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2017 Mega Fest Interview with Celebrity Hair Stylist Kiyah Wright. Kiyah is a hair stylist to celebrities such as Tyra Banks, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and more.

Kiyah hosted a session at the 2017 Mega Fest in Dallas, Texas, founded by Bishop TD Jakes, on “Unapologetically Beautiful Inside & Out.” She also shared with us live beauty makeovers to two deserving women.

I was able to interview Kiyah personally to learn more about her journey and ask a few questions. Check out my very first interview! As well as the reveal of one of the makeovers!

 

Want to learn more about Kiyah Wright?

More information regarding Kiyah Wright can be found on her website www.kiyahwright.com

August 4, 2017 0 comment
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Hi there, I’m baaaack!!!

 

I’ve been a way for quite a while now and it was a welcomed break. I just needed some time to step away from the blog and come back with a renewed mind. But, what better way to jump back in this blog life than the cutest mommy and me graphic tee for those of us blessed with the melanin. Queue Shopsophistishe.com please!

 

I love supporting small businesses, especially black owned! I have a heart for those who are brave enough to go after their own dream. One day I hope to get my mind together and do the same soon. Anyway, it was a friend of mine who sent me a pic of this tee and said, “Camille needs this!” I fell in love with it immediately and had to have it. I contacted the business owner, Sheena, and told her how much I loved the melanin tee! She was kind enough to send one for Camille and I! So I am proudly sharing this melanin t-shirt with you because you just have to support an amazing small business that encourages us to love the skin we’re in!

 

Lets teach our little ones to love who they were created to be…

Its so important to instill in our babies the importance of who they are and to love themselves. The world today has its own version of “perfection” that we see all day, every day on social media. I remember my mom instilling in me that I was beautiful, intelligent black girl and to know my worth. My mom bought me black Barbies and dolls because she wanted me to see myself and identify with the beauty God has given us.

 

I went to a majority white school from 1st grade up until 8th grade and it was HARD. Being a minority in a majority white school was not always rainbows and butterflies. Looking back, I appreciate my mom constantly instilling in me the beauty of being an African-American and always educating me of my history.  This is what I hope to instill in Camille as I raise her, to be a proud and strong black woman!

 

Thats why I love this melanin t-shirt, not only is it cute, but it also shares the importance of loving yourself. Camille absolutely loves this t-shirt. She’s worn it a few times already and even asks if she can sleep in it lol. We had such a fun doing this shoot as its been a while since our last one (click HERE to see it).

 

So definitely head to Sheena’s site, https://shopsophistishe.com and grab your melanin t-shirt ASAP!!

 

Because…

 

“I am dripping Melanin and honey. I am black without apology.”

-Upile

 

 

 

 

Camille’s Outfit Details

*Melanin OP t-shirt by ShopSophistishe

Mermaid Sequin Distressed Denim Shorts 

Converse Kids Chuck Taylor in Gold

H&M Gold Braided Headband

Gymboree Pink & Peach Curly Ribbon Clips

Lily Pulitzer Pink Beach Blanket

(no longer avail, linked similar)

 

Mommy Outfit Details

*Melanin OP t-shirt in Heathered Black by ShopSophistishe

(also avail in solid black)

Denim Bermuda Shorts

(old, linked similar)

NIKE Black and Rose Gold Sneakers

(old, linked similar)

 

Disclosure: Items marked with a (*) are sponsored. Please trust that all views and opinions are my own.

 

 

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Hey Loves!!

 

I don’t know about you, but I am enjoying this closet remix series. Its giving me a new perspective on how to re work a few pieces in my closet. About a month or two ago, I featured this ruffle sleeve blouse on the blog (Click HERE) with a pair of jeans and flats. This time, I remixed it with my new favorite pair of denim shorts and my Valentino, look for less, studded pumps. I like the juxtaposition of a classic white shirt vamped up with the ruffle sleeve and ripped denim shorts together. Its like two different people coming together and vibin’ just the same!

