Comfy Luxe #OOTD

Fall is for cozy fits, yummy drinks and food in pumpkin flavor, and of course playful rich jewel tones. That pretty much sums this look that I created up in a nutshell except I unfortunately was not drinking or eating anything pumpkin flavor. Sn. my boyfriend and I devoured pumpkin muffins recently, no shame and would do it again. If anyone is in New York, BJ’s has the best pastries, low-key though. I hope you guys are enjoying the season as the weather is transitioning. 2020 definitely ain’t over guys, so make sure you’re setting them goals and being intentional for the remainder of the year.

I turned a super casual, cozy sweatpants moment into a luxe but chill fashionable moment. How? Well, for starters, when going for a cozy but chic look this Fall, shoe choice is important. I got lucky with beautiful Fall New York weather, but opting for a gold strappy open toe sandal is truly a luxury here in the city. I will say heels are not the only way to elevate the cozy sweatpants, a nice platform tie up could give just the same elegance. When going for a cozy luxe look be sure to wear a more polished shoe to elevate the look. I suggest a mule, a loafer or brogue. You can certainly opt for boots just making sure they’re more dressy than not. And of course, a heel is sure to set this look off.

If you’re not sure if the top you’re wearing is dressy enough to elevate your outfit, then its probably not. Because sweatpants scream casual, it’s usually best to go full on dressy on top to elevate the look. I opted for this beautiful jacquard blazer which I got from Barney’s New York when I was the brand ambassador for their private label. I have to say I’ve experience a lot working in fashion, retail, and NYC. I am grateful for these experiences and learned a lot from them all. The most important thing I think I learned is that the roles you take on in your career do not define you. It’s always nice when you can take all your experiences and knowledge and then use it all to create a legacy for yourself, but I’m always open and willing to life’s experiences.

I love this little mini shopper from Telfar. It’s super chic and cute. The top handles fit right over the shoulders, so it adds a classy and kind of retro vibe to any look. Navy is elegant so its always a great option for a classy look. You can even opt for navy accessories at black tie events. I’m always down to support a black owned business doing amazing things. I love the fabric of the bag and also that its not leather.

So that’s pretty much the formula from turning a casual cozy look into a more streetwear elevated look. Make sure you wear a dressy shoe that compliments the look and has a dressy aesthetic. Go for a more dressy blouse, silk, button down top option to create a put together look. Don’t forget it’s Fall so layering is a great way to add depth and play around with colors and tones. I’ll say make sure the colors are rich tones so that you don’t have to wonder if they’re a good pairing. Not everyone has a stylist on speed-dial, and even your stylist should equip you with the resources to successfully dress yourself nicely for the day. I hope this inspires you to get comfy yet luxe this Fall. Create your #comfyluxe look and tag me on my Instagram @chanelbunnynyc . Also if you want outfit deets, follow me and check my latest post.

Stay well, Stay Blessed.

-Chanel

Fall Vibes

I went out with my boyfriend the other day. The weather was nice but a little chill. I decided to layer up for a chic elevated look. I’m obsessed with this vegan leather asymmetrical jacket which will be available soon on the site shopcsbnyc.com so subscribe to stay updated if you like this look. I stuck with warm tones pulling the look together with a pair of rustic orange leggings. I just love this chocolate color of the leather jacket which pairs perfect with denim to dress down this style if you want to. I kept a more polished look which I usually do, but I would def rock with jeans for a casual but chic style.

In Shopcsbnyc, Chloe, and Revolt

If you want to achieve this layered look all you need is a lightweight leather or vegan leather jacket, and a tailored vest. The softer the leather the better and easier it will be for you to layer on top, and more comfortable. I am wearing our asymmetric vegan leather in Espresso. I have to admit I was so impressed with this jacket. It’s not easy finding faux leather that is still luxe and good quality. I definitely hit the jackpot with this piece. Since the jacket was a dark brown color, I broke up the darkness with a warmer layered vest on top. This vest was perfect to pair on top because it has movement but is still structured. It falls beautifully on top of the jacket. I love the hard and soft textures of both pieces layered together. I recommend this look for Fall weather because you can easily take off and put on layers if the weather changes throughout the day.

I came across an older guy on the street. He designed an Ankh cross by using different colored pebbled rocks. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen. He even gave a little history lesson which left me intrigued and eager to do my own research. Check out a few fun facts below about the Ankh.

Ankh designed by New York man

The Ankh also known as the key of life is a Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that means “life”. It is known as the Ancient Egyptian cross. It is said to protect against harmful and negative energy and spirits. Some say the Ankh resembles the connection of woman and man the top portion representing a woman’s uterus and the lower portion representing male genitals. There has been a lot of debate over time about the original cross and which one came first.

The buildings and architecture downtown are so amazing. I had to take photos!

Apparently there’s a bank. 💴

I had some Think Coffee to warm up a bit as it got cooler a few hours later. I actually haven’t had coffee in a while so I eased back into it with a Dirty Chai latte with almond milk. It was yummy and the perfect pick me up.

Coffee dates with Think Coffee and JW Anderson tote bag

It was a nice day well spent. Sometimes the chill days are the best.

