I know most of you, if not all of you, are thinking about what to get your loved ones for the Holidays and if you’re anything like me, you will NOT be in the stores come black Friday morning fighting over some retail sweater that will end up under everyone’s tree.
In this time of giving, I’d like to support small businesses, local boutiques, and online stores. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, jewelry for yourself, or a closet staple for your guy these shops are what’s happening in the streets. So in no particular order, these are a few of my favorite Indie shops and yours that you should look out for this chrismahanukwanzakah !
What are you some of your favorite Indie Shops?
Rachel Stewart Jewelry
Bon Bon Vie
Free Your Mane (my favorite product line)
If you are local, into fashion, and want support a good cause, I’d come check out Rock The Runway for Domestic Violence, Saturday, February 4th, 2011. This will be an inaugural event for the San Francisco based organization, Lift Up Lives (LUL) that caters to women affected by domestic violence. This red carpet event will be hosted by infamous Real House Wives of Atlanta, NeNe Leaks and will feature a runway show, silent auction, and a VIP brunch.
There will also be live performances by Kim Hill (former member of the Black Eye Peas and Nesta Rae. Tickets range from $25 – $1,000 with an opportunity for VIP access and tables. You can get your tickets here.
Lifting Up Lives is a non-profit organization founded by Mark Rogers in San Francisco. Since January 2010, they have been serving women in the community through unique programs such as fitness and character building. This gives women who have been effected by domestic violence a platform and support system to share their passions and go through life changing effects of Fitness and Health. The awareness of Domestic Violence doesn’t get enough publicity so in my eyes I think this is a great event that LUL and the San Francisco Community are putting on in February!
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Location: The Clift Hotel
495 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
Attire: Fashionably Chic
Shout out to Essence.com for the post their latest Curvy Girl Muse with Gabi Fresh and Christina Brown. Check out these fashion bloggers 5 Fall Must Haves… You don’t have to be curvy to agree on these key staples for when the new season.
- Cropped Pants (check)
- Silk Blouse (check)
- Statement Jewelry ( I need more!)
- Leather Jacket (check)
- Satement Wedges (all I wear!)
Visit full article here . . .
On Tuesday (September 13th), Theophilus London teamed up with Cole Haan to bring you limited edition blue suede buck. He claims his fashion inspiration comes from his dad’s closet and I believe it. This Brooklyn based MC has hit the ground rolling setting his own style and share with us great music. If you are local go check him and the shoe premiere out at the NY location Cole Haan Soho on Prince Street. I’ve had a pleasure to see him live and he’s quite the character. I’m glad he’s able to expand as an artist not only in music culture, but the fashion scene as well. Fellas, blue suede?
You can check out his latest video for “I Stand Alone” off the debut LP Timez Are Weird These Days.
“How to pull of a Heartbreaking evening gown? Just Use Your Head.”
This is so dope. The New York Times magazine, “T”, fall fashion 2011 shows off Afros in a black and white spread by Alice O’Malley. The natural hotties are of course Solange, Esperanza Spalding, Les Nubians, June Temple, and Corrine Bailey Rae. They are modeling beautiful evening gowns and their gorgeous natural hair. Which one is your favorite photo?
Check out this super cute fashion line “Live Life in Color” by Bionca of Vibrant Doll. As creator of her own online publication wwww.vibrantdoll.com catering to fashion, beauty, and music Bionca has extended her brand onto cute babydoll tees, and crop tops that have been the ultimate staple for the summer. “A doll is a woman or girl who lives life vibrantly. They are confident, motivated, and inspired.” Bionca explains, “They are beautiful individuals who accomplish their goals be the person they always dreamed of being.”
If you love color and getting dolled up, I suggest you support her line and purchase a shirt for only $34. A birdy told me she’s in the works for an accessory line so keep Vibrant Doll on your style watch and support!
Click here for the Vibrant Doll Online Store —->> http://shop.vibrantdoll.com/
I know this gets a super late pass However, I was selected as the “Hair Haven Chic” of the week from Ms. Star Styles’ hair, fashion, and makeup blog a few weeks ago. I was given questions on how I became natural and my favorite hair products and natural hair styles. I get a lot of these questions while I’m in the streets so why not share you this awesome post. Star is an awesome fashionista and I love visiting her blog. You can check out the “Hair Haven Post” post HERE and the rest of her blog for more tips and fashion indulgence.
6. What are the advantages to having natural tresses?
“Versatility. You can wear your hair curly or straight. I love how long it grows. Also, It’s pretty cool to be that black girl who doesn’t have to run for cover when it starts to sprinkle or can take a dip in the pool with no worry. One last thing, it saves me a lot of money. I only go to my hair stylist to get my ends trimmed twice a year and I do my hair myself, so…..you do the math.”
If you would like to be the next “Hair Haven Chic” please send your interests to email@example.com
If you have been to concerts in the Bay Area, or attended any events that have showcased arts and culture you might have seen someone wearing an “Oakland USA” or “Dope Only” logo. I’ve always wondered what the meaning was, so when I came across the creator I had to share it with you. Rod Campbell is an Oakland native that is the man behind the brand that you see. He describes it as “an interest in all things, fly, fresh, and raw”. The hip-hop culture has used the term to describe just that so he stamped it with the “only” to make it his own.
Dope Only was created the summer of last year from his pilot project called Oakland USA. “People understand what lives within them so that’s where Oakland came from. Dope only is the greater umbrella”. Rod has built a foundation in his own hometown networking with local entrepreneurs like himself. He makes sure to use his marketing and savvy techniques to produce a business and develop a team that he works with to promote through out the bay area. Artists like Nate, Esinchill, Ryan Nicole, DJ D Sharp, Kmaxx, and DJ Toure’, just to name a few are representatives. Dope Only currently endorses a weekly Monday showcase called “Monday Soul” where local artists perform and young and affluent music lovers gather at the New Parish in downtown Oakland. Dope Only has been worn on known names like Andre Ward, Raphael Saadiq, Dwayne Wiggins, Too Short, Richie Rich, and even Shamar Moore.
Rod in the Streets
Dope Only and Oakland USA clothing comes in the form of hoodies and t-shirts. There are different colors that are customized and individually selected. When learning more about the brand, I gathered that it’s almost an official approval if you were caught wearing one- you are officially dope at what you do whether it be in music, art, or entertainment. Rod Campbell plans to expand the brand beyond just clothing and recognition to campaigns catering to youth development and networking. This summer he plans to bring his business to Oakland ‘s annual “Art & Soul” festival and plans to work on future expansions with San Francisco and other major cities outside the Bay Area.
Rod Campbell’s best advice he could give to aspiring entrepreneurs, “Don’t be afraid to get your feelings hurt. You are going to get a lot of doors slammed on your face but when you do find one that opens go through it.” He has definitely followed his passion and has created a brand that will continue to open a lot of doors.
Think you’re “Dope Only” material? Check out the official website for more info here.
Congratulations to one of my favorite bloggers, Afrobella, for being selected in the MAC Cosmetics “Bloggers Obsession” Collection. I absolutely love her lip glass creation called “All of My Purple Life” (purple is my favorite color). Check out Afrobella’s exclusive and behind the scenes HERE.
These super cute Dookie Bracelets + leggings are to die for! Nakimuli is a designer from Brooklyn who creates funky clothes for creative girls. I was browsing through her blog and noticed that she is debuting shorts to go along with her collection of dresses, leggings, coats, accessories and more. visit Nakimuli Online Store to view her full line.
These are my Picks: