I was fortunate enough to be a part of a the launch of Madam CJ Walker’s new product line. This was extra special for me because I was able to meet some inspiring young women who are on the path to their own success. I am definitely not a model but it didn’t matter because they featured everyday women of New York. The brand is for us beautiful women who want fabulous hair. I love to support brands that empower us ladies to be ourselves and feel comfortable in our own skin. Eulogized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, Sarah Breedlove was the force behind this amazing opportunity. She is truly an inspiration to keep after your dreams and never give up. I am forever grateful that I got to participate and excited to see how this brand develops. I will keep you guys posted on how well the product works on my hair.
Just breathe! is what I kept saying to myself as I climbed up the fire escape to the roof of this building. As I mentioned before the best part of the breather was yet to come. I probably shouldn’t mention that we decided to climb out the window and onto the roof of the smaller building next door. Once we were on the roof of that building we (Mr. Yearn & I) took the liberty of climbing up the fire escape onto the Breather’s roof. What a nice view! This happened to be one of the coldest days this winter but even though it was cold it was such a sunny and beautiful day. I decided to wear my faux fur coat I found thrifting two years ago and layer as much as possible to stay warm. Due to the weather we were only up there for a few minutes but it was all worth it.
I’ve been hearing about this great new app that allows you take a breather and book a space practically anywhere in the city. I decided to give it a try and check out this cool lofty space in Midtown, Manhattan. The way it works is you book whichever Breather you are interested in and then receive confirmation. Before your allotted time you receive a pin code to access the space and voila. However the best part of the Breather comes next.
In an effort to continue this journey I decided to take some me time before work in the morning. My good friend Mr. Yearn was kind enough to meet me early on a random Tuesday morning. There wasn’t anything interesting in Midtown but what I did learn was even more depressing. As I watched crowds of people rushing to work I noticed how unhappy many of them looked. Then it dawned on me that the majority of us are just slaves to this idea that money equals success. We’ve been trained like robots to go to work and make money(usually for your boss). The more you have and the more you show off the happier you will be. This is furthest from the truth. I smiled in my $20 moto jacket (thrift find) as the innocent bystanders walked passed me.
Let’s be honest most of us are not living our dreams or let alone making a living from it. So I do have a corporate job that ties me down Monday- Friday. Regardless of what my current situation I will never lose site of what my true passion is which is fashion. I love experimenting with clothes and shoes to express how I am feeling. This shot was taken on Monday at 8:00 AM right before I headed into the office. It just goes to show all our dreams can come true if we are willing to chase them and that is exactly what I intend to do. I just hope to inspire others in the process!
The super cautious side of me would never break the law. That is unless you want a great shot! Thank you to my friend Mr. Yearn for supporting this goal and encouraging me to go for it. This location is truly a hidden gem in the city of Brooklyn. The building was originally a factory of some sort and now houses about 90 residential apartments. Our first attempt of getting in failed miserable. Thankfully we noticed a resident coming home and we offered to help carry the groceries upstairs in exchange for access into the building. So no we really didn’t break in but we definitely would have. Unfortunately for you my look of the day consisted of several thrifted pieces. The embellished bomber jacket, my gray wool mini skirt and cream Kelsi Dagger booties were mixed in with some of my rags already in my closet. Hope you get inspired by the look! ENJOY
As I sit here snowed in during snow storm Jonas I quickly remember my previous shoot in NYC’s Central Park. Most New Englanders will agree with me that there is a love hate relationship with winter. What I found to be the best part of this shoot was the snow!. There is something magical about the white cold fluffy stuff. However the key to feeling stylish during the winter is simple.
LAYERING: The art of throwing on several pieces of clothing to stay warm!
One thing about shooting in the winter is the rush to catch the light from the sun. This day happen to very cloudy but we made it work. I got to visit Jane’s Carousel which is probably one of the coolest things Ive had the pleasure of experiencing. The views of the city made me fall in love with New York City all over again. There is something truly magical about this concrete jungle. Maybe the fact that anything is possible as long as you never give up on your dreams.
Part of the journey included a brief stop at a random art gallery. As a creative you find inspiration from anywhere. This place had one of kind pieces displayed in a great big white box. It was a great idea to use the white canvas as a back drop to show my all black look for the day.
My trip to Dumbo, Brooklyn turned out to be quite an adventure. Mr. Yearn and I spent a portion of the day walking around and taking advantage of all that Dumbo had to offer. This series of images were shot right before we wrapped it up to head home. This building happen to be under contraction so we took advantage of the gray walls and played with the lighting. Let me take you on a little tour of my day in Dumbo.