 

Speaking of, I had brunch this weekend with my blogger boo, Renae, of The Ultimate Style Diary. Renae and I “met” on Instagram! She has followed my blog and I hers. She is a native of New Orleans and is one of the sweetest and realest people I know. I wanted to share her blog with you today because I feel its important to spread love in this blogging community. Sometimes, it can be very competitive and challenging. But, I always believe we can all make it together. It should never be a “You Cant’ Sit With Us” mentality (although some folks are like that). Renae has a unique sense of style that I love (I mean, check out that watermelon clutch) and feel that you will too!

 

Meeting Insta-friends on the ‘gram?

You know, its funny, but I have met a few people that I follow or follow me on Instagram and now we do brunch or hang out. Believe it or not, Instagram is like a new way of meeting people. Its great to meet new people who you share a common bond with and can get to know over lunch or coffee. I use to say no new friends, but blogging has changed that for me. I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know them. It makes blogging more personable and allows me to connect with others. Instead of feeling like a girl behind a computer wondering, is anyone even reading this? Lol.

 

So please be sure to check out my girl Renae blog and her Instagram. We had so much fun chit chatting over brunch and taking pics of each other. That blog life is real honey!

 

Outfit Details

ASOS Ruffle Sleeve Shirt (only few sizes left)

American Eagle “Tomgirl” Denim Shorts

BCBGeneration Studded Pumps 

ZARA Oval Floral Handbag

Forever 21 Drop Chain Gold Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hey Loves!

So I thought I would start sharing some behind the scenes posts regarding the blog world. I get tons of questions regarding blogging and its high time I answer them. Today, I am  going to chat about Reward Style or “Like to Know It.” What is Like to Know It? Well, if you follow me on the Instagram, you may have seen the term, “sign up for Like to Know It” or “shop my looks with ‘Like to Know It’.” So lets discuss what it means to me as a blogger and to you as a consumer.

So what is it exactly?

Like to Know It is an app or web tool for bloggers to link products they are wearing on Instagram and their personal blogs. I go into the app, select the picture I want to post and link all the products using the tool from the app. Then the image is posted to Instagram. Once posted, the caption includes the url to shop the products and hash tag #likeit as well. As a consumer, this allows you to shop the products from that picture straight from your email. But, you have to be signed up for it FIRST!!

Once you are signed up, all you have to do is “LIKE” my pic on Instagram. Within minutes, the product information is sent directly to your email. This allows you to see where I purchased the item and buy. Its super easy and if you love what I wear, something you should definitely sign up for. They also created an app (FREE) for the consumer.  All you do is screenshot the post of me and shop it from the app. To be honest, I haven’t signed up for that service yet. I am just fine with tapping a pic on IG and calling it a day. I don’t need another app taking away more space on my Iphone, ok?!

Why do you use it as a consumer?

As a person who also uses this as a consumer, I use it constantly. I love using it when I want to know if a product I “liked,” should even be on my radar (how much is it?). Also, I don’t have to wait for a blogger to respond or find it myself. I just wait for the email to pop up and have at it. If you are concerned about getting too many emails, don’t! You can easily log in to your account and select how often you want to receive the emails or none at all.

Why do you use it as a blogger?

Ok, so this is a two fold question. 1) I use it so that my followers can easily shop what I am wearing. Lets face it, life gets busy and I am not always on Instagram readily available to answer questions and comments. So its great that all my followers have to do is sign up and go to their emails to find out the tea on what I am wearing. 2) I earn commission from the products you purchase via the links. I am not shamed at all for saying this pays me some coins!! Now I am not over here getting broke off, the commission is small. But, its definitely nice to see a few of those payments hit my account. #truthtea lol

Conclusion

So there you have it. I hope this has helped some of you who 1) want to become bloggers and want to know what services or tools you can use to monetize. 2)have been seeing this on my Instagram of Facebook and was wondering what the heck it is lol. If you are a blogger and are interested in applying for this program, feel free to email me. But, I will say they are selective on who they accept. And girl, that’s a whole other blog post on that one! Lol.

How do I sign Up?

Sign up for Like to Know It HERE and start shopping!! If you are not interested in signing up, no worries. Just click on the link in my Instagram profile and you can shop the products there! I got you boo!!

 

Stay tuned for more “behind the scenes” blog life info! Feel free to share with me what you would like me to chat about next!

 

Outfit Details

c/o SheIn V neck Peplum Striped Blouse

 (consider sizing up, a tad snug under the arm)

White “Kut From the Kloth” Flare Jeans

(old, linked similar)

Steve Madden “Skales” Sandal 

Clare V Flat Clutch

Diane Von Furstenburg Round Sunglasses

Gold Hoops

(linked similar)

NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in “Cruella”

*Items marked with a “c/o” has been gifted. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photography: Angie Garcia

May 4, 2017 4 comments
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I think I already know your answer:) I have partnered with some other fabulous bloggers to bring you this amazing cash giveaway! One lucky winner will receive $1000 paypal cash! The cash giveaway begins today and ends 4/29/16. So make sure you enter NOW!

 

In order to enter, CLICK THE LINK BELOW to go to the rafflecopter site to submit your entry. In order to enter, you must complete the Rafflecopter!! We are requesting you to SUBMIT your email AND to FOLLOW each blogger on Instagram. We will confirm that the person who wins the has completed the rafflecopter information. So please make sure you follow the instructions and get an opportunity to win!

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April 25, 2017 0 comment
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Camille is such a big girl now! The pic to the right is her “hand on her hip” pose lol!

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Must start off with kisses!

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Air guitar with the whisk!

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Killing this bread isnt she?!

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Cut a slit in between your bread to create a pocket for stuffing!

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Add sugar to your fruit to bring out sweetness!

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Add more sugar mommy!! More!

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The cream cheese and raspberry jam looked so good, we had to have a taste!

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Stuff your bread with the fruit filling and add raspberries!

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Time to make the custard!

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So pretty plated and dusted with powdered sugar!

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Camille loved it, she ate the whole thing!

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Mothers Day gifts are something that should feel thoughtful and special to the one you love. I remember my first Mother’s Day a little after Camille was born about two years ago. Her father bought me a sweet charm bracelet and held Camille in his arms as she held the bag. It was the sweetest thing ever and of course I cried. Thoughtful gifts always come from the heart and thats the best feeling ever!

 

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Have you thought of Mothers Day gifts yet? Well, I have a great gift idea to share with you today. As you can see, my little and I are in the kitchen in this post cooking breakfast. Stuffed French Toast to be exact (click HERE for the Recipe)! Camille loves to help mommy in the kitchen. Every weekend we typically cook pancakes together, well we used to as she was on a pancake kick for a minute! Its always a pleasure to have my little helper in the kitchen and get a little messy with I must say. Which really made me think about getting us aprons, so we could get messy in the kitchen and not on ourselves for once!

 

So I was super excited to partner with Belle Eve Clothing on making us “Mommy and Me” aprons! They have quite a few options for “mommy and me” aprons or just Mommy or whoever! Our aprons came out perfect! The aprons are made out of cotton canvas and has a detachable bow (Camille’s came with one too, but I discovered it in her toy box after the shoot lol). When I showed the aprons to Camille she got VERY excited. One of her favorite books, “Billie B. Brown Bakery Adventure” shows the character and her friends at school, baking in the “bakery.” As soon as she saw the apron, she called it “my bakery” and put it on immediately. Lol. I had to plead with her to take it off. Toddlers I tell ya!

 

Belle Eve Clothing is a great Mothers Day gift option!

 

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and check out the Stuffed French Toast recipe. I found it on Pinterest. It was very easy to make and tasted delish! You can use any fruit you like and really make it your own. They are perfect to just grab and go, you dont even need syrup. They are sweet enough on their own!

 

Shout out to all the food bloggers out there, I was exhausted after this shoot. I don’t know how you guys do it cooking and taking pics at the same darn time. Well, I did have a toddler that I had to keep interested, but still. Hats off to you! Oh and thanks to my hubby who became Instagram husband for this shoot and putting up with my critiques of his picture taking abilities lol.

 

Be sure to check out Belle Eve’s line of aprons. I am sure you will find a perfect Mothers Day gift for the special lady in your life!

 

 

Outfit Details

Belle Eve Clothing “Mommy and Me” Mint and Peach Apron

Seven for All Mankind “Gwenevere” Slit Knee Jean

Bakeware Details

World Market Mint Mixing Bowl

Cast Iron Skillet

Extra Large Wood Chopping Board

Target Chalkboard Canister with Metallic Lid

 

 

April 20, 2017 1 comment
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Off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses are some of my favorite clothing pieces to wear. You guys will probably FOREVER see me in them and I am unapologetic about it. Its such a classy and chic way to show a little skin and shoulders. From every day casual to date night, you cannot go wrong with off shoulder anything. I mean look at this beauty I am wearing on the blog today. Its so chic and sexy at the same darn time! If you are in the mood to turn heads, well this off shoulder top is right up your alley!

