During my recent 10-day stay in New Orleans for the 21st Annual Essence Festival – I got the chance to explore the city, culture, celebrities, home-grown entertainment and so much more! From new restaurants to hidden gem boutiques, New Orleans offered so much more than I’ve ever expected it to, even after visiting NOLA for the last five years, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the street style, gourmet delicacies and amazing architecture found around every corner.
If I had to narrow my summer style obsession down to one piece, it would definitely have to be the jumpsuit. It’s super-easy to wear, stylish and can practically be worn everywhere. Since I’m a tall girl, it’s sometimes challenging to find stylish jumpsuits that look good, feel good and fit good too! After searching all over, you can’t imagine where I’ve found my favorite jumpsuits, including this blue cutout number below…
After searching online and in stores, I finally found this beautifully fitting jumper from H&M. Offering just the right amount of style and sass, this jumpsuit is lined with small waist length cutouts and a sleek back zipper that can be office appropriate with a cardigan or street-chic appropriate worn as shown.
Blue Jumpsuit | HM.com | $59.99
Ford hosted a wonderful media dinner during ESSENCE Fest at Little Gem Saloon. The Little Gem Saloon is a historic restaurant and live music venue that dates back to 1904. The Little Gem Saloon offers a new century twist on a historic space that first introduced New Orleans’ jazz to the world. Located in the historic 400 block of South Rampart Street, the Little Gem Saloon is just steps the French Quarter and all the authentic and historic sights that New Orleans has to offer.
Perfect for foodies of all ages, The Little Gem Saloon offers a dining experience unlike any other in New Orleans. The Little Gem Saloon offers lunch, dinner and a true-to-its-roots Sunday jazz brunch, upstairs and downstairs bars with outside balcony seating, and live entertainment five days a week. During the Ford media dinner, guests indulged in southern soul food while mingling and enjoying the cool sounds of songstress Audra Day.
Smoked St. Louis cut ribs with a creole twist was #DivasAndForksAPPROVED
No NOLA meal is complete without Louisiana Gulf shrimp & southern style biscuits
New Orleans Moments
The media dinner, hosted by Ford’s Manager of Multicultural Marketing, Shawn Thompson introduced guests to singing sensation Audra Day – pairing awesome music food and entertainment all in one exciting night.
Photo credit: Chris Mitchell/Ty Alexander
I truly enjoyed celebrating Ford’s commitment to educating and empowering NOLA communities via breast cancer awareness and more at ESSENCE Festival. Check out how Ford continues to celebrate Essence Festival fans this year as the official automotive sponsor of the 21st Annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans here.
In preparation for a Caribbean getaway with Strength of Nature, I found myself in search of a versatile dress that could take me from day to night. Surprisingly, I discovered the dress of my dreams inside the windows of a store that I rarely (if ever) shopped in before… Discover where I found my new favorite vacation dress below…
Clearly, I am still too ticked that I found this fabulous Bedrock maxi dress from Loft. The spaghetti straps and bold prints drew me in, but the flowing silhouette and super sexy split made me a believer!
Available in stores and Loft and Loft.com – don’t be fooled, this Bedrock dress may appear to be black and white, but it’s actually a deep navy blue hue. (Don’t worry, it can easily pass for black and white while worn with practically anything!)
The Bedrock maxi dress accompanies bold prints with a sexy/strappy silhouette. The elastic waist will cinch you in, while the elongated 42″ (from waist to ankle) dress flows and moves with your every step. I loved wearing this dress during a catamaran ride in Montego Bay – it’s the perfect dress for any vacation!
When you’re on vacation, you need a versatile dress that makes you feel confident, feel sexy and make you want to let loose dance! This Bedrock Maxi dress from Loft is definitely it!
If you hurry, you can catch a sale at Loft.com on the dress plus a great assortment of transitional seasonal pieces today.
For more details on pricing, sizing and more, click here.
If you wondered if Apple’s newest venture in fashionable technology would be accepted by the fashion industry, your answer is here!
There are actually two mega stars on the cover of Vogue China’s November issue. There’s supermodel Liu Wen, one of the world’s highest-paid models and Victoria’s Secret star, and then on her left wrist, the Apple Watch.
Check out the cover shoot below, after all, it might be the frontrunner for the most wearable of the high-end techcessories we’ve seen so far.
On the November Vogue China cover, the gold Apple Watch is styled with minimal accessories, and with its colorful interface, it definitely stands out and holds its own. Wen appears to be wearing the 18-karat yellow gold Edition Apple Watch, which features a red Modern Buckle Band. She’s also featured wearing other Apple Watch models on a spread inside the magazine.
