shopbop friends and family

Of course five days after I place an order on Shopbop, their Friends & Family sale goes live -_-
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That said, I’m not bitter. Instead I’ve made my list for more autumn gear (remember when we used to call designer stuff “gear” in the ‘hood??). My wishlist is below. What’s yours?
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ENGLISH FACTORY Cest La Vie Dress //Vita Fede Mini Titan Cube Crystal Bracelet // Sophie Hulme Nano Envelope Bag in Oxblood (perfect for going out this Fall! // Dolce Vita Garnett Suede Boots (bought these!) // The Jetset Diaries Omar Jacket // Madewell The Transport Tote

Sale runs between 10/13 – 10/15 11:59 PST. Exclusions apply.

Happy shopping!

Loving Lately: The Wrap Life

Have you ever heard of The Wrap Life? I discovered them late one night last February (likely during one of many snowstorms) and have quickly fallen in love with the brand.

The Wrap Life is a retailer of African printed scarves and accessories that was created by Nnenna Stella in Brooklyn, New York. Now I love a small business owned by a brown girl, but a fellow Brooklynite? Girl, I had to support!
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Style above is Afia, available here
According to her site, most of the products are hand printed or handmade. They update the site quite often so there’s always something calling on your credit card. Heck when I made my first order, the Mozambican Rain wrap, they were only selling wraps and maybe a few pieces of jewelry. Now they’re selling tops, jewelry, and incense!
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Style above is called Zora; it’s currently sold out but returning late fall according to them on Instagram
The scarves I’ve ordered are made of cotton but you can easily wear a silk scarf underneath the wrap if you’re nervous about it rubbing against your hair and causing frizz or soaking up any oils you put in your hair. I wear them not only as a fashion statement but on days where I simply don’t want to comb my hair, LOL! The styles tend to sell out quick so if you see one that you like, snap it up quick.

Up next on my shopping list: Kenya Femi Top, Ayana Femi Top, Jamilah Wrap, Nala Wrap, and the Ayana Wrap. Check out their site and Instagram for more inspiration!

Come With Me: #NYFW (NYFW Vlog)

Fashion week has come and gone and this season, I decided to turn my camera on and vlog (sorta). I’m more of a live-in-the-moment kinda gal so vlogging is a new concept. I simply can’t remember to whip out my camera when something exciting is happening. That said, I remembered to capture the best parts (NYFW runway!)

It’s mostly me backstage for work so I didn’t have much time to talk to the camera. I totally spaced and didn’t film intro’s or talk throughout — forgive me since this is my second time trying to vlog in a week. But it’s pretty self-explanatory. I attended backstage and watched the show. Filming the WHOLE show would have been boring so I just included the final walks for Karen Walker, Zac Posen, Delpozo, and Marchesa. Watch it below.

If you missed part one, watch it here!

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#NYFW Backstage Beauty: Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2016

It’s been interesting seeing Joseph Altuzarra’s career grow over the past several years. Sophisticated and ladylike, his collections are always quite beautiful. This season, he took inspiration from his father’s hometown of Basque (northern Spain) and the collection was filled with leather, burlap cotton, and crinkled linen.

The beauty look, of course, had to complement the design so while the clothes were elegant and slightly undone, so was the hair. Led by Odile Gilbert, the inspiration was the natural, easy and unstructured hair of folk rock musicians.

Starting with damp hair, Odile combed through Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through strands from root-to-tip. She then misted a few pumps of Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection throughout the hair. This combo helped created a rough and natural texture. The hair was then rough dried, and she gently twisted random sections with fingers as she went along to enhance the natural-looking effect without building volume.
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The hair was twisted back and away from the face and secured with low with a clear elastic, creating a “V” shape with the hair. The rest of the hair was left loose. To finish off the look, she applied Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. For a natural and a bit undone look she framed the face by pulling wisps of hair along the hairline.
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For nails Julie Kandalec for essie took inspiration from the mother of pearl and shell accents found throughout Altuzarra’s collection so she created a pearly negative space moon manicure.

She began by applying essie’s first base base coat to clean, filed nails. Then she applied one coat of like linen, avoiding the nail’s half moon shape at the cuticle and followed with one coat of au natural over the entire nail. She finished off with gel.setter top coat.


Disclosure: I work for Moroccanoil but they didn’t pay or ask me to post this. I just like the hair.

Shopbop Handbag Sale!

When I received word that Shopbop was going to have a handbag sale, I instantly decided to peruse the shop to create a wish list. Then I realized it was a selection (so my Pashli Dreams Part Three will have to wait). shopbop 20 percent off handbagsThat said, I’m thinking ahead and planning my autumn lewk, part of which includes backpacks. I can’t remember the last time I wore a backpack in a serious fashion – outside of that time I went HIKING in an attempt to woo a guy. The relationship fizzled and so did the thought of me ever wearing a backpack again.

Not one to quit and the mere fact that you cannot walk into a store without seeing a fashionable backpack, I’ve added a few to my cart and want you to wear one with me.
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Okay so the Lipault Paris 4-Wheeled 28″ Packing Case in Poppy isn’t a handbag but I literally just planned a girls trip for September and realized that I only have one 22” suitcase that doesn’t wheel. The wheeling part may seem like a minor detail but carrying a bag is out of the question for me. I’m lazy, sue me. Other non-backpack but still made this list include the DKNY Drawstring Bucket Bag (White)  and Loeffler Randall Medium Rider Satchel (Electric Blue). I mean, look at them. You know you want it.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Ligero Backpack (Black) for those who want to look less schoolgirl and more “I hang out downtown but really live uptown.” I have a love-hate relationship with Rebecca Minkoff primarily because I think her prices had gotten way out of hand in recent years. That said, I’m no hater and this Rebecca Minkoff MAB Backpack looks pretty damn good. Lastly this Elizabeth and James Cynnie Sling Bag (Canopy Green) is what dreams are made of and Herschel Supply Co.’s Heritage Mid Volume Backpack is quite affordable.

The handbag sale starts August 18th (7AM U.S. Eastern Time) and lasts until August 20th (4AM U.S. Eastern Time). It’s a blink and it’s gone before you know it kinda sale so be quick. Enter code: INTHEBAG at checkout for 20% off.



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