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À la carte: Street Style Edition

3 Dec

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My first week in the Bay area and I had the pleasure to be snap by street style photographer Katrina from “The Bay Modernist” (Instagram: @thebaymodernist).

Believe it or not this is my first street style capture EVER! I am horrible at taking photo when I don’t have creative control or not all that satisfied with my look. Ask my friends or search Facebook, you’d be hard pressed to find a tagged photos of me. Nope, nah! Won’t catch me slipping trying to capture me from a fat angle!

While I was in the Oakland Jack London Square area Katrina took interest in my look. Nothing I’m wearing is particularly new or special but It’s extremely nice to know someone appreciate the effort I took in pulling this look together. The most savoring thing about moving to a new city is that EVERYTHING you own is new again! Sour thing now is that now I can’t wear this anymore because its on Instagram now!

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Cable Knit Sweater: American Living JCP $62

Extended Tee: Reign + Storm Pacsun $27.47

Denim: 511′s Levi’s Dillard’s $39.99

Ankle Strap Boots: Zara $129.99

Accessories: Charmed & Wrapped Bracelets Alex & Ani, Watch & Studded Cuff Micheal Kors and Skull Cuff Urban Outfitters.

 

À la carte

7 May

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Today a fellow blogger asked me for advice on having a successful site. I honestly didn’t know how to answer that question, only because I don’t think I’m successful at it yet. My mantra to this whole writing and lifestyle business is that I’m only as good as my last post.

Today’s society and its ever fledgling morale towards success is fueled by the “Next Big Thing.” With all of us in constant competition with one another and taxing ourselves by someone else’s personal struggle or success we aren’t able to leave our own fingerprint on the world.

The only way I can answer that question is that true success is measured by the goals you set, how effectively and smart you go about achieving them and how consistent you are at maintaining said accomplishments. You are the king, captain and chief of your own level of success.

No matter how superficial or genuine your aspirations in life are you can have it all as long as you are ready to sacrifice and put in the work to achieve them. It may take a while and results may not be instant but remember the Rock didn’t get ripped in a day.

Meanwhile…about today’s look! It’s spring here in Kansas which means, rain, wind and tornadoes- I love it! I can wear my favorite outerwear pieces and some of my most scantly clad workout attire. I’ve had this raincoat for about a year from Liz Claiborne originally $125 I got it for $65, its a perfect spring necessity. It’s light weight, has many pockets and cinch in at the waist! Today I wanted to done a crop top however, it’s was a bit windy so I paired this Hanes sweatshirt I cut up for yoga class with an oxford. The boots sealed the look, helping me stay on trend with fashion and the weather.

Photographed by: Theodolph Mason
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Crop Sweatshirt: Hanes (cut up by moi)
Oxford: Hollister Co. $29
Rain Coat: Liz Claiborne $65
Denim: 511′s Levi’s $35
Boots: ASOS.com $99
Accessorizes: (rings Forever 21 bracelet Dillard’s)

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13 Mar

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“Nothing in life is easy but I dictate how difficult it can be.”

As much as we plan, hope for the best and leave our home with the most positive intention of success that day, howbeit making smart eating choices, completing the to-do list or squeezing in a workout after a long day our plans can easily take a turn for the jelly-belly. I always want to make today better than yesterday however, sometimes it seems as though the universe isn’t on the same workout plan as me. That’s why it important for me to hold myself accountable for my mishaps as much as I revel in my triumphs. No matter how distress, tough or fridget your circumstances you must keep your presence strong and press on.

Putting things off, making excuses and blaming others only leaves me with the unnecessary weight gain. Toughen up and do whatever you have to do to get to your goal!

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Camel Coat: Stafford JC Penny $78.75
Hoodie: Target Hanes $9.99
Extended Sweatshirt: PacSun Yeezus Tour $39.50
Denim: Levi’s 511 Dillard’s $39.99 (distressed by myself)
Ankle Strap Boots: Zara $129.99
Accessories: (necklace/bracelet Kenneth Cole Reaction, cuff Micheal Kors and ring BCBG)

À la carte: Day Five #5days5guys1item

8 Mar

Yoga & Errands (1)

While everyone’s out enjoying Sunday funday, I’m trying to take advantage of this sunny Sunday, get skinny and complete my to-to list before “The Good Wife” comes on. The final day of the #5guys5days1item style challenge and my patent leather and pony hair oxfords from Zara has literally taken me everywhere, from the office, to coffee, a ride around the city and now yoga class.

This morning I almost forgot I had one more day to pair these shoes with a look, just so happened I was all dressed for my 8:30 a.m. yoga class and before I hit the door I kicked off my Nike’s and stepped into these. Voilà, they actually don’t look all that bad with sweats and a tee. Luckily you don’t need shoes during yoga. Up next… time to wash my car!

This was an awesome week of fashion for me I got to play in my closet, commit to a look and had the pleasured to be inspired by some amazingly fashionable men. Though, some couldn’t full participate due to launching a magazine and inclement weather I really appreciate Roberto Johnson (@itsrobertojohnson) -outerwear & Askia B (@askiaabdull) -pants for committing to my challenge despite their busy scheduled. I can’t wait for the next challenge.

