OPEN CALL/CASTING

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Fashionistas W/M

Casting call for my favorite show Glee…

Dec. 17 & 18, 2010

AUDITIONS held in Chicago

For more details visit

http://www.oxygen.com

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Fashion….Shop Small Black owned businesses

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Good day VGJ,

The 12th day of Christmas is here and I’ve got a list of Small Black owned Businesses and business providers to support.

Let’s get this list rolling…….#stayoutthestoressupportyours –

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC | curated vintage clothing for W|M | Wardrobe Mistress | Artistic Director | Fashion Show Producer| Interior Decorator | Food and Event Staging | Beautifier of all things

Contact | 202-200-8892 www.crazechameleonstudio.com

Royal Kupcake Bar | cupcakes | cakes | infused and non infused sweet treats | table top decor | party planner

Contact | 240-249-5263

Catherine’s Kitchen | Soul, Latin and Jamaican Cuisine | Catering for all occasions | Culinary waitstaff

Contact | Catherineskitchen.com

I’m So DC |Streetwear for M/W & Kids| Custom designs| Renewals

Contact 202-487-7071 imsodconline.com

BTF Clothiers | Luxury Urban wear for M/W & Kids

Contact | btfclothiers@gmail.com

ECP Virgin Hair | luxurious raw hair |custom units | colorist

Contact | ecpvhair@gmail.com

Candor and KAR Holdings, LLC | Real Estate | Investments | Decor & Staging | Consulting

Contact | info@candorandkar.com 202-425-6700

Latisha Atkins, Esq., JD | Consultant

Contact | latishaatkins@gmail.com

W.O.M.M.A.N. – Word of Mouth Marketing and Networking | Marketing | Promoter | Event Planner

Contact | womman.net

Aye Creations | Custom handmade accessories

Contact | ayecraftyhandz@gmail.com

Innovative Web Productions | Website designer| Web Development | Broadcast video| graphic design | backend solutions & development

Contact | innovativewebproductions.com

Wardrobe by William Henry Rawls | Designer | Editor | Creator

Contact | wardrobebywilliamhenryrawls.com

Carson What’s Next |Brand Ambassador | Model| Host

Contact | acarsonempire.com

Phoenix Fine Arts | Muralist | Interior Design | Restorations| Artisan

Contact | IG- versatilevice 240-364-4339

VENUS Visuals | Jewelry designer

Contact | contactus@venusvisualsonline.com 202-704- 2658

Art Thy Self | visual artist | designer | painter

Contact | IG- artthyself

Natural 4 Natural | natural hair & body products

Contact | klcorbin@gmail.com

Janelle Z. Beauty & Zenobia by Janelle MUA| Jewelry designer | Model

Contact | linktr.ee/zenobiabyjanelle

Catalyst Project | Natural Hair Stylist | Natural hair & skin products

Contact | 202-498-5246

Open Arms Catering | Soul food | Catering for all occasions

Contact | IG – open_arms_catering_llc

Little Essie Boutique | handbag designer

Contact | littleessieb@gmail.com www.etsy.com/shop/LittleEssieBoutique

Leslie Olabisi | Actress| Voice Overs | Host

Contact | IG – leslieolabisi

DLOMEDIA | TV Personality| Host | TV Producer | PR Consultant

Contact | Howard.cromwell@dlomedia-inc.com

Twila Smith | Vocalist | Occupational Therapist

Contact | 310-877-9862

Black Lux Matters | Designer | Custom Designs for M/W, Kids and Pets

Contact | http://www.blackluxmatters.com 202-713-4152

D’Anthonys Designs | Decor and Staging | Interior Designer | DJ | Event Management

Contact |202-344-6329

Sole Savers | Rollable Shoes

Contact | holler@solesavers.co solesavers.co/

So, this is just the list off the top of my head. Please let’s add to this list and share with your friends and family — shit, share with your enemies, too.

Remember #stayoutthestoressupportyours

Happy Holidays,

AK

Tracee Ellis Ross $$$ JCP

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LIFE JUNKIE....Vintage inspired

Happy Holidays VFJ,

I’ve been pussy footing around on a mini vacay since November 2nd and it feels good. I’m back on the horse and ready to end this year with a bang.

Let’s get it started in here! My favorite comedic actress and IG phenomenal TMurda AKA Tracee Ellis Ross, released a holiday capsule collection with JCPenney on November 12.

Her first retail collection, but she “TMURDED” it—the line ranges from small to 3X and starts at just $12. Plus, she has a dope ass diverse look-book cast, making this the third, truly diverse campaign out here, in addition to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty ads and Beyonce’s latest Ivy Park lookbook.

