bold lipstick

afropunk style

DSC_0676 DSC_0670 DSC_0669 DSC_0649 DSC_0772 DSC_0794DSC_0636 DSC_0631 DSC_0619 DSC_0615words can’t explain how inspired i was over the weekend at afropunk. the vibe was amazing, hundreds of people of color were in one venue simply loving life, music, culture and each other. the spirit of social activism was in the air as signs were posted that said no to all forms of oppression and people staged a “hands up, don’t shoot” demonstration to protest police brutality. it was undeniably the best experience that i’ve had all summer.

weekend wear 7.28.14

DSC_0442DSC_0433DSC_0436DSC_0383 DSC_0373DSC_0394DSC_0441DSC_0378hey good people! i worked with carlisha shanae photography this weekend for the black beauty: unbleached photo series.  the endeavor showcases the beauty of four black women with sunkissed skin, more specifically, those who would have been forced into category d based upon the original straight outta compton casting call.  through this series, carlisha shanae is abolishing norms and creating a wider space for women of all hues to see their reflections. many thanks to the photographer, models and production crew for a dynamic shoot — i felt blessed, loved and empowered.

check instagram for the teaser video from our shoot. stay tuned for the full length version!

dress, ashanti brazil from nubian hueman | necklace, forever 21 (similar here) | shoes, nordstrom rack (last seen here) | lipstick, rich violet by kat von d

weekend wear 4.14.14

IMG_0885the weather was perfect for the cherry blossom parade and festival in dc over the weekend. everyone was out celebrating the sunlight after a painful winter, and i finally got a chance to wear this vintage hat that i picked up last year.

IMG_0886IMG_0878 IMG_0883 IMG_0907IMG_0821 photo (6)IMG_0928i can’t wait to wear this dress again with different shoes — a pair of colored heels or patterned flats maybe?  we did lots of walking this weekend so simple, flat sandals were a must.

lots of love to the nice people who couldn’t speak english, but enlisted a friend to help them ask for my picture.  hope you enjoyed dc!

hat and dress, polly sue’s vintage | clutch, vendor at eastern market | earrings, vintage | lipstick, ruby woo by mac

weekend wear 4.7.14

IMG_0449IMG_0451IMG_0444 IMG_0445 IMG_0447dress, vintage | shoes, zara | black studs, kate spade | lipstick, violet volt by milani and truth or dare lipgloss by marc jacobs (last seen here)

i had soooo much fun speaking to women about personal style, trends and how to pack light for a weekend trip during a local fashion show on saturday. it was my first time speaking in front of an audience about my creative passion, and it felt amazing.  one of my tips for tapping into your personal style is collecting vintage or one of a kind pieces, like this dress that i found buried deep in the bargain bin at a vintage shop in dc.  you know what they say, “one man’s trash (or deeply discounted goods) is another man’s treasure.”


MAC-ing for lupita

last week, black women took to twitter to create a campaign for our superwoman, lupita nyong’o, to receive her own lipstick shade by mac. i can’t think of a worthier cause in the beauty industry and smiled at the sight of sisters rocking bold lip colors with the hashtag #lupitaforMAC.  kudos to my black feminist twitter gurus, joan morgan, yaba blay and esther armah, for helping to showcase black women’s beauty and calling on a major cosmetics company to respond to our voices.


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weekend wear 3.17.14

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i scored this zara top last week on SUPER sale and had fun styling it this weekend. check out my day look on instagram.

necklace, j.crew | top, zara (similar here) | skirt, vintage | nails, milani blue zoom | lipstick, milani violet volt & marc jacobs truth or dare