If you’re Downsizing your Closet

You need basics. Here is a list of a few items that you should have when building up your closet. I definitely think that this is so important to evaluate your current garments before buying more hip and trendy pieces. I’m not going into accessories or shoes because that would take forever. I wanted to list a few versatile pieces and basics. There are definitely many many more pieces that are essential, but I thought when you are building a foundation for your wardrobe you must first have the essentials.

Click on the image for a link to where to shop the piece.

Tank / Tee

Denim Jeans

Cool Jacket : This could be a trench, a denim jacket or a leather coat

Plain Sweater

Button up

Trousers

Midi Skirt

Staple Leather Piece

Blazer

Printed Dress

White Blouse

Little Black Dress

 

POC in the Fashion Industry

I wanted to continue to spotlight POC that have contributed to society in a positive way. I decided to write about a topic that I know best, fashion. I am highlighting POC in the fashion industry from writers to designers and more. I keep up with the work of all of the individuals below and they are all saved in their respective Instagram categories for me to see what they are working on next. I am glad I am getting to share a bit of that with you and I am not even scratching the surface with this shortlist of amazing people!

 

Designers

Kerby Jean Raymond : A haitian-american designer with a dope menswear label that I am sure you have heard of.. Pyer Moss

Virgil Abloh : oh you know, just the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and CEO of Off-White

Telfar Clemens : known for his cool gender-neutral designs

Writers/Editors

Dani Kwateng : Culture and Entertainment editor at Teen Vogue

Marjon Carlos : Has appeared in Vogue, Net-a-Porter, and Essence just to name a few

Nikke Ogunnaike : Former style director of Elle.com and Deputy Fashion Editor at GQ

Toni Blaze : Editor-in-Chief of Wonderland Magazine

Lindsay People’s Wagner : Editor and Chief of Teen Vogue

Stylists

Kenee and Deshaunte : One of my favorite duo’s when it comes to style! So sweet and they create amazing looks seen in Avante and Mood to name a few. They are also currently conducting their own online show

Vincent Smith : Celebrity stylist who has worked with big names such as Normani, Kash Doll and Victoria Monet

Ade Samuel : Celebrity stylist who has worked with Cynthia Erivo, Yara Shahidi, and Justine Sky

Scott Louie : Celebrity stylist who has worked with Keke Palmer, Jojo and Kehlani

 

Get Hailey Bieber’s Style

First off, I have to give credit to the QUEEN Maeve Reilly, who is Hailey’s stylist, and puts together her killer looks. If I had to pick a style icon of the moment off the top of my head it would probably be between Hailey and Celine Dion. (I know I’m going to add more to the list and regret only saying those two names later but oh well.)

I have absolutely loved Hailey’s look and I have followed Maeve for a while since I love her personal style as well as her client’s looks. I have added a few of my favorite looks of Hailey’s below and even recreated one that I think everyone should wear.

Who is your style icon of the moment?

This look was actually a possible Coachella look before it was canceled. I instantly fell in love with those Mugler jeans.

Designer Look Alike – Jacquemus

I was on Instagram and I was scrolling through Jacquemus’ story and I saw a skirt and top that instantly reminded me of one of the dresses in my closet. I thought it looked like the dress unbuttoned and flipped over like a skirt.

The dress is originally from Forever 21 and the Jacquemus top looked like a strappy bralette over a tank. So I thought I would shoot something similar for a get the look.

It was also paired with a pair of pointy-toe pink lace-up flats that I had and are similar to the ones in the original photo. All of the items that I used are actually a few seasons old and I had in my closet for a while. This is one of the main reasons that I tend to hoard older pieces of clothing because trends always come back in style.

The full video can be seen on my Tik Tik: @briana.nicole03 but I screenshotted a few of the images

Shorts to Wear instead of Denim

I saw a recent post on WhoWhatWear that was similar so I thought I would share a few of my favorites that I thought would be great for summer. I am LOVING the monochromatic pastel trend right now and I wanted to incorporate that and other ideas because wearing denim shorts, a tank, and sandals are so 2010.

Crochet Shorts : Easy to throw-on, breathable and usually come in fun colors

Leather Shorts : These have a cool star design on them and are currently on my wishlist

Tie Dye : Not only is this trend in style, but it is also is comfy and you can match the various colors for a fun summer look

Biker Shorts : Easy to slip on and layer over an oversized tee and denim jacket. This pair has such a cool look too

Dolphin Shorts : Easy and Cool especially for a post quarantine casual look

 

Lavender Elastic Shorts : Throw these on with a lavender blazer and you have got a monochromatic look that’s on-trend

GRWM + Catch Up

Fenty Beauty Foundation : https://www.sephora.com/product/pro-filtr-soft-matte-longwear-foundation-P87985432?skuId=1925411

Makeup Shack Sponge : https://www.hbbeautybar.com/products/beauty-sponge-by-the-makeup-shack?variant=24177454907473&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsaH69odTur4puVpmS511xgNnQEyAMwhapThoCCuhjbcBIQ7VDj8yIxoCl2wQAvD_BwE

Revlon Liquid Eyeliner : https://www.ulta.com/colorstay-skinny-liquid-liner?productId=xlsImpprod10521131&sku=2274991&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=pla-293946777986&CAAGID=102825324120&CAWELAID=330000200000159238

Grand Lash MD : https://www.ulta.com/grandelash-md-lash-enhancing-serum?productId=pimprod2003445&sku=2544503&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-879589371974:pla-294680686006&CAAGID=28397269470&CAWELAID=330000200001693972&CATARGETID=330000200001394369&CADevice=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsRzVEHdJq1Z-MWYxkrWLm5vtFgl0yCRQ3i46Tg3QkbEmFNStBSt2hxoCOQ4QAvD_BwE

Voluminous Lash Paradise : https://www.target.com/p/l-oreal-paris-voluminous-lash-paradise-mascara-204-waterproof-blackest-black-0-28-fl-oz/-/A-52117732?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Beauty%2BPersonal+Care%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9028099&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&gclid=CjwKCAjwq832BRA5EiwACvCWsUAQH5lTpbFupzJGNL6m2uzCQ79qdHB5071FasziGFMLu1pyx4cuvRoCuAsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Highlighter : https://www.ybskin.com/collections/blush/products/plumberry-crushed-mineral-blush

 

The Influencer Series pt. 2

I interviewed three new LA-based influencers on different topics and I’m rounding them up for you below!. To see more of the IG Livestreams, they usually come on Monday/Thursday at 12:30 PM PST and they are saved on my IGTV.

Check out the previous blog post HERE

Liz from @mrsemontano

1. Consistency : create a consistent schedule of days/times you will be posting

2. Build a Community : Acknowledge your audience and be genuine

3. Stay on Brand : Stick to your strengths and only take on collaborations that fit your brand

Liz’s segment was on tactics for becoming a successful influencer

 

Beatrice from @beatricebalaj

“People don’t want to click on your portfolio, it’s easier to post on Instagram”

“Black blazers go with everything, biker shorts or dock martins or sneakers”

Beatrice’s segment was on style, she also touches on previous styling projects assisting with Katy Perry and Anna Lynne McCord

Kristina from @laughloveandhippie

“Invest in tools to do your makeup like makeup brushes and makeup sponges and they don’t have to be expensive. Investing will elevate your look”

Kristina’s segment was on makeup technique

Nasty Gal Haul

Waist Belt : https://www.nastygal.com/dont-let-it-go-to-waist-harness-belt/AGG56330-295-35.html

White Body Suit : https://www.nastygal.com/roll-the-credits-turtleneck-high-leg-bodysuit/AGG52222-173-30.html

Vest : https://www.nastygal.com/all-in-a-days-work-crossover-tailored-vest/AGG53541-165-14.html

Gray Tee : https://www.nastygal.com/stick-to-the-basics-relaxed-tee/AGG50275-131-30.html

Cut out Top : https://www.nastygal.com/out-of-arms-way-one-sleeve-cut-out-top/AGG53514-173-14.html

Leather Jacket : https://www.nastygal.com/crazy-little-fringe-faux-leather-jacket/AGG53634-105-30.html