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The Gridlock on Fur

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This winter, fur was a huge trend. Whether faux or real, you saw it on everything from shirts to sandals. This made me actually start to shift from my strict love for faux fur only and start to explore purchasing a real fur coat. I looked at it this way: the winter was brutal, and honestly the warmth you get from a fur coat just did not compare to any Moncler jacket I owned.

 

Whether faux or real, you saw it on everything from shirts to sandals. 

 

I was very excited to attend the Dennis Basso show because he’s top tier when you  talk about fur connoisseur.  The exciting part was that he now started to shift from strictly working with fur to  gowns and other pieces. I wore a faux fur coat to the show because I did not own a black fur coat.  This little Altuzarra faux number paired with some leather gloves added the right amount of warmth to my fit.

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I  got the inspiration for this look from one of my favorite women Queen Bey  herself back in October 2014. She attended a London art fair in an outfit with a  similar play on black and white prints. Saw it, loved it, and knew I had to try it!

Saw it, loved it, and knew I had to try it!

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I’m a huge skirt gal.  I’m not just saying this because it’s International Women’s Day Whether mini or midi, count me in!  I am, however, not a big plaid or stripe person. Polka dots yes, stripes no, not so much. I had the option of pairing this grid midi skirt with a polka dot shirt but I decided to go full on grid . . . why not? The easiest way for me to wear similar prints is to blend different shades from the same family. It’s also great if you work with a smaller print and a bold, more defined one—they pair perfectly.

I’m a huge skirt gal. 

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As I watched those sable coats glide down the runway, I had a Dear Santa moment. 

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All the pieces were beautiful and elegant. I was not in the least bit shocked when Beyonce’s “Flawless”  started playing.  Click here to see my live peek at the show.

The designs, the models, the looks, the music . . . everything was just that—flawless!

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The take-away message from this post is that there are no rules to fur. Whether faux or real, wear pieces that you love. Stay warm! xoxoSB

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Altuzarra for Target faux fur jacket (sold out, but you can probably purchase on eBay)

Topshop grid print shirt (similar here)

Topshop grid print bonded midi skirt

Salvatore Ferragamo Belt

Wolford sheer stockings

Topshop black lace trim socks

Christian Louboutin pigalle

Photographer: Tovah-Marie Bembridge

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My Culotte Made The Cut

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I’ve been so excited to wear these new trousers since I bought them last November. Upon purchasing, I envisioned myself wearing them with an architectural crop top in the summer . . . but summer was too far away.  I decided that I should not let Fall Fashion Week go by without partaking in this new pants trend, the culotte.  Unfortunately for me I chose the last day of Fashion Week, Feb 19, 2015, which was also one of  coldest and windiest days of the year in New York. Temp reading 27°, but the windchill made it feel like 8!

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When I first saw these pants, I was like “is wah kinda short pants dem dis” (in ma Jamaican voice).  Nonetheless I wanted in on this look.  My waist is tiny, so I’m attracted to anything that’s high-waisted.  I also love garments that have a lot of structure, and these sturdy polyester culottes set a tone all by themselves. Not to mention they were pink.  Well maybe not exactly pink, more like a peachy blush, but close enough for me to LOVE! 

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A turtleneck was my only option because because of the weather. I wanted to play with more texture since we were in the middle of winter. I piled on as many fluffy things as I could find. First thing I grabbed was this fringy jacket, then I tossed in a very cool oversized faux fur clutch. Usually nude pumps would be the go-to option for these hues; however, your silver stilettos can function the same as your nude pump. Silver and blush tones had a marriage circa 2014. Try it! It will give your outfit a very NOW look.

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Keeping the look neutral with all the same pastel tones but playing with different textures made this an eye catching outfit at Lincoln Center. I was interviewed three times and the photographers kept on coming.   This was when I knew that my culotte made the cut.

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After all the interviews and shooting, I was excited to go inside and warm up before the show.

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I even got a chance to go into the MBFW Star Lounge, where all the MBFW biggest clients go to hang out. You can have cocktails at the bar or sit on the couch and conduct an interview. The decor was  amazing . . . beyond pretty.

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I was sad that it was the last day of Fashion Week, but I could not have picked a better ending, thanks to my pretty-peachy-pink pants.   The culotte is a big trend this summer. So  whether you are big, small, short, tall . . . get in on the look like I did. Don’t unpack those summer “battyrider” shorts just yet!   xoxoSB

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Zara turtleneck

Zara fringe jacket

Topshop culotte ( similar here and here )

Topshop fluffy clutch (similar here)

BCBG silver pumps (similar here )

Photos by: Tovah Bembridge

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The Look on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day—where to go, what to wear, and how to celebrate? For most girls, this is the challenge that  Cupid has set out for us. If you walk into  Duane Reade, you’re bombarded with heart-shaped chocolate boxes and stuffed animals, wondering which one you’ll receive as a treat. As ladies, we tend to gravitate to all things pink, sweet, and fuzzy…and oh yes, LOVE—we love LOVE!

