Category Archives: The Look for LE$$

No Dolce & Gabbana….No Problem!


Hello my fashion-forward lovies,

How was your July 4th weekend? I wish I could hear from everyone about where you went and what you wore. Tag me in your July 4th photos on Instagram, so I can like and leave comments. I went to a fabulous July 4th party in the Hamptons. I’ve been wanting to do a write-up about it, but all I have are iPhone pics so I’ve been hesitant.  I’m addicted to PRO photos now. They’re just so bright and puuurrrdddy!IMG_5419

So now,  let’s talk about this look!


We all know that I pride myself on being a Jamaican Belle living on the Upper East Side. However, which girl did not feel like she wanted to get in on her Hispanic heritage when she saw the Dolce  & Gabbana Spring 2015 collection?


I was obsessed with these shorts but was intimidated by the pricetag even after they went on sale from $6995 to $3260. (Click the photo below for links to the items)

Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015


Since I could not join Dolce & Gabbana’s army of matadors, I decided to  try to re-create the Look for Le$$. 

My main focus was the flamenco ruffles, the embroidery and brocade.
Lucky for me, H&M has  high-waist embroidered shorts in stores right now and they are on sale for $25! They are not silk or brocade, but you cannot beat the price for the look and the quality. The fabric is 100% cotton and they are super comfortable. They even give the appearance of bloomers even though the hem is not cut as high.
If you’re still not convinced to buy them, check out  how similar they are to these Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015 shorts. These shorts are definitely #ONTREND!
The blouse I’m wearing is old.  It’s from JCrew Collection from 2013. You can basically wear any white shirt of your choice with these shorts. Whether button-down or cropped, just pick something that you love.

 By the way, if you are wondering about me walking around in these platform sandals all day – no worries whatsoever! These Saint Laurent platforms are light and comfy. You literally feel like you are gliding through the streets on stilts with ease.

These Saint Laurent platforms are light and comfy! IMG_5194

These are definitely shorts that makes your derriere be all that it can be, plus some more !

Walking around in this outfit, I felt like my name was Sheresa Bonita and I was roaming the streets of Spain and dancing in my little garden of homegrown flowers without a care in the world.

A girl can dream right!


All the accessories in the look are from Rocksbox.


If you love to accessorize, you will LOVE THEM!


Rocksbox is an online store that allows you to borrow accessories.

They feature jewelry from designers like House of Harlow, Kendra Scott  and Loren Hope.  As #ItGirls, our taste and the things we love are constantly changing. Rocksbox is a cool new way to try out accessories you love,  before buying.

How ROCKSBOX works

1) Pick a jewelery set of 3 pieces, worth an average of $200
2) Wear it
3) Return it for FREE and swap your items out with another 3 pieces.  You also have the option of buying the items if you love them.
You get all the perks of shopping and trying out new accessories without spending even half of the regular cost.
It’s only $19 to become a member. Think about it, we usually spend at least $20 or more buying one piece of  fashion jewelery, so this is definitely worth it. Just like you wouldn’t wait to go to a sale at the last minute, don’t miss out on this deal. SIGN UP TODAY!


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Use the photos to judge the quality for yourself as well as how chic and stylish the pieces are.
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Hashtag #RBItGirl when you post
 Happy shopping, my lovies or should I say “swapping.”
H&M embroidered shorts
J. Crew Collection Eyelet blouse (old)
Necklace and bracelets from Rocksbox
Saint Laurent Tribute platform sandals
Chloe Drew Bag
Michael Kors watch
Photographer: Tovah-Marie Bembridge

The Matching Scuba Set


HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, my lovies!

I hope everyone who is celebrating has a fun-filled day planned with Dad. If you’re not celebrating, it’s Sunday so you of course have an excuse to go out for a fun lunch or brunch with friends! Maybe combine the two and have a #SundayFunday #FathersDay !



So lets’s talk about this look.  I’m sure you guys have been seeing matching scuba sets everywhere, but has anyone actually tried it? They are especially popular at H&M. If you see a printed scuba skirt or midi skirt  you love, the matching top will be coming out in the upcoming weeks. I’ve always been afraid of a full-on matching, printed look. Remember that phrase matchy-matchy?  Lol!

