Beautiful Fun

New Years is around the corner and truth be told, if you haven’t started planning your goals for 2015, you’re already behind! We all need a little inspiration and motivation going into the new year. If you’re looking to find focus on what makes you happy and how  you can channel that into 2015 personally and/or professionally going into the new year, fellow BLM Girl Beatrice Clay is hosting a creative workshop called Beautiful Fun in New York City on Saturday, December 6  that I think many of you would appreciate.

Why Attend Beautiful Fun?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Did your response feel natural and authentic? Or did your response feel forced and like something you should want? [click to continue…]

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Casa Latina Business Blogger Bootcamp

Casa Latina & Blogher’s Business Blogger Bootcamp was great! I like attending a variety of conferences, you can receive great information from bloggers outside of your niche. Being so closely related to the Latino market, with regards to cultural similarities and having a multi-cultural demographic; I found it reinvigorating getting to know new bloggers, brands and learning the Latino perspective (multi language, various niches etc.) The Casa Latina Business Blogger Bootcamp had four panels related to content, sponsorship and branding from a blog entrepreneur perspective. The panelist varied across industries and niches within that Latino lifestyle realm, the conference focused how bloggers can continue to elevate their business, even in a crowded space. The running theme was finding your voice and being consistent, which is how most great bloggers seem grow their business and influence. I have the voice down, it’s the consistency that I lack, but I’m hoping to get better over the next few weeks. Here were some key ideas the made me continue to think about how I want to grow in the future. [click to continue…]

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Style & Vibes Turns 7!

by Miss Mikelah on November 12, 2014

 

Style and vibes Turns 7

 

Although I have been blogging for 7 years, I’ve never celebrated my blogiversary. Until this year, I’ve always felt inclined not to celebrate due to my lack of consistency. I would always say “there’s not much to celebrate.” Blogging consistently is my toughest hurdle. There have been times I thought of walking away, but I really love blogging for the sake of blogging. It’s never been about being a full time well known blogger (don’t get me wrong, that would be nice!), but it’s more about sharing what I’m passionate about in my own voice and on my own terms.

Balancing a my career, a family I love. dabbling the the freelance life  with a vision growing this blog is a lot of work.  While my mind is mentally up for the task, the reality is sometimes I’m unable to give 100% on all fronts, due to time constraints (it’s 6am as I write this post.) My life is full, but I’m not complaining. I’ve had abundant blessings from interviewing amazing people, building relationships with brands and attending variety of events while continuing to share my Caribbean-American culture to the world. I’m inspired everyday to keep going and keep doing more.

I can’t ignore the fact that regardless of my stats there’s a genuine interest in what I’m sharing and when I write truly original content my stats soar. I receive a lot of encouragement to continue writing and have a passion for sharing Caribbean-American lifestyle content. I live and breathe this life daily, and I’m not the only one. While I have plans to do more, I prefer to just show you, rather than talk about what “I’m going to do.” But I must look back and be grateful for everything that I have been able to accomplish and be even more grateful that you all keep coming back to read it.

Celebrating my blog this year is important because it solidifies my plans in continue with my vision. I humbly thank you for your support and hope you look forward to more from the life of the “Fly-Caribbean-Chic” through my eyes.

Mikelah Style and Vibes

 

 

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Elise Neal for Triple The Rocus Magazine

Actress and Hollywood Diva Elise Neal covers the November issue of Triple the Focus Magazine. This has to be one of my favorite covers that I’ve designed for the magazine. Elise even called our EIC Stacey to say how happy she was with the feature and cover. It feels great to contribute to a great publication.

On to what’s in this issue! Lifetime holiday specials including details on what to expect from the controversial Aaliyah movie debuting this month. Speaking of holiday, we have some great gift ideas for fellow beauty lovers. The Seychelles Island feature make you want to explore the island ASAP. Looking for the perfect pair of thigh high boots? we’ve got you covered with that and more!

 

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Top 5 Caribbean Comedians on Youtube

Comedy is one of the top reasons to watch Youtube — it’s the perfect place to check out new comedic talents. Here are my favorite Caribbean comedians to watch. From cultural skits to opinionated rants, these Youtube comedians make being Caribbean interesting and culturally in tuned with one another through comedy. [click to continue…]

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Simply Stylist New York

by Miss Mikelah on October 27, 2014

Simply Stylist New York

Simply Stylist New York took place over the weekend (thanks to fellow BLMGirl Leah for sharing info on the event a few months ago). I took stylist and a fellow CT based blogger Ves of Ves Canvas with me It was my first time attending the event mixed with stylist, bloggers and brands learning from current industry innovators and entrepreneurs. There was a full conference, but I just attended the mixer and breakout sessions, which was still pretty insightful with reminders of all the great things I should be doing with my blog (brand). The sessions made me really think about focusing on my vision as a niche blogger, specifically in the last breakout session with Beca Alexander and Danial Saynt. It helped me look the perspective of becoming a brand with specific goals. Instead of sharing my vision, I’ve decided that I just want to show and prove in the next few weeks. [click to continue…]

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Triple the Focus Oct 2014 Peter Thomas

Triple the Focus Magazine celebrates its 3 year anniversary with the most opinionated husband on reality television, Peter Thomas of the Real House Wives of Atlanta. Peter’s candid personality is quite frankly my favorite on the show, he’s also a serial entrepreneur with experience across industries including fashion, music and owning restaurants with his eyes set on the coffee business, he had a lot to share about his business ventures, being a reality show husband and keeping his lovely wife Cynthia Bailey at the center of it all. We also feature fashions from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and more.

On another note… I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since our first issue! Congrats to the team and our EIC, Stacey for creating a great platform.

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LadiesWhoBrunch

Triple the Focus’ Ladies Who Brunch is always a great time. Networking in person is very important, but these days I have been selective with the events I attend just due re-evaluating how I spend my time (more on that in future post.) The brunch was sponsored by COCOTIQUE, SoCo Brooklyn Restaurant and Voga Italia wine and jewelry vendor Pieces NY. Creator of COCOTIQUE Dana Hill shared her story about her career path, passion for beauty and starting her business. Dana wasn’t the only one dropping jewels of knowledge, the ladies in attendance all shared a great deal. We all took away so much wisdom from each other. Here are my top five quotes that stuck with me. [click to continue…]

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My Style: Sweatshirt & Chucks

by Miss Mikelah on September 25, 2014

OOTD_Peter Pilotto for Target

Sweatshirt: Peter Pilotto for Target | Skirt: Rachel Rachel Roy | Sneakers: Converse

Fall and sweatshirts go hand in hand. I wore this outfit for a family dinner, which was supposed to be outside, but got rained out, so it was a little cool and this sweatshirt was perfect. Pairing this skirt with my sneakers were more for comfort, since I knew I wanted to comfortable being hostess.

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Naballah Chi_ Caribbean Blogger Spotlight

Photos by: L.I.M.E Photograpahy, Bruno Chi and Luis Young

I was delighted when Caribbean blogger Naballah Chi reached out to me to check out her blog. Upon viewing her site I immediately wanted to feature her for the Caribbean Blogger Spotlight. This Fashion Muslim blogger based in Trinidad & Tobago exemplifies the diversity of the Caribbean. Her unique voice and amazing photos are awe-inspiring. I was completely intrigued ability to effortlessly remain true to her muslim faith while displaying her passion for fashion prints and colors. As a fellow style blogger we (myself included) are inundated with what style bloggers are “supposed to look like”, and with that come sameness; Naballah brings a refreshing look at fashion blogger with incredibly imagery that is anything but typical when it comes to fashion blogging.

Why/How did you start blogging?

 I’ve been meaning to blog, ever since I entered university in 2008 but I guess I procrastinated a bit…okay a lot because I officially started last year (2013).  I was especially inspired to blog, given that I wrote a lot and always liked providing my own perspective on things. I’ve also been highly inspired by my  travels, love for fashion, photography and off course being able to share with others my love for fashion on a whole. It only seemed fitting that I started a blog to document my personal creative perspectives. I like being able to share with others and interact with like-minded people. It’s been a blast so far!

How would you describe your style?

 Eclectic: Classic but fashion forward, urban, polished, very DIY (I make a lot of my own clothes). I love bright and bold colors and prints,  so I vary wildly between coordinating colors, deliberately mismatching them. I don’t like colors too one-dimensional (white and black being an exception), I prefer completely disconnecting colors. [click to continue…]
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