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It’s only worth having a Valentine if your someone special understands that “the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the YOU that you love…well, that’s just fabulous.” – Carrie Bradshaw

 

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“The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the YOU that you love…well, that’s just fabulous.”

- Carrie Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s get down to the important stuff: how to dress. Everyone usually thinks red and sometimes pink when they think of the Vday Date. I think it’s great if you can incorporate hints of red or pink in your outfit versus going for the full-on red dress, but you don’t have to. Wear whatever makes you feel pretty. Have fun with it. Don’t restrict yourself! Wear clothes that you love on Valentine’s Day. People will love you all the more in it if you feel confident while wearing it.

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I fell in love with this h&m skirt the first time I saw it. The dress version was really my first love, but the skirt loved me back more when I tried it on. I’m actually wearing the front of the skirt on the sides. I liked having the two big pleats on my side instead of in the front and back.

The seam now goes down the front of the skirt, but it’s not noticeable and actually looks as though it were made this way.  Having the big pleats on the outside gave the skirt a more elegant and fancy look.  So instead of looking like h&m, I could be wearing Oscar De La Renta (in my mind, at least!).

Having the big pleats on the outside gave the skirt a more elegant and fancy look.

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I added a belt to the skirt to cinch my waistline more. I wanted to really show off my big floral pleats and the shape of the skirt. The belt added texture and detail to the outfit and sealed the look right up.

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During the shoot, Le Photographerinsisted that I did a shot smelling my roses. However I’m not so much of a smelling-the-roses kind of girl. I’m more the put-them-in-a-nice-vase-with-some-water-and-plant-food type. I tried really hard, and  after about thirty frames, finally got a shot where I didn’t look like  a goat approaching some rose petals! #NomNom  What do you think? How did I do?

IMG_0542Maybe this was a good lesson for me. I need to take the time out to “smell the roses”—literally. Living in NYC, we are always on the go. We seldom find the time to appreciate a lot of things, so we take them for granted. Whether you do some shopping, smell the roses, attend some fashion shows for fashion week, or have a romantic dinner for two at Per Se, be sure to enjoy yourself doing what you love and have a   very happy Valentine’s Day! xoxoSB

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 American Apparel turtleneck

H&M skirt

Walford stockings

BCBG belt

Christian Louboutin Shoes - pigalle

 Photos By: Tovah-Marie Bembridge

  

A Modern Take on Mod

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This was my favorite look from my first shoot. I was excited about playing with colored patent leather.  This combination gave me a 60s and 70s feel, so I wanted to play up on that vibe in a modern way.  I knew I wanted to do a crop top versus the traditional big sweater of the mod era, but finding a cropped shirt to pair with this skirt was a challenge.

This Topshop crop top was like a divine intervention—everything from being sheer and black combined with primary colored beading was exactly what I was looking for.  The design of the beading made the shirt look almost like tweed, which for me gave it a bit of a sophisticated spin considering that it is sheer and I am pairing it with patent leather.

Playing with this much color and texture is a bit on the adventurous side, which made me feel very much in my element while shooting. Feeling confident in a NOT-SO-SAFE-BUT-FUN-OUTFIT it is a high all on its own. Do you dare to take this ride on the colorful side?  xoxoSB

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Topshop Top

American Apparel Skirt

Chanel Bag – Jumbo Classic

Christian Louboutin shoes – Pigalle spikes ( similar here )

For a winter take on this look pair the black vinyl mini with a winter knit like this one and black So Kate or Pigalle. If you’re feeling fun and adventurous try these Christian Louboutin Follies.

Photos By: Alena Soboleva

  

Haute Hippie – Full Frontal Fringe

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If you’ve picked up any magazines lately or visited any stores, I’m sure you’re bound to notice the fringe trend. There’s fringe on bags, fringe on skirts, fringe on belts, fringe on shirts, and of course fringe on shoes. I wore this outfit to Milk Studios  in NYC during Mercedes Benz Fashion week in September 2014. So sorry, lovies, but unfortunately you will not be able to purchase these items because they are long gone.  Necessity certainly is the mother of invention, especially in this case. I purchased this embroidered sheer shirt with plans of purchasing an Alice + Olivia box pleat leather skirt, but unfortunately it never happened. I just didn’t have $495 laying around that month. However, I did have a leather skirt from h&m and this fringe leather belt from BCBG. The pair was a match made in heaven because it gave the skirt the appearance of being high waisted and fringed. The belt sat on the skirt as though it came this way, and people did not hesitate to ask where I purchased this haute skirt as I strut through the streets of the Meatpacking District.

