Friday, December 30, 2011

Just Checking In...

Hello all!!! I know I haven't posted anything in a few weeks, but I've been very busy.  Busy as a bee, beaver, squirrel, and any other animal that comes to mind.  I had final school projects that I had to finish up.  Plus, I graduated from college on December 17th (yay me!!!) And I had family come in from out of town to help celebrate my accomplishment.  Seven people in a two bedroom one bathroom apartment is not the type of setup I want to have on a regular basis.  But, my son loved it because he got to spend time with family that he doesn't get to see once every couple months.  Add that with entertaining a 5 year old who's out of school for the holidays, going out of town for Christmas, looking for a job...Whew!!! I'm tired just reading all of that.

So, needless to say, I haven't had much time for posting.  But, I have a couple of posts that I'm planning on doing by the end of next week.  Don't give up on me!!! I will be back in full effect shortly.  I would like to thank all of the people who take the time to read my blog and those who are following it as well.  There are MANY other style blogs out there, but you're making the choice to stop by and read my thoughts.  That really makes me feel special :)  Take care and I will "see" you in 2012!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Grand Opening at A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge

Hi y'all!!! This past Sunday, I attended the grand opening celebration at A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge.  The event lasted from 4-7 pm, and it was a very nice event.  There were so many beautiful natural haired ladies, and guys, who participated.  I wanted to snatch out these two strand twist extensions and let my afro loose!! Lol!! Anyway, there were giveaways, including an entire set of the salon's signature product line, Metamorphosis Hair Care Systems.  There were also live demonstrations, descriptions of services they provide,  free samples of their products, free food and drinks, and an artist that painted pictures of attendees.  I must say it was one of the best grand openings I've been to in a long time.  So, you already know I had to snap some photos, but my camera died in the process :(.   Please enjoy the photos I did get.  And if you're interested in booking an appointment, you can either call 901-859-1113 or go to  "Come and chill at the lounge"

Stylist Danesha Herron

Live demonstration on a flat twist updo

Description of newly natural afro

Live demonstration on flat twist updo

My son

My son and one of TaKeisha's daughters

Owner and stylist TaKeisha Berry-Brooks

Live demonstration on transitioning client
My outfit

You know I couldn't leave without posting a picture of my outfit.  I usually don't do pictures like this, but since I forgot to get someone to take my picture while I was at the event, I had to.  Can you believe the major pieces of my outfit cost me less than $30??? I got the turtleneck for $9, the blazer was on sale for $4, and my shorts were on sale for $4.  Here's the details:

Turtleneck:  Old Navy
Blazer: Old Navy
Wool shorts:  Old Navy
Tights:  Ashley Stewart
Earrings:  La Bella Couture
Boots:  TJ Maxx
Ring:  Charlotte Russe

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Style Pet Peeves

We've all had that moment when we were out in public and saw someone wearing something that should've been left in the store that they saw it in.  But, for some reason, they decided to purchase it anyway.  I like to call them style pet peeves and I have compiled a list of them.  Do you think one of yours will make my list? Well keep reading and find out :)

Pet Peeve #10:  Guys wearing sagging pants.  I know this one should be on everyone's list of pet peeves.  Seeing a stranger's underwear out in public is not something I like to be exposed to.  Not to mention the fact that the majority of guys who do this are also wearing 1-2 pairs of shorts UNDERNEATH the too large pants are wasting clean clothes.  I really don't understand the point, nor do I want to.  Let's just please do away with sagging pants altogether.

Pet Peeve #9:  Older men who dress like guys half their age. I get so tired of seeing older men (40 and up) dressing like their younger sons, nephews, or in some cases, brothers (25 and under.)  Wearing the latest Timberland boots or Air Force Ones with your baseball cap turned to the back is a fashion statement that should only be worn by guys in their mid-late teens to their mid-twenties (and mid-twenties is pushing it.) If you're an older gentleman who enjoys dressing this way, please stop dressing like you just left the latest rapper's video shoot and dress more appropriately.  And by the way, STOP getting your hair cornrowed and go the barbershop and get a haircut.

