Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Lovin'

 Summer is the perfect time to mix bright colors and prints! In this blog post I’ll share a couple looks that I like to mix together.

Stripes and polka dots are a great way to get started in mixing and matching prints. Most people don’t think that they would be able to pull it off but these two prints make an easy transition. Just make sure they are within the same color palate, if not the same colors.

For this look I was able to take a navy blue and white stripe top, and a navy and white polka dot skirt and add accent colors mustard yellow and tangerine orange to complete the look! 

Outfit Details
Top-Gianni Bini
Skirt- Versona
Shoes- Cato’s
Belt- Forever 21
Cuff Bracelet- Whip Lash Accessories

My next look gave me more of a 90s feel! We all love the 90’s fashion right?! I love my leopard shoes by Steve Madden! Leopard is definitely the new black for me! They’re the only 4 in heels that don’t kill my feet by the end of the day! LOL 

Outfit Details
Pants- BCBGeneration
Jean Jacket- Target
Shoes- Steve Madden
 Sunglasses- Old Navy
Necklace- Forever 21

Photography- Laura Moore (IG @_gentlewoman)

Make-Up & Faux Locs- Keri Gainer (IG @renee_200626)


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stylist Story: Joshua O. Johnson

I’m excited to introduce to you celebrity fashion stylist and ultimate fashion guru Joshua O. Johnson! I’ve been following his work for about a year and his work is absolutely amazing! I've had the pleasure to ask him about the fashion industry and his love for fashion! Check it out below! 

What made you want to be in the fashion industry?

What made me decide to be in the fashion industry was growing up watching my grandmother. She would wear fabulous sequin jackets, long dresses and furs. Also my late Aunt Molly inspired me, she was very fashionable and edgy. I have been in the fashion industry for about eight years now and I absolutely love it all.

I love your confidence and how you’re able to express yourself through your work! How do you keep your confidence going?  

OMG, what can I say? Hmmm I would definitely think It would be my motivation for staying in a happy place. So many people ask me that question and it is truly hard to figure that out for me. LOL. I just believe in always being yourself and staying FIERCE.

What are some of your favorite pieces and brands you love to use for your clients?

My favorite pieces of course would be Haute Couture the details that those designers do are absolutely stunning.

Favorite brands would be Tom Ford, J Mendel, Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Valentino and Versace.

Who are you looking forward to style in the future and why?

 I have one person who I would be honored to work with, and that would be actress Tilda Swinton because she's edgy, risky and a true fashion icon.

What has been a struggle for you in the fashion industry that you’ve had to overcome?  

The struggles I have to overcome were being taken advantage of and having to pretend to be something that I am not. Talking to Andre Leon Talley a few years back he told me to always be true to yourself and do it with style.

There is much talk about the new “Caitlyn Jenner”, do you think that she will have an influence (good or bad) in the fashion industry?

This is a touchy topic for some but for me I love talking about it; I appreciate the confidence that a mega star, a hero, father and grandfather finally understand what his life should be even at 65 years of age. The influence is either or some will look at it and say “wow that is amazing” but for some they will be negative. Now for the fashion industry I think it wouldn’t influential we already have other queens, gays, transgenders in the fashion industry who influence fashion already. They will accept Caitlyn Jenner and she will become part of the family.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow you in your footsteps in being a fashion stylist?

The best advice I can give anyone is to never get taken advantage of by anyone, know your worth and know why you love fashion. Celebrities are the worse ones to make you feel cheapen, but if you go in and set boundaries and have everything in black and white then you will be fine.

What is next for Joshua O. Johnson?

Well, I launched my own accessory line with my best friend J'cil White, which is doing so amazing but I do want to also venture into wardrobe. Becoming a fashion designer is a dream of mine. Stay tuned, there is absolutely more coming up.

How can we keep up with you!? (Social media, website, etc)

You can keep up with me through social media @joshuaomarjohnson ( IG), @pureandrogyny (IG) and our website is launching again In August for fall.

How FIERCE is Joshua?! I LOVE IT! I saw his work this past weekend on Erica Mena from Vh1’s Love & Hip-Hop, and she couldn’t have looked any classier! Be sure to keep with Joshua O. Johnson on his social media outlets!

Monday, June 22, 2015

easy breezy...

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Customer Service!!

Say it with me everyone “Customer Service”. I thought that this would be a great discussion topic since many of us do more online shopping than store shopping and/or own an online business. Let’s not just categorize this just for online businesses. I want the make-up artist, photographers, and hairstylist to join in as well!

With social media being so huge and the word of mouth of bad business can go out faster than ever, how important is having good customer service to your business?
What is the proper turnaround time on responding to emails? I think this is an awesome question! Many of the customers need to know because many of them think that you’re supposed to answer them immediately (guilty).

What about the owners that just do not email back at all?! But then you don’t want them to contact you on social media?! It that a signal that you just don’t want to help the person at all?

If you’re not able to help a customer, or just do not want to service a particular customer, is it ok to refer them to someone else who can?

Now on to the purchasers, clients, consumers, or whatever you want to call them. I think a lot of times we think that we’re the only ones that are making a purchase, have questions about the merchandise, and need help with tracking a shipment! (once again guilty)
We have to take into consideration that we are not the ONLY customers that people have. We sometimes fail to realize that people have a life outside of their business and social media. 

But I have experienced bad customer service from a couple of online (Instagram) boutiques. Like someone rolling up a dress that I paid $130 in a grocery bag…
It seems like many have started an online business because everyone else is doing it, or selling an item to get some fast cash. Or many want the success that some online boutiques have and don’t realize that many of these boutiques and some stylists existed before Instagram.  Do your research people!

Well I just wanted to vent. I’m sure I will get some interesting feedback from this subject! I can’t wait to read everyone responses! Now GO! Lol

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