The line reps evening wear, accessories, home accessories, pajamas, workwear and knock knacks. Tracee is a veteran on the fashion scene, always bringing “RAINBOWS” to us through her whimsical, yet ladylike frocks. My homegirl (in my head) has…

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Tracee Ellis Ross $$$ JCP

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Happy Holidays VFJ,

I’ve been pussy footing around on a mini vacay since November 2nd and it feels good. I’m back on the horse and ready to end this year with a bang.

Let’s get it started in here! My favorite comedic actress and IG phenomenal TMurda AKA Tracee Ellis Ross, released a holiday capsule collection with JCPenney on November 12.

Her first retail collection, but she “TMURDED” it—the line ranges from small to 3X and starts at just $12. Plus, she has a dope ass diverse look-book cast, making this the third, truly diverse campaign out here, in addition to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty ads and Beyonce’s latest Ivy Park lookbook.

The line reps evening wear, accessories, home accessories, pajamas, workwear and knock knacks. Tracee is a veteran on the fashion scene, always bringing “RAINBOWS” to us through her whimsical, yet ladylike frocks. My homegirl (in my head) has the award from most including me — on high low looks, mixing designer and vintage to make an entrance on or off the runway. Having graced the runways at a young age and lending her eye to multiple publications as a fashion editor, Tracee is a fashion expert — hands down!

Seriously, there’s something for all –something everyone can afford, whether a gift or just for you. The looks are versatile and will look good on everyone. Size doesn’t matter in the capsule collection.

“It’s been my lifelong dream to design a line of clothing to utilize my love of style and clothes and to create a collection accessible to everyone that empowers women to embrace their joyful spirit. Each piece is timeless and versatile, classic but with flavor. They can be mixed and matched to create elegant looks for everybody and every body,” Tracee said.

JC Penney was the perfect partner for TER’s affordable collection because she truly believes that looking good does not have to cost a lot. Of course the tuxedo and the graphic printed dress are on my covet list.

Take a looksey’ above…. TRE is a Total Bad Ass.

XOXO,

AKa

Hey Vintage Fashion Junkies,

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It’s been awhile. But, I’m still standing.
I have a few things in the oven baking time in to hear them.

Join me and the dynamic duo Jazzy Janelle & William the blessed tonight from 7pm-8pm on The Jazzy Janelle Show.
Fashion, Faith and Foolishness

KEYS101: Inexpensive Prom Dreses….last minute

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Hey lifejunkies! 

Here’s a few ideas for those last minute prom dresses. I understand some of us just haven’t a clue of what to do for that special night! No worries. I’m here to save the day…. my name is Aisha Keys and I specialize in RESULTS. Let’s keep this night under $100 bucks. Watch me work. 

Keep it fun and flirty with a dress from GoJane.com Details like ruffles, feathers, and rhinestones. A perfect fit for showing off your playful side.

$46, bam!

Forever 21 is the heaven filled spot to find on-trend inexpensive clothes and accessories, but it also a perf score for an amazing prom dress. Carrying an array of straight and plus-size options, well under $50, that everyone will think are a lot more expensive.

$68, shut your mouth!

It girl destination 101- ASOS carries dozens of prom dresses. The plus-size collection is especially stellar, with on-trend looks up to size 24.

$88, yasss!

Your dream of rocking a red carpet look a la Lupita, Rent the Runway will lend you designer gowns for super-low prices. Although you have to give the gown back, you’ll feel like a celeb on your big night, #Prom2017.
 $70 rental (Badgley Mischka Utopia Maxi) walk it out!

PromGirl offers dresses that range from simple and funky to Hollywood glam. 

$99, #keysplease

Well, I hope these tips help you prepare for a night to remember…#prom2017! Also, keep the change for after prom breakfast or a weekend get-a-way with your high school crew!

xoxo,

AK

PS… I am Fashion Stylist, Personal Shopper and Image Consultant for HIRE! Bookings crazechameleonstudio.com or 202-200-8892.

SHEro….Meet Ms. Yasmine Arrington

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Good day Life Junkies…. It’s been a while. I have some juicy post coming your way.

Lets kick it off with my “SHEro” spotlight with Ms. Yasmine “Yazzie” Arrington- model, educator, mentor, entrepreneur and my SHEro!

What’s a SHEro? Women entrepreneurs knocking down doors, stereotypes and stigmas placed on us daily by a society driven by social media.  SHEro’s are passionate and committed to a myriad of non-traditional occupations and support causes such as education, philanthropy, fashion, art and culture. SHEro’s create their own lane and empower other driven women to do the same.