 #MatchyMatchy !?!


Although I’m programmed to try to pair different textures and opposite separates together, like here ,  I decided to go for it with this H&M midi skirt and bodysuit. In my eyes, pairing the two made it look like a dress instead of two separates.  I absolutely fell in Iove with the print.


To break things up, I added this  black Moschino belt. I’m all for a chic belted look. These days Moschino has been serving all things, pink, pretty, printed and “Babrbie-licious,” so I think this printed set  goes with that theme. Except it’s from H&M #TheLookForLess.  I find that adding a logo belt to an otherwise uber affordable outfit gives the look that coveted edge it needs. It makes people go “where’d you get that outfit?” and, in return, gives you the pleasure of screaming “H&M!” Nothing better than looking great and feeling great without breaking the bank.

Adding a logo belt to an otherwise uber affordable outfit gives the look that coveted edge it needs.



Since there was so much going on with this set, I chose to accessorize with the deeper and more dominant colors in the print verses wearing a yellow shoe and pink bag. Although I love me some pink , today was not the day. This is one of those instances where the less you add to a look, the more you allow it to speak volumes on its own!




I couldn’t help myself with these pineapple earrings, though. Feeling like all I need is a basket on my head……lol!


But, like I always say…IT’S FASHION! So let loose and have fun with it. You can’t take yourself or your looks too seriously. Until next time, lovies. About to hop onto this tangerine scooter and ride off into the sunset ….. ok not really but how awesome is this as a prop in my shoot !

Signed, Little Miss Matchy Matchy!  xoxoSB






H&M printed scuba circle skirt (sold out). Maybe if you hunt around you can still find it (similar here and here )

If you are feeling adventurous try the matching pants

H&M bodysuit

Moschino logo belt

Gucci ankle strap leather sandals

Zara blue and gold chain clutch (old)

H&M pineapple earrings (old)


Saying Hello to SUMMER in South Hampton


Hello my fashion belles and beauts, aren’t you all ecstatic that we have finally entered the summer season? For most NYC girls, your weekends will now begin and end in the Hamptons.  Long beach days, late brunches, charity events, Saturday night parties, and after parties . Let the games begin!

IMG_4022I fell in love with the color and cut of this Zara dress. Burnt orange and sandy hues are all the rage this summer. This dress is an easy way to try out this color trend without thinking too much about it or breaking the bank. #TheLookforLe$$




My favorite thing about this dress is the  placement of the cut-outs all over, and how it cinches my waist.  It’s  flowy and pretty, yet extremely sexy. Perfect for a daytime brunch party with the girlies. I was  dressed and headed to the kick-off of the  Day & Night brunch in South Hampton.




I decided to stick to neutral tones but added a bit of va-va-vroom with these suede Miu Miu gladiator sandals from Net-a-porter.  Love! Love! Love!



This is my first time wearing them, and they were as  comfortable as can be. The heel is just the right height, and it looks like you’re walking on glass heels when you wear them. So chic!

It looks like you’re walking on glass heels when you wear them. So chic!





When dressing for the Hamptons, you want to be chic,

yet not so dressed up that you appear to be trying too hard. It can get tricky, but when in doubt, just go with what feels comfortable. If the heels are  too high to walk in,  ditch them, and if the skirt is so tight that it keeps riding up, you may want to ditch that too.

Wear accessories that accentuate your outfit, not overpower your look.




The Day & Night brunch party is DEFINITELY  “A  DO” on Saturdays if you’re out East.

The music is incredible, all the people are as well dressed as I am , and the vibe is just super fun. Beautiful people lounge on the day beds or dance in the garden, drinking rose or prosecco poolside. You’re bound to leave with a few new friends and maybe even a few telephone numbers !


One of my favorite things about the summer is all the excitement that it comes with. Everyone is looking forward to something. New parties, exciting travel plans, in my case new hangbags and shoes ……lol……for others a new lover…..maybe. Whatever you are looking forward to, make it happen, and may your summer fun never end. Namaste biotches  xoxoSB



Zara off-the shoulder dress

H&M beaded turquoise earrings ( similar here )

Miu Miu seude gladiator sandals

Chloe Drew bag


Sunday Funday


Happy Memorial Weekend my lovies.

