You Gotta be Knitting me!

Hey Guys,

Hope everyone is doing well and staying positive and thankful this holiday season. At your request, I will be posting more fashion blurbs showing my #ootd and how I came up with the look. My style is classic and polished but also changes depending on the situation. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Am I?

This was a casual day for me. I actually had a doctors appointment so I wanted to be cozy but still put together like I actually tried. LOL. Let’s be honest if we really dressed like how we felt…. Oof. But the magic about clothes is that usually when you put yourself together nicely, you start to feel nice. Shallow but true.

If you don’t have a sweater dress yet for the colder weather seasons, put it on your list. Heres a similar style to what I’m wearing, but mine is at-least two years old so I doubt they will have it. I would say opt for a less bulkier style so that you can easily layer it with other items in your wardrobe. This way you can create a lot of different looks from one piece, a sweater dress. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn this dress and in how many different ways I’ve styled it.

I layered a plush cardigan from AFRM on top to create a layered look. I wanted to keep a soft look so I stuck to sweater fabrics for this full look. It was a nice day out so I didn’t need to wear a coat. I added in my handbag to add a pop of white to warm up and add contrast to this monochromatic look. I love a good boot that can be worn multiple ways. Versatility is everything for me especially because I don’t shop often. I have a very small wardrobe, but many would think I have so many pieces because of the way I mix and match to create totally different looks.

These boots are actually pair 2. I previously had the black leather ones which I wanted again but I couldn’t find them anywhere. I opted for the sand color suede style since it’s a neutral and can just as easily be paired with most outfits. Again, versatility is usually the name of the game.

And that’s pretty much it y’all. I didn’t spend much time with jewelry or makeup. I kept it fresh faced and natural. I have my limits. Hope you enjoyed this outfit inspiration and as always if you rock a similar look, tag me I would love to see your look!

Xoxoxooxoxo, Chanel

Sweater Dress H&M, Cardigan AFRM, Boots Vince, Bag Wandler

Fall Vibes

I went out with my boyfriend the other day. The weather was nice but a little chill. I decided to layer up for a chic elevated look. I’m obsessed with this vegan leather asymmetrical jacket which will be available soon on the site shopcsbnyc.com so subscribe to stay updated if you like this look. I stuck with warm tones pulling the look together with a pair of rustic orange leggings. I just love this chocolate color of the leather jacket which pairs perfect with denim to dress down this style if you want to. I kept a more polished look which I usually do, but I would def rock with jeans for a casual but chic style.

In Shopcsbnyc, Chloe, and Revolt

If you want to achieve this layered look all you need is a lightweight leather or vegan leather jacket, and a tailored vest. The softer the leather the better and easier it will be for you to layer on top, and more comfortable. I am wearing our asymmetric vegan leather in Espresso. I have to admit I was so impressed with this jacket. It’s not easy finding faux leather that is still luxe and good quality. I definitely hit the jackpot with this piece. Since the jacket was a dark brown color, I broke up the darkness with a warmer layered vest on top. This vest was perfect to pair on top because it has movement but is still structured. It falls beautifully on top of the jacket. I love the hard and soft textures of both pieces layered together. I recommend this look for Fall weather because you can easily take off and put on layers if the weather changes throughout the day.

I came across an older guy on the street. He designed an Ankh cross by using different colored pebbled rocks. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen. He even gave a little history lesson which left me intrigued and eager to do my own research. Check out a few fun facts below about the Ankh.

Ankh designed by New York man

The Ankh also known as the key of life is a Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that means “life”. It is known as the Ancient Egyptian cross. It is said to protect against harmful and negative energy and spirits. Some say the Ankh resembles the connection of woman and man the top portion representing a woman’s uterus and the lower portion representing male genitals. There has been a lot of debate over time about the original cross and which one came first.

The buildings and architecture downtown are so amazing. I had to take photos!

Apparently there’s a bank. 💴

I had some Think Coffee to warm up a bit as it got cooler a few hours later. I actually haven’t had coffee in a while so I eased back into it with a Dirty Chai latte with almond milk. It was yummy and the perfect pick me up.

Coffee dates with Think Coffee and JW Anderson tote bag

It was a nice day well spent. Sometimes the chill days are the best.

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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

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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