Monday, September 28, 2015

Diva Hauls: Thrifted Winter Coats

A few weeks ago I went thrifting. I found three good quality coats I can throw into rotation this winter. Check them out.

This is a Jessica Simpson bright green trench coat with a satin finish complete with a waist belt. It is lined, so I can wear it in the midst of fall and the beginning of winter with a fab scarf with no problem.

Next is a pretty single breasted, long, rust coat. It is 100% wool by a brand called Adolfo Classics. Their coats retail from $80-$200 +.  Steal!

Last is a butter soft, tan, full length , leather coat complete with a removable lining. The brand is Beverly Hills Leather Club.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Diva's Life: The Tale of a Girl and Her Love of Handbags

This story was going to be just an Instagram post. I stopped because that was going to be a long post, I might as well make it a  blog post. It was all inspired by the photo of the handbag above. I brought  her home with me today. She is the Westerling satchel from  in forest green from Aldo. I've been searching for a new fall/winter bag. I said I wanted a pop of color such as wine or dark green. I ended up chosing green because wine is popular, especially this season,  which means it is everywhere. Green is popular this fall too, but this forest green color is only sprinkled in from what I've seen so far.

Shout out to Hasaan and the other gentlemen  (didn't get his name) in Cumberland Mall who entertainment my indecisiveness . At one point I had three handbags in my hands while I was looking at another. Hasaan walked up to me and said "You need to use process of elimination." before he walked to help other customers. Lol. I wanted to make sure I made the right decision, because I was going to be carrying this bag for a long time and it needed to stand up to my life.

You see I was always a handbag girl. In middle and high school, I had purses to go with just about every color in my closet. My outfits in high school were carefully thought out, just as my mom because she was my sounding board. This is how I got the nickname "Diva" amongst those who were close to me. I was the fashion diva! However,  the quality was not always there. I was all about quantity over quality. Now that I know better, I do better.

I've given away most of the purses of that time, and for the others that I have been hoarding that are better quality , I use the one year rule. If you haven't carried it in a year, give it up and bless someone else with a cute bag.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Diva's Fashion Guide: 3 Tips for Transitioning from Summer to Fall

We are in full fledged transitional weather. Allergies are acting crazy and there is a chill in the city. It is  the last days of summer, yet fall weather hasn't arrived just yet. It can be tough to dress for this type of weather. Well I am here to give you a few tips to looking chic and seasonal appropriate until it is cold enough to pull out the winter gear.

1. Layer It Up

Lightweight Cardigans and Sweaters

Don't shy away from color just because it is getting chilly. Trade your neons for jewel tones. 

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I personally love cardigans and have them in an array of colors. #mycardigangamestrong

Jean Jackets

Find one and keep it forever.

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It doesn't matter the wash, your denims don't have to match (but remember the denim set era of the late 90's?). Find one you like and get a size up so you can wear layers.  If you find one in a classic brand like Levis, keep it forever and don't give it away like I did when I was young and didn't appreciate a good thing when I had it (sad face).

Military Style Jackets

Go green.

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Another layering piece you can wear with just about anything are military jackets. Whether you go full on fatigue or settle on solid green is your choice, but cop one pronto and thank me later. 

Trench Coats

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A classic piece for both men and women.  Trench coats can be dressed up or down. Khaki is always a classic color to start with, but they come in all colors and styles. Tie front, double breasted, long, short, or peplum. The choices are endless.

Light (Faux) Leather Jackets

Wait, before you give me that look, allow me to explain.

I know you are giving me that look, especially if you know me personally and you're thinking about the fact we live in the south. Leather goods are made in different weights. There are leathers lighter than others. Some are so light (like the brand, Black Rivet above), they can be used interchangeably with your denim or military jackets. If you want to look chic and stay cool, simply throw it over your shoulders.

2.  Pull out Those Flats, Girl!

Flats are chic too!

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Replace those sandals with peep toe or closed toe flats. Get a few staples, if you don't have them already.  Start with black, neutral, a print, and a bold color you'll wear with most everything in your closet. For me, my staples are black, tan, leopard print, and cobalt blue. As it gets a little cooler, add cute booties into the mix.

3. Best of Both Worlds

Mix some of your summer items with fall items.  However you transition, be sure to inject your personal style. Take a cue from some bloggers around the web.

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A summer wrap dress becomes a duster paired with a tee and jeans.
Folake, Style Pantry

Summer dress with light trench coat.
Tiffany, The Werk Place


Light leather jacket.
Courtney, Color Me Courtney

Skirt The Rules Blog; NYC fashion blogger; style blog; fall outfit photo; how to wear a summer dress for fall; Gap military utility jacket; coral floral summer dress; J.Crew cognac brown belt; Gigi Saddle Taylor Tote; Sam Edelman Sophia black and brown wedge; C. Wonder leopard calf hair skinny cuff

Military jacket over summer dress.

Places to shop these items:

Old Navy
Wilson's Leather Outlet
New York and Company
Banana Republic
Thrift Stores
T.J. Maxx

Monday, September 21, 2015

Entertainment News, Tech News: Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson, and Kerry Washington Featured in Apple Music Promo

The latest promo from Apple is gaining a lot of buzz. Mainly because it features  iconic R&B singer Mary J Blige, Scandal star Kerry Washington, and Empire star Taraji P. Henson. In the short video, Taraji and Kerry show up to Mary's house and have a jam session to old school hip hop hits while interjecting features of the new service. Check it out below.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Latest in Tech News: Samsung Level On Wireless Headphones and Level App

I just came across an ad in the September issue of Essence for Samsung Level On Wireless headphones. The ad was intriguing so this is what I found out about the latest from Samsung.

