It’s quickly heating up here so it’s time for a wardrobe change. I wanted to drop by and share my current summer shopping list. I know many of you have been requesting summer dress recommendations and hot crop top options — hopefully, this little list can be a great starting point. It also gives you more insight into where I shop!Read More
It's hard not to over-state how exciting it is to add new pieces to my wardrobe. I love having options and I love getting compliments on new pieces so I can say, “Thanks, it was only $6”! I'm not someone who's governed by trends, but that’s not to say that there aren't a few styles that come with each season that I get excited to embrace. This year I’m obsessed with Burgundy. There’s something about the colour that I can’t resist and this year, I may have overdosed on it. Check it out!
But that’s not the only colour I’m loving. I’m also loving a rusty orange, which you’ll see in these pieces. I wore the trousers to work and everyone loved them! I also own a pair of orange trousers that were really comfortable and nice for work. I haven’t worn the jacket yet, but I’ll definitely share a photo when I do.
I am really excited about these new pieces. I love how versatile they are. I can wear them with a lot of different colours, and a lot of the pieces easily transition outside of the office. I’m going to have fun mixing and matching, or some days just keeping it monochrome. What are you wearing this Fall? Share your obsessions in the comment section below and let’s chat!
On November 22, Cardell Mcclam Men & Women Fashion Brand & Cardellicious "The Full Figured Fashion Brand of the Bahamas" will showcase its NEW 2019 Fashion Collections, under the theme, "The Feast: FRIDA KAHLO" at the Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach.
This past Sunday, Cardell and his team invited me to their exclusive Press Party to highlight some of the makeup and hair we’ll see on the runway next Thursday. Check out the highlights below, including an exclusive interview with the designer himself!
Before I go, I want to wish a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend (one of the greatest friends anyone could ask for), Doran!
This weekend, I was super happy to participate in the first Paint Me Couture Event. You’re probably wondering what Paint Me Couture is. Paint Me Couture is a new venture where fashion meets art. Although one could argue that fashion is it’s own form of art, the art in particular is painting. Guests come weekly to paint live models who are decked out in Bahamian designer wear. This new activity is the brainchild of Delano Marc and Justin Moultrie (the same people who brought you the Miasma Fashion Show from earlier this year at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.)
There will be a new model and outfit on display every week for guests to paint. The garments are made by Delano, while Justin offers expert tips for step by step assistance. So if you’re new to painting, or don’t have a single creative bone in your body, don’t worry. No one expects you to be the next Picasso. You don’t even have to paint exactly what you see. It’s whatever your interpretation is (after all, that’s basically what art is). I’m not a great painter, but I LOVE this idea. Of course, this idea isn’t completely original, but don’t be so quick to judge. Like others, I wanted to know how this would be different from Sip and Paint.
Although the event started late, I didn’t hold it against them, as it was the first event with a lot of kinks to work out. But once things got started, I felt completely relaxed and content. I even suggested the event be promoted as Art Therapy, because the act of free painting and creating something beautiful without the pressures of experts critiquing your work, brings a sense of peace that is incomparable. And the complimentary beverage (included in coverage charge) will help you loosen up as well! I ordered the lavender and thyme lemonade. The drink menu may change for next week
The layout made it easy to see the model, no matter where you sat in the room. Jazzy, a small framed model took centre stage, struck a pose and we went to work. I chose to sketch my painting first. While many artists would never do this, there are some that do and I prefer it as a stepping stone since I’m not expert. I took creative liberty with her leg pose and hairstyle.
Once I had my sketch I was ready to start painting. I painted her skin first, outlined the hair and then went to work on the dress. The finished product surprised even me! Are you ready to see it?
Everyone loved my designs and I think everyone had a lot of fun.
Just so you know, this isn’t a “Get-rich-quick-scheme”. Justin and Delano both hope to study at St. Martins in London and are using the events as a fundraiser. I will gladly support and promote causes for young people’s education (being an educator, myself) and I hope you will to! Paint Me Couture is only $25 and makes the perfect group outing or date night. The event is held Friday nights from 7-9 at Incudesk in Palmdale (directly across from Janae’s Fabrics).
My style is constantly evolving. When I was in high school, I rocked the emo look. When I transferred to college in Miami, I started wearing bright colours and made drastic changes. Because I was still trying to find what worked for me, getting dressed often became a chore. No matter how hard I tried to set clothes out from the night before, I often ended up changing my mind in the morning and doubting myself. I even documented this evolution in a Facebook album. Looking back on some of those outfits often makes me cringe, but I learned a lot from it, which really sped up my getting ready process. Getting dressed is so much easier for me now. I’m far more confident because I know what works for me. So I’m sharing three classic wardrobe combinations that always work.
