Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's Trending

What's trending

According to the November issue of Lucky magazine (side note: I'm a lucky mag contributor See Here) the above items are trending.

First, let's start with the "Piper" leather slide clutch. The slide clutch is a great update to the everyday clutch. We've gone from sliding the clutch under our armpits to sliding our fingers through the holder located horizontally on the sides. You can find these clutches online or H&M.

Second, The peplum puffer (peplum is everything this year) emphasizes your curves. So, if you want an hourglass figure, don't stop at a peplum dress or skirt, add a peplum jacket as well. You can find these puffers in high - to- affordable department stores and of course online.

Third, the "Bou Bou" sneakers are made from patent leather and woven fabrics. You might remember I wrote a blog awhile back where I mentioned I was not fond of low oxfords (not for me, but fine for others) well, I really like these sneakers because they are a cross between keds and tap shoes. You can find them online.

Last, but certainly not least, floral jewelry. The pair I chose above were made by Tory Burch, found on The floral look adds elegance to any outfit whether it is black tie or dressing up skinny jeans and a t-shirt. Also, check out Anthropologie, Pandora and Effy for other varieties.

I want to congratulate Shante Sanders, winner of the Crystal Cooper Clutch and Flashin' with Passion for Fashion tickets.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Macy's, We Want You!



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lookin' "Suite" in Pink

 Rikki Johnson, the host for the pink fashion show is also a student at Paul Mitchell. Check out her smouldering eyes. Isn't her eyes just everything ladies? She also looks super chic in her pink and black ensemble (even her nails are pink).

 The theme for the pink fashion show was 1920s inspired, hence the flapper-esque dresses and the coiffed hair-dos. Notice the pink strand in the second model's hair, if you would like to have some of the same, you can get it here: Beauty by Darlene

Brenna Wofford is an independent stylist for Stella & Dot and also has her own thriving online fashion business: Simply Fashionating (luv that name).

 Brenna and her business associate

Shoe Cam: 

 Pink patent leather Steve Madden pumps. Who is the owner of these fab shoes?


 Rikki is working these shoes. Look at the balance. This is no easy feat, I've tried these shoes and not everybody can rock these. Rikki did, flawlessly! She told me where she bought them, if you want to know where, send me an email.


                                         Which is your favorite?                                    

These rose gold and silver tinted heels were so cute (this picture really doesn't do it justice). Also, notice the pink flowers in her dress.

Even though these shoes are not pink, I thought they deserved to be featured.
Paul Mitchell School of Jacksonville presented this Pink Express Style Show a benefit for Breast Cancer Awareness month, held at Suite at the St. Johns Town Center.

For more pictures, click this link for: 904 Happy Hour

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Certa Magazine photoshoot

    Do you know Certa Magazine? Certa is a fashion and lifestyle magazine with a "New York voice", created by Latoya Donaldson, Editor-in-Chief.

Marienna Rathgeber is a writer, editorial director and beauty expert for Certa Magazine.

 Marienna also knows how to "work" in front of a camera, check her out here: October issue

Jay McPherson, Styled By Blue, wardrobe stylist and creative director.

When this model, Joelianna McLane first walked in, the word that came to mind was "shy". She is anything but that in front of the camera. Pick up the November issue to see what I'm talking about. She brought fierceness and took direction well, like a seasoned pro.

America's Next Top Model are you watching? Dannie Duprey, is tall, thin and has supermodel in her DNA.

Darlene working her magic in Dannie's hair. The outcome was fantastic and she did it again for another model who is also going to be featured in the November issue. I'm not going to mention any names, but let's just say the transformation was something only a seasoned hairstylist like Darlene could pull off. I'll give you a little hint: it's a male model.

Johnakeshia is a fashionista in her own right. She pulled all the fabulous pieces for the set from local boutiques such as: Boutique 3:16 and Dainty Treasures. Jewelry was provided by Laura Staley and others. If you need help with personal shopping, wardrobe styling or visual merchandising, contact her at: Johnakeshia Thompson.

    Showing their support (see previous post: Show Me Your Pink)
                         Hillary Warren, freelance Pro MUA and Lauren K. Valdez, hairstylist and MUA

    This tattoo is in honor of Lauren's grandmother, who she used to affectionately call "sweet pea". Her grandmother died of breast cancer several years ago, hence the 'sweet pea'  commemorative.                                                                

Hillary was the only MUA on set and she did an amazing job working closely with the creative directors of the shoot - Jay and Marienna -  to bring forth their vision. Using her make-up palette and special effects, she brought to life works of art.

Thanks to Darlene Smith, Beauty by Darlene, who got me behind-the-scenes access to this shoot. The location was hush-hush and everyone was given strict instructions when it came to pictures being taken, social media information that could or could not be shared.

You can pick up a copy of Certa magazine at Starbucks at the St. Johns Town Center and other hot spots in Jacksonville. Certa may have started here in Jacksonville, but you can find the magazine in other major markets, such as New York; Soho to be exact. If you haven't picked up a previous publication, November's issue is "certa-inly" a must read. If you think you've got what it takes to be featured in Certa magazine, email them at:

Kara Rountree of Kara Rountree photography was the photographer for this shoot. She is also the photographer for Certa magazine.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Show Me Your Pink

Show Me Your Pink

This month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, I'll be on the look-out for fashionable pink apparel, accessories and jewelry.

Interested in adding pink strands to your hair? contact: Beauty by Darlene or attend The 2nd Annual Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon