Friday, June 27, 2014

Memo 140: Taking a Walk Around the Parker Blazer

To: All
From: Me
Date: June 27, 2014
Subject: Featuring Pour La Victoire Jemmy Oxfords

I clearly love this Parker blazer and black and white shoes. I love this Parker blazer WITH black and white shoes. I love shoes. I love blazers. I love love.


This time, I paired the blazer with an easy breezy seersucker Mossimo romper (yes, from Target) along with these Pour La Victoire Jemmy oxfords. They give me life, do you understand? Life. Like, I whisper sweet nothings to their soles and dream about the next time that we will be together.

I wish I could give you this feeling...

Blazer: Parker, Romper: Mossimo
Fauxtography: Tyra Washington
Blazer: Parker, Romper: Mossimo
Fauxtography: Tyra Washington
Clutch: BCBG, Oxfords: Pour La Victoire
Fauxtography: Tyra Washington

Get the Look:

Parker Blazer - Similar herehere and here
Mossimo Seersucker Romper - Similar Shorts here and here
Nordstrom "Perfect Match" Necklace -  Similar here
French Connection Necklace - No Longer Available
Pour La Victoire Jemmy Cap-Toe Oxford - Sold here 
BCBG Clutch - Similar here
Armani Exchange Pony Hair Cuff - Similar here

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Memo 139: Day And Night

To: All
From: Me
Date: June 25, 2014
Subject: Business During the Day, Party at Night

Have you ever experienced that day that won't stop? After work, there's happy hour with co-workers, of course, dinner with friends and you just have to "stop by" your favorite bar/lounge. I know if I go home, that's pretty much a wrap on the rest of the day! You now know it and my friends know it, too!

That's why this look was pretty spot on for the day that won't quit. Add the H&M blazer for business during the day, take it off for a little party at night.

P.S. Don't forget to vote in the Vanity Fair Users' Choice Challenge here.

Blazer: H&M, Crop Top: H&M, Skirt: ASOS, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia
Belt: BCBG, Clutch: Nasty Gal, Translucent Cuffs
Blazer: H&M, Crop Top: H&M, Skirt: ASOS

Get the Look:

H&M Blazer - Similar here
H&M Striped Crop Top - Similar here and here 
BCBG Max Azria Peplum Belt - Sold here
ASOS Skater Skirt - Similar here and here
Charlotte Olympia Dolly Slingbacks - Similar here
H&M Necklace - Similar here
Translucent Cuffs - Similar here and here

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Memo 138: Never Told You

To: All
From: Me
Date: June 19, 2014
Subject: Video Shoot Flow

Welp, I just popped my music video style consultant cherry! I had the pleasure of working with the super talented, single named (think Beyonce, Cher, Rihanna, and the list goes on), soul singer/songwriter Collette, on the shoot for her latest single "Never Told You" from her Juneteenth Revolution album. The video releases today. Like, right now!

I worked with Collette to come up with several looks to bring the vision of this single to life. Here are a couple of stills from the video shoot.

And just for good measure, before you get into this post, just give me three clicks worth of time at the Vanity Fair User's choice challenge here. Remember, there are TWO looks from The Werk! Place ("Mixed Up" and "Goal Digger") in the challenge. Thanks in advance for your support!

Look 1
Earrings: Arden B., Dress: ASOS
Earrings: Arden B., Dress: ASOS, Sandals: Steve Madden, Cuffs: H&M

Get the Look:

Arden B. Tribal Earrings - Sold here
ASOS Cut Out Dress - Sold here
Steve Madden Sandals - Similar herehere, and here
H&M Bronze Cuffs - Similar here and here

Click "More Werk" for the rest of the looks and the video of the latest single "Never Told You" from Collette.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Memo 137: Earn Your Stripes

To: All
From: Me
Date: June 13, 2014
Subject: Friday the 13th!

