Quarantine Clean Queen

So first off let me start off by saying that #Coronavirus is no joke. I have prayed many times for the world and especially now more than ever. I’m glad and grateful that my friends and loved ones are safe, doing well, and healthy. I hope that for you and your family as well. Positive thoughts and a sound mind will take us a long way in this time.

As the virus of 2020 continues to spread across the world, many of us are finding ourselves confined to our homes and only going outside if absolutely necessary. This social distancing behavior is affecting us all in ways we couldn’t imagine. Personally, I am a homebody but I will say that all of this can be quite overwhelming and sometimes causing major anxiety for me. When this happens, I usually go for a walk to get fresh air, write on my blog, or a number of other productive things that I enjoy and find relaxing.

I wanted to bring to life a concept that popped into my mind during this stay at home period. Let me just say a lot of ideas are coming to me but I also want to be smart about the actions I take and not risk my health. Nonetheless this allows me to occupy an old but very familiar space for art and ideas to grow and flourish. Ironic that my home isn’t the first place I think of when I want to create but rather nature and outside. Now I am rethinking my living space and how it’s decorated. So many ideas are flowing that I would never thought of before. I have no experience whatsoever with interior decorating so I know this process will be a fun and interesting one.

I wanted to create a beautiful and of course colorful story. I created this look using a lot of Nars products. Nars is my go to brand for makeup cosmetics. The plastic bags are a nod to recycling and practicing sustainability. I have them stashed away in my hall closet and use them for the bathroom trash.

During this time when the world is going through so much, I think that’s it’s important to find your peace. Realize that your mind is powerful and should be used for positive thinking and growth. Eat well and be well. Do unto others as you would like done to you. These are times where we have to get back grounded and realize we have much more in common than not. That is more than enough reason to live in unity and together in peace. For now let’s just continue with the Social Distancing for the greater good.


Fashion Area top, Versace pant, Gucci shoes, Alain Mikli sunglasses, Baublebar earrings, Hairpins from Marshalls

Nordstrom in New York City

Seven floors of better to luxury shopping. Bright white lights complement the beautiful rich colors and fabrics. I’ve always loved the edit from Nordstrom. They have really great buyers.

I was a little overwhelmed with so much product spread out all over the huge floors. The visual displays were abstract and cool. I wish there was more thought to create something more relatable for shoppers. Nonetheless they were eye catching. Maybe in such a critical climate, it could be nice to let go and forget about your worries while shopping.

Growing up in DC, I would love riding to the neighboring Pentagon City Mall to shop at Nordstrom with my family. There was a Macy’s there as well but something about Nordstrom I always preferred. Having a Nordstrom in New York feels like having a piece of home. Although now I am big on supporting small brands, I do think I will shop there from time to time.

There’s a really cool bar on the top floor. Who doesn’t like a little spirited shopping! With brick and mortar retail stores struggling, it will be interesting to see the business strategies rolled out to keep up with fast fashion and online retailers. The store is very close to Columbus circle on 57th and Broadway.

Spring, please

With the season changing and everyone and they mama pretty much ready for spring, I created an alternative look that can transition you to next season. I also love that if you’re going out this look is also very sexy without being over the top. You can dress warm and still be cute girlfriend!
Not Two Chains , it’s Two Bags. No but really I’m kinda obsessed with my leather bag from a cool small woman owned business out of VA , TREEFAIRFAX. The bags are handcrafted. I feel like my bag is a unique piece made just for me. It didn’t take long for my order to be made and took just a few weeks before I received my bag. I highly recommend you check her brand out via her website Treefairfax.com and her Instagram Treefairfax. If you’re in the market for a new bag or you just want to add a really cool and great quality bag to your collection, thank me later.

Of course there’s a lot of color coming through with this look. The red handbag is an Area in collaboration with Bertoni bag, which was handmade in Italy. I love the pop of color and it’s puffed up look. The dress I literally snagged at Aritzia, a small multi brand shop in soho, on sale for like twenty bucks. I often get overwhelmed shopping for myself. Thankfully this day, I had my patience on full. I went upstairs to check out their sale section first because why not?! This dress is from Wilfred Free which is a brand I seem to gravitate to when I’m shopping at Aritzia. I love the color contrast that can take you from day to night. The fabric is very comfortable and flattering. The blue stitching on the fabric is just the unexpected pop of color that I enjoy.

These are my babes. My boots are Helmut Lang caught them on sale on the Barney’s warehouse website. Let’s take a moment of silence for Barney’s. These knee boots are a few years old but they were very delicate to wear from the beginning. I do like the way they broke in because they’re super soft but I found the leather to be a little too soft for a structured boot that you want to get the most wear out of.
I love the tight fit because I can wear them with wide legged trousers also! I styled an ankle bracelet on to add a fun accent to the neutral colored leather. I think this is something that super easy and simple that really can elevate and change the look of your boot. Accessories for your accessories! I love it.


Dress Wilfred Free
Belt Bag Treefairfax
Chain Bag Area
Ankle Bracelet Frasier Sterling

The Corner

As I sit in the corner and reflect over a beautiful New York skyline view, I am grateful for every thing. Spending time with a great friend catching up and enjoying each other’s positive vibes. This experience unconsciously reminding me of the woman I am today and the things that are important to me such as friendship and sisterhood. The views of the skyline encouraging me that the world is mine.

