Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Are the Titles Make- Up Artist, Wardrobe Stylist, or Model being used too loosely?

Since the creation of Instagram people have been overly adding titles and occupations listed in their bio. More than half the people who follow me or who I follow are either bloggers, wardrobe stylist, models, hair company’s, make-up artist, club promoters, or boutique owners.

My reason for this discussion was that I was on one of my favorite blog sites fashionbombdaily.com, and I was reading some of the comments of the Bombshell of the Day post. They were just really giving this young lady a hard time for calling herself a stylist. That’s not the first time I’ve seen some one being ridiculed for being a wardrobe stylist.  

Are there credentials that one should have before given that title?  Should they be published in a couple of magazines? Have a resume on hand?

I’m not going to touch too much on Insta- Models (models only on Instagram) You can leave your opinion about them in the comment section below! Lol

 Make-Up Artist has been the most pop-up occupation on social media. Don’t get me wrong many are good, than there are others that I believe are doing it just because everyone else is.

This is probably going to rub some people the wrong way but this is just a discussion and I want to know other people’s opinion.  Do any of you consider Mary Kay and AVON consultants make-up artist?

What about faking it until you make it? Lol. My boyfriend had a good point about adding “aspiring” to the title until you get your big break to be able to wear that title.

Social media is a perfect asset to building any brand, but if you are looking into a quick way to become known, then you’re not going to last very long. My advice is just to be passionate about your craft and anything worth having is worth working hard for.

Disclaimer: This post is not to throw shade on anyone and their profession or expertise!
 
 

 JL

Monday, March 31, 2014

MFM Feature: Randall

  The last male feature of the month is a good friend of mine Randall.  Randall has always had very nice style. To be honest, I don’t know why I didn’t interview him last year!? These past few months he has been gracing my cell phone screen with his fitted blazers, his great use of colors, and nice button ups I couldn’t pass him up this year. Check him out for yourself, meet Randall…

How do you define your style?
I define my style as me, as my personality which no one can emulate.

 Who/ what are your style inspirations?
As far as inspirations I’m not really inspired by any celebrities... I'm mostly inspired by clothes that catch my eye/attention and I go off that to base my outfits.

 Are you into trends? If so, which ones?
For the most part I try to go against trends, but if I do see something that’s trendy and fits my style then I use it, but try to throw a twist on it.

 

 
What are some of your favorite brands and stores to shop at?

Well I shop at all types of stores and online websites from expensive stores like Zara, Saks Fifth, and Nordstrom’s, to inexpensive stores like H&M, Express, Footlocker, and online stores.

 

What 5 pieces (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc) are a must have for you?
5 things every man should have

Wheat Timbs - if you can't find wheat Timbs then polo boots are your next choice...

A watch - it doesn't have to be flamboyant but casual enough to catch attention.

Dark suit - preferably a Black one

Edge up - believe it or not, an edge up/lining can make or break an outfit.... Whether you have a haircut, dreads, Mohawk, fro, hair on your head or on your face your edge up makes your look fresher...

Accessories - accessories are what make your outfit pop... It's the icing on the cake... Items that fall under the accessories category for any time are hats, scarves, watches, male bracelets, little gold chains, and earrings.









Favorite fashion quote or phrase. ​
Clothes don't make the man. The man makes the clothes. No matter how expensive or how cheap, it's the man's confidence in the clothes.

 
I think Randall just gave you young men a style lesson! Hope y’all took notes! Love it!

You can keep up with Randall on Twitter and Instagram @nomo_freeeRandy


Sunday, March 30, 2014

FYI 2014 Best Dressed Males


This list of best dressed males is just my opinion of whose hot and who you need to look out for! Some familiar faces but I’m sure you’re going to meet some newbies!

I’m normally a fan of athlete’s attire off the field or court. It’s either way too much or its just not cute… But off the court Lebron James is pretty dapper! From fitted suits to sweater vest, more than just his on the court skills are being noticed!
 
 
 
 





 
 

Scott Disick is more than just a Kardashian tag along! He has set himself up to be a future style icon. I haven’t quite figured out what Disick does for a living. All I know is that whatever he does, he looks good doing it!  

 
 
 
 


 

I remember when Michael B. Jordan was co-starring on the soap opera All My Children. Boy has he come along way from those cornrolls! I’m glad to see that he has transformed into this breakout star. This past award season he stayed photo ready  on the red carpets with his designer suits. I’m excited to see what’s next for his career!
 





If Kanye didn’t make my list he probably would have came after me! LOL I kid, I kid! To be honest admire Kanye for taking on fashion. I like that he just doesn’t limit himself to being a “rap star”. Being able to take on many aspects such as architecture, fashion, and art is a good look which helps him keep scoring those awesome endorsements.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
          
Last but not least, my favorite fashion forward male right now is Pharrell!! He walks to the beat of his own drum! LITERALLY!! I love that he can be GQ suave then transform into this skateboard kid. Is he finally going to share his aging secrets or nah?! LOL

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 



So what do you think of the list? Did you have someone in mind that didn’t make the list?

JL

MFM Feature: Ethan

It’s time for our next male feature! Today I have Ethan! I’m glad that he was able to share his style story! I came across Ethan at a photo shoot we were both doing work on a few weeks ago. Once we introduced our selves, and small conversation, he mentions that he was a stylist as well. Then I knew that I was going to have to feature him on the blog. Well here he is! Meet Ethan…


How do you define your style?
I am still trying to find that one style that I can call it my own. But most of the times I tend to challenge myself with style that make something feminine become more masculine.

