Photographer: Monika Fidler
Bold and edgy would be the best way to describe my choice of attire last Sunday. Since my day was jammed packed with errands and would end with drinks with a friend at Harlem’s Orange 67. I chose to wear something that would transition seamlessly throughout the day. I love looks that transition well because I am constantly on the go and don’t always have time to go home and change. Since this marks my very first outfit of the day post (ofotd), I thought I would take the personal approach and shoot it in my apartment (conveniently enough it was freezing outside). All in all, I love the way the look turned out and sequins remain a staple in my closet.
Vintage Sequin Blouse – BBVC (BlackBoxVintageCollective)
Leather Pants – Ali Express (Haoduoyi)
Vintage Leather Lace Up Boots
In life you are often times given an opportunity at a moments notice and it is up to you to make the most of it. On the eve of Thanksgiving I was contacted to collaborate with photographer Chidi Amadiume and I accepted the offer. Lately I have felt a strong sense of resilience in accepting my destiny and achieving my dreams. I believe the Model (Dieynaba) exudes that resilience and Chidi’s talent was able to capture it.
Photographer. Chidi Amadiume
Model. Dieynaba Diop
Resliance is Key
During the cold winter season, it is so easy to hit a dry spell and go from Fab to Drab. In New York City, it is so difficult to keep warm and be cute. Incorporating these vintage wardrobe staples will help you maintain a wardrobe that can stand the test of time and trend.
When it comes to winter wear outerwear is king. No matter how cute your outfit is outerwear completes the look. Nothing sucks more than having a cute outfit on no one can see until you get indoors so my top 2 picks will be outerwear.
When I put fur on I feel expensive chic and unique. Added bonus! It also keeps me warm and it feels great. I am somewhat environmentally conscious so I like the idea that, circulating vintage fur decreases the demand for new fur (so no new animals were harmed in the completion of this outfit).
Showcase your personality and adorn your head with a hat. Hats keep your head warm, are great statement pieces and can add to dimension to your style moment. This winter I will definitely be embracing bigger and brighter colored hats.
Make your blouse your statement piece this winter.I love blouses because they can be so demure, but fabrics and print can definitely take it up a notch.
Sensual and hyper-feminine or what I affectionately call fourth date attire ( seal the deal ). I love lace simply because of what it implies. You see everything and nothing at all.
Bold and Overstated. The perfect way to stand out and shine bright like a diamond. Also, Sequins are a go for every body type so jazz up your wardrobe and add sequins into the mix.
Do you have any Vintage Wardrobe Staples? If so comment below.
Models. Sarah Sarifina
Capturing the essence of fall with a Garden Editorial.
Curating wardrobes is one of my favorite creative outlets.This shoot was one of my first in over a year and it just felt so great to get back out there and create style moments.The team was a pleasure to work with and I love the images.
As a stylist I blend contemporary and vintage pieces to create timeless and dimensional aesthetics. Most of the vintage pieces are for sale in my eBay store so if you see something you like feel free to check it out!
Lately, I have been wearing my hair out more often being that I have final learned how to maintain my length without having to do so much protective styling (which to me has be been a major accomplishment). However, a couple of months ago I began to notice splitting in the middle of my hair shaft. Mid shaft spits are just like split ends but instead of starting at the ends of your hair they begin in the middle. This can be very problematic for those trying to maintain length and can lead to excessive breakage.
Having been natural long enough I knew my best bet was to braid my hair up until I could figure out what was the problem. Having conquered single strand knots and split ends I was confident I would solve the latest hair issue. After months of observation and research I was able to confirm that it was the seam of my comb that was causing the splits.
What are the seams of a comb?
Most combs are made is by a mold. The mold has 2 parts, which are clamped together, and then the plastic is poured in to bond them together. Because the mold has 2 parts a seam is formed from a tiny bit of the plastic making its way into the cracks. This seam can snag your curls when combing and over time can lead to mid shaft splits.
Is your comb seamless ?
To test to see if your comb is seamless, run your nail along the edge you should be able to feel them.
1. Finger combing your hair. Since the comb is causing the problem the instant solution would be to stop combing your hair and start using your fingers. Although it is time consuming its better in the long run (length retention!).
2. DIY Solution Filing Down your comb (TUTORIAL COMING SOON).It’s the seams on the “teeth” that cause an issue. You can just take a nail file and file them down.
3. Buy a Seamless comb. I know I’m always hesitant to buy something new if there is a DIY version but this is an investment that is well worth it. My favorite is the Hercules Sägemann mini star 5610 . Since it seems to be damn near impossible to find a seamless comb ( even in nyc ) I had to get mine online at http://www.hotcombs.net/.
If you know of any local spots that sell them feel free to comment below.
They say it takes 21 days to create a habit, well I think I’m stubborn enough to need 31. If you skim through this blog you can clearly see that consistency is a weakness of ours. Although we have great ideas and a lot of information to share sometimes life just gets in the way.
With that said in honor of my birthday month (Leos stand up), I have decided to join Awesomely Luvvie’s August Blog challenge and challenge myself to blog everyday for a month. So bookmark and follow me on this journey of perseverance and self-discovery as I muse about all things Fabbylous.
Being a woman of color, I have learned to withstand the lack of, or misrepresentation of women like myself in the media. Since I was a little girl, I would constantly search for images to substantiate the idea that black was indeed beautiful. I remember how my heart would race and how proud I would feel when I would come across an editorial featuring Naomi Campbell or Tyra Banks. Head held high with a renowned sense of self, I knew that if they were seen as beautiful, than maybe one day I would be too.
Today “Jason Eric Hardwick “ has reignited that feeling.
“I wonder why photographic images of Afro’s are yet to be updated? I often think about about why there are limited stereotypical molds when photographing black women? There is either the exotic video vixen, the African soul sistah, a 70′s afro queen or what I have heard people call a white girl dipped in chocolate. Have people stopped to look and consider that things have changed? Hairstyles have changed and identities have evolved.” – Yomi Abiola, contributing editor for Vogue.it
Read more on this photo series, visit vogue.it
Photographer: Jason Eric Hardwick
Stylist: Darlene & Lizzy Okpo
Hair: Taichi Saito
Makeup: Kanako Takase
Manicure: Amber Edwards
- Jason Eric Hardwick