Off the Grid

Fall is around the corner and I am too effin' geeked. The best season is upon us. Breathe it in, breathe it all in. Doesn't it smell lovely?

I'm already dressing like it's cool outside. My mind has completely shut out Summer. Completely. I'm in the Fall zone, my friends. Take for instance the outfit in this post. The jacket definitely wasn't needed at that day I took these photos. But I was pressed to rock one because 1) I bought the thrifted (yes, thrifted) swing jacket during the early summer season and have been itching to wear it since and 2) it's come to a point that when I'm wearing a print I have want to mix it up with another print item. So what better way to achieve this goal then to pair the jacket with the Target floral top. It just made sense.

I decided to have a little fun with the Avenue flare skirt. I noticed that the skirt had potential to be worn in many ways and at any length. In this post, the skirt is worn at its given length which is slightly below the knee. I went with a complete work wear look due to this length. With the stretchable waistband and breathable material, this skirt is all about comfort while still having a sense of style. The 'fun' part appears in the next outfit post when the skirt gets a complete makeover. Be on the look out.  

Swing Jacket: thrift
Floral Top: Target
Flare Skirt: c/o Avenue (sold out; similar item here)
Two Tone Heels: Lane Bryant
Tote Bag: New Look via ASOS
Watch: DKNY
Rx Glasses: Michael Kors


Emmy Awards '14

Now the awards season has officially begun. Everybody, please welcome the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards! I love this time of the year. Even though it came roughly about a month early and on a Monday. But who cares. It's the Emmys!

Hosted by Seth Meyers, who did a serviceable job, the show awarded trophies to some of my favorites like Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Modern Family, Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba (Naija stand up! Igbo kwenu!), etc. But at the end of the night, it truly became a send-off party for Breaking Bad. The critically acclaimed drama series walked away with a multitude of awards including Best Actor for Bryan Cranston, Best Supporting Actress for Anna Gunn, Best Supporting Actor for Aaron Paul, and the biggest award of the night, Best Drama Series. 

With that out of the way, let's get into some red carpet fashion shenanigans. 

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier
She may not have won an award last night but she definitely won my award for Best Dressed.
Lizzy looked absolutely amazing. Beautiful. Dramatic.
The perfect dress to make a statement.
Lizzy has officially arrived.
Kaley Cuoco in Monique Lluillier
This is the best I've ever seen Kaley on any red carpet.
The pink and red combo works great against her skin. The hair could be bit better, the clutch a different color (black), some jewelry placement here and there.
But I would take this look over any other look of hers I've seen on the red carpet any damn day.

Julie Bowen in Peter Som
Because, print.
She looks nice. Getting a 70s vibe but in a good way.
And, no. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. 

Christine Baranski
Because, cape.
Great navy blue color. Dress fits her like a charm.
A statement jewelry was needed somewhere. 

Angela Bassett in Elisabetta Franchi
I wanna age like her when I grow up.

Natasha Lyonne in Opening Ceremony
I'm really loving this dress.
Yes, it may be a bit too informal for such a big awards show like the Emmys but...
...it just suits her so well. Love the flirty, girly hem.

Danielle Brooks (l), Laura Prepon in Gustavo Cadile (m), Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer
Keeping the Orange is the New Black train moving along are the lovely ladies above.
Danielle's dress is not working for her. At all. Great color against her skin but that's about it. And no to the hair.
Lauren also chose a nice color to complement her fair skin. But the dress is complete fug. No other way around it.
Laverne looks very pretty. Great bodice, questionable train, and a smidgen too tight. 

Kerry Washington in Prada
The only thing she got right was the makeup and hair.
The design of the dress is wonky and the color is doing her no favors. 

Sarah Paulson in Armani Prive
This is a very interesting dress.
The more I look at it, the more I like it.
It has character, personality.
Yeah, I'm liking the dress.

Lena Dunham in Giambatista Valli
This is just a mess.
Judging by the original design of the dress (here), she should have kept the sleeves long, got a shirt that was actually her size, and maybe have chosen darker colors for the tiered portion of the skirt.
I don't mind the platinum blonde shade but the cut of the hair isn't working.
And can the Academy please stop rewarding her with a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy?
She's not even the best actress on her own show. Geez.

photos c/o Hollywood Life

Did you catch the Emmys? Any of the red carpet specials on E!, CW or NBC? Thoughts?


MTV Video Music Awards 2014

As I mentioned on the blog's Facebook page, I am never impressed with the VMAs red carpet. Yeah, it's a lighthearted affair so no need for the frou frou dresses and three-piece suits but still, y'know, step it up a bit. This year's showing pretty much left me underwhelmed...

...Much like the main show. Blah. I'm over here racking my brain trying to remember a performance, any performance, that stood out. Besides, Beyonce...I guess. The 'I guess' part is mainly because I wished she played out the songs a bit longer especially the ones I'm fond of like "Mine", "Drunk in Love", "XO", and "Partition". But time was limited and, I mean, she did perform all of the tracks from her latest album, Beyonce. So, I'll let her be. Bey won the special award of the night - Vanguard Award. At the end of her performance, Jay-Z and Blue came on stage to present her the award. A cute moment.

Let's begin the red carpet commentary, shall we. But, of course.

Beyonce in Nicholas Jebran (left) and Zuhair Murad (right)
Let's start off with the Lady of the Night.
Not a fan of either dresses...or earrings.
The burgundy dress has potential but the fabric of the main panel looks cheap and doesn't gel well with the beautiful, intricate design of the side panels.

