Holy Sheath!

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Hi guys!

I don’t think it was until after I interned for Tracy that I realized how much I adored her dresses. I’ve got about 5 at this point & it’s all because of how comfortable, stylish, and colorful they are! Her prints are always different and original while the silhouettes tend to be really flattering on me. This print has a twist – an atypical colorway and manipulation for a classic leopard motif.

I’m ‘falling’ for this upcoming season’s trends and staples and I cannot wait to start layering again! I went for a dressy/casual look with this sheath dress pairing it with my denim jacket, gold hoops, and chunky leather heels. I also thought a burgundy lip would hint more towards fall – and that the forest green & burgundy color combo was more interesting than the green with a true red or pink.

How are you falling into the next season?

Leopard Sheath Dress – Tracy Reese (Nordstrom)

Gold Hoops – Light Years

Leather Sandals – Franco Sarto

Denim Jacket – Gap

Gold Watch – Diesel

Leather Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

Lipstick – ‘Diva’ by MAC



Ask Joelle (Men’s): What Casual Fall Shoes Should I Invest in?

Fall Shoes for Men
“Hey Joelle. I saw your last post while I was mulling over shoes to buy for this upcoming year. I wanted something casual and I’d like your opinion on it since you’re a stylist.”


The world of men’s shoes can be hard to navigate once you begin to transition into the workforce!  Your sneaker collection might be cool and appropriate for school, but when you start your 9-5 life, realistically you’re not going to have many places to wear them.

So what kinds of shoes should you invest in as a grown man? What casual shoes are cool to wear on your off days but aren’t super expensive or juvenile? Below, I’ve listed 4 of the basics:Converse-Men-s-Chuck-Taylor-Canvas-Sneakers-35-1

1. Canvas Sneakers: Chucks, and most styles similar to them will always be classic. Distressing and a bit of wear adds character to this type of sneaker that’s wearable with jeans.


2. Desert Boots: These boots are the most versatile yet neutral shoe any man can own. They’re typically leather or suede, they come up right above the ankle and they have a flat sole which makes them the perfect mergence of casual and dressy. Did I mention you can wear them with any type of pants? You need these!


3. Chukka Boots: These are definitely more casual and complete your fall “effortlessly cool” look. These go well with dark wash jeans or chinos with a crew neck sweater. My favorites are the Red Wing Chukkas!


4. Slip-ons: Sometimes viewed as “skater shoes”, these laid-back minimalist sneaks are back in this Fall. Pictured above are J.Crew’s Sperry Top-Sider Wool Slip-ons. Check them out here.

Hope this helps!


Sources: http://www.jcrew.com, http://www.huffingtonpost.com

9 Men’s Staples for this Fall

Looking to mix up your wardrobe a bit, guys? Fall fashion fun isn’t only for girls! Here are some examples of cool fall essentials every man should own:



Both from J.Crew.com

Classic, comfortable, and they look great with almost everything. If you don’t own at least two, I suggest you invest!


Both from J.Crew.com

Chambray is still in and here to stay. Chambray on denim combos, chambray on khaki, chambray under a blazer or motorcycle jacket…endless opportunities for effortless cool. And the elbow patches are a plus this season, too.



Both from Topman.com

Baseball jackets seem to make shoulders appear broader. These are good for day and night wear as an alternative for a regular hoodie. Get one of these to add a little something to a simple v-neck & jeans look.

4.coatsBoth from Topman.com

A man in a nice peacoat commands respect. It says sophisticated and classy without you saying a word. Go with a longer belted wool peacoat for colder days, or a simple black one to go over a dressier outfit. Gentlemen, these [with the right fit, of course] are flattering on most body types because it gives you added structure. Get one!



A slip-on Chelsea boot like the one on the left is good for pairing with denim or a suit. The Red Wing boots on the right can add a bit of a rugged flair to that plaid or chambray shirt aforementioned!

6.sneakersI love monochromatic kicks. Both of these stand out to me and both pairs would look dope with skinny jeans and a graphic tee. Or a button up. Or a almost anything else.



Both from J.Crew.com

Baseball caps over fitteds, any day. I just hate the way fitteds look to be honest, and I think baseball caps are SO much cooler. Don’t believe me, ask Frankie Beverly. Haha, but really. You don’t have to follow baseball to pull one of these off.

8.watchesChronographic – because the more numbers, the better. All black is sleek and edgy, and bold color is great for casual daytime outfits.


Both from J.Crew.com

A wise man once told me that socks can make or break your look. If you’re conservative everywhere else, give us a pop of color in your socks paired with a mid-rise boot or loafer.

Happy Fall:)


What I Wore: 09262013

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Went to the Beauty Blogger’s Cocktail Event at Saks the other day, and here’s what I wore:

Navy/Ecru Tribal Wrap Dress– Plenty by Tracy Reese

Beaded Necklace– Anthro

Clutch– Urban

Nude Chunky Sandals– KORS by Michael Kors

Awesome event, informative beauty experts, and we definitely got a chance to network with other local beauty bloggers! Oh, and the goodie bags were filled with about 20+ beauty samples I can’t wait to try!


Autumn Makeup Inspiration

One of my fave style/beauty bloggers shows you step by step how to master this gorgeous burgundy lip! She uses Diva by MAC (one of my current obsessions) to achieve this look, along with some other great makeup finds! This lip color can make any casual day appear effortlessly chic, and add drama to your night out.

Click here to view more videos from Shirley’s YouTube channel!



What I Wore: 09092013

Let’s ease into fall, shall we?
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Where’s the 60° weather so I can start wearing scarves/boots/layers?!

Took some time out to do a mini interview + shoot for the Nubian Message newspaper, and here’s what I wore:

Snakeskin print denim– Sold Design Lab

Chambray snap button up– Madewell

Geometric earrings & necklace– Madewell

Red leather cross-body bag– J.Crew

Watch– Timex

Shades/snakeskin bangle bracelets– souvenirs from Italy/ Light Years

I always get compliments when I wear my Diva by MAC lipstick–it’s not just for going out at night, I love what it does for a daytime outfit, too!

I’ve also gained a new fave protective hairstyle via my friend, Shaza! Click here for a quick and easy tutorial!

And click here to read the interview about my views on this season’s trends and controversy!


Photography by Jasmine Williams