New York

Yeezy Season 3 

Kanye West debuted both his Yeezy Season 3 collection and his upcoming album The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden on February 11th during New York fashion week. About 20,000 attended the event and it was also live streamed for millions to watch around the world. Although I wasn’t one of the lucky ones in attendance, I didn’t feel the FOMO (fear of missing out) kicking in. With all the social media hype before, during and after the show, how can you? In true Kanye style, it was a fashion concert that was put on for the fans. Even though Kanye has his support from his fashion friends like Olivier Rousteing, Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld. Not everyone in the fashion world seems to be here for his grande events. It’s because Kanye is not following the ‘fashion protocol’, he’s not doing things on their term, he’s doing it on Kanye’s terms. For someone new to the industry, with that kind of attitude you’re bound to step on some toes, get a lot of side eyes and shade thrown your way. Still the fashion industry needs change and Kanye may just be the poster boy for it. It will be interesting to see what he has up his sleeve next and if the fashion industry will ever take him seriously.

I didn’t think Kanye would steer too far away from the Spring/Summer collection. This season was a continuation of Yeezy Season 2 with models packed together like a refuge camp. Imagine the frustration for attendees not being able to view the clothes properly, but then again the focus of the show was not about the clothes themselves. Instead, it was a message to show his anger and frustration with fashion and society as a whole. The palette were muted neutral tones, consisting of flesh tone body suits, body conscious dresses, shredded knits and two piece sets for women. Hair were neatly tucked away under hair caps, while the shoes were a mix of pumps, clear heels and dessert boots. The fellas wore matching oversized sweater suits, bomber jackets sets and the signature Yeezy Boosts and sneakers.

See the highly anticipated Yeezy Season 3 below plus the strict show rules models were asked to adhere by. 


  

  

  

  
  
  
  

  
  

  

  

  

Photo Credits: Pause Mag and Hypebeast

Mirina Collections Vintage Multi-Layer Bib ‘Annie’ Necklace

Hello ladies!

I had to update this post after information was brought to my attention about the Mirina Collections ambassador program. Initially I was approached to be apart of their brand ambassador program. Of course I was excited and accepted the offer because as a blogger it’s flattering when brands reach out to you. It’s like a validation or stamp of approval of your social media influence and they see that in you. On their website they state that they are a fashion jewelry house based in New York, where each design is made to order. Seems legit and harmless right, well that’s what I thought. Don’t get me wrong they do have some great necklaces with a wide range of affordable styles to choose from. It’s just that their ambassador program is a bit sketchy and is using bloggers to bring traffic to their website and drive sales without actually following through with the set-up of the compensation side of things  (as mentioned in their program). In their initial email to you they state that you have to first purchase a necklace and you recieve a discount by using the coupon code they provided. That didn’t raise a red flag for me because I get it, not all brands can afford to ship out free products to dozens of bloggers. Once I placed my order I received a confirmation email including my very own coupon code. Sweet right! Just to see your very own personal code to give to your followers, it felt good. They also made sure to include in a separate welcome email explaining that due to design and production times shipment will take approx 3-4 weeks. Still in my mind I was thinking cool, i’m in no rush to receive this necklace anyways. It actually took over 6 weeks for me to receive my necklace and only after I followed up twice, once on December 29, 2015 and then again on December 31, 2015. I recieved a response the same day of my second follow-up and my item was shipped on January 4, 2016 and I saw it in my mailbox on Janauary 4, 2016. When I received the necklace it was packaged nicely, but it wasn’t the highest of quality. Then again I wasn’t really expecting Tiffany quality, I liked it for what it was. Something that did not register to me at all was the legitimacy of my personal coupon code. It was only brought to my attention today by someone on Instagram when I posted about the necklace. I then tested it for myself by creating an order on their website and what do you know, the coupon code was invalid. I immediately removed this information from both my Instagram post and this blog post. I absolutely do not want to promote anything that was not true to my followers or anyone on social media. I brought my concerns up to the Mirina team and instead of trying to resolve the issue they continued to respond in a bullying and agressive manner referring me to their ‘policy’. This immediately made it official that I was dealing with an individual who is operating under unethical business practices. Not to mention that they are reselling cheap jewelry for more than triple the actual retail price, and then promoting it as being hand made by their team. I would ask for my money back but I think they need it most. 

I hope I’ve brought some attention to this issue with some Instagram boutiques who are operating using bad business practices and potentially not being honest with bloggers. Ladies be careful out there and if something seems off about a brand or you get a bad vibe from the get go, run! Better yet, do not respond to them at all. In all cases they will contact you first via email or direct message. The last thing you want to do is promote false information to your followers and readers. You also don’t want to be used to promote a brand when you will not be compensated for it. Comment below if you’ve experienced something like this before and what happened.

On the brighter side of things, I did get some really good shots in with this necklace and I still want to share this look with you below.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Jamelle Lindo 

Love the packaging the necklace comes in.

 

It only made sense that I store my necklace on my half body painted manequin. 

 
You can shop this look below!

 
Missguided Turtleneck Bodysuit


Jacket is Forever 21, similar Zara Leather Biker Jacket

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Forever 21 Zippered Skinny Pants

Booties are Call it Spring, similar Chunky Heel Platform Ankle Boots

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody

 
Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Five N’ Dime – A Collective Pop Up Shop

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With summer surely on its way, what better way to kick start the warmer season than a little thrift shopping. Over the years thrift shopping has become quite popular and is often confused with vintage shopping. To clear the air a little, thrift shopping is not the same as vintage shopping. In fact thrifting is buying something for less than its original value. Vintage is a piece of clothing or an object bearing a time stamp of 20 years or that illustrates a particular era in history.

With that said, you can consider Five N’ Dime a shopping experiencing where you’re thrift shopping, but also buying vintage at the same time. Expect this event to bring out all the vintage lovers, followers and admirers. Not to mention, how affordable the prices are.

Founders Danielle Evans and Tinesha Richards specialize in new school vintage; modern trendy pieces with a mix of unique one of a kind vintage items. With a year and a half of pop-up shop successes under their belts, their aim is to transform the definition of thrift. They want to give new meaning to your general understanding of what it means to “thrift shop” by providing shoppers with the opportunity to browse through items selected carefully from some of their favorite places to shop such as New York and Toronto. More importantly, Five N’ Dime encourages and promotes affordability so all items are priced reasonably and nothing is over $25. Yes, you heard right, nothing is priced over $25.

“As students we understand that it is difficult to keep up with the latest trends when you have text books to buy, tuition to pay for, and all the other expenses that comes along with being a student. Because of this, everything sold at Five N’ Dime is $25 and under”, says the ladies.

In addition to offering trendy clothing and accessories at a discount, the ladies are also concerned with charitable matters. “We are also strong advocates for helping out our community; and therefore each year we find new ways to give back. This year we will be donating 20% of all earnings to the Urban Arts Toronto, Girls Group”.

Nothing like a shopping experience that also gives back. I’m all for it!