The Pencil Skirt Experiment Video

Pencil Skirts have been a huge summer trend for 2014, so I recently teamed up with my friend and new blogger, Shaquila, to make a video showing ways we style Pencil Skirts.
Check out the video down below:

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Jewels of NYC

I must admit that as a New Yorker, National Landmarks are not my cup of tea or any New Yorkers cup of tea to be quite frank. However, beyond the most popular department stores and landmarks are really cool shopping districts, small restaurants, museums, parks and clubs.

These underrated and overlooked areas are really the Jewels of New York, because they embody the full essence of the city including the diversity, amusement, and beauty. So today, I’d like to introduce my newest segment of Prime.

Jewels NYC

So just what are Jewels?



1. a fashioned ornament for personal adornment, especially of a precious metal set with gems.

2. a precious possession.

3. a person or thing that is treasured, esteemed, or indispensable.

The first stop of this segment is the Transit Museum.

Transit Museum

87 E 42nd St,

New York, NY 10017

The Transit Museum is a fairly small exhibit located Downtown Brooklyn. Unlike larger museums, theres not a ton of information for you to cram, instead, there’s more opportunity to explore. You can have a complete adventure on the old modeled platform and train carts from various eras dating from the beginning of the Metro movement in NYC. Since the museum is small, the visits will be quick and simple which makes it suitable for all ages.

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My friends and I had a blast at this museum, especially when we got to explore the train carts. It was interesting to relive the steps of old New Yorkers and review the life of forgotten workers. Since most of us commute by train, it made us appreciate the entire system and lifestyle of both the workers and travelers. I never knew so much energy and time was dedicated to creating such a vast network, and I don’t think anyone, including myself, will ever comprehend the genius or hard labor dedicated to building this highlighted feature of NY.

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Hey Primers? How is your summer treating you?

Summer, so far, has been treating me pretty well. Though, I admit that I haven’t necessarily been taking advantage of the great weather. I’ve been a bit drained ever since I completed finals and left my campus, so I’ve actually been spending most of my time at home, relaxing, reflecting, and brainstorming. I should really be skipping along the beach right now, but I honestly prefer spending most of my time away from the heat…you know…curled up on the couch watching Orange is the New Black while the AC is on full blast. So yes, I enjoy being a couch potato…well…for the moment…The fun will all happen eventually.

Despite my lack of interest in soaking up the sun, I did get the chance to catch up with three of my great friends, and we enjoyed a day at the local Transit museum, Starbucks, and our favorite park Downtown. We even got to try Shake Shack for the first time, and it was AMAZING.

Now onto the style department… After a period of craving tropical prints and bold colors, I kind of wanted to tone it done a bit. So I put together an outfit that was both summer and office-worthy. The palette is simple and includes nudes & pastels with dashes of gold. It was really refreshing to wear this outfit because it wasn’t bulky or hot. The materials were quite light and comfortable, so I didn’t feel like a hot sauna underneath.

Anyway, I hope you like it! Let me know how your summer’s going so far. 😀

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How the Greek took over Summer



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From 80 AD colosseums to 2014 Dolce & Gabbana runways, ancient civilizations and  cultures have always played a huge role in creating and inspiring modern day trends. And today, I’d like for us to explore the biggest summer trends inspired by my favorite ancient society, Ancient Greece.



The One-shoulder trend, originally inspired by Greek togas worn by goddesses and female citizens, have been revived in all aspects of modern dress: wedding dresses, evening gowns, textured blouses, swimwear, and even, the famous maxi dresses. One-shoulders are especially a big hit on the red carpet and runway this summer! At least five actresses dawn this timeless piece at major awards and ceremonies. I can certainly understand the hype! One-shoulder ensembles create a soft feminine touch and bring out the exotic inner goddess.




Drapes are another trend the Greek fashionistas brought to life! The style, which was originally modeled after the greek goddess of Aphrodite gave fashion inspiration and life *SNAPS* to designers like Olivier Rousteing from Balmain. In return, he added a modern edge to the trend by incorporating it into his dresses and skirts. The best thing about Drapes is that it looks good on all body types and adds a glamorous flare to just about any outfit!  No wonder the women of ancient Greece rocked this summer trend religiously!

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Topshop Green Chiffon Dress – Go Jane Draped Skirt

Another modern trend inspired by ancient greek women are headbands.


Although headbands are no longer a symbol of wealth or status in our world, they are certainly a huge symbol of fashion amongst young hipsters, couture designers, and extraordinary fashionistas. These elegant pieces are a decorated spin off of the metal hair wreaths greek women wore as accessories. Not only do they add a bit of edge and dreamy charm to just about any summer outfit, they also enhance your features! 


Believe it or not, these sandals share a deep connection to Greek culture and entertainment.


Urbanog Gladiators

Inspired by the leather footwear of male gladiators, these sandals, once worn for comfort and durability during battles, have become a major staple piece in our summer wardrobes. Modern-day designers have turned this badboy into a MAJOR trend for Summer 2014. They definitely added a twist to the Greeks original palette and simple leather design, by making the once 1-inch gladiators shoes, 3 to 4 inch heels high with bold colors and exotic prints! 

More Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2014 looks inspired by the Greek:

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Now, the facts have been presented, and the verdict is in. With these Greek inspired styles at the forefront of Summer 2014, its easy to say that the Greek TOOK over Summer and showed her who’s boss! x

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Sources: Google Images, Fashion History, AphroditesMuse, Fashionisers

Style Files: Tropicana




Outfit Details:

Boyfriend Blazer SIMILAR| Tropical Leggings | Cutout Indigo Heels SIMILAR

Luckily and unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to have a relaxed, carefree, and adventurous summer. That means Zero romantic getaways and ZERO tropical adventures! Instead, I’ve been be a busy bee running around the city trying to successfully get a job and maintain an internship, so I’ve been wearing a lot jeans + blazers for job orientations and mainly sweatsuits for local errands. I have to admit, I’ve never been one to rock bold, vibrant colors or patterns. However, after spending weeks in mute casual wear, I’ve been itching to do something colorful, bold, and funky, so I decided to just go for it and put together an outfit that made me feel fabulous and perfectly represented summer!

Here I’m wearing tropical print trousers with a loose yellow blouse, black boyfriend blazer, and my brand new and now, favorite indigo cutout heels.

I definitely think the main star of this outfit is my tropical trousers…but ol’ indigo might disagree…

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The Modern Day Pocahontas


In preparation for a future advertisement project, I recently did a shoot in one of four locations around the Brooklyn area. For my first shoot, I went to Prospect Park where I shot an outfit that significantly resembled  Pocahontas’ attire in the 1995 Disney movie. It was completely unintentional, but it made me wonder just who was Pocahontas? Not the animated version in the famous Disney tale, but the real women beyond the famous legend of John Smith.


The original Pocahontas was born in Werowocomoco, Virginia to Powhatan, leader of alliance and head chief of the Powhatan Native American tribe. Her birth name was Motoaka, but she was given the nickname Pocahontas meaning “frisky” or “playful” during her early years.

According to historical sources, in order to maintain balance and order, women of the Powhatan tribe were assigned equal daily tasks as their male companions. They were given jobs like farming, harvesting, building, and preparing materials for daily use, so Pocahontas most likely completed these duties on a daily basis.


According to the famous folklore, she was widely known as a hero. She was the saving and guiding light for the colony of Jamestown, established in 1607. She helped the colonist by providing them with survival tips and food during hard times. She also saved John Smith, the captain of the British fleet and leader of the Jamestown colony, from execution by throwing herself onto him. This act built their concrete relationship, forged a historical bond that linked the Powhatan Native American tribe to England, and eventually led to the heavily romanticized Disney adaptation.




I had always adored Pocahontas as a young girl. She was one of the two Disney characters I looked up to as a child, Mulan being the second. Unlike the typical Disney princesses, her story was unconventional. She did not have the fairytale ending we were all accustomed to seeing, and that is why I felt a connection to her.

Growing up, I never imagined a big fairytale wedding, a prince charming who would sweep me off of my feet, and ride me on his horse into fairytale land. That just didn’t happen in my imagination. Mainly because that just didn’t happen in real life…or my life, for that matter. I was a bit of a tomboy who often challenged boys in a competition of who was the strongest, the fastest, the smartest, and the best Yu-Gi-Oh! dueler.

After a period of reflection, I realized the reason why I felt so connected to her story as a child was because she embodied the qualities of the women around me. You see…I was raised around a significant number of single female parents and this included my own mother. So Pocahontas’ strength, intelligence, independence, self sufficiency, and kindness was everything I witnessed in my mother, my aunts, cousins, and familial friends. They were all strong women who selflessly sacrificed and donated their help, love, kindness, and spirits to others on a daily basis. And so, this is not just a post about fashion or fantasized character but a post of CELEBRATION!

I am celebrating the real Pocahontas, the real women without fairytale stories, the women of independence, the women of change, the women of sacrifice, and the women of single parenthood, with my hopes to honor all of these women by becoming a women of their fine qualities.




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Sources: NPS, BiographyPocahontas Video

Style Icon: The Era of Blake Lively

There have been many icons to hit the Hollywood style department successfully: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Beyonce, Rihanna, and now, Blake Lively.

Blake Lively is an actress, best known for her roles in the hit series Gossip Girl, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Green Latern. She has always been a fashionista. This has been a fact since her Gossip Girl days. I remember when the show first premiered. It was all the rage in the fashion world. Fans drooled, yearned, and stiletto ran their way into stores to get whatever the stars were wearing, especially Blake who played Serena van der Woodson, a successfully rich teen who slayed everything from Chanel au Couture to SCHOOL uniform. Yes!

Lets just take a look down her GG fashion memory lane…

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And my favorite look of all time, The Grecian…

Now, her personal style is even better. She never seizes to amaze me with her outfits. She seems fearless when it comes to fashion, always combining bold colors, mixing different prints and patterns, rocking structured pieces and of course, killer heels.

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Her red carpet style is my personal favorite. She certainly knows how to entertain her audience. The patterns and colors of her dresses or one pieces range from black, red, yellow, and blue- which looks absolutely lovely on her. She also takes notes from her Gossip Girl looks, because she never stops at just ONE color. She always pushes boundaries by rocking textured and structured pieces especially multicolored gowns.

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