All posts tagged: street style

LATELY- life update

Allow me to reintroduce myself..my name is V.A to the N. A(fake Jay Z voice) Ok let me stop, but hey there! It’s been a while. I’ve been living. Like more gratitude, living in the moment, a lot of quiet time and isolation when not working. Fully present in all that I’m doing and man do I feel rich. I went to Tokyo , Japan with my daughter to bring in the New Year and that was a an experience for the books. It was so peaceful, clean and orderly. A few days before that departure on wash day I decided that I was no longer going to deal with all this hair so I took my son’s school mini scissors and just chopped it off at the root. I went to the barbershop to get it trimmed and lined up and went about my business. This last year I’ve been truly living my best life. Big chances, big losses and most importantly holding myself accountable, making a decision and doing what I say I’m …

Steal His Shirt  Season 

Fall  is for stealing Men’s shirt out of bae’s closet. Every Fall I kinda have the same uniform. I pile on top of a turtle neck (like HERE) or a collard shirt and work my way into an outfit that I love. Same shit, different pieces pretty much. The neck fit can be off depending on how big or small bae is. When the neck is oversized even after buttoning I do a nice pull and tuck and boom the shit is a custom fit honey!I did a skirt so I didn’t totally look like I got dressed with the boys! Karla was straight disrespectful when she designed this skirt. I saw it and thought “come on shape!” I love how she make curve complimenting pieces that are timeless and go to  essentials.  And plus she’s probably like the first blogger most of us looked to when we first started blogging. I know me and my friends did and I’m more than proud to genuinely support her new endeavor. Besides layering I’ve been trying to keep a healthy …

” Mom appropriate?”

  “As a Mother how do you decide what is fashionable yet appropriate?” A creative asked me at #BostonCoffeeTalk this past weekend.  My eyes lit up….like what a great question! I hear so much on “looking like a Mom” and what’s “Mom appropriate” that I was more than happy to share my opinion on this topic. My answer “I don’t wear anything that I can’t comfortably wear around my children or  want my daughter to find if she googles me”   Growing up my Mother didn’t do midriffs(besides a few 80’s pics)or skirts and shorts that were over the knees….all while being fashionable.  I loved all of her outfits, but what stood out above all was how she carried herself.  She was always so classy and confident. This taught me that confidence and feeling sexy was a feeling , a way of being and not a particular fit.  She could have worn a plastic bag and still have been chic because of her attitude and  bone straight  posture. I keep in mind via my dressing, …

All the denim

Well hey there! I have had a busy, adventurous and productive month.  Staying busy is the medicine for entrepreneurs. Too much down time for me means I’m not chasing enough checks or growing. I’ve been working on projects and had curve ball opportunities that I couldn’t pass up on. I’ve been checking some goals off of my childhood and adulthood bucket list(The 8 year old me high fives me). It’s been great, but when your are winning in one area, another area of your life has to take a hold i.e the blog and missing my children’s February vacation to work NYFW and go to Chicago all in a 10 day span.  Consistency is always key, but staying sane is first. I never want to be so lost in work that I’m not actually living. Happy to accept the fact that I am not a robot and the chill button is my best friend this last year. New York Fashion–  Sigggggghhhhh It was brutal. like BRU-TAl. Think 10, 2o degree weather, plus aching feet, plus delayed …

#BostonCoffeeTalk Jan. Ft. Dunstan Dubique

  #BostonCoffeeTalk Jan 23, 2016 Location: Caffe Nero Jamaica Plain Boston, MA 02130 This month’s #BostonCoffeeTalk was the first featured guest edition with Dunstan Dubique .  Handsome Boy Clothing caught my attention 10 years ago.  I  kept seeing it on Facebook and on local fashion influencers in Boston. I didn’t meet the Man behind the brand until much years later.  “I know who you are! You’re the Man behind Handsome Boy…with the bow tie!”(a lot of hand gestures) is what I said to Dunstan  when I finally met him. From his creative work with his brand  to his work as the General Manager at  G-Star Raw Boston ; he has remained  a mainstay in Boston Fashion .  It made all the sense for me to reach out to this pioneer and ask that he be our first guest. As I mentioned in the recap video, I’m always impressed and shocked at the amazing people and energy that joins coffee talk every month. I believe when our intentions are good and we are open amazing things will happen and …

”Who’s The Boss?”

