LDW Fashion

When my college girlfriend visited New York, I knew we were going to have the best time. It was Labor Day Weekend which meant an extra day on Monday to rest. I know seriously, I can’t hang. LOL. That weekend it would be four ladies, myself included, enjoying good vibes and food. We made reservations for Pera Soho, a mediterannean restaurant in downtown NYC. I suggested the place because of the lovely outside seating they had in their back terrace. I hadn’t been to the restaurant recently, but I still remembered the ambience and the flavorful meal. The evening was lovely and the food was delicious. My only complaint would be that we weren’t seated in the terrace area with the ambience I loved. The restaurant was running a little different because of the pandemic, but we were disappointed nonetheless because there were people seated in that area. We chose not to pursue our desires and settled with the outside seating on the street. It was still nice and the food was good too.

Now, let’s get into my look! I decided to give full on DIVA vibes because I don’t go out often, so when I do I just show up and show out. Deep down beneath the black and muted hues, I LOVE color. When working on personal styling projects, you can bet there will be tons of color like a rainbow explosion. I’m not kidding. I always felt like color exudes a mood and a vibe that is undeniable. If someone walks down the street, in a bright yellow outfit, you will not forget that outfit. So with that being said, my LDW look started with my fun and vibrant green iridescent Area pants.

I knew I loved these pants when I saw them. I’m familiar with the stretch lame’ fabric that the brand is known for and so I knew these pants would fit amazing when I first laid eyes on them at Nordstrom on 57th street. I couldn’t fade the price, but about a month later I saw they were on sale on the Nordstrom website and obviously that was the only sign I needed. A tailored fit with a stretch fabric to hold the booty, what more could a girl ask for?!

From there, I wanted to keep things simple because the pant was already such a statement. I layered a slinky stretchy bodysuit from Boohoo in nude underneath to keep a clean chic look on top. Then I remembered, I’m always cold. I have a lot of different jackets for various ranges of the cold. If you’re from NY you know what I’m talking about. The weather changes here more than I can make up my mind. Nonetheless, the weather often dictates to my outfits.

I had lots of jacket options, but somehow a warm burnt red cotton jacket by Sea popped out my clothing rack to me. It wasn’t necessarily the best option for keeping the look simple, but let’s be real I am not a simple woman in any way or fashion. I love the shape of this jacket as well as the puffed sleeve detail. I think its the perfect piece to throw on and take a simple outfit up a few notches. It’s super easy to wear for everyday and also easy to care for since its cotton.

Pairing my Area bag with the look was a no brainer to complete this whimsical and festive look. I finished the look with a gold strappy sandal from Topshop. I was comfortable, chic, fun, and vibrant for the weekend ! I hope you guys inspired from my look and venture into color for yourself.

Xoxoxoxoxo, Chanel$Bunny

Ways to Save Fashion

Fashion is something we all know and love. As brands grow to be more sustainable, consumers have more options to shop guilt-free. As we head into the Fall season and start to change our wardrobe, here are a few ways you can contribute to the sustainability of fashion.

These are just a few that we came up with. Do you have any that you’d like to share. Drop some tips in the comments. Thanks for reading.

Love, Chanel

Designer Highlight : A’Kenya Phillips

Hey Honey Bunnies! You’re just in time. Grab a snack and settle in. We’re chatting with the creative and founder of custom clothing brand, Lilith & Mary. Kennie not only a creative, she is an author, designer, as well as dancer. C$BNYC is thrilled to finally have time during this quarantine. We are praying for the world, and letting God take care of the rest. Now let’s jump into this convo with the lovely Kennie!

C$BNYC – You’re an amazing creative. You write, you design and even create custom pieces. How did you get started?

A’Kenya – Thank you love. I started off as a writer. I’ve been writing since I could remember honestly. I’ve always loved creating a new life for myself especially since I grew up a really lonely and depressed child. Always been a black sheep so it was my way of being wonderful without outside opinions. I would write for the girls in my class, a child’s version of erotica since I was always draw to the erotic and sensual (weird, I know but I’m a Pisces lol). Then I got to HS and lost a writing contest so I stopped for about 4 years until a tragic breakup kicked me in the ass. I started it as a blog but I was tired of looking for a job after graduation so I needed something more productive to do. One novella, two poetry books, and 4 anthology shorts later, I felt I needed to incorporate more visuals as well as explain why my image and energy is so sexual. I want women to tap into themselves completely and authentically. Too often we live in everyone else’s truth and we die unfulfilled. We shove ourselves in boxes so we aren’t judged or lonely only to settle for relationships and circumstances that don’t make our hearts sing.

C – A lot of people who don’t know you would describe your work as risqué. Art is subjective so I’m sure when you create you have your vision in mind. What would you describe your work as and how do you think that society can benefit from it?

