Killing the StreetStyle: Grandma Edition

  Hey darlings!

Yesterday, I was such a BEAUTIFUL day in the city – what spring is really about it! It’s been such a longggg winter that I was beginning to believe that we might not see the beauty of spring; I’m sure many of you can agree as well. There was a slight breeze in the midst of the sunny day, so I couldn’t get too excited and walk out the house half naked as I saw many people did! But who could blame them? We’re all desperate for some warm change in the weather. Needless to say, I’m still in my tomboyish mood but I still wanted to keep it chic. Therefore, I decided to wear these rugged-knee denim rolled up to give me a James Dean look and pair it up with this beautiful blouse that belonged to my late grandmother who passed away last July. You know, I’m not sure if grieving ever gets better because when I begin to think about all the deaths in my family, I just tear up. I miss my grandmother so much – I miss her feistiness, sass, love, and of course, her amazing cooking. I hope she’s proud of the woman that I’ve become, looking down from heaven. And I hope to honor her with this take in wearing her blouse. Be inspired 😉 Miss you Grandma! Xoxo

Attire: Blouse – My Grandmother

            Jeans: H&M 

           Boots: Target

  

When Cool Meets Chic: #ThenewBR Fashion Event

 

Hey darlings,

Last week I attended the Grand Opening of the new Banana Republic Flagship Store in the Flatiron district which was super amazing being hosted by designer Marissa Webb, Jamie Chung, and Christene Barberich! It was a night full of fun, fashion, and good people – it was good time! Of course, some of the who’s who in the fashion world was there so it was great meeting other dope people such as different creative directors, bloggers, stylists, models, and even those who lived in the neighborhood.  I love meeting new people – oddly enough because I used to be extremely shy and still am to some degree (I know you don’t believe me smh)! But, the highlight of the night for me was meeting and having fun with Marissa Webb AND Jamie Chung! Seriously what is happening in my life?! To those who don’t know, designer Marissa Webb is the NEW creative director for the Banana Republic brand in which the new collection, the #newBR, is now available! Of course, I LOVE the new collection AND Marissa Webb! This spring you can expect an array of blues for both the men and women – their signature cobalt blue will surely grab your attention! Black and white will never get old nor will a crisp tailored look from Banana Republic. Honestly, this cool meets chic collection will be a must in your Spring wardrobe. Seriously. But, check take a look through my eyes on such a glamorous evening and be sure to add some pieces to your closet from Banana Republic’s new collection!

Attire: Faux Leather Jacket – Target

           Blouse – H&M 

           Cardigan – Macy’s

            Jeans – H&M 

           Shoes – Macy’s

  Just a taste of the festivities! Food, drinks, fashion, and good music!

 

This picture alone makes me want to buy EVERYTHING from this collection!! 

 I. Just. Love. It. Dresses. Skirts. Leather Pastel Leather Jackets. Peach blouses. Can a girl ask for more??

 Men, are you ready for the denim and jackets from their Heritage collection?!

 Oh, just goofing around with Marissa Webb and Jamie Chung! Can you say dream come true?! 🙂 

 Met another fellow model, Bryan, who’s from St. Louis like me!!! What’s uppppp! But, isn’t he and his beard gorgeous though!!

  

Yeaaaaaaaa #FashionInsider 

Chic – Ness in the Rain

 

    Although I hate the rain, it doesn’t stop me from looking chic in it! This morning, I woke up (in a rush of course smh) in a tomboyish mood, but didn’t want to complete a full tomboy look, so I threw on this frilly skirt to add a touch a feminity to my look. This SICK bomber jacket sets the tone especially with “New York” written on the back of it. And of course, today’s rainy forecast called for my messy bun – my go-to hairstyle! Thankfully, I came prepared and packed my umbrella which brought my look to life for the rain!! A bold colored umbrella is always the key to standing out. So darlings, if you ever find yourself entering the rain, you can still keep it chic! Be inspired 😉 

 

 Attire: Bomber jacket – Mango

             Skirt: Forever21

             Boots – Target

            Umbrella – I found it laying by itself, it was a lost umbrella looking for its new owner, ME lol 

 

AMOL Designer Interview: Byron Lars Edition

 

IMG_1036         “Originality is….a by-product of sincerity. ” – Marianne Moore

Immediately when I read this quote, I think of American designer Byron Lars. He’s simply an original. There’s no one like him nor his label, Byron Lars Beauty Mark. A quiet storm he is, but with tenacity and confidence he captures the heart of the everyday woman. A San Francisco native, Byron Lars has been known for his exquisite taste in patterns and his ability to accentuate a woman’s silhouette for over 20 years! It was truly an honor and a privilege to interview him – a dream for so many! And I thank him dearly for opening up his world to me in order to share with you! I pray that this candid interview empowers you, encourages you, and INSPIRES you to be all that you are with no limitations and to know that we are ALL models of life 😉

To all of the new people who did you not know but do know you NOW, what do you want to say to them? What do you want them to know about you and your collection?

Well, I think one thing I like, for the ladies out there to know about me, as a designer, I’m really on your side.  I really put a lot of making these clothes to really try and make you look your best.  That’s a very high priority on my list, above fashion and trends and all that because none of that matters if you put these things on and you don’t feel like you don’t look better, don’t feel like you look your best.  So that’s what I’d like for you to know about me honestly AND my product. There’s a lot make in these clothes to facilitate your best self.  Um, it’s sounds so corny but I’m 100% for real with that.  It’s my first and foremost mission statement.

