Evil Eye

Dress and faux fur vest: Aria (n/a) // Boots: Aldo // Earrings: Aldo

One of my favorite symbols, or amulets, is the evil eye. If you watch TRHNJ you will notice most of the ladies wearing the evil eye. And taking it way back to the beginnings of the TRHOC franchise it was that infamous evil eye hat that Tamra wore to ward off Vicky. But I digress as usual.

Growing up in the Caribbean you are surrounded by spiritual tales and mysticism. We call giving someone the evil eye “hacer Mal de Ojo.” I wear it, like many do, for protection. I also love wearing the hamsa, which is the hand of God. The hamsa is more middle eastern, and the evil eye has origins in Ancient Greece, much like my dress that has a decorative greek step pattern (which trust me I’ve sat through research lectures on this pattern because it’s that historically important) vase and the figure of a greek god.

I promise this is the last winter look with my OTK’s, Ok? It does show the versatility of the pair and how much bang you can get for your dolla dolla bills.

Until the next time,

XOXO

DDC

 

OBRFW MODEL CALL

This is year 5 of One of a Kind Baton Rouge Fashion week and it’s going to be a great one. In less than 5 days aspiring models (or YOU) can answer the call, the model call that is. I am including all the details below.

Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week Model Search
January 20, 2018 at 1 pm – 4 pm
January 21, 2018 at 3 pm – 6 pm

EBRPL – Main Library 
7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Males and females of all ages and sizes, children & plus size models included! Wear plain Black T-Shirt/tank top (no logos), jean pants, no make-up, and no accessories. Wear no wigs, and arrive with your hair straight or natural and out of your face. Ladies bring heels. In order to expedite your audition process, fill out the on-line application here.

HOTEL for OBRFW Model Search:Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette St
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
$114 per night
Mention “Baton Rouge Fashion Week Model Call” when making reservation
225-344-5866

LBD + Puffy

Dress: Tie Sleeve Ponte Shift Dress from Express // Boots: Aldo // Jewelry: Own

I can’t write Puffy and not think about Diddy, or “Brother Love.” Puffy just needs to accept he will always be Puffy, or Diddy in our eyes.

At any rate, this was my second look for the Christmas Party Season (now gone). On this particular day I had 4 parties to attend (not bragging), I only made it to 3. I found this dress at Express, and after rewatching seasons 1 through 7 of the RHNYC you learn that wearing black is downtown chic in NYC. All of that to say that if you are unsure of what to wear you can never go wrong with choosing the classic LBD for any special occasion.

As far as my shoe game goes my goal was to pair each look with these boots from Aldo. I already had some Vince Camuto OTK boots but they did not have the platform to up my look. So I jingled all the way with these OTKs.

I hope your holidays were very Merry and Bright! And have a very, very, very happy and prosperous 2018!!!

XOXO,

DDC

 

OTK OK

Photos by: Joshua Bourgeois

Dress: Aria (old) // Boots: Aldo // Earrings: Aldo

I cannot believe we are five days away from Christmas Day. I just survived a whirlwind of Christmas parties and I pranced my way to each party with these Aldo suede over the knee boots (OTK).

Anywho, I kicked off my first party with this navy pin striped shirt dress. I love this look. First off, it’s easy and comfortable. Secondly, it’s the closest I will get to doing that pyjama trend.

When I think back to what inspired me to start this blog I believe it all started with Christmas parties, and doing casual photoshoots in them. Oh what fun. And possibly a bit awkward but lucky for me others were drinking and having fun so I got away with it. But being a plus one to a lot of these parties I can share some tips with you:

  1. Don’t overdress. Be fashionable and on point but you know that beautiful red dress featured on Jasmine Sanders for the Bebe Fall campaign? As gorgeous as it is ZON’T DO IT. It is not the time nor the place. And we have Mardi Gras for that. Christmas parties as much as they are for everyone they are really a time for all employees to get together, celebrate the past year, and have fun. So as much as I like to walk in to a joint like Tyra Banks, some times it is necessary and ok to tone it done.
  2. Don’t over drink. You may notice that there are cash bars or drink limits (or tickets) at Christmas parties. And there is a good reason for that. You never want to be THAT person. In other words a hot mess fool.
  3. Always thank the host. There is always a talented Queen (or King) Bee in every company who worked her/his tail off to pull the event off. So make sure to not only greet them when you enter but also thank them when you exit.

I will post looks for the party season in the next few days. So stay tuned.

Heart y’all.

XOXO,

DDC

 

Sundays are for Brunching

Photography courtesy of Bria Spears, Twajoku Photography

I’ve said this a couple of times on the blog, and in real life conversations too, but one of the most rewarding aspects of participating in Baton Rouge Fashion Week each year as a judge is seeing new faces and familiar ones too. Making connections and being part of the process of selecting talent to me is priceless. It gives me life.