A – My work is definitely risqué, but it’s deeper than that. People are socialized to look at expressing your sexuality outside of the bedroom as taboo and inappropriate, but what they don’t realize is that line of thinking can limit them in all areas of life. Simply being unapologetic about who you are and how you feel can allow you to tap into your personal power, creativity, and devotion and love for self. I would describe my work and my brand as a self-helping, inspirational, beautiful, artistic lifestyle. Even when people are more reserved, they find the message helpful because it gives them the confidence to listen to what they want.

C – There’s a lot of controversy with sex toys and masturbation. I know this is something you strongly support. Why do you think these things are beneficial rather than problematic?

A – From just a basic standpoint, sex toys and masturbation are extremely essential because they allow you to discover your body and exactly how to turn yourself off, they allow you to express love to yourself, which seems silly, but psychologically speaking, it tells your brain that you love and honor you first. You give love and affection to yourself. It isn’t a need that you have to go seek out in others who haven’t proved that they love and honor you. From a spiritual standpoint masturbation helps activate your sacral chakra. Your loins hold energy that not only creates physical life, but allows you to manifest the life you envision on the outside. We always say sex is sacred and special in terms of sharing our bodies with others, but never think about what that power can actually do. When you focus on the life you wish to give birth to while aroused you’re more likely to conceive.

C – What are some things keeping you sane during this pandemic?

A – I have to be honest cuz I don’t like to be fake positive or whatever, staying sane is hard like omg so hard. Especially when you struggle with mental illness and a family who you can’t connect with. I do enjoy binging my holy trinity (Netflix, Hulu, & Prime Video), I’ve been dancing nude, sitting outside in the grass, and being a mama to my new kitty.

C – I know you’ve been designing more. Is that where you’re creative energy is flourishing the most right now?

A – Yes! I’m not much of a seamstress or an artist but I get these visions of things I would like to wear or some extra dramatic costume like piece I wanna wear to the grocery store but can’t because it would cost a million dollars and I’m not there yet lol. I’ve been researching old burlesque costumes and following for exotic dance wear companies and it has me soooooo inspired. I live for a good camp moment. I wish I could live it everyday so why not fill my closet with it lol.

All photography is the work of Kennie through her different mediums of creativity. Follow Kennie on Instagram @Lilithnmary

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

Birthday Babes

Dinner at Bar Pitti

Jacqueline and Elizabeth are two of my lovely friends that I met while working at Barney’s on Madison Avenue. They both are stylish women and a blast to hang out with. I made reservations at 6pm at Bar Pitti in the city. The choice was fabulous and my first time going there. The pasta options were delicious. We ordered dessert to finish off our meal and it was even more delish. I would highly recommend this restaurant for dinner if you’re in New York City area.

Tirimisu, Sorbet with Coffee on top, Lemon Sorbet
Up Close of my Dessert at Bar Pitti
Elizabeth, Jacqueline stylish and beautiful

After dinner, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful night and walk through Soho. We knew it would be quiet and empty since everyone was staying home because of the pandemic. We were practicing safety precautions and wearing our masks as well. I didn’t expect to see all the stores covered with wood as a safeguard to protect their assets. It was strange to see but I’m glad we did.

Art drawn on wood put up by stores in soho to protect their stores during the protests
In the New York subway station

The message is clear as day. The violence and oppression against people of color will not be tolerated.

I opted for a fun get look for the night. A little Hollywood and a little western inspired. Click the links below to Shop my look. Thanks for the support. I really appreciate it! -Chanel

Ganni Western Cowboots Frame Poplin Shirt Dress Wandler Bag LilithnMary Corset Top Hermes bracelet Kenneth Jay Lane earrings

16 Black Owned Fashion Brands (Direct links of organizations you can donate to included)

In the height of the moments of riots, looting, and peaceful protests for the prolonged injustices and racial violence against black people in America, I am praying for peace. Peace to be still so that I can continue to walk in my purpose that God has set out for me. I am no longer living selfishly and abusing myself by working tirelessly without a purpose. We all have a legacy to fulfill and its solely up to us if we do or do not. I’d rather look back on my life years from now and say “Wow” instead of “What if”. I’m trying to be more mindful and for some funny reason the word “mindful” somehow always comes up some place in my life. I encourage you to write your dreams down on a piece of paper, have faith, do the work and actually allow things that take time to manifest. As a fashion stylist and fashion lover, I am definitely being more mindful of places and brands that I am shopping. I don’t know about you guys, but I personally love shopping cool brands that inspire me. This is why I am always really happy as a black woman in fashion to also shop a black owned brand. I’m sharing with you guys some of my favorite black owned brands right now. Check them out. Don’t forget to drop a black owned brand in the comments below! I know I didn’t get them all here ya’ll. Stay blessed loves! -Chanel

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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

Chanel$Bunnynyc

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