Short Dress, Long Coat
I don’t get to wear long coats very often, but this past weekend, I wore it when I went out with some friends. While a short dress or skirt, especially one that's form-fitting, can feel too revealing, throwing a knee-length coat, trench, or sweater over it instantly elevates it to something that feels elegant and rich. I’ve even worn it with long skirts and it still had the same effect. I’m partial to a neutral dress with my floral duster but I’ve even done it will all neutrals.
You can’t go wrong by wearing the same colour in various pieces. Although I don’t wear this combination as much, it’s definitely a safe bet! Whether you choose all black, all grey, pink, white, or blue, monochrome always looks good!
Basic Blouse, Statement Skirt
I do this all the time at work! It’s easier and often looks cooler, which is why so many of my outfits use this formula. After selecting a knock-out skirt, I reach for almost any neutral top to go with it, that would have looked far less memorable had I paired it with a simple pair of trousers.
I have big news for you! I recently became an affiliate of the online shop Zaful. You can get great coupons at the end of this post to help you save some money on your next order. Of course the site always has sales which you can't miss. I worked with Zaful before and thanks to them I got really beautiful clothing pieces in my closet. I can't wait to order some new items from Zaful because the clothing is so unique and gorgeous. I'm going to break down each piece: how well it fit, fabric quality and wow factor!
Before my vacation this summer, I was counting down the days until I jetted off! I don't know about you, but a part of my trip planning always includes finding new clothes to wear while on vacation. For my London trip, I waited until I got there because I was really excited to go to stores like Primark, Next and Top Shop. But for this trip, I ordered my clothes in advance and picked them up from my aunt when I got there.
In my order, I couldn't decide between two dresses so I ordered both of them but only one (the orange halter dress) fit, so I gave the other one (a black and white slip dress) to my cousin. I wore the orange halter dress in Puerto Rico and I felt like a movie star walking through Old San Juan (even though I can't wear a bra with it). I wore the two piece suit in St. Thomas, but I wasn't able to get a good photo of it until a wine tasting earlier this month. I was really happy to wear my yellow two piece outfit in Houston, but with the heat, I sweat so much, it wasn't a pretty sight after awhile. The fabric wrinkles very easily and is not breathable at all, so I've only wore the halter top since (again I can't wear a bra with this, but I'm not complaining). I wanted to wear my sexy black swimsuit in Houston but we never found time to go to the pool so I wore it at a sorority pool party when I got back home. It's really not flattering on anyone with breasts bigger than a B cup and you will have nipple slippage so invest in nipple covers if you get this.
And don't get me started on how chic the accessories are! Of course I've included photos of me in the outfits to show how they would fit. Just so you know, I ordered a Large in everything because I was afraid it would run small and I have pretty big boobs for my frame. The top on the first dress, definitely could've been bigger, but at least I didn't have any malfunctions. Out of all the clothing pieces, it was definitely my favourite because I love the way it moves, it's totally breathable and I just felt gorgeous in it!
I've also included links to each item in case you want to them:
Striped Palazzo Pants Two Piece Set
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Striped Midi Shift Slip Dress
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Striped Strappy Handkerchief Dress
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Lace Spliced Halter High Waist One-Piece Swimwear
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Metal Sun Design Frame Mirror Round Sunglasses Color: PINK 2124852011 $9.74
Rimless Cat Eye Sunglasses Color: BLACK 2538061011 $7.98
Alloy Faux Gem Triangle Leaf Ring Set Color: GOLDEN 2127226011 $2.85
Teardrop Leaf Flower Gypsy Ring Set Color: SILVER 2115185021 $2.89
Circle Tassel Hoop Earrings Color: YELLOW 2283402011 $3.75
Face Hollow Aolly Stud Earrings Color: GOLDEN 2300875011 $2.81
Flannelette Ball Stud Earrings Color: PINK 2010197021 $1.99
Tassel Layered Hook Drop Earrings Color: PINK 2187491021 $3.25
Faux Gem Drop Tassel Chains Earrings Color: BLACK 1933046011 $2.88
Halter Backless Crop Top and Shorts Set
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What do you think, did they suit me? Don't forget to find the discount code at the end of the post to snag a few items for yourself. You might not have a getaway in the works, but that doesn't mean a little virtual window shopping won't help you pack your bag the next time you do. And Zaful isn't only for vacation outfits. Zaful has great outfits you can wear every day that suits every style! Beach gal, bohemian goddess or slay queen, they've got you covered!