 

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Due to the popularity of the look I decided to recreate it and shoot  it for my blog.  So TAH-DAH Anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with anything embroidered or embellished, so I was dying to wear this Topshop shirt.  At the time I was sporting a short bob so I was getting my life and feeling like Cleopatra …the sheer, the embroidery, the fringe, my hair cut.  Only thing missing were UBER HIGH HEELS. These  six-inch snake print babies are by Schutz. This was my first pair of shoes by them. They make some really comfortable, affordable, and trendy shoes. If you visit their site now, you’ll see tons of fringe options to choose from if you want to get in on the trend.

 

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I had to end this post with a  “TWIRL”  so you could really see the effect of the belt combined with this skirt. In the words of one of my favorite Atlanta Housewives, “I’m gone with the wind fabulous…now twirl, hunnie, twirl!” xoxoSB

 

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Topshop Top

H&M Leather Skirt (similar here)

BCBG Leather Belt (similar here)

Schutz Shoes

Chanel Jumbo Classic

Arm accessories: Michael Kors Watch, Zara Earrings, H&M Midi Rings, Vince Camuto T bar Ring, Vince Camuto Turquoise bracelet, C Wonder Gold Bracelets

Be sure to check out this H&M Skirt with Fringe if you’re in love with the leather fringe look

Photos By: Alena Soboleva

  

Birthday Behavior

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As we grow older, we forget the  power of dreaming and wishing and seldom believe in the law of attraction. Instead, we tend to have more faith in the power of working and doing in order to make things happen. This is why I think it’s so important to celebrate birthdays because it’s the ONLY day out of the year that we are usually forced to take the time out and make a wish for ourselves. Just wishing . . . with hopes that it will come true.

I believe in the power of having dreams for yourself and wishing for something so much and so hard that it just comes to you because you’ve wanted it so badly.

bday6It’s not just all blowing out candles, prayer, and pixie dust. You have to play the biggest role in creating a happy and authentic life for yourself—your life with your stories and events. The thing about reality is that it’s still there waiting for you the next morning…so for me personally, my happiness thrives best on authenticity.

 

Anyone who knows me knows my birthday is like an international holiday called SHERECE DAY!  It’s a week-long celebration, so the events make up for the lack of originality in coining a term to celebrate the day my mother gave birth to me (love you, Mommy **sends kiss**).  Yes, I’m a grown adult who still believes that birthdays are magical—you just have to play your part in creating the magic.  This year my birthday fell on Thursday,  November 13th, 2014.  Naturally, it kicked off with a little shopping at the beginning of the week.

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I worked my way from the top of Madison Avenue over to Fifth Avenue,  shopping until sunset. It was a great feeling  this time in particular because the gifts were all from me. The stores of choice were Chanel Gucci and Giuseppe Zanotti 

All for me, and all from me. #HAPPYGIRL

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Unfortunately my outfit is no longer available in stores, but I will be sure to list similar.  It took on a life of its own while shopping. Apart from my girlfriend taking my personal photos, people were stopping me and asking for selfies and even just to take a quick flick because they liked my outfit so much! I don’t think I could have asked for the  day to play out any better than it did, considering it was the start of Sherece Week.

I definitely had my celebrity moment and feeling PRETTY & POWERFUL IN PINK.  Two people stopped me and asked me outright if  I was a celebrity, and when I said no, they asked for a pic with me anyway!  I couldn’t decide if this was the power of my shopping bags or the magic of my outfit. For this blog’s sake, let’s just say it was OUTFIT MAGIC!

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Even though I shop a lot, sometimes I’ll sit on things in my closet and not wear them for as long as a year or more after purchasing. Having this blog, however, will certainly rid me of that habit. It’s not that I have so much that I can’t wear it all—I honestly wish that were the case! The real problem is that I’m extremely picky and try to perfect each outfit. Even though this mohair sweater is three years old, I never felt moved to wear it until I purchased this  patent leather skirt in the summer. I had to wait until fall again to wear the outfit , and here you have it.

The day started great and my week ended even better. Take a peek at my Birthday Diary entry to get the deets on how Sherece Week played out. xoxoSB

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 OUTFIT DETAILS

H&M pink mohair sweater  (similar here)

Topshop pink vinyl pencil skirt (similar here)

BCBG shoes (similar here and here)

Christian Dior bag

Christian Dior sunglasses (similar here)

Photos by: Tovah-Marie Bembridge