So, I just freaked myself out! I'm not even superstitious. Ok, sometimes, I may or may not split poles and it weirds me out a little to see a black cat in my path but today is just like any other Friday, right?

Nah, it's Friday the 13th and that means something…

A new outfit post! 

Today's outfit post is brought to you by summer feelings and good vibes; cleans lines and cool palettes. Get into this Friday feeling and please dress responsibly.

May I request a quick favor before you leave? All I need is three clicks worth of time to CLICK the VF User's Choice Challenge Link here, CLICK the heart in the lower left hand corner of "Goal Digger" and CLICK the heart in the lower left hand corner of "Mixed Up."  Easy Peasy…

Blazer: Parker, Crop Top: H&M, Pants: H&M
Blazer: Parker, Crop Top: H&M, Pants: H&M
Sunglasses: Marni for H&M, Clutch: BCBG, Sandals: Charles David

Get the Look:

Parker Blazer - Similar here
H&M Crop Top - Similar here and here 
H&M Pants - Similar here
BCBG Clutch - Similar here
Marni for H&M Sunglasses - No Longer Available
Charles David Sandals - Similar here and here

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Memo 136: A Seersucker for Fast Fashion

To: All
From: Me
Date: June 4, 2014
Subject: Five Things to Remember When Shopping Fast Fashion

Deep in my spirit, I aim to shop at other retailers. I really do. But the way that my bank accounts are set up. See, I have this checking and this savings account… 

H&M (Zara and Topshop) just gets me and has respect for my wallet!

To be honest, I don't love everything in H&M BUT I have never once walked out empty handed. Never not once!

When shopping at fast fashion retailers, I like to keep a few things in mind:
  1. Buy items made from natural fibers (i.e. Cotton, Silk, and Wool). Synthetic materials from lower end retailers tend to look really inexpensive (read: cheap). Just because it is inexpensive doesn't mean that it should look inexpensive!
  2. Try on more than one size or a couple pieces of the same size. Don't pay attention to the number; just make sure that it fits! Also, if your size is sold out, grab the next size or two up and take it to your favorite tailor.
  3. Inspect before you buy! I've seen holes, missing sequins and buttons, make-up stains, and more from the clothing hanging on the racks. Often times, you can negotiate a little discount based on the severity of the damage.
  4. Go to the store either early in the morning, say like when they first open, or on a quiet Monday or Tuesday. You want to be able to take your time and see every piece in it's fully stocked and in place glory!
  5. Lastly, Go often! The great pieces are the first to go, online and in the stores. So, if you can swing it, visit once a week or at least once a month so that you don't miss any awesome buys. After all, that's what it's all about. 
Before you go, two looks from The Werk! Place have been nominated for June 2014 Users' Choice Award in the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed Challenge. Please, vote for the looks here by clicking the hearts in the corner of the photos and spread the word!

Trench Cape: H&M, Shirt Dress: H&M, Harness: ASOS,  Bag: Louis Vuitton, Shoes: Max Studio, Sunglasses: H&M
Trench Cape: H&M, Shirt Dress: H&M, Harness: ASOS,  Bag: Louis Vuitton, Shoes: Max Studio, Sunglasses: H&M
Trench Cape: H&M, Shirt Dress: H&M, Harness: ASOS,  Bag: Louis Vuitton, Shoes: Max Studio, Sunglasses: H&M
Trench Cape: H&M, Shirt Dress: H&M, Harness: ASOS,  Bag: Louis Vuitton, Shoes: Max Studio
Trench Cape: H&M, Shirt Dress: H&M, Harness: ASOS, Sunglasses: H&M

Get the Look:

H&M Trench Cape - Similar here and here
H&M Shirt Dress - Available at H&M 
ASOS Harness - Similar hereherehere and here
Louis Vuitton Trevi Bag - Available at Louis Vuitton Retailers
Max Studio Shoes - No Longer Available
H&M Cat-Eye Sunglasses - Similar here and here