The smaller 38-millimeter timepiece+ is outfitted with a thin red band to coordinate with the bold Ikat-style stripes on Wen’s Céline shirt dress, which earns it points for personalization — remember, this wearable broke from the one-style-suits-all camp with its collection of customizable, interchangeable bands. But what really wows us is its overall ability to fit right in with a cover-worthy ensemble.
According to Vogue, it’s definitely a step above many wearables on the market today, but could you see yourself wearing the stylish smart watch daily? Share your thoughts on the Apple Watch and the cover below.
If you love a mashup of classic comfort and wild prints like I am, then you’ll love to latest collection from David Bromstad and Naturalizer. Earlier this year, the brand announced that it has partnered again with artist, interior designer and HGTV personality David Bromstad to bring his unique and bold vision to life in a collection of shoes and accessories this fall.
The Bromstad for Naturalizer Fall ’14 Collection: “The fall collection is chic, sophisticated, bold, expressive… and let me just say it’s a whole lot of SEXY. The collection speaks to women of all ages – it’s very universal. In my spring collection, I created a floral painting that was very happy and summery but for fall, I wanted to do something wildly different.” – David Bromstad
Naturalizer hosted select media for a fun day of fashion and shoe selfies with David Bromstad in New York City. Guests enjoyed their favorite Bromstad for Naturalizer designs over great food, conversation and more! Fashionistas in attendance include Kela Walker of KelasKloset.com and Ty Alexander of GeorgeousinGrey.com. Check out more from the event below.
But first, let me take a shoe selfie! Stylish bloggers stepped into the place where their shoe style was front and center. Why aren’t shoe selfie stations everywhere in the world? I’m here for it!
I am loving my new pair of Bromstad Libra comfort flats, I can’t wait to get out and enjoy them this Fall.
The Bromstad for Naturalizer collection is available at Naturalizer and select retail partners beginning now and includes pumps, flats and boots, and will retail between $99 and $179. An exclusive collection of handbags and printed scarves will also be available in stores and Naturalizer.com.
What are your favorite picks from the Bromstad collection? They’re all so amazing that it’s hard to choose just one, since they’re so affordable, why not choose them all? Share your favorite picks in the comment section below.
The aviation theme was present throughout the entire collection from head to toe.
The mixed patterns, colors and matching accessories were colorful and complementary
The volcano inspired maxi dress moved and swayed beautifully down the runway
A 3-price of design rolled into one.
The overcoat, dress and matching headphones is a stylish trio that any women would enjoy.
The eye-catching designs and beautiful models owned the runway from start to finish.
It’s a party! The DJ is rocking the runway and the guests had a wonderful time!
Dominique Streater was born and raised in the heart of West Philadelphia. An avid artist since childhood, she has earned a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art and Design. Just a few years after the completion of her degree, Dom was cast on the Emmy award winning television series, Project Runway Season 12, where she made a mark on the fashion industry by winning the competition with her use of bold and daring color and prints in her fashion forward designs. For more information visit dominiquestreater.com.
What do you think of the “Elevated” Spring/Summer collection? Did you like the colors, patterns and accessories of the runway looks? Share your thoughts below.
Photo credit is to D. Burton Photos
Last week, BET Networks kicked off New York Fashion Week in style with their “BET On Fashion” show at Espace in midtown. The exclusive event featured seven rising designers, Viktor Luna, Helen Castillo, Natt Taylor, St. Frimpong, Jacinta Ligon, Andrew Nowell and Tashia Senn, giving them an opportunity to showcase their eclectic designs, work and passion.
Guests arrived in style as the pre-fashion week event ushered a preview of what fashion enthusiasts would see throughout the 7-day experience known as fashion week. Since the event kicked off all the fashion fun first, there was no shortage of bloggers, editors and who’s who in fashion in attendance during the BET on Fashion event. Check out the all the event fun below.
BET on Fashion Wrap Up
Fashion enthusiasts, celebrities and style experts got their first looks at the phenomenal designs and trends sure to take next Spring season by storm. In attendance included Elle Varner, Tai Beauchamp, Carla Hall, Debra Lee, Amanda Seales, Devyn Abdullah, Emil Wilbekin, Mikki Taylor, Lola Ogunnaike, Africa Miranda and more who enjoyed the show as well as the post event reception. Overall, this evening of fashion was a great send off for fashionistas into New York Fashion Week fun and many of us are looking forward to the next BET of Fashion event soon.
What do you think about BET on Fashion? Did you spot your favorite celebrities or designer looks at the BET on Fashion event? What were your favorite NYFW designer moments this year? Share your thoughts below?