Pet Peeve #8:  Women who like to wear every piece of jewelery they own at one time. There is nothing wrong with accessorizing your favorite outfit with a necklace, stacked bangle bracelets and a statement ring.  Just don't put on ALL of your jewelery at one time as if someone is going to take your stash away from you.  If you feel the need to put on many pieces at one time, put them all on.  Then, look in the mirror and take one or two pieces OFF.  If you're wearing some fabulously big earrings, don't put on a fabulously big statement necklace with it.  Instead, go for a statement ring or chunky bracelet.  A lot of times an outfit will dictate what type of jewelery is appropriate for that outfit. 

Pet Peeve #7:  Women who over coordinate.  You may be wondering what I mean by that.  For example, let's say a woman has found a splendid (did I just use splendid?) royal blue colored dress.  So, that same woman decides that she must also have a pair of royal blue earrings with the matching necklace, royal blue shoes, and THEN puts on royal blue eyeshadow.  NOOOOOOOOO!!! That is too much of one color and is basically overkill.  Nowadays, things don't have to match anymore.  They can just go together.  She could've gone with a wide array of colors that go with royal blue.  If you're not sure about what goes with what color, a Color Wheel can be a tremendous help. 

Pet Peeve #6:  Young women who wear leggins as pants.  I'm not hating on young women/women who wear leggins.  I could care less about who wears them.  But, If I can see your panty lines OR just your panties in general (meaning the color or print), your top is not long enough to cover up your butt.  You need to go home and start over.  

Pet Peeve #5:  Women who do not take care of their weave/wig.  If you think that having a weave or wearing a wig is maintenance free, YOU'RE WRONG!!! You should treat it just like your real hair.  Meaning, you should comb it, curl it, roll it.  Whatever needs to be done to it in order for it to not look like you just got out of bed.  If you're not going to take care of it, please leave it where it is. Now that I think about what I just said, maybe some of these women ARE taking care of them just like their real hair.  Who knows.

Pet Peeve #4:   Women and men who dress their children like miniature adults.  That doesn't mean you can't dress up your children in dress clothes for special occasions and such.  I mean parents who let their 5 year old son have his ears pierced.  Or those parents who let their 3 year old daughter wear a halter top.  Please think long and hard before making these types of decisions.

Pet Peeve #3:   People who wear pajamas in public.  Pajamas have their appropriate time and place to be worn.  Around the house or in bed at night.  If you don't feel like getting dresses, at least put forth the effort to put on a pair of jeans, a tee shirt and sneakers.  Instant outfit.

Pet Peeve #2:  Men who wear short sleeved shirts and neckties.  If you are over the age of 10, DO NOT DO THIS!!!! Even if you're wearing a sportcoat over your dress shirt, do not do this.  I can't stand when I see a grown man dressed like this. But, you may be thinking, what about the summer time??? Yes, even in the summer time.  They do make lightweight long sleeved dress shirts that can be worn when it's hot. Just leave the short sleeves and ties to the little boys.

Pet Peeve #1:  Women who wear too little shoes on purpose.  I have heard stories from many people who work in retail selling shoes about women doing this.  I don't understand for the life of me why someone would want to have their feet hurting on purpose.  Even when high heels fit right, they can still hurt your feet after hours of wear.  If your toes or your heels are hanging off of shoes your trying on, PLEASE go up to the next size.  And if you're wearing the largest size they have, just pick another shoe.  Or, see if they have it online.  A lot of times, shoe companies/retailers will carry larger shoes on the internet than in their stores.  So save yourself a lot of unnecessary pain and buy the proper size shoes.

Did your pet peeve make the list? If not, leave yours in the comment box below.  I can't wait to read your responses :) 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Old School Fridays

Well, I know I'm all late and all (don't judge me) but Happy Friday!!! To celebrate, I decided to hit you with D-Nice.  I was at a friend's house last night watching The Wood and they played his song; it was my motivation. I've been loving D-Nice since I first saw him on Yo! MTV Raps ( I just dated myself.) So, for your viewing pleasure, here's "My Name is D-Nice" by....D-Nice.

Who's On My Campus

Hello everyone!!! I'm very excited about this edition of WOMC.  I have been stalking admiring this young lady's style since the first time I saw her.  I wanted to get Catherine's picture SO BADLY, but whenever I would see her, she would be rushing to class and I didn't want to bother her.  So, while I was waiting to go to class on Thursday, she went to the Fred and Ethel's kiosk to get some coffee.  That was my chance to finally snap her picture.  She is a very sweet and friendly lady with GREAT style.  Her mix of funky and classic silhouettes gives her a style that is effortlessly chic. Let me know if you're feeling her style the way I do.