{Style} Leather + The Tee


Strapless anything can give a new look when you layer it on top of a t-shirt.  If you’re feeling extra fancy, a button up is the jam too.  I think that layering is always the way to go when you want to make your “old” pieces look new again.  Take some time this week to play around in your closet to see what you can layer up.

Outfit Deets:

Leather Dress: random vintage shop

T-shirt: The Mobile Vintage

Necklace: Kings Of Oblivion 

Glasses: The Row

Boots: Jeffery Campbell

Photography: Raydene Salinas

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{Style} Skirting The Edge of Fall


The fall chill is on and popping.  I decided to take advantage of the mildly chilly weather (aka. It’s only cold in the morning then still warm during the day) while it lasted.  I think we are now on the tail end of that actually.  It’s getting colder in NY by the minute. Nooooooooooooooooooooooo…


This outfit came about from 2 different vintage shopping trips about a year apart.  You know when you find a piece that you just have to have, but aren’t really sure how it actually applies to real life…well that was my skirt.   I love it!!! I recently purchased the marled button up shirt at Mobile Vintage.  Pairing the masculine and super fem pieces together pretty much matches the story of life.  Contrast is always better.

Shot at the coffee shop in my neighborhood Marcy & Myrtle ! They have THE BEST cortado and cold brew. On top of being super cute inside and out.  The sugar they use is “Complicated Syrup” it’s not simple just so you know. No Basics. LOL

Outfit Deets:

Shirt- The Mobile Vintage Shop

Skirt- Thrifted

Belt- The Mobile Vintage Shop

Shoes- Crown Vintage

Yours In Style,


Photography: Raydene Salinas

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Shadows + Shade


For the month of October, I’m reigning in the spending and shopping from my closet for free.99.  For this look I took advantage of the cooler weather to mix and match some of my go to pieces into one outfit.  Think outside of the box when putting together looks.  I used my vest dress as a sleeveless coat to layer over my black body suit.  The army green skater skirt is an easy to find style that can go with almost anything you pair it with.  The knee high boots add to the mod look.  Topped it off with my favorite crystal pendant necklace.

Outfit Deets:

Vest Dress/Coat: SheInside

Black Body Suit: SheInside

Skirt: Forever 21

Boots: Nine West

Belt: Mobile Vintage

Necklace: Katra Awad 

Photography: Raydene Salinas

Yours In Style,


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Booker: The Presentation


I had the pleasure of witnessing a friend’s dream manifest into reality.  It all went down on Friday September 11th at 12PM, at Refinery Hotel.  You heard all about Jameelah when I posted about her Indigogo campaign.  The models were a mix of gorgeous personal friends, models, family and ambassadors of BookerNYC.  The makeup and styling team was on point and a pleasure to work with so early in the morning throughout the afternoon. To see this all come together was a magical moment.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Booker dreams up next season…

Yours In Style,



{The Aspiring Stylist} Nail Your First Impression

Key stylists are generally always in a hurry when working on a project or prepping for a shoot.  When you are first working with a new stylist, you need to be sure you set a great first impression so that you are asked to come back to work on more projects.  Here a few tips:

Be on time

And by being on time, I mean at least 5-10 mins early. If you are too early, it is annoying to the stylist as they are probably not ready to give you tasks until you arrive.  Allow yourself time to get lost, get stuck on a train , so that you can arrive unscathed and respectful of the stylists schedule.  It also sets on how it would be for the stylist to work with you more often.

Write it out

Be ready with a note pad and pen in hand to take notes (or your phone).  This is not the time to test your memory.  It is easy to to forget small details when a stylist is rambling off things that you need to do for them.

Use your noggin and Google

Can’t find the showroom using the directions that your stylist gave you? Don’t you dare call the key stylist to ask where it is! Or heaven forbid come back saying you just couldn’t find it.  Exhaust all other options before reaching out to them.  Call your fellow assistant stylists/interns to help you or Google it to get the contact information from the showroom.  Common sense for the win!

Yours In Style,




{Life} Afro Punk Fest 2015

I remember my first Afro Punk back when it was in this teeny tiny section by BAM in Brooklyn, circa 2008. My, oh my has this festival grown.  The beautiful shades of all colors is the most breathtaking part of this festival. The space Afro Punk has created is safe, warm and all-inclusive. The people watching was so good! It was a gentle reminder of how gorgeous we all are when we are comfortable in our own skin.

Then there were the performers! Yes. All the Yes.  It was a pleasure to hear the sounds of Lion Babe, SZA, and Ms. Lauren Hill among other talented artists in the midst of beautiful souls.

I wanted to share some shots from the festival, which includes my friends 💗 and other views:


{The Aspiring Stylist} Psychic Assistant: How to read your key stylist’ mind

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How To Anticipate What Your Key Stylist  Needs:

Be calm, assured and shut the hell up:   This is not the time to be their shadow or to talk about their wardrobe selections. Don’t give your opinion unless asked. PERIOD. This is so huge. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the look personally.  Guess what?!? It’s not your photo shoot. You are just there to assist the key stylist behind the scenes.

Put yourself in their shoes: What would you want prepped without you asking your assistant?

Wardrobe prepped before dressing the models (steamed and merchandised for first edit)

Accessories laid out on the table (by type: necklaces, rings, earrings, you get it) so s/he can easily pick out the items 

Favorite Snacks and water on hand for in between shots. (Key stylists often forget to eat while on set)

Watch the stylist on set:  You will learn the flow of your key stylist the more you work with them. The faster you “get” them the more valuable you will seem in their eyes.  It’s all about getting tasks done BEFORE they ask.

What do they often ask for when getting ready to dress the model?

Make sure you have her clips ready in case she runs out.  

See that a shoe is not taped during the edit? Tape it before it goes on the model.

Double checking credits before putting the looks away, organizing/packing the unused accessories while the shoot is coming to an end, etc.

Best of luck on set! Get it :)

Yours in style,


{Style} Start with the accessories


When accessories are your outfit.

Clothes aren’t always the focal point when deciding what to wear.  I often find myself wanting to wear a certain earring, necklace or bag first, then working backwards to figure out what exactly goes with it.  It’s a common way that stylists start the conception of the outfits they create.  You can do the same!

Outfit Deets

Earrings: Eleanor Kalle 

Jumpsuit: Minnoji

Clutch: Gigi New York 

All Photography: Raydene Salinas


{The Aspiring Stylist} Stop Drop Record

Take Notes

Get in the habit of recording your daily tasks for each stylist.  I worked with a stylist who required me to send her a summary of everything that I did for her after each day.

I mean everything: drop offs, pick ups, laundry inventory, bathroom breaks (just kidding, seeing if you’re paying attention) etc.  The more details the better.

This was my first internship, so I thought it was the norm.  When I did it for other stylists that I worked with after, they thought it was the best thing since sliced bread!

It can be crazy making in the beginning, but if you can get into the routine of tracking all that you do throughout the day for the stylist and reporting it back to them (whenever you work for them), it makes you viewed as a more valuable and accountable intern that they can now see as a potential assistant. Boom.

Do this without asking if its ok at first, it gives you a way of showing that you are more than just a task taker to the stylist.  They will either say, yes this is amazing keep sending these or say that it’s not necessary to send them the summary.  

Either way you will boost your self as more than just a simple intern who mindlessly takes orders. #winning

Yours In Style,


{The Aspiring Stylist} Be about that life…experience


Life Experience. Also known as deciding “late” in the game that you want to become a stylist.

Who would have thought that common sense, getting to work on time and ability to take direction is a rare gem in the styling internship world.  If you use those skills right, you will possibly move up faster from internship to paid assistant work

If you are good with organizing, following up correspondence and administrator work you can market yourself at a higher value to stylists in your cover letter.

I have a stylist friend who started her styling career by way of  being a virtual stylist assistant while working full-time behind the desk.  She did the “administrative” work like researching for the stylist clothing requests, doing market, kept track of their budgets (expenses) and any other desk work they may need.  This allowed the key stylist to focus on styling, shopping and doing showroom appointments for their shoots.

You’re never to late to use your experience to go towards the career of your dreams.

Yours In Style,