 

Ready to add a few off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses to your closet?

 

Well girl I’m about to get you all the way together because I rounded up TONS of off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses just for YOU all UNDER $100!! You all know I am all about affordable style that will not break the bank. These off shoulder tops and off shoulder dresses are head turners but easy on the wallet.

So click thru on my lookbooks below, pull your wallet out and get to shopping!!

 

Outfit Details

Missguided Off Shoulder Ruffle Blouse

Kohls Jeans (old)

H&M Pink Mules

GiGi New York Convertible Clutch

H&M Pink Tassel Earrings 

(no longer avail, linked similar)

Bobbi Brown Pink Tortoise Sunglasses

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Photography Credit: Angie Garcia 

           
           

April 18, 2017 1 comment
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Jumpsuits are usually the first thing I look for when wondering what to wear to an event. They are an easy outfit considering its only one piece and tend to make a statement. I was recently inspired by a few jumpsuits that I saw on Pinterest of one of my favorite fashion bloggers, “Wendy’s Lookbook.” So I went to my favorite online store, ASOS, and immediately went to the search button and typed in “jumpsuits.” Well, that led to several pages that I did’nt particularly want to sift through.

 

Until I thought… I wonder if they have any cute denim jumpsuits?!

 

So when this off shoulder (yall know I love an off shoulder anything), ruffled, wide- legged beauty popped up. GIRL, I added it to my cart so fast. I am signed up with ASOS two day shipping service and I STILL could not wait for it to arrive!! Its seriously the most perfect, statement making jumpsuit for spring. Brunches, date nights, vacations! It will get so much love I cannot wait to wear it out again.

 

Ok, so how does this jumpsuit fit?

This fits true to size in my opinion, I ordered the size 4 and size 6 and kept the 6. My waistline like to act funny sometimes and I don’t always have time to play games. So I didnt want anything holding me back from wearing this jumpsuit. So the six fit me perfectly without being as snug in the tummy as the size four. Other than that, the fit gets a two thumbs up in my book!

 

Guess what, its now been marked down to $38!! Won’t He do it?!

 

I hope you have a great Easter weekend ahead. I will be attending church on Sunday and cooking dinner at home with my family. Easter always makes me so emotional. When I think of the sacrifice of a man who died for my sins, just so I could be me??

Its AMAZING!!

 

Outfit Details

ASOS Denim Jumpsuit ONLY $38!

Diane Von Furstenburg Round Aviator Sunglases 

ZARA Platform Sandals 

(old, linked similar)

Henri Bendel “Whitni” Satchel

(old, linked similar)

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella”

Photography: Angie Garcia

April 15, 2017 1 comment
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No bra lines, just the perfect t-shirt bra!

 

 

 

Hey there!

 

So lets talk about bras today! I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of bras that I just hate! Some that are just plain uncomfortable, others that don’t fit me properly or some that makes me look flat as a board. I am so over having wearing these terrible things that is supposed to keep me contained and not moving every which a way when I am out and about.Its been plenty of times where I couldn’t take it anymore and I unsnapped my bra in the car or at my desk at work lol.  So when I saw Third Love, a bra company, in my Instagram feed, I was quite intrigued. Third Love not only offer a 100% fit guarantee AND a TRY ON for 30 DAYS FOR FREE, they also offer a new nude collection in five shades! Yes girl, not just that one shade of “nude” we always see in the stores. I had to see if it lead up to the hype. And ladies… they totally do!

