C Siriano

I'm all about designer collaborations. It's a great way for brands to work with different aesthetics and in turn we get great fashion. When Lane Bryant started working with designers on capsule collections I was excited. It's been through these collaborations, I have scored some pretty awesome items. Christian Siriano has been my favorite thus far. He dresses for all not some, and the things he has sent down the runway has been amazing. His Spring collection had me swooning (C'mon that pink moto was everything), and now the Fall collection has our hearts again. I definitely indulged more this time around. The pieces I gravitated towards were the dresses and outerwear. The first thing I saw at his preview was this fur trimmed vest

When it comes to outerwear, vests are my achilles heel. I like the ability of layering different pieces together. Now that it is officially Fall, the weather is very sporadic. In the mornings, there is a chill in the air, and by the afternoon it is warm. Wearing a vest allows me to adjust for the crazy temperature changes. Cobalt blue is a great color that looks amazing on everyone. I have yet to see a woman in cobalt and it does not look good. The fur collar is removable, and this kept me warm while walking around with my girls.

Wearing boots sans tights to me is one the sexiest things ever. That hint of leg is alluring. I have been on the hunt for a pair of over the knee boots with a walkable heel. I love me some heels, but wearing 3.5-4 inch heels all day is not happening. For those that can wear, stand, and/or run in heels all day, I salute you. I wanted something with a bit of a heel, but can be worn with ease. These days when it comes to wide calf boots, the hunt can be serious. I am very particular about  my boots. I prefer real leather or suede, but if they are faux, it has to look good. I'm not the biggest fan of stretch panels, so I want something that some stretch but the majority of the boot is not material. I find it crazy that some places charge over $100 for a boot that is mostly made of a faux leather stretch panel. There is no way that boot is worth that much in my opinion. In my hunt, I came across these from Marc Fisher. I have been a fan of the shoes for a while, but this was my first boot purchase. These are wide calf and I had no issues getting them on. My calves are 17.5 inches, and I'm 5'5" so I need the boot to hit in the right spot. I'm quite happy with them, and best believe I will be getting much wear from them.

I'm always in need of a good work bag. I want something pretty, but functional. The Myriam tote has tons of pockets. I can fit my laptop, wallet, camera, and all the essentials I carry with me on a daily basis. When running around a good life bag as I like to call it, has everything I need to get me through the day. Have you indulged in any serious fall shopping? Would love to know what was on your must have list?

Christian Siriano

Hello lovers!! 

I was invited this past Monday to the United Nations (yes....the U.N.) for a fashion show featuring the new collection from Christian Siriano and Lane Bryant. I have been told about how LB throws a good event, so I was super stoked to see the show. Not only were our fav models Precious, Denise, and Ashley walked, but some awesome bloggers (Gabi, Rhea, and Beck), and the super talented Danielle Brooks (aka Taystee). Enough chatter, here are some pics. (Shoutout to Georgette who took these because I was in a middle seat)

I definitely wanted to represent, so I went with the mesh moto (because we all know I love a good moto) which worked out great because it got really hot while we were out on the terrace. Looking good while feeling good, a win win for me!! Back in the S16 LB preview, I was in love with this zip pencil skirt, and I will tell you why. It's high waisted, so you can wear a crop top (like I did), and you are still covered while feeling sexy. The zig zag print makes an impact and the material is soft and stretchy. I wanted a pop of color, so I wore my Christian Siriano shades, and tribal necklace. I wore my favorite sandals from Report Signature, and these are definitely a must have ladies. The heel is completely easy to walk in (they are not even 3 inches) and the fringe and t-strap make them super sexy. 

This view tho......swoon!!

After the fashion show, there was the Empowering Women NYC Luncheon. Susan Moses created this event to celebrate body inclusivity and diversity. As she, Linda Heasly (CEO of Lane Bryant), Cindi Leive (Glamour Editor in Chief) talked about where we were versus where we are headed when it comes to body diversity (there has been a shift in the pendulum, but I know there can be so much more). I completely lost it, when I saw Ms Jill Scott walk into the room and sat at the table next to us. She has been that "friend in my head" since 1999 when I found out she wrote the hook to "You Got Me". If you never heard her live, you need to get your life and go see here this summer (trust me I will be in the building this summer in Brooklyn. Ms Jlill graced us with a poem, and you can check it out on my IG. Mikki Taylor who I grew up to while reading Essence magazine since about the age of 5 or so, gave a moving speech about diversification and her mission to bring us to the forefront. I did get a chance to chat with Christian about some of pieces that went down the runway (Danielle's yellow dress for one), and he said that there will be a vote and those that have the highest vote will be turned into a capsule collection that we can buy. So ladies, definitely make sure you vote!!! There was a panel with Christian Siriano, Danielle Brooks, Liz Black, Philomena Kwao, and Mark FIna. Emme & Ashley Graham spoke, and so many more. It was an amazing day, and it was great to see my fellow boo's and meet new ones!! Thank you Susan Moses, Christian Siriano and Lane Bryant for an amazing event!!