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HOMEBODY

This project was inspired by “home.” We wanted to embody high fashion with a homey / even a neighborhood type of feel. We shot various looks with the lovely Evie Williams with Click – Re:Quest Models NYC. One of my favorite looks was Evie modeling her Onepiece raincoat. It was just such a staple piece for this shoot. I always try to capture the realness / rawness of the project + of the person. Those candid + natural moments are the best of moments! Author: Maria Doka Author Email: mariadokaphoto@gmail.com Link to social media or website: http://www.mariadoka.com, instagram.com/mariadanielledoka Wardrobe Credits: Zara Blouse + Denim Calvin Klein Bralette Onepiece Raincoat, Zara Top, Urban O...

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR A STRUGGLING BLOGGER

Hi beauty lovers, So, I took a selfie the other day, noticed all my blogging equipment in the background and thought, “I hope I can do this as a career.” It made me reminisce on the day I decided to publish my first YouTube video. Fast forward three years later and here we are! Still blogging strong… When you get off your parents teet and have bills and real shit to deal with, you start to live the life that’s there instead of living the life you love. I was getting frustrated and tired of doing all this work without reaping rewards. I was starting to forget the whole reason I began my blogging journey and started to focus on free makeup and paid ads. Yet, what I am failing to realize is that I am passionate about something! In life, we get so caught up in the mundane daily tasks and...

NNEKA GIGI: THE BROKEN ARE MORE EVOLVED

Nneka Gigi is a visual artist and doctoral student residing in Los Angeles, California. In April of 2017 she released her debut collection titled “Amaka”; a name that pulls from her West African roots. The Ready to Wear collection features custom painted jackets and skateboards, a short film, a digital magazine and more. Take a look at the full collection at nnekagigi.com. Q: What inspired the collection? A: Not in any particular order: Japanese street fashion, manga comics, 90s style colorways, political issues of personal interest, and of course the diverse culture that happily infects Los Angeles. Flip through the Digital Zine HERE. Q: Why West? Why California? A: Growing up in a neighborhood that constantly tested my ability to make good decisions and see myself beyond what I thought w...

THE GLAMOROUS TRUTH ABOUT COURAGE

Hello everyone. My name is Nike, I am the owner of the fashion and lifestyle blog SpecsandBlazers. It is my pleasure to share with you the glamorous truth about courage. Truth is…it’s not. It’s not glamorous at all. My story starts on a farm in Abeokuta, Nigeria – my father was a professor but always had this passion for farming. It was by all counts a home that was full love and I recall that at every dinner we had to go outside and pick our own vegetables. (the real organic). Around the age of three I can remember my parents arguing about their daughter – me, my mom would say : “Oh that child she’s so stubborn, she only listens to herself what are we gonna do about her?” My dad would say : she’ll grow out of it. Well…I never did. My behavior continued all throughout pri...

A PLUS IN A MINUS WORLD

I’ve dealt with my body image my whole life. I was bullied in elementary school for being on the chubby side, but lost the baby weight during 5th grade. You would think I would’ve been ecstatic that now I lost the baby fat and had the “perfect” body, right? Wrong. I’ve always felt ashamed of my clothing size; I was always the one that was the biggest size in my class, unable to raid my friends’ closets because I was fitting into size medium tops and size 5 jeans at 12 years old while my friends were barely entering womanhood. Eleven years later and the stigma of being the biggest size still exist, feeling like a plus in a minus world, especially in the blogging world. Even though the world of blogging is not the world of modeling, let’s be real: bloggers are put into either a “normal” or “...

LESSONS FROM A FAILED FASHION BLOG

My cursor blinked on and off on an empty page, mocking me that I still hadn’t worked on the blog post I’d meant to submit weeks ago. As I stared blankly at my computer screen, I realized that I hated fashion blogging. It wasn’t anything remotely close to what I wanted to write about and it wasn’t much fun anymore.  Last August, I launched a fashion blog because I needed a project. My dad had just died, my relationship was failing, I hated my job and I desperately needed to lose myself in something. I spent every minute of my free time flipping through fashion publications, reading (and re-reading) Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss, and stalking my fashion icons on social media. Everywhere I looked I saw someone other than myself achieving success. I hungered to get my...

FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM A YEAR AS A FULL-TIME LIFESTYLE BLOGGER

Like most twenty-something’s nearing the end of their college careers, I thought for a long time that I would use my English degree to go the corporate route, working for a publishing company, maybe, or writing for an editorial. As my time at university started winding down, however, I felt more and more hard-pressed to take a little hobby I had become incredibly fond of and attempt to turn it into a full-fledged business. I wanted to be a blogger. More than that, though, I wanted to see if the shared love my boyfriend, Porter, and I had for photography, minimalist style & travel could help us connect with people, positively impact the social media sphere, and simultaneously create the kind of freedom we both felt our lives could never really be our own without. Fast-forward one year, ...

EMBRACE NATURAL, EMBRACE YOU

Let’s talk about a struggle that all women know too well – hair. Hair is the worst. Sometimes it’s perfect and doing exactly what you want it to do, while other days it’s flat in random places and most likely resembling a bird’s nest. Around the age of 10, when my long locks suddenly started developing volume into the dreaded “poofy” stage, I began to hate my hair. It was hard to control and I didn’t like the way it looked down. I’d put two giant brightly colored hairpins on either side of my head and tie the rest into a ponytail to keep it out of my face. By age 12, it was always in a gel slicked back ponytail, chola style, and a huge mess of volume in the back. By age 14, I didn’t know what to do with it anymore so I simply let the beast roam wild and free. I had the awful idea to ...

5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A LEOPARD COAT

I know, I know. We’re coming to the end of the winter season and fashionistas are already pushing the pastels, so I’m a little behind with this post. But hey, life gets in the way, you know what I mean? Anyway, I feel that some attention must be paid to the classic leopard print coat. There’s still a lot of cold weather left and besides, the end of winter season is the best time to find the outerwear deals. If you need anymore motivation than a good deal (really?), here it is: The leopard print coat goes with everything. Casual, dressy, punk, grunge, preppy, athleisure, normcore, hipster, Grey Gardens, whew. Seriously, whatever your style, it goes. The leopard print coat will never go out of style. It’s been in style forever. Legend has it that Coco Chanel made one ...

5 EASY HOME REMEDIES FOR LONGER LASHES

Many of us have thin, short eyelashes that never seem to grow. This can be due to an array of factors, such as: age, genetics, certain medical conditions, and hormonal changes. Since we can’t control the eyelashes we’re given, we should still be able to achieve the results we desire still. Countless amounts of women crave to have longer eyelashes. Some go out of their way to purchase fake sets, while others get lash extensions professionally done. Yet some of us don’t have the time, money, or hassle to maintain these eyelashes every day. Well, you’re in luck and there is an alternative. Actually, 5 alternatives to gain longer lashes on your own by using simple products already in your household. Nonetheless, these remedies require a commitment, as well, having to follow them for several mo...

AND GOD CREATED MANOLOS

I’ve always been unconventionally stylish. In sixth grade I bought a fancier pajama shirt and wore it to school like it was the hottest item from the Paris runway. But, my love of fashion is often unapparent to those around me, simply because I am and have always been extremely studious. As a business student, I have a theory that most people who meet me think I’m going to become an accountant and then die from cardiac arrest. My passions, however, cannot be expressed from behind a desk at Ernest and Young. That being said, I’m embarrassed to admit that I like fashion. Last summer I was working as a receptionist when a co-worker asked me about my blog. She questioned in a rather condescending tone if blogging is something that I do for fun or if I actually want to work in fashion. I immedi...

ETHICAL DESIGN?

2 months ago I was contacted by a renowned design consultancy looking to recruit designers for their new London offices. I was flattered and thrilled by the new opportunity and couldn’t wait to become a part of a company that declares that ‘We focus on three major themes that define our future: Future Citizens, Smarter Living, and Healthier Lives’. Reading this statement I was positive that the design work they were producing would be responsible and ethical. Claiming to ‘shape our future through design’, I was surprised to find out that the agency’s main clients were financial institutions and an oil company. I wondered whether the design agency actually believed that banks and energy companies should be those who shape our future and if so — what kind of future would that be?! Taking a s...

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