What means the world to you?

Working hard in your life, sometimes you don’t realize that you’re holding onto things that God wants you to let go in order to move forward in your life. You want to hold onto to all your successes. Wear them like a badge of pride and I get it, but life has its way of showing you otherwise at times. Maybe it’s to humble you or maybe it’s to motivate you and keep you hungry for future wins. You’re busy trying to gather all your shit that you don’t realize what’s holding you down in the first place. You have to take time to reassess what’s happening in your life that you can control. Take inventory and make the proper adjustments.

When you work hard, sometimes it can be difficult to detach yourself from your successes. You wonder well why did I just put all this work in not to be able to carry the successes around with me? Well actually you do! In fact your direct choices for what you want to bring into your new chapter are a huge part of your future successes. Recognizing opportunities and learning from experience. Being aware of how you want to grow. Bringing bitterness from your previous chapter into your new one. Having doubts and negative thoughts about your new chapter. These are all different but not even a fraction of choices that you have when staring a new chapter but it’s up to you which you choose to take along with you. Here are a few of my favorite take alongs.

• connections! Your network is your net worth so it’s super important to make sure you’re making valuable connections.

• new thought processes and ideas that you’ve accumulated from experiences in your previous chapter

Clients – someone who you provide a service to in exchange for compensation and usually loyalty.

So make sure that you are aware of your possessions and the things you’re holding on to. Figure out what you need and what you don’t. Experience is the best teacher so buckle up for the ride and be present and willing to progress for your future.

Xoxoxoxo

Chanel$Bunnynyc

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Sunday Funday

It was a great day taking care of business like a boss babe but also stopping and taking time to smell the roses. I mean really, I went shopping and found the best dress on sale at Maje for my friends upcoming GirlChat event.

This dress was cool. I wasn’t sure if the stripes were a little reminiscent of an outdated outfit I had as a kid but I passed and got another beautiful one instead.

I indulged in banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery because we all know you get the banana pudding when you go to Magnolia’s. It was such a beautiful day in Rockefeller Park. I love summers in New York where the sun just brushes up against your skin.

Cover Girl has opened its first ever store located right in the heart of New York City, Times Square. It was an awesome experience to say the least. The staff was super friendly and inviting. They had no probs with me taking photos and Dana even took a photo of me behind the selfie ring light. Check out some photos of the fun we had.

“Made in Africa”

I’m all for supporting Africa. After all it is the motherland and one of the worlds most rich in mineral and natural resources. Not to mention a rich culture that has existed for hundreds of years with traditions passed down from generation to generation. So why does Africa as a whole continue to struggle to have wealth and proper health care and basic necessities in some parts of Africa. It is unfortunate that people from other places come to Africa to steal resources all in the name of “helping” Africa. Everyone knows that being black is lit and popping but what it really means is that society continues to oppress black and brown people all while stealing and making a profit off the very things we possess. It’s a cyclical tragedy because without the proper access to resources and basic necessities many Africans can’t even think about progressive things such as starting a business or generational wealth because the burden is so much already. The propaganda that the government continues to push has even affected some Africans to the point where they see nothing wrong with a totally foreign person coming into their native land and set up business. One I’m sure they aren’t being paid the true value of their work and two once again people are stealing from Africa. Some would argue well at least they’re trying to help. But how is setting up a business in a place that you have no idea or history with helping Africa. It’s the same with how America is the land of opportunity but yet 80% of the population are workers not business owners and the student loan debt well over a trillion dollars. Just a mouse on a wheel powering a huge machine that you have not even the slightest idea how powerful it really is or how you could have a machine of your own! If you weren’t killing yourself to power another mans machine. The system is fucked up and it is a change that starts with us. Support small business support local businesses. You and your friends come up with a plan, put money up and together and make real business moves. There is not a shortage of money in the world. Money is man made so don’t let the 1% of wealthy people in the world fool you into thinking different.

But back to the topic at hand, is “Made in Africa” the new “Made in Italy” and if so who will hold the wheel that steers this ship. If it is not an African person then who is really benefiting and profiting off of Africa??? Comment your thoughts below.

