Thursday, December 29, 2011

If You Don't Know Now You Know (Bed-Stuy)

While apartment browsing I ran across this interesting article about the area of Brooklyn that I live in. I grew up in Flatbush Brooklyn but I have a deep love and appreciation for the Bedford Stuyvesant area too. So here is a little history on the neighborhood. Enjoy!




Bedford-Stuyvesant

Bedford-Stuyvesant was originally two separate towns: Bedford was a modest Dutch village established in 1663, and Stuyvesant was an upscale community built in the 1890s. You can see evidence of that in the landmarked area known as Stuyvesant Heights, today a middle-class African-American community with gorgeous Romanesque Revival brownstones. Bed-Stuy was one of the few places in the city where blacks could buy property. Weeksville, an historic settlement of free African-Americans, was founded in 1838. The village was named after James Weeks, a black man who purchased the land. Four small farmhouses, dating from 1840 to 1883, are all that remain of what was once a vibrant and self-sufficient community. During the draft riots of 1863, the community served as a refuge for hundreds of African-Americans who fled Manhattan. By the end of the 1800s, Bed-Stuy was a peaceful home for blacks, Irish, German, Scottish, Dutch and Jewish immigrants. The construction of the subway into Brooklyn in 1920s encouraged many more African-Americans to move into the area, hoping for a better life. (Duke Ellington's Take the A Train is about this migration from Harlem.) In the 1940s, as more working class families moved into the neighborhood, the affluent white population left, depriving Bed-Stuy of a sorely needed tax basis. This was the start of the area's decline, and the area suffered the usual problems of neglect: underfunded schools, poorly maintained housing, and few governmental services. Today Bed-Stuy is on the rebound because its cheap housing is attracting new settlers. The dramatic revitalization of the Stuy is evident in the drop in crime. In the seven major categories listed by the NYPD there was a 61 percent decrease from 1993 to 2001.
Article Via RDNY.com
Illustration Via Boho Bandwagon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Featured in Vogues Best Street Style of 2011 List

It is such an honor to have Vogue name me as 1 of the 35 picked for their Best Street Style of 2011 list, what a great way to end the year. 2011 has definitely been a year of triumph. I started this blog less than a year ago not expecting much just wanting to share my opinions, personal style and modeling work. I never expected to get so much recognition and emails from people inspired by my look and personality. I'm very grateful for the success that I have seen this year from something that started out as just a hobby and has now turned into my ever changing virtual resume for all to see. I know the fashion blogging world can be pretty tough to penetrate so I really appreciate the love I have been receiving thus far.


Thank you to my family, friends and supporters that have been clicking and liking my post all year. Special thank you to the publications such as Vogue, Essence, Ebony, Style.com to name a few that have been featuring me and keeping me current. 


Happy Holidays and have a blessed New Year. I hope you all keep clicking and see what I have in store for 2012. 




Via Vogue.com
Photo Credit Phil Oh

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

LIZ THE BIZ Meets GINGER+LIZ!

Those that know me know about my obsession with nail polish, so when I came across Ginger and Liz I was super excited! Not only was I excited because they have really cool colours and names but their product is also toxic free! Featured above I have on my favorite shade entitled "Chase Me"


Ginger + Liz Colour Collection™ is the popular brand of vegan-friendly and toxin-free nail lacquer with a growing legion of trendsetting customers and celebrity fans.  The collection was created by Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett who have a decade of individually unique experiences in the fashion, beauty, and marketing industries. The line is heavily influenced by arts, travel, entertainment and especially the Classic Chic, Modern Luxe, Bohemian Hipster,  and Rock Glam fashion driven lifestyles. With vibrant crème pigments, foil like metallics, and a new take on those old, boring nudes, there is something for everyone.

While ensuring the G+L nail colours are tastefully on trend, Liz and Ginger value the importance of knowing what the safer and healthier cosmetic options are on the market. This value was fueled when as teenagers, Ginger and Liz had adverse reactions to toxic chemicals present in a few well known beauty brands. With this value and experiences, it was crucial for G+L nail lacquers to be free of harsh chemicals like toluene, formaldehyde, DBP which are still found in some nail lacquers today. Ginger + Liz nail lacquers prove to be a brand that is health conscious without sacrificing style; a line that will have both classic and on trend shades along with a rich, long lasting, non toxic formula. Ginger + Liz...the necessary accessory!™
- GINGER+LIZ


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Gray Day...