I hope you all are having a great time. We’ve managed to avoid the rain this weekend, but the temperature readings could be a little higher today. One of my favorite things about late spring is the opening of the roof lounges for the summer season. As a Jamaican, you live for outdoor parties. Living in New York City, rooftop lounges are the closest you get to that.  Last Sunday my friend was hosting the opening of STK roof, so I got dressed and ready for a super warm #SundayFunday in meatpacking.


The secret to dressing for a #SundayFunday is what I call DAYTIME GLAM! You want to look dressed up but in an understated kind of way. I love color, beading and embellished stuff for day time. However, say NO to that shiny sequin dress.  Sundays are usually a more relaxed day in Manhattan. I’ve been raving about the tie-neck-blouse all season, and this is the perfect opportunity to get in on the trend. This style is absolutely great paired with your favorite distressed jeans and high-heels. I absolutely love destroyed denim shorts, I’ll take them in all lengths, colors and brands, THANK YOU



These shorts are from Urban Outfitters , and it is my go-to place to shop for affordable denim shorts. They have a brand called Urban Renewal that revamps vintage Levi’s into all different styles. They have short ones, boyfriend style, high waisted and low- rise options. Click  here to see more options from this brand.

I love the wash of these jeans as well as how perfectly distressed they look. They have that worn look that I love. I hate buying distressed jeans and it looks like someone just got busy with a pair of scissors yesterday. I hate anything UNauthentic!

Buy them! If for no other reason, they make your ASS  look A-MA-ZING!


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The biggest challenge of hanging out in The Meatpacking District is walking in high heels. That cobblestone paved road is a shoe killer….lol. You have to be particularly careful! Strategically walking on the tips of your toes instead of your heels helps.  I did not want to risk getting a nasty tear or jab in the suede of these Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals. They are just TOO PRETTY  

Have you ever had something, that because you loved it too much, you almost didn’t want to wear it? I got these last year and this is their second time in the streets…

Strategically walking on the tips of your toes instead of your heels helps. 




To shoot this look, I did the walking in intervals


Walked a little…..



Talked a little ……


Then walked around a little more!



It was really nice out. All the restaurants were buzzing with people and the streets filled with people walking around. We made it all the  way up to 83 degrees, so it was a great day to sit out in the sun and sip on some ice cold rose.


The best thing about having brunch at STK Roof is your undisturbed views of the  High Line. Good music, great food, fantastic views and great shoes What more could a New York City girl ask for on a Sunday?  Oh yea….great company and that was defnitely a CHECK PLUS xoxoSB






Beaded Giuseppe Zanotti Sandals ( old, Summer 2014)

SHOES : For a similar look but affordable option, try these sandals or this beaded option both from Schutz

Urban Renewal high – waited distressed denim shorts (old , similar here)

Topshop printed tie-neck blouse

Chanel medium boy bag

Topshop wooden red earrings

BCBG beaded bracelet (old)

BCBG beaded belt

Zara  gold bracelets

H&M midi rings ( similar here )


Mellow Yellow


80 degrees in NYC…… in the words of one of my Swiss friends, YIPPIEE!!!! This is one Monday I was looking forward to. Naturally, on the warmest day of the year thus far, I wanted to feel like a flower in full bloom.


My plans for the day were extra mimosas, extra high heels and to look extra beautiful for a super long and super fun brunch date in Soho. This yellow jumpsuit from Topshop was the extra special fit that made the cut

IMG_3098IMG_3125IMG_3140The color is amazing, spot on for spring and perfect for the weather now. It’s a bold choice for a very stylish girl. Everything from the cut to the color exudes chic confidence. Jumpsuits are a huge trend this season and the culotte is an even bigger trend. This is a way to effortlessly get in on what’s trending now.

It’s a bold choice for a very stylish girl!

