ewe Boutique.

So, how do you feel about this trend? Seeing red or nah…

Get the look:

The Limited Sweater - Similar here in Electric Red
H&M Tassel Skirt - Similar here
YANA Belt Bag c/o Olive Ewe Boutique - Sold here and here
Valentino Rockstud Platform Heels - Similar here in Nude

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Memo 161: Sky High, Thigh Highs

To: All
From: Me
Date: November 18, 2014
Subject: Over-The-Knee Boots

Looks like it's about that time for me to pull out my trusty Sam Edelman over-the-knee boots. 

I am a huge fan of the over-the-knee situation. If done right, they give just the right amount of sexiness. Often times, showing a little peak of something is even sexier than showing a whole lot of everything.

However, it all depends on where you're going and what you're going to do when you get there. This look is good for cooler weather and just about any situation; shopping, dinner, drinks….dessert ;)

And the backpack is good for conveniently carrying everything that you think you'll ever need to be successful in life; shoes, books, water bottles, make-up, and even overnight clothes. Everything. 

Get the look:

Zara Coat - Similar here
Zara Turtleneck - Similar here
Chelsea Flower Dress - Similar here
Sam Edelman Boots - Similar here
Sak Fifth Avenue Backpack - Sold here
Leather Gloves - Similar here

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Memo 160: Fringe Benefits!

To: All
From: Me
Date: November 13, 2014
Subject: Tassel Fringed Sexiness

Ever since I spotted (and then successfully purchased) the Cara Fringe Statement Necklace from Nordstrom a couple of days ago, fringe and tassels have been all that's on my mind.

It's just something about the movement and texture that they provide that just tickles my fancy. Whether you're dressing it up or going for casual sexiness, you are sure to make a statement. 

Get into a few of my favorite fringe and tassel pieces of the moment!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Memo 159: The Stalk is Real!

To: All
From: Me
Date: November 11, 2014
Subject: Zara Faux Fur Vest 

I don't normally consider myself a stalker but when I do I stalk, I stalk clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories!

A few seasons ago, Zara presented this faux fur vest online and the stalking commenced. See, I know Zara and I know Zara has seasonal sales. Much like BCBG, the items that you love have an 85% chance of going on sale. Fact! Well, kind of fact based on a fictitious statistic…

That's neither here nor there, the point is to get what you want and to get it on sale! When I'm in stalk mode, I like to periodically check the availability of the item (read: stalk by the minute).

If it looks like it's about to sell out, I may have to fork over the money to pay full price but I, also, know about the possibility of the restock. That's where a little risk taking comes into play. I've often lost out on an item that I couldn't live without that wasn't restocked and nothing haunts us like the things we didn't buy!

So, cheers to a little fashion risk taking!

Photography by: Amir Lowery
Instagram: @princelowery

Get the look:

Zara Faux Fur Vest - Similar here and here
Sachin + Babi Fringed Blouse - Similar here
H&M Pants - Similar here
BCBG Harness - Similar here and here
Charlotte Olympia Dolly Slingbacks - Similar here
Kenneth Cole Clutch - Similar here

Friday, November 7, 2014

Memo 158: Backpacking Through U Street

To: All
From: Me
Date: November 7, 2014
Subject: DC Street Art 

So, about this backpack trend. Yeah, I'm definitely a fan. 

When I saw this Jefferson Faux Leather backpack at Saks Off Fifth, I was instantly drawn to her. She didn't look immature like some of the others. She was very grown up; sexy, even.

Although, I mostly carried this backpack like it was a hand bag, the OPTION to strap it on was there! In life, you've got to appreciate having options.

Photography by: Amir Lowery
Instagram: @princelowery

Get the look:

3.1 Phillip Lim Blazer - Sold on eBay here or similar here
Fraiche by J Crop Top - Similar here
Zara Trousers - Similar here
 ASOS Turban - Similar here 
Pour La Victoire Oxfords - Similar here
Saks Fifth Avenue Backpack - Sold here
Marc Jacobs Sunglasses - Similar here

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Memo 157: Look, Ma! No Hands

To: All
From: Me
Date: November 5, 2014
Subject: Hands Free

OB. Sessed! 

Ok, I know this is taking it back like side pony tails and slouch socks but this hands free movement is giving my spirit life. I'm talking belt bags and backpacks. No seriously. Just imagine being able to literally throw BOTH hands in the air like you don't care at Coachella next year when Pharrell decides to invite his twelve closest entertainer friends to come out and perform again.

