Tuesday, January 28, 2014

OOTD: Glam Duo

Outfit Of  The Day:  

Floral Suit: Asos
Crop Top: Ebay
Chain: Ebay
Shoes: Aldo

Finally, I've had a Sunday to myself. I have been extremely busy and "relaxed" Sundays haven't come by so easily. Being able to sleep in on Sunday was a blessing. Energized, I decided to play dress up! Thankful to my friend, Danielle Smithen, she entrusted me to style her. The theme was "Glam with a modern twist."

Model: Danielle Smithen
Coat: Nordstorm
Crop Top: Forever 21
Belt: Nasty Gal
Pants: Thrift Store
Shoes: J C Penny

Purple Lipstick,
Jode-Leigh Nembhard

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Year, New You

Ah, 2014 is finally here! Okay, okay fine it's been here for like 2 weeks already, but nevertheless, Happy New Year to our amazing readers!
Around this time of year it's pretty common and cliche to be talking about New Years resolutions, but let's be honest, there is just something about passing into a new year that inspires us all to do something differently in one way or another. 
Goal setting can be difficult especially when you don't know where to begin. And yea, yea I know we're well into January, but hey, there is still February, March, April, and so on...So, here are my top 6 New Year resolution ideas:

1. Work out
Yes, this is the most obvious and widely practiced New Year resolution. Exercise is great for you're body and mind so why not start if you aren't doing it now. If you're already a fitness junkie/gym head then why not broaden your exploits and pick up a sport. Muay Thai anyone?

2. Start a business
This new year why not make some mullah? Starting a business online has become so easy in this day an age. There's eBay, ASOS marketplace, Etsy, and even Wix, a site where you can build you're own web page for free. So go ahead and set up a Paypal account and make that money!

3. Make "it" happen
What's one activity you've always wanted to do? Really, think about it. Still thinking? Finally got one? Okay, now go do it! This year why not reach into the back of the closet in your mind, pull out that dusty idea and make it happen. Whatever "it" is. If you don't know how to, that's what we have Google for.  

4. Further your educational pursuits 
As long as we are living we will constantly be learning. So like it or not, we'll be students for the rest of our lives YAY (insert sarcasm). But hey, it's actually a good thing. The world is continuously changing, so in order to keep up with it, it's important to learn relevant information. Take advantage of a online class with LSU just because you want to. Delve deeper into your field of study. If you're currently not in school, think about going back and doing what you love. Or even sign up for an online seminar at Skillshare.com and acquire some new skills.

5. De-clutter your space
Spring is just around the corner (I wish). So now is a good time to get a head start and clean things up a bit. Reorganize your room and get rid of things you don't need. Go through your drawers and closet and take out those things you just don't wear. Then see number 2 from this list, and make some $$$$

6. Learn a new language 
This kinda goes hand-in-hand with number 4, but is just more specific. It is only to your benefit to learn another language. Let's be real, English is not the only language out there! There is a whole world out there to discover and giving yourself the edge of being able to communicate with others can't hurt. Imagine travelling to Greece and and beng able to strike up a conversation with the locals? How amazing would that be! Check out language learning apps like Duolingo, completly and totally free on both Anndoid  and iOS. 

I don't know about you guys, but I am extremely hype for the new year! So in 2014, no matter what it is we want to do, let's all commit to making big moves!

Rachael Joseph
Purple Lipstick

Friday, October 18, 2013

Versace! Versace! Versace!

M.I.A. is just so cool. She's so smart! Her music videos are always well thought out and always something to look forward to. 

So, when I heard that M.I.A. was thinking about doing a collection, I knew immediately it was going to be dope. Two weeks ago I was so excited to hear that her collection had finally hit stores! 

I love the thought process behind this collection. The way M.I.A. came up with this collection is so clever. She turned "bootleg street wear" to a full blown collection. When interviewed by WWD, M.I.A said, "When I was contacted by Versace, it seemed a great idea to invert the circle. Versace's designs have always been copied, now it's Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies. So this will continue."

That's a dope concept!

Purple Lipstick

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How to: Dressing for a Christian Concert

Concerts are always something to look forward to. It's a great excuse to play dress up. Finding the right outfit can be a difficult task, especially when seeking the correct outfit for a Christian concert. You don't want to come across as sleazy and you definitely do not want to be overdressed. As the saying goes, “There is a time and place for everything.” So let me guide you in the pursuit of finding the right attire for a Christian concert. 

I adore jumpsuits! While they are extremely comfortable, if styled properly they can be very chic.
Above are three jumpsuits, I would wear! For jumpsuit no.2 a camisole could be worn under to hide any cleavage. Also, dress it up with a nice blazer and “killer” shoes!

An issue in attending a Christian concert is not looking too suggestive. Wearing a midi length dress is a solution to this problem. A  midi length dress allows you to look “hot” without looking inappropriate.
A great way to "glam" up your dress is by wearing a cute clutch!

If you are not afraid to step out of the box in your style , rocking a floral print should be no problem. A floral trouser or skirt can be worn with a matching top or a solid top. Pair it with transparent heels or clutch and you are ready to go!
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Wearing a leather skirt, leather pants or a leather dress is a great way to look edgy but still very sophisticated.
Try mixing leather with a floral print blazer and chic booties.
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There you have it! A complete guide to the right outfit for a Christian concert!

If you will be in the TORONTO area, The Mississauga SDA Church invites you to an evening of Powerful, Heart-warming Inspirational music. Committed, comprised of graduates from Oakwood University in Hunstville, Alabama, the winner of the NBC's reality show " The Sing Off "will be in concert with other guest artists from the GTA. Come out and support. You will be glad you did!

Jode-Leigh Nembhard,
Purple Lipstick

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OOTD: Crushed Velvet

Still can't believe summer is over! I have made a vow to myself that by the age of 30 I will live somewhere that is hot all year round! Chilly weather is for the birds, and even they migrate south (pun fully intended). So since I'm stuck in the great white north, I'm going to have to stay warm. This fall, I have fallen (I am on a rolllll) in love with crushed velvet. Crushed velvet has a more lustrous appearance than regular velvet which I think gives the material much more personality. It feels very nice to the touch, and can be easily dressed up or down to suit any look you're going for. And did I mention this baby will keep you nice and warm this coming season?

Crushed Velvet Body Suit: Thrifted
Jeans: American Apparel
Shoes: Urban Outfitters 
Flower Crown: Made myself

Blazer: Forever 21
Bustier: La Senza
Crushed Velvet Skirt: Thrifted 
Shoes: Urban Outfitters 

Rachael Joseph
Purple Lipstick

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

OOTD: Tuesday Black Affair

I've decided to play dress up yesterday. I enjoyed a lovely weekend with my girlfriends. It was nice to relax before embarking on the notorious week ahead of me. Is it Friday yet? Smile 
Well, to get these shots was hard work. I’m no photographer! I couldn’t find my tripod so I had to use my piano and angle the camera right, put the timer on and then run into position for the picture. I laughed at myself at times, but it was all fun!
Well, check out my OOTD below!
Vest: Urban Outfitters
Dress: Thrift Store
Shoes: Asos

Purple Lipstick