I had the pleasure of meeting Yazzie at a National Curvy Day Event at Lord & Taylor, last year. I was greeted by her infectious smile and overjoyed by her passion and confidence which filled the room as her and other women panelist discussed fashion and its current state versus the past.

Here is the interview with Yazzie. We must have chatted for hours about her accomplishments, upcoming birthday, fashion and life. It was an organic experience.

CCS: How did you get in the business of modeling? 
Yazzie: My freshman year of college (2011), I had a friend named Rachel who was a photography major. One day, she asked me if I wanted to be her muse and do a photoshoot with her. This was the first time I had ever participated in a photoshoot that was not posing for a school picture, haha. I picked out an outfit, purchased a wig and did my own makeup! We had so much fun shooting outdoors on our college campus on a beautiful Autumn day. Rachel told me that she thought I should consider modeling. I originally thought that this would not be possible, because all my life I had only seem straight sized professional models. That’s when I decided to do research online and I discovered what has been coined as “Curvy or Plus” Modeling. I discovered modeling talent online such as Liris Crosse, Samantha Lebbie, Christina Mendez, Jeannie Ferguson, Anita Marshall and many others. Anytime I saw that one of these models was offering a modeling workshop, I would save up and pay to attend – I was very attentive and took excellent notes. Each year I do a few test shoots with well-known photographers in the industry. The ultimate goal for me is to be signed by an agency, so that I may model fit and print for national chain clothing brands and for plus clothing e-commerce websites.
CCS: What are your personal goals with you scholarship foundation?
Yazzie: ScholarCHIPS Inc. is a non-profit I started in 2010, as a junior in high school. ScholarCHIPS provides college scholarships, mentoring and a support network to local DMV youth who have incarcerated parents. Since 2012 we have awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships to 29 scholars. My goals are to expand our mentorship programming and expand our programming to include local high school students.
CCS: Classic item every person should have (male and female)? 
Yazzie: As a female you MUST have a pair, if not multiple pairs of black leggings and blue jeans. Black leggings and blue jeans go with any top and nearly any shoe. They are nice and comfortable and good for when you are “on the go.” Male and Female alike, particularly business professionals, should always have a basic black suit, navy blue suit and gray or brown suit and white button up shirt in their closet. Simple business suits are appropriate for meetings, interviews, work, formal events, speaking engagements and can be dressed up with nice ties or bowties, and for women with nice camisoles, dress shirts or jewelry.
CCS: What’s do you feel is the key to great style? Who is ur style icon? 
Yazzie: To me the key to great style is being true to your own personal taste, with clothing that is becoming to your body type. One of my style icons is Queen Latifah. As a curvy woman, I always admire her red carpet event choice outfits and elegant gowns. Her makeup is always soft and becoming and her hair is always styled very nice.
CCS: Current obsession?
Yazzie: Talenti Gelato
CCS: Favorite word?
Yazzie: Overcome
CCS: Least favorite word?
Yazzie: Can’t (cannot)
CCS: How do you relax?
Yazzie: I relax by taking some alone time to do things I enjoy. Usually this looks like me lying in bed watching Netflix or reading a good book. My ideal relaxation situation is to be lying on a hammock on a beautiful beach looking at the sky and ocean and listening to the sounds of the waves, while the sun is gently grazing my skin.
CCS: Best gift you ever received? 
Yazzie: One of the best gifts I ever received was from a friend in college for my birthday. She wrote me a beautiful note in a Papaya card (this was the first time I had ever received one of those gorgeous Papaya cards) along with a TwoFaced bronzer and lipstick. I was so surprised and touched by the gift – the makeup was also of high quality. I still keep the card on my dresser to this day.
CCS: Best gift you’ve ever given to someone?
Yazzie: I have a friend in Ghana who is a soccer player. A few years back I surprised him for his birthday and bought him some new soccer cleats, a jersey, with socks and a new soccer ball. He was truly very surprised because I did not tell him I was sending it. That was the ultimate surprise and it felt good to make someone feel surprised and happy in that way!
CCS: Tell me a secret nobody else knows?
Yazzie: Well, I guess it’s not a secret anymore but when I was younger I would rock to music to help me go to sleep and I slept with a “blanky” up through my teenage years. It was washed so much, the cloth coloring faded and eventually all the stuffing came out 🙂
CCS: What’s your Guilty pleasure?
Yazzie: Talenti Gelato or Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice cream
CCS: How can you be contacted?

Yazzie: www.scholarchipsfund.org, www.yasminearrington.com

Twitter: @ScholarCHIPS  IG @Yazziespeaks
Thank you Yazzie for allowing me into your world. It was quite a joy to bond with you while I took my daily walk. I look forward to see what the future holds for you. Continue to shine star…
xoxo,
AK

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