September 29, 2009



Cream && gold earrings:: Forever 21
Gold chained necklace:: Forever 21
Acid wash denim vest:: Forever 21
Lavender ring:: Francesca's Collections
"Dawn of a New Era" racerback tee:: Urban Outfitters
Black studded bangle:: H&M
Black reptile leggings:: American Apparel
{Not pictured} Cheetah/Leopard flats:: Reflection Shoes

I just realized that this is officially
the last photo I have of myself pre-haircut!!!

I did it!: new haircut && everything! :)
I know you're probably thinking "Jeez, it's about time she got her hair done!" lol
But with money being pretty low,
I've been lacking in the fresh hair do department for a little while now.
It has been LONG overdue, but I'm back to my spunky self,
with flourescent fuschia bangs and mohawk! lol

Gold hoop earrings:: Forever 21
Gold chained necklace:: Forever 21
Electric yellow racerback tee:: Forever 21
Black sequined vest:: H&M
Small black purse with beaded detail:: Forever 21
Black studded bangle:: H&M
Destroyed denim jeans:: random store in NYC
Cheetah/Leopard flats:: Reflection Shoes

September 28, 2009

Class is in session

Schools in, yaaaay!! {unenthusiastic voice} lol
As much as I've been dying for school to start, I'm beginning to regret those thoughts now lol
Classes are officially underway and I'm already over it all hahahaha!
I mean, college IS all about higher education and whatnot,
but all in all,
I've only been looking forward to seeing all of my friends,
having those late night "study" sessions {or lack thereof lol},
and experiencing new things.
Yet as much as I complain about how dreadful Riverside is,
it feels good to be back.

On another note,
my friends from Major Hype had an event on Saturday
and invited me to join them.
They set me up with a few representatives from Vogue {yes, VOGUE!!!!}
who were interested in viewing my line.
After much constructive criticism,
I walked away with plenty of new knowledge about how I can take my
fashion designing goals to the next level.

As of now, I'm in the process of finalizing garments for a M.J. tribute/fashion show
that'll be at my school at the end of next month!
{I'll dish the details once they're finalized.}
So you know that includes plenty of sequins and bedazzling of things ;) lol

September 18, 2009

Dear Summer

When reading consistent tweets, blog posts, and articles about
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this year,
you tend to get a bit envious of all of the lucky fashion goers
that've been granted access to the industry's most anticipated event.
{..or maybe that's just me lol}

Not only have I been itching with anxiety to view all of the collections,
I've been looking forward to doing some serious shopping as the fall season arrives.
Here's a handful of items that I definitely have to have in my closet
by the time this summer heat ends.




On a little side note, I just moved into my new apartment!!!!
It feel sooooo good to have a place to call your own,
and this is definitely the greatest step I can take toward Mz. Independent Road lol
I'm STILL unpacking {even though I moved in on Saturday},
and I'm whipping up a handful of new creations for my line.
I can finally spread out and get to cuttin' && sewin', rather than being annoyed at my mom yelling at me for leaving patterns and fabric pieces in the middle of the living room floor lol
Once I get completely settled in, I'll give you all a peek into my humble abode :)

September 15, 2009


I feel like it's been FOREVER since I've last posted.
My laptop has been acting up lately,
so I haven't really been able to fill you all in on what's been going on!

A friend of mine recently contacted me about an opportunity to
put some pieces from my line in an upcoming short film.
After a few e-mails and meetings,
I was offered to contribute my pizazz to the movie!!!!

The short film is directed by Brandon Hammond, who back in the day played Big Mama's favorite grandson in the film, Soul Food, alongside Nia Long, Mekhi Phifer, Vivica A. Fox, and Vanessa Williams. The producer of the film {who will be acting in it as well} is the very funny & talented Jermaine Williams, who has played in numerous films such as
The Great Debaters, Stomp the Yard, && Fat Albert.

We all met last nite at the Cantina Lounge in Fullerton
{FYI the "kick it" spot for CSUF college kids}.
We talked about my goals for my line, how I got started with sewing&&designing,
and of course, we discussed all of the nooks && crannies of the film.
I can't speak too much about the plot because I highly doubt that I'm allowed to
dish ALL of the details lol,
but the gist of it revolves around issues that teens go through
during their high school experience.
Just reading the first scene from the script had me perk up in my seat! lol

I believe that filming begins this weekend, && I'm more than excited to be behind the scenes and see the final product of everything once it's all put together!

September 11, 2009


I have the best friends EVER!
On Labor Day,
I headed to "the Riv" {aka Riverside}
to visit my amigas Cate && Brittany!
It was the first time I'd seen them all summer due to my crazy/busy schedule
full of interning at CLD, styling photo shoots, & working on my own line.
We did A LOT of catching up,
went to the mall for a lil' window shopping,
and took a dip in the pool.
As we enter our 3rd year of being college kids at UC Riverside,
I'm glad that I have these chicks around!
They keep me sane && laughing,
and I don't know where I'd be if I never stayed in the
"West Lo" dorms on the fabulous hall of B2 my freshman year :)

I loved Brit's outfit so I had to snap a quick pic of her.
I don't know why she was acting camera shy
because any other time,
she's posing away! lol

P.S.:: I've turned her into a F21 ADDICT!!!! hahaha

Black sunnies:: Forever 21
Black cardigan:: Forever 21
Multi-colored floral top:: Forever 21
Fuschia shorts:: Target
Brown thong sandals:: Forever 21

As soon as I seen these glasses layin' around,
I couldn't help but put them on! lol

Normally when you have bangs, there's an automatic part in your hair
that causes you to constantly have to swoooop that bang to a particular side.
I told Brit how I was getting bored with my hair
when she randomly suggested that I try making my
red-ish/pink bangs switch sides.
So I did....and I loved it!
I showed you all a few styles I may be going for when I get my hair done again,
and I thought I'd have to cut my bangs short,
yet I think I'll keep 'em the same length.
What do ya think??

Gold hoop earrings:: Forever 21
Gold chain necklace:: Forever 21
Vintage multi-colored crop top:: thrifted
Purple ring:: Forever 21
Teal bangle:: Forever 21
Black woven belt:: Forever 21
Ash grey/black skinnies:: Forever 21
{Not pictured} Red flats:: a gift from Brit!

September 8, 2009

Im KOOL like that

I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to have relationships
with soooo many fantastic people!
When you have an undeniable love for something,
it's very humbling when others can see your passion for your craft
from a mile away! lol
That's how I felt when my newfound friend/make-up artist Delia approached me for
an opportunity to help style a shoot for Exclusive Entertainment's Golden Girls
using designs from my line, Kooley Designs!
The Golden Girls are a group of hot tamales that represent Exclusive Ent.
Kristy, Shahde, Alyssa, Brittini, & Cristina
rocked every fit and the pictures turned out very well!
I was hoping that the photographer would've forked out waaaay more photos,
but until he does,
I can definitely work with these lol ;)







September 6, 2009


Once again, I put Kev's so called "photography skills" to the test! lol
&& I'm all about "tellin' it like it T.I.-is" {as my grandma would say hahah},
so I must admit that he did a pretty good job.

Considering the fact that this beyond sweltering heat in Southern Cali makes me feel icky
when I have a buncha layers on,
I decided to keep it cool yet funky w/ my favorite cropped top.
Honestly, it didn't make much of a difference lol but hey, it was worth a try.
The weather actually didn't cool down until I got to Kev's house that night
after a lonnng day of interning at Chic Little Devil.
Stupid global warming :/

White U.S.A crop tee:: Urban Outfitters
Silver necklaces:: Forever 21
Black, silver-studded belt:: Forever 21
Red acid wash skinnies:: Forever 21
Black booties:: sum random store :)

September 5, 2009


I have to start of by saying, "Well, we're movin' on up!!!" lol

i-D Magazine's September 2009 cover is such a breath of fresh air for me.
It's really been a long time coming for African Americans in many avenues of our society,
but especially in fashion.
The absence of the ethnicities and nationalities that our world has to offer
is very common on the runway, in magazines,
and in every other realm of the industry.
However, change has taken its course and credit is FINALLY being given where it's due! lol
I'm so thrilled that i-D chose the P.Y.T's
Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez, Arlenis Sosa, && Chanel Iman
to be the front face of the magazine.
Not to mention, the editorial spread on the inside of the mag is flabbergasting! haha
These photos definitely say a mouthful to all of those who have
doubted, shunned, && turned the other cheek
against the painfully obvious integrity that African Americans possess.

WAKE UP && SMELL THE OBAMA! hahahhahah

These are undoubtedly THE flyest, fiercest {and my favorite} models in the industry.
Congrats ladies!

Here's a video I found of a behind-the-scenes peek into the making of i-D's September cover.

September 4, 2009

A lil sumthin sumthin

Remember when I told you all about when I helped style the unique group, The Stunners?!?!
Well...{drum roll please lol}
Here's the photos!!!!!!!!!
Photographers Smallz & Raskind
{who have photographed the likes of Hayden Panetierre, Jada Pinkett Smith, Audrina Patridge,
supermodel Selita Ebanks, and more, more, MORE!}
did what they do best, && the girls look fantastic!

Major kudos to Hayley, Marisol, Tinashe, Lauren, && Allie
for being such a pleasure to work with! :)
AND, special thanks to Rebecca from CLD for asking me to help her out at the shoot.

September 1, 2009


Okay, let's be real:
there's NO WAY in this world that I could've gone 2 seconds without posting about Rihanna's {excuse me} kick ass 20-pager in Italian Vogue!!!
This 21 year old fashion forward chick is definitely reigning supreme as she powerfully takes her place on the "Yeah, I'm the sh**" throne! lol
I can't even begin to describe the jolt of excitement that I felt when I first laid eyes on the cover over the weekend.
And now that the September issue is out&about, I felt like jumping up and down when I seen how phenomenal Steven Klein depicted the Barbadian beauty.
I'm speechless! lol
Any that any words that describe how she's lookin' in these photos is an understatement!
So, I'll shut up && let the pix do the talking. ;)


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