On the Road with Allen / TM1985

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And I’m off! Hello to the holiday season, hello to spending time with family, and HELLO to fantastic gifts. Tis the season for shopping and I’m very excited to partner with TM1985 in Brooklyn for a Black (Leather) Friday event. Over the past month I’ve been carrying the brand’s Allen bag around for photo shoots and business travels. It’s immaculately crafted. As you can see in the image below. Well, helllllo gorgeous. It’s one of those bags that you gift (becuase you’re the best gift giver) and then realize…. wait, I need a second one for myself!

THANKFULLY (get the pun… tomorrow is Thanksgiving… ha) – TM1985 is offering a buy one get one on the Allen bag for guests during our holiday styling party. Details are below! I will be on site at the store sharing my favorite gifts and probably taking more photos with my Allen bag. ;D

Friday, November 25th 12-6PM
261 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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3 Moments in Bold Shoes Feat. Donald J Pliner

This post is in partnership with Donald J Pliner. All views and opinions are my own.

When I was in high school I used to go shopping with my grandma, who I now call Glamie, all the time. She considered me her stylist which I held at a high honor. Previously she wore a lot of black and I would say, “grandma how about color?!” Over time she more color diverse sartorial choices and now hardly ever wears black. I remember finding a pair of purple suede loafers one day shopping with Glamie and we both instantly knew she had to have them. Donald J Pliner designed the shoes and I was an instant fan. Glamie had already bought his shoes before, but I was a new customer. When I got home I searched for his website and discovered beaded dress shoes and buckled loafers – I was hooked.

Throughout high school I bought a pair here and there. My mother surprised me with presents when I received honor roll certificates and other academic awards. One time she got me a pair of zebra printed loafers with a croc embossed trim and silver buckle. I wore them to a National Art Honor Society ceremony. WOW, were they a hit!

Over the years I’ve collected a handful of DJP shoes that represent special moments in my life and tell a story of their own. I keep all of the shoes neatly packed in dust bags, boxed and stored in my shoe closet.

This season I’ve teamed up with Donald J Pliner to share some of the new fall 2017 styles while sharing a new moment in my life. I wore the Sansone boots in black brushed suede for a weekend in New York with my friend David. He recently started a new site website called Very Good Light that shines light on men’s beauty. For his website David asked me to appear in the launch video with a handful of empowered men – I was honored to be involved! I wore the boots to the shoot and around that weekend and let me say, they are VERY comfortable. The boots are now a reminder of a special day that I spent with friends as we celebrated a new accomplishment. I can’t wait to buy them in sand brushed suede next.

Just like in high school when my DJP shoes complemented special days, my fall 2017 styles continue to stand with me for those precious memories.

Pairing Two Suede Pieces in One Look

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Jacket: Guess | Pants: Primark | Shoes: Puma (similar) | Sunglasses: MCM Worldwide (similar)

Fall means mixing texture in my sartorial book. Here I’ve paired two of my newest favorite pieces, a suede biker jacket and mint suede sneakers. While having a ‘statement piece’ element to them, the sneakers are subdued in the same respect. To me this outfit shows the versatility we can have while playing with muted pops of color, texture, and layering.

Photography: Briana Louise
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The Statement Bomber Taking All the Attention

Bomber: Guess | Pants: Primark | Sunglasses: Randolph | Watch: Tudor

It’s no secret that I’m totally on board with the bomber trend this fall. I have a solid black bomber, one with cobalt blue suede, and a handful of others, but… there wasn’t one standout pieces until I came across this pink Grease-like jacket. The stretch satin steals the show in this outfit, which is why I paired the piece with subtle accessories and black pants. Are you donning a statement bomber jacket this fall?

Images by: Briana Louise Photography
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Summer to Fall City Exploration Outfit | Feat: Mitchell Evan

 

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Jacket: Mitchell Evan | Shirt: Zara | Pants: DSTLD | Shoes: To Boot New York
Sunglasses: Randolph | Watch: Tudor Black Bay (in partnership with Bernie Robbins)

I recently discovered a new brand that’s made in Los Angeles, Mitchell Evan. The brand’s latest collection includes this olive city jacket that I love for its slim fit. The color paired well with the other earth tones in this look from the gold accented sunglasses to the incredibly comfortable To Boot New York fall boots.

Photography: Briana Louise
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