Wonder Woman

I can’t remember a time where I didn’t enjoy styling. To me a fashion stylist covers all facets of styling which is why I’m annoyed when society tries to box you in. You’re either editorial or wardrobe but never mixing the two. Just another one of human’s ways telling you you can be good but not great. I choose to be great.

I’ve always been blessed with the people around me letting me know I can do anything I put my mind to but also anything that I’m passionate about. I thank God for the strong beautiful black women who have made it possible for me to go forth and carry the legacy.

From a little girl playing dress up games on my computer to styling my doll babies in different outfits, it’s truly something I find a passion through. Telling a story through a concept and truly when you wake up in the morning and put on your clothing there is a deeper thought process to why you chose the clothing that you did. As a stylist, I want to take out the superficial and fickle repertoire that fashion has built up for as long as it has existed and really get into the deeper intellectual and art form of fashion.

For me fashion has always been a way to express myself and allow others to take from it what they wish. Like the saying goes “people going talk regardless so you might as well be true to you and let them talk. “

This shoot was an amazing experience and I’m super blessed to have worked with Brooklyn bred photographer Dani B @dvn1b . She is so talented and such a hustler boss babe so we created fire. The model was amazing and a talented stylist as well as designer @MirantaGeneva and check out her line @wencozy for dope threads. The three of us banged it out and from me to you here is Wonder Woman.

A concept styled and creative direction by me. It was a fun challenge working with Miranta who is based in DC where I’m from. It was tricky going back and forth communicating closely when we could. Thank God for technology and shared notes on iphone. The Wonder Woman concept stemmed from us wanting to celebrate Woman and all the different things that women deal with and make look so easy. Women are so beautiful and strong and powerful so we really wanted to show all sides of the woman making sure nothing was left to the imagination. Also just in case you really didn’t believe in yourself, aside from styling I held it down with the makeup which I used NARS, Anastasia, and Covergirl products. We imagined it for you. So, Enjoy!

Special thanks to

Maguy de Chadirac

Transporterr

Meiyang Jewelry

FordhamRowe

Wing and Weft Gloves

Conspiracy NYC showroom

Spending time in Soho

We started the day going to soho to the Apple store. I finally saved up enough to buy myself the MacBook Air. I brought my boyfriend with me so we could spend time together too. Let me just say Soho is still my favorite neighborhood in New York City. I rarely got to explore the stores when I worked in the area. They have the best brands to shop.

First distraction of many was the Acne store. I only went in to browse and see the new collection as I had never been in the actual store. It was nice to touch the different fabrics and see the aesthetic of the store. From the outside the windows are black tinted, but inside is a magical wonderland with cool lighting and an almost optical illusion

Acne textured jacket in Old Pink

I’m really into sets and they did the most amazing unconventional suiting for women. I love sets mostly because I’m all about a wardrobe that you can maximize. For example you can wear sets all in one look to make a statement, then you can wear each piece with another item in your wardrobe. The leather accessories were also impressive. They were soft as I don’t know what. I’m a sucker for buttery leather.

Many stores we explored shared lots of bold colors for their spring summer collections. There was also lots of sheer, mesh, and cutouts. This reoccurring theme of seeing through something.

The Apple store on Prince Street was weirdly not busy. I got all the info I needed and found out Costco was running a great deal on the same model laptop and so I ordered online from them. (Update: I had a hard time placing my order. They canceled my order the first time because they could not verify my address. How crazy is that?! I thought that happens before you take my money.) Anywho, I did purchase a USB adapter for when my laptop arrives because newer models don’t have the adapter port.

This is why technology doesn’t really move me. Apple says we removed this part to make your laptop lighter but now you must buy this part separate. I digress. I am excited to get my laptop though! I got the Gold color.

My friend recommended Piccolo Cucina just past Thompson on Spring for lunch. They had a great lunch special and the food was delectable. Being that I love to enjoy food as an experience, I had to go. The place was very tiny but cozy and somehow comfortable inside. We did have a 30 minute wait in which I went across the street to Dominique Ansel Bakery just to use their bathroom because it was so tiny in the restaurant I didn’t even feel to bother. Side note this bakery is so delicious and known for its cronuts. It’s like so yummy and they have a new flavor each month. If you haven’t had one, get there early before those sweet treats run out.

