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Bio: about to be college bound ! creative, wandering mindd . lover, dreamer . . . I'm inspired by the people in my life, the places I've been (&& where I want to go), and the curiosity of life in itself.

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My Fall Fashion Fix
31 July 2010
Hey guys ! I've been getting ready for school over the past few days, getting some summer reading out the way. (I'm currently reading Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya for AP Lit; it's really interesting so far =) Besides the exciting dreadful thought of going back to school, I've also been thinking about my fall fashion ! I've got to do some back-to-school shopping and it's somethin' serious LOL. But bring on that chilly weather, I'll be ready =) I need a new pair of jeans, ankle and calf boots, thick stockings to wear my dresses during the fall/winter months, cardigans galoreee and much moree (oh it rhymes) !

Here's some of my inspiration and a taste of my wishlist:

So I basically want ALL of the boots on this page but I'll focus on one for now ! I really like the taupe calf boot =] Last fall, Amerie was seen rockin' her fur with a cinched tunic, a studded belt, and stunning thigh high boots.

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This look can take a measly sweatshirt up a couple notches by adding a fashionable touch, so chic ! For this fall, I'm predicting (and so is Bazaar lol) a return of the fur toppper or vest. (Faux, si vous plait!)

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Blowfish boots (delias.com); Harper's Bazaar, August 2010

* Btw, thanks so much for the lovely comments on the last post! I'm glad I could share something new with some of you if you weren't familiar...that's the best feeling ever =]

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*Designer Spotlight (ADAM)
23 July 2010
Name: Adam Lippes
Age: 38
Label: ADAM
Established: 2004

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Meet Adam Lippes, an american ready-to-wear designer who started his career at Polo Ralph Lauren and worked along side Oscar de la Renta as Global Creative Director of his brand. In 2004, he began a line of basics under the name "adamplusseve." After gaining recognition and praise in the fashion world with his initial line of basics, his business transformed into "a full sportswear collection for men and women" under the name ADAM. In 2007, he was inducted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). Now his collection can be found in stores in the U.S. such as Neiman Marcus and Intermix and internationally in over 900 MANGO stores.

Upon browsing through style.com, I stumbled upon a collection of Pre-Fall collections from a bunch of designers. I decided to skip over the usual suspects and click on something unfamiliar to me and that is when I saw this collection:

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My Top 2 Looks from Shopadam.com (♥I'm in love!)
And guess what?? His prices are pretty reasonable compared to alot of designers today. (Not saying I would dish out the money in this economy lol but . . .) His collection consists of things that the modern woman can wear and manipulate however she sees fit.
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There's something from every look that I would rock. I love the practical/RTW but still chic aim this collection portrays and the always flattering cinched waist silhouette. This gives me inspiration on how I want to build my wardrobe in the fall, give or take a few days where I'm inevitably going to be wearing sweats this senior year lol =P

What do you guys think about the collection,
and have you heard of ADAM before?

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Eye Candy & Underwear !
22 July 2010
My style muse, the always gorgeous and fashionable Zoe Saldana, has been donned the new face (or should we say the new body) of Calvin Klein's Fall 2010 campaign for "Envy" lingerie. Congrats girl ! I'll be doing a post soon on her style and some great pieces that she has worn. Stay tuned !

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“It’s very exciting for me to be associated with such an iconic, globally recognized brand like Calvin Klein Underwear.” - Zoe Saldana

Kellan Lutz and Zoe Saldana
The World Of Calvin Klein (Berlin Fashion Week)
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And now . . .


Twilight's hottest vampire (in my opinon =) Kellan Lutz and former True Blood star Mehcad Brooks grace advertisements for Calvin Klein's "X" brand of men's bare necessities, oh those bare necessities ! haha Boy does Calvin know how to pick 'em ! ;) (Click the images to enlarge) <-- no pun intended, hah!

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Here are some lovely vids for you to indulge on, ENJOY =P

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*GQ Moment (Chris Brown)
20 July 2010
I happened to be on twitter a fews days ago and followed a link posted by Chris Brown and was impressed with what I saw (to say the least ;) He is definitely rocking those scarves and that black peacoat (work!). I like how he paired the military-esque boots with the peacoat, it creates a sleek and slim silhouette. He sure has stepped up his fashion game (men take notes).

Chris Brown wins the title of Eclectiq MIND's 1st ever GQ Moment !
Looking handsome in Italy =) drools

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*Model Spotlight (Chanel Iman)
19 July 2010
Name: Chanel Iman
Age: 21
Height: 5'9"
Race: African American, Korean
Agency: Ford Models

Click for Chanel Iman in [Vogue Germany]This right here is my muse =] If you're into fashion or have even looked at a fashion magazine recently then I know you must have seen this girl or heard her name. What sets her apart is that she has the look of the girl next door and a high fashion runway model all in one complete package known as Chanel Iman. With a name like that, this girl's got a lot to amount to and she definitely has proved she's worthy of it all. She along with Jourdan Dunn, Arlenis Sosa, and Sessilee Lopez bring a breath of fresh air to the fashion world and a heavy dose of fierceness as well.

