#OOTW: Blue Stripes & Denim

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You ever felt like you were on the cusp of something new? Something big? Something fun? As we finish up the first half of the year this month, I can’t help but be optimistic for the rest of the 2018. Maybe it’s the slew of vacations I have planned or maybe I’m just manifesting the change I want to see? Whatever it is, it’s definitely coming threw in my wardrobe choices. I seriously can’t tell you the last time I bought an ankle length dress, but this one from Urban Outfitters was so darling I couldn’t pass it up—especially since it was on sale. Actually everything I’m wearing was off the sales rack.

Word of advice: Never sleep on the sale section, especially in between seasons.

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Dress: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Macy’s
Bag: Topshop
Shoes: H&M
Jewelry: H&M
Scarf: Riley Rose

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New Job, New Me

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This year has been amazing. Amid all the political drama and racial tensions, I’ve personally been winning lately. Maybe it’s turning 25 at the end of last year, but I’ve finally started making things happen for myself. It’s all been thanks to God. I put in the work and he delivers on his promises.

I’ve been trying to live what I preach. I’m the encouraging friend, the nurturing friend, the friend that encourages everyone around me to in the words of Oprah, “Live your best life!” But, I wasn’t practicing what I preached, until this year. I finally decided I was going to apply to the jobs I wanted, not just the jobs that I could do. I decided I was going to apply to this Assistant Editor position for a children’s magazine that I was barely qualified for. I didn’t even get a call back, but then less than a month later I came across the same position for a hair magazine more suited to my interests.

I applied, got an interview, then another interview, then a temporary freelance position for a few weeks, before finally starting in a permanent position as an Assistant Editor in April. That happened because I decided to finally start going after what I wanted. Every internship, blog or magazine I ever wrote for prepared me for the job I have today.

This “Just do it!” mentality has benefited me positively in other areas of my life, and yes sometimes things still don’t work out the way I want them too. But, I think it’s better to start living life without regrets, than to have a bunch of “shoulda, coulda, wouldas” in the future.

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XOXO

 

OOTW: Lady In The Red Dress

I’ve finally gotten around to editing these photos! I’ve been so excited to share these with who ever actually looks at this blog. Besides being crazy busy with a new Assistant Editor job at Associated Publications and just running around doing odd paying tasks for the family, I’ve been exhausted. It’s late and I need to get to bed soon, but before i go I want you guys to take a glimpse at these lovely shots my friend Tatiana, from the blog B.L.I.S.S. For Singles,  took of me at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Blooper shots are mixed in. Enjoy!!

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Dress: HM from Crossroads Trading Company
Earrings: HM
Bag: HM
Shoes: Agaci
Necklace: Nordstrom
Sunglasses: Detroit Eastern Market

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Prints, Prints, and More Prints

I adore vibrant and eye catching prints and patterns. Prints are the perfect touch to cut through all the black I’m always wearing. One of my favorite pieces is a Zara red and gray paisley jacket I bought from Crossroads Trading Company a few years ago. It’s pilled with strings hanging off of it in places, but I get compliments every time I wear it because the colors are vibrant and the design is fantastic! I’ll take a razor to it one of these days.

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Gucci’s spring/summer 2016 advertisement shot by one of my favorite street style photographers, Tommy Ton, is a great example of how to wear prints this season. Highly saturated colors with bold patterns mixed together, worn as a set, or color blocked against vibrant solid color pieces. I’ve never been a fan of Gucci, but this collection may have changed my mind. View the full shoot here.

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Back In Detroit

Went to Detroit again for a quick visit. I was short on time, so I took a few photos outside my parents house. You can see the vacant lot across the street in a few shots. The original owner of the house died and it was rented out to some sketchy individuals. My family thinks it was burned down by the owner for the insurance money. I wouldn’t be surprised.

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A Day in Detroit

Last week I had to run home to Detroit for a day to take care of a few things, while there I met up with my best friend, Sumer, and we did some exploring. Downtown Detroit is a pretty amazing place. We grabbed coffee at The Roasting Plant over by Campus Martius. The area was buzzing with people grabbing lunch from the food trucks parked across the street. There were students and suits alike, bustling up and down the street as I observed from the cafe window. It’s in moments like these when I contemplate moving back home, maybe for 6 months or so. Just to be among it all, before I fix myself in New York. But, I like Chicago too much.

Anyway, most of the photos were actually taken down by the riverfront. If you’re ever in Detroit, definitely stop by in the summer when the weather’s perfect. Look across the Detroit River and you’ll see Windsor, Canada. I wish I could have stayed out longer, but I had a 6:30 bus to catch later that day. Until next time then.

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