Monday, October 16, 2017

Bridging the Gap



 Hello this is my partner Natalie Pelletier, who is an actress living in Los Angeles.
She started this blog with the aim to share bites of her life. Having become the friend in her circle who is the unofficial food/wine/activity connoisseur, She is a (semi-self proclaimed) vetted source when it comes to knowing the best xyz in town. Always venturing to a new place, revisiting places Ishe loves, and aiming to share the good/bad/ugly/awesome moments of  her life in between.
Cheers, Natalie!

Drinking and dishing my way through Hollywood. Serving up a slice of honesty with a side of do what makes you! 

xoxo Natalie 

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Cheers, Natalie

Drinking and dishing my way through Hollywood. Serving up a slice of honesty with a side of do what makes you happy.!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Kimono Dressing Collaboration

I love a fabulous kimono and who doesn't. The kimono trend has and will be a major part of my fashion style. There are so many colors and beautiful rich fabrics and solid knit styles to choose from. I love how they can change an ordinary outfit by adding drama. 
It reminds me of my love of the seventies vibe. kimono dressing a la Bett Midler and did Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady!
Here is my version of Kimono styling and also I linked up with the amazing blog collaboration called Simly Style! Check out these amazing Queens as they present their kimono styles!

Sayonara Fashionistas!










 
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Intergenerational Styling Tips

I love a tutu, and what girl doesn't! I have been contemplating wearing a tutu for quite some time. I searched high and low until I found the perfect one. 
I was inspired my Jenna Lyons style and the way she can put two opposite looks together. I decided to pair my look with a stipe tee and a camouflage jacket, and some how it works.
The photo below is my great niece and it shows style can transcend generations! 








Saturday, August 19, 2017

My Little White Dress Style Story

I'm usually all in when it comes to selecting a little black dress, but I'm keeping an open mind with this little white dress style collaboration. I got to tell you, it was a difficult challenge for me because my preference like many of you, we love our little black dress. It makes us feel sexy, sleek, and chic. The dresses that I perused online were very matronly, unforgiving in slenderizing me, and I'm just going to say it I felt like a church deaconess!

So, I did what any fashionista, project runway wannabe would do, I created one! I found a New Look #6926 pattern in my stash because I liked the shape. I altered the pattern by not using the darts because my fabric is a medium weight knit and I felt the structure would  hang well on my frame. I altered the sleeves and made a bell template from a top that I had and in the back of my closet. I like the trend of the bell sleeve and wanted to incorporate and Zhush the dress up. My accessories included a pair of black suede strappy sandals from Sam Edelman with two options of clutch evening bags that I designed. The black statement clutch bag is a beautiful black snakeskin embossed denim with mud cloth design which is the crown jewel. My inspiration for this design was the African Juju hats worn by the royal dancers of the Bamileke tribes. The pink bag gives that pop of color that can enhance any dress and viola!

Tell me who's your Mama now LWD!





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Monday, July 17, 2017

Cherishing A Legacy Of Life

Last week a dear friend of my families Mother loss her Battle to cancer. I remembered when my Mother passed away about 25yrs ago. The thing I remembered so clearly when I saw her lying in the casket was her hair. It was the only thing that seemed real and alive. Although her life force was absent from the her hair was so alive. I wished I could have cut a piece of it to remember her and kept it treasured, along my life's journey.
I shared this story with the family because I was inspired by the beautiful Home Going announcement of their Mothers departure. It was absolutely beautiful and uplifting. I wanted to create something that would be memorable and create a keepsake for this dear family. I remembered I had a beautiful piece of fabric with cherry blossoms similar to the ones on the announcement card. I designed a small clutch bag that could hold memories of their mother that they could carry with them to the funeral and burial services. 
I call them legacy bags that can hold small memories to cherish during that day. 









Sunday, July 9, 2017

Chasing My Dreams At The Brooklyn Museum

Over the weekend I traveled to Harlem NY with my BFF Theeageofgrace and our Instagram husbands to visit her daughter Channinginthecity. We strolled along 125th St. where we ate brunch at a charming French restaurant called Cheri located at 231 Lenox Ave Harlem, NY. You must dine there great organic food, beautiful atmosphere, and amazing service.
Okay, let's get to the details of this visit, I was contacted by the Brooklyn Museum back in February they saw my bags and wanted to order the African Print series to place in their gift shop. The order was placed and my bags and key fobs were on their way to the Brooklyn Museum Gift Shop.
The trip was the perfect timing to see my 2chicdesigns. We had a fun time taking the number 6 long, hot, train ride from 125th street to Brooklyn to finally see my dream come true!