IMG_2997IMG_3061IMG_3007I wanted the focus to be on the jumpsuit so I opted for my go-to heels, the Christian Louboutin pigalle, in nude. No necklace, small studs and I piled on some arm candy. I love this lucite bag from Topshop because it’s not super tiny and it’s clear so it can be worn with almost anything. I’m not big on people seeing EVERYTHING in my purse so I put this hot pink makeup case I bought from Sephora inside. It originally came filled with travel size  L’Occitane products. Perfectly sized to keep my transparent purse personal.

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I completed the look with my favorite lip color in the world, MAC Ruby Woo. I love a bold matte lip! To add a little depth to your lip color, try lining your lips with the MAC Currant lip pencil.

I love a bold matte lip!


It’s been too cold to shoot anything this colorful and fun. So before hoping in a cab down to my Soho cafe, I skipped over to Park Ave to shoot and showoff this look.

I’ve been dying to take advantage of the beautiful flowers that line Park Avenue this spring.



I felt like Carrie Bradshaw in Wonderland and Park Avenue was my playground.


I got so caught up in the shoot I sat next to the flowers well on my cardigan…..but close enough!


This entire look from Topshop is under $200!

Who ever thought you could be spoiled with affordable fashion? Well, my fellow It Girls, stay tuned. This is only the beginning, I’m going to spoil you rotten. Summer isn’t even here yet! xoxoSB

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Topshop halter culotte jumpsuit

Topshop lucite clutch (no longer available)

Christian Louboutin nude pigalle

Tiffany T bracelet

Photography by: Tovah-Marie Bembride


The Little Brown Dress


Hello my spring belles and beaus, I hope you all had a fantastic week and a great weekend! Thursday is my absolute favorite day of the week, and this Thursday I got some friends together for a #GIRLSNIGHTOUT.


The Grand Salon Lounge at the newly opened Baccarat Hotel and Residences. There’s no point in having great style with no one to see it. So a girls night out anywhere that’s new and trending is always a great place to showcase your It Girl Style. I must say that I was extremely impressed

The lounge is BEYOND BEAUTIFUL;it’s shiny and decadent as though it was built for a princess.


What I wore:

This look is so affordable, yet so trendy and chic, I had to share it with you guys. (All of my photos are just iPhone pics because this post was totally unplanned).Earth tones are a big hit this season. All shades of brown, army green or clay corals are a YES! This brown H&M trend dress fits great and the texture of the fabric combined with the length gives it a very polished look.

All shades of brown, army green and clay corals are a YES!. 


Naturally , I had to add my touch  to make it a bit more glam for an evening out on the town with the ladies. I added this H&M shell necklace to give the appearance of an embellished neckline. Despite it’s size and bulkiness, it added an understated glam effect to my little brown dress. Loved that!

The shells + the brown earthy tone of this dress were a perfect pair.



And here you have it. A glammed up girls night out look all from H&M!

Yes these roses are real. Pretty amazing right!


These python print gold Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and purse gave the perfect accent to an already complete look. You guys may remember these sandals from my travel post Resort Style of a Bond Girl in St. Barth’s.I’m wearing them here in a much different setting with a very different look. They are comfortable and worth every penny. The matching purse is pretty cool too. I’m big on combining affordable clothing with high-end handbags and shoes. This way, you have the freedom of trying out as many new trends as you like and experimenting with fun outfits without breaking the bank.

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Happy shopping, lovies, and be sure to check out this new lounge. Between sitting on coyote-haired chairs and dining on crystal, you are sure to become submerged in the decadent ambiance of this new lounge. Well done, Baccarat, and cheers ! xoxoSB



H&M fitted dress

H&M shell necklace

Giuseppe Zanotti gold python printed sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti gold python printed bag ( similar here )



Wearing Zimmerman in Sunny St. Barth’s


I feel like my last few blogs have been introduced by the weather, but how can you blame me? It’s seriously annoying switching from mini’s one day to a full blown wool coat the next! Hopefully the style tips from my last post, #FiftyShadesOfPink, were useful because we are indeed experiencing a winter relapse. The weather hasn’t been fun, but as “It Girls” we need to remain cool, calm and fabulous. WOO-SAH! I figure that a great way to treat my winter woes is to revisit one of my shoots from St. Barths. A serving of turquoise waters and sunny skies…yes please! Come escape with me, while I dish the details on this look.