On Saturday, Jamaal Ferguson, the brains behind Pisces Swim hosted a fantastic fashion show at Mario's Bowling & Entertainment Palace. The line is said to pay homage to its culture, narrating the lifestyle of the people and unveils the beauty behind the 700 islands and cays of The Bahamas. Pisces Swim radiates its essence with vivid colors and prints. At an average cost of $60 per swimsuit, Pisces Swim sets out to be an affordable luxury line.
Due to extenuating circumstances, the show got a late start, but once it started, it flowed exceptionally well. The show began with a performance from Thin Ice. She got the crowd pumped and excited after that long wait, with her colourful Junkanoo headpiece and sparkling costume. Her back up dancers almost stole the show with their moves, but overall it was a fun performance. Then it was time for the first set of looks (each model had three looks).
Following the first fashion set, was a simple yet stellar performance of smooth reggae vibes by the talented artist Judah da Lion. He hit the stage with his latest hit “Outlaw (Ride On)”(I almost know all of the words now). Then the second fashion set was underway.
There was no musical performance in between the second and third set but the third set did not disappoint.
The show was closed with an exhilarating performance by Patrice Murrell who is quickly becoming my favourite Bahamian artist! I'm amazed at how such a powerful voice comes out of someone so timing.
I think the event was a success. Some of my photos weren't usable because I didn't capture the lighting as well as I would've liked to, but trust me, the swimwear is gorgeous! The models were spunky, which brought a lot of energy to both the fashion and the audience. If managed well, this company should be making some big splashes soon.
This past weekend, I attended The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition at the Dundas Centre. The event featured designs from designers Anthinique Black, Reneil Ingraham, Del Simone , Alex Turnquest, Rebel, Racquel, Jarressa Johnson , Ryan Dean and Delano Marc. The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition was meant to tell the story of "an Afro/European inspired civilization called the Cicada. The story begins one day preceding an outbreak of the Miasma Plague, a Plague that was a weapon used against the tribe's enemies but now it will bring them DOOM..."
The coordinators of the event never mentioned that it would be outside so that was the first surprise. While waiting for the event to begin, I was able to chat with a few retailers pictured above, and a local artist who was disappointed that there was no art exhibit at 6 as advertised. I don't personally know the host of the event but I must admit, although the idea behind what he was doing was great, the execution left much to be desired.
There was no designated announcer so the DJ had to try his best to announce when the models were approaching the runway. The runway was far too long (about 30- 50 yards) and not very well light, so when nighttime fell, the photographers could not see a thing. At the next event, the runway should be MUCH shorter and INDOORS. You do not want your guests to be attacked by random bugs in the dark while trying to enjoy your show.
The first designer, Jarressa Johnson debuted African inspired looks that were gorgeous and practical, but the music of Fall Out Boy did not match the designs at all. As a tip an afro-beat would've paired significantly better with her African designs. Also, spread out the models more; you should never have one model directly behind another as it makes it harder to focus on one look at a time.
Next up was Justin Moultrie (the art segment) who even walked with the other models holding his paintings. The paintings told an interesting story of power and love in the African culture.
Racquel Barr was up next with her resort swimwear designs. I've never been a fan of the plastic raincoat look, which some of her models sported, but I can always appreciate when designers create plus size wear.
The BTVI designers were the last looks I saw before leaving because it was too dark to take any more photos. Mckaila Lett, Reneil Ingraham, Del Simone and Anthinique Black blew everyone away with their designs! They were hot and definitely something that should be sold in boutiques all over the island.
The biggest problem of the show was the incredibly long pauses in between each designer, on average 10-15 minutes between each set. Luckily we have the musical stylings of Shon P and Ophine from the Savage 100 music label to fill in two of the gaps. The full lineup was both admirable and enjoyable. Just work on a faster turn around with the models, host the show indoors so that time of day or weather won't be a factor, and your next show could be a huge success!
I love the duster trend! I love it so much I could help but continue it into the Spring! It's really hot now so it's not practically to wear the long flowy dusters. I need to be cool and comfortable. Introducing: The Sleeveless Duster! Today I'm sharing how I paired a sleeveless duster with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual, yet chic outfit perfect for running errands or catching up with friends.