So it was a no brainer when the beautiful Cynthea Corfah, model and blogger, who I met at Baton Rouge Fashion Week a couple of years back, reached out to me about her Brunch for the Soul series. I was there in a skip and a hop. With only 15 seats available everyone there was not only beautiful, talented, accomplished and smart, there was a true collaborative sense in the air. From the ice breakers to the guest speakers, to the decor and the food, everything was amazing.

Bria Spears caught some truly great moments from this event. And what I love most is that most of the shots with me in it I am sipping. Below is my favorite shot because clearly my  facial expressions are everything, and I am next to Elle Marie which makes the pic even more special!

Thank you Cynthea from the blog Laced In Cyn for sharing these moments with all who attended. Her next Brunch for The Soul series will be Thursday, December 16, at the Parlor. It’s a yoga brunch party so it’s going to be a real treat. Tickets are available here.

 

Bey Day

Dress: Topshop from Nordstrom //Shoes: Head Over Heals // Jewelry: Dillard’s

I’ve been wanting to do an ode to Queen B ever since Lemonade dropped last year. It took some serious cojones to drop such a heavy visual album like that. And when you think about the body of work she has created all you can do is bow down to a true queen. And then 4:44 drops and I can’t even deal! I mean….LEGACY, LEGACY, LEGACY.

So when one of my co-workers gifted me this bat (which I know what you are thinking, it’s an odd gift but when it comes to gifts I welcome them all) all I had to do was find the dress to lemonade the heck out of a post. Obvi that the dress is not Cavalli like in the video but it is the chicest brand around, Topshop.

I keep telling you guys that I have some sort of fashion ESP when it comes to predicting colors and trends so write this down when I tell you that mustard will be a pretty big deal this fall. Gah’on, take notes.

At any rate I know it’s a sort of a two for one special on September 4th but time is of the essence (cliche; sorry I ain’t sorry).

Happy Bey Day!

Until the next post,

XOXO

DC

 

Ruffles + Stripes

Top: Wanderlust by Abby / Jeans: Nordstrom Rack/ Earrings: Stella and Dot

There’s been some serious shoulder interest since last summer. And going strong this spring, summer, and fall, is the off the shoulder, one shoulder, cold shoulder trend. It’s all about showing a little skin and showing off those shoulders. Shake those shoulders!

Ruffles are also big right now and TRUST  that they will go strong through the fall. Whether they are asymmetrical, diagonal, or vertical, ruffles will be everywhere. Another obsession of mine are wide leg jeans and stripes. I think we are all obsessed with stripes.

We are about to transition into fall so it’s time to put away the sandals, the pom poms, and take out those boots and sweaters. You know it’s fall when Starbucks starts pushing the PSL ads, and there is pumpkin flavor overload everywhere you turn.

So cheers to the fall y’all!

Until the next post,

XOXO,

DC

Double Oh Romper!

Romper: Express // Earrings: Baublebar // Shoes: Loui et Cie @ Head Over Heals

Facebook went cray a couple of weeks ago with [an epic] pic of Sean Connery in his days of 007 rocking a short romper. And so the question to all males around the world was “would you rock that?” And why not?!

Who doesn’t love a good romp…er… Focus! Clear your mind of those dirty thoughts. I am obsessed with the cold shoulder trend. So it clearly doesn’t get any better to wear a romper with a cold shoulder. Can you say showstopper? I wore this dress to someone’s graduation and it truly is the perfect summer look. Adding a touch of blush with Baublebar’s piñata tassel earrings  perfectly complemented this powder blue ensemble.

So in the heat of the summer stay cool and on trend with a cute cold shoulder anything, or a romper. If you can get both you lucked out because this look is only available online in petite.

I heart you for reading and until the next post,

XOXO

DDC

Low Romance

Blouse and Shorts: Aria // Earrings: Baublebar // Necklace: Timewarp // Booties: Head Over Heels (sale)

Happy Mardi Gras!

I had all the ingredients to make this post: green, purple, and gold. In this case the gold was more like a canary yellow, but still you get the point. And always the psychic trendsetter that I would like to think I am, you may want to mark my words when I tell you that all variations of yellow will be quite haute this spring. Write it down and go buy yourself that yellow (or mustard) blazer, dress, or top.

Romantic blouses such as this one which have a little, or in other cases a lot, of ruffles are on trend. You will see quite of few in floral prints in the upcoming weeks.

And last but not least, I absolutely love this vintage coin necklace from Time Warp boutique on Government St., in Baton Rouge.

Until the next post!

XOXO,

DDC