A few weeks ago, I was sporting my Michael Kors belt bag at Howard University Homecoming's tailgate and I just felt so free. I wasn't fumbling around when I went to make myself a plate of the finest of southern cooking or when pouring myself a very adult beverage.

Listen, Linda. Get into this hands free movement. It may change your life…

I'm more of a sleek and sexy belt bag/backpack kind of girl. These are just a few options that I have found and loved. 
2. Zara 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Memo 156: Nip Tuck

To: All
From: Me
Date: November 3, 2014
Subject: A Visit to the Dress Surgeon

Let's talk about this dress.

It's an H&M Snake Print Wrap Dress that I purchased for approximately $14.99 plus tax about two years ago. Click "More Werk" to see the original dress.

So, I sent it to the dress surgeon (read: tailor) to make a few adjustments. First, I had them take in the bottom so that it fit like a pencil skirt. I added shoulder pads and cinched the waste with the obi belt from ASOS.

And Voila! You have this remixed snake print dress.

Photography by: Amir Lowery
Instagram: @princelowery

Get the look:

H&M Dress - Similar here and here
ASOS Belt - Similar here and here
French Connection Necklace - Similar here
Double Cuffs - Similar here
BCBG Sandals - Similar here 
ASOS Minaudière - Similar here and here

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Memo 155: Sip & See: Fashion Edition

To: All
From: Me
Date: October 30, 2014
Subject: 2nd Blogiversary Photo Diary

Welp! Two years on the books as of today! How crazy is that?! It gets better, busier and more amazing with each year. All two of them!

This year I took my talents to DC to highlight an amazing U Street boutique, Lettie Gooch, and meet my DC followers.

Photography by: Amir Lowery
Of course, a small photo shoot took place at the beginning of the event. Who could resist taking a few snaps in front of these dope gold "WERK" balloons. I mean, really?!

The Werk! Place Turns Two!
Photography by: Amir Lowery
Later on in the evening, I begged and pleaded with two guests to let me werk them out in Lettie Gooch attire. They were honestly so happy to do it and werked these outfits!

Surprise! You have just been werked!
iPhotography by: LaTanya Casillas
I was so thrilled to see the ladies from the DMW come out to get inspired, toast to the weekend and spend a little pocket change all in the name of fashion.

iPhotography by: LaTanya Casillas

Photography by: Amir Lowery
Instagram: @princelowery

Lettie Gooch
1517 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Memo 154: Server Simplicity

To: All
From: Me
Date: October 8, 2014
Subject: NYFW Look 5

Little known fact about me: I was in the restaurant service industry for roughly three years while I was in college and a year after I graduated. So, I have a great appreciation for the dining experience and amazing service. I was pretty good if I may toot my own horn. Toot Toot!

This look is a nod to my serving days. 

Special Note: The B. Fab Blogger Awards are THIS Sunday, October 12th at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. I have 20 tickets available at 50% off! Please use the discount code: myfabfriends.  

On behalf of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine is donating a portion of the B. FAB Award ticket sales to the #GetWellMeechy campaign fund. Help a fellow blogger who has a rare cancer diagnosis. For more information, please visit: 

Get the Look:

ASOS Shirt Pencil Dress - Sold here
Sophia Webster Mila Sandals - Sold here
H&M Necklace - Similar here
BCBG Belt - Similar here
ASOS Clutch - Similar here
Armani Exchange Pony Hair Cuff - No Longer Available

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Memo 153: Floral Transparency

To: All
From: Me
Date: September 30, 2014
Subject: NYFW Look 4

Well, what do ya' know. Florals are in this season and guess who already had some floral in her closet?
That's why it's so hard for me to "clean" out my closet. These trends come back over and over again!

My rule of thumb for a clothing purge is to only let go of the items that no longer fit and are worn out. Even some worn pieces can be revived. Remember that go to tailor and shoe cobbler that you have on speed dial? Yeah, use them.

Other than that, most things stay in the closet to be loved on just one more time. 

Get the look:

Fumblin' Foe Floral Jacket - Similar here
Brunello Cucinelli Top - Similar here
H&M Bralette - Similar here
H&M Shorts - Similar here
Fendi PVC Sandals - Sold here
Kenneth Cole Clutch - Similar here
Cara Couture Cuff - No Longer Available

Photography: Paul Akinrinlola
Instagram: @paulcreativ
Twitter: @pdesignsmedia