Wine Collection: Noir.

Before we go any further, I just wanted to let ya'll know that none of the photos in this post has been edited, not even the brightness. Why? Well, let's just say my laptop has finally died and I used up the last bit of juice it had to upload these photos onto here before it died completely and these photos would be lost forever. Needless to say, Cyril did a great job taking them so there isn't much editing needed anyways, but still. You'll probably see changes in these photos however if they were to go up on my Instagram. With that being said, I am now finally a very proud Macbook owner! My very first one! :) After being a Windows user my entire life this has been a weird transition as I'm still trying to learn it's ins and outs. I'm treating it like a fragile baby that can't be scuffed. The only downside is I don't have photoshop on it just yet, hence, why these photos can't be edited so... if anyone can hook me up with Photoshop let me know! :) Anyways, these photos were taken about a week ago and I'm so ready to transition into Fall. I have so many outfits lined up for this upcoming season but the heat just won't let up! I've come to admit that last year as a whole was a terrible year of fashion for me, filled with failed fashion choices, half ass attempts to be presentable and unoriginal ideas. Behold - the year of minimalism. This particular style of dressing just isn't me. I like things too much; I love color and texture, heavy jewelry, sequins, furs and patterns. Trying to dress in all one color is really, really hard, and it made me feel extremely uncreative and boring. However, I dressed like that anyways for a good portion of last year and still wonder why I allowed myself to get lost in that sea of trends. Recently, I've gained back my mojo and can't wait to truly express myself as "me" again. The featured outfit is my transition into Fall. You'll rarely see me in all black (or dark colors) for the matter, but here I am en noir. Enjoy.

Photos by Cyril Allotey.


Wine Collection: #fakeathletic

There's a joke I always make on Instagram where I'm saying I'm just over here pretending to be athletic, per usual. And that's because I be wearing athletic clothes or whatever and acting as if I'm about that life but anyone who knows me knows I'm really not, lol! Having to work out seems like the hardest thing in the world to me and I really commend those who have the dedication to do it! I'm really just a lazy person and anytime I attempt to work out it doesn't last for longer than 15 minutes so for those who know me always think it's hilarious when they see me post these sort of outfits. Anyways, in a previous post I said I really been into school girl skirts lately and when I came across this American Apparel pleated skirt there was NO way I could pass up on it. Although, I do believe I need to get it exchanged for a larger size because it's way too short in the back. *hmph* #bigbuttproblems. I opted to pair this Clueless-inspired outfit with my huaraches but of course kept a pair of silver heels on me as well! Enjoy!

Photos by Cyril Allotey.


Wine Collection: Closet Crack.

Recently received this gorgeous white dress from Closet Crack and I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot it! Christian Dior's floral wall in City Center DC immediately popped into my head, so I headed over there today on a mission. See, for those who aren't from DC, City Center is a brand new outdoors high-end shopping strip featuring stores such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera etc. It is absolutely beautiful here and many of my photographer friends have ventured here to shoot since there's a beautiful display of lights in the glass corridors at night. Now with that being said, these friends of mine have also mentioned that security here is very strict (but it's outdoors though! kind of boggles my mind that you're not allowed to take photos on a street, but whatever). The guards have kicked them out for shooting so if I were to ever come here it really would just be up to luck wether I would be able to get some shots in or not. And from the lack of photos in this post featuring a floral wall, you can guess what my success rate was -_- Now, let me get this childish rant out and tell ya'll what a complete flop this was and I'm legit really upset I didn't get a chance to get my shots against the wall!

I suppose it was bad timing because we arrived when the construction workers were on lunch break (Dior isn't finished being built yet, still under construction), so they were all milling outside the wall and sitting up against it. Directly across from Dior were like a gajillion security guards and although I have mad experience with shooting shit I'm not supposed to be, it still makes me break out in a sweat because I really never do "bad" things so anything that's even slightly breaking the rules freaks me out! I suggested Cyril and I to just kinda chill and scope the area first before we just start shooting immediately and get kicked out. A block away I saw these chairs and Cyril quickly took some of me sitting down but I was being really paranoid for some reason cause I kept thinking the guards were running towards us! Lol! I regret this because the shots we took here were great and I wish there were more, with more variety! The atmosphere was absolutely perfect for this dress and I just wish I could have captured it better. Anyways, so we're walking to the floral wall and the guards starts asking me if I'm shooting (obviously, I am), and they're just like, yeah you have to go to corporate and ask them for permission because blah blah blah. So I ask, "What if I just take photos on my phone?" They tell me that's perfectly fine, I'm like, great! We start to take some a little bit but like... it's attracting an incredible amount of attention. Not even 3 minutes later the guards come back to me and say I must leave immediately -_- lol! But I thought I could take photos on my phone though!!! Man :( I did get like two on there but that's practically nothing! I'm so upset! Lol! Okay, rant over. I included in this post ONE photo we were able to capture on my dslr, but since it was with a 40mm and the space was really tight, you can't see shit haha. Oh well! We found a nearby alley and shot there which is usually cool for me, but in my opinion this outfit needed something nicer. I paired it with my new marabou heels I made myself because I knew the pink would go perfectly with the floral backdrop. Regardless, I still love the photos we were able to get and I hope ya'll do too! Enjoy.

Photos by Cyril Allotey.