Southern weather always seems to surprise and confuse me. This week was a little cold and slightly rainy with temps dropping into the low 30s at night. Ironically enough, today was a sunny 63 degrees. Doesn’t feel like the first day of winter.
I originally wore this outfit in New York. We spent most of the day in Union Square Market. It was already freezing cold (to me) lol. I was really like 45 degrees but being from the South it felt like 30. I was excited because I prepared myself for the cold and it gave me a reason to shop for cute winter coats. I got this one from Fashion Nova along with this gray one. They had a sale, of course, and it was perfect timing. It was love at first sight. My favorite colors in one piece!
I’ve been wanting to bring it out again but days like this I’m like, “glad I didn’t wear that today.” Anyway, happy first day of winter! #CapricornSeason starts tomorrow. I’m hype, my birthday is right around the corner.
The one thing that I absolutely wanted to do while in New York was visit the Egyptian art in the Met Museum. I have always been fascinated by Egyptian culture, even as a kid, and began to really study it about 2 years ago. I’m just amazed by how advanced they were. Being a black woman, “AFRICAN American”, in America, I’ve always wondered about my own history and cultural ancestry.
Although we did visit other exhibits, most of my time was spent with the Egyptians.
This is the point where I couldn’t take walking around in heels all day. After meeting Jordyn Woods, we had some free time before the museum and dinner, so we went to Times Squares. All I could think about was visiting the 3 story H&M I’d always here about in school, and finding some $20 sneakers that I could walk in. Luckily, I found these Keds on sale at Macy’s (similar here)!
While I was in New York, I was excited to find out that Boohoo.com was having a meet & greet with model Jordyn Woods. She’s a curvy supermodel making changes in the modeling industry. I didn’t make it in time to actually talk to her and gain some knowledge but she was there long enough to snap a few pics, so that was cool too.
The second day of our New York trip was all about exploring. So we went to the bodega across the street to get coffee and bagels while we explored downtown DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge. 🌉 DUMBO stands for District Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, which is a mouthful so I’m glad there’s an acronym. 😩 Like literally when we walked outside, the bridge was only a couple of blocks away.
The view was AMAZING! And to think that people have the opportunity to wake up to that view everyday has me thinking of living the New York dream. I’m just not sure if I can deal with the cold weather and all those people. There’s a lot of people in Atlanta but it’s no comparison to New York. Just being able to walk outside and have something to do right around the corner is my type of living.
We explored Brooklyn Bridge Park before heading up to the bridge for pictures. I was just excited that it was going to be warmer that day so I could wear this awesome dress I got on sale! We took the water taxi across to Manhattan, which was so fun. I was upset because my phone battery died and I couldn’t snap. 😣 I also learned that walking around in heels in New York is not ideal if you will be walking around all day. Lesson learned.
While in Manhattan, we had lunch at this Irish Pub not far from Broadway. We had to walk down Wall St, which I didn’t like. With all the buildings, there was hardly no sunlight and it was much more chilly than Brooklyn. I did, however, find this beautiful chocolate and macaroon store. It was so fancy and everything looked so yummy! I grabbed a couple of macaroons to eat after lunch and get rid of my gloom of Wall St.
Dinner was at this Persian/Egyptian hookah restaurant called HORUS on A. We met with a couple of my boyfriend’s high school friends. There was hookah, Sangria and middle eastern comfort food. There was also a belly dancer(which I didn’t get, again because my battery died)! 😣 It was so live and the energy in the place was awesome. Everybody was taking turns dancing with the belly dancer as she tried to teach people her moves. It was more of an experience than I could ask for.
So last week the boyfriend and I took a trip to his hometown, Brooklyn, New York. We went for personal reasons but being that this was my first time really exploring the city, I took the opportunity to play tourist.
I’d been to New York a couple of times, one when I was a baby. My mom took me on my first plane ride to the Big Apple. My grandmother and other family had been living there for a while, so she was very familiar with traveling there. I wanted to drive of course, but my S/O insisted on a plane. After finding out we would be in NY before 12pm, I was all for it. Mind you, this is my first plane ride as an adult. My nerves didn’t kick in until we got ready to board the plane.
The other time was when I was about 13 years old, I stayed a summer with my sister that had been living in the Bronx and was pretty much confined to that one borough (back then the other boroughs were less gentrified and a lot more dangerous).
Anyway, while we were there, we stayed with my boyfriend’s high school friend in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. Much different from what I remember (we weren’t allowed as kids to go into Brooklyn alone).
It was a cool 54 degrees when we landed which was much different from the warm temperature in Atlanta so I had to make sure I was ready. FashionNova was having an amazing sale on coats so I ordered two faux fur jackets. I was so excited to wear them.
I love exploring my new city. One of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta has to be Little 5 Points. All the shops and cafes are all so unique and different. It has a very creative vibe with all the graffiti walls or the occasional musician on the street.
The boyfriend and I had some time and I was craving pizza 🍕. He introduced me to a pizza shop called Little 5 Pizza.
They have New York style pizza, salads, and beer! 🍻 Good call babe. 🙄
The weather was kind of cool but with the sun out I knew wherever we went, I wanted to sit outside (which I usually want to anyway), so I made sure to layer up! 🍁🍃
(Sweater: Forever 21, Jacket: Love Culture, Bodysuit: Forever 21, Shoes: Converse)
Photography by: Seventh Division
My last runway slay was a Halloween lingerie fashion show presented by my girl, Mani Millss, The Sexiest Show In The City. It was October 29 at my favorite club in Columbia, Rue 77. The show was such a huge success and I can’t wait to get the pictures from the show for you guys. In the meantime, enjoy some behind the scenes action from the show and our promo shoot.
Yes yes yes!!! I know I’m super late but let’s go back to my website launch for a second. It was absolutely amazing! I definitely suffered from my anxiety, wanting everything to be perfect, but I was so grateful. I really appreciate and is thankful for everybody invovled. And I definiitly wouldn’t have been able to pull this off without all of my supporters. I really can’t explain the many emotions I felt.. ok…enough of my feelings and on to the good stuff.
First off, the event was held at one of my favorite place in Columbia, Rue 77 on September 26 2015 at 6pm. We had a photo backdrop, chocolate covered strawberries, complimentary wine, giveaways and of course swag bags! The event was put together by my agency, I AM ME Consulting. I couldn’t have possibly done this without my sponsors Rue 77, Chris E. Productions, Wanda’s Health Massage Therapy, Aaron D Smalls Photography, Seventh Division, Beauty Amour Eyebrow Bar, Chef Pebbles, Pif Boyz Ent, Careese Digital Photography.
Special thank you to my models Chris Crosby, Michaeyla Adrienna, J. Young aka Fro, La’Shawn Rembert, Mekaela B., and Brandon St Cloud. OMG, they were the cool kids of the night and did an awesome job.
All the glory be to my styling team and the gods of slaying lol. I am in love with this dress from Page XVII by Jasmyne S. My makeup artist, Shaunell Davis of Beauty Amour Eyebrow Bar is always on point and was also apart of my hair team alongside Morcia Bradley. And I have to love my styling team, LaKera Woodberry and Vanessa The Designer always keep me looking amazing!
Again, none of this would’ve been possible if I didn’t have you guys supporting me! Seriously, THANK YOU!!!