 

So like I said, they offer a 100% Fit Guarantee, so if you are not pleased with your bra or purchase, you can exchange it or return it for free. Thats definitely a HUGE plus when ordering a bra online! They offer wireless, full coverage, push up, t-shirt, strapless, plunge, racerback and lace. Not sure which one to order? You can complete their “FIT FINDER QUIZ.” The quiz is awesome and totally helped me to select my bra, the Classic T-shirt Bra! The quiz asks you various questions such as the shape of your breast, what are your fit issues, if you prefer a natural cup or push up etc. The quiz really addressed all of my issues when it comes to finding a bra that fit. Personally, I now have a asymmetric shape due to breast feeding. Which means one boob is significantly bigger than the other, I must say this is a body issue for me that has been really hard to deal with. So when I purchase a bra, I usually have to get the bigger size to accommodate the bigger boob, but that leaves me with the issue of the bra gaping open on the side with the smaller boob. Well, not anymore! My Classic T-shirt Bra FITS ME PERFECTLY ON BOTH BOOBS!! No more of the cup gaping open. Its a close and perfect fit to my body. Glory be to God!!

 

Now that you know of my issues with my bra fitting me perfectly, lets discuss the five shades their New Naked collection comes in!! If you head to their site, you will see all of the various shades of their naked collection. I chose a darker tone nude bra to complement my skin tone based on the model. However, I do wish they had more of a true caramel tone. The naked-3 shade, which is the shade above this one, the naked-4, has more pink undertones to me based on the picture. I need a nude bra with a little more caramel, honey shade. So there is room to expand there. But, to even think of offering a nude bra in a broader color range is a great step in the right direction!!

 

So please try this brand and let me know what you think. I know one thing is for sure, I am ordering more of these bras! This is a total game changer for me in terms of the fit and color. I am so totally pleased!

 

Do  you struggle finding a perfect bra fit? If so, Third Love is a great place to start!

 

 

Where to Buy Details

*Third Love 24/7 Classic T-shirt Bra in naked-4 shade

*Third Love Seamless Cheeky in naked-4 shade

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Perfume

Forever 21 Lace Blouse (old, linked similar)

Old Navy “Holy Chic” Tee (old, linked similar)

Kendra Scott “Cheska” Rose Gold Necklace

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Disclosure: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored posts. Items marked with (*) are sponsored. Alwayz Fashionably Late strives to provide honest feedback. Please know that all views and opinions are my own!

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Hey loves!

As you know, I was in New York a few weeks back for my very first New York Fashion Week (read about it here)! As you can imagine, packing for New York during the winter time is quite a feat. Not only do I need to be stylish, but stay warm as well. I mean, I’m all for fashion, but what I am not gonna do is freeze my butt off! So it was absolutely crucial to have pieces to layer and keep warm in, while enduring the cold while in NYC. Rent The Runway to the rescue!!

 

Rent The Runway is truly a great travel hack because you seriously save so much space in your luggage.  You can rent dresses, accessories, coats, pants and handbags too!! Which to me, is quite important as I am a pro- carry on kind of girl.  I love using packing cubes to save space in my luggage! Whats great about RTR is that you can go online, select your pieces and the date you need them and have them delivered your home, hotel or wherever. When I was in NYC last October, I rented a few dresses for our anniversary shoot and had them delivered to the hotel (see the shoot here and here). After my rental period was up, I simply returned them to the RTR store in NYC. If you are not in New York, don’t worry! You can totally return them via UPS as well. Seriously, how easy is that?!

 

Rent The Runway also has an Unlimited program where you can rent up to three pieces and keep them as long as you like for $139 a month. If you didn’t know, RTR has tons of designer items such as Marissa Webb, Derek Lamb, DVF, Zac Posen and lots more! Free shipping, dry cleaning and you can cancel at any time! So the next time you are planning your vacay and wondering what to wear, just head to RTR and have your selections delivered to you. I linked a few vacay ready pieces from Rent The Runway below.  What a great hack right? Saving luggage space and still slay? You are winning!

 

 

Have you rented from RTR before? I’d love to hear what you rented and how you liked the service!

 

Please share!

 

Outfit Details

* Lovers & Friends Colorblock Charlie Jacket c/o RTR

ASOS Camel Wrap Coat

(old, linked similar)

ASOS Gray Turtleneck Sweater with slit sleeve (only $22!)

JustFAB Wedge OTK boots

(old, linked similar)

Disclaimer: Alwayz Fashionably Late does participate in sponsored posts. Items that are marked with a (*) are sponsored. My views and opinions provided are my own! I always strive to provide honest feedback to my readers!!

Photography: Laurel Creative in NYC

 

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