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

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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

Just Stfu!

“You dress like a white girl.” Why is this a thing? How can one even validate such a statement? In a climate that we live in, where everyone is over sensitive and everyone is offended you would think that slurs like that would not come from my own peers. As a black woman, working in the fashion industry has allowed me to express myself through what I wear and my only rule of thumb is that I am comfortable. I have never looked to anyone but myself for inspiration for the way I dress.

I couldn’t even begin to dissect what dressing like a white girl could mean but the closest I got to a definition was my good friend telling me that I just wear what I want and don’t care what people think; a futile attempt. Anyway, I’m fairly thin so I don’t really have limits to what I can wear. I’m almost always classic and presentable so I don’t ever have to dress appropriately so to speak. But then I stop and think about my peers who may not necessarily have this luxury. The girls who aren’t as thin as I and have to be more conscious of what they wear because of how it may fit them. My God what a tragedy. Praises to the curvy women who make it look great because “the struggle is real”, I know. I have to say the fact that I’m so tiny is no excuse for people to expect me to be dressed more and more to their standards but somehow it does. In the words of Kanye opinions are like assholes we all have them.

The sad truth of the matter is that because I am black I am expected to have a certain taste level or style that is actually false and doesn’t exist but only within ones mind. Racism is so deeply rooted that we all have become so conditioned to ideas that hold no weight or statistical evidence. It’s so bologna. This “Black History Month” if there is one thing I hope it is progression for everyone. Not just one race or group of people, but everyone. We are all human beings that go through different experiences. If this is what fashion has succumbed to then I want us to get back to the basics. Fashion being a form of individualism, a form of self expression not a divider of people. It’s the journey of life. The very things we go through are the very things that connect us. The sooner you let go of these false ideologies then you realize they aren’t real and that’s half the battle to manifesting success in your life. Deal with what is going on in your head and then GET OUT OF YOUR OWN HEAD!

Xoxoxo,

CHANEL$BUNNYNYC

A New York Minute

 

As I began to grab inspiration for my next project, I wandered out to enjoy the warm Fall day as the sun kissed my skin and greeted me along the way. I went to the Soho part of Manhattan. I work in the area and know it well but I hardly get to take time and enjoy all it has to offer. It’s therapeutic and stimulating for me to see different concepts and ideas, to allow someone else’s vision to capture my imagination. It was a fulfilling day indeed. The Moncler House of Genius pop up was an exquisite unique retail experience with designer collaborations numerically ordered throughout the span of the 5,300 square foot retail space on the corner of Mercer and Spring Street.

The atmosphere was a retail shopping experience in a creative museum like gallery with small souvenirs available to purchase if the three thousand dollar coats weren’t in the budget. Gem Drops: The visuals are Instagram worthy for sure. If you happen to be in NYC and want to visit the space, they will be there until the end of 2018.

Later in the afternoon I met with an old friend for some good ole Brooklyn thrift shopping. I had never been to L Train thrift and wanted to since I moved to NY because it seemed like one of the popular places for thrifting. It was a great time and such a pleasure to get up with an old friend. There was a huge selection of stuff to weed through that filled two large floor spaces. There was even an area designated to try things on with a huge mirror in the center floor just so you can come out and have you and your friend judge the pieces. I was really out to get things for the shoot but I couldn’t resist things for myself as well. With prices like $25 for fur coats and $6 chiffon blouses I don’t know too many that would resist. I purchased a sequined evening tank, a purple chiffon top. My friend bought me a corduroy jacket in a stunning indigo color to match his. #youcantsitwithus I can’t wait to wear it with my high waisted oversized trousers and a bootie for a look.



The day ended with us heading to the bar at Dinosaur BBQ. In true fashion we drank beers and I couldn’t resist an order of the smoky sweet wings. It was a lovely day.

Love, the strongest drug.

Living in NYC without family and working a hectic schedule in retail makes it difficult to stop and feel the love. So when my sister and mom told me they were coming up for a day to celebrate my birthday I was elated. It felt like forever since I have seen them and been embraced by their unconditional love. It was only a few hours drive from Washington, DC to Brooklyn, NY and so I was anxious counting down until I saw them. When they arrived I was at work so they met me down in soho. I took a lunch break the second they arrived and gave them a mini tour of soho and sent them off to lunch at one of favorite happy hour spots, The Cupping Room. Just that hour alone with them gave me enough energy to finish through the rest of my shift.

Later that night we met at my place and decided we would go to West Village for fun, just a 20-30 minute drive from my place. I got dressed while my mom and sister did their usual routine of inspecting my place and even brought a few new things spruce up the place. The Uber arrived and off we went to my Friday night birthday celebration.

First up, we head to Oppabar, a bar and karaoke joint with a cool ambience. Not to mention the fine ass dark skinned guy checking ID’s at the door. I read how the soy garlic wings are pretty major from there so I placed an order with fries. My sister got the calamari which was pretty tasty and my mom just munched from our plates. The bar was pretty good on the pockets with happy hour everyday, which we missed by the time we got there, and also special deals like $6 dollar patron shots. In celebration of my birthday, we had three rounds of patron shots with salt and lime.