I purchased this Zimmerman dress towards the end of Summer 2014. It was a bit of a splurge for me with a price tag of $475. I guess I  was excited to see what their South Hampton store had to offer, and I was determined to own something #Zimmerman. What can I say? I’ve always been impressed and obsessed with the Australian designer’s use of print to create comfortable, yet beautifully detailed pieces. Everything Zimmerman is pretty. Lots of lace, tones of floral and intricate details with embroidery and crochet add the lovely details that make Zimmerman so delicious. It incorporates everything I love into stylized pieces that are both comfortable and irresistibly chic!

Zimmerman incorporates everything I love into stylized pieces that are both comfortable and irresistibly chic!


Since I did not get the opportunity to wear it in the Hamptons last summer, this dress was one of my go-to pieces when packing for my trip. It is perfect for a sunny lunch or brunch day in St. Barth’s! It’s called the cupcake halter, as it is very fluffy and bouncy and feels great against your skin.  I decided to add a belt to break things up and give the dress more shape and flow. There was no reason why something so beautiful should not be equally flattering. That said, there’s nothing more flattering on a lady to me than a cinched waistline. Here I am cinched and pretty and ready for lunch at the Sand Bar,  at Eden Rock



This Salvatore Ferragamo belt is actually one of my faves because it’s reversible. Black on one side and tan on the other. It truly is a great value for your money. It has a giant logo, but it works so well for a cinched waist on dresses, as well as an accent for skirts, to give a more polished overall look.


Say “Yes!” to the Chloe Drew shoulder bag. I’m sure you’ve seen  this little leather bag in small, medium and large, popping up on every fashion blog and in every online newsletter from net-a-porter to Bergdorf Goodman. This is one trend that you should say “Yes!” to. Pick colors like tan, black, red or nude, this way it can go with a variety of outfits and bring you from daytime to evening while being effortlessly chic.

Say “Yes!” to the Chloé  Drew shoulder bag! IMG_2306

Mine is a size medium. I’m not one of those girls that can leave the house with just my wallet and keys…I need my giant iPhone 6plus, my  makeup compact for touchups, my iPhone charger and my case for my Chloe sunnies when the sun sets. Can you believe that this bag fits it ALL with EASE?! Favorite thing about the bag. It looks small and neat but it’s extremely roomy. Score!

The return of the gladiator sandal.

A trend once popular in the 1970’s hasn’t disappeared since they made their debut return on the 2013 runways. If this trend was too bold or too new for you when you first saw it on Rihanna and Kourtney Kardashian, I’m sure by now you’ll find the courage to buy yourself a pair. High-heeled or flat, they are a win-win choice for your feet. It looks great, plus they are comfortable.  Wear flat gladiator sandals casually in the summer for festival attire, or just with your favorite mini skirt or dress on any summer day.



These Zara gladiators are plain, simple and perfect!

You will get a lot of wear out of them this summer with the huge 70’s theme and Bohemian style that’s popping up everywhere from H&M to Chloe.

Untitled1aIf you are unable to afford the Valentino Aphrodite leather gladiators, then head to Zara and get these babies. I can assure you that they are equally as cool and only a fraction of the price.


If you are in love with the gladiator look, you may  also want to try these Chloe lace-up seude gladiators or  check out these leather Roman sandals from Zara for a similar steal.

Now let’s get back to these clear skies and blue water!


Eden Rock is the perfect place to stay if you want breathtaking views of the island. If you are unable to afford this luxury, you can always get your slice of its beauty by going for lunch at the Sand Bar or dinner at Jean George’s own, On The Rocks. I spent a lot less time eating and lot more time just roaming around and enjoying the scenery.


The dress was super girly and bouncy. The ocean breeze playing with its layers made me want to twirl and dance and just get wrapped up in St. Barth’s.


Seriously you cannot take me anywhere….lol. Put me on the beach in a four hundred dollar dress, and I act like it’s Christmas! I’m really a child at heart, extremely playful and easily excitable. The mature Sherece was in there, somewhere…I’m sure


See….there she goes. Chic, calm and collected! xoxoSB


For a wide variety of the Chloe Drew bags check Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-porter

Zimmerman cupcake halter dress

Salvatore Ferragamo Reversible belt

Zara gladiator sandals


Fifty Shades of Pink


New York City weather has been acting like a broke chick stunting on Instagram. One minute it looks great, then you sleep and wake up and outside looks not so great. You’re unable to decide between whether you need your long coat or you can get away with just wearing a cropped jacket.

In this post I’ve decided to share some helpful tips that I’ve used to make it through these ocassional winter relapse until spring arrives on steriods.


First let’s talk about my outfit, trends, and inspiration. 

First let’s talk about my outfit, trends, and inspiration. This look was inspired by Hedi Slimane’s Spring 2015 ready-to-wear. I was in love with the hat, the platform heels, and the eclectic mix of texture and prints, leather and silks, and of course my absolute fave, the mini skirt! 


The Saint Laurent hat alone retails for $990 so my goal was to get the look without breaking the bank.  Like I always tell you, you don’t have to copy an outfit to the T; it’s always best to incorporate themes from a look with your personal style, what you can afford, and also what’s available in stores that you love to shop in.



1) Go light on the bottom and heavier on the top.

Best way to embrace this moody spring weather: Aim for balance, temperature wise. Stay away from turtlenecks; winter has said its goodbyes. You can do light knits, button-down shirts, and cute blouses with a mini skirt or leather shorts.

When you go light on the bottom, wear thicker jackets or cropped coats on top. Bright colored chunky knits like this one can be worn solo, with your fave midi or mini skirt with just an undershirt underneath.  Black sheer stockings are a great option with mini skirts and leather shorts whenever you feel like it’s just to cold to go bare skinned.




The leather jacket is always a go-to option for spring, because it’s light and it easy and goes with pretty much anything. For those colder spring days when we get into the windy 40s, try doubling up on coats. I know the idea sounds wild, but it’s easy and makes your outfit really interesting while keeping you warm all at the same time.

With the big faux trend this past winter, I’m sure we all bought tons of stuff whether faux vests or some kind of acrylic wool blend coat that you could not wear independently because it was just too cold this winter.  Throw them on over your fave biker jacket or luxe leather coat. When doubling up on coats, I would wear light button down blouses underneath.

This season, the tie-neck blouse is a big trend or any button-down with bow at the neck, say yes, yes, and yes!



3) Nothing says spring like florals!

There are tons of them in stores now. Aim for darker hues like burgundy and wine colors or deep blues if you’re not ready to dip into the Alice in Wonderland pond just yet. Mix dark florals with lighter ones and play with different textures.

I fell in love with this tapestry A-line mini from Topshop for its burst of color and texture. It was like staring at fifty shades of pink unable to decide which one you love more.


You all know I’m the queen of socks and high heels. I don’t know why, don’t judge me, but I love the look. The leather platforms in the Saint Laurent show were amazing, with the deisgns and the colors, they were  high heeled drug over dose. I dug up these  4-year-old velvet platform sandals from Zara and decided to incorporate them in the look. They were platform and embellished so they were exactly what I was looking for. Trends go away and then they come back. Never feel pressured to go out and shop if you have something at home from WAY BACK that looks just the same. All you need to do is find a modern way to wear it. Best way to do that is to read magazines and blogs like mine for an up-to-date oufit inspiration.


The Hat! I’m usually not a hat girl but hats have been showing up everywhere. It was impossible to ignore the felt fedora this fall and now the wide brimmed hat has been showing up in every magazine this spring. I struggled to try to find an  affordable alternative to this Saint Laurent one, the best I could find was this little number in Urban Outfitters. I wished it was bigger and wider yet I refused to spend more than $200 so this was a bargain for me. WAAAAY under $200. So I made it work with a smile.