- Duster: Primark £12
- Blouse: Wal-Mart $1
- Jeans: Body Beautiful (Under $20)
- Shoes: Random shoe store in London £10
This past weekend was the much anticipated 2018 Elevation Awards. Artists from all genres flocked to the New Providence Ballroom in the BahaMar Convention Centre for the 2nd Annual Award Show. Last year I attended the show as media, but this year I attended the show as a nominee. I was nominated for Blog of The Year and this was also the first year for the category. I was grateful for this addition because while the world was quickly accepting vloggers and recognising them, there weren't really awards for bloggers. Going into it, I simply new I was not going to win because I was going against Ianthia Smith (fiancé of Farreno Ferguson of F.Dot Photography) and of course she won. I was excited for her to win. Honestly I don't know what I would've done or how I would've felt had I won, so I really think it's for the best. Simply being nominated and recognised for six years of hard work was enough for me. I went with my mum and one of my best friends Krista because they are two of my biggest supporters.
I've always thought that the Elevation Awards has the potential to be a local MTV Music Awards in terms of nominees walking the red carpet in wearable art made by local fashion designers and musical performances that are concert worthy. While the fashion was gorgeous, very little was Bahamian designed, HOWEVER, the performances were amazing!
Possibly the most outstanding performance of the night was by Judah the Lion who gave us an a riveting steampunk drama. A very close second was a group of young Christian rappers called Christ Gang who brought a lot of energy to the Pre-Show. And of course I loved the performances by Bodine, Wendi (who opened the show) and Duchess who made her stage debut as a solo artist last night singing her new hit single, "Mr. Lover."
Here's the Complete List of Winners:
- Best Short Film of The Year: Cinemorphesis
- Best TV Show of The Year: On The Record
- Photographer of The Year: Stanlo Photography
- Blog of The Year: Mini Skirts & Microphones - Ianthia Smith
- Vlog of The Year: Who Dat?
- Visual Artist of The Year: Jamaal Rolle
- New Artist: Sanjardo B
- Bahamian Song of The Year: Qpid - Gimmie My Culture
- Community Development: Get Fit With Smith
- Gospel Song of The Year: Jonathan Farrington & Grace Generation - Free
- Male Artist of The Year: Julien Believe
- Music Video of The Year: Wendi - I ain't Missing It
- Entertainer of The Year: Naughty
- Contemporary Song of The Year: Sammi Star - I Iz What I Iz
- Video Producer of The Year: Kyle Ferguson
- Female Artist of The Year: Bodine
- People's Choice Award: DJ Ovadose
It was interesting to hear so many new names, but of course they were really only new to me. In the moment, I thought some artists were snubbed or overlooked. For example, Who Dat? winning consecutively, Naughty winning entertainer of the year when literally anyone else in the category was a better option and Julien Believe winning Best Male Artist over Judah. The room was eerily quiet when Julien won and I'm not sure anyone really knew how to react. So I spoke to an organiser, to get some answers. Apparently, during the vetting process, nominees are asked to submit a complete portfolio along with a few other requirements; without this the nominee would not even be considered.
Of course no one likes to lose so there were mixed reactions to the award show. Some left before it was over, and some didn't bother to show at all. Then there were the ones that took to social media to throw digs. No one wants to think that awards and recognition are only for an elite circle in society, but when it's the "elite circle" mocking the establishment, you kind of begin to wonder what more could they want? I learned last night that Bahamians would rather diss your work or event before they support it. And they're really only happy to see their friends win. The tasteless comments were rather unfortunate. Sure this year was NOWHERE as good as last year's, with far more technical glitches and a lack of organisation, but the entertainment made up for it. I stayed up until the People's Choice Award because it was really late and I had to get my mother home. But something incredible last night happened that cannot be overlooked.
There was a very touching moment during the show when the host realised that a young 10 year old girl he had used as a part of a bit and buried her mother that same day. As a show of good faith and support, Demetrius not only gave the girl a brand new cellphone courtesy of BTC, $100 and offered to pay her next semester tuition, but he also encouraged the entire audience to donate to her. And the ENTIRE audience got up and gave something. It was very touching. I genuinely hope that the donations are put to good use for the girl.
FINAL VERDICT: Last year's award show was much better, but it could also be that we were so enamoured by the fact that it was something new. I have a lot of ideas for how the entire experience can be improved on next year that I will sit down with the organisers and discuss. I believe in what Elevation Media is trying to do. Bahamians work hard and we really have to learn to celebrate one another. There are so many creatives in this country, maybe next year artists from the various family islands can be recognised as well. I don't take any part of this experience for granted and look forward to watching the show grow and expand to become a force to be reckoned with. See you next year!