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Weekends In Brooklyn

The day started meeting up with my girl friend Jacqueline near Atlantic Barclays. She was a bit hungry and so we decided to stroll and search for a place to eat. Since NY has been opening back up, many restaurants are open to dine for outdoor eating. It was a beautiful day so of course I found inspiration all around.

Beautiful flowers spotted while strolling in Brooklyn

Mural of Kobe and Gianna Bryant . R.I.P

Eventually we came across what seemed like a good spot to dine, BK9 . They were still serving brunch at 3pm and I have to say the menu looked delicious, but I didn’t have much of an appetite. I decided on the chicken and waffles and a Rhum Sangria. Jacqueline ordered from the dinner menu because the restaurant was very accommodating even though they weren’t serving dinner at the moment.

Seated outside at BK9
BK9 Menu
Chicken and waffles and steak at BK9 😍

The owners of the restaurant that spoke to us were very friendly and kind. They told us they started the restaurant with their friends. They’re nine guys from Brooklyn all from different Caribbean backgrounds which influences the menu heavily. From a selection of Barbadian beer to Jamaican Sorrel, they were not playing with their menu offering. We enjoyed our food and headed off to the next location wherever we would land. I think we more so had to walk off the food. Lol

Dancing the food off LOL

From there we stumbled into a vintage shop. I mean it was really a hidden gem. The owner Loretta was so happy we came by and it seemed as she was probably going to leave for the day had we not stopped by. Her shop Almost New is magical and she even told us of how designers come by to shop and she name dropped Marc Jacobs as one of them. She wasn’t thrilled about photo taking because designers often knock off the designs. She has a plethora of pieces and she can literally tell you the time period of each one. The store is a small quaint little shop but it is packed with the most beautiful and well made fashions from a time ago. I will definitely be going back to see Loretta.

It was a nice day to be out and exploring. I can’t wait to show you guys the goodies I bought! Stay tuned.

Xoxoxoxo, Chanel

Shop the look

Vince band tee, Revolve legging pants, Nordstrom sandals, JW Anderson tote bag

Catching up with Ashley Dezarai @ Ralph Lauren

Ashley Dezarai is the Executive Assistant of Global Showrooms, Runway Shows, and Architectural Design at Ralph Lauren. Ashley has been in role for 11 months. She is also celebrating her 28th birthday today. There is a lot she has to be celebrate and we wanted to share in her accomplishments. Not only is she excelling in her career and breaking many barriers for brown girls around the world, but she’s also a major fashionista and killing her goals in style. In honor of this queen we decided to have a chat and catch up with her since the pandemic and see how she’s holding up.

C$BNYC – Your role at Ralph Lauren currently is MAJOR. You are the Executive Assistant of Showrooms, Runway Shows, and Architectural Designs. That is major because you’re literally a pillar of their creative business. How does that feel for you and what is the experience like? I can’t even begin to imagine your day to day agenda!

Ashley – It feels amazing. To be honest before this role I never would have imagined all the things that go into creating a showroom or a runway show. I work with everyone from the designers to the florist to the contractor to put together these magical experiences. The process is ever changing, consistently adjusting and you have to be adaptable. Details are very important to Ralph Lauren as a brand and I think that’s one of the things I’ve learned from the projects I’ve worked on thus far.

C$BNYC – What are your proudest moments or achievements while working at Ralph? Time flies you’re going on your one year anniversary and also you have your birthday coming up. So I’m sure you have a lot to excited about and celebrate.

A – One of my proudest moments at RL was definitely working on the Sep 2019 “Ralph’s Club” runway show. That experience changed my life.

C- Your resume background is so interesting. I love that you were a flight attendant! That was like the most admirable thing knowing that you left your job in retail and had the fearlessness to do that with no prior experience. Do you feel like each job you had set you up for the next? What are some of your skills that you gained and sort of took away and still carry with you to this day from working in these different roles ?

A – I do believe each job I’ve had has set me up for the next. Being a Flight attendant prepared me to be flexible. I had to learn quickly and my schedule was never consistent. When I started my first corporate job at Bloomingdales that position prepared me for the business side of the fashion industry. I learned how to work with multiple teams and communicating effectively in a corporate setting.

C- What was your major in college. What would you tell your freshman in college self?

A – I majored in Fashion Marketing and Management. I would tell my freshman self “Keep believing in yourself, everything that is meant for you is already yours!”

C- Now that we are all quarantined, what are you doing to stay sane. Do you have any guilty pleasures? Binge watching anything? You make the best chocolate chip cookies! Have you been baking?

A- To keep myself sane on quarantine I’ve been digging deeper to have a stronger connection with God. I don’t really have any guilty pleasures… maybe wine lol I have not been baking as much as I would like. I try to only have sweets like once a week.

C- Do you feel that dressing the part was an important factor for the success you’ve had in your career?

A – I think it’s important to feel confident when you walk into any room and a part of feeling confident is dressing the part so yes. When you look good you feel good.

Special thanks to Ashley for taking time to share with us her success. Let’s wish this queen a Happy Birthday! @ashleydezarai

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