If there’s one show I look forward to witnessing every season, it has to be the DVF collection by Diane Von Furstenburg herself. Always filled with statement pieces for the everyday woman, this collection houses much much than the iconic wrap dress – and that’s where the anticipation builds year after year. Who knew this season’s off-site show would house such stylish moments with gingham, the legendary Pat McGrath, fashion’s newest “IT-GIRL” Kendall Jenner and fashion icon Naomi Campbell.
My DVF fashion fun began hours before the show with lead stylist Orlando Pita (for CHI Haircare) & Beauty Guru Pat McGrath. Throughout the sea of beautiful models laughing, snapping selfies and getting their finishing touches on hair, nails and makeup – a commanding, yet motherly voice arises “Orlando, Orlando!” and in walks Diane Von Furstenburg herself.
After a few moments of praise, Diane and her team rushed to the the runway in preparation for the show rehearsal. One by one, the models dressed in bright and bold golds, blues and greens walked the runway for final approval before the big show.
Once the show began, everyone was all abuzz about Kendall Jenner walking in the show, but it wasn’t until the showstopper herself – Naomi Campbell walked the runway that upped the anti on what could be considered a great Spring show.
Filled with bra tops, baby doll dresses and plenty of leg-worthy frocks to go around, this DVF collection is definitely more vacation friendly than office friendly, but hey that’s what makes DVF so great right? I mean, we have more than enough wrap dresses to go around so this collection is a welcomed suite of fun fashions for any woman to enjoy next spring!
Check out more looks from the DVF Spring 2015 collection below.
What do you think? Do you love the collection, adore Naomi Campbell or think Kendall Jenner looked stellar? Share your thoughts below.
If you’ve ever wandered about the glitz and glory that is the Kentucky Derby – did you know you can place your bets on finding the hottest fashions, prettiest horses and all the fun at a track a little closer to home? Recently, a few of my blogger friends and I were guests of America’s Best Racing and visited the historical Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, NY. Check out some of the racing fun and fashions found at our day at the races below.
On your mark, get set, GO! In addition to the beautiful stables filled with race horses trained to win, the racing experience begins way before you step foot inside of the racing center. You can’t just show up for a fascinating day of racing without the right fashions from head to toe. That’s why my girls and I made our way to Dora Marra for luxurious fascinators to kick our day at the races off right. Dora Marra offered a variety of stylish head pieces for our big day at the races. We were like kids in a candy store looking for the perfect fascinator for Saratoga [Check out our hilarious behind the scenes video and more photos from our Dora Marra shopping day.]
The fascinating fashion: Picking the right attire for the races isn’t an easy feat. I wanted a dress that wouldn’t show up my amazing feather fascinator, but I also wanted to dress for the weather (which is unusually hot and humid for this time of year in upstate New York). I opted for this coral and cream number which got it’s fair share of compliments while at the races.
Necklace & Accessories: J. Crew / Michael Kors
The fascinating horses: There were plenty of thoroughbred horses on display at the Saratoga Race Course grounds, many of them were seasoned pros just waiting for their next chance to prove themselves on the track. This beautiful runner was not only very active, he practically made posing for a selfie impossible. Every time I got in close enough for a good selfie, he’d move in for a kiss (or headbutt) and I freaked out. Eventually we settled on a topic of conversation that made us both calm, happy and ready for our candid photo.
Place your bets: Did you know that you can enjoy the races with or without placing your bets? With bets starting at $1 – I couldn’t see why you wouldn’t want to get your feet wet with a little wager. Tickets to the races start as low as $5 (that’s cheaper than a movie ticket!) While there, guests enjoy the sun, shopping, food and up close and personal thoroughbred moments throughout the 350-acre racetrack in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Although the season has come to an end, visiting the Saratoga Race Track next summer should definitely be on your to-do list. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab your girlfriends, dress up and enjoy a fabulous day of fun! For more information on Saratoga Racing and to plan your next trip visit NYRA.com. In case you’re looking to get into some racing fun before next summer, you can also check out the fall racing schedule throughout at Belmont Park in Hempstead (Long Island) NY below:
Huge thanks to Dan, Victoria and the entire NYRA team for a lovely day in Saratoga Springs, I can’t wait to do it again soon!
Anyone who knows me, knows that leggings aren’t just an essential part of my wardrobe… they’re an essential part of my life! From traveling cross-country to dashing in style without the fuss, my favorite leggings from 20Legz have been there every step of the way this summer and I just had to share a few easy-breezy Do’s and Don’ts style tips to help you step into easy flawless style with designer legs from 20Legz below.