I also had a cocktail drink that was made with gin called Herbal Aztec. I’m not a huge fan of alcohol but I guess the drink was good. It was strong but not too much. The bill came out and wasn’t too bad. We then decided it was time to dance. Speaking of which I didn’t find the karaoke at Oppabar nor was anyone there singing already so I didn’t take interest to inquire about it even though on the bar website, karaoke was advertised as a major deal every Friday and Saturday night.

The thing I’ve always loved about New York is that if you don’t know something there’s always a way to find out. We stop to take photos of course and after I ask another bar door man where can we go to dance. He suggested nearby Cafe Wha and off again we went. Cafe Wha, another cool spot, with a nice ambience and good vibes.

The place has live band performances and food and drinks. We were able to enjoy the show for just $15 dollars and we came at the perfect time just as the last show ended people cleared out and there was no line. As we went in the band was on break getting ready for the next set. This time my mom ordered fish tacos and raved how much more flavorful they were compared to the food at Oppabar. My sister ordered a strawberry martini and I in my true form ordered a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. The show soon began and we were in for a treat. I do not remember the songs they performed but I do remember we all laughed, danced, and had the best night.

The service was great and they were so friendly. It felt like we were in one big house party. I’m glad I was able to show my family a good time in a short amount of time. They plan to come more often now that it was a successful first visit from them to me this time, usually the other way around. Which is significantly more of a hassle because I hate the long, and most of the time delayed bus travel via Greyhound from New York to DC.

The time we spent was so rejuvenating and refreshing. There is nothing like the unconditional love from family. I felt life breathed back into me, not that it ever left but I was beginning to feel tired. Seeing them was energizing and put the hustle all back into perspective. Why I was here in New York? That I was doing amazing and not a complete slack. I was a queen that came from queens and have the support of a lifetime. I can do anything with love the strongest drug.

I’m wearing a LBD by H&M which has a choker style and flared sleeves. The body is fitted so you can size up. I wore a vintage jacket passed down to me especially since the weather in New York finally feels like Fall it felt so right. I paired the dress with my Helmut Lang stretch leather boots to add coverage and class, not to mention how comfortable to walk in they are. I didn’t want to take away from my minimal look nor be mistaken for 12 for the one hundredth time so I slicked my hair back into a low bun and Whala! A 26th bday weekend lewk. #styledbymoi

Anxiety

26 on the 24th of September. I had to subtract the years to compute the math. I was a little overwhelmed. What made this year so different from the one before? You know they say 25 is one of the big ones, but in true anti-norm girl fashion 26 was the one that did it for me. I had always knew who I wanted to be and for as long as I can remember tried to keep that vision in a safe place. Here at 26, I was not living up to the life that I created for myself in my head. I was a slave to my own thoughts, a victim of my own doubts, and ultimately living in a twilight zone. I knew that in order to be successful I had to be me consistently. All the while I had the resources all around me I never thought to apply it to my life. I even earned my business degree to add more value to my existing skills and be more marketable. All this valuable time spent on tasks and activities that were to better myself were just bullet points on a resume.

Don’t let anyone make the last decisions in your life. Friends and family are supposed to be proud of you and give encouraging words of praise when you are doing good things. The point that’s missing is what are you doing? And why are they proud of you for doing it? A lot of times parents baby their children and this doesn’t always create the best outcome for the child socially in the world because they look for this in people who don’t give a shit about them. Work smarter not harder is a major gem. I know any honest and passionate about what they’re doing person doesn’t want to cheat the hustle. That is not what I am saying. I am saying figure out the business that you want to create or be a part of and then create a goal to progress yourself and the business in some way. You should be challenging yourself in new ways. This leads to another major key which is challenging yourself in a healthy and ethical way. Life is crazy I know this, but it doesn’t have to be. Just as you woke up this morning, you have to take that same energy and go do the things you need to do in order to be productive and beneficial to your business. First things first you need to be in the right state of mind and body. Make sure you are getting enough rest and eating a healthy balanced meal three times a day. I’m no fitness guru so I can’t tell anyone to go to the gym. I do know that working out makes you feel great and relieves stress. I miss it but it is something you make time for and I won’t right now. This feels great. I am 26 and I don’t have to be nice or submissive. I am a grown ass woman. Something ironic about growing older is that you start to care less of what others want and think! You really can own who you are. It’s like “Yeah mfer you talked sh^t about in my high school but look at your ugly self now.” LOL The 25 year old me still hasn’t worn off. Petty as hell. But on some real…

I have come so far and I am so blessed. No one can steal my joy or happiness because GOD knows my heart. I just want more of whatever is in store for me and I hope to acquiesce in more life, more love, and blessings. So you see this is my true thought. My anxieties. I’ve shared my soul, but when I come back to reality I know that I am such a GODdess and the world is mine for the taking. I have to learn to practice patience and experientially saying that growing older is the cure. Thank you Universe for another year to grow.