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

Birthday Babes

This weekend I wanted to celebrate the birthdays of two amazing beautiful black queens that I met during my time at Barney’s New York. They both had quarantine birthdays this month so I felt it was only right to celebrate together now that New York restaurants are open for outside table service. I love a good pasta and also just good food so Bar Pitti off Sixth Avenue was the perfect place. The meal was delicious. We got there around dinner time like 6pm which was perfect just before the crowd came. It was almost like the moment we seated was when the crowd showed up and there was a long line. Thank you Universe.

Dinner
Dessert

After dinner we wanted to walk off some calories so we headed into Soho. The night was beautiful. The streets were emptied so that we could really enjoy the beauty of Soho. It was different seeing all the luxurious stores boarded up with wood. Many artists took this as an opportunity to speak out about racism and the injustices against Black people in America. The art was mind blowing and I heard the message loud and clear. I just hope everyone else who visits Soho , NY for all it’s glamour and beauty got the message loud and clear as well. #Blacklivesmatter

Stores protect their business with wooden window coverings. Artists then create on these canvases powerful messages speaking out on the injustices against Black people in America
Captured graffiti in a subway station entrance in downtown NY soho
More art in Soho, NY for #blacklivesmatter
#blacklivesmatter art in Soho, NY #justiceforGeorgeFloyd
#justiceforbreonna
My girlfriends Liz (right) wearing BCBG runway collection and Jacqueline (left) in Frankie tee and Lanvin trousers, both celebrated birthdays this month! Looking good ladies.

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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

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