New York City

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Stripe 


     I love to push the envelope when it comes to approaching everyday style. I get bored very easily so wearing things that are tricky to pull of are intriguing. If you have ever seen Beetle Juice or a vintage prison uniform you would probably never ever want to attempt this look. Fashion should be fun so I did just that. 


     Stripes are very tricky in general. Vertical stripes can be very slimming while horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider than they are. The key is knowing your body type. I am a true believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion. There are however, some helpful guidelines that can help you look more visually appealing. 


If you’re smaller on top then you want to wear your horizontal stripes on the top portion of your body and vice versa. If you have wide hips and you want to wear horizontal stripes then go for a thinner line pattern or one with alternating pinstripes. At the end of the day you look the best when you’re confident. If you love the way you look nothing else really matters. 

     If you think your outfit may or may not look like a prison uniform then give them a good pose and own it! Always put your best foot forward in fashion. Life is to short to wear boring clothes. 


Top – HM (4+ years ago) 

Pants – Fancy Kouture


Shoes – BU 

Sunglasses – Gucci 

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Are Makeup Classes Worth the Hype?

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I attended a makeup class last weekend hosted by noted makeup artists Renny Vasquez and Tatiana Ward, otherwise know as “Beat Face Honey.” For the past couple of years makeup classes have become very popular among the beauty community. For a long time and to this day many people have been able to sign on to the internet and watch a video on YouTube to learn how to make their eyebrows look presentable or to master the steps needed to create a simple smokey eye.

Those who one day aspire to become a makeup artist or simply wants to make a bit of extra money doing makeup for her friends and family knows the value of these classes. Sometimes watching tutorials via the internet are just not enough. Rome wasn’t built in a day and no one wakes up knowing everything there is to know about makeup application. So in comes the genius idea for some makeup artists who have notoriety and have become successful in their own right; to teach some of the tips and tricks they used to get ahead in their careers.

The first I heard of an actual makeup class came via my social media access from makeup artist Alexandra Butler (themuaalex on Instagram). Alexandra offered a class a few hours long geared towards the makeup basics of how to highlight and contour the face, how to groom eyebrows, and how to blend eyeshadow looks on various different models. She targeted major US cities and went across the country teaching women how to create “A Beautiful Face.” I was unable to attend Alex’s first round of classes when she came to New York City last year because it sold out in a matter of hours and by the time I caught wind of the opening I had missed the opportunity. But I was excited to hear that she would be in town for another event ( I Love My Fro Presents WERK) where she was looking for face models to teach some of her class material. I jumped at the opportunity and even managed to get painted by her.

This year Alex offered two classes: A Beautiful Face 101, and A Beautiful Face 102. 101 is a basic training class and is necessary to proceed to 102. In the beginner class you observe her makeup application and are allowed to have questions answered and of course leave with various makeup and beauty tools all included in the package price. 102 is a bit more advanced and the attendees are required to bring some of their own makeup kit tools as well their own model and the attendee has hands on learning under Alex’s supervision. I think this is wonderful and applaud her for doing something that really is not done among makeup artists. No one wants to share their know-how for whatever reason. But anyone who is anyone knows that the beauty industry is not a monopoly… One can only benefit from sharing information. The client learns and the artist is compensated; therefore it is a win, win. I really wanted to attend the 102 class with Alex but since I had not formally attended her 101 class the previous year I decided to try a different approach.

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I had long since been a subscriber to Tatiana Ward’s YouTube channel (BeatFaceHoney) and heard of some of her success and trials. So I was super excited to hear that she would be venturing on a new journey with celebrity makeup artist Renny Vasquez. I am ashamed to say that I had not heard of him before this, and have since known a name I will never forget. I attended the class where we sat for two hours with each artist respectively and learned all they were willing to share. Tatiana did her popular cut-crease and Renny did a smokey eye with highlight and contour. These two artists not only shared their artistry knowledge at the end of the class they opened their hearts and gave several ladies encouraging words and inspiring stories. I learned a lot of great tips from Renny. If I had to give any complaints about the Beauty and the Beat classes hosted by the duo it would be that Tatiana did not seem to have a lot of product knowledge and missed a lot of questions the audience had towards women of color. She also has to be mindful of word choice when it comes to speaking in front of a mixed crowd. All in all I give both classes my stamp of approval. If I had to recommend one over the other I would not be able to. Both classes offer different things and everyone should be able to benefit greatly!

What do you look for in a makeup class if you have ever considered attending one? Comment below.

Fur Weather

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It is officially COLD! Here in New York City I decided to give you guys another OOTD (Outfit of the Day) with my newest fur vest. The vest is real fur, but i did get it at a REAL LOW price at my favorite thrift store in lower Manhattan No Relation Vintage. Its become my favorite item to wear as the fall is coming to a close and winter is approaching. it’s cozy, comfy and gives me that animal instinct! Please don’t call PETA on me! I hope you like it! Here’s the tea:

Vest: Real Fur | No Relation Vintage

Chambray Shirt: H&M

Disco Pants: American Apparel

Studded Cross-body: Conway

Boots: Payless

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and didn’t eat too much we want to make sure our latest purchases still fit! lol Stay beautiful and don’t forget to SHOP!