Ever since I've started a blog, I've been meaning to post this picture of all four girls on the cover of I.D. magazine's "Pretty Young Things" issue. This along with Vogue Italia's "Black Issue" marked a very pivotal and inspiring moment in fashion, though often overlooked, because women of color are featured on the cover and have an extensive spread inside the magazine as well. Women of color still carry the burden of breaking down walls in the fashion industry and these young models have certainly contributed to that feat. Great job girls !

Pretty Young Things
Chanel Iman, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn, Arlenis Sosa
(I.D. Magazine, September 2009)

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EAT SHOP LOVE ! (Review)
18 July 2010
Yesterday I was browsing through Harper's Bazaar August 2010 Issue with the fierce Cameron Diaz on the cover and I stumbled upon a great article entitled, EAT SHOP LOVE. Julia Roberts stars in the book turned movie "Eat, Pray, Love" (author: Elizabeth Gilbert) which hits theatres August 13th (I'm def catching that one) and it's about a woman who comes to a point in her life where she needs to find herself with a little soul searching and traveling.
The article is basically about taking what's within reach and indulging yourself with what surrounds you instead of the need to wisk yourself away to a far away land to get in touch with yourself. What you need is to make a few changes in your life to really see a difference. No need for anything really profound, just something that'll make you happy for now (maybe shallow even).

"Instead of going deep, why not go shallow? Instead of the high-minded, why not allow yourself to experience the transformative joys of the profoundly superficial?" - 'Eat Shop Love'

I do agree with this new mantra. Everyone needs to be indulged and spoiled every once in a while (especially those working women and moms out there). Eating great food, buying amazing clothes, and loving to your heart's fullest capacity will make anyone want to do a few somersaults in the middle of the street. Shopping for me just makes me happy, point blank. I'm not trying to fill a void or anything but after I just dropped a hundred or so at the mall and got some really great pieces to add to my wardrobe, I don't know about you but I feel AMAZING afterward. I never feel guilty after a shopping spree because I make good choices about price points for myself so when I find that top that I just gotta have and it happened to be on sale, I'm instantly proud of myself for even finding it like"Where have you been all my life!"

So the moral of this story is , go ahead and treat yourself! Try being indulgent and do what makes YOU happy for once. Just don't go crazy! (Bonquiqui voice)


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Retail Therapy !
17 July 2010
I bought these a month ago but I thought I'd post them because I absolutely love these dresses. I've been on the hunt for some nice summer dresses since the spring and I finally found 3 all at the same time. And at a STEAL! They'll definitely be apart of my wardrobe for the early hot days of September come the start of senior year(woop!).

Okay so I bought 3 dresses each about $7.50 ! (I know it's hard to believe lol) gotta love H&M! I actually wore the lime green printed one for senior portraits (pictured in side bar) =]
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The next dress is a strapless tiered teal dress with a ruffle at the bust. I lovee this dress ! Don't really remember how much this was . . .

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This last top isn't a dress, but I wear it with leggings since it hits me below the butt lol. I wore this with a white cami (PacSun), black leggings (F21), and a black cable knit vest(MaxRave) to my induction ceremony to the Spanish Honor Society at my school.
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This Is What Good Music Sounds Like . . .
16 July 2010
Ahhh back again!! I've been so lazy with this blog but i promise lol to be more consistent with this ! =] . . . though its only me reading this stuff lmaoo its all good. I leave you with some music from 2 of the most promising new artists to come in a long timeee. J. Cole and Miguel Jontel. I've absolutely fallen in love with both of these artists and the fact that they have a song TOGETHER, just feeds my musical hungerr, rawrrr!

If you don't know J. Cole then SHAME on YOU, but you'll know him soon enough. This man made things happen for himself, by himself. As a young ball-playing NC native all he had was a "Dollar and a Dream" upon setting foot in NYC for college, a big dream that is. He is a college educated man with a dregree in Communications and graduated magna cum laude ! (yup, he did and it shows in his lyrics) He did all that while making moves in the underground circuit with his mixtapes "The Come Up" and the latest "The Warm Up." He's now signed to Jay-Z's new label Roc Nation and will be representing his North Carolina roots (Fayetville, ay!) when he drops his anticipated debut album come October (or if he gets his way, Sept). "Dreams" really do come true!

J.Cole ft. Brandon Hines - "Dreams"

*Download "The Warm Up" (You won't regret it!)
Faves:"Dreams", "Grown Simba" (MUST!), "Lights Please", "The Badness"

And Miguel, he's just amazing. His voice is what I've been craving for ! This man is one gifted artist and multi-talented as well. He started off unsuccessfully trying to join a group that later disbanded. No sweat though, he became a songwriter for artists such as Usher and Musiq Soulchild and is also a producer. He's definitely bringin that real R&B backk and finally getting the recognition that he rightfully deserves. Check for his album entitled "Gravity" dropping soon!

Miguel ft. J. Cole - "All I Want Is You"

*Download "Mischief: The Mixtape"
Faves: "Sure Thing" (MUST LISTEN), "Ooh Ahh", "Overload"

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