Features Include: 
  • Foldable Design
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • 3.5mm Wired or Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
  • Smart Touch, Button-Free Controls
  • 11 Hours Talk/Listening Time with ANC On, 23 Hours Talk/Listening Time ANC Off
  • Built In Battery 
Samsung Level App:
  • SoundAlive (Sound Effect)
  • Volume Monitor
  • Text-to-Speech

Colors Offered:  Black, White, Blue, and Red

Retail: $249

More information: Samsung

Entertainment News: Atlanta's ONE Music Fest Founder, Jason Carter Dishes on Why the Festival is Needed in Today's Cultural Climate

"We are losing ground, getting watered down, segmented," he says. "Unless there's a platform for our music to breathe and flourish, our music will continue to be weakened."

-Jason "J" Carter
Founder of One Music Fest

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Atlanta's One Music Fest was this past Saturday, September 12, 2015. I totally did not plan my schedule accordingly like I should because I was definitely supposed to go. The line up included everyone from Ms. Lauryn Hill to Big K.R.I.T. in the line up. The founder, Jason Carter sat down with
Creative Loafing about why he started the festival, and especially why something like ONE Music Fest is needed in today's cultural climate.

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ONE Music Fest founder Jason "J" Carter has been sitting in his Auburn Avenue Studioplex office for months selling the show. Actually, he's been selling it since he launched the progressive urban music festival in 2010 at the King Plow Arts Center — in the parking lot. Whether buying ads with Atlanta media, blasting e-mails, designing fliers, posting Instagram videos, or securing sponsorships, Carter is on a mission to pack as many people as he can into Aaron's Amphitheatre. He hopes there are tens of thousands of fans who want to see the show that has put together featuring performances by Ms. Lauryn Hill, the Roots, and A$AP Rocky on the same bill as Raury, 8Ball & MJG, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, the Internet, and more.
He has succeeded, for the most part. If you visit, there is still limited general seating available, and, according to Carter, this year's ticket sales outpaced last year's about two months ago. But, when he opens up about the festival and the mark he wants it to make, marketing jargon stops, and he switches into activist mode. His voice lowers as he shuts the lid on his Macbook. He leans forward with his elbows on the table and puts his hand to his mouth as if he's revealing a secret. "We do this for the culture," Carter says.
He whispers, even though no one else is in the room. "We are losing ground, getting watered down, segmented," he says. "Unless there's a platform for our music to breathe and flourish, our music will continue to be weakened."
From Nelson George's 1988 book The Death of Rhythm and Blues to Nas' 2006 album Hip Hop Is Dead to Questlove's 2014 essay "How Hip-hop Failed Black America," much has been said on the state of black music (i.e. urban music) over the last 25 years. With Atlanta considered the black music mecca, it's astonishing, or as Carter says, "weird" that there was no consistent festival for every variant of it to be displayed. In the mid-2000s, the short-lived Atlanta Soul Fest came and went. In 2005 the VIBE Music Fest happened once but never returned. The Atlanta-based annual concerts that did appeal to black music lovers drew lines in the sand: If you want "real hip-hop," go to A3C. If you want rap, go to Birthday Bash. If you want Jazz, go to Atlanta Jazz Fest. If you want soul or R&B, drive all the way out to Wolf Creek Amphitheater or pray that Center Stage or Tabernacle books somebody.
Now in its sixth year, OMF has booked everyone from Jhené Aiko to Joey Bada$$ in hopes of pushing the "unity through music" agenda. The lineups have looked like perfect puzzles or clusterfucks, but Carter insists that it's all by design. "We don't book random acts, we look for overlap," Carter says.
Banking on the idea that there are people who enjoy Big K.R.I.T. just as much as they do Ms. Lauryn Hill, Carter boasts that booking Kendrick Lamar and Bilal last year led to them appearing on each other's albums. "All of this music is linked," he says. "But nobody is programming festivals like this. Everybody is taking the easy way, getting top 40 artists or whoever is on the radio. Where does a line up like this happen and why doesn't it happen?"
The only other festivals where Janelle Monae might share the stage with Scarface is at mega-festivals such as Coachella or Bonnaroo. But they would merely be two specks of urban music on a bill filled with pop, rock, alternative, electronica, and everything else. "There are too many times when hip-hop and urban music is the side dish when compared to bigger music at other festivals," Carter says. "To them, hip-hop is the parsley on the steak. But in my world, hip-hop is the steak."
After shooting from roughly 4,000 to 8,000 tickets sold at the 2013 festival, OMF drew the attention of Live Nation. As of now, OMF is still a homegrown, independent operation, but they did strike a deal to host the festival at the Live Nation-owned Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood in 2014, and again in 2015.
This year's fest will once again utilize parking lots and the amphitheater to include three stages featuring artists and 20-plus Atlanta area DJs such as Jelly, Jeremy Avalon, and Jamal Ahmed. There will also be a visual arts village, food trucks, and an activities area with merchants and games. By involving Atlanta entities All Vinyl Everything and ABL Radio, and securing support from MailChimp, Carter is ultimately building a platform where Atlanta's music, creative, and tech communities can co-exist. "If we grow this to where it links arms with other creatives, the brand can expand and grow, that is the core mission," says Carter. "When we said 'unity through music,' we stayed true to that."

Read the rest of the article on Creative Loafing.


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