I think handbags and shoes are the perfect accessories to splurge on, because you get so much wear out of them. The Chanel Boy bag has become the new classic. It can be worn long or short strapped, carried by the hand or over your shoulders. Either way it’s something an It Girl must have in any size or color. You will have zero regrets and get tons of wear out of it.

The Chanel Boy bag has become the new classic. 




So what do you guys think? Do you love the look would you try it? 

I hope you at least got useful tips on you how to deal with this moody NYC spring weather. I really had a lot of fun with this outfit. Especially shooting it in my neighborhood.  No one else on the Upper East Side looks like me. I love that! Just a young black belle having fun with fashion. I took advantage of living next door to these gorgeous brown stones. Just because I cannot yet afford them does not mean I cannot appreciate and use them


Au revoir for now from this  uptown girl with a downtown attitude. xoxoSB



Urban Outfitters austen teardrop panama hat

Zara floral shirt with velvet bow similar here and here

If you want to go for the exact look from the Saint Laurent Collection try this or a cheaper splurge here

Topshop tapestry A-line mini alternate option a leather mini like this one or splurge for the exact Saint Laurent version

Zara velvet platforms – shop Saint Laurent platforms here similar here

Zara leather biker jacket

H&M wool knit

Chanel Boy Bag


Resort Style of a Bond Girl in St. Bart’s


Today is a really good day to Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF)! It’s Good Friday for the Christian calendar, so Happy Good Friday to everyone celebrating!

How amazing was the weather in NYC yesterday?!  A balmy 62 degrees and finally feeling somewhat like New York City at springtime. It got me in the mood to share some more looks from St. Bart’s with you! This one in particular is my absolute fave because it just screamed RESORT STYLE!IMG_2486When I packed for vacation to St. Bart’s, this outfit really stood out, and the entire time I had this “I can’t wait to wear this!” feeling. I bought it from H&M two days before leaving—it’s from their Spring 2015 Studio Collection and it was love at first sight.  I literally got up and waited outside H&M on 86th street at 9:00am to guarantee that I would be one of the first people in the stores and also get my size. It was well worth it, because at my location there was only one size 4 set. Once I got my little Sherece paws on it, I heard the angels sing and the lights shine down on the iridescent pink sheer fabric. YES, LORD! A SISTAH LIVES! St. Bart’s was really calling my name. Clear skies, here I come!

Once I got my little Sherece paws on it, I heard the angels sing and the lights shine down on the iridescent pink sheer fabric. 


I’ve never actually worn a kaftan, primarily because I’m just not really a cover-up girl on vacation.  New York weather forces me to keep my body hidden under several layers most of the year, so when I’m on vacation, the Jamaican lady comes out, embracing all things tiny, “suck-on,” and see-through!


This kaftan had a personality of its own.


This kaftan had a personality of its own. The palm leaves and gold cactus print on the pink silk background was vacation perfection!  The outfit was  flowy and beautiful, which provided an extremely delicate and sexy look. I felt like I was wearing nothing but my bikini and high heels.


I loved the burgundy detail on the pants. It broke up the busyness of the print when worn together with the kaftan, yet it could still hold its own with a white tank top or shirt.


Some of you may be wondering, “What’s the deal with gold python heels on vacation?”


These pants had shiny gold cactus printed all over—that plus my new gold-rimmed Chloe sunnies was just screaming seventies. I went full on James Bond Girl at a resort in St. Bart’s.

I could not tame the glam factor with flat sandals. These Giuseppes took the outfit to another level in my eyes.  Remember, the key accessory for each look you create must be confidence. If you love it, own it!


A great way to update your woven bag is to tie a scarf on the handles. Choose a print that you love and watch it give all your vacation looks that resort flare they need. I’ve had this Michael Kors basket and the scarf for over 6 years. I buy scarves from all over from time to time. Each time  I change them, I feel like it’s a whole new bag with a whole new look.


Everyone on the island was in LOVE  with my look, from Point Milou to Gustavia. I was like the 007 girl on Mission #SLAY!


At the end of it all, who really cares about people liking what you wear? YOU’RE ON VACATION! Relax, enjoy, dress up, and create unforgettable memories!

