STYLE| Lost In Chinatown

posted on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

As some of you may know, I've been a personal stylist for a few years. In-between having kids, writing this blog, and trying to manage whatever else I was juggling, I've kept a few clients, and gained some new ones too. It's been a passion of mine for quite some time. 

Last winter, something changed for me. Even though I was working, I didn't have the proof I personally needed of all my work. That's the down side of being a personal stylist, it left me feeling uninspired when I needed to look back and find inspiration of my very own. 

There is so much power in having proof of your work. Not only as a source for future jobs, but for yourself. Seeing your ideas come to fruition can bring so much gratification. It's difficult to articulate it, but I'm sure you understand.

 Fall is around the corner, and I am feeling so inspired by all the beauty and optimism in the city right now. Everyone is itching for a change, whether it be in the layering of their garments or in personal crafts and creativity. The settling of the summer buzz is thick, and I am honored to call this place home.

Drink Good Do Good

posted on: Monday, August 31, 2015

Nearly 24 million Americans live in food deserts. Surprisingly, many live in New York City! If you're unfamiliar with the term food desert, it's used to describe neighborhoods where access to healthy, fresh, and organic food is non existent. Many families and individuals, often travel outside of their neighborhoods to even obtain a good apple.

Naked Juice and Wholesome Wave are teaming up to combat food deserts with an amazing campaign, that I am honored to be a small part of. A few weeks ago, Naked hosted a delicious lunch at River Park, with ambassador, Adrian Grenier and Wholesome Wave founder, Michel Nischan. We ate, we shopped fresh produce, and discussed a huge issue that needs to be changed, and can be changed with your help!

More info on how you can get involved, below the lunch pictures.
It is one of my greatest honors as a mother, to feed and give my children healthy food. Our local Farmer's Market is just a few blocks away, and it is our Saturday tradition. Throughout the week, our meals consist of the items I purchase at the market, and I'm so grateful that I don't have to go far to get them. My kids will grow up with easy access to what they need and love, and I believe, every child should have that right.

Here's what's happening; Naked Juice will donate 10lbs of fresh fruit and veggies to Wholesome Waves, every time you post a selfie with a fruit or vegetable on instagram, using the hashtag #drinkgooddogood. Easy right? Naked has reached 30% of their 500,000 lb food goal. Will you join me in helping provide fresh and delicious choices to all Americans?

This post was in partnership with Naked Juice. Thank you for supporting the campaigns and companies I believe in. 

Style Your Smile| Orange| 003

posted on: Friday, August 28, 2015

This morning, I woke up to a cool breeze floating through our bedroom window, and on nights out, I'm gently forced to grab a sweater for me, a jean jacket for the kids, and a swaddle blanket too. For good measure. A huge part of me is soaking up every morsel of summer style. But equally, there is a part of me that looks at the jeans in my dresser and the blazers in my closet with a looming desire. I'd like to layer again without sweating, and find a good leather jacket to rock without shame. A pair of ankle boots to wear with a floral dress, will due too.

I know this feeling... it's familiar. It mirrors the feelings I have when Christmas is over, and we still have to endure winter. Not completely the same, but very similar.

Despite my eagerness, in a few weeks, when I'm packing up the kids' swimming gear, and saying so-long to movies in the park, and Pops on The Highline, I'll be rolling my eyes at this post, and at the eagnerness to exit such an exciting season.

In true fashion, here we go, the last installment of Style Your Smile (orange lips). With an Autumn feel, of course.

Cooler weather makes me want to give all of the deeper shades a good try, but I do love the unpredictability of wearing an orange lip  in the fall. Are you itching for fall too? And does rocking an orange lip with a few extra layers, appeal to you?

 jeans- Asos| jacket- vintage (similar)| shirt- similar| Hat- similar Sandals- Asos 

Photography by Katherine Rose for LaTonya Yvette. 


posted on: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Over the weekend, Brooklyn had one of the most beautiful and exciting festivals it hosts (in my opinion) every summer, Afropunk Festival. I considered attending this summer, but decided that I needed a quieter weekend. 

Despite my lack of attendance, I'm still utterly obsessed with the images that have been released. The outfits were inspiring, the hair was beautiful, the patterns and shapes were thrilling. Here are a few images that I loved.

 images: via