Monday, April 2, 2012

Recommended Viewing: House of Consignment

Fashion reality shows are on the rise and are showing no sign of slowing down. It seems like a fresh crop of them debuts every other month!. A show that may have flown under your radar is VH1's House of Consignment.
Home to Basketball Wives and Mob Wives, quality television isn't the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the VH1 network, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this show on a Sunday afternoon.
House of Consignment follows entrepreneur Corri McFadden (above) as she seeks to grow her multi-million dollar business, eDrop-Off, an online ebay shop based in Chicago that sells consigned luxury brand clothing and accessories.
What I love about the show is that it focuses as much on the consigners as it does Corri and her team. Viewers get to experience the elaborate closets and big personalities of the people parting with their luxury items as Corri (above left) and Brand Manager Nicole (above right) make house visits to conduct closet cleanouts.
Consigner Betsey (above) was one of my favorite personalities of episode 3.  She had so many Chanel bags at her disposable that she was willing to give them away to her hairstylist and manicurist! Of course, Corri and Nicole brought her to her senses.

House of Consignment airs on VH1 Wednesdays at 10 pm. Be sure to tune in this week for episode 4 and let me know what you think! In the meantime, you can visit the VH1 website to watch last week's episode and watch recaps of the first two episodes of the show.

(All photos courtesy of VH1).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

ARISE Magazine: Issue 14

I'll admit it, I've been slacking a little with my ARISE Magazine reviews. With the madness of Fashion Week that surrounded Issue 13, I was pressed for time to peruse my copy. I'll make up for it with my thoughts on Issue 14 which is covered by British model Daphine Tony.
Issue 14 of ARISE provides readers with a recap of their "Made in Africa" Designer Collective that took place back in September.  It also features a spread with the Elite Model Look Nigeria 2011 winner Chinwe Ejere (below).
Model GiGi Jeon (below) makes an appearance in a fashion spread entitled "Eternal Sun" along with cover girl Daphine. It's good to see ARISE Magazine including ethnic models of other races.
ARISE is proving that it has staying power. The magazine's website is becoming more interactive and currently features videos from  last week's second annual ARISE Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos.

According to the ARISE website, Issue 15 has just been released. It usually takes at least a couple of weeks for copies to hit New York so I'll hold off for a little while on making a trip to Around the World.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Big Chop

Two weeks ago, I decided to take a big leap and trade my relaxed locks for a cropped cut. I have to say, I'm loving the new do!  After years of block braids, weaves, and relaxers, it's so freeing to sport my natural hair, not to mention more economical and less time consuming.
The natural hair movement has gained public attention in recent months thanks to celebrities like Viola Davis, who turned heads at the Oscars with her vibrant afro, and Solange Knowles, who's been sporting natural hair for a few years now and will be starring in Carol's Daughter's (a line that sells natural hair care products) transitioning movement campaign this spring.
Celebrities aren't the only ones who're embracing their natural hair. Fashion models are as well. Here are some of my favorite photos featuring cropped cuts from around the web:
From Left: Herieth Paul, Philomena via http://mrandmrsjones.tumblr.com/, and Ataui Deng
I plan to stay natural for at least a year, but I'll most likely be sticking to shorter looks.  I've recently become obsessed with the tumblr blog Bald Black Beauties. It serves as a great source of inspiration for potential hairstyles.

One of the main reasons I decided to quit the relaxer was fear of scalp damage.  I've heard too many horror stories of black girls with bald spots and edge damage caused by harsh chemical relaxers and too-tight updos.

If you're a black girl on the fence about making the big chop, I say mix things up and go for it! After all, it's just hair and it'll grow back!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Spring 2012 Fashion Fund

Emptying out my purse the other day, I realized that I have an abundance of gift cards just waiting to be used!  They're a collection of gifts, giveaway wins, and merchandise credits. I'll definitely be using them to buy a couple of items to update my spring wardrobe, and who knows. I may spread the wealth and do a giveaway. After all, I've been hoarding some of these gift cards for well over six months!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Holiday Happenings

This year, I spent Christmas in Connecticut with the rest of the Orisamolu clan.
It's always a happy reunion filled with photo ops when we get together.
Bisi and I decked out for Christmas dinner.
Tola, Femi, and Bisi.
Pink champagne! An Orisamolu family favorite.
Abi and Bisi in their festive colors.
Siblings goofing off.
I can't believe there's only a couple more days left of 2011! This year's flown by. How do you plan to celebrate the New Year?

Outfit Details:
Top: Aryn K.
Shorts: Alexander McQueen for Target
Tights: Primark
Lipstick: NARS

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Caché Spring 2012 Preview

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to check out Caché's Spring 2012 Collection. 
The collection was a nice mix of neutrals, bold colors, and fun patterns.
By far, my favorite look. The salmon color of the leather jacket is a nice twist to a wardrobe staple. The funky pattern of the blouse and simple blue jeans complete the ensemble.
Beautiful evening gowns with just the right amount of sequins and sparkle.
A fun pattern and subtle sparkle. 
How awesome is the belted neckline on the khaki dress?
I was also a fan of this look. I love the turquoise colors and the texture of the vest.
This rack of blues and greens and black and white caught my eye.
Neutrals done right. Fun embellishments and crisp white pants make for a winning look.
I usually associate Caché with evening wear, so it was nice to see their more casual pieces up close and personal. An all around great collection!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Collared

Before heading back to NYC on Sunday, I took to the Georgetown campus for a photo shoot.
Theese steps in front of this historic-looking building served as a perfect backdrop.
You may remember this bag from a previous outfit post. Obsessed.
This collared duster is one of my favorite thrifted finds. It's also a recent purchase.
Posing on the steps. Thanks to Sister Number Four, Bisi, for playing photographer!

Outfit Details:
Thrifted Collared Duster
Vince Jeans
Dolce Vita Booties
Thrifted Satchel
Forever 21 Belt
Target Ring