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You are amazing at placing a variety of unique patterns together.  Can you take me through your thought process as you place the patterns together?

You know, a lot of times, it’s not really a thought process at all, but like honestly, letting the pieces all come together on their own.  We start with a fabric board here, like we go on fabric appointments and pick things we like that inspire us and move us.  And then we put them all up on the board just to have them away so we can start ordering them. And so often times, things are gonna just naturally be placed to one another, speak to one another and become a garment.  And honestly, I feel like this is like divinity in this whole process where it’s like “I’m not commanding the universe to my will”.  But, it’s honestly from a higher place.  I think sometimes like those things are falling together just by chance.  Then they are falling next together because they need to be something. And I’m listening to that now.  So, that’s my process. I let the Lord do my designing.

Watch this video of Byron Lars giving the details on his Fall/Winter ’15 Collection!

 

What is your favorite part of the designing process before the clothes hit the shelves? What is your favorite part to do?

There are so many favorite parts of the process for me.  I love fabric sourcing.  I love seeing like what textile designers have been working on and concocting to inspire us and for designers, you know, build on.  I like, I love pattern making.  Although I don’t make the finish patterns from start to finish; I’m very involved in that process because that is what builds the shapes and the clothes that you know ultimately we sell.  Um, I love it when like I’m at the factory and there’s a sample in work in the machine and you can just see this great and you’re like “Oh can I just borrow that for a second” and just put a piece of that on.  Shoot. You know, it’s just all taking shape; it’s all just incredibly exciting.

What inspires you as an individual?

What inspires me as an individual is people living life with gratitude but on their own terms.  Being fully and proudly the people that God put them here to be, in an uncompromised way.

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Do you have faith in God? If so, how has that help you understand who you are?

I do have faith in God.  Um, there’s no way I can do this or anything else effectively without His help and  guidance.  Recognizing that fact in my life, well in my youth, well I wasn’t that young when I recognize that fact.  In fact, when I was young I thought I was doing that all on my own and I can tell you it was a lot more difficult that way.  Once I placed it all in His hands, everything got a lot simpler.  It’s not easy, but it’s a lot simpler.

In life, we have tests and trials, how have you overcome adversity to stay true to who you are?

Again, with God’s help, you can stay the course, and you put a lot of the, a lot of the load on Him. And it’s just a whole lot lighter and easier to carry through.  And when you know that like you’re moving through the world with good intentions and you know.  Honestly and fairly, you just have to know that it will work out for you and whatever your endeavors because that’s just what the design, the grand design is all about.  It may not work exactly how you envision it.  It may work out a lot better than how you envision it or completely different.  But, it will definitely work out, for the better.

Watch this video clip with Byron Lars defining what “A Model of Life” means to him!

See below for pics of some of my favorite pieces from the Byron Lars Beauty Mark Fall/Winter ’15 collection! You’ll be sure to love them just as much as I do! Also, you can view more collections and purchase items on his website at http://www.byronlarsbeautymark.com/

Can you say CLASSIC?!

Isn’t this skirt darling?! My gosh, the patterns. I actually need this skirt NOW in my closet but it won’t be available until the fall sadly! The buttons on this woven provides a twist that immediately caught my eye! And the color? Yesssss!

Umm where’s my motorcycle to kill these streets?! Mortal Kombat, eh?This dress is to DIE for!! A must need in EVERY girl’s closet!

I hope you beautiful people enjoyed and was touched by the interview as I was! But, I have Part 2 for you coming up next and you’ll be able to win FREE pieces from his collection! So watch out for Part 2!

AMOL: Long Tall Sally Clothing Pop-Up Shop Event

Good Morning darlings! 

 I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine’s was refreshing which was much needed (I’ll write about it in the next post, so look out for that).  But, I attended the Pop-Up Shop event for Long Tall Sally, a clothing line for tall women!  First, I didn’t even know this clothing line even existed.  And secondly, all of their clothes were tailored to fit all of us 6 feet wonders!  Yes, I nearly 6’0 ft, if you haven’t noticed by now in my pictures. Depending on which doctor I visit, I’m either 5’11 or 6’0ft, but whatever.  Just know know I’m in that category.  Anyways, I was super stoked because I have THE hardest time finding pants to the point, I hardly wear pants.  If do wear pants, it’s mainly leggings.  I actually now have only 2 pair of jeans (I bought my 2nd pair two weeks ago from Ann Taylor – they’re really ankle pants on me lol).   Seriously.  However, this clothing line consisted of an array of dresses, denim, trousers, blazers, shoes, and much more.  Surprisingly, that day, the only shoe sizes that were available on site were 12 and up! Crazily, I didn’t even know we had women shoe sizes greater than 12!  Overall, It was awesome to run through all the racks like a little girl and try on their amazing dresses as well as connect with other beautiful tall women.  The continental breakfast provided was a plus too (because Lord knows I was hungry!! lol).  So, for all of you tall women or those who know tall women, I highly recommend Long Tall Sally.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!  You can visit their website @ http://us.longtallsally.com/

See below for pics from the event!

You see the denim lengths just hanging off the table?! Yeaaa

Tops. Trousers. And tall women!

The back of this GORGEOUS dress!

Relax! There’s hope for us tall women! I’m actually standing on my tippy toes! Praise the Lord – no more high water pants! Lol!

This was seriously the BEST dress in there! Spring, are you here yet???

Connected with another tall beauty and blogger (www.TheTallMuse.com)! She was so sweet!