Harlem is Home

I grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the corner of 89th and Broadway, which is exactly 21 blocks from the start of Harlem. Back then you couldn’t keep my friends and I from riding our bikes uptown or playing basketball at Riverbank State Park. Harlem was the neighborhood that we claimed and the…

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Gingham Plaid

Over many centuries, the patterns of Gingham and Plaid have gradually lost their original names and/or meanings. The original Gingham, which means striped, dates back to the 18th century, but today we associate it with a checked pattern. On the other hand, Plaid was originally known as Tartan and was actually used to describe the…

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Fall Reflection

In the influencer community, fashionistas love Fall and Winter because it opens the door for earth tones, layers, and outerwear. While those are all things that I also love about fashion, I think that the Fall and Winter seasons are for introspection, reflection, healing, and rest. It is too easy to get caught up in…

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2nd International Fashion Festival – Barbados 2017

Returning to Barbados for the 2nd Annual International Fashion Festival – Barbados 2017 (formerly known as BB Fashion Week) was an absolute treat. I arrived at 4am, made it to the house by 5am, fell asleep at 6am, and was woken up by 8am. To my surprise, I wasn’t even tired. I was too excited…

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Black is NEVER Basic

Some people think the color black is so basic, but in my opinion when you style it the right way it is one of the most bold and impactful colors in the spectrum. Chic, classy, and timeless are the words that best describe this ensemble. Sweet and to the point! A double breasted blazer with…

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Pinstriped Shadows

Classic and simple colors such as black, navy, and gray suit are the quintessential colors of one’s everyday basic suit wardrobe. However, in my opinion, I think it’s time that we add the pinstripe to that basic list. Pinstripes are bold, but not too flashy. In the world of finance, a banker, trader, or a…

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Commonwealth Ave

A classic look for this historical neighborhood. I’ll say it again… I am obsessed with old English architecture. I’ve never been one to play the tourist by stopping and looking up at everything I see. I’ll usually I’ll make my way through a city by looking as I go. Maybe that’s the New Yorker in…

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Fashion, Passion, and Activism

During the summer of 2014 and with zero expectations, I decided to embark on my next life chapter. Getting dressed everyday was simply something that I had grown to love. One day, while sitting at my desk scrolling through Instagram, I happened upon OOTD’s (outfit of the day). At first, I thought that this was…

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