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

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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

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

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