So we sit and have a delicious lunch. It starts with the grilled calamari with guacamole and Carasau bread. It is the most flavorful yummy taste ever.

(Obviously I eat before my photos.)

I usually have fried calamari so I was a bit nervous of the texture but it was well cooked and so smoky and mouthwatering. The guacamole was the perfect touch and flavor. We had a bottle of red wine and enjoyed our pastas which came out in huge pots. I had Lobster linguine and my boyfriend enjoyed his pasta in lamb Ragu. For dessert we enjoyed creme brûlée. It was a great time.

I love to eat good food. I grew up spending holidays with family everyone cooking for a dinner celebration. The room filled with love and good food. This is what I love. I was very happy we waited to go to this place. Next time we will make reservations for sure.

Last stop was the fashion district as I’m working on a project and need to source fabric. I usually go to a fabric store in Brooklyn but this time I figured we could go to Mood since we were already in the city. Mood is cool but I sometimes get overwhelmed with the options.

Thankfully I had an idea of the colors and fabrics I wanted so it wasn’t so bad. There was help at every corner and pretty busy too. I love how the fashion district still exists and has various wholesale shops, fabric and trimming stores and more. This was a trimming place where you can find all kinds of trims for your designs. I love the artwork shown on the side of the building. It’s a great attention grabber not to mention iconic people.

It was a lovely day. I am also now considering taking up sewing classes at Mood. They are fairly inexpensive and reasonable even for a busy schedule like mine.

Xoxoxo

Chanel$Bunny

Worn throughout Vince plaid button down, H&M crushed velvet trousers, Nike platform AF1

In life you’re always lucky. It’s up to you if you choose to take the time to realize and appreciate it, but that doesn’t mean those little blessings aren’t there. The most important thing is to live with a life of passion and place happiness at the center of your universe. No matter what that looks like for you.

My boyfriend and I visited my home town city, DC, to celebrate Easter Sunday with my family for our traditional holiday dinner at my aunts place. We stayed with my sister and her husband at their place in neighboring Laurel, Maryland. I was surprised at the things I saw in my city mostly because I barely even recognized certain areas. So much has changed so quickly and one can’t help but to look at the influx of people moving into the city.

It was so lovely and refreshing to be home again with all my loved ones enjoying each other under one roof. A familiar yet new feeling after finally making it home to a family holiday get together in a long time. Love filled the room along with the aroma of a delicious Sunday dinner, paired with wine and spirits and my aunt’s infamous pineapple upside down cake. It was a beautiful time.

This year I made a resolution that I would do more traveling and less of the routine going to work and coming home. It’s no way to truly enjoy the true value of your life. Taking time off from work was not only much needed for me but it was also beneficial for my boyfriend. He had a great time and he got to experience more of my background and the strong amazing people who are a huge part of who I am today. This was great for our relationship.

Sunday we went go cart racing then straight to my aunts place for dinner. The weekend was tight with only really one day to enjoy. After dinner, my sister and her husband took me and my boyfriend sightseeing downtown just a 20 min drive from my aunts place. We didn’t get to visit the memorials but we did see them from the lawn of the monument. It was a nice night with a beautiful sundown view over the water.

Life is beautiful. You just really owe it to yourself to stop and take time for the blessings all around you. Working hard is great but the true luxury of life is enjoying what you have while you have it. Nothing is promised so spend time with loved ones, visit new places, and talk to people and make connections outside of work!

Xoxoxo

Chanel$BunnyNYC

All photos taken by Chanel

Red swimsuit H&M

Leopard Maxi Skirt alice + olivia

Shoes Helmut Lang

Slip Dress Love

Slip dresses are super essential for your wardrobe. There’s so many different ways to wear this flattering style so why not have it in your wardrobe ready to go. I’m known to throw a chunky knit over a silk slip dress and go. You can also layer thin shirts underneath your slip dress for a 90s throwback vibe.

Wear your slip dress on its own for a flirty and feminine date look. I am super anxious for the temperature to get warm so I may have prematurely pulled out my slip dress but a big fur coat on top always saves the look. Some of my fav slip dresses are from Vince, Nili Lotan, and Kes.

Slip dress Antonio Marras

Shoes Helmut Lang

Coat Forever 21