That Time I was Cat Woman (kinda)

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Yes, it’s me, I’m back with many many things to share with you all. Let’s rewind ourselves back to January when it was still winter…OOPS ITS STILL COLD AND WINTRY so you shouldn’t have to go back too too far.

Anyways, here’s that time I was Cat Woman at the Cheesecake Factory in Maryland. I’m not sure if I had been feeling down in the dumps or not, there had been a lot of that around that time but I am better now lol. So when Nyiah (bestie /roomie/ sister) and I are bored and or hungry, which is all day everyday, we like to get cute and treat ourselves to a nice meal or two. The getting cute obviously boosts confidence and makes for an overall pleasant experience, the food is a reward for getting out of bed, leaving our darkness and putting together nice looks.

IMG_0988BAM! There it is, me serving dark Scorpio realness (see what I mean by cat woman). I bought this one piece/jumpsuit/catsuit from Fashion Nova, and I am in love with it. I feel like every woman, regardless of size or shape should own one of these at some point in her life. You can wear it with practically anything if you get it in a neutral color, and it’s super comfy!

 

IMG_0928I felt like a superSHEro wearing this, even though we only went to eat. Of course y’all know I had to get my pics because I rarely dress up for school anymore. So there I am, with my high ponytail (it’s becoming my signature style), my hoop earrings, my thigh high boots and my stretchy suit.

I’m still a bit weary of Fashion Nova’s quality, and whatnot because of a pair of jeans I received in the past year, but this is one of my favorite pieces in my closet and it wasn’t too expensive either so that’s a plus. Oh and the best part about this outfit was, after I ate, I didn’t have to unbutton my pants, or suffocate while my jeans stabbed me in my rib cage during dinner. Definitely a successful roomie date! ❤

 

 

The One Where I turned 21 !

So I’m pretty sure that every one dreams of their 21st birthdays, the way little girls dream of their sweet sixteen’s and weddings. Well my 21st birthday was nothing short of special and I owe it all to my Howard friends and my loving family.

I woke up slightly woozy from the night before that I had spent with my sister and her friends.         giphy (8)

Y’all should be old enough to know what that means by now. On November 10th at around 11:00 pm I was on cloud nine having the time of my life. I was finally about to be legal, because lets face it at 18 you still can’t do much of anything. Twenty one is supposed to be a whole different experience and I couldn’t wait!! By 12:00 I was slumped but it was okay because

I woke up with stank breath and smeared makeup but I didn’t care because it was MY BIRTHDAY AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I was finally 21, grownt hunty grownt! God blessed me with another year and the celebration was nothing short of amazing. My roommate took me out to brunch before the celebration, which really ended up being first dinner because we didn’t eat until like 4:30 and then we went back to my dorm to get dolled up for my fancy night of shenanigans. giphy (10)

Now anyone that knows me, is aware of the fact that I’m not really the partying type, but dress me up and feed me at an upscale restaurant and I’m yours. I love getting fancy and going out, its much more my speed. So after my roommate and I went out for first dinner and came back, Tera (my roommate from freshman year) came over and beat my face to the gods and we got ready for second dinner.

Second dinner was held at Maggiano’s which is one of my favorites because pasta is the way to my heart and soul. The dress I picked felt like the perfect style and color for the big 21.

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Red has always been a bold statement color and I usually steer clear of it but dammit I was turning 21 and everyone was going to notice if I had anything to do with it! For one day I had stopped crying, dusted myself off, lifted my head high and I truly felt like a princess. To make things even better, all of my friends, even the ones that can’t stand to look at each other anymore. They all came together for me and it was just too cute.

Anyway, my ensemble was a step up from your basic fit. I wore a red bodycon dress that had a giant ruffle/pleat going across the top, all the way around to the back. The zipper stretched all the way from the top of the dress to the bottom which added something special to it. I wore lace-up black heels borrowed from my sister, and vintage leather jacket with a very nice fur collar from my momma. My friends even bought me a crown to wear all night because I’m just that extra of a person.

If you know me, you know that birthdays mean everything to me, from who says is first to who says it last to who I get to celebrate it with. My birthday was one of the best days of 2017 that I had. At the restaurant we laughed, at good food and I ordered my first drink IMG_0188 which was absolutely terrible. It tasted like unhappiness with a little sugar around the rim. It was a calm no from me, I’d rather have a Shirley Temple with a jar of cherries piled in… Another nice part of the night was the amount of free stuff I managed to collect by the end. A nice older man gave me $10 to pay for my first drink which was just adorable, and our waiter gave me cheesecake I didn’t order in addition to my birthday cookies. The night was a success and I loved all my friends for it!