Clutch MCM (Menswear)
Black Suede Peek Toe Booties Joe's
Watch Guess
Make Up MAC Cosmectics

Location Brooklyn, NYC

Photo Credit Ludget Delcy

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Featured in Alexis Magazine Vol.7



ALEXIS is a street, edgy ladies fashion publication in Singapore. I am featured in the section called Global Trends, which showcases styles from all over the planet. 
Many thanks to Dominic Yeo for recognizing my style and featuring me in the magazine.
Go pick up a copy at a magazine shop near you!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Featured in The StyleLikeU and Marc Baptiste Fashion Film "Hair"









A StyleLikeU Production, Founded by Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum

Directed and shot by Marc Baptiste
Creative Direction & Styling by Patrick Orcutt
Hair by Gerald Decock
Makeup by Harumi Machii
Location provided by The Boiler
Post Production by Industrial Color
Edit and Effects by Andrew Makadsi at Industrial Color
Post Producer James Demitri at Industrial Color

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Featured in EBONY Magazine November 2011 Issue

Its not only cool to be recognized for my personality and style in a black publication but to be featured in the November issue the same month as my birthday is a treat too! Its also nice to be featured along side my brother Lou.
Go pick up a copy!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Leopard Love Affair











Sunglasses from a Vintage Store based in Los Angeles, CA
Womens Button Down Shirt Nicole Miller
Fitted Two Tone Pants Nicole Miller 
Black Suede 3 inch bootie Kelsi Dagger
Watch by Guess 
Leopard Print Umbrella H&M

Leopard print has been a love of mine since my teens. I have hoodies, pants, dresses, eye glass cases, underwear, umbrellas, too many items to name all in leopard print. 
You name it I got it in leopard!


Photo Credit Ludget Delcy

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Featured on Essence.com


Special thanks to Essence.com for showing me love and appreciating my style. 

Photo Credit Dario Calmese

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Have A Ball This Fall











Vintage Cropped Sweat Shirt
Green Pashmina Scarf
Army Fatigue Fitted Pants By Nicole Miller
Wedged Booties By Kelsi Dagger

Location The Brooklyn Promenade

Photo Credit Ludget Delcy

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Featured on Vogue Italia

On my way to the Arise show I was stopped by photographer Karl Guerre, shooting for Vogue Italia, for a quick snap of my African inspired outfit. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Featured on Guest of A Guest

Coming from the GANT presentation I was stopped by the good folks over at Guest Of A Guest

Monday, August 29, 2011

Featured on Vogue.it.com

I recently shot a look book for the womenswear line Plutocracy. Congratulations to designer Anitra Michelle for the Vogue feature. 


Brooklyn based designer Anitra Michelle created Plutocracy to appeal to, "women who have places to go, things to do, but always want something a little bit different for their wardrobe." For Spring/Summer 2011, she offers the career woman wide palazzo pants and slim pencil skirts in gray raw silk uplifted by swaths of zebra and herringbone, vibrant kimono sleeved shifts in teal and cherry red, and printed cowl neck jumpsuits with tapered hems.




Describing the collection as “hard edged with a touch of whimsy and mystery,” Michelle says, “The plutocracy woman is pretty but professional. I want her to grab a dress, get jewelry and shoes, and be ready to go. The focus (for this season) was on colors and shapes.” For the daring, she provides printed pants and shorts muted by simple black tops. The more demure can find joy in simple belted white dresses or lace lined loosely woven gray shifts with large flower accents.


Article Credit Claire Sulmers

Monday, August 8, 2011

Perception

It's all about perception. Am I a scared little girl, or a strong young woman who has been through the fire and back pushing forward with caution. I trust my instincts. I want to see the good in all beings. If I let you into my world will I regret the day I thought we could be? I want to receive the love you have to give but in the beginning my heart retreats instinctively. I want to feel security and comfort from an open mind and heart. Don't penalize me because I guard my heart and soul. They've been broken and misused so many times that I thank God my spirit is still alive. Blood still joyfully runs through me. I can care, sympathize, love and be loved. I have feeling in this world where being numb seems to be most useful. No camouflage, I provide complete nudity. I see you staring at me, but do you see me? I don't care to be understood but once I care for you I want YOU to understand me. I reserve my vulnerability for those who deserve it. Those who will reciprocate without me having to break it down into Layman's Terms. I'm not afraid but l am human. Don't judge my disposition, it's merely your perception.


Photo Credit Ludget Delcy