Who/ what are your style inspirations?

Most of the time i get my inspiration from street style from all over the world. I love to draw most of my inspiration from The Sartorialist Blog

 Are you into trends? If so, which ones?
I am not really into trends that much.

 What are some of your favorite brands and stores to shop at?
Brand: Diesel, Rag and Bone, Zara, H&M, i am all into vintage shopping finding a good sale. Then sometime I like to make my own clothing as well.

What 5 pieces (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc) are a must have for you?

Well I wear a watch everywhere I go cause I don't like being late. Most of the time I like to wear boots, it’s my to go shoes for everyday cause they’re super comfortable. Sunglasses is a must for me, then my phone is a must have as well. Then finally I like to add an accent to the outfit am wearing so it can be vary.

Favorite fashion quote or phrase.                                           
Style is personal. Style is all one’s own, and no one can say otherwise. A person who is stylish knows, understands, and respects the rules, yet knowingly they take risks and break them, bend them and interpret them as they like. Style can be  adopted from one another so that they can put their own twist to it. Great style means not taking yourself too seriously, but in return they should own them and have fun.

 




By the way, Ethan does some great nail art! Follow him on Instagram @ethanluong!


JL
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bojack

  It’s that time again to feature some of the fashion forward men I come across! I know that it’s the end of March and I haven’t done a male post yet, but better late than never right!


It’s amazing how you hear so much about someone and then finally meet them to know that they are as awesome as you imagined! Willie D Allen Jr. aka Bojack is a L’Oreal Professional hairstylist, runway show coordinator extraordinaire, and all around fashion freak. I really admire him for becoming a brand and in the process of making the small towns of East Texas fabulous!  I don’t think that I’ve met anyone in East Texas more passionate about fashion than him. This young man has a vision and won’t stop until its reality! Meet Bojack…



 
How do you define your style?
I define my style as Urban Chic. That is taking your roots (how you were raised) and mixing it with style from television and the magazines.

Who/ what are your style inspirations?
Karl Lagerfield, the face of Chanel. He’s passionate about beauty, fabric, and the know of conception (ideas).

Are you into trends? If so, which ones?
Yes I am. For the spring I’m into pops of color, large stripe shirts to along with a pair of khakis, cuffing the pants to show off the ankle and to pair those with boat shoes, a pair of Adidas shell toes or some Converse.





 

What 5 pieces (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc) are a must have for you?
My time piece (watch), eyewear, tech support (my iPhone), fingerless gloves, and a scarf.

What are some of your favorite brands and stores to shop at?
My favorite brands are the two C’s (CHANEL), the ambassador of fashion, Roberto Cavalli, and Diane Von Furstenberg. My favorite stores are H&M, Kenneth Cole, Nordstrom Racks, and Sacks Fifth Avenue.

What is your favorite fashion quote/ phrase?
Fashion can be bought, but you must possess style.






 
 
 
 
 

I think Bojack’s pictures are saying more than a thousand words right now! What do you think?!

See more of Bojack’s style at…
Website- Bojaxstyles.com
Instagram- @bojax3000
Facebook like page- Apples & Oranges
 
JL
 



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Who's That Girl?!

If you haven’t seen or heard, the new “It” girl is Lupita Nyong’o! The break out star from 12 Years a Slave, and now Academy Award winning actress, has been killing the red carpets with her grace and colorful gowns!

 Can you say “new fashion icon”!! Lupita’s stylist, Micaela Erlanger, put in the works for her for the Oscars. Erlanger told E News that “the night’s look was a collaboration, and our main goal was to create a look completely representative of Lupita. The custom Prada gown, accented by gold Fred Leighton jewelry and diamond headband all came together beautifully. This was the moment we’ve been working towards all award season and I think we nailed it.”



 
 


 Quick Lupita Nyong’o Facts!
Lupita was born in Mexico City, Mexico, but raised Nairobi, Kenya.
 
 
She is a graduate of Hampshire College and Yale School of Drama.
 
Not only is she an actress but she is aslo a music video director (well-known in Mexico and Kenya)
 

She is the first African woman to win an Academy Award


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
I can’t tell you how inspiring Lupita’s speech was when she accepted her award this past Sunday! I was in tears! Her words made many of us believe that dreams do come true. It’s amazing how you’ve never met an individual in person but their presence on TV or read a story of them in magazine can make you feel connected to that person. She is off to an awesome start and I can’t wait to see what’s in stored for her!  
 
 
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
                                                   -Lupita Nyong’o
 
 
 
 

Sources  
Telegraph.uk.co
Eonline.com

Huffingtonpost.com
Tomandlorenzo.com

 Thegrio.com

 
 
 
JL

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Girl About Town

 I can’t remember the last time I’ve done an outfit of the day! This past Sunday we had the perfect weather to do one!
 

I am in love with the colors orange and cobalt blue together! They are so vibrant! Definitely a showstopper! Want to change up your look for the office?! Just add color! Try it, and let me know how it goes!! 

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 


Nude is the new black! I promise it goes with everything! I don’t have a favorite color, but it is definitely my color for the moment! When you accent nude with gold it makes any outfit classy!



 
  Outfit Details

Shirt- JCPenny’s
Pants- Cato’s (old)
Shoes- .Michael Kors .
Handbag-  Forever21
Sunglasses- Cato’s
Watch- Michael Kors
Necklace- Body Central


Photography by Larry Everett