Not the 80’s show where “Angela” had the best trousers, but the question you have to ask yourself when you almost second guess a not so common outfit that you really love.  A lot of people ask me how I manage to put some of my outfits together.  I pretty much freestyle, go with my gut  then make it work. Of course I laugh sometimes like ” You have the nerves”  But then I remind myself that it’s my style so I call the shots.  I’m the Boss. We all have personal style.  Some of us have found it. Some of us are still figuring it out. Some are in transition with theirs. If it feels good do it.  It’s always the first thought that rules.  If you don’t like it  afterwards then make the change the next time you wear that piece or outfit. Just enjoy the thrill of going against that silly voice that says it wont go. I purchased these sweet sweet pants from Boomerangs JP.  I was thrifting and purchased it …

Boston Coffee Talk- Caffe Nero

Seems like these months are flying by  and these Coffee Talks are one after another.  I love it though! This past Saturday  #BostonCoffeeTalk was held at the beautiful Caffe Nero in Downtown Crossing. Such a unique space with Victorian  like decor and beautiful vintage mirrors.  That and the friendly  staff is what sealed the deal for me. I owe myself another date there where I can soak it all in again while enjoying a good read. Uplifting and encouraging discussions among-st Entrepreneurs. Their drive and passion is so uplifting! I always leave wanting to go and create. Let’s not forget the bright and shining Paramount  theaters across the street that made the best backdrop. Something about bright lights I tell ya.I can only capture so much through the lens, but the real magic is in the energy, the convo’s and aha moments! Thank you again to all that attended and to the amazing team at  Caffe Nero!! I hope you can join us next month and if you are in NY this weekend, join me at #NewyorkCoffeeTalk in …

RED- Monochromatic

RED- with a vengeance.  Like somebody talked about my Momma type of vengeance! The obsession with red is real. From Easter dresses in Brooklyn to a grown Woman with too many red staples to count. But it’s like that sometimes, a whole lot of it. No cares sprinkled with a bit of attitude….maybe a lot.  I don’t do monochromatic red often because its such a loud color and because I’m usually wearing some shade of it anyways.  When I do(any monochromatic look) ,  the first thing I keep in mind are the textures and tones.  Either the tones  are exact or  just a few shades off  and I mean very little. As far as textures- some materials don’t compliment each other well or will make one texture look more dull than it really is. They definitely should compliment each other. I will be doing a monochromatic  breakdown  soon! Hope this look gave you the energy you need to have a great Monday!   Wearing: Vintage/ costume jewelry H&M Sweater(Sold out online) Options here Faux Leather skirt(gift)  Similar hues at ASOS , Macy’s and Miss Guided Aldo …

DIY Exposed Shoulder Blouse

Making your own Exposed Shoulder Blouse is easier than you think! I am a sucker for exposed shoulders and collar bones.  Its just the right amount of sultry while not having to go too bare. I’ve always been a DIY-er, sometimes by mistake and sometimes intentional like this top. The last few months my obsession has been off the shoulder looks, preferably with Men’s Shirts. Their cut is more comfortable with less restrictions in movement. After many requests from followers and being stopped last week at fashion week I decided to finally do a video. If you are worried about the Fall…cut it out! Do it with knits or thicker shirts. Throw on a jacket or a scarf and your’e good to go! Below are two different ways I wear this style. “V CUT” Button fewer buttons at the top in order to have more shoulder, chest and back exposure Wearing a Men’s Large shirt. “Pinched”( tighter fit) 1)Button as much buttons as possible while having shirt on shoulders. 2) Fold and push up sleeves for “Balloon …

NYFW Day 2- Stay True

This day was the day I started to lose feeling in my right big toe.  This is typical Fashion week effects except a day sooner. Mind you I carry flats while commuting. Unlike the day before, the sun decided to come out so that was a good start already. Because I don’t like to pre-plan outfits, I wake up a tad bit earlier each day in order to dress according to my mood.  Yes you should always be ready for a capture and look your best, but staying true is the most important. Kind of hard to predict how I’m going to feel a whole day before. Decided on this gem of a dress and added a Men’s shirt to give it a more laid back touch. The fit without it was borderline 80’s secretary(had exaggerated shoulder pads) so the shirt balanced everything out.   I covered quite a  few shows that day the first one being Zimmermann.  This was the one show that was worth the long line. Like a kid in a candy store, …