Ariana Grande in Moschino, Jessie J in vintage Halston, Nicki Minaj in Saint Laurent
The "Bang Bang Girls". I like that song, by the way.
Ariana is trying to dress up like the 21 years old she is but she still reeks of a 13 year old playing dress up.
Jessie's dress, while a beautiful color, is just enveloped in way too much drapery.
Still lovin' the toned down Nicki. Cute dress, love the hair.

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith
Both dressed differently but look appropriate for this type of awards show.
They cleaned up nicely.

Kesha Johnson in Johanna Johnson
Kesha looks really pretty. Weirdly enough, the hair colors works nicely with the dress. 

Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vauthier
Diggin' this leather look. Not diggin' the sandals.
Nor her fake tears during her 'speech'.

Gwen Stefani in L.A.M.B.
Those heels are killer. The fit of the jumpsuit is working on her but I just can't get behind the design of the jumpsuit.
I don't know if it's the color combo (not really a fan of hot pink + black). 

Solange Knowles in H&M
Solange went the hi-lo route (cause you know those heels cost a lot).
The jacket looks oversized when really it's not. She's rockin' high-water pants.
Just a weird looking suit.

Jennifer Lopez in Charbel Zoe, Iggy Azalea in Atelier Versace
Only J. Lo can wear a dress like that and make it work for her, despite it being entirely too revealing with the cut-outs and the color being a bit bland.
Iggy is also wearing a bland color against her skin. The dress is okay but her makeup is not. She definitely needed something stronger.
And no to the slick back 'do.

Taylor Swift in Mary Katrantzou
Oh Tay-Tay.
The fuck is this shit?
Like, what is this?
Oh dear.
Shaking. My. Head.

Katy Perry in Versace
Then over here we have Katy Perry channeling Britney Spears in her VMAs red carpet days with Justin Timberlake.
If she was going for the humor factor in this she failed woefully.
This came off looking desperate.
Especially, after seeing her 'date' for the evening - Riff Raff.
Just typing 'Riff Raff" to acknowledge a human being is making me sad.

Kim Kardashian in Balmain
Of late, Kim decided to just expose her boobs with each dress she wears.
Why? I don't know.
What I do know is that I don't want, don't need to see her boobs.
Also, word on the Twitter streets is that she wore the dress backwards.
I'm all for switching up an item to be styled in different ways.
But this time around it just didn't work.

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose
They look so so happy.
But they also look so so wrong.
I take that back because this is the most normal Wiz has ever looked on the red carpet. Yes, even with the leggings.
Amber, on the other hand, is channeling Rose McGowan in her VMAs red carpet days with Marilyn Manson.
So, Amber is the one looking so so wrong here.
photos c/o Hollywood Life, MTV

And that's all she wrote. Did you watch the show or catch the red carpet special? Thoughts?


Dopeciety Trunk Show

I met Denisio for the first time at a  Violet Boutique event a couple years back. I remember being drawn to her color gems embellished skirt. I approached her asking where she purchased the skirt and was surprised to find out that she actually made the skirt. Talk about talent! So when 8-Vintage (a collaboration with Krystin) and, later on, Dopeciety popped up on the scene, I wasn't surprised Denisio was behind it. Her love for all things vintage and unique were clearly on display through her two companies.

While 8-Vintage is no more, Dopeciety is still here and hotter than ever.


Denisio is taking her talents and Dopeciety to New Orleans. She will be missed here in the DC area. To celebrate, she organized a trunk show at Nubian Hueman located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center. Dopeciety fits right at home in Nubian Hueman, which features ethnic fashion apparel, accessories, and beauty brands, along with art of all mediums. The cool thing about Nubian Hueman is that they select talented designers who injects ethnic influences and traditional patterns into their modern silhouettes and products.

Denisio mentioned that besides offering ready-made apparel, Dopeciety will be open to customized orders - in any size! That's a huge plus (pun intended) for myself because there were a lot of cute skirt sets I was eyeing and secretly wishing it came in my size. And above all, it will still house one-of-a-kind vintage wears.

Vintage dress
Remind me of the latest Valentino collection but in white.

I've been definitely hip to Dopeciety as you can see below:

1231 Good Hope Road SE 
Washington, DC 20020 


Fia's Fabulous Finds

For the past couple of months, I always get an e-mail from Fia's Fabulous Finds about their VIP Fill a Bag for $20 Basement Sale. Each and every time, I make a mental note to go but then something or another comes up (And that would be just me being lazy). This time around, I finally got the chance to go. It also helps that it's pretty close to my workplace. 

Fia's Fabulous Finds is an upscale consignment boutique offering quality brand name ladies' clothing and accessories. These items are gently used but in impeccable condition. From outside, it looks fairly small but once you enter inside you'll see three fairly sizable rooms filled with clothing, shoes, and accessories. There is also a dressing room. And, of course, the basement where the Fill a Bag for $20 event is usually held. 

I had the opportunity of chatting with Fia who, despite being heavily pregnant, was all energy and smiles. She's very passionate about vintage, a hobby that soon became her livelihood. While she is a boutique owner, she's also an event planner on the side. 

This will not be the last time I visit Fia's Fabulous Finds. I did manage to cop a few items at the event that I'm pretty sure you'll see on this blog fairly soon. The only bummer about Fia's is the lack of plus size items. The sizes it currently offers is 0-16, XS-XXL. And even the size 16s/XXLs were few and far between. I asked her why this was the case and she explained that she looks hard for plus size items but has yet to find any that's a good fit for her store. She's definitely open to plus size customers bringing in their current, gently used items so she can have a look. And if she likes what she sees, she'll buy it from you! I mean, Fia's Fabulous Finds is a consignment store, after all. 

Fia's Fabulous Finds
806 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Monday: By Appointment Only
Tuesday-Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm