Yesterday marked the last day of Paris Fashion Week and today, the beginning of Dubai Fashion Week! It doesn't matter where in the world you are, if you plan on attending any fashion week shows, my one advice to you is to stay true to your style. I know that everyone wants to be seen but it isn't Halloween. It's a time to showcase your brand for who you are and what you have to offer. This outfit was one of my most relaxed and effortless yet, surprisingly most complimented out of all of my NYFW looks.
My "I Am Fashion" statement t-shirt is from a fashion company and cause that I adore called Harlem's Fashion Row (check them out). The chartreuse yellow skirt is one that I bought a couple of years ago and planned on giving away because it was too big but ended up fitting my pregnant tummy, the "DRAMA" bag, I showcased last year from my pop-up shop (sold out) and the choker a fabulous find (similar below). My sandals are from DSW and are now on sale. Scroll down to the "Shop This Look" section to get this combo for yourself. In the meantime, here's what happened!
Photo Credit: Cindy OhSoCocoa
I met up with my fashionably fierce friend Cindy, aka OhSoCocoa, who has FINALLY launched her blog after poking her about it for a couple of years. Yay!! And guess what? Today is her BIRTHDAY so go spread some love on her page once you're done here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CINDY!
Our first stop was Harlem's Fashion Row's "Shop, Brunch & Be Social" event where we had the honor of meeting this year's featured designers, purchase their pieces and munch on some yummy bites. The talent was remarkable. I was so in love with a Samantha Black dress but I couldn't fit into it so I'll wait 'til I get my sexy back. You'll see it in the video recap below. Let me know if it melts your heart as well. It's a sporty, fem, chic, off-the-shoulder, fit and flare scuba dress. Another designer who caught my eye (and a bit of drool) was Terese Sydonna. Her pieces were inspired by natural disasters! I've never seen such beauty in devastation. You have to see it for yourself. But don't go just yet! More details below.
P.S. PrayING for those affected by Hurricane Matthew
After the brunch, we made our way to the Essence Block Party in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It was an all day affair and though we were catching the tail end of it, the party was still live. We bumped into some friends & fellow bloggers. It's a crazy feeling when you meet bloggers you've admired from afar, in person and behave as though you've known each other for years.
I was interviewed by the beautiful natural hair enthusiast, Natasha of ManeMoves Media who was rocking a combo of top knots and afro (see it in the video). I think i'm going to try that look soon. Then I met the owner of Rue 107 and I have to say that my favorite experience was finding out that she's a fellow Haitian in the fashion world. Proud moment.
You'd think the day would have ended after our trip from Harlem to the border of Brooklyn but nope! We then attended a book release with some soulful singing and the best Philly cheese steak empanadas ever! (At Brooklyn Commons). I was exhausted by the end of the day but had a blast. That's what fashion week is all about! Discovering new people, brands, designers, bloggers and beyond. Personal connection is key.
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