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.

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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

“Your Comfort Zone will Kill You” – Phillip Plein

All the things that inspire you are the very things that will bring you success, if you stop and take the time to get inspired. Sometimes we get so caught up in the reality of things that we forget that faith and dreams are a huge part of creating the life we want to live. You’re working at your job that pays the bills, life’s problems occurring nonstop, and you are exhausted. Don’t forget to find your inner peace! A lot of times it’s so much easier to relish in your struggles than changing your mindset and searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Having the right mindset will make sure you are equipped for anything life brings you. Everyone goes through hardships in life, it’s a part of life. Focus on what you want out of life, what you need to do to get there over time, and surround yourself with a solid team. A solid team could be your roommates, friends who share your passion, your manager, or anyone who contributes to your growth on your journey of success.

Having a solid team is major when working towards accomplishing your dreams because there will be times when you want to give up and run as far as way as possible. Good friends are supportive, stimulating, and never pass judgement. They add to your ideas, and even inspire new ones.

With all these things, you are ready to step outside of your comfort zone and do all those things that keep you up at night. Go after what you want in this life. If you aren’t sure where to start make small strides. Everyone wants to be the best at what they do that sometimes being the best version of YOURSELF gets lost in translation. Stepping out of your comfort zone means asserting yourself, taking that extra mile on projects you come up with, and doing things that will put you ahead of the game. It isn’t easy doing such brave acts of professionalism but not doing so can keep you in the same place for the rest of your life. Don’t let your comfort zone kill you! Life has so much more to offer.

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What a Time to be Alive

 

 

In a time of excess, more is better. The latest designer collections are decked out with intricate and sometimes exaggerated details. Models adorned in lace, glitter, and all things conspicuous walking gracefully down the runway at fashion week was a utopia that left us all inspired for the seasons ahead. Coach 1941’s designer Stuart Vevers has given us the feels again with pieces dawning the brands’ infamous Coach logo. Nostalgic details like a monogrammed men’s puffer coat made me wish I had kept all my high school handbags and sneakers with C’s all over them. The pieces very  familiar and desirable all over again.

This spring, the collection brought us to a world of glamorous western renaissance. From the metallic finished leather bomber jackets to the ultra-femme lace slip dresses and the leather glitter boots were divine. The collection was a city girls’ country getaway dreams. Each piece dawned thoughtfully placed graffiti art from the late icon, Jeff Koons.  A homage to the late icon.

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Jeff Koons squiggly graffiti art on fur jacket worn by Stella Lucia | Coach1941 Spring 18′
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Natasha Poly in Versace ball skirt

Donatella helmed her spring collection with a whole lot of slay my life! The pieces were very strong and feminine while all a special nod to the past. The bright colors, the Versace chains and butterfly slip dresses were a roundup reminiscent of previous Versace collections. In fact the black and white ball skirt seen in the spring show was originally worn by Naomi Campbell in the 92’ Versace show. There wasn’t enough time to reproduce it so it made a second appearance, this time on Natasha Poly and it was fab. The quality is fantastic. Sexy feminine pieces that all made much sense for the season. Alike Coach, there was a western feel on the runway of the Versace spring show. It had the perfect dresses and outfits for a city girl. Donatella gave us feminine slip dresses as well. This will definitely be a go to trend for the upcoming season.

See other designers that are in the celebratory spirit this Spring. Also just a heads up this trend of excess will carryover into Fall so don’t feel like it’s impractical to splurge. Don’t be afraid to piece apart the collection for your everyday wardrobe. It’s a key technique to separate the actual 10% of your wardrobe that you actually wear from impulsive buys. These pieces have to work for your lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

credits : Voguerunway

Chic Cornrows

From the motherland of Africa to current day fashion trends, cornrows are a hair braiding style that continuously make for a statement look. The cultural trend has trickled up and hit the high fashion runways hard. We personally love seeing them in real life on everyday women. Cornrows are a great protective style and an easy maintainable look. Simple clean straight back braids or an intricate design doesn’t matter, put your style on it and rock it.  Check out the trending fashion statement in action below:

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Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West out rocking cornrows
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Zendaya at PFW
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Zendaya at the Burberry Show
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Bottega Veneta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credits: WGSN, Vogue, Celebbuzz, Refinery29