I bet y’all thought the night was over after that, nope nope nope. We stood outside while I took pictures in my fabulous fit, freezing to death of course my friends are some real ones for that. Then we all headed back to campus to go our separate ways, or so I thought! Instead when I walked in my room I was greeted with the same smiling faces I had just seen along with a gigantic cookie cake masterpiece made by my friend Sireice, two pretty bottles of wine and a bouquet of roses. IT WAS THE CUTEST THING EVER! I’ve never been the girl who gets surprised by anyone so I was ecstatic that my friends went to all the trouble to make me happy on my special day. So my 21st birthday will always be one of my best memories, not because I got deathly drunk but because my friends celebrated with me “Chelsi style” and it was perfect.

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Did You Mesh Me?

Did you mesh me? I hope so because I have more exciting outfits and things to share with you all. Today we’re talking about the tailgate, how I missed it, and what I wore while I was missing it. You know you always have to look good…

So I woke up probably around 9, and didn’t make it out of my dorm until like 2 pm because this D.C. weather is oh so unpredictable. IMG_9938 It was way hotter than I expected and I had to switch up my fit real quick.

For my makeup I kept it simple, I don’t like to wear much when I know I’ll be sweaty and uncomfortable. All I did was fill in my eyebrows, put on mascara and my Ruby Woo MAC lipstick, because who doesn’t love a classic red lip.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally I was supposed to wear this with high waist jeans but that heat was too much, my knees would’ve been sweating. I opted for this black mesh overlay dress from Forever 21, black satin bralette $7 from Forever 21 as well. I Paired these with high waist snakeskin print shorts from H&M also 7$ and my Steve Madden clear booties that I absolutely adore.IMG_9936 What I loved about this mesh dress was that I was as cool as I could possibly be without being naked. Plus mesh is definitely back in, and it feels good to take the trend and make it my own. Plus it flowed so nicely when I walked, just pulled the whole fit together.

These shorts were so so so comfy, and they fit just right. I’m nor sure about the rest of you ladies out there but I’ve been stuck one too many pair of shorts that leave me breathing funny because they’re too tight in the waist but fit great everywhere else. These had the perfect amount of stretch too, I could actually sit down without my skin spilling over.

Now my shoes are a whole different story and I’d be telling a fierce lie if I didn’t let y’all know that I took these off right after these pics were taken. My feet were on FIRE, one because they’re plastic, and two because I love the look of heels but hate the feel and my feet were screaming for help! I never ran so fast too find a cute pair of sandals in my life.  IMG_9922

 

 

 

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and if you stick around I’ll show you how I wear this same dress in more Fall like temperatures. XOXO ♥

Brought Fashion to the Show

Every year my school Howard University throws the gathering of all gatherings for homecoming. There are alumni events, undergrad events and some open to the public. The pep rally usually kicks of a week of fun however there wasn’t very much pep at the rally this year. So let’s fast forward to Thursday, the day of Pulse, the fashion show.

Leading up to homecoming I, along with the majority of bison, couldn’t find anything worth buying to wear for the entire weekend f festivities so we just decided to wing it… My version of winging it was to design and sew my outfit all by my lonesome with a bit of help from my mom. Only problem was that I had one weekend, which turned into one day to make my outfit, which turned into one pair of pants by the end of that weekend and a me making the shirt between classes up to the night before the show.  IMG_9874

Now don’t forget, I’m not even in the fashion show nor are my designs but the fit for the event ALWAYS matters at Howard, there’s no escaping that. So here’s to my stunning, yes quite stunning, fashion show fit with my Diana Ross inspired hair.

 

 

 

 

I’m not really sure where I got the idea for this outfit but I’m glad it came out the exact way I pictured it, glamorous and elegant as well as colorful and fun. When you look good you feel good and I felt a billion times better knowing that absolutely no one would be wearing the same outfit as me.

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As I told you before this look was inspired by Diana Ross and when I think of her I think big glam hair along with perfect accessories to match. So I opted for HUGE wand curls that I brushed out right before I left my dorm. They took about four hours to complete but it was so worth it. I’m not much of a makeup person yet so I did my absolute best with what I had.

IMG_9882I wore at least two layers of  Miss Manga Voluminous Mascara by L’Oreal, NYX Black Liquid liner, Maybelline Fit Me foundation and Sephora microsmooth luminizer “Stardust”. On my lips I wore MAC’s On and On lipstick with their clear Lipglass on top.

And no, the night wouldn’t have been complete without a few Snapchat pics to make the memories last forever.

