Haiii chic-ers (I made that name up, like it?)! I’m ecstatic about sharing another post with you all & this deals with finding personal style. Yup, I’ve been there & I’m pretty sure you all have as well. I mean, I’m finally cultivating my style & coming into my own, but it took me what feels like eons to get to where I am NOW.
I had a love/hate relationship with my personal style: from looking at ghetto fab chicks at my high school to trying to hang on to my preppy/boho style. Then college hit (styles I def don’t wanna relive) & I was experimenting all OVER the place: from having highlighted hair, tanned skin, & clothes to show off my tanned skin. My turning point was when I interned at Nordstrom & worked at Banana Republic: from there I began to hone in MORE on a minimalist, classic, but edgy kinda style. The more I felt comfortable…I dated a guy who didn’t approve of my style (too bougie **Rolls eyes**) and I started to revert back to my style back in high school/college…again not only did my style became lost…so did I. And it got WORSE when I moved to Michigan.
Everyone in Michigan was one of two things: Basketball wife/LAHH star in training…or awkward/boho black girl…it STILL WAS NOT ME (working at F21 didn’t really help either). As I grew over the years…I came into my own & so did my style, which is (and will always be) Minimalist, edgy, chic, but classic. I wanted to showcase this on my blog as my COMING OUT moment: I’m proud to be an individualist, honey! **Snap, snap**
Eastern market is the perfect backdrop for this story: it’s quaint, beatnik, yet still has an unstated cool about it.
Until, next time Chic-ers!
Sleeveless Vest: Express (Similar ) | Jeans: Express | Crossbody: Karl Lagerfeld (Similar, Similar) |Booties: BCBG | Nude Bodysuit: Forever 21 ( Similar, Similar) Necklace: Forever 21| Visuals: Jerome Pack
“A Change will Do YOU GOOD!!!’ -Sheryl Crow
Miss Crow knows EXACTLY what’s she’s saying in that song, because it completely resonates with me in this new cycle in my life: I was toiling & souling my life away at a corporate job. The money was great, the exposure was phenomenal…but at what cost?
I started to get burned out. I started to zone out (which is worse) until I cried out to God so he could direct me towards my purpose. He led me to re-discover my passion: which has always been fashion, art, & dance. So I took a chance & walked away from my $45k job to pursue my career. I gave my two weeks & two fangaz to do what. I. LOVE. Since then, I couldn’t feel more refreshed. Just like myself…Detroit has undergone change for the better, including the Detroit Q-Line which myself & my fave photog rode FOR FREE (until June 30)!!
To all those stuck in a rut…take a risk, make a change, & BREAK AWAY (by the amazing Kelly Clarkson).
Top: Forever 21 | Tribal Printed Pants: H&M | Clutch: Cameo De Bore | Sunnies: Forever 21 | Sandals: Target |Photography: Jerome Pack
Let me tell you-
I had a straight DISLIKE for Detroit, only because of the pre-existing notion that it was crime central, recession haven, & only known for Emienm. In the soon to be 7 years (Gosh time FLIES!) I’ve lived here, Detroit is a cultural beacon in it’s own right. I didn’t know that art & fashion ran rampant here. I didn’t know that Slum Village, J. Dilla, & Dwele were Detroit born & raised. I didn’t know that once Detroit was literally FASHION CAPITAL. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. I chose the Z Lot because of what Detroit stands for: Strength, Spark, & Intrigue. I had fun shooting on the roof top with my fave photographer/frat brother, Jerome (seriously check him OUT).
Men’s Jean Jacket: Forever 21 | Racer Back Dress: Forever 21 Similar Similar | Jeweled Clutch: Cameo De Bore:Sale | Heels: Target | Earrings: Target Similar | Photograghy: Jerome Pack
Royal Oak is known for it’s vibrancy, it’s nightlife, & it’s quaint dining. BUT it’s also known for their bright blue wall which WAS home to the retailer American Apparel. When I FIRST moved to Michigan, y’all don’t know how ecstatic I was visit: their provocative clothing, quirky accessories, & eclectic staff made me feel like I BELONGED. When I heard that the end of American Apparel was looming…I had to make one last pit stop to the Cali-inspired store & take advantage of the blue wall (as well as the 80% off sale!).
Salute American Apparel…you’ll be sorely missed.
Sunnies: Nordstrom | White V Neck Tee: Forever 21 | Block Heels: Just Fab | Black Blazer: H&M | Skinny Jeans: H&M| Clutch: Love, Cortnie |Watch: Michael Kors | Photographer: Jerome Pack