Have an amazingly Happy Easter, my lovies! xoxoSB




H&M Studio Spring 2015 silk kaftan (sold out in stores, available here on ebay )

H&M Studio Spring 2015 silk pants

Giuseppe Zanotti gold python printed sandals

Michael Kors basket (similar here and here )

Topshop straw hat (similar here and here )

Chloe cartina  gold butterfly-frame glasses


The Balmain Effect


Spring has been teasing New York City. We’ve been going from heavy duty wool coats one day to light knits the next. So I interrupt my normally scheduled St. Bart’s shoot to get a little in touch with what’s happening in NYC. I have lots more fun stuff in store from St. Bart’s, but now I’m in New York city and it’s disappointingly cold.

This weather is depressing, so I try to keep engaged and occupied. No Thursdays spent at home watching Olivia Pope dress up. Instead I try to get together with friends and try out new bars and restaurants when I have free time. I love hanging out during the week. Dinner and drinks with a gal pal . . . MY FAVE!

So what do we wear when it’s cool but not too cold, and it’s the beginning of spring but sometimes feels like winter? For my girls’ night out, I opted for shorts and fur . . . or faux fur, rather.


This look was heavily inspired by the french fashion house Balmain. Which girl did not fall in love after seeing the way Olivier Rousteing captured so much beauty and detail PERFECTLY in the September 2014 issue of W magazine?

It was Parisian luxury, but from a very modern and intricate perspective. #ABSOLUTELYFABULOUS! 


Great to look at, but impossible to afford unless it goes on a super sale. This was my inspiration: Capturing a 10k look on a 1K budget.

This was my inspiration: Capturing a 10k look on a 1K budget.


Take away notes from the Balmain look is to use gold embellishments, leather, fur, rust tones, and sequins to create a very luxurious and glam yet cohesive look. This was my mission to join  this Balmain army.


In general, it’s hard to pull off a high end look on a small budget. The key is creating a look for yourself, without falling victim to bad knock offs. Yes, I know we all love it on Kim K, but even if we can’t afford to dress like her, it doesn’t mean we can’t look as good as her . . . or better yet AS GOOD AS YOU!

I’m sure these Balmain looks got trickled down into the “insta-market place.” And there’s nothing wrong with buying it if that’s the look that works for you. I personally like to draw inspiration from high-end looks and try to create an outfit with a similar feel. That is, of course, if I can’t find it in my budget on The Outnet or other great online designer discount shops. This is a New York City It Girl Blog . . . Not INSTA-GLAM 101!


I started this look from the waist up. It all started with the shoes. I purchased these DVF calf-hair ankle boots about two years ago. The strappy leather and gold hardware made them my go-to item for creating my own Balmain look.


The basic look is just loose leather shorts with a rust or even jeweled tone silk shirt would work. These Zara shorts aren’t even real leather . . . can you tell?  This Zara shirt with the sequin embellished sleeves had Mr. Rousteing written all over it. 

Silk is a very luxurious fabric all on its, own so combined with leather, it has a very glam appeal. From there I just piled on the gold accessories. C Wonder is one of my favorite places to shop for gold bracelets. They have a wide variety and are perfect for stacking together or combining with another fave piece like a watch or leather band. Add a broad leather belt for that cinched waist look, some midi rings and earrings, and you’re well on your way. These Zara earrings are also a fave. I love the one long earring look.


Last thing you need is a black coat, and voilà! You’re ready to take on the town. Remember this little Altuzarra for Target faux number. Chic and warm all at the same time.

Remember this little Altuzarra for Target faux number. 


Only thing missing from this look is a smile, because you are looking fantastic without spending gigantic! Plenty of room in your wallet to treat your friends to a round of martinis and cosmos on you. Have fun, girls!  xoxoSB




Zara silk embellished blouse – similar here

Zara faux leather shorts – similar here

Diane Von Furstenburg calf hair ankle boots  – shop similar here or for a high end options try this or this

H&M wide leather belt – shop similar here and here if you feel like splurging go for this or for a mega splurge  this

Zara gold clutch

Photos by : Alena Soboleva