I’m currently rocking a vintage Versace pant suit with Fendi shoes and a jitney bag by Off White for another fun pop of color. First off let me say this was one of a few of my greatest finds at Barney’s. The tailoring of this suit as well as the fit is fantastic to say the least. The jitney bag by Off white was a pickup from shopbop.com who often has amazing sales on accessories and clothes. Hot pink is a beautiful color for summer and even a pop of color when paired with black and other neutrals. I personally took a risk, pairing the hot pink with the warm lime color. It paid off for a comfortable, feminine, not over the top sexy look that is perfect for day and a bold hue at night.

I paired the suit back to pink because I enjoy pops of color and fun bright looks. Color is not a go to for me on a day to day basis but I love color for a good time out with friends. I find wearing brighter and bolder hues to be a great way to boost my mood. I am so fine with a kitten heel. These Fendi ones feature and all over mesh and sculpted heel. They are super lightweight and comfy!

I truly believe the universe brought me to find these vintage Versace pieces. I was having a rough day at work adjusting to the horrible makeover dear beloved Barney’s had gotten. Big red signs everywhere telling of the latest news like a sad love song, “Good buys, then Goodbye”. Slowly the place was becoming more liquidation and less Barney’s. I decided to take a break from the sales floor to explore the other floors for clothing that was coming in from the other locations that closed and also from the warehouse since the online site shut down. (now rerouted to Saks)

Within minutes of my self care time, there they were hanging all alone. A two piece fitted Versace pantsuit in a warm lime color just perfect for my complexion. There was no price tag so I asked my manager about it and I promise you I did not break the bank at all. The price was under $100! #bestdayever #Versacehottie

Xoxoxo ,



I was ecstatic to join the Barneys flagship team. I even posted the news to my Insta. If you didn’t post it to Instagram, did it really happen? (So cliche and update I’m learning that I don’t need to post everything on social media) So as I relished in my new found glory getting the job as women’s private label brand ambassador, poor Barney’s was slowly falling to its fate. I just didn’t want to believe it to be true. As a fashion graduate, I had a special place in my heart for Barney’s. I read an amazing book about the Pressmans who were entrepreneurs just like a lot of us today. They started their business on selling men’s discounted suiting around to building it up to one of the worlds top luxury retailers. Many notable fashion events happened at Barney’s and we all know Barney’s was known for inclusivity, and supporting new fashion talent. If that isn’t an impressive, inspiring , commendable entrepreneur story then I don’t know what is.

I didn’t aspire to work in retail, but I did feel it was a vital part of gaining the skills I needed to be able to eventually start my own business. I was happy to take ownership and do whatever I could strategically, creatively and beyond to drive business and profit. Not to mention we had a fantastic team on the women’s designer fourth floor. I felt like my skills were valued and directly effective in driving a vital part of the Barney’s business as a whole. About 6 months in, my world turned upside down. Barneys was sold to the earliest and highest bidder after all, ABG Group, who actually have a strong portfolio. Those who followed along, know this is not who we the people wanted to win because ultimately, ABG group would close all Barney’s stores and then go to license out the Barney’s name with their first venture a shop in shop inside of Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store. 

Fast forward! The remaining flagship store on Madison Avenue is going through liquidation currently at 90% off. There isn’t much Barney’s inventory left but the liquidators hired by ABG group have brought in a number of brands that they work with to drive sales as much as possible. The situation is pretty bad at this point. 

I am grateful for the experience to have worked at Barney’s with amazing and talented people, some who even opened the flagship store on Madison Avenue some 20 odd years ago, still working today until the end. The last day is set to be the 23rd. It will be bittersweet. Barney’s is an iconic fashion institution and also a representation to the end of an era. 

Everyone is waiting to see if ABG group will have the abilities to revive such a landmark name. We will just have to wait and watch since the liquidation process hasn’t been pretty at all. 

Love Barney’s New York



Sunday Funday

It was a great day taking care of business like a boss babe but also stopping and taking time to smell the roses. I mean really, I went shopping and found the best dress on sale at Maje for my friends upcoming GirlChat event. If you haven’t joined the movement on IG already, now’s your chance. Follow @Girlchatmovement on Instagram for daily motivation, empowering stories, networking events and more.

I started out perusing the sale rack because I Stan a sale on this NYC living budget of mine. There was a lot on the sale rack as it was the end of the season. I made my way through the store so peacefully, just myself and the salesperson. I love shopping in an empty store. Maje had a great variety of pieces to choose from for any occasion not to mention the fabrics and color story were out of this world. This nude striped cotton dress caught my eye because of the color immediately. I loved that it matched my skin tone. I with my stylish eye chose to wear the dress with the sleeves hanging for decoration instead of actually wearing it. It gave the dress a whole new feel super edgy and chic, but it wasn’t my choice for the event. Stay tuned for the winner! I’ll be posting to my Instagram @lifestyledbycsbnyc so be sure to post your thoughts once you see it.

From there how could I not visit the nearby Magnolia Bakery whose banana pudding is literally out of this world.  Fashion and food, count me in!

Then I stumbled upon Cover Girl’s first store ever right in the heart of Times Square. I know, I know how could anyone ever go there if not necessary. It was actually quiet and seemed like today was just my lucky day. The store was something to experience for sure. Go Cover Girl for making people want to come to shop instead of going online. The team was super friendly but also did not hover around me as I made my way through the store. Again good job, Cover Girl for creating a welcoming experience. Dana the manager encouraged me to take photos and interact with the engagement parts of the shop. Check out some pics I took of the space.

This was a day well spent in New York City. Thank you NY for reminding me why I stayed  here after so many years.


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.



Worn throughout Vince plaid button down, H&M crushed velvet trousers, Nike platform AF1