 

Upon arrival when I walked into the museums gift shop I felt a gush of excitement rise up inside of me and I was overwhelmed with joy! From the merchandising of my key fobs to the beautiful placement of my bags, it was quite emotional for me. While I was taking everything in, these two beautiful Queens in the picture above were modeling my bags, and they made my day!

This experience made me realize every dream counts, if you have a vision execute it! My talent is creating and manipulating designs into works of art via handbags. I thank God for his grace and love for me, my family and friends that have encouraged me, and most of all my amazing customers that support my work!

How Chic! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Orange The New Crazy, Sexy, Chic!

One of my favorite fabric stores that I frequented in Pennsauken NJ is going out of business. I am so sad, but I was able to make one last purchase of some amazing fabric that would be perfect for my handbag line.

When I spotted the geometric orange and white pattern it spoke to me, and I began to visualize an array of several bag styles. The print reminds me of a seventies show called the Mod Squad.

I love this print because it's fun and the color is warm. Most of my clothes are black because its easy and has a slimming element. I am challenging myself this year to experiment with more vibrant colors. This bold orange geometric pattern has inspired me to try wearing orange.

I spotted this amazing dress online at Zara's for about $25. I thought it would be perfect to wear on a hot summer day. I love the high low flounce because it appeals to my sassy, crazy, and sexy style. The  orange geometric clutch, and the other clutch bag is a blue batik print.

I am excited to share the versatility of this dress with two looks. Which one do you like?

 







 







Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Birthday Give Away!!

 

Today is a special day and because I'm celebrating my birthday I decided to give a bag away. To be eligible 
  • Follow me on Instagram.
  • like my instagram page.
  • comment on my blog. 
  • Winner will be randomly selected, contacted and announced on Saturday June 24th.
So good luck!!

 
   

Friday, June 16, 2017

Keeping a Cool Head!

  
  

Last weekend was the first heat wave that hit the east coast. I was visiting my daughter in Boston and enjoyed dining in the North End, which had the most amazing Italian food in Boston. Thank goodness I had some light color outfits. I do have the tendacy of leaning toward darker shades. I'm trying to break the habit and where more white or lighter colors. This long tee shirt with a split in the middle was a purchase from  Zara's. I knotted the fronf and cuffed my white jeans with a simple pendant completed my super cool look.

  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How To Make A Spectacular Fascinator Kentucky Derby Style

I always love to watch the Kentucky Derby on television which is held on the first Saturday in May. The history of hats began with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. the founder of he Kentucky Derby.
The racetrack was a place of ill repute that attracted gambling and drinking. It wasn't a place for woman or children.
Meriwether was inspired by trips to London's Epsom Derby and Paris Grand Prix which are posh events and attracted an elegant crowd.
In 1879 Clark began to transform racetracks in America that attracted one class of people to a more classy and elegant elite group. With the help of his wife they sought out to promote throughout Louisville, Ky. To convince his target clientele that the new racetrack was a place for the upper class.
The loaded up a wagon of society influencers to get the word out to encourage picnics, beautiful carriages and high fashions began to transform the Kentucky Derby to a place of elegance.woman coordinated beautiful plumed couture milliners and exquisite dresses and shoes, created a media fashion frenzy. Thus the elegance of the Kentucky Derby was born.



Here is my DIY on creating a fascinator. I purchased the flower, feathers, and fascinator straw base
from Zoria Millinery,

I used a hot glue gun and arranged the flower and feathers on base and wha lah!










Dress Ross, Shoes Black and White Spectators, Necklace Saks
 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Making A Foxy Brown Statement

Who knew I could rock a dashiki into a super chic look. I remember the first dashiki i made for my son, it was blue. The colors and print were bold and beautiful, but very masculine. I wanted to wear one, but I'm a girly girl.


The dashiki originated in various West African countries bearing different cultural necessities. The name dashiki is derived from the Hausa word 'dan kick, which means shirt. The dashiki is a colorful garment worn by men. It became popular in America during the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement.








I believed that the print was masculine and I was never going to wear one, until I spotted this beauty
in one of my favorite stores Ross. It was hidden in the back rack, where I never look. Yes, this beauty was tucked away and forgotten. There was also a vast array of caftans that reminded me of Trina Turk. This beautiful green dashiki print long dress is made of jersey and fits in all the right places. When I tried it on I felt like Pam Grier in Foxy Brown, Empowered!


I love wearing it with a military jacket, since it has been very cool in this part of the country.
There are so many options and I can't wait to rock this dress all spring and summer Long!





Bridging the Gap

 Hello th is is my partner Natalie Pelletier, who is an actress living in Los Angeles. She started this blog with the aim to share ...