If there ever was a time to be incredibly over winter, it would be now. Luckily, it's the perfect time to rock my copious growing collection of faux furs that have been keeping me quite warm and stylish. Pairing it with a striped pant, basic bodysuit, and red booties, I decided to also top this look off with my newest faux leather Brixton cap. I'm impressively proud of myself this season for incorporating more color into my wardrobe, seeing is though Black is and will always be my ultimate go-to. Plus it doesn't hurt having equally stylish girlfriends to bounce ideas off of.
Faux Furs have definitely been a staple in my wardrobe this frighteningly cold winter. Not only do they add fun to any minimal look, but they're insanely warm and no animals were harmed in the process. Pairing it with my favorite vintage denim jeans from Lost and Found Vintage and a cream healed boot from Urban Outfitters, I was set to roam the bitterly cold streets in style.
I had the opportunity to get together with my beautiful, fashionista girlfriends for our monthly "Black Girl Magic" shoot, which was the perfect opportunity to break out my new yellow faux fur from Urban Outfitters. I absolutely love the color, which is the perfect pop to any outfit, not to mention how warm this faux fur is. With such a statement piece as this, I decided to pair it with faux leather pants, zip up detailed booties, and my "Ramones" graphic t-shirt. I absolutely love collaborating with beautiful and talented creatives, such as these women, which gives us all a sense of community as young black women to inspire and be inspired. It's not always easy being a black woman who's creativity and content is often marginalized, but I think we represent well for not only our city, Detroit, but for all of the black and brown beauty bloggers out there who are just as committed to their visions.
I miss Europe, more specifically Paris with everything in me. Detroit is home but it leaves me discontented, desperately wanting to explore the newness of unfamiliar places so different from my own. Perhaps my outfit is an ode to where I'd love to be at the present moment. I've also ventured into incorporating more color in my wardrobe, and this amazing oversized collar coat from Asos was the perfect addition to my growing collection of winter wear. Adding a matching red beret and printed booties, I felt very Parisian and bold. Michigan is growing exceedingly cold, and winter is unfortunately and unrelentingly here. However, the holidays is quickly approaching and I can't wait to spend time with my loved ones and cozy up to A Christmas Story marathon.
Honestly, if the upcoming winter could resemble this current fall I'm experiencing here in Detroit, I would be most happy. Speaking of Detroit, ya girl took advantage of all the gentrified attractions happening in the "New" city now that Christmas is right around the corner. From watching the iceskating in Campus Martius to enjoying coffee in warm tented restaurants and pop up shops, the city feels like the perfect slice of holiday joy. I decided to take advantage of the nice weather by breaking out my faux leather biker pants and fuzzy white sweater (all from H&M). Adding my "page boy" inspired cap and favorite snake skin boots from Modern Vice gave my look a nice contrast of edgy and soft. Lately my style has felt very European, and perhaps it's because I miss Europe soooo much. Hopefully 2018 finds me roaming the streets of Berlin or London, ya girl could use another adventure. In the meantime, Detroit will have to do in soothing my vagabond spirit.
These past weeks have been super busy with collaborations, shoots, and running around the city, which made for the perfect opportunity for my biker street chic look. I love the juxtaposition between femininity and edginess and incorporating them both into a look. I decided to pair my white biker jacket with my white striped pants and a black turtleneck, as well as some white pointed booties. I love how structured and clean this look is, but edgy at the same time by incorporating a faux leather beret and animal print drop earrings. Major shoutout to my incredibly talented friend Kai, who photographed me in Detroit.
Fall is officially here and I couldn't be happier. From apple orchards to the quaintness of coffee houses and roaming through museums, Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons, especially when it comes to style. I like to think my style is a myriad of inspirations, not just one fixed idea, that changes depending on what I'm inspired by or in love with. I don't know if it's due to the large amounts of Ta-Nahesi Coates and race related books I'm reading, but my military styled beret is definitely my staple this season. Pairing it with a soft ruffled top from Asos, a detailed belt, zippered booties, and vintage Levi denim, I love how soft and edgy this look simultaneously is. Much thanks to my friend Christian who photographed me and made me feel militantly ethereal.
This past August, I attended AFROPUNK Music Festival in Brooklyn, to which my biggest inspiration and "best friend in my head", Solange, was headlining. I've always been the biggest fan of hers, and as a tribute to her phenomenal work with "A Seat at the Table" I decided to wear my hair with an arrangement of beads, similar to her look in the "Don't Touch my Hair" video. I was also inspired by the original, Patrice Rushen, who was known for such a standout style in the 80s. Needless to say, my hairstyle was a huge success and standout at the festival. The beauty of black hair is its diversity and myriad of beautiful styles we are able to create that not only reflect our own personal style but also our culture. Shoutout to my friend Justin, who captured the sultry essence of the style with my own personality.
Denim shorts: American Apparel/ Denim Jacket: Vintage/ Boots: Dr. Martens/ Belt: Thrifted/ Bodysuit: Zara
Much thanks to Global Warming, Fall has kicked off with quite the heat wave. I decided to keep things casual while enjoying what's left of an extended summer by pairing some of my favorite denim pieces together. I love matching light- wash denim together due to its versatility, natural style, and 90s vibe. Pairing it with a low back body suit and my new favorite pair of platform Dr. Martens, I couldnt help but feel effortlessly sexy and edgy in a minamilist way. My summer was nothing short of perfect with my dream-like trip to Cuba and amazing time at AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn. Looking forward to the coziness of Fall and all of its blissful magic.
Summer here in Michigan has almost felt like 'Groundhog's Day', desperately trying to savor what limited beautiful weather there is as much as possible. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to rock my vintage kimono from Lost and Found I found a little while back. I love having staple pieces in my wardrobe, that makes pairing the outfit so easy and simple, because pieces like this beautiful Kimono, are such a stand out. Adding muave colored statement earrings, and a body suit with high waist denim jeans, this look was perfect for casually strolling through the city.
This past week, I had the fortunate experience of traveling to Havana, Cuba, which was by far the best trip of my life. The vivid colors, decayed architecture, and vintage American Cars are just some of the obvious attractions of the city. But it's the spirited beauty of the people and rich culture/ history that truly makes Cuba remarkable and a place to remember. I decided to stay in Central Havana, just outside of Old Havana, which gave me the opportunity to live amongst the Cuban people and experience the REAL Cuba, away from tourist attractions and modern comforts. I'm so thankful of my experiences in Cuba and the intimate relationships with the people I met along the way, who made me feel so loved, welcomed, and at home. To walk along the Malecón and feel the mild breeze of the sea, or through the rustic neighborhoods of Centro Habana, whereby the people greated me with warmth, I felt right at home amongst those I now consider family. I'm so blessed and thankful for my travels in Cuba and anxiously anticipate my return there next summer.
Not too recently, I collaborated and shot with my talented friend and photographer, Kai Dowridge, on her 'Self Series'. I absolutely love working with Kai, whose work feels so natural and ethereal. Being apart of her 'Self Series' was not only special but personal for me, because I've lately reached an almost existential awakening, in self-acceptance and self-love. Carving out and taking control of my own happiness, irrespective of anyone or anything, is the greatest gift one can give themselves. It's daily work and constant affirmation, but necessary to self-healing and growth.
I found these beautiful wide leg denim pants a while ago from American Apparel, and couldn't wait to add them to my summer wardrobe. Pairing it with a matching denim bralette top from Zara, I felt all kinds of 70s nostalgic in this look. Walking the streets of Detroit's Eastern Market and vibing to a few of my classic favorites such as, Gil Scott-Heron and Roy Ayers, these are the moments I so look forward to in all of summer's magical glory.
Go Gina /
Next month I'll be traveling to Cuba, to which I am incredibly excited to experience the beautiful culture, architecture, and timelessness that the country has to offer. With my upcoming trip, it seems as though it has influenced my style and I can't help but get in the mood by rocking this beautiful off the shoulder top from Zara that's the perfect pop of color. Pairing it with my high-waist denim shorts, festive earrings, and open toe sandals, this look screams summertime in Havana. Can't wait for the adventures that this summer will bring, whether it's overseas or here at home in Detroit.
Top: Forever 21 Jeans: American Apparel Shoes: Urban Outfitters Glasses: Lost and Found Vintage
Summer is quickly approaching and what better time to wear my white off-the-shoulder top, which I am so in love with. Lately I have loved wearing white, which feels so fresh and perfect for warmer weather. Pairing my top with high waist jeans and my Leopard booties for a pop of color, this look is a great combination of feminine and edgy.
Jacket: Zara Jeans: Vintage Top: Forever 21 Shoes: Zara
Decided to keep things casual and clean, lately I've been into very understated pieces that have a way of making an outfit look more expensive than it actually is. Pairing my white Zara biker jacket with a pair of light- wash vintage denim mom jeans I distressed on my own, and block healed white shoes (from Zara as well). I love the color and overall structure of the jacket that brings just about any outfit together, can't wait to pair it with more looks this spring.
I recently did a shoot with my good friend and photographer, Justin Milhouse. Justin and I have collaborated on numerous projects and each time, he captures each image with nuanced precision and beauty. I loved the rustic decay in an area of his studio and thought it would add the perfect juxtaposition to my minimalist look. I'm very inspired by Solange and her artistic expressions, and wanted something that felt very pure,clean, and Womanist. Check out the work above.