Double the Leather

It wouldn't be right to have two (faux) leather pieces (from the same store, no less) and not pair them together, no?


About a month ago (around the time I took these photos), it was a chilly evening. I'm talking about low 30s with a gusty wind chill. Didn't help that the sun was setting and it got dark pretty damn quickly. I don't know what me and Val were feeling like but after we were done shooting, our fingers were completely frozen. Numb. Clearly, we were not dressed appropriately for that kinda weather. Whole time we kept telling ourselves, "This is the price we pay for being fashion/style bloggers." I mean, nothing can stop us from taking nice photos. Chilly weather, be damned. Truly, I don't know how these models do it. Oh gosh. I just remembered that one episode of America's Next Top Model when Tyra made the contestants do a rooftop photo shoot on a blistering cold NYC day...while in their barely there swimsuits. *shivers* The good ol' days when ANTM was must-watch TV.

This photo right here explains it all.
*sings* It's written all over your face.

I've been meaning to put up these photos immediately after but then I realized it would be back-to-back-to-back posts of me wearing the Ashley Stewart faux leather vest, then this post, then wearing the Ashley Stewart skirt; sort of repetitive. So I waited. After finally getting her act together last week with Spring-like weather, Mother Nature went back to her bipolar self. For the past couple of days it's been rainy, cold, and gusty-wind-chill windy. Also, there was this period of us getting some sleet, as well. As I type this right now it's 32 degrees. On April 17, 2014. 

Now, this would best time to put up the photos. *smiles*

Vest/Skirt: Ashley Stewart
Bodysuit: ASOS Curve
Heels: Torrid
Earrings: vintage
Lipstick: MAC Heroine

*sings* I'm so cold, I'm so cold, I'm so cold. (So coooolddd).


Vibrant Mash Up

Dress (worn as a 'top'): And I Get Dressed closet sale
Skirt: thrift
Heels: Lane Bryant
Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim x Target
Watch: Nixon via Gilt City DC warehouse sale
Rings: ASOS

This would've been the skirt that almost got away if it wasn't for Nic's hawk eye vision. At her event, Thrift with Nic, everybody in attendance went thrifting together inside the venue, which just so happen to be Goodwill. Usually when I thrift, I make a beeline to two sections before scouring the rest of the store - skirts and dresses. I thought I had given the skirts section at Goodwill a good run through when Nic called out my name. I turned around to see her hold up this vibrant midi skirt with a florals/stripes mash-up print.

"You like?" 
"*laughs* I just knew this was your type of skirt." 

Nic knows me well.



I'm still not bold enough to wear a legit crop top or a legit bikini top. But a slightly loose high-lo cropped sweater that reveals a sliver of your stomach whenever you move will have to do. Actually, I kinda like tops that has a subtle surprise. 

I stumbled upon the sweater at Target. Love the texture and the mint/black color combo. The high waist jeggings are from...wait for it...Rainbow. Yep. That Rainbow. You know, Rainbow may come off as an urban, teeny bopper kinda sto--oh who am I kiddin'. It is an urban, teeny bopper kinda store. But if you want inexpensive basic items in your closet, it wouldn't hurt to step inside Rainbow. Mind you, it's been years on years on years since the last time I stepped inside the store. But that one trip a couple months ago to purchase these jeggings made me realize that, hey, it also has some cute basic stuff. 

I haven't seen Ola in so long. Damn near a year. Yeah, we kept in touch via social media and WhatsApp but actual face-to-face? Damn near a year. It was great to reunite with her at National Harbor. We both realized that we were rockin' crop tops; totally not planned. Ola recently revamped her blog - new name and everything - Road to Fashionable. Ch-ch-check it out.

Top: Target
Jeggings: Rainbow
Heels: Avenue
Bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke
Earrings: thrift


#StyledByShellBCheri x #StyledByWaveeeyB

I heard about this blogger style shoot from a couple of my blogger friends that were participating. I thought it was a wonderful concept. I got the chance to meet the mastermind behind the shoot, Shell B, at the She's Unique Turns 2 event a couple weeks ago. I told her what I thought of her idea and how much I liked it and she, in return, asked if I wanted to be a part of the shoot. I'm like, are you sure? I mean, the shoot was that following week and I didn't want to mess up the flow. She insisted it was okay and I was internally happy.

Due to our scheduling conflicts, Shell B sent over Waverly to come by my place to style that one item that I had a problem figuring out how to wear. Oh yeah...forgot to mention the concept behind the shoot. We were told to pick that one particular item in our closet that we had no clue how to style. It could be a pair of shoes, a coat, a blouse, some jeans, etc. For me, that item was a Forever 21 3D-ish pink floral top. 

Wave felt that since the top was girly we should add something a bit 'tougher' to the bottom. She decided on the faux leather pleated midi skirt from Ashley Stewart. For footwear, I suggested a pair of New Look heels that I had yet to wear. Since it has gold metal plates, it kind of went with the tougher contrast Wave was going for. Next up: accessories. Wave selected pieces that complemented the color of the top. 

The venue of the shoot was at Malmaison. I love this place; it's where I had my surprise birthday dinner last year. I came bare faced because I was going to be beautified by Elle who was the makeup artist on the set. From there I got to meet many other bloggers that I've either seen on social media or heard of their (blog) names; it was nice to place a face. The photographer of the shoot was Ashley and as you'll see both in this post and the album on Facebook, her work is amazing! Behind the scenes shots were done by Julien and Rosa

I loved the atmosphere of the shoot. Put a bunch of high energy bloggers together and, of course, there'll be some of that fun craziness on set. But we also knew why we were there so when it was time to shoot our photos, we did our thang. Looking at end results, it's amazing what Shell B created. The outfits that were brought to life, our personalities that shined through, the utmost joy and excitement on our faces. It was pure magic.

Alrighty. Check out my final look done by Waverly!

Blouse: Forever 21
Skirt: Ashley Stewart
Clutch: Franchi via Gilt City Warehouse Sale
Heels: New Look
Rings: ASOS
Watch: Michael Kors
Earrings: Boutique in San Fran
Stylist: Pich and Roor 
Makeup: Elle Choi
Photography: Ashley in DC


...meet the bloggers of the shoot.
From left to right:

For more photos - and there are a lot of photos - click here.

And, please, click the links to see read up on the other bloggers experience in this shoot.