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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Vest | OOTD


For me, the saying time "waits for no man" means a lot of things  but mostly that I can become so wrapped up in my day and other tasks that I have to do that I forget to dream. I forget to do a little bit more research, jot down ideas, I forget to be brilliant. And most of all I forget to have balance which is a goal of mine... to remember in 2018! As much as I know everything works in God's timing I give myself deadlines. I feel time lines motivates you to make YOURSELF proud. The amount of joy we receive once achieving those deadlines is priceless. I also believe that the goals / dreams you have aren't made for social media. Have a goal, have a dream and keep it to yourself until it's accomplished is the motto that I live by. So try to keep in mind that time waits for no man and apply that to your life as you please.







For Christmas I received this vest and instantly thought "vests aren't my thing." but I became determined to make it my thing and force myself to style it. I now keep in mind to challenge myself and step outside of what I'm used to. I also realized that as much as I try not to be in the same box as everyone else in fashion, that I too am in a box if I don't face challenges with my style.

So I decided to style this navy blue vest with like colors adding a bit of burgundy in my favorite pair of sneakers. This look is laid back which is very much so ME. 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wow Wednesday : Audio Technica LP 120











I'll take vinyl over CDs any day. I love listening to music on records, it gives it that old I'm in the studio feel. There's something so elegant about vinyl's that I just love. Walking over to my record player (wine in hand), lifting that needle and hearing the sound of it lighting touching the record -bliss.  

A few years ago I purchased the Crosley record player and it was a huge disappointment. I went out and bought a few vinyls to play on the Crosley and all it would do was skip also known as ruining the vinyl! 

 So I did my research on some of the best record players on the market and came across the Japanese creation, Audio Technica LP120. 

I love things that are technical and very detailed reassuring me that the product is worth purchasing. I feel the creators took their time when designing the LP120. I've had this record player for a little over a mouth now and so far I'm not disappointed! 

DETAILS

Brand: Audio-Technica LP 120
Type: Direct Drive 
Record Speed: 45 rpm, 78 rpm, 33.3 rpm 
Feature: USB connection, DJ
Weight: 23.59 pounds 


MORE DETAILS


Stop & Start Button 

Professional Turntable 
USB Output ( connect to computer digitizing old LPs to high quality MP3 or FLAC files for computer playback)

USB cable / adapter cables included

S - shaped tonearm adjustable counterweight, antiskate adjustment and lock

Tone-arm rest with a locking mechanism to keep arms table

DC servo motor to maintain accurate rotational speed at either 33 - 1/3, 45, or 78 RPM

High-accuracy quarts - controlled pitch lock (gives new life to 7 and 12 inch singles)

And more!


What record player are you currently using?


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Talk Tuesday : Solange



Living in New Orleans has really changed my train of thought when it comes to permission. The way that New Orleanians occupy the city, they don't ask permission for shit." - Solange

This Grammy-winning singer-songwritter of 'A Seat At The Table' did an interview/cover with Surface Magazine for the spaces and places issue.

Now of course we all know Solange as the style icon but this look for Surface Magazine is one of my favorite looks! She is definitely in her own lane not only in fashion but in music as well.

In the look above she was styled by Peju Famojure and assistant stylist Laolu Onabanjo.

Glasses: Andy Wolf
Harness: Zana Bayne
Trousers: Carolina Johansson
Shirt: Carolina Johansson

Check out her Instagram page for more cool pictures (@saintrecords).

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Music Monday : Leon Bridges


The Sam Cooke of today. The first thing that comes to mind when listening to my favorite soul singer of this era, Leon Bridges from Fort Worth Texas. His debut album, 'Coming Home' was released at the age of 25 and it will go down as a classic and rightfully so. Leon recorded this album live giving it the perfect old school sound. The album opens with a slow groove, 'Coming Home'. The strong sound of a guitar and drums falling in place in the perfect space behind his soulful voice. This album could've easily hung with the best of them in the 1960's. If you're anything like me and are in need of something refreshing, a true artist, give Leon Bridges a listen. Humbly I say this - you're welcome. 




What are some of your favorite songs on this album?

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Black And White Cardigan | OOTD










On Sunday's I typically spend my day in record stores shopping for Vinyl's and cassette tapes, with a side of football of course. 

I visited my favorite record store in search of Joey Badass' 'All American Badass' on vinyl but to no avail. I did however end up with the vinyl 'B4Da$$' by the Badass himself. 

I kept today's look pretty laid back with a hoodie in a size up from what I normally wear paired it with my new favorite sweatpants and added a settle color with a pair of Adidas. The cardigan was me simply adding something to this look that others wouldn't. 

Shop my look below.....


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What do you typically do on Sunday's?!?!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Tucked Hoodie | OOTD







I've had this look in mind for quite some time now. I've been trying to figure out how to wear a hoodie or sweatshirt in a different style. We normally throw on a pair of bottoms and a hoodie, sweatshirt or sweater and just let it drape or tuck in the front.

I wanted to tuck the entire pullover in with a pair of slightly high waisted jeans and keep it simple yet cool with a pair of black and white Converse. I miss 90s fashion so I thought I'd style this look not only with a pair of classic Converse but with circle framed glasses as well. Of course we can't forget about the essential of the 90s, the backpack purse. I decided to go with my all black leather coach backpack that I've had for decades (lol)- thought it'd be cool with this look. Coach was founded in 1941 and they're still doing their thing. I remember when the coach belts with the tassel hanging from the buckle was very popular back in high school, how nostalgic. Decided to go for a pop of color on the lips with my Rihanna 'Stunna' lip paint in the most perfect shade of red.

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Are you here for the tucked hoodie?


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wow Wednesday : Gold Watch (menswear)




This manually wound caliber 29-535n PS Q mechanical beaut with moon phases. Day, month, leap year and day/night indication that goes by the name of Patek Philippe. Patek Philippe is an independent manufacture. It has its own research and development department and creates ad engineers all movements and external components in its very own workshop since 1839. This gorgeous thing retails at 275,000.



Also check out a more affordable alternative down below....






This $200 Luxe Komono watch featuring a mesh wristband and a glossy stainless steel rose gold case. Has three integrated dials for hours, seconds and date with Japanese Quartz movement. This dope watch is framed by a 40mm case providing water resistance up to 10atm. It's a pretty cool watch with the perfect low profile (that I love) and will pair well with everything from denim to dressing it up with slacks. 


Which is your favorite?! 

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