“It takes a long time to get to  be a diva. I mean you gotta work at it.” ~ Diana Ross

There’s no better time to be a diva than NOW…

 

Stunt WITH your Growth, Don’t Stunt your Growth

I promise I’ll get better at my lack of consistent blogging one day. However exciting things are happening and I can’t wait to share them with you all! At the beginning of July I wasn’t my best self but I was on the struggle bus to unhappiness, but things are looking up, they always were. Over these few months God has shown me that He always has my best interest at heart and when He does, I always feel that its necessary to share with you.

God has removed, rearranged and reintroduced so many people into my life in these last few months its crazy. I’ve seen more inspirational posts about growth than I care to revisit in my mind. Mos of them are about cutting people off and knowing your worth, but they don’t mater until you are at a point where enough has become enough. You have to push yourself and make the move to become the happiest you for you and whoever is supposed to be around you, whoever deserves to share that happiness and feel the warmth of your sunshine will gravitate in when they’re supposed to.

  1. You mustn’t fight change. I used to hate change especially change that didn’t bring me immediate happiness. The very thought of it brings about a sadness that sometimes still lingers but I’m getting better. I saw a text post last night and it basically said that you have fall in love with change and growing, in order to progress when you feel you’ve been stuck. EMBRACE! Its way easier said than done, but I absolutely promise that when you do it you’ll feel better. You don’t have to do it all at once, it may come in waves, but you must trust that you can make yourself the happiest you. There will still be ups and downs but if you can grasp this concept it will lighten the load a bit.
  2. You ABSOLUTELY must take risks, and stop holding yourself back. For my first two years at Howard I was totally quiet and shy (I still am but in smaller doses) and was convinced that my writing wasn’t good enough to apply for internships, and my sewing wasn’t good enough to show people or get noticed. I was so so wrong. I started applying for internships in July, secured two by August and one more this week!
  3. Don’t be afraid to try things that aren’t completely on track with what you think you want to do in the future. I never thought i’d be interning for a company in the music industry. There’s always a way to expose yourself to new things while gaining experience in your own craft. I thought I had to have internships based completely on writing, and honestly those can be pretty boring… If you can connect two things that you like go for it! No regrets..
  4. Be selfish with your time, your energy, your space and your love. Don’t keep granting people access to you when they want it. One, they’ll never learn to truly value you because it seems as if you don’t value yourself. This goes for friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners and even family members! Yes family can be out of line too some days.

PHEW! Okay now that all of my hopefully helpful tips are out of the way here come the fun parts, unveiling my internships.

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First we have my super exciting position as a Style Guru for College Fashionista!!!! I was overjoyed when I heard back from them because as you all know (I think) the fashion world is where I hope to be in the future. Somehow I’ll make a difference in doing so and getting a foot in the door feels mighty fine. IMG_9504 SEE I’m official!

Second I’ll be interning with Live the Biz as a digital marketing intern. Yayyyyyyy for music! The entertainment industry fascinates me so I’m quite intrigued to be exposed to the culture that comes with music. Learning about new artists is always fun for me because sometimes I get tired of mainstream music, its overplayed just saying..

I know I said I had three positions, but I’d like to wait to reveal the last one it hasn’t started yet so I don’t know what I’ll be doing. Just know I’m working and growing trying to prepare myself to make the world a better place!

 

 

 

 

Camel Sweaters and Sunny Days

Hey loves! I know I haven’t posted a lot since I started this blog but I am getting the hang of it now. I am not quite sure what path I want it to take, but I think it will find it’s way the more I post. Anyway, I think the past week and a half of school have been the hardest weeks yet. The “Snowpocalypse” or “Snowmageddon” as my fellow Bison call it, has become a mini winter break. As a younger child and even a high schooler, I could not wait to get out of school early and have snowday after snowday but it’s different now. Its so hard to get into the swing of things  after you’ve only had one class within five or six days but I’ll survive. Next week will probably be the hardest because there will most likely be a full week of classes so no more breaks! But I love the environment I am able to learn in and I love my HBCU so no hard feelings.
As you all can see I had apretty relaxing week and a half without classes. The day that I actually had to leave my room was very productive and I enjoyed myself. I woke up, sturggled to get dressed for about two hours and then finally came out wit a finished product. The image, or rather images below are of the outfit I wore that day and I am excited to share it with you all. I am wearing a camel or tan colored sleeveless sweater from Forever 21, a simple black crop top underneath, along with black jeans from H&M and black booties by Steve Madden. This is one of my favorite outfits that I have created since the new year has commenced because I felt good while I was wearing it. The booties are so comfortable most days so it’s like I’m not even wearing heels. I am in LOVE with this sweater because I can wear it in so many different ways which I cannot wait to share in the future but for now, here is my first look.

blog 2 “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
― Coco Chanel