Review all five looks, follow me(@bougiehippie) on Instagram as I put some more miles on these oxfords along with the other four men participating in the #5days5guys1item challenge.

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Hooded Cape: Zara $90.76
Denim Shirt: JCP (children section) $14
Extended Tee: Urban Outfitters $29.99
Training Pants: Dick’s Sporting Goods Adidas $21.99
Shoes: Zara $129
Accessories: (watch Samsung Gear Live, nail bracelet Giles & Brother and necklace Aldo)

À la carte: Day Four #5days5guys1item

8 Mar

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Two days late on day four of #5day5guys1item style challenge yet I’m still committed to donning these singular pair of shoes. These oxfords go with absolutely everything, not to mention it has become rather (no completely, I mean I’m still me) easy getting dressed not having to find a shoe to go with every look. I didn’t get home till late last night so before I went up to my apartment I snapped a few shots in the hallway.

These shoes are the perfect blend of dressy, casual with a hint of personality.Every guy needs a statement shoe that will instantly clean up his look.

Catch up on all my recent looks, follow me(@bougiehippie) on Instagram as I put some more miles on these oxfords along with the other four men participating in the #5days5guys1item challenge.

The Guys:
Antonio Guerrero (@thestylewarrior_) Shirt.
Kedrick Walker (@rockedfeller) Accessory.
Roberto Johnson (@itsrobertojohnson) Outerwear.
Askia B (@askiaabdull) Pants.

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Wide-Brim Fedora: Target $16.99
Sweater: Mossimo Supply Co Target $29.99
Extended Tee: Urban Outfitters $29.99
Camel Coat: Stafford JCP $78.75
Denim: 511′s Levi’s Dillard’s $39.99
Shoes: Zara $129
Accessories: (BCBG & Aldo)

À la carte: Day Three #5days5guys1item

5 Mar

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Day three of #5day5guys1item style challenge and I’m convinced that if I get committed to my new workout as I am about wearing these shoes everywhere for every occasion I just may reach my goal weight before this everlasting snow melts!

I’m really having fun with this challenge it’s pushing me to explore my closet, organize my day more according to get these posts done along with my other daily goals, and help show people that it’s not about quantity is about quality… who am I kidding size & scale always matter. BUT it’s also about creativity and commitment.

Most mornings when I run errands before work I would normally just head out in my workout gear but of course this morning I ditched the running shoes for my Zara oxfords. Today I wanted to go with my natural aesthetic of active-wear yet cleaned up.

These grey Arizona joggers match perfectly with this Hanes hoody, I added a kaftan and leather jacket to help blend the oxfords better. To celebrate my “active-city-chic” look I stopped at the coffee shop Espresso to GO GO downstairs below my apartment and treated myself to their delicious thunderbolt latte. I’m overly pleased with today’s look.

If you missed my last two looks follow me(@bougiehippie) on Instagram as I put some more miles on these oxfords along with the other four men participating in the #5days5guys1item challenge.

The Guys:
Antonio Guerrero (@thestylewarrior_) Shirt.
Kedrick Walker (@rockedfeller) Accessory.
Roberto Johnson (@itsrobertojohnson) Outerwear.
Askia B (@askiaabdull) Pants.

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Moto Jacket: TopMan $144
Hoodie: Target Hanes $9.99
Kaftan: Zara $59.90
Joggers: JCP Arizona $19.99
Shoes: Zara $129

À la carte: Day Two #5days5guys1item

4 Mar

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I’m so excited about this style challenge, it’s similar to when I start a new diet and all I do is sleep and daydream about how much extra effort I can put in to reach my goal to get the best results.

The best part of this challenge is that now I have reason to put on “real” clothing in this weather. Any other day I would have opted for some boots and my favorite pair of knit joggers.

Cut to today, I had a meeting at work this morning and the attire called for “business casual.” This is my take on the relaxed but with a tie look.  The cropped slacks are from a suit I’ve donned on the site before, the sweater is on loan from my boyfriend, and the cardigan around my waist I’ve own since 2011 I purchased at the Gap. Oh, this cozy dapper and very much on trend overcoat was gifted! All are a perfect pair for the shoes I’m stuck with all week.

Follow me(@bougiehippie) on Instagram as I put as many miles on these oxfords as my running sneakers along with the other four men participating in the #5days5guys1item challenge.

The Guys:
Antonio Guerrero (@thestylewarrior_) Shirt.
Kedrick Walker (@rockedfeller) Accessory.
Roberto Johnson (@itsrobertojohnson) Outerwear.
Askia B (@askiaabdull) Pants.
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Overcoat: Stafford JC Penny (FREE!)
Sweater: The Limited (My Boyfriend’s)
Cardigan: The Gap $25.50 …(I think)
Slacks: Stafford Tailored Culture JCP $250 (A part of a suit)
Shoes: Zara $129

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