January 23, 2015

Fab Fro Friday: Crochet Braids on Fleek!

Pics spotted on Pinterest
Protective Styles have never looked better! 
#naturalhair #diy #crochetbraids #protectivestyle

January 21, 2015

SEWING: My Red Satin Column Ball Gown With Pockets...

Hey y'all! It's January of the new year and this red column ball gown is my 1st completed sewing project of 2015! Yay! My friend Anita invited me to the Krewe of Athena's Inaugural Mardi Gras Ball and let me tell you, I had every intention on wearing a sequin ball gown that I had worn once before. THIS GOWN RIGHT HERE to be exact. I wore it to the Endymion Ball back in 2013. But then I had an insane lightbulb moment, which was, why don't I make myself a dress? The idea was insane because I can be a notorious procrastinator when it comes to sewing and I only had a little over a week to complete something. Would I finish it in time? But I decided to go for it anyway because I could always fall back on my purple sequin gown if I had to right? Anyhoo, everything worked out and I was pleased with my result, but first, let me walk you through my process...
Me and Anita who is one of the "Ladies of Athena." Teal was the Krewe's beautiful signature color!
 I've had about 4-5 yards of shiny red satin in my fabric stash for I don't know how long, I just never knew what I wanted to do with it. Since it's shiny and red, I always figured I'd do something formal with it but I didn't know what until we got the Mardi Gras Ball invitation. Like I said, I had a little more than a week to figure it out and with my sewing track record of wasting time, I didn't have time to do a lot of bells and whistles, ruffles and pleats, so my best bet for finishing a gown in time was simplicity. So I did a google search of simple ball gowns and the straight, sheath column silhouette seemed to be the easiest route. I used New Look pattern 6483 (view C) for the top of the dress and Butterick 6533 for the bottom of the dress, it's a Franken-Pattern! But I mix and match patterns most of the time. It's the best way to get exactly what you want when you're sewing. I put the two patterns together lining them up at the waistline, traced the patterns onto brown pattern paper with a tracing wheel, then I made sure the front matched the back at the side seams (true the pattern) finally I did a muslin mock-up (to be sure of the 'new' design and the fit). I measured the dress for length with the shoes I planned to wear and I added my own in-seam pockets. Because if you've been following me on this blog or anywhere else, you know that I LOVE POCKETS. I try to put them on EVERYTHING. The things I changed: I dropped the neckline in the front just a tad and I did more of a racerback shape in back. I lined it in purple satin to make it feel a little more like "Mardi Gras" I also changed the back neckline completely turning it into a "V" because (and don't laugh) I wanted to make sure I had a wide enough opening to put the dress on over my head. Now I could fib and tell you that I didn't really have the time to put a zipper in, which is the normal way to get yourself into and out of a formal gown, but in all truthfulness, I never had any intention on sewing in a zipper. I have a real love/hate with sewing hardware (i.e., mainly zippers) so I completely sewed the dress all the way up and just wore it to the ball completely sewn in. With no zipper. And what's the difference anyway if I could get in and out of it, right? All that said, I was quite pleased with the result! Even though I was still sewing the hem an hour before the ball started.. smh. But I'll tell you what, my sewing confidence was through the roof after this one! You feel more and more capable after every sewing project you complete, trust me on that. A couple more pics below :)

Me and the Mr.

January 20, 2015

Travel Tuesday: 27 Tips For Traveling in Style [LINK]

Click the pic below for tips on booking your trip, packing and vacationing in style!

January 17, 2015

Saturday Shopping: Stella Jean's Ethnic Style...

Who is Stella Jean? Stella Jean is an emerging Haitian-Italian fashion designer and former model, whose cultural identity often provides inspiration for her eponymous label, and that is a quote straight from VOGUE. You might remember Rihanna wearing one of her dresses during her visit to the White House last year, you can shop Rihanna's dress HERE or click the pic below.

 Her eye-catching designs are unmistakeable and on top of that they look cute and fun to wear. Scroll to shop even more dynamic Stella Jean looks below:

January 12, 2015

Solidarity with NIGERIA.

There's been so little coverage about the extreme atrocities going on in Nigeria right now and it's disgraceful. Below are some links to stay informed on what's going on in Baga, Nigeria right now which is shamefully going largely UNREPORTED... #PrayForNigeria

What I Wore: Cold Weather Cut Off Denim...

My first outfit post of 2015 y'all! And who doesn't like cut off denim boyfriend shorts? I've always loved the easygoing, tomboy vibe of them, they're the polar opposite of the tight, fitted Daisy Duke version, these are more rugged and loose. And what if you still want to wear them out but the weather's frigid? Just add tights! Problem solved. Although there's nothing new about this style, I remember pairing denim shorts and tights in college, old styles always have a way of circling back around.
Faux Leather Moto Jacket, F21 | CHANEL T-Shirt, my FREE gift with cosmetic counter purchase | Denim cut offs, Levis | Boots, F21 | The Hair, Sensationnel "Samantha" (cut and styled by me) | Location, CBD NOLA


WATCH: The 2015 New Orleans Jazz Festival Lineup is HERE!

SO much to see at Jazz Fest this year!

January 8, 2015

SHOPPING: It's Mardi Gras Ball Season...

Cara Santana wearing the Alice + Olivia Milly Embellished Strapless Ball Gown to the UNICEF Next Generation Masquerade Ball
It's Carnival Season 2015 in New Orleans which means Mardi Gras parades, festivities and coveted invitations to formal, red carpet Mardi Gras Balls. And the first thing to do after nabbing an invite to one of these swank events is to find the perfect dress to wear. Browse, scroll and click below for a few Mardi Gras Ball dress options ranging from the extravagant to the the more moderately priced.

January 6, 2015

2015 New Orleans Mardi Gras Schedule...

It's Carnival Season in New Orleans! And the first two parades are literally rolling TONIGHT in the city, Tuesday January 6, 2015 (Krewe of Joan of Arc in the French Quarter and the Phunny Phorty Phellows Uptown) I just mentioned on Facebook that I'm always shocked at how fast Mardi Gras season happens right after the holidays. Because it literally happens RIGHT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. New Orleans goes from one party season to the next in the blink of an eye. No time to rest if you're a resident like me! Anyhoo, HERE IS THE 2015 MARDI GRAS SCHEDULE if you were searching or wondering.

GOAL: Travel More in 2015...

Let's do it! #wheretonext #traveltuesday

January 3, 2015

FOOD: I'm a Featured Foodie in Best Food New Orleans 2014!

Waffle with strawberries and cream at Elizabeth's 
Hey ya'll! If you've been following me on social media for any length of time, then you already know that I like to show you what I'm eating whenever we eat out. And even though we don't eat out nearly as much as people assume we do (really! We don't..) 2014 was still a delicious year of discovering new places and eating out in New Orleans for us! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, cocktails, we've enjoyed them all. Which is why I was excited and honored to get the notice that I had been chosen as one of the "Featured Foodies" for Best Food New Orleans in the Best Breakfast in New Orleans category! Yay! Best Food New Orleans ranks the best restaurants in the city by letting users vote on their top 5 (Top 5!) favorite places to eat in various categories. Click HERE or the pic above to check it out!

December 13, 2014

SHOPPING: Knee High Boots for Less Than $100!

Knee high boots. Now I have to be honest, this is one trend I thought I would never be into but slowly, I've been convinced.  I've seen them styled in so many fab ways. And don't act like I'm the only one that thought they were just street walker shoes, because they're not! They're cute! And perfect for when you want leg coverage but you don't wanna wear pants or tights. I think they look fabulous over skinny jeans or styled with chunky sweaters. It's a hot look. Scroll through below to browse and shop knee high boot styles for less than $100 bucks! Nice.

December 11, 2014

A Shiny Badgley Mischka Holiday Dress For How Much???

$50 bucks. 5 $10 dollar bills for a Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Mini Sequin Pixie Dress that would steal the show at any holiday party or New Year's Eve celebration. Look like you spent an entire paycheck all while not even putting a dent in your wallet. Shop the dress below. 
You're welcome.

November 28, 2014

SEWING: The Evolution of a Dress...

Do you remember this dress? It's a sewing redo I did over a year ago and I'm only posting on it again because I wanted to see if a) it would still fit the same as it did over a year ago (yay! it does!) and b) how it would look slightly accessorized against a different background to add more texture. I like. And for those curious about my hair, it's deep twist crochet braids (my 3rd install). A few more pics below!

The dress before I did it over, and OMG my long hair! This was also the same year I decided, no more perms.
and after.

Photos taken in front of the Marigny Opera House aka The Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans where Solange Knowles was recently married.

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