Packing a punch with perforated florals
Sometimes you just want to celebrate with flowers. These Flora leggings from 20Legz celebrates any look with a splash of color, pattern and texture all in one. Adding this burst of color to any bold colored top instantly upgrades any look and takes the basic comfort of leggings up a notch with feminine flair. One thing that I love about all my leggings from 20Legz is that no matter the style, they’re super comfortable and have just the right stretch to stay in place for all day wear.
DO pair leggings with high heels or wedges, or even tall or ankle boots to boost the illusion of height. If you’re tall, you can rock your leggings with heels, boots, sneakers or ballet flats.
DON’T wear tight tops with leggings to avoid any extra, unsightly bulges on top or at the bottom.
Get artsy with Art Deco limbs
If standing out is important to you, the Van Gough leggings are the bees-knees! I always get compliments from men and women anytime I step out in my favorite art-inspired legwear. These art deco geometric print ankle leggings are 95% polyester, 5% spandex and 100% fun! During a racing adventure in Portland, Oregon I took my Van Gough leggings for a spin while test driving the new 2015 Dodge Challenger. Paired with my favorite sheer cobalt blue blouse, statement necklace from J. Crew and heels – I was ready to ride in style!
DO wear tops that cover your bumb! Leggings should always be worn with long tops, jumpers, dresses, skirts or shorts. Anything that covers your but is fine, otherwise you will give too much exposure to your intimate parts and that is never good nor stylish.
DON’T overuse color-on-color. Try simple black or neutral tones (or nude colors) leggings to go with a bright-colored outfit.
Feeling Needy With Knee Patched Leggings
Running low on stylish options, the Knee Patch leggings offers the perfect alternative with a mix of texture and monochromatic feel that goes with anything. Pair theses comfortable black leggings with a something vibrant and bright or just plain black and white (and leave the color to the accessories). I wore these on a recent NYC shopping adventure in SoHo and paired it with a floral tunic from White House | Black Market and geometric sneakers from Peter Pilotto for Target.
DO team patterned leggings with a simple statement/slogan T-shirt, a belted tunic or minidress for visual interest. I love matching patterned tops with similar patterned kicks, balance it off with neutral, yet stylish leggings like these and you’re set to go.
DON’T wear tight tops with leggings to avoid any extra, unsightly bulges on top or at the bottom. You don’t want to show off too many lovely lady lumps.
Thinking about taking the plunge with these vibrant leggings? You can find all sorts of creative and stylish leggings all for $20 today. Check out the wide assortment of leggings available from 20Legz by visiting them online at 20Legz.com and get social by connecting with 20Legz for new releases and giveaways on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter today.
I’m one of those people who suck at new year fitness resolutions, I just can’t keep it consistent and get it right. Although I’m not a huge fan of traditional workouts and get bored with workout routines easily, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy fitness activities such as bike riding, skating and more. During a biking summit earlier this month, I was introduced to the latest in wearable technology that would change the way I work out forever, discover how Celliant changed the way I feel about fitness below.
Celliant technology in a nutshell is a hybrid of fiber-filled textiles that recycles your body heat into a boost of infrared energy. Since wearing incorporating Celliant gear into my workout wardrobe, I have significantly noticed a improved circulation and almost elimination of sore muscles and joints.
Developed by leading experts in medicine, physics and biology, as well as a dedicated Scientific Advisory Board, Celliant a proprietary fiber that is loaded with a potent mix of thermo-reactive minerals. Powered by our own metabolism, it is more hybrid engine than textile. It recycles and converts radiant body heat into something that gives the body a measurable boost—infrared energy.
Last week, I decided to put Celliant to the test with a 7-mile walk/run through New York City. Wearing a Celliant infused compression shirt from Saucony, along with Celliant athletic socks – I was able to explore the city and get a great afternoon workout with energy to spare. I didn’t have a sluggish post-workout hangover and had minimal traces of sore feet whatsoever. Since Celliant promotes the benefits of improved circulation, cell performance and overall health, it’s no surprise that it delivered and gave me a boost of confidence and energy to want to workout more. And the science & testing behind it makes Celliant the most established and clinically tested infrared textile in the industry.
The beauty of Celliant technology is in the fibers. Because the deep woven fibers contain the technology, there are no wires, battery packs or worries that Celliant will break down or wash off – Celliant technology performs and lasts the lifetime of the material. This wearable technology can be found in an assortment of sportswear, accessories and even bedding and is sure to be included in more wearables that you already know and love.
There’s a limited variety on complete sports apparel available at this time (I can’t wait for Celliant sports bras, hoodies, and yoga pants to become available). You can currently shop an assortment of Celliant infused workout gear from tops, tights, socks, wraps and more at CelliantTX.com and connect with the technology behind the infrared fibers on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest today.